2021 Rotary Gala Raffle Winners

🎉🎉Congratulations to our winners in our Gala Raffle! The names and ticket numbers are posted below. We so appreciate your support!! Thank you, as well, to our amazing sponsors for their support and prizes. You're all winners in our book.!
2021 Rotary Gala Raffle Winners 2021-12-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Alex Tweels new Dist Gov 2021-22

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..
Alex Tweels new Dist Gov 2021-22 2021-07-07 03:00:00Z 0

New RI President 2021-22 Sekhar Mehta

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.
New RI President 2021-22 Sekhar Mehta 2021-07-07 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Corporate memberships ????

 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:
Rotary Corporate memberships ???? Jim Fraser 2021-01-31 04:00:00Z 0

Pakistan Holds Fresh Anti-Polio Drive

Five-day vaccination campaign hoping to eradicate the crippling children’s disease this year is launched amid tight security.
Despite a steady rise in coronavirus cases, Pakistan has launched a five-day vaccination campaign against polio amid tight security, hoping to eradicate the crippling children’s disease this year.
The drive is the first anti-polio campaign in 2021. The previous campaign took place last August – during a brief decline in fatalities and infections from the coronavirus – and included former Taliban strongholds bordering Afghanistan.
WHO declares Africa free of polio
Will polio be eradicated worldwide?
This time, polio workers will try to vaccinate 40 million children across Pakistan while at the same time following social distancing measures and other precautions due to the coronavirus, said Zulfiqar Babakhel, a spokesman for the polio programme.
Supplementary vitamin A drops will be given to “help build general immunity,” he said, adding that the polio workers will don gloves and face masks and go house to house during the campaign.
Pakistan had hoped to eliminate polio back in 2018, when only 12 cases were reported. But in the years since, there has been an uptick in new cases.
Last year, Pakistan registered at least 84 cases of polio across the country, down from 147 the year before, according to official data.
Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic, after Nigeria was last year declared free of the wild polio virus.
Eradicating polio requires that more than 90 percent of children be immunised, typically in mass campaigns involving millions of health workers – a challenge under the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization had initially aimed to wipe out polio by 2000, a deadline repeatedly pushed back and missed.
The Taliban and other militant groups regularly stage attacks on polio teams and security forces escorting them, as well as vaccination centres and health workers, claiming the anti-polio drive is part of an alleged Western conspiracy to sterilise children or collect intelligence.
These attacks increased after it was revealed that a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign was used as a ruse by the CIA in the hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed by United States commandos in 2011 in Pakistan.
Since 2012, more than 101 people have been killed in attacks on polio vaccination teams and the security personnel escorting them, according to an Al Jazeera tally.
Pakistan Holds Fresh Anti-Polio Drive 2021-01-11 04:00:00Z 0

Former Swedish Exchange Student Great Career

 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


Former Swedish Exchange Student Great Career 2021-01-08 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowships to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison and Chief of Nursing Marion Dowling

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
Paul Harris Fellowships to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison and Chief of Nursing Marion Dowling 2020-11-12 04:00:00Z 0

Dr.Heather Morrison & Marion Dowling named Paul Harris Fellows

We are thrilled to announce today that we will be recognizing Dr. Heather Morrison and Chief of Nursing Marion Dowling as Paul Harris Fellows on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:15pm at a special Rotary Club meeting.
The Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest award given by a Rotary Club to recognize a person for a substantial contribution to humanitarian efforts and advancement of goodwill around the world. The award is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
The motto of Rotary Clubs around the world is Service above Self. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown proudly commends Dr. Heather Morrison and Marion Dowling for being shining examples of what Service above Self means, as they continue to answer the call in the fight against COVID-19.
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown could not think of two individuals more deserving of this award and looks forward to welcoming Dr. Morrison and Dowling as Paul Harris Fellows on November 12th.
Dr.Heather Morrison & Marion Dowling named Paul Harris Fellows 2020-10-20 03:00:00Z 0

2019-20 Perfect Attendance Awards

                         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
2019-20 Perfect Attendance Awards 2020-10-19 03:00:00Z 0
Being safe with Covid 19 Virus David Aitken 2020-10-06 03:00:00Z 0

Club Donates to Lebanon Relief Fund

Even a pandemic and social distancing can't stop us from presenting donations. We were so happy to be able to make this contribution to help support the disaster relief efforts as a result of the tragic August 4th explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Our hearts are with the people of Lebanon and our strong Lebanese community here in PEI as they begin the long process of recovery and rebuilding. If you want to help too, donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/.../lebanon-emergency-fund...
Pictured in the photo are (from left of right) Chuck Snow – Chair of World Community Service (RCH), Fadi Rashed – President (CLA of PEI), Jeff MacKenzie – President (RCH) and Fouad Haddad - Director (CLA of PEI) ..
Club Donates to Lebanon Relief Fund 2020-09-26 03:00:00Z 0

Still Time to Purchase a Rotary Gala Raffle 2020..

Posted on Sep 16, 2020
We were devastated when we had to cancel our Gala Royale because of COVID19, but we are THRILLED to announce that we have launched a new fundraiser to allow us to continue to support our great community and international projects. Thanks to our wonderful community sponsors, we present a raffle like no other. go to the following link
Still Time to Purchase a Rotary Gala Raffle 2020.. 2020-09-16 03:00:00Z 0

Who  is our Rotary Club ??

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......
Who is our Rotary Club ?? 2020-09-02 03:00:00Z 0

Jennifer E Jones will be RI President 2022-23


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.”

Jennifer E Jones will be RI President 2022-23 2020-08-11 03:00:00Z 0
YE Exchange Students Caught in Virus Pandemic 2020-08-02 03:00:00Z 0

Holger Knaack new RI President 2020-21


Holger Knaack President 2020-21

Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany

Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.

He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.

He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.

Holger Knaack new RI President 2020-21 2020-06-29 03:00:00Z 0

Dr Ian Doyle-Sydney Sunrise club new DG

Ian was born in Halifax but his roots are in Inverness County, Nova Scotia.  Growing up he lived in various communities in Atlantic Canada before eventually settling in Mabou, Nova Scotia.  He attended Saint Francis Xavier University where he received his BA and BEd.  After three years of teaching, he returned to university to study Dentistry at Dalhousie.  Ian began practicing in Westmount outside of Sydney in 1978. Currently he is semi retired but still practices when the need arises in his former clinic, does some hospital work and is a part time instructor at Dalhousie Dental School.
Ian has been involved as a volunteer in his community over the years.  Through out his career he has also made a major commitment to organized Dentistry.  Ian has been President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, Chair of the Provincial Dental Board, and Canadian President of the International College of Dentists.  He has taken part  in 9 International Dental-Medical Missions, in South America, and the Caribbean, most of which have had some degree of local Rotary support.  Ian has taken part and supported many local free dental days over the years to help those who do not have easy access to care. Ian has received the highest award from the NSDA for his contributions to the dental profession and was chosen as Alumni Volunteer of the Year by both Dalhousie University and  the Dalhousie Dental  School, in separate years .
Ian initially joined Rotary in1981 and after a leave of absence for about 2 years because of work and family commitments he returned to Rotary in Sydney where he has been President of both the Sydney Rotary and the Sydney Sunrise Rotary clubs.
Ian and his wife Anne, have hosted 6 international exchange students, attended 2 RI Conventions and they belong to the Rotary International Travel and Hosting Fellowship.  Ian has done make up meetings all over the world especially during the 15 or so years that he achieved 100% attendance. He has been involved with many local  Rotary committees over the years with a special soft spot for International and Student exchange.  Ian is currently coordinator of the Paul Harris Society, a Paul Harris Fellow, A Major Donor, and soon to be member of the Bequest Society.
Ian has been married to his best friend Anne for nearly 40 years.  Anne, who is a recently retired French teacher and school counsellor, was recently awarded the Rotarian Partner of the Year Award by Rotary International for her contributions to Rotary over the years.
Anne and Ian have three children, Ian (Kylene), Tricia (Lucas), and Brenden who are involved the medical and software development fields.  They are fortunate to have 3 grandchildren.
Ian enjoys singing with the Cape Breton Chordsmen, a barber shop chorus, loves travel and he is an avid squash player.
Ian brings to the table a life long dedication to the improvement of his community, his profession, and a commitment to Rotary and he looks forward to serving in such a respected and caring organization.
Dr Ian Doyle-Sydney Sunrise club new DG 2020-06-29 03:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 President’s Certificate of Appreciation

