MEETING INFORMATION

Welcome to our Club!

Bridgewater & District

Service Above Self

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 12:15 pm
The River Pub
750 King Street
Upstairs
Bridgewater, NS  B4V 2Z3
Canada
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HERE IN THE BRIDGEWATER AREA?
Rotary unites more than a million great minds around a shared purpose: serving humanity. And together, there's no limit to the good we can do. Join us in Bridgewater and see what a few hours a month can do for you and your community. Yes, we can make a world of difference! For information on the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, call 902-530-2940 or send an email to HeislerRotary@eastlink.ca.  You'll be glad you did! Thanks to our fellow Rotarians in the U.K. for such an inspiring video. 
 
 
See also "Time for Rotary" on the left side of our home page.  More reasons to join Rotary!
 

CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION        

   BY MAIL:  100 High Street,  Box #196
    Bridgewater NS
   
B4V 1V9
 
  BY PHONE: Dale Heisler (President)
 
 
 
EMAIL:
902-530-2940
 
rotarybridgewater@gmail.com
 

   

 
Bridgewater & District Facebook Page (under construction)
 
 
 
News
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District is looking for a student at Park View Education Centre between the ages of 16-18 to participate in the Adventure in Citizenship Program.  All the details are on the "Adventure in Citizenship" tab on this web page and are summarized on the poster below.  Interested students will have until February 14, 2018 to submit their applications, so don't delay!
We will now be posting our latest news items on our Club Facebook page which is embedded in the above space.  Please check back with us as we implement this new way of keeping you up to date with our activities.  We will still keep our previous news items online if you would like to take a look at some of our archived items.  Enjoy!
 
Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  This October the Rotary Clubs of Lunenburg and Bridgewater & District will be hosting Rotarians from Washington State and Vancouver Island.  Then in May 2018, Lunenburg County Rotarians will travel to the West Coast to be hosted by their new friends.  What a great way to experience different cultures and build international friendships!  To find out more about Rotary and how you can participate in Club activities, social events, volunteer projects and of course, Friendship Exchange, send an email to HeislerRotary@eastlink.ca.  You'll be glad you did!
Two new members of our Club attended their first-ever meeting in July although they have been members for over six months.  How did that happen?  The answer is simple  - modern technology!
 
Last December, Sebelle Deese and Susan Budd indicated they wanted to join our Club but they were scheduled to depart for their winter home in Mississippi and there wasn't enough time to induct them as members before they left.  Technology to the rescue as the Club formally inducted them in January via Skype from Mississippi.  This gave Susan and Sebelle an opportunity to get involved with the Club despite their physical absence from Nova Scotia.  Now that they are back home they were finally able to meet their fellow Rotarians in person at the July 26th Club meeting instead of just seeing them on a computer screen.  This is definitely not your grandpa's Rotary Club! 
 
Club President Dale Heisler (centre) welcomes Susan Budd (left) and Sebelle Deese (right) to their first club meeting in Bridgewater on July 26th
 
 
Tim Creedon was inducted as the Club's newest member at the July 12 meeting. In Tim's case, it's actually "welcome back" as Tim was a member of the Bridgewater & District club before he moved to Alberta. Tim and his family have returned to the South Shore and we're so glad he decided to rejoin our Bridgewater & District Club! Tim is all smiles as he accepts his new member welcome kit from President Dale Heisler. 
 
Club President Dale Heisler welcomes Cheryl Mackay, South Shore Outreach Coordinator of the Alzheimer Society to the Club's first meeting of the new Rotary year on July 12.  Cheryl told Rotarians about the resources available to those with dementia, their families, friends, caregivers and professionals.  Anyone with concerns about Alzheimer's disease can call the Alzheimer InfoLine at 1-800-611-6345. Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, Cheryl!
 
 
 

A team from Michelin Tire Canada was the winner at the annual Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District Golf Tournament held on June 15 at the Osprey Golf Club.  In presenting the Club trophy to the winners, Club Secretary Philip Leefe said he and his fellow Rotarians greatly appreciate the participation of the golfers, businesses, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the tournament.  Money raised will be used to fund the Club's youth programs, other community support projects and the work of Rotary International around the world.  Left to right:  Rotarian Philip Leefe, Tyler Smith, Andrew Prudence, Ron Bachman and Tony Herbert.

