Dockfest tubs come out of Storage 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Canadian Cowgirls 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Adventures in Citizenship 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Services month Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Upcoming Trip to Georgian Downs Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Winner of the 50/50 Draw Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Results of Road Side Clean-Up Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker Author Peter Jennings Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Sausages for Sale Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Silver Cornet Stolen Suzi Jarvis 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Trip to Canada's Wonderland   June 7 depart 8am return 6pm   See Katy McGregor to sign up
 
Rotarian of the Year    Nominations are now open
 
Board Member needed    Community Service Director   Talk to Peter Redwood for details of the position
 
Rotary Club of Huntsville Attendance Policy   Moved by Ken Stronach and seconded by Brent Finn that the Attendance Policy presented at the May 10th 2017 meeting be accepted as presented.  Carried
 
The Willy Wonka joint presentation between Huntsville Festival of the Arts and the Rotary Club of Huntsville was a success and generated $2300 for the Club Thanks to Rob Saunders and D&R construction.
 
The Maple Festival generated a profit of $2352  Thank you to Chair Bill Pritchard
 
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In recognition of the many members that Katy McGregor has brought into the Club she is seen here receiving the Blue disc award. Congrats and Thanks Katy.
Katy McGregor receives her Blue Disc 2017-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2017
 
These hardy Rotarians braved the wet weather on Saturday and fulfilled our Environmental commitment to the Town of Huntsville by cleaning up Highway 60 and Golf Course Rd.
Rotary Litter Eradication Day Will Gibson 2017-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
Last week we heard from James Hunt from the Door Youth Centre.
The Door operates a number of Youth programs in Huntsville.
 
For most of our teens, The Door’s Drop In program is the starting point for this journey into relationship. Drop In is simply a time for teens to come in and hang out with each other and with our caring adult volunteers. This is the place where trust is built, mutual respect is earned, and life-changing relationships are forged. For most of our teens, Drop In quickly becomes their place of refuge from the stormy and turbulent world of their day-to-day lives. Open most Friday and Saturday evenings, Drop In also offers our teens a safe alternative to hanging out on the streets.
At The Door, we believe the solution to today’s culture of entitlement lies in experiencing the fulfillment of serving. Project Serve is a program designed to enable our teens to reach beyond themselves and affect positive change in the world around them – both locally and globally. A 3 stage mission experience, Project Serve provides teens with training in Christlike characteristics such as teamwork, commitment, service and leadership. Through this series of mission trips and training, participants learn to think about the needs of others and experience the joy of serving.

School Support

We believe it’s important that we meet teens where they are. One of the ways we do this is through offering our staff and volunteers as a support to the local schools. We do this through a variety of ways at both Elementary and High School levels, including: serving meals through the local Breakfast Club programs, volunteering ourselves as chaperones for school trips, offering homework assistance & tutoring services, and volunteering our time as an in-class support for both staff and students. Through this we demonstrate our commitment to supporting our teens and building strong working relationships with the local schools.

Kidmax Summer Day Camp

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Kidmax Summer Day Camp has been in operation for over 30 years.  Formerly run under the Huntsville Youth Club, Kidmax has developed great summer programming for boys and girls in grades one to eight. Our qualified staff are carefully selected to provide a safe, quality outdoor camping program for all our campers. Located at Pitmans Bay on picturesque Mary Lake, it’s no surprise that waterfront activities are a perennial favourite. Other activities include Soccer, T-Ball, Frisbee, Tetherball, Archery, canoeing / kayaking, hiking, and arts & crafts. We also introduce campers to the Christian faith in a non-threatening, age-appropriate manner through engaging and interactive daily Bible time.

Parent Resources

As parents, we often feel ill-equipped to handle the challenges of parenting in today’s ever-changing world. That’s why Huntsville YFC is proud to offer a wide variety of online parenting resources directly from our website. All of our online parenting classes, annual “rights of passage” experiences, and downloadable parenting tools are constantly updated, tailored to the age of your child, and readily available with the click of a mouse. Because let’s face it - kids don’t come with instruction manuals.

Annual Events

The Door also provides access to a variety of large group events throughout the year including: Campfire (a summer camping trip),Wonderland, Today’s Teens conference, Christmas Semi-Formal, and Come & See events (in partnership with local Youth Pastors). These are all great opportunities for teens to grow in relationship with each other and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 
 
 
 
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 08, 2017
It was a wonderful bus ride to Gravenhurst.  Brandy and the Bus Driver got on very well!
Bus fun!
Sawdust Brewery Story
Located in Gravenhurst Ontario, the gateway to Muskoka, Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. We produce traditional ales in an array of styles, but there is nothing traditional about the flavour. Our brewmaster, Sam Corbeil, and his talented team create award-winning exciting beers that expand the borders of traditional flavour profiles. The rule at Sawdust City is there are no rules. We are just here to make great beer.

In addition to our six year-round core brands, we brew exceptional seasonal offerings, exciting limited batch brews, barrel-aged and experimental beers. Of course all of our beers are all-natural and made with only the finest ingredients. We don’t take ourselves too seriously as our labels express and hey, beer should be fun! What we do take seriously is the quality of our beers, which we are sure you will enjoy.

The Facility

The 20,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the main street of Gravenhurst and not only includes a 24hL Canadian-made brewhouse, canning line and barrel-aging room, but a large retail store and Tap Room. The retail store sells cans and growlers, Canadian made merchandise and local products. We are dedicated to being as local and sustainable as possible, making sure everything we sell is responsibly sourced. The focal point of the Tap Room is a 24-foot live-edge bar milled from a 100-year-old naturally felled pine tree, honouring the long history of logging in Muskoka. The Tap Room features 12 draught lines, tasting flights, mug club, and tutored tastings. There are also cask nights where you can sample specialty beer exclusively available in the Tap Room. Brewery tours are available throughout the week in the summer, and Saturdays only during the winter.

Our Arrival

The Tour

 
The wholesome ingredients.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Josie had the best food.
 
The Fellowship
 
 
Brandy gearing up the crowd, and announcing foundation draw winners!
 
 
 
The Ride Home
The group.
 
Last but not least Brent's wish list item
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 08, 2017
Party in a Box is Popular
Peter started off by informing the club that we have 12 committed events this season.  Our first event was for Hospice and our next event will be at HHS May 25th.  Reminders will be emailed a week before planned events.  Weddings are different due to timing and cleanup, but most weekends in the summer are booked.  We have add-ons of a popcorn machine, freezer, coffee pot and separate grills.  Contact Phil Betts or Peter Redwood for more details and the revised schedule should be out now.
 
Baseball Tournament
Parry Sound Ball Tournament will require at least 2 more volunteers for late night bar shifts.  The Ball Tournament will be Friday August 11th until Sunday August 13th.  Contact Ross Kirwin to volunteer.
Dockfest Chair Drew Markham
Saturday July 8th Dockfest 2017.  Ross Kirwin took on the roll of bill master for the tub vessels/sponsors.  CRS is donating items and helping with the event, and Fairvern and Hospice will be assisting in volunteer positions.
Members Committee
Who will be Rotarian of the Year?  Get those ballets in.  This award will be presented at the June 28th Presidents Night.
Environment Cam White
Get your gloves ready for May 13th is the highway clean up project.  A few more volunteers needed.  Cam and his committee are looking for more projects ideas.  This is the 150th year and this committee would like good suggestions to coordinate with this Celebration.  Planting trees is of interest.  Possibly planted a tree for every member of the club is an option.  Cam’s team will be working with Colleen at Parks and Recreation for input, cost and placement.  This initiative will need Board approval with the hopes of moving forward in September.
World Service Rob Saunders
Rob showed the club pictures of wells being drilled in Malawi.  Rob will be in talks with other local clubs (Bracebridge) to join projects in Zimabwe, as well as, other financial support and engagement opportunities for future joint projects.
Marta and Keith used the monies wisely in Nicaragua.  The area suffered severe rainfalls which damaged crops.  The people need seeds to start building crops again. The Water Project assisted 75 families.  There are still 14 families who needed water.  Local children were educated on hygiene, hand washing and dental care.  A Community Food Fest was hosted, and was very successful. 
Lunch RSVP
Lunch ordering issues are being worked on.  Please RVSP via email.  The deadline is 7am deadline Wednesday morning.  Summer brings back the Buffet.  New ideas are being considered.
Community Recognition Award-Helen Barker
There were 13 nominations from 18 people for this award that is granted to a non-Rotarian humanitarian or business person who demonstrates the Rotary Philosophy of Service above Self.  Nominations were closed as of April 28th for consideration and review
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Summary - President's Messages
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!
Suggestions please: Where to go and what to see Maria and family
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Attendance and Communication
Lately we have heard about the importance of attendance and communication.   I agree wholeheartedly with Past District Governor Ron Strickland, our club couldn't do half of our community initiatives without ALL of our members.  This year Rotary International made changes to its attendance policies and guidelines through feedback from numerous Rotary surveys and focus groups. The data collected has repeatedly shown that members and prospective members wish for more flexibility to become or remain involved with a Rotary club.
 
Rotary International states: Innovative and flexible Rotary clubs are fun, dynamic, diverse, resilient, tolerant, interested in trying new things, proactive, member driven, results oriented, resourceful, inspirational, and relationship rich. They support and strengthen their membership, focus and increase their humanitarian service, and enhance their public image and awareness.
 
HOWEVER, as a diverse club (members for years and members for months) it is imperative that we communicate through this time of change.  Recently the Past Presidents Club made some recommendations to improve the communication between: older members and newer members and the board of directors and our membership.   In the weeks coming some of these suggestions will be introduced.  As they say, “Patience is a Virtue".
 
I am asking ALL Rotarians to be patient while we try to blend "how things have been done for years" with "new innovation and flexibility:"
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Huntsville High School Robotics Club - Group Presentation 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Mar 11, 2017
Fun announcements and Upcoming events you may have missed.
Beach Bingo Party at Brenda Dunton's Home on Tuesday March 14, 6:30pm.  Blue and yellow balloons will mark the spot on Grieves Road.  Don't forget your Bingo cards!
 
There will be a Rotary Weekend PETS April 7-9, 2017 in North Bay.  All Rotarian's should consider going. Topics may include President Elect, Roteract, Social Media, Echo and Fundraising.
We had plenty of little guests and big guest this week.  President Elect Kim O'Grady introduced everyone and made them feel welcomed.
Rob Saunders reminded everyone of the Willy Wonka production that will open Friday March 31st, 2017 at 7pm.  Contact Rob for your tickets.  
 
President Jen requested that more Rotarian's volunteer at events for shorter periods of time.  The majority of Rotarian's that attended this meeting agreed.  
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Mar 11, 2017

Nicole Fraser - Managing Business Consultant

Kristen Moller - Business Consultant for Youth

The Muskoka Small Business Centre provides the following: 

  • Free and confidential business consultations, by appointment. 
  • Informational pamphlets on a wide range of business topics
  • Business name searches and registrations
  • Resource library
  • Youth Programs
The Province of Ontario in partnership with local communities, has 57 Small Business Enterprise Centre locations across Ontario. These Centres assist in the development of small businesses by providing information, advice, and assistance. Muskoka Small Business Centre is a joint venture with the Town of Bracebridge and the Province of Ontario. Being centrally located in Bracebridge, Muskoka Small Business Centre serves the whole Muskoka district and surrounding area.
 
President Jen thanked guest speakers Kristin Moller and Nicole Fraser with a donation in their name to PolioPlus. 
 
Muskoka Small Business Center Jocelynn Briggs 2017-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Strickland
It is very difficult to have fellowship with an empty chair”.  I ran a full-time business from 1978, when I joined, until 2003 when I sold. I made every Rotary meeting unless there was an emergency.  According to the RI Constitution,
Rotarians are “supposed” to be owners or in a position of importance in their business. This means that they can adjust their work schedule to suit.  Of course, we know from Debbie K, that owners have to work when staff call in sick or don’t show up.  This should be the exception not the rule.
 
We have accepted members who are good people but who do not fit the classic example of who can be a Rotarian.  However without many  such members, we would not be able to do all the things that we do.  We have to find a model that will work. Many newer clubs communicate almost entirely by email and/or social media.  It does no good to ask half the club, at a meeting, if they will volunteer but miss the other half who are not there.
 
Communication is our downfall. Perhaps committee chairs could submit regular reports/updates to the Echo editor for publication.  Some items could be included each week such as Maria’s current hosts, her phone number and what she has done in the past week.  Committee reports at a club assembly are fine for those present but do not reach those not there. These reports should be in the newsletter in order to keep the non-attendees informed and make them feel better about being a Rotarian. Maybe they will actually make more meetings !
 
My rant for the day.
 
Ron
Why Attendance at Meetings Matters Ron Strickland 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Mar 02, 2017
A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition when a Rotary member donates $1000 US to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or a Foundation Grant.  Our newest recipient is Katy McGreggor.  She may never drink water from the well, or see the people she has helped, but her commitment to service above self is evident.
 
Newest Paul Harris Jocelynn Briggs 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Mar 02, 2017
If you were not at The Huntsville Rotary Club meeting at Boston Pizza on March 1st you missed out.  Lucky for you here are the highlights!  We started our meeting off with inducting our newest member.  Ron Strickland had the pleasure of introducing Brent Finn.  Ron gave us a long description of the recipe for growth of a Rotary Meeting to lead into introducing Brent.  Brent is no stranger to recipes since he and Jennifer just took over Wine Excellence.  Great wine and serving comes naturally to Brent.  Our Rotary Club is very lucky to have this dedicated professional wine making entrepreneur.  We would love to thank Brent for joining our club and we know President Jennifer will keep you in line.
 
 
Everyone held their breath as President Jennifer pinned Brent.  There were no injuries and applause and cheers from the room errupted.
 
Congratulations Brent and Welcome to the Rotary Family!
 
Pam from our membership committee was very excited and please to present The Rotarian of the Month for February to our very gifted, motivational Rotarian and Sargent of Arms Gord Mitchell.  It was no surprise that Gord recieved this honour, as he is dedicated to Rotary.  Thanks Gord for all your hours and hours of dedication, commitment and service to Rotary, Rotary International and our Community!
 
 
 A special Paul Harris Fellow was handed out to a very special lady.  A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition when a Rotary member donates $1000 US to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or a Foundation Grant.  Rotarian members can choose to recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, by giving the amount in their name.  Rotary member Doug Sullivan did just that for his beautiful supportive wife Romona Sullivan.
SPEAKER FROM MUSKOKA PARAMEDIC SYSTEMS
Chief Jeff McWilliam and Deputy Chief Bob Goodfellow gave a very detailed description of how a district run ambulance system is better and more cost effective than privatization. Here are some highlights we learned during their presentation;
  • 1 Chief and 1 Deputy Chief
  • 3 Commanders
  • 80 Full and Part time Paramedics
  • Beloved mascott Bandaid Beaver
  • 13 Ambulances
  • 2 Response units
  • 41 requests for services a day
  • 5 Paramedic Stations
  • Home hospital is Sunnybrooke
  • Community Intiatives 1200 hours of volunteer time (Touch a Truck)
  • Service area covers to border of Washago, Honey Harbour, Muskoka, and Port Carling
  • able to sit on Hospital boards in the District to help with EMS response
  • Comprehensive Master plan for 10 years
  • new system is both proactive and reactive to meet the needs of our community
  • better care because systems are interconnected to serve us better
  • response time is quicker and trained PTSD support is available when you call 911
Presient Jen thanked our speakers with a donation to PolioPlus in their name.
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27-JunWill GB Pritchard S MacKayKEN
4-JulDrew MB Pritchard S MacKayDAVE
11-JulKim OB Pritchard S MacKayPETER
18-JulDeb KC/B White T BowlerJEN
25-JulPamela MC/B White T BowlerROB
1-AugR KirwinC/B White T BowlerLEN
8-AugWill GB/D van Gelder L/H BarkerKEN
15-AugDrew MB/D van Gelder L/H BarkerDAVE
22-AugKim OB/D van Gelder L/H BarkerPETER
29-AugDeb KJ Jerrett K Hammond JEN
5-SepPamela MJ Jerrett K Hammond ROB
12-SepR KirwinJ Jerrett K Hammond LEN
 
Who`s doing Bingo 2017-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
The following is the greeter list for the next 2 months
If you are unable to be there please arrange a replacement.
           
 
June 21  Barbara White
June 28  Cameron White
 
July 4   Helen Barker
July 11 Lea Barker
July 18 Phil Betts
July 25 Jocelyn Briggs
 
 
 
Greeters List April McClung 2017-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by April McClung
 
Habitat For Humanity 
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty by building homes and promoting affordable homeownership, through the mobilization of volunteers and community partners. We work with people from all walks of life as we build simple, decent and affordable homes through volunteer labour, efficient management and donations of money and materials. Homes are sold to partner families at no profit – they are financed with affordable, no interest mortgages, geared to the families’ financial circumstance. 
 
On Feb 8th we hosted Britta Gerwin from Habitat for Humanity.  
 
This year Habitat is building 17 homes with 2 being in Huntsville.  Also Habitat has amalgamated North Simcoe, Orillia Lake Country, Muskoka, Parry Sound, North Bay, Sudbury, Timmons and Pointe Paryl.  Anyone wanting to get involved should email Britta at bgerwin@habitatgatewaynorth.com or go to www.habitatgatewaynorth.com
 
 
The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation & The Table Mens Shelter
 
The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization committed to lovingly serve people who are in need in the Muskoka area.
 
The Table Men’s Shelter is currently an 8 bed emergency shelter that welcomes males aged 16 and older to become a guest for 14 days in a row, to a maximum of 28 days in a calendar year. The shelter does not turn away anyone seeking help should they be in need of shelter and aims to connect guests with community resources when requested and/or appropriate.
 
             
 
On Feb 15, Heather Berg and Alf Uhde came from the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation to tell us about the men's Shelter and also to encourage participation in the Coldest Night of the Year walk, their annual fundraiser.  To get involved or make a donation please visit cnoy.org for more information.   
Guest Speakers April McClung 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 
 

The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

President Jennifer Jerret proudly accepted her Paul Harris + 1 pin from Past District Governor Ron Strickland.
Paul Harris + 1 April McClung 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
If you plan on attending one of our meetings you will be warmly greeted at the door by our weekly greeter.
 
The following is the greeter list for February and March.
If you are unable to be there please arrange a replacement.
              
Feb 1  Drew
Feb 8  April
Feb 15  Pamela
Feb 22  Katy
March 1  Julia
March 8  Kim
 
 
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We heard an Update from Trevor Kiers.  He's doing well as he made the World Jr. Team and is ranked in the top 40 Biathlon athletes in the world!  We gave him a check for $500 to support his future endeavors.
Biathlon Update April McClung 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians,
It isn't too late if you want to get in on the action this Monday October 24th at 5:30. We will be watching the live webcast from the CDC regarding polio and enjoying a bit of fellowship as well. Just let me know if you would like to attend and I will add you to the list. We will also order some pizza so bring $5/person if you would like some. I will have some non-alcoholic drinks but otherwise BYOB. My address is 677 Skyhills Road. It will feel like you are driving forever on Skyhills but we are only 10 mins from the highway. Our home phone number just in case is 705-783-0410. 
Also the Runaround is fast approaching. It is November 10th and will likely start at 6:30. The theme this year is Around the World or "Runaround The World". We would like to celebrate our multiculturalism. We thought it would be fun if people dressed or accessorized from their country or heritage (you can go back as far as you want or just a pick a country that you think would be fun, Canadian is OK too). We will be sending around  a sign up sheet at the next couple of meetings. This is always a really fun night so lets fill the buses. We are still waiting to finalize details with the restaurants so will have the ticket price (will likely be similar to last year) and locations shortly.
That's all for now. Hope to see you Monday!
Jen S
 
 
 
  

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Our Auction Chair Peter Redwood brought us up to date on the status of this years auction.
Collection of items is going well and the Depot at the train station should be available by Friday October 14
 
For those of you that still have call to make please make sure that they are done in the coming week so that we can get the input done. 
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From left to right: President-Jennifer Jerrett, Past District Governor-Ron Strickland, Rotarian-Tim Lutton, Membership Chair-April McClung, Past President and sponsor-Hugh Holland
 

With Rotary clubs in almost every country, more than 1.2 million members embrace their diverse background and unite to exchange new ideas, apply expertise, and implement improvements that transform communities.

Our members work locally and partner on international projects that address today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  

The impact our members make takes shape at our Rotary club meetings and activities. These gatherings give members the chance to:

  • Change lives
  • Connect with other passionate people 
  • Invest in yourself 
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Past District Governor Ron Strickland inducted the clubs newest member Tim Lutton.  Tim will be a fabulous addition to the club and we are thrilled he has joined us.
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Huntsville Tim
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Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. This years Rotary Exchange student Maria Josee Miguel Cabib is from Chile.  Maria Josee gave the club an intro to Chile and her life.  Although she comes from a family filled of dentists Maria Josee is interested in film production.
 
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September 26   President's Potluck at Jennifer Jerrett's house  5:30-7:30
 
Oct 27-30         District Conference
 
Nov 10th           Rotary Runaround  Our dine on the run excursion continues for another year
 
Dec 14              Rotary Christmas Party at Hidden Valley resort
 
Dec 21              Christmas Lunch
 
Jan 23               Blow away the Winter Blues Bowling fellowship
 
Feb 20              Family Day
 
March 31          Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Pre Show get together and Theatre Night
 
May                  Brewery Bus to Bracebridge
  
 
 
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Dr David Mathies spoke to us about The Muskoka & area Health System Transformation this week
The group has been formed to investigate the integration of all Health Care in Muskoka. With the current budget in our area
of $225 million they are looking to save 5% which could be used to offset future deficits. They advocate a 2 hospital
system in Muskoka  and feel that this could be accomplished thru the cost savings that can be achieved.
Dr Mathies has asked that we keep ourselves informed via their website at muskoka.on.ca/MAHST
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Our Party in a Box fundraiser has been very active this summer making a significant contribution to our charitable 
givings in the community. A new Grill was recently purchased replacing two smaller versions. The picture above is of Evan 
Reeder's birthday party setup in Meadow Park.
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District Governor Margaret Walton visited our club on September 14th to bring greetings from district 7010
and bring us up to date on many interesting aspects of Rotary International. she specifically invited us to attend 
District Conference in Muskoka this year and the International Conference in Atlanta in 2017.  The Rotary Foundation is about 
to celebrate 100 years of Serving Humanity and hopefully next year will be the year that we END POLIO
District Governor Margaret Walton 2016-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
Phil Betts was the Rotarian of the month of August. Phil as a new member has already demonstrated
that he is more than willing to pitch in to assist whenever he can. Congrats Phil
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Our returning Exchange student Marina Tusz entertained us with all her adventures
in Barcelona Spain during her year there. She obviously had a great time and saw a great deal
of the country during her stay.
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The Rotary Bandshell wall of Honour was unveiled on Wednesday September 7 with a good number of the donors present
An amazing accomplishment thanks to the hard work of Dr Drew Markham  Ross Kirwin Peter Redwood and Rob Saunders
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The Rotary Beer Tent and BBQ was a big success at the Urban Slide event in Huntsville on Saturday August 27.  We raised $2500 from the one day event
Thanks to the 24 volunteers who took part and especially to Brandy and Kim for organizing.
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Next Wednesday September 7 at 5:30 the wall will be unveiled at the bandshell. Pictures show the masons placing the final bricks on the border.
 
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Keith and Marta discussed how they utilised our $2500 donation from last year at our August 31 meeting
The project that they completed in 2008 bringing water from reservoirs at the top of the mountain was completely 
wiped out by a land slide during the rainy season and required complete replacement. 120 PVC pipes were purchased and with 
the help of the villagers the system was replaced. They also built 3 latrines in the squatters village.  Another $2500 was donated
for their work to continue this winter.
 
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August evening meeting is now in the record books for President Jen.  With numerous hiccups Jen pulled off a successful meeting and adjourned on time!
 
This group of honourable guest were given the pleasure of hearing about Jim Hutton our very own Math and Computer Science Graduate.
Long time friend George introduced Jim Hutton.
 
 
Jim just celebrated his 51st Wedding Anniversary with wife Elaine.  He lived in Toronto for 8 years, and has spent the last 17 years in Huntsville Ontario.  Jim worked at McClaud, Young and Weir on King Street for 10years.  Jim consulted for 5 years.
 
Some of Jims Rotary accomplishments included fundraising for Huntsville Hospital Day Surgery, 50 trees in Pioneer Village, Waterloo University Campus and Bingo calling on Tuesday evenings.  Jim also was involved with The Don Valley Watershed Elementary School Education Program.
 
Jim is also a member of the Tubac Rotary Club in Arizona.  Tubac helps local food bank, and  Fundraiser for Feast for Tubac.  Eighteen restaurants, two breweries and eight wine companies support this fundraiser.  Tubac is also very involved in their Youth Exchange Program.
 
Jim is owner of Hutton Investment Council.  Jim's company provides Portfolio Management catered to corporate clients.  Jim enjoyed his trip Eygpt with his wife, and he still has his Scuba Diving Certificate.
 
Brandy thanked Jim.
 
Here's the buffet you missed if you didn't attend August's evening meeting.
Gord and Keira even had a chance to have dinner together!
 
 
 
 
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August 27th  Food and Beer tent at the Water slide event  11am to 7pm
 
August 4/5/6   4 hour shifts at the Parry Sound Baseball tourney
 
August 24th   Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament  Bonaire
 
Future possibiilty   Trip to Georgian Downs on a Sunday afternoon to see the Harness races
Dates to remember 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
John Graham the OPP detachment Commander was our speaker at the July 27th meeting
He spoke about Policing in Muskoka and how analytics are now playing a very important role in putting officers in the right place at the right time.
The 45 members of the Huntsville detachment rely on the support of the Community and local groups for their success.
 
John Graham Detachment Commander OPP 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Janet Stead is our Assistant Governor for this year. She dropped by at a recent meeting to bring greetings from Governor Margaret Walton.
Assistant Governor visit 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
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Ginny Bjorkquist is off to Belgium for a year as our outbound Rotary Exchange student this year
Have fun Ginny
Outbound Exchange Student Ginny Bjorkquist 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Photo by Jon Snelson taken at the new Rotary Bandshell July 13 2016
Club Photo 2016 2016-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
 
Our dear friend and Rotary family member Don Dunton passed away on July 1 2016 with family by his side.  
Don will always be remembered for his dedication to Rotary and his many years of Service above self.
Our condolences go out to Brenda and the family.
 
Farewell to an amazing Rotarian 2016-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
It`s the start of a new Rotary year with president Jen Jerrett at the helm.
Looking forward to a fantastic year
Happy new Year 2016-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
  Weekly
     
1 July 2016 | A roundup of Rotary news
 
   
 
 
Meet the new RI president

Whenever John Germ saw a need in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he engineered a solution. He'll bring the same can-do attitude to the office of RI president.

