Posted on Mar 23, 2019
 March 28, 2019: Mimi Price and Andrea Page (Non-profit legislation), Jim Young will introduce, and Chris Thomson will give thanks. 

Head Table:  Our President Paul Roulston, invites, Jim Young, David Braye, Lisa Breault, Harry Brightwell, Norm Briscoe, Colleen Brown and Doug Brown, to join him at the head table.

Today at Rotary: Carolyn Ferguson – RI Foundation Giving Options
At the 1917 Rotary Convention, out-going President Archie Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” This was the birth of The Rotary International Foundation and over the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3B on life-changing, sustainable projects all over the world. In the fiscal year, 2018 Rotary provided over $86M in grants.
Speaker Carolyn Ferguson talking on the International Foundation and areas of giving. Introduced by Chris Thomson centre
Today’s speaker, Carolyn Ferguson, grew up in a Rotary family; she is the past president of the Ancaster AM club; current member of the Hamilton PM club and a multiple Paul Harris winner. Carolyn has also worked with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. Those six areas are:  Promoting peace; Providing clean water, sanitation & hygiene; Fighting disease; Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; and Growing local economies.
There are various ways to support the Rotary Foundation.  Annual gifts to the Foundation help people around the globe live better lives today. 
Planned gifts to Rotary’s Endowment support the same life-changing programs forever. Rotary strives to increase the value of your gift to the Endowment by preserving and investing your initial contribution and spending only a portion of the earnings. As an illustration, Carolyn showed the graph of a gift that started around $26,000 and grew in value substantially over a 20-year period while at the same time spending out close to $30,000 in benefits.  Generally, a $25,000 gift yields over $1000 in spending for Rotary programs each year. 
Setting and achieving your charitable goals will make an impact now and forever.
Scribe: John Wright
Guests:  Today we welcomed: Linda Schuyer, Stan Malcolm, and John Harlton all from the St. Marys RC, Amy Mullock, Redie Nerayo, Nick Preikschas (Rotaract President).
New Rotaract president Nick Preikschas who works with Montana at MTE.
Past Stratford Rotarian Stan Malcolm now with Rotary Club of St Marys inviting us to their Rural-Urban night on April 4, 2019
Draw: Debra Swan was the recipient of today's draw which was donated by Laura and Tony Carter.
Rotary Announcements
This weeks Catch the Ace winner Sherry Roulston winning first weekly prize.
Rural Urban Night – Thursday, April 18 at the Rotary Complex – Social at 6, Dinner at 7.  Tickets will be available at regular Rotary meetings starting March 7.  $35.00 each.  Reserved seating available for tables of 8 or more.
The Social Committee has organized an outing on Friday, May 31 via highway coach to Western Fair Raceway to the Above the Raceway restaurant/lounge.  Cost is $65 pp which includes transportation, buffet meal, and all taxes and fees. 
There is space for 56 people - Rotarians and non-Rotarians are welcome.  Roger Black will be accepting reservations and payments at next Thursday's lunch meeting (March 21).  Or email him.
The motor coach will depart from 30 Queensland Road (former Sobey's mall at the intersection of Queensland and Lorne - lots of free parking) at 5:30 pm, arriving back in Stratford about 11:30 pm.
The Stratford Festival would like to extend a special spring savings opportunity for the Rotary Club. See Little Shop of Horrors, an engaging musical comedy with a twist, and save!
Enjoy matinee performances of the Little Shop of Horrors on the following dates:
  • Monday, April 29
  • Friday, May 3
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Monday, May 27
B-seating zone only. Use promotion code 86228 to access this special offer.
I hope you can take advantage of this special offer. Directed by Donna Feore, Little Shop of Horrors is brought to vivid life from the creative team that brought you The Rocky Horror Show! Experience how love can grow, with this unique musical comedy.
Visit our website or contact our box office, at 1.800.567.1600 to take advantage of this offer, with our thanks.
Make-ups: No report. 
March’s Attendance Committee:  Sarah Hamza (I/C),  Jim Scott, John Wright, Andrea Page, Chris Thomson, Al Wakelin, Jo-Anne Hood Tidman, Doug Brown.