Exchange Student Lauren Lockhart
Pictured above is our latest Exchange Student, Lauren Lockhart, daughter of rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP, and rick as she poses at the airport on her way to France on June , 2018.
“And off she goes! Thank you Rotary Club of Sussex NB for giving Lauren Lockhart this amazing exchange opportunity in France! She literally never looked back after she said good-bye.” Those were the words of Lauren’s mother, Alaina, as she and Rick said good bye to Lauren.
Final Business Meeting for Rotary Year 2017 – 2018
June 25, 2018 was our last meeting for the year 2017 – 2018.
Our next Rotary Exchange Student, Kegan Wallace of Kings County Interact Club, introduced Lorenzo, also an Exchange Student from Tuscany, Italy who is currently staying with Kegan and his family. Lorenzo will be here for the next three weeks and then Kegan will return with Lorenzo to Italy.
In talking to Kegan’s mother, Tammy Scott-Wallace on June 29, she said “We have had our Italian visitor with us for one week and this is just so exciting for our whole family. We are having a blast rediscovering our own Maritimes, and I could only dream to see what Kegan is going to experience in a couple weeks :)”
This type of student exchange program that takes place all over the world is just one facet of what ROTARY is all about!
2018 Sussex High Rotary Scholarship Recipients
On June 19, 2018, Rotarians Alaina Alexander and Shelley vail attended the graduation ceremonies of the Sussex Senior Regional High School, and were pleased to present $1000.00 scholarships to Rhiannon Khedheri-Graham (top photo) and Sarah Hunt (bottom photo).
Adventure in Citizenship
Rotarian Christine Moffett introduced Sophia Sharp, President of the Kings County Interact Club, and Grade 11 student at Sussex Regional High School as our speaker for June 18, 2018.
Sophia reported on her trip to Ottawa as part of the Adventure in Citizenship conference sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. This event was a packed with activities – visits to Parliament, museums, and cultural events along with listening to special speakers and making friends. The Ottawa has been hosting this event for more than 60 years and Sussex Rotary has been actively involved for more than 30 years.
Rotarian Robert Kimball thanked Sophia for her enthusiast presentation.
Department of Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour (PETL)
On June 11, 2018, Rotarian Tina Monahan introduced Sarah White and Brian Ferris from Department of Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour (PETL) as our speakers.
Sarah shared about 4 different programs WEP, One Job Pledge, Youth Employment and SEED (see attached PDFs.
Brian shared about Labour Force Adjustment. They offer Human Resources assistance to help resolve any issues. Will cover 50% of the cost to bring in a consultant to your company and find what the problems are and help resolve them.
A new program is for upgrading employees. They will pay 50% of the costs for training (up to a max of $40,000 per company) covering books, tuition. If a consultant/trainer is brought in they will also cover 50% of books, tuition, hotel, and rental car. For generic training (new software, etc) they will cover 25% of costs. Brian also can assist with Immigration if that turns out to be a company’s best option to bring in the skill that is needed. Each situation is unique, so please approach them to find the program that best suits your needs.
The following is a link to more info regarding Adjustment services which Brian spoke about regarding HR issues and also employee training/education. http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.16956.Adjustment_Services_-_Employment_Services_.html
Sarah & Brian were thanked by Rotarian Julie Matthews.
Mental Health Court System
On May 28, 2018, Rotarian Bruce Northrup had the pleasure of introducing two long time friends of our Club-
· Andrew Palmer practiced law in Sussex and was a part of Sussex Rotary Club until 2014 at which time he was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench and became a Provincial Court judge. Andrew attended Sussex Regional High and earned a BBA and LLB.
· Greg Zed worked in Mental Health fields for 40 years. Although recently retired, his last 20 years were spent in Sussex working with addictions. Greg holds a BSc, BEd and MSW. Greg is a Paul Harris Fellow and was given this honour by the Rotary Club of Saint John.
Judge Palmer talked about the partnership that has been formed between the Departments of Justice and Community Health. Judge Brennan started Mental Health Court because he believed that some individuals convicted of crime were more in need of mental health services than they were for incarceration. When Judge Brennan retired, the program stopped. Seeing the vacuum left, Greg Zed worked to re-establish the Mental Health Court in a more formal way and has partnered with Judge Palmer.
Greg Zed retired last year but his concern for individuals with mental health conditions has remained strong. His new role is to coordinate assessments for individuals who have committed crimes deemed related to the state of the individual’s mental health. There are many partners in this new program and involves intervention with mental health clinicians. The program also works with organizations like Elizabeth Fry and John Howard Societies.
Very few communities have Mental Health Courts and we can be proud that this program started in Saint John.
Rotarian Julie Matthews had the pleasure of thanking our speakers.
Rotarian Erik Homenick introduced our speaker for May 14, 2018. Catherine Barry has an education background and has taught in both elementary and high schools in New Brunswick before joining Elementary Literacy Inc. Programming. Catherine has a passion for improving childhood literacy and works with schools to help set up the ELF program in English schools (Elementary Literacy Friends) and the CLEF program in French schools (Communauté Littératie Enfants Francophones.)
Catherine Barry spoke about the low rate of literacy of New Brunswickers. Statistics has shown that Grade 2 is the level at which intervention has the greatest impact. In the ELF, volunteers sign up for a 10-week commitment of two hours per week and work one-on-one with students. Statistics have shown that these students increase two reading levels as well as improve in persistence and confidence. The TD bank’s research shows that there is a link between literacy and the economy, therefore, the community benefits when literacy rates increase. Presently there are 183 schools, 1100 students, and 900 volunteers involved in the program in New Brunswick. More information can be found at www.elfnb.com.
Rotary Foundation Talk
Rhoda Wilson introduced Donna Gilchrist, Chair of our Club Rotary Foundation Committee as our speaker on May 7, 2018.
Donna gave a presentation on the Rotary Foundation and handed out donation forms. The Rotary Foundation has one of the best ratings as a charitable organization and operates with a very low administrative cost. The Foundation is set up in such a way that there are many beneficiaries. Clubs with membership that regularly donate become eligible for District grants in their own area. Once a member donates US $1,000, he or she is recognized with a Paul Harris recognition certificate and pin. Each subsequent $1,000 total is rewarded with a different type of pin up to a total of nine.
One of the goals of this year is to increase our Club giving to the Foundation.
District 7810 Youth RYLA Gathering
On May 5, 2018, future exchange students and their parents from District 7810 gathered at Crandall University in Moncton with Rotarians for their exchange orientation session.
Pictured above is one of our Club’s two exchange students, Kegan Wallace, son of Tammy Scott-Wallace & Troy Wallace of Sussex. and this occasion was in the spring at Crandall University when the exchange orientation session was held for the exchange students for 2018 and their parents .
Kegan is a member of the Kings County Interac Club, and will be a great ambassador for our Club.
I had a blast this weekend at the Rotary Youth Exchange Orientation spent with other exchange students as well as other Rotarians! I learnt so much useful information while making so many friends along the way! I’m so excited to be taking part in an exchange this coming summer in France! Thank you to Rotary Club of Sussex NB and Rotary District 7810 for giving me this opportunity!
Those were the words of appreciation from Lauren Lockhart, daughter of Rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP and Rick, who will be visiting France this summer on her Student Exchange visit.
Lauren and Kegan will be great Ambassadors for our Club, Town, Province and Country.
On May 5, 2018 meeting, Rotarian Mary McNair announced that we are excited that a portion of funds raised at the annual J.D. Irving Mulch Sale will be donated to our Coats for Kids program! Thanks Mary for making this happen.
On April 30, 2018, the Club held it’s Annual General Meeting for the Rotary year ending June 30, 2017. The meeting was chaired by President Lisa Brown, second from right. Left – Right: Christine Moffett, Donna Gilchrist, Shelley Vail, President Lisa, Tina Monahan, Rhoda Wilson.
Proud Grand Dad
Before the meeting commenced, Rotarian Bruce Northrup shared with the Club that the Monday before he and Kim had become grandparents. Congratulations Bruce from the Club!
Allison Smith Coaching
On April 23, 2018, Alison Smith, Parenting Coach was present through “Google Hangouts.” Alison is an entrepreneur who started her own business called Allison Smith Coaching. Alison offers confidential solutions for modern parents, both online and in person. Alison has a modern approach to business where a majority of her work is in an online environment. She does private coaching, workshops and groups, holds Facebook forums, blogs, makes videos, writes downloadable guides, and sends weekly email tips to subscribers. Alison’s website is http://alisonsmithcoaching.com/.
