Clean Water Project- Ghana
Our speaker for Oct. 7, 2019 was Sunday Agyekum. Sunday is the eldest of six, born in Ghana, West Africa. He has a Bachelor Degree in Management Studies from the University of Cape Coast. He furthered his education at Eastern College and Crandall University upon his move to Moncton NB in September of 2017. He currently works in Corporate Procurement with J.D. Irving.
As a Rotarian in Ghana, he was the director of public image from 2015-2018. He is now a member of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club and a liaison officer with his Rotary club of Cape Coast. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has attended many district and International conferences.
Sunday was describing how Canada has about the same population of his home country. Canada has 37 million people while Ghana has 30 million people HOWEVER, Ghana is about the size of our smallest territory – Yukon. Ghana also has 57 tribes and 57 different languages. Fifty percent of people live in rural areas, and with a population so grand, disease is very easily spread. In many villages there is no clean drinking water, and what water source they do have is often shared with cattle.
The Rotary Club of Cape Coast is looking for help to sponsor 100 communities. In more urban communities where there is access to electricity, they are asking for help to provide mechanical boreholes to distribute clean water to residents. In the more rural communities, they are hoping to install manual pumps that access clean water deep under the rock. The Rotary Club of Essex ON has created a partnership with the Rotary Club of Cape Coast. They have sponsored 13 communities – 10 with manual pumps and 3 with mechanical boreholes. They have had 19 members visit Ghana to see their efforts in person. Sunday is hoping that the Rotary Club of Sussex will become a partner and help to provide clean drinking water to his people .
Three New Members
At our Sept. 30, 2019 meeting, three new members were proudly inducted into the Rotary Club of Sussex by our President, Rhoda Wilson. Mila Maxwell (L-R), (Angie), Taylor McWhirter, (Julia Mathews), (President Rhoda) and Reilly Morris were sponsored by Angie Cummings. Past President Bob Tremblett assisted with the introductions.
Our Club- District Rotary Club of the Year Award
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Sussex for being awarded Club of the Year for District 7810 at the District Conference the preceding weekend in Fredericton. Thanks to Lisa Sharp Brown, Past President, for the fantastic leadership:). President Rhoda Wilson (2019-2020) presented Lisa (2018-2019) with the recognition at our Sept. 30, 2019 meeting. Truly a great recognition!
Rhoda Wilson, our Club President for 2019-2020, accepted the PDG Walsh Award for Club of the Year 2018-2019 at the District 7810 Conference in Fredericton the weekend of Sept. 27th in Fredericton on behalf of the Club and Lisa Brown, our 2018-2019 President.
The District Conference was also attended by our Angie Cummings who wrote on Facebook “The District 7810 Conference in Fredericton was exciting and inspiring, and can’t wait for next year!”. Rotarian Bob Tremblett and Club Secretary, Paula Fleming were in attendance as well.
At our Sept. 30th meeting, Rhoda, Angie, Bob and Paula shared information about the sessions they attended, the people they met and how proud they were to bring home a plaque for “Club of the Year 2018-2019”.
As we move closer to the world #EndPolio day on October 24th and Rotary’s push to eradicate this disease worldwide – a group of 23 clubs in District 7810 worked to bring awareness as part of a larger initiative. Club members purchased tulip bulbs for $20/ box and raised just over $5300. The power of Rotary allowed the different levels to match this amount creating a final of $33180.
The work that was done was featured in the Zone 24 & 32 October Newsletter (https://ridist7810.org/Stories/rotary-tulips).
Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship
Facebook Promo September, 2019
This is a great program with approximately 9,000 students around the world participating every year. Private message or email our Club to request more details. Application at this link: https://bit.ly/2lo7Sjx
Time Management Training
For our Monday, Sept 16th, 2019 meeting at the All Seasons, the public were invited by the Rotary Club of Sussex as we host Paul Kearley, of the Dale Carnegie Business Group, and to discuss The Three Dimensions of Time Management.
