The Builder for December 4th, 2014

Eighteen Kiwanians and guests were present for lunch at Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club. Members were greeted at the door by our newest Kiwanian to our Club, Don King and by Kiwanian Susan Davey as well. K Don recited the Object of Kiwanis to kick off our meeting. K Ted Horton read our invocation while PP Peter Little led us in a rousing rendition of Alouette. Our guests included Kate Walsh, a pending new member and her husband David Adair. K Alex Morris was the lucky winner of the ticket draw today. What a windfall!


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

President Paul had various Committee Chairs bring us up to date on what is happening in our very busy club.


Our Builders' Club Advisor Susan let us know that the Builder's Club is having their Christmas Party on the 9th at Notre Dame School at 11:30. Members are welcome to join in but pack a lunch for school. We thank our Builder's Club for their participation as clowns in our recent Santa Claus parade. We wish them luck on their gingerbread house fundraising draw.


P Paul congratulated the Club on our 69th Santa Claus Parade. He called upon Parade Chair Andrew Drury to come forward to recognize his efforts on our behalf. P Paul reminds us that November 21st, 2015 will be our 70th Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade. Mark your calendar Santa!

A tip of the hat to

Parade Chair PP Andy Drury (l)

President Paul Strimas (r)


FunFood Co-Chair K Doug Cleverley announced a heartfelt Valentine's Day fundraiser, February 14th at the Bayshore...Classic Rock Love Songs by PP Kevin Dandeno's talented group. If you can help by having tickets at your place of business available for sale, please contact K Doug.


Trick or Treat for MNT raised over $2200 dollars in coins and thank you certificates will be presented at our five area schools by K Doug, PP Bob Miller, PLG Linda Van Aalst, PP Don Sweatman and DS Julia Levine. We are pleased that a local donor has gifted the club $10 000. Special thanks to PP Bob Miller for initiating this endeavour. Thanks to DS Julia's son Matt as well for encouraging his head office for Hudbay to donate $500 to our club for MNT.


Speaker's Corner!

GBS Business Manager David Adair

DS Julia introduced David Adair, the Business Manager of our Georgian Bay Symphony. David explained the birth of the orchestra some 43 years ago after their appearance at the Kiwanis Music Festival and the music played on.

It has a current compliment of 50 volunteer musicians and a core of five professionals. Conductor John Barnum, who has tapped his baton for 22 years is conducting his final performance this spring.


The orchestra determined that they would audition four conductors this year from the 30 applicants from Europe and North America who applied for this position. Audiences have an opportunity to assess their work as do the musicians who practise and perform under their direction. One conductor will be selected and the baton will be handed over at the final concert.


The business manager in David has been thrilled with their half price initiative to draw new members. While they had high hopes for 100 to join, they have doubled that. A more rigorous application with the Ontario Arts Council has netted them $15 000 which is the maximum given to a group of their size.


You are reminded that they have two concerts on December 13th. A shorter one in the afternoon geared to a younger audience which is by donation and one in the the evening for the young at heart. Get your ticket to sing along.


Past President Peter Little presented David with a token of our appreciation and thanked our upbeat speaker.


A Fine Time!


Sargent-at-Arms Kiwanian Stew Andrew assessed several fines today to our traveling Kiwanians. Being footloose and fancy free comes at a price.


PP Andy made two trips including one recently to visit family in Banff. PP Don Sweatman flew to Newport to help crew a 49 foot sloop to the British Virgin Islands. Along the way he saw 6 freighters, 5 sailboats, 3 sea gulls and a partridge in a pear tree...yo ho ho and a bottle of... PP Bob Miller and his wife Ann clocked 9000 kilometers as they were in Scotsdale, Sedona and Pueblo Colorado. PP Peter Little was enchanted by the Orchestra from China which he listened to while vacationing in Sarasota. DS Julia confessed to a trip to the Dominican with PG Gary and their family to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. That pleasure proved costly.