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Amelia Verlint (Brazil Youth Exchange Student) | Rotary Club of SimcoeOn Tuesday, 15 October, our club welcomed Amelia Verlint to a club zoom gathering to tell us about her recent outbound exchange visit to CafeLandia, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
In Sept 2019, Amelia ventured off to Brazil and returned in March the following year. Hers was an experience somewhat different that the traditional exchange inasmuch as the trip was shortened due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, her presentation highlighted what could only be described as a unique and life-building experience. Amelia proved to be a fine representative of her family, friends, Rotary and Canada.
On behalf of the our Club, Gail Catherwood thanked Amelia for a great picture-laden presentation of a truly wonderful life experience, noting that Amelia had clearly focussed on people over places as a priority during her Rotary exchange.
Earlier picture showing Amelia flanked on the left by Gary MacMillan (Simcoe Club) and on the right by Cheryl Peck (Norfolk Sunrise Club).
Help us to help those in need in Norfolk. Until 03 Oct, we have identified 11 locations in 5 key communities who are willing to partner with Rotary, as we gather hygiene-related products to help the less fortunate women in our County. Look for the signs; visit these 11 stores! Tell your friends; contribute as you can. It's for the betterment of our own.
participate-for-polio.jpegBicyclists, donors, and sponsors will unite in America and Canada on both sides of the Niagara River on Oct 24th, 2020, known as World Polio Day. The ride will begin during the morning hours of Saturday the 24th, near the Aquarium and Discovery Center on the American side of the Falls and end with a grand cannon bang and socially distanced barbecue at Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls the cycling venture will begin at the Rainbow Bridge and culminate at Niagara on the Lake, where another resounding canon blast will be heard, and an outdoor picnic will also be held.  The “Best of Friends” District Rotarians and community members will pedal for polio eradication with the assistance of sponsorships and donations.
The rider chosen to represent the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise is Alan Plater. Please consider a donation to this cause and his willingness to ride to Participate for Polio.
On Tuesday, 01 September, Gail Catherwood welcomed the General Manager of Venture Norfolk, Kristine Carey as a guest speaker to our club. Kristine is well-known as a supporter of our Club inasmuch as Venture Norfolk has frequently and generously provided a home for our meetings when needed. On top of that, early in the meeting, she established herself as 'the smartest Rotarian this week' as a result of her prowess with our President's weekly trivia contest!
Kristine spoke well of the background, aims and activities of Venture Norfolk, explaining the main roles they play n our Norfolk Community ie entrepreneur loans, business consultation and community project support.It is more than clear, that VN has had a most positive impact on the community over the years.
More information concerning the impact that Venture Norfolk has on our community can be found at www.venturenorfolk.ca
On behalf of the club, Dave Bradshaw offered his appreciation for the 'Norfolk adventures at Venture Norfolk' and thanked Kristine for a great talk.
On Tuesday morning, at our normal club meeting (by Zoom of course!), we welcomed three speakers who have spearheaded a local Delhi initiative to provide for food support to our migrant workers during the pandemic disruption. Jim Norman (right), President of the Delhi Chamber of Commerce, has re-invigorated the work of this group since retiring to live in Norfolk and offering to lend a hand in the community.  One outcome of this new Chamber of Commerce energy is support to the Norfarms Project, spearheaded by Matt Wilkinson (left) who opened a grocery store outlet specifically for Norfolk farmers who have essential, off-shore seasonal workers during this emergency COVID period.  It's an amazing story; one which has been supported by several other community-minded sponsors and has earned congratulatory recognition from a broad cross-section of people in Norfolk and outside of this community.
Tim Norton joined in as a Rotarian from north of Toronto. He was invited by Jim Norman to help out the Norfarms project by developing a software solution to help farmers seamlessly order their food products while also helping the grocery store manage its inventory. Tim's software has made a huge impact to all parties along the supply chain, and will have applications beyond this seasonal project in Norfolk.  
Don Emerson spoke for all of us in expressing our gratitude for such a positive, uplifting message about an important front-line need duding the pandemic. We are all grateful for initiatives such as this. See the full presentation at  https://vimeo.com/442085685?ref=fb-share
Hosting a Rotary International exchange student is a unique and rewarding experience.  Differences in language, culture and personalities creates a welcome challenge for both the student and the host family.  Day by day, as this challenge is addressed, a bond develops that inevitably leads to a lifelong relationship.
The year 2020 has added a new twist to the exchange:  COVID 19.  Some students were sent home as a result of decisions made by District, some students returned home at the request of their parents while other students returned home concerned with uncertainty of COVID. Our Japanese student, Minori Kubode stayed in Canada for the entire exchange.  
Some of our RCNS members are also a part of a County-wide program to provide for food support across Norfolk County during the pandemic. This ongoing nutrition program is being coordinated at Riversyde 83 and brings many support agencies together to help the needy during these difficult pandemic days.
 Here we see Ross and Joyce helping to organize the food gathering part of the program as well as Jim and Lynda assisting with the delivery of the food boxes around the County. Also shown in the photo is CoS coordinator Virginia Lucas.
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