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.