Movie Night at the Vogue Wayne Harper 2018-10-17 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Sep 20, 2018
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independent Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click READ MORE
GOLD MINE DRAW FALL WINNERS Wayne Harper 2018-09-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Aug 13, 2018
 
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!
 
The PGA Claims They Are Not Concerned Wayne Harper 2018-08-13 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 25, 2018
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independent Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click READ MORE
GOLD MINE DRAW SUMMER WINNERS Wayne Harper 2018-07-25 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 29, 2018
 
 
 
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:
 
 
Edna 
 
10 Years:
 
 
Mary 
 
15 Years:
 
 
Susan F 
 
20 Years:
 
 
George
 
30 Years:
Honorary member Marion
 
40 Years:
 
 
Wynn
45 Years:  
 
 
Charlie
 
Additional awards presented at the weekly meeting of June 28th
 
10Years
 
 
Gayle
 
5 Years
 
 
Bill
 
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.
 
Annual BBQ a Success Charlie Scobie 2018-06-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jun 06, 2018
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independent Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click READ MORE
GOLD MINE WINNERS CONTINUE IN 2018 Wayne Harper 2018-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on May 24, 2018
 
              Pictures by Pam Harrison
 
Wynn was in the Chair today.
  I am sure many members did not know that Wynn was originally a teacher in Digby NS - specializing in Phys-Ed.  He was an accredited coach on basketball and an umpire in soccer.  A few years into his teaching career, his dad asked him to join the firm as a lawyer.  In his first year of law school, his dad was promoted to a judge and Wynn was tasked with getting someone to run his dad's office.  Once graduated he moved to Sackville as is now a practicing lawyer.
Our "mini-Rotarian", Mariah Inglis accompanied Mom Louise to breakfast.  Also joining as an guest was Gordon Kline, from Dorchester School.  We had three visiting Rotarians today.  From Calgary Fish Creek Club, we welcomed Henry Dunfield.    Henry's Club is a supper club comprised of 30 members.  This years District Governor is from their Club, minimizing the travel time to the District Conference.  Like Sackville, they raise moneys for special projects - building homes in Mexico.  From Florida's Lakeside Rotary Club, Sharon Meldrum was visiting and from the Moncton Club, Chris Nagle attended what he thinks may be many meetings as he attends some courses in town.
Makeups this week came from the Gold Mine committee and the Board meeting last night.
There were no Pin Pal stories and Bill will celebrate his birthday on Saturday the 26th, doing what he likes - babysitting his grandson in Ottawa.
     In the 50 / 50 draw, Ove was looking for the Queen of  .  While he drew a  it was the Eight.  Close but no $80.
Guest Henry led the Happy Dollars as he was very pleased to have attended the meeting...........Dianne skipped church last Sunday and she and Frank went to the Wild Caraway Restaurant in NS and ran into President John and wife Gemey.  This could have been a Pin Pal story except neither were wearing their pins...........Wynn was 2 times happy and he agreed with Henry that one meets the loveliest people in Rotary.  He also alluded to now walking 2.3 kms a day.............Pam was pleased to invite members to contribute to Port Elgin's Walk-a-thon, which the club did to the tune of $159.............Guest Gord was happy to praise the Club for all we do in area communities...........Susan was happy that she and Dave are once again empty nesters as Colin is off to working at a summer camp............    George was happy as he and Dale will be hosting and guiding a bus load of tourists from the US on a walking tour of Sackville............Guest Sharon was happy that Wynn is on the mend and she is going away with "the girls" for a quiet time.  Right!!!.............Louise was happy that Mariah will be in another ballet this weekend.
The Duty Roster for Next Week is:
Chair - Pam subbing for Bill
Greeter - Wynn subbing for Bill
Introducer - George
Thanker - Morgan
Next week's speaker is Laura Reinsborough talking on school food.
There was no big winner in this week's Gold Mine Draw.  However our Charity-of-the-Week recipient - Dorchester Consolidated School was represented.  Here Gordon Kline accepts a cheque for $603 from Rotarian Patricia Belliveau.
In committee reports, Susan reminded members who have not signed up for the Salem Send-Off to do so soon.  The event is on June 16th.  There is no meetings this coming week.
 Pam introduced Stacey Merrigan as someone who lives up to Rotary's Code on Conduct.  This was Stacey's Classification talk and she decided to tell who she was through pictures.  She is most proud of May 11, 2017, the day she became a Rotarian.  She chose our Club as we seem to have the most fun.  
Stacey's parents were married in 1974 and she was born soon after.  She has 2 brothers and one sister.  Growing up outside Windsor NS, he eventually attended Mount Allison and met future hubby Paul.  They married 10 days before graduating in 1999 and were in Newfoundland the very next day.  There they raised their family of two boys - James who is 16 and Tolkin who is 14 years old.
    Her hobbies are crochet, theatre and photography.  In crochet she likes to use used sweater yarn and urged members to donate any old sweaters they may have.  In law school she started an improv theatre group and has been involved in photography since she was 14 years-of-age.  As a teenager she won provincial awards for her photos and plied this knowledge into a newspaper job in Newfoundland and eventually in Moncton after moving to Sackville.  She has retired from the newspaper photography, concentrating these days in close-up photography.  She involves herself in social issue - namely mental health and LGBTQ rights through volunteerism.  Her husband Paul suggested she go to law school and she agreed after researching the subject.  As a lawyer currently, she spends a lot of time in court, wearing a used set of Robes from a former lawyer now a judge.
Dianne thanked Stacey for an interesting talk.  She will buy a book and donate it in Stacey's name to a local library.
 
The meeting concluded with the 4-Way-Test.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 24, 2018 Wayne Harper 2018-05-24 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 27, 2018
 
PAUL HARRIS EVENING  2018
 
Photographer: Sandy
 
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The 2018 in-house Paul Harris Evening was held at Cranewood on April 26.
 
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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.
 
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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:
 
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Gayle, introduced by Susan
 
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Edna, introduced by Bill.
 
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Josh, introduced by John.
 
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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). 
 
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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:
 
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Dianne (PHF + 4)
 
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David (PHF + 4)
 
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John (PHF + 1)
 
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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.
 
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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 :
 
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Most of those present waited for a time of fellowship.
To coin a phrase, a good time was had by all.
 
Paul Harris 2018 Charlie Scobie 2018-04-27 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Harrison on Apr 20, 2018
 
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.
 
 
Rotary in Portugal Pam Harrison 2018-04-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Mar 16, 2018
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independent Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click READ MORE
 
MORE GOLD MINE WINNERS IN 2018 Wayne Harper 2018-03-16 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Feb 25, 2018
 
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!
 
 
 
 
 
Peace Conference in England Wayne Harper 2018-02-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Feb 13, 2018
 
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.
No SSH In This Library Charlie Scobie 2018-02-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jan 03, 2018
 
Photographer: Pam
 
Dianne welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the New Year. 
 
 
50-50 Draw: Sandy’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the 5 of Spades, so the pot of $17.00 carries forward to next week. 
 
 
Dianne shared a card received from former RYE student Louis who sent his greetings.  He is busy at university but hopes to see us all soon.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Nicole from Amherst.
 
PinPal Stories:  In a stopover on his homeward journey at Houlton, Maine, John met Rotarian Leigh Cummings who claimed to have visited Sackville on Rotary business.
 
Happy Dollars:  George is happy that it is only 4 weeks before he takes off for Florida. Pam is happy to be leaving for Portugal shortly. Edna is still enjoying Christmas.
 
Next Week: 11 January 2018:  Chair – Marita;  Greeter – John;  Introducer – Susan P;  Thanker – Charlie;  Speaker – Gary Jollymore.
 
 
Gold Mine PresentationMatt Estabrooks accepted two cheques from Tammie on behalf of Sackville Minor Hockey.
 
Toonie CountGayle thanked those who went the extra mile and showed up for the Christmas count.
 
Adventures in CitizenshipSusan F will be speaking on the program at TRHS next week and would welcome any Rotarians who would like to come along.
 
Projects Committee:  Stacey reported that a sub-committee has been formed to evaluate local projects.  Two $105 bursaries have been given to Wild Wonder for their winter program.  $250 has been allocated for a literacy project in Guatemala.
 
President’s Time:  John was away for two days and when he returned had 142 emails from the District Secretary.
 
 
Speaker: Stacey introduced Andy Marr of Charles Street Financial Inc, who gave a presentation on “Budgeting.” What is the #1 cause of stress in people’s lives today ?  What is the #1 cause of marriage breakups ?  You’ve guessed it – money (and the failure to handle it properly).  Too many people think their finances will take care of themselves.  We need to manage our money, not let our money manage us.  It’s not what you make that counts, it’s what you keep.
 
It is essential to have a clear plan and get help in managing your finances properly. A sample “Statement of Income and Expenses” sheet was circulated. Keep track of debt and budget enough to pay off your debts, starting with the highest interest items. There are hopeful signs that some of the next generation (18-30) are prepared to live on less, and do more with less.
 
The question of giving to charity was raised.  On average Canadians give only a meagre $470 per year. Others budget a percentage.  With income tax receipts most people get back about 45-50% of what they give.
 
The speaker also praised the new entrepreneurs, especially the younger ones, in our area. The future of our economy depends on them.  New Brunswick should encourage more people from the rest of the country to come here where we have cheap land, inexpensive housing and resilient people.
 
 
In thanking the speaker Bill quoted Mr Micawber's famous recipe for happiness: "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery."
 
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin January 4, 2018 Charlie Scobie 2018-01-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Fisher on Dec 20, 2017
 
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.
Rotaract Coat Drive Susan Fisher 2017-12-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Dec 15, 2017
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click READ MORE
 
GOLD MINE WINNERS 2018 Wayne Harper 2017-12-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Dec 15, 2017
 
 
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 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.
 
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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).
Sister Port Elgin Gets a New Bell Charlie Scobie 2017-12-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Dec 15, 2017
 
 
 
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Christmas Party:  Thursday 7 December 2017.  34 
members and their spouses joined together for the 
annual Club Christmas Party.
 
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One person wore a tie (a Christmas one)
 
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Three Wise Men
 
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Birthday boy George.  Looks like Susan had more of a halo than usual.
 
The highlight of the party –
 
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Soon had people lining up .  .  .
 
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.  .  . then sitting down to a great meal
 
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Sandy organized the games .  .  .
 
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.  .  . candy canes brought people closer together
 
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Many thanks to our hosts Sandy and Wayne for opening up their beautifully decorated home to us
 
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Christmas Party 2017 - A Time of Fellowship Charlie Scobie 2017-12-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Dec 14, 2017
 
Photographers: Pam, Dianne and Sandy
 
Josh chaired the meeting.  He’s currently renovating his 1848 house at Johnson’s Mills and gave some history of its previous occupants, McReadys and McFaddens. One lived to be 103 – maybe it’s something in the water (there is an old well on the property).
 
 
50-50 Draw: Wynn was back for a visit; his number was drawn, and he promptly picked the 8 of Hearts, entitling him to the pot of $215.
 
Honorary member: Pat Estabrooks.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw :  Heather Dixon was on hand to receive from Tammie a Gold Mine cheque for $662.50 on behalf of Marshview Middle School.  Heather expressed her thanks; some of the money has gone to the school’s culinary class which now provides muffins and pancakes for the breakfast program.
 
Happy Dollars:  Wynn recommended the movie “Wonder,” one of the most moving movies he has ever seen.  He was glad to be back to win the draw, but not so happy about the weather.  And he was happy about the election result in Alabama: it’s important to vote for the best person.  He also was happy to be back to get his hair cut.  Louise survived a cookie decorating party.  Gayle was happy to be back after a twins age 10 party; she also saw former members Bruno and Johann, who send their best wishes.  Bill is about to take off for Newfoundland to visit family.  Dianne thanked everyone who donated books; we now have about 40 in stock; some smaller books would be appreciated. Ove is off to ski in the Laurentians, but alas they lost their golden retriever.  Trish looks forward to Bill and Sandra arriving next Thursday.  Sandy was happy to see a quick visit by Leslie – in time to celebrate George’s birthday.
 
Next Week: 7 December 2017.  Chair: substitute for Joyce;  Greeter: George;  Introducer: Sandy;  Thanker: substitute for Wynn;  Speaker: Stephanie Le Breton, “Sackville Swim Club.”
 
 
Rotary Bell:  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).
 
Curl for Cancer: Rotary had a team in last year.  If you are interested in participating this year please contact Dianne.
 
 
Canada 150 Nickel:  Pam reported that she had presented a PHF to Gerard Gloade, designer of the new Canadian nickel to celebrate Canada 150.
 
 
New nickel coins were distributed to all present; they feature a beaver, a reminder that Canada’s first currency was beaver pelts.
 
President’s Time:  With regret John announced that a letter has been received from Joyce with her resignation from the club, because of health problems arising from the fall which she heard.  She asked to continue receiving the bulletin, which we are more than happy to arrange. 
 
 
Speaker:  Ove introduced Stephane Robichaud CEO of the NB Health Council who gave a PowerPoint presentation on “The State of the N.B. Health System.”  The Council, which was formed in 2008, consists of 12 members, 50% of whom are drawn from the community. It seeks to address the following questions: What is the health status of our population?  How effective are our health services? Is our health system sustainable?
 
 
The lack of provincial indicators presents a challenge. The Council has conducted a series of provincial dialogue sessions on e.g. “Provincial Health Plan” (2012) and “Living Healthy, Aging Well” (2013). Surveys have also been conducted on “Acute Care Services,” “Primary Health Services,” and “Home Care Services,” as well as a series of Student Wellness Surveys conducted on a 3 year cycle (with approximately 100,000 respondents).
The main health determinants of the populations are: Health services (10%), Health behaviours (40%), Social and Economic Factors (40%), and Physical Environment (10%).  Results of surveys are tabulated in terms of 33 N.B. communities, as well as by provincial health zones.  The use of emergency room services, and the time it takes to get an appointment with your family doctor are studied in relation to other jurisdictions in Canada. Hopefully all the information gathered will lead to improved health and health services in the province.
 
For further information see the web site at https://www.nbhc.ca/.
 
 
Wayne thanked the speaker for his thought-provoking presentation.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Christmas Party:  Thursday 7 December 2017
 
 
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
 
 
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
John chaired the meeting, and opened with a Quaker blessing (silence).  This was the 6th anniversary of the death of his father who was hospitalized and declined life support.  He did survive the war (that story still to come), but not old age.
 
PinPal Stories: John read a PinPal email from Bill Edwards; he sends apologies for the party, and wishes us all a Merry Christmas.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Louise’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  So the pot of $204 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F and David are off for a tour of European Christmas markets, and will visit 4 former RYE students (they have hosted 11), including Adam Niles who is in Prague and having some problems learning Czech (it’s bad enough spelling it correctly, never mind learning the language). Members signed a card for Adam. Hot chocolate left over from the Rotaract Moonlight Madness was offered for sale.  Gayle gave a reminder of the Town v Gown hockey game at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in aid of the Food Bank; bring non-perishable food items to help re-stock the shelves.  George’s sister is coming – in time for the party, and the birthday bash at Ducky’s on 8 December.  Trish was happy to have arrived on time.  Josh is happy that tomorrow (1 December) he can shave off his moustache.
 
 
Ducks Unlimited DinnerDale reported on the bar service at the Ducks Unlimited dinner at TRHS last Saturday.  He obviously had things well organized.
 
 
It seems that Stacey is not the only one called to the bar.  Pam and Louise joined her to act as barmaids.
 
 
Gayle sold the tickets while the others provided cheerful service to all.  The result:  $900 raised for the club !
 
Next Week: 7 December 2017 – Christmas Party at the Harpers’ at 6:00 pm.  Remember to BRING A BOOK for local school libraries.   
 
Dorchester School:  Susan F reported on a visit to the Dorchester School on Friday and thanked the Rotarians who supported the event. Dictionaries were handed out to Grade 4 students; grades 2 and 3 got cookies.  The dictionaries were much appreciated (“You mean I can take it home with me ?”). The Homework Club is a great success with 24 children last week.  More volunteers are needed.
 
 
Canada 150 – Polio Final Push:  Pam reported on her fund-raising journey begun on 13 July.  We raised $1,800 CDN.  This will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation to make $5,400 which will provide 42,000 drops of vaccine for 21,000 children. (On 24 October in Pakistan approximately 40 million children were immunized at 2,000 portable Polio clinics).   A big thank you to all who contributed.
 
President’s Time:  John presented the following slate of office-bearers for 2018-19 which was approved nem con:  President: Louise;  Vice-President/President Elect: David;  Treasurer: Darrell;  Secretary: John.   Emails have been received from Ken Draper and Carla Newbould expressing thanks for being elected honorary members.
 
 
Speaker:  Trish introduced Agnes Koller and Leanne Laracey who gave a presentation on “Wild Wonder Sackville” which was introduced by a short video. The forest school model started in Europe and has now spread across Canada. Both speakers share a passion for nature and for getting children outdoors, and are seeking to bring the program to Sackville.  They hope to partner with various local groups.
 
A pilot program for 3 – 5 year olds has been held a Beech Hill, but to operate in this area the province requires them to be a licenced day care facility.  They have also used the Nappan Forest School site near Amherst.
 
 
The program features a variety of outdoor activities with the children themselves taking the lead. Free play is emphasized rather than structured activities.  It has been shown that a forest school improves appreciation of the environment, social skills, self-regulation, problem solving skills, fitness, co-ordination and well-being.  Young children who learn outdoors are also more ready for school academically.
 
A suitable site is being sought in the Sackville area with the necessary facilities including diversified play space, some indoor accommodation, toilets, storage, and parking. The cost per child is $10 an hour. Financial donations would help provide bursaries.
 
 
Marita thanked the speaker for an interesting and exciting presentation.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted on Nov 30, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
John chaired the meeting, and opened with a Quaker blessing (silence).  This was the 6th anniversary of the death of his father who was hospitalized and declined life support.  He did survive the war (that story still to come), but not old age.
 
PinPal Stories:  John read a PinPal email from Bill Edwards; he sends apologies for the party, and wishes us all a Merry Christmas.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Louise’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  So the pot of $204 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F and David are off for a tour of European Christmas markets, and will visit 4 former RYE students (they have hosted 11), including Adam Niles who is in Prague and having some problems learning Czech (it’s bad enough spelling it correctly, never mind learning the language). Members signed a card for Adam. Hot chocolate left over from the Rotaract Moonlight Madness was offered for sale.  Gayle gave a reminder of the Town v Gown hockey game at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in aid of the Food Bank; bring non-perishable food items to help re-stock the shelves.  George’s sister is coming – in time for the party, and the birthday bash at Ducky’s on 8 December.  Trish was happy to have arrived on time.  Josh is happy that tomorrow (1 December) he can shave off his moustache.
 
 
Ducks Unlimited Dinner:  Dale reported on the bar service at the Ducks Unlimited dinner at TRHS last Saturday.  He obviously had things well organized.
 
 
It seems that Stacey is not the only one called to the bar.  Pam and Louise joined her to act as barmaids.
 
 
Gayle sold the tickets while the others provided cheerful service to all.  The result:  $900 raised for the club !
 
Next Week: 7 December 2017 – No morning meeting.  Christmas Party at the Harpers’ at 6:00 pm.  Remember to BRING A BOOK for local school libraries.
  
Dorchester School:  Susan F reported on a visit to the Dorchester School on Friday and thanked the Rotarians who supported the event. Dictionaries were handed out to Grade 4 students; grades 2 and 3 got cookies.  The dictionaries were much appreciated (“You mean I can take it home with me ?”). The Homework Club is a great success with 24 children last week.  More volunteers are needed.
 
 
Canada 150 – Polio Final Push:  Pam reported on her fund-raising journey begun on 13 July.  We raised $1,800 CDN.  This will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation to make $5,400 which will provide 42,000 drops of vaccine for 21,000 children. (On 24 October in Pakistan approximately 40 million children were immunized at 2,000 portable Polio clinics).   A big thank you to all who contributed.
 
President’s Time:  John presented the following slate of office-bearers for 2018-19 which was approved nem con:  President: Louise;  Vice-President/President Elect: David;  Treasurer: Darrell;  Secretary: John.   Emails have been received from Ken Draper and Carla Newbould expressing thanks for being elected honorary members.
 
 
Speaker:  Marita introduced Agnes Koller and Leanne Laracey who gave a presentation on “Wild Wonder Sackville” which was introduced by a short video. The forest school model started in Europe and has now spread across Canada. Both speakers share a passion for nature and for getting children outdoors, and are seeking to bring the program to Sackville.  They hope to partner with various local groups.
 
A pilot program for 3 – 5 year olds has been held a Beech Hill, but to operate in this area the province requires them to be a licenced day care facility.  They have also used the Nappan Forest School site near Amherst.
 
 
The program features a variety of outdoor activities with the children themselves taking the lead. Free play is emphasized rather than structured activities.  It has been shown that a forest school improves appreciation of the environment, social skills, self-regulation, problem solving skills, fitness, co-ordination and well-being.  Young children who learn outdoors are also more ready for school academically.
 
A suitable site is being sought in the Sackville area with the necessary facilities including diversified play space, some indoor accommodation, toilets, storage, and parking. The cost per child is $10 an hour. Financial donations would help provide bursaries.
 
 
Marita thanked the speaker for an interesting and exciting presentation.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Jamie proved to be an unremarkable chairman (we were pushed for time).
Rotaract member:  Many congratulations to Colin, Mount A’s latest Rhodes Scholar !
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  This week’s winner Walter Read was on hand to accept his cheque for $1,233 from Edna.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Pam’s number was drawn (for the second week in a row), but she again failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  So the pot of $194 carries forward to next week.
Birthday:  John was a year older and was suitably serenaded.
 
PinPal Stories:  Josh had his hair cut by Tammy.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F was happy to see a snow plough; she thanked Rotarians for their ongoing support of Rotaract.  Leadership of Rotaract was one factor (among many) in Colin’s award.
 
Next Week: 30 November 2017.   Chair: John;  Greeter: Dianne;  Introducer: Marita;  Thanker: Trish;   Speaker: Agnes Koller, “Wild Wonder Sackville.”
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  Christine accepted from John a cheque for $616.50 on behalf of Dorchester Consolidated School.
 
 
Induction:  Two new members were officially inducted into membership of the club.  After Charlie summarized the history of Rotary in 5 minutes, Mary introduced Tammy Savoie, and Pam introduced PDG Pat Perry.  President John welcomed the new members, pinned them with their Rotary pins, and presented them with an information package on Rotary.  Present members of the club came forward to shake hands with Pat and Tammy and extend a personal welcome to them.
 
President’s Time:  John reminded members of the Christmas party on 7 December at the Harpers’.  Elections will be held next week for the 2018-19 Board.  We need a Vice President/President Elect and a Secretary.  For committees we need a Fundraising Chair and a Rotary Foundation chair.  New member Pat promptly offered to be the RF Chair.
 
 
Speaker:  Bill introduced Heather Patterson and Bernice McMaster who are co-chairs of the local branch of “Project Linus.”
 
 
The organization started in the U.S. in 1995 and came to Canada in 1998.  There are 44 chapters nationally, with four in New Brunswick. 
 
 
Their main purpose is to provide love, warmth and comfort to children in situations of difficulty or distress by providing them with blankets.  They also enjoy getting together in their monthly meetings.
 
 
Blankets can be sewn, knitted or crocheted. Bernice watches for sales at Fabricville.  She demonstrated one of the finished products.  Every blanket must have a hand-made component. Blankets are supplied to the Fire Department and the Police so they can be handed out in an emergency.  Donations of yarn, fabric or fleece are most acceptable, and can be collected.
 
Heather introduced Carol Finley and David Rogers who are foster caregivers.  In the South East New Brunswick area there is an increasing need for foster care.  People can volunteer to take anyone from infants to age 19.  A foster family is one which has the ability to provide, within their home, a safe, loving and nurturing environment.
 
 
Carol explained that children being moved into foster care often bring almost nothing with them.  Now “Buddy Bags” are provided complete with a Linus Blanket.
 
 
Foster parents are most thankful for the help and support they receive from Project Linus – witness their super-sized thank you card.
 
 
Tim thanked the speakers for a most interesting presentation.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
A SPECIAL WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEW MEMBERS.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Pam reminded us that Monday was World Kindness Day, and presented everyone with a “Kindness” ruler.
 
George was in the chair and explained that he had been a member of three Rotary clubs – St. Catherine’s, Ontario,  Burlington, Ontario,  and Sackville, N.B.    It took him three to get it right.   Rotary is a great way to make friends, especially those like Darrell and Dale who can join you on the golf course (the local course was open up to last week).
 
 
50-50 Draw: Stacey’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  So the pot of $169 carries forward to next week.
 
Guest:  Heather Patterson, who sustained a boxer’s fracture in her left hand (Bill pleads not guilty).  The attendant physician was Josh’s sister.
 
Honorary Rotarian:  A welcome was extended to Pat Estabrooks.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  This week’s winner Kyle Goodwin was on hand to accept his cheque for $3,704 from Bill.
 
Makeups:  Wynn had two from the South Lake County Club, Florida; he also assisted with the presentation of dictionaries to local elementary schools.
 
Happy Dollars:  Ove was happy that employee Kyle was the Gold Mine winner.   Wynn was happy a) that he got back from Florida just in time to attend the opening of the new observation tower in the Waterfowl Park, b) that he is about to return to Florida, c) that his grand-daughter won the Ladies Division in an international curling championship.   Pam was glad to see Josh sporting a moustache for Movember; on the appeal’s 10th anniversary she expects every member to donate $10.   Sandy reported record sales in Fredericton last weekend; this weekend it’s Saint John.   Susan P pointed out that the words of “O Canada” have not been officially changed; this means we are ahead of the rest of the country.   Dianne is going with a cousin and a friend to the Pier 22 Craft Sale in Halifax.  Edna thanked Bill for looking after the house, and Gayle for covering at Rotary while they were in England; they managed to drive, using the smallest car they could rent.
 
Bill showed a video of the new bike for seniors in action at the Drew Home.  It is operating very successfully to the delight of residents.  Rotary contributed to the cost, along with the Town and the Hospital Foundation.
 
 
Bill also reported on the official opening of the new Waterfowl Park Observation Tower on 15 November.  Rotary was well represented with Wynn coming from Florida especially for the event and Dale cutting the ribbon.  (Photo from Bill).
 
Next Week: 23 November 2017.   Chair: Jamie;  Greeter: David;  Introducer: Mary;  Thanker: Tim;   Speaker:  Heather Patterson, “Project Linus."
 
Susan F presented a multiple report.  1) Remember the Coat Drive and bring coats next week;  2) Rotaract are busy preparing for Moonlight Madness – get out and support them;  3) next Friday, dictionaries will be presented to Grade 4 students in Dorchester (82 are on order for Salem next year);  4) Rotaract will hold their own training session on 20 January; we are asked to help with the lunch.
 
Gold Mine:  Dale reported that 31 applications have been received from local charities.  The committee is reviewing these and will present recommendations by 30 November.
 
President’s Time:  John reminded members of the Christmas Party at the Harpers’ on 7 December.   Ham, punch, appetizers and plates will be provided; bring your own food drink (a list was circulated).    Beginning in January the club will meet in the evening once a month, location TBA.
 
 
Speaker:  Louise introduced two speakers from Autumn House, Amherst – Karen Gilbert who leads their New Directions program, and Alexa MacLeod who is a Women’s Counsellor. 
 
 
With Alexa working the flip chart (low-tech for a change) and audience participation, Karen reviewed the purpose and programs of Autumn House.  Their goal is to eliminate violence in intimate partner relationships and to promote peace in the homes of our community.  They have been in operation for over 25 years.
 
 
Though located in Amherst, Autumn House serves a wider area including Cumberland County and South Eastern New Brunswick.  They aim to work with the whole family – women, men, youth and children.  Services include a 24 hour crisis line (667-1200), counselling, accompaniment to court or other bodies, referrals to other agencies, advocacy, and distribution of donated food.  The New Directions program provides services for men who wish to change their abusive behaviour.
 
Autumn House operates a shelter with 13 beds where women can stay for up to 6 weeks.  The total number using this facility is between 150 and 200 per year.  When the shelter is full they may have to direct women to other transition houses.
 
Financial donations are welcome.  It is possible to sponsor a family at Christmas time.
 
 
After a lively question period, Susan F thanked the speakers for a presentation which opened our eyes both to the needs which exist and the fine work Autumn House does.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-way Test.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
“Gayle” told us all about herself, her husband, her family and her house (but she did look surprisingly like Susan F).   Come to think of it, “Edna” looked a lot like Gayle.
 
50-50 Draw: Pam’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  So the pot of $169 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Nicole (Amherst), and Pat (in transit).
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of Tantramar Regional High School, John Fougere  accepted from Dianne a Gold Mine cheque for $614.
 
Happy Dollars:  Ove was happy to have had the assistance of two Rotarians in getting back to Edmundston to retrieve his car which had broken down.  Dianne was impressed with the Remembrance service she attended at the High School – and with the lunch that followed.  Josh is happy that there is ongoing research into Alzheimer’s.  Susan P showed a scarf bought in Bruges, and noted how the war is still close to the people there.
 
 
Susan F was at the Drew on Monday for the official presentation of the wheelchair bike.  Residents who tried it out were all smiles.  Come the spring Rotaract members will provide pedal power.
 
She also reported that the Dorchester School after school program has started, and the kids are having a blast. 
 
And she also reported that the Rotaract group are cooking up something for Moonlight Madness on 17 November; they might be looking for some assistance.
 
 
Pam presented to Josh the District 7810 Public Relations Program Award from the District Conference.  It reads” “Presented to the Rotary Club of Sackville the club judged to have the Best Public Relations 2016-2017.  Ginny Joles, District Governor.”
 
David announced that last week’s Foundation Fun auction brought in $1,629.  Charlie won the guess the amount contest, but confessed that he had looked up last year’s amount, and so offered the bottle of wine for auction.  It went to Josh for $25 which will be added to the amount raised.
 
Next Week: 16 November 2017.   Chair: George;  Greeter: Darrell;  Introducer: Louise;  Thanker: Susan F;   Speaker:  Alexa MacLeod, Autumn House.
 
 
President’s Time:  Josh on behalf of John drew attention to the official opening of the new Waterfowl Park Observation Tower on Wednesday 15 November at 12 noon.  We contributed to the cost of the tower and Rotarians will be especially welcome at the ceremony.
 
 
Speaker:  Bill introduced guest speaker John Fougere, History and English teacher at TRHS, and one of our most regular and popular speakers, who gave an overview of the three battles of Ypres, known today as Ieper, but called by allied troops in World War I “Wipers.” 
 
 
The second battle saw the first use of chlorine gas by the Germans, with devastating results.  A famous photo entitled “The Blind Leading the Blind” shows a line of blinded troops being led out of the battlefield.  It was found that placing handkerchiefs soaked in urine over one’s face neutralized the worst effects of the gas.
 
It was the terrible death of Alexis Helmer that led John McRae to write “In Flanders Fields.”  McRae’s dressing station can still be seen.  The famous poem was submitted to the British magazine “Punch,” which changed one word in the first line (“grow” changed to “blow”).
 
The third Battle of Ypres was Passchendaele.  The entire battlefield turned into a sea of mud as the area was hit by the heaviest rain in 40 years.  Horses and guns simply sank into the mud.  Soldiers on both sides had to cope with unbelievable conditions.  Some previous burial sites of allied troops were completely destroyed.  In Ypres the Menin Gate was erected in 1927; it is inscribed with the names of all Commonwealth soldiers lost in the war.  Since 1928 a nightly service of remembrance has been held (except in World War II when it was banned by Hitler).
 
 
Susan P expressed the club’s thanks for an outstanding talk.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Notice passed on by Pam :
 
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
David welcomed members and guests to the 2017 inhouse auction in aid of Polio Plus. 
 
Guests:  Darrell brought Marguerite, Dale brought Linda, Louise brought Mariah.   Colin represented Rotaract.  Also prospective member Tammy.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Alana Alcorn (Amherst), and Pat Perry (in transit).
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation, Elaine Smith accepted from Gayle a Gold Mine cheque for $612; she thanked Rotary for their ongoing support of the Foundation, and took advantage of the occasion to remind folks of the Curling Club Craft Sale on Friday and Saturday.
 
 
50-50 Draw: George’s number was drawn; he picked the right number (8) but the wrong suit (clubs instead of hearts).  So the pot of $160 carries forward to next week.
 
Next Week: 9 November 2017.   Chair: Gayle;  Greeter: Dale;  Introducer: Joyce;  Thanker: Susan P;   Speaker:  John Fougere.
 
President’s Time:  Josh on behalf of John called for approval of the slate of office-bearers for 2018-19.  We are looking for a President and Secretary for the following Rotary year.
 
 
Auction:  David reminded those present of the tremendous success of Polio Plus to date, with only a few cases of polio in three remaining countries.  Ongoing support is still crucial if the disease is to be eliminated entirely.  The amount raised by the auction will be doubled by the club, and also tripled by the Rotary Foundation thanks to the current offer by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
 
 
Bill swung into action as the auctioneer, ably assisted by Sandy (who organized the event) and by Pam, and everything was sold only ten minutes after our usual time.  How much money was raised ?  That’s a secret until next week.  Come prepared to guess the amount – whoever is closest will be rewarded.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Oct 26, 2017
 
 
   Thanks to Pam Harrison for the pictures.
 
Dianne Oulton was in the Chair today as we had a full house.  Today's meeting was on the 26th of the month, a date and number that had special meaning to Dianne.  It seems, most recently, that her grandson was born 4 years ago today and it was 26 years ago today that she and Frank had their first date.
Dianne also acknowledged the story in Tribune Post on Tom Lafford and his remarkable "touchdown" at last week's Titan football game.
 
  Guests today included two potential new members - Tammy Savoie and Alana Alcorn.  Justin and Makala Hunter were also guests (and Gold Mine winners) as was Speakers Laurie Richer and Brian Nielson.  There were no visiting members today.
 
Pam acknowledged a make up in Woodstock where she took her "Bell for Polio" campaign to raise funds for polio.  To date she has reached $1,270 and expects to meet her $1,500 target when she meets Rotarians in Moncton tomorrow.........  Dave and Susan F. were able to pass off the "Hot Potato" to Rotarians on Ottawa last week.  Our Club had the potato for 24 days and donated $240 to Polio...........There were no birthdays this week.
This week the 50-50 draw stood at $145 and   Louise had her ticket drawn.  Looking for the 8 of  , she pulled the 5 of  .  Happy dollars started with Bill being happy that he is going to Ottawa to see grandson #1.  It will be a whirl win trip as he is due to be the auctioneer next week........Gayle was happy and amazed that she can still sit out on her deck and drink coffee in the mornings............Josh was happy he took off Monday so he could go hunting.  While he didn't shoot a deer, his partner Christine's father did, meaning there will be meat for the winter for the second year in a row.........Ove had a novel idea.  Seems his car broke down in Edmunston and would be taking several days to be repaired.  Unable to rent a car to come home, he did the next best thing - he rented a U-Haul truck and drove it home.  Unfortunately wife Pat had the dog on her lap for the trip home............Edna was happy that she and Peter are leaving for England to visit the area that's home to the Boland clan.  Gayle will perform her duties while she is away.
 
Dave will be in the Chair next weeks as he heads up the annual Member Auction.  Bill will try to avoid any snowstorms in Ottawa as he is slated to be the auctioneer.............Upcoming meetings will see the Youth Services committee meet after this meeting, the Club Administration Committee will also meet after this meeting and the Board is scheduled to meet next Wednesday (November 1st).............In committee reports, Dave showed a short Rotary video.  Here Reverend Desmond Tutu conveys the theme of the video - "we are this close".  Several celebrities were shown echoing this theme.
  This weeks Gold Mine winner was Justin Guthro.  Justin is shown receiving his cheque for  $2,466 from Rotarian Edna Boland.
Also collecting their charity-of-the-week cheque was Brian Nielson from the Tantramar Family Resource Centre.  He is shown with Rotarian Edna Boland and the cheque for $617.
 
 
On President's Time, John read a letter from Adam Campbell of Ducks Unlimited to determine if we wanted to bartend at their upcoming dinner on November 25th.  This year they would like us to handle the whole bar from procurement and licensing to selling.  100% of the revenue would be ours.  Apparently Fundraising Chair Jamie is aware and has agreed.  Mary will follow through with Jamie.
Josh introduce our speakers today     - Brian Nielson and Laurie Richer from the Tantramar Family Resource Centre, one of our charities who benefit from the weekly Gold Mine draw.  The Tantramar Family Resource Centre grew out of Quality of Life meetings held in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2000. By 2005, a steering committee was formed, and by 2007, the TFRC became an incorporated entity with charitable status. 
    For the last 12 years, volunteers have driven the success of the Tantramar Family Resource Centre and a volunteer board of directors meets on a monthly basis to make decisions on funding applications, programming requests and fundraising ideas. 
The Tantramar Family Resource Centre works towards developing the Tantramar community as a safe, secure, and healthy community where all citizens have access to social services, where their basic needs are met, and where a reasonable quality of life is assured. They are a not-for-profit organization located in Sackville, NB.   They work in partnership with other local organizations (Rotary is but one), to put on free workshops and events to promote literacy, food security and family well-being. 
At one point Laurie demonstrated a programming initiative for kids that encourages kids to take up computer coding.  The software (Raspberry Pie) shows Bill playing a banana that made the sound of a digital piano.

Their programs include:

  • Story Tent (Saturdays in the summer)
  • Talk With Me Mother Goose & Baby Massage
  • Little Free Library (located outside of our office)
  • Mini Story Sacks
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Reading Is Pawsome! 
  • Art Hive workshops
  • Kids Have Stress Too! parenting program 
  • Pre and postnatal workshops
  • Car seat clinics
  • Wellness Week
  • Movie Nights @ Sackville Library
  • Midnight Madness
  • Parenting after Separation and Blended Families
  • Climate Change Week
  • Coat Drive
  • Raspberry Pi (coding for kids)
  Sandy thanked Brian and Laurie for speaking today by presenting them with a book to be sent to a local library acknowledging their participation today as well as a certificate and Rotary Pen.
 
Dianne adjourned the meeting with the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 19, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Darrell chaired the meeting and gave a graphic account of a two week trip on the Nahanni River (N.W.T.).  Negotiating the river in a canoe, he marvelled at the Virginia Falls (twice as high as Niagara), but ran into turbulent water thereafter.  When his canoe capsized he ignored instructions to let go and swim for shore, but hung on for dear life.  Eventually he did let go, grabbed on to the two following canoes which were lashed together, and lived to tell the tale. 
 
 
50-50 Draw: Mary’s number was drawn (again !), but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  The pot of $136 carries forward to next week.
 
