March 12, 2020: Prof.  McWebb, “University of Waterloo Stratford Campus and this year's Scholarship Recipient”, Jim Young will introduce and Gord Sherwin, will thank our speaker.
 
Head Table:  Our President Brent Shackleton, invites Jim Young, Dan Scarborough, George Schroeder, Dave Scott, Jim Scott and Gord Sherwin, to join him at the head table.
 
 
 
Today at Rotary:   Today, we held a club business meeting led by President Brent Shackleton and Rotarian Charleen Gordon. The topic was the proposed 2020 - 2022 Strategic Action Plan. This plan has been in the works for some time by David Dagleash, Charleen Gordan and Brent Shackleton. The goal is for our club to remain a strong and viable club for another 100 years. This proposed Strategic Action Plan has been circulated to the club members by email and now this meeting was an opportunity for  Brent to review it in detail and for members to discuss the proposals in it.
 
The four Strategic Oblectives are:
         1. Build the Membership
         2. Enrich/Enhance the Club Experience
         3. Financial Sustainability
         4.  Lead by Example
 
President Brent S. Discussed the” Strategic Action Plan” for the club. Lively discussion ensued.
 
Besides finding and recruiting new members this plan will focus on training for mentors to work with new members and will offer more fireside chats. It will also explore alternative club meetings considering, for example, one of the monthly meetings being an evening meeting, giving consideration to flexibility and reduced cost while at the same time respecting the desires of existing members. This may result in a trial period.
 

 
Plans to enrich the club experience will also look at alternative meeting styles, alternative programs and opportunities to learn about Rotary and the work of the club executive. It will also emphasize the Rotary milestones such as the 25th anniversary of the Dragon Boat Festival,  the coming 100th anniversary of the club. and Rotary district 6330 clubs and activities.
 
Financial sustainability is in need of our attention too. This plan will work to reduce operating costs and invite Rotarians to support the Rotary foundation of our club.
 
A vote on the strategic plan will be held at the March 19 meeting.
 
Scribe: Norm Bird
 
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations: Rotarian Steve Monteith did the presentation of Paul Harris fellowships to Jim Snider and Clark Mitchell. In making these presentations, Steve noted that Jim and Clark had each received  a  PHF earlier but the exceptional project of the Can- Am Rotary Curling bonspiel in Stratford a few years ago that was co-hosted by Jim and Clarke deserved this award. Congratulations Jim and Clark. This is a nice reminder of the event that you made possible for the benefit of us all .
 
 
Paul Harris Fellows awarded to Jim Snider and Clark Mitchel for their long service to the Stratford Rotary Curling Bonspiel and organizing the 2009 CanAm Bonspiel in Stratford. Presented by president Brent and Rotarian Steve Monteith.
 
Guests: Today we welcomed District assistant Governor Dianne Yundt, Ann Snider, Celina Joseph and two youthful helpers with Patricia Riehl.
 
 
Gerry Thuss presenting this weeks Catch the Ace proceeds to  winner Kevin Silver. Gerry also announced we are now at the catch even point for the 3rd Catch the Ace  lottery and Ace still lives. Also at the meeting ADG Diane Yundt mentioned that Kevin Silver will be the new Assistant District Governor for Area 3  District 6330 for 2020. Congratulations Kevin on two counts.
 
 
 
Wendy Anderson announced that Rural Urban tickets will be on sale next week for $40.
 
 
 
Michael Fox that the Short Story contest starts today and request for readers was filled in 5 minutes.
 
Foundation Draw: The draw prize,  a scarf from the Scottish Shop was won by Celina Joseph. 
 
Make-ups: No report
 
Please, if you do a make-up, please send me an email at naroutzidis@naeng.com.
 
March’s Attendance Committee: John Wright (I/C), Jim Scott, Andrea Page, Chris Thomson, Al Wakelin, Jo-Anne Hood Tidman, Doug Brown, Kel Pero, Sarah Hamza.