A snapshot of how we made a contribution to the world this past year. Here are some of the highlights:
Service - Rotarians served dinner on two occasions at the Old Brewery Mission. - Rotarians ‘kettled’ for the Salvation Army at Christmas and again to raise funds for victims of the Tsunami. - Rotarians shopped and assembled Christmas gift and food baskets in partnership with the Salvation Army, and we collected new and used toys for the children at the Covered Garden, a refugee center in Montreal. - Rotarians organized and led three Fund Raising events this year that both promoted Rotary to the larger community and involved members as volunteers and participants: Cyclathon, Danceathon/Dinnatoire, and Golf Tournament.
Youth - Rotaract initiatives were supported by our Club, and we decided to sponsor a new Rotaract Club at Concordia University. - Our 66th annual Public Speaking contest was a huge success, and the DVD that was produced was a Rotary first! The five student finalists won bursaries to the CEGEPs of their choice. - Our Club actively engaged the Ambassadorial Scholars we support in the life of our Club, and enjoyed their presentations on their countries – Germany, Georgia, United States, Japan and Egypt. For 2006-07 we are sponsoring an outbound scholar who won the Louis Stoiber scholarship! - We sent a young student to Adventures in Citizenship once again this year! This Rotary program for high school students from across Canada provides a week in Ottawa, meeting members of Parliament and learning about their government. - We renewed and strengthened our commitment to the Alouettes Air Cadets.
Support for Rotary International - In this last year of Polio Plus, our Club donated over $4000 to this effort through the last payment of a three year pledge of $10,000 made during Jacques Dénommée’s presidency and our contribution that we make on behalf of our weekly speakers. - Each Rotarian contributes $100 to the Rotary Foundation. Additional funds went for the Foundation Walk, the District Conference silent auction, and to recognize our guest speakers.
Sowing seeds for the Future - We officially transferred our Endowment Funds to the Montreal Community Foundation where they can be properly managed and with whom we can work to develop our Fund. - We welcomed new members: Herman Alves, Cezar Dragutan, Barry Schmidt. - We finally received our new banners!!!
And locally… - We supported libraries and other specialized services for children. - We funded respite care for families. - We provided camperships for children and mentally disabled adults. - We supplied or funded the purchase of medical equipment or living assistance items for individuals identified to us by our CLSC colleagues. - We continued our support of the VON through our golf tournament. - We paid the last installment of our $100,000 commitment to HerStreet, a full-service shelter for homeless women. - We learned more about our world business community: - We visited ICAO Headquarters for breakfast and a tour last summer. - We visited the Port of Montreal for lunch and a virtual tour in the fall. - We strengthened friendships: - We corresponded with Rotarians Burkhard Piper and Hanno Behrens who have been residing in Europe for the past two years - We were the ‘away from home Rotary Club’ to visiting Rotarians Fredrick Barker from Equador and Auli Kankkunen from Finland. (Auli is still here.) - We enjoyed monthly seminars by former Rotarian Bassam Kadi (now a Friend of Rotary) on the world of finance and markets. - And we celebrated the lives of Wilf Hamson (April) and John Smith (December 2005).
THE YEAR IN REVIEW - 2004-05
THE ROTARY CLUB OF MONTREAL "The Premier Club of Quebec" Meets Tuesdays for Breakfast or Lunch St. James Club, 1145 Union Avenue (South East corner of Rene Levesque), Downtown Montreal