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Spring Cleaning??  Bring your unwanted clothing and household linens to the Bayers Lake Value Village  on February 21 2015 from 9 AM to 4 PM to help the Rotary Club of Halifax raise funds for the proposed HRM Hospice. More information about the Hospice Project and the Rotary Club community activities on behalf of the Hospice will be available at Value Village. For clothing drive details, contact​

March 03rd at the Holiday Inn, Dartmouth
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, promises to be a great day in the life of HRM Rotary Clubs! That is the day of our Mini Conference, all of you are all invited to attend.
Rotarians from around Metro will gather at the Holiday Inn Harbourside (Dartmouth) to celebrate how great it is to be a Rotarian, and to share in information exchange and visioning for our future in the community, and abroad. This will also be a great warm up for the District Conference, April 30 - May 3.
Registration can be done in advance online for the first time this year. Please visit our ADVANCE REGISTRATION page to purchase your meal ahead of time. ( *Please note: You can also do this at www.rotary )
Price for all meals is $18, tax and gratuity included. Registering, and paying ahead of time, will be of great support to the event planners, and we encourage you to do this. The actual menu selection for your meal can be done on site when you arrive at the event that evening. Rotarians will be there at the Welcome Desk to assist you with this, beginning at 5:15 PM.
The Mini Conference Program begins at 6 PM, and will end at 9 PM that evening. Among other things, you will hear about the Future of Youth Exchange, The Upcoming District Conference, Update on Hospice Halifax.
For parking, please enter the hotel entrance and park on the MacDonald Bridge side of the building. Parking is free!
You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet, greet and celebrate your fellow HRM Rotarians. See you there!
Barbara Fickes, RC Halifax Harbourside
On behalf of the Mini Conference Organizing Committee

As we cannot use our regular venue next week we have arranged to have our meeting at Smitty’s (1490 Martello St. opposite the Public Gardens).

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be at 7:30 am, Thursday March 20,  at the Westin Hotel.  The speaker will be Terri Fraser from the Halifax Public Libraries speaking on the new downtown library.
Report on the meeting of March 13th 2014, submitted by Jim Axell
Venue:                   The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel
Chair:                    President Bob Power
Desk:                     Jong Kim
Members:              13
Visitors:                1, the speaker
Meeting was convened by the chair at 07.30. He reminded members that this year’s theme is
                                                     “Engage Rotary- Change Lives”
Grace:                  Vince Ihasz
Health of the Club:  No reports of poor health
Bill VanGorder; reminded members to sell cases of wine. He also told embers that the Facebook page had been updated and those that use Facebook should ‘Like’ our page.
Jim Axell; Outlined details of the free Shredding project the Club’s ABC’s of Fraud group will be operating with Dignity on Saturday 15th March at Mattatall Funeral Home,217 Portland Street, Dartmouth (see attached photograph ) and on Saturday 22nd March at Cruikshank Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax,from 9 a.m. to noon on both occasions.  Volunteers are needed and should arrive before 9 to assist in the set up. This is a good “Hands On” project and the opportunity for Rotary fellowship.
Bob Power; reminded Board members of the Board meeting at Paul Frank’s office Thursday evening 13th at 5 p.m.
Marlon Hagerty;circulated the latest Roster for corrections prior to its reissue.
Happy Moments: Terry Pond and Bob Power expressed a happy moment this week.
Weekly Draw: President Bob held the winning draw ticket this week but could only find the Jack of Diamonds in the pack of cards. Next week the Queen will be worth $410. 
Oscar Wong introduced the guest speaker who is his nephew, Yau-Sun Tong. Yau-Sun learnt English after coming to Canada and later became very interested in Photography.
Yau-Sun Tong will be conducting tours of China, Tibet and Central Asia this year. On previous tours he has taken many photographs and at our meeting he selected a series of slides from his trip on the Tea-horse Trail from China into Tibet. He noted that tea was grown in China and taken via the Tea-horse Trail to various parts of China, Tibet and India. These trips over mountains could exceed a month in time. The trail was actively used until the middle of the last century.
The slides shown by Yau-Sun were exceptional and gave a great picture of places along the Tea-horse Trail.
Yau-Sun answered questions and was then thanked by President Bob and presented with a Rotary mug.
Next Week:
The speaker next week will be Terri Fraser from the Halifax Public Libraries speaking on the new downtown library.
Adjournment:  Jim Axell led the singing of O Canada to close the meeting.
Please tell you friends about this event next Saturday:
The Rotary Club of Halifax ABCs of Fraud Program
is inviting everyone to a 
Protect Yourself From Fraud Shred-It Event
Secure Shredding of your personal information.
Have your personal papers shredded to Protect yourself from Fraud
9:00 AM to Noon
Saturday March 22
in the parking lot at Cruikshank Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. Halifax
No charge, but donations to Rotary accepted with thanks.
Thanks To Shred-It Inc. and Dignity Memorial for sponsoring this project.


