Edition: November 14, 2023

Chartered November 22, 2002
Rotarian of the Year:
Yvonne Buys

Club Bulletin for week of November 14, 2023
This Week:  Elis Ziegler
(PEC Affordable Housing)


President's Message

There was some very good news this week … 

If you read any of the three local papers, you would have seen the announcement that the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital has met a very major milestone. Last week, Infrastructure Ontario issued a Request for Proposals to the four companies that “qualified” last spring. This is one of the last steps before construction actually begins, which is expected to be in the fall of 2024. 

We have been dreaming about, talking about and fundraising for this new hospital for so many years now. For the longest time, there was a lot of uncertainty – even if the hospital’s fundraising goals were achieved, was there the political will at Queen’s Park to actually make it happen? For the past two years, we’ve been told that the answer is “yes” and I wanted to believe, I tried to believe, and now I DO believe. 

The RFP is a big deal, so we’re a huge step closer to the new hospital becoming a reality. More fundraising is still needed over the next few years, and the Rotary Club of Wellington will be there to help.


Lyn McGowan
President, Rotary Club of Wellington

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Last Week: Mary Camp (Classification)

Meeting Notes by Barry Davidson

Rotary Meeting Notes - November 7

There were 29 members in attendance, one on Zoom and one visitor, Robin Heeringa, to hear Mary Camp’s classification speech.

Mary was born October 7, 1959 in the old Picton hospital and was raised and lived in the County all her life, growing up on a dairy farm. She has three brothers, two older and one younger. She attended PECI and played volleyball and basketball. She went to Guelph University for one year to study economics and family studies, but that did not maintain her interests, so she came back home and studied business administration in Belleville. Her first job was with Wilkinson & Co., then Robert Thompson CA, then PECounty in accounting and the roads department, then 20 years at the Children’s Aid Society, then 11 years with the PE Health Team, retiring in 2019. As a volunteer she was the Treasurer of Hospice Prince Edward after a gratifying experience when they cared for her mother.

Mary married her high school sweetheart, OPP officer. They have two children and four granddaughters. They built their house in East Lake where now that he is retired, he still runs a county business selling campfire wood, ice and worms. 

She started to be a friend of Rotary 55 years ago when she helped Mr. Mallet of the Picton Rotary club sell Planter’s peanuts as a Rotary fundraiser. Her parents were an example to her of volunteerism so now that she is retired, joining Rotary seemed like a good fit. She attended our Volunteer Appreciation Day in Wellington and her granddaughters enjoyed themselves so much, it stimulated her to seek membership. When not working, she enjoys travelling, walking, hiking, cycling, paddle boarding and pickle ball. She continues to do volunteer admin work for the Picton Pirates hockey team and two local doctors.

Club Business:

Lyn reminded members again that the Rotary Club of Picton is holding a Ukrainian Dinner Evening 5-9 pm, Saturday November 18 for which all proceeds will go to Ukraine for medical supplies and relief programs for children. She encouraged our members to join her and make a Wellington table in support of the Picton Club. She will be ordering tickets this week.

Peter reiterated the schedule for Remembrance Day:

  • Church service at the United Church at 10 am
  • Procession to the cenotaph.
  • Cenotaph service at 10:45
  • Reception at the Legion following the service.

Peter announced a drone show coming up in Belleville in which he will participate. More info to follow.

For our Christmas party, Lyn announced that it was BYOB if you wanted a special wine to drink. Phyo said that the Club has accumulated a case of wine from various sources and it will be available that night, Friday, December 15 at WOTL. 

David Hawkins recommended that the Club establish a travel fund to send one Club member each year to the Rotary International Convention. In 2024 it is in Singapore and in 2025 in Calgary. Ken reminded members that there is a budget of $2,000 now for conventions though it has only been used for the District Conventions. David asked the Board to consider his recommendation.

Lyn thanked the volunteers who brought the Storybook Walk displays into her workshop to be stored and fixed up over the winter. Ted said it would be done when the new book was chosen.

Christine again encouraged members to come to a “Happy Thanksmas” Turkey dinner at the Hillier Hall that she is organizing Sunday, November 12, 4:30-6:30. Goodwill offerings will be appreciated. She has some special mugs made for the celebration that will be prizes.

Liz announced that the Food for Futures program on Friday in Belleville still needed some equipment - a griddle, some steel pots and an extension cord. 

Lois’ number was drawn for the 50:50, but she did not draw the ace of spades.



Each week, Rotarians attending the weekly meeting buy tickets for $2 each.  At the end of the meeting, a lucky ticket is drawn from the pot, to give the winner a chance to draw an Ace of Spades from the deck of cards.  If the Ace shows up, the person wins all the money in the pot.

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Bottle Depot Volunteers Schedule for This Week


Wednesday November 15, 2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.:  Mary Camp, Sethu Madhaven (FoR)
Needed: 1 Cashier/Receiver

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Michelle Kosoy, Rick & Sharon Bobzner (FoR)


Saturday November 18,  2023

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Bill Pennell, Peter Campbell, Ken DesRoches (FoR)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Margo Langford, Lari Langford (FoR)
Needed: 1 Sorter/Receiver

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

 Member Birthdays

- none -

 Member Anniversaries

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Rotary Grace

O Lord and giver of all good
We thank thee for our day food
May Rotary friends and Rotary ways
Help us to serve thee all our days.


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Four Way Test

       Of the things we think, say, and do:
        1.  Is it the TRUTH?
        2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
        3.  Will it build GOODWILL and better
        4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all 

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Rotary Song

R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
R-O-T-A-R-Y, is known on land and sea.
From north to south, and east to west,
They profit most who serve the best,
R-O-T-A-R-Y, that spells Rotary.
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