Better Business Bureau
President Lisa Brown introduced Peter Morehouse of the Better Business Bureau as our guest speaker for our Mar. 25, 2019 meeting.
Peter lives in Halifax and is the Chief Executive Officer for BBB for the four Atlantic Provinces. Peter explained that BBB is non-profit, standard-based (not a pay-to-play organization), and a neutral and unbiased reporting agency. BBB does business reporting, dispute resolution, investigations, advertising reviews, scam awareness, and CAMVAP (Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan).
Although Atlantic BBB holds a rating on 5.2 million companies, there are only 400,000 that are accredited businesses. To become accredited, a company becomes a paying company which cannot have any outstanding complaint registered with the organization. BBB is a resource for both businesses and consumers.
Peter stressed the importance of staying on top of your image online, performing monthly audits, keeping your customers in mind, and engaging new clients with reviews.
Peter made available the following:
- Turning It Around – Managing Customer Complaints and Reviews (handout of Powerpoint Presentation).
- Trust. Atlantic Canada’s Smart Consumer Guide – Magazine put out by BBB offering advice to consumers and businesses
- Pamphlet entitled Top 10 Scams 2018 – Canada’s Most Recognized Scams
Peter was thanked by Lisa.
Sitting beside Peter is our Secretary Rhoda Wilson. President Lisa had the pleasure to advise that Rhoda will be our incoming President for the year 2019- 2020. Incoming President Tina Monahan had to step aside for a year due to business demands and challenges with their recent purchase of the Sussex Drive In and Camp Ground. The Club wishes Tina and Don all the best with this new business adventure!
Club Treasurer Talk
Especially for New Rotarians
Jason Thorne – The Role of the Treasurer. Jason reviewed the work of the Treasurer and gave all attendees an online look at our Club’s bank accounts. Several changes have been made this past year by integrating the bank account with QuickBooks so that transactions are automatically synced. Initially there was a steep learning curve but accounting has become more efficient and less time-consuming.
Jason thanked Mary for her continuing support when she “passed the torch.” The Club has two bank accounts. The Charitable Trust is a separate organization with its own Board of Directors and its own bank account. Presently all Board members have been given access to view our accounts online at any time.
Pictured with Jason is JC Robert Lockhart, the Secretary-Treasurer of The Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc. Robert & Jason work very closely in the managing and disbursements of the Club funds.
Sussex Multicultural Association
To open our meeting on Mar. 18, 2018, Rotarian Craig Long introduced Ethel Belliveau representing the Multicultural Association here in Sussex. Ethel has a Bachelor of Education degree, is a mother of four, and a business woman. She and her husband, Mark, were former owners on the Subway store in Sussex.
Ethel first got involved with internationals when she and her husband were looking for employees at the store. Due to a shortage of local people to fill positions, they recruited oversees. At the time there was no one helping immigrants and so she and her husband, Mark, tried to provide support services for the immigrant workers.
Ethel gave an informative presentation on population statistics for New Brunswick and Sussex noting that the birth rate is less than the death rate and communities are not sustainable if this trend continues. A copy of her presentation is circulated with the minutes.
Sussex’s Multicultural Association just recently received charitable status and has received a few grants but needs financial and volunteer resources. Immigrants need support once they arrive, i.e., getting registered, obtaining bank cards, finding housing, language training.
Irish Ancestry- President Lisa Brown
For our Mar. 11, 2019 meeting. Rotarian Shelley Vail introduced President Lisa Brown as our speaker. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Lisa Brown shared a PowerPoint on her Irish heritage explaining how she met her Irish husband, Seamus, in Toronto. Lisa included pictures of her many costumes (similar to Mr. Dress-up) and also scenery of Ireland where she once lived before moving back to New Brunswick. Lisa enthusiastically shared green scarves, stickers, and hats. Today’s props included early school readers, picture books, and a flag of Ireland (green, white, orange) signifying the Catholics, peace, and the Protestants.
Salvation Army says Thank You
Lt. Lance Gillard of The Salvation Army also visited us and presented the Rotary Club with a thank you letter and a certificate of appreciation for volunteering for the Kettle Bell the week before Christmas. This year $66,000 was raised. Each family was provided with a turkey, food hamper, clothing, pajamas, and toys for children.
The Feb. 25, 2019 guest speaker was Cain Harris representing Camp Rotary and Easter Seals NB.
Cain’s name around Camp Rotary is “Finch”. He came to Camp Rotary back in 2011 as a pottery instructor but soon after became the camp director and has continued in that role ever since. He showed a lot of love and compassion for his job and stated that “Rotary has done wonders for Camp Rotary”.
He spoke of the magic that happens at camp and the emotional connections that are made. The cooks cater to various dietary needs. They have special theme weeks for various age groups, such as MASH, or Golden Girls for the seniors, Easter Seals is for children with physical disabilities, Camp Goodtime is for children or young adults living with cancer (oncology nurse present for this week), and so on… Camp Rotary caters to people from 5 years to 85 years of age with varying levels of physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities.
They have a staff of 40+ and host around 60 campers per week. They have a 70-80% annual return rate for campers and a 45-60% return rate for camp counsellors. Many life long bonds are formed here.
Easter Seals handles the Administrative side of camp. If the Rotary Club of Sussex donates money to Camp Rotary, it goes to individuals from Sussex that will be attending camp.
Sussex Rotary Founder Lived Life
Service Above Self
Hazen Hogg – Hazen’s funeral service was on Saturday, Feb. 22nd , 2019 and many thanks were passed for those Rotarians that attended. Robert Black passed around an event program from our Sussex Rotary’s first Charter Night, which took place on Nov 2, 1977. The President at that time, and the first President of the Rotary Club of Sussex, was Hazen Hogg. Bruce Northrup asked for a moment of silence for Hazen, who will always be remembered as a great Rotarian. The Charter Night program is being sent out with the minutes.
