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Dear Rotary Club members
Attached are a few photos for you. After 5 1/2 years of fundraising, I'm overwhelmed of the reality here. "WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SKATEBOARD PARK"!! The kids are loving every minute of it - even in the dark. Mother Nature has been so good to us this year! They love it!! This would not have happened without your generous donation.
We had a minor unveiling on Friday, Dec. 4th for the locals, but please do not feel left out. We are planning on a Grand Opening on Sat., May 14th, 2016. We will keep you posted of details.
Also, we entered a float in the Port Perry Santa Claus parade this past Sat., thanking the community for their support.
Will keep in touch regarding our grand opening.
Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year to you and your families!
Message from Port Perry Club President Robert Keeler for July 2015-2016 Rotary year.
I hope all of you and your families enjoyed Wednesday July 1st Canada Day this year, we all certainly are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful and free culture. Doris and I had a lovely trip to Kingston, Quebec City and Montreal
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We’re delighted to report that [today] Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus.
This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way since the bleak years when the virus reached its peak. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa- three quarters of all cases in the world.
Only bearded (male) turkeys may be shot from April 25 to May 25. A shot gun is used and so the range is limited to about 35 yards. Chokes can adjust the shot pattern and range.
Many “gadgets “ were recommended including calls, decoys, IR motion camera, GPS, and head flash light.
Expected cost per pound :$1,000
For these past twelve months, I have had the pleasure of serving the members of The Rotary Club of Port Perry and the community of Port Perry in many ways, and, have enjoyed every minute of the journey. I would like to thank all the members for their help in seeing that our fund raising and projects were successfully completed. Beginning next month, Robert Keeler will take over the presidency of the club and I am sure he will bring new and exciting ideas to the job.
During June we will be meeting at Crabby Joe’s, ending a three year stay. July 1st is Canada Day so there will be no meeting. During June, there will be one Wednesday, June 17th, when we will have a fun evening with our spouses and potential new members at Windreach Farms. The festivities will start at 6:00 pm going to 8:00 pm, during which time, we will eat, enjoy live music and tour the facility at Windreach.
At our club forum on June 3rd the membership of the club approved the donation of $10,000.00 to Caesarea Skate Park For Kids. Karl Herder will have the pleasure of presenting the cheque to Susie Bollon to be used for the construction of the Park.
Beginning July 8, our club will begin meeting at Sunnybrae Golf Club under the direction of Robert Keeler.
~President Bob Brownson
This past month has been crazy full as will my next month be, I guess this happens at the end of the year.
I have spent a lot a lot a lot of time with my friends here. There have also been way too many school free days in the last month, frankly I don't even know why we even go to school in May. So I spent the first weekend of May celebrating the day the church in my village was made holy. It was a crazy weekend of fun. I learnt a lot about the culture of the little villages all around Germany. There was a lot of dancing. The next weekend I went to yet another festival in a different village because they were celebrating the day that the duke (I think it was a duke) decided that the peasants of the village owned the forest. The whole thing was in a forest. The day before that I was in a neighbouring city visiting a girl who plans to go to canada next year who needed help. But first she showed me around the city (even though I've been there like 40 times already) it was cool to see how the people who actually live there feel about it though. And we had a barbecue which is really typical for my area of Germany. I then went to the capital of my state for a small exchange student get together. Yet another few days of fun. And I went to a confirmation the next day (that weeken was really full). What is really cool about the culture in Germany is that at 14 either you get confirmed with the church or you have a "jugendfeier" which is celebrating the coming of age of an atheist and it's actually almost the same thing outside of the fact that there's no 2 hour church ceremony, I was at one of those two weeks later, also cool. I also spent a few days in a town called smalkalden with my rotary club. There we saw the state garden show for the year (my rotary club is really into it because my town is hosting it in 2017) Other personal fun activity highlights of this last month are, kayaking with my family, driving 347 km/h on the autobahn, and learning how to make proper thuringer klöse.
My host family situation could not be described as anything other than excellent. They are actually the perfect family living in the perfect area. I was supposed to switch another time but my yeo is now letting me stay until the end here. Which is really excellent because of how great this family is. I have two brothers, but one of them is thirty so he's more like the cool uncle who once in a while gives me money for food. And the other brother is 16 and in my class at school so it's really easy to get along with. He even introduce me to all of his friends in our little village who are now my friends and he ha no problems with that. The mum is also really sweet, she's constantly cracking jokes and making me laugh, the dad as we'll. he's a really big Rolling Stones fan and likes to talk a lot about them but it's really nice.
