Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Dec 23, 2017
December 28, 2017: No Program.
January 4, 2018: Colleen Brown “Classification”, Colleen will be introduced by Charlene Gordon and thanked by Montana Wilson.

Head Table:  Our President Linda Bathe, invites, Charlene Gordon, Kevin Silver, Dave Skinner, Alex Smith, Mark Smith, Jim Snider and Rena Sperack Orr, to join her at the head table.
This Week: At today's Rotary meeting a large turnout was on hand as Judy Madden and Tim Elliott, led us in a spirited sing along with Christmas carols and songs.  Tim played the piano with great energy and precision.  All gladly joined in with yuletide spirit as Deck the Halls, The Christmas Song and an exuberant, if at times confusing, rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas, were sung with joy.
Friends of Rotary at our Christmas dinner/Program
Rotarian Michael Fox dressed up for occasion
Guest speaker Judy Maddren introduced by Bruce McLaren weaving her magic  with stories around Christmas
Judy’s husband and musician Tim Elliott regaled us with musical interludes and song.
In addition, Judy read a few excerpts from several letters written long ago, and with her amazing voice, brought these true stories from Christmas past, to life. She finished by reading from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, first published in England 174 years ago. We were all fortunate to have been part of such a wonderful program.
Bruce McLaren introduced our talented and generous friends and Walt Bathe thanked.
Our outstanding caterer Lorrianne Rowe, and her hard working staff, were given a token of our appreciation.
Merry Christmas everybody,
Scribe:  Philip Schroeder
Rotary Announcements Dec 21, 2017
Walt Bathe—On behalf of the Aqua Box program thank you to The Friends of Rotary here today and to club members for donations.  We have surpassed our goal and hope to do even better.  We are close to being able to do a build in early 2018.  So again thank you and Merry Christmas.
Ken Nesbitt—We are coming up to week 6 of Catch the Ace.  We will be asking the club to help us sell tickets at the mall starting in the New Year.  This week we had a Rotarian win, Pat Feryn who won $147.  We will be selling tickets at the market starting in the New Year.  Also, if you are on facebook  please share our posts to get the word out there. 
Pat Feryn presented with his winnings from “Catch the Ace” draw last week the first Rotarian to win.
Shawn Malvern—Silver Stick hockey tournament is next week with 2 opportunities to volunteer, at the Rotary Booth or through the Silver Stick Committee.  It should be easier to help since there is no meeting next week.
Charlene Gordon—Someone approached Charlene for a replacement membership card and she cannot remember who.  If it was you please let her know.
We have been investigating new locations for our meetings in case the City decides to let the construction of the new Tom Patterson Theatre proceed.  The Board has narrowed the options down to 3 possible alternatives and we are going to test drive them in January so that in the beginning of Feb the club can make an informed decision about our new location.  On Thursday January 4th we will meet at the Kiwanis Centre as usual, on Thursday January 11th we will meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on Thursday January 18th we will meet at the Festival Motor Inn and the last Thursday In January the 25th we will meet at the Army, Navy, Air Force Hall.  Watch for more information by email and Club Runner. Thank you.
John Wright—The Building Committee of the Hospice Project are down to 6 prequalified contractors with the tender process taking place in early January, a decision  by the end of the January and construction  beginning in the spring.
President’s Announcements
I do have some good news, we have final numbers on the Dickens Event which raised $40,000 for the Hospice Project. It was a wonderful evening and a great way to raise funds but also awareness of the project in the community.  A very special thanks to Judy for pitching the idea and organizing the event.
President Linda Bathe announcing that hospice fund raiser under Rotary as umbrella to end at end of this year but raised $775000. Tender is out and hopefully shovel in the ground in March 2018
More Hospice related news.  As you know the Rotary Foundation has been holding funds for the hospice project for the past 4+ years and at the end of the month Ralph will be writing a cheque to hospice and transferring those funds.  In total our club has received $775,000 for the hospice project.   A big thank you again to Ralph for all the work related to these donations.
Guests:  Today we welcomed: Ellen McLaren- Stratford, Edward Cundall – Stratford, Anneli White – Stratford, Vera Catania – Stratford, Carolyn Lapier – Stratford, Connie Stewart, Ying McCann – Stratford, Betty Gaffney – Stratford, Susan Thomson - Festival City Rotary Club, Lorraine Shackleton – Stratford, JoAnn Hayter – Stratford, Friday Elcpe - Africa
Draw: The draw prizes today donated by Elizabeth Gaffney and Al Wakelyn and were won by Doug Brown and Anneli White.
Make-ups: Nothing to Report
Friday a Rotarian from Nigeria and ambassador of good will visiting club.
Staff of L&M catering presented with money/Christmas gift for feeding us so well in the last year.
December’s Attendance Committee: Guy Bellehumeur (I/C), Clare McCallum, Ollie Henry, Paul Roulston, Basil Hurst, John Kechnie, Mike Neilson, Fritz Steigmeier, Brent Shackleton.
January’s Attendance Committee: Gerry Culliton (I/C), Bob Martin, Ralph Robinson, Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Karel Hodgert, Bruce McLaren, Katelyn Aitcheson, Diane Sewell, Craig Pearce, Peter Maranger.