July 2004 to December 2005

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!!!

Internationally speaking…
- We supported the Olga House in the Czech Republic.
- We supported a Water Project in Africa.
- We supported a Rotaract Water Project (Rotaract McGill’s Gala).
- We presented
the Velan Award to Dr. Joanne Liu, President of Doctors without Borders, Canada.

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).

January 2006
THE YEAR IN REVIEW - 2004-05
THE ROTARY CLUB OF MONTREAL
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