President Rick called the meeting to order, more or less on time, and our pianist extraordinaire, Terry Hicks led the 16 Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston members present in a rousing rendition of O Canada.  Following the Rotary invocation, Elizabeth, our Fun Mistress, quickly organized our breakfast parade and all enjoyed the bounty of the catered breakfast with much fellowship and interesting conversation. 
 
John Farrow introduced Lynn Brown, Falls Prevention Ambassador with KFL&A Health Unit.  Lynn is a former nurse and now volunteers with KFL&A to educate seniors (65+) and others who support seniors about fall prevention.  It turns out falls aren’t directly related to age, despite the highest rate of falls being seen in adults 65+, but the circumstances and environment in which a person finds themselves.  A handy fall risk checklist was presented and a discussion of the consequences of falls – a main one being fear of falling again!  Good news: most falls are predictable and preventable!
  1. Plan ahead
  2. Be active
  3. Look first
  4. Choose smart
Overall healthy choices: nutritious food choices and adequate hydration, bone health consciousness including weight bearing exercise weekly with 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity, regular physician check-ups including vision and hearing and always tell someone if you have fallen and hit your head, emotional health with social activities and some daily laughter will also help.
 
A brief poll: of the 16 present, 8 had experienced falls!!

Slippery conditions require a different approach to walking: walk flat-footed and slowly (like a penguin), keep centre of gravity over feet, wear books with proper winter treads and non-skid soles.  There is a new website for rating boot treads: www.ratemytreads.com and you can also consider crampons or cleats for outdoor activity.
 
Regular home safety checks are important…engage your grandchildren in tidying up possible hazards.  Secure cords around living areas, lighting to hallways and stairs and exterior, consider high risk areas carefully such as bathrooms, housing entrances/exits.
 
Tips for safety: keep a list of your medications with you (something others can read), be very careful about mixing alcohol and medications and consider Canada’s guidelines for low-risk alcohol consumption is limited to 2/day for women (max 10/week) and 3/day for men (max 15/week). 
Do you know? Standard sizing for alcoholic beverages is 12oz beer/cider/cooler OR 5oz wine (red or white) OR 1.5oz spirits
 
Lynn provided a complimentary tote bag filled with helpful guides.  Yay Lynn! 😊
 
Questions from the floor: Robert noted a mobility-focus at his gym, Elizabeth asked about new Canada Food Guide, John F. noted the ortho-clinic in hospital stressed the importance of not smoking for bone health, and Terry Hicks shared his positive experience with regular and strong exercise at the Y’s Heart Club over the last 6-7 years.  Martin and Anita provided some questions and comments on the new Food Guide.
 
John Richards thanked Lynn with our traditional gift of a loaf of bread.
 
 
Lynn Brown, KFL&A Health Unit, Preventing Falls Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Janza joined the OPP as a police officer in 2005.  Her last assignment was a fly-in to Pikangikum – 500km north of Red Lake on Easter weekend 2010.  The 20 year old pilot and landed on a short, gravel runway.  Janza was greeted by an 8 year old girl who had nailed 2 hockey sticks together and wrote her name on them – a cross for her grave, and she asked if Janza would shoot her.  Many other kids were wandering around with shot guns shooting dogs (many run wild and are a risk.)
 
Only 20% of Pikangikum homes have electricity and running water.  That means 80% of homes don’t have toilets!  If it’s really cold outside you just throw your family’s waste bucket out the back door.  The soil and lakes are SO contaminated with waste that they can’t fish or grow produce.  There are no roads, no streets, no addresses, and no garbage collection (garbage is even thrown on roofs.)  The residents pay over $80 for a case of Nestle bottled water, $16 for a bag of apples, and $13 for a cauliflower.  Fresh produce costs SO much.
 
The police detachment had these good facilities and were disliked for it.  Officers had fire axes in their trailer in case we had to hack our way out if our trailer was set on fire in the night. One night 5 kids under the age of 14 lit a house on fire because they were bored.  These stories reflect the difficulty and despair of the community.
 
Janza has since taken a leave of absence from the OPP and has been working on building relationships with the community of Pikangikum.  When she got home, Janza realized she was pregnant with Nessie – she was there with her the whole time :) Last summer Janza met with the teacher that teaches art at Pik – and asked what we can do.  The teacher replied that they don’t need anyone to swoop in and rescue them, but rather they need to find some purpose.  So, 6 healing blankets were made and sent them to Pikangikum and they were given to the students who needed them the most. People collected 350 pairs of socks and mittens this past fall and sent them to Pikangikum – but somehow it just doesn’t ever feel like enough.
 
Here, at Loughborough Public School students created a Wampum that placed 2nd in the Imagine A Canada national competition. This year they created another Wampum – What dish do you want to feed your grandchildren from?  And the kids were asked to imagine what life would be like if we had a closer relationship with the land.  There are many ways to help, but If  you do nothing else – watch the documentary First Contact.
 
Janza was thanked for her presentation by Robert Reid.  Janza's Power Point presentation will be made available to club members
Janza Giangrosso on Pikangikum First Nation Terri Hodges 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
We’ve had a few presentations on potential projects lately, as well as celebrations throughout the year.  July 19th 2020 Birthday celebration at Rotary Park.  We should be prepared for upcoming costs – President Rick thinks we should set aside at least $500 to help fund this.  Kingston Club is running with this and we should be ready to support.  Centennial dinner in June of 2021 will be approximately $100/plate. I’m thinking this Club should be prepared to budget approx. $3,000 to help fund these things.
 
Question:  Name recognition project at SLC – where should funds for that come from?  Thinking Club funds.  Murray Cotton noted that he would rather put $50,000 towards an actual project to feed people, etc. rather than naming rights.  Many agreed.
 
International Committee has supported the SLC Bursary, increased it in the past, and would like to increase another $4,000 to $40,000, with a preference for an Indigenous student recipient.  Robert Reed will make criteria available to attach to these minutes.  Current recipient coming to meet us in the fall.
 
Youth Mental Health and Safety project looking for $1,000
Loving Spoonful looking for $75,000 for their project
Tree planting looking for $10,000, few details from Wilf Sorensen yet.  May not cost this much because the Foundation has a significant amount set aside for worldwide tree planting.  Perhaps this is a good project for hands on help?  Glen Roberts will be speaking to his landscaping contacts for donations.
 
Number 9 Gardens was started by Andrew Davies and his wife in Toronto.  Number 9 Gardens has them carving 40 acres off the back of their family farm in Morton to support seed to table efforts.  The $40,000 will go toward maintenance of the trees and include involvement of indigenous youth.
 
Rotarians supporting new Canadians -  Perhaps we could speak to Odd Fellows re: the venue they require?
 
