A time for Giving

December is a time for Giving.
The Rotary Club of Kentville donated to four projects in December.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, our club provided a donation to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. In normal years, we would have designated 3-4 days to volunteer to "man" the kettles. COVID made that more challenging for us this year. In lieu, we asked individual Rotarians to assist where possible and provided the cash donation to help with a tough year for the Kettle Campaign.
In past years, Rotarians have gathered monthly during the school term to bake muffins and prepare energy bars to contribute to the Breakfast program. Because we were unable to enter the schools, our committee opted to take the annual budget and donate it to the school breakfast program.
The Club also participated in a month of fund raising for Polio eradication. All proceeds collected from member donations and the basket raffle, among other events were sent to RI to continue its significant and beneficial work in ridding the world of Polio.
The international student exchange program was suspended for 2020-21 due to the pandemic. The Club committee voted to use part of its budget to answer the call of another Rotary Club to support a deserving international student by contributing to his scholarship fund.
We recognize the pandemic has changed the way we serve our community. Let's hope the vaccines will help fight the pandemic and take us back to a more "normal" way of doing things. In the meantime we are happy and proud to continue our work in the community both locally and beyond.
A time for Giving Kelly Ells 2021-01-12 04:00:00Z 0

Vaccines Provide Hope

Hope in the fight against COVID-19
2021 brings the hope of vaccines to help in the fight of COVID 19 and end to the deadly pandemic. Rotary is no stranger to vaccines. The eradication of Polio campaign is proof vaccines work as we approach the last mile in the eradication of Wild Polio Virus worldwide.
The first COVID vaccines were administered in the Province in December. The first Valley clinics begin the week of January 11. For more information the NS Department of Health is a great resource. Below is an excerpt and link to the most current information on NS's COVID vaccine program.


Vaccines are products that help protect you from viruses that cause illnesses like COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan includes a 3-phase approach. As more vaccine is received, more groups will become eligible to get the vaccine.

Each vaccine has different rules on how you can move and store the vaccine. Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan looks at:

  • how and when the vaccine supply is delivered
  • how, when and where the vaccine can be moved around the province
  • what kind of specialized equipment is needed to move and store the vaccine
  • who will get the vaccine and when based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization

Two vaccines,  Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna, are approved for use in Nova Scotia. The province may receive other brands of COVID-19 vaccine as they’re approved for use by Health Canada.

Nova Scotia expects to receive 150,000 vaccines from 16 December 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Vaccines Provide Hope Kelly Ells 2021-01-11 04:00:00Z 0

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.
Lest We Forget Kelly Ells 2020-11-06 04:00:00Z 0

Polio Tulip Campaign

Rotary and Vessey Seeds have partnered for a special Polio Fundraiser. The orders were taken in July and early August with $14 from every box sold going to the Rotary Polio fund. The campaign was a success and oversold!!  
Last week, the tulip bulbs were packaged and delivered to the Clubs. You should be receiving your order soon (if you haven't already!).
The fun doesn't end there as the planting has begun!!! Pictured below is Chris, the underpaid gardener (as described by his wife!) planting his Rotary Tulips. Let's take lots of pictures planting the tulips and again in the spring as they grow.
October 24 is World Polio Day... One Day. One Focus. Ending Polio. 
Polio Tulip Campaign Kelly Ells 2020-09-30 03:00:00Z 0

September Meet Up

For those who couldn't attend, you missed an evening of fun, good food and drink at the meet-up last Wednesday co-hosted by Shelley and Martin Fleckenstein.
Bill welcomed everyone to the party and passed along regrets from a few last minute cancellations. Shirley Margeson (Shelley's mother) was a special guest. Eleven Rotarians attended and COVID -19 health protocols were observed!! 
The party took place outdoors at the Fleckenstein's home in Wolfville. It was a beautiful, warm, late summer evening. There were lots of great snacks and a good time was had by all!
September Meet Up Kelly Ells 2020-09-16 03:00:00Z 0
Rotary in the Community Kelly Ells 2020-07-24 03:00:00Z 0

Polio Fundraiser at the Ueffing's Cottage

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
Polio Fundraiser at the Ueffing's Cottage Bill Denyar 2020-07-13 03:00:00Z 0

2020 Scholarship Ceremony

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.
2020 Scholarship Ceremony Kelly Ells 2020-07-06 03:00:00Z 0

Phil Warren Paul Harris Fellow

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.
Phil Warren Paul Harris Fellow Kelly Ells 2020-06-30 03:00:00Z 0

Jim Goit

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
Jim Goit Kelly Ells 2020-06-23 03:00:00Z 0