   
Meet the new President 2016-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Ian McTavish and 2 members of the robotics team at the High School demonstrated the prowess of Valkyrie the robot and let us know about their program at HHS  Very Impressive.
Huntsville Robotics team 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Hugh Holland gave us a presentation of many of the projects that our club has completed over the years
From the Muskoka Heritage place and train station to the fantastic Skate park to our latest project completed 
The Rotary Bandshell, our club has been very active in Huntsville for the 82 years of our existence.
Club Historian Hugh Holland 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Pamela McCluskey was the Rotarian of the Month of May  Congrats Pam.
Rotarian of the Month of May 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Dave Van Gelder was the Rotarian of the Month of April for all the behind the scenes things that he does 
for the Club  Congrats Dave
Rotarian of the Month of April 2016-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
It's the Truth 2016-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
On Saturday May 21 the latest Rotary addition to the community was unveiled.
The Rotary Bandshell will be a fantastic addition to RiverMill Park
Well done Ross Kirwin Rob Saunders and Peter Redwood and our Fundraisers Dr Drew and April
Opening of the Rotary Bandshell 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
Many hands make light work   In 2 hours all the sod was laid at the New Rotary Bandshell  and the watering began
Sod Fest 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
Bill Pritchard was inducted as our newest member on May 18
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Huntsville 
New member induction 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
 My thanks for all who braved the weather on Saturday May 14 to make sure our Annual road Clean up was a success.
We worked from 9 until noon, and recovered 28 bags of litter + one tire + one empty pail 
 
It rained the entire time, we were all soaked through and no one gave up, doing the Good Works of Rotary!!!
 
thanks to: Tammy, Lou, Hugh, Drew, Gord, Lea, Sandy, Barb and Me (Cam).  
 
Special thanks once again to Tim Horton's. 
 
Cameron
 
Litter Pickup 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
Ian Blay and Rebecca Paul brought us up to date on Big Brothers Big Sisters Muskoka. Anyone looking for a 2-4 hour weekly commitment to helping a 6-16 year boy or girl should be in touch with them.
Big Brothers Big Sisters 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rebecca's Birthday at Rotary 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
Kelly Hammond was awarded a Paul Harris fellowship for her fundraising efforts in the Dream Mountain Foundation.
Kelly Hammond Paul Harris fellow 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Maple Festival 2016 2016-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
 
Dr Jennifer Simpson as the witch from Shrek
 
 
TEN CAST
 
 
Our joint musical with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts  TEN!  on stage from April 15
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Our speakers this week were from the Huntsville Public Library. Sue Dixon, chair of the library board; Cortney Comeau ,Coordinator and Deb Duce
Chief Librarian spoke to us of the many partnerships programs and Services that our Library provides. Their Green initiatives won them a prestigious
award from the province recently.
They are looking forward to incorporating the recently purchased adjacent property into the many programmes that they run.
 
Our Community Led Library 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
The D&R Construction crew  received Rotarian of the Month honours for their excellent work on the Rotary Bandshell out buildings
 
Peter Redwood Ross Kirwin Sandy Mackay and Doug Fairhall receive the plaques from Kelly Hammond and Kim O Grady of thew Membership committee
Rotarians of the Month of March 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
Bill Sibeon was honoured with the presentation of his Paul Harris Fellow + 3 for his considerable contributions to the
Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Bill
Paul Harris Fellow presentation 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
   
 
MONDAY MAY 30TH 6-8PM   SPECIAL RECOGNITION NIGHT
 
WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH   PRESIDENTS NIGHT 
 
SAVE THE DATE 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
On Sunday May 15th 2016 we will be doing some strategic planning for the next 5 years of teh Rotary Club of Huntsville
Each member has now been sent a copy of a survey which allows you to provide your input  and opinion as to how our club is doing now and 
what we should be doing ongoing. 
Comments are very important as well as rating each of the questions.
We will spend some time on Wednesday April 6 making sure that everyone is on the same page in interpreting the meaning of the 60
questions.
 
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District of Muskoka  Chair John Klinck spoke at our Club on March 30th to bring us a Muskoka Snapshot.
It was a very informative talk about the uniqueness of providing services for the 60,000 permanent residents and 
83,000 seasonal residents spread out over a large number of small communities.
Their website at www.muskoka.on.ca is very informative and up to date.
 
 
Muskoka Municipal Snapshot 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
The CEO and President of D&R Construction are featured above. They have been working hard over the winter to put together 
Three buildings that will be used in conjunction with the Bandshell at RiverMill Park. 
 
D&R Construction 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
 
Ross Kirwin was the Rotarian of the Month of February for his continuing efforts towards getting the bandshell built.
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On Saturday March 5th the Northern Blues Review - Tribute was held at the Algonquin Theatre with an all-star cast of local musicians there to pay tribute to Sean Connon.
Sean was a legendary musician in Huntsville and all of Muskoka.
Tobin Spring organized the event and was overwhelmed by the response when word got out that the tribute was going to take place.
Musicians who have performed with Sean for the past 2 decades showed up and it was a stellar night of entertainment.
Tobin introduced Rob Saunders of the Rotary Club of Huntsville at the very beginning of the evening and Rob came on stage to explain how Tobin and Sean had started the Northern Blues Review 10 years ago as a fundraiser for the Rotary Skateboard Park.
Now Rotary is spearheading a new project in River Mill Park where they are building a new bandshell and as a fundraiser they are selling engraved granite stones to be installed on the outside of the wall at the back of the bandshell.
The Rotary Club of Huntsville has donated a stone in memory of Sean, and last night Rob presented it to his sons Shane and Luke on stage just before the concert began.
Stones were on sale in the lobby before the event and at half time, and there was great interest as well as many form being filled out to purchase stones.
The stones can be purchased by visiting the Rotary Club of Huntsville's website: www.rotaryclubofhuntsville.com
 
 
Northern Blues Review - Tribute to Sean Connon 2016-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Weekend: Something for Everyone
“Putting It Together to Get the Most out of Rotary”
 
Plans are well underway for the Rotary Weekend (including President Elect Training).  I am looking forward to welcoming all Rotarians to the Clarion Pinewood Resort, beginning the evening of Friday April 15, 2016 through midday Sunday April 17, 2016.  There promises to be something for everyone!
 
The weekend will be a wonderful opportunity to:
Renew old friendships and develop new ones 
Develop personal and professional skills 
Increase your Rotary knowledge 
Benefit from the expertise and experience of Rotary colleagues 
Share best practices 
Hear from our youth 
Enjoy FUN, FOOD and FELLOWSHIP featuring a club mixer on Friday night (and complimentary drink ticket) and entertainment on Saturday night 
 
A full agenda and online registration is available on the District website, www.Rotary7010.org  
Rotary Weekend 2016 2016-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
Kelly Hammond brought us up to date on the Club's Kiva lending.
Kiva is a micro-lending initiative that allows our club to help fund entrepreneurs
around the world. We initially funded $1875US and over the course of this project have loaned
$13,500 in the form of 313 loans in 51 countries.
 
Kiva report 2016-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
 The high school will be hosting a fundraiser evening for the Syrian Refugee crisis. Seeing as this is an Interact club initiative, of which we are the co-host club, it would be great to see some more attendance from our members at this dinner and silent auction event. It will be held next Thursday night, March 10th at 6pm. The location is the Huntsville high school gym. Silent auction items, a good meal, and a good cause. Please come and show your support and purchase your tickets with any interactor, or even better, our very own Rebecca! They are merely 20$ for the night.
 
 
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President Brandy Van Gelder announced the Board of Directors for 2016 - 2017
President  Jennifer Jerrett
Past Pres   Brandy Van Gelder
President Elect   Kim O'Grady
Secretary           Pam McCluskey
Treasurer           Debbie Liddle
Director Club Admin   Mary Rashleigh
Director PR                 Drew Markham
Director International  Rob Saunders
Director Community Service  Peter Redwood
Director Youth Services   Lou Luvison
Director membership       Dave Van Gelder
 
Pictured above our new President Elect Kim O'Grady
 
 
 
Board of Directors 2016-2017 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Phil Betts is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Huntsville inducted at our February 24 2016 meeting.
Phil is the Branch manager of the local CRS equipment rental store.
 
Welcome to Rotary.
New Member Phil Betts 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
 
Barb White gave a presentation on the Junior Achievement programme to which our club contributes $1500 annually.
The programme provides much needed info on Financial Literacy in a fun programme to Grades 3,5,7,8 and High School.
Our funding this year will be helping to present the programmes at Spruce Glen public School.
Junior Achievement 2016-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
 
Gord Mitchell is the January Rotarian of the Month. Gord was busy with a wheelchair 
distribution in Honduras. Stay tuned for the dates of his multimedia presentation.
Rotarian of the Month 2016-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
We are saddened to report the passing of Past President Bill Farmer.
  Bill was quite active in the community as a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club, becoming President in 1987. Through his love of entertaining others and his great voice, he was always dedicated in some active capacity to all the Rotary Clubs yearly musical productions of the time. Either behind the scenes with production, starring in and/or supporting roles, he entertained the local patrons with many years of good, quality entertainment. Bill was truly honoured by his fellow Rotarians in receiving the International “Paul Harris Fellow” Award for all his dedication and efforts. He was a frontrunner, along with many other local talents, of the original “Muskoka Players,” The Barbershop Quartet, and was a founding member of “Doc Sargents” Muskoka Big Band, who entertained throughout the region for many years.
 
Past president Bill Farmer 2016-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Our 2016-2017 outbound exchange student Ginny Bjorkquist will be going to Belgium. In the picture is Graham Johnson(2014-2015 outbound) Rebecca Vestergaard from Denmark and Ginny Bjorkquist.
Next years outbound exchange student 2016-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
On Wednesday February 10th we heard all about Graham Johnson's year in Belgium as our out bound exchange student last year.
 
Graham had a fantastic year of travel around Europe and exploring the 4 things that Belgium is famous for: Fries (with mayonaisse) Chocolate, Waffles and Beer.
 
Graham in Belgium 2016-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Your Past presidents committee is working on a Club Visioning process to be presented
in the spring. This will be a full club activity where we get a chance to review what is important 
for us going forward. 
Everyone will be asked for their input prior to the event so this will be your chance to shape the future
of the Rotary Club of Huntsville.
Visioning 2016-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
Paul Harris Fellow presentations were made on February 3 2016 to Jennifer Jerrett and to Debbie Knobeldorf (PH+5)
 
Congratulations on this accomplishment.
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations 2016-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
 
On January 20th 2016 we presented the 4th installment of our $100,000 commitment to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation which went 
towards the new CT scan facility at the Hospital
On hand for the presentation and to bring us up to date on the work of the Foundation and scanner were Harold Featherstone, Katherine Craine and Britta Gerwin.
 
The CT scanner was installed in June 2014 as part of a $2,000,000 project at the hospital and over 7000 people have been thru the Rotary Club of Huntsville CT Waiting room.
 
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Our Bandshell Brick campaign is now underway
  1.  The wall will have four different sizes of bricks:
    1.     4 x 8 - $100                (2 lines – 16 characters per line)
    2.     8 x 8 - $200                (4 lines – 16 characters per line)
    3. 12 x 12 - $500                (Logo possible and/or up to 6 lines – 16 characters per line)
    4. 16 x 16 - $1000              (Logo possible and/or up to 8 lines – 16 characters per line)  SOLD OUT
 
 
          The `bricks `are cut granite as pictured above
 
As of February 8, 2016 we have commitments for $40,000 in donations. Thank You Huntsville!
 
Thank you for your interest in the Brick Fundraising Campaign.  For more information, or to purchase a brick, please contact Drew Markham at drwolverine@gmail.com or (705) 783-3006."
 
 

 
 
Bandshell Brick Campaign 2016-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
Len Ross Paul Harris +4 Pin
 
 
Barb White  Paul Harris + 2 Pin
 
 
Dr Jennifer Simpson  Paul Harris recipient
 
PDG Ron Strickland  Jen Simpson Barb White  President Brandy  Len Ross
Paul Harris presentations 2016-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
Leah Reeder was our Rotarian of the Month of December
Although Leah is one of our newest members she really stepped up
during the Auction and made a difference  Congrats Leah
Rotarian of the Month 2016-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Will and Carol Gibson entertained and informed with a selection of Carol's photo's from their recent trip to China.
 
Pictured above are the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an
 
 
This photo is from  the Yangtse River cruise and the scenery behind appears on the Chinese 10 Yuan note
 
China 2016-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
$30,000 Contribution to our Bandshell Project 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
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A great evening with our Rotary Family and guests. Many Thanks to our Social committee lead by Jennifer Simpson.
Rotary Christmas Party 2015 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
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THIS IS HOW HUNTSVILLE ROTARY CLUBS DOES BOWLING FELLOWSHIP!
 
Its not about what we do as a club its all about the fellowship!
 
 
Daphne, Lucy and Megan Rose enjoyed colouring as they waited for their Fergie Hotdog and fries.
 
Gord's daughter Sheena started a game of pool.
 
Kyra was learning a new skill with her mom.
 
Len and Gord bonded over great conversation and Rob saunders played pool in the background.
 
Double Trouble watched the pool games and Gord and Rob Saunders made sure little fingers didn't get pinched!
 
Bowling eventually happened for some eager children.
Our smallest players waited for their turn.
Great evening for all who participated!
 
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The evening meeting was held in the main area of Boston Pizza and because this it was very difficult to hear.Jocelynn Briggs was celebrating a birthday and Hugh Holland gave a mini classification talk about working for GM and moving to the Huntsville area.  If you need any history facts about Rotary Hugh is the man to go to. There was beer tasting after the meeting brought to us by Muskoka Brewery.
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Homer and Marg Simpson in the flesh!
Is Deb dating Skelator?????
 
Doctor Don is always there to help!
Free love hippie meets a knight fro the round table!
 
Naughty couple!
 
Oh no our beautiful lifetime achievement nominee is with a warlock......yikes!
 
Masquerade Ball anyone? 
 
Our Young Friends
 
I am Fabulous darling!
Happy and Fun couple!
 
Our very own witch clan!
 
Aww.....
 
Look at that athlete!
 
Wow you are awake!
Who was the better Marg? 
 
Huntsville Rotary Club knows how to have a good time!
 
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Rotary Club of Huntsville Echo Oct 14th 2015
Jennifer Jerrett welcomed out guests
 
Debbie K's Parents Rose and Armond 
Tammy Bowler a guest of Kim O'Grady
Rebecca our exchange student 
& too our surprise led the club in singing "Ive been working on the railroad" 

Peter Redwood spoke and said that we have secured the train station as our depot for our annual rotary auction. 
You can bring your auction items to the train station Wednesdays and Fridays for 11-4. 
You can reach Peter at 705-783-5839 to make arrangements if you are unable to make those times
We will be using Bidding owl again this year. 
Drew spoke about the women s under 18 hockey tournament. The Rotary club has taken on the selling of programs and raffle tickets. The tournament will take place Nov 4th -8th with the Gold Metal game Sunday evening.
 
Bandshell Update. Ross is working with the town on a location and we really need to VOTE on the Aviva grant opportunity. 
 
The District Governor Liz will visit our club Oct 28th thanks to Ron Strickland for the encouragement. 
The following night will be a night of fellowship at the bowling ally. Starts at 6:30 - 8:30 bowling and a meal is $19 what a deal! 
 
Karen Patterson gave her vocation speech. It was nice to hear a little more about Karen. She has contributed so much to our community with her work in Social Services and Mediation!
Kim O'Grady Membership Chair gave a presentation about this years goals and visions. 
We currently have 43 active members. Our Goal for this year is to have 46. 
If you would like to bring a prospective member the club has changed its policy. 
The 1st lunch-Rotary member pays $15, 2nd lunch guest pays $15, if the decide to join the club, Rotary will pay for 2 lunches. 
 
If you have any questions or would like a prospective member to meet with Kim to answer any questions she would be happy to do so.
 
We also had April & Katy talk about what it is like to be a new member to Rotary. It was very enlightening for many to hear some feedback. We hope the more experienced members take a little more time to explain things, like "Dogfest"!!
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Where can you find Rebecca this year?
February 5 – 7th, 2016 – Winter Orientation, Mattawa  
February 7th  – April 16th, 2016 – With Debbie Knobelsdorf
April 16 – 17th, 2016 – Inbound Student and Family Orientation Training
April 18 – May 5 – Will and Carol Gibson
May 21-24, 2016 Ottawa Weekend for Inbounds and Outbounds
May 5, 2016 – July 15, 2016 – With Gail and Louis Tusz
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Jennifer introduced our guests;
 
Jane Van Buskirk 
Charlotte Holland
Linda Gibson
Ramona Sullivan
Chantelle Armstrong -Kelly Hammond's guest
Rebecca our exchange student
Speaker Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick 
 
Brandy Wished some of our members a happy birthday
April, Ross and Gord
Mary was also celebrating her 5 years with our club
Jennifer Simpson announced the restaurants for our Rotary Runaround Oct 22nd!
-East side Mario's
-Hidden Valley
-Pow Wow lodge
-Boston Pizza 
Get your tickets $65/person
 
Thursday Oct 29th at 5pm Our District Governor will be meeting with or Board at Soul Sista's along with morning club
If you wold like to join you are welcome too.
A well use the opportunity as a make up.
We will be going Bowling at 6:15 for some fellowship
 
Thank you to John Chipman for offering the Gov and room at his hotel, and Gord Mitchell for offering to tour Huntsville that day with her and her Husband.
 
AVIVA FUNDRAISER IS HAPPENING NOW. Please VOTE and have all you friends and family Vote for our RiverMill Bandschell fundraising project  !!!
 
 
Ron Strickland spoke about district recognition and 100% member donation to the foundation. 
Oct 24th is world Polio day and Ron Suggested we all bring in$20 to the next meeting to meet our 100% target
There will also be 2 meeting a year foundation/Polio and both are in the works. 
 
AUCTION ITEMS ARE DUE NEXT FRIDAY-- looks like the Rotary train station will be the depot.. TBC 
 
Our Auction this year is Nov 22nd-- please have all your canvassing completed by Friday Oct 16th 
 
Will Gibson and Tony Jardine shared some of their Rotary Moments
 
Brandy spoke more about the committee she is organizing for the sponsoring refugees. Still lots of info to come.
 
Speaker Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick spoke to the club about his month in Northwest Pakistan with the organization Doctors without Borders. 
Rotarian of the month for September was awarded to Pamela! 
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Our Speaker was out local MP Tony Clement!
 
Visiting Rotarian's
Mike Jones joined us again form Fredrick Maryland  
Colin Thacker from North Bay!
 
Guests
Bill King was with Tony Clement
Peter Redwood had Mike Malone from Iron Man Muskoka with him
Patti Schneider was a guest of Katie McGregor 
Jennifer Simpson has a date confirmed for our 3rd Rotary Run-a-round
Mark your calendars for Oct 22nd. We are going to have a Halloween theme,So please plan for it to be Spooktacular.
 
Ron Strickland talked about how the Rotary International is coming close to the eradication of Polio and quizzed the club as he usually does.   
 
Mike Malone spoke to the club to thank us for our support of this years full Iron Man. 
We were a monetary financial Sponsor as well as the the transportation volunteer sponsor and our help was greatly appreciated.   
 
Be sure to get your votes in for this years Rotarian of the Month for September. We will be announcing that at next weeks evening meeting.  If you were unable to vote; please send Kelly Hammond an email or message and let her know who you would like to see as the recipient. 
 
Cell Phones were Ringing and Fines were being paid!!!. Jocelyn got busted for not wearing her Rotary pin! As well as Ross and Len for there loud cell phones.
 
Tony spoke a little bit about his Party Platform, but mostly what he can Do for his/our riding of Muskoka/Parry Sound.https://openparliament.ca/politicians/tony-clement/
 
Debbie K was asked the question everyone was thinking, How do we Vote if we Don't like Harper but we like Tony! It was great! 
Len thanked Tony for his dedication to our riding for the last decade.
Peter Redwood announced a surprise. He was in touch with Iron Man Head-office in Florida & in Peters good fashion, Applied for yet another grant and announced at today's meeting we were the recipient of $750US.  That's more money to go towards out Band-shell project.
 
 
Ross Kirwin also took the podium to discuss what is happening with the band-shell. He explained the plan that is action and all we are waiting for now in the town of Huntsville to get on bored, if they do, we plan on digging a hole and pouring concrete by November 2015!!!
Reminder, out next meeting is Oct 7th @ 6pm and it is a night meeting. 
 
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Every Good Time Starts Off Innocent Enough.....Happy Birthday Dave!
 
Walking on the Wild Side--Convention 2015
 
 
 
Oh the stories we will hear on Wednesday............
 
 
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Rotary Meeting Sept 9, 2015

President Brandy called our meeting to order right on time.   Jennifer Jarret introduced our guests:
Sandra Smith and Ruth Holloway - our guest speakers from Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group.
Carl Vorhies who was visiting from Beaverton, Oregon and
Mike Jones who was visiting from Frederick, Maryland.  
We hope our guests had a nice time.
 
We wished Dave V and Sandy M Happy Birthday's for the month of September even though neither of them were in attendance. Brandy announced the the rotary wheel is missing and asked everyone to keep an eye out for it.  She is instituting a new game..."PIN or SPIN"  Here are the rules; if you are not wearing your pin to the meeting you have to spin the wheel.  Since we didn't have the wheel today the fine was $1.00  However, Gord also had pins for sale for $3.00 or magnetic pins for $5.00   Now, we have options!
 
Jennifer S. announced that the Austrailian Exchange would be tonight at Boston Pizza for anyone who had not yet RSVPed.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotarian of the Month

Kim O'Grady presented the Rotarian of the month to Kelly Hammond.  Congratulating Kelly on her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and her commitment to bringing so many new guests to our rotary meetings.
Ron Strickland quizzed us all and we learned some interesting facts about the members in our very own Rotary club of Hunstsville
 
 

Potluck at the VanGelders

 
Brandy and Dave are hosting a Rotary Potluck simply for the sake of fun and fellowship.  Plan to join us on Monday, Sept 14, 2015 at around 5:30 pm at 56 West Browns Rd.  Remember a potluck means that everyone brings something so if you'd like to come and haven't signed up, please email Brandy with how many are coming and what you'd like to bring.  The Fellowship Committee and the Membership Committee will both have their normal meeting immediately following the potluck.
 

Muskoka Womens' Advocacy Group

Sandra Smith spoke to us about this organization and the good they do for our community.  Their mission is to provide better life opportunities and increase awareness of the value of women in society.  The organization runs two shelters:  The Interval House in Bracebridge with has 10 bedrooms and opened in 1985 and Chrysalis in Huntsville with 5 bedrooms that opened in 2007.  Chrysalis also offers transitional housing.  During their operation they have helped over 6000 women and children in their many programs including providing support and education, group sessions, referrals, and a 24 hour crisis hotline.  
 
They are funded by the Ministry however they have an average of an $80,000 shortfall each year which they rely on community support and donations in order to function at the same level.  They are also grateful for any individual donations of anything from furniture and housewares to gift cards but they ask that you call ahead before dropping items off.
April McClung thanked our guest speaker for coming and the board will consider donating to their cause at a future meeting. 
 
 
 
 
Foundation Draw and Happy Bucks
Our guest, Carl had the winning ticket but was not able to find the joker in the deck.  
We had some happy people:
Ron S - For a nice weekend with Doug F
Karen P - Has her daughter in a beautiful hotel while her residence gets finished and she is taking a trip to FL for a well deserved vacation
Drew - passed along a tip from a grateful bingo winner
Jen J - is excited to attend her 1st district conference.
 
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Today Rebecca was excited to walk independently to Huntsville High for the first day of school!  Have an awesome day Rebecca!  Look look beautiful!
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In August Ross Kirwin brought it to our attention that the memorial stones Rivermill Park were in need of some TLC from delicate hands.  Two of our pretty Rotarians Katy McGregor and Kelly Hammond stepped up to the plate and made the stones beautiful once again.  Here are how they look!
Our Beauties Made our Stones Beauties Jocelynn Briggs 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 24, 2015

August 19th, 2015 Meeting Notes

President Brandy is away on vacation and stepping in for her is past President Deb.

Visiting Rotarians

Roger and Vicki Temple Sooke BC

Bob Bryers East York

George Snooks, Honorary Rotarian of Don Dunton

Si Cline

Announcements

Kim reminded everyone to vote for Rotarian of the month of August.


Jim Hutton was crossing his fingers for good weather at the Bon Aire Rotary Golf Tournament!

Ross Kirwin asked for help from those with steady hands. Our memorial bricks at Rivermill Park are in desperate need of TLC. Please contact Ross if you can help tidy the bricks up.

Dr. Drew Markam Classification Talk

Len Ross and Don Dunton were responsible for bringing Drew Markam to our club. Len joked about Dr. Drew's way with woman by making them look better. Dr. Drew's grandfather was a Rotarian and so it is fitting that he has followed in the same footsteps and we in Huntsville are lucky to have him!

Drew started off with a joke....

This is how Drew looked when he was first scheduled to do his classification talk..Service above self!

Drew's father was in Social Services and moved around a lot. He spent his high school Years in Kingston and that is where he considers is his hometown. Drew was team up with his wife Janet and they skated while he was in University. Drew snatched up Janet and has been married to her for 20 years. The couple has two sons, Andrew and Ian.

Drew is the Head coach of the Huntsville Otters and has had an active role in the Chamber of commerce since he has moved here. Drew loves Golf and teaching at the Las Vegas Institute, as well as, helping people feel better about themselves. He showed us a video of Catherine's story. She shared how Drew changed her life by caring about her troubles and fixing her teeth. Catherine was embarrassed and would have rather took tylenol then go to the dentists. Drew took the time to listen and work with her during the process and it changed her life. In 2013 Dr. Drew did a makeover with other businesses in the area. He has embraced our small community and he understands that people want to know you care more, than what you know!

Check out his website:  http://www.drdrewmarkham.ca/

Kim thanked Drew. He was a good sport with all the rescheduling for guest speakers.

 

Happy Bucks

We had a great week with lots of happy people. Here were all the happy Rotarian's;

Len Ross, Peter Redwood, Helen Barker, Rob Saunders, and Don Dunton.

Foundation Draw had no winner this week!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 03, 2015

Meeting Notes July 29th, 2015.

President Brandy returns and started the meeting on time. President elect Jennifer Jerrett was away so Brandy announced visiting Rotarian's and guests.

 

 

Announcements

There will be a friendship fellowship meeting on Wednesday evening September 9th, 2015.

Peter Redwood announced we will be a silver sponsor for the Ironman. Rotary is in charge of transportation. The club needs representation in the form of Bus Ambassadors “HOSTS” on August 30th . Shifts will be four hours in duration. Guests need instruction of what there is to do in Huntsville. The Drop off will be the parking lot across the road from Boston Pizza.

President Brandy would like to see a presence at VetFest on August 22nd. She would like an information booth. Please contact her for more details.

George introduced his guest James Hunt from “The Door” Muskoka Youth for Christ, formally known as the Youth Club. Please support their 35th Anniversary being held at Pitmans Bay. Please see the invite for more details.

There was a decision made about funds allocated for Top Hat. Debbie Liddle gave us a breakdown of our Budget this year.

Ron dazzled us with his definition of what Rotary is. Rotary does a needs assessment of their community and when there is a need, we find ways to fill that need in a sustainable way. We are not a fundraiser group. We have founded the Train Station, Heritage Place, built the Pavillion at Avery Beach, built the skate park and various other community projects.

Presentation

President Brandy presentation was about teamwork, and being positive. She would like to encourage more fellowship opportunities and total club involvement. It is important that all members of committee be accountable and she also encouraged more face to face meetings to keep focused. Please sign up to the Rotary International website if you have not yet done so. Please pick up a banner if yo will be visiting another Rotary meeting and do a Banner exchange. For more information on her goals for the coming year please contact her.

