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Youth led program sends a book to children each month
Members of Sussex Rotary’s first ever Interact Club: Sitting: Brianna Dunfield, Kassidy Tribe, and Shelby Dunfied. Standing: Kristin Armstrong, Emma Wallace, Sophia Sharp and Damon Brown. PHOTO: LAURA MACINNIS/KINGS COUNTY RECORD
This article was reported in the Kings County Record Jan. 3, 2017 edition.
SUSSEX • A new program in the region organized by a group of teen leaders will see children ages zero to five get a new book each and every month for free.
The Interact Club is a youth club sponsored by the Sussex Rotary Club for teens 14 to 16. This is the first time this club has existed in Sussex and for their first mission they have opted to work on boosting literacy by growing home libraries.
“Our goal is to provide books to every child and encourage literacy before they get to kindergarten to give them the best start they can get,” said Sussex Regional High School student Brianna Dunfield. “A lot of children live in homes where they may not have books. Getting a book, or anything in the mail every month, will give each child that feeling of having something of their very own.”
The group has partnered up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program promotes literacy and fosters a love of reading at an early age, by sending a free book every single month straight to the child’s door until they are ready to start school.
Books have been pre selected to be age appropriate for each child receiving them.
Rotary Club member Lisa Brown is acting as liaison for the club. As the owner of a local daycare, she said finding a way to assist children at a very young age was a no-brainer to her.
“When we looked around at all the literacy programs in the area, we found that there was lots of stuff for older kids and teens, but virtually nothing for children under five,” she said.“And those first years is when it counts. If they don’t learn to love books when they are small, they won’t when they get older.”
According to this year’s literacy results in the province, Anglophone School District-South’s number of students reading at the appropriate grade level fell well below the province’s 90 per cent target. Overall, 75.9 per cent of Grade 2 students in Anglophone School District-South met the appropriate reading level for 2016, down from 79.1 per cent in 2015 and 81.4 per cent in 2014.
Dunfield said there is hope that this program can play some small role in turning those numbers around.
“We are helping these children for school and for the future. And they are the future, so its about making our whole community better,” said Dun-field.
The Rotary Club itself will be sponsoring the first 25 children to sign up for the program. The Interact Club will be coming up with fundraising activities and pursuing local businesses to become sponsors.
It will cost $215 to provide every one child with a set of books up until their fifth birthday. In the alternative, Brown said some people are opting to give a donation of $42.60 which will be a year’s worth of books for one child.
The Interact Club plans to have its charter meeting Jan. 16, and is still looking for members to join and be a part of the charter group.
On March 17, they will be bagging groceries to raise money for the library program and on April 22, they will host a spring carnival at Lisa’s Playhouse.
The club will also take part in the Rotary Club’s major auction and dinner fundraiser May 4.
Brown said it is a huge benefit to the Rotary to have young people affiliated with it.
“They are bringing new life and new ideas to our club,” Brown said. “It will be great to watch them grow and get to know them and one day they wil hopefully decide to join the Rotary Club wherever they are.”
For more info on how to join the Interact Club, teens can contact Brown at 506-433-2273, Dunfield at 506-434-3769, or Sophia Sharp at 506-434-1936.
To sign a child up for the Imagination Library, contact Kristin Armstrong at 506-512-2409 or through email at. The children must live in the Sussex area and the number of children chosen will be taken on a first come first serve basis based on how much funding can be acquired in this first year.
“If they don’t learn to love books when they are small, they won’t when they get older.”
On Dec. 15, 2016, the Rotary Club of Sussex and the Interact Club of Kings County 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.
Major Stan Folkins- Salvation Army
Rotary’s guest speaker on a snow storm day of Dec. 12, 2016 was Major Stan Folkins (right). With Major Folkins is President Rob Driscoll showing off a promo board for the first Annual “Mathew Palmer” Christmas Food Drive in memory of Mathew, thirteen year old son of Chris and Melana Palmer, who passed away this past September.
Chase the Joker Winner Bruce Northrup
After 44 weekly drawings of a card from the deck, Rotarian Bruce Northrup finally drew the winning Joker on Dec. 12, 2016 with 9 cards left in the deck. The winner’s pot had grown to $816.50. Bruce announced when picking the lucky Joker that he would be donating half his winnings to the Salvation Army. Pictured above are Major Stan Folkins who just happened to be Rotary’s guest speaker for the meeting, Rotarian Bruce, Donna Gilchrist, Chairperson of the weekly draw, and President Rob Driscoll. Congratulations, Bruce!
The Chase the Joker club fund raiser started on Nov. 16, 2015 as a supplement to the weekly fines to help raise funds to off set the internal operating costs of the Club. Thus the first deck also contributed $816.50 to the Club operating funds. Job well done Donna!
Village of Gagetown Rotary Club
It’s pretty awesome to stumble upon another Rotary Club and its members actively serving their community!! The Village of Gagetown Rotary Club has 13 members! Today as I (Lisa brown, centre) walked the Christmas in the Village artisan fair I came across these fine gentlemen promoting their project “Shelter in a Box”! http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/ Thank you Ron Samuels (right) and Ross Wetmore (left) for sharing your story with me! ~ Lisa Brown
Coats for Kids Fund Raiser
On Nov. 26, 2016, the Club under the efforts of Cummings and her Coats for Kids committee held a fund raiser in support of the Coats for Kids annual project. $234.00 was raised to help fulfill the needs. Thanks, team!
Sussex Middle School
Honorary Rotarian Robert Lockhart introduced our Nov. 21, 2016 guest speaker, Bridget Ryan.
Bridget talked about her role at Sussex Middle School.
Breakfast Club is self-funded – community donations; increase in number of students, thus cost has increased – usually $5,000 a year.
Her role is supporting teachers, has organized presentations with immigrants, financial literacy, career fair, internet safety, photo sharing, empowerment programs, guest speakers, family violence education, Sussex Middle-School is a community school, Marigolds on Maple Avenue, tree nursery, Irving Tree Nursery, Communities in Bloom, Town of Sussex are partners in this project, adopt a fire hydrant – shovel in the winter, stuff the mini-bus (Sobeys food drive), mentoring to elementary children, purchase cereal for sharing club, Terry Fox Foundation (30,000 in last 10 years has been raised), Danny and Jessica Angel Foundation, support Karma, two years ago became a “We School,” look to get students engaged, huge advocates of health and wellness, new 30,000 dollar play structure, realized students are under a lot of stress – expression board and graffiti wall to let anger out, birthday parties/club for all born in a given month, announcement team, yoga and painting for teachers, teachers need help with cuts, School population has dropped, funding has declined, teacher cuts, always looking for volunteers to help with English and Math, chess club and games rooms at noon, junior achievement (budgeting), big push towards financial literacy, career fair.
Bridget was thanked by PP Robert Kimball. He presented her with a book that will be given to the Sussex Library in her name as a token of the Club’s appreciation for her talk.
The club membership were pleasantly surprised at their meeting on Nov. 21, 2016 to be advised by Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett that our Club was the second stronger per capita contributor to the Rotary Foundation for 2015 – 2016.
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.
Interact & Rotaract
On Nov. 14, 2016, Rotarian Blair Hyslop introduced guest speaker Susan Kulesza. Susan’s background includes nursing, real estate, Junior Achievement, and many different volunteer groups. Susan is presently the District Chair for Rotaract.
Susan gave a presentation on Interact and Rotaract and presented some very interesting statistics as follows:
The number of Rotarians worldwide are decreasing; however, Interact and Rotaract are increasing. For Rotary to sustain itself there is a need to involve more young people and this is happening. Interact and Rotaract are clubs that are sponsored by one or more Rotary Clubs. Interact is for ages 14 – 18 and Rotaract is for ages 18 – 30. These groups can come under the umbrella of a school or university but there are sometimes advantages to having them community based. Susan shared her passion for working with the youth and applauded the Sussex Rotary Club for growing in this area. She encouraged members to make a long-term commitment to starting one of these groups in the Sussex area.
Rotarian Lisa Brown thanked Susan for her informative talk.
Our Rotary Club was very proud to be nominated as one of the contenders in the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce Awards for the Community Impact Award in Nov. 2016. Always nice to be recognized for the good work Rotary does!
Rotarian Ed Keith Classification Talk
On Nov. 7, 2016, Rotarian Ed Keith gave a presentation for the entire office and focused first on the staff (Greg Sr., Jane, Ed and Wendy) and the history of their staff and brokerage and finished by detailing their operations, services and expertise in the Life, Health and Group Insurance industry as well as the Financial side with regards to Investments, etc. They focus on a holistic review and service with their clients, concentrating on achieving and maintaining their financial goals. They are a brokerage so they have access to multiple industry leading insurance Companies and broker for all of the major companies.
Ed started with Greg (Sr.) and his part of the business, Greg started in the industry in the mid 80’s and originally had his brokerage only in Saint John but living in Sussex at the time he decided to open the existing brokerage in Sussex in 1990 where he has grown and expanded the business to new levels for the past 25+ years. Greg is a member of many local groups, too many to name them all but to name a few, he is a Past President of the minor hockey league in Sussex, Past Pres of the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce, a Rotary Member and the Current President of the local Canadian Parents for French Board of Directors.
Ed’s mother Jane is the Office Manager (aka the real boss said Ed) and she has been working alongside Greg for a number of years as the financial planner, she holds both a license in Life Insurance as well as the Mutual Fund Credentials for the Investment / Financial side of the business. Jane is also a believer in being involved in the community and giving back where and when she can and is also involved with the CPF NB Group and is currently the President of the Sussex Vale Transition House Board of Directors.
Ed himself was born in Newfoundland and raised in Sussex. He claimed, like many of us I’m sure, that he was an interesting student behaviorally in his early years in School and wished Rhoda was there to support his claim, but, also like many of us, he did well academically which made up for the occasional classroom antics. Ed moved on to earn his Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science and his Master’s in Education. Ed spent time in his early career in education in Rothesay and KV and finished in the Sussex Middle School. Ed joined the Sunshine House Financial Center in 2013 and was recognized in 2014/15 as a Leading Advisor in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and more recently in 2015 has been recognized as Leading in NB and Newfoundland by Freedom 55. Ed is also involved in Rotary, Crosswinds and the CPF and has been involved in sports all his life both on the team and coaching the teams in Sussex.
Wendy joined their team and is the Group Benefits Specialist and Marketing head in the office, she has access to all the major insurers for Life, Health and Group Benefits and offer solutions that fit the customer’s needs by working with them to determine the best options for them and building the solution with their markets for both Insurance and Investments.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanked Ed and we will have a book donated to the Sussex Library in Ed’s Name.
Mayor Mark Flewwelling, Sussex Corner
Shelley Vail introduced Mark Flewwelling, the Club’s guest speaker for Oct. 17, 2016. Pictured above is Mark (right0 talking to PP Lou McNamara before the meeting.
Mark was elected Mayor of Sussex Corner in May 2016. He is also CEO of Risk Management Agency. This agency is responsible for providing guidance and direction to the Province of New Brunswick’s 10 credit unions as it relates to the development and execution of an Enterprise Risk Management Audit program to meet regulatory requirements.
Mark congratulated the Club for its work in the community for the last 39 years. Mark grew up in a military family and moved around when he was younger. Mark spent the majority of his adult life in Saint John and started his career working for the Bank of Nova Scotia. Presently he works in the Rothesay area but has chosen to live in the Sussex area. Mark explained that he does believe in amalgamation; however, the voters at the present time have decided against this action. Mark feels that he needs to serve the people and to help make the community of Sussex Corner grow. Mark emphasized that he believed that the area was one bigger community.
When asked a question about the water and sewer rates that would be going up in Sussex Corner, Mark replied that the residents of Sussex Corner had been given a preferred rate in the past and the new rates will be in line with what the residents of Sussex pay.
Rotarian Tina Monahan thanked Mark for his informative talk.
On Oct. 3, 2016, Rotarian Shelley Vail introduced Vanessa Black, a graduate of Crandall University and Dalhousie University, and the new Librarian for the Sussex Regional Library.
Vanessa explained that the Sussex Regional Library is funded by the Province and by the Municipality. The Library systems in New Brunswick are all integrated and books can be borrowed and interchanged among all branches through a shared common catalogue system. The purpose of the Library is so that there is equal access to information; to promote culture (history and language); facilitate social and community interaction; enhance personal wellness and lifelong learning; support early childhood development; support literacy skills; and enhance social and economic development.
Vanessa reviewed the resources that are available free at the library: – games, books, periodicals, sound collections, DVDs, digitals like “Overdrive,” and data bases. Vanessa highlighted many of the changes in focus of libraries in recent years to migrate from a “quiet reading space” to social programs, reading clubs, ESL materials, teen spaces and programs, aboriginal services, to name just a few.
Vanessa announced that October was New Brunswick Libraries Month. Members were invited to an Open House at the Library to be held on Saturday, October 15th. This will be an all-day event covering activities for all ages.
Rotarian Ed Keith thanked Vanessa for her talk about the Library and mentioned that for future speakers at Rotary, the Rotary Club of Sussex would be donating a book to the Library.
NEWS! Exciting things are happening this year with Rotary!
The Rotary New Generations Committee is in full swing! Today, Sept. 21, 2016, was a very successful first meeting At Tír na nÓg Forest School. In attendance were Ed Keith, Gregg Keith (standing), Sussex Regional High School students – Brianna Dunfield and Sophia Sharp, Angie Cummings, Shelley Vail, and Lisa Brown. The Committee is in the beginning stages of forming an Interact Club in our community for youth ages 12-18.
They also discussed the other projects under the New Generations Service which include the Short-Term Youth Exchange Program, Adventures in Citizenship Program and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. They plan on meeting every Wednesday at 4pm at Tír na nÓg Forest School in Roachville.
The goal is to get as many young people in our community involved in Rotary so that they grow up understanding the importance of serving others.
The Committee asks if your ages 12-18 and would like to become part of this new initiative please contact us ~ Lisa Brown
David Alston, Entrepreneur
On Sept. 19, 2016, Shelley introduced David Alston, Chief Innovation Officer of Introhive and leading proponent of expanding the Province’s digital footprint. David is a marketing start-up entrepreneur, cofounder of Brilliant Labs, and volunteer advisor to NB’s Strategic Program Review. David has won many awards for his accomplishments in business, technology, and innovation.
David Alston spoke about his background in technology and his passion for promoting changes in school curriculum as it relates to teaching coding in schools. He believes that technology can be of assistance in improving the efficiencies of government and companies, and that New Brunswick could become a leader in the digital world just like the Country of Estonia. Estonia started from the bottom when the USSR broke up after the Cold War and they decided to build their government on a digital ‘cloud’ type system even before the term “Cloud” was in existence. David spoke about how the Country of Estonia is set up so the individual owns their own data and not the government or government agencies. Paperwork is minimal. Everything is integrated and the system is very efficient in meeting the needs of its people. David expressed his hope that the Province of New Brunswick can become a leader in the digital world and is advocating this through his business and public talks.
District Governor Visit
Bob Tremblett introduced our District Governor. Virginia (Ginny) Joles, retired from a career in communications and development with Emera Maine, a northern Maine electric utility at the Club’s meeting on Sept. 12, 2016. Most recently she has worked as philanthropy lead for The Aroostook Medical Center, raising funds for capital projects and medical equipment. She has been active in the United Way, Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development, and the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club. A Rotarian since 1987, Ginny has served as Club President, District Conference Chairperson, and chaired several fundraising campaigns to benefit the community, including the County Dialysis Center project. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation. She and her husband, Jerry Joles, teach self-defense, handgun safety, and conduct clinics through NRA’s Women on Target.
DG Ginny made a presentation on the work of Rotary International starting with the 2016 Rotary International Theme of John and Judy Germ entitled “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
She challenged the group to give to the Rotary Foundation especially in recognition of the 100th Anniversary. Since the Foundation was started with a $26.50 donation, Rotarians are being encouraged to increase their giving to the Foundation by a minimum of $26.50. Ginny circulated a copy of a book by David C. Forward entitled Doing Good in the World and invited members to attend a book signing, training, and banquet on November 19 in Presque Isle, Maine.
Ginny reviewed some of the changes made at the latest Council on Legislation where there is now flexibility of meeting times and locations. There will be an increase of dues of $4 over the next three years.
Strategic Plans include:
- Presidential Citation goals
- Collaborative Projects and Meetings
- Adopting a Club (Sussex and St. Stephen have been twinned)
- Membership Grown and Engagement
- Youth Services – Exchange Program, Interact, and Rotaract
- Avenues of Service – Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, Youth Service
- Vibrant Clubs
All members were to attend the next Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from June 10 – 2017.
New member induction Teresa O’Brien
Our club is growing again! On Sept. 12, 2016 the Club was thrilled to announce Teresa O’Brien has joined our club! Teresa is the manager of the Royal Bank, and has joined Rotary under the classification of Banking- Commercial.
Pictured with Teresa, and inducting her into the Club, are President Rob Driscoll (left), and District 7810 District Governor Virginia (Ginny) Joles.
If you are interested in becoming a member and joining in on the good work we do, for your community. Meet us Monday’s 12:15pm, for lunch at the All Season’s restaurant.
As part of one of the Rotary District 7810 iniatives for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year, our Sussex Rotary Club has chosen the Rotary Club of St. Stephen – Milltown as it’s matching club, our President’s home town.. On July 4, President Rob visited the St. Stephen Club to extend our greetings and meet the club members. Pictured above with President Rob is the President of the St. Stephen – Milltown Rotary Club, Les Thomson.
Exchange Student Social
On July 26, 2016, Sussex Rotarians gathered at the Up to Par in Midland to welcome and socialize with their exchange student.
Pictured above form L-R are Tina Monahan, Bob Tremblett, Robert Kimball, President Rob Driscoll, exchange student ??, Geoff Fuller, and Cindy DuBois.
June 2016 Trip Draw Winner
On July 4, 2016, Trip Draw Chair Tina Monahan congratulated Brittany Armstrong with the June grand prize trip draw! She was the lucky 1st place winner of a trip valued at $3,200.
Brittany is planning on taking a trip to Europe or Australia. Congratulations, Brittainy. More information on the Trip Draw may be seen on our Holiday Trip Draw tab.
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 is 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.
Change-over Meeting June 27, 2016
June 27, 2016 was the change-over meeting to thank the out going executive for their great year, and to welcome the new executive for the new Rotary year commencing July 1.
Special guest for the meeting was Brianna Dunfield, above. Lisa Sharp introduced Brianna Dunfield to the meeting. Brianna is a member of the Graduating Class of 2017 and recently was The Rotary Club of Sussex’s representative for the Adventure in Citizenship program.
Brianna spoke of highlights of her May 2016 Adventure in Citizenship trip to Ottawa. She spoke of listening to politicians, a business entrepreneur, refugee family, and other presenters along with experiences of meeting students from all across Canada including first nations people from remote northern communities. Brianna termed the experience life changing and thanked the Rotary Club for sending her.
The new Rotary International President for the Rotary year 2016-2017 is John F. Germ from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new theme will be “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
During the meeting, President Rob announced that two new members will be joining the Board as Directors at large- Ian Smyth and Angie Cummings. Tina Monahan will move up to Vice President, and Mary McNair will be Treasurer, and Cindy DuBois Assistant Treasurer.
Rotarians Rob Driscoll top photo and Rhoda Wilson bottom photo were presented with Paul Harris Fellowship Pins and Certificates by Foundation chair Donna Gilchrist.
President Rob talked about the importance of committees to the Club and encouraged committees to meet separately. New ideas and suggestions for projects and activities are always welcome and members were encouraged to participate in an area that is of interest to them.
Tim Durling- Portage
On June 20, 2016, Rotarian Angie C. introduced Tim During as our speaker. Tim grew up in Sussex is a Clinical Counsellor at Portage, has a business called Pallet Works, and works with addiction programs in Moncton.
Tim spoke of how his choices in life led to severe problems with addiction finally resulting in a year and a half prison sentence. Tim described himself as a recovering addict who has chosen to reach out to others, particularly teens, and help them deal with their struggles in life. Tim works at Portage and also with drop-in programs like The Chase and U Turns in Moncton. Every individual has a story of what led them to pursue drugs and then continuing into further addictions. Tim believes in giving youth positive activities to help mend. Tim has chosen both physical fitness and art as outlets for himself. He regularly works out on a fitness ball and creatively he runs Pallet Works NB. Tim encourages the youth to share their stories as this helps in the healing process.
Rhoda thanked Tim for his presentation and commended him for moving ahead in his life and coming along side students who are in need of the support that he can offer because he has walked a journey similar to theirs.
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.
Sussex Sword Fish Swim Club
Rotarian Ian Smyth introduced Andrew Clarke to the meeting on June 13, 2016. Andrew grew up in Alberta but married a girl from St. Martins and moved to the area a few years ago. Since arriving in Sussex he has been the head coach of the Sussex Swordfish Swim Club at PotashCorp Civic Centre.
Andrew Clarke started the Swim Club in December 2013 with 22 members. The numbers were increased to 32 in 2014, and 44 in 2015. The first year two swimmers qualified for the East Coast Championships but this year 11 qualified. Children from all ages and abilities are encouraged to join. Last year the Club started hosting tournaments. Andrew talked about the economic benefits this has to the community of Sussex as visitors come and stay in local motels and eat in local restaurants. It is estimated that each visiting family could potentially spend $400 for a weekend tournament. This past year there were over 200 swimmers who came for the tournament. The Sussex Club received the most improved team award from the Mary Lampert Tournament. Andrew praised the Civic Centre as being a para-facility allowing easy access to the pool and other floors of the facility. Andrew spoke with appreciation for two other coaches who have joined his team – John Keeler and Ellen Watters.
Rotarian Jeff Fuller thanked Andrew for his presentation and the work that he is doing with the
students in our area.
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.
Town of Sussex
On June 6, 2016, Jason Thorne, Community Services Director for the Town of Sussex, was introduced at the meeting. Jason grew up in Sussex along with his three sisters. After university graduation, Jason worked for the government for a period of time but when a position for Recreation Director for the Town of Sussex became vacant, he applied and became part of the Town’s management team.
Jason did a PowerPoint presentation on the Trout Creek Master Plan and Leonard Gate. With the aid of aerial shots Jason showed how erosion has affected Trout Creek from 1953 up to the present. The Town has done some things in an attempt to stop the erosion but these efforts have only been temporary fixes. A long term plan includes different phases starting with the channeling of Trout Creek to reduce flooding during spring melts and times of excessive rain.
A few years ago the Town of Sussex hired DBA Landscape Architects, a local company, to come up with a plan to connect the downtown core with some of the recreational areas. The plan includes an improved Trout Creek, a permanent walking bridge constructed of steal given to the Town from PotashCorp, and improved walking trails. The Town of Sussex is open to hearing from service clubs who might be willing to sponsor some of the projects.
Jason was asked about plans for O’Connell Park. This is a different project but there are some plans for this area as well, including a picnic structure, changing rooms, and washrooms.
Social May 26 , 2016
Rotarians and guests gathered for Sushi and some social time at Sushi Jo’s on May 26, 2016. Pictured above from left around the table are Rhonda Haynes, Robert Kimball, Rob Driscoll, Tina Monahan, Don Dow, Bob Tremblett, Juanita Tremblett, Angie Cummings, Kim Driscoll, Rose? & Jeoff Fuller, Jeff & Cindy DuBois.
Kimmirut Missions Trip
On May 16, 2016, Rotarian Shelley introduced Greg Keith, Rotarian, who had been a member of the team from Penobsquis Baptist Church that had gone to Kimmirut to provide youth with equipment and training in hockey. Greg works for Sunshine House in town and over the years had been active in minor hockey in the Town of Sussex.
Rotarian Greg Keith explained the connection for the hockey mission trip to Kimmirut. Julie and Rob Matthews have been living and teaching in Kimmirut for three years. Julie is the daughter of Jim Cunningham, a local business man, and she and her husband saw a real need among the youth. The community has high rates of abuse and violence and there are severe addictions to alcohol with many of the youth involved in glue sniffing. Kimmirut also has high incidences of violence, murder, and suicide.
The community has several facilities that young people can use but leadership is lacking. Bob Parlee and Neville Gosman were also members of the team and they assisted with the PowerPoint presentation.
The team received a lot of donations from the Sussex area and was able to transport 800 pounds of hockey equipment to Kimmirut. There were many miraculous things that happened in the whole planning process from special deals on flights, donations of equipment, accommodation, and food. What seemed like an impossible task became a reality. The team spent time at the rink teaching students of all ages from K – 12 and some of the leaders were invited to speak to classes within the school. The venture was rewarding and profitable for all.
Rotarian Ian Smyth thanked the speakers for the inspirational talk.
May 9, 2016 guest speaker was Mark Muscroft. Rotarian Bruce Northrup introduced Mark of City Auto. Mark is a former teacher at SRHS who later changed careers and entered the field of business.
Mark told his story how he migrated from a classroom teacher to head of the athletic department at Sussex Regional High School. First he purchased the Trading Post but later to car sales. Mark now owns Main Street Car Wash, City Auto Sales, and City Auto Service. Mark shared stories of lessons that were learned. His business philosophy is Product + Services = Growth.
Rotarian Jeff Fuller thanked Mark for coming to the meeting and for sharing his story.
Tremendous Media Coverage Acknowledged
Sussex Herald May 3rd, 2016
On April 26, 2016, Public Relations team chair Tina Monahan wrote the membership “Please see our attached media coverage (and your pretty faces) in the Kings County Record today. I did sent them an email, with our thank you to the community. However, who ever printed it added some information to the article.” (Top Photo)
And on May 3, 2016, Tina again wrote the membership “Just to keep you aware. We received more Media coverage today in the Sussex Herald for the Dinner and Auction.” (Bottom Photo). “The Sussex Herald will have an open area every two weeks for our “Sussex Rotary Club News.”
To these emails, Tina received many replies from club members acknowledging the great job she is doing in getting our Club activities out for media coverage.
Cindy DuBois, team chair for the recent Charitable Dinner & Auction wrote “Awesome job Tina. Thanks for following through.” Rhoda Wilson, our club Secretary, replied “Nice to see the Rotary Club celebrated”.
Rotarian Lou McNamara responded “We’re running our news item on CJCW as well. Full coverage on location today and follow up news item tomorrow in the AM.”
Rotarians Shelley Vail replied “Great job Tina!!!” & Ian Smyth replied “Positive people, positive results, positive coverage!! Great job Tina!!”
And lastly just to mention a few, Bob Black wrote “Hi Tina, I can’t remember anytime in the past where we have had so much good media coverage. You’re doing a great job for our club.”
Rotarians in the top photo are:
Back row standing: Ian Smyth, Bob Black, Rhoda Wilson. Donna Gilchrist, Shelley Vail, Robert E. Kimball, Bob Tremblett, Bruce Northrup- MLA, Kathy Carver, Cecile Keith, Ed Keith.
Front row sitting: Pastor Don Ingersoll, Tina Monahan, President rob Driscoll, Rhonda Haynes, Lisa Brown, Mary McNair.
Missing from the photo were Don Dow, Greg Keith, Alaina Alexander, Alaina Lockhart- MP, Angie Cummings, Jeff Fuller, Erik Homenick, Harold Lowe, Lou McNamara, Wendy Osborne, and Honorary Rotarians Murray McGibbon, Mayor Marc Thorne, Keri Marr, and JC Robert Lockhart.
April 2016 Social
Rotarians & friends gathered at President Rob & Kim Driscoll’s residence on April 30, 2016 for a pot luck supper. During the evening, tickets were sold very quickly on a raffle basket of BBQ related products. The lucky winner was Faye McKnight, mother in law of Rotarian Robert Kimball.
Dale Carnegie Business Group
On April 18, 2016, Rotarian Erik Homenick introduced special guest speaker Paul Kearley. Paul is President and Master Trainer of Impact Business Communications and is based in Sussex. Paul’s business is affiliated with the Dale Carnegie Business Group that works on Communication Development, Leadership Skills, and Sales Training.
Paul Kearley discussed the distinction between attitude and skills in successful workplaces. The conclusion was “Hire for Attitude but Train for Skills.” Paul told several stories about his experiences of going into businesses and training staff to improve relationships and help employers and employees become more effective in communication. When employees are engaged then the level of productivity goes up. Paul has written 5 e-books and 360 blog articles. Starting next Tuesday, Paul will be offering a new course in Sussex and there are still a few spaces open.
Rotarian Greg Keith thanked Paul for his motivational presentation.
As a surprize, Rotarian Rhoda introduced a relative who gave the Rotary Minute. Lois MacCallum-Losacco, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Limbe, Malawi, (District: 9210, Club:17303) spoke about the work of her Rotary Club in Africa. Lois grew up in Moncton but made her permanent residence Malawi after she finished University and worked on a special project in that country. Lois and her husband run a Café and Art Gallery in the city of Limbe and are active in the community. Health and literacy are big concerns in Malawi, a country that is recorded as being the 7th poorest country in the world. Lois showcased special eyeglasses that were being made in her area to help students with poor vision. Malnutrition has meant that one-quarter of the children need eyeglasses. Lois presented President Rob Driscoll with a banner from the Rotary Club of Limbe and in return Lois was presented with a Rotary Club of Sussex golf shirt.
During the meeting, President Rob accepted a Club banner from Lois, and presented her with a Club golf shirt.
District Training Meetings
On April 16, 2016, Rotarians from around the province met in Fredericton for training for incoming Presidents, Secretaries, Foundation Chairs, and officers. From the Sussex Club were President Rob, Lisa Brown, Tins Monahan, and Donna Gilchrist.
At the same time, incoming Assistant District Governors gathered for training on their new roles. From Sussex was Bob Tremblett who will be the ADG for the Clubs of Sussex, Hampton, Rothesay-Kings, and Saint John.
Anglophone School District South
On April 11, 2016, Rotary’s speaker was Zoё. Greg Keith introduced Zoё Watson who is District Superintendent for schools for Anglophone School District South (ASD-S). Zoё grew up in Sussex, taught in Sussex, and was a school principal in Sussex before taking on various jobs with the Provincial Department of Education.
Zoё Watson noted that as National Volunteer Week it was fitting to thank Rotarians for all the work that they do, particularly in our schools with Coats for Kids and the recent support of Discovery Park for Sussex Elementary School.
There have been many changes in education and some have been the restructuring and rearrangement of districts. Ms. Watson noted that enrolment has declined 25% which means that there is less budget money coming in. Ms. Watson recognized all the different types of staff that contribute to effective schools – teachers, teachers’ assistants, guidance counselors, administrators, janitorial staff, bus drivers, etc.
A main focus of the talk was attendance and Ms. Watson handed out a brochure entitled “Attendance Matters.” Surveys have been done with students as to why they do and do not attend school. In any given day 18% of students may be absent. Absenteeism is greatest at the
high school level but there are problems at all age levels. There are a surprising number of students that say they do not attend school because of pressures to work and to contribute to the family income. It is important that schools are welcoming and inviting. Ms. Watson stated
that in recent years there are more demands as there are greater percentages of students with autism, students with emotional health issues, and students that may require one or more teachers’ assistants. There are many challenges and everyone needs to work together to meet the needs.
2016 Sussex Rotary Charitable Dinner & Auction
The Rotary Club of Sussex held its 7th Annual Charitable Dinner & Auction on April 7, 2016 with an amazing new look and success. Proceeds for this years Charitable dinner were in support of Rotary’s pledge of $10,000.00 for Discovery Park & ongoing support for our Coats for Kids program.
Over 130 generous community friends of Rotary gathered to support Rotary.
Speakers for the evening were representatives and strong believers in the need for Discovery Park. Lloyd Ravn (top photo), a well-known local comedian, community volunteer and special needs advocate, opened the presentation with a few laughs that aligned very well with the seriousness and benefits of this Park. .