After her visit to our Club a couple of weeks ago, Alison was asked to share how she was using Google Apps in her business and how the Apps might be beneficial for a volunteer group. In order to effectively use Google Calendars all members would need to have a Google account. Notifications of meetings could be sent through the calendar with the recipient being asked to accept or deline. Reminders can be sent automatically. Files for the Club could be kept on Google Drive and would have the advantage of more than one person working on a document at any given time.
We were also pleased to have Blaine Higgs, leader for the opposition with us for the meeting. He was the guest of Rotarian Bruce Northrup.
While with us, Blaine’s name was drawn as the lucky winner for Chase the Joker. The pot was $350.00, but he did not draw the Joker.
PETS / SETS
The PETS / SETS meeting for incoming Presidents and Secretary’s was held in Fredericton on Sat., April 21. 2018.
At the PETS/SETS meeting, it was announced that District Dues would be going up by $3 for a total of $50 per Rotary member.
Our guest speaker for April 16, 2018 was Randy Dickinson. He is currently retired but is well known for his advocacy efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities. Randy served in various professional positions during his career including Director of Camping and Community Relations and later as the Executive Director for the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled, now known as Easter Seals NB.
Randy Dickinson gave a brief history of Camp Rotary. This Camp was started in 1952, 66 years ago, at the time of the polio epidemic. Although formed to serve people with disabilities, only those with mild disabilities attended in the beginning years. Over time, the facilities were upgraded so many types of disabilities can be accommodated – diabetics as well as the physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged. The Camp has professional staff who provide training. Meeting other campers who also face challenges helps campers gain acceptance of their own disabilities. The Camp was first started by the Rotary Club of Fredericton but is now administered by Easter Seals NB. This past summer 450 people participated in the Camp.
Randy shared his personal story as a former camper and the impact of winning two trophies at the Camp – one for best camper and one for best athlete. Randy showed the Club these trophies that had weathered a house fire and stated these awards were among his most-prized possessions. The Rotary Camp for Randy meant a series of “first times” in his life and ended up shaping his career. Randy was awarded the Order of Canada in 1999 for his community service.
Christine Moffett thanked Randy for his most inspirational talk.
At our meeting on Apr. 9, 2018, we welcomed two guest speaker groups.
First was Elaine Shannon (left) who provided advice on how to make the most of your time in the workplace. Each attendee was given a list of priorities and asked to pick five that were the most important to them. Elaine recommended evaluating everything through the “funnel” of our main priorities and also to take 30 minutes at the end of the day to set priorities for the next day. This allows an individual to “hit the ground running” at the start of each new day.
Elaine is pictured with President Lisa Brown holding the “thank you for being our speaker” booklet which will be delivered to the Sussex Public Library in her name.
Crosswinds in our Community
Our second speakers were Stacey Geldart & Jenny Powell of Crosswinds who reviewed a PowerPoint on the role of Crosswinds in the community. Crosswinds has been in existence for more than 30 years and specializes in assisting individuals with disabilities. One major focus of Crosswinds is to teach workplace essential skills including reading, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, computer use, and continuous learning.
Stacey and Jenny handed out information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the Crosswinds Race that will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Rotary Leadership Institute
On April 7, 2018, Rotarians from District 7810 gathered in Dieppe, NB for Rotary Leadership Institute Level 2 Class training. Feedback says it was a “blast”, and a great day learning about the world of Rotary!
Sussex Rotarians attending were President Lisa Brown standing on extreme left, and vice President Tina Monahan, sitting second from right.
Leonard’s Gate 2018 Commencement
On Mar. 28, 2019, Rotarian Jason Thorne sent President Lisa Brown the following email and the above picture:
If you’ve not seen it already. The Rotary logo will be installed along with the finishing touches after the main structure is up.
Please share with the club.
On this date, two sections of the roof had been installed. Pictured in the background is John Dysart’s crane which was used to lift the roofs in place. The roof was built in sections at Kings County Mechanical’s shop and transported to the site by trailer in sections.
Kings County Record Leonard’s Gate Update
On Mar. 27, 2018, the article below appeared in the Kings County Record giving an excellent story on Leonard’s Gate progree. Thanks Tammy Scott-Wallace and Tiffany Lewis!
Josh Cameron Classification Talk
Rotarian Josh Cameron was our speaker on Mar. 19, 2018, and gave his Classification talk. Josh described himself as a “Sussex Boy.” He graduated with a BSc from St. Francis University and then his B.Ed from Memorial University. Presently Josh is working on his Masters in Resource and Special Education from Crandall University.
Josh’s teaching experience has had variety, including teaching in England for a year, supply teaching, working at Crosswinds, and instructing at PALS. An entrepreneurial spirit arose when Josh saw the needs. Josh opened his own tutoring business known as ACT (A Choice Tutoring.)
His website can be found at http://joshuajcameron.wixsite.com/achoicetutoring/about-us Tutoring is for all ages and extends beyond high school.
Josh unveiled plans to help students apply for scholarships and prepare for university.
Josh was thanked by Rotarian Rhoda Wilson.
The Jan. 29, 2018 meeting was a business meeting where Club business is discussed with the majority of Committee chairs giving updates on their activities.
At the beginning of each meeting, an appointed Rotarian takes a minute to educate the Club on a facet of Rotary, and it is called “The Rotary Minute”. Jason Thorne (pictured above) reviewed a recent article from the Rotarian entitled “Service above Selfies”. Photo contests have been an annual feature in the Rotarian for 90 years. The deadline for this year’s photo contest is February 15. Winning photos are printed in the Rotarian.
Regional Service Commission 8 Three Bag System
Christine Moffett introduced Elissa Colpitts as our speaker on Jan. 22, 2018.
Elissa from Regional Service Commission 8 (RSC8) gave an informative presentation about the three-bag garbage system. Although some residents have concerns about the system being too complicated, it is expected that the amount of garbage diverted out of the landfill site will increase to 70%. The three-bag system is designed to reduce costs and also increase revenue. This is possible because there is less contamination of green garbage (organics) and the facility will be able to make and sell Grade A compost. Landfill cells cost two million dollars; and in the past, cells have lasted only two years. Cells are projected to last three years. Businesses and apartments are starting to participate in the three-bag system, and the Commission hopes to edit tipping fees to encourage more compliance. The presentation ended with a time of questions and answers.
Garbage schedules and search features for what garbage goes in what bag can be easily accessed from the RCS8 website or from its mobile App RSC8.
Rotarian Rhonda Haynes thanked Elissa for her enlightening talk.
Classification Talk by Christine Moffett
On Jan. 15, 2018, Alex Coffin introduced Christine Moffett who gave her classification talk.
Christine Moffett became the Director of Nursing at the Kiwanis Nursing Home in the Spring of 2017. Keri Marr, an Honourary Member of Sussex Rotary, encouraged Christine to join the Sussex Rotary Club. Christine is a graduate of Sussex Regional High School and UNB’s Bachelor of Nursing program. Christine’s nursing career has involved working at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, the Emergency Room, Extramural and at the Shannocks. Presently the Kiwanis Nursing Home has 70 beds but the new expansion will increase that to 100 beds. Staff numbers, presently 50, are expected to increase to the point that the Kiwanis Nursing Homes will become one of the largest employers in the Sussex area.
Christine was thanked by Rotarian Rhoda Wilson.
There was a great turnout to listen to Christine on Jan. 15. Pictured above (L-R) are Secretary Rhoda Wilson, Alex Coffin, Assistant Treasurer Bob Short, Past Assistant Governor Keith Lyons, Donna Gilchrist, Sergeant at Arms Shelley Vail, Pastor Don Ingalls, PP Bob Tremblett, Craig Long, Fire Chief Harold Lowe, PP Lou McNamara, Robert Lockhart, Bob Black, PP Robert Kimball, Rhonda Haynes, and Treasurer Mary McNair. The picture was taken by President Lisa Brown.
The Rotary Club of Sussex wishes you a Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018!
The Sussex Rotary Brew Fest
Coming to Poley Mountain, Saturday, June 16th, the first ever Sussex Brew Fest! Sponsorship opportunities for your company! Message us for details. Like and share the page for updates and upcoming ticket info www.facebook.com/sussexbrewfest.
Order tickets by clicking Purchase Tickets, or contact any Rotary member. They are available starting Jan. 31, 2018.
Our Club was so excited that the Kings County Record did a story on our upcoming Sussex Rotary Brew Fest.
