Chatham-Kent's Gala Celebration
M.C. for the evening was
Sunrise's very own President Walter Ploegman
Anniversary Gala was celebrated at the Oaks Inn, Wallaceburg,
Ontario and was attended by all eight local clubs in
Chatham-Kent. That in itself was a historic occasion. February
23, 2005 proved to be a day that would have made the founder of
Rotary a proud individual indeed. Paul Harris, a lonely lawyer
got together with two other men in Chicago, Illinois on the same
day in 1905 and that was the beginning of Rotary. It grew in
leaps and bounds spreading like wildfire and today Rotary is
embedded in 166 countries around the world. This is what the
celebration is this evening, to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the day that Paul Harris first established
Rotary. History this evening is being made as internationally
as well locally, since it is the first time that all clubs in
Chatham-Kent have ever convened at a single planned event.
crier Mr. George Sims brought the meeting to order with his
welcome from the mayor of Chatham-Kent.
the delicious supper provided by the Oaks Inn at Wallaceburg
everyone was invited to partake of the huge 2’x 4’ Rotary cake
that Sunrise's Max Howell undertook to provide for the festive event. The
Past District Governors of our area, Terry Youlton and Keith
Koke posed for the symbolic cutting of the cake.
table was comprised of Past District Governors Terry Youlton (Ridgetown)
and Keith Koke (Chatham), Guest Speaker Fred Sorrell (Windsor)
and Master of Ceremonies Walter Ploegman (Chatham Sunrise) and
District Governor, Terry Youlton, introduced the guest speaker,
the always interesting, knowledgeable and entertaining Fred
Sorrell to speak on his passion… Rotary. Fred has been involved
in Rotary for many years. He accurately suggested that the
reason Rotary has been around for 100 years and is still growing
is that the members have forever retained the main purpose of
Rotary… focus on service. Fred also pointed out that Rotary has
been blessed with “good genetics” and are “likeminded” people
approaching issues as team players commanding deep resolve.
listed many milestones that Rotary has achieved over the years
including the beginning of the international status when Rotary
spread outside of the USA to Winnipeg in 1911, the establishment
of the Rotary Foundation, the “Four-Way-Test”, which is the
beacon for every Rotarian, polio plus which has been a goal for
all clubs to eradicate polio around the world and will succeed
in a matter of months and allowing ladies to join the cause.
provided its members with many things including but not limited
to:- the Rotarian Magazine, the Four-Way-Test, conventions and
events, fellowship, make-up meetings and much more.
District Governor Keith Koke, thanked Fred for his presentation.
the end of the evening a very historic photo
opportunity was enjoyed as all eight club presidents assembled
for the very first time ever at one event.
Ploegman thanked all involved in making this wonderful
Anniversary Gala celebration happen.
Our guest speaker
is Debby Smith of the Chatham-Kent Midwifery program.
Dr. Jason Denys,
recipient of our assistance with office equipment last year,
will also have a
few words to say.