The Builder for November 22nd 2018

President Michelle Kobryn welcomed twenty-three Kiwanians, three prospective Kiwanians and our two guest speakers, David and Anne-Marie McLeish, to our luncheon held at the Inn on the Bay. Our door greeters were PP Gord Harris and K Penny Garvin.

PP Peter Little led the Builder Song, O Canada and the Invocation. Kiwanian Tim Brown read the Objects of Kiwanis. K Steve Sired was the Mystery Greeter. Both K Scott Lovell and K Jim McManaman were fined for being tardy as they were unable to shake Steve’s hand. K Warren Elder won the lucky number draw. PLG Linda Van Aalst and PP Gord Harris had an auction for 2 Attack Tickets and K Don King was the bidder.

Speakers' Corner!

K Russ Pierson introduced our speakers David and Anne McLeish.

David had a slide show about El Sistema-The Big Sound.  This is a project inspired by a program started in Venezuela in the mid 1970s.  It is now a global initiative.

The Mission is to enrich the lives of children and youth by teaching them the global language of music.  The Vision is to contribute to social change by providing children and youth with positive, safe and healthy activities. They meet 3 – 4 times a week to foster their creativity and nurture their potential.  The programs are currently provided in 60 countries around the world and help over one million youth and children.  The program was started in Owen Sound in 2013.  For more information visit President Michelle thanked our speakers for their dedication to promoting this wonderful project.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Several of our OSHaRE volunteer crew attended an appreciation event on Wednesday evening. PP Gord was our On-The-Spot K Reporter:

"One or our newest members, Colleen Trask-Seaman, OShare manager, & her staff held a volunteer appreciation night tonight.

As it was our regular night of volunteering, we were well represented at the very nicely done d0. The highlight was the empty gift bag at each place setting. what goes Colleen?

Not to dismay! We all got to pick a handmade decoration from the Christmas tree.

It was also nice to see all the

other volunteers & catch up with some old neighbors as well. Well done Colleen, & yes, you are very welcome."

Special K Projects!

K Warren Elder reported that we had a net profit of $4,500 from the Golf Tournament with only 31 golfers participating.  Next year the tournament will be a Stone Tree and with a projected date in June.  The goal is to register 72 golfers for an even bigger event.

PP Andy Drury reported that the Santa Claus Parade was a huge success and he thanked all those who were able to help out. Now on to the 74th parade next year!

K Jim McManaman said the trees have been delivered and a crew of about 20 put up the fence and set out the trees.  That's a record!

Now we need full club support to help sell.  Fraser Firs sell for $60, Balsams are $50 with $40 for Scotch Pine.  Tree deliveries will be available in town for a fee of $5. Thank you to PP Paul Strimas and WP Manager Greg Rodgers for facilitating this.

A Fine Time!

Sergeant at Arms: Treasurer Fred Druyf

P Michelle was fined for not introducing Colleen Trask-Seaman or Alice Wannan. K Guy Chouinard confessed to a trip to Newfoundland and was fined for not filling out an attendance slip. Ouch!

PP Don Sweatman confessed to sailing from Annapolis Maryland to West Palm Beach Florida, 850 nautical miles on a 5 day passage. He was onboard a brand new (Hull #1) Hylas 48’ Sailboat, built in Taiwan with a crew of four, two of whom were volunteers. He ate fresh tuna every other day which is no fish tale...

PLG Linda Van Aalst confessed to a 10 day anniversary boat cruise aboard the Island Princess from Fort Lauderdale Florida to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica among others. K Steve and K Flo Sired confessed to winning a trip to Rama in Barrie. Jackpot!

Not to be Bored...News!

Newsflash! On November 27th, your Board of Directors approved three applications for membership. Previous Yellowknife Kiwanian Dennis Kefalas, OSHaRE Executive Director Colleen Trask-Seaman and the Salvation Army Community and Family Services Director Alice Wannan will all be formally inducted at a later date. Welcome to our newest Kiwanians!

Who will you be inviting to a luncheon meeting in January or to help you on the tree lot?

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