The Members Bulletin
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January 22, 2024
At last Friday's meeting, January 19th, Janette Hogan did her Up Close and Personal talk.
The meeting began with announcements. Past President Andrew Johnson gave an update about the club's latest awards from the International Foundation, Marty Fairbairn announced that he will be stepping down as the Chair of Lobster Fest and Randy Wilson will also be stepping down as the back-house organizer for the event. We thank both Marty and Randy for their years of work in these positions! If you are interested in either position, please contact either Marty of Randy. Lastly, President Mohan gave an update about the Board of Directors election. Currently, over 50% of the club has voted. For those who haven't voted, the election will end on Friday the 26th at 5:00 PM. 
Peter McSherry introduced Janette Hogan. Peter explained how he met Janette on the campaign trail in 2022. Janette was one of Peter's best volunteers when he ran as the Conservative candidate in the most recent provincial elections. Peter says that he may not have won the election, but he was grateful that it led to Janette joining our club. 
Janette grew up on a farm in Huron County and is one of the eight children that came to Guelph after high school to pursue her post-secondary education. Janette has three children and has spent most of her career at the University of Guelph in the Registrar's Office. And for someone who didn't particularly care for higher education, she has two Master's degrees in theology and counseling. Most importantly, she's a very keen gardener. In Rotary, she has contributed greatly to the membership committee and Sparkles in the Park. 
Janette thanked Peter for his introduction. She then began her presentation with a slide about her children. Janette explained that her two oldest children, Colleen and David, live and work in Toronto. Her youngest, Hannah, is married and lives here in Guelph. Colleen has worked in the Ministry of education and began with Liz Sandals, but now works in the bureaucratic side. David works in procurement, and Hannah works at Conestoga College.  
Janette then discussed her parents and early childhood. Her father was a farmer and her mother was one of the first two women to be an air traffic controller. She worked in Toronto. Her parents had seven children. Her youngest brother was only five months old when their father passed away from encephalitis. So her mother was widowed with a small family on a farm. Her mother continued to run the farm and made business decisions around cropping and harvesting but had other farmers do the physical work. Her mother eventually remarried a man named John. He was an exceptionally good man and a very kind father to Janette and her siblings. For instance, he wouldn't officially adopt them because at the time they would have to take his last name. He felt it was very important that they grew up as Hogan and knew they were Hogan. Janette discussed how much she enjoyed this time in her life. She had the freedom of living on a farm and the joy of a big family. 
When Janette was nearing the end of high school, she wasn't sure what to do next. She decided to take nursing because it would lead to a secure future. Janette quickly realized that nursing wasn't a good fir when she got squeamish around needles and blood. Janette eventually left the program and never regretted the decision. Janette would work in a bar for a short while until she was hired for a job in the Registrar's Office. While working in the Registrar's Office Janette finished her undergraduate degree and her two master's degrees. Janette explained how much she enjoyed working at the Registrar's Office because it was a place where people and policy meet. 
Janette explained how she loves to travel and how she visited the places where her parents were from. Her dad's family emigrated during the potato famine, and Janette has visited a lot of the areas where he grew up in Ireland at the cemeteries, cathedrals, and other locations. Her mother's family came from Alsace-Lorraine which she always said they left. They emigrated for political reasons, and only in adulthood did Janette come to understand that Alsace-Lorraine was the land that Germany and France frequently fought over. So they emigrated primarily because of political tension. Janette has traveled a lot in Germany. Again, those same motivations often with her daughters.
In 2020, Janette sold her condo and moved into the house she now lives in. Covid hit shortly after and Janette sustained a concussion. Her doctor advised her not to return to work so she decided to retire. During covid, Janette walked and gardened a lot. 
Janette concluded her presentation by expressing how grateful she is to be a member of Rotary and how happy she is to work with people from such a diversity of backgrounds. 
Tom Funk and President Mohan thanked Janette for her service to the club and her presentation. 
The meeting was then adjourned. 
Notes taken by OtterAI and edited by Aidan Harris. 
A Recounting of Joe Valeriote
At the meeting on Friday, January 12th, Helmuth gave a wonderful recounting of Joe Valeriote. His reflection to the club reads: 
My dear fellow Rotarians and honoured guests, 
I don't want to repeat the official obituary that was widely circulated about Joe Valeriote. I'm sure that you've all read it by now. Rather, I would like to share with you some of my personal observations about our dearly departed longtime Rotarian, Joe. 
Joe was a brilliant man who had so much of the history of Guelph locked up in that marvellous memory of his. Especially the history of the neighbourhood that he grew up in, affectionately called "The Ward". We could honour him for that alone. 