Guests:  Mariah, guest of Louise; and prospective member Tammy Savoie.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Nicole Naish, Amherst Club.
 
Makeups:  Pam did a make-up at the Hampton Club.
 
Happy Dollars:  John was happy about the 7th annual Handmade Assembly at Struts,  and reminded members of the Craft Sale on Saturday at the Legion.  Dianne had a nice trip to Ontario, read to her grandson, and attended her niece’s wedding; she thanked Bill and Mary for covering for her while she was away.  Wynn was glad to see Tammy who is a cousin of Sharon’s; his grand-daughter won the Atlantic Junior Curling championship; he will not be here next week.  Louise is up at 5:30 a.m. training for doing 10K in Legs for Literacy on Sunday; Mariah will run 1K.  Gayle thanked Mariah for the pesto; the whole jar went into a great sauce.
 
 
Wynn and his fellow-guests had a great (auction) dinner which Trish was happy to host (she is still finishing the left-overs of the wine).  Judging by the menu it must have been a fabulous feast.
 
 
Pam is promoting the idea of a teal pumpkin: putting one at your door means that children with allergies are still welcome – the usual treats will be replaced with suitable gifts.  Great idea !
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  Ada Phinney, Principal of Salem Elementary School accepted from Bill a cheque for $616.50 and thanked Rotary for their ongoing support.  The school has 367 students.   To meet the needs of some, “Blessings in a Backpack” are distributed on Fridays; there is also a need for winter clothing and boots.
 
Next Week: 26 October 2017.   Chair: Dianne;  Greeter: Bill;  Introducer: Josh;  Thanker: Sandy.   Speaker: Brian Neilson, Tantramar Family Resource Centre.
 
Auction:  Trish gave another reminder of our in-house auction on 2 November Please let Sandy know what you are donating (with a picture if possible).
 
Projects Committee: Stacey reported that a sign will be placed next the Vimy tree.  Gold Mine applications are coming in.
 
 
John introduced himself as the stand-in speaker and raised the question of when Rotary meets.  A quick survey showed that a clear majority favour the breakfast meeting time, but some would consider meeting at another time once a month.  It was pointed out that those surveyed can come to breakfast meetings; others may be prevented from joining Rotary because they do not favour a breakfast meeting.  Our club had a lunch meeting for many years, but changed to the early hour because many members were involved in small businesses and could not attend in the middle of the day.
 
 
It then turned out that John was not the speaker; instead he introduced Stacey and Rachael Mathis to talk about the Sackville Commons.  The Commons is a co-operative and now has 15 owner members. The 6000 square feet facility at 64 Main Street has desk space in the front with free WiFi and coffee, and office space for tenant members at the back.
 
Currently the Board is planning fund-raising activities.  One suggestion: allow local organizations to put their name and logo on one of the rooms, for a monthly fee.  Another: invite organizations to sponsor new start-ups who can’t afford to pay $230 a month.
 
Both speakers are enthusiastic about the Commons and the way it brings people together and allows them to network.  It promotes an entrepreneurial spirit which will help keep the town alive, vibrant and beautiful.  The facility is open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday and visitors are welcome.
 
 
Wynn thanked the speakers in the usual way; the book “Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged” will go to Dorchester Consolidated School.  Since Viola Desmond will appear on the new $10 bills, Pam suggested that one of the banks might be persuaded to donate 10 such bills to the school.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 12, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Dale chaired the meeting.  He thought of ranting about how hard it is to find things on the internet, but not being much of a ranter, he declined.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Mary’s number was drawn, but she picked the 4 of Hearts, not the 8.  The pot of $127 carries forward to next week.
 
Guests:  Former member Barb Jardine (President of the Tantramar Heritage Trust), and Rotaractor Colin.
 
Birthdays: Marita (in absentia), and Pam who will be 73 on Friday the 13th.
 
Happy Dollars:   A PSA from Gayle: a meeting is scheduled a week on Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at Middle Sackville Baptist Church to discuss the privatization of Extra Mural services.   Wynn was glad an obit he read was not our Darrell; he was also glad Richard Hicks won the Gold Mine – their families go back a long way; and he is looking forward to a Saturday evening (auction) dinner with Trish.   Stacey was glad her car heater removed the frost from her car this a.m.  Colin is happy to be dog-sitting for a week.  Dale is glad to have received the first Gold Mine applications.  Bill reported that Rotary got an honourable mention at Council for our contributions to the Booster Pump and the observation tower in the Waterfowl Park.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  Richard Hicks was happy to receive a cheque for $5,012 from Wynn.
 
Next Week: 19 October 2017.   Chair: Darrell;  Greeter: Wynn;  Introducer: John;  Thanker: Ove.   Speaker:  Matthew Litvak, Minor Hockey.
 
 
Auction:  Trish gave another reminder of our in-house auction on 2 November. As well as donating a dinner or preserves or baking, why not give a souvenir you’ve brought back from a trip (preferably wine or liqueur).  Please let Sandy know what you are donating (with a picture if possible).
 
Port Hardy Club:  John found a communication from the Rotary Club of Port Hardy, B.C. They send greetings.  They also raised their glasses in a toast to our club and would like to hear back from us.  See www.porthardyrotary.org.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of the Tantramar Heritage Trust, Barb and Karen accepted from Wynn a Gold Mine cheque for $656.
 
President’s Time:  John noted the advertorial in this week’s Trib regarding the re-opening of the Foodland store: congratulations to Tony !  The Board are considering alternate types of meetings – online ? evening ?  Also up for discussion: reviving the RYE program.
 
 
Vimy Oak PlantingJohn thanked Pam for organizing the Vimy Oak planting ceremony on Wednesday.  Legion members joined with Rotarians for the event in Memorial Park.
 
 
Kevin Anderson assisted with the planting.  Gayle read the story of the Vimy Oaks, John Fougere gave some background on Sackville men who fought at Vimy, John presented Doreen Richards with a framed copy of the story and of the Certificate of Authenticity.  Pam proposed a toast to “The Boys of Sackville.”
 
 
 
SpeakerWynn introduced Karen Valanne, Executive Director of the Tantramar Heritage Trust who thanked the club for the Gold Mine donation to the Trust. 
The THT office is part of the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre complex which includes the Boultenhouse House, the Bulmer House and the Anderson Octagonal House.  The Trust also operates the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum in Middle Sackville.
 
 
Karen outlined the numerous programs that the THT offers to the community in the course of a year, including: Heritage Day event, lecture on the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Plant Sale, Strawberry Social, Family Campfire, Close Enough Trivia, Exploring the Stars, Baking Contest and Auction, Heritage Field Day, Quilt Show.  In addition, with the help of summer students, many programs are offered for young people including workshops and field trips. Coming up: a book launch on Sunday 15 October, a Genealogy Workshop, and the Annual Dinner on 17 November.  For details see heritage.tantramar.com.
 
During discussion, members urged the Trust to advertise its many programs as widely as possible.
 
 
Louise thanked the speaker for an interesting and informative presentation.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 12, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-10-12 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 05, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Charlie chaired the meeting.  He declined to give an update on the twin grandsons, but did give an account of 25 year-old Sean’s one year’s travels round the world.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Stacey’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 8 of Hearts.  The pot of $119 carries forward to next week.
 
Guests:  A special welcome was extended to Scotiabank staff members Susan Tower, Dan Jardine, Marlene Read, Christine Read, and Tracy Baker.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Sharon, South Lake County Rotary Club, Florida.
 
Makeups:  Pam attended the anniversary dinner in Charlottetown at which R.I. President Ian Riseley was present.
 
 
Susan F and other Rotarians had a makeup for the very successful apple-picking expedition with Rotaract members on Sunday 1 October.
 
Marshview Middle School Breakfast ProgramPam introduced a double cheque presentation. Our club raised $5,000 (fall breakfast, plus donations) for the Breakfast program; Scotiabank agreed to double our donation. 
 
 
On behalf of Scotiabank, Dan Jardine presented the “real” cheque to Heather Dixon, Principal of Marshview.   The symbolic presentation of both cheques was made outside at the end of the meeting. Heather expressed thanks on behalf of the school for the most generous donation and assured everyone that it would be put to good use.
 
[Pin]Pal Stories:  Sandy was in the Howard Johnston at Fredericton for a craft show when whom did she meet but Stacey.
 
Happy Dollars: Charlie sent thanks from Jean who is out of hospital and feeling better.  Susan and David are off to visit David’s bouncing grandson.  Wynn contributed $5, one for each of the Scotiabank guests.  Susan F is glad that the Marshview breakfast program will now be able to afford bagels.  Stacey has been called to the New Brunswick bar – CONGRATULATIONS !  Sharon has started to pack for going to Florida.  Gayle is glad to be back; there are Rotary clubs in France but they all speak French.
 
Next Week: 12 October 2017.   Chair: Dale;  Greeter: Wayne;  Introducer: Jamie;  Thanker: Marita.   Speaker:  Karen Vallane, Tantramar Heritage Trust.
 
 
It’s hard to keep track of Pam’s gentlemen friends: one week it’s Chris Hadfield, the next it’s Ian Riseley.   Pam told the President of R.I. about our Vimy Oak project and received this email:
October 2, 2017.   Hi Pam,   Thanks very much for the information about what the Rotary Club of Sackville is doing regarding the planting of trees.  I am delighted at the response my challenge to plant one tree for each Rotarian has received.  It is most uplifting.     Kind regards, Ian Riseley, President, Rotary International, 2017/18.
 
The Vimy Oak planting is next week, Wednesday 11 October, 5:00 p.m. at the Memorial Park.  Note the date and plan to attend. 
 
A Plastic Ocean: Pam showed a short video on the damage done to our planet by plastic waste.  Only a fraction of plastic is recycled. She encouraged members to sign a petition asking the government to do more to eliminate single use plastic.
 
Thank you:  Susan F read a letter of thanks from the two students, Kenny and Jenna, whom we supported in their Hike for Cancer.
 
Rotary Foundation Auction is scheduled for 2 November.  Trish called on members to contribute items for sale; this can include, for example, doing garden work (hint, hint).  Please send a note of your contributions to the auction to Sandy (with a photo if possible).
 
Hot Potato:  According to David we still have the Polio Plus hot potato (we pay a dollar a day as long as we have it). However, he plans to hand it on to a club in Ottawa in the near future.
 
Project Committee:  Stacey announced that applications for Gold Mine grants are available.  If anyone would like to serve on the committee please speak to Dale.  The new observation tower in the Waterfowl Park has been completed.  Moved by Stacey, seconded by Bill that we contribute $2,000 to this project (in partnership with the Town).  Carried.
 
 
SpeakerGeorge introduced Zach Melanson, a founding member of Community Forests International, who showed a video on the development of CFI work on Pemba and the neighbouring small island of Kokota.  Positive ways to counter climate change have helped transform the islands which were devastated by deforestation, water shortage and a declining fishery.
 
 
Trish thanked the speaker for an interesting and informative presentation.
 
 
Everyone adjourned outside so that Zach could take a photo of the double cheque presentation.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of the Sackville Food Bank Gayle accepted from Charlie a cheque for $633.50.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 5, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-10-05 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Sep 28, 2017
 
Photographers: Sandy Harper, Bill Evans & Pam Harrison
 
Susan F welcomed everyone to a special Rotaract meeting, but declined to give a 2-minute bio.
 
 
50-50 DrawLouise’s number was drawn.  She came close, but picked the wrong eight.  The pot of $109 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Nicole Pauley, Rotary Club of Amherst.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  On behalf of the Dorchester Food Bank, Josh accepted from Trish a cheque for $616.
 
PinPal Stories:  Trish was in Whitehorse, crossing the Rotary Centennial Bridge, when she met a man walking his dog who recognized that she was wearing a Rotary jacket.
 
 
Dianne says – “We were at the St.Jacobs market in Ontario on Saturday morning and the first booth we saw was The Rotary Club of Kitchener selling tickets on a Mercedes Benz so of course, being a fellow Rotarian, I bought some tickets. End of story.” So, if we see Dianne driving around in a Mercedes Benz, we’ll know where she got it.
 
Happy Dollars:  Louise had 7 students in her house for the weekend and was surprised to find everything in good order when she returned.   Wayne and Sandy are off to Fredericton for their first pre-Christmas craft show this weekend.   Wynn was in Montague, P.E.I. last Saturday and spent $100 at the 70 Mile Yard Sale.   Colin was happy that his thesis title has been accepted (Honours History).   Susan F recounted the difficulties of opening the school door to serve breakfast at M.M.School.   Trish is happy that she and Bruce will be in the same province for several weeks.  Josh got as a birthday present a trip to Toronto to see a Blue Jays game; he enjoyed it, apart from the $13 beers.   Marita had a visit from her brother from Louisiana, and is glad that her Mum is home from hospital.   Edna thanked Sandy and Bill for helping out while she was away; she biked 12 kms on a trail in Calgary.
 
Next Week: 5 October 2017.   Chair: Charlie;  Greeter: Trish;  Introducer: George;  Thanker: Mary.   Speaker:  Zach Melanson, Community Forests International.
 
Rotary Foundation Auction is scheduled for 2 November.  Be prepared to contribute items for sale (can include serving a meal), and come and bid.
 
Social Outing with Rotaract members:  Sunday 1 October, at Belliveau Orchard, 11:30 a.m. Cars needed to transport Rotaract members. Leave University Chapel at 11 a.m.
 
District Conference:  Louise reported on a great conference which she and Pam attended.  A “Polio Plus Hot Potato” is being circulated: pay a dollar a day while you have it, then pass on to another club.  Our club won the Public Relations award.
 
 
And Mary was recognized as The Rotarian of the Year, especially for all her work for the Gold Mine Draw.  See also Pam’s report below.
 
President’s Time:  John congratulated Mary on her award.  Joyce is home, says thanks for the card, but will not be at Rotary in the near future.  A card was signed for Jean Scobie who is in hospital.  The Vimy Oak will be planted in the Memorial Park on Wednesday 11 October, 5:00-5:45 p.m.; plan to attend.
 
 
The “accessible bicycle” which we are providing in partnership with the Drew Nursing Home, the Sackville Hospital Foundation and the Province of New Brunswick has arrived.   It will be kept at the Drew Home but anyone is welcome to enjoy the use of it. Drivers need to be in good shape. A training session is being offered this evening and some of the Rotaract members plan to attend.
 
 
 SpeakersSusan F reckoned that 2/5 early in the morning was pretty good and she introduced Rotaract members Elise (President) and Colin (Past-President). The group has about 20 members with others who will support some of their activities.  The chili cook-off raised $491.95.  Some 20 to 25 students are involved with the Marshview breakfast program (but more Rotarians are needed).  On 9 October they will start a new After School Program in Dorchester, with time for homework, sports and crafts.  They hope to get a $500 grant in support of this program.  The club hopes to host the District Training event in January.  As the most active club in the district they will invite others to see at first hand what they can do.   Upcoming in December:  Midnight Madness.
 
To keep up to date on all their activities, check their Facebook page.
 
 
Louise thanked the speakers, and remarked on how impressed we are with all the Rotaract members do.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Some highlights of District 7810 Conference, 22-24 September, Hosted by the Rotary Club of Chatham, thanks to Pam.
 
 
Welcome by the representative of R.I.
 
 
Silent auction table with Sackville contribution front and centre.
 
 
The memorial service was conducted by Pam with candles lit for each of the 13 Rotarians and partners who passed away in the last 12 months.
 
 
One display highlighted the operations of Shelterbox Canada.
 
 
Some of the youth slept overnight in Shelterbox tents.  An idea for our Rotaract members ?
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Sep 24, 2017
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Sep 21, 2017
 
 
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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 –
 
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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.
 
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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. 
 
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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.
 
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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.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Sep 21, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Wynn greeted a select group of Rotarians, and John chaired the first part of the meeting.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida (she’s going back there soon).
 
Birthday:  Young Josh was a year older.
 
50-50 Draw: Jamie’s number was drawn.  He came close, but still failed to pick the Eight of Hearts.  The pot of $100 carries forward to next week.
 
 
Happy Dollars:   John was happy to be going to a conference in Charlottetown attended by 400 people from art galleries around the world.   Sharon was doubly happy – she has new teeth (they still hurt) and a new car.   Wynn was happy that his wife was happy.   Josh was happy that the breakfast was such a success.
 
Next Week: 28 September 2017.   Chair: Bill;  Greeter: Wynn;  Introducer: Susan F;  Thanker: Louise.   Speakers:  Members of Rotaract.
 
Social Outing with Rotaract members:  Sunday 1 October, at Belliveau Orchard, 11:30 a.m. Cars needed to transport Rotaract members.
 
Vimy Tree: Pam reported that the tree has been ordered and will arrive shortly.  Kevin Anderson will plant it in the Memorial Park.  A photo is planned with the Presidents of Rotary and the Legion.
 
President’s Time:  John reported that Joyce had a fall and is in hospital.  Members signed a card for her.  We hope to see her back on her feet soon.
 
Rotary BreakfastWayne gave a report on –
 
 
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). 
 
 
$4,054 was taken in; after expenses the net should be just over $3,000. 
 
 
Special thanks to Wayne, his team, and all who helped, including Marshview and Rotaract.  And to Bell for donations, including a speaker which was raffled for $507.  One person gave a $200 donation.
 
 
And thanks especially to those who helped with the dishes.
 
Pam reported that 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.
 
 
Wayne took over the chair and called on Wynn to auction four tickets (provided by Trish) for a Seafood Feast with Wine Pairings, the proceeds going to Patricia’s campaign for an orphanage in South Africa. The tickets went for $52 each with Sharon and Pam each getting two.
 
Financial Reports:  Darrell presented the reports for 2016-2017 (circulated by email to all members).  Member’s payments were not sufficient to cover the cost of our weekly breakfast, though with our new system matters should improve.  $10,000 will be carried forward for the proposed $20,000 legacy project in 2017-18. The bottom line according to Darrell: “We’re not going broke anytime soon.” Moved by Darrell, seconded by Wynn, and agreed that the Financial Reports be accepted as presented.
 
Club Assembly:  Members divided into three groups (Sharon got to sit with three lawyers) to discuss fund-raising.  Among the suggestions: a Talent Competition in early March, in the Vogue, in partnership with Mount A and other local organizations;  focus on one big breakfast at Fall Fair; a public auction in the fall.  The Fundraising Committee will follow up on the suggestions.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Sep 14, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Wynn was in the chair and gave a brief overview of his career(s). Being a lawyer is his third profession.  His first was with the Royal Bank (where he learned to roll coins).  His second profession was teaching.  Having applied to be a math teacher he showed up at the interview wearing his Boy Scout uniform and was hired to teach Phys.Ed. (he did play football at Mt.A. and was on the diving team).
 
 
50-50 DrawLouise’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Eight of Hearts.  The pot of $92 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarian: Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
Gold Mine Presentations:
 
 
Danny Patterson was this week’s winner and was on hand to collect a cheque for $1,217.
 
 
Heather Dixon accept a cheque for $608.50 on behalf of Marshview Middle School.
Louise presented both cheques.
 
Happy Dollars:   Louise reported on the salsa fundraiser for her friend in New Zealand who has cancer.  There were only four jars left and they were promptly sold.  The sum of $50,000 of the $90,000 required for the treatment has already been raised.  Susan F was happy that five people have volunteered to make chili for the Rotaract sale on Friday evening, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  She is going camping next week at Kouchibouguac National Park. Ove reported that Pat is flying to Montreal, heading for the cottage; for the first time the pilot will be their daughter !  Gayle will be away for two weeks in France; as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Board for Dorchester Penitentiary she issued an invite to the Awareness Day on 2 November when there will be escorted tours of the pen.  Sharon declined the invite: she’s been there before.  Josh is still working on renovations to his home and is glad he got his pump fixed.  Trish is serving a seafood dinner for Patricia Belliveau on Saturday 14 October.  She’s offering four more tickets to the dinner, with the proceeds going to the orphanage in South Africa. Wynn was happy to see Tony and congratulated him on the renovations at Foodland.  Wynn was also glad to report that their trailer in Florida was spared – though the roof of the neighboring one ended up on their property.
 
Next Week: 21 September 2017.   Club Assembly. Greeter: Wynn.
 
Marshview Breakfast:  The club will share duties with Rotaract members.  Volunteers needed for Monday mornings 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  A sign-up sheet was circulated.
 
Projects Committee: Stacey reported on three projects (each under $500) which have been approved: planting of a Vimy Oak (Google “Vimy Oaks” for the story), contribution to Patricia’s work in South Africa, and the Viola Desmond project.
 
Breakfast:  Saturday 16 September: according to Wayne it’s all systems go.  Eight Marshview students will be assisting.  Tony is contributing food to the breakfast.
 
 
President’s Time:  Last week John noted that the Booster Pump now has a sign on the side indicating that this is a joint Town and Rotary project.
 
 
Speaker: Charlie introduced guest speaker Linda LeBlanc, President of the Dorchester Community Volunteer Action Committee – the group which operates the Dorchester Food Bank, one of the recipients of donations from our Gold Mine Draw.
 
The food bank serves Dorchester and the surrounding area, and is open one day per month, or as need arises.  About 15 to 20 families are served, with between 35 and 40 at Christmas time.  In addition to food, gift cards are also given at Christmas. Those served include people on social assistance, low income earners, and some seniors.  Donations are welcome and are much needed as government support has been cut back.  Food banks in larger centres are able to partner with big businesses, but this is not possible for smaller rural facilities.    
 
 
Joyce thanked the speaker for her presentation.
 
Wynn called for a few moments for thought and prayer, remembering the R.C.M.P. officer killed in the line of duty (helping a stranded motorist) – a perfect example of someone living by the Four-Way Test. The meeting then closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:   From last week – on behalf of the Sackville Swim Club Stephanie LeBreton received a cheque for $682.50 from Susan F.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Chairman Wayne declined to give any biographical info but passed on some fascinating – if not frightening – info about Walmart. Customers in the U.S. spend $36 million every hour. With 1.6 million employees Walmart is the largest private employer in the world.  The company takes out life insurance on its employees, but when the employee dies the company collects the money.  90% of Americans live within 15 miles of a Walmart.  92% of what it sells comes from China.  It makes a profit of $36 billion per year.  Bentonville, Arkansas, where the Walmart HG is located has more millionaires than any place else in the world.
 
 
50-50 DrawPam’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Eight of Hearts.  The pot of $81 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotaract:  Colin.
 
PinPal Stories:  Dianne, Charlie and George met outside the Post Office, with Susan F across the road – all pals, but no pins.
 
Birthdays:  Darrell was serenaded in advance of his birthday next week.
 
 
Gold Mine:  Kevin Price was on hand to receive his record-making cheque of $6,038 from Stacey.  With no winner for the previous 5 weeks this was the largest pay out ever.
 
Happy Dollars:  Josh was happy that Scotia Bank will sponsor our next breakfast, contribute $1,000, and provide two employees to help.  Louise has a friend in New Zealand who has breast cancer; the last hope is a new procedure which costs $90,000.  Among many contributing towards this goal is Mariah who has made salsa and sold 22 bottles at $10 a bottle – well done !  Wynn was glad to see a former bowling buddy, Kevin win the Gold Mine jackpot.  Dianne was glad to see Mitchell helping with the corn husking; he’s is going in to Grade 12.  After a delayed start owing to car trouble Dianne is heading for 2 to 3 weeks in Ontario.  Bill will visit Fredericton for a family reunion, the first in 3 years.  Edna is off for two weeks to Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary.
 
Next Week: 14 September 2017.   Chair: Wynn;  Greeter: Gayle;  Introducer: Charlie; Thanker: Joyce;  Speaker: Linda Leblanc, Dorchester Food Bank.
 
 
Corn: Pam reported on very successful corn husking and corn boil.  24 people (Rotarians and friends) husked 960 corn in 26 minutes, 30 seconds!  On a cool day the hot corn was much appreciated.  A great partnership with the Town !
 
Breakfast:  Saturday 16 September.  Please sign the duty sheet if you have not already done so.  The breakfast is in aid of Marshview Middle School Breakfast Program. Two more bean-makers were enlisted.  Susan F called for help with the Rotaract chili sale.
 
President’s Time:  John noted that the Booster Pump now has a sign.  Next year’s R.I. International Convention will be held in Toronto 23-27 June, 2018.  The club Christmas Party will be on 7 December: we need someone willing to act as host.  A Nominating Committee (Josh, Louise, John) has been formed to propose a slate of office-bearers for 2018-19.  The club assembly on 21 September will receive last year’s financial report, and also discuss fund-raising.
 
 
Speaker:  David introduced Adam Campbell, Head of Atlantic Conservation Programs, DUC (= Ducks Unlimited Canada), who gave a presentation on “A Scientific Approach to Local Habitat Conservation.”
 
 
Although DUC was started 78 years ago because of concern in the U.S. about declining numbers of waterfowl, surprisingly the speaker said very little about ducks but a great deal about wetland conservation.  The main focus now seems to be on “Conserving Canada’s Wetlands”.  The organization’s four main priorities in order of importance are  1. Wetland Conservation,  2. Public Policy,  3. Research,  4. Education.  Wetlands conservation is essential not just for wildlife habitat but for clean water and for flooding reduction.
 
 
DUC has carried out 1,500 projects in Canada, 129 of them in Sackville and the surrounding area, the latter at a cost of over $12 million.  One project in Jolicure was carried out to compensate for lost of habitat in Moncton. 
 
In addition to the many wetlands projects in this area DUC also operates the Beaubassin Research Station which includes a laboratory and dormitory accommodation. 
 
 
Josh thanked the speaker for an informative talk, and reminded us that conservation and hunting can go hand in hand.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Sep 03, 2017
 
At the end of the corn boil I observed less than 2 dozen corn left to be hand out.  This would mean in excess of 940 students and town's folk stopped by to enjoy corn-on-the-cob in the joint Town of Sackville and Rotary Club annual welcome to the students.  But the story does not start here.  It starts Friday night when 24 fun-lovin' Rotarians and friends descended on the Civic Center to shuck the corn.  And shuck they did, stripping the cover off of 960 corn in 26 minutes and 30 seconds.  We will try to find out if this is a record or not.  Here are the "shucking" crew taken after an exhausting 26 minutes.
Fast forward to Saturday morning and the Frosh were steered to the corn in military style formation - in other words, chaos.  A dozen Rotarians and Rotaract Students along with Town Council members handed the buttered corn to student after student for a solid two hours.  The result - many happy and grateful students, whose first full day in town was made just a little better.
Here are some of the photos of Rotarians and students alike.
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
This project has been a favorite of the Rotary Club for many years.  As long as there are hungrey students, this event is expected to continue.
 
AND THEN THERE WAS NONE! Wayne Harper 2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Trish was in the chair and had circulated a questionnaire for her 3 minute bio.  Answers: 1. She has one sibling (sister Shelley); 2. Her hometown is Picton; 3. Her dog’s name is Daisy; 4. She has worked for 3 organizations – ASF, CWS, DFO; 5. Her job is Biologist, Atlantic Salmon Research Joint Venture Coordinator; 6. How many times on time for Rotary ? Too few to calculate.  The winners: Dianne (9 points) got a bag; Marita (8 points) got a cap, and Sandy (7 points) got a pen.
 
50-50 Draw:  Trish was not so happy when she failed to pick the Eight of Hearts.  The pot of $71 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon from South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
PinPal Stories:  Sandy, George, Bill, Dianne, Louise and the Drapers all met at the Farmers’ Market (but no pins).  Dianne reported on a meeting with Margaret Hicks one of our Paul Harris Fellows.
 
Birthdays:  Charlie is 85 and still going strong.
 
Happy Dollars:  Trish was happy to have her parents for a visit; the dog missed them after they left.   Wynn was happy to have taken over Ove’s duty as greeter; “What keeps old men happy ?” – sitting at a table with three beautiful women.  John was happy to hear from a niece and grand-niece in Houston that they are OK.  Dianne was at a golf tournament in Moncton last week; she started at the 14th hole which evidently was a bar hole as well as a par hole.  Ove’s grandson has started school in Ste. Adlele, Quebec where the English students go to the French school, and vice versa.  Josh slept in (after hitting the snooze button) but still made it to Rotary.   Marita plus sister, daughter and niece saw a wonderful air show at Greenwood (they slept in a tent with no pegs).
 
Next Week: 31 August 2017.   Chair: Wayne;  Greeter: Sandy;  Introducer: David;  Thanker: Josh;  Speaker: Adam Campbell, “Ducks Unlimited.”  
 
 
Corn Boil:  Final reminder from Pam.  Corn Shucking – Friday 1 September, 7 p.m. at Civic Centre (960 cobs – come and try for a new world record).  Corn Boil – Saturday 2 September, 9:30 a.m. come and help prepare, serve corn 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Breakfast:  Saturday 16 September.  Please sign the duty sheet if you have not already done so.  The breakfast is in aid of Marshview Middle School Breakfast Program.
 
Fall Fair Parade will feature Trish and Pam’s convertibles, suitably decorated.
 
 
Rotary Foundation:   Remember to bring in your full money jars.
 
President’s Time:  John reminded members of the District Conference.  Pam and Louise will attend.  Our contribution as a “Reflection of Sackville” will be a copy of Sackville Then and Now.
 
 
Speaker:  Gayle introduced former Rotarian Patricia Belliveau who spoke on her forthcoming trip to South Africa which she has been planning for the last two years. She will leave on 15 November and will be away for three months, returning on 15 February 2018.  It should be a trip of a lifetime and will fulfill a long-time ambition to undertake some form of mission to young children.
 
The visit is organized by Stephen Puddle who has been going for several years to an orphanage in the small village of Windmill Park on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The orphanage, which is also a school, has two sections one for children up to 6, the other for ages 7 through 17. The school has no sports, so Patricia will be taking soccer and badminton equipment and hopes to develop a sports program.  The facility is in a gated community for security reasons.  From December 18 through January 8 she will be at another orphanage at Alden Tree.  Also going for part of the time is a registered nurse, Mary Elizabeth George.  Regular reports will be posted on Facebook.
 
Patricia has been busy fund-raising for the trip.  Two yard sales will help with her own expenses, while draws on a quilt and on a merchant basket are aimed at raising $3,000 for the orphanage – so far $2,100 has been raised.
 
 
John thanked the speaker and wished her well for her time in South Africa.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Gold Mine Cheque:  Ryan Suter was on hand to receive a cheque for $634,50 from Charlie on behalf of Struts Art Gallery.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Aug 24, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Pam opened the meeting with a very moving story of the sudden and tragic death of a 16 year old girl, friend of her grand-daughter.  Both girls were planning to get their driver’s licences and had signed their organ donation cards.  The silver lining was that the girl’s body parts saved many lives.
 
Bill chaired the meeting and read an extract from a fascinating book, Lab Girl: A Story of Trees, Science and Love by Hope Jahren.
 
 
50-50 Draw:   Marita’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Eight of Hearts. The pot of $62 carries forward to next week.
 
PinPal Stories:  Josh was inspecting his house’s new foundation when a van drove up – Susan P and Lorne were also checking on progress.  Edna’s car was broken into; Ove found and returned her walking poles.  Rotarians keep an eye on each other !
 
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Two well-known VRs were welcomed –  Sharon from South Lake County Club, Florida,  and  Bill from the Picton, Ontario club.
 
Birthdays:  David has a birthday on 26 August, and Jamie has one on 29 August.
 
Happy Dollars:  Dianne was on PEI, played a dice game and won $7 which she put in her RF jar !  She drew attention to an article in this month’s Rotarian about a Syrian refugee family being welcomed to Amherst (“a sleepy Canadian town of about 9,000 that lies on the eastern boundary of the picturesque Tantramar Marshes” according to the article).  According to Wynn, Ontario clubs have not yet caught up with singing “in all of us command”; he has already sold all his breakfast tickets and was looking for more.  Last week he played a round of golf without scoring par at any hole.  It was the day for wedding anniversaries:  Louise (10th), Bill Edwards (48th), Sandy (49th) plus Al and Elaine Smith (49th).   
 
 
 
Gold Mine Cheque:  Barbie Kaye was on hand to receive a cheque for $586.50 from Trish on behalf of Dorchester Consolidated School.
 
Louise reported that the Montague, PEI club’s Gold Mine Draw went without a winner for three weeks (for the first time); their next draw is worth $46,000 !
 
Next Week: 31 August 2017.   Chair: Trish;  Greeter: Ove; Introducer: Darrell; Thanker: John;  Speaker: Patricia Beliveau.
 
Corn Boil:  A reminder from Pam.  Corn Shucking – Friday 1 September, 7 p.m. at Civic Centre (960 cobs – come and try for a new world record).  Corn Boil – Saturday 2 September, 9:30 a.m. come and help prepare, serve corn 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
 
Last Year’s corn-shucking crew.
 
President’s Time:  John reminded members of the District Conference, 22-24 September, in Miramichi: the registration deadline is 1 September. There are some club funds available to support members who attend.  An important message from Susan P:  if anyone who attended the Lobster Party went off with a steak knife that does not belong to them, could they please return it ?
 
 
Speaker:  Ove introduced Craig Evans, who gave a presentation on behalf of the Sackville Schools 2020 Initiative group with help from group member Debbie Champagne.
 
 
There are major problems with existing schools - $5 million in deferred maintenance at TRHS; Marshview Middle School (former High School) is 80 years old. The group came together in 2015 hoping for solutions in five years – hence “Sackville Schools 2020.”
 
 
The group advocates building a new 21st century building, and have looked at such facilities built in the last decade.  They have consulted widely and worked with school architectural firms.  There is an opportunity to create a large multi-stakeholder facility, anchored by a new school, but including e.g. a library, seniors’ services, social services, athletic facilities. Such a facility would have a lot more glass, common areas, meeting and other kinds of spaces.
 
The group’s initiatives are strongly supported by the Town.  There are prospects of Provincial and Federal funding.  A feasibility study has been conducted by Ernst & Young and the results will be shared in September.  It is important to consult as widely as possible and visioning sessions will be held with different groups to define what teachers, students, parents and the community would like to see in the way of new facilities and new programs.
 
Questions and discussion followed. Where will such a facility be located ?  The group can’t say.  Input is invited and everyone is asked to send in their ideas.
 
 
Dianne thanked the two speakers, and presented them with our new thank-you card.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted on Aug 17, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Dianne chaired the meeting, standing in for Susan F.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  June Woodburn from Timmins, Ontario, Porcupine Club, and Sharon from South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Dale’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Eight of Hearts. The pot of $53 carries forward to next week.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder to bring in your filled RF money jars. 
 
Happy Dollars:  Wynn who was 30 seconds late was glad to see the meeting started on time; he will miss the lobster party as he is playing in a golf championship.  Wayne and Sandy are happy to be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.   Darrell is going off to fish in Labrador and thanks Dale and Wayne for looking after the finances while he is away.   Sergeant-at-Arms Dianne thanked those who covered for her when she was late this morning.   George is happy to have his sister June visiting with him for a week.
 
 
Sharon was happy to be a rose between two thorns.
 
Next Week: 24 August 2017.   Chair: Bill;  Greeter: Marita;  Introducer: Dale; Thanker: Jamie (or substitute). 
 
Lobster Party:  Final reminder regarding lobster party to be held at Susan P’s cottage on Sunday 20 August at 2 p.m. (eat at 5 p.m.). A map with directions will be emailed to members.
 
Corn Boil:  Advance Notice: Corn Shucking – Friday 1 September, 7 p.m. at Civic Centre (960 cobs – come and try for a new world record).  Corn Boil – Saturday 2 September, 9:30 a.m. come and help prepare, serve corn 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Rotary Trees:  Pam has planted 12 trees; Marita has planted 17.  So we already meet the goal of planting one tree per member, averaged over the whole club.
 
Rotary Foundation:   Our club’s givings in 2016-2017:  Auction $1,718 (matched by the club), 50-50 $500, four individual donations $200, for a total of $4,136 !  We give more than twice the District average.  A short video “Thank You For Doing Good In The World” was shown.
 
Fall Fair Parade:  Plans are being made to enter one or more sports cars, with Gold Mine cheques on display.
 
Canada 150 Polio Plus Appeal:  Pam has lined up visits to the Hampton, Shediac, Dieppe and Moncton West clubs.
 
 
President’s Time:  John was glad to be back and reminded members of the District Conference, 22-24 September, in Miramachi.  He read part of a long letter (unedited) of thanks from TRHS Bursary recipient Hannah Walton.
 
 
Speaker:  Dianne introduced Laura Morrell, a 2010 Mount A grad, and now a Program Officer with Elementary Literacy Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization which aims to improve literacy rates among New Brunswick’s elementary school children. 
 
 
There are two sections – CLEF (French) and ELF = Elementary Literacy Friends.  Over 900 volunteers operate the program in 180 New Brunswick schools.
 
New Brunswick has a serious literacy problem. Over half the adult population are not beyond Level 2 literacy.  We are the second worst in the country.  Literacy rates have a significant impact on the state of the economy and on New Brunswick’s future prosperity.
 
Learning difficulties emerge early; that’s why the program focuses on the crucial point in a child’s reading development – Grade 2.  Volunteers receive training and work 2 hours a week for 10 weeks.  The program has already proved to be very effective.  More volunteers are needed.
 
 
Donations are sought from businesses and individuals.  E.g. $1,500 would allow a school to offer the program for an entire school year.
 
 
After some lively questions and discussion George thanked the speaker for an interesting presentation.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Gold Mine P.S.   At the Toonie Count last Monday Leslie Estabrooks dropped by to collect her $1,139 winnings from Jamie.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Aug 10, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Darrell chaired the meeting, standing in for Susan P.  According to a CBC (early morning) report Walmart is installing a new video system to see whether customers are happy or frustrated.  They will then send an associate to check out  the customer – if they can find an associate.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Trish’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the right card. The pot of $44 carries forward to next week.  Here is what she was looking for :
 
 
GuestPat Estabrooks who came to hear the speaker – and managed to collect a cheque as well.
 
PinPal StoriesBill was in a local store and saw an unattended stroller with twins in it: turns out it belong to Becky Stewart (an ex-Rotarian).  Susan F has heard from Louis who is still as addicted as ever to chicken pot pie.
 
BirthdaysSusan P has a birthday on 13 August, and was congratulated in absentia.
 
Happy Dollars:  Bill apologized for not sending out the usual weekly email reminder; he remembered at 11 p.m. last night but decided that was a bit late.   Wayne and Sandy were at the Farmer’s Market and met 2008-09 RYE student Mona Nilsson from Mariestad, Sweden, who is going to Winnipeg to work for 6 months.   George had dinner with Leslie Van Patter; his sister June is coming for a visit.   Dale is happy to have his son and daughter-in-law here for a visit.  Dianne did remember to email the visiting speaker.
 
Next Week: 17 August 2017.   Chair: Susan F;  Greeter: Mary; Introducer: Charlie; Thanker: George; Speaker: Laura Morrell “Elementary Literacy.”
 