Emma Wagner, a Grade 11 student at Bridgewater Jr.-Sr. High recently returned from Ottawa after participating in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, Wagner was one of 200 young people from across Canada who spent four days in Ottawa to learn about Canada and what it means to be a Canadian.  She told Rotarians at the Club's May 10 meeting how much the program meant to her especially meeting politicians, touring Parliament Hill, visiting museums and attending a Canadian citizenship ceremony. Left to right, Rotary Club President Karsa Melnick, Emma Wagner, Rotarian Dale Heisler of the Club's Youth Services Committee. 

 

Our Club received a very nice thank you card from Grade 3 students at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy in Liverpool for our gift of a Canadian dictionary/mini-encyclopedia to each student in the class. Click on the "Read more" button to see their signatures on the inside of the card.  Such a beautiful way to say thanks!
 
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District has started planning the Club's major fundraising event - our annual golf tournament!  Proceeds will go to funding the Club's youth programs including the Elementary School Dictionary/Mini-Encyclopedia Project and the Adventure in Citizenship Program for high school students. This year's tournament will be held on Thursday, June 15th at Osprey Ridge Golf Club, 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.  You and your business can help by putting together a team or by placing your company's advertisement on a tee or green. Click here for further information or see our "2017 Golf Tournament" section on our home page. We truly appreciate your support!
The Adventure in Citizenship program brings together a select group of 200 students from across Canada to learn about Canadian democratic institutions through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and each other in Ottawa. This is the first year the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District is participating in the program and the Club will select a student from either Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School or Park View Education Centre to send to Ottawa.  Full details on this program including an information sheet and application form are now available on the Club web page under the "Adventure in Citizenship" tab. There is also a poster which summarizes the program. Feel free to forward the poster to interested students. Please note the deadline to apply is February 10, 2017.
 
Our thanks (once again!) to our local paper the "Lighthouse Now - Progress Bulletin" for printing the photo of our Bridgewater and Lunenburg Rotarians handing out dictionaries at Bridgewater Elementary School.  It's great to have the help of the paper in publicizing our work for youth in Lunenburg County.  Much appreciated! (We now have an online photo album of our Rotarians distributing the dictionaries in the section headlined "Club Projects and Fundraisers".)
 
 
Congratulations to our fellow Rotarian George Harding on his election as Mayor of Lockeport, Nova Scotia.  George lives the motto of Rotary every day --“Service above Self” -- and we are very proud of him and to have him as a member of our Club.  All the best George from your Rotary buddies! (Photo courtesy of the Town of Lockeport.)
 
Sebelle Deese (Rotary Club of Lunenburg) looks on as David Mullins (Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District) distributes Canadian dictionaries/gazetteers to Grade 3 students at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Showing off their new gifts are students (L-R) Rayonna Kendal, Isaac Naugler, Zander Roberts and Keesa Henderson.  Despite the prevalent use of the internet, educators view these printed reference materials as essential tools in teaching students the first steps in conducting research. This prompted the two local Rotary clubs to work together to purchase and distribute the books to Grade 3 students in the area.  
The Town of Bridgewater has asked for our help in getting the word out about an event called DIY Energy.  Details are in the poster below.  This event will be of interest to those residents who are looking for help in making decisions about their energy needs.  We are always happy to work with the Town in publicizing events focused on improving the quality of life in our community.
 
Karsa Melnick, President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, said the Club's participation in the 2016 South Shore Exhibition Parade is a great way to raise the profile of Rotary along the South Shore. Melnick thanked the parade organizers for the opportunity to participate in this year's parade as well as the many spectators for their positive response.  (Our thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Southwest Nova Scotia for the use of the float.)
 
 
Philip Leefe, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District (second from left) presents the Rotary Club trophy to members of Michelin Team # 1 for their win at the Club’s annual golf tournament. Leefe said he and his fellow Rotarians are very grateful for the participation of the golfers, volunteers, businesses and sponsors who contributed their time and money to make this year's tournament a success. Left to right:  Chad Cole, Rotarian Philip Leefe, Ken Forward, Scott Wentzell and Reno Roy. (For more photos of the golf tournament, click here.)
 

