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Welcome to Sackville Rotary


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 07:15 AM
Joey's Pizza & Pasta Restaurant
16 YorkStreet
Sackville, NB  E4L 4R2
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Rotary Club of Sackville
P.O. Box 6331
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1G6
Gold Mine Winners
Charities for 2016  
Sackville and Dorchester Food Banks        
Tantramar Adult Learning Centre              
Sackville Community Association                
Tantramar Family Resource Centre             
Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation    
Tantramar Regional High School
Sackville Minor Hockey
Dorchester Consolidaed School
Atlantic Wildlife Institute
Sackville Swim Club
Marshview Middle School
Salem Elementary School
Port Elgin Regional School
Places to Play
Middle Sackville Variety
Sackville ESSO
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
Rotary Club of Sackville Celebrates The Rotary Foundation Centennial
  The Rotary Club of Sackville recently recognized three of its members with a Paul Harris Fellow at a weekly club meeting as part of its yearlong celebration of the centennial of The Rotary Foundation.
The three Rotarian’s that received this recognition were immediate Past President John Murchie, Louise MacKinnon and Dale Creelman.  They were recognized not only for their many years of dedicated service to the club but just as importantly for their many contributions to the local community.
L to R Josh Cormier (Pres Elect), John Murchie, Dale Creelman and David McKellar (Foundation Chair)
L to R Louise MacKinnon, David McKellar (Foundation Chair) and Dianne Oulton (President)
The Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for service in communities around the world.
Established in 1917 with a donation of $26.50, The Rotary Foundation is dedicated to advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Through grants and other resources, Rotary members develop sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.
Rotary International’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary International has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to eradicate polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35 million a year. Since the initiative began, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 71 confirmed in 2015.
Rotary International brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
The Rotary Club of Sackville is always looking for new club members who are interested in playing a key role both in their local community and around the world.  For more information on becoming a member visit, email us at or drop us a note at PO Box 6331, Sackville, NB E4L 1G6.

Last semester, Mount Allison Rotaract made a substantial donation to Community Forest International; a Sackville based NGO that focuses on individual and community connections to the forests that sustain them.  The charity has its headquarters on School Lane and operates on both a local and an international level.  MtA Rotaract, a small club on campus with strong ties to the Rotary Club of Sackville, planned and put on a bake sale at Sackville’s Midnight Madness event in December.  They baked close to 200 shortbread and gingerbread cookies at the home of a local Rotarian, all of which were purchased by the event’s attendees.  These sales, along with several generous donations from passers-by, yielded a grand total of $221.85.  This amount was matched by pre-accumulated funds in the club’s bank account and rounded up.  At their first meeting of the semester, the club president, Colin Robertson, presenter charity founder Jeff Schnurr with a $500 cheque.  
Rotaract is the youth wing of Rotary International and it provides an opportunities for young people to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Mount Allison’s Rotaract Club is putting on a chilli cook off on February 18th from 6pm-8pm as part of the Sackville Winter Carnival. The event will be located at the Bill Johnstone pavilion and  $5.00 will get you any 3 cups of chilli of your choosing. After enjoying the chilli’s, you will be able to vote for your favourite chilli of the night. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing school supplies for Syrian Refugee children expected in Sackville. Do you have a chilli recipe you would like to enter? If so please email We hope to see you there!


World Polio Day: Rotary Club of Sackville Fights to End Polio Worldwide
In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on the 24th of October, the Rotary Club of Sackville held a fun auction on Thursday, October 1st and raised $1500 as part of Rotary’s 30-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.
Local Rotarian Pam Harrison suggested that to recognize the 30th anniversary of Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio that our 30 members should raise a minimum of $30 each.  This goal of $900 was exceeded through the generosity of individual club members!
Due to the enthusiasm of club members to achieve their goal the Board of Directors decided to match these contributions to a total of $3000!
World Polio Day follows a succession of significant developments that have made 2015 one of the most important years in the history of the polio eradication initiative. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there. With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.  So the message to world leaders is clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.
President Dianne Oulton of the Sackville Rotary Club said that “contributing to the end game of the Polio Plus eradication initiative was the right thing to do especially since every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to US$ 35 million a year. So our club’s contribution of $3000 in essence will be tripled to a grand total of $9000”.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  After an international investment of more than US$9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
The Global Polio Eradication Imitative  is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.
About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Polio Day: Rotary Club of Sackville Fights to End Polio Worldwide

Pam Harrison was in Toronto recently, on her way to 4 months in the sun.  As luck would have it she was staying in Toronto at a hotel that is hosting Syrian refugees, maybe 200 or more.   Yesterday morning these two refugee children saw snow for the first time. They just didn't know what it was!   So cute to see their reaction.

