Anita Spier: Myles Travel

Anita Spier is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Travel and Tourism program. She purchased Myles Travel in Dundas in 2000 and has also acquired a sister agency in Beamsville. Anita spoke about COVID 19 and its impact on her business. Pre-pandemic, Anita and her team were having an excellent year and were the recipients in 2019 of the travel industry’s Bravo award for exemplary sales (over $7 million). Then COVID brought the industry to a screeching halt. From March 2020 on, there were hundreds of cancellations of trips. Her sales plummeted and she had to lay off all her staff. And in the beginning of the lockdown there were still many people to get back to Canada. It was a spring of challenge, despair and fear.
The federal government assistance programmes allowed Anita to hire back her staff, working from home. Her agents were grateful. She too was grateful for the support and the support of her loyal clients who have returned to book travel for this year and for 2022. While her business is at about 30% of what it was in 2019, Anita feels positive about next year. Her story is one of many: an example of the swings in fortune and a testament to determination and resiliency.
Anita Spier: Myles Travel Kathy Starodub 2021-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Truth & Reconciliation A School Board's Curriculum

Scott Sincerbox welcomed Denise Martins as today’s speaker. Over the last five years Scott and Denise have been colleagues as Superintendents of Education with the Grand Erie District School Board. He praised her skills as a communicator and a collaborator. Denise’s ability to build relationships and her tenacity to see a change through from inception to implementation made her an outstanding leader in their school board. Her work with the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities was exemplary. Today Denis shared some of the accomplishments.

The GEDSB, like many other organizations recognized the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people as the traditional peoples of this territory. They acknowledge and give gratitude to the Indigenous peoples for sharing these lands.
The school board represents 26,000 students in 58 elementary and 14 secondary schools within the City of Brantford, and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk as well as secondary students from Six nations of the Grand River and the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation.
As leaders and educators in the community the school board knew that it must respond to the finding of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was formed as a result of recognition of the cultural genocide and assimilation inflicted upon Indigenous people in Canada for generations and in concluding its work, created 94 Calls to Action including numbers 62 and 63 specifically focused on education. 
The Grand Erie District School Board focused on #63 ii, iii, iv as expectations for the system. #63. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including: ii. Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history. iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. iv. Identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.

In response to this, effective the 2020-21 school year, the English course that Grand Erie students in all Grade 11 pathways are required to take a focused course on Indigenous content and Indigenous authors. Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Voices included updated curriculum from the Ministry of Education. The  focus on Indigenous content and Indigenous authors aligned with Grand Erie’s Multi-Year Plan 2016-21, Success for Every Student, through the Equity Indicator and worked to promote practices that help students, families and staff feel safe, welcomed and included.
Truth & Reconciliation A School Board's Curriculum Kathy Starodub 2021-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Anne Bermingham Addresses the Club

Tom welcomed Anne Bermingham, DG 7090 for 2021-2022 to our club. Anne is currently a Past President of RC of Hamilton A.M. She has been a Rotarian for 25 years. In this time she has contributed to and led many activities, auctions, and events in her club and in our district. As the Volunteer Coordinator for Telling Tales, she worked with clubs in both 7090 and 7080. In her professional life, Anne is President of 2WA Consulting Inc. where she assists corporations and individuals with leadership development, change implementation and communication strategies. Among her other activities she is also past Chair of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Burlington United Way. Anne is dedicated to service, both in Rotary and in our community.
And so, Anne presented the Rotary International vision for 2021-2022, aptly titled “Service to Change Lives”. Specifically, she focused on the theme of Rotarians as People of Action who “unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.” Rotary, as a worldwide organization of over 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries acts as a connector. Alone, the organization has some strength; united with others we have the capacity to effect extraordinary change. Look at the End Polio project as just one example of action and impact.The ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ACTION PLAN for 2021-2022 is: Increase our impact, Expand our reach, Enhance participant engagement, and, Increase our ability to adapt.
District Governor Anne Bermingham Addresses the Club Ralph Montesanto 2021-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Denise Martins Inducted into the Club

It was with great pleasure we were able to have DG Anne Bermingham and AG Ryan Bridge assist President Tom McLeod and Scott Sincerbox in the induction ceremony for Denise Martins.
We are delighted to welcome Denise into the family of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. She brings a wealth of experience as an educator and wide perspective on the community.
Denise Martins Inducted into the Club Ralph Montesanto 2021-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Margaret's Place Opens

This week, led by Don Davidson and Mieke Ewen, fifteen of us toured the new Margaret's Place Hospice at St Joseph’s Villa. The vision had been to bring quality hospice care to Dundas and area. Quality means many things to different people; in this case, the hospice is a ten bed beautiful facility. Six beds are for palliative patients and four are dedicated to respite care for palliative patients and caregivers. The building nestled at the back of the SJV property bordering on the ravine is an example of remarkable, cutting edge architecture and design by McCallum Sather and construction by Ira Macdonald.

Don and his team worked tirelessly to raise the funds for construction. His passionate persuasion led to many donors, large and small, individuals, organizations and service clubs, and yielded over 13 million dollars. Margaret’s Place is a reality because the vision was backed by steadfast perseverance. And now Dundas hosts an outstanding hospice. MP aims to provide a tranquil, caring environment to support families and patients on their end of life journey. The physical setting contributes much to the overall effect. So too, the interior features of Douglas fir columns, stone fireplaces, panoramic windows, gardens and waterfalls unite to reinforce the beauty of nature and to remind us of the continuum in the natural world. The water fountain below is a tribute from Paul Clifford to his wife Barbara.
The spiritual aspects are also present. The Villa, founded by the Sisters of St Joseph, values all faiths and belief systems. Throughout the building there has been careful attention to details in all the rooms and gathering areas.  Almost every area has a view to the outside. It is a truly calm place of reflection and contemplation.
Margaret's Place Opens Ralph Montesanto 2021-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

Bob Morrow and The Canadian Space Agency

Bob Morrow shared an update on the work of the Canadian Space Agency. He began with an overview of the CSA and their work. First he shared some inspiring images of the International Space Station, the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and Earth. All the photos were amazing. That we are able to “see” close up the Moon which is 384,000 km away from Earth, or Mars which ranges from 54,000,000 to 400,000,000 km depending on its orbit or the Sun which is 146,000,000,km away is mind blowing.
The Canadian Space Agency does not build rocket ships—that enormously expensive business is done by others, but it does delve deeply into issues that affect the human body in space, the robotics required to do experimentation and data collection while in space, and the effects closed environment systems have on humans, plants, seeds and other life forms. Every project undertaken by the CSA must have relevance to life on the surface of Earth as well as life in space. Perhaps the best known Canadian Space Agency contribution to space exploration is the robotic Canada Arm. There are now three iterations of this incredible machine. Canada Arm2 remains permanently on the International Space Station. Bob showed us a photo of Canadian astronaut Dave Williams tethered to the arm—a feat of courage and engineering!
Of course space exploration in the most recent days has become the billionaire’s amusement.  Bob had pictures of SpaceX Dragon coming in to dock at the I.S.S.. Certainly, both Elon Musk and Jim Bezos bring a celebrity cache to all things space. But whether they will trump the space programmes of nation states remains to be seen. The desire to explore space is probably an innate human one—from star gazing in the BCE, to the travels to outer limits today. Many of us have grown up watching television shows like Star Trek, Lost in Space, and ST The Next Generation and watching as many launches in the 60’s and 70’s as possible from Mercury to Apollo, to the Shuttles. So much progress has been made in 60 years. The age old saying, “Life imitates art” may not yet be true but we are much closer to space as the final frontier than we have ever been.

Bob Morrow and The Canadian Space Agency Ralph Montesanto 2021-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Jackie Van Lankveld Uganda School

Jackie Van Lankveld is a member of the R.C. of St Catharines and incoming Chair of the International Service Committee for D 7090. She brought us an update on their integrated school project for orphaned children in Uganda. In 2015, Jackie who is the Manager of Early Years Services at Niagara Children’s Treatment Centre and a part-time clinical instructor at Brock University began fundraising for a school for orphaned children. She partnered with the R.C. of Nkumba Uganda and an NGO Environmental Women in Action also in Uganda. Historically, Rotary International does not fund bricks and mortar projects, but in 2016 there was a one-time The Rotary Foundation grant called “Simple School Build” that helped make Jackie’s vision possible.

She canvassed D7090 and 14 clubs including DVSRC pledged support for the project. The Ugandan NGO had been able to purchase a 4 acre property on Lak Victoria and the dream of the school that integrated orphans with community children was on its way to realization.
This project had a number of hurdles. First, there was a lot of delay as a result of government environmental testing, retesting, and paperwork. The Rotary Club of Nkumba kept in good communication with R.C. of St. Catharine’s and the project continued. The final payment from R.I. was made Feb 28, 2020. And the school opened.
Jackie Van Lankveld Uganda School Ralph Montesanto 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Gordon Crann and Peace

Gordon Crann is a member of R.C. of Hamilton After Five and Team Lead of the R.C. Botswana Satellite Club. Gord has an extensive resume of involvement in Rotary, nationally and internationally, especially with Rotary Action Groups in Microfinance, Community Development and Peace. He has given presentation at the R.I. conventions in Sydney Australia on how to do Global Grant Application for Microfinance projects. Today he spoke about Peace programmes supported the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary International’s involvement with peace began as early as 1914, when the R.C. of Hamilton proposed at the 1914 international convention in Texas that Rotary use its influence to advance peace and goodwill. This commitment was reaffirmed in 1921 at the R.I. convention in Edinburgh.
After WWII, The Rotary Foundation funded U.N. interns and created the Ambassadorial Scholars program. Did you know that five Rotarians have served as Secretary General of the United Nations? There are currently a variety of peace initiatives funded by The Rotary Foundation: Rotary Action Groups for Peace, Rotary Peace Builder Districts, the Institute for Economics and Peace and Rotary Centres for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Gord then focused his talk on these centres for peace.
Gordon Crann and Peace Ralph Montesanto 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Emma Cubitt: Affordable Housing in Hamilton

Emma Cubitt is a principal from Invizij Architects Inc.  Emma, a graduate of the University of Illinois and Waterloo has practiced architecture for the past 15 years. She is passionate about social justice and inclusion and has specialized in livable small spaces. Her personal interests include biking, supporting co-operatives (The Mustard Seed) and laneway housing. Emma began her talk by reviewing some statistics regarding the cost of housing in Hamilton today. The average price of a single family house is over $800k and a condominium is $475k. These prices also put pressure on the cost of rental units. A one bedroom apartment on Kijiji is averaging $1500; a two bedroom is $1700.  If one uses 30% of income as the money dedicated to housing (a CMHC guideline) then in order to purchase a condo one requires an annual income of $100,000 and a down payment of $25,000 ( bare minimum). The average income in Hamilton is slightly more than $75,000/year. They are barely able to afford owning a condo. However, many people make much less than that amount of money. How do they find housing security?

Compounding the challenge of price is the further problem of the high number of vacant buildings, and empty lots in the city. Emma suggested that the owners of these properties may have chosen to keep them underused hoping to ride the wild real estate market and sell them for higher prices rather than invest in them. In addition, it is easier for large developers to obtain financing for new large buildings than it is for smaller independent groups to get financing for retrofitting and renovation. Lastly, although there are large new condo buildings in downtown Hamilton, it appears that a number of units are not occupied. The units have been bought as speculative investments, not as potential rental housing.  
Vacant property is not a problem unique to Hamilton. Other cities like Vancouver and Toronto also face a housing shortage. Their city politicians passed a Vacant Home Tax with a view to deter vacancy. In Hamilton, Councillor Nann has proposed such a tax. Another possible solution to the housing shortage is to revisit ideas about urban development. Rather than expanding the urban boundaries to build more single family houses, Emma (and others) propose greater densification and infilling of existing housing stock. This would entail the development of smaller scale projects in existing neighbourhoods, from duplexes to small multiplexes—a concept architects refer to as “the missing middle”.

Emma then presented several slides of projects that reflect the successful execution of these values and ideas.

Emma Cubitt: Affordable Housing in Hamilton Ralph Montesanto 2021-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

Hilary McLeod: Change and Transitions in the Workplace

Hilary McLeod, a human resources specialist shared her experience and insights on Change and Transition in the Workplace as a result of COVID.
For the past 14 years she has been an expert in career transition first with LHH Knightsbridge personnel and now with her own consultant company. Hilary was impacted by corporate restructuring 15 years ago and decided to return to school and change careers. She knows whereof she speaks.

She highlighted 5 topics: the Change Model; Managing a Career Transition; Job Trends and Changes to the Workplace after COVID; Transitions to Active retirement; and Life Transitions.
The Change Model is a U shaped curve that has 5 stages of behaviour. The first stage is the anticipation and anxiety one feels knowing that a change will occur. One may also feel shock. Facing the facts of being “let go” and no longer anchored bring the second stage: fear and anger. When things are in flux a strong sense of disorientation characterizes the third stage. As the change is better understood the fourth stage involves a feeling of reappraisal and acceptance. The fifth stage involves a recommitment to moving forward and one may actual feel a renewal of energy and interest as the new reality comes into focus.

Managing a Career transition is stressful but after the initial shock it can be a time of exploration and change and may lead to a complete career shift. Scary but possibly very rewarding!
In order to make the transition happen, Hilary emphasized the need for one to develop a compelling resume that highlights the relevant transferable skills required in the current job market. For some, this may mean getting professional advice from someone like her to help sort out one’s key accomplishments and talents and craft a unique personal brand. The key question is “Why hire me?”
Hilary McLeod: Change and Transitions in the Workplace Ralph Montesanto 2021-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Tom McLeod 2021-2022 Club President

Today marked the installation of Tom McLeod as President 2021-2022. Assistant Governor Ryan Bridge read the oath of office reminding Tom of the confidence the club members have in him and his responsibilities to the club as President. Tom, in turn, pledged to do his best. Then Tom installed his Board for 2021-2022.  He reviewed the exceptional work from the previous year—Dine to Donate, the draw for Margaret’s Place, Socks and Skivvies, equipment to Six Nations Polytechnic, the project with the Rotary Club of Nairobi Maderaka.
Rotary International’s President for 2021-2022, Shekhar Mehta has selected “Serve to Change Lives” as the theme for the year. Tom reflected that we in DVSRC are at our best when we engage with our community to serve others. He invoked the R.I. vision statement: “Together we see a World where People unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

Tom stated that this year we will work to expand our footprint in the life of Dundas. Everyone is encouraged to join a committee.  The plan for club meetings in the short term will be to continue with Zoom and supplement with in person where possible. And when possible the meetings will return to Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. In the longer term, we will explore the possibility of hybrid meetings using technology supported by our District 7090. 
Tom McLeod 2021-2022 Club President Ralph Montesanto 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Scott Sincerbox Inducted Into Club

Scott Sincerbox has returned to the club after 14 years.  Scott will soon retire as Superintendent of Human Resources from the Grand Erie District School Board. He had previously joined our club in 2006 but had to leave in 2007 as a result of his work obligations but he promised to return when he was able. Today was the day. Welcome back!
Scott is a resident of Dundas; he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and he has already volunteered to serve on the Youth Services committee.
Scott Sincerbox Inducted Into Club Ralph Montesanto 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Nancy Harness: Vocational Service

Bob Morrow introduced our speaker today, our own Nancy Baker. He noted that if we were to compare Nancy’s joining us to a hockey trade, she would a blockbuster. We would be receiving a Wayne Gretsky, a superstar. Thank goodness we in DVSRC didn’t have to actually “trade” anyone. We just “received” a fabulous person, a committed Rotarian, and a member of the Dundas community.
Nancy Jo Baker (nee Wild) was born in Hamilton but raised in Tillisonburg by her parents Ed and Jo. Ed was a fine, funny hardworking man who rose through the ranks of the O.P.P .After his retirement from the force, he joined the Bench as a Justice of the Peace for Oxford County. He was so well regarded that he was asked to remain past the recommended retirement, twice.
Her Mom was a homemaker extraordinaire – a baker, a chef, a sewer, a crafter, a volunteer, a friend to all, and a Citizen of the Year. We can see that Nancy has followed the role models set by her parents. She was raised to care, to strive, to give back. As a young person, she played sports, involved herself in leadership activities and even volunteered as a candy striper at the local hospital.
Over 40 years ago, Nancy began her professional journey as an occupational therapist. Her first job was at Owen Sound General and Marin Hospital and so began her unwavering love of the Saugeen Peninsula.
Her hospital work continued in Toronto and in Hamilton, but she wondered if this was enough. Then, one day a representative from a wheelchair manufacturer gave a professional development presentation that changed the course of Nancy’s career.
Nancy Harness: Vocational Service Ralph Montesanto 2021-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Margaret's Place Hospice: Deborah Fernandes

Deborah Fernandez is Manager Volunteer and Community Services for St. Joseph’s Villa. Deborah also has the responsibility of recruiting and training new volunteers for Margaret’s Place.
Deborah began by thanking the community, individuals, groups and service clubs for their generous support in the construction of Margaret’s Place. The hospice will provide end of life care for everyone and continue the tradition of care established long ago in this community by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
She shared several photos for the building’s exterior, interior and grounds. The outstanding setting is matched by the gorgeous architecture. The hospice team is hoping to have 80 volunteers supplement their work. And Deborah still has 40 spots to fill— perhaps you, a friend, or family member would be the right fit.
There are a variety of roles from 1:1 friendly visitor, to receptionist, cook, baker, housekeeper, grief and bereavement support, fundraising and music therapist. The hope is for volunteers to build rapport with the families, facilitate communication, and provide practical and emotional support during this end of life time. In return, volunteers may gain increased self-awareness and fulfillment from making a difference in the lives of others.
If you would like to volunteer please apply on line— 
There will be an interview, police check, TB test, positive reference check and a training and orientation session. The hospice will provide 6 beds for end of life and 4 beds for respite when it opens. The expected opening ceremonies will occur mid to late August with the plan being to receive patients after Labour Day.
Margaret's Place Hospice: Deborah Fernandes Ralph Montesanto 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Alexis Wenzowski

Alexis Wenzowski is the club's energetic Director of International Services, Public Image social media contributor, and “go to” member, but today she shared her story focusing on her classification talk.
Alexis, daughter of Steve and Allyson Wenzowski, grew up in the University Gardens neighbourhood of Dundas. She attended Pleasant Valley, Dundana, District and Highland. As a young person she was involved in soccer, swimming, and Guiding. Her Dad, Steve was a police officer in town and involved in the community. Allyson, her Mom, was also very involved (a former member of RC of Dundas, DVSRC and now a member of Rotary After Five in Hamilton). Alexis thanked her parents for providing her with a strong foundation of core values that highlighted giving back to others.

After graduating from McMaster in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science and History, her first job was in the constituency office of John Bryden, M.P. From there, she moved to Waterloo to study Peace and Conflict at Conrad Grebel College (affiliated with Waterloo). After completing this programme she began work for Waterloo Region first as a Freedom of Information Officer and then as assistant to the City clerk.
Alexis Wenzowski Ralph Montesanto 2021-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Emmy Iheme

Emmy Iheme, a fellow Rotarian from RC of Oshawa is a retired Staff Sergeant from Durham Regional Police Services. After 29 years on the force, he is now able to devote his time to his family and his volunteer life. But before we get to that, a few bits from his life’s story. Emmy was born in Lagos Nigeria into a loving, supportive and well educated family who shaped his values and life’s arc. As a promising young soccer player, Emmy was awarded a scholarship into the farm system of a European soccer club. So began his teenage years in Europe. After several transfers, he landed in Italy, released from the soccer obligations and able to attend university, which he did at the Vatican! His slides of home, Italy and Pope John Paul II were a great opportunity for us to travel vicariously this morning.

His friendship with a Canadian family whom he met while at the Vatican Museum led him to Canada in the early 80”s. And in 1985, he accepted a position with Durham Regional P.S. While at university Emmy had specialized in conflict resolution thus he was well prepared for some of the challenges he would encounter during his next 29 years. He worked across Durham region from Whitby and Oshawa to Clarington, beginning as a foot patrol and rising first to C.I.D., then homicide detective, then Executive Officer and finally Staff Sergeant, platoon leader. He retired in 2019.

His professional life was the catalyst for his community involvement especially in his desire to make a positive influence on youth. To that end, an example of his volunteerism is his 2019 co-chairing of the Ontario Parasport Games where over 450 athletes from around the province came to Durham to compete. His photos of some of the athletes and games illustrated how gifted and talented these athletes are.
In addition to coaching, Emmy is involved with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports. This organization works with Canadian athletes of all ages to educate them on the dangers of drug use (both recreationally and as athletic enhancements). This work has taken him to many schools from elementary to university, to the Para Olympic Games in Vancouver and Turin, and this summer to the Games in Tokyo.
Emmy Iheme Ralph Montesanto 2021-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Sarah Lampson Tells Her Story

Sarah Lampson's professional designation is Research Administration. Positions in RA range from managing research projects, managing research sponsors, applying for grants, managing clinical trials, and research ethics. The role is found in universities, colleges, academic hospitals, government and non-profit organizations.

From 1997-2005, Sarah was a Research Contracts Officer and Grants Officer at McMaster. From 2005-2013 she managed clinical trials for both Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University specializing in oncology research contracts from 2009-2013. During this time she also volunteered in her field. She authored dozens of articles, presented at conferences, moderated and created webinars, started two national mentoring programmes and co-authored two books that are used at over 500 institutions globally. From 2013 until now, Sarah has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.
Some of her achievements in this role have been to turn the group’s operating deficit into a surplus within the first year and then increase the revenue for the association by 43% over the next four years. Capitalizing on her volunteer work, she continued to create mentorship programmes, and webinars and she established an awards programme for the group. Under her leadership, CARA has entered into a partnership with Mohawk College to offer Canada’s first Research Administration Certificate. CARA now has a bursary programme for students who are enrolled in this course and to date has awarded over $100,000 to worthy recipients. Since 2017, Sarah has been a part-time instructor of contracts, reporting, and research finance at Mohawk College’s McKeil School of Business.
Sarah Lampson Tells Her Story Ralph Montesanto 2021-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Dr.Ravi Bansal Solo Flight Around The World

Dr. Bansal is a fellow Rotarian from the RC of Buffalo. After a successful career as an entrepreneur Ravi had a dream to “fly around the world” And while he didn’t have a lot of experience flying solo in his state of the art single engine Cessna, and his family thought this idea was very risky, he found a purpose to drive his passion and the rest of the story came together.

A native of Ambala India, Ravi visited family in 2005, and realized the local Charity Hospital which had treated his ailing sister-in-law, did not have the resources needed to successfully diagnose cancer. Furthermore, he learned that no one from India had ever completed RTW flight. The challenge was set! And Ravi chose to rise to that challenge. He would dedicate his flight to raising funds for a MRI machine for the Ambala Charity Hospital, raise awareness in the Ambala region of the importance of early cancer detection and treatment and finally by being the first Indian to complete a RTW solo flight in a single engine plane acquire recognition and publicity for the causes.
Dr.Ravi Bansal Solo Flight Around The World Ralph Montesanto 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
World Immunization Week Ralph Montesanto 2021-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Scott Vance Tells His Story

Scott Vance is member of the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise. He is also the most recent cook of the lobsters at our annual Lobster Rib Fest. Scott is a long time resident of Dundas, growing up and going to school here. At age 13, he no longer was interested in hockey as he once was. He watched his sister at her figure skating lessons and thought “that was easy”. His Dad, in turn, challenged him to try and the rest as they say is history. As a hockey player, Scott had skating basics, but figures were a completely different thing. Undaunted, Scott took the challenge.

For the next decade, Scott devoted himself to figure skating, practicing at least 4 hours per day, every day. He sought out instruction from Kerry Leitch, of the Preston Skating Club, a renowned Canadian coach. At Preston, Scott was exposed to world class competitors and this served to motivate him further. As a pair’s skater, Scott thrust his partners high above his head while balancing on a thin blade of steel. Strength, energy, fearlessness, hard work, trust – these are the attributes Scott honed during those years. When he retired from competition in 1990 at 24 years of age, he and his partner were ranked 5th at Nationals.
Scott Vance Tells His Story Ralph Montesanto 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Russ Powers Tells His Story

Classification Talks are an important part of Rotary's Vocational Service. Today Russ Powers gave his “Re-Classification Talk”. Russ is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise and his classification at the time was Medical Laboratory Technology. He left the club in 2012 because he could not attend any Tuesday meetings because of his new job. He has recently returned with the new classification “Municipal Consultation”.

Russ is probably the only member of the DVSRC with his own page on Wikipedia: Russ has lived in Dundas for 55 years and for most residents he would be known as Mr. Dundas. He was born in Toronto and moved with his family to Dundas in 1966. He was educated at Dundas District High School, Mohawk College and the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene. He worked at McMaster University in laboratory medicine from 1979 until his retirement in 2007. Russ also has military experience, having served as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Army & Air Reserves.

Russ Powers Tells His Story Ralph Montesanto 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

‘Finding Francis’ - A 12th Century Saint in 21st Century Dundas. 

Mike Deed is Rector of Saint James Anglican Church, Dundas. His topic is entitled: ‘Finding Francis’ - A 12th Century Saint in 21st Century Dundas. 
Mike Deed was born in Chatham, Kent (pronounced “Cham” there) and from an early age became passionate about Doctor Who, eating, reading and religion.  After studying theology at university, Mike’s first job was as a youth worker, primarily engaged with supporting young people on the street in Hounslow. Mike was ordained as a priest at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK and served two parishes in West London before moving to Canada in 2007 where he served churches in Burlington and Hamilton Mountain before being appointed as Rector of Saint James Church, Dundas in July 2019. Mike and his husband live in Hamilton and are owned by three cats. Mike is an associate of the Society of Saint Francis (Province of the Americas), a founder of the Doctor Who Society of Canada, Diocesan Liturgical Officer for the Diocese of Niagara and an honourary Canon of Christ’s Church Cathedral.
The theme of Mike’s talk was how we could use the teachings and experiences of St. Francis of Assissi here in Dundas. A good write-up on St. Francis is available in this Wikipedia article
‘Finding Francis’ - A 12th Century Saint in 21st Century Dundas. Ralph Montesanto 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Alan Hansell: The Stewards of Cootes

According to Alan Hansell the Executive Director of the Stewards of Cootes Watershed, we  “do the obvious” – clean up the watershed and keep it clean. They’ve changed advocacy from pointing fingers to doing something about the pollution found in Cootes watershed. The group supervises over 40 clean-ups per year in Cootes and another 40 in the Red Hill Creek watershed.
Since the program began five and a half years ago in the Cootes watershed we have put a lot of volunteer hours in and pulled a lot of garbage out. Check out our statistics for Cootes Watershed cleanups below:
Alan Hansell: The Stewards of Cootes Ralph Montesanto 2021-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Great Lakes Watershed Clean Up

Our first speaker was District 7090 Governor Frank Adamson who was on-line to talk about mobilizing the troops for the District’s Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup,
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort that has grown from a District 7090 service project covering a small portion of Lake Ontario and Erie to a multi-district plan to focus Rotarians’ attention to all 5 of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them.
The Great Lakes Watershed events will be held between Saturday, April 17th, and Saturday, April 24th to coincide with the celebration of Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd.
Clubs from District 7090 (and many other districts) will be involving Club Members, Rotaractor, students, Scouts and many others to clean up the waterways that feed the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Watershed Clean Up Ralph Montesanto 2021-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Captain William Knox

Captain William Knox gave a brief history of his days as a pilot.  William retired last year from his job as a pilot with Ethiopian Airlines. He has always been interested in flying and wasn’t as interested in school so he went to flight school and became a pilot. His first position was in Wiarton where he was also an instructor for 11 years. He flew all over Ontario and several times to Newfoundland. He noted that it was always extremely windy in St. John’s – one time it as so windy that his small plane was being blown all over the place and had to be welded in place by freezing the wheels to the tarmac using water.
He graduated from the small 14 seat plane to the DC4 – a plane that he really loved to fly even though it was old and leaked oil. He graduated from the DC4 to a Convair and was, for the first time, a Captain (the head pilot). Over his career he worked for several airlines given the ups and downs of the airline industry. He worked in Guyana for 5 years. He was working for ICC Canada and flying often to Mexico when he met his wife Carlotta. Carlotta herself was once a member of DVSRC.
Captain William Knox Ralph Montesanto 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Trouble Underground - the pipes are calling

Sheldon Thomas is proprietor of Clear Water Legacy. Clear Water Legacy Inc. is a water distribution operator training service, created by Sheldon, retired Manager of Water Distribution for the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Thomas devoted more than a quarter century to operating and then managing Hamilton’s aged, unique, and complex water infrastructure.

Sheldon spoke on: “Trouble Underground: the Pipes are Calling” a story of the decaying water main infrastructure in Hamilton. To set the tone for his talk, Sheldon’s first slide showed a fire hydrant with dirty, rusty water gushing out of it. Most of the water pipes in Hamilton are made from cast iron. Although they are initially pristine, after about 15 years or so they begin to corrode.
Trouble Underground - the pipes are calling Ralph Montesanto 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Engineering Day With Tony Cupido

Tony Cupido is Research Chair, Sustainability IDEAWORKS, at Mohawk College. Tony’s research initiatives include the development of an operational performance database for Canada’s award-winning, largest institutional, net-zero energy and zero carbon building – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation – and the creation of an industry model for sustainable operational practices. He was recently appointed to the Board of The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). 
In his presentation, Tony discussed the following topics in Mohawk’s “Plan to Achieve Net Zero and Challenges”:
•Energy Targets & Model
•Building Envelope Design
•Mechanical Systems
•Solar PV and Solar Thermal Systems
•Measurement & Verification
•Change in Culture

Some of the slides from his talk are re-produced below.
Engineering Day With Tony Cupido Ralph Montesanto 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Joanne McCallum Architect

Twenty-five years ago, Joanne McCallum and her business partner, Greg Sather, founded their own architectural firm, inspired by the pursuit of sustainable design. Under Joanne’s leadership as Executive Officer, McCallumSather has grown into a firm of 40 multi-disciplinary designers all united behind a mission – to create a more resilient world through the advancement of sustainable design intelligence. She has a deep love for Hamilton and continues to take a hands-on role in the design of meaningful projects with lasting impact. Margaret’s Place Hospice in Dundas and Valley Park Library in Stoney Creek both currently in construction, are impactful, community-based designs. In addition, her award-winning work on The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, a Net Zero Certified project, made headlines internationally and highlighted Hamilton as a leader in sustainable design.  Joanne was an active Rotarian for over twenty years, first at the Rotary Club of Downtown Hamilton and later at Hamilton Sunrise Club.  She is also a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Joanne McCallum Architect Ralph Montesanto 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Project With The Rotary Club of Nairobi Madaraka

Sammy Malaki is the President of the Rotary Club of Nairobi Madaraka.  The Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise is planning a literacy project with Sammy's club. Sammy introduced his team: Past President Njoki Maingi, VP Wanja Muguongo, PE Wilson Kamau, Project Director Joel Mwangi, and Treasurer Keshi Mukuria. 
Project With The Rotary Club of Nairobi Madaraka Ralph Montesanto 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Six Nations Polytechnic: Linda Parker

Linda Parker gave us an overview of Six Nations Polytechnic. Founded in 1993 by order of Band Council, SNP was initially chartered to bring post-secondary education and training to the people of Six Nations of the Grand. These six Iroquois nations, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Tuscarora, and Seneca comprise the largest First Nation community in the country. SNP’s mission now is to provide lifelong learning from youth to seniors with such strands as basic literacy, STEAM, college and university preparation, apprenticeship and skilled trades training, continuing education, and professional development for Ontario certified teachers. In particular, SNP is an institution where First Nation’s culture and language thrive. If thirty or more years ago, language training was exclusively English, it is now required that the SNP students take at least one credit in NSL (Native as First Language).Furthermore, one is now able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in two First Nation languages, Mohawk and Cayuga. And as many of us know, the ability to reclaim one’s language is an integral step in identity building and healing of colonial trauma.
Six Nations Polytechnic: Linda Parker Ralph Montesanto 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
50/50 Draw for Margaret's Place Hospice Has a Winner Ralph Montesanto 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Labour Employment and COVID19

Elizabeth McLeod is a lawyer with O’Neill Associates, a leading labour and employment firm in Thunder Bay. Liz is a member of the Charter Class of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. She has advocated for clients in front of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the OLRB and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She sits on several not for profit Boards, teaches a law course at Lakehead and volunteers in the community. While the content of her presentation is not legal advice, it is pertinent to a great many of us. 
First, the pandemic has impacted the workplace in a number of ways: federal law; work environment; provincial law.
Labour Employment and COVID19 Ralph Montesanto 2021-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

St. Matthew's House Auction

The club holds an auction within its membership and invited guests each December for St. Matthew's House. Of course the auctions happen in person during the breakfast meeting. Well, not during COVID-19 times!

We risked using a new format, Zoom, and we were rewarded; and, we were able to demonstrate once again to ourselves and others that we care, about Dundas (where many of us purchased auction items in support of local businesses and about those in the community who are vulnerable. Barb Busing and her team did a fantastic job of organizing -- and without her, Norm and Jody the mechanics of listing, recording and collecting would not happen.  And of course our auctioneer, Bruce Eccles pictured above, was once again, awesome.

We raised the most money ever in the history of this event – over $9000.

Renee Wetselaar the executive director of St. Matthew's House and David Savage the board chair who both attended were very grateful and thanked us heartily. The generosity of DVSRC was a Christmas gift to so many.
St. Matthew's House Auction Ralph Montesanto 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Allison Kingston and Shelter Box

Allison Kingston is Community Fundraising Coordinator for ShelterBox Canada and a member of the Rotaract Club of Toronto. ShelterBox is an organization that is Rotary International’s first Project Partner and supplies emergency shelter for people in need around the world. Begun in 2000, by a U.K. Rotary club, it has expanded worldwide and has helped to house over 1.6 million people in 97 countries over the pasts 20 years. Currently, they estimate that over 104 million people are in need of emergency shelter, driven from their homes by conflict (e.g. Tigray in Ethiopia) or natural disaster (e.g. Super Typhoon Goni in the Philippines). For many who have landed in hugely overcrowded refugee camps (e.g. Nigeria) the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates the hardships.
Allison Kingston and Shelter Box Ralph Montesanto and Kathy Starodub 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day Ralph Montesanto 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Lynda Lukasik Environment Hamilton

Dr. Lynda Lukasik, has dedicated her life’s work to making Hamilton a better place to live. There is a climate crisis and we all have a part to play in moving us towards a post carbon world. Although the City of Hamilton has declared a climate emergency and has issued a statement in support of the need for change, the pandemic has slowed this impetus. She urges us not to lose sight of the bigger picture.
Lynda Lukasik Environment Hamilton Ralph Montesanto 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Deirdre Pike

Our guest speaker today was Deirdre Pike, a Senior Social Planner for the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC), the Justice and Outreach Consultant for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, and a columnist for The Hamilton Spectator. She outlined many of the projects that she is engaged in. She also recognized the work that DVSRC are already doing and suggested new possibilities for the club.
Deirdre Pike Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Ride For Polio

Harold Gruneberg thanks everyone who donated to his District 7090 Ride For Polio which was held on World Polio Day, October 24. All donations went directly to the Rotary Foundation Polio Fund. With matching grants and other donations, Governor Frank Adamson estimates that District 7090 raised about $500,000 US for polio eradication.

