Friday, February 23rd 2018

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Tom Funk introduced the speaker, Dr. Brynn Winegard.

Tom Funk introduces speaker

In Toms career at the University of Guelph, he had two bookends. One was U of G President Bill Winegard, whom Tom celebrated as an outstanding President. As a member of faculty, Tom thinks that President Winegard was especially good at making inspired hiring decisions. (this is why we need the Sergeant-at-Arms back. Ed.)

The other bookend for Tom’s career was Bill’s grandaughter, Brynn Winegard, who joined Tom at the University to teach the Marketing course. Tom retired knowing that the course was in good hands. He concluded his introduction by noting differences and similarities between Dr Brynn and Dr Bill, including the fact that while Bill was enlisted in the Navy, Brynn looks good wearing navy. (where are the Pun Police when you need them? Ed.)



Dr. Brynn Winegard

Dr. Brynn Winegard specializes in popularizing and teaching on the nexus of brain function and occupational performance. She based her talk on one of her latest presentations, “Boost Your Brain”.

In outlining how she arrived at this point in her career, Dr. Winegard noted that she has formal degrees in both brain science and business (Schulich School of Business) and now runs which aims to ‘Build Better Business Brains’.

In her early forays into the public light, Dr. Winegard recalled an interview with Steve Paikin of TVO. Upon learning that she was the granddaughter of Dr. Bill Winegard, Mr. Paikin was keen to use Bill Winegard as the example and case-site for ‘The Aging Brain’ research Dr. Brynn had completed and was discussing in the interview. She was happy to support that line of questioning.

Most of Dr. Winegards work is now in the USA, working with many Fortune 100’s to teach employees methods of boosting (brain) performance at work.

Some highlights from the presentation, whose fast pace far exceeded the typing speed of your Reporter.Speaker Brynn Winegard

    • Do brains age or do they just change? The latter.
  • “Everything your brain can know it knows from inside itself”. W. Freeman
  • It is “plastic” in its function, changing and adapting depending on how it is (or is not) challenged.
  • We have about 200 billion neurons at birth, and by adulthood, this is pruned to about 86 billion, though with many, many more connections between the neurons than at birth.
  • The brain is busiest at night, as most learning and creation of memory happens during sleep. Getting a good quantity and quality of sleep is therefore important. (Your mother was right. Ed)
  • Subconscious activities account for well over 90% of brain activity or “bandwidth” but what happens in subconsciously is not well understood.
  • According to our neural anatomy, we are “social animals”.
  • Attention span appears to be shortening as we live in increasingly complex, fast-moving environments.
  • Our highest productivity happens when we are in “flow”, which is the sensation of continuous flow through time and space. “Flow” is typical of how our brains function while doing things we love, like hobbies, creative work or enjoyable recreation.
  • Dr. Winegard went on to outline a few key tips she has developed through research for how to improve your productivity and performance at work.

During question time, Dr. Winegard added a few more notes and tips.

  • “Are there “Morning People”?
    • Yes, they exist, driven by circadian rhythms, which can be gradually changed if people want to alter the times of day in which they perform best.
  • “Is there any benefit to the sport of curling as a way to keep the brain healthy? (a question that is more proof that we need the Sergeant-at-Arms back. Ed.)
    • Challenged brains get better at getting better. Challenge your brain a bit, and it will increase its ability to meet a subsequent challenge. Physical activity is also critical for memory, learning, and knowledge networks, which help protect the brain as you get older.
  • For more information, connect with one of the following links


In thanking Dr. Winegard for taking the time to speak to Rotary Guelph, Dr. Ranjit Singh noted that in his practice as a neurologist, he dealt mostly with unhealthy brains, and he was happy to see that Dr. Winegard is working on making healthy brains more productive. As a token of thanks, Rotary Guelph will inoculate 100 children against polio, in her name.


Greeter, Michelle Richardson, introduced Guests & Visiting Rotarians.

A tsunami of Guests

Peter Turner, guest of Tom Funk

Jean Funnel, guest of Ray Funnel

Mary Taylor, guest of Marty Fairbairn

Loraine Lamont and John Lamont

John and Detta Seikmans

Jeff Buisman, guest of Bob Ireland

Bev Stevens, guest of Bill Stevens

Ron Hearndon, guest of Mahmud Hassain

Yvonne Vales, guest of Noma Vales

John van de Kamer, guest of Noma Vales

Chris Morton of Intrigue Media, guest of Terrie Jarvis

Jane Funk, guest of Tom Funk

Visiting Rotarian

Hazel Dickie, Rotary Guelph South

Jim Waites, a banker, Rotary Fergus-Elora

Bill Scott, honourary Rotarian

Visitor - Bill Scott

Head Table:

Dr. Ranjit Singh, Firesides Organizer extraordinaire, introduced to this club in 1977 by John Somerville, with the classification Medicine-Neurology.

Richard Broadwith, Corporate Coordinator extraordinaire and beer marketer with panache, introduced to this club in 1991 by Mike Henry, with the classification Business Services-Agriculture Consulting.

Bill Winegard, who apparently does a lot of walking at the university, (Winegard Walk? Get it? Ed.) introduced to this club in 1994 by John Bradey, with the classification Metallurgy-Consulting.

Brynn Winegard, (who may be related to Bill), today’s speaker.

Tom Funk, introduced to this club in 1980 by Harvey Caldwell, with the classification University-Academic, President of this club in 1991-92, and Justin’s dad.

Marty Fairbairn, introduced to the club in 2012 by Bernie Kiely, with the classification Education-Administration, with the honour and privilege of being President of this fine club. 


Peter McSherry asked, by a show of hands, who owned more than 8 sets of silverware. Virtually all raised their hands, which pleased Peter because it meant that we were all qualified to host fellow Rotarians on April 28th for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. This annual event is when a Rotarian puts on a modified pot luck dinner party for 6 to 8 other Rotarians, whose identities are unknown until they arrive for dinner. Great fellowship event! Contact Peter at for details or to sign up as a host or guest.

Happy Bucks

Mahmud Hassain was happy that he has just successfully completed seven out of eight parts of his MBA degree.

Roxanne  Eszes was happy to now be married to a RETIRED police officer, though in his new job as house husband, he has yet to complete his probation.

50/50 Winner

The 50/50 draw this week was won by Ron Newton

Rotary Anniversaries

Jim Stevens February 17 40 years

Anne, the unbelievably organized, Pennock February 21 26 years

Dennis Weiler February 22 36 years

For an amazing total of 102 years of service!

Rotary Birthdays

Sandra Lastovic February 20

Terrie Jarvis (who is seemingly everywhere) February 22

Rick Le Feuvre (another very busy Rotarian) February 23


Jim Wadleigh Bulletin reporter and photographer.

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  • Helmuth Slisarenko

    It is so incredibly fantastic that we are now receiving the bulletin in a timely fashion. Possibly those members who have chosen to avoid Friday meetings will see that they missed an incredible speaker and might re-engage. Great work!

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