STRCRC Meeting

Vicki Asher, Horton Street Market Manager

December 8

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St Thomas Railway City Rotary Club Minutes - December 1, 2021
Attendance:  :Bill, Diane, Kathy, Al, Helen, Anne, Sue, Scott, Brian, Wade, Bob, Paul, Sandy

Regrets: Eleanor, Natalie
Guests:  Kyle Rolph

Welcome -President Paul @ 5:30 pm

Presentation:  Kyle Rolph. ED Youth for Christ

Kyle Rolph - Kyle gave the club an insightful presentation on the upper room emergency youth shelter.  This shelter takes up to 6 youth guests at a time between the ages of 6-24.  On average they have 1-2 youths.   
The shelter provides an evening meal and breakfast and is open Wed through Sunday.  The goal is for the shelter to be open 7 nights a week by the end of the school year.  The shelter is part of the city wide program for homelessness. 
Kyle runs the shelter with the help of volunteers.  Each child gets a day pack when they arrive.  The shelter collects suitcases for kids as many arrive with their clothes in garbage bags.  Kyle works closely with Family and Children's services.  
He runs workshops and trains other professionals on assessing suicide risk in kids.  Family and Children's services has donated money towards this training so the cost is only $10 each.  The shelter mostly self funded.  To access the shelter kids call 211 which is located in Windsor.  The operator puts the child in touch with appropriate services.  The Salvation Army will put them in a hotel for a night if needed.  75-80 % of children who call this number are fleeing violence in the home.  The biggest needs for the shelter at the moment are: volunteers, funding, and gift cards.  Every child gets a $10.00 gift card.  The shelter is located at 21 Edward St. which is the site of the Old Baptist church between Alma and Balaclava.  

Financial Report - Helen
Helen - Financials- 

Committee Updates
Hospice- Diane

 Sue and Diane- Art and Wine night Dec. 22/ 21
All the art pieces have now been photographed and Sue has taken the pictures and put them into a beautiful presentation.  This will be circulated to all members prior to the night.  Sue will also send out the Zoom link.  
Al Hughson is ready to go as the auctioneer.  There are a total of 10 pieces of art and 6 baskets.   

Fundraising - Paul 

Jackpot Bingo- Eleanor

International - Mark F

Local Community Service - Sandy

YWCA- Diane reported that the parcels were all delivered to the YWCA as well as a cheque for $2000.00.  Lindsey Rice was very appreciative and Sue took photos.
Diane will deliver gift cards to the Teens.  
Dictionaries- Helen reported that unfortunately the dictionary environmental piece has not been approved for the District Grant.  However, Al would still like to move forward with this project using club funds.  Helen proposed that $3600 from OLG and the club be used to fund the project.  This project has already had budget approval.  Funding for the dictionaries with OLG and money from the club was approved by a show of hands.

Bob- Lighting of the Park
The St. Thomas Rotary club was very grateful for the help from our club in setting up the lights.  The takedown for the lights is on Jan 8 at noon.  Bob reported that he is getting lots of enquiries from other local businesses who want to take part next time.  At present it is all done on a voluntary basis by service clubs.  Bob encouraged everyone to take a drive through the park to see our good work!
Kathy - Chester St Group Home Christmas parcels
The club approved $500.00 to support Christmas gifts for Chester St. Group Home.   Kathy reported that the Rehab Dept at STEGH would like to partner with our club to also collect gifts for the group home.  The plan is to meet this weekend to put the packs together.   Kathy will let other club members know the date and time of delivery so they can participate.  

Wade- wanted to thank everyone who donated to the 100 people that care.  $10 thousand dollars was awarded to Endwell Foundation. They will be our speaker on Feb. 2, 2022.  

Inn out of the Cold- Wade is delivering the meal this Sunday Dec. 5.  

Wildflowers- Bill

Bill reported that Jane from Wildflowers gave the club a donation of $150.00 for helping with a special event parking last Friday for a Celebration of Life.

Horton Street Market- Sandy

Rotary Youth Exchange - Al G

Social Media - Sue B.

Administration - Bill C  

Polio Update/Challenge

Member News

Birthday- Al Gardner - Dec. 3.   Happy Birthday Al!

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Upcoming Events

Members had Happy Bucks!

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by: 
Al Gardiner

Minutes taken by: 
Kathy Wilson (Court) 

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