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EyeOpener November 12, 2019 - We Are Rotary
Rob led 7 members present in O Canada and the Rotary Grace to open the meeting at 7:15.
November is Rotary Foundation Month
Tricia offered Food for Thought with an experience she had with her daughter. Her mom makes a quilt each year for the Legion Auxiliary to raffle off. Bessie, a 94 year old veteran, won it and was thrilled. When Tricia's daughter was talking with Bessie, Bessie shared that when she was discharged she was not able to join the Legion, not because she had only served for four years, rather - women were not permitted to join. Her husband decided that if Besssie couldn't join, he wouldn't either. This was a real example of the attitudes to women's rights in the not so distant past.
Tricia also shared a podcast she has started following - Against the Rules with Michael Lewis. The website gives the podcast context: "the Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar's Poker, Moneyball) takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness—in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law, and much more. And he asks what’s happening to a world where everyone loves to hate the referee." Tricia experienced this first hand at a local hockey game for 12 year olds. The young referee called an obvious check from behind - checking isn't allowed at this tier. The coach was livid and screamed at the referee who simply told the coach "That's a penalty in any league." After the game the referee was swarmed by irate coaches and fans. No wonder referees are hard to find.
  • The Public Library Centennial Celebration is next Tuesday, November 19 from 7 to 9 pm. See how far the library has come in its first 100 years and celebrate its launch into the next 100 years.
  • Dean will be at the joint evening meeting next Monday, November 18 to receive vulnerable persons sector check requests for city residents - bring a completed Police Information Check form, 2 pieces of government issued identification (one with picture) and $15. Forms are available in Club Documents in ClubRunner. A few will be available at the meeting.
  • Photographers will be at the joint evening meeting for members wanting to add or update their profile picture in ClubRunner.
  • Our scholarship winners Ethan Mitchell and Carter Rolston will be presented with their scholarships at the joint evening meeting. Let's show our support for these deserving youth.
  • Board meeting next Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 am at Certified Training.
  • Our Annual General Meeting is on November 26. John is canvassing for members to join the board, Let him know you are willing to share your talent and enthusiasm.
Rob drew the four of spades and will offer Food for Thought in two weeks at our November 26 meeting.
Happy Bucks were shared for a European battlefield tour bringing extra meaning to this Remembrance Day, being part of a generation that has connection to wartime, dog sitting for a mostly good company dog, skiing.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
Rob shared that money we donate to the Rotary Foundation is well managed  and is available for clubs to use locally and internationally. We received some funding for our scholarships from donations returned to our District. We will be exploring avenues to access District funds for causes we support such as Days for Girls. In the future we may look at supporting some international projects - building on the knowledge the noon club has gained in Global Grants. Donations to the Foundation can be made online at, having Rob forward your donation to the Canadian office or by pre-authorized withdrawal. Foundation funds are used for projects in the community and around the world to improve the lives of people.
Days for Girls
Carol pulled back the covers on sewing days to let us know that there's more than sewing going on. There is stringing of bags, putting snaps on shields, ironing components and a myriad of other tasks while having fun socializing. Sewing days, to prepare components for kits, at the Rotary Youth Centre are from September to the end of November and January to the end of April. Kit assembly days are held at the end of November and April. Feel free to drop in to a sewing day Thursday from 4 to 8 or Saturday from 9 to 3. A lot of the labour intensive tasks at the kit assembly days have been replaced with our in meeting stringing and snapping sessions and the many volunteers working at home. Dying panties, cutting components, sewing, snapping shields, etc are no longer slowing down the enthusiastic volunteers at the kit assembly. Our next kit assembly day is November 30, 9:00 am at the Rotary Youth Centre. 300 kits will be assembled.
Public Relations
Tricia pointed to the Youth committee's handling of the scholarship advertising as a model of how we can help her get the word out on social media when we need it. Once the committee knew that they were ready to advertise and had an idea of the content they wanted in the ads they contacted Tricia. Working together a social media campaign was designed and executed. The campaign had lots of views, shares and comments resulting in us receiving 10 viable candidates for the scholarships.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 am with Rob leading the Four Way Test
  • Joint evening meeting next Monday, November 18 at the Casino Hotel 5:45 pm - scholarship awards, inductions, Tim Schilds, District Foundation Chair (ZOOM from Dawson Creek)
  • Board Meeting next Tuesday November 19 at Certified Training 7:00 am
  • Annual General Meeting Tuesday November 26 at Certified Training 7:00 am
  • Days for Girls kit assembly day November 30 at the Rotary Youth Centre 0:00 am
Morris Henderson