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May 10 2020
Happy Mother's Day
 
The new COVID Mask Project is moving along very quickly.  The website is up at https://rotarystratford.com/SitePage/masks .  if you have any questions or would like to help out please email masks@rotarystratford.com  
 
This week Katherine had an announcement for JA: 
JA South Western Ontario is wrapping up the student venture JA Company Program with our annual awards ceremony, Celebration of Excellence, on Wednesday, May 13th at 7 pm. This is a free event to virtually attend and allows JA to showcase and celebrate the terrific work of these student participants. There were 14 JA Company Programs in all this year with 248 students. Here is the link. http://rebrand.ly/JAcelebration.
 
If you would like to attend a makeup meeting, or book your attendance in a previous event you can find the link on our webpage under about our club or by following https://rotarystratford.com/SitePage/about-our-club 
 
A couple weeks ago Dan Scarborough's son Rob created this video.  Dan had asked me to included it in our weekly meetings but I haven't had a chance, so I thought I'd include it here. https://vimeo.com/406332775 
 
This week Steve Rae shared his latest song with us "finish the task, wear a mask".  
 

Next Zoom meeting:

I've set up the weekly zoom meeting to be a recurring meeting so we'll be using the same link every week going forward. 
 
Topic: Weekly Rotary Club Lunchtime Meeting
Time: Every Thursday 11:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
 
Meeting ID: 845 5447 0325
Password: 230056
 
If you would prefer to call in you can use any of these numbers. 
1 438 809 7799,1 587 328 1099,1 647 374 4685 
 
 
Rotary, May 7, 2020
Welcome:  As our members gathered digitally for our meeting today we were welcomed by music courtesy Steve Rae. Steve played and sang a patriotic song about Canada and also a really neat song about covid-19 -"Finish the task, wear a mask".  This clever song gained a lot of support from the members and could be our theme song for the weeks ahead. All together, a pleasant opening to our meeting.
 
President Brent opened the meeting and invited Doug Thompson and Wendy Wilkinson to talk about the plan for our club to produce 1500 cloth masks plus some gowns for health workers and masks for the people in Stratford. The cloth is being cut in Brunner and the sewing will be done by sewers in Stratford. Doug is inviting people who can sew and who are available.  Perhaps some will volunteer their time and some will take advantage of this work project.
 
At this time Brent welcomed Jennifer Stewart to address the club. Jennifer is the daughter of the late club member, Bruce Stewart and she is 30 years into a successful and rather exciting career as a theatre performer in acting, singing, dancing and who now adds directing to her many skills.
 
As Jennifer explained, growing up in Stratford gave her an early start to her career.  When Stratford Festival artistic director David Williams needed a group of young people for a part on stage. She needed someone's help to convince her mother that this would be a good idea. This start was the beginning of a long string of serendipitous experiences that took her through high school and Sheridan College and put her on stage in theatres farther afield than Stratford and Toronto.
Jennifer especially liked musical theatre and so she was part of Mamma Mia and Hair Spray. She believed that her future might include directing and so she was able to find a place in a two year masters program in London, UK. She had more stage experience that most of her class but she took the opportunity to study other aspects of theatre such as directing. The second year of the masters program took the class to Moscow and other European cities.
 Today, with covid-19, the future of theatre is uncertain. Jennifer pointed out that theatre is live; actors are connected with the audience; Actors will need to be safe. These facts may result in more one-person shows or more outside performances in larger spaces.
 
It was a joy to listen to Jennifer's interesting  30 years so far in theatre performance and we wish Jennifer and theatre a life after covid-19 for Jennifer's sake and ours.
 
Club Business: President Brent introduced David Daglish, chair of the Legislative Committee to give an update of the work to separate our Rotary club from our Foundation He noted that the work to rewrite the bylaws for the foundation are progressing and will be completed in the next week or so.
 
                        Scribe - Norm Bird
 
 
 
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