The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  David Moore

Minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2012

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Today’s meeting was chaired by President-elect Dianne Yundt.

Guests: Rob Ritz is from the Stratford Rotary Club. Dr. Giza Wordofa. Charlotte Coates is an outbound Rotary Exchange student going to Norway.  Rotary Exchange student  Phanuwat Kongwattananon (Nu) is from Thailand.

Draw Prize: For three weeks in a row Laura Pogson won the prize. Today the prize was donated by David Moore. Perhaps Laura should be delegated to buy lottery tickets as a fund-raiser for the club.

Dinner of the Month: The March winner of a dinner at Fosters is Wendy Holman.


  1. Spaghetti Dinner: Keep selling tickets for this event. Susan Fox has tickets. Sign up to assist in the kitchen, serving , cleaning up, or driving takeouts, selling tickets at the door.  There are 2 shifts. The first shift is 3-6 PM and the second is 6-9 PM.
  2. Cupcakes for the Spaghetti Dinner. Rotarians are being asked to bake cupcakes for the dessert being offered at the spaghetti dinner. Contact Louise Spandler or Jean Aitcheson to contribute.  Send them an email through ClubRunner.
  3. Correspondence. Dianne Yundt read a letter from Laura Devries at the House of Blessing thanking us for our continued donations.
  4. Invitation: Our club members are invited to a reception at the MRI suite at the SGH on March 29 at 7 PM. The reception thanks donors for supporting the MRI.
  5. Goderich Rotary Club Foundation: Thanks us for contributing to their tornado relief fund.
  6. Splash Pad:  Jack West reported that our club foundation will be accepting donations for the construction of the splash pad.  Brochures are being printed and a website for online donations will be operating soon. The City will be issuing requests for proposals.  The board of directors of the club is looking at the possibility of expanding our role in the project. Perhaps using bingo and Dinner of the Month funds to help fund the project. We are looking at donating up to $12000 per year for two years. Club discussions will take place during the upcoming budget talks.
  7. Stratford Summer Music: S.S.M. is holding a soiree on Sunday April 1 at noon at the Bijou Restaurant. This event will feature lunch accompanied by violin and piano music played by soloists from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The event will support the Stratford Summer Music. The cost is $125 per person and tax receipts will be issued.  RSVP at or call 519-271-2101

Guest Speaker: Jean Aitcheson introduced Louise Spandler whom she met at the mission depot when Louise came to volunteer. Louise presented her classification talk. 

Louise was born in Great Yarmouth on the East coast of England. Great Yarmouth is known as a seaside holiday town and the ``Kipper Capital of the World``.  In 1970 her family emigrated to Canada first settling in Sarnia and then in Stratford in 1973. Louise and her family became Canadian citizens in 1978.

After graduating from Northwestern Secondary School she attended both UWO and U of Guelph where she obtained B.A. and B. Ed degrees.

Louise got her first teaching job in Norway House on the northern shore of Lake Winnipeg in 1981. A new school opened where she ran the child development program and also taught Home Economics.  After 4 years in Norway House she moved to Gimli Manitoba for a year and then to Winnipeg for two years. In 1988 Louise returned to Stratford where she taught for another 20 years at King Lear School until it closed and at Central Secondary School.

Louise loves to travel. She has hiked the Chilkoot Trail with her partner Mike and has travelled the Alaska coast using the ferry system. Other trips followed during her years with Mike. Louise also enjoys reading, sewing, and painting. She also volunteers and has been on two of Jean`s medical missions.  After Mike`s death 5 years ago Louise retired from teaching and sold her house. She now lives in an apartment downtown. Currently Louise is chair of the Civic Beautification Committee and helps the horticultural society planning some of the public gardens.  Louise has also taken courses in mixed media art at the Art Gallery and at Off The Wall. Louise looks forward to helping with various projects in Rotary.

Louise was thanked by Lynne Ternosky.