 
Gold Mine Cheque:  Pat Estabrooks accepted from Bill a cheque for $569 on behalf of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
 
Lobster Party:  To be held at Susan P’s cottage on Sunday 20 August at 2 p.m. (eat at 5 p.m.).  A sign-up sheet was circulated.  Lobster or steak ($15).  BYOB.  Bring lobster utensils. A map with directions will be emailed to members.
 
Canada 150 Polio Plus Appeal:  Pam reported that Port Elgin contributed $150 bringing  the total to about $750 so far (we are still short of our $150).  Shop NB shopping bags from Grand Manan were handed out.
 
President’s Time:  No President.  No Vice-President.  Message form PP Josh: “Keep up the good work !”
 
 
Speaker:  Bill introduced Kelly Taylor, manager of “Rural Rides.” 
 
 
This organization aims to help people in rural areas e.g. seniors, disabled (but not wheel chair), non-drivers, low/fixed income residents who need to visit a hospital/bank/store. The service helps to reduce isolation and to increase independence for those who do not have other access to transportation.
 
 
Since June a pilot program has been operating in the Tantramar area – see map. Drivers are all volunteers (have to be 21, with valid drivers licence, RCMP background check, supplemental liability insurance). They use their own vehicles.  Charge is 70 cents per km for those who can afford it, though most clients are charged 35 cents per km.  Parking fees are paid by the client.
 
Rural Rides is careful not to compete with local cab companies.
 
How can we help ? 1. Refer clients.  2. Volunteer as a driver.  3.  Support financially (RR is a registered charity and issues income tax receipts for donations).
 
 
An information brochure was distributed.  After questions Gayle thanked the speaker for an interesting presentation.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Aug 03, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Sandy chaired the meeting until Josh arrived.  Condolences to Josh on the passing of his grandmother.  Josh shared some memories of how his grandparents first met. His grandfather was walking to school on a rainy day, dodging the puddles, when he noticed an umbrella ahead with some attractive curls underneath !  On another occasion he was to deliver a 100lb bag of flour but the horse wasn’t working (?) so he shouldered the bag and delivered it himself thus impressing his wife to be’s father.  Josh recalls never visiting his grandmother without being given some food to take home. He has not a single bad memory of her.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Dale’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the eight of Hearts. The pot of $36 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon from South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
Make-ups:  Wynn attended Mississauga South (24 June), Oakville West (25 June a.m.), Mississauga West (25 June p.m.; the meeting was cancelled but this still counts as an attendance), Hamilton (26 June a.m.), Burlington (26 June p.m.), Burlington Central (26 June p.m.).  6 attendances in 3 days must be some kind of record.  He heard the same speech several times over from the 7080 District Governor Kathi Dick who is driven to meetings by her husband otherwise known as GOD (Governor’s Official Driver).
 
BirthdaysTrish has a birthday on 5 August, and was suitably serenaded.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F explained the absence of David who was at home looking after visiting family.  She also drew attention to an article in the current (Summer 2017) Mount Allison Record about New Zealand exchange student Marley Richards who has been an active member of the campus Rotaract group.  Trish also has visitors - Becky Stewart and the twins who are here for two weeks; she could use a playpen.  Wynn was careful to sing “in all of us” in “O Canada” while visiting the Ontario Rotary clubs;  in between doing make-ups he did have some time to golf.  Bill enjoyed his week in Ottawa. He is happy that Council passed an inclusivity motion, and that in response to a challenge from Cap Pelé the town now has several multi-colour crosswalks.  Dianne was pleased to see in the Trib notices by Hicks Lemoine Law welcoming Stacey as an Associate Lawyer and Josh as a Partner of the firm.
 
Next Week: 10 August 2017.   Chair: Sue P;  Greeter: Louise; Introducer: Bill; Thanker: Gayle.  
 
 
Rotary BellPam took her Rotary bell to the Pictou club last night; despite the small attendance they contributed $150 to the Canada 150 Polio Plus Appeal.  Last week Amherst gave $325.  Currently we have contributed $80 towards our $150 target.
 
 
At each of their meetings the Pictou club display their charter, awards, bell, etc. as reminders of what Rotary is all about.
 
 
Speaker:  Wynn introduced guest speaker Melody Petlock, Executive Director, Daybreak Activity Centre, one of 32 such centres in New Brunswick. Daybreak is a mental health centre which offers daily social, mutual support, cultural, educational and recreational activities.
 
Mental illness directly or indirectly affects almost all Canadians.  It is experienced by an increasing number of peoples from all walks of life. The commonest onset age group is 17 to 25.  Suicide is the leading cause of death for people under 50.
 
Melody explained what is meant by the “Psychosocial Skills Rehabilitation Model.” Everyone belongs.  No member is “too difficult.”  We will find a way to make it work . . . or find another way.  We do it TOGETHER.
 
 
Melody’s guest Jane McWhirter spoke movingly about the negative effects of loneliness, and about how much the Daybreak program has meant to her.
 
Daybreak stresses community involvement for all its members.  Advocacy and Education are important aspects of its work.  Originally started in 1999 and restarted in  2001, Daybreak suffered a serious loss with the February 2016 fire which destroyed its former location.  It is now happily located in the Sackville Commons.  Melody shared a “wish list” of current needs ranging from volunteers to financial support, equipment, appliances and furniture.
 
 
After a period of questions and discussion Dianne thanked the speakers.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 27, 2017
 
Rotary Bell:  Pam took her Rotary bell to the Amherst club on Monday and made her pitch for raising $150 from 10 clubs as part of the Canada 150 celebration.  The 23 Rotarians present contributed $325.  There’s still time to contribute to our target – let’s not let Amherst get the better of us !
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 27, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Chairman Ove was all smiles, as was guest Claire who was with her mum, this week’s Gold Mine Draw winner.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Wayne was not so happy after drawing the Queen of Diamonds, not the 8 of Clubs.  The pot of $26 carries forward to next week.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Pat Perry -  we hope to see her back again.
 
Make-ups:  George reported that he had breakfast at the Amherst club on Monday at 12 noon, along with Pam and Charlie (who happened to be the speaker).
 
BirthdaysOve skipped the chair’s introductory remarks but could not avoid birthday greetings.  He did not disclose his age, but did reveal that he is now counting backwards.  Claire was happy to tell us that in two days she will be 8 years old.  Both were suitably serenaded.
 
Happy Dollars:   Ove and Pat are heading to their cottage in the Laurentians for two weeks.   Louise is also off to the cottage for two weeks.  Dianne was in a golf tournament and got a birdie (if you know what that means);  a cousin is visiting and they had a trip to Lunenburg.  Wayne is happy that we have a new mike, though it took him an hour and a half to figure out how it works.  
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Tara Shipley, along with Claire, was happy to receive a cheque for $2,240; Trish made the presentation.
 
Next Week: 3 August 2017.   Chair: Sandy;  Greeter: Joyce; Introducer: Wynn; Thanker: Dianne.  Speaker: Melody Petlock – “Daybreak Program.”
 
 
 
Rotary BellPam took her Rotary bell to the Amherst club on Monday and made her pitch for raising $150 from 10 clubs as part of the Canada 150 celebration.  The 23 Rotarians present contributed $325.  There’s still time to contribute to our target – let’s not let Amherst get the better of us !
 
Pam also announced that the Charlottetown club will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sunday 1 October.  The President of RI will be there.  Guests are invited to the dinner at 6 p.m. in the Confederation Centre; cost is $75. 
 
 
Speaker:  Last week we saw part of the video by former Alberta MLA Doug Griffiths entitled “13 Ways To Kill A Community” (also the title of a book he has written).  #1 – Don’t have quality water; #2 – Don’t attract business.  We missed #3 – Ignore your youth, but were able to see #s 4 through 13.
 
#4 – Deceive yourself about your real needs and values (communities need to “re-pot” themselves).  #5 – Shop elsewhere (don’t patronize local shops; shopkeepers – give people a reason to shop locally).  #6 – Don’t paint (beautification pays off).  #7 – Don’t co-operate (synergy is important).  #8 – Live in the past ( be NIMBYs and CAVEs – citizens against virtually everything).  #9 – Ignore your seniors (they make great volunteers and spend money in the community).  #10 Reject everything new (don’t learn from other people’s failures, learn from their successes).  #11 – Ignore outsiders (especially immigrants who can make a great contribution).  #12 – Become complacent -  (success is a baton race).  #13 – Don’t take responsibility (it’s much easier to blame others).
 
Thanks to Louise for suggesting the video, and to Bill and Wayne for overcoming the technical difficulties.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Tracey Rose collected a cheque for $559.50 from Dale on behalf of the Tantramar Family Resource Centre.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin July 27, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-07-27 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Marita was in the chair but her 2 minute bio was pre-empted in favour of the anticipated video presentation.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Sandy’s number was drawn but sad to say she drew the 6 of Hearts instead of the 8, so $19 carries forward to next week. 
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Bill McLeish from Ottawa.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Elizabeth Wells was on hand to receive a cheque for $560 from Trish on behalf of the Sackville Community Association.
 
PinPal Stories:  Though not wearing her Rotary pin (she was in her bathing suit) Trish did meet a couple from Ohio at the lake; Sue, President of the Willoughby Club thought that our club does wonderful things.  Pam visited the Port Elgin club with DG Iris who was very impressed with our club after her visit last week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Wayne had a sad dollar – he was feeling older after taking two 10 year olds to Magic Mountain.   Trish enjoyed a two week Docks and Drinks tour of Ontario.   Pam saw “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Charlottetown Festival; the cast included Sackville native and Mt.A. B.Mus. grad Trevor Grant.   Bill had a good news story - his son lost his wallet while at a blues festival; the next day someone put the wallet, complete with cash, through the letter slot at his home.  Last Friday George went with friends on a hike/picnic/swim on Pictou Island, a location he recommends.  Ove reported that Gayle is doing well after surgery – we hope to see her back soon !
 
Next Week, 27 July 2017:  Chair: Ove;  Greeter: Josh; Introducer: Wayne; Thanker: David.
 
 
Grocery Cards:  Pam reported that the sale of grocery cards last Rotary year brought in $1,500.  Darrell was glad to receive the cheque from Pam and Marita.  This money goes into the club account to meet club expenses.
 
Rotary Bell:  Picking up on an idea from the Sooke Rotary Club Pam has the Rotary bell from the former Springhill club and plans to take it to 10 clubs, beginning with ours.  She will invite each club to donate $150 for a total of $1,500 to mark Canada 150.  For a start she got $39 contributed at the meeting.
 
 
Speaker:  Trish introduced Louise who introduced the showing of a video by former Alberta MLA Doug Griffiths which she had seen at last fall’s conference of the AC accounting firms group (and which has been shown in Sackville).  Using a technique he developed in talking to high school kids (what are the best ways to ruin your life ?)   Griffith’s presentation is entitled “13 Ways To Kill A Community” (also the title of a book he has written).
 
 
Modern technology is wonderful – when it works.  Unfortunately the video encountered a technical hitch (due to “buffering” according to our techie expert) so that we only heard the first two ways to kill a community – 1. Water Quality (don’t bother to ensure the quality and quantity of your community’s water supply), and 2. Business Attraction (don’t bother to attract new businesses or promote business competition).
 
There was quite a lively discussion of Sackville’s water supply, the problem of attracting new businesses and the need to shop locally (which is actually #5 on Griffith’s list).  If the technical difficulties can be overcome it is hoped that the rest of the presentation can be viewed next week.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 14, 2017
 
 
     
     Last Thursday Pam was in Sydney with the family of the late Viola Desmond.  She presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Viola’s youngest sister Wanda in celebration of Viola’s social justice efforts.  Viola’s picture will appear on the new $10 bills to be issued next year.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 13, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Chair Gayle summarized her life in 8 words: “Born in Toronto, moved fourteen times, retired here.”  In Toronto she lived a stone’s throw from where George lived and went to the same High School.
 
 
50-50 Draw: started over again from scratch, looking for the 8 of Hearts.  Josh’s number was drawn but sad to say he drew the King of Clubs so $11 carries forward to next week. 
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Sharon Meldrum from the South Lake County Club, Florida, and Bill McLeish from Ottawa.
 
 
Makeups:  Last Thursday Pam was in Sydney with the family of the late Viola Desmond.  She presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Viola’s youngest sister Wanda in celebration of Viola’s social justice efforts.  Viola’s picture will appear on the new $10 bills to be issued next year.
 
PinPal Stories:  Wynn was driving to Debert at his usual sedate pace when he was overtaken by Dianne.
 
Birthdays:   Mary celebrates a birthday on 19 July, and was suitably serenaded.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  This week’s winner Orissa Sterling was on hand to collect her cheque for $1,140 from Marita.
 
 
Charlie accepted a cheque for $570 on behalf of the Tantramar Heritage Trust.
 
Happy Dollars:  Sue P is very happy that Cape Jourimain has a new manager, Andrew McKinnon.   Louise had a great time driving her parents round the Cabot Trail.   Wynn looks forward to going to PEI on the weekend.   Bill claims to have been haying in Fredericton Junction acquiring some prickles on his arms and legs in the process.   Josh says his grandfather still hays every summer; he himself is working on some demolition at the back of his house with the help of some family members.  Sandy is expecting to have two 11 year olds for a week, one of who calls her mother at 3 a.m. each morning.   Gayle is having her gall bladder remove on Monday.
 
Next Week, 13 July 2017:  Chair: Marita;  Greeter: John; Introducer: Trish; Thanker: Darrell.
 
President’s Time:  P.P. Josh welcomed DG Iris and invited all Rotarians to join with Board members in meeting with her after breakfast.
 
 
Speaker:  DG Iris Sullivan, Rotary Club of Chatham, was introduced by Pam. Ours is the 8th club she has visited this week !
A short video was shown of 2017-18 RI President Ian Risley introducing this year’s Rotary theme - “ Rotary: Making A Difference.”
RI has a strategic plan with three strategic goals which are : Support and Strengthen Clubs;  Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service; Enhance Public Image and Awareness.
 
Iris also reported that climate change is a big issue for President Ian: he has asked that during the period from 1 July 2017 to 22 April 2018 each Rotarian plant one tree.
 
Iris commended District 7810 for their Polio Plus fund-raising efforts; having raised $256,000 (including matching funds) our district, in proportion to size, is second in the world.
 
A special invitation was issued to Rotarians to attend the District Conference to be held 22-24 September at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel; there is a special conference room rate of only $139.
 
Next year’s RI Conference will be held in Toronto and the District is looking for a Conference Chairperson.  This will be a great opportunity for Canadian Rotarians to attend an international conference.  Some group tours from N.B. and P.E.I. are being planned.
 
Charlie spoke briefly of changes he has seen in Rotary since he first joined in 1960.  A big change we are still waiting for is a female RI President.
 
Iris was thanked by Wynn for her inspiring presentation.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
 
Members then adjourned outside for a group photo celebrating “Canada 150.”
 
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 06, 2017
 
Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
 
President John welcomed members to the first meeting of the new Rotary year and Wynn led a hearty singing of “O Canada.”  John declined to finish the story he started on a previous occasion but he did reveal why he signs cheques as DJM: his full name is Donald John Murchie Jnr.
 
 
50-50 Draw:   With only two cards left and a pot of $500 a lot was at stake.  Edna’s number was drawn by Roxanne and to her surprise she drew the right card, the Nine of Clubs !    Next week we start over again from scratch.
 
  
 
Gold Mine Draw:  This week’s winner Doris Lorette was on hand to collect her cheque for $1,150 from Gayle.
 
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F, David and Gayle were happy to have entertained a group of Rotaractors who had lots of energy (they went down to the dyke to look at the Bay of Fundy).  The two who are doing the Banff/Jasper hike will receive $250 from donations by club members, and the club will match that amount as a contribution to their expenses.   Wynn travelled to Truro and Halifax on 1 July to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  He was glad to see Edna win the 50/50 draw, a fitting reward for all her hard work at the front desk.   Gayle was glad to have met the Rotaract group; they had been working hard in the lab and needed a break.   Wayne invited people to take in a “Concert in the Park” tonight.   Ove was delighted to receive a message from Mona Nilsson (RYE student from Sweden 2008-09); Mona hopes to visit Sackville for a week in August.  George was happy to get his red car back from the hospital after a brake transplant; he is about to take off for a week of golfing in Michigan; and he was glad to get messages from American friends on 1 July.  Louise attended the graduation on P.E.I. where her nephew and niece carried off many awards and scholarships; a proud night for the family.   John is about leave for five weeks of fishing in Maine.  Dianne thanked all who contributed to the successful BBQ on 29 June especially the gracious hosts John and Gemey, and chef DougEdna was happy to win the 50/50.
 
 
Dianne visited Sheree Fitch’s new book store “Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe Dreamery” in River John and bought a copy of If You Could Wear My Sneakers! for our visiting speaker donation to a local school library.  The book is inscribed “To the students and staff of Salem Elementary School – keep reading !  Sheree Fitch 2017.”  There are only 11 books left, so more donations are urgently required !
 
Next Week, 13 July 2017:  Chair: Mary;  Greeter: Jamie; Introducer: Tim; Thanker: Dale.
 
Rotary Foundation:  David has received a full RF change jar from John and has handed out an empty one to Stacey.  Members who have filled jars are urged to bring them in.
 
Fundraising:  Dale is working on the new application form for Gold Mine grants and is glad to have received half a dozen comments on the draft application form.
 
Secretary Josh announced that next week we will have a visit from DG Iris Sullivan; after breakfast she will meet with the Board at Bridge Street café and all members are welcome to attend.
 
High School Bursaries:  John announced the recipients of this year’s TRHS bursaries – Hannah Walton of Sackville who will study Nursing at St. Francis Xavier, Christy Bourque of Aulac who will study Psychology at St. Thomas, and Emily Patterson of Dorchester who will study English at St. Thomas.  Picking the recipients was no easy task as there were 25 applications.
 
 
Budget:  Treasurer Darrell presented the budget for the 2017-18 Rotary year.  A copy has been emailed to all members of the club.  A sum of $20,000 is budgeted for a legacy project (still to be determined).  The budget was approved.
 
John had more to say about plans for the coming year but time ran out.  Stay tuned.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Josh accepted a cheque for $555 on behalf of the Dorchester Food Bank,
 
and Gayle accepted a cheque for $575 on behalf of the Sackville Food Bank.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jul 02, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
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Members and friends gathered at John and Gemey’s place for the annual Rotary BBQ.  The storm clouds passed by without any rain and the sun shone. 
 
Everyone enjoyed a fabulous feast.
 
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Some ate al fresco . . .
 
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Others dined in style.
 
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Edna balanced the books, while Doug cooked the steaks.
 
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Some helped themselves to a modest helping of dessert . . . others tried to see how much chocolate cake you can get on one plate.
 
After the meal Dianne handed out the Rotary service awards :
 
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Josh and Marita both joined Rotary on 1 January 2012 and so were presented with 5 year awards.
 
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Trish joined on 13 December 2007 and received a 10 year award, while David was recognized for 35 years in Rotary having joined on 1 March 1982.
 
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Next came the changing of the guard. 
 
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Dianne reached up to Josh to give him the Past-President’s pin . . .
 
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while Josh in turn presented the President’s pin to the incoming/returning president John.
 
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Josh looked back on the past year and thanked everyone who assisted him as president.  He made it to every meeting and even arrived on time last week.  He gave a special word of thanks to Joyce for the great job she did as secretary.  A special thanks also to John for being willing to take on the presidency again.
 
John gets to the meetings on time even if he does not always like talking to people that early in the morning.  He gave a special thanks to Dale who is stepping down as chair of the projects committee, and to Stacey who is taking over that position.  Thanks also to Mary not only for the great job she did as sergeant-at-arms but also for the use of her home as the Rotary “clubhouse.”  Dianne takes over as sergeant-at-arms.  John looks forward to the coming year and hopes to see a legacy project come to fruition.
 
Thanks were also expressed to Gayle for organizing the event, to Doug the master chef, and to John and Gemey the gracious hosts of the event (according to JohnGemey did all the work).
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 30, 2017
 
Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
 
Members and friends gathered at John and Gemey’s place for the annual Rotary BBQ.  The storm clouds passed by without any rain and the sun shone. 
 
Everyone enjoyed a fabulous feast.
 
 
Some ate al fresco . . .
 
 
Others dined in style.
 
 
Edna balanced the books, while Doug cooked the steaks.
 
 
Some helped themselves to a modest helping of dessert . . . others tried to see how much chocolate cake you can get on one plate.
 
After the meal Dianne handed out the Rotary service awards :
 
 
Josh and Marita both joined Rotary on 1 January 2012 and so were presented with 5 year awards.
 
 
Trish joined on 13 December 2007 and received a 10 year award, while David was recognized for 35 years in Rotary having joined on 1 March 1982.
 
 
Next came the changing of the guard. 
 
 
Dianne reached up to Josh to give him the Past-President’s pin . . .
 
 
while Josh in turn presented the President’s pin to the incoming/returning president John.
 
 
Josh looked back on the past year and thanked everyone who assisted him as president.  He made it to every meeting and even arrived on time last week.  He gave a special word of thanks to Joyce for the great job she did as secretary.  A special thanks also to John for being willing to take on the presidency again.
 
John gets to the meetings on time even if he does not always like talking to people that early in the morning.  He gave a special thanks to Dale who is stepping down as chair of the projects committee, and to Stacey who is taking over that position.  Thanks also to Mary not only for the great job she did as sergeant-at-arms but also for the use of her home as the Rotary “clubhouse.”  Dianne takes over as sergeant-at-arms.  John looks forward to the coming year and hopes to see a legacy project come to fruition.
 
Thanks were also expressed to Gayle for organizing the event, to Doug the master chef, and to John and Gemey the gracious hosts of the event (according to John, Gemey did all the work).
 
Next week:  6 July 2017.  Greeter: George.  Program: Club Assembly.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 22, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
At 7:15 a.m. precisely Josh (yes Josh) stepped up and rang the bell.
Guest:  Gayle had as her guest long-time friend Jan Hook.
 
Chair:  Louise (delayed by a crown braid) took over in the chair.  She is justifiably proud of her nephew and niece: both went to the same PEI high school as she did, both have done exceptionally well, and one is headed for UPEI the other for Mount A.
 
 
Gold Mine PresentationHeather Dixon was on hand to accept a cheque for $560 on behalf of Salem Elementary School; she assured the club that the donation was much appreciated and would be put to a good use.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
Makeups:  Charlie had two makeups in Victoria, B.C.  Victoria Harbourside meets at 7 a.m. in the Union Club next the Empress Hotel and is a very active club.  Royal Oak Centennial was holding their second last meeting as the club is disbanding due to declining numbers and failure to recruit younger members.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  With only three cards left Edna’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the nine of clubs.  So now with only two cards left the jackpot is at $483.
 
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie enjoyed three weeks in beautiful British Columbia, including a visit to the Butchart Gardens and to a tea plantation.  Wynn was in patriotic garb (see above) for the last meeting before Canada Day, the day when he and Sharon will celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  Bill enjoyed the Salem School Send-Off day, and was glad he was not the one in the dunk tank.  Trish will be off to Ontario for two weeks after the BBQ.
 
 
Salem School Send-Off:  Susan F thanked the ten Rotarians (see some above) and one Rotaract member who helped out.  Tony was voted best hot dog cook.  The event raised $3,000.
 
Next Week, 29 June 2017:  No morning meeting !  BBQ at John’s at 6 p.m.  Cost: $10, kids free.  If you are coming please let Gayle know if you have not already done so.
 
Terry Fox Foundation:  Susan F presented an appeal on behalf of two Rotaract members who are taking part in a super-Terry Fox run (150 kms in 6 days) to raise money for cancer research.  The hat was passed round and it looked like there was a good response.
 
President’s Time:  Josh thanked all those who helped at the Salem School event.  This was his last regular meeting as President, but he is holding his thank-yous until next week’s BBQ.
 
 
Speaker:   Susan F introduced Len O’Brien who gave an informative talk on the “Green Trade” program of the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick.  This is an employment social enterprise designed to assist people who face barriers (e.g. ex-prisoners, those with mental health problems, single mothers) to secure work in the Greater Moncton area.  Such people are provided with job skills training to enable them to become valuable team members of Green Trade and eventually to an outside employer who can offer them a part-time or permanent position.  They are required to complete a goal-setting program that includes information on first aid, workplace safety job skills and ongoing life skills training and coaching. 
 
 
Support for this program helps further the Society’s goal of contributing to "Restarting People and Restoring Community.”  The program receives varied reactions ranging from sympathetic support to a NIMBY attitude.
 
The talk sparked a lively discussion focussed on the need for trust, as well as a critical look at our present prison system which often seems to be designed to punish rather than to rebuild lives.
 
 
Charlie expressed the thanks of the club for a most interesting and stimulating address.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 22, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-06-22 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jun 16, 2017
 
Photography by Pam Harrison
 
  Joyce was in the Chair today.  Joyce came to Sackville in 1960 and as a new bride, wanted something to do.  She began marking exam papers in the English department and this expanded to other departments.  In 1970 she  was the Executive Secretary of the University Women and in 1980, went to work for the Administration office, eventually becoming the Executive Assistant to University President Donald Wells.  Wynn also eluded that she was a very good golfer.
 Gord Kline represented the Gold Mine Draw Charity-of-the-Week - Marshview middle school.  Gord, pictured left, is shown receiving a cheque for $598 from Rotarian Tony Carhart.
 
 For a Pin Pal story, Wayne tells how he and Sandy were delivering Jewellery to Cape Jourimain and ran into Sue Purdy, who was just leaving, as they arrived.  20 minutes later they were driving home when Wayne decided to visit Devon Strang (at the potato farm) to see if he would be a speaker at one of our weekly meetings.  He had just found a use for potatoes that normally would have been thrown out.  While talking to Devon, out popped Susan Purdy just finishing a tour.  Samples (vodka) were then enjoyed.  Wynn didn't look much different as he celebrated being another year older.There were no visiting Rotarians and Gord Kline from Marshview Middle School was an eventual guest.  Makeups were in short supply with only the Gold Mine Committee meeting and Pam visiting the Amherst Club.  Amherst will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of Camp Tidnish in July.  See picture for details. 
  Once again, Edna tried to give away $465 in the 50-50 draw.  Mary had her ticket drawn but failed to pick the 9  , instead drawing the 8 .  Close, but no cigar!  With three cards remaining in the deck, perhaps someone will be really, really happy next week.
Speaking of happy, 7 members and a guest were happy this week.  Josh was happy and lucky, but this author doesn't know why (must fire the note-taker)...............Wynn continued to bankroll the Club with several happy dollars.  He was happy to have celebrated another birthday.  He fondly remembers how good a golfer Chairperson Joyce was but sadness set in as he can't remember ever, not golfing this late in June............Dale announced that he and Linda will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this week.  The good news was that he remembered.............Bill was happy to have returned from Trudeauville where he fondly remembers holding his new grandson.  Welcome to the club Bill..............Stacey is ecstatic that as of noon this Friday, she is officially a lawyer.............Sue F.  thanked and named all the members who worked each week to administer the Breakfast Program at Marshview.  She and David were less happy with the 26-hour flight from Normandy (or was it Norway).  Seems they are not big on Air Cancelled..............Trish was happy to be back after a whole winter learning to speak French.  She now feels confident about taking on the Nort Shore.  She and Bruce also just returned from wedding in Naples...........Guest Gord Kline was happy to thank our Club for all the support we supply to kids and the dollars that help support his school.
Duty Roster Next Week
Chairperson       Louise            Greeter        Gayle
Introducer           Susan F.        Thanker        Charlie
Speaker              Joanne Murray from the John Howard Society
With the exception of the Gold Mine Draw committee, the are no committee meetings scheduled next week.
In Committee reports, Gayle re-circulated the sign up sheet for the upcoming BBQ on June 29th.  This year it will be held at the home of John Murchie & Gemey Kelly............John spoke of the bursary committee, citing this year there were 25 applicants.  One notable change, less students are applying for NBCC & NSCC and more to Universities.  He noted that a large percentage of applicants are from single parent families and thus can really use the funds.  To this end, the committee is recommending that we award a third bursary next year..........Sue F.  reported that she has sufficient volunteers to man the Salem Send Off on this Saturday at Salem Elementary School.  Members on the first shift should be at the school before their 1:00 pm shift start...........Pam indicated that she needed $300 more in grocery card purchases to meet this week's goal of $1,000.
President Josh indicated that the Board voted to accept that our funds for the original water project in India will now be diverted to another water project in India. Members wanting more information can contact Josh or Trish for details.
 
Susan P.  introduced today's speaker - Elizabeth Wells, the Dean of Arts at MTA.  This is Elizabeth's 8th or 9th time as a speaker, and every one has been a different topic.  
Today she brought forth a new passion - Hypnosis.  She is now a certified clinical hypnotist.  So what is hypnosis?
It is extremely old – goes back to Egyptian times.  It is a simple idea: your subconscious runs everything, but your conscious mind is always “chattering” and interfering.  People are put into a light or deep state of relaxation, to make helpful suggestions directly to the subconscious.  Hypnosis is used for relaxation and stress relief, smoking cessation, addictive or unhealthy behaviours and habits, weight management, getting rid of “negative self talk”, getting at root causes of negative or destructive behaviours, memory enhancement and dentistry or even surgery.  Currently, hypnosis is being performed by dentists, doctors, psychologists and practitioners who also do other therapies or modalities.  
    Hypnosis works by getting a person into a relaxed state, a quiet place by a series of relaxation phrases, which allow the person to go into a trance-like state.    There are a few myths about hypnosis.  You are not “unconscious” – you are aware all the time.  If you don’t want to be hypnotized, it won’t work – all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You won’t do anything that you wouldn’t normally do or that goes against your beliefs or ethics.  You can’t suddenly do something (like lift a heavy weight) that you could not do otherwise.  You don’t “tell secrets” or do anything embarrassing.  You always wake up because the hypnotist’s voice is what keeps you in trance.  The benefits of hypnosis are many.  There is a release from behaviors or negative thought patterns, more feeling of control in your life, a reduction in anxiety, insomnia and other outgrowths of stress.  The biggest reason people go is to stop smoking and it can be practiced by oneself, self-hypnosis and suggestion.   
  
Elizabeth was thanked by Bill with the presentation of a book, in her name, to a local library.  She received a certificate and official Rotary pen/stylus.
 
 The meeting was adjourned with the repeating of the 4-way-test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 15, 2017 Wayne Harper 2017-06-16 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jun 09, 2017
 
 
     Prez Josh was the Chair this week.  He indicated that he and Christine will be going to Ottawa for the July 1st.  This will be his first visit to the Nation's Capital in 20 years.  He recalled his first visit - that of a Minstrel when he was a student at Marshview Middle School.  When the boy soprano heard that a trip was planned to Ottawa, he decided to stay for one more year.  Money was in short supply, but family and friend's helped and off he went.  He used some of the money to get a skate board,  a move not too popular with the adults.  Once there, he had a wonderful time and now looks forward to a return visit.
  Two cheques were presented to our Gold Mine Charities.  In the left photo, Rotarian Dianne Oulton is shown presenting a cheque for $583 to Matthew Estabrooks, representing Sackville Minor Hockey.
In the right photo, Stephanie Lebreton from the Sackville Swim Club accepts a cheque for $582 from Rotarian Sandy Harper.
 
Guest Matt Ripley attended on behalf Salem School (he is also the speaker) as did Matthew Estabrooks on behalf of Sackville Minor Hockey.  Visiting Rotarian, Sharon Meldrum, attended from The Southlake Club in Florida.  It was a busy week for makeups as the Gold Mine Committee, Club Administration, The Board and the Bursaries committees all met. Pam also attended the Wine Tasting for the Amherst Club last Saturday night.
   In the Pin Pal story department, Dianne had a couple.  She was plying the seas last week when one of the on-board guests, a Doug Person from Vancouver, identified himself.   She also met another man  from  Meaford Ontario when they were in Norway.  In another instance, she ran into a Rotarian from Arizona and when they found out she was from Sackville, asked if she knew Peter Manchester.  Small World!!!     At breakfast on Sunday, Pam ran into Amherst Rotarian, Steve Maltbe, still suffering from the Wine Tasting the previous night.
There were no birthdays this week, but Dianne had one when she was away, so the Club treated her to "happy birthday".
     Edna was still having issues trying to give away $444 this week on the 50/50 draw.  Ove's ticket was picked, but he failed to draw the 9  , instead drawing the 10 .
In Happy Dollars, Dianne was happy that she and Frank had a great cruise to Scandinavia and was really, reaLLY REALLY happy to announce another grandson.  She intends to take Evans down when the games begin............Louise was happy that her niece will be coming to MTA this fall.  She also invited all to the Vogue Cinema on Sunday at 2 pm to see a film on small town NB called 13 Ways to Kill a Community.  It will be followed by a guest speaker talking on the subject...........Wynn was happy that is appears he will get to golf and the sun will actually be shining.  He is also looking for someone to take his place at the Gold Mine Draw the last 2 Mondays in July..........Sharon was happy to note that she and Wynn will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on the same day that Canada turns 150...........Sue Purdy announced that the crew of C3  will be at Cape Jourimain at 7 pm on June 28th.  All are welcome to come and meet them.
 
The Duty Roster for next week is as follows:
Chairperson       Joyce              Greeter      Dianne
Introducer           Susan P.         Thanker     Bill
Speaker              Elizabeth Wells
 
The only committee meeting next week will be the Gold Mine Draw Committee on Monday
Gayle, on behalf of the Club Administration committee announced the upcoming Annual BBQ on June 29th.  There will be no morning meeting that week.  Tickets are $10 per person with all kids free.  She circulated a sheet so members could sign up to bring a dessert or a salad.  The event will be at the home of John & Gemey Murchie, 178 Pond Shore Road.
Pam indicated to members that she was only $100 short of the $1,000 in grocery cards sold this month.  She hoped there would be a race to fulfill the goal.
In President's time, Josh advised members that the budget for 2017-2018 has a $8,000 deficit.  He urged members to support Club activities and subsequently announced a dues increase of $10 per year, to cover off Rotary International's $4 per year increase over the next 3 years. 
 
Sandy introduced our speaker this week - Matthew (Matt) Riley.  Matt is currently acting Principal at Salem Elementary School.    The school is one of 13 beneficiaries of the Gold Mine Draw.  He was here today to tell us how the money is used.
Salem is a K - 4 elementary school with an enrolment of 368 students. It has French immersion and extols outdoor education out of 19 homerooms.  He believes Sackville is a great place to raise a family and having MTA is a big aid. Our Rotary club helps fund the following items not funded by    the Province:
•Blessings in a Backpack - insures students in need receive a treat in their backpack every Friday before school ends.
•Partnerships with families - makes sure that families in need will reach out to the school for assistance in troubled times.
•Transportation - will provide drives or gas money when the need arises.
•Clothing - insures needy student are properly clothed during the various seasons.
•Milk Cards - issues milk cards to needy students.
•Lunches (beyond the Breakfast Club) - supplies food, over and above the breakfast program, when identified.
•Short Term/Long Term Support - supports families in need, especially families who find themselves between jobs.
When asked what Rotary could be doing in addition to our current program, Matt sees a real need in the area of mental health. 
 
    Wynn thanked Matt with a book that will be presented to a local library and a certificate and Rotary pen.
 
The meeting concluded with the 4-way-test.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 8, 2017 Wayne Harper 2017-06-09 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jun 04, 2017
 
     As spring tries to make it to the Maritimes and Canada's 150th birthday is a month away, I thought I would show a symbol of that birthday - the Canada 150 tulip.   Thanks for the photo Pam!
 
    John was in the Chair today and took a few moments to talk about Polio and Rotary's fight to eradicate it from the face of the earth.  He  also recalled his early youth when polio was very prevalent, telling us of the restrictions his mother put on him, in an attempt to protect him from the disease.  At the time, he wasn't impressed with the restrictions. 
 
  Our guest speaker, Andrew Ollerhead, brought his dad Jeff along today.  Most members know Jeff as he has been a frequent speaker.  There were no other guests and no visiting Rotarians. Makeups were noted from the Gold Mine Committee (Jamie has the names), while there were no Pin Pal stories or Birthdays this week.
 
  Edna seems to be having a great deal of difficulty in trying to give away the 50/50 draw money.  This week was no exception as Joyce tried unsuccessfully to win the $428 Edna was offering.  Joyce drew the King of  instead of the needed 9 of  .
 
On the happy dollar front..........Sue P. was happy that Lorne's health has improved.  We were pleased to see him at the recent Paul Harris evening.  Sue also advised members that the Cape Jourimain Nature Center will open for the season on June 10th.  For hours and information, go to www.capejourimain.ca.............Pam was happy to see one of her photos appear on CTV's Cindy Day's weather forecast.  Seems the photo did not change the weather drastically............John was happy to be back from his trip to France and Italy.  That was the good news.  The bad news was that he had his phone and wallet pickpocketed.  Imagine not being able to call a store and tell them you can't buy anything.  He has got some wallet contents back after returning home..........Wynn met some new clients who happen to be from Paradise NS, a place Wynn lived in when teaching in Digby in 1969-1970.  He also announced that he has hired a new lawyer who speaks 4 languages..........Sandy was happy to have one of her old suppliers, when she had the MTA store, appear for a visit yesterday.  Leslie Dub (Dubware clothing line) was in town to visit the University and left some time to visit before her flight back to TO............Bill had a sad and happy dollar.  The sad news was he didn't have a dollar and the good news was that he and Heather became grandparents for the first time.  Just what we need - another entry into the "best-grandkids-in-the-world-contest".  You're going down Evans!!!
 
 Duty Roster Next Week
 Chairperson      Josh            Introducer    Sandy
 Greeter            David            Thanker        Wynn
 Speaker           Heather Dixon (or representative from Salem School)
 
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Monday, June 5 - Gold Mine Committee 
Tuesday June 6 - Club Administration Committee
Wednesday June 7 - Board Meeting
 
Committee Reports
Fundraising - Pam indicated that the Club and the Town will, once again, partner on the annual Corn Boil, to take place on September 2nd.  Shucking of the corn will take place the evening before.  Volunteers will be sought as the date gets closer.
Finance - Darrell urged all committees to finalize their budgets and get them to him.  It will be a topic at next week's Board meeting.
 
    President's Time
Josh reported that the international funds from our and other Clubs for the Nagpur project in India will now be diverted to another water related project.  He will keep the Club up-to-date on this file.
 
Ove introduced our speaker - Andrew Ollerhead, a grade 12 student at TRHS who was this year's participant in the Adventures in Citizenship Program.
 