The following article was from the Kings County Record Feb. 26, 2019, written by Tammy Scott-Wallace
When Hazen Hogg opened the first meeting of the new Rotary Club in Sussex 42 years ago, the pledge he made to service above self stayed with him a lifetime, his friends will say.
Hogg passed away on Feb. 15 at the age of 84, leaving behind a legacy of volunteerism and community building.
Bob Hutton was at that first meeting at the Maples Hotel in November 1977, now All Seasons Restaurant where Rotary meetings are still held every Monday.
“We were friends for a long, long time,” Hutton, 85, said of Hogg. The club Hogg led really fostered that camaraderie, he explained.
It was a gathering of businessmen in the day, and Hogg as a Sussex entrepreneur was determined to start a group in his growing community, sponsored by the Saint John club.
“He really felt Sussex was ready for a Rotary club, and it really has turned out to be a successful one,” his wife Birdie of 62 years said on Thursday. “Rotary and what it stood for was so important. He always thought it was special.”
Hogg helped collect 22 local business leaders who would come together for networking and friendship, and to give back to their community.
Hogg was the charter president of the Sussex club, and because of his contribution to Rotary, he was named the Sussex club’s first Paul Harris Fellow in 1986. It is the highest honour a Rotarian can receive, named for Rotary’s founder from New York, Paul Harris. Birdie said that recognition was among her husband’s proudest moments.
The Hoggs also hosted the first Rotary exchange student from Mexico in 1984, who they stayed in touch with over the years.
While family came first, Hogg had an undeniable passion for business, Birdie said.
“At 25 we moved into a brand new, two -story duplex on PEI he had planned,” she said. “One side’s rent paid for ours. Two years later he went around the corner and did the same thing again and rented those,” she explained. “He was ahead of his time in many ways, and he had more spirit like that than most people.”
Hutton admired that entrepreneurial spirit.
“Hazen was an entrepreneur through and through, but he also liked to be involved with what was going on in his community and with his family. That was very important to him,” said Hutton, who at the time Rotary was formed was running Huttons Dry Cleaning at what was the new Sussex mall downtown.
Hogg grew up on Prince Edward Island and came to Sussex with the PEI Schurmans to work at their lumber and building supply business in the old Sussex Ginger Ale building on Pleasant Avenue.
“After Schurmans left Sussex, Hazen decided he would strike out on his own and form his own business, HB Industries,” Hutton said. “The family was really settled here by then and wanted to stay.”
For 21 years at HB Industries, Hogg’s staff made scouring pads. Later he formed HB Marketing, which he worked at until he was 74, often making calls from the road as he travelled with Birdie in their motorhome, often to warmer climates in the winter, and parked on the shore of St. Andrews in the summer.
“He was a real salesperson, very outgoing” Birdie said. “He loved talking to people, and he was always sincere.
“He had a real wit and make people laugh.
“He was my best friend and soul-mate.”
The Hoggs raised four daughters in Sussex, and had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Hogg was active in St. Paul’s United Church, serving on many committees and as an elder for 30 years, and was active with the Liberal party.
New Member Zac Black
On Feb. 11, 2019, the Club had the pleasure to induct and welcome Zac Black into the Club. Zac’s sponsor was Alex Coffin. Zac is the new Business Manager for the Civic Centre.
Happy Bucks/Sad Bucks/Fines
Each week the Club’s Sergeant at Arms, Rotarian Shelley Vail pictured to the far right standing, takes a few minutes at the end of the meeting to collect funds through fines and Happy / Sad Bunks from those in attendance. It is a fun way to support the Club admin costs, and more importantly, to share what is going on in the lives our our fellow Rotarians. Great work Shelley.
Kimmirut Hockey Camp Visit
Our guest speaker for Feb. 4, 2019 was Robert Matthews. Robert was born in South Africa and met his future wife there when Julie Cunningham was doing mission work. Robert and Julie moved to Canada in 2012 and when seeking out employment Rob was hired as a teacher at Kimmirut on the Baffin Islands. Rob shared stories of his early moments at the Kimmirut school. Seeing the great need, he connected with people in Sussex to start a hockey camp for the youth. The Camp started in 2015 and has been a yearly event expanding to include a Music Camp. Presently Rob Matthews is a Music teacher at Sussex Regional High.
Greg and Jane Keith both shared stories of their involvement in the project and shared how listening to Inuit people has re-shaped their thinking about First Nations People.
At the conclusion of the talk and on the recommendation of the Rotary Club of Sussex Board and agreement of the membership, President Lisa Brown presented a $500 cheque to Rob Matthews to assist with the continuation of this camp initiative. Lisa stated that her company would also match that amount.
Rob thanked the Club for their ongoing support and welcomed Rotarians to become a part of the manpower team as well.
Wheels of Hope
Rotarian Paula Fleming also talked about the Polio “Wheels of Hope” of Nigeria Wheelchair program for polio survivors. Rotary Intentional is intent on eradicating Polio! But until then, we would like to help improve mobility for those that have been hit by it.
Wheels of Hope is an organization that provides wheelchairs for polio victims. Paula shared some testimonies of individuals whose lives were greatly enhanced by providing mobility support to polio survivors. Lives are changed when individuals can work and go to school like other members of the community. Upon recommendation of the Rotary Board, the membership agreed to donate $1,500 US to this project including the money that was raised from Purple Pinky Day. The Club agreed to divert some of its regular Foundation Polio Plus giving to assist with this project.