My favourite part was the clever cartoons that demonstrated team work....thanks Presedent Brandy for humor!  

Happy Bucks

Jen and her boys raised just over $700 for the Hospice Swim.

Ron was glad he survived in the bush with Gord and Doug. He was so grateful for Fran's baked treats.

Len was happy that there are 25+ bookings till November 2015. We will have $6000 for PIAB this year.

Ross is happy to announce our August 12th meeting will be at the train station. Be there by 12pm sharp or you will miss the train and your lunch.

Gord was happy that while he was away everyone stepped up to the plate.

Foundation Draw

Deb won again.

 
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 02, 2015
James Hunt visited us this week to announce this Anniversary Celebration.  Please attend and congratulate this wonderful group for all they have done for Huntsville's youth over the last 35 years!
The Door Jocelynn Briggs 2015-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
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Ross Kirwin at his best: multi-tasking; directing the PIAB set-up team at the recent Coldwell Banker event and making sure that the beverages were properly chilled before serving.
What Ross Does Best--PIAB Jocelynn Briggs 2015-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 27, 2015

Meeting July 22nd, 2015.

Former President Debbie started off this weeks meeting because President Brandy and President Elect Jennifer Jerrett were away for training. Our Speaker was Ron Tozer.

Jocelynn Briggs stepped in for Jennifer Jerrett who was scheduled to be greeter and announced the guests and visiting Rotarian's.

Visiting Rotarian's

Jack Litttle, London

Jerry Glos, Windsor

Guests

Pat Tozer, speaker guest

Gayle and Kate Mackay, Ken and Holly Wallis: Sandy's guests/family who donated the wine for the Wine Auction!......Introduced by Rob Saunders

Kim Calhoun, John Jarvis

Darrin Debrusk, George Young

 

Anniversary Announcements

Congratulations George and Pat Young and Wil and Carol Gibson, both couples are celebrating Anniversaries this month!

Pam announced that Dockfest managed to clear 15 thousand for the Rotary Band shell at Rivermill Park.

Notice of Change of Venue August 12th, 2015.

Please be advised that August 12th meeting will not be at Boston Pizza. Ross Kirwin is trying to finalize details with the town about a historical train ride lunch. More details to follow.

Speaker Ron Tozer, Bird of Algonquin Park....great presentation even with technical dificulties!

There was some technical difficulties but the presentation was very informative.

After gathering information for 40 years and actively writing for the past 15 years, birder extraordinaire and retired Algonquin Park Naturalist Ron Tozer has finally produced his life work in the widely anticipated Birds of Algonquin Park. It presents detailed accounts of all 278 birds known to have occurred in Algonquin, including information on migration timing, nesting habits and behaviour of the 144 breeding species, winter occurrence, historical records and population trends. The influence of climate warming on the arrival and departure time of migrants, and the declining numbers of many species are discussed.

Ron Tozer donated the manuscript to The Friends of Algonquin Park and it has published the book with the generous support of The Gordon & Lorraine Gibson Family Foundation. This 480-page masterpiece is now available for purchase online or at any of The Friends of Algonquin Park stores.

Some interesting facts in the book are;

  1. Ferral Cats are the major killer of birds 1.4-3.7 Billion in Canada and 10-15 Billion across North America as a whole

  2. 100 million to 1 billion birds die from hitting man made structures

  3. No species disappeared with logging , there was species fluctuation based on preference of habitat.

  4. From 1893-1958 park rangers killed wolves by poisoned bait, Bald Eagles and Ravens were also killed because they ate the poisoned bait.

  5. Barn Swallows have been on the 75% decline in the last 30 years

  6. The final point of his presentation was that even with the reduction of population it wont affect us greatly, we will still have food , water and shelter....and probably more insects.

Pam thanked Ron foe his informative presentation and asked him if birds evolved from dinosaurs. A lot of laughs were had by all, because she asked it because she just watched Jurassic Park!

Happy Bucks

Debbie was happy to be dressed up for her mothers Birthday Party.....her mother planned it herself and invited her family to Hidden Valley.

Bob had a promotion and now he will be attending Rotary more often.

Sandy Mackay is happy to be celebrating a 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Katy is happy to be alive because this is her busy season at work!

Jocelynn was happy for the quiet meeting.....hmmm I wonder why?

Ross was happy for Ken and asked people to stop be his booth for Coldwell Banker.

 

Foundation Draw

Jocelynn pulled the wrong J for foundation draw.

 

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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 27, 2015
The Coldwell Bankers PIAB setup by Peter Redwood and team!
Hmmmm.....Beer means Good time had by all!
Sunday's Party In A Box Jocelynn Briggs 2015-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 20, 2015
Please Enjoy these pictures taken by Debbie Knoblesdorf!
 
Helmi will be missed!
 
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 20, 2015

President Brandy started the July 15th meeting at Boston Pizza.

President Elect Jennifer Jerrett welcomed our speaker Helmi and all the visiting guests and/or Rotarian's.

Visiting Rotarian's

Micheal Iveusen, Guelph

Jerry Gloss, Windsor

Roger and Vicky Temple, BC

Ann Schnieder, Iternational Rotarian

Visitors

Calum/Rowan, Jen Simpson

Jackie Riley, Kelly Hammanda

Melissa Candelaria, Kelly Hammond

Bill Weber- club guest

Dr Kim Calhoun, John Jarvis

Carol, Wil Gibson

Lucy/Daphne, Jocelynn Briggs

Announcements

The first announcement was to keep the cross talk to a minimum.

The District Govenor will be coming on Thursday, October 29th 2015. The idea is to have a fellowship potluck. The specifics have not yet been worked out. Gord will be giving her a tour of our area. She will be staying at the Best Western.

Janet Stead will be coming in August. The District Conference is at the Radisson in Sudbury. The Radisson is booked up, but there is a Clarion just down the street where Dave and President Brandy will be staying.

George announced that there is no Golf after meeting. There has been a change of venue. Huntsville Downs has offered $47 all in package. Golf group will be every other Wednesday and all Rotarian’s need to email George Monday night if they are playing on the Wednesday.

Jim Hutton announced the District Golf Tournament for August 26th, 2015. This year Jennifer and Pam organized an all woman’s team the first one yet. Jim needs two more golfers to have five glf teams going.

Rob announced the progress with the Band shell.

Ron Strickland let us know that YOU are the most important person in Rotary. The most important thing YOU can do is grow membership. How YOU can do this is to be a gift to the world.

Ann the International Rotarian from Germany let us know that they only meet once a month. She accepted her clubs first official Flag from President Brandy.

 

Speaker

John Jarvis introduced our outbound exchange student Helmi. Helmi stayed with Johns family for three months, as well as four other families.

Helmi talked about her host families. The Mitchells she remembers her moose onesies she wore with Kierra. The Tuszes she got to have slumber parties with her two best friends Claire and Marina. She got to travel with the Gibsons. The Webers had another exchange student from Japan staying with them. They also took charge and planned her going away party on their beautiful patio.

Some interesting things Helmi did while she was here included joining sports teams like nortic skiing and soccer. The five Rotary Weekends to Sudbury, Quebec, Val D'or, Peterborough, Mattawa and Ottawa. Her favourite experience of all was becoming family with all the Exchange Students in 7010. Helmi thanked everyone for the Opportunity. She will never forget her trip out east.

One happy buck was Ron saying he would not be here next week because he was going fishing with Doug Fairhall and Gord Mitchell.

 

Meeting July 15th 2015 Jocelynn Briggs 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 10, 2015
Karen Patterson was happy her teenage daughters loved volunteering at Dockfest!
Jen Simpson was proud of her 3 km swim for Hospice.
George is happy to see the Sunday Gymnastic Games with his two little granddaughters.
Len was 5X happy....for the Dockfest board and their team leaders...great event with lots of crowds and a special thanks to Kris Deb K husband for his work with the motors.  Len thought it was more of a submarine race.  Kim is an impeccable sales girl she sold a hot dog to a guy like it was caviar.
Roger Temple was happy that Brandy and Kelly made it home safely and that they were in Nepal last year at the same time year.
Jennifer Jerrett was so grateful to April and Pam for taking on the co-chairs for Dockfest.  They did fantastic!
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 09, 2015
Brandy's first regular meeting was held at our new location of Boston Pizza.  Our private room was packed and everyone enjoyed our new surroundings.
President Brandy started our lunch meeting by raising our glass to Rotary.  The setup at Boston Pizza is different then Holiday in.  When we arrive we can pick up a beverage at the Bar.  Alcoholic Beverages are cash bar and not included in the lunch. Brandy had some technical difficulties with the speakers, but the meeting ran relatively smoothly.  Brandy talked briefly about Dockfest, more will be reported at a later date.  he event was successful even with the few hiccups with the motors.
Guests and Visitors
President elect Jennifer Jerrett announced all the visiting Rotarians and guests. There were so many people visiting. Hopefully I have them all:
John Jarvis : Kim Calhoun
Gord Mitchell: Fran and Judy
Pamela: Julia
Dolores:  Melanie
Hugh:  Charolette
Kelly:  Ed and Heather Douglas
Doug Fairhall:  Charolette
The Club:  Marta
Deb K:  Armand and Rose
Guests from Rotary Club Lake of Bays:  Nick and Rob
Rob Saunders:  Bill Coon
Hamilton morning club: Mark
BC Club:  Vicky and Roger Temple
Returning exchange student Graham Johnston.
 
Welcomed back on Board of Directors
Brandy welcomed back Peter Redwood to the Board of Directors for another term!
Special Announcements
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Kim O'Grady is turning 40 this year! Si Cline will have his anniversary with the Huntsville Club this month!  Club is happy to have you Si!
 
District Golf Tournament
August 26th 2015. 
Jim Hutton wants to enter 5 teams this year!  The price until July 30th is $150 which includes golf, golf cart, lunch and a full dinner.  The price goes up to $170 on August 1st. A percent of the proceeds will go to Rotary International.
George announced that the golf afternoon was a go and that Hugh had the teams.  Golf on Wednesdays afternoon at Mark O'meara golf course.
Jen Simpson Hospice Race
Jen participated in the Hospice Race fundraiser.  She swam 3km.  Good job Jen! Jen also reminded us to forward all the great pictures you take of Rotary events so she can do an end of year slide show.
Dine Around Huntsville Fundraiser
Nick from the morning club was selling raffle tickets for their dine around Huntsville fundraiser.  If you missed him, tickets can still be purchased at Soul Sista's.
 
The Nepal Earthquake
Brandy and Kelly's trip to climb Everest wasn't the once in a lifetime trip they were expecting.  The excitement of raising awareness for their charities never prepared them for the destruction and devastation they witnessed in Nepal.  This experienced open their eyes and made the importance of International Funding real to them!
Kelly developed a slide show explaining the experience and the pictures of what happened while they were in Nepal. She also presented the Russian Rotary flag to our President. 
Our two Rotarians are lucky to be alive.  There was a lot of compassion and strong emotions in the room as we all watched silently to the horrible destruction.  Split seconds determined life and death.  If you want more detail, or you missed this presentation please contact Kelly and ask her if you can see a copy of the slide show.  Please remember BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD!
 
Jen thanked Brandy and Kelly for sharing their life changing experience.  The pictures were frightening to look at.
 
 
 
Boston Pizza July 8th 2015 Jocelynn Briggs 2015-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jun 22, 2015
 
A good time was had by all when club members Rob Saunders, Ross Kirwin and Gord Mitchell were hosted by morning club members Rob Wilding, Nick Paroschy and Steve Lavigne at the Wilding Hunt Camp and Fishing Lodge. After a Friday night that is only a vague memory to most in attendance, the boys hit the water Saturday morning for 6 hours of casting and trolling. The majority of fish in the lake were spared on this occasion with only a few small bass hooked on a catch and release. You know your ‘guides’ are less than confident when they bring steak for the Saturday night dinner ‘just in case’ no fish are caught. Sunday was more of the same with only a few on the hook and the only highlight worth mentioning was that our guide Nick (the self proclaimed Bob Izumi of the north) was skunked in his bid to get a biter.
Great fellowship and of course no Rotary talk. Har Har!!  Look for it on next years auction table.
Christmas Auction Fishing Trip Bob Gibson 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jun 21, 2015
 
Be part of the Dyer Memorial restoration team!
Be part of the Dyer Memorial restoration team! Bob Gibson 2015-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Foundation Draw Winner.....
Bill may not of pulled the Joker but he sure does love the consolation evening prize of WINE!  If you want to win WINE you need to attend the evening meetings.  First Wednesday of every month!
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jun 06, 2015
Barb White introduced Peter Yungblut, Brian Andreason, and Mark Janke from Trillium Lakelands District School Board.  These teachers have created this special program to help grade 7/8 students understand Entrepreneurship.  They have recreated a program based on the Dragons Den TV show.  Dragons are business people in the area that can let students know if their business idea is feasible.  Barb was a Dragon this year.
These three teachers have developed this program for HPS, and Watt.  Students are put on team from different schools and required to develop and market a product or service for a geographic area.  The children create a business model plan that will include cost, location and demographics.  They are then required to pitch their idea to real Dragons or business people in the community with real experience and know if the idea is viable in the market.  These are only 13/14 year olds and the work they put into this project is amazing.  The idea is to keep kids in our area.  We want to retain more great minds and stop losing them to urban cities.  Next's years focus will be to include the Chamber of Commerce, Jr Achievement and to change the requirements of products to be targeted for the Muskoka market.  If you would like more information or would like to be a mentor, Dragon or you would like to contribute any ideas on how to improve this program please contact via email m.janke@tldsb.net and he will give the information you may need.
John Jarvis thanked the teachers and everyone was really happy to hear about their success with the program.
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jun 01, 2015
CLUB ASSEMBLY
President Elect took over the Club Assembly because President Ken was called away.  Not all committees were prepared and some will bring there information next week.
 
Youth Committee
Lou announced that a co-chair is needed for his committee.  We have an inbound student coming from Denmark this summer.  Our outbound student is going to Barcelona Spain in August and will need a ride to the airport.  She is very excited that the beach is a two minute walk from where she is staying.
 
NEW PROJECTS
Rob Saunders let us know that the Band Shell will not make the July 1st deadline.  The Chamber is going to try to get support for an October start date.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
 
The project wil get done and we raised $5000 as a club to go towards the 3-5 squatters camp kitchens.  Rotary International raised $51,100. 
 
Peter let us know that Dockfest is on schedule and all hands are on deck.  The motors work well and its going to be a fantastic fundraiser.  Thanks to CRS Phil Betts for the fencing!
 
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Brandy let us know that Member of the Year wil be announced at Presidents Night.  Will Gibson will send out the criteria on which to vote.  Member of the month of May will be announced on the June 3rd night meeting.  At the night meetings the winning number drawn for Foundation Funding will win a bottle of wine as it is so difficult to pull the joker out.  It will be known as the evening meeting consolation prize.
 
We want to see more of this when we do the Foundation Draw!  Wine is the perfect solution! 
 
Club Assembly Jocelynn Briggs 2015-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jun 01, 2015
Lou introduced the three RYLA student participants this year.  Natalie Arnott this year student who went to the Adventure in Citizenship weekend in Ottawa Ontario.
Natalie made lots of friends from other Provinces.  She loved sitting in House of Commons.  During the program she visited an Aboriginal Community in Quebec.  The group of students sponsored the Community by buying 6 tiles, which are placed on a floor and the money went towards different programs in this native community.  Natalie let us know how kind the Rotarian was that she stayed with in Ottawa.  Natalie has come a long way from that 7th grader that who was a loner and shy.  She attributes her personal growth to all the programs that the Rotary helps make available to Youth.  Brandy also participated in the Citizen Project when she was a youth as well.
 
Tyler Arnott and He  lmi went to the Youth Leadership weekend.  Tyler got to learn about himself.  He has a high strung personality and the program helped him develop coping strategies and understand himself better.  Helmi learned about different behavioral types.  This was an eye opening experience because she got to watch people become more confident. She also learned how to communicate with different types of people and understand why some people behave the way they do.
 
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jun 01, 2015
Brandy introduced this weeks guests.  Cogeco's Sam Johnston was in attendance, Katy McGregor, Phil Betts, Helmi, Natalie Arnott, and Tyler Arnott.
 
Announcements
John and Jen Simpson share the same birthday ,May 26th. 
Dockfest shifts need to be covered, so please sign up for your shifts ASAP.
Please email Will Gibson you choice for Rotarian of the Year! This month's Rotarian of the month will be announced at the dinner meeting on June 3rd.
 
Hugh gave us an update on the progress of the Wine Auction planning.  We still need to sell tickets.  We may need more staffing during the Auction.  Please continue to share on facebook!  Please read your emails about the Auction to keep yourself up to date.
Mary Rashleigh raised $455 for the fundraiser she participated in Dorset.  Thanks to all who supported her efforts.
Ron Strickland apologized about some disparaging remarks about a fellow member that were meant to be funny.  Doug Fairhall is the BEST PIKE FISHERMAN!
 
 
 
May 27th Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2015-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on May 28, 2015
Yamaha F 2.5 Test Motor for DockFest Has Arrived!! Bob Gibson 2015-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 25, 2015
There are four teams with two team captains on each.  Team captains are as follows:
  1. Ken Stronach and Lee Barker
  2. Doug Sullivan and Ross Kirwin
  3. Doug Fairhall and Lou Luvison
  4. Rob Saunders and Dave Van Gelder
It is the team captains responsibility to notify the Rotarians on their team and also contact them when party in a box is rented.  Captains need to prepare their teams for the coming season.
 
Peter Redwood invited Matt Montpetit from Moore Propane for special recognition of continuing to sponsor Party in a Box this year.  Moore Propane donates all the propane needed for the BBQ.
 
 
Party in a Box Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 25, 2015
Rotarian of the Month Goes too.......
Deb Liddle earned ROM for her ability to find extra money.  Deb found $11000 for extra projects.  Her dedication is greatly appreciated by all, Thanks Deb for all your hard work!
 
Rotarian of the Month Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 24, 2015
President Ken started the meeting off early this week. 
Brandy announced that Scott Aitcheson Mayor of Huntsville was our speaker.  Si Cline has returned to us for the season;  Matt Montpetit from Moore Propane and Lucy Briggs were in attendance as well.
Ross Kirwin reminded us to get out and sell, sell, sell some Wine Auction tickets!  If you need more contact him directly.
 
Barb announced that the kids from Huntsville Public school really enjoy reading to the Rotarians.  So anyone interested in listening to some great children read please contact Barb.
 
Mary Rashleigh will be at the Dorset Health hut fundraiser.
Kim spins the fine wheel on behalf of all Rotarians that forgot to notify Als they would miss meeting. 
May 20th Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2015
Ross Kirwin had the pleasure of introducing Mayor Scott Aitcheson.  Ross was very tongue in cheek as poked fun that Scott was facing the firing squad.  Before Scott was in the hot seat, Ross let everyone know that Scott is the youngest Huntsville Mayor in History.
 
Mayor Aitcheson started off with as he put it "sucking up" by thanking our club for everything we do for the Huntsville Community.  He kept us in suspense by explaining how different it was to be Mayor instead of a Town Councilor.  Every day is a challenge, because he has to deal with all members of councils issues as well as, passions, excitement and emotions.  There are 5 new Councilors this year out of 8 and it is up to him to lead them through the process and help direct them in their public comments.
Mayor Scott did address the missing 3 million dollars........ITS NOT MISSING!    During the G8 the Town borrowed 9 million dollars to build the facilities needed.  The Town should have borrowed 12 million.  All debts have been paid but 3 million came out of the what the town calls reserves.  The reserves is petty cash for emergencies.  So now they have to evaluate which bills were paid out of petty cash (reserves) and build the petty cash back up gradually to 6 million.  There are various options and the town needs to make a plan.  The Town Council needs to operate as a business.  It is time to put away money instead of spending it.  As a town we are in a great position.  We have 114 million dollars in assets and those assets require a plan to maintain and/or replace.  The Town Council needs to do a cost analysis to determine if the assets are needed (Waterloo building ect), and if liquidation is a plausible solution for replenishing the reserve.  There is no figure or concrete plan to replenish the reserves, the figure is determined on the life cycle of the assets.  The Mayor assured us that our town is not in trouble we have 12 million in taxes coming in and it takes 2-3 million to fully fund expenses. 
The Mayor also told us about a project close to his heart.  The Youth Engagement Commitment.  There is a Youth Council Committee that has access and ability to get involved in Town Council.  This group debated that High School students should have equal access to town facilities, like the Summit Center.  The Mayor also told us about another feel good moment of having a local artist contest where children got to create artwork for the Mayors office.  The kids who participated really enjoyed this contest and the experience of actually meeting the Mayor!
 
President Ken thanked Mayor Scott Aitcheson addressing the 3 million of unaccounted for funds, as well as the great things the council has done since he has become Mayor.
 
 
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Posted by Bob Gibson on May 23, 2015
Nick Foley Presentation Bob Gibson 2015-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on May 21, 2015
Hey All!
 
I had a few minutes to update the main template for the Echo. Sorry about sending it out a second time this week but it was desperately in need of a refresh.
If anyone has any suggestions for edits in content or layout please let me know.
 
Happy Birthday Jim Hutton!!!
 
Cheers!
 
BG
New Template Layout for The Echo Bob Gibson 2015-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 19, 2015
 
 
Mary went to her Trinity College Reunion.
Ross and Bob were happy to test the outboard motors that will be used at Dockfest.  There will be 11 more motors coming.  They also thought the swim for the PAN AM across the River in Huntsville was awesome.
Dave went to the Wine Bar across from Cafe Willgrass
Ken Bought a trailer.
Len did Bingo with Brandy.  Everything that could go wrong did but everyone enjoyed themselves regardless.
Will retired as of Friday from his banking career
Gord thanked Helmi for her help with Foundation tickets and he will be attending Kierra's graduation from grade 8 and he will miss his BBQ for Spruce Glen's Events.
Rob was happy to recieve a card in the mail with a picture.
 
Happy Bucks There Were Many Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs

Former president Deb chaired our meeting as President Ken was away.

Brandy welcomed visiting Rotarian Nick Paroschy and special guest John Crockett from Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Brandy also welcomed Rebecca Ferguson and Jenn LeMesurier, formally known as Jenn Head.

FOUNDATION NEWS

Ron Strickland updated us on the Disaster Kits that were sent to Nepal. They successfully arrived and are being put to good use. He also talked about the matching grant program for Pectoria South Africa. There will be equipment for a commercial kitchen to teach children to cook and to feed them. The goal now is to develop a grant to sustain the commercial kitchen.

OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brandy and Kelly will give us an overview of their experience in Nepal on July 8th make sure to be at the lunch meeting you do not want to miss it.

Gord let us know about attendance. If you do NOT cancel your lunch and fail to show up you will be charged for the lunch.....no exceptions. Food has been made based on your attendance. Please notify if you will be absent.

May 13th Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
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Cam introduced our speaker Jenn LeMesurier from Muskoka Conservancy. Jenn graduated from Lakehead University and is presently the Property management and Volunteer Co-ordinator for Muskoka Conservancy.

Jenn gave us a brief overview of what the Conservancy is.  They are responsible for protecting 36 properties in the Muskoka area.  There are stewardship programs that help home owers.

The Shoreline Stewardship Program is a multifaceted project that will provide solutions to a host of shoreline issues while also showing the link between shoreline issues and water quality issues.  The program will include the following:

  • Water quality monitoring and reporting by MLA volunteers
  • Series of landowner workshops to provide solutions to common shoreline issues
  • Personalized site visits for shoreline property owners looking for recommendations
  • Working Around Water” symposium designed for landscapers, contractors, and others who work around water

The Healthy Trees Stewardship Program includes the following:

  • Series of public landowner workshops related to common forest health concerns
  • Workshops for community and special interest groups
  • Personalized landowner consultations to address forest health concerns
  • An annual Woodlands and Wildlife Forest Festival
The Muskoka Conservancy encourages young people to successfully complete a post-secondary school education related to the Natural Sciences (Biology, Forestry, Environmental Studies) or related Technologies (Wildlife, Forestry, Environmental Engineering). In support of this we are offering a $1,000.00 Bursary, known as The Charlie Esson Stewardship Bursary, to assist a student in achieving academic qualifications in these disciplines.
 
For more information and a list of special events visit Muskoka Conservancy's website at http://muskokaconservancy.org/events/
 
Len Ross thanked Jenn for her presentation.
 
 
Speaker Muskoka Conservancy Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
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John Crockett let us know about the family that donated 1 million to our hospital's emergency department. Each year our hospital needs 2.5-3 million dollars to operate. This year the hospital bought a new phone system.

Here is another fundraising initiative the Foundation is promoting.
 
Rob Saunders presented a cheque for $10000 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Huntsville.
Hospital Foundation Donation Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
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Kim had the honour of introducing April McClung.  April learned about Roatery at Chamber event after meeting Bob Gibson.  She came out and now she is an active Rotarian and Co-chair for Dockfest!
April was very witty and candid.  Her journey to Huntsville was interesting and entertaining to hear about.  April was born in Colorado.  That's right April is American.  She is now a Canadian Citizen and how she got here is interesting.  April grew up in a Christian family as the baby.  Her very first job was working with ducks.
Ducks are cute and cuddly right? WRONG for April they were stinky, dirty and gross.  She spent a whole summer vaccinating ducks and she hated every minute of it.  As April aged she had a lot of unanswered questions about faith, God and life.  She went to University to find something.  In reality she found her husband.  During her University years April took courses that interested her with no true focus or major.  When she got married the courses she took qualified her for a degree in Religion.  God and faith have always been a part of April's life but she never enjoyed the church community setup.  April's husband believed God wanted him to setup a non-denominational church in Ontario.  April followed.  How they picked Huntsville was a very interesting story.  Her husband went up on a mountain like Moses in the Bible and prayed for God to give him a sign.  God led a family from Huntsville to him that day and that is the story of how April came to be here.  April's husband (Jeremy) is the Pastor of Muskoka Community Church. In the states April worked in Human Resources.  She loved her field.  When she moved to Ontario she realized that Canada had different laws and instead of starting from the ground up again she decided on a career change.  She spent some time working for Muskoka Seniors and now she works for Investors Group as a financial planner.
Peter Redwood thanked April for joining Rotary and jumping right in and being co-chair of Dockfest!  April is a great addition to our Rotary club and we are all grateful to have her!
Who is April McClung Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Len Ross and Nina are back!  Len had a special surprise to share with us all......
For her birthday Nina requested that they come to Rotary for a special dinner.  In honor of Nina's birthday President Ken had chocolate cake with our roast pork, and salad.  Len and Nina were missed this winter and all the Rotarians who attended enjoyed laughing at their antics.
Happy Birthday Nina it was a lot of fun celebrating with you!
 
Special Birthday Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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For More Information Please Visit vintagerch.com
 
 
Hugh Holland announced that we had 35 cases of 420 bottles of collectable vintage wine donated.  A special auction has been planned to raise funds towards the new band shelter. 
Ross Kirwin asked that we fill the room at the auction with people who love wine.  Some of the wine is rare vintages that can cost $200 a bottle. We want to raise at least the value of the wine that has been donated.  This is a rare opportunity lets work together and make the most of the Auction!
Wine Auction Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Jen had a successful trip.  There was a heat wave and she helped a lot of patients.  All the donated supplies made it to the Haitians. 
 
