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Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

The Courier

April 21st, 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 April 14th, 2020


18 in attendance including 1 Honorary Rotarian and 17 members

Member Sharing

Fun Master - Elizabeth Cohoe

Ana records donations and will reckon with us in due course!
Elizabeth: Quiz. First person who answers will be immune for future fines today! Quiz based on spring.
What’s the actual name of the first day of Spring?
Heather: vernal equinox
Jackie fined for being last in, changed to Martin who came in after that.
Elizabeth: if at North Pole, what would you see at the vernal equinox?
Several incorrect answers. Sun skimming along the horizon.
Elizabeth: Why is Easter on a different day every year? Because Easter is always on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the vernal equinox.
Elizabeth: Six spring flowers? (lots named)
Elizabeth: Japan’s national flower? Cherry blossom
What does the vernal equinox have to do with the great sphinx of Egypt? (no correct answers) It points directly to rising sun on that day.

Happy/Sad Bucks

Elizabeth: “I am thankful for . . .”
Ana: Thankful for time. I'm making hats for premature babies in ICU. and have five done.
Martin Thomas joined the meeting.
John Gale: Thankful for all who showed up today and for volunteers for Board positions
Rick: We should take a vote for all the people who have taken these positions (see above). Thankful for not being my brother and his wife driving up from Florida today to Collingwood, a 26-hour drive!
Bill: Thankful for being on Day 14 of quarantine and hopefully able to do essential errands tomorrow—picking up Cantabile music and getting groceries and Thursday doing food packing for Paul Elsley’.  Happy-sad: thankful for life of cousin Mary who died of recurring cancer, a wonderful spirit. Thankful for music; Joan and I have started mini-COVID telephone concerts, including for Terry Hicks and Eleanor Clarke (wife of the late Cam Clarke, C-K member). Thankful for a wonderful family video conference on Sunday with our son here and daughter’s family in Ecuador, with our grandson playing games with his uncle.
Jackie: Friends have boy with encephalitis—taking his first steps.
Robert Reid: Thankful for all the little things in life that we take for granted like today's walk with daughter and granddaughter.
Ana: Online cocktail party is coming soon! Have your cheese tray and glass of wine ready.


Robert Reid: On’a’got’tay was asking about a mask for his sister, who is called back to work.  Ana has some she can send to him.
Ana: Thanks to all those who have contributed to Hakim’s expenses in getting his team back to Canada. Additional transfers can be sent to Ana who will forward the funds. So far: $800 received.

