The Rotary Club of Sussex membership has always been active within the Sussex & surrounding communities to undertake projects that will make a difference in peoples lives and the place they reside. The projects could be highway cleanup for five kilometers entering and leaving Sussex toward Saint John, planting trees, building bridges over local brooks, or providing financial assistance for shelving at the local library, funds toward the dialysis unit at the Sussex Health Center, funds for the Sharing Club to write down their mortgage, or funds for the Community Theater at our local High School for new chairs, curtains, and air conditioning, to mention a few. Or the membership could be raising funds for Easter Seals, selling Christmas Boxes, selling Trip Draw tickets, etc.
The Club has also been very supportive toward Rotary International & Rotary Foundation projects as well. The Club has participated in the Group Study Exchange Program where we hosted Rotarian guests from all over the world, Adventure in Citizenship trips for students to Ottawa to visit Parliament Hill, Funds toward and a visit to South Africa for a Water Well for an South African School, Student Exchanges to & from overseas, eradication of Polio through support of the PolioPlus program, or buying Shelter Boxes for storm devastated regions around the world.
The Club is very proud to say it is one of the few Clubs that automatically designates 5% of its net fund raising projects to the Rotary Foundation each year.
Below is a gathering of photos and descriptions of the Clubs fundraising, fund spending, and recognitions over the years. We are proud to share our work with you!
On Dec. 15, 2016, The Rotary Club of Sussex and the Kings County Interact Club were very happy to announce their affiliation with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! This is a program that promotes literacy and fosters a love of reading at an early age, by sending a free book/
Limited spaces are available for now but our hope is to raise more money to reach all preschool children in our community.
If you would like to register a child for this exciting program, please call 433-2273 or email email@example.com.
If you would like to financially support this great youth program, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc., PO Box 7004, Sussex Corner, NB E4E 5M3 designated for “Imagination Library”, or call / email the contact info above. Income Tax receipts will be issued.
Rotary Club of Sussex
First Interact Meeting
Rotarian and students met on Nov. 14, 2016 afternoon to mark the very first Interact Club meeting in the history of Sussex Rotary! Below are the names of the enthusiastic students who came out to learn how they can serve our local and international communities!
Kassidy Tribe – Gr. 9, SRHS
Kristin Armstrong – Gr. 9, SRHS
Shelby Dunfield – Gr. 9, SRHS…
Sarah Hunt – Gr. 11, SRHS
Tylar MacFarland – Gr. 11 SRHS
Rhiannon Khedheri-Graham – Gr. 11, SRHS
Brianna Dunfield – Gr. 12, SRHS
Cory Bean – Gr. 12, SCS
What a great group of young people! There were some that could not make it for the first meeting but are hoping to come next week!
The meeting consisted of a few icebreaker games and then followed with discussions about possible service projects that the club could take under their belt. Rotary members Shelley Vail, Gregg Keith and Lisa Brown were in attendance to offer support. Next week’s meeting will take place again at the Sussex Regional Library from 4-5 pm. The focus will be learning about how to operate the club and understanding the roles that support it.
Interact is a club for young people ages 14-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. This club is open for students attending Sussex Middle School, Sussex Regional High School, Sussex Christian School and the Home School Community. If you are interested in joining call Lisa Brown 433-2273, Brianna Dunfield 434-3769 or Sophia Sharp 434-1936.
Kiwanis Nursing Home Presentation
On June 29, 2016, our Club made a presentation to the Kiwanis Nursing Home donating $12,000.00 to their bank toward the refurbishing of the home. From left to right in the front row are Oliver Smith, Emerson Monahan, resident Bea Tokarz, Marley Monahan, and resident Gordon Prosser. Standing in the back row from left to right are Kiwanis Nursing Home administrator and Honorary Rotarian Keri Marr, resident Kathy Berry, Rotarians Angie Cummings, Ian Smyth, Cindy DuBois, Lisa Brown, Tina Monahan, Robert Kimball, Rhoda Haynes, and Rhoda Wilson.
On Friday evening, June 17, 2016, Rotarians under the leadership of Joan Routledge, gathered at O’Connell Park to plant the annual Rotary flower wheel and the flower box at Four Corners entrance to Sussex. Pictured above from left to right are Lisa Brown, Don Dow, Tina Monahan, Robert Melissa Kimball, Rob Driscoll, and Rhoda Wilson.
Discovery Park Cheque Presentation
Back Row left to right- Rhoda Wilson, Bruce Northrup, MLA, Don Dow, Rob Driscoll, President, Lou McNamara, Mary MacNair, Ian Smyth, Tina Monahan, Bobbi Chestnut, Melissa Brown, Sarah Madden, and Kyla Muir. The students are in kindergarten to grade 5 at Sussex Elementary School. Photo by Katie Hartai/ Kings County Record
Rotarians and representatives of the Sussex Elementary School Home & School Association gathered on June 8, 2016 with kindergarten to grade 5 children to present a check for $10,000.00 as Rotary’s contribution toward the Park. The Club raised the funds at it’s annual Charity Dinner and Auction held on April 7, 2016. In total, the Park will cost $300,000.00 and the Home & School Association will be breaking ground the week of June 20, 2016 with completion expected two weeks before children return to school in September.
“I think any significant investment in the community’s youth is very beneficial,” Rotary President Rob Driscoll said. “We have always grabbed onto
local opportunities that allow kids to be kids and also at the same time have an impact on the community in general.”
“I am amazed and proud with the way our team and community has come together to make what was really a dream become reality in only a year,” Mary McNair said. Mary is a member of the Home and School Association – the driving force behind Discovery Park- and a Sussex Rotarian.
The idea of Discovery Park is to transform the current urban schoolyard into a greener and more inclusive space suitable for students of all mobilities.
Rotarian Mary said in an email to the Club membership-
“WOW! What a great photo – thank you to everyone who attended the photo shoot and helped raise the funds to allow The Rotary Club of Sussex give back to our community!”
The playground is primarily for children in kindergarten to Grade 2, but it will be open to the community on evenings, weekends and in the summer.
New Member Orientation
On Nov. 30, 2014, over 16 Club Rotarians gathered for supper and orientation presentations at the All Season’s to help the new members get up to speed on Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, and the set up and activities of our local club.
The meeting was chaired by Rob Driscoll, chair of the membership Development team, and the agenda was organized by team members Rob, Rhoda Wilson, Shelley Vail, and Robert Kimball. The order of business and presenters for the evening were:
1. Order Meal from Menu
2. Welcome to all Rotarians and Guests – Rob Driscoll – Chairperson
3. Toast to Queen and Canada
4. Introduce all Guests
5. Rotary Grace
Oh Lord and Giver of All Good
We Thank Thee for our Daily Food
May Rotary Friends and Rotary Ways
Help Us to Serve Thee
All Our Days
6. Leadership of Rotary, Board of Directors, Club Administration – Bob Tremblett
7. Role of Secretary – Scott Hatcher
8. History, Finances & The Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc. – JC Robert Lockhart
9. Rotary Foundation – Lou McNamara
10. Mentoring, Rotary Websites & Profiles – Rhoda Wilson – bring your own device
11. Committee/Team Involvement, Commitments & Obligations – Kathy Carver
12. District and International Rotary Conferences and Family – Robert & Melissa Kimball
13. Questions & Answers – Robert Driscoll
14. Meeting Adjournment
New members and more senior members at the evening session said it was informative and that all learned from the evening presentations.
