Message from Incoming Rotary International President Ian Riseley
The comments below are important Rotary value propositions when trying to recruit new members to our Club.
The following is a brief excerpt from the interview with incoming RI President Ian Riseley in the March, 2017 edition of the Rotarian magazine. Ian Riseley will be here in Oct., 2017 for the Charter Dinner celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in PEI.
Question: If a young person asked you why he or she should join Rotary what, in order, would you say?
Answer:" There are four elements. The first one is friendship. Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people in a semi-social environment and also achieve good things. The second one is personal development. I became the third President of my Club at a very young age. I didn't enjoy speaking in public, but being involved in a Rotary Club means that you're a friendly environment to get experience speaking, running meetings, motivating people,... The third is business development. We've shied away from this over a period of time, and I don't think we should.... Rotary is good for business. Why should we shy away from this? The fourth one, and by far the most important, is the chance to make a difference in the world.  "
Rotary was initially founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, an accountant, who had just moved to Chicago, and was looking to make contacts with local like minded business people. Rotary was founded on friendship and business development. It was not until 1907 that Rotary make the leap into Community projects. The first public Rotary service project was the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world’s first Service Club.
Vibrant Clubs require ongoing recruitment form the local business community in order for Rotary to survive and grow. Rotary's main goal of making a difference in the world and it's members pursuing this goal, will make the Club members well known in the local Community. This encourages the community to support those Club members. 
STAR Program Monday, April 3, 2017 11:15AM
Prior to our Monday, March 6th meeting, we had the second installment of the STAR Program. Club member and Club/District Youth Exchange Chair, Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos did a presentation on New Generation: Youth Exchange/Interact/ Rotaract, Rotary Peace Scholars. Thank you to those new Club members who attended. The next installment of the STAR Program is Monday, April 3rd at 11:15AM, and will be on International Service - District & Global Grants. This session will presented by Assistant District Governor, Wayne Thompson. The following installment is on Monday, May 1st with Larry Sider on the Rotary Foundation. The last installment will be on Monday, June 5th with Paul Crant and Chelsey Rogerson on Technology (Club Runner/Rotary Central/Twitter/Facebook).
PEI Mini-Conference Saturday April 8th
This is a reminder to register for the PEI Mini-Conference. 
Saturday, April 8 in PEI 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at Camp Gencheff
This learning is should be attended by all Club members interested in making the Club irresistible, and those interested in taking a future Leadership role. Also, the learning & training is excellent for existing Executive, Directors, Committee Chairs. If you came last year, please come again! The learning will be different!
2 New Rotarians Inducted
Newly Inducted Rotarians Susan Gaudet, with sponsor Flory Sanderson, and David Smith, with sponsor Paul Crant, are welcomed by President Wes to our Rotary club.
David was a Rotarian in 2001 with the Rotary Club of Summerside. He then moved to the Rotary Club of Stratford in 2002. He is a Past President of that Club and Chaired the main Fundraiser for the Club for many years. David is a Wealth Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. He holds a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation. He has 17 years experience in the financial services and wealth management industry, David and his team specialize in managing wealth for executives, business owners and young professionals who are looking to build and maintain their wealth. The Smith Team is committed to providing the highest quality advice and service.  
Susan's father was a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Summerside. She is proud to be a Rotarian. She is employed as a Creative Consultant with Higher Design Creative Media. Higher Design is a multimedia promotions company specializing in video production, web development, graphic design and professional photography. This may be a skill set that is missing from our Club. Susan also once worked as a Flight Attendant for West Jet and as a Photographer.  
Welcome David & Susan!

Guest Speaker, Jessie Inman
On March 27th, we had the CEO of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Jessie Inman, speaking to our Club about Canada 150 and what the Confed Centre is doing this year to celebrate. 
Donation to Hospice PEI
On March 27, President Wes & Marilyn Lowther presented a cheque to Hospice PEI, Laurie-Ann McCardle, Interim Executive Director, Hospice PEI, and Laura Lee Noonan, Chair, Hospice PEI. 
Rotary Radio Bingo Jackpot Winner
The $4,000 Jackpot was won by Dwayne Costain of O'Leary at the March 7th Rotary Radio Bingo Game. Dwayne got his winning Card from Ceretti's Irving in Borden. 
Bingo Committee Chair Lori Carver with Dwayne Costain & Dwayne's family. Congratulations!
The below picture is the Distribution Team getting the packages ready for the Game when the Jackpot was won. Thank you to all the volounteers who make Rotary Radio Bingo possible! We note that Bingo Card sales are still strong despite the Jackpot dropping to $2,000 after Dwayne's win.  
Easter Beef Show & Sale
On Friday, March 21, Easter Seals participated in the Easter Seals Show & Sale. Easter Seals has been part of this Event for more than 50 years. Thank you to the Easter Beef Show & Sale Association for including us as part of this Event and thank you to the farming community who donate to us. Also, thank you to our Rotary Club of Charlottetown volunteers for helping Cameron Gordon raise over $1,800!

The below steer was crowned Grand Champion from Colby & Myron MacQuarrie of MacQuarrie's Meats, fetching $6.25 per pound.The successful bidders of the Grand Champion were Keir Smith of Keir’s Overhead Doors and Eric MacLauchlan of Island Coastal Ltd. The Sale is all about supporting the industry, supporting the Easter Beef Association, and promoting PEI farmers.

