Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Jul 29, 2018
August 2, 2018: Dillon Silver, “Hearing Loss”, Kevin Silver will introduce, and Wendy Anderson will thank our speaker.

Head Table:  Our President Paul Roulston, invites Kevin Silver, Diane Sewell, Brent Shackleton, Ron Shaw, Gord Sherwin, Pat Shewen and Paul Siberry, to join him at the head table.
 
Today at Rotary – Our guest was Chris Jones the Manager of the SPCA Centre here in Stratford.  She provided an update on the new facility that the SPCA is now delighted to have – Gloria’s Place.  This new facility dedicated to animal welfare is a renovated manufacturing building on Griffiths Road in Stratford and is the culmination of a $1 M capital campaign and the dedication of volunteers and animal lovers across the region.  It opened in September 2016 and the new centre is well-suited to address the SPCA’s mandate and the ever-increasing demand for its services.
 
 
Program speaker Christine Jones speaking on Perth Huron Humane Society. Introduced by Pat Shewen.
 
 
Ms Jones restated the fundamental principles of the SPCA – the “5 Freedoms” – which inform their work and commitment.  These are Freedom from Hunger and Thirst, Freedom from Discomfort, Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease, Freedom from Distress, and Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour.   These freedoms underlie a responsibility for the organization to be accountable, innovative, educate and provide humane treatment. 
 
In 2017, the Centre recorded some impressive achievements – 635 animals rescued, 442, adoptions, 608 spays/neuters, and 4370 students and young people learned about animal health and care through educational sessions.  All this on a budget of $900,000 and only 1 f/t staff, a few p/t and lots of enthusiastic volunteers.
 
Programmes conducted by the Centre include educational sessions, medical clinics, adoption services, microchip implanting, animal control and enforcement of regulations in conjunction with municipal enforcement and licensing.
 
Ms Jones reiterated that the Stratford Centre needs community support to keep up its services and mentioned several events that help with this – The Best in Show Gala on November 21, The 3rd Annual Vic Hayter Race Day (named in honour of a long-time supporter of the SPCA), and the summer camps.  They also seek sponsorships, have municipal contracts for inspection and enforcement, levy fees and gratefully accept donations from people who value the organization’s important role in our community.
 
Your loyal and obedient scribe,
 
Scribe: Guy Chadsey
 
Guests:  No Guests today
 
Draw: The draw prizes today was donated by Coleen Divine
(Gift Certificate for Pizza Bistro) and the winner was Philip Schroeder.
 
Rotary Announcements
 
Scotch Mist is 13 October 2018, 5PM @ Arden park
 
 
1) Only 240 tickets available - $125 each. Arrive and order tickets prior to the start of the meeting on August 16
 
2) If ordering through email, they will be processed as if they were received after our meeting starts and in the order they came in
 
3) Ask your friends, loved ones, neighbours NOW, don’t wait until they go on sale. If it’s anything like our last 2 years, the tickets will be sold out that day.
 
4) Raffle tickets go up for sale in September 
 
Shine On Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show is on Saturday, August 11th. Registration deadline for the car rally portion of the event is July 31st. All road worthy vehicles are welcome to participate. Bring your classic car to the Show & Shine on the day of. Register online www.ShineOnStratford.ca or contact Katherine Hahn. Please tell your friends and family as we are hoping for a stellar turnout for this inaugural fundraiser for our club. 
 
Also re: your last email, yes we would love it if you could speak during our awards presentation at the museum. It will be following the rally at about 4-4:30. 
 
Make-ups: no report
 
August’s Attendance Committee: Bob Gulliford (I/C), Nick Aroutzidis, Mike Gruszcynski, Bryan Lapier, Arlene Pol, Steve Monteith, Dan Scarborough, Josef Frank, Norm Bird