District 7820
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HillsboroughCharlottetown PEI

Service to others is the name of the Game !

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 8:00 AM
Rodd's Charlottetown Hotel
75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4
Breakfast meetings every 2nd week .. advance registration for meal required due Covid... Currently at Rodd's Charlottetown Hotel, kent Street
Club News & Stories
On July 1st we welcomed the Chairmanship of the Leadership Team in District 7820 to Alex Twells. We are in good hands as Alex has put together a very competent team which will guide us towards our new collaborative District as we unite with New Brunswick Rotary Clubs and become District 7815 on July 1,2022. He is a member of the St.John's East Rotary club..
Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, has been a Rotarian since 1985. He trained as an accountant and founded a real estate development company, Skyline Group, which he also chairs. But his professional title tells only a small part of the story of who he is. He is also a director of the India arm of Operation Eyesight Universal, a Canada-based nonprofit focused on preventing avoidable blindness. He helped establish more than 15 eye hospitals, in several Indian states, that together carry out nearly 50,000 surgeries each year. And he started Saving Little Hearts, a project that has facilitated more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and some African countries and that is now an India-wide program.
 What would be a Corporate Membership in our Hillsborough-Charlottetown Rotary Club?  Is it time for us to offer this opportunity ?? Here is some further information for us to consider if we should proceed in this direction....

Feedback from numerous surveys and focus groups has repeatedly shown
that prospective members and current younger Rotarians require flexibility
in their Rotary membership. A corporate membership is an alternative and
an option for Rotary membership and the resulting impact it may have on
membership trends and the club’s overall effectiveness.
The corporate membership program will allow a corporation or company in
the Club’s area to become a member of a Rotary Club, through an
established membership approval process, and to appoint designees as the individuals attending club meetings, serving on projects,
voting on club matters, serving as club officers and club committees, and so
A corporate membership category will increase the club’s ability to attract
and retain a qualified and diverse professional base within the community.
It allows for flexibility and recognizes the tremendous mobility that is the
norm within the current corporate environment.
Demonstrated Results and Measures:
To evaluate the effectiveness of Corporate Membership participating clubs
need to demonstrate results in the following areas:
Increase in:
. Club membership recruitment and retention
. Support to the Rotary Foundation (program participation and
. Successful service projects (community and international)
Improvement in:
. Leadership and engagement opportunities for members
. Participation in club activities
. Gender balance in the clubs’ membership
. Overall diversity within the club’s membership
. Decrease in average age of club membership:
 Merry Christmas! Hopefully you get a nice Christmas even though the circumstances are what they are. How har Covid been for you on PEI? The second wave has been quite rough for Sweden but my family hasnt been hit fortunatly but only time will tell what happens. Otherwise it has been an exciting year for me to say the least. My company got the chance to help by transporting and building up a fieldhospital in the southern parts of Sweden in March. It was quite an experience but it has helped the city of Helsingborg tons from what Ive have heard. I still working with the Army Divers and I am loving it. I surely found a dream job it fits me well. Since the summer it has been a very busy period. We started of by getting called in to search for a missing man that drowned after his boat flipped. It was a very intense but very good experience. Learned alot of it but most importantly, always wear a lifejacket went going alone especially! We went on to do a helmetdiving course to become the first helmetdivers for almost ten years. Very unique and different from ordinary diving I must say but sure fun because you get to work with heavy equipment like hydralic tools or welding. My cup of tea! I also finally got to do the final test to become an army diver or fältarbetsdykare as its called in Sweden. Excersize Brynolf its called and its and excersize that tests your physical and mental toughness aswell as your grit and will. No food no sleep and so on and so fourth. I managed to pass together with my battlebuddy and Ive become Armydiver nr 1147. I now get to wear the armydivers saint "Brynolf Bock Dykén" (thats his name) around my neck. The special thing with the number is that there have been 1146 divers before me since the 1950s and everyone of them has gotten their own specific number that they save on a list. It a very special unit and Im very proud to be a part of it now. Looking forward, the next year is going to be as exciting if not more. I am applying for Sergeant school and if I get enrolled i am starting in the fall of 2021. On the homefront everything is going well also. Annie my girlfriend has gotten her college degree in digital marketing and is going to start looking for a job in January. We will be moving in together also in the beginning of Febuary. Exciting!
Regards to all Rotary Club Members
Sverr Van der Brink


