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Service Above Self

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42 Aberdeen Street
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Kentville, NS  B4N 2N1
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Update submitted by Larry Stillwell!
As Rotarians we are always presented with opportunities to help others. Our Kentville Club is no different from those around the Globe. As a relative new member I felt there was a lack of introduction to the various contributions being made to the local area, it seemed to be a learning experience from one Club meeting to another. So today I thought I would write a note about one of the projects which I have enjoyed participating in, and it is the Breakfast Baking Program for a local school.  

Initially I thought the need for this program was for a specific School in a particular geographic area, however as I time goes by and I readjust to the Valley Area, from whence I was born, educated and matured. However, as my tenure at the club, as well as the time spent reconnecting to this area growing , I have learned a lot about the Valley and some issues with which many are dealing.

The Valley Area has a population of 81,200 people (2016 Census) and have the prevalence of lowest income in the total province. Recent studies by the Public Health Services also show that throughout the valley area one-third of primary students and two thirds of secondary students go to school without a nutritious breakfast. In fact, the issue exists Nationally and there is a movement to establish a National School Food Program not unlike many other countries and where all students would have access to affordable or free healthy snacks or meals while they are at school. This would be beneficial to all families and would reduce the burden on families living with food insecurities.
In the near future, you will learn that there will be many local initiatives throughout which are focused on addressing this issue and some could be green schools where produce will be grown, and they connect ecological innovation with education, equity and community engagement.

Thus in this area of Kings County the Rotary Club of Kentville is providing the school baking service, and is assisting in addressing the requirements with which many communities are presently struggling. You should recognize that you can also bring your significant other, neighbours’, relatives and or friends.
The program is basically held on the first Tuesday of every month while the schools are in session and the total compliment of positions is eight.  The next event will be on the evening of February 5th. Unfortunately having enough participants seems to be difficult. Please consider signing up when the next email notification is issued. 
The picture shows the wonderful team from January 8th, 2019.
On Monday December 10th, 2018 the Kentville Rotary Club PWD Committee held the annual Rotary Children’s Christmas Party and this year I was the lead Elf and the Event was held at the Kentville Fire Hall Auditorium. It a was a wonderful event with around 170 adults & children in attendance.
Also, this year the event to be Christmas dinner was catered by the wonderful team from the local Valley SOUP Program. This SOUP Team holds weekly lunches in Middleton, Berwick, Kingston, Wolfville, Canning and Kentville. The Chef and staff can really make a wonderful four-piece Christmas Dinner.
Music for the event was provided by our own Kelly Ells and she mustered a group of Rotary Members to form a pseudo choir and they performed very well. The Auditorium is quite large and younger guests utilized the large area at the back in which they could run around and burn off some steam.  When they were in full force, I found it amazing how active they became, and I am glad they could burn off some steam.
This picture does not give one the true image of the children running in circles, playing a game of tag and giggling in joy. It really made one smile when they came running towards you and then veered off or flew around you, heading back to the other end of the play area. The item that got their attention was the sudden appearance of Santa Claus who joined the event while Kelly played Here Comes Santa Claus. I really believe he found us because of the true excitement of the happy children.
However, the image depicted above with Santa standing by himself did not last very long as once his presence was noted there was a rapid migration from playing in the back to sitting quietly in front of Santa Claus.    
I would like to thank the folks at SOUP for a wonderful four course meal, the Rotarians who assisted with the numerous tasks enjoying themselves as they went ahead with their assigned chores and others who worked delivering coffee, tea or water. It should be noted that I did not hear one Bah Humbug during the whole event. I would also like to thank Greg and Paul from the Fire Department for their efforts as well.
A note that I must include is a thank you to the PWD Committee members for making the event so wonderful. In December 2019 we plan to hold our party once again at the Kentville Fire Hall so parents please tell your children that should they want to join us again they should not be naughty, but they must smile and remain nice.                                        
Warmest Christmas Wishes to you,
Larry Stillwell
The large Elf that greeted you at the front door.
Muffin Madness write-up by Larry Stillwell
The Kentville Rotary Club supports many activities in the Annapolis Valley Region and this is another short story about one specific project. The Club supports a breakfast program in a local high school. It occurs one evening a month, involving a team of Rotarians spending an evening preparing and baking both Power Bars and Muffins which will be supplied to the school breakfast program for the following month. I have named the nights in which I host the program Muffin Madness. Participants for these events are volunteers from the club, their significant other, a relative or friend. The Lead Rotarian is responsible for mustering the crew.