President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District David Mullins (left) and Rotary District 7820 Governor Elect Elva Heyge (right) present MODL Mayor Don Downe (centre) with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Rotarians honored Mayor Downe for his outstanding commitment to the people of Lunenburg County and the Province of Nova Scotia. Named after the founder of Rotary, individuals are designated as a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize them for demonstrating a shared purpose with the goals of Rotary International to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. 

 

For this occasion only, the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District will be holding its regular May 25 meeting in the DesBrisay Museum (Multi-Purpose Room).  The Club will meet as usual in the River Pub on June 8.  If you have any questions, please call 902-530-2940.
 
 
Our thanks once again to Nick Yorston of CKBW radio for a recent interview of Club President David Mullins.  It's great to have the support of our local radio station in publicizing Rotary's work and especially our upcoming tribute to MODL Mayor Don Downe.
 
Following is the news item carried on CKBW News on May 17...
 
In addition to our assistance to the food banks in New Germany and Mahone Bay, our Club also continued our support of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank.  In addition to two freezers we provided last year, we also insulated the food bank building in a successful effort to reduce the cost of heating the structure.  On hand to thank President David was John Granville who has been a volunteer at the Bridgewater food bank for the past 17 years. 
 
Rotarians have been busy in our community by donating much-needed freezers for the various food banks. 
 
Barbara Miller, one of the volunteers at the Mahone Bay Food Bank thanks Club President David Mullins for the donation of a new freezer. 
 
David Mullins, President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, presented the New Germany and Area Food Bank with a new freezer as part of the Rotary Club’s ongoing support of local area food banks.  Accepting the donation is Pat Wentzell, one of the volunteers at the food bank.

 

David Mullins, (right), President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Breakfast Program at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Accepting the donation was BES Principal David O’Quinn, (left), assisted by student volunteers Lauren Meekin (second from left) and Mercedes McDonald (second from right).

Club President David Mullins welcomed Kim Whitman-Mansfield of the YMCA King Street Youth Centre who spoke to Rotarians at their March 23 meeting.  Ms. Whitman-Mansfield described the history and background on the Centre's several drop in programs which range from homework help to recreational activities.  Thanks to Kim for making time to talk about her important work in the community!
Thanks to our fellow Rotarian Tina Hennigar and the LighthouseNow/Progress-Bulletin for publishing a photo of our Nov. 25th speaker - Irene d'Entremont.  It's great to have the paper's help in publicizing our events and our Rotary Club's work in Bridgewater and the surrounding area. Thanks a million!
 
​​The Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District welcomed a distinguished visitor to the November 25 meeting of the Club - Irene d'Entremont, Vice Chair of Tourism Nova Scotia.  In her remarks to the audience which included business reps and members of the Bridgewater Kiwanis Club, Ms. d'Entremont outlined how the Province will need the help of Rotarians and all Nova Scotians in meeting the goal of doubling provincial tourism revenues to $4 billion by 2024.  ​Club President David Mullins thanked Ms. d'Entremont, a member of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth, for taking time to visit with her fellow Rotarians in Bridgewater.
 
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District announced plans to establish a Friends of Rotary program designed for people who support the ideals of Rotary but who have not been able to continue with or take on membership in the Club.  Friends of Rotary would include individuals, representatives of the business community as well as past Rotarians, the families of present and past Rotarians, together with past exchange students, Ambassadorial Scholars or participants of other Rotary sponsored activities. 

A big thanks to Nick Yorston of CKBW Radio for interviewing Past President Karsa Melnick last month. It’s great having this opportunity to highlight all the work Rotary does in Bridgewater, Lunenburg County and internationally.  Way to go CKBW!


The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District announced changes to the Club's meeting schedule for the summer.  The Club will now meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (July 8, July 22, August 12 and August 26.)

There are no changes in the time and place which remain the same at 12:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room of the River Pub, 750 King Street, Bridgewater.

 


Members of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District are very pleased their golf tournament held today was another success due to the support of local sponsors and golfers.  The money raised from the tournament will be used to fund the Club’s ongoing community projects as well as the Club’s international work.   (See photos of the event under the heading “CLUB PROJECTS AND FUNDRAISERS”.)


