On the morning of May 27 while out for a walk I met a very interesting gentleman who had a remarkable story.
Joe Robichaud is in his mid fiftys and lost one leg to cancer at the age of 12. This September he is planning to ride his unique electric asisted tricycle from Sydney to Yarmouth to raise awareness and funds to buy these tricycles for children who are unable to have their families purchase one.
The event is called The CycleAbility Challenge.
Check out the following:
This article prepared by PDG Gord Hankin
CycleAbility Challenge 2018-05-27 03:00:00Z 0
In 1970, Murray and Margaret Dryden founded Sleeping Children Around the World to provide bedkits to children who had no bed to sleep on.
It was a great honour to have Dave Dryden, son of Murray and Margaret, speak to our club on March 27 2018 and give us an idea of how SCAW has progressed. From one bedkit in 1970 to over 1.6 million in 2018 it has been quite a story. For a simple donation of C$35 a bedkit will be provided to a child in need. The kits are sourced in the countries where they are distributed, thus providing income for local small businesses. It is a "Win-Win".
The full donation of C$35 goes to the production of the bedkit. Volunteers and income from a legacy left by Murray and Margaret cover the administration.
What a great project !
If you or someone you know is having trouble thinking of a gift for someone, how about giving a bedkit in their name. They will receive a photo of the recipient receiving their kit.
Just contact http://www.scaw.org to make your donation.
This project is supported by Rotary Clubs around the world.
Sleeping Children Around the World. 2018-03-29 03:00:00Z 0
Sunglasses to Africa 2018-01-29 04:00:00Z 0
At our regular meeting on Nov 27 we were honoured to have Steve Foran drop in to speak briefly about "gratitude".
Too often we forget to look at our lives and realize how lucky we are to have achieved what we have and where we are. There are so many things to be grateful for. Our family, our friends and the fact we live in Canada to name just a few. By being grateful, we become positive. By being positive we influence others to become so and to appreciate what they have.
Check the link above and see if Steve can help you open your heart and be grateful.
Steve Foran - Guest Speaker Nov 28 2017 2017-11-29 04:00:00Z 0
On the evening of World Polio Day, the Eclubs across Canada held a "Cross Canada Eclub Meeting".
It began at 7 pm with our club and every hour it moved west with the time zone change.
Pre-recorded presentations from Bob Scott, Past RI Polio Plus Chair, Mike McGovern, Current RI Polio Plus Chair and Ann Lee Hussey, a polio survivor and the moving force behind more than 25 Polio Immunization Day events around the world.
It was a fun time and after the matching donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we raised $17,500 towards polio erradictation.
How we celebrated World Polio Day 2017-11-02 03:00:00Z 0
Does "Feel Good" motivation work? 2017-07-16 03:00:00Z 0
To see our programs, click on "Read More" below.
Our purpose is to provide different thought provoking programs.
You may not agree with the content but it will make you think.
If you want to leave a comment, please do so.
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On June 28 2017 Gord had the honour to present New Member kits to both Helga and Cindy. Although Cindy has been a member for 2+ years, we never had kits. Helga has been a member since Dec but it is the first time we had met in person.
We had a wonderful lunch and lots of fellowship.
Member Presentations 2017-06-29 03:00:00Z 0
Camp Tidnish - A Rotary Club of Amherst Project 2017-06-21 03:00:00Z 0
The Eclub has moved 2017-05-02 03:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our newest Canadian Citizen. 2017-04-23 03:00:00Z 0
Eclub participates in micro loan 2017-03-04 04:00:00Z 0
Micro Credit-a History by Muhammad Yunis 2017-02-12 04:00:00Z 0
Google internet for all - interesting video 2017-01-07 04:00:00Z 0
We're Rotary 2017-01-06 04:00:00Z 0
John F. Germ

John F. Germ

President 2016-17

December 2016

I joined Rotary as an engineer. There are almost as many classifications in the profession of engineering as there are in Rotary, but I happen to be a mechanical engineer. A mechanical engineer calculates the heating and cooling loads for a new building, makes sure the right lights are in the right places, and plans the plumbing so your hot water pipe doesn’t end in a drinking fountain.

Mechanical engineers don’t stand out in a crowd, and they don’t call attention to themselves with what they do. You probably haven’t thought much about the engineers who designed the buildings you use, the car you drive, or the traffic patterns you follow. But every time you get in an elevator, turn the key in your ignition, or cross the street when the light says go, you are entrusting your life to an engineer somewhere whom you’ve never met. You trust that your elevator will open at the floor you want it to. You trust that your car will start and stop as it should. You trust that the traffic light is going to turn red before the walk light goes on. Every day, you put your life in the hands of people whose names you do not know and whom you might never meet. You might not think about them at all – but they touch your lives every day.

