Maplefest 2018-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Scott Young from the Muskoka Conservancy was our speaker on April 11 with his topic conserving Muskoka's natural area.
The Conservancy is a land trust that protects land for conservation purposes They currently have 39 properties 2463 acres and 36,000 feet of waterfront. Land is donated to the Conservancy from people who are interested in keeping their properties in a pristine natural state for ever.
Well known properties in the Huntsville area include Dyers Memorial a 155 acre property at the end of Williamsport Rd.  
Our Club will be planting trees on a Conservancy property , The Brook Nature Reserve off Fairyview Dr on May 19 from 9am - 2pm.
Muskoka Conservancy 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Future District Governor Bill Hagborg gave the Club a lesson in the use of the Clubrunner app on March 28th.  Bill was pleased with the number of our members that are active on Clubrunner and that 33 members do have My Rotary accounts. Bill has committed to sending out an electronic version of what you need to know so that we can try and make the best use of the technology available.
Club Runner 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Julia McKenzie was the Rotarian of the Month for February for all the good work that she does on the Youth committee
Rotarian of the Month 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Marcy Hill from YWCA Muskoka  spoke to us about a very important program that they have for boys in Grade 5/6  grade 7/8 and grades 9 & 10.  The program gives boys a safe place to discuss all kinds of questions that are important to them in a safe environment.
Ken, one of the boys who has been through the program, spoke to us about how it helped support him and deal with problems that he was experiencing.
Our Club donated $2000 to assist in the delivery of the program to all Public and High Schools in Muskoka.
Boys Quest 2018-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Here are the notes from the February 28th Club Assembly
1. Be sure to attend the March 28th meeting for a Club Runner session 
2. Club Visioning session April 29
3. Debbie Liddle presented the treasurers report    Dockfest delivered $10,000 to Hospice and $4000 to our service account
                                                                                            Jamie Thompson is the new Dockfest financial guy
Admin report     Ken Stronach reported that we are putting a brick in the RiverMill Park walkway for Pat Young
                             Upcoming events     Restaurant runaround Western Theme   March 29th
                                                                  Bingo night   no date set yet
                                                                  Brewery tour in May
Community Service                                Bingo Trust disbursements to date:      
 2017-2018Actual To
Trust DisbursementsBudgetMar 06, 2018
Bursaries Granted $     1,000.00 $   1,000.00
Human Development $     6,000.00 $   3,229.00
Youth Exchange Club $     5,000.00 $   2,281.69
Youth Exchange District $     2,500.00 $   2,412.00
Table Food Bank $     4,000.00 $   3,085.98
E.S.I.S. Junior Achievement $     1,500.00 $   1,500.00
Salvation Army Food Bank $     4,000.00 $   2,000.00
RYLA & Adventures Programs $     2,400.00 $      675.00
Other support requests $     4,000.00 $   3,000.00
High School Breakfast Program $        500.00 $      500.00
Peer Youth Tutoring $        500.00 $      500.00
Total Trust Disbursements $    31,400.00 $  20,183.67
New Projects group are putting up a sign at Huntsville Public school to highlight our contribution to the new Playground
Dockfest     New Ideas      Sponsorship of the Obstacles in the water
                                            Auction off the best seats in the house
                                             Turn the Food concessions over to restaurants and rent the space
Maple Fest                        New this year     Kids breakfast after the SAP run
                                            We are doing 1250 meals from 9am to 4pm
International                     The new Malawi well has been drilled and is functioning
                                            Our Club has donated approximately $14,000 to Foundation in the past year
Youth                                 Interact    sponsored a Valentines Dance
                                            2 students confirmed for RYLA
                                            No confirmed attendee for Citizenship program in Ottawa
                                            Looking for host families for Youth exchange for 2018=2019
Public relations                Good Family Day coverage on Your TV    Doppler    Moose FM did a live on location
                                           Contributed to the Reel Alternatives movie Breathe  and got good PR from Rob Saunders
Membership                     1 new member and one in the pipeline
Club Assembly 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Cheque presentation to the Huntsville Robotics group.
This was to assist with their competitions for the 2018 season.
Huntsville High Robotics 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Helena is the face of the BIA – she’s everywhere rain or shine and always wears the biggest smile you ever saw!!!!! Her presentation was a year in review of the BIA activities that continue to bring people into downtown – the Maple Fest – pancakes, maple syrup & kids; 2000 tulip bulbs – created a beautiful flower show at the Algonquin Theater; Canada 150 celebrations –Canada flags lined main started and every flag pole - a Canada Day Parade featuring the decades and important event in Huntsville’s history and fun day at Rivermill Park – Rotary’s Kirwin and Company built the celebration cake – where the most “selfies” were taken all day; the Tom Thompson Muriel Festival brings many to our town to view the large art reproductions that decorate our town buildings; the Sidewalk Sale – now 40 years old – closes Main Street – did you see the lawn growing in front of Town Hall – amazing; Midnight Night Madness – fun for all till midnight; the Harvest Festival – a new event in 2017 – very popular – in 2018 the Macaroni Festival will be all about macaroni – it should be fun with all the idea juices coming up with ways of using those little curly shapes !! ; Remembering Huntsville’s War Heroes – street flags were created and hung in honour for all of us to learn their names and see their faces and remember; Girls Getaway Weekend – a very successful gathering of 1500 ladies – for many it’s their first get away from their family – they come to party and shop and shop and shop!! Other towns are taking our idea to create similar events!! Tree lighting along Main Street was a nice touch for the Christmas Festive Season.  Visit - to review and plan your next festive visit to downtown Huntsville.
President Kim thanked Helena for her review of what we all enjoy from year to year in Huntsville Downtown core.
Helena Renwick Downtown Huntsville BIA 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Sparky Smith  was inducted as a new member in the Category Dog Behaviourist
She is sponsored by President Kim and was inducted by PP Brandy
New Member Induction 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
We had a group of students and teachers from Huntsville Public School come to our Valentine's day meeting to thank us for our $40,000 contribution to the new Accessible Playground that is to be built this summer.
Marisa McCarey and Ben Shearing  thank the Rotary Club of Huntsville
Everyone got a Valentine's Heart with a special message from the students
And we all got some home made Valentines cookies from the kids
Kerri Lynn Knappett and Amy Dore together with Nandani Siunarine( first student donor to the project)
Huntsville Public School Playground 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker:  Ginny Bjorkquist, returning Rotary Exchange Student who spent last year in Belgium.  Best year of my life so far – thank you Rotary for the fun and learning. Her goal was to visit as many countries as possible – 13 was her total and very easy since the rail system is everywhere. Though Belgium is a small country the beauty and assets are extensive.
  How did school go was a question – I didn’t understand much till about February but was very appreciative of her 3 host families and their children for helping her fit in. Since coming back she has attempted to attach all of her memories to her red Rotary jacket – amazing – you can hardly see the red material anymore and she said it is too heavy to wear!!
The languages of Belgium change from French to Dutch to German depending which border you are near. She says that when speaking she is thinking in several languages. There were 400 other rotary exchange students in this small country & it was great to be able to travel with them. Her learning of the world, its traditions and aspects of life was from her rotary exchange friends.
She attended an academic school of 400 students; teaching in a lecture style –much different learning style than here.  She also attended a language learning school for immigrants – 18 in total from everywhere. Here she learned all about their countries that they had just left and valuable lessons on how the world runs.
In her travels she went to Finland where a family reunion of the Bjorkquist family was planned so she could meet all of her relatives. Very cool.
Life was very busy – face book kept them updated as to where the next festival was happening!! Shortly before she would come home there was a 3 day agricultural fair and she got to meet the prime minister of Belgium -   he’s the person with the  sun glasses –
President Kim thanked Ginny for such a great talk and the sharing of all the neat things that she experienced. She was presented with a special card from Rotary that said that a donation will be made to Rotary Foundation to help in the fight to eliminate Polio in the world.
Ginny's year in Belgium 2018-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Celine McKay the co owner of the Sustain Eco Store spoke to the Club on January 31 about her passion, environmentalism and detoxing life.
Her message included some practical ways they we can make a difference in our own homes.
1. You don't have to do everything all at once   Ease into it.
2. Focus on areas of the home where you spend the most time   ie your mattress can contain fire retardants that effect your sleep
3. Limit the use of Frangrance filled deodorants, lotions, laundry soap,all purpose cleaners and dish soap
4. use essentials oils for a healthier life
5. Work on eliminating your use of plastics
Sustain Eco Store 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
We have completed another successful well project in Malawi which will provide water to a village of 300 people. These are all life altering events for the people of the area saving them hours daily that were spent getting potable water and in prevention of water borne diseases. Below are some pictures of the completion of the well.
Our latest Well in Malawi 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Tara Kerr , a registered holistic nutritionist, spoke to our Club on January 24th. Tara operates Gus and Gigi's on Main St which is a holistic pet food store. Tara brought us a message that we should be critically looking at the foods that we eat and concentrate our shopping on the outside aisles of the Grocery store. If you don't understand what is in the package after you read a label , question whether this is something you should be eating. Rotate your foods to avoid sensitivities. She recommended 2 supplements  Silverwater and probiotics .
Brandy and Kim were brave enough to eat the doggie treats.
Gus and Gigi's 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Andrea Johnston and Cathy Stroud from Community Living Muskoka gave us an overview of their organization.
Their focus is on Youth who are ready to go to work but need some extra help and other people who fall between the cracks of society. Their goal is to have a community where everyone is included.
They are inviting anyone who is interested in exploring what they do to call and be part of an Inclusion Tour. A number of our Club members have done this already.
Community Living Muskoka 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Everyone signed a card for the Boston Pizza Manager, Craig, who is leaving, and will be taking up a new position at Windermere House.
Jim Hutton: Next Wednesday afternoon, there are 23 golfers signed up at North Granite Ridge, with dinner afterwards, for the evening meeting.  Please advise Jim of your meal choice.
Brandy distributed Dockfest Raffle tickets for the Nydock Floating Picnic Table.  All members to take at least 10 tickets to sell, at $ 10.00 each, cash only.  Note that members cannot buy tickets in their own names.  Also, Boston Pizza is offering “Best Seats in the House” for the day of Dockfest.
Cam White announced that the Litter Pick-Up that was cancelled a few weeks ago is rescheduled for Saturday June 3 9am
Announcements and upcoming events Victoria Jones 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
R.E.L.E.Y. AFRICA TRIP 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Dr Drew Markham addressed the club on the subject of membership succession planning and visioning.
Over the last 12 years Rotary and our Club has lost as many members as we have gained.
The Club seems to have 2 large groups , those with many years experience and those with less than 5 years experience.
One thing the board is looking at is the Corporate membership wherein any company can heve a membership with one primary member and a number of designated alternates. Drew sees one of the benefits being that the tendancy would be yto have more corporate donations flow from these entities.
We are looking at hosting a Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours to showcase our Club.
Future projects was discussed with the thought that we should understand what we say NO to.
Our new projects group should develop a list of 15 -20 projects so that we have an actual plan going forward and be less reactive going forward.
We need to determine whether we want to do many smaller things or one large project.
We need to determine whether we are more inclined to do projects with a people focus or build things.
The Health Check survey is being sent out as a way to gauge how the club is feeling now.
Please complete the Your Club Experience and Business and Operations sections of the survey and get them to Drew.
Comments are welcome as appropriate.
Rotary Health Check 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Robbie Burns Curling Bonspiel 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Peter Redwood updated our Club on the results of the TV Internet Auction 2017
38 Rotarians collected 282 items Valued at $48,106
Bids totalled $28,590
There were 8,923 individual views of items on the website
 Before the TV production we had no bids on 102 items  by the end of the day there were no bids on 21 items
53 items sold for 100% or higher
We netted approximately $30,000 this year
Auction Update 2017 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary weekend
April 13-15, 2018
Best Western –North Bay
Register on the District web site
28 April 2018
Dinner Theatre
Georgian College
24, 25, 26, 27 June 2018
International Rotary Convention
Air Canada Centre & National Convention Centre, TORONTO
Sunday June 24           Beyond Borders Dinner
Monday June 25          Home Hosting:  The Malibu Club, Marina Del Rey, Toronto
Tuesday June 26          District 7010 Get Together, The Café Grill, (Yonge and Front)
Dare to Dream District Conference
October 19 – 21, 2018
Deerhurst Resort
District dates to note 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Ron Strickland gave us a whirlwind account of his 4200 km journey around the Yukon that he and Lynn took last August.
His pictures of the once thriving mining towns and beautiful mountain scenery were fantastic.
Here is the ancestral Strickland homestead on Strickland Ave in Whitehorse.
Yukon Ron 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
May 2, 2018
Janet Markham /Charlene Campbell (Guest of Drew)
Debbie Kirwin                                       (Guest of Ross)
Terry and Diane Boston                      (Guest of Kim)
Sharon Burgess                                    (Guest of Debbie K.)
Beth Saunders                                      (Guest of Rob)
Evan Reeder                                          (Guest of Leah)
Guest Rotarians
Jocelyn Briggs
Madeline (YEX Student)
Nick Paroschy - RC North Muskoka
Guests and Visiting Rotarians 2018-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Bus trip to Rama  Wednesday January 24th 2018  Leave at 4pm return at 10pm   
Bus leaves from the East Side Marios parking lot     See Jennifer Simpson to sign up
Fellowship 2018-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Keira and Amber came to update us on the Huntsville High Robotics team. They are about to start building their competition robot for this year and are raising funds so that they can attend all the competitions that they qualify for. They estimate that they will require $34,000 in total and have currently raised $14000.  Team members must pay $500 each. They are requesting that the club consider a $2000 donation.  Last year they made it to the quarter finals in Nippissing and went to the Provincials in Mississauga. They have received Vocational mentor assistance from club members Hugh Holland and Jim Hutton.
Good luck in your endeavours this year.
Huntsville High School Robotics Team 2018-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Drew announced with regards to succession planning, Kim will be doing a second term as President while encouraging members to consider taking on a Director position on the Board.  The decision to have Kim do another year is to properly prepare someone as President-Nominee for the year 2020/21.  He also made a call out to any past leaders to consider taking on a Director position on the Board, as there will be two-three positions opening.  Drew’s position of Public Relations will be one of the positions.  The club will also be looking at a possible Radio fundraiser and more details of this idea will come later.
Gord encouraged all to come out and support the Salvation Army Kettle donation at the Liquor Store, on December 16th and 27th.  Great cause, and all monies collected supports our local families in need.  There were only a few time spots available which have since been filled.
Jen Simpson asked that all members planning on coming to the Christmas Party to include guest’s names and auctions donations.  Auction donations can include meal preparations or fellowship opportunities with minimal out of pocket costs.  An example was a meal package that takes you back to your childhood of mac and cheese with wine.  Creativity makes this event very entertaining. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO LUNCH MEETING DECEMBER 13TH.
HHART has turned into a family affair for the Simpson family.  Please contact Jen if you wish to purchase coffee from Muskoka Roastery for $16 a bag.  The Simpson family will be doing a Bottle Drive for the month of December.  Please email Jen if you can assist her family in anyway.  She sent out a sign-up sheet of possible donations needed to fill 5 hockey bags.
Foundation Moments was a video on Polio Eradication. It is encouraged that every Club have a $15000 yearly goal.  Jen noted that many Districts have unspent funds.  Bill and Linda Gates match funds 2:1 through their Foundation.  The goal is to bring the polio message to local and social media outlets.  We need to act like we make difference and a difference is what we will make.
Rob announced that Tuesday November 28th was Giving Tuesday.  This announcement led into the Rotary Foundation District goal of $15 a month from each member.  Rob handed out enrollment envelopes.  If you need instructions on how to setup automated payment online don’t hesitate to contact Rob directly or follow the instructions on the website.  Please email Rob the dollar amount if you donate online, so he can record our total Club numbers.  All information about the fund is in the envelopes that were distributed at this weeks meeting.  The expectation is that all Rotary members donate what they can.
There are plans in the works for this years major PR and fellowship opportunity on Family Day.  This year the Rotary Family Day function will be held at Muskoka Heritage Place.  Various activities will be planned to get people out and recognize what the Heritage Place and Huntsville Rotary Club is all about.
This Years parade had just over 50 floats.  The weather brought out great attendance.  Our clubs float contribution was amazing, and the effort put in was outstanding.  Special thanks to all who collaborated and contributed to this effort.
Youth Services has been very busy.  The HHS Interac club has done popcorn Friday and Hot Chocolate days.  The money collected can amount to anywhere from $15-45 weekly.  All monies are donated to Salvation Army and the Food banks.  Madeline is excited for the year end trip.


