The Builder for January 5th, 2017

Happy New Year Kiwanians!


K Paul Matthies and PP Gord Harris greeted 18 Kiwanians and

2 guests at our luncheon held at the Best Western Inn on the Bay. We were pleased to welcome a prospective new member, Tim Sobie along with our speaker, Lance Thurston CEO of the Grey Bruce Health Services.

President Susan Davey asked PP Andrew Drury to lead us in the Objects of Kiwanis. K Ted Horton was the fortunate lucky number draw winner.

Kiwanian John Cottrill introduced our speaker, Lance Thurston.

CEO Lance gave us a very informative talk about the current status of Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), present day challenges, and future needs. Their annual budget is 185 million dollars.

GBHS is projecting a $17 million deficit by the end of 20/20 unless the means are found to turn things around.

An additional stress is the fact that 75% of management and 50% nursing staff are due to retire within the next five years.

GBHS CEO Lance Thurston

The Owen Sound Hospital has reduced the number of beds from 400 to 160 and is utilizing the space for other hospital services.

The GBHS Board is hoping to have solutions to their deficit problems by the end of March 2017.

The Province does not fund the capital needs of hospitals and in Grey Bruce alone the needs are $10 million annually and this is growing.  The gap for capital renewal is a constant financial pressure.

K John Cottrill thanked Lance on behalf of our club.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

President Susan led the club in a moment of silence for Kiwanis Stu Luckhardt, who had passed away earlier this week.  K Stu was a 23 year member of our club. He enjoyed volunteering with the club for many years before ill health made that impossible.

We also remember PLG John Hamilton's wife Barrie Kiwanian Shirley who succumbed this week as well.

K Russ Pierson read a letter addressed to our Club from Santa expressing thanks for our Christmas contributions to the community. We were able to support Santa's efforts for several local families who received a bounty of gifts for parents and children alike. Thank you to a very special lady for doing this each year!

Happy Days! Happy Dollars!

K Jim McManaman got over his Christmas tree task by enjoying his new Jetta and travelling to visit relatives in Halifax over the holidays. K John Cottrill also chose Nova Scotia for his trip.

PPPE Don Sweatman gladly paid a toonie to stay home and have relatives visit Karen and him instead.

PP Paul Strimas paid two toonies to announce his 6th grandchild, a boy.








PP Andy Drury was pleased to donate to our coffers as he announced his engagement to Karen Conley. Congratulations on this wonderful news!

K Stew's loss of 40 pounds is our gain as he paid a happy fiver to the cause.