Rotary Club of Amherst


Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the job for former Rotary Peace Fellow
As an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Justin Peele applies the education he received in conflict resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow to a job that puts him in some dicey situations – including one in 2013 in which his actions won him State Department recognition for his courage and decisiveness. Peele is one of 2,000 DS agents who protect U.S. diplomats and embassies around the world. The Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. State Department, is the most extensive global security agency in the government, operating in more than 160...
Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
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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    Aug 18, 2014
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
August 2014

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Wandlyn Motor Inn
1539 Southampton Rd
Amherst, NS  B4H 3Y4
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Director, Community Services
Director, International Services
Director, Youth Service
Director, Communications
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Director, Club Services
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Director - Camp Tidnish
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