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November 24, 2017



Margaret Trainor Visiting Rotarian, London North Rotary Club

Mohamad Shabib, Guest of Tim Mau

New Member introduction – Joanna Penfold

Joanna Penfold was introduced to the club by Terri Jarvis. Joanna is a long time Rotarian from the Minden in Halliburton, where she and her husband lived for 40 years. Now that they have lived in Guelph, Joanna has joined different tables at our club to meet everyone and it has convinced her this is her home.

She describes herself as an average person that likes to get involved in the community. Joanna knew that she wanted to be a teacher early on in her childhood. She has a B.A. and B.Ed from Lakehead and Queen’s University. She met her husband Bob and moved to Halliburton in the 1970s. Bob retired from teaching in 1999 and she taught until 2000. Raised two sons in the community and both sons graduated from Western. Both are now married and there are 4 grandchildren in the family.

Bob joined Rotary in 1975 and they have both been involved in numerous Rotary projects over the years.

After retiring, they did not stop teaching. Both took teaching posts in Turkey in 2000-2003 and then also in Thailand and China. In 2005, on the 100th anniversary of Rotary, she became a Rotarian herself. With Minden being a small club with 15-20 members, everyone had to have a very active role so Joanna has chaired many

Sergeant at Arms

Bev Trist-Stewart took time to reflect on the name tag storage shelving unit, including some people who are at the club today but seem to have more than one name tag. Of course, they were fined.

Paul Taylor – was fined for general mischievousness

Gino Tersigni – was fined no reason.

Helmuth Slisarenko was fined for suggesting something about new fines.

Bill Stevens was also fined as was Eric McDougall 

Joanne McCauley was fined because she bragged about being able to travel anywhere anytime she wants.

Gunter Thase, whose name the Sargent almost pronounced correctly, Ruth Thatcher, Jim Anderson, Bob Ireland, Clay Switzer and a few other unlucky Rotarians were also fined.

Marva Wisdom saw the Sargent in Toronto and did not give her a ride home because she “claimed” she had a bag of leaves in her truck.

The final fine was destined for Gail Moore if she was present but she was not, so Paul Taylor was fined




Speaker Introduction: Murray Taylor

 “Today you get to see an old clunker introducing a Ferrari” he joked. Evan brings a wealth of experiences from local environmental stewardship work to paddling from the Great Lakes to the Arctic ocean. He worked on wind energy projects in Africa, managed the Guelph 2000 and other demand management programs in Guelph and was involved in WindShare, which operated the first urban windmill in Toronto. In addition to other honours, he has received a Governor General’s award for his contributions.

Evan Ferrari

Evan began by stating that Chris Willard told him that his talk “has to be provocative and get people to think,” so Evan started by saying that he “Wants to get the whole city to be 100% renewable energy by 2050. That’s controversial!”

Speaker Evan Ferarri of eMERGE urges us to get a free home energy audit

Speaker Evan Ferarri of eMERGE urges us to get a free home energy audit

He then talked about his current venture, Emerge. Emerge helps people reduce costs by also reducing their environmental footprint. Emerge will visit homes in Guelph at no cost for a 1hr personalized energy tune-up.

100% renewable energy is a real tool to fight climate change. Could anyone even imagine such a monumental task? he asked.

As an example of a monumental task, Evan said that “We always want to criticize politicians, but instead I wanted to thank Dr. Bill Winegard.” When he was in cabinet, the government signed the Montreal protocol to fight the ozone hole in the Antarctic the problem was solved when there were many skeptics. Another example of a lofty goal that has been achieved is the coal phase-out in Ontario. Government doesn’t get the credit but emissions are way down.

The problem in context

2/3 of all energy we consume in Canada is wasted! The average house in Guelph uses 124 Giga joules (all energy, electrical, gas, etc.) each year. A brand-new house built to the building code would use 110 GJ. An Energy star compliant home would use 101Gj. Using solar panels alone in that house wouldn’t generate enough energy, there just wouldn’t be enough room in the house for the panels needed. A passive house would use only 40Gj, and that could be replaced with 10kw solar panels which would fit in a house. That is the case not just for new construction but also for retrofits.

How to get there

Canada needs to double our energy productivity by 2040. Productivity is defined as “What we get out from every unit of energy.” There is a huge economic benefit since with local energy productivity we have to put people to work right here in Guelph. ½ billion dollars leaves the city every year in energy costs alone. That’s $9,000 in energy per household that leaves Guelph every year. Making energy local and sustainable is a monumental task but also presents a huge opportunity.

Building a resilient local distribution system

The next step is to strengthen local grids. Local storage means we can rely less on very large power plants. Evan then used the changes in the media as an example. before the internet, it was one way communication, and we were information consumers only. Today anyone can create content that can go viral in minutes. Just as information is going peer to peer, we can be both producers and consumers of energy. For example, Ab and his (new) electric car; the car to could be programmed so that it only charges at night when rates are cheap. During peak demand of the day, Ab could plug the car back in. If the grid in the immediate area needed power, Ab could sell it back to the grid and still have enough “juice” to get home. This is peer-to-peer storage of electricity. It becomes portable storage and it gets used where it is needed.