  The program is a 5-day excursion to Ottawa for 200 students from across Canada.  The students are billeted in Ottawa and Andrew's "family", while not Rotarians, did have a child in the Rotary Exchange program.  Over the course of 4 days. the students listened to many speakers, including the Speaker of the House - Jeff Reagan, visited the War Museum, toured the House of Commons, visited the National Library and the National War Memorial.  At the final banquet, Andrew represented the Province on the diaz.  There were 15 students from New Brunswick and he met many new friends.  At the beginning and end of the week the students had free time for visiting on their own.
Sue Fisher then conducted the second part of the Youth Services Program - describing the various programs the committee has enacted in the last year and going forward.  They are as follows:
•Elementary
             •Salem School Send Off June 17
             •Dictionaries for Life Grade 3
•Middle School
             •Marshview Breakfast Program
             •Dorchester School
•High School
             •Adventures in Citizenship
•Rotaract
             •Marshview Middle School Breakfast Program
             •Food Bank – Fundraising & Uploading
             •Syrian Refugees – School bags and heavy lifting
             •Fundraisers – Midnight Madness and Chilli Cookoff
             •Wheel Chair Biking
             •Dorchester School – Homework Club
             •Open Sky
             •Community Forests International
Sue concluded with Youth Services credo - Kids Helping Kids Empowering Kids
Wayne thanked Andrew with a presentation of a book in his name to a local library and a pen and certificate.
The meeting concluded with the 4-way-test
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 1, 2017 Wayne Harper 2017-06-04 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jun 01, 2017
 
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
 
Places to Play
 
 Middle Sackville Variety
Sackville ESSO
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click HERE.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 25, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
George stood in for Josh and invited himself to lead the singing of “O Canada.”
 
 
After breakfast Josh took over and commented on the great work done by Community Forests International (he is on their Board).  A new fund-raising drive is underway and the money raised will be matched by the European Union which is impressed by CFI’s work in tree-planting and clean water projects.
 
Birthday:  Bill is a year older and was duly serenaded;  Dianne was congratulated in absentia.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  This week’s winner Sylvie Skidmore was on hand to accept a cheque for $1,144 from Sandy.  Sylvie’s husband was a previous winner.
 
50-50 Draw:  Dale’s number was drawn but he picked the 9 of spades instead of the 9 of clubs (so near and yet so far).  The pot now stands at $409.
 
Happy Dollars: Josh has been doing a property search in Dorchester which provided an insight into local history.  The centre of Dorchester used to be called “The Devil’s Half Acre” – 9 lawyers and 7 taverns were located there (which ones were the devils ?).  Dorchester has been declining for many years; Josh hopes that it will make a come-back soon.  Wynn reported that the Spatz house is empty except for the baby grand piano; let’s hope someone rescues it.  He too has done property searches in Dorchester, and has been in the former jail there (only as a visitor).  Charlie is off to Victoria, B.C. for 3 weeks and is hoping that the weather improves there.   Marita did a tour of the downtown looking for the projects committee; she eventually found them at the clubhouse (i.e. Mary’s).
 
 
Donation:  Damien Hardy, representing Community Forests International, received a cheque for $1,000 from Dale.  This is the first donation to their new fund-raising drive.  Much of their money comes from tree-planters in Canada who donate a whole day’s wages to this good cause.  
 
Next Week: Thursday 1 June.   Chair: John;  Greeter: Darrell;  Introducer: Ove;  Thanker: Wayne.
 
Grocery Cards:  Pam moved, Dale seconded a motion to allow Marita to be one of the signers for the grocery card account.  Carried.
 
Rotary Foundation:  Please return coin jars before the end of June.
 
 
Photos:   Wayne circulated two photos he had received from Neville Ralph’s wife Joan. One of the 6 women members of the club in July 1996 (above).  The other of all club members c.1991.   Pam shared the group photo of all the Paul Harris Fellows at last week’s gathering.  Once we are sure that all persons in these photos have been correctly identified they will be deposited in the archives.
 
President’s Time:  Josh expressed thanks to all who contributed to the success of last week’s Paul Harris Evening Celebration.  Feedback welcome on the format of the event: contact David, Pam or Charlie.
 
Club Assembly:   Dale gave a presentation on behalf of the Projects Committee outlining how our money is raised and where it went over the past year, as well as introducing the draft budget for next year.  Not so long ago we gave around $5,000 a year to good causes; now our annual budget is $47,000. This is due in part to the success of the Gold Mine Draw though other fund-raising events such as the Wine/Beer Tasting and the breakfasts also contribute.   
 
About two-thirds of our money goes to local projects such as TRHS bursaries, TRHS beautification Project, Sappy Fest youth camp, Owens Family Sundays, Open Sky.  One third goes to national and international projects such as ShelterBox Canada, the Red Cross, WASHRAG, World Community Service Projects and the Rotary Foundation.  These grants are in addition to the money that goes to the designated local charities from the weekly Gold Mine Draw.
 
Josh thanked Dale for the report and for all the work that lies behind it.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 25, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-05-25 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 22, 2017
 
 
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Paul Harris Evening Celebration 18 May 2017
It was a hot time in the old town tonight.  Members of the Rotary Foundation Committee had been praying for good weather and look what they got – temperatures close to 30 degrees !  All present – club members, previous Paul Harris Fellows and members of the local community – certainly got a warm welcome.  Everyone enjoyed finger food and drinks in the pleasant ambiance of Cranewood on Main, and a time of fellowship. The programs for the evening were much appreciated – they made excellent fans.
 
MC David, chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, welcomed all present and introduced the highlight of the evening – the recognition of five outstanding local volunteers as Paul Harris Fellows.  Of special interest was the fact that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  It was in 1917 that Cleveland Rotarian Arch Klumph, President of Rotary International, proposed the establishment of a fund “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Clubs may honour citizens who exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by donating to the Foundation in their name and recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows.  President Josh participated in the following recognitions:
 
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Alice Folkins (Westmorland Historical Society, Food Bank, Lioness club, youth work), introduced by Rotarian Darrell Harvey; 
 
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John Higham (Sackville Community Association, Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, Tantramar Lacrosse, Tantramar Planning Commission, Town Council), introduced by Rotarian Louise MacKinnon; 
 
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Dianne Minshull (V.O.N., Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, Walking Program at Sackville Memorial Hospital), introduced by Rotarian Joyce Ferguson;
 
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Heather Patterson (Tantramar Seniors’ College, Food Bank, Tantramar Association of Grandmothers, Autumn House, Linus Project, Sackville Refugee Response Coalition), introduced by Rotarian Gayle Key;
 
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and Allan Pooley (55 years of service to Scouting in Sackville !), introduced by Rotarian Susan Fisher.
 
Three members of the club – Susan Fisher, Susan Purdy and Wynn Meldrum – who have recently donated to the Foundation were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Acknowledgment was also made of members recognized as Paul Harris Fellows over the past two years: John Murchie, Louise McKinnon, Dale Creelman, Ove Samuelsen, Darrell Harvey, Charlie Scobie, Dianne Oulton, Bill Evans and David McKellar.
 
Club members can contribute to the Foundation on behalf of others.  Sharon Meldrum, introduced by Rotarian Pam Harrison, was so recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow as the result of a contribution by Wynn Meldrum.  Sharon’s many community activities include Scouting, Figure Skating, Kinnette Club, and Camp Tawasi.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of South Lake in Clermont, Florida.
 
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Above: the six new Paul Harris Fellows.  Left to right, Front: Alice Folkins, Sharon Meldrum;  Back: Heather Patterson, Allan Pooley, John Higham, Dianne Minshull.
 
President Josh congratulated the new Paul Harris Fellows and thanked all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 
The celebration closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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In keeping with tradition all Paul Harris Fellows present assembled on the steps of Cranewood for a group photo.   They are, left to right: Front row:  Pat Estabrooks, Marion Holder, Mary Sears, Linda Draper, Jean Scobie, Sharon Meldrum.  Second row:  Pam Harrison, Dianne Minshull, Sandy Harper, Barb Chisholm, Heather Patterson, Alice Folkins, George Woodburn, Ken Draper, John Higham, Wynn Meldrum, Allan Pooley, Sheila Parker,  Susan Purdy.  Third Row:  Louise MacKinnon, David McKellar, Susan Fisher, Leslie Read, Ray Dixon, Patricia Belliveau, Charlie Scobie, Dale Creelman.  Back Row :  Bill Evans, John Read, Frank Chisholm, Darrell Harvey, Wayne Harper.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 20, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Paul Harris Evening Celebration 18 May 2017
It was a hot time in the old town tonight.  Members of the Rotary Foundation Committee had been praying for good weather and look what they got – temperatures close to 30 degrees !  All present – club members, previous Paul Harris Fellows and members of the local community – certainly got a warm welcome.  Everyone enjoyed finger food and drinks in the pleasant ambiance of Cranewood on Main, and a time of fellowship. The programs for the evening were much appreciated – they made excellent fans.
 
MC David, chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, welcomed all present and introduced the highlight of the evening – the recognition of five outstanding local volunteers as Paul Harris Fellows.  Of special interest was the fact that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  It was in 1917 that Cleveland Rotarian Arch Klumph, President of Rotary International, proposed the establishment of a fund “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Clubs may honour citizens who exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by donating to the Foundation in their name and recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows.  President Josh participated in the following recognitions:
 
 
Alice Folkins (Westmorland Historical Society, Food Bank, Lioness club, youth work), introduced by Rotarian Darrell Harvey
 
 
John Higham (Sackville Community Association, Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, Tantramar Lacrosse, Tantramar Planning Commission, Town Council), introduced by Rotarian Louise MacKinnon
 
 
Dianne Minshull (V.O.N., Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, Walking Program at Sackville Memorial Hospital), introduced by Rotarian Joyce Ferguson;
 
 
Heather Patterson (Tantramar Seniors’ College, Food Bank, Tantramar Association of Grandmothers, Autumn House, Linus Project, Sackville Refugee Response Coalition), introduced by Rotarian Gayle Key;
 
 
and Allan Pooley (55 years of service to Scouting in Sackville !), introduced by Rotarian Susan Fisher.
 
Three members of the club – Susan Fisher, Susan Purdy and Wynn Meldrum – who have recently donated to the Foundation were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Acknowledgment was also made of members recognized as Paul Harris Fellows over the past two years: John Murchie, Louise McKinnon, Dale Creelman, Ove Samuelsen, Darrell Harvey, Charlie Scobie, Dianne Oulton, Bill Evans and David McKellar.
 
Club members can contribute to the Foundation on behalf of others.  Sharon Meldrum, introduced by Rotarian Pam Harrison, was so recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow as the result of a contribution by Wynn MeldrumSharon’s many community activities include Scouting, Figure Skating, Kinnette Club, and Camp Tawasi.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of South Lake in Clermont, Florida.
 
 
Above: the six new Paul Harris Fellows.  Left to right, Front: Alice Folkins, Sharon Meldrum;  Back: Heather Patterson, Allan Pooley, John Higham, Dianne Minshull.
 
President Josh congratulated the new Paul Harris Fellows and thanked all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 
The celebration closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
In keeping with tradition all Paul Harris Fellows present assembled on the steps of Cranewood for a group photo.   They are, left to right: Front rowPat Estabrooks, Marion Holder, Mary Sears, Linda Draper, Jean Scobie, Sharon Meldrum.  Second row:  Pam Harrison, Dianne Minshull, Sandy Harper, Barb Chisholm, Heather Patterson, Alice Folkins, George Woodburn, Ken Draper, John Higham, Wynn Meldrum, Allan Pooley, Sheila Parker,  Susan PurdyThird RowLouise MacKinnon, David McKellar, Susan Fisher, Leslie Read, Ray Dixon, Patricia Belliveau, Charlie Scobie, Dale Creelman.  Back RowBill Evans, John Read, Frank Chisholm, Darrell Harvey, Wayne Harper.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 18, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-05-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 20, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Paul Harris Evening Celebration 18 May 2017
 
 
It was a hot time in the old town tonight.  Members of the Rotary Foundation Committee had been praying for good weather and look what they got – temperatures close to 30 degrees !  All present – club members, previous Paul Harris Fellows and members of the local community – certainly got a warm welcome.  Everyone enjoyed finger food and drinks in the pleasant ambiance of Cranewood on Main, and a time of fellowship. The programs for the evening were much appreciated – they made excellent fans.
 
MC David, chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, welcomed all present and introduced the highlight of the evening – the recognition of five outstanding local volunteers as Paul Harris Fellows.  Of special interest was the fact that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  It was in 1917 that Cleveland Rotarian Arch Klumph, President of Rotary International, proposed the establishment of a fund “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Clubs may honour citizens who exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by donating to the Foundation in their name and recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows.  President Josh participated in the following recognitions:
 
 
Alice Folkins (Westmorland Historical Society, Food Bank, Lioness club, youth work), introduced by Rotarian Darrell Harvey
 
 
John Higham (Sackville Community Association, Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, Tantramar Lacrosse, Tantramar Planning Commission, Town Council), introduced by Rotarian Louise MacKinnon
 
 
Dianne Minshull (V.O.N., Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, Walking Program at Sackville Memorial Hospital), introduced by Rotarian Joyce Ferguson;
 
 
Heather Patterson (Tantramar Seniors’ College, Food Bank, Tantramar Association of Grandmothers, Autumn House, Linus Project, Sackville Refugee Response Coalition), introduced by Rotarian Gayle Key;
 
 
and Allan Pooley (55 years of service to Scouting in Sackville !), introduced by Rotarian Susan Fisher.
 
Three members of the club – Susan Fisher, Susan Purdy and Wynn Meldrum – who have recently donated to the Foundation were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Acknowledgment was also made of members recognized as Paul Harris Fellows over the past two years: John Murchie, Louise McKinnon, Dale Creelman, Ove Samuelsen, Darrell Harvey, Charlie Scobie, Dianne Oulton, Bill Evans and David McKellar.
 
Club members can contribute to the Foundation on behalf of others.  Sharon Meldrum, introduced by Rotarian Pam Harrison, was so recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow as the result of a contribution by Wynn MeldrumSharon’s many community activities include Scouting, Figure Skating, Kinnette Club, and Camp Tawasi.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of South Lake in Clermont, Florida.
 
 
Above: the six new Paul Harris Fellows.  Left to right, Front: Alice Folkins, Sharon Meldrum;  Back: Heather Patterson, Allan Pooley, John Higham, Dianne Minshull.
 
President Josh congratulated the new Paul Harris Fellows and thanked all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 
The celebration closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
In keeping with tradition all Paul Harris Fellows present assembled on the steps of Cranewood for a group photo.   They are, left to right:                                               Front rowPat Estabrooks, Marion Holder, Mary Sears, Linda Draper, Jean Scobie, Sharon Meldrum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Second rowPam Harrison, Dianne Minshull, Sandy Harper, Barb Chisholm, Heather Patterson, Alice Folkins, George Woodburn, Ken Draper, John Higham, Wynn Meldrum, Allan Pooley, Sheila Parker,  Susan Purdy.                                                                                                                                                   Third RowLouise MacKinnon, David McKellar, Susan Fisher, Leslie Read, Ray Dixon, Patricia Belliveau, Charlie Scobie, Dale Creelman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Back RowBill Evans, John Read, Frank Chisholm, Darrell Harvey, Wayne Harper.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 18, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-05-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 15, 2017
 
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Our newest member just happens to be a new  lawyer who will be called to the bar in June.  The ceremony began with Charlie Scobie outlining some of the main features of Rotary based on the familiar Rotary Wheel emblem.  Josh (acting as proposer of the new member and as President) introduced Stacey Merrigan who is a graduate of Mount A and UNB and has just passed her bar exams.  Josh pinned Stacey and presented her with a Welcome to Rotary folder.  Following the induction, members came forward to welcome Stacey as a member of the Sackville club and of Rotary International.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Dianne was in the chair and welcomed members and guests.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  TRHS students Zach, Carly and Lena received from Dianne a cheque for $568 for the high school.
 
 
Induction of New Member:  Charlie outlined some of the main features of Rotary based on the familiar Rotary Wheel emblem.  Josh (acting as proposer of the new member and as President) introduced Stacey Merrigan who is a graduate of Mount A and UNB and has just passed her bar exams.  Members came forward to welcome Stacey as a member of the Sackville club and of Rotary International.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
Birthday:   Louise was serenaded by members, with an encore by special guest Mariah who sang Happy Birthday in German !
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Jamie’s number was drawn by Mariah, but he failed to pick the 9 of Clubs. So the pot of $395 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Wynn reminded members that a Sobey’s card can be used at Foodland.  Charlie drew attention to the new exhibition at Fog Forest Gallery, “Our Town and Gown”; Mary Scobie’s painting “Chevy at the Diner” (Mel’s) was chosen for the poster and was sold within a day.  Dianne will be in Stockholm next week as part of a Baltic cruise; she will miss sharing her birthday with the club.   Louise shares a birthday with a 14 year old niece; she is studying for a Public Sector Accounting Course exam in Halifax.   George who chairs the Membership committee was happy to see Stacey welcomed as a new member; he hopes to see other new members soon.  This month marks the 40th anniversary of his arrival in Sackville.   Edna thanked Gayle for looking after the front desk, and Bill for looking after the house while she was away.
 
Next Week, 18 May 2017:  No morning meeting !  Paul Harris Evening, 6:30 p.m., at Cranewood on Main, 113 Main Street.
 
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from David that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on next Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street). Local volunteers to be recognized are Alice Folkins, John Higham, Dianne Minshull, Heather Patterson and Allan Pooley.  Tickets @ $15 per person are still available and entitle you to one free drink.
 
 
Spring BashJamie thanked everyone who helped with the Spring Bash last Saturday, especially Wayne who looked after the bar.  Josh thanked Jamie for all the great work he did to ensure the success of this major fund-raising event.
 
President’s Time:  Josh gave an update on our international project which has been cancelled.  A similar project in Bombay looks like a possible alternative for the funds.  Trish continues to work hard on this file.
 
 
Speaker:   Bill introduced Susan Lafford, Principal, Tantramar Regional High School who gave a presentation on “Fostering Future Leaders.” Susan grew up in Sackville, and graduated from TRHS in 1997 (B.Sc.) and from St Thomas in 1999 (B.Ed.).  She taught at Marshview before moving to TRHS where she was Vice-Principal for 4 years before becoming Principal.  She finds the high school a great place to work with its 33 teachers, 10 Educational Assistants plus support staff.
 
Susan thinks the school does not toot its own horn enough so with the help of three students – Lena Gallant, Zachary Boudreau and Carly Phinney – she gave an overview of some of the many activities designed to enable students to reach their fullest potential and to foster leadership abilities, active citizenship and an entrepreneurial mindset.
 
 
Carly spoke about the “Titan Mentors” program.  22 students are involved in mentoring newcomers to the school, offering support, friendship and academic help.  Our Gold Mine donation helps fund this program.
 
Lena participates in the “Wetheads” program.  Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Tantramar Wetlands Centre which sees 4000 to 5000 visiting students each year.  Student volunteers help run the program and train others to take over when they leave. This is a great example of an “outdoor classroom.”
 
Zach spoke on “Youth in Action” which focuses on mental health issues in association with the Bell “Let’s Talk” campaign. A Mental Health Day features speakers and a variety of activities.
 
Other programs touched on included the Student Representative Council, Graduation Council, the Terry Fox Run, Cultures of Tantramar, Free the Children and Dragon Boat Racing.
 
 
Tim expressed thanks to the four speakers and members showed their appreciation with hearty applause.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 11, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-05-11 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave McKellar on May 10, 2017
 
Just a reminder that our weekly meeting will be canceled on Thursday, May 18th and instead will be held that evening where we will recognize five of our community volunteers.

Please bring your partners and friends and prospective members.  This is a reception and not a dinner and dress for the evening is casual.
 
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It is important that all club members make an extra special effort to attend to demonstrate our support of of our community volunteers.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 04, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Sandy (standing in for Josh) called the meeting to order, and George led a vigorous rendition of “O Canada.”
 
Josh recounted his experience playing soccer in South America.  Without much soccer experience in Dorchester he and his friend Adam found themselves drafted onto a team on a beach in Brazil.  By dint of playing a brand of “Canadian Soccer” (body-checking allowed) their team came out the winners.
 
Guest:  Prospective member Stacey Merrigan;  Pat Estabrooks and Katherine DeVere Pettigrew representing the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida;  PDG Pat Perry from Miramichi.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Wynn’s number was drawn, but he failed to pick the 9 of Clubs (he came close with the 5).  So the pot of $378 carries forward to next week.
 
Donation:  Dale presented the club with a motion to donate $1,000 to Community Forests International. The committee was impressed by CFI’s current fund drive.  Tree planters from across the country have donated one day’s wage – a total of $35,000.  The motion, seconded by Gayle, was carried.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Pat Estabrooks accepted a cheque for $576 from Josh on behalf of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
Happy Dollars:  George was happy that the golf course is due to open on Saturday (though there is rain in the forecast).   Sharon was happy to be sitting with the (legal) Bobbsey Twins.  Ove was in Toronto for his annual ‘59 college reunion; next week he heads to Montreal and the cottage.  Wynn drew attention to the sale of the effects of the late Pauline Spatz; see the Trib for details.  Pauline was a long-time supporter and chair of the Hospital Foundation.  Dianne had a great trip south including seeing her 3 ½ year old grandson and golfing for four days; another two weeks and she takes off for Stockholm and a Baltic cruise.
 
Next Week, 4 May 2017:   Chair: George ;   Greeter: Bill;   Introducer: Mary;   Thanker:  Tim;   Program: Susan Lafford, “Fostering Young Leaders.”
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  This week’s winner Roxanne McKinnon was present to claim her cheque for $1,152 from Josh.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from Charlie that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street). Local volunteers to be recognized are Alice Folkins, John Higham, Dianne Minshull, Heather Patterson and Allan Pooley.  Tickets @ $15 per person are available; please get yours if you have not already done so. 
 
Spring BashJamie gave a final reminder: set-up Friday 1 – 3 p.m., the big event is on Saturday evening.  Jamie has sold 52 tickets !!
 
President’s Time:  Josh reported on our proposed irrigation project in India on which Trish has done so much work.  Rotary International has informed us that the district with which we were to partner has been suspended from participation in matching grant programs. Pat Perry explained the background of this: a district can be suspended for failing to present a report on a global grant project within the required time.  While this is a disappointment to us, it is good to know that Rotary International ensures that grant monies are properly administered.
 
 
Speaker:   Louise introduced Katherine DeVere-Pettigrew who gave an outline of the work of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is “to raise funds and administer its resources to preserve, maintain, and enhance the quality of healthcare in the Tantramar region.” All funds raised stay in our community.
 
 
The hospital has over 500 patients, 36,000 outpatient visits, 920 surgical procedures, and 8,500 X-ray examinations per year.  It has 133 employees, and the services of 10 doctors.  It provides 24/7 emergency care.
 
 
Katherine reviewed the successful fund-raising campaigns of the past five years.  This year’s campaign, launched a short while ago is called “Give Our Surgeons Inside Information.”  The main aim is the purchase of a portable Mini C-arm X-ray device, which carries a price tag of $85,000, and which will expand and enhance surgical capabilities at SMH by offering a whole host of plastic and orthopedic surgeries not currently being done. This low-radiation, high-resolution technology renders exceptionally detailed X-rays allowing surgeons to safely and accurately operate on bones and joints as well as visualize hardware (plates and screws) for placement or removal.  Also to be purchased is a replacement defibrillator for the Brunswick West unit.
 
In addition to the annual fund-raising campaign the Foundation partners with a number of other organizations in the community to promote health and wellness.
 
In responding to questions Katherine and Pat pointed to the need to cultivate new donors, and also to continue to emphasize the importance of the hospital and how much it is needed in the community.
 
 
After questions, Dianne expressed thanks to the speaker
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 27, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Chairperson George (standing in for Dianne) called upon himself to lead in “O Canada” which he did to great effect.  George was brought up in downtown Toronto where they had tennis courts, but no nets.  Moving to the suburbs he graduated to tennis courts with nets and went on to play a lot of tennis.  After his knees gave out no more tennis but he claims he is still good for a round of golf.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Susan P’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $360 carries forward to next week.
 
Guests:  Prospective member Stacey Merrigan, and Gold Mine winner Jeff Long.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon from the South Lake County Club, Florida.
 
PinPal Stories:  Dale, while visiting a graveyard on Vancouver Island met a Rotarian, the manager, Ken Grey, from the Ladysmith club where he is the pig roaster.  He also met three Rotarians in Chemainus.  Louise reported that Mariah brought back a book from her school library – one that had been presented by Rotary.
 
Birthdays:   Joyce was suitably serenaded, and Tim received greetings in absentia.
 
Happy Dollars:  Sharon was thankful that when she got up this morning it was not freezing.   Josh thanked Gayle for standing in for Edna at the desk.  Louise wonders how many 8-year olds know what “the tax season” is.   Wynn was sad at the reminder that he still has to complete his taxes.  Susan P was glad to report that Lorne is improving a lot, and George seconded the motion.
 
Next Week, 4 May 2017:   Chair: Josh ;   Greeter: Wynn;   Introducer: Louise;   Thanker:  Sue F;  Program: the Hospital Foundation.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from David that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street).  Tickets @ $15 per person are now available; please get yours if you have not already done so. 
 
Administration:  John passed on an invitation from the Legion to attend a VE Day Commemoration ceremony on 8 May at 18.45 hours.  He also reported on the PETS & SETS meetings he attended with Josh and Pam; he came back with a new banner (“Rotary – Making A Difference”), and a new button (one).
 
Spring BashJamie is looking for coolers.  Bring them to the meeting next week, or on the night.
 
President’s Time:  Josh reported his impressions of the PETS & SETS meetings and in the interests of full disclosure revealed that he had left early.
 
 
Josh introduced Joey’s owner Anna Zappia who enjoyed having breakfast with us, and thanked Rotary for making Joey’s their home.  She revealed that she has sold a good portion of the restaurant to one of the staff members so that she can go into semi-retirement after 30 years in the business. She will still be on hand to give guidance to the new owner.  The current staff will stay, and Rotary will still be welcome.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Jeff Long, this week’s winner, was present to collect a cheque for $1,140.00 from Gayle.
 
 
Brian Neilson was on hand to accept from Sandy a cheque for $570.00 on behalf of the Tantramar Family Resource Centre.
 
 
Speaker:   Joyce introduced Dr. Joshua Kurek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment who gave a presentation on “Legacy Effects of DDT on New Brunswick Lake Ecosystems.”   He will be giving a paper at an international conference later this year, so remember – YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST !
 
 
In the 1950s and 1960s huge amounts of DDT were sprayed on New Brunswick forests to counter the effects of spruce budworm.  It was only in 1970 that use of DDT was finally banned when its adverse effects became known.  Human activity has so impacted the environment that scientists are now speaking of a new “Anthropocene Era” beginning around 1950 which saw radical new human impact on the earth’s ecosystems.
 
Dr. Kurek’s research involves studying the sediments that have accumulated at the bottom of lakes in New Brunswick.  DDT is found in these sediments.  In 15 to 20 years it breaks down into other products which are equally toxic. These are absorbed by tiny organisms called cladocera and from there work their way up the food chain to fish which can then be eaten by humans.  While the amounts of DDT have decreased they are still many times the accepted level, and an ongoing cause for concern.
 
 
After questions, Susan P expressed thanks to the speaker for a fascinating lecture.  The book which will go to a local school library was suitably entitled “Some Monsters Are Different.”
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 20, 2017
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison (welcome back !)
 
Chairperson David was just back from France.  The highlight of his visit was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge where he and Susan were among the 25,000 Canadians present – the majority of them high school students.  A minute of silence was observed as a tribute to the fallen at Vimy.
 
 
The chair’s 2 minute intro featured a photo of the new grandson, Dow (in Gaelic = of the black hair).
 
Guests:  Prospective member Stacey Merrigan.  Susan F had a guest via U-Tube – former RYE student Bente (with her sister). 
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Eric Estabrooks was on hand to accept a cheque for $1,115 from Sandy; he is the first individual to win the Gold Mine Draw twice !  A cheque for $557.50 will go to the Sackville Community Association.
 
PinPal Stories:  While on stand-by in Toronto airport Ove spied a familiar figure – Pam, on her way home from Portugal.  That constituted a PinPal story; along with a Rotarian from Moncton they claimed a make-up.
 
 
50-50 Draw:   Charlie’s number was drawn, but he failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $346 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F was glad to have met two former RYE students – Bente (whose family speak perfect English and who treated the visitors royally), and Louis (who is in first year Engineering).  Both these students would love to come back for a visit.   Ove was happy to be back in Sackville amid the snow; 80˚ every day in Arizona is so boring.   Wynn was happy to underline the benefits of the RYE program; he still keeps up with Fernanda (Mexico 1995-96).  He now reckons his name should be Wynn No Dow Meldrum.  He is also finding that a Florida ID card is useful for scraping ice off the car.   Marita was happy to have visits from two sets of friends – quite a reunion – with two about the same age as Kalika. 
 
Next Week 27 April 2017:   Chair: Dianne ;   Greeter: Wayne;   Introducer: Joyce;   Thanker:  Sue P.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from David that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street).  Tickets @ $15 per person are now available. 
 
Pam passed on this important message:  What parts of Rotary need to be improved? Here is your chance to get your ideas in front of the leaders of Rotary International.  What would it take to make our organization better, stronger, more inclusive, more effective ? We need your thoughts. Please respond to Past District Governor John Carkner at jcarkner2@bellaliant.net
 
President’s Time:  Josh gave reminders of the Spring Bash on 6 May (see Jamie and sign up to help if you have not already done so), and the Paul Harris Evening on 18 May (get your tickets).
 
 
Speakers:   Josh  introduced Tai Christie who gave an excellent presentation on Global Brigades Honduras 2017 with occasional help from his dad, Adam Christie (Director, Student Life & International Services at Mount A.) 
 
 
Global Brigades started at Mount A in 2009 and to date some 550 students have taken part.  This year Tai and Adam were part of a group of about 50 who flew to Honduras on United (they did not get pulled off the plane).  Prior to leaving time is spent on meetings, fundraising, making soap, and getting the needed shots (which did not prevent Tai from getting sick on the trip).  Most of the volunteers are students but they are accompanied by medical and other professionals.  The procedure is to concentrate first on medical and dental work, followed by public health, water, and micro-financing.  Donated eye glasses are used with great effect.
 
Their work began with a health survey then meeting the family they were to be helping.  Most of the time was devoted to building a toilet with septic tank.  As Rotarians know from WASRAG (Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group), clean water and good sanitation are key to improving health standards.
 
The visit ended with a soccer match which turned out to be Canada v. U.S.A. (Canada won). While some question this type of short-term aid, it is of value and care is taken to follow up on the various projects.  Many of the students go back again.
 
 
Both Tai and Adam thanked Rotary for their support.  Sandy (with some help from Josh) expressed thanks to the speakers.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
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Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
 
Josh was in the chair.  Speaking from a background of working with legal aid clients in Nova Scotia he underlined the importance of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms introduced in 1982 under Justin’s father PET.  The Charter protects individuals from discrimination, from unreasonable search and seizure, and from the power of the state.
 
Guest:  Prospective member Stacey Merrigan.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon Meldrum of the South Lake, Florida Rotary Club.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  On behalf of the Tantramar Heritage Trust Al Smith accepted a cheque for $572 from Marita.  Donnie Steeves won $1,144 (the second member of the same family to win); the cheque will be presented next Monday.
 
PinPal Stories:  While at Costco Wayne and Sandy met PDG Wayne Warnes.  Edna’s daughter was a performer in a very successful Music for Humanity concert organized by the West Ottawa club to raise money for Polio Plus.  Bill had an email from Pam who is now on her way home from Portugal.
 
 
50-50 Draw:   Joyce’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $330 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie is happy that the 10 year old twin grandsons (and their parents) are visiting next week. David has become a grandfather for the first time – his daughter had a baby boy; he has been warned to expect stiff competition.  Joyce’s grandson Mount A student Jonathan has been awarded a position as a parliamentary guide in Ottawa for the coming year after a rigorous application process including an interview in French; thereafter he will be going for a study year in Strasbourg.   Sue P was happy to report that Lorne is out of hospital; he finds that your legs don’t work so well when you’ve been in bed for two months.   Wynn was happy that the sun was out (a bit more like Florida).  Following on Josh’s talk he quoted a lawyer’s maxim “Just because you did it doesn’t mean you’re guilty.”   While in Florida he gave two presentations to the Rotary club: one on Canadian law and one on the Canadian health system.        
                                                                     
Next Week 20 April 2017:   Chair: David (or Josh);   Greeter: Joyce (standing in for Trish);   Introducer: Josh;   Thanker:  Sandy.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from Charlie that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street).  Tickets @ $15 per person are now available. 
 
 
Club Assembly:   Chaired by Josh
Jamie reminded members of the Spring Bash on Saturday 6 May at the High School. Currently we have nine vendors signed up featuring wine, beer and coolers. It will be the same band as last year, Freefall from Amherst.  A sign-up sheet was circulated. Sell tickets !!!
 
 
John outlined our agreement with the Sackville Commons which will provide us with storage space, use of the board room for the Monday Toonie Count, and access to other facilities such as photocopying and Wi-Fi.  There is a large room which might be used for breakfasts or for other events.
 
A Food Safety Course will be given by the Town on 29 April, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (three members have already taken this course).  Also available is an online course on serving alcohol.
 
A reminder that Marita is in charge of grocery cards.  Close to $1000 has already been raised this year through sale of cards.
 
Following up on our Vendor Appreciation Night for the Gold Mine Draw a special thanks was expressed to Mary (good to see her back at Rotary !) for providing the Gold Mine “clubhouse” plus all kinds of work and support going all the way back to the initiation of the project.  Thank you Mary !
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 06, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
Darrell chaired the meeting but declined to give any personal stories (too embarrassing, he said).
 
Guests:  Potential new member Stacey Merrigan introduced by Josh.
 
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Sharon Meldrum (former member of our club, Past-President 1998-99), now a member of the South Lake, Florida club, brought greetings and exchanged banners with Darrell.
 
Make-ups:  Wynn had 7 from the South Lake, Florida club.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Louise’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $324 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:   John was happy that Wynn is back; also because he saw 100s and 100s of robins.   Dianne was happy to hear birds singing (a sign of spring ?); this time next week she will be seeing her grandson in Brampton.   Bill’s daughter and her husband will be at the Vimy commemoration on 9 April.   Louise’ nephew and niece will also be at Vimy on a school trip; her brother faces hip surgery tomorrow.   Wynn accompanied granddaughter Karlee to the World Junior Curling Championship in South Korea; he found the people there congenial and respectful.  In a market he saw a Rotary sign and met a Rotary District Secretary. He was glad he declined to transfer his membership to the South Lake club.  Sad dollars: his associate is leaving and he will have to go back to work.  Extra sad dollar: the golf course is not open yet.   Sharon is glad to be back in Rotary, and is praying for warm weather.
 
                                                                                   
Charlie reminded members that Sunday 9 April -  Wednesday 12 April, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The Tantramar Heritage Trust is presenting a lecture by Sandy Fairbanks on "The Battle for Vimy Ridge," on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Octagonal House Great Room located at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, 29 Queens Road in Sackville (between Joyce’s house and Marshview Middle School).
Sandy Fairbanks is a retired lawyer from Amherst NS who spent 33 years in the Reserve Forces with the Canadian Army. He has a passionate interest in history and will present an in-depth look at the battle tactics taken by the Canadian force that captured the strategic Vimy Ridge in France 100 years ago. It will be an informative and highly educational presentation on what is most certainly a defining point in Canadian history.
 
Next Week 13 April 2017:   Club Assembly.   Chair: Josh;   Greeter: Tim.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw:  On behalf of the Sackville Food Bank Gayle accepted a cheque for $584 from Bill.
 
Rotary Foundation:  A reminder from Charlie that our Paul Harris Evening will be held on Thursday 18 May at 6:30 p.m. at Cranewood on Main (113 Main Street).  Tickets @ $15 per person are now available. 
 
Fundraising:  Jamie gave out tickets for the Spring Bash 2017 to be held on Saturday 6 May at the High School.  Sell your tickets or expect a visit from someone with a baseball bat.
 
President’s Time:  Josh thanked Wayne and all who contributed to the success of the breakfast; all went smoothly.  A de-briefing meeting will be held.  Thanks to Wayne and Darrell for making shelves for the new storage area; also to those who helped with the move to the Sackville Commons.  The District Governor’s official visit will be on 13 July.
 
 
Speaker:  John got to introduce himself as speaker.  His topic was the Sackville Arts Wall.  As a background he pointed out that Sackville was a flourishing cultural centre a century and more ago, well ahead of other places in the Maritimes.  The Owens Arts Gallery (1895) is the oldest university art gallery in Canada.  The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia dates from 1908, but only got its building in 1988; the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton dates from 1959.
 
The Sackville Arts Wall (across from Joey’s) currently has 13 plaques honouring 14 people (one is for Ivan and Vivian Hicks).  There are 9 men and 5 women.  Compare the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame which is 75% men. The oldest is Charles G.D. Roberts (born 1860); eight are still alive.  Why is it the “Sackville Arts Wall” and not “The Sackville Arts Wall of Fame” ?  With the inclusion of someone like Ian Hanomansing the definition of “arts” is being stretched.
 
There are pros and cons regarding the location of the wall on a downtown building.  Many people pass by it (but do they really see it ?)  It has to compete with other signage.  The signs deteriorate due to exposure to the elements.
 
 
In thanking the speaker Bill mentioned that the Town is considering another location; he also asked people to nominate new candidates for the wall (the committee only selects from nominees).
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Mar 30, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
Dale who chaired the meeting is happy to be off to Vancouver Island on Monday – bringing back memories of being in B.C. in 1969 and 1970, working in a pulp mill and a mine.  Transportation was by hitchhiking.  On one occasion he got a ride from a young lady in a sports car who was into skiing – it turned out to be Nancy Greene.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Marita’s number was drawn, but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $305 carries forward to next week.
 
Pin-Pal Story:  John met long-lost member (?) Morgan Rosenberg at the Sackville Commons.
 
Birthday: Wayne is one year older on the 31st.  Happy Birthday !
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F is happy that there is still snow for skiing; also that she leaves on Tuesday for Europe and for the Vimy Ridge anniversary event.   Wayne was happy that he made it to another one.
 
Next Week 6 April 2017:   Chair: Darrell;   Greeter: Susan F;   Introducer: John;   Thanker: Ove: Speaker: John.
 
Breakfast:  Coming up on Saturday.  Wayne reminded members that set-up on Friday is 4 – 6 p.m.
 
Sackville Commons: John asked for help on Friday at 1:30 p.m. moving Rotary stuff from Mary's and from the industrial park to our new space in the Sackville Commons.  Also a reminder that the Toonie Count will be at the Commons from now on (go to jail at rear of building).
 
