Rotary Club of Corner Brook

The Spinner February 1 2018

Notes from the Rotary Luncheon Meeting   February 1 2018
President Andre chaired the meeting
Today 19 Rotarians were at the meeting giving 53% attendance
Club Business
Andre spoke of the executive meeting held on Sunday January 28th. It was decided to postpone Charter Night until the beginning of March.  A committee will be set up to arrange this. It will be an evening event to celebrate Rotarians and the activities of the Club in the past year.
Trina spoke about the ‘Read-A –Long day which will be February 23 at East Side Elementary.  The school has been given $500 to buy books and Rotarians and friends are asked to read from a selected donated book on that morning.
There are 22 classrooms in the school so a reader will be needed for each homeroom.   Let Trina know if you, your family and/or friends would be available to read on February 23 between 10 – 11.30am.  She also asked for suggestions for celebrity guests who could be asked to attend.
Junior Achievement, JA, representatives will be going into the Intermediate School to talk to Grade 9 about entrepreneurship and general finances. IF any one is interested in doing this on February 9, let Andre know.  There will be a training session beforehand.
Jon is going to be working on upgrading the web site. Do let Jon know if you have particular questions or concerns.
The Youth Exchange will be held in March and help will be needed for this.  More details will be given later.
Martin will be talking to members of the Scholarship committee about the scholarship fund and the thoughts behind its original set up.
Guests and Guest Speaker
Andre welcomed honorary Rotarian Marjorie, Lori Lee Pike and Pamela Gill both from Grenfell Campus and Colin Krulick, Regional Vice-President of RBC Newfoundland.
Program- chair Tina then introduced the guest speaker Dr. Jeff Keshen, the new Vice-President of Grenfell Campus, MUN.
Dr Keshen began by stating that he feels that universities have an obligation to help students give back to the community. His aim at Grenfell is to instill students with skills for success in their lives.
He spoke of the award winning Grenfell faculty that already follow initiatives with the community.   He spoke of the Chemistry Outreach program to rural Newfoundland and Labrador, Visual art projects enhancing the hospital, the city-planning course that works with city planners to improve recreational spaces in Corner Brook and the Engagement Office that works with CNA.  Through these connections and by students belonging to service clubs, help Grenfell students have life enriching experiences.
Dr Keshen believes that the 1300 students at Grenfell can have a direct impact on the local community. The Grenfell students, faculty and staff benefit the community financially as well offering a wide range of skills. This will be increased as more advanced research is done.  He would like to see Grenfell become an Agricultural Centre for research in the area.   He hopes new under graduate degree and graduate degree programs will be added to those offered at Grenfell.   
Students are attracted to Grenfell Campus by the personalized learning offered. The school plans to enhance its relationship with the indigenous population of which to date 25% of the population has an indigenous heritage.
He would like Grenfell Campus to be more involved with the community. He invited
Rotarians to visit the campus and to become involved with the campus activities.
Martin thanked Dr Keshen for his interesting talk
The Rotary Wheel was spun and good news stories were shared before the meeting was adjourned