RI Press Release on Racism

Statement from Rotary International
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.
We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 
Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.
Press Release June 2, 2020
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of all people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.
RI Press Release on Racism Kelly Ells 2020-06-15 03:00:00Z 0

June is Fellowship Month

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
June is Fellowship Month Kelly Ells 2020-05-31 03:00:00Z 0

Elva Heyge: 2020 recipient Heart of the District Award

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!
Elva Heyge: 2020 recipient Heart of the District Award Kelly Ells 2020-05-31 03:00:00Z 0

People of Action

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.
People of Action Kelly Ells 2020-05-15 03:00:00Z 0
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Easter Greetings April 2020

Wishing you all a Happy Easter as you Isolate, which no one has ever done before, there might be a lot of First's from now on!!
    In those Isolation Days it's good to keep busy and keep track like this fellow is
             doing.  (shared with us by Joop)
Day 1 – We Can Do This!!  Got enough food and wine to last a month!
Day 2 – Opening our 8th bottle of Wine.  We fear wine supplies might not last!
Day 3 – Strawberries:  Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds.  Who Knew??
Day 4 – 8:00pm.  Removed our Day Pajamas and put on our Night Pajamas.
Day 5 – Today, we tried to make Hand Sanitizer.  It came out as Jello Shots!!
Day 6 – We get to take the Garbage out.  I’m So excited, I can’t decide what to wear.
Day 7 – Laughing way too much at our own jokes!!
Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”.  You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal.  We have No clue how this place is still in business.
Day 9 – We put liquor bottles in every room.  Tonight, we're getting all dressed up and going Bar hopping.
Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a Spider today.  Seems nice.  He’s a Web Designer.
Day 11 – Isolation is hard.  I swear the fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”
Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides.  I think the wife just barked at a squirrel.
Day 13 – Turns out if you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.
Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm.  The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3 - 1
We are constantly bombarded with stuff and updates on the Corona Virus -  HERE IS THE OPTIMISTIC VIEW!!
  • Like the flu, the majority of people do recover
  • Global air pollution and CO 2 levels have plummeted since the virus.  Blue skies in China, India, US, UK, etc…
  • Lives saved from reduced air pollution should easily exceed loss due to the virus
  • Dramatic differences proves WE do contribute to climate change problems exponentially.  If anything, this will prompt ALL people to do their part after all this is over
  • We have an awareness of the positive attributes in slowing down in life
  • Family time spent together (those who live together in one house)
  • We still have access to food
  • We live in an age we are still connected through technology and not in total isolation
  • We can still spend time with neighbours outside within a safe distance of course
  • We can still go for walks
  • Work in the garden – Spring is here!
  • Take a Sunday drive on Monday through Saturday
  • We live in a world where most people do care
  • The Government addresses the nation on a daily basis through this crisis to keep us informed
  • Government has put in relief measures for people out of work, etc.
  • We have medical staff on front line to nurse the sick and protect the people
  • Finally, Spring is here – Nature is coming alive with new growth.  Migratory birds have returned.   If you go in the garden you will see there is lots of new growth, day-lilies, lilac bushes, peonies, hydrangeas, delphiniums…..and Yes even weeds!!
       Zoom is here:
A virtual meeting will be set up for next Monday, April 13 at 12:15 via Zoom. As our first attempt to facilitate a full club meeting, it will be light and informal. We'll briefly report on board, committee and district activities since our last in-person meeting, back on March 9 and we'll ask our Rotary friends how they are doing and what they would like to see from our Club during this challenging time. Information on how to participate and an email invitation will come later.
             Have a great warm Easter Weekend!!!
Easter Greetings April 2020 pierre hoebers 2020-04-11 03:00:00Z 0
Spring is coming - soon!! pierre hoebers 2020-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Training Day

Exchange Students are presented with 
Flamingos for helping out at the Full Day Training
session courtesy of our District Governor
        Thanks Ciara and  Constance!!
Rotary Training Day pierre hoebers 2020-03-10 03:00:00Z 0

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!
Enjoy Valentine's Day with family and friends (or just eat some chocolate!), and remember that NS Heritage Day is Monday, February 17th, so we won't have a meeting that day, but we have our evening meeting to select a major project on Wednesday, February 19th at 5:30pm.
Happy Valentines Day Katie MacArthur 2020-02-11 04:00:00Z 0

Wine Survivor 2020

Get involved with Wine Survivor this month!! See Karen Corey or Chris Maynard for more information or to participate!
Wine Survivor 2020 Katie MacArthur 2020-02-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Image Advertising pierre hoebers 2020-01-28 04:00:00Z 0