The family of four was leaving to meet their host family in St Johns, NL. They were very well dressed and very excited. He showed me his paper work because they did not speak  English. They would take a shuttle to the airport and Fly Air Canada to NL. 

This the first of many adventures that this family will encounter in Canada.  Just landing in the season's biggest snow storm would be their first.

Darrell was in the Chair today.  A native of Edmunston, he moved to Nova Scotia at an early age.  After spending 5 years training to be an accountant, he went into the corporate world.  Not liking the "bean-counter" role, he switched to a computer specialty when they were a novelty.   After a career at National Sea Products, he moved to Sackville (Loblaw's Atlantic Wholesalers) to be Vice President of Information Services.  When his role went to Toronto, he didn't, becoming a contract specialist with Connor's Bros. and McCain Foods.  After several years he moved back to Sackville to start yet another career - Fine Furniture and home renovations.  He is currently the Treasurer of the Club
We had a number of guests today - namely Aaron Lloyd (Jean Coutu), Jeanne-Mance Larocque (wife of the speaker) and Masimo, a RYE student residing in Dieppe plus others who were there to receive money and will be highlighted below.   In the makeup category, members of the Club Admin Committee met last night, Pam took Louie to a hockey game and Trish prepared toast for the Marshview Breakfast Club.
There were no Birthdays in the coming week, BUT George missed his birthday last week.  A rousing round of Happy Birthday emanated from the dulcet tones of the members.
With last week's Christmas party replacing the regular meeting, there were no Gold Mine presentations.  They were put forth this week.
Pictured left was our winner from two weeks ago, Philip Sears. He was presented with his cheque for $961 by Rotarian Dale Creelman.  On the right, Rotarian Sandy Harper is shown presenting this weeks big winner, Frank Chisholm, with a cheque for $926.
As we continued to give away money (this week $2,750), Rotarian Sue Fisher is happy to present $463 to the Minor Hockey representative, Erin Lloyd.  Lastly, on the right, Rotarian and mother Susan Purdy presents a cheque for $400 to daughter Charlotte Purdy-Weir, representing Marshview middle school.  Both of these were the weekly charities in the Gold Mine Draw.
   Determined to give away even more money, the 50/50 draw ticket belonged to Trish who was attempting to pull the elusive Jack of Clubs.  Alas it was for naught as she drew the Ace of Clubs missing out on a whopping $28 and pocketing the consolation prize of $5.
Happy Dollars were slight this week with only 4 Rotarians either sad or happy.  First up, Trish was happy that she won the 50/50 but had to contribute all as that was all she had.............Sue F. eluded the fact that her son Colin is well known by name at McDonalds.  She was sad however, when she found out that Colin had registered her as an Uber driver.  Sue's popularity soared as some of Colin's fellow student thought they had a personal chauffeur.  Needless-to-say, Sue was real happy when Colin un-registered her.............Gayle was happy, or soon will be, as she and Doug are headed for an ocean cruise concluding in Wales for Christmas.  Could it be that they are really headed for one of Charlie's quaint castles?............Louise was happy this week as all the rehearsals that daughter Mariah has been attending lately will culminate in 3 performances this weekend of the Nutcracker.
The Duty Roster for next week indicates the following:
Chairperson is David               Introducer is John
Thanker is Marita                    Greeter is George
The Speaker is Garry Donaldson on the topic of Student on Ice:  Expedition to Polar Regions.
Three committees reported results from their meetings this past week.  Darrell reported that the Admin Committee is looking to get more members to advertise their companies on our web site.  The nominal cost ($60 per year) helps to offset the licensing fee to operate the Club runner system.........Pam was promoting the Grocery Card program again.  While she is away this winter, Dale will take over the role.  As Pam says, everyone has to eat - why not help the Club by buying grocery cards for all the main Grocers in the area.............Sue F. reported that the Rotaract club made $200 from their recent cookie sale and are donating it Jeff Schnurr and his tree planting organization.
Next Tuesday or Wednesday evening the Projects committee will meet at Trish's house around 5:30 ish.  Committee members will receive an e-mail pinpointing the exact date.
    Prez Dianne indicated that the Club is proceeding with a food safety course in the New Year.  She asked for 4-5 volunteers, getting Gayle, Edna, Sue, Dale and John to agree......  She announced that Past President Ken Draper has resigned for the club.  Juggling living in Moncton and a part time job was just too much to continue with.  He will be sorely missed.......  Dianne gave notice to all members that there will be a strategic planning session for the Club on January 30th at 9 am at Wayne & Sandy's house.  This planning session is meant to set the direction that the Club wants to take for the next five years.  Rotarian Mel Kennah from Moncton will facilitate.  All members are urged to attend.
Wayne had the pleasure of introducing this morning's speaker, Philip MacNeil.  Phil is a former Rotarian and past President of the Club.  He and Jean Mance attended today to take us through their recent journey to Tuscany
Tuscany is an area of Italy with a population of around 23,000 and is usually thought of as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance period.  It is also a great wine producing area (Brunella Wines being the most famous)  and it contains seven (7) World Heritage Sites.    Florence is the capital of the region that feature many hill-top towns.  Phil's many photographs paint a picture of an area rich in history, a Mecca for tourists and an architectural wonderland.  The Pont Veccehio bridge pictured below doesn't even look or feel like a bridge until one gets to the center.  This 14th century bridge is lined with shops leading to the center.
Phil Was thanked By Tim.
In Mid- June, Pam  was invited to a community breakfast in Springhill to hear Mark Wafer speak. Mark is a great spokesperson and leading advocate for people with disabilities. He is a Rotarian and his wife Valarie is a Past DG and currently the Rotary International President Representative.

