September 5, 2021
Upcoming Events
Passport Education Centre Recording
Sep 07, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Passport Club - Club Meeting
Sep 14, 2021
Passport Club - Board Meeting
Sep 28, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Club Meeting
Oct 12, 2021
Passport Club - Board Meeting
Oct 26, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Club Meeting
Nov 09, 2021
Passport Club - Board Meeting
Nov 30, 2021 4:00 PM
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Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Public Relations/Communications
Director Greater Cornwall
Director Greater Montreal
Director Greater Ottawa
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Esther Arlan
September 4
Jennifer Williams
September 18
Ariane Carriere
September 24
Brian Patterson
September 28
Yves Soumillon
September 29
David Wood
Sandy Wood
September 27
Len Goddard
September 29
Join Date
Nicke Salén
September 5, 2002
19 years
Yves Soumillon
September 13, 2017
4 years
President's Message
Maddie Roy
member photo
September is Basic Education and Literacy month
and today is the International Day of Charity!
To commemorate them both,
I boxed up some of my old books
to donate to the local library and little free libraries.
Have you participated in any service projects,
read any good books or seen anything of interest in your backyard lately?
Feel free to share it with us in our Facebook group
(and join if you haven't already):
Have a great week!
Secretary's Thoughts
This Tuesday, September 7, at 7pm Eastern, join us as we record for our Passport Education Centre
We'll learn how to leverage one of the world's iconic events, the Rotary Float in The Rose Parade in Pasadena California, to your personal and your club's benefit. We'll be live at 6:30 pm for fellowship with our speaker.
President Elect's Report
Passport Club Vision Exercise – Step 1.
When I started my year as President Elect, I really thought it to be a year of learning.  Turns out I’m supposed to be doing too! Presidents Elect have been tasked by the District to develop a Strategic Plan for their clubs, in line with the District Strategic Plan adopted 12 December 2020, which in turn aligns with the RI Strategic Plan released in 2019. in this exercise, we have great support and expert advice from Pardeep Ahluwalia, District Director, Strategic Planning.
With the age of our Passport Club, the timing on this is terrific. We have been functional for several years now and are much more capable of defining what makes or could make us unique contributors to the Rotary world. 
In simple terms, strategic planning means identifying opportunities and issues, and determining how to navigate to a more coherent, and effective, state. Out of strategic planning comes action plans. For the Passport Club, this is a premature discussion just yet. We need to first determine who we are, what are our strengths, what are our passions – in effect, what is the nature of our own club. That discussion involves a vision exercise and results in a mission statement that clearly sums up our intentions. 
This is clearly a club-wide area of thought and discussion that cannot be confined to Board discussion. I will coordinate the process – from discussion to final drafting – but the result belongs to us all and will impact those we seek to serve. Chris Cochrane will ensure we have recordings of our discussion for reference. Process and interim results will be kept up to date on our club documents list, so you can track and contemplate at any time. 
Step 1. then will be our meeting on 14 Sep. Your voice is needed, and we may use breakout sessions to ensure all are able to speak comfortably. It’s a good thing Chris is adaptable! Any written comments/thoughts you might like to pass along, either before or at any time during this process from vision to strategic plan are most welcome. I can transcribe to provide anonymity if you wish. 
This sounds terribly bureaucratic, but I admit to being excited about these next months of discovery and consolidation. The tools we use may be similar, but we are not a business tracking the last dollar – we are a group of quite extraordinary people, trying to influence the world for the better. I was delighted to be invited to join you, and I remain honoured to continue.
Margaret Shibley

Ariane Carriere, Membership Chair

The September Coffee with a Rotarian list can be found here.
The order sheet for mums can be found here.
Meet the Member: Esther Arlan
We will have a two-part series for Esther's story about her membership.
My life as a Rotarian began when my husband and I moved to Saranac Lake, NY in 1991.  Lionel was born and raised in Saranac Lake, and it was his dream to return to his hometown in the Adirondacks.  I agreed on the condition that we try it for one year.  That year stretched into over 25 years.  As we settled in, I met some of his high school friends, one of whom was a member of the local Rotary Club.  He invited us to a lunch meeting and we both knew that this was a place to be to meet and make friends.  No sooner had I joined Rotary then there was a knock on the door asking me to serve on a committee.  Since it was an easy way to meet folks, I agreed.  And, as they say, the rest is history.  I have been a Rotarian for almost 30 years and have served in many different positions in the Club and in Districts 7040 and 7860.  I recognized quickly that this organization could change the world in many different ways, and I could help move some things forward.  As my involvement in the Saranac Lake Club increased, I began to attend District Conferences and International Conventions. 
I was born in Philadelphia, PA into a family that was involved in local and world issues, and volunteered.  My parents provided me with a home filled with people from around the world.  Following WWII my family provided a home for survivors of the Holocaust when they came into the US.  Seventy years later I am still in touch with one family. 
After Lionel and I married we moved around a few times as his job required.  So, for a few years we lived in New Jersey and shortly before our third child was born, we moved to Lexington, MA. In Lexington I became president of the synagogue sisterhood, volunteered at the schools, was elected to the town council, helped students find their future careers, particularly young women, and completed my education.
(to be continued next week)