Recently, we held the program for the month of December and the beginning of January I was to take my turn as the Program Leader. Unfortunately, there was a death in our family and I volunteered to assist in the airport transportation for those relatives flying home from various Canadian locations.  I had a full complement of participants and the return airport trip for the day would fit in my daily schedule.

Shortly before I left for the airport, I received emails from Club Members who needed to withdraw their participation for the night due to conflicts occurring in their lives. Thus, my trip to the airport and back had me wondering how I could manage the task I was facing. I sought assistance from my sister and when I arrived at the school, I was overjoyed to discover I would have a full complement with people coming forward and they included the present Rotary Club President Rod McMahon, two previous presidents, Shelly Phillips, Phyllis Jarvis, Rotarians Ellen Crowley, Byron Crossman, Vivian Kent, the wife of Rotarian Carl Kent, School Vice Principal Greg Fox plus my sister and I.

Since the Muffins and Power Bars were required for December and part of January our objective was greater than the usual quantity, However the team rose to the challenge, organized into work groups and executed like a well-oiled machine. The end result being that we prepared and baked over 16 dozen muffins and 94 power bars.

Were the baked products good? Greg conducted some quality control and advised that the granola bars and muffins were a big hit among students who benefit from the program. Kevin Veinot, the school principal also sent us an email thanking us for the program. Our club should be proud of the program and the benefit it brings to our community. The photos show us working and a few lighter moments. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and contributing to the community is a wonderful feeling.
President Rob McMahon participates with other local Rotary Club representatives and Landmark East’s Henry Hicks at a cheque presentation during the Rotary Landmark East Gala.
This is RC Kentville’s President Rob McMahon participating with other local Rotary Club representatives and Landmark East’s Henry Hicks at a cheque presentation during the Rotary Landmark East Gala.  Rob Porter presented RC Wolfville-Mud Creek’s cheque completing its pledge of $250,000 much earlier than pledged.  Henry Hicks then spoke in appreciation of both this donation and the ongoing work and substantial contributions of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in support of Landmark East.  Two Landmark East students spoke to the audience earlier in the program demonstrating first hand the results of Landmark East’s ability to lift up students with learning challenges.  RC New Minas – Sunrise organized the event with support from the other local clubs.
                                                                          Date: October 15, 2018
Subject: Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Committee -  Submitted by Larry Stillwell
There are many committees and functions in the Kentville Rotary Club, but for me the PWD Committee and the team of wonderful Rotarians is a pleasure with whom I have to opportunity to work.  The things that the committee have to deal with can be very heart wrenching but once the issue is addressed it makes you feel great.
Recently we had an unusual request. A gentleman with limited resources and disabilities asked for assistance to pay for the setup of a large garage type tent as his present being four years old needed replacing.
The request was discussed and instead of funding the setting up of the new tent the PWD Committee members volunteered their time on a Friday afternoon with completion the following Sunday. To my surprise we also had a contingent of members from the Mudd Creek Club and it was a great activity on Friday, that is until the rain came. The dedicated team spent the last 90 minutes of their day setting up the tent frame in teaming rain.
We elected to depart and return on Sunday and this was in a large part to the weather forecast. The job on Sunday was completed and the client was overjoyed and thankful to the team from the two clubs. The photos capture most all participants and they all deserve a big thank you. A special thanks to Kate Trevors our photographer and supplier of coffee, Tim Bits and humour.
Farewell to our two wonderful Exhange Students!!
It has been quite the year for them and we thoroughly enjoyed hosting, having them participate in our Rotary events, sending them off to District events including the District Conference and all our social activities and their willingness to always help!!
They were great Ambassadors for their respective Rotary Clubs as well as ours - Thank You Ladies!!
Also a big THANK YOU to Martha for hosting our farewell, we had a great mix of young and older folks that stopped by to say their Goodbyes, Hugs and shed a few tears!   
Great to see Andrew Archibald our returning outbound student from Belgium who will tell us more about his experiences sometime this Fall.
Sharing some photos from the Rotary International World Conference, Toronto June 24 - 27, 2018.   Members attending from the Kentville Club were  Joe and Sue Ueffing, Elva Heyge, Pierre Hoebers, Phyllis and Wally Jarvis, Rod McMahon, Heather Lohr, Garth and Gail Gordon , Roger and Suzanne Sevigny, Sheldon and Wanda  Matthews.
   RI President Barry Rassin addressing attendees in a Break-out Session!
   The choices of Breakouts were many and something for everyone. 
Some of the breakouts that were attended: "Future membership models" - Engaging New Generations in Rotary" and "Engaging young professionals".   A few topics that were discussed:  Clubs need to talk about Change and about being up-to-date and RealisticFlexible in meeting times and attendance, go out and make connections with the New Generations, lower costs and increase Value.
Membership - Don't step out-side the box, Throw it Away!!    Two planned meetings per month is acceptable, be creative with all your meetings, Embrace change and be Positive about it, consult and chat with new generations before you bring them into the Club - find out what they are passionate about,  61% of Millennials want to lead!! 
Every morning the General Sessions (held at the Air Canada Centre) had interesting speakers and showcased many of the Rotary Sustainable Development Goals!  On Wednesday a surprise visit by PM Justin Trudeau!
 Here is Roger taking one more thing off his "bucket list" and having a birds eye view over Toronto, we're all glad it is him and not us!!
   Toronto is a big city and so are the Wood-Peckers
 There were plenty of areas  to meet, to socialize, and to watch the FIFA World Soccer games.
     Youth were well represented at the Conference
 For those who attended previous International Conferences there was meeting old friends, renewing previous friendships and making new ones!!  It was also an opportunity to meet  and see other Rotarian's from our District.
Well done TORONTO - next year it is HAMBURG, GERMANY!!
   President Shelly and Randy Crozsman as Rotary Founder " Paul Harris" on the Rotary Float
Annual Past-President Appreciation & Paul Harris Fellow Induction Dinner
A tradition for many years the 2018 dinner was held at the Ken-Wo Golf Club and our Emcee for the evening was a repeat performance by our delightful, charming and ever enthusiastic Club Rotarian Leah White.
O'Canada led by Pierre and a prayer of Thanksgiving shared by the Rev. Dr. Randy Crozsman
The program started with a warm welcome to special guests and Rotarians by President Shelly Phillips