He presents his positive business story and the affirmative attributes of hiring disabled employees. He is deaf so understands disabilities. (82 presentation in 2014)

Mark not only meets all the criteria for the Champion’s League awards but meets the highest standards of business excellence when it comes to creating a truly inclusive workforce in his business.

Mark opened his first Tim Hortons location in the fall of 1995 and shortly thereafter hired his first employee who has an intellectual disability. Since then, Mark and his wife Valarie have employed and/or provided job placements for almost 50 people who have a disability. They currently employ 14 people who have a disability in various positions in their 7 stores and are always looking for opportunities to include people who have a disability in their business. And yes, 15 years later, that first employee is still with them.

Clearly Mark leads ‘by example’ in his actions and in his business.

In recent years Mark has demonstrated significant leadership with the Tim Hortons parent corporation TDL, urging them, as a corporation, to do more. In early 2009, Mark persuaded TDL to launch a franchise-wide educational program about the merits of including people who have a disability in the workforce. This included a multi-page educational piece that was launched on TDL’s internal franchise portal and repeated on several occasions showcasing the merits of including people who have a disability in Tim Horton’s locations, responding to FAQs and ‘how to get started’ information. In addition Mark has delivered personal presentations on including people who have a disability in the workplace at several of TDL’s regional owners meetings in Ontario.

Mark has also been the lead ‘Champion’ of the Rotary at Work initiative in Ontario. Mark dedicates countless volunteer hours to traveling around Ontario making public awareness presentations to Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians, urging them to consider hiring people who have a disability and, in turn, to assist in Championing this cause. This effort has resulted in 88 people who have a disability being hired in the past two years with only 2 days per week of paid staff support.

Mark is also an active member of JOIN’s Business Leadership Network in Toronto.

Clearly this is another Rotarian making a difference in the world in which we live.




The Story Behind July 1

Happy New Year, everyone! Though it may sound strange to hear that in the middle of summer, July 1st marks the New Fiscal Year for Rotary Clubs around the world. To find out why, we’ll need to delve into the history of the organization.
1910 Rotary Clubs of America Convention (Image courtesy of Rotary International)
Did you know that the July 1st New Year has been a Rotary tradition for over a century? When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare.
These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition, one that continues 102 years later.

  In 1985, Rotary International set out to create what would become the largest Rotary project ever undertaken - the Eradication of Polio from the Face of the Earth.  Thirty years later and more than a billion dollars, the goal is almost there.  Only 3 countries are polio-endemic:  Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.  These remaining 1% of polio cases are the most difficult to prevent because the virus persists in the hardest-to-reach area,
Although polio cases are down 99% worldwide from the 350,000 cases in 1988 to 59 cases - an all time low - in 2015 our work is not done.  For this final push, more money will be required.
Bill Gates once said "Rotary Continues to be The Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication".  To that end, through 2018, every US$1 Rotary commits to WHO and UNICEF in direct support for polio immunization will be doubled (up to US$35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Now our members have a chance to easily donate to this worthy cause.  On October 1st, the will be an in-house Foundation Auction, where the proceeds will go to the  Polio Eradication initiative.  To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Polio Plus, it is suggested that each member donate $30 which will be matched by $60 by the Gates Foundation. 
With 30 members we should be able to generate $2,700.  To make it easy to donate, all members have to do is show up on October 1st and bid on a wide range of goods and services.

