Posted by John Farrow on Aug 27, 2019
John presented an update on our club's project to restore a 1,500 Hectare watershed in India.  This project is a joint project with District Clubs, Rotary International, the agricultural bank owned by the Indian Government and the local communities.  The first phase of the project is complete, and the following are excerpts from the report.
 
Please find the latest report for GG1636771 - Watershed and Integrated Rural Development Project in three villages, Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu State, India. Leadership of this project in District 7040 is by Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston while the International Partner is Rotary Club Stavanger International in Norway. The host club is Rotary Club Madras Coromandel in District 3232. (Note - this club was visited by our Friendship Exchange Team to India)
 
The project is a unique partnership with NABARD, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (owned by the Gov't of India), Rotary, National Agro Foundation and the local communities. The project is valued at US$378,000 with the community contributing 16% and NABARD and Rotary/The Rotary Foundation each contributing 42%.
 
The first phase of the project, to restore 10% of the project area or 140 hectares along with education and training in agriculture methods and related income generating schemes is complete. Outcomes are as planned. Now work begins on the second phase of 1,260 hectares. In acres the total project is approximately 3,456 acres in size. 
 
Contributors to the project locally were;

•RC Plattsburgh Sunrise: US$500 + 5%

•RC Arnprior: US$1,000 + 5%

•RC Shawville: US$1,000 + 5%

•RC Clayton: US$1,000 + 5%

•RC Hawksbury: US$2,000 + 5%

•RC Cataraqui-Kingston: US$6,000 + 5%

•and District 7040: US$10,000 District Dedicated Funds.

 
Several strategies for rain water retention were put in place in the first phase area.  One type shown below is called a Field Bund
 
 
 
Farmers were also given ploughs which would turn the earth to a deeper depth, preserving water retention.
 
 
 

Outcomes of the project (please not 1 lakh = 100,000

• Regular monitoring and observation was done by the watershed development team. The following are the impact assessed by the team:

• New water harvesting structures :51.36 lakh liters capacity

• Rejuvenation of existing water body : 17.22 lakh liters [Additional]

• Fallow land in to cultivation : 53.6 Ha.

 

Assessed Impact

• Increase of water table in bore-well : From 740 feet to 38 feet

• Increase of water table in open well : 25 feet to 2 feet

• Rejuvenation of almost dried bore well : from 440 feet to 80 feet

• Rejuvenation of dried open well : from 27 feet to 2 feet

• Cropping intensity : 165%

• Changes in cropping pattern : 35% of CBP area (137.6 ha)

• Productivity improvement : 115%

 

Rain water harvesting details through various water bodies

• Rain water harvested in surface storage :183.75 lakh liters

• Rain water harvested in sub surface :91.5 lakh liters

 
John concluded that the first phase results are remarkable, and that the project will now be fully rolled out to the other 90% of the watershed area.
Although this project's full effects will only be felt long after our original contribution, we should be very proud of our involvement.  Further updates will be provided to the club when the are available.
Update on the Watershed Project in India John Farrow 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Farrow on Aug 20, 2019
District Governor Gerry Lambert from Canton, New York was here on his official visit to our club.  Rick Frasso introduced Gerry, a 23 year Rotarian with a background in the military, teaching, school administration, small business ownership, rental properties and now a Part-time Volunteer Transportation Driver.
 
Gerry's presentation focused on three main topics.  First, membership growth - Gerry challenged us with two questions - first, how much time do we spend raising funds for our projects?  Then, how much time do we spend on recruiting new Rotarians?  The District and RI realizes that membership growth is a problem, especially in North America.  The District is offering help to clubs to increase membership, and Gerry spoke about some early success stories with existing clubs in the District.
 
Second, Gerry spoke about co-operation between clubs, something he notes the Kingston Clubs do well.  Other clubs in the District are combining to raise funds and support projects.  Smaller clubs often act as facilitators, bringing together people and groups even outside of Rotary to get things done.
 
 
Gerry also spoke about the upcoming District Conference at Clayton in early November.  Gerry urged club members to attend and learn about all Rotary can offer.  For details and to register,  go to the District website, www.rotary7040.com.  Club cooperation and Rotarians getting together at a District Conference are just two examples of the year's Rotary Theme, Rotary Connects the World.
 
John Farrow thanked Gerry for visiting today, and presented him with the Club's contribution for The Rotary Foundation and for Polio Plus.
 
District Governor Gerry Lambert John Farrow 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
John Farrow introduced our guest speaker, Gavin Hutchison, who was here to speak with us about climate change.  Gavin has an engineering background and got inspired to be involved with spreading the word about climate change after reading the book,  The Weather Makers.   He was trained by Al Gore in 2012 on how to present on the topic of climate change.
 
So, why is our planet not a cold rock, like our moon?  It’s our atmosphere that provides a stable temperature, evaporation, precipitation and photosynthesis.  The stable temperature comes from the Greenhouse Effect. The sun’s rays warm the earth’s surface and our atmosphere hangs on to some of that heat for us.  Adding greenhouse gases like CO2 is like adding a second ‘blanket’ and causes more heat to be trapped and held on to in the atmosphere.  As a result, the earth’s temperature is increasing.  In 1988, it was reported that we’d already pushed the earth to its temperature variability limit, and should expect extreme weather events.
 
The last 3 decades have seen highest temperature increases, and the last 5 years on average have been the hottest on record.  224 locations around the world set all time heat records in 2018.  The oceans of the world are moderating the extreme temperatures – one of the consequences is an increase in hurricanes and their intensity.  The cost of the losses from extreme weather events in the last 2 years is $653 Billion.  Gavin ran us through a series of slides that, when presented on after another, made us realize just how many floods, droughts, fires, and hurricanes have been piling up, one one top of another, for many years.
 
So, what do we do?   The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 pointed the way.  The long term goal is to decrease global average temps to below industrialized levels.  This will be done by reducing carbon dioxide emission levels – down 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.  Canada will probably not meet our modest commitments of the Paris Accords.  Countries like Scotland have already met theirs. Transportation is the largest source of emissions in Ontario and we all need to be driving electric cars!  Tesla has announced electric semis for next year, which could significantly lower emissions, because we transport so many goods by truck. Buildings are another big source of emissions because of heat loss – insulate, insulate, insulate and switch to heat pumps!  This has an immediate positive impact.
 
What can we do besides this? Speak up!  Buy an electric car; eat less meat; make your home and business more energy efficient; buy a smaller car; buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle; buy a battery electric vehicle;  let our politicians know this matters!
 
Canadians are very high emitters among the countries of the world.  Europe, China and India are moving much more quickly than we are in North America.  The time to act is not now, it has already past.  We can't afford to wait any longer.
 
You are welcome to join 350Kingston.org.  Join the Friday climate change demonstrations at city hall.  For more info, go to ClimateRealityProject.org
 
Ed Thompson thanked Gavin for his very informative presentation.
 
Concerned Citizens Fighting Climate Change Terri Hodges 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Aug 06, 2019
John Farrow introduced our guest speaker, Doug van der Horden, who is here to speak with us about preventing human trafficking in the Kingston area.  You will remember that Doug received a Paul Harris designation from us last year for his work for the last 12 years trying to help prevent human trafficking in this area.  He is a counselor at Ernestown Secondary School, and has held several interesting jobs in the past.
 
Doug complimented us on the awesome vibe in the room at 7am!  His presentation is usually 3 hours long, so he can only just skim the surface in the next 20 minutes.
 
 
 
 
Doug has been with the School Board for 12 years, and has had a varied past – military (member of the Vimy Band), pastor, musician, Salvation Army worker in the prisons, and youth worker.  He went back to school when he got out of the military and had a child on the way.  When he was in college, he saw a film called Human Trafficking with Donald Sutherland in it.  At that time, the topic was not anywhere on Doug's radar, but it affected him profoundly and he started to approach anyone he could who worked with folks living on the street – trying to learn more about it.
 
Human Trafficking is such a complex issue.  The Alliance for Action committee was formed locally in an effort to get the attention of the police and the major crimes unit.  The Chair of the group approached the police chief and they had their first meeting after three years of trying to get together with the Police – the police knew nothing.  It was not on their radar either, and they didn’t have the resources to deal with it.  Alliance for Action had been looking into trafficking for 4 years, and the police were more than willing to listen to them and learn.
 
What exactly is human trafficking?  In simple terms, it is the illegal sale of human beings like commodities in order to meet a demand for forced labour or sexual slavery.  It's different than human smuggling, where people pay to get into a country illegally, although once there these smuggled people are very vulnerable to being trafficked.  Every 30 seconds worldwide someone becomes a victim of human trafficking.  Victims are being forced, even if they’re being paid.  The psychological bond with the trafficker is SO strong, it’s very hard for younger, disadvantaged youth to break free.  The average age of someone being trafficked is 12 to 15 years, and there have been local cases, some of which are still working there way through the courts. Girls represent between 70-80% of trafficked people, and it doesn’t necessarily mean transporting them far away.  Sometimes these girls are being given a roof over their heads and are being pimped out, right here, in the Kingston area.  The 401 corridor is a trafficking artery (Doug has done presentations to the En Route staffs and managers).
 
5 years ago, Timea Nagy, a survivor and advocate came to speak with in Kingston and at Kingston General Hospital, and awareness has been building. Alliance for Action is no longer a working group, but Doug is still going.  CBC Radio reported that the best way to combat trafficking is to educate our young people.  Doug and others have been presenting to kids grade 7 and 8 and up to increase their awareness.
 
There are 2 types of trafficking:  domestic or international.  Doug focuses on domestic – within this country and our neighbourhoods.  We he asks within his school how many people thought trafficking was happening within our country, province?  Sure!  Within our community? People answer no, it’s not happening in our community – but guess what?  It is!  Social media facilitates reach-outs from traffickers in large cities.  Doug related a story of one group home kid who was moved to another city.  She disappeared and , couldn’t find her anywhere, and surfaced eventually over social media and because of the education we’re doing, her friend identified a  false reach-out and a ‘sting’ operation was organized.  In Odessa!
Cops got the girl back, and it was traced to a prostitution ring in Toronto.
 
There are 3 types of pimps: a prevalent one is the Romeo pimp– a few years older than the girls and works at winning them over and builds an online relationship with them.  Then they isolate them from their family and friends and introduce them to the sex trade.  It's really hard to get the girls back at this point. Videos are often used for blackmailing.  Then Romeo asks a favour……  just this one time. This is the type of pimp that is seen most often.
 
Doug asks the kids – what do you think a pimp looks like?  There are the stereotypically dressed ones (big hat, fur coat, cane, gold jewelry, etc.), but a lot of them are young, average-looking women!  You wouldn't pick them out in a crowd.
 
President Ana Sutherland thanked Doug for his very enthusiastic and informative presentation on this disturbing topic……
 
 
Who do you call if you suspect someone is being trafficked?  The Canadian Human Trafficking Crisis Number is 1-833-900-1010.  You can also contact Kingston Police or Victims Services at 613-548-4834.  You can follow Doug's work on Facebook at; https://www.facebook.com/fast.kingston/?ref=bookmarks
 
 
Doug van der Horden - Does Human Trafficking Occur in Kingston? Terri Hodges 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jul 30, 2019
John Farrow introduced our guest speaker, John Mackay, from the Kingston Police Pipe Band.  Our relationship began with a chance meeting with another band member at a bingo hall annual general meeting, and culminated with a grant for a project last year.
 
John did his teaching degree at Queen’s after an undergrad degree at McMaster, and his involvement with the Kingston Police Pipe Band began back in 2016.  John actually went to Scotland as part of his degree studies to learn and teach there at a famous piping and drumming school.  He's now a contract math teacher with the Limestone District School Board, the piping instructor at Royal Military College and the founder of the Kingston Police Pipe Band.
 
 
The band's first performance was at the First Capital Highland Gathering at the Isabel Bader Centre last April, and it showed what the band is capable of – a band built from scratch!
 
John was inspired by the Inverary and District Pipe Band from Scotland and their story of building from nothing to world pipe band champions.  He approached the Chief of Police in Kingston and outlined his plan to work with low-socioeconomic background kids and build a pipe band together.  John obtained support and started to advertise free piping and drumming classes, and obtained practice space from Queen’s at McArthur College.  He even used his own school loan money to buy practice equipment, and when that was insufficient to support the band's growth, the band applied for a Rotary grant from our club to help out.  John expressed his thanks at getting funds for much needed equipment.
 
In May 2017 they got the official go ahead from the Police Department, and were officially branded the Kingston Police Pipe Band.
 
Fundraising was a priority, and there fundraising included selling donuts and Remembrance Day lunches (and now bingo).
 
After a couple of moves John finally connected with the Boys and Girls Club and got use of their space free of charge to practice, and encouraged kids at the Club to join them.  Once a week lessons are taught there, on part courtesy of practice equipment bought with our grant.  In April 2018 the band received there own uniforms from Scotland (with the Macdonald hunting tartan – the nicest MacDonald one we could find….) and shortly thereafter placed 3rd in our first competition in Kemptville – all with a band of kids started from scratch!  Many other events, increasing the band's profile, have followed.
 
John wants to move to a 2 band system – a competitive band and a kids band.  And this is a passion that can encompass folks from all walks of life.  He’d really like to see the piping and drumming expanded into the school system, and has written a modified music curriculum to make this possible!  If Scotland can do it, why can't we?
 
John thanked us again so much for our donation – which purchased practice equipment enough for 30 children.  Prior to this, they were creating equipment in a makeshift fashion and did not have enough for all the kids who showed up……
 
There is still a need for funds.  They are now at 47 uniforms, worth $1,200-$1,400 each and are still short!
 
Elizabeth Cohoe thanked John for his presentation, remarking that it's so nice for us to see our fundraising money at work!
 
 
John' powerpoint presentation will be available on the club website.
John Mckay, Kingston Police Pipe Band Terri Hodges 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff on Jul 23, 2019
Robert Reid introduced speaker Birket Foster from Chesterville Rotary to speak about the EOT (Emergency Operation Things) Project.  Birket spoke at the District Conference last year and President Ana felt it was important for him to connect with us, because of our involvement in Indigenous projects through our National Committee.
EOT really started from Birket organizing his high school reunions for Beaconsfield High School. A legacy idea emerged that might change people’s lives. Chesterville Rotary Club was already involved with Ryan’s Wells, helping dig wells in Africa, and someone said "why not do the same work here in Canada?"
 