Helmi's first trip to the CN Tower was with Carol for the WWF (World Wildlife Federation) Fundraisers.  Both ladies walked up 1776 steps which is 144 floors. 
Helmi even got to meet a touring Finish family.  She was so excited to speak Finish after a 8 month hiatus from her country.
 
Special Announcements Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Bill read the thank you letter from the recipient of the dentures that were purchase by the club, for a local elderly person.  Thanks to the connections of our very own Drew Markham. 
 
Does anyone recognize these men?  This picture was given to Hugh Holland by Bill Sibeon.  This is 1968 Rotary Club of Huntsville.
 
Human Development with Bill Sibeon Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Dockfest chair April requested volunteers with strong backs to help unload bathtub vessels from the Madill Church yard on Tuesday May 12th at 6pm.  Brings your healthy son's, daughters, husbands, friends and wives.  Many hands make light work!
Strong Backs for May 12th Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2015
Guests:
 Hugh Holland brought his wife Charlotte, and as he said later, he was happy to be back in Huntsville because Florida was getting too hot!!
 
Marta Bonelli, of the Marta and Keith team that we support in Nicaragua came to lunch to verify their speaking date in September.
 
Suzi Jarvis was John’s guest. They were celebrating their 1 st wedding anniversary. John spares no expense in the celebrations!!
 
Debra Griffin – visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Bracebridge
 
Announcements:
75thBirthday - Bill Sibeon will celebrate his 75th on Thursday April 30th. Congrats Bill. His table even got didn’t get to eat first….now how bad is that!!!!
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Posted on May 03, 2015
 
 
Past-President Debbie Knobelsdorf opened the meeting on time as the current Pres Ken was still enjoying time away with Barb.
Past-President Debbie K. opens the meeting 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2015
 
Peter Redwood introduced him and commented that he liked our new detachment Commander already because he was born in northern Ontario, in Kirkland Lake.
 John P. Graham, Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, Huntsville Detachment, Central Region.
John arrived in Huntsville as a promotion from the Sudbury Detachment 2.5 months ago and hopes to move his family her at the end of May.
Prior to coming to Huntsville he has worked in the northern communities – dealing with the remoteness and the drug issue.  Then to Cornwall as a city policeman - doing the on - road work and dealing with the big drug issues in that area. Transferred to the OPP and served in the Espanola and Sudbury area. 
John is looking forward to working with our community and his staff as they work at the communication process with our residents and our youth. He’s begun meeting with groups to assess the issues and set in place the processes that we all can live with.
In the Q & A session – the level of drugs in the high school came up. He commented that they do not use the drug dog where they lock the students in their classrooms and search their lockers anymore. He told us that his officers are working with the school staff on a regular basis and yes they search lockers after school as needed.
The OPP detachment is always looking a t how they can best serve our community.
 
J.P. Graham, OPP Staff Sergeant - our speaker 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2015
 
Nepal and Rotary’s support – Ronald P. Strickland. Since last Saturday most of us have wondered about the safety of our Rotarians – Brandy Van Gelder and Kelly Hammond who were in Nepal on a personal trip to climb the Mount Everest Mountain up to the base camp. Luckily they were still in town sipping tea when the earth quake hit. As Wednesday wore on, we learned that they landed in Toronto after supper.
Ron Strickland reviewed the different agencies that provide the “Shelter Box” unit that will support a group of 10 people for 6 months or longer who as the result of the quake have little more than their lives left. He went on to say that our club’s World Community Service committee would like the support of our club to purchase two “shelter box “ units from Disaster Aid Canada at $750.00 per. A motion was moved by Sandy Mackay, seconded by Rob Saunders that we purchase the units. Motion was carried unanimously.   
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The Band Shell update - Rob Saunders. Basically it is a go with the various partners lining up to support the idea with money. The ribbon cutting date of July 1st at best was a tight time line to get ‘er built and that will not happen. Rob predicts that the real time line will be more like Thanksgiving. He went on to say the final placement will be probably adjusted as there are hydro lines in the proposed area. He said that the firm of Duncan/Ross is working on the drawings. Rotary’s commitment will be $20,000 and that will not lower our hospital project support. He commented that the chamber will be looking after the money pay and that our club will not be the lead group in the project.
The Drowsy Chaperone Play – Rob Saunders. A successful run – attendance was down but expenses were also lower; in the end the profit will be $4,000.00. Rotary’s split will be right on budget at $2,000.
Band Shell Update by Rob Saunders 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on May 03, 2015
 
Foundation Draw:  Speaker Jenn picked Len Ross number and there was no joker to be pulled....better luck next time!
 
 
Adjournment: Past president Debbie K. closed off the meeting on time with the review of the 4-Way Test .
Foundation Draw Jocelynn Briggs 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2015
During the club’s annual litter pickup day Rotarian Rob Saunders discovered what looked like human remains. Initial testing has confirmed the bones are very old and carbon dating will confirm if they may actually lead to the ‘missing link’ that has confounded archeologists for decades. There have long been rumours that modern man originated around the Huntsville area and it’s possible the Home Depot construction a number of years ago uncovered Saunders’s find. If testing supports these theories sections of Hwy #60 could be closed off to allow for a massive archeological dig. Stay tuned for future updates on this amazing discovery. (if you’re still with me it’s a pretty safe bet this story does not pass at least part of the 4 Way test!)
 
Rob Saunders Archelogical Find 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Apr 15, 2015
 
Drowsy Chaperone Receives Excellent Reviews Bob Gibson 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Darren Wiseman on Apr 07, 2015
Meeting to Order
 
President Ken calls meeting to order with a toast to Queen, Canada & Rotary, the singing of our national anthem and the rotary blessing.
 
Welcome
 
 
President-elect Brandy welcomes three visiting students who are participating in RYLA. Brandy explained that the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is for young adults between 18&30 to participate in a leadership camp to help develop young people into good leaders. No visiting Rotarians this week.
 
Visiting Student Helmi
 
Brandy & Kelly gave us an update on their fundraising efforts and after their epic trek and thanks to those who helped they raised $1000 dollars each. Their walk was equivalent to 10X up the CN tower.
 
River Mill Band shell Proposal
 
Rob explained that after contacting most of the club, 80% were in favor of the motion to support the construction of a new band shell. Meeting with the town will be the next step.
 
Reading Program
 
 
Barb spoke about the reading program where students would read to you for I hour on Thursday mornings. If you would like to volunteer contact Barb.
 
Rotary Quiz
 
 
Ron spoke about the Rotary Canada Magazine for April. Last week’s history test had us all stumped. Also the Rotary helped to build the Canadian Museum.
 
Environmental
 
 
Cameron spoke of the environment and how the University of Waterloo is a co-sponsor for cleaning up the environment. He also spoke of the clean-up on Hwy 60 & Haynes Rd where they will be picking up refuge on April 18 between 10 & 3 pm. Those who pick up on the Hwy will have to be 18 or older.
 
HHART
 
 
HHART is an acronym that stands for Haitian Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team. HHART missions are planned, organized and led by Rotarians from Rotary District 7010 (central Canada). The Team's primary mission is to provide much needed medical, dental and other forms of humanitarian assistance to poor, disadvantaged persons (primarily of Haitian heritage) that live near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic
 
Brandy introduced Dr. Jennifer Simpson BSc. MSc. ND Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor who will be spending 10 days in Haiti. Jennifer spoke about her past experiences and about her plan to visit and help those in need again this year.
 
Jennifer receives a $500 donation to help with her efforts
 
 
Rotary Foundation Took place and Happy bucks were received.
 
Meeting Minutes April 8, 2015 Darren Wiseman 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 17, 2015
It looks like the Jardine's ad The Rashleigh's are getting into a bit of Caribbean Fellowship in Port of Spain, Trinidad :-)
 
Tony's Rotary club in Port of Spain, Trinidad Bob Gibson 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
MBRP Inc. Sponsors Kelly Hammonds Trip to Mt. Everest 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 11, 2015
Pipefusion Services Inc. Sponsors Brandy van Gelders Trip to Mt. Everest Bob Gibson 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 09, 2015
 
Mt. Everest Trek Bob Gibson 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 04, 2015
 
Ken Opens The Meeting!
 
 
Brandy Introduces Our Guests:
 
Speakers: Graham Thompson + Erin Horvath
Their Sons: Braeden & Ty
 
Chris Knobelsdorf - With Debbie
Exchange Student Helmi
Paul Rae
Ramona Sullivan - With Doug
Sue Burke
 
Welcome To Our Newest Rotary Club of Huntsville Member - Sue Burke
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome To The Club Sue!
 
DockFest 2015 - Peter Redwood Introduces The 2015 DockFest Organizing Committee
 
 
 
 
We Have an Exceptional Team to Run DockFest 2015
 
We Will Have  a Club Vote On The Potential Purchase of 5 - 12 Yamaha 4 Stroke Outboards at the March 11th Meeting.
 
Jennifer Jerrett Is Looking for Volunteers To Edit The Echo.
 
 
Jennifer Simpson Introduces Our Guest Speakers Graham Thompson + Erin Horvath
 
 
Additional Information Their Organizations Can Be Found Online at:
 
 
 
 
 
 In 2006 New Vision Unlimited (New VU) was founded in Sioux Lookout, Ontario by Graham Thompson and Erin Horvath. Out of a desire to see people realize their fullest potential, they listened to the needs of organizations, community leaders, youth and elders in the region. New VU began building effective customized experiences designed to empower individuals and teams in developing a different perspective, direction and skill set to fulfill the identified

Related News Article - New VU: A Valuable Community Resource


In 2013 New VU expanded its services to the Muskoka and Parry Sound area.  For the first year we simply listened to local people and groups share their experiences and challenges.  Gradually we created a vision for how New VU can assist these people create change in their communities.  This vision has included the beginning of NewVU Child & Youth Counselling, a psychotherapy service that is designed to meet the needs of all children and youth in Muskoka and Parry Sound communities.  Please visit www.newvucounselling.org for detailed information.

The vision also includes the creation of the Social Innovation HUB, found at 8 West Street South, Huntsville.  It not only provides affordable space for full-time, part-time and occasional professionals, but is a hub of social innovation, collaboration, and support for those providing a service to the community.   Please contact us for more information! 

Facilitating the process of change has opened the door to a variety of unique expressions of our mission, including leadership and teamwork training, psychotherapy services, conflict resolution/mediation, strategic planning for organizations, youth program development, youth facilitators training, various personal and professional development opportunities, as well programming that promotes inspirational curriculum development in schools.

Mary Rashleigh Thanks Our Speakers

Happy Bucks!

Rob S - An Extended Trailer Park Vacation In Close Confines With His Relatives
Jennifer Jerrett - New Career Selling Ford Cars and Trucks With Doug Sullivan @ Bickley Ford
Mary Rashleigh - Leaving for Trinidad Tomorrow.

Foundation Funding Was Won By Ken S and He Failed to Pull The Joker

March 4th Evening Meeting Bob Gibson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 04, 2015
 
 
Resolution To Purchase New Yamaha Outboard Motors
 
Moved by Peter Redwood and seconded by Bob Gibson that the board of the Rotary Club of Huntsville understands the need for and approves the recommendation of the 2015 DockFest Committee to spend up to $10,000 (plus GST) to purchase new 4 stroke Yamaha outboard motors.
These motors are to be tested in the water to ensure they give an acceptable performance before spending the funds The outcome of the test will determine the number of motors that can be acquired for the funds authorized.
It is also understood that the two previous DockFest Committees have set aside funds ($6000) and the remaining funds of $4000 will be used from the money being donated by Pipefusion Services Inc.

Expenditures of this quantity have to presented to the general membership and that this be done at the next general meeting on March 11 2015 .Notice of this request for approval be published in the Echo  to ensure all members are aware of the requested.

Approval of this request by both the board and general membership is required now to support and assist with the marketing of the vent.
Rotary DockFest 2015 New Outboard Motors Resolution Bob Gibson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Mar 03, 2015
Hey All!
 
The Rotary DockFest Website Has Been Updated for 2015 and The Event Is Taking Shape
 
Here is The Promo Poster
 
Rotary DockFest 2015 Bob Gibson 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Feb 20, 2015
To All:
 
It was a cold day in Barbados, the temperature had dropped to +28C and there was a strong wind blowing from the north.  Luckily I came prepared with my club toque.  Greetings to all, while on the island I have been attending Rotary meetings at two clubs.  The Rotary Club of Barbados West and the Rotary Club of Barbados South and these clubs have welcomed me to their meetings.  Their meetings follow the same business style as ours and the folks have a lot of fun while constantly striving to do the good works of Rotary.
 
YIR
Len Ross
 
Len & Nina's Excellent Adventures In Barbados Bob Gibson 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Feb 20, 2015
Attention ALL Rotarians!
 
As all of you are aware Rotary DockFest is one of the three large fundraisers we participate in on an annual basis.
We have made our application with the Town of Huntsville and the event will take place on July 4, 2015.
 
In the next  8 - 10 days we MUST get all the Committee Chairs Established.
We have set a tentative meeting for Monday March 2nd 645 PM at the Rotary Train Station.
All the work around DockFest does not just happen on July 4th as there is quite a bit of planning that is done in advance of this event.
 
If you would like to be part of the Organizing Committee please contact myself, Pam or President Ken directly and set your calendar for Monday March 2nd.
 
Thank You In Advance
Bob Gibson
bobgibson416@gmail.com
 
 
 
DockFest Call for Committee Chairs Bob Gibson 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Jerrett

President Ken Opens the meeting

 
President Ken opened the meeting.
O'Canada was sung and the Rotary prayer was said.
 

President Elect Brandy

 
President Elect Brandy welcomed guests:
Lucy Briggs - Jocelynn's daughter
Kattie MacGregor - Jocelynn's guest

Kim

 
Kim took the podium to promote the Rotary Club's Family Fun Day at Cann Lake.
There will be free hot chocolate, and a chili contest.
A sign up sheet went around asking Rotarian's to help set up and take down.
Yellow hats were for sale, $10 each, so Rotarian's will be viable day of the event.
 

A word from Gord...

 
Gord reminded us that the Rotary Gala in Bracebridge with the performance of Wizard of Oz is taking place on Thursday, February 26 and tickets are $75
Gord also reminded us that Scotia Bank is matching the donations for the books dollar for dollar. There has to be books to sell to make the money. Bring your used books to Scotia Bank ASAP and also consider buying some!  Gord handed out bags to make it easier for those to transport their used books.

Everything Rotary, with Ron!

 
Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.
By Celeste Mergens, District 5050
“What are the girls doing for feminine hygiene?” In 2008, I was
working on education initiatives in Kenya and I asked this question
of one of directors at a local orphanage.
The answer was shocking: “Nothing. They wait in their rooms.”
. . . and Days for Girls International was born.
One of the keys to reversing cycles of poverty and bringing more equity for women lies in sanitation. Millions of girls and women worldwide suffer days of isolation, infection, and exploitation due to a perhaps surprising issue—lack of menstrual hygiene management. If you just gasped, you’re not alone. Many
of us have never considered its impact on global development or would rather talk about anything but menstruation. However, Rotarians might not be surprised that one of the major causes of disempowerment of girls and women in poverty is their monthly cycle.
 
In the February 2014 issue of Rotarian magazine, Rose George summed the taboo up, “Menstruation. There, we said it. Now let’s talk about it, because girls are suffering.” In fact, in this decade, Rotary is already stepping up to help. WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) announced at the 2014 International Rotary Convention in Sydney that menstrual hygiene management will be one of its targets. Days for Girls International (www.DaysforGirls.org) is a global leader in this work, and was featured at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney. Since its founding six years ago, the organization has reached girls, women and communities in 76 nations throughout the world. In Rotary style, we have sought local feedback so that our washable hygiene kits and accompanying women’s health education is culturally, physically and environmentally feasible. Rotary is an important partner.
 
The Kaysville Rotary Club in District 5050 held a community-wide funding and awareness event to establish a Days for Girls SHE (Sewing and Health
Enterprise) in Mali, helping start a community-based washable pad business, where business and women’s leadership combine to
make more kits possible in communities. Bill Gorman, from the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club distributed these kits in Guatemala, “We saved the kits for last. We were hesitant to share them but it was a big deal. They were so animated about receiving them. It’s life-changing for the young women to
have access to these hygiene kits and really kind of profound for the American high school girls who were with us as well. Such a
big impact with such a simple solution.”
 
Vida Peterson, a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Port Moody, who is also president of the board of Days for Girls Canada, says, “Our club gave a grant to pay for about a year’s supplies and paid for Days for Girls Canada to become a registered Canadian charity. As a result we are expanding and have made and sent kits to Haiti, the Philippines, as well as to South Africa via containers shipped by Rotary World Help Program. And setting up a Days for Girls Sewing and Health Enterprise not only helps the girls receive kits but also will be providing employment to 10 women. “We know that for each woman
employed, 10 more are fed as a result, continues Vida. “That’s important community impact that I'm delighted to be part of, thanks to two of my passions, Rotary and Days for Girls."

So how can your Rotary club make a difference?
Donate to Days for Girls International directly.
Support a Chapter or team, supplying funds for kit materials to be completed into kits.
Partner with Days for Girls by taking kits with you on Rotary project expeditions or by funding
and helping steward a Days for Girls SHE (Sewing and Health Enterprise).
Invite a Days for Girls Chapter to speak at your club about this issue (there are already 315+
chapters and teams on six continents) and raise awareness.
Make kits yourself!
 

Congratulations Peter!!

 
Peter received a Paul Harris +1 pin today for his financial commitment and dedication to Rotary.
When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's work across the world and help ensure our future. You can choose where to direct your donation and how you wish to give. Recognition is offered at many giving levels.

K-E-L-L-Y, Why? Because we love you!!

 
Kelly gave her classification, she was born on December 17, 1967 in Barrie. Her family owned Go Home Lake Marina in Mactier.  She has an older brother John. Her husbands name is Ed and her daughter's name is Jorja.  She got her diploma in Early Childhood Education however found her calling in the fitness and nutrition field, now working at Fitt Gym.  In April Kelly will be climbing to base camp on Mt. Everest.  The trip is through an organization called Dream Mountains Foundation to raise money for Dreams Take Flight, an organization that takes kids to Disney when they wouldn't otherwise we able to go. Dreams take flight is very near and dear to Kelly's heart as her nephew is currently battling cancer.
 

Kelly and Brandy a force to be reckon with!

 
In the matter of a few weeks these two women will be climbing to base camp on the highest mountain on Earth, and the highest point on the Earth's crust, base camp is at 17590’ feet. The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in Asia, is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.  Both Kelly and Brandy have chosen a charity to support with their climb, Kelly is supporting Dreams Take Flight and Brandy is supporting SOS Children's Villages. Donate today to help both Kelly and Brandy reach their fundraising goals:
 

Foundation Funding and Happy Bucks!

 
Joclynn's ticket was drawn and Lucy cut the deck, unfortunately the card Lucy turned over wasn't the correct one!
 
Happy bucks came from:
Jennifer S.          Kelly
Brandy          Kim
George          Bob
Ken          Mary
          Lou       Lucy/Jocelynn
 
REMEMBER:
Bowling lunch on the 25th of February!!
Comfort Inn has some free beds should you need one.
 
February 11th Rotary Club of Huntsville Meeting Jennifer Jerrett 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Feb 15, 2015
 
Rotary Family Fun Day @ Cann Lake Pictures and Chili Contest Bob Gibson 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Jerrett

President Ken

President Ken opened the evening meeting at 6pm on February 4, 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Elect Brandy Welcomes Guests
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Ellect Brandy welcomed Guests:
  • Jan Laschinger - guest of Jennifer Jerrett
  • Chris Knobelsdorf - guest (husband) Debbie Knobelsdorf
  • Beth Saunders - guest (wife) Rob Saunders
  • Trevor & Patricia - guests (son & girlfriend) Helen & Lea Barker
  • Bill Rashleigh - guest (husband) Mary Rashleigh
  • Carol Gibson - gurest (wife) Will Gibson
  • Lucy & Daphne - guest (daughters) Jocelynn Briggs
 
Ken mentioned that there is a family on Kaijiji looking for firewood, it was determined that Mary and Jennifer both had some wood to give to the family.
Bob will be looking for new links to some of the expired pages on the website so please work with us through this process.
There are 8 tickets available for Wizard of Oz in Bracebridge please see Ken if you are interested in attending.
Very sad news that Brian has resigned.
 
Ron - Everything Rotary!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ron enlightened us today with his vast knowledge of Rotary!  Here are some highlights that I managed to pick up.
  • We are District 7010
  • In Zone 24
  • There are 17 on the Board of Rotary International with President and President Elect
  • Rotary International President is chosen by a nomination committee of 17
  • The Rotary International by-laws state that there shall not be any campaigning
The Adventures of Rob, Beth and Carol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rob Saunders presented his Euro Trip in 22 Days to the club.
Countries visited include:
England; Denmark; Germany; Switzerland; Liechtenstein; Austria; Slovenia; Croatia; Italy;  Monaco; France
Photos in order:
1) George Work (from Denmark) and his Dad
2) Viktor (Croatia) and his family
3) Alexia Rios (France) and the Huntsville connection at her wedding (Carol Gibson, my wife Beth and  Emilia McDonnell)
 
 

President Ken Wraps up the Meeting

President Ken ended the meeting by mentioning how great the meeting was. He was thrilled to see so many out for an evening meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foundation Funding and Happy Bucks

Gord happened to pull Birthday Girl Jennifer's ticket numbers but don't worry she didn't win...  sad
 
There were many happy people in the crowd: Peter, Helen, Debbie, Drew, George, Jennifer, Daphne
 
 
February 4th Rotary Club of Huntsville Evening Meeting Jennifer Jerrett 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Feb 02, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exchange Student Graham's Adventures in Europe Bob Gibson 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Ken welcomed back Bob Gibson and George Young.  Deb Griffen was our visiting Rotarian from Bracebridge.  Kelly Hammond brought Karen Patterson for the second week in a row.  Here's hoping that Karen will have a fireside chat.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The evening meeting time will change to 6pm effective immediately.  Please let all Rotarians know.  The bell rings at 6pm sharp.  Jennifer Jerrett asked that all Rotarians call Al's Taxi when they are bringing guests.  It is very embarrassing for a host to not have enough food.  It is important to notify when extra people are coming.  The same is true when you will not be attending meeting.  If you don't call ahead then you will be charged for a meal.  So please call Al's before noon on Tuesday.
Deb Griffin announced that there is a Fellowship Gala night on February 26, 2015 at the Sports Plex in Bracebridge at 5:30pm with a Production of the Wizard of Oz at 7:15pm.  President Ken has reserved spots for 10 members and the cost of tickets is $75.  Please contact President Ken if you would like to attend.
 
In other news Brandy and Dave won best costume at the Bonspiel on the weekend.  Their team won 2nd place over all.  Everyone who participated had a great time!
 
Ron Strickland quizzed us on the January issue of the Rotarian.  What kind of Rotarian are you?  Are you the Born Leader?  Or maybe you are the Mentor who likes to see life in a year not year in a life.  Are you the Pocket Book leader who always participates in the charitable balls?  You may be the Party Animal who never misses a social event that includes beer, wine and single mixers. Are you the Worker Bee with his/her hand in every function?  There are all different types of Rotarians and all types and styles are important.
 
SPEAKERS
This week we focused on the Club.  Deb Liddle talked about the Budget and Human Development.  This past year we helped 18 local families and an Autistic boy.  Our funds are down this year compared with last year.
AUCTION AND PARTY IN A BOX
Peter Redwood talked about the plans to revamp Party in a Box.  We are updating our presence on the website and scheduling will be more accessible.  The trailer will be updated.  Rotarians will be charged the same as other renters this year.  In other news the Auction was a huge success thanks to our financial supporters.
John Jarvis from Re/Max.
Doug Sullivan from the New Bickley Ford
 
 
Ken Stronach Seven Main.
 
Bob Gibson Public Relations and Dockfest
 
Most of the kinks in Dockfest preparation have been ironed out so there will be no need for really long team meetings.  There will be changes to make the event flow well.  One change will be that our 70 year old members will not be taking down fencing at the end of the event.  Moose Delaneys will provide us with a beer tent.  We have better motors this year and will be looking into making sure that when the vessels capsize that the operators are safe.  Bob is also working on getting more boats on the water.
 
MEMBERSHIP
On February 16, 2015 the Family Fun Day was scheduled for the Retention of members.  The morning club is also participating in this event.  In 2016 there will be a District Conference in our area.  It will scheduled in October at Redleaf or Deerhurst.  We will need to build a Social Committee to create events.
 
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE COMMITTEE
Rob Saunders is taking Global Grant position.  He let us know that Charolette Lee is in Indonesia working at a hospital.  We are purchasing 73 mattresses that are $55 a piece in April.  Rob also mentioned that he needs to determine if there is a market for BINGO in Parry Sound.  Pam had a good suggestion that to increase BINGO participation we should do social media blast from FB abd Twitter.  Even though Gravenhurst have more participation with their BINGO she thinks there is still a market for us there as well as her customers like our BINGO game better because it is more interesting.
 
CLUB ADMINISTRATION
 
 
Mary Rashleigh announced that there will be 4 Echo Editors.  The Echo can get to be a huge job for one person.  Jocelynn Briggs has been doing it faithfully for 7 months and asked for help.  So starting in February a monthly rotation will be set in place.  Jennifer Jerrett will fo February, April McClung will do March, Bob Gibson will do April and Jocelynn Briggs will be back on in May.  Clubrunner has been updated and Bob is working on some of the quirks.  The Greeter List should be fixed but if there is still two please follow Jocelynn's Greeter List.  Lea Barker is one this Wednesday.
 
PROGRAMING
Debbie Knoblesdorf announced that there was a programming meeting after the lunch meeting.  There are speakers booked every week until April.  We will finally get to hear Kelly Hammonds Designation presentation which is great timing so make sure you attend!  We have at least four new member designation to book which should be fun!
 
Scotia Bank Book Fundraiser
 
Books are still needed at Scotia.  For every dollar donated for the used books Scotia Bank will matched.  So get reading!  Buy a book read it and donate it back.  Or ask your friends to donate books.  The more we promote the more funds we will receive.  There are some great authors there.  James Patterson, cookbooks, paper backs and hard covers.  Go to Scotia and check it out or add to the pile.
 
FOUNDATION DRAW
The pot is still up for grabs! 
Meeting Notes January 28, 2015 Jocelynn Briggs 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
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It's that time again for the Spring Bingo Stuffing!  Come to the BEST WESTERN MUSKOKA INN on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 4PM.  Many hands make light work!  The plan is to be out by 6PM!  If you have never attended a BINGO stuffing there is on the job trainers to help! 
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Meeting was chaired by Brandy as Ken was away.  The guest this week were speaker
Brian Samuels and Daphne Briggs, daughter of Jocelynn Briggs.
 
FOUNDATION NEWS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ron Strickland quizzed us on the content in the December issue of the Rotarian. 
Life Straw Community is a straw filter that filters bacteria and only lasts 1 year. 
This system will serve 70 people.  This weeks Rotarian superstar was Debbie K! 
Good job Deb for reading your Rotarian magazine. 
Make sure to read the December Rotarian before Wednesday! 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly offered free tickets for the Decades show to anyone that was interested. 
Jocelynn Briggs  attended with her on Wednesday January 21, 2015.
 It was a fabulous show. 
 
