December 8 2016:  Christopher Cantion “Etiquette as demonstrated by trained Butler “.  Our speaker will be introduced by Rheo Thompson and thanked by Diane Sewell.

Head Table:  Our President Kevin Silver, invites, Rheo Thompson, Gord Steed, Fritz Steigmeier, Cathy Thompson, Doug Thompson, Chris Thomson and Gerry Thuss, to join him at the head table.
 
Longstanding Rotarian George Schroeder introducing his son Philip for his classification talk.
 
This Week:  Today, Philip Schroeder, gave his classification talk and we all enjoyed his dry wit.   Philip told of us of his early years in Stratford attending Bedford, King Lear and Stratford Central.  He attended Lakehead University and then travelled to SouthEast Asia where he experienced some great adventures such as by riding a motorcycle through a forest fire north of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and experiencing the December 26 Tsunami (from a safe distance).
 
Philip then settled in Japan where he taught English as a second language, married the lovely Saori and started a successful business working with Japanese companies on training and translation of material into English.  Philip enjoyed Japanese society and talked of Shintoism, an ancient religion, where living sincerely will lead one to live morally.  Philip recalled the devastating Tsunami that hit Japan and was gratified at the international aid to Japan.
 
Philip recently moved here with Saori and their daughter Amy so that she could get an English education.  Philip said he was blessed to have lived in Japan and grateful to be home in Stratford.  We welcome Philip to our club.
 
Scribe: Ron Shaw
 
Craig Pearce announcing the Silverstick hockey tournament over Christmas week and wearing “the shirt “with sponsorship spots on back
 
Announcements:  
 
  • Craig Pierce announced the need for volunteers at the Rotary Hockey Tournament later this month and promoted advertising opportunities by having your company’s name on a jersey.
  • Katherine Hahn needs volunteers for the concession booth at the Rotary Recreation Complex.
  • Linda Bathe is looking for members interested in serving on the Board of Directors.
  • Rick Orr asks us to bring cash next week for the annual Christmas Drive.
  • December 22nd is the Christmas meeting.  Prizes for best costumes.
 
The President convened the annual General Meeting of the Rotary Charitable Foundation where it fulfilled its legal corporate responsibilities and we received the report of the treasurer noting that the Club has been spending money set aside for charitable purposes.  Accordingly, the accumulated surplus will be down to $140,000 by the end of the year.  Appreciation was extended to Berny Nymeyer and Josef Frank for handling the funds for significant savings and to Ralph Robinson for acting a treasurer.
 
Guests: Today we welcomed Lisa Breault, Dauglas Brown and Fadia Mankal.
 
Draw: The draw prize today was a gift certificate for an anonymous donor and was won by Norm Bird.
 
Make-ups: Steve Rae, at the Rotary Club of Estero and the same evening he helped with their event Light up Estero Christmas tree lighting, Doug Thompson and Basil Hurst, November 29 at the FCRC.
 
December’s Attendance Committee: Fritz Steigmeier (I/C), Clair McCallum, Guy Bellhumeur, Ollie Henry, Paul Roulston, Basil Hurst, John Kechnie, Mike Neilsen, David Rose.
 
January’s Attendance Committee: Peter Maranger (I/C), Gerry Culliton, Bob Martin, Ralph Robinson, Bill Arthur, Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Karel Hodgert, Bruce McLaren, Katelyn Aitcheson, Diane Sewell, Craig Pearce.