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Guelph South

Come together as strangers
Work together as friends

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Springfield Golf & Country Club
2054 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON  N1L1G6
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The Volunteer Appreciation Brunch has been rescheduled to SUNDAY APRIL 22nd 2018 at 12:30pm at Cutten Fields.
We are looking forward to honouring the 10 organizations and 100 volunteers at that event that will wrap up National Volunteer Week.
An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.  Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.  The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Mobile prenatal clinics:  Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
Cancer screening:  Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
Preventing injuries and deaths:  Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.
“If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.” Robert Zinser, co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development and retired president for Asia at chemical giant BASF.
The International Curling Fellowship Of Rotarians 24th World Championship is being held in Hamilton, Scotland April 6-13.  Our own Brian Cowan leaves on April 4th to participate as a member of the Guelph-Wellington Rotary curling team.
The Curling Fellowship of Rotarians received its status from Rotary International in 1972, but it’s origin came out of a group of Rotarians representative of Scotland, Canada and the U.S.A. that had organized a Rotary curling tour to Scotland in 1956. In 1957 Rotarians from Scotland returned to curl in Canada, (Quebec and Ontario) and in the U.S.A., in the area of Utica and Schenectady, in New York. The U.S.A withdrew from the curling tour after the 1957 trip. Since 1958 the curling tour has taken place every two years with Scotland and Canada alternating as hosts.  Canada is allowed 4 teams, and those spots are hotly contested by many Rotary clubs.
The objects of the Curling Fellowship are to promote international fellowship between curling Rotarians and to hold every two years a curling competition to determine the champion of the Curling Fellowship.  The winner receives the coveted silver bell with a Rotary Wheel on top.
The winners of the first and second place team receive gold and silver medals. The third place team receives a bronze medal.  11 teams compete in the championship event and up to 16 teams in the friendship event. The curling competition involves a round robin with two games per day. At the conclusion of the round robin the top 4 teams compete in a semi final and a final.  Aside from the curling, the fellowship events include an opening reception, home hospitality, attendance at a Rotary meeting and finally the closing banquet with presentation of trophy and awards.
The many traditions and customs associated with the sport of curling, including its camaraderie fit like a hand in a glove with Rotary fellowship. The 150 plus Rotarians and spouses look forward to a great week of fellowship at the curling championships.
We had some really interesting and diverse speakers during the month of March – thanks to the members for their assistance in organizing these weekly meeting programs.
Celia Clark thanking Canadian elite boxer/Olympic hopeful Sara Haghighat-joo
Jeff Merriman, Field Director for Water Ambassadors Canada
Michael House Executive Director Beth Harris
Karen Dowell thanks Gail Touchie, Regional Manager, West Central Ontario, Scientists in School
Ever wonder why every Rotary Club has one??
In 1922, U.S. Rotarians organized an attendance contest; the challenge was that the losing clubs would join in giving the winning club a prize.  The Rotary Club of New York City was declared the winner and to them was awarded as a prize a bell from a popular patrol boat, which was placed on wood that came from HMS "Victory", Admiral Nelson's vessel at the battle of Trafalgar. 
Since then, the bell used in Rotary meetings started to represent, as on the ships, order, discipline and the time to guide us through the weekly hour and a half meetings.  The bell informs us with its sound the beginning of the Rotary meeting, at which time people present should stand, same as at the end, in order to salute the national and Rotary flags.  The gavel symbolizes the authority invested in the Rotarian elected to the highest position in Rotary, and through him, reminds those present of his authority.   When presidents transmit their positions to their successors at the end of their mandate, they give the bell their last hit turning the gavel over to their successor, symbolizing the transfer of authority.
(Note: each Club has its own traditions with respect to use of the Rotary bell – it is just a symbol, its use is not cast in stone)
On Friday March 23rd the University of Guelph Rotaractors hosted their annual Gala, this year to benefit the Start2Finish Running & Reading Program in Guelph.  Everyone, including the Rotary Club of Guelph South members that attended the event, had a great time and very much enjoyed the dinner.  Their Facebook page has some photos, including these:
Only 5 cases of polio worldwide so far in 2018!  Be proud to be a Rotarian and part of the monumental 30 year effort to eradicate this disease for good.
Last week marked the launch of Food4Kids Waterloo Wellington in Guelph!  Food4Kids is a program that sends home food on Fridays with children facing food insecurity to help through the weekend.  The project will be a partnership of the four Guelph Rotary Clubs who are going to be volunteering and funding this program, with the SEED providing space and help with ordering, management and distribution.
On April 26th the weekly meeting will focus on this program.  Thanks to Hazel and Celia for their efforts on behalf of our Rotary club towards this new program.
In this photo, the steering committee is about to start the packing. Please help spread the word - we are so excited to make this happen.
To learn more about Food4Kids, check out the website https://www.food4kidsww.ca/gwd
President-Elect Linda Main has just completed the second of 2 PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) sessions and is raring to go for her year that will start on July 1st.
What is PETS?  It’s a multi-district series of speakers and workshops that all Presidents-Elect attend.  There is a 1-day event locally, then a 2-day event at a hotel in Toronto.  This is at no charge to the incoming President, the costs including accommodation are covered through the fees paid by the club to the District.  The event gives incoming Presidents the opportunity to hear from experienced Rotarian speakers and to network with other incoming Presidents.
Linda sent us some photos including one of the program – a Photo Album has been created on the club website that has the photos in it.  Have a look and see if you too aren’t intrigued and interested in becoming a future President for our Rotary club.
(Linda with Margaret Nixon's daughter Lisa  on her right - Lisa is President Elect of the Elora club)
The First National Health Week 2018 in Mexico will be held from February 17 to 23.   The first National Health Week has as main activity the application of oral poliomyelitis vaccine ( Sabin ) to girls and boys from 6 to 59 months of age, with the purpose of keeping the wild poliovirus eradicated.  A group of District 7080 Rotarians - including our own Frank Oudesluys - travelled to Mexico and joined other Rotarians in 2017 and again in 2018, to administer the vaccine to the children.  Frank will give the club a presentation on the event at the April 5th weekly meeting.
Frank hasn't provided us with any photos - but we found one, with him, on the internet from the 2018 event!
Supporting our community is as easy as riding a bike!  In its first four years, Tour de Guelph has raised over $200,000 for Guelph General Hospital and for local and international Rotary projects through the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.  Tour de Guelph is a community bicycling event for all ages and abilities. This year choose from six routes and seven distances, from the 5k/10k route all the way to the 160k route for seasoned cyclists, there is a distance for everyone!   Register and start fundraising today - this year's goal is $125,000!  Tour de Guelph supports Guelph General Hospital and local Rotary projects.
Your participation will make a positive impact in our community.   Volunteers are so critical to the success of the event.  Please let Celia Clark know if you can help out, volunteers are needed in many different areas, before during and after the event.  www.tourdeguelph.ca
We were pleased to formally induct 2 new members at the February 8th weekly meeting:  Chris Pilgrim and Blaire Rennie.  