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown President is pleased to present the 2020 President’s Certificate of Appreciation to Past-President and previous True Rotarian Award recipient Tom Clark. This Certificate is awarded to Tom in honour and with the deep appreciation of his demonstration of service above self in assuming the role of the Club’s Treasurer for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.
He kindly stepped up to take on the Treasurer role for the Club this past year when it was in particular need of this role being filled. We cannot thank Tom enough doing so. Treasurer’s perform a critical and essential function that requires a considerable amount of service to the Club and community and is deserving of appreciation in any year, but in this year of transition, particularly so.
2019-2020 President’s Certificate of Appreciation 2020-06-29 03:00:00Z 0



The Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown is pleased to present its 2020 True Rotarian Award to Duncan Conrad. This award is presented to a Rotarian who demonstrates through their Rotary and community life that they live by the four-way test and provides ‘Service Above Self”.

This True Rotarian award is being presented in recognition of the exceptional service and commitment that Duncan demonstrates in his commitment to Rotary,

2019-2020 TRUE ROTARIAN AWARD 2020-06-29 03:00:00Z 0
Mobile Medical Unit Project in Rio Preto,Brazil 2020-06-24 03:00:00Z 0

Roger Perry

Posted by Jim Fraser
Roger Perry Jim Fraser 2020-04-05 03:00:00Z 0

Carol & Jay Macdonald receiving their Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition,


Today we celebrate Carol & Jay Macdonald receiving their Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition, including a crystal and Major Donor pins on behalf of The Foundation’s Trustees; presented by Past President Joan MacFarlane and Club Foundation Chair David White.

Jay and Carol, you have generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation, and in so doing have achieved Major Donors status. Thank you both for this support; so much good begins with your generosity. You give to others not knowing their stories, their faces, or even their names. In so doing you demonstrate, through your generous act, that all fellow human beings are worthy of our compassion. Your act of kindness is a seed of peace that will yield returns for not only the communities served by your generosity but from Rotary as a premiere Foundation and organization. You are among a dedicated and select group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to serving others. Major Donors change the lives of children, young people, adults, communities, and the world to which we all belong.

Thank you to our esteemed Major Donors!

Carol & Jay Macdonald receiving their Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition, 2019-12-06 04:00:00Z 0

Club member Celebrates 90th Birthday

Longtime club member Roger Perry celebrated his 90th birthday on Fri Nov 29th....
Roger maintains good health and is an active member of our club.  Roger enjoys golf and this past summer bettered his age by scoring a 88 at Fox Meadows Golf Club....  Looking to repeat again in 2020.....    HAPPY BIRTHDAY   ROGER
Club member Celebrates 90th Birthday 2019-11-29 04:00:00Z 0

Founding Member Tom Davies death


John Thomas -Tom- Davies Jr

November 28, 1936 - November 20, 2019

Service Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Service Time: 11:00 a.m. from Park Royal United ChurchSEND CONDOLENCES

Peacefully at the Provincial Palliative Care Centre on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 of Tom Davies of Stratford, age 82. Son of the late Tom and Edith (MacNutt) Davies. Loving husband of Eleanor (Haywood) Davies, father of Ellen (Davis Ward), Andrew (Valerie), and Angus (Lorianne). Grandfather of Luke (Marylynn Cote) and Jacob (Megan) McDearmid, Nathan and Nicole Davies, Tyler and Megan Davies, step-grandson Jordan Ward and Ga Ga of Audrey McDearmid. Brother of Connie (Barry Beers), Dianne Bowness (the late Alan) and brother-in-law of Kenneth Haywood (Dianne), Elizabeth Hubley (the late Richard) and Leona Haywood (the late Bennett). Many nieces and nephews remember him with love.


Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Monday from Park Royal United Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Sherwood Cemetery. Family flowers only, however if so desired, memorials to the Community Foundation of PEI, Park Royal United Church or Hospice PEI would be appreciated.

Founding Member Tom Davies death 2019-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Thu Oct 24 2019-10-23 03:00:00Z 0

2018-19 Perfec Attendance Awards

Our club is celebrating 40 years and  has added several new members this year to our
                     Perfect Attendance Club  !!!
Members made make-ups in many different ways to replace missed meetings....  great...
  1  Year pins awarded to -
    John Carr, Tom Clark, Jerry Ivany, Jeff MacKenzie, Colin MacMillan, and Elaine Thompson...   
  2  year =   Dawn Allan  ,  Albert  Zakem
  3 year =   Joan MacFarlane
  24 year  =  Duncan Conrad
  28  year Tom Davies  
  35  year  =  Harry Lowther  ,  David  White
  37  year  Brien Willoughby
  39  year  =   Jim Fraser
Congratulations on being great Rotarians and Club supporters....
2018-19 Perfec Attendance Awards 2019-10-19 03:00:00Z 0

Book Drive All week

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 ....
Book Drive All week 2019-05-27 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Gala Royale Winner

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
2019 Gala Royale Winner 2019-05-25 03:00:00Z 0

What is    STRIVE  club project ??


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.

What is STRIVE club project ?? Don Scott 2019-05-20 03:00:00Z 0

Spring Book Sale May 27-June 2nd

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
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40th Gala Luxury Dinner  May 24th 

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.
Get your ticket www.Galaroyale.ca
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Shelter Box Urgent Appeal Cyclone Idai



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.

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31st Youth Parliament Ends

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.
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31st Youth Parliament Begins

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.
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31st PEI Rotary Youth Parliament Nov 16-17

Posted by Albert Zakem
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
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New End Polio Postage Stamp 2018-10-22 03:00:00Z 0
Why Polio Eradication MATTERS ! 2018-10-19 03:00:00Z 0

Book Sale is Back !

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.
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World Polio Day Oct 24th

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.
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Youth Exchange Info Meeting

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.
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Exchange Student Presentation

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)
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DG Rob Christie's Visit

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.
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Dr.Jennifer Ivany- Ewoldt family Farm Award

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....
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SHAD  program for students

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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Pat Hughes receives Sinclair Cutcliffe Award

Posted on Jul 26, 2018
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.
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Don Scott in Seascapes magazine

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
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2018 Gala Royale Prize winners

                                         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
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2018 Gala Royale Prize Winners

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.
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2018 Gala Royale Winner


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

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PEI Exchange students meet at Camp Gencheff

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.
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Annual Lobster Scoff June 14th

Update your calenders.  Once again we have reserved Camp Gencheff for the evening of Thursday June 14th,  for our Annual Lobster Boil.....  full details and sign-up  to follow later....
members, partners, guests and wannabe Rotarians are welcome... an alternate meal will be available.
BYOB and Entertainment...  all and any Talent welcome.....
GREAT FELLOWSHIP   Promised.......
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Vance Bridges keeps on giving !

