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:

- 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.

- 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 Premier Club of Quebec"
Meets Tuesdays for Breakfast or Lunch
St. James Club, 1145 Union Avenue (South East corner of Rene Levesque),
Downtown Montreal