Harold was part of Governor Frank's team “Pedal for Polio Plus”. The ride originally was planned to be from the Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake which would have been about 90 km. The American ride was planned to do about 70 miles, which together translated symbolically to 7090.
Ride For Polio Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Scott Eccles and Eccles Automotive Service

Eccles Auto Service has been a premier business in Dundas since 1984. Now in its 5th decade, the leadership reins have been assumed by Scott Eccles, son of Bruce and Claire.
Their 121 King St location is now the main office for customer service. Here the clients are greeted by service advisors Anne, Krisia or Jim. The automotive service work may occur at King St. or the second location at 123 Hatt Street. In total, EAS has 9 bays with 4 licensed technicians and 2 apprentices. All under the direction of Jim Lawton GM and Scott Eccles. Bruce is a consultant for the business and Claire still does the bookkeeping. 
Scott Eccles and Eccles Automotive Service Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Phil Kriszenfeld:Transitions Mediation and Consulting Group

Phil Kriszenfeld of Transitions Mediation and Consulting Group specializes in alternative dispute resolution focusing on family businesses. Having a personal background in family manufacturing and retail business, Phil knows firsthand the challenges of going from son, to shareholder, to former owner. He supplemented this experiential learning with additional training at the University of Waterloo and at the faculty of law at Windsor University.
His role as mediator is unlike that of the accountant, lawyer, or wealth advisor in the family business. As he put it, his job is to make the family business operate better in the boardroom and the living room.
Phil Kriszenfeld:Transitions Mediation and Consulting Group Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Shredding Day - A Full Truck

Local magician John Henley watches as Russ King and Derek Price unload his documents to be shredded. And magically the material disappears into the shredding truck to be joined by almost 4880 kilograms of other shredded material only to reappear somewhere in the world as recycled material put to a new life. Thank you to Scott and Bruce Eccles of Eccles Automotive Service for the use of their property.
Shredding Day - A Full Truck Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Dealing With Harassment in the Workplace

April Terreau of Navigating Integrity Associates is dedicated to creating healthy workplaces by dealing effectively with harassment. She trained with the legal firm Rubin Thomlinson, LLP, one of the top workplace investigative firms.
Dealing With Harassment in the Workplace Ralph Montesanto 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

An Instrument For Every Child

Janice Shearer is a marketing and fundraising specialist for a number of local charities including the Hamilton Music Collective which sponsors An Instrument For Every Child (AIFEC). That program was established out of concern for the erosion of music training in the schools and is supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation, a significant private donor and other local businesses and service clubs.
An Instrument For Every Child Ralph Montesanto 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Best Minds Design Mechanical Ventilator

Dr. Alexandra Pedersen and Dr. Tony Noble of the Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute at Queen’s University outlined the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) that a team of hundreds of physicists and engineers came together to build in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best Minds Design Mechanical Ventilator Ralph Montesanto 2020-09-23 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Frank Adamson Ralph Montesanto 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Ellen Ryan

Dr. Ellen Ryan is Professor Emeritus from McMaster University’s Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Department of Health, Aging and Society.
Dr. Ellen Ryan Ralph Montesanto 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Jessica Brennan Past President 2012-13

Jessica Brennan    President, 2017 – 2018
Jessica was born and raised in Montreal. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia, a Masters in Sociology, and a post-graduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in Library Science.
Jessica Brennan Past President 2012-13 Ralph Montesanto 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Our Members - Stacy Bennett

Stacy Bennett
After 35 years with RBC, Stacy Bennett was ready for a change! Having returned to Dundas in 2017, the town where she grew up, she was keen to get involved in this great community.
Meet Our Members - Stacy Bennett Ralph Montesanto 2020-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Health and Wellness Initiative

Past District Governor Kevin Crosby gave a detailed presentation on the D7090 new Health and Wellness Initiative. The vision of this initiative is to have our District be a leader in Rotary by taking an active role in supporting and promoting the total health and well-being of our communities.
Health and Wellness Initiative Ralph Montesanto 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Club Members Visit Margaret's Place Hospice Construction Ralph Montesanto 2020-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Our Member - Mieke Ewen

This week’s featured member is Mieke Ewen. A Dundas native, she is a graduate of Parkside High and the Mohawk/McMaster Nursing programme. As the Administrator of St Joseph’s Villa, Mieke is responsible for oversight of the campus operations including those of the Villa Long Term Care, Margaret’s Place Hospice and St. Joseph’s Estates.
Meet Our Member - Mieke Ewen Ralph Montesanto 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

Kurt Schlange Past President 2000-2001

Our second President was Kurt Schlange. He was born in Dundas and attended Yorkview Public School before moving to West Hamilton where he finished his education. He returned to Dundas as a loans manager for the CIBC and after a stint in Ancaster he became the branch manager of Canada Trust in Dundas. During his year as president, the club was just getting started. He recalls a group of energetic individuals working to raise community awareness and expand membership. 
Kurt Schlange Past President 2000-2001 Ralph Montesanto 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

Charter President Ralph Montesanto

Born and raised in Dundas, Ralph may be the best investment Rotary ever made. He attended Parkside High School and at graduation received a Rotary bursary. Ralph has been paying this back many, many times over the course of twenty years with his leadership, enthusiasm and boundless energy for all things Rotary.
Charter President Ralph Montesanto Ralph Montesanto 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Cleaning Up the Community Garden

Zucchini, peas, marigolds and woodchips? As every gardener knows, things grow better when there are no weeds. So this team of Rotarians gathered at the Sunrise Rotary Garden at St. Mark’s to help the gardeners by tamping down those pesky weeds.
Cleaning Up the Community Garden Ralph Montesanto 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 20 Years


The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was conceived at a meeting of the Dundas Rotary Club with the District Governor, Roger Allan on August 5th, 1997. DG Roger asked whether the community of Dundas needed a morning club. Vice-President Robert Morrow responded positively and, with the assistance of President-Elect John Stevenson, the concept grew … albeit slowly … until 1999 when seven members of the Dundas Rotary Club started meeting on a regular basis with the intent of initiating a “breakfast” Rotary Club in the Town of Dundas. The seven included Carl Fraser, Carl Lehman, Sharon Lacey, Vlad Veckie, Ken Turner, Fred Amalfi and Robert Morrow. This group contacted former Rotarians who had had difficulty attending noon meetings (Russ Powers, Ralph Montesanto, Paul Clifford, Bud Fisher, Dave Matchett) and added some new faces before starting a provisional club on July 1, 1999 with Ralph Montesanto as charter president. The club reached the “magic number” of 25 and was chartered on the first day of the new millennium – January 1, 2000. 
Presently because of COVID-19 the Tuesday morning meetings are by Zoom. You are welcome to join a meeting.
Celebrating 20 Years Ralph Montesanto 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Shredding Day A Great Success

What a fantastic day! The community came out in full force and we were ready for them. We put together and implemented a traffic flow plan so that we could follow COVID-19 physical distancing rules. We also used face shields, masks, gloves and sanitizers.
We had fewer volunteers to keep physical contact with clients to a minimum. 
Thank you to Jennifer Pavao the Shred-It Transportation Manager who worked the entire time and ordered a second truck because so many boxes arrived on site.
A special thanks to Dundas lawyer Mark Castle who brought 108 boxes (more than paid for the truck rental) and then stayed to load his truck 8 times with flattened boxes and took them to the transfer station.
The club provided a service that the community wants, raised funds doing it, saved over 107 trees and recycled over 12 000 pounds of paper.
A fabulous service project.
Shredding Day A Great Success Ralph Montesanto 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Rotary International President Mark Maloney

Rotary District 7090 holds an Open Mic Zoom meeting June 9 at 7PM and special guest Rotary International President Mark Maloney will be speaking and interacting with the audience. This does not happen very often; so, be sure to sign on and see and hear your RI president.
Meet Rotary International President Mark Maloney Ralph Montesanto 2020-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Shredding Day June 20 9 AM-1 PM Ralph Montesanto 2020-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Virtual Fireworks

The Show WILL Go On
While 12 000 - 14 000 people won't be celebrating Victoria Day Fireworks at the Dundas Driving Park this year due to  COVID-19, we are doing it virtually.
Watch any time at your convenience.
You can also go to our Facebook page to access the link there. Enjoy!!
Virtual Fireworks Ralph Montesanto 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Corporate Members Inducted


Corporate member Lori King, associate members Russell King and Nicole Turner from AED4life; and, Corporate member Dr. Laura Thomas, associate members Dr. Betty Johnson and Dr. Katie Mann from Dundas Optometry Clinic.
Corporate Members Inducted Ralph Montesanto 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Salty Animal Rescue

Salty Animal Rescue officially opened in Greensville, Ontario on January 1, 2020. 
The founders are Karly and Katelyn Saltarski.  They operate as a non for profit and the rescue depends solely on fundraising events and donations. 
The rescue is 100% volunteer based, taking in, caring for and placing abandoned and unwanted pets in foster homes to find the right permanent home.
Contact them if you are interested in adopting or know of animals that need rescuing.
Salty Animal Rescue
Kate Saltarski: 905-541-3636
Karly Saltarski: 289-237-6037
Salty Animal Rescue Ralph Montesanto 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Presidential Profile - Ralph Montesanto Robert Morrow 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

A Look at 2020

At our first meeting from the year, we heard from a panel of prognosticators, who shared their thoughts about 2020 has in store for us in the areas of politics, sports and investing. From left to right are Ernie Romain (sports), Carl Fraser (investing) and former Dundas Mayor John Addison. Kathy Starodaub moderated. Big takeaway for the year came from Ernie Romain -- Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup this season. Anyone want to take that bet? :)
A Look at 2020 Gina Monaco 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

A Look at 2020

At our first meeting from the year, we heard from a panel of prognosticators who shared their thoughts about what 2020 has in store for us in the areas of politics, sports and investing. From left to right are Eddie Romain (sports), Carl Fraser (investing) and former Dundas Mayor John Addison. Big takeaway for the year came from Eddie Romain -- Maple Leafes will win the Stanley Cup this season. Anyone want to take that bet? :)
A Look at 2020 Gina Monaco 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Margaret's Place Hospice

The Rotary Club of Dundas and the Rotary Club of Dundas Sunrise presented a cheque for $30,000 to Margaret's Place Hospice at St Joseph's Villa. The Villa plans to break ground in the next few weeks.
Margaret's Place Hospice Gina Monaco 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Sara Bird Program Consultant Children Youth & Family Services

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 19, 2019
Sara Bird is the program consultant children youth & family ministry for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. Sara walked us through her early life as a PK -priest's kid, through her Highland dance career, her managerial jobs at Boston Pizza and Roots clothing to her undergraduate work in Sociology. She started as a volunteer at HARRRP, got hired, became a program director to run after school programs for grade 6 to 8 youth. She is now working for the diocese and has 50 staff and volunteers that service 500 youth. 
She told us youth are more educated, diverse, connected and engaged than ever before. However, they take longer to transition to adulthood, live at home longer, carry heavy school debt, marry later, have fewer children and are a click away from just about anything.
Mental health issues are common with youth and young adults. Gender inclusion is not an issue for them. 
She closed by saying she finds the interests of youth and develops programs for that interest.
Sara Bird Program Consultant Children Youth & Family Services Ralph Montesanto 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting of October 24 2019

Posted by Jody Beck on Oct 27, 2019
The Oct 22 2019 meeting was vocational services at Dundas Arena. Thanks to director of vocational service Derek Price for arranging the location and bringing in the breakfast. Also, thank you to Ken Beel for supplying the dishes and cups to reduce trash.
Guest of the club, Liz Whitton was invited by Gina; and Bob who is a friend of Carl.
The purpose of today's vocational service meeting was to get a tour of the remodelled addition to the arena and to see the community room in case our club is interested in helping to finish it.

Announcements – St James Dundas House Tour is Dec 7. Kathy Starodub – Rotary Stars reminder – we need wine, bring next week. Over $8,500 in sponsorships so far. If you have tickets to sell, please do so and bring money October 29. If you have no tickets p[lease consider getting them and invite your friends to attend.
Happy Dollars
Palermo Opera was a good visit
Grant – Good dinner at DVGCC – Social members give it a try
Phil Wood - McMaster Live Lab was a good place to hear music
Jan Southall – Amazing trip to Belgium, Austria and Amsterdam
Bob Morrow – This house move will be his last – too much work!

Grant – Thanks to Carl and Derek for putting Arena tour together; the Paul Harris Dinner was a great success. Dec 10 – Christmas Auction for St Matthews House – bring donations or cash or debit card
Ryan Turner – Routes Dinner $25 Friday.  - tickets still available
Tour – opening remarks by Ken Beel – history of Arena and how renovation happened and was taken over by City
Change rooms reflect the future – modern, more of them, some accessible, same sex rooms to accommodate mixed gender teams
Kitchen – available for Rent
Community Room – still being finished – can be rented for events
Track for running / walking is up and running.
Tour led by Joe Kennedy – everything looks refreshed and clean.  
Meeting of October 24 2019 Jody Beck 2019-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the Community for Shredding Day

 The rain stayed away, for the most part, as the Club held its Annual Fall Shredding Day on Saturday, September 28  at Eccles Auto Service in downtown Dundas.
The morning started off slowly but eventually picked up and Ralph and the crew of volunteers were kept busy. There were new faces, some familar faces and many friends of Rotary who donated  boxes of paper to the shredder. 
A big shout out to all the volunteers and to the Dundas community for their participation. Money raised goes to  help eradicate polio in the world. Save your paper for the Spring Shredding Day in May, 2020!
Rotary in the Community for Shredding Day Gina Monaco 2019-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Greg Freije - Volunteer Fire Fighter

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 24, 2019
Peter Dendekker introduced Greg Freije who is a volunteer firefighter with the City of Hamilton. Greg is also a long time employee of Peter’s window company, Aerloc Industries, starting there when he was 15 years old.
Greg Freije is a volunteer firefighter with the Lynden Fire Department, Station 26. There are between 20 – 25 volunteers working out of that station. The Hamilton Fire Department consists of 280 volunteers and 440 full time firefighters and is one of the largest composite departments in Ontario making over 35 000 calls annually that include 65% medical in nature, 3% actual structure fires and 32% alarm conditions like Hazmat, CO, MVC or rescue.
Preventable education is a big part of the department’s work with 20 000 home visits, many to replace smoke detectors or batteries. As well, the department has an educational van that travels to various fairs to promote fire safety, especially with children and youth.
Greg took a number of questions that dealt with the mental health of firefighters who see some very horrendous things while fighting fires or giving assistance.
Derek Dix thanked Greg for his presentation and for his service to the community
Greg Freije - Volunteer Fire Fighter Ralph Montesanto 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Vocational Training Team to Brazil

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 17, 2019
The Vocational Training Team to Brazil was medical in nature. It was lead by Jennifer Schoenhals (pharmacist) with team members Claire Harkness (nurse), Tommy Gerbasi (doctor), and Anna Marie Wysynski (doctor).  The team visited Rotary district 4480 in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil. Their key medical areas were ophthalmology, oncology and cardiology. 
Claire Harkness, a 2012 club Youth Exchange student to Australia, a SLAPSHOT and RYLA presenter, a Rotaract student and a present day nurse was guest speaker.
Claire had visions of bringing all the great things we do in the US and Canada but was very surprised that the hospitals in Brazil did some procedures and patient contacts better than here at home. Doctors there are very patient oriented using what she called humanized care.  Sometimes older equipment (dialysis machines) are used to get better life expectancy results. Some equipment like 3D printers are very modern and used to create parts to rebuild a face. Mobile trucks also go into more remote areas to bring health care there.
The team was very busy, often putting in 12h days at hospitals and then delving into Brazilian culture: food, animals, activities and people. Portuguese is the language of Brazil and although the team had taken some language lessons before leaving, they found that they played lots of charades and used Google Translate to get their points across. They also had to get used to eating dinner at 11 pm.
Claire noted that D4480 is sending its VTT here in March of 2020. Its focus will be on education.
Claire was pleased that her mother Nancy and VTT team members Anna Marie and Tommy were able to join her at today’s meeting.
Kathy Starodub thanked Claire who immediately changed and headed off to finish her 12h nursing shift.
Vocational Training Team to Brazil Ralph Montesanto 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

Ben Wark Page Ontario Legislature

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 10, 2019
Ben Wark, Page, Ontario Legislature
Bob Morrow along with Art Samson were instrumental in getting Ben Wark, a grade 8 student to speak about his experience as a Page at the Ontario Parliament.
Bob also invited Sandy Shaw MPP and Ted McMeekin past MPP who saw Ben in action and were recipients of Ben’s waiter service as he delivered water to them.
Bob asked Ben a series of questions. Here are Ben’s answers. 
He was chosen  when in grade 7 through an application process that involved writing an essay. There are 24 Pages – 12 boys and 12 girls. He wore a 3-piece suit when on duty and his term was 5 weeks from 8 am to 4:30 or 6 pm. Ben stayed with friends of his parents in Toronto and took the subway. One of his first jobs was to look at all the photos of the MPPs and clerks and memorize their names, seating position and ministerial duties. His most memorable task was to help deliver the provincial budget package that he said the Pages did in less than one minute. 
Ben missed 5 weeks of school but on the days when he finished at 4:30 took math classes. Ben really enjoyed being a Page even though he was to always keep a straight face and not laugh even when something funny was said. Each day the Pages would parade into the House from the Speaker’s office to the chamber, assume their positions in the chamber (some would go to the east and west lobbies or press gallery), always keep their back to the Speaker and stand when the Speaker stood.
Part of Ben’s presentation included slides of his 5-weeks as a Page at the Ontario Legislature.
Kathy Starodub thanked Ben for his presentation and had him sign a children’s book that will be donated to the First Nations library.
Ben Wark Page Ontario Legislature Ralph Montesanto 2019-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Initiatives at Mohawk College

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Aug 20, 2019
Amy Kelaidis, from Mohawk College, is the Director and Special Advisor of Indigenous Initiatives. Tom McLeod introduced Amy who is a member of the Eagle Clan Mississauga of the First Nation.
Using the background of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and Mohawk College’s involvement with the Indigenous Education Protocol Amy outlined what the college is doing for indigenous communities.
There are 27 000 members of Six Nations with half living on the reserve and the other half in Hamilton and Brantford. The graduation rate for indigenous students is 63%, the same as the general population. There are now around 1000 indigenous grads in the alumni database.
The college has a strategic plan that includes the TRC recommendations and focuses on five areas: access and learner success, pathways for success for education and employment, partnerships and opportunities, engagement and capacity building, and awareness and reconcili-ACTION.
She ended her presentation with a review of the Awards and Bursaries Program. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is considering working with the college to contribute to an endowment fund where the club donates $25 000 and the college matches the amount to build a fund of $50 000 that will work in perpetuity to provide awards each year for indigenous students.
Derek Dix thanked Amy in our club’s usual way – the signing of a children’s book that will be donated to the library at Six Nations.
For more information on the extent of the effort Mohawk College is putting into this area and the work of the college’s Indigenous Education Council please see
Indigenous Initiatives at Mohawk College Ralph Montesanto 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Ryan Turner and The Turner Family Funeral Home

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Aug 13, 2019
The speaker this morning was our very own Ryan Turner doing his classification talk. Ryan was introduced by Bob Morrow, his sponsor. Bob told us Ryan is the grandson of charter member Ken Turner, is a partner and director of The Turner Family Funeral Home and is married to Bob’s granddaughter. Ryan is also the club’s most recent inductee and at the age of 24 brought the average age of the club way down.
Ryan was born in Copetown, moved to Dundas and attended Highland Secondary School (played on the football team) before heading off to Humber College to earn his funeral director certificate. Ryan received his funeral director licence in 2015 after completing the in-class, internship, board exam and inspected embalming. 
The job can be stressful, being always on call and dealing with people who are vulnerable. He plays hockey, curls and enjoys video games and playing his guitar. He enjoys the family summer cottage on Beaver Lake and this along with his hobbies gives him a break from the rigors of the funeral business. Talking with co-workers and sometimes a counselor helps too.
He loves his job, mainly because he is able to help individuals at one of their lowest points in life. He appreciates the simple thank you he receives from families. 
Club members had plenty of questions. Here are some of his answers. Funerals are becoming less religious with only about 35% of funerals at a church or religious site. About 65% of services are cremations and 35% burials. Hamilton now has a green cemetery where bodies are buried without embalming or a casket. Many family owned funeral homes are being bought out by conglomerates. He expects Turner Family Funeral Home to be in business a long time and his long-term goal is to own the business.
Barb Busing thanked Ryan for his talk and as is the club custom, had him sign a children’s book that will be delivered to the First Nations library.
Ryan Turner and The Turner Family Funeral Home Ralph Montesanto 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
UNDER THE ROTARY CLOCK Jessica Brennan 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Leo Johnson Empowerment Squared

Posted by Phil Wood on Jul 16, 2019
Our speaker this morning was Leo Johnson, Executive Director of Empowerment Squared. To learn more about Leo and the project that he talked about, check out this web page:
Empowerment Squared has found that children of immigrants typically lead their parents by making friends and learning the language. If the kids do well in school, the family does well in adjusting. However, if the kids struggle with school, the family typically struggles as well. For this reason E2 has created a mentoring program for children of new Canadians: This is coupled with a sports program to encourage the youth to attend.
The main theme of Leo’s talk was the creation of the Liberian Learning Centre. Although initially intent on building a library, Leo’s team has learned that there is a greater need for a multi-purpose centre that is sustainable. This centre will have a recreation centre plus a co-working space for budding entrepreneurs.
Phase I of the project will cost $500,000 with $200,000 coming from Rotary contributions. The Rotary Club of Monrovia is the host club. The goal for E2 is to raise $40,000 which can be leveraged up to $200,000 through matching grants and a Rotary International Grant.
Leo Johnson Empowerment Squared Phil Wood 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

How You Challenge Yourself to Succeed

Posted by Kathy Starodub on Jun 25, 2019
Jeremiah Brown was born in Hamilton, has family from Ancaster and attended McMaster University. He currently lives in Peterborough. He and his wife had their first child while they were attending McMaster. He might have followed a predictable path to a settled life. But what kind of story would that be?
Jeremiah was inspired by the Canadian Men’s Rowing team success in the 2008 Olympics to try and become an Olympic rower himself – in 4 years.
His entertaining and motivational talk centered around three life lessons:
  1. In order to challenge yourself to achieve a really hard goal, get an excellent coach
  2. Make a timeline to achieve the goal
  3. Remain resilient in order to survive
Jeremiah was candid about the stress and challenge of training for such a high level goal – the conflicting desires and fears, the suffering and determination.
He concluded with a breathtaking description of the final hour before the Final race. He had us all in the palm of his hand as he showed a video of the last 100 metres of that race. And we were all happy with the Silver medal that the crew achieved in London in 2012 – Mission accomplished!
His message : Never under estimate your power to mentor someone!
How You Challenge Yourself to Succeed Kathy Starodub 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Successful Shredding Day

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 14, 2019
A great service project for the Dundas Community! Over 400 boxes of documents were safely destroyed and diverted from landfill. Each spring and fall the Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise holds a shredding day and the community appreciates it. The price was $8 a bank box but many individuals refused change because they knew the good work of Rotary as it serves both the local and international communities. Funds raised help support the world wide elimination of polio, youth programs and bursaries, local tree planting, and literacy programs to name just a few of the
things supported by the club.
Club members Kathy Starodub, Ross Bannatyne and Jody Beck load a bin for shredding while Bob Morrow collects payment.
Peter Dendekker waits to load the next bin into the shredder as a client watches the TV camera to ensure his documents are destroyed.
A special thank you to Bruce and Scott Eccles for the use of the Eccles Auto Service lot and their signs.
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Visual Literacy: How to build a better painting

On September 18th our guest speaker was Marla Panko from the Carnegie Gallery. Ms. Panko told us that the fundamentals of visual language are like an alphabet or like musical notes. Even if we are not artists ourselves, we can learn to recognize this language. She said that we are desensitized by so much that we see, and that galleries are sanctuaries for our senses, safe houses for our visual legacy.
Examples of aspects of the visual language include color, shape, line, texture, etc. “Point and Line to Plane” by Kandinsky is a book that breaks down the elements of the visual language. Today Ms. Panko focused on composition, including balance, line, depth, unity, and focal points.
The most basic type of balance is symmetry, left/right or radial. Asymmetrical is when the balance is related to what is dissimilar in the image. Orientation and use of line is another aspect of the visual language. When a line is horizontal, for example to indicate the horizon, the image is at rest, calming, and implies an expanse of space. When a line is vertical, the image is active, shows a sense of power and thrusting up. Diagonal lines are dynamic. A diagonal line creates movement and sends your eye through the picture. Multiple diagonals create more movement and emotion. Lines also can divide or connect two halves of a composition.
Depth in pictures is an illusion; artists use linear perspective, scale, and modelling of form to create depth in images. Unity is how artists get everything to work together or hold together in an image: techniques for this include spatial tension and pyramidal structure. When a focal point is a zone, a central zone quiets the picture. Focal points at the edges or no focal point makes a meditative image.
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District Conference October 20

If you have not already done so, register for the District Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 20. It is a one day event and the Rotary International President is flying in to be part of the opening of the day's events. District Governor Melisa and her daughter Erin made this great video to help promote the day. She wants to get 500 Rotarians and guests to attend. Have a look.
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Shredding Day October 27 Ralph Montesanto 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Playocracy and the importance of physical literacy

Rotarian Harold Gruneberg introduced our guest speaker on August 28th, Lynn Campanella. Lynn is the CEO of “Playocracy”: and is a “play advocate” The theme of her presentation was “physical literacy”. As Lynn said, “we learn best by doing” so she began her presentation with an activity that we all participated in. 

There are 42 different health care conditions related to physical inactivity and so, as we age it’s important to keep active. The term physical literacy was first used in the late 1800s but it wasn’t until Margaret Whitehead re-invented the term in 2001 that it came into popular usage. The physical literacy movement really took off in 2010. 

Here is a definition of physical literacy: “Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities” (Whitehead, 2016). 

Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement. They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment. 

The development of physical literacy is now a reality for educators and recreational leaders within programming requirements and many physical education curricula identifying the development of physically literate students as the major outcome of physical education programs. 

Further information about physical literacy is available from Sport for Life here: 

Here is an interview with Margaret Whitehead on Physical Literacy – “The term that she invented”: 


Club members might remember a presentation by Sara Beck from the Hamilton Police Services on the topic of human trafficking. Well, Sara plays a starring role in this video put together by HPS: (Sara is front and centre in the picture in the article and appears at about 1:45 in the video).

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CPR International

On May 15 our guest speaker was Dr. Tapas Mondal, McMaster University talked about the International Project on CPR – McMaster Global CPR Project 

Dr. Mondal visits India and does community presentations on CPR; heart disease is the leading killer world wide. The demonstrations for lay people to show hem how to do CPR. He has some mannequins’ but needs many more. He mentioned some of the challenges’ in India and other countries around cultural sensitivities - i.e. women are at a great disadvantage because people may not want to give them CPR. Dr. Mondal has a cross appointment with McMaster Engineering. They have modified mannequins equipping them with sensors and have been able to supply some to medical schools in India. 

He is looking for funding to send over hundreds of demonstrational mannequins to India and potentially Africa. He has also made training videos on CPR in English, Bengali, Mandarin, Nigerian and Arabic. Heart disease is becoming rampant in India and China due to the change in diet to include a lot of junk/snack food.

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Visit to Circle of Life

On Halloween, the Club met at the home of CIRCLE OF LIFE, a funeral services business. Our hostess was Karin Schuett, owner of the business. Karin told us about her experiences as part of a large, conventional undertaker business in Toronto. She then described how Circle of Life operates. Its premises are in an old warehouse, now very nicely converted into a modern decorated space, with rooms for receptions, and for grief counseling as needed. There is no chapel. The atmosphere for funerals that she and the premises conveyed to us was one of sympathy but without gloominess. Looking around at the assembled members, maybe this was a timely visit. Our thanks to Karin Schuett, a member of our parent Club, for an informative talk.

Then came Andy Coburn, a past member, now returned to club. He was to give a classification talk "for the benefit of newer members" who did not know the earlier Andy. What we had was a comedic dentist who told us about his pioneering dentist father, who invented or suggested new pieces of equipment for dentistry. We were then offered small green thingies to clean out the gaps between teeth. Turned out that they also could help check whether we had bad breath! In passing we learnt also that Andy went to work in his pyjamas, and with sundry "tattoos", as part of his Halloween costume. Welcome back, Andy, Your humour is always enjoyable.

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Stewards of Cootes Paradise

On October 10, 2017 Alan Hansell from Stewards of Cootes Paradise joined the club to update us on the group's community and environmental involvement; he was last here in January of 2016. He also shared his personal connection to Rotary, which includes his own exchange to Japan as a teen and having received a Paul Harris award.

The Cootes watershed is the Dundas Valley. Each of our homes is a watershed for one of our creeks; Alan suggested this is something to think about, for example, if you’re washing your car in the driveway, as storm sewers generally go straight to a creek.

The volunteers for the Stewards are out to clean up the creeks. For example, they have removed in the past few months 5700 bags of garbage from the creeks and their banks. There is a display at the Dundas museum of older treasures they’ve found. They now also are working in the Red Hill watershed.

Their goal is to get the creeks clean and to keep them clean. When something is clean people care more about keeping it clean; a main focus of their work is community engagement. There are cleanup opportunities for everyone, including easy, moderate, and rugged. Cleanups are every Sunday 1-4; in the heat of the summer they shift to the morning. There also are monthly stewardship opportunities once an area is clean.
Cleaning up this garbage in our environment eliminates hazards to wildlife and reduces leachate from polymers and microplastics. There is a salmon run this time of year; clean up has doubled the size of their spawning ground.
Alan and his volunteers also get involved to solve recurring problems at their source, for example, how the paint from the ice surface at our local arenas gets disposed.

Stewards of Cootes Paradise Marnee Maroes 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Visit from District Governor Reg Madison

One September 12, 2017 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was joined by District Governor Reg Madison. Assistant Governor Allyson Wenzowski introduced District Governor Reg Madison who brought his message to Make a Difference. After congratulating the club for its service to the community he reviewed the Rotary Citation and Lighthouse Awards and the Governor’s Trophy. He spoke of Rotary International’s goals to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance public image. 

He asked us to attend the District Conference at White Oaks Resort and Conference Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, October 27-29 and to register for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, June 23 – 27. 

President Jessica thanked Reg and Loretta for visiting the club and she and Foundation Director Ross presented Reg with a club donation to The Rotary Foundation for $4000.

Visit from District Governor Reg Madison Ralph Montesanto 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Paul General, Six Nations of the Grand


On September 5, Nic Schulz introduced Paul General. Paul is the General Manager of the Six Nations Eco-Centre. Information about the centre is available from its website. Paul is a Seneca and lives on the Six Nations Reserve.

He gave a slide presentation that was similar to this one.

He discussed the various treaties that have been signed over the years and give an excellent presentation of the origin of the Haudenosaunee flag which is based on the “Two Row Wampum”. When the Haudenosaunee first came into contact with the European nations, treaties of peace and friendship were made. Each was symbolized by the Gus-Wen-Tah or Two Row Wampum. There is a bed of white wampum which symbolizes the purity of the agreement. There are two rows of purple, and those two rows have the spirit of your ancestors and mine. There are three beads of wampum separating the tow rows and they symbolized peace, friendship and respect. These two rows will symbolize two paths or two vessels, travelling down the same river together. One, a birch bark canoe, will be for the Indian people, their laws, their customs and their ways. The other, a ship, will be for the white people and their laws, their customs and their ways. We shall each travel the river together, side by side, but in our own boat. Neither of us will try to steer the other’s vessel.

Paul General, Six Nations of the Grand Phil Wood 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Fireworks in Dundas

George Gould introduced our speaker Paul Iacoviello. Paul is a photographer (among other things such as an instructor at Mohawk College and a correctional officer). Interestingly one of Paul’s most recent photographs was of George’s son James who graces the cover of a recent (August 17-24 ) issue of View Magazine.
Paul showed us a number of his excellent photographs – including several from this year’s fireworks display. A number of the same photographs can be viewed on Paul’s excellent website here: (Note that you may need to download the “flash player”).
Paul gets most of his business via word of mouth and, in answer to a question, said that when shooting models he tries to capture something of their personality in his pictures.
Fireworks in Dundas Phil Wood 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Cooking up a storm with Nick Scime


Our speaker on August 22nd was Nick Scime (aka Chef Nicholas). Here’s a link to a Spectator story about Nick from a couple of years ago: 

After working for the city for 35 years, Nick retired and took a culinary course. He now hosts a TV show about cooking on channel 14 and runs his own business The five Cs of cooking. Check the website to learn more about the business. 

The theme of Nick’s talk was “6 steps for a second life”. That is, what should you do post retirement? The six steps are: 

  1. Identify the desire 
  2. Eliminate your fears 
  3. Plan how 
  4. Create an energy 
  5. See the signs 
  6. Act without hesitation. 

Nick has followed the six steps to not only create his own business but also to become a travel agent (as a consequence of his many trips) and a wedding officiant!

Cooking up a storm with Nick Scime Phil Wood 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Optimization in the Modern World


Our speaker on Tuesday, August 15th was Dr. Chris Swartz. Chris is a colleague of Phil Wood in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. Chris holds the Dofasco Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology and is the Director of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC). He lives in Dundas with his wife Jacquie and children Philippa and Helen. 

