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*OPEN MEETING is a regularly scheduled Minden ROTARY meeting where the guest speaker/topic may be of interest to members of the public. Guests are very welcome to attend. Mondays 5:45pm Mark's Restaurant. RSVP to if you will be attending




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all meetings on Mon. at Mark's Restaurant and start at 5:45pm

We are looking for NEW MEMBERS ask any of the following about 'trying' us out

Jeanne Anthon, Scott Baker, Dave Bonham, Andy Campbell, Barry Cray, Sharon Foster
Lynda Litwin, Betty Mark, Sally Moore, Bill Obee, Rick Ratcliff, Janet Robertson
Bill Roodenburg, Bob Taylor, Jim Wilson

ROTARY facts and "did you know?" - by Rick Ratcliff

Rick has created "posters" that present the many acomplishments in which Minden ROTARIANS have participated. Watch this space for a weekly "poster" presenting what you will enjoy when you join us


Recent Events - this section has a brief description of some recent speaker/topics presented at our regular meetings. More topics/speakers can be found under "archives"

Jan 20, 2020
GUEST SPEAKER: a frontline worker from Victim Services Kawartha/Haliburton Who are they? Non-profit organization comprised of staff and trained volunteers working in partnership with Police/Emergency Services and other community agencies to provide confidential, immediate assistance and referral services to victims of crime, trauma and tragic circumstances. Free and non-judgmental. 24 hrs a day. 7 days a week. Eligible clients: Victims, eligible family members and witnesses affected by… Abduction, Assault, Attempted Murder, Break and Enter, Child Abuse, Criminal harassment, Domestic violence, Elder abuse, Hate Crime, Human trafficking, Homicide, Sexual Assault and Sudden Death. Victims can expect crisis intervention, emotional and practical support, help to establish physical and emotional safety. Referrals to community and government services that match their needs. They no longer support Criminal injuries. She then introduced the service for HT (Human Trafficking) defined as recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding or harbouring a person, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation (forced labour and sexual exploitation). There are two facets to this subject: Sex workers and trafficking. The program is called the Victim Quick Response Program. Designed to support victims of violent crimes by providing financial help, safety and practical needs. Typical age range 14 – 22. Average length of support 2 weeks to 2 months. Police are not always involved. Safety is first consideration followed by practical assistance.. housing, food, travel expenses, counselling etc. Not just females, but males and couples as well. 73 clients have been helped since the start of the program in 2016. Work with other areas with shelter exchange to protect the identity of victims particularly in small communities. A “kit” is given to all clients which supplies them with immediate needs for hygiene, food, seasonal clothing etc. The Police are not always involved. Education is needed within our communities. The school boards need to request it. Some presentations have already been given but few requests are made. Some criminals are brought to justice but the burden of proof is still there for many.

dr stephenson

Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID) Jan 13, was the topic presented by Dr. Tina Stephenson, member of the Haliburton Family Health team. Dr. Stephenson has an interest in Paliative care and in general the area of dying with dignity. Her presentation thouroughly covered every aspect of MAID starting with the criteria needed for a patient to qualify. She pointed out that the procedure has been legal since the legislation came into effect in 2016. It was also noted that HHHS had recently approved a policy for MAID in the hospital. She compared dying at home and in the hospital with family members present. She described the process in detail including the administration of the three different drugs and the time for the drugs to complete the transition from life to death. Dr Stephenson clearly cares deeply for her patients. In her own words: "it is never wrong to relieve suffering". It was an excellent presentation that drew an unusal number of guests.

Members of the Rotary Club of Minden helped out with the Food Bank's annual Christmas Basket event on Dec 19-20. Hampers of food including either a ham or a turkey along with an amazing selection of toys were provided to less fortunate families. This was made possible by the extremely generous citizens and businesses in Minden Hills and surrounding communities. This is the true spirit of Christmas.

bill and betty rotarians help rotarians help

CHRISTMAS 2019 Minden Rotary style

andy campbell

Made special this year with the induction of Andy Campbell. Andy was welcomed to Rotary and the Minden Club by Assistant District Govenor Candy Potter and sponsor Lynda Litwin. Lynda's introduction:
Andy was raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Guelph. In 2017 Andy semi-retired from being the general manager of Haliburton County Development Corporation. Andy has been with HCDC since its inception in 1985. While at the helm of HCDC for 32 years Andy led the directors in handing out over 76 million dollars to support local entrepreneurs in our county. I would say Andy IS the counties Economic Developer!! Andy currently sits on the Minden Hills Economic Development Committee and Dysart et al Housing and Business Development Committee Andy recently joined the real estate sales professionals at Century 21 in Minden„ Andy was recently awarded the Highlander of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce at their Business and Community Achievement Awards In addition, Andy works with numerous community organizations and previously served as the Chair of the Haliburton Highland Games. We welcome Andy to our Rotary Family in Minden and are honored that he has joined our club.

the gang

It is a special time of year which is even better when it is shared with friends of Rotary, family members and guests.

