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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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Club Mailing Address
Rotary Club of Sackville
P.O. Box 6331
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1G6
Gold Mine Winners
Charities for 2018
      Sackville Assistance Centre (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
  Open Sky Cooperative
   Sackville Early Music Festival
     Dorchester Food Bank
Places to Play
 Middle Sackville Variety
Sackville ESSO
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independent Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
Its Sunday afternoon, it's 2pm, its hot and its humid!  What do Rotarians like to do?  Why golf, that’s what.  And so ,12 Rotarians and their guests (4) showed up for a fun golf tournament at the Sackville Golf and Country Club.  The event was organized by Wynn with assistance from Dianne (golf club relations).
Pictured are some of the members getting instructions on the rules of the tournament.
Wynn formed 4 teams of 4 who were challenged with naming their team.  The results were:
Meldrum Misfits        Rotary Woods           
Wynn Meldrum         Frank Oulton            
Sharon Meldrum      Dianne Oulton          
Wendy Meldrum       Darrell Harvey         
Bill Evans                 Marguerite Harvey    
Winners Without a Y           Adams Family
John Murchie                       George Woodburn
Gemey Kelly                         June Woodburn
Patricia Belliveau                 Wayne Harper
Edna Boland                        Sandy Harper
Clearly a lot of time was taken in the name choices.  The afternoon was perfect for golfing with little breeze and a lot of sun.  All participants survived with no injuries.  Sadly no one got a hole in one.  Closest to the pins of #5 and #7 were Frank and Dianne on #5 and Wynn and Marguerite on #7.
The shot of the day belonged to Dianne as she chipped in for and Eagle on the last hole.   The euphoria was short lived as hubby Frank suggested that she buy everyone in the club house a drink.  She did!
 Longest drive winners were Gemey Kelly for the ladies and Frank Oulton for the men. 
The final test was for the straightest drives with Sharon leading the ladies and Frank taking the men’s prize.
In the end, the Rotary Woods won the day with a 38 followed closely by the Meldrum Misfits with a 39.  The Adams Family ended up with a 40, while the Winners Without a Y shot a 41.  A couple of birdies and anyone could have won.
Wynn assured everyone that they would get a prize and they did.  Below is some of the highlights of the prize distribution.
Frank Oulton is shown accepting his prize for the men's longest drive and Wendy Meldrum accepts congratulations from daddy Wynn for finishing in second place
Left above, George accepts congrats from Wynn for his teams third place showing and Patricia represents the fourth place team.
Its Sunday afternoon, it's 4pm, its hot and its humid!  What do Rotarians like to do? Why volunteer.  David McKellar and Susan Fisher who came in only to pick up the pizzas and salads. A big Thanks you!
was held at Dianne and Frank’s on Thursday 21 June 2018,
with lots of
Guests:  Rotaract members Katy Dunning and Katherine Reiss (also Graeme)
After the meal President John presented the service awards for 2018:
5 Years:
10 Years:
15 Years:
Susan F 
20 Years:
30 Years:
Honorary member Marion
40 Years:
45 Years:  
Additional awards presented at the weekly meeting of June 28th
5 Years
Changing of the Guard:
President John briefly reviewed the past year. He hands over the club in good shape. He then welcomed incoming president Louise and handed over the president’s pin. On behalf of all present he expressed thanks to Dianne and Frank for hosting a great evening.
Photographer: Sandy
The 2018 in-house Paul Harris Evening was held at Cranewood on April 26.
The gathering was ably chaired by Susan F.
President John, sporting a stand-out tie, welcomed everyone, and extended a special thanks to RF Chair David for organizing the event.
David introduced the presentation of three Paul Harris Fellows, recognized by the club for their outstanding service. Two of the three were a surprise ! The recipients were duly pinned by PDG Pat. Here are our latest Paul Harris Fellows:
Gayle, introduced by Susan
Edna, introduced by Bill.
Josh, introduced by John.
Charlie introduced PDG Pat who was recognized as a Major Donor (contribution of $10,000 or more to the RF).  She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society (whose members have pledged to contribute $1,000 per year to the RF). 
A special message of appreciation from the Trustees of the RF was read, then President John presented a pin and pendant and a special crystal inscribed with Pat's name. 
Three multiple Paul Harris Fellows were then recognized, with PDG Pat doing the honours:
Dianne (PHF + 4)
David (PHF + 4)
John (PHF + 1)
David announced the award of 100 RF Recognition Points to some of the newer members of the club, as a way of encouraging them to begin contributing to the Foundation.
David made the presentation to Tammy.   Some other new members were unable to attend.
The evening concluded with the traditional group photo of all Paul Harris Fellows present :
Most of those present waited for a time of fellowship.
