The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of September 11, 2012

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Guests: Geza Wordofa is from Stratford Rotary. Rob Leifso. Danielle Brodhagen is our guest speaker. Leticia Figueiredo is our Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil.

Draw Prize: Bill Helmuth won the prize donated by Brandi Gillett.


  1. Hosts Required: Carol Rock is requesting two more families to host Rotary Exchange students on October 12. They arrive at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Hosts are asked to take them home or out for dinner and see that they get to the theatre by 7:30 p.m. They need to be picked up at 11 p.m. and taken home to sleep. The following morning at 8:30 a.m. students will leave for Toronto from the Canadian Tire parking lot. This is a chance for you to experience youth exchange for 1 night. The students are new to our country having arrived here 6 weeks ago, at this point. Not a huge commitment on our part but a delightful one where you can talk one-on-one with the students and learn about their culture while showing them some Stratford hospitality.Please consider this request and call me at 519-271-0737 if you have any questions or are willing to host students.
  2. Membership Satisfaction Surveys: Hand completed surveys to Deb Stacey-Rivers.
  3. Cam Marshall Article: President Dianne referred to an article which appeared in the Beacon Herald about Cam’s good deeds being rewarded when he received a provincial volunteer award for raising more than $17000 for Leukemia research. Cam was the boy who started the Nobody Doll project to which our club contributed.
  4. Rotary Learning Institute: Lynne Ternosky spoke briefly about her attendance at the recent RLI seminar. She learned a lot about Rotary which she didn’t know before and is encouraging Rotarians to sign up for the next seminar to be held in Stratford. Register on the District website.
  5. Board of Directors Meeting: Sept 20. Committee reports to be given to President Dianne.
  6. 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.


Guest Speaker Kent Chisholm introduced Danielle Brodhagen, the Savour Stratford programme director. With a slide presentation Danielle gave us a preview of the event now in its 5th year. The culinary festival has grown from 3000 visitors in the first year to 15000 last year. The festival has expanded to the market square behind city hall where several tents will host cooking demonstrations by David Rocco, Connie DeSousa, and Carl Heinrich. There will be wine tastings as well as craft beer, and Whisky and Bourbon tastings. Other culinary events include a BBQ Blues and Brews event, the Butcher’s Ultimate BBQ and a lot more.  Saturday night at the Avon Theatre a cocktail reception is being hosted by Peter Mansbridge and Cynthia Dale. All the chefs and sponsors will be in attendance.

There will be over 40 performers at various locations.  Ten local food vendors will be preparing Street Food to sample. There will be farm animals on both days.  The Farmers and Artisans Market will have over 150 vendors beside the river.

Some events are free but wrist bands must be purchased at $5 each per day to attend an assortment of demonstrations. Other events require advance purchase of tickets.

To view the huge lineup of events visit Savour Stratford at or drop by the tourism office to purchase tickets and receive a complete program. Tickets and wrist band sales begin Friday at the tourism office and at a kiosk at Scotiabank downtown.

Danielle was thanked by Carol Rock