Pathways to Education – $90,000 Canadian budget – most through District and R.I. funds.  Indian Rotarian partners are willing to support us.  John Gale is asking us to commit the $10,000 we put aside 2 years ago, and an additional $10,000 (this coming from Spring grants $5M, and next fall $5M – this could actually be a bit less, because some of the funds might be donated by Rotarians).  All money must be accounted for by September 1st because the next academic year at Pathways starts then.  Not yet sure how we can sustain past the 3 year point – in talks with Queen’s and SLC on that point.
 
Motion:
 
Bill Egnatoff moved that we commit up to $20,000 ($10,000 already set aside; $5,000 each from Spring and Fall community grant funds), as needed, to this initiative.  John Farrow seconded.
 
Elizabeth Cohoe – if we do not need the $20,000 will Service Projects get the funds back?  Yes.
 
Motion unanimously carried.
 
Ana Sutherland will send John Gale a text and tell him to get to work!
 
 
Please volunteer or cut a cheque! To help support the 2020 Rotary celebration efforts.  More details on the drive to have Rotarians donate will be available soon.
 
 
Friendship Exchange:
We will have our Friendship Exchange visitors (Australia & New Zealand) here and should be prepared to invite and pay $1,200 for them to attend Centennial dinner. Please approach folks you know to see if we can get beneficial group pricing for attractions, but co-ordinate through Greta, so that we don’t have more than one of us approaching the same person.
 
 
Kingston 2021 Rotary Centennial Discussion Terri Hodges 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Elsley introduced the program for this morning:
 
The objective today is to generate some interest in the upcoming projects for Rotary’s 100 years in Kingston – we’re encouraging every Rotarian to donate both their time and money towards these initiatives.  Mechanism for making donations is to be determined.  It’s taken us 2 years to get to this!  All of the projects are scalable, and we aim to leverage our money with Rotary monie.  Looking for commemorative opportunities.
 
We’re celebrating for an entire year!  8 Projects and 2 events (with many activities).
 
  • Transitioning Pathways Graduates (Ana Sutherland)
    • Creating a program to mentor post-grads so that they remain in and finish their post-secondary schooling.  Hoping to fund this in it’s majority through an International Rotary partner and grants.  We have club in India looking to contribute.
  • Supporting Students at SLC (Marie, Don & Rick)
  • Kingston Frontenac Club already supports SLC with $30,000
  • Cataraqui-Kingston Club supports bursaries with $36,000; and our bursary includes a preference for at least 1 indigenous student
  • This project would support the new Student Life and Innovation Centre & top up the existing bursaries.
  • 85% of SLCs grads stay in the area!
  • Youth Mental Health & Safety (Darlene)
  • Attempting to address the dangers currently faced by high school kids:  internet; drugs; human trafficking…..
  • Make regular presentations to provide information and show how kids can protect themselves.
  • Centennial Celebrations (Dave)
  • 1st event focused on Children – a BBQ at Rotary park on Sunday, July 19th 2020.  Easter Seals, Boys & Girls Club, and any other appropriate group you can think of.  Traditional BBQ, face painting, balloons, etc. and all about having fun.
  • Wrap up Dinner – June 26th, 2021 (tentative).  A celebration of the centennial year. $100/plate.  Not a fund-raiser.  We will look for a notable keynote speaker.
  • Adventurous Eaters (January 2021 for 2 years) with Loving Spoonful
  • Hoping this will also be funded through global grants.  Designed to introduce kids and families in the north end to healthy foods.  Goal is to regularly bring together kids and their families and introduce them to new, healthy foods and provide a sense of community around food, as well.  At Rideau Heights Community Centre where Loving Spoonful has kitchen space already.
  • Environmental Sustainability (April 2021) Wilf Sorensen
  • Goal to protect and sustain our local environment.  Details have yet to be determined, but centred around tree-planting.
  • Rotary Vignettes (Paul)
  • Produce 52 vignettes and put one a week in the Whig and out on social media AND going to produce a book to sell as a fundraiser.
  • Rotarians Supporting New Canadians (Lucille)
  • Looking for ways to support new Canadians, mostly from Syria and Eritrea.  KEYS is helping with ideas and suggestions:  family support teams for each new family; looking for a community hall; career mentoring; representation at KEYS conference.  Looking for committee members to help figure this out.
  • No. 9 Gardens
  • Global model for developing sustainable food systems.  This project is to plant and maintain 25 apple trees at No. 9 Gardens.  This will also be a training centre for youth with respect to maintaining and caring for the trees.
  • This aligns well with initiatives important to Rotary: Sustainability, the environment, education – working with Queen’s and SLC
  • Skills training – hands-on workshops and educational programs; food security – growing organic food, culinary seed to table workshops; working with our youth – next generation; reconciliation – working with our indigenous partners to understand and learn from traditional indigenous knowledge about living with nature.
  •  Friendship Exchange with Melbourne, Australia & Wellington, New Zealand
  • 12 people will come here in June of 2021 and celebrate our 100 years in Kingston.  Need committee members to help organize and participate.
 
 
The Power Point presentation with further details has been emailed to club members by President Rick.
Kingston Rotary Centennial Projects Terri Hodges 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
John Gale on the Pathways Rotary Centennial Proposal
After last week's presentation on the Pathways Project, this week was dedicated for questions and discussion.  The major questions and answers are presented in point form.
 
Why this project?
John suggested that we should ask 3 questions:
  1. Why is it a good project for Kingston? It is transformative for the North End of Kingston. Alleviating poverty one family at a time. Re-imagining what they can be. Bringing hope to families.
  2. Why is it a good project for Rotary? Hits all of sweet spots for Rotary. Eligible for Global Grants, linking with clubs in East Africa and India.
  3. Why is it a Centennial Project? Something that will leave a legacy. Will transform the North End and what Rotary is about. More enduring than building a park.
Greg Mumford added that it is “transformative” in the community because it brings other aspects of the community in to support. The project gives us the capability to orchestrate service beyond Rotary.
John Gale: Partnering with Pathways. Build on their success. Another multiplier.
 
Funding
John Farrow asked for clarification of how our funds will be allocated.
Rick Fiedorec responded that we will hear about all nine projects. Some require small funds. We will need to increase the funds that we already allocated for the Rotary Centennial ($10,000) to fund Pathways, (ed. note: probably by 10k)
John Gale: Initially we need to pledge funds. If accepted, then we need to pay. The Pathways project could begin next September 2019.
Bernie: Will we be ready to be first in line for District Funding?
John Gale: To get all multipliers, we’re looking at $15,000 from District. It is currently available. He has talked with Bette Miller about the project and funds that would be requested.
Robert Reid: Every Rotarian will be asked to contribute individually. Those donations can be donated specifically or to collective pool.
 
Mentorship
Sigi: What would mentorship look like (with Pathways)?
Roger (from Pathways) gave examples of things that mentors did with students. After that, the Pathways students want to give back. Working with Rotary as volunteers and in continued mentorship could be a great way to do that while they are in post-secondary programs.
 
