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Meeting Information

Goderich

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Harbour Hill Retirement Suites
104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
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HEADLINES
 
(L-R) Doug Burnard (District Foundation Chair), Doug Norsworthy, Sylvia McGee, Ken McGee, Martin Ward (District Governor)
 
Attending our meeting this week were DG Martin Ward and DFC Doug Burnard as we recognized and honored Ken and Sylvia McGee who have generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation, achieving Major Donors status.  Ken and Sylvia are among a select group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to serving others. DG Martin presented them with  crystal and Major Donor pins on behalf of The Foundation's Trustees.  Our second honoree Doug Norsworthy  was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin in recognition of his multiple contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary is thankful for the support  these dedicated Rotarians.
 Full details of the Festival
 
(L-R) John A Miller - Founder & Artistic Producer, Werner Ritgen (club President)
For the past 34 years John Miller has devoted his considerable energies to matters cultural by developing a specialization in Canadian arts and artists and, in particular, a keen knowledge of music by and about Canadians. 

After being encouraged by a 1993 invitation from the Stratford’s mayor to bring back summertime music, John’s dream came to reality with the first season of the new Stratford Summer Music in 2001. 

In its 2011 survey of North American summer music festivals, the respected British music journal, Gramophone, named Stratford Summer Music one of the top festivals on the continent and the only Canadian festival to make the distinguished designation of being in its top twelve summer music sites.

On Canada Day, 2014 the City of Stratford awarded John its ultimate honour – the naming and placing of his star at the heart of the city – where his name joins other prominent arts figures such as Glenn Gould, Loreena McKennitt and Christopher Plummer in this public recognition program.

This is Mr Miller's final year as Artistic Producer at  Stratford Summer Music. The Festival runs from July 16 to August 26 with 122 performances in and around Stratford.  Pictured with John is the Museum of the Moon which arrives on Tom Patterson Island for the last 10 days of the Festival for a variety of concerts and events. We wish John the very best as he embraces the next chapter of his distinguished life.

 
 
    Mark Crawford, actor and playwright 
 
We were pleased to have as our guest speaker renowned actor and playwright Mark Crawford who gave us an outline of  the playbill for the 2018 Blyth Festival Theatre  season. Crawford is well known for his smash hits The Birds and the Bees and Stag and Doe and will be bringing his newest comedy to the Blyth stage The New Canadian Curling Club June 20th through August 23rd.  The comedy is about a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario with an ice rink, a refugee resettlement program, and a “Learn to Curl” class.  What follows is a hilarious and inspiring story of an unlikely group of would-be athletes who face off against local prejudice to become a true team, and end up competing in the most prestigious local bonspiel tournament: the highly coveted Royal Highlander trophy. It promises to be truly hilarious.
 
 
The YMCA Celebration of Youth Awards 2018 were presented April 28, 2018. Elizabeth and Justin were the recipients of the awards sponsored by the Rotary Club.  We are truly pleased and honored to be a part of the YMCA commitment to our youth.The Rotary Club  has partnered with the YMCA since the program was established eight years ago.  The awards  honor youth whose outstanding talents and achievements have made a difference in our community and have contributed to the well-being and future of our society. The YMCA  and community partners are extremely proud of the opportunity to recognize 9  remarkable individuals in our community. Each recipient receives a $1000 scholarship. 
Other award recipients included:
Kyle Prouse - Personal Achievement Award  sponsored by Barb Major-McEwan
Joleen Otten - Personal Achievement Award sponsored by Huron Women's Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services
Sarah Mitchell - Personal Achievement Award sponsored by Huron Women's Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling          Services
Haley Bowman - Philanthropy Award sponsored by K2 Wind
Myles Krahn - YMCA Youth Leadership Award sponsored by the YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario
Liam Shore - Technology & Trades Award sponsored by Akromold Ltd
Kaleigh Allinson - Health & Wellness Award sponsored by AMGH Medical Staff
Living and Working in Qatar - a Land of Extremes
 
 
(L-R) Roman Turczyn, Doug Norsworthy, Club President Elect
 
Guest speaker at our regular meeting was Roman Turczyn a local retired architect who for 40 years played a leading role in the completion of a significant number of projects in Ontario and the Middle East. Roman and his wife Libby spent eleven years in the peninsula Arab country of Qatar.  Libby, a silversmith by profession taught the Metal Arts program at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Roman was the Director of the Centre for Research, Design and Entrepreneurship  at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar during the last six years of his professional career. His efforts focused on developing design solutions for issues addressing the needs of a growing nation. He shared a fascinating insight into what it was like to live,  work and play in Qatar.
Today, retired, Roman devotes as much time as he can to his life-long fascination with art and design, which he considers amongst the most important foundations of our civilization.
 
 
 
(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.
 
CLUB RECOGNITION
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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