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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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Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.

 
 
HEADLINES
Donations were delivered to the local food bank/Christmas Hamper Programs.  We know families feel added pressure at this time of year to provide a special Christmas.  We hope to lighten the load helping them to enjoy the holiday season.
 
 
(L-R) Past President Doug Norsworthy, exchange student Helena Karczmarska, Salvation Army Lieutenant Derek Kerr, Club President Colleen McGregor
Our newest member Lieutenant Derrek Kerr accepted on behalf of the Salvation Army.
 
 
 
 
Past President Doug Norsworthy, Club President Colleen McGregor, and Assistant Manager Anne-Marie Foucault,  accepting on behalf of Saint Vincent de Paul
 
 
 
  Helping to give a happy holiday to children in our area the Rotary Club membership  donated about $2500 worth of toys to the Goderich branch of the Huron County Christmas Bureau. Pictured accepting the toys are (L-R) coordinators Karen Kirk and Betty Thomasson, HP Children’s Aid Society Trish Harris, from Rotarians Colleen McGregor and Alice Sikma.
 
Erinn Lawrie (R), Executive director for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation is shown here with Club President Colleen McGregor. Erinn spoke at our Rotary meeting giving insight into the issues affecting Lake Huron, high lake levels, the pressures on the shoreline, the environment, effects of pollution and climate change.
 The Lake Huron Centre is a non-government charitable organization  whose goals are to protect and restore Lake Huron's coastal environment, and to support a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research projects.   The club gained a better understanding of the important work carried out by the centre.
 
We were thrilled to welcome three new members to the club. Shown left to right Assistant Governor Rosemary Davis with new members Mark Bennett, Carolyn Brown, and Vlorat Vitija  together with Club President Colleen McGregor.
The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Speakers
NO MEETING
Dec 10, 2019
Tom Fincher
Dec 17, 2019
Great Reads
NO MEETING
Dec 24, 2019
NO MEETING
Dec 31, 2019
Nancy Simpson & Dan Stringer
Jan 07, 2020
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health
Business Meeting
Jan 14, 2020
Mark Bennett
Jan 21, 2020
Getting to Know Me
Vlorat Vitija
Jan 28, 2020
Getting to Know Me
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Feb 11, 2020
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Feb 25, 2020
 
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