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Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Jul 01, 2014

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Look for this LIVE graphic link in the coming weeks. Below is a link to the RLI session in Truro on Oct 25 2014.

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Posted by Terrance MacDonald on May 12, 2014

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It's an exciting time to be a Rotarian!

And it will never be more exciting in 2014 than in Moncton between September 18th and 21st at the District 7810 Annual Conference as we Light Up Rotary!

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Jul 09, 2014

Perth-Andover Rotary Club volunteers recently weeded and spruced up the Andover Elementary Community Garden.

 

 

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Rotarians Barb Green, Rhonda Kennedy, Nancy Hanscome and her grandson, Marianne Bell and her daughter Victoria,  Louiselle St. Amand, John Larsen and Margie Brooks worked hard and at the same time had fun improving the appearance of the Garden.

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Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Jun 26, 2014

The Perth-Andover Rotary Club and the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club held their combined Annual Meeting at the Aroostook Valley Country Club on June 26. It was an enjoyable time of fellowship, good food and awards. DG Pat Perry joined us for the celebration. The two clubs from two countries have been holding their annual meetings together for several years, which we believe is rare in the world of Rotary.

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P-A Rotary Club President, Margie Brooks (R) presented the "Rotarian of the Year Award" to Louiselle St. Amand

 

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Larry Plant, (R) FF Rotary Club presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Club President Carl Young

 

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DG Pat Perry presented the Presidential Citation to P-A Rotary Club Margie Brooks

 

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P-A Rotary Club 2014-2015 Executive: L to R: Cheryl Reed, VP; Louiselle St. Amand, Secretary; Mike Allen, Treasurer; John Larsen, Director; Marsha Lang, Director; Rhonda Kennedy, Director; Margie Brooks, President

 

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Jun 09, 2014

DG Pat Perry presented Certificates to the Club.

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The Club invited families & attendees of Camp Rotary to a dinner and presented a contribution of $6,950 to Easter Seals EO Julia Laitham. Some of the attendees were at Camp and unable to attend the dinner.

This is the largest contribution we have ever been able to make.  There are many communities and businesses that made this possible by supporting our Annual Dinner & Auction and our Raffle Calendars.

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Photos (Courtesy of Brunswick News)

 

 

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on May 02, 2014

The Perth-Andover Rotary Club held another successful Cash Draw on May 2nd. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser is approximately $14000.

The top prize of $10000 was won by Gerald Toner.  Additional prizes, including door prizes and Early Bird Draw, were also awarded to lucky winners, for a total of $16800 in prizes.

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Apr 09, 2014

The Rotary Club of Newcastle recently awarded Paul Harris Fellows to three deserving individuals from Miramichi.

Steve Myles has been involved in the community as a member of the Miramichi Kinsmen Club and the Miramichi Hospital Foundation. He has been president/chairperson of both organizations, as well as holding most executive positions along the way. As a Kinsmen, he initiated both the "Pay It Forward" and "KIVA" programs, and has been twice honoured with Kinsmen of the Year. In his role with the Miramichi Hospital Foundation, he chairs the Miramichi Cares Charity Golf Classic, as well as being involved in various initiatives which have raised in excess of 3 million dollars for local hospital equipment. He is a founding partner of Myles-Garrish Financial Group.

Donnalu Derry has been a member of the Newcastle Rotary Club for several years, where she has been a great contributor to our club's success.  As a member of the pond hockey committee, she was responsible for the setting up and tearing down of the site, as well as coordinating the volunteers needed for this. She has been the Foundation Chair for the club and very involved in our local "purple pinkie" campaign, part of Rotary International's Polio elimination fund-raising efforts. Donnalu is a co-owner of Match-It Supplies Ltd.

Melanie Daley was recognized by District Governor Patricia (Pat) Perry for her planning and organization of the District 7810 Conference, which involved Rotarians from across New Brunswick and northern Maine coming to Miramichi. Melanie is a former member of the Newcastle Rotary Club, where she served on the executive in the position of Sgt-at-Arms, and helped out with many fundraisers within our club. Melanie is a co-owner/manager and salesperson for Royal LePage Miramichi River Realty.

All three individuals give of themselves to their community in many more ways than be described in a few lines. The Rotary Club of Newcastle is very proud to recognize these deserving individuals.

Rotary was founded by Paul Harris in 1905 in Chicago. Giving a Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow on an individual.

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Photo: L to R, Lowell Loveday, Assistant District Govenor, District 7810; Donnalu Derry, recipient; Stephen Myles, recipient; Melanie Daley, recipient; Pat Perry, District Governor, District 7810; Valerie Comeau, President, Rotary Club of Newcastle.

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Mar 21, 2014

The Perth-Andover Rotary Club honoured two community members with Paul Harris Fellowships on March 21st.

DG Pat Perry was on hand to present Rod MacIntosh with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  He was honoured by the PA Rotary Club for his volunteer work with local youth hockey, serving as coach for many years.  Rod organizes "The Gathering of the Scots," the very successful Scottish Festival held each year in May in Perth-Andover.  He is a big booster for rural living.  Rod exemplifies "Service Above Self" through his volunteer work.

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DG Pat Perry presented Mike Allen, member of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Mike is branch manager of the local branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.  He is Past President of the club, having served two consecutive terms.  He has served as Club Treasurer, Youth Exchange Officer, Fines Master, and he participates in all club fundraisers.  Mike has been a member of the Scotiabank Relay for Life team for several years.  He has served as a volunteer paramedic.  Mike and the "other" Mike Allen co-host the annual Miss New Brunswick Pageant.  Mike exemplifies "Service Above Self" both as a Rotarian and a member of the community.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 18, 2014

In a tri-club joint meeting with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, TransCanada Pipeline presented on the energy East Pipeline project.   An overview the project, pipeline safety and the economic impact was provided.     

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From the left is: Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside, Guest speaker Philippe Cannon, TransCanada Piplelines. Rotarian Al Thomas and Chris Johnston, President of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.



Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 18, 2014

For the past two years, the Port Elgin Rotary Club has held a unique fundraiser.  For Valentines Day the club has hosted a "Death by Chocolate" evening.  Held at the beautiful "Victorian Veranda" bed and breakfast located beside the picturesque Gaspereau River in Port Elgin,  it was a romantic evening of scrumptious chocolate desserts, tea and coffee and soft music.

It was well attended and enjoyed by both the Rotary members hosting it and the public who came out for the evening.  The club plans to make it an annual event and invites everyone to come out with their sweetheart or friends and join us next year.

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Our past District Governor,  Allan MacLellan and his wife attended our "Death by Chocolate" evening in 2013.

 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

The Houlton Rotary Club recently presented McGill's Community Band with a check to fund the building of a storage unit.  This unit will house the chairs used by the band members during a concert.  The proceeds were raised during the annual Rotary auction in November.  The band members have started practicing for the up-coming concert season and are excited for the summer fun to begin!  

Accepting the check from Rotary Club President Lori Weston is the band's new conductor, Kevin Mania, and the band manager, Michael Clark.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

Pictured here are Scott Dionne, past president with our guest speakers today Sara Williams, Matthew Williams and Linda Williams.

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Matt and Linda live on their farm in Linneus. They grow organic wheat and oats. They mill not only their own products but other farms as well. For other Maine farms they will do Custom Cleaning and Custom Milling. Matt explained that they have been growing products and selling them mostly wholesale to bakery's, Co-ops, and through the Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative. He stated that they specialize in Maine Organic Products, they are the only mill in Maine that produces only Maine products! Sarah their daughter moved back home this past year to help with the farm. Sarah is a wonderful addition to the business, and is looking at the farm/business from a different perspective. She has made connections to Bakery's in New York and other large markets that want Quality Maine Organic Products, and they have them. Matt showed pictures of the milling process and explained that it is pretty much the same as it was in the old days, with slight improvement variations. Matt and Sarah discussed briefly the process of growing, selecting and milling their products, which is very interesting, but too much for me to recall, you can find that on there website in great detail.  You may ask just what do they grow and most importantly where can I buy it? They grow: Hard Red Winter wheat-variety- Maxine, Hard Red Spring wheat-variety- AC Berry, Oats- variety- Alymer. You can find locations to purchase their exceptional products on their website at http://auroramillsandfarm.net and at the Houlton Community Market this spring and summer. In fact Matt made an amazing bread for our lunch and I would strongly suggest you try as soon as you can! Sarah discussed her ideas on expanding to more local and adding Bakery items to the local market and they will be introducing stone baked pizza which I am positive you will be pleased. Sarah plans on bringing some of these delicious baked goods to the Houlton Community Market and the County Coop and Farm Store when it opens. She also encouraged everyone to become  member of The County Coop and Farm Store in support of buying local. Last but not least I could not end with out talking about the Aurora Farm's Organic Oatmeal Ale which is made by The Atlantic Brewing Company, they  have chose to use Aurora Mills  flavorful Alymer oats to create a deep ruby ale with a crisp, clean finish. True to the style, Aurora Farm's Oatmeal Ale is moderate in alcohol with an ABV of 5%. This is currently available in Houlton at The Courtyard Café and at The Lounge Down under. The Williams are great supporters and promoter of Maine and in particular Aroostook County, so if you have a chance to try some of their products do not hesitate - You will not be disappointed!!

