Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Nov 29, 2019
December 5, 2019: President Brent Shackleton, “Club ownership”
 
Head Table:  Our President Brent Shackleton, invites all major chairpersons, to join him at the head table.
 
Today at Rotary: Today Rotarians enjoyed the Classification talk of Amy Mullock. 
 
Amy grew up in Stratford and recalls a desire to save the world that developed at a very early age.  During her high school years, she became very involved in campaigns to eliminate land mines and also went on a mission trip to Guatemala to help build a school.  The mission trip gave her a taste for travel.  She and her mother Jan enjoyed a backpacking trip through the Middle East, for example. 
 
 
Rotarian Amy Mullock with Pres. Brent and Gary Wreford
 
Following secondary school, Amy found herself on the African continent where, among other things,  she worked at a teacher’s college in Mozambique using music to teach English, met Nelson Mandela at an airport and avoided a fatal train wreck when she trusted her gut and changed her travel plans at the last minute.
 
When she returned to North America, she ultimately found herself living in a broken down van in a parking lot in Halifax.  She turned that misfortune into an opportunity when she went to work at a Subway restaurant.  Within a month she was made manager of that store.  The owner of the store saw something in her and she became the operations manager for his group of 10 Subway restaurants.  After 5 years in Halifax, her boss sold his business and Amy returned to Ontario.
 
As a single mother, Amy needed stability in her life so she took a sales manager position at Kudo.  Eventually, she was able to buy a home.  Her neighbour encouraged her to explore banking as a career.  Amy was hired and spent the next 5 years climbing the ladder within Scotiabank.  Today she is a business banker and considers herself well placed in her life.
 
She considers her son Josh to be the greatest accomplishment in her life.  They share a love of travel, a highlight being a return visit to the still-functioning school that she helped build in her high school days. 
 
Amy sees Rotary as a chance to serve others and feels that we all have an impact on this world.
 
Amy was introduced by Gary Wreford and thanked by Dave Daglish.
 
Scribe: Wendy Anderson
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Stratford purchased bus in Nicaragua to transport 200 disadvantaged students to NPH school, two meals and medical care. Rotary making a difference
 
Rotary Announcements
 
  • Cookies and Carols – Thursday, December 19 at 6 p.m. at Falstaff Centre
  • AGM for the Club and the Foundation are being held next week at the Club Assembly.  The financials will be circulated this week for your review.
 
  • Thanks to Bruce McLaren who is representing the club at the Northwestern Commencement this week.
 
  • The Board is working on the Strategic Plan following the workshop earlier this month.
 
  • Aquabox Build – Jutzi Water Treatment, our hosts for the last build, have embraced the project wholeheartedly, displaying a sample aquabox at their business and encouraging donations for future builds. 
 
  • Rotary Christmas Social at The Parlour on December 13, 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Advance tickets only.  Contact Dan Scarborough.
 
 
Guests: We welcomed the following guests: Jan Schonfeldt - Amy’s mom and Michelle Jones - Guest of Jim Young
 
Foundation Draw: Two prizes donated today by Ken Nesbitt (Tim Horton's gift cards), and won by Norm Bird and Angus MacDermid.
 
Make-ups: No Report
 
Please, if you do a make-up, please send me an email at naroutzidis@naeng.com.
 
December’s Attendance Committee: Ollie Henry (I/C), Fritz Steigmeier, Guy Bellehumeur, Geza Wordofa, Mark Smith, Wendy Wilkinson, Amy Mullock.