June 23rd. 2022 - Andrew Steele: CDN Red Cross-Humanitarian Aid
President John Sneyd opened the first meeting of his presidency at 9:57 am with 34 members in attendance. There were no visitors today. He began by asking any former Club presidents to raise their hands to acknowledge their presence. There were four in attendance. John then said it was a difficult task to take over from Julian Sale, the immediate past-president given the great job he did as president and providing incredible leadership in the past two years during COVID shut-down and in keeping this club together. President John said he would try to earn the Club’s trust and respect while serving as president.
President thanked Nigel Morris for his work in setting up today’s audio-visual computer set-up to connect to today’s presenter via Zoom. This meeting is one of our first set-ups without Julian Sale’s assistance where we meet in person while the speaker presents via Zoom. He went on to say it is good that we can draw on club member’s expertise in order to continue being able to present good speakers regardless of where they come from. We will need to count on everyone’s participation to keep the Club active.
President Sneyd said he would like to thank two particular groups today for their work. The first was the Activities Committee under the leadership of Ken Marchant for the tour they organized last week of the Guelph Woodlawn Cemetery. The second group was the House Committee under Bob Berry who had created a seamless event two weeks ago for the AGM. The coffee was ready when we arrived and the computer was set-up for the AGM. The Activities Committee followed this with the arrangement for the Anniversary Luncheon. Well done guys.
At the last Board of Directors meeting we welcomed into the group three new members: Paul Giroux, Matt Zaduk, and Ron Heipel.
Andy Curtis provided us with some humour.
Announcements Activities – Ken Marchant - Ken began by stating anyone who did not come to the performance of “Fiddler-on-the-Loose” at Drayton Entertainment missed out on a really good performance. - We had a great tour of the cemetery last week; - The next event coming up will be the Night at the Races…. location to be determined; - Then likely the cabaret at the VBA with more information on this to follow in the fall; - The Christmas Dinner at the Victoria Golf Club has already been reserved; - A Valentines Dinner is in the planning stages.
Coffee Meeting: Next Thursday, June 30th at the Boathouse at 10:00 am
Kerry Gennings introduced today’s guest speaker
Bio: Andrew Steele As Director of the Red Cross’ national Community Engagement team, Andrew’s mission is to help Canadians achieve their philanthropic goals by supporting the work of CRC at home and internationally. This means working with a range of community and religious organizations, service clubs, diaspora groups, small- and medium-sized businesses and many others to support their fundraising, giving and volunteerism. Prior to CRC, Andrew spent 12 years at Heart &Stroke Foundation, working on national signature fundraising events and before that was in various marketing roles in the US and UK. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys soccer (admittedly mostly watching these days!), running, family time and ferrying his two girls to and from activities!
Presentation: In context of the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, this presentation provided an overview of the role of the Red Cross in providing humanitarian aid and relief, not just in Ukraine, but around the world. Topics included a brief history of the Red Cross Movement, the role of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in shaping some of Red Cross’ work, and a look at Red Cross’ work during the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis.
Following the presentation, Andrew Steele answered a number of question from the members.
John Sneyd thanked Andrew Steele for his presentation and stated that in place of the Speaker Honorarium a cheque would be mailed to the Canadian Red Cross from the Club
Next meeting: Thurs., July 7th, 2022 with Michael Marcolongo to discuss Greenbelt Development Issues.
Notice: All summer membership meetings will take place in the Church Sanctuary and members need to enter through the side door to the Church.