Norfolk Sunrise News
Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 25, 2016
Exchange student Wayne Hu
presented a banner from his sponsoring club in Taiwan. Wayne also introduced himself formally through a wonderful presentation that highlighted his family, his country, and his love of athletics - especially triathlon. We usually give exchange students several months to learn our language before asking them to make such a presentation, but Wayne is an excellent communicator, even in English.
WASN'T IT A PARTY!!
A work party, that is - on the Norfolk Sunrise Trail near Davis Street. A whole lot of Stihl fire power and didn't we cut grass, weeds, limbs, and even trees? Could have been an advertisement for Stihl trimmers! MIA is organizer Jim Dawson who didn't want to quit working.
District Governor Marlee Diehl seemed right at home while on her official visit to Norfolk Sunrise today. Currently a member of the Albion New York club, Marlee grew up in the Caledonia area and served several years with the Hamilton AM club.
Meeting with the Norfolk Sunrise Board following the breakfast meeting, Marlee presented Barb Tanner-Billings with a special Unsung Hero award for her work with youth in our club.
Work teams from Norfolk Sunrise on two days at the build site on Patterson St. If anyone can take some time to paint, they will be ready next week for painters.
Uncle John's Soapbox Derby, another success!!
Congratulations to all 32 registered drivers who competed.
The following winners took home some hardware:
Stella Davidson - Junior
Josef Sorensen - Intermediate
Shannon McLeod - Senior
Check out the photos in the Photo Album on the Norfolk Sunrise website.
Posted on May 31, 2016
Faces beaming to be with Fabio, but not happy to see him depart for his home on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Shown with Fabio are hosts Cheryl Nelson, Yvonne DiPietro, Cheryl Peck and Zach Peck.
You've certainly left your mark here as an exchange student, Fabio. We'll be watching for you to come back to visit your Canadian friends in Norfolk.
Come to The Comm at 7 AM to hear the stories and meet the young people who ventured to Welshpool in March.
Breakfast will be catered by Kaleys. Meeting to follow.
The Comm is located at the corner of Robinson and Colborne Streets in Simcoe.
We heard a very interesting presentation this week while meeting Tues AM at The Comm. The American Chestnut tree was a significant economic asset to Norfolk County and other Carolinian Forest areas in North America previous to the 20th Century. In the early 1900's a blight was introduced from Asia and by 1930 had destroyed this species almost entirely.
Our speakers were John Hill and Christina Vey, both farm managers at Onondaga Farms in Brant County which is owned and operated by the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation. John and Christina are actively involved with research to breed resistance into the American Chestnut species. Young trees typically contract the blight and die, but through the breeding program, coordinated by the Canadian Chestnut Council, there is clear evidence that the research is working and resistance has been observed.
Although now an endangered species, the mighty American Chestnut may once again become an economic contributor in our community.
At the Wellness Fair on March 19th, Sue O'Dwyer presented a new Paul Harris Fellow Award to Susan Roach on behalf of Norfolk Sunrise. Close to 200 attendees were present at the time.
Susan is a recognized leader locally, provincially and nationally in many aspects of mental health work. As Program Manager with Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk, and responsible for the Achieve Wellness and Recovery Centre, Susan is a passionate promoter of mental health awareness, and has been successful in breaking down the stigma of mental health issues through dialogue in our community. Susan was the driving force several years ago to begin the highly successful Wellness Fair, held annually at the Aud in Simcoe. Susan was recognized with a national award in November 2015 by the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention for her tireless work in suicide prevention. She writes a column on the topic for the Norfolk News, and organizes each year a Suicide Prevention Walk to raise awareness.
Congratulations to Susan Roach, PHF!
Posted on Mar 08, 2016
The Open House at the Simcoe's Caring Cupboard was an ideal opportunity to recognize the service above self volunteer contributions made by two of Norfolk's great volunteers.
Kim Scoyne volunteered and provided strong leadership as Chair of the Caring Cupboard's Board of Directors for many years, as well as serving other community organizations up until recently when she moved with family to the Ridgetown area. Kim has continued her passionate volunteerism with organizations in her new community.
Don Gardner received his award for a lifetime of giving to others while Treasurer of the Caring Cupboard and several other community organizations, for coordinating blood donor clinics in Simcoe for over 25 years, and for collecting thousands of eye glasses for the Lions vision program. Following his retirement from teaching, Don mentored many single parents to re-enter the workforce.
Congrats to Kim and Don, who are shown in the photo with bookends Don Emerson and Pete Wheatley who presented the awards.
On Tuesday morning, come to the Best Western Little River Inn for our Rotary meeting - but bring your own breakfast, if you haven't eaten already. And if you are bringing a guest, then bring their breakfast too!
Come for 7 AM to chat while eating, and the program will start at 7:30. Our speakers this week will be Jane and Steve Malo, on their trip to South America - Machu Picchu, Galapagos, etc.
Our students in the Welshpool Exchange Program, along with chaperones Tina Millea and Louise Schebesch, left on Thursday for 10 days with their Welsh hosts. They will experience a trip of a lifetime, and will make friends forever.