Another recipient, Ayuba Gufwan, is a Nigerian polio survivor who was given a wheelchair at the age of 18 by his uncle. This simple gift restored his dignity and changed the whole direction of his life. He went on to have a family, become a lawyer and then established HARC (Handicapped Advocacy and Rehabilitation Centre). Hand crank wheelchairs were made from old bicycle parts which gave the gift of mobility to polio survivors. This enabled children to go to school, adults can learn a trade and lead a productive life.
Ayuba partnered with local Rotary clubs in Jos, Nigeria, and then with the help of amazing Rotarians like Ann Lee Hussey and Al Bonney, Wheels of Hope was created to continue funding Ayuba’s dream.
A wheelchair costs only $150 US dollars and instantly changes lives and provides hope for a brighter future. Go to wheelsofhope.net to donate.
During the meeting, Stephanie Bickford-Parent was inducted as a new member into the Club. Stephanie is a Crisis Intervener at the Transition House.
Chase the Joker Winner
Treasurer Jason Thorne’s ticket was drawn during the Chase the Joker weekly fund raiser and he was the $212 winner. Congratulations Jason! The proceeds from the weekly draw go toward supporting the administration costs of the Club.
Melissa Honour (right) was the guest speaker for our Jan. 28, 2019 meeting, and was introduced by President Lisa Brown.
Melissa Honour shared a PowerPoint presentation of her story for her Classification talk. Melissa was born in Nova Scotia, spent her growing up years in the Miramichi, and graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Commerce. Melissa started working at Canadian Tire when her dad was the owner of the store in Miramichi. Melissa’s seven years of working for head office in Toronto was excellent training but she felt that she had more of an entrepreneurial spirit. Melissa left Toronto and moved to Saskatchewan where she returned to retail. Canadian Tire has a training program and a procedure that must be followed to become an owner. Melissa finished this program and had her first store in Mt. Forest, Ontario – then the second smallest Canadian Tire Store in the country. Last year on January 31 she took over ownership of the Sussex Canadian Tire Store. Canadian Tire has 20 female owners compared to 500 male owners.
Melissa spoke about her passion for community work and also the JumpStart program, which is a program that assists families in enrolling their children in sports. Melissa was a volleyball player during school and at university.
Melissa was thanked by Julie Matthews (left), and presents a thank you book which will be given to the Sussex Regional Library in her name.
At the Jan. 14, 2019 meeting, Alex Coffin introduced Past President Bob Tremblett as a family man, an entrepreneur, and a well-rounded contributor to his community.
Bob Tremblett presented his classification talk. Bob was born in Newfoundland and was trained as an electronics technologist graduating in 1982. He worked for Sears for 13 years fixing electronics. Bob Tremblett’s presentation included a picture review electronic technology, Bob explained how he moved from a technologist, to an electrician, and now how he still continues to learn by being enrolled in an Electrical Engineering course through UNB.
Even with stiff competition from many new electrical companies opening in Sussex after the mine closure, Tremtech has continued to expand and to diversify. Two of Bob’s wife and two sons work full time for the company along with several other tradespersons. Presently, Tremtech provides electrical service, electronic service, security service, and has expanded to online merchandising on the Internet.
There was a good turn out for the Jan. 14 meeting. Shown above from left to right are Secretary Rhoda Wilson, new member Sheri Shannon, Melissa Honour, Mary McNair, Donna Gilchrist, Paul Kearney, Bob Kimball, Bob Black, Julie mathews, Bob Short, Robert Lockhart, and our speaker Bob Tremblett.
Sussex Health Centre
On Jan. 7, 2019, our first meeting of the new year, Rotarian Christine Moffett introduced Monica Tays, Administrator of Sussex Health Centre. Monica graduated from the UNB Nursing program in 1991 and started her career at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She has worked in various departments during her career; several at SHS, including Emergency, Medical Intensive Care, Labour and Delivery, Family Medicine, and Emergency. Monica has been working as administrator for the past three years.
Monica gave Rotarians a visual tour of the Sussex Health Centre which is really more of a hospital than a health centre. The tour included pictures and stories of the facilities including the Country Mouse Gift Shop where gifts can be purchased tax free. Proceeds from the Gift Shop goes to their Foundation and recently $50,000 was donated toward the new ultrasound equipment. The Centre has a full operating room and several medical specialists come to Sussex to perform surgeries. A new anesthesiologist has just been hired and that has been an improvement. There are many Day programs including the IV Day Department, Dialysis Unity and the Specialty Clinics with 16 different specialties with 23 different doctors. Presently the facility has 25 beds plus two for overflow purposes and presently the Centre is filled to capacity.
Christine thanked Monica for her informative presentation.
The picture says all, but in addition to these words, we want to thank all the businesses, community leaders, and individuals that support Rotary in so many ways that allows us as Rotarians “To Do Good in the World”.
Trip Draw Promo 2018
The Rotary Club of Sussex’s biggest fund raiser is our Annual Trip Draw in February. Tickets are now on sale from club members, and sales are brisk. Rotary makes every attempt to contact last year ticket purchasers forst to renew their sale, and then new buyers are approached.
A few of our Rotary members gathered for a lovely Christmas Social at Knocks Cafe the evening of Dec. 21, 2018! Yummy nibbles and a nice relaxing atmosphere to hang out with like minded friends! ❤️
Happy Christmas everyone! 🎄😍
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive
It has been a Christmas tradition for some years now for the Rotary membership to take 2 hour turns attending the Salvation Army Kettle at Sobey’s. The last week before Christmas was no different in 2018. When incoming President Tina Monahan did he return, she invited her children, Emmerson & Marley, to share the experience of Rotary Community Service with her. What a great way to share Rotary at a young age, and make it a family experience!