Our sale of cards is substantially down this year.  We also need a new distributor outlet, because Pops in the mall will be downsizing to kiosk and unable to continue to sell cards.  If anyone has any ideas of possible locations, please contact Rob Saunders.  This year we handed out 1 Jackpot and 2 junior jackpots compared to last years 2 jackpots and 1 Junior jackpot.  We have 11 different trust Disbursements we allocate money to from the Bingo Budget.  
CLUB ASSEMBLY Jocelynn Briggs 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
 Julia with her sons Carter and Aidan ran in the 2017 Santa Run in Bracebridge on Sunday.  This event was put on by the Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club and the proceeds went to support Interval House.
Julia Participated in Santa Run Jocelynn Briggs 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting Closes With the 4 Way Test. Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs
Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to upload the video of Brandy's Second Annual Shoe Box Party.  To view that video plaease follow this link to the Shoe Box Facebook Page.
Over 77 donated boxes to local woman in need.  Butterflies were attached to several boxes as a beautiful decoration and a symbol of hope.  
Thank you to all Rotarian contributions and all friends of Rotary who participated in this event.  This group is truly making a difference!
Brandy's Shoe Box Party Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 26, 2017
 Peter Redwood  was able to get a group to erect and decorate the Christmas tree at the Town Hall.
Thank you from left to right Hugh, Lea, Peter, Cameron, Helena, Tim, Ken,Rob and Gord for a job well done!
BIA TREE LIGHTING Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Bucks 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
This past meeting Ron delighted us, in true Ron Fashion, with a quiz on all things Rotary.  Here are the answers to his questions.
  1. The Un designated November 19th, as World Toilet Day.
  2. WASRAG stands for the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group.
  3. This week’s Rotary Weekly article was on the special event Palais des Nations in Geneva.
  4. The original function was at the Headquarters of the League of Nations.
  5. The functions name was Rotary Day at the League of Nations.
  6. Deborah Walters is known as Maine’s Kayaking Grandma.
  7. Deborah tried to paddle Maine to Guatemala.
  8. Safe Pawnage is the people who make a living by the pilfering the Guatemala dump.
  9. The dump is 40 acres.
  10. Hanley Penning sold all her belongings and used the proceeds to start Safe Passage.  She built a school and offered students a bag of food a month to attend.
Ron's Rotary Insight 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 20, 2017
Brian took a few minutes at our meeting to inform the Club that Huntsville Rotary Club Chartered the Gravenhurst Rotary Club in 1937.   Our club gave the Gravenhurst Rotary Club the bell Brian was holding. 
Brian Ferguson Rotary Club of Gravenhurst Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 20, 2017
It was a pleasure to have D.G. Elect join our meeting this past week.  She gave us an inside peek of her plans for her year as D.G.  She encouraged all Rotary members to attend the District Conference at Deerhurst.  She was also looking for a liaison for the Deerhurst Conference.  Service projects will be identified at the 2018 Conference.
Sue Davidson District Governor Elect Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Muskoka’s steamship heritage is older than Canada. The first ship steamed Lake Muskoka in 1866.  In 2017, we mark the amazing RMS Segwun’s, 130 year history. She is North America’s oldest operating mail steamship. Wenonah II, a modern interpretation of a traditional steamship, is named in honour of Wenonah, the first steamship to sail Lake Muskoka.

