Hillsborough - Charlottetown  PEI  Club

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                    Club Founded June 04,1979. 
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HillsboroughCharlottetown PEI

Service to others is the name of the Game !

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Rodd's Charlottetown Hotel
75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 1N1
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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....

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and long time Club Member, Rotarian Barrie Willis;Barrie joined our club in July 1980....

Horace Barrie Willis
Horace Barrie Willis Husband, father and grandfather died peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 22 at the Neurological ICU in Moncton, NB. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Paula Frances Downe, sister Karen Anne Willis-Duerden (Colin Duerden), Mother-in-law Jessie Downe, sons Brian (Jennifer Ridgway), Andrew (Delphine Gauthier-Willis), Matthew (Myfanwy Marshall), Peter (Laura MacPherson) and Timothy (Chole Campbell), grandchildren Manon, Gabriel, Colston, Samuel, Simon, Benjamin, Thomson and Maxwell. He was predeceased by his parents Horace (HB) and Annie (MacEachern) Willis and his father-in-law Russell Downe.

Barrie grew up on the farm in Kingston and started his formal education in a one-room school just down the road, continuing at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, and MacDonald College in Montreal where he received his B.Sc. in 1967.

Barrie was a farmer, arborist, and land developer; an unrelenting optimist who cultivated communities in Cornwall, Hampton and Kingston.
Barrie loved his wife, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families. He was an avid golfer, curler and snooker player who competed for the love of the games and the joy of witnessing them played well. He will be missed by all who’ve had the pleasure of knowing him.

His curiosity and penchant for learning extended beyond the classroom and into the everyday. In keeping with his curious nature, Barrie’s remains have been entrusted to the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University for the advancement of medical education and research.

P.E.I.'s voice at the NAFTA trade talks will be heading off to Washington next week for the fourth round of negotiations.Kal Whitnell, senior director for economic research and trade negotiations for the province, has been consulting with Island businesses and industries about their concerns and interests in the talks."They don't want to go backwards. The business environment is working well," said Whitnell."The economic integration is very deep."

There are P.E.I. companies with operations in the U.S., and U.S. companies with operations on P.E.I., he said. They want to make sure that as individuals and workers they can continue to cross the border and do the work they need to do.All the provinces and territories have representatives at the meetings, but they are not at the table itself, said Whitnell.Those representatives are nearby, going over proposals and strategies with the main Canadian negotiators.The current plan is for seven rounds of negotiations before the end of the year, and Whitnell is optimistic about how they are progressing.



by Kevin Yarr, CBC News

Vance Bridges- longtime member of the Summerside Rotary Club  and father of our member Doug Bridges, has been
given  "The Senior Islander of The Year Award"  . He is a former representative on city council, president of the Summerside Lobster Carnival and a strong supporter of many local organizations including Meals on Wheels where he served as a volunteer, the Red Cross, the College of Piping as a past president and volunteer, and the Salvation Army.  He and four others were presented their awards by Lt.-Gov Frank Lewis and  Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy at a recent ceremony. 
Congratulations Vance for this award and thank-you for all your past services to our communities......

Dr.Colin McMillan is a founding member of the Hillsborough-Charlottetown Rotary Club,,,

Dr. Colin McMillan says he has a couple of little projects and a big one he set aside for retirement.The major undertaking he hopes to tackle is to write a book that details the evolution of medicine in Prince Edward Island.“So the idea is to try and identify and write about pioneers,’’ he says.McMillan notes the late Dr. John Hubert (Sock) O’Hanley, who was a leading member of the Island medical community that helped improve the lives of thousands of P.E.I. children, “would be top of the list.’’McMillan has made his own mark in medicine, serving as the province’s first – and for decades the lone – cardiologist in a career that also saw him become the first chief of medicine of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.Growing up in Charlottetown, McMillan attended St. Dunstan’s University, where in his final year he skated as a “defensive defencemen’’ with the likes of Vince Mulligan, Jack Kane, Jr. and Billy MacMillan on a team that ranked fifth among universities in the country.He went on to study, on the strength of a prestigious Rhodes scholarship, at the University of Oxford.“The opportunity to go to Oxford was something I had never anticipated,’’ he says of receiving schooling at the renowned British institution.He studied history at Oxford but never considered the field as a possible career.He did relish his two years at the university, though, including the time spent over Christmas holidays playing hockey on outdoor rinks around Europe on a team comprised of Oxford students that for the most part competed against University of Cambridge counterparts.After McMillan completed his lengthy medical studies at McGill University in Montreal, he made a work and lifestyle commitment to return to Prince Edward Island for the long haul.He would neither change, nor regret, the decision.His work in P.E.I. proved rewarding.“I feel I’m privileged,’’ he says.