April 1, 2015 a Club Social is being planned at East Side Mario's. 
It will be a dinner meeting starting at 6:30 pm. 
There will be more details at a later date.
 
There will be a Rotary Weekend Conference on April 17-19, 2015. 
Discount to all first time attendee's please contact Debbie Liddle for details.
 
SPEAKER BRIAN SAMUELS HBR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Will introduced Brian Samuels from Hunters Bay Radio and formerly RBC Securities. 
Brian Samuels is partnered with Jeff Carter in running Hunters Bay Radio. 
HBR is a non-profit radio local radio station run majority on 45 volunteers managed by Jeff Carter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brian Thompson and Jeff Carter planned HBR as a web station. 
When Jeff and Brian had a falling out Brian got involved in the station. 
May 2014 HBR went FM.  The FM 88.6 had to be setup by CRTC regulations. 
The radio programming is news, talk shows, local musicians and community events. 
There are currently 2 studios one at Surenet building in Huntsville and the other is located
at the Nippissing Building in Bracebridge.  HBR is working on acquiring another studio
in Magnetawan if they get the funding.  Brian gave us numerous statistics about listener ship
and social media.  HBR gets 850 hits just for bus cancelations alone.  They are number 1 on
social media and their largest target market is adults 35+ in age. 
This makes HBR great for advertising local businesses.  Brian wants to encourage great
relationships with all the organizations in town. If any committee wants to plug an event
please contact James Carrol and he would be happy to schedule you on his show. 
Tony Clement DJ's at  HBR, This HR has 22 minutes have been on the station and
Kevin Newman tweeted that HBR is the best local radio station. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Jennifer Simpson thanked Brian Samuels for his informative presentation
about of non-profit local radio station.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FOUNDATION DRAW
 
So Close but not quite the pot is still up for grabs!  Bring a friend to lunch!
 
 
 
 
January 21st, 2015 Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jan 23, 2015
Go team go!!
Rob Saunders, Dave Van Gelder, Brandy Van Gelder, and our recruit Will!
 
Curling Team @ Rabbie Burns Morning Club Bonspeil Bob Gibson 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Family Fun Day @ Cann Lake Bob Gibson 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jan 18, 2015

Hi Julia,

  I just thought I would let you and rotary know how my exchange is going so far. I'm having a great time here still. My comprehension of French has improved drastically, and It has outdone my ability to speak, but I'm sure my speaking will
Improve in the coming months. As I mentioned before I went to London with rotary around Halloween. It was a great trip. We took the boat across the channel to Dover. We saw things such as the British Museum, London Eye, Windsor Castle, and Trafalgar Square. I also have been on a trip with my class from school to Dusseldorf, Germany. As I said I've had Wednesday afternoon rotary activities with my district, and I will be going to Aachen, Germany next Wednesday for a Christmas market, which will be interesting. My host family is still great and they are very nice. I hope you are all doing well. I understand there is lots of snow there. Here we don't have any, and probably won't for some time. Thank you very much for all these experiences that I am having here in Belgium.
Graham Johnson
 

A Letter from Exchange Student Graham Johnson Jocelynn Briggs 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jan 17, 2015

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Ken started this week meeting with welcoming Darren Wiseman back!

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Brandy announced all our visitors;

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  • Nick from the morning club
  • Venus Dekker-Jocelynn Briggs
  • Cathy Faubert-Kelly Hammond
  • Reverend Anderson-Kelly Hammond
  • Jey Bell

ANNOUNCEMENT

Anyone interested in joining a Bonspeil team there are still openings.  Contact Rob Saunders to get on the list.

There is still time to donate books for Scotia Bank fundraiser.  Reach out to family and friends and even use the social networks like Twitter and Facebook.  Scotia Bank will meet the price of the books sold.  The Salvation Army donated their entire book collection.

Kim announced the family Fun Day at Cann Lake.  There will be a Chili Challenge.  So far Pub on the Docks has committed.  We need three more restaurants to be on board.  No volunteers are needed at this event, participation is encouraged!

Jen Simpson will be participating in the Hospital Cabaret at the Algonquin Theater on Saturday January 31, 2015 with a 7:30pm curtain call and Sunday February 1, 2015 with a 2pm curtain call.  Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at theater and online.

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Kelly Hammond was really appreciative and happy that her friend Cathy Faubert from the Saint Andrews Presbyterian church was able to pull a choir together on short notice for our Christmas Party in December.

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Donations at the door of our Christmas Party equaling $510 was donated to Saint Andrews to support people in need at the church.  Kathy gave the glory and the thanks for this opportunity to God. Most of the donations went to elderly members at the church who wanted to cook Christmas dinner for their many Grandchildren.  Reverend Anderson prayed over us and thanked God for this opportunity to praise him.  The joy of our generosity is a great reward.

SPEAKER

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Brandy warmly introduced fellow Rotarian Jocelynn Briggs.   Jocelynn was November's Rotarian of the Month. She co-owns Briggs Pumps and Plumbing Ltd with Peter Briggs.  She holds the Human Resources and Marketing position in her company.

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Jocelynn talked about her education and how she chose Law and Justice Customs Administration to make her father happy and because there were cute boys in the program.  Jocelynn had an unforgettable experience during an internship at Trenton Military Customs Office in 1999 when the Kosovo Refugee's were flown in.  Changed her perspective on life when she saw how awful it can be in other nations when there is political turmoil.

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This year Jocelynn and Katy McGreggor were nominated for Networker of the Year for BNI.  Katy won the title.

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Jocelynn supports our local YMCA employment Resource Center and The Table Soup Kitchen and Men Shelter.  Its here passion to help improve the quality of life of others.

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The most important thing in Jocelynn's life is her friends and family.

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Jocelynn's friends keep her grounded, focused and are like family.

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Kim thanked Jocelynn for sharing her accomplishments and life.

FOUNDATION

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Jocelynn's friend Venus drew her own number. Unfortunately the pot is up for grabs!

 

 

 

January 14th Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jan 07, 2015

The first meeting of 2015 was started at 6:15 pm.  Mary Rashleigh started Oh Canada off beautifully.  President Ken was his usual self and welcomed everyone back.

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All the guest were so happy to attend our first meeting of the year!

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Sharon Deb's sister had a great time!

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Our speakers Ian McTavish and Caleb Berry from the Robotics program at HHS felt at home at the leadership table! Julia  Drewery was one of our three speakers of the night.  Other guests of the meeting included, Calum and Rowan Jennifer Simpsons sons, Rashleigh and Suzi.


 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Due to extreme temperatures Brandy not only introduced our visitors she also informed all attending Rotarians of our tentative plans for this years Family Day Festivities.  Family Fun Day will be held on February 16th 2015 at Can Lake from 1-4 pm.  This event will be a skating event with free hot chocolate, Chilli Competition and Musical styling of local musician Tobin Spring. The event will be posted on the Community Bulletin and all Rotarians need to wear vest if they have them.  This event is to attract growth so it is important for Rotarians to visible and participate!

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Cam announced that Sustainability Coordinator Rebecca Francis will have an Idea Bombing about active transportation for walking and biking policy for Huntsville.  This workshop will be held at Seven Main Cafe on Thursday, January 15th 6:30-9pm.  Workshop will be lead by Robert Voigt.  For information please contact Rebecca Francis at rebecca.francis@huntsville.ca or call 705-789-1751 x2366

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Peter Redwood gave us the Auction 2014 Final Report. 
Total Proceeds:  $31134 
Expenses:  $3950
Profit:  $27200
We now have a $500 asset. 
Peter thanked everyone for all their help.  A very special thanks to Bob Gibson, Debbie K, Sandy Mackay, George Snooks and Hugh Holland.

TV Cogeco Scott Action and Sam Johnston need a very special thanks for all their effort and contributions. 
All Block Sponsors and major donors will receive a plaque once it is prepared it will be delivered.  All donors and bidders will receive a thank you email.

Peter mentioned some recommendations to improve next years auction.

ATTENTION ROTARIANS

**Next Years Auction is DECEMBER 6, 2015.  Please create an event on your computers, phones or on your calendars.**
All Rotarians need to setup the day of or before so please keep this in mind.  All the hard work and planning is very much appreciated by the Auction Team!

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Gord's granddaughter Kiera participated in the Battle of the Books for Spruce Glien School.  One of the required books was "A Long Walk To Water" by Linda Sue Park.  This is a true story about the wells in 3rd world countries.  Gord will graciously allow every Rotarian to borrow his copy, its a must read.

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Brandy has made a team to participate in this Bonspiel event.

SPEAKERS

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Lou introduced Julia Drewery founding student of the Techno Girls Program for grade 7/8 girls.

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Julia created the Techno Girls initiative to close the Gap of woman in engineering. In grade 10 Julia took a computer science course at Huntsville High School.  She loved it so much.  She decided to create Techno Girls to encourage grade 7/8 girls to learn what is available to them in the computer sciences, so if they are interested they can take the appropriate classes in high school.  This year 50 girls participated in a challenge to create an app for androids or iphones.  The apps will be presented May 8th.  Julia believes that letting younger girls know what is available to them they can change world issues through knowledge they gain in computer sciences.

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For more information about this initiative and pictures of this program in action click on the link

http://hoyarobotics.ca/Gallery/Tg/
 
Our next speaker was Caleb Berry from the Hoya Robotics program.
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The Huntsville High School FIRST Robotics Team 4152 is in competition to design, build, program and drive robotics.  This Robotics Team encourages science, technology, engineering and mathematics by:
  • School and community presentations
  • Programing challenge 4 girls
  • Techno Girls
  • Refurbishing donated computers for families in need

As of this year Hoya Robotics has impacted 100 students in Huntsville and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

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Caleb just started in the Robotics competition because his older sibling didn't want him in the club at the same time.  Hoya Robotics is now a mentor to Haliburton High School to help them start their own Robotics Club this year.  The club runs the entire school year.  It is clubs like this that help students be trained in the practical application of computer science.  Here are pictures of last years robot.
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Huntsville High School depends on local donors to compete in the yearly Robotics competition.  It costs $5000 just to enter the competition.  When you register you get a kit of basic parts and the student have to go to hardware stores like Canadian Tire to purchase any other parts they need. This is an inclusive club and it raises money for the kids who don't have the transportation or funds to go to the Robotics competition.  This years sponsors include:
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Will Davidson LLP
Century 21 Jennifer Duttun-Munn
Kelsey's (Your Neighbourhood Bar and Grill)
 

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Caleb acquired so much practical and educational experience that he was offered a job straight out of high school at ecommunities.  Caleb didn't have 90's in school, Hoya Robotics helped him to find a job in the computer science field right out of secondary school.  This program changes lives and helps students find hidden job they may never have known about.

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George Zacal really enjoyed meeting and thanking the speakers on behalf of all Rotarians.

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George gave the kids a pep talk and let them know their work in the club was impressive.

No winners on this weeks Foundation draw!  The meeting was adjourned.

Notes January 7th 2015 Meeting Jocelynn Briggs 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jan 07, 2015

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Here is just a taste of the Joint Rotary Christmas Party 2013!  Kelly Hammond has already thanked Kathy from the Presbyterian Church for the beautiful Carols as all guest arrived for this enjoyable event!

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More information, photo's and of monies raised will be announced at a later date.

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Here Comes Santa Claus!

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The Rotary Children's Party was held at the Mill on Main.

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Thanks to Santa's Helpers the Mill on Main was ready to welcome all children, grandchildren, friends and adults!

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Kelly and Pam brought mini Santa Helpers too!

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Ken started us off with the singing of Oh Canada and everyone raised their glasses of cheer to the Queen and Rotary before the beautiful turkey feast arrived!

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Everyone enjoyed the meal and the tables were setup festively!

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The "Boys" Table

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The "LOUD" table!

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Grown up table.

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Patient and quiet side of the party!

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When the chocolate dessert arrived so did the Guest of Honour.......Image

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The youngest child President Ken's granddaughter was the first to visit with Santa!

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One by one the beautiful kids in attendance received a present and affection from Jolly Old Saint Nick!

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Daphne loves Santa!  Just look at that smile.Image

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Petra snuggled in for a cuddle with Santa.Image

ImageRowan and Callum are pro's at posing with Santa!

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Helmi loved our Canadian Santa so much that she took a selfie!Image

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The final Santa visit was President Ken! Just look at Ken's second chance at childhood!Image

Santa was the main attraction, but you can't have a fun party without games!  Jen with her trusty assistant had two games the reindeer quiz and the most popular Christmas bingo!  Daphne, Odin, Lucy and Petra were some of the winners of the reindeer quiz with the help of course from Dave Nichols!

Jen and her assistant called out the bingo pictures.

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The Winners are........

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Pam and her two helpers!  Congratulations!  The Bingo games concluded this years Rotary Children Party!

A Special thank you to Jen Simpson, Kelly Hammond, Ross Kirwin, and Pam McCluskey.  The party was great for the both kids and adults and the Mill on Main was a great location choice!

 

Best Children's Party Ever! Jocelynn Briggs 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Dec 06, 2014

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Rob Saunders was honoured to introduce this weeks speaker Patti Parker.  Patti moved to Huntsville after she retired from being a Kindergarten teacher.  Patti has a passion for music and enjoys performing.

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Patti gave us a brief history of her love of music and the differences in the music scene of Muskoka and her former music scene in the Niagara Region.  For a closer look at the type of music style or to book Patti's band please visit https://myspace.com/pattiparkermusic

Patti is always looking for new opportunities to perform in Muskoka. 

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Mary Rashleigh thanked Patti for her presentation and for sharing her love of singing with us. 

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Pam did not win the Foundation Funding pot.  Better luck next time.  Mary Rashleigh did a great job at Sergeant at Arms for Gord.  The meeting was concluded early and everyone was reminded to bring a friend to lunch!

Patti Parker December 3, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Dec 06, 2014

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Only half our membership was in attendance at this weeks evening Rotary meeting.  We welcomed Patti and Mick Parker and Debbie's husband Chris.

Announcements

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Peter Redwood announced that all items were picked up on Thursday!  He also gave us a rundown of all the statistics.  There was 195 bidders registered that didn't bid. There was only a few minor glitches.  The hours at the depot will be reviewed for next year.  There will be more details to come at a later date. 

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Pam announced next week our meeting December 10th is the Santa lunch at the mill on main. 

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Pull your kids or grandkids out of school to meet Santa.  Numbers are down this year and to keep the tradition going we need children to attend!


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Pam reminded everyone to get their auction items in for the Best Christmas Party, which is being held at the Active Living Center on December 17, 2014.  Contact Ross Kirwin to let him know what auction items you will be donating.  Great items are special dinners, gift certificates, time, baked treats, home cooked meals and for the brave babysitting services!  Make it fun!  This year could be our best fundraising year yet!

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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Dec 02, 2014

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Here's the 2015-2016 BINGO schedule,

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Who's Doing Bingo this week? Jocelynn Briggs 2014-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 29, 2014

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Here is a list off some of the items Foundation Funding can provide;

  • $15 mosquito nets
  • $50 water filters
  • $85 purple markers for polio plus
  • $100 walkers or wheel chairs
  • $100 sewing machine
  • $250 water basin
  • $500 cow

November is foundation month!

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Rob Saunders explained this years campaign.  Our District has upped the antee and recommended an annual donation of $180CND.  The District goal is $15 per month.  Please contact Rob if you haven't received your enrollment forms.  You can direct deposit from your bank account or credit card.  There is also the option to one-off donation.  Once you accumulate $1000 you qualify to become a Paul Harris Fellow or multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  If you pledge the recommended $15 per month which equals $180 per year and are a new member the club will transfer 180 points into your Paul Harris account.  If you are an existing regular donor or a one-time donor your contributions will be matched on a 50% basis.

Foundation November Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 29, 2014

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This weeks meeting was held at the Huntsville High School.  The cooking class made a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings in recognition of our neighbours to the South's Thanksgiving.

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Pres
ident Ken introduced our visitor Susan Burke, Helen and Lee Barker.  The first order of business this week was the induction of Lee and Helen Barker.

INDUCTION

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  Ross Kirwin was honored to introduce our newest Rotary Helen and Lee Barker.

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President Ken gave the couple the right hand of fellowship.

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Kim O'Grady presented the couple with their new membership package and placed the beloved pin on each couple.Lee's shirt had trouble accepting the rotary pin, but Kim never gave up and won the battle.

President Ken announced there is a Board Meeting on December 10, 2014 at the train station.  The meeting will commence at 6PM.  Our December 10th lunch meeting will be held at the Mill on Main.  Wednesday December 3, 2014 will be our last meeting this year at the Holiday Inn.  President Ken encouraged all Rotarians to thank the staff for all their hard work all year!

In other news Darren Wiseman health is improving!

BRANDY THANKED DOUG SULLIVAN

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Brandy announced that the Rotary Run Around earned $360 for Rotary.  Doug Sullivan donated a beautiful leather jacket.  This event was fun and a huge success!

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Gord announced the Salvation Army Kettle collection outside the Liquor store. Huntsville Rotary holds the record for the most monies collected for the Salvation Army. The following dates and times are still available;

Saturday December 13, 2014.

  • 11am-1pm
  • 3pm-5pm

Its important to dress warm and dogs are a good accessory to encourage donations and conversation.  Lets break our own record!

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Dave Van Gelder met the Santa Barbara Rotary and exchanged Rotary flags.  The Rotary of Santa Barbara has 150 members and their fines are punch cards.  Once the cards are full they need to purchase another card. Dave really enjoyed the Micro Breweries tasting at their meeting.

 

Meeting Notes Novemeber 26, 2014 Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 29, 2014

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Hugh Holland gave us the History of Muskoka Heritage Place and how Huntsville Rotary Club has been involved since the beginning.

The ROTARY CLUB and MUSKOKA HERITAGE PLACE

With vision, leadership, creative financing, and physical work, the Rotary Club of Huntsville played a key role in the creation and development of the Muskoka Pioneer Village and Muskoka Heritage Place.

1957 – A committee of Rotary consisting of Ken Johnston, Preston Gerhart, Frank Hubbel, Arthur Hutcheson, Jim Jordon, H.E. Rice, and William Litchfield was formed to plan to create the town’s first historical display in a former public school building.

1958 – The Muskoka Museum was officially opened on July 26,1958

1960 – Town Council officially recognized the project and appointed the Rotary Club to be the operating committee. The committee started to consider a larger pioneer village.

1961 Jim Jordan was Rotary president and the Rotary Committee purchased 31 acres at the current village site. The Charles Watson family agreed to reduce their price by half to fit Rotary’s budget. Rotary borrowed $2200 from the bank, to be repaid the following year by a Parks Ontario grant, and purchased the land for $5000.

1964 to 1978 – Rotary lead the planning and arranged a Parks Ontario grant to acquire and relocate 14 heritage buildings to create the Muskoka Pioneer Village.

1966 – Rotary built the new main museum building for $12,800. Rotary arranged for the townships of Franklin and Chaffey to donate their Centennial Project grants of $6440 to the project, and Rotary donated the balance of $6360.

1978 – Rotary passed control of the Pioneer Village to the Town. Since then an additional 17 acres and 2 buildings were acquired.

1997 – Another major project was undertaken to fulfill the 1961 dream of moving the Portage Railway to the site, complete with an engine house and station. Rotary played a catalyst role by being making the first major commitment of $100,000 ($70,000 cash and $30,000 of in-kind labour) to this $1,600,000 project. The station was named “Rotary Pioneer Village Station” and the overall site was renamed “Muskoka Heritage Place.”

1998 – Rotary was asked to vacate the “Rotary House” on the Panolam property and then proposed to fund an second floor meeting room and a heating and air-conditioning system in the station building, conditional on Rotary assuming a 20-year lease on the meeting room which was to be named “the Huntsville Rotary Center”.

2004 – Muskoka Heritage Place is the largest and longest continuously operating cultural tourism holding in Muskoka, and one of ten living history facilities in Ontario. It serves to acquire and preserve a valuable collection of the area’s historical artifacts and documents, and to present them in an educational and entertaining manner to the citizens of Huntsville, and to our visitors from around the world.

Hugh Holland on the History of Rotary and Muskoka Heritage Place Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Nov 24, 2014

Last evening Nina and I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Rotary Club of Barbados West. We were made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful time. During the meeting we had an opportunity to exchange club banners.  The picture shows me receiving their banner from President Horace Cobham.

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Len & Nina Ross Visit Rotary Club of Barbados Bob Gibson 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

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Ken introduced and welcomed returning visitors Sue Burke, Lucy Briggs and Ramona Sullivan.  This weeks speaker was Paul Evans from Hidden Valley Resort.

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Rob Saunders announced that all extra add space is filled thanks to President Ken for taking the last space.

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In Foundation news , there will be a Paul Harris Fellow matching dollar and points package introduced next week.  Huntsville Rotary needs 100% participation.

 

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Hugh stepped in for Peter Redwood this week to announce where we are at with the Auction.

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All Auction items need to be at Depot by Friday November 14, 2014.  On Wednesday there were still people who had not dropped off items or contacted Peter with where they were at with their canvassing.  Peter asked Hugh to remind us of our 4 way test and commitment we made to Rotary.  I hope all Rotarians got their items in.  Jennifer Jerrett offered to help anyone who was having trouble.

Meeting Visitors and Announcements November 12, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 SPEAKER PAUL EVANS

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Hidden Valley Resort is very lucky to have a motivated and successful manager.

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Running huge companies makes managing employees difficult. The best way to encourage productivity and quality workmanship you need happy employees. All employees need to feel valued and equal to management! With the motto no one is more important than anyone else Hidden Valley has been very successful since Paul Evans took over the reigns. Being part of the Choice Hotels family, Hidden Valley has been renovated to have a more Muskoka feel. Choice Hotels target markets are tourist from China, Germany and Belgium. Since Muskoka has been in the National Geographic top tourist destinations, Hidden Valley continued its efforts at meeting the international tourists needs. Hidden Valley employees are involved in various community initiatives like Habitat for Humanity, Polar Dip and the CIBC run for the Cure. Paul motivates his employees by instilling the value that giving equals what you get!

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Paul has participated as a Hockey Coach for 15 years. He taught his players the same mantra as his employees, that no one is better than anyone else. His team won the All Ontario Finals and the players learned to be selfless to create the team environment which, led to their success.

Paul Evans runs a Construction Contractor business which is responsible for building Highland Estates, low income housing on Town Line Rd., and the subdivisions behind Riverside school. His contracting company has 14 employees and he instills the team building practices and attitudes he uses with the employees from Hidden Valley.

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Ross Kirwin thanked Paul on behalf of all the Rotarians for his inspiring words.

Speaker Novemeber 12th Paul Evans Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

There will be a info booking meeting set for Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 5pm location Huntsville Travel for the Rotary Cruise. The cruise date is set for April 18th-25th on the Oasis of the seas leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Nassu half day, at sea, St. Thomas, St Maarten, at sea then back to Fort Lauderdale. The Oasis is a relatively new ship built in 2009. All prices include air, shuttle to ship and room. 

Balcony $1901.00

Oceanview Cat $1613.00

Inside Cat $1469.00

Here is an example of an Ocean View Room on the Oasis. 

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Rotary Cruise Information Night Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

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Doug Sullivan gave us an update about the 2nd Annual Rotary Run Around! The event starts at

  1. East Side Mario's for a starter with a beer or wine pairing,

  2. Muskoka on the Rocks for wine pairing or beer and famous Ceaser Salad

  3. Hidden Valley for main course and wine/beer pairing,

  4. Tall Trees for dessert and wine pairing/beer

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The gift for the best poker hand is ready for its winner! There will also be an opportunity to buy tickets for the beautiful leather jacket just in time for Christmas! This event will be full of surprises and lots of fun! So come prepared for a great time!

 

 

Rotary Run Around Announcement Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

PAUL HARRIS AWARD

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It was with great pleasure that Ron Strickland awarded a Paul Harris +5  pin to Gord Mitchell. Gord is a very committed Rotarian and this award is just another accreditation to that fact!

ROTARIAN OF THE MONTH

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Rotarian of the month went to a very surprised Jocelynn Briggs for her work on the Echo.

Paul Harris Pin and Rotarian of the Month Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 14, 2014

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Kim had some items to auction off at the November 12th lunch meeting.  She had a yellow Rotary button up shirt and a white button up shirt.  She threw in a toque for good measure.  Gord helped as the Auctioneer because he has more experience.  Fun was had by all and the bidding war was great!  John Jarvis, Mary Rashleigh and Jennifer Jerrett were the Auction winners!

 

Rotary Shirts and Hat Auction November 12th, 2014 Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 07, 2014

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Julia Finch Classification Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2014

Ron introduced Margaret Walton our first speaker of the night.

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First Speaker

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Margaret Walton gave a brief presentation about District 7010 and Foundation Funding. Every dollar donates goes directly into programs. There are 42 Clubs in 7010 with a variety of programs in each community. Our district has a fundraiser called Million Dollar Diner. Each Rotary club in the district is challenged to raise 10,000 each. The goal is to raise a minimum of one million dollars (USD). This money will be for The Rotary Foundation or Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation (Canada). Every dollar donated will be matched by the Foundation. For details check out http://district7010milliondollardiner.com

Second Speakers

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Teacher Darryl Scott talked about the Student Parliament enrichment program at Huntsville High School. The program was developed for students that want to see and enact change. Each representative goes out of their way to enrich the lives of other students within the school and create events for each school year.

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Chris Pierce the Prime Minister of SPAR (Student Parliament), talked about he role he plays in making HHS a better place. The goal of SPAR is to make HHS a better place and Communality. The student reps organize activities, events, listen and act on student opinions. SPAR has also connected with community organizations like the Rotary Club!

 

The SPAR has 3-5 executives per year equaling 25 students. These students with their advisers have organized BBQ/Carnivals during exams, Hallow week activities, “We Scare Hunger Food Drives and “The Great Pasta Challenge for the Table Food Bank”.

 

Some of the most challenging Projects SPAR has accomplished are;

  • Own ATM in the school

  • Recycling program in public locations throughout the school

  • Mascot Captain Hoya

These programs were made possible with the help of Lou Luvison. He helped the students acquire event planning skills. SPAR had a successful BBQ Fundraiser that helped make these programs a real

HAPPY BUCKS

  1. Peter Van Buskirk thanked Charolette Holland who created the Get Well Cards.

  2. Hugh had a happy $5 for turning 75.

  3. The Jarvis's were sad to have Helmi leave, but were happy that she got to run in OFSA.

  4. Pam was voted Readers Choice Sales Person of the Year in Bracebridge.

  5. Marina is happy to be chosen for the Rotary Student Exchange Program.

  6. Chris was happy to be at Rotary and for all Rotary's help with SPAR program.

 

FOUNDATION FUNDING

The winner is those Lucky Jarvis newlyweds!

Bring a friend to lunch!

 

 

 

November 5, 2014 Speaker Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2014

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Peter Redwood announced that 2/3 auction items are uploaded.  Bob Gibson was able to extract bidder information from our old Auction Software. To view auction items or register as a bidder click the link below:

http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=2707

Bob announced there will be a clean up scheduled for this Saturday November 8, 2014 at Madill yard.  The Dockfest equipment need to be cleaned and stored before too much snow falls.