What do you do when you put 22 people in the civic center on a Friday night early in September?  You give them 960 cobs of corn to shuck, and shuck they did to a new Rotary record of 22 minutes, 34 seconds. Spurred on by Pam Harrison, this elite group of passionate-corn-shuckers, made short work of 80 dozen cobs of corn. Pictured below is this group of thrill seekers representing the Rotary Club of Sackville, Town Councillors and ordinary citizens who would have been devastated if a new record hadn't been set.
Why would they do this you might ask?  For a number of years the Rotary Club of Sackville and the Town of Sackville have combined forces to put on the largest corn boil in South Eastern New Brunswick to welcome Mount Allison University frosh to Town.
This year almost 500 hundred students were welcomed to this tradition at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park.  Combined with the weekly Farmer's Market, the event was met positively by the students I talked to and the vendors didn't mind the extra traffic to the market.
Below students are pictured with their faces buried in the corn.
  A pleasant surprise was the appearance of District Governor Wayne Warnes.  Wayne and his wife Sophie and 2 RYE students made the trek from Moncton to assist Rotarians and Town Councilors.  Here Wayne is shown handing a cob of corn to a student.

Rotary Promise Quilt
A star is often a guide as we travel toward a journey, our journey to eliminate POLIO. The colours are those of Polio Plus!!
Symbols of our geography such as sailing, lighthouses, agriculture, star gazing and green for our land and blue for our sky and water
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Quilter Anna Peters (Moncton) and good friend of Rotarian Pam Harrison, ADG.  She is a retired school teacher and an active member of Victoria’s Quilters - they make 600 lap quilts per year for cancer patients. Currently the group meets twice a week, their long range plan is to raise enough money to purchase a ‘long arm quilter’.
Quilt blocks from District 7810 and Zone 24 -  Once again we are asking districts for a 10 inch square quilt block to assemble another “Promise Quilt” to benefit Polio Plus in 2015. The 2014-2015 quilts will be auctioned off at the 2015 zone meeting.
The goal is to have a square from all districts  in both zones 24 and 32.  The squares can be appliquéd, embroidered, patched, or even drawn on with cloth markers.  You may want a representation of your geographical area, a special project your district is known for, an example of one of the six areas of focus, or anything you like. 
 You will enjoy seeing what the talented Rotary quilters are able to do and you may even want to bid on the completed quilt. The winning bid will be a donation to the Polio Plus fund.

It has been almost three years since the sign denoting the Lillas Fawcett Rotary Park was torn down due to extreme age.  At the time, the Town Council agreed to replace the sign that had Rotary's namesake on it.  An election and a change of council necessitated a "review" that lasted another eighteen months.  In the end, Rotary agreed to pay for the cost of a new sign and the Town would bear the cost on installation. 
A week ago the new sign was finally erected.  It stands proud and is very visible from Main Street (both ways) and Morice Drive.  Using a combination of Town and Rotary colours, the sign pays homage to a Rotary project began in the late 1970's. Over the years the beach area has been improved, the parking lot has been expanded, a new dock, new washrooms and a new utility and storage building have been installed.  Newer playground equipment is a popular spot with young children.  Like most Rotary projects, this park was turned over to the Town years ago and is maintained by the Town.  The partnership between the Town and the Rotary club has been a profitable one for many years, culminating in many Rotary sponsored beautification projects around the Town.

