The Builder for April 26th, 2018

There were nineteen Kiwanians and five guests in attendance at our luncheon chaired by President Don Sweatman. PP Susan Davey introduced her husband John and son-in-law Paul. PLG Linda van Aalst brought her husband Kees as her guest. The club welcomed LG Stephanie Worthington, from Orillia, to our luncheon.

All were warmly greeted at the door by Director Paul Matthies and Kiwanian Mike Rutherford. PP Paul Strimas was the lucky winner of the draw today.

Speaker's Corner!

Constable Mike Dazé

Kiwanian Joanne Horton introduced Community Services Officer Mike Dazé , from the Owen Sound Police Services, to our meeting. He was invited to speak to us about the legalization of marijuana and to explain some challenges faced by our government and police forces. Funding, training, departmental coordination and public awareness are areas of concern.

Constable Dazé outlined some important details of the new legislation.

  • 19 and over may legally possess up to 30 grams while those under 19 with 5 grams or less will be ticketed, not criminally charged.
  • marijuana may be used in private residences but not public spaces with fines from $1000 first offence to $5000 for subsequent infractions.
  • cultivation of up to 4 plants per residence raised from a licensed seed bank is permitted.
  • driving under the influence will receive similar drinking penalties such as loss of a license for 7 days or impounding of a vehicle
  • there will be stand alone regulated marijuana stores and online ordering through the LCBO.

PLG Linda van Aalst thanked Mike on behalf of the club for his informative talk and wished him well on the challenges ahead.

LG Stephanie Worthington Visit

The club was honoured to meet our Division 8 Lieutenant Governor, Stephanie Worthington.  LG Steph indicated that she is enjoying her position thus far. She was busy with Governor Bobby Moo Young's visit in October and with a new club opening up in Huntsville.  She mentioned she would like to visit our club more but she has had 3 surgeries on her eyes this year so driving from Orillia can be a bit of an issue.  She was glad to visit and enjoyed the uplifting energy of our club.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Our newest Kiwanian, Warren Elder, is interested in revitalizing our Kiwanis golf tournament fundraiser. Many may recall that for several years the club had enjoyed this fun event.

K Warren kindly offered to chair the committee. PLG Linda, PP Don and K Penny are willing volunteers which is par for the course... K Warren will get back to the club about the tournament idea after further investigation.

P Don mentioned a possible new playground initiative with the City. Further information about this project will be forthcoming. P Don also indicated that if anyone is interested in the President Elect position that it is not to late to be registered for Vegas.