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Rotary Monthly Themes
JULY
is
Rotary Changeover Month
 
 
A new Rotary year.
The passing of the gavel to incoming President Colleen McGregor by Past President Doug Norsworthy.
 
 
Bannister Park Grand Openning
 
HEADLINES
 
 
   
 
Article PUBLISHED IN THE GODERICH SIGNAL STAR - JULY 14, 2019 BY KATHLEEN SMITH
 

In collaboration with the Town of Goderich’s Environmental Committee, the Rotary Club of Goderich contributed to bringing the newest water filling station to town.

New water filling stations were installed at the Wheelhouse and Tourist Booth in the spring. Goderich Rotary Club contributed with the most recent installation at the Beach Hut.

In addition to the Rotary Club, Huron Water Ltd. assisted with the sourcing process for new bottle filling stations installed at the beach.

Supporting the newest filling station Rotarian Ann McCauley said this is one of many initiatives to help reduce single-use plastics in the community.

“I thought it was a great collaboration and it adds to public awareness for the reduction of single-use plastics,” admitted McCauley.

“I thought it was a great opportunity for education and awareness that I approached the environmental committee for partnership.”

The Town of Goderich has developed and instituted the Environmental Action Committee, which is engaged in putting forward progressive policies and visions for the community.

Early last week Mayor John Grace officially opened the filling station at the Beach Hut alongside Rotary Club members.

“We have been working with the Rotary Club of Goderich on a single-use bottled water project,” he said.

Mayor Grace added that he believes the environment is at a critical stage across the world and said that with its location to Lake Huron and the shoreline, Goderich is no exception and needs to step up to make a difference.

“It’s about community pride, leadership, moving our community forward and creating a culture of environmental awareness and action,” added Mayor Grace.

“It’s our future.”

Council has recently approved a motion and will bring two more water refill stations to Goderich within the next year.

Additionally, Council has approved the purchase of two electric vehicle-charging systems, with plans to have one located at the main beach and the other behind Town Hall.

Council and the Environmental Committee have stated that they are committed to developing environmental awareness, action and change to the town.

In addition to the water filling stations in locations across town, there are limited, branded re-fillable water bottles available for purchase to limit the amount of plastic used at the beach and in the community.

Bottles are available for purchase at spots where filling stations are located, such as at the Tourist Booth, Beach Hut, Wheelhouse, as well as at Bluewater Cleaners.

Added to the list of refill stations planned for Goderich, it was recently announced that a water filling station would soon be added to Lions Harbour Park in time for the Celtic Roots Festival in August.

 
Intriducing Camille Leiee, shown with Club President Colleen McGregor, is one of our New Generations Service Exchange  young professional visiting from Brazil.  Camille is a law student shadowing Quinn Ross at The Ross Firm .  New Generations Service exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30 to gain training in their professions in another country. Camille will be with us until August 5th.
 
Invited to our meeting this week is the new Artistic Director of the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Mark Fewer pictured with Club President Colleen McGregor.   Mark Fewer is an accomplished violinist and leads a multi-disciplined life in music. Violin soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, artistic director, conductor, arranger, teacher, jazz violinist, recording artist and occasional radio host, he has performed worldwide to great critical acclaim.
The Music Festival is an annual multi-week music festival that presents 100 events featuring 350+ artists, is set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Stratford.   The Festival which runs from July 15th to August 25 is full  of diverse and exciting musical performances by local, provincial, national and international artists and provides the widest possible range of musical genres on its stages A calendar of this years events can be found HERE.  It promises to be a  very tantalizing season.
 
 
(L-R) Mayor John Grace, chair of the Local Immigration Partnership Board; Trudy Kernighan; Kunle Onabanjo, Support Officer.
 
Attending our regular meeting were representatives of Huron County Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)  a community-wide, multi-sectoral partnership working to strengthen our community’s capacity to welcome immigrants and improve integration outcomes through enhanced economic, social, political and civic participation. The Local Immigration Partnership, is committed to bringing stakeholders together to build a welcoming community that attracts, employs and supports newcomers.
 The Huron County Local Immigration Partnership was established with the recognition that: immigration is important to the future of Huron County; but immigrants’ current settlement and integration outcomes have many challenges, and too many immigrants remain on the margins in our communities.  
We need immigration to ensure our population and workforce continues to grow if we are to realize economic development goals.
Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools will increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first we must have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation.
 
 
 
 
 
(L-R) Club President Doug Norsworthy, Warrant Officer 2nd Class Noah Reco, Warrant Officer 1st Class Emma Pentland, Captain Ryan McClinchey
The culmination of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of 2018 was the trip to the Canadian Battlefields of Europe in March 2019.  The group of 19 participants  had a 10 day excursion and the Rotary Club was pleased to invite Warrant Officers Reco and Pentland and Captain McClinchey to share their impressions of the trip at our Rotary meeting.  The Rotary Club was happy to  share in supporting this adventure. 
 
Pictured with our club president, Doug Norsworthy is our exchange student Suzanne Thierry from France.  As Suzanne 's year draws to a close, she spoke to the club about her family and culture,  and her most enjoyable experiences and impressions about living here in Canada.  Susanne is very athletically inclined, passionate about basketball, and is watching the Toronto Raptors NBA finals.
 Leaving in July at the end of her exchange Susanne will be returning to Canada in the fall to attend Laval University in Quebec and plans on visiting her Canadian friends in Goderich as often as she can.
 