“I tell the patients that – always did.’’McMillan believes he was able to contribute to – and help advance – a quality health service in Prince Edward Island.“You know, we may not have the big population or a lot of resources or even some of the technology that people would like ASAP, but by and large the population here, I think, is well served,’’ he says.McMillan served Islanders on the health front in many capacities.He specialized in the diagnosis and medical treatment of patients, providing long-term, comprehensive care.He enjoyed doing call work at the hospital, even though it could be both tiring and taxing at times.“If the problem that presented was out of my range of specialty or I was unsure, I never had any hesitancy of picking up the phone and calling someone,’’ he adds.

“Those were the things that were sort of drummed into us. There was nothing wrong with a second opinion…it was more or less a matter of responsibility and maturity to do what was the best for the individual that had the problem.’’Getting the nod as the inaugural chief of medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – a role he held for six years – was an eye-opener for McMillan. Recruitment was a big issue, and technology a big challenge.He also served for 15 months as president of the Medical Society of P.E.I. in the early 1980s – a time, he notes, of financial constraint in the province.As for the financial wellbeing of Island doctors, McMillan played a role as the first – yes, another first – physician chairman of MD Financial Management, which is owned by the Canadian Medical Association with the goal of enhancing physicians’ financial outcomes.Dr. Tom Dorran, executive director of medical affairs and chief of emergency health services, long-term care and community hospitals (East), lauds McMillan’s contribution.“Dr. McMillan has always been first and foremost the consummate professional, role model and mentor for countless physicians,’’ says Dorran.“I am going to miss his wit and wisdom from our chats in the physician lounge.’’McMillan, who reports being in good health at age 75, has never let his work wear him down.He ended call work just over 10 years ago to lighten the load in his later years as a doctor.He worked towards retiring from his cardiology practice in the Parkdale Medical Centre over the past 18 months with Dr. Alex MacLean being recruited by the province in early 2016.McMillan plans to continue doing ultrasound work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but he will have plenty of more time to read, travel with his wife Sandy, play golf – and possibly write a book.

Perhaps he might even increase what has been already strong volunteer involvement including long-time association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and a member of the Confederation Centre of the Arts board for more than 35 years which included a stint a chairman.He also is eager to spend time with his first grandchild.“I have no fears of not having something to do,’’ he says.


    Guardian story by   Jim.Day@theguardian.pe.ca

Our Youth Exchange Committee Chair Elaine Thompson enjoyed a last lunch and chair with Annika Wiebe
before she leaves for a year in Paris on Monday am 0630  !!!!  Aweful I, sure....
Our treasurer was awarded the District 7820 True Rotarian Award at our meeting on Thursday August 24th. On hand to present the deserving receipient with her award was District Governor Don Sword, from St.John's NFL...
Jennifer has been our longtime Treasurer as well as a Past President. We are all very grateful for her efforts and time spent over the past years.
Thank-you Jennifer

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has chosen Jennifer Dunn as the recipient of this year’s Sinclair Cutcliffe Memorial Award.

Dunn, was honoured by the club during its Thursday luncheon meeting, June 29rd, at the Rodd Charlottetown.
The Sinclair Cutcliffe Award is presented annually by the club president to a member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough who exemplifies the qualities of Sinclair Cutcliffe and the Rotary ideal of “service above self.” In addition to the Citation to the award recipient, the recipient receives $1000 of Club funds to be designated to the charity of her choice. The Sinclair Cutcliffe Award Recipient will also be the recipient of the True Rotarian Award should that award be made by the District Governor in the fall of the same Rotary year.

Dawn Alan, outgoing club president, said Jennifer Dunn is most deserving of recognition. She can always be counted on to work tirelessly on Club Projects and the day to day operations of the club. She works for the most part behind the scenes, using her vocation, taking on her very important task with pride for our club and with great care for our best interests. She seeks no credit but is deserving of much; our club’s success these past years was largely attributable to Jennifer. Her many volunteer roles in her community is one of her passions and she has carried that passion, to give back, into significant work in the name of Rotary.

She is a past-President of our club and was exceptional in that position . . . and a Paul Harris Fellow who exemplifies what a Rotarian is in all four avenues of service. She has served in the role of Treasurer for our club and for our many projects, big and small, l for many years. Her role, professionalism, and dedication is invaluable to our club and to our members. Service above Self does not begin to describe what she has done for this wonderful club.