The theme of Chris’s presentation was optimization or “determining the best amongst alternatives” He gave several simple examples of optimization from daily life – for example: planning our optimum shopping route, planning our investment strategy or even for children planning their trick our treat route. 

The MACC is a consortium of several member companies (e.g. Corning, Dofasco), 5 faculty members and 20 or so graduate students. 

Chris gave some real examples of the type of work they do. One project is sponsored by Praxair a company that separates air into its components (mainly nitrogen and oxygen) by cooling it and then boiling it. The process is a huge user of electricity which is extremely expensive these days so they need to optimize their process in response to the demand for the products and the cost of electricity. Ideally you would like to do all of the separation when the cost is lowest but that isn’t always when the demand is highest.

Another project is one he is working on with Dofasco. It involves an electric arc furnace which is used to melt scrap metal down. Again, electricity is a major expense as is oxygen. Chris’s group is preparing a mathematical model of the process to guide the process engineers at Dofasco who are working with the actual process.

Optimization in the Modern World Phil Wood 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Learning about Interval House


Our speaker today was Nancy Smith, Executive Director of Interval House. Nancy was accompanied by Sadie Wolfe and was introduced by Mary Lou Emmett. 

Interval House provides a shelter for abused women and focusses their programs on gender based violence. Last year they celebrated their 30th year in operation and is the only non faith-based shelter in Hamilton. Additional information about Interval House can be viewed on their website: 

Services offered by Interval House: 

Nancy left us with their 2016/17 Annual Report. Copies can be downloaded from this web page: 

Nancy was thanked by Ross Longbottom and given a cheque for $500 from our club by Jessica to support the work of Interval House.

Learning about Interval House Phil Wood 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Grant Linney and the Climate Reality Project


The speaker on July 18th was Grant Linney who was introduced by Dave Carson. Grant was an outdoor educator at Upper Canada College and spoke to us about climate change. Grant has his own web page on the Climate Reality Project page.  It contains numerous resources for those interested in climate change (all of us?) and how to reduce our carbon foot print. We were also given a brochure on climate change that was prepared by Environment Hamilton . In his presentation, Grant talked about the new documentary by Al Gore: “An Inconvenient Sequel” which is a follow-up to the original “An Inconvenient Truth”. Here is the trailer that Grant showed:

Grant also spoke about the importance of science. Here is a brief video that he showed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of America’s great scientists: 

The final topic that Grant discussed was the “greenhouse effect” which is created by (among other things) man-made carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This leads to global warming and the many problems associated with it. Some countries, like Germany and Denmark are reducing their reliance on fossil fuels by, for example, increasing wind power generation. China is leading the world in solar power. His advice regarding fossil fuels? “keep it in the ground. 

Grant Linney and the Climate Reality Project 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Protecting Our Privacy At the Border


Our speaker on July 11th was Armin Ghazi, President and Lead Consultant of SSG Managed Technology Services ( He spoke to us about protecting our privacy at the border. He left a little pocket guide behind which can be found here

Armin grew up in Louisville Kentucky and went to university in Spain. He is and Iranian/U.S. citizen and his wife is an Iranian/Canadian citizen and due to recent aggressive questioning at the border by Homeland Security, he has become interested in persons personal devices being searched at the border. He cited a story of a U.S. citizen (a space industry employee) returning from Chile. The issue was that he head sensitive, confidential documents on his phone that he did not want to give up to the border guards. These guards can use a device developed by the Israeli government to break into a phone and then create a mirror image of the phone’s contents and copy them to a USB stick. The data is then assessed and the guards will decide if you can enter the U.S. or not. An issue occurs when your device contains data that belongs to clients. 

Armin gave us several options 

  1. Refuse to surrender your device (not an option) 
  2. Rent or ship your devices (very inconvenient). 
  3. Wipe and restore – i.e. backup all data to i-cloud and then delete from your devices. Restore at a hotspot in the U.S. 
  4. Use “burners”. These are dedicated travel devices used only for travel. 

In terms of regular safety regarding our data and passwords, Armin had the following suggestions: 

  1. Use a password manager. This will create an unique password for every account that you have (and more importantly, remember it!). 
  2. Enable two factor authorization (2FA) 
  3. Use cloud services and then remote access – very little is stored on the actual device 
  4. Always encrypt, sign out and power off
Protecting Our Privacy At the Border Phil Wood 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Introducing our new President, Jessica Brennan

On Tuesday, July 4th outgoing President Ross Bannatyne thanked the Board and Club members of Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club for a great year. The Club was extremely thankful to Ross for a wonderful year of service and pledged its support to the new President Jessica Brennan and the Board.
Assistant District Governor Allyson Wenzowski swore in new president Jessica Brennan using the same speech that DVSRC member Bob Morrow used to swear her in as President on the noon club last year.
Members of the Board pledged to support Jessica during her year as President and Jessica pledged to support the ideals of Rotary. Jessica thanked her sponsor George Gould and the Club for supporting her during year as President Elect.
Jessica noted that as President she wants our Club to continue to provide service in the Dundas community and to identify all the places that we serve. She wants to improve the gender and ethnic balance in the club membership if possible. Jessica announced the 2017-18 Board as follows:
Brennan, Jessica
President Elect
Busing, Barbara
Carson, Dave
Massey, Wayne
Past President
Bannatyne, Ross
Vice President
Armstrong, Grant
Community Service
Davidson, Don
Vocational Service
Price, Derek
International Service
Armstrong, Bill
Montesanto, Ralph
Public Relations
Schulz, Nic
Club Administration
Davidson, Don
Youth Services
Roblin, Steve
In addition, at the District Level Ralph Montesanto and Bob Morrow are involved in different forms of training and Wayne Massey is providing his expertise to the grant selection process.
Rotary pins for President, Past President and President Elect were presented to Jessica, Ross and Grant.
Finally, Ross passed on the gavel to Jessica and a new Rotary year has started.
Introducing our new President, Jessica Brennan Phil Wood 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

Stories out of RYLA

Our speaker on Tuesday, June 20 was Shaunaugh Whelan. Shaunaugh shared with us her experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Shaunaugh has been engaged in Rotary for many years, since she was on a Rotary Exchange to France at age 19.
Shaunaugh was a fantastic cheerleader for the RYLA program and the club was very pleased to have sent such an impressive young leader to the program. She described the impact attending RYLA had for her and thanked the Club for our sponsorship.
As a program RYLA connects with leaders in the community and around the world to:
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships
There were many team building and leadership activities Shaunaugh participated in as well as workshops which helped attendees gain perspectives on how they see themselves and how others view them.  For more information on the RYLA program and how to nominate young Dundas leaders contact
Shaunaugh is a member of the Hamilton Rotaract Club and is engaged in many activities to help the community. 
Stories out of RYLA Dave Carson 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

A New Chapter for the Westdale Theatre

On May 30, 2017 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was joined by distinguished Dundas citizens Bob Rockford and Fred Fuchs. Bob and Fred are principals in the non-profit Westdale Cinema Group. Their group was put together to save the Westdale Theatre from being torn down.
One questioner asked “would the façade be maintained?” to which Fred replied “which one?”. This opened a really interesting discussion about the changes the theatre has already seen over the years. In this article: you will see a picture at the top showing the original façade from about 1937. Quite a bit different than today!
Fred and Bob noted that Westdale was one of Canada’s first planned communities. It was built with streets like spokes on a wheel and at the hub was the theatre. Over time the theatre has deteriorated though and was about to be sold. The Westdale Cinema Group came together to restore the theatre and restore it to its original lustre. It will be reduced in size to 400 seats and will become the new home of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s film festival. The theatre will also be used for musical events and speakers.
The sale was to close on June 1st and the group has applied for charitable status. Renovations will take roughly 9 months to complete. An Open House and party will take place on June 25th where members can learn more about the plans. A Facebook Group: has already attracted more than 1800 members.
A New Chapter for the Westdale Theatre Phil Wood 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Thijmen Van Loenen and work in Motherwell Township

Our speaker on May 23, 2017 was Thijmen Van Loenen who spoke to use about his work in Motherwell Township near Port Elizabeth South Africa.  The project's primary mission is to protect children in high risk areas and sending orphans in the area to school. 
The club was pleased to present Thijmen with a cheque for $1500 to support their good work. 
Thijmen Van Loenen and work in Motherwell Township 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

DVSRC Paul Harris Breakfast

Recently, the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club used one of its morning meetings to honour several people in the club and the community for their contributions to make the world a better place for all.

Suzanne Crago and Cam Whiffey, both non-members of the club, have contributed to the development of “The Stars of Dundas” a mid-winter event featuring local talent.  Members Wayne Massey, Ralph Montesanto, Randy Abel and Shirley Molloy were presented with awards for continued contributions to the development of the club and to Rotary in general.

The recipients in order of presentation, are:
CAM WIFFING: Cam was born in Hamilton , is Married and has 2 children.
He is an athlete and an avid motorcyclist  and has taken part in a 6 Day Endure Ride.
Cam owns Eagle Press Printing Company and for  the past 5 years he has worked with our club to design the program for the "Stars of Dundas" fundraiser
Through his work Cam has helped raise awareness about Rotary and helped us with sponsorship through advertising.
SUSANNE CRAGO: Suzanne grew up in  Flamboro and went to Parkside High school 
She was a former Figure Skater and went on to perform  with the Ice Capades from 1970-1973.
Susanne taught Figure Skating in British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta.
Her company "Community Graphics" has been the "Go To" company for  advertising and  Show programs for all the local Skating Clubs!
Susanne  and Cam worked together on the "Stars of Dundas" programs which have helped our Club raise over $50,000 over the past 5 years!
WAYNE MASSEY: As a young man Wayne was an avid athlete, playing Football and running in Track.
Wayne is a great Entrepreneur , he has operated several successful business in our community and has recently retired from his Accounting Firm!
He has been a longtime member of our club, he was  President in 2006 and is our current Club Treasurer .
Wayne is always there to help out at Club events,  he is always giving back to our community and  he is Always making a difference!
RALPH MONTESANTO: Ralph  IS ROTARY!!! He  never stops! He was District Governor in 2008-2009.  He is the advocate for the" Continuum of Rotary", he is always attending the Rotary Leadership conferences where he is the Training Director for the Leadership Initiative.
Ralph is always  helping out at all Rotary events and has ben key in making the "shredding day "fundraiser a great success! 
Ralph wild be taking on a new role as Vice Governor.
Marlee awarded Ralph with the Paul Harris Ruby Pin!
Which is exactly what these to  great people do!
For many years they have opened their doors and offered their home  as the venue for countless community fundraising events.
They have helped to bring awareness and raise funds for AIDS and The Bob Kemp Hospice to name a few!
Their home is also part St. James House tour and the Carnegie Gallery Garden Tour!
These two are all about giving back and have opened their doors to hundreds of people to better the community!
RANDY ABLE: Randy lives in Rockton , is an Electrician and is currently teaching an  Electrical course at College!
Randy is a long time member of our club and is always there to help at all events and give back to the community!
 He is the Hardworking , behind the scene Guy who gets things done!
He has a great sense of humor and is our resident Bar tender!
SHIRLY MALOY: Shirley was born in New Foundland where she worked at a community Newspaper as well as the Salvation Army.
She came to Ontario in 1990 to work with the Salvation Army in Family Services and is the manager of the local Food Bank.
Shirley is long time member of our club, she's always involved in our Rotary events and is our past Club President!
She works tirelessly to make a difference and give back to the people of our community!
DVSRC Paul Harris Breakfast Robert Morrow 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Save the Mothers - Small Acts with Big Impact

Our speaker Tuesday, May 9, 2017 was Diane Reader Jones. Diane’s story was reported in the Hamilton Spectator in this article from last November: Back in 2003 Diane sponsored a young girl named Sharon in Uganda. Over time Diane sent Sharon money and on one occasion a laptop so that she could complete her studies. Sharon is now Dr. Sharon Mutesasira and Diane has just returned from a visit to Sharon in Uganda.
Save the Mothers - Small Acts with Big Impact Phil Wood 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Japan via Skype

Our speaker on May 2, 2017 was Dundas resident and Rotary Exchange Student Joe Morgan. After 256 days in Japan Joe called into our meeting via Skype to fill us in on his time there. 
He reports that he's getting more and more confident with the language and that he's been enjoying a lot of the culture and was surprised to find out that Christmas isn't a very big deal in Japan. At first he found himself experiencing a bit of culture shock but as someone who like rice and fish he has been able to settle in nicely. 
The experience has been a fun one and has really given Joe the travel bug. He expects to teach overseas once his exchange program ends.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Rotary exchange program please reach out!
Japan via Skype Ross Longbottom 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Exploring Rotary's Council of Legislation

On Tuesday, April 18 Ralph Montesanto lead the club in a review of Rotary's changes to the Council of Legislation. Ralph started by sharing two video presentations regarding Rotary International Legislation. Club's have been provided with a basic template to follow when implementing and complying with Rotary International bylaws.
Exploring Rotary's Council of Legislation Marie-Louise Kelday 2017-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Understanding Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Committee

On April 4th the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed Barb Carpio as our speaker. Barb is a McMaster Nursing professor who grew up in the Northwest Territories adjacent to a native colony. Her interest and work with native communities led to her being asked to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) on behalf of the Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada.
Understanding Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Committee Phil Wood 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
March 28, 2017: Fighting Juvenile Diabetes with Bill Gregory Phil Wood 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Niagara Escarpment Through the Lens of Mark Zelinski

Our speaker on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 was photographer Mark Zelinski. Mark has written several books that contain his excellent photographs along with additional text. He spent most of his presentation talking about his newest book “Heart of Turtle Island: The Great Escarpment”.
Niagara Escarpment Through the Lens of Mark Zelinski Phil Wood 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Acting Locally to Fight Climate Change

March 7, 2017 - Dave Carson, club member and Treasurer of Environment Hamilton, presented the club with an update on the Ontario Green Gas Progress Report. Dave's talk built off of a topic that he wrote about recently for the Hamilton Spectator Article. Dave spoke to the progress that has been made so far against the province's plan to reduce Green House Gases by 30% by the end of 2030. Dave noted that this is a low target and even still we are producing 815mega tones of Carbon Dioxide which puts us 55% behind the prediction.
Acting Locally to Fight Climate Change Scott Vance 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

First Light: Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton

On Tuesday, February 28th our guest speaker was Dr. Sid Stacey. Sid is the current Chair of the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton (SPCCH) and facilitated the launch of the city-wide Hamilton Suicide Prevention Strategy in 2010 and also Co-Chairs the LHIN 4 Regional Suicide Prevention Committee. He told us the very tragic story of his own daughter’s suicide which started him advocating for suicide awareness.
First Light: Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton Phil Wood 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

2017 Dundas Valley Winter Carnival

On Monday, February 20th the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club hosted its annual Winter Carnival at the Dundas Driving Park. This awesome event includes horse and buggy rides, cider, free skate rentals, music and more! This year we were blessed to have beautiful weather, warm enough to skate without a toque but cold enough that the ice held together. 
2017 Dundas Valley Winter Carnival Nic Schulz 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Classification talk from Hugh Boyd

On Tuesday, February 21 our speaker was the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club's own Hugh Boyd who gave his classification talk.
Hugh’s mother was a nurse and his father a rural planner and was a Rotarian for a short time. He is the Medical Director at St. Joseph’s Villa.Growing up Hugh played most sports but his real love was music. In particular, he loved to play the fiddle.
Classification talk from Hugh Boyd 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Presentation from Mission of Hope

On Tuesday, February 14th we had the pleasure of inviting speakers Russ and Karen Beaurivage . Russ is an OPP officer (and also a pilot) and Karen is a legal assistant in Hagersville. For the last several years they have been involved in various Haiti missions starting with short term missions from 2009-2012. In 2013, Russ became head of the vehicle and ground maintenance at the Mission of Hope in Haiti. During that stint they were asked to take on the interim Directorship of Tytoo Gardens which was nearby. Tytoo gardens has a very interesting history which can be read about here: Tytoo Gardens is an orphanage the operates a transitions program which tries to re-connect children with families. Many of the residents are not true orphans but their families simply cannot support them. It also has a medical clinic which is the only one in the community. It is Haitian run with Haitian doctors. Tytoo also provides an elder care program which provides food twice per month for older community members.
Russ is rebuilding an aircraft that he uses for his working with Aviation Ministries in Haiti. He says that the cheque the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club presented to him with just about cover the cost of the flight to Haiti (where plane fuel is extremely expensive).
Presentation from Mission of Hope Phil Wood 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary visit to Graham & Brooks

On February 7 the club had the pleasure of visiting Graham & Brooks store on Main St. Dundas.
Mary Lou introduced Lorna and John, owners of Graham and Brooks since 2015. Both spoke about the development of their business with chalk painting lessons on Sundays to architectural salvaging at its heart. An incredible variety of old and new in 3 rooms, The Rough House, at the back, having just opened. John loves to salvage and scavenge, from old barns to churches and schools being torn down (All Saints, Parkside). Lorna is the paint expert, leading classes as well as painting for others who bring pieces into the store and she demonstrated chalk painting chairs for us in a matter of minutes. Their most recent project is increasing their social media presence. Look for on-line shopping in the spring!

Don thanked our hosts and we left to brave the elements!



Rotary visit to Graham & Brooks Janet Southall 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk from Derek Dix

On January 31, 2017 a small group of Rotarians had the pleasure of hearing from new member Derek Dix.
Derek told us about his adventures heading to New Zealand as a young man with nothing more than the pack on his back...and no place to stay. Everything worked out well for him though and he landed himself work at a security firm...while he spent the days working he spent every weekend skiing.
Derek also shared his experiences as a competitive curler where he would play 5 - 7 games a week. Derek met his wife Leah through curling and together they have 2 fantastic kids, Marjorie and Graham. These days Derek spends more time in the wood shop than on the ice. His current hobby is woodturning and he enjoys being a member of the Golden Horseshoe Woodturner's Guild.
As owner of Dundas Lock and Key Derek also shared with us some of the work being done in the locksmith industry to ensure all of our safety. Most interestingly there is work being done to "certify" locksmiths to ensure that the people you are trusting with your homes security are trustworthy. We all sat up and took notice when Derek mentioned that the number one college course in Ontario prisons is the locksmithing programme!!
Classification Talk from Derek Dix Nic Schulz 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

January 24: Dundas and the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park


On Tuesday, January 24th Dr Galbraith, Head of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens, spoke to us about the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park project. Dr Galbraith described the rare and wonderful asset that we have right here in Dundas.

The Dundas Valley is a glacial re-entrant valley; in places over 600 feet of sediment is present. 

  • Uniquely, the Niagara Escarpment faces south in this area, creating a special ecosystem 
  • It is the only remaining Great Lakes coastal wetland connected to the escarpment 
  • It is biologically rich area of 10 square kilometres with over 1600 of all species 
  • Though rich diversity several of the species are “at risk” because of human activity. 
  • It has a rich history too; stone points of 8-1000 years ago and Woodland people’s pottery of 3000 years ago gives evidence of the long presence of humans in this area. 

The area was celebrated for its natural beauty by early settlers but it was the actions of community leaders in the 1920’s (Thomas McQuestern, McMaster University, Hamilton Naturalists) that paved the way for its preservation from airports, roads and other development. More recently, the idea of the Eco Park came from collaboration of many agencies in Hamilton and Burlington, eventually resulting in a 2009 Strategic Plan proposal to create the Eco Park. You can learn more about the project at their website

10 organizational partners continue to work together to develop 4,700 acres, acquire more land and protect the natural spaces in the Eco Park. The arrival of bald eagles in the park 3 years ago celebrates the areas ecology and proves that recovery of a damaged environment can be done.

January 24: Dundas and the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Jan 17: Club Assembly

The program on January 17th, 2017 was a club assembly addressing both Local and International service projects.  The discussion included: 
  • A project being planned by the Dundas Museum to install a historic Bertram Steam Hammer at the Museum. A Club project is proposed to prepare the concrete foundation with an application for a $2,000 matching District Grant made to assist with the cost. The Hamilton Spectator had a great article in 2013 that shows the steam hammer
  • Bill Armstrong, Director of International Services, gave an overview of his committee's budget and listed a number of projects already funded this year. Three new projects were voted on including support for:
  • The International Services Committee will be providing $500 to the Welland Rotary Club to support their major project in Candelaria, Philippines.
  • The committee will also give $500 for medical supplies for Kurdistan. The supplies will go to Mosul, Iraq to support programs similar to this work by Doctors Without Borders as well as work by UNPO.
  • Jessica Brennan talked about her upcoming year as President and the team that will be joining her. She is still looking for volunteers if anyone is interested.
Incoming President Jessica Brennan
Jan 17: Club Assembly Phil Wood 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Jan 10: Innovating for Social Good

On Tuesday, Jan 10 Art Sampson introduced the speaker Randy Hendriks (but not before he apologized for being late). 

Randy has had an interesting career. He is presently Executive Director, Social Impact Enterprises at Innovation Factory where he provides “oversight and guidance to Social Impact Enterprises ongoing projects, organization team members,, non-profits and social enterprise consulting clients, and grass-roots community groups seeking mentoring and guidance.” 

Randy's path to this position has been interesting. He did Civil Engineering at Mohawk College before getting a Bachelor of Theology degree at the University of Ottawa and then a Doctorate in Theology at Acadia University. Along the way he was a campus chaplain and a pastor before working with Wells of Hope in Niagara. At Wells of Hope he often dealt with the Rotary Club of Niagara on the Lake. 

Randy spoke to us about business models for Social Innovation where common good is a key component of a company's operations . Examples include the Gameen bank which makes micro loans to women and the local 541 Eatery & Exchange which uses a button system to allow customers to pay meals forward.

He spoke about new funding options for social enterprises including crowd funding and the SVX stock exchange. In the new models for successful innovation, enterprises need to be sustainable, have measureable goals, have partners and be fiscally prudent.


Jan 10: Innovating for Social Good 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

The 2016 Dundas Valley Sunrise Auction

Bright and early Tuesday morning the club gathered at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club for our annual holiday auction. With the incomparable auctioneering skills of Bruce Eccles and the Price is Right Display skills of Roger Stewart a very fun time was had by all.
The highlight of the day was the heated bidding war between Carl Fraser and Jessica Brennan over a beautiful picture of two girls playing piano. In the end Carl won the prize...but turned right around to make it a gift for Jessica. 
The auction (which is composed of donations made by club members) collected nearly $4,000 with an additional $565 donated by members to St. Matthews House. Between the auction and personal donations our club is able to contribute $2,547.50 to St. Matthews House this year.
Another $1,982.50 will be donated to The Rotary Foundation of Canada for Polio Plus. These funds will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…making our total contribution $5,947.50!
The 2016 Dundas Valley Sunrise Auction Nic Schulz 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Visit from Dan Miller, Salvation Army

On Tuesday, November 29th Dan Millar, Area Director of Public Relations joined us for breakfast.
Dan provided an interesting talk and presentation about the very very very many good things that the Salvation Army does locally and across Canada. Dan shared a video called "One Day of Hope" that showed just a few of the things that happen each and every day thanks to the Salvation Army. The video is very inspiring and can be found here ( Through this day by day commitment the Salvation Army helps 1.5Million people every year!
Just a few of the things that the Salvation Army undertake locally are:
  • Booth centre downtown Hamilton
  • Community and Family Services
  • Mountsberg and Meadowlands Adult Day Services
  • Emergency Disaster Services
  • Men's emergency shelter
  • Case management
  • Computer lab
  • Transitional housing
  • HOST Program
  • Financial management
  • Chaplaincy
  • Health clinic
  • Food bank
  • Day programs
  • Baby song
  • Adult day program
Visit from Dan Miller, Salvation Army Nic Schulz 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0

Tour of Harry Howell Arena

After a presentation from Shirley Molloy on fundraising for the Rotary Foundation the club had the opportunity of touring the Harry Howell Arena, which due to construction at Grightmire Arena, will be the venue for our Lobster & Ribfest in 2017. 
The tour highlighted a much bigger space and a great setting for a very fun evening. Following this tour the club left excited for this change!
Tour of Harry Howell Arena Nic Schulz 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Dave Carson
Our Club had the honour of a visit and presentation from Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert (Bob) Thirsk on November 15th.
A record turnout of Rotary members and guests at Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club was accompanied with 24 students with their teachers from eight local schools.
Dr Thirsk was introduced by Club member Bob Morrow, who had met Dr Thirsk though  work on the Tomatosphere project.
Dr Thirsk is a much honoured Canadian Space Agency Astronaut. He was selected in 1983 for the Canadian Astronaut program and trained for, and participated in, many parts of the Shuttle and International Space Station programs over the next 26 years. He retired from the Agency in 2012 and is currently the Chancellor of the University of Calgary.
In 1996 Bob flew as a payload specialist aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-78 and during the 17 day mission he and his six crewmates performed 43 international experiments devoted to life and materials sciences.
We heard about experiments that could only be performed due to zero gravity – making pure semi-conductor crystals – and others that had important impacts on long term space travel. Bones can “demineralize” during space travel, essentially causing osteoporosis, and the astronauts took part in experiments to minimize this. In part, they had to exercise two hours a day to avoid potential bone loss which had potential to cause bone fractures during the rough ride of re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
That was just a short trip.
In 2009 Bob flew a long duration mission in the International Space station. For 3000 Orbits, over six months, Bob and his five crewmates ate freeze dried food, drank recycled water and slept in a sleeping bag in order to perform an unprecedented amount of multi-disciplinary research and complex robotic operations.
We were all impressed with the fantastic amount of continuous learning that Dr Thirsk undertook through this intense period. He must have inspired the students who were present. They were given the opportunity to question him on his education, his ambition, his emotions, and his appreciation of Star Trek.
Dr Thirsk was thanked by our own Dr Phil Wood (not an astronaut) and presented  with a gear wheel from the Canadarm as a memory of his visit to our Club.
A SPACEMAN VISITS SUNRISE ROTARY Dave Carson 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

October 25: Neighbour 2 Neighbour Hamilton Mountain

On October 25, 2016 Rachel O’Reilly, who is responsible for communications and development, joined us to share her perspective on Neighbour 2 Neighbour. N2N started as a food bank but has become more of a multi service social agency. For a statement from N2N’s Executive Director, Denise Arkell, click on this link:
There is much more information about N2N on their website: The 3 main pillars of N2N are Food Access (including a food bank, community garden, community kitchen, Christmas program and home delivery), Family Services (including settlement, for women, health services, financial advice and community counselling) and Education Services (which includes a parent tutoring program and math success program). So far this year the education program has helped 228 kids. 
October 25: Neighbour 2 Neighbour Hamilton Mountain Phil Wood 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 18: Guest Speaker Dr. Malcolm Sears

Our October 18th guest speaker was Dr. Malcolm Sears who spoke on “Allergy and Asthma Research”. Dr. Sears is the Director of the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health. He is a native of New Zealand and has been a professor at McMaster since 1990. His bio and research interests can be viewed here: 

He is director of the CIHR/AllerGen funded Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study following over 3000 infants from pregnancy to age 5 years. He spoke to us about the CHILD program. A brief description of the CHILD program can be found here.

Oct 18: Guest Speaker Dr. Malcolm Sears Phil Wood 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 11: Dave Carson speaks about his (small) roll in the evolution of telecommunications


President Ross Bannatyne started the Tuesday, October 11 meeting reminding the club of the “Object of Rotary” (in particular #2): 

Object of Rotary 

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; 
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. 

Vocational Services Presentation: Dave Carson

Director of Vocational Services, Derek Price, talked about the role of his portfolio. This includes off-site visits (like our most recent visit to the SHED brewery) and speakers on ethics (such as former Dean of Business at McMaster Paul Bates who spoke a couple of years ago). Derek’s idea is to use the “Reclassification” talks to inform new members about the career arcs of older members. These presentations will be in the range of 7-10 minutes and will typically arise during scheduled times for classification talks or spontaneously if a scheduled speaker is unable attend. 

The speaker this morning was Dave Carson. Dave titled his talk: “My Information/Telecommunications journey – a tooth on the smallest cog of technology change”. He graduated in 1969 and started his first job at the British Motor Company the same year. That is also where he began working with computer systems. 

From 1969-1976 he worked with three different companies developing and implementing computer systems. He came to Canada in 1976 (along with more than 20 other Brits) to work with Bell Canada and Northern Telecom. His project was the first all-digital telephone switch. 

He left for Saudi Arabia in November of 1980 and spent three and a half years there building a new telephone system with Bell Canada International. He was back in Saudi in 1987-88 working for Saudi Telecom. Bell spun off their computer systems department to form a separate company. 

In 1996 Bell sold the company to CGI. At CGI outsourcing consulting became his business. Setting up help desks for companies became a core business. He travelled overseas again in 2000-2001 to spend 15 months working in Portugal – again setting up help desks. 

He continued working with CGI working on outsourcing and setting up help desks until his retirement in 2010.

Oct 11: Dave Carson speaks about his (small) roll in the evolution of telecommunications Phil Wood 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 4: 7090 District Conference

Due to a death in her family, our speaker, Melissa Schrock, was unable to attend the October 4 rotary meeting. Bob Morrow introduced our own Ralph Montesanto to talk about Rotary and the upcoming conference in Batavia, NY. Ralph was the Charter President of our club in 2000 and is presently the Vice Governor in District 7090.
Ralph had just attended the Zone Institute in Winnipeg where the topic was human rights. He had the opportunity to hear Desmond tutu’s daughter speak on the topic of girl’s education in Africa. It’s typical for boys to go to school but not girls. There is a girls’ high school in Malawi that is supported by Rotary.
Ralph spoke about the District Conference in Batavia New York which takes place from October 21-23. More information is available here: There are 69 clubs in District 7090. We are in Area 3 where Allyson Wenzowski (from the noon club) is the Area Governor for the four local clubs. Both Bob Morrow and Ralph talked about how enjoyable they have found previous conferences. Bob will be doing a wine tasting seminar on the Friday evening. There are various sessions on the Saturday and on Sunday there will be a memorial service for Rotarians who have passed away in the last year.
Oct 4: 7090 District Conference Phil Wood 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Morning at the Shawn & Ed Brewery

Posted by Mieke Ewen
On Tuesday, September 13th the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club had the pleasure of visiting the Shawn and Ed Brewery on Hatt St. Ed Madronich was kind enough to give us a history lesson on the brewery...which has had previous lives as a foundry, bus depot and curling rink. Ed spoke lovingly of the restoration of the building, making efforts wherever possible to keep the original structure or to recreate in a way more consistent with what would be historically accurate. 
It was a great morning and fun field-trip. Thanks to Shirley Molley and Bob Morrow for arranging the early morning breakfast!
Rotary Morning at the Shawn & Ed Brewery Mieke Ewen 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Shredding Day October 15

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 10, 2016
Start putting all your old files and documents together for the fall Shredding Day. Watch them be safely destroyed! Eccles Auto 200 King St. W. Dundas on October 15 from 9 AM to 1 PM. $7 for a small bank box. Funds raised go to support the many local and international Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club causes including the world wide eradication of polio.​​​​​​​
Shredding Day October 15 Ralph Montesanto 2016-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

Visit from Marlee Diehl, District Governor

On Tuesday, Sept 6 we were visited by District Governor Marlee Diehl. Marlee asked us to look at ourselves, ask who are we and what are our goals as Rotarians. As Rotarians we have the ability to change destiny! She asked us to think outside the box when it comes to new members and suggested starting a spark by trying a Satellite Club evening.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Rotary and Marlee encouraged us to come up with a Centennial fund raiser. She also stated that Rotary is ranked #5 in the top 10 foundations.   
Marlee spoke about our battle against Polio. Noting that we are almost there! Last year there were just 3 cases in Afghanistan, 16 in Pakistan and 2 cases in Nigeria. With a final push we can see polio a thing of the past!
Lastly Marlee spoke about the International Conference in Batavia. Details include a Friday night Tailgate Party, Haunted tour and Wine tasting. Saturday is all about Rotary with seminars, and a  bike-a-thon. We will also be assembling 50,000 dry meal packages to donate to the community and local food banks.
At the end of Marlee's presentation Club President Ross Banatyne and Past President Shirley Molley presented he with a check to the Rotary Foundation for $5000.00.
Visit from Marlee Diehl, District Governor Scott Vance 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Ed Madronich: Introduction to Micro-Brewing in Dundas

Posted by Don Davidson on Aug 29, 2016
Ed Madronich, Hamilton native and owner of Flatrock Cellars winery in Jordan shared the pains and pleasures of opening the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. on Hatt street in the heart of Dundas. 
Ed has a background as a manager at Inniskillin vinyards in Niagara on the Lake and the experience gained there led him to open Flatrock Cellars which has had a successful history since opening in 1999. Ed loves what he does at Flatrock however this didn’t stop him from pursuing another passion to open a micro-brewery with his friend Shawn. The two came up with the idea 5 years ago. After a plan was in place, the next step was to find a location for the brewery. This came to light when Ed and his wife drove by the Crockford building on Hat Street and thought “what a great place for a brewery.” All Ed had to do was sell his idea to Bob Crockford which he did and the building of Shawn & Ed Brewing Company had begun. Rob Creighton was hired as the brewmaster and the best equipment was purchased to begin the brewing of some of the areas best beer.
The Shawn & Ed focus is within the Dundas community and Ed says the community support has been tremendous…not to mention a hottest summer on record that has created a great thirst! One of the greatest challenges to the opening of Shaun & Ed Brewing Co. was the city of Hamilton, which likes to make most things difficult. J
If you are a wine drinker, don’t expect to find Flatrock Cellars wines being served at the Shawn & Ed location. The LCBO has a monopoly on alcohol sales and unfortunately controls all aspects of wine sales.  Therefore, wine cannot be served without a special events license. 
Ed Madronich: Introduction to Micro-Brewing in Dundas Don Davidson 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Filomena Tassi: The Life of a New MP

Posted by Derek Price
One August 23, 2016 Filomena gave the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club a presentation offering insight into who she is, what motivates her, how she got into Politics and a little of what it is like to be a new Member of Parliament. It was an interesting and captivating presentation that involved telling us many stories of events in her life from five year’s old up to the present.  If you were absent today go Listen to Filomena when you get the opportunity. 
 Filomena is a proud Hamiltonian, the daughter of a Steelworker raised in a family that knew the meaning of hard work. She grew up in Hamilton and only left the City when she went to University. Filomena obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from The University of Waterloo and then studied at Western University where she obtained her Law Degree.
Filomena Tassi: The Life of a New MP Derek Price 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

Judy Rickey, Clutter Relief Services 

Posted by Phil Wood
Guest speaker Judy Rickey, owner of Clutter Relief Services offered the club tips and tricks for keeping the clutter at bay.
Judy, who identifies as a “professional organizer", pointed out that many people hang on to too many things for far too long. Often the items belong to their children (who have long ago moved away) and may hold sentimental value. They feel that items may be worth something someday but aren’t aware of modern ways if selling things online (e.g. Kijiji, Craigslist).
Unfortunately, excess clutter can become a fire or mould hazard. It’s attractive to rodents and insects. It can strain relationships within families and, in extreme cases, can become overwhelming and lead to anxiety and depression.
Judy gave several hints for reducing clutter: for example, one in one out; keep a donation box handy; ask yourself – do you love it, do you use it? Do you need it? If all else fails she offers her services at the website above. Her company provides free assessments.
Judy Rickey, Clutter Relief Services  Phil Wood 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly - Members

On August 9, 2016 the club held an assembly on membership.
Ralph Montesanto and Jan Southall shared the results of an informal club survey and new Rotary membership rules. It was noted that as a way of encouraging buys professionals to participate Rotary has become more relaxed on the traditional rules about attendance.
The club survey found that:
  • Rotarians find they get the greatest benefit from the club’s Community Service with the opportunity to build friendships and community relationships at a close second and third.
  • Almost all club members participate in the annual Lobsterfest and Fireworks events with the Shredding Day and Stars of Dundas also being major activities
  • Members enjoy the social activities and would like to see more BBQs and pub nights as opportunities to get to know one another
Ralph Montesanto and the Membership Committee (Steve Roblin, Marnee Maroes, Grant Armstrong and Jan Southall) then lead the club through a brainstorming of ways to engage new leaders to join Rotary. Through this the club identified a desire for more social activities that break the traditional meeting mold, the importance of having interesting speakers and inviting non-members to join, and the importance of not overwhelming members.
The Membership Committee will take this feedback and consider a plan forward.
Next week: Reclaim your space by clearing the clutter with Judy Rickey
Club Assembly - Members Nic Schulz 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0

Presentation from Russ King - President of AED4LIFE and BERRN Consulting

Posted by Shirley Molloy
On August 2, 2016 the Dundas Rotary Sunrise Club received a presentation from Russ King, President of AED4LIFE and BERRN Consulting. Russ was introduced by Rotarian, and Russ' Father-in-Law, Robert Morrow.

