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Rotary Club of Charlottetown 25th Anniversary Celebration 
The below advertisement was placed in The Guardian newspaper on Nov. 10, 1942. It is not the most politically correct ad by today's standards, however, this was a function of those times. 
 
The history of this Club is amazing. It is nice to see that our Club is still involved in supporting children with disabilities, as it was in 1942. It is also interesting to note that support for youth programs such as Air Cadets is still in favour at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown with the International Youth Exchange Program, etc. Also, a recent Club survey indicated that Youth of PEI are still a top priority of the Club. Also, interesting to note that the basis of our Remembrance Day Program/support for military traces back to the World Wars and our support for Youth in setting up Air Cadets in in PEI in the 1940's.
 
The Caption reads as follows:
 
"The Charlottetown Rotary Club which attained its Charter in 1917 is celebrating its Silver Jubilee at the Charlottetown Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 10th when the star attraction will be guest speaker, Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon, D.D., President of Rotary International in 1917-1918, the year of Charlottetown's admission. Dr. Pidgeon also happens to be an Islander, with a world wide reputation. During its existence, the Rotary Club has stood behind the most worthwhile public movements here, and has especially distinguished itself by adopting the Crippled Children Campaign as its own particular branch of Red Cross service, raising no less than $20,000 for the carrying on of good work. Another of its outlets in public service was the founding of Air Cadets, but for which action on their part there probably would have been no Air Cadets in our midst. All citizens will join in congratulating the Rotarians on attaining this Red Letter day in their history, and cherish the hope that the Club may long be spared to continue its beneficent work. "
 
 
 
 
Peter Boswall Honoured by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association

One former Club Member, Richard Martin, and one current Club member, Peter Boswall, were recently recognized by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association. Richard will be attending the Centennial Dinner this fall.

The below story was copied from CBC PEI website.

Richard Martin has released several fusarium-resistant strains of wheat.

Two P.E.I. provincial employees have been presented with the Honorary Life Award from the Canadian Seed Growers' Association.

Richard Martin was recognized for his research on management of fusarium head blight in wheat. Martin has released a number of fusarium-resistant varieties of wheat. He also ran a nursery where wheat was assessed for fusarium resistance.

P.E.I. agriculture policy analyst Peter Boswall

Peter Boswall has server on the national board of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. (Submitted)

Policy analyst Peter Boswall was described as a lifelong advocate for the pedigreed seed crop program at the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture. He has also served as a national board member at CSGA.

Islanders took two of the three Honorary Life Awards from the association this year. The third went to Dale Adolphe of Saskatchewan, former executive director of the CSGA.

 

 

New Rotarian, Jane Macnutt
Jane Macnutt, Occupational Therapist, was Inducted into our Club on July 31st. Jane is the third generation Macnutt to become a member a member of our Club starting in the 1950's. Welcome Jane!

Erin McGrath-Gaudet, Director, PEI and Intergovernmental Policy - Canadian Federation of Independent Business
At our lunch meeting on July 31st, we were fortunate to have Erin McGrath-Gaudet, Director, PEI and Intergovernmental Policy - Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Erin is seen here with Meeting Chair, Emma Fugate, and Club Secretary, Melanie MacDonald. Erin spoke about what the future has in store for the PEI economy, including a warning for governments that they need to plan for lower revenue growth and larger demands for expensive government services.
 
Erin is seen here with Meeting Chair, Emma Fugate, and Club Secretary, Melanie MacDonald
 
 
Youth Exchange BBQ
On Thursday, August 17th: Any 5:00 PM in Stanhope, there will be BBQ at Jim Macnutt's cottage. Come early and enjoy some golf, beach, nature walks, or just hang out at Jim's cottage. Barbecue served at 5:30 PM with The Sizzler and there promises to be of lots of goodies. Memories and music abound! Club Rotarian's are invited to attend this event as well.
 
         
        
                                                                
 
 
 
Centennial Book Launch
The Centennial Book on the History of Rotary in PEI, authored by Jim Macnutt, is scheduled to take place at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Monday, August 14, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. 
 
 
New Member: Rachel Murphy

On July 25th, Rachel (李佳颖) Murphy was Inducted into our Club. Rachel has been employed as an CPA with Bradley Handrahan since 2015. Rachel’s main area of practice includes PEI PNP consulting, business planning, financial projections, tax planning, audit and other assurance services, compilation engagements, accounting software training, GST/HST services, payroll administration and personal and corporate income tax return preparation. Prior to joining Bradley Handrahan, Rachel worked in a hedge fund administration company as an operational analyst and fund accountant. She has an MBA in Finance from Saint Mary’s University, is a CMA charter holder, and a Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Rachel also passed all three levels of the Certified Financial Analyst exams. Rachel was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Canada in 2009. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. She is married to Mark Murphy. She actively volunteers in the local community and through her own Chinese newscasts to help the PEI Chinese community to stay informed with local news, events and new government policies. Welcome back Rachel!