Girls Weekend Venue has been changed to Deerhurst.  This means Bar tenders will NOT be needed.  Ticket sales were down for the Johnny Reed Concert.

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Gord announced our dates for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle, which will again be outside The Liquor Store on December 13 and December 20, 2014.  Contact Gord if you would like to help collect. Our Rotary Club collects the most money for the Salvation Army.  Great job to all those who volunteer!

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Lou announced we need 11 sales for the April Rotary Cruise to be a reality!  Make sure to look at the cruise guide!  This is an opportunity you do NOT want to miss!

November 5, 2014 Announcements Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2014

On behalf of the YMCA Quest Program Marcy Hill accepted a cheque from the Huntsville Rotary Club on November 5th 2014.

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QUEST is a life skills program for boys that has run in Muskoka schools since 2006 and the YWCA has developed responsive curriculum's for boys in grades 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10.
QUEST helps boys learn to become resilient and compassionate, to think critically about gender stereotypes and relationships, and to explore respect for diversity and individual strengths.

The curriculum for the boy program focuses on resilience, stereotypes, anger and strength issues to prevent woman from being abused.

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Marcy is very passionate about this program.  In her thank you speech she talked about a boy who recently came up to her on the street to thank her for helping him with his anger. 
He let her know how he uses the skills from the Quest program to better handle his problems.
It is stories like this gentlemen's that make her job rewarding!  Huntsville Rotary Club will be helping young men to become better men!

Rotary donates to YMCA Quest Program Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2014

Meeting Notes November 5, 2014

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The night meeting was called to order by President Ken at 6:30pm. President elect Brandy was absent this week. Guests this week included;

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Helmi our international exchange student.

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Marina Tusz our choice for outbound and (student government rep HHS grade 11)

Kiera Brisbois—Gord's Granddaughter

Charrolette Holland—Hugh's wife

Marci Hill—YMCA Quest program

Darryl Scott—Teacher from HHS

Chris Pierce-- Prime Minister (student government)

Helen and Lee Barker—President Ken guests

Visiting Rotarian's;

Margaret and Ron Walton—Rotary Club of Bracebridge

Evening Meeting notes November 5, 2014 Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2014

BINGO STUFFING

Many hands make light work! Bingo stuffing on November 2nd took less than an hour to get 12 weeks completed!
Can you pick out our future outbound student Marina?  What about Helmi?  Great effort everyone!

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Many Hands at Bingo Stuffing Jocelynn Briggs 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 30, 2014

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President Ken started the meeting.  Visiting Rotarians included Estelle Laville from the Huntsville Lake of Bays Rotary Club and her guest Michelle Schwemmer who is interested in becoming a member our Rotary Club.  Our speakers this week were visiting Rotarians from the Gravenhurst Rotary Club Lisa McCoy and Maryanne Marshall.

This week we welcomed  Sue Burke, Helen and Lee Barken.

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This week Ron Strickland quized us on the articles in the November issue of Rotarian Magazine.

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Three things all Rotarians should do is

  1. Help the needy
  2. Interact with others
  3. Understand and improve the world

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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It's that time of year for the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce Annual Presidents Ball taking place on Saturday, November 22nd at Deerhurst.  This year's theme is Casino Royal 007.

The evening begins at 5:30pm with the Shaken Not Stirred cocktail party followed by the 5 course James Bond dinner.

Tickets are $100 per person plus hst. Contact Jennifer Jerrett for tickets.  It would be great to see 10 Rotarian's there. You won't be disappointed!

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There is still a need for Smart Serve Volunteers at this years Girlfriend getaway for Friday night at the Johnny Reed concert November 7th.  Let Ross Kirwin know if you can help out!

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Peter Redwood asked that we get all Auction items in at the Depot by Friday October 31st, 2014.  The Depot will be open from 2pm-5pm.  The Depot is across from Greystone and behind Muskoka Raostery.

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Brandy announced she has 6 tickets left for the second bus for Rotary Run Around.  This event is for fellowship building.  The night will start at East Side Mario at 6pm and will conclude back at East Side Mario's at 10pm.  Cost of this event is $65 per person.

There will be a Christmas Lunch at the Mill on Main for December 10th 2014.

On December 17th ,2014 we will hold our evening Christmas dinner at the Summit Center.

Please come to the Best Western at 4pm Sunday November 2nd, 2014 for Bingo Stuffing.  Many hands make light work!

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Mary Rashleigh announced that next years Rotary outbound exchange student will be Marina Tusz.

SPEAKERS

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Former president Deb introduced Lisa McCoy from the Rotary Club in Gravenhurst.

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Lisa is the Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization"A MINE FREE WORLD FOUNDATION".  She is also field coordinator and founder of the Gravenhurst Rotary Club's bicycle distribution program for children in Cambodia (Rotary Wheels for Learning).  Lisa spends six months a year in South-East Asia since 2004.  She attended the opening of the Muskoka School in Cambodia which was funded by Muskoka citizens and Rotary Clubs.  She devotes her time, occupational and vocational support to landmine-affected families.  In the past three years she has led a Bicycle Distribution Teams from district 7010 to Cambodia, which distributed a total of $3,664 bicycles to students in need of transportation to school. Lisa has been a recipient of a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow among numerous other achievements and awards.

Wheels for Learning

Lisa passed the floor over to Maryanne Marshall.

The Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycle Distribution Program currently supports the children of Cambodia and Laos.  Many children have to walk 10 km one way to attend school.  Most parents can't afford school and transportation.  The result is most children can't attend school.  The bicycle helps children attend school and can help the whole family as a whole with a form a transportation.  The bicycle can be used by the families outside of school hours for their basic needs like going to the market and medical clinics for treatment.

The program is based on a $50 donation.  Each donor will provide a rural child with a sturdy bike equipped with a basket, carrier, lamp and lock.  The bike will proudly display the Rotary logo.  Bikes are the main transportation in Cambodia.  For more information on how you can become a donor and receive a picture of the child you are sponsoring visit www.rotarywheelsforlearning.blogsot.com   or email inquiries at rotarywheelsforlearning@gmail.com .  You can also donate through pay pal at www.gravenhurstrotary.com

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Drew thanked our speakers for coming and for their efforts in Cambodia.

FOUNDATION FUNDING

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We had a winner! Congratulations Michelle!

Bring a friend to lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Notes October 29, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 30, 2014

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POWR MAG an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Magnetawan River and it's wetlands is holding a Fundraiser dinner on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Emsdale Community Centre.  POWR MAG will serve a roast beef dinner, with homemade desserts, tea and coffee at 5PM.  Call Ron or Lynn Strickland for tickets at 705-636-7985.  Cost of tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12yrs.  Hope to see fellow Rotarians at this event!

POWR MAG FUNDRAISING DINNER Jocelynn Briggs 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 25, 2014

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The meeting was a club assembly – reports from the Committee sections to update the club of activities and plans.

Meeting: Started on time with President Ken at the helm. President-elect Brandy Van Gelder welcomed the Estelle Laville from the Rotary Club of Huntsville/Lake of Bays and Rotarian Margaret Walton of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, our assistant District Governor.

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Gord Mitchell, chair of Foundation Committee:

 

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Promoted the “2014 World Polio Day live Broadcast” from Rotary Headquarters in Evanston Illinois that was being held on Friday October 24th at 7:30 pm over our computers at ww

w.endpolio.org . Post scrip if you would still like to watch the program, go to that same address, as it is still available.

He also promoted Rotarians to buy the well known “End Polio Now” stickers that were made available to place on their vehicles and office windows to promote Rotary’s push to end this terrible disease. Stickers were $2 per or 3 for $5.00. If you missed getting a sticker or 2 , Gord has a supply at the luncheon meetings.

November is Foundation month – stay tuned for more information on the November 5th Rotary meeting at 6:30 pm.

 

Rob Saunders director for World Community Service:

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Noted that we enjoyed a talk from Keith and Marta from Kearney from their volunteer work in Nicaragua. We supported them again at $2,000.00 as they are able to stretch those dollars and get so much done for the poor villagers in that country.

He spoke about a global grant that we need other Rotary Clubs to support us to equip a computer lab in Guatemala.

He noted that the Polio Plus Campaign this year for financial support by Rotarians, will be supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - for every dollar Rotarians donate to Polio Plus, the Gates Foundation will double the amount up to $35,000,000 per year till 2018. So here’s an opportunity to get your first to your Paul Harris Pin or add another jewel to your existing pin. All donations will receive a tax receipt.

 

Rob changed hats and spoke briefly on our Bingo Fund raiser. We lost one of the Mac’s Stores as it closed and sales are down across town. Will have to re-think how to sell more cards as the earnings from Bingo allow our club to do many things, mainly with our youth here is Huntsville. The last support was to the $3,000 to the request from the speakers of the YWCA programs in our high and elementary schools – helps students who are on the edge of not staying in school and being successful. Another support that we have done last year and this year is to give the Table Food Bank $500 per month or $6,000.00 per year to help them. Let’s get our sales hats on and figure out how to sell more bingo cards so we can keep our work going here in Huntsville from the Bingo fund raiser proceeds!!

Human Development Committee: Debbie Liddle the chair reported that $3,000 has been spent helping folks on the area with over whelming hydro bills; denture replacement to mention a couple items.

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Debbie Liddle –Club treasurer reviewed the service and operating accounts. She is keeping a close eye on expenses so we can keep within the budget. She has broken out the expenses at the Holiday Inn to reflect the cost of our meals, so we can keep track of what our meetings actually cost; the $15.00 per person does not cover all the expenses especially in the winter when many members are not here.

 

Brandy Van Gelder –chair of membership:

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At their recent meeting they are planning with the morning Rotary Club an event on February 16th to promote Rotary into the community...a Rotary Fun Family Day and using the slogan for the year of Light up Rotary.

Brandy also noted that the 2nd annual “Rotary Run Around Dinner” bus is sold out for the dinner trip on November 19th. It all starts and ends at Eastside Mario’s.

 

Peter Redwood director of Community Service:

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The DockFest was another successful run with the profits being distributed to The Top Hat Foundation and others.

He noted that the Party In the Box fell short of expected income so we are working on a revised plan to promote its package for the upcoming summer.

The Girl’s Weekend is coming November 7th and 8th. Our club will be running the bars both evenings at the Summit Center, SO we need 40 smart servers........if you as a club member, do not have the smart serve card yet, you can do it on-line....please do it as we need you service; this weekend will be a big fund raiser for your club so we can continue to do great things here in our town and around the world.

Peter noted that our focus is now on the Christmas Auction slated for November 30th. He’d like to get all the canvassing for donations in by month. The depot will be open Wednesday and Fridays from 2 to 5 pm at the store called “Sustain” which is beside the Muskoka Roastery at 8 Crescent Road; there are a lot of things to get completed to get ready for the actual auction day on November 30th. You can go to the website to have a look at the new auction program platform: www.huntsvillerotaryauction.com/QuickBid/register.asp

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Margaret Walton: briefly spoke about her role as the assistant district governor....mainly to visit several local clubs to assist in the training of the committee chairs; to assist the Governor in the delivery of Rotary International recommendations and to generally support the president during his year as president. She said she likes coming to our club because of us, we really have a good time and make a difference in our town and around the world.

Happy Bucks: Mary Rashleigh was happy to have another birthday: Gord too!! Vern Foell celebrated his birthday too – that reminds me President Ken....I don’t remember a birthday cake for the month of October birthdays??? Len Ross was happy that Debbie Little is still doing a wonderful job as our treasurer - thanks Debbie.

Foundation Draw: The winner Bill Sibeon, failed to turn up the joker card. Maybe another week.

Adjournment with the repeating of the 4-Way Test shortly after 1:30 pm.

 

October 22, 2014 Meeting Notes By Gord Mitchell Jocelynn Briggs 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 21, 2014

 

ImageJulia Finch presented her classification talk to our club a couple of weeks ago but due to technical difficulties we were unable to get it into the echo.

She has sent it to me her prepared notes which I'll attract for your review.

I was very impressed of her comments of how the Rotary Way is helping her in her daily work; she said  -  The Rotary 4-way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct aid in working through ethical issues that I face at work, in that they have been integral in my personal and professional development.

Jilia Finch - Classification talk Gord Mitchell 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 18, 2014

Meeting Notes October 15, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15pm. President elect Brandy introduced the visitors this week. They were as follows;

  1. Keith and Martha

  2. Sue Burke-- Brandy Van Gelder

  3. Nick Bell-- Holff District UK

  4. Jerry Glossl-- Rotary Club of Windsor

 

Our speakers this week were from HHS Peer Tutoring Program. They were as follows;

  • Pamela Bibby: Peer Tutoring Coordinator

  • Hannah: Peer Tutor

  • Natalie: Peer Tutor

Announcements

Nick Bell from the UK presented President Ken with their Rotary flag.

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November 13th is the Rotary Run Around. Contact Brandy if you are interested there is limited space available. The night will start out at East Sides, then Muskoka Rocks, Hidden Valley and back to Tall Trees. Brandy confirmed there will be a Poker Run. The cost of tickets is $65 per person.

 

Peter redwood would like all Auctions items in by October 31st 2014.

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Ross Kirwin announced Girls Getaway Weekend in November 7-9, 2014. A sign up sheet was passed around. To volunteer you need smart serve. Here is the link to the Girls Getaway website http://huntsvillegirlfriendsgetaway.ca/.

 

Call Darren Wiseman for Top Hat's Fundraiser tickets at 705-788-0134.

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Hugh Holland had Couples Resort tickets donated by Peter Miller's wife. The tickets were auctioned off by Gord. Brandy won the tickets for $200 which will be donated to Foundation Funding.

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October is Polio Plus Month on MyClub. There is a 2:1 ratio. This means that Rotary International will double your donation. If you donate $200 then the donation in your name will be $600.

Sandy Mackay presented Martha and Keith with a Chequeof 1000 dollars to go towards their humanitarian efforts.

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There was a Victim to Victors awareness Fundraiser held at the Algonquin Theatre on October 16th, 2014.

 

Speakers

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Jen Simpson introduced this weeks Speakers Pam Bibby, Hannah and Natalie.

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Pam gave us an overview of the Peer Tutor Program. This program was developed to provide certified qualified training for high school students so they can tutor elementary age children. The tutoring takes place at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church with the help of Reverend Brown. Right now there are 10 tutors for 20 students. This program is in need of at least 7 more volunteer student tutors. The elementary students are happy to have high school students tutoring them. Majority of students being tutored are french immersion students from grade 3-8. Literacy and math are the only curriculum covered in tutoring. There is a $40 donation request for snacks and juice if the parents are able to contribute but its not mandatory.

 

Natalie and Hannah are two HHS students who have volunteered and completed the training to be Peer Tutors. Hannah was approached to tutor and she was hesitant at first. After careful consideration she decided that it was a good idea. She was amazed at how only one hour a week of her time could help a child grow! Training equipped her with valuable skills she can use in the future. Tutoring has helped Hannah to decide to be a Speech Pathologist.

 

Natalie is a Certified Senior Tutor. Natalie's love for children has encouraged her to tutor a total of 9 students in her high school career. She is great with children and she plans to work with children in her future career path.

Jennifer Jerrett thanked our guest for coming.

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Happy Bucks (everyone's favourite part of the meeting!)

 

Pam was happy that she did a handstand push up at Cross Fit! She also asked for volunteers to organize Dockfest storage on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014. Please contact Pam for the time and place.

 

Jen Simpson is excited about her upcoming trip to Dominican in April 2015.

 

Lou is taking a trip out west with Dawn (wife). He asked if any Rotarian's were interested in a Club Cruise in April 2015 with Royal Caribbean. The cost would be $2100 a person.

 

Jocelynn thanked everyone for their help and best wishes while her daughter was injured. A special thank you to Len for covering Bingo and Brandy for offering to help as well.

 

Rob Saunders had a wonderful time visiting the exchange students.

 

Foundation Funding

 

The pot is still up for grabs!

 

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes October 15, 2014 Jocelynn Briggs 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 18, 2014

The Couples Resort in Muskoka Ontario!  A 5-STAR Boutique Luxury Resort   Hugh Holland was given this coupon by Kathleen Miller to dispose of at our Rotary Club. Hugh and Charlotte have been at the resort several times and Hugh commented that the 5 coarse meal is excellent and if you mention about the availability of a resort room at this time of year, likely you would be in luck...so a very nice evening for you and your partner. The combined dinner and room value would be $300.00. A LIVE AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE Oct 15th ROTARY MEETING – proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.

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The Winner was Brandy!  Good job Gord!

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Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

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John Tomlinson, our speaker, was introduced by his friend and fellow past District Governor, Ronald P. Strickland.  John’s Rotary resume is extensive and honestly I wonder if he is ever home.

His message to our club was to tell the story of Rotary to one and all, everyday.

WEAR YOUR ROTARY PIN – everyday....it will open doors & opportunities for you & your club.. Rotary Clubs can be proud of what we do as we give our time and money to well thought out projects that will make life better for the users of the project.  The Power of Rotary multiplies the power of one.  Listen to people when they comment on what Rotary has done for them, no matter what walk of life and work they come from. Be proud of your organization

Local projects – tell the world who financed them....it should not a secret. We are way ahead, as we have been erecting a large Rotary wheel on all of our projects in the last 14 years. It’s great to drive through Huntsville at night and see the Rotary Wheels shine as we pass by.

Rotary’s slogan for this year is Light Up Rotary. John suggested that if each of us lights a candle as a group – what a show of light we could generate for Rotary...be proud of what we do and we should be proud!!

We need  to keep telling our Rotary story, these days as we canvas for donations for our annual auction....yes we list our projects  on the reverse page of the donation request letter to donors, but we have to specifically speak to our donors of our local and international projects that we did last year and what we do every year especially here in our town and with our youth.

John commented that it is always nice to hear the chatter of the Rotary Club’s meeting room as you walk down the hallway – he was impressed at our Club’s chatter as he entered our meeting this past week. We need to be proud of our club and all the great things that we do!!

John Tomlinson, Past District Governor, District Governor Rep.- our speaker Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

A Rotary Bus to dinner: Brandy Van Gelder reminded the gathering that plans are well under way for the 2nd annual bus to dinner fellowship – mark your calendars for November 13th, a Thursday.

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Rotary's Bus to Dinner Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

ImageRotary Auction Update by ‘Peter Redwood:   The computer software is changing and Bob Gibson is excited, according to Peter. More sessions are needed before the input for this year’s auction can proceed.  Peter says that the new production will put a new face for our Rotary Club on air.

Peter also mentioned – GET THE CANVASSING DONE. WE ARE COUNTING ON ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS!!

Auction Software is changing Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

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Rotary Training Seminar Series:  Margaret Walton spoke briefly about this opportunity for Rotarians to increase their Rotary knowledge through a series of 3 seminars that would be starting in North Bay soon.

Learn about Rotary - seminars in North Bay Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

The special projects committee and the Club’s Board have approved the request by the YWCA speakers of last week for a $3,000.00 donation to assist the YWCA team of facilitators to deliver the Girls Choice programs and the High School and to present similar programs in the elementary school to grades -4, 5,6 ,7&8. Motion from the Club floor moved by Peter Van Buskirk, seconded by Ross Kirwin that we approved the donation since it was in access of $2500, which the membership has to approve. There was no discussion and the motion was approved by club member vote.  Carried.

Update From Ken and the Board Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

ImagePast District Governor Ron Strickland educated us again last week about the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition program and how members who support the Rotary Foundation financially can earn the right to give the Paul Fellowship recognition to a loved one or a special person in their life.

Our District Governor’s representative, John Tomlinson of the North Bay Rotary Club was visiting our club and had the pleasure of awarding Leann Sibeon a Paul Harris Fellowship. Bill had related all the work that Leann had done in support of her young son who in his 3rd year of  battling leukemia.

Poor Leann, was really surprised and in her words she acknowledged that though he was her son, that the community and her family have been there for the two of them every step of the way. She said that she didn’t fully understand what the fellowship meant, but that she knew that Bill was very proud of his P. H.F. as was her mum and that she would learn to fully appreciate what her dad had just done for her.

It was a very touching presentation to a very deserving young mum and daughter!!

Our newest Paul Harris Fellow Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Oct 07, 2014

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October 8th Rotary Luncheon got under way on time and the following were welcomed to the lunch.

The Sibeon Family – introduced by Bill – his wife Fayelenore; Daughters- Leanne Webster and Karry-Lee Racky and son Bill Sibeon Jr.

Don Dunton introduced his wife Brenda Dunton .

Kelly Hammond  – introduced  her mum Sharon Webster  and Rev Derrek Shelly .

Margaret Walton – Assistant District Governor from Bracebridge

Jerry Gloss – visiting Rotarian from Windsor Rotary Club 1918

John Tominson – from the Rotary Club of North Bay; Past District Governor and speaker of today.

 

Guests and Visitors Gord Mitchell 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 02, 2014

Meeting Notes October 1, 2014

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The night meeting was called to order by President Ken at 6:30pm. President elect Brandy introduced the visitors this week. They were as follows;

  1. Chris Knoblesdorf-- Debbie Hubby

  2. Nina Semper-Ross – Len's wife

  3. Linda Thatcher – guest

  4. Susi Jarvis – John's wife

  5. Olivia Van Gelder – Dave's daughter

  6. Helmi our exchange student

 

Our speakers this week were from the YWCA and a teacher from HHS. They were as follows;

 

  • Jen Morgan Anderson

  • Marci Hill

  • Andrea Laidlaw

 

 

Announcements

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Len Ross read a card from Rotary Club of Barbados South District 7030. Len really enjoyed his time visiting this club. They would like to keep in touch. Peter Van Buskirk from the friends committee will be in charge of sending a thank you card. The card will be posted on the Bulletin Board at the meeting for anyone who wants to read.

 

The past District GovernorJohn Tomlinson will be in Huntsville next week. He will attend our Board Meeting at 10:30am on Wednesday October 8, 2014, as well as, the lunch meeting.

 

We had a JACKPOT BINGO WINNER! Jim Hutton's very first jackpot in all his years of calling Bingo.

 

Hugh Holland asked all Rotarian's to get their canvassing for the Auction done! All collected items need to be dropped off at the Old Sustain store for Depot.

 

There is a need for 40 Bartenders for the Girls Weekend on Friday November 7th and Saturday November 8th 2014. Please get your SMART SERVE if you are interested.

 

Speakers

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Deb introduced our speakers this week were Jen Morgan Anderson and Marci Hill (Youth Program Facilitators) from the YWCA and Andrea Laidlaw the (student success teacher) from Huntsville High School.

 

YWCA has so many projects for women. For a detailed list of all programs please visit their website at

These three ladies focused on two Youth Programs for both boys and girls.

 

  • Girlz Unplugged has reached over 2000 girls over the past 15 years in elementary schools across Muskoka. Girls come together for 12 weeks in a safe environment to explore issues that are important to them including: self-confidence, creative expression, body image, communication skills and relationships.

  • QUEST, A parallel life skills program for boys, has been running in Muskoka schools since 2006 and the YWCA has developed responsive curriculum's for boys in grades 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10. QUEST helps boys learn to become resilient and compassionate, to think critically about gender stereotypes and relationships, and to explore respect for diversity and individual strengths.

  • The curriculum for the boy program focuses on resilience, stereotypes, anger and strength issues to prevent woman from being abused.

  • Not all kids in the program are at risk, some just don't fit in school and need a safe place to be comfortable and talk

At this point the Quest Program at HHS has not received any funding. YWCA needs $3000 for both Quest and Girlz Unplugged. The money would help over 20 students. The girls program just started and the Quest program would start in February.

Children are referred for the program by teachers and guidance Counselors. Gord Mitchell was very passionate about the program and would like the board to consider funding this program. This program helps builds self-esteem, interpersonal skills and empathy. All Rotarian's that are interested in more details please check out the YWCA website. All Rotarian's are welcome to attend the Board meeting as well.

Pam was very happy to thank our Speakers for coming and letting us know about the wonderful work they do with the Youth in our community.

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Happy Bucks (everyone's favourite part of the meeting!)

 

Pam was happy that Linda had the same Pippa bag!

 

Len was happy that he doesn't have to drive his wife Nina around and she has recovered from her hip surgery.

 

April is participating in the CIBC walk for the Cure this Sunday in Bracebridge! Come out and support her!

 

Foundation Funding

Gord pulled Bills number again, but lighting didn't strike twice so the pot is still up for grabs!

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes October 1, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 23, 2014

Meeting Notes September 24, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15pm. President elect Brandy introduced the visitors this week. They were as follows;

  1. Roger Temple-- Sook BC Rotarian

  2. Denise Cory-- Speaker (Town of Huntsville employee)

  3. Sandy Long-- Bracebridge Rotarian

  4. Suzanne Wiseman-- Darren Wiseman's wife

     

Announcements

Peter Redwood announced the drop off/pick up location for the Rotary Auction will be behind the Muskoka Coffee Brewery.

President Ken made all Rotarian's that brought a guest without calling in to spin the wheel.  Darren Wiseman and Bob Gibson got to donate to Foundation Funding.

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Jennifer Jerrett announced a request for a hard copy address list and Bob Gibson offered to generate it.

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Debbie Liddle announced that our Club won 2 awards for membership at Val D'or.

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Bob Gibson is in charge of Criminal Records Checks which will have to be completed every five years. You will need two photo ID and Health Cards are not accepted. Please contact Bob for more details.

 

Huntsville Hospice is selling Raffle Tickets for a Honda car. Make sure to buy your tickets to support Huntsville Hospice!

 

President Ken is looking for a Rotarian to be in charge of this years float. All those interested please contact President Ken. Without a volunteer there will be no float this year.

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Gord was late for our meeting this week.  He was taking a Polio Plus Webinar with over a million other Rotarians online.  He was so amazed at all the different countries that this webinar was being viewed.

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Doug Fairhall gave us a taste of what he experienced at the conference in Val d'Or. Overall it was a great show and Debbie Liddle had the Hospitality Suite.

Here is a list of the members who were thanked and congratulated at the conference and made the whole event possible;

  1. Program Chair-- Reid Asselstine

  2. Registrar-- Don Watkins

  3. Secretary-- Joyce Campbell

  4. Treasurer-- Lynda Rickard

  5. Val d'Or activities, gala, curling

    • Jean-Francois Lecuyer

    • Sylvain Racheleau

    • Sylvain Faucher

  6. Amos Activities and Youth Exchange Housing-- Claude Hubert

  7. Promotions-- Rob Woodhouse and Helen Robinson

  8. Clothing and Orillia Presentation-- Sharon Chambers

  9. Memorial Service-- Janet McLeod

  10. Transportation-- Barb Swain

  11. Translation-- Claude Hubert

  12. Technical Support-- Andre Rochon and Brian Johnstone

  13. Sgt. At Arms-- Marc Durocher

  14. MC-- Jean Polak

  15. MC-- Christain Leblanc

  16. Facilities Manager-- Derek Denson

On Thursday September 18th there was a Fun Curling Bonspiel, and PDG reunion dinner.

Friday September 19th was a Golden Opportunities theme day. There were Foundation awards and guest speaker Eric Tremblay from Canadian Malartic Mining. For the afternoon there were scheduled local tours and Cocktail party and dinner.

