The Rotary Club Of Festival City

President:  Dianne Yundt

Minutes of the meeting of July 17, 2012

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Guests: A.D.G. Stan Malcolm, Dave Blackburn and Gord Sherwin from Stratford Rotary. D.G. Tom Robitaille of the Bluewaterland-Sarnia Rotary Club and his wife Heather. Cindy Carlson is a guest of Dianne Yundt. Charlotte Coats is an outbound student to Norway.

Draw Prize: Kevin Gormley donated the prize won by Anna Sherwin

Dinner of the Month: David Moore won a dinner for four at The Prune restaurant.


1.     Potluck Dinner: at Jane Eligh-Feryn’s farm on Tuesday July 24. RSVP Jane by July 23. Details were previously emailed to all members.

2.     Board of Directors Meeting: 7 PM at President Dianne’s home on Thursday July 19.

3.     Rotary Leadership Institute: Seminars begin in Listowel on Sept 8. Other sessions will be held in Stratford on November 17, Lapeer Michigan on January 20, 2013 and on May 5 in London. Sign up for parts I, II, or III.  This is an opportunity to improve your leadership skills and learn more about Rotary beyond the club level. See Dianne Yundt if interested.  Further details can be found on the RI website.

Guest Speaker: Assistant District Governor Stan Malcolm introduced the new District Governor Tom Robitaille. Tom has been a Rotarian since 1986, club president in 2005-2006 and is retired from the CIBC where he was a risk manager.

Tom unveiled this year’s theme “Peace Through Service”. Rotary builds peace in a real and practical way. He listed some of the work which showcases the theme. The ongoing Polio Plus project, the Rotary Foundation’s good works throughout the world, the awarding of Ambassadorial Scholarships and the support for Youth Exchanges all help to foster peace. This year there are 21 outbound students and 20 inbound students to our 2000 member district. 

The World Peace Scholarship and the World Community Service Projects also promote peace.  Examples of projects under the World Community Service include a leprosy project in India and domestic and international literacy projects.

Rotary Strategic Policies for the coming year are much the same as last year including supporting and strengthening membership through recruitment and retention. Public service, Public Awareness and Future Vision will be terms we will hear more of in the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  There will be more information coming to clubs and a revamping of the Rotary website to include Facebook. More effort will be put into developing leaders through the Rotary Leadership Institute. Clubs will also be encouraged to increase fellowship and have more fun.

Tom was thanked by President Dianne.