President Lisa Brown also shared Rotary and Community Service by bringing Charlotte Crandell along for her time on the Kettle. Charlotte attends Lisa’s Tír na nÓg as a student.
And of Course, our Bob Black was there to help out.
Rotarian Alex Coffin took a few hours from his work schedule to help!
And our newest Rotarian, Sherri Shannon, who just returned to the Club, was there to do her turn.
Christmas Club Meeting
There was a great turn out for the Club’s Christmas luncheon held on Dec. 17, 2018 at the All Season’s Inn & Restaurant. Pictured (L-R) are Ian Smyth & President Lisa Brown (backs to us), Bob Black, Paula Fleming, Robert Lockhart, Bruce Northrup, Lou McNamara, guest Zachery Black, The Sussex Regional High School Jazz Band, student Lily Alexander, Judy Freeze, Christine Moffett, Tina Monahan, Kegan Wallace, Paul Kearley, and Bob Tremblett.
Special guests for the luncheon were 16 members of the Sussex Regional High School Jazz Band under the leadership of music teacher Rob Matthews. During the meeting. President Lisa Brown presented a cheque to the band in the amount of $4000.00 for the purchase of a much needed Tuba.
The students played numerous songs at the beginning of the meeting before heading back to class. Their contribution was greatly appreciated and a great addition to our Christmas meeting.
President Lisa wrote on our Facebook page that “👉Today was our last Rotary meeting of 2018 and we were privileged to have the Sussex Regional High School Band join us. What a talented bunch they are along with their band teacher, Rob Matthews! 🙌 Supporting the school band program is very important to our club and we were so thrilled to hear them play for us this afternoon. What a great way to end our year! All is good in the world of Rotary!”
Annual General Meeting Dec. 10, 2018
The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on Dec. 10, 2018 with President Lisa Brown officiating. Shown with her at the head of the table are (L-R) Past President Donna Gilchrist, Secretary Rhoda Wilson, Lisa, and Past President Robert Kimball.
At the meeting, resolutions to approve the previous AGM minutes were approved, as well as the financial reports for the Club, Charitable Trusts; the annual Club budget for 1918-19; appointment of an Accountant for the year ending June 30, 2019; and there was a discussion on the appointment of Diectors & Officers for the upcoming Rotary Year commencing July 1, 2019.
100 Women Who Care Kings County
Shown above are Kristy Waalderbos and Sally Kierstead presenting the “cheque” to Mary McNair.
On the evening of DEC. 4, 2018, Rotarian Mary McNair presented the Coats for Kids program to the 100 Women Who Care Kings County as a worthy recipient of their giving.
We were som pleased when they announced at their meeting that “The charity chosen to receive our collective donation tonight of $6900.00 was the COATS FOR KIDS program of the Sussex Rotary Club. Tonight was the 5th anniversary of forming our group and interestingly enough,our very first recipient 5 years ago was the Coats for Kids!! To date we have cumulatively donated just under $159,000.00 to 21 Kings County charities and non-profits.”
Mary said “We are so pleased the 100 Women Who Care Kings County choose our Coats for Kids program! Thank you!
The Rotary Club of Sussex began this initiative in 2001 and we work with the administration of elementary schools in Sussex, Sussex Corner, Apohaqui, Norton, Belleisle and Havelock to determine the needs each year.
Being ready for the elements is key to physical wellness as well as developing positive social skills and mental wellness. Children have improved self confidence, greater peer acceptance and improved school attendance when they are prepared with basic necessities.”
And most importantly, a huge thankyou to the 100 Women Who Care of Kings County for the great work they do in Kings County! It is greatly appreciated by all!
Our guest speaker fro Dec. 3, 2018 was Secretary Rhoda Wilson’s brother, Clinton Brabscombe who was introduced and thanked by Rotarian Paul Kearley
Clinton gave us a very informative talk on Parliamentary Law, based on the book “Robert’s Rules” by Henry Robert 1863. He was a first lieutenant and asked to serve as officer in his church. In the mid 1920’s, he needed to run meeting and came out with a vow to never lead another meeting without understanding Parliamentary Law – “how to conduct business and accomplish something”.
Six general principals of Parliamentary Law
1. Allows a group to make a decision in an orderly fashion.
2. The majority rules, a democratic decision-making method
3.The minority must not suppress, must listen to everyone.
4. Every member has the right to be heard and hear what other members have to say.
5. Every member has equal rights, privileges and responsibilities. .
6. Members have a right to know what’s going on. Any member can ask for clarification.
Types of motions
1. Main motion- gets business done, subject brought to assembly.
2. Subsidiary – does something to main motion ex postpone indefinitely.
3. Privileged – important motions that cannot wait.
4. Incidental, questions about procedural matters. Restorative, bring back motion previously dealt with.
1. Member makes a motion
2. Another member needs to second it
3. Chair states the question on the motion
4. Members debate the motion
5. Chair puts it to a vote
6. Chair announces the vote.
Michael Depp / Allen Price Induction Nov. 26, 2018
What an awesome day today at our Rotary meeting on Nov. 26, 2018! We inducted 2 new members! Allen D Price of Kingswood University (Right) and Michael Depp (on screen) of New Orleans, Louisiana and Millbrook, NB. For the very first time in the history of Sussex Rotary we inducted a member via FaceTime! Isn’t it amazing what you can do with technology? Their sponsor, Angie Marie Cummings, could not make today’s meeting so she tuned in via FaceTime as well!
At our Nov. 26, 2018 meeting, Rotarian Robert Kimball introduced Bonny Hill, who is a recently retired art teacher. Bonny’s talents and accomplishments are many. She has taught art, has directed several plays at the high school, is a part of the group Class Act, has had her work in several art shows, and in 2011 received a national award as Art Educator of the Year.
