Posted by Maddy Chandrasekaran on Sep 07, 2017
Chairman –                 President Mike Mushet
 
National Anthem –     Arthur Retnakaran
 
Grace –                      Barry Smith
 
Toast to the Queen - President Mike
 
Attendance –             11
 
Guests -                      None
 
 Announcements:
 
Mike reminded everyone of the next board meeting to be held at the RCMI on Monday, 25th September 2017.
 
Maddy reminded us that September 10th is the Rotary Foundation walk in Whitby Ontario, and thanked those who have donated so far to the tune of $850. Please respond to Madhavi's e-mail request with your pledge if you have not done so already. Gerd thanked the club for their card of sympathy at the loss of his Father-in-law. The three colleagues who were to donate towards a $1000 pot for the club have all since done so, hence Gerd thanked them for their contributions with a  fine dinner (on his dime😊). Arthur announced that the Community Services meeting that was to have followed the luncheon stood cancelled for lack of a quorum. Barry confirmed that his group meeting was on after the luncheon.
 
Marbelous Draw – Basil conducted the draw, Frank Allison was the owner of the lucky ticket but he couldn’t find the mutant marble. Did he even get the fiver?   
 
Sergeant At Arms - Gordon fined all who couldn’t make the pub night.
Then he demanded happy bucks: Barry was happy that to be blessed with a a second grandchild Isabella Diana. Gerd saw the Prince of Wales which was better than spotting a whale in the wild seas(?!).  Basil was happy the TFC were doing well, the only winning team in the city. Mike pondered over quarterly tax payments coming up. Frank Allison enlightened us of the humpback whales’ practice of bubble netting which he had personally had the good fortune of witnessing several times, read up and watch it through links below:
 
 
PROGRAM
As there was no scheduled speaker today, on Basil’s suggestion, President Mike invited Maddy to fess up just what has been keeping her away from Rotary all these many weeks. Maddy grabbed the opportunity with alacrity to expound on her organisation, not in any way trying to drum up new business. She spoke of Raptim Humanitarian Travel’s history since its inception in the ‘40s after WWII until today to where it stands as a highly reputed global travel management organisation that works ‘not-for-the-profit’ solely in the not-for-profit niche comprising Faith Based Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations of every ilk. Getting care and compassion to where they are needed most is what drives Raptim. Since joining Raptim just under two years ago, Maddy is well on her way to achieving her chief responsibility of putting Raptim on the map of humanitarian travellers, especially in Canada. She was part of the winning team that secured Rotary International’s travel management a year ago. She is currently fully occupied in bringing home the fruits of all the networking and new business development she has been doing since joining Raptim. Anyone travelling on Rotary or any other service/mission work, or may visit a Rotary Club to further Rotary fellowship and collaboration while on a trip, may contact Raptim to help with their travel booking and avail of humanitarian and other negotiated fares. Humanitarian fares typically offer greater flexibility and baggage allowance while still on par with lower economy fares. Some local Rotarians who have already availed of Raptim Canada’s services are Raffy Chouljian, ADG, Lorna Pitcher of the RC of Toronto, and several from Oakville Trafalgar RC. Maddy’s contact information may be shared with those in your network who may wish to embark on such trips that are solely humanitarian or a mix of leisure and service.
 
Maddy was glad to take questions from several in the audience (who were not planted by her for that purpose) which helped elaborate further on the good work that Raptim does in the humanitarian community including hosting a Humanitarian Advisory Forum recently that was attending by Neil Phillips, District Governor.
 
President Mike called the meeting to a close.
 
Joke of the day.
 
A doctor and a lawyer are talking at a party. Their conversation is constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asks the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?" "I give it to them," replies the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill." The doctor is shocked, but agrees to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepares the bills. When he goes to place them in his mailbox, he finds a bill from the lawyer.