I could draw the same parallel to any number of other vocations – ordinary occupations with the same kind of life-changing impact. In so many ways – some of which we see and some we don’t – our vocations allow us to help other people live better, safer, and healthier lives.

Just like the work we do in Rotary.

Through our vocations and in our clubs, in our communities, and across continents, we are touching the lives of people we don’t know and might never meet. And in every part of the world, every single day, whether they know it or not, people are living better, safer, and healthier lives because of the work of Rotary.

The people we help might not have met a single Rotarian. They might not even know that Rotary exists. But they are drinking clean water from a bore well that Rotary dug. They’re learning to read with books that Rotary gave them. They’re living lives that are better, happier, and healthier – because of Rotary Serving Humanity.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Abalimi Bezekhaya

From the of The Rotarian

On a drive along the N2 Freeway in Cape Town, South Africa, travelers speed past endless clusters of corrugated metal shacks that fill the sandy Cape Flats area between the airport and iconic Table Mountain.

“I grew up in this area,” says Lloyd Whitfield, a retired dairy products company owner and member of the Rotary Club of Constantia, pointing out where his family once owned land. “There was just bush. I used to ride horses, and we used to shoot game in this area – there was nothing.”

Now, more than a million people are crowded here, the townships established when black residents were forcibly relocated out of “white areas” during the apartheid years. More recently, the townships are the destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to benefit from Cape Town’s growing economy.

But the rate of migration has outpaced job growth.

The Constantia Rotary Club has helped set up a community garden and farm training center for young residents in Khayelitsha, the largest township. The club is working with Abalimi Bezekhaya, a local organization that helps create income-producing gardening opportunities in the community, and partnered with Rotary clubs in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany to secure a global grant from The Rotary Foundation worth $46,000, on top of a previous matching grant.

“The philosophy behind both projects is to try to get young people, men and women, into the gardens,” says Kelly Winckworth, treasurer of the Constantia club. “Traditionally, this kind of work is older people, and largely women.”

Growing a future in Cape Town 2017-01-04 04:00:00Z 0
Dale and I are on holidays in Newfoundland and attempting to meet with our members and friends. Keep coming back to see who we meet.
1. Lisa
Your Chair meets the members 2016-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
This is not the first time Elva has met John Germ. He was in our district on the day he was confirmed as RI President for the 2016-17 year and attended the $1 million dinner in Halifax.
DG Elva meets RI Pres John Germ 2016-07-06 03:00:00Z 0
What you don't know about the campaign to end polio 2016-07-06 03:00:00Z 0
Meet our RI President. A remarkable man. 2016-07-06 03:00:00Z 0
Report on the COL 2016-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
Keeping a Promise 2016-05-21 03:00:00Z 0
Four Way Harmony, a group of Rotarians from Halifax area sing for the District 7820 board.
Four Way Harmony 2016-04-06 03:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Eclub of Atlantic Canada in conjunction with the Adopt a Library Literacy Program are pleased to present $6000 of new books to Barbara Goit, Director of Major Gifts, Stewardship and Planned Giving, Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia.
These books will be used in the new reading areas at the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Lodge That Gives.
Shown above is Rotary Eclub Chair and National Chair of Adopt a Library, Gord Hankin with Barbara Goit looking at some of the books.
The Rotary Eclub of Atlantic Canada is pleased to help support both the Canadian Cancer Society and Adopt a Library Literacy Program to promote literacy.
Atlantic Eclub & Adopt A Library help Canadian Cancer Society 2016-02-07 04:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary 2015-12-13 04:00:00Z 0
The time for Polio Donations is NOW! 2015-08-09 03:00:00Z 0
Be a gift to the world. 2015-06-28 03:00:00Z 0
The following article appeared in the Zone Newsletter of June 2015.
Electioneering in Rotary
By Dan Mooers, past RI Director

When I joined Rotary in 1970, Rotarians who met the prerequisites for a certain Rotary office were allowed to “electioneer” for the office. At International Conventions and District Conferences, posters would spring up promoting an individual’s candidacy and the individual’s supporters (and the candidate himself) would ask convention delegates for their vote. The atmosphere was similar to a political convention as campaigning became the focus of the meetings.
Electioneering in Rotary 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Efforts to Eradicate Polio in Nigeria, Afganistan & Pakistan 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
" What If ? " 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Despite almost impassable terrain and the outbreak of a violent civil war, Rotary clubs in South Sudan and Wisconsin, USA, are determined to to one of the most remote areas of the East African country.