Some Kentville History

 Kentville was a desirable-villaging place for the Mi'kmaq due to the great run of salmon. Another place within today's town limits vital to the Mi'kmaq was the smelting grounds along the stream that runs under east Main Street and empties into the Cornwallis River.
The smelts came in immense quantities, just at the spring time, when other food was hardly available!!
Some Kentville History pierre hoebers 2020-01-07 04:00:00Z 0

Family Christmas Party

Posted by Katie MacArthur
On Monday, December 9th our club enjoyed our Family Christmas Party! With about 140 attendees we had a great turnout of Rotarians, their families and lots of invited guests! The evening began with a delicious turkey dinner buffet and friendly conversation with families and guests. Then we had the pleasure of some Christmas carols led by Gerry and Kelly with lots of kids (and the young at heart) singing and dancing along.
Finally the big event, Santa Claus came to town! All of the kids attending got a chance to talk to Santa and get a gift. What a great way to spend an evening with friends!
A reminder of the upcoming events this month:
Dec 16 - Christmas Cocktail Party – sign up here: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/383/Event/christmas-cocktail-party-2  by tonight at midnight so that the organizers can have the right numbers.
Dec. 23 - 2018/2019 Rotary Year Annual Meeting – 12:30pm at Paddy’s.
Dec 30 - No regular meeting - lunchtime social at Paddy's
Remember that at both the Christmas Cocktail Party and the Dec. 23rd year end meeting there will be bags for gifts for Constance and Kiera, and an envelope for the staff at Paddy’s to thank them for their year of great service.
Thanks in advance and enjoy your Holiday season!
Family Christmas Party Katie MacArthur 2019-12-10 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle

Posted by Katie MacArthur
Sign up for a time to help out with the Christmas Kettle, look how happy everyone in these pictures are to be doing thir shifts!! Check the ClubRunner event for times that still need to be filled.
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Katie MacArthur 2019-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army 2019

Posted by pierre hoebers
It's that time of year again, take your turn on the 
       Salvation Army Kettle campaign
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Rotary Foundation 100 years pierre hoebers 2019-11-19 04:00:00Z 0

2020 Farm Trends

On the Farm in Canada young people are coming back with the introduction of a variety of Ag Careers!
Plant breeders and chefs are creating "Badger Flame" mild sweet beets, Primero Red mild heat Habaneros, and Blue fenugreek - tastes buttery, smells like maple syrup.
Soon high schools will teach kids how to operate Ag drones!
Soon Apps will connect local grocery buyers with local food production to order fresh products!
....and Edible bar codes on produce can identify it's source farm and row from which picked!!
2020 Farm Trends pierre hoebers 2019-11-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rural/Urban Agriculture Tour

Story submitted by Karen Corey and pictures by Kim Monette.
A group of Rotarians and guests enjoyed an informative agriculture tour on a crisp fall day this past Saturday during our clubs annual rural urban tour. 
The tour started at the construction site at Wilmar Farms in Sheffield Mills.  John and Peter Swetnam, sons of the late Bill Swetnam a long time Kentville Rotarian, are constructing two new state of the art chicken barns.  John walked us through the plans and construction site sharing information on the European technology and efficiencies being incorporated in their construction.  We all had our their eyes opened to both the planning that went into the barns, as well as the technology to provide optimal growing conditions for their chickens.  We were invited back to see the barns when they are operational.  Everyone agreed that was a great idea.
Next, we stopped at VanMeerken Farms in Lakeville where Stephen and Michael VanMeekeren shared the story of their father Frank running a mixed farm and how over the years, VanMeekeren Farms has evolved to specialize in growing and packing apples.  Stephen and Michael told us about club varieties.  They grow the Pazazz apple, a descendant of the Honeycrisp which is unique in Nova Scotia to growers at VanMeekeren Farms.  Stephen then led us on a tour of the controlled atmosphere storages, the packing facility, explaining the technology behind the computerized sorting and grading lines.  Again, the group was impressed by the level of technology and innovation on the farm.
Our last stop was a delicious soup and sandwich supper prepared by the Lakeville Women’s Institute. Adeline Blatt walked us through the menu – a lovely variety of soups and sandwiches and delicious desserts.  If you want the best ever lemon dessert recipe ask Leah White, she has the recipe for Lemon Bliss.  
I think everyone would agree, we learned a lot on both tours.  The amount of technology and innovation that goes into producing exceptional product on both Wilmar Acres and VanMeekeren Farms was impressive and we know from previous tours, not limited to their farms.  We’re very fortunate for our agriculture industry in the Valley and for the innovative, passionate farmers that lead that  industry.
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Remembrance Day pierre hoebers 2019-11-05 04:00:00Z 0

