The Hon. Frank McKenna presented his Paul Harris Pin by 
Club President Sally Cummings (left)  and
District Governor Iris Sullivan (middle).
The Friar Sisters performing at the Gala prior to recieving
Certificate of Recognition for Service to the Community.
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Imelda Gilman is presented with her Paul Harris Fellowship at #RotarySJ.
This is the highest recognition given to an individual who has donated $1000 dollars to the Rotary Foundation,
and is one of the most prestigious honours in Rotary, named after Rotary Founder Paul Harris.
By giving in this way, Imelda is part of the eradication of polio, a partner in creating peace,
a person who supports clean water, and makes this world a better place.
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Blair and Rosalyn Hyslop spoke to #RotarySJ today about many exciting things happening
with Mrs. Dunsters Donuts and their newly acquired ownership of Kredl's in Hampton.
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These owners tell us to stay tuned for a whole lot of new experiences as these businesses grow!
Visit their websites for more information :
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Rotarian Remembered - Adam Pustowka 2018-04-07 03:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Club members, 
Thank you so much for your continued generosity and support of ShelterBox Canada. As a fellow Rotarian, the thing I am most proud of is that we are people of action.
At ShelterBox, we also believe in action. We act everyday, in partnership with Rotary, to provide the tools needed to transform lives and rebuild communities. 
I am reaching out today to let you know your club's donation(s) in 2017 went directly to providing ShelterKits, tarpaulins, solar lights and blanket to families in Bangladesh (read update below).
We can never predict when the next disaster will occur, but your generous support helps to ensure that ShelterBox is ready to respond quickly to help families in their greatest time of need. Thank you for sharing our passion to ensure no family is left without shelter. 
Moving forward you will receive a letter like this within six months after each donation you make to ShelterBox Canada, letting you know exactly how your support is making a difference. 
Yours in Rotary,
Tess Widdifield
Rotary and Community Fundraising Manager, ShelterBox Canada
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#RotarySJ toured the Social Enterprise Hub on Prince Edward St,
a collaborative space with an enterprising culture aimed at reducing poverty.
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The building houses the Saint John Community Loan Fund, ACAP, Human Development Council, Learning Exchange, and much more!
We had a delicious lunch at the Stone Soup Cafe followed by a little shopping at the Imapct Market.
Thanks Seth Asimakos! 
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Thank you to Peter Wilkins for speaking to #RotarySJ today about Ribfest!
In case you hadn't's moving UPTOWN!

Loyalist City RibFest – Ribs on the Waterfront! June 14 - June 17, 2018.

Loyalist City RibFest is partnering with Port Saint John

Larger tent, more seating & beverage selections, live music and entertainment for all ages!


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On Thursday February 23rd we celebrated the first Rotary meeting 113 years ago with club founder Paul Harris.

Today Rotary connects over a million members from 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries.

Rotary is working to improve lives locally and around the globe, by helping families in need in our own community and to eradicate polio world wide.

Since 1988 polio has dropped 99.9%, from 350,000 cases to just 22 in 2017.

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#RotarySJ welcomed the Saint John Astronomy Club at our Monday lunch meeting.

The club has about 40 people turn out for it's monthly gatherings. Lots of interesting things to see and learn about.

Thanks Curt Nason!

For more information visit and look them up on facebook!

