Rotary Club of Kitchener


January 7, 2019

Happy Jar

Louise Gardiner was happy to announce that after 40 years in the travel industry she is now retired as of January 1.  She is looking forward to new adventures such as teaching the Travel Course at Conestoga College and getting more involved with Rotary at both the Club and District levels.  She was also delighted to report that for the first time in five years, since Graham’s surgery, they went skiing together this past weekend.
President-Elect Paul was happy to have had a great Christmas season with family including his Son, Daughter-In-Law and Granddaughter in Toronto as well as his son and family visiting from out west.

Bell Ringer(s)

President-Elect Paul recognized and thanked all of the members who helped out at the First Night festivities at City Hall on New Year’s Eve and made them the Bell Ringers for this week.

President's Wine Quiz

Question: To what country did Martin Jones and his wife, Diane, travel last year to connect with several of the young women who had been supported by the Rotary African Women’s Education Fund?
Answer: Kenya

Club Announcements

Bill Proctor let the members know that $275 was donated at the First Night event where we were serving hot chocolate.
Jim Phillips announced that we have received a cheque for $15,334 as our income from the Online Auction.  Common expenses have already been paid but some local ones still need to be accounted for.  Jim and the committee will give a full report at the meeting on February 11.

50/50 Draw

We are well into the deck now and the pot is at $397 but will certainly be over $400 next week as none of Bill Proctor, Jim Brown, nor Howard Pell found Jack.

Program Highlights

Our guest speaker today was James Neufeld, the Executive Director of the Women’s Addiction Centre of the House of Friendship.  It has been five years since our club gave Women’s Addiction Centre $90,000 as part of our 90th Anniversary celebrations.  James was here today to remind us of our critical the donation was to their campaign at that time and to give an update and what is happening today.
Jim used photos to show the difference between what was, and is now, in terms of the facility that is available to assist women dealing with addiction issues.  The facility that is here today provides a secure, warm environment that allows women needing its services to do some with dignity.  Jim also reminded and thanked us for the work we did in creating their outdoor space which is used extensively by the residents.
The services at the centre have grown and it now also houses the St. Mary’s Counselling Services.  Including all of its varied services the House of Friendship supports about 42,000 individuals per year.
The House of Friendship is now in the process of developing a new regional addiction treatment facility for men in Cambridge.  Construction began in October and should be completed by July.
More information about all of the House of Friendship activities can be found at

Closing Remarks & Reminders

President-Elect Paul reminded members that our guest speaker next week will be Ellen Gregg, a nutritionist with the Regional Health Department who will speak on Starting 2019 Off on the Right Nutritional Foot.
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Member Birthdays
Robert Bullas
January 2
Karen Redman
January 8
Paul Rostrup
January 8
Bill Proctor
January 9
John English
January 26
Join Date
Al Way
January 1, 1991
28 years
Bill Proctor
January 1, 2000
19 years
Cameron Yule
January 1, 1992
27 years
Carl Zehr
January 1, 1975
44 years
Carol Wiebe
January 1, 1995
24 years
Cheryl Ewing
January 1, 2002
17 years
Dave Martindale
January 1, 1995
24 years
Dave Smith
January 1, 1977
42 years
Ed Fowler
January 1, 1996
23 years
Gary Parker
January 1, 1994
25 years
Jack Ball
January 1, 1962
57 years
JB Moore
January 1, 1993
26 years
John O'Brien
January 1, 1971
48 years
Karen Redman
January 1, 1999
20 years
Ken Seiling
January 1, 1997
22 years
Lew Ford
January 1, 1991
28 years
Mike Pollard
January 1, 1993
26 years
Peter Gray
January 1, 1997
22 years
Robert Bullas
January 1, 1984
35 years
Ross Newkirk
January 1, 1990
29 years
Shawky Fahel
January 1, 1987
32 years
Steve Lubczuk
January 1, 1989
30 years
Wayne Boehler
January 1, 1993
26 years
John English
January 31, 2002
17 years
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