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HillsboroughCharlottetown PEI

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We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Rodd's Charlottetown Hotel
75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 1N1
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Once again we have partnered with The Guardian Newspaper for a Book Drive. We are located in the Charlottetown Mall just inside the Mt Edward Road  entrance. This offers easy access for drop offs and  loads of parking.....
Membersa are encouraged to voluinteer some time to sort books or assist in actual sale ....
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner Wade Arsenault..

Pictured here; event auditor Patrick McIntyre, Club President Joan MacFarlane, The Winner Wade and Event Emcee Paul Alan


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 spring Book Sale will take place from Mon May 27 until Sun Jun 2nd. We will be located in the Charlottetown Shopping Centre  just inside the Mt Edward Road Entrance, with easy access  for dropoffs and parking.    Longer hours are required to use the space as follows
Book Drop and Sorting -  Mon - Wed   1000am - 900pm
Book Sale                           Thu-  Sat       1000am-900pm
                                             Sun                1200pm-500pm
In order for this to work, we require the support of  from all members ...  any amount of volunteer time will work and of course bring along your partners as well. Once again our partners are The Guardian--- great....
Leftover books this year will go to The Stratford Rotary Club who will have a sale later....
There will be sign up sheets at our club meetings and you can  e mail me as well to
Lets really make this an allout effort to be a great success again
40th Anniversary of our Clubs (née Car Dinner) Gala Royale Dinner Draw Fundraiser Top Prize $40K cash Gold sponsor prize Stewart Travel Group $12K Luxury Danube River Cruise, Vienna Austria - Budapest Hungary, With host @Jess Hutcheson. $Thousands in prizes to be won. Proceeds to Rotary Charities.
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Cyclone Idai has torn through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying homes and livelihoods.

According to the UN, this devastating cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

Thousands of families urgently need shelter and support.

ShelterBox is responding. A team is on the ground in Malawi distributing aid to vulnerable families who need it most. Teams are working with local Rotary contacts and partners as well as talking to community members to see how your support can best help some of the hardest hit areas.

But the crisis isn’t over. Roads and bridges have been washed away and communications are down. Authorities are also concerned about cholera outbreaks from dirty water. Families have lost their homes, their crops, and their livestock.

Families are facing many challenges to recovery, but response teams are doing everything possible to get aid where it is needed most.

Right now, there are tens of thousands of families who desperately need support to recover. 

ShelterBox works to understand each community’s needs and provide exactly what they need to self recover. Right now, teams on the ground doing everything possible to deliver aid to vulnerable families affected by this terrible disaster.

Thanks to our supporters, aid has arrived in country and is being hand-delivered to families. ShelterKits, mosquito nets, water filters, and blankets are making their way to families who need it most. ShelterKits will help families rebuild their homes or create shelter, mosquito nets will protect from insect-borne disease, and water filters will keep families safe from water-borne disease and help prevent the spread of cholera.

2000 families across Chikwawa and Mulanje regions need your support the most and will be receiving aid and training as soon as possible.

The 31st Rotary Youth Parliament began this afternoon in the Legislative Assembly Chambers. Her Honour Lt. Governor Antoinette Perry read the Speech from the Throne, and Premier MacLachlan addressed the Youth Parliamentarians prior to the session. President Joan presented Clerk of the Legislature Charles MacKay with a Paul Harris Fellowship as a thank you for his support of the Youth Parliament since the beginning.
The 31st Rotary Youth Parliament has come to an end. Congratulations to Jayce MacNeill of Westisle School on being award the Frank Zakem Award for Outstanding Youth Parliamentarian. Presenting the award is Deputy Speaker Kathleen Casey and Youth Parliament Committee Chair Albert Zakem. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a huge success.
Rotary Youth Parliament 2018 which takes place this Friday and Saturday.
This will be the 31st year for this event.
Everyone is encourage to drop in over the weekend.
Please let me know if you can assist. 
Rotary Memnbers
Friday Nov 24
9am - Noon
Help With Registraion
Friday Nov 24
11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m
Members to take Teachers to lunch
Friday Nov 24
1:45 PM
Need someone to be greeter for L.G.
David Jenkins
Friday Nov 24
2 pm - 5pm
Visible presence
Friday Nov 24
6 pm - 8pm
Visible presence
Saturday Nov 25
9 am - Noon
Visible presence
Saturday Nov 25
12noon - 1 pm
Greet guests at luncheon
We had DG Rob Christie's official visit to the Club on Sept. 13, where he shared his message on getting in SHAPE. He also presented the True Rotarian Award to Pat Hughes, and Perfect Attendance Pins to 8 members for perfect attendance ranging from 1 year to 38 consecutive years.
We had a wonderful presentation today from Annika Wiebe our returning Youth Exchange student who told us about her life-changing year in France. She also participated in the recent Inbounder Orientation with our current Youth Exchange student Solvej Kaagaard. (left)
Ahead of World Polio Day next week the Premier of Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Wade MacLauchlan met with the Presidents of the Rotary Clubs of Prince Edward Island, and exchange student Solvej Kaagaard, to sign a Proclamation declaring October 24, 2018 World Polio Day on Prince Edward Island, and encouraging all citizens to join him and Rotary International in the fight for a polio free world.
It’s Back! Our annual Book Drive for Literacy in partnership with The Guardian; Drop off Depot at Founders Hall Oct. 22 - 24th. Sale same location Oct 25 - 27.
An opportunity of a lifetime is just around the corner! An information session for high school students interested in an international student exchange for the 2019-2020 school year is taking place 7pm on Monday October 22, 2018, at the Colonel Gray High School Lecture Theatre. Our current Inbounder Solvej Kaagaard is on the left with the Danish flag.
Today Dr. Ewoldt and her family are at the Iowa State Fair to receive an amazing award. Their farm was awarded an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. The farm has made huge efforts to keep environmental impacts in mind when farming and they are being recognized for it! We are incredibly proud!! #iowafarmermakingadifference
Jennifer is the daughter of Rotarian Jerry Ivany and Joan Ivany, a our former exchange student to Denmark  who now lives in Iowa. She is a practicing Vet Surgeon at the Scott County Animal Hospital and farms with her husband Rob near Davenport....