Other Centennial Projects
John Richards: For the Centennial, will there be one project or multiple?
John Gale: Could be multiple. One club needs to be host club to get matching funds.
Rick: For several years, we’ve been looking for a big project. This is a possibility.
Elizabeth Cohoe: What is being proposed is a beginning, a new way of thinking for our club. We can do so much more.
Ana: What we saw in India is that Rotarians were right in, knowing the people who were benefiting. The Pathways project could be like that. It could be sustainable not only for the community but for our club.
Howard: What about the other projects? Are they about celebrating Rotary or are they ongoing?
Rick Fiedorec: Every one of them is sustainable. The Pathways project is initially for three years, and if successful, should be sustainable.
 
What about the students?
John Farrow, to guests from Pathways: Are these high school graduates going into any particular areas? Where are they going? The trades? If so, that could lead to other partners.
Wendy (from Pathways): Everywhere, but concentration to St. Lawrence College. Often without parental awareness. The Pathways program helps students to make informed choices. About half go to St. Lawrence College. The portion going to university is increasing. Pathways has been encouraging the Construction Association to take on students to orient them to the trades. The portion of Pathways students now taking academic level courses is double the provincial average.
Anita: to build on comments by Roger and Wendy, the pre-Pathways graduation rate was 40%. Pathways rate is now 75%
Bill: Greg and I interviewed a Pathways student for Adventures in Citizenship. We were amazed at the strength of this candidate, who explained the many ways that Pathways had helped her define her goals and succeed at school and community service. Her story was a model Pathways success story. We will offer to sponsor her for RYLA.
 
John Gale: For putting in our funds, we will get a 5x multiplier. Should decide soon to confirm international partners, and then need 2-3 months to develop the proposal.
 
Greg & Rick: Let’s work to get all of our members out for this very important meeting next week. Could vote the following week.
John Gale presented our Pathways guests with a loaf of bread in thanking them for being with us.
 
John Gale - Answers and Discussion on the Pathways Project Bill Egnatoff 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Kembel on Mar 12, 2019
John Gale, International Service Director, presented the club with an opportunity for a Rotary Global Grant/ Centenary Project.
 
In brief, it would involve partnering with Pathways to Education to fund a “guidance counselor” to assist students, principally from Kingston's North end, to transition from high school to post secondary education or the job market.  Pathways has already seen a marked improvement in the retention rate with the assistance of a counselor, and this would build on that.  Through District, Foundation, and International partners’ funds we could fund a three year position which could have a far reaching benefit to the community.  In addition to our monetary contribution, there is the opportunity to establish an Interact Club at the new High School, and a Rotaract Club at St. Lawrence College – enlisting the aid of Queen’s Rotaract and the Kingston Club.  There is also the opportunity for members (and past members or Friends of Rotary), to serve as mentors to students who may not have family support.  The full proposal will be posted for members to peruse and consider, and there will be time for questions at our meeting of March 19. 
 
The full presentation can be accessed by copying the link below into your browser;
 
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=2b49c0ed29&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1627829958663187210&th=169736b908dbab0a&view=att&disp=safe
 
John Gale - Pathways to Education Project Heather Kembel 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Kembel
Hi Heather and Rotary club of Cataraqui Kingston, 
 
It's been quite a while since I have sent an update, my apologies for that. I am coming up to the last stretch of my exchange already – time really does fly. I have just moved into my last host family's house. I was quite sad to say goodbye to my second family but I am looking forward to getting to know this family better. I have been incredibly lucky to live with these families, they are all so kind and helpful.  
 
I have been attending Rotary meetings as much as possible and coming up is our Rotary Inspiration day. I will be singing with my new host brother for the gala in the evening. 
 
School is going well, I will be travelling with my school's choir to Dresden, Germany for a week and then shortly after I will go with my class on a school trip to Barcelona! I am looking forward to seeing some sun while I am there -- Denmark is quite dark in the winter, although spring is coming and the sun is shining more. 
 
Spring is on its way and hopefully the rain will stop soon but even with the bad weather, I have had an amazing time here! I have attached a few photos as I don't post much on Facebook. I hope things are going well back home and for everyone in Rotary. 
 
Best wishes, 
Karenna
 
Karenna's 18th birthday with the traditional Danish cake.
 
At the opera house.
 
Skiing with her host family
 
 
 
Karenna Chen - Update from our exchange student in Denmark Heather Kembel 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edward Thomson
After returning from a hugely successful RFE trip to India, team co-leader Greta assembled a presentation for the club this morning.
 
 
As Greta explained, the focus of the trip, as organized by our hosts, was definitely on projects undertaken by the various Rotary Clubs from Chennai and others from the same District. Additional presentations on projects looking for international partnership that our club might be interested in.  The team were guests of honour at the dedication of a water and sanitation project for the Rotary Clubs of Madras and Chennai Chola.  The team also visited the Avarvind Eye Hospital in Chennai, and the MIOT Pediatric Cardiology Hospital in Chennai (for more on this wonderful hospital, visit https://www.miotinternational.com/centers-of-excellence/miot-institute-of-cardiac-care/childrens-cardiac-care/).  Here they saw the cardiac intensive care unit, with the youngest patient being 6 days old.
 
Fellowship is of course a big part of RFE.  Apart from being hosted by Rotarians, who kept them extremely well fed (judging by the pictures of a typical breakfast), the team attended many Club meetings and fellowship sessions, giving out all of the Club banners that we took with them. Our club was present and participated in the 90th anniversary celebration of the Madras Club, a wonderful and special event.  The team also got to visit a textile factory, a "happy accident" as Michelle put it, because the originally scheduled activity was unavailable.  Here they watched weavers using hand looms to wave beautiful fabrics for garments, some of which just happened to end up in the team suitcases for the trip home.
 
It wasn't all business though.  An important part of RFE is the chance to see the sights and absorb the culture of the country.  The team spent the last 4 days spent touring the countryside and going to the many different temples in the state.  Tamil Nadu Province was one destination, especially interesting was Pondicherry, a French oasis in a country largely influenced by the British.  Also visited was Trichy, the city of temples, named because it has so many..yes you guessed it.. gorgeous temples.  Also on the agenda was a visit to host Ravi's farm, where the workers proudly showed the contribution of the farm to the good of the community.  The team also got to visit a temple at night in the city of Thanjavur, a different experience.
 
Greta relied on all of the team members present to reflect on different aspects of the trip.  John Gale spoke of how the Rotary Clubs in India think big when they talk about projects, a philosophy he would like to see here in Kingston.  Ed reflected on the delicious food.  Michelle showed of some of the beautiful textiles that were purchased and the factory visit.  Heather reflected on the architecture of Pondicherry, and her disappointment in not being able to walk the streets more because of the condition of the sidewalks.  President Rick reflected on the intensity of everything, the surprising lack of spoken English, and the rather novel ideas on building construction.  Ana reflected on the graciousness of the hosts, and Greta spoke in her presentation about the crazy traffic, where your car horn is your best friend and no one ever wears out their turn signals.
 
