HAPPY DOLLARS
George is very proud that his 2 sons have been nominated for a music award and for one of them for getting a substantial scholarship for graduate school! Bob Morrow shared a thank you note from the Ronald MacDonald House for cheese we gave them after the Stars of Dundas event. As well he presented a banner from a Portuguese Rotary Club he attended and at which he spoke ( after ample samples of Portuguese wine we are told). Phil thanked Steve for his technical assistance this morning and Harold noted that we can all sign up for Lobsterfest duties while Glen remided us to bring in a bottle of wine for the wheel barrel. Our Paul Harris speaker will be Glen Grenwald, the Athletic Director at McMaster. Jan is happy to collect the money now or at the door for this event  Bob Neibert thanked those who sponsored him for the ride last week and noted the teams collectively raised $40,000. Way to go Bob!

President Bob also welcomed our 3 guests from the City Tourism and Culture Department: Director Bridget McIntosh along with Kirsten and Sara her staffers. All three met with the fireworks committee afterwards to plan for the Victoria Day weekend event.
 
Community Services director Bill Armstrong and President Bob presented a cheque for $300 to Jeff Leder of the Dundas Little League. The club is a regular annual supporter of Little League.

SPEAKER  for the day was our own "Dr. Phil". He spoke to us of the origin of the iron ring worn by Canadian engineers. After engineers were blamed for the collapse of a bridge between Quebec City and Levis, in 1903 and again in 1914, leaders of the profession banded together to suggest a creed for engineers  and by 1925 the first 6 engineers were given a ring in a special ceremony. Rudyard Kipling was the author of many parts of the ceremony that is used to this day, that reminds engineers of their obligations to themselves as professionals and indeed of  lessons for life. Phil told us that engineers are reminded during the ceremony of several important qualities they should always note; that: there are limitations to human knowledge, need for humility, ethical and professional behavior, pride in their profession, hard work, respect for their elder engineers and  that these are also "life lessons". At McMaster's most recent ceremony,  which only engineers or their designates may attend, there were 600 presented with this symbol of professional pride. This event takes place at all Canadian Universities near the end of the winter term. In our club both Dave Matchett and Phil wear such rings (N.B. not made of iron....some debate about proportion of metals used!)  although those trained elsewhere in the world can apply to receive a ring if they so wish. Thanks Phil for sharing this background with us. Your pride in your profession truly shone through.
 
 
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