Following Lloyd was his wife Jodi (middle Photo) who talked about true life experiences of being the parent of a child who will benefit from Discovery Park and what it means to their family to have an inclusive play space.
And lastly, was Shawnee McConchie (bottom photo) who gave a powerful talk on the features of the Park itself and how nature and universal design come together to create this unique play area.
We would like to thank the friends and family of the Rotary Club of Sussex that joined us for our 7th annual dinner and auction! Over $21,000 profit was realized from the evening- the biggest profit to date! These funds have been allocated to various programs we are supporting in 2016 that focus on the children in our community. Discovery Park, Coats for Kids program as well as scholarships and youth exchange programs.
A sincere thank you to the community for their continued support of auction items and ticket purchases. We would also like to recognize Scotiabank. With their “Matching Funds Program” because we had 44 tickets purchased at Scotiabank, $3300 was donated from them towards the proceeds of the dinner.
Pictured above is Mayor Steve Gillies of Sussex Corner and his wife Janice along with Don Dow showing their appreciation for the presentations.
A dessert auction was a new fund raising activity added for this year and was most entertaining and successful. Desserts were donated by Rotarians and their friends.
Another new fund raiser headed up by Committee member Tina Monahan (top photo) was Heads & Tails. Large paper coins were sold, and participants were eliminated by the toss of a coin depending on which side of the coin was on top and where you placed your bet. Bottom photo shows Rotarian Bob Black betting heads, and Giselle maybe betting tails.
Annual General Meeting 2016
Pictured L-R: Rotarian Wendy Osborne, Treasurer Kathy Carver, students Jenn DuBois, Brianna Dunfield, and Sophie Sharp, Lisa Brown, a former Youth Merit Award winner herself, Angela Cummings, and Rhoda Haynes.
On April 4, 2016 the Club held Part 2 of its Annual General Meeting and approved amendments to the Club Bylaws. Guests of Lisa Brown, our Youth Awards Committee chair, were Jenn Dubois, Rotary Exchange Student Candidate for France, Brianna Dunfield – Adventures in Citizenship 2016, Ottawa and Sophia Sharp – RYLA 2016.
During the AGM the membership approved the nomination of the Directors and Officers for the Rotary year 2016 – 2017 as follows:
President-Elect for remainder of this Rotary year and President for 2016/2017- Rob Driscoll
President-Elect for 2017/2018 Rotary year and will serve as director for the 2016/2017 year – Vacant
Vice President Tina Monahan
Secretary Rhoda Wilson
Treasurer Mary McNair
Assistant Treasurer Cindy Dubois
Director-at-Large Angie Cummings
Director-at-Large Ian Smyth
Rob Driscoll showcased two new Rotary banners that were purchased for the Club and donated by Canadian Tire. These are a great representation of our
Club and will be used at public events.
Foundation Chair Donna Gilchrist spoke about the Rotary Foundation and members were shown how they can go into www.rotary.org then go to “My Rotary” to log in with their e-mail and their password. Once logged in members can go to the Rotary Foundation link and click on the share option to ensure that the funds can be used by local clubs. Members were encouraged to be sustaining members – which means regular donors that give on a monthly or yearly plan. For districts to access Foundation funds for local projects it is important the Clubs are giving regularly to the Foundation.
On Mar. 21, 2016, PP Robert Kimball welcomed Paul Lauridsen from PALS. Paul is a school intervention worker at Partners in Alternate Learning strategies located on Vail Street in Sussex. Paul has been working in the public school system for 10 years and the last two he has been at PALS.
Paul explained that PALS has 24 students who have come to them because of difficulty in coping within the traditional school setting. The reasons may be anxiety, personal problems, financial struggles, or lack of support. At PALS students work at their own pace and learn work ethic. The school aims to meet social, emotional, and academic needs for its students. PALS in Sussex has a high success rate with its students who are able to take one
course at a time. For older students who cannot get the 17 credits needed for high school diploma, they can opt for an adult diploma that requires 9 essential courses.
Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration
Lou McNamara introduced Ben Whalen from the Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee as our guest speaker on Feb. 15, 2016. Ben not only works for this Committee but is also a Counselor and Deputy Mayor of Sussex Corner.
Mr. Whalen explained that there are three aspects of his non-profit organization – restoration; science and monitoring; and education and outreach. The goal of the Committee is to restore the natural habitat of the area.
Some of the Committee’s accomplishments include:
- More than 400 in stream habitat structures have been added
- More than 230,000 trees have been planted by volunteers
- More than 52 km of fencing has been installed along streams
- More than 3500 of eroding bank has been stabilized
- More than 80 fording sites have been added
Past President Bob Tremblett thanked Ben for the presentation and the work of his Committee and volunteers.
Sussex Mayor Addresses Club
Our Club’s guest speaker on Jan. 18, 2016 was Mayor Marc Thorne was introduced by Rotarian Rhoda Wilson. Mayor Marc Thorne, who is an Honorary member of the Club, was first elected to Sussex Town Council in 1987 in a by-election and he has moved up the ranks to Deputy Mayor and then Mayor. In addition to his duties as Mayor, he is an employee of the Department of Transportation where he is a Professional Engineering Technologist specializing in new bridges and highway construction.
The Mayor started the meeting by giving accolades to service clubs and to the Rotary Club of Sussex in particular. He spoke highly of Rotary’s work and their most recent construction of the new Rotary Amphitheatre that is a centerpiece for the Town. He stated that the Amphitheatre is “a big part of what we do in this community and will be for years to come.”
The Mayor spoke of the Town’s work with the amalgamation process, the building of the Prinincess Louise Barns, the consolidation of ball fields, an enlarged skate park, traffic issues, and rebate programs for flood victims. There were a few questions about flooding and the Mayor explained that there have been studies and the Town is studying recommendations and working within the guidelines and in cooperation with the Department of the Environment. Public meetings are being planned for the future.
Mayor Thorne was thanked by President Rob Driscoll for his informative talk, and welcomed to visit the Club any Monday for lunch.
Boys & Girls Club Inducts Honorary Member
TAMMY SCOTT-WALLACE Kings County Record
“Robert Lockhart, shown here with his wife Carolyn, has been inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John Order of the Master Builders. Photo: Submitted
were the words under the above picture in the Telegraph Journal on Jan. 14, 2016.
On Jan. 8, 2016, Sussex Honorary Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart was inducted into the Saint John Boys & Girls Club’s Order of the Master Builders during a ceremony in the Rotary Room at its Paul Harris Street facility.
The following are excerpts from the above newspaper article written by Kings County Record journalist Tammy Scott-Wallace.
SUSSEX • Robert Lockhart has always had a soft spot for young people and their potential, especially those who didn’t grow up in the best of circumstances.
He lives in Plumweseep near Sussex, but the busy volunteer spent much of his life in the Saint John area and contributed a lot to non-profit work there.
As a long-time member of the Saint John Rotary Club, he can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t involved in the organization’s pet project, the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John.
“I have always enjoyed doing work for the youth and being involved in projects that get them off the street and doing things that are productive, instead of unproductive,” Lockhart said at the special occasion.
He believes young people need support, particularly those from low income or single families.
Each year the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John recognizes people who, over the years, have been committed to building the foundation of the club that has helped thousands of youth in the city. The nation’s oldest club started identifying the needs of local youth and offering programming in the 1900s.
“Its success was only made possible by the Rotary Club who provided a debt-free building and dedicated people who gave of their cost-free time, talent and money in order to create continuous miracles,” said Amy Shanks, executive director of the city’s Boys and Girls Club.
She said fearing knowledge of these “builders” and their unselfish deeds would become unknown to new generations, in the spring of 1985 the club’s officers and board of directors created the Order of the Master Builders of The Boys and Girls Club of Saint John to record their names and contributions.
Lockhart’s involvement in the club for young people dates back about 40 years. He remembers serving on the Saint John Rotary Club when the previous Boys and Girls club was burned by vandals in 1974. Rotarians raised $1 million to build the facility that now houses the club in the city’s south end.
“There’s been a strong connection between the Rotary and the Boys and Girls Club in Saint John since day one,” he said.
Lockhart began his Rotary life in Newcastle in 1970 early in his career with NBTel as an area manager. He joined Rotary in the Port City four years later when he moved there for more management roles with the same company until his retirement from what became Aliant Telecom in 2000. Over the years he has served on the executive and various committees within Rotary to do good work for the community.
Through Rotary he believes so much in the Boys and Girls Club and its programs for young people that he served as a director and for two terms, starting in 1994, was president of its board of directors. He served on many committees since then.
When a service benefits young people, the proud grandfather said, the time given is always time well spent.
While he continues to be a member of the Saint John Rotary Club as the most senior “still active” member, he is also an honourary member of the club in Sussex after he moved to the farming region in 2004. He received Rotary’s highest Paul Harris Fellow honour for service to the community by Saint John Rotarians in 1986 and 1997, and by the Sussex club in 2008.
Some of his greatest accomplishments have come from being a Rotarian for 45 years, and he takes a lot of pride in having his photo on display among the other Boys and Girls Club’s Master Builders from the Saint John community.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by colleagues and peers for good deeds but in this particular case, for me to be awarded the same honour as mentors like Bill Robinson and Abe Calp means a lot to me,” he said.
Robinson was once vice-president of Moosehead Breweries in the city and Calp was among the family that offered the once-popular department store of the same name in Saint John.
“Having my name beside current colleagues like former board members and Rotarians Heinz Schaerer who did the presentation, Mike Schulze who owns the McDonalds in Saint John and Greg Zed from Mental Health in Sussex is an honour too,” Lockhart added.
Lockhart’s volunteer work for the Boys and Girls Club has involved many major projects over the years. In 1989 he was instrumental in raising $75,000 for club renovations in celebration of Rotary’s 75th birthday; he played a key part in acquiring Rotary’s support for the purchase of a new van in 1990; and his cochairmanship with Heinz Schaerer of the Rotary Building Project raised $400,000 to fund major building renovations in 2000, the year of the Boys and Girls Club’s centennial celebrations.
Lockhart was also responsible for the donation of the club’s first computer from colleagues at NBTel.
In 2006 Lockhart was recognized with the Bronze Keystone Award, a national honour given by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for long and devoted service to youth.
Jeff Fuller Classification Talk
On Jan. 11, 2016, Rotarian Jeff Fuller gave his classification talk to the Club membership. Jeff talked about his varied career. He was born in the Annapolis Valley and grew up on a farm and later moved into work as an Optician after receiving training at Ryerson. Seeking a new challenge in life, he studied agronomy at Seneca College that lead him into Golf Course Design. After an accident when he broke both femurs and his back, Jeff took up a new challenge in Real Estate.
Christmas Luncheon 2015
On Dec. 21, 2015 the membership gathered for their annual Christmas luncheon. At the meeting, the membership took a collection to be given to the Sharing Club.
Pictured above (L-R) are Kathy Carver, Kathy’s guest Chris Painter, PP Lou McIntyre, PP Bob Tremblett, Rhonda Haines, Cindy DuBois, PP Donna Gilchrist, Chair Angie Cummings filling in for President rob Driscoll who was called away for work, Ian Smyth, Jeff Fuller, Rhoda Wilson, Harold Lowe, Bruce Northrup, Ed Keith, Pastor Don Ingersoll, and PP Robert Kimball. Missing from the photo was Robert Lockhart who took the picture.
Rotary’s guest speaker for Dec. 14, 2015 was Tom Toner of Optimal Health who works in the area of business and development.
Tom has studied physiology and is a graduate of St. F.X. and the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked at the University of Saskatchewan and at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.
Tom talked about the “fight or flight” response to stress and the long-term impact stress has on the body. A stressor is an event or condition that may be purely physical, social, or psychological, includes anticipation and imagination and that triggers a stress reaction. Stress cues are fatigue, over-reactivity, frustration, impatience, lack of control, not enough time overload, and no “me” time. Negative impacts of stress are cardiovascular disease, therosclerosis, digestive issues, muscles problems, skin disorders, mental fatigue, and James Dean lifestyle. Tom talked about ways of relieving stress including dealing with the gap between stimulus and response, quieting the mind through yoga and meditation; and physical activity.
The Optimal Health Institute has a variety of health professionals on staff and they are equipped and available to do detailed health assessments – something that doctors do not do on a regular basis.
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle
During the month of December, many members of the Sussex Rotary Club helped the Salvation army Kettle drive by spending a few hours to attend a Kettle at Sobey’s. Pictured above is Rotarian Harold Lowe.
Kiwanis Nursing Home Campaign
Keri Marr, Administrator, and Ralph Carr, Chairman of the Board, from the Kiwanis Nursing Home were our guest speakers on Nov. 23, 2015. The Rotary Club was their first presentation on this exiting new Capital Renovations Campaign titled “A Place to call Home”.
Keri introduced the new plan and current construction. The add-ons were explained- New multi-purpose room, workshop, offices, maintenance, administrations. 39 new resident bedrooms, two new dining rooms. 44 people have already moved into new bedrooms.
The new Campaign – “A place to call home” is a 1-million-dollar capital renovation campaign to enhance the lives of residents, safe environment for new and old residents and will provide an opportunity to renovate the old rooms including washrooms, lighting, flooring, as well as painting and electrical.
Keri said we could help by sharing the story with the community. They are looking for donors, corporate sponsors.
Strategic Planning Session
Nov. 16, 2015 was a meeting led by President Rob Driscoll on strategic planning. Rob emphasized how everyone needs to be a part of the future plans of the Club and chaired the brainstorming session breaking it down into a discussion and note taking on the Club’s Mission & Values.
This process will take a few months to come to a conclusion, but will lead us through our next few years of Club work.
During the meeting, Fire Chief Harold Lowe presented President Rob and the Club a certificate pf appreciation for our support of their Muscular Dystrophy fund raiser earlier in the summer.
ADG Keith Lyons was also present, and presented the banner above banner on behalf of the President of Rotary International’s rep at the District Conference.
At the same meeting, the 50/50 weekly draw was changed to “Chase the Joker” whereby a member’s ticket stub is drawn from the pot, and then the member draws from a deck of cards for the Joker. Seen in the photo is Donna Gilchrist who managed the card draw while Mary McNair, Rhonda Haynes, and Lisa Brown look on .
Remembrance Day 2015
Rotarians Angie Cummings, Tina Gregg, and Rhoda Wilson represented the Club at the Remembrance Day Cenotaph and presented a wreath for the Club.
Rotarian Ian Smyth’s Classification Talk
On Nov. 9, 2015, Rotarian Ian Smyth gave his classification talk. Ian’s first career was a pilot in the armed forces.
Later he became a manager for Maple Leaf, and presently he is co-owner of Armadale Farm Dairy Products, a business that is involved in cheese making. Ian showed a slide presentation of the farm facilities and the process of making different types of cheese. He traced the history of the farm and how it began with his wife’s immigrant family.
Sussex Vale Transition House
On Nov. 2, 2015, Cecile Matheson, Executive Director, of Sussex Vale Transition House spoke about the history and present role of the Transition House in the community. Cecile showed a short video about domestic violence and its prevalence in our society.
The Sussex Vale Transition House opened in 1991 and it is open 24/7. The present facility has four bedrooms and nine beds.
The Gold Rush 50/50 has been the facility’s best fundraiser and is presently bringing in $4,000 a week. The Government provides 50% of the finances. In 2014 there were 40 women and 30 children served.
The House is in need of renovations and the Rotary Club of Sussex may be called upon for assistance once the plans are in place.
Cecile was thanked by Rotarian Shelley Vail.
Both Mark Murray and Gilles Volpé came as representatives of Enbridge Gas NB as our guest speakers on Oct. 26, 2015. Gilles spoke about the need for sustainable resources of fuel and highlighted the importance of natural gas and its efficiencies. Enbridge has allocated over four billion dollars for research; however, the majority of this money will not be given locally as New Brunswick is considered too risky a territory to invest dollars. Gilles feels that natural gas will guide the transition between sustainable resources and renewable resources.
District Governor Visit Oct. 19, 2015
On Oct. 19, 2015, District Governor Wayne Wayne Wornes with his Sylvie visited our Club. One of his first tasks was to present President Rob Driscoll and the membership with a banner in recognition from the Rotary Foundation for it’s annual giving to the Foundation. Each year the Club donates 5% of its net profit to the Foundation to further the great work of Rotary International. This past year, our Club was one of the top 1500 donors of more than 35,000 Clubs world wide.
District governor Wayne also presented Rob with the official banner of RI President K. R. Ravindran of Colombia, Sri Lanka.
During his visit, DG Wayne had the pleasure of inducting three new members to the Club. from left to right are sponsor PP Bob Tremblett, new members Greg Keith & Angela Cummings, President & Membership Chair Rob Driscoll, new member Ed Keith, sponsor Don Dow, and Dg Wayne Worns. To the membership’s recognition, this was the first time a father and son had been inducted at the same time.
There was an excellent turn out from the Club on Oct. 19 to welcome DG Wayne and Sylie. During the meeting, President Rob took the opportunity to put a plug in for “End Polio Now”, and to recognize World Plio Day on Oct. 24.
Pictured above from left to right are:
DG Wayne Worns, Sylvie Worns, JC Robert Lockhart, Mary McNair, Wendy Osborne, Robert Kimball Jr., Rhonda Haynes, Lou McIntyre, Kathy Carver, Bob Black, Harold Lowe, President Rob Driscoll, Bob Tremblett, Rhoda Wilson, Donna Gilchrist, Tina Monahan, Cindy DuBois, Don Dow, Angela Cummings, Lisa Brown, Greg Keith, Bruce Northrup, Ed Keith, and Shelley Vail. Missing from the photo is Jeff Fuller who took the picture.
Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick
On Oct. 5, 2015, The Club was pleased to hear from Ken McGeorge, President of the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick. Ken has retired numerous times after serving many years in executive positions in the health care industry.
Ken McGeorge, who was introduced by Shelley Vail, spoke of his experience as CEO for different health care agencies before retiring and his own personal experience with his father-in-law, an Alzheimer patient. Ken is presently working for the Alzheimer Society to raise awareness of the need for change in the health care system to see that the disease is diagnosed more efficiently and that patients and their families are supported so that affected individuals may stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
New Brunswick is a province with an aging population and high-cost acute care hospital beds are occupied inappropriately by individuals with dementia.
Ken reviewed some of the effects of Alzheimers, the difference in brain structure, and the warning signs. The theme of the organization’s message was to decrease dementia’s “dark shadow” by raising awareness and having an informed public.
Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation
Our program on Sept. 21, 2015 featured Darren McLeod, the Senior Philanthropy Specialist with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. He joined the Foundation in the spring of 2015. His role is primarily major gifts for all five pillars of care including capital equipment, mental health, research, education and patient comfort. He is also responsible for legacy and planned giving. Prior to joining the Foundation, Darren held management roles in the arts and cultural sector in New Brunswick including development, marketing and communications. He has lived and worked in province for 9 years after residing in Toronto for over 20 years. He has a passion for engaging the community in the benefits of giving and how it positively impacts the organization and the donor.
Fire Department Barbeque for Muscular Dystrophy
Rotarians Robert Kimball, Rob Driscoll, and Tina Monahan helped the Town of Sussex Fire Department raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy on Sept. 19, 2015 by managing the BBQ. Tina’s comments at the BBQ said it all about the fun and contribution toward the fund raiser: “Fun times today at the BBQ, we were so busy, we were on fire. Literally”!
Kings County Record
Sussex Rotary awarded for Rapid Growth
2015 District Conference Recognition
On Sept. 12, 2015, Sussex Rotarians (L-R) Tina Monahan, President Rob Driscoll, PP Bob Tremblett, Don Dow, and Cindy Dubois attended the District 7810 annual conference in Moncton. During the evening presentations, the Sussex Club was recognized with the distinguished “Dunc Wathen” Achievement Award for the largest club membership growth in the District. President Rob was the club membership chair for the year, and increased the Club’s membership with 7 new members bring the Club’s membership to twenty seven.
Dunc Wathen was a Saint John Rotarian who was recognized for his diligent work in increasing Rotary Clubs in the district back in the 1980’s, and for being the person who started the Rotary Youth Awards program from his winter home in Bradenton, Florida. The program was adopted by Rotary International world wide, and is still in place today.
Past President Bob Tremblett was also very surprised and humbled to receive the PDG McNeil Award acknowledging him as the “President of the Year” for District 7810. This was a well deserved award as Bob was an outstanding President for two years.
On Aug. 26, 2015, President Rob Driscoll & Kim hosted the club membership for a summer social and to christen in his newly constructed deck. Pictured above are Tina Monahan, Cindy Dubois, Shelley Vail around the meal table, while Don Dow and Kathy Carver chat in the back ground.
Also in attendance were District Governor Wayne Wornes (second from right) and his wife Sylvie (to his right). Rotarian Shelley Vail is seated beside Sylvie.
Cheque Presentation to Town of Sussex
On July 20, 2015, President Rob Driscoll and Past President Robert Kimball attended a Town of Sussex Council meeting to present a cheque to Mayor Marc Thorne for $40,000.00, the first of three payments as the Club’s contribution toward the new Amphitheatre. A very exciting and rewarding project for the Club and town.
Amphitheatre Grand Opening
It was a great day for Rotary on July 1 when the Club’s latest major project and donation to the greater Sussex Community was officially opened with a ribbon & cake cutting ceremonies sponsored by Sobeys. Mayor Marc Thorne, MLA & Rotarian Bruce Northrup along with President Rob Driscoll & Past President Bob Tremblett plus many of the Club Rotarians and family were on hand to witness the great event. Bands were on hand to try out the new venue, and feedback from the entertainers and crowd on hand were that the acoustics were fantastic.
Well done Sussex Rotarians!
Changeover of Executive June 2015
On June 29, 2015, Sussex Rotarians gathered to share in the changeover of the Club executive with the new Rotary Year commencing on July 1. Outgoing President Bob Tremblett (right) and his executive were thanked for their year in officer and contributions to the Club, and incoming President Rob Driscoll and his Board were welcomed into their new positions.
On June 25, 2015, Rotarian Scott hatcher emailed the picture above and said, other than some small clean up, the Amphitheatre is complete and ready for the July 1 celebrations and official opening. The Rotary emblem can be seen in the front, the hand rails on the right of the steps are in place, the speakers can be seen on the two side posts, the stone work tops are in place, to mention a few of the last finishing touches.
Rotarian Alaina Lockhart Addresses Club
On June 22, 2015, Rotarian Ian Smyth introduced Alaina Lockhart who gave her classification talk to the club today.
Classification Talk, Speed Networking over the next several minutes was undertaken by members attending the meeting.
The focus of Alaina’s classification talk was her business, Lockhart’s Wedding and Special Occasions.
– Located on Main Street at the home known as Broad Gables. This Victorian home located on Main Street is fashioned with charm and ambiance which complements the business setup and values.
– Alaina prides herself in carrying the finest collection of gowns in New Brunswick.
– The wedding industry in Canada is a $4.5 Billion dollar industry annually.
– In Canada the average wedding costs $30,000 with a gown averaging approximately $1,700.00 per dress.
– Alaina purchased the business in 2004 following a career in corporate Human
– Alaina’s small business entrepreneurial interest began in High School and her shift in career was a result of that interest forged in the high school class.
– Lockhart’s Wedding and Special Occasions serves over 400 brides annually and in addition provides over 200 prom attendees. The business has seen approximately 270% in growth since 2004.
– The current marketing plan now focused on Social Media and referrals.
– Sussex accounts for 20% of the business volume with the remainder of the 80% split between customers from the Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John areas.
– Changes seen in the industry recently involve technology, social media, cross boarder shopping, shipping costs and reality television.
– Alaina applied the Four Way Test to her business venture and identified the similarities when doing repeat business and how much similar the test is to her core values.
– Alaina also advised the Club members of her future venture of her offering to run as the Liberal Candidate for the riding of Fundy Royal.
Rotarian Don Dow thanked Alaina for her interesting classification talk and presented her with a token of the club’s appreciation.
On June 19, 2015, Rotarian Scott Hatcher advised the membership that finishing touches that get completed this coming Monday and Tuesday are:
– Granite caps on the top of the stone work.
– Hand Rails
– Two doors to visually hide the power panels.
– The main Rotary wheel at the front peak.
– General cleanup.
Within minutes of Scott sending out the email, Honorary member and Sussex Mayor Marc Thorne replied saying “Beautiful!”. Within the hour, Rotarian and our MLA Bruce Northrup responded “Looks great, finally Scott it’s nearly done, one thing off your bucket list!!!!!!!!”
Later that evening, Rotarian Ian Smyth emailed “Looks great! Nice cured facia, great detail. The community will certainly enjoy this.” And the next Monday morning, Past President Donna Gilchrist wrote “This is awesome, proud to be a Rotarian, this will be great for our community.”
Sounds like the Club has a winner of a project here!
And then to top it all off, on June 22 the Town of Sussex Community Services Department posted the photo below on their FACEBOOK page saying “Here are the events taking place at the new Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre this summer! We are still accepting sponsorships for our theatre/dance events as well as our movies! Hope to see you there!”:
RYLA Leadership Seminar
Rotarian Rhoda Wilson invited two students to our June 8, 2015 meeting who recently participated in Rotary Youth programs. On Rhoda’s right is Elizabeth Gushue who spoke on her attendance in the RYLA seminar recently held in Moncton, NB.
Elizabeth indicated the seminar was interesting and provided her an opportunity to attend the leadership seminar, meet a diverse group of attendees and provided a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills.
She said it was a truly exciting opportunity for young adults, between 18 & 30, to participate in a leadership camp with like-minded individuals where you will form lasting friendships, hear from professional speakers, develop as a leader, grow as a person and have fun .
Elizabeth thanked the club for this opportunity.
Alaina Alexander thanked Elizabeth for her interesting talk on the RYLA conference and presented her with a token of the clubs appreciation.
Adventures In Citizenship
Rhoda W. introduces Kasey Killiam, a grade 12 student chosen by the Club as this years attendee to the Adventures in Citizenship training Camp held in Ottawa, earlier in 2015.
The mission of the Young Citizens Foundation is to assist young Canadians to grow and mature as committed, knowledgeable and contributing Canadian citizens. The Foundation achieves this objective by encouraging young Canadians to participate in development programs operated by nationally recognized organizations such as Rotary’s Adventure in Citizenship, that provide life-learning opportunities for our youth which will significantly influence and benefit their development as committed Canadian citizens. Participation in these organizations develops leadership skills, exposes students to the various citizenship ideals that the country values and provides some very positive mentoring.
The provision of post-secondary scholarships will enable these students to continue their education so that they can achieve positions of leadership in their communities, regionally and nationally. The Foundation also wants to provide an opportunity for those individuals, corporations and organizations that wish to assist the Foundation in this worthwhile endeavor to donate to a well-managed, cost-effective, non-profit charitable foundation.
Kasey thanked the Club for this opportunity to attend this learning experience. An experience she will never forget.
Rotarian Alaina Alexander thanked Kasey for her interesting talk on the 2015 Adventures in Citizenship held in
Ottawa and presented her with a token of the club’s appreciation.
otarian Scott Hatcher advised the Club on June 8, 2015 that significant progress is being made on the Amphitheater as can be seen in the latest pictures.
Scott emailed the membership saying “The finishing touches on the structure are scheduled this week along with the landscape remediation to bring the site back to a public gathering place. Our plan is to have everything complete no later than June 19th, 2015 to allow two weeks for the new sod to heal into place prior to our opening.
I have attached a copy of the ceremony planning (subject to change as we find out the speakers) as well as some the interesting cultural / entertainment programs for the community scheduled this summer by our Community Service Department. I will have a copies of the program and ceremony to share with members attending today’s (Rotary) meeting.”
Amphitheatre Steel Being Erected
On May 6, 2015, Rotarian Scott Hatcher advised the club that steel was boing erected for the new Amphitheatre, and that the
assembly of the structural steel was almost complete. As Rotarian Lisa Brown replied, “Looking Good!”.
On May 4, 2015 it was the pleasure for Membership Team Leader Rob Driscoll and sponsor Rotarian Jeff Fuller to introduce and induct new member Pastor Don Ingersol.
President Bob Tremblett also took the opportunity to present both Rotarians Lorinda Porter & Rhoda Wilson with pins for introducing new members into the Club during the year.
On May 4, 2015, Rotarian Lorinda Porter introduced Shawnee McConchie, President of the Home and School Association to speak to the Club on the Discovery Park Project in the planning stages at Sussex Elementary.
o Discovery Park will be a centrally-located outdoor community space at Sussex Elementary School in Sussex, NB dedicated to introducing natural elements back into the play environment for the entire community.
o The principles of universal design are at the heart of the concept to ensure
children and adults of all abilities can meaningfully explore:
Provide quiet retreats throughout the park.
o The park will be a leading example of inclusive, imaginative and natural play.
o Discovery Park will span 1,400 m2 in what is currently a hard, urban-style setting. Exploration with sand, water, boulders, tree stumps, a variety of grasses and growing trees will be available for all children. Surface choices and access points will allow children using all types of mobility to access all play areas.
o The community serves a surrounding area of 10,000 people (approx.) and 4% or 400 people who are considered children and adults with special needs. Sussex Elementary School directly serves 460 students with 18 students (approx.) who have special needs. Socio-economic realities of the community do not allow some children to interact outside the urban setting on many occasions in the year.
o Universal Design & Natural Play
Discovery Park plans have been created using the principles of universal design to create an outdoor play space that will offer diverse and inclusive
play experiences for all children and adults regardless of their level of ability.
Ninety percent of the features of the park are accessible and can be used by children and adults of varying mobility ranges. In addition, the park
reintroduces natural elements into an area that is presently very stark. For some children, this will mean exploring the properties of water, wood, and
sand in new ways. The students of Sussex Elementary School will benefit as well as children and their families from all over our region. We are creating a play scape that allows children of all ages and abilities to play, socialize and grow in an environment where they can make discoveries about themselves and the natural world around them.
o Discovery Park Features:
The Park will include Tree Cookies, Play Huts, Water Pump, Musical Instruments, Benches / Tables with a universal design feature with access to all.
Paul Harris Recognition 2015
On April 23, 2015, over 110 people gathered at the Sussex Royal Canadian Legion for Rotary’s 6th Annual Charitable Trusts Dinner & Auction, and to recognize Alfie Smith as a Paul Harris Fellow., Rotary International’s highest honor.
Sitting with Alpfie were some of his family and close friends (right to left) Mrs. Smith, daughters XX & XX, Rotarian Jeff Fuller at the table beside the family, and son XX.
As can be seen from photo above, there was an excellent gathering for the presentation and for the Dinner & Auction.
Pictured above is long time community business professional and friend, Don Stiles.
Chairperson for the evening was Rotarian Sandra Moon (left), and doing the presentation about the life of Alfie was Rotarian Wendy Osborne (right).
Auctioneer for the live auction was Brian McCullum, and helping him was Lorinda Porter.
The meal was prepared by the Chef’s Table which was enjoyed by all.
Safe Travel Tips
On April 20, 2015, Rotarian Wendy Osborne, Travel Safety Talk. Wendy filled in for the original guest speaker who cancelled on short notice.
The following are recommended travel safety tips that can assist any traveler to make each trip, safety, pleasurable and worry free:
o Pre-trip Planning:
Leave an itinerary with a non-traveling family member.
Keep travel documents in one place.
Leave valuables at home.
Pack a small flashlight.
Do not lock suitcases.
o On aircraft:
Leave heavy luggage under your seat.
Listen to the flight attendant.
o Leaving Airport;
Move with conviction and confidence.
Use clearly marked airport transportation.
Keep close tabs on your luggage.
o At Hotel:
Locate fire escape / safe passage routes.