 
The problem in Northern communities isn’t just getting clean water - the need is also for enough pumpable water to put out fires. Last summer, two fire-fighting schools were set up, at two levels. This was the initiative of Connie Delisle, a person with indigenous background and experience with the Privy Council, as well as a public safety background. Jennifer Franssen from Kemptville Rotary got involved, as well as a couple of members from DART (disaster assistance recovery team) with their technology that provides potable water at the site of any disaster as soon as they get there.and a modified Shelter Box with stoves and water kits was created.  All of these Rotary connections are bringing all the assets needed together - water, sewage treatment, power, and communications.
 
The talk was full of examples of key aspects of the project being facilitated by making connections with people with specific expertise and experience; e.g., need for sewage, power, communications. Whenever he talks about the work to Rotarians, some speaks up with expertise and ideas to share.
 
So the Four Avenues of Service of this project are: water, waste water, power, communications
Key features that will guide the project are;
  • community discussion on the project - finding communities that want to do this.  Birket intends to connect with HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) to help find communities that are interested because this is a collaboration between Rotary and the community.  The community will get Federal Government funds.
  • examine deployment model, ensuring community involvement, to ensure sustainability; needs to start with proper assessment.  This opens the Infrastructure Bank to get funds.  Joseph Redhead from the West Ottawa Rotary, a retired water engineer got involved at this point to help guide the assessment.
  • look at level of implementation, connecting with existing infrastructure, use a 'lego block' strategy to make things scalable.
  • define the “topup” including integration with existing infrastructure to open up the funds
  • decide on deployment (materials, training—who and what).  Eight people will be trained in the four categories and will need to be paid a stipend for their work.  Training is critical - a $26 million water project now sits idle in a Northern community because training was not addressed properly.
  • time for delivering, installing, training, then commissioning, operating, and monitoring are all keys aspects
  • the goal is to find a community with a problem, not the worst water problem, to test the concept and tweak things that can be done better
  • add to list of resilient communities
This is summarized in the flowchart below (apologies for any problems viewing the chart)
 
36 of our District 7040 clubs have said they want to help
 
The overall philosophy is: accuracy first, then momentum.  We need to understand community needs to get the ball rolling.  The target is next year to launch.
 
 
Q: What about provision of (electrical) power?
A: Varies according to equipment. Need enough to run whatever equipment you have. In B.C., Jennifer stashed generators throughout province to ensure earthquake readiness.
Example of new company using banks of small generators, serviceable locally, with heat recovery, heat battery, and energy server, etc. This resulted in huge change in Fort Providence, B.C., actually taking the town off the grid. The system stabilizes the community electrical system. A greenhouse is producing fresh vegetables year-round.
 
The model looks like this;
 
see ssie.ca for details (Innovative Energy Solutions for Remote Communities)
 
Questions and Comments
 
Greg Mumford: An observation. Started with a discussion with the community. So much hinges on their wanting it, wanting to drive it. What are the criteria for working with communities?
A: Yes. This is for the north.
 
Onagotay: Nothing for the people without the people. If you don’t gather the people, what they want and need, it won’t work.
 
Ed Thompson: Through my experience working in the 1980's, the big problem is in sustainability. Where does funding for that come?
A: There are funds available for training.
 
John Richards: Cost of assessment
A: $80,000 approximately
 
John Farrow thanked Birket with the traditional loaf of bread.
Birket Foster - Bringing Clean Water to Northern Communities Bill Egnatoff 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff on Jul 23, 2019
Robert Reid and National Committee had an update for us on their recent activities;
 
  1. Teaching Circle at Loughborough Public School (Heather Nogrady reporting)
This project has been in the works for a couple of years, the brainchild of Janza Giangrosso. It is an Outdoor teaching circle at Loughborough Public School. Cataraqui Rotary has contributed trees around the circle; will become wonderful shade trees, and has facilitated the putting together of this project. Stones, portraying seven Indigenous values, labelled in Ojibway and English have been placed around the circle. The kids were very, very enthusiastic about the inauguration of the circle. They listened to an elder discuss Indigenous culture and teachings, who got kids to share their thoughts on the meaning of the seven values. This helps develop pride in land and encourages learning of their cultural heritage and language, and to understand more of the history of the land and the territory. Each child was encouraged to bring his or her own stone, to be placed in the circle, giving them a connection to this particular place. It is a beautiful and meaningful space, will be loved and honoured. Our club also has it’s name on a stone because of our sponsorship. The event was covered by local papers including Whig Standard and in the Kingstonist, and was front-page news in Kingston the week.  President Ana was presented with a spirit catcher, made of Sweetgrass strands woven to be strong, symbolizing our being stronger together than individually.
 
  1. New Hope Bikes in Pikangikum.
We learned about this community again through Janza. Norfolk Sunrise Rotary Club has been doing regular work there. Our International Committee contributed $200 for food for a canoe trip, but it ended up being used for food for the evacuation centre after a forest fire. Once people returned, we contributed $2,000 to employ youth in bike repair workshop, housed in a cleverly repurposed shipping container.  Also part of the project was the construction of a BMX track, trails, and employing youth to fix bikes for the kids. An inspiring video was shown about the project, which can be seen at;
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcGUqecXIJI&t=14s
 
 
Update on the National Committee Bill Egnatoff 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Farrow on Jul 16, 2019
Surprise speaker intro person Greta introduced our guests and guest speakers Deepa and Ram from Chennai, India.  First up on the agenda was the official twinning of CK Rotary with Deepa and Ram's club, an idea put forward while the Friendship Exchange Team was in India.  President Ana reminded us of Past-President Rick's close to all his emails: "if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together".  We want to go far with our mighty efforts, so the official twinning of our clubs make perfect sense - the clubs want to promote cooperation and understanding and carry out projects in their respective communities.  We share similar interests, challenges, and history.  We speak a common language from the heart, and we are going to work together on a project.
 
Ram presented a club banner to help cement our relationship.  Certificates were signed as well, saying how we are joining in a spirit of cooperation to foster international understanding and goodwill through service.  This reflects the year theme of Rotary Connects The World.  Ram then spoke about his club; how they have celebrated their 25th anniversary, how they are in the top ten clubs in their District for their achievements, winning 13 district awards, how they focus on working for the underprivileged, how they work to provide babies with needed heart surgeries, how they resurrected a school after a monsoon.  They have decided to do more internationally, and want to work with partners.
 
The particular project seeks to provide a simple solution to screening for breast cancer, which makes up one third of the detected cancers in India.  India also has a low rate of treatment success after detection (50%), compared to Canada (above 90%).  Ram's club is lucky in that they have several club members with experience in the medical industry.  One member has identified a U.S. technology partner that has a non-invasive, non-intrusive detection method for breast cancer that can help overcome the stigma for Indian women who are uncomfortable being examined if they do not have access to a female doctor.  Although there is a lot of education around self-examination, those who practice this are afraid to come forward.  In this case a small cell phone-like device can be passed across the body and anomalies in breast tissue density are identified, with results given in 10 minutes.  Early trial results are encouraging enough to get the club involved.  The investment per device would be about $9,000, and to cover the proposed examination of 10,000 underprivileged women 6 to 7 devices would be required.   Ram has given details to Ana and John Gale.  The project could be extended to indigenous communities in Canada.
 
We then connected to Ram's club via zoom and heard fro their members about their commitment to the project.  Ram introduced his club members and President Ana thanked the club for its interest in our Pathways project and how we look forward to working on their project.  Ram's club returned the good wishes and the hopes of an ongoing cooperative relationship.  Annie-Grace filled us in on more details, and Ram proposed that this could become a much larger project.  Hopefully we can move forward with the project as soon as possible to conclude it this Rotary year.
 
John Farrow thanked our guests, prefacing his thanks by tying this proposed project and others to club support for the Rotary Foundation.  John also told us about the Johns Hopkins study that values the volunteer hours that Rotarians put in worldwide at $850 million per year!  The traditional loaf of bread and some gifts of indigenous art were also presented to Ram and Deepa.
 
What an amazing meeting celebrating how Rotary Connects the World!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visiting Rotarians from India - Sister Club! John Farrow 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2019
Please give a warm welcome to Karenna Chen – just back from a year in Denmark!
 
Karenna was in Copenhagen, an old European city with tight, cobblestone streets, the capital of Denmark.  While old, it is still a very modern city with modern conveniences. Denmark has been designated one of the happiest countries in the world, and the combination of city, nature, joy and urban life was very appealing to Karenna. 
The first thing she saw when she landed was the windmills and she was welcomed by a giant sign and 100 Danish flags by her host families.  She knew this was the place for her!  Karenna was also welcomed by a Danish birthday party – cakes in the shapes of men – you cut off the head first, and everyone screams!
 
Karenna's first activity was an Intro Camp and lots of "touristing".  She discovered Danes are not as impressed by the Little Mermaid statue as we North Americans are!  The photo op was a quick run from the car and then back in and on to the next thing.
Karenna went to a ‘music profile’ school, what we would call an arts school – with lots of practice rooms and instruments.  They really encourage learning through experience. She rode her bike to school every day, and even took it on the train, which is par for the course in Denmark.
 
It’s a challenge to get used to living without your own parents and with hosts.  Her 3 families were all awesome.  They were all families whose own children were doing exchanges.  That's the way it is in Denmark.  About 30 other exchange students were in Copenhagen – this was very helpful, especially in the beginning when being on exchange can be very challenging.  Karenna said she now has friends in all corners of the world.
 
Christmas was one of Karenna's highlights.  It starts around mid-October and lasts till the middle of January!  There is not much for Hallowe’en, so they start early.  There are 100s of traditions, including extensive Christmas food……  Karenna also got to go to Sweden and see how they do Christmas there.
 
Being part of a Choir – was a huge part of Krenna's exchange experience.  She did A LOT of singing there – it was special to focus more on the arts, than on traditional studies.  And there were performances a number of times. Karenna also  loves baking, so she learned a lot of traditional Danish baking and shared some Canadian favourites like butter tarts and Nanaimo bars.  She also commented that the Danes were a bit tough to warm up to, but once she did, they became great friends.
 
There were trips around Europe including a trip to Barcelona with her class.  A week in Dresden with the choir.  Legoland!  Then a 3 week trip around Europe at the end:  Berlin, Prague….. so many places.   Winter bathing was quite the experience!  Karenna came to love it and did it often (hard no from your editor!).  The down side - is was very hard to leave her families when it was time to switch – especially the first family, because they have to help you so much with everything when you are getting settled.
 
10 months went by in a flash – but Karenna took every opportunity she could:  horseback riding, rowing, choir, Opera, Tivoli Gardens, handball and football matches (2 national sports of Denmark), searching out new experiences and the city itself.  Karenna is very grateful.
Tusind Tak – Thank you SO much.  This would not have been possible without Rotary!
 
Elizabeth Cohoe – How much of the language did you know before you went?  Karenna -Very little.  They speak mostly English there, so it wasn’t that tough.  Rotary helped by giving weekly Danish lessons.  I have a pretty good handle on the language now.
 
President, Ana Sutherland thanked Karenna for her presentation and commented on all the pins, etc. on her jacket.  Karenna was presented with thank you ‘butter tarts’, rather than bread!  Karenna brought a banner from her host Rotary club!  Karenna is a wonderful young woman, and we could not have made a better selection for Rotary Exchange.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Karenna Chen - My Year in Denmark Terri Hodges 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 02, 2019
The King is Dead, Long Live the Queen!
 
Happy Rotary New Year!  Ana began here inauguraI address by thanking Past President Rick for the Rotarian of the Year Award that she shared with Greta DuBois.  She is very grateful to be recognized for her contributions to the club.
 
Our theme for this upcoming year is Rotary Connects the World  - let’s unite and take care of the world as a group of Rotarians.  Hakim with his world travels, John Gale with Pathways, Indian Rotarians arriving soon, Great with Friendship Exchange - we are Uniting the World!
We’re 27 members and 5 Friends of Rotary and Zoe Mackenzie is coming back as a Friend.  Rotary clubs everywhere are experiencing a decline in numbers and yet this small but mighty group at CK Rotary accomplishes so much – look to the future!  Elizabeth’s Service Projects report was 6 pages long!  We’ve been ever so quiet about the work that we do here at CK Rotary.  It’s time that we speak a little more loudly about what we do.  Get our name out there, invite people out, and please also consider mentoring younger members, as well.  We have quite a few long-term members, and that is a great resource.
 
There is so much to look forward to this year:  100 years of Rotary in Kingston is approaching!  And the 2 projects we’re participating in as a club, including welcoming new Canadians to Rotary, with Howard Lee helping to lead this effort.  We will hold an event to welcome new Canadians to Rotary - details to follow.  Heather Nogrady has tabled the idea of dressing the graduating class of Pathways to Education, which we are looking into. We can invite them to Rotary, helping their self esteem and showing them the possibility of Rotary.  And we’re sistering with the Rotary Club in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
Our new location at the Odd Fellows hall feels good and we may be able to partner with them too.  We can work with other service clubs even outside of Rotary to make thing happen.  Let's engage the organizations we give money to to help publicize the auction and build that fundraiser.  This year we will have the "Ace of Clubs" draw, because we are the Ace of Rotary Clubs.
 
Let’s get our classification talks going again so that we can learn more about each other on a deeper level and help each other with connections.
And let’s also start doing more social get togethers to have some fun!
 
Our future is bright!  Ana is looking forward to a great year
President Ana Inspires us to take the Club to new heights!
 
Bernie Allard receives his pin for 41 (yes 41!) years of perfect attendance!
 
Elizabeth starts the Fun Master duties off for the new year with a quiz about our new President.
 
President Ana's Address to the Club John Farrow 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2019
President Rick called the “Rick Fiedorec Good Riddance Party” to order, and Terry Hicks led us in Oh Canada, sans piano.  President-Elect Ana led the dinner parade, making sure Paul Malo’s table went last (it’s a tradition).  A wonderful dinner with lively conversation followed, as members introduced significant others to newer members and Friends of Rotary.
 
After dinner Ana made several announcements before the ceremonies began.  Following Acknowledgement of Territory, a member was selected from each table to introduce guests.  Wednesday several members were at Loughborough Public School, inaurgurating an outdoor classroom space.  An elder spoke to the children.  Thanks to Janza for facilitating this project.  See the link to the story in the Kingstonist - https://www.kingstonist.com/news/loughborough-public-gets-indigenous-inspired-outdoor-teaching-space/  .  The Club has been recognized for our contribution with an inscribed stone.
 
Pathways to Education had their graduation ceremony at St. Lawrence College on Friday June 21st, with Ana, Ed Thompson and President Rick in attendance.  President-elect Ana described it as a heartwarming event where 54 grads received their diplomas.  We look forward to working more with Pathways. 
 
Finally, Heather Nogrady volunteered at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, representing our club.  Thanks Heather!
 
President Rick reflected on the past Rotary year, thanking everyone for their support, and specifically mentioning his spouse Michelle and the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.  Rick also thanked Maya for being part of out family.  Rick presented a small (liquid) token of appreciation to all, making Elizabeth “sing for her supper” as she presented a condensed version of the Service Projects report, elaborating on why and how we do the things we have been involved with.  The breadth of what we have done with fewer members is amazing.  The full report (or novel as Elizabeth calls it) will be sent to all members.
 
Then the serious hardware was handed out!  Rick Frasso and Ana Sutherland presented a thirty year perfect attendance pin to Terry Hicks, and recognized Bernie Allard (41 years) who was away in Nova Scotia (of course Bernie will have a make up).  Paul Harris recognition was conferred on five members by Greta and President Rick – Elizabeth Cohoe, John Farrow, John Gale, Greg Mumford, and Terry Hicks (Rick’s choice).  Greta Dubois and Ana Sutherland were very deserving recipients of Rotarian of the Year Awards.  After exchanging Past-President and new President pins, Ana introduced the new and returning Board members and Committee Chairs, and remarked that the theme of Rotary Connects the World is something we already doing in spades.
 
And of course, “Chase the Ace” was on the menu.  The high-pressure job of pulling tickets was granted to Lori Farrow, and after 20 unsuccessful attempts and only 4 cards left, Terri Hodges found the elusive Ace and won $400.
Rotary Year-End Celebration John Farrow 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Farrow
This morning we were lucky to have not one, but TWO amazing youth speaking to our club.
Our inbound Exchange Student Maya Bergerson was introduced by President Rick for her final presentation to the club.
 
Maya has been with us since August of 2018.  She was doing her final presentation on the eve of exams (with a bad cold), and when she was preparing to speak last week, she was taking time from the 8 assignments she had to do (thanks for fitting us in!)  Maya showed us her first picture, taken in the Kingston airport, after a loooooong day of flying from her home in Norway to Germany, Toronto, stuck in Toronto, then finally in Kingston. Maya thought about what she’d say, and admitted she’s not good at taking pictures, so she has many pictures of her, not so many of her exchange!  But she had lots of friends that did take pictures, lucky for us.  Instead of the usual travelogue of photos, Maya wanted to talk about how the exchange has helped her and changed her as a person.  Rather than trying to be “that exchange student” who dives in and does everything, Maya wanted her exchange to be more about experiencing what life is like for a normal teenager in Canada – going to school, eating greasy cafeteria pizza, and hanging out downtown with friends.  She tried skating in the market square – much different than finding a frigid frozen lake in Norway.  Maya’s exchange was about the small things – reading more for pleasure, writing bad poetry (not true, I’ve read some of it, it’s very good!), going to Starbucks, and doing the Polar Plunge.  Maya enjoyed the polar plunge because she said if you want to do that in Norway you just go swimming in July! Going to the prom was a highlight (for her date too I’m sure), as was the visit from Maya's Mom and mom’s boyfriend.  Chilling at school with her friends was also something that always made Maya smile.
 
Maya was happy to celebrate the Norway National Day in Canada, complete with the required fancy cake.  Her last weekend with her fellow exchange students was sad, lots of tears, but Maya realized that she has made friendships that will last forever.  She closed by thanking us for being great hosts and being her second family.
Answering questions, Maya admitted her favourite Canadian food is poutine, and hopes to do some camping before she leaves on July 10th.  She is open for suggestions of things to do before she leaves.
Maya was presented with a lovely bracelet and notebook to write poetry in by Heather Kembel.
 
 
Greg Mumford introduced our second speaker, Farida Elsharkawy– she was sponsored for RYLA last year, and Adventures in Citizenship in May in Ottawa, noting she has made an important commitment when the new high school opens (more on that later).
 
Farida is a grade 11 student at KCVI who thanked us for sponsoring her for programs that she says will make her a better person.  Adventures in Citizenship is a week-long program in Ottawa, and luckily Farida’s host dad for the week has served in Egypt in the military (Farida moved to Canada from Egypt 5 years ago).  And, her host mom was a physiotherapist, which is what Farida wants to do as a profession.
 
Archives Canada was the base for the program, but Farida got to visit many other places – the War Museum, which she wants to go back to, and the relocated House of Commons, which gave her chills when she thought about the big decisions taken there for our country.  Even the technology of the House amazed her.  One of her big takeaways was the motivation she received from the amazing speakers.  A self-described procrastinator, Farida vowed to change that.  It was a wake-up call for her about how much other students are doing, and she remarked on the friends she made and how she will keep up those relationships.
 
RYLA was another great program that involves coming up with a project the you will implement at you school.  Farida was fascinated by the proposals to set up an Interact club, and really wants to set up a club at the new high school, and has a teacher interested to help.
 
Answering questions, Farida wanted to become more involved outside of school, so the Rotary connection in the programs piqued her interest.  One of the speakers she was very interested in was an immigrant who ran into trouble with the law and turned his life around.
One of the most interesting questions came from Martin Thomas, who wanted to know if Farida has reflected on what her life would be like if she had stayed in Egypt.  She responded by saying the she loves Egypt but would not be the person she is today if she was there, because she wouldn’t fit in with the conservative society.  The idea of community volunteerism is lacking, as are activities outside of school.  But maybe she will return to make some of these activities happen.  Farida also spoke of her school activities and her passion for rugby – playing, refereeing, and teaching younger kids the game.
 
President Rick presented Farida with the usual loaf of bread.
 
 
Yet another meeting where youth stole the show.
 
Inbound, Inbound, Rebound, Mom of Rebound, and Bestie of all Exchange Students!
Maya Bergerson and Farida Elsharkawy - Youth Programs John Farrow 2019-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Mayor Bryan Paterson - The State of the City Terri Hodges 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
This morning, with no scheduled speaker, we received updates on many ongoing programs, mostly about our various youth programs.
 
Kingston 2020 Celebrations
President Rick gave us plenty of advanced notice on several events;
Sunday, July 19th 2020 - Birthday Bash at Rotary Park rain or shine (there will be a tent in case of rain).  This will kick off the Rotary in Kingston centennial year.
Friday, June 25th, 2021 (advanced notice – expect full attendance) at St. Lawrence College – Rotary Gala, tickets will be $100 per person – light entertainment, 1 speaker for 10 minutes, Rotarians from Australia and New Zealand will be joining us.  This is not a fundraiser but a celebration of Rotary's 100 years in Kingston.
Monday, June 21st 2021 welcome barbecue for Rotarians from Melbourne and Auckland.  Location is yet to be determined.  Please get these dates in your calendar!
 
Notes from the South African Friendship Exchange
John Farrow read letters from South African youth that went on short term Rotary Student Exchange.  these young men were introduced to us by our visitors from South Africa.  Last week Urban Ruins, who is supporting these young men (1 to Germany, 1 to Argentina) passed along emotional letters of thanks.  These are both young men whose lives will be changed dramatically by their experience.  Thank you everyone in the club who supported this student exchange with donations or good wishes.
 
Adventures Programs
Greg Mumford reported that we’re supporting Adventures in the Environment which is well subscribed; Adventures in Understanding, although it is harder to find a candidate; Adventures in High Tech in Ottawa in October.  We haven’t sent anyone in a few years to this, so we are hoping to return; we are looking to start an Interact Club sponsored by us with Pathways as a partner.   And of course Greg has Bingo and Auction in his spare time!
 
Elizabeth Cohoe re: Fundraising
St. Francis of Assisi school – we have contributed to their kitchen renovation and also recently a book program (Dolly Parton Imagination book program which delivers one book a month to preschoolers.)  Greg and Elizabeth attended the kickoff for that last Wednesday.  There was a special assembly at the school, and Dollywood's Little Engine Playhouse presented a short play based on one of the books.  Everyone they ran into at the school expressed their gratitude for our funding. They’ve sent us a thank you note and also a gift for President Rick – a school mug.  Rick read out the thank you letter from the school.
 
 
 
Bingo - $250 per shift is what we make, and we’ve been having $2,000 months in our bingo earnings.  That’s awesome!  Thank you to everyone who does Bingo shifts!
 
Nut Drive – interest is on the wane…… we make less than $125 per person who participates.  Rick could use a break, as he’s been head nut for a LONG time.  Should we keep on doing this?  On the plus side, we’re working together with other clubs (although we don’t actually work alongside them……  we’re kind of on our own)
Michelle expressed that she is uncomfortable with how we drag Queen’s students into this without giving them a choice.  Don’t like the idea of Rotary being associated with something forced.  And it hasn’t really improved our connection with Queen’s and their students.
Ana said we can still participate without leading, and we can still purchase for ourselves (and earn fundraising money for our club.)/ We voted and agreed not to lead on this, allowing club members to participate if they want.
 
Bill Egnatoff: Adventures in History
We received an email from a woman about our use of the image of teens behind bars.  Bill saw this as an opportunity and was sure to respond and let her know how our goal is to highlight the positive changes that are happening today and encouraging our Youth to participate in generating those ideas.  She understood and appreciated the response, and of course, Bill asked her to contribute!  Bill also mentioned that we will ask the Youth what they think about our use of this image.  Direct everyone to  www.adventuresinhistory.ca !!!  We need to work hard to recruit interested students.  Grades 10-12 are the most appropriate ages.  We could use some help, too from Club members!
 
Overall the meeting was a great update on how we are doing with Youth Programs.
 
 
An Update on Youth Programs and Kingston 2021 Terri Hodges 2019-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
 
Pat summarized her many years with Rotary International – the joy of meeting other people, whether it be locally, or, beyond borders.
She has never regretted taking on any role, or, the many positions she has chaired over the years, from President, Secretary, District Conference Chair,  District Rotaract Chair, and many more. Pat encouraged everyone to “ get involved “ and take on a leadership role within the club, District, or Rotary International.  Pat believes it has been a tremendous learning experience – and opened her eyes to the world.
 
Pat has many fond memories of Rotary and said it has become an important part of her life, – the “icing” on the cake – meeting Arnold, her partner for life.
 
Michelle thanked Pat with the traditional loaf of bread this morning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pat Brown - A Life in Rotary Ron Pols 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff on May 27, 2019
Welcome, Jackie Blakney, as a new member of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston.
Rick Frasso read the induction precepts, and all present welcomed Jackie. Her classification is Real Estate.

Her service will include participating in fund-raising through Bingo and the Auction. She was welcomed to attend all committee meetings. Jackie looking forward to meeting all the committee chairs and finding her niche for service and fellowship.

Ana Sutherland prepares membership pin
Ana presents Jackie her membership pin
Jackie with her sponsor, Ana Sutherland
Ana, Jackie, and President Rick Fiedorec
 
Jackie Blakney inducted May 21 2019 Bill Egnatoff 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff on May 22, 2019
Mark and Jackie Blakey with Rick Fiedorec
Guest Speaker, Mark Blakey, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Ontario
Shirley Blakey, Past Grand Chaplain
Rick Fiedorec, President, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, who thanked Mark and Shirley, presenting them with a loaf of bread, the club tradition
 

President-Elect Ana Sutherland introduced Mark. Ana had met with Shirley Blakey, who suggested that our club consider using the Odd Fellows Hall for meetings. That led to the Odd Fellows Hall becoming our meeting place earlier this year, and then on May 21st. It seemed a natural step to invite Mark and Shirley so that we could learn about our hosts and their organization. We discovered many parallels of values, fellowship, and service between Odd Fellows and Rotary. 

Mark was pleased and honoured to have our club meeting in their Odd Fellows home. His Rotary connection began in childhood in New Brunswick when he helped his Rotarian father sell peanuts!

The best thing about being Grand Master was sharing the Odd Fellows message throughout Ontario. That message included many similarities between the precepts of Odd Fellows and those of Rotary, including connections between Odd Fellows motto, “Friendship, Love, and Truth” and Rotary's Four Way Test.  For more information about Odd Fellows' mission and principles, see Independent Order of Odd Fellows: The Sovereign Grand Lodge, where you'll learn that:

THE COMMAND OF THE IOOF IS TO“VISIT THE SICK, RELIEVE THE DISTRESSED, BURY THE DEAD AND EDUCATE THE ORPHAN.” SPECIFICALLY, IOOF MEMBERS TODAY ARE DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:

  • To improve and elevate the character of mankind by promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity and universal justice.
  • To help make the world a better place to live in, by aiding each other, the community, the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, and the environment in every way possible.
  • To promote good will and harmony amongst peoples and nations through the principle of universal fraternity, holding the belief that all men and women regardless of race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, rank and station are brothers and sisters.

Odd Fellows began in the 1700s in England. If a man who worked for a lord died, his children and wife were cast off. Odd Fellows set up a fund to support them. It's based on universal brotherhood. Only eighteen years ago, Odd Fellows began accepting women; before that, they were Rebekahs. Odd Fellows enjoy working serving others, working with people to help them prosper. They teach humility; forgiveness is key. First fraternity to include both men and women was in the US. Rebekah started Sept 20th, 1851. Numbers declined greatly during the Great Depression, since it was too expensive. Then, with Roosevelt's New Deal, the need for Oddfellows declined. In 1971 the Independent Order of Oddfellows changed its constitution. In 1979, there were about 243,000 members, but there are many fewer now. In Kingston, in the '50s and '60s, there were three lodges and about 1200 members. Now there is one lodge and about 30 members.
Many notable Kingstonians were members. Sir John A. MacDonald was one of five founding members and he was the first Noble Grand Master. The showcase in the hall displays medals from the collection of Dr. A. E. Ross, who invented the ambulatory field. Odd Fellows has lodges world-wide, including in Norway, Denmark, and Switzerland. It is a fraternity and used to be hand-in-hand with the Freemasons, but the two organizations went separate ways.

In Kingston, Odd Fellows has a long history of serving the community. (Unfortunately, the membership got too comfortable and didn’t add new members, but it is now recruiting again.) They store and loan hospital equipment such as walkers, crutches, and wheel chairs. They look after pickup and delivery. Mark and Shirley have travelled across Ontario and in Europe. Empire Life used to be Oddfellows Insurance, started in Kingston. Empire purchased the building and took the name. The three-link logo, symbolizing Friendship, Love, and Truth, remains on Empire Life buildings. Another major claim to fame is their work withTB, Polio, and Measles. In 1985 two doctors and another man started Camp Trillium for children with cancer. It's programs grew to span the whole summer. Camps are on Rainbow Lake and Gareth Island, across from Picton Beach. Eight years ago the owner of the island died and Oddfellows purchased it for $1.2M, which took eight years of fundraising, finished last Christmas. They are now undertaking fundraising for a medical centre.

We're all invited next Tuesday, May 28th, 7:30 p.m., to an open meeting. Ana and Rick are invited to speak about Rotary.