Just like the Ever-ready Bunny !!!!

A Rock Star Rotarian, and a great example for us all of "Service Above Self". Father of one of our club's favourite Rotarians Doug Bridges, Mr. Vance Bridges.

Shown here, Yesterday, Summerside Rotarian Vance Bridges travelled with the Easter Seals Ambassador to schools in the western part of the island. Vance has always been a strong supporter of this program.

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Gala Royale Early Bird Draw

Get in on the Early Bird Draw! Buy a Gala Royale ticket before March 28th for a chance to WIN a second Gala Royale ticket. DOUBLE your chances of winning the $40,000 Top Prize. Get your ticket securely online at galaroyale.ca #PEI #SupportRotary #GalaRoyale
he 2018 Gala Royale Dinner and Draw is scheduled for May 4th, Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward. Tickets are now available for sale, to get yours visit our website www.GalaRoyale.ca to buy online. $40k up for grabs.
Buy your ticket now and be entered into our Early Bird Draw for a second ticket.
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Guatemala Literacy Program Update



The Guatemala Literacy Project

The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. It is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary, with over 500 participating clubs throughout its 20-year history.


How Does It Work?

The GLP works collaboratively by securing global grants from The Rotary Foundation and serving as ambassadors to promote and support projects and activities that enhance education in Guatemala. The GLP enables clubs, large and small, to have their funds multiplied up to 3.5 times on a global grant. 100% of GLP donations go directly to supporting the project, 0% to administration or fundraising.



What’s New?

Check out the latest updates on our News page or read our latest annual report.


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Paula MacFadyen our Program Co-ordinator

Paula MacFadyen has taken over from Penny Walsh-McGuire as our Program Coordinator.   Please contact Paula at pmmacfadyen@gov.pe.ca  or speak to her at a meeting if you have an idea for a speaker. (and the individual's contact info). 
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Carol and Jay Macdonald awarded Lieutenant Governor’s Tourism Award for Elmwood Inn

Posted on Dec 08, 2017

Carol and Jay Macdonald awarded Lieutenant Governor’s Tourism Award for Elmwood Inn


After 29 years at the helm of the popular Elmwood Heritage Inn in Charlottetown, Jay and Carol Macdonald sold the business in April.Couple receives Lieutenant-Governor’s Tourism Award in front of a standing ovation More than 125,000 oranges. That’s the number Jay and Carol Macdonald estimate they have squeezed over the years providing fresh orange juice for their guests in the tourism industry.“Every day. We squeezed a lot of oranges,” said Carol.

For 29 years, the couple owned and operated the popular Elmwood Heritage Inn at 121 North River Road in Charlottetown. In April, they sold the inn, but stayed on to help the new owners with the transition.“I actually figured it out,” said Jay. “I know how many oranges it takes, how many months we were full, how many rooms, how many people – I have all those stats. That’s a lot of oranges.”

For their long career in the tourism industry, the couple were recognized at the Nov. 22 Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) gala in Charlottetown. They received the Lieutenant Governor’s Tourism Award in front of a standing ovation. For Carol, it was an “oh my gosh” moment.“It just blew me away,” she said.

The Macdonalds are originally from New York State. Carol grew up on a farm near Syracuse and Jay in Yonkers.But Jay’s family history traces back to P.E.I. His great-grandfather came to P.E.I. in 1840 from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Jay’s grandparents also lived on the Island, but left for New York City in 1896 to find work.The couple met on the campus of Cornell University. Carol says the first time they met, Jay talked about Prince Edward Island.“I don’t remember that,” said Jay, with a laugh.“First day,” replied Carol. “I said ‘what’s a Prince Edward Island?’ But anyway, it worked out fine.”They visited the Island for their honeymoon in 1970. Four years later, the Macdonalds made the move permanent.Their first venture in the tourism industry was By the Bay Cottages in Stanhope.When they bought cottages, Jay was working as a patron services manager at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. They were only looking for one cottage for themselves, but the real estate agent gave Jay a handful of keys instead. It was March and the couple drove out to see the cottages. There were spots where they had to wade through deep snow, but the view of Stanhope Bay made the trip worthwhile.“We thought ‘this is a great spot,’” said Carol, adding “we’ve never done it before.”They ended up buying the cottages and running the business for eight years, making new friends and watching their children play and grow up on the property.

I’ve learned how to light every gas stove. You know, you just learn how to do all these things. We always thought cleanliness, good beds and hot water – that’s what we took care of first,” said

Carol.In 1987, they sold the cottages and bought the Elmwood Heritage Inn. The couple lived on the first floor and rented out the two upper levels. When the tenants moved out, the Macdonalds converted the floors into suites and rooms with bathrooms.Over the years, the inn has received several accolades, including 21 consecutive years with a five-star rating from Canada Select and seven Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence.Carol said a key to the inn’s success is that the couple treated the occupants as guests in their home.“We never really thought of it as just a business. This is our home. These are all our things. And, we’re sharing them with you,” she said.

Besides taking room reservations, the Macdonalds also helped guests plan their visit, such as booking tickets for the theatre or making diner reservations before they arrived.“We really tried to let them know that we cared that they were there and we wanted them to have a good time,” said Carol.

Another key to the inn’s success is that they cook for their guests, and are good at it, said Jay. They’ve also learned how to cook based on the needs of the guests.“Celiac, vegan, vegetarian. All sorts of very interesting diets that people will say ‘by the way, I’m such and such.’ And you Google it and find out what they can eat. So, we’ve learned a lot about alternate food styles and we’ve pretty much taken care of it,” said Carol.The inn has been a popular spot for filming music videos as well as the television movie Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat starring Ellen Page. Don McGowan’s well-known show Travel Travel also stopped by for an interview. The episode was played in syndication for several years.The Macdonalds have countless memories of the guests that have stayed at the inn over the years. They estimate they have made a “thousand new friends” each year.“Honestly, fingers on one hand the number of people we didn’t want to come back,” said Jay.But for the past couple of years, the couple was thinking about selling the inn and moving on.

We didn’t really want to put a sign out at the end of the street. So, we never listed it,” said Jay. Then one day, a real estate agent they knew asked if they wanted to sell it. An offer was on the table, and they took it.

It was time,” said Jay.

“Do we miss it? We miss it because of the people.”

