Volume 21, Issue #30, August 4th, 2019 
A Symposium to Inspire: Clean Water
Rotarians John Lawrence, Mark Peacock and Blake Vince make up our Clean Water for Living Committee. They are planning on hosting a symposium on clean water at Ridgetown College this November.
The main purpose of this symposium is to inform Rotarians about local water issues with possible remediation and to engage them to lead their Rotary clubs in local water projects.
Lake Erie Watershed
Fun Facts About Lake Erie
The deepest point is 210 feet deep.
There are 1,773 islands in Lake Erie, and it's two connecting channels, the Detroit River and the Niagara River.
It is home to the world's largest fresh water fishing fleet, located in Wheatley.
Fun Facts About the Thames River
The river's watershed stretches with its different branches through Essex, Chatham-Kent, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford & Perth counties.
The area of the Thames is 5825 metres squared.
It has over 90 species of fish, and Ontario overall has 150 species of fish.
The Thames River passing through Chatham has the same elevation as it does when passes through Lighthouse Cove.
The Big, Bad "P" - Not Pee, But Phosporus
It is hoped that a 40% reduction in phosphorus can be achieved. Phosphorus stems from runoff across the watershed as well as fertilizer and septic systems.
Wastewater Treatments Plants along the Thames River watersheds account for 13% of the sources of phosphorus.
Blake Vince: A Farmer Out(standing) in His Field
This past weekend, parts of Mull Road experienced 5 inches of rain all at once. Farmers need to be encouraged to practice no till farming, as no tilling provides protection for the earth worms.
Studies by a professor in Winnipeg, identified causes of Alzheimer's, ALS and Parkinson's to blue green algae blooms.
What Other Rotary Clubs Are Up To
Rotary Club of Stratford: Helped create an environmental learning opportunity through the creation of a "rail trail".
Rotary Club of Guelph: Has a goal of planting 60,000 trees by 2020, while additionally helping to transform a 40-hectarce area across from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre.
The Details
Location: Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph
Partners: Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority; Lower Thames Valley Conservation; St. Clair Conservation Authority
Jobs To Be Done: Advertising & Promotion, Participant Recruitment; Club Presenters; Registration; Venue Coordinator
Chatham-Kent & Lambton Children's Water Festival
October 2nd to 4th, 2019
10th Annual Festival
Looking for Rotary volunteers to look after problems with plastic.
Rotary volunteers will be encouraged to create "art" from discarded plastic.
The organizers are also seeking a used van body from a transport truck to be used for water festival storage at CM Wilson Conservation Area.
Access Open Minds - 140 King Street West
**Please note, this will be the location of our off-site Rotary meeting on August 13th, 2019**
We're being asked to park on King Street if possible. The mall is also not far away. We are to enter in the front doors at Access Open Minds.
Please RSVP to Danielle prior to August 9th. We're also looking for donations of baked goods and breakfast items for us to eat at our off-site meeting.
A Rotary Moment with Audrey Chevalier
The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a board of trustees. The operations of Rotary International, a member organization, are overseen by its Board of Directors.
The headquarters of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are in Evanston, Illinois, USA.  We have associate foundations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Happy Dollars & Member News
Our hearts and thoughts are  with Rotarians Mark Peacock & Sue Bechard as they have family in the hospital this past week. Mark's mother-in-law in Cobourg, and Sue's sister in Chatham.
We have 4 members with birthdays on the 4th of August!Leigh-Anne Perrin, Linda Goldsmith, Walter Ploegman and Margaret Schleier-Stahl.  
We received a thank you letter from the Foundation of CKHA thanking us for our $10,000 donation the other morning and for breakfast.
Blake Vince is happy to be back at Rotary after being off for a few weeks. He just had a Nuffield scholar from Australia stay with him, who is a vintner. Ironically, this gentleman's winery is called Hither & Yawn, which is two words one of Blake's teachers once wrote on his report card.
Roger McRae is happy that his grandson Chase Myers (age 7) is staying with him and Gloria for the week. Roger jokes that Chase could teach his grandma and uncle a few things about being eager to go to Rotary!
Audrey Chevalier is happy because she attended the Elvis festival in Collingwood. This was the festival 25th anniversary but also sadly, the last edition of the festival.
Terra Kitzul-Arens is happy because she is headed on vacation to Newfoundland but sad, that won't see us for most of August.
Walter Ploegman is happy to also be back at Rotary. 5 weeks ago, his last child left the nest when they got married.
We also welcomed Rotarian Darlene Smith from the Chatham Rotary Club and her friend, Stephanie De Vries, who is new to Chatham.
Derek Robertson won the 50/50 draw and drew a Joker.
Dresden Rotary President, Stuart Kiar is looking for volunteers to help run a Rotary booth at the Dresden Night Market on August 17th, 2019. There is already 80 vendors confirmed for this event! Please connect with
Assistant Governor, Ken Corlett if you're interested.
Save the Date!
Jennifer & Barry White have rescheduled the All Sector social for Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Russell Hampton
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