November 3, 2017
Today’s speaker was Randy Seager, who needs no introduction to the club, so he didn’t get one. Randy told us about the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Our Rotary Foundation Committee consists of Randy, Terry van Dreumel with David van Veen as Chair and Lawrie Jones as Vice-Chair, all of whom are watched over by Ab Moore as the Board rep. First, Randy showed a short video about the RF which goes about doing good in the world. RF is called TRF for short and is one of the main vehicles for doing the various things which Rotary does.
Randy talked about long, medium and short term money. Long term is that money which is set aside for some length of time and is invested. It should be a major part of our thought process when considering making a bequest to Rotary. The money collected for the medium term are typically used in 3 years’ time, but if a crisis arises TRF will advance funds quickly. Short term money comes from selling tickets, etc. And this money can be used the same year or the next.
TRF transforms gifts into service from club to club. Funds do not have to pass through a number of people or banks or governments or other accounts and it’s an efficient way of getting money to where it should go. In the past 100 years the Rotary Foundation has spent 3 billion dollars on life saving, sustainable projects. It all started at the 1917 International Convention when Arch Klumpf was RI President and they raised an extra $26.50 and TRF was underway. All projects are started at a local level by an individual Rotarian with an idea. A number of projects of this club have been funded by TRF.
A few years ago TRF was finding it difficult to know when to say yes or no to a proposal and so the funding model was changed to make more efficient use of the money so it was decided to focus on disease control, peace initiatives, water and hygiene improvement, mother and child programs, education and growing local economies.
Funding comes from many places: happy bucks, Sgt. Bev’s fines, birthday money, holiday cards and other sources. Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation have contributed big time. If you have donated to TRF, think about donating again.
Our club is an every Rotarian, every year club. The club puts $100 US into TRF for every one of us each year, whether we contribute or not. If we took that upon ourselves, then that money could be used for some other projects which could have an impact on our community. If you are a Paul Harris Fellow, think about becoming a continuing Paul Harris Fellow.
Carolyn Weatherson introduced Mike Schreiner as our newest member. Mike is an entrepreneur. He is the founder of the local Food Plus organization in Toronto which has won the Canadian Environment Award for sustainable living. He has also won the Best of Toronto award for the best new environmental initiatives and was also awarded Citizens Bank of Canada Ethics award for socially responsible business. Mike was elected Leader of the Green Party of Ontario in 2009.
Mike is married to Sandy and they have 2 active daughters and the family is active in cycling gardening and volunteering, among other things. Carolyn met Mike at the Rotary Forest, surrounded by a number of people, and found it hard to believe he was a politician because he was covered in mud and had mud on his shovel.
Megan Adema – guest of Tracey McGrath
Alice Moore – Ab’s wife
Mike Schreiner – guest of Carolyn Weatherson
Visiting Rotarian Larry Armatage – Burlington
Sergeant at Arms.
Sgt. Bev got after the ICC ladies who serve us each Friday, for staying out in the back and shooting the breeze, so she fined them, but being magnanimous, she said they didn’t have to pay right away but could do it later. Randy Seager came to their rescue and paid the fine for them.
Then the flood gates opened and Graham Knowles, Ranjit Singh, Ruth Thatcher, Bob Ireland, Carolyn Weatherson and Mike Schreiner were fined for various and sundry things.( Welcome to Rotary, Mike!)
David Van Veen
Terry Van Dreumel
President Marty Fairbairn
Terrie Jarvis announced that the Christmas “Adopt a Family” initiative was being held again this year at the Christmas season. Last year 2,396 children received a personalized gift based on their needs and wishes. As part of the Adopt a Family program, families cannot apply themselves but are referred by a social worker who is already working with the family. We are being asked to help a family of 6; there are 4 children who are attending school. The family came as refugees and the father is now working.
Envelopes were on the tables into which we could place a donation to help make Christmas a little happier for this family.
Larry Armatage told us about a project of the Burlington club in support of Polio Plus. It’s “Harbourtown Sound”,a 100 men chorus which sings a cappella, and which has as one of its members, our own Ian Smith. On Sunday, November 26, at 2pm they will present the concert in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (you can get home I time for the Grey Cup game) Tickets are $50, $25 of which is retained by our club for the Rotary Foundation; we also share in the sponsor funds, as well. Talk to Ian Smith about tickets. The event email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim MacKenzie’s was primarily about the Centennial Committee but he managed to sneak in some curling, also! He told us that Larry Armatage was involved in the Scotland-Canada tournament some years ago as a team captain. Jim corrected an item in a past Bulletin that said there would be Pan-Am curling as part of our Centennial celebrations; actually, there will be a Can-Am tournament since there are no curlers in Jamaica, Brazil, Argentina, etc. (The Bulletin apologizes, Jim)
David Van Veen