Roger and Suzanne Honored

Posted by Katie MacArthur
Congratulations to Roger and Suzanne Sevigny who were recognized in the NS Legislature for their impact on the community, as foster parents for over 50 years!  Below is a link to a short video on Roger and Suzanne’s role as foster parents. The video is on twitter, but you shouldn't need an account to view it!
Roger and Suzanne Honored Katie MacArthur 2019-10-29 03:00:00Z 0

Rick Ramsay's Classification Talk

Posted by Katie MacArthur
Rotary Meet Up – Rick Ramsay’s Classification Talk
At our Rotary evening meet-up on October 16th, Rick talked to us about his history and about the roles Public Administration. He also explained how Public Administration Relates to Rotary.
Rick explained that Public Administration is administrating institutions like hospitals, local government, etc. Rick’s experience has been in corporate finance and accounting manufacturing plants in Truro and Kentville, then in local government for Kings County for 23 years and finally as a business owner – management consulting for 20 years.
Rick explained that there are many roles for a public administrator. They would work on financial management, HR management, policy development, IT, research capacity, general management, and service delivery. Public Administration relates to Rotary as they have many of the same goals: humanitarian causes, harmony within communities, service to the public, building community leaders, providing clean water, and building community economy.
Thank you Rick for sharing your history and knowledge!
Rick Ramsay's Classification Talk Katie MacArthur 2019-10-21 03:00:00Z 0

Ride for Refuge

Posted by Katie MacArthur
Congratulations to the team "Rotary Riders" who biked in the Ride for Refuge and rasied (their team alone!) $3,000 to support The Portal. Thanks Greg, Phil, Roger, Wally and John for all of your effort!
Ride for Refuge Katie MacArthur 2019-10-08 03:00:00Z 0

Australia Friendship Exchange

Posted by pierre hoebers
We had a wonderful visit with our Rotary visitors
from Australia  -  Sept. 27-30, 2019
   Around the Campfire at the Denyars
Australia Friendship Exchange pierre hoebers 2019-09-30 03:00:00Z 0

Welcome Exchange Students

Posted by pierre hoebers
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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Oakdene Day 

On Sunday, August 25th we had a very successful Oakdene Day! We served almost 400 hotdogs, water and juice! the weather was beautiful and we had a great time doing it!
Oakdene Day Katie MacArthur 2019-08-27 03:00:00Z 0
Kentville Multicultural Fair Katie MacArthur 2019-08-20 03:00:00Z 0

Thanks Phyllis and Wally

Posted by Katie MacArthur
Thanks Phyllis and Wally for opening their cottage for a potluck supper on the long weekend! About 20 Rotarians took advantage of the invite and everyone had a wonderful time, good food, great view, and excellent hospitality.
Thanks Phyllis and Wally Katie MacArthur 2019-08-13 03:00:00Z 0
A thought!!! pierre hoebers 2019-07-25 03:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange - Heather Lohr pierre hoebers 2019-07-22 03:00:00Z 0
Summer - Ahhhhhh!!! pierre hoebers 2019-07-11 03:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY 2019 -2020 pierre hoebers 2019-06-21 03:00:00Z 0

Wine and Dash

Posted on Jun 03, 2019
Brigadoon’s 5th Annual Wine & Dash will be held on June 23rd, 2019 starting at Benjamin Bridge and
finishing at Lightfoot & Wolfville. Walk or run a 5k or 10k route through the beautiful Gaspereau Valley and
sample some of this province’s finest wines.
Your participation will empower the lives of children in our community
by providing them with the transformative experience of Brigadoon’s camp programs.

Not interested in the “dash” part of this event? Try our NEW guided tour option provided by Magic
Winery Bus! 
Wine and Dash Katie MacArthur 2019-06-03 03:00:00Z 0