It was our honour today to present Paul Harris Fellowships to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison and Chief of Nursing Marion Dowling for their shining examples of "Service Above Self" in navigating Prince Edward Island's response to the Covid 19 pandemic. They have sacrificed personal and family time to keep us as safe as possible. We could not think of two individuals more deserving of this award. 
Club President Jeff MacKenzie presented the awards with assistance from club Secretary Duncan Conrad
Dr Heather Morrison
Marion Dowling
                         Hillsborough-Charlottetown Rotary Club
                            2019-20 Perfect Attendance Awards   
    2   Years        Tom Clark        
    2   Years        Jeff MacKenzie
    3   Years        Albert Zakem
    4   Years        Joan MacFarlane
    25 Years        Duncan Conrad
    36 Years        Harry Lowther 
    36  Years       David White
    38 years        Brien Willoughby
    40 Years        Jim Fraser
The Hillsborough-Charlottetown Rotary Club was founded on June 04, 1979 to service Charlottetown  and area.  We enjoy a membership of
 women and men representing a brought section of the community.  The members come together in fundraising activities to support a wide variety of both community and International endeavours. Past fundraisers have raised millions of dollars and included  ;
The Luxury Car Dinner
The Fur Coat Dinner
The Confederation Bridge Dream Drive Lottery
The Labatt's 24 Hour Relay
Rotary-Guardian Book Drive
and now the 2020 Gala  Raffle - with tickets now on sale with the winner receiving a $10,000.00 cash prize !
Proceeds from these many fundraisers have supported some of these and many other local groups:
Camp Gencheff
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
PEI Literacy
STRIVE Col Gray High  Scholarships
The Soup Kitchen
Charlottetown Rural High  Howard Scholarships
PEI Humane Society
Salvation Army
School Breakfast Program
PEI Youth Parliament
Internationally our club has donated to multiple global projects including Rotary International Youth Exchange  ,Farmers Helping Farmers, Guatemala & other Literacy Projects,    Polio Plus ,  Shelter Box disaster relief , potable drinking water projects ,  school construction. etc.
We welcome any interest in joining our Rotary Club and being part of this great global organization in People of Action  by contacting any executive member found on our home page - just click on their name and either phone or email via the mail logo shown......
We now meet via ZOOM  but hopefully will be able to resume weekly lunchtime Thursday meetings soon......

Windsor businesswoman Jennifer Jones is hoping to inspire people around the world to create positive change when she makes history in her pending role as president of Rotary International.

Jones, founder and president of Media Street Productions, has been nominated to take the helm of the worldwide service organization for the 2022-2023 term, the first time a woman would lead the 115-year-old organization.

“There are very few opportunities in our lifetime to make a difference on a global stage,” said Jones, who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland since 1997 and is currently a Rotary Foundation trustee.

“It’s something that moves me very profoundly.”

Jones will officially become president-nominee Oct. 1 if none of the other five candidates contest her nomination.

“Our organization in 115 years, we’ve never had a woman serve as the president and I’m incredibly proud to be able to take on this role,” she added. “But I think it’s important to note that I was selected as a qualified candidate not because of my gender.”Women have only been allowed to join the organization for the last 34 years. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling enforced that change.

Jones said many women are qualified to take on the role of president, but members must have served in a number of other positions first.

“We’re just at the point where we have a very small critical mass of women who have been able to accomplish serving in those different roles,” Jones said.

“It is a remarkable step forward in history because it represents diverse perspective and I think any organization that is looking to have balanced thought, needs to have diverse perspective. This is a sign of very positive change.”

Over the course of her membership, Jones has served as Rotary International vice-president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chairwoman of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group.

Jones has received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.

She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000 people.

“Through our lockdown and time of COVID, one of the things that has been remarkable is our ability to punctuate more than ever the kind of global community that we are,” she said.

“Representing 1.2-million members around the world and now with our junior members closer to the two-million mark, literally being able to be on these virtual platforms, connecting in real time has been a very remarkable opportunity to have dialogue that wouldn’t necessarily happen in person.