In here vocation; Jennifer holds a CA designation, and is a partner with BDO, she has over 20 years of public accounting experience in a variety of not-for-profit, private- and public-sector engagements. She has been involved in special studies for several not-for-profit organizations, government and co-operative entities. And in all she does she wear the title Rotarian with Pride. Jennifer has choose to donate her $1000 prize money from this award to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Past recipients of the Sinclair Cutcliffe Memorial Award include; David White, Dawn Alan, Don Scott, Sue Fraser, Frank Zakem, Eric Ellsworth, Jerry Ivany, Tom Davies and Sinclair Award inaugural recipient David Jenkins.

Harry Lowther, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s chairman for The Guardian Book Drive for Literacy, organizes some of the approximately 7,000 books that were donated for this annual fundraiser to support literacy projects across P.E.I.

 Thursday kicks off the book sale portion of The Book Drive for Literacy.

The doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. at the former Chameleon’s Hanger Store,

next to Dow’s Men’s and Ladies Wear on Great George Street in Charlottetown.

The sale will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Guardian and the Rotary Club of Hillsborough work together on this literacy initiative.


Berni Wood has won the Best in Class award at the Professional Photographers of Canada's 2017 annual competition.

She received the honour for an industrial photo she took called Laying Power Cable, which was commissioned by Maritime Electric.

It was taken last November on the first snowy day of the winter as the new power cable between the Island and the mainland was being put in place.

 The weather made the shoot a challenge, as it was cold and crisp and a little bit dark as well.


It's the second time Wood has won this award, also winning with a shot of a P.E.I. cranberry bog in 2012. (CBC)

"I just liked the angle and the lines, because it had the Confederation Bridge in the background, it had the boats in front of the bridge, and then you could see the different colours of clothing that the workers had on from a distance," she said. "And also you could see the red buoys and the line across the water, so I think it just gave it an interesting perspective."

It's the second time Wood has won the award, as she was also honoured in 2012 for a photo taken in a P.E.I. cranberry bog.

There's some pretty stiff competition from across the country in the various categories, she said.

"There's a lot of people enter. There's 21 different classes that people can enter in the Professional Photographer's Image Salon. That's everything from architecture to fashion to industrial to product, wedding and so on."

In addition to that prize, Wood was also nominated for two others in the 2017 International Colour Awards, the fourth year in a row she's been nominated in that competition.

Honesty is Const. Tim Keizer’s best weapon when the police officer makes his rounds at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.

“If I say I am going to do something, I better do it,’’ says Keizer, who became the first school resource officer in P.E.I. a few years ago.

“Credibility is everything with these young people. They can spot you if you don’t have a vested interest in them very quickly.’’

The power of Linkin and Facebook !!!  On a simple search today, Ursula and I got a positive hit on David - who we hosted in 1991-2 along with David Matheson's family and ?   we have been wondering for years how and where he was.... Brussels....he is a commercial engineer with the Belfuis Bank and has an MBA...
here is our first e mail
Hi Jim, hi Ursula,
It's so nice to hear from you, it has been such a long time. I also often ask myself how you are doing ? I hope you are all well ! For me everything is ok, I'm a happy father of a eleven years old boy (Mirko) and a nine years old girl (Sasha). Professionally, I have been working as Project manager the past 5 years but I just got an offer for a new job and I'm about to take a new professional challenge in january. In fact, I'll become the relationship officer of my bank for all municipalities, police and fireman brigades of my province :-)
we have finally been able to reconnect with all 6 of our former exchange students who all have great lives. earlier this year we found Sebastion Fernandexz the same way...
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


These 5 "Older" members of our club have a combined total of 159 years perfect attendance. Many of their meetings were make-ups at both other local clubs, International clubs and newer online Rotary Clubs. Following are the honoured members who were presented with their recognition pins by DG Elva Heyge during her visit to our club today....
25 years            Tom Davies  ( founding member)
32 years            David White
32 years            Harry Lowther (founding member)
34 years            Brien Willoughby
36 years            Jim Fraser
Their message to all Rotarians is how simple it is to do a make-up - particularly online at one of many clubs, and by doing so learn about activities of Rotary Clubs around the world.....
I received an email from District Governor, Stella Roy, on Monday that confirmed the Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown  was named Club of the Year at the District Convention held this past weekend in Halifax. Hooray for us!!.
I want to congratulate each and every one of you for this outstanding achievement.
One of my favourite basketball players was Michael Jordan. He is credited with saying “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” It has been the teamwork of our club members that have made this year an exceptional one. I am so grateful to be working with each of you! I must admit that this recognition has given me a renewed energy which is quite timely as we head into our Gala Royale fundraiser. I am very hopeful for a successful event and I appreciate the hard work of the club members. I am so lucky to be your President
                              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