We have put together a line-up of very interesting speakers for our spring meetings.  Take a look to see who's coming to speak to our Club by visiting our "Speakers" section of our webpage.  If you would like to attend one or more of the meetings, please send an email to the Club (rotarybridgewater@gmail.com) and ask for information on attending.  You'll be glad you did!  

 


The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District is proud to be hosting their Annual Golf Tournament! Whether you decide to play in the tournament or sponsor a tee or green, your contribution will help make our community a safe, healthy and happy place to live. Thanks for your support! 

Details for players and sponsors can be found under the "Stories" section of our web page:  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/story/TabStory.aspx?accountid=1257

 


Thousands of hungry people have walked through the doors of the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank and all leave saying thanks to the volunteers, especially to the coordinator, Gloria Hubley.  Now the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District wants to say thanks as well by naming Gloria Hubley a Paul Harris Fellow.  Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Click on title to read full article. 

 

 


Karsa Melnick, President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, thanked CKBW Radio for their feature interview last week on Rotary in the Bridgewater area.  Ms. Melnick spoke about the Club's work with the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank and how that led to the Club honoring Gloria Hubley with a Paul Harris Fellowship for her work as the food bank's coordinator.  The interview also provided an opportunity for Ms. Melnick to describe other work Rotarians are doing in both our local area and around the world.  Our thanks to CKBW and reporter Nick Yorston for their support of Rotary!

 

Gloria Hubley, the Coordinator of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank, will be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the local community.  Rotary Club President Karsa Melnick will present Ms. Hubley with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for her work with the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Bank.  The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 17 during the regular meeting of the Rotary Club, 12:15 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the River Pub, 275 King Street, Bridgewater.  Click on title to read full article.

 


Check out page B9 of the March 4th edition of the "LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin" for an excellent article on our Rotary Club, entitled "Rotary Club reaches beyond borders".  Here is a link to the edition of the paper and once on the site, flip through the "pages" to B9.  http://issuu.com/lighthousenow_paper/docs/pb_030415  Our thanks to reporter Paula Levy for her excellent article and to the LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin for their support of our Club.

 


Our December 12 news release was picked up by the "South Shore Breaker", the local weekly supplement to the Halifax "Chronicle Herald", and ran in the January 14 edition. The local weekly, "LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin", also ran an abbreviated version of the release in its January 14th edition.  Thanks to both newspapers for helping to publicize our work in the community!

 

December 16, 2014:  “Service above Self” is the motto of every Rotarian and Philip Leefe lives that motto every day.  Philip is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District and has been involved in all activities of the Club since it began in 1996.  He is a past Club president and currently serves as the Club Secretary and co-chair of the Club’s annual golf tournament. (Click on title to read full article)

 

(The following news release was distributed to local media outlets on December 12, 2014)

 

Rotarians are smiling in the two clubs of Lunenburg County following a December 9 visit  by one of their top officials.  The two clubs - Bridgewater and District, and Lunenburg - hosted District Governor Stella Roy at a joint meeting.  Roy’s duties, since she assumed the District Governorship in July, take her throughout the District, which includes Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, part of France. (Click on title to read full article)

On November 5th, 2013, Corey Rogers, President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District received this years true Rotarian award for his outstanding dedication to Rotary. This award is  based on a vote by the club membership and is well deserved. Congratulations to Corey from all members of the Club. District Governor Greg Caldwell was on hand to present the award to Corey.

 

 The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District and the Lunenburg Rotary Club co-hosted a visit from District Governor Tom McCaughey. Shown here left to right are:

DG Tom McCaughey, Corey Rogers President and Rob Porter, Assistant DG 

Rainer Bressmer received the 2012-13 True Rotarian Award for the Bridgewater & District Rotary Club  which was presented to him on September 11th, 2012 by District Governor Tom McCaughey. Rainer was selected by his fellow club members as the very deserving recipient of this award. Pictured Left to Right are: True Rotarian recipient  from the Lunenburg Rotary Club, D.G. Tom McCaughey and Rainer Bressmer.

