The Builder for November 3rd
There were 15 Kiwanians and two guests in attendance at our luncheon meeting held at the Inn on the Bay. PP Gord Harris and Kiwanian Fred Druyf were our greeters at the door. President Susan Davey asked International Trustee Gary Levine to read the Objects of Kiwanis. Past President Clarke McLeod was the lucky number draw winner for today.
Based upon our singing, we are clearly missing PP John Prettie who is home recuperating from his heart surgery. We are wishing him a speedy recovery. Kiwanian Gilbert Howey's voice is sorely missed as well and we hope that he is able to make a meeting soon. K Gilbert now has a piano at his disposal at Lee Manor so he should be tuned up and ready to go.
Kiwanian Russ Pierson introduced our speaker Thorston Arnold, Manager of Eat Local Grey Bruce and Beining Ma, their intern. Thorston was born in Germany and holds degrees from Engineering to a PHD in philosophy. He is steering this new enterprise on its maiden voyage. PLG Linda van Aalst thanked Thorston for his informative talk about this new venture for our community and our farmers.
The goal of ELGB is to provide food from local farmers directly to households. Eat Local Grey Bruce is a not for profit cooperative of food producers and consumers. It has partnered with 30 local farmers who provide a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread, grains and meat products. They are open to suggestions and comments from their membership to provide the best service and products possible.
You register online and become a member for a $35 fee which also pays for your recyclable cooler bags. Orders are placed between Thursday and Sunday and are delivered the following Wednesay or Thursday. In urban areas, Eat Local offers home delivery. You can join by logging onto to eatlocalgreybruce.ca
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
President Susan reminded members that dues are due. She also outlined the hectic week to come. P Susan spoke about attending the Christmas tree meeting on Monday, November 7th. Chair Jim McManaman and his crew will be setting up trees on November 22nd and 23rd. They needs lots of help with this before the tree sales begin on November 26th.
She will be at the Whispering Pines committee meeting on November 8th to hear about their proposed five year plan for park improvement.
As well, she will attend the Parade meeting Thursday the 10th. The parade vests are ready for volunteers to wear when Santa returns again to Owen Sound. We will need you on the streets of Owen Sound on November 19th.
This time of year is extremely busy and we hope all Kiwanians will try to find time some time to help out. If we each do a little, that will be a lot. Don't forget to sign up for your tree shifts.
On October 31st, International Trustee Gary Levine appeared at Queens Park to speak in front of the standing house committee on service clubs. He spoke passionately about the contributions of Kiwanis to communities, projects that governments alone can not provide. He provided each member with an information package about our Kiwanis policies and bylaws. He spoke about the requirements that Kiwanis clubs have an annual financial review and a complete separatation of administrative and service fund accounts.
The concern by the three party 8 member committee was not with the integrity of Kiwanis but rather with the many organizations that do not have our oversight. Unfortuately, Kiwanis will be adversely affected should the Government move forward, as they have proposed, to require each club's individual fundraiser (like trees sales) to undergo an audit.