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(L-R) Captain Laura Hickman, the Salvation Army, Doug Norsworthy club president, Erin Schooley Homelessness Programs Supervisor Huron County
We were pleased to welcome our guest speakers  Captain Laura Hickman and Erin Schooley to our Tuesday meeting to share with us the growing impact of homelessness in our community.  No longer a challenge just for big cities.  Homelessness describes the situation of an individual, family or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. Causes are very complex, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioral or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, unhealthy, unsafe, stressful and distressing. Captain Laura shared with us the "Out of the Cold" program located at the Salvation Army citadel and changes that are being identified.  The program has seen active usage since it opened this past Dec 1 but what is changing is what was once short term emergency guests for perhaps one or two nights is transitioning into much long stays. With limited resources, possible mental health challenges, addition etc it can be very difficult to become self sufficient.   Support services will continue to be challenged.
We were privileged to have as our guest speaker at the Feb 12th Rotary meeting  his Worship, Mayor John Grace seen here with club president Doug Norsworthy. Mayor Grace shared with us his vision for Goderich, the priorities we need to embrace to ensure Goderich prospers, the need to adapt and engage youth, technology, open up the downtown keep it relevant, vibrant.  Goderich will be a place to go a destination that is progressive, inclusive, the envy of rural Ontario. 
(L-R) Rotarian Ross Barnett, club president Doug Norsworthy, Impact Zambia leaders Florence & Daniel Mayapi, Rotarian Rosanne Field, ITeams team member Bonnie Borchardt
We were please to have as our guests Impact Zambia leaders Florence and Daniel Mayapi who are visiting from Itezhi-tezhi, Zambia. They  provided an update on the progress being made on a project in their community that has been supported by the club for several years.  The project supports community development intiatives to break the cycle of poverty through education and vocational training.  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.  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. The project is changing lives.
Rotary's 2019 Chili Cook-off experienced perfect weather, 10 great chili teams and wonderful support from the taste testing community, Food Basics and the Suncoast Mall.  A huge thank you to everyone.
Congratulations to the top three chili teams:
1st Place - Part ll Bistro
2nd Place - Cowbell Brewery
3rd Place - 101.7 The One
For pictures of the day please visit the photo album on this page.
 The Rotary International project partner ShelterBox Canada had a   ShelterBox and ShelterKit on display. The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away. The representative is with Rotarian Mac Campbell.  The club has provided an donation to support the work of ShelterBox Canada.
Invited to our inaugural  meeting of the new year our guest speaker was Kimberley Payne, who has been Executive Director of the South Huron Hospital Foundation since 2013. Pictured here with our Club President Doug Norsworthy, Kim has had a long and distinguished career with community minded organizations such as  the Stratford Chefs School, Tilbury Information and Help Centre,  Huron United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Maple Tree Housing among numerous others.   Kim is passionate about community involvement , making communities better, making a better world by turning passion into action.
She shared with us the ideals of service and how to apply it to every day life.
Kim's current community engagement includes Goderich Celtic Folk Society, as a Board Member; the Chair of Sponsorship
Huron Waves Music Festival – formerly Bach Music Festival of Canada Huron County Board Member; Co-chair Huron Harp Fest;  Goderich Fermented Femmes – Principal Huron County, and 100 Women Who Care – Huron County.
Meeting Information


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Harbour Hill Retirement Suites
104 Suncoast Drive E
Goderich, ON  N7A 0A7
District Site
Venue Map
Committees Meet
Mar 26, 2019
Apr 02, 2019
Lynn Ferguson
Apr 09, 2019
China Travels
Business Meeting
Apr 16, 2019
Committees Meet
Apr 23, 2019
Apr 30, 2019
Larry McCabe
May 07, 2019
Goderich CAO
Gil Garratt & Heather Boa
May 14, 2019
Blyth Festival - 45th Anniversary Season
Dave Cook - Historian
May 21, 2019
Creation & demise of the AVRO Arrow
Kathy Scanlon/One Care
Jun 04, 2019
Services Provided
Suzanne - Exchange Student
Jun 11, 2019
All About Me
Business Meeting
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
RSS - Rotary International
Fluid approach to water

How Rotary has changed to help people get clean water for longer than just a few years

Profile Rotary member forms Roots of Peace to remove land mines

Profile: A vine ideaHeidi KühnRotary Club of San FranciscoHeidi Kühn arrived in Utsunomiya, Japan, in 1975, a few months after the end of the Vietnam War. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange

Putting power in hands of women

Stephanie Woollard went from Down Under to the top of the world to find out if one person can make a difference.

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.