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 ?