Advisory: Graham Kennedy The TV Auction on Cogeco Cable is our major fund-raiser,
and it is expected that all club members will participate
with the event. This committee is responsible for organizing,
planning and executing the Canvass and the Auction. The committee
is divided into a number of sub-committees Canvass, Data Management,
Warehouse & Studio, Marketing, Staffing, Scripts, Photos,
and Sales. The sub-committee chairs will be recruited by the
Trust: Scott Heelis This committee assesses requests
for funds less than $3,000 and makes recommendations to the
Board of Directors. Requests for more than $3,000 will be considered
by the Advisory and Capital Projects Committee and the Board
of Directors, and must be brought before the club for a vote
Committee: Peter Mahoney This committee has undertaken
the difficult task of revitalizing itself in the post Easter
Seal era. The committee will continue to find ways to work
with Children in our community and requires dedicated Rotarians
to help shape and focus the committee's goals and objectives
within its mandate. The committee also will continue to partner
with Algoma in the annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for
Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre and their summer camp
Affairs/Environment: Brian Stewart
This committee presents
meetings of civic importance, such as elections, business and
industry, and Chamber of Commerce concerns, and will be in charge
of improvement to the Rotary Tree Park and other civic projects.
Projects of community importance will be highlighted to the
Club. This committee administers our Adopt-A-Road program.
Committee: Peggy Davidson
(Web Site/Bulletin/Public Relations/Roster) The committee is responsible for
the Club's main communication vehicle, the web site. The web
site includes a weekly bulletin, the Gossip Sheet, news and
links to upcoming events and meetings, and links to databases
of our members and our committees. The website is maintained
by a contract with a web designer. Our weekly bulletin, titled
the Gossip Sheet, is maintained by club members who act as reporters,
each with responsibility for a month of meetings. The committee also produces a Pocket Roster of members, updated
and printed bi-annually.
This committee also endeavours to ensure appropriate public
relations and promotion of Club activities.
& Registration: Peggy Davidson
This committee will have twelve members who will organize the
sale of members' and visitors' meal tickets, register and issue
make-up cards and introduce guests, run 50/50 draw and advise
the President of the winner, keep members informed of locations
of outside meetings, ensure that new members are given exposure,
and liaise with the hotel for the organizations of the meals.
As part of the fellowship
activities of the Club, t his committee will organize special
meetings, such as a volunteer recognition night, Valentines
dinner, the President's Night and other special events designed
to foster interaction of club members. T here will also be
twelve members who will greet visitors at each meeting. Sports: The
committee will organize curling, tennis and golf events for
the club members and guests. They will also organize any group
trips to major sporting events.
Club activities such as major contributions, sports events,
essay contests and medalist winners are chronicled.
Major Grants & Advisory:
John Crossingham This committee meets at the
request of the President or the Board of Directors to place
in priority major fund-raising requests. Membership is normally
composed of past presidents, the 1st and 2nd vice presidents
and other senior members of the club.
Membership: The Committee is charged with encouraging and retaining
membership in the club. The committee reviews proposed candidates
for membership and reviews them on the basis of character, eligibility,
business and community standards.
This committee will record attendance, report
to the District and present attendance pins. They will warn
members who are in jeopardy with their attendance.
Classification /Membership: Responsible for determining if
a classification is available for a new membership proposed.
The rules are laid out in the Rotary International Manual
of Procedure. The rules are applied carefully to ensure that
the "Classification Principle" is honoured.
Program: John Crossingham
This committee will have 12 members who will arrange each
meeting: the speaker, Rotarians to say grace, conduct happy
dollars, introduce the speaker and thank the speaker and a
newer member sitting at the head table. Suggestions for speakers
should be forwarded to the Chairman, and above all the goal
is interesting meetings.
Fest: Scott Heelis Every Civic Holiday weekend (first
weekend in August) the club hosts a 4 day Rib Fest in Montebello
Park, St. Catharines.
The Rib Fest is built around seven "ribbers" from
the US and Canada who sell 1,000's of pounds of Ribs and Chicken.
Normally attendance is in the 40,000 to 50,000 mark. A core
committee of about 20 Rotarians takes on roles such as Entertainment,
Sponsorship, Site, Marketing and Promotion and Vendors. As this
is a major fundraiser for our club all Rotarians are asked to
assist either before the event or as volunteer at the event.
This is a fun community event which raises awareness of Rotary
in the region and raises a substantial amount of money for our
Rotary projects both locally and around the world.
Foundation:Graham Kennedy This committee supports the raising
of funds for the Rotary Foundation, through Paul Harris fellowships,
sustaining memberships, Rotary Benefactors and other techniques.
In return, the committee administers the funds through Group
Study Exchange and special grants.
Information:John Potts The main role of the committee
is, with the sponsoring Rotarian, to meet with prospective members
to explain the background and responsibilities of Rotary, and
to invite them to join our club.