In school it's been really boring. I still don't really have a proper class but I've made friends in every class that I have so it's really not a problem that I'm switching grade levels all the time. The real problem is that it's just boring. The teachers don't particularly care what I do and don't usually bother to let me work with the class (not printing enough papers etc.) bug most of the teachers are really nice. I still hae a private German lesson every week and my teacher is super sweet. Because I really don't have much to learn any more we spend most of our time just talking in German. Today for example we just walked around my city and talked about its history. There really isn't much for me to do in school which kinda sucks but I don't mind cause at least I see most of my friends there.
I've recently been having problems with my bank in Canada. But I think that is now almost completely sorted out. Tomorrow I get the bank card from my counsellor and the rest shouldn't be a problem. Other than that I'm really problem free.
I've decided I'm really going to use every last minute I have here because I'm really going to miss it but that slowly getting really stressful but at this point I wouldn't have it any other way :)
Rotary Gala, April 11, 2015 – Report
Well it looks like another successful fundraising gala for the club. Albeit that ticket sales were lower than last year, those that were there wanted to spend!
Our monetary donations increased by $2,000 largely due to Karl Herder’s efforts in securing more program sponsorships.
The 4 raffles were up by $1,250.00 from last year, netting $8,220. The triple raffle, Vacation, Vintages and Visa was very popular selling $3,380 in tickets. Our collection of Rotarians wines was beautifully displayed and was a big draw. Giving away all 3 of these prizes was very successful. Three lucky winners.
Our last minute donation of Spirits, Liqueurs and Fortified Wines from Robert Keeler’s friend also was very popular.
Special thanks to Dana Smith of Dana’s Goldsmithing for her custom designed pendant. This draw sold $1,760 in tickets.
Emily’s baskets were beautiful as usual with over $2,100 in ticket sales. Thanks to Rotarians and spouses for their donation of these items.
The Silent Auction was down by $1,200 but the Live Auction was $19,000, an increase of nearly $2,800. Jim Jenkins and Emily McDonald’s boat cruise set a record this year with a bid of $3,600. And Bob & Wendy Strickert generously donated a second dinner, netting $2,800 with the proviso of – This is the last year!! For certain this time.
Our experience Live Auction items – Toronto Sports Package, the Ottawa Bound trip, the cottage stay and Brad Martyn flight were very popular. Next year, we will work on adding more “experience” based items. Many people were bidding.
There are a lot of people to thank as follows: Gary & Marsha Hill who donate their time, ticket sellers Amber Herder and our exchange students – Lara Cadosch, Lauren O’Brien and Cal Graham, Debbie McGarry for doing the program, Richie Tripp at Hometown Printing for his service and expertise – the posters really show off our raffle and auction items, Mike Fowler - ticket seller co-ordinator and Occo Van Tijn for handling the money on the night of the event.
Very special thanks to Karl Herder in securing program sponsors, to Dave Cash who did an amazing job as MC and to Michael Stewart for co-ordinating ticket sales.
And to everyone on the committee, Marg Baxter, Vicki Wodzak, Kevin Wodzak, Emily McDonald, Pat Brownson, Barb Gaudet and Fran Herder.
And of course thanks to every Rotarian who brought in wine, lottery tickets, secured donations, sold tickets and helped with the setup at the Royal Ashburn. It is a real group effort.
Oh – how much money did we make? Last year we were just over $41,000. This year? $47,000!!!
~ Chairperson Joanne Fowler
Dearest Richard, Sister Sandy and all in CMS + Port Perry Rotary Club,
Greetings of love and sincere prayerful kind regards from Isaac,
Isabella, Esli, Elbina and all children + staff in Mullippadi Village,
Hope these few lines will find you in best of health and cheer. I am
doing fine getting ready for my trip to USA which seems now to be a
very challenging one for me.
Many things are going good but a few things just bother me...Natural
calamity occurred a few days ago..Too much rain damaged the entire
road infront of the boys home...broke away the little road i
constructed with the help of Rotary and a friend in Germany..We were
so happy for the good rain but so sad for the damage...
Likewise the few more project that needs our immediate
attention...kitchen and dining hall, security camera...and security
wall all around the campus...etc
Getting good and stable staff for the orphanage is our immediate need.
Esther Nancy has successfully completed her Final exams, submission of
projects and Reports etc She is sending her sincerest thanks to you,
to the friends who lovingly supported her needs that enabled her
complete the course without any difficulties.
Did the letter She sent to the group reach on time?
We are going to have the Annual Day of the Cornerstone orphanage on
the 19th and also the opening of the Water Storage Tank built for the
orphanage with the help of Rotary eClub One on 19th..Preparations are
I have written to Narendra requesting him to take steps to work on the
Kitchen and Dining Hall Project for the Orphanage.
More in the next mail.
Children with no parental care must enjoy our love, care and support help.
All their rights need to be met.