Gossip Sheet # 28
- January 23, 2003
Program – Robbie Burns Day Celebration
The haggis, carried by Brian Stewart, was piped in by Jimmy Johnson. Guest Tom Vickers read an emotionally charged Ode to the Haggis. Tom invited Rotarians to join in a toast to the haggis (the entourage toasted with the a shot of scotch a.k.a. the ‘water of life' while the rest of us settled for the 'water of nature')
Following the Selkirk Prayer, which was said by Terry McDougall, members and guests joined in singing the national anthem.
Head table guests: Angus Adams and Don Fraser (a couple of fine Scotsmen), President Earl, Bill Cole (Sergeant-at-Arms), Peter Mahoney (a very brave Irishman) and John Lehnen (who welcomed our guests).
Guests today included: Curtis Tye (guest of Erika Beatty), Peter McDougall (husband of Terry), Brigit Vanderkuip (daughter of Rick) and Jose Guerto (guest of Lezlie Murtch)
Birthdays – John Potts
At the Board meeting this week the resignation of Rob Tiffin was accepted (he accepted new position at York University) and the leave of absence of Ray Luxon was extended an additional three months.
The Feb. 13th meeting will be an evening meeting (Valentine's Day). Sam Waters will be providing further details at next week's meeting.
There is a meeting in Toronto for Rotarians hosted by Easter Seals on Jan. 28th where they will be announcing a multi-million dollar camp initiative.
Eugene Gillies announced that ClubMate is now on-line. Of our 146 members, 105 have email addresses. Eugene will be sending each member an email, with his or her password to access the software. He asks that members respond to his email to confirm receipt. Members will now be able to update their contact information on line (except attendance and dues information). Contact Eugene at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to send him your email address.
Rotary Lakewood will be having a Chili (or Chilly) Golf Tournament on Feb. 1st – see President Earl for further information.
Rotary Club of St. Catharines South is having a Mardi Gras costume dance on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Lions Club Hall in Port Dalhousie. $12/person. Call Dan Toppari at 905-227-9288 for tickets and further information.
The club welcomed back kilt-clad John Gleddie who collected happy dollars. He was happy to announce that he has been leading a rather racy life these days (see article in the sports section of Wednesday's Standard for background) and that only a Scotsman would wear a kilt on one of the coldest days of the year.
Rick Evans noted that in their search for even colder temperatures, our youth exchange students are heading off to Temagami on Feb. 7th. Sara, our student from Sardinia, needs to borrow a pair of size 7 ladies skidoo boots and a nylon wind suit. Apparently the temperatures in Sardinia are not quite the same as those in Temagami!
Bob Ure was happy to be able to wear a most interesting two-piece tartan suit.
John Snowling was happy to see John Gleddie after a long absence.
Ken Taylor updated us on his Not Just Tourists project whose volunteers have transported 2,600 pounds of medical supplies from his basement since November.
Erika Betty was happy to see so many beautiful legs on such a cold day.
Larry Ross, in the finest Scottish tradition, contributed $0.25 as his happy dollar (and didn't ask for change).
Bill Finley apparently was complaining on behalf of his table about all the funny clothes being worn by some of the club members.
To which Harold Nash said that he had no problems with kilts, in fact he envies those who can wear them. He just has a problem with the mixing and matching of the tartans – there's no accounting for taste and style.
Maurice Gomme presented a cheque for $1000, raised through our Nevada ticket sales, to George Irvine for the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation.
Brian St. Hilaire paid his happy dollar in honour of his Grandfather McIntyre, a fine Scotsman.
Bill Campbell welcomed his Sassenach (a.k.a. lowlander) friends to the Robbie Burns Day celebration.
Chris Bangham lead the club in a round of applause to thank Eugene for his hard work and energy to get ClubMate on line.
Ray Jefferies paid $8 in celebration of his newest granddaughter, Julie Rebecca, (daughter of Heather) who was born on New Year's Eve in New York City.
Liz Palmieri paid a generous $5 as she was happy to see so many men in kilts.
Rachel Delaney noted that when walking into the meeting today she was following Brian Stewart and admiring his kilt. She tried to tell us that when a gust of wind came up, she coyly averted her eyes. Yah sure Rachel!
Mark Zammit who had worked in Scotland for nine years, paid his happy dollars for all the lassies he left behind.
Don Fraser was happy to ask everyone with Scottish ancestry to raise his or her hands.
50/50 was not won by Ivar Khan.
Don Fraser hosted the program, first commenting on his great grandfathers kilt, which he was wearing. He hopes to be able to pass it along to a family member of similar stature as Don. He then proceeded to try to put an end to the mystery of what men wear under their kilts by telling a ‘grew some' joke (see Don for the details). He also noted that when the English went north, they raped and pillaged. But when the Scots went south they made love and borrowed things. The ‘borrowing' theme continued throughout the program.
Don Fraser closed with a cheeky comment on the four British races and the unique qualities of each.
Chris Bangham, happy to have the last word, thanked all who participated in the program and in the spirit of Rotary tolerance called them all a ‘lovable band of renegades".
President Earl noted that in the true Scottish tradition the presenters would have to share the bottle of wine.
Next week's program – Rotary community outreach project in Tanzania sponsored by our club and Toronto)