Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Sep 28, 2019
October 3, 2019: Katherine Hahn, “Polio Plus”, Doug Thompson will thank our speakers.
Head Table:  Our President Brent Shackleton, invites Alan Wakelin, Sue Wakelin, Wendy Anderson, Montana Wilson and Gezahgn Wordofa, to join him at the head table.

Today at Rotary: Elizabeth Gaffney introduced our speaker today. Loreena McKennit, as a woman of conviction.  Truer words were never spoken.
Speaker Loreena McKennitt flanked by Rotarians Rhonda Lee Stephenson-Reed and introducer Elizabeth Gaffney. Reflections on the negative consequences of our tech and changing society
 Loreena first described the strong community in which she grew up in Manitoba. Under the watchful eye of family, relatives and neighbours she felt nurtured and supported in everything she did.  Although she wanted to be a veterinarian, she said Music chose her, and the rest is history.
Loreena used her experience in the music industry as a cautionary tale. 
She first arrived in Stratford in 1981 where she worked for 4 years as a singer, actor and composer at the theatre.  She made her first recording in 1985 and earned money to go touring by busking at St Lawrence Market in Toronto.  By 1989 she had three recordings that were doing well.  In 1991 she opened her first office and hired her own staff.  Referring to herself as unmanageable, she has never hired a manager.  By 1998 she had offices in Stratford and London, England, and employed local talent and businesses to produce and promote her work.
It was also in 1998 that Loreena saw that the music industry was dying.  By the time she returned to recording in 2006, the industry was unrecognizable. Because of technological ‘advances’ like Napster and others that followed it, offering illegal ‘free’ downloads the music industry changed.   An industry that generated $20Billion in economic impact in 1999 has declined to $7Billion in 2014.
A similar impact has been felt in print advertising and bricks and mortar retail outlets as well.
 She warned of the impact of technology on the mental health of our young people who are being bombarded with consumerism while feeling increasingly isolated and ironically lacking in communication skills.  Technology is both disruptive to community life and addictive.  Screen time is becoming a medical issue.  The education system has become enablers of the tech industry while tech moguls like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates don’t allow their children access to smart phones and other devices.  What do they know that we don’t?
She feels that our entire society is vulnerable, and posed the question –
Just because we can, should we?  We must use our better judgement because we are fighting for our way of life….against technology,  against climate change…
Loreena’s full speech is available at
This scribe encourages you to read it for yourselves as these notes do not do Loreena’s heartfelt words justice.
Michael Fox expressed the Club’s thanks to our speaker.
Scribe: Wendy Anderson
Note:  There will be a screening of the documentary Screenagers on October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Falstaff Family Centre.  All are welcome for the film and discussion to follow.
Message from Our Rotaract President Nick Priekschas:
Hope all is well, we have read the bulletin and appears to be some errors, misunderstanding and misinterpretation in what our message was.
We meet twice a month at 7pm.  The first meeting consists of a board meeting, followed by a guest speaker and typical club meeting.  The second meeting is a typical club meeting, service or social event.
We also host a trivia event separate from our typical meeting nights to fundraise for local support.
Item 1 - meeting times.  Breakfast club is difficult as some don’t have flexibility with work hours or families they need to care for prior to school. Lunch club can also be difficult as the meeting can be approximately 1.5 hours plus travel time to the meeting, ultimately meaning potentially 2 hours of time
Item 2 - membership and food pricing. Concern with total membership cost plus food. Today’s day is expensive and with young individuals having difficulty to afford today’s living could make it difficult and more stressful than it should be. 
Item 3 - meeting tone. Rotary is very professional and structured respectfully so.  Rotaract meeting consist of easy conversation but with change as change is often needed to keep members interested.  
Item 4 - diversity.  For new members it can be intimidating with the amount of very respected individuals and rotaract does not know who the members are and does not want to be discouraged. 
Rotaract enjoy doing what they are doing and believe that the structure they have works with the youth. Rotaract does believe that their should be more transition activities to become more familiar with rotary and how we can work together to help make a succession plan.
Rotaractors recruit members by use of social media as today’s youth like media exposure. 
 We do invite rotarians to experience a Rotaract meeting to see what we are about 
Laurie brown also reached out to Charlene, Mimi and Peter about spreading word of a Rotaract event
 We’re looking to launch a community based Rotaract Club in London and are hosting an info session for potential members on Monday, September 30th.  The event will be very light and social and will be held at the Fox and Fiddle in Citi Plaza (formerly Galleria Mall) in downtown London.  We would appreciate help from Stratford Rotarians in spreading the word, either directly to young people they know in the London area or through their business networks. I’ve attached a poster with the details and ask that anyone who’s interested in attending RSVP to me to help us gauge numbers so the venue can adequately staff the event. Laurie’s email
Aquabox build upcoming at the end of October, with a goal of 750 boxes.  Keep an eye out for further announcements shortly.
Social Events – An email went out today with details regarding the night at Western Fair Raceway in October and the Starbrite Concert in December.  The deadlines are firm so if you are interested, please let the committee know right away.
Car Rally – Coming up October 6.  Still time to register but you must let Katherine Hahn know asap.
Polio Plus – Purple Pinkies for Sale - Next week at Rotary, members will have the opportunity to donate to this important cause in exchange for getting a purple pinkie.  Last year our club gave $2000.  It would be great to double that amount.  Please be generous!
Scotch Mist raffle tickets will be available soon.  Limited to 600 tickets at $10 each.  Prizes include some sought after Scotches and also tickets to next year’s event.
Christmas Craft Show will be here before we know it.  Be ready to volunteer when the list comes out!
Dragon Boat Festival – preliminary numbers – Thanks to all!!!!
  • 93 sponsors
  • 100 volunteers
  • 1000 paddlers
  • Artwork Raffle $3986 for the Hospice
  • Expenses $47K
  • Profit $48K
Profit over 24 year history of the event $895,000.000
Update on E-transfer issue
President Brent reported that the club has lost $5621 due to the e transfer hacking.  Fifteen payments were fraudulently diverted from the club account.  Four of those were dragon boat registrations, the rest membership dues.  All have been reported to the police and our bank.  New processes have been put in place.
President Brent reported that member David Bray, of the Salvation Army, has been immediately re-assigned to Scarborough.  David asked Brent to let everyone know how much he had enjoyed his time as a member in our club.
Guests: We welcomed, Chris Nanson – Waterloo, Keith Tappan - Novi, Mi, Pirie Mitchell - St Marys, Brendan Knight – Stratford, Myrna Inglis - Walkerton Rotary club, John Hall - Fairport, New York , Maureen Hall - Fairport, New York, Rodrigo Mohr - Torreon, Mexico.
Draw: A gift certificate from Milky Whey was donated by Walt Bathe and won by Mimi Price.
Make-ups: Nothing to report, if you do a make-up please send me an email at
October’s Attendance Committee: George Schroeder (I/C), Doug Thompson, Angus MacDermid, Gary Wreford, Lynn McKone, Rob Ritz, Mike Nielsen, Bert Clifford, Peter Roach.