 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

Tammie Mulvey was the speaker at Rotary on 02/24/2014

 

She started with a brief history, Rob is from New York, went to Unity College and stayed:) He worked at Robbins Lumber on Christmas Trees and in their Mill and plantations. In 1996 he became self employed contracting out work on Christmas Trees.

 

Tammie is from Montville, where she was raised in a Restaurant, Convenience Store, Chainsaw shop and Dance hall. She sold insurance, was a Cosmetologist, waitress, cook, then CLA, and now Community Health and Counseling Services.

 

Pleasant View Tree Farm “started” in 2002, with Christmas trees and wreaths. Expanded to Strawberries, and Fall mums in 2008, then we added Fruit trees and hardwoods to see if their was a need in the area, and we have expanded over the last few years tremendously.

 

Tammie’s main topic today was speaking on Trees for Troops.

 

In 2005, the National Christmas Tree Association developed the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation (CSF) as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to advance the spirit of Christmas year-round. The foundation quickly developed plans for a national Trees for Troops program that could unify the individual programs of tree growers and state Christmas tree associations.

 

This year, Trees for Troops® provided 17,051 free, real Christmas Trees to military families and troops, bringing our total since the inception of the program to more than 139,000 trees. This year's trees were delivered by FedEx to 62 military bases in the U.S. and Middle East, covering every branch of the armed services.

 

While a donated Christmas Tree may seem like a small gift, CSF receives countless e-mails and letters from families saying it was the best gift they could have received during the holidays. Not only are many military members away from their families during the holidays, but many military families are also away from their extended families. In some cases, “Dad” or “Mom” is overseas, while the rest of the family is also far from home. It is our hope that the gift of a Real Christmas Tree will help bring the feeling of home a little closer, wherever they may be spending their holiday, as well as alleviate some of the financial burden the holidays can bring.

 

The Trees for Troops program continues to grow with the generous support from many involved.

 

About Trees for Troops

Imagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and express shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine a spouse and children sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of free, real Christmas Tree while their family member is away serving our country. Trees for Troops® makes this vision a reality!

 

Members of the National Christmas Tree Association and many state and regional Christmas tree associations began donating trees by the thousands. This is quite a logistical undertaking and a sacrifice, as these are quality, sellable trees being harvested, donated and collected during the busiest possible time for growers, and no doubt the busiest time for FedEx and its employees. They do it because they love the opportunity to say "thank you for your service and sacrifice" to troops and their families. In total, 9,685 Christmas trees were donated by growers this year.

Consumers supported Trees for Troops by donating funds or by visiting the 60 farms and retail locations across the country that hosted FedEx trailers during Trees for Troops Weekend, Dec. 6-8, 2013. During Trees for Troops Weekend, consumers purchased and donated 7,216 trees that were placed in the trailers and delivered to U.S. military bases.

 

This past years was started in Indiana with 150 trees shipped to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia and to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

 

The Maine Christmas Tree Association has been involved since the beginning. They donate 300 trees each year and for the last 6 years have also been donating Ornaments for the trees, they make or buy 10 ornaments for each tree. We prefer hand made ornaments just for the extra care that goes into them. This was started by some of the wonderful ladies, Joanne Bond, Melba Fisher and Norma Corliss of the Maine Christmas Tree Association. Many of the ornaments are made by these ladies as well, but there is always a bit of a shortfall that I am hoping we can help out with. The ornaments must be non breakable, they do not need to be handmade, but that does give a little extra touch. We are getting close to the time when we send these out – I know it is not even spring yet and I am asking about next Christmas, we send the ornaments in April to go with the trees, they are packaged in a decorative plastic bag and a note is included thanking them for their service.

 

If anyone would like to donate either ornaments or money please contact Tammie Mulvey either by Facebook – Pleasant View Tree Farm, email-robertmulvey@ainop.com, or call 207-538-7217 If you would like more information about Trees for Troops or become a sponsor you can visit treesfortroops.org

 

Tammie also mentioned that Rob in conjunction with Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District is doing a demonstration on pruning Apple Trees on Saturday March 27th for more information call 207-532-2087 ext3  or visit http://www.saswcd.org

Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

BIG TIME BALL HOCKEY COMING TO FREDERICTON’S GRANT HARVEY CENTRE

(Fredericton NB, Feb 25/14)  Thousands of ball hockey fans across New Brunswick can look forward to next May 23-25 when the Fredericton North Rotary Club will organize a major amateur ball hockey tournament in the capital city.

    With prizes for the winners and entertainment for spectators, the tournament will be open to teams of seven players competing in eight “rinks” laid out in the parking area of the city’s Grant Harvey Centre.

    The ‘Fredericton Ball Hockey for Rotary” tournament will be held under basic rules of the Canadian Ball and Street Hockey Association. These include the need for hockey helmets to be worn by players. Games will be played in a rink 100’ long and 50’ wide with a puck about double the size of a tennis ball.

    Says Don McKay, chair of the event’s organizing committee, “We expect to see team competition from businesses and ball hockey clubs, high schools and middle schools, towns and cities. We’re in the process of finalizing some basic rules and regulations and want this to be a real fun event for adults as well as youngsters.”

    “Ball or street hockey has over the years increased in popularity. Saint John and Moncton, for example, have had tournaments with hundreds of competitors. We’re aiming for our event to be just as popular. The City of Fredericton’s tourism department has been integral in helping us prepare for this event.”

    The Fredericton North Rotary Club is renowned for its earlier Killarney Cup pond hockey events in Fredericton plus its fundraising for good causes such as Camp Rotary, youth literacy, helping the elderly, and polio eradication.

    Early bird registration for the tournament will open on March 10. More information is available on the event’s website: www.frederictonballhockey.com.

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Media contact: John M. Bowles. Tel: (506) 449-0562

Posted by Dawn Waye on Mar 12, 2014

The Rotary Club of St. Stephen-Milltown held its 40th Annual Super Draw Dinner Feb. 26.2014 at the Legion Hall and gave away a total of $21,200 in prizes and donations. This event has supported youth hockey programs since its inception in 1974 and more latterly supported other community initiatives dealing with children. The Charlotte County Boys and Girls Club is a major beneficiary of this draw as well as proceeds from the Kiwanis/Rotary Radio Bingo, a joint service club effort of the past decade.

 

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Rotarians, friends, and Super Draw boosters gathered for the 40th Annual Super Draw Dinner to watch the St. Stephen-Milltown Rotary Club give away prizes and donations. Top prizes of $7,000, $1000, $500 made people happy and 27 consolation prizes kept the crowd interested all evening. The real winners of the evening were the youth of the community as Rotarians presented cheques of $2000 to the St. Stephen High School boys and girls hockey program, $2000 to the St. Stephen Minor Hockey Association and $4000 to the Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club. Susan Schnier, Rotary president, left, made the presentations to Jeff Haley of the High School, Jaclyn Fitzsimmons of the B&G Club and Wally Morrow from Minor Hockey, assisted by Super Draw co-chairperson Rob Mann, right.


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Rotary friends come in all ages and styles. Here student Marley Woodside (her mother is a former Rotarian who helps organize the Super Draw) helps 3rd generation Rotarian Joan Flewelling, right, sell 50/50 tickets to president Susan Schnier. This draw raised $227 for the club's 'Foundation account'.

