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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

The Courier

May 19th, 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 May 12th, 2020


The regular Tuesday meeting was held virtually, with many in attendance, including two future members of the club and our guest speaker.  Doug Hicks, son of our Terry Hicks has made application to membership, and Sean Goodall will be joining our club when he transfers his membership effective July 1st.  Our guest speaker, John Anderson was also in attendance.

Member Sharing

Ana welcomed all of the members in attendance this morning to our 4th Zoom meeting. The meeting started with the acknowledgement of territory, And Rick sold virtual tickets for the 50/50 draw.  

Fun Master - Ron Pols

Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec raised some funds with some fun.  Members were fined if they have signed up for a new streaming service, if they had not watched “Some Good News” on You Tube, if not on Twitter.  Michelle reminded members that you can be on Twitter and just lurk silently.  There is a lot of good stuff there, and social media can be a force for good.  No one knew the word of the day which appeared on the agenda, nor did anyone actually know the meaning of hobgoblin.   

Happy/Sad Bucks

Bill Egnatoff participated in the mentor training, and his garden is sprouting both asparagus and lavender.  Bill has made it to a full week of not reading about Covid 19.  John Gale reported that Jeri had a great Mothers’ Day, with a visit from her daughter.  Physical distance rules applied.  John and Ann Richards found delivering food for the Covid 19 project to be an excellent experience.  Murray said he only had his hand up to try to say that John was still muted.  Heather Nogrady had a good half hour chat with On’A’Got’Tay who is enjoying his garden.  Elizabeth’s graduating class of 1965 had to cancel a planned reunion this fall, but is going to have a Zoom reunion instead.  Ana reported that Gavin and husband cleaned the house.  Michelle closed with an apology buck for having to leave the meeting early.


John Gale updated us about the mentoring aspect of the Rotary F.A.R. Project.  The volunteers for the mentoring program have met with Alison Pinkerton, where they have been given an overview of the experiences that teachers have had with the students involved.  There have been two training sessions with Keys staff and there will be two more.  The program is not quite in a position to begin, as we are waiting on the financial contribution of one more Rotary Club from India.  There are about 20 potential volunteers.  (Note that F.A.R. stands for Facilitator of Alumni Relations.)
Toastmasters has created some courses that can be found on the learning centre on rotary.org.  They are about developing and presenting a speech.  To access them, you log in or register on My Rotary.  There are a lot of other resources there to help you to be informed.
The Covid 19 food project is coming to life.  There has been a big response from the community, and there are now opportunities for promotion on the CKWS Morning Show and the Kingstonist.  About $47,000 has been donated, and this is enough to last through to September for the present families being served, but there may be more families before then.  Twelve families were added just this week.  To enroll in the program, families need to contact their school as the two boards of education are acting as the touch point.  When it ends, if there are funds remaining, they will be donated to the various food security projects in the community.  The masks we have already been informed about are in production, and the same group are also making surgical caps for nurses, as it has been found that the virus attaches to hair.
John added that although the centenary committee is temporarily standing down, this project is ideal for our 100th anniversary.

President's Announcements

Membership:   We are coming to the end of our Rotary year.  Let Rick Fiedorec know of your intent to renew your membership.  There is no increase in the annual dues. 
Confirm with Greg Mumford that there are no changes in your CPIC status.  Greg will notify members where there is a need to renew their CPIC, and this should be done before July 1st.  This certainly needs to be current for anyone who is participating in the Rotary F.A.R. Project.
Invitation:  We have received an invitation to attend the meeting of the Rotary Club of Westmount Montreal tomorrow at noon, and there is an interesting speaker.
There will be a meeting between Loughborough School and the Board of Education shortly in order to keep the greenhouse project moving forward.
Firefighter of the Year Award:  The Kingstonist is looking for nominations.
Dues:  Annual dues will remain at $250.  Let Rick Fiedorec know if you need an official invoice, otherwise simply mail a cheque to the club P.O. box, and date the cheque for July 2, 2020.

