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Even during the pandemic, with all of its challenges, Rotary remains active in, supportive of and relevant to our community. 
   On Tuesday morning, Dave Douglas from our Club, welcomed Scott Petrie to speak to 35 of us in attendance, about his work and passion for the Delta Waterfowl group. Scott who now lives in Bismarck ND and is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist at Delta Waterfowl. He is a past resident of Norfolk County with a family that has participated in and supported our own Youth and Education programs. He was accompanied by Aaron Everingham from the Delta Waterfowl Long Point office.
    Delta Waterfowl is a leading conservation group founded at the famed Delta Marsh in Manitoba, with its US Headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota. They work to produce ducks through intensive management programs and conservation of breeding duck habitat. Scott gave an excellent overview of the groups history, plans, initiatives and issues as they apply to wetlands and waterfowl conservation - very eye-opening. In particular, Scott revealed their work to increase the group's impact in the Great Lakes area. For more information, click HERE.
   On behalf of the RCNS, Emma Brown thanked Scott for a fascinating talk on a little-understood environmental issue. 
  On Tuesday, 17 November the Salvation Army coordinator, Hal Whitcomb briefed us on the new look of their 'Covid and the Kettles' campaign. He encouraged our continuing support of this vital program, a campaign during a pandemic made all the more important in light of the information given by our other morning guest, Heidy Van Dyk. The SA target this year is $100K and the campaign will run from 20 Nov until 24 Dec 2020.
  This year, our RCNS volunteer participation will be coordinated by Joanne Keifer.
  Additional information can be found at the 'Read More ....' tab or from Joanne or Hal (Ph 519-909-9421 or Email).
   On Tuesday morning, 17 November, and on behalf of the RCNS, Gail Catherwood welcomed Heidy Van Dyk to our Zoom meeting to speak to us about issues in her portfolio as Director of the Social Services and Housing Department for Haldimand-Norfolk.
   Heidy's message was that with a Covid layer now covering the already present crises in the County, they continue to do the good work needed to support those more unfortunate in the County. Necessarily, they have adopted altered procedures and distant approaches to service delivery. She gave updates on the challenges in Child Services, the multiple changes in Ontario Works and the issues being dealt with his Housing. Of particular note, would be the success (and continuing needs) associated with the Emergency Services (Housing, Meals) programs and the fact that throughout the pandemic, they have yet to experience their first case of Covid19.
   Marjorie Dawson thanked Heidy for her update, noting the amazing work being done and the unbelievably positive results being achieved.
   See the 'Read More ..." section for background information that resulted from an 98.9 myFM interview with Heidy in July this year.
   Reporting on our third Trivia Night, held Thursday November 19.  Two new teams in the winner and runner-up circle this week.  Winners with a free night were "J Squared" with "Top Dawgs" in second and "Fairly Fat (not anymore) Guys" placing third.  To play this week, November 26, register by e-mailing RCNSevents@gmail.com to register YOURSELF or a TEAM. Then E-transfer to treasurer.rcns1@gmail.com to pay for YOURSELF or TEAM ($10/pp).  And the fun will continue every Thursday up to and including December 10.
   There's lots more info and guidelines at the "Read more ..." section. 
 
 
   Our International Service Committee is now planning to breathe new life into the success already achieved with the Rotary Operation EyeSight Universal (OEU) Project. Look forward to OEU progress in Mzuzu, Malawi.  Soon they will be initiating a renewed campaign to contact donors who have, or are interested in supporting this worthwhile cause. As our project coordinator say, this is Rotary work that 'is making a huge difference in many peoples lives'.
   In the event, if you click HERE (Op EyeSight Update), you will be connected to a YouTube video that will provide you with an interesting and useful update. 
 
      On Tues, 02 November, 33 members of our Club along with 30 friends of the Club (12 from as far away as our partner club in Welshpool, Wales), joined together to welcome our Guest Speaker from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)! Our own Keith Jones welcomed 
   Christopher Heirwegh (along with several members of Chris' family), originally from Simcoe, and now working as a JPL Research Scientist/X-Ray Spectroscopist, planning the exploration of the solar system, more specifically the Martian surface.
      See the "Read more ..." section for detail on his presentation. Being a recorded Zoom session, the complete detail of Chris' presentation is also available upon request.
      Following an excellent presentation as well as quite a few technical and personal reflection questions from the group, Paul Zorad thanked Chris for joining us, for making a very complex topic, so very interesting.
      Good luck with the Mars Rover landing in Feb '21, Chris - we'll be following with newfound interest!
      Don Emerson also noted the wide interest that Chris had generated and thanked our friends in the Welshpool Club for joining in.
   On Halloween Day October 31st, 2020 the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise held our annual Coats for Kids event at the First Baptist Church in Simcoe.
   Our advertising and 'passing the word' requesting donations was very successful as approximately 425 coats and items of warm clothing were collected and dry cleaned by our key partner Peerless Cleaners; and Cathy Maxwell and her team of Langton Knitters created and donated over 325 knitted items!
   We were able to distribute approximately 150 coats and items of warm clothing plus lots of knitted goods to the needy folks who visited our event, but the number of visitors was lower than than in previous years (maybe covid concerns or our message didn't get out to enough of the needy?)
   So we had plenty of 'overflow' items that were distributed to organizations that expressed prior interest - the Simcoe Pregnancy Centre, the Simcoe Woman's Shelter, the Salvation Army in Simcoe, Value Village in Brantford and John Wallace's Pond Inlet project in Nunavut.  MANY THANKS to ALL the volunteers who helped make this event possible and help keep kids warm this winter: Bettyann & Lisa Carty, Cathy Harrop, Nancy Sherwin, Lucine McKay, Steve & Jane Malo, Marjorie & Jim Dawson, Paul Zorad, Pete Wheatley, Andy Kooistra, Dave Bradshaw and Dave Nicolle
 
