Posted on Dec 07, 2020
District Governor John Slipp Visits Sussex Rotary Club

On Monday, December 7th, Sussex Rotary welcomed guest and speaker District Governor John Slipp to our weekly Zoom call.

Introduced by current Club President Angie Cummings, John, his wife Darla and their children Cameron and Sarah reside in the heart of New Brunswick’s First Town, Woodstock. Their oldest, Cameron, attends the University of Waterloo studying business and music. Cameron’s sister Sarah is studying music at Acadia University.

Together, John and Darla own and operate the Atlantic Travel Centre/Woodstock Duty-Free Shop in Belleville on the Maine/New Brunswick border near Woodstock. They were the first and only recipients of the inaugural Gold Standard Award from the Frontier Duty-Free Association...
John’s official career with Rotary began in 1982 as a member of the Woodstock High School Interact Club. He represented Woodstock High School at the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship Program in Ottawa in 1983. John has been an active Rotarian since 1987 and aDistrict Governor John Slipp Visits Sussex Rotary member of clubs in St. Catherines, Ontario, Fredericton and Woodstock, New Brunswick.  In addition to serving as Club President of the Rotary Club of Woodstock, John has previously served as the District Trainer and Literacy Chair.  A graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and a multiple recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, John is the 2016 recipient of the Donald McRae Peace Award from Rotary Zone 24. Following an active role with the Rotary Project Give Team, including travel to Guatemala to construct, deliver and train residents on the use of bio-sand water filters, eco-stoves and toilets, John was instrumental with the planning for Chapina Bonita Rotary in Guatemala.

Community service has been a central part of John’s life and included serving as a councilor with Anglophone West District Education Council, Co-Chair of the Friends of Mark Gallagher,  Regional Director with the New Brunswick Liberal Association, President of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick and an officer and director with the Frontier Duty-Free Association.  In his free time, you might find John fly fishing on the Miramichi River, curling at the Woodstock Golf and Curling Club or skiing the slopes of BigRock Mountain and other area ski hills.

John encouraged the Club on its activity and asked us to consider what he is asking of all Club this upcoming year- to expand by one service opportunity this year, sharing that "the next generations are not interested in meetings, but instead opportunities to serve. This is how we will grow Rotary".