Notes from the Rotary Meeting 12.30pm Thursday, January 12, 2023
President Jackie chaired the meeting.
Rotarian Leslie introduced her guest Tony Joyce, manager of RBC Corner Brook.
Club Business
Jackie reviewed some Rotary news.
She announced that Rotarians should be proud that there very few cases of polio had been recorded throughout the world. This showed the strength and important value of the Rotary Polio Plus campaign to eliminate polio.
President Jackie then reviewed the Rotary Four Way test.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Guest Speaker
Program - chair Verbon introduced the guest speaker Jim Parsons, Mayor of Corner Brook.
Jim began by giving some budget information noting that the city is in a very stable position. He spoke in detail about one city expense that had increased greatly, and this is the water treatment costs. He continued looking at the city finances and noted the city is well positioned from a debt perspective and he continued speaking of how residential property values increased in 2022 while business property values have decreased slightly.
Jim continued looking at all the positive happenings in the last year particularly in the tourism sector.   Plans are taking shape to promote the region for tourism. New walking and biking trails are being planned and upgraded and all improvements being planned will add up to the region becoming a more interesting tourism destination.
He went on to discuss the new Aquatic Recreation Centre being constructed at Grenfell Campus. He outlined what the new Centre would hold, and it is hoped to be completed in early 2024. Jim then spoke of the different construction projects being done throughout the city and the upgrading of city trails to make them more suitable for all. 
He continued by speaking of the various projects in the city to which financial and help-in-kind has been given by the city.
Jim’s talk gave a very positive view of what is being accomplished in Corner Brook and its plans for the future.