Master of Ceremonies Dave welcomed a packed gathering of Rotarians and friends in St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall.  Trish led a spirited rendering of “O Canada.” 
A welcome was extended to special guests DG Michael Walsh and Francine, and PDG Gordon Hankin and Dale from Pictou, Nova Scotia (guests of Pam and both Major Donors).
DG Michael brought greetings from the District and passed on the latest encouraging news from Polio Plus (number of new cases in the world this year down to 23).  Councillor Bill Evans brought greetings from the Town of Sackville.
Pam said grace and everyone tucked in to a delicious Roast Beef dinner.  Following the meal Laurie Ann Wesselby and her “Sandpiper Catering” team received an enthusiastic round of applause.
Dave ably carried out the induction of new member Kevin Anderson, who was introduced by Ove. Dave outlined the obligations of each Rotarian as well as the satisfaction to be derived from membership.  President John presented Kevin with his Rotary pin, telling him to “wear it proudly and wear it daily.”
   New member Kevin Anderson           Guest speaker Jeff Schnurr
Rotarian Pam was next on deck with DG Michael, PDG Gordon and their wives all participating in the recognition of Pam as a “Major Donor” (10 Paul Harris Fellows).  Pam received a special pin and a crystal in recognition of her outstanding support of the Rotary Foundation.
A presentation on Paul Harris and “Paul Harris Fellows” by Charlie introduced the recognition of six persons from Sackville each of whom have “shared their generous spirit with our community, and abroad, and affected the lives of many people” in the Rotary spirit of “Service Above Self.”  Details of their many accomplishments and contributions were detailed in the program.  DG Michael, President John and Foundation chair Ken took part in the ceremonies.  The recipients were as follows:
Lesley Read presented by Joyce.
John Read presented by Joyce.
Susan Bour presented by Gayle.
Sheila Parker presented by Sandy.
Audrey Hicks presented by Sandy.
Wayne Hicks presented by Sandy.
Next, President John announced the surprise recognition of one more Paul Harris Fellow made possible by funds raised by the club:  Rotarian Trish was recognized for her many contributions to Rotary at both the club and district level.
Charlie introduced guest speaker Jeff Schnurr, founder and Executive Director of Community Forests International highlighting the exceptional job CFI have done in restoring the heritage Middle Sackville Superior School (1908) building for use as CFI’s headquarters.  Backed up with PowerPoint illustrations Jeff outlined some of the organization’s amazing recent accomplishments and some of its plans for the future. Last week saw the planting of the 1.5 millionth tree; the goal is to plant another million by 2020.  On Pemba the equivalent of 100 football fields have been planted with crops and food is now being exported.  CFI is also active here in New Brunswick:  110,000 trees have been planted on the Upper Aboujagane Road.  The recent Cabin Design contest brought in 57 submissions from 11 countries around the world.  The next project is to plant a fruit orchard at CFI’s farm near Sussex.
Wayne thanked Jeff for a great presentation remarking that many people three times Jeff’s age have not accomplished a third of what he has.
The proceedings closed with the Four-Way Test.  Photos were then taken of the seven new Paul Harris Fellows,
and of the 36 Fellows present.  This night’s additions brings the total of Paul Harris fellows recognized by the Rotary Club of Sackville to 101 !
Following the Paul Harris Celebration evening Foundation chair Ken emailed his thanks to all who contributed to such a successful event :  Our MC "maestro" David, our own HG decorating team of Sandy, Dianne, Wayne, Gayle, Joyce, John and David, ticket coordinators Edna & Sandy, food by Gayle, biographies by Joyce, anthem virtuoso Trish, town greetings by the "Councillor" Bill, grace by our “Psalmist" Pam, our resident "PH historian" Charlie, "Inductor" Ove, "El Presidente" John and a host of people who made quick work of clean-up. A special thank you to DG Michael Walsh and Francine for all they added to the evening.  To our special Rotarian in Toronto, Leslie for artistic works and unselfish support 

Former member of our Club, Neville Ralph passed away on Monday, June 1st at the Cumberland Regional Hospital.  Neville was a member of our club from the early '90's to 1997 and transferred membership to the Amherst NS club when he took up residence in Amherst.  Neville was a good friend and collegue to many members of this club.  Member Louise MacKinnon credits Neville for getting her husband Robert to apply for the Assistant Comptroller job at Mount Allison University and for also introducing them to each other.  Darrell Harvey and Neville had a special friendship that saw them work on many woodworking and renovation projects.  For years they and their wives met for Sunday morning breakfast at the Big Stop.  Sandy and Wayne Harper enjoyed a social bond with Neville and his wife Joan when they live in Sackville, enjoying sumptious dinners several times per year and meeting new friends in Amherst.  Many former members would have been fellow Mount Allison professors, and undoubtedly would have come to respect Neville for the way he respected his student's views, even keeping in contact with many after graduation.  RIP old friend.
Neville obituary is reprinted below.  
Neville Winston Ralph
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Neville Ralph.  Neville passed away peacefully at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre on June 1, 2015.
Neville was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  He was the son of  Rev. George & Ella (Blundon) Ralph, and grew up in several small communities ‘out around the bay’, Elliston, English Harbour, Port Elizabeth, Exploits, Lawrenceton and Botwood; he was very proud of his Newfoundland heritage.
Nev’s priorities were family, career, friends, and involvement with his professional associations and community organizations.
Following high school graduation, he enrolled in a two month teaching program in St. John’s; upon completion, he began his teaching career in a one-room school in Lawrenceton where he taught for a year.  He then worked at a variety of positions as he pursued education and career goals.  He obtained his B.A. and M.B.A. while working part-time and raising a young family with his first wife, Patricia Harris.  He then achieved his CA designation and practiced for a number of years, then taught at Memorial University School of Business, and retired as a Professor Emeritus from Mount Allison University.  Neville strived to "open the doors to the world of accounting" to his bright young students.   He was so proud of their accomplishments.
Nev had many interests and hobbies which he approached with energy and enthusiasm.  He had a tireless zest for life and was a committed lifelong learner.  He was always ready to learn and develop new skills and to take on new adventures. 
He was a furniture-maker and boat-builder.  He enjoyed golf, technology, music, good-natured competition and many outdoor activities.  His latest accomplishment was learning to play the ukulele;  he rarely missed a Thursday morning practice session with his dear friends, his fellow ukulele players.  He also sang with a local acappella group, The Fellows.
He held offices in a number of professional associations and community organization, including the Rotary Clubs of Sackville and latterly, Amherst NS.  He had many good friends who shared his diverse interests. 
Neville is survived by his wife, Joan , and their children – Tara (Joshua and Alexander), Halifax, Jennifer (Andrew, James & Ben), Yarmouth, Craig (Tana), St. John’s, Mark (Vicky), McLeese Lake, B.C. and Michael (Anabel, Sanchia & Kali), Vancouver, B.C., his brothers Melvin (Beulah) and David (Pearl, deceased). Neville was a loving husband, father, step-father and grandfather.  He was so very proud of his blended family. 
He was pre-deceased by his parents and his sister Joan.
Thank you to all of our dear friends and the care-givers who assisted Nev in his final and courageous journey through life. 
Arrangements have been entrusted to Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777) where a celebration of Nev's life will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 2 pm followed by a reception.
Those wishing to make a donation may do so to the CRHCC Palliative Care Program, or the charity of your choice.  Family flowers only.