Russ’s business is Automated External Defibrillators.  Russ is also Deputy Chief of EMS for Brant County.
Presentation from Russ King - President of AED4LIFE and BERRN Consulting Shirley Molloy 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

July 26: Presentation from Brent Bentham

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Assistant Crown Attorney, Brent Bentham joined us as guest speaker. Brent prosecutes all manner of offenses, not just drug related ones. Most of his work is done outside of the courtroom. Later this morning he was off to Bail Court where the cases come fast and furious.

Brent spoke at length about the “plea bargaining” process. (In a plea bargain, the defendant pleads guilty hoping to achieve a reduced sentence). He works with defence counsel and witnesses to attempt to work out a resolution to a case to save court time and money. He noted that there are many fewer jury trials these days. He also spoke very highly of the Victim Assistance Program with is a fairly new but very valuable service.

Rotarian Phil Wood worked closely with Brent and his office after a deliberately set fire at McMaster's Brandon Hall Residence in October 2008.
July 26: Presentation from Brent Bentham Phil Wood 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

July 19: The One About Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Posted by Phil Wood
On Tuesday, July 19 Rebecca Hicks joined us to tell us about her experiences at the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program in Fredonia NY. Rebecca is a graduate of McMaster University in history and is presently piecing together a career that consists of working with Westfield Heritage Village, the City of Hamilton and the Dundas Museum. Her work is in historical interpretation.

Rebecca gave an invigorating presentation expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to attend RYLA and for the financial support of the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club. At RYLA there were several workshops in learning styles, trust building, public speaking, personal values and ethics and career development. Her main takeaway was a way to improve her adaptability during negotiations or interactions with other people or groups.
She shared a humorous story about the pitfalls of poor communication (check it out for yourself here). While at RYLA Rebecca made contact with several “inspiring individuals” that she will remain in contact with. We look forward to hearing more from Rebecca in the future!
July 19: The One About Rotary Youth Leadership Award Phil Wood 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Stewards of Cootes clean Up

Posted by Mieke Ewen on Jun 26, 2016
Mieke Ewen, director of service projects for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, presents a cheque to Alan Hansell, executive director of Stewards of Cootes Watershed, during its recent shoreline clean up. Here is Alan's reply: 
Hi Mieke,
Thanks so much for joining us on Sunday and mucking right in.  I have to say that you really seem to be one of us and you would be most welcome to join us anytime and yes please bring your boys.
I would particularly like to extend our thanks through you to the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club for its generous donation.  Please know that these funds will serve an important aid in allowing us to continue our work in cleaning the Cootes Watershed in Dundas.
With great thanks,
Stewards of Cootes clean Up Mieke Ewen 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of June 21, 2016

Posted by Phil Wood on Jun 22, 2016
Ross was on desk, Shirley the greeter, Phil the recorder and Ernie the sergeant-at-arms. Joe Morgan the club's youth exchange student was the guest speaker.
Happy Dollars: 
Ernie went to the closet for a sporty, purple sport coat. It drew comments from George (who claimed that his mother made him a jacket once that may have looked worse) and Carl.
Bill and Marilyn and Joe and Anne are both celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary today (June 21st). Grant also announced that it will be Marilyn’s birthday on Friday.
Mieke’s 16th anniversary is also this week (Friday).
Harold is heading out to Punta Cana for a destination wedding. Looking for even more heat.
Joe is just back from a three week tour around the Great Lakes.
Wayne got together with his three brothers over the weekend and caught an 8 pound pike.
Marie-Louise was very happy about her husband’s recovery from his cancer treatment as well as her own successful surgery.
Carlotta is happy to have her mother and sisters visiting from Mexico
Bob is finishing his 3 year term as assistant governor.
Steve announced the birth of his daughter Victoria – born on Victoria Day on Victoria Street
Shirley is happy to finishing her role as President of our club. Her husband is about to assume the Presidency of his Rotary club.

Bob Morrow put forth a motion for the club to spend up to $1500 for a monitoring system to accompany tomato seeds to the International Space Station. The apparatus will have the Rotary logo on it. If all goes according to plan this will be a far out international service experience!
The noon club has invited us to a social that they are hosting at the SHED Brewery Thursday, June 23.
Next Tuesday, June 28th will be our annual BBQ. It will be at Joe Guedes’s house – 15 Fleming Ave, Dundas, beginning at 6:00 p.m. If you were absent from today's meeting please email Jessica and tell her if you will be attending and if steak or salmon is your dinner choice. There is no cost to attend as your weekly happy dollars are covering any expenses.
Bob Morrow took us through a brief history of the Rotary Foundation – started by Arch Klumpf in 1917 – and Paul Harris as a prelude to presenting two Paul Harris awards to former history teachers, Ernie Romain and Art Sampson
Steve introduced Joe Morgan our youth exchange student who is going to Japan. Following his presentation Shirley thanked Joe and presented him with a club banner.
Meeting of June 21, 2016 Phil Wood 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Joe Morgan Rotary Youth Exchange Student

Posted by Phil Wood on Jun 22, 2016
Joe Morgan, a 16 year old student at St. Mary’s high school is our club’s outgoing Youth Exchange student. He will be heading to Japan in August and is busily learning some Japanese as everything he does in Japan will be in Japanese. Joe first heard about about RYE when a club representative made a presentation at his grade school graduation. He is from a large Dundas family (7th of 9 kids) and his family has had some exposure to Japan through the Kids For Kaga Program. (Kaga is a Japanese city that has been twinned with Dundas and is a short distance from his exchange city of Kanazawa).
Joe took us through some of his training experiences. The first was in Algonquin Park in the middle of winter. Approximately 20 students slept in a one room cabin on a single long bed. Their outdoor training involved them developing their leadership and communication skills as well as several trust building activities – all at -20 degrees. The second training was a day long event at Niagara College and the third was in Jamestown New York. The last training involved both outbound students like Joe as well as exchange students presently here. He said that it was his first taste of what “exchange” would be like.
Joe Morgan Rotary Youth Exchange Student Phil Wood 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Eco Park Benches Installed

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 15, 2016
From workshop construction to installation at the Eco Park, Ken Beel, Derek Price and Bill Stewart have been driving forces behind the work. Ken and Derek build the forms for the new benches.
Ken, Bill, Ralph Montesanto and Ross Bannatyne pour concrete into the forms.
The Eco Park work is a joint project by the two Dundas Rotary clubs.
Eco Park Benches Installed Ralph Montesanto 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

McMaster Engineering Honours Phil Wood

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 15, 2016
Check this out for full details.
McMaster Engineering Honours Phil Wood Ralph Montesanto 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of June 14, 2016

Posted by Phil Wood on Jun 15, 2016
Ernie went to his granddaughter’s track and field meet where she was quite successful. He advised all of the kids to become “Highland Hawks”.
Dave Carson has a new dog, and Irish Red/White Setter that he has named Bristol.
Grant’s son and Bill’s grandson (often our mascot Robear) won the junior football championship representing the Dundas Valley Secondary School Gryphons (aka the Highland Hawks). Jessica was quick to correct Ernie (and other former “Highlanders” of the new name).
Ralph talked about the $250 donation that we made to the sea cadets (also $250 from the noon club) for their help at the Lobsterfest. Wayne just bought a new car and apparently walked all the way to Kensington market in spite of that purchase.
Alycia (visiting for the meeting) has her baby due at the end of August. Her husband Matt is about to step down as president of his Rotary Club.
Shirley is also happy to be stepping down as our President as her husband will become the President of the Waterdown club.
Phil has just returned from a two week trip to England where he attended his niece’s wedding in Wiltshire. He was also honoured by the McMaster Engineering Department.
Mieke and her family visited Able Sail on the weekend and made a presentation on the club's behalf.
Our own Bill Armstrong was then introduced to give his classification talk once again. Scott Vance, who was sponsored by Bill, thanked him for a most interesting review of his life and career.
Meeting of June 14, 2016 Phil Wood 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Bill Armstrong Reminisces

Posted by Phil Wood on Jun 15, 2016
Bill talked about his rewarding career with the RCMP. He was born in Saskatchewan in 1944. His father was in the Air Force and his mother’s family were farmers. Bill grew up on bases all over the country and joined the RCMP in 1964. He joined Rotary in 2001 courtesy of sponsor Ralph Montesanto. He first met his wife Marilyn as child. They won first prize as a bride and groom in a Halloween costume contest when they were about 5 years old. Their families moved apart soon after though.
His family moved to Camp Borden and as a teenager he met Bobby Curtola. Bill was active in Cubs and youth groups and then trained in Ottawa for the Mounties in 1964 and had a 32 year career with the RCMP. He was initially stationed on Vancouver Island and very soon after his arrival played an instrumental role in solving a murder. It was on vacation in Belleville that he re-met Marilyn and they were soon married. At the time he was stationed in Prince Rupert. Their first child, Theresa, was born in BC and was followed by Grant and Lynne.
During his time with the RCMP he spent some time in England working on a large car theft case. In the early 80s he was working in Windsor and collaborated with the FBI on a case that was related to the Air India case. As a reward for the work that they did on another case with international implications he and his family were given a trip to the White House. After retiring from the RCMP Bill worked in Security Services at McMaster.
Bill Armstrong Reminisces Phil Wood 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Able Sail

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 15, 2016
Mieke Ewen, community services director for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club connected with Able Sail, and asked if she could come to see their program and present a cheque.....they said sure! They invited Mieke and her family to their open house – which turned out to be a large Hamilton Yacht Club event, including the mayor of Hamilton and Burlington racing. Mike was then asked to speak about why Able Sail fits with the Rotary a short speech, cheque presentation and a couple hours later.....
Able Sail Ralph Montesanto 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

Dundas SeaHawks Special Olympics Swim Team

Posted by Miele Ewen on Jun 09, 2016
Sharing a 'big thank you' from the Dundas Seahawks Special Olympics swim team. Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, Community Service, recently supported 4 local swimmers for their Provincial Spring Games. The 4 competitors were awarded 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and one a personal best time.
Dundas SeaHawks Special Olympics Swim Team Miele Ewen 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Jan South Classification Talk

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Jun 09, 2016
Almost exactly 14 years ago (June 4, 2002), Jan became a Rotarian. Since then, she has taken on many leadership position in our club, including President. Jan began by illustrating her family’s very deep roots in Dundas and their strong commitment its community life. Jan grew up downtown Dundas, one of five children (1 boy and 4 girls). Both parents were involved in town politics and community life and encouraged Jan and her siblings to do the same. Jan’s father held many elected positions, including Regional Councillor. After he retired, her mother became Councillor for Dundas. The family was always involved in election campaigns and canvassed probably every single house in town many times. Jan’s brother became a member of Flamborough Council. 
Although Jan herself has not (yet?) gone into politics, her political background has served Jan well with all her work in School Board Administration and in volunteer organizations.
Despite becoming a well-respected educator and Administrator, Jan by her own account was not a good student and did not become so until she got to university. But first she got her “basic” training and started teaching at Dundas Central when she was 19 years old. After a number of years there, she resigned to attend university. 
With degree in hand, Jan started a long successful career, first as a guidance counsellor at Ancaster Senior, then teaching at Ancaster High and eventually working for the Board in curriculum development, interacting with Ministry staff.
Somewhere along the way, Jan had a lovely daughter, got a Master’s Degree and was a Principal for 16 years. After retirement, she’s been mentoring and coaching new Principals and involved in teacher education. 
Jan outlined some of the challenges she faced, often being the first female in a position. She frequently received feedback that it was too soon or she was too young to take on the new responsibility. Jan said that they may have been right but she did it anyway and learned along the way. Jan described the circumstance of being part of Wentworth County which surrounded the Hamilton Board. And how very different the two Boards were. Things got really interesting when the two school boards amalgamated. Jan felt that staff from both Boards worked diligently in blending the two organizations together. 
Jan passed along four lessons: (1) listen (2) empathize and understand (3) know that everyone has at least a few second chances and (4) keep on learning. 
In the question and answer period, Jan was asked if she prefers the way Dundas is now to the way it was when she was growing up. Jan said that she doesn’t think that way. Each period has its own energy and character. She does notice that when she grew up there were over 50 kids living in her neighbourhood. There is nowhere near that many now.  
Ralph thanked Jan for her presentation, recognizing her accomplishments and appreciating her leadership. Her talk reminded him that he was the one who had filled in for Jan when she was on leave with her daughter Jenn. 
Jan South Classification Talk Jessica Brennan 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of June 7, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Jun 09, 2016
Derek Dix joined 23 of our members for our breakfast meeting. Shirley Molloy was the Greeter and Wayne Massey took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. Happy Dollars: Ernie regaled us with colourful stories of his recent trip up north. Scott proudly reported how well his daughters did at a recent dance recital. And how thankful he was that his bike was found after falling off the roof of his car. 
Art enjoyed his recent trip to eastern Canada but found the maps inadequate. He appealed to New Brunswick-born Carl for an explanation. Carl simply replied that he himself didn’t need a map because he knew where he was going.
Mieke’s daughter was also in the dance recital. Her family enjoyed the recent Buskerfest especially as one of her sons busked by hip-hop dancing and doing “the worm”. 
Wayne reported that at the annual Massey Family Golf Tournament held in memory of Wayne’s father went well. Wayne and his son won. 

Dave had a Big Thank You for all those who gave a hand, time, tools and machinery over three days last week to dig the posts and put up the fence around the community garden.  After the meeting Ralph drove past the garden and the children from the day care where planting their garden.
Bruce was pleased that the Stag and Doe for his daughter was fun and successful. Shirley was simply happy to be sitting at the Happy Table.
Meeting of June 7, 2016 Jessica Brennan 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 31, 2016

Posted by Barbara Busing on Jun 01, 2016
Mary Lou Emmet was greeter, Grant Armstrong was on desk and Barb Busing was recorder.
Today 21 Rotarians and 3 guests were present. We welcomed Josh Campbell from Scotia Bank,
Derek Dix from Dundas Lock and Key, and our guest speaker Gillian Chan.
There were many Happy Dollars today as we celebrated another successful Lobsterfest: in summary thanks to all who sold tickets, got and/or were sponsors, brought items in for the Silent Auction, bought raffle tickets, sat on the committee or volunteered time at the event. It was a well organized and well attended happening! Other Happy Dollars were in celebration of Glen's 78th Birthday!
Welcome back to Mary Lou, and  congratulations to Jessica's husband who retired from McMaster and was celebrated last Friday after a distinguished career in Economics. Ralph also thanked Josh Campbell from Scotia Bank a Platinum sponsors for the Lobsterfest, Wayne for installing a new Rotary sign on Governors Road, and reminded us of a memorial golf Tournament on June 15th for which he has more information. Grant was thankful that his son is learning the value of community service,
with a shout out to Grandpa Bill's role modelling too. Dave Carson thanked Roger for the use of his post digger later this morning, to dig 44 holes to fence in the Community Garden.
Shirley thanked Ralph and Glen in particular for their efforts to make the Lobsterfest so successful. Wayne was happy his brother also had a birthday yesterday and that he is closing today on the sale of his former mother-in-law's house.
Derek enjoyed the sound of "Ernest" versus "Ernie" which he considered worthy of a Happy Dollar. 
Mieke asked us to vote to support sending a donation of $1000.00 to the Bob Kemp Hospice. All were in favour. 
Jessica then introduced our guest speaker, Gillian Chan.
After an interesting discussion on what a writer of novels does, Bob Morrow thanked Gillian.
Meeting of May 31, 2016 Barbara Busing 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

Gillian Chan Dundas Author of Young Adult Novels

Posted by Barbara Busing on Jun 01, 2016
Gillian Chan is a Dundas resident and author of many short stories and books for young adults. Gillian was an engaging speaker who clearly loves words and can both write and speak with eloquence. She gave us insight into how she became a writer. Her experience was that first she loved reading (no TV)  and made use of the local libraries. She loved making up stories from a young age and listening to those of her father with his WW2 experiences, as well as her mother's South African/Irish life events. Like an athlete she noted that writing takes discipline and practice. Mornings are spent asking questions, and writing, while afternoons are for research on the questions, and many times, tearing up previous work and starting over.  Gillian noted that stories are an innate part of being human and that we all create stories in our conversations. Stories help us make sense of the world as we may see the world in different time frames or settings, but always from the shared human perspective. Gillian's works include books set in historical contexts as varied as France,  Cootes Paradise, L'anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland, and Vancouver - each with a different focus of time, place and history but always with a focus on the story of the lives of her characters. Check out her website
Gillian Chan Dundas Author of Young Adult Novels Barbara Busing 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

Victoria Day Fireworks

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 28, 2016
The biggest crowd ever (The Hamilton Spectator estimated close to 19 000) enjoyed a beautiful evening of explosive delight as the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and The City of Hamilton put on a spectacular 25 minute fireworks display at the Dundas Driving Park.
Bands, food trucks, mascots and a stilt walker gave visitors plenty of diversion until the fireworks went off at 9:35 p.m.
Thank you to all those visitors who made contributions to the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club as they entered the park. The funds will help support the many local and international service projects the club plans each year.
Victoria Day Fireworks Ralph Montesanto 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 24, 2016

Posted by David Carson on May 24, 2016
Greeter: Marie-Louise Kelday; Desk: Derek Price; Sergeant-At-Arms; Ernie Romain.There were 26 members in attendance.
Ernie celebrated 2 wins by the Raptors and the fact that it was 41 years to the day he was hired to work at Highland School. On the subject of basketball, Jessica noted she was on the high school basket ball team and Bob Morrow reminisced he had once coached a Kenyan team to great defensive game, giving up only 10 points…unfortunately loosing 10-8. Phil and Barb Wood are off to a wedding in the UK. 
Several members celebrated the successful fireworks event; Bill Armstrong had no security issues;
George thanked all for the work done to close off by midnight and then clean up the park in one hour on Monday morning. Mieke had a weekend fishing (or threading worms for the kids) and arrived back to join the gate collection crew; Ralph showed her boys how to be a great salesman.
Ralph has a new Rotary sign to put up on the Service Club Board on Governors Road (Wayne and he put it up after the meeting).
Bob Morrow showed a picture the club is presenting to Kevin Crouse on Tuesday during the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club meeting in thanks for his contribution to the Club as he heads off to a new home in Nova Scotia.
Lobsterfest Saturday night! Everyone reminded to check their work assignments. Next Tuesday morning a few helpers are needed to install fence posts at the Community Garden. Roger Stewart will be using his machinery to drill the post holes. The Year End BBQ is June 28th at the Guedes.

PROGRAM - Guest Speaker: Bob Morrow
Topic: Times they are a changing’. Bob gave an amusing slide show of pictures and cartoons to show what life was like in 60’s 70’s 80’s and how life is changing today.
You had to be there. No other commentary would do it justice.
Meeting of May 24, 2016 David Carson 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 17, 2016

Posted by Marnee Maroes on May 17, 2016
This morning Vlad was the greeter and Harold collected at the desk.  Dr. Shankardass from the noon club was a visiting Rotarian.
Sergeant-At-Arms Ernie continued to challenge the members with weekly sports and music trivia; he continued to be impressed with how much we know, especially Art and Bob.
Couldn’t tell if Ernie was happy; he had a pipe burst at his cottage, which sounds not great; but he is getting a new kitchen, which does sound great!
Joe was looking forward to a trip with Anne to Indiana in their RV. He also has an upcoming 70th birthday, and made a Rotary International donation to commemorate this. He also encouraged us all to donate to this worthwhile charity.
Bruce was advertising this morning: he has Stag and Doe tickets for his daughter and her fiancé. He also was selling his dad's minivan, which he says his dad is annoyed about!
Jessica and Shirley are Raptors fans who are looking forward to the game in Cleveland tonight. Go Raptors!
Jessica has done Club Admin for 3 years and has 6 more weeks left. She feels the post is in good hands with the like of Harold, who kept track of her this morning so that all fees were paid.
Incoming president Ross announced that help is needed this weekend in the Rotary garden; there is weeding and clean up to do. He also announced an event Thursday June 23 for both Dundas Rotary clubs at SHED Brewing.
Phil was celebrating several things: his 44th anniversary is on Friday, he is getting a teaching award in engineering tomorrow, and he has a press conference today to introduce the new/old Marauders football coach.
George reminded us all that volunteers are needed for this weekend’s fireworks as well as Lobsterfest on May 28.
Ralph had taken planters on behalf of the club to members who have experienced losses this year, and read their thank you messages to us.
The remainder of the meeting was a club assembly. President Shirley thanked us all for a smooth year. She reminded that our membership goal is off by one as we have gained 3 but lost 1 member; we are encouraged to think of potential members we might invite. Treasurer Ken reported on our finances and our budget; we are in good shape.
A motion was made and carried for the club to contribute $2500 to Fort McMurray disaster relief through the Canadian Red Cross. We all were encouraged to donate individually as well, as donations are matched by the Red Cross.
Mieke reported for Steve (who is at home awaiting an overdue family arrival) about youth services: We are sponsoring a 17 year old male exchange student from France. He is arriving in August, and we are looking for host families.
Mieke reported regarding community service: all donations either completed or underway. She presented a cheque for Ellen Osler Home this morning, which Shirley accepted on their behalf.
Bob reported on international service: An example of one of our projects this year was shipping containers of children's books to Antigua. We also continue to accrue funds for a bigger, furture project.
Ralph reported regarding membership: He encouraged us to look for new members using classifications as a cue. He also reported on PR: He has appreciated the meeting recorder's efforts for First Light, and he sends releases to the Dundas Star.
Jessica deferred a club admin report related to concerns about time.
Shirley reported regarding vocational services: We are continuing vocational meetings quarterly, a recent example being our meeting at St. Joe’s Villa.
Fireworks this weekend: Jan is looking for collections volunteers; please be in touch if you can come out or if you have any leads on volunteers. Please sign in with Derek or in the Zamboni room on the day of; there will be specialty coffee for volunteers at the end of the evening. Bill is overseeing security. There will be food vendors and 25 min of fireworks.
There is a board meeting tonight at Bob's.
Meeting of May 17, 2016 Marnee Maroes 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 10, 2016

Posted by Bob Morrow on May 09, 2016
It was a wonderful morning …. VERY spring-like and welcoming. We greeted the “family” of Mieke Ewen – her father and her uncle, Thijmen, who was our guest speaker.  It was just a lovely morning to celebrate life.
Happy Dollars included:
Bruce- who shot an 81 at Copetown Woods, a score never to be repeated….well done, Bruce.
Mary Lou is back! Looking good, feeling healthy, and welcomed joyously.  Derek Price is just back from Europe, visiting his sister.  Ken Beel is back from a car ride across much of the US southwest with a focus on Baton Rouge (architecture), San Antonio (engineering) and New Mexico (horseback riding).
Steve Roblin injured his back playing golf on Mothers' Day. His wife says that's why!
It was nice to see five club members attending the Club Leadership Training (aka District Assembly) on the week-end….from all reports it was a huge success.

Kevin Davis from the Brantford AM club brought happiness in that he felt our potatoes were better than those at the Brantford Golf and Country Club.  Kevin noted that his namesake – Kevin Crouse – will be moving to Nova Scotia at the end of the month.  He also wanted to share with us their new fundraiser and encouraged us to visit the website for their mud run … which they hope to market across Canada [mud run in a box – you had to be there!] 
Glen and Bill and Shirley - still looking for volunteers in the kitchen for Lobster Dinner and for serving at the buffet table.

Harold hobbled back after visiting five baseball stadiums in five days
Scott Vance is happy that the skating season is over
Jessica - thanked people for filling in for people this morning on various duties – Bill Armstrong, George Gould, and others
Ken Beel - needs a leader to take over the gate to collect money
Waterdown Rotary Club is sponsoring a golf tournament on June 1 – Carlisle Golf Course – so, all you golf aficionados….please consider joining them for this event.  Further details from the lovely Wendy Hickey at 905 – 689 – 3739 or
Next week will be a club assembly to focus on the administrivia associated with the Fireworks and the Lobster Dinner.
Next week, on Tuesday evening, is a board meeting at 100 Pleasant Avenue, Dundas, beginning at 6.30 p.m.
Meeting of May 10, 2016 Bob Morrow 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project Motherwell Township South Africa

Posted by Bob Morrow on May 09, 2016
Our speaker today was Thijmen Van Loenen who chatted about the Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project in Motherwell Township near Port Elizabeth South Africa.  The project has two areas of focus – safe guest houses for about 50 children who have been left orphaned and a new school which at the moment has about 50 students.
Thijmen and other friends have been working since 2009 on this “NGO” in the area with the assistance of Tia Wessels, a retired educator; there are many volunteers, both from the Netherlands and in the local area, but funds are needed for the project to continue to grow.  The organization also has a Rotary connection in that one of the directors is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth West. For more information check out this website: 
Thansanqa Tinker Tots Project Motherwell Township South Africa Bob Morrow 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Thank You

Posted by Jessica Brennan on May 07, 2016
Art McCabe from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum thanked our club for the contribution we made to their recent project that allowed students to visit the Museum. The project raised $48,000 with nearly half of that coming from 18 service clubs; ours being one of them. In all, 1300 students from 30 schools were able to participate. Art brought some thank you cards from the students for us to see. 
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Thank You Jessica Brennan 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 2, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on May 07, 2016
Along with 24 of our members, we had two visitors: Art McCabe, from The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum; and Bob Knuckle, our Guest Speaker, from the Dundas Little Theatre.
Shirley Molloy was the Greeter and Don Davidson took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms.

Tracking our snow birds: Bruce is back and Barb is heading out. Happy Dollars: As usual Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, this time giving us grim details of a recent root canal. He was however pleased to see our Guest Speaker Bob Knuckle and recounted a story of four errant students who were pleased to be at Ernie’s school after having been disciplined by Bob. 

Bob M. reminded us of the opportunity of donating at least $30 to the Foundation to choose one of his prints.
Art wondered why Ernie hadn’t started his Happy Dollars as he usually does with a story about the Maple Leafs, especially given that for the first time in decades the team was granted the number one pick in the hockey lottery. Dave pointed out that for those who have lost hope in their team to look to the incredible journey of Leicester City to the Premier League title. 

Carl is happy to be alive. He lost two friends who were good clients last week and was reflecting on the sadness of that. As a special presentation assistant governor Bob Morrow honoured Carl with his next level of Rotary Foundation support, presenting him with a ruby Paul Harris pin. 
After several months in Florida, Bruce was pleased to be home and given the political tone in the United States wanted very much to declare God Bless Canada. Wayne was whining about wine…reminding us to bring in our bottle donations for the Lobsterfest. Barb was pleased that Bruce was back from Florida as she is heading there for three weeks.
Ralph reported on a fox barking in his street early in the morning, perhaps announcing Ralph’s birthday this Thursday. Ralph was also happy about the recent Shredding Project which collected 8000 lbs in paper and raised $3000. Jessica was happy that the Raptors had made it to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs even though they seem to give us heartaches in 4th quarters. 
Art McCabe from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum thanked our club for the contribution we made to their recent project that allowed students to visit the Museum.
Announcements: We were reminded to sign up for volunteer duty at Lobsterfest and Fireworks.
Meeting of May 2, 2016 Jessica Brennan 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Dundas Little Theatre

Posted by Jessica Brennan on May 07, 2016
Bill Armstrong introduced our Guest Speaker, Bob Knuckle. In addition to being the current Chair of the Dundas Little Theatre, Bob has authored 11 books of true crime stories. It was in this capacity that Bill as an RCMP officer and Bob had met. Bob has also written and produced 15 plays. For today’s talk Bob gave us an outline of the history of the Dundas Little Theatre and described an upcoming special event. Dundas Little Theatre first began showing its productions at a local high school in 1960. Eventually an opportunity presented itself in using the old swimming pool site for a theatre. Along with raising over $350,000 in 1978 and having the architect Trevor Garwood-Jones volunteer design, Dundas Little Theatre opened in its new setting in 1980 with a play from Somerset Maugham. 

The upcoming special event will be on Saturday June 11th. Called Scenes and Songs there will be snippets of great plays and showtunes. Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator’s theatre critic will be the emceeing the show, taking everyone through the history of theatre. In the question and answer period following Bob’s presentation, Bruce essentially gave a testimonial to Bob’s crime writing, saying that he had read one of his books and simply could not put it down. Bob revealed that he loved the research and interviewing for the books, finding the actual writing a bit lonely. 

Bill thanked Bob for his presentation. Bill noted that although the Scenes and Songs  show is almost completely sold out, if anyone wants a ticket please contact Bill and he will try to make it happen.
Dundas Little Theatre Jessica Brennan 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Shredding Day Success

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 30, 2016
Over 8000 lbs of documents were shredded and diverted from landfill to recycling. $2967.55 was collected at $7 per box or $6 per box if 5 boxes or more. Many community members gave well in excess of the allotted amount as a donation to Rotary for the work the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club does in the local and international communities. When the $565 rental for the truck is paid, the club will net $2402.55. Community members are already planning for the fall shredding day that will take place in late October or early November.
Thank you to Scott Eccles of Eccles Uptown for the use of his lot and the promotion of the event through his sign. Also thank you to Bruce Eccles for the use of his sign at Eccles Auto Service.
Notice the photos of all the child labour!
Thank you to all the club members who volunteered – Jan, Marie-Louise, Art, Shirley, Bob Neibert, Mieke, Bill, and Ross. Thank you to Bob Morrow and Joe for their efforts and trips to the recycling centre for the many empty boxes that were not shredded. Special thank you to Liam and Elysia, Bill’s grandchildren; to Tim, Ross’ grandson; and to Ethan, Ralph’s grandson.
Shredding Day Success Ralph Montesanto 2016-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Shredding Day

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 29, 2016
Club president Shirley Molloy and Marie-Louise Kelday ran the desk and collected the fee as community members brought their documents to be safely destroyed.
Mieke Ewen and Liam Armstrong unload vehicles and prepare to transport to the shredding truck.
Ethan Stoltz and Joe Guedes prepare boxes to take to the waste transfer station recycling bin.
Dundas resident Carol looks with interest at the live camera of her documents going through the shredder.
Integra Document Destruction operator Shawn shows young Tim how the system works. Over 8000 pounds of documents were safely destroyed and diverted from landfill to recycling. It was amazing how many residents did not ask for change from the shredding cost of $7 per small bank box. They said, "It's the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and it does good service work in the community. Please keep the change."
The club will hold its second shredding day of the year in late October or early November. A special thank you to Scott Eccles and Bruce Eccles for the use of their property and advertising signs at Eccles Uptown and Eccles Auto Service in Dundas.
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Shredding Day April 30 Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 26, 2016

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 25, 2016
Greeter Jessica and desk manager Ross helped welcome 22 members and guests Dorothy Gaffney and Coralee Hecker. Sergeant-at-Arms Ernie started happy dollars with his first Blue Jay game in two years and his $36 for two beer and two hotdogs.  David thanked all the volunteers from the club who helped replace the wooden sides on the community garden with concrete blocks - a big job made easier by the over 24 volunteers from the club, the church and the community ( from the club I saw George, Ross, Nic, Phil, David, Wayne, Scott, Grant and his son Liam when I stopped by to take some photos. Might have been others at a different time).
Art Waxed philosophically about Highland Secondary School's upcoming 50th anniversary that will not likely happen now that the school has been renamed. Barbara offered to be guest speaker at a future meeting to talk about and show the wonderful photos she took while visiting the Galapagos Islands. Joe finally completed the renovations to a house he purchased on the mountain. Steve was glad to see the books for Antigua picked up - 4 barrels full which the club paid to ship at a cost of around $600.  And Wayne was pleased his mother-in-law's house was sold in just 5 days with 5 offers.
Ralph read an email from Mary-Lou explaining her recent surgeries, her continued recovery and her desire to return to the club as soon as she was strong enough. Jessica told us Harold was on a five baseball stadium trip. Jessica was also looking for possible volunteers to be on the board of CHOICES, an organization that works with developmentally handicapped individuals. Glen was looking for volunteers for fireworks on May 22 and lobster rib fest on May 28. He also asked for ticket money to come in soon. George reinforced the request for volunteers for fireworks and asked us to approach our friends, neighbours and relatives to help out that evening. Wayne asked for donations of wine for the raffle at lobster rib fest.
Ralph reminded everyone of shredding day this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eccles Uptown. Please notify your email list of those in the area that this service is available. It is also a club fundraiser.
Another piece of news: Our condolences to the Neibert family over the passing of Sharon's father last week.
Meeting of April 26, 2016 Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic St. Joseph's Health Care

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 25, 2016
Dorothy Gaffney and Coralee Hecker from the Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare located on West 5th in Hamilton spoke of the 600 patients who use the service. They are referred by family physicians, correctional agencies and psychiatrists. Some are self referrals. One percent of the population experiences schizophrenic behaviour, anything from hallucinations to memory and judgment issues to low motivation. Schizophrenia usually presents itself in late adolescence and there are such things as first episode clinics. Causes are not well understood but range from genetic to environmental. For more information go to
Last Christmas the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club donated to the clinic to support a Christmas party for 100 patients. 
Schizophrenic Outpatient Clinic St. Joseph's Health Care Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sunrise Community Garden Face-Lift

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 23, 2016
On a sunny Saturday morning a work crew of over 25 descended on the Rotary Sunrise Community Garden at St. Mark's Church on Governor's Road in Dundas. After four years of use the wooden sides of each plot were beginning to rot. The Rotary club, along with a Rotary District 7090 grant is replacing the wood with cement blocks and installing a more permanent fence to keep the deer out. Scott Vance, Wayne Massey, Grant Armstrong Nic Schulz and Ross Bannatyne joined over 20 other volunteers from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, St. Mark's Church, Dundas in Transition, garden users and several Syrian refugees to tear out the wood and lay the block walls.
David Carson, club member and Dundas in Transition member is the driving force behind the garden.
Rotary Sunrise Community Garden Face-Lift Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 19, 2016

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 21, 2016
A happy crowd this morning as SAA Ernie took us through happy dollars and announcements.
Bill reminded all about the lobster rib fest and the need for auction items. Good idea to sell those tickets too!
Ralph announced that Shredding Day is Saturday April 30 from 9 to 1. Marie-Louise, Joe, Bob Morrow, Bo Neibert, Art, Bill, and Shirley have volunteered to help.
William was so proud of his son's accomplishments and his interest in flight mechanics and RCMP.
Steve Roblin introduced Andrea Buttars from Wesley Urban Ministries who was later thanked by Phil.
There were lots more happy dollars and announcements but no recorder for the day so this is just from memory two days later!
Meeting of April 19, 2016 Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Wesley Urban Ministries

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 21, 2016
Andrea Buttars from Wesley Urban Ministries brought a message of service. This organization based in Hamilton has multiple locations throughout the city providing services for child, youth and families, housing and homelessness, neighbourhood development and newcomers. As well, Wesley is the major city player regarding Syrian refugees. Andrea spoke with passion about the work of the ministry and welcomed support either as a volunteer or through financial donations. For more information go to
Wesley Urban Ministries Ralph Montesanto 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Dundas Community Services

Posted by Derek Price on Apr 12, 2016
Jane Allen, acting executive director, Dundas Community Services told us first of all that we would be seeing some changes as the organisation moves forward. The funding for all programs comes from the LHIN, the United Way, The City of Hamilton, Service Clubs, Individual Donors and through a Theatre Program. The organisation has twelve Board Members and a staff of four. They have recently been going through Strategic Planning sessions to review all of their programs.