Today, Bonny Hill spoke of the work of AX, The Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex. Her presentation showed the improvements that the group had made on the former Tea Room, a building that is rented from the Town of Sussex. This building has become a hub of activity with art shows of various types and persuasions, multicultural events, summer camps for children, and encases Knocks Café which is managed by Ruth MacEachern. Presently Bonny is working on a pop-up village recognizing individuals and groups that have made contributions to the organization.
Paul Harris Recognition Night 2018
Over 90 Rotarians and friends gathered at the Sussex Golf & Curling Club on Nov. 21, 2018 to recognize (L-R) Bob Black, Muriel McCullum, and Phil Sherwood as the Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow recipients. The evening was filled with laughter as the Kings County Interact Club took snap shots during the evening of Rotarians and friends, and interacted with the guests to help make the evening a most memorable occasion.
The first recipient of the evening was Muriel McCullum (Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett, District Governor Silvan Bosca, Mrs. McCullum, President Lisa Brown). Muriel was born in Millstream. She and her husband Roy have been married 63 years, and have 6 children, 25 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.
Rotarian Jason Thorne introduced Muriel to the audience, and his opening remarks stated “It’s been said of this recipient that she has for some time, and continues to, put her whole heart and soul into her community, her pursuits and her family.”
She started her long time commitment with the St. John Ambulance in 1977 as a volunteer in the Sussex Community.n recent years our local St. John Ambulance instructors, under her leadership, teach an average of 1000 students in more than 100 courses per year.
In 2015, she joined with Nurse Practitioner Kelly Dunfield in educating the public on the value and use of epinephrine auto-injectors. Little did she know that it would be her making headlines first when she used devices made available under the program to save the life of a man in need.
She has been a volunteer with the RCMP Victim Services Program for the past 15 years.
Muriel currently dedicates any spare hours as a volunteer at the Sussex Sharing Club and thoroughly enjoys herself there while unpacking, sorting and pricing donations while, at the same time, socializing with the other volunteers.”
Our second recipient of a PHF recognition was Phil Sherwood. Phil was introduced by Shelley Vail.
Mr. Sherwood has worked for Sobey’s for 34 tears and has been manager at the Sussex store since its opening at the Gateway Mall in 2007. He is passionate about feeding the youth through school breakfast clubs, Stuff the Bus, and the Danny & Jessica Angel Foundation.
Phil has also been a leading partner in several community projects including the Sussex Middle School van project and the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving turkey drive.
In 2017 his store was 1st place winner of the Sobeys Star of Christmas Contest and he donated the $5,000 prize to the SMS and SRHS Band Program because they were in dire need of instruments.
Phil and his wife Vicki have 2 sons, and love living in Carsonville, NB.
Our third recipient was Rotarian Bob Black who was introduced by President Lisa Brown. Bob is a 38 year member of our Club, and this evening he was presented with his second Paul HArris Fellowship recognition, making him a PHF +1.
In introducing Bob, President Lisa stated “Bob is a very humble man. He said to me awhile back, “I don’t know why I am getting this award”. Well Bob, I am going to tell you why. You are appreciated and respected more that you will ever know from me and the rest of the membership and beyond.
A native of Saint John, and now lives in Kiersteadville with his wife, Ginette of 10 years. Between them they have five boys, Shaun, Barry, Mitchell, Mathieu and Stephane and 3 grandchildren Frankie, Carley and Hedley.
For about 13 years Bob served as the club’s Treasurer. He worked for the Scotia Bank for 35 years and for 17 of those years in the position of Branch Manager right here in Sussex. Bob retired in the summer of 2004 and is busier now than he was working.
Bob played a big part in Rotary projects over the years including the installation of new book shelves at the Sussex Library, the Ward’s Creek Bridge that joins the Library and the O’Connell Park, the Potash Civic Centre and Jubilee Hall, Camp Rotary and the Rotary Amphitheatre, just to name a few. He also fondly remembers when Rotary used to serve Meals on Wheels to our local seniors and he really enjoyed that.
One of the most rewarding projects that Bob can say touched his heart is the “Coats for Kids” Program. Bob served on this committee for many years working with local teachers to identify children that might be in need of winter clothing including coats, boots and mittens. He appreciated the face to face contacts and hand-written letters of thanks from the teachers and children themselves. Bob says this is where it counts… “the small gestures and the human connection”.
Bob loves to go salmon fishing and hunting. Ginette and Bob spend a lot of time at their camp up in the mighty Miramichi. They also love to travel. Past District Governor, Allan MacLellan and his wife Wanda introduced Bob to Home Exchange Travel and since then Bob and Ginette have travelled to Vancouver, California, France, Spain and Greece. And also to travelled extensively from Alaska to the most northern American highlights and beyond! The most rewarding by far have been their volunteer experiences in Africa, Peru and Honduras! Life changing for them both! This coming February they are off to New Zealand and Australia for 2 months.”
The Club was also very pleased to recognize three of our Honorary members who were in attendance for the evening- L-R are Honorary member, PHF & Past President Robert Fawcett, PHF Mac & Phyllis McElroy, Lorraine Pollock (standing), Peggy Barrett, Hon. member, PHF & Past President Murray McGibbon, and Hon. member, PHF, and Past President of the Saint John Club, JC Robert Lockhart, all dressed for the occasion by the Interactors.