See the KCR story below:
Craft beer festival to hit Sussex
TIFFANY LEWIS KINGS COUNTY RECORD
SUSSEX• Sussex will get its first sip of a craft beer festival this summer.
The Sussex Rotary Brew Fest will take place on June 16 of next year and will showcase a variety of craft beer, spirits, cider and wine from the Maritimes for people to sample and peruse.
The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Sussex, a service group aimed at promoting peace, building local economies and supporting education among other goals, and will be held at Poley Mountain. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests will receive a five ounce glass at the event where they will be able to meander to different craft beer booths for two and a half hours and take their pick at different samples.
“I think it’s going to be a great event,” said Lloyd Chambers of the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival who will be organizing the one in Sussex.“The Rotary Club of Sussex does all kinds of great work. It’s a great team and it’s an opportunity for people to come and try products they may not have tried or they’ve thought about trying, or even if they’re not familiar with craft beer they can come and there’ll be something in there I’m sure they’ll enjoy.”
The event falls on Father’s Day weekend, a time Angie Cummings, director of the Rotary Club of Sussex and chair of the Brew Fest Task Committee, said is a great fit for such an event.
“It’ll be a good opportunity for dads to get out and celebrate and a wonderful Father’s Day gift for someone to give their dad a ticket for,”she said.
Chambers said he will be reaching out to the 30 breweries in the province and will also invite the new distillery in town, Sussex Craft Distillery, to attend. The dairy town was attractive pick for the festival organizer.
“I think Sussex is a great spot. It fits into a lot of what craft beer is, a lot of local stuff with all the farming in Sussex and stuff like that, so it just seemed [like] a really good fit,”he said.
An emphasis on safety will be key for the event. Chambers said he will be focusing on getting people transported to Poley Mountain safely and will be looking into bussing options and other designated driving methods.
“We want to make sure everyone’s really responsible,” he mentioned. “We’ll put on a really good festival, everyone can enjoy tasting all the different craft products from Atlantic Canada plus that they’re being responsible and we’re helping them look after themselves and make sure they get home safe.”
VIP tickets will also be available which will offer people three and a half hours to try out the different samples. Tickets will be available in the next two to three weeks, Cummings said. An announcement for the tickets will be posted on the Sussex Brew Fest.
Proceeds from the 2018 Sussex Rotary Brew Fest will support the great work done by the Sussex Rotary Club.
Alaina Lockhart, MP addresses Club
For our last meeting of 2017 on Dec. 17, Rotarian Ian Smyth introduced Rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP for Fundy Royal. Alaina has served on a number of Standing Committees including Agriculture, Agri-Food, and Veteran Affairs. Since her election, Alaina has presented two motions in the House of Commons focused on growing the economy and strengthening the workforce in Atlantic Canada.
Alaina Lockhart, MP talked about the Government’s programs for small business. The government has done several things as incentives for small business including a reduction in taxes, the establishment of a reference website for all interested in starting a new business https://canadabusiness.ca; support of youth entrepreneurs or futurepreneurs https://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/ , increasing social programs through the Tax Free Canada Child Benefit, attracting skill sets for economically- challenged Atlantic Canada, and increasing immigration numbers to lessen the impact of changing demographics with an aging population, and changes in EI for students who are returning to school. These are all efforts to build the middle class.
Alaina was thanked by Rotarian & MLA Bruce Northrup.
Kings County Interact Club
Sophie Sharp for the Kings County Interact Club then reported of the success of the Purple Pinky Day at Sussex Elementary School. Students were educated first in the significance of eradicating polio. Then on the day of the event, that included the wearing of pajamas, 500 students had their little finger painted pink and donated $1 each. Interactors were congratulated on their endeavours.
The Interact Club then lead all attendees in an engaging team-spirited game.
Rotarians were given three balloons and a package of ladies panty hose. They were then challenged to inflate the balloons, and stuff them into the panty hose. Pictured above are Sophie Sharp (L-R), Christine Moffett, Jason Thorne, and Mary McNair.
The first three to get three balloons stuffed into the panty hose took a seat in the winners chairs.
The winners, shown above, were JC Robert Lockhart, Robert E. Kimball, and Jason Thorne. Congratulations!
Salvation Army Kettle 2017
The Rotary Club of Sussex had another successful week working the Salvation Army Kettle at Sobeys in Sussex the week before Christmas, 2017. It took on an international flare with representatives from Canada, Turkey, Germany, and Hong Kong.
In the top photo is Rotarian Jason Thorne with his daughter Maya Thorne and his nephew Elliott Chang from Hong Kong.
In the second picture are Batuhan Erol from Turkey on the left and Levin Doganhan from Germany on the right. Both boys are part of the Atlantic Education International student program and are here for the school year. Batu’s host family is Rhoda and Tim Wilson, and Levin’s host family is Greg and Velda Balcom.
Pictured below is Rotary family members Alaina Alexander, and her daughter Lily of the Interact Club.
The above article was in the Jan. 3, 2018 issue of the Telegraph Journal.
Trip Draw 2018 Announced
Need an idea for a last minute gift idea? Do you have friends or family that love to travel? Well look no further! Purchase a Rotary Holiday Ticket and help us to support our community to make it a better place. Please private message us and we will make sure you get your ticket before Christmas Day!
This promo was created by our own Rotarian Mark Savidant and was on Facebook on Facebook Nov. 19 2017 to announce the 2018 Trip Draw. Great work Mark!
Christmas Gathering 2017
On Nov. 19, 2017 club members and guests had a lovely evening hanging out with like-minded Rotary friends at the Gasthof Old Bavarian Restaurant in Knightville! Great food and entertainment!
Pictured above are (left side) Kim Northrup, Shelley Vail, Cindy Dubois, Ian Smyth, Don Dow; (right side) Bruce Northrup, Malcom Vail, Jeff Dubois, Harold Lowe, Matt White.
Club’s First Facebook Contest
During November & December 2017, our Club conducted a few Facebook contests to increase the number of followers. We would like to thank the sponsors who donated prizes toward this endeavor. The Club increased the followers from XX to over XX. Job well done!!
The first contest on Nov. 29, 2017 was a chance to WIN a $25 Gift Certificate for All Seasons Restaurant, Sussex. Rules: (1) Must LIKE our Page first (2) Like and Share Contest. Good Luck!
The Winner of our $25 Gift Certificate for All Seasons Restaurant in Sussex is Dorothy Folkins.
CONTEST # 2 Dec. 12th, 2017! Chance to WIN a movie package donated by Rotary President Lisa Brown. The Winner of Our Movie Package was Tanya Coates.
CONTEST # 3 Dec. 20th, 2017! Chance to WIN an “Inflatable Life Jacket”. Retail value of $150.
Rules: (1) LIKE Our Page First (2) Like and Share the Contest. Good Luck! Thank you to Jeff and Rotarian Cindy Dubois for this prize donation! The WINNER of our “Inflatable Life Jacket” for the Dec. 20, 2017 draw was Jenn Gray.
CONTEST # 4 Dec. 21, 2017! In time for Christmas! Chance to WIN a Fingerling! Good Luck! Thank You to Melissa and Robert E. Kimball for this prize donation! The Winner of the “Fingerling” on Dec. 23, 2017 was Gwen Pope! Gwen messaged back “I’ll have a very delighted granddaughter when she hears this news! Thank you so much!”.
Sussex School Band Program
On Dec. 11, 2017, Rotarian Rhoda Wilson introduced Anna Clarke who is a Grade 12 student at Sussex Regional High School and member of the school band; and Jeanette Fisher who has been a music teacher for the last seven years at Sussex Middle School.
Anna’s interest in music started at an early age. At first Anna’s interest was just singing but as opportunity came along she joined the school band. Anna resisted the temptation to quit band when her mother insisted that she must remain in the band for the entire year which later unfolded to provide an experience to travel and see other bands and quality musical performances. Presently there are more than 70 different students involved in four different programs. There is a beginning elementary school band, and more experience band for the elementary grades, a combined Middle School and High School band, and a High School Jazz band.
Jeanette Fisher stated that the school curriculum allows for 12 weeks of music instruction and that is not enough time to learn a musical instrument. The band program is extracurricular and has a $100 band fee. There are many benefits for learning music and developing musical skills. Music increases memory capacity – up 34%, improves motor skills by using hands, refines time management and organization skills, builds confidence, helps with reading and math, teaches perseverance, sharpens concentration, relieves stress, provides a means of self-expression, and uses both sides of the brain.
