Rotary Club of Kitchener


March 18, 2019

Happy Jar

Louise Gardiner was pleased to share her exploration of her family's genealogy.  She has traced her Canadian background back to Montreal in the 1700s and Graham's to Scotland.

Rohit Kumar was finally able to enjoy a vacation with his family - in Mexico.  While he was not able to share historical and cultural facts with his family, they did gain a fresh perspective on how good they have it in Canada.

New Member Induction

After attending several meeting, Bryn Jones became our newest member.  He was sponsored by Ed Fowler.

Bryn works with Ed at Walter Fedy.  He is in the Asset and Facilities Management Solutions group.  In addition, he has taught course at Conestoga College.

Bryn is married, and has two children.

Bell Ringer(s)

None today

President's Wine Quiz

What new item has Secretary Bill Proctor introduced to the Events slides displayed before the meeting.  Pub Night, our replacement fundraiser on May 8.

Club Announcements

Secretary Bill Proctor reminded us that there is no meeting next Monday, but instead a Club Assembly, dealing with membership issues, will be held at the Edelweiss Tavern on Tuesday March 26 at 6:30 (meeting at 7).
You are also reminded of the Soupfest at the Ken Seiling Museum this Friday, March 22, to help out.  Be there by about 11:15. 
President Elect Paul Rostrup gave further details on Pub Night.  This will replace In Vino (at least for this year) and will take place Descendants Tavern (on Victoria close to Lancaster) on Wednesday May 8.  Cost will be $75, and the ticket will include craft beer sampling (including Local Lager, but also local spirits and cider), as well as hors d'oeurves.  Tickets should be available by the Club Assembly.  
Darren Sweeney reminded us of the Wilmot BrewHaHa on May 4, where we may need some assistance with serving Local Lager.  In addition, a further opportunity is coming on May 24 at a Beer event at Bingemans.  Beer will be sold in 5 oz servings, and we receive $1.20 for each glass.  Darren will provide further details. 

50/50 Draw

Russ St Louis found the illusive jack - and claimed the $882 pot.  As the joker was still in the deck, Ray Taylor and Mike Pollard tried, but could not find it.

Program Highlights

Our guest speaker, Shirley Madill, was introduced by Louise Gardiner.  Shirley is the Executive Director of the KW Art Gallery (KWAG).
She previously held Curatorial and Director positions at Winnipeg, Hamilton Victoria and Brock University Galleries. She spend a year in residency in Valenciennes France and served as the Cultural Attache at the Canadian Embassy in Paris.
She quickly looked back at the KWAG history from the bicycle shed at KCI (where the Club first became involved in 1956) to its impressive location at Centre in the Square, where there lobby is currently being renovated.  She expressed amazement that they were able to attract Tom Thomson to an event at the time of its opening.
The KWAG is there to connect people and ideas through art, with a focus on the best of contemporary culture.  It has over 4,000 works in its permanent collection.
The number of programs that Shirley listed is very impressive, from the "stroller tours" for mothers and very young children, to the youth council, seniors programs, and newcomers to Canada.  Tours are available in nine languages.
President Richard noted that we will be having our turnover meeting at the Gallery.

Closing Remarks & Reminders

No meeting next Monday - Club Assembly next Tuesday at the Edelweiss at 6:30.
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