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The Courier

June 25th, 2019
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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Jul 02, 2019 7:15 AM
The new Rotary year
Jul 09, 2019 7:00 AM
My Year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Denmark
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Meeting Report June 18th, 2019


Ana Sutherland, President-Elect, introduced Guests:

Charlotte Jespersen – former exchange student, Johan Thomsen – Charlotte’s partner, Karenna Chen – rebound exchange student, Marcel Gummert – former exchange student, Eyen Rodrigues – Inbound exchange student, Kingston Club, Maya Bergerson – our exchange student, Farida Alsharkawy – RYLA and Adventures in Citizenship participant
Visiting Rotarians: Sherri Agnew - Kingston
Apologies, there was one other visiting Rotarian whose name I did not get.
Elizabeth Cohoe, Murray Cotton, Martin Thomas – International Committee, Heather Kembel - Global Grants Meeting; Rick Frasso – Board Meeting

Member Sharing

Fun Master - Elizabeth Cohoe

Elizabeth sandbagged everyone by not quizzing us on the summer solstice.  The real quiz started with asking what the Rotary Theme for June is (fellowship).  So, if they couldn’t make the fellowship event last week they had to pay, or if they didn’t go on the Friendship Exchange to India.

Happy/Sad Bucks 

President Rick – Charlie and Johan being here, his new job as club treasurer, what he’s learned from his spouse Michelle (the Treasurers’ answer is always no).
Mara Shaw – Karenna is home, she had great host families, so thanks to everyone that has ever hosted.
Marcel Gummert– happy to be back home and appreciates the great things about Canada.
Murray – I’m driving!!!!
Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec– missing Rick's big party because of a trip to Denver and the corporate jet, and great to see all the exchange and former exchange students.
Ron Pols – sad buck for Murray driving, and a reminder of no morning meeting because of BBQ – sign up!!!!!!!

Other Communication

Elizabeth – we are working the skeleton Park Festival, please volunteer if you can.  Please let Elizabeth know – she likes to keep track of our volunteer hours in her role as Service Projects Chair.  Check online to see what it’s all about.  Heather Kembel confirms it’s a lot of fun.
And Heather provided a photo!
Ana – we are fixing the email lists to make sure everyone is contacted about fabulous volunteer opportunities.
Elizabeth – Lobourough Public School is leading the way in promoting reconciliation.  The opening of their teaching circle is Wednesday the 19th at 11:30 or 1:50. Bring a Loonie-sized rock for the circle.  Several members are attending.  Ana noted the stone were donated and Kingston Monuments inscribed the stones, including a stone with out club name.  Friend of Rotary Janza Giangrosso is leading the way on the project.
You can read about some of our work with the Indigenous community at these links;

President's Announcements

President Rick called for happy birthday to be sung to “two good looking guys” – Johan, and someone else.  The other guy announced a meeting for the National Committee on his birthday, Auction at Kingston Dodge on Wednesday, and theatre night for Frontenac on Wednesday.

August 1st Camp Merrywood BBQ

In July, Former Exchange Student Dani from Hungary will be back visiting us.  Date to be confirmed.
Dues are increasing from $225 to $250 and are payable now.  Invoices are coming.  Part of this comes from the need to secure services of a book keeper.  Dues are due now!
2 Board positions still open – Foundation and President Elect.  Past Presidents please consider, and perhaps splitting the job between 2 Past Presidents – one take year 1 and the other take year 2?
Thanks to Rick Frasso and others for the awesome pictures of the meeting.
Chase the Ace!
Mara Shaw was chosen by Farida, but there was no joy, so the pot WILL be won at the Year-End BBQ – so be there.
Meeting notes by John Farrow 
Maya Bergerson and Farida Elsharkawy - Youth Programs
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!
Bingo Schedule Apr 2019 - Mar 2020

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 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
Thursday July 04, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday July 04, 20198:00 PMHakeem SubairJohn Farrow
Thursday July 18, 20196:00 PMHoward LeeGreta Du Bois
Thursday July 18, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Aug 01, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday Aug 01, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Aug 29, 201910:00 PM  
Thursday Sept 05, 20198:00 PMHakeem SubairRick Fiedorec
Thursday Sept 05, 201910:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
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 PM  
Thursday Nov 14, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHeather Kembel
Thursday Nov 14, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Dec 12, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidJohn Richards
Thursday Dec 12, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec 
Thursday Dec 26, 20196:00 PM  
Thursday Dec 26, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Jan 02, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Jan 09, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Jan 09, 20208:00 PMJohn RichardsRick Fiedorec
Thursday Jan 23, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Feb 06, 20206:00 PM  
Thursday Feb 06, 20208:00 PM  
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 PM  
Thursday Mar 26, 20208:00 PM  

Please send updates to Greg Mumford.