The Builder for October 15th, 2015
There were twenty-one Kiwanians and three guests in attendance at our luncheon held at Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club. President Bill Sornberger wielded the gavel for his first official meeting of the year. PE Susan Davey, along with Kiwanian Stew Andrew greeted each Kiwanian at the registration table.
PP John Prettie led us in the singing of O Canada and our grace. K Bruce Jobe was appointed to read the Objects of Kiwanis. DP Bob Miller introduced his guest, Ann Miller as did K Steve Sired, his wife Flo. The winner of the lucky draw for today was K Doug Cleverley who collected donations to the cause.
President Bill introduced Wendy Tomlinson, Curator for the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre.
Those present came away from the meeting having an even greater appreciation of the importance of rail in our development as a community. Wendy's shared her extensive knowledge regarding passenger and freight rail service. While the arrival of the first train was a cause for great celebration, we sadly saw the last passenger train pull away from the station in 1970.
The Marine Rail Museum opened in 1985 and was reborn in it's present form in 2013.
The Museum has been making updates and embarking on new ventures to revitalize interest in our history. CWHC acquired a retired CN Grill Car, transporting it with care from Keeswick.
Their recent raffle campaign raised $30 000 which kick started this project. The car has a historically correct new coat of paint. The museum is now wanting to replace the windows. Services will be added to include a washroom and a kitchenette to recreate a cafe/ice cream parlour. This endeavour will require a further $100 000.
Help preserve our history by bringing gently used Christmas decorations to the museum for their event on November 14 and 15th. DP Bob Miller thanked our speaker, presenting her a Kiwanis personalized bookmark.
President Bill presented Past President Peter Little with a Centennial Medal in recognition of his continuing support to our club and his many years of service on the board of the Grey County Kiwanis Festival of Music.
PP Elwood received his medal pin as well having already gotten his plaque.
Our Past Presidents are the backbone of our club.
DP Bob Miller and PP Don Sweatman received Terrific Kid medals for their monthly attendance at Bayview and Dufferin assemblies on our behalf. Thank you gentlemen!On October 16th, Past President Paul Strimas and K Jim McManaman presented a
$20 000 cheque to Mayor Ian Boddy. This is a portion of our commitment to the park.
A Fine Time!
PP Gord enjoyed a fall colour motorcycling tour through Maine with fellow travellers, leafing no corner unturned... K Ted Horton lounged at Langden Hall while DP President Bob and Ann tripped through Campbell River, Salt Spring Island, Victoria and Stratford.
PP Don Sweatman proudly announced the arrival of his granddaughter, Skye-Liis on September 4th. PP Peter Little happily waved good-bye to his 20 house guests home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
K Don King enjoyed his vacation in Myrtle Beach despite the wet weather. PP Elwood Moore expressed his delight in receiving so many calls of good wishes on the occasion of his 94th birthday.
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