One of the Band’s greatest needs is for new instruments as these are very costly. Jeanette presented a list of needed instruments and finished by showing the Club the video that the band had done for the Sobey’s video competition, “Star of Christmas.”
Our guest speakers were thanked by Rotarian Harold Lowe.
New Leaders at the Salvation Army
Bruce Northrup introduced Lt. Lance Gillard who recently arrived in Sussex as our Dec. 4, 2017 speaker. He and his wife Monika are the new leaders at the Salvation Army. Both Lance and Monika were part of the Canadian military and then later made a career change to become pastors for the Salvation Army Church.
Lt. Lance Gillard circulated statistics about the usage of the Salvation Army here in Sussex showing the increase in the number of requests this year compared to last year. The Army is receiving more requests this year and he attributed this to the fact that Unemployment Insurance for miners has run out. The Salvation is a member of the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks and this makes it possible to work with other groups who are giving to those who are in need and also the “working poor.” Even though it may not be visible on the streets, there are people “living on the streets in Sussex.” Often this is termed “couch-surfing” and the Salvation Army is regularly receiving requests for lodging.
Lt. Gillard reported that the Salvation Army is looking for an individual who would be willing to offer a family budgeting class.
The Sussex Salvation Army Thrift Store is a source of revenue for social programs and offers good quality items at reduces. Lt. Gillard believes in partnering with the community and thanked the Rotary Club for joining in and helping with the Christmas Kettle.
Rotarian Don Ingersoll thanked Lt. Gillard for his presentation.
Sussex Health Center Foundation
On Nov. 20, 2017, Alex Coffin introduced our guests, Vernon Seeley and Monica Tayes, from the Sussex Health Centre Foundation.
Vernon Seeley and Monica Tayes shared a Powerpoint presentation about the Sussex Health Centre. The Foundation has initiated several projects to help the Centre including the purchase of digital imaging equipment for mammography, refurbishment of the operating room, and set-up of a 8-chair dialysis unit. The Centre also has a diabetic teaching clinic, palliative care facility and an IV day hospital. A recent fundraiser where tickets were sold on a Jeep Ranger netted $15,000 in profit.
The Centre serves a population of 35,000 in the Sussex area; and because of our facilities, we have Saint John doctors do clinics and use the operating room. The operating room in Sussex has been used to reduce the wait time for surgical procedures in this health region.
The Foundation hopes to embark on a new project that will involve raising funds to purchase ultrasound equipment that will assist with the mammography clinic. The cost of this equipment is $149,000.
Vernon and Monica were thanked by Rotarian Jason Thorne.
One Day.One Focus: Ending Polio
Rotary International’s 5th annual World Polio Day event was co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, USA. They streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters, bringing together more than 100,000 viewers around the world. The world watched a video featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing Rotary’s progress on the road to polio eradication.
In Sussex, President Lisa Brown (center in red jacket) and Rotary’s New Generations Chair Alaina Alexander to Lisa’s right, and Rotarian Jason Thorne ((far left) joined with the Interact Club members in front of the Town Office to promote “End Polio Now”.
The Rotary Club of Sussex is 40 Years Proud this month! We would like to thank Past and Present Rotary Members who have worked so hard serving the Sussex Community, and to teh communities for your support the past 40 years.
President Lisa Brown
President Lisa Brown was our speaker on Nov. 6, 2017. Lisa started her talk off with a great ice breaker and a lot of plastic saran wrap.
She showed an interesting video on balance and white space in your life. “How to turn busy into balance”. Angie thanked Lisa interesting talk.
First Business Link Ups Meeting
Rotarian Don Ingersoll introduced Paul Kearley as our speaker on Oct. 30, 2017. Paul has been working with the Dale Carnegie Association for more than 30 years. Prior to this he served with the military. Paul has three grown children.
Paul reviewed the Dale Carnegie Maritime Vision which is, “Building Canada’s leaders to create exciting and profitable organizations.” There is a belief that everyone has inherent greatness. Paul works with individuals and businesses to help them reach their full potential. Personal development is key and not only are attitudes and knowledge important but habits and skills need to be practiced and improved. Although Paul lives in Sussex he has presented to thousands of individuals and travels frequently. Some of the tools that Paul uses to promote his business are LinkedIn and also his website.
Rotarian Rob Kimball thanked Paul for his informative classification talk.
World Polio Day, October 24th
October 24th, 2017 was World Polio Day, and the Town of Sussex raised the flag purchased by the Rotary Club of Sussex to support international efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.
Holding the flag are Donna Gilchrist ( Rotary International Committee Chair) and Rhoda Wilson (Secretary).
Fundy Support Coats for Kids
On Mar. 23, 2017, Fundy Mutual Insurance Company made a donation for $500 to support The Rotary Club of Sussex’s Coats for Kids program.
Pictured above are (L-R) Don Ingersoll, Shelley Vail, Doug Kelly (Fundy Mutual Insurance), Angela Cummings (Coats for Kids Committee chair), Mary McNair (Treasurer), Bruce Northrup and Ian Smyth.
JDI Woodlands Division
Ian Smyth introduced Greg Adams from JDI Woodlands Division on Aiton Road as our October 23, 2017 speaker. Greg is a registered professional forester in New Brunswick and obtained his BScF from Lakehead University and an MScF from the University of New Brunswick, specializing in forest genetics. Greg manages/advises research and development programs for J.D. Irving, Limited. Trees from the Sussex Nursery were chosen for a science experiment for NASA to determine the effects of gravity on the growth of a tree. Over his career with the company Greg has overseen the development of the tree improvement programs and managed company-wide silviculture and tree nursery production.
Greg gave a history of the Irving Tree Nursery that started in 1973. By the end of next year, it is anticipated that Irving will have planted one billion trees as part of its silviculture program. In 2015 a new laboratory was completed and research is ongoing to produce the best tree that is most resistant to disease and fungus. This is done by picking trees with strong characteristics and grafting branches on other trees so there is genetic identity to the good tree. Irving operates a large orchard in Parkingdale where trees are cross pollinated. Seedlings are grown in the Sussex Nursery and then planted in various locations throughout the Province. The nursery is presently doing research to benefit the production of potatoes.
Rotarian Shelley Vail thanked Greg.
Saint John Rotary Presentation
On Oct. 16, 2017, our own Rotarian Driscoll was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Saint John. Rob spoke on Membership Development. His talk was well received with numerous questions.
Pictured above (L-R) are Keith Miller, Imelda Gilman, JC Robert Lockhart, Rob Driscoll, PP Frank McCarey, Kit Payne, Brent Cheverie, Ashley Scott, PP Bob Boyce, PP Jay Kimball, Brain Fitzpatrick, PP Charlie Fraser, PP Rod Flood. Photo taken by President Sally Cummings.
On Oct. 5, 2017 the Budget Committee met at All Seasons Motel to finalize the Club 2017-18 budget for presentation and final approval of the club membership.
Pictured above are Mary McNair- Treasurer, Jason Thorne, Alex Coffin, Cindy DuBois- A. Treasurer, and President Lisa Brown.
For our Oct. 2, 2017 meeting, Jason Thorne (Right) introduced Mary Ann Gallagher (Left) who is presently the Regional Manager for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Mary Ann is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and has previous work experience at Bell Aliant, Irving Oil, and Benjamin’s Books – an Independent Children’s Bookstore.
Mary Ann Gallagher gave a very informative talk about Jumpstart which is a charity that assists financially disadvantaged kids and helps them to participate in organized sport and recreation. Information is kept confidential but this Charity requests income statements from families in order to assess need. An individual may apply for a $300-grant twice per year. This charity also receives requests from communities who are attempting to run an organized sport but families are unable to cover the entire cost of the sport.
Since 2005, $127,761,480 has been donated Jumpstart in Canada. In Sussex last year $27,995 was given to 142 kids. Presently the overall ratio is 63% boys and 37% girls. The breakdown of ages is as follows:
4 – 8 year olds 26%
9 – 13 year olds 53%
14 – 18 year olds 22%
The top sports that are supported are hockey, skating, sledge hockey, soccer, and sport camp.
Interact Lickoff 2017
The Kings County Interact Club had their first meeting of the year on Sept. 27, 2017 at the Sussex Regional Library. Twelve young people were in attendance ranging from Gr. 8 to 12. They played some ice breaker games and introduced new members to the world of Interact. Their next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4th at 4pm again at the library. We are so fortunate to have under the umbrella of Sussex Rotary, the Kings County Interact Club! These young people are the future of Rotary and we are happy to support them in anyway we can for the good of our community! If you are between the ages of 12-18, please send us a message and we will get in touch with you with information on how to join this extraordinary service club.
