Sussex Rotary Club
The Sussex Rotary Club is a diverse collection of civic-minded and professional community leaders who meet each week for fellowship, professional enrichment, and the opportunity for service. The Sussex Rotary Club provides an opportunity for business development networking with a variety of community business leaders and professionals. Rotarians help each other, and collectively help others.
About Our Club

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
PO Box 7004
Sussex Corner, NB E4E 5M3
Canada
Meetings at All Seasons Restaurant
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Member Profile - Lou McNamara
This week - let's meet Rotary Member, Lou McNamara!
 
Also, if you read until the end of the bio, let's see if you can guess which one of the three facts Lou stated is a lie!
 
"My name is Lou McNamara, and I have been a member of the Rotary Club of Sussex for just about 17 years. My background is Radio Broadcasting and have been in radio media for just over 40 years, beginning with training in Toronto, Halifax, and then finally starting my actual on-air career with Humber Valley Broadcasting in Port Aux Basques NF, where I met my incredible wife…who puts up with me to this very day. So far so good!
 
Presently I’m General Manager/Marketing for CJCW Radio in Sussex, joining Maritime Broadcasting Systems in 1986. In my role with CJCW Radio I have certified myself in Radio Marketing, helping local businesses grow their sales and marketing base. Assisting businesses, in whatever way I can, to increase their bottom line and contributing to their success has been the most satisfying part of my job. I’ve always said that Sussex and area is blessed to have its very own Radio Station.
 
For those who own a business, or manage a business, I would strongly suggest joining the Rotary Club of Sussex. Since joining Sussex Rotary, and as a past President, I’ve got to know so many wonderful and kind business people with one common goal- to help our local Sussex and area, while at the same time developing their own leadership skills. With weekly lunchtime meetings I’ve found it so easy and convenient to attend. If you’re in business and would be interested in tangibly giving back to this area, I would highly recommend the Rotary Club of Sussex, where you can network with other business people, while at the same time giving back to this area."
 
Which one is true?
  • I once worked for CHSJ Radio in Saint John
  • I received East Coast AAB Award for Creative Writing/Production
  • I also received the “Silver Sow Award” for the morning CJCW Agricultural Report
Sussex Rotary Coats for Kids
This year, the Rotary Club of Sussex is thrilled to be assisting with the Coats for Kids 2020 campaign.

Each year, we try hard to put our attention on community needs. We have been working with organizations in the Sussex area to help meet the needs of children who need to stay warm this winter. We are so pleased to be able to work with the following partners this year to ensure as many children as possible will receive a winter jacket for the winter months:
Each organization has a specific network of children that we can support.

Maybe you have a gently used coat for donation or want to purchase a new coat to donate? Maybe you just want to make a financial contribution or purchase a gift card for this purpose? If the answer is yes - we want to hear from you.
 
Starting immediately, we are accepting coats at the The Salvation Army (138 Main Street, Sussex) or the Bank of Nova Scotia (635 Main Street) or by contacting us via Facebook so we can make arrangements for pick up.

Rotarians help each other, and collectively help others. We look forward to working with our community partners on this important initiative!
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Member Profile - Rhoda Wilson
This week let's meet our member.... Rhoda Wilson!
 
Rhoda has been a Rotarian for 11 years. She joined when she was Community School Coordinator at Sussex Middle School and it blended well with the job.
Presently Rhoda is the Host Coordinator in Sussex for Atlantic Education International and is involved in recruiting families to host international students. Organizing socials and activities for the students has built some amazing connections in the community and abroad. Rhoda even visited one of her students in Brazil a couple of years ago.

Rhoda grew up in Moncton and she spent a few years working as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of The Moncton Hospital. Rhoda left her position there and enrolled in a Bachelor of Science Program at Mount Allison University where she graduated with a degree in Chemistry. This was followed by a year of heart research working under the direction of Dr. William Driedzic and then by a one-year Education program offered at Mount Allison University. Rhoda worked on her third degree and graduated in 2006 from the University of Phoenix with a MA Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.

Rhoda moved to Sussex in 1986 to become the Chemistry teacher at Sussex Regional High School. Throughout her teaching career Rhoda taught a variety of courses; and before she retired, she was teaching technology to Grade 9 students.

Rhoda is married to Town Counselor, Tim Wilson, and has two sons – Samuel who is a medical student at McGill University and Izaak who just graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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Member Profile - Alex Coffin
This week let's meet Rotary Member, Alex Coffin!
 
Alex was born in Fredericton and raised in Saint John. His grandmother Audrey Folkins was from the Sussex area.
 
He enjoyed his time as the general manager of the Nutrien Civic Centre and was very happy to stay in the area with Alex & Lily's Shoe Shoppe which is named after his two daughters. Alex coaches Track & Field with the Saint John Track & Field Club and Sussex Regional High School. He is also trying to become a trail runner hipster and has an alter ego, Rusty Diamond.
 
Alex joined Rotary in 2016 as it fits his ideal for a business in the community.
Chase the Joker Winner!
At the regular weekly Rotary meeting, Monday, November 2nd, our 'Chase the Joker' pot was finally claimed by none other Robert "JC" Lockhart! The three figure win will no doubt come in handy! 
 
Proceeds from the pot go to covering administrative expenses of the Club to maximize community giving. 
 
Lucky JC! 
 
Sussex Rotary Tours Salvation Army
Sussex Rotary was treated to a tour by and the team at on Wednesday, October 28th.

This facility helps to alleviate some of the situational needs of the local community through their volunteering, food drives and host of supportive activities.
 
We are looking at finding ways to partner together in support in the upcoming weeks!
 
Pictured here left to right include Rotarians Rhonda Haynes, Robert Kimball, Paula Fleming, President Angie Cummings, Salvation Army staff Lauren Shea, Rotarian Reilly Morris and Captain Lance Gillard of the Salvation Army. 

Thank you, Lance and team!
Multicultural Association of Sussex (MAS)
On Monday, October 26, 2020, Chelsie Nightingale, Executive Director (pictured at left), and Tara Thorne, Integration Services Coordinator, delivered to the Sussex Rotary an overview presentation on the topic of the Multicultural Association of Sussex (MAS).
 
Serving over 240 clients in the Sussex area, MAS is seeking to nurture partnerships within community groups to help provide support services integrating families. In conjunction with the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, MAS assists newcomers with such activities as setting up bank accounts, arranging phones and living arrangements and providing second language support in English, French, German and Sign Language. 
 
The MAS wants to serve the local community in two ways- by helping these families integrate into their new home bringing diversity, new skills and trades to the region, and to help broaden the tax base and population to help maintain the community infrastructure. 
 
Alaina Lockhart, current Chairperson of the Board for the MAS, shared that in addition to supporting for their Board, the team is looking for volunteers for a variety of services.
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