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The Courier

October 15th, 2018
We meet every Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Please join us at Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen 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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Kingston Drum Circle October 9 2018
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Meeting Report October 9th, 2018

President’s Announcements

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on December 11th. There are many board positions to fill, including president elect, treasurer, and directors for club admin, as well as PR and communications. We will also need a Sergeant at Arms.

The charter night for the new Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro is taking place on October 15th. John Farrow has offered to drive up and back the same evening, and still has room for two more. He will leave at 5pm from the parking lot at Highway 15 and the 401 highway.

Bernie Allard underwent some emergency surgery this week, and is recovering now.

Friendship Exchange to India

Greta Dubois gave members an update on plans for the Friendship Exchange to India, as more information has been received now. Greta explained the visa process. A group fare has been arranged with British Airways, and a deposit will be necessary. Nine people have signed up for the trip so there is only room for three more. The group will leave on February 9th and because of time differences, will arrive on February 11th. The trip will extend until the return to Toronto on February 23rd.

Ana talked about the food to expect. Lots of fish and rice, and spices. (spicy being interpreted as “hot”.)

Greta explained the clothing expectations in India.


Greta announced that there will be a speaker from The Rotary Foundation on October 23rd, and the topic will be Polio.

Community Paul Harris Awards

These will take place at our Tuesday morning meeting on November 20th. The four recipients are Mary Farrar, Ona Got Tay, Raymond Vos, and Doug van der Horden.

Guests, Visiting Rotarians and Make ups

Anna read the Acknowledgement of Territory, and went on to introduce one guest, Maya Bergerson, our exchange student. There were no visiting Rotarians. Make ups were recorded for Elizabeth Cohoe, Ana Sutherland, Robert Reid and Bill Egnatoff for attendance at a new interest group which will be known as Anishinabe Iitook Odee – Like Hearted People. This group will be meeting with local indigenous people in order to promote better understanding, trust, and friendship. Bill Gray was also in attendance.

Rick Frasso reported a make up for the Chamber of Commerce Expo.

Geography Lesson

Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec brought out a globe. Using it, she showed us just how far southern India is from here…on the other side of the world. Also, having heard that there has actually been some confusion about where Maya comes from (I think this happened south of the border) she showed us where Norway lies in relation to Kingston. Apparently, someone actually asked Maya where Norway is, thinking it was Norway Michigan.

More Announcements

A fun meeting so far, and still waiting for the speaker to arrive, we went to a few more announcements from the floor.

Ron Pols thanked everyone for the card and other condolences received from members for the loss of his mother.

Elizabeth announced that Terri Hodges had now published the schedule for the fall grants process, with links to the proposals to be provided to all members by October 10th. She stressed the importance of participating in this adjudication process.

John Farrow said that there is no Bingo this week, but one volunteer is still needed for the 8 o’clock Bingo on October 25th.

John announced that there are now 242 items posted on the auction website, and we should soon reach the 250 mark. In speaking of when items can be submitted, he said, “It’s never too early to start, and never too late to quit.”

Fun Master John Farrow…again

John levied fines for anyone who wasn’t wearing a Rotary pin, and everyone who did not bring a Jembe (strange looking drum) today. Anyone who had not done a Bingo since July 1st was fined, and all who did not have turkey over the long weekend.

Happy Bucks: John paid $2 to tell a story that his daughter brought home from tutoring. One of the students in a class told the teacher that she looked a lot like Stormy Daniels, meaning it as a compliment. Funny because the topic was Ten Reasons Why its Good to be Media Savvy.

John Gale was happy to report a great sail the day before. They had been at their cottage earlier with plans to attend Thanksgiving dinner with Jerri’s daughter. Everyone there ended up sick, so John and Jerri ended up with chicken for two, plus the food that they were going to bring to the big family dinner.

Greta was pleased to report that she had had Thanksgiving dinner with some neighbors, and that it was the first time in her life she tasted pumpkin pie. She reported that it had whiskey in it, and it was wonderful!

Maya told us that she had ham for Thanksgiving dinner along with pumpkin cheesecake. A little twist on the traditional.

Ana reported a very noisy Thanksgiving with four out of five kids home with all the grandchildren.

Doug was happy to be able to watch lots of baseball over the holiday weekend, because two out of three of his kids are baseball fans.

Rick Fiedorec is happy that hockey season (that he plays) has started.

Rick Frasso is now employing Martin Sherris in his office, in a sales role. He was happy to report that a satellite office is coming soon to the west end of the city.

The weekly draw was won by Ana Sutherland, but she missed the Ace of Diamonds. It’s still there folks. Be sure to play for the big prize.

Meeting recorded by Elizabeth Cohoe

Kingston Drum Circle October 89 2018
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.


Bingo Schedule

Schedule June 2018 - March 2019

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 EgnatoffTeri 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 FarrowRick Fiedorec-->Biill Egnatoff
ThursdayOct 25, 20186:00 PMTeri HodgesMurray Cotton
ThursdayOct 25, 20188:00 PMDoug Townsend 
ThursdayNov 01, 20186:00 PMHeather KembelElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayNov 01, 20188:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
ThursdayNov 15, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeGreta DuBois
ThursdayNov 15, 20188:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
ThursdayDec 13, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayDec 13, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayDec 27, 20186:00 PM  
ThursdayDec 27, 20188:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
ThursdayJan 03, 20196:00 PM
Robert Reid
ThursdayJan 10, 20196:00 PMHeather Kembel 
ThursdayJan 10, 20198:00 PM  
ThursdayJan 24, 20196:00 PM  
ThursdayFeb 07, 20196:00 PMRobert Reid 
ThursdayFeb 07, 20198:00 PMTerri Hodges 
ThursdayFeb 28, 20196:00 PM  
ThursdayFeb 28, 20198:00 PM  
ThursdayMar 14, 20198:00 PM  
ThursdayMar 14, 201910:00 PM  
ThursdayMar 28, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHeather Kembel
ThursdayMar 28, 20198:00 PM  
Please send updates to Greg Mumford.