Assistant District Governor Rob Porter attended the club's meeting on July 17th,2012 and presented club president Corey Rogers with the 2012-13 Presidential Banner which carries the message of "Peace through Service". The President of Rotary International Sakuji Tanaka has asked all Rotarians this year to actively work for "Peace through Service". 

 
Stories
We will now be posting our latest news items on our Club Facebook page which is embedded in the above space.  Please check back with us as we implement this new way of keeping you up to date with our activities.  We will still keep our previous news items online if you would like to take a look at some of our archived items.  Enjoy!
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District is looking for a student at Park View Education Centre between the ages of 16-18 to participate in the Adventure in Citizenship Program.  All the details are on the "Adventure in Citizenship" tab on this web page and are summarized on the poster below.  Interested students will have until February 14, 2018 to submit their applications, so don't delay!
 
Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  This October the Rotary Clubs of Lunenburg and Bridgewater & District will be hosting Rotarians from Washington State and Vancouver Island.  Then in May 2018, Lunenburg County Rotarians will travel to the West Coast to be hosted by their new friends.  What a great way to experience different cultures and build international friendships!  To find out more about Rotary and how you can participate in Club activities, social events, volunteer projects and of course, Friendship Exchange, send an email to HeislerRotary@eastlink.ca.  You'll be glad you did!
Rotary unites more than a million great minds around a shared purpose: serving humanity. And together, there's no limit to the good we can do. Join us in Bridgewater and see what a few hours a month can do for you and your community. Thanks to our fellow Rotarians in the U.K. for such an inspiring video.  Yes, we can make a world of difference! For information on the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, call 902-530-2940 or send an email to HeislerRotary@eastlink.ca.  You'll be glad you did!
 
 
Two new members of our Club attended their first-ever meeting in July although they have been members for over six months.  How did that happen?  The answer is simple  - modern technology!
 
Last December, Sebelle Deese and Susan Budd indicated they wanted to join our Club but they were scheduled to depart for their winter home in Mississippi and there wasn't enough time to induct them as members before they left.  Technology to the rescue as the Club formally inducted them in January via Skype from Mississippi.  This gave Susan and Sebelle an opportunity to get involved with the Club despite their physical absence from Nova Scotia.  Now that they are back home they were finally able to meet their fellow Rotarians in person at the July 26th Club meeting instead of just seeing them on a computer screen.  This is definitely not your grandpa's Rotary Club! 
 
Club President Dale Heisler (centre) welcomes Susan Budd (left) and Sebelle Deese (right) to their first club meeting in Bridgewater on July 26th
 
 
Tim Creedon was inducted as the Club's newest member at the July 12 meeting. In Tim's case, it's actually "welcome back" as Tim was a member of the Bridgewater & District club before he moved to Alberta. Tim and his family have returned to the South Shore and we're so glad he decided to rejoin our Bridgewater & District Club! Tim is all smiles as he accepts his new member welcome kit from President Dale Heisler. 
 
Club President Dale Heisler welcomes Cheryl Mackay, South Shore Outreach Coordinator of the Alzheimer Society to the Club's first meeting of the new Rotary year on July 12.  Cheryl told Rotarians about the resources available to those with dementia, their families, friends, caregivers and professionals.  Anyone with concerns about Alzheimer's disease can call the Alzheimer InfoLine at 1-800-611-6345. Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, Cheryl!
 
 
 

A team from Michelin Tire Canada was the winner at the annual Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District Golf Tournament held on June 15 at the Osprey Golf Club.  In presenting the Club trophy to the winners, Club Secretary Philip Leefe said he and his fellow Rotarians greatly appreciate the participation of the golfers, businesses, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the tournament.  Money raised will be used to fund the Club's youth programs, other community support projects and the work of Rotary International around the world.  Left to right:  Rotarian Philip Leefe, Tyler Smith, Andrew Prudence, Ron Bachman and Tony Herbert.

Emma Wagner, a Grade 11 student at Bridgewater Jr.-Sr. High recently returned from Ottawa after participating in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, Wagner was one of 200 young people from across Canada who spent four days in Ottawa to learn about Canada and what it means to be a Canadian.  She told Rotarians at the Club's May 10 meeting how much the program meant to her especially meeting politicians, touring Parliament Hill, visiting museums and attending a Canadian citizenship ceremony. Left to right, Rotary Club President Karsa Melnick, Emma Wagner, Rotarian Dale Heisler of the Club's Youth Services Committee. 

