Rotary Club of Amherst


Photo essay: Rotary past and present
This Membership Month, in celebration of over 100 years of service, we dug into the archives and found any number of parallels between today's Rotary and yesterday's. Though our world is constantly changing, this gallery reminds us how Rotary's core values have remained intact through the decades.
Rotary Peace Centers shape hundreds of careers in peace and conflict resolution
With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention. In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace "to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence" according to a General Assembly resolution. The day's devotion to peace connects closely with what Rotary members have been fostering since The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world...
Illness leads former Navy code breaker to form world’s first Facebook-based Rotary club
When a life-threatening illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose. Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years. Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on...
Tips to help your club find and nurture a Youth Exchange host family
With 12 children -- six girls and six boys -- the Labordes hardly needed to add another member to their family. But they did: Over 40 years ago, Julia Mullikin, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States, became like another daughter to this large family in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. "She's been a blessing for us," says Maria Victoria Hallal de Laborde who was 18 when Mullikin arrived in 1973. Like many exchange students, Mullikin remains close to her host family. So close that when one of Laborde's sisters was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Mullikin arranged to send the...
Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
Imagine a community where the residents are all free to plant, grow, harvest, and eat healthy food whenever they want without having to pay for it. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what residents of more than 20 cities and towns in France are doing through a project called Potalib. Launched by the Rotaract Club of Versailles, Potalib was inspired by the Incredible Edible project, an international food-sharing movement founded by Nick Green in England. The Rotaract members obtained Green's permission to apply the concept in France, changing the name to "Potalib," a contraction of "...
This is a friendly reminder of the following:
  • All Trip of the Month tickets should be turned in to your team captains tomorrow.
  • There is a Board meeting tomorrow (Monday) night at 7:00 at Creighton Shatford's office.  Please have your reports to your directors.
  • Please pay your dues ASAP or, if you are not able to pay your dues in one payment please contact me or Jim Ayers about a payment plan.  
Next week's speaker will be Alisha Christa, speaking about her Adventures in Citizenship.  Paul Calder will chair the meeting.  Elizabeth will sit as President during that meeting as I will be away - on vacation. smiley
We are supporting a Friendship Exchange for Rotarians from the Vancouver/Washington area to our area.  Our participation is small but greatly needed.  We will be providing transportation from Sackville to Truro on Saturday, October 4th. Joe Donachie has agreed to make the arrangements and is our contact with District on this matter.  Thank you, Joe.

Tomorrow our speaker will be Henk van Leeuwen, President and CEO of Easter Seals.  He will be joined by Tim Bird, who is a Camp Tidnish camper who lives in Amherst.
Please remember to finish selling your Trip of the Month tickets and turn in your money and stubs to your Captain. 
If you have not yet paid your dues, now is the time.  We are getting lots of messages from International and from District and we have to get these paid asap.
We have a board meeting next Monday night at 7:00 pm.  Chairs:  Please report to your director before our meeting. Directors:  Please be prepared to report on your Committees.  Board meetings will be the 3rd Monday of every month. 
Committee Lists have been posted on Club Runner.  Thank you, Kaili.  A few copies will be available at tomorrow's meeting.
If you don't have a list of the meeting dates, please pick one up from the table with the name tags tomorrow.
If you have something to go out in the Bulletin, please give it to me (Angela) and I will have it put in the Bulletin, which will be emailed out by Kaili.
Here are some important registration dates (as per the email from Gord Henkin):

Important Registration Deadlines:


Sept 10 - $1 Million Dinner      3 days away   Click HERE


Sept 13 - RLI Grand Falls NL     6 days away    Click HERE


Oct 1 - RLI Truro       23 Days away     Click HERE


OR Go to to get details and register

If you are interested in going to the Rotary Leadership Institute in Truro, please let the Board know before next Monday so that transportation costs can be dealt with at the Board meeting. 
The Chamber of Commerce is having the Welcome sign on LaPlanche Street repaired/replaced.  This sign contains smaller signs for many of the Amherst service clubs (including the Rotary Club), which are all in very poor condition.  We recently provided the Chamber with $100 to have our Rotary sign replaced as part of the larger project.

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


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September 2014

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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Wandlyn Motor Inn
1539 Southampton Rd
Amherst, NS  B4H 3Y4
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Club Executives & Directors

Vice President
Director, Community Services
Director, International Services
Director, Youth Service
Director, Communications
Director, Fund Raising
Director, Club Services
Sergeant at Arms
Director - Camp Tidnish
Past President
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