Energy transmission and production is a 120 year old model that sends electrons for really long distances. There are significant losses in distance transmission. Local storage dramatically shortens the distance that energy has to travel.

Technology costs “are dropping like a rock.” A 1W solar panel cost $2,000 in 1960. Today its $.40 in current dollars. Moore’s law also applies to energy technology.

Full cost accounting

Accounting of energy use has to including externalities. The full cost of burning carbon based fuels include health costs, environmental costs and other downstream costs. These are external to the immediate cost of energy “but we all end up paying for it in the future.”

An intermediate step is to electrify the whole energy system. Cars may be the most exciting but there are lots of electric technologies for home heating and use that are very different (and much more cost effective) than the baseboard heaters most people are familiar with.

With an electrified energy system, we can then talk about a massive switch to renewables. Micro grids will create local jobs and local investment. Currently, the local energy co-op that Evan is involved with generates electricity for 40 households and is yielding a bond-like return on the investment.

Benefits and closing

Benefits of local energy are: better health, better air, better water and better land; Building a local economy around where the market is. There are 1,000 other communities around the world who have made the commitment to 100% renewable energy. In Canada, they  include Vancouver, Victoria, Saanich and Oxford county. “Why can’t we do the same thing” he asked?

100% Renewable energy is a monumental task. Emerge can help with a first step which is the home energy tune-up. The second step is for everyone to talk about the 100% renewable Guelph pledge. “Get involved, support the concept and ask questions.”

To close, Evan thanked everyone, and stated that he hoped his talk was provocative and out of the ordinary, and hopefully will motivate households and businesses to move down this path.

 Head Table:

Marva Wisdom

Marvin Stemeroff

Paul Pennock

Evan Ferrari

Murray Taylor

Marty Fairbairn 



President Marty took opportunity to thank Paul Dredge for filling in last Friday, not to mention at the last Board meeting, while he was “drugged up. They were fantastic drugs by the way.”  Thank you, Paul! Marty would also like to mention that due to a slight clerical error, your service committee budgets for this year, as sent out last week, contained some erroneous numbers.  A correction will be sent out soon. [worry not, the differences are relatively small]

President Marty closed by asking Rotarians not to forget that Sparkles in the Park needs lots of volunteers and those interested should see Paul Taylor right away.

Paul Taylor big Sparkles in the park announcement. For all Rotarians, the committee needs help, starting on December 2nd with putting up the lights. “You get into one of the open air “romantic” buckets to get a great view of the city. If you can stay the whole day fine, a couple of hours is also fantastic.

Marva Wisdom announced a Meeting of the Canada day committee for next Friday at 10:30. “Only seven months to go. Looking to make next year’s Canada Day a big success.”

Sue Ricketts called for pictures of the Sergeant at arms in action and a picture of the local lager for some display boards which showcase all the charitable things our club does., The boards were on display at Springfield Golf Club on Saturday morning.


Happy Bucks

Noma Vales announced the ongoing activities in a Rotary project in Lesotho, to buy incubators to produce chicks. Production is scheduled to reach 20,000 chicks/month and they started hatching this week. Very exciting!

Terrie Jarvis contributed a happy buck because she was very proud to introduce a new member. In other news, this past Sunday the Adopt-a-Family shopping was completed. Up to 8 children and parents will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the generous contributions of Rotarians.

She also mentioned the Food for kids program at the Women-in-crisis centre, and the big warehouse used by Guelph Community health to provide fresh produce to provide to the food banks. They will be partnering with Rotary for some future projects

Ab Moore gave a happy buck for Evan Ferrari, and mentioned that he attended a series on global warming where Evan was one of the speakers, and he found it very worthwhile. So much so, that Ab then took in the electric car exhibit at Quebec street mall and is now in the market for an electric car himself.

His second happy buck was for the women in Cameroon. Ab related a story about in the far northwest of Cameroon he went to talk to a women’s group to see if Rotary could help with women’s health room (which would be a very small clinic). They would have a midwife and a nurse in the facility. The chief invited Ab up to the platform, dressed him in traditional garb and a hat. (Ab was wearing the hat today.) Recently, he received an email from a friend in Ireland who visited the same village. They had just formed a Rotary club and went to see the health clinic. Started with a budget of about $8,000, it was now a large building, with trained nurses and many services. Ab’s friend reported that “it’s the best small clinic anywhere in Cameroon.”

Joanna Penfold “Thank you, I feel welcome and at home.” She also hoped that her new Rotarian status would render her immune from any fines from the Sergeant at arms today.


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