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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 2017
Sackville Food Bank       
Tantramar Heritage Trust Inc.             
Sackville Community Association                
Tantramar Family Resource Centre             
Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation    
Tantramar Regional High School
Sackville Minor Hockey
Dorchester Consolidated School
Struts Gallery Inc.
Sackville Swim Club
Marshview Middle School
Salem Elementary School
Dorchester Food Bank
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
Charities for 2017
Sackville Food Bank       
Tantramar Heritage Trust Inc.             
Sackville Community Association                
Tantramar Family Resource Centre             
Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation    
Tantramar Regional High School
Sackville Minor Hockey
Dorchester Consolidaed School
Struts Gallery Inc.
Sackville Swim Club
Marshview Middle School
Salem Elementary School
Dorchester Food Bank
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
On Wednesday 22 March 2017 our first Vendors Appreciation Night was held at The Painted Pony.  Gayle, who organized the event, welcomed members of the club and representatives of the various vendors.  She thanked the vendors for their generosity in allowing us to place our Gold Mine boxes in their places of business. To date the Gold Mine Draw has raised $202,215.00 with half of that going to the winners and the other half divided between local charities and Rotary projects and charities. 
Louise gave an overview of the history of our Gold Mine Draw acknowledging the help given to us by the Montague, P.E.I., Rotary Club. 
As an example of how profitable the draw can be she presented this week’s winner Marguerite Harvey with a cheque for $2,302 – the draw took place on Marguerite’s birthday on 20 March !
Everyone present enjoyed the fellowship, not to mention the food . . 
Some of those present . . .
Sherry Bickerton and Greta Patterson.
Charles and Shelley Beaver with Susan and David
Brenda and John Long with John and Darrell
Mike Knockwood with Joyce
A great evening – with many thanks to Gayle for all her hard work in organizing it !

Douglas J. T. Hamm of Sackville N.B. died on January 31st, 2017. He was born in Lunenburg N.S. to the late J. Henry and Luetta G. Hamm.

Following graduation from Lunenburg Academy in 1939 Doug accepted a position with the Canadian Bank of Commerce at Bass River, N.S., transferring to Shelburne and Amherst, N.S. respectively. In 1941 he enlisted in the RCAF and following training in navigation he joined 409 "Nighthawk" Squadron at Lille Vendre-ville, France. Doug was also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. 

After the war Doug began a career with Atlantic Wholesalers Limited located in Sackville, NB. In 1962 he was appointed President, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.

A strong and proud supporter of his community, he contributed in many ways. As a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church he served as church warden, treasurer, vestryman and for 49 years as a member of the choir. He was a member of Branch 26, Royal Canadian Legion, Sackville Rotary Club, Kinsmen K40, and Sackville golf and curling clubs. He was past Master of Lebanon #28, Masonic Lodge and was awarded the William G. Quinn medallion in 2002 by Grand Lodge for dedicated service. 

Doug supported the Sackville Memorial Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (N.B.) and was a former board member of the Victorian Order of Nurses, a past director of Atlantic Industries Limited and board member of Central Trust and Central Capital. In 1991, at Mount Allison University convocation ceremonies, he was presented the Board of Regents medal in recognition of his 18 years on the Executive Committee. 

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many trips fly fishing for salmon on the Southwest Miramichi. He was also an amateur artist and did many oil paintings of scenes on the Tantramar Marsh; actively enjoyed his many years as a member of the Sackville Golf and Curling Clubs; but most of all loved his time spent at the family cottage in Murray Corner where he indulged his passion for early morning swims in the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait. 

Doug was a longtime Active Member and Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Sackville.

