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Over the next year, I will be sharing a short weekly message about The Rotary Foundation, its programs and the need for your support. Today, I have a quote from Paulo Costa, Past President of Rotary International, 1990-1991.
“Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities . . . it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.” 
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation and its work. 
Polio- Plus Fundraising Dinner - Friday July 10, 2020
Report from the President
Our Special Projects & International Committees put together an excellent dinner event Friday evening, hosted by Joe and Sue Ueffing at their beautiful Ross Creek property. There were almost 50 guests present, keeping within the Department of Health Covid regulations. Guests donated $50 each to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Campaign.

It was my privilege to thank the Committees and volunteers who served up an excellent meal, and it was also my pleasure to introduce special guests including Louisa Horne, Past DG, Stella Roy District Polio Plus rep, Heather Hennigar, AG, and Harvey Bass from District 7810. Harvey was here to meet with Garth and Roger in connection with District unification. 
Stella reported to those present that, with a late push before the June 30 Rotary year end, donations had reached the $50 million target to maximize matching dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I believe dollars were matched two-to-one.

Exchange student Constance Vandenberge was there with her cookbook. She sold many copies with all proceeds going to Polio Plus. This was our last chance to say farewell to Constance as she flew out Sunday morning to return home to Belgium.

I would like to again thank Joe & Sue for so graciously hosting another Kentville Rotary event. Your generosity is very much appreciated
Congratulations to the 2020 Rotary scholarship recipients. On Tuesday June 30, the Rotary Clubs of Kentville and the New Minas Sunrise presented eight deserving graduates with scholarships. Graduates pictured from bottom left to top right: Sophie Keddy, Cindi-Lee Vidito, Jaeda Alders-Pearle, Michele Song, Caleb Dixon, William Watts and Grace Carty (missing from the photo Bethany Pearle.)
Members of the Rotary Clubs joined virtually to congratulate the students on their accomplishments. 
Cindi Vidito, Northeast Kings Education Centre: plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University. Principal statement: Cindy Lee has helped a student in the middle school this year and this student greatly benefited from being mentored by Cindy Lee
We congratulate Cindi on her Rotary of Kentville Scholarship of $2750.00
Jaeda Alders-Pearle, Central Kings plans to attend Acadia in a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program. Referee statement talks about her being very well organized a natural leader with a tremendous work ethic.
We congratulate Jaeda on her Rotary of Kentville Scholarship of $2750.00
Bethany Pearl,Northeast Kings Education Centre will be attending Dalhousie to pursue a Bachelor of Arts. Principal’s comment:  If you could think of the nicest, most sincere, positive and funny person you have met then you are getting close to Bethany’s personality – exceptional young lady.
Bethany said in her application – “over my years of high school, I have learned one very important thing and that is to try your best and never give up.”
Bethany was unable to join us for the celebration. We congratulate Bethany on her Rotary of Kentville Scholarship of $2750.00
Sophie Keddy, Central Kings. Principal statement:  Noted two honors: Lieutenant Governors Education Medal in May 2019 and a Silver Girl Guides of Canada Trailblazer Award in 2020 – and noted she volunteers daily at the school breakfast program.
We congratulate Sophie on her Rotary of Kentville Scholarship of $2750.00
Grace Carty, Central Kings has applied for Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Acadia and St. Francis Xavier. Principal says she is a strong student and a good school citizen.
We congratulate Grace on her Rotary of Kentville Scholarship of $2000.00
William Watts, Northeast Kings Educaction Centre plans to attend UNB  for a Bachelor of Science degree. Principal’s Statement: An exceptional young man who does the right thing when no one is looking. You hope your own son will be like Will when they grow up
We congratulate Will on his scholarship of $1,500 from the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise
Michelle Song, Horton plans to attend McMaster University. She is an International Baccalaureate Student, the most rigorous academic option available. She maintained a grade point average of 97.5 and graduates Honours with Distinction.
We congratulate Michelle on receiving her scholarship of $1,500 from the Rotary Club of New Minas
Caleb  Dixon will be attending Acadia Divinity College  where he will earn a Bachelor of Theology. Caleb is also an International Baccalaureate Student, who in spite of the rigorous academic workload  graduates with Honours with Distinction. From his referee: “Caleb will never tell you how amazing a person he is, but if you get a chance to meet him, you can’t miss it. This young man is special”.