All in all the trip was great.  We can hardly wait for the return visit of friends from India.  Let's show them some good Kingston hospitality!!
Thanks to Greta and Ana for acting as co-leaders.  President Rick thanked Greta for putting the presentation together, but gifted the loaf of bread to Mara Shaw, who was back from Loving Spoonful today.
 
The happy team!
 
MOIT Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
 
One of many Rotary Club meetings
 
The famous Indian breakfast
 
Weaver in the textile shop
 
The ladies in their finery at the Rotary Club of Madras 90th Anniversary
 
Trichy, city of temples
 
Workers on Ravi's farm
 
The team and their hosts
Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to India Report Edward Thomson 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
John Farrow introduced our Guest Speaker, Mara Shaw from Loving Spoonful.  Mara's Daughter is our outbound exchange student this year, so Mara started by sharing some photos of Karenna in Denmark, and pledged to keep pitching Rotary Exchange to everyone she knows.
 
Turning to today's topic, Mara started with Loving Spoonful's new Mission Statement:  Loving Spoonful connects people with healthy food.  They are working toward a healthier, more connected community and providing programs and championing policies affecting food security, poverty, social inclusion and community health.  Since their inception, Loving Spoonful has delivered $1.7 Million of good food!  (About $300,000/year).  There are about 2 dozen agencies included in their distributions, including agencies like The Mess and Lunch by George, familiar to us all in the club.  Mara also noted and thanked us for the information pamphlets that we funded - they are now distributed and are helping out!  Loving Spoonful has recently launched the FoodRescue.ca app.  Stores, restaurants, etc. can post what they have available and agencies can check on their phone and run pick the food up.  Kingston was a pilot city last year and had the most number of ‘hits’ using the service.  As a result of this success, FoodRescue.ca is now going national!
 
Other programs under the Loving Spoonful umbrella are;
  • Affordable Meat for Shelters –  Loving Spoonful now has an app launched with local butchers to provide 50% off meat delivered to shelters.
  • Grow a Row Program (private gardeners set aside a row of their garden) – Lots of participants and greens delivered directly to agencies.
  • Microgreens with Micro Gardeners – programs in daycares with kids 3-5:  singing, stories, growing plants from seeds to connect children with food.
  • The GROW project – 17 school gardens teaching over 660 students a year about the food system, cultivation, collaborations and community.  Four more gardens are being added this year, so they will reach over 800 kids.  A year from now their Trillium grant ends, so we may see Mara again……
  • Kingston Community Garden Network – expanding and now including orchards.  C-K Rotary has helped support these initiatives.
  • Circles Around the Table – a 16 week process to help folks plan to get out of poverty.  Loving Spoonful holds weekly meetings to support the implementation of the program.
  • Cooking Connections – a Mental Health and Social Inclusion program including good food!  This has taken a Clinical program from Queen’s and added the sharing of a healthy meal and casual community.
  • The Rest of the Menu – lots of different cooking classes:  Autism Ontario; Manly Meals; cross-cultural; ReStart, youth diversion; Medicine Wheel cooking (native language education around food); One Roof (street-involved young women).
 
Mara remarked the new Canada Food Guide is awesome!  It includes suggesting eating more with people and not alone!  And be aware of food marketing!  She also noted that Friday night they are bringing in a guest speaker from the US:  Andrew Fisher, author of Big Hunger, to speak about the commercial influence has on the way we think about hunger.  Mara also suggested that club members may want to volunteer to help us with the Manly Meals program barbeques in July!
 
Questions:
 
Ana Sutherland – We would like to invite you to be a Friend of Rotary with our Club!
John Farrow – Really happy to see free and healthy food for people AND pets in your brochure.  Thank you!
Bill Egnatoff – how can we work with you – perhaps through our social media – to assist you further and be more involved in your success?  Let’s talk!  Elizabeth Cohoe  will email Mara and pass on details of Manly Meals program.
 
Heather thanked Mara on our behalf. Did you know that Rotary started with 4 business men who decided to get together with their bag lunches!
Mara Shaw - What's New at Loving Spoonful Terri Hodges 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from RC Cataraqui and other District 7040 Clubs from Rotary Friendship Exchange were among the guests of honour at the launch of a water and sanitation project co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Madras and Chennai Chola.  The inauguration 80 eighty new public toilets at Kannan Kottai Village was celebrated.  In this area of India public defecation was common as there were no toilet facilities available even at schools.  This lack of sanitation is a health hazard, as diseases like Polio, which Rotary has worked so hard to eliminate in India, are passed through infected soils and other means.  Lack of sanitation in schools is a major impediment for young girls to get an education.  Many choose to stay home rather than risk issues with menstruation in a public space.  The entire project will see over 300 public toilets built.  Thanks to Cataraqui Rotarian John Gale for spearheading this project, and congratulations to John as he was the guest of honour at the launch event.
Project Launch - 2nd Week of RFE John Farrow 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Farrow on Feb 12, 2019
In the absence of a regular club meeting this week, here is a look at Rotary Friendship Exchange.
 
On February 9th, 12 Rotarians and partners left on a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) trip to India.  President Rick Fiedorec, Greta DuBois, President Elect Ana Sutherland, Past Presidents Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec, Heather Kembel, and John Gale, and member Ed Thompson, along with Jeri Mooney and Gary Kembel, are representing Cataraqui Rotary.  Barry and Nicole Rowland, and Matgaret Shibley are representing other District clubs.  During their exchange the team will visit other Rotary Clubs, visit projects that we have participated in funding, and talk to other Rotarians about Canada.  They will even squeeze in some sightseeing as time allows.  During their stay the team will be billeted by volunteer hosts from the Rotary Clubs in India.  RFE is a great way to travel to another part of the world and see the work that Rotary does.  Its unique structure of Rotarian hosting also makes it more affordable.  Soon an RFE Team from India will make a reciprocal visit to Kingston, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with Rotarians from another part of the world.
 
From the RI website;
 
Edwin Bos and his family have visited India, Nepal, and most recently, the Philippines, through one of Rotary’s unique programs, Rotary Friendship Exchange. This exchange program gives Rotary members and their families the chance to experience new cultures — and make lifelong friends — by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.
Bos, assistant governor of District 6250 in Wisconsin, USA, led 13 Rotary members and their families on an exchange to the Philippines, where they stayed with Rotarians in District 3850. While there, they visited several projects, including a depository for shoe donations, a library’s computer literacy program, and a clean water initiative. Participants also enjoyed local festivals and learned about ecotourism in the Philippines.

Rotary Friendship Exchange fosters interclub collaboration, with the goal of advancing international understanding and peace through service projects and spending time together.

