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 !