 
Poetry: Josh introduced special guest Marilyn Lerch, Sackville’s Poet Laureate.  April is National Poetry Month and the community poetry reading event will take place on Sunday 30 April, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.  Come and bring a poem to read!
 
President’s Time:  Josh expressed thanks to Susan F plus those who attended the curling/pizza event with the Rotaract club. The Moncton Rotaract members were very impressed with the support the Mount A group gets from our club.
 
Speaker:  Dianne introduced Jay Bohen Activity Co-ordinator at the Drew Nursing Home and Matt Pryde the Town’s Recreation Programs & Events Manager.   A video was shown introducing the “duet bicycle” and the philosophy which underlies its use.
 
 
The unit is basically a detachable wheel chair at the front and a bicycle at the back operated and controlled by a “pilot.”  Studies have shown that when this is used in seniors’ homes the experience has a marked effect in reducing depression and “failure to thrive.”
 
It is proposed that the Drew Home and the Town work together with a duet bicycle being purchased by the Town but available for use at the Drew.  The Town will be responsible for the maintenance of the unit. The cost is considerable – in the $6000 to $8000 range.  Jay thanked the club for the donation of $1,500 which we have already made.  It is hoped that some provincial grant money may be available.  The Town will also engage in fund-raising.
 
The “pilots” have to be specially trained and Matt will be involved in the training program.  Susan F felt that this was a program that should appeal to the Mount A Rotaract club. 
 
 
Marita thanked the speakers for a most interesting presentation.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  Josh accepted a cheque for $570 on behalf of the Dorchester Food Bank.
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Mar 24, 2017
 
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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. 
 
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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 . . 
 
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Some of those present . . .
 
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Sherry Bickerton and Greta Patterson.
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Charles and Shelley Beaver with Susan and David
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Brenda and John Long with John and Darrell
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Mike Knockwood with Joyce
 
A great evening – with many thanks to Gayle for all her hard work in organizing it !
  
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Mar 24, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
Bill was in the chair and recounted Heather’s mishap when she fell on the ice at the Curling Club.  X-rays (diagnosed in Moncton) showed no bones broken. No concussion – only a very sore head.  Bill recalled his own trip in an ambulance four years ago.  The moral: count your blessings.  “For most of us – most of the time – things are good.”
 
 
50-50 Draw:  John’s number was drawn, and he picked -  the Joker !  This (evidently) entitled him to pick another card – but not the 9 of Clubs.  So the pot of $305 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Sue was happy to have been in Quebec City to see skier Alex Harvey win gold in the Cross-Country World Cup.  One year ago she was skiing with RYE student Louis;  via Facebook he wishes he was here.  Ove was looking forward to being in Phoenix, Arizona in 12 hours.   Dale’s grandson captains a Shediac hockey team and Dale was on hand last weekend to see them defeat two teams (grandson scored a goal).   John was happy he has no grandkids to report on.  He was also glad that Josh made the right call not to cancel Rotary this morning (no blizzard).
 
Next Week 30 March 2017:   Chair: Dale;   Greeter: Sue P;   Introducer: Jamie;   Thanker : Marita;  Speaker: Jay Bohen.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:   Matt Ripley, Vice-Principal of Salem Elementary, was on hand to accept a cheque for $579.50 on behalf of the school.
 
President’s Time:  Josh thanked Gayle for the great job she did in organizing the Vendors Appreciation Night held at the Painted Pony last night (see below).  Sell tickets for the breakfast on 1 April !  The Legacy Committee is working on various options for a legacy project; these will be presented to the club for discussion and a decision.
 
 
In 1987 the Rotary Club of Sackville, at the suggestion of then president Dr. Jim Purdy, proposed to the Town that a shelter be built over the “Booster Pump” on Main Street and an adjacent parking area be provided.  The Town agreed and the project became a joint one between the Town and the Rotary Club with each paying 50% of the cost of materials.  The Town is now planning to rebuild the shelter and pave the adjacent parking spot.  Moved by Dale, seconded by David, and carried that the club contribute $2,000 being 50% of the cost.  The signage will credit the Rotary Club.  The project is to be completed by 30 June.
 
 
Speaker:  Dale introduced Ryan Suter who has been with Struts Gallery/Faucet Media Arts Centre since 2014.  After an overview of the varied work of Struts/Faucet he focused in on the video camps for young people. These are held twice a year, usually in March and July, with 10 to 15 participants, age 9 to 14.  Expensive equipment is provided.  The kids brainstorm ideas for the videos and learn the benefits of collaboration.  The emphasis is on experimentation, play and the use of the imagination. The camp covers all stages of producing videos.  Ryan showed a sample video entitled “The Storm.” On the last day of the camp there is a screening of all the videos made for an audience of family and friends.  The camps are popular and usually do not have to be advertised as they quickly become filled up in advance.
 
 
Ove thanked the speaker and noted how much his daughter had enjoyed one of the camps; the interest in photography it generated took her to the Ontario College of Art and Design – even if her career path eventually took a different turn !
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
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 !
 
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Mar 16, 2017
 
 
 
The meeting was ably Chaired by Charlie this week.  Instead of a bio, he read a poem that had special meaning to some members.
 
It’s nice to get up in the morning
When the sun begins to shine,
At 4 or 5 or 6 o’clock
In the good old summertime.
 
But when the snow is snowing
And it’s murky overhead,
O, it’s nice to get up in the morning,
BUT -  it’s nicer to lie in your bed.
 
    There was no big winner in last Monday's drawing of the Gold Mine Draw. However there is always a Charity that benefits and this week it was Marshview Middle School.  Here, Gordie Kline, representing the school accepts a cheque for $571.50 from Rotarian Tim Jones.
 
With the exception of our guest speaker (Gavin Hardie), there were no other guests or visiting Rotarians.  As well there were no Pin Pal stories nor Birthdays.  In the makeup department, Rotaract met this week with Marita attending in place of David and Susan.  The normal Gold Mine Draw crew met on Monday and the construction crew met for building shelves in our new storage area (Darrell and Wayne).
 
    The 50-50 Draw saw Wayne's ticket drawn.  Looking to pick the 9 of , he instead drew the 6 of , thereby missing out on $298.  I suspect the pot should start to grow more each week as members buy more tickets.  There was no shortage of Happy Dollars this week as members try to insure they contribute in a style that Wynn would be proud of.  That said, up first was Marita who was happy that she and daughter Kalika will be attending a CAD's event at Ski Martok, where Kalika will try snowboarding...........Josh, fresh back from Cuba, thanked Darrell for driving to Dorchester to collect the Gold Mine box that he would normally bring to Sackville each Monday.........Ove was happy that Josh was back from Cuba...........Louise indicated that she will be real happy this weekend as her father turns 80-years-young.  She and her siblings have created a scrapbook detailing her father's life throughout the past 80 years.  They plan to give it to him at a party in his honour this weekend.  She suspects tears will be the norm...........Dianne was happy that she remembered the surprise birthday party for Sandy last weekend.............Edna, also just back from Cuba, thanked Gayle for pinch-hitting for her while she was away............Sandy was triple happy this week.  Firstly, she was happy that Wayne pulled off the surprise party for her last Saturday night.  Seconded she was happy that, after the party (midnight), the folks at the ER indicated that she did not have a stroke - just Bell's Palsy, now being treated.  The third happy buck was reserved for her daughter and her family who arrived Monday to celebrate her birthday, bringing with them a scrapbook with old and new pictures and text indicating the 70 ways they love her.  Not too many dry eyes!.............Susan P. was happy that special friend Lorne has been transferred to the Sackville Memorial Hospital.  He claims the food is decent.
 
The Duty Roster for next week is:
Chairperson        Bill               Greeter          Sandy
Introducer           George        Thanker          Mary
 
Upcoming Committee meetings are as follows:
Fundraising Today 12 noon at Mary's house
Legacy Committee   Next week (Josh will advise)
 
Committee reports were sparse this week.  Gayle advised members that the Gold Mine Draw Committee will be holding a recognition night for our vendors who display the blue boxes each week in their businesses.  All members of the club are invited to the event next Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Paint Pont Restaurant on Bridge Street.  Marita reported that the Rotaract Club held their final meeting of the current school year.  Margaret Tuzz-King was the guest speaker.  Subsequently, the Rotaract club donated $750 to Open Sky Cooperative.
 
In Josh's time, he indicated that he and John will be attending the upcoming PET's & SET's District meeting.  He also urged people to sell as many of their breakfast tickets as they can.  Then sell some more!!!
 
Gayle introduced Gavin Hardie, co-founder-owner of Bay of Fungi Mushrooms, a three old Sackville company producing fresh mushrooms.
  The principle operator, he claims to be a life long learner. Since the inception of Bay of Fungi he has spent countless hours researching and exploring the world of farming and fungi. Within this endeavor Gavin is able to combine many of his passions – arboriculture, green building, permaculture and land stewardship – as these passions naturally lend themselves to the cultivation of fungi. Like his fungi counterparts, he is a natural born recycler; expressed in the building and growing style of Bay of Fungi.  Gavin believes in producing food that is good for the earth and good for the people. "Our mushrooms are produced year round at our off-grid mushroom farm, capturing light from the sun to power our farm and bring delicious, nutritious and affordable mushrooms to you" he was quoted. 
Nicholas Thompson became interested in fungi through his study of soil ecology at Dalhousie University. He moved to New Brunswick in 2012 to work on an organic farm. There he met Gavin and the two decided to start Bay of Fungi. This project was exciting to Nicholas because the cultivation of fungi presents interesting challenges combining biology and technology; two subjects that Nicholas has been passionate about since childhood.
   
 
The company has grown over the last three years, as how the mushrooms are grown.  Formally grown in hay, they now grow them in a mixture of oats and other compostable substances.  Gavin or his other partner Ashley can be found at the Farmer's markets in Sackville and Dieppe.  Friends have helped them design the marketing for the business, leading to value-added "Grow-Your-Own-Mushroom" containers.
  The partners feel very comfortable that the lessons learned in the past three years have set them up for success in the future.  Revenues are now beginning to make their dream a reality and they intend to be around for quite a number of years.
 
    
 
 In the usual manner, Rotarian Louise thanked Gavin for an interesting presentation by presenting him with a certificate and a Rotary pen along with a book, to be donated in his name, to a local library.
 
The Four-Way-Test concluded the meeting.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin March 16, 2017 Wayne Harper 2017-03-16 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Mar 09, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
Wayne led the meeting in a rousing rendition of “O Canada.”
 
 Ove (standing in for Wynn) recalled one of his most embarrassing moments.  When a student at UNB he got a summer job in Saskatchewan working with CPR laying rails during the day and teaching English to Ukrainian workers at night.  The workers prevailed upon him to try chewing tobacco.  It was a hot day, the work was hard, and Ove felt sicker and sicker until one of the Ukrainians asked him, “Are you spittin’ ?”  That was learning to chew tobacco the hard way.
 
Guests:   Ove brought along Pat and their long-time friends David and Marlene Mercer.  Also welcomed were Gold Mine winner Doreen Richards and frequent visitor Elizabeth Wells.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Dale’s  number was drawn but he picked the ace of Clubs, not the 9. The pot of $299 carries forward to next week.
 
Birthday:  After some debate it was decided that Sandy has a birthday on 14 March and she was duly serenaded.
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie lost a back tooth but the gold cap weighed 4 grams and was worth $104; who says there’s no tooth fairy ?   Sue F is happy she and David are going to Quebec City to watch ski races.   Ove was glad that David and especially Marlene made it in time for the 7:15 a.m. breakfast.  Dianne loved the beautiful sunrise and hoped it was a sign of spring.  Gayle advised that you’ll be able to tell when it’s spring by the smell (i.e. skunks).
 
Next Week 16 March 2017:   Chair: Bill;   Greeter: Ove;   Introducer: Gayle;   Thanker: Louise;  Speaker: Gavin Hardie on “Mushrooms.”
 
Gold Mine Presentations:
 
 
 
This week’s winner Doreen Richards collected a cheque for $2,317 from Ove.
 
 
On behalf of the Sackville Community Association Elizabeth Wells accepted a cheque for $562.50 from David.
 
 
Pam Novak received a cheque for $570 from Sue F for Atlantic Wildlife.
 
 
Sue F and Dianne presented a cheque for $584.50 to Swim Club members Max Beaver, Grace Farella and Zoe Cober.
 
AdministrationJohn announced that the club has rented space in the Sackville Commons building.  It will be used for storage and also for the Toonie Count.
 
President’s Time:  Josh was in Cuba, but Dianne reported that before he left he had come into some money; he used it to buy pizza and along with David, Sue F and Dianne they went to the Dorchester School and served pizza to the 60 students !
 
Speaker:  Dianne introduced Colin Robertson, President of the Mount A Rotaract Club who had brought his harem with him – Shayla, Katherine, Ellen, and VP Elise.
 
 
Colin who is in his second year as President reported on the club’s activities.  They have had several successful fund-raisers (thanks to Rotarians for buying back chilli) but he is most proud of their community activities.  The club serves breakfast at Marshview Middle School (they have served over 1000), and also helps with the Food Bank. Members attended a District Training Session and while there made contact with the other four Rotaract clubs in the province; they keep in touch via Facebook and are planning a joint “Dictionaries for Life” project for next year. Colin thanked the Rotary Club and especially Sue for their interest and support.
 
Each of the other Rotaract members spoke briefly about what the club means to them.  Elise from Quispamsis, N.B., has seen the club grow in numbers this year.  Ellen from Moncton, N.B. is enjoying her first year in Rotaract.  Katherine from Vancouver, B.C. likes the opportunities for community involvement.  Shayla finds it a very active club with lots of opportunities for volunteer work.
 
Members of the Rotary club were impressed by the Rotaract students and their enthusiasm for serving in the local community.  The students were invited to attend Rotary meetings. Wayne pointed out that thanks to a recent rules change Rotaract members can also become members of a Rotary Club; he will check on what the position is regarding the payment of fees.
 
 
Joyce thanked the five students for an excellent presentation.  They each got a Rotary pen/stylus.          
                                          
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin March 9, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-03-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Mar 02, 2017
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
 GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHO THE WEEKLY WINNERS ARE!  Click HERE.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Mar 02, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
 
White-haired chairman Wayne spoke on behalf of those who survived the 1930s, ‘40s and 50s.  Their mothers may have smoked/drank while pregnant; they slept in cribs with lead-based paint; they rode bikes with baseball caps not helmets; they rode in cars with no car seats, seat belts, air bags and sometimes no brakes; they drank water from a garden hose not a bottle; they had no video games, 150 channel cable TV, DVDs, CDs, cell phones, personal computers, internet; they would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as they were back when the streetlights came on; they fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth but no law suits ensued; they were spanked with ping-pong paddles or bare hands but no one called child services to report abuse. Yet these generations produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.  If you are one of those born between 1925 and 1955 – CONGRATULATIONS !
 
Pin-Pal Story:  Dianne went to Coles in Amherst to buy a book and ended up having a long conversation with the lady in the shop whose daughter went on a RYE exchange in Australia.
 
 
Birthday:  Dale was a year older.  He’s now counting backwards.
 
50-50 Draw:   Sandy’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs. The pot of $282 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:  Sue F will be happy when she finally empties the freezer of Rotaract chilli.   Gayle thanked Sandy and Charlie for the photo of Tony’s induction which appeared in this week’s Tribune-Post.   Bill said thanks for last week’s bulletin; he was visiting his son and wife in Ottawa.  Come May Bill will have a granddaughter – join the club !   He and Heather visited Quebec City on the way home and were impressed.  Edna’s daughter ended up staying an extra four days thanks to Porter Airlines.  She was also happy to be off to Cuba tomorrow.  John identified with the generation of Wayne’s opening remarks.   Louise wondered how two accountants could have such a risk-taking daughter; fortunately in the latest incident the front teeth stayed intact.
 
 
Gold Mine Cheque Presentations:  Ryan Suter was on hand to accept a $574 cheque from Josh for Struts Gallery.
 
 
Matt Litvak collected a $581 cheque from Gayle for Sackville Minor Hockey.
 
Next Week 9 March 2017:   Chair: Ove (standing in for Wynn);   Greeter: Marita;   Introducer: Dianne;   Thanker: Joyce;  Speaker: Rotaract Club members.
 
 
Rotary Foundation:  David displayed two awards won by the club – one for 100% membership participation in average giving of $100US to the Foundation in 2015-16, the other a certificate of appreciation for our support of the “End Polio Now: Make History Today” campaign.
 
President’s Time:  Josh delivered a rant on the NB taxation system where everybody’s property taxes go up but the Irving LNG plant pays $5.5 million less. Perhaps we need another Sir Albert Smith to get us a better deal.  A reminder of dates:  the next breakfast is on 1 April, and the Wine/Beer Tasting will be on 6 May.
 
 
Speaker:  David introduced Christopher Falconer, Principal of Dorchester Consolidated School who filled in his own bio info.  His talk was well-called “Dorchester School: Beyond Classroom Education” for he went on to give a comprehensive and moving account of the challenges faced in the school beyond the area of academic instruction. 
 
 
Of the school’s 60 pupils some 20% struggle with just basic needs.  Sometimes the teacher has almost to take on the role of a parent.  They have a breakfast program and also provide some hot lunches, milk and fresh fruit and vegetables.  The school even has a washer and dryer which get well used.  There’s also a vegetable garden (apple trees and raspberries to come) which helps with the teaching of cooking and kitchen skills.  There are field trips but the funding of these can be a problem.  The school’s Heritage Fair is a highlight and pupils have won numerous awards. Active living is encouraged with snowshoeing and hockey on a parking lot ice surface.  Other activities include choir, music, chess, maths completion, and a wide range of sports.  Costs are an ongoing problem and the Gold Mine donations are a godsend to the school.  Chris paid tribute to the school staff – the best ever, he says. Question period touched on the sensitive question of possible school closure.  The talk made clear what a devastating blow that would be to the community.  
 
 
Josh himself a graduate of the school gave a heartfelt vote of thanks to the speaker.      
                                                    
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin March 2, 2017 Charlie Scobie 2017-03-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Feb 23, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
 
Moyra Boone was on hand bright and early to collect her $2,297 Gold Mine winnings from Charlie.
 
Chairman Josh arrived just in time to lead the singing of “O Canada.”
 
 
50-50 Draw:   Sue F’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  The pot of $274 carries forward to next week.
 
GuestsTony was a guest (for the last time), and there was a special welcome for his wife Marilyn.
 
Birthday:  Edna was absent last week so was retroactively serenaded with “Happy Birthday.”
 
Happy Dollars:  Edna’s daughter, home for the break, was due to leave today but her flight was cancelled so she gets another day of home cooking.   Rotaract had their Chili Sale in a blizzard so Sue F was offering frozen chili at $5 a container (she did a brisk business).   Sandy will be selling her jewelry at the Moncton Fashion Show on Saturday and was giving away free tickets to the event.   Diane gave a sports update - she went to a basketball game (playing against Crandall University  Mount A won in overtime); then home to watch curling.  This Saturday there will be a bonspiel in memory of Cecil Hicks.   Tony is happy he and his family have found a place they like to call home (Sackville !)   Sue P was just happy to be here.   Louise took last Friday off and went to Halifax with 7 other girls on a shopping expedition to buy a dress.     
                   
Next Week 2 March 2017:   Chair:  Wayne;   Greeter: Mary;   Introducer: David;   Thanker: Josh;  Speaker: Christopher Falconer, Dorchester Consolidated School.
 
 
Induction of New Member:  David presided at the induction of Tony Carhart as a new member of the Rotary Club of Sackville.  Gayle who proposed Tony as a new member introduced him to the club.  He has purchased the Foodland Store from Sobey’s and has plans to develop it. He and Marilyn (who is a TRHS graduate) have a daughter, and a son who works in the store.  This is his 5th move and he intends to stay.  David summarized the ideals of Rotary and spoke of both the responsibilities and the rewards of being a Rotarian.  Josh presented the Rotary pin, and all present shook hands with Tony to welcome him to Rotary.
 
President’s Time:  Josh thanked Charlie for providing information from the archives on the 1987-88 joint Rotary/Town project to build the “Booster Pump.”  The Town is going to rebuild the facility and will be approaching Rotary for help.  The next breakfast will be on 1 April (no kidding); a sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.
 
Club Assembly:  Josh passed on information from Trish about the joint Rotary project near Nagpur, India in which we are participating. 
 
 
The idea for this came from Becky Stewart when she visited the area with a District 7810 Rotary Group Study Exchange.  There are two linked projects.  One will work to conserve water in several watershed areas in a region where drought is a huge issue for farmers.  The other will help provide potable water by installing water filtration systems in a group of seven villages. This will include bringing drinkable water to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve benefitting visitors, guards and guides at the reserve. The project is a great example of Rotary co-operation with support from 7 clubs in south-east New Brunswick (plus the Fredericton Sunrise club) working along with the Rotary Club of Nagpur. The New Brunswick clubs are contributing $30,000 USD to the two projects.  An application is being made for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.  Special thanks to Trish for the huge amount of work involved in organizing a project of this size on our behalf (continuing while she is on leave !)
 
Gold Mine:  Gayle mentioned how much we owe to the 9 businesses that have the Gold Mine blue boxes.  It is proposed to invite them to an Appreciation Night.  Stay tuned.
 
Circulation:  Sue P noted that members tend to sit in the same seats each week.  Her message:  circulate !  and get to meet and speak to different people each week.
 
 
Gold Mine (again):  Barbi Kaye came to accept a cheque for $567.50 on behalf of Dorchester Consolidated School. 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Feb 09, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
 
Gold Mine:  before the meeting Jocelyne Young was on hand to accept from Bill a cheque for $575 on behalf of Tantramar Regional High School.
 
Tim chaired the meeting and Wynn was back (briefly) from the sunny south to lead the singing of “O Canada.”
 
 
50-50 Draw:  David’s number was drawn but he picked the 9 of Hearts instead of the 9 of Clubs.  The pot of $265 carries forward to next week.
 
 
Makeups:  Wynn had a list of make-ups at the South Lake County club in Florida and had a document to prove it.  He gave us a rendering of their “Hello” song.  And here’s a  long-distance make-up from Portugal Pam who sent these pictures:
 
 
This Rotary club – Estoi Palace International – meets in a beautiful palace that has been converted into a hotel.  They produce this book quarterly.  They are an international club and their meetings are conducted in English.  See http://www.rotaryestoipalace.org/.
 
Birthday:  Edna was wished Happy Birthday in absentia.
 
 
Gold Mine #2:  This week’s winner Danny LeBlanc was happy to collect his $2,254 cheque from Tim.
 
Happy Dollars:   Wynn fell downstairs at a Florida night club after having two diet cokes (one over his limit) and hurt his foot.  This gave him an experience of the Florida health system.  He hopes to be back on the golf course soon.  His daughter is going as a spare on the Canadian team at the world curling championship in Korea (south, not north), and Wynn is going along too.  Dianne reported on behalf of the winning Curl for Cancer Gold Miners team.  Marita is anxious to sell you grocery cards and can now accept VISA thanks to some help from SandyOve apologized for his no-show at Gold Mine counting on Monday.   Josh apologized for his no-show as greeter this morning (too early).   Wayne thanked everyone who supported Curl for Cancer including Dianne and Tony; the amount raised was just shy of $14,000.   Skier Susan F was happy at the 40 cms of snow forecast for tonight.  John reported on an email received from Marion who hopes to be out and about again soon.
 
Next Week:   Chair:  Trish;   Greeter: Joyce;   Introducer: Darrell;   Thanker: John;  Speaker: Adam Campbell, Ducks Unlimited.
 
Rotary Foundation:  David reminded members that we are looking for suggestions of local volunteers to be recognized at the Paul Harris evening on 18 May.
 
Membership:  Gayle reported that the committee is working on ways to recruit new members.
 
President’s Time:  Josh congratulated the curlers who won on points (by beating a kids’ team 11-0).   The next breakfast is on 1 April (no kidding); we need someone to head up the breakfast.
 
 
Speaker:   Dale introduced guest speaker Christiana MacDougall who is a full-time social worker with Cumberland Mental Health Services in Amherst, a part-time lecturer in the Sociology Department at Mount A, and who is about to complete a Ph.D. at Memorial University.  Her presentation on “Can Childbirth Be Traumatic ?” was based on the research she has been doing for her doctoral thesis.  Between one third and a half of women say that their experience of childbirth was traumatic, and there are many causes of childbirth trauma.  Christiana’s research was based on in-depth interviews with 15 participants with each interview producing about 50 pages of data.  She found many examples of human rights violations.  Many women tend not to complain, but to comply.  Experiences of distress can lead to guilt and shame.  A sample interview illustrated how thanks to treatment by doctors or nurses a woman can become an object in the room rather than a person with a voice.  The study has many implications for hospitals and health authorities in such matters as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality during labour and delivery.  The findings of the study will be published as a book.
 
 
Christiana’s talk certainly gripped the attention of her audience, and was followed by a lively question period, after which she was appropriately thanked by Josh. The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Feb 02, 2017
 

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.

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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Feb 02, 2017
 
Photographer: Sandy Harper
 
 
Susan P chaired the meeting and delivered a long list of advice to seniors (and those who will one day be seniors).  It’s time to use the money you saved up but a bad time for a new investment, even if it seems foolproof.  Don’t let the past drag you down, and don’t let the future frighten you.  Embrace your golden years.  Don’t live with your children or grandchildren.  Get out of the house and meet people.  Laugh a lot.  Always stay up to date.  Keep a healthy lifestyle and walk every day.  .  .  .   and much more !
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Susan F’s number was drawn and guest Andrew Ollerhead (candidate for Adventures in Citizenship) came close but not close enough (7 of Clubs instead of 9).
 
Happy Dollars:   Wayne announced that Community Forests International is presenting an evening of short docs by Moncton-based filmmaker Craig Norris on Wednesday 8 February at 7 p.m. in the Vogue Cinema; admission by $5 donation.   As a result of Groundhog Day Susan F expects six more weeks of snow, snow, snow.  According to Marita, Kalika is looking forward to getting out in the snow.  So is Josh so that he can use his new tractor.  According to Bill a similar Groundhog Day 25 years ago was followed by 190 cms of snow in 3 days.
 
Gold Mine Presentations: 
 
 
Guest Marilyn Prescott was on hand to accept a cheque for $552 on behalf of the Sackville Memorial Foundation from Dale.
 
 
Susan F presented guest Tracy Rose with a cheque for $575 for the Sackville Family Resource Centre.
 
Next Week:   Chair:  Tim;   Greeter: Josh;   Introducer: Dale;   Thanker: Jamie;  Speaker: Christianna MacDougall.
 
Rotaract:  The Rotaract group will serve chili at Winter Carnival on 9 February; donations of chili and of baked goods welcome –  contact Susan F.
 
Curl for Cancer:  The Rotary Gold Miners team are all set to go on Saturday 4 February and would appreciate your support.
 
Global Brigades:   According to Dale student Adam Christie and his father are going to Honduras on 17-26 February under the Global Brigades program.  Donations were accepted to support their project (to be matched by the club).
 
 
President’s Time:  Josh, watched by RF Chair David, presented Bill with his first Paul Harris pin.   Members are asked to check their profile on ClubRunner and ensure that their contact information is up to date.   A reminder that it is possible to pay for breakfast on a quarterly basis.
 
Speaker:   Charlie introduced David Bruce making a return visit to Rotary this time to give a presentation on “The Importance of a Sports Wall of Fame.”
 
 
David is on the Board of Directors of the Sackville Sports Wall of Fame and it was only when he became involved with this group that he came to have a sense of the history and legacy of sports in this community.  Started in 1989 the Wall of Fame is located in the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.  There are three categories for recognition: Athletes, Builders, and Teams.  There are probably many people in the community not familiar with the Wall or aware of the many interesting stories presented there.  There is a need to make more of a connection with the local community.
 
A section of the Town web site is devoted to the Sports Wall of Fame and contains pictures of all those who have been honoured along with a short bio.  See https://sackville.com/residents/arts-culture/sports-wall-of-fame/
 
 
Ove expressed thanks to the speaker on behalf of the club, and the meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Will it build goodwill and better friendships ?  Pam (while enjoying the sunshine and warmth of Portugal) continues to meet Dutch people. 
 
 
They get the story of the Canada 150 tulips;
 
 
she gets the instant friendship Dutch folk reserve for Canadians.
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jan 26, 2017
 
Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
THE SHOW MUST GO ON.  Despite the recent ice storm and many people still being without power Rotary went ahead as usual.  Susan (F not P) chaired the meeting but declared that it was too early for opening remarks.
 
 
Guests:  Ove brought Pat along.  Tony seems to be half way between a guest and a prospective new member.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  John shuffled the cards but Edna failed to draw the 9 of Clubs so $245 carries forward to next week.
 
Happy Dollars:   Charlie enjoyed haggis last night (Rabbie Burns Day) and delivered the Address to the Haggis (one verse only).   What happens when the power is out: Gayle has not talked so much to her husband for the last four years (note: don’t keep opening the fridge every four minutes).   Dianne offered room and board to those without power but had no takers (at least not yet).   They had a tree come down on a window, damaging the screen but fortunately not the window itself.   Susan F and David read books and napped; David ran a cable from his truck to the fridge.   Edna was grateful for Dianne’s offer, but hopes her power will be back on soon.
 
Next Week:   Chair:  Susan (P not F);   Greeter: John;   Introducer: Charlie;   Thanker: George [?].
 
Grocery Cards:  Marita sent her regrets; if you need a card give her a call.
 
 
Rotary Foundation:  David reminded members of the RF change jars.  One from Wynn has yielded $144.  Tony got an empty one to start work on.
 
President’s Time:  Josh thanked members for showing up despite the ice storm and also the kitchen staff for being there to make our breakfast.   He reminded members of the training session in Sussex on 11 February; several Rotaract members are attending and help is needed with transportation.
 
 
Gold Mine Draw.    Wanda Johnson was on hand to collect her winnings of $1,150 from Susan F.
 
Pin-ups:  For our centrefold section today we have several pin-ups – Rotary Foundation pins that is.  Josh did the pinning:  Ove is a Paul Harris +3,  Dale is a Paul Harris + 1.
 
 
Bill’s Paul Harris #1 is en route, and both Susan F and Susan P are rumoured to be nearing the target figure.
 
 
A Paul Harris + 6 pin (hence the red ruby) went to Charlie who was also the speaker : -
 
Polio Plus:  Poliomyelitis is a highly infections disease which affects mainly children under 5, causing paralysis and even death.  A dreaded disease back in the 1930s, 40s and 50s it cannot be cured, but since 1955 it can be prevented thanks to the vaccines developed by Dr. Jonas Salk and especially the oral vaccine of Dr. Albert Sabin. 
 
 
When the Rotary Foundation launched its Health, Hunger and Humanity program in 1979 its first project was to vaccinate 6 million children in the Philippines. The success of this project led Rotary to launch the Polio Plus program in 1985 with the aim of eventually eliminating polio world-wide. 
 
Rotary was the catalyst; in 1988 the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and later the Gates Foundation came together to form the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  In that year 350,000 new cases of polio were reported in 125 countries.
 
Our club has made major contributions to Polio Plus over the years and two of our members – Nancy Gilbert and Pam Harrison – have taken part in National Immunization Days in India.
 
Despite a big push polio was not eliminated by 2005 Rotary’s centennial year, but huge progress had been made.  Thanks to many donors (including Rotary which has raised over $1.6 billion) we are moving closer to the target.  UNICEF workers like Melissa Corkum continue the difficult and sometime dangerous work of ensuring that every single child in the polio endemic countries is vaccinated. 
 
 
Polio is 99.9% gone and the number of countries with polio has been reduced to 3 (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan).
 
Our District 7810 is challenging clubs to make a voluntary contribution of $50 per member to Polio Plus this Rotary year.  Look for an email soon from RF Chair David with details on how to donate online.   Together we can all help to END POLIO NOW.
 
 
Charlie was thanked by Gayle, and the meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
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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 !
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Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
George welcomed members on their way in, then led a rousing rendition of “O Canada.”
 
 
Sandy chaired the meeting and recalled how at age 6 she lived in Estevan, Saskatchewan – in the courthouse !  She lived in a small apartment in the basement but played in the jail (when not otherwise occupied).  Poking holes in the window screens let lizards in.  5 or 6 years ago, along with her two younger brothers, she revisited the building which was considerably changed.  They were invited in by a judge.
 
Birthday: Gayle shares her birthday tomorrow with Donald Trump’s inauguration.  She was suitably serenaded.
 
 
50-50 Draw: Louise’s number was drawn.  She came close, but drew the 10 of clubs instead of the 9 of clubs.  $239 carries over to next week.
 
Happy Dollars: George will miss the next 9 meetings as he will be in Florida.   Dianne’s curling team dressed as Montreal Canadians but lost in the final; next time the dress code is tie-dye shirts.  
 
 
Susan F was sad there was no snow (she just had to wait a little), but was happy to have tried out the “fat bikes” in Kouchibouguac Park.   Josh is happy to have bought a tractor (57 hp, with cab) so now he can plough himself out.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Sue P;   Greeter: Jamie;   Introducer: Bill;   Thanker: Gayle.
 
Rotaract: Susan F reported that members are lining up for the position of vice-president so they are going to have three, plus a summer co-ordinator.  They are keen to curl with Rotarians at the end of March.
 
Adventures in Citizenship:  Susan F is looking for a student to go to Ottawa.  Lacking a TRHS candidate a first year Mount A student might qualify.
 
Rotary ClothingSandy announced that if members provide an item of clothing she can arrange to have the Rotary logo and/or your name embroidered on it.  You have three weeks to apply.
 
Potential New Member:  Gayle brought forward the name of Tony Carhart as a potential new member (he attended last week).  A notice will be emailed to members.
 
President’s Time:  Josh announced a Rotary training program scheduled for 11 February, in Sussex.  More details to follow.  Dale has consulted with the Mayor regarding our Legacy project.  The Town is showing interest in developing the old quarry so that project is back on the table.
 
 
SpeakerOve stood in for Wynn (wishing he too was down south) and introduced the guest speaker Julia Feltham who gave a presentation on “The Sackville Commons Co-op” of which she is a founding member. 
 
 
Since September the Commons has occupied the former fire station and police station building on Main Street.  Currently there is a construction break as new steel posts are being put in to help support the roof.
 
The Commons Co-op is part of a world-wide “co-working” phenomenon which seeks to create new infrastructure to provide for a new work-force with many part-time and at-home workers.  They have a “Vision,” a “Mission,” and an impressive “Mandate” :
 
 
They already have 33 annual members and are looking for more. Groups using the facility include Daybreak, Live Bait, Bay of Fungi and a nano-brewery (which started production yesterday).  The Commons is designed to serve as a community hub for bringing ideas to action.  Two board rooms are available with room for 14/30 people.
 
Julia thanked Rotarians for the opportunity of speaking to the club.
 
 
Dianne thanked the speaker for a lively and interesting presentation.
 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way test.
 
Gold Mine Draw:  This week’s winner was Don Nelson who will collect $1,129.  A donation of $564.50 will go to the Sackville Community Association.
 
 
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 !
 
Pam says hi to everyone !
 
 
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Photographer: Dianne Oulton
 
Bill chaired the meeting until Josh arrived to take over.
 
 
Guests:  Gayle introduced Tony Carhart, the new Foodland manager and a prospective Rotarian.   Larry Estabrooks and his wife Helen attended the meeting.
 
Gold Mine Cheques:  Josh presented cheques to this week’s winners:
 
 
Larry Estabrooks was happy to receive the winner’s cheque for $2,338.
 
 
Barb Jardine accepted a cheque for $642 on behalf of the Tantramar Heritage Trust.
 
50-50 Draw:   Dianne’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Nine of Clubs, hence the sad face.  The pot of $229 carries forward to next week.
 
 
Happy Dollars:   Susan F was happy to have gone skiing in Kouchibouguac Park, but was sorry to see a thaw.   Dianne is pleased to have a Rotary Gold Miners team ready for Curl for Cancer – the others are Dale, Jamie and Susan F.   Louise was happy to have survived a visit to Disney World (she even went on a rollercoaster).   John was sorry to see that the amount donated via Happy Dollars is down (due to Wynn’s absence ?)   Edna had no particular reason; she was just happy.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Sandy;   Greeter: George;   Introducer: Wynn (or substitute);   Thanker: Dianne.
 
Rotaract:  Susan F reported on last night’s meeting.  The Rotaract members are full of energy:  they run the breakfast program at Marshview, help out at and donate to the Food Bank, and are planning another chilli cook-out at the Winter Carnival.  And they are interested in another social evening with Rotary.
 
Projects:  Dale reported on a new project at the Drew Home - “Cycling Through the Ages” - which features a 2-person rickshaw-type cycle.  Total cost is $8,000 part of which will come from the Town.  Rotary has been asked for $1,500.  Moved by Dale, seconded by Dianne that we approve this donation.  Carried.
 
President’s Time:   Josh circulated a card received from 2009-10 RYE student from Sweden Johanna Brodin who was married this past summer.
 
 
Trish has been granted a leave of absence from February through June 2017 (she’s taking French classes).
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Josh presented a report (prepared by Jamie) on progress so far after just under two years in operation.  Total amount raised: $184,474, of which $91,983 went to winners, $45,480 to local charities, and $46,980 to Rotary charities.  $68,661 was raised in 2015, and $108,594 in 2016.  The number of participants continues to grow.  The week the Gold Mine began a total of $902 was received; last week it was $2,568. 
 
Legacy Project:  Josh reported on the deliberations of the Legacy Committee.  Projects considered but set aside as not possible at this time include a Dementia Village and a Park in the old quarry.  Consideration is being given to assisting with a new facility for Bob Edgett’s Club.  Other possibilities include a Dog Park (at Beech Hill ?), a Rotary Digital Sign (downtown ?), and repurposing the old Train Station.  A brainstorming session by tables produced further suggestions: an exercise station (for adults), a seniors and handicapped bus service, a water source for refillable bottles, a youth or travellers’ hostel, a Rotary rotary (traffic circle) with landscaping and a Rotary sign, enhancing the NB Trail, setting up an endowment fund e.g. for high school bursaries.  George reminded members that Rotary policy is to set up a project then turn it over to another agency to run.
 
Josh thanked members for all their suggestions.  He plans to have a strategic planning session on a Saturday with a view to making a final decision and getting a project under way before the end of this Rotary year.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
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Photographer: Pam Harrison 
 
Ove’s name was on the schedule but the chair looked remarkably like Bill.  The meeting opened with a rousing rendition of “O Canada” led by GeorgeBill took the opportunity to remind members that the Duty Roster is available on the web site (including Gold Mine duties).  It is the responsibility of each member to check out when they are on duty and to arrange for a replacement if they cannot attend.
 