Amphitheatre Sod Turning
On Nov. 18, 2014, the Kings County Record published the picture and article above announcing the sod turning for the new Rotary Amphitheatre, and that the planned opening will be July 1, 2015 as part of the July 1 Sussex celebrations. Pictured above is MLA & Rotarian Bruce Northrup, landscape architect Jim Sackville, Rotary President Bob Tremblett, and Sussex Mayor Marc Thorne.
Highway Clean Up 2014
Rotarians and friends gathered at Tim Horton’s on Nov. 1, 2014 under the stewardship of Rotarian Bruce Northrup to clean the highway of litter for five kilometers heading toward Saint John and return. Pictured from L-R are Jeff Fuller, Bruce Northrup, Eric Homenick, Don Dow, Scott Hatcher, Wendy Osborne, Robert Kimball, President Bob Tremblett, Kathy Carver, Jeff & Sandra Moon, Rhoda Wilson, Shelley & Moe Vail.
Chairman Bruce commented that it was “….. the largest group of Rotarians and volunteers on hand in recent memory.”
Coats for Kids
Pictured top left is Rotarian Rhoda Wilson presenting Belleisle Elementary School Principal Nila Perry with “Coats for Kids” gift certificates. Top right is Rotarian Shelley Vail presenting Bonnie Price, Havelock Elementary School, with similar “Coats for Kids” certificates.
For many years, the Sussex Rotary Club has canvassed the surrounding elementary schools of Sussex, Sussex Corner, Belleisle, Havelock, and Apohaqui working with the teachers to identify children that might be in need of winter clothing including coats, boots, mittens. This year, over 80 certificates valued at $75.00 each were distributed to the schools.
The Rotary Club of Sussex is very grateful to Walmart for their support of this great project. Walmart has given financial discounts for the clothing to Rotary for many years, and handles the processing of the gift certificates when turned into the local store for the winter clothing. A sincere thank you to the local management & staff of Walmart from Rotary!
Membership Team Makes History
The Rotary Club of Sussex made history on Oct. 20, 2014 with the swearing-in of our most new members at one time. From left, Bob Tremblett, president of the club, welcome new Rotarians Jeff Fuller, Don Dow, Erik Homenick and Lorinda Porter. On the right is Mike Walsh, District Governor for Rotary’s District 7810.
“This year, Rotary International’s emphasis is on membership and our membership team has answered the call,” said Bob Tremblett, president of the Rotary Club of Sussex. Rotary consists of a cross section of the region’s business community focused on working together to improve the quality of life for people and communities of the area and around the world, he said. “Membership is extremely important to us, and we are always eager to hear from individuals interested in our mission,” Tremblett said in a story in the Oct. 27, 2014 edition of the Kings County Record.
Membership Team Strategizes
Sussex Corner Sign & Flower Work
On July 14, 2014, President Bob & JuanitaTremblett along with Rotarian Rhoda Wilson met at Sussex Corner to repair the bricks around the signs coming into Sussex. The frost had heaved the bricks and repairs were needed as can be seen from the pictures of the before and after. As part of the repairs, flowers were planted with coordination from Communities in Bloom. The Club is very thankful for the help provided by Communities in Bloom, especially Joan Routledge.
O’Connell Rotary Wheel 2014
On June 23, 2014, Rotarians gathered at O’Connell Park with Joan Routledge to plant the annual Rotary Flower Wheel. Pictured above from L-R are Rotarians Kathy Carver, Scott Hatcher, Robert Kimball, Sandra Moon, President Robert Tremblett, Lou McNamara, Rhoda Wilson, and Community in Bloom friend of Rotary, Joan Routledge.
On June 4, 2014, President Bob Tremblett attended an evening event at Crosswinds and received a Community Partner Recognition Certificate for Rotary’s support of Crosswinds over the years.
Highway Clean Up 2014
On May 31, 2014, Rotarians gathered at Tim Horton’s for the semi annual highway clean up for the five kilometers coming into Sussex from Saint John.
Pictured from left to right are Rotarians Past President Bob Tremblett, Secretary Scott Hatcher, Bruce Northrup, chair of the Highway Cleanup committee, Wendy Osborne, Past President Lou McNamara, Rhoda Wilson, Treasurer Bob Black, and Past President Robert Kimball.
Amphitheatre to replace Burton Park Bandstand
On Jan. 30, 2014, Club President Robert Tremblett was pleased to announce that the Sussex Rotary Club has selected a proposal submitted by the Town of Sussex to construct a community amphitheatre to be located in Burton Park in The Town of Sussex.
Club President Tremblett, “Sussex Rotary is proud to announce an $80,000 financial commitment to the future construction of the Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre in Burton Park. We look forward to this joint venture with the Town of Sussex and the construction of the Sussex Rotary Amphitheater in Burton Park. What a wonderful addition to our community for everyone to enjoy our long standing cultural and heritage in a new facility constructed to champion and showcase our communities’ talent and spirit. The Rotary Club of Sussex believes our contribution to a successful project can make a difference, long term, within our community and we are excited to participate.”
“Everyone in the Sussex Community will benefit with the various recreational, cultural and community heritage experiences at this new amphitheater and we hope to introduce this facility in 2015. The new Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre will be a modern, multi functional, multi-use, outdoor, open-air theatre structure that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of residents and the quality of life throughout all of Kings County.”
Rotary Foundation Chair
The first speaker for 2014 was the Club’s own Past President Lou McNamara. Lou spoke in his capacity of Chairperson for the Rotary Foundation Committee. Lou spoke on the merits of the Foundation, and the history of the both Rotary and the Foundation. Lou advised the membership that he will be sending each an email shortly with literature encouraging each to support the Foundation on an annual basis by becoming a Sustaining Paul Harris Fellow. As a token of his support, Lou throw in his wallet as Fines Master Matt Moore collects Fines and Happy Bucks. Watching on the side line are President Bob Tremblett & Rhoda Wilson. Great job Lou!
100 Women Who Care of Kings County
The Rotary Club of Sussex was very pleased to be the recipient of the first charitable donation of $5000.00 by the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County. The Group chose Rotary’s Coats for Kids Project and the charitable donation will help the Club provide winter coats for children. Pictured above is Sally Kierstead of the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County, and Rotarian Shawn Leonard, chair of this year’s Coats for Kids project. The 100 Women Who Care of Kings County meet once per quarter and select 3 charities to present at their meeting. At the end of the evening the women vote to pledge their support to the winning entry by donating $100.00 each.
Fifty women of all ages have signed up over the past two months to join the charitable organization, and there is still room for more to become involved according to the Sussex Herald. The group meets four times per year for one hour with each member making a $100.00 donation.
You can find the group on Facebook- http://100womenwhocarekingscounty.weebly.com/.
