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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

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June 16th, 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 9th, 2020


Visiting Rotarian - Hadi Mortada, Incoming District Governor, Rotary Club of West Ottawa.
Guest Speaker: Michelle Clarabut, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes; Doug Hicks, incoming member
Friends of Rotary: Mara Shaw

Member Sharing

Graduation Gifts for Pathways Graduates—John Gale, Rotary FAR project
In meeting with Roger Romero, I learned that 70 students are graduating form Pathways this year but can’t have formal graduation ceremony, a big deal for those kids. Instead, there will be a meaningful gift box given to each student. Pathways is looking Rotary to pay for those gift boxes, $50/box. After much discussion, it was decided that Pathways itself will make up the gift box. Each will contain a personalized hand-written congratulatory message from a Rotarian. About 20 Rotarians from Kingston and Waterfront clubs have agreed to sponsor a box. Frontenac Club will be approached as will our club. We need to decide that today. If we got 30 Rotarians to do this, that would generate $1500. Our club, it is proposed, would cover the remaining. Total cost is $3,500, so we would cover $2,000. This is a way to cement the relationship between Rotary, Pathways, and its graduates. Academic achievement doesn’t often get celebrated for these students.
Discussion ensued on allocation of funds. The treasurer reported that there are sufficient funds already reallocated, including from Youth Services. The idea of individual Rotarians contributing was well received. Ana reported that there were 3 from Waterfront, 16 from Kingston, 8 from Frontenac; Passport Club 2; will invite Honorary Members. Everyone present and Terry Hicks will be in. Friends of Rotary are welcome to contribute. Glen has several friends who would be willing. Club voted informally to make up the difference as needed.
For privacy reasons, individuals will not be known to Rotary by name. Graduation is the week of June 22nd. Students will likely come in 2 or 3 at a time for a celebration. Ana will send out an email. All messages of congratulations should go to Lisa Lund lisal@kchc.ca at Pathways to Education. It was suggested that they be handwritten, scanned, and emailed. They could include a photo of the sponsoring person.
The treasure moved, second by John Gale that the club issue a cheque for $3,500 now. Carried. It was agreed that sponsors would contribute by writing cheques to the club designating “Pathways Graduation”.
We took a meeting screen shot to go to all the graduates. They will see that Rotarians are behind them.
Ana: Centennial Meeting tonight 7 p.m. by Zoom, re proposal on Centennial celebration during easing of pandemic situation.
Ottawa Metro Trivia Night Fundraiser
John Farrow will send out information about Trivia Night fundraiser $10/person, this Saturday night, Ottawa Metro. You need to register in advance to participate. Donate to charity of your choice.
Member Care, Dues
Rick announced that Terry Hicks is looking for volunteers to create a prison break. Please give him a call. He’s looking forward to getting connected to us. His membership for next year is paid up, as have just over 1/3 of us. You may use e-transfers for fines, happy bucks, etc. using Rick’s email, with security question response ckrotary. Please use a cheque for dues so that there is a paper trail.
John Farrow: Nut Drive
The Nut Drive will not go ahead as in the past. The President of Queen’s Engineering was at the meeting. Some suggestions were offered for substitute fund-raisers. They meet again June 25th. Something will happen.
The club thanked Hadi for joining our meeting. He encouraged our participation in the District changeover June 27th and in the free virtual district conference in October.

Fun Master - Elizabeth Cohoe

last in: Mara Shaw
Theme: current situation of self-isolating. Think of what you’ve done this week. Fines for the following action or inaction:
  • You or someone made a new recipe
  • No online order
  • In a store and didn’t wear a mask?
  • Did not do a purposeful activity to promote fitness
  • Were given or received a home haircut
  • Did not play a musical instrument that you haven’t played for a while
  • Since yesterday’s announcement, have you already obtained an appointment for a haircut?

Happy/Sad Bucks

  • John Farrow: Friend of Rotary news—our last guest speaker Amanda Stolk is interested.
  • John Gale: Happy that Bill Gray might be coming back to join our club to help with our international work. Up to date buck: House getting ready for sale, incredible amount of work. Threw knee out again.
  • Bill Egnatoff: happy-sad—planted a small black locust tree a week ago; it’s leaves are shrivelling. Will it survive? Stay tuned!
  • Heather Nogrady: drove past Metalworks on Sunday. The place is for lease. She has a gift certificate unused from auction. Sad if it closed, but maybe it just moved?
  • Ana: Nephew, in USA, and spouse, had a baby boy, 8 lb 14 oz. She's looking forward to meeting her grand-nephew.


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

June is Rotary Fellowship Month. We have two events planned:
  1. June 10th virtual wine tour, bring good cheer, cheeses and virtual wine
  2. June 23rd 7 p.m., end of year party, including changeover of Board and induction of new members
Getting the Rotary Message Out in Kingston
The Communications Committee for Kingston clubs has developed plans on how to let the Kingston community know about Rotary in our community. The Committee made a presentation to the Presidents’ council, which it accepted. The first stage is to set up a Website, rotaryinkingston.cool, with links to our individual club Web sites. Through it we will showcase our individual and joint projects, presenting a unified view of the four clubs, two Rotaract clubs, and Interact clubs. Its purpose is to educate Kingston citizens and media about Rotary. The Web site will use ClubRunner and will have links to associated social media accounts. I will be approaching individuals to serve as representatives to build and maintain the Web site.
Rotary Masks
Are here!!  They are in the possession of John Farrow at his place of work.  Call him at 613-549-8980 during the day or email him at johnfarrowrotary@gmail.com.  Delivery can also be arranged, especially if you have cold beverages in your refrigerator :)
Statements for fines and 50/50 draw
Ana has sent out statements for virtual meeting fines and 50/50 draw.  Please send Treasurer Rick a cheque at the club email address or drop it off at his how (he has cold beverages)
Upcoming events
Please note all upcoming events are subject to cancellation or postponment

Chase the Ace!