Built in the style of a 1907 Muskoka vessel, Wenonah II complements the R.M.S. Segwun. Both ships offer a variety of cruises on all three of the Muskoka lakes. Accommodating up to 216 passengers, Wenonah II combines turn-of-the-century charm with modern conveniences including air-conditioning and an on-board elevator. Passengers can enjoy three dining rooms and three decks offering the ultimate lakeview experience.


Built in 1915, Wanda III was commissioned for Mrs. Timothy Eaton of the Eaton department stores. Outfitted with an engine of the same design as the engines built for the Canadian Navy Minesweepers during World War I, Wanda III was able to cruise the Muskoka lakes at a speed of 24 miles per hour, a speed unparalleled at the time.

In August of 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chretien rededicated the Wanda III and the yacht proudly began her new voyage on the Muskoka lakes.

Wanda III  remains the finest example of the private steam yacht era. She is currently undergoing restoration and is now docked beside the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

Prisca Campbell: Manager Marketing and Fundraising Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2017
Tim Lutton is Rotarian of the Month! Kelly Hammond announced that there will be a new online voting system for Rotarian of the Month which will be extremely useful.
Rotarian of the Month Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2017
Introducing the Youth Exchange leader Suzi, Gini and Madeline.
Fun Pictures of Fellowship Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 06, 2017
The first donation $26.50 for the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation was in Atlanta.  There were 35, 000 Rotarian’s that attended from over 170 Countries. Our District 7010 won for the most Attendees at the Convention.  The House of Friendship was where you visited booths, and hosted ticketed events (which are booked months ahead).  The opening Ceremonies had 174 Countries with flags. There was also welcome video.  
Atlanta Conference Focused on Peace 
Conference participants chose from a variety of breakout sessions to learn how economic development, disease prevention, education, clean water and sanitation, and basic human rights all affect peace. One session focused on the role of multimedia in reporting conflict and humanitarian work.

“Peace doesn’t get built in congresses or parliaments. And it doesn’t get built by armies, or presidents, or even in the United Nations building in New York,” Germ said. “It gets built by people who care, and are willing to work for the things they care about. Things like sustainable economic growth. Human rights. Clean water and air. Sanitation, literacy, and health.” 

