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Goderich

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Harbour Hill Retirement Suites
104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
Canada
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Oktoberfest 2019
 
Age of majority event, invite friends and neighbors for a fun filled evening! Proceeds to assist with community projects.
 
 
 
WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF GODERICH
 
 
Rotarians are People Of Action, driven by a desire to create opportunities, strengthen communities, and find solutions to the tough challenges that affect people around the world.  Your time, energy, and a passion to improve your world are all you need to get involved with Rotary
 
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Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
 
Goderich Rotary and Impact Zambia
 
 
 Established in 2012, the life-changing vocational  Training Centre  in Itezhi-tezhi grew up out of a sewing club, which has provided sewing and business training to women in partnership with Rotary and ITeams Canada. The need for skills and leadership development, resulted in the construction of a multi-purpose training centre, which offers classes in leadership training as well as employable skills like sewing, agriculture, woodworking, building dams, and mechanical repair.
 
 
 
HEADLINES
 
Pictured (L-R) President Colleen McGregor, Jodi Regier, Teaching & Learning Coordinator AMDSB
 
The Rotary Club has  proudly supported the ‘Read to Baby’ project for several years.  Thanks to Kids First Huron Perth Early Learning Network and the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, parents of every newborn from Perth and Huron counties have been receiving a ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle – a special gift given to new parents that is designed to engage little minds, bring support and tools to the parents and to help nurture the bond between parent and child.

 The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle consists of a sturdy and colorful baby book, a specially designed booklet of rhymes, songs and developmental milestones and a complete list of service and support agencies – all housed in a reusable cloth bag displaying tips for reading to baby.

We were pleased to have Jodi attend our meeting to share with us the  ongoing success of the project.   Approximately 1300 babies are born in Huron and Perth each year.  Research shows that learning begins at birth and good literacy skills, built from the beginning, provide children with the best chance to live happy and productive lives.  

The cost of one bundle is approximately $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle project is funded solely by way of community support.

 
 
(L-R) Rotarians Mike Henry, Mac Campbell, Rosemary Davis chat with Wendy Yamamoto- Chapman, Special Projects Coordinator  for Bluewater Recycling Association
Recycling and the environment are top of mind these days.  Members  had the opportunity to speak one on one with our recycling service provider at our regular meeting.  Bluewater Recycling Assoc was founded in 1989 as a non-profit corporation owned by the municipalities they serve which include Huron, Perth, Lambton and Middleseex counties.  The unique structure of the Association enables it to operate at arms length from its municipal owners providing a management environment similar to a private company focused on efficiency.  The Bluewater Recycling Association believes that in essence waste does not really exist. We prefer to think of all materials as resources that we may or may not have a use for, hence leading to their value determination as a commodity. The result is that we think in terms of resource management.
As markets for the materials change so too this changes what is considered recyclables and what is destined for landfills.
 
The club was please to host our DG Tony Sheard and wife Sylvia for his official club visit.
 
We had a great discussion about the clubs goals, accomplishments and how best to grow Rotary for the future. Seen here is (L-R) Sylvia Sheard, DG Tony Sheard, board member Bruce thomasson, Club President Colleen McGregor, Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis and Past President Doug Norsworthy.
 
We took advantage of the visit to induct our newest member Kristin Crane shown here with her sponsor Doug Norsworthy and club president Colleen McGregor as DG Sheard presented her with her rotary pin and new member toolkit.
 
 
 
     
 
The DG also had the honor of  recognizing several Paul Harris Fellows The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” 
 
 
Club President Colleen McGregor received her first Paul Harris Award.
 
               
 
Gary McRae and Brian Petrie each received a Paul Harris plus 1, meaning this is their second time to be recognized.
 
 
 
    Ross Barnett is shown being presented with a Paul Harris + 2 for his contributions.
 
The presentations culminated in the awarding of the Major Donor Status Level 2 to Mike Henry and to Janet Henry.     Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation are those individuals who generously contribute an outright or cumulative gift of at least $10,000 to the The Rotary Foundation.  The recipients receive crystal and Major Donor pins.
  
 
The club thanks everyone for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation who in turn advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 Arriving at Pearson International Airport August 28 is our newest exchange student, Helena Karczmarska.  Her home country is Poland. She is shown with Rosanne Field, Exchange Student Coordinator and initial host family.  The Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) lasts one year, during which Helena will attend school and live with several families here in the host country.  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens while meeting new friends and forming lifelong international friendships. 
 