Do you recall the special tulips from Holland which have been designated as the official tulip of Canada’s 150th birthday?  As the above picture shows, the elegant white blooms with red flames bear an amazing resemblance to our maple leaf flag.  Pam writes to tell of a special project she has for 2017: “My plan is to ‘build goodwill and better friendships’.  Every time I meet someone from Holland I tell them the story of the special red and white tulips and thank their country for the special gift. Most do not know of the tulips but they sure remember the Canadian soldiers liberating their country.”
Seen here is a Dutch couple Pam has met in Portugal.  She says: “George was one and a half years old and she was 4 months when the war ended. They both expressed their thanks to Canada, ‘a country of very nice people.’ "
A great way to put the Four-Way Test into practice !
Look at what we got!  For the third time in as many years, our Club received the Best Attendance Award at the District Conference.   Here Pam Harrison is shown receiving the award on behalf of the Club from former District Governor Wayne Wornes.  Because of the committee work by club members and the fun meetings, our club should continue to win this award in the future.
In the twilight of a beautiful day, 24 members and their guests met at Louise MacKinnon's house for the 2016 version of our annual Lobster Party.  This is the second year the party has been held at Louise's house and the second year 20-odd Rotarians have helped Louise & Rob celebrate their  wedding anniversary.   This year Sandy baked them a cake and they received the Club's best wishes in the form of a signed card.
This year we had touring Rotarians from the Isle of Wight and Briarwood as special guests.   Adrian Brewer and Cindy Titus are crossing Canada to ask Rotary Clubs across this great Nation to help them distribute water containers to Africans.  
A recent study of sub-Saharan African countries shows that in just ONE day, women collectively spend an estimated 16 million hours fetching water. – 16 MILLION HOURS  - carrying their own weight in water, in dirty jerry cans and containers, not just from a local pump (a few hundred yards away) but sometimes over 6 miles or even further, just to survive. 
Imagine how much time and effort these ladies are putting in to just one task – the collection of water. Now imagine if we could send our Rotary Water Barrels to help these women, and cut down 16 million hours, to just 4 million hours each day.
Imagine what they could do with the rest of their time? Imagine how many lives we could save.
The time could now be spent in education, health and welfare, as well as domestic issues and tasks.
We can empower these women and enrich their lives.
The Rotary Water Barrel is the INSTANT solution!
The container allows African women and children to push/pull water containers instead of putting them on their heads, shoulders or carrying them in their arms.   Also larger, they reduce the number of trips they have to make to the water source.  The initiative, aptly named "Roll Out The Barrell", will see thousands of African women and children given these barrels.  
  Adrian explained that he was not here soliciting funds from our club.  Instead, in this country, the emphasis will be on moving a barrell across the Canada Trail from coast to coast and club-to-club.  Along the way, it is hoped that Club will either donate or make their community aware, so donations may be given.
Following the presentation, President Josh and Adrian exchange club banners.
    With the formal part of the meeting over, it was time to delve into a feed of lobster (and for some of us - steak).  
 As if the lobster and steak were not enough, one couldn't miss the selection of desserts - yum!  Alas. as darkness set in, we wandered home to think about the next social event on September 30th at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.  Don't miss it!   I'm sure this cool dude won't.  
On Thursday morning, August 18, 2016. District Governor Virginia Joles visited the Club for the annual District Governor's visit.  Each year at this time,  the DG makes a visit to each club in the district to impart the President of Rotary International's vision for the next year.    Here Jinny is shown addressing the club.  At the conclusion of the meeting, members present posed for a group picture.
Following the regular meeting, Jinny met with our Board members to outline, in detail, the District's expectations for the coming year.
Members will no doubt remember Pam's grandson Mitchell, who was a regular visitor to our weekly meetings 2-years ago.  Seems that Mitchell just turned 16 on July 7th and Grandma Pam had a special gift for him - a visit to Toronto and tickets for a Blue Jay's game.  They went to the ballpark early in hopes that Mitchell would get a ball.  There were a lot of other kids there with the same dream, standing on the sidelines and watching the warmups.   Mitchell did get a ball and he was thrilled.  The big smile and thumbs up made Pam's day.  However, a little girl and her dad were not so lucky and Mitchell saw the sadness in the little girl's eyes and a dad that couldn't make it happen.  Mitchell gave the ball to her.  He said it was worth while just to feel their joy.  Talk about Service Above Self.
 Pam and Mitchell were joined by Pam's son Kent and his son Sam for this special family weekend in Toronto.
No trip to Toronto would be complete without a visit to the Hockey Hall of fame.  Here the whole family cuddles up to the Stanley Cup.
  Upon returning home from Hog Town, what did Mitchell do first????  Well drive Grandma's car, of course!
The annual Rotary BBQ was held at Gayle and Doug’s house on the hill, and despite changeable weather a good time was had by all.
All present enjoyed a fantastic meal.  Thanks to all who contributed.
After the meal President Dianne welcomed Rotarians and guests, then called on Jamie to give a brief overview of the Gold Mine Draw.  For the 2015-16 Rotary year (with still one week to go) the Draw brought in $96,000, with 50% going to winners, and the other half to local and Rotary charities.  2100 people are now participating.  The amount in the budget for 2016-17 is $104,000.  Thanks to all who worked so hard on this and not least to Louise who came up with the idea.
Dianne reviewed attendance figures for the year.  23 members have perfect attendance (including make-ups).  Mary is away out ahead when it comes to make-ups.  Actual attendance for the year was 71%; counting make-ups it was 94%.
President Dianne presented four Service Awards as follows :
With the Rotary year drawing to a close it’s time for some changing of the guard.  Thanks were expressed to Trish who is stepping down as chair of the Projects committee; Dale will be taking over that slot.  Thanks also to Marita who is stepping down as Secretary; that position will be filled by Joyce.
Dianne welcomed President-elect Josh and presented him with his pin.
Josh said he was looking forward to working together with all members of the club.
Past President John acknowledged that one of his most difficult jobs as President was persuading Dianne to take over as President.  He thanked Dianne for doing an excellent job and all present responded with a round of applause.  Josh then added his thanks and presented Dianne with her Past-President’s pin.
Finally a special thank-you was extended to Gayle and Doug for hosting the event.
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.
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