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Glen Hicks - Senior Friendship Games 2018-02-14 04:00:00Z 0
#RotarySJ had 2 teams in Rocmaura's Curling Fun Spiel this weekend which raised $7353 for the betterment of residents' lives.
Thank you for supporting our seniors!
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#Rotarysj was the first group to check out the new space downstairs at Gahan Port City!
What a lovely venue uptown for groups.
You've gotta try the strawberry and feta bruschetta! Delicious!
Thanks to our new member Anamika Jain for organizing this social.
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Thanks to all those who attended our brainstorming for a Rotary Community Project with Mark Breen of Enterprise Saint John.
We came up with over 50 ideas for Saint John.
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Welcome to our new Rotary Saint John member!
We are excited to have Anamika Jain join us.
She is the program manager at Connexion Works.
New Member - Anamika Jain 2018-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
Santa delivered gifts to all the children at the Boys and Girls Club today while #RotarySJ served up a delicious Christmas dinner!
Oh what fun it is!
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Mark Breen, Economic Development Officer with Enterprise Saint John spoke to #RotarySJ today about "how to solve a problem".
One sure fire way to kill an idea is when we say "let's form a committee."
Mark offers free introductory workshops to businesses on brainstorming and getting organizations working together on a solution.
Very interesting Mark!
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The Saint John Y is in the 2nd phase of a $2-million fundraising campaign to spruce up Camp Glenburn!
Pip Nightingale spoke to RotarySJ about all the exciting improvements from upgraded washrooms,
and new docks to a new dining hall expected to be completed by June 2019.
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Ed O'Keefe is the President of the Men's PROBUS Club of Saint John.
He stopped by for a visit today and shared some great ideas for Rotary Club of Saint John!
PROBUS meets every third Wednesday of the month at 10 am at the Boys & Girls Club on Paul Harris St.
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Great evening Great food and fellowship
Thank you Claudia Giermindl from the Old Bavarian Restaurant we had a great time at Oktoberfest!
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Grade 11 Saint John High student Josh Hamilton accompanied Harold Wright to
Rotary Saint John to talk about the importance of keeping the memories of our veterans alive.
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Harold E. Wright served as a Reserve Officer and also a Cadet Instructor in the 1970s and early 1980s.
He has also worked as an historian in Saint John, N.B. for close to 40 years.
His earliest memories of veterans are two Boer War vets who he met when he was 10.
Over the past 40 years, he has done extensive research on veterans and their stories, and Remembrance Days and their significance.
He now mentors young students (10-13 years old) who accompany him to some events and they speak on what Remembrance means to their generation.
He has passed the torch to the next generation. He was recently awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.
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#RotarySJ enjoyed a delicious lunch at the new Rapids restaurant at the Reversing Falls.
Owner Max Kotlowski told us about the huge project and investment into
our well known city landmark that narrowly missed the wrecking ball. Great job!
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Thank you Rob Driscoll from the Sussex club for engaging us on membership development.
The number one reason why people join service organizations?
People want an opportunity to CONNECT.
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Recently we received a nice note from one of our former Exchange Students, Odile Chervet ...
Here is her personal message to the club:
Hello,  My name is Odile CHERVET. 
I'm french, I was one of your exchange student in the year 2001 and 2002.
I offen think about you, about the chance that the rotary club gave me.
It really was for me a dream come true and I hope that all the Rotarians I met are still doing great as well as the new ones.
You changed my life and I wish that my kids will have the same opportunity even if it Will be tough for me to let them go.
I send you a picture of me for those who have a good memory !!
(first day of school for my bigger son)
Thank you for reading me!!!
Have a great day, a  great everything
You are the best !
My best wishes  
Odile Chervet 
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Did you know? 30 students attend Dalhousie Med School at UNB every year in Saint John?
The program started in 2010, the first class graduated in 2014, and many of those doctors now practice in NB!
Dr Jennifer Hall spoke to #RotarySJ.
She says the program has 20 women and 10 men this year at its campus on Tucker Park.
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Today NB Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs spoke to #RotarySJ .
We have a great lineup of guest speakers every week. Join Us!
We meet every Monday at the Union Club for lunch.
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Today, the Rotary Club of Saint John sponsored the National Kids Cancer Ride as a Coast to Coast Children's Champion

#RotarySaintJohn is pleased to support Shelley Wood, past Rotarian with a $1000 donation to the National Kids Cancer Ride.

This is her 3rd ride in this cross Canada event. 100% of donations raised by riders is directed to kids, their families, and childhood cancer programs.

