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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

The Courier

June 9th, 2020
We meet every Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Please join us at Odd Fellows Hall, 218 Concession Street, Kingston ON.

The Rotary Four Way Test

Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned

Rotary Reflection

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For peace in a world where many walk in fear
For friends in a world where many walk alone
And for the opportunity to serve others through Rotary,
May we be truly thankful!

The Loyal Toast 

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Queen of Canada!

Acknowledgement of Territory

We are gathered on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. we are grateful to be able to join together in Rotary Fellowship on these lands.
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Virtual Meeting Report June 2nd, 2020


Sorry no member count today
Guest Speaker: Amanada Stolk

Member Sharing

Greg Mumford would like everyone to visit the updated auction website.  www.ckrotaryauction.org  He is looking for feedback.
Rick Fiedorec.  A reminder that dues should be submitted by June 15th.  Cheques may be mailed to the club address which is on our website, or dropped in his mailbox at 242 Olympus Ave.
Elizabeth needs a chair for community service.
John Richards.  Murray is in the hospital for some tests and is hoping to be released tomorrow.
John Gale provided an update on the Rotary FAR project.  Pathways is hoping to find a way to have a graduation ceremony for 70 students.  They would like to present them all with a box of suitable items and asked that we consider funding the cost which is estimated at $50.  It would also be nice if a hand written note and small gift such as a gift card be included from a Rotarian.  The Kingston Club is interested in sharing this with our club.
John Farrow volunteered to attend the Nut Drive meeting for Murray.

Fun Master - Ed Thomson

Ed had a quiz based on the manned rocket that was launched to the space station, and garnered a lot of money for the club because there were only a few people who could answer any of the questions.  To be free of fines, one had to know the names of the astronauts, the companies backing the project, and even the CEO.  Then he went back in time to a February 2018 launch that took off with a Tesla Roadster and a mannequin named Star Man to orbit the sun.  Who knew!

Happy/Sad Bucks

John Gale and Jeri are moving!  They have purchased a new house but now have to de-clutter their old one and sell it.
Greta attended a fundraising meeting of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Australia.  They were raising money for a charity called Feed the Mind.  This is the club that will be coming to Canada on the next Friendship Exchange.
John Farrow paid a visit to Bernie and Sheila Allard and also had a nice visit with Francine.  He also attended a meeting of Francine’s Rotary Club.  The speaker was from the RCMP and spoke about new scams that are taking advantage of the pandemic.  John is also happy that since his daughter’s masters program at U of T is going to be online for the first term, that she will be remaining at home.  He is also happy that Amanda is here as our guest speaker.
Sean Goodall’s daughter had been living with her brother in Kemptville, but she is back in Kingston now.  She is having difficulty finding a job in Kingston because she had been employed at a hospital so people are afraid to hire her!  Sean is happy to have had some sunny days off to do some gardening.
Elizabeth talked about how a very long-time friend passed away, and rather than defer a celebration of life, they invited people to attend this at the funeral home by Zoom.  About 50 people attended from all over the world.
Rick reported that Trixie-Lou has visited the dog spa.
Heather Nogrady remembered that this is the 67th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Martin wondered if people remember where they were when they heard about the coronation.  Several members shared their memories.  Martin’s son in law is a Sergeant in the California Highway Patrol and he has been working seven days a week due to the protests taking place.  Martin is very proud to be a Canadian.
Ana updated us on the Covid 19 Food Sharing Project.  The project has been well financed by Rotary, the three community organizations involved, and community members.  The number of baskets has gone from about 300 to about 600 as the need increases.  Each family basket is for three to eight people.
Rick Fiedorec had a driveway coffee with a friend who normally volunteers for Loving Spoonful picking up groceries and taking them to community groups.  This program has been suspended.
Ana was interviewed by Cogeco about the Covid 19 Food Project.  She posted this on Facebook and later added a “donate here” button.  For anyone interested in viewing this on You Tube, here is the link courtesy of your scribe.  https://youtu.be/twk3KsrvcUw
Greg Mumford paid $5 in honor of Ana’s interview.


There will be a club fellowship event on June 10th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Bring wine (or other beverage) and cheese.  Participants will be asked to talk about their choice of beverage. 


Save June 23 at 7 p.m. for our changeover meeting.  We will draw cards until someone wins, unless the pot is won before then.