Rotarians make final payment on Amphitheatre
On Sept. 25, 2017, Rotarians fisted the Town of Sussex Chambers and presented their final payment of $20,000.00 for their financial commitment on this project in Burton Park.
The Club made this $80,000 commitment in January 2014, and have made three large payments to the Town of Sussex.
“This now completed project will provide a long time benefit to the community, that all ages will enjoy for years to come”, said Rotary’s vice president Tina Monahan. “We are proud of our partnership with the town of Sussex and look forward to our next major project with them. Stay tuned for our next major project.”
Pictured above are Rhoda Wilson- Secretary, Don Dow- membership recruitment leader, Shelley Vail- Sergeant at Arms, President Lisa Brown, and Tina Monahan- Vice President.
Start Up NB- Rivers Corbett
Our guest speaker on Sept 25, 2017 was Rivers Corbett. Rotarian Paul Kearley introduced Rivers who is described as a “serial entrepreneur.” Rivers has started several different companies and has received numerous business awards including 2015 Business Person of the Year. Rivers is a founding board member of StartUP Canada and most recently joined Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB) as their first entrepreneur in residence.
Rivers Corbett spoke about the growth of StartUP communities in New Brunswick which started in Fredericton and now has expanded to eight communities, including Sussex. Matt White, Cathy MacLeod, and Jamie Kindred are among the Sussex organizers. StartUP Canada is committed to developing programs, supporting empowerment, accelerating growth, and connecting entrepreneurs across Atlantic Canada. Rivers is presently working for Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB). Rivers was asked about the new tax law and the impact that this is going to have on the growth of small business. Although the organization was formed to help entrepreneurs, StartUP is increasingly being asked about the tax implications of proposed legislation. Rivers hopes that his organization can have an impact as a lobby group to affect changes to tax reforms and also to promote small businesses.
Mr. Corbett was thanked by Rotarian Donna Gilchrist, and a children’s book will be donated to the Library in his name as a token of our thanks for his talked.
After the meeting, the Social Events & Fellowship Committee met and as a result have come up with some really fun activities for our members to do together! Looking forward to an update at the business meeting on October 16th! Great job Christine Moffett, Tina Monahan- Chair, Alex Coffin and Tracey Wallace!
District Conference 2017
(L-R) President Lisa and ADG Bob with Interactors (Get Names).
The 2017 District Conference was help the weekend of Sept. 22at Rodd’s Motor Inn Miramichi, the home of District Governor Sullivan. Our Club was represented by Director at Large Angie Cummings, President Lisa Brown (pictured below), and Assistant Governor Bob Tremblett.
Six members of the Kings County Interact Club had the amazing opportunity to attend the Rotary 7810 District Conference – Youth Program this weekend in the beautiful Miramichi.
The Interactors learned about climate change, planted a tree, as well as 100 tulips and crocus’s to celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.
And Master Thorne displayed the Canadian flag as part of the Celebrate Canada 150 years.
38 youth from the District participated in the conference, and together, they will change the world to make it a better place!
During the conference, baskets prepared by local Rotary Clubs were auctioned off to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. The big winner of the Sussex basket were Fenton Hickey of the Rotary Club of Bathurst. Fenton was just tickled, and knows who the “Beard Oil Guy” is! Thanks to Cindy DuBois for pulling this together. It was a hit!
District Governor Visit 2017
Our Club was pleased to host a visit from our District Governor, Iris Sullivan, on Sept. 18, 2017.
Bob Tremblett introduced District Governor Iris Sullivan. Iris was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club in Marathon, Ontario in 1989 and moved to the Miramichi in 2007 where she joined the Rotary Club of Chatham. She has held various positions and has served three times as Club President in Chatham. Her first career was nursing but later purchased two Robin’s Donuts Franchises. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been Rotarian of the year several different times. Iris views Rotary as her extended family.
District Governor Iris Sullivan gave an inspiration talk to the Club. She started with a direct message from RI President, Ian Griesley, and his theme of Making a Difference. Since becoming DG, Iris has now visited 36 out of 40 Clubs in District 7810. Her goal is to strengthing clubs and getting clubs to partner with each other and to partner with members of the community. One of her goals is to have Clubs collect volunteer hours and these can go toward a Presidential Citation.
Rotarians will shortly be receiving a survey with the results used to develop a strategic plan.
Iris encouraged as many as possible to attend upcoming Rotary Conventions and Conferences.
The District Governor was thanked by Past President Robert Kimball.
Muscular Dystrophy Pull 2017
On Sept. 16, 2017, Rotarians flipped burgers for the third year to assist with the southern New Brunswick Fire Truck pull for Muscular Dystrophy. 16 Teams of firefighters pulled a 35,000 truck the length of 100 feet to raise funds and awareness of Muscular Dystrophy.
Pictured above are Rotarians Rob Driscoll, Tina Monahan, Robert Kimball, and Josh Cameron.
Ashley Bliss leads her team “The Ash Kicking Girls”. Photo by Tiffany Lewis / Kings County Record.
Habitat for Humanity
Rotarian Ed Keith introduced Kevin Perry from Habitat for Humanity. Kevin had previously worked 26 years for Irving and 7 years for the Northrup Group. Kevin has done volunteer work for a variety of organizations and more recently became the CEO for Habitat for Humanity in Saint John.
Kevin Perry gave an informative talk about the work of Habitat for Humanity in the southern part of New Brunswick. Presently their work extends from Saint John to St. Stephen; however, Kevin’s hopes to expand into the Sussex region. The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to provide affordable housing to hard-working families who are struggling and unable to purchase their own home and presently live in social housing.
Habitat owns the house but expects that the family members provide 500 hours of sweat equity. Materials are donated, reused, and local companies are utilized to help the community where the house is being built. Families are offered no-interest, no down payment mortgages with monthly payments that do not exceed 30% of their gross salary. Partner families’ mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is reinvested into the community and the money is used to build more homes for low-income families. Administrative and operating costs for the organization are covered by their ReStores.
There is a store in Saint John where people can donate building supplies and then these materials are sold to the public.
Kevin was thanked by Rotarian Rhonda Haynes.
Public Relations Meeting
On Sept., 11, 2017, the Public Relations Committee met to make plans for the new Rotary year. Pictured from (L-R) are Lou McNamara- General Manager of CJCW Radio, Matt White- the Beard Man, Mark Savidant- Chair, JC Robert Lockhart- Webmaster, Lisa Brown- President.
Balloon Festival Breakfast 2017
The Sussex Rotary Club put on it’s first Big Fiesta Breakfast on Sat., Feb 9, 2017 at Leonard’s gate for the Balloon Festival. It was a lot of fun for the members and their guest helpers that morning.
Helping cook are Rotarians Paul Kearley (Left) and Jason Thorne.
Pictured above is past President Rob Driscoll with his son, Liam, showing the excellent breakfast served. Thanks Liam for your help!
Rotary at Work
One of the weekly projects of the Rotary Club of Sussex is assisting with the serving of breakfast at the Sussex Elementary School and the Sussex Middle School. Pictured above is President Lisa Brown and Terry serving at the Sussex Middle School Breakfast Club on Sept. 2017!
Canada Day Merit Award
The Sussex Rotary was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award given out at the New Brunswick Day celebrations at O’Connell Park on August 7, 2017.
Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Sussex to all who received special awards.
Accepting the Award on behalf of the Club were (L-R) Rotarians Jason Thorne,, Blair Hyslop, PP Bob Tremblett, Rhoda Thorne, President Lisa Brown, and Mayor Marc Thorne, who made the presentation on behalf of the Town of Sussex.
Student Exchanges 2017
We had two special visitors join us at our lunch time Rotary meeting on July 31, 2017 ! Rory Keith (right) from Havelock, NB and Anna Fluhr from Metz Tessy, France. Rory and Anna took part in the Short-Term Youth Exchange Program this year with the support of Rotary. Rory went to France and stayed with Anna’s family for three weeks and now Anna is here staying with Rory’s family for 3 weeks.
What an amazing opportunity! It was wonderful to meet you girls and thanks for sharing your experience with us!
