Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise

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Welcome to our Club!

Niagara Falls Sunrise

Local Friends - Global Reach

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
on Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/187716566
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7W5
Canada
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Contact Us:
Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 142; Niagara Falls ON; L2E 6S8
 
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Club No. 27545
What we are up to!
May 14 2020
Link to YouTube Meeting May 14, 2020 in Zoom Meeting Page
 
Following a spirited opening in which Dave again forgot to Mute everyone, Dale outlined some of the club efforts during this last week on the Pandemic. 
  • Pizzas and Masks were delivered to both the Valley Park Lodge and The Queenston Place.  Wyne expressed a heartful thank you from all.
  • All the Masks that were purchased have been distributed
  • We have had a good response from other Rotary club.  To date 7 of the 9 tablets that are to be donated to Regional Long Term Care facilities.   These are to be used by residences to communicate with there families during the Lockdown.
Happy Hour
  • Jenn is happy that her boat is in the water; Her Horse is healthy and Her son is well trained even though he wakes up at 3 PM
  • Chuck was delighted to receive the promised Hamberger and Fries (With milk Shake) from Jim.
  • Bob Smith has a great dinner delivered by his kids and enjoyed while participating during a Zoom 'Dinner'
  • Jim Sissions has reported that the p[lanned Golf tournament has been cancelled due to COVID 19.  he said that this is disappointing but really is the best for the times.
Our Speaker today was our own Scott Wright.  He provided us with a detailed explanation of how the pandemic has affected his business and it's operation.  After a detailed description of the new processes to managing labour, Suppliers, Clients and Government Regulations, I heard a few members whisper "Thank God I've retired",   Listen to this excellent presentation starting just after 19:40 of the YouTube tape go to The Zoom meeting Page: 
May 7, 2020
 
 
Full Meeting Video:  sitepage/zoom-meetings
Good attendance to club meeting today.  There were several notices
  1. The club and the Past President group is sponsoring a meal for staff at the Centennial Retirement Center
  2. Our TV auction is set for Dec 3rd weekend and after a Social media campaign pushing the idea of the community support Rotary provides. we will all start to canvas for product Donation
  3. Our participation in the Niagara Region Cluster group, has proven successful. This is where 12 local Niagara Region clubs commit a $1,000 US to a single International Project selected from the group.  In two years we have seen each club's $2,000 mushroom to over $200,000 via Rotary and Canadian Government grants. This all is supporting maternal and child health with water wells and community hygiene projects in Guatemala 
After a spirited "Happy Fine" session we heard from Alysson Story , a very active Rotarian from Chatham.  She is a third generation Rotarian and her enthusiasm for Rotary and her community was obvious. 
April 30 2020
 
Again we were pleased to welcome visitors:
  • Anna Antalfavi - Hungary
  • Elisa Lake - Caribbean Islands 
  • Jason Cherry - Brantford Ontario
  • Tara McKendrick - Niagara falls ON
Anna was our Exchange Student for 2018-19.  It was a pure pleasure to talk to her before the meeting. She too is doing her studies by Distance Ed, but right now is studying for one final exam and hopes to get into university for Sports Psychology.   All the best to Anna.
Dale presented a report on the items that our club and contributed to assist in this crisis period.  We have purchased 100 masks and will make available to members in need.  The 'feed' the Hero"  program has spend $1,484 to date, while the Community Kitchen received $1,350 for supplies to feed those in need.  Jim Sissons gave a report on the Rotary North American Golf tournament.  All looks good as far as organization is concerned, but the "Go-No go" date will be June 1st
Our presentor for this morning was Tara McKendrick, a director of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Niagara.  Tara gave a wide ranging talk on the affects of the Pandemic on the CMHC and people in general.  Their operation is now totally on line wirh most staff working on line from home.  Their crisis line and community support systems are available but surprisingly they are, like police, EMT and ambulance, finding less demand.  Tara feels that when concerns are directed towards survival issues and expect a 'rush' when the Physical Distancing is over.  Note she is making a point to call this Physical and not Social Distancing.  In truth this is what it is, while the word social leads to isolation and loneliness.
To see and hear the full meeting go to:  Zoom Meeting Page
 
April 23, 2020
It is amazing how we are all getting so use to the Zoom controls.  We had 24 attending this weeks meeting, including 3 from "Far Away"
to see the entire meeting login and go to:  Zoom Meeting Page
 