Questions and Answers

Greta: Your members are in what age group?

Mark: About 85 when I joined, now 50s, 60s; some younger new recruits. There are scholarships for children of Odd Fellows

Rick: How long have you been in this building?

Mark: We've been in this building since 1979, but in Kingston since 1857 (not verified). We're the oldest Lodge in Kingston--Cataraqui Lodge #10. Brockville is #9,  but soon will close. Chris Burgess, an Oddfellow, was recently honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Michelle: Shirley had the position of Grand Chaplain. Is Odd Fellows rooted in Christian tradition?

Mark: It is not based on any religion. It teaches you who we are by skits; e.g., David and Goliath. As long as you believe in a supreme being, you may be a member.

Rick: There are more similarities (with Rotary) than I had realized.

 
Odd Fellows and Rotary--Past Grand Master Mark Blakey May 21 2019 Bill Egnatoff 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Ana spoke on behalf of the Membership Committee this morning.  Like other clubs, we have more members leaving than coming in. This is a club issue, not just a Membership Committee issue.  We need to speak to people about our work in Rotary to inspire them to join. We have a nice new home, and need more members to do projects and give us the energy a vital club needs.  And of course we learn from others when they become new members (and keep learning from them).
 
We have many unfilled areas teachers, lawyers (yes more lawyers) and many other classifications.  How do we recruit effectively?  We have a new invitation letter, which will be shared with club members. It is personalized and we can discuss the classes of Rotary Membership when a guest shows interest.
 
Several questions and suggestions from the membership followed;
  • Should the letter be a "cold call"?  Maybe contact first the person first then use the letter as a follow-up a follow-up? (Heather Nogrady)
  • Bill Egnatoff – who should we contact?  Can you give us suggestions?
  • Greg Mumford – personalize the letters so it doesn’t look like a form letter – agreed, it will be from the member personally.
  • Anita- why are we losing members?  Health issues, relocation, long time members retire from Rotary – life has changed, and we do have the conversations (exit interview).  There is usually a huge reason outside of not liking the club.
  • Ana - Friends of Rotary add a huge value to our club.  Committee chairs can use their talents.  We are already seeing that!
  • Greg Mumford – what could the club do to not have someone leave?  How can we make Rotary higher priority in a busy world?
  • Ana - the situation was discussed at the District Assembly – we could give people choices?  What club to belong to.  Membership Committees from all clubs might meet to help with this.
  • President Rick – the next few years are going to be really exciting!  National projects, Rotary 2021, local grants, International grants, Pathways project.  We do so much as a club, and we’re reluctant to give something up.  Could we go without Nut Drive and cash calendars?  10 Nut Drive meetings for Rick.  We don’t get much from them.
  • Sitting at 29 members, 4 friends, 12 Honourary Members.  3 don’t attend at all.  Maybe transition them to Friend of Rotary?
  • 1 applicant for membership at present.  Still need 24 paying each week to break even.
  • Bernie – wear your Rotary pin.  We’re not known so much in Kingston.
  • John Gale – meetings are nice but we need to identify what motivates people.  That’s what keeps members. 
  • Ana – learning about Rotary takes a long time!
  • Greta – use Foundation Walks contacts to talk about our club? We would need permission first
  • Heather – mailing list of donors to send updates?  Again, we need permission first.
  • Anita – we need to insist on promotion when grants are given through the recipients' networks.
  • Patty – ask them to please use our stickers/logo on website, plaques, naming things
  • Ana – let us know when you send out letters
All agreed the letter was a good start for recruiting.
Member Recruiting with Letters of Introduction John Farrow 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
This year, Cararaqui-Kingston Rotary received 7applications for funding from diverse organizations in Kingston and area. Proposals were reviewed by members of the Service Projects Committee and evaluated against the criteria stated in the Funding Application.
The Cataraqui- Kingston Rotary Club had $18,000 , earned from bingo and other fundraising activities, like the Rotary On- Line Auction, to grant to the 2019  Spring Grants program. $5,000 was set in reserve to support a Centennial project in 2021, leaving $13,000 for Spring Grants.  Five grants were awarded. A presentation ceremony was part of the regular meeting on May 7, 2019 at our new location , Oddfellows Hall, 218 Concession St.
 
The winning organization proposals granted include:
 
St Francis of Assisi Catholic School - $4305- Colleen Earle, teacher, attended.  St Francis of Assisi Catholic  School has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation  with a project , Imagination Library, to provide children (0-5 years) with a free book , delivered monthly, to the child’s home, until the age of 5 years. Funds to be applied to the cost of postage to supply books to over 100 needy families supporting reading materials supporting early literacy skills for children approaching junior kindergarten. Early Childhood Educators choose age appropriate books for this program.
 
 
Kingston Symphony Association-  $2,000 –Andrea Haughton, General Manager, attended. Grant funds to be applied towards music education and instruction through a Discover the Symphony outreach program. This is a series of performances performed by small ensembles from the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. These performances are played outside concert halls and are designed to introduce youth to the different instruments used in the performances and invite them to rehearsals and coaching sessions to increase musical literacy and appreciation. Funds support, in part, cost of coaching sessions and transport of students to performances and rehearsals.
 
Music Mates- $1920 - Mae Whalen,Administrator, attended to receive grant fund cheque. Funds support Projection Project, for purchase of projection equipment and large screen supporting education programming, including music, to special needs persons relating to speech, sight and hearing impairments. Projection is instrumental to supporting education through  programs for individuals who cannot or have not attended a public school. A projection device enhances group participation for programming and recreational sessions tailored to the verbal and visual needs of this special needs segment of our community.
 
 
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Kingston Division - $ 1290 -  Barb Mundell, Executive Director, attended . Funds were granted to fund a program Grief Support Groups, closed group, grief support sessions at local high schools with up to 10 attendees per session. Materials and resources are provided to facilitate the groups attendance, as well as transport to the site. Sessions are designed to help decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation for persons dealing with death.
 YMCA of Kingston - $2000 - Michele Wright, Development Coordinator, attended. Funds received support, YMCA Eco-Camp, a series of  7 , week long day camps aimed at helping  children develop a healthy , lifelong connection to nature and the environment through exploration and play in local wilderness parks and conservation areas. Site visits include Rotary Park and Frontenac Park. Funds help support the cost of materials, subject matter expert honorariums, inclusion counsellors (where necessary) and bus transport. Up to 300 kids impacted. Up to 350 children will be impacted by this program.
 
 
 
 
 
The traditional loaf of bread was presented to St. Francis of Assisi school by Ana Sutherland in support of their Breakfast for Kids program.
 
 
Spring Grants Presentations John Farrow 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Karenna Chen is our club's Rotary Exchange student, spending her year in Denmark.  Karenna has been updating us on her year away, and here is her spring update:
 
Hej Françine og Joanna, 
 
Jeg håber, at det går godt i Canada. Det går rigtigt godt her i Danmark.  (I hope this is going well in Canada. It goes really well here in Denmark.)
 
Everything is just getting better and better here. I moved into my 3rd host family in the beginning of March and they have been absolutely wonderful. I have two host siblings, a 15 year old girl named Josephine who will be going on exchange next year to Kansas and a 18 year old boy named Sebastian who also does a lot of music. I get along very well with both of them and my two host parents who are so lovely. However, I can't say it was easy to say goodbye to the 2nd family. I am glad we have kept in touch but I do miss them. 
 
I just came back from a trip to Barcelona with my class which was so amazing. It was through the school so they planned a lot of interesting activities for us, from dancing flamenco to touring Gaudi's architecture. It was a really wonderful opportunity to get closer to my classmates and my friends. In late March I was also on a trip with my choir to Dresden which was fantastic. We got to perform for a range of audiences, see an opera and really get to know everyone in the choir. Those two weeks were so special and so much fun. 
 
Regular school is coming to a close now. The last day of classes is May 16th but in the meantime, there are a lot of projects to do before it's over. Overall school has been good although I feel like it has been a while since I have been. We were in Barcelona and now it is Easter break so we have the whole week off of school. When we get back there are only a few weeks left! 
 
Rotary has also been going very well. I am in the process of preparing a performance for our district's Inspiration Day. I will be singing for the gala that night. I am involved with my club and I must say that I am a bit disappointed that their next service project is after I go back home. I would have loved to have been involved. 
 
I am currently staying at my counsellor's house for this Easter week as my host family is going on a trip with their grandparents. It has been quite wonderful to see how so many different families work. Every family is different. 
 
It is now two months until I am back home which feels like it is so soon. I am also going on Eurotour so it is just about 4 weeks left where I am actually in Denmark! It will be hard to say goodbye but I am so grateful for the wonderful experience I have had here. I know that this won't be the last time I am in Denmark either -- I love this country too much to not come back!
 
All in all, I have been having a wonderful time here. Spring has come and the trees are starting to get their leaves. The weather is warm and there is no where else I'd rather be. 
 
Best wishes, 
Karenna
 
1) On the top of Montserrat (about an hour drive from Barcelona) with my class
2) At Gala, the Danish version of prom 
3) The cherry blossoms are only in bloom for two weeks but I got out to see them with my host family
4) In Leipzig, Germany -- we visited when we were in Dresden 
5) Riding my host sister's horse (not an experience I was expecting to have but a lot of fun!)
6) Every exchange student has Legoland on their bucket list and I got to go!
Karenna Chen, Exchange Student to Denmark John Farrow 2019-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
John Gale introduced guest speaker Jeffrey Hodgson,  Director of Industry and Stakeholder Affairs/Public Affairs & Communications with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). 
 
Jeffrey grew up on a farm outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, a town with 492 people and 2 service clubs.  As a teen, got to go to the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa because of the contribution of the Lion’s Club and that set up a path of post-secondary education, and a life in public service.  He remarked that Rotary is much like the CPPIB, because it also takes a long term view.  Planting the seed of sending a young teenager across the country pays benefits far down the road.
 
There are many facets to financial stability for retired Canadians:  workplace pensions, private savings, Old Age Security (OAS), then Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  CPP was created in the 1960s when the government felt something else was needed to support retired Canadians.  It was a pay-as-you-go system until 1995 when it appeared CPP was going to run out of money by 2015.  Lower birth rates and increased life expectancy meant fewer workers to support more retirees.  So, in the 1990's the country’s political parties worked together to come up with a solution:  increased contributions, slightly decreased benefits, and an arms-length agency set up to manage investments and improve returns (the CPPIB).  It worked!  And CPP is now funded for the next 75 years! (More on that later)
 
Jeffrey talked about what are Canadians thinking today:
66% are worried CPP will run out of funds. 56% are worried that government raids or will raid CPP funds.  There is a general lack of confidence given that CPPIB is arms-length, and the 1990's scare about lack of funds.  We also hear that the US system (Social Security) will be depleted by 2031 and that big story influences attitudes.  Canadians also hear about private plans running out of money (Sears).
 
The basics of CPP are; a maximum payment in 2018 of $13,610.04 per year;  the average Canadian collects $6,726.48.  CPP is not the ‘be all’ or the ‘end all’ of retirement income.  The latest reform was a 2016 decision to expand to $20,000 per yer maximum benefit.
 
The CPPIB manages more than $368 billion and has more than 1,600 employees with offices around the world (Toronto, London, and Hong Kong which is the largest) and is the 8th largest pension fund worldwide.   The CPPIB is reviewed every 3 years and the Chief Actuary for Canada confirms that the CPP will be sustainable for 75+ years.  Please pass this message along!  It is important to change the narrative around CPP.
 
The CPPIB’s job is to achieve the fund’s returns, not make the policy decisions.  It manages the investments but doesn't deal with eligibility or benefit levels.  The good news for Canadians is that the CPPIB has a net return (annualized) of 10% over 10 years!  The CPPIB has a professional board comprised of people with experience in the financial services industry, and they operate independently and at arms-length.  The Canadian Government cannot influence investment decisions.  Before the CPPIB, CPP funds were invested very 'passively'.  Now there is a more ‘value-added’ approach as of 2008 and they are more active investors.  Size and scale is on their side, with professional managers, a long investment horizon, and the ability to take on more equity risk because all the funds are not being used.  CPPIB has moved more into infrastructure investing and long term assets – they own parts of the largest British port manager, the 407 hwy, Puget Sound energy and more.
 
What about social consciousness?  Jeffrey is also responsible for Sustainable Investing – the CPPIB believes in integrating sustainability factors into their investment decisions.  They ask/work with organizations to influence/engage their decision-making in these areas and be a positive force for change.  Jeffrey said they want to be active and engaged owners, voting nearly every proxy they are entitled to – several thousand in fact!!  There are some ‘no go’ areas - for example, they would never invest in a company making land mines, but push companies as investors to look for long term steady gains and ethical operating principles.
 
85% of funds are invested outside of Canada, with 15% Canadian exposure.  Like most of us, this allows better diversification of funds.  Largest market is invested in is the US, but China is growing in importance (now the 2nd largest economy in the world).  They have a bit in South Africa, but are a bit cautious about some countries.  CPPIB does look to emerging markets;  China, India (soon to be world’s most populous country), Brazil.
 
Bill Grey thanked Jeffrey, noting that the conversation to get him here started in 2011……  The story of the CPPIB is such a good news story for Canadians.
Jeffrey Hodgson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) Terri Hodges 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Murray introduced Kraig and welcomed him.  Kraig noted that in his business, if you aren’t hearing back from people then maybe your method of communication isn’t right (a thought for auction action).  Kraig has been with WPBS for over 11 years in various roles, and now leads the fundraising, programming and development. 
Some facts and history:
WPBS Watertown has 2 towers in northern NY and broadcasts into Canada, boasting a membership base of 70% Canadians.  As a public broadcaster, WPBS has a public mission and is a distributor of programs not a creator of content, and relies on non-advertising revenue – over 25% from memberships held by “viewers like you” -  to fulfill its mission on the public airwaves.  Decisions have been made locally since 1958, when the station began with a 1 hour broadcast of the Boy Scouts program, and through its affiliation with PBS which began in 1969.  In 1998 it changed its call letters to “WPBS”.  In 2009, members banded together to avoid having the channel dropped by Rogers as part of the basic package…a great illustration of how committed the membership is to the WPBS station and how raising one’s voice has an impact.  PBS has been voted #1 in viewer trust for 16 years.
Kraig reviewed some of the production at the station and asked something of us: “if you had a TV station, what would you do with it?”  District 7040 leadership is exploring ways to partner with WPBS (Kraig is joining a Watertown Rotary Club).
 