Maintain credit card security.
Use dead bolt locks.
Be careful ordering out of venue room service.
o At Your Destination:
Maintain credit card security.
Divide you money. Don’t carry it all at one time.
Be vigilant in crowds.
o International Travel:
Email electronic copies of your travel documents to yourself.
Place name and address inside your suitcase. Don’t rely on tags on the external bag.
Maintain prescriptions in dispensed bottle.
Be vigilant on soliciting and begging.
Travel safe and enjoy your trip!
The guest speaker for April 13, 2015 was Mrs. Carol Tracy, Director of Development Portage Atlantic Foundation.
o The Portage organization is a not for profit organization founded in 1970 in Montreal, Quebec and opened its first centre in 1973. Portage currently operates not-for-profit residential treatment centres in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia and also welcomes clients from other provinces.
o Portage Atlantic is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1995. In 1996, it opened a residential rehabilitation centre for adolescents on the shores of Cassidy Lake, near Sussex, New Brunswick. Over the years, more than 1,600 youth from New Brunswick and other Atlantic provinces have been treated at the 64-bed substance abuse rehabilitation centre.
o Portage Atlantic provides an integrated program to help people who are suffering from substance abuse to seek Freedom from addiction. Based on the therapeutic community approach, the program stimulates personal development that teaches residents how to overcome their substance abuse problems take back control of their lives.
o The Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc. is one of North America’s leading organisations in the treatment of drug abuse. Based on the therapeutic community model, Portage provides a special type of living experience that strives to rehabilitate, educate and reorient participants so they can develop a new drug-free way of life.
o The Portage Program treatment approach emphasises self-help and the creation of family-like support systems. Using a number of therapeutic techniques, including role modeling and group counseling, Portage staff members teach participants to shape their own values, develop a realistic perception of their lives and increase selfrespect. It is designed to respond to the individual needs of the participants. Through case management and individual treatment planning, residents learn to identify their own problems and develop the skills and competencies to address them.
o Once a person leaves the Portage Program, they then become members of the Aftercare Program. This phase lasts up to two years and provides bi-weekly community-based support group meetings facilitated by a Portage staff member. Returning to their everyday world, their newly acquired values and behaviours are challenged and put to the test. Aftercare is therapeutic community-based with one youth supporting another. There are also family support meetings for the parents.
o Carol also introduced a project Portage Atlantic is currently working on. The Lewis Fitness Centre was started through the generosity of a private donation in the amount of $750,000. The Board is currently in the process of fund raising to secure an additional $800,000 for the new facility.
Rotarian Don Dow thanked Carol and her team for their interesting talk on the Portage Atlantic Facility and Program’s available. Don presented representatives of the Portage Atlantic with a token of the Club’s appreciation for their talk.
President’s Easter Message 2015
Happy Easter Rotarians;
Just a reminder that there is no regular meeting tomorrow because of the Easter break. However, I’d like to encourage everyone to continue with our assigned responsibilities for the “Annual Rotary Fundraising Dinner & Auction” happening on the 23rd of this month – just 2-1/2 weeks away. This is our second largest fundraising event of the year and its success will require us all doing our part, especially inviting community leaders and selling tickets. If you have questions or require help, please contact Sandra or a member of the dinner planning committee.
I’ve attached a couple of pictures of the Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre taken this afternoon showing its current progress. Though the persistent snow makes it look a long way to completion, it is actually less than three months before the opening celebration takes place. On July 1st, our club in partnership with the Town of Sussex and the New Brunswick Government, will be giving this gift to the residents of Sussex and surrounding communities. This will be a long-term reminder of the work you do for our community through Rotary and it will be enjoyed by thousands of people for years to come.
Also on July 1st, a new board will be assuming their responsibilities under the leadership of President-elect, Rob Driscoll. Rob is already busy preparing for his term and with our increased membership, I am looking forward to searching for new projects that our club can be part of. With the many Rotary International projects along with the projects taken on by hundreds of individual clubs, it just feels good to be a Rotarian knowing we are making a difference in our world. I am thankful to be part of the Sussex club and I am very encouraged by your commitment.
Have a very good week and I look forward to meeting with everyone again next Monday. In the meantime, I wish everyone much success as we work towards the dinner on the 23rd.
Yours in Rotary,
New Induction &
District Governor Visit
The highlights of the Mar. 30, 2015 weekly meeting were the induction of Mrs. Tina Monahan, and the visit of District Governor Mike Walsh who read the induction statement of Tina into the Sussex Rotary Club. Tina was provided a membership package and her Rotary pin by District Governor Mike, Membership Team Leader Rob Driscoll, and her sponsor Don Dow. Each Rotarian welcomed Tina.
Pictured above (L-R) are Don, Tina, DG Mike, and Rob.
Sussex Community Multi-Sensory Project
On March 23, 2015, Kathy Carver welcomed and introduced Mrs. Pam Drury, Sussex Middle School’ Guidance Councillor for the last 11 years. Pam was with us to discuss her latest project the Sussex Community Multi-Sensory Project:
o The room was envisioned to assist children who don’t fit the system. o Initial funding was secured through the Sussex and Area Community Foundation (SACF). A grant of $3,000 was secured in the fall of 2014.
o The room is also beneficial to the elderly population.
o The current project is made up of a very small group of volunteers and they are actively looking for other to become involved.
o The project is open to and actively soliciting donations and or sponsorships. o The room will have activities to benefit people with sensory processing difficulties. o Therapeutic for both children and adults.
o The Room is not intended for discipline, of for the whole classroom of students or for random unsupervised play activities.
o The intended use by those with lost physical or mental skills due to trauma, autism, stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, dementia, emotional control issues, stroke or brain injury and for those experiencing chronic pain.
o The room will be for the use of students that are over stimulated in the classroom, anxiety, stressed students that need to reflect on their choices of behaviour.
o The benefits will include improved physical health, mood changes, improved focus, and memory relaxation.
o The committee is currently reviewing options to secure a layout design from groups like Flaghouse, a company services special needs.
o The sensory room is a calming or stimulating atmosphere, soothing room providing tactile experiences, gentle movement and interesting light experiences with comfortable seating for all its patrons.
o This project will benefit many and the operational plan begins in June 2015.
o The committee has a fund raising goal of $40,000 in year one.
Rotarian Kathy also thanked Pam for her interesting talk on the Community Multi-sensory Room Project. Kathy presented Pam Drury with a token of the Club’s appreciation for her talk.
Severe Allergic Reaction Project
At our meeting on March 16, 2015, Mrs. Kelly Dunfield, NP a local resident, nurse practitioner discusses the implementation on a new project, the Severe Allergic Reaction Project:
o A native of Sussex, Kelly is working on a Community Response to Severe Allergic Reaction Pilot Project.
o Proposed for the treatment of Community Anaphylaxis for the Sussex and Area.
o Working in conjunction with Dr. Andrea Canty on this Pilot Project.
o Anaphylaxis is the most severe type of allergic reaction and is a growing public concern.
o Anaphylaxis has the potential to cause death, fatalities that are avoidable with proper and timely medical treatment.
o Measurers must be in place to reduce the risk to exposure to an allergen and to have community access to take appropriate action.
o There are an infinite number of triggers for Anaphylaxis. Mostly food, medication and venom. o Treatment for Anaphylaxis – epinephrine administration is the medication of choice.
o One does of epinephrine should be available every 10 – 20 minutes of travel time to a medical facility following a severe allergic reaction.
o Pilot Project Overview:
- Based on strong comparisons to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) currently throughout the community.
- Based on epinephrine auto-injectors not being carried by individuals, being expired, or never obtained in the first place due to costs.
- The Pilot Project is considering the new epinephrine auto-injector – AllerjectTM
- AllerjectTM talks a person through the steps of the procedure to autoinject.
- The Pilot Project plans the installation of 26 alarmed cabinets with each containing 1 adult dose and 1 child dose of epinephrine
- Targeting schools, recreational facilities and restaurants
- Future sites could include churchs, library, daycares, parks and industrial leaders in our region.
o Clearly the benefits providing easy of access within various community settings has the potential to save lives.
o The single risk is the costs due to the epirey dates on the auto-injectors. o Goal is to expand the Pilot across the Province and potentially across the Country.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanked Kelly for her interesting classification talk. Shelley presented Kelly with a token of the Club’s appreciation for her talk.
On Mar. 9, 2015, Shelley Vail, Director of Financial Aid, Kingswood University gave her Classification Talk to the Club:
o A native of Sussex, Shelley first started working at Kingswood University in 2001 as the Administrative Assistant in the Enrollment Office. In 2005, Shelley left to pursue a career in the banking industry, and had just reached her goal of being promoted to Senior Personal Banking Officer, when opportunity at the University was again available. Having worked so hard to achieve her promotion of handling the financial portfolios of nearly 600 clients, Shelley I was reluctant to leave her job at the bank.
o At an alumni Beulah Family Camp in Brown’s Flat, New Brunswick Shelley was touched by many former students that had become; missionaries in restricted countries, inner-city pastors and worship pastors in local churches. With this Shelley knew that it was time to help others come to Kingswood.
o Kingswood University was founded in 1945 and was originally located in Woodstock, NB. In 1947 the school was relocated to Yarmouth, NS and again relocated in 1965 to its Sussex location. 1968 a change in church name, and finally in 2011 the university became Kingswood University.
o The current campus has 4 sister campuses in the USA. Kingswood is home to 198 full-time students form 15 different denominations. The university graduates are currently serving in 27 different countries around the world with a placement rate of 83%
o The University operates on a annual budget of 4.6 million and employs 46 people. o Shelley uses basic principles of finance to show students ways to earn and borrow money for their tuition and living expenses. Then, Shelley shows the students how they can meet that need themselves through summer employment, grants, and possible scholarships. Showing the students how they can save more and borrow less in order to finance their education and avoid high student loans. It is the same philosophy I teach my daughters, one a university graduate and the other two attending university, so I know first hand what it takes.
o Watching the students strive in their responsibilities is so rewarding!
o Having the opportunity to serve side by side with them in the community has been the best experience this far.
o Shelley lives just outside of Sussex with her husband Malcolm (Moe), who is coowner with his two brothers in a construction business.
o Shelley loves to ski, swim, and go camping (RV only) and explore home decorating ideas.
Fellow Rotarian Ian Smyth thanks Shelley Vail for her interesting classification talk. Ian presented Shelley with a token of the Club’s appreciation for his talk.
New Member Recognition Pin
President Bob Tremblett presented Rotarian Alaina Alexander with her Rotary International Recognition pin for Alaina introducing Alaina Lockhart as a new member to the Club. Congratulations Alaina!
New Member Induction
Lisa Brown, right, was inducted into the Club as our newest member on Mar. 9, 2015 by Membership Development Team Leader Rob Driscoll. With Lisa & Rob are President Bob Tremblett, left, and Lisa’s sponsor, Shelley Vail. Lisa was a our Club’s Rotary Youth Merit Award student in 1988. Welcome Lisa!
Heart & Stroke Mud Run
The guest speaker on Mar. 2, 2015 was Terry Wagner, Corporate Relations and New Initiatives at Heart and Stroke Foundation New Brunswick who talked on their new fund raising project, the Mud Run to held at Poley this summer.
o This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the Province of New Brunswick.
o The Foundation has tasked him with finding new ways of fundraising as one of his current functions.
o The Foundation are planning a “Mud Run” event this summer at Poley Mountain.
o Mr. Wagner shows the Club a short video of an annual US event called the “Tough Mudder”. This event is considered grueling by the participants and has some difficult highly sophisticated obstacles as part of their event.
o Other similar events in the Atlantic Provinces:
- “Mud Hero” held annualy at Mount Martock outside Halifax. This event had 6,000 participants in year one with over 700 from New Brunswick. Over 8,000 participated last year with over 1,100 registering form New Brunswick alone.
- “Mud Sweat and Tears”, another similar event run / held annually at Rockwood Park in Saint John.
- “Run or Die”, last year’s event run / held at Poley Mountain that attracted over 6,000 participants for a 5 kilometer run.
o “Mud Run” planned for Saturday, July 25th, 2015 to be held at Poley Mountain.
- Expecting 3,000 participants with a staggered start to avoid congestion.
- The organizers believe the average age for participants will be approximately 34 and approximately 70% of the participants will be female.
- Construction of the obstacles are in the planning stages for this year’s event.
- 100% of all proceeds raised from this event will stay in New Brunswick.
- Website www.MudRunforHeart.com has been set up for this event.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanks Terry Wagner for his interesting talk on the fund raising plans of the New Brunswick Heat and Stroke Foundation and presented Mr. Wagner with a token of the Club’s appreciation for his talk.
Club’s Newest Members
The highlight of the Feb. 23, 2015 Rotary meeting was the induction of two new members, Rhonda Haynes, owner of Shopper’s, and Mary McNair of Outdoor Elements. Pictured from L-R are Rhoda Wilson, Rhonda’s sponsor, Rhonda, President Bob Tremblett, Membership Chair Rob Driscoll, Mary, and Mary’s sponsor Lorinda Porter.
President Bob presented Rotarian Don Dow with his Rotary International citation pin for inducting a new member to the Club.
Greater Fundy Ground Search & Rescue
On Feb. 9, 2015, Rotary’s speaker was Mr. Philip Howe of the Greater Fundy Ground Search and Rescue.
o Philip indicated the search work works closely with local police and is much like police work.
o Philip spoke on the difficulty the provincial groups attracting new members.
o Very little funding available with each volunteer is tasked with outfitting themselves to be part of a search team.
o Each group is heavily reliant on any form of government grant to acquire equipment and training.
o Philip described a search scenario. Lost, and panic sets in. Panic leads to poor decisions with the fear of embarrassment is a leading contributor of waiting too long when help or assistance is needed.
o The searchers are volunteers dedicated in searching for the lost or stranded.
o Greater Fundy Ground Search and Rescue is a registered charity directed by their volunteer membership.
o Receive support from the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety and New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization.
o 10 teams located throughout New Brunswick and each are under Mutual Aide agreements for assistance, if so required.
o Generally the search groups are activated at the request of the Police. They service lost hunters, elderly, children, snowmobilers, hikers, berry pickers and despondents, among others.
o A search is a rapid response operation of which that history has shown the need to provide assistance within the first 24 hours of being lost. 50 % of all people in need of assistance cannot make it past the first day of being lost.
o Philip spoke on the effective search team learns the habits of who they are looking for to develop strategies and clues on where to look. This information is used to develop a Search Area with a high probability of success given what is known at the start of the search.
o Philip reviewed search methods and described the meticulous process when searching trails, paths.
o Training also plays a key role in operational readiness.
o Two projects of interest were noted. Project Life Saver and Philips work on developing a process to register a trip / outing plan to assist responders should assistance be required by the persons registering their trip / outing plan.
Rotarian Sandra Moon thanked Philip for his interesting talk on the Greater Fundy Ground Search and Rescue mission. She presented him with a token of the Club’s appreciation for his talk. Committee Reports:
Brian T. MacDonald, MLA on Fracking
Mr. Brian MacDonald, MLA Fredericton West Hanwell was Rotary’s guest speaker for Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Brian spoke on fracking, and his recent trip to Pennslyvania as part of a Sun News project to produce a documentary in support of the Shale Gas Industry in New Brunswick. Rotary was joined by the Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce for a full room to hear Mr. MacDonald’s message. Guests included Don Ingersoll, Pam Kaye, Debbie Prosser, Wanda Steeves, Stacey Geldart, Jenny Powell, Mary McNair, Peter Atkinson, Steve Ball, Wendy Stockford, Garry Rent, Doug Cosman, Ken Armstrong, John Comeau, Ralph Cunningham, Craig Arbeau, Terry Hutchinson, and Kent McIntyre, immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Saint John.
Rotarian Bruce Northrup introduced Mr. MacDonald. Brian has a military background having graduated from Kings College and the London School of Economics. Brian commanded troops on 2 Bosnia postings, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Hon Peter MacKay. Brian volunteers through numerous agencies within his riding and is responsible for the “Highway of Hero’s” here in New Brunswick.
o Brian was not here to speak as an expert in Shale Gas Development or as a Developer.
o He was here as an average New Brunswicker and speaking on their prospective on the development of shale gas in our province.
o Brian spoke on the growth of the file over the last 5 years.
o Government rightly or wrongly took the position of the “Honest Broker” with the environmental lobby on one side and the industry on the other.
o There was strong lobby by the environmentalists side and was the point of the debate that got best heard.
o Government and industry did not get their message out.
o His interests are to protect our water, protect the environment and to protect the property rights.
o The Pennsylvania experience; Brian was part of a Sun News project to produce a documentary in support of the Shale Gas Industry in New Brunswick.
o He wanted to find out how this industry affected the local Pennsylvania residents, land owners, and local businesses.
o The myths learned:
No local Jobs, no spin offs. Not true, the contrary was seen with the injection of cash and jobs in rural and urban Pennsylvania.
Long lead time to bring industry into production. Not true, short turnaround of less than two years to bring a well pad into production.
Grab and run by industry. Not true, the industry has a high upfront capital investment and a commitment of 20 plus years long term viability to return investmen.
o The Industry Benefits:
Injection of much needed investment in rural Pennsylvania.
Prosperity in local communities inclusive of the rural community
. Better roads, business opportunities and a growth in the service sector to support this type of development and industry.
What is the government’s role in all of this? Brian believes this role is to provide significant regulatory framework to support safe development and to provide the proper enforcement of these regulations. Brian is concerned on the transfer payment system in Canada and the perception of New Brunswick unwilling to develop their natural resources and yet expect transfer payments from the province undertaking similar resource development.
Brain speaks on the current New Brunswick position of a Moratorium on this development and the social buy in needed to lift the moratorium. How quickly will a moratorium become a ban if we are not careful?
A lengthy Question and Answer session.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanks MLA Brian MacDonald for his interesting talk on his experience while attending Pennsylvania in his interest to become more informed in the Shale Gas Development Industry and their experience in the industries development and experiences. Shelley presented Mr. MacDonald with a token of the Club’s appreciation for his talk.
Paul Harris Fellow + 1
On Jan. 29, 2015, President Bob Tremblett presented Donna Gilchrist with her PHF + 1 pin in recognition of her personal contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Donna was recognized by the Sussex Rotary Club in 2013 as a Paul Harris Fellow for her strong community & Rotary contributions.
New Member Recognitions
On Jan. 19, 2015, President Bob Tremblett presented Robert Driscoll (right) and Kathy Carver (center) with Rotary International recognitions for membership recruitment. Robert then presented, President Bob (left) with the Rotary International recognition for membership recruitment.
Membership Meeting Talk and Discussion
On Jan. 19, 2015, membership Chair Rob Driscoll (Left) introduced his membership talk and the inspirational video he recently watched and wanted to share with the club membership. Robert introduced Shawn Achor’s as one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His TED (Ted.com) talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 9.4 million views and our club will be the next counted view.
Watching intentively are Rotarians Erik Homenik center & President Bob Tremblett.
Shawn has worked with over a third of the His Happiness Advantage training. It is the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training program to date in the world. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013), as well as Ripple’s Effect and The Orange Frog. Shawn was published in the top psychology journal last year for the work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to create a more effective stress training. And he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house discussing happiness research and perception of success.
o Positive philosophy.
o Escaping the cult of being average.
o His studies on Outliers.
o Positive brain on success.
o The happiness average.
o Making small changes ripple outward.
On Jan. 12, 2015, Rotarian Rhoda Wilson did her classification talked entitled – Teacher, and what they do. During her presentation, she touched on the following facts:
o Rhoda began her career in administrative support in the Moncton Hospital.
o Worked in Heart research at Mount Allison University where she completed her Bachelor of Education Degree
o Teaching since then at the Sussex Regional High School. o Completed her Masters of Education through the University of Pheonix.
o Many rewards working with students with the biggest being making a difference.
o Many challenges as well, time, financial resources available, assessments, changing and challenging philosophies.
o Employment opportunities, there will always be a need even with the student population in a declining demographic. There is currently an oversupply of new teachers with many going overseas for opportunities.
o Most openings in French immersion.
o The teacher has been impacted by technology. Smart boards, internet as the new library., online learning, messaging home and laptops have impacted teaching.
o Code of professional conduct provides the framework of the profession.
o And the ideals of teaching are similar to the framework of the Rotary 4-way test.
Rotarian Jeff Fuller thanked Rhoda for her interesting classification talk and presented Rhoda with a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Graysia Website Design
On Jan. 9, 2015, the Club’s first speaker of the year was Lorinda Porter,. Owner – Graysia Website Design who did her classification talk. Lorinda discussed the following bullets during her interesting talk.
o Virtual Assistant Services and Creative Website Solutions
o Her company creates and implements affordable websites and web presence for small businesses.
o Services include web site design, hosting, virtual assistant services.
o UNB graduate.
o First employed with Search2Go.
o The market to service is that 60% off all small business do not have a web presence. o Industry offers growth, flexibility and creativity.
o Lorinda passion is to assist small business succeed.
0 Working with the Sussex Elementary Home and School in developing and fundraising for an accessible new playground for the school.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanked Lorinda for her interesting classification talk and presented Lorinda with a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Family Paul Harris Fellowship Recognitions
On Jan. 9, 2015, JC Robert Lockhart advised the Club that his most memorable and emotional Rotary moment was on Christmas morning when he recognized each of his family members as Paul Harris Fellows.
Back Row- Robert, son Robb- Halifax; son Bradley Lockhart- Quispamsis; grandson Spencer Lockhart- Brad & Shelly’s son; Front Row- Carolyn Lockhart; granddaughter Katie Lockhart- Brad & Shelly’s daughter; Shelly Lockhart- Brad’s wife
Robert told the Club he wrote fellow Rotarian, friend, and Past District Governor, Gerald Barnett the following note in appreciation for starting him on this venture many years before:
“This was an adventure I set out on back in the late 1980’s thanks to the influence / impression you and Ross (Coates, PDG) made on me in your support of the PolioPlus program, and the Rotary Foundation. PolioPlus was initiated during my year as President in 1984-85. I always admired how you recognized your family as PHF’s while supporting such a worthwhile Rotary endeavour, and this was something I wanted to do as well. I reached my PHF +8 a few years ago, but could never decide how to actually present my family with the actual recognitions as it would be a complete surprise to all. This Christmas “I just did it”, and wanted you to know that you & Ross were recognized when I made the presentations for the influence you had, and for the Rotarians you both have been.
Thanks for planting the seed many years ago that made this one of the most memorable Christmas’s for me and my family.”
Robert also mentioned that Saint John Rotarian Heinz Schaerer played an important part as well. Robert wrote Heinz to share the story, and said “your annual (and biannual) follow up calls seeking contributions toward the sustaining PHF program was also greatly appreciated and a contributing factor in me reaching this milestone, and this exciting and emotional moment in my Rotary life. That personal touch does make a difference!”.
Paul explained that PALS has 24 students who have come to them because of
difficulty in coping within the traditional school setting. The reasons may be anxiety, personal
problems, financial struggles, or lack of support. At PALS students work at their own pace and
learn work ethic. The school aims to meet social, emotional, and academic needs for its
students. PALS in Sussex has a high success rate with its students who are able to take one
course at a time. For older students who cannot get the 17 credits needed for high school
diploma, they can opt for an adult diploma that requires 9 essential courses.
Lockhart, Smyth Induction
On Dec. 22, 2014, the Rotary Club of Sussex membership gathered for their Christmas luncheon at the All Season’s, and the highlight of the gathering was the induction of two new members-Ian Smyth, Owner / Operator of Armadale Farm Dairy Products, and Alaina Lockhart, owner of Lockhart’s Weddings & Special Occasions. Rob Driscoll (Right), Team Lead for the Membership Development Team, introduced the two new members to Club. Joining Rob were the new member’s proposers who pinned them with their name badges. Pictured left to right are Don Dow, Ian’s proposer, Ian, Alaina, and Alaina Alexander, Alaina’s proposer.
Giermindl Joint Club Social
On Dec. 15, 2014, thirty plus Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Hampton & Sussex gathered at Giermindl’s Restaurant for a social evening of great food and fellowship. The group was welcomed by Hampton President Gary Rent , and President Bob Tremblett of the Sussex Club who advised there was no formal agenda for the evening. Just fellowship and the opportunity to get to know one another.
Guest speaker Dec. 8, 2014 was Bill Anderson, General Manager of Poley Mountain who spoke to the Club Members on the operations and plans for Poley Mountain this year and in the future.
o Poley Mountain is privately held by 100 shareholders with a 16 member board of Directors. o Lot of changes and development of the hill in recent years.
o One of 10 ski hill operations in Atlantic Canada, the largest hill operations in Eastern Canada. o The Poley operation employees 185 full-time and part-time employees seasonally.
o This year, weather permitting, the hill plans to open on December 12th, 2014.
o Lift capacity of 3,000 persons per hour. o Food capacity of 400 persons per hour / sitting.
o Lodge capacity is the next issue or upgrade that is necessary that has to be solved by the Board of Directors / Owners.
The operation uses 1,600 usgpm of water for snow making.
o Over 2,00 early bird passes sold this year.
o Poley Mountain sees 90,000 ski visits annually.
Bruce Northrup thanked Mr. Anderson for his interesting insight on the operations and upgrade plans for Poley Mountain and presented Mr. Anderson with a gift from the club as a token of our appreciation.
It was with sadness that the Club members heard that Poley had a devastating fire the next evening, and the Club house was a complete loss.
As reported in the Kings County Record on Dec. 9,
“It was shortly before 7 p.m. when firefighters were called to the main lodge of Poley Mountain, about 10 minutes southeast of Sussex. The building is the main hub of activity for the resort, and is where kitchen facilities and the cafeteria are located, ski and snowboarding equipment is rented and staff offices are housed.
General manager Bill Anderson estimates about $3 million in losses – including the lodge, and the equipment and contents inside. All the food and alcohol for the start of the season had been stocked, staff hired and new rental equipment placed in inventory.
“We’ve lost nearly everything, but we still have the ski hill,” Anderson said, “and people will be skiing on it this winter.”
Anderson said he was watching the news at his nearby Waterford home when he got a call from the resort’s security company saying a fire alarm was sounding. The security company’s dispatch had already called 911.
“As soon as I came around the corner the roof was on fire,” said Anderson, who has worked at Poley since it opened with its modest lodge in 1970.
Since then Poley Mountain has become what it markets as the Mountain of Fun, drawing big crowds to the Sussex region every winter. It’s success revolves around the ski hill’s continual improvements in state-of-the art snowmaking equipment that allows the mountain to be open longer than many others in the business, and with premium ski conditions.”
“There’s no question we will rebuild,” longtime member of the Poley Mountain board of directors, Stephen Moffett said. “It will be bigger and better in time for next season but for now we have to find a way to salvage the season, that’s all there is to it.” “
Blair Hyslop- Mrs. Dunster’s
On Dec. 1, 2014, Blair Hyslop, Co-owner of Mrs. Dunster’s, spoke to the Club Members on his and his wife’s purchase of the Mrs. Dunster’s franchise and operations in July 2014.
- Blair began his career with Eastern Bakery’s in Saint John and worked at McCain Foods developing emerging markets followed by Barbour’s Foods.
- Blair believed the bakery is part of the fabric of the community with an extremely loyal following.
- 500,000 visits annually to the outlet store. The company has 60 employees in the bakery with 20 others on the road selling product.
- Current operations are a 7 day a week, 24 hours a day operation with over 25 million donuts produced annually, and tens of thousands of ginger snaps produced weekly. 150 Skews produced at the bakery of which they ship 11 products to over 600 stores twice weekly.
- 85% of the product produced is shipped and sold through their distribution system.
- Over 60 requests per months for community support by local organizations and charities.
- They anticipate growth through shipping more of their produce and to develop their distribution system by providing opportunities to other bakery’s to utilize a common distribution system.
Rotarian Robert Driscoll thanked Mr. Hyslop for his interesting presentation and presented a gift from the club as a token of our appreciation.
New Member Induction Recognition
During the Club’s Nov. 17, 2014 meeting, President Bob Tremblett presented Rotarian Rob Driscoll with his Rotary International recognition pin for bringing new member Alaina Alexander into the Club on Sept. 29, 2014. Rob is the second member to receive such recognition this Rotary year, and is also Membership Development team chair.
Stonehammer Geo Park
Bob Black welcomed Wanda Hughes of Stonehammer Geological Park to the meeting on Nov. 3, 2014. Mrs. Wanda Hughes, spoke on the Stonehammer Geo Park, Saint John and surrounding areas, a billion years of stories.
o The Stonehammer geological park combines a billion years of a relatively continuous geologic record with a long history of study.
o Within Saint John most of the diverse geology of the region is exposed, and the first geo park in Canada and one of only 110 worldwide.
o Few cities in Canada can compare when it comes to the complex geological diversity seen here. When the larger region of the park is considered, almost one billion years of earth history is represented.
o Stonehammer also has a long history of geoscience investigation. An impressive group of scientists have visited the region over the past 175 years to explore and unravel its geological history. o Investigation began in the early 1800’s and continues today.
o The geology of Stonehammer is complex, but reasonably well understood and provides ample opportunity for geological investigation and education at all levels.
o Geological stories include plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanism, earthquakes, glaciation, sedimentology, mineralogy, geologic time, weathering, evolution of invertebrates, vertebrates and plants, geomorphology and the history of geology. o Southern New Brunswick, including the Stonehammer region, is characterized by a series of narrow terrain’s, fault-bounded, northeast-trending rock belts that record a history of Late Precambrian and Paleozoic extensional and accretionary tectonic events.
Scott thanked Mrs. Hughes for her interesting presentation and presented a gift from the club as a token of our appreciation.
Charter Member Harley Herbert Geldart Passes
“It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Harley this past week end”, President Bob Tremblett wrote in an email to the Club the morning of Oct. 14, 2014. “Harley was a founding member of our club and will be remembered for his passion for Rotary.”
Harley passed away at the Sussex Health Center on October 12, 2014 at the age of 97. Born in Mapleton, NB on August 29, 1917, he was a son of the late Worden and Rachell (nee Garland) Geldart. Harley was a member of the Sussex United Baptist Church and a member of the First Elgin Baptist Church. He was a WWII Veteran, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20 and a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Sussex.
The following article appeared in the Oct. 20, 2014 Telegraph Journal. On that same date, many Sussex Rotarians paid Happy Bucks including our District Governor Mike Walsh who was in attendance, remembering Harley and the contributions he made to Rotary, his community, and his country .
Tir na nOg Forest School
Rotary’s speaker on Oct. 6, 2014 was Mrs. Liza Brown, Tir na nOg Forest School. Rotarian Sandra Moon welcomed Liza Brown to the Sussex Rotary Club as the owner of Tir na nOg Forest School for preschool outdoor learning.
Liza Brown spoke on the programs and development of the Tir na nOg Forest School for preschool outdoor learning.
- Tír na nÓg Forest School is an outdoor education experience.
- The schools approach involves moving away from computers and man-made devices, to embrace nature.
- Provides outdoor learning to 10 students per session.
- Scholl has been expanded to the second location in Saint John in 2014.
- 2 full days a week during all weather conditions.
- At Tír na nÓg Forest School we believe that hands-on experiential learning is the best educational approach for children.
- Outdoors provides them with not only fresh air, it encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength and mental clarity.
- It is believed when children’s natural curiosity is stimulated, learning flows.
- The schools program is guided by our educators, however the day remains flexible and follows the energy and lead of the children.
- Liza provided many first year experiences and provided a slideshow of the school’s first year and a video that had over 40,000 hits on youtube.
Liza brought along a newspaper article to show the Club of when she won the Rotary Youth Merit Award from our Club in 1988.
