St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes - March 11, 2020
Attendance: Bill C, Al G, Wade C, Scott C, Helen C, Curtis R, Mark F, Sandy W, Ann L, Brian G, Dagmar W, Diane C, Paul N Regrets: Natalie R, Sue B Guests: Barb Matthews, Sherri Lalonde, Carolyn Johnson, Linda Corviau, Bill Graham, Laura Sherwood
Welcome - President Scott @ 5:30 pm O' Canada 4 Way Test
Hospice of Elgin - Linda Corviau, Bill Graham and Laura Sherwood
Linda introduced the importance of the services offered by Serenity House, St. Thomas and the need for a new Hospice.
Laura talked about the need for hospice services in Elgin County, Hospice of Elgin. The aging of the population will increase the demand for hospice services over time. The vision is to create a 15,000 foot palliative care hub. It will provide the following: Hospice Residence (private suites), Palliative Care Clinic; Caregiver Respite and Support; Grief and Bereavement programs; Wellness Services; Psychosocial and Spiritual Services; Resources; Education and Navigation; and Family Centered Care in the home, in the community or in the Hospice. They are hoping that the Hospice will be a new build and built in St. Thomas or the surrounding area. The capital costs for building the Hospice will be $6.8 million. This is a large project for the Community that will provide hospice services but also construction jobs, community richness and a community led services. It is felt that there is close to 4 million dollars in commitment but more is needed.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Executive Director Barb Matthews, Sheri Lalonde and Carolyn Johnson were introduced to the club. Sherri spoke about the 50th anniversary of the organization and benefits for children and youth at risk. Sheri talked about developing internal and external assets for those at risk. Sherri further explained that the organization works with children and youth to help them build their assets primarily through strength-based approaches including mentoring.
BBBS accepted a donation of $1000.00 from the club.
Fundraising - Paul N
International - Mark F
Local Community Service - Sandy
Wade and Sandy reminded everyone about the Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday - 184 people are registered so far.
Rotary Youth Exchange - Al G
Al stated that our RYE students went to camp last weekend and all went well.