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WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF GODERICH
 
 
 
 
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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
Canada
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HEADLINES
 
(L-R) Doug Norsworthy, President,  Imran Khalid -  Huron County Engineering Project Manager Roads, Chris Watson - Huron County Economic Development Officer 
 
 Chirs Watson, EDO for Huron County, spoke at our meeting about Huron County's Workforce Attraction and Retention Strategy through to 2020.  The strategy looks to fill labour gaps along Ontario's West Coast.  With an unemployment rate in Huron County of 2.9% employers are having difficulties filling their job requirements.   We want to be as open and welcoming as possible to attract and keep our workforce so we can continue to grow and prosper. Our world is truly global we want to build a community that attracts business and people and makes them want to stay.
 
Imran Khalid, the Huron County project manager for Roads  came to Goderich from the Toronto area and is an avid cricket player. With his guidance the Goderich Cricket club was formed in 2017 and currently has 18 members.  The club is hoping the construct a cricket pitch at the Goderich YMCA, expand its membership, and hopes  to hold cricket matches in the area. We have the opportunity of bringing a new sport to the area that many can enjoy.
 
 
 
Picture provided by Kathleen Smith - Multi Media Journalist - Goderich Signal Star
 
(L-R) Nina R, Cara S, Colleen M, Shelley M, Adam S(in back), Jenna U, Mike H, John L, and Mike M
 
The Rotary Club of Goderich is pleased to support The Livery Theatre (Goderich Little Theatre), recently donating $10,000 to go towards a new sound system. Purchased were 6 speakers cabling and a new digital mixing board. Rotarians Colleen Murray and Mike Henry  together with representatives from the Livery were on hand for the presentation.
 
 
It is the end of an awesome year at the Rotary Club of Goderich.  As the 2018-19 Rotary year begins, Werner passes the gavel to Doug Norsworthy. Doug, in the Rotarian "Service Above Self" way, volunteered to take the position of club president when unfortunate circumstances left the club with no incoming president.  The club is looking forward to his leadership and another great year.
 
 
Doug introduced his 2018-19 executive. 
(L-R) President Doug, Treasurer - Betty Southgate, Service Projects Chair - Bruce Thomasson, Secretary - Rosemary Davis,  Membership Chair - Tom Jasper, Past President - Werner Ritgen, Rotary Foundation Chair - Mike Henry, and Club administration Chair - Aurelio Henriques. Absent:  President Elect- Colleen McGregor and Public Image Chair - Roland Archer.
 
 
 
(L-R) Jeff Wilson club member, Mike Henry (Foundation Chair), Scott Tousaw, Werner Ritgen (Club President)
 
At our regular meeting today we wished fellow Rotarian good wishes as he makes his move to his new home in Stratford.  Scott has been a member of the club for over 24 years.  Mike Henry our club Foundation chair was on hand to present Scott with a Paul Harris + 4 pin in honor of his substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation over many years. We will miss Scott and his  dedication to "Service Above Self"  in the club and our community.
 
(L-R) Colleen McGregor, Art McNaughton (Huron County Paramedic Service), Anne Marie Thomson (Goderich YMCA), Lynn Ferguson
 Colleen McGregor and Lynn Ferguson, of our Rotary Club were pleased to be on hand to present our donation of an AED to the Goderich YMCA as part of Huron County's PAD replacement program.
 
(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.
 
 
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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A reason to smile

Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive

Reef revisited

A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the