Rotarian Kathy Carver thanked Liza for her interesting presentation and presented her with a Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc. luggage tag as a token of our appreciation for his interesting talk.
Rotary’s Newest Member
On Sept. 29, 2014, Rotary’s newest member, Alaina Alexander, was inducted into the club by Membership Recruitment team lead Rob Driscoll & President Elect Sandra Moon. Alaina is involved with Customer Service & fundraising with the PotashCorp Civic Centre and she and her husband are both Sussex natives. Alaina will be chairing the Club’s Rotary Camp committee, and will help Shelley Vail with Costs for Kids. Alaina was welcomed as the Club’s newest member by each of the Rotarians present.
Emergency Measures Organization
On Sept. 29, 2014, Donna Gilchrist welcomed Brent Whalen to the Sussex Rotary Club as Regional Emergency Management Coordinator Regions 8 and 9, NBEMO / Public Safety. Brent spoke on the process the Emergency Management Organization of the Province of New Brunswick.
- Province is structured around the 12 Regional Service Commissions in New Brunswick
- Each coordinator responsible for one or two regions in the province with six (6) coordinators province wide.
- Primary responsibility is to insure the continuity of government.
- Assist in coordinating provincial emergency operations.
- Responsibilities in to four (4) areas; planning, operations, training and recovery.
- The four pillars of any emergency include; mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
- For everyone planning their personal response it is recommended be prepared for the first 72 hours of any emergency.
Robert Driscoll thanked Brent for his interesting presentation and offered Brent a Rotary Charitable Trusts, Inc. luggage tag as a token of our appreciation for his interesting talk.
John McNair- Outdoor Elements
Wendy Osborne welcomes John McNair to the Sussex Rotary Club as the owner / operator of Outdoor Elements on Sept. 22, 2014. John’s business was established in 1985 and has had a storefront from 2005 to 2012.
John McNair spoke on his development of his business and his experiences over that last number of years and explains the business and his setbacks out of his control. o John established the business concept in 1987.
o Opened the storefront at the Broad Street location in 2005.
o Devastation of the fire experienced in 2012 has introduced a whole new complexity in his business planning.
o Consider the need for planning and to actively review your insurance coverage, frequently as a top priority.
o The need to consider ongoing continued vigilance in keeping records and inventory, and store this off site.
o His business would not be capable of considering to reopen if he did not have fire insurance coverage.
o John spoke on his recent purchase of 597 Main Street and his plans to reopen his business at that location.
o Plans to reopen the last week in October and notes 80% of his business is undertaken during the winter months.
o With the larger space of the new location John plans to offer a selection of quality product as well as being able to display the entire annual products offered is viewed beneficial.
o Would like to add a selection focused on children’s needs in sport with his main business focus to continue in the ski and bike sales and support.
Kathy Carver thanked John for his interesting presentation and offered John a luggage tag as a token of our appreciation for his interesting talk.
Harley Geldart Birthday & DG Mike Visit Social
Rotarians, guests and children gathered for a Club social at Rotarian Bob & Ginette Black’s home on the Belleisle on Aug. 28, 2014 to meet new District Governor Mike Walsh and to celebrate Honorary Rotarian Harley Geldart’s birthday. For the first time, Rotarians were encouraged to bring children to the evening which added a nice change.
New Member Recognition Pin
On Aug. 11, 2014, President Bob Tremblett presented President elect Sandra Moon her recognition pin “backing” for sponsoring Shelly Vail as a new member on April 14, 2014. Sandra is the first member in the Sussex Club to receive such a pin. Congratulations Sandra!!
Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta 2014
On June 23, 2014, Mrs. Debbie Harris (left), Chairperson of the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta chair was the guest speaker. Mrs. Harris thanked Kathy for the introduction and introduced Brianna, a student with the Fiesta Committee this summer. Ms. Harris outlined the following exciting plans for 2014 and include the following activities:
- – Hot Air Balloons fly twice daily – First launch: Thursday Evening, September 5th at 5:30pm.
- – Morning and evening launch schedules of 6:30am and 5:30pm daily
- – Our renowned Craft Fair with over 70 crafters and artisans
- – Loads of children’s games and activities
- – Amusement Rides plus helicopter rides
- – A parade through downtown Sussex – (Saturday at 1pm)
- – All weekend free outdoor SuperStore Bandstand
- – Antique Car Show & Shine with over 500 vehicles on Sunday
- – Talent Show & Talent Contest on Sunday afternoon
- – Lots of vendors & concessions – Dodge Ram Rodeo Barrel Racing
- – Friday & Saturday evening at dusk, the Balloons inflate for our spectacular Moon / Candle Glow
- – Parking is available from non-profit organizations around the festival ground
- – The fiesta thanks each of our pilots, volunteers and sponsors, without whom we would not be able to enjoy this unique festival of colour, friendliness and hospitality
- – Annual cost to host the event is approximately $150,000 to $200,000 each year.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanked Debbie Harris as well as Brianna for her interesting talk on the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta and presented both with a token of our appreciation.
Sussex Golf and Curling Club
Mrs. Jane Ingalls (Left) of the Sussex Golf and Curling Club was our June 16, 2014 guest speaker. Mrs. Ingalls thanked Rotarian Rob Driscoll for the introduction and she mentioned she was involved in Rotary during her high school years in Grand Manan.
Jane shared with the Rotary Members the many of the beautiful photos taken from scenic places on the golf course. Many photos taken in the picturesque New Brunswick fall. The first home of the Sussex Golf Club was at Camp Sussex in the early 1900’s. The Roachville Course opened in 1948 and was incorporated in 1953. In that year the first voting share was sold and was valued at $100.00.
In 1968 the Golf and Curling Clubs were amalgamated and the new entity selecting the present course and clubhouse site. The site was purchased for $15,000. Course Architect C. E. Robinson began his work in 1969 and the current Club House and Curling Club was built in 1970. The first event was held in the Curling Club on December 27th 1970.
The first bonspiel was held and attended by the New Brunswick Teachers Federation. This teachers bonspiel that still continues annually and has been hosted in Sussex many times since 1970. Construction of the current course was started in 1971 and completed in 1973. The Golf and Curling Club undertakes its operations with a $687,000 annual operating budget and at its peak season employs 18 personnel seasonally.
The course is known for its quality and value as well as its competitive architecture province wide. The longest and hardest last two finishing holes anywhere in New Brunswick!
Currently the club is at 400 full time members with a high of 550 in 2012 and with a low of 350 members since inception.
The club hosts many charity events and a food drive to give back to the community. The club has started a social media presence on Facebook and twitter to keep members and the golf community informed about our course.
Rotarian Wendy Osborne (Right) thanked Jane for her interesting talk on the Sussex Golf and Curling Club and presented Jane with a token of our appreciation.
Sussex Fish and Game Association
Mr. Danny Byers, Sussex Fish and Game Association was our speaker on June 9, 2014. Mr. Byers advised the association has currently over 250 registered members.
Mr. Byers reviewed the various activities of the association and outlined the annual major fund raisers completed annually.
The association raises money through an annual dinner and auction. They conduct a fishing derby annually with the view to get youth involved.
One of the most rewarding projects the association has been involved in is the Senior Fish Pond recently constructed with the help of the Association’s private funding partners. The pond is a manmade pond placed on lands donated by E. J. Cunningham and is open every Monday and Wednesday from 8 am to noon and every Tuesday 6 pm to 8 pm. The pond provides opportunity for the seniors to get an opportunity to continue to fish where they have been unable to get to a stream due to mobility and health issues.
The Association is also very proud of its range property to provide opportunities for members to target shot in a controlled instructed environment.
The Association is also the host of the fall fish and game Expo held annually at the 8th Hussar’s Arena. This year’s event is scheduled for September 12, 13 and 14th and is open to all ages.
The Association is heavily involved in instructing hunter education courses each year with the Department of Natural Resources.
Rotarian Sandra Moon thanked Danny for his interesting talk on the Sussex Fish and Game .
Induction of Mayor Stephen Gillies
On June 2, 2014, Rotarian and Minister of Public Safety Bruce Northrup, had the pleasure of introducing and inducting Mayor Stephen Gillies of Sussex Corner as the Club’s newest member.
Stephen and Mae Joudry, Samaritan’s Purse
Rotarian Sandra Moon introduced Stephen and Mae Joudry representing Samaritan’s Purse to our meeting on May 12, 2014. Mae and Stephen Joudry spoke on their agency who specialize in the engagement of volunteers.
Mae played and spoke on the Youtube video of Samaritan’s Purse involvement in assisting the victims and helping in the relief after super storm Sandy’s devastation in the New York New, Jersey areas. We partner with our supporters in Canada and with local organizations (usually churches) abroad to provide compassionate and cost-effective assistance to anyone who needs it, regardless of religion, race, gender or socio-economic standing, Mae said.
Our emergency relief programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. As we offer food, water, and temporary shelter, we meet critical needs and give people a chance to rebuild their lives.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada, established in 1973, is working in about 45 countries around the world while Samaritan’s Purse International (including offices in the U.S., England, and Australia) is working in more than 100 countries. The organization is based in Calgary in Canada.
The Group assists with the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of disaster victims. We assist those who cannot help themselves and our group is committed to the highest quality in workmanship and capacity building and are response ready!
In the Sussex area Samaritan’s Purse assisted in 85 work orders with 73 homes directly helped through their efforts. There was a good volunteer turnout and the group champion’s its strength in their ability to engage and mobilize volunteers. Both Mae and Stephen are very thankful to Larry and Ida Adair for their accommodation at the Adair’s Wilderness Lodge for their response team during the Sussex and Area flood event.
President Bob Tremblett thanked both Mae and Stephen for their interesting presentation and talk on Samaritan’s Purse.
Mayor Steven Gillies, Village of Sussex Corner
On May 5, 2014, Rotarian Scott Hatcher introduced Mayor Gillies to the Sussex Rotary Club.
Mayor Gillies updated the club on the experiences of the April 15th, 2014 flooding event and his experiences of elected office.
Mayor Gillies began his political career as a result of wanting to get involved in the Village flooding issues a few years back, and ironically he was here today to brief the club on the Village’s experiences these past few weeks. With that, Mayor Gillies began life as a politician following the May 2008 election being elected as Deputy Mayor. Deputy Mayor Gillies chose to run for Mayor in the following 2012 elections
Mayor Gillies believes ongoing discussions between the Town and the Village regarding Amalgamation has been on the back burner recently. The flooding events over the past couple of months will likely bring the discussion to the forefront again. Although in the past it was difficult to have a meaningful discussion, but following our recent flood event it might be the catalyst necessary to again try.
Mayor Gillies spoke of the emergency response and the declaration of the State of Local Emergency in Sussex Corner on April 16th. The necessity to deal with the emergency response when the resources are overwhelmed.
Mayor Gillies spoke on his Village’s response, the difficult EMO decisions necessary that day given resources and manpower necessary to protect and respond to the 1450 Village Residents.
Our recent experiences galvanizes the need for Regional Plans for Emergencies, the need to have coordinated response and the need to discuss with the outlining areas to develop a proactive regional approach beginning in the necessity of emergency planning.
Mayor Gillies believes the potential for shared services to assist in providing residents of the Town and Village with similar services in a cost effective approach and reduce duplication is necessary. Mayor Gillies is prepared to reach out to the Province to request assistance to facilitate the study necessary for a meaningful amalgamation study. He believes the issues are trust, taxes, but sees more people these days willing to discuss the topic.
Mayor Gillies spoke on the events and timeline of the flood event. The event was quick, multiple events happening at once that each needed response quickly. Road closures, evacuations, the emergency declaration and the reality of being overwhelmed are not pleasant experiences. The most important issue is the Community and area came together that day.
Rotarian Bruce Northrup thanked Mayor Gillies for the interesting talk.
Kings County Record
On April 14, 2014, Rotarian Kathy Carver introduced our guest speaker Ms. Tammy Scott – Wallace from the Kings Country Record. Sitting beside Tammy are the Hon. Bruce Northrup (Left) and Club President Bob Tremblett.
Tammy started her career after graduating from journalism school in 1993 as a news reporter in Nova Scotia. She made her way in the newspaper business in that province at three newspapers, progressing from reporter, lifestyles editor to managing editor as she moved along. Kings County girl, she moved back to New Brunswick with her husband to start a family when she joined the Brunswick News family in 2000 as assignment editor at the Times & Transcript. There she was a repeat winner of Atlantic Journalism Awards for excellence in journalism.
In 2006 she convinced Telegraph-Journal owners to allow her to set up shop in Sussex to start telling stories from a community she believed was on the brink of great things. She was given six months to see if she could find any news to report before having to commute back into the city…that was eight years ago.
Tammy served full-time as Kings County’s reporter for the provincial daily until the fall of 2011 when her role expanded. As she continues to report news for the Telegraph-Journal she took over the editor’s role at the Kings County Record.
She has won regional and national awards for her work and is currently one of three nominees for Atlantic Canada’s Outstanding Journalist, which will be awarded on Prince Edward Island next month.
Tammy spoke on the new and changing ways news is being reported, read and delivered to current subscribers. Today people want their news direct and delivered quickly. Many use online media and personal devices to read, report and to understand what’s happening. Unlike many online blogs or news chasers sites the Kings County Record will not publish news sources that can’t verified and today that is a departing criteria of the main stream professional journalist.
Tammy describes the issues and comments surrounding the current business model and the introduction and use of a “Pay-wall”. Some like it, many complain. Tammy shared the new modern look coming to the Kings County Record this summer.
Past President Donna Gilchrist thanked Tammy for her interesting talk and presentation on the Kings County Record and the new and emerging methods news is being reported and delivered.
Club’s Newest Member
On April 14, 2014, Rotarian Sandra Moon (laeft) and Robert Kimball inducted Shelley Vail as a new member to the Sussex Rotary Club. Each member welcomed Shelley to the club.
Sussex Sleep Clinic
Rotarian Bob Black. introduced our guest speaker Ms. Angela Cummings from the Sussex Sleep Clinic on April 7, 2014.
Angela spoke on her company’s specialization in sleep disorders as well as obstructive sleep apnea testing, treatment and CPAP supplies. Her firm specializes in “Improving your life one night at a time”.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder that occurs during sleep. It is characteristic by pauses in breathing that usually end in gasping for air or snoring. When people sleep, all of the muscles in their body relax including the muscles in their throat and upper air way. With this relaxation, the air passage becomes smaller. This narrowing can cause the tissue in the throat to vibrate together when the air passes through, causing snoring. The narrowing can be so severe, that the throat closes off completely ant the person stops breathing until their body triggers their throat to open up and take a breath. This is extremely disruptive to sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea can become a problem. Ensuring daytime sleepiness can lead to irritability, a stained home life, difficulty with work and concentration, and, most worrisome to the general population, difficult staying awake while driving
The most widely accepted treatment for Obstructive sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. The Obstructive sleep apnea sufferer is fitted with a mask, which is connected by a hose to a device that compresses room air. This pressurized air is pushed into the person’s airway through the mask. The air pressure holds the throat open while sleeping. The resulting restorative sleep allows them to feel rested and wakeful during the day. CPAP will only work when used and Angela demonstrates a device.
President Bob Tremblett thanks Angela for her interesting talk and presentation on the Sussex Sleep clinic and the health effects of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sandra Moon introduced our guest speaker Mr. Paul Gaudet, Manager for Interpretive Services for Hopewell Rocks.
Mr. Paul Gaudet places a special emphasis on education at the Hopewell Rocks. At the Interpretive centre they have self-directed multi-media exhibits which is an informative and essential enhancement to any visit.
Through life-sized sculptures, colourful displays, videos and dioramas, you will learn about the Bay of Fundy geology, tides and wildlife, as well as other fascinating facts about the Fundy coastal area. Interpretive panels on each of the viewing decks throughout the park help our visitors to better understand the unique Fundy ecosystems and the cultural history of Albert County.
The park had 185,000 visitors in 2013. The upper site of 100 hectares was opened in 1998 and the park and centre has never lost any money since 1998. The Park runs a multi dimensional experience with each contributing substantially to the overall operation of the Park. The following is a summery of a number of the operations annually:
- $2M annual operation. –
- Expanding Gift Shop in 2014 contributing approximately $0.75M annually.
- Restaurant and Café contributing $0.50M annually.
- General Admission approximately $0.70M annually.
- Shuttle service approximately $0.090M annually.
- Lands were purchased by the Province from private interests in 1958.
Upcoming large expenditures planned will be the replacement of the access stairways to the Bay floor.
Paul explains the gravitational phenomenon the moon and its effects on tides as the moon tracks in either an apogee or perigee. Paul’s explanation of the gravitational forces contributing to the large tidal fluctuations in the Bay of Fundy with many recorded in excess of 45 feet of tide.
Paul reviewed some of the interesting photographs and videos experienced at Hopewell Rocks.
Time animated tide sequence, sandpipers in August, as well as the Peregrine Falcons photographed at the Rocks. Together with Cape Rage, Fundy National Park and the Fundy Trail Parkway they have been jointly marketing in partnership to assist in helping keep people in the area longer experiencing some of the best New Brunswick has to offer.
Rotarian Wendy Osborne thanked Paul Gaudet on his interesting discussion on Hopewell Rocks.
Sussex Fire Chief Harold Lowe
On March 17, 2014, St. Patty’s Day, Scott Hatcher introduced our guest speaker Chief Harold Lowe, Sussex Fire Department Inc.. Harold spoke on his transition and his professional firefighting career.
Chief Lowe got introduced to his passion of becoming a career firefighter as a volunteer member in British Columbia and quickly gained a passion for being a fire fighter. From BC, Chief Lowe then spent a number of years with the Fort McMurray Fire Department prior to his move to Moncton Fire Department where he served as a Training Officer for the city department. He continued his volunteer service to the Village of Petitcodiac and is now the first full time fire chief in Sussex.
The Sussex Department answers an average of 220 calls for service each year with a record 64 calls in January 2014 alone. Walk in calls at the Station for service has noticeably increased this year.
All calls for service for structure incidents has the Quint vehicle as the first response vehicle or equipment out of the station. No truck leaves the station without 4 members onboard.
The service involves education, public relations, inspection services, medical assist , flooding response, off road rescue and of course fire calls. Training is extremely important to the effectiveness and readiness of the volunteer members and the department.
Chief Lowe reviewed with the club photos and stories about a number of calls over the last 6 months.
Rotarian Wendy Osborne thanked Chief Lowe for his interesting discussion on the Sussex Fire Department.
St. Patty’s Day
Past President Robert Kimball Jr. was in the St. Patty’s mood this Monday, and dressed accordingly. Pictured with him are (L-R) PP Donna Gilchrist, Wendy osborne, and Kathy Karver. Not hard to tell of the on lookers who got fined for not wearing green on this festive day!
Communities in Bloom
On May 10, 2014, Rotarian Sandra introduced our guest speaker Mrs. Joan Routledge, Chairperson of the Sussex Communities In Bloom.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.
“People, plants and pride… growing together” is their slogan, and it captures the essence of the program. National organization where communities of comparable size compete against one another to showcase their people, plants and civic pride.
– Environmental Action
– Heritage Conservation
– Urban Forestry – Landscapes
– Floral Designs, Community involvement
Evaluation categories: – Tidiness – Environmental Action – Heritage Conservation – Urban Forestry – Landscapes – Floral Designs, Community involvement.
The Sussex effort:
– Started in October 201`0 with 5 dedicated committee people.
– May 2011, 6 people, 3 projects, 2 judges, resulting in 4 Blooms.
– May 2012, 12 people, 10 projects, many volunteers, judging achieved 5 Blooms.
– May 2013, 8 people, 17 projects, an army of volunteers, judging 5 Blooms and a National Champion!
Extensive efforts to get the youth involved were undertaken by the Committee and many landowners were engaged to start a civic movement of landscape and floral display / pride in Sussex. The Committee has scheduled a 2014 project to improve the floral display of the Rotary Wheel in O’Connell Park.
Rotarian Scott thanked Joan for her interesting discussion on the Sussex Communities in Bloom.
Kiwanis Nursing Home
Rotarian Bruce Northrup introduced our guest speaker Mrs. Keri Marr, CA, Administrator of the Kiwanis Nursing Home Inc.. Keri is a Past President twice of our Cliub, and an Honorary member.
Keri spoke on the home and its mission statement of serving seniors of the greater Sussex Area inspired by our core values of dignity and respect, the Kiwanis Nursing Home is committed to providing the highest quality of care in a safe, home-like environment.
Kiwanis Nursing Home Inc. was established on August 11, 1975, as a non-profit corporation to provide nursing care and other support services for the residents of Sussex and surrounding area.
The Kiwanis Nursing Home, open to the public since April 30, 1979, has accommodations for 70 residents. In 1984, an addition was added to our home to accommodate a large resident activity area known as “The Heritage Room”. The Nursing Home works closely with related community organizations such as: Community Health, Red Cross, Community Based Services for Seniors, Senior Citizen Groups, Local Ministerial Association and others to promote comprehensive care for the residents.
The Nursing Home also has a close relationship with the Sussex Health Centre, situated nearby, and its physicians.
On January 19, 1993, Bryant Drive Holdings Inc. was established as a non-profit organization to provide seniors’ housing units and secure a land bank, owned and operated by this corporation. This corporation was established to encourage donations from the community which are used for activities that benefit all 70 residents of Kiwanis Nursing Home and improve their care, comfort and quality of life. Bryant Drive Holdings Inc. and Kiwanis Nursing Home Inc. are both registered charitable organizations and they are financial sources of Kiwanis Nursing Home.
The organization is run by a Board of Directors, 12 volunteer members with at least 4 members as active Kiwanians. The facility employs 103 staff with 43 full time positions providing 24 / 7 care and service.
The operational revenue is approximately $5.4 Million annually with approximately 71% of the revenue from the province and approximately 21% of the revenue directly from the residents of the facility.
The organization is excited to announce a $10M expansion to the facility beginning in August 2014 with full occupancy scheduled for late spring 2016. The expanded facility should generate an additional 50 employees and provide an additional 30 beds with 39 new single room refurbishment and expansion as a result of the construction.
Keri indicated a community capital campaign will get underway in the near future to assist the facility to keep current and to bring up to date the existing facility and furnishings built in 1975.
Rotarian Kathy Carver thanked Mrs. Marr for her interesting discussion on the Kiwanis Nursing Home Inc.
T. Peter Haines
Peter Haines, shown here during a Rotary Club of Sussex event in February 2013, died on Saturday just days after retiring as Sussex Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist and owner. Photo: Shane Magee/Kings County Record archive
SUSSEX – Friends, family, and staff of respected Sussex pharmacist Peter Haines mourned his passing Saturday. The 70-year-old owner of the town’s two Shoppers Drug Mart stores and prominent member of the Rotary Club had just retired less than a week before his death. Rhonda Haynes, who took recently over his businesses, said his staffers, some who worked for him for 30 years, were as devastated by the loss as she was. “We’re all shocked and very sad he never got to enjoy his retirement,” she said. by Laura MacInnis, Kings County Record, Mar. 3, 2013
Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Sussex on Nov. 1, 1979, and was President 1994 – 1995. Peter was honored by the Club as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2003 along with fellow friends and Rotarians Kevin Kilfoil and Keri Marr.
Peter had been Chairman of the Coats for Kids program for a number of years, and was Program Chair a few years back. Most recently, he was a member of the Paul Harris Selection Committee for the Club’s 2013 Paul Harris recognition evening..
On Mar. 3, 2014, the Club had a minutes silence in Peter’s memory. Peter will be sadly missed by the Club and his many friends.
Opposition Leader Brian Gallant
Liberal Leader Brian Gallant addresses the Rotary Club of Sussex on Monday where he outlined his stance on shale gas development. Photo: Shane Magee/Kings County Record
SUSSEX – The leader of the provincial Liberals faced questions Monday in Sussex about this hydraulic fracturing stance and said he’s not convinced of the economic benefits the practice has had in this region. Scott Hatcher, the town chief administrative officer, questioned Brian Gallant about the existing natural gas wells that have been fracked by Corridor Resources in Penobsquis. Gallant dismissed the argument that fracking, as the process is also called, is significantly benefiting the region, saying he’s visited the site and visited the company’s office with its eight employees. “I’m not convinced on the economic benefits of it here,” he said.
These were the headlines and leading paragraph’s on Feb. 25, 2014 from Opposition Leader Brian Gallant’s address to our Rotary Club the day before.
Rotarian Wendy Osborne introduced our guest speaker Mr. Brian Gallant, MLA Kent.
Mr. Gallant introduced himself. Born in Shediac Bridge, Mr. Gallant was raised by parents who earned a living in the grocery and fast food industries. His father, the youngest of seven children in a proud Acadian family, and his mother, one of 17 siblings born to Dutch immigrants, did everything they could to provide for their children. His family moved many times looking for work.
While they often lived on the financial edge, he credits his parents with teaching him the value of hard work and education and what’s possible when families and communities pull together through good times and bad. My parents gave everything they had.
Mr. Gallant started and operated two small companies to put himself through university. After completing degrees in business administration and law from the Université de Moncton and a Masters from McGill, he began his career in corporate and commercial law at Stewart McKelvey and later became a partner at the Veritas Law Firm in Dieppe.
The Opposition leader reiterated his position that there should be a moratorium on shale gas development, saying that Liberals are waiting on several major studies to decide whether to move forward with development. He said the studies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada should shed more light on the safety of the practice.
“It hasn’t been something we’ve been doing across our country – or world – for very long.
He said the province should hold off until the province has “a proper” royalty regime in place, wait for the a report by the chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eilish Cleary, and more regulation. “There’s a lot of things that would have to fall into place before we say yes”.
Gallant said he’s in favour of further potash exploration, other mining projects around the province and laying out a forestry plan.
Gallant dismissed the argument that fracking, is significantly benefiting the Sussex Region, saying he’s visited the site and visited the company’s office with its eight employees. “I’m not convinced on the economic benefits of it here”, not good news if you were one of the eight effected. Mr. Gallants Liberals say trades would play a larger role in the curriculum of New Brunswick schools in changes the party is promising to the education system. Provide leadership in a “holistic” approach to education. Mr. Gallant says he would also make the early detection of learning disabilities a priority and develop incentives to attract more literacy mentors. Introduce computer coding into schools as the fix to today’s economic reality in New Brunswick.
There is a need for diversity let’s not place all our eggs in one basket. Short term fix by investing education, training and literacy. Medium term, help existing industries. Long term, move to knowledge based economy.
Rotary Past President and Chamber of Commerce Director Lou McNamara thanked Mr. Gallant for his interesting discussion on the Liberal Association stance on Shale Gass Development in New Brunswick and his party’s ideas and vision for New Brunswick.
Mr. Kerry Allison of World Hope
On Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, Rotary’s guest speaker, Mr. Kerry Allison of World Hope, was introduced by Rotarian Bob Black. Kerry is a retired School Vice Principle.
He spoke of the Ukraine as a beautiful country located on the Black Sea and has a population of 45 million people. In 1991 the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Act of Independence. Since independence, Ukraine’s economy has struggled as it moved from a planned economy to a market economy and consequently, the people are having difficulties. According to UNICEF, Ukraine has 80,000 children living in state-run orphanages with countless others living on the streets.
They are the most vulnerable group in a vulnerable nation, at high risk of drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. Since 2001, World Hope Canada has been working with their partner organization, World Hope Ukraine, to help alleviate this problem. Based in the port city of Odessa, World Hope Canada has launched a series of interventions to address the problems facing vulnerable children Ukraine.
Since Ukraine’s independence, an estimated 120,000 young women have been trafficked from the Ukraine, mostly for the sex trade. One of the most vulnerable groups to trafficking are young women who are graduated from state-run orphanages at 16 years of age or who are living on the street.
Hope House is a transition home for young women, a place to belong and learn life skills, a place where others believe in you, as you complete your education. Under the loving supervision of a caring house mother, the girls who live here blossom in this positive environment.
Upon completion of their formal education, each girl is better prepared to live a successful life as a contributing member of Ukrainian society.
The program has been very successful as evidenced by some of the graduates. In June 2010, four of the original girls graduated from university or college and have moved out. Two have continued on to Bible College.
The need to provide for vulnerable children, especially girls, continues to be great and Kerry and his team continue on this valuable mission. With the success of the program becoming well known locally, they regularly receive requests to place girls at Hope House. They take new girls each spring / summer but receive more requests than they can accommodate. In order to continue to meet the needs, they are building a second home.
Rhoda Wilson thanked Kerry for his interesting discussion on the World Hope Organization and his work on the Hope House in the Ukraine. She presented him with a gift as a token of the Club’s appreciation.
John B. Malone, Q.C.
President NB Law Society
On Feb. 3, 2014, Rotarian Andrew Palmer introduced our guest speaker Mr. John Malone, Q.C., President of the New Brunswick Law Society. Pictured listening to our Speaker are Rotarian, the Hon. Bruce Northrup, and Rotarian Sandra Moon.
The Law Society Act (1996) sets out clearly the objects and duties of the Society. The profession and the role of a lawyer is to help people. Lawyers are considered professionals and with that it places a high duty of care, conduct and ethical standards. The society sets it objectives and duties, they are as follows:
- to uphold and protect the public interest in the administration of justice,
- to preserve and protect the rights and freedoms of all persons,
- to ensure independence, integrity and honor of its members,
- to establish standards of education, professional responsibility and competence of its members and applicants to membership, and
- to regulate the legal profession.
To accomplish the above, the Society has established Rules, Committees and Procedures.
There are 1200 practicing lawyers in New Brunswick and each are considered an Officer of the Court, subject to of fairness and a high standard of duty and care and subject to disciplinary actions from the Society.
Rotarian Rhoda Wilson thanked John for his interesting talk and presented him with a gift as a token of our appreciation.
Mayor Marc Thorne
The guest speaker on Jan. 20, 2014 was Marc Thorne, Mayor Town of Sussex. Rotarian Matt Moore introduced His Worship Mayor Thorne to our Club and gave a brief Bio of his community involvement.
Marc thanked the club for the great community work the Rotary Club of Sussex undertakes each year in our greater community. He spoke on updating the club on the state of the Town and our future.
- We live in one of the finest greater communities anywhere in Atlantic Canada.
- Our common goal should always be a to move to a stronger better community.
- Healthy families equal health communities and our sense of family has never been lost in Sussex.
- Recreational opportunities exist and are provided by Sussex to its residents the greater community.
- The Town’s operation is basically a $6,000,000.00 operation tasked with providing a balance of services to the town residents and in some cases services to other municipalities and LSD areas on a fee for service basis.
- Protective Services, fire police, emo, animal control and building in
- o Administration, elected and daily operation of the corporation.
- o Road / streets and Utilities, providing a balanced operation of the basic infrastructure for residents.
- o Community Services, all those recreational activities enjoyed by all.
- o Fiscal Services, continual responsible investment to upkeep the town infrastructure.
- Mayor Thorne outlined and show cased a few of the upcoming projects currently being considered the Town.
- o 602 Main Street, a planned multi use facility right in the downtown core.
- o Sussex and Area Heritage Centre, museum championing of heritage.
- o Waterfront Park, a project to connect Princess Louise park and Downtown Sussex.
Rotarian Robert Driscoll thanked Mayor Thorne for his interesting update on the town.
On Jan. 13, 2014, Robert D. introduced Chief Coroner Greg Forestell for New Brunswick to the Rotary Club members and `.
Guest. Greg spoke on the coroner service of the Province of New Brunswick and its works, investigations and inquests.
- The origin of the service dates back to English Law dating back as early s Ki 910 AD.
- The purpose of the service is to protect the financial interest of the Crown by establishing the fact related to deaths.
- Corners speak for the dead to protect the living.
