The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of January 8, 2013

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Guests: From Stratford Rotary we welcomed Rob Ritz and Bob Martin. Leticia Figueiredo is our exchange student. Brent Furtney is a guest of Jack West.

Draw Prize: Dianne Yundt donated the prize won by Laura Pogson.


  1. Dinner of the Month Tickets: Please return ticket stubs and money from sold tickets by next Tuesday. The first draw for 2013 takes place Jan 22.
  2. Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday Jan 10, 7 PM at the home of President Dianne, 3 Morison Street off Delamere Avenue.
  3. Splash Pad Fundraiser at Crabby Joes: Thursday, Jan 17/13, 5-11pm - 50% off regular price menu items to be donated to the Splash Pad (including kids meals but excluding alcohol).

Club Assembly: January is Rotary Awareness Month. We can increase awareness of Rotary by informing colleagues, neighbours, friends about Rotary and inviting them to a meeting.

  1. District Events: Click on “District Site” at the top of our ClubRunner homepage to see all the coming events at the district level. These include the Rotary Leadership Institute, Pre-PETS and PETS conferences, the District Assembly on April 20 and the June District Convention in Sarnia.
  2.  Rotary EClub of Canada: Rotarians who cannot attend meetings at their local club can now join Rotary online. Visit and check out the new club.
  3. Spaghetti Dinner: The annual event is Monday March 18 at the ANAF club on Lorne Avenue. Details to follow. To volunteer sign up on the Spaghetti Dinner link in the Coming Events section of ClubRunner or speak to Jean Aitcheson.
  4. Bard`s Birthday Celebration: This event is being held Saturday April 20. Details to follow. To volunteer sign up on the link in the Coming Events section of ClubRunner or speak to Kent Chisholm.
  5. Fireside Chat: Membership chairperson Deb Stacey-Rivers is hosting this event at her house, 6 Polley Place on Monday January 21 at 6:30 PM. This event is for new Rotarians who want to find out more about our club and the various ways in which new members can make a contribution. See Deb if you are interested or sign up for the event in the Coming Events section of ClubRunner.
  6. Rotary Reads: This ongoing project involves Rotary volunteers helping children with reading difficulties at one of the elementary schools. It involves a couple of hours per week. If you can spare some time please see Linda Jones. Jack West indicated that his company MTE will be donating about $600 to the Rotary Reads project in the near future.
  7. Splash Pad: Donations have reached the $60 000 mark with a donation of $ 2000 from Memorial Baptist Church. It is expected that corporate donations will be coming in as well. The basic cost of a splash pad is about $250 000 but add-ons that the City wants could drive the cost up to $450 000.
  8. Weekly Speakers: Ken Hansen requests that if you have an idea for a speaker pass the person`s name to him and he will follow up by contacting the potential speaker.
  9. International Committee: The El Salvador project will wind up by late spring.  Geza Wordofa, a frequent guest, is in Africa on a well project and other investigations for Rotary.  Jean Aitcheson is off to the Philippines on a medical mission. Although it is not a Rotary sponsored project she will be receiving assistance from local Rotary Clubs in the Philippines.
  10. Rotaract Club: This is a joint venture with the noon club to establish a Rotary club for 18-30 year olds. If you know of a young person who may be interested please let Tyler Canal know or register in the Coming Events section of ClubRunner.
House of Blessing: We will continue to collect non-perishable food items and toiletries on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. House of Blessing is always appreciative of our donations and there is a growing need for more donati