The Rotary Clubs of Wausau, Wisconsin, USA, and Juba, South Sudan, are developing a sustainable source of water for 10 rural mountainous villages in Tennet Boma, Eastern Equatoria. The two clubs secured a $47,000 Rotary Foundation to drill a deep borehole and install solar-powered water pumps, a 5,000-gallon reservoir, and six to 10 spigots. The water source will benefit almost 14,000 people.

Clean water to South Sudan 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
New polio Video Mar 2015 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flame and World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace.

Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds."

Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Strengthening Rotary's membership is not just important for incoming district governors, it's critical. That's the message they received from several key speakers at their training event, the 2015 International Assembly in San Diego.

For membership to grow, leaders must be willing, for example, to ease stringent club meeting protocols and make other efforts to accommodate a younger, digitally oriented demographic.

Promoting membership with new ideas, even some that challenge tradition 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Take a good look at this graphic and relate it to your Rotary experience.
Then go to our Discussion Forum and let us know where you are.
Which Phase are you in? 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Past RI President Cliff Dochterman speaks at a club charter night 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
District Bulletin for January 2015 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Recently the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast placed a bench in the gazebo located at Topsail Beach in Conception Bay South NL.
The bench was in memory of a great Rotarian, Past District Governor Trevor Atkin who was the force behind the creation of the park at the beach and who was a frequent visitor at the park as he walked his dog Bess. Both Trevor and Bess passed away this year and will be missed by all who knew him.
Seen here sitting on the bench is PDG Fred Ivany.
A Fitting Tribute 2014-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
The following are the simple instructions to sign up to the "Discussion Forum".
Click on "Discussion Forum"
Below the blue box, click on "Register"
Complete the form and submit.
You must use your full name as username eg. Bob Smith
Your registration will be approved usually within 24 hours.
This is a completely separate login to the member area of the website.
How to join the Discussion Forum 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Our December "get together" 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Hankin on Nov 05, 2012

 This 7 minute video from Rotary International Great Britain & Ireland will give you an insight into some of the work done by Rotary.


The true meaning of Rotary Gord Hankin 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Personal Revolution- End Polio Now- Ziggy Marley Gord Hankin 2012-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Gord Hankin 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Gord Hankin 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gord Hankin on Oct 22, 2012
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! Gord Hankin 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Why would I post this video to a Rotary site? Cindy Titus 0
Posted by Gord Hankin
Rotary e-clubs follow the same policies as all Rotary clubs. The key difference is that an e-club conducts its weekly meeting on the club’s website. Rather than being physically present at an appointed day and time, members may attend meetings at any time and any day of the week.

As all Rotary clubs do, Rotary e-clubs meet weekly, perform service projects in local and international communities, support The Rotary Foundation, and enjoy fellowship among members. And the keys to their effectiveness are also the same: service-minded members, opportunities for fellowship, and strong leadership.

During the 2004-10 pilot, e-clubs performed 355 community service projects, 106 international service projects, 55 vocational service projects, and 70 youth service projects. E-clubs gave more than US$150,000 to The Rotary Foundation, including more than $21,500 to Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge.

How do e-clubs work?

E-club meetings are hosted on a unique website. The official meeting time is considered to be when the webmaster or club secretary posts material for weekly discussion, but members may access the site at their convenience at any point during the week. E-club members discuss the item and any other club 

business through a chatroom feature or other means. To respect the privacy of e-club members, some meeting content or member data is protected from public view.

Although all Rotary e-clubs meet weekly and conduct business online, some e-clubs do meet in person at various times throughout the year at service projects, quarterly or semiannual dinners, or the RI Convention. Such meetings can enhance fellowship among e-club members; however, they’re strictly optional.

Who participates in e-clubs?

For business, professional, and community leaders who are unable to attend a weekly meeting in person (due to physical disabilities, location constraints, or busy schedules), the e-club option offers the opportunity to meet, conduct service projects, and participate in Rotary fellowship. From time to time, Rotarians who miss their regular Rotary club meeting may make up a meeting by attending an e-club meeting online, a valuable service for all members. As of August 2010, 360 Rotarians located in 30 countries are e-club members. Of these, 146 had previously been members of Rotary clubs, including four past district governors.

Membership in an e-club requires a basic Internet skills set, including the ability to navigate websites with ease. Members should also have a working knowledge of the principles of protecting privacy online, so that no club member compromises another’s sensitive personal information.

In addition, it is critical that at least one of the founding members of the club be highly proficient in the design and maintenance of the club’s website. The member should be experienced in building a website that meets all of the technological requirements listed below.

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