Theme for Rotary year 2013 – 2014 - “Engage Rotary, Change Lives
Next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014
at The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis Street. Guest speakers will be
Rob Patterson – Street Connection and PP Heather MacDonald giving her Classification Talk.
Report of the meeting of January 16, 2014 submitted by PP Roy Hayward:
Venue:      Westin Hotel,  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Chair:      President Bob Power
Sergeant-At-Arms:      PP Roy Hayward
Desk:      Herman Ssebazza
Attendance:  18 including Debbie Gascoigne, President of the Sackville and Area Club and Roteracts Marie-Elsa Morency and Sarena Holz
Grace:      Judy Guernsey
Health of the Club:      Members held a moment of silence in memory of Honorary member Peter Herschorn who passed away January 15th at the age of 92. Peter joined the Club May 10, 1955 and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Club Announcements:
PP Bill VanGorder advised that he and Rotarian Alex Handyside (Dartmouth Rotary Club) had started up a program called “100 Men Who Give a Damn” where 100 men agree to give $100 four times a year to one worthwhile charity selected by the group. Bill advised that thee is no limit on the number and, while there are now over 100 registered, new members are welcomed to join. More information at
Bill also distributed a flyer for a Valentine Dinner and Dance event at The Westin Hotel on Tuesday, February 14th in support of the Hospice Society of Halifax and, in particular, the construction of  Rotary House Hospice in partnership with the six local Rotary Clubs. Tickets are $150 per person and Bill is trying to arrange a table of eight.
PP Jim Axell displayed a certificate from The Salvation Army thanking us for our participation in the Angel Tree Giving Program before Christmas. We were also thanked for being involved in the annual Christmas Kettle campaign.
President Debbie Gascoigne pf the Rotary Club of Sackville and Area presented the Club with two complimentary tickets to her Club's second anniversary celebration on Saturday, January 25th 7pm at the Beaverbank Kinsac Centre. The event will  be a Kitchen Party theme and Stella Roy will be discussing her recent trip to Nigeria. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 each and all Rotarians are welcomed to attend.
President Bob advised that changes to the Club's By-Laws and Constitution had been discussed at the last Board Meeting and he was giving notice of a membership vote on the changes at the first meeting in February. The changes will bring our Club's By-Laws and Constitution more in line with Rotary International.
Judy Guernsey advised that she had recently attended an event on Rotary Global Grants with about 25 other Rotarians from all the local clubs.
PP Jim Axell told the membership that thee was a competition among the six local clubs to hold a fund raising event during January/February with proceeds going to Rotary Foundation. PP Heather MacDonald will look into having another rose sale on Valentine's Day at Scotia Square.
Happy moments:     Terry Pond, Marlin Hagerty, Doug McMillan, Bob Power and Debbie Gascoigne came forward.
Weekly Draw:     Oscar Wong drew the six of Clubs – next week $350.00
Program:     President Bob advised that the Open Meeting will concentrate on Club Dues and to discuss a more equitable method of payment for all members. Marlin Hagerty, assisted by Judy Guernsey, provided an overview of the current structure and what may be changed in the future. Marlin agreed to provide the membership with a write-up of his presentation and what the plans are for going forward. This will be distributed to the membership separately.
Adjournment: O’Canada led by Terry Pond
Upcoming Programs:     To be determined



The next meeting of the Rotary Club will be Thursday Nov. 7th. at R. A. Park. This will be our Remembrance Day Program with a Guest Veteran speaking about his experiences.

