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Oct 02, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Trent Severn concert in support of Rotary's End Polio Now

St. Marys Journal Argus

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 27, Trent Severn performed before a sold-out crowd at Rotary’s benefit concert for polio eradication at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club. The trio is comprised of Emm Gryner (St. Marys), Laura Bates and Dayna Manning (Stratford). Their website says it best, “The sound of this band is Canadiana based in Folk, Roots and Old Country.” Everyone loved the stories they shared about how they came to write each song. We even saw their humourous side. This drew them even closer to their audience.

All three young women are multi-talented. This was demonstrated in their beautiful harmonies and their mastery of their instruments.

Rotarian Gerry Teahen, who was the master of ceremonies for the evening, told the audience about the club activities and projects in St. Marys and area while a PowerPoint presentation provided a visual aid. He also spoke of Rotary’s promise to eradicate polio from the world and stated that proceeds from the concert would go directly to polio eradication.

The event organizer, Linda Schuyler, thanked the band for their entertaining performance and support of Rotary’s project while Teahen gave each musician a bouquet of flowers. In addition, Schuyler announced that the Rotary Club of St. Marys had donated a book entitled “It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes” to the St. Marys Public Library in their honour in recognition of their performance at Rotary’s benefit concert.

She provided the band with a special booklet which included a picture of the book cover, the bookplate, information about the book and reviews of the book. Schuyler explained that the Rotary Club of St. Marys donates a book to the library in honour of their guest speakers as a way of thanking them for sharing their time and stories with the club.

When Schuyler mentioned that the science book was suitable for 8-10 year olds, it became apparent that there was an inside joke amongst them about Gryner’s son. Emm agreed this book would be good reading for her son. It was evident that the band and the audience appreciated this gesture by Rotary.

Rotary and their partners, World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have reduced polio by 99 per cent. It’s that last one per cent that is most difficult to achieve. We need your help. Your donation would be greatly appreciated. Tax receipts will be issued for donations, minimum $20. Please make cheques payable to The Rotary Club of St. Marys re: Polio. Our mailing address is The Rotary Club of St. Marys, 12-20 Huron Street N., St. Marys, ON N4X 1C5.

The Rotary Crocus Campaign included two parts: the planting of 12,000 crocus bulbs in a waterfall design cascading down the hill behind the Museum at Cadzow Park, and the concert.

We have so many people to thank… the people who attended the concert, Ashton Kelly, event planner, and the staff at the St. Marys golf course, St. Marys Landscaping, TD Canada Trust, students from Little Falls, Holy Name of Mary and DCVI Elementary schools, John Stevens, Mayor Steve Grose and Town Council, M&M Variety, The Flower Shop and More, Rotarians and the Inner Wheel (spouses of Rotarians), and most of all, a big thank you to Trent Severn.

Linda Schuyler

Rotary Club of St. Marys

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