The Rotary Club of

Membership Newsletter
May 29, 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: 14
Spouses and Guests: Eric, Lynn and Jason Van Maanen
Birthdays:  Henny Boeters and Terry Youlton, June 6th
Anniversaries: None
Meeting Date:   May 29, 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.
Program:  Paul introduced Eric Van Maanen to talk about his Adventure in Citizenship experience
  • Eric used an excellent slide presentation to go through the 5 days of his trip
  • He left Windsor on Saturday, May 13th with Porter Air, seated next to a girl from Essex who was also going to AIC
  • A 3.5 hour layover in Toronto, and then a 40 minutes flight to Ottawa
  • Met by a member of the Ottawa Rotary club and taken to the U. of Ottawa’s dorm
  • Got into the dorms rooms at 4:00, where he met his roommate Josh
  • After supper, he, Josh and some other new friends explored around the U of O  campus
  • After breakfast on Day 1, they were welcomed by Andre Bourdon, Chair of AIC and Campbell Osler
  • There were 155 students at AIC, 37% bilingual and 73% only speaking English, from 10 provinces plus territories except the North West Territories
  • They then heard three speakers
  • John Herbert, Exec. Dir. of Operation Come Home, which works with homeless kids and young adults, Camille Bruggeman, from Belgium, on her journey as a Rotary Scholar and Tibor Egervari, a Holocaust Survivor, a Jewish person from Hungary
  • After good box lunches, they went to the War Museum, which was very interesting
  • They saw one of Hitler’s limousines and John McCrea’s (Of Flanders Fields) pistol
  • Supper was across the Ottawa River in Gatineau for a traditional French Canadian meal with dancing and music
  • Day 2 started early with a walk to Parliament Hill
  • Most of their time was spent in the House of Commons, where they met the Speaker of the House, who explained how Parliament operates; Eric sat in Dave Epp’s seat for this
  • Back to the U of O campus and lunch, before 3 more excellent speakers
  • MP Ivan Baker, on Canada’s response to the war in Ukraine, Nabil Oudeh on a 5 step plan for Conflict management and Salma Ataullahjan on her journey from Pakistan and becoming a Senator
  • After an excellent dinner, there was a talent night, which impressed Eric with the quality of the participants and performances
  • Day 3, off to the Canadian Museum of History
  • That evening, they had a dance where they got to meet many more of the other AIC group
  • Day 4, they got to watch a Citizenship Ceremony, where 45 people became new Canadian citizens
  • A closing lunch and time to get email addresses, social media and phone numbers etc from their new friends etc. Eric had a big map of Canada and got at least one student from all 12 provinces/territories to sign on where they lived
  • As well, one student from each province/territory explained what AIC meant to them
  • Left Ottawa with Porter Air in the afternoon and back home
  • Paul thanked Eric for a terrific presentation.
Correspondence :
  • Paul     None
1.  Kees:  Peace Pole
  • IODE will permit Rotary to place the Peace Pole at the Cenotaph
  • The members of the IODE would like to have Dutch language on the pole
  • The club is all in favour of having English, French, Lunaapee and Dutch on the 4 sides of the pole
  • Henny is ordering some Dutch red and white tulips, to go around the pole
2.  Ron:  2023 Car show: Sunday, July 9th
  • Ron will make up a list of to do the various tasks requesting volunteers
  • Paul and Reinout are looking into getting the two door prizes
  • Bob has the licenses for the event, 50-50 etc
  • Cleanup is on Saturday, July 8th in the morning: volunteers needed
New Business: 
1.  Kees: Day of Service celebration District 6380 June 8, 9 and 10 in Troy Michigan
  • Includes a dinner with guest speakers and those attending working on three Rotary projects in the area
  • Past RI President Jennifer Jones, from Windsor will be attending
2.   Warren
  • He and Linda have a conditional offer on their house and if sold, will are moving back to Burlington/Oakville  (It is sold!)
  • They will leave by June 29th
  • Storage boxes from Hugh McVittie with the history from Rotary and Ridgetown are to be placed in the medical equipment room
  • Warren will certainly be missed
President Kees asked if there was “Anything for the good of Rotary?”
Kees closed the meeting at 8:15 pm
The next meeting is on June 12, 2023, with Murray Scoyne’s speaker
l-r: Rotarian Paul Brown, Eric Van Maanen, President Kees Boeters
Eric Van Maanen in our Federal MP’s seat
in the House of Commons in Ottawa
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