Report on the meeting of 31st October 2013 submitted by Jim Axell

Meeting was convened by the chair at 07.30. He reminded members that this year’s theme is

“Engage Rotary Change Lives”


Venue: Royal Artillery Park

Chair: President Bob Power

Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward

Desk: Heather MacDonald

Members: 16

Visitors: 1 + 1 at end of meeting

Grace: Bridge Pachai led the club in Grace

Health of the Club: Roy Hayward reported that Harry Churchill was in hospital with complications following a prostate procedure. He also noted that Vince Ihasz had been in hospital and had a pace maker implanted. He is home now and progressing well.

Note: A Hot Meal provided this morning was delicious. "The best I have had at RA Park", said President Bob.



- Alleyne Newcomb indicated that she was busy on PR for the Vacation Draw and the Paul Harris /Christmas dinner on 28th November.

- Terry Pond noted that he had taken over the VISA transactions for the Vacation Draw.

- Roy Martin is now accepting payment for the Paul Harris/Christmas dinner. Payment must be made in advance of the dinner date, Nov 28th. Roy also noted that there are still some 100 Vacation Draw tickets being held by Cemal. Everyone is urged to sell more tickets as each ticket not sold is $100 less in our Charitable account.

- Bob Power Following discussion led by President Bob it was agreed that there would be NO breakfast meeting on 28th Nov, the date of the Club dinner.

Happy Moments:

The following expressed a Happy Moment during the past week. Terry Pond; Alleyne Newcomb; Bridge Pachai; Brian Burnell; Bob Power.

Weekly Draw:

Roy Martin was the holder of this week’s winning draw ticket but he was only able to find the Ace of Diamonds in the cards. Next week the draw will be worth $280.

Open meeting:

President Bob asked Secretary Marlon to begin the discussion on meal prices at RA Park. Marlon indicated that almost weekly there are less than the 20 minimum that the club has to pay breakfasts for. He continued by noting that there was an investigation started to look at the problem of members who are attending regularly subsidizing those who do not attend regularly. There is consideration of some form of equalizing payment so that all members would be contributing to the meal cost. This has all been speeded up because RA Park is introducing new pricing policies for meals which will increase meal costs quite significantly. The will also be a service fee plus HST added to the meal price which will increase it to the $21 range.

Other options are therefore being considered.

Bill VanGorder and Alleyne Newcomb continued the discussions reporting that they had held preliminary discussions with the Westin Hotel. The Westin offers breakfast from their hotel buffet at a cost of $17 per person. Coffee and a muffin can be had from the bar. Parking is available on the street. The hotel can offer storage space.

In the following discussion it was agreed that the meeting on Thursday 14th November will be held at the Westin to allow members to check the room, breakfast and parking.

The following actions need to be completed :

-Bob Power to confirm with the Westin that the 14th is OK.

-Marlon Hagerty to advise the Mayor’s office of the change of location.

-Alleyne Newcomb to advise members of the change of location.

-Terry Pond is to notify RA Park that there will be no meeting on the 14th.

Bill VanGorder said that the Executive needs to go over the details with Glen Bowie at the Westin to confirm all the issues. Bob Power indicated this would be done.

Terry Pond reminded the Board that RA Park has told the club that they cannot supply food on 5th December, the day of the Vacation Draw. This needs to be resolved.

Central Spryfield Elementary School: Mary LeBlanc, Resource Teacher, arrived just before the meeting was going to close. She had car trouble and was delayed in arriving to accept the donation of $1,315.00 from President Bob that the club is giving the school this year as we continue to partner with the school in a variety of ways.

Mary thanked the club and gave a brief outline of how the funds will be used by the school.




Closing: Jong Kim led the singing of O Canada.





Theme for Rotary year - “Engage Rotary Change Lives”

Report on meeting of October 17, 2013 submitted by Harry Churchill:

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 am at R.A. Park. The speaker will be Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority.


    "Historic picture of our Halifax, NS as seen from the Citadel circa 1900"

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, NS

Chair: President Bob Power

Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward

Desk: Herman Ssebazza and Jong Kim

Attendance: 17 members and guest speaker

Grace: Brian Burnell

Health of the Club: Nothing to report

Club Announcements:


Jim Axell - Paul Harris group to meet after this meeting.  

 1)Rotary Foundation month coming up and he will be collecting cans. Get them filled.

 2) He has tickets for a barbershop concert on November 2, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Barbershop Harmony.