PHF Attending in 2018
Murray McGibbon, MacMcElroy, Robert Lockhart, Bob Black, Allan MacLellan , Muriel McCullum, Phil Sherwood, Robert Fawcett, Bob Tremblett, DG Silvana Bosca, Rhoda Wilson
Family Attendance & Recognition
The Sussex Rotary Club was pleased to see the parents of some of the Interact Club members in attendance. Pictured above is Rick & Rotarian Alaina Lockhart with their daughter Lauren. Lauren was recognized during the evening and presented with the Interact Initiative Award by Interact President Shelby Dunfield.
Rotarian Tina and husband Don Monahan were also in attendance with their son, Interactor Emmerson, to enjoy the evening.
Incoming President Tina wrote the following on her Facebook page which we just happened to see:
“Couldn’t be more proud of my little man.
His first Rotary event! In Sept he joined our youth service program called “Kings County Interact Club” He looks so handsome! It’s so satisfying as a mom to see your child enjoying and happy to serve his community! But mostly becoming a confident young man!”
Rotary is proud to have you both connected with us!
Many Sussex Rotarians were in attendance for the evening to make it a success. Pictured above are Rotarians Robert Kimball, Angie Cummings, Judy Freeze, Christine Moffett, Stacey Stairs from SRHS, Jason Thorne, and Mary McNair.
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A huge part of the evenings success was the attendance and hard work put in by our Kings County Interact Club. It was such a treat to have them take memorable pictures during the evening, and to interact with the guests.
Sussex Craft Distillery
On Nov. 19, 2018, Christine Moffett introduced John Dunfield, an employee of Bell Aliant, and also an owner of the new Sussex Craft Distillery.
John explained that he and a group of friends had an investment and decided to diversity and do something to promote the economy of Sussex. Getting the proper licensing had its challenges but perseverance paid off. Learning the art of distilling was a process that included visiting others and also studying to obtain his MD – Master Distiller. A market survey revealed there were a limited number of distilleries in New Brunswick producing spirits so the team embarked on their new adventure. The company’s strategy is to build a story about the Sussex area with several products being given names reflective of our community. John came with a gift give-away.
Tickets from the Chase the Joker weekly draw were used for a second to find a winner of the gift pack. Pictured above with Rhoda and John is Interact Member Kegan Wallace who drew the lucky number for his mother, Tammy Scott-Wallace. Rhoda will deliver the gift on John and Kegan’s behalf. Congratulations Tammy, and thanks John for a great talk an gift!
On Nov. 5, 2018, our own Bob Tremblett gave some highlights of the District Conference that was held in Bathurst in October. To help Rotarians understand the structure of Rotary, Bob presented graphics that are included above. One of the benefits of going to Conferences and Leadership Institutes is the broad perspective one is exposed to related to Rotary International.
For our Oct. 29, 2018 meeting, Shelley Vail introduced the speaker, Dr. Steve Lennox. Dr. Lennox became President of Kingswood University in 2015. Dr. Lennox has authored six books and holds various degrees including a Ph.D. from Drew University and has specialized in Old Testament studies and ministry.
Considering that all Universities in the Maritimes started and were developed by different denominational churches and that Western Civilization is based on Judeo-Christian principles, Dr. Lennox asked that Christian education be considered as a value-added option. Dr. Lennox shared his perspective that Christian education at his institution offers every aspect of education that other secular universities do, but in addition, includes Character Development as an important part of the curriculum. Dr. Lennox finished by sharing the financial benefit of Kingswood University to the economy of Sussex and also its willingness to share facilities like the Benson Athletic.
Dr. Lennox was tanked by Rotarian Jason Thorne (L).
“End Polio Now”
Flag Raising at Town Hall
Standing- Lisa Brown, Shelley Vail, Tina Monahan, Greg Keith, Andrès Gomez Galindo, a student from Colombia, Emmerson Monahan, Kegan Wallace; Kneeling- Jason Thorne, Paula Fleming, Rhoda Wilson, Sophia Sharpe.
On Oct. 24, 2018, members of Interact and Rotary raised the “End Polio Now” flag at the Town Hall Office. A subsequent interactive post on Facebook resulted in several people sharing stories about the impact of the disease on families.
Secretary Rhoda Wilson reported that Rotary has just won Best Nonprofit Act for its polio eradication work. Rotary was given this award in the context of the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign through Peacejam Foundation that is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
World Hope International
On Oct. 22, 2018, Rotarian Bob Tremblett introduced Tanya Nace who is the Canadian Executive Director for World Hope International. Tanya was born in PEI, attended Kingswood University, and has been involved in international missions for several years. Last fall she moved into the position of Executive Director for World Hope Canada. Tanya in turned introduced Jo Anne Lyon.
Jo Anne Lyon is the Founder of World Hope that is the humanitarian arm of the Wesleyan Church. The organization got off the ground when trying to help victims of the Afghanistan War. They also have been involved in helping Sierra Leone after its civil war. Jo Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Fischer in Indiana. Her Club has partnered with World Hope in drilling wells in the Country of Sierra Leone. Bringing safe drinking water to the Country of Sierra Leone has made a big difference in the community. Not only are fewer children dying, but women and children who traditionally
were the carriers of water have more time to go to school. This leads to better employment opportunities and less human trafficking.
World Polio Activity
(L-R) President Lisa Brown & Paula Fleming – A blast from the past happened as Paula and Lisa re-enacted a high school lip sync song that won them first place in their teenage years. Dressed in costume, they performed to the song “Purple People Eater.”
Today’s rendition was in support of Rotary’s End Polio Now and the Purple Pinky project where students have their pinky finger stained purple as an identification of who has received the polio vaccine.