Cory Bean, (left), a recent graduate of the Sussex Christian School and charter member of the Kings County Interact is in Ylivieska, Finland at the moment (Aug. 6, 2-17) taking part in Rotary’s Short-Term Youth Exchange Program! His exchange partner, Jesse Antinoja (right), was here in Sussex earlier in the summer staying with the Bean family learning and getting know more about our New Brunswick culture. What a great experience for these boys! We look forward to hearing all about Cory’s adventure when he gets back from his journey.
To learn more about Rotary’s exchange programs visit this link…
Chase the Joker Winner
Rotarian Sheri Shannon pulled the Joker from the deck on June 19, 2017 winning half the pot taking home $338.00. Congrattions Sheri!
Scotiabank Matching Grant
Pictured above are JC Robert Lockhart representing the Rotary Charitable Trusts, and Rotary President Rob Driscoll accepting the $5000.00 Scotiabank Matching Grant for the Charitable Trusts Dinner on May 4 from fellow Rotarian and Scotia Branch Manager Brenna Warner. Scotiabank have been strong supporters of the dinner and the Club greatly appreciates this support. Thank you!
Josh Cameron Induction
On June 19, 2017, Josh Cameron (right) was inducted into the Club by his sponsor, Ed Keith (left), and Club President Rob Driscoll.
International President of Toastmasters
Rotarian Ian Smyth introduced Jim Kokocki from Toastmasters on June 12, 2017. Jim is an entrepreneur and business consultant residing in Saint John. He has been a Toastmaster for 27 years and served on their Board of Directors. He has served as International President and even attained the highest level of achievement in the organization.
Jim Kokocki spoke of the mission of Toastmasters to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Public speaking is a focus of the organization and participants are trained to think on their feet when they are challenged to give impromptu speeches. A quick-thinking strategy is to remember this phrase “Past, Present, and Future” and to talk about the topic from this perspective. Toastmasters is an international body and Jim shared some of his experiences abroad. Toastmasters is focused on helping individuals to gain more self-confidence in their ability to speak publicly.
Jim was also thanked by Ian .
During the meeting, our newest Rotarian Tracey Wallace (left), was inducted into the Club by President Rob & Vice President Lisa.. Tracey is a Funeral Director with Wallace Funeral Home.
An amazing presentation on June 12, 2017 at Rotary. A lost Rotary treasure, a photo of the 1932 Rotary International District Conference held in Moncton. Special thanks to Terry Rogers (left) of the Sussex Select Funeral Home for giving us this piece of Rotary history. Pictured with terry receiving the gift are Vice President Lisa Brown and President Rob Driscoll.
Economic Development Officer
On 6, 2017, Rotarian Bob Black introduced Bill Thompson, the Economic Development Officer from Regional Service Commission 8 that serves the Greater Sussex Hampton area. Bill is a lawyer and has served in both the private and public sector.
After the closure of the mine in January 2017, Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce undertook a community engagement process lead by Blair Hyslop. Bill Thompson was hired by the Commission. Bill has an office in the Town Hall and his task is to work with the community to do business diagnostics, to develop community economic development strategies, to develop a communication plan, to lead an implementation plan, and to provide economic development services on an ongoing basis. The areas of focus are the following:
- Destination of choice (tourism, arts, culture, retail)
- Geothermal energy
- Food production and processing
- Low cost energy from insisting natural gas sources
- Targeted and aligned retail development
- Targeted and aligned training/education
Rotarian Mary McNair thanked Bill for his interesting talk.
Bob Tremblett introduced Drs. Daniel and Chantal Pillay, two medical doctors who came to Sussex in January from South Africa to the Club on May 15, 2017. At the present time only Dr. Daniel Pillay has been approved to practice in New Brunswick but both and developing positive relationships within the community.
Dr. Pillay and his wife are of Indian decent but both were born and raised in South Africa. In comparing South Africa to Canada, Dr. Pillay stated that 55 million people live in a country that is one tenth the size of Canada. South Africa is a mineral-rich country and produces 90% of the world’s platinum, 30% of the world’s gold, and was the first country to perform a heart transplant operation. South Africa is very multicultural and has 11 official languages. South Africa became a democracy in 1994 after 43 years of apartheid rule. Unfortunately, there are still deep wounds in the social fabric.
Dr. Pillay shared some of the obstacles with immigration and the medical re-certification process for Canada. Their journey to Canada started in 2013 but it has taken four years to complete the necessary paperwork. He praised the Canadian health care system for the equal access to health care for everyone. Despite the lengthy process and dramatic adjustments in climate, Dr. Pillays are appreciating the Canadian culture and its welcoming spirit.
Rotarian Melissa Cummings-Keith thanked our speaker.
President Rob Driscoll extended congratulations to Rotarian Blair Hyslop for being named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by his Atlantic Canadian peers at a conference in St. John’s, NFLD on May 17, 2017.
Clean Up Day 2017
The Sussex Rotary Club held clean-up day in Sussex at Discovery Park and at Sussex Elementary School on May 13, 2017 with Bruce Northrup, Don Ingersoll, Lou McNamara, Jeremy McNamara, Angie Cummings, Paul Kearley, Judy Kearley, Oliver, and Katie in attendance.
Mary Teakles-McNair also extended a thank you from SES Home & School- the playgrounds look awesome!
Great community job folks!
Rev. Don Ingersoll Classification Talk
On May 8, 2017, Angie Cummings introduced fellow Rotarian Don Ingersoll.
Rev. Don Ingersoll gave a Classification Talk. Don has spent all of his career in Southern New Brunswick. He grew up in Saint John, attended Kingswood University, and then graduated from a school in upstate New York. Don started off studying music but then transferred to a ministry program. Don is responsible for transforming Caton’s Island into a children’s camp after it was purchased by the Wesleyan Church. Don pastored Kings Valley Wesleyan in Quispamsis for 16 years and then 12 years at Moncton Wesleyan. Presently he is on staff at Sussex Wesleyan. Don talked about churches having a role in “adding value” to individuals and how society has been moving away from church attendance. At one point attendance drove engagement, but presently engagement is what drives attendance. This is a societal change and a philosophical shift. In telling his story, Don shared how a “crisis of faith” lead him to search for a pearl of eternal worth.
Robert Short thanked Rev. Don a very interesting talk.
Sussex Wellness Network
On May 1, 2017, Rotarian Ed Keith introduced Megan Miner.
Megan Miner spoke of her work with the Sussex Wellness Network in connecting members of the community with programs in the area, i.e., connecting families to the Family Resource Centre, Mental Health. The Sussex Wellness Network Centre is located at 38 Park Street, Unit 2, in Sussex. Megan explained programs like “Dial-A-Ride.” Volunteers for this program are needed and all that is required is a driver’s license and adequate insurance for a vehicle. The program will pay mileage for the drivers and provide service for community members who have a difficult time getting to necessary health-related appointments. A yearly membership of $20 is charged to clients of the Dial-A-Ride but the long-term cost savings to them is considerable.
Pam Drury, new Rotarian, spoke of her role with the center in offering programs related to mental health initiatives.
The Centre is about to launch a website but presently has an active Facebook page found at https://www.facebook.com/SussexWellnessNetwork/?fref=hovercard.
Megan was thanked by Rotarian Bob Tremblett.
AGM & Newest Member
On April, the Sussex Rotary Club held its Annual General Meeting to elect the Officer’s and Directors for the 2017 – 2018 Rotary year, and to conduct the year end business for the Rotary Year 2016-17.
At the end of the meeting, President Rob (right) and Secretary Rhoda (left) were pleased to induct our new Pam Drury.
Our own Lou McNamara
Bob Black introduced fellow Rotarian Lou McNamara to the membership on April 10, 2017. Lou is manager of the local radio station, CJCW, and is a community leader. Lou has been a Rotarian for more than 13 years and has served as President of the Rotary Club of Sussex. He presently sits on the Board for the Chamber of Commerce and is a regular at many community events.
Lou McNamara gave an informative talk about what goes on behind the scenes at CJCW. His PowerPoint included slides of new and old equipment and the progression to the digital age. Lou described radio as “theatre of the mind” and says that it is still popular because it is the media that can be listened to “on the go.” The goal of radio is information and music. CJCW focuses on the Top 40 for Contemporary Music with a blend of the 80’s and 90’s. The target audience is the 35-year old female.
Lou is from Cape Breton and studied at the Career Academy in Toronto and at a school in Halifax. His first radio job was in Port-a-Bas, Newfoundland, where he met his wife.