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Youth Parliament Applauded in Legislature

 A great tribute to all the work that goes into our Riotary Youth Parliament especially our own Albert Zakem for his dedication.... thank-you
please paste this link to view video.....               
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November 29,1929 - 88 years ago today !!!! 2017-11-29 04:00:00Z 0
Annika in Paris Oct 2017 2017-11-26 04:00:00Z 0
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2017 UPEI Nursing Award Winner-Mariah Wedge

For centuries, Saint Dunstan's University, Prince of Wales College, and UPEI have been dedicated to providing students with life-changing opportunities; the chance to learn, grow, and be their best professionally and in their community.
The University of Prince Edward Island's mission is only possible because of you and other generous individuals, foundations, and corporations that support our students. This report is a very small way for your 2017/18 recipient to say thank you for helping them and caring about their UPEI experience.
Please know that everyone at the University is grateful for your support and confidence. The information below was provided specifically for you by your student recipient!
Award Received
Hillsborough Rotary Club Nursing Award
Name: Mariah Wedge
Hometown: St. Louis, PE
email: mdwedge@upei.ca
Are planning to go on to graduate school?  If so, what graduate degree are you hoping to pursue?
The possibility of graduate school is definitely there. I am interested in pursuing the nurse practitioner program once I complete five years of front line work as a registered nurse. I believe that experience is essential before I further my education.
What professor has been your greatest inspiration and why? The instructor that has had the greatest impact on me throughout my four years at UPEI is most definitely Joanne Currie. She is a lab instructor and a clinical instructor. She is very approachable and she make learning enjoyable. She goes out of her way to help every student and is open to questions at any time. Joanne was my instructor three times and evaluated my performance during my skills examination.
Do you volunteer and what extracurricular activities do you enjoy? During my first three years, I was a member of the Women’s Rugby team. Unfortunately this year I decided that I need to focus on my studies and I did not play. Playing rugby for UPEI has been one of my favorite memories. I made forever friends and have improved as a rugby player.

Have you, or would you like to study abroad as part of your UPEI education? I did have the opportunity to study abroad during my third year nursing. However, I had no interest in leaving the island as I want to get as much experience in our hospitals.
Here's a bit more about Maria: I am originally from the western end of the island, and now that my clinical placements allow, I travel from home. I am the first generation to graduate from university in my family along with the only prospective registered nurse. I wasn’t really influence by anyone, I just really enjoyed biology and knew I wanted a career in the health field, I chose nursing and I don’t regret it at all. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come to UPEI but my father lives in Charlottetown so therefore I was able to save money living with him. After I graduate I hope to work at emergency at PCH or on the medical/palliative unit. I worked on the medical/palliative unit over the summer for eight weeks and I really enjoyed it, the staff and patients were amazing. I enjoy drawing, painting, and reading on my spare time. In the future I hope to own land and build a barn to house horses as this is a passion of mine as well.
Dear Ms. Dunn and Ms. Wood,
This year in particular it was difficult to come up with the financials to support myself throughout the year because I had an extra clinical rotation. This only gave me two months to work before school started again. I was thrilled to find out I received an award. When I looked up what this award was found I was even more pleased because this award is given to a third-year Nursing student standing second-highest in academic achievement. This is an honor and I sincerely appreciate this financial assistance.   I’d like to thank you for donating this award to myself and to students in the previous and following years.
Thank you,
Mariah Wedge
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1st Car Dinner Winner 1980

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....
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Past YE Student Sarah Crosby a page in Senate 2017-10-30 03:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Barrie Willis


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.

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Fellow Rotarian- Kal Whitnell is PEI rep at NAFTA talks


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

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Rotarian Vance Bridges awarded Senior Islander of the Year

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......
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Club Member  Dr.Colin McMillan retires


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

Club Member Dr.Colin McMillan retires 2017-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
Inbound Exchange Student Karoline Schmidt Elaine Thomson 2017-09-12 03:00:00Z 0

Outbound Exchange Student off to Paris

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....
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Jennifer Dun receives District TRUE ROTARIAN  Award

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
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Jennifer Dunn receives Sinclair Cutcliffe Award


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.

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Changing of the Guard for 2017-2018 Totary Year 2017-06-29 03:00:00Z 0

Hillsborough Rotary- The Guardian Book Drive

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.

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Chris Brooks Wins 2017 Gala Royale $40,000.00 2017-05-20 03:00:00Z 0

Our Club Secretary Wins National Photo Award


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.

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Cst Tim Kaizer receives Vocational Service Award


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.’’

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Former Exchange Student David Malagoli Found !!

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...
Former Exchange Student David Malagoli Found !! 2016-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Our Exchange Student Meets Premier

Our Exchange student from Belgium- Jeanne, is all smiles as she meets Premier Wade McLaughlin at Youth Parliament. She represented  The Stratford-Vernon River Riding during the session.... great....
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The Latest efforts to Eradicate POLIO


“We have the fewest number of cases in the fewest number of places in the world right now,. “We continue to make ground against polio, but we’re still recording cases in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.”

The total number of cases worldwide so far this year is 27, compared with 51 for the same period last year.

Unfortunately, Nigeria slipped back onto the list of countries where polio is endemic this year, after cases appeared in the northern state of Borno, which was under the control of Boko Haram militants until recently. The World Health Organization estimates that the virus has been circulating in the region for five years. The country was on the verge of celebrating two years without any polio infections.

But this hasn’t stopped Rotary and its partners, who are working with the Nigerian government, Chad, Cameroun, and parts of the Central African Republic, from executing a sweeping emergency response. Shortly after the outbreak, a robust immunization campaign targeted about 1 million children with both oral and inactivated polio vaccines.

Because the new cases were only detected due to ongoing surveillance efforts, We shouldn’t be surprised to see more cases, because better surveillance means better detection of all polio cases.

Polio eradication efforts continue to make progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan, cases dropped from 13 in 2015 to eight so far this year. In Pakistan, they decreased from 38 to 15.

Innovative tactics for reaching children in Pakistan who were often missed in the past. These include placing permanent vaccination sites at entry points to the country, provinces, and large cities. Rotary has funded the purchase of cell phones for vaccination teams, so they can send data to health centers immediately.

“The virus is cornered, we just have to make sure never to let it out again,”

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Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016


The has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 2016-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
High school students take Legislative Assembly by storm during Rotary Youth Parliament 2016-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Past Vocational Service Award Winners

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

Past Vocational Service Award Winners Jerry Ivany 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

PEI Rotary Youth Parliament Nov 25 & 25

weekends activities.  Also find attached a volunteer sign-up sheet.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.
If you have any question or would please let me know.
PEI Rotary Youth Parliament Nov 25 & 25 Albert Zakem 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Shelter Box in Haiti


Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne illnesses.

A ShelterBox response team of volunteers from Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, last week to assess the damage and decide how best to help people. ShelterBox, an independent charity, is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.

Working with Rotary members, government authorities, and other relief agencies, ShelterBox is focusing on the cholera outbreak in the southern region of the island and emergency shelter. A shipment of ShelterBox supplies arrived in Les Cayes, in the south of Haiti, on Wednesday, which likely will be used to help health professionals screen and treat cholera victims.

"We hope to provide ShelterKits along with other crucial supplies like solar lights, mosquito nets, water purification units, and water carriers. All of which will help in the fight against cholera," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox.

With wind speeds reaching 155 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew is considered the worst storm to make landfall in Haiti in more than 50 years.

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Shelter Box Prepares for Mosul Refugees


Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis.

"It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get prepared."

ShelterBox, Rotary's project partner for disaster relief, and ACTED, a French nongovernmental aid agency, have teams in the city of Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, 53 miles (85 km) east of Mosul. They have been working since July to get aid supplies ready so they can respond quickly as the battle unfolds.

"By tomorrow, 650 of the 3,000 tents that have been deployed to Irbil will arrive," says Warham. He estimates that, without the early notice, it would have taken ShelterBox at least two and a half weeks to gather these supplies.

Tens of thousands of people have already been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since March. The current round of fighting could last weeks or even months and is certain to raise that number, although it's unknown just how many people remain in Mosul and in which direction they might flee.

"Our aim is to get aid to displaced families as quickly as possible," says Rachel Harvey, operations coordinator at ShelterBox, who is in Irbil. "Giving people shelter and essential items such as a solar lamp, blankets, and a water carrier will allow them a degree of dignity and security to rest and recover."

