The Rotary Club of
St Thomas
25Jan23 Karen Vecchio by Zoom
President Barbara opened with O Canada, toast to King/Country, toast to RI, Trudy led 4 Way Test
Mark introduced Karen Vecchio MP (see About - Karen Vecchio MP).
Bill Thanked Karen for sharing with us today, see pic below compliments of Trudy:
Karen started by saying that she would like to take our 4 Way test flag and place it near the speaker's chair in the House of Parliament.
The following are some issues Karen is concerned about:
  1. economy, financial security, inflation
  2. War in the Ukraine
  3. drug addiction and the war against drugs
  4. mental health
  5. what's best for the family, we all share the same family issues (she is willing to share her own family issues so is not afraid to confront such issues), why do middle class families need the food bank, family Doctors in short supply, fair support
  6. The cost of housing has gone up 180 percent in five years, homelessness
  7. Prevalence of suicides, now nearly as many young women as young men
  8. Shortage of over the counter medication such as children's tylenol
  9. Women feel unsafe at home and men don't report abuse cases when they are involved
  10. Abuse in sports involving hockey Canada and gymnastics organizations
  11. Veterans have been offered MAID
  12. Human trafficking
  13. Hospice Elgin
Positive comments from Karen:
  1. Canada has the largest proportion of Ukrainian expatriates of any country in the world.
  2. At the first meeting that she met with other members of the conservative party, Pierre P asked what would you like to do to help the country?
  3. The police and CMHC are cooperating with homeless initiatives and drug overuse and homelessness. 
  4. The government is focused on keeping frontline workers in place in this war.
  5. Beside Grace Cafe is a "The Annex" a storefront offering counseling for drug abuse and poverty issues. It was initiated by the people who started Teen Challenge. 
  6. Karen wants to promote the conservative values of responsible spending.
  7. Our local drug store Yurek pharmacy is compounding medication and that may help to make scarce medications more available
  8. During the pandemic, homeless people were turned away from shelters but the system went into overdrive and these homeless people were provided shelter in motels.
  9. Karen reported that a woman named Trisha whom she knew was sold for trafficking as a youngster, but is now on the support side on the streets of Vancouver.
  10. We all should have eyes for what is going wrong in the world.
Malcolm: Is Karen involved with Hospice Elgin? Yesterday Karen spoke with doctor Jones of Elgin Hospice.
Stew: What is being done to empower the Middle Class and disadvantaged? She recognizes that the opportunity exists to empower through programs and training. People are living with a sense of entitlement. Some programs are broken because the offerings do not meet basic needs.
Mark: Can Karen help him put a perspective on drug overdosing? The supply has erratic dosages so buyers get more than they bargained for and overdose. Vancouver is offering a safer supply, but that does not offer a way out of drug abuse (sorry Mark, not a pretty answer).
Mark: He recently developed more Conservative thinking, Karen offered reasons that is good. She was in Ottawa for the time of the “Convoy”; she was scared to walk to Parliament. She believes that her political party values teamwork and thinking correctly.
Barbara: Please don’t defund CBC
Cindy: Would like Karen to speak to Leader of the Opposition Pierre about her Leadership Training skills.
See pic of Maggie Horn and Karen engaging in friendly international relations.
Barbara called a board meeting for 30Jan23 7PM by Zoom.
Next week speaker is: Sunshine Foundation Canada - Brianne Oswald. We will draw the winning ticket for the Briar playoff ticket draw next week. BRING YOUR TICKET STUBS AND PROCEEDS.
Malcolm also spoke about the upcoming meeting regarding Hawk Cliff on the week of Earth Day. We should go there to see the new viewing platform.
From Rotary Club St Mary’s:
50/50 won by Trudy
Happy Finns (started by Darwin Lowe in order to support Polio Plus:
Trudy- Karen, No surgery is required for the wrist, vacation in Jamaica was great, 50/50
Stew- Karen, cloudy last night so could not use a telescope
Ron- Karen
Barb- Karen, Daughter, Son no shoulder tears
Malcolm- Karen
Mary- Karen, happy to be with the group again
Maggie- Karen, Son's cancer treatment failed so going to Ohio State Medical
Bill- Karen, in 1971 Ron was in Liberal Harold Stafford’s office and learned of the workings of an MP
Mark- Karen
Web site of the Rotary Club of St Thomas
Upcoming Events
Members at Jackpot city 28Jan23 6-8pm
Jan 28, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunshine Foundation Canada - Brianne Oswald
Senior centre
Feb 01, 2023 12:00 PM
Formet Industries - Marco Valdez
Feb 08, 2023
Valantines Social
Feb 15, 2023
No Meeting - Family Day
Feb 22, 2023
St Thomas EDC
Mar 01, 2023
Women in Rotary- DG- by Zoom
Senior Centre
Mar 08, 2023 12:00 PM
MPP Rob Flack
Senior Centre
Mar 15, 2023
Mayor of St Thomas - Joe Preston
Seniors Centre
Mar 22, 2023 12:00 PM
View entire list
Club Information
Changes to regular meetings see "Upcoming Events"
St. Thomas
Imagine Rotary
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
St Thomas Seniors Centre
225 Chestnut St
St Thomas, ON N5R2B5
Contact our President to confirm location of meeting before departing to a club meeting.
District Site Icon
District Site
Venue Map
Venue Map
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Chair Foundation
Environment Service
Chair Membership
Youth Service
Advertisement for Russell Hampton
Advertisement for ClubRunner
Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile