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.