Rotary Club of Sackville Beer and Wine Fest, Friday May 22, 2015
7.00 - 9.00 p.m., Sackville Curling Club
This event is a major fund-raiser for our club.
Photographer: Pam Harrision
6:55 p.m. SO MANY EMPTY GLASSES . . .
. . .  BUT NOT FOR LONG . . .
The Beer and Wine Fest was followed by a BLUES DANCE with the 24th STREET WAILERS . . .
At the regular club meeting on 28 May Josh thanked all those who helped and worked so hard to make the event a success.  Numbers were down a bit - a continuation of a trend.  The committee is conducting a review and looking at possible changes.  One of the biggest challenges is attracting more wine vendors.   A final figure is not yet available but the net profit for the evening is expected to be in the $5,000 range, with the proceeds going to local projects and organizations..

The Rotary Club of Sackville has selected Tantramar Regional High School to be one of the organizations to receive funds from their new 'Gold Mine' fundraising initiative.
TRHS received $268.50 from March 16th draw.  Club President John Murchie presents Principal Susan Lafford the cheque.
You can participate in their weekly 50/50 draw running every Monday evening until December 28, 2015 and support TRHS at the same time.
To participate:
Register your name, phone number, email and street address at one of the participating retailers listed below.
You will receive a Gold Mine number after registering. Registration is free.
Each week, you can take a chance on the 50/50 by visiting one of the participating retailers, writing your Gold Mine number on a sticker and placing it on a toonie.  Drop the toonie into the Rotary Gold Mine Blue Box.
The Rotary Club will draw a number from the list of Gold Mine players each week, and if a drawn number was played that week, the winner will receive 50% of the total amount collected. Winners will be announced in the Sackville Tribune Post. People whose number is drawn and did not participate that week will have their names listed as non-winners. If there is no winner, the amount "rolls over" next week and continues until won.
Each week, half of the remaining 50% of the funds raised will be donated to the organizations chosen by the Rotary Club to benefit from this fundraiser. The recipients will rotate, with TRHS receiving funds from the draws on March 16, June 15, September 14 and December 14.
Thank you to these participating retailers:
-Tantramar Gas Bar - Ultramar
-Esso Convenience
-Goya's Pizza
-Jean Coutu Pharmacy
-Middle Sackville Variety
-Patterson's Restaurant
-Sassy's Convenience
-Rose’s Your Independent Grocer
-Sackville Co-op
-Gitpu Tobacco and Gas – Dorchester
The Bank of Nova Scotia has had a program called Scotia Employee Volunteer Program for many years.  The bank will provide up to $1,000 on an annual basis to an employee who has been part of an organization for a least a year and has contributed at least fifty hours working as an unpaid  officer, director, volunteer, fundraiser or organizer during the past year.  During the past year, Ken spent far more that the fifty hours as detailed in the criteria of the program. In fact he spent more than fifty hours just in Board meetings, and at least that in again in fundraising activities and other committee meetings.  This is the fourth time Ken has participated in the program and was awarded the money recently.  In the picture below, Ken is shown donating the money to the Rotary Club of Sackville.  Receiving the cheque is Club President John Murchie. 