 

Rotary Wheel Confederation Bridge
In commemoration of of 100th Anniversary of Rotary in PEI, the province has grown the Rotary Wheel in flowers at the entrance to the Confederation Bridge.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Community Service Award: Pauline Thomson
Pauline Thomson, of Canoe Cove, is a long time volunteer with the Upper Room Soup Kitchen. She treats the patrons of the Soup Kitchen with kindness and is always ready with a big smile. She is takes the time to speak to everyone there personally. She makes goods for the patrons such as hats, scarves, and mittens for them in the winter. Pauline has a wonderfully cheerful presence, and respects all who need the services of the Upper Room. She is highly thought of by the other volunteers. Pauline believes any one of us could be end up homeless. In fact, many of them had good lives at one point. Thank you Pauline for everything you do for the Soup Kitchen. Charlottetown is a better place for your efforts. Thank you Della for finding such worthy recipients for Community Service.
 
 
 
 
Distinguished Community Service Award: Ron Profit

Story from CBC PEI website

Lawyer recognized for community service by Law Society of P.E.I.

Ron Profit received the Distinguished Community Service Award

Ron Profit, a lawyer and partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.
Ron Profit, a lawyer and partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island. (Angela Walker/CBC)
 

A Charlottetown lawyer was recently recognized for his work in the community.

Ron Profit, a partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.

Profit has worked with a variety of organizations including the Easter Seals, the Alzheimer's Society, the prostate support group and the Canadian Rehabilitation Council as well as a number of sporting organizations.

'Every lawyer was involved in some way or another with volunteering, you certainly see as recreation director those that are volunteers within the community.'- Ron Profit

"It's very rewarding to see how people just feel the support," he said.

"You just see how people, the joy that comes into their lives by having various organizations support what they may have ongoing at that time."

'Every lawyer was involved'

Before he became a lawyer, Profit was the recreation director for the Town of Summerside.

It was his time in the position that made him want to go to law school after seeing the contributions lawyers in the community were making.

'You meet great people through volunteering.'- Ron Profit

"I was impressed when I was recreation director, with the legal profession in the town of Summerside," he said.

"Every lawyer was involved in some way or another with volunteering, you certainly see as recreation director those that are volunteers within the community."

'Meet great people'

Profit said that what has always drawn him to volunteering is working and getting to know others.

"You meet great people through volunteering," he said.

Profit met an important person in his life when he volunteered in the early years of his life.

'It came to our attention cause our children have all been involved in Varsity sports, that women in sports weren't being supported by the community financially, and perhaps by the universities as well.'- Ron Profit

"There was a young lady who was the most involved woman in the town, young lady was the student council president, she was involved in many different things," he said.

"I ended up be attracted to her in more ways than one, and now we're married for 43 years."

'They've all been rewarding'

Profit is currently the chair of the prostate support group and said that the Y's Men in Charlottetown have done great work over his time with them, raising over $600,000 for aquatics sports.

He and his wife are also involved in helping support female varsity athletes financially.

"It came to our attention cause our children have all been involved in varsity sports, that women in sports weren't being supported by the community financially, and perhaps by the universities as well," he said.

Profit has worked with many groups over the years and said that each one has been important to him.

"They've all been rewarding," he said.

 

 

Goodbye Message from Youth Exchange student Naomi Ascencio
I can't believe that my year in Canada is almost over! I've spend the best year of my life so far and I believe that everyone should do the rotary youth exchange cause adventure is the best way to learn! I'm infinitely grateful because thanks the Rotary and all the people that I've met during my Exchange I've become another person. It's not a trip or a vacation, it's a second life and it's gonna be hard to leave everything behind me. Here is a little video to show you how great it is to know people from all over the world, how nice it is to have 3 other families, and how AWESOME it is to be Canadian. Thanks again.   
 
Click on the Youtube Link below the image in order to view this excellent video made by the District Youth Exchange students: 
                   
 
                                                  
                                 https://youtu.be/Lv3LTD4cpQE
 
 
Club Donations Strategy: Membership Survey Results 
At our July 25th meeting, Hannah Bell presented the results of the Membership Survey conducted in June relating to use of Fundraising proceeds. The Survey solicited feedback on a number of questions like what defines us as a Club strategically, how we want to be seen, what do we want to support, how involved do we want to be in the donations we make, what types of service projects do we want to be involved in, how much should be donated to International projects, and how do we donate funds back to the rural areas where some of the bingo proceeds were generated.
                                                             
 
 
The Key Findings are as follows:
  • International contribution of 10%; must be careful not to create restrictions or challenges by creating hard lines or exact numbers
  • Provincial distribution of funds (rather than trying to address rural/urban targets) to organizations
  • Donations to directly to individuals or individuals operating service projects is not preferred
  • Primarily focus on Youth, and possibly Seniors, and to a lesser extent Community, in areas of Poverty, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Health
  • No support to large established national or large local organizations that already receive strong financial support.
  • No support for political, and/or religious organizations, etc.
  • Small grants of < $5K are most popular 
  • No appetite for Club managed large Capital projects
  • We must have money in the bank before we start allocating funds
  • We must build our Club brand by getting the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on things. Guidelines are critical. With smaller projects, Social Media will be key.
  • For Donations, we should consider a hold back (25%) until completion of all requirements including reporting and recognition.
 
