It was great to see many faces on September 26th. A few who had registered didn't make it, but we had fairly good attendance for our Zoom convention.
This year has definitely been unconventional and far from the "normal" we all expected. We have had two clubs merge, Brampton and Barrie and PIP Bill Hiscott now have a "revitalized" club with 18 members. Kitchener-Waterloo club has struggled for years with waning membership due to old age catching up with us. Many of the older members unfortunately are no longer with us and they made the very difficult decision to surrender their charter as of September 30th. We are therefore down to 10 clubs in Canadian District West.
Governor-Elect Paul was installed at the end of the Zoom convention and is eager to take office as of Thursday this week. He had invited incoming International President Frank Kelley to attend our meeting, and Frank spoke for about 15 minutes on his goals for this coming year. Paul's goals are also geared around the new year motto of Champions of Service - Leadership.
Despite having two clubs less at year-end than we started the 2019-2020 Civitan Year, I still feel that we accomplished our motto of Champions of Service - Achievers. We achieved learning new technology in order to stay in touch and still conduct District Board meetings; in fact, we held MORE meetings than originally scheduled at a drastically reduced cost. Even though the Region 5 convention was canceled by the Northern Lights District hosts, we still managed to bring some members together for the Zoom Convention and to install the new District Board. We also announced that due to COVID having caused costs to reduce this year, we are rebating $1,000 to each club - these are already in the mail - and we are donating another $6,500 to Water First. That donation will be in the mail before the fiscal year-end.
On behalf of myself and my District Board and Team, I would like to extend sincere thanks to all members of Civitan Canadian District West for allowing us to serve your Civitan needs this year. It has not been easy at times, but we got through it! THANK YOU.
Sue Gibson, Governor
Please read the thank-you letter from WATER FIRST in respect to our recent donation of $6,500.00.Wednesday September 02, 2020
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