 

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The 280 Super Draw tickets fuel a great many community service donations and have always been well received by the community. The $100 tickets also give you a delicious Legion dinner and an opportunity to see Rotarians in action during a fun social evening. The real work, of course, is selling the tickets in the 3 months prior to the dinner!

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 24, 2014

The Easter Seals 2014 Campaign Launch was held at Government house on Monday Feb 24th at 12 o’clock.  In attendance were approx... 75 persons representing Community partners; Easter Seal Board members; Rotarians; Staff of Easter Seals ; school children and supporters of the Easter Seals from every realm.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 24, 2014

Share Our Love” for Camp Rotary

February 14, 2014

Delta Fredericton

 

On Friday evening, February 14, 2014, at the Delta Fredericton, the Rotary Club of Fredericton hosted a Gala in support of Camp Rotary.  The evening began with a reception where ladies were provided with a rose and Mario Theriault serenaded guests on his accordion.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mayor Brad Woodside.  The Fredericton Ladies’ Barbershop ensemble, “The Meadowlarks” provided entertainment during dinner and Hugh Cameron auctioned over 12 live auction items.  The evening concluded with the “Downtown Blues Band” providing music to midnight.  Sponsorships, the purchase of Corporate tables in addition to monies raised through ticket sales, personal donations, raffle draws, 50/50 draw, Klik Pics Photo Booth, coat check and the live auction totaled $23,778.13 for Camp Rotary.  As Brandon Liston, a camper at Camp Rotary and our Easter Seals representative said, “You put a smile on our faces with your support.”

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 24, 2014

The Rotary Club of the Village of Gagetown held its 32nd annual Variety show on Feb 22nd at the Gagetown Elementary Show. This fundraiser raises money for bursaries for students of the local area attending post-secondary schools.  To date they have awarded 37 bursaries and after this event one more was added to the list. The evening included a variety of local musicians and singing groups. 

Gagetown Variety Show

Read more about the evening here http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7810//HTML/219407//gagetown-varietyshow.pdf

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 18, 2014

At a recent meeting of the Washburn Rotary Club, Rich Duncan and Sue Fuller spoke about the campaign that is under way to build a Hospice House in northern Maine.  Duncan, who is Chairman of the Board for Aroostook Hospice Foundation, noted that land has been donated, and fund-raising has begun to build Aroostook House of Comfort at 255 Caribou Road in Presque Isle. This is a 2.5 million dollar project, with expansion planned after the initial phase is completed.  Building is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated opening in 2015.   During the presentation,  Rick Duncan
presented Rotarian Larry Bull with a jacket in appreciation of his continued support of the hospice project.

Shown in the pictures are Rick Duncan and Larry Bull, and Rotary President CIndy RIchendollar presenting Rick Duncan with a speaker mug to thank him for his evening's presentation.

Washburn Hospice House

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 17, 2014

Pictured are Lori Weston and Jane Torres, who spoke at our January 27th Rotary Meeting.

Houlton Literacy

 

Our District Governor was scheduled to be our guest speaker today, however due to the weather was unable to attend. So Lori Weston stepped up to the plate and gave us information on events and what’s happening around town. She started by explaining her position as the Community Development Director for the Town of Houlton. Many of us see Lori working away at all the wonderful events that the Town and the Chamber do together, but there is a lot more to her job then that! She explained several grants she has submitted for various things around town including beautifying Market Square with new trees, snowmobile bridge, and many others that will improve our community in ways that you may never think of. Lori showed us some of the applications that needed to be completed for various grants and wow, they were vey long, some well over 100 pages. I recall a conversation that Lori and I had when she first started with this position regarding training that she was going to Central Maine on installing water lines and safe construction – it was very intense and inspirational to see just how far she is willing to go to improve our community, she was laughing as she is explaining the “field trip” with a hard hat on and learning what is the right way to do this, she is truly inspirational! Lori and Jane spoke on a meeting that they attended in Hallowell for the Farmers Market organization on learning what others are doing in the State and how we can improve or expand on our wonderful Community Market. It is still a little while before spring, but it will be here soon, and when it comes you really should spend a little time at our Community Market, it sure has grown over the years. I do not know the numbers but it was like just three years ago they had less then 10 vendors, and last year around 30-40. You can get many different items there, I will not list them here you will have to come check it out for yourself. You will want to come on a weekly basis because there are some that can not make it every week and if you are not there that week they are you just don’t know what you are missing! The greater Houlton area is a wonderful place to live with lots of things going on, if you are not sure what there is to do, check out the Pioneer Times, or stop into the Greater Houlton Chamber or even the Town Office. If you are lucky you may even get a chance to see Lori at the office. Lori spoke of Moosestompers that I sure hope you all got a chance to go and experience, and The County Coop and Farm Store that is working its way to opening maybe this fall. Lori expressed her gratitude for all the community members that give of themselves to make this a wonderful place to live, in return the Houlton Rotary Club would like to say thank you to you Lori, you are doing a great job!! 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 17, 2014

At the weekly Rotary meeting on February 10, Houlton Rotarians were honored to welcome Dixie Shaw as their guest speaker.  Dixie Shaw is the Program Director for Hunger and Relief Services of Catholic Charities Maine and oversees the two food banks in Caribou and Monticello.  She also heads the Farm for ME and State Disaster Services for CCM.

 

The food banks in Caribou and Monticello distribute once a month to 25 food pantries in Aroostook County including Saint Mary's and Adopt-a-Block in Houlton.  The food bank warehouse in Monticello also houses the only clothing recycling center in Aroostook County.  Donated clothing is either sold in the thrift stores or recycled to other uses.  The income from the thrift stores and recycled clothing helps to fund the operation of the food banks.

 

Rotarians also learned about the new Farm for ME project started last growing season.  The Farm for ME project came together through funding from the WalMart Foundation, one family's generous offer to allow Farm for ME to use their 200 acres of farmland, and a partnership with Northern Girl of Van Buren to process and store the produce for winter.  Volunteers worked together on this new venture and produced beets, squash, and rutabaga on three acres last year, and the goal is to quadruple production this growing season.  All produce from the farm is distributed by the food banks to the local food pantries here in Aroostook County to help those in need.

 

How can someone be a part of this project of neighbor helping neighbor?  Shop the thrift store, donate food and other items, and volunteer.  The number to call for more information in Presque Isle is 493-8919 and in Monticello 538-4051.  

Houlton Food Bank

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 17, 2014

“Let’s Talk Local” and Literacy at Rotary

At the weekly Rotary meeting on February 3rd , Rotarians were introduced to a new program for the area entitled “Let’s Talk Local”, a component of the Maine Humanities Council’s “What it Means to Be a Mainer”. This program encourages thoughtful, public conversations about our future as a community. Houlton’s public conversation is scheduled for April 9, 2014 at the Houlton Rec Center. 

Rotarians were also updated on their local literacy project.  Houlton Rotary is partnering with other community organizations and schools forming a “Literacy for ME” Community Literacy Team.  Currently the team is focusing on the importance of vocabulary and number awareness from birth to school.

The “Let’s Talk Local” presentation was made by Linda Faucher of the Cary Library.  The literacy update was made by Sally Cole and Janet Murakami from RSU 29. 

 

FOR THE PICTURE FROM MIKE CLARK:

Pictured are Mike Hammer, Rotarian and RSU 29 Superintendent, Linda Faucher, Cary Library, and Otis Smith, Rotarian.  Sally Cole and Janet Murakami were unavailable for the picture.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 13, 2014

Rotary President of Florenceville, Garth Hatheway, while on vacation in Panama, visited the Club Rotario el Dorado, Panama, on Jan. 16, 2014 by invitation of president Jose Gonzalez Chea. Hatheway brought greetings from the Florenceville Club and was privileged to hear guest speaker District Governor, Jose Rafael Bolanos, for Rotary Clubs in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador. District Governor Bolanos encouraged dedicated service for high profile  Rotary Global projects; such as, polio eradication, clean water, disease prevention and adequate shelter. He stressed the need for cooperation among rotary clubs and individual members. President Gonzalez Chea is interested in cooperating with the Florenceville Rotary Club in a joint effort project.