Rotarians and families gathered at Giermindl’s Germain Restaurant on Aug. 14, 2019 for a social gathering and some fun. Pictured above are (R-L) Cecile Matheson, Tina Monahan and her son Emmerson, Jason Thorne and his spouse Cheryl ??.
Pictured above are (L-R) Deputy Mayor Tim Wilson, President Rhoda’s husband, Rob Mathews, Bob and Ginette Black, Julia Mathews, and Craig Long.
Rotary Camp Clean-up Day 2019
On a beautiful day on May 25th, 2019, eight from Sussex including Rotarians and friends attended the clean up day at Rotary Camp on Grand Lake- Bob and Ginette; Cully Robinson, Heather, and Ryan; Rhoda Wilson; and Alba Moser (a student from Germany) and Paula Fleming. There were approximately 50 individuals in attendance in total from around the province. This is an annual event that is usually held the last Saturday of May. Volunteers gather at lunch for sandwiches, cookies and water, while the directors express their gratitude for all of the help provided.
Ginette Black and anotehr worker (top photo) and Paula Fleming with helpers (bottom photo) show off their painting skills!
Rotarians with their families and friends gathered at noon hour for lunch and fellowship. Bob & Ginette Black are seen second from left.
In mid July, Kegan Wallace’s mother Tammy Scott-Wallace wrote “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.” on Facebook as she sees her son off on a Rotary Exchange adventure to Italy.
Flower Garden 2019
A Family Affair!
Rotarians gathered the end of June to plant the flowers at the entrance to O’Connell Park. Pictured above are Judy Freeze (Rotarian), Mary McNair (Rotarian), and sisters Sue Teakles and Margaret Kwan. In the front are their children who were great helpers.
Children Alex and Rachel Cummings, Emma Freeze, Matthew Cummings, Addison Freeze, Ryan Cummings and Lora Kwan.
A truly family event!
Scholarship Recipients 2019
Rotarian Shelley Vail attended the 2019 Sussex Regional High Schools graduation ceremonies and presented two $1000.00 scholarships on the club’s behalf. Pictured above with Shelley is recipient Sophia Sharpe.
The second recipient was Maeve Parent who unfortunately we did not get a picture.
Good luck students on your next journey! We know you will do well.
On June 18, 2019, JC Robert Lockhart and Rhoda Wilson of the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc. presented Vernon Seely (centre) of the Sussex Health Centre Foundation a cheque for $10,000.00 for the Portable Diagnostic Imaging Machine campaign. Rotary’s donation brought the grand total collected to $41,000.00 with a goal of $60,000.00 to be reached.
The photo was taken by Kelly Gillies of Wayne’s Convenience. Thanks Kelly!
Change-over Meeting 2019
June 17, 2019 was the changing of the Sussex Rotary Executive for the 2018-19 to 2019-20 Rotary Year.
Out going President Lisa Brown showed a PowerPoint presentation reviewing her two years as President of Sussex Rotary Club. Many features were highlighted – meetings, Paul Harris Dinner, new member inductions, RYLA, socials, service projects, etc. This was followed by a “Passing of a Torch Ceremony” with the following change in leadership:
2018/19 Rotary Board
|2019/20 Rotary Board|
|President – Lisa Brown|
Past-President – Rob Driscoll
Treasurer – Jason Thorne
Secretary/President Elect – Rhoda Wilson
|President – Rhoda Wilson|
Past-President – Lisa Brown
President-Elect – Angie Cummings
Treasurer – Zac Black
Secretary – Paula Fleming
Induction of New Member
One of President Lisa’a last official tasks was to induct our newest member Jane Keith. Her husband, Rotarian Greg Keith, was her sponsor.
Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club Visiting Rotarian
Martine Babineau, a visiting Rotarian from the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club, talked about Barry Rassin’s picture of flamingos with one going in the opposite direction. His quote was “To be the flamingo of change you have to think differently on who we are, where we are, where we are going and what we need to do.” Martine introduced a Rotary Goose which is her Club’s recognition of Barry’s picture message. Their goose mascot (bottom photo) has travelled to many different Rotary Clubs and conventions.