Sussex Sharing Club
On Dec. 9, 2013, District Governor Pat Perry visited our Club as part of her club visitations. During her visit, she presented the Club and PP Lou McNaumara with the news and a banner recognizing our Club as being the 3rd in the District per capita in support of the Rotary Foundation for the Rotary year 2012-2013, a very impressive accomplishment for a Club our size. Pat indicated for a club that was chartered in 1977, a total of $54,300.00 has been contributed by us to the Foundation.
At the beginning of the meeting, Assistant District Governor Beverly Lyons introduced DG Pat to the Sussex Club Members. Pat joined Rotary in Newcastle, NB in 1999. Pat has served as District Public Image Coordinator for the District and is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Pat was recognized in 2012 in the Miramichi by the Business Community for her contribution and service to the community. Pat has spent 40 years in the financial sector with service to 3 different bank institutions.
Pat indicated that a significant event occurred in Rotary in 1985 when Rotary announced it would assist in eradicating Polio world wide. In 2007 Rotary engaged a significant partner in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assist in our Polio fight. The Gates Foundation started with a contribution / donation of $100 million if Rotary International could raise $200 million over three years. Once the original goal of $200 million was achieved the Gates Foundation made a second contribution of $255 Million, and they continue to be partners in the Polio effort to this day. On January 1, 2012 India was declared Polio free. An achievement that was not believed possible. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria remain the only three countries with on going efforts to eradicate polio.
The World Health Organization believes there is 5 years left in the fight at an estimated $5.5 Billion in funding necessary to complete this fight.
PP Robert Kimball thanked District Governor Pat.
Sussex & Area Seniors Club Presentation
On Oct. 30, 2013, President Bob Tremblett presented a check for $500.00 to the Sussex & Area Seniors Club toward the installation of a lift. From left to right are Cheryl Simpson, the senior’s immediate past president, board members Peggy Thibodeau and Dorothy Perrie, president Jeannette Jonah, and Eric Nelson, vice-president at the centre.
New Brunswick Day Merit Award
The Rotary Club of Sussex received a New Brunswick Day Merit Award – Environment from the Town of Sussex for the club’s efforts in the highway clean up on Aug. 5, 2013. Accepting the award on Rotary’s behalf was fellow Rotarian & Tory Kings East MLA Bruce Northrup. Under Bruce’s guidance as Highway Clean Up Chairman, the Club twice a year cleans up 10 kilometers of highway for the town. In two hours the club has 40 bags of garbage packed up and hauled away.
2013 O’Connell Park Flowers
In early June, 2013, members of the Rotary Club gathered at O`Connell Park to plant the flowers for the 2013 Rotary Wheel. Joan Routledge of Communities in Bloom was of great assistance to the Club in the ordering of the proper flowers, the arrangement details, and the summer maintenance. Pictured above are Rotarians Wendy Osborne, Sandra Moon, President Robert Kimball, Bob Black, and PP Lou McNamara.
Sussex Hosts GSE Team 2013
Sussex Rotary were pleased to host the 2013 Group Study Exchange from India on May 28-30th, 2013 under Rotarian Rick Fazari’s committee. Pictured in the center above is Rotarian Rhoda Wilson who worked with Rick to take the team on a day trip to Fundy Park, and visited Hopewell Cape as well. 2013 will be the last year for Group Study Exchanges, and the Sussex Rotary Club has enjoyed being apart of them for years.
Coats For Kids 2012
For many years, the Rotary Club has sponsored “Coats for Kids”, a program that funds approximately $6000.00 annually for the purchase of coats for children at local schools in Sussex, Sussex Corner, Norton and the Belleisle. The Club chair for the past two years has been Rotarian Jason Sturgeon, and as stated by Miss Tingley, “the need is always there and it is heart warming to know your support is as well”. Thank you Miss Tingley for the note!
Fundy Civic Center
On December 7, 2012, President Robert Kimball and Honorary Member Harley Geldart presented the last check of the Club’s $40,000.00 commitment to Matt Moore, General Manager of the Fundy Civic Center.
Christmas Boxes Finale
On Dec. 5, 2012, Sussex Rotarians gathered for the last year to put together Christmas boxes which have been sold to local business by the Club for many years. The project has brought in $1200.00 plus dollars profit, and Rotarian Bob Black has been the chair for many years. The Club orders three years supply of boxes, and with the end of the boxes this year, has decided the project has lived out its life. A new replacement project will be considered for 2013. Many thanks to Rotarian Bob and the members for a great project.
Pictures: Top- Christmas Box Products; Middle (L-R)- Bob Black, Wendy Osborne, Stewart Duncan, Lou McNamara; Bottom: Left- Wendy Osborne; Right- Robert Kimball, Bob Tremblett, ??, and Sanrda Moon.
Donation to Crosswinds
On Dec. 4th, 2012, President Robert presented a new BBQ to Crosswinds which was donated back to the Club by former Rotarian XX at the Club’s April Dinner & Auction. In the picture receiving the BBQ is Crosswind’s Manager Wanda Steeves (right).
Encounters with Canada
President Robert Kimball presents a cheque to Claire Lim in Oct., 2012 in support of her fund raising to attend the “Encounters with Canada” youth program. Under the program, students from across Canada go to Ottawa to discover their country, learn about Canadian institutions, and meet famous and accomplished Canadians. Over 90,000 youth have experienced the program to date.
Melissa McKinnon in Uganda
For the first official meeting of the new Rotary year on Sept. 10, 2012, our guest speaker was Melissa McKinnon.
Melissa was one of our funding recipients and used that funding to travel to Uganda to educate the youth there. Melissa McKinnon attended the University in Presque Isle, Maine and found a fellow graduate who was interested in travelling to Uganda to teach. When they arrived they were quickly shuffled around through various organizations such as the Global Volunteer Network, the Real Uganda, and the Youth Focus for Africa. They were finally “shuttled” into their new home town of Lugazi where they quickly learned how different things would be from home.
They worked with the students to bridge the gap between simply reciting their teachings and to learn to think creatively for themselves. In Uganda there are approximately 50 students per teacher, and the students are primarily funded by sponsorships from groups and individuals.
Overall Melissa very much enjoyed her time teaching in Uganda and would urge anyone thinking about it, to take the challenge.
FCC Bike Rack Delivery
On May 13, 2012, Joe Richard of Craftsmanship in Iron delivered two Rotary Bicycle Racks that will be presented to the Fundy Civic Center. Accepting the bikes on behalf of the Sussex Rotary Club is President elect Robert Kimball and his two children Cole and Amelia.
On May 11, 2012, President Elect Robert E. Kimball presented a check for $ 100.00 to Mellissa McKinnon to assist her travel\eels to Africa for educational purposes.
Dinner & Auction Fishing Extravaganza 2012
Fundy Civic Center Contribution
In April, 2012, President Barb Crowe & President Elect Robert Kimball presented Rotary’s first and second installment ($20,00.00) of a $40,000 commitment to the Fundy Civic Center. Accepting the check on behalf of the FCC is John Robinson.
