The Builder for January 3rd, 2013

 

There were sixteen Kiwanians present at our luncheon meeting held at Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club.

K Paul Matthies and K Susan Davey were stalwart volunteers again today making everyone feel right at home.

K Lorne Rich read the objects of Kiwanis with assistance from K Ted Horton....glasses anyone?

PP Don Sweatman and PG Gary Levine pitched in to help P Gord Harris put the E.C.&C. flags back onto their stand ... A flag fiasco!

Speakers' Corner!

In 1988, K Paul opened Suntrail Outfitters, now known as Suntrail Source for Adventure, the largest cross country ski outlet in Grey and Bruce.

K Paul Matthies shared his bio with the club, a life that began in Waterloo County. He studied industrial engineering and went on to work in Sarnia, North Bay, Etobioke before buying property in Bognor. It was there he met

P Gord which changed his life...

His wife Linda of 35 years spent her career as an operating room nurse while Andrew, Lara, Michael and Jillian round out this active family.

 

David's wife Kim is a teacher, as is daughter Sarah, while Rebecca is at Waterloo. His family tree is something to hear about!

 

David Clark began his career in Owen Sound as a property assessor. Today he is a First Generation Student Mentor at Georgian College, helping students adjust to college life. He also has his own consulting business.

He has served on the Canadian Mental Health association, Bruce Grey Children Services, the Folk Society, Bruce Grey Children Services to name but a few. Helping children is a lifelong focus.

A Fine Time!

K Lorne Rich confessed to a trip to Jamaica among others and was dutifully fined by P Gord. Many other Kiwanians chimed in about their family trips over the Christmas Holidays. Charity begins at home and so the fines did flow...

K Russ Pierson was pleased to announce the birth of his first grandchild and was counselled by P Gord, as a seasoned veteran, in the costs of this addition to the family. Many Kiwanians were pleased to put in happy toonies as they enjoyed Christmas with their grandchildren.

K Julia Levine donated to the coffers in celebration of PP Don Sweatman's loyalty to our Terrific Kids program at Dufferin School. This month is a pajama day theme and "Dufferin Don" will be there in fine form...

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

P Gord announced that there was a great crew of Kiwanians who showed up on Saturday to take down the Christmas Tree lot. While we ordered 50 fewer trees this year, we had 90 not sold from our 600 tree order. K Jim McManaman and his committee will have some decisions to make about next year. It was an active fundraiser for members and all were thanked for being such great volunteers.

Over forty of our Kiwanis family were in attendance on Saturday, January 5th to be with PP Andy Drury at his wife Cathy's memorial service. Your overwhelming support was greatly appreciated.

K Doug Cleverley updated us about our Kiwanis Supper Bowl Fundraiser on February 3rd at the Bayshore Community Center. The Attack will sell tickets for us and man the the bar where we will have 50% of the profits returned to us. K Gabe Nowak has kindly offered to create a poster for the event. Food at the event will be handled by our Gourmet Committee chaired by K Bill Sornberger. Many volunteers will be needed on the day of the event to sell raffle tickets, serve food, clean up etc. There is to be a fundraising meeting on Wed., Jan. 9th at 6 p.m. at the Police Station.