President's Announcements

COVID-19 Food Project (four Kingston clubs) is a go. District moneys had been all called for. Another possibility arose: Frontenac had not used $1300 US of the District portion of an international grant. That money will be re-allocated to the Kingston food project. Our club committed $4,500. Each other club is contributing: Kingston about $6000-7000; Frontenac will add $1000-$1500; Waterfront $1000. Total will be about $14,000. We can adapt funds as the months go by. It is a weekend food supplement program, an extension of the Isthmus program. Paul Elsley has been organizing the Isthmus project for some years. The school systems identify families in need. Isthmus, Food Sharing Project and Lion Heart all work together to get the best food value for funds available. Some grocery stores donate food. Cobb’s Bakery donates fresh bread. Volunteers prepare the baskets and others deliver them. Delivery persons ring the bell and keep their distance. It is anticipated that by the end of April, there will be need for 500 baskets weekly. Elizabeth will include the three charities involved so that individuals can supplement club funding if they so choose.
Greta: What is the duration of the project?
Ana: There are two portions. $7,700 would cover additional families to end of June. $9,300 is additional funding to continue through July and August.
Elizabeth: Is the Limestone District School Board contributing funds?
Ana: No; the Board is providing names and coordinating with school buses to help families get their food; e.g., reminders to children not to leave it on the bus! This is quite a big project, and heart-warming.
John: When is the distribution time?
Elizabeth: Packing Thursday, delivery Friday
Bill and Joan Egnatoff will help with packing. John RIchard will help with delivery
Ana: Elizabeth is the communications coordinator for the project for our club. Make sure that we promote ourselves. It will take some time for economic recovery, and we’ll be asked to serve in many ways. Let’s be very careful to protect ourselves as well. All volunteers will receive masks, made by a woman volunteer. She is making an additional 1000 masks, which will go in the baskets for the families.
Foundation Walk will happen this year, but in a different form. John Farrow is feeling better but heavily involved at work. The Walk is May 9th, individually in our own communities. Suggesting 5 km. Take picture of yourself and send in to District. We could walk together as a club, keeping 2m separation. We would call for pledges for our walk.
Greta: Last year donors did not receive the promised charitable donation receipts.
Ana: Contact Bonnie Black.
Ana: Board Meeting, April 16th. Lots of discussion on how to keep our club together. Very happy with attendance today and participation in food security project. Odd Fellows are fine except that they’ve lost a couple of members (not COVID-19 related).
Ana: Board positions
Nominations were presented and discussed. The Club acted as follows:
Nomination by John Gale of Murray Cotton for Service Projects Director and Elizabeth Cohoe and Board Recording Secretary. Seconded by Rick Fiedorec. Approved by show of hands (unanimous)
Nomination by John Gale of Heather Kembel for Secretary responsible for Rotary International records (Record-keeping Secretary). Seconded Bill Egnatoff. Approved (unanimous).
John Gale: Still need President-Elect position to fill. Will take some time to find someone. Everybody is now busy in the club.
Ana: Time for thoughts on the week, thoughts on guest speakers; several groups have offered talks, including Literacy Project in Guatemala. District has a huge list of speakers. Also, we have not had classification talks for a long time: Heather Nogrady, Jackie Blakney; Anita Mercier. Don’t have to use presentation slides. We can also have mini-classification talks, since people’s lives have changed.
Heather N: would rather do at regular club meeting. Internet connection is a bit unstable.
Jackie: Will do online. (Was late because her account was hacked. Had to reset all her security levels!) Would love to hear about what others are doing. I’m part of a group of 100 and we do 2 or 3 minutes each.
Robert: Teased Sean about sitting in my old office. Funeral directors are front-line workers. Would like to ask Sean about accessibility to PPE. From now on, all deaths are to be treated as if they are from COVID-19. That has changed things for funeral directors. To my knowledge there have been no deaths in Kingston (of COVID-19).
Someone asked: Who is still working? Several reported. We compiled a list that included John Richards, John Farrow, Jackie Blakney, Robert Reid, Heather Kembel (12 in office at home, using VPN, getting projects ready), Ron Pols, Rick Frasso (close to normal, only one layoff).
Jackie: Still working. It's very interesting. Double the work, due to COVID-19 complications of being very careful. Extra declarations, sanitizer, etc. I’m doing the only showing of properties. Most things can be done virtually. Being very careful. Most showings are of houses that are occupied, and some are cases of families that need to leave the city. For showing, clients are asked to have all doors and cupboards open. We sanitize handles before and after. Sales are much weaker than normal. Some agents are doing nothing. Lots of people will be leaving real estate.
Greg Mumford: When things are lifted, the virus will still be around, so we’ll probably continue same way of working as now
Rick Frasso: business email can be redirected, online, to home at no cost from Canada Post
Ana: right after this meeting, India Friendship Exchange group will meet.
Ana ended the meeting with our recitation of the Four-way Test (as Elizabeth Cohoe did at every meeting during her presidency).
Upcoming events
Please note all upcoming events are subject to cancellation or postponment
Jun. 23, 2020 - No morning meeting - End of the year party at Odd Fellows 6-10 PM
Jun. 30, 2020 - No meeting
July 19th, 2020 - Rotary Centennial Birthday Party at Rotary Park
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!
Stay tuned for more when we get back to regular meetings!
Meeting notes by 
Duty Roster
Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston
Guests are Welcome
Via Zoom, Kingston, Ont 7:00 am
Registration and Greeting
Hall and Kitchen setup:
Hall and Kitchen clean up:
7:05 Program Details - Ana Sutherland
7:15 Call to Order and Welcome - Ana
7:16 Rotary Invocation and Toast to the Queen - Jim Rymerson
7:17 Acknowledgement of Territory - Ana
7:18 Welcoming of Guests and Visiting Rotarians - Ana
7:20 Announcements and Board Positions
7:35 Fun Master - John Richards
7:50 Speaker "Jackie Blakney Classification Talk"
8:15 What's on Your Mind? - All
8:30 Adjournment Ana Sutherland


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