Posted by Nick Aroutzidis on Sep 08, 2018
September 13, 2018: President Paul Rouston, “Club ownership”.

Head Table:  Our President Paul Roulston, invites, all major chairpersons, to join him at the head table.
Today at Rotary:   District Governor Jim Schlatman, of the Rotary Club of Hanover,  and his wife Audrey were our guests today as part of the DG’s annual visits to all of the clubs in District 6330. 
Guest speaker District Governor Jim Schlatman with wife Audrey and President Paul speaking on the goals of Rotary International this year.
DG Jim brought his congratulations to the Rotary Club of Stratford for the many successful events and projects that happen each year.  He also congratulated our many long–standing members, including Norm Briscoe, for their commitment to Rotary. 
D.G. Jim Sclatman with assistant District Governor Diane Yundt.
RI President Barry Rassin of the Bahamas has set out his goals for his presidential year and DG Jim was happy to outline those for us.   
  1.  Membership is key.
  2. Clubs for younger people – Interact and Rotaract – must be encouraged.
  3. Our public image must be promoted.
  4. Remember to support the Rotary International Foundation.
President Barry sees Rotarians as people of action who see a need and fill it.  For that reason, Rotary International is currently promoting the “people of action” campaign, which you can google to see what it all about.  It is hoped that through this campaign the Rotary ‘brand’ will be promoted throughout the world so that people will know who Rotarians are.  President Barry sees this brand as a promise to people,  and hopes it will become what people know Rotarians to be.
DG Jim is asking all clubs to recruit at least 5 new members during this Rotary year.  There is a special campaign happening between Sept 10 and October 30 to encourage this growth, with a challenge between the different areas within the District.  Assistant DG Diane Yundt will be hoping to see the Perth County Rotary clubs show the most growth in the District during that time.  New members should be celebrated and encouraged to propose and lead new projects.  We should document these initiatives and get the details to Diane in a timely manner.
DG Jim asked us to consider our ‘curb appeal’ from the point of view of a prospective member.  We need to showcase our club, particularly in social media platforms.
DG Jim also outlined the many good works of the RI Foundation, particularly the eradication of polio.  Once the number of new cases is brought down to zero, it will still be three years before polio can be declared ‘beaten’.  It will take $50 million annually for those three years to get the job done.
In closing, DG Jim challenged us to ‘get your ask in gear’ and be the inspiration for others in our community.
DG Jim was introduced by Diane Yundt and thanked by President Paul Roulston.
SCRIBE: Wendy Anderson
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation:
To Dr. Doug Thompson for his tireless efforts in supporting humanitarian missions to Nicaragua, providing medical care, drilling wells, supporting agricultural projects and education and training for Nicaraguans.  Rotarian Pat Feryn spoke in support of this presentation, which was made by District Governor Jim Schlatman.  Congratulations to Doug on his second Paul Harris award.
Robert Ritz announcing upcoming Dragon Boat on Sept. 15. Also showing painting donated by Denise   Nonomura to be auctions as part of the event. Proving to be bigger and better than ever this year.
Guests:  Today we welcomed: David Braye, Garry Milton - Calgary, AB, RC Read  - Stratford, Marty Rops – Mitchell, Dianne Yundt - A6 Area 3 (home club - FCRC), Valerie Thompson – Stratford, Jane Eligh-Feryn - Stratford
Draw: The gift of an anonymously donated Canadian Tire gift card was drawn and won by District Governor Jim Schlatman.
Make-ups: no report
September’s Attendance Committee: Steve Rae (I/C), John Hood Tidman, Ken Nesbitt, Berny Nymeyer, Gordon Sherwin, Harry Brightwell, Ian Fisher, John Fisher.