Paula (above photo) and Lisa attended a Rotary Foundation Celebration Dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in Woodstock. The speaker was Ann Lee Hussey and her topic was “Ending Polio – Countdown to History.” Ann Lee Hussey is one of Rotary’s top front line fighters in the battle against polio. A polio survivor herself, she has participated in almost 30 national Immunization Days. Paula showed pictures of some of her work and encouraged people to donate to the cause, and in particular, she hopes that our Club will be able to raise enough money to purchase a bike for a polio survivor. The cost is $250. A collection was taken by the Rotarians below and more than half of that amount came in.
Pictured (L-R) Standing- Rhoda Wilson, Greg Keith, Alex Coffin, Donna Gilchrist, Shelley Vail, Judy Freeze in front, Bruce Northrup, Julie Mathews standing in front, Lisa Brown, Mary McNair standing in front, Jason Thorne, Robert Kimball. Sitting- Paula Fleming, Tina Monahan, Keagan Wallace, Ed Keith, Bob Tremblett, Jo Ann Lyon, Melissa Honour.
PDG Walsh Club of the Year Award
Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett presented The District 7810 PDG Walsh plaque to President Lisa Brown received at the Bathurst Conference recognizing the Rotary Club of Sussex as the “Club of the Year” for 2017-2018. Bob Tremblett also announced that Robert Kimball would become the new Assistant District Governor starting in July 2019 for a three-year term.
Kegan Wallace reported that the Backpack Project will be the major focus for the Interact Club. The Club will be working with the Salvation Army in organizing the project.
The Club was addressed by one of our newest Rotarians, Paula Fleming (standing), with her Classification Talk at the Oct. 15, 2018 meeting. Alex Coffin (L-R), Judy Freeze, and Mary McNair are pictured above listening attentively.
Pictured above are (L-R) are Shelley Vail, Bob Tremblett, Bob Black, Paula Fleming, Donna Gilchrist, Alex Coffin, Bob Short, Angie Cummings, Robert Lockhart, and President Lisa Sharpe.
The Sept 24, 2018 was a Lunch-N-Learn meeting and many topics were addressed and discussed:
- Clubrunner- Rhoda Wilson did a presentation on the new ClubRunner.
- Finance Committee- Jason Thorne & Rhoda Wilson Jason reviewed some of the proposed changes for budget structure. The Committee structure is now
more in line with our By-Laws and with Rotary International’s model.
- New Generations – Greg Keith has agreed to chair this committee.
- Polio Plus – Paula Fleming will be asked to work on this initiative.
- Paul Harris – Angie Cummings, Jason Thorne, Donna Gilchrist, Shelley Vail, Robert Kimball and Rhoda Wilson have agreed to serve on the planning committee for the dinner.
Our 2018 Exchange Students
On Sept. 17, 2018, President Lisa Brown wrote the following on Facebook- “Looking forward to today’s meeting and hearing all about Lauren and Kegan’s Rotary Youth Exchange trips that they took part in this past summer! Kegan went to Italy 🇮🇹 and Lauren went to France 🇫🇷! What an awesome experience for these two! “
At our regular luncheon meeting, Rotarian Tina Monahan introduced Lauren Lockhart and Kegan Wallace who are both Grade 10 students at Sussex Regional High School, members of the Interact Club, and participants in the summer 2018 Rotary Student Exchange Program.
Lauren Lockhart and Kegan Wallace gave PowerPoint presentations on their summer student exchange trips.
Lauren went to France and stayed with Julie Descloitres’ family in Templeuve en Pévèle, France. She highlighted the places she visited including Vimy Ridge and expressed how exciting it was to be in France when France won the World Cup. Lauren stated it was an experience that she will never forget.
Kegan Wallace went to Carrara, Italy where he stayed with Lorenzo Lazzinni’s family. His first city to visit was Florence which is rich with culture, architecture and art. Kegan highlighted many firsts for himself while in Italy and stated it was an experience he would love to repeat.
They were thanked by Tina.
Melissa Honour Joins Rotary
At the Sept. 10, 2018 meeting, Melissa Honour was inducted into our Club by President Lisa Brown with the classification of Retail – Home & Auto.
Melissa is the new owner / franchisee of our Canadian Tire Store. Welcome Melissa!
District Governor Official Visit
On Aug. 13, 2018, District Governor Silvana Bosca made her official club visit to share with the membership the goals and objectives of Rotary International & District 7810 for the Rotary Year 2018-19.
Rotarian Bob Tremblett introduced Silvana Bosca, our District Governor. Silvana is a native a Bathurst and joined Rotary in 1995 and three years later she became President. Silvana was attracted to Rotary because of its funding for physically challenged children. Career-wise Silvana started out as a physiotherapist but then moved into management and hospital administration. Before retiring five years ago she was senior policy advisor to the VP of Medical Affairs for one of New Brunswick’s health regions.
District Governor Silvana started her presentation by introducing the Club to her family – her number one passion. Silvana gave a very inspiring speech outlining the priorities for 2018/19 including:
- Support and Strengthen Clubs
- Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
- Enhance and Strengthen Rotary’s Public Image
District Governor Sylvana was thanked by Past President Robert Kimball.
Considering summer vacations, Sussex Rotary had a great turn out to welcome Silvana including our most recent Student Exchange students. Pictured above are (L-R front row) Secretary Rhoda Wilson, Exchange Students Kegan Wallace, Lauren Lockhart, Lily Alexander- Interact, Julie Decloitres from Templeuve en Pévèle, France, Shelby Dunfield- Interact, Emerson and his Mom- President Elect Tina Monahan, DG Silvana Bosca. (L-R back row) VP Angie Cumming, Treasurer Jason Thorne, PP Bob Tremblett, PP Robert Kimball, Julie Matthews, Craig Long, Bob Black, Mary McNair, MLA Bruce Northrup, Honorary Member JC Robert Lockhart.
