Rotary Club of Amherst

Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...
This is our first draw of the 2016/17 Trip of the Month tickets. 
And the winners are....
A trip to Glasgow, Scotland worth $3,100 goes to: LUCY ROWAN 
The winners of $150 were:
Congratulations!  Eleven more draws to go!

Please contact Denise to order items. 

Please note: 
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday our meetings in October will be held on Monday, October 17th and Monday, October 31st. 

Rotary Club Draw #12, September 2016 - final draw on the 2015/16 tickets.
Don't Forget to Contact a Rotarian and buy a new ticket for the 2016/17 draw year!

Congratulations to BETH CLINTON on winning a trip to Belize valued at $3,100.  She'll receive 7 nights at the Black Orchid resort, airfare, spending money and more!

And to the $150 consolation prize winners ARNOLD DOBSON, JEFF BEMBRIDGE, and KAREN CORMIER.

Plans are being made for our Rotary Golf Day which has been confirmed for Monday, August 29th, with first tee off approximately 12:20 P.M.
The cost will be $37.50 per person or $62.65 with a cart.
There will be a roast beef dinner $23 per person.
Please Paul Calder know as soon as possible if you are able to attend and if you have a foursome in place. For the non golfers, please join us for dinner.

Rotary Club Draw # 10, July 2016 
Congratulations to Sakina Katthawala Saify, the lucky staff member from Damaris Spa, on winning a trip to L.A. valued at $3100. You can see a great video of her finding out about the trip on our Facebook page:
And to the $150 consolation prize winners Jeanne Milner/ Sue Reid/B. Brennan/ Rob Roy/Paul Calder/Ron Wilson, staff at Cumberland Credit Union, and Bonnie Givens. 
Our next draw is August 8th.

Congratulations to Chastity Stack, winner of the Caribbean Cruise valued at $3500.
The winners of the $150 consolation prizes were: Todd Leblanc, Ryan Aubeau, and Jack Brown. 


Raylene Nash won the trip to Panama City valued at $3,000! 
The winners of the $150 consolation prizes were: Vicki Daley, Sara McCarthy, and Julie Sherriff- Mizerit. 

Please join us May 19th morning for a Club Assembly (and breakfast). We will learn more about the great work being done at Camp Tidnish and go over the revised Club by-laws. 
Rotary Breakfast Club Assembly
Thursday, May 19th 
7:30 - 9am
Duncan's Pub   49 Victoria Street Amherst
Breakfast Buffet includes  bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash brown, white and whole wheat toast, orange juice, tea and coffee $11.90 per person (including tax & gratuity). 
Please RSVP via the event section on ClubRunner. 


Sheila Christie won the trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic valued at $3,100! 
The winners of the $150.00 consolation prizes were: Casper Young, Phyllis Cameron, and Joan White. 

The March 21st meeting is being held at the Warehouse Cafe on Havelock Street at our regular meeting time 12:15pm. 
There is no charge for the space. The cost of the meal is $15 per person, taxes and gratuities included and is paid directly to the Warehouse by each member. We need to let the Warehouse know today by 4pm the number of people attending. 


MICHAEL BROWN won the trip to Cayo Santa Clara, Cuba valued at $3,500! 
The winners of the $150.00 consolation prizes were: GORDON CRANTON, LINDA MAXWELL, and JERRY STRANG.

The next scheduled lunch meeting will be held: 
Monday, February 22nd -12:15pm at Christ's Church Hall - 5 Lawrence St
This will be our Club's 81st anniversary and we will presenting the Paul Harris Community Fellowship Award to Colleen Dowe. 

Parking is available behind the church (behind Town Hall and First Baptist Church). 
The building does have an elevator for anyone that is not able to use the stairs. Please access the elevator from the front entrance of the building. 
Lunch will be provided for a cost of $14.00. This includes the cost of the meal, taxes, gratuity, and space rental. 
Lunch will include soup, sandwich, coffee, tea and a sweet. 
PLEASE RSVP to Rob Roy our Sergeant at Arms by Feb. 18th. We need to know how many meals to order.


ERIC SPARLING won the trip to New York City worth $3,100! It includes a stay at the Mansfield Hotel in Times Square and tickets to see Phantom of the Opera.

The winners of the $150.00 consolation prizes were: BOB & SHIRLEY BARNES, BONNIE QUINN, and MARK MILNER.



ISABEL KLINE won the trip to Dublin, Ireland worth $3,300!  It includes a stay at the Dublin Castle Hotel.

The winners of the $150.00 consolation prizes were: ANDREW DOUGLAS, GLORIA CHASE, and ROB ROY.


Please join us January 20th morning for an Mid-Year Review (and breakfast). We will review our progress as a club in relation to our strategic plan, our committee mandates and goals and have an open discussion with your Board of Directors on any ideas you may have regarding current and future projects.
Rotary Breakfast Club Assembly
Wednesday January 20th 
7:30am - 8:45am
Duncan's Pub   49 Victoria Street Amherst
Breakfast Buffet includes  bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash brown, white and whole wheat toast, orange juice, tea and coffee $10.00 per person plus tax plus gratuity (approx. 13.50)

Town of Amherst Mayor, Rob Small, will be giving his annual address to the Rotary Club of Amherst on Monday, January 11th. 


KEVIN SLAUNWHITE won the trip to Sedona, AZ worth $3,200!

The winners of the $150.00 consolation prizes were: MARG SMITH, PAUL & PUNCH LEMOINE, and WENDI CHASE.


And the winners are....
7 nights for 2 at an all-inclusive resort in the Mayan Riviera goes to: Gail Fitzgerald
The winners of $150 were:
Martin Patriquin
Igor Semenov
Hudson Ackles

And the winners are...
Jack & Nancy MacDonald won October's trip to Glasgow, Scotland
The winners of $150 are:
Nicole Wilson
Bud Anderson
Hudson Ackles
The next draw will take place on November 9th.

Rotary Club President, Elizabeth Smith McCrossin made the following announcement at the September 28th meeting:
We have all seen the suffering of the people from the Middle east, specifically Syrian refugees. This has gone on far too long. The whole world stopped and paid attention on September 3rd when the picture of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi's body washed up upon the shore after he most of his family along with several others lost their lives as they attempted to flee their country and find a better life.
We often look to others to make the change that is needed.
We ask our leaders and others "What will you do?"
We ask our peers "What will we do?"
When we are alone, we ask ourselves "What can I do?"
Today I would like to make an announcement on behalf of our organization, The Rotary Club of Amherst whose Mission is "Service Above Self".
The International Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Amherst  will spearhead a community effort to bring a Syrian refugee family to our area. This decision is backed by a pledge that Amherst Rotarian's will donate $5000.00 to start the fund.  We invite other community groups, churches, other service groups to join us and together help a family find a community where they can raise their children safely, where they can work and contribute to a community and know that they matter, that they are valuable as human beings.
We welcome others in the community to work with us. Please contact Ann Sharpe ( or Morris Haugg  ( if you would like to join us in our efforts. We will be having a community meeting with all interested partners in the next couple of weeks.


Amherst Rotary Club Trip of the Month tickets are going fast!

They are $150 each and the buyer has a chance to win up to 12 trips or monthly draws for $150. Trips this year include Scotland, Dominican, Panama, Mexico, Arizona, Ireland, Los Angeles, New York, Cuba, Belize, France and a Caribbean cruise.

All the money goes to Camp Tidnish, Rotary scholarships, the Rotary Centennial Park on Willow Street and other community programs.

Only 600 tickets are being sold. Ask any Amherst Rotary member to buy one.


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