Next Steps:
 
The Committee is compiling a list of organizations and community groups who work with children and youth in PEI in designated areas. It is also consulting with the other Rotary Clubs in PEI to try not to duplicate Community Service or areas they are focusing on. In late September, the Committee expects to have present options for the Club to consider.     
 
Also, the Committee is hoping to have a Draft Donations Policy in late September to be presented to the Club.
 
Hannah is pictured below with Donations Strategy Chair Marilyn Lowther, and President Paul Crant.
 
 
Banner Presentation
Matt Mueller of Switzerland, with the Rotary Club of Lyss-Aarberg, presented a Banner to the Club at the July 24 meeting. Matt & his family own a cottage at Blooming Point. Matt is in the military and briefly spoke about Switzerland's Conscription policy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rick Hansen Foundation: Elyse Cottrell

At our July 25th meeting, Elysse Cottrell from the Rick Hansen Foundation spoke to our about Rick Hansen and his quest to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Even though Elyse appears to have no issues, she has a variety of medical problems which reduces her mobility and other issues which prevent her from functioning fully. She mostly spoke about the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities, increasing the number of disabled parking places, and better access for disabled people to commercial properties. A key message to entrepreneurs when starting a business or organizations planning events is to ensure that it is accessible to all!

 

 

Rotary Club of Charlottetown BBQ at Camp Gencheff
The new Rotary year kicked off with a BBQ on Wednesday, July 17th at Camp Gencheff with more than 50 people including Rotarian's, spouses, and children. The weather was excellent.
 
 
The Rotary of Club of Charlottetown has been involved in Camp Gencheff even before its founding in 1961. The Camp is named after Dr. Gencheff, a Charlottetown doctor and member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Our Club agreed to pay $3,500 for the upkeep of the camp in the first year of operation. In fact, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown has provided funds annually for the operation of summer camp from the Easter Seals campaign for the past 56 years, and is the Camp's largest overall donor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Changeover Meeting to New Board

Our Club was honoured by the presence and wishes to thank the many Past Presidents for all that they have done.
 
 
 
 
President Paul Crant thanks Past President, Wes MacAleer for a great year. Wes played a big role in the future of the Club by helping ensure that the new Radio Bingo fundraiser was successful. The Bingo is the fundraiser that our Club needed, in order for our members to be make a real difference in the Community. Having a successful Fundraiser was a critical step in the success of the Club and was Step 2 of a 3 Step Plan to revitalize the Club that was put in place 1.5 years ago.
 
Step 1 - Increase the membership so that we could undertake Step 2
Step 2 - New major fundraiser
Step 3 - New Service Projects which engages the Club & the Community
 
Past President Wes MacAleer congratulating, Incoming President, Paul Crant, with meeting Chair, Chelsey Rogerson.
  
 
Incoming Boards specific Objectives or Goals for 2017-2018:
 
  • Final Report from the Committee on Donations Strategy expected in late September based on the feedback from the member about how they would like to see fundraising proceeds used in the Community
  • Recruit 15 New Members to grow the Membership to 100 by June 30th, 2018
  • Improve Club Meeting Attendance/Engagement Index to 70% from 66%
  • ​​​​​​Chase the Ace type Draw called the “Queen of Hearts" if the retailers are onside
  • Establish a New Vocational Award: recognizing Community Entrepreneurs/Professionals who demonstrate Service above Self
  • Establish a new Role "Engagement Manager" which would act as a protector of members from being asked to serve on too many Committees, and in some cases, encourage others to be more engaged 
  • Easter Seals is to incorporate and apply for its own Charitable Trust.
  • The Club has unrestricted money in the different areas. Figure out a Plan for deploying the funds for the good of the Community 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Community Service Awards
Rob Thomson, of North Rustico, was nominated by ACT Community Theatre for his contributions to that organization, for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Community Service Award. Rob also is an excellent volounteer for Hospice PEI donation 2 hours per week for more than 20 years to help Islanders in their most desperate need. Thank you Rob for you have done and all you are going to do for the Island community! The Award was presented by Della Parker, and outgoing President, Wes MacAleer, at our July 10th meeting. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow: Angus Orford & Bob Sear
Club's Rotary International Foundation Chair, Larry Sider, and outgoing President, Wes MacAleer presenting Angus Orford and Bob Sear with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Thank you Angus for your generousity by contributing to the RI Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, Rotary an make lives better in your community and around the world.

Sorry for the picture quality.

 
 

The Madessis Family

On July 10th, last years, Rotary Club of Charlottetown, International Youth Exchange student, Thomas Madessis, and his parents came from Belgium for a visit. They are seen below with outgoing President Wes MacAleer, and Youth Exchange Chair, Daphne Dumont. Thomas spoke to the Club briefly to say how much Rotary experience hear in PEI meant to him, and that he thought this was the best Club in PEI. Amadosis Madessis also spoke to the Club to thank us for helping their son grow and how much it meant to him that we did this for his son, Thomas.
 
Our Club continues to support Youth Exchange because the impact of the program lasts a lifetime and it promotes better understanding between peoples around the world. 
 
 
 
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