St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes, July 4th, 2018
Ian called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year, Be The Inspiration
and lead in 4 way test
Guests: Larry Longfield - Caso Station, Sophie Kapogiannis, Barb Matthews
Still Looking for a Vice-President.
Llano Grande School, Santa Rosa Dept., Guatemala Washroom Project.
Motion was made by Wade, Motion was Seconded by Natalie
Speakers and representative:
1.Big brothers big sisters - Barb Mathews
Barb shared about the about school based 1 on 1 mentorship programs.
They are currently serving approx. 250 kids in all of Elgin county through the variety of programs.
Approx. 4 kids per school need services, approx. 80 kids that need 1on1 mentoring in a variety of ways, outings, talking, introducing new experiences that they might not get to without the program. There are approx. 100 kids on waiting list.
BBBS has signage around town to bring awareness of the need for volunteers.
Big ball drop and kick off is on Sept 8th at the Trout Farm
Everyone is welcome to come out
BBBS is one of the few organizations that have matches of bigs to littles that have been together for 3+ years, one year is the requirement.
Sue Westaway provided some brochures and volunteer forms
Wade has been a mentor for years and can answer questions if needed.
2. Inn out of the Cold - Sandy Westaway
Approx 276 guests were served meals this year, averaging approx. 55 a night. People were also assisted with back packs full of essential items and also move in bins.
At this time the meal program is running 6 months of the year, they are looking at expanding this to a full time program.
Sandy is working with board to look at 3 areas, staffing, training and procedures to help better serve the guests and their needs.
3. Christmas Care - Wade Coombs
Bringing back apples to the hampers has helped to increase funding by 28%, Steel Way being a major finical contributor.
Christmas Care has also started adding fresher and better quality food, instead of the processed foods that have been a major part in the past.
Over $25000 was donated last year, an increase of 28%
1400 hampers were given out last year.
They are looking for apple packers and possible drivers to deliver hampers this year.
4. North America Railway hall of fame- Larry Longfield
Ian presented Larry c/o CASO station with a cheque for $2000 from the fish fry
Totaling in $17000 in donations over the last 6yrs!!!
Larry mentioned that they do not do any advertising for the CASO station and events like fish fry help to bring people in and increased their bookings.
In April/May the CASO, NARW, Iron horse and Walkway have joined together to work on projects.
The Railway Museum was able to secure funding to fix the roof inside and resulted in opening 8000 sq feet, now available for events
The Elevated park will also be hosting weddings and other types of events.
5. Guatemala banos project- Chris Chantler
Chris gave us an update on the Llano Grande School, Santa Rosa Dept., Guatemala Washroom Project.
As agreed to by the Club in the “Guideline Budget” to write a cheque for $1500.00 CAD, date the cheque for July 21 2018, and make the cheque payable to Power At Work (a registered Canadian Charity) to fulfill our pledge to the Llano Grande School, Santa Rosa Dept., Guatemala Washroom Project.
**specific date is required on the cheque to ensure the amount contributed is doubled to $3000.00 by Power At Work’s third-party source (per Anthony)
A motion was made by Wade
Date for the cheque is July 21 2018
Motion was Seconded by Natalie
No one had any further discussion
Diane and Bill had a few special presentations from their recent trip to the Rotary International Convention.
Wade was given an official Ian Riseley tie, only a number of the ties were produced.
Ian with a Rotary tie with this years tie theme on it – waves and a sunset. Ian was also given a Keep Calm I’m a Rotarian tee shirt.
There were a wide variety of speakers that included Ian Risely, Prime Minister Trudeau and Laura Bush
This years convention was the 3rd largest in north America, 25,000 people were in attendance, approx. 10,000 couldn’t get visas to attend.
Diane gave bathing suits, as well as 25 teddy bears to DG Charles Deiner.
Next week's meeting is cancelled
Please Bingo schedule for opening times.
Members had Happy Bucks.
Birthdays sent to
July 10 – Ken Wimott
July 15 – Chris Goodall
July 17 Eleanor Robson
The meeting was adjourned at 6:36 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Thomas-Elgin:
Impact of Mentoring
When we have happy, healthy young people in our communities, everyone benefits.