Shelley says the hardest day on the bike ride is nothing compared to what a sick kid goes through.

She will ride her bike for 8 hours a day for 18 days, and riders do between 180-300 km a day.

She takes 3 weeks vacation to do this and has raised over $15,000 just herself.

Why? Because she wants to make a difference.

She says families have turned their tragic cancer diagnosis into something positive and this has inspired her.

Shelley we are so inspired by YOU! Good luck!

To learn more about the Ride here is the link.
You can also follow Shelley on Twitter or catch her Blog .
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Rotary Club of Saint John
Service Above Self  
President’s Remarks   Monday August 21, 2017
This spring in April 2017, I spent a day in Fredericton for Rotary at “Pets and Sets” training as they call it. I learned that it was only 30 years ago that women joined Rotary.  Still only 20% of members are female.  It will take 30 years for gender parity.
Paul Harris was 36 when he attended his first Rotary meeting in 1905.  Today only 5% of Rotarians are under the age of 40. The need is apparent, that we need to encourage new, younger members, and more women into our clubs.
I want to ask our 26 members to reflect on what you think our goals will be this year?  
I will tell you a few of my hopes. I hope this year we can focus on and accomplish better connections with our youth.
We started last week, by handing out two $1000 scholarships to a very deserving couple of students. What you didn’t get a chance to see, were the stacks of resumes and applications that we received. They were all from very incredible, very deserving students.  The two we chose stood out, because one spoke about her connections to Rotary and the importance in our community, the other was a person on social assistance who wanted desperately to better herself, and get out of the clutches of poverty.  I hope we can have those students come back some day and tell us how that scholarship changed their lives.
The other thing we are now looking at is a youth public speaking program with Gerry Pond. I am very excited about developing this opportunity this year. Pond recounted to us at our recent Rotary Gala in May, how he was very shy when he was young, but a Rotary public speaking contest changed his life and he will be forever grateful for that opportunity.
Retention is another major issue facing Rotary clubs. We have to offer a good club experience, and not be so traditional.  I do not want being a Rotarian, to feel like a job. We are volunteers. I want us to make sure what we do, is what we love to do, and that it is “do-able”. No one should feel over whelmed with the task-at-hand. I want us all to help each other. You can do this right now, by each submitting one name of someone you would recommend as a future guest speaker, and then help arrange it.
We have to attract new members, NOT RECRUIT them.  I have at least a dozen people I know who would join Rotary, but I feel it has become too expensive and viewed as too much of a responsibility.  I hope to address this, this year with your help.
We have to make our clubs irresistible!  So, that’s what I hope to do. I gave us a two-week break this summer and then kicked things off with a social night at the new renovated Saint John Marina. I hope we can continue this trend, where we get to be among the very first peope to check out the latest happenings in our city. I have already inquired about getting in for a Sept Monday luncheon meeting at the new Reversing Falls Restaurant and having the new owner Max speak to us. Stay tuned!
The number one reason people join Rotary? For networking.  They are looking for connections and contacts. I want to make this club the kind of organization that people won’t want to miss out on!  We have to be diverse, interesting, & be a reflection of our community.So, as your new rotary president, I hope I can help facilitate the journey to take our club to next level.
Last Monday, after our regular luncheon meeting, we had a meeting with our District Governor Iris Sullivan. Thursday I was on my first Rotary conference call.  I learned that the Dieppe Club has just started their first “Food Truck Festival” on Sept 29,30. They are working closely with the City of Dieppe who approached their club and gave them the first opportunity to host the event.
The Rotary International Convention will be in Toronto June 23-27, 2018. I learned that the Sussex club have 12 people signed up to go!  Is anyone in Saint John interested to attend?
I want to help make us a stronger more active club.  I want to have fun, to be engaged, & set our goals together. How do we do this?
We need to communicate compelling stories.  So I leave you with this thought. What is your “Rotary Moment”?  That is your homework.  I want one person every week to talk about what their Rotary moment was, and tell us what inspires you to take action?
Finally, I also want all of us to take the opportunity to do a better job of delivering our message about who we are and what we do.
Please go out into our community and tell someone else how we are making a difference and changing lives every day?
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Posted on Aug 21, 2017
Today, we had an interesting update from Victoria Clarke from Discover Saint John.
It was great to hear all about the success of the Tall Ships this past weekend, 
Third Shift and Area 506.
Events, meetings, conventions and tourism are all part of the many things that Victoria 
and her team work on to continue to build on the Saint Awesome brand !
To learn more about what is happening around the city, please visit their website.
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The Rotary Theme for 2017/18        
In Rotary, we know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.
It is the principle on which our service is based, and it is true at every level of Rotary.
We are united in our common goals of moving our organization forward and ensuring its lasting future.
Keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds.