 3) Literacy program at Spryfield School is starting next week and speak to Jim if you would like to participate.


Herman Ssebazza - He will be away for next 8 weeks to Uganda and needs someone to look after desk for this period. Heather MacDonald and Roy Hayward volunteered to help.


Bob Power - We are still looking for Rotarian to coordinate speakers for February and March.


Terry Pond - Dale Heisler is organizing our Remembrance Service for November 7 and he has arranged for a speaker.


Meeting Discussion.  Some discussion took place regarding the agreement with the local Rotarian Clubs for fundraising for the building of the Hospice. It has been forwarded to all board members and if approved will be signed by the President.

Happy Moments: Jim Axell, Oscar Wong, Robert Read, and Bob Power

Weekly Draw: Cemal drew the 6 of diamonds, $260 next week.


Guest Speaker: Bill VanGorder introduced Barbara Adams, the head of PhysioCare at Home. Complete physiotherapy at your door step.  


Barbara said she would speak about chronic fatigue and ways to treat chronic pain. She had some handouts on exercises and on devices to treat pain. You should do about 7 to 13 thousand steps a day and seniors should do from 6 to 8 thousand steps a day. You need a pedometer to measure your steps. You have to be careful what pain medications you may be taking. There are now electronics devices to help with pain control and she spoke about three of them. She also spoke about heat and ice being used to help with pain. Barbara also spoke about CryODerm and Voltaren being used to rub on affected areas. You must be careful when using any products for the treatment of pain. Sleeping by yourself may be helpful for people with pain problems. Keeping your balance is important for seniors. Eyes are the main control for balance as well as your inner ear. She used Bill for test of grip and balance.

When sitting in a chair, if you cannot get up without using assistance of any kind, you should not be alone. You should know what is causing your pain. 

President Bob thanked our speaker and presented her with our Rotary mug.

Adjournment: The meeting closed with “ O Canada”, led by Jim Axell.

Next Meeting: October 24 at 7:30 am and the speaker will be Cathy McGrail, Manager Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority.


          "Our Halifax, NS as seen from the Air circa 2010"



Theme for Rotary year - “Engage Rotary Change Lives” 
Report on meeting of October 10, 2013 

Reported by Harry Churchill

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 am at R.A. Park.
The speaker will be Barbara Adams of PhysioCare at Home.


DG Gregg Coldwell Presents the "True Rotarian Award" Certificate to Rotarian Terry Pond

Club President Bob Power and Assistant DG Wendy Keen assisted.

Congratulations to Terry Pond who received the well deserved “True Rotarian Award” 

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, NS
Chair: President Bob Power
Sargent-At-Arms: Roy Hayward
Desk: Herman Ssebazza and Jong Kim
Attendance: 16 members and 5 guests
Grace: Judy Guernsey
Health of the Club: President Bob was present

Club Announcements: Terry Pond spoke about notification he received from RA Park management about new catering package. It is effective in
September and it appears prices are increasing and menu may change. He will speak to manager to get more details and how it will affect us and report back next week.
Terry will collect Vacation Draw money for tickets sold since Cemal is not present.

Happy Moments: Douglas McMillan, Terry Pond, Roy Hayward, Judy Guernsey, Paul Frank, Bill VanGorder, Bob Power, and Bridge Pachai

Weekly Draw: Tad Mejzner drew 5 of spades. $260.00 next week

Guest Speaker: PP Heather MacDonald introduced our speaker. District Governor Greg Coldwell is a Annapolis Valley native involved in farming for over 30 years and a leader in many farming organizations. He has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. He also serves on his community Council. Has many interests. His wife Claudia was in attendance.

DG Greg first asked “Why did you join Rotary”? The more you put in, the more you will get out. These are words from Rotary International President Ron Burton.  He asked Assistant DG Wendy Keen to read the wording on the “True Rotarian Award” which is to be presented to a member of our Club. 

Terry Pond was the Rotarian who received the well deserved Award.Terry’s wife and daughter came in just as Award was being presented and this was a surprise for Terry.

DG Greg spoke about how the average Rotarian changes lives while being a member. He had several examples of the work of Rotary and the positive affect it has on people around the world. You have to engage members in the work of your Club.