Jane outlined many of their current programs Food Donation/Food Box/Legal Aid/Snow Shovelling/Caregiver Support/Friendly Calling/Senior Visiting. Jane went into more detail on some programs like Meals on wheels. This program runs Monday to Friday and delivers meals made at Wentworth Lodge to seniors using volunteer drivers. A similar program takes people shopping to Metro for groceries,while another takes people to their appointments. Another is to help seniors that are confined to their home by having volunteers visit once a week. And still another is the Friendly Calling program which involves calling seniors once a week. There are currently fifty two people using this service.

The Office is also a centre where people go for advice on almost any topic. Many things we do in our daily lives can be a challenge and very stressful for many members in our community and often this is their first stop when looking for help.

This office also has a Tourism Outlet and carries information on all kinds of activities for all of Ontario.

Whether you are looking for information on Trips, Health Care, Long Term Care, Group Homes, it seems that you can find it here. As if this were not enough Jane outlined further needs for expansion of existing programs and the demands for additional programs for youth and other counselling services.

There were many questions at the end of the presentation relating to the programs and the organisation.

One of our members remembered when this initiative first started at St James Church and congratulated all concerned that the acorn was now a strong tree.

Dundas Community Services Derek Price 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 12, 2016

Posted by Derek Price on Apr 12, 2016

There were 21 members and 1 guest in attendance. Joe Guedes was greeter, Harold Grunenberg on desk and Ernie Romain as Sergeant-At-Arms.

Happy Dollars: Ernie was happy to be back and well after being sick last week. He must have spent all of his time last week reading up on sports trivia. We were challenged with many different trivia questions between the happy dollars and I think it surprised Ernie that between the twenty or so members present we were able to answer all of his challenges.

Art’s dollar was to remind us all of the Routes Scrap and Electronics Collection is this Saturday16th. Bring your Scrap to the Ice Rink on Olympic Drive or if you have a large amount contact Art and he will arrange for pick up. Art also drew our attention to the Jackie Robinson Story that was on T.V. last night with part two tonight. Watch it if you get chance it is an “eye opener.”

Scott was happy to be celebrating his one year anniversary as a Rotarian today. Meike was happy that Hockey Season was over if only for a few months. Everybody with children or grandchildren can relate to that. To Meike and all others involved in kid’s activities enjoy the few weeks of rest before you get right back to it again.

Wayne was happy now that his Mother in Law was finally settled in her new home. He also reminded us to bring in bottles of wine for the Lobsterfest. He will have boxes ready all Tuesday Meetings.

Steve announced that at last week’s fundraiser that he held for St Josephs raised over $3000. Well done Steve. Steve had a really happy second dollar as he was fortunate enough to have been at the Masters Golf Tournament last week. Course more beautiful than it shows on T.V. and he witnessed some fantastic golf including a hole in one and one of the most dramatic finishes to the tournament.

Glen reminded us that the sign-up sheets for both the Fireworks and the Lobsterfest were on the tables. Please sign up if you are available we still have lots of spots to be filled.

Carl gave us a story of how Lobster is prepared on the East Coast. Expecting a typical Carl story I listened intently waiting for the punch line. Unfortunately I did not write at the same time so I forgot how it is prepared. We are continuing at Lobsterfest with our traditional method.

Bill asked us to start thinking about silent auction items for the Lobsterfest. He is collecting now and has lots of space so bring in your items so that Bill can get everything organised.

Bob Morrow following Ernie on the sport scene finished the happy dollars with a little bit of fun trivia about Joe Garagiola Joe DiMaggio.

Bob also reminded all members about the Club Leadership Seminar on May 7th. He also noted that everyone had received a wooden nickel at their table today. This is part of a promotion for the Rotary District Conference on October 22/23rd in Batavia New York.

Bob then introduced our speaker today, Jane Allen who has been with Dundas Community Services since 2007 most recently as the Coordinator Senior Services and is currently the Acting Executive Director.

After hearing Jane's talk I look at everything going on at Dundas Community Services I can see the need for a strategic review and hope that the end result will be positive for all concerned.

Meeting of April 12, 2016 Derek Price 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Donations Salvation Army

Posted by Derek Price on Apr 06, 2016
Mieke Ewen, chair of community services brought us up to date with Community Services donations. We have reviewed 12 donation requests. To date 6 have been approved and 6 are pending. Mieke presented a cheque for $2000.00 to Shirley Molloy for the Salvation Army. We received thank you letters from Routes for our $1500.00 donation and also from St. Joseph’s Schizophrenia Group for our donation
Donations Salvation Army Derek Price 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 5, 2016

Posted by Derek Price on Apr 05, 2016

 Attendance 22, Greeter - Grant Armstrong, Desk - Art Sampson, Sergeant-At-Arms - George Gould

Happy Dollars. Marie- Louise had an “Interesting and Different” evening last Friday at the Steve Roblin Fundraiser for St Joseph’s held at the Air Force Club. She managed to win the draw for a $100.00 Lottery ticket and also won one of the raffle prizes. Carl reported that Mary -Lou is recovering well from her recent surgery, this good news being met with a big round of applause. Glen reminded us that the Lobsterfest signup sheets were at each table and there are still some spots to be filled. 

Scott’s sixteen year old daughter now has her G1 licence.  Scott could become super fit walking to Rotary every Tuesday.

Glen reported that Geoff Taylor who works at Eccles Garage and is Glen’s son in law is a grandfather again. This of course makes Glen’s wife Irene really happy as they now have five great grandchildren. Glen just feels he is getting old. (And happy) Shirley’s happy dollar was for her daughter whose baby is due next week.

Mieke  enjoyed the drive here with the bright sunshine and seeing the deer along road to the golf course.

Jessica was happy that she went to the Exhibition of Photographic Art by our own Bob Morrow at St James Church where she selected a perfect piece of Bob’s art for her home.

Bill Armstrong’s dollar was in recognition of the artistic trio of Randy Abel, George Gould and Fred Amalfi who are appearing in a Theatre production in Rockton. Bill saw the play and says they should get an A.C.T.R.A. award. (You can decide yourself what the acronym stands for.)

Announcements: Ken Beel back from Florida for a week had three announcements: 1. Ken outlined a project that we have been asked to look at by the noon club .The project involves obtaining a machine made by The Bertram Co, Blasting, cleaning, painting and preserving the machine then installing the machine on a concrete pad as a centre piece at the Rotary Park on Hatt Street. Ken will report back to the Club for a decision on this once all the information is available.

2. Ecopark. This was our last major project and it is now nearing completion. Ken reported that the words and pictures for the descriptive panels have been completed by the Dundas Museum and will be mounted on pedestals ready for installation in the next few weeks. Once that is done and the benches are installed that will complete the Project. Ken asked that we consider a donation of $750.00 to the Museum for the work they did. 3. Fireworks. Meeting Wednesday 6th April at the Driving Park Office at 9.00am. with City Officials. All welcome to attend.

Dave Carson reported on the changes at the Rotary Community Garden at St Marks Church. Plan to refurbish the garden is almost complete. It will involve removing the wooden bed framing and replacing it with concrete blocks. Dave will be looking for help in the next few weeks once the date is confirmed. The concrete blocks are being donated. 

Mieke  brought us up to date with Community Services. We have reviewed 12 donation requests to date 6 have been approved and 6 are pending. Mieke presented a cheque for $2000.00 to Shirley for the Salvation Army. We received thank you letters from Routes for our $1500.00 donation and also from St Joseph’s Schizophrenia Group for our donation.

Shredding Day is April 30th. Please inform all of your contacts. Ralph texted George from Florida looking for volunteers to work a shift between 9 AM and 1 PM. Email him with you availability Routes Group Scrap and Electronics Collection is 16th April. Drop off items behind the arena on Olympic Drive. See Art if you need further details.

Today was scheduled to be a Club Assembly but time was short so President Shirley gave us something new to think about with one simple question. "Of all the people in the World past or present who would you invite to your table” Discuss it among yourselves and come up with one person and why. Being D.V.S.R. Club this was our reply in no particular order. Einstein/ Desmond Tutu/Marilyn Monroe/Justin and Sophie Trudeau/John Candy/ Malala Yousafzai/John Lennon/Winston Churchill/Warren Buffet/J.F.Keneddy/Joni Mitchell/Tom Thompson/President Obama/Jesse Owens/Jimmy Page/Mother Theresa/Peter Ustinov/Mrs. Donald Trump/Bill Gates/Alexander MacDougal/Pamela Anderson/Pope Francis/Jackie Robinson/Jimmy Buffet/Peter Drucker/Maureen Forrester/Roy Welensky/Nelson Mandela/Steve Jobs/Mick Jagger.

You can interpret this selection any way you wish though it might be better to leave it to  Marnee who is a psychologist

Here is my take. We had 22 members present on 7 tables so we should have had 7 guests but we had over 30.mGuests come from every section of society and represented a very diverse group.

Typical D.V.S.R. we break minor bureaucratic rules, we start from very different positions but as with all projects we take on or all issues we face we end up with the best possible solution.

Have a good week, see you next Tuesday

Meeting of April 5, 2016 Derek Price 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

St. Joseph's Villa

Posted by Marnee Maroes on Mar 29, 2016
Maureen Ellis CEO of the St. Joseph's Villa Foundation and our own Don Davidson from the Villa Foundation hosted the club at the morning meeting in St. Joseph's Villa. Maureen let us know that Rotary has always been a huge part of the foundation. For example, she said that the Dundas Rotary club was the pioneer and engineer of the Respite program. St. Joseph’s relies on the foundation and donations for all capital expenses. Examples include rebuilding, the 2 new wings, and any renovations. Most recently, Rotary has been involved in the building of Orchid Garden, the new wing that we toured. They are now looking for partners for possible new projects related to available space. There will be retired priests living on one floor in new residences. Always, future programs must be balanced with care of residents.

Don talked about the foundation’s Enhancing Care Program. This is related to other kinds of capital costs, such as new beds, bathtubs, furnishings, tvs, etc. These are all capital needs that the government doesn't fund. The focus of this program is on the quality of life of residents. When an individual or a group wants to make a donation, they can specify what they are going to fund (e.g., a bed) or they can donate generally into this ongoing program. 

Mieke Ewen director of nursing at the Villa and also a member of the club took us on a tour of Orchid Garden. This is a new and smaller unit, with 12 beds. They have modern equipment; Mieke demonstrated one of the lifts that are installed in each room. Our club is one of the major donors to the renovations that made this unit possible.

St. Joseph's Villa Marnee Maroes 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 29, 2016

Posted by Marnee Maroes on Mar 29, 2016
Twenty members met at St. Joseph's Villa for this morning's vocational services meeting. Bill was greeter, Scott worked the desk and Ernie was  sergeant at arms.
Scott and Ernie " MacGyered" a basket for Happy Dollars and collected $31. Ernie: happy for a nice weekend, though bad weather followed him to Collingwood where there was flooding. Bob: There is club leadership training May 7 in Niagara that he recommends. There is a carpool for this event. He also promoted his photography show, which is opening April 3 at St. James. Jessica: enjoyed playing music on the weekend with her family band which does not have a name yet; the group liked “brennanunplugged” as a suggestion. Grant: was happy about Easter dinner - his wife's great cooking, having his family together, and most of all, the leftovers. Harold: was skiing last week in Whistler, and explained all is well with his foot (it didn’t get in the way of his skiing!). Dave: due to lost power in the storm, and him turning off his generator, his basement flooded; he was happy that his wife helped him clean up the mess. Shirley: happy for a beautiful morning and that she is visiting St. Joseph’s instead of residing there; Carl: updated us all that Mary-Lou is having surgery today. Don: turned 50 in Paris, France this past week and enjoyed all of the things to see, eat, and drink there. Phil: 38 years ago today, gave his first ever lecture at Michigan State.  
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Living Wage: The Hamilton Experience

Posted by Barbara Busing on Mar 23, 2016
Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction and coordinator of the Ontario Living Wage Network shared the history of the Living  Wage (LW) concept and its beginnings in Baltimore in the 1990's. Here in Hamilton there are 30,000 families experiencing poverty despite working. 1 out of 2 children in poverty today in Hamilton have a parent who is working, but yet remain in poverty. The concept is that by raising the wages to a "living" wage individuals can more easily pay for housing, food, child care, transportation etc. It is a win/win situation as individuals win by earning a higher wage, they spend the money in the local economy so it grows, and the company retains its employees longer, as evidenced by research done on Costco (a LW employer) versus Walmart (not a LW employer) in the States. Here in Hamilton the LW is $14.95 and ranges across the Province due to housing costs, from $14.10 in Windsor to $18.52 in Toronto. The concept of paying a living wage is spreading and Tom noted that the HWDSB, under Jessica's leadership , was the first LW employer in Hamilton! There are now 30 others in Hamilton (e.g. Diocese of Niagara and St Matthew's House, Mustard Seed Company) and about 100 across the province.  For more information you can visit the website at . And remember a phrase Tom shared with us that he had heard. "If I couldn't live on minimum wage, why do I think my employees could?"
Living Wage: The Hamilton Experience Barbara Busing 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 22, 2016

Posted by Barbara Busing on Mar 23, 2016
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. 
Meeting of March 22, 2016 Barbara Busing 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Family Day, Space, Bring the Kids

Posted by Jan Southall on Mar 18, 2016

Our speaker this morning was Bob Morrow, back from his extended holiday and eager to share his knowledge of space, NASA, astronauts, tomato seeds from space and his outstanding power point presentation with truly amazing pictures and views of space.  Bob talked about the deceiving distances – between planets and earth, depending on the position of the sun – we are talking about thousands of kms and hundreds of thousands.  We were able to view the International Space Station and astronauts at work, eating, playing and sleeping.  We saw the Canadarms 1 and 2 functioning and the robot “Dexter” for “fine work”.

Bob talked about the projected Mars trip (7 months there and 7 months back) and the need to solve problems which include food, water and space debris before we can take next steps in order to be able to bring people back from Mars.

Most exciting is the continuation of the Tomatosphere project with greater involvement in the US (it has been primarily Canadian classrooms) and the intent to grow seeds in space as well as have young people grow seeds that have been to space and brought back for distribution. 

Thank you, Bob, for enlightening and exciting the young and old kids in your audience this am!

Dylan Ewen asked for any further announcements and closed the meeting.

Family Day, Space, Bring the Kids Jan Southall 2016-03-19 00:00:00Z 0

Family Day Meeting March 15, 2016

Posted by Jan Southall on Mar 15, 2016

NOTE:   Last week, friend and past District Governor, Bob Bruce, joined us for breakfast and to present to our President, the matching grant from the Rotary Foundation.  Club money and the matching grant were used to support the orphanage in Manzilla, Mexico.    Thanks, Bob!


It was a lively, energetic group that gathered this am to share breakfast and learn more about space.   Dylan Ewen proved to be a great assistant to George Gould and rang the bell and asked for Happy Dollars.   Dave Carson introduced our guests:  Lynne Morrow, Helen Massey, Tracey, Alison and Julia Vance, Marilynn, Julie, Shaun, Elyssa, Liam (Robear made an appearance too!)Armstrong and Kaden Leysk (Armstrong grandson), Barb Wood, Dave Kelday, Dylan, Daniel and Audrey Ewen and Jenn Evans.

Happy Dollars:   Daniel is looking forward to going to camp this weekend while brother Dylan will be playing in his hockey team finals, Elyssa is sooooo excited she is going with her family to the TO Zoo to meet the baby pandas, Lynne is thankful to live in Canada and not be part of the political scene south of us, Shirleyenjoyed her Caribbean Cruise, Jessica celebrated the great turnout this morning and Derek clarified that tall buildings are intended to sway slightly!

Dave Carson put out a call for assistance with our local group who are supporting the Syrian refugees (government sponsored).    Lamps, pictures, kitchen pots and pans, glasses, plate sets, baking supplies are all needed.   These items need to be clean and in good condition.  We are also in need of a storage space for furniture held until the families move from local hotels to an apartment.  Wayne offered the Montesanto garage (!) but we are still in need of real space.

Our speaker this morning was Bob Morrow, back from his extended holiday and eager to share his knowledge of space, NASA, astronauts, tomato seeds from space and his outstanding power point presentation with truly amazing pictures and views of space.  Bob talked about the deceiving distances – between planets and earth, depending on the position of the sun – we are talking about thousands of kms and hundreds of thousands.  We were able to view the International Space Station and astronauts at work, eating, playing and sleeping.  We saw the Canadarms 1 and 2 functioning and the robot “Dexter” for “fine work”.

Bob talked about the projected Mars trip (7 months there and 7 months back) and the need to solve problems which include food, water and space debris before we can take next steps in order to be able to bring people back from Mars.

Most exciting is the continuation of the Tomatosphere project with greater involvement in the US (it has been primarily Canadian classrooms) and the intent to grow seeds in space as well as have young people grow seeds that have been to space and brought back for distribution. 

Thank you, Bob, for enlightening and exciting the young and old kids in your audience this am!

Dylan Ewen asked for any further announcements and closed the meeting.


Family Day Meeting March 15, 2016 Jan Southall 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 8, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Mar 11, 2016

Along with 22 of our members, we had two visitors: Lynn Gates from Little Hats and Paul Bruce, a visiting Rotarian,from the Waterdown club.

Ross Bannatyne was the Greeter and Steve Roblin took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms.

We had a bit of a scramble since the breakfast wasn’t ready as usual at 7:30. The Golf and Country Club had had a problem unlocking the refrigerator, so that breakfast making was delayed.

So…in true Rotary fashion we improvised and re-arranged the meeting order: did the Grace before we had food in front of us; sang the anthem; did Happy Dollars; and then, we were served our Breakfast.  While still eating we completed our program. 

Happy Dollars: As usual Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, letting us know that he soon would be heading off to Hawaii. A good time to warn anyone you know to expect that hurricanes, tornadoes and locust swarms are heading that way. It seems weather follows Ernie on each of his trips.

Grant was proud that his Staples store was acknowledged as one of the top 10 Staples stores in Canada.

Derek was happy to have been in Australia and New Zealand and reported that he had met up with fellow Rotarian, Fergus Cumming and his wife, Barbara. 

Jan was delighted to announce that Alycia, one of our former members who is also a Paul Harris award recipient, and her husband are expecting a baby in August. 

Barb was happy to be able to sing the Canadian anthem, something she very much missed while in Florida. 

Marie-Louise was pleased to demonstrate that several months after her wrist injuries she is now able to use a fork. Ernie thought though that he could still take Marie-Louise on in arm-wrestling.

Wayne on his recent trip to Florida had returned to Disney World for the first time in 38 years. Still, he received a first time ever attendee award. Although it was cold, Wayne still loved his visit there, especially Space Mountain.

Paul Bruce was happy to be at the “best Rotary Club”. He also wanted us to know about the future opening of Waterdown Rotary Club Skating Rink, noting that it would also be a rollerblade rink in the summer.

Announcements: Mieke Ewen, our Community Services Director, presented a cheque to Lynn Gates to support Little Hats, a group busy knitting up hats and items for those needing extra warmth through winter. 

Wayne thanked everyone who made February’s Rotary Stars possible, bringing in over $10,000. He also noted that within the next few weeks we’ll have a meeting to review Rotary Stars and discuss how to make it even better. 

Ross reported that he had recently attended a President-elect training session. Three districts were represented and approximately 190 President-elects were in attendance. It was a wonderful learning experience and a great opportunity to network with other clubs and find out what they’re doing.

Ross also announced the upcoming leadership training session, being held on May 7, 2016 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He encouraged the members of the incoming Board to attend but also welcomed those interested in expanding their knowledge about Rotary to sign up as well. 

Three announcements were made about the upcoming Saturday, May 28th Lobster Rib Fest (so we know we are getting close): Nic pointed out the opportunity for event sponsorships; Glen sent around sign-up sheets for volunteering; and, Bill reminded everyone about bringing in items for the silent auction.

Mieke Ewen  introduced and then thanked Don Davidson for his energized presentation and noted that as a colleague of Don’s at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas and his sponsor to our club, there were many wonderful new things that she learned about his life and career.


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Meeting of March 1, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Mar 03, 2016
We were 18 members strong. In attendance were Barb Busing who had been away in Florida for a few months and Bob Neibert who had been locked in his office at work for the same period of time. We were delighted to welcome them both back. Harold Gruneberg was the Greeter and Bob Neibert – the very same – took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan. Ernie Romain was at his post as Sergeant-at-Arms
Happy Dollars: Ernie started off the Happy Dollars, regaling us with how tornedoes had chased him across Florida during his recent vacation. Steve Roblin and his wife had a week in the Turks and Caicos before their third child is due. The week started off like a Gong show but somehow the beaches, the view, time together and the people turned the week into a glorious holiday. Bill Armstrong was back from holiday where he won nearly $300 at the casino. Everyone there urged him to bet again but he held steady and just took his winnings. Some of us suspected that money went towards the bar bill. Carl was happy that it was his wife’s birthday and that it would be his later this week. He donated $10 to Rotary for each year he has been alive. He started this tradition when he became a Rotarian years ago but joked that now it was getting rather costly. Dave had been on vacation and reported that he was going to be a grandfather again this year. Bob Neibert was happy to be at the meeting and described his recent promotion at Hillfield-Strathallan. Barb put in her happy dollars for a wonderful time in Florida. While there she had attended a Rotary meeting at Bob Morrow’s place (Wayne was also there) and wondered if that qualified as a make-up.
Program: Club President Shirley Molloy guided us through a review of the Club’s strategic goals for the years 2012 to 2017. The document she referred to “Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives” has a link (under Site Pages) on the home page of our website. She pointed out that this exercise would be the first step in designing the next strategic plan. The 2012-2017 Strategic Plan is divided into three Board categories: The Club; The Local Community; and, The Global Community. We had time to only to review the first three goals under The Club category. The meeting attendees offered comments about whether a goal had been achieved or whether it was still achievable. Goal One is about membership. While we are not yet at 60 members, we certainly have gone a long way to recruiting eight new members under 45. For Goal Two, we felt that with annual fundraising including Foundation that we were close to the $1200 per member for our operating budget. A scratch lottery has not been implemented and didn’t seem to be on the radar any more. One objective had been to turn the fireworks into an all-day event. This had not been realized and was probably no longer workable. Parking challenges and noise issues were noted. We are continuing to support the Rotary Stars and Lobsterfest. We do want to avoid having the Rotary Stars on the same day as the Winter Carnival. We felt that a discussion about Rotary Stars’ placement in the year’s event schedule was needed. We suggested that for Goal Three (membership engagement) we are a very active club. We are also doing well in some areas for succession planning. We noted that we haven’t yet prepared role descriptions for each committee and/or event. Having reviewed the first three goals, we would use an upcoming Club Assembly to continue the review of 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and to craft the next one.
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Hamilton Literacy Council

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Feb 25, 2016


Involved in the field of adult literacy for over 25 years, Helen McLeod was recognized in 2013 with the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution in this field.

Helen reviewed various kinds of skills or competencies that have been called: literacy. Financial literacy. Media literacy. But perhaps as some new things are being framed as literacy, such as physical literacy, perhaps the word itself is getting watered down. 

Literacy still is a gradation. It is not, as once thought, activated by an on/off switch. That is, one can read or one cannot. Instead there is a continuum of understanding. Also, with new evolving technologies even people who identify as educated may have low literacy in new devices and processes. 

Helen then presented a number of myths about literacy and dispelled them. Helen’s presentation was followed by a lively Question and Answer section, leaving a number of members arguing for and against cursive writing as a skill to be taught in school.

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Meeting of February 23, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Feb 25, 2016

We had 17 members attend and two guests: our Guest Speaker, Helen McLeod from the Hamilton Literacy Council and Agnes Samson, a volunteer tutor with the Council (or as George introduced her, Art Samson’s better half).

Marie-Louise Kelday greeted everyone while Glen Mumberson took  attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.

George Gould stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Ernie Romain as Sergeant-at-Arms. George also filled in as tech guru helping Helen to set up her presentation. Quite the utility player (enough baseball references?), George is.

Happy Dollars: Jessica was happy that Marie-Louise had volunteered to be Greeter for the second week in a row. Jessica was doubly pleased that she was able to tag (voluntold) Harold as Greeter for next week.

Art was happy about the upcoming Routes Gala on Friday, February 26. Indeed, he was delirious: the event has been sold-out for a week and people are still eager to attend. Some of the organizers may have to use paper plates or not eat at all. 

Art was also delighted that 7 members from our Rotary Club would be attending the Routes Gala. Lovely support! 

Shirley was happy that her husband is back from his trip and can see to their grandchild getting off to school in the morning. 

Jessica Brennan introduced our Guest Speaker, Helen McLeod, whose topic was “Literacy”. After the presentation Jessica thanked Helen and wished her a “See you in September” when hopefully our Rotary Club will be volunteering once again at the Hamilton Literacy Council’s book swap for Telling Tales.

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Meeting of February 16, 2016

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Feb 18, 2016

We were a small (17 members) but courageous group, braving a bit of winter weather. We had one guest, our Guest Speaker, Bev Greenwood. 

Marie-Louise Kelday greeted everyone while Jan Southall took attendance. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.

Bruce Eccles filled in for George Gould who originally was going to fill in for Ernie Romain. What deep bench strength we have at the Sergeant-at-Arms position! 

Happy Dollars: Bruce was reminded by the recent weather of a time he raced motorcycles at Quebec City’s Winter Carnival where it was so cold (how cold was it? -40 below) that the spectators set the hay bales surrounding the track on fire. He gave $10 for Happy Dollars to thank everyone for a successful Rotary Stars and to mark his last Rotary meeting until he is back in May.

Grant was happy too about Rotary Stars. Not only did he get to hear his daughter, Elyssa, perform at Rotary Stars but he got a fabulous door prize he could give his wife for Valentine’s Day.

Jessica was happy that her voice student (Grant’s daughter) did so well at Rotary Stars and that her piano student got an extremely high mark on a music exam. 

Shirley was happy that she managed to get to the meeting without going in the ditch as others had on her way in from Burlington. And we were all happy that she made it. 

Mieke Ewen introduced our Guest Speaker, Bev Greenwood, whose topic was “Ethics”.

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Vocational Service: Ethics

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Feb 15, 2016

Bev Greenwood, a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Villa for over 20 years, and a lead staff on their Ethics Committee, started her presentation by suggesting a new verse in the Bible. Given that she had to now give her talk without her PowerPoint due to technical incompatibilities, she offered a new Beatitude: Blessed are the flexible because they do not get bent out of shape. And then she carried on with ease.

Outlining Ethics as a moral philosophy, a code of conduct and a standard of human behaviour, Bev pointed out that we are surrounded by ethical issues all the time. Each of us given our moral compass, cultural background and personal values may have a different approach to resolving an ethical dilemma. 

Bev presented several scenarios that various professionals might face and asked us rhetorically how we would handle them. Bev emphasized that each profession has guiding principles by which they might assess an ethical issue, underlining The Four-Way Test for our work in Rotary. 

Our President, Shirley Molloy, who has known Bev Greenwood for some time, thanked her for her work in the community and her insightful presentation here.

