On Tuesday we welcomed 25 Rotarians and 2 guests, Alan Spence and Tom Cooper, to our meeting.  Bob Morrow acted as greeter, Bill Armstrong manned the desk and Barb Busing was the recording member. Ernie managed the duties of Sergeant at Arms with many a political and other side remark!
Happy Dollars came from Ernie himself, happy to be back from soggy Hawaii. Jessica was glad to have Tom as our guest speaker and to have met many wonderful young people through the mountain by-election held yesterday. Phil was all dressed up to give the welcoming introduction at the inaugural Don Woods Lecture at McMaster. Don Woods was Phil's mentor and a renowned engineer. Steve, celebrating in Irish spirit, ran into Mary-Lou at a bar and together enjoyed some drinks in honour of Ireland's patron saint. Grant had a great March Break with family and pandas, and "Irish Car Bombs"...but not together we believe. Scott too enjoyed the March Break! Dave Carson was happy that fellow Rotarians like Joe Geddes put his connections to good use to find storage space for the furniture being collected for the Syrian families who are coming to our communities. Ernie offered Dave's services to snow shovel next year and Bob Morrow offered great house guests, Wayne and Helen Massey, in keeping with a theme of offering other people's services! Bob also announced his art show coming in April to St James' Anglican Church ( FYI Fred Amalfi is the March artist who's work is being shown). See the grand opening of Morrow's Photography on April 3! Shirley was glad to be at the meeting, Wayne was happy to have a meeting of the Rotary Stars committee after breakfast, and Bill was happy to have babysat his grandkids.....even if he could not remember how old they are!
Announcements included Glen reminding us to get tickets for the Lobsterfest and to sign up to help. Shirley reminded us of the District conference May 7 and suggested it was especially good for new Board members to attend. As today was world water day a sponsorship form was circulated in aid of the Water for Haiti walk that Roy Sheldrick was yet again undertaking. Jessica reminded us to go to St Joseph's Villa (main entry, lower level Board Room) for next week's meeting.
Jessica introduced our speaker today, Tom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction and Coordinator of the Ontario Living Wage Network. Tom's topic was Living Wage: The Hamilton Experience.