Won by Ron Pols. No jackpot win again!

Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Michelle Clarabut, Programming and Communications, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes - What's New at the Museum?
Michelle Clarabut, Ph.D, Programs and Communications Manager, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
John Farrow introduced our guest speaker. Inspired by a recent TV news segment on the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and the news that Brett Smith has helped to “repurchase” the building that used to house the Museum, he contacted Michelle Clarabut, Programming and Communications, to talk about its Memory Project, commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic.
Michelle - It’s great to be out in community. I’m the Programs and Communications Manager, in a full-time staff of two. We will have two summer students, one of which has started just last week. Two years ago, we had to leave our 55 Ontario Street location. We leased the building from the Government, which sold it, but we now own the building. The Museum has been temporarilyhoused at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and hope to get back to our original location some time this year. We are closed to the public right now, but hope to open soon.
A lot is happening behind the scenes. We have recently completed our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Steering into the Future, which emphasizes our mission to create an inclusive space that inspires the enduring connection with the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes, including social, economic, and environmental history of our area. The plan provides an overview of our own history and outlines our thee priorities for the next five years. We are re-imagining what the Marine Museum will look like, and are also working on our business plan, including our 5-year capital and operational budget. We are researching the acquisition of a new historic ship. The Alexander Henry was returned to Thunder Bay a while back, where it was built.
Last summer, we were given by a former museum member, the Red Jacket, a very well-known Canadian racing yacht. It was designed by George Cuthbertson and George Casisan and built by Erich Bruckmann. It was the first Canadian and non-American boat to win the overall title at the Southern Ocean Racing Conference in 1968 in her second year.  This vessel will be a great addition to our exhibits.
Typically, we have summer camps and educational programs at local school. Last summer we reached over 578 Kingston youth. We also have Nautical Nights, a winter speaker series, January to March. This year it was cut short because of COVID in March We also do public tours, including in local retirement homes. We’re very active in the community, trying to engage people with maritime history.
After the March break, we started Virtual Challenges to take the place of cancelled live events.. The first was a one-week boat building challenge—build it, name it, see how many marbles are needed to sink it; a lot of fun—open to everyone. We have had others in the past, including environmental challenges (building water filters, talking about pollution in the Great Lakes) and art-related projects (designing a Great Lakes cruise ship). These provide opportunity for youth, families, and groups, to be creative.
This Thursday, June 18th is our first Virtual Talk, “Turtle Talks,” by Mabyn Armstrong. This talk is about local ecosystems and invasive species. Join us on the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes Youtube channel. Information is on our Facebook page.
Forged in Fire: Kingston Goes to Sea was a project I put together, with a personal and community story. To commemorate 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic. Kingston a had huge role in the Battle of the Atlantic and the Second World War through ship-building. Twelve ships built here served as convoy escorts in the North Atlantic. Two didn’t make it home. The huge contribution of Kingston is a story that doesn’t often get told. The project is about the ships, the people who built them, and the men and women who served including Wrens, volunteer reserve, and Merchant Navy. The project is about community engagement. Many veterans are unfortunately deceased, but we would love to have stories by the second and later generation about a loved one who served—people from the Kingston area and involved in either ship-building or having served in another maritime capacity. It could be about how they met their husband or wife during the war, funny anecdotes about their training experience, personal stories and anecdotes that were passed on. The project Web space is a place where people can come and share their stories including pictures or artifacts. mareinemuseum.ca/forgedinfire  . Once a story is submitted, it becomes available to the public. A few have been submitted so far. We are especially interested in those who built the ships, often forgotten and also those who served on the ships built in Kingston. We are collaborating with RMC Museum. We intended to create a 2020 pop-up exhibit, but COVID-19 has prevented that (so far). We are discussing making it a virtual exhibit and feeding into a blog series to bring stories together. We are looking for commonalities or links across the stories; e.g., people who were on the same ship at the same time, unknown to their families. We are also hoping to share hidden stories, e.g., community gatherings for launches - we have some amazing pictures of that. We are also developing educational program, for schools and local community groups. Now after three months that we’re going to be opening up, it will be interesting to see how that will work out.
Bill Egnatoff mentioned how much he appreciated the opportunity of having Adventures in History work in the Museum and visit its archives. One student said, “This smells like history.”
John Farrow: Have you reached out to the Genealogical Society? He will connect the Museum through his wife, a member. A call could go out through all Ontario branches.
John Gale: Will you be able to give sense of how many women were employed in the shipyards?
Michelle: Unfortunately, a lot of records have disappeared. WWII years are a gap in the records. I would love to find information on that. I would like stories of women serving as “Wrens,” (WRCNS, Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service), and stories from Indigenous communities. I am reaching out to Prince Edward County, and Gananoque (part of the Kingston area). Individual stories are not being told; I want to find them. They deserve to be told.
Murray Cotton: I loved the first photo of the Canada Steamship Lines. My father worked for them for over 50 years. He wanted to serve, but was deemed an essential worker so had to go back to the docks. I refer you to Terry Hicks.
Robert Reid thanked Michelle. He is pro-development downtown, but was very concerned to learn about the sale of the property where the museum was housed. He was very happy to learn of the recent purchase of the property so the Museum could move back in. He visited with his children, and was also there for the funeral held there. He acknowledged the very aggressive plan and budget. Robert thanked Michelle with a virtual loaf of bread.
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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