Williamsville Rotary Meeting August 19, 2013


Door: Tony Cangialosi and Jim Rumsey

Pledge: Vern Anderson

Anthem: Both Canadian and American—Ed Stachura

Four Way Test: Paul Banas

Grace: Joe Fiorella

Toasts to the Queen, the President, and Rotary: Ed Stachura                       

50/50 Ticket Sales: Not held because of DG visit

Visiting Rotarians: Sandy Noble of Amherst South


·         Sylvia Stachura

·         Kevin Crouse, District Governor

Program: Mr. Kevin Crouse, District Governor 7090, 2013-14


Kevin was a charter member of the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, where he served As Club President in 1995-96. He is currently a member of the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club.

At the District level, Kevin served for six years as the New Generations Director of Youth Services and Chair of the SLAPSHOT Committee. A four- time Paul Harris Fellow, Kevin created, administered and conducted the SLAPSHOT program, a program for 14 — 18 year-olds that has been sold out every year since its inception 8 years ago.

Kevin has served as a teacher, coach and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels for 35 years, developed a variety of teacher resources as Resource Development Director for two provincial organizations, won the Mr. Ontario and Mr. Canada titles, wrote a book on Food and Fitness for the Forty Plus, and currently lives in Brantford with the love of his wife, Rebecca. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Kevin has three university degrees — a Bachelor of Arts in English and Math from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Physical Education, and a Master of Science in Teaching from McMaster University.

In his remarks, Governor Crouse emphasized youth and the many Rotary activities directed at them. The District Conference will dedicate a significant portion of its agenda to youth. He discussed his vision for “Engage Rotary/ Change Lives” and what it means. He offered his plan of action as outlined in a bookmark that he distributed. The challenges of maintaining and growing membership were acknowledged.


·         Frank Ralabate reminded us of the Golf Outing on September 23. He passed out registration forms which he encourage the members to give to contacts. Looking for sponsors.

·         Ed Stachura discussed the obligation that all members have to attend meetings and the importance of contributing to the mission of Rotary and the local Club. He reinforced the understanding of RI policy that holds that in the event that a member has missed four consecutive scheduled meetings without making up at least one of those meetings, that member has terminated his/her membership in Rotary.

·         Ricky Lincoln thanked all for making this year’s Classic Car Show at wonderful success. He showed an example of one of the trophies given out at other car shows—the trophy he won over the weekend!!

·         Michael Sirianno summed up last year’s fundraising effort and presented to District Governor Crouse one check in the amount of $2,000 toward Polio Plus and another check in the amount of $1,500 for Rotary International.

·         Ed Stachura presented a gift to District Governor Crouse on the event of his visit to the Rotary Club of Williamsville.

Fines: Paul Banas, Fine Master. No fines were levied on the occasion of the visit by District Governor Crouse.

Happy Dollars: No happy dollars were solicited on the occasion of the visit by District Governor Crouse.

                        We missed you on Monday: 

Ron Axelrod, Matt Balling, Richard Bergman (Leave of Absence), Mary Biddle-Widman, Mike Burns, Shirley Carnall (Leave of Absence), Bob Chur, Rashmikumar Desai, Tim Henderson, Elizabeth Ingold, Doug Littlewood, Ed Rath, Larry Read, Tim Stevenson, Mark Storch, David Whipple.