Power of Attorney
Our guest speaker for June 10, 2017 was Erik Homenick of Homenick Law who spoke on Power of Attorneys, and was introduced by Zac Black.
Erik received his law degree from the University of Kent and a business degree from UNB Fredericton. In 2014, he established Homenick Law.
There are 4 subgroups of Power of Attorney -general, limited, enduring(most common) and conditional. It’s important to know who to appoint as your POA as they will have FULL signing authority for your home, banking and investments.
It is not recommended to have multiple POA’s. An example would be all of your children as this causes conflict. It is recommended to have one trustworthy person as your designated POA but then to also have an alternate if your POA dies or becomes mentally incapacitated.
The POA has a lot of responsibility and should only accept the position after careful consideration. It can sometimes turn into a long and complicated ordeal which involves numerous health care specialists, evidence lawyers and court time.
Factors to consider when appointing a POA – age (must be 19), someone you fully trust now and in the future, emotional capacity.
Elder financial abuse is so significant now and having the ability to sign for them is like a license to steal.
Red flags for elder financial abuse include: If POA has the grantor deemed incompetent, making changes to health care providers, poor living conditions, disappearance of funds, the grantor is confused about where the money has been spent.
Make sure to discuss advanced health care directives (aka living will). This is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.
Once you agree to be a POA you are bound to it.
Picadilly Coffee Roasters
Our speaker for June 3, 2019 was Elissa Colpits of Picadilly Roasters. Elissa was introduced by Stephanie Bickford-Parent.
Wife and mother of 3, and the current owner/operator of Piccadilly Coffee Roasters. Elissa has a geography degree from Saint Mary’s university and became interested in coffee beans while researching a project that mapped regions & climates where coffee was grown. As a student in a 4th floor apartment building in Halifax, NS, she began using a popcorn maker to prepare her coffee beans. She did not get into the coffee bean business until making a career change in 2018. She took a 10 week business course and started selling her coffee beans at the local Farmer’s Market in Sussex. By September of 2018, Picadilly Coffee Roaster’s was officially up and running. Her family has a love for outdoor recreation in Picadilly, so this is what inspired the name.
Elissa’s coffee business has been so successful that she has hired a student this summer and is moving her business out of her home and into a commercial space downtown Sussex, beside Scotiabank.
Elissa will have her coffee for tasting at Brewfest, and it is available for purchase at numerous locations in Sussex at a price of $18 per pound with a $2 discount for bringing a reusable storage container. Businesses carrying her coffee include Pearson’s Corner Market, which has the full spectrum of coffee flavours, Outdoor Elements, Taste and See, Soap works, and more. She has now expanded outside Sussex to areas around Saint John and Moncton. Her holiday blend, Jungle Java, sold over 1300 bags in December. Coffee beans have different flavours based on where they come from and the processing methods used.
Elissa has earned the Chamber of Commerce 2018 Entrepreneur of the year and has been recognized by Excellence NB as a successful entrepreneur. We wish her continued success and appreciate the coffee samples!
Elissa was thanked by Stephanie Bickford-Parent.
Kings County Interact Club new President
At the June 3, 2019 Rotary Club of Sussex, Rotarian Shelley Vail announced that Kegan Wallace will be the incoming President of the Interact Club for the year 2019-2020. Congratulations Kegan!
Interact Club of Kings County
Shelley Vail introduced Shelby Dunfield of the Kings County Interact Club as our speaker on May 27, 2019.
Shelby gave a summary of fundraising efforts for the backpack program. In total $1,800 has been raised and there are still two weeks left of the program. Sponsors for the back pack program have included the Chamber of Commerce, 100 Kids Who Care, Picture Taking at our Paul Harris night, the Action Club, Grocery Packing, and Ticket sales on a basket.