Dominican Republic Water Project
Robert Lockhart introduced Grant Kimball as our guest speaker on Mar. 5, 2012. Grant is the President of Angus-Miller Ltd., past chair of the 2010 Rotary District Conference and past President of the Rothesay Kings Rotary Club. He recently travelled to the Dominican Republic with his wife Kathi and several esteemed Rotarians to participate in the Clean Water Project with Dr. Bob from Calais, Maine.
Grant and the crew went to the DR for the first week of February. An email was sent out for funding and at the end of the email they asked if anyone was interested in going. He and his wife Kathi talked it over and were booked within four hours and were in the DR two weeks later. The Dr has over 400 Cane cutting Bateys and this is where we as Rotarians go to for the clean water projects.
Dr. Bob form Calais has been going there for the past 20 years. Grant said it was a very qualified, dedicated and diverse team that went with him. Pam Harrison, who visited us last year and was the founder of the Paul Harris Society as there, our Past DG John Carkner was with them along with Doctors, Engineers and a Marine Biologist.
Their target was to install 100 water systems. Grant had a very well constructed slide show to help tell his story. He found a hospital in La Romana called the “Good Samaritan Hospital” and it is solely funded by Rotary and various religious groups.
The D.R. is all one District when it comes to Rotary. When they installed the dialysis units in Romana they didn’t have the water required to run the equipment, the Rotarians there raised $50,000 to purchase and install two of the largest water reservoirs in the region. The water systems are a Biosand water filter and Minnetonka Minnesota raised $100,000 for the systems. One of the Bateys they were at was called Tentacione Batey which is Creole (French and Spanish mix) for Temptation. While they are at the Bateys they will also teach about sanitation and hygiene.
The Rothesay club did Boots & Bikes in 2011 and Grant got to meet some of the lucky recipients. He said that “Crocks” were the biggest hit. Water is so crucial and important in the Bateys that it is literally everyone’s job to make sure they have it there, right from the little children to the great grandparents. One of their team had brought 50 pairs of underwear there and the kids thought this was the greatest thing ever. Many children have never owned a pair.
They visited a school there and found out that they have one teacher for over 75 children of all ages. They also brought all kinds of school supplies and passed them out to the kids. The kids were very creative with making toys from materials like bottles and soup cans. The group had gone to Canadian Tire and they donated 100 soccer balls so they brought them to the children too. The children are not used to owning things that can be shared so they had to explain what sharing meant and how it worked.
By the time the group had installed 75 water systems the water had been shut off to the Batey so hey had to return the other 15. The PHF money is available for a $50,000 budget for the next year and they are looking at getting a matching grant from RI. They have $30,000 so far and the $50,000 will turn into $100,000 with the matching from RI.
Grant asked that we commit to the CWP for at least $1,000. The question was asked where they stay when they are there and it turns out that a Rotarian owns an all inclusive there and they stay at that resort while they are working. A shipping container cost $3,000 and this year they will be doing “Boots, Bikes and Band-Aids'”.
Kings County Mechanical
Jan. 9, 2012
On Jan. 9, 2012, Sussex Rotary invited Tony Bell of Kings County Mechanical to attend our meeting so service groups could say thank you to a special friend for his support to the Club’s in repainting of the signs as you enter the Towns.
Chair for the day was Past President Kim Pearson, and she described how long time Rotarian Harley Geldart had asked Kings County Mechanical for a quote on the cost to remove the sign infrastructure, sand blast it, and repaint. Tony Bell, President & owner of Kings County Mechanical, advised Harley that the job would be done, and there would be no charge for the work done.
Shown in the picture is President Elect Robert Kimball presenting Tony with a plaque thanking him on behalf of the groups who have logos on the displays.
Alan Davis – Shriners & Zion Clubs – Alan is with the Sussex lodge and they had an open house on Monday at 7:30 to induct the new president, Doug Cosman. They meet every third Thursday. Their budget includes $40,000 for Camp Good Times.
Mike Cummings – Kiwanis Club- Mike thanked Tony for his donation to the club and expressed the importance of having service clubs and groups in the community and said that many people might not realize how much these clubs do to move the community forward.
Joe Butler – Legion – Joe said he is doing something right because he has the tile of President for another year. The Legion primarily looks after Vets and gives donations to help out the men and women in the military.
President Barb gave a summary on our Rotary Club and our efforts and said we would really like to talk about making clean water one of our focuses and perhaps our international project for the new year.
Looking on as Mike Cummings addresses the Club are (L-R) PP Lou McNamara, Marsha Long of Bayview Credit Union, guest of Lou, and PP Donna Gilchrist.
Tony thanked everyone for the invitation, the plaque and thank you cards. He said that Lou had been after him several times to become a member but he is just not ready to do that yet but it is on the radar. He thought that being able to offer his services to the service clubs regarding the signs would be a great opportunity to give back.
On Dec. 20, 2011, the Rotary Club of Sussex made a $500.00 donation to PALS in support of their Christmas Dinner. In the picture left to right – Kelsey Richardson, PALS student; Harold Dalling, on site PALS coordinator; Bob Tremblett, Rotary member; and Zack Smith, PALS student. The photo was taken by Rotarian Rhoda Wilson.
On May 16, 2011, club Rotarian Bob Black & Ginette gave a slide show presentation and update of their 4 week mission to Zambia. Paula who was at the mission is going to the RI Convention in New Orleans and Robert Jr. is going to see if he can get in touch with her. She is occupying a booth in the House of Friendship trade show. Bob and Ginette agreed that the food was good and the people they worked with were even better.
Second Annual Dinner – Auction
On April 14, 2011, the Club held its second annual Dinner & Auction to raise funds for Community projects. Over 120 Rotarians and community supporters attended the event, and over $11,000 was raised through dinner ticket sales, 50/50 and wine ticket sales, and a live and silent auction. A new event for this year was a dessert auction with the goodies supplied by Rotarians.
Guest speaker for the evening was the Hon. Blaine Higgs (top photo), Minister of Finance for the Province. Minister Higgs gave a very interesting talk on his experiences since taking office, and how the Government is seeking all opportunities to reduce the deficit, and making itself and employees accountable.
As seen in the middle row of pictures, Minister of Natural Resources & Rotarian Bruce Northrup waits on the side line to roll out the first live auction item which was purchased by Cathy Healy. Auctioneer Bev Folkins addresses the crowd in the center picture, while Rotarian Roger Albert poses a a question and listens to District Governor John Carkner.
In the bottom row of pictures, Rotarians and guests mingle and review the auction items during the evening.
Community Theater Presentation
On April 11, 2011 President Lou McNamara (center) & Secretary Robert Kimball presented Colleen deWinter of the Sussex Community Theater fund raising committee a check for $1000.00.
Community Capitol Project
Sussex High School Community Theatre
On Mar. 7, 2011 Colleen DeWinter & Cathy Healy (standing) visted our Club as guest speakers.
Cathy and Colleen spoke about the fundraising efforts for the Community Theatre at the high school. The fundraising started in December of 2010 when Phyllis Corbett who is chairing the campaign called and asked them for help with fundraising for repair or replacement of the curtains, chairs and the AC unit. Cathy is the Secretary and Colleen is the Treasurer for the committee.