Saturday September 20th was Rotary International theme day. Highlights of the day were Edith Cloutier presentation of Aboriginal People and the Canadian Society. There was a Youth Exchange Presentation, Interact Presentation, Rotaract Presentation, Marlaine Alix (making a difference) presentation, Club presentation (working to help Haiti's Recovery), as well as, next years conference presentation. After all presentation there was Cocktails, Governor's Gala Dinner and dancing. The dancing was really enjoyed by Debbie and her guests.

On Sunday Sept 21st there was a memorial service led by Janet McLeod, announcements and closing remarks. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience for all who attended.

Ross Kirwin received a Paul Harris award this week!

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Speaker

George Young Introduces Our Guest Speaker Denise Corry

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Our guest speaker was Denise Corry, Acting CAO/Clerk Returning Officer for this 2014 Municipal Election. Due to the controversy of the last municipal election of the internet vote this election will a mail in ballot. Denise Corry went into detail of how to vote by mail.

In order to ensure you are eligible to vote, every eligible elector must confirm that they are on the Voters List. Please visit the Town of Huntsville website at www.huntsville.ca or by calling 705-789-1751.

Each eligible voter will receive a Vote By Mail Package. Here are the six steps on how to vote;

  1. Read instructions carefully before you begin

  2. Sign and detach the Voter Declaration Form. Place yellow Election Return Envelope with the return address visible. (do not seal)

  3. Using a black pen or marker, complete the ballot by filling in the oval next to your choices.

  4. Insert the completed ballot only into the White Ballot Secrecy Envelope.

  5. Insert the sealed white Ballot Secrecy Envelope into the yellow Election Return Envelope. (Form should be in the yellow envelope). Seal the yellow envelope and return envelope.

  6. Mail the yellow Election Return Envelope by October 17th, 2014 or drop off at the Municipal Office anytime up until 8pm on Voting Day October 27th 2014.

Hugh Holland Thanked Denise for her Informative presentation:

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Happy Bucks (everyone's favourite part of the meeting!)

Will Gibson was happy to be a bachelor for the next few weeks as Carol was leaving for Europe Wednesday evening. She was meeting up with Rob and Beth Saunders for the wedding of one of our former Exchange Students

Bill Sibeon won the Foundation funding Lotto and manged to secure a $ 400 Jackpot by pulling the Joker.

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The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes September 24, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 16, 2014

Meeting Notes September 17, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15pm. President elect Brandy introduced the visitors this week. They were as follows;

  1. Roger Temple-- BC Rotarian

  2. Keith and Marta-- Speaker

  3. Charolotte Lee-- Doug Fairhall introduced.

     

Announcements

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Ron Strickland gave us a rundown about District Grants. On our Memo of Understanding there are six items pertaining to District Grants. President Ken will appoint a Rotarian to be in charge and announce it at a later meeting.

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Rob Saunders announced that $750 was our share of the proceeds collected from the parking for Muskoka Sound. The numbers were lower than estimated, but everyone had a great time!

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Peter Redwood announced that the upcoming Annual Rotary Auction will be November 30th 2014.

There is only 2-3 weeks left to get the donations in. All Donations should be submitted to Peter until further notice.

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Len Ross announced the last “Party In a Box” rentals for the season. Len asked for volunteers for setup and take down for the father of the bride Peter Redwood. Everyone got a good laugh when Jocelynn volunteered her husband and truck for setup. Hugh, Bob, Julia and Peter Redwood agreed to help setup. The last one is Wednesday October 2, 2014 at 10:30am at Huntsville High School and take down is 12:30pm.

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August Rotarian of the month was Dr. Drew Markham. Kim O'Grady presented him with his award for outstanding full family commitment at DockFest!

 

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Doug Fairhall introduced special speakers Marta Bonelli and Keith Uhrig. This couple has devoted the last 19 yrs to community building around the world. For the last 10 yrs they have focused their efforts on helping a town in Nicaraugua called Corozal. Our Rotary Club has sponsored their efforts for the past 7 yrs.

 

How Rotary donation and other donations helped in the humanitarian efforts;

  • $150 pig (which was slaughtered) and candy for pinata

  • 900 meals out of pig

  • 100 people preparing meals

  • $80 for new tires for transportation

  • developed compost

  • washing stations

  • built Latrines (approx. $350)

  • Sponsors for students to go to a Montessori School

What is still needed;

  • Government accountability and infrastructure

  • sewage system (water is contaminated)

  • personal hygiene training

  • sources of food (pigs, chickens, ect)

     

Ron Strickland announced that the funds donated come from Foundation Funding. He asked the club and Marta if it were possible to buy two pigs to breed or maybe chickens and/or goats? Sandy will evaluate where the money will go.

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Marta and Keith were warmly thanked!

 

Happy Bucks (everyone's favourite part of the meeting!)

Kim and April attended the Bracebridge Rotary Club on Friday and they open invited other Rotarian's to join them.

Deb is glad to be back.

Rob Saunders is leaving and will give a picture presentation on his return.

Deb Liddle is happy to be attending the conference at Val Dor and visiting family.

Peter Redwood was pleased that so many volunteered to help out with his daughters wedding!

Jocelynn announced that the Table Soup Kitchen is out of financial crisis.

(Mayor Claude Doughty presented Heather Berg with a $20,000 cheque at the Mayors Golf Tournament).

 

Foundation Draw

Charolette drew John Chipman's number and the pot is still up for grabs!

 

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes September 17, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Sep 12, 2014

While most Rotarians froze their ?%#@&^ off during the weekend parking gig, and found it a challenge to fill the four hour shift, Mr Kirwin and his sidekick Mr Redwood had a flat screen showing Top Gun, an 80,000 BTU heater, and who knows what else in Chez Kirwin!

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Rotary Parking Graveyard Shft @ Muskoka Music Festival Bob Gibson 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 09, 2014

Meeting Notes September 10, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15pm. President elect Brandy introduced the visitors this week. They were as follows;

 

  1. Carl and Cathy Vartice

  2. Doug

  3. Roger Temple

  4. Patti Hanrath--Speaker

     

Announcements

 

Rob Saunders took a few minutes to let us know due to low ticket sales the parking for Muskoka Sound will only be at the Fairgrounds. The schedule will be flexible and Rob will notify members of all the required shift changes.

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Barbara White (part of the membership committee) will be in charge of ensuring all new members have a Criminal Record check. Bob Gibson will submit criminal reference request on new members behalf. New members must fill out application(which Bob will post online) and give Bob photo ID to complete the application process online. Please contact Bob Gibson and/or Barbara White for more details.

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Peter Redwood announced that the upcoming Annual Rotary Auction will be November 30th 2014.

Peter's challenged all Rotarian's to find new donors! Peter also reminded the membership that “he will find you!”

 

Helena Renwick wanted it announced that there will be a Car Show Saturday September 13th.

 

Speakers

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John Jarvis introduced Patti Hanrath founder of Kinergy Leadership. Her topic was Leadership Principals.

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Patti's background includes over 20 years leadership management in the banking industry, as well as management support for her husbands contracting company. Patti Kay Hanrath equips individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses with transformational solutions to ensure continuous improvement in personal growth and business results. Patti is a Certified Leadership and Personal Growth Coach and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team and the Empowerment Mentoring Program.

 

For more information about the importance of Leadership please contact Patti at patti@kinergyleadership.com or www.kinergyleadership.com . Kinergy Leadership is involved in an education conference. For more information or if you would like to attend please visit http://kinergyleadership.com/learn-lead/ .

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Ken thanked Patti for coming.

 

Other News

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Ken almost forgot Ron Stricklands education bit.  There were so many giggles and jokes I actually didn't get the bit!  Next week Ron will have test us again to see who was paying attention!

The District Conference on September 18th, 2014 is also a leadership conference.

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We had another wheel spin for not having a Rotary pin on at this weeks meeting.  Will's table let the cat out of the bag!

Gord Mitchell encouraged new Rotary Members to attend the District of Muskoka meeting which was held at the Rotary Train Station Thursday September 11th 2014 at 9:30am. Gord will let us know about the meeting on Wednesday September 17th 2014.

 

Happy Bucks (everyone's favourite part of the meeting!)

Rob Saunders will be heading to Italy to visit exchange student. He thanked Peter Redwood for creating a bowl for the exchange student he will be visiting there.

 

Mary Rashleigh announced that the Rotary club was full of great leaders and asked all Rotarian's who were former presidents to stand up.

 

Cam White announced that they would be welcoming a new adopted grandchild into there family. He will also be going to Hawaii for 9 weeks. Gord and April volunteered to cover his duties while he is away.

 

Bill Sibeon thanked Ken for the great meal on Wednesday's night meeting.

 

Will Gibson celebrated a birthday and had a golf game with Jim Hutton.

 

Jocelynn announced that the Table Soup Kitchen's food supplies are low and are in need of food donations.

 

 

Foundation Draw

Patti drew Jim Hutton's number and the pot is still up for grabs!

 

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes September 10, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 02, 2014

Meeting Notes September 3, 2014.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 6:30pm.

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 There were so many visitors at the night meeting this week! Jennifer Jerrett welcomed:

 

  1. Charmillia Zacal—wife of George

  2. Dave Nichols—family of George

  3. Odin and Petra Nichols—family of George

  4. Catherine Zacal---family of George

  5. Lyn Strickland—wife of Ron

  6. Bill Rashleigh—husband of Mary

  7. Suzi Jarvis—wife of John

  8. Helena Renwick—BIA

  9. Paul Rae—represented Pipefusion

  10. Mayor Claude Doughty

  11. Bob Attfield—Top Hat (House for Youth)

  12. Peter Lips

  13. Nancy Warren

  14. Gail and Louis Tusz—Parents of Rebound Student

  15. Clair Tusz—Rebound Student

  16. Marina Tusz—sister of Rebound Student

  17. Jeff Carter—HBR

  18. AJ Grooms--HBR

  19. Helmi Kivimaa—Inbound Exchange student

  20. Owen Bache—BDO

     

Announcements

Rob Saunders announced that Rotary International relies on continuous donations. Last year Rotarian's did a penny drive called the Red Cup Campaign. It is required that Rotarian's donate $100 per year. Once you donate $1000 you become a Paul Harris Fellow and earn points. These points can be used to give other Rotarian's the Paul Harris Fellow award for their service above self.

 

This week Rob Saunders congratulated Bob Gibson on his nominated Paul Harris Fellow Award.

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Rob Saunders was also awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award as well.

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At the meeting we welcomed George Zacal and Brian Brescia into our Rotary family. These gentlemen are new to us, but they are not new to Rotary and we look forward to having them.

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Peter Redwood presented all the final Dockfest awards and monies for 2014.

 

Top Hat House for Youth was awarded $5000 from Peter Redwood and President Ken. Accepting the cheque on behalf of Top Hat was Bob Attfield, Peter Lips and Nancy Warren.  Nancy Warren thanked Rotary for its support.

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The winner of Dockfest was Helena Renwick's BIA boat driven by AJ Groomes.

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Peter's recap of the Dockfest was very generous to HBR claiming that it was a close race. Jeff Carter from HBR disagreed and claimed that the race wasn't close at all. I am sure that this will promote more strategy building and competition for next year! Peter offered Jeff first pick of the motors for 2015.

 

Claude Doughty accepted the town's cheque from the Dockfest proceeds. He let us know that the monies will be used for a sign welcoming people to River Mill Park.

 

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Accepting for best float at the Dockfest parade was Owen Bache from BDO.

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Speakers

 

This week we had our Rebound student Claire Tusz and  our Inbound student Helmi give us two short presentations.

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Claire went to Nakhon Ratchasina, Thailand. Here is a summary of experiences and interesting facts:

  • Taxi's have no seat belts and are quite scary

  • The high school has 8 floors, with 5000 students who are all girls

  • Best friend was Nook

  • Cooking and floral arrangements was an important class in their culture

  • All the food is deep fried even stuff you would never imagine is cooked that way

  • Pork, veggies and rice are staples in your diet

  • Dried Octopus tastes like cat food and chicken feet are crunchie

  • most meals are seasoned with Curry

  • She participated in the Rotary Flood work

  • responsibilities included serving rice, food and soups to people flooded out

  • She attended a Music festival with 60 thousand other guests

  • She attended LomSak Cliff, Northern Thailand enjoyed the elephants and lots of temples

  • Loa Southern Thailand relaxed and snorkeled and saw James Bond Island

  • Her last home in Thailand was a factory

  • She fluently reads and writes the language

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Claire introduced Helmi our Inbound exchange student from Finland. Here are some interesting facts about Finland:

  • has a population of 5.4 million

  • part of European Union and languages are Swedish and Finish

  • Like Canada there are 4 seasons, but the winter season there is less light

  • Finland is technologically advanced

  • created Nokia and game angry birds

  • Helsinki is 1/5 of the population of Finland

  • Education begins at 6 with preschool and all education is free and provides lunch including University

  • middle school is mandatory from 7-15 years and then students pick trade school or high school

  • Helmi's family hosted an Australia exchange student

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Julia thanked Claire and Helmi for their presentations!

Happy Bucks

(so many things to be happy about I may of missed some bucks)

 

Mary Rashleigh was happy that Claire had such a great experience on her exchange.

Bob thanked Paul Rae for the media.

Ron Strickland is happy his first granddaughter is attending University.

Rob Saunders is happy that April was the only on from Huntsville who sunk a birdie at the Golf Tournament.

Dolores Jardine enjoyed babysitting.

George Zacal is happy to be one of us!

Brandy is happy to be back!

Deb is happy that her daughter is engaged and set a wedding date for August 29th, 2015.

Jim was happy that the Golf Tournament raised $11 000.

Len was very happy and grateful for all the best wishes for his wife Nina, while she was having her hip replaced.

George Young's golf team won best score.

Brandon was happy because he had a great season and was happy to see Brandy back.

Jennifer Jerrett sold out the golf tournament for her dad.

 

Foundation Draw

Claire pulled Brian's number and the pot is still up for grabs!

 

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes September 3, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 30, 2014

Meeting Notes August 27, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15. Meeting visitors included:

 

  1. George Zacal—Soon to member

  2. George Snooks--Guest

  3. Jack Liddle--Guest

  4. Armard—Guest of Deb

  5. Helmi Kivimaa—Exchange student

Announcements

There will be a District Conference September 18th-20th. Gord Mitchell our Sargent of Arms was away this week and Peter Redwood graciously stood in for him.

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Muskoka Sound will be September 12-14th. Our club will be in charge of the parking at Algonquin Automotive parking lot. The charge for parking will be $20 for the weekend or $10 per day. A volunteer schedule is posted on the Echo following these notes.

 

Peter Redwood requested volunteers for Party in a Box after meeting.

 

The Wheel is back! Remember to turn off your phones and follow the rules, or your pocket will be a little lighter! It turns out I forgot to turn off my phone prior to meeting and had my first opportunity to spin the wheel.

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All members who DO NOT wear their Rotary pin will be spinning the wheel next Wednesday!

 

Speakers

This week we had our very own Kim O'Grady and Helmi give us two short presentations.

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Kim let the club know that the membership committee plans to focus on Retention and membership. The committees goal is to fulfil the existing members needs and and keeping members happy. New membership is important but so is making sure that all members needs are met.

 

The plan of the membership committee is to focus on make ups and attendance at fire side chats, as well as the importance of community involvement. Recruitment is important so the goal is to focus on quality commitment. The plan is to match new inductees with an appropriate mentor and it is equally important to have mentors for the mentors in order to preserve the main focus of our Rotary Club, which is a service club.

 

Kim also announced that if you are in need of Rotary wear please contact her for an order sheet. There are a variety of shirts, jackets and vests. Peter Redwood even talked Kim into ball caps! Lets advertise our commitment to Rotary today!

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Helmi gave us a preview of her presentation which will be at this weeks evening meeting, September 3rd, 2014. In this preview we learned that she is from a small town with a population of 20,000. Helmi has three siblings consisting of an older brother and both a younger sister and brother. She will be attending grade 12 at Huntsville High School on September 2nd, 2014. We will learn more details about Helmi at the evening meeting. I hope you enjoyed this teaser!

Other News

John Tomlinson wants to meet with the board and will be speaking October 8th, 2014.

 

Peter Redwood will be giving us the final Dockfest presentation for 2014 at our evening meeting.

 

President Ken asked long time Rotarian’s to let us know about their experiences in the club.
 

Peter Redwood let our club know why he had to switch membership from the morning club to the afternoon Rotary club in the late 1990's. Due to his career he could not commit fully to attendance and when Peter does something he commits completely! Please contact Peter Redwood if you want more details of his life as a Rotarian!
 

Mary Rashleigh was the first woman to be inducted into Rotary at her original club. Mary told us a story about “Bob” the friend that asked her not to join Rotary or he would quit! Mary joined Rotary and her friend “Bob” did quit the club. Mary was unhappy about that so she decided to take “Bob” out for a drink and bring him back to Rotary and she did!
George Zacal commented on his own reservations of women being in Rotary and his own experiences from his Mississauga club.

President Ken encouraged all Rotarian's to get up and speak of their experiences in the club on a regular basis.

Mary Rashleigh suggested that everyone greet everyone before the club meeting starts. Its very important to greet everyone and shake their hand. This is an important tradition.

 

Happy Bucks

The little boy Jennifer Simpson helped while on humanitarian efforts was diagnosed with HIV and still recovered from pneumonia.

Mary Rashleigh has family and friends over!

Deb was happy to be at the meeting!

George Zacal lives on Sky Hills Road close to other Rotarian's in our club.

There was 1100 people who participated in a senior prediction games. The rules of the prediction games is not who comes first, it is who guessed their time to the closest second.

 

Foundation Draw

Helmi drew Jennifer Simpsons number and the pot is still up for grabs.

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes August 27, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 19, 2014

Meeting Notes August 20, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15. Meeting visitors included:

  1. Jason Knox--Speaker

  2. Kevin Knox--Speaker

  3. Roger Temple--Visiting Rotarian

  4. George Zacal--Visiting Rotarian

  5. James Charlick--Guest

  6. Jack Little--Guest

  7. Brian Brescia--Guest

Announcements

There will be a District Conference September 18th-20th. Gord Mitchell reminded all attending Rotarian’s should wear their pin and pick up more promotional materials while they are there. We as whole need to promote Rotary more. It is important that our community knows we are Rotarian’s.

The Wheel is back! Remember to turn off your phones and follow the rules, or your pocket will be a little lighter! All members who DO NOT wear their Rotary pin will be spinning the wheel next Wednesday!

There were 11 members missing this week please call Al's if you will not be attending meeting.

Hugh Holland sent around a sign up sheet for parking shifts for Muskoka Sound weekend September 12-14, 2014. Our Rotary club is responsible for the parking at the Algonquin Automotive lot and Allan Peters lot. Shifts are setup in three hour increments with four volunteers. Please contact Hugh to sign up for your shift. At the meeting this week 60% of volunteer spots were covered.

Debbie explained the budget. Jennifer Jerrett motioned to approve it and Bill Sibeon 2nd it. Budget has been approved!

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There was a board meeting at the Rotary Train Station at 6:45pm Wednesday August 20th 2014.

 

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Jason Knox thanked the Rotary for the $250 sponsorship bursary for Lacrosse. Jason was 1 of 18 who participated in the Ontario National Championships. Jason is the grandson of Jack Bionda. Jason along with his teammates won the championship.

Other News

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Ron Strickland informed us that none of the dues from Rotary go into the Rotary Foundation. This week we had two outstanding members who have been donating to Rotary Foundation monthly. Every $1000 donated by a member gets a Paul Harris recognition award.

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Don Dunton received 3 Paul Harris awards. Doug Farhaill received 4 Paul Harris awards.

Happy Bucks

Jennifer Jerrett dropping off the Rotary Bingo winnings she collected $35 worth of pennies to go to foundation funding!

Mary Rashleigh has 2 good eyes!

Ron will be missing next week!

Jennifer Simpson let us know that her friend Dr. Jennifer Treadholm competed in an Iron Man competition in Quebec last week.

Kelly Hammond will be taking over for Kathy Jordan at KIVA. She will be starting at Fit Gym next Tuesday!

Ken had an $8 happy buck for his granddaughter that was born last Wednesday at 8lbs.

Ken also had a $20 happy buck to thank the Party in a Box crew, Kim, Pierre, Rob and Sandy for bringing back all the catering equipment to 7 Main with them so Ken didn’t have to make another long trip out to the event to get it!

 

Foundation Draw

Jason Knox drew Jim’s number and the pot is still up for grabs.

 

The meeting was concluded. Have a great week and bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes August 20, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 12, 2014

Meeting Notes August 13, 2014

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The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15. Meeting visitors included:

  1. David Brushey--Speaker

  2. Aileen Taylor—Speaker

  3. Roger Temple—Visiting Rotarian

  4. Keira Brisebois—Fran and Gord's Granddaughter

     

Announcements

There will be a District Conference September 18th-20th.

 

President Ken read a letter of thanks from Kathleen Millar.

 

Peter Redwood asked for volunteers for Party in a Box. There is a wedding scheduled in Dorset and there is a need for a 4X4. Sandy volunteered.

 

Rob Saunders gave us an update on how the planning is going for the parking for Muskoka Sound. Both the morning and our club will be organizing and the shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours. The ideas for parking include fair grounds, Alan Peters lot across from Mobile Marine and the old Algonquin Automotive lot. Rob will keep us updated.

 

Kelly Hammond announced that there will be a production of Wild Wild Quest written by Roger Bird put on at Trinity United Church hosted by the Rev. Derek Shelby. Show date will be August 22 and 23. Tickets cost $20 per person.

 

Tamara Del Vega resigned as Club Secretary. Pamela McCluskey will graciously take over the position.

Speakers
 

David Brushey has an education in Geography and Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. David has worked in Economic and Business Development positions for most of his career, at municipal, regional and provincial levels. David became the Executive Director of Muskoka Community Futures Development in 2010.

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Aileen Taylor joined Muskoka Futures in February of 2014 as the Program Coordinator for Muskoka Futures new Business Support Program. Aileen's experience as the program coordinator with the Self Employment Assistance Program is also invaluable. Aileen has also small business experience as a previous owner of an HR consulting company and current consultant to Taylored Home Solutions.

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Topic

 

CFDC is More Than Business Loans!

Muskoka's Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) support community economic development across Canada by assisting rural communities to strengthen and diversify their economies. Muskoka Futures envisions a vibrant and dynamic regional economy which attracts talent, capital, expertise and knowledge, contributing to the “quality of life for all Muskoka citizens” which earns Muskoka global recognition.

 

CFDC mission is to promote economic growth and job creation throughout Muskoka. To accomplish this Muskoka Futures empowers entrepreneurs to succeed by offering experienced guidance and financial investment in their ventures.

Incorporated in 1989, Muskoka Futures operates throughout the District of Muskoka as a community-based, not-for-profit organization partnering with the District of Muskoka, local municipalities, businesses, individuals and other community organizations to promote sustainable economic development.

When businesses become a member of Muskoka Futures they have access to;

  • business advice

  • business assessment

  • business plan support and workshops

  • business management skills workshops

  • bookkeeping set up or review

  • mentorship or advisory panel

  • business coach

 

Please contact Aileen if you are interested in becoming a mentor or business coach at taylor@MuskokaFutures.ca

 

For more information on all programs and services offered please visit www.MuskokFutures.ca

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Happy Bucks

Kim O'Grady thanked Bill Sibeon for cover her Bingo shift. She also thanked April for joining.

Will Gibson had a Newfoundland vacation.

Ron thanked Keira for being greeter this week. Ron still has 5 clubs to visit.

Peter Redwood thanked all volunteers who helped out at the ball tournament.

Bill Sibeon's wife is coming home!

Tony announced they sold their Trinidad Condo.

Roger Temple is glad to be back in Huntsville.

Foundation Draw

Keira drew Pam's number and the pot is still up for grabs.
 

The meeting was concluded by 1:30pm. Bring a friend to lunch!

Meeting Notes August 13, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Aug 08, 2014

Helmi on the Dock

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Our New Inbound Exchange Student Helmi Bob Gibson 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Aug 05, 2014

Tim's Website  http://www.witheyformayor.ca/

Tim's Platform

1. Fiscal Accountability

 

During the last municipal election, I heard loud and clear that we must keep taxes at bay and get our G8 infrastructure paying for itself. We have done just that. We boast the lowest tax rate in Muskoka and one of the lowest property tax rates in the country.

 

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2. Environmental Wellbeing

 

Sustaining and nurturing our environment must be at the forefront of every decision we make. This ensures a better world for generations to come.

 

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3. Healthcare Advocacy

 

Huntsville needs sustainable healthcare that not only meets the needs of a local aging population but also addresses the needs of the new realities of today’s world.

 

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4. Infrastructure

 

We have just come through one of the harshest winters in recent history, closely followed on the heels of a flood the likes we have not seen since before 1928.  Our infrastructure has taken a beating in the last twelve months and is understandably on everyone's mind.

 

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5. Employment

 

Huntsville needs to encourage business and industry to develop and settle here to provide meaningful employment for our citizens.

 

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John Jarvis Thanks Tim for His Presentation

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Tim Withey Campaign Presentation Bob Gibson 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Aug 05, 2014

On August 6th President Ken, Membership Committee Chair Kim O'Grady and Sponsor Bob Gibson welcomed April McClung to the Club

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Welcome Aboard April!!

Our Newest Member - April McClung Bob Gibson 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Aug 05, 2014

Our Guests:

Tim Withey
Alison Withey
Bruce + Linda Wilcox - Rotary Club of Midland
Teri Lee White - With Peter R
Bill Rashleigh - With Mary R
Chris Knobelsdorf - With Debbie K
Bill Pritchard - With Ross Kerwin
April McClug - Her Last Meeting as a Guest :-)

Ron Strickland Reviews The Implications of Searching for a District Governor

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Teri Lee White Discusses the Bell Canada Backback for Kids Program

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George Young Introduces Our Guest Speaker Tim Withey

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August 6th Meeting Notes Bob Gibson 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Select Member on Jul 31, 2014

Meeting Notes July 30, 2014

 

The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15.

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Meeting visitors included:

  1. George Zacal—Mississauga West (hopefully will join our meeting)

  2. Natalie Bubela—Guest Speaker (Jennifer Jerrett)

  3. Linda McClean—Muskoka Sound Organizer

  4. Nick Paroschy—Morning Club

  5. Bruce and Linda Wilcox—Penetang

  6. Brian Brescia—Lakehead

  7. Carl Vorhie—Beaverton, Oregon

  8. Allison Brownlee—Morning Club

 

Announcements

There will be a District Conference September 18th-20th.

 

Jim Hutton invited Bruce Wilcox who organizes the charity golf tournament at BonAire to our meeting this week. Rob Saunders needs two members to join his team of two. If any members are interested please contact Rob ASAP. If you need a registration form please contact Jim. All proceeds go towards Foundation Funding and each participant gets a tax receipt. The registration fee includes power cart, lunch and 18 hole golf. Our club has three and a half teams registered.

 

Linda McClean the organizer for Muskoka Sound Festival gave a mini presentation. Details of the event are in the pictures below.

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Linda was hoping to have our Rotary Club organize the parking at the event. There will be various parking locations and guests will be shuttled to the Lions Lookout Field. Rob Saunders, Mary Rashleigh and Hugh Holland will meet with Linda to discuss the logistics and feasibility of our club taking over this endeavour. More details will come after the feasibility meeting.