       
Brian Carmichael.jpg   On Tuesday morning, our Rotary friend Brian Carmichael joined us by Zoom to provide a current report on the status of the Rotary Foundation. Introduced by Nancy Sherwin, Brian summarized the status, issues, benefits and needs surrounding the fund, all done in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.  Go to "Read more ..." for a short video on the Rotary Foundation.
   Along the way, Brian noted the work of three 'People of Action' each of whom are examples he uses for describing the reason for the Foundation's relative health - Deb Walters, Doug Leighton and our very own John Wallace. He then remarked on the very positive manner in which we as a Club, have supported the Foundation - by all accounts we are a top club in the District and should be proud of the continuing effectiveness with which we provide our financial support.
   After several comments and questions, and on behalf of the Club, Peter Wheatley thanked Brian for a great briefing - well done and much appreciated. 
   It being a Zoom session, the entire meeting was recorded and will be available to members afterwards for further review.
Our President, Steve Malo reports from the Ride for Polio scene... 
Alan completed his ride for polio today at Niagara Falls 
The ride which took place on both sides of the boarder raised over $50K all of which will be put toward our continued drive to eliminate this dreaded disease. Since Rotary initiated our drive in 1985 we have raised over $2B. We have made great strides and have experienced great success reducing the incidence by 99.9%  The reality remains that until we attain 100% the goal however elusive has not been reached.
If it were not for Rotary's bold initiative, this disease would not be on the cusp of being eliminated.
I would like to thank those who have supported Alan for this event. Alan presented a cheque to our district governor for over $1.5K at the onset of his ride.  I would also like to thank Alan for representing our club and serving as our ambassador. Job well done.
 
On 03 October; a bright Saturday morning, about 30 masked Rotarians gathered outside in the Salvation Army parking lot to complete their third annual Rotary Day of Action. 
The Rotary Day of Action is an annual community event where our three local Rotary Clubs (Norfolk Sunrise, Simcoe and Delhi) come together in support of a pre-selected, local community need. This year, a year full of pandemic considerations, we chose to conduct a community donation drive to collect a variety  of personal hygiene products for women in need.
After a two week collection period, we were more than pleasantly surprised with the amount of products that we were able to repack and send out for local community distribution.  From 11 collection points in 5 communities, we gathered up no less than an estimated $7,000 - $8,000 worth of product for passage onto 7 different distribution points. Click on the "Read More" button to learn more about what we gathered and who our partners were.
What a great day we had! Mindful of the pandemic limitations, we felt safe in our work and very satisfied with the success of our outcome. We even had our District Governor, Frank Adamson, drive down from Fonthill to be with us and to help with our aim to 'Act' in the community.
Kudos to the many who helped out but a particular shout-out might go to Mary Mercato of the Norfolk Sunrise Club who performed the lion's share of the needed coordination. Well done to all.
Amelia Verlint (Brazil Youth Exchange Student) | Rotary Club of SimcoeOn Tuesday, 15 October, our club welcomed Amelia Verlint to a club zoom gathering to tell us about her recent outbound exchange visit to CafeLandia, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In Sept 2019, Amelia ventured off to Brazil and returned in March the following year. Hers was an experience somewhat different that the traditional exchange inasmuch as the trip was shortened due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, her presentation highlighted what could only be described as a unique and life-building experience. Amelia proved to be a fine representative of her family, friends, Rotary and Canada.
On behalf of the our Club, Gail Catherwood thanked Amelia for a great picture-laden presentation of a truly wonderful life experience, noting that Amelia had clearly focussed on people over places as a priority during her Rotary exchange.
Earlier picture showing Amelia flanked on the left by Gary MacMillan (Simcoe Club) and on the right by Cheryl Peck (Norfolk Sunrise Club).
Some of our RCNS members are also a part of a County-wide program to provide for food support across Norfolk County during the pandemic. This ongoing nutrition program is being coordinated at Riversyde 83 and brings many support agencies together to help the needy during these difficult pandemic days.
 Here we see Ross and Joyce helping to organize the food gathering part of the program as well as Jim and Lynda assisting with the delivery of the food boxes around the County. Also shown in the photo is CoS coordinator Virginia Lucas.
 
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Member Birthdays:
  • Louise Schebesch
    November 1
  • Lyndsey Ross
    December 12
  • Gail Bouw
    December 21
  • Tina Millea
    December 22
  • Carol Greentree
    December 23
  • Donna Raytrowsky
    December 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Keith Catherwood
    November 1
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    November 28
Join Date:
  • Donna Raytrowsky
    November 5, 1996
    24 years
  • Kathryn Vance
    November 5, 2019
    1 year
  • Helga Stuermer
    November 6, 2007
    13 years
  • Cheryl Peck
    November 17, 2015
    5 years
  • Don Emerson
    December 2, 2002
    18 years
  • Cathy Harrop
    December 4, 2001
    19 years
  • Louise Schebesch
    December 9, 1997
    23 years
  • Andy Kooistra
    December 10, 2013
    7 years
  • Lyndsey Ross
    December 30, 2011
    9 years
 
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