Our History
Important Achievements
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History - Infographic by Canva
History- Infographic by Canva
History - Infographic by Canva
History - Infographic by Canva
2020 In the first two months of the calendar year, Sussex Rotary successfully carries out another Trip Draw fundraiser, raising $75,000 dollars to invest back into the community. 
2019 In January, the Club donated USD 1500.00 to the Polio Wheels of Hope of the Wheelchairs for Nigeria Program, an organization that provides wheelchairs for polio victims.
2018 In December, the Club presented a cheque to the Sussex Regional High School Jazz Band for $4000.00 for the purchase of a much-needed tuba. On the evening of Dec. 4, Rotarian Mary McNair presented the Coats for Kids program to the 100 Women Who Care Kings County as a worthy recipient of their giving, and the Club was so 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”. In September, Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett presented the District 7810 PDG Walsh Award to President Lisa Brown at the Bathurst conference recognizing the Rotary Club of Sussex as the “Best Club of the Year” for 2017-2018. On June 16, the Club held its first Sussex Rotary Brew Fest, which showcased a variety of craft beer, spirits, cider and wine from the Maritimes for people to sample and peruse. The Beer Fest replaced the Club’s annual Charitable Fundraising Dinner and brought in over $15,000.00 for its first year.
2017 On September 25, Rotarians visited the Town of Sussex Chambers and presented their final payment of $20,000.00 for their financial commitment on the Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre project in Burton Park. The Club made this $80,000 commitment in January 2014 and made three large payments to the Town of Sussex. On August 7 the Club was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award given out at the New Brunswick Day celebrations at O’Connell Park. The Club also partnered up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to promote literacy and foster a love of reading at an early age, by sending a free book every single month straight to the child’s door until they are ready to start school. In April, the Club pledged $15,000.00 in support of the Crosswinds’ Van Fund from the proceeds of the Charitable Dinner & Auction. In March, the Club announced that they would be partnering with the Town of Sussex in the next phase of Leonard’s Gate and that they would be contributing $85,000.00 over three years to help make this project a reality. On January 16, history was made in Sussex when 11 young people from the community were sworn in as Charter Members of the new Kings County Interact Club under the sponsorship of our Sussex Rotary Club.
2016 The Club pledged $10,000.00 toward the Discovery Park creation and raised funds through its Annual Charity Dinner held on April 7, 2016. The Club also pledged $12,000.00 toward the Kiwanis Nursing Home Building Project to be paid starting in 2017. The club membership was pleasantly surprised at their meeting on November 21, 2016, to be advised by Assistant District Governor Bob Tremblett that our Club was the second strongest per capita contributor to the Rotary Foundation for 2015–2016.
2015 The Club concentrated on increasing membership, and thanks to the hard work of Membership Development Chair Robert Driscoll, the Club doubled to 30 members. The Club was recognized at the annual District Conference with the “Duncan Wathen Achievement Award” for the highest percentage net increase in membership, and the “New Member Award” for the Club that inducted the newest members. President Robert Tremblett was also recognized and presented the “President of the Year Award for 2014 – 2015” for the Club’s achievements during the Rotary year.


The Club announced a joint project with the Town of Sussex to build the Sussex Rotary Amphitheatre to be located in Burton Park made possible by Rotary’s $80,000 commitment over three years starting in 2015.


The Club hosted the final Rotary International Group Study Exchange with guests from India, and the members sold Christmas Boxes for the last year, which contributed over $2000.00 annually to community projects.
2012 The Club thanked Tony Bell, owner of Kings County Mechanical, for restoring and repainting the Rotary signage at the two entrances to Sussex.  President Barb Crowe and Charter Member Harley Geldart made the Club’s two $20,000.00 payments toward the Club’s final commitment to the Fundy Civic Center.
2011 Rotarian Bob Black & Ginette visited  Africa as part of the Mwandi Zambia Project to build “huts” for the children.
2010 First Annual Rotary Charitable Trusts Dinner & Auction held at the Sussex Legion with over $10,000.00 raised from the proceeds.
2009 Club presented a cheque for $36,135.33 to John Robinson toward the Fundy Civic Center project.
2008 Club’s first fundraiser toward the Fundy Civic Center was collecting change in water bottles distributed about the area. This commitment grows into a $76,751.38 final donation to this community project. The Club donated $9,000.00 to the Sussex Legion in support of their restoration project after the fire.


The Club made its final payment of $8,000.00 to complete its $24,000.00 commitment to the new Dialysis Unit at the Sussex Health Center.


The Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts, Inc. was approved by CRA.


The Club was Incorporated under the guidance of Rotarians Andrew Palmer and Keri Walker and applied for Charitable status. The Club’s first website was designed and constructed by the Multimedia Class of 2005, CTI, Computer Training Institute. Special thanks to Judy Williams. This effort was completed under the direction of the Club’s first webmaster and visiting Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart as a Vocational Service Project. 


The Club planted a Rotary Flower Wheel garden at O’Connell Park.


The Club invested $9,300 to continue the band program at local elementary schools.


The Club purchased a van for Crosswinds. The Club also built a footbridge on the Sussex Corner walking trail system at a cost of $4,300, and purchased chess sets for use at Sussex Regional High School. The Club worked with another Rotary Club in South Africa to drill a well and supply water to a rural elementary school in South Africa. This project was visited by two Sussex Rotarians in September 2002.


The Club invested $15,000 in the proposed Sussex Wellness Center project.


The Club purchased a van for use at the Portage Center at Cassidy Lake. A grant of $15,000 US was received from the Rotary Foundation, which was used to purchase winter outerwear for local elementary school students. Rodrigo's from Mexico was our high school Youth Exchange student.


The Club purchased Blue Boxes for recycling in Sussex.


The Club built the Trout Creek Walking Bridge at a cost of $10,000 and donated $45,000 for the purchase of shelves for the new Sussex Regional Library.


The Club donated $30,000 to finish the community building at Princess Louise Park.


The Club started “Coats for Kids” – a biannual project which supplies new winter outerwear for local elementary school students.


“Camp Sussex”, a new cabin at Camp Rotary, was built at a cost of $27,000.


The Club hosted high school Youth Exchange Student Jose from Mexico.


The Club built a wharf at Camp Rotary. The Club also hosted its first high school Youth Exchange Student – Laura from Mexico.


The Club purchased instruments for the elementary school band program. Over $50,000 of instruments were purchased.


The Club sponsored the charter of the Rotary Club of Hampton.


Sussex Rotarians built a landing dock at Camp Rotary on Grand Lake.


The Club purchased a sound system and rollerblades for the Boys and Girls Club of Sussex.


The Club started the Boys and Girls Club of Sussex.


The Rotary Club of Sussex received its charter on November 2, 1977, under President Hazen Hogg.