The year ahead of us all is not just our year of leadership.
Our job is to make it Rotary’s year to shine.
It is the year all of us have committed to dedicate to service through Rotary.
It is Rotary making a difference by building stronger and more active clubs that serve in better and more lasting ways.
It is believing in a Rotary that is recognized for the good work it does.
A Rotary that will continue to grow, to endure, to go from strength to strength.
Making a difference to our communities, our countries, and our world.

That is what we will achieve together this year. Rotary: Making a Difference.
Video 2017-18 Theme Reveal, Ian H.S. Riseley, RI President
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District Governor Iris Sullivan, of the Rotary Club of Chatham,

visited the Saint John Club on August 14th, 2017 



A short video was shown of 2017-18 RI President Ian Risley introducing

this year’s Rotary theme - “ Rotary: Making A Difference.”

RI has a strategic plan with three strategic goals which are :

Support and Strengthen Clubs; 

Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service;

Enhance Public Image and Awareness.


She also reported that climate change is a big issue for President Ian:

he has asked that during the period from 1 July 2017 to 22 April 2018 each Rotarian plant one tree.


Iris commended District 7810 for their Polio Plus fund-raising efforts;

having raised $256,000 (including matching funds) our district,

in proportion to size, is second in the world.


A special invitation was issued to Rotarians to attend the

District Conference to be held 22-24 September

at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel; there is a special conference room rate of only $139.


Next year’s RI Conference will be held in Toronto and the District is looking for a Conference Chairperson. 

This will be a great opportunity for Canadian Rotarians to attend an international conference. 



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Congratulations to our two scholarship winners for 2017, Miss Julie Aune and Miss Hannah Bedard.
Pictured with Rotarian Brent Cheverie is Miss Julie Aune from
St. Malachy's Memorial High School who is pursuing a
Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Brunswick.
Pictured with Rotarian Brent Cheverie is Miss Hannah Bedard
from St. Malachy's Memorial High School who is pursuing a
Bachelor of Science degree at the Dalhousie University in Halifax.
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Rotary Saint John is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club.
Today Past President Jay Kimball presented Exec. Dir. Amy Shanks and Board Chair Carl White with a cheque for $5000.
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Past President, Bob Boyce hands over the gavel to Sally Cummings at our Rotary luncheon on Monday, July 31st, 2017.
I am so excited to take on the role of Club President this year.
It means alot, especially since women were only allowed to join in 1986!
We are looking forward to continued service in our comunity and wonderful fellowship.
Last week we presented 2 very amazing students each with $1000 scholarships for school.
It's the start of a very rewarding & fulfilling year ahead.
Thanks to Bob who managed to juggle being an architect and volunteer service to his community.
Bob you did an amazing job. I hope I can fill your shoes.
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What a fantastic time catching up and meeting new friends at our social Thursday night at the Saint John Marina. 
We'd love for you to share our page and keep up to date with some new and exciting things happening at Rotary this year! 
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Here's a Rotary songbook a friend found from 1966.
It was first published in 1925.
There is even a song for me! Quite a find.
Thanks Colette Sirois!
She remembers her dad singing the R-O-T-A-R-Y song.
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