They started out with a blitz mail out to all the local businesses and clubs as well as the government requesting support and funding. They gave Lou a formal request at our meeting for Rotary’s support. They told us about some of their success stories and one of them was about a former teacher at SRHS that now works for the government who gave them a personal cheque for $3,500 and requested that his 35 chairs be engraved with the names of all of the students from the first class that he taught as well as a few family members and last but not least the name of Michael Corbett, Phyllis’s son who recently passed away. Support has been “unreal”!!
They have already raised over $62,000 since December ($49,200 in the bank and another $13,400 committed). Robyn Hank Nickerson gave a $1500 cheque for the theatre and he presented the cheque at the Country Music Show. He bought 15 seats.
Their budget is $210,000 and they are looking for half from donations and the other half from the government. CJCW is a silver sponsor with advertising. EJ Cunningham’s and The Sussex Gospel Hall are both bronze sponsors. Mark Muscroft donated 3 car cleanings for their silent auction and $600 in cash so he will be recognized as a “Friend of the Theatre”.
TNB will give their expertise as far as the renovations to the theatre. District 6 Education NB will issue a tax receipt for any donation over $25.00 and they are also looking after the tendering process. The deadline for the donations is in mid April and they will go ahead with the renovations either way. The more they raise the better the renovations but the are not going to hold up the job any longer than they have to be cause they plan on getting everything done this summer. They have an ongoing silent auction at Sobey’s that will end on March 20th. They also have Air Canada tickets that tickets can be bought for at Scotia Bank.
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Bob Black – Mwandi Zambia Project
Our guest speakers on Feb. 14, 2011 were Bob Black and Ginette Landry. They both gave a great presentation to help explain what they are doing in Africa. They had a great slide show as well as several statistics about the entire mission and all aspects of the trip in general.
Africa has close to 1 billion people, 12.6 million of which are in Zambia, 1 Million of the 12.6 are orphans because of Aids. In Zambia English is the primary language. Mining is a big part of the industry/economy. They are the 4th largest miner of copper in the world. Zambia is famous for Victoria Falls. Mwandi, a village of 7,500 people, has 1100 orphans. Bob is going to help with building huts and Ginette will work at a local hospital. Bob gave out a handout with information on the mission and the cost to build huts and would be happy to provide you with one if you were unable to attend. They have a building for “OVC” (orphans & vulnerable children) and 100 children attend each day. The goal of this Ma & Pa mission is to build 24 huts per year.
There are four main projects for the United Church of Zambia Mission so they have a lot to do. Paula and Dan Vanzyl have been there on behalf of this mission since 2004 and are going to be there to host Bob & Ginette. Bob asked our club to support their mission with a donation of $1,000. This will build more than one large two room hut.
Our Club has $1200 in the Budget for International projects that has not been spent, and on Feb. 21st, Bob and Ginette returned to accept a check as seen in the photo above.
On Dec. 1, 2010, our Rotary Club was presented this Certificate of Recognition at the “Inspire Change” Youth Forum.
Guest speaker for Nov. 5, 2010, was Kevin Tupper, our past Ass’t District Governor and now representing our District on the Rotary Foundation committee.
The 3 ways to contribute to RI Foundation are:
#1-Annual giving fund 50%goes to work fund,50% comes back to districts after 3 years for their use in supporting various projects.
#2-Polio Plus fund since 2005 rotary has raised 149 million$ of the 200 million$ required in connection with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation donation of 355 million for polio eradication.
#3-Permanent fund-interest earned goes annually to fund various programs.
Five reasons to give to RI Foundation:
#5-Reduce world hunger
#4-Reduce child mortality
#3-Promote world peace and conflict resolution.
#2-Basic education and literacy.
#1-Eradication of Polio An informative talk on Rotary’s charity which is thought to be one of the worlds largest and most efficient charities.
GSE Brazil Team 2010
The Brazilian D4680 GSE Team visted our Club on June 7th, 2010, and have been in District 7810 for a month. Shown in the above picture is Team leader Mario (centre) and team members: Andre, Henrique, Sabrina, and Carolina . They arrived on May 9th and will fly home on June 9th. Also in the picture are the host families from our Club: President Frank Derrah, Club GSE Chair Roger Albert, PP Bob Kimball, and Rotarian Rhoda Wilson.
First Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction 2010
The Rotary Club of Sussex held its first annual Rotary Fundraising Dinner and Auction at the Sussex Legion on April 15th, 2010. 140 tickets were sold, with over 125 people in attendance. The evening consisted of a salmon dinner with turkey as the alternative, a live auction with Bev Folkins as auctioneer, and a silent auction. Entertainment was provided by Magician Don Mockler, the Magic Man. The local and surrounding community supported the Club with over $9,000.00 in donated gifts for the auctions, and the Club realized over $10,000.00 to support its community Rotary projects.
The Committee was comprised of Robert E. Kimball Jr. as chair, Barb Crowe as Prize captain, Rhoda Wilson as ticket captain, Robert J. Kimball as wine tree captain, and committee members Andrew Palmer, Wendy Osborne, Lou McNamara, Kim Pearson, Donna Gilchrist, Bruce Northrup, Mayor Ralph Carr, and JC Robert Lockhart. During the evening of the dinner, Rotarians Robert Kimball Jr. & Bruce Northrup were pleased to welcome the help of their spouses Melissa and Kim in selling tickets and delivering prizes for the live auction.
Top Photo: Seen in left background are Mayor Ralph Carr, Wendy Osborne, Glenn Wood; front Carolyn Lockhart, Carl Rioux of the Yellow Pages Group, and Judy Wood, all viewing and discussing the silent auction items.
Next photo: MC Lou McNamara wetting his vocal cords before the start up, and Chairman Robert Kimball doing last minute check ups.
Next photo: Our attendees who we are very grateful for their financial support! At front right table are seated Assistant District Governor Kevin Tupper and Club President Frank Derrah.
Next photo: Rotary Fundraising Dinner & Auction Chairman Robert Kimball Jr. delivers a prize to a winner.
Next photo: Don Mockler, the Magician Man, views the audience while he prepares for a magocal moment.
Bottom photo: Bev Folkins, the auctioneer for the live auction, reaches out to the attendees looking for that last dollar to help the rotary Club meet their financial target for the evening.
On Nov. 23, 2009, Rick Rogers, Past District #7810 Governor spoke on the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus program to our Club.
Rick joined Rotary for the same reason many of us did and that was to give something back to our community .
The foundation provides funding to do worthwhile projects all over the world where Rotary is represented (33,000 clubs in over 200 countries). One of the main sources of funding for the foundation is “the every year every Rotarian” $100.00 US donation program and we all should be doing this as this is our charity and it is truly amazing what Rotary is accomplishing worldwide.
He also spoke about the challenge the Gates Foundation has given Rotary in coming up with another 100 million dollars to complete polio eradication. We have met the challenge before and he asked that our club consider donating to this project.
There were only 1500 cases of polio last year and it is now limited to 4 countries (Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan).
Fundy Civic Center Presentation
A special presentation was made on Nov. 1, 2009 by the Sussex Rotary Club to the Fundy Civic Center. President Frank Derrah, Honorary member Harley Geldart presented John Robinson of the FCC the Club’s donation of $76, 751.38. Rotarian & MLA Bruce Northrup joined in for the happy occasion.
