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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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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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THE OBJECT OF ROTARY  is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service 
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society 
Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life 
Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
 
In other words making use of the knowledge we bring from our professional and community lives to serve others both at home and around the world.
 
HEADLINES
Pictured (L-R) Nancy Simpson, Bruce Thomasson, Sarah Versteeg, admin lead for LNM
Rotarian Bruce Thomasson is pictured delivering our donation to Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.
We are pleased to support the relaunch of the  Lonely No More program for Seniors.  The program provides support for isolated seniors through telephone communications.
The original project saw senior involvement in the project of 257 seniors who took part in the project or experienced the activities from across the 4 targeted counties (Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey), in addition to the 17 seniors directly involved in carrying out the project and its activities (including the project organizers and volunteers).
   Due to interest by the community, the program’s relaunch will extend into Lambton County. Seniors who are interested in becoming a part of the program use the telephone to register so they have all the equipment necessary to become a part of the program
 
We were privileged to have as our speakers Gwen Devereaux, President and Nancy Simpson, Secretary of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.  Founded in 2008 Gateway is Canada's only community based rural health research institute.  With a commitment to engaging health care professionals in rural settings, the goal is to improve health care and health care delivery. The current focus is for Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey Counties.  In operation for 10+ years the hope is this will become the model for rural Canada that will link health research, education, practice and economic development through innovation.
 
We were privileged to have our local book guru Tom Fincher of Fincher's bring us a sampling of his reading picks for this Christmas season.  Always a popular speaker for book lovers and gift givers alike. Childrens' books to adults, local authors, fiction, non fiction, sports, he covers a wide range of tops sure to please someone on your list.
 
 Mike Rogers was presented with a Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award  by the club at its recent Christmas party.  The award has been created to recognize and honour  the "outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to Service Above Self"over an extended period of time by a Rotarian in the club.  Mike joined the Goderich Rotary Club in May 1966 and has given tirelessly of himself  during that time.
 
At our December 3rd meeting we were fortunate to have as our guest speakers Izabela Jucha and Antwayne Stewart, Virtual Mentorship Advisors from Immploy, a company that connects employers with immigrant talent to foster economic prosperity.  They help local employers to attract and retain skilled immigrants who provide businesses with  global advantages.
Two of their many  important programs are Immploy Job Match which provides employers across Southwestern Ontario coordinated access to qualified Canadian newcomer talent and Immploy Mentorship  which brings together immigrant talent with volunteer mentors at regional companies to strengthen leadership, coaching and cross-cultural skills of employees who volunteer their time and knowledge as mentors to skilled Canadian newcomers. Shown here with Club President (M) Colleen McGregor  it was a very informative presentation on how employers can solve their pressing hiring needs.
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.
 
 
 
Speakers
John Clarke - Mgr Community Dev - United Way
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Vlorat Vitija
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Helena Karczmarska
Mar 10, 2020
Exchange Student Presentation
Carolyn Brown
Mar 17, 2020
Getting to Know Me
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Mar 24, 2020
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Of 61 clubs in District 6330  we were recognized for per capital giving by members to the Rotary Foundation.
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