The Rotary Club of

Membership Newsletter
Feb 27, 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: 12
Spouses and Guests: Gary Eagleson, Ken Corlett, Judy Van De Hogen, Doris Scoyne
Birthdays:  None
Anniversaries: None 
Meeting Date: Feb. 27, 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. Ron: Ron Bolohan introduced his guest speaker Gary Eagleson
  • Gary was raised on a farm in South Huron, with a sister several years older, so he had lots of time to explore the farm
  • He retired from his teaching career after 32 years with 2 years in England and has been very active on a number of committees and organizations around Chatham-Kent such as a Board Member - Thames–Sydenham (Provincial) Source Water Protection Committee and a Veteran (CD) -(13 years) The Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.
  • He and his wife purchased a 58-acre farm near Florence, after discovering he also owns the rectory on the property
  • It includes 12-acre and 6-acre fields with the rest being a Carolinian forest that has a nice creek  running through it
  • He has a grove of Nut-trees and one of  Oak trees
  • It has a wide variety of trees growing on the farm, many he has planted, and is called a Mulberry farm
  • Since purchasing the farm, Gary has had 4 ponds dug in various locations and of various depths for a variety of plants and animals such as frogs and turtles to survive year-round
  • He has since dug two more ponds by himself
  • with the clay bottoms, the ponds do not drain into the soil below
  • Gary has been able to apply for and receive several grants to allow him to really develop the property
  • He has built a cabin, outhouse, and shed for his variety of tools and equipment
  • Gary also has several bees hives that produce very good honey
  • The 12-acre field has several acres of “Tall Grass Prairie”, ideal for honey production
  • Unfortunately, he lost all of his bees last winter, but his replacement ones this winter seem to be doing well
  • Gary used a PowerPoint presentation throughout his talk to show us a great many plants and trees that he has on the farm, many that were there when he bought it, with many others he has planted himself
  • He has several cameras around the property that enable Gary to see hourly what’s happening at the farm and what wildlife visitors he has
  • It was a very informative presentation that shows Gary’s love for the land and his great desire to preserve so many forms of vegetation and wildlife
  • Bob thanked him for the presentation, noting that he had taught with Gary when they were both at Blenheim HS
  • We had a draw for a bottle of the honey produced by Gary’s bees, won by Brian P.
  • As usual, Gary signed some labels to go into books we have given to St Michael School
 Kees:  Induction of Joel Van De Hogen by Ken Corlett ADG
  • Ken said that it was a pleasure to be here to do a new club member induction
  • He mentioned that Ridgetown is a community club which is very evident around town
  • Of course, Rdigetown is involved with the community of the world
  • Joel received his certificate of membership, his club vest, a 4-way test plaque, and a package full of Rotary material. Joel’s mother came for the meeting and is quite proud of Joel
1. Brian:  Easter Egg Hunt April 8 at the Scout hut
  • Brian said that everything is pretty much under control and Kees will send out a chart of responsibilities
2. Kees: Tentative pancakes with the scout's March 25 in Hall
  • Kees is waiting to hear back from Adam who needs to let the parents from the scouts know and get from them volunteers from that group.
1. Paul read out a thank you letter from the C-K Women’s Centre for our $150 donation
President Kees asked if there was “Anything for the good of Rotary?”
Kees closed the meeting at
The next meeting is on Mar. 13, 2023, a business meeting
The theme for the 2022-23 Rotary year is “Imagine Rotary
President Kees Boeters, Gary Eagleson and Rotarian Ron Bolohan
ADG Ken Corlett, Joel Van De Hogen and President Kees Boeters
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