Posted by Charlie Scobie on Nov 23, 2017
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.