“It’s been a very interesting couple of months.”

She will be required to move to Evanston, Ill., for the two-year period. Her husband Dr. Nick Krayacich will join her.

Jennifer also contributes much of her energy to local organizations. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Windsor and the past Chair of the Board of Directors at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership also extends to serving on numerous boards and committees furthering the areas of health, education, social service, the arts, children’s mental health, mentorship and fundraising.


Jennifer Jones (and below, consulting with Jarrod Ferris, a cinematographer and editor) is president of Media Street. - John Chan photos

Media Street CEO Kelly Blais will continue to run the day-to-day functions of the business while Jones is in Illinois.

“I feel incredibly grateful,” Jones said. “I’m somewhat overwhelmed. But I’m also very excited by the opportunities that lay ahead.”


Strive is a project of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Charlottetown, of which I am a member. It is a scholarship program which we provide with the cooperation of the Guidance staff at Colonel Gray High School. The project gives student participants the opportunity to be the recipient of one of six $1,500 bursaries. The program has been operating for twenty two years and has provided about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars to assist students with their first year of post high school education costs.

The first year of operation was in the academic year of 1996/1997. That summer our club president, David Jenkins, attended the annual Rotary International Convention in Scotland. One of the features of the convention is a trade show. At that event clubs have the opportunity to exhibit one of their special projects. These could be fundraising events or public service projects to show how Rotary is making a difference in communities around the world. This gives attendees the opportunity to learn about successful and worthwhile projects which they might wish to introduce to their own organizations.

The booth presenting a project called Strive caught the attention of David’s wife Nora. After learning something about it, she became quite intrigued and brought her husband’s attention to it. He was interested enough that he came back and after presenting it to our club as a possible project, we decided to try it.

Strive is a scholarship project, but unlike many others, it is not focused toward the high academic achievers in the school. The guidance counsellors actively recruit students to enroll in the project. They attempt to enlist students who have potential, but for a variety of reasons, are not performing to the best of their abilities. We usually have about twenty five students participating in the program.

Strive is more than just a project where we provide some funding. It requires an ongoing and personal commitment from the committee of six Rotarians who get involved. The group has five meetings each year which are held over the lunch period. Rotary provides the lunch which our committee shares with the students. During those meetings we talk about ourselves, try to get to know the students a little and make them aware that we have an interest in them, their plans and their academic success.

The first meeting is a general one where the goal of Strive is explained. Participants are asked to examine their past performance, to think about ways they might improve and to consider their willingness to strive to make that improvement.

At the second meeting we break up into smaller groups with a Rotarian and one of the guidance staff included. The students talk about the goals and the obstacles that face them as they attempt to move forward. The goals may be increased concentration on their studies, better attendance or enhanced participation in extracurricular activities.

When some of the students begin to talk about the situations which they are coping with in their personal life, one gets an appreciation for how difficult it is for them to attain those goals. We hear stories of family breakup; a need to act in the role of a parent for younger siblings; single parent families with low income, meaning the only way to finance future education will be to accumulate staggering student loans; an eighteen year old dealing with a pregnancy, trying to keep up with her studies and face the social issues which her situation creates; a young man living on his own and working the equivalent of a full time job; and many other difficult situations.

One key element of the program is a job fair exclusively for the Strive students. Rotary enlists the participation of nine or ten employers who will be seeking summer staff or wishing to employ part time help during the academic year.

As preparation for the job fair, we hold a meeting during which the Human Resources manager from a local organization speaks to the group. He talks about resumes and cover letters and gives tips on what one might expect to experience during an employment interview and how to prepare for it..

At the job fair, students will choose to have interviews with anywhere from two or three up to six or seven potential employers. For some, this is the first time they have had such an opportunity. Many tell us that they find the situation stressful at first but they become more comfortable as the afternoon goes on. Some students get called back later for a second interview, a few find employment and all who participate benefit. The employers also tell us that it is a good experience and they continue to work with us year after year.

