Festival City Rotary Newsletter October 30, 2012
by Ketchum, Geraldine

The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President: Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of October 30 , 2012

Club email: festivalcityrotary@gmail.com

Club website: www.festivalcityrotary.ca

Guests: Geza Wordofa from Stratford Rotary, Randy Matthews; Leticia Figueiredo our Rotary exchange studentDraw Prize: Linda Jones won the prize donated by Wayne Young

Door Prize: Dianne Yundt won the prize donated by John McNeil


  1. Rotary Leadership Institute: The next training session, all 3 levels, is in Stratford on Nov 17. See the District site to sign up
  2. On Nov 22 the Area 3 meeting will be held in Mitchell
  3. Dinner of the Month Tickets: Tickets for the 2013 draws are available for sale. Get your tickets from Tyler Canal. The price is the same as this year. $20 each or 6 for $100. Please let Tyler know how many tickets are sold. Tickets will not be sold in the New Year.
  4. Christmas Party: All are invited to attend a Christmas Party on Monday Dec 17 at 7pm at the Queen’s Inn. There will be an open bar, snacks will be provided. Please sign the sheet being passed around at the next few meetings if you would like to attend. Significant Others are also invited. Cost: $10.00 per person. Please wear a Christmas hat or sweater (the tackier the better). There will be no meeting Tues. Dec 18.
  5. Splash Pad: Jack West reported that the Committee met to create strategic goals and discuss fundraising events. On Nov. 15 Dominos will hold a Pizza Night 50% of proceeds to be donated; On Dec 7 Backstage Bar and Grill will hold a Spaghetti Dinner, 50% of sales will be donated. Carol Rock is writing a proposal for a Trillium Grant. Aviva Community Fund donates to children’s programs. Please vote online for our project.
  6. Elizabeth Anderson reported on the New Generations Committee which is looking for 4 team members to do the work currently done by Youth Exchange Officer Carol Rock, alone. This would include interviewing applicants for the exchange program and finding placement homes for incoming students. As well, The Committee would like to create a new Interact Club for St Michael’s and Northwestern Secondary Schools, and in partnership with the Stratford club, they would like to form a Rotaract Club. Rotaract is for College and University students. Please contact Elizabeth if you are interested in helping with any of these programs.

    Guest Speaker: Louise Spandler was introduced by Anna Sherwin.

A member of the Stratford Horticultural Society, Louise spoke of the work done around the city to keep up the many beautiful flower beds we take for granted. The Society looks after 12 beds, including Churchill Circle, the Public Library and the Dutch Monument.


To raise funds for these efforts, the Society holds several popular events, including the annual Spring Garden Show, a plant sale in May, and a Flower Show in June. They also hold a Garden tour, which usually has between six and eight private gardens, covering various sizes and types, such as annuals, professionally designed, one-person wonders, raised beds, etc. One garden becomes the feature garden. Some of these gardens have appeared in Gardens Central Magazine


The Horticultural Society has 231 members at present. Cost to join is only $15.00 and membership benefits include discounts at local businesses and at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Monthly “garden chats” and plant exchanges are also held. The public is welcome to attend for $5.00, members are free.


Louise was thanked by Gerry Ketchum