Rotary has supported the local PALS class for some years in one manner or another. This year, the Club presented PALS with $500 for their Thanksgiving Dinner at Kings Landing.
Pictured are Rotarians Rhoda Wilson and Wendy Osborne presenting the check, and student Natasha Dalton and teacher Harold Dalling accepting the check.
Sussex Rotary ShelterBox Project
Top photo- Rotarian Wendy Osborne selling tickets on a GPS to raise the funds to purchase a ShelterBox.
Middle Photo- 23 Atlantic Canada Rotary Club representatives who presented Tom Henderson (standing on far left) with ShelterBox funding.
Bottom Photo- Sussex Rotarian Roger Albert presenting Sussex’s $1200.00 contribution for a ShelterBox.
That’s what ShelterBox Charity, a Rotary Club International project and brainchild of a real live hero, have accomplished in nine short years.
That’s the life-and-death story Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview members heard the night Oct. 16th, 2009 at a fund-raising dinner to buy more shelter boxes for disaster relief worldwide. The real live hero, Tom Henderson of Helston, U.K., was the star of the dinner held at Moncton’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Henderson, who has won international recognition for his humanitarian work, recalled how the idea first began and the road traveled to help millions in need each time there is a major landslide, flood, earthquake, tsunami or tornado across the globe.
The shelter boxes which contain a tent for 10 people, stove and cooking implements, water purification, blankets and other necessities offer “shelter, comfort and dignity” to the people homeless in a disaster, he told the 100-plus Rotarians from Greater Moncton and other clubs in the Atlantic Region.
With shelter boxes used in 63 countries, “it’s the best aid package in the world,” he said with pride.
Henderson was in Moncton at the invitation of Moncton West and Riverview club president Mike Walsh who met the founder of ShelterBox Charity in England and was immediately sold. Moncton is one of 10 stops Henderson made while crossing Canada to promote the project and raise money.
During the evening, 23 boxes each costing about $1,200 were pledged from different Rotary clubs in the region (bottom left photo). At the event representing the Sussex Rotary Club was Rotarian Roger Albert (bottom right photo), who presented our Club’s check from funds raised during the 2009 Balloon Festival (top photo) where tickets were sold on a GPS unit supplied by the PotashCorp New Brunswick. Pictured selling tickets is Rotarian Wendy Oborne with the ShelterBox tent directly behind her and the PotashCorp Fossil tent to the left.
Henderson, a longtime Rotarian in England, said the idea of distributing these packages to disaster victims came to him one night when watching a television account showing a relief effort where workers tossed bread onto the ground for disaster victims to scoop up. He said he was upset at the indignity and vowed to do something about it.
What he saw was tens of thousands of these boxes distributed the world around and immediately set to work making it happen beginning with his “1.2 million (Rotarian) friends.”
Other organizations, schools, groups and individuals have since come on board to help, raising $50 million to date. But more needs to be done, he said.
A total of 122 boxes were purchased in Canada three years ago. Last year, there were 736 and the push is on for more clubs getting involved buying more boxes. Three boxes previously purchased by the Moncton West and Riverview club ended up in Africa to help people there.
Walsh pointed to the account of Bangladesh woman giving birth shortly after receiving one of the tents. She would have been forced to give birth in an open field devoid of shelter and dignity, said Walsh. “That’s payback” for the rotary club effort, he added.
Rotary Flower Wheel
Pictured above is PP Kim Pearson giving some loving care to our flower wheel in McConnell Park on one beautiful day in August, 2009. With her is her nephew Taylor Pearson.
Rotary Flower Wheel 2009
Each year the Sussex Rotary Club creates a Rotary Wheel in the entrance to O’Connell Park in the Town of Sussex, and plants a large flower box as you leave Four Corners coming into Sussex. Rotary members undertake these projects under the Avenue of Community Service.
Club Youth Merit Award 2009
On June 15, 2009, President Donna presented two Youth Merit Award certificates and checks for $100.00 each to Hannah Barrett and Mila McMackin.
Hannah attends Sussex Regional High School where she has been actively involved on student life. She is a member of the Varsity Girls Field Hockey team for the past four years; the school’s key club; the newspaper committee and the prom committee. She is a part time employee at Canadian Tire; is a volunteer at Trinity Anglican Church; and sits on the Town of Sussex Youth Advisory Committee, representing the youth of her community.
Mila attends Petitcodiac Regional High School where she is a member of the school’s Honor Society and currently ranks 1st in her graduation class with an average in excess of 95%. Mila was chosen by her peers in grade 9 to serve the school as a Peer Counselor, a position she has held ever since. She is the Advertising Manager of the Orion 2009, the school’s yearbook, a position which takes a tremendous amount of time and patience to complete. Mila went to France in 2008 for a month through Rotary International, and in May will fly to Ottawa to take part in Rotary’s Adventure in Citizenship.
Fundy Civic Center Presentation
A special presentation was made on June 8, 2009 by the Sussex Rotary Club to the Fundy Civic Center. President Donna Gilchrist, Incoming President Frank Darrah and Honorary member Harley Geldart presented John Robinson of the FCC the Club’s donation of $36,135.33.
District Youth Merit Award 2009
District Youth Merit Award winner Brad Harding pictured with District Chair Kim Pearson at the District Conference in St. Andrews.
Brad is a graduate from St. Sault High School and was sponsored by the Grand Falls Rotary Club. He was awarded a $1000 scholarship.
Highway Clean Up 2009
During the month of May 2009, the Sussex Rotarians did the bi-annual clean up of the highway for five kilometers heading out of Sussex toward Saint John.
Pictured in the above photos are President Donna Gilchrist left, and incoming President Frank Darrah leading the club in the clean up.
The Rotary Club of Sussex has purchased two Shelter Boxes through local corporate donations and Club fund raising.
The cost of a complete Shelter Box is $1200 CAD.
In times of disaster, many thousands of people are often left homeless and without basic shelter and survival equipment. Shelterbox Canada stands at the ready to provide aid to those in need anywhere in the world. Each Shelter Box provides a dry shelter, warm bed, light and heat, clean water, cooking aids and tools for 10 people.
The Shelter Box Trust was established by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, England. Boxes are pre-packed and warehoused in the UK ready for shipping.
The Shelterbox Canada project was founded within the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, British Columbia, and is promoted and administered by Rotarians from across Canada. It is distributed through Aid Agencies and Rotary Clubs closest to the disaster areas. Most of the funding comes as donations from Rotary Clubs around the world, as well as other organizations and individuals who have given great support to the project. But continuity is the key for the future and funding is constantly being sought. You can donate through The Rotary Club of Sussex now.
The boxes and new equipment are purchased as donations are received. All amounts are welcome and are used to purchase items toward a complete box. Best value is achieved by working closely with leading manufacturers, all items being obtained at less than trade prices!
Each ShelterBox is a large, rugged, green plastic container that holds a 10-person tent and a range of other equipment.
In general, typical box contents could include:
• Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets
• Waterproof ponchos and bin bags
• A multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint!