Bill Gates was the Speaker was the key note speaker to end Polio.  Canada donated $75 Million to Polio. To see the interview of the Polio Survivor Golf Athlete click this link ...this link will also connect you to all the videos from the RI Atlanta Conference.
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BRANDY AND DAVE’S 2017 ATLANTA CONFERENCE TAKE 2  Jocelynn Briggs 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 23, 2017
Ron gave up the podium to Susie this week.  To encourage participation candy was distributed for the first right answer.  Pam got the first question of What’s happening October 24th…Polio Walk. Mary was quick to remember that September 30th was the deadline for Youth Exchange Applications.
So, who read their Rotary Magazine? The back cover of the magazine had a picture of an Italian Necklace.  Inside cover had a dress shirt.  Can anyone guess which question Ross Kirwin got right? Rob Saunders let everyone know there was an amazing article about Debbie Walker and her outreach…maybe our next regular meeting will quiz the contents of Debbie’s article?  Check out the link here
Ron's Rotary Insight Jocelynn Briggs 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 22, 2017
What is Polio:
Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body).Poliovirus only infects humans. It is very contagious and spreads through person-to-person contact. The virus lives in an infected person’s throat and intestines. It enters the body through the mouth and spreads through contact with the feces (poop) of an infected person and, though less common, through droplets from a sneeze or cough. You can get infected with poliovirus if you have feces on your hands and you touch your mouth. Also, you can get infected if you put in your mouth objects like toys that are contaminated with feces (poop).   There are now only 12 cases of polio in the entire world, and all of them are found within two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunising every child until transmission stops and the world becomes polio-free.  Brian Samuels of Huntsville contracted this disease as child.  
Brian had the Polio vaccine in the 1960's but not in time.  His life was forever changed by the disease but he was lucky he survived.  He gave a heartwarming speech about his life with Polio.
Our fearless President welcomed the morning Club, Brian Samuels, Mayor Scott Atcheson and all participants.  If you have time check out the link to the speech by Bill Gates pledging more and talking about our fight and the history of partnership with his Foundation. It is about 24 minutes long  or
Here is a link that gives a weekly update of where we are in our fight to ENDPOLIO.
Everyone who attended sported their red poncho to bring awareness that Polio has not been eradicated everywhere.  Pamphlets were handed out to get the word out.  We were very grateful it didn't rain.  Please enjoy the pictures of this event.
The sea of red!
Alison and company represented the morning Rotary Club.
The President with Mayor Scott Atcheson.
Katy brought her daughter Nikki.  Jocelynn, Lou and April are also present in this group.
The participants of the 2017 Polio Walk in Huntsville Ontario.  Suzi Jarvis missing from photo.  A special shout out to Suzi for being the Photographer for this event!
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Meet Past President Jen…our fine collector!  This week 3+ Rotarian’s were found without their pins!  Due to the nature of this offence we will not publish their names…offenders you are saved for another day!  
FINES FINES FINES Jocelynn Briggs 2017-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 16, 2017
Last year Kelly Hammond facilitated amazing Project in the Huntsville area.  Our club welcomed Penny & Barb back to let us know about the program and how we can help!
The Shoe Box Project, Supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to woman who are at risk or homeless.  These boxes are put together with care and help reduce feelings of isolation for woman in crisis.  In its first year 350 boxes were distributed, in the second year with Kelly Hammond’s facilitating in the Huntsville area 659 boxes were distributed.  This year’s goal is 750 boxes.  Brandy, in true Brandy fashion is again organizing a Shoe Box party for Thursday November 9th at 7-9pm.  We are hoping to have more than just one hot male server.  So, all you Rotarian men talk to Brandy and commit to serving wine and appetizers.  The Deadline is December 1st, 2017.  Huntsville Drop off locations are Becker Shoes and Royal LePage.  Please follow the link for a complete list of suggested items to include, all drop off locations in Muskoka and special instructions.  Something warm, something chocolate and something sparkly will always make a woman smile.  If any male Rotarian's would like to contribute items or gift cards please forward them to Brandy for her Shoe Box Party.
Muskoka Shoe Box Project Jocelynn Briggs 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 16, 2017
Muskoka Heritage Place is located at 88 Brunel Road and is the primary historical centre in Huntsville, featuring two museums, 18 authentic pioneer buildings, and a genuine open-aired train ride, all situated on a beautiful 90 acre site. There is no shortage of options to entertain, educate and stimulate the historical senses in our Museum, Pioneer Village or on board the Portage Flyer Train. 
Rotary has played an important role in the history of Muskoka Heritage Place.  In 1960 Huntsville Rotary Club was the governing body of the operation of the Huntsville Museum located on Caroline Street. In 1961 the Town purchased the Watson family’s property which had a provision that the land be made into a municipal park.  Kari Lambe went over a very detailed history.  To read the whole history please follow this link:
Internal Review
The operation of the Heritage Place is not sustainable in its current form.  An outside consultant was hired.  The Lord Cultural Resources (consultant)  started the review October 2016.  The final report was presented to the Town. 
Summary of the six preferred Recommendations
  1. Free for residents
  2. Change name to Muskoka Heritage Place
  3. Open all year round
  4. Build a Pavilion for events
  5. Build an outdoor ice rink in the Village
  6. Cann Lake boardwalk with interpretive signage
Copies of the entire report was handed out at the Rotary meeting.  Anyone requiring a copy please contact the Bulletin editor.  Huntsville has this very special park unlike any in Ontario.  Its sustainability is very important.  Some Rotarian's suggested that they make rental of the facility easier for Wedding and events.  This is a gem right in the heart of Huntsville and our Rotary Club hopes to continue to support its sustainability.
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 09, 2017
District Conference Highlights—Biker Extravaganza
Drew enjoyed the District Conference at Blue Mountain in Collingwood.  As you can tell he let his Biker Bad A$$ out.  As President Elect he really enjoyed the new ideas about membership retention.  The one major thing he brought away from the conference was that change is needed.  Change is never easy, but it is needed to stay relevant and bring more people into the Rotary Family.  Drew plans to bring change to his year as President.
Mary Rashleigh emphasized that 1989 was the year woman joined Rotary.  Now the focus is on families.  The ideas at the conferences included having clubs be more family oriented.  Common theme and Rotary focus was change.
Dave Van Gelder enjoyed the Villiage and fellowship.  He won Best Dressed at the GALA.  Everyone should attend the Deerhurst District Conference.
Lou Luvison learned that the fellowship equals drinking.  He enjoyed the new ideas about Communication and the different ideas to attract youth involvement.  Only 10 clubs had exchange students this year in the 7010 district. 
Jen Simpson said the best thing about the District Conference was the fun, fellowship and the pole dancing of those who will not be named.  The enthusiasm and the commitment to attract Youth and young people was contagious.
Jen Jerrett found out that the Canadian membership has been declining, but increased all over the world to make up for the decline.  Ideas to increase membership in North American included joint business membership, specific membership fees for families or different demographics.  The conference lighted some fires in the bellies of those Rotary members that attended.
Nick P from the morning club loved the author who told his story about the Polar Bear.  He left his story off with a cliff-hanger and that meant everyone bought his book.
Brent enjoyed the speaker that had been a Rotarian for 28 years.  He was a Rotarian for ½ his life and the message he brought to everyone was how to slay the dragon.  To slay the dragon, you need to buy this Rotarian speaker a scotch.   Brent bought him a scotch!
President Kim loved being around 400 other Rotarians.  All different stories of service above self were so inspiring.  We all have and had the Power/Influence to do good.  Kim enjoyed the vibe and Club culture.  The most important thing she came away with was the desire to make Rotary less of a networking group and more a social involvement group that contributes to positive change both locally and abroad.
Ron Strickland recapped a story about Ron Hogard encounter with fellow Canadian Don Cherry.  Ron learned that it is important to know your audience.  Some jokes were made about woman…oops.  Ron also learned that our club had received 2 District Grants.  We received the funds for the wells in Malawi and Brandy’s Nepal project.
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 09, 2017
Suzi Jarvis is true Ron Strickland fashion introduced our speaker this week.  Suzi started off by asking when YEX was started?  Answer...The Rotary Club of Copenhagen , Denmark iniated the first Rotary exchange in 1927, and those exchanges were during the summer holidays.  The year Rotary Youth Exchange program was created in 1958 in Lake Placid at a Rotary Governors Assembly.  Today over 9000 students participate in this wonderful program.  Madeline Gosset told us out her home and county of Belgium.
Madeline represented her country well, and her hometown is Marche-en-Famenne.  There are 12000 in her hometown with much less land mass than Huntsville has.  Here are some facts about Belgium;
Belgium was an independent country in 1830.
The federal government, based in Brussels.
The three language communities:
the Flemish Community (Dutch-speaking);
the French Community (French-speaking);
the German-speaking Community.
The three regions:
the Flemish Region, subdivided into five provinces;
the Walloon Region, subdivided into five provinces;
the Brussels-Capital Region.
Belgium is known for chocolate, french fries, waffles and beer.  Famous actor Jean Claude van Damme is from her country.  Popular sports include, soccer (football), Tennis and cycling.  The School System is different.  Children go to school from 8:20am-4pm. There is 3 years of kindergarten, 6 years of elementary and 6 years of Secondary School.  
Interesting Facts about madeline;
Her native language is French, but she also speaks, German, Spanish, English and Dutch.  Her parents are seperated and she has a 16 year old brother and 13 year old sister.  Her hobbies include running, Scouts (girl guides).  She has raised money to go to humanitarian camps through the Scout program.
The funniest thing Belgium has been known for was having a Prime Minister sing the France anthem instead of Belgiums by mistake.  Madeline has a great sense of humour.  She quizzed us about her presentation.  She paid homage to Ron Stricklands methods to make sure everyone was listening. 
Introducing Madeline Gosset Belgium Exchange Student Jocelynn Briggs 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 02, 2017
Debbie Liddle, Treasurer – on the club finances.  She stated that both accounts are healthy. There was disappointment in two events, the Coldwell Banker and Parry Sound events.  A statement was given to members.
Hugh Holland – re Hospital Survey.  Hugh handed out hard copies of the survey to those who had not yet completed one.   Some members stated disappointment in the survey wording, and suggested that we write in that “we want status quo properly funded”. 
Kim,  for Membership – The committee is revamping the fireside chat, and what joining Rotary is all about, and good mentorship.
Suzi, Youth Services – The committee members were at the high school recruiting, and will go back in October.  Sept 30 is the deadline for applications for next year, and November 30 is the deadline for students to go.  She encouraged members to invite our exchange student Madeline for a meal or an outing.
Drew, PR – Dockfest had good success with local partners.  World Polio Day in October is a good way to showcase Rotary.
Ken, Club Administration – All looks good.  Golf course at North Granite Ridge would like to host us for a dinner next June.  Visitation committee has new wording on cards we send out for a death.  We have good speakers. The newsletter is going well, thanks to Jocelynn.
Gord, International Service – 1.  October 24 is World Polio Day and 45 members from this club and the Morning club will be in the “End Polio” walk.  The mayor will attend, as well as Brian Samuel, a polio survivor.   (There will be no Rotary meeting on the Wed. that week)  2.  Nepal Project – application for Rotary grants is being submitted.  3. A well in Malowi, Africa 
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 02, 2017
Barb White introduced the guest speakers, Todd Truax and Kerri Lynne Knappett from the Huntsville Public School regarding a new community accessible playground at HPS.  The idea for this playground came from the children.  They showed a movie, made by the students, called “Kids Opinions”.  They say “the current playground is boring, recess feels like war, the playground is like sharing a seatbelt for 5 hours”.   Currently, there are obstacles that restrict students in wheel chairs.   The playground needs to be accessible and fun for the children.  The teachers have gone to CNIB and other groups, the Mayor, our MP, etc. for funding.  The classes have done fundraising.  Many local businesses have contributed.  Total cost would be $ 350,000.00.
They have made a plan, and found a company to create it.  Wheel chairs can roll over the whole area on a rubber matting.  All kids can play together.  Playground would be accessible to the public, open all hours.  
It was suggested that they try for an Ativa grant. Another suggestion was that Rotarians might be able to help with site preparation.  It was explained that the school board will provide accessible washrooms and elevators but not accessible playgrounds.  The school cannot apply for a Trillium grant, but the Rotary club could apply.  The School board has approved this as a public park, and will pay for the insurance, liability and maintenance.  The builders of this playground are the same as for the River Mill Park playground.  The rubberized surface is far superior to wood chips.  
President Kim stated that this is one idea from the New Projects Committee.  Other ideas are digital signs at entrance to the town, and an outdoor skating rink.  Lee Barker thanked Todd and Kerri Lynne for their presentation.  He commended the project.  
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 02, 2017
Pat Sims Eastwood & Maureen Wilson from the Baysville Friends of the Library are fundraising for their library, and they are selling raffle tickets on a flag donated by the Canadian government.  They raise $ 20,000 a year and they are open to new ideas for fundraising.
Special Requests Jocelynn Briggs 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 02, 2017
PDG Ron asked questions relating to the front cover of the latest Rotarian magazine.  Bill Gates has donated the highest amount for polio eradication.  Canada’s contribution was highlighted.  Current funds are being used in Pakistan and Nigeria.  $ 1.5 Billion is still needed.  There are 700 Rotary clubs in Canada and 25,000 Rotarians in Canada.
Ron then gave out Paul Harris Fellow pins to:
John Chipman,
Gord Mitchell (PHF +6, Ruby),
Sandy McKay (PHF +1, Sapphire),
Len Ross (PHF+6, Ruby).  Len thanked Gord for his influence to making The Rotary Foundation his charity of choice.  
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 27, 2017
George brought some friends from Ontario and Florida to the meeting
Bill Rashleigh joined Mary
Prospective members Terry & Diane Boston once again visited
Prospective member John Dooley came again
Lynn Strickland joined Ron, great to see her out!
Rowan & Calum Simpson joined Mom ... again!
Kiera Brisbois returned and didn't sell anything to us 
Walter Finch joined Mom Julia and Evan Reeder joined Mom Leah