Editor's note:  Just to add to Michelle's coverage, I spoke with Kraig at length at breakfast.  He is born and raised in Carthage, near Watertown, and studied broadcast journalism, but decided his place was behind the scenes, not in front of a camera (although I think we all agree he would be excellent in that role).  He is a dynamic young man who will make a great addition to District 7040, and we will probably see more of him as he explores the possibility of partnerships with our District
 
Following some questions from Rotary members, Ana thanked Kraig for his enthusiastic and informative presentation.
Kraig Everard, WPBS Watertown Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec 2019-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
President Rick called the meeting to order, more or less on time, and our pianist extraordinaire, Terry Hicks led the 16 Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston members present in a rousing rendition of O Canada.  Following the Rotary invocation, Elizabeth, our Fun Mistress, quickly organized our breakfast parade and all enjoyed the bounty of the catered breakfast with much fellowship and interesting conversation. 
 
John Farrow introduced Lynn Brown, Falls Prevention Ambassador with KFL&A Health Unit.  Lynn is a former nurse and now volunteers with KFL&A to educate seniors (65+) and others who support seniors about fall prevention.  It turns out falls aren’t directly related to age, despite the highest rate of falls being seen in adults 65+, but the circumstances and environment in which a person finds themselves.  A handy fall risk checklist was presented and a discussion of the consequences of falls – a main one being fear of falling again!  Good news: most falls are predictable and preventable!
  1. Plan ahead
  2. Be active
  3. Look first
  4. Choose smart
Overall healthy choices: nutritious food choices and adequate hydration, bone health consciousness including weight bearing exercise weekly with 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity, regular physician check-ups including vision and hearing and always tell someone if you have fallen and hit your head, emotional health with social activities and some daily laughter will also help.
 
A brief poll: of the 16 present, 8 had experienced falls!!

Slippery conditions require a different approach to walking: walk flat-footed and slowly (like a penguin), keep centre of gravity over feet, wear books with proper winter treads and non-skid soles.  There is a new website for rating boot treads: www.ratemytreads.com and you can also consider crampons or cleats for outdoor activity.
 
Regular home safety checks are important…engage your grandchildren in tidying up possible hazards.  Secure cords around living areas, lighting to hallways and stairs and exterior, consider high risk areas carefully such as bathrooms, housing entrances/exits.
 
Tips for safety: keep a list of your medications with you (something others can read), be very careful about mixing alcohol and medications and consider Canada’s guidelines for low-risk alcohol consumption is limited to 2/day for women (max 10/week) and 3/day for men (max 15/week). 
Do you know? Standard sizing for alcoholic beverages is 12oz beer/cider/cooler OR 5oz wine (red or white) OR 1.5oz spirits
 
Lynn provided a complimentary tote bag filled with helpful guides.  Yay Lynn! 😊
 
Questions from the floor: Robert noted a mobility-focus at his gym, Elizabeth asked about new Canada Food Guide, John F. noted the ortho-clinic in hospital stressed the importance of not smoking for bone health, and Terry Hicks shared his positive experience with regular and strong exercise at the Y’s Heart Club over the last 6-7 years.  Martin and Anita provided some questions and comments on the new Food Guide.
 
John Richards thanked Lynn with our traditional gift of a loaf of bread.
 
 
Lynn Brown, KFL&A Health Unit, Preventing Falls Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Janza joined the OPP as a police officer in 2005.  Her last assignment was a fly-in to Pikangikum – 500km north of Red Lake on Easter weekend 2010.  The 20 year old pilot and landed on a short, gravel runway.  Janza was greeted by an 8 year old girl who had nailed 2 hockey sticks together and wrote her name on them – a cross for her grave, and she asked if Janza would shoot her.  Many other kids were wandering around with shot guns shooting dogs (many run wild and are a risk.)
 
Only 20% of Pikangikum homes have electricity and running water.  That means 80% of homes don’t have toilets!  If it’s really cold outside you just throw your family’s waste bucket out the back door.  The soil and lakes are SO contaminated with waste that they can’t fish or grow produce.  There are no roads, no streets, no addresses, and no garbage collection (garbage is even thrown on roofs.)  The residents pay over $80 for a case of Nestle bottled water, $16 for a bag of apples, and $13 for a cauliflower.  Fresh produce costs SO much.
 
The police detachment had these good facilities and were disliked for it.  Officers had fire axes in their trailer in case we had to hack our way out if our trailer was set on fire in the night. One night 5 kids under the age of 14 lit a house on fire because they were bored.  These stories reflect the difficulty and despair of the community.
 
Janza has since taken a leave of absence from the OPP and has been working on building relationships with the community of Pikangikum.  When she got home, Janza realized she was pregnant with Nessie – she was there with her the whole time :) Last summer Janza met with the teacher that teaches art at Pik – and asked what we can do.  The teacher replied that they don’t need anyone to swoop in and rescue them, but rather they need to find some purpose.  So, 6 healing blankets were made and sent them to Pikangikum and they were given to the students who needed them the most. People collected 350 pairs of socks and mittens this past fall and sent them to Pikangikum – but somehow it just doesn’t ever feel like enough.
 
Here, at Loughborough Public School students created a Wampum that placed 2nd in the Imagine A Canada national competition. This year they created another Wampum – What dish do you want to feed your grandchildren from?  And the kids were asked to imagine what life would be like if we had a closer relationship with the land.  There are many ways to help, but If  you do nothing else – watch the documentary First Contact.
 
Janza was thanked for her presentation by Robert Reid.  Janza's Power Point presentation will be made available to club members
Janza Giangrosso on Pikangikum First Nation Terri Hodges 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
We’ve had a few presentations on potential projects lately, as well as celebrations throughout the year.  July 19th 2020 Birthday celebration at Rotary Park.  We should be prepared for upcoming costs – President Rick thinks we should set aside at least $500 to help fund this.  Kingston Club is running with this and we should be ready to support.  Centennial dinner in June of 2021 will be approximately $100/plate. I’m thinking this Club should be prepared to budget approx. $3,000 to help fund these things.
 
Question:  Name recognition project at SLC – where should funds for that come from?  Thinking Club funds.  Murray Cotton noted that he would rather put $50,000 towards an actual project to feed people, etc. rather than naming rights.  Many agreed.
 
International Committee has supported the SLC Bursary, increased it in the past, and would like to increase another $4,000 to $40,000, with a preference for an Indigenous student recipient.  Robert Reed will make criteria available to attach to these minutes.  Current recipient coming to meet us in the fall.
 
Youth Mental Health and Safety project looking for $1,000
Loving Spoonful looking for $75,000 for their project
Tree planting looking for $10,000, few details from Wilf Sorensen yet.  May not cost this much because the Foundation has a significant amount set aside for worldwide tree planting.  Perhaps this is a good project for hands on help?  Glen Roberts will be speaking to his landscaping contacts for donations.
 
Number 9 Gardens was started by Andrew Davies and his wife in Toronto.  Number 9 Gardens has them carving 40 acres off the back of their family farm in Morton to support seed to table efforts.  The $40,000 will go toward maintenance of the trees and include involvement of indigenous youth.
 
Rotarians supporting new Canadians -  Perhaps we could speak to Odd Fellows re: the venue they require?
 
Pathways to Education – $90,000 Canadian budget – most through District and R.I. funds.  Indian Rotarian partners are willing to support us.  John Gale is asking us to commit the $10,000 we put aside 2 years ago, and an additional $10,000 (this coming from Spring grants $5M, and next fall $5M – this could actually be a bit less, because some of the funds might be donated by Rotarians).  All money must be accounted for by September 1st because the next academic year at Pathways starts then.  Not yet sure how we can sustain past the 3 year point – in talks with Queen’s and SLC on that point.
 
Motion:
 
Bill Egnatoff moved that we commit up to $20,000 ($10,000 already set aside; $5,000 each from Spring and Fall community grant funds), as needed, to this initiative.  John Farrow seconded.
 
Elizabeth Cohoe – if we do not need the $20,000 will Service Projects get the funds back?  Yes.
 
Motion unanimously carried.
 
Ana Sutherland will send John Gale a text and tell him to get to work!
 
 
Please volunteer or cut a cheque! To help support the 2020 Rotary celebration efforts.  More details on the drive to have Rotarians donate will be available soon.
 
 
Friendship Exchange:
We will have our Friendship Exchange visitors (Australia & New Zealand) here and should be prepared to invite and pay $1,200 for them to attend Centennial dinner. Please approach folks you know to see if we can get beneficial group pricing for attractions, but co-ordinate through Greta, so that we don’t have more than one of us approaching the same person.
 
 
Kingston 2021 Rotary Centennial Discussion Terri Hodges 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Elsley introduced the program for this morning:
 
The objective today is to generate some interest in the upcoming projects for Rotary’s 100 years in Kingston – we’re encouraging every Rotarian to donate both their time and money towards these initiatives.  Mechanism for making donations is to be determined.  It’s taken us 2 years to get to this!  All of the projects are scalable, and we aim to leverage our money with Rotary monie.  Looking for commemorative opportunities.
 
We’re celebrating for an entire year!  8 Projects and 2 events (with many activities).
 
  • Transitioning Pathways Graduates (Ana Sutherland)
    • Creating a program to mentor post-grads so that they remain in and finish their post-secondary schooling.  Hoping to fund this in it’s majority through an International Rotary partner and grants.  We have club in India looking to contribute.
  • Supporting Students at SLC (Marie, Don & Rick)
  • Kingston Frontenac Club already supports SLC with $30,000
  • Cataraqui-Kingston Club supports bursaries with $36,000; and our bursary includes a preference for at least 1 indigenous student
  • This project would support the new Student Life and Innovation Centre & top up the existing bursaries.
  • 85% of SLCs grads stay in the area!
  • Youth Mental Health & Safety (Darlene)
  • Attempting to address the dangers currently faced by high school kids:  internet; drugs; human trafficking…..
  • Make regular presentations to provide information and show how kids can protect themselves.
  • Centennial Celebrations (Dave)
  • 1st event focused on Children – a BBQ at Rotary park on Sunday, July 19th 2020.  Easter Seals, Boys & Girls Club, and any other appropriate group you can think of.  Traditional BBQ, face painting, balloons, etc. and all about having fun.
  • Wrap up Dinner – June 26th, 2021 (tentative).  A celebration of the centennial year. $100/plate.  Not a fund-raiser.  We will look for a notable keynote speaker.
  • Adventurous Eaters (January 2021 for 2 years) with Loving Spoonful
  • Hoping this will also be funded through global grants.  Designed to introduce kids and families in the north end to healthy foods.  Goal is to regularly bring together kids and their families and introduce them to new, healthy foods and provide a sense of community around food, as well.  At Rideau Heights Community Centre where Loving Spoonful has kitchen space already.
  • Environmental Sustainability (April 2021) Wilf Sorensen
  • Goal to protect and sustain our local environment.  Details have yet to be determined, but centred around tree-planting.
  • Rotary Vignettes (Paul)
  • Produce 52 vignettes and put one a week in the Whig and out on social media AND going to produce a book to sell as a fundraiser.
  • Rotarians Supporting New Canadians (Lucille)
  • Looking for ways to support new Canadians, mostly from Syria and Eritrea.  KEYS is helping with ideas and suggestions:  family support teams for each new family; looking for a community hall; career mentoring; representation at KEYS conference.  Looking for committee members to help figure this out.
  • No. 9 Gardens
  • Global model for developing sustainable food systems.  This project is to plant and maintain 25 apple trees at No. 9 Gardens.  This will also be a training centre for youth with respect to maintaining and caring for the trees.
  • This aligns well with initiatives important to Rotary: Sustainability, the environment, education – working with Queen’s and SLC
  • Skills training – hands-on workshops and educational programs; food security – growing organic food, culinary seed to table workshops; working with our youth – next generation; reconciliation – working with our indigenous partners to understand and learn from traditional indigenous knowledge about living with nature.
  •  Friendship Exchange with Melbourne, Australia & Wellington, New Zealand
  • 12 people will come here in June of 2021 and celebrate our 100 years in Kingston.  Need committee members to help organize and participate.
 
 
The Power Point presentation with further details has been emailed to club members by President Rick.
Kingston Rotary Centennial Projects Terri Hodges 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
John Gale on the Pathways Rotary Centennial Proposal
After last week's presentation on the Pathways Project, this week was dedicated for questions and discussion.  The major questions and answers are presented in point form.
 
Why this project?
John suggested that we should ask 3 questions:
  1. Why is it a good project for Kingston? It is transformative for the North End of Kingston. Alleviating poverty one family at a time. Re-imagining what they can be. Bringing hope to families.
  2. Why is it a good project for Rotary? Hits all of sweet spots for Rotary. Eligible for Global Grants, linking with clubs in East Africa and India.
  3. Why is it a Centennial Project? Something that will leave a legacy. Will transform the North End and what Rotary is about. More enduring than building a park.
Greg Mumford added that it is “transformative” in the community because it brings other aspects of the community in to support. The project gives us the capability to orchestrate service beyond Rotary.
John Gale: Partnering with Pathways. Build on their success. Another multiplier.
 
Funding
John Farrow asked for clarification of how our funds will be allocated.
Rick Fiedorec responded that we will hear about all nine projects. Some require small funds. We will need to increase the funds that we already allocated for the Rotary Centennial ($10,000) to fund Pathways, (ed. note: probably by 10k)
John Gale: Initially we need to pledge funds. If accepted, then we need to pay. The Pathways project could begin next September 2019.
Bernie: Will we be ready to be first in line for District Funding?
John Gale: To get all multipliers, we’re looking at $15,000 from District. It is currently available. He has talked with Bette Miller about the project and funds that would be requested.
Robert Reid: Every Rotarian will be asked to contribute individually. Those donations can be donated specifically or to collective pool.
 
Mentorship
Sigi: What would mentorship look like (with Pathways)?
Roger (from Pathways) gave examples of things that mentors did with students. After that, the Pathways students want to give back. Working with Rotary as volunteers and in continued mentorship could be a great way to do that while they are in post-secondary programs.
 
Other Centennial Projects
John Richards: For the Centennial, will there be one project or multiple?
John Gale: Could be multiple. One club needs to be host club to get matching funds.
Rick: For several years, we’ve been looking for a big project. This is a possibility.
Elizabeth Cohoe: What is being proposed is a beginning, a new way of thinking for our club. We can do so much more.
Ana: What we saw in India is that Rotarians were right in, knowing the people who were benefiting. The Pathways project could be like that. It could be sustainable not only for the community but for our club.
Howard: What about the other projects? Are they about celebrating Rotary or are they ongoing?
Rick Fiedorec: Every one of them is sustainable. The Pathways project is initially for three years, and if successful, should be sustainable.
 