For the final meeting of the year we break up into smaller groups once again. The students get to talk about their goals, what progress they have made toward them and what their plans are for the next year. We also have them do an evaluation of the program, asking if it was a success for them and if they would recommend it for other students. Comments are usually very positive. After that meeting, the hard work begins for the guidance staff. They have the difficult task of selecting the recipients of the six scholarships.

The windup for Strive comes at a regular Rotary meeting in June which the scholarship recipients attend. Each gets the opportunity to speak to the club, talk about what drew them to Strive, what they have accomplished during the year and what they will be doing next year.

I think this is probably the best thing we do as a club. It provides much needed assistance to a deserving group of young people. During that final year of school it has given them the opportunity to develop a close relationship with a caring guidance staff, not always easy in a school of eight or nine hundred students. Whether they get a scholarship or not, all participants benefit from the experience.

I have been involved with Strive for about eight years. It has given me the opportunity to meet and mix with an interesting group of young people and to see the principles of Rotary put to work in a very concrete way.

Our 1st Luxury Car Dinner was held on Thursday 24 April 1980 at The Charlottetown Hotel !
Our Club President was Frank Zakem and the dinner chair was Frank Lewis....
The Master of Cermonies was  Geoff Scott, MP....

 "Geoffrey Douglas Scott  is a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton—Wentworth. He was a member of the PC caucus.In his teenage years, Geoff was a budding impressionist, a talent he occasionally displayed, but only on request, during his political career. He formed a partnership with another budding impressionist, Rich Little, in the mid-1950s."

The 1st winner was than club member Bev Morrissey... a 1980 Cadillac Sedan DeVille....
Menu -  seafood cocktail, prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding- baked potatoes-sour cream-broccoli with Hollandaise sauce- baby carrots- rolls & butter.. tea, coffee -milk- and complimentary wine....
 2nd last number drawn  $500
 3rd                             $400
 4nd                            $300            Other prizes with retaikl value up to $2500 !!
  5th                            $200
 6th                             $100
Our auditor wa Tim Kaptein (the PEI Auditor General)   Dress code- Business Suit....
Maximum Tickets Sold    300   !!
Thanks to Peter McEachern for keeping these great memories....
Our club is currently seeking for our 2016 Vocational Service Award- committee headed by Tom Clark. To help in your consideration here is the list of past winners.....
This is an excellent opportunity to recognize someone from our community
  Year                         Recipients
1991                Dr. Malcolm Beck
1992                Mark Ladner
1993                Francis Bolger
1994                Vera Dewar and Frank Lewis
1995                J.T. (Tom) Davies
1996                Dr. Kent Ellis
1997                Ronald Irving
1998                Al James
1999                Not awarded
2000                Donald Livingstone
2001                Sister Florence Burke, CSM
2002                Not awarded
2003                Not awarded
2004                Not awarded
2005                John and Jenet Clement
2006                Not awarded
2007                Not awarded
2008                Not awarded
2009                Stan MacPherson
2010                Rona M. Brown
2011                Wayne Beaton
2012                Rowan Fitzgerald
2013                Peter Howatt
2014                Bruce and Shirley MacNaughton
2015                David Hooley

Here are the original 27 founding members.... 




ALLEN , Bill Dr.

BIRT, Roger


COOKE, Charlie


DALEY, Hartwell





LEE, Jim

LEWIS, Frank







MILLER, Gordon


NEWMAN, Delmar





WOOD, Wally

ZAKEM, Frank


                              27 Founding Members   
    ALLEN , Bill   Dr.
    BIRT,  Roger
    BRENNAN, Ernie  
    COOKE, Charlie
    CUTCLIFFE, Sinclair    *
    DALEY, Hartwell        *
    DAVIES, Tom
    HOWARD, Lloyd
    JENKINS, David
    JOHNSON, Bob Dr.
    LEE, Jim
    LEWIS, Frank
    LOWTHER, Harry
    MACKENZIE, Derald
    MACLEOD, Gary
    MACRAE, John        *
    MCMILLAN,Colin Dr
    MILLER, Gordon
    NEWMAN, Delmar
    STEWART, Graham
    THOMPSON, Leith Dr,
    WOOD, Wally            *
    ZAKEM, Frank            *
*   Deceased