Shown in photo with Tina and Louise are students: Victoria Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Kody Forde, Abbi Bollert, Summer Dierick, and Maggie Heimskerk. Also attending but missing from the photo are students Elizabeth Marr and Jackson Scott. Watch for more photos on our Facebook page.
About 200 very interested people attended the Palliative Care Community Forum on Sat. March 5th at Port Dover Community Centre, and listened intently to the highly acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Dr. Denise Marshall, and the 5 panelist speakers.
To view the PowerPoint slides used by 3 of the 6 speakers, please scroll down to the "DOWNLOAD FILES" link lower on this page, in the right-hand frame.
Read further for a brief overview of the speaker messages.
Sandra Cocco (left) told us this morning about the exciting plans for Habitat Brant to build a home on Patterson St. in Simcoe. It will be a Rotary build project, thanks to the initial commitment to sponsor with a $2,500 donation by the Rotary Club of Simcoe. Rotarians, other service groups, community members and corporate sponsors will have the opportunity to help in a variety of ways. Ground breaking is in late April, so before the end of May we should be able to roll up our sleeves and get busy! Linda Snyder (right) will be overseeing the Simcoe build to line up volunteers and sponsors. Norfolk Sunrise has the capacity, including skills and resources, to contribute to this build project.
This group is preparing for their trip next week to India. All are seasoned travellers, so we might expect them to represent Norfolk Sunrise well while checking out the projects we've supported.
Rotarian Harold Shantz presents pins to Rotarians Rusty Kooistra and Pete Wheatley in recognition of their curling prowess at the recent CanAm Rotary Bonspiel in Guelph. Harold skipped the Simcoe team which placed second for the right to represent Ontario in a Canadian Rotary Bonspiel.
Way to go Rusty, Peter and Harold! The fourth team member shall remain anonymous.
Don't you wonder how Cheryl Peck manages it all? Entrepreneur, marketer, and business manager in one life. Mother to two spectacular kids and wife to Scott, plus host mom to Fabio ... plus host mom to a short-term exchange student and 2 Welshpool exchange students.
Cheryl and Scott are planning to travel more now, and visit their international family members. Welcome back to Norfolk Sunrise, Cheryl. We're delighted!
Four of our Norfolk Sunrise family members received Paula Harris Fellow Awards this week. Linda and Jim Peters were recognized by the Rotary Club of Fountain Hills, Arizona, for their leadership on Microcredit projects. Nancy Sherwin volunteers with several organizations in our community. And Don Emerson is a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society. Each of these recipients is a model for "service above self" in our club and in our community.
Jim Lewis updated Norfolk Sunrise on the success of this year's kettle campaign, run by the Salvation Army Church in Simcoe.
Norfolk Sunrise members looked after the kettles at the Simcoe LCBO and the Port Dover LCBO. The Simcoe LCBO kettle raised more funds than any other kettle in the campaign.
The campaign exceeded the Salvation Army Church's goal, and topped $75,000 this year.
Suicide seems to have become quite visible in our community over the past few years, and help is available to people considering this desperate act.
Experts believe over 4000 lives are lost to suicide in Canada each year, with over 200 attempted suicides per day in Ontario alone. As a community, Norfolk County is above the provincial average for incidence of suicide attempts. What can we do about it?
Susan Roach M.S.W. (left in picture) and Norfolk Rotaractors Jason Schram and Lisa Crowder are certainly doing their part in our community.
When Rotarians join forces and challenge for a worthy cause, great things happen.
So if Lisa and the Rotary Club of Delhi raises $5,000, and Pete and Norfolk Sunrise raise $1,200 combined, with almost $500 from Simcoe Rotary - and submit to the Rotary Foundation of Canada, who can double that amount through matching grants by BOTH the Government of Canada and by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that $7,000 of local donations multiplies to $35,000 for the Polio Plus Campaign.
Everybody wins! Thanks to Lisa for the challenge, and for enticing Pete into the water with you.
Leanne Bond (left) updated Norfolk Sunrise this week about the outcome of our club's support to the Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show. The Agricultural Awareness program at the Fair is targeted to Grade 4 students across Norfolk to learn about various aspects of agriculture, and is coordinated with the Grade 4 curriculum. Our funds provide bussing for students to attend.
Joyce Gowan (right) spoke about her role as a mentor with the Literacy for Littles program, administered by Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Brant Haldimand Norfolk. This is Joyce's third year year mentoring her "Little." Their relationship started when her Little was in Kindergarten. His face lights up whenever Joyce comes to see him. Norfolk Sunrise initiated this program, and provide funds and several mentors. The 3-year grant provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to get the pilot program off the ground will end in 2016, and BBBS intends to continue the program and expand it when the pilot is ended.
At the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet this week Fabio was on stage to tell a story - presumably a story about Yvonne. Can't wait for our next Norfolk Sunrise meeting when he will hopefully translate it into English so we can all laugh again. It's probably a story about a really tall Italian lady.
Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians are vibrant dedicated men and women in active community service in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada and around the world.
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