Interesting meeting.  Dale and Dave brought us up to date on some activities of the club. Then Dave Sebele proposed a project to supply face masks through a lady in his church that is sewing them.  The Board will discuss the idea on Monday 
Tamara Bennett then presented a talk on what the United Way of Niagara is facing during this crisis.  She spoke on who they are supporting, their greatest problems, how the government is helping. Of course their need is for Cash.  They are supporting major shelters and food banks that are faced with large need for cash. 
We are very pleased that His Worship Jim Diodati attended our meeting this morning,
 
After introducing us all to his "companion", Jim spent his allotted 15 minutes (actually 35 minutes); telling us about the great gestures that he has seen from the community during this 'Global Pandemic".  Starting with people sewing masks and donating Sanitizer to people in need, to major philanthropic donations that included a share of $250,000 to a shelter. food bank and community kitchen. He mentioned how the Hotel Industry is suffering yet is still helping out front line health care workers.  Jim even looked into his crystal ball and told us how the future will change post pandemic.   Thank you Mayor Jim for your time and enlighten view of the Niagara Falls community.
 
For all to see the meeting go to: Zoom Meeting Page
  
 
The Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise is practicing Safe Distancing during this time of World Crisis.  Our Regular meeting is now by Zoom.
Everyone was at home except Dave S., joined us while traveling to Simcoe for emergency repair to some vital equipment.
The entire meeting can be watched on YouTube with this link:Zoom Page for YouTube Recording   
 
It was fascinating to hear that our club is still practicing “Service Above Self” for the Niagara Falls Community.  We are supporting two major organizations in Niagara Falls, Project Share and the Niagara Falls Community Outreach Kitchen.   President Elect Dale has also organized to provide meals to the ‘front-line’ workers of this crisis.  We are all contributing the money we would normally spend on our breakfast meeting to help these saviours.
 
We were also very pleased to have Suzanna and Soltan tell us about them selves in a "Who's Who".  The Maros joined the club this past winter. They are both partners in producing TV shows for the Omni network in their native Hungarian.  Go to the YouTube link to hear the rest of their fascinating background.
 
If you want to join our meeting on April 16th at 7:30 AM  click on  https://zoom.us/j/187716566
Brilliant presentation by Carling Wright, another potential future Rotarian. 
Carling was representing the new group in Niagara Falls called GROW, a Community Food Literacy Centre.  Their vision is to provide healthy and accessible food for people with low income. Their plan is to use the old Scout building on 4th Street for programs such as the following to provide:
  • Community Lunch and Dinners
  • Community Fresh Market and Pantry
  • Community Gardens
  • Cooking Classes
This project promises to be a tremendous advantage to Niagara Falls.
 
A Paul Harris Fellowship is granted by both of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, in recognition of the contributions that recipients has given to their community.  These are awards that we feel are worthy of people that give, as our motto says, "Service Above Self"!
 
The 2020 recipients above are
  • Captain Dayman Perry
  • Ann Mantini-Celima
  • Sue Forcier
  • Jessica Gale-Friesen
  • Jim Craig
  • Robert Smith
Today's meeting was relocated to the New City of Niagara Falls Office building. What a great renovation of the old Police Station.  The Building now holds the Business Development Dept, The IT Department and City Facility Offices.  After being in the basement of City Halls, all are happy with this bright, spacious and welcoming space.
Michael Warchala, the Small Business Consultant spoke on the services provided by the City including
  • Business Startup
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Advice
  • Budgeting
  • Registration and Licensing
Including One on One consulting, Mentoring and a great Innovation Space.
 
From "My City" publication by City of Niagara Falls
 
Niagara Falls Rotary Clubs, Foundation and Sunrise, presented Council with two cheques totaling $75,000 in contribution to section five of the Millennium Recreational Trail, which will now be known as the Rotary StoryWalk® Pathway. Sixteen StoryWalk® boards will be constructed along the trail to help promote the Niagara Falls Public Library's literacy initiatives. 
City Proclamation of Pathway Naming
Pod Assignments
Month: March 2020    Pod # 2  David S.
 
Task Member
Set-up Dave Berry
Reception Dave S.
Record fines Dave S.
Introduce / Thanks Speaker  
Tear-down Dave Berry
 
Next Month April ....  Pod 3 Carrie Z.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President
Secretary
Treasurer
Past President
Vice President
Club Liaison Officer
Executive Secretary/Director (non Voting)
 
Board of Directors Minutes