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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

The Courier

June 2nd, 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 26th, 2020


Guest Speaker: Visiting Rotarian Greg Podmore, Rotary Club of Grand Prairie, Alberta

Member Sharing

Rick reminded members that he would like to be in receipt of dues by June 15th.  A cheque for $250 may be mailed to the club P.O. Box address, or dropped off in his mailbox at home at 242 Olympus Ave.
Elizabeth announced that in the absence of Anita, we are in need of a chair for the Community Service Committee.  Martin Thomas has been acting as interim chair but his duties on the International Committee are going to increase with John Gale having stepped up to be President as of July 1st.
Ana said that every member needs to consider which committees they would like to be on for the upcoming Rotary year.
There will be a Nut Drive meeting on Thursday May 28th at 4 p.m.  There will be a discussion about ideas to re work it for the current conditions.  Murray stated that he will attend as the new Director of Service Projects.
McDougall Insurance is having a contest.  Voting is now open until May 31st.  You may vote for the community project of your choice and cast your vote once per day per person.  Easter Seals has suggested that Rotarians vote for them.  There is a $5,000 prize.  Lunch by George is also an entry into the contest, and Ana will share the necessary link to vote for these organizations with members.

Fun Master - Greg Mumford

Greg Mumford thought it would be fun to ask questions about Zoom.  No one knew the answers.  It was actually founded in April 2011 by Eric Yuan.  He previously worked at Cisco.  The software was launched in 2013.  In 2017 the company valuation was about $1 Billion.  Today it is worth $40 Billion.  Eric is now worth $8 Billion.  It was listed on NASDAC on April 30, 2019.  It went from 10 million users to 300 million users.  They started with 700 engineers and now there are 1,600 employees in China.

Happy/Sad Bucks

Greg is happy that his boat is now at the dock. John Gale is simply happy that the tarp is off.  This Friday, Greta will be attending a meeting of the Rotary Club of Melbourne.  They are having a fund raising event, so Greta will be looking for new ideas.  This club will be part of the Friendship Exchange that Greta is organizing.  Bill Egnatoff talked about the finale that was held for Mark Sirett who is retiring as director of the Cantabile Choirs.  The final concert for the Cantabile Choirs was to be this past Saturday.  A huge parade was held for Mark, ending with the singing of “We Rise Again”, the piece that was to have been the finale of that concert.  Michelle was sad that she had to depart early again today.  Her work day is varied right now.  Michelle posted photos on Instagram of her baby robin family that is in a nest by their front door.  John Farrow was downtown to go to the bank and he had the opportunity to talk to some downtown business owners, including Tom Ivison of Classic Video and Dennis and Paul at The Public House.  They are all hoping for better days soon.  Robert Reid received a phone call from a parent in Vancouver who was looking for housing for Queen’s students.  This was a reminder of how good it is for our community to have the students here.  Greg’s son graduated from grade 8 about 30 years ago.  Since his grandson is doing the same this year, he dug into the family photo albums in order to show him what his father looked like 30 years ago.


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

Ana said that every member needs to consider which committees they would like to be on for the upcoming Rotary year.

Ana has made contact with a nurse at KGH.  They want non-medical masks for staff as they leave the hospital.  They are asking for 8,000 masks.  Ana has a pattern for masks and scrub caps, and sewists are needed to make them.

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!

Rick reported that the jack pot now stands at $836.50.  Bill Egnatoff won the draw and chose the 7th card from the left, but he drew the King of Spades.

Meeting notes by Elizabeth Cohoe
Greg Podmore - Guatemala Literacy project

John Farrow introduced Greg Podmore.  Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Prairie Alberta, and his club has been involved in a large Guatemala literacy project since 2004.  https://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/


Greg told us about the high need for their program among indigenous children in Guatemala.  Four out of five are illiterate.  Parents cannot afford to send them to school.  This is a large grass roots project that receives $200,000 annually from the Rotary Foundation.  There are also large donations from around the world.  Rotary works with an organization in Guatemala called Cooperative for Education.  It all started in Cincinnati by two young men who were teachers in Guatemala who thought that text books could be provided to students there.  600 Rotary Clubs around the world are now involved.  It started with text books, and then expanded to computers.  Children find the books to be exciting.  One third of indigenous people cannot read or write.  Teachers receive two years of training.  First, a story is read to the children.  Then when they understand it, they take the story back and put on puppet shows or act out the stories.  Later they learn to write their own stories. 


At first, the adults didn’t understand why their children needed this.  The books include learning about math, social studies, science and Spanish.  60% of mid level jobs require a knowledge of computers.  95% of the individuals who go through the program are able to get employment. 


There is a sustainability plan, and the schools also put in money.


RISE is a youth development program that starts in grade 7.  Students often leave school after grade 6.  Students are chosen in grades 5 or 6 for RISE.  They look for tough and determined kids, and not necessarily the brightest ones.  They are also children whose parents cannot afford their education.  Without this program, 95% will never finish high school.  They will go to work farming like their parents did. 


The Rise program is much more than books.  They gather monthly for training in things like interviewing for jobs.  They also tour places where employment may be located.  They come together to see different ways to improve their communities.  Each student has a counsellor.  They learn about good citizenship, and volunteering in their communities to help needy people.  It’s all about breaking the cycle of poverty.


How can you get involved?  Rotary Clubs can sponsor a class or a student in the Rise program.  Canada has also matched the TRF grants.


The next trip to Guatemala is planned for February 2021. 


Greta spoke about attending a Friendship Exchange in Guatemala.  John Gale spoke about a local group of Rotarians that attends the Uniendo Conference in Central America, and asked whether this project is linked to the Guatemalan stove project.  (They are not.) 


The question was asked whether they are mostly dealing with just rural populations or also cities.  They are involved in both, but mainly in the western highlands.


Heather Nogrady offered our thanks with a virtual loaf of bread.  It was interesting to hear about how this project evolved, and to see photos of children who were so obviously happy and proud, and that said a lot.

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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


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