Purple Pinky day at the high school raised $83.50 and the Interactors still plan to go to Sussex Elementary and Sussex Corner Schools.
The Club has moved their meeting place to Mr. Belyea’s room at Sussex Regional High School for Tuesdays at noon.
Shelby was thanked by Rotarian Shelley Vail.
Brewfest 2019 was help on May 15th and was another successful Fund Raiser thanks to all the Sponsors, Crafters, and those that attended the event.
Rotary was again so pleased to have Turnbull Kindred as our main sponsor.
Melissa Kimball, Rotarian Robert’s spouse was in attendance to help out and try the products along with her friend Corey ??. Thanks for being with us.
Rotarian President Lisa Brown (left) enjoys a minute with fellow Rotarians and friends Paula Fleming and Sherri Shannon.
Brewfest 2019 Update
For our Rotary Minute, Angie Cummings, chair of Brew Fest 2019, spoke about the BrewFest that is in its second year. Last year the focus was the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This year our Club is focusing on two causes 1) Wheels of Hope-International and 2) Camp Rotary. The major sponsor who is donating $2,500 is Turnbull and Kindred. Maritime Travel is donating a $1,000 travel voucher for us to sell tickets on that evening, Optimum Ride is donating a $1,000 gift in kind by donating a bus for driving attendees. A Silver Level Sponsor ($500) will receive two complimentary VIP tickets, access to the sponsorship area, and recognition at the event. Friends of Rotary ($250) will receive one complimentary VIP ticket and special recognition.
Paula Fleming has sent out an e-mail to all members asking for volunteers for June 15 at Poley Mountain.
Angie and her team have had great success in soliciting Sponsors, and more a re welcome to make this fund raiser a $20,000.00 net profit success. Thanks so much to making this a success!
Jesse Dexter – Physiotherapist
Rotarian Julie Matthews introduced Jesse Dexter (standing) from Dexter Physiotherapy on Main Street as our guest speaker for May 13, 2019. Jesse is from Grand Manan Island but studied Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick and then obtained his Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University.
Jesse Dexter works in an office along with a chiropractor and a massage therapist. Jesse outlined the role of a physiotherapist in helping a patient to overcome pain. The first visit to a physiotherapist is always an assessment to determine the root cause. In most cases a physiotherapist is able to help a patient overcome pain or to live with less pain. Jesse’s work experience includes motor vehicle accidents, daily aches and pains, headaches, sports injuries, workplace accidents, long term disability, Veteran’s Affairs Canada, care in nursing homes, home visits, and also provides physiotherapy to children in the local and surrounding schools through Horizon’s Child and Youth Team.
The physiotherapist’s role is to give patients tools to improve their life and one of these tools usually involves exercise and strengthening of muscles. Other treatments that are performed by Jesse are laser therapy and acupuncture. Every treatment plan is individualized for the patient with a goal for improvement.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019
The Rotary Club of Sussex and Rotary District 7810 are pleased to have hosted RYLA 2019 at @Kingswood University right here in the Town of Sussex, NB during May 17 and 18, 2019. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where participants develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections.
During this weekend 31 students participated in the iChoose Youth Leadership Values Program. iChoose is comprised of 16 lessons (we covered 8 of them) with the goal of helping teenagers learn leadership values and teaching them how to apply them to their own lives from leadership expert @John C. Maxwell. These values are recognized by some of the largest and most successful companies in the world.🌎
The students and leaders (Greg Keith top photo) helped harvest some willow stock and picked up 100 lbs of garbage from along Trout Creek! Way to go everybody! 🙌
This FB Live video is just a snippet of what RYLA 2019 looked like! 👀Please stay tuned for more pics that will be shared on our Facebook page shortly! 😊
On May 3, 2019, our Club posted the following on Facebook announcing the upcoming RYLA conference:
Did you know May is Rotary Youth month?
Do you know a youth in your community that would like to learn more about leadership and connect with like-minded people from across NB?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for District 7810 is being held in Sussex NB on May 17th & 18th.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the most successful Rotary programs run by Rotary clubs around the world.
