The Rotary Club of

Membership Newsletter
Jan 16 , 2023

President: Kees Boeters
President-Elect: Ron Bolohan
Past President: Jeff Geddes
Treasurer: Reinout von Martels
Secretary: Paul Brown
Sergeant at Arms: David Klatt
Directors:  David Klatt, Brian Pasmore, Ben Van Heeswijk and Bob Wilson
Members: 11
Spouses and Guests; Brett Smith, Chatham Rotary Club; Joel Van De Hogen
Birthdays:   None
Anniversaries:  None
Meeting Date:   Jan. 16, 2023, at the Anglican Hall.
President Kees opened the meeting at 6:30 pm. After the national anthem, grace, and dinner, plus thanking the ACW for the dinner, Kees started the meeting.
1.  Kees: I introduced Brett Smith, Treasurer of the Chatham Rotary Club, with a message about the District Conference
  • It is May 5-7, 2023 in Windsor, in combination with D. 6400
  • He is an ambassador to promote the conference
  • It’s $495 US, which includes what he feels is not bad for 2 nights and all meals
  • It is the only conference that Jennifer Jones, President of RI, will be speaking at, on a Friday night
  • To just go to the Friday night dinner is $250 US
  • If interested, go to and take the link to the conference and hit “guest”
  • There is a spotlight for good projects which gives clubs 5 minutes at the mic to describe their project
  • The House of Friendship will allow clubs to display any project they have done and wish to display
2. Kees: PowerPoint presentation
  • Kees had 3 videos to show about the “Sand Motor”, a project that was started in Holland in 2010 to try to protect a part of the Dutch shoreline, where serious flooding had taken place in the 50s
  • There was a great amount of information provided in these videos,
  • It was difficult to take notes but if you wish, you can find them on the internet by entering “sand motor”
  • The results have been very effective and have turned this part of the shoreline into wonderful beaches, natural habits, and playgrounds for those interested
  • It was very interesting to see what they had accomplished
Thanks to the speaker: David Klatt thanked Kees for his presentation
Both speakers, Brett and Kees signed Rotary Book labels for St. Michael School
3.  Kees:  Fundraiser discussion
  • Pancake Breakfast with the scouts in Feb. or March at the Scout Hut
  • Scott leader Adam will come to talk to us about what will happen and possible dates
  • Several members expressed interest in helping out, with cooking the pancakes, etc
4. Kees:  Polio Plus Society (see article below)
  • We all can get this Pin
  • We all made a donation to Polio Plus this year and have received a tax receipt for that donation
  • We may have to fill in the form below to receive the pin.
  • Ken Corlett will bring the pins to the club
1.  Paul:   Adventures in Citizenship
  • Paul will meet with the guidance head at RDHS to get candidates to go
1. We received a letter from Shelter Box describing their helping Ukraine and 9 other disasters around the world and asking for a donation
  • It was decided that since we had already donated Shelter Boxes to Ukraine, we would not at this time make another donation
President Kees asked if there was “Anything for the good of Rotary?”
Kees closed the meeting at 7:53 pm
The next meeting is on Jan. 30, 2023, David Klatt’s speaker
l-r: Brett Smith, Chatham Rotary Club, and Ridgetown President Kees Boeters

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