Our president, Donna, got our meeting started, inviting Paul to play the anthem as we sang. Grace was led by Tom and the toast to the Queen was proposed by Nick. Our guests were Steve King Jr. and prospective member, Paulo Caporusso. 

"Posting of Application for Membership"

An application for membership in Rotary has been received from Paolo Caporusso.
This is the single posting of this application. Anyone with comments should contact a Director
(listed on ajaxrotary.org) on or before Monday April 22, when it will be otherwise finalized by the Directors.

News and Announcements

  1. Please consider getting your Smart Serve certificate in time to help out at this year's RibFest.
  2.  Rene is now older and so we sang him a song. 
  3. There is a board meeting this Monday and you can come. 
  4. Nominations for Paul Harris fellowship awards should be forwarded to Clarence. 
  5. April is earth month and Randy is proposing we spend 20 minutes on Friday the 19th at 2pm cleaning up Rotary Park.
  6. Donna auctioned off a cuban cigar
  7. Dick has done yeoman's service at the welcome desk and we appreciate it!
  8. Happy bucks flowed like it was Spring.



The weather outside was frightful, but the speaker was delightful. Our own Paul Butler gave us a lot of insight into a difficult disease, Muscular Sclerosis. Paul himself was diagnosed with MS when he turned 60. He now uses his scooter to improve his mobility. 



Paul reminded us that May is the month when we focus on MS. The Walk for MS will be held on May 5th this year, and club member are welcome to sponsor Paul as he participated with his family members. Last year the walk raised $4.8 million. That money has allowed many people to remain living independently. Paul benefited from the support personally by getting two chair lifts to help him navigate his split level home. Money from the walk stay in our own community.

Paul taught and demonstrated that a positive attitude is the most important thing to have in order to stay on top of the symptoms of MS. Paul was momentarily interrupted when a cell phone went off, but was quick to quip, "Tell them I'm busy!" That ready good humour stands Paul in good stead when the frustration of the disease could get him down.

Thank you Paul for your informative talk and for your service to Rotary.

Pictures of last year's walk are available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msontarioevents/sets/72157630064688423/

By the Way...

There were no winners in the 50/50 draw and our intrepid president walked away with the wine having had the wherewithal to do it!