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The first gentleman on the left is: District Governor, Jose Rafael Bolanos; the man in the middle is Garth Hatheway, president Florenceville Rotary Club. The man on the extreme right is the president of the Club El Dorado, Panama, Jose Gonzalez Chea. The first banner has the Rotary Club  four way truth test in Spanish.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 12, 2014

The Rotary Club of Oromocto received a Business Excellence Award from the Chamber. There was approximately 120 local business owners, Rotarians and dignitaries present.

The Award was accepted by Charter Member Rotarian Ralph Harris and President-elect Liz Neilson. Liz spoke briefly about Rotary in Oromocto and thanked the Chamber for selecting our Club. Dr Spietzer also received an award for her contributions to the SPCA.

In the picture L - R : Ralph Harris, Liz Neilson, Mayor Robert Powell and Dr Spietzer.

Oromocto Chamber Award
Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 12, 2014

“Share Our Love” for Camp Rotary”

 

Camp Rotary is owned by the Rotary Club of Fredericton and is operated by Easter Seals New Brunswick.  Children who have special needs, physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer have an opportunity of a lifetime attending the camp.    Brandon Liston who is the Easter Seals representative is quoted at a recently held meeting of the Rotary Club of Fredericton saying,” Rotary Camp has provided all of us an opportunity to meet others just like us.  We are a family and I look forward to going every summer.   You put a smile on our faces.”

 

On February 14, 2014, at the Delta Fredericton, the Rotary Club of Fredericton is hosting a Gala in support of Camp Rotary.   The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm.  Roses will be provided for the ladies.  Mario Therieault will serenade us on his accordion.     Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm:

Roasted pumpkin with nutmeg cream soup

Herbed pork loin with merlot poached plum chutney

Classic crème brulee

 

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Mayor Brad Woodside.  The “Meadowlarks” Fredericton’s Ladies Barbershop ensemble will provide dinner entertainment.  

 

Hugh Cameron, auctioneer will entertain us with a live auction.    In addition to several wonderful packages, we have two tickets to see Michael Buble in concert in Toronto, Ontario June 28.  Air Canada will fly two to Toronto on June 27 with return on June 28.  Accommodations are included.

 

The evening will continue with the “Downtown Blues Band” providing us an opportunity to enjoy more live entertainment where we can chat and enjoy our friends and dance to midnight.

 

The cost of the evening is $125 per person.   A tax receipt of $75 dollars is provided.

Corporate tables are $900.

 

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Marion Brien at 459-8022, from members of the Rotary Club of Fredericton or by purchasing them at Westminster Books, King Street, Fredericton.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 12, 2014

Friday, January 31st, Rotarians gathered at the Crowne Plaza downtown Moncton to celebrate the 41st annual Charter Night for the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview. President Andrew Friel welcomed guests to the Club including Rotary exchange students Welmoed Wessels from Holland and Ana Clara de Menezes Bezerra from Brazil, as well as Rtn. Kevin Duguay from Peterborough, Ontario and Assistant Governor 7810 Chuck Steeves from the Rotary Club of Moncton.

The highlight of the evening was hearing of the tremendous contributions to our community when four non-Rotarians were bestowed Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions for their efforts. 

Moncton West Riverview PH 2014

Nicole St.Laurent Ward was recognized for her role as an inspiration and champion for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. An outstanding volunteer in the community, St.Laurent Ward leads the Moncton FibroArthe Support Group, Chairs the Moncton Branch of the Arthritis Society, and participates in many United Way events.

Peter Butler was recognized for his leadership in the community as a Charter member of Moncton Headstart’s Children’s Charity Classic golf tournament organizing committee, as Director of the MetroTones Pop Chorus and past Director of two Barbershop choruses, as well as his past involvement with the Riverview Kinsmen and K-40 Clubs which supported many local charities.

Helen MacDonnell was recognized for her work with mental health after losing her brother 11 years ago. She gathered 54 women into her kitchen to talk about mental health and how to bring this illness to the public for open discussion. Women and Wellness events are now being held in 16 communities across the country with thousands of women raising over $1 million for the cause to date.

Charline Robichaud Manuel was recognized for her volunteer work in schools to spread the message of MADD after a tragic accident where a drunk driver almost took her life. After 76 days in the hospital and almost as many surgeries, she feels fortunate to be alive with her family. She has now made it her mission to tell her story to as many people as she can, travelling extensively throughout Eastern Canada, to warn about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Read the press release - Moncton West Riverview Charter Night Press Release

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 12, 2014

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is one of the most successful Rotary programs run by Rotary clubs around the world. The 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.

The RYLA program gives young people and young adults the chance 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.

In Rotary District 7810, RYLA aims to:
• Give young people the chance to come together in a supportive environment to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and the unique qualities and abilities of others
• Facilitate learning about teamwork, communication, motivation and to develop the leadership skills of young people through experiential workshops
• Create a greater awareness of social issues affecting young people and
• Demonstrate Rotary's commitment to young people.

When and where is RYLA held
In 2014 District 7810 RYLA will be held at Meenan’s Cove Park Beach House – 199 Model Farm Rd in Quispamsis, New Brunswick registration starts at 5:00 pm on April 11 and workshops will be held all day April 12, 2014.

Who pays for RYLA?
Each RYLA candidate is sponsored by a Rotary Club from District 7810. The sponsoring club will pay $100 for each youth participating in the program.

Award
One participant at this RYLA event between the ages of 18 to 30 will be selected to participate (all expenses paid) at the RYLA Conference held in Washington, DC from August 2 to August 6, 2014.

Download the information sheet to share with your club. http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7810//HTML/218717//RYLA2014InformationSheet.pdf

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 12, 2014

On Feb 28th the Rotary Club of Fort Kent will be having our annual Friendship Night.

Place: Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Lodge

Time: 7:00 PM till 10:00 Pm

Live Band: French Toast

Come one come all

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Feb 11, 2014

    

 

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An international evening of fund and fundraising for Rotarians and their partners, in support of Coopérative Agricole de Terrier Rouge, Haïti. This is a joint project of the Rotary Club of Dieppe, Rotary Club of Sackville, Rotary Club of Shediac, Rotary Club of Moncton, Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club and the Moncton West & Riverview Rotary Club.

Agenda

6:30 - 7:00 pm                            Registration & cocktails

7:30 – 8:30 pm                            Presentation of the Project

8:00 – 8:30 pm                            Coin Toss

8:30 – 9:00 pm                            Live Auction & First table silent auction closes

9:00 – 9:15 pm                            WestJet ticket draw

9:00 – 9:30 pm                            Second table silent auction closes

$20 per guess

(Weekly meeting fee applied for Rotarians if event replaces weekly meeting – thus no fee for Rotarians)

RSVP Now! by February 14, 2014

February 22, 2014 6:30–9:30 pm

Royal Oaks Golf Course

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 11, 2014

The Sussex Rotary Club is making an $80,000 contribution towards the construction of an amphitheatre in a community park.  Read more about this great initiative. Sussex Amphitheatre

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 11, 2014

The Grand Manan Club recently held their 35th Annual Rotary Auction and made a donation of $6000 to the Boys & Girls Club.  

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They have a busy year ahead of them including a new fundraiser.  Read their update for January.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 06, 2014

Margie Brooks, president of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club presented a cheque in the amount of $2000 to Marguerite Gallagher, coordinator of the Future Footprints program at the Andover Elementary School. The donation will fund two-week pre-kindergarten sessions, one in February and one in April for children entering AES in the fall. The sessions help children with awareness of self and the environment, cognitive skills, language and communication, fine and gross motor skills as well as help them become familiar with the school and a school routine.

Perth-Andover Future Footprints

Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 04, 2014

It has been my observation that when Rotarians are presented with an opportunity to help, whether that be to assist locally or internationally, they really step up to the challenge. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November, was one such opportunity for Rotarians to serve those in need – and what a difference Rotarians are making. Efforts ranging from matching challenges to passing the hat at meetings or holding charity auctions, many districts, clubs and Rotarians have been raising funds to assist families made homeless by the tragedy.

Shelterbox USA Philipines

In the months since, we have assisted more than 4,800 families in the Philippines - Families like Hazel’s. During the typhoon Hazel gave birth to baby Yole. With her home destroyed and no safe place for her newborn baby, Hazel soon after received and moved into a ShelterBox tent. With the help of Rotary, the tent we provided is more than just a temporary shelter. To Hazel and her family, it’s Yole’s first home.