Bos’ district has worked on several international service projects, including a global grant project with the Rotary Club of Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines, that provided clean water.

“Participating in the exchange was the best decision I’ve made as a Rotarian,” says Ellen Waldmer, of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA. “I had the opportunity to see a water project our clubs and others helped fund and celebrate with the children and families it benefited.

“We’ve made so many new Rotary friends while visiting our host families and clubs. It’s an experience we will treasure for years to come,” she adds.

Please enjoy some of the photos that have been shared of our RFE Team.
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? John Farrow 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff
This morning the spotlight was shared by our National and Membership Committees.
 
National Committee Update
Ana Sutherland presented two videos and a slide show of a project that we participated in with Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth.  It was a shared presentation by Evan Barianrd (spelling?) from Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth. The Friendship Exchange Team will take this presentation to India, and speak with them about sharing a project with them. Included were interviews with the teachers and the students on benefits to them and their community. The greenhouse will support the growing of vegetables including several varieties of corn. It is a life-changing project for youth involved.
 
The Greenhouse Project, Wikwemkoong First Nation Greenhouse for Change is a way to provide learning opportunities for youth and food for the community. This sustainable project taught the local Indigenous youth on Manitoulin Island how to build greenhouse, working in greenhouse, planting, harvesting, composting, and making pellets for pellet stoves through harvesting forest left-overs. There are many opportunities for growth and development, and interviews with the high school students reflected their enthusiasm and the new skills they learned, from planning, constructing, and managing the greenhouse . This can really change a Nation, a village.“Not a lot of kids to have the opportunity to go out and build another part of their school, their community.” a student said. Food will will be planted in the ground, in boxes, and aerially. The greenhouse will be heated with a pellet stove. Only the south side is exposed to the elements, saving energy.
 
The project video will be posted soon.  Kudos to Robert and the National Committee for their great work.
 
Membership Committee update
Ana gave details, almost finalized, of the new membership category, Friends of Rotary. The guidelines include the privilege of attending Rotary meetings, pay as you go breakfast, participation in fundraisers, soliciting funds for Rotary projects, wearing a special badge, orientation etc. Once the terms are in final form, they will be brought forward to the Board and the Club. Dues will cover insurance and other marginal costs. Limitations: A Friend of Rotary will not be a club member, will not be a voting member of any committee, will not hold office, won’t wear the Rotary wheel. Friends will have separate name tags and badges. Being a Friend is a great beginning to Rotary, part of the continuity of being involved in Rotary. It can include corporations and other groups.
 
Q: Would a Friend qualify to go on a Friendship Exchange? (good discussion), but no definitive answer.
Q: Fee. A: $150/year
Q: Could they evaluate project proposals?  A: Input would be welcome but no ranking of projects would be permitted.
 
The Membership Committee would welcome whatever input Club members would have on this issue.
Club Meeting of February 5th, 2019 - Updates from National and Membership Committees Bill Egnatoff 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 29, 2019
John Farrow introduced our Guest Speaker, Vanessa Yzaguirre, M.A. speaking about Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s.  Vanessa was invited after John saw an article about her in the Queen's Alumni Magazine dedicated to diversity at the University.
 
Vanessa is Special Projects Officer with the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen's University.. She is originally from Venezuela and joined Queen's after completing a Masters in Gender Studies.  Vanessa task is to work with administrative areas of Queen’s to develop and implement diversity and equity strategies.  Practically, this means trying to understand and respect the diversity of the Queen's community when considering the work they do, the activities they plan and the interactions they have.
 
Vanessa defined the terms human rights (entitlements we share by the simple fact of our humanity), diversity (any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another), equity (the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all) ,and inclusion (the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity), buzz words that we all hear but don't often know the core concepts behind them.  Once we understand what they mean, we need to develop the essential skills of collaboration, empathy, and listening so that we can understand what challenges different groups face and what an organization like Queen's (or a Rotary Club) needs to do to provide an inclusive environment for all.
 
The areas that Queen's must consider are numerous, including but not limited to; Planning Exercises; Policies, Procedures and
Practices,  Committee Representation, Recruitment & Hiring, Supports, Education and Training, Procurement and Delivery of Goods and Services, Communications and Community Relations, Accessibility, and Consulting with Indigenous Communities.
 
Questions:
Heather Kembel– have you worked with the City at all?  Yes, our Director was involved in the “Say Hello” campaign, and ways to move forward with that.
Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec – So important to ask the question: “Do you need some help?”
 
Robert Reid thanked Vanessa on our behalf.  Hopefully her presentation gives us food for thought as to how we can make our club more inclusive and diverse.
 
Vanessa Yzaguirre - Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s - What Can it Teach Rotary Terri Hodges 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges
Sandy Sheahan & Donna Glasspoole were here today from SPEAKingston, an organization promoting smart development in Kingston.
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Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 15, 2019
This morning our exchange student Maya Bergersen spoke about her home country of Norway and her experience so far as an Rotary Exchange Student
Maya Talks About Her Life in Norway Terri Hodges 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting Terri Hodges 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Ana began the festive evening by welcoming all of the guests/partners who were in attendance this evening.
 
Formal activities were light this evening, given over to the fellowship of Rotarians and their partners and guests.  President Rick introduced our entertainment for the evening – Perpetual Emotion – an offshoot of the Kingston Townsmen Chorus.  The men entertained us with a mix of traditional Christmas music, blended with some contemporary selections, including a humorous song about texting a loved one at Christmas.  Big thanks to President Rick, who purchased the performance in our annual auction and donated it for our entertainment this evening.  Auction co-chair Greg Mumford acknowledged the continuing support of the Kingston Townsmen and Perpetual Emotion to our auction.
 
President Rick concluded the evening by thanking everyone for coming and by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Helping out at Lunch by GeorgeCooking turkeys
Past Rotarians gather to honour Ruth Hicks
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Arnold Lawrence reflects on a life in Rotary service John Farrow 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Dec 04, 2018

The meeting program for November 27, 2018 was the presentation of cheques totalling $17,720 to seven organizations who submitted grant proposals this fall, and also to one organization (Lunch by George) that we have been supporting annually for a number of years.

Rotarian Terri Hodges coordinated the adjudication process from start to finish, beginning with the posting of information documents on the club website, receiving grant proposals submitted, distributing these to all of our club members, organizing and chairing the adjudication meeting to which all members are invited, and today being the culmination of that process with the presentation of cheques to successful applicants.

Elizabeth Cohoe, director of service projects was on hand to assist Terri, and began the proceedings by thanking all of our club members who participated in any of the fund-raising events, including the auction, the nut drive, bingos, and cash calendar sales.