We congratulate Caleb on receiving his scholarship of $1,500 on behalf of The Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise.
Well done 2020 Graduates!. We wish you all the best in your future studies.
Congratulations Phil Warren
The Rotary Club of Kentville recognized Phil Warren with a Paul Harris Fellow at its final club meeting of the 2019-20 year. The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow is a way Rotary Foundation expresses its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder Paul Harris. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation.
Phil was chosen by the Rotary Club of Kentville in recognition of the remarkable job his did during his tenure as president of our club despite the challenges he faced, including those unexpected and unanticipated as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
A donation to the Rotary Foundation was made in Phil's honor to further the work of the Rotary Foundation. It is an investment in goodwill, peace and understanding, an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over and one that Phil clearly shares. 
On behalf of the Club, Chris presents the Paul Harris Fellow to Phil as he receives a standing ovation from Club members.
It is with profound sadness that we announce our District lost a true leader on Sunday, June 21, 2020. PDG Jim Goit, of the Rotary Club of Truro, died suddenly while doing what he loved... cycling with a friend. Throughout his 69 years, Jim had many passions – cycling, skiing, baking bread, being a proud Rotarian but most of all, his family.
He joined Rotary in 2005, was club president in 2011-12 and went on to be our District Governor in 2015-16. Throughout his Rotary career, Jim received many citations and awards, the most recent being the “Heart of the District in 2016-2017.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, their sons, Michael and Steven and their respective families.
The family asks that donations, in Jim’s name be made to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. For Canadians, donations can be made to the Rotary Foundation of Canada. Please see the attached form or go to the following link for more information: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/memorial-or-tribute-gift-form
Congratulations to Elva Heyge. Elva received the Heart of the District Award at our District 7820's Virtual Annual General Meeting held Friday May 29, 2020. It is awarded to a past District Governor who provided service to the District during their term as District Governor and who continues to contribute in an outstanding way to the work being carried out by the District 7820.
Because of the virtual meeting, it was not possible to get a formal photo of the presentation. This was a screen shot taken moments after the announcement was made. We look forward to "post COVID" when we can meet again in person to congratulate you. Until then, know that we, the Rotary Club of Kentville, are proud of you Elva. So well deserved!
Rotary Fellowships consist of members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies or professions. These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development, and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world.
Rotary Fellowships
  • Help participants make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country
  • Advance Rotary’s public image and identity
  • Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for maintaining active membership
Rotary Fellowships
  • Function independently of Rotary International by establishing their own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure
  • Are open to Rotarians, their family members, as well as participants and alumni of all Rotary and Foundation programs
COVID-19 has presented many challenges. We saw an abrupt end to our in-person meetings in mid-March as the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency and restricted gatherings of more than five people and asked citizens to "Stay the Blazes Home" except when necessary to go out.
Rotarians are by nature people of action. While many of our projects and social gatherings were postponed or cancelled, we did not sit idly by. By mid-April, our club held its first weekly virtual meeting. The Board and club committees also moved to virtual meetings and conference calls. We quickly pivoted to assisting with the pandemic. Our first response was a donation to our local food banks. Our biggest project was teaming up with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation (VRHF) to help fund, produce and distribute non-medical masks. Together with the VRHF and community volunteers, we are proud to have created close to 10,000 masks, most of which have been donated to fill needs within the community. Our thanks to Rod McMahon, Ellen Crowley and Heather Lohr for their leadership on this project.
We had a wonderful visit with our Rotary visitors
from Australia  -  Sept. 27-30, 2019
   Around the Campfire at the Denyars
It was a beautiful evening overlooking the Bay of  Fundy Shore as many Rotary Members and guests participated in a Potluck Dinner to welcome our 2 Exchange Students.
Left - Constance Vandenberge - Belgium and Right Chiara Galizia - Italy
Thanks you very much to John and Heather Lohr for hosting us at their home!!
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