Our efforts are only possible through the generosity of our donors. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your district for their efforts to help those impacted by this disaster. Our goal is to assist a further 3,000 families in the Philippines over the coming weeks. Photos from the deployment can be viewed here http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelterboxuk/sets/72157637551983974/.

Many Rotarians are also supporting our efforts to assist families affected by the unrest in Syria. Since 2011, violence and conflict have defined life within Syria and bordering countries. More than four million people are displaced inside Syria. According to the UN, two million Syrians have fled their homes, streaming into northern Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. ShelterBox has responded to alleviate the suffering in each country and has provided assistance to 4,500 families to date.

Natural disasters and conflicts continue. So long as there is need, ShelterBox and Rotarians will be there to help.

On behalf of all of the families which have received ShelterBox aid because of your district’s efforts, thank you!
Regards,

Emily

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Feb 04, 2014

Through the efforts of many volunteers and the help of a number of businesses, we were able to collect

 

Over 100 bicycles, and about 1,200 pairs of footwear


Rothesay Kings Boots n Bikes


Read about this great project here Boots n' Bikes

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 23, 2014

Raffle Calendar Draws for Jan 2014.
$50 each Jan 13th: #737 Nancy Ellis Hunter. #444 Terry Kennedy. #633 Rtn Terry Cormier. #583 Hollie Gregan.

$50 each Jan 20th: #303 OTEC Promoting Inclusion. #573 Justin Murdock. #072 Dave Bell. #653 Brent MacDonald.

Next draws Feb 3rd.  We have 25 raffle calendars remaining available for sale. The 1st $250 prize draw is fast approaching.

At our 20 Jan meeting, the Guest Speakers were Caine Harris & Matthew Jay. Caine is Director of Camp Rotary and Matthew is the Programs & Activity Director. Their presentation was very well received and generated more questions/answers than any previous speaker in recent memory. Both remained afterwards and spoke with individuals who had further questions.

CAMP ROTARY IS THE PRIME RECIPIENT OF REVENUE FROM OUR Rotary Raffle Calendar Fundraiser. We printed 799 and are 25 short of a sellout !!!
$20 each and will mailout.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 15, 2014

Rotarians Mike Bolster and Louiselle St. Amand are smiling examples of "Service Above Self" as they braved the subzero temperatures along with fellow Rotarians, Mike Allen, John Larsen, Rhonda Kennedy, Marsha Lang, Barb Green and Randy Hathaway (a friend of Rotary), on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 for the Annual Rotary Christmas Tree Pickup in Perth-Andover.  After the job was completed they were served a lunch of homemade soup and dessert, courtesy of Rotarians who opted to cook rather than collect trees.  This annual project provides a service to the community and fun for Rotarians.

Perth-Andover Tree Pick up
Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 15, 2014

Margaret Brooks, president of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club is shown with Lynn Caron's Andover Elementary School grade five class, winners of the recent Nickels for Polio Campaign.  The class was rewarded with an ice cream party, courtesy of the Rotary Club, for raising the most money in the campaign.  The students and staff raised $500 and that amount will be matched by the Rotary Club, then doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Rotary International Foundation's continuing efforts to eradicate polio.

Perth-Andover Nickels for Polio

The Perth-Andover Rotary Club challenges other clubs in the district to match our efforts.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 13, 2014

District Governor Pat Perry had a busy month of September visiting clubs around the district.

September 04 2013 I visited my home club of Newcastle where I had the pleasure of inducting 3 new members, Brodie Donovan, Barbara Stothart and Linda Vautour. Newcastle club runs a successful "Pennies for Polio" campaign in local school and the club matches the amount for the Polio Plus campaign. Also this was of the first clubs to have all the information entered into Clubrunner. Great work by the President Valerie Comeau and her team.

Newcastle Purple Pinkie Day

 September 5th I visited our Sister Club Chatham. This club runs an exciting event in August, the Miramichi Dragon Boat Festival. It had hot and sunny weather this year and a great turn out of teams, volunteers and community.

Chatham Dragon Boat Festival

September 9th was spent with the Grand Falls club. They had just completed a very successful golf tournament. They have to deliver a trophy to Limestone. I have one of their brilliant blue sweat shirts which I wear often.

September 8th at 7:30 AM saw me with the Rothesay-Kings club, home of PDG Gorden Dempsey. It was at hat meeting I was so fortunate to met Pat Flood who spoke of their Interact Clubs Global project at District Conference. This club has the impressive Bikes and Boots project which was just written up in the Canadian Rotarian.

September 16th was a noon meeting with the Perth-Andover club lead my Margaret Brooks. See write ups of this active club and their Polio Plus campaign.

I drove to Florenceville where I had the pleasure of being toured around the community to see the many projects that this club has completed. We visited the local school where the club has been very generous with musical equipment. The risers in the auditorium all have the Rotary symbol. What great exposure for Rotary. 60% of this club has tenure of 5 years and less.

September 18 I was at the Fredericton Sunrise to share the speech given by the Korean Ambassador to mark the 50th anniversary of Korea-Canada Diplomatic Relations.

September 19th I joined the Campbellton Rotary club to celebrate 4 Paul Harris Recognitions to members of their surrounding community.The next day I was on hand at the dedication of the Peace Park in Tide Head. The club was recognized at District Conference for this project. The Mayor of Tide Head is a new member of this club along with 3 other new members.

September 23 I visited the Dieppe club.51% of the members of this club have under 5 years of service. The club has 4 Benefactors and 1 major  donor. 

September 27-September 29th the Newcastle Rotary club had the pleasure of hosting the District Conference. We trust it was a learning experience while a good time was had by all.

I closed the month by sharing the evening of September 30 with the Oromocto club and their Paul Harris evening where the club recognized 2 community members. 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 14, 2014

For the first time in over 20 years, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is coming to Campbellton, NB - Sunday January 12, 2014 - 2pm at Théatre Restigouche, Polyvalente Roland-Pépin.

Caisses populaires acadiennes is the Presenting Sponsor. 
Thank you Campbellton Rotary Club as you prepare to welcome over 80 of New Brunswick's most talented youth musicians. We promise we will dazzle you with an exciting performance under the direction of NBYO Conductor Tony Delgado and with Campbellton native and NBYO Orchestra Manager Joey Roy as co-master of ceremonies.

Don't miss this must-see concert of the New Year!
Tickets available at Campbellton-area Caisses populaires acadiennes and the Polyvalente Roland-Pépin.

Watch the video promo - NBYO

The Rotary Club of Campbellton is facilitating the accommodations and meals for the NBYO members. The Club will be joining them for supper on Saturday night January 11 at the Village Nursing home. The Highlands Dancers will be dining with us as well and will perform after the meal. It is an excellent opportunity for these two groups of talented youth to meet one another.

Campbellton NBYO

BACKGROUND:


The 2014 New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) performance season will begin with a rehearsal-concert weekend in Campbellton at Théatre Restigouche (PRP) the weekend of January 10-12, 2014.

Founded in 1965, the internationally acclaimed NBYO is Canada's longest-standing provincial youth orchestra. The orchestra is comprised of seventy to eighty of New Brunswick's most talented youth musicians--ranging in age from 12 to 24--from every corner of the province. The past decade has included many remarkable NBYO achievements:

 *   2003--Carnegie Hall performance--first recording "Premiere" CD
 *   2005--Learning tour to Parma, Italy--recorded "Virtuoso Italia" CD
 *   2007--Learning tour Beijing, China--recorded "Forbidden City Tour" CD
 *   2008--East Coast Music Association Award for Classical Recording of the Year, Lt. Governor's Dialogue Award, Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award
 *   2009--Blues on the Boulevard live performance and DVD recording with Matt Andersen and Les Muses, later ECMA nominated for DVD of the Year, Founding of Sistema NB with first centre in Moncton
 *   2010--NB Foundation for the Arts--Arts Organization of the Year Award, Guest Artist collaboration with Jill Barber, Marco Polo--The Musical coproduction with Saint John Theatre Company
 *   2011--Learning Tour and Competition at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Competition in Vienna Austria, Musikfreunde CD recorded, Winner of the SCL International Youth Music Festival symphony category, Launch of second Sistema Centre in Saint John
 *   2012--Guest Artist collaboration with Radio Radio; ECMA Nomination for Musikfreunde CD; ECMA Week Sound Celebration Showcase with SNB, Atlantic Sinfonia, Matt Andersen, Chris Colepaugh, Samantha Robichaud, and David Myles; command performance for Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Launch of third Sistema Centre in Richibucto; Tribute concert for the Canadian Forces at CFB Gagetown
 *   2013--Outlaws & Oboes Guest Artist collaboration with The Divorcees, expansion of Sistema NB to serve 400 children daily, planned launch of fourth Sistema Centre in Tobique First Nation (Sept. '13)

courtesy NBYO
Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 08, 2014

The Rotary Club of Campbellton has made the largest contribution to the Polio Plus program to date this Rotary year.