At the end of January, Rotarians from around the world converged on the Dominican Republic, to once again, leave their comfortable surroundings and to volunteer to help people in a foreign country.  One doesn't know how good we have it until you get to experience what these Rotarians experienced recently.
Club members Pam Harrison & Sue Purdy and Margurite Harvey, the wife of club member Darrell Harvey, made such a trip two weeks ago.  While there  they installed water filters, attended clinic working with HIV awareness and family health,  adult school on the bateys, built latrines on the bateys, visited two Rotary Clubs in LaRama and  visited the hospital
In the picture, Pam in the center is joined by Margurite right and new friend Carrie on the left.
The group posed for this picture:
The group was headed up by Br. Bob as he is best known.  
 Dr Bob arranged a visit to this school. The principal is a Rotarian (white top) and has started a school for children whose parents cannot afford their education. They must wear a uniform. (Approximately 300 children in four small classrooms, grades 1 to 6). They need two more classrooms to accommodate the overcrowding.  
Our club collected money to be used to meet a need, classrooms are a GREAT need so our club’s contribution will start the “classroom fund”, several others added to our donation and we presented the principal with $400.00 US. She was thrilled, with tears and a big hug I know it was appreciated. 
At the conclusion of the trip he wrote members of the team the following letter:
  Only one week ago we all found our flights from Punta Cana, La Romana, and Santo Domingo to wing our way home to new snow, newer snow, and now the newest. (except for Wendell in Haiti and now home in Florida).
  I hope you have had the time to reflect on our week, on what we accomplished in deed and in thought. There is no way one little team can make a huge physical impact in four short work days, but I have found that the local Dominicans and Haitians  can make a profound difference in our hearts and minds. If we went with open hearts and full suitcases, we should have returned with full hearts and empty suitcases - except for the coffee and vanilla.
  Though we named our week the Clean Water Work Week from its beginning in 2011, it has become less about water and less even about work. If you saw something or met someone who changed your way of looking at humanity, the week was a success, no matter its name. This change happens to me every time on every trip I make to the bateys of the eastern Dominican Republic. For me the trip was a success, and I hope it was for you too.
  We had a disparate (not desperate) team of individuals this time as on former teams. But we are all Rotarians and I hope the guiding principle of Service Above Self served us well  on our daily group work.
  Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
  I think we had a good balance of work and leisure. If there is too much work, we can feel overwhelmed; too little, then like we have accomplished nothing. If there is too much empty time, well then it was not a work week at all. Balance.
  Let me know your thoughts. Each year's schedule and overall plan is revised according to the previous year's experience. You can email only me if you want, so your comment can be private, or the team list if that suits.
  I also hope you are all healthy also. It is about now (7-10 days) one of the mosquito related illnesses would show, if it were to do so.
  My last word for now, the same last word I always have for any of my teams: do not forget these people.
 en amistad, in Rotary friendship,
 el senor
dr bob
Dr Bob is shown with one of the local children.

On February 19th, four members received recognition of contributions to the Rotary Foundation by receiving Paul Harris recognition.  Annually, the club celebrates Paul Harris' birthday by bestowing Paul Harris Fellowships on members who have contributed $1,000 US to the Rotary Foundation.  This year our recipients were:
Mary Sears, shown with President John Murchie.  This is Mary's 3rd Paul Harris.
Dianne Oulton, President Elect, is shown with Club President John Murchie.  This is Dianne's  2nd Paul Harris.
Pam Harrison is shown with President John Murchie.  Pam has donated the equivalent of 10 Paul Harris's.  Rotary Internationsal does not have a pint for this level of contributions.
Trish Edwards is shown with President John Murchie.  This is Trish's first Paul Harris.
On June 11th this year, the Club will recognize members of the community whom the Directors deem are worthy of Paul Harris recognition.  It will be a dinner event, where we hope that the District Governor will attend.
Former RYE student Mizuki Iwanaga visited the Club at the December 18th meeting.  Mizuki was one of our students in 2009-2010.  An active Junior curler when she was here, she returned, after her stay, to Japan, more specifically, to Sophia University in Tokyo.  This last semester, Mizuki was on an exchange through Sophia University, studying in New York City. Dianne and Frank hosted a dinner with her and all her original host families while she was here.  On December 22nd, she flew back to New York City where she met a fellow student, studying in another state.  They were going to spend Christmas together before returning to Japan on December 30th.  She has one more year before graduating.
At the conclusion of the weekly meeting, Mizuki can be seen with our current RYE students, Bente and Margot.  

In a few weeks time, Rotarian Pam Harrison and Margurite Harvey (wife of Rotarian Darrell Harvey) will be off to the Dominican Republic to volunteer their time setting up sand water filters.  While there,  they want to help school children by supplying school supplies we take for granted.
Pam determined that it was more prudent to buy the supplies in the DR.  In order to assist with the cost, Foundation Chair Ken Draper decided to auction off two very expensive bottles of wine by holding two "Heads   and Tails auctions.  The winners of the bottles were Josh Cormier and Dianne Oulton as they were the last persons standing.  

