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MEETING NOTES FOR Aug 09, 2011

 

PORT ARTHUR ROTARY

 

CHAIR: President-Elect Art Warwick

 

SCRIBE:  David Silliman

 

O CANADA AND TOAST TO THE QUEEN AND CANADA

 

REFLECTION/GRACE   David Silliman   a quotation from John Hick.   “…instead of seeing water as a continuous shiny substance that we can drink we perceived it as a cloud of electrons in rapid swirling motion, and the glass that holds it as a mass of brilliantly coloured crystals, themselves composed of particles in violent activity, then drinking a glass of water, instead of being routine, would ba a startling adventure.”   Be thankful for water.

 

BREAK FOR VISITING

 

AT THE DOOR:  Bassie Kargbo and Fred Baker

SCRIBE:   David Silliman

PHOTOS:   Alexandra Erickson

 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  Fred Baker introduced Derek Berryman, Oldham, U.K and Bert Andreloa, Riverton, N.J.  visiting Rotarians.  Maria Grady, guest or Rob Grady, Heather Minthorn, Social Worker at St. Joseph’s Caregroup and candidate for the GSE, guest of Alexandra Erickson.

 

THANK YOU LETTER: From Ecole de La Verendrye for citizenship award read by Art Warwick.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

David Legge:  September 27, Past Presidents Dinner.  First notice.

 

Warren Philp reported on a make up visit to another club and encouraged members to vote for Port Arthur Stadium in the ball park competition.  Deadline is Monday the 15th at 10:00 am.  See Website.

 

Murray Becotte:  Last call for Rotary Golf Tournament on August 17.

 

Presentation:

David Legge spoke on his experiences as part of an Ontario coroner/pathologist delegation to southern Africa (SA as well as Botswana, Namibia, Zambia et al).

In addition to photographs of the diverse flora and fauna, there was some discussion on challenges facing the SA nation including HIV-AIDS, racial tensions in the post-apartheid era, and social problems like violent crime, murder etc. The results of a SA coroner's inquest ruling on cause of death allowed for an intro into the problem of HIV-AIDS.


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 David displays copy of novel Disgrace by E.M. Coetzee, Booker prize winner that depicts racial tension in South Africa.

Bill Everitt thanked David for his presentation.

 

Speaker next week will be Richard Bosch presenting on Orthopedic Footware.

 

Martti Tenander won the 10 dollars in the 50/50 draw.

 

Art  quoted Mark Twain: “ To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”  Bell rang.

 

 

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