Campbellton Purple Pinkie
Surya, John and May at Lord Beaverbook School on World Polio day


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Roy and Bob and Tide Head Elementary School

 

 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 08, 2014

The Rotary Club of Campbellton is growing!  They recently inducted 4 new members.

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Trevor McNally, Aysleigh Lefurgey, Jeremy Huard

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Prachisree Prana

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 06, 2014

John Larsen recently presented a cheque for $1000 to the Perth-Andover Middle School from the Perth-Andover Rotary Club to help with their breakfast program.

Perth Andover Food Bank
Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 06, 2014

District Governor Pat Perry was on had to present DJ Blanchard, President of the Rotary Club of Edmundston with a Paul Harris Fellow.

Edmundston Pres receives Paul Harris

Posted by Dawn Waye on Jan 06, 2014

2014 is starting across Zones 24-32 with a little fun - the first ever Zone 24-32 photo contest. RI Director Bryn Styles has endorsed an Avenues of Service - Zone Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for the Rotarians across Zone 24-32 to share photos about the Rotary service projects and fellowship events they have held or will hold this Rotary year.

The prizes are simple, boasting rights as the best Rotary photographer in the zone, a certificate and the winning photos in each of the Avenues of Service posted on this website and hopefully district websites. Winners will be announced in mid- April.  So get out your SLR, point and shoot or phone camera and click away.

The most important rule of the contest is “have fun”.

The photographer must be a member of a Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in Zone 24 or Zone 32. Photos submitted must be in JPEG file format with a maximum size of 3 MB and be submitted on or before March 31 2014. Each photographer may submit up to 3 photos that were taken between July 1 2013 and March 31 2014. Each photo will be submit in one of the 5 Avenues of Service that the photo best illustrates.

What can you do? Share this email with your club members and clubs across your district. Send this message to Rotaract or Interact Clubs in your district.

The Zone 24-32 RPICs (Rotary Public Image Coordinators) will be the contest judges. 

1.       The enter the contest and upload a photo click HERE 

2.       For contest rule and small print click HERE and for the judging criteria click HERE  

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your photos,

Chris Offer, PDG
Zone Photo Contest Grand Poobah

Rotary Club of Ladner – District 5040
Phone 604-940-9365  Cell 604-897-8758
Email:
ChrisOffer@outlook.com

Twitter @Chris_Offer
FaceBook Chris.Offer1

Posted by Dawn Waye on Dec 11, 2013

The Fredericton High School Interact group, affiliated with the Fredericton Sunrise Rotary Club, has entered the Interact Video Contest.  The contest is running on Facebook.  There are over 40 entries from over 19 countries.  The top 8 videos go to the second round for a chance to win $500 towards their next service project.

You can vote once a day until December 19th.

Let's help this great group of young people by following this link and voting.

https://www.facebook.com/interactofficial?sk=app_403834839671843&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=view-vote%2Cfor-1736952

Posted by Dawn Waye on Dec 11, 2013

Congratulations to Sussex Rotary Club for 3rd highest per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund at $236.10 per member.  

Sussex per capita

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Dec 03, 2013

Pat Perry visit to the Sussex Club presenting Foundation Chair Lou McNamara and the club being awarded 3rd place for Foundation donations per capita in District 7810.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Nov 27, 2013

Carl Morrell received his Honorary Membership certificate and pin from Perth-Andover Club President Margie Brooks.  Carl is a charter member of the club (1981), a Paul Harris Fellow (1990).  He was Club President in 1984-85 and was a member of the Family of Rotary.  Carl served on numerous committees and he was the champion ticket seller of our Rotary Cash Draw for several years.

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Sam Murchison was given an honorary membership to the P-A Rotary Club on October 28, 2013.  On hand was Assistant District Governor, Terry Thomas, who presented Sam with a certificate and a pin.   Sam became a member of the club on June 30, 2006.  He was club president during the 1998-1999 Rotary year and served on numerous committees.  He has held the position of Assistant District Governor and he is a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Benefactor and Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. 

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The Perth-Andover Rotary Club presented a cheque for $500 to the Students for Change, a group of  27 Grades six to eight students from Perth-Andover Middle School to help with expenses for their trip to Halifax on November 27th to attend "We Day," a motivational day organized by "Free the Children."  President Margaret Brooks and Donations Committee members, John Larsen and Sharron Moffatt were on hand for the presentation.

Perth-Andover Students for Change

Posted by Dawn Waye on Nov 27, 2013

Here are the ladies of the Rotary Club of Sackville and Josh supporting Movember for Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research.

Sackville - Movember

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Nov 25, 2013

DG's visit Nov.25th 2013

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Nov 05, 2013


Come Join Us-EN from Rotary International on Vimeo.

This is the song written by Jerry Mills which was inspired by RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide. 

The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher with full cooperation from Jerry Mills.

To view Jerry Mills' website go to: www.jerrymills.com  .
To view Bob Gallagher's website go to: www.bobgallagher.com.
© 2010
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Mills
Visuals: Bob Gallagher and Rotary International
All Rights Reserved

Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 31, 2013

2013 Pennies for Polio Campaign

The students at Gretna Green and Harkins Elementary Schools in Miramichi participated in the Pennies for Polio Campaign again this year.  The Club will match the amount raised by both schools.

Three Grade 3 students at Gretna Green made their own booklet about polio.  Here's a video explaining their project.  http://gretnagreen.nbed.nb.ca/class/video/polio-video


Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 29, 2013

Jerri McCallum, a former Rotarian, recently received a Paul Harris Fellow.  The news was shared with her Atlantic region colleagues.  Congratulations to Jerri and it's great to see the Rotary name being promoted in this way.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 29, 2013

 

2014 Rotary Club Raffle Calendars $20 are now available. Monthly Draws throughout the year. $6,200 to be shared. 104 draws of $50 each. 4 draws of $250 each. Win more than once. 800 raffle calendars printed.

Proceeds to Camp Rotary maintenance, helping with registration fees, our Rotary Club Early Literacy Project and other local initiatives.

Contact us on Facebook or aaf123@rogers.com  or call 506-357-6018.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 29, 2013

Monday August 12 I had the pleasure to tour the Woodstock area and see the huge undertaking this club is working on. Our Time to Grow campaign is to raise 2 million dollars for 3 capital projects: a new field house and upgrades to the Carleton Civic Centre, the expansion of the LP Fisher Library and upgrade the Woodstock High School Theatre. The total will be 12 million dollars and a partnership with the Town of Woodstock and the Federal and Provincial Governments. This is a model clubs may want to follow in the future.

Wednesday August 14 was a visit to my club-Newcastle. I am so proud of this club that truly is a "Vibrant Club" and one with its goals and plans completed in Rotary Central.

Friday August 16 was a great social evening with the Moncton West-Riverview and the lobster party held at the beautiful Rotary Lodge.

Monday August 19 was spent in Campbellton and this club received a membership growth recognition. I toured the Rotary Peace Park and the library both of which the club is involved in. The park came about from the 2011-2012 Rotary theme Peace through Service. It is a great project and one we all should visit in Tidehead.

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Tuesday August 21st was the noon meeting in Dalhousie. I had Nancy take pictures of a great project their club did in the downtown park.

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Tuesday evening was at a lobster party in Sackville. I was hosted by the club president. I went to their morning meeting. This club donates a book to the local library in the name of the guest speaker. This club knows how to chuck corn as the picture shows. They partner with the town and treat the in bound students to the university with a corn boil.

Corn Boil

Friday August 23 was a noon visit with Moncton-West Riverview. This club was one of 4 in the District to receive the Presidential Citation.

Monday August 22 was an early meeting with Greater Moncton Sunrise. The early hour does not slow this vibrant club. In the first year of operation this club earned a Presidential Citation!