 
Guest speaker at Tuesday's meeting Heather Boa, Public Relations Officer (R) for the  Huron and Area Search & Rescue organization.  Founder  Adam Seltzer envisioned the idea of a volunteer long term  professionally trained civilian search and rescue organization and together with Patrick Armstrong and Jamie Mitchell made that happen in 2018.  To date there  are 60 volunteers registered in various stages of training. The organization is overseen by a board of directors  and is made up of three areas of focus, Field support, Field operations and the Marine branches.  HASAR received its AdventureSmart accreditation this year and has deployed to help the Ottawa flooding as well as other activities locally.  HASAR is a member of the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA).  The club is pleased to support this valuable asset in our community, presenting Heather with a $500 donation.
Dr Dean Nisbett, Optometrist with Rotarian Michael Strickland
Dr Nisbett shared with the club the highlights of his mission to Nicaragua last May.   Organized through Vancouver-based Ascenta Foundation Dr Nisbett and his two vision therapists Leslie Dixon-Rose and Laurie Donnelly of Huron Optometric Centre  together with a team of doctors, nurses,dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, translators, drivers, cooks and security people travelled to Riscos de Oro Nicaragua for a 4 day clinic.  Ascenta works in partnership with Calibre Mining Group, completing missions every three years.  Riscos de Oro is in a remote area an hour's drive from Rosita.  The makeshift clinic was set up in an old school.  They took just over 800 pairs of donated glasses from his clinic here in Goderich.  During the campaign, the overall patient count was 2,353 of which 1028 were seen by optometry and 413 pairs of glasses were distributed. The experience was life changing to the local residents, plans are being made to return to Nicaragua in another three years.
(L-R) Rosanne Field, Rotarian/Exchange Student Co-ordinator, Aurelio Henriques, Rotarian, Manuel Gutierrez. Agronomist
Manuel is our NGSE professional from Chihuahua, Mexico. he is an agronomist.   Arriving June 26 he has had placements  in Mitchell at the VanBakel farm, TLC Landscaping in London, and currently is at Alton Farms Estate Wineries near Forest for September.  Manuel will be with us until November and is interested in a 4th placement for October at an agribusiness or farm related business. He is very excited about his Canadian experience.
 
Invited to our August 20th Rotary meeting was President & COO of Nautical Lands Group shown here with club president Colleen McGregor.  

Harbour Hill Retirement Suites is a Nautical Lands Group community in Goderich that is excited to be undergoing a 75 unit expansion. Nautical Lands Group (NLG) is an award-winning designer and developer committed to creating senior housing solutions throughout Ontario, all based on resident feedback and needs. For over 23 years, NLG has provided affordable and comfortable senior housing solutions in Ontario communities, and is proud to offer rental apartments designed and built with top-notch amenities and features. NLG seeks to improve the comfort and convenience of everyday life in a community residents can call home.

(L-R) Carolyn Watson, Lynn Ferguson, David Yates
 Historian, author, retired teacher  David Yates was guest speaker at our regular meeting.  He regaled with us with a lively account of his book "Out of the Woods" chronicles and characters of Huron County. David is in the process of writing another book which is expected out in the fall.  We hope to have him back at a later date to share details of his new book.  
(L-R) Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis, Alice Sikma, Gary McRae
We'd like to send out a big welcome to our new member Alice Sikma and a big welcome back to new member Gary McRae.  Alice and Gary will undoubtedly bring lots of energy and enthusiasm to our club. We are very excited to have them as members.
 
 
The club is pleased to be hosting  a New Generations Exchange student, Sam Luckman  who comes from England. He attended the University of York to study psychology and will be returning to York to work. He is placed here with Betamarsh residential therapy for youth as well as Probation and Parole Services.  Sam shared with us his story and exchanged club banners and will be with us until August 26th.
New Generations Service Exchange is a short term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30.
 
 
 
Speakers
Evening Meeting
Oct 22, 2019
Information meeting and induction
NO MEETING
Oct 29, 2019
Martin Ward - D6330 Foundation Chair
Nov 05, 2019
The Rotary Foundation - Why It's Important?
Erinn Lawrie - Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Cns
Nov 12, 2019
Lake Huron's Coastal Environment
Business Meeting
Nov 19, 2019
NO MEETING
Dec 10, 2019
 
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Community Involvement Award Recipient
 
 
Rotary Club of Goderich receives the Communities in Bloom, Goderich committee, Community Involvement Award for our service work of beautifying the town.
 
 
The Forget Me Not garden has been planted and maintained by the Rotary Club for the Alzheimer Society for many years. Colleen McGregor and her team of  gardeners  provide weekly care and nourishment.
The garden is located at the Lion's Lookout at the top of North Harbour Road.  The Town of Goderich supplies the plants for the garden and created a new gravel path within the garden to allow both workers and visitors a more interactive viewing of the flowers.