Lou traced the history of CJCW that began June 9, 1975. Presently the station is owned by MBS and operates 24/7. One of the most recent additions to the station is new equipment that allows for online streaming.
Rotarian Robert Kimball thanked Lou for his informative talk and for his part in making CJCW such an important part of our community. CJCW functions because businesses support it with advertising dollars and Lou’s influence has promoted volunteer work and advertisements for volunteer groups.
On April 3, 2017, Rotarian Mary McNair introduced Aaron Law (Right, with Matt White) who is a third-generation farmer from the Belleisle area. Aaron’s family is known for its egg production business and their movement toward sustainable development. The Law family are leaders in the community and in business.
Aaron Law focused his talk on the role of Social Media, both personally and in business. Aaron posts regularly on Facebook with a theme title of “Beyond the Gate.” Aaron offered six best practices to create an engaged following on social media. These were as follows:
- Ask the questions “What?” and “Why?”
- Who is your target audience (market)?
- Consistent messaging
- Post as you go
- Manage your time
- Master than duplicate
Aaron was thanked by past President Lou McNamara.
Adventure in Citizenship 2017
The Rotary Club of Sussex is very pleased to announce that Damon Brown, a grade 12 student from Sussex Regional High School, has been selected to participate in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program taking place in Ottawa this coming April 30th – May 3rd. Damon is a charter member of the newly formed Kings County Interact Club and has displayed “service above self” by volunteering his time …in our community to enhance the lives of others. We look forward to hearing all about your time spent in our nation’s capital Damon! Good luck and safe travels!
HISTORY OF THE ADVENTURE IN CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM
In 1951, The Rotary Club of Ottawa established its annual “Adventure in Citizenship” Program in which some 220 senior high school students, from across Canada, spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship. Public figures including former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Right Hon. Joe Clark, and the Hon. Ed Broadbent participated in the program as students.
This annual event provides a unique opportunity for a selected group of young Canadians to come together to gain a better understanding of our country. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, they learn a great deal about the workings of our democratic institutions. Through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves, they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
Interactors Sarah Hunt and Kristin Armstrong set up a table in the lobby at Sussex Regional High School during their lunch break on March, 2017 in hopes of recruiting new members for their Interact club! Success! Kings County Interact Club hopes to welcome 8 new members at their next regular meeting!
On March 30, 2017, Rotarian Tina Monahan posted the following posting on the Club’s Facebook page:
“Above we have 6 Rotarians from our growing Sussex Club. For a little fun, can you tell me the common denominator in this photo?
Our club is about friendship and lots of laughter and fun. This picture brought a few laughs!”
The many responses including
Shown in the picture above are (L-R) Bob Short, Bob Tremblett, Robert E. Kimball, Rob Driscoll, Bob Black, and Robert Lockhart, our six Bob’s, Rob’s, and Robert’s!
The Club also posted
Rotary Club of Sussex NB We are currently Recruiting more Rob’s and Bob’s!
Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce
On Mar. 20, 2017 Rotarian Shelley Vail introduced Ivan Graham (from left) who is the immediate Past President of the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce. Ivan is the Chief Financial Officer for Kingswood University and has worked there for 38 years. Sitting with Ivan are Rotarians Pastor Don Ingersoll, Bob Tremblett, Paul Kearley, and Gregg Keith.
Ivan Graham told inspiring stories about Sussex in the midst of a year when the media was reporting that “Sussex Died” after the closure of the PotashCorp mine where more than 400 employees were displaced. He reported that some businesses have recorded their best year as they have sought other markets and expanded their horizons. Ivan emphasized the importance of an optimistic attitude in order to see business move in a positive direction. Several community meetings were held to put together a strategic plan for the area. The community is moving forward by concentrating on the top potential areas determined. These are food production, geothermal energy, tourism and arts/culture.
Ivan was thanked by Rotarian Alex Coffin.
New Member Inductions
During the Mar. 20, 2017 meeting, President Rob and President elect Lisa Sharpe had the please of inducting two new Rotarians to our Club- Sheri Shannon and Matt White.
Dale Carnegie Course
In March of 2017, the Club sponsored a Leadership Training for Managers. It was a seven week course that taught you how to stop managing and start leading; and as a result, make you a vital part of your organization’s future. Managers were encourage to register early and learn about how you can apply for the Canada NB Job Grant by visiting our website at www.sussexrotary.org
Introduction of our Speaker for our Mar. 13, 2017 was done by Rotarian Paul Kearley.
Eugene Lewis is a retired UNB professor who has a concern for the environment and since his retirement he has been actively involved with humanitarian programs. Eugene’s slide presentation focused on his work in Haiti before and after the earthquake. Eugene reported that 35,000 Shelter Boxes were sent to Haiti after the earthquake. His work in Haiti led him to be asked to work for Shelter Box Canada. Eugene had on display all the contents that go inside the Shelter Box, which can sustain a family at times of crisis. Our Internet Club will be fundraising to raise funds to send to Shelter Box Canada.
Rotarian Harold Lowe thanked Eugene for his presentation.
The picture above shows the size and looks of the Boxes as shipped, and below is a picture of the contents.
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program
On Mar. 6, 2017, speaker was Laura Brewer who is the Therapy Dog Coordinator for the St. John Ambulance in New Brunswick. The St. John Ambulance is an organization that started more than 900 years ago. Originally the organization was known as a group of first responders. Many things have changed and St. John Ambulance is now involved with many different programs including the Dog Therapy program that commenced in 2006. Laura explained the importance of distinguishing between a therapy dog and a service dog. Therapy dogs are privately owned, wear a kerchief and can be petted; service dogs are for assistance, wear a vest, and should never be petted. Almost any breed can be used as a therapy dog but the dog must be well-mannered, safe, friendly with strangers, controllable as well as be up-to-date with immunization. These dogs have made a difference in the lives of many institutionalized patients who have difficulty with connecting with staff and their surroundings. One of the challenges of getting the dog therapy program off the ground was the belief that dogs would lead to a higher rate of infection and disease in the hospitals and nursing homes. Research has shown that this is not true; however, just like anyone who visits or works in a hospital proper precautions are necessary for both the dog, the handler, and the patients.
Our own Rotarian Cindy Dubois volunteers with her dogs. The Sussex Public Library will be hosting the therapy dogs on March 8, 10 and 11.
Laura was thanked by Rotarian Ian Smyth.
RBC Group Consultant
Rotary’s guest speaker on Feb. 20, 2017 was Susan Martin, Group Consultant for RBC who was introduced by her RBC colleague Melissa Cummings-Keith.
Susan started her career in the bank in 2004 and has worked in various leadership roles and is presently involved in mobile sales by working with companies on site to ensure the best possible retirement investment plan for company employees.
She was thanked by Rotarian Alex Coffin.
Club Membership 2017 Photo Op
After the Feb. 20 meeting, the Rotarians gathered to have the annual membership photo taken.
Pictured above are the following Rotarians:
Sitting: Secretary Rhoda Wilson, Tina Monahan, PP Bob Tremblett, P:resident Rob Driscoll, Treasurer Mary McNair, Bob Black.
Standing: Ian Smyth, Alex Coffin, Melissa Cummings-Keith, PP Donna Gilchrist, Shelley Vail, Ed Keith, Teresa O’Brien, MLA Bruce Northrup, Blair Hyslop, Honorary Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart, Matt White.
Salvation Army Certificate of Appreciation
On Feb. 17, 2017 members of the Rotary Club of Sussex were presented a plaque for their support on the Salvation Army Kettle Bell. The members supported the kettle bell for one full week, 70 person hours in total, the week before Christmas at Sobeys.
Pictured above are Salvation Army Major Judy Folkins, Rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP, Kathy Holloway, Salvation Army Kettle Bell Chair, Rotarians Lou McNamara, Tina Monahan, Bruce Northtrup, MLA, and Rhoda Wilson.
Blaine Higgs- Leader of the Opposition
Pictured above are Rotary President Rob Driscoll, Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Graham, Bruce Northrup, MLA, and Blaine Higgs, leader of the PC Party of New Brunswick and Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly.
Bruce Northrup introduced, Blaine Higgs, leader of the PC Party of New Brunswick and Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly to a joint meeting of the Sussex and Area Chamber of Commerce and our Club on 6, 2017. Mr. Higgs was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2010 representing the riding of Quispamsis. He held several ministerial appointments under the PC Government at that time, including Minister of Finance. Prior to entering politics Mr. Higgs worked as a mechanical engineer for Irving Oil in Saint John until retiring in 2010.