The evening was spent with Shediac Club members and spouses at beautiful Maison Tait. I had the pleasure of presenting Michel and Denise Leger each with a level one Major Donor pins and plaques.

Shediac Major Donor

Wednesday August 28 was spent with the Bouctouche members. I was so pleased to present the club with a recognition of smaller club membership growth.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 29, 2013

Oromocto

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New Rotarian Cheryl White being presented by her father Ralph Harris (one of the founding members of our Club)

and 

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New Rotarian Brenda Noble being presented by our President-elect Dianne Buchanan

 

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Oct 24, 2013

The Presque Isle Rotary Club and the University of Maine at Presque Isle have declared their 2nd annual World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project events, held on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, a major success. The University and Rotary Club joined forces to present the activities, which raised awareness throughout the region about Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. In addition, this year’s Purple Pinkie Project raised an estimated $1,800 to go toward that global effort.

   “We couldn’t be more pleased with the outpouring of community support that we saw during our two-day celebration of World Polio Day,” Presque Isle Rotary Club President Ralph McPherson said. “We had an excellent turnout for our community kick-off on Oct. 23 and we estimate that well over 1,000 people participated in our Purple Pinkie Project. The wonderful thing about both of these events is that they’ve helped us to significantly increase local awareness about Rotary’s worldwide fight to end polio and raise enough funding to ensure that thousands of children receive polio immunizations.”

World Polio Day activities began with a special community kick-off on Oct. 23 that included presentations by Rotarians talking about polio eradication efforts and one local couple sharing their personal experience with polio. Rotarians explained that since Rotary International began the fight against polio in 1985, the crippling disease has been reduced by more than 99 percent—from more than 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries, to less than 300 cases last year. Attention is focused on three countries—Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan—which are still polio-endemic. By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International is working harder than ever to end polio: experts say that if the job isn’t finished, the disease could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.

That’s a future that local residents Rodney and Barbara Leach fervently hope the world never sees. The couple has a very personal connection with disease—Barbara Leach is a polio survivor. Rodney Leach explained to the gathering some of the experiences his wife has gone through because of polio, from the many surgeries she underwent after contracting polio as a baby to the necessity of getting custom-made shoes. However, he explained that he wasn’t sharing their story so people felt sorry for them; on the contrary, he said, they’ve had a very full and productive life together. Instead, he said, they wanted to be a part of the event to emphasize how important Rotary’s fight to end polio is and how much they support it.

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Community members had a chance to do the very same thing the following day, during the region’s Purple Pinkie Project. Volunteers were on hand in a dozen locations throughout the community on Oct. 24, staffing Purple Pinkie Project tables. For $1, volunteers colored people’s pinkies purple. The dollars helped to raise money for Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts and each purple pinkie served as a symbol of one child’s life saved from polio.

 

Similar Purple Pinkie projects have been held by Rotary Clubs around the country, with people donating $1 to have their pinkies marked with the same purple dye used when Rotary International conducts polio immunizations. The estimated cost to immunize one child from polio is $1, and when each child gets immunized, Rotarians mark their pinkies with a topical purple dye to prevent double dosages.

 

Participating Purple Pinkie sites in Aroostook County included UMPI, UMPI’s Houlton Higher Education Center, TAMC, TAMC’s North Street Healthcare, Northern Maine Community College, MMG Insurance, the Aroostook Centre Mall, Graves Shop ‘N Save, Bradley’s Citgo, Maine Public Service Company, Star City Coffee and Presque Isle High School.

 

“We were very excited to start off the day with a great turnout at Presque Isle High School,” Rachel Rice, World Polio Day co-chair, said. “Volunteers said when they explained to students how every dollar we raise for polio eradication leverages two more dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, many of them reached into their pockets and donated more so even more lives could be saved from polio. To them, and to our sponsors, supporters, and to everyone else who helped to make our World Polio Day activities a success, we’d like to say that we are incredibly grateful to you for helping us to get just a little bit closer to ending polio.”

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This year’s World Polio Day and Purple Pinkie Project, which grew significantly from last year’s event, was sponsored by TAMC, NMCC, MMG Insurance, and University Credit Union, and supported by the Aroostook Centre Mall, Graves Shop ‘N Save, Bradley’s Citgo, Maine Public Service Company, and Star City Coffee. To learn more about the event, please visit www.umpi.edu/worldpolioday.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 21, 2013

Fredericton North Rotary Club recently launched its End Polio Now campaign with Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside proclaiming October as “Rotary End Polio Now Month”. Under the co-chairmanship of Rotarians Sharon Sloat and John Bowles, the campaign involves fund raising and student education among area elementary schools. Eight local pharmacies also are displaying posters and specially designed collection boxes at check-out counters. Club members are also using the boxes to collect money from their places of business. CBC, CTV-TV and the Daily Gleaner (see attached pdf) have all covered the launch. After all the monies have been collected, I expect a further round of publicity.

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7810//HTML/211653//PolioPublicity2013.pdf 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 10, 2013

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? How can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day. http://ow.ly/oh9kd

To mark World Polio Day on October 24, Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health will host a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio, featuring invited guests including Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and Rotary members.

Visit the World Polio Day Livestream page to join the event and make an impact in the fight to end polio. http://ow.ly/oh9kd
Posted by Dawn Waye on Oct 10, 2013

In recognition of World Polio Day, October 24, 2013, the Perth-Andover Rotary Club, in partnership with Andover Elementary School, will launch a two-week fundraising campaign, called "Nickels for Polio Plus."  The local press will be covering the launch. The Perth-Andover Rotary Club will match the amount the students raise during the campaign.  Each participating class will be challenged to raise the largest amount and the winning class will be given an ice cream party, courtesy of the Rotary Club.

Posted by Dawn Waye

This year's Youth Exchange Students attended the District Conference in Miramichi.  Here they are at the Saturday evening dinner.

2013-2014 Youth Exchange

Posted by Dawn Waye on Sep 19, 2013

Download a World Polio Day toolkit to help raise support for the fight to end polio!

http://www.endpolio.org/resources/#advocate

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Sep 17, 2013

Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony

On 20 September members of Boy Scout Troop 177,  Oscar Dow American Legion  Post 48 and The Washburn Rotary Club, conducted the seventh annual flag retirement ceremony at Story Park in Washburn. The evening began with a hot dog roast provided by the Washburn Rotary club followed by the Patriotic flag retirement ceremony conducted by Boy Scout troop 177 and Oscar Dow Post 48. A pledge of allegiance was led by Senior Patrol Leader Bryce Roix and members of troop 177, with a prayer by Pastor Sue Brown and Taps played by Keith brown. The special patriotic ceremony was lead by Post 48 members and flags were inspected an brought to the retirement container by members of troop 177. Several Washburn citizens were on hand to view this very important flag retirement ceremony. In all over 275 flags of all sizes were retired after being inspected to insure they were no longer worthy of service. 

Washburn RC Flag group

 

Front Row: Boy Scouts, Larry Harrison, Stacy Skinner, Caleb Thompson, Tyler Farley, ?? Beckam?, Aaron Skinner, Ryan Cole, Carvor Pendexter, Taylor Skinner, Bryce Roix, Tim Roix. Second Row Donald Wilcox. American Legion Members : Willie Drost, Jasper Umphrey, Miss Teen Washburn Elizabeth White, Charlie Durost, Bill Flewelling, Kermit Fuller, Robert Brown. Washburn Rotary Members: Dana Woodman, Charlotte Griffin, Mike Umphrey,
Back Row: Larry Bull, Andy White, Keith Brown and Cindy Richendollar.

Flag Inspection and Retirement

Washburn RC Flag Retirement

 Front Row: Scouts Taylor Skinner, Bryce Roix and Aaron Skinner. Legion Members Jasper Umphrey and Charles Durost. 
Looking on are Scout Leaders Tim Roix, Donald Wilcox and Stacy Skinner.

