Baltimore John’s
Lisa Graham Presentation
Co-pres. Drina welcomed everyone to the fellowship of Rotary and mentioned that Baltimore John’s was very close to the Habitat for Humanity build site in Baltimore where we are planning to participate in for a September build day.
A number of guests were in attendance and the following were introduced: Ardyth Moorcroft - Rotary member from New Westminster, British Columbia who is spending the summer at her cottage in Stirling, Rob Pope – ADG from the Campbellford Rotary Club, Emma Treney – a past exchange student who is visiting with Jan and then heading to Vancouver to meet a friend to be followed by a trip to the west coast of the United States , and Graeme Bakker – a potential new member.
After making a toast to our Canadian roots, PP Jim shared a Rotary prayer and while dinner was being prepared, a video was shown that featured International President Gordon A. McInally speaking of lasting change and mental health. His message was to open up about life challenges, create acts of kindness, erase stigmas, support one another, and remember the power of personal connections.
Co-pres Steve then shared a video on the 5 Myths of Membership:
1. Rotary is only for business networking – like minded individuals
2. It’s an old boys club – high character men and women
3. Membership is expensive – what’s the daily cost?
4. Attendance – serving the community when you can
5. Time – 2 hours/month to serve your community
Riley collected many Happy Bucks which included happy times with grandchildren, travelling, reading, and car rallies. Sylvia reported on the successful liver transplant her niece experienced. Ken stated that he and Yvonne stayed with Emma’s family a few years ago.
Bruce introduced our speaker Lisa Graham who presented a great power point classification speech. Lisa has been a member of our club for a year and is co-chairing the fund raising committee with Jan. She has also led us in the singing of O Canada sharing her beautiful voice. Lisa’s parents are from Newfoundland and she spent one year in Toronto, but for the last 25 years, she has been a Cobourg resident. Lisa introduced us to themed pictures of her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, music, and
camping with family at Fenlon Falls. She has worked with special needs students at the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, been a morning host with radio 90.7, and now works as Children and Youth Ministry Director as a fourth generation Salvation Army member. She states “it’s not my work, it’s my passion”!
Along with her entire family, Lisa plays with the Salvation Army Band in parades and Christmas events.
Like Rotary, the Salvation Army ‘s slogan is “Giving Hope for Today”. There are many facets of the community that Lisa is involved with including:
Preparation & delivery of 250 meals every Tuesday
Food Cupboard & health bank, rent utility & household bills
Rent Smart Basics
Baby Formula Program
Summer Camping Programs for Moms and Kids
Coats for Kids
Backpack Program with United Way
Girl Power – self esteem for vulnerable girls 13-18
Celebrate Recovery for Addictions
Coffee with Friends
Community Lunch Program Mon. to Fri.
Christmas Grocery Gift Cards partnering with the Giving Tree
Christmas Letters and Red Kettle Campaign – 3200 letters are distributed
Emergency Disaster Services – fires, ice storm, accidents
Emergency Housing
Lisa stated that a satellite office in Brighton is being planned. Ken thanked Lisa on behalf of our members and mentioned her leading us in singing again. In listening to Lisa, I’m sure we all noticed the similarities of Rotary attitudes and community involvement with the Salvation Army ones. As Lisa said, both help the community, but approach the needs from a different angle.
The meeting paused while dinner was served and then co-pres Steve circulated volunteer sheets for the 190th Port Hope Fall Fair Sept. 15 -17th and reminded us that the Aug. 14th meeting will be held in the gazebo of our Port Hope Rotary Centennial Riverview Park. Sylvia read thank you correspondence from Port Hope High School graduates and Fran reported that $5264. was profited from our June Surf and Turf event. Our three pod leaders are Kevin Moore, Sandra Hicks, and Tom Sears – check in to see which
pod is yours.
Bruce and Sandra presented their plans for promoting and increasing our membership. The goal this year is for 10 new members & it’s so encouraging to note that we already have 2 new members. They emphasized inviting guests to all meetings and social activities. A larger 75” TV will be provided at the Knights of Columbus Hall to help engage new members with an interesting program. Members will be invited to share their “Rotary Minute” - why you joined Rotary and why you continue to be a member.
They spoke about marketing our club, providing swag materials, having our elevator speech ready, and providing a complimentary dinner to a guest & the Rotary member. A club video is in the planning stages along with guest information file cards. They referred to the importance of keeping our website up to date. A new fund raising event is being planned by Lisa & Jan for February 2024 and a survey may be circulated for feedback on this. Business/corporate/ family membership was also mentioned. Their message was summarized to provide meetings that are engaging, inviting, and interesting and to focus on new membership.
Ron then presented his chart displaying Service Projects for 2023-24 and he has circulated copies of his presentation through clubrunner emails.
Lisa spoke about fund raising activities for the year – the Port Hope Fall Fair in September, the Holiday Market the end of November, the Surf and Turf Dinner and Canada Day events. Mar. 2, 2024 has been confirmed for a new fund raising event with more details to come. The goal of Fund raising is $ 24,000.
Great things are going to happen!
Drina urged all committees to finalize their goals and encouraged all members to become involved with
a committee(s) as their personal goal.
The meeting closed with Lisa leading us in a rousing singing of O Canada.