 

Our Club received a very nice thank you card from Grade 3 students at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy in Liverpool for our gift of a Canadian dictionary/mini-encyclopedia to each student in the class. Click on the "Read more" button to see their signatures on the inside of the card.  Such a beautiful way to say thanks!
 
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District has started planning the Club's major fundraising event - our annual golf tournament!  Proceeds will go to funding the Club's youth programs including the Elementary School Dictionary/Mini-Encyclopedia Project and the Adventure in Citizenship Program for high school students. This year's tournament will be held on Thursday, June 15th at Osprey Ridge Golf Club, 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.  You and your business can help by putting together a team or by placing your company's advertisement on a tee or green. Click here for further information or see our "2017 Golf Tournament" section on our home page. We truly appreciate your support!
Our thanks (once again!) to our local paper the "Lighthouse Now - Progress Bulletin" for printing the photo of our Bridgewater and Lunenburg Rotarians handing out dictionaries at Bridgewater Elementary School.  It's great to have the help of the paper in publicizing our work for youth in Lunenburg County.  Much appreciated! (We now have an online photo album of our Rotarians distributing the dictionaries in the section headlined "Club Projects and Fundraisers".)
 
 
Congratulations to our fellow Rotarian George Harding on his election as Mayor of Lockeport, Nova Scotia.  George lives the motto of Rotary every day --“Service above Self” -- and we are very proud of him and to have him as a member of our Club.  All the best George from your Rotary buddies! (Photo courtesy of the Town of Lockeport.)
 
Sebelle Deese (Rotary Club of Lunenburg) looks on as David Mullins (Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District) distributes Canadian dictionaries/gazetteers to Grade 3 students at Bridgewater Elementary School.  Showing off their new gifts are students (L-R) Rayonna Kendal, Isaac Naugler, Zander Roberts and Keesa Henderson.  Despite the prevalent use of the internet, educators view these printed reference materials as essential tools in teaching students the first steps in conducting research. This prompted the two local Rotary clubs to work together to purchase and distribute the books to Grade 3 students in the area.  
 
Karsa Melnick, President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District, said the Club's participation in the 2016 South Shore Exhibition Parade is a great way to raise the profile of Rotary along the South Shore. Melnick thanked the parade organizers for the opportunity to participate in this year's parade as well as the many spectators for their positive response.  (Our thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Southwest Nova Scotia for the use of the float.)
 
The Town of Bridgewater has asked for our help in getting the word out about an event called DIY Energy.  Details are in the poster below.  This event will be of interest to those residents who are looking for help in making decisions about their energy needs.  We are always happy to work with the Town in publicizing events focused on improving the quality of life in our community.

President of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District David Mullins (left) and Rotary District 7820 Governor Elect Elva Heyge (right) present MODL Mayor Don Downe (centre) with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Rotarians honored Mayor Downe for his outstanding commitment to the people of Lunenburg County and the Province of Nova Scotia. Named after the founder of Rotary, individuals are designated as a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize them for demonstrating a shared purpose with the goals of Rotary International to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. 

 

For this occasion only, the Rotary Club of Bridgewater & District will be holding its regular May 25 meeting in the DesBrisay Museum (Multi-Purpose Room).  The Club will meet as usual in the River Pub on June 8.  If you have any questions, please call 902-530-2940.
 
 
Our thanks once again to Nick Yorston of CKBW radio for a recent interview of Club President David Mullins.  It's great to have the support of our local radio station in publicizing Rotary's work and especially our upcoming tribute to MODL Mayor Don Downe.
 
Following is the news item carried on CKBW News on May 17...
 
In addition to our assistance to the food banks in New Germany and Mahone Bay, our Club also continued our support of the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Bank.  In addition to two freezers we provided last year, we also insulated the food bank building in a successful effort to reduce the cost of heating the structure.  On hand to thank President David was John Granville who has been a volunteer at the Bridgewater food bank for the past 17 years. 
 
 
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