My memory of Joe includes us kibitzing about his footwear habits. As Brian mentioned last week and had followed Joe's lead, it was, NO SOCKS. Today's weather would not have deterred Joe in that habit. In fact, while visiting in the receiving line at the funeral home on Monday, I shared that discussion with his daughter, Gayle who confided with me that Joe was in the casket at the front of the room and if we could open it, we would see that he had no socks or shoes on. 
For anyone who missed Joe's rewind of several years ago, Joe had with him the "condom" that he designed and produced that was used on NASA's Gemini space program. It saved the antenna of the capsule from being destroyed by sea water when it splashed down in the ocean. This was an epic accomplishment that helped NASA eventually land on the moon. 
We at the Senators who meet weekly at a not so secret location, have a motto that "what is discussed at a Senator's meeting, stays at a Senator's meeting", but I will divulge one small discussion item. Joe often initiated discussion on "He who shall not be named" in American politics, and his disdain for the man, and not understanding the level of support he has among the US populace. 
Joe embraced new technologies. As you all know, he drove a Tesla, which was a leading electric vehicle when he first bought it. Yet, he often expounded on the fact that it was not the propulsion mode of the future. He believed that we would soon be driving hydrogen powered vehicles. According to Joe, that was the fuel of the future. Joe wore an Apple Watch that was fully synched with his IPhone. He embraced the Wallet app on his IPhone to pay for lunch and other things. One of his pet peeves was the sounds system at the ICC. He was so very happy when Rick and Marty came up with the solution of a stand alone speaker. He could finally hear everything that was spoken from the podium at our weekly lunches. 
His list of Rotary accomplishments included being Club President, Founding chair of Prima Festa (forerunner of LobsterFest), our club's leader in two Polio Eradication Campaign Fundraisers, and one of the founding members of The Rotary Club of Guelph Charitable Foundation. 
Joe WAS the ultimate example of Service Above Self that we can only hope to achieve. Joe we will truly miss you! 
New Members: Erik Barr & Jeff Hoffman
At last week's meeting, January 12th, Erik Barr (far-left) and Jeff Hoffman (second from-the-left) became the newest members of the Rotary Club of Guelph. We are so happy to welcome both of you to our club!
Erik was born and raised in Guelph before leaving to attend Carleton University in Ottawa where he completed both an undergraduate degree in Commerce and a Masters in Accounting. After graduating from Carleton, he obtained his CPA professional accounting designation which required 3 years of work experience and the completion of a 3-day examination. He has worked in the public accounting industry since 2018 working for EY and Deloitte in Ottawa, and currently is an audit manager for BDO in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Outside of his professional experience, Erik is an avid fan of American football attending a Green Bay Packers game each year. He is also committed to his physical health; he is a member of Crossfit 1827 and participates in multiple rec league sports to stay active. Erik is excited to join the Rotary team and use his accounting skill set to support the community and organization.
An alumnus from the University of Guelph, Jeff has spent his career working in the charitable sector. Jeff's professional life began at the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation, through a job advertisement he found on the board at the University of Guelph. Jeff started in a part time capacity, working in a data entry role. Jeff's career at the Tim Horton Children's Foundation expanded over his 15 years with the charity. Prior to leaving the foundation, Jeff was responsible for all of the revenue generating initiatives, including the incredibly successful Camp Day. In 2015, Jeff moved from a large national charity to a grassroots organizations supporting families across Canada that are impacted by Huntington Disease (HD). Jeff was with the team for three years and then spent two years with the Georgetown Hospital Foundation. At both of these organizations, Jeff led the fundraising and marketing efforts and helped both charities consistently punch above their weight. Jeff was recruited by the Grove to head the successful corporate fundraising initiative. He is currently the acting CEO of the Grove that is now getting close to opening the doors of the 8,000 square feet space on Woolwich St. 
Jeff is actively involved with the local minor sports organizations. Jeff is the President of the Guelph Minor Baseball Association, a member of Baseball Ontario's Select Council, and Field Manager with the Midwestern Ontario Bearcats, a baseball program providing elite baseball opportunities for youth across the Intercounty Baseball Association. If you are looking for Jeff, You will often find him on a baseball diamond with his Fungo bat. 
Jeff lives in the east end of Guelph with his wife Deborah and their two sons Rohan (15) and Cooper (13). Debb is the Human Resources Manager at a local automotive parts supplier to Honda and Toyota. Rohan attends John F. Ross and Cooper attends Ken Danby Public School. The boys have a busy life, playing both hockey and baseball. Jeff and Debb spend much of their free time as poorly compensated Uber drivers. Rotary has had a significant impact on our
community and internationally. Jeff is excited about the opportunity to support this work as the club moves forward. 
Welcome to the club, Erik and Jeff! 
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