Our meal prepared by Ken-Wo Chef and team consisted of salad, Pork Tenderloin for the main course and lemon pie with coffee and tea for desert.  Our compliments as the entire meal was masterfully prepared with flavours that appealed to discriminating taste buds. Well done indeed!!
Randy Crozsman  shared some words about the Past Club Presidents and we recognized those that were in attendance.  A complete list of Past Presidents can be found on Clubrunner under club documents. We also added a 25 plus year member  Doug Hill! Of course there was a special mention that our longest reigning member is Nat James at 62 years.  Wow!!
Phyllis Jarvis shared information on the  special recognition of  the "True Rotarian" 
Phyllis elaborated on the definition of "True Rotarian"   
"A True Rotarian. Someone who is a person whose activities are a result of his personal goodwill and a sense that the world will be a better place as a result of his /her quiet work and effort in Rotary.
A person who conducts him/herself following the 4 Way Test, who is humble, does not flatter wealth, or boast of their own possessions or achievements. This Rotarian speaks with frankness yet always with sincerity and sympathy. Deeds follow words, and this Rotarian thinks of the rights and feelings of others and is a person with whom honour sacred.
The “True Rotarian” is the foundation of Rotary: always there, contributing to the current Rotary activity and by any Rotarian’s measure, is the lifeblood of Rotary."
Doug Hill shared with us the definition of "Service Above Self" recipient:
Tonight we have been, and will be, talking about Kentville Rotary history and Rotary awards. It was felt that the conversation would not be complete unless and until it included Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and its connection to the Rotary Club of Kentville. Before going further, I hasten to interject that we will not be presenting a Service Above Self award this evening. Such presentations take place only very infrequently; more on that in a moment.
The Service Above Self award is named after Rotary International’s original motto that dates back to the first Rotary convention in 1910. The purpose of the award is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. It is Rotary International’s highest honour for individual Rotarians. RI strictly adheres to a maximum of 150 recipients world-wide per Rotary year, and there can only be one recipient in a District in any given year.
Given those numbers and the fact that there are over 550 Rotary districts in the world, it becomes apparent why local-area presentations are rare and very special occurrences.In fact, in the long history of our district, District 7820, only seven Rotarians have ever received the Service Above Self, and two of the seven have been, or still are, affiliated with the Rotary Club of Kentville. In 2005-06, PDG Pete Smith – then a member of the Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury but formerly a member of this club) – received the award in recognition of his long-standing commitment to Rotary as well as his ongoing humanitarian work about which he spoke to the club just a few weeks ago.
In 2014,  then-Immediate Past District Governor Greg Coldwell presented a Service Above Self Award to the most recent recipient in District 7820, our own Roger Sevigny. This award recognized Roger’s many years of service in support of Rotary in both this district and District 7790, as well as the ongoing dedication of Roger and his wife Suzanne in helping some of society’s most vulnerable members as they provide foster care for children with special needs. Many of you will recall that Suzanne was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by this club several years ago in recognition of her role in their work. Roger and Suzanne, please stand and be recognized by this gathering tonight.
Roger is wearing his Service Above Self pin this evening, so if any of you happen to be talking to him after the conclusion of the program, take note of the pin. For most of us in this room, it is the closest we will ever come to one.
Roger Sevigny introduced the "Paul Harris Fellow " recognition.
Roger provided a short history based on Rotary founder Paul Harris and remarked that this is the main reason we are here this evening recognizing individuals in our community and in the club that have gone above and beyond in the name of Rotary and "Service above Self"   Each recipient had an introduction followed by PHF presentation by President Shelly.
Pierre Hoebers introduced Rick Penney - PHF recipient with special mention and certificates for Teena Penney and Allen Walsh.
Karen Corey introduced Julie and Jeff Skaling - PHF receipients
Jessica Clahane introduced Miriam Cameron-Sampson - PHF recipient
Rod McMahon introduced Pierre Hoebers - PHF recipient
Roger Sevigny introduced Doug Hill - PHF recipient
very Special Thank you to our committee for looking after all the details for the evening, to Ken-Wo Golf club for hosting us and once again the Chef and staff for the delicious dinner and last but not least all our special guests!
President Shelly shared closing remarks and thanked the committee for there efforts on another successful Past President's Dinner, congratulated our PHF recipients and thanked all members and their guests for sharing this evening with us.
Evening ended with "God Save the Queen" 
The People of Action campaign is the new Rotary public image campaign. It is designed to build understanding of Rotary by answering:
• What is Rotary?
• Who are Rotarians?
• What impact do Rotarians make in my community and around the world?
• How is Rotary different from other organizations?
Through a variety of creative materials, the campaign shows Rotary club members as people of action.  We know that Rotarians share a unique perspective and a passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see despair, Rotarians see hope. Where others see problems, we see solutions. Where some might see challenges, we see opportunities. This is our chance to show others how Rotary club members see what’s possible in their communities and to highlight what we can achieve when we join together to bring those ideas to life.
Wednesday, February 7th was a special day for the Kentville Branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library.  The picture shows Librarian Julie Johnson with our Rotary Club Board, for our first meeting in the Community Room, sponsored by our Club and the Rotary Clubs of Kings County Foundation.  Julie welcomed us as the first organization to hold a meeting that went "after hours", now that the locks and other features are complete to separate the space during the evening hours..
In addition to regular business, this was a Strategic Planning Session for the Board, and the video projection gear worked very well.  It seems the acoustics still have some features of the former choir space, but the overall community room is just great for a small meeting - such an great addition to the community, thanks to Rotary and its partners on the project. If you want to book the room for a group meeting, contact Gillian Yorke in Kentville Recreation.
February 4, 2018
I am writing to say thank you for your contribution towards my trip to Switzerland.
It gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in ways I didn't think were possible. I made some amazing friends that I'm still in contact with. I got to adventure in a breathtakingly beautiful country Imay have never had the opportunity to visit otherwise.
These two weeks were some of the best of my life, & you made it possible for me!!
Thank you so much!!
Maisie Campbell
        ...........and fun was had by all!!
            Ho Ho Ho !!!                     
                             Ho Ho Ho !!!
                             Ho Ho Ho !!!

