December 1, 2017
President Marty opened our weekly meeting with his usual flair and lamented that his Head table was “light” this week. As a few head table individuals brought their spouses they preferred to sit with their spouses rather than Marty. Not to be taken personally however!
Bill Stevens introduced our guest speaker Ian Baird. Bill met Ian in Newfoundland this past February and described some of Ian’s background. Ian is a graduate of Memorial University and once served as an aide de camp to the Governor General of Nfld.
He worked for many years in the technology/social media relations industry and then moved from Toronto to Campbellville/Rockwood area and became a farmer. His lavender farm is called Terre Bleu and is a family farm. His wife Isabelle is a physiotherapist and manager at St. Joseph’s hospital rehabilitation department and they have a daughter Madeline and son, William.
Ian mentioned that his father was a Rotarian and he was also a rotarian himself and on behalf of himself and Isabelle they were donating $500 to our Polio Plus campaign.
Terre Bleu is an organic farm and their inspiration is their children – they had visited a lavender farm in Quebec a few years ago and their family was inspired by this venue.
They converted hay fields into the lavender fields – they have over 40,000 plants and are the largest lavender farm in Ontario. They are currently trying to acquire another farm in order to expand. They grow 8 varieties and all their lavender is harvested by hand with scissors over an 11 week period. They hire approximately 40 summer students to help with the harvest and with their agritourism venue and their lavender store.
They sell lavender for culinary/therapeutic and aromatic products and also wreaths
and decorative items. Ian showed several slides of the farm and also of their copper distillery equipment that distills lavender oil from the buds. Their lavender oil is made the “Artisanal way” and it takes 150 pounds of lavender to distill 500 ml of lavender oil which would have a value of $2000.
They started the farm in 2012 with their first planting of lavender and then opened the farm to the public in 2014. In 2015 they opened their shed to sell products to the public for 10 days and had over 5000 visitors. In 2016 they opened their farm store which carries 2000 items in their line of products(collection bleu) – the store is open only 6 week per year.
Ian also raises honey bees and his bees produce lavender honey which is very unique and they cannot meet the demand.
Terre Bleu also supports local artists and musicians – one year they build a door with a frame in the middle of the field and at times there were line ups of visitors waiting to walk through the doorway. To design a “motto” to have around the door – their daughter Madeline suggested that as people walk through “worries are behind you and joys are ahead”.
Agritourism is huge at their operation and they had 45,000 visitors over the 6 week period this year. They give guided tours, have a herb bar, store, 200 year old cedar forest with trails and also give tours of their apiary and distillery. They also had a yoga festival with 1000 attendees brought by lululemon.
Ian closed with a phrase from Steve Jobs “One More Thing”:
They are having a Xmas open house over the next two weekends – Dec 2/3 and 9/10 from 10 until 4 pm called their “Holiday Pop-Up Joy Shop” Diane Spratt thanked Ian for his very information talk and presented him with a certificate from Polio Plus representing 100 children vaccinated on his behalf.
Ian Baird – Guest speaker
Isabelle Baird – Ian’s wife
Beverly Stevens – Guest of Bill Stevens
Kristen Balawejden -Rotaract at University of Guelph
Nellie Manley – November 25th
Blake Preston – November 26th
On behalf of Sparkles President Marty announced that anyone who has no problem being 50 feet in the air on a platform, come on out to Riverside Park tomorrow morning for a free ride on a Skyjack!
There will be no meetings December 22nd , or December 29th .
Firesides announcement from Ranjit Singh
Firesides are a time when Rotarians gather informally, enjoy some fellowship and discuss the status of our Club and its objectives. It gives future direction to our executive This is a time of enjoyable fellowship and discussion and is particularly useful for new Rotarians
FIRESIDE DATES: Jan 22,23,24,25,29: Feb 5,6,7,8,9,12
We need 11 Rotarians to host these events. Each group will consist of 12 members and the
informal meetings will run from 7pm to 9 pm sharp. Light refreshments are the expected norm. Items for discussion will be provided by the Board. Each group will have a Director in attendance and notes will be taken by an appointed scribe. The groups will be selected and allocated according to a “complex”formula.!
If you can host, please let me know as soon as possible so that the final schedule can be prepared.
Directors, the same applies to you. Please let me know which dates you prefer.
The holidays are upon us so please respond as soon as you can. If you will be away or otherwise
unable to participate, please let me know as well. You have many dates to choose from.
Thank you – Ranjit
Lager committee announcement – Helmuth Slisarenko
Your local Rotary lager committee has assembled a gift pack suitable for delivery to any place you go during this holiday season! Equivalent to bringing a bottle of wine to your host, but better because they be able to keep 2 glasses for future use with the Rotary logo on them as well as 2 premium coasters. All for the mere cost of $20 to you. This gift is to encourage exposure of our Rotary beer to non-Rotarians, because at the end of the day, if it is only Rotarians who are buying the product, the project will not be a success. We need to engage the general community in helping us raise funds for the many local initiatives that we support as well as Rotary International water projects.
We currently have a limited supply of 60 units available to us beginning next Friday. Further availability will be in 2 weeks (our supply limitation is the rotary glassware). Since we do not have a liquor/beer selling licence , we will be selling them through Wellington Brewery. So please sign up on the sheets on the table to order your gift packs and bring your cash or cheque (made out to Wellington Brewery) to the meeting next Friday.
Helmuth would also appreciate helpers at 11:30 am next Friday here at ICC to help assemble the gift packs (unfortunately – no sampling)
Terry Van Dreumel announced that he will be selling Polio Plus Christmas cards again this year and they will be available from him at our next 3 meetings.
Luisa Del Rosario announced our final numbers from Lobsterfest and thanked the committee for their efforts and also the attendees at the sell out event held on September 30th.
Our Club raised $29, 561.48 in profit for our local initiatives.
Marva Wisdom made an announcement regarding Canada Day which is only 6 ¾ months away! Please consider volunteering and help make this coming event a success.
Sue Ricketts announced that she is unable to attend the Polio vaccination trip to Mexico this year from Feb 22 – 27th and she is looking for a club member to take her place. Please contact Sue if you are interested.
Kirsten from Rotaract mentioned that they would be having their Gala again at the end of March – 2 venues are being discussed but she will let us know the outcome. Also she/Rotaract is trying to get our local Rotary lager on campus at the UofG.
No Sergeant at Arms this week – wallets were safe!
Ian Smith gave a Happy buck for the concert held in Burlington that involved 22 rotary clubs in our district and others. 500 tickets were sold and $135,000 was raised for Polio Plus.
Roxanne Estes donated 10% of her online course training revenue and gave $177 donation to Polio Plus.