STRCRC Meeting


June 20
Fellowship at 5:10 p.m.


St. Thomas Roadhouse Bar & Grill
837 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, ON


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St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes June 13, 2018

Wade called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
O Canada & 4 Way Test
Guests:  Sophie Ryan Bradley Matt
Club Announcements
Still Looking for a Vice-President.
Clothing Order-   Club clothing order form has been circulated.
Presentation:    Diane Chantler   
Wade introduced Diane.
Diane indicated that she joined Rotary in the first place because Rotary had a chance to make a difference around the world.   Diane and Bill were recently in South Africa and will be talking about a Literacy project there.   Diane said that this project is an example of the ripple impact where one person with an idea, solicits others and by working together they make a difference in the world.  The ripple impact is seen often with Rotary initiatives. 
This literacy project was made possible through the collaboration of Rotary clubs in South Africa and in our district.  District 6330 Rotary clubs in collaboration with the Thames Valley School District gather materials and equipment to be shipped to South Africa.   The South African Rotary clubs such as the Middleburg Rotary Club receive the containers, unload them and distribute the equipment and materials in the schools.  Diane and Bill visited three schools and two orphanages in South Africa.  One orphanage provided care for 248 children but received government funding for only 50 children!   Not surprisingly, there was not an over abundance of food or anything else for all the children.  As another example of the circumstances, mothers and small children in one community walked 5 km without shoes while pushing a wheelbarrow with containers in order to get water. The empty shelves in the schools were filled with books and learning materials that arrived through this literacy project.  The children are excited to have learning materials, tables and chairs.   This project and the work of those in the communities recognize the validity and demonstrate the importance of Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”    Without education, the lives of children will never improve. 
Many club members asked questions and thanked Diane for her presentation during Happy Dollars.
Club Business and Schedule
RYE-  There will be an update on June 20.
Jackpot Bingo    The schedule for June is complete. 
Container Packing-   Volunteers are needed for June 22 (2-6 pm) and June 23 (8 am to 12:30 pm) in Exeter to load containers.  Please see the separate email and sign up sheet that has been forwarded to all members. 
MS 50/50 Draw-  next Friday.
MS-BBQ and Chocolate Cake Fundraiser -  The initiative is being developed
Rotary International Conference   June 23-27
Change over BBQ-   June 27 at Scott Carrie’s House.
Chris reported-   The Guatemala school project is uncertain because of the impact of the recent volcanic eruptions.
Big Brothers and Sisters -   Sandy mentioned to watch for further information about the organization’s school program. 
Happy Birthday Chris Chandler June 23.
Happy Dollars
Members had Happy Bucks. 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:39 p.m.

Diane and Bill Chantler representing our club and District 6330 in South Africa.

See the Global Literacy Project at the Grand Bend Rotary literacy project webpage::


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