Our guest speaker today was Kaaren May, Director of Industry Research at the new Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at UPEI and the Program Co-Director of SHAD UPEI, who gave a brief overview of SHAD, a summer enrichment program for high school students from across Canada that takes place at 16 host campuses each July and UPEI hosted this prestigious program for the first time this summer. Kaaren is shown here with Chair for the day Jamie MacDonald (l) and Club Secretary Jeff MacKenzie.

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Every year, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough awards the Sinclair Cutcliffe Award to a club member who exemplifies the qualities of Charter Member Sinclair Cutcliffe and the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self". This year. Past President Dawn Alan (l) and Club President Joan MacFarlane had the great pleasure to present the award to Past President Pat Hughes.
In addition to the Citation, the recipient receives $1000 of Club funds to be designated to the charity of their choice.
The citation states that Pat can always be counted on to work tirelessly for Club Projects. He takes on his very important tasks with pride and purpose for our club and takes great care of our best interests. Pat seeks no credit, but is deserving of much. His work in Youth Exchange, Strive, Gala Royale and other areas of Club service are beyond compare. He excels at his vocation as a senior municipal engineer, and is well respected in his community. A Paul Harris Fellow, he wears the title Rotarian with pride.
The current issue of Saltscapes Magazine had a great article on fellow member Don Scot and his lifelong passion for books and service as librarian.... a great read
                                         2018 Gala Royale Prize Winners
Logan Docherty - Mavor's Gift Cert + 2 tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar, two Day Passes to
                                 Sean Mendes at the CBMF
Robert Ghiz - Lunenburg Arms Hotel & Spa
Jonathan Coady - 4 Green Fees @ Anderson's Creek or Green Gables
Johnny & Johnny - 32GB iPad with Apple Pencil
Brien Willoughby - 1 Taer Single Membership at UPEI Sports Centre
Jason Hayden - Alexa Smart Home Package (including Amazon Echo 2nd Gen, Smart Plugs
                              Smart Bulbs & $75 Amazon Gift Card
Nazmi Lawen - 4 Green Fees and 2 Carts @ Dundarave Golf Course
Johnny & Johnny - Apple Watch 3 Series
Scott Annear - Rodd Brudenell - 2 nights
Daniel Rashed - Holman Grand Penthouse & Spa Package w Red Water Rustic Grille Credit
Blair Stewart - Paderno Cookware Set
Craig Dykerman - Golf for 4 at Belvedere Golf Club + Golf for 4 at Avondale (Carts Included)
Jim Johnston - Cadet Kamada Charcoal BBQ
Alan Preston - LG 55" 4K Smart TV
Gavin Gill - Luxury AWC Swiss Watch / Personalized Custom Shave Cream Package, 1 year
                    supple from Luther Lather
Gordon Coffin - Stay & Play, Sherwood Golf & Country Club, Chester NS
Paula MacFadyen - Fox Harbour Golf Package w/ Private Boat Cruise
Michael Annear - Custom Suit with 2 Dress Shirts
Charity Hogan - 2 Tickets anywhere WestJet flies
Tom Matheson - Royal Glitter Bay, Barbados, 1 week for 4 includes Airfare certificate
Dr. Colin MacMIllan (l) congratulates the winner of the Runner-Up Prize, Tom Matheson (r). Tom has been attending and supporting Rotary for the past 38 years and this year he won the Royal Glitter Bay in Barbados Vacation!
Check out the list of all the prize winners from Friday night's Gala Royale.

Rotary Club of Hillsborough Steve Dowling presents cheque to
John Grimmer, accepting the Gala Royale on behalf of the winner
Jim Godbout Grand Prize 

Camp Gencheff in Stratford, PEI, hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students and parents April 27-29 for the annual In-and-Out Orientation session. Our 2018-2019 outbound students and their parents participated in training sessions designed to prepare them for the students’ year abroad.
The students show off their new jackets. Good luck everyone.