Existing camps are already near or over capacity, so other possible sites are being readied. But Warham predicts that demand will almost certainly outpace supply, which could force many families to seek shelter outside managed camps in an inhospitable landscape during a season given to storms and below-freezing overnight temperatures.

ACTED and ShelterBox have partnered many times around the world. Most recently they worked together to help people in Haiti, where the deadly force of Hurricane Matthew caused a surge in cholera cases and left thousands homeless.

The Islamic State has controlled Mosul, the oil-rich capital of Nineveh province, since June 2014. Before the invasion, the city was Iraq's second-largest and one of its most diverse.

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Club Presidents and Secretaries since founding 1979

            PRESIDENT                 SECRETARY
1979-80    Frank Zakem            Leith Thompson
1980-81    Frank Zakem            Leith Thompson
1981-82    Sinclair Cutcliffe        Jerry Ivany
1982-83    Leith Thompson        Peter McEachern
1983-84    Jerry Ivany              Mike McCarville
1984-85    Peter McEachern       Henry Cotter
1985-86    Mike McCarville         Tom Harland
1986-87    Harry Lowther           Bob MacNutt
1987-88    Tom Harland             Brien Willoughby
1988-89    Bob MacNutt            Tom Davies
1989-90    Brien Willoughby        Ron Russell
1990-91    Tom Davies               Earl MacPherson
1991-92    Ron Russell(moved Dec.)    David White
              Graham Stewart
1992-93    Earl MacPherson        Mike Campbell
1993-94    David White              Jay Macdonald
1994-95    Mike Campbell           Merrill Wiggington
1995-96    Jay Macdonald          David Jenkins
1996-97    Merrill Wiggington        Don Cudmore
1997-98    David Jenkins             Paula Kenny
1998-99    Don Cudmore             Heather Tedford
1999-2000    Paula Kenny            John Carr
2000-01    Heather Tedford         Gary Craswell
2001-02    John Carr                 Gordon Campbell
2002-03    Gary Craswell            Roy Riddlington
2003-04    Gordon Campbell        Dawn Allen
2004-05    Roy Riddlington          David Aitken
2005-06    Dawn Allen                Gary Bowness
2006-07    David Aitken              Sue Hendricken( Fraser)
2007-08    Gary Bowness           Sue Hendricken( Fraser)
2008-09    Eric Ellsworth            Rona Brown
2009-10    Sue Hendricken(Fraser) Jennifer Dunn
2010-11    Rona Brown              Eric Ellsworth
2011-12    Doug Bridges            Tom Clark
2012-13    Jonathan Ross            Sue Fraser
2013-14    Tom Clark                 Doug Bridges
2014-15    Jennifer Dunn            Steve Dowling
2015-16    Pat Hughes              Jonathan Ross
2016-17    Dawn Allen               Bernie Wood
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Club s Founding 1979

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


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David White Receives True Rotarian Award

Our member- David White, was honoured today by our Club and The District with the presentation of
"A True Rotarian" Award by District Governor Elva Heyge. David has always been willing, and capable of the many duties he has handled through the 32 years he has been a club member.  
We are all proud of the recognition he truly deserves...... GREAT>>>>>>>
David White Receives True Rotarian Award 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

159 Years of Perfect Attendance !!!!

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.....
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Rotary Action Group For PEACE



What is the Rotarian Action Group for Peace?

The Rotarian Action Group for Peace is an action-driven group of Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses and Rotaractors working together for the purpose of advancing peace and preventing wars throughout the world. The Rotarian Action Group for Peace was formed in 2012 as a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, focused on providing a network and resources to further the peace and conflict resolution work of Rotarians around the globe.

The Rotarian Action Group for Peace is an official entity that empowers and supports the peace work of Rotarians by offering structure, guidance and resources to further their peace efforts. Rotary International has a very strong commitment to peace efforts around the world. One of the objectives of The Rotarian Action Group for Peace is to forge a path for existing Rotary peace programs, such as the Rotary Peace Fellows, to become involved directly with Rotarians and their activities.

The Rotarian Action Group for Peace provides a global network for its members to partner with:

  • Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Ambassadorial Scholars
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Participants
  • Group Study Exchange
  • New Generations
  • Rotary sponsored program participants
  • Civil society organizations around the world
  • Other peace-minded citizens

What is a Rotarian Action Group?

A Rotarian Action Group (RAG) is an autonomous, international group, recognized by Rotary International, with a passion for a particular type of service. Rotarian Action Groups provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing service projects in their respective areas of expertise.

Learn more about Rotarian Action Groups here.

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The Charlottetown Hotel 1933 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Frank Zakem Award Winner at Holland College 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

David White Receives 2016 Sinclair Cutcliffe Award

Sinclair Cutliffe was a charter member of the Hillsborough Rotary Club and was its second President. This award, consisting of $1000 to be donated by the Hillsborough Rotary Club on behalf of the winner to a charity of his or her choice, It is given to a club member each yea to honour a member who exemplifies the ideals of service which Sinclair Cutcliffe demonstrated during his 28-year membership in the club.
The successful candidate is chosen by a committee consisting of a past recipient, the club President, and one additional member who is an active, younger and experienced Rotarian chosen by the President and the chair .
For those of you who didn’t know Sinc. as we affectionately called him he was a died in the wool Hillsborough Rotarian, always present and working at club functions . He was the consummate promoter of our flag ship fund raiser the Car Dinner and always sold more than his share of tickets. Word has it that Sinc would call his ticket holders and tell them I am coming to pick up your cheque for your car dinner ticket have it ready.
Sinc was a true friend of this years award winner and I know more than once this years award winner looked in on Sinc when he had health challenges.
Rotarians it gives me great pleasure to announce this years winner of the Hillsborough Rotary clubs Sinclair Cutcliffe award is Mr. David White.
Affectionatley called Mr. Dressup by one of our more rambicous club members Dave like Sinc is always there when the club needs him. He has been steadily and discreetly chairing the clubs Rotary Foundation donation committee for as long as I have been member of the club.
He took on the role of 50/50 ticket seller for the club years ago and has dutifully perfomed the role weekly and also at times has had to pull double and sometimes triple duty at our front desk until the person assigned that day is able to get here.
I happen to know a detailed analysis of the club financial records by our club treasurer has determined that Dave has been responsible for the collection of over $ 20,000 for our club let alone the service that he provides by making sure that things are ready for the start of our meeting.
Dave has a strong “corporate memory” of the history of our club that enables him to give very thoughtful and discreet wise advice.
Dave I believe has server in almost every capacity for the club including Club President in 1993. He is a contributing Rotarian that sits on the membership committee and is always on the look out for the top quality perspective member‘s that makeup this club.
David White Receives 2016 Sinclair Cutcliffe Award 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

Elva Heyge New District 7820 Governor 2016-17

Happy Canada Day and Happy New Rotary Year!  I am very much looking forward to being your District Governor in 2016-17, the year in which we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. The key objectives of the District and myself are to support you, the club members in whatever way we can, strengthen our youth programs and celebrate the special year for our Rotary Foundation.  We plan to provide a number of training opportunities and will post this calendar on the District website very shortly.  I will be starting my tour around the district on July 15th, the details of which will can find on the district website under “District Event Calendar”.
In the interim I wish you the best as you begin the new Rotary year, and reflect on how you will serve humanity through Rotary.
Until I see you in your home club
Yours in Rotary
Elva Heyge New District 7820 Governor 2016-17 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Bernie Wood Receives Master of Photographic Arts Award


Island photographer, and Club member - Bernie Wood, is now master of photographic arts. The designation was bestowed on Wood by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) as part of its continuing program of honours and awards.

