Boundary Rotary presents the Vocational Scholarship and enjoys a tour of the Mediterranean
Josée Bourdon from Compton received the $750 Vocational Scholarship from the Boundary Rotary on July 21st. In a special summer meeting at Weir Park Josée was presented with the check by Sue Telling the Director of Youth for the club. Josée will begin her studies in Farm Management at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Josée is already an experienced farmer because she grew up on the family farm and has played a particularly important role in the farm’s production of sod. Josée’s parents, Johanne Gagnon and Luc Bourdon, attended the meeting as well and described their family’s farming operation. Luc, his brother and their families are involved in running the farm that their parents ran before them.
Responding to the economic necessities of the time, the brothers have diversified. The farm includes the traditional elements like dairy, sheep, and a riding stable and newer initiatives in sod production and portable soy bean roasting facilities. The Bourdon’s vision of farming combines the best from the traditional farming values with new methods. Growing up in such a rich environment has given Josée wide horizons and she hopes to work overseas to learn about other ways of farming and, after completing her DEC in Farm Management, to study to be an agronomist. Josée is an articulate and determined young farmer, the kind of person who will make a substantial contribution to farming in the Estrie. Congratulations to Ms. Bourdon!
After the presentation Bill May took us on a cruise to Greece and Turkey. Bill and his wife Val visited Athens, Olympia, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos in Greece and then sailed on to visit Istanbul which straddles Europe and Asia. In Turkey they also visited number of other cities including Ephesus. Their slides showed us the ancient sites as well as the new resorts and tourist attractions.
There was even a video of an evening spent at an Agricultural and Gastronomic tourism site where a dinner of farm fresh food led to Greek dancing.
The talk was very informative and entertaining. The excellent photos were projected onto a hastily-constructed screen but it functioned well and it was great to enjoy the summer evening at Weir Park.
Earlier in the meeting Bill had given an introduction to Weir Memorial Park, a park that gives free access to Lake Memphremagog. Weir Park is the site where the following familiar words were written “Oh Canada! Our home and native land…” Robert Stanley Weir (1856-1926) wrote the song in memory of his two sons, one killed in World War I and the other in World War II. In 1957 the Park was donated by the Weir Family in memory of the Judge and his two sons.
The park offers the only public access to Lake Memphremagog in that area. Visitors can swim, boat, picnic and use the playground facilities with no cost. Also provided by the park are lifeguard services, changing rooms, bathrooms, showers & parking. Members of the Rotary club purchased dinner at the cantine and especially enjoyed the home cut French fries.
Compton-farmers, Luc Bourdon and Johanne Gagnon with their daughter Josée
Bill and Val May setting up to take Boundary Rotary on a tour of Greece and Turkey.
Vocational Scholarship winner, Josée Bourdon, and Sue Telling, Director of Youth, Boundary Rotary.