What about the students?
John Farrow, to guests from Pathways: Are these high school graduates going into any particular areas? Where are they going? The trades? If so, that could lead to other partners.
Wendy (from Pathways): Everywhere, but concentration to St. Lawrence College. Often without parental awareness. The Pathways program helps students to make informed choices. About half go to St. Lawrence College. The portion going to university is increasing. Pathways has been encouraging the Construction Association to take on students to orient them to the trades. The portion of Pathways students now taking academic level courses is double the provincial average.
Anita: to build on comments by Roger and Wendy, the pre-Pathways graduation rate was 40%. Pathways rate is now 75%
Bill: Greg and I interviewed a Pathways student for Adventures in Citizenship. We were amazed at the strength of this candidate, who explained the many ways that Pathways had helped her define her goals and succeed at school and community service. Her story was a model Pathways success story. We will offer to sponsor her for RYLA.
 
John Gale: For putting in our funds, we will get a 5x multiplier. Should decide soon to confirm international partners, and then need 2-3 months to develop the proposal.
 
Greg & Rick: Let’s work to get all of our members out for this very important meeting next week. Could vote the following week.
John Gale presented our Pathways guests with a loaf of bread in thanking them for being with us.
 
John Gale - Answers and Discussion on the Pathways Project Bill Egnatoff 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Kembel on Mar 12, 2019
John Gale, International Service Director, presented the club with an opportunity for a Rotary Global Grant/ Centenary Project.
 
In brief, it would involve partnering with Pathways to Education to fund a “guidance counselor” to assist students, principally from Kingston's North end, to transition from high school to post secondary education or the job market.  Pathways has already seen a marked improvement in the retention rate with the assistance of a counselor, and this would build on that.  Through District, Foundation, and International partners’ funds we could fund a three year position which could have a far reaching benefit to the community.  In addition to our monetary contribution, there is the opportunity to establish an Interact Club at the new High School, and a Rotaract Club at St. Lawrence College – enlisting the aid of Queen’s Rotaract and the Kingston Club.  There is also the opportunity for members (and past members or Friends of Rotary), to serve as mentors to students who may not have family support.  The full proposal will be posted for members to peruse and consider, and there will be time for questions at our meeting of March 19. 
 
The full presentation can be accessed by copying the link below into your browser;
 
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=2b49c0ed29&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1627829958663187210&th=169736b908dbab0a&view=att&disp=safe
 
John Gale - Pathways to Education Project Heather Kembel 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Kembel
Hi Heather and Rotary club of Cataraqui Kingston, 
 
It's been quite a while since I have sent an update, my apologies for that. I am coming up to the last stretch of my exchange already – time really does fly. I have just moved into my last host family's house. I was quite sad to say goodbye to my second family but I am looking forward to getting to know this family better. I have been incredibly lucky to live with these families, they are all so kind and helpful.  
 
I have been attending Rotary meetings as much as possible and coming up is our Rotary Inspiration day. I will be singing with my new host brother for the gala in the evening. 
 
School is going well, I will be travelling with my school's choir to Dresden, Germany for a week and then shortly after I will go with my class on a school trip to Barcelona! I am looking forward to seeing some sun while I am there -- Denmark is quite dark in the winter, although spring is coming and the sun is shining more. 
 
Spring is on its way and hopefully the rain will stop soon but even with the bad weather, I have had an amazing time here! I have attached a few photos as I don't post much on Facebook. I hope things are going well back home and for everyone in Rotary. 
 
Best wishes, 
Karenna
 
Karenna's 18th birthday with the traditional Danish cake.
 
At the opera house.
 
Skiing with her host family
 
 
 
Karenna Chen - Update from our exchange student in Denmark Heather Kembel 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edward Thomson
After returning from a hugely successful RFE trip to India, team co-leader Greta assembled a presentation for the club this morning.
 
 
As Greta explained, the focus of the trip, as organized by our hosts, was definitely on projects undertaken by the various Rotary Clubs from Chennai and others from the same District. Additional presentations on projects looking for international partnership that our club might be interested in.  The team were guests of honour at the dedication of a water and sanitation project for the Rotary Clubs of Madras and Chennai Chola.  The team also visited the Avarvind Eye Hospital in Chennai, and the MIOT Pediatric Cardiology Hospital in Chennai (for more on this wonderful hospital, visit https://www.miotinternational.com/centers-of-excellence/miot-institute-of-cardiac-care/childrens-cardiac-care/).  Here they saw the cardiac intensive care unit, with the youngest patient being 6 days old.
 
Fellowship is of course a big part of RFE.  Apart from being hosted by Rotarians, who kept them extremely well fed (judging by the pictures of a typical breakfast), the team attended many Club meetings and fellowship sessions, giving out all of the Club banners that we took with them. Our club was present and participated in the 90th anniversary celebration of the Madras Club, a wonderful and special event.  The team also got to visit a textile factory, a "happy accident" as Michelle put it, because the originally scheduled activity was unavailable.  Here they watched weavers using hand looms to wave beautiful fabrics for garments, some of which just happened to end up in the team suitcases for the trip home.
 
It wasn't all business though.  An important part of RFE is the chance to see the sights and absorb the culture of the country.  The team spent the last 4 days spent touring the countryside and going to the many different temples in the state.  Tamil Nadu Province was one destination, especially interesting was Pondicherry, a French oasis in a country largely influenced by the British.  Also visited was Trichy, the city of temples, named because it has so many..yes you guessed it.. gorgeous temples.  Also on the agenda was a visit to host Ravi's farm, where the workers proudly showed the contribution of the farm to the good of the community.  The team also got to visit a temple at night in the city of Thanjavur, a different experience.
 
Greta relied on all of the team members present to reflect on different aspects of the trip.  John Gale spoke of how the Rotary Clubs in India think big when they talk about projects, a philosophy he would like to see here in Kingston.  Ed reflected on the delicious food.  Michelle showed of some of the beautiful textiles that were purchased and the factory visit.  Heather reflected on the architecture of Pondicherry, and her disappointment in not being able to walk the streets more because of the condition of the sidewalks.  President Rick reflected on the intensity of everything, the surprising lack of spoken English, and the rather novel ideas on building construction.  Ana reflected on the graciousness of the hosts, and Greta spoke in her presentation about the crazy traffic, where your car horn is your best friend and no one ever wears out their turn signals.
 
All in all the trip was great.  We can hardly wait for the return visit of friends from India.  Let's show them some good Kingston hospitality!!
Thanks to Greta and Ana for acting as co-leaders.  President Rick thanked Greta for putting the presentation together, but gifted the loaf of bread to Mara Shaw, who was back from Loving Spoonful today.
 
The happy team!
 
MOIT Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
 
One of many Rotary Club meetings
 
The famous Indian breakfast
 
Weaver in the textile shop
 
The ladies in their finery at the Rotary Club of Madras 90th Anniversary
 
Trichy, city of temples
 
Workers on Ravi's farm
 
The team and their hosts
Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to India Report Edward Thomson 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
John Farrow introduced our Guest Speaker, Mara Shaw from Loving Spoonful.  Mara's Daughter is our outbound exchange student this year, so Mara started by sharing some photos of Karenna in Denmark, and pledged to keep pitching Rotary Exchange to everyone she knows.
 
Turning to today's topic, Mara started with Loving Spoonful's new Mission Statement:  Loving Spoonful connects people with healthy food.  They are working toward a healthier, more connected community and providing programs and championing policies affecting food security, poverty, social inclusion and community health.  Since their inception, Loving Spoonful has delivered $1.7 Million of good food!  (About $300,000/year).  There are about 2 dozen agencies included in their distributions, including agencies like The Mess and Lunch by George, familiar to us all in the club.  Mara also noted and thanked us for the information pamphlets that we funded - they are now distributed and are helping out!  Loving Spoonful has recently launched the FoodRescue.ca app.  Stores, restaurants, etc. can post what they have available and agencies can check on their phone and run pick the food up.  Kingston was a pilot city last year and had the most number of ‘hits’ using the service.  As a result of this success, FoodRescue.ca is now going national!
 
Other programs under the Loving Spoonful umbrella are;
  • Affordable Meat for Shelters –  Loving Spoonful now has an app launched with local butchers to provide 50% off meat delivered to shelters.
  • Grow a Row Program (private gardeners set aside a row of their garden) – Lots of participants and greens delivered directly to agencies.
  • Microgreens with Micro Gardeners – programs in daycares with kids 3-5:  singing, stories, growing plants from seeds to connect children with food.
  • The GROW project – 17 school gardens teaching over 660 students a year about the food system, cultivation, collaborations and community.  Four more gardens are being added this year, so they will reach over 800 kids.  A year from now their Trillium grant ends, so we may see Mara again……
  • Kingston Community Garden Network – expanding and now including orchards.  C-K Rotary has helped support these initiatives.
  • Circles Around the Table – a 16 week process to help folks plan to get out of poverty.  Loving Spoonful holds weekly meetings to support the implementation of the program.
  • Cooking Connections – a Mental Health and Social Inclusion program including good food!  This has taken a Clinical program from Queen’s and added the sharing of a healthy meal and casual community.
  • The Rest of the Menu – lots of different cooking classes:  Autism Ontario; Manly Meals; cross-cultural; ReStart, youth diversion; Medicine Wheel cooking (native language education around food); One Roof (street-involved young women).
 
Mara remarked the new Canada Food Guide is awesome!  It includes suggesting eating more with people and not alone!  And be aware of food marketing!  She also noted that Friday night they are bringing in a guest speaker from the US:  Andrew Fisher, author of Big Hunger, to speak about the commercial influence has on the way we think about hunger.  Mara also suggested that club members may want to volunteer to help us with the Manly Meals program barbeques in July!
 
Questions:
 
Ana Sutherland – We would like to invite you to be a Friend of Rotary with our Club!
John Farrow – Really happy to see free and healthy food for people AND pets in your brochure.  Thank you!
Bill Egnatoff – how can we work with you – perhaps through our social media – to assist you further and be more involved in your success?  Let’s talk!  Elizabeth Cohoe  will email Mara and pass on details of Manly Meals program.
 
Heather thanked Mara on our behalf. Did you know that Rotary started with 4 business men who decided to get together with their bag lunches!
Mara Shaw - What's New at Loving Spoonful Terri Hodges 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from RC Cataraqui and other District 7040 Clubs from Rotary Friendship Exchange were among the guests of honour at the launch of a water and sanitation project co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Madras and Chennai Chola.  The inauguration 80 eighty new public toilets at Kannan Kottai Village was celebrated.  In this area of India public defecation was common as there were no toilet facilities available even at schools.  This lack of sanitation is a health hazard, as diseases like Polio, which Rotary has worked so hard to eliminate in India, are passed through infected soils and other means.  Lack of sanitation in schools is a major impediment for young girls to get an education.  Many choose to stay home rather than risk issues with menstruation in a public space.  The entire project will see over 300 public toilets built.  Thanks to Cataraqui Rotarian John Gale for spearheading this project, and congratulations to John as he was the guest of honour at the launch event.
Project Launch - 2nd Week of RFE John Farrow 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Farrow on Feb 12, 2019
In the absence of a regular club meeting this week, here is a look at Rotary Friendship Exchange.
 
On February 9th, 12 Rotarians and partners left on a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) trip to India.  President Rick Fiedorec, Greta DuBois, President Elect Ana Sutherland, Past Presidents Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec, Heather Kembel, and John Gale, and member Ed Thompson, along with Jeri Mooney and Gary Kembel, are representing Cataraqui Rotary.  Barry and Nicole Rowland, and Matgaret Shibley are representing other District clubs.  During their exchange the team will visit other Rotary Clubs, visit projects that we have participated in funding, and talk to other Rotarians about Canada.  They will even squeeze in some sightseeing as time allows.  During their stay the team will be billeted by volunteer hosts from the Rotary Clubs in India.  RFE is a great way to travel to another part of the world and see the work that Rotary does.  Its unique structure of Rotarian hosting also makes it more affordable.  Soon an RFE Team from India will make a reciprocal visit to Kingston, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with Rotarians from another part of the world.
 
From the RI website;
 
Edwin Bos and his family have visited India, Nepal, and most recently, the Philippines, through one of Rotary’s unique programs, Rotary Friendship Exchange. This exchange program gives Rotary members and their families the chance to experience new cultures — and make lifelong friends — by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.
Bos, assistant governor of District 6250 in Wisconsin, USA, led 13 Rotary members and their families on an exchange to the Philippines, where they stayed with Rotarians in District 3850. While there, they visited several projects, including a depository for shoe donations, a library’s computer literacy program, and a clean water initiative. Participants also enjoyed local festivals and learned about ecotourism in the Philippines.

Rotary Friendship Exchange fosters interclub collaboration, with the goal of advancing international understanding and peace through service projects and spending time together.

Bos’ district has worked on several international service projects, including a global grant project with the Rotary Club of Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines, that provided clean water.

“Participating in the exchange was the best decision I’ve made as a Rotarian,” says Ellen Waldmer, of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA. “I had the opportunity to see a water project our clubs and others helped fund and celebrate with the children and families it benefited.

“We’ve made so many new Rotary friends while visiting our host families and clubs. It’s an experience we will treasure for years to come,” she adds.

Please enjoy some of the photos that have been shared of our RFE Team.
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? John Farrow 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff
This morning the spotlight was shared by our National and Membership Committees.
 
National Committee Update
Ana Sutherland presented two videos and a slide show of a project that we participated in with Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth.  It was a shared presentation by Evan Barianrd (spelling?) from Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth. The Friendship Exchange Team will take this presentation to India, and speak with them about sharing a project with them. Included were interviews with the teachers and the students on benefits to them and their community. The greenhouse will support the growing of vegetables including several varieties of corn. It is a life-changing project for youth involved.
 
The Greenhouse Project, Wikwemkoong First Nation Greenhouse for Change is a way to provide learning opportunities for youth and food for the community. This sustainable project taught the local Indigenous youth on Manitoulin Island how to build greenhouse, working in greenhouse, planting, harvesting, composting, and making pellets for pellet stoves through harvesting forest left-overs. There are many opportunities for growth and development, and interviews with the high school students reflected their enthusiasm and the new skills they learned, from planning, constructing, and managing the greenhouse . This can really change a Nation, a village.“Not a lot of kids to have the opportunity to go out and build another part of their school, their community.” a student said. Food will will be planted in the ground, in boxes, and aerially. The greenhouse will be heated with a pellet stove. Only the south side is exposed to the elements, saving energy.
 
The project video will be posted soon.  Kudos to Robert and the National Committee for their great work.
 