The designation bestowed on Wood by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) as part of its continuing program of honours and awards.

It was presented to Berni Wood by PPOC chair Tina Weltz MPA at the association’s annual awards baquet held on April 18 in Calgary, Alta.

The classification is bestowed by the PPOC upon its members whose images accepted into the annual PPOC Image Salon over a number of years are consistently of a high quality and in recognition of the contributions made by them to the association and to photography in Canada.

These photographers have proven their photographic abilities by participating in the Association’s National Image Competition and have confirmed their dedication to the profession by serving the Association.

The Professional Photographers of Canada is a not-for-profit organization representing portrait, wedding, commercial, and military photographers from across the country.

The association promotes photographic excellence through education and exploration of image artistry and establishes standards of professional performance.

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John Germ new Rotary President


John F. Germ President 2016-17 Rotary Club of Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organizations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation representative and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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2016 Rotary Council on Legislation

The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.

Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.

Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.

  • Rotaractors will be allowed to become members of Rotary clubs while they are still in Rotaract. Proponents argued that too few Rotaractors join Rotary. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to leave their Rotaract clubs before they have to, upon reaching age 30. It’s hoped that giving them more options will boost the numbers of qualified young leaders in Rotary.
  • The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated. The Council recognized that clubs have been meeting in a number of ways, and given this flexibility, the distinction was no longer meaningful. Clubs that have “e-club” in their names can keep it, however.
  • The reference to admission fees will be removed from the bylaws. Proponents argued that the mention of admission fees does not advance a modern image of Rotary.
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Summerside Club Honours Vance Bridges

The Rotary Club of Summerside honored our longest serving member(38 years), Vance Bridges, today with an Honorary Membership. Accompanying Vance at this morning's meeting was his wife, Sheila who was presented a bouquet by our outgoing president, Georgia Ellis.
Vance is the father of our member and Past president Doug Bridges.   Vance was the Generakl manager for many years of Linkletter Travel and more recently owner/operator of Variety Tours- operating quality escorted motorcoach tours of Canada and USA.....
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Rotary- Guardian Booksale A Success

A big thank-you to The Guardian and our chair Don Scott for organizing and operating our almost annual Book Sale. Over $7800.00 was raised for Literacy Projects on the Island. For the first time the unsold books have been donated to a children's charity group in Ghana Africa and they are arranging for shipment , etc. 
A thank you to all our Rotarian volunteers as well as those from the Guardian newspaper.
This year's location made it less convenient to access , so book donations were down as well as sales being much less...
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Terry Davis Gala Royale Winner !!!!

Gary Conohan accepted the grand Prize on behalf of Terry... Could there have been a better winner ????
Friday the 13th is definitely a luck day for Terry. The 2016 event was held once again at The Delta Prince Edward with an excellent prime rib beef dinner carved by your table by the chefs...
( Where's the beef  ????).
loads of fun trying the RC Racing cars sponsored and operated by Princess Auto gang.  
No guests drove away with a new Honda by rolling the dice to spell  R O T A R Y.....
And great fun trying your hand at The Championship poker table with dealer Kendra Bernard.....
A big thank you to all our 325 guests for their support generating the $$$  to support our charities both local and International....
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Rotary/Guardian Book Sale May 25-27

The sale days are May 27-May 29 but the actual work begins on Thursday afternoon, May 19, after our regular meeting.
The club is playing a larger role in the book sale this year and is also sharing in the proceeds. As a result we will be required to do more of the work and have a greater level of participation than in earlier years.
Spouses, children,and friends are all welcome to pitch in and help.
Please contact Don to sign-up ......   west.wind@eastlink.ca
The sale will take place on the Lower Level at The Confederation Court Mall !!!!
Rotary/Guardian Book Sale May 25-27 Don Scott 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Relief Fund for Ft McMurray

Rotary District 5370 Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund Established

The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has established the “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund” to assist in the rebuilding of that city following this tragic fire.  The Charitable Foundation is now ready to accept donations, for which tax receipts will be issued.  The Foundation will rely on an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary club and the municipality) for advice on disbursal of the funds.

This fund is being established after consultation with DGN Frank Reitz (resident of Fort McMurray) and Fort McMurray Rotary Club President Jeanette Bancarz.

Donations may be from individuals or corporations.  Rotary clubs may wish to facilitate this process by collecting donations and then forwarding either the individual cheques or a cheque drawn on the club’s account for the total amount, along with a list of the donors and their addresses and postal codes.

Please forward donations to:

Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
c/o Rotary District 5370 Office
16030 – 104 Ave.. NW
Edmonton, AB    T5P 0S3

and annotate cheques “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund”

Many thanks!

Julius Buski, President
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
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Great Christmas Lunch with Choir

OUr Annual was held in the Provinces Room at The Charlottetown Hotel on Thu Dec 17th.
During our Luncheon, we were entertained by the West Kent School Choir, under the leadership
of Susan Duncan. They are a beautiful group of boys and girls and excellent performance.
A big thank-you to Rodd's and Gary Craswell - General Manager for the lunch provided to the choir members...  great
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Making a Difference Through Youth Exchange

When Gabriela Vessani was 12 years old, her mother took her to stay with friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the summer.“I loved it, so when I heard about Rotary Youth Exchange, I knew that was something I wanted to do,” says Vessani, who is an Interactor from São Paulo.

This year, Vessani participated in the program. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, she stayed with four families, one of which included adopted children from different parts of the world.   

“They had seven children, and it was crazy for me. But I loved it,” she says. “It was such a unique experience getting to know all of my host brothers and sisters, and learning about so many cultures.”

Changing lives

Vessani and 104 other Rotary Youth Exchange students visited Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, in July as part of a 31-day Discover America cross-country bus trip that was a finale to the exchange experience.

“This is the best program Rotary can be involved with, because Rotary is all about changing lives,” says Vessani.

Rotary Youth Exchange has been providing intercultural exchange opportunities for secondary school students ages 15-19 since the 1920s. Students become cultural ambassadors for up to a full academic year, and the host families can help build peace and international understanding, serving one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

Club benefits

Mike Lubelfeld, an elementary school superintendent and member of the Rotary Club of Deerfield, Illinois, spent weeks making arrangements for his club to host its first exchange student in more than two decades. In August, Leo, a 17-year-old from Indonesia, was greeted at the airport by an enthusiastic welcome committee from the club. 

“We have just started the process and, already, there is so much excitement,” says Lubelfeld. “Working with youth of the world is one of the best ways to ensure a better future. And for our club to be able to take part in this cultural exchange is a huge opportunity that will not only benefit Leo but our members as well.”

Building self-confidence

Varda Shah’s family was asked by a friend to host an exchange student two years ago in Mumbai. At first, family members were reluctant.

“We were like, he’s a boy, he’s German, I don’t know how this is going to work,” says Shah. “But we decided to take a chance, and I never would have thought I could grow so close to someone in three months. We still Skype and connect through social media constantly and are always in touch.”

Shah decided she wanted her own exchange experience. She stayed with three host families in New York, learning about camping, tailgating at sports events, and ice hockey. But the biggest change was to her self-confidence.  