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Vocational Service: Nic Schulz Classification

Posted by Scott Vance on Feb 09, 2016
Nic Schulz was born in Brampton. He was born with heart issues and had surgery at the age of three. He grew up with his family Camping, hiking and canoeing. They moved to St Catharines and he went to University of Guelph for English and Political Science; then on to Seneca College for communications. He travelled too Australia, came back through Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo where he spent a week in Malaysia living with a local family .
On a  9 day hike  on the” Overland Track “ in  Tasmania he found his love for hiking.
Nic worked in Public Relations for various health care industries and Ontario craft breweries.
While working for the Toronto conservation authority he meet his wife Erin and lived in Caledon.
They met Steve Roblin and his wife and were introduced to Dundas and they fell in love with the town.
Presently Nic is working for Corner Stone bringing awareness about aggregate sites and the impact on the environment. His main focus is encouraging businesses and communities to strive for a higher bar through purchasing aggregates from approved sites.
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Meeting of February 9, 2016

Posted by Scott Vance on Feb 09, 2016
Recorder: Scott Vance, Greeter: Joe Geddes, Desk: Derek Price, Sergeant at Arms: Ernie Romain, Guests: Pam Millroy from District Gift of Life Board. noon club, Visiting Rotarian: Dr. Shankardass, noon club, Attendace: 28.
Ernie: leaving for Vacation in Florida hoping the weather is better than last vacation. Steve: Feeling well rested and Happy that all his children are finally sleeping through the night and heading off to Grand Turks to have a real rest! Vlad: Thankful for Carl Fraser giving him a ride to Rotary this morning, after surgery on his arm. Dr. Shankardass: Back front Kenya, excited about a potential Rotary project. Bill Armstrong: Happy to be going on another cruise. Paul Clifford: Happy that his grandson accepted at Sir Sanford Fleming for demolition training. Paul also Recalling Dr. Shankardass' first Rotary meeting in the basement of the Collins Hotel  many years ago.
Shirley Molloy: Pleased to see the deer outside on the golf course and generally  Happy !
Pam Millroy: Gift of life began in 1975 as a Rotary Project in Long Island, New York.
It Started when the Rotary Club brought a 5year old Ugandan girl to the U.S for open Heart Surgery. Since then have treated over 15,000 children from 64 countries. They are looking for support to continue this great project!
Phil Woods, Pancake breakfast @ St Mark.  Paul Clifford: Harrrp's 5th Annual Sunshine Gala  fund raiser February 26th, tickets $100.00. Meike: Rotary Stars reminder Saturday February 13th @ St.James at 6pm. Sell those tickets!
Carl Fraser: Rotary Family Skate and Winter Carnival February 13th in the Driving Park, 12-4pm
Jan Southall, St James holding a Pancake Supper for the local Syrian refugees. Jan also updating  us on the needs of new Syrian refugees. They still need dishes, clothing, proper shoes and basic household supplies.
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Antigua Book Collection

Posted by Scott Vance on Feb 02, 2016
Paul and Jennifer Powell-Fralick from Antigua Book Collection are both educators who live in Dundas. They first went to Antigua in the 1980's. Paul, an ECE Professor at Mohawk College was there conducting trainee support workshops in conjunction with The University of the West Indies.
They soon took an interest in a student-initiated project where they worked as volunteers in Island preschools.
In 2014  the Fralick  family  went back to Antigua and connected with two of their colleagues who work as educators at Sir Luther Wynter preschool and Vila  Primary School.
During their visits they discovered a lack of good quality literacy material. Many of the book were tattered and missing pages. They saw children who were keen to learn and interested in reading but realized there were few books in the classrooms. At that moment they realized the need for better literacy material, and the Antigua Book Collection was born.
Their goal, is to collect kindergarten to grade 8 books and send them to Villa Primary School and send books and educational play material to Sir Luther Wynter, in St. Johns Antigua.
With help from Steve Roblin from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary and other members of our  community they plan to send 4 barrels of books and school supplies to these schools.
Sir William Osler School in Dundas is also on board. Principal Tim Illman kicked of family literacy week by holding a book drive which will continue until Valentine day.
More info go to Paul Fralick:
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Meeting of February 2 , 2016

Posted by Scott Vance on Feb 02, 2016
Recorder: Scott Vance, Greeter: Mieke Ewan, Desk: Grant Armstrong, Sergeant-at-Arms: Ernie Romain, Guests: Paul Fralick and Jennifer Powell-Fralick
Attendance:24, Happy Dollars:$43.00
Happy Dollars:
Ernie - recalling  his cold Cuba Trip, and golfing in the rain; and, recalling this day in Maple Leaf history - Ian Turnbull scoring 5 goals against Detroit Redwings; also recalling falling on the ice at another Hockey game and being lifted over the boards by Turk, one of the players.
Phil Woods -happy that he was too young to remember that Hockey game! Lol
Bruce Eccles - Being romantic again and having a tear this weekend when his daughter came down wearing his wife's wedding dress and also reflecting on the highlights of the All Star Hockey  game.
Bill Armstrong - happy to take his grandson on a cub scout tour of the Hamilton Police Station 
Mary Louise - Happy for her two Daughters. Grant Armstrong - happy for his wife’s surgery; and, Shirley just because she's happy!
Art Samson - Routes Gala Feb 26th tickets $50.00. Dave Carson asking for more bottles of wine or the Stars of Dundas. Phil Woods - reminding us about Pancake Sunday at St Marks Church $6.00 per person. Mieke announced her permanent position at St Josephs Villa. Michael Neibert  named male athlete of the year at Hillfeild Strathallan. George reminding us about the Stars of Dundas event. Steve reported on a former Rotary exchange student from Hungary looking for position in Canada. Shirley presented Award to Grant Armstrong for bringing in a new member and helping our club to grow.
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Meeting of January 26, 2016

Posted by Don Davidson on Jan 25, 2016
Recorder: Don Davidson, Greeter: Ross Bannatyne, Desk: Bill Armstrong, Sergeant-At-Arms: George Gould
Happy Dollars: Bruce’s daughter is getting married September 9th. Bruce was happy to announce that his daughter bought a dress this past weekend and he says it was a bargain at $1500…Says Bruce, “what a deal!” Derek recently visited a local factory that manufactures dampers for high-rise buildings throughout the world. Derek was impressed to find this Canadian technology being built in Ontario.
Ralph is off to sunny Florida and this marked his last meeting for 10 weeks….he reminded Rotarians not to have too much fun without him! 
Just before Christmas Ralph got a call from a farmer he knew saying he had 3 tractor trailer loads of potatoes that he wanted to give to a good cause. Ralph contacted Shirley and in the end the Salvation Army ended up taking 10, 000 ten pound bags of potatoes with another 5, 000 bags going to Food Share Hamilton. All this happened because the farmer knew Ralph was a Rotarian.
Wayne celebrated his grandson’s 19th birthday at the Winchester Arms in Dundas. Turning the legal age of 19, Wayne sent him back to the U of Guelph campus with a 6-pack of beer! 
Also, Rotary Stars is fast approaching and more ticket sales are required...150-200 tickets need to be sold. So, please sell to your friends, relatives and neighbours. Sponsorship is also going well and there is room for one or two more ads in the program. Shirley enjoyed her drive into Dundas while it’s raining instead of snowing.
Jessica is very happy that Carlotta was in attendance to introduce Marie-Louise. Carlotta is Marie-Louise’s sponsor. Jessica says that Marie–Louise is first of several new Rotary members lined up to do classification talks. Also Jessica is sad that Ralph will be in Florida for 10 weeks as he is her go-to person to answer all of her Rotary questions…a Rotarian mentioned that she does have his email address!
Nice purse Carl! He reminded Rotarians that the Winter Carnival is taking place the afternoon of February 13th…same day as the Rotary Stars of Dundas. Most of it is organized however he can use some help with advertising in addition to helping out the day of the event for various tasks including handing out apple cider. Four to 5 Rotarians are required as volunteers. There will be music, skating demonstrations and horse drawn wagon rides. And best of all, no charge to the community. So, send an email to all your contacts in the area and invite them to attend. Remember, bring their skates!
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Marie-Louise Kelday Classification Talk

Posted by Don Davidson on Jan 25, 2016
Marie-Louise began her talk by welcoming Rotarians in 5 different languages! She is a true Canadian as her history goes back a few hundred years to 1660 when her ancestors first arrived in Canada. Mary-Louise’s French-Canadian personal history began when she was born in Blind River in 1950. Her father came from a family of 13 children and her mother a family of 10 which translates into her having over 100 first cousins. Growing up in a large family provided Marie-Louise with strong family bonds and this is why family is a very important part of her life.

Marie-Louise’s adult life began when she attended Laurentian University to major in languages which up until that point was a big part of her life having grown up in a town that was a blend of both English and French. It was at Laurentian where she met her husband David. Marie-Louise began teaching in Toronto which was really too big a city at that time for someone from Blind River. From this teaching position, an opportunity opened up in Ottawa where she enjoyed a slower pace than she experienced in Toronto. From there, her path finally found her building a life in Hamilton. For many years, Marie-Louise taught at Académie catholique Mère-Teresa (French language school). She was quite taken by the school. It was not a very affluent school but she loved it. The school served a refugee population that included those from Africa. Marie-Louise found this teaching position a very enriching experience. Upon retirement, she recalls being affectionately called “Mama Africa” by the African parents….this was very emotional for her and she describes it as the best part of her career.

Jumping forward to 2015, Marie-Louise was skeptical about joining Rotary but after several months of being part of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, she now feels privileged to be here. Says Marie-Louise, “My father in-law would be tickled to see me here today as he was also a Rotarian in Dundas!” Marie-Louise ended her presentation with a thank you in multiple languages. She was formally thanked by Jessica Brennan.
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Meeting of January 19, 2016

Posted by Don Davidson on Jan 19, 2016
Recorder: Don Davidson, Greeter: Grant Armstrong, Desk: Bill Armstrong, Sergeant-At-Arms: Ernie Romain
Guest of the club Mike Kehoe and guest speaker Alan Hansell. 

Happy Dollars:
1)    Ernie Romain is heading to Cuba for his first trip to that island nation.
2)    Art Sampson gave Ernie some advice while in Cuba…try to cash the “tourist currency” in for “local currency” as it has bigger purchasing power! Also advised Ernie to meet up with some locals. Art had a wonderful trip to Cuba via GAP. Art says he was able to experience the “real” Cuba instead of what most of us see as typical tourists.
3)    Art also reminded Rotarians of the Routes Annual Gala coming up on February 26th.
4)    Bill Armstrong gave his Happy Dollars…just because someone left $5 and didn’t want change.
5)    Wayne Massey was happy to have breakfast this past week with the Eccles Clan!
6)    Randy Abel advised Rotarians of the Rockton Dinner Theater being held on March 31st – April 2nd and April 7th, 8th and 9th. Show is called “That’s a Wrap…a murder mystery”with George in a starring role. Tickets are available.
7)    Shirley attended “Guess who’s coming to dinner” in Burlington and had a great time! Shirley also acknowledged the deaths of a few prominent artists this past week including David Bowie and Glen Frey…Shirley is happy to have grown up in an era that included these great performers.
8)    Dave Carson reflected on 25 years ago as the Allies bombed Baghdad. Dave was then on assignment in Saudi Arabia. Dave remembers the urgency of getting out of the Middle East and back to Canada during a time when that part of the world was very fragile and unpredictable. 
9)    Ralph went to Baci Restaurant with his children and grandchildren to celebrate Barb's birthday…they all had a wonderful evening. He also reminded us of Friday Night Wing Night at the Dundas Airforce Club! Tickets are available $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  And, he and Barb visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to see our club's donation to help the children of Queen Victoria School in Hamilton make a field trip there. Our club name and logo were clearly visible as the instructors worked through an aerodynamics lesson with the class.

Mieke announced that the Rotary Stars sponsorships are still available. Volunteers are required to approach local businesses for sponsorship.  Please contact Wayne to be assigned a list of businesses that still required approach. If you require tickets, please contact Glen. He can also be contacted for advertising opportunities. 

Guest Speaker Alan Hansell was introduced by Joe Guedes and thanked by David Carson.
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Stewards of Cootes Watershed

Posted by Don Davidson on Jan 19, 2016
Alan Hansell gave an eye opening presentation on the Cootes Watershed. What is it? Why is it important? Why should we all have an interested in ensuring its future?
Stewards of Cootes Watershed is a neighborhood-based team of stewards, each responsible for ensuring the health and biodiversity of a section of Cootes Paradise and the creeks that flow into it. The Stewards goal is to educate local residents about the Cootes Watershed and inspire them to take steps to improve our watershed’s health. It is also to bring the Cootes Marsh back to the condition that it once was. 
Cootes Marsh has been a nature sanctuary since 1927 and it is a bird migratory route. The marsh has garnered international recognition for its variety of amphibians and reptiles. In fact, the entire west end of Lake Ontario is dependent on Cootes Paradise.
Over 100 years of neglect to the Cootes Watershed are being reversed by the Stewards of Cootes Watershed. In the past 4 years, Project Paradise has resulted in over 4000 bags of garbage being collected. That’s not all…additionally 546 automobile tires, 37 000 lbs of metal, 50 shopping carts, and even a ladies makeup bag containing an old gun were recovered. This rubbish posed a significant health risk to all animals that depend on the Watershed for survival and unfortunately many creatures died over the years as a result.
Project Paradise has resulted in significant improvements to Cootes Paradise including the first nesting pair of Bald Eagles this end of Lake Ontario, Chinook salmon spawning in Spencer’s Creek has doubled in size, and 250,000 Spottail shiner minnows have also been found spawning.
Stewards of Cootes are always looking for volunteers from March to December. The organization plans 137 separate cleanup events. Alan says that they are close to being able to say that Spencer Creek is the cleanest it’s been in 150 years. 
Says Alan, “We will remove every piece of garbage no matter how large…how small…or how complicated!"
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Meeting of January 12, 2016

Posted by Nic Schulz on Jan 11, 2016
Our snowy Tuesday morning meeting saw a good turnout for Brainstorming – How to become Fearlessly Creative and have Better Ideas more Often with Dundas residents (and guests) Brandon Love and Joel Hilchey.
Jessica Brennan greeted all members with a smile and hello, Art Samson was at the door and Ernie Romain was our entertaining Sergeant-at-Arms.
Happy Dollars:
-       Grant Armstrong is happy he survived his oldest son’s 15th birthday party…the only casualty appears to be the pizza fund.
-       George Gould announced that he’s excited his son will be playing at the Winchester on Saturday, where George and his wife met. Members are invited to come out on Saturday for good music and some beers.
-       Jessica Brennan is happy her partner Lonnie Macgee will be retiring from McMaster University while her son will keep the tradition alive. He’s in first year at Mac and doing well.
-       Art Samson shared an image of the proposed condo across from the Dundas Town Hall and noted that today is the last day for an OMB appeal to the change in zoning.
-       Mieke Ewen made no bones about her love of the snow and was willing to put up the happy dollars to prove it.
-       Dave Carson is happy to be dog sitting his daughter's anthropomorphic standard poodle who likes to sit at the kitchen table like the rest of the family.
Club News
-       Dave Carson provided an update on the community garden at St. Mark’s Church. St. Mark’s has confirmed that Dundas in Transition and Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary can continue to use the community gardens indefinitely and that there are no plans to sell this land for other uses.
Given this new development Dave proposed upgrades to the community garden which were supported unanimously by the club. These upgrades include replacing temporary wooden beds with permanent concrete blocks and building permanent deer fencing. The total cost to Dundas Valley Sunrise is anticipated at $2,500.
-       Ralph Montesanto announced that the lobster committee would be meeting January 12 at 5PM at the Dundas Museum and reporting back at future meetings.
-       Ralph also noted that there is a big push on membership from the district and he would like to rejuvenate the membership committee. A call was put out asking if anyone wants to join this committee…if so please let Ralph know.
-       Wayne Massey made an announcement that Rotary Stars is coming up on February 13th and noted that help is needed for a number of jobs. A listing of these jobs has been sent out and members are encouraged to reply with their ability to help out. Tickets are also on sale…so get them now from Glen.
-       Shirley Molloy announced that there is a Board meeting scheduled for tonight, Jan 12 at Jessica's home.
The formal program began with Bill Armstrong's introduction of Joel Hilchey and Brandon Love.
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Brainstorming - How to become fearlessly creative and have better ideas more often

Posted by Nic Shulz on Jan 11, 2016

Joel Hilchey and Brandon Love spoke about the Beanstalk Project, a local initiative aimed at leadership development for students. Demonstrating how the program works Joel and Brandon lead the club in an exciting creativity exercise designed to bring out bigger and better ideas. They left members with a firm grasp of their creativity guidelines:
1.     Quantity first: If you want to catch a fish you go to the pond with the most fish. Just like creativity, if you want a good idea start by coming up with a lot of ideas (good and bad);
2.     Silly is good: Thinking of silly ideas gets you out of your mold and lets you consider new ways to solve problems. If you never think silly you’ll never think differently;
3.     Make connections: Good ideas build off of each other. Once you’ve started the ball rolling use those first ideas to come up with other ideas; and
4.     No judgment: Creativity grows best in a safe space with no judgement. Separate your creativity and your criticism so that you can truly let you creative side run wild.
Brandon and Joel invited the club to keep in touch with them and whether you need inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, want to bring them in as speakers for your business or just want to say hi.
Brandon and Joel have also written a book called Brainsprouting that outlines their simple process to unleash your inherent creative power. Learn more and buy it here  
Brainstorming - How to become fearlessly creative and have better ideas more often Nic Shulz 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Dec 15, 2015
The annual Christmas party brings out the singers in the club. It was a fun evening of fellowship, food, refreshments and dancing at the Dundas Museum. Special thanks to Jessica Brennan for organizing the party, to all her helpers and to Joan Ballantyne for the music.
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Aldo Lombardi Receives Paul Harris Award

Posted by Robert Morrow on Dec 15, 2015
Assistant Governor Bob Morrow introduces Aldo Lombardi (far right) to the members of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club during the club's Christmas party.
Aldo was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in both the local and international communities. He has supported a wide variety of local charities and also initiated the shipment of bicycles and hospital equipment to a remote area of northern Chile. As Aldo said “Canadian Tire and Dundas - and Canada in general - have been very good to my family … the very least we can do is something as simple as this”.  In response to receiving the award Aldo said (humbly), “This award is not only my merit as it could not have been possible without the  help of my store staff, family business staff and family back in Chile”.
President Shirley Molloy pins Aldo as the club's most recent Paul Harris Fellow as club Rotary Foundation director Bob Neibert looks on.
Aldo Lombardi Receives Paul Harris Award Robert Morrow 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

St. Matthew's House Annual Auction

Posted by Nic Schulz on Dec 08, 2015
Today’s annual auction for St. Matthew's House brought in a full house of over 30 members and guests. Our long list of guests included Colin Reid, Norman Read, Linda Ingraudo, Fred Amalfi, Carole Beel, Lynne Morrow, Helen Massey, Marilynn Armstrong, Sue Carson, Steve Leighfield and Jim and Sheila Sweetman. Everyone was greeted by Bob Morrow and signed in by Jessica Brennan.
Shortly after breakfast Dundas’ own champion auctioneer Bruce Eccles kicked off the proceedings with the support of his own “Barker’s Beauties” Jessica Brennan and Roger Stewart. Dave Carson got the bidding underway with a $60 bid on two bottles of red wine and a box of 6 – 8 unbroken wineglasses which was shortly followed by the super bowl beer and pretzel package.
The high bidder of the day award went to Norm Read with a $350 bid on an original Fred Amalfi painting ( with a $270 bid on the antique box picnic package filled with fine wine, brandy and beer.
The auction was closed off with remarks from Steve Leighfield who thanked the club for its on-going support of St. Matthew’s House. Many thanks to Rotary members and past members who donated a wide range of exciting prizes to bid on…and special thanks to Bruce for a fantastic job as auctioneer.
To wrap up the morning Shirley Molloy presented Carlotta Cisneros-Knox with a pin of thanks for bringing William Knox as a new member to the club.
St. Matthew's House Annual Auction Nic Schulz 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of December 1, 2015

Posted by Mieke Ewen on Dec 01, 2015
This morning's meeting was a club assembly where the board reported to the membership on operations of the club.
Recorder - Mieke Ewen, Greeter -  Marie-Louise Kelday, Desk - Grant Armstrong, Sergeant-at-Arms - Ernie Romain, Guests - David Kelday and Brandon Love
Happy Dollars
Ernie started us off, being happy about the shut out by the Leafs goalie last night and their win! He was also happy that last night a Canadian kid from Mississauga, Brent Urban, played for the Baltimore Ravens, grabbed a blocked field goal on the last play of the game and ran for the winning touchdown.  Ernie shared his Air Canada flight details and what ‘on standby’ really means!
Bruce took the podium and is glad to be back. He traveled to Las Vegas and drove to Nashville where he worked on his singing career with a little liquid courage……he behaved in Memphis, and enjoyed Graceland. Bruce visited the ‘coolest’ Bass Pro Shop and played Clint Eastwood at the store while his wife took pics. The river boat cruise was disappointing – but enjoyed New Orleans. He returned home and then moved after 28 years…..with all of his 28 years of crap. Look out at the auction next week! Dave Carson was happy to receive a memo of understanding form St. Mark’s Church, where the community garden is now able to carry on ‘forever’…….Thank you to the church members for allowing this! Carl is ready to decorate the Christmas tree on Saturday and needs helpers over 5’5” to assist.  He shared that Mary-Lou is recovering from an operation last week. Recuperation will take a few months, and we all wish her well in her recovery. Carl played a few games of golf……his golf balls visiting the water but, he enjoyed himself. Ralph shared an email from Mary Lou about her surgery and upcoming recovery. Ralph thanked David Kelday for being a ‘known arms dealer’ ha ha……. David continues to help Marie-Louise eat.
George needs to switch Meals that Heal for this Sunday, so please contact him if you are able to assist! His son will be playing at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto and George will be attending this instead.  
Jessica was looking forward to coming today, happy to have Brandon Love (not her son's friend from high school… of mistaken identity or an episode of Bewitched!) Jessica shared her Ronald McDonald House experience where she had a blast chopping carrots and potatoes!
Jessica also wanted it noted that she and Marie Louise do not share a hairdresser! Shirley went to a baby reveal on Sunday and is excited for her daughter, who is expecting a daughter of her own.  Ralph has Lobster Rib Fest tickets in time for Christmas – date for this is May 28th, 2016!

Club Assembly:
Bob Neibert – Foundation Chair – foundation month just came and went. Today is ‘giving Tuesday’, where "donationshare" is encouraged…..Bob reviewed how to donate. As a club, we have donated a total of over $10,000! 7 members who have made 2015/2016 donation. He would like to be an ‘Every Rotarian, Every year’ club. Important to have everyone behind us, no matter what the amount. The club has also donated to Polio Plus - Last year $1500…..this year $1000 so far.
Mieke Ewen – Community Service - Reviewed Committee members of Carl, Bill and Art. Focus for this year is to use large budget to assist various needs – some repeats of previous years and some new. Reviewed donations to date…..and some upcoming.
Jessica Brennan – Next week is Christmas auction…..please bring items for auction and money gathered goes to St. Matthews’s house. Remember to bring a friend, a partner and your wallets. Bruce will be the auctioneer. The following week, December 15th at 6:30 pm is the Christmas party – at the Dundas Museum. This year – the event will be free – Roger will bring in libations (Jessica will bring vibrations??) and we will have appetizers only this year – where members can contribute if they choose to. An email will go around regarding this.  The club is looking for a younger family member who could perhaps serve appetizers if they are interested. Joan is doing music for the event, until we have all had enough liquid courage to join in the sing along! Duty Roster has done well – thank you to all for appearing for duty when it is assigned! New role is the recorder……Nic is on next week. 
Ralph Montesanto – Membership and PR – There is no one in PR role currently, however Ralph is posting on First Light, Twitter and Facebook. Nic has been helping in this role as well. Ralph has sent articles to the district newsletter, Dundas Star, and social media sites. Bob Morrow also sent articles to the district newsletter and Dundas Star. For Membership – in 2012 we had a plan to have 8 members under 45 years old……would like still like an additional 2 members in this category. Another goal was to increase the number of women as well – ratio about 20/80 at present. Goal to increase classifications, which has been done as well. 42 active members currently. Letter provided to members to reach out to someone you know to invite them to the club…..trying to invite more people to attend.
Ken Beel – treasurer’s report. Available cash over $74000.  Total accruals $21000. Money left for Eco park benches. Sign at rink……Carl working on this – city will pay, getting sign ready and making changes as well. Putting some history about the partnership on how the rink came to be etc.
Bob Morrow – International – We received a banner from the Croatian Rotary club that Vlad visits. We supported that club dealing with severe flooding in its community. Challenges with getting money to orphanage in Mexico but Ken and Bob are getting through this! Still looking for a big project, but no rush - looking at a number of areas for this project and hoping for a contact in the area of the project. The Canadian government also looking to bump up funding, but the process is difficult as well. Bob was most excited about his international scotch… a good cost.
Ross – Discussed liability insurance – especially when we work with children. As president elect, Ross is looking for individuals interested in vacant positions and as vice president. Other positions include Jessica as president elect, Ross as president, Dave Carson as secretary, Wayne as treasurer, and Shirley past president and director of the foundation. Dave reminded members that Invoices will be coming for next year subscriptions…….to be paid ASAP please!
Meeting of December 1, 2015 Mieke Ewen 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

Meals That Heal Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 29, 2015
A great fellowship time as we support Ronald McDonald House. For a donation of $300 the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club was able to send 6 club members to help prepare the food for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while a child is at the McMaster Children's Hospital. The club and individual members contributed enough to send 5 other teams of six over the next week.  Grant Armstrong, Jessica Brennan, Roger Stewart, Carol Campbell, Barb and Ralph Montesanto and chef Shawn Rocchi and Chris were today's team.
Meals That Heal Ronald McDonald House Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0

Potatoes Potatoes Potatoes

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 25, 2015
Rotarians work in great ways. Ralph Montesanto gets a call from his brother-in-law Brad Bates who works at Josling Farms in Carlisle. Brad knows Ralph is a Rotarian and can help. The farm has 15 000 ten lb. bags of potatoes it wants to donate. Ralph calls Shirley Molloy at the Salvation Army, gets her out of a meeting and voila, all 15 000 will be used for local food banks just in time for the Christmas season - 10 000 to Salvation Army and 5000 to Food Share Hamilton. Josling Farms even delivered 10 000 bags. Thank you to the Josling family and co-workers.
Potatoes Potatoes Potatoes Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 24, 2015 Paul Harris Dinner

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 24, 2015
Social dress up evenings are always lots of fun. Fellowship at 6:30 at the Dundas Golf and Curling Club followed by dinner, an inspirational talk by Kevin Rempel and the awarding of six Paul Harris Fellows.
Use this link to see Kevin Rempel playing sledge hockey at the Sochi Paralympics.
Meeting of November 24, 2015 Paul Harris Dinner Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

The Newest Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 24, 2015
The club's annual Paul Harris Awards and dinner is a very special occasion when community and club members are honoured for their service efforts. Two community members, three club members and a past club member received Paul Harris Awards, the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow. The following are the recipients: Julian D'Angela for his ongoing work with Ancaster Film Fest and continued financial support of a variety of area charities; Jennifer Montesanto for being a foster parent to 5 dogs in training for the Lions International Foundation Guide Dogs; Ken Beel, Roger Stewart and Derek Price for their continued behind the scenes support of almost all community based club projects, fundraisers and fellowship events; and Alycia Moore for her great work as club Youth Services director the previous year.
Host Bob Neibert organized the dinner and introduced guest speaker Kevin Rempel.
The Newest Paul Harris Fellows Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

Kevin Rempel Sochi Paralympics Bronze Medal

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 24, 2015
Sledge Hockey, the Sochi Paralympics and a bronze medal for Kevin Rempel.
What an inspirational speaker for the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Paul Harris Awards! Kevin gave a history of his motor cross racing until the accident that ended it all. Then his turn to sledge hockey and the Paralympics in Russia. A great never give up story.
Kevin Rempel Sochi Paralympics Bronze Medal Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House: Meals That Heal

Posted by Mieke Ewen on Nov 16, 2015
Catherine is new to Ronald McDonald House and her role as executive director. She feels the role has changed her. Her focus is on ensuring the home has everything required to help these families through their time. Growing up, her dream job was work in New York – Glamour Magazine! She has had a successful career which brought her to New York with a French magazine, where she thought this was it! She realized that ‘that’s not what it is all about’. She became affiliated with Ronald McDonald House through previous role and loved the amazing charity and felt like it changed her. Catherine started as interim director of donations…..looking to increase donor relations. Being in the home with families, changed her and she felt that this was an opportunity to make a difference and far more important that anything she had done previously. The opportunity to see families at time of diagnosis and life changing experience is shocking, and humbling. Approximately 1/3 of families have babies in neonatal ICU. Families are often confused and scared. Their lives begin a ‘not normal time’ and we want to make life seem a little more familiar. We are the only home in Canada with a chef and chef’s kitchen! Families can make meals, do ‘normal things’. Ronald McDonald House currently has a family right now who have been there for over 200 days from Timmins….parents and sibling. Previous family stayed over 1 year – all while their children are being treated at Mac. This is their home away from home. The Ronald McDonald House is on average at 80-95% occupancy. It cost’s the program about $159.00 per night to serve a family, however the families are charged only $12.00 per day. The program ‘Nights of Comfort’ supports families who are unable to pay this fee.
The program Rotary will be participating in is ‘Meals that Heal. Members have signed up for 6 meals. The families love ‘typical’ time like dinner……everyone comes together. Our team of six will have about 60-100 people served dinner that evening. We will tour the building and join the chef to help. Everyone will be given a duty. Greatest take away will be the interactions with families – who can’t say thank you enough! Meal time makes families feel happy, normal. Families who leave can often be their greatest donors as well. Families love the volunteers and try to say thank you. Not all stories have a happy ending…..but all families leave saying thank you for help provided and time they have with their children. The club made a donation to Ronald McDonald House/Meals that Heal in the amount of $2500.00  with donations from individual members and club.
Mieke thanked Catherine and presented her with $2500.
Ronald McDonald House: Meals That Heal Mieke Ewen 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 17, 2015

Posted by Mieke Ewen on Nov 16, 2015
Mieke Ewen - recorder, Harold Grunenberg - greeter, Ken Beel - desk and Ernie Romain - sergeant-at-arms. Guests: Catherine Bridgman, Lynne Morrow, Grace Correia
Attendance: 27
Happy Dollars 
Ernie told of his ‘happy and sad story of the morning’ - celebrating his contribution during the Centennial year with his oldest daughter’s 49th birthday (as per Ernie – conceived on Valentines Day), however sharing the disappointment of loses by the Argos, his Alma Matter Western, Maple Leafs (not a surprise there), and the Raptors. Phil Wood was celebrating the 4th year anniversary of his ‘new’ knee that is still feeling great! Joe Guedes had a successful city inspection for his ‘never ending renovation’.
Steve Roblin has returned from golf adventure in Jacksonville with no sleep for 6 days – and wondering if it may be his last adventure as he announced his family is happily expecting their third child!! Bill Armstrong thanked Dave Carson for his enjoyable Spectator editorials and Ross B shared the newest possible Rotary fashion and is looking for feedback from members. Shirley is just happy, and reminding all members that next Tuesday is the Paul Harris dinner – therefore no morning meeting. All members and spouses are encouraged to attend this special annual event. Ralph apparently even dreams of Rotary, as he is sending his emails to Ernie at 5:20 in the morning. Bob Morrow brought his lovely wife Lynne to accompany him this morning, after returning from a great time on 5 week river and ocean cruises. Vlad was pleased to share news of a new grandchild, born last Friday. Jessica paid her penalty of forgetting to put name tag away after giving Grant the same lecture; and, Jan shared that the St. James Holiday House Tour has 5 homes and is occurring the first Saturday in December……see Jan for more details!
1. Shirley – received an invitation from the Dundas Civitan Club – November 28th 6:30 pm at Golf Club. More details to follow from Shirley.
2. Dave Carson – Grace visited from Conservations Authority/Eco Park – Conservation Authority was looking for someone to take lead on a Trillium Grant for a viewing platform near the industrial canal, looking for non profit club to put their name on it. They will prepare the application and the money will go to the Conservation Authority. Board okay with this – ensuring the whole club was as well. Motion made by Dave, seconded by Paul. All in favour vote. 
3. Motion forward for Community Services donations – Motion by Mieke Ewen, Seconded by Bob Morrow. (Routes $1500, Wesley $1000, Community Services $1000, Salvation Army $2000). 
4. Winter Carnival – Ken asked for volunteers for committee for the annual Winter Carnival. Also, sign damaged at the park. City will replace it…..with some changes – city will give us money to do this. Carnival generally set for the Saturday of Family Day weekend 
Meeting of November 17, 2015 Mieke Ewen 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day Program

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Nov 13, 2015
Shirley Molloy led our program. Members read aloud prepared written excerpts and Shirley showed video clips to provide information about Canada’s contributions to the wars in the last hundred years. Each of these “vignettes” set the stage for individual members to share personal recollections and family stories. 
Remembering World War I:
George Gould recalled an uncle who had saved people from a bombed hospital. Ralph Montesanto talked about the powerful experience of being in Ypres and Passchendaele.
Shirley remembered her grandfather being active in the Legion and selling poppies every year. 
Paul Clifford recalled his father-in-law who had been member of the Royal Flying Corps at a time when there were no parachutes. He survived though and even tried to enlist in World War II. Ken Beel worked with someone in Manchester who had been in the Royal Observatory Corps. He also described how in his city nobody ever talked about the First World War yet the damage to shell-shocked soldiers was evidenced in their shuffling manner.
Bob Neibert read the famous poem In Flanders Fields. We were reminded that the poet, John McCrae, had been born in Guelph in 1872 and went to the University of Toronto. The poem was written following the death of a friend who was buried in Flanders. McCrae himself died in 1918 and was buried in France.
Remembering World War II: Phil Wood talked about his father who tried to get into the Navy at 15 and was turned away. Waiting a year, he then joined the Air Force, becoming a tail gunner in a Lancaster Bomber. Paul talked about the horrors of the battlefield in Hong Kong and how so many young “green” troops were sacrificed. George related a story about his grandfather in a convoy throwing over lifeboats to those in the water after their ships had been destroyed. Ken reminded everyone of our legendary Rotarian Ken Turner’s senior position in the military and his accountings of the cost of war.
Remembering Afghanistan: Shirley outlined Canada’s part in the international efforts following the 2001 attacks on the United States. Forty thousand Canadian soldiers served from 2002 to 2014, with 158 killed. The presentation ended with a video clip of a military nurse’s recounting her experience in Afghanistan. 
We concluded with a moment of silence.
Remembrance Day Program Jessica Brennan 2015-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 10, 2015

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Nov 12, 2015
Bill Armstrong greeted everyone and Bob Neibert took attendance. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
We all welcomed Randy Abel with hugs; very glad to see him following the difficult time he and his family have been through with the passing of his daughter and the recent fire at his house. Randy thanked everyone for their support, thoughts and wishes in the loss of his daughter, Lindsey. He also gave the members an update on the impact of the house fire. 

Happy Dollars: Jessica gave Happy Dollars to celebrate her sister, Marion’s, 66th birthday and the 95th anniversary of her father’s birth. Wayne was happy that he, Ralph and their wives had attended a Rotary Foundation dinner.  Scott was happy to report that his daughter has received honours two years in a row at Dundas Valley Secondary School, noting her 98% in History. Former History teachers Ernie and Art were pleased. George’s son received an excellence award in tutoring from University of Waterloo, named after Sir Sandford Fleming. Keeping on the history theme, Ernie gave George a pop quiz on Fleming. He was remembered as the inventor of Standard Time and retroactively promoted to Prime Minister. Shirley was happy because she’s always happy.
Appreciation: As it was her last day, we took a moment to thank, Cathy, for her service and support over the many months in attending to our breakfast meeting needs.
Announcements: Wayne presented recognition to Bob N. and Shirley from the Rotary Foundation for our club’s achievement in “every Rotarian, every year”. Bob N. reminded everyone that November is Rotary Foundation month and that donations can be made easily online. He also reminded everyone of our club’s Paul Harris dinner later this month on the 24th. Ken took us on the “long and windy road” to his and the club’s attempts to transfer money for one of our projects.
Mieke received a pin in recognition for her recruitment of our new member, Don.
Our club President, Shirley Molloy, then led us through a series of vignettes outlining Canada’s involvement in the wars of the last century as we observed Remembrance Day.
Meeting of November 10, 2015 Jessica Brennan 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

EcoPark Greenhouse Art Metaphor

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Nov 04, 2015
The Dundas EcoPark continues on its path to completion. Grass and trees were planted, weeds cut and the greenhouse art decor erected next to the chimney, the only part left remaining from the Velduis Greenhouses. The two Dundas Rotary clubs agreed to donate $60 000 to help the Hamilton Conservation Authority with its long-term goal of the EcoPark.
EcoPark Greenhouse Art Metaphor Ralph Montesanto 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Migrant Worker Health and Safety

Posted by Ross Bannatyne on Nov 02, 2015
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers is funded through the Ministry of Labour Prevention Office. Michelle Tew is a nurse and works in that program in Hamilton. She explained that the influx of seasonal agricultural workers started in the 1960’s mainly because our population preferred full time rather than seasonal employment.
Typically some 35,000 agricultural workers come to Canada annually from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. The majority work in Ontario from Niagara to Leamington. These workers are subjected to long hours at minimum wage with no added compensation for overtime. Employment Standards need to change for this population which would also help Canadians.
In 2006 Agriculture came under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. While there is OHIP and WSIB coverage these migrants are hesitant to apply for fear of losing their job and being sent home. They cannot apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Michelle is focused on the plight of those afflicted with eye problems. Many of these migrants suffer from scarring over the cornea known as Pterydium also known as surfer’s eye. Others need corrective lenses but OHIP does not cover the exam unless the individual is diabetic. A worker may resort to buying glasses from the display at a drug store without seeing an optometrist.
Michelle is passionate about finding solutions for the problems these workers face including literacy, establishing clinics that are accessible as to time and location, prevention based workshops etc. As Michelle pointed out these workers come here to contribute to our economy and quality of life. What can we do for them in return?
Migrant Worker Health and Safety Ross Bannatyne 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of November 3, 2015

Posted by Ross Bannatyne on Nov 02, 2015
Ross Bannatyne was the Recorder, Glen Mumberson the Greeter, Wayne Massey on the Desk and Ernie Romain the Sergeant-At-Arms. There were 24 members in attendance this morning plus three guests namely David Kelday (Marie-Louise's personal feeder), Barbara Montesanto (way too early for her) & our speaker Michelle Tew.