 
50-50 DrawGeorge’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the elusive Nine of Clubs, so the pot of $220 carries forward to next week.
 
 
Roaring Rotarian:  Trish was back from Ontario with an idea for fund-raising -  a can of “Roaring Rotarian” hand-crafted, all-natural, Golden Ale, “Supporting your local Rotary Club projects”, complete with the Rotary logo on the front and the Four-Way Test on the back.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentations:  Christoph Becker was on hand to accept a cheque for $508.50 from Josh on behalf of the Port Elgin School.
 
 
Gayle received a cheque for $527 from Trish for the Sackville Food Bank.
 
Happy Dollars: Charlie set things straight regarding the Feast of Stephen which is 26th December, not 31st (when his younger brother Stephen was born).   Josh was happy to see Canada beat Sweden 5-2 to advance to the final of the world junior hockey championship against arch-rival the U.S.   Marita’s father was very happy to get two rabbits for Christmas.   Dianne is looking for more curlers for the Gold Mine Team in Curl for Cancer.   Bill who doesn’t get Christmas presents nevertheless got a record-player which will enable him to work through his large box of 78s.  Pam is happy that Marita has agreed to take over sale of grocery cards while she is in Portugal for the next three months.  Susan discovered that 6 years old grandkids can program a cell phone to sound an alarm early on Christmas morning.  
 
 
Pam saw the New Year in (Canada’s 150th birthday) on Parliament Hill.  When did the fireworks start ? According to Bill at 8:17 p.m.   Why ? Because on the 24 hour clock that is 20:17.
 
Next Week:  Club Assembly.  Greeter will be Gayle.
 
President’s Time:  Josh wished everyone a Happy New Year.  He thanked Marita for showing him how to update the ClubRunner web site.  And a final appeal:  we still need a Secretary for next year.
 
SpeakerWayne got to introduce himself (“I’ve known today’s speaker for a very long time”) before giving a presentation on “Vocational Service.”  
 
 
This is one of the original four (now five) Rotary “Avenues of Service” and though often neglected is in fact a key part of Rotary.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation, while recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations.  Through the classification system all Rotarians represent their business or profession in the club, and demonstrate the high ideals of Rotary in their workplace.  The Rotary ideal is expressed in The Four-Way Test which we repeat each week, and in the longer, 8-clause Rotary Code of Conduct which was recently revised and updated.  Every Rotarian has a “Classification” and we should emphasize this aspect of Rotary more than we have done in recent years. 
 
Wayne’s talk closed with a number of suggestions for Vocational Service “Project Ideas.”
 
 
Further information on Vocational Service is available online at the RI website where one can subscribe to a free quarterly newsletter “Vocational Service Update.”
After some lively discussion David thanked the speaker (but didn’t present him with a pen).
 
 
After the meeting, which closed with the Four-Way Test, a cheque for $200 was presented to Curl for Cancer.
 
 
Carried over from last week:  a cheque for $1,017 was presented by John to the weekly winner Janet Richard.   
 
No winner this week !
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Marita chaired the meeting and after a rousing rendition of “O Canada” led by George recalled a Christmas family gathering with a big storm outside and no one going anywhere.  The power went out but that did not put an end to dinner.  Candles were set up in the back porch and after a wait of many hours produced a wonderful hot crock of beans.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Tim’s number was drawn but instead of the 9 of Clubs he drew the 9 of Diamonds, so the pot of $212 carries over into the new year.
 
Makeups:  Wynn had multiple make-ups during October, November and December at the South Lake Rotary Club, Clermont, Florida.
 
Happy Dollars:  It must be the Christmas season: almost everyone was happy for one reason or another this morning.
 
 
Wynn was happy to be back even it was only for health insurance purposes; he returns to Florida tomorrow.   Dianne was happy to have heard from former RYE student from Japan Mizuki Iwanaga and shared a box of cookies which Mizuki had sent. 
 
Other happy Rotarians included Louise who is preparing to head south to a secret destination (don’t tell Mariah);  Sue who has a frostless greenhouse;  Pam who attended the Port Elgin Christmas party;  Charlie whose daughter Mary has two paintings in Janet Crawford’s Christmas show (one already sold and gone).
 
Gold Mine Presentations:  
 
 
Jason Smith was on hand to collect his winnings of $1,140 this week.
 
 
Acting Principal Heather Dixon collected a cheque for $570.00 on behalf of Salem Elementary School.
 
 
Lucy Macdonald accepted a cheque for $1,000 in support of the “Make Something Sunday” program at the Owens Art Gallery.  This arts and crafts program for the whole family has seen some 350 participants in the course of the past year.
 
Next Week:  Thursday 29 December: NO MEETING.
 
Next Meeting:  Thursday 5 January 2017.  Chair: Ove;   Greeter: Dianne;   Introducer: Wayne;   Thanker: David.
 
President’s Time:  Josh offered some seasonal reflections, thanked members for a good Rotary year so far, and wished everyone an enjoyable Christmas season.
 
Speaker:  Trish introduced Jean-Francois LeBlanc the new RCMP Community Program Officer who gave an interesting presentation on “911: A Brief History” drawing on his 13 year experience as a 911 dispatcher with RCMP.
 
 
He found this experience stressful and is glad to have moved on to his new position here in Sackville.  While Britain introduced an emergency phone service in 1937 it was only in 1974 that a 911 emergency service was adopted in Canada.  The speaker outlined the procedures followed when a 911 call is received.  The 911 operator has to keep callers calm while getting from them all the essential information. 
 
 
About 35% of the calls received are not real emergencies and they risk having real emergency calls put on hold.  The speaker offered a list of examples of misuse of the system.  In response to questions he clarified when and when not to call 911.
 
 
Darrell thanked the speaker for an interesting and informative presentation, and the meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
 
The following are the 13 beneficiaries of the Gold Mine Draw for 2017 approved at the 15 December 2016 meeting of the club:
 
Dorchester Consolidated School
Dorchester Food Bank
Marshview Middle School
Sackville District Assistance Centre
Sackville Community Fund Association
Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation
Sackville Swim Club
Sackville Minor Hockey Club
Salem Elementary School
Struts Gallery Inc.
Tantramar Family Resource Centre
Tantramar Heritage Trust Inc.
Tantramar Regional High School
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Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Dianne chaired the meeting (in place of Mary) and after the singing of “O Canada” called for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the late Sheelagh CallaghanSheelagh and Peter were wonderful host parents to many RYE students.
 
 
According to Dianne all Oultons are related. Dougie (not Douglas) Oulton was on hand to accept a Gold Mine cheque for $1,170.
 
Pin-Pal Story:  Following Frank’s retirement he and Dianne met with Investor Group’s rep Kevin – who has just joined the Moncton club.
 
50-50 Draw:  Dianne was in the spotlight again; though her number was drawn she failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $202.
 
 
Happy Dollars:   Sandy is glad the Christmas craft sales are over.  George expressed thanks for all the golf balls he received on his birthday; he is also glad to have an automatic car starter so he can go into a warm car.   Susan F is heading to Toronto for Christmas, but not staying with the twins.  Ove is heading for the Laurentians and meeting up there with family from Edmonton.   Gayle is heading for Toronto and will be staying with intelligent tri-lingual twins.   Sue P is glad her greenhouse is finally finished; but sorry to pass on news that Lorne is in hospital in Moncton following a slight heart attack and is waiting to go to Saint John.   Josh now has the use of a snow-blower (fixed up for $5); he thanks all who donated to the Movember campaign.  Talking of grandchildren Dianne is looking forward to a new one in May.   Pam will be at the Port Elgin club Christmas Party tonight when three new members will be inducted.
 
Next week: Thursday 22 December:   Chair: Marita,  Greeter: David (or stand-in),  Introducer: Trish,  Thanker: Darrell,  Speaker:  Jean-Francois LeBlanc.
 
A reminder from Pam – buy grocery cards !
 
President’s Time:  Josh (picture above) reported that the Projects Committee had received 26 applications from groups for Gold Mine grants.  Under Dale’s leadership a careful evaluation process resulted in a recommended list of 13 beneficiaries for 2017.  The list was approved by the meeting.  Some concerns were raised regarding the amount of financial information requested in the applications.  The process may still need to be fine-tuned.  Grateful thanks were expressed to Dale for his work on this file. Thanks were also expressed to Joyce for hosting the Christmas party and to Bill for providing the entertainment.
 
 
Speaker:  Tim introduced guest speaker Jeff Ollerhead of the Mount A Geography and Environment department whose presentation was entitled “Drones for Research: Endless Possibilities.” 
 
 
In the 1800s people used kites or balloons; World War I saw the start of aerial photography; now for as little as $1,500 one can buy a drone which can be preprogrammed to take pictures with a 12 MP camera.  By taking a series of pictures from slightly different perspectives one can construct a 3D model of a site.  Drones are ideal for coastal research – no need to venture out on dangerous mud flats.  Other uses range from examining the side of buildings to providing thermal imaging of hot spots in a grass fire.
 
 
Jeff responded to a series of questions especially on the regulations covering the use of drones.  A typical drone can fly for 20 minutes before having its battery pack replaced.
 
Dale expressed thanks to the speaker and the meeting concluded with the Four-Way test.
 
Gold Mine Beneficiaries:  Cheques were presented to Marshview Middle School ($585):
 
 
and to Sackville Swim Club ($577).
 
 
P.S.   ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
Rotary is a great international movement. 
 
 
Here is Pam on a recent visit to Boston.  The ladies on each side are members of Boston clubs and next to Pam is the PDG Stella Roy of District 7820.  Boston Rotarians have been invited to Halifax in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of the Halifax explosion.
 
 
Here is David on a recent visit to San Miguel de Allende in Central Mexico where the local Rotary Club goes out of its way to welcome visitors.
 
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Rotarians and guests gathered round a festive fireplace for the annual Christmas Party, thanks to -
 
 
 
As they arrived members filled up a basket of books
 
 
A potluck supper . . .   with a wonderful ham  . . .  and complete with . . .
 
 
. . . ten green bottles  . . .
 
 
. . .  was enjoyed by all
 
 
A bevy on the bench
 
 
President and guest
 
 
Here's to us !
 
 
Which one is the real Santa Claus ?
 
 
George celebrated a birthday and received a cake and about 100 golf balls of various hues
 
 
This seemed to make him popular with the girls
 
Entertainment was provided by our  . . .
 
 
 
A good time was had by all !
 
SEASON'S  GREETINGS  from
 
 
 
 
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Photographers: Pam Harrison and Sandy Harper
 
Josh arrived in time to chair the meeting and give an update on the renovations of his house, built in 1848 plus later additions.  The back part of the house was at one time a Post Office with the only phone in the area.  The old insulation could be birchbark, wood shavings or old newspapers, the latter providing interesting historical information.  One article concerned MP Henry Emmerson whose efforts to increase the size of the CN workshops in Moncton did not go down well locally.  The central square in Dorchester housed the Court House, eleven lawyers’ offices and almost as many taverns which led to its being known as “The Devil’s Half Acre.”  Another newspaper article listed the courthouse docket with a list of appearances for a variety of offences.
 
 
Josh reported that on 26 November he, Jamie, Gayle and Pam were barkeeps at a fund-raiser at Tantramar Regional High School.  Their labours earned $400 for club funds.
 
 
Pin-Pal Story:  At the TRHS event Jamie and Josh met a Rotarian from the Rothesay club (who remains anonymous).
 
50-50 DrawSandy and/or Wayne’s number was drawn but Wayne failed to draw the Nine of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $194.
 
Happy Dollars:  Ove missed last week’s meeting as he was having a pacemaker installed.  The choice was - wait 4 months to have it done in Moncton or have it done within a week in New Glasgow; he opted for Nova Scotia.  The operation took 45 minutes during which time he was conscious. Now he feels 20 years younger !   Louise gave a reminder of the “Nutcracker” performances on 10 and 11 December; contact her for tickets.  She also regaled everyone with an account of what happens when you have an Elf on the Shelf in the house.  Given the weather (and the weather forecast) Josh was happy to see everyone here.
 
 
John reminded everyone that next week’s meeting is the Christmas Party (no morning meeting).  Please let him know if you plan to attend and what you will contribute to the potluck supper.
 
 
ElectionJohn submitted the following slate of office-bearers for 2016-2017:  President: John;  Past-President: Josh;  Vice-President and President-Elect: Louise;  Secretary: TBA;  Treasurer: Darrell.   The list was approved by acclamation.  Committee chairs will be announced later.
 
 
Movember:  A mustachioed Josh expressed thanks for the support he has received.  Of the $130 that has been donated so far, $80 has come from Rotarians.  To donate go to https://ca.movember.com.  “You simply need to click on the donate button, search Josh Cormier and my profile will come up. You can then make a donation. Thanks!”
 
 
Financial Report:  Darrell presented the financial statements for 2015-2016.  The “Club” part of the statement deals with club operations, the “Trust” part with givings to charities (we are a registered charity which means we can give tax receipts for charitable donations).  Both accounts are in good shape.  Darrell pointed out that the sale of grocery cards brought in $2000 (up from $500 the previous year); can we make it $3000 next year ?  The other big source of income in the Gold Mine Draw.  Moved by Josh, seconded by Bill that the financial report be approved; agreed unanimously. Josh expressed the thanks of the club to Darrell for the great work he does as treasurer: he was sure missed when he was away !
 
Legacy Committee:  Although the committee was not able to meet yesterday because of the storm Josh outlined some of the major legacy projects that are under consideration including:  a Dementia Village (on the Dutch model), an assisted living community, a downtown electronic billboard, a landscaped park at the quarry site, a campground at Beech Hill Park, a water refill centre, a walking/cycling trail (jointly with the Amherst Club), a pedway across the Tans-Canada Highway.  The committee will look further at the various options and there will be a strategic planning session at the next Club Assembly prior to making the final decision. 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
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Louise chaired the meeting and for her two minutes’ worth recounted her experience with a high school exchange program, “Island to Island” (P.E.I. – Vancouver Island), when she met Cindy who became a life-long friend.  They met up again 15 years later and have kept up ever since despite her friend having MS and driving a hand-controlled car.
 
 
Gold Mine winner Jacklyn Hicks came along to collect her winnings of $1,185.  She works at the York Street Day Care and knows Mariah !
 
 
Barb Kaye was also on hand to receive a cheque for $592.50 on behalf of Dorchester Consolidated School.
 
Pin-Pal Stories:  Dianne claimed a triple – two Rotarians in the accountant’s office, plus meeting P.D.G. Wayne Wornes.
 
50-50 Draw:    Guest Mariah’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Nine of Clubs (below left).  The pot now stands at $186.
 
 
Susan F reported on cookie-decorating night with Rotaract and their subsequent success at Midnight Madness where they made $252 (which will be matched).  Proceeds go to the Food Bank. Five of their concoctions consisting of hot chocolate, candy cane and marshmallow (above right) were quickly sold off.  Rotaract will be in action again at the next Midnight Madness a week on Friday.
 
Happy Dollars:   A news item on the New Year Polar Bear dip prompted Susan F to contact Louis who is doing fine and would love to come.   John was happy to have met Ken Draper and Linda.   Pam showed a slide of Pushing for Education at River Hebert District School; with help from Scotia Bank over $10,000 was raised for the school.   Louise reminded members of the Nutcracker on Dec 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec 11th at 2 p.m. in Con Hall; email Louise for tickets.   Trish was happy Bruce is home so she doesn’t have to walk the dog in the morning.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Josh;  Greeter: Dale;  Club Assembly.
 
 
Club Admin:  John reminded everyone of the Christmas Party on 8 December.  Full details will be emailed to everyone.  Please let him know who is coming and what they will be bringing for the Potluck.  And . . . remember to bring books (for donation to local libraries on behalf of visiting speakers). 
 
President’s Time:  Josh reported on being at the Hospital Foundation thank-you event on 17 November when Rotary was specially thanked for their Gold Mine donation. 
 
 
Speaker:  Susan F introduced guest speaker 2000-01 RYE student in Porsgrunn, Norway, Laura Reinsborough who spoke on her time in Toronto and of her return to her roots in 2015 (with her family she came back to Sackville and bought the Meldrums’ house on Weldon Street).  Her interest in the environment and in social justice can be traced back to her RYE experience.  She was inspired by the cascading garden, sloping down to the fjord, of one of her host mothers.
 
In the big city she founded the “Not Far From The Tree” movement.  Some 1.5 million pounds of fruit are grown in Toronto every year !   With the help of 3000 volunteers fruit was harvested and distributed: 1/3 to the owners, 1/3 to the volunteers and 1/3 to social agencies such as food banks.  Now the project is being copied in other Canadian cities (even Niagara !).
 
 
Moving on from that Laura is now focussing on “food security”.  Definition: “Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”  She was inspired by attending the great Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy last September as part of the Canadian delegation (see above), one of 7000 delegates from 140 countries there to learn and celebrate the Slow Food movement (v. fast food).   In today’s world where so many still are not adequately fed we need to be caretakers of the land, of seed, and of food.  Laura is currently involved with a whole series of food security organizations, most of them right here in New Brunswick.
 
 
Charlie  thanked Laura for a fascinating talk noting how her experience with Rotary had shaped her current interests.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin November 24, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-11-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Nov 17, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Joyce chaired the meeting and for her two minutes’ worth recalled Alex Fancy’s recent production - 1916 : Keep the Faith, Keep in Touch, Keep the Home Fires Burning – readings from the Sackville Tribune, Sackville Post, and the Argosy from 100 years ago in the midst of World War I.  One student participant had a German accent.  It turned out that he was from Germany, had volunteered to take part and had asked to read his favourite poem – “In Flanders Fields.”
 
 
Eric Estabrooks was on hand to accept his winnings from this week’s Gold Mine draw – the tidy sum of $3,496 ! 
 
Pin-Pal Story:  While shopping in Costco Edna met Ken DraperKen – we miss you !
 
Birthday:  John was a year older and was suitably serenaded.
 
 
50-50 DrawOve’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Nine of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $177.
 
Happy Dollars:  Susan F had Rotaract meet at her house: they are preparing to sell hot chocolate and cookies at the forthcoming Midnight Madness, proceeds in aid of the Food Bank.   John enjoyed helping out at the Marshview Middle School breakfast along with a Rotaract student who had problems with John’s age.   Louise learned the hard way to teach children not only how to use can openers but also that they are sharp.  A nasty cut needed four stitches at the hospital but did provide a great subject for Show and Tell.   Trish was happy to be back after a fall of travelling.   Edna thanked Mary and Bill for their help while she was away; she had an awesome three weeks in Sicily.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Louise;   Introducer: Susan F;   Greeter, Thanker (and Bulletin): Charlie;   Speaker:  Adam Niles, RYE student in Brazil.
 
Pam reminded members of the invitation from the Woodstock Club to attend their celebration of the Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary on 1 December, 6 p.m., at the Best Western, Woodstock, N.B.
 
Club Admin:  John was beaming when he announced that in response to his appeal last week Pam and Dianne have agreed to take over responsibility for Speakers, and Charlie has agreed to be Bulletin Editor.  However, we still need a Secretary for next year.
 
Projects:  Trish gave a last call for anyone who would like to be part of the review of the application process for Gold Mine grants.  Recipients will be invited to give a talk on how they used the grant money.
 
President’s Time:  Josh extended his thanks to volunteers Pam, Dianne and Charlie.  He is a Movember participant again this year; check the web site for details.  He also reminded members of the Donor Appreciation Reception at noon at Sackville Memorial Hospital.  [Editor’s note: Rotary was well represented at the reception. Via Josh the club was warmly thanked for its support of the Hospital Foundation through Gold Mine donations.  Also, speaking from personal experience, Ove paid a moving tribute to the importance and excellence of our local hospital].
 
 
Speaker:  Pam introducer guest speaker Dr. Diana Hamilton, Associate Prof. of Biology at Mount A, whose research over the past 17 years has focused on the use of the Bay of Fundy by migrating Semi-Palmated Sandpipers.  Her work is done in partnership with colleagues and students :
 
 
These amazing birds spend summer in the Arctic and winter in South America, with the Bay of Fundy providing them with a “Big Stop” and the way south.  While here they eat enough to double their weight to keep them going on the long journey south. 
 
The birds’ patterns of behaviour have changed over the years.  One factor is the increasing number of Peregrine Falcons who prey on the sandpipers.  Studies show that the sandpipers develop more flexible foraging patterns.  They also eat a broader diet than previously realized.
 
 
In addition to tagging birds it is now possible to affix to them a tiny radio transmitter and follow their movements using the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.  The birds now stay longer than they did a decade or two ago; the first arrivals tend to stay longer.  The timing of their departure seems to correlate with atmospheric pressure and wind direction (these birds are smart).  Protection of the feeding areas is essential.
 
 
Bill thanked Dr. Hamilton for a fascinating address and the meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin November 17, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-11-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Nov 10, 2016
 
Photographer:  Pam Harrison
 
 
Josh arrived just in time to take over the chair from Dianne and pay tribute to his great-grandfather a veteran of both World Wars who was shot in the arm at the Battle of Vimy Ridge then, having joined the merchant marine in WWII, was torpedoed and spent 14 hours in the water before being rescued.  Josh’s grandfather was too young to serve in WWII and at age 14 was the oldest male in Dorchester, all the men having enlisted.
 
 
TRHS Principal Susan Lafford was on hand to accept a Gold Mine cheque for $588.50 on behalf of the school.  In thanking the club for their continuing support she reported that the last donation had helped pay for the new landscaping at the school.
 
 
50-50 Draw:   Mary’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Nine of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $169.
 
Happy Dollars: Dianne reported that Frank has made his last trip to Rogersville; he had supper with the pharmacy staff before handing over the keys to the new owner.  On a sad note this will be the first Remembrance Day since the passing of Dianne’s father. He was a veteran; six buddies from Hartland N.B. went to the war and he was the only one who came back.  Susan F was anxious as her son is currently in Washington, D.C.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Joyce;   Greeter and Thanker: Bill;   Introducer:  Susan F.
 
 
Rotary Foundation:  David thanked all those who contributed to last week’s in-house auction in aid of the Rotary Foundation.  Now it can be told:  the amount raised was $1,718 !   Tim was the one whose guess was closest to the amount and who therefore won the bottle of wine.
 
Club Admin:  John (on behalf of Wayne) announced that the club is looking for a new secretary for next Rotary year (2017-18).  Wayne wants to step down from some of his many duties so a new bulletin editor will be required as well as a Visiting Speakers organizer.
 
Speaker:  Sandy introduced TRHS teacher John Fougere back by popular demand for a Remembrance Day talk.  This year he shared the results of his researches into the life of Sackville native Homer Wellington PalmerHomer was born on 12 October 1897 on a farm off Ogden Mill Road, one of 13 children.  His father was a Superintendent of Schools for the area.  He moved to Calgary and it was there that he enlisted in 1915 at age 18 in the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment).  His enlistment form (below) completed in his own handwriting is available on the internet.
 
 
After basic training he sailed to Europe and experienced his baptism of fire at the Battle of the Somme which saw massive casualties in a deadly struggle for a few hundred yards of territory.  He also survived the Battle of Vimy Ridge (commemorated by a striking war memorial).  However on 3 June 1917 he was reported missing in action at a place called Liévin in northern France, and his body was recovered the following day.  In accordance with the usual practice he was initially buried close by, but later moved to an official Canadian War Graves Commission cemetery at La Chaudiere, Pas de Calais, France.  Like all next of kin of fallen soldiers his parents received a bronze medallion about five inches in diameter known as a “death penny.” Several of these medallions can be seen attached to graves of family members in the Sackville cemetery.
 
 
Unfortunately no photo of Homer is available and the surviving members of his family are scattered across North America.  However, John has been in touch with a grand-niece who lives in Orlando, Florida.  He hopes to pursue further research with a view to writing an article.
 
 
Pam thanked the speaker for his most interesting talk, and the meeting closed with the Four Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin November 10, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-11-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Chairman John began a story of his father flying over Sicily in a bombing mission in 1943 when his B52 was brought down into the sea and he escaped in a lifeboat.  They headed for land only to be captured by Italians and sent to Rome where they got to live in style in a palace.  But when Germans took over from the Italians matters change drastically and the prisoners were sent to Stalag 17 in Poland where . . . (at this point the 2 minute bell rang;  for the rest of the story wait till the next time John is in the chair).
 
 
Guests:   Peter Lerette and his wife Marilyn who collected winnings of $1,141.00 in this week’s Gold Mine Draw. 
 
Pin Pal Story Susan F back from their trip to Croatia noted that at Zagreb airport there was a box for people to donate their loose change (Croatia is not on the euro); the box had a Rotary sticker on it.
 
 
50-50 Draw : Dale’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Nine of Clubs.  For next week the pot will be at $150+.
 
Happy DollarsCharlie and Jean celebrated an anniversary on Tuesday, one with a zero on the end – their 60th.   Ove reported that Pat is in Edmonton looking after a 5-year old and a 2-year old; challenging but enjoyable.   Wayne and Sandy will be at 7 shows in the next 6 weeks, starting at Dartmouth (a happy dollar ?).   Susan thanked John for organizing the bowling party with Rotaract last night; she was also happy with their trip to Croatia – a fascinating country with lots of history (also involved was driving through mountain tunnels).   Dale was glad he sold his trailer; this involved a visit to Bathurst where he met an old friend on the golf course.  As a PSA he mentioned his participation in the volunteer income tax program which helps low income families and seniors with their returns; more volunteers are needed.  John was happy to meet Joyce’s grandson Jonathan at the bowling event; he also put in an extra dollar to help make up for the fact that Wynn is away.
 
 
Next week:  Chair: David,  Greeter: WayneCharlie reminded everyone of the IN-HOUSE AUCTION IN AID OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION next week, 3 November. Come and bring a guest !  It would be appreciated if those who are donating items to the auction would bring them in good time before the meeting.  Payment will be by cash or cheque.  Over 40 items have been donated and there are some outstanding items.  On display was the jewelry from Portugal donated by Pam
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Susan F circulated a sign-up sheet for helping with the Gold Mine Draw in 2017.  Every member is asked to take a turn.
 
 
President’s Time :   Josh commented on the success of the joint meeting with the Port Elgin club last week.  He also expressed thanks to John for last night’s bowling event, and to David and Susan for their work with Rotaract.  There were more Rotaract students at the bowling than Rotarians, and they were more than happy to take away the extra pizza with them.
 
Speaker:  Wayne introduced Mark Murray, Sales and Marketing Manager for Enbridge N.B. (assisted in his presentation by Account Manager Mark Lanteigne) who spoke on “Natural Gas and the Next Energy Economy.”   He began as Enbridge employees do with a “safety moment” – in this case the need for winter tires for safe driving.  Natural gas is widely used in N.B. – in universities, schools, hospitals as well as homes.   It is, Mark claimed, safe, clean, reliable, versatile and less expensive than oil or electricity.  It is the ideal transition fuel in the coming shift from non-renewable to renewable energy.  Enbridge is now heavily involved with renewable energy – wind, solar and geo-thermal – and will be investing $44 billion in this in the next 3 years. 
 
 
Much was also made of Enbridge’s “Neutral Footprint” -  “We will plant a tree for every tree we remove to build new facilities”;  “We will conserve an acre of land for every acre of wilderness we permanently impact”;  “We will generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt our operations consume.”  Mark responded to a series of questions.  A halt was called 5 years ago to laying further pipelines in residential areas since this can only be done if the operation is to be profitable.  The industry is regulated by government, and the current franchise agreement will expire in 2019.  Enbridge supports a carbon tax and believes that in the long run it will create more jobs.
 
 
The speaker was thanked by Wayne for an interesting and informative talk.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 27, 2016 2016-10-27 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 21, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Members of the Sackville and Port Elgin Rotary clubs gathered on the evening of Thursday 20 October 2016 at the Baie Verte Community Hall for a joint meeting to celebrate World Polio Day, and were welcomed by Assistant Governor Pam.   Special guests included District Polio Plus Chair Rick Rogers, PDG Wayne Wornes, and District Rotary Foundation chair Pat Perry.
 
 
After grace offered by Marilyn Prescott all present sat down to a wonderful meal of seafood chowder / chili with homemade biscuits served by members of the Port Elgin club. 
 
 
Above left: Rick Rogers who gave a presentation on Polio Plus;  above right:  President Josh (Sackville) and President Don (Port Elgin) in the chowder / chili line.
 
 
To cap the meal off dessert was a beautiful cake (produced by Pam) to help celebrate “World Polio Day” and with the PP slogan “End Polio Now.”   Above:  Rick, Josh and Don prepare to cut the cake.
 
 
PDG Wayne made two presentations.  One was a re-presentation of a District Governor’s Citation to Rick Rogers in recognition of his outstanding service to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus (this time his name was spelled correctly).
 
 
The second award brought a unique honour to our club and to our district. Margarite Harvey received the Rotarian Spouse/Partner Award “for demonstrating exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary.”  Signed by Ravi Ravindran, President of Rotary International, this is the only such award given this year in our zone (Alaska to Bermuda) and one of only 100 given throughout the entire Rotary world.
 
 
In documenting the award Pam recalled Margarite’s ongoing support for Rotary and all it stands for and especially her service in our Dominican Republic project where she paid all her own expenses, brought school supplies, clothing and toys, played with the kids, and visited schools and hospitals.
 
In recognition of World Polio Day (actually 24 October) Rick Rogers presented an update on this amazing undertaking as it inches closer and closer to the elimination of polio.  Despite the appearance of 4 new cases in a remote area of Nigeria (which had been polio free for 18 months) the number of cases continues to decline in the two other remaining countries Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Even after the last reported case vigilance will still be required as the virus can survive in water and in the ground. 
 
Financial support is still vital in this closing stage and donations by Canadian clubs are now matched on a 5 to 1 basis.  Rick has set a goal of $50,000 for our district 7810 and with 1200 members donating an average of $50 each we can reach this goal.   He went on to declare that the Port Elgin club has already reached this goal (the first club in the district to do so) and presented each member with a special pin.
 
 
The evening closed with photo-taking – of the Port Elgin club (above)  - and of all Rotarians present at the meeting (below).  On behalf of the Sackville club Josh thanked the Port Elgin club for hosting the evening, for the great meal and for a true time of Rotary fellowship.  Members of the Port Elgin club were invited to join us for our in-house auction in aid of the Rotary Foundation on 3 November.
 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 20, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-10-21 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 13, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Bill (above left) standing in for Jamie recounted an “alternate reality experience.”  An aunt visiting from Calgary brought with her an envelope of family memorabilia.  Among the contents was a copy of a letter written by Charlotte Dixon Hart in June 1930 – the same letter published in the current issue of The White Fence !
 
 
John Read was a guest and collected a cheque for $610 on behalf of the Tantramar Adult Learning Centre.
 
Birthday:  Pam is one year older and was suitably serenaded.
 
50-50 Draw:  John’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Nine of Clubs.  The pot is growing and now stands at $144.
Happy Dollars:  Trish had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with her parents.   Wynn was happy because after tomorrow he will not be in the office; this will be his last meeting for quite a while as he is heading for sunshine and golf courses.   Ove finally had his dinner at Edna’s and strongly recommends it.   Gayle is taking off for a 12-day European tour and boat cruise.   Louise is heading for Disney World (don’t let on, it’s a secret).   Since everyone is going on a trip George mentioned his trip in from Port Elgin; the school bus also leaves at 6:30 a.m.   Edna is heading for Italy.   Dianne is going to Brampton, Ontario to celebrate her grandson’s third birthday.   Trish is going as far as Hamilton this weekend where she’ll see Becky and the twins.
 
NEXT WEEK:  No morning meeting.  6 p.m. joint meeting at Port Elgin Rotary Club to celebrate World Polio Day.  Meal: fish chowder.  Cost: $10.  Guest Speaker: Rick Rodgers, District Polio Plus Chair.
 
 
Charlie reminded members of the In-House Auction in aid of the Rotary Foundation on 3 November.  An email was sent out and 5 or 6 people have already responded with donations.  It is hoped that all members will make some donation to the auction.
 
President’s Time:  Josh (photo above) reminded members of the Bowling Night with the Rotaract club on Wednesday 26 October at 6 p.m. Despite what Josh said pizza will be served.  Two Gold Mine cheques (over $1,000 in total) were passed on to the Dorchester Food Bank a donation which will make a huge difference to their operations as Christmas approaches.
 
Gold Mine Draw:  Because of rollovers $6,800 will go to the next winner.  This week alone saw 30 new members.
 
SpeakersWayne gave an impromptu introduction to the two speakers: Elizabeth Wells of the Mount A Music Department (also currently Dean of Arts), and 4th year music student Branden Olsen (from Quispamsis, N.B.). 
 
 
Their topic: “An Internship in Academic Administration.”  This is a unique arrangement that has been worked out at Mount A.  As a music student Branden was also interested in researching a non-music topic, in acquiring leadership skills, and in learning about administration.  As Dean of Arts Elizabeth does not have an assistant.  While a student could not be privy to all that goes on in a Dean’s office arrangements were worked out whereby Branden could be an intern mentored by the Dean.  He chairs the Students’ Council thus providing valuable student input.  He has participated in a Visioning Session for the Arts faculty, a Teaching/Learning summit for four area universities, and in working groups that have student members.  Although initially unpaid the position is now funded through the Campbell/Verduyn Fund.  Future plans include jointly writing a book on student success – and inviting Justin Trudeau to Mount A.  The university administration internship is a new (possibly unique) idea which could be applied in other areas such as business. How does Branden handle his many responsibilities ?  The secret is strict scheduling (and, one suspects, a capacity for hard work).
 
 
The two speakers were thanked by Trish (who would like to know more about scheduling).
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
   
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 13, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-10-13 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Oct 06, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
Dianne chaired the meeting which began with a stirring rendition of “O Canada” (“. . . in all of us command”).  She then gave an account of life on Park Street amid the trucks and mud; water currently comes from a fire hydrant but at least there is no water in the basement.
 
Guests:  Josh introduced Christine and Johnson’s Mills neighbor Susan Briggs.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentation:  Josh and Susan accepted from Dianne a cheque for $562.00 for the Dorchester Food Bank.
 
Birthday:  Marita celebrated a birthday in absentia.
 
 
50 – 50 Draw:  Darrell’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Nine of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $136.
 
Happy Dollars:  Darrell’s recent trip out west took him as far as Campbell River, but he is glad to be back (?).   Susan F reported on the second refugee family in town; they are settled in an apartment with the help of furniture donated by a member of the Amherst club.    Gayle thanked those involved with last week’s very successful evening meeting for prospective new members, including Pam’s great presentation on Rotary.  This was also a chance to see the AWC at work, as an owl which had been hit by a truck was brought in to be cared for.  Also:  the Food Bank is looking for chest freezers.   Wynn was glad to have participated in his last trial for 2016; he reminded members of the open house for Duncan Allison on 7 October from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m..   Charlie had a great trip to Maine and New Hampshire (the White Mountains), but was very restrained in speaking of his 9 year old twin grandsons.  Pam has completed 8 marathons; the last one for this year will be on Sunday in the Valley.
 
Next Week:  Chair: Jamie;  Introducer: Marita;  Thanker: Trish.  Susan F is down as Greeter but will be in Croatia.
 
Administration:  John announced a bowling evening with Rotaract members on Wednesday 26 October.  Many thanks to Joyce whose home will be the venue for the Christmas party on 8 December.
 
Fund-Raising:  Jamie reported that the Fall Breakfast netted just over $2200 ($400 of that came from the cake !).  Attendance was 337, with ¾ of sales at the door.  Thanks to all who helped.
 
Foundation: Charlie gave advance notice of the in-house auction in aid of the Rotary  Foundation on Thursday 3 November.  Note the date, plan to attend and participate.  Donations of items to sell are sought from all members; the first ones have already been received.
 
President’s Time:  Josh passed on an invitation to attend a meeting of the Port Elgin club on the evening of Thursday 20 October.  Menu: fish chowder; charge $10. A vote showed enough support, given that we can car-pool.  There will therefore be no morning meeting on 20 October.  Josh is shown here next to our new flags.
 
 
Speaker:  Wayne introduced well-known speaker Al Smith who gave a presentation on “The Tantramar Heritage Trust: The First Twenty Years.” 
 
 
The first meeting of the Trust was held on 9 October 1996.  An amazing amount has been accomplished in the last 20 years:  a membership of over 200; 30 books published; a quarterly newsletter The White Fence; a large web site; assets worth $1.7 million; many events and programs.  Al focused especially on the 6 properties now owned by the Trust: The Campbell Carriage Factory Museum built in 1840 and fully restored by the Trust;  The Anderson Blacksmith Shop which replaces an earlier one burned down;  The Boultenhouse Heritage Centre which consists of three buildings – The Boultenhouse House (1842), the Bulmer House (c.1790) and the Anderson Octagonal House (1855) moved to this site in 2012;  The Scoggins Marsh Barn (out of an original 360 barns this is one of only 12 remaining).  These amazing accomplishments have only been possible with the help of generous donors and many volunteers.  Future plans include building up an endowment, and partnering with other organizations in the area.  For fuller information on the work of the Trust go to their web site at heritage.tantramar.com.
 
Gayle expressed thanks to Al on behalf of the club and congratulated the Trust on their achievements.
 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin October 6, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-10-06 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Aug 28, 2016
 
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.  
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin August 25, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-08-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Aug 28, 2016
 
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.
 
  
 
Three Years in a Row Wayne Harper 2016-08-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Aug 28, 2016
 
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.  
 
Lobster Party A Hit Wayne Harper 2016-08-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
 
  Dianne was in the Chair today as the Club welcomed 2016-2017 District Governor, Virginia Joles.  Guests today included George & Connie Carter (see below) and President Josh's partner  
Christine Steeves.
         
    Visiting Rotarians included former DG Pat Perry from the Chatham NB Club, George's sister, June Woodburn, from the Timmins Ontario club and District Governor Virginia Joles from Presque Isle Maine.
 
Makeups this past week were from the Club Administration committee which met Tuesday night and the Lobster Party Committee that met yesterday afternoon.  Members didn't have any Pin Pal stories, but DG Jinny met new RLI leader Marc LaPointe, where she changed the flags on a pin.  A quiet week, there were no birthdays.
 
    The 50-50 Draw saw Jamie trying to pick the 9 of   .  He chose the 4 of   , missing out on $94.  In the happy dollar segment, Josh was happy to spend last weekend in the US as he had a buddy who was getting married............Wynn was happy as he and Sharon exercised their Foundation Auction purchase of a dinner-on-the-patio at Wayne & Sandy's house.  The cool rainy weather relegated the bunch to inside the house.  The meal was still delicious..............John was happy to be back after spending the last 5 weeks in Connecticut.  He was also happy that no one called the police as he was measuring the Rotary wheel at the Rotary bridge first thing this morning.............Pam was doubly happy that the DG was here and that she raised more money than she thought for her last race..........Sandy was happy that grand kids from Ottawa were here last week, where they both made and designed jewellery.  The oldest, Megan, included her creation in Sandy's collection at the Farmer's Market last Saturday, and Megan sold her bracelet as the first thing sold.  Sandy also acknowledged daughter Kristen's adoption of a 9-year-old girl in Halifax.   From what she has learned, she is a lovely girl and will be a great addition to the family.
 