“Before, I would never be able to make a conversation with a person I didn’t know,” she says. “Now, I can proudly say it isn’t like that anymore. I can go up to people. I have become more open, more mature.”

Accepting others

Juliana Kinnl of Vienna decided to follow in her older sister’s footsteps and take part in a Rotary Youth Exchange. She was hosted by two families from the Rotary Club of Newtown, Pennsylvania, and says she learned to be more accepting of other people and their differences.

“Meeting exchange students from all over the world, I have grown to accept people for who they are and not to judge them because they are different,” says Kinnl. “I’ve also grown more confident in my own abilities and who I am.”

Growing bolder

Minerva Lopez Martinez of Marcia, Spain, spent her exchange in Canada, hosted by the Rotary Club of Simcoe, Ontario. She said some of her friends at home chose not to pursue an exchange because they felt they would be losing a year of schoolwork. But she has a different perspective on that.

“You have your whole life to go to school and learn. You only have one opportunity for a youth exchange,” she says. “The reason I came on the exchange is that I can be shy, and I didn’t want to be like that anymore. Now, I am trying new things, talking to people I don’t know. It has changed me a lot.”

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Rotary and Shelter Box Help Syrian Refugees

Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees

A refugee family from Syria seeks shelter in cramped conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Rachel Harvey/ShelterBox

In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced.

“The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades.

“Rotary is following the situation closely,” Hewko says. “We know our members have an inherent desire to act, to relieve the suffering and uncertainty that displaced individuals and families are facing. We call on you to respond as Rotarians have for more than 100 years: to use your professional skills and acumen, leverage your connections to other leaders, and mobilize your local communities to provide the necessary resources and funding to address the humanitarian crisis.”

Rotary members can donate to the disaster relief efforts of our project partner . The organization has supported the Syrian relief effort for nearly four years and is working with other agencies to continue distributing relief materials. ShelterBox is also working with communities in Greece to provide aid and supplies to displaced people passing through the region. 

Rachel Harvey, a member of a ShelterBox response team that recently returned from Greece, says Syrian refugees are making dangerous crossings to the shores of Greece.

As many as 2,000 people arrive daily on Lesbos’ northern beaches, says Harvey, referring to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. The trip from Turkey to Greece usually takes about an hour and a half. “The flimsy rubber dinghies are invariably overcrowded, and the majority of passengers can’t swim,” she says.

Harvey adds: "The experience is terrifying. Another trauma added to the layers that many of the displaced have accumulated through war in Syria or South Sudan, insecurity in Afghanistan or Pakistan. One man told me: 'It was a nightmare. I don’t know how we got through that trip,' ” she says.

Says Hewko: “We appreciate our clubs and members for their support, helping the millions of displaced people find shelter and rebuild their lives and communities. Every refugee is in our hearts and minds.”

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Winning The Polio Battle

The long battle to eliminate polio from the world is paying off.  The World Polio update as of the week of November 25,  2015 is as follows:
  • In 2015, wild poliovirus transmission is at the lowest levels ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas of fewer countries than ever before.  
  • In 2015, 57 wild poliovirus cases have been reported from two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan), compared to 305 cases from nine countries during the same period in 2014. 
  • Pakistan: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week, with onset of paralysis on 1 November. It is the most recent WPV1 case in the country, from Kamari town, Karachi, Sindh. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 is now 41
  • Afghanistan: No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 27 October, from Nangarhar. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 remains 16.
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Get District Club News on Facebook

Are you getting all the news from Rotary clubs in Atlantic Canada?  Are you using Facebook?  There is an easy way to get a summary of the most interesting news from the clubs in our District and from Rotary International.  Like the District Facebook page.  
Every day, clubs post their stories, events, awards news, project and fundraising ideas to their club Facebook pages.  A selection of those are shared with the District Facebook page.  IF you have liked the District page you'll get a notice of those posts when you log into your personal Facebook account.  You don't have to search or "like" all 43 clubs (there are only 10% that don't  have Facebook sites) and you don't get overwhelmed with information.  The District team filters it for you.  You can always check further with a particular club if you want to.
There are almost a million Facebook accounts in our district so it's a great way to get your clubs message out as well. 
Please join the conversation by Liking the District Facebook Page. Rotary International - District 7820 
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Uganda Project for Children

Posted by Jerry Ivany
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown was proud to contribute to this Project, which will provide locally made assistive devices to children and young adults with disabilities. The funds help equip an orthopaedic workshop where skilled workers produce the devices and provide opportunities for disabled folks to earn a living like everybody else.
The project is located in Katalemwa, Kampala, Uganda and provides assistive devices to children at affordable cost and free of charge to those who cannot afford them.  It trains youth, mostly those with a disability, in making assistive devices and these youths  go back to their home areas and engage in the production of assistive devices.  The funds and training will assist more patients who need assistive devices (e.g. prosthetic limbs, crutches, standing frames, shoes, wheelchairs, etc.) at an affordable cost and it is expected that the workshop and skilled workers will produce more than the current 7000 appliances produced per year.
Photo: of our official Global Grant project launch in Uganda on November 30th 2015. Rotary Club of Halifax president Doug McMillan was able to travel there and join John Mpagi who is the host project lead for the Rotary Club of Muyenga in Kampala in making the announcement.
Rotarian's making a difference.
Uganda Project for Children Jerry Ivany 2015-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

Robyn Wile recipient of our UPEI Nursing Bursary

Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Dear Members of the Hillsborough Rotary Club,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing me with a bursary.
 I am a 4th year student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. After graduation I would like to pursue my nursing career  within the pediatric population. In the future I would like to further explore different cultures through travel while providing meaningful care that will help make a difference to individuals in their health journey.
My family is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and both of my parents are Registered Nurses. My mother works in Hemodialysis  and my father works in the Critical Care Unit. They both have a passion for helping people and have inspired me to do the same.
I chose to attend UPEI because of their great reputation as a nursing school. I have had the opportunity to experience different clinical rotations including: pediatrics, medical, surgery, community, and  mental health. While every unit was different, I truly enjoyed working in all areas. I have a strong desire to travel and a passion to help people. Through my career as a nurse I hope to accomplish both. Without your financial assistance I would not have this amazing experience of attending nursing school.
Thank you again for helping me with my education and pursuing my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. My family and I appreciate your generosity.
Robyn Wile   
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Our Exchange student Luigi Colecchia - Italy

Luigi  comes from Modena, Italy - famous for Balsamic Vinegar, Parmisan cheese,  Ferrari, Lamborghini,   Masserati and Buggati  sports cars.   He will celebrate his 17th birthday on  December 4th, and is attending Charlottetown Rural High School.
Luigi 's parents are both medical doctors in Modena and he has no other siblings. His mother - Dr. Annarita DI BIASE is a member of the Rotary Club of Vignola Castelfranco E.
You can view  the full details from his application  located in the Club Documents section of our website...
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David Hooley, QC, 2015 Vocational Service Award Winner

Congratulations to David Hooley,QC, was awarded the Hillsborough Rotary Club Vocational Service Award for 2015 today, at the regular club meeting. He was nominated by  our member Hon.David Jenkins, who gave the club an overview of his vocational activities.  Mr. Hooley has donated his $1000.oo Award to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. Mr.Hooley and his wife have 3 children all residing in Charlottetown.
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Three Club members receive Perfect Attendance Pins (95 years total)

