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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

The Courier

July 3, 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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Editor's Notes

This version of the Courier is the first produced using the ClubRunner Bulletin system. It does not include some of the sections that you are used to, and lacks photos. It does include some information generated automatically. Expect improvements with versions to come. Your suggestions are welcome.
Bill Egnatoff

Meeting Report June 26, 2018

Editor's Note: Thank you, Elizabeth Cohoe, for the comprehensive meeting notes.


Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec introduced our visitors, Dawson Einarson our speaker, his mother Julie Einarson, and Sally Elsayegh, a guest of Ana Sutherland. Sally is an Optician. Her business is Str8eyes Vision Care.


John Richards, Auction and Membership
Bernie Allard, District Changeover which took place at the Passport E-Club
Howard Lee, Bingo
Rick Frasso, Board Meeting
Elizabeth Cohoe, 2xNational Committee, 2xBingo, Board Meeting

Award Presentations

Awards were presented by Greta DuBois and President Rick. Two of our members were honored recipients of Paul Harris Fellows. Howard Lee has only been a member for two years, and he immediately jumped into involvement in the club, and has contributed a lot over his short time as a Rotarian. Murray Cotton received a Paul Harris +2 for his exceptional service on several committees and his contribution to the auction fundraiser.

Bernie Allard was presented with a pin for 40 years of perfect attendance.


Robert Reid served as FunMaster on very short notice. His first fine was for anyone who was not attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto. Great laughter ensued because it is taking place right now, so he fined everyone in the room. In addition to that, he fined anyone whose daughter was not married at the Bader Centre this past weekend. Lots of bucks there too.

Happy and Sad Bucks

Patti Enright shared a happy buck for her four years in our club and a sad one for having to leave. This was her last meeting.

Greta DuBois is happy in expectation of the visitors who are soon to arrive from South Africa on the Rotary Friendship Exchange.

Heather Kembel was happy to have attended Graham’s girlfriend’s call to the bar, but was sad to have turned on the heat in her house this morning.

Greg Mumford reportedly turned on his heated seats on the drive to the meeting.

Greg also put out a call for members able to participate in Bingo on Thursday July 5th.

John Richards remarked about the excellent article in the Whig about Adam Jenkins’ micro farming project. He was happy to report that he really enjoyed his recent three weeks in Europe where he had a great time.

Ana Sutherland, also happy about the approaching Friendship Exchange, reported that an itinerary will be circulated for the various activities, and that all members are welcome to attend any of the events and dinners, with advance notice.

Bernie reported that Francine received correspondence from R.I. about her new club, but in turn had to report all the errors! Sadly, Bernie and Sheila will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary in the hospital on this coming Sunday. Happy event though.

Rick Fiedorec looks forward to the Friendship Exchange and hopes that everyone will come to the pot lucks with their favorite kind.

Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec is very sad to see Patti leave, but happy that Amanda (our exchange student) is finished with her exams. She will be celebrating her 17th birthday on July 11th, and Michelle and Rick hope to be able to organize some kind of a way to mark that before she leaves on July 20th.

Murray Cotton is really sad for Michelle who has to put up with Rick, and happy that he will soon see his daughter in Thunder Bay. He just saw his son on the west coast.

Robert Reid reported on a very happy wedding ceremony when is daughter Madison was married at the Bader on the weekend. He was also happy to see Dawson and Julie Einerson at our meeting as they are long time family friends. He talked about renting a cottage…well more of a shack…with the Einarson’s for several years. (Dawson is today’s speaker.)

Speaker Introduction

Patti Enright who has been Director of Youth Service, introduced Dawson Einarson, who was our sponsored candidate at Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa.

Guest Speaker Dawson Einarson

Dawson Einarson introduced himself with thanks for being given the honour of participating in the Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa in April. The trip allowed him to meet people from all across Canada, whom he would never have had the chance to meet. The group was diverse, energetic, and showcased an amazing cross section of Canadian youth. It seemed tht everyone was smiling and friends from the beginning, all having come together to learn more about our great country. He shared the essay that he submitted for consideration to be sent on the program. It said a lot about what Canada means to him, and it was a starting point in many conversations. People talked about what they had shared in their submissions. Here is what he wrote:

Pride is the first thing that comes to mind when I am asked what being a Canadian means to me. I’m proud of being Canadian, and I am proud of how being a Canadian stands for having respect and showing compassion.

I’ve been lucky to see clear examples of respect for our country, and it has inspired me. My grandfather served in the Canadian military and after his active service, he continued to give back as the Honorary Colonel of our local regiment. He served Canada his whole life in a variety of capacities, and never once spoke of it as anything other than something he was honoured to do. Being Canadian means being generous with time and energy, something I was able to do in some small part by being an Armed Forces cadet for three years.

Whether in global peacekeeping or in welcoming refugees and encouraging diversity, being Canadian means showing compassion. For several years I have been lucky enough to participate in motionball for Special Olympics, an event that works to integrate, celebrate and educate communities about the inspiring abilities of Special Olympic athletes. I think the event is a great example of the compassionate society we have, but also how much opportunity there still is to continue helping everyone feel recognized and included, no matter if they have a disability, or are from other countries with different cultures and beliefs.

My pride at being Canadian was reinforced when I met Master Corporal Jody Mitic at an author event in Kingston last year. I read MCpl Mitic’s books and got to speak with him after the event. He told me "a C is just a P" meaning a C grade was just a pass and okay but it was better to push hard to achieve more. He spoke about not being average and doing the hard work it takes to be exceptional. Canada as a country is great as a result of hard work and dedication over many generations. I’m proud to be Canadian and hope to contribute one day to keeping our country as great as it is.

In the beginning, he was worried a bit that the program would be all lectures, and attended by people smarter and more informed than he was. He found out that he couldn’t have been more wrong. It was inclusive, participatory, and he gained insight on the trip that he couldn’t have gained any other way.

It really was an adventure. He learned so much about Canada’s political building blocks, and Indigenous people – their history and heritage. He was billeted at a Rotary member’s home with two other participants, and that was a totally new experience for him, and one that turned out to be just great. He saw behind the scenes of Canada’s government, including the Senate and House of Commons. While he doesn’t think that he could be a politician, seeing first hand how our government works was inspiring.

He closed with a big thank you to the club for providing him with this opportunity. He has remained in contact with several people he met on the program, and has grown as a person and as a Canadian from the experience. He will never forget it.

Q and A followed. What surprised him? That such a large number of kids could be “corralled” in the same place. When asked whether he will keep in touch with other attendees, he described a reunion that is going to take place in Toronto in July. Asked his age, and he reported he is 16. To what was he most surprised to learn, it was just how complicated our government is.

Rick Fiedorec thanked Dawson for his great presentation.


Rick announced for the benefit of members who were unable to be at the Year End Barbeque, that Bill Egnatoff had been awarded Rotarian of the Year, stating that most members have no idea of how much Bill has done behind the scenes as well as in front of us, and on the committees on which he serves.

There should be a very lively meeting next Tuesday as we will have our Friendship Exchange Rotarians from South Africa as well as several of our Rotarian friends from other countries who are coming here following the International Convention.

Arts Fest is still looking for volunteers for the Beer Tent.

Rick announced the Board Meeting on July 4th, but at the time of writing the Courier, this has had to be changed to July 11th.

We still need a Treasurer. There is some thought being given to separating this into two sets of duties in order to make lighter work of it.

July 8th is the annual Camp Merrywood Barbeque.

Bernie reported that although Venezuela had reported one case of polio recently it turned out that it was NOT polio, but another condition with similar symptoms. The country is still polio free.

Greg Mumford announced that we still need one more member to volunteer for the July 5th Bingo.

Howard Lee reported that Yana Gürsoy has been a real godsend with her assistance with media. She has been given free rein to post in the various places that we put things. She will be posting interesting auction items on Facebook and Twitter, with just a photo of the items (no company logos). It is meant to feature items rather than donors.

The weekly draw was won by Ron Pols.