Guests Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 25, 2017
This week's behind the scenes focuses on Fellowship and Our Exchange student Madeline.
Madeline helped at the Sports BBQ.
Here's our clubs hard working crew at the District Conference.  More behind the scenes at the District Conference coming to you in next weeks Newsletter.
Special Interest Behind the Scenes Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by jocelynn on Sep 25, 2017
Natalie started a presentation of nine slides.
  1.  Why Plan for the Future  -  more requirement for single rooms to eliminate infections, for privacy and for confidentiality.  Also, because the current infrastructure needs $ 30 million in investment
  2. Pre Capital Submission.  This was started in 2012.  MAHST was formed in 2016.  All information is on their website
  3. Stage 1:  A $ 1 million planning grant from the Ministry has been received.  All options must be reviewed.  There could be a shift of services to the community.  Buildings left vacant to be re-purposed.
  4. What’s Different This Time:  There are 25 persons on the task force from various organizations and communities.
Harold Continued:
  1. Potential Models for the Future: a. Two Sites (not status quo) b. One Site Out-Patient/One Site In-Patient  c.  One Site centrally located
  2. Draft Evaluation Criteria:  Patient and Family Centred Care, Financial, Alignment, Municipal Impact, and Community Support
They want feedback from everyone, so please complete the survey to help with their decisions.
Survey:  Survey open until October 13, 2017.
  1. Project Targets: Feedback review, Additional community engagement, Model evaluation
  2. Important Points to Consider: a. Need to change b. Compromise is necessary c. Need a plan we can all get behind
  3. Questions:
  1. How to determine status quo?  Current funding is not sufficient; technology changes
  2. What about transportation? There is a fear about distance, but some services may be closer.  Projections show that hospital/emergency visits will be much less in 10 years
Also, more services will be provided on site or at home visits by paramedics or deliveries by drones.  There will be an expansion of technology
  1. Encourage getting message out to all ages, including schools
  2. New building budget is separate to operation expenses
  3. Economic impact is part of the discussion for a decision
  4. Important to note that Rotary Club of Huntsville has donated over $ 300,000 to our hospital over the years.  If a new hospital is in one town, the people in the other town may not feel inclined to volunteer/donate to a hospital not in their town
  5. Survey – some confusion on how the survey is worded.  The selection of the three models was a task force decision.
For more information please follow this link
President Kim thanked the guest speaker and presented her with a donation in her honor to the End Polio campaign.
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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 18, 2017
Ron Strickland gave an overview of District Governor Mike Kinsey and his history with Rotary.
Mike has been on the road for over a month.  He gave valuable insight on how to introduce new/prospective Rotary members to Rotary Culture.  These two questions are important….” Do you want to donate a lot of your time or do you want to join a club where you learn all kinds of transferable skills?  The District currently sponsors 4 future leaders with the Future Leader Program.  Mike let the club know why the “Making a Difference” citation is so important.  Mike inspired our club to celebrate our achievement and the importance of Polio eradication.  He informed us that Rotary Central has been improved and now includes volunteer hours section to track the hours each club puts in to making a difference in the world.
 President Kim thanked Mike on behalf of our club.
Our president Kim was awarded the black sheep pin from Mike because she is a club leader that stands out.
DG Mike Kinsey Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 18, 2017
Featured in this photo left to right, President Kim O'Grady, Sandy Mackay, Marta and Keith.
Keith and Marta have been married for 30 years and for the last 22 years these two have been humanitarian volunteers.  Their volunteer efforts have been focused on the essential survival needs of the people living in Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, the Huntsville Rotary Club are known as the “Water Guys”.  With our donation last year 14 families now have water.  Availability to water is still an issue.  In November, last year the bean crops were wiped out, due to red tape Rotary was unable to provide seeds to rebuild.  Last years funds went to Christmas food of chickens and grape fruit.  In conjunction with the Catholic church 150 kids were fed along with their families and the cost was approximately $200.  The children did not go hungry that day.  The final thing the Rotary fund provided was tooth brushes, toilet paper and soap.  Malnutrition and hygiene are still a problem in Nicaragua. Next years plans are to focus on the interior of Nicaragua.  
Keith and Marta's Nicaragua Update Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Foundation Funding Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 10, 2017
Our club donated $1500 to Keith and Marta so they can continue their efforts of helping the people of Nicaragua.
Fairvern is very grateful to have been part of the Dockfest event this year both as a recipient and in volunteering for the event.  The donation to Fairvern will be used for our Build-a-Bed campaign for the purchase of new beds for the residents.  The resident accepting the cheque from Kim O'Grady is Elizabeth Fisher along with Tracy Badger.  Volunteers in the photo are Betty Graham, Bernice Greenfield and Nancy Garrett & Family.  Missing from the photo are volunteers Mary Edmonstone, Sarah Robertson Smith & Family, Tracey Kuusk and Marg Dollar.  Many thanks to Mary Edmonstone for all her work in organizing Fairvern's participation in Dockfest 2017.
Rotary Cheque Presentations Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 10, 2017
Hugh gave a great presentation on Climate Change and how we can make a difference.  Here are some of his ideas on what Canada needs to do;

1. Emissions from transportation could be reduced 25 per cent by replacing half the vehicle fleet with battery-electric cars and hydrogen-electric trucks. (Batteries are too heavy for large commercial trucks.)

2. Emissions from electricity generation could be eliminated by using advanced nuclear reactors.

3. Emissions from oilsands extraction and refining could be drastically reduced by replacing coal fired electricity with nuclear power and using the surplus heat from nuclear reactors to replace heat and eliminate emissions from natural gas.

4. It is clearly possible to reduce emissions from buildings, industrial processes, and agriculture by 10 per cent.

5. Emissions from waste could be reduced 20 per cent by replacing landfill practices with incineration/co-generation of electricity and building heat as is widely done in Europe.

A well designed carbon tax could facilitate these changes without impeding our exports. Another topic.

What is preventing this change? Charles Darwin observed that, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most the most intelligent that survives, it is the one most adaptable to change”.

Solving Canada’s energy, environment, economy dilemma will require a change in mindset by all concerned. All citizens need to become better informed. Environmentalists will have to change their irrational faith in wind and solar energy, their irrational fear of nuclear energy, and their irrational fear of pipelines. Political parties and First Nations will have to modernize their ideologies. Can we do that? Are we adaptable?  To read Hugh's full article please click the link provided.

Hugh Holland on Canada's Energy Crisis Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 06, 2017


Julia McKenzie - Nov 3,

Jocelynn Briggs - Nov 4,

Lea Barker

Wedding Anniversaries: 

Brandy and Dave celebrating 6 years on Nov 11
Debbie and Derek Liddle celebrating 41 years on Nov 12

Club Anniversary:

Leah Reeder - celebrating 2 years with the club - October 28th.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Bucks Jocelynn Briggs 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 28, 2017
Jackie Davis put out a plea to our Club requesting that we organize a Home Hospitality for Monday June 25th for 3 hours at a Toronto location.  Some suggestions of past events have been a BBQ at a Toronto home, Yacht clubs, Resort rooms, basically a dinner and entertainment party.  The Convention will provide busing ($25 charge for signing up) to the event but the organization costs is to be covered by the Host/Hostess of the event. Jamie has a friend from Australia who is hosting an event in Toronto and will ask her for suggestions and more information.  Here is the link with everything you need to know:
Jennifer Jerrett requested that someone take her August 29th Bingo shift and Jocelynn offered to take it.
Mark September 18th 6:30pm location Rotary Train Station on your Calendar.  Kelly Hammond our Newly Appointed Member Chair will be hosting a Committee meeting for proposed changes to the Fire Side Chat, Brochure updates and as well as many other membership, mentorship and retention ideas.  This meeting can be used as a makeup, or a chance to voice a suggestion that will help this committee. 
 Jocelynn took to the mike to describe an experience at the Coldwell Banker fundraiser and how the experience changed her thinking on how to communicate Why Rotary.  Jocelynn’s reason for being a Rotarian is extremely personal.  Traditionally people joined Rotary for Networking.  This is no longer the main objective for retention of long term Rotary members.  Now Rotary is targeting the Service Above Self Lets Make a Difference motto that promotes local and international improvements/initiatives and fellowship between like minded individuals.   When a gentleman asked Jocelynn why someone so young was a Rotarian, her response was “I used to own half of Briggs Plumbing and I am not that young”.  Due  to her irritation of the implied too young remark to be a Rotarian she did not respond truthfully.  All the amazing reason for being a Rotarian were stuck in her mind because she was offended.  The truth is age has nothing to do with being a Rotarian.  The response Jocelynn wished she made was WHY NOT?  No one can describe why Jocelynn is a Rotarian better than her daughter Daphne.  To 8-year-old Daphne, Jocelynn’s occupation according to a school project is Rotary.  When Jocelynn questioned her daughter why she thought her job was Rotary.  She quoted the line Service above Self in her words (“you serve people”).  She explained that her mother always helped other mothers with pick up, babysitting and car pooling.  When people need help you help them.  The last explanation Daphne had was what made Jocelynn tear up…. You are Rotary isn’t Rotary helping others… you do that everyday.  You see to this 8-year-old your passion is your occupation not what you actual do to make money.  Some people have both, Daphne doesn’t know that yet.  This personal story of why Jocelynn is still a Rotarian after selling her business is not one she necessarily can share with every stranger that asked why she is a Rotarian.  Jocelynn challenged everyone that had a happy buck today to state their Why Rotary?  This challenge was asked to encourage others to share their why. Many perspectives can attract a diverse pool of possible Rotary members!  
Over the years we have introduced a few initiatives in order to accommodate and attract new members....introduction of the evening meeting, a more flexible attendance policy, a reduced partner rate.  Moving forward, we have discussed including service and fellowship events that include the entire family and are cost sensitive.  


Our membership goal is to reach 50 ACTIVE members. Currently we are 46 members, with 6 honorary members. 

  • 60% of membership is MALE and 40% is FEMALE.

AGE (IS approximate- due to not everyone inputting their birth date on the club profile)

  • 6% - 30-39 ****this demographic are often the professionals and people with young families - change in RI's attendance policy and clubs all over the work getting creative with their member recruitment and retention ideas. 
  • 25% of our membership are between the ages 40-49
  • 9.6% are between ages 50-59
  • 19% 60-69
  • 26% 70 plus
  • 12% - unreported 

I ask you the membership to consider 1 person who you feel would contribute to our club, and "invite them"...JUST ASK!

PLEASE UPDATE CLUBRUNNER PROFILES…. your date of birth is important for statistics and analysis for Rotary International.  No one see’s the birthdate besides Rotary International.  We need the data to plan outreach and member growth initiatives.  Data helps plan marketing and determine where we need to focus our efforts more.

President Kim ended her message by reading from the August Rotarian Magazine Why I Joined...  


The End Polio Now walk is scheduled October 24th, 2017.  
President Steve Levegne came to discuss a joint effort between the morning club and ours.  This is a District Wide Fundraiser WALK.  The morning club's President Steve would like to purchase poncho's to raise funds together.
President Kim had a tour of Huntsville Hospice and was amazed to have this service provided.
Melissa Palachuck thanked the club for our donation.  Our Hospice is a 5 bed facility; with our donation,  Murphy Beds have been purchased to allow family members to stay in the room with their loved one. Family nembers are so appreciative of this opportunity to stay with their loved one!

