Hindmarsh had the honour of introducing the visitors and
guests today. They were our exchange student Ivo Lamos,
Downtown Rotary Club’s Russ Gorham, CFCO reporter Stephanie
Chaves, and two new potential members Les Wolfe and Paul
Jackie Bray conducted the 50/50 Draw. The winning ticket was
held by Mike Poulin who drew a five of hearts and prompt
donated his winnings to the shortfall fund.
Chevalier along with Max visited the Children’s Safety Village.
She said it was nice to see first hand and commented that
Chatham-Kent is very lucky to be receiving a similar beautiful
Hindmarsh was happy to finish his final exam. He is ready for
Christmas and hopfull that he will be allowed to go (wink wink)
for a spring break in Florida.
Davenport was happy that Ivo passed the Festive Test of putting
up the Christmas tree at the Davenport home.
election was held this morning. Members were given a ballet with
the names of the eligible candidates for next year’s board. Ten
individuals were to be voted for. The top five will be elected
providing they wish to have their name stand.
Davenport is having an Open House for exchange student Ivo Lamos.
The location is Greg’s home at 72 Windfield Cres. This Sunday
on the 23rd of December at Aristo’s and will be an
amalgamated meeting with the Downtown Rotary Club. Spouses or
significant others are also welcome.
members were asked to bring a donation to the food bank.
Pictured here are the several boxes of food items that were
presented to Outreach for Hunger.
A ROTARY MOMENT
ROTARY VOLUNTEERS -
Rotary Volunteers program is the embodiment of Rotary's motto
Service Above Self. Rotarians are considered Rotary volunteers
whenever they give their time and energy to provide a service to
someone in need.
program encourages Rotarians to become actively involved in
hands-on projects in which their vocational skills are put to
use. Rotary Volunteers provides opportunities for Rotarians and
other skilled professionals to offer their services and
expertise to local and international humanitarian projects in
need of assistance.
program is implemented through the Avenue of Vocational Service
and functions on three different levels:
club level, Rotarians perform service projects and commit to
filling volunteer needs in their communities.
district level, Rotarians participate in both district and
club service projects that require help from others in the
international level, Rotarians worldwide join together to
work on a service project in another country.
Volunteers often are the key to successful Rotary projects. Read
below how volunteers are making a difference.
and doctors from around the world have served at
Rotary-sponsored medical and dental clinics in Bangladesh,
Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Kenya, and
volunteers have treated leprosy victims in Madagascar.
theater arts director/teacher from the United States
assisted in the implementation of a psychodrama program for
the Psychological Assistance Center in Croatia.
librarian traveled to Egypt to work on the revival of the
ancient library of Alexandria.
Canadian livestock production manager provided advice to a
commercial poultry farm in Ghana.
Brazilian dentist has made multiple trips to provide dental
care to orphans and villagers of Mexico.
of Indian Rotarians traveled to Western India during an
earthquake aftermath and assisted the victims.
Burgess introduced our guest speaker, who was Jennifer
Jeffery from the Outreach for Hunger Program.
began by pointing out that her daughter was a past Tammy for
the Easter Seals Program and was grateful to Rotary and
clubs like Rotary for opportunities such as this.
for Hunger, was established 15 years ago in Chatham. It
arose from a need to provide a service to the community,
which was in the past, was handled many by the local
churches. As the demand grew the burden was too much for the
various churches and in October of 1988 the outreach for
Hunger came to life in Chatham. Originally being located in
a garage near where the Cinema 6 is presently located. A
move was made to 41 Fourth Street, next to the Chatham News
where they remained for a time. Currently the location is 67
Center Street next to Buns Master.
for Hunger, does not receive assistance from government
agencies whatsoever and relies mainly on community support.
They are members of the Canadian Association of Food Banks
and the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Outreach for
Hunger is a registered charity. The food provided for its
clients follow the Canada Food Guideline for Nutrition and
is made available to the entire Chatham-Kent area. Clients
are general allowed to obtain food every 60 days, however in
certain situations special exceptions are made to the rule.
Clients are screened by Outreach staff to establish the
necessity for the use of this service. Income statements,
tax credits social assistance and I.D. are required to be
sure that legitimate use is made of the food. Clients are
also cross-referenced with other agencies such as the
are 3 full time employees and some 80 volunteers. Volunteers
do packing; stocking shelves, pick up food, load and sort
items in the warehouse. There is a cleaning crew and
distribution volunteers. At the end of last October there
had been 2019 families come through the past year. 210 per
month are receiving assistance. The perishable items are
offered every morning and to anyone who needs assistance and
anywhere from 40 to 100 people take advantage of this
past 10 months $198275.00 worth of food has been handed out.
Numbers of people using this service are increasing every
year. The most difficult months for Outreach for Hunger
providers are January, February and March. Monetary and
actual food items are always welcome.
Bakker, thanked Jennifer for her presentation and stated
that we need to be grateful for the work done by Outreach
for Hunger and all the volunteers. Jean also pointed out
that Outreach for Hunger was a wonderful supporter of “Roses
meeting was closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
February 14 Saturday
March 13 Saturday
Jane Katzman on the
In the last few weeks we have seen the orations from CBC
personalities and Rotarian Tom McCarthy on the Christmas Carol,
the flags for Historic Downtown Chatham wishing a Dickens of a
Christmas and an upcoming performance next week. Jane's
will be interesting.
Minutes by Steve Sadler:
Photos by Greg Davenport