Mr. Higgs spoke about his platform when running for the leadership of the PC party and that was to build upon what other governments have done instead of criticizing and tearing down the work they have done. He was told by some that he would not win with this ideal; however, he did win the election and became head of the PC Party. He discussed how Government has a tendency to throw out plans of the previous party when a new party comes to power; however, he finds this counterproductive.
He discussed matters of electrical outages during major storms, the education system, and health care. He believes in going to the workers and getting them to come up with solutions to issues about becoming more productive rather than quickly going to outside contractors to come up with cost-cutting measures. Mr. Higgs pointed out that government promises made at the time of an election often are not paid for until another government has come into power. This is because projects are not paid for until they are completed, usually at the beginning of a new mandate. Mr. Higgs and his wife are presently learning French in preparation to serve the whole Province of New Brunswick.
Mr. Higgs was thanked by Rotary President Rob Driscoll.
New Generations Committee Meeting
The New Generations Committee held a lunch time meeting Smitty’s on Jan. 26, 2017! A lot of great stuff happening in the Rotary Club of Sussex involving our local young people! The Club is committed to involving youth in our community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Stay tuned to hear about the students that were selected for the Short-Term Exchange Program and the Adventures in Citizenship Program! …Very Exciting!
Pictured above are (L-R) are Rotarians Lisa Brown- Team Lead, Ed Keith, Shelley Vail, Angie Cummings, Bob Short, and Ian Smith.
Using the program Skype on Jan. 23, 2017, Rotarian and Team Chair of the New Generations Committee, Lisa Brown, introduced Angie Harris from the Dollywood Foundation. Angie has more than 20 years experience working with multicultural populations. She has served with the Peace Corps in Korea and Nepal. Angie has an interest in ESL and literacy.
Angie explained the background and the work of the Dollywood Foundation that is the organizational body that oversees the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a free children’s book distribution program. Dolly Parton started this program in 1996 in her home area – Sevier County, Tennessee. The program arranges for children up to the age of five to receive free monthly books that are age-appropriate. Presently the program has expended over the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Belize.
Angie was thanked by Rotarian Ed Keith.
Induction Brenna Warner
During the Jan. 23, President Rob Driscoll (right) inducted Brenna Warner (center), Branch Manager of Scotiabank, as our newest member. Brenna was proposed by Bob Black (left).
Kings County Interact Club Charter Night
FRONT ROW- LEFT TO RIGHT: Kristen Armstrong, Kassidy Tribe (Interact Club Secretary), Sophia Sharp (Interact Vice-President), Emma Wallace (Interact Club Treasurer), Cory Bean, Damon Brown, Rob Driscoll (Sussex Rotary President), Ginny Joles ( #7810 District Governor), Brianna Dunfield (Interact Club President), Alaina Lockhart MP, Sarah Hunt, Rhiannon Khedheri-Graham, Ruhiyyih Tahershamsi, and Shelby Dunfield.
BACK ROW- LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotarians Alex Coffin, Bob Short, Robert Kimball, Shelley Vail (Interact Advisor), Rhoda Wilson (Sussex Rotary Secretary), Bob Black, Bob Tremblett (Assistant District Governor) Gregg Keith, JC Robert Lockhart, Ed Keith, Angie Cummings, Lisa Brown (Interact Advisor), and Lou McNamara.
History was made in Sussex tonight, Jan. 16, 2017! 11 young people from our community were officially sworn in as Charter Members of the new Kings County Interact Club under the sponsorship of Sussex Rotary! A Charter Induction Ceremony took place at the All Seasons Restaurant with family, friends and Rotarians present to witness this special occasion! Thank you to all who contributed to a wonderful evening, Interact Advisor Lisa Brown wrote on Facebook!
Lisa wrote as a personal note “Proud to be a Rotarian and an Interact Club Advisor! What a wonderful evening celebrating the formation of the Kings County Interact Club!
Pictured above is Kings County Interact Club President Brianna Dunfield signing the Rotary District 7810 Govenor Ginny Joles’ banner.
On Dec. 30, 2016, Rotarian Lisa Brown wrote the following on Facebook: The Rotary Club of Sussex was first established in 1977 and 40 years later we are thrilled to announce that there is now a Rotary youth service group under our umbrella called the Kings County Interact Club and it will become official on January 16th! This is an event worth celebrating! If you would like to help us honor our young folks for their hard work in making this happen please join us! RSVP by January 9th .
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.
Angie Cummings Gives Classification Talk
On January 16, 2017, Rotarian Melissa Cummings-Keith introduced her sister, Angie Cummings as the speaker. Angie is a graduate of Sussex Regional High School and Dalhousie Unveristy. She is a Registered Respiratory Techonologist. She started her career in Nova Scotia working in a hospital. Angie particularly enjoyed working in a sleep clinic. In 2012 she moved back to Sussex with her husband and opened up her own Sleep Clinic. Angie keeps busy with community activities and has been involved in Relay for Life, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and has won awards for her accomplishments.
Angie of Sussex Sleep Clinic explained to the Club her work at the Clinic. Angie showed a video of snoring and explained that sleep apnea can often be caused by snoring and a restriction of airflow that interrupts sleep patterns. Angie demonstrated how the CPAP machine worked. Air and moisture is pushed into the air passageway similar to blowing up a balloon. Angie is also trained as a Tobacco Educator and assists clients who want help and support in smoking ceasation.
Rotarian Robert Kimball thanked Angie for her presentation and noted that several people in our community are now feeling healthier because of improved sleeping patterns.
Our local MP
On Jan. 9, 2017, Rotarian Angie Cummings gave the introduction to our fellow Rotarian, Alaina Lockhart. Alaina is a graduate of Sussex Regional High School and UNB Saint John where she obtained Bachelor of Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management. She has travelled worldwide, been an entrepreneur, and has severed the community in different avenues – Councillor for Norton, Chair for Relay for Life, and Board member for Fundy Enterprise. She is married to Rick and has a 14-year old daughter, Lauren. Presently she sits on two standing House committees – (1) Veteran Affairs and (2) Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Alaina Lockhart explained that she has a passion for veterans and for farmers, therefore, her membership on the two federal standing committees related to these topics are well suited. Some of Alaina’s priorities have been resource development, health, tourism, and strengthening the work force. Alaina emphasized the need for everyone to participate in public forums – meetings in local communities and/or social media – as the Government does listen to its people.
Alaina highlighted her efforts to get Private Members’ Motions, M-39, Immigration to Atlantic Canada passed. This was a recommendation to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to undertake a study on immigration to Atlantic Canada to strengthen the shrinking population and strengthen the economy. This was passed unanimously.
As part of Celebrate 150 the government will be handing out volunteer awards. The deadline for those awards is February 3, 2017.
Alaina was thanked by Rotarian Tina Monahan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to financially support this great youth program, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc., PO Box 7004, Sussex Corner, NB E4E 5M3 designated for “Imagination Library”, or call / email the contact info above. Income Tax receipts will be issued.
Rotary Club of Sussex
First Interact Meeting
Rotarian and students met on Nov. 14, 2016 afternoon to mark the very first Interact Club meeting in the history of Sussex Rotary! Below are the names of the enthusiastic students who came out to learn how they can serve our local and international communities!
Kassidy Tribe – Gr. 9, SRHS
Kristin Armstrong – Gr. 9, SRHS
Shelby Dunfield – Gr. 9, SRHS…
Sarah Hunt – Gr. 11, SRHS
Tylar MacFarland – Gr. 11 SRHS
Rhiannon Khedheri-Graham – Gr. 11, SRHS
Brianna Dunfield – Gr. 12, SRHS
Cory Bean – Gr. 12, SCS
What a great group of young people! There were some that could not make it for the first meeting but are hoping to come next week!
The meeting consisted of a few icebreaker games and then followed with discussions about possible service projects that the club could take under their belt. Rotary members Shelley Vail, Gregg Keith and Lisa Brown were in attendance to offer support. Next week’s meeting will take place again at the Sussex Regional Library from 4-5 pm. The focus will be learning about how to operate the club and understanding the roles that support it.
Interact is a club for young people ages 14-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. This club is open for students attending Sussex Middle School, Sussex Regional High School, Sussex Christian School and the Home School Community. If you are interested in joining call Lisa Brown 433-2273, Brianna Dunfield 434-3769 or Sophia Sharp 434-1936.
Amphitheatre Grand Opening
It was a great day for Rotary on July 1, 2015 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.
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.
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.
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!”.