& Telephone: Peter Mahoney Members will continue to
develop the Med-Alert project to maximum potential and identify
other worthy seniors' projects to the Board of Directors. Such
projects might include home visits, assistance with transport,
or an outing for a senior's home. This committee also will keep
the President and the club informed of any member's illness
or family illness and will contact the member at the hospital
or home, by phone or in person. They will organize a fan-out
system to get information quickly to the membership.
Peter Mahoney This
committee will have 12 members, each of whom will be responsible
for one month of meetings. Their task is to handle preparations
for the meetings and to assist the President in any way before
and during the meetings. All funds collected will be turned
over to the treasurer.
Community Service: Peter Mahoney This
committee serves to promote understanding, goodwill and peace
by mounting projects international in scope. From time to time,
these projects include cooperation with other clubs and district
Leadership: John Crossingham
This committee links our
club with young people in our schools, Niagara College, and
Brock University by supporting leadership-oriented projects
such as Camp Enterprise, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA),
Rotary Medalists, Canada Essay, Niagara Regional Science and
Engineering Fair, Junior Achievement, and other Contests.
All projects require hands-on involvement by Rotarians in
our club, and may or may not involve providing direct financial
support for students. The Committee makes a presentation to
the Club in June introducing students who have been honoured
by our Club, and describing the activities undertaken by the
1) Camp Enterprise:
This program is sponsored by approximately 4 clubs in the
area. The event is a 4-day weekend program of leadership
training held at Brock in May for about 40 Grade 11 or 12
students. We contact area high schools requesting 2
students and 1 alternate from each school. The city-wide
Rotary Committee has a checklist of responsibilities that
are completed by committee members. During the 4 days, we
present speakers in the following disciplines: entrepreneurship,
finance, human resource, leadership, and marketing. Students
also play a business simulation game. Students form 6 competing
teams and work to develop strategies to launch a beverage
company, prepare a business case for the venture, and present
a report to "judges" on the final day using what they have
learned in the course of the weekend. We also introduce
the students to teamwork and problem-solving through CATI
2) Rotary Youth Leadership
Awards (RYLA): Clubs throughout the District sponsor
young people (18-25) for a week-long residence program on
leadership. Normally, two sessions are held each year
during July and/or August at locations in New York state
or southern Ontario as selected by the District RYLA Committee.
Our Club's subcommittee-members promote the program to Club-members
and to all area schools, Brock, Niagara College, and other
groups in order to find applicants, and then interview the
applicants, and select up to 4 to attend the program. If
more than 4 applicants are suitable candidates, their applications
are passed along to other Clubs in the area. This process
begins in early February with student applications, and
usually ends in April when the selections are made.
In July and/or August, our Club's RYLArians are driven to
and from the RYLA program location. Rotarians are invited
to an Open House dinner on the Thursday night of each week's
3) Rotary Medallist:
Our Club provides Rotary medals, a highly regarded award
for student leadership, to a male and a female student in
each of 3 area high schools (Lakeport, Laura Secord, and
St. Catharines Collegiate).
The recommended criteria are:
- eligibility to graduate this
spring (or graduated in January this year)
- significant involvement in 2 or more school activities
- above-average academic achievement (over 75%)
- high standard of ethics
- positive attitude
- good moral character
- exemplification of the Rotary Motto: "Service Above
The award winners are selected
by the schools. A Rotarian from our Club coordinates the
selection process with the schools in May, and presents
the awards at the Commencement exercises in June at each
school. Each winner is given an engraved Rotary medallist's
medal and a certificate.
4) Canada Essay:
Rotarians from our Club contact the schools to promote the
competition in April. Then Rotarians and non-Rotarians act
as judges, and read and rank the submitted essays in May.
Certificates, cheques and trophies are given to the winners
5) Niagara Regional Science
& Engineering Fair - Humanitarian Contribution Award:
Rotarians from our Club interview Grade 7 &
8 student participants at the Science Fair in March, and
select the project that has demonstrated the best contribution
to the well-being of humans (medical or similar study to
benefit humans). A Rotarian presents the award at the Award
Ceremony in April. Financial support is provided to the
NRSEF organization and they pay the amount of the award.
6) Junior Achievement -
Award: Rotarians from our Club interview JA Team-members
in April or May from an award category determined by the
JA organization, and select the student who has demonstrated
the best leadership skills. A Rotarian presents the award
at the Closing Banquet in May. Financial support is provided
to the JA organization and they pay the amount of the award.
Exchange: Kelly Buckley This committee selects our
outgoing students and hosts our incoming students. Typically
our club sends and receives two students per year. The committee
works with the club and the district to coordinate the activities:
Grape and Wine Festival weekend, winter weekends, etc. In-students
are registered in school and welcomed and hosted by the club.
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