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Sep 01, 2013

Chair:
Duncan Conrad

Date: Oct 26, 2013 at 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location:
Moncton Lions Community Centre
473 St-Georges St.
Moncton, NB, Canada
E1C 1Y2


Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 Registration: 8:00 am Program Starts: 9:00 am
Location: Moncton Lions Community Centre, 473 St-Georges St. Moncton, NB
Register ARRFC Duncan Conrad. duncanconrad@eastlink.ca. 902-368-3568
Cost $25 including lunch. Pay at the door.
Please register by 12 Oct. to assure lunch reservation
PRESENTERS

Foundation: Dennis Dinsmore, PDG dennis@dinsmoregroup.com
Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator
Membership: Paul Beaulieu, PDG, beaulieupaul1@gmail.com
Rotary Coordinator
Public Image: Peggy Hebdem. peggy.hebden@gmail.com
Rotary Public Image Coordinator

Rotary Success Seminar Flyer

 

 

Posted by Dawn Waye on Sep 08, 2013

The deadline to register for this year's District Conference is Thursday, September 12.

The registration package can be found at this link. 2013 District Conference Registration.

We hope to see in Miramichi, September 27-29.

Posted by Dawn Waye on Aug 26, 2013

Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” was the order of the day (DAYS!) for The Grand Manan Rotary Club on July 31st as they set about to bring the island’s residents and visitors a fun-filled 5 days of contests, talent shows, games and  parades.

District Governor Pat Perry suggests that District Rotarians should be in Grand Manan 1st weekend in August next year for this event. She attended this year and had a great time with some amazing Rotarians.

Please read the attached download for more details. Grand Manan Rotary Festival

Posted by Dawn Waye on Aug 22, 2013

Would you like to triple your donation to the fight to end polio? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will triple every $1 that Rotary International commits to polio eradication. Make an impact and help end polio now.http://www.endpolio.org/#donate

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Jul 28, 2013

District Governor Pat Perry is enjoying her visits to clubs throughout the District and will be sharing some of their ideas as she travels along.

The Rotary Club of Houlton, ME displays photos of their projects at their meeting place.  

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Jul 28, 2013

Cindy Richendollar, President of the Washburn Rotary Club, welcomes  District 7810's 2013-2014 Governor, Pat Perry.  Pat attended the July 10 meeting of the Washburn club, along with Floyd Rockholt of the Presque Isle Rotary Club, who is the new Assistant District Governor for the local area. 

 

District 7810 includes Rotary Clubs in northern Maine and all of New Brunswick.  Pat is from Miramichi, N.B.  Pat spoke to the club on behalf of Rotary International, with an emphasis on Rotary's Polio Plus program, which is working to eliminate polio from the planet. 

Pat also worked alongside the Washburn Rotarians at their recent truck/tractor pull.

On July 6, 2013, The Rotary Club of Washburn, Maine hosted their 4th annual Truck and Tractor pull at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds in Presque Isle, Maine.  The evening was a great success for the club, with wonderful weather, a good number of pulling participants, a great crowd in the grandstands, and a very successful 50/50 drawing.  This is the club's major fund-raiser for the year, and nets several thousand dollars for distribution to the club's many beneficiaries. 

This year many volunteers helped the 15-member club achieve their goal, including DG Pat Perry, who helped wherever and whenever she was needed.  It was a long,warm day, but was deemed a success by all who attended.

Please visit www.rotarytruckpulls.com for more information.

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Posted by Dawn Waye on Jul 28, 2013

The Fredericton North Rotary Club was recently acknowledged for its accomplishments during the 2012-2013 Rotary year.

Having delivered effective local and overseas community service, enhanced the public image of Rotary and increased the club’s membership, the club has been awarded a Presidential Citation from Rotary International. Pictured receiving the award is (left) club president Ron Forsythe from District Governor Allan MacLellan.

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Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Jul 24, 2013

Please find a copy of District Governor - Pat Perry's club visitation schedule.
Posted by Dawn Waye

Posted by K. Dawn Waye

Hello Rotarians.
 
The RI theme this year under RI President Ron Burton is Engage Rotary and Change Lives. We in District 7810 will do that this year and I look forward to being a part of that.


My first day as District Governor will be in St. Andrews with the exchange students celebrating Rotary's 5th Avenue of Service.


I look forward to visiting the clubs and meeting old friends and making new ones.

 
 
Pat Perry
DG 7810
Posted by K. Dawn Waye

District Governor Allan MacLellan presented 10 awards to the following clubs. Bouctouche, Calais, Campbellton, Dalhousie, Florenceville, Fredericton North, Moncton, Newcastle, Sackville and Shediac.  These clubs were being recognized because they donated more than $2000 to Rotary’s Challenge to End Polio Now.


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 Jacques Bourque of the Bouctouche Rotary Club accepting the award from District Governor Allan MacLellan

Posted by K. Dawn Waye

On April 11th Wanda and I spent the evening at the Sussex Rotary Clubs annual Auction. We were the top bidder on a fishing trip for four people to Rotarian Bob Black and his wife Ginette,s camp on the mighty Miramichi. We went fishing last weekend and I’m proud to say I caught and released two salmon.
It was a great weekend and many thanks to Bob, Ginette and Ted.
 
I went to Shediac Rotary Awareness event last night. It consisted of a supper (lobster) at which time a presented the club with a banner recognizing them for coming 3rd in the district in per capita donation to the rotary foundation annual fund.
Next on the agenda was a gathering of about 200 or 250 people at which they had a interview with a Rotarian to discuss what rotary does and who they are. The club members dressed very casual because they wanted people to know they are just citizens of the community that work to make their community a better place.
Next they recognized the Knights of Columbus organization for the work they do in the community with a Paul Harris Award. The two clubs run a Bingo together. I thought this was a nice touch, recognizing another volunteer club in their community.
 
They ended the evening with  a ½ hour show by a local comedian. All in all it was a great night for the Shediac Rotary Club because of the awareness it brought to the clubs work in the community.
 
On April 17th I had the pleasure of attending a Paul Harris evening in Fredericton. Three clubs worked together to present an event that attracted 300 people. Each club presented 2 well deserved Paul Harris wards during the evening  which included a full screen interview with each new Paul Harris Fellow.

Congratulations to Fredericton, Fredericton North and The Fredericton Sunrise Rotary Clubs.

 
On April 25th Mike Walsh DGN and myself had the pleasure of attending the Charter Night of THE FREDERICTON ROTARACT CLUB. It is such a pleasure to see the energy in this young group of rotaract students. Congratulations to John and Marylyn Carkner, The Fredericton Sunrise Club (sponsor), Tiffany Anderson (the driving force) and all the charter members of the Fredericton Rotaract Club.

Allan MacLellan
District Governor

Posted by K. Dawn Waye

At the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi on April 26, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) presented a comprehensive six-year plan to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Global leaders and individual philantropists demonstrated their confidence in the plan by pledging close to three-quarters of the the plan's projected $5.5 billion cost over the next six years. They also called upon additional donors to commit up front the additional $1.5 billion needed to insure eradication.

Rotary was represented at the meeting by India National PolioPlus Chair Deepak Kapur, International PolioPlus Committee Chair Bob Scott, PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak, and the entire 2-day event was emceed by Rotary polio ambassador, actress Archie Panjabi.

Strategic Plan Fact File
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Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively. ClubRunner is an all-in-one membership and communication software package designed for Rotary. More than just an easy-to-use website, it is a complete online package comprised of several modules, all designed to maintain your members' data, facilitate interactive communication, organize events and volunteers, distribute email newsletters and broadcast communications, improve public relations, and help run a club more efficiently.Accessible by all club members through a password protected member area, it allows every member to access key information to communicate much more effectively, as well as share information and collaborate better, as well as automate administrative functions such as attendance tracking and billing. Membership changes to the database are automatically communicated to Rotary International, therefore also saving the Club Secretary from performing double data entry.Online registrations for events and volunteer activities, automatic email services, and an integrated e-Bulletin, among other features, makes it easy to promote your club's activities.

The website features easy to use content management tools, where you don't need to have a technical background to maintain the site, and with the new Website Designer 2.0 interface, you can customize your site to reflect your club's identity and style.

For more information on ClubRunner, visit ClubRunner's Website and discover how to take full advantage of the features of ClubRunner.

Posted by Terrance MacDonald on Feb 07, 2014

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" To register for the RLI Fredericton April 26 2014 sessions, please click on the banner above and that will take you to the D7820 main page where you will have to click on a similar banner to go to the registration information page which has the link to the Registration page at the bottom."


District 7810 is offering to pay the registration fee for the first 20 Rotarians that sign up for Level I of the training.

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