May 02, 2020
During our meeting on Thursday Heidi mentioned the Stratford Perth Community Foundation Stay @ Home Gala.  The event is tonight May 2nd.  If you missed the link in the chat session you can find it here
If 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: May 7, 2020 11:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Rotary, April 30, 2020
Welcome:    President Brent Shackleton welcomed members to the Zoom meeting.  He announced that the previous week, the maximum number possible, 100, to attend our Zoom meetings had been achieved, to hear The Mayor, Dan Mathieson” talk on the State of the City.
Our President reflected on the Stratford Festival announcement that it was regretfully cancelling its 2020 season due the COVID-19 plague.  The Mayor in his speech had alluded to this possibility and opined that one scenario posited a possible loss of 30% of the businesses in the downtown core without a Festival season.  What will this mean for Rotary, particularly for the programmes that we support and our ability to fundraise?  Our President urged all members to be diligent in identifying community needs and how Rotary might assist in addressing them as well as creative new fundraising possibilities. 
President Brent also mentioned a collaborative project between the Grand Bend and Festival City Clubs to sew and distribute PPE gowns and masks.  This is similar to the project being developed by Doug Thompson and Wendy Wilkinson for our Club.
Speakers       Katherine Hahn and R.L. Stephenson-Read presented a slide show and talk on their Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa in 2019.  This is a programme that is new to our district but has been active in other areas of Rotary-world.  It involves clubs reciprocally hosting members from a district elsewhere in the world and is an opportunity to learn about the challenges and success happening elsewhere, to be immersed in another culture, to exchange ideas, perhaps develop partnerships, promote peace and service and make new lasting friendships.  Katherine and R.L. travelled to South Africa with District members from Grand Bend, Wiarton, St Thomas and others.
Katherine and R.L. moved around the country staying with different hosts who arranged for them to experience both the areas’ major sites and also Rotary projects.  Both were impressed by the optimistic, involved and knowledgeable Rotarians whom they met.  Katherine reviewed some of the statistics, history and political and social situation in South Africa.  She stressed that it is a very multiracial and cultural country with 11 different languages, a liberal democracy since 1994 but a country plagued by widespread crime, economic inequality and significant poverty.
Sites that they visited included the Freedom Park in Pretoria, a poignant memorial to those died in the struggle against apartheid, Haenertsburg – an area of wonderful ecological diversity, Kaross – where they visited a project that supports women creating artwork in embroidery, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Grasstop Gorge and the world-famous Krueger National Park – established in 1920 and home to a vast range of animals including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, crocodiles and loads of monkeys, all of which they saw.
Katherine and R.L spoke of Rotary’s very active involvement through many small clubs throughout the country.  Their projects encompass schools, crèches, nurseries, orphanages, maternity wards, sustainable community-based agriculture, training teachers and providing holiday like respite for families.  R.L and Katherine visited some of these projects and spoke of the commitment, compassion and selflessness of the Rotarians involved.  One such project was in Middleburg which is the destination for the containers of school supplies that the Grand Bend Club send out with contributions for our Club.
R.L. spoke about the ongoing social and racial tensions and the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation process.  At places that were visited, they saw artistic expressions of this struggle to come to terms with the past particularly in the crafts and discussed with Rotarians and others both the ongoing challenges as well as the successes.
Finally, we got a glimpse of Katherine screaming as she zip lined across a gorge – a lasting image for all of us!   Both R.L. and Katherine encouraged members to participate in this exchange programme if they had the opportunity and said that at some time when conditions permitted, they would assist in hosting a return trip by members of South African Rotary.  
Club Business     President Brent reported that the re-organization plans for the Club’s Board were progressing and suggestions were still welcome.
                                Dave Daglish, chair of the Legislative Committee updated on the work being done to ensure the separation of our Club and our Foundation, as an audit revealed that the two were inappropriately intertwined.  New by-laws are being drafted which will require member approval and then policies and procedures will follow.  He will regularly update the Club on progress with this very important work.
Birthdays             Pat Feryn
Happy Bucks      Dave Hunt who celebrated 61 years of wedded bliss
Your tired by impressed scribe,
Jun 25, 2020
President's farewell.
Jul 02, 2020
President's inauguration
Jul 09, 2020
The craft of Cinematography.
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