Doug Fairhall informed club that in 1992 our Rotary Club built a concession booth, which is now a storage facility for the soccer club.  We need to upgrade it with a coat of paint to keep our past project looking good.  We have already replaced the sign.
Jim Hutton has been our fearless golf team organizer for the Foundation Golf Tournament being held on Wednesday August 23 at the Bonaire Golf Club.  Our club entered two teams; with Jim being the captain of team 2.  
Team 1:  has Will Gibson and Drew Markham to lead them in securing a place in the top 6 teams.  Last year this tournament raised $16, 000 for the Rotary Foundation, with 27 total teams involved.
The Rotary Club of Huntsville Golf Teams for this year are;
Team 1 ( Long Ball Hitters ):   Will Gibson (Captain), Ross Kirwin, Rob Saunders, Drew Markham
Team 2 ( The Scramblers ):  Jim Hutton (Captain), George Young, Gord Mitchell, John Jarvis
Hopefully our golfers will let us know how they did at the August 30th lunch meeting.
District Conference is coming up September 29th-October 1st at Blue Mountain.  For more information or to register please visit
President Kim requested ideas regarding upcoming projects/initiatives/services that we can take to the Board for discussion.  When presenting an idea please keep in mind this years theme of "Making a Difference."  Ideas can be submitted via email. Board meeting tonight at the Train Station - members welcome (counts as a make-up).  Moving forward  we will be having Club Assemblies 4 x throughout the year, September, December, March and May. I will make sure to report to the club in the following lunch meeting a summary of Committee reports. You may read about these updates in The Echo. This decision was made to provide more opportunity for guest speakers....while still keeping you the membership informed about club activities and involvement. Madeline from Belgium our inbound youth exchange student arrives tonight, Suzie is picking her up from the airport.  Suzie would like to take a picture of us waiving.

Club Project
We have received two requests for a Club project so far, and these will be discussed at this evenings Board meeting. This is YOUR opportunity to come forward and express your vision for community project or service, that we as a club can stand behind. From Ron's message last week, something he said resonated with me...while we are approached by many organizations in this town that need financial support, AND THE ONE'S WE HAVE SUPPORTED IN NO DOUBT USED THE FUNDS wisely...let's also consider, a project or projects, that teach the saying goes..."give a person a fish, feed them for a day, TEACH a person how to fish, feed them for LIFE"!. Just a thought! 
Don't miss out on the early bird price $75.  per full day course send your members to Rotary Leadership Training (RLI) at the Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie ( Take Parts 1, 2 or 3)
The cost includes, breakfast, lunch, breaks and all course materials
Courses begin with breakfast @ 7:30 AM and wrap up @ 3:30 PM
Sept 6th – Part 1 (English)
Sept 6th – Part 2 (English)
Sept 7th – Part 2 (English)
Sept 7th – Part 3 (English)
Take Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3, each course is a full day.  It is recommended that you take them in order, they build on each other.  Enjoy learning from certified facilitators and from your Rotarian classmates from throughout the District.
Be sure to pass this on to all members, cost increases to $100 after Aug 28th.
The Part 1 session is an excellent way to introduce new members to Rotary, they gain leadership skills.
Many clubs cover the registration costs for participants.  Register at the following link.
Your hotel accommodation is not included in the course cost. Space is filling quickly.
(Monte Carlo Inn, Barrie 705.734.0070)
The Monte Carlo Inn is offering a special ‘Rotary Rate’.
You need to advise them that you are with Rotary.
Maple Syrup Auction
Gord Auctioned off two Maple Syrup Barrels for President Kim and Past President Jennifer for $50 each.
Is it Auction season already?  You bet it is, if we want to be ready and organized.  Christmas Auction is scheduled for November 19th.  Nikki Savage has joined forces with Peter Redwood to ensure this years Auction is the best yet.
Nikki distriuted the packages to all Rotarian's who attended the August 9th meeting at Boston Pizza.  It is essential that we have the Donor sign the Donor form.  Ross Kirwin is in charge of Block Sponsors. Each block of 10 items will cost sponsors $300.  This years goal is $38,000.  Nikki is searching for new hosts this year.  The deadline for auction items is September 27th.  The first 20 people to return all donations gets their name put in a draw for a special prize.  
Announcements Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 28, 2017
The massive down poor put a damper on our beach day plans. After showing Madeline Netflix and their favorite shows, Daphne and Lucy helped her create her wish/bucket list for the year. Right now she is staying at the Jarvis household.  Madeline’s Wish List includes;
  1. Canada’s Wonderland
  2. Raptor’s Game
  3. Blue Jays Game
  4. Toronto Island
  5. Niagara Falls as many sites/attractions you can do and see while you are there
  6. Sudbury Science North and Dynamic Earth
  7. Camping
  8. Canoeing
  9. Tubing or water skiing behind a boat
  10. Downhill Skiing
  11. Tour Algonquin Park in the Fall
  12. Visit Ottawa
  13. Stratford play
  14. Musical play
  15. Toronto City Pass Attractions
  • ROM
  • CN Tower
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Ontario Science Center/Toronto Zoo
Suzi dropped off Madeline and Kira (Bracebridge YEX) at the District Inbound weekend at Algonquin Park.  
What you missed....
Julia Finch our fearless organizer of this fundraising opportunity led all volunteers positively even though the weather did NOT cooperate.
The Bar's tub was stocked.  All the customers really noticed and the enjoyed the bath tub.
These ladies worked quickly and got everything setup before the real rain started.
Cheers from the first crew of bar tenders.
Our selections!
The beer sales went great.  We ran out of Thornbury, then Palm Bay Ruby Red, and finally Coors Light.  
The rain didn't slow down the beer sales.
Sales picked up when the rain slowed down.  
Setting up the BBQ.  
Our ticket sellers.  Madeline hasn't been here a week and she is already on board with service!
The rain didn't slow us down.  We made due.  Now everyone knows what madeline looks like , please be sure to welcome her!
The whole beer tent crew!
Julia accepted a donation from the band.  They donated 50% of their sales to our Club.
The Parry Sound Ball Tournament was a soggy event.  This was the view from the bar on Saturday Night.  Rain or Shine Rotary will prevail all the time!
Friday night PIAB got soggy and storming as well.  That didn't prevent us from getting all 4 four new tents up.  We even had mini helpers who helped the Bride to be with decorations.
Past President Jen is not afraid to get dirty in her wedding dress.  She helped take down the Party in the Box after her Wedding with these Rotary cohorts and if I am not mistaken friends of Rotary. Talk about a die hard of Service Above Self!  This is just one example of making a difference!  Keep up the great work!
Behind the Scene Stories Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
When your phone goes off during a Rotary Meeting what happens?????
Jamie landed on $1
President Kim's phone cost her $2 
FINES, FINES, FINES Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 21, 2017
Our First Guest Speaker, Rachel Leason
Rachel is a 2nd year Practical Nursing Student with Georgian College at the Bracebridge Campus.  She came to speak to us today about a trip her class will be taking to Consuelo, Dominican Republic.  The group will depart on April 24 for 8 days where they will hold a total of 4 Clinics to treat the Haitians who live in the Dominican Republic.  These Haitians have no citizenship and have no access to health care as a result.  Their group will consist of 18 students and 6 leaders with the plan to treat approximately 1000 people in total (250 ppl at each of their 4 clinics).  They are seeking donations as they must pay for their own way (as students) and the funds will help
in bringing down supplies, medications, as well as money for surgeries and money for further health care when the students are not there. 
In her introduction, Jennifer Simpson explained that our Rotary District 7010 has done a great deal of work in this location.  We have been instrumental in providing hospital equipment, school supplies, low cost housing and there are even some street names dedicated to Ontario in this village!  And with Jennifer's recent excursion to the DR with HAART, this is a cause near and dear to her.
Jennifer Simpson presented a cheque for $200 to Rachel on behalf of the Rotary Club of Huntsville towards Rachel's trip.
Our First Speaker Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 21, 2017
The Buffet at Boston Pizza looked so yummy on the August 16th Rotary meeting.
The new table setup really does encourage more fellowship during lunch.  If you were not at meeting on August 16th, this is the fellowship and meal you missed out on.
Fellowship During Lunch Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 16, 2017

Evan drew this ticket which belonged to.....
Tim again...Helen may lose the crown of lady luck!  Better luck next time Tim
4 way test.
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Lets make a difference!
Foundation Funding Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 07, 2017

Oliver Ward is a DIY Youtube generation film-maker. Eager to accept any challenge, his work ethic has resulted in an exciting career that has taken him from New York, to Toronto to Huntsville, Muskoka.In 2012 Oliver co-founded The Blue Flame Collective, a Toronto based film production community dedicated to the creation, production and promotion of independent Canadian Film. The BFC produced over thirty award winning short films. As a TV editor, Oliver spent three years on Les Stroud’s Survivorman. Oliver also collaborated with Vice Journalist Claire Ward on her multi-award winning documentary The Cola Road. Currently, Oliver works as a freelance film-maker in both narrative and commercial content.

Together with Jeremy Munce, Oliver has developed a Film Festival for right here in Muskoka on Labour Day Weekend September 1st until the 3rd called CineMuskoka.

What makes Cine Muskoka so important?  

Several years ago, Oliver participated in Film North which helped open the door to a wonderful career in film.  Film North was a supportive and confidence boosting festival to young film makers and actors.  Oliver wanted to revitalize the folded Film North, but due to complications he partnered with Jeremy Munce another local film editor to bring CineMuskoka.  This Festival will capitalize on summer tourist, as well as residents to draw out more attendance.  The fun elements of this Festival are Theater screeings at Algonquin and Deerhurst, Q and Ale, War canoes to boat up to Festival at Rivermill Park and a massive blow up screen at the park for family friendly films throughout the whole Labour Day Weekend Festival.  