Two recent Gold Mine winners were present today to receive their cheques.  First up, Winner of the August 15th draw was George Carter.  George was accompanied by his wife Connie.  George, shown on the left, receiving a cheque for $2041 from Rotarian Dianne Oulton  Also present to receive a cheque on behalf of Sackville Minor Hockey was Matt Litvak.  He is shown receiving a cheque for $504 from Club President Josh Cormier and District Governor Virginia Joles.
  
 
The duty roster will not be necessary next week as it is the annual Lobster party at Louise's house.
 
In Committee reports, John indicated that the committee will be replacing the Canadian flag as it is getting frayed and tattered.  He also explained his presence at the Rotary bridge this morning.  One of the Bronze Rotary wheels is missing and he was taking measurements on the remaining one before placing an order for a new one.............Pam reminded Rotarians of the Corn Boil shucking to take place on September 2nd at 7 pm @ the Civic Center.  Servers should be at the Corn Boil on Saturday, September 3rd at 10 am.  The group will also be giving out 300 water bottles, which will need to be filled..........Representing the Youth Committee, John read a thank you e-mail from Bonnie Russell, a recent bursary winner at the TRHS graduation.
 
    In President's time, Josh reminded members of the Lobster party, to be held next Thursday at Louise's house @ 6 PM.  There will be two visiting Rotarians - Adrian Brewer from the Isle of Wight and Cindy Titus from Briarwood.  They will speak for about 5 minutes.
 
Today's guest speaker was fellow Rotarian and District Governor, Virginia (Jinny) Joles.  Jinny took over her duties on July 1st and has been visiting Clubs in the District ever since.  She represent the Presque Isle, Maine club.  Overseeing the SETS/PETS sessions in the spring, she recalled that President Josh had paired Sackville with one of the Fredericton Clubs.  The idea behind this was to allow the two clubs to get to know each other and to share ideas on how to better serve their communities.  Expanding beyond the clubs, she urged members to also learn more about our district and zone.
She asked members to think about donating an additional $26.50 to the $100 every-member-every-year Foundation giving.  Founded in 1916 by Arch Klump, the Foundation's first donation was $26.50 and three years later the first payment from the fund was to Crippled children, which later became Easter Seals.
Jinny touched on the changes that the Council on Legislation passed earlier this year.  They include a $4 dues increase in each of the next three years, attendance to be at least two meetings a month and that Rotaract members can now be a member of a Club.  Membership is down 3 % and she urged us to revisit former members to see if the time is right for them to return.  She reminded members of the District Conference to be held on August 26-27 in Presque Isle, ME, World Polio Day on October 23rd and the Rotary Convention in Georgia on June 10 - 14, 2017.
Jinny was thanked by President Josh who presented her with a Rotary pen and certificate and the book which will be donated to a local library in her name.
A photo session of the members present is shown below:
 
Shown in the foreground left to right is Pam Harrison, DG Virginia Joles and Sandy Harper.
Sitting behind the table left to right are Christine Steeves(guest),  President Josh Cormier, Secretary Joyce Ferguson, Sergeant-at-Arms Mary Sears, and Director Jamie Smith.
Standing left to right is Past President Dianne Oulton, Wayne Harper, Former DG, Pat Perry, Director George Woodburn, Director Dale Creelman, Ove Samuelsen. Wynn Meldrum, Trish Edwards, Bill Evans and Director Edna Boland.
 
Following the meeting, Jinny met with the Board members present.
   
 
 
The meeting was adjourned with the repeating of the 4-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin August 18, 2016 2016-08-24 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Aug 23, 2016
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.
 
    
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Aug 11, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Before the meeting began Sheila Parker stopped by to collect a Gold Mine cheque for $500.50 from Bill on behalf of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation.
 
 
George, standing in for David, called the meeting to order.
 
50 - 50 Draw:  Dale’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the 9 of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $84.
 
 
Birthday:  Sue P as well as being the speaker also celebrated a birthday and was duly serenaded.
 
Happy Dollars:  Wynn had expected to wear a suit but a court case was settled so instead in appeared in Sockless Casual.  Wayne has been enjoying the grandkids’ visit; after trips to P.E.I. and Cape Breton they’ll be back again for next weekend.  Dianne on her last round of golf celebrated a birdie by drinking from a “Birdie Flask” (contents of flask not specified).  Trish may be heading home shortly to check on her dad who has had surgery for a perforated bowel and faces a 3 - 6 month recovery.  George’s sister arrives today; we hope to see her at Rotary next week.  Sue P had mixed feelings about her birthday, but was happy that the Cape Jourimain lighthouse has finally been moved.  Sandy was glad that she managed to get the grandkids to try playing Yahtzee; now they are hooked on the game.
 
Next Week:   Chair: Dianne,  Greeter: Louise,  Introducer: John,  Thanker: Ove,  Program: Visit by District Governor.
 
Fundraising Breakfast on 17 September: Wayne circulated a sign-up sheet.
 
Corn Boil on 3 September.  Meet on 2 September 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre for another attempt at the Olympic record for husking 1000 ears of corn.
 
District Conference:  Pam explained that each club is asked to bring a table centerpiece relating to their work for the Rotary Foundation.  Since ours relates mainly to toilets and water this poses a challenge.  Perhaps use one of the water bottles to be handed out to students ?
 
Membership:  George has checked out the AWI facility where our special meeting for prospective new members will be held on 29 September.
 
 
Speaker:  Bill called on Sue P to speak on her favourite topic.  She recalled volunteering to serve on the Board of the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre for 1 year: that was 15 years ago.  Because the building of the Confederation Bridge and the end of the ferries put many local people out of work government money became available to create work opportunities in both the P.E.I. and N.B. sides of the bridge.  The Canadian Wildlife Service gave an area from their nature preserve on the N.B. side and in 1997 government funds were transferred to the new Cape Jourimain Nature Centre Inc. 
 
 
N.B. Tourism occupied part of the reception building until this year; their withdrawal resulted in a 6% drop in attendance.  Part of the building is now rented by Strait Crossing; they use it in connection with their year-round shuttle service across the bridge.  Financing the two-building centre is a constant struggle.  The N.B. government operating grant of $100,000 per year has been cut in half.  Plans are underway to establish an endowment fund.
 
After a long struggle and the overcoming of many obstacles the Cape Jourimain lighthouse was finally moved back from the eroding shoreline (for the third time) on 3 August.  After a media mix-up the move was covered by a variety of media including the Sackville Tribune-Post.
 
 
The move alone cost $50,000.  Restoration of the structure could cost another $50,000 to $75,000.  A fund-raising Lighthouse Art Auction and Gala Evening will be held on 20 August at 7 p.m. in the Nature Centre. 
 
Sue fielded a number of questions.   Appreciation was expressed for the Centre, not least for its excellent restaurant.
 
Josh expressed the club’s thanks to Sue for her talk and for the countless volunteer hours she has devoted to the Cape Jourimain Centre.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin August 11, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-08-11 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Aug 04, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam Harrison
 
 
Assistant Greeter Wynn standing in for Josh welcomed members to the meeting.
 
 
Sandy standing in for Darrell called the meeting to order.
 
 
Gold Mine winner Rose Ceretti was on hand to collect a cheque for $1,001 handed over by Ove.
 
Sandy told how she got into the jewelry business.  After she retired she still felt the itch to do something.  Seeing a jewelry display she thought, “I could do that” and with instructions from UTube and supplies from the internet a new business was born.  That business has flourished, with the help of a well-paid assistant (actually, Sandy designs the items and Wayne makes them).  The jewelry is sold at various markets and craft fairs.  It provides a good hobby and brings in a few extra dollars.
 
Make-Ups:  Pam was at a gathering on Grand Manan in her capacity as an Assistant Governor.  Bidding in an auction saw her with $100 worth of lobster (uncooked).  A helpful Rotarian cooked the lobster for her and she took it home where the family ate some but Pam got the lion’s share.
 
Birthday:  Trish’s birthday was noted in her absence.
 
50-50 Draw:  Sandy claimed to have the winning ticket though she put it in the Blue Box by mistake (to be confirmed).  However she failed to pick the 9 of Spades, so the $76 pot is available for next week.
 
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie was happy to see 6 paintings by daughter Mary in the new Fog Forest Gallery summer show; 3 were already sold and 2 have gone.  Check the FFG web site.  He was also happy with the opening event of the Olympics - the Canadian women’s soccer team 2-0 victory over Australia (first goal in 20 seconds; Canada shorthanded for 70 minutes of the game).  George played in a golf tournament paired with a senior, Bud Livingston from Debert who at 91 turned in a respectable 114.  Wayne is anticipating a visit from their daughter-in-law’s family plus 2 grandchildren, and are heading out to camp in Fundy National Park.   Joyce’s son Andrew who is a senior producer with CBC Newsworld made it to Rio after a horrendous journey (courtesy of American Airlines); she is not altogether happy that he will be there for the duration of the Olympics.  Dianne was in Halifax for Sarah Oulton’s outdoor wedding at Best Western, Chocolate Lake.  She was happy that Douglas was able to walk Sarah down the aisle.  Dianne will be in Miramichi to visit/care for her father who is in hospital.  Pam circulated the 9 October 2008 club photo (at the Rotary Bridge) and suggested that we should take another group photo.
 
 
Next Week:  Chair - David,  Greeter - Joyce,  Introducer - Jamie,  Thanker - Marita, Speaker - Sue P on the Cape Jourimain Lighthouse.
 
Membership:  committee chair George stressed the need to recruit new members. An evening meeting is planned for 29 September with a number of potential new members invited.  Keep membership in mind !  “What is Rotary” cards and application forms are available at each meeting.
 
Fundraising:  Meeting next Monday 8 August, 6 p.m., at the “Clubhouse”, Fairfield Road.
 
District Governor’s Visit:  A good attendance is requested for the 18 August visit by DG Ginny and husband Jerry.  There will be a meeting with the Board after breakfast then a tour of Rotary projects in Sackville.
 
Lobster Party:  25 August at Louise’s.  Cost $15 for food (bring own drinks) payable in advance.
 
President’s Time:  Dianne (see photo above) standing in for Josh read a fine letter of thanks from Megan Cunningham for her Rotary bursary (shared with Bonnie Russell).  Megan is heading for the University of King’s College, Halifax.   The next breakfast is scheduled for 17 September.  Sue P will be in charge but needs an assistant to help with planning and organizing the event.
 
In the absence of the arranged speaker, the meeting closed with the Four-Way Test
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin August 4, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-08-04 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 31, 2016
 
Dale was in the Chair today and because of two speakers, decided to eliminate the  story time, instead getting into the meat of the meeting.  Guests to day included the parents of speaker Adam Niles and Gold Mine Winner Nick Rodger.  
    
Visiting from Toronto was former Club member and visiting Rotarian Leslie Van Patter.  She was accompanied by her partner and fellow Rotarian, Mark Wilson.
Make ups were applied to members of the Project Committee and the Gold Mine Committee.  Ove was the birthday boy this week, fully 4 months younger than your scribe.      Speaking of the scribe, Wayne's ticket was drawn for the 50-50 draw but drew the Jack of   instead of the Nine of   .  He missed out on $69.
 
This week Louise was happy that she is going to the cottage in a few days........Wynn was thrice happy as he determined he was related to the Steeves (had a major reunion last weekend), was critical of the traffic in Toronto (three lights to make a left turn) and he ran into Pam and family in the airport..........Wayne was happy that Leslie paid us a visit so he could thank her for all she does for our club..............Darrell was happy that he was leaving for the West on Saturday, returning at the end of September............Leslie was happy that she came back and is enjoying her vacation at the beach............Sandy was happy that daughter Kristen and her husband Andrew are adopting a little girl, giving her and Wayne another grandchild.
 
At various times throughout the meeting, recent winners in the Gold Mine Draw were presented with their cheques.
   
 
Left above, Nick Rodger picks up his cheque for $1033. from Rotarian Dale Creelman.  Nick won the Draw for July 18th.  Top Right above, Anne Steeves also picked up a cheque from Rotarian Dale Creelman for $1033.  Anne won $1001 in the July 25th draw.  In the right bottom photo, Brian Nelson picks up a cheque on behalf of the Tantramar Resource Centre for $500.
 
Duty Roster for Next Week is as Follows:
Chairperson        Darrell        Greeter        Josh
Introducer           Guylaine     Thanker      Mary
 
Upcoming Committee Meetings Next Week are:
Board  -  Next Wednesday
Membership  -  Immediately after this meeting.
 
President Josh also thanked Leslie for all she does for our Club.  He mentioned the project that the Foundation is proposing.  In it they will give out 300 water bottles at the corn boil.  This will promote both our Club and the Rotaract Club.  As it was not budgeted for and over $500, it required a vote by the members.  Pam moved that "the Club purchase 300 water bottles for a total of $837.75, to be given out to students at the annual corn boil".  The motion was seconded by Charlie.  Motion Carried.
 
      Susan F. introduced both speakers today - youth who have travelled in the past year at some expense to Rotary.  First up was Bonnie Russell, a TRHS recent graduate who attended the Adventures in Citizenship program in Ottawa.  This is an intensive 4-day trip to Ottawa where 220 students from across the country get together for fellowship and a visit to Canada's capital.  They had a chance to visit Parliament Hill for a tour of the Senate.  They also got to go to the War Museum and Camp Fortune.  They had a visit from the Speaker-of-the-House, before going to the University of Ottawa for a tour.  There they had a talk from Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party.  A highlight of the trip was a chance to sit in to a citizenship ceremony.  Approximately 50-60 people became new Canadians.
    
Our next presenter was Adam Niles, our RYE student who spent the last year in Brazil.  He wore his favourite clothes from Brazil, the Gaucho's traditional wear.  His first host family was a farmer from Dom Pearito, who was both strict on his family and very rich.  Dinners, parties and meetings  were very formal (suit and tie).  School was from 8am to 12 noon.  The rest of the day usually encompassed horseback riding.  High school is 3 years and there is a lot of music.  Adam learned to play the trumpet and he got a chance to act in a Christmas Pageant, playing Joseph.  He was on summer vacation from December to March.  His second host family was not as strict as the first.  They opted for a party to celebrate anything.  During the month of January he got a chance to tour the country for the whole month.  His third host family was also a farm one.  They lived in a very fancy home with a sophisticated security system.  Brazil is rated as the 10th most dangerous city in the world.  A highlight of his year was his skydiving event.  During his year, he met 16 different students in the District, 4 in his city.  They will be friends for life.
    Both Bonnie and Adam were thanked by Louise.  They were each given a Rotary pen and citation.  A book will be donated to a local library in their name.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin July 28, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 26, 2016
 
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!
  
   
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 24, 2016
 
Charlie was in the Chair today, beginning the meeting with a moment of silence for Pauline Spatz, a very good supporter of many causes in Sackville.  She was a very proud recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2012.
     Charlie's "story-of-the-week" relates to the "twins" (his grandsons).  Living in Kittery Maine, they do not see many "people-of-color".  In fact they mostly see them on TV and it is usually President Obama they see.  Hence they categorize all "black" people as Obama.  Recently they were in an elevator when a black man entered.  They pointed to him and exclaimed "Obama".  The man said he was not Obama and bent down so he could talk.  The man went on to talk about how he hoped all men of all races could get along.  According to Charlie, the boys are likely to remember this for a very long time.  
 
     
 
 There were no visiting Rotarians this week, but Mariah Inglis accompanied her mom, Louise to the meeting. There are no birthdays in the coming week, no Pin Pal stories from the past week and make-ups were earned for the Gold Mine Draw committee at the weekly draw.
 
The 50-50 draw this week was worth $57.  Sue P. had her ticket drawn, but she failed to cut for the 9 of    , instead picking the Queen of   .
 
The Happiness that has prevailed the last few weeks continued today.    Bill started this trend as he was glad the Town's first refugee family had finally arrived.............Wynn surprised several of us as he wasn't supposed to be here today.  He returned to look after business following Pauline's death.  He will return to the Links at Glen Abbey tonight for his volunteering duties..........Louise was happy that she and the family are back from Vancouver, where she met a gal whom she has been friends with for the past 30 years.........George was sad that Pauline had passed away as he recalled her being part of his Yoga sessions each week..........Dianne was sad and happy.  She will miss Pauline's smile but was happy she was leaving for Golf in "Schube"  later today.  She will also be attending Carline McIsaac's wedding this weekend.  Carline was a Rotary Exchange (outbound) student a few years back.  Leslie Van Patter will also be coming back for the wedding..............Pam was happy that she will be flying to Toronto later today to take grandson Mitchell to a Blue Jays game..............Susan P.  had a PSA regarding the breakfast at Cape Jourimain this Saturday from 8 to 11 am.............Gayle is happy that her twin grandson are here for a visit.  She would like to see a "twin-off" between her grandsons an Charlie's.
 
Duty Roster Next Week
Chairperson     Dale       Greeter      Bill
Introducer         George  Thanker   Louise
Speaker - Bonnie Russell and Adam Niles (student exchanges)
 
There were no Committee reports this week and President Josh did not have anything for this week.
 
Gayle had the pleasure to introduce our speaker this week - Dr. David Fleming, a professor of Physics at Mount Allison University.
   
David's presentation today centered on finding Arsenic in strange places.  He began by recapping his previous presentation 3 years ago:
                    • Arsenic is well known as an acute poison,
                    • Health effects from chronic exposure through drinking water are significant and widespread,
                    • Associated with skin cancer and other skin effects, elevated rates of bladder, kidney, and lung cancer.  
                    • They used XRF to search for trace elements in samples. 
                    • Elements of interest (other than arsenic) have included lead, selenium, zinc, strontium, and iron.
A Consumer's Report of November 2012 had a lead story on finding Arsenic in food.  This lead to a new project to see if it was true or not.  They purchased 14 different types of rice and rice products from a local grocery store: two varieties of brown rice; an instant brown rice; two varieties of white rice; a rice mix blend; seven grain blend; microwave rice; rice cereal; brown rice cereal; rice cracker; brown rice cracker; brown rice flour; and rice snack bar.  All samples were measured first by XRF using a portable desktop system at Mount Allison.  Samples were analyzed for signals from arsenic, manganese, iron, nickel, copper, and zinc.  These same samples were then sent to the Health and Environments Research Centre at Dalhousie University for ICP-MS chemical analysis.  The results from XRF were compared with results from ICP-MS for the different elements.  Their conclusions were statistically significant correlations between XRF results and ICP-MS results were obtained from arsenic, zinc, iron, manganese, and copper.  The highest concentration of arsenic observed was still fairly low, at about 0.3 parts per million.  The highest levels were observed in brown rice and brown rice products.  Further, lab-based desktop XRF is capable of providing measurements of elemental concentrations in a variety of samples.   Currently they are expanding to look at methods to track zinc, arsenic, and selenium in fingernails/toenails.
      David was thanked by Joyce.  She presented him with a pen and certificate.  A book will be donated to a local library in his name.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin July 21, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-07-24 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 17, 2016
 
 
  For many members, today was one of sadness as our Rotary Youth Exchange student was attending his last Club meeting, and he returns to Belgium on Friday.  Arguably, Louis Alsteems was one of the most loved exchange students we have ever had.  Ever smiling, always respectful and forever volunteering, he will be missed.  We wish Louis a great life and hope he will, one day,  come back for a visit.  Louis - you Rock!  
 
After a three week absence, Bill took to the Chairperson's role today.  Chairperson Bio's are no longer required.  In it's place, Chairperson's are free to talk, for 3 minutes, on any subject they think the members would enjoy hearing about.  Today, Bill updated us on the plight of the first refugee family coming to Sackville.  This family is actually coming from Beirut, Lebanon and will arrive next week.  They are a young couple with one child.    Another family, from the Congo, will arrive in the coming weeks.  The volunteer committee is glad that all their preparations should make for an easier transition for the families.
There were no guests today but visiting Rotarian Bill McLeish, from Ottawa attended.
 
 
Makeup were had by the by the Gold Mine committee, Pam met Rotarians for a Pin Pal story after finishing two marathons and Mary claimed to be 21 again.  Happy birthday Mary.
 
No surprise that George's ticket was once again, drawn for the 50-50 draw.  No surprise that the outcome was the same as before.  Looking for the 9 , he drew the ace of  and missed out on $48.  
 
One of our Gold Mine winners was present to collect their winnings.  Sandy harper is shown presenting a cheque for $524.50 to Jerry Hicks on behalf of the Tantramar  Adult Learning Center.
 
Similar to last week, members were in a happy mood and a few were sad.  Bill was happy that a few weeks ago a member bailed him out (dollar wize) when he was happy but had no money...........Susan F. was sad that her snow plowing machine was leaving - that is, Louis is going back to Belgium on Friday............Louis was also sad as he thanked the club members for their friendship over the past year.  He vowed to visit some day...............Susan P. was happy to offer a PSA for the upcoming Cape Jourimain breakfast.  Profits will be used to pay for the moving of the recently acquire lighthouse.  After the $50K for the move, another $18K will be needed for renovations.............Wayne was happy that Bill McLeish, a visiting Rotarian whom he met at the farmer's market recently, came to today's meeting...............Trish was happy that the annual Dock, Decks and Drinks is about to start..........Ove was sad to announce that Pat's brother died, but was happy that son Christian came home from Montreal in is wonder $200 car............Dianne was somewhat sad that her father is in hospital in Miramichi and happy that she had a good golf game the other night, was happy that Edna threw a dinner for the hosting families of the RYE exchange and congratulated Dale for a good job coordinating the purchase of the motorized scooter as described last week..........Edna was sad that her son was leaving soon............Wynn was happy that he and Sharon will be going to Oakville, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open Golf Tournament as volunteers and he was happy that we didn't screw up the National Anthem this morning.
 
Duty Roster for Next Week
Chairperson         Charlie           Greeter         Jamie
Introducer             Gayle             Thanker        Joyce
Speaker - David Fleming - Hunting for Arsenic in Unexpected Places
 
There are no committee meetings scheduled for this week.  The Foundation Committee met to decide a 100th Anniversary project.  They decided on giving water bottles to potential Rotaract students at this year's corn boil...........Susan F. of the Youth Services Committee reported that our outbound RYE student, Adam Niles, is back and will give a presentation to the club on July 28th.  Bonnie Russell, out Adventures in Citizenship student, will also give a presentation that day.
 
President Josh reminded members of the District Conference at the end of August.  There are club funds available to assist members who wish to attend.  He invited members to the Annual Lobster Party on August 25th at Louise's.
 
Wayne introduced today's speaker, Michael Fox, a professor of Geography at MTA.  Mike's topic was Sackville Schools 2020.           The Provincial Government has said many times that money is tight and decisions unpopular have to be made.  Such was the announcement last year that Dorchester school was to close.  Many community members of Sackville decided that they needed to review our school situation.  A working group came together last summer (2015) in response to a DEC request to the province to fund a “combining study” for schools in Sackville after an initial decision to close Dorchester School. They concluded that rather than spending millions of dollars on aging school infrastructure…we create a new, 21st century learning environment for Sackville’s students.  They then spent many months and many hundreds of hours, aided by many generous people, trying to determine how to make this a reality.  They began working with award-winning C21 Group; national council focused on bringing 21st century education to Canadian (and other) students.  The group presented a request to the DEC that the outcome of school infrastructure review should be creating a 21st century learning environment in Sackville.  This would require a new facility: combining TRHS & Marshview would not deliver this result the community desires.  They requested that Sackville Schools 2020 be a part of the school review process.  The group imagined…..the opportunity for a larger, multi stakeholder project, anchored by a new school development, emerged (new schools, library, seniors services/residences, social services, athletic facilities, Mount A, NBCC); imagined… a full-scale, integrated community education model where all educational functions and facilities worked together.
Why Now is the Right Time?  Sackville is about to embark on its next Community Strategic Plan.  The group has met with Mayor & Council to ask for education to be the economic and cultural focus of our community (recognize what already exists and strengthen it!)   Education is already the single largest economic engine in the town – 600 jobs, millions of $$$ in salaries and investments.   Sackville Schools 2020 recommends making an integrated, multi-use 21st century educational facility the centerpiece of new plan: – community access – shared services – meeting spaces – new library   Create a community development corporation to execute upon this vision – athletic facilities – public health – seniors housing.
   
Michael was thanked by Josh and presented with a pen and certificate.  A book in his name will be donated to a local library.
 
The meeting was adjourned with the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin July 14, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-07-17 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Jul 07, 2016
 
Welcome to a new Rotary Year,  and to the new Board and President, know that the membership is behind you all and we look forward to working to insure Rotary has a prominent place in the community.
Pictured above is the new Board of Directors and Officers for 2016-2017.  Front Row Left - Mary Sears (Sergeant-at-Arms), Dianne Oulton (Past President), Joyce Ferguson (Secretary) and Edna Boland (Director Youth Services).  Back Row Left - George Woodburn (Director and Chair Membership), Darrell Harvey (Treasurer), John Murchie (President Elect and Chair Club Administration), Dale Creelman (Director and Chair Projects), Jamie Smith (Director and Chair Fundraising) and David McKellar (Chair Foundation).
 
President Josh was in the Chair today.
 
 
 
 
 
As if playing into the words above, we presented cheques to the latest Gold Mine winners.
     
 
Left: President Josh presents a cheque for $1,000 to Steve Ridlington who was the big winner of the July 4th draw.  In the right photo, President Josh reverses roles as he accepts a cheque for  $500 on behalf of the Dorchester Food Bank.  Rotarian Guylaine is shown presenting the cheque.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians today, however Wynn had as his guest, Duncan Allison, an associate in his law firm.  Makeups were many this week as the Board, Club Administration and the Gold Mine committees all met.  Chairs are to give the names to Edna.  For Pin Pal stories, Dianne ran into former District Governor Wayne Wornes in Sackville this week.  They were passing through.   Both were elated at being "past somethings".   At a symposium for new councilors, Bill ran into a Rotarian who was also the guest speaker.
 
    The 50-50 draw this week featured a "whopping" $38.  David's ticket was drawn, but drawing the King of   got him nothing but a hope he may repeat the feat next week.
 
Almost 1/2 of the membership were happy this week!  Susan F. was happy to get an e-mail from Louis this week.  He was in Montreal which he liked, but claimed to like Sackville better...............Ove was happy that he got rid of his third leg (cane)...........George was happy  that he stopped at McDonald's in Truro this week. The people in front of him bought him a coffee..........Dianne was happy the she got to see a photo of Trish who received an award from the Wildlife Council.........Pam was happy that she survived two marathons............John was happy to aid President Josh in starting the meeting on time.............Sandy was happy that she saw he granddaughter of Elaine Smith, acting in an episode of When Calls The Heart on CBC this past week.............Joyce was happy that her grandson has returned from Europe..........     Dale was happy and sad.  He was happy that his daughter and son are home visiting and sad that he missed the Board Meeting this week..........Trish was happy that she got to test a new hybrid gold club at Golf Town this week............Wynn was allot happy this week.  He was glad that his guest Duncan got up and made the meeting, his anniversary was on July 1st (the 49th) and he walked in a parade in Truro..........Bill was happy to be back as he missed the last three meetings.
 
Duty Roster for Next Week
Chairperson           Bill           Greeter         Guylaine
Introducer              Frank       Thanker       Josh
Speaker - Michael Fox & Craig Evans
 
There are no committee meetings scheduled for this week.
 
From the Club Administration Committee, John advised everyone of the Lobster Party, scheduled for August 25th at Louise's house.  More details will be forthcoming.  He also indicated that the 50-50 draw is slightly modified in that there is no longer a $5 consolation prize...........Dave showed a video on the Foundation, which celebrates it's 100th anniversary this year.  He asked members to fill up their Mason jars with spare change.  Three members have recently turned in their jars with monies exceeding $100..............Dale report for the Projects committee that the motorized wheel chair is on order and is expected next week.  You may recall that our Club topped-up funds to make the purchase possible.
 
Incoming President Josh used this Club Assembly meeting to set out his vision and direction he would like to see the Club embark on during his term.  He was glad that fundraising is not the issue it once was, thanks to the successful weekly Gold Mine Draw.  The Spring bash and the breakfasts will compliment the Draw.  He happily supports the changes made to the Wine and Beer Tasting event that has now become the Spring Bash.  He hopes to "grow" this event even more.  The format changes to the Christmas party were also welcomed.  Josh feels that now may be the time to determine what a legacy project might be.  Several items have been talked about over the years, but the lack of funds kept them from progressing.  With the success of the Gold Mine Draw and it's increase in available funds, now may be the time to set some "wheels in motion".  Josh would like to see the membership process speeded up by streamlining the process.  He is looking forward to the year, and asks members to help him.  As a conclusion he reminded members that the District Governor is coming to the Club on August 18th.
 
Josh adjourned the meeting with the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin July 7, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-07-07 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 30, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam
 
 
Wynn chaired the meeting and for his bio/intro explained how he moved from Phys.Ed. to Law.  While teaching in Nova Scotia he received a call from his father (Hon. Wendell W. Meldrum) asking him to come back to Sackville and practice law.  At the time he had a “life contract” as a teacher (this was the early 70s).  Wynn gave a detailed account of the episode that convinced him to accept this invitation.  He was accused of beating up a student - a serious charge.  The student did indeed appear to be in bad shape but it turned out that it was his father who had beaten him.  It was this unpleasant incident that tipped the scales in favour of moving to Law and to Sackville.
 
Make-upsGeorge did a make-up at the Truro club which meets in the Best Western Glengarry.  No speaker as it was the transition to the new executive.
 
 
50-50 DrawGuylaine’s number was drawn but she failed to pick the Nine of Clubs. The pot now stands at $32.
 
Happy DollarsOve was happy and didn’t need to say why.   Dianne was happy for multiple reasons: she won the 50-50 at the Ladies’ Golf Night; youngest daughter Teona got an award for highest standing in her technologist exams; at lunch with Louis she heard all about the TRHS prom and grad (Louis is now on the Eastern Canada tour); she also saw “Mamma Mia !” in Charlottetown.  Guylaine’s number came up twice in the draw this month; she too saw “Mamma Mia !” - as have Charlie and Pam: they all praise it as a Broadway quality production.  Wynn’s grand-daughter graduated with honours from Colchester Academy and also was valedictorian.; his mother-in-law is 99 today; and he is going to see the Beach Boys.
 
Gold Mine Draw Cheque PresentationsCathy Jones was the lucky winner this week and was present to claim her cheque for $2,113. 
 
 
Principal Chris Becker received a cheque for $532.50 on behalf of Port Elgin Regional School.
 
 
In return presented the club with a framed certificate from the school saying “Thank You Sackville Rotary Club : For Supporting Port Elgin Regional School.”
 
 
 
Next Week will be a Club Assembly.  The Greeter is George.
 
John thanked Gayle and Doug for hosting last week’s BBQ which went very well (so many desserts !)  He also reported that our bursaries were awarded at the TRHS graduation, to Megan Cunningham who is heading to King’s College, Halifax to study journalism, and to Bonnie Russell who will study Engineering at Dalhousie (and who will be speaking to the club about her participation in the Adventures in Citizenship program). The selection committee was very impressed with the student recipients.
 
President’s Time:   Dianne passed on to Darrell a cheque for $1000, a District Grant in support of the “Family Sunday at the Owens” program.
 
 
Along with incoming President Josh, she presented a Paul Harris pin (with 3 sapphires) to David who reminded members that he will be letting each person know where they stand with their Rotary Foundation contributions and thus how much is needed to trigger a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Speaker:  Dianne introduced Catherine Lovekin, Assistant Professor of Physics at Mount A and an expert on “Binary Stars”, the subject of her talk.  It turns out that the star we know best - our own sun - is not a typical star.  It is a lone star while the majority have one or more companions (some as many as five or six).  Very common is the arrangement of two stars in tandem, hence “binary stars.”  A distinction can be made between “visual binaries” (which can actually be seen with the help of a telescope or even binoculars), “spectroscopic binaries” (where the evidence comes from the Doppler Effect on their emitted light), and “eclipsing binaries” (where the two stars undergo mutual eclipses).  The study of binary stars is important for understanding the evolution of the universe.  Our own star/sun will end up as a White Dwarf then as a Supernova;  not to worry, as this will not happen for another 5 billion years.
In thanking the speaker for a most interesting talk John remarked that the universe is way more complex than most of us can imagine.   It’s good to have some one so well qualified to explain some of it to us.
 
 
The meeting closed with The Four-Way Test.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 30, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-06-30 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 24, 2016
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Annual BBQ Charlie Scobie 2016-06-24 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 24, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 16, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam
 
Wayne was in the chair and having run out of autobiographical material passed on selections from a document entitled “The Future.”  In 1998 Kodak had 170,000 employees, yet within a few years the company was bankrupt. What happened with the advent of digital cameras is expected to happen in numerous areas in the coming decades.  The list includes artificial intelligence, self-drive cars, cheap electricity and abundant water, medical devices more intelligent than doctors, 3D printing, bitcoin currency, and so much more.  70%-80% of current jobs will disappear in the next 20 years.  Most people will live way past 100. Google “An Author’s Look Into The Future” by Udo Gollub to get all the amazing details.
 
 
50-50 Draw:  Sandy won the draw but failed to pick the 9 of Clubs, so the pot of $27 carries forward to next week.
 
Birthday:  Wynn has passed the magic #70 and was duly serenaded.
 
Happy Dollars:  Wynn was happy that Meldrum Law has taken on a new full-time associate lawyer.  Sue F was glad to have 7 volunteers to help at the Salem School Sendoff event but could use one more.  David and Sue went to see Ove in the Moncton Hospital and found him looking better; he hopes to be home by the weekend.  Louise  was so pleased when daughter Mariah, at a dancing class event, shared some of her bouquet of flowers with a girl who had none; there’s much we can teach our children but compassion and empathy have to come naturally.  John gave a reminder of the opening of the “Tantramar Again, Again” exhibition in honour of the Tantramar Heritage Trust ‘s 20th birthday - at the Owens Art Gallery, this Friday at 7:30 p.m.  Apropos of forecasting the future he remembered being a librarian in 1968 and being told there would be no more books in a couple of years.  Dianne made brownies for Louis and friends as they watched a soccer match; she prefers french fries (with salt).  Sandy is going to Halifax for her daughter’s birthday celebration (she’s 43 !).  Edna recalled that when Louis arrived last August one thing he didn’t care for was lobster; last night, she reported, he actually ate a full one ! (must be an acquired taste).
 
 
Gold Mine Cheque:  Ruth Donald, Principal of Marshview Middle School collected a cheque for $532.50 for the school.  The money will go to the breakfast program.  Next year there will be a back-pack program which will allow kids to take home food for the weekend.  Sue F thanked those who helped with the breakfast program this year; it will continue next year with the help of Rotaract members.
 
Grocery Cards:  Pam presented treasurer Darrell with a cheque for $2000 from the sale of grocery cards.  The money goes to club funds.  Thanks to all who bought cards - and to Pam and helpers !
 
 
Next week:  BBQ at 13 Station Road.  Bring chairs, sun-screen, a hat. The weather is going to be fine.  The Rotary tent will be set up.  No morning meeting.
 
Speaker:  The scheduled speaker had cancelled thus providing a good opportunity for Darrell to present the “Profit and Loss Budget Overview 2016-17.”  With a PowerPoint presentation (and some help from Louis) he reviewed the high points of the budget which will be balanced in the forthcoming Rotary year and will have a record income thanks to the Gold Mine Draw. 
 
 
Moved by Sue F, seconded by Pam that the budget be accepted as presented - carried unanimously.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
After the meeting Linda Steele was presented with this week’s Gold Mine winnings - the handsome sum of $3,102 !
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 16, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-06-16 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 09, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam
 
This was definitely Dianne’s Day at Rotary.  She greeted members on arrival, chaired the meeting, was the main speaker - and thanker.
 
 
Before breakfast Jennifer Estabrooks dropped by and collected a Gold Mine cheque for $519.50 on behalf of the Sackville Swim Club.
 
 
Dianne  brought not so good news about Ove who had a serious fall at home (down stairs).  He is in the Moncton Hospital and - according to Pat - looks “as if he had been in a bar-room brawl.”  All our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
 
Pin Pal Stories:  Pam reported on her visit to Winnipeg to see the new Human Rights Museum.  At the Coat Check she met someone whose husband was a long-time Rotarian, while in the Gift Shop she met Clare Archibald of the Moncton Club !  Pam was full of praise for the museum.  At the market on Saturday Sandy met members of Lucy MacDonald’s family visiting from Ottawa; in no time they were discussing a house exchange !
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie attended the opening night of the new musical at the Confederation Centre - “Mama Mia !” - and strongly recommends the show.  Trish passed on a message from her father - if ever you’re heading out west via Prince Edward County there’s always a beer in the fridge.  Louis loves the “Beausejour Bars” (variant of Nanaimo Bars) which Edna makes.  Bill (with $ subsidized by Wayne) reported that next week he will be in Ottawa visited his son who is in their first home.
 
Next Week:  Chair - Wayne;  Greeter - Wynn;  Introducer - David,  Thanker - Jamie,  Speaker -  Gilles Volpe on “Energy Policy in New Brunswick.”  A reminder from John that our annual BBQ and Service Awards will be the following week, 23 June; no morning meeting that day.
 
President’s Time: Dianne read two letters.  One a letter of thanks from Elaine Smith for our donation to the Sackville Hospital Foundation.  The other (sent to all donors to the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition) with news of two families expected in 4 to 12 weeks, one from Syria, the other from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The committee is working on bringing a third family.
 
50/50 Draw:  Gayle (below left) got to pick a card but failed to draw the 9 of Clubs.  The pot stands at a modest $20.
 
 
Council on Legislation:  Wayne (above right) shed light on R.I.’s Council on Legislation which meets once every 3 years to consider changes to the constitution of Rotary.  At their recent meeting they considered some 180 proposals about half of which were passed; these will take effect as of 1 July.  Many changes provide more flexibility for clubs, e.g. weekly meetings are not required (twice a month is OK), membership requirements are to be determined by clubs, “classifications” are de-emphasized, Rotaracts can become Rotarians, the admission fee is eliminated, no distinction between regular and E-clubs.  Annual R.I. fees are to increase from $56 to $60.  See the R.I. web site for full (very full) details.
 