• Cooking pans, utensils, bowls and mugs
• Collapsible water containers and water purification tablets
• A basic tool kit – hammer, axe, saw, pliers, hoe head, trenching shovel, rope etc
• A small, children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons, pens etc.
However, a range of equipment is kept in stock. This allows ShelterBox to be flexible and adjust the contents of the box according to local conditions and what is most urgently needed.
We also have sleeping bags that can be used in particularly cold conditions.
Sometimes – particularly if other resources are available locally and the overwhelming need is for shelter – we will just send tents and pack two in each box.
Once assembled, boxes will be banded and sealed ready for transit. They are also individually numbered so each box can be tracked and donors can know its final destination.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS!
Fundy Civic Center
In the spirit of this years International motto Make Dreams Real, The Rotary Club of Sussex Inc. is raising funds to benefit the Fundy Civic Centre.
Throughout various businesses in Sussex and surrounding area, water Bottles have been displayed and filled with your change to help the community meet the funds needed to build our Fundy Civic Centre.
Bud Pearson was the first resident to contribute to the fund raiser. Bud has been collecting pennies and loose change into bottles for years at home and donated them to our cause. Bud, a former Rotarian himself, believes that this is a great way to get everyone to dig deep and make a difference. The Rotary Club wants the community to help. If you have change to donate, drop it into the water bottles as you are shopping. Have a casual day at work and donate the collection. If your piggy bank is too heavy to bring in, we will pick it up from your home! The fund raiser will run until until early 2009 and all proceeds will go to the FCC.
We will be updating the progress in the Kings County Record weekly. Look for the Water Bottle!
Camp Rotary 2008
On a June 23rd, 2008 Rotary Monday, a group of Sussex Rotarians went to Rotary Camp to do some needed work on Sussex Station. Pictured above is Past President Murray McGibbon and his grandson Connor. In the background is PP Bob Kimball.
On March 19, 2007, President Elect Donna Gilchrist (R_L) and President Kim Pearson presented a cheque for $1000.00 to Wanda Steeves of Crosswinds for their CASP program. Wanda Steeves and Wanda Green were Rotary’s guest speaker to talk about Crosswinds projects and their operation. The donation is given to support Crosswind’s Community Academic Service Project.
They gave our Club an excellent presentation about Crosswinds and its role in the community. Crosswinds works to develop community connections and improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Crosswinds was established in 1978 and began operations at the Lions Den. In 2002 the organization moved to its present location at 100 Leonard Drive. Crosswinds receives approximately 80% of its funding from the provincial Department of Family and Community Services however there is a significant amount of fundraising required for the organization. Crosswinds operates CASP (Community Academic Services Program) and provides employment services for all underemployed members of our community (not just those with disabilities). Crosswinds is constantly looking for new business opportunities and can provide workers for a variety of tasks.
Club Annual Giving Donation
Each past year, the Rotary Club of Sussex Inc. has contributed 5% of its total fund raising dollars to the Rotary Foundation Annual Giving Program. On Feb. 26, 2007, the Club unanimously agreed to again do the same. Shown above is a check presentation of $1212.00 to Gordon Dempsey, Assistant District Governor, by President Kim Pearson, President Elect Donna Gilchrist, and Vice-president Haley Bettle.
Proposed International Project 2006
Dear Presidents of the Hampton, Rothesay-Kings, Saint John and Sussex Rotary Clubs:
Gordon Dempsey has just informed me that your members have agreed to support the World Community Service project jointly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fredericton Sunrise and Brits (D9250) to supply hearing aids, school supplies and teachers aids for handicapped children at the Genesis Centre near Brits. In this you will join the Rotary Clubs of Fredericton, Fredericton Sunrise and Sackville to provide the financing for this project which will, after addition of DDF from our district and matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, be a total of US$27,700.
Please pass on to your members my very, and those of the Rotary Club of Brits, grateful thanks for their support of this project and the children in the schools for handicapped children. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Genesis Centre and I can assure you that were it not for the school these children would have very little contact with anyone outside their families. With the gift of hearing they will now be able to experience a much greater world and, hopefully, learn to communicate with their parents, siblings, teachers and other children. The additional teaching materials and teachers aids will increase their abilities and quality of life.
We will now start the process to put together the matching grant application.
As I have indicated, your contribution will be credited to your club for Foundation Recognition points which can be used for Paul Harris Recognition if you so wish.
Mike Ross of the Fredericton Sunrise Club will be the International Contact for this project and will keep you informed at every step as to progress on the project so that you can communicate with your members.
I am attaching a photo of some of the children at the Genesis Centre who, already, want to say “Thank You” for your love and support.
Rotarian Mike Street
District 7810 Chairperson
Fall Highway Cleanup
On Oct. 14, 2006, the Sussex Rotarians and their friends gathered at Tim Horton’s to undertake the fall clean up of their designated piece of highway between Sussex and Norton.
In the picture are Frank Skaling, Harley Geldart, Cindy Coates, Keri Walker, Frank Derrah and Kim Pearson. Missing from the picture were Andrew Palmer, Audrey Skaling, Donna Gilchrist, Mark Pearson, Robert Lockhart and Sharon and Byron Armstrong.
Rotary Signage Project
During the spring of 2006, the Club under the direction of long time Rotarian Harley Geldart updated the signage and added a decorative rock base to the service club signs located on two of the entrances into Sussex.
Pictured from L-R are Rotarians Keri Walker, President Kim Pearson, Harley, Gerald Randall, Frank Derrah, and Peter Haines.
Rotary Group Study Exchange Visit
May 14-16, 2006
From May 14 – 16, 2006, the Rotary Club of Sussex hosted the Group Study Exchange from France. From L-R are Nicolas Konig, Alix Chevrier, Pauline Loyer, team leader Jean-Yves Saucey, and Eduord Boban.
On Sunday, the team were met at the Broadleaf Ranch for lunch, and then went on tour along the Fundy coast. The team were hosted for dinner by PP Frank and Audrey Skaling.
On Monday, the team toured the Royal Gardens in the morning (top photo), Prestige Homes in the afternoon (middle photo), and were hosted by the Hampton Rotary Club for a supper BBQ (bottom photo).
On Tuesday, the team left for Grand Lake to visit Camp Rotary and to be hosted by the Rotary Clubs in Fredericton.
Rotary Club of Sussex Members Tackle Highway Litter
Members of the Rotary Club of Sussex spent Saturday, May 6th, 2006 on the sides of the busy highway leading from Saint John to Sussex picking up litter as part of the Club’s latest community project. This hands-on project is designed to help the environment as well as build community spirit and pride. This project was undertaken as part of the Province of New Brunswick’s Adopt-a-Highway program.
The Adopt-a-Highway program, developed in 1996, compliments and adds to the existing Annual Spring Roadside Cleanup. These programs are joint efforts of The Tree House (a Fredericton-based environmental organization which manages the program), the Department of Transportation, and groups of volunteers who work together to keep our province roadsides clean and beautiful.
Through the Adopt -a-Highway Program, interested groups take on a three-year commitment to cleanup roadsides along designated stretches of provincial highway. Official highway signs are posted to give public recognition to the adopting group for its contribution to the province’s cleanliness.
