Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce called the meeting to order and Jessica welcomed the thirty-one members plus Waterdown Rotarian Norm Reed. This was a try-out of the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club for our breakfast meetings. The food was great and the room brand new and welcoming.
Barbara and Norm returned from six weeks in Florida and are ready to go back for the winter. Wayne said this was the last week he would need to pick up Bruce for the morning meeting as Bruce will soon be able to drive again. Bruce of course was pleased to get behind the wheel again. Bill reminded us of the St. Matthew's House auction at next week's morning meeting and to bring guests and more auction items. Carl returned from San Diego and six days of golfing.
Ken and several other members attended the celebration of life for David Lowery last Saturday and Ken was reminded of coal, horses and trains. Marnee bought some stocking stuffers at Barbara and Paul's sweater sale and Alycia is settled into her new house now that she and her husband built a bar in the basement.
Grant thanked everyone for their concern over Julie's hospital stay and said things were getting back to normal. He and Bill along with son Liam who was dressed as Robear attended the McMaster University Children's Hospital Christmas party on Saturday. A great experience for Liam, although after four hours he was sweating a lot in the bear suit. The kids really loved him. Phil and Robear pose for Grant's photo. The bear suit Carl bought to promote the Rotary Ice Rink gets a lot of community service work.
President Bob chaired the rest of the meeting and introduced community Services Director Bill who presented a number of motions to the members for approval. All were for $1000. Passed: Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, Dundas Community Service, Salvation Army, Routes Centre. As well, Bill introduced several other upcoming donations: Wesley Urban Ministries $500, Dundas Dynamo Girls Basketball $500, Dundas Figure Skating Club $400, Little Hats That Grew (knitting volunteer material) $500, Able Sail (disabled assistance) $500, and Dundas Valley Secondary School donation to support the play, "Spelling Bee".
President Bob presented treasurer Ken's proposal to put $20K into an interest bearing account and then introduced International Service Director Bob who presented 2 motions: $1750 for the Rotary Club of Osijek, Croatia for flood relief. Vlad contributed $1000 of this amount to support relief efforts in the community where he grew up. And, $3000 to assist with the purchase of beds and mattresses for the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Manzanillo, Mexico. This is contingent on getting a $2000 District Grant plus $500 from the Rotary Club of Manzanillo. Both motions passed.
President Bob gave a brief review of the Eco Park Tailgate fundraiser and will give a more detailed account in January. He also informed members that Rob Reid resigned from the club due to moving out of the area and being unable to make Tuesday meetings due to his job commitments.
Incoming President Shirley read out the proposed board for 2015 - 2016. Any TBD positions still need a candidate. If interested please see her. President, Shirley; President-Elect,Ross; Foundation, Bob Neibert; Secretary, David Carson; Treasurer, Ken; VP, TBD; Membership, Ralph; International, Bob Morrow; Community, Bill but looking for replacement; Vocational, Marnee; Youth, Alycia; Club, Jessica; PR, TBD.
The meeting closed with a reminder that next week is the St. Matthew's House auction. Bring guests (with money to spend) and more articles to auction off.