Chris is well known to our Club through his role as Pastor at the Guelph Salvation Army Citadel - he, along with wife Claudette, has lived a life of service and joining a Rotary Club to extend the reach of his service is a logical extension of that tradition.  We got to meet Blaire for the first time a year ago when she attended a meeting - she wasn't able to make a commitment to Rotary then but fortunately for us, she can now.  Blaire was described recently by a group that she spoke to as a "serial volunteer", with a strong non-profit, volunteer and fundraising background.
Membership Chair Frank Oudesluys welcomes  (above) Chris Pilgrim with sponsor Ann Caine (below) Blaire Rennie with sponsor Andreas Hug
On February 9th almost two hundred local diners crowded into the Puslinch Community Centre for the Rotary Club of Guelph South’s 16th Annual Pasta Dinner.   With live accordion music, yummy, all-you-can-eat pasta and wonderful door prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction items a great time was had by all. Everyone was moved by the inspirational message from representatives of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.   A Photo Album is available on the website (right hand side, scroll down to photo albums frame).

Just a week or so after the “Doomsday Clock” was moved even closer to midnight, Rotary’s efforts are more important than ever!  Rotary fosters understanding across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

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April 2018
Apr 26, 2018
FOOD4KIDS for Guelph/Wellington/Dufferin
FOOD4KIDS for Guelph/Wellington/Dufferin

In Guelph-Wellington it’s estimated (and acknowledged by our local school boards) that 1,500 to 1,800 children in our local schools experience food insecurity in their homes – marginal, moderate or severe.  Food insecurity refers to inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.

Food4Kids Waterloo-Wellington provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 14 years and under with limited or no access to food each weekend.  Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend.

The four Guelph Rotary clubs, together with The SEED, have formed a steering committee to bring Food4Kids to Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin.  All four clubs have provided startup funding and The SEED is providing free space, purchasing power and logistics management.

Note: The SEED is a community food project of the Guelph CHC, a collaborative initiative of community partners in Guelph & Wellington with the shared vision of strengthening the local emergency food system, using the power of food to build healthy communities and addressing the underlying issues of food insecurity and poverty.

Tom Armitage (The SEED) is Distribution Co-ordinator, Garden Fresh Box Co-ordinator
Kelly Sue Oberle (Food4Kids Waterloo-Wellington) is Founder/Executive Director

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