With only three weeks to go to the end of the Rotary year Dianne gave an overview of the club’s activities in 2015-16.  A highlight has been the success of the Gold Mine Draw which to date has brought in $116,652 (half going to winners and half to charities). There are 1,797 people enrolled with 11 new members this past week alone.  (There have been roll-overs for the past two weeks so next week’s pot will be over $3,000).  The strategic planning session last January set goals which need to be kept in mind, including one major fund-raiser (the Spring Bash) and two breakfasts per year.  Other activities included the Alzheimer’s Coffee House and the Bowling Night with Rotaract.  The Adventures in Citizenship program was re-started and we look forward to hearing from the student who went to Ottawa. Louis has been one of our best RYE students ever.  Unfortunately we will not be having a RYE student next year.  We do hope to start an Interact Club at TRHS.  One of the most important features of our club and its meetings is - LAUGHTER !
 
 
Dianne thanked everyone for their support during the year, and for all the work done including at the District level. The club responded with an enthusiastic round of applause.
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 9, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-06-09 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Jun 06, 2016
 
Photographer: Sandy
 
George was in the chair, standing in for Trish who was starting her new job today (best wishes !).   The Town Engineer for some 20 years, George is a believer in Ducky’s as a place to meet people and even to be asked to join Rotary.
 
Two Gold Mine cheques were presented.  Barry Rothfuss collected a cheque for $494 on behalf of the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.
 
 
Chris Falconer received a cheque for $482.50 on behalf of Dorchester Consolidated School.
 
 
50/50 Draw.  Guylaine’s ticket was drawn but she failed to pick the Jack of Spades so the pot of $17 will grow a bit more by next week.
 
 
Happy Dollars began with a not so happy report by Wynn on Ove who has had a setback with a couple of falls (Ove - please learn to take it easy !).  On a happier note Wynn was glad to play his first round of golf for the year on the local course.  Gayle wanted to thank Jamie for the great job he did organizing the Wine/Beer Bash.  Susan F was happy David is fit enough to help painting the deck.  Bill was glad to see a brand new screen (even if no one had noticed), but sorry it was not going to be used today.  Charlie likes the new electronic sign at TRHS which is now in operation.  Guylaine was glad to win $5 and also happy to be back at Rotary after missing the last two weeks.  George is looking forward to leaving on Saturday heading for golf at Myrtle Beach.
 
Next week is a Club Assembly with Dianne doing all the jobs including greeting.
 
President’s TimeDianne went with Louise to the TRHS Beautification celebration (plus Activities Banquet) and was pleased that Rotary was thanked for its contribution to the project.
 
Speakers:  Darrell introduced speakers John Read, (below, left) chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee at Dorchester Penitentiary and Ed Muise (below, right) who is the warden. 
 
 
John gave an overview of the work of the Advisory Committee which has “lots of freedom but no real power.”  They can observe, question and advise.  The 10 person committee meets once a month and has good relations with the staff and with inmates. Ed then gave an excellent talk on the Canadian prison system, the Atlantic region, and specifically on Dorchester Penitentiary which is the second oldest in Canada (opened in July 1880).  The prison has a staff of 400 and around 700 inmates of whom about 440 are in the medium security section with the rest in minimum.  The staff come from the surrounding area and with a salaries budget of $40 million there is obviously a considerable impact on the local economy.  The “cascading” system of different levels of security was explained.  All prisoners in the region go to Springhill initially to be assessed for the appropriate security level.  (All women in the Atlantic region go to the institution at Truro). 80% of the prisoners have problems related to drugs or alcohol.  Everything possible is done to rehabilitate them and prepare them for re-entry into society. “We never give up on any inmate,” said Ed.
A lively question period followed including queries as to why the prison farm was closed since it had proved so beneficial.  Basically it was a political decision but it was felt that very few prisoners returned to farm-related occupations.  Instead there are courses in various trades (landscaping, welding, electrical, etc.).  The farm program was also very expensive to operate.  Prison staff go out into the community including speaking at high schools; they take inmates with them whose talks often make a significant impression.
 
 
Louise thanked the speakers in the usual way, and the meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin June 2, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on May 27, 2016
 
   Tim was in the Chair today.  Opting to bypass his bio, he chose to update us on his recent family trip to Toronto.  The trip was centred around visiting his father-in-law who was turning 80. The whole family (10 persons) went to the CN Tower.  After paying the $80 each admission fee, the group was whisked to the top, much to the chagrin of Tim.  Like some of us, he doesn't like heights. Putting on the "brave" face he managed to look outside the windows.  Jaw dropping (or is stomach dropping) views through the glass sidewalk almost did him in.  Time for dinner, they went to the revolving restaurant, where it turns 360 degrees every 70 minutes, to reveal the city.  "Hey!!  Where did the washrooms go?"  Seems they are in the centre fixed section and appear to move. This experience won't appear again on his bucket list.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians today and only one guest - Karen Bamford, our guest speaker.  Make ups accrued from the Gold Mine and Club Admin committee meetings.  Pin Pal stories are always interesting.  This week, Bill and Edna were in a car when another pulled alongside and indicated they wanted to drag race. The other "racer" was none other than out own Dave.
 
  Dianne now has another "Bill" to share the weekly birthday with, the other being the late Bill Swift.  Bill was celebrating his birthday today while Dianne does so on the 1st.
 
 
Edna's ticket was drawn and she unfortunately drew the seven of    spades.  She was looking for the nine of    and missed out on a lottery approaching amount of $13.  If you missed it, George won the pot a couple of weeks ago.
 
 
Happiness abounded this week.  Dave was happy to return following an operation to replace his knee.  He was very appreciative of the support he received, especially to Sue who had her patience tested pre and post op..........This was the day of returns as Ove is also coming off of major surgery to his abdomen.  He considers himself very lucky when he looks back at his issues.  Others also agree............Gayle was happy to be back from her mini-vacation in Ontario and "la Belle Province".  During it, she visited former club members Bruno and Joanne Ganasi.  On a walk, Joanne suffered a heart attack.  Now back to normal, the wake-up call is now front and center.  Bruno will be retiring in the next few weeks.  Wouldn't it be nice if they moved back to Sackville?...........Sue was happy that Dave is back home.  Banned from driving a car for a while, he can at least drive the tractor and cut the grass.............Pam was happy that she participated in the Bluenose Race.  She is also excited to visit Winnipeg shortly where she will visit the new Human Rights Museum, an idea fostered by the late Issy Asper (Global TV etc.).  Pam shared a taxi with him years ago where he initially talked about this idea..........John thought he was happy that Wayne foisted the minutes from the last Club Admin meeting on him, claiming he had to do a lot of things at today's meeting..............Wynn was happy that he was in court yesterday when the deluge of rain hit Moncton (50 ml in 60 minutes)..........And finally, Edna was happy to have both Dave and Ove back in town after successful operations.
 
The Duty Roster for Next Week is:
Chairperson        Trish           Greeter      Dave
Introducer           Darrell        Thanker     Guylaine
Gold Mine Counters         Pam, Dianne, Dale or Wayne
 
Committee reports were short this week.  John reminded members of the Annual BBQ and Service Awards evening on June 23rd.  The event is at Gayle's house (Station Road) at 5:30 pm.  Cost is $10 each (Kids are free) and members are asked to bring a dessert or salad.  Pork tenderloin will be the main dish.  RSVP by June 9th.  There is no morning meeting that day.
June 8th is the date of the next Board Meeting, moved from June 1st as it is Dianne's birthday.
 
  This weeks winner of the May 23rd draw was present to collect his winnings.  Sid baker is shown with Rotarian Tim Jones receiving a cheque for $965.
 
   Dale introduced our speaker - Karen Bamford, a English professor at Mount Allison University.  Karen sought to compare the violence of the Shakespearian era with today, as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death.  The Elizabethan the 1st era in Stratford England was surprising similar to today.  In modern times, the world has to deal with groups and individual terrorists who would seek to spread their views through very violent behavior.  Surprising, 400 years ago, similar individuals existed.  Of note was the so called Gun Powder Plot, a plan to blow up the the houses of Parliment.  An anonymous letter foiled the plot that would have seen 36 barrels of gunpowder blow up the buildings.  The plotters were found within 3 days and a trial sent them to unspeakable public tortures.  The leader was one Guy Fox.  The anniversary, November 5th, is now a national holiday in Britain.  
     
 November 5th in modern times is also the anniversary of the breakout on the Ebola Epidemic.  Back in 1603, it also began an epidemic, known as the plague.  It would go on for centuries with over 100,000 people killed during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.  In the worst of times,  the populace could gage how bad things were based on whether the theatres were open or not.  It appears life was just a complicate 400 years ago as it is today.  Today we have terrorism and massive flu's, the same as in Shakespeare's time.
 
  Karen was thanked by George who presented her with a certificate and pen and a book which will be donated to a local library.
Time closed the meeting with the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 26, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-05-27 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on May 23, 2016
 
 
 
 
     Susan F.  was in the Chair today.  Rather than expand on her bio, she opted to update the members on Dave and Ove's condition following their recent hospital stays.  Dave had a new knee installed a little over a week ago and is improving daily.  Now home, his leg is a little black-and-blue and he has a fair amount of pain at night.  A light sleeper, it seems that he actually woke up during the operation and could watch what was happening.  Drugged up, he didn't feel any pain.  He is up and walking, but tires easily.  Ove had an operation to remove an aneurism in his abdomen.  He came home last Monday and could be found in his office later that same day.  He is improving.  At one point, he and Dave were roommates in hospital.
 
Guests today were Morgan Rosenberg (potential member), Alf Walker (Gold Mine winner), Christina Collins and Liana Gould our guest speakers for the day.  There were no visiting Rotarians nor Pin Pal stories today but several members had makeups if they were at the school breakfast or on the Gold Mine committee.  Birthday girl Guylaine celebrates a birthday on the 21st, but was absent today.
 
Following the winning of the 50-50 draw last week, this week's pot stood at a jaw-dropping $9.      George's ticket was yet again drawn.  Looking for the 9        he drew the 3    .  The consolation prize was just slightly less than the pot.  In the happiness department, Louise was happy to go to prison last week - as a guest. She realized how much we take freedom to do what we want, when we want, for granted.  The prisoners can't............Louis was happy he has met so many other student during the past 2 weeks.  He also enjoyed the Chancellors Dinner at MTA on Monday night...........Bill celebrated his 45 year graduation last weekend amongst people a lot younger than him.  He managed to keep his sanity (may be in dispute).............Dianne is happy that her grandson arrives tonight.  She was also glad she visited Dave and Ove............Pam was happy that she met one of her new goals - to complete a marathon a month.  One down!!!...............Trish was unhappy that she set her alarm to PM instead of AM, but is happy that she is now going to work in Moncton - still for the Feds..............Susan F. was happy to read a letter from Bonnie Russell, our most recent Adventures in Citizenship student.   Wayne will arrange for her to speak to the club...........Wynn was happy to acknowledge the great medical system we have in this country and glad that Alf Walker won the Gold Mine draw.
 
NEXT WEEKS DUTY ROSTER
Chairperson               Tim                Greeter               Darrell
Introducer                  Dale               Thanker              George
 
Committee Meeting Next Week
Club Administration meets next Tuesday at 7 PM at John's house.
 
In committee reports, John urged committee chairs to get their budgets done.  The RYE committee reported that their budget is done but not sent in.  Susan also asked for volunteers for the BBQ at Salem School on June 18th.  Jamie, Louise and Dianne volunteered.
 
In President's time, Dianne urged members to sign the cards for Dave and Ove.
 
    
 
Presentations for the Gold Mine draw were held before turning the meeting over to our guest speakers.  The big winner last week was Alf Walker, here shown receiving a cheque for $983 from Rotarian Wynn Meldrum.  Also picking up a cheque was Matt Litvak, on behalf of Sackville Minor Hockey.  Matt is shown accepting a cheque for $491.50 from Rotarian Darrell Harvey.
  
     
Charlie introduced our guest speakers Christine Collins and Liane Gould, both representing Ability NB.  
 
       
They deal mostly with mobility disability, stemming from afflictions from spinal cord issues, MS, spinal bifita, ALS and amputations.. New brunswick has the most mobility issues in Canada, with 90,000 NBer's claiming some kind of mobility issue.  Councilors traveled over 600,000 kilometers last year to help these people.  Poverty, inactivity and social isolation are common amongst people with mobility issues.  Councillors work with people of all ages in their own community.  They develop plans and goals which will allow participants to achieve independence.  They will also provide funds when all other sources have been exhausted.  Oft time they will partner with companies and educational facilities to offer new skills to the participants.  In some cases, specialized equipment can be rented.  Last year, 369 families used the service and demand is growing.  Statistically, 50% of those over age 65 will incur mobility issues.
 
    Christine and Liane were thanked by Sandy who presented them with Rotary pens and a book to be donated to the local library
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 19, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-05-23 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2016
 
 
 
 
    Josh was in the Chair today.  As a teen in high school, he went West for a summer to work on a ranch.  He wasn't the typical "cowboy", but he and his ranch mates were responsible for moving the huge irrigation lines that one can see in fields.  The weather was very arid and the "wheel lines" had to be moved every day.  Because of the dryness, one had to be careful not to cause a spark from any source as a fire could erupt very quickly.  He drew a parallel to the current fires in Fort MacMurray as they are ravaging the super dry area around the city.  He and his crew did not want to be responsible for any fires starting on their watch.
 
There were several guests today - here to hear RYE student Louis tell us about Belgium.   Josh brought his partner Christine, Dianne brought hubby Frank, Edna brought her husband Peter and Susan brought her son Colin.  Tantramar High School was represented by Principal Susan Lafford and Vice Principal Heather Welling.  Elaine Smith was in attendance, representing the Hospital Foundation.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians this week.   For makeups, the Board met as did the Fundraising Committee.  The respective chairs passed on attendees to Edna.  In the Pin Pal department, Dianne ran into former Sackville Rotarian Reiner Hempl, who was visiting from his current home in Winnipeg.  There were no birthdays to celebrate this week.  Too bad as we could have been in good voice because of all the extra people at the meeting this week   Dale had the good fortune to have his ticket drawn this week.  In search of the Jack of      he drew the Ace of    and missed out on $103.    Wynn was happy this week that the local golfing started this week.  He also had a PSA where he stated that he has not retired and recently signed a lease on his office space until 2019..........Dianne was also happy that the golfing has started as she and Frank hit the "links" last Sunday...........Trish was happy that her parents were arriving and that hubby Bruce finally figured where he lives and was on his way back home.
 
The Duty Roster for Next Week is as Follows:
Chairperson        Dianne           Greeter   Charlie
No introducer or thanker is required as the meeting is a Club Assembly.
Gold Mine Counters next Monday are:  Dale, John, Wynn & Charlie
 
The Fundraising Committee (Pam) reported that she was 3 people short of selling $1,000 worth of grocery cards today.  A number of people agreed to meet the target............On the Projects front, Trish relayed the story of an individual whose wheelchair was purposely damaged and needs to be replace.  Insurance will cover some of the cost.  She proposed that the Club make up the $800 shortfall by bring forth a motion.  It was duly seconded and received a favourable vote.  Trish also proposed that we donate $1,000 to the Red Cross to aid the people of Fort MacMurray.  Also seconded, it was passed.
 
In President's Time, Dianne informed members that Ove has been in hospital in Fredericton.  Diagnosed with an aneurysm, a blood clot has moved from his foot to near his head.  He is being treated and is expected to be released shortly.  Dianne also wished Dave good luck on his surgery next Wednesday to replace his knee.
 
 Bill had the pleasure of introducing our speaker this week - Louis Alsteems our popular RYE student.  Louis hails from Belgium, in particular, Braine Le Chateau, which has 10,000 hearty souls.  Belgium is a country of 11,200,000 people, whose capital is Brussels.    Three languages are the norm - French, Flemish (Dutch) and German.  The country is made up of 10 provinces and 3 regions.  It has a King (Philippe), 7 governments and 3 regional governments.    Belgium is famous for its cheese, beer and waffles (my favourite 3 food groups) and the country hosts the World's biggest music festival.  Louis will be returning to Belgium in July of this year.  It safe to say he has been one of the most popular RYE students ever.
  John presented Louis with a card and pen as a thank you gift.  The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin May 5, 2016 2016-05-10 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 28, 2016
 
Photographer: Pam
 
Sandy in the chair supplemented her recent 2-minute bio with an account of her experience as a teacher in London, Ontario, in a poorer area of town.  She was able to develop new teaching/learning methods using e.g. flow charts, and with the participation and co-operation of the children.  It turned out to be a wonderful year with the best Grade Ones she ever had.
 
Guests:  Two guests were present to receive cheques.  Brian Neilson (who also happens to be a candidate for Council) accepted a cheque for $510.50 on behalf of the Tantramar Family Resource Centre. 
 
 
Sheila Parker was delighted to receive her Gold Mine winnings of $2017.  She will be giving the money to a family member towards the cost of their further education.
 
 
Pin-Pal Stories:  Joyce and Josh attended the PETS/SETS meetings which provided a good opportunity to meet other Rotarians.  Among them was the President of the Fredericton Sunrise Club with whom we are now paired.  They meet Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. in the Delta Hotel.
 
50/50 Draw:  Charlie’s number was drawn, but unfortunately he failed to pick the Jack of Clubs.
 
 
Happy Dollars:  Pam was glad to be back but was singing the praises of Portugal where the weather is wonderful, the people are kind, and the oranges are great; she extended an invitation to anyone to join her 15 January to 15 May next year.   Joyce was happy that Josh drove to the PETS/SETS meeting; on behalf of Marilyn Prescott of the Port Elgin club she circulated a donation sheet for their annual Kids to Camp Walkathon.   Louise was not exactly happy about this Income Tax time of year (60 hours of overtime in April); it’s an occupational hazard for accountants - Rob had to pick up his own birthday cake.  Louise is happy to be going to Vancouver the second week of July to visit a friend who has MS.   Wynn noted that Josh had said he found the PETS/SETS meetings “all right”; he thought it refreshing to hear a lawyer tell the truth.   Dianne reported on the great time she and Frank had with Louis in Halifax, including a visit to Peggy’s Cove, the Harlem Globe-Trotters, a High School production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the “Shrek” musical and the Saltscapes Expo.
 
Next Week:   Chair - Sue P;   Greeter and Introducer - Bill;   Thanker - Frank (or substitute);   Speaker - Louis.
 
Fundraising:  A request for coolers for the Spring Bash was promptly answered.  The sign-up sheet is still available.  We now have 5 wine, 3 beer and 2 spirits vendors.
 
Speaker:  Wynn introduced frequent visitor David Bruce (Director of Research Services at Mount A) whose topic was “Municipal Governance: Whatever Happened to the Finn Report ?”, a timely topic with municipal elections coming up. 
 
 
Is New Brunswick’s present system with a maze of cities, towns, villages, unincorporated areas and local service districts sustainable / viable / appropriate ?  Most people would agree the answer is No but how to bring about change and what changes are needed are problematic questions. People in the smaller areas cannot elect representatives. In 2008 Jean-Guy Finn produced a detailed report which basically recommended reducing the present 250 or so municipal entities to 53.  While some minor changes have been made basically the report has gathered dust.  The report’s recommendations were intended as a package deal but many communities are resistant to the radical changes that are needed before more serious crises develop.  The Finn plan for regional government might see e.g. a Tantramar region which would include Sackville, Dorchester and Port Elgin plus all the surrounding rural areas.  David noted how the problem has been dealt with in Nova Scotia with some voluntary and some forced amalgamations.  Currently there is a major proposal for amalgamation in Pictou County which needless to say has sparked different reactions: try Googling “Amalgamation: No Thank You” and “One Pictou County.”    
The talk produced some lively questions and contributions. 
 
Dianne expressed thanks on behalf of the club;  she explained that Frank who heard David speak at the recent candidates’ meeting had some trouble (as a pharmacist) in figuring out what LSDs were.
 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin April 28, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-04-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 21, 2016
 
Photographer: Jamie
 
 
Ove chaired the meeting and for his 2-minute bio recalled his experiences in the 1960s working on a railroad gang in Saskatchewan while teaching English to some of his Ukrainian fellow-workers at night.  Hard work, but lots of money.  One hot day he was prevailed upon to try chewing tobacco, but after a while didn’t feel so good.  He crawled under a truck and in a while was looking decidedly green. The foreman crawled in after him and demanded to know, “Are you spittin’ ?” It took aeons to get fully back into shape.  We live and learn.
 
Birthdays:  Both Joyce and Tim were a year older this week.  So as it happens was her Majesty the Queen (and so would have been Jake who shared the Queen’s birthday).
 
50-50 Draw:  John’s number was drawn but he failed to pick the Jack of Clubs.  The pot now stands at $91.
 
 
Happy Dollars:  Charlie’s twin grandson are visiting but he declined to enlarge on their artistic and literary achievements; they’re not keen to return to the U.S. but would prefer to stay in Canada.  John echoed their preference for this side of the border; he was also happy that the Amherst Golf Club is about to open.  Wynn was in court with another lawyer representing the opposing side; luckily Josh was not too hard on him.  Dianne, Frank and Louis are heading for Halifax, via Peggy’s Cove; they’ll be seeing “Shrek” at Neptune Theatre.  Edna thanked Mary for filling in while she was away.  Sue is also heading for Halifax to a major, 3-day vets’ conference - designed to be a learning experience.
 
Next Week:  Chair - Sandy;   Greeter & Introducer - Wynn;   Thanker - David;   Speaker - David Bruce.
 
Fundraising:   Jamie circulated a sign-up sheet for the Spring Bash, and reminded people to SELL TICKETS.
 
Speaker:  Wayne introduced frequent guest speaker, Mount A Music Prof, Anglican deacon, next Dean of Arts, President of Sackville Community Association Elizabeth Wells  who gave a talk on the Association- “What We Do” and “How to Become Involved.”  
The Association began in the 1960s with local churches taking the lead.  Their major project is Christmas Cheer which helps some 250 needy families in the E4L area.  The program includes vouchers for local stores (Foodland, Independent), fruit baskets for elderly and shut-ins, toys and used clothing, gift cards for teens.  Help is also offered throughout the year e.g. to those who can’t afford oil/electricity, to those with medical expenses and to transients.  Youth are a special concern and some are helped to attend summer camps.   Some $30,000 is raised annually mainly through donations by members of the community.   How can we become involved ?  -  by donating to the Association,  - by continuing our Gold Mine support,  - by volunteering,  - by letting the Association know of local families in need. 
George expressed the club’s thanks  -  it’s good to know that some of our Gold Mine money is going to such a good local cause.
 
 
Gold Mine Presentations:
A cheque for $498 was presented to Elizabeth Wells for the Sackville Community Association
 
 
And one for $494 to Gayle for the Sackville Food Bank.
 
 
The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin April 21, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-04-21 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlie Scobie on Apr 14, 2016
Photographer: David
 
Dianne chaired the meeting (her third Rotary meeting this week) and provided a 2-minute bio.  Born in Chatham, N.B., she came to Mount A for a year, became interested in working with children and completed a program at Mount St. Vincent.  After a stint at Regent Street Nursery School in Fredericton she came to Sackville in 1979 as a teacher at the Sackville Play School where she was “Miss Dianne” for 16 years.  Then she met Frank - and the rest is history.
 
Visiting Rotarian:  Lacey Fisher from the Amherst Club who was also this week’s Gold Mine winner of $2001 !  ($506.50 went to the Tantramar Adult Learning Centre). 
 
Guests:  Mayoral candidate John Higham with his bodyguard Pat Estabrooks. (Louis with his new haircut almost qualified).
 
Makeups:  Wayne and Dale took the Food Safety Course, plus there was a slew of committee meetings.
 
PinPal Stories:  Charlie met Nancy and Paul Gilbert in Victoria and provided an update.  Nancy’s work in Nigeria with PIND (Partner Initiatives in the Niger Delta) is drawing to a close, but she is still heavily involved with WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Action Group), plus working on a Ph.D. at Royal Roads University.  With a condo in Cook Street Village and a yacht in Sidney marina it looks like they’re in Victoria for the foreseeable future.   John found that it pays to wear all the Rotary pins you have when he attended a meeting in Fredericton with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Heritage, Tourism and Culture both of whom recognized him as a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
50-50 Draw:  Bill’s number was drawn but he picked the wrong card so the pot is now $85 and growing.
 
Happy Dollars:  Bill reckoned that he and Lacey between them had average winnings of over $1000 this morning.   Wynn was glad to be able to sing the national anthem without having to repeat the pledge of allegiance. Back in December he claimed his fourth hole-in-one !  Josh owned up to being late, as did Marita.   Ove took credit for being the one who introduced Nancy to Rotary.  Sue P thanked everyone who helped with the last breakfast.  Back from Belgium and Holland, she strongly recommends river cruising; however, she only saw one Rotary sign - on an interpretation centre.  Trish looks forward to leaving tomorrow for St. Martin.
 
Next Week:  Chair: Ove;  Greeter and Introducer: Wayne;  Thanker: David;  Speaker: David Bruce;  Gold Mine Counters:  Guylaine, Wayne, Gayle and Sue P;   Gold Mine Charity: Sackville Community Association.
 
Farmers’ Market:  Wayne is looking for help with the Rotary Bacon on a Bun (and coffee) stall at the Farmers’ Market this summer.  A sign-up sheet was circulated.
 
President’s Time:  Dianne announced that the annual BBQ has been rescheduled to Thursday 23 June 2016; it will be held at Gayle’s.   This is “Volunteer Week” and “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities.”  A show of hands revealed how much members volunteer in Rotary and in the community; everyone gave themselves a round of applause.
 
Gold Mine Draw:   Jamie announced that funds taken in by the Gold Mine Draw have now exceeded $100,000 !   We started with 500 participants; now we have 1,727 !
 
 
Spring Bash:  Jamie reviewed plans for the major fund-raising event to be held on Saturday 7 May at Tantramar Regional High School, with Tasting 7-9 p.m. and Dance with FreeFall band from 9 p.m. on.  Sale of all 250 tickets @ $40 would bring in $10,000.  Confirmed vendors are Moosehead (Beer), Molson/Coors (Beer), Sleeman’s (Beer), Univins (Wine), Belliveau Orchards (Wine), Winegarden (Wine), Innovative Beverages (Wine/Spirits), Mike’s Beverage Co. (Spirits/Ciders), Campari Group (Spirits) with a further two possibles (Labatt and Miller).  The school custodian will help with set-up and clear-up.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated next week.  The planning committee will meet next Monday, 6 p.m., at Mary’s - all welcome.
 
The meeting concluded with the Four-Way Test.
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin April 14, 2016 Charlie Scobie 2016-04-14 03:00:00Z 0
 
 
    Marita was in the chair today.  A self-described "army brat", she lived in Europe for a while.  Moving back to Canada (Chatham NB) her family moved again to Moncton to Chatham (again) to Greenwood and back to Chatham.  In later years she went to MTA.  She met her husband David on a bus on her way to an Army re-union.  She worked at the "Pen" in Dorchester before moving to MTA for the next 25 years.  She retired to look after her daughter after her daughter's accident.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians and only two guests - Jennifer Friesen and former Rotarian Patricia Belliveau.  On the make up           front,   Charlie managed at least one make up to each of three Clubs in Victoria....... Wynn went to the South Lake Rotary Club in Florida each week from November until he left.  He also assisted with their fundraising activities...........There were no Pin Pal stories or Birthdays this week.  A tad smaller than the Chase the Ace draw in Sidney, Gayle had her ticket drawn and chose the 2 of .  Unfortunately she was looking for the Jack of  and missed out on the $79.
 
Happy dollars netted a few happy Rotarians this week.   Gayle was happy that Bill also attended the Poet's time with her.  She has been asked by the town whether the Chili Cook Off for the Rotaract club during the Fall fair was a go this year.  Answer -                 yes.......    Patricia was happy and PSA'd at the same time for her latest acting venture - the Snow Queen. She plays a robber woman, a grandmother and a reindeer.  The play starts April 9th.  She was also sad      that her costume didn't fool Dianne...........     Louis was happy that he was in Halifax last weekend where he got to meet PM Justin Trudeau..........Wynn was happy that he went to see his granddaughter Carly win the Gold Medal in the World's Junior Curling Championship in Denmark...........     Dianne was               happy that her grandson is coming to visit,  Unrelated, she was happy that Louis was introduced to fruit last weekend in Halifax and now eats it every morning at her house............Bill was happy that the turnout for the weekly meeting this morning has been the highest of the year so far.
 
Duty Roster for Next Week
Chairperson      Dianne         Greeter      Trish
Club Assembly
 
Upcoming Committee Meetings:
Tuesday, April 12th - Club Administration - 7:00 pm Wayne's House
Wednesday, April 13th - Projects - 5:30 pm CWS Office
 
Committee reports were light this week.  Wayne asked members to consider volunteering to help with this years "bacon-on-a-bun" at the Farmer's Market, scheduled to begin on April 30th.  Wayne will work almost all Saturdays and hopes to have others assist.  The Farmer's Market runs until October 29th (27 weeks).  The program will not run if there is no volunteer support.
 
Dianne reported that we will turn over the Independent Sales slips to Salem School.  Members can bring slips to the meeting each week.
 
       Trish introduce today's speaker - Andy Marr.     Andy chose to speak on RRSP's and their relevency as a long term investment strategy.  The son of a 5th generation farmer form Corn Hill, Andy went to MTA where he met and married wife Beth Ann and raised 4 kids.  Currently they are enjoying empty nester status.
RRSP's were created in 1957, where you could contribute a maximum of 10%.  Today, you can contribute 18% or a maximum of $24,930.  Currently 60% of Canadians have a RRSP.
In considering buying an RRSP, one needs to consider what you will need to live on once retired, how much to save, in what vehicle do you want to save, being sure to talk to a professional for help answering these questions.   RRSP's are based on income, are tax deductible, have tax free growth, have a spousal option and have a home buyers option (repayable in 10 years).  
      At age 71, one has to convert to a RIFF and take out 5 1/2 %.   In order to help minimize the taxes due when you take out money, Andy recommends that you remove some before retirement and park it in some other savings vehicle.  You will still pay tax, but it presumes you have more funds and can afford to do this.  When you retire, combine these savings with a lesser amount in the RIFF, thereby reducing taxes owed, at a time when you have less disposable cash.  Reducing the size of the RIFF reduces the amount of tax owed when one of the spouses dies (currently at 50% rate).  The goal then is to spend more before death.  One needs to be aware that all pensions attract taxes once a person retires.
 
Darrell thanked Andy by presenting a book which will be donated in his name to a local library.  Andy also received a certificate and a Rotary pen.    
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin April 7, 2016 2016-04-10 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Apr 01, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Foodland
Patterson's Family Restaurant
Ultramar Gas Bar
Rose's Independant Grocer
Jean Coutu
Guardian Drugs
Gitpu Gas Bar
 
                   
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Posted by Wayne Harper on Apr 01, 2016
 
 
 
     Sandy subbed in the Chairperson role today for Mary who was busy with her Sergeant-at-Arms duties.  In her bio, Sandy recalled being born, at an early age, in Brockville ON.  She admitted being an "army brat" and in 1966, moved from Calgary to London ON.  She met Wayne at his brother's wedding and they were married in 1968.  In 1974 she along Wayne and 2 children moved to Ottawa, where she did a stint at CRA, wielding the dreaded "red pen".  The family moved to Sackville in 1982 where Wayne joined the Loblaw's team.  She bought the struggling Pierrot Apparel chain of stores in 1991 and added the MTA clothing line later that year.  Eventually all the ladies stores were closed to concentrate on the MTA business.  Mount A took over in 2006 and she retired.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians but we were joined by guests David & Crystal Kelly, Kashe & Azi Ghandi and Teri Tower.  On the makeup front, returning George admitted there were not a lot of Rotary clubs nearby in Florida.  Thus no make ups.  Trish had District meetings in Moncton.  Only one Pin Pal story to report this week - within Susan F's ski group was a Rotarian from Moncton.    Only one birthday this week, Wayne, who hit another milestone.
 
Edna was puzzled as to why no one came forward in the 50/50 draw, until she discovered that she had the ticket.  Unfortunately she drew the Ace of  and missed out on the $75.  Several people were happy this week, including George who just returned from Florida.  Given he could be golfing, on the beach or in the pool, this might be a stretch for "is it the Truth!!!"........     Joyce was happy to be back from St. Lucia (see above) but was genuinely happy that her son has joined Rotary in Halifax..........Susan F. was happy at the prospect we could be having a major snow storm next week.  There must be something in her well water.  Skiing is over, get over it............Gayle read a PSA advertising National Poetry Month and a meeting April 6th at Town Hall...........Dianne was happy that this was Mountie Pride Day...........Truly the happiest person this week was Edna who is taking off for Paris for two weeks.  Mary will be taking over.
 
The Duty Roster for Next Weeks is:
Chairperson    Marita        Greeter       Tim
Introducer       Trish           Thanker  Darrell
Speaker      Andy Marr talking on whether RRSP's are the best investment.
 
Committee Meetings coming up are:
Fundraising  Monday, April 4th 6:00 pm at Mary's
Board    Wednesday, April 6th  5:30 pm at Goya's
Club Admin  Tuesday, April 12th  7:00 pm at John's
Projects  Wednesday April 13th  5:30  CWS boardroom
 
From the Club Admin Committee, John advised members that the Town will once again offer a food handling course at Town Hall on Wednesday, April 13th.  We should have another 3-4 Rotarians certified.  Cost is $45, which the club may cover..........Susan F.  read a letter fom Adam Noiles, our outbound student in Brazil.  He is beginning to get homesick and basically finds high school there difficult.  He is returning home on June 16th and will be scheduled to do a presentation to the Club during the summer............  President Dianne reminded members of the campaign launch for the Hospital Foundation at noon today in the Hospital atrium.
 
This week we had winners from the last two weeks Gold Mine draw collect their cheques.
    
In the top left photo, David Kelly collects his cheque for $1,968 from Darrel Harvey.  David was the big winner in the March 21 draw.  In the top right, Rotarian David McKellar presents a cheque for $509 to a representative of Salem Elementary School, as the charity-of-the-week  for the March 21st draw.  Bottom left sees Rotarian Bill Evans presenting Teri Tower her cheque for  $940 and the winner of the March 28th draw.
 
Tim introduced our speaker today - Kashe Ghandi, a chemistry professor at MTA and the head of the University sponsored Centre for Green Materials.  The group advocates the greening of the planet.  Their future dreams are to replace fossil fuels, to turn nuclear waste into electricity, to protect natural resources by a reduction of waste and to protect lives, heritage and buildings from earthquakes.    They plan to achieve these lofty goals by turning waste into value-added products through cohesive planning methods. Ideas start in a computer lab by the students and are eventually sent to a chemistry lab.  Ideas may flow back and forth until they are satisfied they have a viable plan.  The ideas are taken to labs in Japan, the UK and Vancouver, where they are  tested to insure viability.  Plans also included moving to Generation IV reactors, which uses water under pressure instead of radiation to produce electricity.  Obviously, this is much safer and produces less waste.  Ideas are not just limited to what we think as "greening".  Some of these ideas will eventually assist in lessening food spoilage and cancer treatments.
Kashe was thanked by Dale who presented him with a book that will be donated in his name, to a local library, along with a certificate and a Rotary pen.
The meeting adjourned with the 4-way-test.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin March 31, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-04-01 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Mar 27, 2016
 
 
 
There was no Chairperson this week.  In fact, there was no morning meeting.  Testing a new idea, the Admin Committee was exploring a social event whenever a fifth Thursday occurs in a month.  There are 4 such occurrences per year.  Credit for the idea goes to Dianne and the organizing goes to Admin Chair John.
 
Fourteen (14) members of the Club, along with a half-dozen spouses, showed up Wednesday evening along with 6 Rotaract Club members for an evening of fellowship and fun.  While most members had bowled at sometime in their life, most hadn't in several years, making for some weird contortions of people's bodies.  For sure, some muscles would be sore the next day.  Many more of us got tired just watching Mariah, daughter of Rotarain Louise as she bowled and bowled and bowled and bowled.  In true Rotary spirit, she was not going to give up until all the pins were down.
 
Above, President Dianne's husband Frank converses with three Rotaract students, while in the background, John can be seen practicing for the Spring Bash in May.  In the right photo, Rotarian Louise can be seen with daughter Mariah and RYE student Louis.  Behind Louise, hubby Rob checks his phone for the latest in University business and Wayne and Gayle get ready to bowl.
 
 
Above the two Presidents - Dianne of the Rotary Club and Colin of the Rotaract Club pose before challenging each other.  In the photo to the right, a Rotaract member shows his skills as he delivers the ball.
The evening was capped off with pizza and a few drinks.
 
The next month where 5 Thursday's occur is June, where the Annual BBQ and Service & Attendance awards, 
is scheduled for June 30th.
 
Next week, the regular morning agenda continues with the following Rotarians scheduled for duties:
Chairperson        Mary          Greeter       Sue P.
Introducer           Tim             Thanker     Dale
Gold Mine Counters         Guylaine, Wayne, Gayle and Sue P.
Box Pickup     Wayne
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sackville Bulletin March 24, 2016 Wayne Harper 2016-03-27 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Harper on Mar 16, 2016
 
 
Sue Fisher was in the Chair today.  She was also the greeter, the introducer and the thanker.  Fortunately, the meeting substance was minimalist, just like the turnout for todays meeting.  Sue talked about her family's history; a history that dates back to the 16th century in Stutgarten, Germany.  In early 1700, the family moved to New Jersey with their name now anglicized.  Some of these early pioneers emigrated to New Brunswick in 1783.  Her grandfather married a Fawcett, and thus Sue figures she is related to 1/2 of Sackville.
 
There were no regular quests today, but Pat Perry, representing the Mirimachi NB Club, joined us as a visiting Rotarian.  In the make-up department, Dale and Trish met to plan for the transition of Dale to Chair of the projects committee in July.  Dave and Sue F. earned multiple MU's putting breakfast signs out as they refused to stay in place.  Sue P. worked on the breakfast setup all week.  There were no birthday or Pin Pal stories this week.
 
   The 50-50 Draw pot sat at a staggering $70 this week.  Josh's ticket was drawn but he failed to find the Jack of Clubs, instead drawing the 3 Spades.  He donated the consolidation prize to Happy Dollars.
Sue F. was happy that she met last year's president of the Rotaract Club at a workout this past Monday.  She has just been accepted to Dal's medical program.............Josh was happy that he got to see the red sky this morning.  Unfortunately, it usually means a storm later in the day.........Sue P. was happy that the breakfast seems to be coming together.  We'll all know that Saturday.............    Dianne was happy that she competed in a curling event earlier in the week.
 
There will be  no morning meeting next week HOWEVER the duty roster for March 31st is as follows:
Chairperson        Mary          Greeter       Sue P.
Introducer           Tim             Thanker     Dale
Gold Mine Counters         Dale, Tim, Dave, John.
GM Charity                         Salem School
In the picture to the left, this is what happens when you live with President Dianne. &nbs