The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  David Moore

Minutes of the meeting of March 13, 2012

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Guests: Dr. Geza Wordofa. Heidi Spannbauer is from the Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

Draw Prize: Tyler Canal donated the prize won by Laura Pogson.


  1. Board of Directors Meeting: A reminder to board members of the meeting at the home of David Moore this Thursday at 7 PM.
  2. Spaghetti Dinner: Now is time to start selling tickets for this event. Susan Fox has tickets. Sign up to assist at the dinner serving , cleaning up, or driving takeouts.  There are 2 shifts. The first shift is 3-6 PM and the second is 6-9 PM.
  3. Cupcakes for the Spaghetti Dinner. Rotarians are being asked to bake cupcakes for the dessert being offered at the spaghetti dinner.  A signup sheet was circulated at the meeting.
  4. Coffee Beans for Sale: Lynne Ternosky has coffee beans from El Salvador which are available for a $15 donation. This is the best quality coffee, not available in stores.
  5. District Assembly: This takes place in Sarnia on April 21. Dianne Yundt will be attending it and will be driving.  Anyone who is attending the meeting and wants a drive should talk to Dianne.

Guest Speaker: Laura Pogson introduced Heidi Spannbauer the new Executive Director of the Stratford and Perth Community Foundation. Heidi has 16 years experience in the charitable foundation field. She has worked for the Easter Seals, Rose Cherry’s Home, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. More recently she was a Cause Marketing and Event Management advisor and prior to that she was the executive director of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation.

The S.P.C.F. was formed in 2004 by a group of community leaders to build a local fund to invest in community philanthropy. The local foundation is one of 178 across Canada.

A community foundation provides grants to charities instead of providing charity services.  The Stratford community foundation also supports charities under the United Way umbrella.  To obtain funds for the grants the foundation works with donors to set up endowment funds from which grants are dispersed. The late Bo Sibold donated $250 000 to give the foundation its start. Endowment funds have increased from $1.3 million in 2004 to about $3 million today. The goal is to reach $5 million in five years.  So far a total of $160 000 has been disbursed to charities, including $20 000 last year. 

For more information about the foundation visit

Heidi was thanked by David Moore.