- Coroner Services is an independent and publicly accountable investigation of death agency
- Coroner Services is mandated to review all suspicious or questionable deaths in New Brunswick , conduct inquests as may be required in the public in the public interest and does not have a vested interest of any kind in the outcome of death investigations. There are no fees attached to this service. In India the Foundation promotes:
- Every person who has reason to believe that a person died as a result of:
- o violence, misadventure
- o negligence, misconduct, or malpractice;
- o during pregnancy or following pregnancy in circumstances attributable to the pregnancy;
- o suddenly and unexpectedly;
- o from disease or sickness for which there was no treatment given by a medical practioner
- o from any cause other than disease or natural causes require investigation; or under such circumstances as may require investigation.
Rotarian Wendy Osborne thanked Greg for his interesting information on the role of the Coroner in the Province of New Brunswick.
Sussex Regional High School Community
On Dec. 2, 2013 Robert Kimball introduced Danny Reicker of the Community Garden Group Project at Sussex Regional High School. The garden was established along with an orchard along Leonard Drive near the High School to improve on the visual aesthetics of the area and school property.
Danny provided the club members with a power point presentation on the reasons behind the garden and about the groups objectives and goals:
- Fresh produce grown or the needs of the Sussex Club.
- 16 fruit baring trees planted along Leonard Drive.
- Constructed in the community spirit and building relationships.
- Improve the visual aesthetics on Leonard Drive.
- Provide lessons in agriculture and cooking to those involved in the garden.
- The group received lots of help from the community providing donations and in kind service used to construct the garden.
- The garden provided over 1300 pounds of carrots, 1500 pounds of fresh vegetables and many hundreds of pounds of fresh potatoes.
- Many donors came on board in year one with over 15 private sponsors participating in year one.
Donna Gilchrist thanked Danny for the interesting presentation on the Sussex Regional High School Community Garden Project.
Financial and Consumer Services Commission
The Guest Speaker on Nov. 18, 2013 was Rick Hancox, Chief Executive Officer and Sara Wilson, Investor Services Coordinator, Financial and Consumer Services Commission. Robert Kimball. introduced Rick and Sara who updated the club on the services provided b the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick. The main office is located in Saint John with two others in Fredericton.
The new entity is an evolution of the New Brunswick Securities Commission. It is the Regulatory body of the main familiar services such as your RRSP’s, Insurance, Gift Cards, Credit Unions, Securities, Pensions to name a few. The Commission is an information provider to the general public on regulated industries in New Brunswick. They are a licensing body for areas of jurisdiction.
Availability to sign up for bulletins from the Commission through the web site.
Average victim age of consumer based fraud is a 45-55 year old male. The main challenge is people simply do not report the frauds. Statistics show if you have been victimized in the past you will again be victimized. Primarily the Commission is concerned with New Brunswick Based crime by New Brunswickers to New Brunswickers.
The commission allocates $200,000 to $300,000 annually for education and awareness. The new Commission has brought 5 groups together under one umbrella.
.President Bob T. thanked Rick and Sara for their interesting presentation on the new Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick.
New Brunswick Economic Development
Our Guest Speaker for Nov. 4, 2013 was Emily Ingersoll, Economic Development. Rotarian Shawn Leonard introduced Emily to the Sussex Rotarians. Emily’s back ground and training is in Human Resources. She joined the province in her current capacity in May 2013. She is a proud resident of New Brunswicker and proud mother of two children.
Emily updated the club on the Economic Development changes in the province.
- She has an office here in Sussex at the Court House.
- The purpose of the Sussex office is a business resource start a new business.
- ACOA is no longer in the Economic Development Business.
- Reorganization to the new Department of Economic development organized into five (5) business districts which include a number of satellite offices in areas with Sussex being one of those centers.
- The new model basically decentralized the decision making in all the regions of the province.
- The Incentives have been organized into 3 major programs:
o NB Growth Program to help business and assist with the costs of the hiring of people.
o INOV8, a program which assists business with anything new or to improve and upgrade for improvements in efficiency or increase in production.
o Export Development, perhaps the most used of the three programs which is basically anything to support export development opportunities. Export is defined as anything exported outside NB, NS or PE I.
- Emily indicated over the last six months she has been able to touch base with 75% of the established business in our region.
Rotarian Lou thanked Emily for her interesting presentation on the new Economic Development model in the Sussex region.
Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee
Rotarian Peter Haines introduced the Club’s Oct. 21 guest speaker, Ben Whalen, Project Manager for KWRC. Ben thanked the Club for the invitation to communicate the great work the KWRC completes annually in the Region.
The KWRC started in 1994 as the Trout Creek Model Watershed Committee. The group began with an assessment of the estimated 285 kilometers of local streams. Each stream kilometer was then assessed and priority sites were identified. It was a long list!
The following are a list of issues the KWRC assesses and develops data trending:
- Elevated stream temperatures
- Declining trout size.
- Degraded riparian zones.
KWRC Work Examples:
Bioengineering, willow stakes example.
Riparian fencing and enhancement.
Riparian zone tree planting.
- Brown Field Restorations.
The KWRC is a not for profit group with a typical $150,00 annual budget with no long term funding in place.
Region 8 Regional Service Commission
On Sept. 23, 2013, Patty Munkittrick, Executive Director of the District 8 Regional Service Commission was our speaker. Patty is the first Executive Director for the District 8 Regional Service Commission. She has a Political Science Degree and a Masters in Rural Planning.
Her roles & responsibilities started in January 2013 as the Commission is a newly formed commission. They have 5 objectives for a new local government system.
1. Strengthen the capacity of local government while maintaining a community identity.
2. Fair & Effective property taxation.
3. Increased Collaboration, Communication and Planning between communities.
4. More equitable community funding arrangements.
5. Modernize legislative, local and regional decision making.
The RSC 8 Board is comprised of 4 Mayors, 6 LSD Chairs & Alternative (Deputy Mayors). They have meetings every fourth Tuesday each month.
Their mandate: (First three are required and last three are areas of opportunity)
– Waste Management – Local Land Use Planning
– Regional Planning – Regional Policing
– Regional Emergency Measures Planning
– Sports, Recreation & Cultural Infrastructure Planning and
– Cost Sharing
Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick
Dave Peters, President of the Agriculture Museum of New Brunswick was introduced by President Bob Tremblett and welcomed to the Sussex Rotary’s Sept. 16, 2013 meeting. President Peters indicated the Museum started 27 years ago with the help of a group of local farmers and local business people. The museum is the home of over 1000 artifacts, and is open in mid June to Labour Day in September each year. It annually welcomes 800 to 1100 visitors / Guests
The museum hosts two fundraising events annually-, the Antique Tractor and Power Show as well as Harvest Days in late September.
Mission Statement-the permanent display and dedication to the agricultural heritage of the New Brunswick.
Mr. Peters introduced the museum Pole Barn Project to be located in the Museum’s court yard located on Perry Street in Sussex.
- 60 x 100 foot open air structure, pole barn type construction.
- Viewed as an avenue or revenue source for the Museum
- Potential uses include, but not limited to; local staging area, venue for service club functions, corporate function venue, community venue, annual outdoor event venue, outdoor meeting place,
- Part of the overall infrastructure of the Princess Louise Park.
- Approximate costs to complete the structure, $150,000.
- An addition $30,000 would be necessary to recondition the existing concrete slab.
- Structure is planned to be lighted to permit night time use.
- The Museum is looking for a major title sponsor, in the vicinity of $100,000. The museum is prepared to permanently recognize the sponsor on the interior and exterior of the Barn as well as permanently acknowledging the partnership inside the Museum.
- Various artist sketches and concept aerial views were displayed during Mr. Pet Point Presentation.
Rotarian Andrew Palmer thanked Speaker Peters for his interesting talk and presentation of the New Brunswick Museum and its upcoming project.
First Social for Summer 2013
The first social for the summer of 2013 was hosted by Rotarian Bob Black and Ginette at their home in Kiersteadville. In the top photo is new Rotarian Rob Driscoll sampling some of the appetizer’s while Bob’s dog Sam closely waits for Bob to share. In the back ground is Rob’s wife Kim and Wendy Osborne’s husband Terry.
In the cabana, Catherine Leonard, Peter Haines, Carolyn Lockhart, and Cindy Coates share a few laughs while they watch Bob barbecue. In the bottom photo, Shawn, Kim, and Rob share a story while Harley tries to sneak through.
Change Over 2013 & New Inductee
On June 23, 2013, the Club assembled to witness the passing of the gavel from out going President Robert Kimball to incoming President Bob Tremblett. Robert thanked the Club membership for their support and hard work during his year, and made reference to some of the highlights including the Annual Dinner & Auction, the GSE visit, and Boots, Bikes & Band-Aids, to mention a few.
President Bob thanked the Club for the opportunity to be President of such a great club, and mentioned that no matter where he goes, he sees the Rotary Wheel of rotary at work- even Newfoundland and Labrador! He looks forward during his term to finding our next large service project to promote Rotary in our community.
Robert Kimball presented President Robert Tremblett with a Rotary President pin and officially handed the gavel over to him.
The meeting was opened with Rotarian Rhoda Wilson doing the Rotary Minute. Rhoda spoke about three articles in regards to Health in our May Rotarian:– Heading for Trouble: football has the most injuries and then soccer.
– In the Face of Danger: not just $$, the issue is people risk their lives to give a vaccine for polio, they feel that they are giving them HIV and or making them sterile, need more education than $$.
– Kamil Carr: spoke at two RI conferences on sanitation, in some countries they use the latrine to house a chicken coop, need to have people buy into keeping land sanitary.
The Club was quite sure if our new inductee Shawn Leonard was the highlight to end Robert’s year, or the kick off to Bob’s year as President, but the Club was pleased to welcome Shawn as our newest member. Shawn is the Manager of Bayview Credit. Welcome Shawn!
Robert Driscoll Inducted
On June 10, 2013, Constable Robert Driscoll of the Sussex Detachment of the RCMP was inducted into the Club. Pictured above is President Robert Kimball reviewing the induction kit with him as incoming President Robert Tremblett looks on after doing the introduction.
Sunil Rajaram – ADG also joined us that day as one of his last club visits during his tenure as Assistant District Governor. Pictured here is Sunil addressing the Club as President Robert looks on.
Saint John Charter Night
On June 6, 2013, JC Robert Lockhart attended the Charter Night for the Rotary Club of Saint John. In the picture above, Robert chats with District Governor Allan MacLellan.
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.
On May 29th, 2013 a Multi-Club GSE Potluck Social was held at Meehan’s Cove with food, fun, fellowship, friends, and a mix of interesting facts about India and the GSE Team! Our Club was represented by President Robert Kimball, incoming President Bob Tremblett, Rhoda Wilson, Bob Black & Ginette Landry, Rick Fazari along with Rotarian’s from Hampton, Rothesay-Kings, and Saint John.
Rob Moore, MP
The Sussex Rotary Club was pleased to have the Honorable Rob Moore as our guest speaker on May 13, 2013. We were joined by members of the Chamber of Commerce, Kings County Record representative Shawn and special guest Past President Frank Skaling.
Rob was first elected in 2004, and hen again in 2008. He was born in Gander, NL in 1974 and he graduated from KVHS in 1992. He has an arts degree from UNBSJ. He has a law degree from UNB Fredericton. He and his wife have 4 children and live in Quispamsis.
He spoke about the government matching donations from Rotary for Polio, and about jobs and economic growth:
- $15,000 / person for skills training;
- 1.4 B in tax savings for manufacturing companies to upgrade to modern equipment / machinery;
- $3,200 Fed Tax savings for an average family;
- Senior tax splitting; Canadians to have first chance at local jobs and then go to foreign workers;
- Safety / security for Canadian families
In the Sussex & area:
- upgrade to the 8th Hussars building;
- Princess Louise park $88K in renovations;
- PCS Civic Centre;
- Fundy Trial extension;
- Port of Saint John Cruise Ship;
- St. Stephen to Sussex new roads- NB is a trading province- way to get our goods to the US- new boarder crossing;
- P3 – Public Private Partnership;
- Visit to PCS- increase our natural resources;
- 15% gross domestic products;
- 50% exports are natural resources;
- Natural Resources- 1 project – 1 review in government;
- West to East pipeline: Saint John has the largest refinery on the eastern seaboard;
- If this were to come it would create many jobs in southern NB ;
- Want people to stay here;
- Sussex could be a major center in the future;
- Greatest asset of Sussex – people;
- There were approx. 37 students that visited Ottawa;
- Sussex is a friendly community who look after each other
Bob LeMieux- NHL
On April 22, 2013, the Rotary Club of Sussex invited the Chamber of Commerce to hear guest Speaker Bob LeMieux, Past NHL Canucks Player and “only NHL hockey player that was knocked out in two different Madison Square gardens in the same year“, according to Bob in his talk. Bob’s talk to the over 20 attendees was on concussions and the effects these concussion have on the children that are engaged in all contact sports, not just hockey. Bob has been married for 51 years and has 2 children and 7 grandchildren. He has lost 120 pounds as his addiction is food – this addiction is a side effect of a concussion.
Bob had seven grade 2-3 concussions before the age of 23. Any concussion means there is some sort of brain damage. The highest concussions are in high school female soccer as the neck muscles in a female are not as strong as in a male Some concussions go undiagnosed. A person only needs a slight bump or bang to have a concussion.
In 2002 to 2006 (4 year period) there was a study done by Dr. Wayne Gordon on every child in a special Ed class in NY City. 50% of these children studied had some type of brain injury. Bob’s goal is to call upon Rotary across Canada to put together an awareness program – 1 day or a weekend session for the community on the need for attention to this. Some of the ideas are to have a bigger rink, immediately suspension, get rid of the goons, take checking out of the game, train coaches differently. His proposal: lets design a model / forum to bring the community (health care, educators, parents) together to obtain knowledge. You are able to act upon the knowledge that you have gained.
When Bob dies, his brain will be donated to the Brain Injury Institute for further research. In June, Bob is going to have many tests completed on his brain to further the studies and results of concussions.
Bob fielded a number of questions from the group, and gave a very powerful message. We thank him for his dedication to this research!
Trip to Peru
Our Guest Speakers on April 8, 2013 were Rotarian Bob Black & Ginette who spoke on there recent trip to Peru. They were gone a total of 8 weeks. 5½ weeks were spent volunteering.
Bob was involved in building a pre school and Ginette was working with teenage girls between the ages of 12 – 18. They would spend mornings working and then the afternoons they would have tour. They were approx. 11,000 feet above sea level. They both found it hard to adjust and found breathing hard due to the difference in the air quality.
Peru was the first to be growers of potatoes. They have approximately 200 varieties of potatoes.
They stayed in the Amazon rainforest for 11 nights and their means of transportation across the water to get into the forest was by zip line. There were lots of spiders / tarantula.
The national bird is “Cock of the Rock” – it is a very vibrate colored bird. The forest was so dense that they could not see the animals but could hear them going. It took them 10 hours by bus to get out of the forest. If there were any places in the road that was washed out then everyone got off the bus to fix the road – then they would drive a little further to the next wash out.
- Animals are free to wonder everywhere
- Communities are nestled in the mountains
- Colca Canon is twice as deep as the Grand Canon
- Most buildings / homes are white as they have been build out of volcanic rock
- City within a city –
- Where years ago 400 nuns used to live
- Where is a high % of people that are self-employed
- People in Peru love to party and have parades
- There were people there from all over the world that Bob & Ginette met during their visit
- the cost of a taxi fare by van was $.30 ” a taxi fare to go anywhere in the city was $1.20
- the people of Peru love to negotiate on everything they sell
- snowboarding on sand was one of the activities they do
- there are lots of plants that are used for medicinal purposes – Ginette and another person had an experience in chewing a certain type plant that would then be used on a bullet ant sting that one of the people got. The pain from a bullet ant lasts approx. 24 hours
- ants were plentifully
- none of the people in Peru speak English. It is all Spanish. Ginette was a translator during her visit not only to translate from English to Spanish and vice versa but for people that she met were French and she was able to help them out as well.
Crosswinds Outreach Employment Services
On Mar. 11, 2013, Rotary’s speakers were Jenny Dalling, Stacey Geldart and Debbie Prosser of Crosswinds Outreach Emplyment Services. They spoke about their Outreach Employment Services which is a Government Subsidized Program. Sponsored since 1995, as of April 2012 the program is only for employment assistant to people with disabilities.
On Mar. 9, 2013, Past President and Foundation Chair Lou McNamara, President elect Bob Tremblett and Rhoda Wilson on behalf of incoming Secretary Scott Hatcher attended President’s (PETS) and Secretary’s (SET) training session at a district meeting in Moncton. At the meeting, PP Lou was pleasantly surprized to accept a recognition tie for our Sussex Club having the District’s highest % increase in membership in the Rotary year 2011-2012, and a banner shown in the picture for coming first in our district for the highest per capita for annual giving to the Rotary Foundation during the 2011- 2012 Rotary Year . Our average per member was $224.88 and the runner up was Newcastle at $219.00. Congratulation!
New Member Matt Moore
On March 11, 2013, Membership Development Chair Bob Tremblett introduced Matt Moore to the Club and inducted him along with President Robert Kimball as the Club’s newest member. Matt is the General Manager of the PotashCorp Civic Center.
Jason Thorne- Town of Sussex
Jason Thorne from the Town of Sussex spoke to the Club om March 11, 2013, and spoke on several projects that are being looked into for the Town of Sussex including Princess Louise Park, O’Connell Park, Burton Park, and Riverside Park. All the projects discussed sounded very interesting, and any or all will certainly be an asset to the Town.
Donna Gilchrist received Rotary Club’s highest honour
From Bell Aliant’s Employee Connexion Mar. 13, 2013
Gilchrist of Bell Aliant’s Customer Care Sales and Support team is presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship by Robert Lockhart of the Sussex Rotary club before friends and family on February 7.
Bell Aliant Sales and Support Consultant Donna Gilchrist recently received a Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honour bestowed by the Sussex Rotary Club. The Paul Harris Fellowship honors individuals who contribute generously to their community and beyond by exemplifying the club’s motto of “service above self.”
Donna was asked to join the Rotary Club in 2001 and has served on and chaired many Rotary committees, including the position of Rotary secretary and two terms as Rotary president.
Through highway cleanups, bake and craft sales, meals on wheels and many fundraising activities, Donna continues to make an outstanding difference to Sussex and the surrounding communities.
Bell Aliant sends Donna the sincerest congratulations and thanks her for the outstanding work she has done in Sussex, NB.
Sussex Sharing Club
On Feb. 11, 2013 Alphie Smith spoke to the Club about the Sussex Sharing Club. The Sussex Sharing Club was incorporated on Feb. 18, 1987. They are a member of the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks and have no government funding. They have no paid employees- their organization is 100% volunteer. They have a hot meal program in the local elementary schools.
In March 2012 they used to server 2 hot meals per week and this has grown to 3. They have an orange juice program, a dog and cat food program, and they serve 105 to 132 families / month. They are now able to hand out a basket of food that would cover a family for 7 days where before they were only able to hand out 5 days.
At the end of 2012 they purchased the old Easy Kleen building for a price of $220,000 and have a mortgage for 20 years. The new building is 1.20 acres – 8,250 square feet. Now with a large building they are able to house more clothing and furniture. With the revenue from the clothing, they hope to cover the cost of some of the expenses. Their goal is to have no mortgage so they can put 100% of their funds towards food.
Paul Harris Fellow Recipients 2013
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, Donna M. Gilchrist, President Robert E. Kimball
Four members of the Sussex area were honored Feb. 7, 2013 for their work in the community over the years. More than 60 people gathered at the Timberland Motor Inn & Restaurant for the evening ceremony. Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, and Club Past President Donna M. Gilchrist were presented with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition’s, considered the highest honor Rotary can bestow to an individual. The four received a pin and official certificate from Rotary Past District Governor Rick Rogers and Club President Robert E. Kimball.
The ceremony , held after the dinner, featured speeches highlighting the life of each recipient and slideshows with photos of them through shier life. The photos drew laughs as gigantic glasses and bushy hair flashed on screen along with stories of a farmer who fought to secure funding for the PotashCorp Civic Centre, a dedicated Post Master and friend, a woman went into ditches to help clean up litter, and a doctor who has helped generate interest in rural medicine.
President Robert Kimball said, “It was an absolute pleasure for the Sussex Rotary Club to recognize these four fellow citizens who have served their community and region so well. Their Service Above Self is truly what distinguishes their contribution to Sussex, the Sussex Region and the world”.
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Medical Practitioner and of a proud Irish background. Three generations ago Dr. Sullivan’s descendant left the County of Cork Ireland in 1823 for Saint John. Doctor Pat born in Saint John is now the only Sullivan still living in Sussex. In 1969 he received his degree from St. Francis Xavier University and graduated Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. Doctor Pat has spent his career helping his patients in Sussex. “For his endless efforts to care for his patients, to mentor young doctors and his tirelessly work to recruit future doctors to Sussex, the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Dr. Robert Bartlett of St. Andrews, and a long time friend & fellow practitioner.
Mr. J. Malcolm McElroy, retired Longest Serving Post Master of Sussex Corner and a lifelong resident of Sussex Corner with his wife Phyllis and their three children. In 1967 his passion began with the establishment of “Mac’s Grocery”. If they didn’t have it you didn’t need it, as the story goes! Mac is a 1988 recipient of the “Canada Celebration Award”. His work in spearheading the moving of Saint John’s United Church in Sussex Corner is recalled by Mac as “the most significant thing he ever did”. “Mac has done so much for so many and the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Mayor Steven Gillies.
Mr. John Robinson, Dairy Farmer and General Campaign Chair for Fundy Civic Centre. John’s family first settling in Sussex in 1916 and he was born, raised and now runs the family farm. John and wife Elizabeth have raised four children. A dedication to his industry has seen John sit on so many Board’s over his career. John’s efforts to fund raise $3,000,000 is no easy task but great individuals like John build great communities like Sussex even when John would prefer to be recognized as a good husband, a good father and a great father. “For John’s legacy and his vision for our future to provide not just for his family, his fellow farmer, but to provide for all within our region the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Rotarian Wendy Osborne.
Mrs. Donna Gilchrist, Past President of the Sussex Rotary and Club, Bell Aliant Sales Support Team – Contract Management. Born in Saint John of proud parents Joe & Barb Hourihan, Donna grew up in Bloomfield and developed a passion of getting and being involved. Donna has held various positions with the former NBTel and now BellAliant. Donna has served Sussex Rotary since joining in 2001. “Donna has done so much with her dedication to her Club and to make our community a better place to live and the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes her contributions” said long time friend and former colleague Robert Lockhart.
And as the night looked to be winding down, fellow Rotarian and incoming President Bob Tremblett was surprised with the presentation of a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow recognition for his on going financial support to the Rotary Foundation. The presentation was made by Club Foundation Chair and evening MC, Lou McNamara, who spoke of Bob’s effort building his electrical business into the operation now known as Tremtech Electrical Systems.
The Club was pleased to have the Mayors of the local communities in attendance for the celebrations. In the top picture, Sussex Corner Mayor Steven Gillies and his wife Janice speak to the evening’s MC, Lou McNamara. Steven also did the introduction of recipient Mac McElroy, Janice’s father. In the center photo, Honorary Rotarian, Mayor Marc Thorne, speaks to Kirk Sabine of Kingswood University while Rotarian Bob Tremblett speaks to Matt Moore of the Civic Centre. In the bottom photo, Norton Mayor Julie Booth speaks with Donna Gilchrist’s family.
Sussex Paul Harris Fellows in Attendance
Standing L-R: Paul Harris Fellows Peter Haines, Gerald Randall, Robert J. Kimball, Robert Tremblett, Charter President Hazen Hogg, Kim Pearson, JC Robert Lockhart
Sitting L-R: Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, Donna M. Gilchrist
Organizing Chair for the evening event was Past President Donna Gilchrist. Working with Donna on her committee were Peter Haines, Murray McGibbon, Robert Lockhart, Bob Black, Bob Tremblett, Scott Hatcher, and Wendy Osborne. Donna was also pleased that Past District Governor Rick Rogers of St. Stephen was able to attend and participate in the presentations. DG Rick was with us at the last PHF evening in 2008 when Donna was President. MC for the evening was our own Club Rotarian, Rotary Foundation Chair, and Past President Lou McNamara who kept the evening on track and did just a great job. Chairman Lou is seen in picture above talking to Mayor Gillies and Janice.
TAMMY SCOTT-WALLACE TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL SUSSEX
The Sussex Rotary Club will recognize four well-known citizens of the community with the Paul Harris Fellowship, the international club’s most prestigious honour, on Thursday night.
Receiving the recognition are John Robinson, a Sussex dairy farmer who led fundraising efforts for the Fundy Civic Centre; J. Malcolm McElroy, who retired as the longest-serving postmaster of Sussex Corner; Dr. Patrick Sullivan, medical practitioner; and Donna Gilchrist, past president of the Sussex Rotary Club and a sales support team member for Bell Aliant.
The presentation will be held among Rotarians, family and friends at the Timberland Motel at 6:30 p.m., said Rotary publicity chairman Scott Hatcher.
Rotary is the world’s first and oldest service club. Each of Rotary’s 33,000 clubs around the world engage in projects that improve health, literacy and education among the globe’s disadvantaged people.
The Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the club’s founder, is the highest honour a Rotary Club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside Rotary, to acknowledge those who contribute to their community, nation or world, fulfilling the club motto”service above self.” The recognition program was created to fund Rotary Foundation programs. Members of the Sussex Rotary Club have collectively contributed $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for the privilege of recognizing a person in this way, Hatcher said.
“Sussex Rotary Club is honoured to present these four individuals with the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, pin and certificate,” he said.”The symbolism in this recognition is to say thank you for making a difference to Sussex and the surrounding communities and in the lives of less fortunate people in the world.” Worldwide, there are 950,000 Paul Harris Fellows, including Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anann, Prince Charles, Indira Gandhi, Luciano Pavarotti, King Hussein of Jordan and Pope John Paul II.
More than 25 other Paul Harris Fellows have been recognized by the Sussex Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Sussex meets every Monday at noon at All Seasons Inn and Restaurant in Sussex.
Jayne Glenn- Fredericton North Rotary Member
Rotary’s guest speaker for Jan. 21, 2013 was Jayne Glenn, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Fredericton North. Jayne spoke on the challenges of being hearing impaired, and conducted a quick hearing test for the Rotarians in attendance that day which proved interesting.
Jayne talked about what works for her as a hearing impaired person herself. She likes for people to speak slow and she likes to be face to face when talking to someone as she can read their lips / body language. She likes for one at a time to talk when in a room of people and she likes to limit the background noise. She demonstrated special equipment called after shock head phones that help her to hear better.
Her talk gave an appreciation of what the hearing impaired experience each day, and how everyone can make the conversation much more meaningful with a little consideration.
On Jan. 21, 2013 our own Rotarian Wendy Osborne spoke to the Club about Classifications and classification ‘Talks”. As many of you may know. Rotary membership is by invitation, and one of the main guiding principles of Rotary is the Classification system. When Rotarians are asked to join a Rotary Club, they do so as a representative of their classification- their particular business or professional activity.
The classification process is used to insure that not all clubs are the same, and that there is a good cross section of business and professionals to represent the community. The board determines the classifications for new member when inducted into Rotary. Wendy also talked about how one way to broaden our knowledge of each other’s workplace is for members to share classification talks as part of the weekly meetings. Wendy handed out a list of classifications for our reference. Wendy advised that she will arrange to have each member do a classification talk during the 2013 – 2014 Rotary year which will help the membership to get to know each other better, and the business they represent.
Claire Lim joined us on Jan. 7, 2013 as our first speaker of the year and spoke about her experience with Encounters Canada. She was able to travel to Ottawa and attend a National event about Law. This was an event that can be attended by a selected few students from across the country. Pictured with Claire are Rotarians Jason Sturgeon and Rhoda Wilson who are on the Club’s Youth Committee.
Christmas Luncheon 2012
Rotarians and guests gathered on Dec.17, 2012 for a Christmas luncheon.. Pictured above is Sandra Moon, the Club’s newest member, extracting fines and Happy / Sad Bucks from those in attendance. Sandra has accepted the position of Sergeant of Arms.
On Dec. 10, 2012, George MacAphee, VP of Marketing for Dairytown was Rotary’s guest speaker. George spoke on the history of Dairytown, and the products they sell today across Canada and into the US.
George also presented each Rotarian with a package of his company’s butter as a sample for Christmas cooking.
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.
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 Roger Albert at the Club’s April Dinner & Auction. In the picture receiving the BBQ is Crosswind’s Manager Wanda Steeves (right).
Fundy Civic Center
Rotary’s guest speaker on Oct. 22, 2012 was Matt Moore, General Manager of the Fundy Civic Center. Matt, who is originally from St. Martins, has worked in Fort McMurray, and has vast experience in the fitness industry as he worked at the YMCA in Moncton. His goal at the Civic Center is to promote a healthy living lifestyle in Rural N.B. He believes that the term Health is sometimes misunderstood.
Good Health should be made up of three categories:
1. Physical Well Being
2. Social Well Being
3. Mental Well Being
Matt gave us a small task which involved counting up the hours that we have in the day, and most found out that if we try we can find the extra time to work on our health.
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.
Rotary District YEO Chair
On Oct. 15, 2012, the Club heard a very interesting presentation from Sharon Niles, the Rotary District 7810 Youth Exchange Officer. Sharon is a real estate agent by profession, and actually hosted exchange students before she became a Rotarian in Moncton herself.
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 traveling 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.
HONORARY MEMBER MAYOR MARC THORNE, SUSSEX
Newly elected Mayor Marc Thorne was last a guest with us in 2009 in his position with the Kings County Solid Waste Commission. He definitely sees the value in Rotary both locally and internationally with our local bridges, PALS. Polio effort, Fundy Civic Centre, O’Connell Park, Etcetera.
Marc was the Deputy Mayor until he was elected Mayor in the spring of 2012. Both now and in the future we can expect some very exciting times both here in our community and in the region.
Even with the 2008 recession we have grown and held out own with 9-13 million in the tax base. The town is growing well but there job is to make sure that we don’t sacrifice who we are on the alter of progress. One of the challenges will come tonight for the council who will be looking into the development of a very large senior complex right in the middle of town.
Regionally the Waste Commission is undergoing a major change. Sussex and Hampton are merging as a region. This will accomplish what the provincial government wants which is structure within the communities and the LSD’s. One challenge is when operations are on or near borders of the two but Sussex and Sussex Corner have historically been on the same page with using open communication and discussion.
He is very excited about the significant changes in the council. Their goal was to have at least 30% women in the council and they got 58%. They have what he calls a very good mix, a “Dream Team”.
There are lots of great discussions and work going into the idea of a Riverfront project. This would be a pipeline from the 8Th Hussars to the Main Street Downtown area. They are looking at budgets and plans for the possibly future project.
At the close of his remarks, Mayor Thorne was made an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Sussex. Mayor Marc Thorne of the Town of Sussex was welcomed into honorary membership by club president elect Robert E. Kimball, Jr. Club President Kimball “In welcoming Mayor Thorne into membership of the Rotary Club of Sussex, stressed the importance Rotary places on the need to work closely with influential leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world”.
Induction of Two New Members
Scott Hatcher & Terri Peck
At the Club’s weekly meeting on June 11, 2012, President-elect Robert Jr. did the inducted two new member Scott Hatcher & Terri Peck. Past President Lou put on their official Rotary pins.
Scott is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Sussex, and Teri is the Manager of Vogue Optical. All the Rotarians welcomed the two new member into the Club. Scott has since taken on the Chairmanship of the Public Relations Committee, and Teri the Chairmanship as Rotary’s representative as Rotary representative on the “soon coming” committee formed by the Town of Sussex called the “O’Connell Park Development Committee”.