The Department of Transportation supplies participating groups with safety information, garbage bags, caps for roadside workers, and temporary warning signs.
Groups can adopt sections of highway that are no less than five kilometers long in rural areas and three kilometers in urban areas. Groups are asked to schedule two litter cleanups per year, in the spring and in the fall.
Rotary Club project coordinator Frank Skaling was pleased with the keen response of Rotarians to this challenge. The Club hopes that other volunteer groups in the local area will also consider signing up for the Adopt-a-Highway program.
2006 Easter Seal Project
Under the leadership of Rotarian Harley Geldart, the Sussex Club collected contributions for the Easter Seal Campaign from various business locations around town. Pictured (L_R) are Rotarians Dana Black, Harley, Frank Skaling, President Kim Pearson, Sharon Armstrong, Tom McGibbon, and Tom Snowden.
Club International Peru Project
In 2005, our Club joined other Rotary Clubs with a $500.00 matching contribution to supply water and washroom facilities in a school in Peru. The project was completed in 2006.
Rotary Christmas Boxes
Each Christmas, the club sells and packages Christmas boxes as a fund raiser. Included in the box are products from local community companies such as King Cole Tea, Barbour Foods spices, etc.
Exchange Student from Germany 2005
Our Club was very fortunate to host Jetta ?? from Germany for three weeks in June, 2005. Pictured here is President Kim Pearson (left) accepting a Club Banner from Jetta’s host club. Emily Cormier (right) will be returning to Germany with Jetta for a similar exchange n July. The picture was taken at Rotarian Bob Kimball’s home on July 11, 2005 when he and Theresa hosted the Club for a barbecue.
Duck Race for Dialysis Machine 2005
The Sussex Rotary Club partnering with the Mill Stream Voluntary Fire Department sold tickets on a Duck Race which took place at Apohogue on July 1, 2005. The proceeds went toward the Dialysis Machine for the Sussex Health Center.
The Duck Race has been a Club project since 2003, and the proceeds go to different community projects each year.
Rotary Supports Kidney Dialysis Machine 2005
Our Club committed $24,000 towards the funding drive for the Sussex Health Center Dialysis Unit. Dialysis Unit Fundraising chairmen Emerson Kaiser and Ron McLaughlin are pictured with Club members during a presentation at a Rotary Club meeting on June 15, 2005.
Rotarians (L-R) Robert Lockhart, Lou McNamara, Peter Haines, President Kathy Cole, Harley Geldart, Gerry Randall, Kim Pearson, and Andrew Logan look on.
O’Connell Garden Rotary Wheel
Sussex Rotary First Web Site
In 2005, the Rotary Club of Sussex reached another milestone when they joined the World Wide Web with their first web site.
The project was a Vocational Service project undertaken by Saint John visiting Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart. Robert collected history from the Club members, and worked with the Multimedia Class of 2005, CTI, of the Computer Training Institute in Saint John. This was a win win win situation for the Club, the community, and the Multimedia Class. Rotary got its first web site and could share the good work it does with the community, and the Class got to work on a real project and see their hard work go on the web. A special thanks was extended to Judy Williams, the class instructor, who took great interest in the project and gave assistance with the conversion and technical support as required after implementation until all the bugs were found.
Robert became the Club’s web master after the implementation, and made many additions through the years to capture the history and activities of the Club.
LOCAL ROTARY CLUB RIDES FOR CAMP ROTARY 2004
Rotary Club of Sussex President Kathy Cole presents a cheque for $1,000 to Camp Rotary Assistant Camp Director Greg Denton of Minto (August 15, 2004). The funds were raised through a Motorcycle Run from Sussex to Grand Lake and return that saw more than forty motorcycle enthusiasts join with the Rotary Club to assist Camp Rotary, a residential summer camp on Grand Lake that has served people with physical and mental disabilities for over 50 years. Each year, the Rotary Club of Sussex also provides funding for local children to attend a week-long summer program at Camp Rotary – for many of these children this is their only chance to experience “summer camp”.
ROTARY CLUB SUPPORTS LITERACY
Rotary Club of Sussex President Kathy Cole was on hand at Crosswinds Centre to present a cheque for $1,000 in support of CASP (Community Academic Services Program) – an adult literacy program which has helped provide hundreds of adults in Sussex and the surrounding area with reading, writing and numeracy skills over the past ten years. For the past five years the Sussex CASP has targeted the local disabled population, however the program is open to everyone.
At present, CASP has more than 40 learners enrolled in the program. CASP instructor Pat McGovern custom designs the program for each individual learner based on his or her interests, so that topics are interesting and relevant for each participant.
Crosswinds is the sponsoring body for CASP in Sussex. CASP is primarily funded by Literacy New Brunswick, however each year the local CASP must raise $3,000 to deliver this program in Sussex. “Rotary has been an important financial sponsor of our program for many years,” stated Crosswinds manager Wanda Steeves, “without local support, our program could not continue.”
“2004-2005 is a special year for Rotary International,” explains President Kathy Cole, “This is our Centennial year. Rotarians around the world are being asked by our International President to address literacy issues, and we are proud to be able to support this very worthwhile local literacy program”.
Rotary International Director David Roper reinforces why literacy programs are so important. “Adults who can’t read can’t help their children to read, and the cycle of illiteracy and poverty is passed on. The ramifications of illiteracy are endless,” said Roper. “Helping people to achieve literacy and numeracy skills and become self-sufficient is the most critical tool available for fighting poverty. Regardless of the community, there are many opportunities for Rotarians to promote literacy.”
The twenty-three members of the Rotary Club of Sussex are part of a worldwide network of more than 1.2 million Rotarians who work to address various community and international service needs.
Rotary Donates Van to Cross Winds
Tom Snowdon, Frank Skaling
Rotary Supplies Jaws of Life
Rotary Helps Portage Bus
Sussex Transition House 2003
Tom Snowden, Kim Pearson
Sussex Rotary funds $30,000 toward the construction of Jubilee Hall.
Wards Creek Bridge
The Club constructed this bridge as a community service project and at a cost of just under $10,000.00 in 1997.
Rotary Builds Sussex Corner Bridge
The bridge project was completed by the membership in 2002 at a cost of just over $4,000.00.
Christmas Boxes Annually 2003
Each Christmas, the Sussex Rotary Club packs Christmas boxes and distributes them within the community.
RI Group Study Exchange 2003
Judge Don Taylor, Tiffany Alford, Missy Beeton, Kim Williams from RI District 5910
Chess Sets 2003
In November of S2003, the Sussex Rotary Club donated 60 chess sets to the Sussex High School Chess Club. Rotarian Brenda Lamb, Frank Skaling….
Rotary Funds South African Water Well for School
Keri Walker, Kevin Kilfoil
Sussex Community Group Sign 2003
Kim Pearson, Keri Walker, Harley Geldart, Frank Skaling
Rotary Helps Plant Park
Rotary Funds Library Shelves
In 1997, Sussex Rotary took on a project to provide shelving for the Sussex Library with a contribution of $45,000.00. Money for this project was raised from funds raised through the Club’s annual “Men’s Night”.