The Builder for September 4th, 2014

There were 17  members present at our Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club luncheon. President Gord Harris wielded the gavel and asked PP Clarke McCLeod to read the Objects of Kiwanis. PP John Prettie led us in singing Take Me Out to the Ball game in honour of the Blue Jays' win. He kept the same tune going with Take Me Down to Kiwanis for members who are tune challenged... Guests included P Gord's wife Elizabeth, Major David Kennedy hosted by DP Bob Miller and our speaker Scott Lovell.

 

Summertime...when the weather was breezy...

PP John Prettie's Pool Kiwanis Lunch

July and August found our members enjoying lunch by the pool at PP John Prettie's home, at round tables and in our Kiwanis food trailer. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made our summer events possible. From PP Andy Drury and PLG Linda Van Aalst's crew serving at Camp Quality to our volunteers cooking for our camper appreciation luncheon. Kudos!

Speaker's Corner

Kiwanis Susan Davey introduced our guest speaker Executive Director of the Grey Bruce Hospice, Scott Lovell. Scott was born in Owen Sound and after University worked at Queen's Park in Health and Long Term care. He came full circle, back to Owen Sound, to except the challenge of the leadership role with the Hospice.

Photo by: PP John Prettie

Scott explained to us about the team effort involved in such an endeavour. From Registered nurses, Personal Support Workers and volunteers, everyone is working toward a common goal. The primary function of the six bed Hospice is to ensure that terminal patient dies with comfort and dignity. That may involve a pipe band playing in the garden below to hosting an early Christmas for a family, the staff creates a caring environment that aids both the patient and their family.

 

Scott looks forward to the day when he will stand on acquired ground to declare the start of the campaign to build a stand-alone, ten bed Hospice to service our area. All of the funds will need to come from non-governmental sources. While it will be a huge undertaking, the benefits to our area will be immeasurable.

 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Kiwanian Paul Strimas has volunteered as President for the upcoming year. He had previously been voted in by the club to the position of President-Elect. His executive consists of Treasurer Paul Kirk and Secretary Julia Levine. He is looking forward to planning for a great year ahead and working together for success with club members. Treasurer Paul announced that we are in talks with BDO regarding our Not-for-Profit status to be sure that we are complying with current regulations. More information will be shared at a later date.