Membership Committee update
Ana gave details, almost finalized, of the new membership category, Friends of Rotary. The guidelines include the privilege of attending Rotary meetings, pay as you go breakfast, participation in fundraisers, soliciting funds for Rotary projects, wearing a special badge, orientation etc. Once the terms are in final form, they will be brought forward to the Board and the Club. Dues will cover insurance and other marginal costs. Limitations: A Friend of Rotary will not be a club member, will not be a voting member of any committee, will not hold office, won’t wear the Rotary wheel. Friends will have separate name tags and badges. Being a Friend is a great beginning to Rotary, part of the continuity of being involved in Rotary. It can include corporations and other groups.
 
Q: Would a Friend qualify to go on a Friendship Exchange? (good discussion), but no definitive answer.
Q: Fee. A: $150/year
Q: Could they evaluate project proposals?  A: Input would be welcome but no ranking of projects would be permitted.
 
The Membership Committee would welcome whatever input Club members would have on this issue.
Club Meeting of February 5th, 2019 - Updates from National and Membership Committees Bill Egnatoff 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 29, 2019
John Farrow introduced our Guest Speaker, Vanessa Yzaguirre, M.A. speaking about Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s.  Vanessa was invited after John saw an article about her in the Queen's Alumni Magazine dedicated to diversity at the University.
 
Vanessa is Special Projects Officer with the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen's University.. She is originally from Venezuela and joined Queen's after completing a Masters in Gender Studies.  Vanessa task is to work with administrative areas of Queen’s to develop and implement diversity and equity strategies.  Practically, this means trying to understand and respect the diversity of the Queen's community when considering the work they do, the activities they plan and the interactions they have.
 
Vanessa defined the terms human rights (entitlements we share by the simple fact of our humanity), diversity (any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another), equity (the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all) ,and inclusion (the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity), buzz words that we all hear but don't often know the core concepts behind them.  Once we understand what they mean, we need to develop the essential skills of collaboration, empathy, and listening so that we can understand what challenges different groups face and what an organization like Queen's (or a Rotary Club) needs to do to provide an inclusive environment for all.
 
The areas that Queen's must consider are numerous, including but not limited to; Planning Exercises; Policies, Procedures and
Practices,  Committee Representation, Recruitment & Hiring, Supports, Education and Training, Procurement and Delivery of Goods and Services, Communications and Community Relations, Accessibility, and Consulting with Indigenous Communities.
 
Questions:
Heather Kembel– have you worked with the City at all?  Yes, our Director was involved in the “Say Hello” campaign, and ways to move forward with that.
Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec – So important to ask the question: “Do you need some help?”
 
Robert Reid thanked Vanessa on our behalf.  Hopefully her presentation gives us food for thought as to how we can make our club more inclusive and diverse.
 
Vanessa Yzaguirre - Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s - What Can it Teach Rotary Terri Hodges 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges
Sandy Sheahan & Donna Glasspoole were here today from SPEAKingston, an organization promoting smart development in Kingston.
SPEAKingston Terri Hodges 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 15, 2019
This morning our exchange student Maya Bergersen spoke about her home country of Norway and her experience so far as an Rotary Exchange Student
Maya Talks About Her Life in Norway Terri Hodges 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting Terri Hodges 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Ana began the festive evening by welcoming all of the guests/partners who were in attendance this evening.
 
Formal activities were light this evening, given over to the fellowship of Rotarians and their partners and guests.  President Rick introduced our entertainment for the evening – Perpetual Emotion – an offshoot of the Kingston Townsmen Chorus.  The men entertained us with a mix of traditional Christmas music, blended with some contemporary selections, including a humorous song about texting a loved one at Christmas.  Big thanks to President Rick, who purchased the performance in our annual auction and donated it for our entertainment this evening.  Auction co-chair Greg Mumford acknowledged the continuing support of the Kingston Townsmen and Perpetual Emotion to our auction.
 
President Rick concluded the evening by thanking everyone for coming and by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Helping out at Lunch by GeorgeCooking turkeys
Past Rotarians gather to honour Ruth Hicks
Annual Holiday Party John Farrow 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Arnold Lawrence reflects on a life in Rotary service John Farrow 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Dec 04, 2018

The meeting program for November 27, 2018 was the presentation of cheques totalling $17,720 to seven organizations who submitted grant proposals this fall, and also to one organization (Lunch by George) that we have been supporting annually for a number of years.

Rotarian Terri Hodges coordinated the adjudication process from start to finish, beginning with the posting of information documents on the club website, receiving grant proposals submitted, distributing these to all of our club members, organizing and chairing the adjudication meeting to which all members are invited, and today being the culmination of that process with the presentation of cheques to successful applicants.

Elizabeth Cohoe, director of service projects was on hand to assist Terri, and began the proceedings by thanking all of our club members who participated in any of the fund-raising events, including the auction, the nut drive, bingos, and cash calendar sales.

Presentations

John Mckay, Pipe Major for the Kingston Police Pipe Band accepted a cheque for $4,260 that will assist the work they are doing at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Kingston.
Sandi Dodds and Bev Woodcock were on hand to accept a cheque for $2,000 for The Mess, to help with necessary kitchen renovations. Although the proposal was submitted by The Mess, the improvements will also help The Kingston Street Mission, and Special Sunday Night Suppers that are provided from the same kitchen in Gill Hall of St. Andrew’s Church.
Mae Whalen accepted a cheque for $1,967 for Music Mates, a program that uses music to help people with intellectual challenges to communicate.
Peter Gower was on hand to accept our cheque for $2,500, which will assist funding of Lunch by George.
Norm Guntensperger, of Polson Park School was given a cheque for $2,993. This has since been matched by the Limestone Learning Foundation. Our money will assist the school in setting up a ukulele orchestra for the students, as some of their families cannot afford to provide them for their children.
Janza Giangrosso, accepted a cheque for $500 for Loughborough Public School to finish creating an outdoor learning space with additional landscaping stones.
Vicki Keith, Coach of the Y Penguins, a swim program for kids with physical disabilities, accepted a cheque for $2,000.
Katherine Porter and Julie-Ann May were presented with a cheque for $1,500 to assist the H’Art School to provide bleacher seating in “The Box” which is a performance area within the school complex.

When the floor was returned to President Rick, he added, “Ukuleles Rock”!

C-K Rotary Presents Grants to Local Organizations November 27, 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Greta du Bois, Director, Foundation, presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to four Kingstonians nominated by club members.

Mary Farrar, nominated by Elizabeth Cohoe

I’ve nominated Mary Farrar to receive a Paul Harris Award for her many and varied contributions, that align with education, health, conservation, community building, and reconciliation with our Indigenous friends.

Professionally, Mary was an elementary school teacher. She retired at 55, and after that became very deeply involved in our community. 

Mary moved into the city (from a hobby farm) 10 years ago and it was only then that she began cycling. She has been part of the initiative to get all the bike lanes you see now. This supports the physical health of our people as well as health of the environment by encouraging biking and reducing carbon emissions.

She was instrumental in getting support from her city councilor and then from city staff to create the Inner Harbor Heritage Trail. With an initial dream of having a trail from the LaSalle Causeway to Kingston Mills on the west side of the Cataraqui River, our city staff suggested that she get a group together to work on possible plans. She was able to get the involvement of some influential citizens, and it went from there. In the end, staff went beyond the original suggestion and proposed that the trail come down the east side of the river as well. Council voted unanimously in favor of the project and completion is planned within the next 20 years. For Canada’s 150th, Council approved that the Inner Harbor Heritage trail be part of a connection between the downtown and the Trans Canada Trail. This connecting trail is now complete except for one inaccessible section at the intersection of Division and John Counter Blvd. Mary and her colleagues are working with city staff to ensure that a pedestrian and cycling overpass will be put in place to solve this problem.

Mary is the President of Friends of the Kingston Inner Harbour. The trail has made the Douglas Fluhrer Park more accessible to people in the north end of Kingston. Before, they were cut off by the railroad. She taught for many years at the old Kingscourt Public School and has an affection for the people in that neighborhood. She strives to do things that will help to create social equity. 

The Kingston Inner Harbour is lively with a large number and variety of animals, including reptiles and birds. With Mary’s leadership, the Douglas Fluhrer Park has become an active place of learning, of projects to support the ecosystem, and activities that connect the settlers’ community to the Indigenous community. There have been organized family days, and many special events. Mary was aware early on in the project to support the turtle population that our Indigenous people place importance on turtles in their cultural beliefs and teaching. She has included The Mohawk Grandmothers’ Council, and The Caretakers of Belle Island. Activities at the park have included teaching about the science of turtles, and about Indigenous learning. On one occasion there was a blanket exercise held in the park, in cooperation with Four Directions and Peace Quest.

By itself the turtles project is notable. It has been going for three years now. Volunteers monitor turtle behavior and cover the nests to protect them from predators. Mary has been able to obtain grants from the Kingston Community Foundation to coordinate the volunteers, and from Trailhead to connect paddlers with the turtles and from the Community Foundation to hire students to help with educational event coordination and improve the quality of the citizen-science research they are engaged in. As well, she has obtained financial support from notable foundations outside of Kingston. Partnerships are in place with Queen's University, Carleton University, and several charitable organizations interested in turtle preservation and turtle habitat. Mary herself has been out snorkeling in the Inner Harbour to try to determine where the turtles come back to hibernate. It is known where they bask in the sun, and where they lay, but not where they hibernate. It is necessary to learn these things as part of a long-term demographic study of turtle habitat there.

On another note, most recently, Mary has begun to make the public aware of the lack of dental care provided to people in long term care. Her husband Edward has been permanently hospitalized at KGH, due to dementia, which also makes communication difficult. Mary had no idea that there is just no time for the staff to provide adequate dental hygiene, or she would have been providing this herself. Ed’s teeth were falling out, and in the end, this led to him having all his remaining teeth removed, due to neglect. Mary took her story to the Whig Standard, and the full story was reported. She stresses that she places no blame on the nursing staff, but since then, she has taken the first steps to bring about change. 

Mary is known affectionately to many as “The Turtle Lady”, so my friend Paulette Bruce who does traditional beadwork, and who is here today, designed and made something to recognize that before she receives the award.

Doug van der Horden, nominated by Ana Sutherland

Doug van der Horden is a child and youth worker and Adolescent Care Worker at Ernestown Secondary School in Odessa.  Children and youth benefit from his work. He is providing clothes in a back-pack as a comfort item during the first point of police intervention.

He works to raise awareness of human trafficking (see The Real Deal on Human Trafficking, Kingston Whig Standard) and is cofounder of the Alliance for Action to help victims.

Raymond Vos, nominated by Bill Gray

Ray has helped many in Kingston to understand the challenges faced by many people in Kenya. He and Irwin Streight presented to Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston telling us about the work and its impact.

I have known Ray Vos for many years. He is a humble man and totally committed to doing what he can to improve lives in Kenya. He works incessantly on the project.

Through Creative Framing/Gallery Raymond, Ray has been a consistent donor to the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston community auction.

Ray is a fine example of what one person with a passion for service can accomplish.

Ray Vos created The Kenya Initiative: From Street To School about 9 years ago after learning about the challenges faced by people living in and around Kijabe, Kenya. He wanted to support young people, often AIDS orphans or abandoned children, with housing and education at boarding high schools.

Why boarding high schools? Students receive a much superior education and have the best opportunity to be able to care on with post-secondary options. But boarding high schools cost about $1,000 per year, far beyond the reach to most Kenyan families.

Two young men, Isaac and Kaleb, were the first to benefit. With help from The Kenya Initiative, they have both graduated from university and are building their lives.

Funds raised by The Kenya Initiative also support Thread of Hope, an organization training women to learn a skill and become providers for their families. Many have benefited from training and micro loans to establish business from a revolving loan fund made possible by The Kenya Initiative.

Ray Vos has travelled to Kenya three times, 2013, 2016, and again in 2018 to learn, understand and provide moral and financial support.

He is chief fundraiser and a major financial contributor to The Kenya Initiative. Many people purchase his photographs taken in Kenya of the people, all ages, and animals and landscape. 100% of sale proceeds go to The Kenya Initiative.

On'a'got'tay, nominated by Bill Gray

I met On'a'got'tay at an event of the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. From then Nancy and I have gotten to know On'a'got'tay. I meet with him most weeks. He has broadened my understanding and I am very thankful for his coaching, friendship, guidance, and counsel.

On'a'got'tay is active most every day as an ambassador for indigenous peoples, as an educator on matters of language and culture, as a medical person providing knowledge of indigenous medicine and natural remedies.

On'a'got'tay has helped and helps all of us to have a better understanding of our past and to work not just for reconciliation but also for reconciliaction. He is a face of indigenous people in Kingston, enabling people of all races to learn from one another.

Rotarians benefit from his attendance at weekly meetings. The National Committee particularly benefits from his knowledge and advice.

At Kingston General Hospital, On'a'got'tay educates medical personnel on traditional remedies at the same time he comforts indigenous patients with the ways of western medicine.

He is sought out by local school boards and by the City of Kingston.

Children benefit weekly at The Language Nest, a beneficiary of Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, by learning their language and culture. On'a'got'tay is one of the founders. The Saturday morning programme takes place at Kingston Community Health Centre.

Church groups are gaining understanding through his teaching.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards November 20 2018 William Egnatoff 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Kingston Drum Circle
 

Greta introduced our two speakers, Yessica Rivera Belsham and Théo Paradis aka Red Sky, from the Kingston Drum Circle. Yessica originates in Mexico, and Théo comes from the Ottawa area. Both are indigenous people.

Yessica started Brazilian drumming in 2009, and has gradually added drums from all over the world. The Kingston Drum Circle is using drumming to bring people back to their indigenous roots. Drums can be found in every part of the world, and in this context, represent the heart beat of Mother Earth. Yessica brought a drum from West Africa, and because of Thanksgiving, the two shared a song of gratitude for Mother Earth. She explained that as you feel the vibration, you can think about things that make you feel love in your heart.

She was located at the Tett Centre for a while but can now be found at the Canadian Mental Health Association headquarters. For them, so much of what the drums can do is related to mental health. All cultures have something to share, and every voice is beautiful. She has also done programs at H’Art and at Ongwanada.

Yessica now has a total of 40 drums, and is receiving requests from schools, and from Providence Care.

From questions that followed, she talked about the drum tradition in Mexico. Drums have been used in ceremony, in war, and more frequently in celebration.

It had been suggested that she submit a grant proposal to our community grants process, to obtain drum kits for schools, but decided against this idea. For her the drums must be authentic. The drums connect many natural elements. She pointed out that just on the one drum at the meeting, it involved goat skin, wood and water. She sees it as creating a connection on a deep level to Mother Earth. It’s much more than just playing with drums. Today, many indigenous people are struggling to return to the culture that was taken away, and drumming is a meaningful way to reconnect.