What did you Miss!!  May 27 -2019

Posted by pierre hoebers
Chairperson(s):  for VOTE on Community projects.   Rod and Rick
O'Canada led by Sue and Thanksgiving prayer let by Heather Lohr
Happy $$$!!
Sue for her and Joop's visit to St. Johns for the opening of their son's new Pub!!
Heather for an enjoyable drive with John thru NB and into the states and reminder about the club's incoming exchange students, always an worthwhile experience!!
Karen shared that her sister presently travelling in Italy was able to visit with one of our Club's past exchange students
Community Project Presentations:
Camp Brigadoon - presenter Jayme Butt
Jayme provided us with a short history on the camp since it's opening in 2011.  The camp facilitates 14 different areas of illness for the children that attend and the age range is 7 -18yrs.  Some of these kids have never met any other kids due to their illness. Parent feedback is always awesome and crucial.  It cost $1300 per week per child for any of their programs.  Presently their are no government dollars supporting this facility.   The ask from Brigadoon is for $20,000 for new dining room tables and $10,000 for upgrades to the staffing facilities.
Kentville Historical Society - presenter Eric Deal
Eric shared that the Via Rail Station opened officially on May 17th as the future home, to share artifacts, stories, pictures, of the history in Kentville and surrounding area.  Sports, Apple Blossom Festivals, the DAR (Dominion Atlantic Railway) are just a few of the past events that will be on display.  Funds are required to complete a restoration of a green space along side the museum that connects with the Harvest Moon Trail within the Town of Kentville which makes it accessible to all in the Community.  The ask from the Society is for $36,300.
NKEC - presenter Rick Fox:
Rick shared that Rotary has been involved in previous projects for which he sincerely thanked Rotary.  Rick Provided an update on how this project get started and who was involved in the planning, it also has the support of the Village of Canning and when completed will be available to the entire Community.   It is a Multi Physical Activity Park, wheel chair accessible, exercise and fitness features all on a ground base rubber flooring.  It will include Agility and Free play sectors as well.  The ask is  $28,000.
All presentations allowed for questions and feedback, Rick thanked all our presenters and then it was on to the vote.
The first vote count did not show a clear majority thus the lowest ranking project was dropped and on the second vote NKEC came through as the project of choice!!!   Congratulations to NKEC!!
Social Committee:   TAKE NOTE  June 19th will be our lobster Do.  This year it will be a joint venture with Rotary New Minas.  Watch for registration through Club Runner     
Brigadoon’s 5th Annual Wine & Dash will be held on June 23rd, 2019 starting at Benjamin Bridge and
finishing at Lightfoot & Wolfville. Walk or run a 5k or 10k route through the beautiful Gaspereau Valley and
sample some of this province’s finest wines.
Your participation will empower the lives of children in our community
by providing them with the transformative experience of Brigadoon’s camp programs.

Not interested in the “dash” part of this event? Try our NEW guided tour option provided by Magic
Winery Bus! You will enjoy a guided tour through the Gaspereau Valley on the Magic Winery Bus’ “Tidal
Bay Express”. You will travel as a group to each of the four wineries on the route starting at Benjamin Bridge,
finishing at Lightfoot & Wolfville, and visiting Gaspereau Vineyards and Domaine de Grand Pre Vineyards along
the route. At each winery, you will enjoy tastings and the opportunity to explore the vineyard before the Tidal Bay
Express transports you to the next incredible destination.

Don’t forget to celebrate our 5th anniversary in STYLE! We’ll be celebrating our 5th year of Wine & Dash in
style with an 80’s theme! Dust off your neon leg warmers, bike shorts, and head bands to compete for the BEST
costume of the event, among many other costume prizes!         www.wineanddash.ca
Chase the Ace - ticket holder was Shelley Fleckenstein..............and It's a Rollover!!
NEXT WEEK's Meeting -  June 3 - Barry Braun, Western Zone Health Planning Team - Four Year Strategy
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Interact Club at NKEC 

Welcome to all our students as part of the new Interact Club, some are pictured here that attended the Charter Night event held recently at Ken-Wo Golf Club.
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All kinds of Mother's Day stories Katie MacArthur 2019-05-14 03:00:00Z 0

Charter Night Dinner

May 6th, 2019 celebration included the Club's 95th anniversary, Past President and years of service recognition, new INTERAC club at NKEC and presentations to New Paul Harris Fellows. 
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NSCC Students

Posted by pierre hoebers
NSCC  students (with the leadership of Di Best) participate and receive thanks from the Kentville Rotary Club as they once again go out and gain hands-on exeprience in Selling.  As part of their Sales/Adminstration Program students visit and contact renewable and new advertisers for Valley Faces of Business.   Total sales for their efforts was $21,000THANK YOU!!
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Happy Easter!!

                Enjoy your Chocolate!!
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Joy Calkin

Posted by Katie MacArthur
If you didn't get a chance to read the Chronicle Herald article about Joy Calkin passed around at the April 8th meeting, check it out here:
Joy is the daughter of past rotary president Garth Calkin ('56-'57). Garth Gordon shared a story with me (Katie) that Garth Calkin remembered the first day his father did not come home from work at lunch... it was because he was attending his first rotary meeting in 1924. 
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Kentville Rotary Charter pierre hoebers 2019-03-21 03:00:00Z 0