Volume 21, Issue #31, August 18th, 2019 
Although, not all of us are in this picture, I can't think of a better picture to describe membership, and all the things it entails. I recently read an article that said that volunteering is good for your mental health, which is ironic considering where this picture is taken. Much like the warm confines of Access Open Minds for youth mental health, Rotary is there for you. Whether it be a new job opportunity, an award for a deserving senior, cooking meals for the less fortunate, making Chatham-Kent more environmentally savvy or being an ambassador internationally in your field. We all exhibit the value of "Service Above Self" and it binds us together, because "We are People of Action".  
 
Our own membership committee chair Linda Goldsmith will be guest speaking at this week's meeting focusing on membership models that different clubs around the world are using. Linda is also looking for Rotarians to join our club's membership committee. DG Sparky Leonard has issued the challenge that we will grow our District to 2,020 members by 2020. 
 
District Governor Nominee & District Membership Chair Brenda "Woo Woo" Tipton will be joining us in October to discuss Grow Rotary 2020. 
 
Field Trip to Access Open Minds 
 
Thank you to all those Rotarians who kindly provided breakfast for all of us :) We gladly left all remaining leftovers for any of the youth visiting Access Open Minds later that day. 
 
In lieu of a literary angels book as per tradition, we would collectively like to donate small toiletries, granola bars and juice boxes to Access Open Minds. All Rotarians are welcome and encouraged to bring donations of these items or money to Tuesday's meeting. Sheila Bateman will be facilitating the delivery of these items for us.  
 
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We are lucky to host currently the only Ontario site, and one of only 14 sites across the country focusing on transformational youth mental health. The Mike Weir Foundation is spearheading efforts to develop a similar facility in Sarnia. 
 
Although, facility doesn't just feel like the right word to describe Access Open Minds. I think we all had that safe space growing up, whether it was the first one on newly Zamboni'd ice at the hockey rink or nestled up with a good book. It's a place where the outside world is forgotten, if only temporarily. 
 
Access Open Minds provides a sanctuary for youth typically between 11 and 25 years old to access counselling, and support for the well-being of their mental health.  As stated in their literature, "We're a one-stop shop for the mental health needs of youth. Whether they're looking for housing, or education assistance, or mental health assistance...we get them connected with where they need to go in the community". 
 
Any youth are welcome to drop-in for assistance and no physician referral is necessary. 16 community partners including the Chatham-Kent Police Service and Restorative Justice C-K all contribute to the success of Access Open Minds and are available as resources to youth visiting AOM (Access Open Minds). 
Above: Treatment rooms are designed with a theme. The room shown above is a library-theme. Below: Counter-clockwise L to R; Olive Drouillard, daughter of President Kate do Forno enjoys a swing chair; a movie themed room; a cottage themed room and a beach themed room.
One Rotary Summit 
 
Hosted at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan taking place on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. 
 
PDG Michael Angelo Caruso will be the guest speaker and he will be speaking on the "Power of Story". 
 
The cost is $20 USD and registration is online at https://rotary6380.org/event/one-rotary-summit-1/ 
Youth Exchange News
Chatham Sunrise outbound Exchange student Sophia Brey will be attending this Tuesday's meeting as she prepares for a year in South Korea! 
We are also excited to welcome inbound Exchange student Allison Castillo Velarezo who is arriving on August 25th in Detroit! 
Margaret Campbell 
August 16th
 
Doug Swant
August 19th
 
Ruth Howell
August 20th 
Rotary in the Community
 
All the C-K Rotary clubs had a presence with DG Sparky Leonard's "Spark Plug" Rotary branded Ford Edge and large Rotary wheel from the former Thamesville Rotary club, parked in downtown Dresden at the Night Market that took place there Saturday evening. 
Speakers
Aug 20, 2019
August is Membership Month!
Aug 27, 2019
LKDSB & its International Students
Sep 03, 2019
Long weekend recovery from Labour Day & the summer
Sep 10, 2019
Everything that you might want to know about!
Sep 17, 2019
Updates on the fall plans - there's a lot going on!
Sep 24, 2019
District - Foundation Officer
Oct 08, 2019
Grow Rotary 2020
Oct 15, 2019
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