The Rotary Club of
St Thomas
23Jun21 Changeover: 2 Great Presidents
Petrusia Hontar's Correction/clarification of answers to questions posed at last week’s presentation by STELIP:
Q. 1 Does STELIP involve itself with other minorities like First Nations, Metis, Arctic aboriginals? 
I explained that despite it not being within our scope of work, we have always made a point to try to include the Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) cultures in our events. Several of our in-person events have started with a community smudging and have included drum circles, drum making, and crafts. I also mentioned that one of our best community building events was a potluck and feast that brought together indigenous and immigrant community members. I also suggested that we could look at a partnership with the Rotary on a future event. 
Q. 2 Do newcomers buy into Canadian culture? Do newcomers have mentors to help them understand Canadian culture?
Our Newcomer Settlement Program has supported the settlement of hundreds of newcomers to our region, often with the support of sponsoring groups. Part of this work is providing guidance in the rights and responsibilities of living in Canada, the laws, and the many systems they need to navigate that we take for granted. The Canadian norms are integrated into our language classes, citizenship sessions, field trips, conversation circles, and networking groups. We are currently starting our Canada Connects Program that was put on hold due to COVID. This is another branch of the Newcomer Settlement Program that will have volunteers mentor newcomers and neighbours to build intentional relationships and learn from each other. 
Editorial comment and correction to STELIP presentation at previous club meeting: "As editor, Stewart Shouldice wishes to change the following to editorial comment 'Politicians have tried to define what Canadian culture is for immigration purposes but have been shut down.'". Also, re:"Petrucia showed pictures of immigrants from Islamic, Hindu and Mennonite faiths talking to each other, in a recent forum. Your editor was unable to find that on STELIP or the library website." The following is a link to aforementioned:
Changeover Program
Club members and spouses met socially distanced at the Rotary Park Aylmer on a very pleasant afternoon. Patricia Shouldice spoke about the work that the Rotary Club of Aylmer (decomissioned) did for Aylmer. An engraved stone was placed in the park as a result of Patricia's considerable organizing efforts. President Elect Barbara unveiled it, see pic.
New member Mark Holmes was officially greeted to the club by President Gerry, see pic.
Out going President Gerry spoke well of his time as President, see video
Assistant District Governor Nancy Lovelock inducted the new board for 21-22, see pic
New President Barbara Warnock spoke enthusiastically about the upcoming Rotary year, see video
New President Barbara closed the meeting by ringing the bell, see video
From the District
Clay Melnike sends the following:
Monday was National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada and I am pleased to see how many communties celebrated the day!
It is my hope, with events like this, we can reflect on the information and start a conversation gaining a better understanding of everyone's point of view.
If you or your club want additional information, or would like to set up a local or regional Indigenous Committee, please contact me.
Here are links from the day.
Clay Melnike
District 6330 Coordinator – Honoring Indigenous People (HIP)
Cel: (416) 873-2367
From AG Deborah Renaud-McDermott:
Do you enjoy the occasional glass of wine? Would you like to learn more about wine and maybe share your interest with like-minded Rotarians? As members of the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship (RWAF) from District 6330, we'd like to invite you to this Rotary Fellowship AND to help start a local chapter. The purpose of this email is to simply gauge the level of interest. If you are interested, please sign up for RWAF at AND reply to this e-mail and let us know that you'd like to be part of a District 6330 Chapter. If we get enough interest, we'll run with it!!

Here's to future fun...cheers!!

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