Here Ken and Pam display the $300 + raised at Thursday's meeting.  That will go a long way to outfitting school children with much needed school supplies.  A big thank you to all Club members.


Rotary Youth Exchange students Bente Van Ingen from Holland and Margot Barbotin from France await a ride to school after a recent Rotary meeting.  The girls who attend every weekly meeting have been an absolute delight and a friend of all the members.  They are not shy about helping in our fundraising events as well.

On October 31st, the Club welcomed two new members. Firstly, Tim Jones.  Tim resides in Sackville with his wife Jennifer and together with his brother Weston, they run a chain of Funeral homes in South East New Brunswick and Cumberland County Nova Scotia.  Here, President John Murchie "pins" Tim with his Rotary pin.
Also joining the club was Joyce Ferguson.  A 50-year resident of Sackville, Joyce was the wife of the late Laing Ferguson, a active member of this club for many years and most recently a Honorary member.  Joyce was very active in the community and by all accounts, was an excellent golfer.  Now retired, she had only one request - "put me to work".  
President John Murchie is shown "pinning" Joyce with her Rotary pin.
In late June of this year, Past District Governor Pat Perry asked if we were having our Lobster Party again this year and if we were, could she come.  Fast forward to August 21st where the party was in full swing and Pat was there.  Part way through the dinner, Pat arose and asked for the Club's attention and for Gayle to come forward.  There she presented the Club with The Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International signed by the President and Pat.  
This was a total surprise to all members of the Club.  The award was earned as a result of our attention to literacy and the music program at Tantramar Regional High School.  Details of the program follow.
The Rotary Club of Sackville has decided to champion literacy in all forms through several creative communal projects.  Over the past years, our club members have donated books that are presented to our weekly speakers.  After an acknowledgement in the book, where their name, date and topic are identified on the inside cover, the book is forwarded to one of our three Sackville schools: elementary, middle or high.
Discussion held over this last year resulted in a club decision to continue the legacy theme with a twist.  With club money from a breakfast fundraiser and a gift from the passing of Rotarian Jake Fisher, the club worked with school staff and students to transform a storage area into a music and recording studio.  To some students who were at risk, this became a significant project for them.  In the spring of 2013, the students compiled a CD entitled TRHS: Roots.  It features both original and non-copyrighted works by currents students and alumni, including Sarah Jarvis, Katelyn Wheaton, Jessica Grant, Hayden Nurse, Nick Grant, Joey Rouse, Mark Geddes, Margaret Torrance and Virginia Tingley.  Grade 12 student Zack Bruce has produced this project through is Independent Study in Audio Engineering this semester. There was a formal unveiling of the studio with a Rotary plaque and coverage by the local media.
This project is easily emulated where there is an abundance of youth with passion and eagerness to communicate and learn through music.  Reading and writing are important however other avenues of literacy speak to the diversity of our projects.

Its Saturday evening and you are enjoying a nice glass of Chardinay at the District Conference  Banquet.  Suddenly your world is rocked with the announcement that the Sackville Rotary Club has just won an award.  Worse still. you have to go upfront to receive the award.  Such was the dilema that faced Club Prez John Murchie.  Pictured below is Pam Harrison. John and Trisha Edwards with the Best Club Attendance Award for the District.  

As if to get John's adrenalin going even more, the Club also won another award (along with 5 other Clubs) for an international project.  Trish is pictured in the photo along with representatives of other clubs.

The good news was John survived to tell the tale at this weeks meeting.

The Town of Sackville has installed new billboard signs along the Trans-Canada Highway, on either side of the town.  They are based on a specially commissioned oil painting, 24 by 48 inches in size, entitled “Sackville Market Day,” by Mary Scobie.  According to Town official Jamie Burke, “We really wanted to capture the festive atmosphere of downtown Sackville and show the vibrancy of our downtown.”  The billboard features the tagline, “Sackville: Home of Mount Allison University.”  The painting also appears on the cover of the 2014 Sackville tourist brochure.

Mary Is the daughter of long-time member Charlie Scobie
Mary Scobie grew up in Sackville and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University and a diploma in graphic design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.  She moved to the west coast in 1992 and currently lives outside of Victoria, B.C. where she paints and works as a graphic designer and illustrator.  A frequent return visitor to Sackville, her paintings have been featured in exhibitions at Fog Forest Gallery in Sackville, and at Eclectic Gallery and Gallery at the Mac in Victoria, B.C.  See

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