The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of June 4, 2013

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Guests:  Leticia Figueiredo is our exchange student. Ana Staffen and her mother Galina Holmes. Marie Corcoran is a guest of Dianne Yundt. Also in attendance was Mary Lou Ruby Jones.

Door Prize: Louise Spandler donated a pair of tickets for the July Garden Tour won by Etienne Leushuis.

Paul Harris Fellow: In recognition for his services to the club, David Moore was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow.


1.     Nominations for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors: To be ratified at the end of the month.

Bill Helmuth – President

Brian Rivers – President elect

Deb Stacey-Rivers – Vice President

Linda Jones – Director at large

Kent Chisholm – Director at large

Tyler Canal – Public Relations

Dianne Yundt – Past President and Rotary Foundation

Randy Matthews – Club Secretary

Etienne Leushuis – Treasurer

Jack West – Club Service

Brandi Gillet – Club Administration.

2.     The G.S.E. Team from South Korea: The team will be in Grand Bend on June 18 and Rotarians are welcome to meet them. Contact Dianne Yundt if you are interested in attending.

3.     Proposed 2013-2014 Budget: Treasurer Etienne will be emailing the proposed budget to the membership. The budget will be discussed and voted on later this month.

Guest Speaker: Carol Rock introduced Ana Staffen who was selected by our club to attend the Adventures in Citizenship program hosted by the Ottawa Rotary Club.

Ana is a grade 11 student at Central Secondary School, a member of the student council and the student representative to the school board. Ana is 17 and has worked at Café Ten for two years.

Ana began by thanking us for the opportunity to attend the event. On April 27 Ana boarded the train for Ottawa. Upon arrival in Ottawa she met students from all across Canada. The group was divided into political parties and elected party leaders. Activities included a tour of the city and a visit to the Museum of Civilization. The students met the ambassadors from South Korea and the Netherlands. One evening the students put on skits which they had written, attended a video dance and listened to speakers. On May 1st there was a swearing in ceremony for new citizens. The students also reaffirmed their own citizenship. Ana was so impressed with Ottawa that she is seriously considering the University of Ottawa for post-secondary education.

Ana is off to Zambia on June 27 with members of Memorial Baptist Church. For three weeks they will be working in Day Camps in Lusaka and rural areas.

Ana was thanked by Peter Moreton.