President's Announcements

The Covid 19 Task Force met and a representative from KGH who is an RN and who calls herself a health care mask crusader.  They have already distributed 5,000 masks to workers for use outside the hospital, and she is looking for another 5,000.  Our mask program is in production.  Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec is one of the sewists and modeled one for us.  The masks will include a disclaimer.
The Centennial Committee met and agreed to postpone celebrations to April 2021, but projects will continue as planned.  They can be showcased when we are able to celebrate.
The Mess is shut down but Sandy has been meeting the usual participants in McBurney Park.  All of their fundraising has had to be halted.
KEYS has a Facebook page to make it possible to keep in touch with new Canadians who had been part of the project to support new arrivals in Canada.  The page is called Food Friends Family and Fun, and we can leave a message there.  This is the group that was being hosted by our club for monthly pot luck dinners at the Odd Fellows Hall. 
Canada Helps is running a contest throughout June.  For every $1 that is donated to an organization, they will receive a chance to win $20,000.
Ana is ordering name tags for four individuals who will be inducted into membership at our year end meeting.  If you need an updated name tag please let Ana know.  (e.g. new classification)
Upcoming events
Please note all upcoming events are subject to cancellation or postponment

Sept 19, 2020 - Tree Planting - Rotary Park - Rotarians to assist in planting 100 trees
Oct 16 & 17, 2020 - District Conference at Ottawa
June 25th, 2021 - Rotary Anniversary Gala, St. Lawrence College
Chase the Ace!

Rick Fiedorec drew his own name and offered to put it back, but everyone insisted that fair is fair.  Rick asked Greg Mumford to pick his card, and the Ace of Hearts was drawn.

Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Amanda Stolk - True North Aid during Covid-19
John Farrow introduced Amanda Stolk.  Our first encounter with Amanda and True North Aid was assisting them with their collection of medical devices back in 2015.  Amanda was here to tell us about the work of True North Aid as it is today.  She is the Project and Communications Director of the organization.
True North Aid has been in existence since 2009, supporting Canada’s northern communities.  It is based in Kingston but has volunteers in many other places.  There are eight foundation stones to their work.  These are self determination, reconciliation, water, food, health, housing, hope and education.
Amanda outlined some of their key projects.  Currently there is a Covid 19 emergency fund, and they are sending shipments of things like masks and critical care supplies.  The Canadian government is assisting, but sometimes things needed just don’t get there fast enough.  One in ten diabetics will die from this disease and diabetes is a common health issue in the north due to diet.  In fact, many people have a lot more other underlying health problems that make their outcomes poorer.  True North Aid ran a recent campaign to support this need for supplies.
They are currently backing the children’s needs related to learning from home.  Backpacks full of school supplies were sent.  These bore a cost of about $40 each, and were sent to the Clearwater River, Canoe Lake and La Loche communities, but now no one can go there. 
Fly in communities have more protection from the virus whereas those with road access have a bigger problem.  Housing is crowded, often with three generations under one roof so this encourages the spread of disease.  Amanda showed us photos that illustrated the kind of medical assistance that is being given. 
People ask why they can’t just relocate south where they are not so remote, but to them, this is their home.  Many of the elders do not speak English.  True North Aid wants to be able to support them so that they can stay in what has been their home for so countless generations.
For more information, visit www.truenorthaid.ca.  Amanda may be reached at amanda@truenorthaid.ca.
Questions followed.
Is Covid 19 affecting these communities disproportionately?  The answer is yes.  Health problems make the risk greater, and living conditions cause the spread to be easier.
What happens if someone is so sick, they need to be on a ventilator?  They get sent to Thunder Bay.  Amanda reminded us that it is really third world conditions for many of these people.
How much communication is there between the various communities?  The communities are currently blocking inter-community communication. 
Ron Pols thanked Amanda with a virtual loaf of bread, saying that thinking about these people, the words resilience and pride come to mind.
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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston
Guests are Welcome
Odd Fellows Hall - 218 Concession Street, Kingston, Ont 7:00 am
Registration and Greeting
Hall and Kitchen setup:
Hall and Kitchen clean up:
7:15 Call to Order and Welcome Ana Sutherland
7:16 Rotary Invocation and Toast to the Queen
7:17 Breakfast Parade
7:35 Welcoming of Guests and Visiting Rotarians
7:38 Announcements and Board Positions
7:43 Fun Master
7:55 Speaker Intro
8:00 Speaker "
8:18 Draw
8:19 Adjournment Ana Sutherland
Piano: Terry Hicks


July 19th, 2020 - Rotary Centennial Birthday Party at Rotary Park
Sept 19, 2020 - Tree Planting - Rotary Park - Rotarians to assist in planting 100 trees
June 25th, 2021 - Rotary Anniversary Gala, St. Lawrence College