With other partners/sponsors involved like Huntsville Hospital Foundation, CineMuskoka requested that Rotary get involved as well, by helping the Festival with the rental costs of a huge blow up screen.  To help get the word out or to contribute any suggestions/sponsorships please visit CineMuskoka Website

Speakers Jocelynn Briggs 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 31, 2017
Debbie Liddle went over our Budget in detail.  Our Service account, operating expenses and Bingo account are in good standing.  For more detail please refer to the Operating Account Budget and Service Account Income Statement.
Ken announced that more volunteers are needed for meeting setup and take down.  If you come to meeting early and regular please consider joining this committee.  The Echo could use another note taker/journalist.  No experience necessary, all that is required as a journalist is to take minutes of the meeting.
Membership/Fellowship Committee will have their first official meeting August 14th at the train station and Kelly will be the chair.  A few ideas have been flown back and forth, but details will come together after their first meeting.
Public Relations
Tim Lutton has reported on a few changes to the committee structure with the new Rotary year. Recent publicity includes cheque presentation to the Meeting Place on May 10th, with an article on Doppler later in May.  Kim O'Grady Presidency article in Forester published May 4th, article published about Interac Club on March 27th.  Segment 3 of Rotary at Work on Huntsville Cogeco TV was an interview of Rotary President Kim O'Grady at Rivermill Park.
Youth Services
Lou informed us that Suzi is charge of the sub-committee Youth Exchange.  Our inbound Madeline will be arriving August 16th.  Suzi and John will be picking her up at the airport and her estimated first meeting will be August 30th. 
 Host Families for Madeline;
  • August-November.....Suzi/John Jarvis
  • November-January....Ginny's Family
  • January-March............Lou Luvison
  • March-May..................Jenn Simpson
  • May-July......................Jocelynn Briggs
Back up Host families are Helen and Lea Barker and Bill Prichard.
Maria's farewell party was well received and went well.  Thank you cards will be sent out by Suzi.  Our Outbound student Hunter leaves for Belgium in August.  Helen Barker will keep in touch and give us updates.  To ensure a diverse pool of Rotary youth exchange applicants in the future, the plan is to setup a banner and have one or two Rotarian's at the High School over a lunch period in September. 
RYLA/Adventures Program
Suzi is working on it and there is nothing to report at this time.
Breakfast Program
Suzi is still waiting to hear back from the school.
School is out so Lou let us know it will be quiet for the next 3 months.
Community Services
Rob Saunders reported that Peter Redwood would continue to be chair of PIAB.  We have 4 new 10x15 tents purchased with white tops.  Tents will have a Velcro Rotary Logo that can be removed for Weddings.
Drew will be passing on the chair seat to Brandy Van Gelder.  The 2017 Dockfest was a huge success and surpassed all goals.  Brandy is working on the plan for 2018 event.
Peter has asked Nikkie Savage to co-chair the 2017 Auction.  Peter plans to work closely with Nikkie, but Nikkie will be taking the lead of organizing and delivering this year.
Cam White is taking the lead on a tree planting initiative.  There is funding in the budget a detailed plan has yet to be developed, but is coming soon.
Bingo sales are down, but our expenses were down as well to off set each other.  Fewer big prizes were awarded this year.  Looking into new avenues to increase card sales.  Possible live streaming with Cogeco may be a possibility.  
The Huntsville Hornets needed financial assistance with the cost of building a storage locker for the F diamonds.  The total cost of the locker is $5000, we agreed to contribute $2000 with the monies coming out of the Bingo account.
Rotary International
Gord will be the Chair of Rotary International Foundation.  Some of the projects our club has been involved in are;
  • Keith and Marta Nicaragua
  • K Ungard Shelter for sexually abused girls in Honduras
  • water wells in Malawi
  • RELAY Annual financial commitment by partner clubs 
  • Sleeping children around the world
  • HAART--Jenn Simpson
Gord would like to organize a Polio Plus walk on October 24th, the International Polio day.
Club Assembly Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 31, 2017
Gov. Janet brought news that Rotary International President Ian has started a tree planting initiative. He challenged every Rotarian to plant a tree.  Trees can planted individually or as group, but if each Rotarian plants a tree there will be 1.2 million trees planted this year.  There have been no Polio cases in the last 10 weeks.  The only cases this year were in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  End Polio now Poncho will be ready for International Polio Day.  District Governor Mike would like to be invited to all Rotary events.  Janet encouraged all Rotarian's to sign up for Zone training.  If you are interested please contact Janet directly.
Assistant Governor Janet Stead Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 31, 2017
Leah was happy her employee Cheryl had a healthy baby girl weighing 9Lbs 8oz.  Leah had a 3 day vacation at Cedar Lodge.
George and Pat Young celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Pat loved the icecream.
Nikki's step-daughter is getting married.  Her husbands best friend from Hungary was visiting with his wife.  The language barrier was very interesting.
Katy went Glamping with her daughter at Northridge Inn in Sundridge.
Ken's mom moved to Huntsville after living in Oxtongue Lake for 40 years. She was excited to be able to watch Rotary Bingo.
Bill's LCBO United Way fundraiser goal is $7000 in three weeks.  
Happy Bucks Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 31, 2017
John Chipman introduced another Bursary Student Katie Heap.  Katie plans to attend Wilfred Laurier with the hope of studying Law.  She was very appreciative that Rotary has helped make her dreams become reality and she is one step closer to becoming a Lawyer.
Bursary Student Katie Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 24, 2017
This weeks Paul Harris Fellow +3  Drew Markham
Julia McKenzie receives her 1st Paul Harris Fellow.
Ron Strickland  Rotary International News
Some very sad news from Rotary International....Rotary President Elect Sam F. Owori dies suddenly due to surgery complications on July 13th 2017.  Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.  RI leaves us with his message "Rotary has become a way of life for me-with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone." 
If you wish to support the immediate response and relief needs, then the best route to do that is through the established charities already at work, such as the Red Cross or Disaster Aide Canada. These charities have the resources on the ground now and are at work as the situation continues.  These charities are also Canada Revenue Agency registered organizations able to issue charitable tax receipts for donations.
The District's intent to setup a special separate fund for contributions to help with recovery once the needs are assessed and identified.  This fund will be centrally administered and held as a special Rotary account until the local clubs in the affected area can assess recovery and possible rebuilding needs in their communities.  These funds would then be made available to the local Rotary clubs for appropriate projects in their communities.
Congratulations Peter Redwood!
Bill Sibeon, Laura (Vern's granddaughter), Vern Foell, Laura's dad (Vern's Son inlaw) all had great time and wished others could have enjoyed the fun!
Paul Harris Fellows Special Announcements Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 24, 2017
President Kim O'Grady's Strategic Plan for the Rotary 2017-2018 year of Making a Difference!
Kim promises to focus on relationships, and encourages every Rotarian to know their "WHY".  Why you decided to become a Rotarian, where you want to go, and what makes you tick.
Kim will lead us this year by introducing her 3 "E's" of member to member as well as, member to public.
EXCITE:  We are like minded individuals coming together.  When we the membership are excited about Rotary and what it represents' "Service above Self", inclusive work we do, knowing that we have a voice and vital role, we create a "Ripple Effect" in our community.  We are an eclectic group, each with something to offer.
ENCOURAGE:  Involvement within the club to be apart of something great!  We are a wheel and all members need to participate in order to keep "rolling".  We educate members as to the different committees so they make an informed decision.  Directors and Chairs are encouraged to reach out to Rotarian's they feel be well suited for their committee.
ENGAGEMENT:  Every member of our club is engaged in a capacity they are passionate about.  With the change in RI attendance policy and the change to our own, we offer flexible attendance with regards to meetings.  It is not just about attending meetings, its about contributing to the Rotary Club of Huntsville, in whatever capacity an individual is able to do at the present time.
Kim reminded us about Rotary International Strategic Plan
Rotary International Strategic Plan encapsulates fellowship, integrity and diversity.  The Goals for this year is to focus on supporting and strengthening clubs, focusing and increasing humanitarian service and enhancing public issues and awareness. 
Presidents Message Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jul 17, 2017

Rotary meeting July 12th

What do you get when Katie and Suzi take on leading event and meeting to remember!  The setup for the Avery Beach Farewell was organized well.  The Huntsville Rotary Club steps up and accomplishes so much as a team, and great leaders produce great results!  Suzi was so busy behind the scenes, there are no pictures of her.  








Tony Clement,

Bill weber,Hunter (outgoing exchange)and his mom, the Simpsons,

, Helen, Nikki, Rotary club of Guelph trillium-Michael iversem

Scott Aitchison, Maria's family Jose  and Alejandra

Wren-Debbie k grandson and first rotary meeting!

Special Guest Speaker

Yvonne Heath discussing preparing for the "unpredictable " and end of life, how to handle grief attacks, how to reconnect and get grounded during grief, and her 7 take aways (buy her book for more details/love your like to death) her "I just showed up" campaign, teaching people how to create a culture of change, show up for yourself first, if someone else needs you to show up for them, and then just show up when needed. 

Cake Cutting Ceremony 


Welcomed Maria's Parents


Julia, chair of youth committee presented gift to Maria 

A great thank you from Tony Clement and our mayor Scott to a tribute to Maria.

Maria was presented with Huntsville pins to add to her collection and Tony joined the competition by running to his car to give her an Ontario pin.