This fun and intensive training program for 15 to 30 year olds offers the leaders of the future a chance to get a head start at an early age.
Participants will have the opportunity to improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses and institutions, explore career paths, share ideas and experiences, learn how to coordinate youth activities and community service projects in the community, and discuss creative approaches for resolving family, social, and professional conflicts.
The session will include John Maxwell’s iChoose Youth leadership Values Program as well as an opportunity for the participants to use those skills in a community project.
The cost is $150 that includes overnight accommodations, all meals, John Maxwell course and a lot of fun!
The Rotary Club of Sussex is proud to be a part of this event and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a private message with your email for more information.
Parole Board of Canada
Club Secretary & President Elect Rhoda Wilson introduced Sylvie Blanchet as our speaker on May 6, 2019. Sylvie is the Executive Vice-Chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada. Sylvie was appointed to the position in January 2018 for a five-year term. Prior to her appointment, Sylvie worked as a Parole Officer and Assistant Warden in New Brunswick penitentiaries. From 2015 -2017 Sylvie was the Regional Director General for the Atlantic Region Parole Board.
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is an independent administrative tribunal under Public Safety Canada. The Board has exclusive authority, under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to grant, deny, and revoke parole for offenders serving sentences of two years or more. The Parole Board has several responsibilities including recommending pardons and determining suitability for parole. A fascinating statistic is that offenders who are released on parole with support services are far less likely to offend than offenders who serve their entire sentence in prison. Integrating offenders back into society with support has been found to be productive for the offender and for society. Some individuals seeking a pardon feel they need to hire a third party to negotiate; however, an offender can deal directly with the Parole Board.
There are both part time and full time positions on the Parole Board. These positions are announced in the Canadian Gazette. Anyone can apply. For a period of time the Parole Board was not permitted to speak in public about the program but these doors have opened again. The Rotary Club of Sussex was their first speaking engagement.
On April 29, 2019, Rotarian Shelley Vail introduced Theresa Teakles of the Sussex Hospice as our guest soekaer. Theresa has been involved with Hospice for 11 years and is currently their chairperson.
Hospice is a community based, non-profit organization in Sussex, and has been providing care to people in the final stages of their life since 2003. They visit individuals in their homes, hospital or nursing home. Volunteers are provided with free training on how to handle end-of-life situations. Services provided are emotional, social, practical, spiritual and grief support, as well as providing information and education to individuals and families.
They rely solely on donations and volunteers. Their 2 main fundraisers are the Annual Harvest Dance and Silent Auction, and Angels Remembered. Rotary of Sussex contributed $500 last year and they are asking for our support again.
Referrals to Hospice can come from a physician, extra-mural or anyone can just call.
Theresa Teakles left brochures about the program explaining how to get involved with volunteering.
Ellen’s Tour 2019
Allan Price introduced Molly Aiton who works at Agropur in Human Resource and Katie Scott, who is a Nurse Manager at Sussex Health Centre at our April 15, 2019 meeting. Both are avid outdoor enthusiasts, and spoke to us about the upcoming Ellen’s tour for 2019.
Ellen Watters, a friend of Molly & Katie, was driven, motivated as well as a motivator and supporter of others. She encouraged others to be the best version of themselves. Ellen passed away several days after being struck by a vehicle while biking in December 2016.
The three friends often dreamed together of creating cycling events or adventure tourism in Sussex. Molly & Katie, along with the support of Ellen’s family, created “Ellen’s Tour de Sussex”.
June 15th, 2019 will mark the third annual event. With each event, the number of participants has increased and new routes for the rides are used. This year there will be three distances 25km, 75km & 115km leaving from Leonard’s Gate.
There is an “after party” for socializing with a BBQ from Geirmundl’s with all the fixings, live music and local craft beer. This event highlights Sussex with the rolling hills, the local food and drink at the after party as well as door prizes featuring uniquely Sussex products.
