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Bulletin for October 5, 2020

***Until further notice, meetings will be online via ZOOM, instructions and password will be sent prior to each meeting. Contact Phyllis at if you would like to join us***

Regular Meeting -  October 5, 2020
Members in attendance Louise, Sandy, Phyllis, Jonathan, Doug, Saba, Archie, Sarah, Babu and Madiha
Guests - Tracy Garbutt

Colour theme for next meeting is BLUE, come dressed in your best BLUE tops!!!

Speaker - Tracy Garbutt
We were very fortunate to have Tracy Garbutt from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind join us to give us an insight into their Guide Dog Program which was launched in 2017. The dogs all come from Australia, normally Black & Yellow Labs or Golden Retrievers, and cost up to $50,000 per dog. 

The training for these dogs are done in Ottawa, and depending on the nature and success on the training, they are placed into 3 programs:
1) Guide Dog - partners with a youth or adult with sight loss. The dog is trained to avoid obstacles, stopping at curbs and negotiates traffic to offer its handler independence.
2) Buddy Dog - partners with a child living at home with sight loss. The dog is well behaved and gives the child an opportunity to feed and care for it in preparation for transitioning to guide dog when he grows up.
3) Ambassador Dog - partners with a staff member to promote the program at community events to recruit volunteers or sponsorship.

Thank you Tracy for your most upbeat and interesting presentation, we have so many dog lovers in our club, judging from all the questions asked, this was truly the highlight of our evening.


Club Speaker Duties
Doug         October 5 and 26
Sarah        November 23
Claudia     December 14
Saba         January 11 and 25
Sandy       February 8 and 22
Madiha      March 8 and 22
Jonathan   April 12 and 26
Archie       May 10 and 31
Tom          June 14 and 28
Please advise Phyllis of your speaker when confirmed

Announcements & Happenings
1) Happy Dates for October - Happy Birthday to Madiha, Jonathan, Babu, Tauqeer, Sophie and Richard
Happy Anniversary to Greg & Wendy, and Madiha & Tauqeer


2) Thanksgiving Food Drive - Thank you to all members who contributed, we were able to donate 230 pounds of food and supplies to the Mississauga Food Bank on Thursday.
3) Rotary Online Auction - We will be participating at the Rotary Online Auction November 7-21 with 4 donated items from our Line Dance. Please go to to check out the many wonderful items.
4) Kenya Project - Madiha presented a project helping school aged girls 9-15 years old in Kenya (please watch Silent Sacrifice and Beads of Bondage on YouTube for more info). We will be collecting books, school supplies and summer clothing to be shipped to Kenya, Madiha will advise the date. Our club will also donate all our remaining dictionaries to them.
5) Christmas Social - Due to COVID we will be celebrating virtually this year at our meeting on December 28. This will be a social complete with ugly sweaters, Christmas tree decorations and cocktails.
6) Dixie Cup - The Dixie Cup is based on attendance at our regular meetings. For each quarter, all members who made 100% attendance will have their names in a draw, the successful winner will be able to use $200 from our Fundraising Account towards a Registered Charity of his or her choice. At the end of the year, any member who made the highest percentage will be the winner of the Cup for one year.
Next Meeting - October 26, 2020
Serena Causton, Rebound Exchange Student to Taiwan 2019-2020