The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Kemptville
District 7040, Charter 3741, November 1934
November 27, 2012 ~ Volume 89 ~ Issue 14

Your Club Board Members

President: Anna Rochon  New Generations: Jennifer Franssen 
Past President: Rob Horning
Foundation: Susan Hunt 
President Elect: Jill Eagle
Membership: Rowena Cooper 
Treasurer: Colleen Morris-Wilson
Secretary: Jill Eagle 
E-Secretary: Dave Pelletier
Public Relations: Ken Mews 
Club Administration: Cora Beking

Number of Rotarians present at this evening's meeting: 22 = 88% attendance

President Anna chaired this evening's meeting and Rotarian Ben led us in the singing of the national anthem and grace.

Jim Wrong - Honourary Rotarian
Speaker -  MGen Christine Whitecross and her husband Ian

Norma Fisher
Suzie MacIntosh  
Doug MacDonald
David McKellar - visiting Rotarian
Susan Fisher - Visiting Rotarian

Rotarian Jill who was suffering from an encounter with the dentist.

Club Celebrations:
Rotarian Donovan celebrated his 65th today and Rotarian Brian celebrated his club anniversary (27th)

Reports and Announcements:

  • Rotarian Cora now has the tickets for our Christmas party.  Tickets are $30.00 per person. Please see Cora as soon as possible to pick yours up.
  • Rotarian Susan provided the  Rotary Moment. Tonight's theme was Canada's contribution the eradication of polio.
  • Rotarian Nancy is looking for carolers to help entertain us at the Christmas party.
  • The following message was sent in response to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort:

    It is now almost four weeks since Hurricane created havoc in New York City and the Northeastern United States. The clean-up continues with efforts to salvage and restore homes and other buildings damaged in the wake of the storm. As recently as last week more than 200 additional homes on Staten Island were condemned and ordered taken down; Rotarians are among those performing this clean-up. When speaking with Rotarians in D7230, I learned that there are opportunities for D7040 Rotarians to perform hands-on assistance if they are able and feel so inclined. The contacts for this change frequently, however, If you are interested, please let me know and I can put you in touch with the current coordinators for this Rotary effort.

    While the first responder and clean-up phases continue, it was confirmed that Rotary is now determining how to maximize the benefit of the matching grant with D7040. When speaking with PDG Janet Di Benedetto (Foundation Chair D7230), there was an indication that

    1. D7230 will be able to provide DDF to help maximize our contribution

    2. D7230 anticipate being prepared to write the grant application just before Christmas

    3. The need for clothing and similar emergency supplies has been met and surpassed; temporary housing is being made available; the greatest need now is helping people to become re- established

    4 The probability is that a large part of our grant will be used to assist families who have lost their homes by helping them to acquire basic household necessities (ie appliances, etc).

    5.To date we wish to thank the following clubs in D7040 that have pledged a total of $15,619 (Canadian & US dollars calculated at par) - Plattsburgh; Plattsburgh Sunrise; Ottawa Stittsville; Montreal Lakeshore; Montreal Westward; Shawville; Hawksbury; Cornwall; Cornwall Sunrise; West Ottawa; Watertown (noon); Lake Placid; Massena.

    6. Because it is going to be at least two more weeks before the assessment is completed to determine the best use of matching grant funds which will exceed $50,000, we are suggesting that the deadline for contributions should be extended to December 15, 2012.

    7. It should be noted that the importance of our support and friendship in these difficult times is deeply appreciated by the Rotarians of D7230 and cannot be overstated.

    Contributions and questions should be directed to PDG Bette Miller D7040 Grants Chair. (613-931-2939).

    Cheques should be made payable to Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise Inc. and sent to one of the mailing addresses below

    Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise Inc.PO Box 562,
    Cornwall, ON K6H 5T3


    Bette Miller

    6079 Cashion Rd. RR#1

    Williamstown ON K0C 2J0

  • Rotarian Mike presented the club with several banners which were collected on the Friendship Tour to Australia.
  • There were several other items mentioned which are too lengthy to detail in this space. They will be send to the members as attachments in a separate e-mail message
  • Rotarian Ben led O Canada and grace

50/50 Draw:  The winner of a pot of $26.00 was Ben Vorano

Guest Speaker:
Tonight's speaker, MGen Christine Whitecross introduced by PDG George. MGen Whitecross is Canada's chief military engineer. She joined the Canadian Forces in 1982 after spending four years in the cadet programme. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queen's and Defence Studies from Royal Military College.
MGen Whitecross began her talk by speaking about the physical country of Afghanistan. The pictures she showed of the country presented beautiful and varied terrain. She spoke extensively about  the work the Canadian Engineers have done for the people of the country. They have provided a huge increase in support of infrastructure for the benefit of the local population. Urban areas are doing better in this aspect than the rural areas. As part of their mandate, they built canals and drainage ditches, schools, mosques, health clinics, and police and government infrastructure. This work was done using Afghan labour. The presentation was accompanied by several before and after pictures.
In her spare time, MGen Whitecross worked with a women's group and a school for developmentally challenged children.
She was thanked for an extremely interesting presentation by Rotarian Donovan.

December 4th - Rotarians Anna, Mike and Anna's husband Paul will share their Australian travel experience.
December 11th - Sally MacInnis will speak on infection control in Cameroon
December 18th - Rotary Christmas party
December 25th - Merry Christmas (No Meeting)
January 1st - Happy New Year (No Meeting)

President Alla closed the meeting with the recital of the 4-Way test