The goal of the event is to have fun, raise awareness for road safety & equality for females in sports as well as to raise funds for the “Ellen’s Cycling Society”. Ellen’s Cycling Society provides bursaries to up and coming athletes as well as scholarships to students who demonstrate Ellen’s qualities such as being a positive motivator in their community regardless of involvement in sport.
Molly & Katie encouraged everyone to spread the word about the event, sign up or come on board as a volunteer.
Rotarian Sunday Agyekum of Ghana
At our April 8, 2019 meeting, Rotarian Paula Fleming introduced Sunday Agyekum who grew up in Ghana and was active in the Rotary Club of Cape Coast, Ghana. Sunday came to Canada in January 2017, received his Masters from Crandall University, and is working in Corporate Procurement at J.D. Irving Limited in Moncton. Sunday is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Cape Coast as well as being a Paul Harris Fellow. His wife is a nurse working at the hospital in Moncton.
Sunday Agyekum informed us that Rotary has been in Ghana for 60 years. Ghana is part of Rotary District 9102 that also includes Benin, Niger and Toga. These are all countries on the east coast of Africa. Sunday told fascinating stories about the benefits of being a Rotarian – even while travelling. On a return trip to Canada, Sunday was stopped by customs in Belgium. Not knowing what to do, Sunday used the Rotary Club Locator on his phone. He called a member of a Belgium Rotary Club, a man who happened to be a lawyer. With intervention by his new Rotary friend, Sunday was able to proceed through customs and on to Canada to be reunited with his wife.
Sunday did a PowerPoint presentation about the work of the Rotary Club of Cape Coast. This Club sponsors a Rotaract Club and regularly yearly projects. Some of the annual projects include health screening, handwashing programs, book donations, food donations, and fundraisers like car washes.
A group photo was taken for the occasion; L-R , Richard Yalley, Paula Fleming, Rhonda Haynes, Christine Moffett, Robert Kimball, Sunday Agyekum, Julie Mathews, Bob Kimball, Robert Lockhart, Rhoda Wilson, Zac Black, Donna Gilchrist, Jason Thorne, and Shelley Vail.
On April 6, Sussex Rotarian Judy Freeze (left fourth row up) and Angie Cummings attended a Rotary Leadership Institute in Dieppe with other Rotarians from District 7810 and Nova Scotia & PEI District 7820.
The Canadian Red Cross
Rotarian Christine Moffett introduced our April 1, 2019 speaker. Jonathan Spencer moved his family here from Ontario to take a position with the Canadian Red Cross. Formerly Jonathan worked for the TD Bank. Although the Canadian Red Cross was once know for its blood collection service, that component of the organization came under a separate organization in 1989 and is known as Canadian Blood Services.
The Red Cross now has two mandates – one for home services and the other with disaster management. Jonathan is the Emergency Management Coordinator for disaster management.
The fundamental principles of Red Cross are humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, and universality. New Brunswick has three paid staff members and over 200 volunteers. The National Finance Team and Call Centre is in Saint John. The Red Cross is looking for volunteers in Sussex to assist with critical emergency responses, i.e., flooding issues, fires, major losses. Volunteer positions would include ERT (Emergency Response Team), PDA (Personal Disaster Assistance), reception, safety & well-being, logistics, communication, case workers, shelter managers, people services, family reunification, and disaster risk reduction.
Rotary Minute – For the Rotary Minute, Rotarian Paul Kearley gave some practical tips for introducing and thanking a guest speaker using the TIS SIT method which might come in handy for members:
|T||Topic is mentioned||S||Speaker’s Name|
|I||Importance of talk||I||Importance|
|S||Speaker name & info||T||Thank the speaker|
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.
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.
First Brewfest in 2018
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.
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 email@example.com.
If you would like to financially support this great youth program, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc., PO Box 7004, Sussex Corner, NB E4E 5M3 designated for “Imagination Library”, or call / email the contact info above. Income Tax receipts will be issued.
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!”.