Sussex Health Centre Foundation
Mike LeTourneau of the Sussex Health Center Foundation was the guest speaker on June 11, 2012. Mike is the fundraising chair for the Sussex Health Centre and has been on the board for 3 years. They have a new capital fundraising project. They are starting a $350,000 fundraiser for a Surgical Suite Enhancement at the Sussex Health Centre. The enhancement will include several new items including two new tables, lights, anesthetics cart, stools, stands an equipment table and much more.
St. Joseph’s did 188 shoulder surgeries in 2011 so they are looking at also including a “Beach Chair” for those surgeries in order to allow growth in Sussex for those procedures. This initiative is only two weeks old but they are very excited about it. A lot of the current equipment is from 1977 so the newer equipment will encourage and in many cased allow for new surgeons to book our OR. The campaign will be officially announced on the 12th via paper and radio.
The time frame is “until they get $350,000…” PCS topped up their last campaign with $250,000.
They might have an emergency bed race for a fundraiser. Stay tuned…
Years ago Mike was the Chair for the Relay for life so that is what prompted the call from the SHC Board. He was asked to attend a meeting and then asked to be chair of fundraising and then the day after he accepted they pointed out that all chairs must be board members too… That’s one way to get board members…
The $350,000 dialysis equipment took only 7 months to raise and the $650,000 Mammography Machine was 11 months. Congratulations on jobs well done and supported!
Information Day # 2
On May 28, 2012, Membership Development Chair Lou McNamara held information day # 2 for the recruitment of new members. Invited to the meeting were Don Dobbin CA of Don Dobbin Processional Corp. (Left Photo), & Phil Sellars – Jonah Place B & B and Past President of the Chamber (Right Photo).
During the meeting, each member introduced themselves and who they are, what they do and what Rotary means to them.
Honorary member Harley Geldart was welcomed back and made sure everyone knew how glad he was to be back. He spent two months in the hospital with his foot and joked “saying he missed it there”.
We watched the “Rotary Now” video.
Earth Spirit Horse Rescue
On May 14, 2012, Christy Clarke of Earth Spirit Horse Rescue was our guest Speaker. Earth Horse rescue is like an SPCA for Horses and combined with a pairing with youth. It started when she was a young girl and she never grew out of the “horse crazy” love for the animals. When she was young she always got details about what people did for a living, not just their title but what they actually do. She quickly realized that no one actually does what she has always wanted to do so she decided that she needs to become an entrepreneur. She is currently pursuing her PHD.
The results between animals and children are phenomenal. Most children will come for 3-4 days at a time and are mainly from the city so they don’t get a chance like this too often. Their goal is youth empowerment and suicide prevention and they inspire positive change by using the horses as camp councillors. Sussex will be their home. She grew up in Rothesay SJ area but always wanted to move to Sussex. They are not fully operational yet and are actively looking for help with fundraising.
The youth age range is 8 years old and up but she personally helps adults with programs as well.
On April 30, 2012, a membership recruitment program was held. Membership Development Chair Lou McNamara spoke to the club and its guests and confirmed that this dinner was to learn a bit about what Rotary is and what we do in the community. Four special guests were introduced: Terri Peck – Vogue Optical, Scott Hatcher – Town of Sussex, Bruce Carhart – B & W Contracting & Mark Chown – ICSS (Industrial Commercial Sanitation Supplies) along with Sunil Rajaram – ADG and Past President of the Rothesay Kings Club
Each club member introduced themselves, gave there classification, and spoke on “What Rotary means to them”. A Rotary video was shown, and ADG Sunil spoke for a bit on Rotary. Wendy Osborne talked about our local projects including Highway Clean-up, Coats for Kids, Fundy Civic Centre ($75,000), Floral Wheel and Bridge at O’Connell Park, Camp Rotary and much more.
The Club’s guest speakers on Mar. 12, 2012 were Marti Trafton and Thelma Messer who gave us an interesting presentation on some of the things the Public Health Nurses do in their area which covers from St Stephen to Sussex.
Programs include -Prevention -Health Promotion -Protection -Surveillance -Population Health.
A considerable amount of time is spent on early intervention /childhood development, sexual health programs for teens, and school and community programs. They run pediatric immunization, adolescent and school based immunization programs as well.
A lot of their work is coordinated through the school districts including Healthy Learning in school and putting education and health together for better wellness.
Marti and Thelma touched on a number of the initiatives in Dist #6.
Source for Sport
Our Feb. 20th, 2012 guest speaker was Greg Balcom who told us about his business. Greg and his wife operate Source for Sports on Main Street here in Sussex. They started out as Sussex Sports Shop.
Bob Balcom and Gale Jeffrey started out in 1983 when there wasn’t a sports store in Sussex. Dave Candy managed the store for 17 years. In 1983 the Blue Unicorn shut its doors and they cut a hole in the wall and expanded. They were independent in 1983 and joined Western Co in 1986 for buying power. Western went bankrupt in 1988 and that set them back for a while.
They were independent again in 1994 when Greg graduated and Gale was teaching and ready to sell his portion of the business. He did want to see family take over too so Greg started in 1994. Gale sold in 1995 and in 97 they joined Sports Distributors of Canada. Being a member of Source has several benefits. Dave left in 2000 and Greg has been the manager ever since and his wife is second in command.
Like everywhere in retail business has been slower for the past few years but he is confident that things will come back and they will be around for another 29 years. They give all the trophies and jerseys for all the Sussex, Petitcodiac and Hampton minor hockey leagues. Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire would be considered their biggest competition. They are good neighbors with Outdoor Elements. Although they have similarities they are unique and refer each others businesses if they are not able to help at their own. Greg did broadcasting in the past which is a passion of his. He was hired to broadcast for a professional basketball association in Cape Breton & still announces some of the Dairytown games here in Sussex.
Skates are $200-$500 a pair on average and up to $800.00 in some cases. Harley said his first pair of new skates was $7.50.
Greg loves sports but said the business side of sports has its ups and downs. He has the good and the bad. The part he has a challenge with is the disgruntled customer. He says people are getting harder to please and sometimes unrealistic. The part he likes is the flexibility of being the manager. He can go to sporting events and enjoy the fun side of the business. He also likes the part of being the first to get and test out new products. He was the first in the area to invest in “Crocs” and they sold over 7000 pair in the first year. They sold over 700 on Mother’s Day weekend alone. Crocs are a good boat shoe. Under Armor is their best seller now.
Robert Lockhart was chair for our Feb. 13, 2012 meeting. He gave Michelle Breen of Ambulance NB a summary of what Rotary does and who we are. Rick Fazari introduced Michelle.
Michelle has been here for 6 or 7 years now and originally comes from Newfoundland. She came here to be in Ambulance Services after her training in Newfoundland. On December 16th, 2007 the contracts were passed to Ambulance NB. NBEMS joined ANB in 2007 under contract.
They are looking at what works best for vehicles now as far as efficiency and safety is concerned. She mentioned that sometimes it’s not all about looks. ANB has more than 130 ambulances and 80 ambulance stations with over a 1000 paramedics. They get 100,000 calls a year and 9,000,000 KM racked up around the province. All ambulances are fitted, stocked and organized the exact same for efficiency and ease of use. This is so every paramedic can use the same ambulance and will be able to go in the vehicle and find what they are looking for without having to waste any valuable time. They have had some resistance to their efforts and experiments but have come to a conclusion that speed is not always necessary and sometimes even counterproductive or harmful. They also have an air ambulance and you need at least 5 years nursing in an emergency environment to work on this aircraft. All paramedics wear a pager and a radio. Safety is their number one priority!
Every vehicle has a black box almost like a plane. Each paramedic has a magnetic key that identifies and reads and records the drivers’ actions and driving. This will identify and notify dangerous driving audibly and beep if the driving is not safe for the conditions. Each move is sent via satellite and if the driving is too severe it can result in an infraction against their abstract. Dispatchers are in Fredericton and Moncton so everything you can give them as far as directions is helpful, relevant and important.
Tips to remember: Stay Calm, Only call 911 for emergencies, they will ask specific info in a specific order but this is for good reason. Their website is www.ambulancenb.ca.
PP Donna Gilchrist thanked her for coming.
Our guest speaker on Jan. 23, 2012 was Michael Quinn from Elections NB. He was accompanied by Paul Harpell, and the Rotary Club of Sussex was their first stop on their tour.
Their responsible is the renting of the offices for the elections, hiring and training of over 3500 staff and purchase of the equipment necessary for the polls. There are 101 municipalities and 4 rural communities with a total of 335 elected council members. In order to be nominated for a municipal position there had to be 10 signatures on the nomination by qualified individuals approved to sign.
As we all know, the council members don’t do it for the money. The compensation is not huge. The Sussex Mayor’s position pays around $11,000 and requires tremendous dedication, time and sacrifice. The May election will nominate 47 council members for 7 education districts for the district education council. One of the best ways to help out your community is to join an elected board for a local council.
Right now the objective of Elections NB is to get people talking. The deadline for nominations is April 13th and start on March 26th. There are two ways to help with the elections. You can identify and nominate good candidates and vote!
Robert Lockhart had a question about whether or not the positions for regional health authority will be on the ballot and the answer was yes. He also asked if they have corrected the wait times outdoors at the voting stations, and was advised that Elections NB have streamlined the waiting/registration process at the polls. There are two lines now. One for the majority without any issues and a smaller separate line for the voters that need assistance. So this means less waiting outdoors in the rain.
Bruce Cameron & Rotarian Rhoda Wilson work together. Bruce is the facilitator for Community Living. They work with people who are intellectually disabled and their job is to integrate them into the community. Bruce gave a great slide show on the community living division. Their objective is to help make a “PATH” where people with intellectual disabilities can work in the public like everyone else.
Rotarian Lou mentioned the lack of a buddy system in the high school compared to elementary and middle school when his son went to the high school and he asked when they might be able to continue the “buddy system” throughout the entire school system. Bruce confirmed that they are working on it now and typically they have to concentrate on the youth in the younger levels as a priority out of necessity because that is the most crucial area. They have an agenda but are limited where they can devote the system and have to chose the youth first and admits that there are challenges with that approach.
Guest speaker for Dec. 5, 2011 was Chris Bonvie, Manager of Wal-Mart Sussex Chris has been with Wal-Mart for 12 years, he has worked for 8 different Wal-Mart stores in NB and one in Charlottetown PEI. He has been a facilitator for the training program that Wal-Mart offers in Halifax called Store of Learning for the past eight years. He was surprised by the similarities in the Four-Way test and their philosophy, “Is it True, Is it Kind and Is it Necessary?” Chris lives in Fredericton and travels back and forth. He has been with Wal-Mart Sussex for just under a month but he has already assigned a key employee as the Charity and Social Director. The have a weekly charity which they allow the use of the store entrance for a charitable table or booth. Wal-Mart also has initiatives on a national level and they are the Children’s Miracle Network and the IWK. All proceeds go directly to the cause; they don’t have any admin. fees or retainers.
Chris has four kids, 11, 10, 9 & 20 months old.
Five years ago he was fortunate enough to go to Florida with the CMN and the CEO of Wal-Mart. They took children from every hospital in the U.S. and Canada to Walt Disney World.
They also have a program called Adopt a School and the Shinning Star program. A student will be nominated and a draw is done once a month for the shinning star and once a year as the shinning star of the year.
They are currently doing a food bank drive and Santa will be here at the Sussex Wal-Mart on the 17th and every picture taken with Santa will generate a donation. Wal-Mart Sussex had raised $5000 for Red Cross, $4000 for IWK & $1500 for Little Wishes which is a charity similar to the Wish Foundation but on a smaller scale. The recipients are local and in greater numbers because the program is for smaller trips like Crystal Palace of a one day fishing trip. This is for children who are going through cancer treatments or survivors of cancer in Atlantic Canada only.
Chris’ niece was diagnosed with leukemia and when he spoke to the CEO of Wal-Mart and told him about her in conversation about their local endeavors the CEO then and there told him he was coming to Florida with them.
Wal-Mart had a great Christmas parade float this year thanks to Alantra but they did run out of candy canes half way through the parade.
Sussex Area Community Foundation
Nov. 21, 2011 Guest Speakers were Richard Sullivan (Past Chair) and Donna Floyd (Chair) of the Sussex Area Community Foundation. The Foundation just had a successful fund raiser at the high school called Kids & Chocolate on November 3rd. SACF recently received $1,100,000 from the Forbes family which was the foundation for the SACF beginning.
They were founded in 2003 and are members of the Community Foundation of Canada who have over 170 communities involved in the membership. Sussex has a very diverse and capable board coming from all different areas both geographically and professionally. They give a total of five scholarships to the SRHS every year, the Fran Simpson and the Earl J. Cunningham families have given so they can have scholarships in their name. They have given out over $250,000 in total to over 35 local charities. They are looking into the walking trail behind RBC and mentioned that Rotary would be a good hand in helping them and other organization in getting it started. Donna informed us that there are many ways to give, cash, appreciated stock, gift of life insurance & charitable gift annuity.
They have 4 committees in total: grants, fund development, communication and investments. They are looking for more volunteers to be on those committees. They have 12 on the board and several other volunteers on the committees.
They can be contacted at 433-6244 and info is available at www.sacfi.org.
GNB Natural Gas Group
Angie Leonard with the GNB Natural Gas Group, our Nov. 14, 2011 guest speaker, has been with the GNB for 3 years and has been on the NGG for one year. The group consists of several other groups including Enterprise Fundy, the Finance Department, the Energy Department, the Natural Resources Department and DNR to name a few.
Some of the Economic benefits include Royalties, Jobs, Increased Tax Base and Supply chain for existing businesses and workers.
Challenges include Social & Environmental impact, Water, Air and Land use change.
One of the biggest challenges has been public acceptance.
Angie gave a very informative slide show presentation and many of the slides can be viewed in an information booklet she passed around. If you did not get a chance to review it you can stop in to Pearson’s to borrow a copy there. Natural gas and Shale gas exploration are not new industries in NB, they has been around since the 1990’s. It is a very fact based industry and because of the cost involved in the exploration they make sure they have all the facts before they go into production. She stressed that the public should be educated and not rely solely to hear say or emotion. NB is fortunate because these industries are not new and the production is not going to be allowed to be rushed. Because the industry is not new we know what needs to be researched, because we will not be rushed, we will have the time to research properly.
New Member Induction
On Nov. 14, 2011 the Club inducted our newest member – Rick Fazari. Rick is the Branch Manager for the Scotiabank, and lives with his family in Norton. Rick has worked in Sussex Scotiabank before, and is pleased to be back after a stint in Moncton. WELCOME Rick!!
Remembrance Day 2011
Students Daniel Ganong, Emily Isbill and Lynn Reicker, Stephen Wilson standing, & PP Lou McNamara Nov. 7, 2011
Stephen Wilson is a teacher at Belleisle High School. He has been assigning his students with names belonging to WW2 war heroes that did not make it home and asking that they research and create documents on them. He has been to Europe with several students and been on several Canadian Battle Sight tours. He took a trip to Italy, Belgium and France with teachers from all across Canada.
What really hit home for him was all the “thank you’s” he heard while on the trip, even after 60 year since Canada was there to free them. He said as soon as locals realized they were there from Canada they were very appreciative. Stephen made a point to thank Harley for his invite to the club.
They can request files from Libraries & Archives Canada in Ottawa for soldiers who died at war. If the veteran is still alive or did not die at war then it is much more difficult. In most cases only the immediate family can obtain any records. Most of the soldiers they have researched are from the Riverbank memorial just outside of Norton.
They also have a veteran that has been helping them with their research and getting names to be assigned to students, he is a local from the area. Other individuals have approached them asking to have a friend or relative researched for them.
You can find their website by typing BRHS lest we forget. He took a group of students to Italy last year and they did a Canadian Battle Site tour and they seen several memorials and tomb stones belonging to fellow Canadians’.
Each student is responsible for their own profile or documentary and they all use Windows Movie Maker to do their project on the individuals they have been assigned. It takes them one year to do the research and about 12 hours just to create the videos which average only 4 minutes each. We watched 4 videos on individuals from the Sussex and surrounding area.
You can contact Stephen at Stephen.Wilson@nbed.nb.ca.
Rotary Flower Wheel
Robert Kimball introduced Melissa Cummings-Keith, Manager of Client Care for RBC on Oct. 24, 2011. Bank of Canada is issuing new polymer bank notes in November. RBC has been offering sessions on these new notes for local business owners and passed around pamphlets with information used in the session on the new bills. Chantal Roger, Corporate Crimes Division of the RCMP then spoke on the new bills with the aid from a slide show.
The new polymer notes will be out in three weeks if all goes well. Her presentation and slide shoe is the same one used by the Bank of Canada to introduce the new notes. The Bank of Canada is the only maker of notes in Canada, they are responsible for making notes that Canadians and the world will be confident in.
Counterfeit bills hit a high in 2004 but have dropped every year since. In 2004 an estimated $500,000 in bills were counterfeited and in 2009 & 2010 combined there was less than $100,000 estimated to have been produced.
Contrary to popular belief, cash in not going anywhere, even with credit cards, debit cards and chip cards etcetera, the number of bills produced is growing every year. Cash is private with no fees and no worries of computer systems crashing and causing chaos with payment options and methods.
“Bird Series” cash was made in the 90’s and had the first Optical Security Device (OSD). This is the little square on the top left hand side of the bills. If you fold it in half you should be able to see both the green and the gold reflections.
The next series was the “Original Guardian Journey” series and in 2001 when they first started issuing the $5 & $10 bills they did not include the metallic strip in them but did on the rest of the higher value notes. This caused confusion and some difficulties with businesses thinking that the original fives and tens were counterfeit but they soon included the trip in them too and this was called the Canadian Guardian Series. This series also has a hidden number that can only be seen when held at eye level and tilted on its side. The number is on the circle on the left hand side. One thing to look for with this series in the hundred dollar bills is the strip. Counterfeiters often used the strip from the ten dollar bill and put it in the hundred dollar bill to make it more authentic looking. This series has raised ink and dashes made of OSD woven into the bill and the dashed on the front should line up perfectly with the reverse side.
The Bank of Canada has a website that you can visit and it will give tips on ways to detect fake bills and things to look for that can only be found on real bills. See www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes for more details.
Wendy Osborne introduced our guest speaker Kelly Dunfield on Oct. 17, 2011 from the Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick. Kelly is also on the board for the FCC. She is one of the first Nurse Practitioners in NB and we are very lucky to have her in NB. She is also the mother of Robert & Ryan Dunfield, Robert was the recipient of our Youth Merit Award as well as one of the Rotary Club’s education scholarships in 2011.
The Nurse’s Act was changed in 2002 & practitioners were approved and recognized in NB. The Nurse Practitioners Degree is a Master’s program. There are 54 NP’s in NB and the number is growing. In NB the areas that they work would include Community Health Centers, Public Health, Mental Health, Family Practices, Nursing Homes Etc.
A goal of NP’s is to improve access to primary care. They work in collaboration with physicians. They work with the public and clients like the family physicians but they don’t admit to the hospital or provide narcotics. If the case is beyond their scope then they will refer to a family physician. Nurse Practitioners are Gov’t funded. Three or four NP’s are working in the ER in Saint John. They can manage the triage levels 1-5. The only province w/o NP’s is The NWT. Kelly is on the primary health committee for this are of the province.
Jason Sturgeon thanked Kelly on behalf of the Club.
Ken Baker from Hospice Sussex was the guest speaker on Oct. 3, 2011. He has been with Hospice since they started in Sussex in 2003 and is now the Volunteer Program Coordinator. He has lived in Sussex for 47 years. Hospice “Providing Comfort, Care & Hope”. Ken’s daughter in-law was the person who got Ken involved in Hospice.
It originally started in Sussex under the name Hospice Saint John/Sussex with help from the Hospice Saint John committee. Saint John Hospice has been around for close to 30 years now. Sussex went on its own in 20. They started with 20 members and now they are 28. Their area goes from Sussex to Anagance and Havelock. They consist of 12 board members most of which are in Sussex and surrounding area.
They provide quality end of life care. Their goal is to give the best quality of life. They give comfort not cure and treat the whole family not the disease. They start anytime once there is no longer a hope for a cure. Four of their volunteers have taken training for group grief support. Hospice works solely on referrals from several sources, family, extra-mural, doctors and hospitals. They have 5-10 families at once and around 17-20 families per year. Privacy is paramount as they are held to same laws as nurses & doctors when it comes to a client’s privacy. Hospice had offered workshops to the public and they try to offer one every two years.
Fundraising is fully raised by the members; they have absolutely no funding from the government. Their main fundraisers are their Harvest Dance & Silent Auction (contact Ken for tickets) & the Angels Remembered fundraiser. Angels Remembered has been a great success, with a donation of any size you can hang an angel on their tree in memory of a loved one. They have had excellent support from the community both businesses and individuals alike. This year they were at the Balloon Fiesta with PCS. A volunteer may have on average 3 hours once a week.
It was the Paul Grannan Annual golf tournament (PGA) on Thursday the 25th of August, 2011, that Club Rotarian Robert Kimball joined over 100 Rotarians and members of the business community in Saint Andrews. The fund raiser is held by the Rotary Club of Saint John, and this years PGA was played at the St. Andrews golf course. The Club raised a huge amount of money for donations to charities, and one of the prizes was a pair of “Anywhere” Air Canada tickets valued at approximately $2,000 that Rotary sold tickets on and raised $10,000 plus.
One of the big bidder’s was local NHL’er Randy Jones.
Robert golfed with the Bell Aliant group and they came close to last, but had a great day with a lot of fun.
It was a good day for fundraising, Robert says!!
Communities in Bloom
President Barb Crowe (center) Introduced Joan Routledge from Communities in Bloom (CIB) at our Sept. 19, 2011 meeting.. Barb has often admired Joan’s own garden at the back of her home by the Lion’s Club. CIB is a group consisting of seven women and Jason Thorne from the Town. They put the plans together and give them to Jason to execute. They have a great working relationship with the Town.
Flowers are only 1/7th of what CIB does. Other categories include landscape, environment, turf & ground cover, floral arrangements and tidiness. The hardest thing they had to do was create a binder with brochures on Sussex for the judge of CIB. CIB Sussex met with the judges last month and when they met they invited the representatives from several other groups in the community. The judges found this to be a great advantage to be able to represent Sussex in that manner.
CIB was a great help with our Rotary Flower wheel in O’Connell Park and it looks better than ever. She did say that they will start earlier next year and have a few tricks up their sleeve to improve the wheel even more next year. They also said that they would like to see the backside of the mound changed so it is not just earth and grass. Right now it is wasted reality and they would like to do something with the side facing the park itself.
Their other focus is to have a nice “Welcome to Sussex” once you get into town to really show off the entrance to the town itself. They feel that the sign off the highway does not accomplish that well enough so they want to better represent the town and the area that the town “begins” so to speak.
Joan is at Sun Nurseries now and she mentioned that Michelle at Sun told her to let us know that they are always interested in helping out or participating in any fundraisers or projects we are looking at doing in the future.
Lou thanked Joan for coming in to talk to us and especially thanked CIB for helping out with the Flower Wheel.
Lieutenant Governor Graydon Nicholas
The Lieutenant Governor Graydon Nicholas was the guest of honor and the main attraction at the Annual Meeting at Bethany on Sept. 15, 2011. Rotary was invited to attend, and Sect. Robert E. Kimball shown in the picture with the Lieutenant Governor was our Representative..
They had a reception at 9:00 and then the Lieutenant Governor gave a speech to the community at 10:00 followed by some musical entertainment presented by Bethany. Many community members and leaders where in attendance including the Mayors of Sussex and Sussex Corner, Bruce Northrup our MLA, and a few other Rotarians including Wendy Osborne and Robert Tremblett.
Refurbished Signs 2011
A project of the Rotary Club of Sussex some years ago was to install “Welcome” signs at two of the entrances into the Town of Sussex which show the Service Clubs in the local area. During the summer of 2011, Tony Bell of Kings County Mechanical removed the signs and had them completely overhauled, repainted and re-installed as a community project for our Club.
On behalf of those Clubs whose logo are shown on the signs, Rotary would like to say thank you to Tony and his company for their generosity and community spirit.
Rotary Flower Wheel 2011
Each year the Sussex Rotary Club prepares a flower wheel at the entrance of O’Connell Park with varying degrees of success from year to year. In 2011, Rotarian Stewart Duncan of 2 Boyz Lawn Care took on the Club project, and the wheel was a great success. The picture shown was taken in late Sept., so the flowers were not in their prime, but still had great presentation.
The Club was very grateful for Stewart’s work in making this years Rotary flower wheel something the Club was very proud to talk about.
District Governor Visit 2011
Leigh Cummings, RC Houlton, District 7810 Governor 2011- 2012
From Sept. District News Letter “REPORT ON DG LEIGH’S CLUB VISITS!”: A great evening barbecue at the home of Secretary Robert Kimball, Jr. was a very pleasant alternative to a traditional meeting, especially on a beautiful summer evening. Other clubs may wish to consider evening socials as a summer option. Bob cooks a great steak and Sandy reports the chicken was just as good. President Barb Crowe and the Sussex Rotary Club will have a great year. Thanks to Peter Haines for showing me the way to Kirk Hill Cemetery to pay my respects at the grave of my Double 4th Gr Grandmother Salomey Ackerley Cole. Then we were off to the Miramichi once more.
Change Over 2011
On June 27, 2011, out going President Lou handed the gavel over to incoming President Barb Crowe. Barb served as Treasurer for the previous two years for the Club, and is a Manager with RBC Financial.
Sussex and Area Vibrant Communities
Bob Tremblett introduced our guest speaker Roberta Craft from the Sussex and Area Vibrant Communities June 13, 2011. Roberta is originally from Saint John but is working in Sussex. Roberta passed around a contact list for different projects going on in the Sussex area regarding making Sussex a better community. Roberta worked for the YMCA for 7 years before being approached by the Saint John Vibrant Communities organization 2 years ago. One of her favorite accomplishments with Vibrant Communities is the Hazen White in Saint John (Crescent Valley) housing project. 500 children have mentors thanks to the Hazen White partnership with UNB Saint John. Poverty is generational, “if you grow up on welfare then nine times out of ten you will continue to stay on welfare”. Programs need to be developed not only to educate adults but to teach them how to be educated. Many don’t know how to learn let alone what to learn.
Her last project in Saint John was a project partnered with Irving Oil to teach adults how to get motivated to learn and to feel proud about accomplishments and to be determined to succeed. Poverty needs to be tackled in several steps and they need to start as smaller steps that are continuously getting bigger after every step. 42 out or 53 graduated from the Learn & Go program and during that term they completed 9 different projects in the Saint John area. UNB students are the mentors for the children in SJ, they are looking at having Bethany Bible College in Sussex start a similar program for the children in our area. We have to include the youth and make the area into what they would like to have, skate parks, splash pads etc. This will keep them from resorting to destructive methods of entertainment.
Bob T. thanked Roberta for her speech.
Fundy Model Forest Network
On June 20, 2011, Nairn Hay, GM of the Fundy Model Forest Network was our speaker. Nairn was a speaker at one of our meetings seven years ago and was back to give a follow up.
He is on a board with several sectors to address the diversity of forestry. They started with 10 sectors in 2002 and they now have 14. Rural Resource Dependent Communities is their main focus right now. Most mills will likely stay in operation in NB however private woodlots have dropped significantly. They also work with SNB to make sure they are operating at the best efficiency. They also help defendent communities with ways to stay a float after losses in the forestry sector. Many operations are struggling in NB due to the U.S. economy. His group has partnered with oil and gas operations in NB. Jason thanked Nairn. Their web site is Fundy Model Forest.Net
Robert Kimball Jr. Introduced our June 6th, 2011 guest speaker, Jim Balcomb of Apache Canada. Jim is from NB, he currently lives in Grand Bay (right behind hole number 2 at the golf course). Jim has been with Apache for 8 months and is hired on contract for public and government relations. He has a background in economic development, an MBA and a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. Last but not least, he is a former Rotarian with the Saint John Club.
Jim started by explaining the decision that made the local headlines on Wednesday. Apache was under contract with Corridor to make a decision by Wednesday whether or not they would move on to phase two of the shale gas extraction. Their first commitment was for $25,000,000 to drill the first well. They declined to move on with the second phase. Shale gas is a natural gas that is under high pressure and trapped within the shale. It requires high pressure to be extracted from the shale. The shale rock in this area is 1Km think and is among the thickest on the planet and is believed to be the largest on the continent. They use a high pressure combination of water, sand and guar gum to extract the gas. Natural gas had helped reduce our dependence on oil imported from other countries around the world and this is a huge priority for the U.S.
Although Apache has left, there are 6 other large companies that have shown interest in continuing the efforts in this area. The industry is not going anywhere and will continue to be in NB. Corridor is one of the companies still drilling in NB. Apache has a lot of interest in the western provinces and B.C. in particular. B.C. has the largest deposit to date in North America. Apache’s results were not positive in their tests here in NB but that is to be expected according to professionals in this industry. Therefore they decided to move their efforts to B.C. and concentrate there for now.
Corridor is scheduled to drill two more wells using liquid propane in the fall. Propane can be but is not always necessarily separated from the natural gas extracted from the shale. Jim’s main message was that there is gas here. Apache started in the U.S. in 1954.
Sussex Committee for the Prevention of Family Violence
Sue Pitman representing the Sussex Committee for the Prevention of Family Violence was the Club’s guest speaker on May 9th, 2011. The Committee is around 10 years old.
Dawn-Marie has about 30 women who meet with her to get help with decisions on leaving violent situations before having to go to the transition house. Mary works for VON & does family prenatal classes but is also a volunteer on the committee. “Moving Forward” is a 12 week program that is 1.5 to 2 hours a week. These groups are all focused on the healing side. This is to move forward after the situations have stopped. This is for kids & mothers. Mom’s meet with then to get help understanding their children and what they are going through in order to learn how to work with their children. There are 60 assaults per hour reported in Canada and 78% of them are committed by someone the victim knows. Women with disabilities are 4 times more likely to be assaulted; other groups are first nations and women under 24. Statistics show that women who fight back and try to get away from the perpetrator are overwhelmingly more likely to get away from the situation. Having said all this, the see a huge need for programs for males. They have created “Man to Man” and are working on having men talk to male student in the schools to set the record straight and be a male role model for the young men. They are fully government funded.
Jason Thorne on Town of Sussex Partnerships
Bruce Northrup introduced our guest speaker Jason Thorne for our April 4th, 2011 meeting. Bruce has known and worked with Jason on several projects in the past few years. Jason was born and raised in Sussex. He was away at university finishing up his degree when a friend of his emailed him and told him about his “dream job”. He worked out the pros and cons and decided it was his opportunity to come back home. He has been working for the town ever since.
Jason started with the town in January of 2005. His mother is Kathy Thorne; he has three sisters one of which is in Hong Kong. Jason did a co-op term with Hans Lamens when he was thinking about being a teacher but is very happy with his career and where it has taken him.
Projects include the O’Connell Park Equipment Upgrade. They are planning on doing upgrades that will allow children with disabilities to use some of the facilities by adding a Play structure for them to access the original structure. This includes a new swing seat with a safety harness.
Another project is Communities in Bloom. Communities in Bloom are a group of locals that have got together on a committee to join this international event. Hampton has had a group in the Communities in Bloom competition for the past 10 years and actually won the international championship in 2007 so they have been helping Sussex get started in this event (without giving away all of their secrets). Jason is the only male on the committee with several other women from the community including Joan Rutledge and Jenny Reicker. Their committee is offering their expertise for our Flower Wheel Project. Sussex will be participating in the Communities in Bloom competition for the first year this year in July. Projects include an enhancement to the Sussex Community Entrance Signs as well as Marigolds on Maple (mom). Marigolds on Maple will be an annual event that involves the community similar to what they have in Saint John with the Marigolds on Main. Bethany has offered their manpower in order to be more involved in the community, and Cardwell Farms has also offered to partner up with them to help with the compost they will need for the flower beds.
