Meeting Summary – August 10
Guest Speaker:                  Dawn Riley
Introduced by:                   Rotarian Richard Young
Thanked by:                       Rotarian Paul Richer
We were pleased to welcome Dawn Riley, President of the Vermilion Rotary Club, along with several of their members, who brought us up to date on the events and activities of their club.  Dawn stated that she would like to have a closer working relationship so we support each other in our endeavors and projects in the spirit of true Rotary friendship.  It was noted that the North Battleford club had sponsored Lloydminster,  and Lloydminster in turn sponsored the Vermilion club, as well as the Wainwright Club, so we need to keep in touch with each other. 
Dawn extended a ‘curling’ invitation as Vermilion will be hosting the District Bonspiel March 3-6th 2016.  It
Thank you to Dawn and her fellow Rotarians for coming and speaking to our club today.
Paul Harris Fellow:   President Wayde presented Rotarian Paul Richer with another Paul Harris pin.  Thank you Paul for continuing to support Rotary Foundation in this way.  Rotarians were encouraged to become a Paul Harris Sustaining Member, which is a 100.00 a year contribution (US)  or an outright Paul Harris Fellow which is a $1000.00 a year contribution (US) funds.
Auction Gift:   Donated by Gord Thiel and won by Rob Saunders.  Thanks Gord.   This is another small way we raise funds for the general fund.
Sgt-at-Arms:  Jason Whiting added a few more dollars to the coffers as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Jason’s main focus this week was a short video outlining the importance of  Polio immunization.   Due to misinformation being dispensed through social media by less than knowledgeable sources Canada has dropped off with regards to immunization.  District Governor Tim spoke to the club challenging every Rotarian in the district to contribute the equivalent of a cup of coffee per week ($2), with matching funds provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (current match 2 for 1).  The Government of Canada has announced new funding for polio eradication which will match Rotary contributions 2 to 1 to a maximum of $12 million over the next four years.   Let’s get on the band wagon and stress the importance of immunization to a family and friends.  Go Rotarians!!
Community Events:   Coming events included Open Farm Days / Gourmet Meal and Wagon Week
Speakers Next Week:  Tammy Shopland / Prajakta Singh and Many Kartchmer from the Sexual Assault Centre
Thought for the Day:  To tolerate everything is to teach nothing.