Happy Dollars: Ernie was celebrating the Leaf’s victory; Hugh announced that Dr. K. Shankardass received a Physician of the Year Award;
Steve Roblin was happy that he saw Steve Palmer on Halloween & had coffee with former member Alycia who promised to pay us a visit;
Ralph announced a fundraiser for Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health taking place on Nov 19th. Tickets are $30.00 so contact Ralph if you need some; Shirley paid a fine because she had to leave early; Phil  enjoyed his bacon despite the advice of the World Health Organization; Paul commented on Dr. Shankardass’s award & the fact that he saw former member Rob Brown yesterday. Paul is still looking for his jacket; Mieke was happy to announce that her cousin delivered her first baby Brittany Jordan
Shirley announced the Memorial Service for David Lowery & other Rotarians which took place at the District Conference. Members were invited to sign the card which will be delivered along with a candle from the service to David’s wife.
Members were reminded about Meals that Heal & the sign up sheet was circulated. We need three more volunteers - one to cover Sunday, Nov 29th & two for Sunday December 6th. Please contact Ross to indicate your interest
Michelle Tew was introduced and thanked by Ralph Montesanto. Michelle, an Occupational Health Nurse, spoke on Global Eye Health Needs Right Around the Corner ie The Case of Ontario Migrant Farm Workers.
Meeting of November 3, 2015 Ross Bannatyne 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary in China: Randal Eastman Reports

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Oct 29, 2015
A resident of Shanghai, China for 18 years, our guest speaker Randal Eastman is a partner in Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreats with 16 locations in China.
Randal grew up in Dundas, received his BA from McMaster in 1988 and his MBA from Western in 1993. He has facility in a number of languages: French, German, Russian and Mandarin. 
A Rotarian since 1993, Randall is a Past-President (2009-10) of the Rotary Club of Shanghai China. He is also the Rotary International Special Representative to China, leading Rotary’s Service Club Development within mainland China.
Randal began his presentation noting that Rotary in China is almost as long as the history of Rotary itself. Randal’s club, the Rotary Club of Shanghai, China was chartered in 1919. 
Rotary’s viability in China reflects the fortunes and politics of the country. At its height, there were 32 Rotary clubs. Randal showed us a picture of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, visiting China in 1935. However, during the Chinese Revolution of 1949, many Rotarians fled to Hong Kong and Taiwan and Rotary ended in the country.
Randal described the relatively recent and slow buildup of Rotary service in China. There are 7 clubs now and a promising future, with interest mounting as evidenced by the number of Rotaract and Interact groups, and four provisional Rotary clubs. There is also hope for legal recognition as Rotary develops a good reputation with local governments which are seeing Rotary providing excellent service in China. At present, Rotary membership is limited to ex-pats with Chinese citizens not permitted by the Chinese government to be members.
Randal also outlined the North Korean Soccer project from its origins to its impact. The project grew from an idea and the energies of a young Australian boy. Randall had a number of photos from a visit to the area. He thanked us for our generous personal and club donations to the project.  
Randal concluded his presentation with a call to action. He asked us to consider continuing our support of the North Korean project with donations for soccer balls and uniforms but to also consider supporting the purchase of clean cook-stoves and solar water heaters for the same area. 
Ralph Montesanto thanked Randal for his presentation and for the work he does on behalf of Rotary. 
Rotary in China: Randal Eastman Reports Jessica Brennan 2015-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of October 27, 2015

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Oct 28, 2015
Today 24 of our members welcomed three guests: Marie-Louise’s husband, David Kelday; and, our guest speaker, Randal Eastman with his father, Bob Eastman. Everyone was greeted by Don Davidson and signed in by Mieke Ewen who pitched in at the last moment. Ernie Romain was Sergeant-at-Arms. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
Happy Dollars: Ernie gave Un-Happy dollars, listing all the Toronto teams that had lost over the week-end. Paul would be happy when the jacket he left at Art in the Park is located and returned to him. Our guest speaker, Randall, was happy to be at his first Rotary meeting ever in southern Ontario. Shirley was happy that she had been at the Rotary conference in Ellicottville, NY and to have been able to participate in the inter-faith service that recognized recently departed Rotarians, especially noting our very own David Lowery. Ralph was also happy that he had been to the conference, noting the workshops that were focused on personal development. Ross and Mary also attended the conference.
Marie-Louise was happy to be here, especially after breaking both her wrists. Her husband, David, was both her “right and left-hand man” helping her navigate eating her breakfast.
Joe was happy to be a Rotarian at our club because it is the only way he would know what the world looks like at 7 a.m. Dave was happy for the sunny days. 
Announcements: Ross reminded people about Meals that Heal opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House. A sign-up sheet was sent around. Others are to email their availability directly to Ross. 

Wayne Massey introduced our guest speaker, Randal Eastman, the Rotary International Special Representative to China. Originally from Dundas and currently a resident of Shanghai, China, Randal gave us an update on Rotary in China and specifics about the Korean Soccer balls project which our club had been involved in. 
After the meeting Derek Price and Randal chatted about China.
Meeting of October 27, 2015 Jessica Brennan 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

Scott Vance the Figure Skater

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Oct 21, 2015
Punctuating his talk with photos, Scott Vance outlined his life in Dundas since 1968. His first photo was of his parents’ wedding day. Scott’s father was in law enforcement and grew up in North Hamilton. His mother was born in Scotland. 
As a young boy, Scott played hockey but around 13 years old his father dared him to try figure skating after a remark Scott made about how easy his sister’s figure skating looked. Scott found out not only that it was athletically challenging but that he loved it and was very good at it. From 13 to 25 years old, Scott devoted his energies and talent to it, managing a gruelling schedule of school and on and off ice training. Ultimately, Scott participated at the highest levels, eventually coming in 5th in the Canadian championships in pairs skating.  He competed at the time of the emerging pairs powerhouse of Lloyd Eisler and Isabelle Brasseur.
Then Scott worked for Litzen’s Sports for 10 years in their Mississauga office. That led to other opportunities to where he is now in optical sales. His current territory is huge but the potential market is large too, with an ever increasing aging population needing glasses.
Figure skating is still in Scott’s life with his daughters skating and his leadership in the Dundas Figure Skating Club.
Bill Armstrong, Scott’s sponsor to the club, thanked Scott for his presentation and his contributions to Rotary, reminding us that even Scott’s connection to Rotary comes through figure skating with the DFSC  involvement at the Rotary rink in the Driving Park. 
Scott Vance the Figure Skater Jessica Brennan 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of October 20, 2015

Posted by Jessica Brennan on Oct 21, 2015
Today our 22 members and one guest were welcomed by Nic Shultz and marked in by Steve Roblin. Our Sergeant-at-Arms was Ernie Romain. The meeting recorder was Jessica Brennan.
Happy Dollars: Ernie started off by listing a number of things he was happy about: his birthday, the Leafs win, the Blue Jays still being in the playoffs and the results of the Federal Election. Our guest, William Knox, was happy to be home. Bruce was ridiculously happy because his youngest daughter just got engaged with a lovely young man who actually asked Bruce for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Bruce was also happy because regardless of the election results he was happy to live in Canada and to be able to exercise his democratic rights. Wayne’s happiness was due to his birthday and golfing and having dinner with his children. George was just happy and did not elaborate. Steve was happy to have been at Game 5 of the Jays and Rangers series. Shirley was happy that there were more women at the meeting this week.
Announcements: Phil reminded everyone of the Chicken BBQ at St. Mark’s this coming Friday (October 23). Steve announced a community meeting for that evening on policing in Dundas. 
William Knox, supported by his sponsor, Carlotta Cisneros-Knox, was inducted as a member of our Rotary Club by our President, Shirley Molloy, Ralph Montesanto and Paul Clifford. Following the ceremony, William was congratulated by the membership in attendance. 
Shirley Molloy introduced our guest speaker, Scott Vance, one of our very own, who as a new member gave his Classification Talk, highlighting his figure-skating passion and career. 
Meeting of October 20, 2015 Jessica Brennan 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of October 13, 2015

Posted by Ross Bannatyne on Oct 13, 2015

Recorder—Ross Bannatyne, Greeter—Paul Clifford, Desk—Harold Gruneberg, Sergeant–at –Arms—Shirley Molloy, Guests & Visiting Rotarians—John Henley
Attendance—19 plus Guest Speaker
Happy Dollars: Ralph acknowledged our lone female in attendance—Shirley; Steve Roblin spoke of his 9th Anniversary as well as his visit to New York City for the Global Citizen Festival; Vlad is back & we were glad to see him; Phil is happy to have a break from teaching this week; Paul spoke about scary politics; Glen is glad to be back from the cottage; Dave is looking for help this weekend in cleaning up at the Community Garden; George lamented that the flu bug struck his wife last week; Bob Neibert confirmed that Kevin Rempel will be the guest speaker at The Paul Harris Dinner on Nov 24th; and, Shirley is happy about The Blue Jays winning ways.
Announcements: Steve Roblin was awarded a pin by Shirley for bringing in Nic as a new member; Phil announced that he is selling tickets to the Chicken BBQ @ St Mark’s on October 23; Art announced the Routes Scrap Metal drive on October 17; and, Ross reminded everyone present about our 6 Meals that Heal commitment at Ronald McDonald House & circulated the signup sheet.
Ralph introduced our guest speaker, John Henley and thanked him for his efforts including coming in ahead of time to familiarize himself with the Club’s Audio Visual equipment. 
Meeting of October 13, 2015 Ross Bannatyne 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

My Life in the Movies - The Sequel

Posted by Ross Bannatyne on Oct 13, 2015
John Henley return this week to present “My Life in the Movies Part 2”. He showed a 90 second trailer featuring him in “Arthur Moore and The Lone Wolf” which he explained was a Sheridan College Project filmed in the Rockwood Conservation Area. He then treated us to a display of magic featuring a rope trick.
Back to the film industry he remarked seeing the Support Group parked currently at St Mark’s United Church and the important role it plays in the Film Industry. He proceeded to show us a Call Sheet that details all of the activities for the day as well as the participants. Those involved often start their day at 5:30 am wrapping up some 13 hours later. This can go on for two weeks at a time.
John took us through his journey of more than a dozen of his favourites over some 80 appearances.
“The Lonely” was his most recent film shoot receiving an award at The Chinese Film Festival. He was also involved in a narration film earlier this year.
Lastly was a description of cutouts and dolls used as stand ins for actors. John quipped that a studio used the faces of some actors on these and subsequently had to pay the actors for the privilege.
My Life in the Movies - The Sequel Ross Bannatyne 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of October 6, 2015

Posted by Jan Southall on Oct 06, 2015
Our club is soon going to be known for its “comings and goings”!!  We welcomed back Sergeant at Arms, Ernie, from his cottage and travels in California.  Shirley returned from her Caribbean cruise and a well deserved rest and Ross is home from his final summer at his cottage, having decided it was time to sell.  Ken is home from his holiday in Spain and France which included rock concerts and opera and Art enjoyed NYC, including an outdoor Metropolitan Opera concert in Times Square.      But we also said farewell to Bob Morrow, leaving tomorrow for 5 weeks in England to celebrate his 50th Anniversary(with Lynne) and Barb, who leaves next week for 6 weeks at her Florida home.
As well as from all of the above, happy dollars were given by Dave C. for all the work Ken did to see the completion of our EcoPark project, by Bruce for his summer at the cottage and the celebration of his 37th Anniversary (with Claire), by Bill who bumped into Kevin Beagle who gave him a donation to pass on to the Abel family and by Carlotta who sadly told us of Marie Louise’s fall yesterday which resulted in broken wrists – we wish her a speedy recovery.
Reminders:   Paul Harris Dinner is November 24th  - save the date
                       Sign up for the Ronald McDonald House dinners
                       Routes Scrap Metal Drive is October 17.
                       Happy Thanksgiving!
Our guest speaker, John Henley, was introduced by Ralph.  
The meeting ended with our thoughts and prayers for Peter and Sandra Dendekker.
Meeting of October 6, 2015 Jan Southall 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

My Life in the Movies

Posted by Jan Southall on Oct 06, 2015
John Henley treated us to stories and pictures of his “Life in the Movies” as a background actor.   This is a second career for John who performed as a magician from the age of 10 in England and continued his magical career upon immigrating to Canada, teaching his skills and performing to audiences, large and small.   He described his acting career as an exercise in “hurry up and wait” and spends many hours on sets, sometimes doing crossword puzzles but also enjoying some roles working with well-known actors. John's presentation was well received and he is back next week for the sequel, "Life in the Movies 2".
My Life in the Movies Jan Southall 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of September 29, 2015

Posted by Barbara Busing on Sep 29, 2015
Greeter for today was Don Davidson and covering the desk was Carlotta Cisneros-Knox. George Gould was the Sergeant-At-Arms and Barbara Busing was the recorder. We were a small group today with no guests other than our guest speaker.
Happy Dollars today were from Scott who was celebrating a birthday of 39+ years. Happy Birthday Scott! Paul Clifford gave a “concern” dollar and spoke to some serious concerns with the current election. Bob Morrow contributed and noted the club was sending $2500 to Ronald McDonald House, a mix of Club Service dollars and generous donations. As well one more window needs upgrading at Ellen Osler Home: can you help? Call Bob for details. Ralph Montesanto gave a Happy Dollar for his and Barb’s participation in a recent RI Zone meeting in Providence R.I. Dave Carson reminded us of the Food Drive this Saturday AT ST MARK’s……8am for set up if you can help. Art gave a Happy Dollar after returning from a 2 month vacation including the highlight of visiting Iceland. He also plugged the Routes Scrap Drive on October 16. George Gould is back at the work he loves: working with kids. He is at Cootes Paradise Elementary until Christmas. 
Announcements: Besides the ones in the Happy Dollars section Joan Ballantyne joined us again to see if more of us wanted to attend the Dinner and/or Dance in support of Lindsey. It is happening this Friday, October 2. Contact Joan is you want tickets.
David Carson introduced and thanked guest speaker Grant Linney.
Meeting of September 29, 2015 Barbara Busing 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue

Posted by Barbara Busing on Sep 29, 2015
Today's guest speaker was Grant Linney a retired teacher with strong interest in his topic of Climate Change. The title of Grant’s talk, “The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue” tells you about one of the main messages he concluded with: Act now and vote (wisely) on October 19. Through his presentation Grant guided us to better understand the damage done by burning fossil fuels, resulting in a world that is heating up and causing multiple negative impacts on life/humans. He challenged us to consider that we need a second Industrial Revolution to focus us on solar and wind energy. He noted that Germany (solar) and Norway (wind) were being quite successful in transitioning away from fossil fuels. What kind of legacy do we want to leave our children and grand-children? We can no longer “pass the buck” and “download” to the next generation Grant noted as we are running out of time. These few pictures capture some of the key points he spoke about. The audience was very quiet during this talk. You could tell he had hit on a topic of concern to us all. 
The World is Watching: Why Canada Needs to Make Climate Change a Top Election Issue Barbara Busing 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Shredding Day October 3 ralph Montesanto 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

Art in the Park

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 14, 2015
Diana Billings, one of the 30 artists at the 3rd annual Art in the Park, enjoyed her day in spite of the rain. Her bubbly character helped brighten the day.
Art in the Park Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Don Davidson Inducted Into Club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 14, 2015
Don Davidson director of development and communication for St. Joseph's Villa Foundation was inducted into the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. Don is an Ancaster resident and recently started his position at the foundation. The induction ceremony was conducted by assistant governor Bob Morrow, club president Shirley Molloy and membership director Ralph Montesanto. Mieke Ewen is Don's sponsor.
Don Davidson Inducted Into Club Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Stormwater Stewardship in Dundas

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 14, 2015
Leanne Collett from the Hamilton Conservation Authority spoke of the need to redirect storm water runoff from the sewer system to a more natural drainage that puts the water back into the air and soil. In urban areas runoff is 55% vs 10% in forest areas. Redirection can reduce flooding, erosion and pollution if done correctly. She suggests unhooking roof drains from the sewer system, building pollinator and rain gardens that absorb runoff and using rain barrels to harvest roof water for irrigation. Leanne is passionate about storm water stewardship in Dundas and is available to come to resident homes to help plan what they could do to reduce excess runoff going into the sewer system. For more information contact
Stormwater Stewardship in Dundas Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Pouring Concrete For EcoPark Design

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 05, 2015
Derek Price, Ken Beel, Carl Fraser, Bill Stewart and Carole Beel prepare the concrete base that will support the large art piece representing a greenhouse in the new Dundas EcoPark.
The following week, Ken and Ralph added the next part of the pour.
Pouring Concrete For EcoPark Design Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clock Up and Running in Dundas Driving Park

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Sep 01, 2015
Thanks to the efforts of Keith and Christine Green of the Dundas Rotary Club and the sweat equity of  Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotarians Ken Beel, Derek Price, Randy Abel and Roger Stewart (not in photo) the replacement Rotary Clock is up and running in the Dundas Driving Park.
Rotary Clock Up and Running in Dundas Driving Park Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Ellen Osler Home Explained

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Aug 31, 2015
Marguerite Ward the executive director of the Ellen Osler Home and Chantel Malcolm the program coordinator informed us of one of the best kept secrets of Dundas. To most of our surprise, the home is a federal half way house for female prisoners. It is such a surprise because the women fit so well into the community and their rate of recidivism is extremely low. The home is run by the Salvation Army and has been in operation for women for 14 years. Before that it was for young men. The major focus of the home is to reintegrate women into the community. Some are there for 2 - 3 months while others are there for up to 2.5 years. The women face many barriers to integration and need to relearn everyday things like buying groceries, taking a bus or going to the library. Often employment and housing are difficult to find but they do succeed with help.
Ellen Osler Home Explained Ralph Montesanto 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted Into The Club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Aug 26, 2015
Assistant governor Bob Morrow, district governor Kevin Crosby and club president Shirley Molloy induct Marie-Louise Kelday (sponsor Carlotta Cisneros-Knox) and Nic Schulz (sponsor Steve Roblin) into the club. Marie-Louise is a retired French language teacher and Nic is executive director of Corner Stone Standards Council.
New Members Inducted Into The Club Ralph Montesanto 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Kevin Crosby Brings Rotary International Theme to Club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Aug 26, 2015
District governor Kevin Crosby brought his vision for District 7090 Rotary clubs. In order to, "Be a Gift to the World", he asked each Rotarian to use his or her passion to service to make the local and international communities a better place for individuals. He recognized that the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is vibrant and engaging for members and that we are actively increasing the number of females and younger business, professional and community leaders as members.
Club foundation director Bob Neibert presented Kevin with club donations of $5000 and $1000 towards the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and Polio Plus program respectively.
District Governor Kevin Crosby Brings Rotary International Theme to Club Ralph Montesanto 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Club Donates $700 to Accessible Learning Experience for Inner City Schools Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Youth at SLAPSHOT and RYLA Make Us Proud

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 29, 2015
Youth Services Director Alycia Moore introduced three of the five students the club sponsored to SLAPSHOT and RYLA youth leadership programs (Emma Louth-RYLA and Mackenzie Peirce-SLAPSHOT were unable to attend this morning's meeting).
Sahil Sawnani and Seye Oduyale both 4th year biochemistry students at McMaster University and co-presidents of the McMaster Rotaract Club attended the week long RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program in Fredonia NY. They both spoke so highly of the program, the friends they made, and the things they learned about leadership, trust and themselves and how RYLA was now a new defining moment in their lives. Both young men are planning to be doctors.
Abbey Lewis a grade 10 student at Dundas Valley Secondary School attended SLAPSHOT a three day leadership session held at Canterbury Hills in Ancaster ON. Through ice breakers, ropes courses, karaoke, personality quizzes and other leadership activities she learned about her leadership style and the many programs that Rotary sponsors world wide; and, she did this while building new friendships and having an amazing experience.
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a strong supporter of youth, with RYLA and SLAPSHOT being just two leadership programs and school awards that Youth Service Director Alycia promoted.
Youth at SLAPSHOT and RYLA Make Us Proud Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Fellowship BBQ

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 29, 2015
Each year members of the club celebrate the end of the Rotary year with a BBQ. For the second year in a row it was at the home of Randy Abel and Joan Ballantyne.
Photos tell the story.
Annual Fellowship BBQ Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of June 9, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 08, 2015
Thank you to Grant our greeter and Ernie who ran the desk. Another 7 members paid their dues for the first half of the next Rotary year. President Bob passed around a sign up sheet for the end of year BBQ on June 23 at Randy's house. If you did not sign up please do so next week indicating the number attending and your choice of steak or salmon. President Bob then presented Bill with a Rotary Membership Award, level bronze, for sponsoring Scott Vance into the club. He also recognized Ernie and Wayne for their continued support of The Rotary Foundation.
Paul had happy dollars for his grandchildren's accomplishments. His youngest was accepted into the 6 week Advanced Sailing Program which is of Olympic caliber. He was 1 of 6 accepted. And yet another granddaughter chosen as 1 of 200 across Canada for another sailing program. Not finished yet living through his grandchildren he announced a granddaughter accepted into the Toronto Children's Choir.
Wayne completed the 23 annual Massey golf tournament and tied for first place. Ernie visited his 99 year old uncle who was in great shape attributing it to smoking and drinking. Ernie also had words to say about an 8 person Public Works Committee that investigated the wall in front of his home that was torn down over a year ago. He is still waiting for a resolution to repair it that is acceptable to both the city and him.
Jessica's son turned 23, graduated in music at Mohawk and was accepted into McMaster's music program. Still on the music theme, Jan announced that daughter Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Jan also returned from a great Mediterranean cruise; and, Meike took her kids to their first Ti-Cat game at Tim Horton's Stadium.
The program this morning was on Vocational Service. The guest speaker was our very own Derek Price who wore a guest badge to highlight the fact.
Meeting of June 9, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Derek Price Tells His Story

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 08, 2015
What a great life story. Derek Price started his classification talk with his birth in Wolverhampton, England during a WWII air raid. He first saw his father, who was in the air force, 4.5 years later. He, his younger sister, mother and father were a close knit family after the war and managed just fine during the post war rationing years. After taking his 11+ exams he was one of 3 out of a class of 46 who passed into the higher education stream eventually being hired by a large corporation that sent him off to school to become an engineer. After two years with Rolls Royce he decided to take his engineer ticket to go to sea but decided the tramp steamers he was offered were not what he wanted. However, he longed to travel the world.
After interviewing with a jobs placement agency he was offered positions in Rhodesia, Tasmania and Canada. He choose Westinghouse in Canada. Arriving in February he thought he was at the North Pole! Luckily things warmed up, he met Ann and they were married, eventually adopting a boy and girl.
After qualifying in Canada in the area of fluid dynamics he continued with Westinghouse until 1974 when he moved to Fischer-Ludlow in Burlington working his way up to company president. Derek travelled the world as president selling the company's catwalks and other steel wares in Turkey, Kuwait, and other middle east countries, each with a very different way of doing business. His interest in travel continues during his retirement and he and Ann are often in another land.
Derek's passion for soccer drew him to Dundas to play and eventually to live. He joined the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club 10 years ago, believes it is a unique club and that its members give hope to folks in need.
Derek Price Tells His Story Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards to Ernie Romain and Wayne Massey

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 08, 2015
Congratulations to Ernie Romain for attaining the Paul Harris plus 7 level and to Wayne Massey for attaining the Paul Harris plus 2 level. Both Wayne and Ernie are regular supporters of The Rotary Foundation and are congratulated by club president Bob Neibert.
Paul Harris Awards to Ernie Romain and Wayne Massey Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of June 2, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 02, 2015
A beautiful day with a great view of the golf course! SAA Bruce gave a quick review of the events for last month: shredding, fireworks and lobster rib fest. Yes, members were very busy planning the events and volunteering. They were all Saturdays too.
Birthday wishes were given to Paul, Derek and Glen. Glen then gave his happy dollar as a thank you to George and Mieke for working the bar at lobster rib fest. Derek said, "Being here is a happy day not just my birthday", as he surveyed the view of the golf course. Paul quoted a line, "Old men forget", and then proceeded to recall great memories from June 6, 1944. Thirty -two years later he first joined a Rotary club. Art found 3 keys at lobster fest, reminded us that he helped start the event 21 years ago and was no pleased that he could hand off the cooking to Scott Vance. Bill said the silent auction went well and Harold was just happy with the entire event. Joe returned to the building housing the old Valley City Manufacturing, a place where he worked 25 years ago. Now he is renting office space there.
Following happy dollars president Bob led the induction of Carlota into the club.
Following the induction we held a club assembly where each director gave an update. Community service director Bill explained that his entire budget of $13 000 will be spent this year with the last $700 sponsoring a a classroom of students to War Plane Heritage. He has also organized a club visit there for November 3 as part of our Remembrance Day theme. More information on this as we get closer to the day.
International service director Bob outlined the global grant of $2000 to go with the club's $3000 for the Mexican orphanage; and the $2500 that was wired to the Rotary club of Shanghai for soccer balls for North Korean children. He also reminded us that the club continues to set aside $3000 per year for a major international project in 2016-17. Bob also started a Rotary wine fellowship and advertised a motorcycle rally called the Cross Egypt Challenge.
President Bob gave reports for youth services director Alycia, vocational services director Marnee and The Rotary Foundation director Jan. The club sponsored 2 students to SLAPSHOT, 1 to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa and 3 to RYLA. June is graduation month and the club has two Ken Turner Awards of $500 each being presented by Bob Morrow. There are 4 grade 8 awards of $50 each and presenters are needed. We had one off site meeting this year with 2 being planned for next year - the new brewery in Dundas and the war plane museum. We were also reminded that each time a classification talk is given this is part of vocational service. Besides our individual giving this year to the Rotary foundation of between $3000 - $4000, the club gives 20% of its budget. This amounted to two cheques, one for $5000 and another for $3000 giving the club a total credit of about $12 000 - $13 000.
Treasurer Ken reported that we had $42 000 in this year's budget and all has been accounted for with a new total of $9000 into contingencies for an international project and $4000 in reserve. The wire transfers to China (2 tries) and Croatia (5 tries) were interesting. Since the club moved to the golf course attendance has improved and the administration account has gone from a deficit of $900 to $2000 on the good side. He did whine a bit, reminding all members to pay their $100 dues for July and January before the end of June and December. Why the whine? Because he got tired of chasing some of us.
Club service director Jessica reminded everyone of the upcoming BBQ on June 23 at Randy Abel's home. More information and directions to follow later. There will be no morning meeting that day.
Public relations and membership director Ralph gave a hand out of the various media coverage the club had the past three months. He also reported that we inducted 7 new members this year and lost 5 giving the club 40 active members at this time. Alycia has put in her resignation as living in Guelph is not conducive to being in a Dundas club. 
Meeting of June 2, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Carlota Cisneros-Knox Inducted Into the Club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Jun 02, 2015
The club inducted its newest member this morning, welcoming Carlota Cisneros-Knox into the Family of Rotary. Her sponsor Grant Armstrong, club president Bob Neibert assistant governor Bob Morrow and membership director Ralph Montesanto conducted the induction ceremony with the help of all club members present.
Carlota's classification is Business Supplies: customer service. 
Carlota Cisneros-Knox Inducted Into the Club Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Lobster Rib Fest a Great Event

From cooking, to serving, to eating, the 21 Annual Rotary Clubs of Dundas Lobster and Rib Fest was a great success drawing a capacity crowd of 750 to the Grightmire Arena.
Scott Vance and Hugh Boyd helped to cook the lobsters.
Platinum sponsor, Scotia Bank, prepared the pasta.
The many sponsors had a place of honour.
Rotarians and volunteers served and cleaned up.
And the crowd ate, visited the silent auction tables and danced the night away to the sounds of Banned from Heaven.
Lobster Rib Fest a Great Event Ralph Montesanto 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Homeward Bound:How Educating Vulnerable Women is a Win Win for Society

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 25, 2015
He is turning 83 but Paul Clifford continues to epitomize what it means to be a Rotarian! Paul visited Woodgreen Community Services in Toronto and saw first hand how an organization that provides wrap around services can help vulnerable women rise out of a poverty of hope and take on the challenge of completing an education. Through a screening process women are selected to attend one of George Brown, Seneca or Sheridan College for four years. They receive a subsidized apartment, full day free day care, school fees paid and social services to help if there is a problem. Over the four years they receive skills training, a formal education, internship and employment.
What Paul is trying to do is replicate this idea in the Hamilton area. He is spreading the message while talking to some movers and shakers in the area to determine if the concept will fly. It is not inexpensive, costing about $75 000 per year per family, but the end result for the Toronto Homeward Bound indicates a spending of $1 saves $4 in the future. Paul would like help. Contact him if you are interested at
Homeward Bound:How Educating Vulnerable Women is a Win Win for Society Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 26, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 25, 2015
We welcomed Jackson Palmer, Stephen's son, and Carlota to this morning's meeting. Ralph presented Stephen with a special Rotary pin to acknowledge his sponsorship for Steve Roblin. SAA Bruce reviewed a Netflix and dentist flick tooth by tooth.
Happy dollars from Barb who was glad to be back from Florida (ya, right!), from Glen for the big push on wine for the draw and from David Carson who now has a big garden of his own to tend.
Ralph introduced Phil who was proud to be named to the McMaster Alumni Society. He will be the 22nd person so inducted. Go to for the full story.
Jackson Palmer will be off to Disney with his grandparents; and, Joe and Paul are celebrating birthdays.
Alycia was looking for help with giving awards in June to the elementary schools. Let her know if you could help. Bob Morrow will cover Dundas Valley Secondary School to present the Ken Turner Award. Alycia is also looking for drivers to transport RYLA students to Fredonia NY on June 14 and pick them up a week later. This is a significant drive; so, two different drivers would lessen the burden.
Steve Roblin asked, after the meeting, to send members information about Telling Tales. This will come as a separate article. And, the last four Rotary hats were given to ticket winners.
SAA Bruce then introduced Paul Clifford who spoke on a new project he is championing called Homeward Bound. Once again, when Paul took the podium he exemplified what it means to be a Rotarian!
Meeting of May 26, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Telling Tales: Get Ready!