Mikinduri Children of Hope
Great presentation at our March 20 meeting from Guest Speakers, Ted Grant & Gaylene Smith from Mikinduri Children of Hope. Ted has worked for years to help the people of Mikinduri, Kenya access clean water, community healthcare and quality food. Thank you to Ted for all you do - you embody the spirit of Rotary! Ted & his local team of volounteers are starting to turn their attention to another part of Kenya, Mageta Island. To learn more visit:



Scotiabank is selling Storm Tickets for the March 31st Game
Our friends from Scotiabank are selling $10 tickets to the March 31st Storm Basketball game in support of Easter Seals. Get your tickets now! 50% of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Easter Seals PEI. As well as selling Ticket for the Storm Game, Scotiabank are major sponsors for this year's Easter Seals Campaign.
Charlottetown Islanders Easter Seals Puck Toss 

On March 5th, volunteers from our Club were at the Charlottetown Islanders game at the Eastlink Centre Charlottetown selling pucks as a fundraiser for the Easter Seals Society of PEI. Thanks to everyone who supported us and congratulations to the winner! Special thanks to Club member,Phillip Brown, for organizing a great Event and to all the Rotarians who volounteered their Sunday afternoon! Thanks to Dale Turner for his booming voice directing people buy Pucks. We raised over $1,0000 at the game - our biggest year yet. We have doing this Event for a number of years.



Donation: Canada Next 150
On March 13, our Club presented a Donation to Canada Next 150 Chair, Ronnie McPhee. Canada Next 150 is a Youth Conference to be held this summer in Charlottetown. The Conference includes use of the PEI Legislature to for Parliamentary debate on the future of Atlantic Canada, and what this part of Canada requires in order to succeed and grow in Canada's Next 150 years.
Treasurer Craig Bradley with Canada Next 150 Chair, Ronnie McPhee, and Donation Chair, Bush Dumville
Easter Seals Access Card Program growing on P.E.I.

The below story is from CBC PEI website:

Easter Seals ambassador Cameron Gordon (second from right), along with previous ambassadors Tyra Mackeeman and Jacob MacNeill, and last years Easter Seals Campaign Co-Chair, Regan Lewis, were at the Access 2 sign up event. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


People with disabilities on PEI can now access more facilities and events without added costs. More businesses have signed up to be part of the "Access 2" card program.

Access 2 cards are for people with permanent disabilities —whether physical or intellectual— who require help from an attendant. The card offers free admission for the support person.

The program is offered by Easter Seals across the country, but until recently, only three businesses on P.E.I. were signed up. The PEI Association for Community Living has recruited more businesses. There are now eight, with more to come.

Access to more activities


Andrea MacNeill (mother of former Easter Seals Ambassador 2013 Jacob MacNeill) is the fund development officer for the PEI Association for Community Living. She approached businesses on the Island, asking them to join the program. She said the reaction was "100 per cent positive."

'It's not double the cost every time they want their child or the family member to do something fun.'- Andrea MacNeill

She said the program allows some people to participate in activities they might not otherwise be able to. That could include swimming at the Bell Aliant Centre, bowling at The Alley, and going to Shining Water Family Fun Park.

"It's not double the cost every time they want their child or the family member to do something fun," said MacNeill.

The PEI Association for Community Living held an event to sign people up for the Access 2 cards. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


She also noted that offering free admission to a support person can take responsibility off of facilities staff, who might otherwise have to step in and help.

"Maybe that person needs help going to the bathroom, help getting something to eat, help to get in and out of the wheelchair. Well, that support person is there to help get it done," said MacNeill.

'It's a real challenge'

The PEI Association for Community Living held an event Sunday where people could sign up for the card.

Catherine MacInnis signed up her son Cameron, who has Down syndrome, and is also this year's Easter Seals ambassador. She said there are a lot of added costs for Cameron to be able to do everyday activities, like going to a movie with friends.

Catherine MacInnis said she had to budget for the cost of paying double admission fees when she hires a support person to go to movies, or other events with her son. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


"Every time I'm budgeting to hire a support person, and I think about what they're going to do with Cameron on any given day, I do have to factor in," said MacInnis.

"I've often thought, what do families do who are on limited incomes? It kind of breaks my heart really, because it's a real challenge. And we want our loved ones with disabilities to experience [what] all the other people have. But because they have a support person, there is that cost involved."


Parliamentary Update from MP, Sean Casey
On March 13th, MP for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, spoke to the Club to give a Parliamentary update.
Please note that the Head Table is not asleep.
Rotary International Youth Exchange

Our Feb. 27th Club meeting was all about the Rotary International Student Exchange!

Daphne Dumont and our co-chair for the day, Flory Sanderson, greeted exchange students, Naomi Ascencio and Amanda Cheng, prior to Naomi's excellent presentation on her native country of France.

As well, we met our new outbounders. Chris Sears (bound for Switzerland) and Ian Douglas (bound for Taiwan).



Easter Seals PEI: UPEI Basketball Games 
Thanks to UPEI Athletics & Recreation sports fans & Subway Canada on campus, Easter Seals PEI raised a total of $1,077 toward Cameron's campaign! Congratulations to Jenna MacDonald, Paul Cheverie & Lynn Connolly who were the winners of our Puck Toss contest at the Basketball Game!
Family Violence Prevention Services

At our March 6, Club meeting, we had the opportunity to hear from Valerie Docherty who has launched an ambitious campaign in support of PEI FVPS - (Family Violence Prevention Services) The Building Brighter Futures Campaign aims to find 200 individuals, groups or businesses to be Future Builders, donating $5,000 over a five year period. The end goal? $1 million dollars!

Good luck, Valerie! What a worthy cause!

Photo left to right: Edna Reid, Valerie Docherty, Ron Profit



Easter Seals PEI Sponsor: ADL 
ADL is a proud partner of EasterSeals PEI. Jamie MacPhail, Marketing Manager of ADL presented a cheque to 2017 Ambassador Cameron Gordon for $4,000 at the UPEI Basketball Game on Feb. 19th. Thank you ADL for your ongoing support for Easter Seals!  
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