One of the Towns biggest initiatives is the Trout Creek Master Plan. Basic Design and Associates were brought in to help with the architecture of the project. Jason gave a very nice and visual slide show presentation of what they have in mind for the area to make it more approachable with footpaths and bridges etceteras.
Major Stan & Major Judy Folkins
Rotary’s guest spealers on Mar. 14, 2011 were Major Stan (seated) & Major Judy Folkins.
Major Stan Folkins – Stan started out with thanking us for the invitation. Stan & Judy have been back in Sussex for the past year and a half. They have lived all across Canada for the past 30 years. Stan has a bit of a Rotary past. Although he moved a lot with the Salvation Army he has had the opportunity to join three or four Rotary Clubs. His last career before joining the Army was with Burns Meats as their account executive and Judy worked in Sussex as a child care worker. In 1976 they moved to Toronto to take the Salvation Army Commissioning. They lived in Ontario for four years and that is where he joined Rotary.
In 1982 they were appointed to the Northern BC division of Salvation Army in Prince Rupert. He was a Rotarian there too. He was a founding member of a new branched out club in that area as well. They moved to Vancouver in 1985 and spent 3 years there then moved to London Ontario for 3 years and finally spent 3 years in Toronto. They ran several Salvation Army camps during these periods of time. They lost their youngest son when he was in his early 20’s. Their oldest son Mark & his wife Andrea are in Toronto.
In 1997 they were sent to Manitoba after the “Flood of the Century”. 7000 people volunteered with the Salvation Army. Stan was the Executive Director and Judy was the Director of the Volunteers. They had tractor trailer loads of goods being delivered to the flood victims. That was one experience they would never forget. Stan & Judy wanted to be pastors again so they took a position in Okanogan BC where they built a new church and doubled the congregation in two years. Shortly after they left for Ottawa to work in Social Services at a Ministry in the city. After that they went back to B.C. and were then asked to come back to Sussex. They both would like to retire in Sussex but the Salvation Army operates in 123 countries and they have 5 years before retirement so they don’t know where they could end up.
Major Judy Folkins- Judy does a lot of the hands on community service. She was originally from Sussex but it still impresses her with the support they get from Sussex for people in need. They raised $81,000 in 2010 and this is used to help over 175 families during Christmas and throughout the year. They serve 85 families a month with food, kids camps and other services. Many past due renovations have been completed to the Salvation Army building in town in order to make their clients have better accessibility and feel more at home when coming in to seek their help.
Newest Members- 2011
On February 21, 2011, the Sussex Rotary Club had the pleasure on inducting three new Rotarians- Jason Sturgeon, Stewart Duncan, and Paul MacIntosh. District Governor John Carkner visited the Club and assisted with the induction.
Jason – Tech Xperts. Jason lives in Norton and has been around Sussex all his life with a few stints in other areas in the country. He has already been in to give us the presentation of himself and his business so he kept his speech short. He is very excited to join Rotary and as a successful entrepreneur and business owner in Sussex he chose Rotary as a way to give back to the community.
Stewart- Stewart is from Portage Vale (Penobsquis area) and has been coming to Sussex for his whole life. Stewart was working at Moffett Farms when several people kept telling him he should start his own business so he did. Connie & Stewart have been in business operating Two Boys Lawn Care & Maintenance for about two years (and have already won some prestigious awards for their work). They offer several services at no cost for groups and individuals in need in order to give back to the community. They sit on the chamber & he loves all the contacts and opportunity to meat new people from the area. Both Connie and Stewart were in attendance today and as Stewart said “Stewie is having his family day holiday today even if the provincial government doesn’t recognize it”.
Paul – Paul has also been to several of our meetings as well as the Club in a Club. Paul has been living in Sussex for close to two years but has been working in Moncton for a majority of that time. He recently took a position as the General Manager of the Kings County Record and is finally starting to feel like he belongs in Sussex. Paul is also looking for Rotary to help him get involved in the community. Paul has a background in the publishing/media business and was working at a paper in Moncton but is very glad to be working closer to home.
After the inductions, the members introduced themselves to each of the newest members. Pictured with the new members are Rotarians Bruce Northrup- MLA, Bob Black, & Andrew Palmer. Sitting at the table is Stewart Duncan’s wife Connie.
Roger Introduced our Guest Speaker for Jan. 24, 2011, Pedro Gonzales from Cementation. Pedro Gonzales is well aware that his appearance and accent (or lack there of) doesn’t fit the profile of his name, as he humorously pointed out at the start of his presentation. Pedro has a very “average” complexion, shaved head and little to no accent in contrast with his name.
He started his talk by breaking the ice and saying that he knew we were all expecting a long haired, dark tanned Mexican appearing fellow and apologized for confusing anyone. He received a good laugh from the membership. He explained that his grandfather was from Madrid Spain but Pedro was born and raised in Ontario.
Pedro started out his career in mining in Ontario and later found himself in Chile as the VP of Cementation. Cementation is an international publicly traded company that is operated out of South Africa with branches in other countries around the world. Cementation designs and builds mines. Pedro and his family lived in Chile as Chile is the largest copper selling country in the world. After the large earthquake in Chile he decided that they would move back to Canada. Because Cementation didn’t have a VP position in Ontario, they asked him if he would like to live in Sussex and he has been here for 8 months now.
While in Chile he helped employees of Cementation after the earthquake by raising over $75,000. The employees received $30,000 and the other $45,000 went to the community and local fisherman. This went a long way in their community. He wanted to do the same thing here. He looked for a food bank in our area and when he could not find one he looked for something similar and found the Sussex Sharing Club and thought a food drive would be a great start.
The goal was to raise one ton of food for the club but the club’s building could not accommodate all that food, fortunately through the efforts and connections of Rotarians, Bob Kimball opened the doors to Pearson’s to store any overstock that they needed room for. Although they thought they had an ambitious goal of one ton of food, they ended up getting 2.4 tons and over $10,000. This was all accomplished by a group of less than 25 people. The Sharing club helps out over 100 families every week so this is absolutely a benefit to our community. When they arrived at the sharing club they were welcomed with great enthusiasm as the club had been having difficulty just getting basics such as hydro paid for as of late. The funds and donations were raised by Cementation $1,000, suppliers $2,000 and the rest was from employees coming and going from the mines.
April Caissie thanked Pedro for coming in.
Ladder Pool by Andrew Giffin
The Club’s guest speaker on Jan. 10, 2011 was Andrew Giffin. Andrew is originally from Saint John and has lived in Manitoba 20 of the past 25 years, and has recently moved to Sussex in 2005. He lives off of Roachville Road with his wife, 3 boys and his dog beside the river.
His studio is at home and the river helps inspire him with his paintings. He is very passionate about fly fishing and is such an avid fisherman he can paint a fishing scene simply from memory of his fishing experiences.
Andrew did the Sussex Mineral Springs mural on the side of the Stiles building. The clown that is on the mural was the mascot for this business and since he painted the mural he was contacted by the daughter of the individual that wore the clown outfit when going on promotional ventures. She asked Andrew to make a smaller scale painting of the mural for the clowns 65th birthday.
Andrew brought some prints of his paintings and they were quite amazing. His prints can go anywhere from $300-$600 dollars and the originals can be anywhere from $2,500-$10,000. His largest painting (aside from the murals) was 4 feet high and 16 feet long. Andrew also did the mural on the side of Dutchie’s Barber Shop and Hairdressing. Andrew appears in one of the murals in town that was created by one of his other artist friends, he is the guy in the bottom left that is dancing and flipping flapjacks.
Christmas Luncheon 2010
The Sussex Rotary Club gathered at the All Seasons Inn on Dec. 20, 2010 for their Christmas gathering and dinner. During the luncheon, they collected money to be given to Transition House as a small Christmas project.
Photo L-R: Sitting – Past President Kim Pearson, President Lou McNamara, and PP Donna Gilchrist
Standing – Jason Sturgeon, PP Peter Haines, MLA & member Bruce Northrup, Sect. Robert Kimball, April Caissie, PP Bob Kimball, Rpger Albert, Wendy Oborne. The picture was taken by Rotarian Robert Lockhart.
Stewart Duncan Inducted
On Dec. 13, 2010, Stewart Duncan (center) was inducted into the Club by Past President Kim Pearson., and he was welcomed by President Lou.
Veteran Harley Geldart
Our very own Harley Geldart was our Guest Speaker on Nov. 8, 2010.
With Remembrance Day coming right up, we were happy to have Harley tell us about his interesting and unforgettable experience in WW2. He has several memories and he started out with telling us about one of the things he remembers about being over seas.
He remembers looking at the horizon and all he could see were tents as far as the eye could see in every direction. It was quite the thing to see he said.
Harley said that the army was quite efficient. They planned for 3 years in the future and always new what they were going to be doing. He said he remembered being sick for a few days around d-day and was in the hospital for a few days, by the time he was out his position had already been filled.
Ten days after D-Day he was in France. They were moving wharf platforms to Scotland from France because it was part of the plans made 3 years prior. The wharfs were made to unload tanks on the shore. He stayed in France for 6 weeks next to a river and that was where they bathed. Once they struck out from France it was a long time before they seen a day that they could get cleaned up, they could go 30-40 miles in a day without showering. They stayed in Holland for the winter next to a river, they arrived just before Christmas. They had showers there. That was the first shower for them in 4 months. They left Holland in February.
He said that one thing we might have a hard time believing is that you can in fact dodge a bullet. He said that rounds 2, 4 & 7 were tracers in automatic machine guns and as long as you could see them coming you had a chance at dodging them.
Rangers were support and they kept the Germans back with cover fire while the engineers built the bridges. He said he could not believe how fast they could build a bridge. They could get across the Trout Creek River in 4 hours and the Petitcodiac River in a day.
Harley said he was very happy to go home. It was quite an experience and he was happy to have done it but said that it was not all good.
He can remember a day when he saw the bomb bay’s opening in planes flying overhead. They lost 33,000 cigarettes that day. It was friendly fire. He was asked how they battled the cold in the winter and Harley told us about the Tank Suits.
He said they zippered up from both feet to his neck, they came in quite handy and as long as they had that with their long john’s they were never really cold.
They were 200 miles into Germany when they got news of D-day. They were especially happy as they were scheduled to go to Berlin and none of them were looking forward to Berlin.
He was 22 when he joined and 28 when he finished. He served for 6 years and 18 days.
Newfoundland was considered overseas in the Second World War as it was no part of Canada until 1949. It was double gratuity which was paid based on each day of service.
They left on the Queen Mary with 1500 crew and 33,000 personnel. The ship changed directions every 7 minutes because it took 8 minutes for a sub to surface and lock on to the ship.
Thank you Harley!
Past President visits Ireland
In September, 2010, Sussex Past President Kim Pearson visited Ireland for a lifetime trip.
During her visit, she was fortunate to attend a meeting with the Rotary Club of Dublin. As Kim says, “I was warmly welcomed and treated to a delicious meal including Bread and Butter pudding for desert.”
This club has a membership of approximately 100 Rotarians and boasted it is the oldest non-North American Club in the world.
Throughout Ireland she continued to look for the Rotary Wheel, as per the Picture of the Rotary Club of Navan, Meath County. And maybe enjoyed a Guiness …or two!
Friendship knows no continents or boundaries within Rotary!!
John Howard Society
Bob Black introduced our guest speaker, Sandy Oxford from the John Howard Society on Oct. 25, 2010. Sandy Oxford is a member of the John Howard Society and she is coordinating a Sussex Regional High School Forum called “Inspire Change”.
The idea behind this is to get students together that may have never spoke or had the opportunity, surrounding or desire to interact. The focus is on eliminating “clicks” in the schools and getting students involved in this initiative by forming a youth action committee to point out and discuss areas that the students feel are a priority. Topics will be teen pregnancy, bullying, addiction, clicks, etcetera.
The students are selected based on their leadership qualities, the grade they are in and perhaps most importantly their diversity. They want to have as many different types of students as possible to help with the idea of getting the students to be open minded and work together to see things through the eyes of their fellow students. They are currently looking for sponsors or donations for food for the students that form the committees. There will be 100 plus students that form several groups of 12 students each.
District Governor Visit Sept. 20, 2010
District Governor John Carkner addressing Club membership.
Top Photo: DG John Carkner, President-elect Bob Kimball, Secretary Robert Kimball, President Lou MacNamara meet with the District Govenor prior to the meeting.
Bottom Photo: Past ADG Kevin Tupper, Current ADG Sunil Rajaram, both of our Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club.
John started by giving us some background on himself. John was born and raised in Ottawa, he has 6 children and one of his many passions in life is Formula One racing (as a spectator rather than a participant). John worked for Sears for 28 years, he joined the Bathurst club in 1991 until he was transferred to the Fredericton Sunrise club in 1993. John was the 7810 Assistant District Governor in 2006 and was nominated as District Governor in 2008.
John continued his speech by reiterating some of the district and international focuses. The Focus for our district is three pronged. The priorities are membership, foundation and PR. Our current RI President is Ray Klinginsmith. His 2010-2011 Rotary Theme is “Building Communities Bridging Continents” and he has a motto that he uses almost as often, “Cowboy Logic”. Cowboy Logic means to keep it simple. He has also been quoted in saying “Bigger, Better, Bolder” when talking about the future of Rotary. He wants Rotary to get Bigger, Better and Bolder using the keep it simple motto of “Cowboy Logic”. The word “simple” might not be used in the same sentence as words like bigger better and bolder very often but I think he is on to something.
We may need to think outside the box, although Rotary has a rule book, we need to keep in mind that the rule book is international and that some of the rules that were made for a club across the big pond may not be as applicable to our club here. Basically what he means is don’t break the rules but don’t let a rule in a rule book stop the club from pursuing a great idea, use the rule book as a tool and a resource but keep in mind that rules can be changed or amended for the better.
Back to membership, our membership average age is healthy, around 50 years old however we have gone from 20 members in recent years to 16. John thought we should have a goal for growth of 5 net members by the end of the 2010-2011 Rotary year. He made a point that people tend to join causes rather than organizations, so if we are pitching our club, try to mention as many causes that we promote or sponsor as we can to try and encourage interest.
Foundation – The Rotary official Charity is called The Rotary Foundation. Members can donate on different levels. The Arch C. Klumph Society – $250,000 or more, Paul Harris Society of $1,000 per year, Sustaining member of $100 per year and the Every Rotarian – Every Year which is any donation of no specific amount. The Foundation is planning on having a quarterky newsletter to promote and educate on many of their projects.
On to PR. – Last but not least, Public Relations is a major priority in the 2010-2011 Rotary Year. PR is important on every level from a local club having their mayor proclaim a week as Rotary week to the RI having a stamp to honor Rotary’s 100th Anniversary. John congratulated us on having the Purple Pinkie Booth at the Balloon Fiesta and said that to his knowledge Sussex is at the top of the list in the district as far using the Purple Pinkie program to get PR.
John likes the saying “Stay the Course, Grow the Force” meaning not to reinvent the wheel.
He suggested that we keep contact information on all the exchange participants and approach them to join Rotary when appropriate. He talked a bit about Interact (High School Rotary Clubs), RYLA in April 2011, they will send the Best and Brightest in attendance to the 2011 International Convention in New Orleans.
He closed with a reminder about the Membership, Foundation & PR seminar in Fredericton on October 2nd at the Fredericton Inn. (Please let Lou know if you can attend this seminar).
Chamber of Commerce
Our guest Sept. 13, 2010 was Pam Kaye – Administrator of the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce. The current president is Phil Sellars, the VP is Greg Keith.
They are in their 41st year as a chamber, having started in 1970 and Art Goold who is still operating his business today was one of the founding members. They originally started as the Sussex Board of Trade but are now known as the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce.
Their office is located at the Sussex Train Station and the district is from Petitcodiac to Hampton (who have their own Chambers). They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Pizza Delight for lunch and are 145 members strong.
M2M’s – They have a member to member (M2M) social get together once a month on Friday’s at 4:00. The M2M also has a discount card that offer’s several discounts from member to member. Other benefits include a group insurance plan, merchant credit card discounts and savings with Esso Fuel. They also offer training on different business related subjects through a partnership with Enterprise Fundy.
Events – They have a CJCW co-sponsored annual golf tournament every summer, usually in August, and a booth at the Kiwanis Home Show.
Aug. 30, 2010 Startup
After two months of summer socials, President Lou chaired his first official Rotary meeting as President on Aug. 30, 2010 at the All Season’s. President Lou welcomed all in attendance, talked about a few business issues including the Club’s possible participation in the up coming Balloon Festival, and welcomed Past GD Gord Dempsey, our guest speaker. Pictured to President Lou’s right is Honorary member Harley Geldart who is listening to Lou’s message.
Past District Gov. Gord Dempsey spoke to the Club about membership. During his address, he touched on the need to set goals for obtaining new members for the year, approaches used by other Club’s for attracting new members, and the need to retain existing members. Gord was introduced by PP Frank, and thanked by our club’s membership chair, Kim Pearson who is seen to Gord’s right.
July 2010 Social
Rotarians gathered on July 8, 2010 at Bob Black’s home on the beautiful Belleisle for supper. Pictured at the left hand table are Kim Derrah, Pat & Murray McGibbon, Ginette Landry, and Frank Derrah. At the right table are Louise McNamara, Bob Black, President Lou McNamara. Over seeing the gathering and keeping a close on on his master is Bob’s dog Sam who enjoyed some treats and looked forward to steak bones from supper. Bob and Ginette put on a great steak BBQ with strawberry shortcake which was enjoyed by all. The picture was taken by Robert Lockhart.
Change Over Meeting 2010
On June 28, 2010, the Sussex Club had its change of Officers for the new Rotary year 2010-2011. Pictured above are President Frank Derrah (right) passing the gavel to incoming President Lou McNamara. The Club thanked outgoing President Frank for his year at the helm, and wished President Lou best wishes and the membership’s support for his year.
Rotarian visits Quatemala
The Club’s guest speaker on June 21, 2010 was our very own Rotarian Wendy Osborne who spoke about her recent trip to Guatemala. She had woven items, coffee, etc. on display.
Food for the Hungry Canada is the organization that she was associated with during her trip. There were 11 people that went. There are 650 people in the village that they visited, 28-30 children that are sponsored by Wendy’s church. They left the village just before a tropical storm which left the village with 2 ½ feet of rain.
The children only go to school for 4 months of the year. All work in the village is done by hand. There are 5 churches in the village. Wendy and her team worked on crafts with the children. Most of the people work for today and do not plan ahead for tomorrow.
Wendy had an extra 5 day stay due to the volcano eruption.
Guest speaker June 14, 2010 was Jason Sturgeon who was introduced by Rhoda Wilson. Jason is owner of Tech Experts in Sussex and spoke about his education and background before starting his own business 3 years ago. He graduated from Sussex High school in 1992; then went to university for a while until he found it wasn’t for him. He worked at various jobs including bee keeper until he found his interest in computers.
He graduated from NBCC 2 year business teck and later 1 year in advanced training courses. His main interests are in networking and systems management. He then found work in Sussex at Screen Savers as their technician and worked there 5 years gaining considerable hands on experience in computer servicing.
In 2008 he had the chance to start his own company which occupies the former Down East Arts building on Queen street. While servicing is his main business he also sells computers and related equipment and hopes to soon be the local reseller in this area for MAC which could be a big boost for his business. Jason is very customer service orientated and has established a good reputation for service locally. His business has grown and now has 2 technicians and 1 admin. clerk in addition to himself. A very good speaker, interesting, informative with lots of questions.
Bob Tremblett of Tremtech was the Club’s quest speaker for May 10, 2010. He graduated in 1982 from St. John’s NL from the Electronics Technology. He has worked for Sears Canada for 13 years on their main frame computers, etc. and in their Service Department.
Bob has 4 children (1 girl & 3 boys), and moved to Sussex from Newfoundland in 1997. He worked with E J Cunningham when he first moved to Sussex. He then changed jobs and worked for Rite Switch Electrical for 9 years and 4 years ago he started his own business – Tremtech Electrical.
Most of his business is done in Sussex and area. He does installation of alarm systems and they are monitored by Armstrong Communications. He is now a service depot for Sears and his son looks after this part of the business. They currently have 6 employees and want to add 2 more.
Dr. Bob Richmond, Chiropractor
On April 12, 2010 the guest speaker was Dr. Bob Richmond, a Chiropractor whose practice is in the old RCMP building on Main Street. He spoke about Total Health – all systems working 100% free all the time.
The most important systems in the body are the spine and the central nervous system. Misalignment of the spine causes the cushions between the disks in the back to protrude. You may not have any symptoms / pain but could have issues that you are not aware of. He had Rotarian Andrew Palmer stand at the front of the room and he showed us that you could have a misalignment and that the body compensates for these issues. He also used Lou McNamara (photo right) to demonstrate Chiropractic techniques.
Dr. Bob suggested that in order to correct what ever issues someone is having it may take several trips and this would depend upon the person. To keep up with the usual maintenance most people have to go once a month. He has sons that are professional athletics. He had mentioned that one plays for the Blue Jays.
Premier Shawn Graham
On April 12, 2010, the Club had a surprise visit by Premier Shawn Graham. Premier Graham was at the All Season in meetings next door to our meeting, and dropped in to extend best wishes to the members, and to do a little campaigning. Harley Geldart took the opportunity to talk to the Premier about the financial shortfall at the Fundy Community Center while President Frank Derrah looked on.
Premier Graham arrived back after lunch with a report for Harley & the Club that more money should hopefully be coming, and that he would talk to Rob Moore, MP, as well. Rotarian Rhoda Wilson is to the left standing in front of an aide to the Premier.
Fire Chief Bill Wanamaker
On April 12, 2010 Bill Wanamaker, Fire Chief for the Sussex Fire Department was the guest speaker. Bill is a third generation fireman- his father was involved with the fire department and his son is now a member. There is a 40 member force. They are paid when they are called out and all other hours are volunteer. Last year they had a total of 3550 volunteer hours and 2200 of these hours were spent in training. There is one paid fire fighter at the station. They had approximately 199 calls last year (2009).
They hold recruitment each spring. They hold their training for level one during the months of January to March. There is a total of 220 hours of training for a new fire fighter. They are called out to assist with floods, medical, hazardous materials and smells in buildings. They do tours for Guides, Scouts and daycares. They hold fire drills at senior’s complex approximately twice per year. There is a fire program in the schools for K to 3. All their gear is tested regularly. Each call they receive has to be documented and the information is sent to the Fire Marshall’s office.
They are still planning on building a training tower in the Industrial Park. This facility will be used by other fire departments in the area as well. The life expectancy of a fire truck is 25 years.
Mayor Eric Cunningham
Bob K. Introduced our Mar. 22, 2010 guest speaker Eric Cunningham, Mayor of Sussex Corner. Population: 1400. Eric surprisingly let us now that we were his first group ever in 12 years that he has spoken for and was very happy to do so. The first thing he said to us as a group was his appreciation for Rotary in his village.
He gave some history on the Village of Sussex Corner. It started in the mid 1700 when the Loyalist came to settle. Many people don’t realize that Sussex Corner was here before Sussex Vail which we now call Sussex. There is still evidence of the beginning of Sussex Corner there. For example, Cougle Rd is named after Capt. John Cougle, a Loyalist from the USA & Leonard Drive after Dr. Leonard their first MLA. The Ice Cream cone was invented in Sussex Corner.
They still have pancake suppers with many events at the old rink. They became incorporated in 1966 with a $500 budget and just cleared their 2010 budget for $1,000,000. The town has 5 full time and several seasonal and summer student employees. His passion is population growth in Sussex Corner, newcomers residential and business alike. He said that there is room for tourism with the Bluff which is in Sussex Corner. He is also very proud of the volunteers, church suppers and variety shows that they have every year.
He has been on a recreation council working on a recreation agenda for the past year. Lou asked about the shape of the old rink and any plans to refurbish it. Eric said that due to the rink being in a flood zone, there is many restrictions on rebuilding by-laws and that hey have been considering other locations for some form of new rink in Sussex Corner.
Bruce Northrup thanked Mayor Eric.
Community School Co-Ordinator
Guest Speaker for Mar. 15, 2010 was Bridgett Ryan, Sussex Middle School community coordinator. She is a wife and mother of 2 teenagers who has lived in Sussex for 16 years, 13 of which she worked for RBC. She took her present job as a part time job which eventually turned into full time. She is in her 1st year in her new position following our fellow Rotarian Rhoda Wilson who was the first community coordinator in Sussex.
The Sussex Middle School is open as a venue or location to different groups for meetings and community events and she helps with that as well as many other projects. These include junior achievement, foreign exchange, science and career fairs, etc. She is involved in the breakfast club that feeds breakfast at the school to 40-50 children a day. Another valuable program is the tutoring and mentoring program.
They also hope to launch a program this fall that helps students learn and experience the value in volunteering. Fund raising is required for many of these programs and other programs of which she is involved. She finished with letting us know that the Sussex Middle School & High Schools will represent Sussex at the Provincial Drama Festival from April 28th- May 5th and they have done very well in the past.
NB Lung Association
On March 8th, 2010 our Guest Speaker was Rochini Kassie, of the N.B. Lung Association. The lung association has been around for over 100 years now and deals with topics you might not even think about such as air quality control.The better the air we breath the better our lungs and health. Rochini spoke mostly about the SIMPLE driver stewardship program where we can all make a difference by changing our driving and vehicle habits.SIMPLE stands for –S, speed limit reduce speed. –I, Idling, turn engine off more –M, match vehicle to need, more fuel efficient vehicles. –P, pressure, check your tires regularily –L, leave your car at home more i.e. car pooling, busses, walking, etc. –E, engine and vehicle maintenance, get regular tune-ups.
On Mar. 1, 2010 our own Harley Geldart was our special guest speaker. Our scheduled speaker couldn’t make it, so Harley spoke about his life history.
Born in 1917 he was one of a family of 10 children. The Geldart family was one of 4 families in the Prosser Brook area and his mother was a school teacher. His father farmed and bought the 128 acre farm for $125.00 which included the farm, house and land.
The family moved to Elgin in 1925. Harley left school after grade 10 as he didn’t want to spend another year in school just to better his reading and language marks. He tells us he did excel at math subjects.
His first job was driving yard horse for $15 month plus board. He got his drivers license 2 years before he was legally old enough to drive and started driving a truck at the age 16 for $1.00 a day. Thereafter he worked on a bridge crew.
He joined the army in 1939 for .90 cents a day pay and spent the first 3 years in Canadian coastal defense. He went overseas in 1943 and into France in June 1943 in the armored division as a driver. He tells us he once went 9 months without a shower/bath until Christmas of that year when he had some time off.
Upon discharge he got into lumbering, then the bus business and then back into lumbering until poor markets saw the business close. He then worked in the construction industry for many years most recently with Mac Parlee until his retirement in 1996 at age 79.
Harley is one of our original charter members and was recruited by Hazen Hogg who asked him to attend an evening supper meeting over 30 years ago, which was the first meeting of the Rotary Club of Sussex.
As always, some interesting stories from Harley.
Elaine Ingalls Hogg
On Feb. 15, 2010, Elaine Ingalls Hogg spoke to the Club about her background, having come from Grand Manan as a child to Cape Breton for 32 years and then moving to Sussex, and how she got into writing. She writes an inspirational column for the Kings County Record and has stories included in more than a dozen anthologies, as well as various magazines and newspapers.
Her first book was a short kids book about dealing with loss called Remembering Honey, inspired by her volunteer work in the palliative care unit. She is the author of Historic Grand Manan, When Canada Joined Cape Breton, and was the editor of Christmas in the Maritimes..
Her most recent book is a historical about the Town of Sussex which will be released for publication in May 2010. In Historic Sussex, Elaine has collected over 150 historical mages from Sussex’s beginnings up to the Second World War.
Elaine was a very interesting speaker for sure.
Picture (L-R): Rotary Past Presidents Bob Kimball, Kim Pearson, Donna Gilchrist, Elaine, and Rotarian Rhoda Wilson, chair of the weekly speakers bureau..
Citizens on Patrol
On Jan. 18, 2010, our guest speakers were Tanya Warren (right), a civilian member of RCMP and Sarah Smith of the Citizens on Patrol program.
Both Tanya and Sarah told us a bit about the program and how it got started in Sussex & Sussex Corner. It started locally in October 2009 due to a reported increase in vandalism and reports by some citizens of feeling less than safe in our community. This program has been going on successfully in St. Stephen for over 15 years.
It is a volunteer project not funded by tax payers. The members are trained and are organized volunteers who enjoy making a difference in their communities. They are not police officers. They are a valued resource to the local police agency patrolling the community ensuring safe homes and a safe community
They are looking for more members to help with the growth and sustainability of this worthy cause.
Christmas Luncheon 2009
On Dec. 21, 2009, twelve of the members of the Sussex Rotary Club and their guests met at the All Season’s Inn & Restaurant to enjoy a Christmas lunch, share some stories, and wish each other a joyous festive season.
During the meeting, the Rotarians collected money ($200.00) to be donated to the Salvation Army for their Christmas lunch program. Members also collected and made a donation to the All Season staff who serve their lunches all year.
Top Photo: Special guest Katelyn Lockhart, grand daughter of Robert Lockhart, Rotarians Robert Lockhart, Bob Black, April Caissie, Rhoda Wilson, Donna Gilchrist, Harley Geldart, Cindy Coates, guest of Harley, and President Frank Derrah.
Bottom Photo: Rotarians Barb Crowe, Robert Kimball jr., Bob Kimball, Victoria Craig, Pat McGibbon, wife of Murray, Murray McGibbon, and Bruce Northrup, Rotarian & MLA.
On Nov. 30, 2009, President Frank inducted April Caissie as our newest Rotarian.
April is from and currently resides in Salisbury NB. She is currently the Sussex Manager for the Scotiabank, and has her Personal Financial Planner and Associate of Canadian Bankers and Specialist in Financial Counseling.
April’s career with Scotiabank has spanned for 23 1/2 years and in her current position as Manager Scotiabank Sussex for 6 months. She has held numerous positions within Scotiabank with her last position as Investment Sales Coach with East NB and PEI.
She loves to read, run and travel. She is married with 2 children ages 18 and 15.
Other community involvement includes sitting on the board of the Salisbury Boys and Girls Club, and was also previously involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Director on the board and was involved with Southeast United Way.
Work Room School District 6
Derek Jones, Work Room coordinator for school district #6 was guest speaker on Nov. 9, 2009.
This is a resource center for children and adults alike in the Sussex, Hampton and Belleisle area. It works out an office in each of the area high schools. Derek works 2 days in Belleisle and 3 days weekly in Sussex.
The project is funded jointly by school district #6 and post secondary education department. It has been running now for 1 year in Sussex. They also cover PALS in Sussex and Hampton.
Derek gave us a power point presentation on how the process works in finding out what peoples interests are and trying to match them to careers they are suited to based on a detailed questionnaire. The process seems to make a lot of sense and while it is voluntary on the part of students, it would likely benefit all who take it. A good presentation Derek!
Relay of Life
On Oct. 19, 2009, Sherry Dumont from Canadian Cancer Society was guest speaker. Sheri has been with the organization for 14 years. She lives in Hampton with her family and has been involved with the 12 hour Relay For Life event since it’s inception in NB 9 years ago.
She has attended a good many of the 31 Relays in NB. The Relay is now the single biggest fund raising event for the Cancer society. All the relays while different have similarities including the survivors victory lap and the luminaries event. The Sussex relay is set for June 11, 2010 and she is looking for volunteers for various committees. The average team raises $2,300.