Guest Speaker

John Anderson was introduced by Bill Egnatoff, who has known John for many years, going back to a time when they were both studying physics at the University of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  John has a love of history, and in his retirement he volunteers as an interpreter at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
After John completed his undergraduate degree in physics, he went on to obtain a masters degree in aerospace engineering.  He spent 40 years in Canadian defense research, and then 25 years working outside of the military.  He has been volunteering at the museum for the past 11 years.
The Canadian War Museum is about Canadian history and how war has affected that.  One should really visit the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau as well, in order to get the whole picture.
Everyone should have a look at the material that John sent to Bill Egnatoff and was circulated to the whole membership.  John felt disappointed that this year there was so little attention paid to VE Day.  May 8th, 75 years ago was an important turning point in the war effort.  World War II had a great impact on our economy and our history, both military and civilian.  Have a look at Tim Cook’s video that was circulated through Bill.  His spirit continues to animate the staff at the War Museum. People come from all over the world to visit the museum.  It doesn’t glorify war as some might think.  It’s about history. 
Following John’s presentation a lively discussion ensued. 
Bill Egnatoff talked about Joan being born in England because her father was serving there as mortuary assistant and her mother was a nurse.  Bill said that his father was a post-war interpreter in Vienna, and at the time, his mother took a course in mechanics.
Following Greta’s question, John clarified that he was not a language interpreter at the museum, but rather an interpreter of the displays.  There are four galleries that span 1000 years of history.  John is stationed in the Cold War gallery. 
John Richards asked about whether the museum is appropriate for children.  In John’s experience, very young children don’t get much out of it, and even school groups of grades 5 or 6 don’t really have the capacity to interpret what they are seeing; only understanding that it is really important.  He sees mainly grandparents bringing their grandchildren who see how important it is through their grandparents’ eyes.  Greg Mumford felt that a lot depends on the individual child, as he as brought his grandchildren there, and found that it’s something that they could visit many times.  He also found the interpreters to be very helpful.
Greta took her grandchildren aged 8 and 11 to sites in northern France.  They were very taken by what they saw and actually didn’t want to leave the museums.  John recommends that kids should be taken to sites in northern France and Belgium and the Netherlands.  They appreciate the sacrifice that people made so long ago. 
Ed remarked on other markers such as Memorial Hall within our own city hall.  It was a time when Canada became a separate military entity.
John Gale mentioned that VE Day was a collective effort.  Canada at that time finally got past religious divisions within our country and laid down a foundation for who we are now.  Speaker John remarked that although war is terrible, it does stir the cultural pot.
Martin Thomas felt that this alluded to the way history is seen in different ways, and who is right depends upon what side of the river you are on.  Does the recollection of history change over time?  As an example, Martin talked about Sir John A’s image here in Kingston.  Is it fair to view history from the present rather than the past?  John’s answer to that was that it is opinion versus facts.  Sir John A. has been seen by some as being anti First Nations, whereas he actually wanted to give them the vote, and had great respect for them.
Back to VE Day, it is important to not forget what happened.  Some very pivotal things resulted in the outcome, and it could have gone the other way.
John Gale said that his father was in an anti-tank division during the war and was severely injured before D Day so he wasn’t able to participate.  Then he volunteered for the Japan invasion which never happened because the USA bombed Japan and they surrendered.  V.E. Day was not the end of the war.
Ed Thomson said that his father was in the Polish army, and his son, on visiting World War II sites was very touched by the way people still feel towards Canadians.  John said that he has had the same experience.  There are three major Canadian cemeteries in The Netherlands.  School children regularly place flowers on the graves.  It is part of their culture to remember.
Bill Egnatoff thanked John for speaking.  We are still learning to live in a world of both war and peace, plenty and famine and enemies and friends.
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!
Elizabeth won the draw, but no joy - the Ace of Clubs is still in the deck.  The pot is now close to $750.
Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Duty Roster
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