Given a beautiful pendant with our logo and Huntsville's coordinates on it (from the Hunt house)

Maria's mom wrote a nice thank you to the club which she read to us in gratitude and dad thanked us as well as Maria translated as they welcomed us back to their home in Chile.

This is the fellowship you missed if you weren't at this farewell meeting.


Happy Bucks 

Lou to exchange families for their ongoing support of the exchange program

Rob to take down crew of dockfest 

Brandy for CoreHealth winning dockfest and for the great team of volunteers at dockfest year after year 

Helen to our wonderful theatre and what it offers our town 

Jen got married due to unforeseen circumstances with Brent's mom's recent diagnosis the ceremony was bumped up and a beautiful ceremony at the hospital with his mom, and thanked brandy and drew 

For stepping in last minute to fill the roles in dockfest committee

Rotary Meeting Avery Beach Jocelynn Briggs 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
Our Patio fellowship meeting on June 21st was all about fun.  Brandy let the club know what her favourite parts of the Atlanta Conference were.  She picked up a very nice present which Bill Sibeon is the proud owner of.  Ask Bill what the 4 Way Test for Beer is!
Jennifer Jerrett (Past President) was very excited about her oldest finally picking a college program!
Here are some Rotarians enjoying the lunch on the patio.
Kim Announced her first act of President would be the 150th Canada Day Parade.
This fellowship meeting was very enjoyable and many people had a great deal to be happy about!
Fellowship on the Patio 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2017
A Dream becomes Reality
On June 15th the Dream of a few visionary Rotary members became reality when the Rotary Club of Muskoka North had its formative meeting.
Incoming inaugural President Ross Kirwin heralded the event as one of the premier accomplishments of his Rotary career.
As its first order of business Secretary Doug Fairhall moved that night meetings be abolished from the constitution of the new Club. This was seconded by Sergeant at Arms Gord Mitchell and carried. It was further agreed that meetings would be called at the discretion of the President and would be announced via an email with the subject line “Rumour Has It”
Community Service Director Will Gibson brought up the topic of fundraising as the next item of business. It was decided that fundraising for the Club would be done via collection of fines for use of the “F” word. This sparked a lively discussion which generated $50 in fines and confirmed that this fundraising method would be more than adequate.
The inaugural meeting was adjourned at 8pm as it was Secretary Fairhall’s bed time.
At the next meeting the Club’s first Social outing was organized, consisting of a Pickerel derby. The member catching the largest Pickerel would have their picture prominently displayed in the First Club newsletter.
Pictured above is the winner, President Kirwin with his 24 inch Pickerel (caught with the assistance of his Guide  Secretary Fairhall) .
Thumb in picture is that of Doug Fairhall.
In a related and subsequent presentation president Kirwin also received the highest honour of the new Club, the Master Anglers award presented by honorary member Elson Strickland. Congratulations on this prestigious award.
The subject of meals for the meetings was the next contentious topic addressed by the Club. PDG Ron Strickland mentioned that with the advanced age of many of the members perhaps we should always start with dessert. It was hoped that Sargeant at Arms Mitchell could recruit Fran as an honorary member and Club Baker. Gord said that there were 2 chances of this happening, slim and none.
Then in an unprecedented unilateral Board decision President Kirwin announced that only Salad would be served at our meetings and demonstrated his preferred garden salad.
After many fundraising fines later he relented and agreed to include Pickerel occasionally.
Gord Mitchell displays his culinary prowess under the ever watchful eye of Doug Fairhall.
Ron Strickland demonstrates the form that earned him yet another Master Baiters award.
The Rotary Club of Muskoka North executive 2017-2018.
See you next year!
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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
Announcements 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
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


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
Sawdust Brewery Jocelynn Briggs 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
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
Committee Updates Jocelynn Briggs 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Summary of the President's Messages 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Maria Celebrates her Birthday Rotary Style! 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
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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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.  
March 8th Announcements Jocelynn Briggs 2017-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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.
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.
March 1st Highlights Jocelynn Briggs 2017-03-02 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 or go to
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 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
Greeters welcome you upon arrival. April McClung 2017-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
New member Induction 2016-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
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
Fellowship Calendar 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
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
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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
Rotarian of the Month of August 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Marina returns from Barcelona 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
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
Bandshell Wall of Honour revealed 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Urban Slide Event a Success 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
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.
The Bandshell Wall of Honour 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Keith and Marta in Nicaraugua 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs
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!
President Jen Jocelynn Briggs 2016-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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. 
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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 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
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
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
Club Visioning 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
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 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
Rotarian of the Month of February 2016-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
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:
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,  
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.
Syrian Dinner 2016-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
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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.
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Paul Harris Fellow presentations were made on February 3 2016 to Jennifer Jerrett and to Debbie Knobeldorf (PH+5)
Congratulations on this accomplishment.
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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 or (705) 783-3006."

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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
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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
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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
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$30,000 Contribution to our Bandshell Project 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2015
A great evening with our Rotary Family and guests. Many Thanks to our Social committee lead by Jennifer Simpson.
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Club Assembly Dec 9 /15 Will Gibson 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 09, 2015
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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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Nov 09, 2015
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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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Oct 26, 2015
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!
Look at that athlete!
Wow you are awake!
Who was the better Marg? 
Huntsville Rotary Club knows how to have a good time!
A Spooktackular Adventure Jocelynn Briggs 2015-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela McCluskey on Oct 19, 2015
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"!!
Meeting Notes October 14th Pamela McCluskey 2015-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
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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Posted by Pamela McCluskey on Oct 13, 2015
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! 
Meeting Notes October Evening Pamela McCluskey 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela McCluskey on Oct 05, 2015
Our Speaker was out local MP Tony Clement!
Visiting Rotarian's
Mike Jones joined us again form Fredrick Maryland  
Colin Thacker from North Bay!
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.
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. 
Meeting Notes September 30th, 2015. Pamela McCluskey 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 13, 2015
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............
Rotary Convention 2015 Jocelynn Briggs 2015-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

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.
Submitted by April McClung
Meeting notes Sept 9, 2015 April McClung 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 08, 2015
Today Rebecca was excited to walk independently to Huntsville High for the first day of school!  Have an awesome day Rebecca!  Look look beautiful!
Rebecca's First Day Jocelynn Briggs 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Sep 08, 2015
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


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:

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.




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.


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
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Aug 02, 2015
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


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!
Helmi's Bon Voyage Jocelynn Briggs 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
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


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


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.



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!
Happy Bucks Jocelynn Briggs 2015-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
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
Be part of the Dyer Memorial restoration team! Bob Gibson 2015-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jun 07, 2015
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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! 
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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.
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
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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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!!!
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
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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.


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.


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 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
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!
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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
 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
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
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!)
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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.
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.
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 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
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
Pipefusion Services Inc. Sponsors Brandy van Gelders Trip to Mt. Everest Bob Gibson 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
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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 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

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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.
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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.
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
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 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 ( 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
Bowling lunch on the 25th of February!!
Comfort Inn has some free beds should you need one.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pot is still up for grabs! 
Meeting Notes January 28, 2015 Jocelynn Briggs 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jocelynn Briggs
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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Posted by Jocelynn Briggs on Jan 25, 2015
Meeting was chaired by Brandy as Ken was away.  The guest this week were speaker
Brian Samuels and Daphne Briggs, daughter of Jocelynn Briggs.

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! 

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.

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.

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
Curling Team @ Rabbie Burns Morning Club Bonspeil Bob Gibson 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Gibson
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


Ken started this week meeting with welcoming Darren Wiseman back!


Brandy announced all our visitors;


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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



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


Kim thanked Jocelynn for sharing her accomplishments and life.



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.


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

Sharon Deb's sister had a great time!

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.



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!


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 or call 705-789-1751 x2366


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.


**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!


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.


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


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



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.


For more information about this initiative and pictures of this program in action click on the link
Our next speaker was Caleb Berry from the Hoya Robotics program.
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.

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.
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:
Will Davidson LLP
Century 21 Jennifer Duttun-Munn
Kelsey's (Your Neighbourhood Bar and Grill)


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.


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



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.

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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!


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

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Here Comes Santa Claus!


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


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



Kelly and Pam brought mini Santa Helpers too!



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!


Everyone enjoyed the meal and the tables were setup festively!


The "Boys" Table


The "LOUD" table!


Grown up table.


Patient and quiet side of the party!


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


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


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

ImageSanta had to hold Lucy the fire cracker still for a picture!

Daphne loves Santa!  Just look at that smile.Image

ImageOdin shared his time with Santa with his best friend Daphne!

Petra snuggled in for a cuddle with Santa.Image

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


This young man had impeccable manners!  Image

ImageSanta didn't forget presents for his mini helpers!

ImageSanta also remembered the little elves as well!

ImageOur youngest honorary Rotarian Keira enjoyed Santa as well!

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

ImageNo Party is complete without our exchange student Helmi!

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.


The Winners are........


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!


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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.

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

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


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


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!

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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.



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. 


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


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!

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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Here's the 2015-2016 BINGO schedule,


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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!


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.

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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.

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.



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


President Ken gave the couple the right hand of fellowship.


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 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!


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!


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.


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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.


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.

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


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


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



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


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.

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


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!


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.


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

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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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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


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!



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

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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!


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Ron introduced Margaret Walton our first speaker of the night.


First Speaker


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

Second Speakers


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.


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


  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.



The winner is those Lucky Jarvis newlyweds!

Bring a friend to lunch!




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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:

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.


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!


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!

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