Sheri also spoke about the various support and prevention programs that Canadian Cancer Society provides and was informative in this regard. She would like to see the Rotary Club put in a team in 2010. She provided information and hand outs including team logs for fund raising should we put a team in.
Sherri was introduced by Roger Albert and thanked by Bob Black.
RI Convention 2010
Greg Russell from Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club visted our Club on Oct. 5, 2009 Greg gave us a presentation on the upcoming Rotary International Convention in Montreal June 20-23rd, 2010. This is probably the closest an RI convention will ever get to us, so the push is on to get as many from District #7810 to the convention as possible. This is also the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Canada. Last time it was in Canada was 1996 in Calgary. This is a great chance for some of us to get a much broader perspective of Rotary and what it does worldwide. 20,000 participants are expected.
The District has already secured some special pricing on Via Rail, West Jet, and an Optimum charter bus coach out of Suusex. Convention information is available at the following websites: https://rotary2010.com www.rotary.org/convention and https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ri2010 (official housing link) .
Grant Obermier, part owner Rainbow Printing of Sussex was Rotary’s guest speaker on Sept. 21, 2009. Grant was a former auditor with the Irving group for 11 years prior to joining the family business. Rainbow Printing was started by his father in 1985 in Fredericton and moved to the family home location of Midland in 1988 and eventually to the more central Sussex location approximately 15 years ago. It gradually expanded from a mom and pop business to employ 12-15 people as it is now. It is one of a very few of family owned full color printing press businesses today.
Their business has grown significantly outside of Sussex and N.B. and they presently do considerable volumes in the eastern and southern USA. A lot of this growth is attributed to the security paper products such as cheque printing, secure prescription pads, bus passes etc.
The company is focusing on becoming Greener with new processes such as chemistry free process. An interesting presentation with a good question and answer period. Bob Kimball thanked Grant on club’s behalf.
District Governor Visit 2009
On Aug. 27, 2009, District Governor Gordon Dempsey visited our Club to meet with the executive and to deliver his annual message for his year as our Governor.
DG Gord said “he would like to enlist our help in my top three priorities this year. The first is to grow our membership by a net of 10% per club. This is necessary if we are to continue to provide and increase our district support to the clubs. I would like to suggest that growth in membership will also solve many of the challenges in our clubs. The second is to encourage an increase in donations to your charity, The Rotary Foundation, through EREY and club donations. The third is to take every opportunity to promote your club and the work you do in your communities.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for giving me the honor of representing you as District Governor. Like each of you, I am looking forward to a rewarding year and making a difference in our community and in the world.”
Pictured above is DG Gord presenting President Frank with this years RI banner.
Rotary Flower Wheel 2009
Pictured above is PP Kim Pearson giving some loving care to our flower wheel in McConnell Park on a beautiful day in August.
On June 29, 2009, the Sussex Rotary Club had the change over of Executive for the new Rotary year commencing on July 1. Pictured above is President Donna performing her last task as President presenting incoming President Frank Darrah with his President’s pin.
President Donna thanked the Club and members for their support and hard working during her two years as President. She said she approached the job with apprehension, but as she looks back, it was a very rewarding experience and one she was very pleased she accepted.
During the change-ever meeting, President Donna inducted Rotary’s newest member, Victoria Craig, the General Manager of the Kings County Record.
Victoria was raised in St. Andrews where her parents still reside and she loves to get back to visit. She went to university and took psychology first and then moved onto business and marketing. She has been with Brunswick News (owners of the KCR) for about 2.5 years in various roles of increasing responsibility, and before that she worked in various other forms of media (radio, outdoor advertising) and was the Executive Director for the SPCA.
For hobbies, she has no time for anything else than her work and her involvement in dog agility- she is completely addicted. She competes nearly every weekend from March until November all over the Maritimes and trains during the winter months. She and her dogs came to Sussex last year for the Nationals in dog agility and had a great time. Sussex did a great job as the host venue, she says.
Victoria looks forward to being in Sussex and getting to know more people and becoming a part of the community. We are pleased she chose to join our Rotary Club.
Mark Witt, owner of True You was Rotary’s guest speaker on June 15, 2009.
Mark started this new business November 2008 after training courses in Arizona. Its main areas are hair removal and skin pigmentation therapy through laser treatment. He set up business in Hair Solutions building on Main Street, Sussex. This is Mark’s second business venture after a convenience store in Sussex Corner. His main source of business comes from word of mouth and his customers who refer him business receive discount coupons.
Mark was thanked by Barbara Crowe (right) pictured with President Donna (left).
GUEST SPEAKER June 8, 2009- Doug Bailey, Operations Manager for Corridor Resources was introduced by Bob Black. Doug has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Alberta and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of design, construction and operation of oil and gas facilities and pipelines. He has worked for Gulf Canada, Niven Seville Engineering and the ATCO group before joining Corridor Resources.
They presently have 26 wells producing at 11 pads and a gas processing plant, having started production in June 2007. They have a staff of 9 currently, mostly all returning from western Canada. He gave us an interesting overview of the process. The cost of the project to date is $300 million. 75% of the $7.5 million annual operating budget is spent in N.B. of which 50% is spent in Sussex area. $75,000 in annual gifts and donations to the local area. They have added 3 new wells in 2009 (cost $500,000 a well) However the capital expenditure budget has been reduced because of the low gas prices.
Rotary says Farewell to Dr. Meddars
On June 1st, 2009, Dr. Meddars, a Paul Harris Fellow, was the guest of Sussex Rotary when the Club said thanks to him for all he has contributed to the community, the Bible College, and the Fundy Civic Center during his time in Sussex
Dr. Meddars gave a farewell speech to Rotary as he would be leaving his role as President of Bethany Bible College this month and moving to Orlando, Florida to work for the organization that looks after the accreditation of Bible colleges. Although primarily a Wesleyan college, Dr. Medders explained that the College draws from many denominations from both Canada and United States. Bethany Bible College has an economic impact on the community of Sussex, both in providing employment and by bringing in students who become a part of the community. Bethany’s main role is to provide men and women for ministry and graduates are now serving all over the world.
Dr. Meddars was thanked by Wendy Osborne (right), and wished him well on his new endeavours on behalf of the Club.
Kings County Solid Waste Commission
On April 20th, 2009 Rotary heard from Mark Thorne, Chairman of the Board of the Kings County Solid Waste Commission, a postion he has held since May.. Mark is also Deputy Mayor of the Town of Sussex and has been a councillor for eleven years.
The Kings County Solid Waste Commission is associated with the Westmoreland/Albert Solid Waste Commission which is considered a leader in recycling. Mark was rightfully so very proud of the fact this area is achieving almost 90% compliance with the green/blue bag content policy.
Two free nights per year will continue where you can dispose of a half ton load of garbage free. The next one will be this fall. Because of our good recycling efforts our tipping fees are only $ 87.89 per tone which is considerably lower than other areas.
Household battery collection with sponsorship by local schools and Canadian Tire has also been successful.
Mark was introduced by Rhoda Wilson, pictured seated to Mark’s left, and thanked by Robert Lockhart.
Kim Keith, co-owner of Optimum Ride was Rotary’s guest speaker on April 6th, 2009. Kim and her husband Jonathan started the bus company in April 2000 with the belief that group travel should be an affordable option for teams and groups. With the rising fuel costs and the need to safeguard our environment it is simply more practical to travel by bus. They are dedicated to providing personalized service.
Their goal is to make your charter experience hassle free, while maximizing the value of your time and money. and have had steady growth every year. They started with one bus, and now have six touring motorcoaches. Four are 47 passenger motorcoaches and also have two 55 passenger motorcoaches.
Kim looks after the bookings and runs the office while her husband often acts as the bus tour driver and looks after the fleet.
During the month of March, 2009, four new Rotarians were inducted into the Club. Pictured above are PP & membership chair person Kim Pearson, President Donna Gilchrist, and newly inducted Rotarians Barbara Crowe of RBC Bank, Robert Kimball of Pearsons Insurance, and Rhoda Wilson of the local school district. Missing from the photo is new inductee Wendy Osborne of Trainor Surveys.
School District 6, Discusses “CELEBRATE”
On Feb. 9, 2009 Kim Houlahan, Celebrate Co-ordinator for School District #6 talked to our Club to bring it up todate on the success of the “Celebrate” program implemented a few years earlier. The program has now been implemented into our local School District # 8 and is proving to be effective in improving students emotional and social health.
Key Concepts include:
-Believe it and you will see it.
-Look for possibilities.
-Unleash your energy to fix what is wrong.
-Ride the changes.
-Take yourself to the edge.
-Be your best for the world.
Joining Kim from our local Middle School were Pam Drury, Celebrate champion Sussex middle school, Barb Crowe, and Wendy Osborne.
Kim does this on a part time basis for the school district and the rest of her work week is dedicated to her job as a marketing communications consultant.
She presented 10 minutes of a video done by a national geographic photographer.
All can view the entire video at www.celebratetraining.com.
On Feb. 2, 2009, Sussex Rotary was invited to visit the Kiwanis Nursing home by Keri Walker, Home Administrator and fellow Rotary. Lunch was served, and Keri gave an excellent history of the home, the changes for the residents over the last few years both within the home and from a government funding stand point.
The Home was built by the Kiwanis Club in 1979, and since then has had a couple of expansions . It has over a $4.0 million dollar annual budget, and employs over 100 full & part time and casual emplyees.
Pictured left to right are Roger Albert, Andrew Palmer, Harley Geldart, Keri Walker, Kim Pearson, Frank Derrah, Bruce Northrup, MLA, and Rhoda Wilson. Missing from the photo is Robert Lockhart who was behind the camera.
On Jan. 26, 2008, Mitchell Long (standing) of Sussex Select Funeral Home was Sussex Rotary’s guest speaker. Mitchell was introduced by Rotarian Lou McNamara (sitting).
“When we launched the Sussex Select™ Community Funeral Home in January of 1999 we set out to build a family business on a foundation of quality compassionate service to our friends and neighbours in the Sussex area”, Mitchell said.
In the fall of 1998 Mitchell Long was just completing his funeral service training and apprenticeship at about the same time that Jim Makepeace made a decision to move on and was seeking a new funeral director to take on the family-owned funeral home that he had opened three years earlier in Sussex.
Mitchell’s dad George Long had recently retired and sold his busy service station / restaurant operation. It had been about thirty years since he had arrived in Sussex as a young funeral director himself. George was ready for a break but the opportunity to watch Mitchell launch his career was tempting. A partnership with Brenan’s Funeral Homes of Saint John and the growing Select™ Network of Independent Community Funeral Homes made the package complete.
So it was that the Long’s launched the Sussex Select™ Community Funeral Home in January of 1999.
As George and Mitchell settled into their new environment each had his own reasons to be happy with their situation. “I’m pleased to have an opportunity to work here at home and, of course, to work with my dad,” noted Mitchell. His father, looking back over his career in the Sussex area was happy to return to Funeral Service. I always found it very satisfying to help people who were going through a difficult time. I’m grateful for the chance to do so once again, particularly in a family business.”
The Sussex Select™ Community Funeral Home has quickly established itself in the community drawing on the deep roots and long standing tradition of service that the Longs are known for. Sussex Select™ Community Funeral Home offers a full range of services from traditional at-need to preplanning, cremation and grief support from their modern dignified facility which includes three comfortable parlors and a 160 seat on-site chapel.
On Jan. 12, 2009, Phil Sellars, owner of Jonah Place, was the Club’s guest speaker. Phil took ownership of Jonah Place bed and breakfast in April 2008, having moved here with his wife from Calgary where he lived for 25 years.Orginally from Ontario, they decided they wanted the slower, friendly pace of the Maritimes and eventually settled on the Sussex business.
Both he and his wife worked in the financial industry previously. Jonah Place was originally built in 1884 by the Stockton’s. It opened as a B & B in 1997. It was recently designated as a historical property. They have some plans for modest expansion and renovating the old carriage house.
Jonah Place has beautiful Victorian splender and is located on two acres of quiet, secluded grounds which make your stay unforgettable.
Phil has quickly become involved in the community as a director for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the Kings County Tourism Association as well as coaching a local hockey team.
VIC PROGRESSIVE DRILLING
On Dec. 15, 2008, our guest speaker was project manager Gerald Pearson of Vic Progressive Drilling. Victor Fournier started working in Sussex area some 25 years ago and formed this company in 1987 starting off very small with 1 old drilling machine. In the 1990’s they started manufacturing there own drills and high pressure grout pumps. In 1998 the company got involved with PCS.
They build there own drilling rigs and pumps right here in Sussex at their plant. In 2007 they constructed an above ground grout plant on PCS site.
They continued to expand, operating in B.C., Ont., and PQ in addition to NB and also became international in scope working in projects in USA, Ireland and Chile. They now operate 14 drilling rigs, have multi- million dollar annual sales with employees reaching as high as 150. They are good corporate citizens supporting our local schools and sporting teams in numerous events.
A very interesting presentation about a local success.
Charter Night 2008
On Nov. 7, 2008 over fifty Rotarians and their guests gathered at the Timberland Hotel to recognize 31 years of community service of the Rotary Club of Sussex at the Clubs annual Charter Night, and to recognize three individuals with Paul Harris Fellowships, Rotary’s highest award.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was Rotarian Bob Kimball, and the guest speaker was District Governor Rick Rogers of St. Stephen who brought greetings from Rotary International.
The highlight for the evening was when Chairman Bob and President Donna Gilchrist bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships to (pictured L-R) Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart, Past President Kim Pearson, and Dr. David Medders for their outstanding service to the community and furthering the ideals of Rotary.
Dr. David Meddars, the Club’s first recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1980. He pastured in local churches in his native state of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana for the first 11 years. He has served as President of Bethany Bible College since 1990. Since 1997 Dr. Meddars has served as chairman of the Fundy Civic Center Board of Directors and has lead this group in receiving needed Government funding for the center.
JC Robert Lockhart, the second recipient, was born in Kentville NS, and joined Aliant / NBTel in 1969 from where he retired in Dec., 2000. Mr. Lockhart comes from a Rotary family and was so impressed from a Father and child night at the Kentville Rotary Club that he immediately knew he wanted to be part of Rotary. Robert has served Rotary as a member of the Newcastle Club from 1970-73. Returning to Saint John in 1974, he was chair of the Rotary Easter Seals Campaign from 1974-84. In 1984 he became President of the Rotary Club of Saint John. In Sussex, Robert has created and maintains the Sussex Rotary web site www.SussexRotary.org and is always there for Rotary.
Kim Pearson, the third award recipient, sought out information on the Sussex Rotary Club and “volunteered” to join. She took the initiative to publish an “amazing letter to the Editor” to describe her first year in Rotary. Kim has been a member of the Executive for many years, and served as Club President for 2 years. Kim is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation and is a regular contributor to the Rotary Annual Giving program. She is involved on a Rotary District level including most recently the Youth Merit Award program and the Rotary Leadership Institute. Professionally, Kim is an independent Financial Planner with Investors Group, having started her career in the financial industry in 1991.
At the beginning of the evening, PP & PHF Harley Geldart (left) took advantage of the evening to announce to those in attendance about the Club’s new fund raising project to collect coins in water bottles within the community for the Fundy Community Center, and he passed the bottle around from table to table. Pictured at right is chairman Bob Kimball, while Rotarian Kevin Simpson and his wife look on.
During the evening, presentations were made by DG Rick, and to him. DG Rick ( top picture) presented Secretary Bob Black and President Donna with a district citation banner and pin. In the right picture, President Donna presented DG Rick with a check for $1207.00 as the Club’s annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
At the end of the evening, those PHF’s present were gathered for a group photo.
Standing: Bob Black, Founding President Hazen Hogg, Bob Kimball, Robert Lockhart, Dr. David Medders
Seated: Kim Pearson, Charter member Harley Geldart, Keri Walker
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!
On Nov. 3, 2008 Ted Sparkes, President of the Atlantic Transport Training Academy in Apohaqui, spoke to the club about the history of his company. This is the twentieth year for his company which he started in Sussex, and moved to Apohaqui a year or so later. He joked that his banker- Bob Black, lawyer- Andrew Palmer, MLA- Bruce Northrupt, insurance agent- Bob Kimball, truck salesman- Kevin Simpson were all Rotarians present at the meeting.
Ted announced that had just sold his business to the company that bears the name he wanted to incorporate himself 20 years earlier- Atlantic Training Academy. Ted will be staying on until Sept. of 2009 when he will then fulfill a life long dream- to take forestry at UNB and become a forest ranger.
Ted was thanked by Rotarian Bob Black who said it was interesting to here a true success story on the part of a local entrepreneur. We wish Ted well in his new studies and career.
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 17, 2008, Richard Smith of the Sussex and Area Community Foundation spoke to the Club about the activities of the Foundation over the last year. He was accompanied by Neville Gossman.
On April 21, 2008, Sussex Rotarian Haley Bettle spoke to the Club and gave an informative update on the Sussex Real Estate market, and the changes over the years since she entered the profession in 2002. Haley was introduced by Rotarian Peter Haines and thanked by Kim Pearson.
While visitng the club on April 7, 2008, District Governor Nominee Gordon Dempsey inducted Sussex Rotary’s newest member Kevin Simpson in the Club. Pictured above watching as Kevin receives his Rotary pin is PP Kim Pearson, chair of the Membership Development Committee.
On April 7, 2008 ADG Kevin Tupper of the Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club and District Governor Nominee Gordon Demspey visited the Club as guest speakers and talked about membership development and retention. Pictures above from right to left are Kevin, Gordon, and Rotarian Haley Bettle.
Rotary Friendship Exchange
Sussex Rotary’s speakers on March 10, 2008 were Saint John Rotarians Jay Kimball, and David Merrithew. Jay and David spoke about Rotary International’s Rotary Friendship Exhange program. Both had participated in an exchange to Kansis City a few years ago, and had hosted the same Kansis City Rotarians in Saint John. From this exchange, they have gained life long friends who have met since then to attend a football game.
Heart & Stoke Foundation
On Feb. 18, 2008, Joan McDonnell of the Heart & Stoke Foundation gave a most interesting talk on the risk factors associated with having a heart attack or stroke. Joan and her husband both have hadheart attacks, so could relate personal experiences to the membership.
Adventures in Citizenship 2008
Past President Robert Kimball congratulates Laura Stairs on being chosen as Sussex Rotary’s representative to attend the Adventures in Citizenship program in Ottawa, and presents her with the necessary final forms for making the trip. Laura is a Sussex High School student, and will be in Ottawa April 27th to 30th, 2008. The costs of the trip and program are paid for by the Rotary Club of Sussex as part of its vocational and youth programs.
On Jan. 15, 2008, Cindy Macaulay, owner of Crafters Vineyard, gave a talk about making wine, either from a kit or from fresh fruits. Cindy told the Club she also makes the wine at her store for customers if they prefer this approach.
She brought three types of wine with her, and as seen in the bottom photo, everyone had a sample of each. She also brought four one litre bottles to be used as a door prize. These were won by Harley Geldart, Robert Kimball, Robert Black and Murray McGibbon. Pictured in the photo below testing the product are (L-R) Peter Haines, Don Dobbin, Bob Black, and Mayor Ralph Carr.
Rotarian Harley also presented a toast with the wine to the newly married “Mrs. Keri Marr” in photo below.
Guest Speaker Robyn Doull
On Jan. 7, 2008, Rotary’s first speaker for 2008 was Robyn Doull, Administrator of the Sussex Health Center. Robyn was introduced by RotarianBob Black and member of the Sussex Health Center Foundation’s Board of Directors. Robyn spoke to the Club on both the role of the Sussex Health Center’s Foundation which is currently fund raising for a new PET Scan machine, and the challenges facing the Health Center.
Christmas Boxes 2007
Each Christmas, the Club packs for sale Christmas boxes comprised of product from local merchants. Pictured helping with the packing are Rotarians (L-R) Chairman Bob Black, Honorary Rotarian and Mayor Ralph Carr, Peter Haines, Frank Darrah, and Don Dobbin. Over 240 boxes were packed and sold.
Christmas Parade 2007
On Dec. 8, 2007, the Sussex Rotary Club participated in the Town of Sussex Christmas parade. The Club purchased a new banner and passed out candy canes with Rotary information literature attached.
Representing Rotary in the parade were (L-R) Secretry Frank Darrah, PP Peter Haines, President Donna Gilchrist, PP Kim Pearson, and friends of Rotary Susan and Taylor Pearson .
Sussex Rotary Club Celebrates 30 years
By Charlene MacKenzie
Published Tuesday December 4th, 2007
Appeared on page B2, Kings County Record
Rotary District Governor Terry Lenihan spoke
at the Sussex Rotary Club’s 30th anniversary dinner Nov. 16, 2007
Having both genders and a range of age groups in its membership continually brings vitality and new ideas to the Sussex Rotary Club as it celebrates its 30th year.
Rotary District Governor Terry Lenihan, guest speaker at the Rotary’s charter night Nov. 16, commended the service club on its progressive practices and its willingness to serve not just in the community but in the world beyond.
Rotary member Bob Kimball was master of ceremonies, welcoming guests including Kings East MLA Bruce Northrup, Sussex Mayor Ralph Carr, Rotary district officials and representatives of other local service clubs to the charter night dinner at the Sussex Golf and Curling Club.
Kimball noted that reaching the 30th anniversary was “quite an accomplishment” for the Sussex Rotary Club, which started out under the sponsorship of the Saint John Rotary and went on to itself sponsor the start-up of the Hampton Rotary Club.
Members range in age from their 30s and up, with the oldest member being 90, he said. It currently has 21 members about one third of them female with Donna Gilchrist as president and Kim Pearson as past president.
Northrup congratulated the club on reaching the 30-year landmark. He said it was great to be back in Rotary company he had been a Rotarian about a decade ago.
“The Rotary works as a team for the community it’s men and women working together,” he said, praising the crucial role volunteers play in communities as organizations and as individuals.
“It’s exciting to go around and meet new people and see old friends at the clubs,” Lenihan said of his role as district governor.
The district includes all New Brunswick clubs and two areas in Maine.
He encouraged Sussex members who have served executive roles in the past to consider serving on the district level, and spoke about the upcoming district conference in his home community of Bathurst in June 2008.
“One of the key, essential things in Rotary is making new friends, learning about what other people are involved in and helping communities. The local Rotary has made a huge difference in this community and Rotary has made a huge difference throughout New Brunswick and Maine.”
Among the local efforts the Sussex Rotary Club has supported is the Portage program in Cassidy Lake for youth with addiction problems. The Sussex Rotary bought vans for the residential treatment facility and helped repair existing vans.
Lenihan said he was impressed with the Rotary Youth Merit Award applicants from the Sussex area.
“These kids are all winners and should be congratulated,” he said, urging members to introduce these youth to Rotary activities and encourage them to become future Rotarians.
He also praised the Sussex Rotary for its focus on people with mental and physical disabilities, especially through Camp Rotary, a summer camp for youth with disabilities which also provides university student camp counsellors with valuable work experience.
Referring to an upcoming Rotary exchange in which a group of Rotarians from South Africa will be visiting New Brunswick, he urged the Sussex club to consider inviting the visitors to Sussex.
“The Sussex region and the valley are gorgeous. It’s well-known that the farms down here are the best farms in the whole province,” he said. “It’s a great place to bring a group study exchange.”
Rotary is increasingly getting involved in developing microcredit programs for countries such as South Africa, to give people in struggling communities small loans to start up community businesses and help them learn to run their businesses.
The goal is for the communities to “rise up and become economically self-sufficient,” he said.
Getting involved in international projects “opens your eyes to the world of Rotary,” he said, calling Rotary the world’s biggest ambassador foundation.
“Do what needs to be done in your community, but don’t forget the wider world of Rotary,” he urged.
Referring to long-time Rotary member Harley Geldart, who was attending the event, Lenihan said, “I still see that sparkle in your eyes after all these years you still enjoy Rotary.”
Pictured above are Past President Keri Walker and Past President and Charter member Harley Geldart sharing a few stories from the past. In the above picture are D.G. Terry with his wife Margaret, and Assistant District Govenor Kevin Tupper.
Rotary Celebrates with Harley
On Aug. 27, 2007, the Sussex Rotarians helped Honorary Rotarian, Past President, and Charter member Harley Geldart’s 90th birthday. Rotarian Bruce Northrup, on behalf of the Club, presented Harley with a gift.
PALS Gradualtion- 2007
Each June, 2007 for the past two years, the Rotary Club of Sussex has prepared and served the dinner for the PALS graduation luncheon preceding the official graduation ceremonies.
Helping prepare and serve the the dinner are (L-R) Rotarians Frank Derrah, President Kim Pearson, President Elect Donna Gilchrist, friends of Rotary Susan Pearson and Cathy Currin, Rotarians Roger Albert, PP Bob Kimball, and Rotarian and MLA Bruce Northrup.
Tracy Friars, School District 6, Discusses “CELEBRATE”
Believe it! See it! CELEBRATE it!
On May 12, 1007, Tracy Friars who is on loan to School District 6 spoke to the Club about a program entitled “CELEBRATE, What’s Right with the World” TM with DeWitt Jones.
CELEBRATE is a philosophy that encourages positive thinking. 7 Key Concepts of CELEBRATE are described in a DVD hosted by renowned photographer and motivational speaker Dewitt Jones which Tracy shared with the Club.
School District 6 has developed an in-depth program that supports the CELEBRATE philosophy in:
- Addressing Emotional & Social health as part of the “Healthy Living” agenda
- A means of addressing the outcomes from the 40 Developmental Assets study
- Initiating a comprehensive program that will engage:
- The work of the Sussex Rotary
- Local Business Community
- Community groups
- Sporting and Community Events
- Personal development
At the close of the meeting, Tracy presented President Kim with the new CELEBRATE lapel pin.
Captain Al Soppitt Speaks to Club
President Elect Wilf Wilkinson
On Jan. 20, 2007 Sussex Rotarians attended a Rotary District Seminar hosted by the Rotary Club of Moncton West & Riverview, and had the opportunity to personally meet and hear Rotary International incoming President Wilf Wilkinson. Wilf is a Canadian which is an additional source of pride for us, and will lead Rotary International world wide commencing in July.
Pictured above are (L-R) Sussex Rotarians President Kim Pearson, Roger Albert, Past Presidents Bob Kimball and Peter Haines, President Elect Wilf, and Rotarian Robert Lockhart.
On Oct. 4, 2006, Rotarian Harley Geldart was honored in Saint John by Saint John Mayor Norman McFarlane on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross with a certificate of Appreciation of Valuable Volunteer Service to the Canadian Red Cross Society. Harley was also presented with his 10 year service pin.
On Aug. 28, 2006, District Governor Harold Moore visited the Sussex Rotary Club. Pictured above during his visit are (L-R) DG Harold, Club President Kim, Secretary Donna Gilchrist, and Assistant DG Gordon Demsey from Hampton.
Rotary Club Honors Local Citizens
On May 23, 2006, the Rotary Club of Sussex recognized four local individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in the area of community service. Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to
- Maureen Sewell, administrator of the Sussex Sharing Club;
- Dr. Arie Ruitenberg, Village councilor for Sussex Corner;
- The Late Leo Forbes, first contributor to the Sussex Area Community Foundation; and
- Harley Geldart, a local Veteran and longtime volunteer with the Sussex Legion and Rotary Club of Sussex.
“Each of the recipients was selected to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship because the Rotary Club of Sussex believes that his or her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation,” explained Rotarian Keri Walker. “By naming them as Paul Harris Fellows, they will join the ranks of outstanding individuals from all over the world. This is one of the highest honor that can be awarded through Rotary.”
A highlight of the May 23, 2006 awards dinner was the address by guest speaker the Honorable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs for the Government of Canada. Over one hundred Veterans and guests were on hand to hear Minister Thompson who remarked that this was the first opportunity he had as Minster to speak to Veterans in a local Legion.
Rotary Group Study Exchange Visit
May 14-16, 2006
On Monday, the Hampton Rotary Club hosted the Sussex Rotary Club and the GSE team for a BBQ. After supper, the members visited the Hampton Club’s Park for a walk and history of the project.
Mayor Carr Honored
The Rotary Club of Sussex celebrated the 28th anniversary of the Club’s founding with a reception at the Sussex Tea Room on Nov. 10, 2005. The highlight of the evening was a presentation to Ralph Carr (left), Mayor of Sussex. Mayor Carr was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Sussex. During the presentation, Mayor Carr’s many contributions to the local community were outlined by Rotary Club of Sussex Secretary Tom Snowden (right). Mayor Carr’s numerous accomplishments show that he already lives up to the Rotary 2005-2006 theme of “Service Above Self”.
Rotary Presents Book to Library
At the Club’s weekly meeting on May 16, 2005, President Cathy Cole presented a copy of the History of Rotary Zone 22 “Under Northern Lights” to representatives of the Sussex Public Library.
This book was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. Accepting the book on behalf of the Sussex Public Library are Ray Watson, Board of Trustees, and Librarian Fennella Brewer.
Charter Member & Past President Honored 2005
(L-R) PP Murray McGibbon, President-elect Kim Pearson, PP Kevin Kilfoil, President Kathy Cole, PP Bob Kimball, PP Frank Scaling, PP Harley Geldart, Secretary Tom Snowden, PP Peter Haines, Haley Bettle, Donna Gilchrist, Treasurer Keri Walker.
At the District Conference in Shediac & Buctouche on May 28, 2005, Sussex Rotarian Harley Geldart received the prestigious PDG Frank Hussey Award for “Outstanding Rotarian in District 7810”. The plaque was presented to Harley at the May 30, 2005 Sussex Rotary Club meeting by President Kathy.
Rotary International Convention 2005
Past President Keri Walker represented our Club at the Rotary Convention in Chicago and placed info in the Time Capsule as part of RI’s 100th Anniversary.
Adventures in Citizenship April 2005
In the spring of 2005, Sussex Rotary were pleased to sponsor Miles Goff of the Belleisle Regional Highschool on the Totary Club of Ottawa’s annual “Adventure in Citizenship” program. The photo was taken after his presentation to our club upon his return. Past President Bob Kimball presented him with a ball cap as a momento.
Moncton Rotary TKD April 2005
President Kathy Cole; Emily Cormier; Past President Murray McGibbon
Sussex Celebrates Rotary International Centennial Birthday
On Feb, 23, 2005 over 100 Rotarians, previous Rotarians, civic officials, District Gov. Michel C. Leger and Rotary friends gathered at Jubilee Hall for a Rotary Dinner to celebrate the Rotary International centennial birthday. The meeting was presided over by Past President Keri Walker.
Town of Sussex RI Centennial Proclamation 2005
Seated, left to right – Deputy Mayor Marc Thorne, Mayor Ralph Carr, Councilor Ken Friars
Standing , left to right – Councilor Gary Fulton, Councilor Shelley Bradley, Councilor George Horton, Councilor Kevin Black, Councilor Tim Wilson, CAO Michael Cummings, Town Clerk/Treasurer Paul Maguire
At the weekly meeting of the Sussex Town Council on Feb. 21, 2005, “Ralph Carr, Mayor of the Town of Sussex, do hereby proclaim February 23, 2005, as Rotary International Day in the Town of Sussex, and encourage all citizens to join me in recognizing Rotary International for 100 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world.” Click to see the Proclamation.
RYLA Group Photo 2004
Long Time Rotarians
Tom Snowden (left) was Secretary of the Sussex Club from 1988 (we think) to 2006, and Gerry Randall (right) is a Charter Member and Past President 1981-1982. This picture was taken in December 2003 when they packed Christmas boxes which is an annual club project.