Presentations

John Mckay, Pipe Major for the Kingston Police Pipe Band accepted a cheque for $4,260 that will assist the work they are doing at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Kingston.
Sandi Dodds and Bev Woodcock were on hand to accept a cheque for $2,000 for The Mess, to help with necessary kitchen renovations. Although the proposal was submitted by The Mess, the improvements will also help The Kingston Street Mission, and Special Sunday Night Suppers that are provided from the same kitchen in Gill Hall of St. Andrew’s Church.
Mae Whalen accepted a cheque for $1,967 for Music Mates, a program that uses music to help people with intellectual challenges to communicate.
Peter Gower was on hand to accept our cheque for $2,500, which will assist funding of Lunch by George.
Norm Guntensperger, of Polson Park School was given a cheque for $2,993. This has since been matched by the Limestone Learning Foundation. Our money will assist the school in setting up a ukulele orchestra for the students, as some of their families cannot afford to provide them for their children.
Janza Giangrosso, accepted a cheque for $500 for Loughborough Public School to finish creating an outdoor learning space with additional landscaping stones.
Vicki Keith, Coach of the Y Penguins, a swim program for kids with physical disabilities, accepted a cheque for $2,000.
Katherine Porter and Julie-Ann May were presented with a cheque for $1,500 to assist the H’Art School to provide bleacher seating in “The Box” which is a performance area within the school complex.

When the floor was returned to President Rick, he added, “Ukuleles Rock”!

C-K Rotary Presents Grants to Local Organizations November 27, 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Greta du Bois, Director, Foundation, presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to four Kingstonians nominated by club members.

Mary Farrar, nominated by Elizabeth Cohoe

I’ve nominated Mary Farrar to receive a Paul Harris Award for her many and varied contributions, that align with education, health, conservation, community building, and reconciliation with our Indigenous friends.

Professionally, Mary was an elementary school teacher. She retired at 55, and after that became very deeply involved in our community. 

Mary moved into the city (from a hobby farm) 10 years ago and it was only then that she began cycling. She has been part of the initiative to get all the bike lanes you see now. This supports the physical health of our people as well as health of the environment by encouraging biking and reducing carbon emissions.

She was instrumental in getting support from her city councilor and then from city staff to create the Inner Harbor Heritage Trail. With an initial dream of having a trail from the LaSalle Causeway to Kingston Mills on the west side of the Cataraqui River, our city staff suggested that she get a group together to work on possible plans. She was able to get the involvement of some influential citizens, and it went from there. In the end, staff went beyond the original suggestion and proposed that the trail come down the east side of the river as well. Council voted unanimously in favor of the project and completion is planned within the next 20 years. For Canada’s 150th, Council approved that the Inner Harbor Heritage trail be part of a connection between the downtown and the Trans Canada Trail. This connecting trail is now complete except for one inaccessible section at the intersection of Division and John Counter Blvd. Mary and her colleagues are working with city staff to ensure that a pedestrian and cycling overpass will be put in place to solve this problem.

Mary is the President of Friends of the Kingston Inner Harbour. The trail has made the Douglas Fluhrer Park more accessible to people in the north end of Kingston. Before, they were cut off by the railroad. She taught for many years at the old Kingscourt Public School and has an affection for the people in that neighborhood. She strives to do things that will help to create social equity. 

The Kingston Inner Harbour is lively with a large number and variety of animals, including reptiles and birds. With Mary’s leadership, the Douglas Fluhrer Park has become an active place of learning, of projects to support the ecosystem, and activities that connect the settlers’ community to the Indigenous community. There have been organized family days, and many special events. Mary was aware early on in the project to support the turtle population that our Indigenous people place importance on turtles in their cultural beliefs and teaching. She has included The Mohawk Grandmothers’ Council, and The Caretakers of Belle Island. Activities at the park have included teaching about the science of turtles, and about Indigenous learning. On one occasion there was a blanket exercise held in the park, in cooperation with Four Directions and Peace Quest.

By itself the turtles project is notable. It has been going for three years now. Volunteers monitor turtle behavior and cover the nests to protect them from predators. Mary has been able to obtain grants from the Kingston Community Foundation to coordinate the volunteers, and from Trailhead to connect paddlers with the turtles and from the Community Foundation to hire students to help with educational event coordination and improve the quality of the citizen-science research they are engaged in. As well, she has obtained financial support from notable foundations outside of Kingston. Partnerships are in place with Queen's University, Carleton University, and several charitable organizations interested in turtle preservation and turtle habitat. Mary herself has been out snorkeling in the Inner Harbour to try to determine where the turtles come back to hibernate. It is known where they bask in the sun, and where they lay, but not where they hibernate. It is necessary to learn these things as part of a long-term demographic study of turtle habitat there.

On another note, most recently, Mary has begun to make the public aware of the lack of dental care provided to people in long term care. Her husband Edward has been permanently hospitalized at KGH, due to dementia, which also makes communication difficult. Mary had no idea that there is just no time for the staff to provide adequate dental hygiene, or she would have been providing this herself. Ed’s teeth were falling out, and in the end, this led to him having all his remaining teeth removed, due to neglect. Mary took her story to the Whig Standard, and the full story was reported. She stresses that she places no blame on the nursing staff, but since then, she has taken the first steps to bring about change. 

Mary is known affectionately to many as “The Turtle Lady”, so my friend Paulette Bruce who does traditional beadwork, and who is here today, designed and made something to recognize that before she receives the award.

Doug van der Horden, nominated by Ana Sutherland

Doug van der Horden is a child and youth worker and Adolescent Care Worker at Ernestown Secondary School in Odessa.  Children and youth benefit from his work. He is providing clothes in a back-pack as a comfort item during the first point of police intervention.

He works to raise awareness of human trafficking (see The Real Deal on Human Trafficking, Kingston Whig Standard) and is cofounder of the Alliance for Action to help victims.

Raymond Vos, nominated by Bill Gray

Ray has helped many in Kingston to understand the challenges faced by many people in Kenya. He and Irwin Streight presented to Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston telling us about the work and its impact.

I have known Ray Vos for many years. He is a humble man and totally committed to doing what he can to improve lives in Kenya. He works incessantly on the project.

Through Creative Framing/Gallery Raymond, Ray has been a consistent donor to the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston community auction.

Ray is a fine example of what one person with a passion for service can accomplish.

Ray Vos created The Kenya Initiative: From Street To School about 9 years ago after learning about the challenges faced by people living in and around Kijabe, Kenya. He wanted to support young people, often AIDS orphans or abandoned children, with housing and education at boarding high schools.

Why boarding high schools? Students receive a much superior education and have the best opportunity to be able to care on with post-secondary options. But boarding high schools cost about $1,000 per year, far beyond the reach to most Kenyan families.

Two young men, Isaac and Kaleb, were the first to benefit. With help from The Kenya Initiative, they have both graduated from university and are building their lives.

Funds raised by The Kenya Initiative also support Thread of Hope, an organization training women to learn a skill and become providers for their families. Many have benefited from training and micro loans to establish business from a revolving loan fund made possible by The Kenya Initiative.