Perfect Attendance Pins were awarded at the club's meeting today to the following longtime club members:
Jim Fraser-        35 Years
David White       30 Years
Harry Lowther    30 Years
All 3 members are a great example of
' Service Above Self"
Congratulations to all 3 members and keep up the great attendance...
Being present at club meetings is one of the basic obligations a member accepts on joining a Rotary club. Rotary is a participatory organization that highly values regular attendance. When a member is absent the entire club loses the personal association with that member, and the member loses touch with the activities of the club. Attendance is the “glue” that holds the club together and provides the basic framework for service. It is a vital part of the operation and success of every Rotary club.
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Shelter Boxes for Syrian Refugees

Dear Rotary Club President,
As you may have seen in the news recently, thousands of people, many of whom are fleeing conflict
from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, are arriving in Greece each day with few
belongings and no form of shelter. Rotarian's are asking ShelterBox how they can help, so we would
like to update you on the actions we are taking to help those in need.
The Syrian refugee crisis has displaced more people than Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,
the Haiti earthquake, Japanese earthquake and Hurricane Katrina COMBINED.
Many of these refugees face immense danger as they try to move to safety including perilous water
crossings, inadequate transport options, and human traffickers. They are also often constrained by
fences, border guards and bureaucracy.
ShelterBox has been providing life saving aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq since
the conflict began four years ago. Now, ShelterBox is working in Greece to provide the basic human
right of shelter to these refugees as they seek asylum and safety.
Working alongside the local government, partner agencies and our Rotary contacts, ShelterBox is
replacing and supplementing the existing tents with robust family sized alternatives. Over the next
couple of months, thousands of people will benefit from the protection they offer.
ShelterBox is the official Project Partner of Rotary International. It is the best Rotary-way to
impact the lives of families affected by disasters around the world and by the refugee crisis.
Your club can help us to help the desperate families in Greece and around the world by donating to
ShelterBox Canada and encouraging your members to contribute. We cannot do it without your help.
Donate today online at http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/donate_form.php , by sending a cheque to
ShelterBox Canada at 159 Jane Street, Office 2, Toronto ON, M6S3Y8 or by phone at 1-855-875-
ShelterBox is also currently responding to disasters in six other countries. Donations will be
designated to the area of greatest need.
Tax receipts are issued for all individual's donations over $20. A club can aggregate member
contributions. Just list name, address and amount of each donor, as well as the amount they donated.
The continued support of your Rotary Club and your members to ShelterBox Canada is most
appreciated. Together, you have allowed us to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of disaster
victims around the world.
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Former Exchange Student Nick Travalgia - Auckland NZ


One of my greatest pleasures is to make a professional working relationship as enjoyable and relaxed an experience for you as possible.

I take a genuine interest in you, my client, and make sure that I listen and understand your situation and needs thoroughly. I focus on providing a top level of service (with a smile) with the intention of building a lifelong working relationship with you, rather than a one-off sale.

Although new to the real estate industry, I am no stranger to sales or to property transactions. I have over 20 years sales experience and through hard work and dedication have achieved a total of 26 sales awards. I am motivated, dedicated and enjoy having a high attention to detail.

I purchased my first property at age 23 and over the years have bought and sold many properties as both personal homes and for investments purposes. By coincidence, all of these transactions were spread across various cycles of the property market. Buying and selling during the top, bottom and middle of the market has helped give me good property “life experience”.

Entrusting me to represent your property is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. My guarantee to you is that I will represent your property as if it was my own, irrespective of its size and value!
I have been a resident and homeowner in the Mission Bay and Kohimarama area for the last 15 years. I am a very passionate and proud local and nowadays being married with 2 young children, get to take full advantage of all that our fantastic location has to offer. With great beaches, parks, playgrounds and casual dining we are truly spoilt!!

Former Exchange Student Nick Travalgia - Auckland NZ 2015-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

Gala Royale Great Success

Congratulations, everyone, on a very successful Gala Royale! I am especially appreciative of the leadership and vision of our Gala Royale Chair, Steve Dowling. It took a lot of courage to suggest and then implement some of the changes to this very successful, long-running fundraiser. Thank you, Steve, for an outstanding job! Also, thank you to all club members who gave so much time to ensure the success of this event. I was extremely proud, last night, of our efforts and very fortunate to be President of this wonderful club!
The Major prize winner of $40,000.00 is Greg MacDougall
and the winner of the 2nd major prize is club member Jerry Ivany -  FlyPEI To Barbados - One Week For Four at Royal Glitter Bay Villas.. Great job by all especially chair Steve Dowling...
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Our club named 2014-15 DISTRICT CLUB OF THE YEAR !!!

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
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Our club has donated 2 Shelter Boxes to Nepal

After Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years, hospitals in the country’s capital Kathmandu were devastated, forcing medical staff to treat their patients outside with dwindling supplies.
However, ShelterBox has been able to provide tents to four hospitals in the city creating safe, covered spaces where patients can be treated in privacy. They will be used for carrying out minor operations, changing dressings and as mobile health clinics too.
Phil Duloy, ShelterBox response team member, said: 'Most hospitals in Kathmandu have just been condemned, so we are immediately distributing our pre-positioned stocks in the city to give a space for the medical staff to treat the patients who have been evacuated in the hospital grounds.'
Fellow response team member and former nurse and midwife Nicola Hinds describes the scene at one of the hospitals. She said: ‘The devastation is enormous. My husband is a GP in Northern Ireland, and it really puts things into perspective about how lucky we are to have the NHS when you see the scene here. People are being treated in the open air with limited resources - the difference is staggering.'
ShelterBox is also sending further aid to Nepal, starting with an initial 500 shelter kits, which can be used to mend structures and create temporary shelters. However, our pre-positioned stocks of equipment in the country meant that the response team was able to start helping people whose lives have been shattered by the earthquake as soon as they arrived in the country. 
We have aid pre-positioned all around the world to make sure that we can help people in need as soon as possible. Geeta Shrestha, Nursing Director at one of the four hospitals that received our tents, said: From my heart and from my hospital, I thank you.’ 
Our club has donated 2 Shelter Boxes to Nepal 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Frank Zakem Memorial Holland College Award

Our club offers an annual Bursary  a deserving Holland College student in the memory of our founding President- Frank Zakem. Recently our member and Frank's son Albert, attended the annual student awards ceremony and presented this year's winner- Karla Chappell, with her bursary.  
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Guatemala Literacy Project

The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is an initiative between Rotary International clubs and the non-profit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) to provides badly-needed textbooks, computer labs, scholarships, literacy and training programs to underprivileged children in Guatemala.

The Project has been supported by over 430 Rotary Clubs. To see a list of these clubs, click here. To see a list of individual Rotarians leading the project, click here.

Since 1998, the GLPs programs have been brought to over 300 impoverished rural communities. There are over 23,000 students using textbooks at 164 schools. The GLP has also founded 39 self-funding computer centers and 40 primary reading programs. The project is working with the goal of ensuring that no child in Guatemala grows up without the gift of both traditional and technological literacy.

For full details, slide shows, etc go to the web site at








Guatemala Literacy Project Jerry Ivany 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

Charter Members of our club June 1979

                              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
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Farming in Iowa

Jennifer Ewoldt, DVM, and her husband, Robb, are farmers in the Quad-Cities. Her column about life on the farm is published every other Monday in the Quad City Times, Davenport Iowa.  Jennifer is the daughter of Rotarian Jerry Ivany and partner Joan, is a former Rotary Exchange student to Denmark and a graduate of The Atlantic Vet College.   To read her column  paste the following link in your web browser
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