Rotary Club of Amherst


Polio's Retreat
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...
There will be two inductions on Monday:  Gwen Kerr and Krista Rector and our program will be on flood mitigation.
Dianne Duvar was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship. 
The executive change over will be on June 30. 
Denise Cory thanked the Club for our donation to the library's reading program.
The Auction Committee will be meeting monthly all year.
We had 33 in attendance last week and there was no 50/50 winner.
Volunteers are needed to drive the tractor and the boat (certification needed) at Camp Tidnish.  See Bob Janes for details. 

As you know, our Club has voted to try bi-monthly meetings for the next year.  Here are the meeting dates.
Rotary Meeting Dates for 2014-2015 year
2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, with exception for October
July 14
July 28 (club assembly)
August 11(DG's visit)
August 25
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 22
January 12
January 26
February 9
February 23
March 9
March 23
April 13
April 27
May 11
May 25
June 8 (club assembly)
June 22

Our program on June 9, 2014 was Gary Clark, superintendent of CCRSB.
An item missed in last week's report was that Morris received a special Rotary pin to acknowledge a new member that he had proposed.  This is a new initiative by Rotary International and members who propose new members will receive a pin with a blue rim. 
There was no 50/50 winner.
REMINDER:  Seniors Party on Saturday.  Let Ian know if you can volunteer that day.
We have 81 people signed up for the Lobster Party. 
Paul attended a ceremony for the presentation of $13,000 to Easter Seals by Wood Gundy.  What wonderful news for our Camp Tidnish!
Past member Kevin Sonier was in attendance and he was presented with a certificate by Elizabeth Smith McCrossin for his assistance over the years with the Rotary Auction.
We also had past member Ann Lewis.  It was wonderful to see Ann again.

Next week's program is Gary Clarke, superintendent of CCRSB.  The following week will be Bernie Brennan on the Cross Canada Tour
Our Club received a Certificate of Appreciation from CanU for our donation of $400.
We approved a donation of $1000 to help fund the Cross Canada Tour for Rotary Exchange Students
We received a receipt from Daffodil Place in the amount of $100 for a donation made in our Club's name by the 
Rotary Club of Amherst Massachusetts!!  
Plans are underway for the Statacona Band to come to Amherst as a fund raiser for us and as part of the 125 celebrations. Paul is working to finalize the venue. The date is yet to be determined but will likely be around November. 
A donation to Amherst Little League in the amount of $2,500 for field repairs. 
A large dry eraser cheque has been ordered to help "enlarge" our presentations.  
Don't forget to pay your dues - the money is needed so we can pay both district and international before July 1.
Also, if you want to attend the lobster party let Jeanne know ASAP. We already have 79 in attendance!!!  Looks like it will be a wonderful time at our own Camp Tidnish. 
Trip of the month was drawn. Winners to follow. 

This year we are celebrating 25 years of having women in Rotary in our District! 
June is Fellowship Month!  What an appropriate time to join in the fellowship of our Lobster Party!
Next year's District Conference will be in Halifax, April 22 to April 24, 2015 at the Westin Hotel.  Please plan to attend.
We will be joined by two Assistant Governors for our June 30 meeting.  Please plan to attend.
Our Club had a booth at the Amherst Community Fair on May 24th.

The District now has a forum for members to use to communicate ideas and/or just form new fellowships with other District Rotarians. Just click on "District Forum" in the Menu line on the District Webpage. You must register and login so that we do not get unwanted messages. It is easy, quick and a great way to stay in touch.


Hello my fellow ROTARIANS, 

A friendly reminder far.. That we have an upcoming LOBSTER dinner on JUNE 20th , 5:30pm @ our famous Rotary camp in Tidnish. Social time from 5:30 - 6:30 ?

We have quite a few confirmations and money from people who plan to attend.
I will be taking orders for lobster/ steak/or chicken for this event. However, as we know , Money talks, and when I have your money in hand, I will place you order .

The cost is $30 per person and I will certainly  be ready on Monday to add your name to our list.

All friends are are welcome, so if you have anyone in mind, feel free to invite.

Thanking you in advance for your speedy reply.

Jeanne Milner
Rotary Club of Amherst


 Draw Date      MAY 5 2014              Draw Number     8                 
 Ticket #             Winner                
 427             Trip Winner                BRIAN TRENHOLM          
 166             $150.00 Winner         ARNOLD DOBSON          
 516             $150.00 Winner         CAROL OREGON          
 310             $150.00 Winner         MARIANNE PRICE          
Trip Destination 
 LAS VEGAS                           
 Voucher Value     $2,800.00                           

Trip Winner            Heather McClinton    
$150.00 Winner       J.Harrison& B Sarples    
$150.00 Winner       Elizabeth Clinton    
$150.00 Winner       Led Road Lighting    

Trip Destination:  Nashville, Tenn.
Voucher Value:  $3,200.00
Draw Date:  November 4, 2013
Ticket #     Winner        
135     Trip Winner ELIZABETH TOWER  
14     $150.00 Winner  KELSEY BINGHAM  
309     $150.00 Winner BEVERLY CURRIE  
598     $150.00 Winner GEORGE BAKER  


Trip of the Month

Drawn on October 7, 2013

Trip to London, England

Voucher Value:  $3,200

Trip Winner:  Dr. Helena Bienkowski
$150 Winners:  Linda Maxwell, Mildred Hatheway, Peggy Carter


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    Sep 15, 2014
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
September 2014

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