To coin a phrase, a good time was had by all.
Pam Harrison has been touring Portugal for the last few months.  Seeking a makeup she discovered the Rotary Club of Silves - an English speaking club.
Celebrating 25 years as a Rotary Club would always be a time of celebration. However, Silves Rotary Club decided, rather than celebrating with a dinner for Rotarians and friends, they would offer a celebration tea party to some of the most needy people in the Silves area.

Thursday March 29 1993 was the date on which RCS was chartered and this year members of Silves Rotary Club shared a great tea party with some of those registered with Casa do Povo (a charitable institution which RCS supports). The youngest attendee was just six days old and at the other end of the spectrum we welcomed octogenarians.

The event was made extra special with the attendance of our District Governor Afonso Malho, who officially welcomed  Mark Quinn, as their newest member.
Some of Silves Rotary Club members and District Governor Afonso (second from left). Isabel Flores holds the original charter awarded to RCS in 1993. 
DG Afonso with Chelsea Freckleton (Chiswick and Brentford Rotary Club), David Trubshaw (Past President RCS) and Richard Bailey (RCS Member). 
A happy family outing for some from Casa do Povo.
The second of our "alternative" weekly meetings occurred last Sunday (March 4th) when 26 club members and their families trekked to North East Nova Scotia for a sleigh ride in the bush.
Sue and David wait to board their wagon.  With the lack of snow, wagons were used instead of sleighs.
In the parking lot, Wayne discusses the state of the world's tensions while waiting to board his wagon.  
Sandy can be seen talking to the driver and Bill can be seen cuddling up to Dianne.
Arriving at the camp, Doug & Gayle Key and Dale check out the surroundings.
Once everyone was inside the building, the horses turned around for the journey home later on.
While it wasn't too cold, members enjoyed hot coffee once inside.  For a half hour or so the group mixed and mingled followed by the call to dinner.  The meal was scrumptious and included pancakes, sausage, beans, rolls, cake and cheesecake plus tea and coffee.  Some of us even managed a second plate.
Following the meal, some members went outside to enjoy fellowship around a roaring fire.  Still others stayed inside and played Left, Right & Center.  Josh and Stacey were the big winners.
Soon it was time to say goodbye and we began the trip down the hill.
Here Dale and Darrell are at the back of the line for their wagon.  By all accounts we all had a good time, the food was great and the fellowship even better.  
Rotarian Pam Harrison has ditched the bikini weather of Portugal to visit the Rotary Peace Conference now taking place in England.
Friday, her first day of the visit, she visited the 676-year-old Coventry Cathedral.  These images represent the only part of the Cathedral not bombed in WWII
The main historical fact is a stage where William Shakespeare performed 7 times.  Pam is standing in front of that stage with the Lord Mayor of Coventry.
Come Sunday, Pam attended the 90th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Stratford on Avon.  Shakespeare worshipped there and is buried inside.  Pam is seen with Club President Ian Reid.
Here she points to a plaque commemorating Shakespeare's grave.  Pam noted a highlight of the event was the singing of the Rotary Hymn, which was penned by our own Charlie Scobie.  Kinda brings a tear to one's eye!
In most cases, our weekly meeting speaker come to our meeting for their presentations.  This week we did the opposite.
Immediately after breakfast, members adjourned to Salem Elementary School and met in the school library.
Tammy introduced School Librarian Glenda Thornton who obviously loves making connections between books and children. Yes, although the internet is increasingly used as a source of information, children still read books!
The Librarian outlined what happens after our book donations are handed in to the school. The Dewey Decimal system is used for classification. Each book is identified by a bar code, and each pupil has a 10-digit number so everything is done by computer. New pupils are automatically entered into the system. The books are processed with the help of volunteers.  Every book is strengthened with adhesive transparent plastic. Each book is initially put on a display panel.
The school has about 370 pupils in 19 classes. Each class gets a half-hour Library period per week. Grades 2 to 4 browse the shelves themselves to select books; Kindergarten and Grade 1 pick from books laid out on tables for them. Books are taken out for one week at a time. The school has a Library Club so that pupils can help with basic library tasks.
One box of books illustrated what can happen to books at home: they get chewed by the dog, damaged by water, scribbled on, or just plain lost. One book lost at the end of December was discovered the following November: it had been put away in the box with the Christmas lights.
The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are still popular, and so are Rocks, Dinosaurs, Star Wars and Lego.
The Librarian expressed thanks to Rotary for their book donation program.  Most needed at the moment are low-level French books, and books on First Nations (Canadian/local if possible).
Darrell expressed thanks for a most interesting and informative talk and noted that this was the one occasion when the speaker got to keep the book.