Before the meeting, fellow Rotarian & MP Alaina Lockhart dropped in to say hello and to thank Rotary for the great opportunity her daughter Lauren experienced on her recent Student Exchange visit to France. Pictured above are (L-R) MLA Bruce Northrup, MP Alaina Lockhart, DG Silvana Bosco, visiting Exchange student Julie Decloitres from Templeuve en Pévèle, France, and Lauren Lockhart.
For the Rotary Minute, the Exchange Students Julie Decloitres, Lauren Lockhart, and Kegan Wallace addressed the Club and said a few words about their recent exchanges- Julie visiting Lauren from France, Lauren to Templeuve en Pévèle, France, and Kegan visiting Lorenzo Lazzinni, in Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region).
The picture above of the students was added to Facebook after our meeting with the following description-
“Rotary Club of Sussex meeting with a great group of friends and our District Governor, Sylvana Bosca. We also have Lauren Lockhart, with her exchange student, Julie (Decloitres) from France! Kegan (Wallace) has just returned from Italy and gave us a little insight into his recent exchange:) Welcome everyone!”
It was not long before the above comments by the parents of Kegan and Lauren appeared on FB under our page.
The Rotary Club of Sussex appreciates very much the participation of the families of the Exchange Students as the families play a huge role in the success the the program.
DG Silvana made a special presentation to the Club recognizing us for our 41st Anniversary of “Doing Good in the World & in our Community”. Pictured above is President Elect Tina Monahan accepting the recognition from DG Silvana.
President Lisa Brown advised “that when District Governor Sylvana Bosca comes for a visit on August 13th , 2018, I will be away in Ireland so I invited her to stop in Sussex for a coffee last Tuesday (July 24th) when she was passing through on her way back to Bathurst from her official visit to the Saint John Rotary Club.” Pictured above (L-R) are DG Sylvana, Past President & Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett, Secretary Rhoda Wilson, and President Lisa.
President Lisa reported ”A lovely morning spent with our District Governor, Silvana Bosca, chatting about all things Rotary! We are so fortunate to have such an enthusiastic force mentoring us to do good in the world and be the best that we can be for our communities and beyond! Thank you for coming to our little town of Sussex Silvana! We are looking forward to your next visit on August 13th!”
Bob & Ginette Social 2018
Summer Potluck Social at the Black’s, July 24, 2018
A huge thank you goes out to Bob and Jeanette Black for hosting our summer social. It was great to see friends, spouses and children of Rotarians as well. One Rotarian in particular we would like to mention is Angie’s cousin, Tim Bannister, who is a fellow Rotarian currently living in Africa. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Arusha, Tanzania, District 9211. He has a really interesting blog. Take a look if you get a chance! https://banno6.wordpress.com/
It was lovely to hang out with each other and get to know one another better. We enjoyed lots of yummy food and shared a few laughs. We played a fun team building game called “Untangle the Ropes”. There were plenty of giggles trying to figure out it out!
We also were able to connect with Lauren Lockhart in France via FaceTime! We had arranged this ahead of time and Lauren didn’t mind staying up. It 1:30 in France! We are really looking forward to her presentation in the fall about her adventures abroad! Lauren is taking part in the Rotary Short-Term Exchange Program. To learn more about this amazing program visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
On July 17, Kegan’s mother writes on Facebook “Wow. My boy just arrived in Rome after travelling since yesterday. He hasn’t even been to his Italian home yet and this is what he gets to see. Lucky boy.”
The Rotary Club of Sussex is so pleased that they can offer these exciting and life changing experiences to youth thanks to the support of the Sussex and surrounding areas in our fund raising efforts.
Kegan Wallace leaves for Italy
Kegan Wallace and visiting Exchange Student Lorenzo Lazzinni, of Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region) depart on July 16, 2018 for Italy. Lorenzo is returning home with great memories and experiences from visiting the Wallace family for three weeks, and Kegan is starting his great adventures with Lorenzo Lazzini and his family in Italy.
Kegan’s mother writes “Well…sob…my boy is off to spend three weeks with an amazing Italian family. Can’t wait to hear all about it Kegan Wallace. Xoxo Thank you Sussex Rotary for the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Canada Day 2018
Shown above are the host family, the Wallace’s, and their Exchange Student Lorenzo Lazzini, from Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region) enjoying Canada Day on July 1, 2018. Left to right are Kegan Wallace, Hostess Tammy Scott-Wallace, visiting Exchange Student Lorenzo, Kegan’s sister Jaime, and Host Troy along with family pet Captain.
Kegan will be returning with Lorenzo to Italy in July for a three week exchange.
Tammy wrote on Facebook “What a fun Canada Day weekend. It’s extra special to have an overseas guest for our national holiday. We feel so proud of where we live. We are loving this Rotary exchange with our Italian visitor”.
Sussex Rotary are so pleased to have been a partner in the creation of Leonard’s Gate which is seen above being used on July 1 and during the Sussex Summerfest.
The picture above was taken off Facebook on July 8, 2018 with the caption:
“What a beautiful day to spend with my sister Nancy Barnett, and lots of other participants, enjoying the Mural Scavenger Hunt which was part of Sussex Summerfest. Answering tricky questions on our 27 wall murals in town, took much of our morning and afternoon, but we managed to finish in time and enjoyed the BBQ and music at Leonard’s Gate. We both won prizes, along with many other participants. A big thank-you goes to all the organizers and volunteers that helped with the 2nd year of this fun event. So much fun, and a great way to learn more about what these wonderful murals depict!”
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 Lazzini, 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!
New Member Inducted
President Lisa Brown (Right) had the pleasure of inductioning our newest member, Paula Fleming, into Rotary at the June 25th meeting with the Classification of Nursing Services.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”.