Heather Kembel offered thanks to Yessica and Théo, especially for the song of gratitude at this time.

 

 
Kingston Drum Circle October 9 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jacob Gardner, our guest speaker, October 2, 2018, is a Radiologist at KGH and is involved in the Ranked Ballot initiative and is here to tell us about it.

I went to Ottawa when I was 17 as part of Adventures in Citizenship.

We are currently use a first-past-the-post system for civic elections in Kingston. This splits the vote across those running on the popular issue.

A ranked-ballot system is being proposed in which voters rank all the candidates, first to last, and the race is run over and over, each time eliminating the last person, until one candidate has more than 50% of the vote.

This sets up for a more civil election.

You shouldn’t have to vote "the least of the evils." There is no strategic voting with ranked ballot– you don’t have to vote for someone you don’t want.

The ranked ballot system allows newer candidates to thrive.

The referendum question will be on the ballot of the upcoming mayoral and district rep election.

For more information, see: Ranked Ballots--City of Kingston.

Why Ranked Ballots?--Jacob Gardner, October 2, 2018 Terri Hodges 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
 

Honorary Rotarian Joan Egnatoff

Joan is from Saskatchewan and taught music education there. After marrying Bill she took time off work to raise their kids, but was always involved in playing the church organ (she got her start at age 3 on Granny Margaret’s living room organ.)

She’s mostly interested in music – singing in choirs since grade 9, studying piano and organ, and working with the children in the Cantabile choir. Loves gardening, telling scary stories, knitting, sewing and a bit of quilting.

Joan’s involvement with Rotary started when Bill joined in 2005 – and they’ve visited many clubs in: London, Paris, Wisconsin, Saskatoon, Nice, Makeni in Sierra Leone. They’ve hosted five exchange students.

Rotary is a place to meet new friends who are also interested in service. She’s been to two International conventions and they’ve been an amazing experience in learning about the service projects and programs that are underway around the world – education, water, sanitation, etc.

She encourages us all to attend the upcoming District Conference here in Kingston – it will help us to make a difference!

 
Joan Egnatoff becomes Honorary Rotarian 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2018

Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding

Kayleigh was introduced by Greg Mumford, Director, Youth Services. Our club sponsored Kayleigh to attend Adventures in Understanding .

Thank you for inviting my Dad and me here today and for sponsoring me to attend Adventures in Understanding. I was initially on the waiting list but got in! Lots of gear was required and the visit to Tim Horton’s on our way there was a must! Started with a blanket toss! Canoeing through locks. Saw a fox! Toured Trent University and canoed through five locks to Lakefield college – amazing storm and flyaway tent! At Camp Kawartha went rock climbing and ate in a teepee. Archery, knife and axe throwing. Had a teaching with an Elder. Got a soapstone to carve. Paddled 22km on Day 5! Did some drumming and learned about wild rice. Saw shooting stars on our last night ☺ Sweetgrass gift (mind, body, health significance) Thanks! Future candidates should have an open mind and love to learn. No phones allowed and now I’m using mine less. I am now reading and writing on indigenous texts in English at school.

Heather Kembel thanked Kayleigh and presented her with muffins!

 

Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding Terri Hodges 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Helen Tufts Nursery School - Open House Sept 6, 2018 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Aug 14, 2018

Karina Gummert, Marcel Gummert, Sigi Scholten, August 7, 2018

Marcel spoke on August 7th about his experience as a youth exchange student in Italy during the school year 2017-2018. He was introduced by his mother, club member Sigi Scholten, who spoke of how proud she was of her children, how much the year changed them, and how grateful she was to Rotary and our club for the great opportunity.

Summary of Marcel's talk

People usually think Spaghetti, Pizza, Gelato, and hand gestures. And the hand gestures one is so true!

In the North of Italy and very densely populated: Cremona

Not a very unified country, with different dialects even as close as 50km apart.

I played soccer there – had to register and paperwork took 5 months to come back from Rome! Attended all the practices, but in the end I couldn’t play in the games with my team. Everyone crazy about soccer, even if they don’t play.

The pizza there tastes SO different than the pizza here. I liked the thinner one best.

13 exchange students in Cremona and we would meet regularly to chat and have coffee.

Stayed with 3 different host families and it was an amazing experience.

After about 7 mos, I made dinner for 11 of us exchange students.

Visited Pisa, Milan (went 5 or 6 times); went skiing at Ponto di Ligno – through the clouds!; Lake Garda, Rome (my sister Karina visited with me in March); Class trip to Munich!; Venice – best seafood ever!; Sicily – most beautiful beach ever!; Salo (visited our exchange student from last year); Great water bottle fillup stations! Florence (in hospital for 5 days, and that messed up my visit with my family); Cinque Terre – 5 little towns on beautiful cliffs overlooking the water; Prague; Vienna – went to the UN; Budapest – my favourite city of the whole trip – good food and awesome people; Slovenia; visited so many different cities that I can’t remember them all!

I learned so much – new life experiences, new friends, beautiful memories.

Thank you SO much for this opportunity – the best year of my life yet!

Photos

Questions

Q (Bill E. with a grin): Did you go to school?

A: I DID go to school there and studied Italian. High schools are subject specific – language, science, economics – different from here.

Q: (Michelle) Before you went, what did you most want to achieve?

A: I wanted to learn Italian. Achieved a language certificate.

 

Heather thanked Marcel on behalf of the Club.

Marcel Gummert Youth Exchange to Italy 2017-2018 Terri Hodges 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jul 31, 2018
John invited Lilly to be our guest speaker July 31, 2018 to talk about her work with Ducks Unlimited on controlling invasive species on Wolfe Island.Greta du Bois, herself very concerned about human influence on the environment, thanked Lily for her work and her excellent presentation.
 
Lily is a student at Guelph in Environmental Science. She is working for Ducks Unlimited Canada on Wolfe Island to battle invasive species.
European Water Chestnut – floating plant that quickly forms a dense floating mat that lowers oxygen levels detrimental to fish and wildlife. Seeds are sharp and dangerous when washed up on shore.
Currently hand-pulling to remove them. Need to be careful if wrapped around lilly stems. Pulls out quite easily. 2 people pulling weeds all day! J
Leave on land to dry out.
Native to western Europe, Africa brought as ornamental plant in 1879.
66% reduction in 3 years.
After pulling the plants in an area, they do surveillance around the area to look for more.
No bio-controls known for European water chestnut (which have risks of their own).
Volunteer, avoid boating in infested areas, never release non-native plants or fish.
Bigger problem on south shore in the States.
Not much further east than here for us.
 
For the slides of Lilly's presentation, see: photoalbums/lily-auty-invasive-species-talk-slides-july-31-2018
Lily Auty Terri Hodges 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Mumford on Jul 21, 2018

Schedule April 2019 - March 2020

Day DateTimeVolunteerVolunteer
Thursday April 11, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecHoward Lee
Thursday April 11, 201910:00 PMGreg MumfordPatty LeCollier
Thursday April 25, 20196:00 PMElizabeth CohoeRobert Reid
Thursday April 25, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecTerri Hodges
Thursday May 02, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecJohn Gale
Thursday May 02, 201910:00 PMJohn Farrow
Bill Egnatoff
Thursday May 16, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHeather Kembel
Thursday May 16, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecAnita Mercier
Thursday June 06, 20196:00 PMElizabeth CohoeHoward Lee
Thursday June 06, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecJohn Richards
Thursday June 20, 20198:00 PMJohn GaleGreg Mumford
Thursday July 04, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday July 04, 20198:00 PMHakeem SubairJohn Farrow
Thursday July 18, 20196:00 PMMartin ThomasGreta Du Bois
Thursday July 18, 20198:00 PMJohn RichardsGreg Mumford
Thursday Aug 01, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday Aug 01, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecJohn Gale
Thursday Aug 29, 201910:00 PMJohn FarrowMurray Cotton
Thursday Sept 05, 20198:00 PMMurray CottonTerri Hodges
Thursday Sept 05, 201910:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
Thursday Sept 19, 20196:00 PMMurray CottonRobert Reid
Thursday Sept 19, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Oct 03, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecMurray Cotton
Thursday Oct 03, 201910:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
Thursday Oct 24, 20196:00 PMMartin ThomasJohn Richards
Thursday Oct 24, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Oct 31, 20196:00 PMElizabeth Cohoe 
Thursday Oct 31, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Nov 14, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidJohn Richards
Thursday Nov 14, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Dec 12, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHeather Kembel
Thursday Dec 12, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecMurray Cotton
Thursday Dec 26, 20196:00 PM  
Thursday Dec 26, 20198:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
Thursday Jan 02, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Jan 09, 20206:00 PMMurray Cotton 
Thursday Jan 09, 20208:00 PMJohn RichardsRick Fiedorec
Thursday Jan 23, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Feb 06, 20206:00 PMHeather KembelRobert Reid
Thursday Feb 06, 20208:00 PMMurray Cotton 
Thursday Feb 27, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Feb 27, 20208:00 PM  
Thursday Mar 12, 20208:00 PM  
Thursday Mar 12, 202010:00 PM  
Thursday Mar 26, 20206:00 PMElizabeth CohoeHeather Kembel
Thursday Mar 26, 20208:00 PMRobert Reid 

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Schedule June 2018 - March 2019

DayDateTimeVolunteerVolunteer
ThursdayJuly 05. 20186:00 PMJohn FarrowElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayJuly 05, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendBill Egnatoff
ThursdayJuly 19. 20186:00 PMHoward LeeMartin Thomas
ThursdayJuly 19, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecMurray Cotton
ThursdayAug 02, 20186:00 PMBill EgnatoffTerri Hodges
ThursdayAug 02, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
ThursdayAug 30, 201810:00 PMJohn RichardsTerri Hodges
ThursdaySept 06, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecPatty LeCollier
ThursdaySept 06, 201810:00 PM
John Farrow
Greg Mumford
ThursdaySept 20, 20186:00 PMRobert ReidMurray Cotton
ThursdaySept 20, 20188:00 PMHoward LeeRick Fiedorec
ThursdayOct 04, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecHoward Lee
ThursdayOct 04, 201810:00 PMJohn FarrowBiill Egnatoff
ThursdayOct 25, 20186:00 PMTerri HodgesGreg Mumford
ThursdayOct 25, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayNov 01, 20186:00 PMHeather KembelElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayNov 01, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
ThursdayNov 15, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayNov 15, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecRobert Reid
ThursdayDec 13, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayDec 13, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayDec 27, 20186:00 PMJohn FarrowHoward Lee
ThursdayDec 27, 20188:00 PMBill EgnatoffGreg Mumford
ThursdayJan 03, 20196:00 PM
Heather Kembel
Greg Mumford
ThursdayJan 10, 20196:00 PM
Robert Reid
Martin Thomas
ThursdayJan 10, 20198:00 PMMurray CottonJohn Gale
ThursdayJan 24, 20196:00 PMJohn RichardsHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 07, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHoward Lee
ThursdayFeb 07, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 28, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelMartin Thomas
ThursdayFeb 28, 20198:00 PMGreg Mumford
Rick Fiedorec
ThursdayMar 14, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec
Anita Mercier
ThursdayMar 14, 201910:00 PMPatty LeCollierTerri Hodges
ThursdayMar 28, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayMar 28, 20198:00 PM Rick Fiedorec
 
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Dr. Dorothy Cotton--Biography

Dr. Dorothy Cotton is a forensic psychologist with a particular interest in the area of police psychology and who holds diplomate status in police psychology—the only one in Canada. She is an Associate Member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and has been involved in the latter organization’s policy and program development related to police/mental health systems liaison. She consults regularly, both formally and informally, with police services across the country about issues related to development of mental health liaisons programs and committees. Dr. Cotton also provides pre-employment and fitness for duty assessments to a variety of police services.

Dr. Cotton is also an adjunct faculty member at Queen’s University, is Past President of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (the regulatory body for psychology), has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and is also a Fellow of CPA.  She served on the Mental Health and the Law Committee of the Mental Health Association of Canada.  In 2012, she received a Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing her work in relation to interactions between police and people with mental illnesses and in 2018 she was invested into the Order of Ontario for her work in this area.

Interactions Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill

Dorothy began by stating that since she has been working with the police for the last 15 years, her opinion about the interaction between police officers and those who suffer from mental illnesses has changed.  Public opinion has been warped by the media because of the over reporting of negative situations. 

She used a quiz approach to show us how our own perceptions affect what happens.  For example, if we were to see a man on the street clutching his chest, or a child hurt on a playground, we would naturally provide assistance and call for professional help if necessary.  This does not happen if we see a person acting erratically.  Generally, it results in a call to the police.

This is the reason why the police get involved in the first place.  Although one in five have such problems, people with mental illnesses are over represented in police calls, and may be encountered multiple times.  For many, their first contact with the mental health system is through the police.  In fact, in Canada, there are several million such calls every year.  They play a huge support role, yet the public will only hear about the occasional death that may occur.  Dorothy is very aware that the police are actually doing an incredible job at things that don’t make the headlines. The police come in contact with these vulnerable people who are most often victims and not perpetrators. They are not more likely than the general population to commit a crime. They are generally not a danger to society.

Most calls that are received by police are citizens just looking for help. The example given was a parent who doesn’t know how to deal with a child, and the police play a big role in getting people connected to the proper services. They are often “the only game in town”. This began when there was a decision to deinstitutionalize people suffering from mental illnesses, and Canadian society became very conscious of human rights. There is now a lack of available resources. There is also an awareness of the stigma associated with mental health issues, and fear of seeking help for this reason. The whole area is underfunded now, and has become a societal failing.

There has been more attention paid in the last five years, especially by the military, but it is mainly talk and there is a lack of proper funding.

What are police services doing? They used to say it wasn’t their job. Now they are getting many hours of training. In some communities there are joint response initiatives with other services, but Kingston is not large enough to be able to do that. Kingston does have some specialized officers, and support for front line officers. They have developed strategies for dealing with these situations, and they are hiring new officers with the right traits and previous experience. The police actually do a lot of social service activities over simple law enforcement. They have become part of our community circles of care.

The greater problem is society at large and the attitudes out there. We really need to examine our own attitudes.

Some questions followed which gave Dorothy an opportunity to provide further examples. The cost to society is greater than the cost of policing if these people do not get properly treated. People who leave work with mental health issues are generally absent longer than those with physical health issues, and many don’t return at all.  Most people won’t talk about it if they do. Only a small number of people with mental health issues actually need police assistance, but that is where the calls go. Like many other issues, we are generally afraid of what we don’t understand.

Robert Reid provided our traditional speaker thanks.

 
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