Ray Vos has travelled to Kenya three times, 2013, 2016, and again in 2018 to learn, understand and provide moral and financial support.

He is chief fundraiser and a major financial contributor to The Kenya Initiative. Many people purchase his photographs taken in Kenya of the people, all ages, and animals and landscape. 100% of sale proceeds go to The Kenya Initiative.

On'a'got'tay, nominated by Bill Gray

I met On'a'got'tay at an event of the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. From then Nancy and I have gotten to know On'a'got'tay. I meet with him most weeks. He has broadened my understanding and I am very thankful for his coaching, friendship, guidance, and counsel.

On'a'got'tay is active most every day as an ambassador for indigenous peoples, as an educator on matters of language and culture, as a medical person providing knowledge of indigenous medicine and natural remedies.

On'a'got'tay has helped and helps all of us to have a better understanding of our past and to work not just for reconciliation but also for reconciliaction. He is a face of indigenous people in Kingston, enabling people of all races to learn from one another.

Rotarians benefit from his attendance at weekly meetings. The National Committee particularly benefits from his knowledge and advice.

At Kingston General Hospital, On'a'got'tay educates medical personnel on traditional remedies at the same time he comforts indigenous patients with the ways of western medicine.

He is sought out by local school boards and by the City of Kingston.

Children benefit weekly at The Language Nest, a beneficiary of Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, by learning their language and culture. On'a'got'tay is one of the founders. The Saturday morning programme takes place at Kingston Community Health Centre.

Church groups are gaining understanding through his teaching.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards November 20 2018 William Egnatoff 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
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.

 

 
Kingston Drum Circle October 9 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jacob Gardner, our guest speaker, October 2, 2018, is a Radiologist at KGH and is involved in the Ranked Ballot initiative and is here to tell us about it.

I went to Ottawa when I was 17 as part of Adventures in Citizenship.

We are currently use a first-past-the-post system for civic elections in Kingston. This splits the vote across those running on the popular issue.

A ranked-ballot system is being proposed in which voters rank all the candidates, first to last, and the race is run over and over, each time eliminating the last person, until one candidate has more than 50% of the vote.

This sets up for a more civil election.

You shouldn’t have to vote "the least of the evils." There is no strategic voting with ranked ballot– you don’t have to vote for someone you don’t want.

The ranked ballot system allows newer candidates to thrive.

The referendum question will be on the ballot of the upcoming mayoral and district rep election.

For more information, see: Ranked Ballots--City of Kingston.

Why Ranked Ballots?--Jacob Gardner, October 2, 2018 Terri Hodges 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
 

Honorary Rotarian Joan Egnatoff

Joan is from Saskatchewan and taught music education there. After marrying Bill she took time off work to raise their kids, but was always involved in playing the church organ (she got her start at age 3 on Granny Margaret’s living room organ.)

She’s mostly interested in music – singing in choirs since grade 9, studying piano and organ, and working with the children in the Cantabile choir. Loves gardening, telling scary stories, knitting, sewing and a bit of quilting.

Joan’s involvement with Rotary started when Bill joined in 2005 – and they’ve visited many clubs in: London, Paris, Wisconsin, Saskatoon, Nice, Makeni in Sierra Leone. They’ve hosted five exchange students.

Rotary is a place to meet new friends who are also interested in service. She’s been to two International conventions and they’ve been an amazing experience in learning about the service projects and programs that are underway around the world – education, water, sanitation, etc.

She encourages us all to attend the upcoming District Conference here in Kingston – it will help us to make a difference!

 
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Posted on Oct 02, 2018

Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding

Kayleigh was introduced by Greg Mumford, Director, Youth Services. Our club sponsored Kayleigh to attend Adventures in Understanding .

Thank you for inviting my Dad and me here today and for sponsoring me to attend Adventures in Understanding. I was initially on the waiting list but got in! Lots of gear was required and the visit to Tim Horton’s on our way there was a must! Started with a blanket toss! Canoeing through locks. Saw a fox! Toured Trent University and canoed through five locks to Lakefield college – amazing storm and flyaway tent! At Camp Kawartha went rock climbing and ate in a teepee. Archery, knife and axe throwing. Had a teaching with an Elder. Got a soapstone to carve. Paddled 22km on Day 5! Did some drumming and learned about wild rice. Saw shooting stars on our last night ☺ Sweetgrass gift (mind, body, health significance) Thanks! Future candidates should have an open mind and love to learn. No phones allowed and now I’m using mine less. I am now reading and writing on indigenous texts in English at school.

Heather Kembel thanked Kayleigh and presented her with muffins!

 

Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding Terri Hodges 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Terri Hodges on Aug 14, 2018

Karina Gummert, Marcel Gummert, Sigi Scholten, August 7, 2018

Marcel spoke on August 7th about his experience as a youth exchange student in Italy during the school year 2017-2018. He was introduced by his mother, club member Sigi Scholten, who spoke of how proud she was of her children, how much the year changed them, and how grateful she was to Rotary and our club for the great opportunity.

Summary of Marcel's talk

People usually think Spaghetti, Pizza, Gelato, and hand gestures. And the hand gestures one is so true!

In the North of Italy and very densely populated: Cremona

Not a very unified country, with different dialects even as close as 50km apart.

I played soccer there – had to register and paperwork took 5 months to come back from Rome! Attended all the practices, but in the end I couldn’t play in the games with my team. Everyone crazy about soccer, even if they don’t play.

The pizza there tastes SO different than the pizza here. I liked the thinner one best.

13 exchange students in Cremona and we would meet regularly to chat and have coffee.

Stayed with 3 different host families and it was an amazing experience.

After about 7 mos, I made dinner for 11 of us exchange students.

Visited Pisa, Milan (went 5 or 6 times); went skiing at Ponto di Ligno – through the clouds!; Lake Garda, Rome (my sister Karina visited with me in March); Class trip to Munich!; Venice – best seafood ever!; Sicily – most beautiful beach ever!; Salo (visited our exchange student from last year); Great water bottle fillup stations! Florence (in hospital for 5 days, and that messed up my visit with my family); Cinque Terre – 5 little towns on beautiful cliffs overlooking the water; Prague; Vienna – went to the UN; Budapest – my favourite city of the whole trip – good food and awesome people; Slovenia; visited so many different cities that I can’t remember them all!

I learned so much – new life experiences, new friends, beautiful memories.

Thank you SO much for this opportunity – the best year of my life yet!

Photos

Questions

Q (Bill E. with a grin): Did you go to school?

A: I DID go to school there and studied Italian. High schools are subject specific – language, science, economics – different from here.

Q: (Michelle) Before you went, what did you most want to achieve?

A: I wanted to learn Italian. Achieved a language certificate.

 

Heather thanked Marcel on behalf of the Club.