2017/18 Kentville Rotary Club President, Shelly Phillips

For the Rotary year 2017/18, our new club and duly elected, President Shelly Phillips (left).  She has received the official welcome and gavel hand off, along with her President's Pin and well wishes from our now, Past President Susan Ueffing (right).
Our new ROTARY YEAR has officially begun.


2017/18 Incoming Board of Directors

Pictured Left to right, Phil Warren; Kate Seaman; Lawrence MacIssac; Rod McMahon; Jessica Clahane and Shelly Phillips.  Not in photo: Heather Lohr; Susan Ueffing; Leah White; Sheldon Matthews; and Douglas Hill.  Greater details of their positions are noted on the club's website home page.
The club welcomed all the incoming board with a round of applause showing great appreciation both for the new board members and those that have taken on these important tasks again this year.  Without a doubt, another positive year in the making.  Cheers to all.

Lobster, Steak, Canada 150, and end of Rotary Year Celebrations:


President Susan publicly thanks the attending 2016/2017 Board of Directors that have served the club so well.


A fine crowd of Rotarians celebrating the end of the 2016/17 Rotary year and the Canada 150 Birthday Celebrations, all with a fine feed of Lobster (and a few with steaks superbly bbq'd by Phil).


John & Heather say you can't take yourself too seriously when you are serving some of the Atlantic's "best grub" near Canada Day celebrations.


Lobster impersonator Roger (above) so moved and Canada Joe (below) seconded it..