Rotary maintains one of the flower gardens in the town of Goderich.  Rotarians were out last week planting the flowers. 
 
Shelley McPhee-Haist, Communications & Engagement Specialist at One Care, was guest speaker at our regular rotary meeting this week.  ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services is a community based, charitable, not-for-profit health organisation providing supportive care to families in Huron and Perth Counties and surrounding area. The agency was formed in 2011 when three long standing Huron and Perth organisations came together as ONE CARE.  One Care helps older adults and  people with health challenges live at home within a network of support in a caring community setting.
A wide range of services are provided for a healthy life.
We know seniors and people with disabilities want to be at home as long as possible,  this is the agency that helps ensure that happens.
 
 
WOULD YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO HOST A ROTARY EXCHANGE STUDENT

We are seeking host families for our incoming exchange student for the Rotary year Sept 2019 to July 2020.  Your family may have young children, teenage children, or no children living at home.  All that is expected is that you provide a friendly caring home that includes accommodation and meals. Our student is a girl from Poland this year. 
Host families voluntarily open their homes to our students for a period of time during the students stay.  The time provides an opportunity for everyone to develop lifelong friendships.  Exchange students are between the ages of 15 and 18 years and must attend secondary school in Goderich.
Rotary provides a well managed infrastructure to support our student, and host family and everyone else involved in the exchange. 
 
Like to know more? Contact us.
 
Pictured with Rotarian Aurelio Henriques, is Dave Cook, former newspaper reporter, radio broadcaster, municipal councilor for Mississauga, and author of  several books, two of which "Fading History volumes 1 & 2 include  the history of AVRO and the Arrow, CF100 and C102, the AVROCAR (flying saucer), and the manufacturer of the Lancaster bomber.
Invited by Rotarian Mac Campbell Mr Cook shared his historical perspective of the Arrow. 
The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow (the Arrow) was a supersonic interceptor jet aircraft designed and built in the 1950s by A.V. Roe Canada (Avro). ... Though the Arrow was widely praised for its power and beauty, the program was cancelled in February 1959 by the government of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
 
Live, original, Canadian, Theatre.  Shown with our club President, Doug Norsworthy, is Gil Garratt the Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival Threatre.  The guest speaker at our regular meeting, Gil, shared with the club brief snippets of this year's plays, some special events being planned and a new Deeper Roots Series of talks, panel discussions, presentations, receptions, and artist talkbacks over the season.  Of special note is the 45 years celebrations taking place. A season not to be missed.
(L-R) Doug Norsworthy, club president, Larry McCabe, CAO for Goderich,  Andrea Fisher, Deputy Clerk/Administrative Assistant to CAO
 
We were pleased to invite Mr Larry McCabe, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Goderich, to our Rotary meeting.  Mr. McCabe shared with the group information about P3 Projects.  P3 Projects are “Public Private Partnerships” which are a long-term approach to procuring public infrastructure where the private sector assumes a major share of the risks in terms of financing and construction, from design and planning, to long-term maintenance.   The Canadian model of Public-Private Partnerships (often called P3s) is considered one of the most successful in the world. There have been major political commitments to P3s across Canada, and among governments at the federal, provincial and municipal level.  For us the Port of Goderich Expansion is an example. Mr McCabe updated the group on progress,  and future plans for the habour.  There was an active Q&A on many topics of interest to business and residents alike.
 
 
 
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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Swinging for Kids Charity Golf Tournament
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     Sponsorship & Donation Opportunities - HERE
 
Hooch for Health
 
Tickets are available online - visit  our Facebook pages for either the Rotaract Club (https://www.facebook.com/RotaractClubofGoderich/ ) or the Rotary Club (https://www.facebook.com/goderichrotary/)
OR Stop by Libro Credit Union - Goderich Branch
 
 
Speakers
Mikayla Skyring
Jul 23, 2019
YMCA Celebration of Youth Award/ Environmental Project in Peru
NO MEETING
Jul 30, 2019
Alice Sikma / Sam Luckman - New Gen Exch
Aug 06, 2019
Getting to Know me
David Yates, Author Historian
Aug 13, 2019
Out of the Woods
Kevin Pidgeon - Nautical Lands Group
Aug 20, 2019
Phase 2 Expansion of Harbour Hill
Business Meeting
Aug 27, 2019
Dean Nisbett
Sep 03, 2019
Nicaruagua Mission
Heather Boa
Sep 10, 2019
Huron & Area Search & Rescue - HASAR
DG Tony Sheard
Sep 17, 2019
Club Visit
Business Meeting
Sep 24, 2019
Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman
Oct 01, 2019
Bluewater Recycling
 
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CLUB RECOGNITION
 
Community Involvement Award Receipient
 
 
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.
 
 The Rotary Foundation Donation Awards for 2017-18
 
Club members were recognized for their generous donations to the Rotary Foundation during 2017-18.  The Rotary Foundation transforms these gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
 
                                                 
 
PDG Martin Ward and AG Dianne Yundt visited the club to present the awards to the club for the 2017-18 Rotary year. Club Foundation chair Mike Henry accepted on behalf of the club.