The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of November 27, 2012

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Guests: From Stratford Rotary we welcomed Rob Ritz. Also in attendance were Connor and Steve Rivers, guests of Brian Rivers.  Connor is an outbound Rotary exchange student. Seana Feryn is a guest of Jane Eligh-Feryn and Brent Furtney is a guest of Jack West. Mirjam Schut is a student exchange counsellor. Leticia Figueiredo is our exchange student

Draw Prize: Dianne Yundt donated the prize won by Carolyn Dingman.


  1. Salvation Army Xmas Kettles: If you can spare some time to man a kettle at one of the locations in Stratford let Tyler Canal know.
  2. Dinner of the Month Tickets: We have entered the final weeks to buy tickets for the 2013 draws. Get your tickets from Tyler Canal.  The price is $20 each or 6 for $100.
  3. House of Blessing: We received a “thank you” letter from the House of Blessing for our support throughout 2012.
  4. Area 3 Report: Bill Helmuth reported on some items from the meeting last week. Martha Cook of Stratford Rotary reported that a Group Study Exchange will be visiting Stratford next spring from South Korea.  The Meth Program is renamed the Huron-Perth Task Force and will be including the misuse of prescription drugs in its mandate. The Grand Bend Rotary Club has filled 48 containers with used school equipment from schools being closed and has shipped them to developing countries.  The Mitchell Rotary clubbed will be involved with the International Plowing Match next year and will be looking for assistance from other clubs in the district.
  5. Rotary Christmas Party: Monday December 17, 7 PM at the Queen’s. Cost is $10 pp and snacks will be provided as well as an open bar.  Wear something Christmasy.  Karaoke and a “12 days of Christmas” video will be shown. Optional is bringing an ornament for exchange. No dollar store ornaments but homemade or used, or regifting.  See Geraldine Ketchum by next Tuesday so that she can report numbers to the Queen’s.  

Guest Speaker: Mirjam Schut introduced Leticia Figueiredo our Rotary Exchange Student. Through the use of a slide show Leticia taught us about Brazil.  She comes from the city of Campina Grande in north eastern Brazil which is the second most populous city in the state of Paraiba. Its name means “Great Plain” and has a population of 390 000 people and an important industrial, technological and educational centre. Leticia lives in a modern apartment with her physician parents, brothers and sisters.

Leticia described schooling as being very different from here in Canada. Students attend classes in the morning until 12:30. Students remain together in the same class room and the teachers rotate. In the afternoon students are free to study extra courses or receive extra counseling.  Sport includes soccer of course as well as volleyball.

Brazil will be hosting the Word Cup of Soccer in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

Leticia described the diet of Brazilians which includes rice, beans, meat, tapioca and salads at lunch. Fruit includes bananas, guava and brazil nuts.

Forro is a type of music and dance which is popular in her area of Brazil.

The north east beaches are a popular tourist destination in her region and of course there is always Rio and the amazon.

Leticia was thanked by Linda Jones