Marcel Gummert Youth Exchange to Italy 2017-2018 Terri Hodges 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jul 31, 2018
John invited Lilly to be our guest speaker July 31, 2018 to talk about her work with Ducks Unlimited on controlling invasive species on Wolfe Island.Greta du Bois, herself very concerned about human influence on the environment, thanked Lily for her work and her excellent presentation.
 
Lily is a student at Guelph in Environmental Science. She is working for Ducks Unlimited Canada on Wolfe Island to battle invasive species.
European Water Chestnut – floating plant that quickly forms a dense floating mat that lowers oxygen levels detrimental to fish and wildlife. Seeds are sharp and dangerous when washed up on shore.
Currently hand-pulling to remove them. Need to be careful if wrapped around lilly stems. Pulls out quite easily. 2 people pulling weeds all day! J
Leave on land to dry out.
Native to western Europe, Africa brought as ornamental plant in 1879.
66% reduction in 3 years.
After pulling the plants in an area, they do surveillance around the area to look for more.
No bio-controls known for European water chestnut (which have risks of their own).
Volunteer, avoid boating in infested areas, never release non-native plants or fish.
Bigger problem on south shore in the States.
Not much further east than here for us.
 
For the slides of Lilly's presentation, see: photoalbums/lily-auty-invasive-species-talk-slides-july-31-2018
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Posted by Greg Mumford on Jul 21, 2018

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 Fiedorec 
Thursday July 04, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday July 04, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday July 18, 20196:00 PMHoward Lee 
Thursday July 18, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Aug 01, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelHoward Lee
Thursday Aug 01, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Aug 29, 201910:00 PM  
Thursday Sept 05, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Sept 05, 201910:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
Thursday Sept 19, 20196:00 PMElizabeth CohoeRobert Reid
Thursday Sept 19, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Oct 03, 20198:00 PM  
Thursday Oct 03, 201910:00 PMBill Egnatoff 
Thursday Oct 24, 20196:00 PMMartin ThomasJohn Richards
Thursday Oct 24, 20198:00 PM  
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 PM  
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 PM  
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.
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Posted by Greg Mumford on Jul 21, 2018

Schedule June 2018 - March 2019

DayDateTimeVolunteerVolunteer
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 EgnatoffTerri 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 FarrowBiill Egnatoff
ThursdayOct 25, 20186:00 PMTerri HodgesGreg Mumford
ThursdayOct 25, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayNov 01, 20186:00 PMHeather KembelElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayNov 01, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
ThursdayNov 15, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayNov 15, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecRobert Reid
ThursdayDec 13, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayDec 13, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayDec 27, 20186:00 PMJohn FarrowHoward Lee
ThursdayDec 27, 20188:00 PMBill EgnatoffGreg Mumford
ThursdayJan 03, 20196:00 PM
Heather Kembel
Greg Mumford
ThursdayJan 10, 20196:00 PM
Robert Reid
Martin Thomas
ThursdayJan 10, 20198:00 PMMurray CottonJohn Gale
ThursdayJan 24, 20196:00 PMJohn RichardsHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 07, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHoward Lee
ThursdayFeb 07, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 28, 20196:00 PMHeather KembelMartin Thomas
ThursdayFeb 28, 20198:00 PMGreg Mumford
Rick Fiedorec
ThursdayMar 14, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec
Anita Mercier
ThursdayMar 14, 201910:00 PMPatty LeCollierTerri Hodges
ThursdayMar 28, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayMar 28, 20198:00 PM Rick Fiedorec
 
Please send updates to Greg Mumford.
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Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Jul 17, 2018

Dr. Dorothy Cotton--Biography

Dr. Dorothy Cotton is a forensic psychologist with a particular interest in the area of police psychology and who holds diplomate status in police psychology—the only one in Canada. She is an Associate Member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and has been involved in the latter organization’s policy and program development related to police/mental health systems liaison. She consults regularly, both formally and informally, with police services across the country about issues related to development of mental health liaisons programs and committees. Dr. Cotton also provides pre-employment and fitness for duty assessments to a variety of police services.

Dr. Cotton is also an adjunct faculty member at Queen’s University, is Past President of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (the regulatory body for psychology), has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and is also a Fellow of CPA.  She served on the Mental Health and the Law Committee of the Mental Health Association of Canada.  In 2012, she received a Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing her work in relation to interactions between police and people with mental illnesses and in 2018 she was invested into the Order of Ontario for her work in this area.

Interactions Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill

Dorothy began by stating that since she has been working with the police for the last 15 years, her opinion about the interaction between police officers and those who suffer from mental illnesses has changed.  Public opinion has been warped by the media because of the over reporting of negative situations. 

She used a quiz approach to show us how our own perceptions affect what happens.  For example, if we were to see a man on the street clutching his chest, or a child hurt on a playground, we would naturally provide assistance and call for professional help if necessary.  This does not happen if we see a person acting erratically.  Generally, it results in a call to the police.

This is the reason why the police get involved in the first place.  Although one in five have such problems, people with mental illnesses are over represented in police calls, and may be encountered multiple times.  For many, their first contact with the mental health system is through the police.  In fact, in Canada, there are several million such calls every year.  They play a huge support role, yet the public will only hear about the occasional death that may occur.  Dorothy is very aware that the police are actually doing an incredible job at things that don’t make the headlines. The police come in contact with these vulnerable people who are most often victims and not perpetrators. They are not more likely than the general population to commit a crime. They are generally not a danger to society.

Most calls that are received by police are citizens just looking for help. The example given was a parent who doesn’t know how to deal with a child, and the police play a big role in getting people connected to the proper services. They are often “the only game in town”. This began when there was a decision to deinstitutionalize people suffering from mental illnesses, and Canadian society became very conscious of human rights. There is now a lack of available resources. There is also an awareness of the stigma associated with mental health issues, and fear of seeking help for this reason. The whole area is underfunded now, and has become a societal failing.

There has been more attention paid in the last five years, especially by the military, but it is mainly talk and there is a lack of proper funding.

What are police services doing? They used to say it wasn’t their job. Now they are getting many hours of training. In some communities there are joint response initiatives with other services, but Kingston is not large enough to be able to do that. Kingston does have some specialized officers, and support for front line officers. They have developed strategies for dealing with these situations, and they are hiring new officers with the right traits and previous experience. The police actually do a lot of social service activities over simple law enforcement. They have become part of our community circles of care.

The greater problem is society at large and the attitudes out there. We really need to examine our own attitudes.

Some questions followed which gave Dorothy an opportunity to provide further examples. The cost to society is greater than the cost of policing if these people do not get properly treated. People who leave work with mental health issues are generally absent longer than those with physical health issues, and many don’t return at all.  Most people won’t talk about it if they do. Only a small number of people with mental health issues actually need police assistance, but that is where the calls go. Like many other issues, we are generally afraid of what we don’t understand.

Robert Reid provided our traditional speaker thanks.

 
Dorothy Cotton: Interactions Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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