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We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Harbour Hill Retirement Suites
104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
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Water and Sanitation Month


844 million people need access to clean water.

2.3 billion people need access to a decent toilet.

31% of schools in the world need access to clean water.

(WHO/UNICEF 2017 Stats)                                               

See here for Rotary's efforts to provide Clean Water


  World Water Day March 22, 2018

(L-R) WernerRitgen (club President), Ben Lobb MP, Huron Bruce, Ben Vandiepenbeek (Reeve ACW)
At our regular meeting, to a packed room of guests and Rotary members, our guest speaker was Ben Lobb, conservative MP who represents the federal riding of Huron-Bruce in the House of Commons.  Mr Lobb currently is a member of the standing committee on industry, science and technology .  Since first elected in 2008  and re-elected in 2011 and 2015 he has sat on or chaired several standing committees.
Mr Lobb presented commentary on Canada's economy touching on where we have been, where we are today, the current bright spots and headwinds and where the economy is likely to be headed given the world situation.  The floor was opened for a Q&A.
Reeve Ben Vandiepenbeek ACW and Deputy Mayor Jim Donnelly brought greetings from their respective municipalities.
(L-R) Shannon Lahay ( Foundation Coordinator), Werner Ritgen, (Club President) Branda Teichert (Foundation Vice Chair)
We were pleased to have as our guest speakers Shannon Lahay the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Foundation Coordinator and Brenda Teichert, the Foundation Vice chair as well as an AMGH Board Committee member.  In the summer members of the club attended interviews held by the consulting firm Ketchum Canada Inc who are working on a proposed plan to look at the future needs of the communities across Huron County served by AMGH and how the hospital can best meet those needs as they strive to provide the highest quality of health care.   As the plan comes together the Foundation is at the ready to support the work that will be needed to ensure the continued excellent care we receive. 
(L-R) Jim Mulhern (Little Theatre director), Werner Ritgen (Rotary club president), Jenna Ujiyue (Little Theatre president), John Lodge (Little Theatre treasurer)
We welcomed representatives of the Goderich Little Theatre at the Livery to our meeting. Jenna Ujiye, the president, shared with us details of the successful 2016-17 season and introduced the 2017-18 performance season. The Livery had activities happening on 180+ days of last year.  She expressed sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that make it possible to bring this venue to the Goderich community.  John Lodge, treasurer, provided a summary of the successful HVAC project that was undertaken in 2017 and talked about what lies ahead for the capital projects still desired to make further improvements to the facility. An acknowledgment was made of the municipal and community support in helping to make this a reality.   visit  www.the
     Congratulations to all the participating teams.  Some pretty fine chili was enjoyed by all the tasters.
And the winning teams are:
First Place
  101.7 The One Radio
Second Place
  Cowbell Brewing
Third Place
   Country 104.9 Radio
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Rotary Club.
(L-R, Back) Allan Studd, Joann Willis, Bonnie Borchardt, Cheryl, Ross Barnett, Lianti Muller
(L-R, Front) Allison Stoecker, Sylvia Bate, Rosanne Field
Ross & Rosanne provided the club with a presentation on their trip to Zambia  last July 2017. Pictured is the Zambia Team. Impact Zambia has been a multi year program. It’s first project in 2012 was to build a facility that doubled up as an office and school on the site of the Itezhi-tezhi church, and to build new church buildings in Mumbwa and Namwala. Through partnerships with Canadian and South African churches, International Teams Canada, the Share Your Knowledge group, and Rotary International, they have since expanded their programs to include community development initiatives designed to break the cycle of poverty by limiting isolation and providing education and vocational training. While there this year Rosanne taught sewing classes during the day and met with health care professionals in the evenings to help deal with health issues of the surrounding communities.   Ross was the "do what ever needed to be done" guy. for more information visit -   and go to "visit our website"
(L-R) - Dianne Yundt, Roland Archer, Werner Ritgen
We were pleased to welcome the newest member to the club on January 23rd. Roland Archer was formally inducted as a member by ADG Dianne Yundt . Werner Ritgen who sponsored Roland and is the  club president presented the Rotary pin and new member kit to Roland.  Members welcomed Roland with greetings and warm hand shakes.  ADG Dianne in her induction comments recapped the  purpose of Rotary and the opportunities it provides for service, professional development, networking and fellowship.
Emma Bartz and Jordan Nairn attended the Rotary Club of Goderich meeting today to make a presentation to the club, canvassing for support in starting a Rotaract Club in Goderich. Rotaract is a club for individuals ages 18-30, with an interest in community service and professional development. The Rotary Club of Goderich is proud to support the development of a Rotaract Club in our Goderich community.
(L-R) Ross Barnett (Past President), Jordan Nairn, Werner Ritgen (President), Emma Bartz.
If you missed the information meeting on January 18th but are still interested please contact Emma Bartz @ 519-955-6563

At the recent District Conference the club was recognized for our contributions to Literacy both locally and internationally.
During our District Governor's visit on October 31, 2017 we were presented with two awards recognizing the club's the financial support of End Polio Now, Make History Today Campaign and placement in per capita giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation. Pictured Mike Henry Club Chair and DG Martin Ward. 
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