Glenda accepted from Stacey a Gold Mine cheque for $625 on behalf of Salem Elementary School.
The Mount Allison Rotaract and Sackville Rotary Club’s have joined forces in support of many local causes this past fall. One of their many collaborations supported the Tantramar Family Resource Centre (TFRC) in their annual winter coat drive. Coats were collected on campus and presented to the representatives from TFRC who were thrilled with the response from the Mount Allison community. Rotaract students also just completed a fundraiser during Moonlight Madness to raise funds for Autumn House. Additionally, Mount Allison students contributed over 100 volunteer hours to one-time events and weekly programs in the Sackville community. In collaboration with the Sackville Rotary Club, Rotaract was also able to donate $900 to local organizations making a difference in the greater community.
Rotary is a world wide organization which values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotaract is the youth club open to all ages between 17 and 30. This community focused student group will continue their collaboration with the Sackville Rotary club this winter through initiatives including the breakfast program at Marshview Middle School, Dorchester School homework program, Family Literacy Day, Chili sales at the Sackville Winter Carnival  and other community events. Additionally, the group will be welcoming other groups from across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for a Maritime Rotaract Forum in January 2018.
Both groups strive to serve the community by volunteering their time and fundraising efforts, while collaborating with one another to strengthen the relationship between Mount Allison students and Sackville residents.
      Rotaract Students are shown delivering coats to Tantramar Family Resource Center's Executive Director Tracey  Rose.
      Rotaract students are shown presenting a cheque to Heather Patterson, representing Autumn House.
 In 1943 the Rotary Club of Sackville sponsored the Rotary Club of Springhill and presented them with a brass Rotary Bell. In 1949 we sponsored the Rotary Club of Port Elgin, however they never received a Rotary Bell.  Earlier this year the Rotary Club of Springhill agreed to disband; they also agreed to donate their Rotary bell to the Rotary Club of Port Elgin.  The bell was never engraved, so our club agreed to pay for engraving it with the dates and name of Springhill, and Port Elgin's name and beginning date. The bell was presented to the Port Elgin club at their Christmas Party on 7 December.
George Trueman, president of the Rotary Club of Port Elgin receives the bell from Dwight Gallagar, last president of the Rotary Club of Springhill (holding the Rotary Bell).
Christmas Party:  Thursday 7 December 2017.  34 
members and their spouses joined together for the 
annual Club Christmas Party.
One person wore a tie (a Christmas one)
Three Wise Men
Birthday boy George.  Looks like Susan had more of a halo than usual.
The highlight of the party –
Soon had people lining up .  .  .
.  .  . then sitting down to a great meal
Sandy organized the games .  .  .
.  .  . candy canes brought people closer together
Many thanks to our hosts Sandy and Wayne for opening up their beautifully decorated home to us
The event actually started Friday afternoon with several Rotarians descending on the Civic Center to prepare the atrium for the breakfast the next day.  With all the preparatory work done on Friday afternoon, by first light on Saturday everything was –
A Record number of 445 people were served (357 last year).  Below, Charlotte Purdy-Weir holds out a bowl so a Marshview student can fill it.  Rotarian Trish Edwards shares a joke while a Rotaract Student takes an order from Charlotte's husband David.  At times, the lineups were out-the-door.
Another busy spot (right up to 3:00 pm) was the dish washing area of the kitchen area.  In the foreground is Josh Cormier, Stacey Merrigan and Susan Fisher trying to keep up with clean dishes.  In the background is Jamie Smith who cooked bacon all morning. 
Wayne Harper, chair of the event, credits the success to his team, and all who helped, including Marshview Middle School Students and Mount Allison University's Rotaract Club.  In total, 20 Rotarians, 5 Rotaract students and 10 Marshview Middle School students insured that people were served in a timely fashion, dirty dishes were picked up and taken to the kitchen, tables were reset, fruit and juice were restocked and tea and coffee was always ready.
Bell Canada's local branch headed by Jenifer Wood, donated many give-aways, including a speaker which was raffled off along with Patterson's Restaurant who donated a cake, both netting $507.   Donations of bread and apple juice were gratefully accepted from Foodland and Rose's Independant Grocer.
Sales from all sources totalled $4,054 and after expenses, should net, just over $3,000.   One generous person gave a $200 donation.
Susan Fisher is shown rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher, while the counter is lined with dirty dishes waiting to be washed.
Major donor, Scotiabank has offered to match the receipts.  If 10 Rotarians each donate $100 to the Marshview Breakfast Program that will top up the $4,000 receipts to $5,000 – which Scotiabank’s will match !  Members are invited to bring a cheque next week (made out to Rotary Club of Sackville N.B.).  A great partnership !  Scotiabank staff will attend our meeting on 5 October.
November 2018

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