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 25, 2015
Join us for this amazing event where over 20 Rotary Clubs work together to promote this amazing FREE festival and literacy throughout the year.
We have over 150 Rotarians that volunteer for this awesome and fun event. If you are interested in volunteering, or know of anyone (like those teens that need those volunteer hours) who would like to volunteer simply email Julie Shea at 
Can't volunteer? Get the word out. All the details are in the piece below which was taken from the Telling Tales website
A Day To Celebrate Stories – Sunday September 20th, 2015
This year’s illustration was created by Canadian illustrator Bernice Lum. Bernice was born in Toronto and is currently based there. She is a graduate of the Sheridan College Graphic Design Program. Bernice has illustrated for Oxford University Press, Chirp and Chickadee Magazines, Kids Can Press and Bloomsbury. She has had over 40 books published while continuing her commercial work with clients in the United Kingdom, North America, Japan and Korea.
An Inspiring Location
Take a step back in time at Westfield Heritage Village: host to Telling Tales Festival for the last seven years. Westfield’s natural surroundings and unique collection of historic buildings make it the perfect location to bring stories to life. Telling Tales performances take place at nine different stages throughout this picturesque village.
Authors and Illustrators & Storytellers… Oh My!
This year’s festival brings 30 of Canada’s top authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians together to share their stories and talents with children of all ages. There is truly something for everyone: from babies to teens, parents and grandparents, from beginning readers to avid readers, and even to reluctant readers!
Books really come to life when presented by these engaging authors. They are some of our most talented children’s authors in Canada, and they’re also some of the funniest and most entertaining too. Read along, play along, dance, sing and have fun!
Lots To See, Hear and Do
Nine stages invite you to roam around the Village, enjoying music, games, and historic characters. Pose for pictures and chat with Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and other characters from your favourite stories.
Books, Books, Books
Buy a book from the Bryan Prince Bookseller’s tent and have the author sign it – what a prize for your bookshelf! Add some books to your home library for only a dollar or two, or bring a gently used book and “swap” it for a different one! Either way, at our Giant Book Swap & Shop kids can take home a new-to-them book.
Play & Learn
For the little ones there is a bustling Children’s Activity Centre in the Large Meadow with a special focus on creative, literacy-based play. Exhibitors, the Library Bookmobile and a vintage fire engine are sure to delight kids young, and young-at-heart. As an added bonus there are lots of contests and prizes during the Festival!
Westfield Heritage Village is buzzing with activity. Check out the steam locomotive, buy old-fashioned candy at the general store and even see how horseshoes are made at the Blacksmith Shop. All of Westfield’s fantastic costumed interpreters bring history to life by showing you what pioneer life was really like.
Mark Your Calendar now for Sunday, September 20th, 2015.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552)
Rockton, ON
Telling Tales: Get Ready! Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our Very Own Dr. Phil Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 19, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 18, 2015
We welcomed Carlota Cisneros Knox, Grant's guest, Denise Christopherson our guest speaker, and Claudia Canestrelli, youth exchange student staying with Barb and Ralph.
Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce thanked Ken and his entire team for the fabulous fireworks event this past Sunday. He also paid tribute to all the non-Rotarians, family and friends who volunteered.
Happy dollars from Phil who celebrates his 43 anniversary. He also reminded us of the upcoming bake,plant and garage sale at St. Mark's Church this Saturday, May 23. Art was pleased with glow stick sales which helped raise $2700. He also praised the 12 volunteers who helped sell: Roger and Carol, and Sue and Dave from our club. Art talked about World championship Hockey and the USSR which brought in Ernie and his comments that five players from the Whitney Dunlop team were from Timmins. That in turn brought in Jessica who was in Montreal where the population was mourning the elimination of the Canadiens from the Stanley Cup. She was in Montreal celebrating her sister's 60th birthday.
Vlad returned from Croatia and was pleased to report that the money the club gave his home town Rotary club was used to repair a school gym that was destroyed by floods. He also gave the Paul Harris Award presented recently at our Paul Harris dinner during the Croatian club's meeting. This is an all male club and the Paul Harris was given to a woman doctor from the community. It turned some heads but drew an at-a-boy from our guest speaker Denise.
Glen reported that ticket sales for the Lobster Rib Fest are continuing and money should be turned in to him by next week's meeting. He reminded everyone to bring in wine for the draw.
Ken, who does a lot of work for the Dundas Museum, promoted the museum's May 23 event which runs from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It is a family day with critters to pet, hot dogs, and old stuff - probably the kids' grandparents.
Bill announced the following message: Attention All Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club Members and Volunteers
   ISSUE Number #1
After our successful Sunday Fireworks event – our Lost & Found operation is not yet finished
We have acquired two pair of prescription glasses.    
    A.    FOUND:   One Pair of Ladies Dark Glasses   and  One Pair of Foster Grant regular glasses.
    B.    LOST:  A Set of Jeep Car Keys    (note:  I have the name and number of the owner)
Several lost items were found and returned to their rightful owners that night (with thanks and no problems)
Thankfully we had no reports of injuries, incidents or lost children. 
All’s well that ends well.
   ISSUE  Number #2
We are getting very close to the date of our Rotary Lobster Rib Fest.  There are a few loose ends to tie up.
    a.    Ticket Sales info and money must get to Glen Mumberson ASAP
    b.    Wine for the wheelbarrow raffle is needed - to Glen Mumberson  ASAP
    c.    Silent Auction items are still urgently needed  by   Bill Armstrong  ASAP
    d.    Volunteer workers  are still being recruited by Harold Gruneberg
Jessica introduced our guest speaker, Denise Christopherson, CEO of the Hamilton YWCA.
Meeting of May 19, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

EXCLerator Project: Denise Christopherson, CEO Hamilton YWCA

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 18, 2015
Denise Christopherson, CEO of the Hamilton YWCA, outlined the many services the YWCA provides. Some of the services are child care, transitional living, developmental services, employment training and supervised access. The focus of her presentation was, "Why we need to invest in women." The Women and Diversity EXCLerator Project looks at women's representation in leadership positions in the local area. It gives initial data for nine sectors which will provide a benchmark for future progress. The key finding is that women remain underrepresented in all forms of senior leadership with only the voluntary boards and executive sector approaching parity with men. Women need commitments from organizations and government; they need role models; they need mentors and coaches; and, "Leaders must be reflective in analyzing their organization's recruiting and advancement practices internally and externally, and ask, are we doing enough?"
EXCLerator Project: Denise Christopherson, CEO Hamilton YWCA Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 12, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 11, 2015
We welcomed Carlota Cisneros Knox once again. Carlota is interested in becoming a Rotarian and is a guest of Grant Armstrong. Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce started off by congratulating the shredding volunteers for another successful event. It is a day that provides a service to the community and makes money for the club. Happy dollars from Stephen with the birth of his daughter Louise. All is well in the family of three and Stephen now has a bigger work load. Jessica reported that her son has recovered from his fall down the stairs and the ensuing concussion. Shirley was pleased to be at the meeting with no meds. Yeah. No back pain! And Bruce's grandson turned 2 today.
Glen asked for confirmation regarding actual lobster rib fest ticket sales. Please let him now how many tickets are confirmed and how many are not. Today if possible. He also suggested that for the next two weeks rather than a happy dollar members contribute a bottle of wine for the draw. Paul thanked the club for its ad in the HARRRP Dancing on Sunshine booklet. He also thanked Carl for the Aligned Capital Partners Inc. ad. Bill thanked donators for auction items for the lobster rib fest and asked for more. The auction raises significant funds during the event. Harold asked for more volunteers for the event. Please let him know what you, your family or friends would like to do.
This Sunday is the Victoria Day Fireworks. We expect close to 12 000 in attendance and need a full complement of volunteers. Let Steve Roblin know if you can work. We need folks just about everywhere - at the gate collecting donations, for security, for collections, etc. 
Ralph held a draw this morning for Rotary hats. The winners were Ken, Bob Morrow and Wayne.
Jan gave Rotary Foundation stickers to Stephen (he left to take care of the children), Ross and Carl. She also reminded those members who have yet to donate to The Rotary Foundation to do so before the end of the Rotary year so that our club can be named as an Every Rotarian Every Year club. Even $10 will do. Every single member has to contribute for this to happen. We missed it last year.
Bob Morrow our assistant governor informed us that at the Waterdown Rotary Club's Paul Harris Dinner our very own Jan Southall received an award for the work she has done each year with their Rib Fest. He then took the podium as guest speaker talking about Rotary connections.
Meeting of May 12, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connections

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 11, 2015
Assistant governor Bob Morrow spoke about how Rotary makes connections. He spoke from personal experience, highlighting the many countries where he has done make up meetings. His connections were Paraguay, Chile, China, Portugal and Mexico. Each of these make up meetings helped him make contacts for his occupation or gave him contacts to support his role as the club's international service director. He reminded the members that the club has set aside $9000 over the past three years in an effort to have the $15 000 required to apply for a global grant from The Rotary Foundation in 2016-17. One of the five countries will likely reap the benefit of the grant as the club learns more and decides which way to go.
Rotary Connections Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Shredding Day

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 10, 2015
The shredding truck arrived just before 9:00 AM to a waiting crowd. After an hour and a half 8000 pounds of personal documents were safely shredded. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club holds a shredding day each May and again in the fall. The community is very appreciative and although the fee is $6 per small bank box, many individuals make a further gift to support the many local and international service projects the club supports, including Rotary International's pledge to eradicate polio.
Peter Davis and his daughter Meredith are assisted by Rotary Youth Exchange student Claudia Canestrelli as they prepare their documents for delivery to the shredding truck.
By 1:00 PM over 9000 pounds of documents were shredded and sent for recycling.
Another Successful Shredding Day Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Designing the Hovercraft: Ron Ballantyne

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 04, 2015
Ron Ballantyne is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He talked about designing the Sidewall Hovercraft, a prototype developed in the 1960s. This "air lubricated" vehicle was something new whose concept came from the floating Hoover vacuum cleaner. Ron walked the club through a stream of management vs engineer development issues that always came back to the fact that the engineer was right. 
Designing the Hovercraft: Ron Ballantyne Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of May 5 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on May 04, 2015
We welcomed Claudia Canestrelli, Rotary Youth Exchange student from Italy, sponsored by the Hamilton Rotary Club and finishing her last two months at the home of Ralph and Barb Montesanto. As well, Joan Ballantyne was here to introduce our guest speaker, her father Ron.
Sergeant-at-Arms Bruce was back from Florida where he learned not to talk politics especially if surrounded by republicans. Barbara is off to Florida to keep the balance in tact. There were plenty of happy dollars this morning. Ernie spent a week in Phoenix where he golfed surrounded by rattlesnakes, cougars, coyotes and swarming bees. Bob Morrow thanked those who contributed to soccer balls for China and recalled his Kenya experience on the golf course where the local rule was a free lift if ball closer than 3 feet from a cobra. Paul Clifford was happy to meet past Rotarian Rob Brown in town. And, two retirements were announced: Wayne Massey sold his business and David Mattchett will golf his way into retirement while in Ireland.
Joe returned from 6 months away with most time spent in Arizona in his RV He thanked the bulletin editors for continuing to keep him in contact with the club while he and Anne were away. Glen is once again a great grandfather as he celebrated the birth of a great granddaughter. Part of his celebration was to remind us to bring in wine for the lobster rib fest. Also, bring money for your tickets to next week's meeting.
David Carson has officially opened the community garden and thanked the boy scouts for their assistance. Ken attended many Rotary club meetings while in Florida and was looked on poorly when he informed one club that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist. Nice going Ken! And Ralph was treated to the vibrant singing of Happy Birthday when he announced that this morning was the big day.
There were three announcements: Ralph asked for volunteers for this Saturday's Shredding Day and received a full complement; Bill distributed silent auction forms for the lobster rib fest and continues to look for donations; and, Jan distributed another three Rotary Foundation stickers to those who made recent contributions.
Joan then introduced her father Ron who graduated as a naval architect in Glasgow Scotland. Ron spoke about developing a new hovercraft back in the 60s.
Meeting of May 5 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Robert Morrow on Apr 28, 2015
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary club held its 15th annual Paul Harris dinner and celebration this week. The event is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, who met with three other people for the first time in 1905; they "rotated" their luncheon location, giving the organization its now-famous name. The club honoured some Rotarians and also non-Rotarians from the community and made a special presentation to Susan Lowery, in memory of her late husband and Rotarian, David Lowery.
For their contributions to the Stars of Dundas, the club honoured Erin Bree Pierce LeBlanc and Joan Ballantyne.
For contributions to various community programs, awards were presented to Jim Sweetman (environmental – given by David Carson) and to Max Ratevosian and Melania Lawliw (arts – both given by Wayne Massey).
An award was presented “in absentia” to Dr. Anka Masek Tonkovic and will be given in Croatia to the recipient by Rotarian Vlad Veckie later this summer.
The club was honoured to have as its guest speaker, Glen Grunwald, the director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University. Glen was a former NCAA basketball player and captain of the 1981 champion Indiana Hoosiers. His career has involved General Manager's roles with the New York Nicks and Toronto Raptors. Glen's talk was an inspiration to the members and guests.
PAUL HARRIS DINNER Robert Morrow 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Shredding Day May 9 Ralph Montesanto 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Scott Vance Inducted into Club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Apr 20, 2015
Bill Armstrong, Scott Vance's sponsor, president-elect Shirley Molloy, assistant governor Bob Morrow and membership director Ralph Montesanto shared a laugh as the rest of the membership formed a large circle for Scott's induction into the club.
Scott lives in Dundas and coaches figure skating. His full time occupation is in the "glasses business" where he is a wholesale distributor to optometrists. 
Scott Vance Inducted into Club Ralph Montesanto 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 21, 2015

Posted by Barbara Busing on Apr 20, 2015
Today was a busy day for the Club. First we thank Ralph for stepping in at the desk and for Jan acting as our Sergeant at Arms. We welcomed today our guest speakers Laurel Thompson and Helen Dam from Able Sailing.
Our first order of business was to install Scott Vance as a member of our club. Scott's classification is wholesale distribution. Bill is his sponsor.
Welcome Scott.
HAPPY DOLLARS this week included some from Grant as he was not charged anything (!) by Eccles for some adjustments to his wife's car. Dave Carson was glad to  make it safely back to Canada after a false start on a brand new plane. The flight was 4 hours delayed due to the triggering of an escape chute just before take off.
Safe flight once in the air thankfully. Laurel, one of our guests , thanked us for our  $500 donation to Able Sail and Shirley was thankful for 5 good days. Ross was happy to be back and Mieke for her winning hockey team ( aka as the Habs…yeah!) . Wayne is pleased that the Income Tax Act which was temporary when first put out, is more and more complex and challenging for us non accountants!  Phil was happy to see the greens being trimmed, Steve was hoping the Raptors will do better this next game he is attending, and Ralph reported he played 37- 9 hole games while in Florida, as well that Barb is recovering well. Never mind that his car wouldn’t start and is being towed today (Eccles?? Free? Let us know next week….Bruce you better get back here soon).
ANNOUNCEMENTS this week included: 
FIREWORKS sign up sheets were circulated. Ken told us he was pleased to cultivate and share the good relationships with the City staff. 8 food trucks are lined up for the event giving us 10% of their revenues.…come hungry and eat at the vendors!
LOBSTERFEST WINE needed AND TICKETS for sale available to/from Glen. Sign up for duties on line or at the next regular meeting.
ECO PARK is starting up again with a planning meeting concerning the structure design (welcome back Vlad)
PAUL HARRIS DINNER with guest speaker Glen Grumwald, is next Tuesday. Bar opens at 6 pm. Event is being held here at the DVGC. Please pay Jan.
R I FOUNDATION Stickers available for those who have made a contribution to Rotary International this Rotary year. Everyone please give as you can. Steve Palmer you were absent for the presentation of your sticker, but Jan is not forgetting about you.
MOTION was presented by Alycia, supported by Bob Morrow and seconded by Art Samson and unanimously supported by the club members, to give $2000.00 to Telling Tales for the September 2015 event.
Meeting of April 21, 2015 Barbara Busing 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 14, 2015

Posted by Barbara Busing on Apr 13, 2015
Ellen Boyce from the noon club was welcomed as a guest this morning along with Kevin Blain, Parks and Rec’s Supervisor from the City of Hamilton who has been very helpful to our club.
Today’s meeting got under way with an underwhelming number of Happy Dollars.  George had to work the crowd hard! Thanks however to Jessica for noting she had a wonderful time at the District education program on Saturday with Shirley and driver Bob M.. Ernie thanked Bob M for resuming his humorous emails noting it is a sure signal that Bob has returned from his winter vacation in Portugal. Bob then reported good news on the biopsy report on the tissue removed from his arm in March. Art gave to the pot to remind us of the Routes Scrap Metal and Electronics Drive this weekend 9-1 at the Westoby Arena on Olympic Drive
We unanimously supported the new Rotary International Constitution at our vote this morning. President Bob noted that we will still be required to have our own By Laws .
Ellen Boyce and Bill Armstrong both spoke to the Lobsterfest event and the need for all member participation and sign up to assist in the varied roles: donating auction items, selling tickets, and bringing a bottle of good wine ( $15+ Please) for the raffle. As well securing donations for the auction from others, and/or sponsorships of the event. Please see Roger for more details on sponsorships which is an area of enhanced focus this year. FYI, thank you to our first Platinum level sponsor….Scotiabank! Besides signing up to help at the event there is also need for renewal of leadership which is shared with the noon club …..Art made an impassioned plea for younger members to take over the cooking job which he has been anchoring  for 19 years and Ellen made the request for Volunteer Recruitment leadership to also change hands. So……please sign up yourselves and family members who can help out at this great community event which does not run on thin air ( which was really the message to us all!) and consider stepping up into a leadership role that may interest you.
Ken Beel then spoke to us about our Fireworks event and its history since 2008 when we took it over from the City. Thanks to their on going support ( $29,500 this year) and the 5 year agreement we have with them which runs to 2019, we have a major ‘feel good” community activity to be proud of. As Ken noted we have made $60,000 since 2008 including approximately $15,000  each of the last 3 years as the event has grown and attracted upwards of 10-15 thousand people annually. As well local not for profit groups ( e.g. fellow Rotary clubs, St John’s Ambulance etc.) have benefitted by our ability to pay them for their services and assistance. Volunteers are again needed….40-50 of them. Please sign up your friends and relatives who help us make this a fun, family friendly, safe event! See Bill  Armstrong to volunteer for Security duties and Steve Roblin for Gate/Collection duties. No meetings attendance required
Meeting of April 14, 2015 Barbara Busing 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of April 7, 2015

Posted by Barbara Busing on Apr 06, 2015
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.
Meeting of April 7, 2015 Barbara Busing 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Mieke Ewen Classification

Posted by Barbara Busing on Mar 30, 2015
Our,speaker this morning was our own Mieke Ewen who did a great job telling us about her roots in Dundas that go back to when her great grandmother was 3 years old. Mieke noted that she knows many people in our club: Roger, Dave M, Mr. Samson and Mr. Gould in particular and has connections at Blackadar LTCH, The Villa where she now works, and with various volunteer activities in town at St Mark’s, Dundas Minor Hockey and as a soccer coach to name a few. She is busy with 3 children , daughter Audrey whom we met last week,  twin sons who are now 9 years old, a dog named “Habs”, and her husband who manages a Tommy Bahamas store. Not to mention her nursing management job at St Joe’s Villa that keeps her focused and working with seniors which she loves. She shared her love of always learning something new,and of family and community, and we are pleased she has joined our Rotary family. 
See you all next week when we hope to welcome back some of our snow birds!
Mieke Ewen Classification Barbara Busing 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 31, 2015

Posted by Barbara Busing on Mar 30, 2015
Today we welcomed 2 guests: Marilyn Armstrong (wife of Bill) and Carlotta Cisnero. And we had a special treat:  an Acting, for the Acting, Sergeant at Arms, Ernie Romain who stood in for George who was standing in for Bruce. Condolences to George on the recent passing of his aunt.
Lots of Happy Dollars today: First for Dave Carson who was a guest editor in The Spec yesterday writing about carbon taxing. Well done Dave! Wayne noted his personal carbon footprint, to get to his basement office, is much smaller than his wife's, as she is currently golfing (etc.etc.) in Florida. Bob Neibert admitted that he has been in Windsor ON, England, and Chicago recently with 3 different school groups , wrestling, rugby and jazz music respectively , so has not been very diligent about his carbon foot print. You might want to read his email to all of us about a  significant ride that is coming up this Thursday. Jessica admitted that she loves Staples and particularly the Waterdown one which has more bling than the Ancaster one we are told, as well as excellent customer service ( thank you Carlotta!). Needless to say that prompted Grant to contribute a BIG Happy Dollar and for Harold to follow suit as his daughter now works there. Please sign up for Lobsterfest was Harold’s second message. Phil was happy about basketball at Michigan State and Glen finished up noting his  non existant carbon footprint  and reminded us all to bring in a bottle of wine for the Wheel Barrrel draw at the Lobsterfest. All in all Ernie did very well collecting money for bling and carbon and other good laughs this morning. See the picture of him and Harold that almost stole the show !
Announcements included: April 28th is the date of the Paul Harris dinner for which Jan is collecting numbers and $60 pp. We are aiming for Every Rotarian- Every Year donations to the Foundation so again….please see Jan. And one more announcement that we are signing up artists at this time for Art in The Park ( September 13/15) so please have them contact Jan if you know of anyone interested.
Meeting of March 31, 2015 Barbara Busing 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

The Mustard Seed

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Mar 24, 2015
Dave Carson gave a talk on the Mustard Seed-  a new community cooperative food retail store located on York Boulevard; Dave has recently become a board member there.  The rationale behind the store is:
  • We want to eat more local foods, but they are hard to find in normal supermarkets
  • We want to buy more wholesome & organic foods, but can’t afford the premium prices
  • We want to know where our food comes from, and how to use it well.
  • We want to see our food dollars helping our farmers, our environment, and our neighbours.
The Mustard Seed is a not-for-profit grocery store, placing member and community benefit alongside profitability as hallmarks of success. Its goal is to support the local community by encouraging local food producers and processors and to provide a place where local, healthy foods can be purchased at fair prices. It also seeks to encourage local employment and pays a living wage to all employees.
You do not have to be a member to shop there but if you are, you obtain discounts on your purchases and can take advantage of member specials.
The Mustard Seed Ralph Montesanto 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting March 17

We had a bright green St Patrick’s Day meeting, thanks to hats, bow ties, and badges provided by Jessica Brennan.  We were joined by two visitors from McMaster Rotaract Club and Thie Convery and Kanwal Shankardass from the Noon Club. . Ernie Roman added to the Irish flavour by singing a song and dancing a jig. Not to be missed. Acting SAA George Gould collected Happy Dollars, starting with his own to celebrate his birthday and beer count of 530 different beers tasted. Derek was back from a UK trip, where the daffodils are already flowering. Barb celebrated grand-daughter #2. Alycia celebrated her new puppy – A Border Terrier and Jessica told us of her son’s successful graduation concert at Mohawk.
Announcements from Jan Southall reminded us to nominate Paul Harris winners from the Club or community for our dinner on April 28th. Bill Armstrong asked for volunteers for the May 30th  Lobsterfest to give their names to Harold Grunenberg, and to start assembling Silent Auction items.
We had two speakers at our March 17th meeting, Taylor from McMaster Rotaract and Thie Convery from the Noon Club. Taylor described the work of his club in raising funds for the National Service Dogs and for Prostate Cancer through the Movember activity. He encouraged us to attend their Parisian themed Gala taking place on March 27th at the McMaster Faculty Club; tickets $60 with funds raised going to TrueVision Ghana, an organization helping children impacted by AIDS. If you go, take a soft toy for donation to Ronald McDonald House.
Thie gave us an update on End Polio Now which has raised $1.4 billion since inception in 1985. It has succeeded in reducing worldwide polio cases from 350,000 a year to 333 in 2014. Polio is now only occurring in 3 countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  Funds raised by Rotary are now being matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.
Thie then promoted the Rotary District 7090 Million Dollar Dinner in which members are encouraged to make a pledge of $10,000 US to the Foundation, with many different ways to make the donation as a one time, multi-year or bequest donation. Contact Thie if you can consider this donation at 905—627-9970 or
Club Meeting March 17 Dave Carson 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Club meeting March 10

17 members and one guest (prospective member Scott Vance) heard some interesting stories with Happy Dollars. Steve Roblin avoided major losses in Las Vegas when his bank called to check on an illegal withdrawal. Barb Busing announced the birth of one grandchild and the forecast of another four in the near future. Jessica celebrated International Womens' Day last weekend.Paul Clifford distributed a quote from Ben Franklin - "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety" - and warned us of the implications of Bill C51 in this regard.
Jan Southall reminded us of the Paul Harris Dinner on Tuesday April 28th and that we had the opportunity of nominating a club or community member for a Paul Harris award. She also reminded us of the need for contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Bill Armstrong noted Lobsterfest there is a  planning meeting tonight and George Gould (acting Sergeant at Arms)  asked for volunteers on the Fireworks organizing committee.
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Roger Stewart Classification

Posted by Dave Carson on Mar 09, 2015
Roger Stewart entertained us with his re-classification after 13 years of membership. He reflected on his early life and events that influenced his development. They ranged from childhood bullying, a hit & run accident and his first job at a local garage. Baseball bat wielding robbers taught him life lessons about pain and fear. These events proved to be positive and life forming leading to his first career with the Post Office, his Presidency of the Letter Carriers Union at aged 21, marriage, family and life as a local property magnate by aged 28. This brief paragraph cannot do justice to the amusing stories Roger had to tell - so watch out for Part 2 at a future meeting.
Roger Stewart Classification Dave Carson 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice

Posted by David Carson on Mar 02, 2015
Our guest speaker Trudy Cowan  - Director of Volunteers at the Bob Kemp Hospice gave us a good overview of the many palliative care programs offered by the Hospice. She spoke with passion about the benefits of the work to those in need of palliative care and also how their family and friends benefited. She mentioned the many programs, not only the sort of residential care that our former member David Lowery enjoyed, but also the Day Hospice Program, the Bereavement Support group, the Healing Steps walking group, the Musical Therapy Program and their support for Camp Erin.
Following her talk, Community Service Director presented Trudy with a cheque for $1000 to support the Hospice.
Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice David Carson 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of March 3, 2013

Posted by David Carson on Mar 02, 2015
23 members assembled on another cold morning. We welcomed Trudy Cowan from the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.
Happy  dollars were collected by stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms George Gould; Glen enjoyed his grandson’s 2nd birthday party, Steve was back from a trip to Turks and Caicos and told us how he had surprised his father with a painting of Taylor’s Tea Rooms which included a sign his father had painted. Roger offered to sell the whole building to Steve. Barb was glad to be back from a two month stay in her new condo in Florida while Vlad had a more realistic view of our winter and had been on a quick trip to sun in the Dominican Republic. Having reached 65 Phil was glad to report on half-price GO fares to Toronto. Shirley was happy to report that her daughter had just been awarded a Pan_AM contract.
Past President Jan Southall distributed Rotary Foundation badge stickers and encouraged members who had not yet made a foundation to make their contribution.  
Meeting of March 3, 2013 David Carson 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Copy of Meeting of March 3, 2013

Posted by David Carson on Mar 02, 2015
23 members assembled on another cold morning. We welcomed Trudy Cowan from the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.
Happy  dollars were collected by stand-in Sergeant-at-Arms George Gould; Glen enjoyed his grandson’s 2nd birthday party, Steve was back from a trip to Turks and Caicos and told us how he had surprised his father with a painting of Taylor’s Tea Rooms which included a sign his father had painted. Roger offered to sell the whole building to Steve. Barb was glad to be back from a two month stay in her new condo in Florida while Vlad had a more realistic view of our winter and had been on a quick trip to sun in the Dominican Republic. Having reached 65 Phil was glad to report on half-price GO fares to Toronto. Shirley was happy to report that her daughter had just been awarded a Pan_AM contract.
Past President Jan Southall distributed Rotary Foundation badge stickers and encouraged members who had not yet made a foundation to make their contribution.  
Copy of Meeting of March 3, 2013 David Carson 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of February 24, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 23, 2015
We welcomed Scott Vance from the Dundas Figure Skating Club. Scott is a guest of the club and considering joining Rotary. He was here with Bill Armstrong. Bob Morrow gave the invocation reminding everyone that this is World Understanding and Peace Week. Sergeant-at-Arms George called for happy dollars. Bob Neibert is off to OFSSA wrestling with 5 team members and then to England with his school's rugby team. Phil was happy McMaster basketball won big and the school's wrestling team did likewise. Alycia had tickets to her husband's Georgetown Rotary Club and won the door prize - a trip for two to the Myian Riviera in Mexico. Ernie survived 5 days in Timmins and will soon spend some time in Florida to warm up. Forty-eight years ago today saw Derek arrive in Canada. It was very cold that day too. Paul informed us that school bus drivers in the state of Missouri no longer need a licence to drive bus. And, Jessica invited all to attend the Routes Gala this Friday.
Following this, Jan introduced Alycia the club's youth services director.
Meeting of February 24, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Youth Services

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 23, 2015
Alycia Moore, club youth services director, outlined the various programs encompassed in the youth services directorate. Although Earlyact, Interact and Rotaract are not part of this club, we do support youth leadership activities and regularly send individuals to SLAPSHOT in Ancaster ON, RYLA in Fredonia NY and Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa ON. The club hosted its first youth exchange student, Nico Papp in 2010-11. Nico is from Argentina. Our first outbound was Claire Harkness who went to Australia. The next year Lisa Kammemer from Austria was here and Emily Hall visited Denmark. Alycia's main focus was on youth exchange, hoping to get the members reengaged in hosting in the future. Alycia herself was a youth exchange student 10 years ago with her placement in Germany where she learned to speak German.
Host Bob Neibert spoke of his family's experiences with Nico and Marnee Maroes spoke of Lisa's stay with her. Ralph Montesanto who hosted Nico showed a slide presentation during fellowship and breakfast of all four youth exchange students. He then turned the computer and projector over to Nico who was Skyped into the meeting from his home in Cordoba Argentina. Nico answered a list of prepared questions ranging from who he is and when he was here, to non host members who took him to their cottage, the zoo, hockey games or golfing. He then outlined the highlights of the program for him. Nico also give his view of the type of student who should be considered for youth exchange. He suggested he or she should not be shy, should be comfortable when away from home and should not be on exchange if there are significant issues in their own home. To close the session, Ralph turned the mike over to club members who had a number of questions for Nico, ranging from his Canadian football skills to his dream to open a wing and 7-Up restaurant in Argentina. Skyping Nico live into the morning meeting was a first for the club and with a two hour time difference Nico did not have to get out of bed too early.
Youth Services Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

District 7090 Conference 2015

The District 7090 conference for 2015 is coming up this fall. Copy and enter
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District 7090 Conference 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of February 17, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 16, 2015
Ernie was this morning's Sergeant-At-Arms and collected plenty of Happy Dollars. He is off to Timmins and Glen paid so that Ernie remembers to come back. Phil had Valentine dinner at the golf club and said it was great, although nothing like the upcoming pancake dinner tonight at St. Mark's Church. Tickets are available at the door for $6 each. Derek is back from South America and enjoyed a temperature change from 30C to -27C. Shirley was glad to have husband Mike back from Guyana; Jessica's sister from Calgary and her long-time partner eloped to Las Vegas and saw Elvis. Dave Carson is back from skiing in Switzerland and David Matchett returned from Montreal and had his train break down for 12 hours. George reported that Stars of Dundas raised just over $10 000 and Mieke attended a family wedding on the Family Day weekend.
Carl was pleased with the winter carnival, the ice sculpture, the turn out and the many club members who helped out. He also said he was out of money so could not pay the happy dollar. Vlad paid it for him but could not believe that Carl was out of money! Wayne went snowmobiling in Rockwood where it was just as cold in the warming shed as outside. Paul remarked that after his talk last week he had contact with a number of folks from his past. Interesting how it all comes together. And Bob Morrow finished his last day with the Canadian Space Agency.
Ernie had another Happy Dollar, but not so happy. On the way back from a Raptors game in Toronto he hit a huge pothole on the Gardner Expressway that wrecked his car. He needed to be towed and his experience with scavenger tow trucks and the OPP was interesting.
Steve Roblin then introduced guest speaker Danielle Mably who brought us up to speed on the Youth Routes Centre.
Meeting of February 17, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Routes Youth Centre

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 16, 2015
Danielle Malby, program director of the Routes Youth Centre located in the Dundas Recreation Centre, outlined the various programs offered for 8 to 19 year olds in Dundas. Through peer tutoring, fun workshops, movie night, no electronics night and a wild card night of guest speakers, the program looks to provide a safe place and guidance for youth and help them find socially productive and satisfying "routes" to pursue in their lives and living. There are 121 youth in the program and each evening 10 to 15 come to the centre. Throughout the year there are special events like summer trips once a week, talent shows and various fund raisers like leaf raking or a scrap metal drive. The budget for the year is around $120 000 and it comes from a variety of donors including service clubs. The annual gala dinner this year is February 27 and tickets are available for $50 each. For more information go to the website
Club community services director Bill Armstrong presented Danielle with $1000. The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is a regular supporter of the Routes Youth Centre.
Routes Youth Centre Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Club Donates to Dundas Figure Skating club

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 14, 2015
At the club's winter carnival on February 14 Bill Armstrong, community services director, presented Scott Vance, VP of the Dundas Figure Skating Club with $400. Each year the club entertains at the Dundas Rotary Rink during the Family Day weekend Winter Carnival.
Club Donates to Dundas Figure Skating club Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

Ice Carving at the Rotary Winter Carnival

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 14, 2015
Iceculture Inc, a world class ice carving company had one of its artists carve Robear, the Dundas Rotary Ice Rink mascot. Carver Yen spent four hours working with three 300-pound blocks of ice. Starting with a chainsaw and working with hand tools, an electric grinder and a blow torch he created a master piece. Iceculture Inc. has created ice sculptures throughout the world and our club was very fortunate to have them on site February 14 during its winter carnival.
What a great job. Looks just like Robear.
Ice Carving at the Rotary Winter Carnival Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Clifford 39 Years in Rotary

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 09, 2015
Paul Clifford a charter member of this club and a Rotarian for 39 years gave a snap shot of his early years growing up during WWll and moving through various levels of education until receiving his doctorate in geology. Born in 1932 Paul was almost passed off to his aunt to be raised because his father was out of work and struggling to support his family.  In 1940 Paul was evacuated from London to avoid the bombing raids and moved in with a farming family in Cornwall. He said this was good because there was food on the farm, not like the ongoing rationing in the cities.  He learned to shear sheep and use horses to plow. At age 11 he took the usual scholarship exams and headed off to school in another city but moved again because of regular bombing. In fact a bomb landed less than 150 metres from Paul as he was looking out a window of the school. It blew out the window but did not harm him. He continued his education focusing on languages and just by chance read an interesting history book that led him to change to sciences and geology in particular. He came to Canada in 1954 and started teaching at various universities before settling on a 34 year career as a geology professor at McMaster University. Paul is a consummate volunteer giving significantly of his time and money to a variety of community organizations that help those in need of food, shelter, clothing and safety. 
Paul Clifford 39 Years in Rotary Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting of February 10, 2015

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 09, 2015
Well, the morning started with plenty of excitement. The fire alarm went off at the club and the fire department was dispatched. Nothing serious but we ate five alarm bacon! Lynn Gates from Little Hats was guest of the club. Bruce thanked everyone who helped with the Dundas Stars show. There were 133 tickets collected at the door and the event was outstanding. Happy dollars from Bob Morrow who was back from a 9-day cruise; from Carl Fraser (who was absent) indicating there would be an ice sculptor at the winter carnival; from Art who again reminded us to think about attending the Routes Gala on February 27; and from Phil who had tickets to St. Mark's Pancake Dinner on February 17. Dave Matchett was off to Montreal to see the Leafs and Habs play; and, Jessica will be receiving the Legacy of Merit Award. Randy has two tables filled for the Rockton Dinner Theatre on March 21 but might be able to purchase more tickets if anyone else is interested.
Meeting of February 10, 2015 Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Little Hats Receives $400

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 09, 2015
Community services director Bill Armstrong and president Bob Neibert presented Lynn Gates from Little Hats with $400 to assist with the purchase of materials. Lynn indicated that last year there were 400 knitters in Little Hats and they made 4436 hats, gloves and scarves for babies to adults. Most of the items were delivered to shelters and inner city schools. 
Little Hats Receives $400 Ralph Montesanto 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Dundas Stars Rock

Posted by Ralph Montesanto on Feb 09, 2015
The annual Rotary Stars of Dundas presented a revue that appealed to all ages. Stephanie Eccles and sister Stacey Bishop returned for their 11th year awing the audience with When You Say Nothing At All, Poker Face and Say Something. The trio of Vocal-Tude kept us smiling with Peaceful Easy Feelings and Will the Circle be Unbroken.
Steven Andrews, a member of Vocal-Tude brought down the house with You Raise Me Up - so much so that he brought tears to the eyes of EmCee Bruce Eccles. 
The young entertainers were amazing. Thomas Nunan sang a song he wrote, The Hero That You Chose, as well as Anything. Avery Schmalz’s voice was meant for the St. James Anglican Church acoustics, singing I found a Boy and People Help the People.
The dance trio of Julia Vance, Severn Keen and Audrey Ewen gave an Arabian Nights performance and Severn Keen a solo to Touch the Sky. 
The baby grand piano filled the church with the sounds of The Entertainer and Fur Elise played by Adam Eldridge. And Elyssa Armstrong and Amy Goodes sang a duet of This is Where.
Nav Pooni rocked the room with his guitar, singing Suspicious Minds and Blackbird. And organist Richard Hansen reminded the audience that they were in fact in a church with his renditions of Jesu Joy of Mans and Introduction and Fugue. 
Magician, Brandon Love preformed two acts that had the audience scratching their heads, wondering how he did them. Brandon also performed for individuals during the pre-show and intermission wine and cheese social.
During the event the two Rotary clubs in Dundas made a $5000 presentation to St. Joseph’s Villa in support of 12 new beds that recently opened.