 

Ron Strickland quizzed us on Membership and Extension.

Here are the answers to his seven questions.

  1. The president of Rotary International is Gary C.K. Huang.

  2. August is Membership/Extension month

  3. Having more woman in Rotary makes Rotary more appealing to women and more productive as well.

  4. Growing Rotary only ends when new members are enjoying Rotary and never want to leave.

  5. The key part of growing Rotary is making sure clubs are enjoyable places.

  6. People stay in Rotary because they have fun.....our service is more effective when we serve together with our friends.

  7. LIGHT UP ROTARY!

     

Speaker and Topic

Natalie Bubela from Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare was our presenter this week. Natalie's topic was Hospital Care for Our Future Generations.

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Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is in the process of prudent planning for four reasons;

  1. Requirement from the ministry for major decisions.

  2. Long range plans to accommodate community

  3. Good partners with possible partnership/development opportunities

  4. Buildings are getting old and require significant investment to update

 

For more information please visit www.mahc.ca/Planning-for-the-Future and/or attend the public meeting in Huntsville at the ALC on Tuesday August 26, 2014.

 

Developments in healthcare facilities take years to complete. The average time for new buildings/facilities is sixteen years from the start of the planning process to breaking ground.

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Other News

President Ken reminded all Rotarian’s that you need to call Al's Tuesday by noon if you are missing meeting. The call centre is open 24hrs so please utilize it. It is just easier for everyone involved if report when you know you will be absent.

The morning club is doing a fundraiser. They are selling raffle tickets for $5. Contact Nick Paroschy and Allison Brownlee from the Morning Club for tickets.

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Happy Bucks

Hugh Holland thanked Gord and Fran Mitchell for the great roast beef dinner.

Dave Van Gelder announced Brandy was back to work and cancer free!

Brandy Van Gelder thanked Dave for his 100 hours of support by her bedside. The worst possible outcome during surgery happened and Brandy had to stay a four extra days in the hospital but it is smooth sailing now.

Mary Rashleigh had Cataract surgery at the Huntsville Hospital and thanked Natalie for the great care she received.

George Young informed everyone that Pat is now living at Victoria Village in Barrie. Pat's daughter works there and they are experienced in Dementia.

George Zacal unfortunately drowned his car trying to launch his boat at Hutchison Beach.

Rus Kirwin announced that $5000 from Dockfest will be donated towards a an Archway being built for Riverside Park by TD and King Street. The archway is expected to cost $46,000.

Gord Mitchell made a joke about why he has a bell at the head of his dinning room table. He also thanked Hugh Holland for purchasing Fran's roast beef dinner at last years Auction.

Foundation Draw

Guest speaker Natalie drew Julia Finche number and the pot is still up for grabs.

 

The meeting was concluded. Bring a friend to lunch!

 

 

July 30, 2014 meeting notes Select Member 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 22, 2014

2013-2014 Theme

Scheduled Speakers for August:

August 6th  Mayor Candidate and Councilor Tim Whithey

August 13  TBA

August 20  TBA

August 27  TBA

Scheduled Speakers Jocelynn Briggs 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 22, 2014

Meeting Notes July 23, 2014

 

The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15. Meeting visitors included:

  1. George Zacal—Mississauga West (hopefully will join our meeting)

  2. Marry Anne Cox— Stratford invited by Jim Hutton

  3. Diane Cox—invited by Jim Hutton

 

Announcements

There will be a District Conference September 18th-20th, President Ken will not be attending. Doug Fairhall, Sandy Mackay and Ron Strickland will, so please direct any questions to them for more details.

 

Jim Hutton is in charge of the charity golf tournament at BonAire. Our Rotary club usually has four foursome teams. If you need a registration form please contact Jim. Early bird registration runs out this week, so you need to register quickly. All proceeds go towards Foundation Funding and each participant gets a tax receipt. The registration fee includes power cart, lunch and 18 hole golf. Bill Sibeon and Jim Hutton have teams of four registered. Our Rotary club usually has four teams go, please get your teams registered this week.

 

Jen Simpson read a medical journal article that explained that Canada is still vulnerable to Polio. Polio may be cured in Asia, but Canada can still be at risk. We need to continue our efforts to eliminate Polio by globally increasing immunizations to all Countries at risk.

 

Lou Luvison took Nikki to the airport and he is safely home with his family. Nikki's thank you and parting gift to Huntsville Rotary Club was a Bolivia Festival Dress book.

 

Bill Sibeon took a moment to correct some miss information that was circulating. His wife is undergoing radiation on her face. This is not a life threatening procedure and she is otherwise in good health.

 

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Jennifer Jerrett announced we received thank you letters from the Bursary students from Huntsville High School. (I will see if I can scan and link them at a later date). All Rotarian’s can view them on the Bulletin Board displayed at the meeting.

 

Speaker and Topic

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There was no scheduled speaker this week so Ron Strickland stepped up and gave all attending a tutorial on Rotary International. If you have never signed into Rotary International, Ron Strickland encourages you to take a moment and do so. Rotary International allows you to make specialized donations to the causes that you want your donated money to go. It also allows you to submit donations in memorial or as gift options. When submitting donations on behalf or in memorial of others, Rotary International will send recognition to the recipient or their next of kin.

President Ken played the inspiring “Light Up Rotary” video. The video's premise was to inspire Rotarian’s.

Presient Ken and Ron Strickland awarded Len Ross the Paul Harris recognition pin for his continual donation efforts.

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Other News

Before the conclusion of the meeting it was brought to the meetings attention that Kathleen Miller would like to be taken off all Rotary email lists. The notifications upset her. Sandy Mackay ensures all Rotarian’s that she has support but is still finding it hard.

Gord Mitchell informed all Rotarian’s that The Sargent of Arms is a lot of work and he is in charge of the meeting according to the club definition of position.

Gord charged a fine to our President Ken for NOT bringing a cutting board and knives for the buns that were served at lunch. It was all in fun.

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Gord reminded all Rotarian’s that you need to call Al's when missing a lunch. This week 11 Rotarian’s will be charged for the lunch that was ordered on their behalf. To make Gord's life easier please call 705-789-2374 to report that you will not be attending meeting by Tuesday at noon. The call centre is open 24hrs so please utilize it. It is just easier for everyone involved if report when you know you will be absent.

Happy Bucks

Peter Redwood is back from Cochrane. He took the opportunity to thank all the team leaders at DockFest for all their organizing and efforts.

Marry Anne thanked Jim Hutton for inviting her. She also enjoyed the theme Light Up Rotary!

Jennifer Simpson thanked Peter Redwood for covering her Bingo commitment on Tuesday. She had to spend her night at emergency with her son. He injured his foot.

Peter Redwood, Len Ross and Ross Kirwin unwittingly hustled independent into selling us a BBQ at a huge discount. Randy from independent has been a great supporter of Rotary.

Party in a Box this Sunday July 27th, 2014. Location is at the Huntsville fairgrounds. Rob Saunders and Dave Van Gelder would love help for setup before 1pm and take down 4pm. Please contact them if you can help out.

Jennifer Jerrett thanked Ross and Bill for covering her Bingo shift.

Foundation Draw

Guest George Zacal drew Vern Foell's number and the pot is still up for grabs.

 

The meeting was concluded at 1:31pm. Bring a friend to lunch!

 

 

Meeting Notes July 23, 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 15, 2014

Meeting Notes July 16, 2014

 

The meeting was called to order by President Ken at 12:15.

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Meeting visitors included:

  1. Julia Richmond---Jocelynn Briggs

  2. Viktor Ozej---(Returning exchange student)

 

Announcements

Dave Van Gelder gave us an update on Brandy.

She is home and settled now. While she was in the hospital she had many visitors that helped her with her attitude and morale. Right now she is working on a to do list of activities. She has an appointment Thursday July 17th at 3pm to get the results of the Pathology and to determine what comes next in her journey.”

 

Mr. Kerwin sold all the great tasting sausages that were left over from Dockfest! They were gluten and diary free and extremely good! Thank you to all Rotarian’s who purchased a bag for $10.

 

Don Dunton encouraged teams of four to sign up for the golf tournament. The team captain has to summit the registration card by the end of July to get the discounted price of $150.

 

Len Ross asked for volunteers for August 8-10, 2014, various shifts for Party in a Box, and security for a baseball tournament. Location is Parry Sound and Smart Serve would be an asset to the team. Please contact Len if you can help out and for more details.

 

President Ken formally asked Gord Mitchell to be our Sargent of Arms. Gord graciously accepted and everyone cheered!

 

All the presidents and former presidents of Rotary in the area met at West Side Fish and Chips. Margret Walton organized the meeting to get all the clubs to be more involved and collaborative with each other. President Ken is looking forward to more meetings throughout the year.

 

Next board meeting is scheduled Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 6:45pm.

 

President Ken and former President Deb approached the club with an idea of having an outdoor picnic lunch meeting at Debbie's cottage. There was no definitive decision made on date or location.  President Ken liked the idea of this free outdoor location. 

 

Sandy McKay informed us that DockFest brought in a minimum of $12,000. Not all bills are in yet.

 

Speaker and Topic

The speaker this week was Ron Strickland. His presentation was about the Pinalito Low Cost Housing Project. This project was completed in Guatemala February 11-25, 2001.

 

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Objective of Project

The objective is to improve the health and living conditions of the extremely poor indigenous peoples of Mayan ancestry living in and around the remote mountain community of Pinalito, Guatemala.

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Pinalito is a small community on the sides of a mountain in the remote area east of the city of Zacapa, in the Department of Zacapa, Guatemala. This area borders on the neighbouring country of Honduras. Until two years ago, this area was only accessible by footpaths. Now there is a road of sorts which can only be used by short wheel based 4x4 trucks. The inhabitants are an indigenous people descended from the Mayan Indians.

The Plan

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- Construct 12’ x 24’ cement block homes for 30 families.

- Containing 2 to 3 rooms, cement floor plus a corrugated steel roof.

-Water lines to be extended, new pila and wash area constructed.

  • Outdoor latrines included for basic sanitation and new stove.

There were three teams who worked with locals to accomplish this project.

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Foundation Funding was used for this project and all volunteers worked in conjunction with Club Rotary Guatemala Metropolio and Faith in Action.

Ron told us some interesting stories about a bus with a broken washroom and air conditioning.

During the question and answers period, Ron elaborated on how the blocks for the buildings had to be carried or transported by donkeys.

For more details ask Ron Strickland, it was a very great project and helped a great many people improve their living conditions in Guatemala.

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Thank you Ron for your great presentation!

 

Other News 

Viktor updated us on his future plans. Viktor plans to study International Relations. He hopes to work in Diplomacy, a Television Station or as an Ambassador.

He hopes to practice these skills on Canadian girls.

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Happy Bucks

Ross Kerwin was happy to report that the free library at Town Hall is a success.

Pam McCluskey's baseball team is undefeated!

Ron Strickland had a great time on the fishing trip. The caught 594 fish and they swear when the fish get away.

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Viktor Ozej was happy to be back in Canada!

Gord Mitchell congratulated Jocelynn Briggs on her first Echo. Gord also gave Doug his cap back.

President Ken was very happy that Gord has agreed to be our Sargent of Arms

Foundation Draw

Guest Julia Richmond number was drawn and the pot is still up for grabs.

Meeting Notes July16 2014. Jocelynn Briggs 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 08, 2014

This weeks meeting was a buzz of activity. Everyone was excited to welcome Don Dunton back!

 

Jennifer Simpson gave us an update on Brandy's progress. “I am happy to report that Brandy found a Asian Food Truck for Dave and although her progress was slower than anticipated, she will be home this week.”

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President Ken Stronach, announced that April McClug will be inducted at next weeks meeting.

 

Len Ross for Paul Harris next week.

 

Kim O'Grady presented the Presidents Night Certificate of Recognition to Don Dunton and Len Ross for their recruitment efforts.

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This week there were many guests! President Ken Stronach introduced:

  1. Jerry Gloss—Windsor, ON

  2. George Zacal—Mississauga West, ON

  3. Roger Temple—BC

  4. Joe Reuvencamp—Pam McCluskey

  5. Ashley Stewart—Pam McCluskey

  6. Helena Renwick—BIA Huntsville

  7. Racquelle and Elise Jarvis—John Jarvis

 

Don Dunton will take over acting Sargent of Arms temporarily with the help of Mary Rashleigh.

 

President Ken Stronach let all members know how proud he was of his children for their participation at DockFest.

 

Pam McCluskey thanked all Rotarians and volunteers for their contributions for making 2014 DockFest a success! Ask Pam to recap her funny story about her run in with a Fox Snake!

 

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Ross Kirwin Told a Few Amusing DockFest Stories

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Speaker

Bob Gibson and Helena Renwick presented a Dockfest 2014 video. The BIA and Hunters Bay Radio won the event with a last minute substitute driver Warren Stewart who was no novice to bath tub derby.

 

President Ken asked Sandy Mackay for the financial results. Sandy will have them at Wednesday July 16, 2014 meeting. Not all the monies are in yet.

In other news President Ken asked for ideas for outdoor venues to hold our lunch meeting this summer. Any ideas please contact Mary Rashleigh. (Avery Beach costs more than the room at Holiday Inn.)

 

Foundation Funding

Guest George Zacal drew Raquelle Jarvis ticket. The pot is still up for grabs.

 

Happy Bucks

The meeting was concluded with numerous stories and thanks about DockFest 2014.

 

Don Dunton thanked everyone for their good wishes while he was recuperating.

 

Kelly Hammond let everyone know she is going to France.

Meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

July 9th 2014 Meeting Notes Jocelynn Briggs 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jul 04, 2014
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Rotary DockFest 2014 is Now In the History Books

Here is the permanent link to the Dockfest Website Where 128 Pictures Have Been Uploaded Thus Far.

DockFest Images on Flickr

CTV Barrie Video

 

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Pictures From Sequoia's Trip To Ottawa Bob Gibson 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jun 24, 2014

On June 25th I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Barbados - South.  At the meeting I presented their incoming president (Richard Kennedy) with a scarf from the Rotary Club of Huntsville. The scarf was well received by Richard and the club.  It appears that this was the very first scarf to be presented to a member of this Barbados club.

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Len Visits The Rotary Club of Barbados Bob Gibson 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
Adjournment: declared by President Debbie Knobelsdorf at 1:22 pm and asked us to offer prayers for Don Dunton who would be having an exploratory operation on Friday and Brandy who was waiting for her operation, today.
 
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Post Script: Our Club was shocked by mid afternoon – Peter Miller suddenly taken from us. He died on Highway 60 – getting things done.
 
On Monday June 30th most of our club either visited the funeral home or attended the Funeral Mass Service to remember our friend and Rotarian. We knew Peter as a shy, quiet fellow who was very organized.
 
He joined our club April 6, 2011 and in this short time as a member of our Rotary Club he was very involved. He and George Snooks became a team in getting the Rotary Auction organized as the rest of us procrastinators dragged, the getting the donated items into them, so they could get their job completed. After the auction he was still part of the team that distributed the purchased items and tied up the lose ends to finalize the fund raiser.
 
Peter became our Sergeant-at-Arms, welcoming all who attended our meeting; keeping track of their attendance; organizing the visitors list for introduction by the Pres-elect at the meetings; calling Al`s Taxi on Tuesday mornings to check the number of Rotarians who had canceled their lunch for the next day and then reported that number to the caterer so all would have a meal and he issued the pre-meal charges to all members on a quarterly basis to keep our Club finances running. On a couple occasions, most of us were quite surprised when he gave us hell and well said too; as he was telling us to always call to cancel our lunches and if we were bringing a visitor or two, please call in to Al`s Taxi to tell them that information so extra meals could be prepared....because he was the fellow who issued the pre-billed meal charges and he was the fellow who took the brunt of the Rotarian complaints - that they were not at the lunches and that they forgot to call in and that they would like him to fix their problem!!
 
At the service yesterday, a description of Peter - he was always thoughtful, loving and kind. Father McMahon spoke about Peter at the dog park where they would let their dogs enjoy the space and the owners enjoyed the company of each other. Peter would walk with an owner whose dog had just died and who still came to the park to see those who gathered and he made sure that she was OK.
 
I learned yesterday that Peter was a musical student, even though when he was joining our club, he asked me if it was OK to be a Rotarian if you didn't sing.....I said no problem. Peter had been taking guitar lessons for four years from Tobin Spring. Tobin played the violin in the musical section yesterday, at Peter’s service.
 
. Kathleen, please know that we enjoyed Peter to the fullest and valued him as a very active member of our club. Our club members and our club will be with you in the days ahead. God bless you and your family.
 
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Adjournment Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
2014 -2015 Out-Bound Rotary Exchange Student – Graham Johnson, in his red Canadian Rotary Exchange Jacket just glowed as he told us the preparation experiences that he and his family have been working through as he prepares to travel to Denmark later in the summer. He has been on three weekends away – (1) to Mattawa where he found which country he would be going to - Denmark; (2) to North Bay with his family to learn about the family responsibilities and (3) to Ottawa to meet other exchange students – some just returned called re-bounders and many like he, referred to as out-bounders, just getting ready to go. While in Ottawa they visited many Canadian institutions to learn about our country and its history. He has had communication with his first host family of which one of their children will be coming to Mexico as a Rotary Exchange student this coming year. Graham will be an excellent ambassador for our Club and Town in the next year. He expressed much appreciation for having been selected to the program. Thanks to both groups of speakers was expressed by Lou Luvison.
 
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Rotary"s Out-Going Exchange Student Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
Image-Jessica Phillips and Nikki - attended the RYLA weekend camp at Orillia recently.
 
Jessica told us that before the camp they were emailed a questionnaire to complete; with their answers the camp counsellors knew all about them before they arrived. She commented that they learned about leadership skills; more about herself than she realized before and how she interacts with others; and she learned that she is a people person. An amazing weekend and thanked us very much for this opportunity.
 
Nikki – totally endorsed Jessica`s review of the weekend – Yeah it was an amazing experience!

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Our Youth doing things Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
Huntsville Peer Youth Tutoring Club:
Pres Debbie read a letter of thank-you from this Club which our club has supported for several years, where high school students tutor their class mates in literacy and math. A win win program – tutoring students learn the art of tutoring and add to their volunteering hours for high school graduation and their tutored students are successful in their studies. Our Club will support this project again next year through our Bingo account for $500.00.

 

Peer Tutoring Thank-you Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
Pamela McCluskey: has stepped forward to look after the volunteers in Brandy’s absence. She had all the work party packages to distribute to the team captains – well organized. She said that there is a boat practice tonight and the volunteers gather on Thursday night to get organized.
 
Peter Redwood: Asked Rotarian businesses to post a poster that he displayed in their store to further advertise DockFest. A very nice poster!!
 
Rob Saunders: Told us that the Forster will do a page pull-out for DockFest and he asked business Rotarians to take out business card sized ads to further promote the event. All of the details of the DockFest will be on this pullout section of the Forester.
 
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DockFest Update Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014

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Mary Rashleigh - introduced the administration committee that makes the club run so smoothly and so well at the weekly meetings – golly, I didn’t realize there were so many Rotarians looking after things. WELL DONE FOLKS!!

 

Aministration Committee Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
 
 
 
Image: Cam White spoke of the challenge where members who brought new members into the club and committee of members that brought the most new members into the club by year end would earn foundation points that would lead to their next Paul Harris recognition level. Cam went on to say that all of these Foundation points were provided by Ron Strickland who has been a very good and very long contributor to the Rotary Foundation; in doing so, he has earned these recognition points, that he has donated to to assist in bringing many new members into our club this year. Cam assured the winners of these points and to the winning team that over the next months with transfers will be completed.
 
The White Family in Hawaii to grow: Cam told us that his son’s family in Hawaii will be adopting a Chinese son and though Cam admitted that he could not pronounce his real name, his grandson told Grandpa Cam that his last name would be White!! We are truly happy for the White family.

 

Membership Challendge Winners Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
Pres Debbie loves to use the BIG CHEQUE to give Rotary’s special project money to projects in our town and she said that she wanted to use it just one last time .....to give the Huntsville Lake of Bays Railway Society our support of $2,000.00 to help the society to re-fit their original engine that was in service when the shortest railway in the world was operating between Penn Lake and Portage on Lake of Bays between 1905 and 1959. David Topps briefly reviewed the why that they needed community support, to bring this engine back into service. The Society had hoped to do the work themselves but found that it needed more than they were able to do, so it will be transported by Muskoka Transport, through our good friend and Bracebridge Rotarian Paul Hammond to Blyth Railway Works for the re-fit in August.

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Rotary Helps the Huntsville Lake of Bays Railway Society Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014

 

 

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Visitors introduced by Ken Stronach: David Topps and David Lucas – of Huntsville Railway Society; Doug Barr, visiting Rotarian from Fonthill; Roger Temble, summer Rotarian from B.C.; Si Cline – honorary Rotarian – back for the summer; Nikki Roja; Jessica Phillips and Graham Johnson – student from Huntsville; Rowan and Callum Simpson (with Mum- Jennifer Simpson)

 

 

Visitors by Ken Stronach Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
 
 
ImagePresident Debbie Knobelsdorf: Hey this was Debbie’s last official Rotary Meeting as the current Pres!! The meeting started on time with the usual call to Bill Sibeon to lead us in the singing of  O’Canada and Rotary Grace.
 
Announcements:
Debbie read a letter as requested by President-elect Brandy Van Gelder. Brandy is taking a medical leave of absence to deal with a suspected cancer issue that she has been diagnosed with.....a tumor in her neck. She and Dave were in Toronto today at Mount Sinai Hospital to have the operation, but in an update later this afternoon, Dave tells us that due to other emergencies the operation did not happen. Now it is scheduled for this Friday. Brandy assured us that she is very positive that all will go as planned and that she’ll be a better Dr. to assist her patients who may be dealing with a similar issue. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Brandy and Dave as they work though a life’s challenge. God bless both of you and your families. Post Script: Operation was bumped and will happen July 4th. Our prayers are with you Brandy and Dave.

Bill Sibeon, reported that he had visited with Don Dunton on the way to the meeting today;. He'll be heading to Toronto area hospital on Thursday June 26 th to have a small procedure on Friday. He hopes to be home on Saturday

 

June 25 th Meeting Notes Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
 

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Happy Bucks:

 
Mary Rashleigh – happily told us that she and Bill have been married for 48 years.
 
Kim O`Grady and Jennifer Simpson – wanted to remember Brandy in her operation today in Toronto
 
Si Cline – was happy to be back to our club for the summer.
 
Peter Van Buskirk – happily told us that he and jane just celebrated their 50 years of marriage.
 
George Young – will be travelling to Sainter today to celebrate his granddaughter`s grade 8 graduation.
 
Peter Miller – happily told us of planned vacation with Kathleen to Alaska. Pres. Debbie K.- wanted to remember Brandy also and said BYE!! Her last Rotary Meeting as the pres.

 

 

 
 

 

Happy Bucks------- Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 24, 2014
 

The happy winner of the ticket draw for our Foundation Funding Draw was....our visiting Rotarian Doug Barr of Fonthill.

However the reserve for the future winner of cutting the joker card saved.....no winner today!! Image

Foundation Funding Draw Gord Mitchell 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jun 17, 2014

A Wonderful Sendoff for President Deb! Short Version

Ross S and Rob S Roast President Deb

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The New Board for 2014 2015
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Deb Tribute - Long Version

 

President's Night Bob Gibson 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 10, 2014

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Nikki our exchange student this year has had quite a time while here is our country. A time of many firsts...first time away from home alone; in Canada; in Ontario; in Huntsville; eating our foods; enjoying winter ...the snows, the cold wind, the snow blowing in your face, the slipping on your bum from the slippery walking conditions, ice skating, snow shoeing, tobogganing------what fun!! In his slide show he showed us where he’s been....to the CN Tower; Niagara Falls; Algonquin Park and Visitors center; to Belleville and to the military flight museum at Trenton; to Ottawa and to the Museum of Man and War Museum to see all the equipment used to kill each other. He’s handy in the kitchen too...saw him cooking and eating it too. BUT the most of the pictures were Rotary based events, the District Conference in Orillia; a trip to Ottawa and a couple more trips where he met and met and met all the girls who were returning from their world exchanges called rebounders and those who found out where they were going, called out bounders. He seemed to always to be in the picture with girls all around!!! What a guy!!
 
Thanks for your year Nikki and we hope that your experience on the Rotary Exchange Program will be a high light of your life’s experiences.
 
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Nikki Roja (2014 Inbound Exchange Student) tells and shows all........ Gord Mitchell 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 10, 2014
ImageThe Friendship Committee, namely - Barb White, Peter Van Buskirk and Gord Mitchell.
 
Barb reported to the club last week urging club members to contact one of us when they know a celebration is in the offing or a sickness has affected one of our members as we would like to remember our members in their time of special need.

 

The Friendship Committee....needs your help Gord Mitchell 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Mitchell on Jun 10, 2014
ImagePast District Governor Dr Ronald P. Strickland was kindly asking us questions of clarification and understanding about the Rotary Foundation ....all in the last Rotarian magazine. It’s a good thing that our guests can often answer the questions.
 
Ron was reflecting on the fact that Rotary Club executives have to make up their mind and send in their proposals for foundation supported projects for our next Rotary Year before the end of the current Rotary Year which is fast approaching and it is June 30th.!!

 

Educating our members......... Gord Mitchell 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on Jun 03, 2014

Our Guests:

Sequoia Henry (Debbie K.’s nephew)
Judith Blanchette (Debbie K.’s sister)
Talia Keay (bursary recipient)
Lauren Bell (bursary recipient)
Candace-Rose Joiner (bursary recipient)
D’Arcy Kirkwood (bursary recipient)
Ciara Stead (bursary recipient)
Janet Markham (with Drew)
Fayelenore Sibeon (with Bill)
Bill Rashleigh (with Mary)
Sue Jarvis (with John)
Chris Knobelsdorf (with Debbie)

June 4th Meeting Notes Bob Gibson 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson on May 31, 2014

Rotary DockFest Returns July 5!

HUNTSVILLE, ON - The Rotary Club of Huntsville and signature sponsor Pipefusion Services Inc./NyDock.com are pleased to present the 2nd annual Rotary DockFest. The event takes place Saturday, July 5, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Huntsville’s historic downtown waterfront.

In 2013 the Rotary Club of Huntsville resurrected the original Bathtub Derby from the 1990’s under the name Rotary DockFest.  Thousands of people attended the event in 2013 and a decision was made to turn Rotary DockFest into an annual event with proceeds alternating between local charities each year.

This year’s charity of choice is Top Hat House For Youth, a place of refuge and renewal for homeless high school students. Funds will also go towards funding for future improvements to River Mill Park, enhancing the waterfront for residents and visitors alike.

Join us for a pancake breakfast at River Mill Park beginning at 8 a.m. The parade of specially decorated bathtubs, marshaled by Olympic Gold Medalist Dara Howell, will begin making its way down the Main Street at 11 a.m.   

The first of three heats begins at noon with bathtubs furiously racing through obstacles on the Muskoka River as they make their way to the finish line.

The event will have something for everyone, so bring your friends and the whole family. There will be a Rotary BBQ, beer tent, arts and crafts for the little ones as well as a bouncy castle and various other activities for kids. There will also be live music, creating the perfect atmosphere for a day of fun and excitement along Huntsville’s waterfront.  

For more information go to: www.rotarydockfest.com