Posted by Gordon Brown on Mar 11, 2019


Attendance: 10 members. 2 guests.  

Chair Gerd opened the meeting.

Anthem: Basil.

Grace: Peter.

Toast to the Queen, Canada and Rotary – Chair Gerd.

Guests were introduced: Frank introduced Michael Conway from Agincourt Club and Doug Strype introduced his wife Lynn.


* Michael Conway advised that it had been agreed by the Presidents of the Clubs in Scarborough that joint ventures between the clubs would now be under the name of “Rotary in Scarborough”.  Scarborough Passport Club would be responsible for this and promote through the media and there will also be a separate website. A banner will be done as well.

* Gerd reminded us of the ‘Speaker Series’ in the evening and that tickets could still be purchased on-line at a $10 discount.

* Barry advised that he had been to an Auction meeting the previous evening and the date has already been set for the 2019 Auction – it is November 22nd – 24th. 

* Frank was a bit disappointed that there was no Sergeant at Arms today as he had some happy bucks because he told us that his eldest granddaughter and her husband (Meghan and John) are expecting a baby in September - so Frank and Bette will become great grandparents in September.

* Arthur told us of a CBC Radio program he had heard. A couple from California visiting Egypt when the husband fell ill from a deadly bacterium (Acinobacter) resistant to all antibiotics, Mr. Patterson was transferred to Frankfurt then to San Diego where he went into a coma and was almost on the verge of death. His wife out of sheer desperation searched on Pubmed and found an article that described the use of Bacteriophage for treating resistant bacteria in a European country. Bacteriophages are viruses that live as parasites in bacteria and kill them. With special dispensation from the FDA, the San Diego lab collected Acinobacter infected with Bacteriophage from the sewage, propagated the phage, purified it and injected it into Patterson who miraculously recovered. A new interest in treating resistant bacterial infection with bacteriophages has been rekindled. If you want further explanation, please contact Arthur.


Gerd then advised he had a presentation of a Paul Harris award to Doug Strype. Doug had been our treasurer for 14 years. He (along with Barry Smith) was responsible for the Club getting its charitable status. This was a lot of work and especially a lot of paperwork. Doug was also very involved with the TV Auctions and was largely responsible for launching the ‘warm hands project’ we have very year. Gerd thanked Doug’s wife Lynn for supporting Doug as well.





Because of the ‘Speaker Series’ in the evening this was to be an ‘informal’ meeting, so we had no Sergeant– at -Arms or Marbelous draw

There being no further business Gerd closed the meeting.


One evening, a family brings their frail, elderly mother to a nursing home and leaves her, hoping she will be well cared for. The next morning, the nurses bathe her, feed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a lovely flower garden. She seems okay but after a while she slowly starts to lean over sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately rush up to catch her and straighten her up. Again, she seems alright – but after a while she starts to tilt to the other side. The nurses rush back and once more bring her back upright. This goes on all morning. Later, the family arrives to see how the old woman is adjusting to her new home. “So, Ma’, how is it here? Are they treating you all right?” they ask. “It’s pretty nice,” she replies. “Except they won’t let you fart.”