St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes - February 10, 2021
Attendance: Scott C., Al, Sandy, Diane, Bill, Ann, Mark, Sue, Wade, Eleanor, Helen, Roger, Dagmar, Paul Regrets: Natalie Guests: N/A
Welcome - President Scott @ 5:30 pm O' Canada 4 Way Test
Bill introduced Eleanor’s talk, East Joins West Through Art
In 1991, a delegation from the Soviet Union came to Canada looking for an artist to go to the Soviet Union to create a book together, East Joins West Through Art. Peter Robson, the artist, and Eleanor Robson, the photographer, were invited to the Soviet Union for a working visit to last three weeks. They spent the first few days developing working relationships and socializing, and then the Soviet Union collapsed. Peter and Eleanor had the support of the working group but no legal visas! For safety reasons, the working group left Moscow and went to a country house in Borovsk before finding their way to Odessa in the Ukraine. Despite the turbulent times, Peter and the working group members worked together including Peter’s production of paintings of landscapes and buildings, and some of Peter’s work was put on permanent display in the Borovsk museum. While Eleanor and Peter over extended their stay, they had a rewarding experience and returned safely to Canada.
Members had questions. Scott thanked Eleanor for her interesting presentation.
Helen reminded the club that a new session of the Rotary Leadership Institute is being offered starting March 1. The class is full and has a waiting list.
Financial - Helen
Fundraising - Paul
International - Mark F
Local Community Service - Sandy
Paul has been in contact with Sam at the Roadhouse and a meal sponsored by the club for Inn Out Of The Cold for February 21 is being arranged.
Rotary Youth Exchange - Al G
Administration - Bill C
Sue provided an update regarding the hospital “thank you” initiative. The club’s display will available throughout the hospital during the upcoming wellness week. Sue requested a donation for a costless draw as a way of further thanking the hospital workers. Some members offered to donate $100 each, and the club passed the following motion:
The club will donate $100 towards a prize for a costless auction. Mover: Roland Seconder: Diane
Sue was thanked for all her efforts!
Bill suggested that we do a clean up for the District’s Environment Day on April 24, 2021. Bill suggested that we look at a clean up at Barrie Park or Port Bruce. There will be further discussion regarding this.