Jennifer Hughey

Jennifer Hughey, Member of Minden Hills Township council, one of her many roles as a very active contributor to our community, spoke about Event Planning on Dec 2. Jennifer defined the three S model for planning:
- Stakeholders;
- Schedule;
- Social media.
It is important to identify and know the event Stakeholders, their interest in the event and how they can contribute or partner. Scheduling cannot (or shouldn't be) left until a few weeks before the event. She recommended a phased in advertisment approach starting as early as six months before the event with a "save the date" announcment followed by notices with increasing frequency on social media. She differentiated the nature of the three most prominent media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She believes Facebook is still the most influential with Twitter appealing to a younger audience and Instagram to an even younger audience. It was truly an excellent presentation that provided sound advice to our club

Lori Watson

Fundraising was the focus of the very informative presentation by Lori Watson Exec. Dir. Womens Resource Centre CKL on Nov. 25,. Lori offered her views on the importance of social media as a mechanism for getting the message out about our need for and use of donor dollars. She specifically reccommended Facebook as a strong tool, she was less enthusistic about Twitter. Prior to the meeting she had reviewed the club's web page and Facebook page and she had some observations and suggestions. Basically less reporting on events that had taken place and more on promotion of future activities. We need to be more active in our use of social media. She emphasied her position by describing the very impressive fund raising programs of her organisation. She describe the services of her Centre and how it related to the YWCA women's shelter in Minden. There was an interesting discussion on the need for and availability (or lack of) similar services for men.

fuel for warmth

On Nov. 4 the club presented a cheque to Fuel for Warmth in support of their excellent program assisting disadvantaged members of our community. Lorne McNeil and Joanne Barnes described how the program selects recipients, sources providing fuel, and fundraising events. The discussion also ranged over the more general topic of poverty in our community. Joanne described the conditions being endured by some of our fellow citizens, including: homelessness; couch surfing; living in a box not much bigger than a coffin; living in a tent; single parent with cancer while supporting a 15 year old daughter; the irony of jobs being available but unattainable as there is no place to live. We need Fuel for Warmth and MUCH more. The picture shows Rotarian Sharon Foster presenting a cheque to Lorne and Joanne.

Terry Moore

At the Oct. 28th meeting Terry Moore of Environment Haliburton (EH), gave a very thorough, informative, and excellent presentation on green burials. He compared the environmental impact and costs between cremation, casket and embalming, with green. Amazing how much formaldehyde, concrete, wood, and dollars are buried every year. He described in detail the green burial process and the current state of affairs in Minden Hills, Algonquin Highlands, and other locations. He also descibed how EH is functioning as an advocate for green burials with local governments. Donations can be made at: Environment Haliburton

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Donate Now to the The Rotary Club of Minden Charitable Trust

Tax receipts will be issued for donations that are made to support the ongoing programs supported by the trust. Which are to: provide care and treatment for physically handicapped children; assist underpriveleged children; assist in sight conservation; assist in the provision of facilities for senior citizens.
Current progams and activities for which a component complies with the mandate are:

  1. Free dental care for underpriveledged children and adolescents;
  2. sports and recreational opportunities for handicapped children;
  3. activities and facilities that promote wellness and mental health for underpriveledged children;
  4. ensure access to nutritious food and winter fuel for underpriveledged families;
  5. activities and opportunities to improve the quality of life for Long Term Care residents and other seniors in our community;
  6. housing for Seniors.

Minden Rotary uses the services of CanadaHelps a charitable organization that facilitates the processing of payments, credit cards, issuing tax receipts, and reporting for the very low rate of $0.35/$10.00. Additional financial requests to support this charity are voluntary. The use of CanadaHelps is the preferred way to donate. However, donations may be made directly to Minden Rotary by sending a cheque to The Rotary Club of Minden with "Charitable Trust" in the memo line. Address is: P.O.Box 504 Minden ON K0M 2K0
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