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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Rosie's Restaurant - Celtic Room
42 Aberdeen Street
PO Box 85 (or Email: )
Kentville, NS  B4N 2N1
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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" 
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
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..


Our Club honoured its history along with the achievements of both community leaders and Club Members on Monday evening at KenWo.
The Presidents Dinner is an opportunity to recognize individuals who have served the Club as Presidents since its inception, and to recognize the special achievements of community members and Rotarians, through the awarding of Paul Harris Medals. In the first picture from the evening, Master of Ceremonies Leah White is shown with Peter Clarke, who has joined the ranks of those in the Club with 25 or more years of as a Rotarian.
Paul Harris Awards were given to two community members at the KenWo event, the first being to Dave McKeague, for his work in the development of Camp Brigadoon, a special camp for children living with chronic illnesses.  David has demonstrated real leadership, in the face of some personal medical challenges, and the fact that the Camp has been in operation successfully for 5 years now, is proof of the merit of his vision and dedication. A second Paul Harris Award was given to Sara Leslie, a local mom and teacher, who has been instrumental in the development of the new Kentville Library.  As one of the people who revived the Friends of the Kentville Library, and guided the organization in seeking the community funding, including that from Rotary, to establish the new branch in the former United Church property, Sara modestly accepted this special recognition.  Sara sees the Library as an inclusive, safe space for people, particularly children, whether rich or poor, to learn and grow.
Also shown in this photo, our Club Members were recognized at the Presidents Dinner, with Paul Harris Awards being presented to Garth Gordon and Roger Sevigny, for their many years of active support to our local Club and beyond.  Each of them has contributed in their own way to demonstrate the true meaning of Service Above Self.
   The Rotary Wheel Float was entered for the third year in a row in the Grand Parade at the annual Apple Blossom Festival.  On board were our own Elva Heyge, District Governor Elect; Trinda Ernst, President Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise and our two Valley Student Exchangers - Maike and Marie.