He wants you to remember “ Each and everyone of you has something to do for Rotary and Rotary needs you” and that the Rotary Club exists to advance the objects of Rotary. <!--[endif]-->

He mentioned that our District had the largest percentage increase in membership in our Zone. He encouraged members to support the Rotary Foundation and reviewed the Polio Plus program and we are very close to finishing the job. He told the story about, when he was 11, the Rotary Club of Wolfville giving him a short horned calf as a result of his work with 4H. He circulated a cow bank into which members could contribute to Polio Plus. He concluded with a video on the 2014 District Conference.

President Bob thanked the District Governor and presented he and his wife, Claudia, with our Rotary Centennial mugs.

Adjournment: Jong Kim led in the singing of “O Canada”.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 am at R.A. Park.
The speaker will be Barbara Adams of PhysioCare at Home.-----

SPECIAL NOTE - Vacation Draw 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the Vacation Draw. If you do not have your tickets, contact Cemal for your package. Electronic information will follow later in the week for you to send by email to your prospects.

Bill VanGorder
Nordic Pole Walking Nova Scotia o/a MRC Associates Inc. 



In this issue:
--Next Wine Sale Fundraiser for Rotary House Hospice
– Special speaker next week will be Greg Coldwell District Governor

--Vacation Draw



1.            Our wine fundraiser for the Rotary House Hospice Oct 22 for 5 weeks. It will be a great opportunity to sell multiple cases to business who can use the wine had Holiday Gifts for Staff and Customers.

2.            Three cases will be offered, red, white & mixed. Each will have two different wines (so six of each).  The cost will be $175. The value will be $187. $25 goes to Hospice. No paper forms: orders will be submitted securely online (so each buyer will get an acknowledgement).  Harvest Wines are assuming we will sell approx 300 cases total. There will be no substitutions: it will say "sold out" so no-one orders wine that does not exist.     


3.            Pickup will happen 7+ days later.  Harvest is looking at a courier option (no delivery) at additional cost.  The online order form will have Rotary & Hospice logos.  Cases will not have packing slips (so no HST confusion) Cases will not be named for each customer. Only Red, White and Mixed will mean quicker to pick up.



Special speaker next week will be Greg Coldwell District Governor. President Bob asks that all of us attend if at all possible to show our support for Rotary.




Theme for Rotary year - “Engage Rotary Change Lives

Reporter: Harry Churchill
Report on meeting of October 3, 2013 submitted by Harry Churchill

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 am at R.A. Park and the District Governor will be in attendance.

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, NS

Chair: Bill VanGorder
Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward
Desk: Herman Ssebazza
Attendance: 17, including speaker
Grace: Cemal Esiyok

Health of the Club: Bob Power was not present as a result of hurting his back moving furniture.


Roy Hayward – Paul Harris Awards will be presented at Dinner on November 28. If any member knows of anyone in community who would be appropriate to receive the Award please give Roy their name.

Terry Pond – Vacation Draw tickets are starting to sell. Members should promote the 3 for $250. by telling them of tax advantages.

Marlon Hagerty – Tree Project still needs sponsors. He has prepared a letter that can be sent to companies that might be sponsors. Please give Marlon the company name, address and contact person and he will prepare a letter that can be sent.


Brian Burnell and Herman Ssebazza


Cemal drew the nine of diamonds. Next week - $240.


Guest Speaker: Brian Burnell introduced Tony Trimper of Sun Life Financial.  Tony is from Bear River, Nova Scotia and attended Acadia University. 


Tony had a visual presentation and distributed 2 leaflets. He spoke mainly on Estate Planning. Early in life people think of income protection and as they get older estate protection is their concern. He reviewed the
various steps of financial planning and how to build a financial strategy.  The members asked several questions on investments. He was very positive about tax free savings accounts. He held a draw for the book “15 Secrets A Tax Man Doesn't Want You To Know” and he drew Tad Mejzner’s name.  Bill VanGorder thanked Tony and presented him with a Rotary mug.


The meeting adjourned with the singing of “ O Canada” led by Terry Pond.

Next Meeting

Special speaker next week will be Greg Coldwell District Governor, October 10, 2013, 7:30 am at RA Park with the annual visit of the District Governor. All members are requested to attend.


Tickets are now on sale for the Vacation Draw. If you do not have your tickets, contact Cemal for your package. 



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