Club Newsletter for December 3, 2015
Posted by David Organ
on Dec 05, 2015
The next meeting of the Halifax Rotary Club will be Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:15 am in the Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel. Club president, Douglas McMillan, will speak on “Productive Relationship with the Rotary Club of Muyenga in Uganda,” accompanied by a selection of photographs.
Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meeting Notes of December 03, 2015
December 3rd – A Day of Note: International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called "International Day of Disabled Persons" until 2007.
Venue: Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Meeting Chair: Acting President Roy Hayward.
Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward, PP.
Desk: Roger Stein, Herman Ssebazza.
Welcome: Roger Stein. Herman welcomed club members and guests alike to the Rotary Club of Halifax annual vacation draw, the proceeds from which help fund the club’s community work in the year following.
Attendance: 16 members and 3 guests attended the meeting.
Grace: Valerie White.
Health of the Club: Ron, Valerie White’s husband, is due to have his hip replaced shortly.
Acting President Roy directed member’s attention to Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran’s message in the December copy of the Rotarian, which detailed the story of Canadian soldiers at Christmas in the Netherlands in 1945.
Jim Axell told members that he was forwarding the donations for the Rotary Foundation sent in with their dues to the Foundation this week. He also reminded other members that November was Foundation month, and donations need to be sent in this month to receive a tax receipt for 2015. He has envelopes for members that wish to send in a donation.
Heather MacDonald told members that the property acquired for the new Halifax Hospice will be open for a reception and inspection at 618 Franklin Street from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday 8th December. All members are invited to drop by to see the premises.
Community Service Director Bob Power reminded members that the club is looking after the Salvation Army kettle at the Sears end of the Halifax Shopping Center on December 9th, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. He also reminded members that the Salvation Army Angel Tree gifts were due in by next Thursday 10th December. Cash donations of $20 or more will be acknowledged with a tax receipt provided name and address information is included with the cash donations. Please return your angel cards with your gift or cash donation. Finally Bob said that he will hold a Community Service committee meeting following next week’s meeting.
Guest Rotarian Kevin Conners from the Dartmouth East club had tins of cookies for sale at $12 each to provide funds for their club project to provide 280 Christmas dinners to needy folk in Dartmouth. Kevin invited club members to help in the distribution of the meals in Christmas Day. The distribution starts at noon and lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Our Rotarian guest from Hamburg, Germany, told members about his club and said that the Rotary International Convention will be held in Hamburg in 2019, and he hoped to see as many as possible from the club visit Hamburg for the convention.
The following members expressed a happy moment this week. Judy Guernsey; Bob Power and Paul Frank, who said that he and Linda will be in Florida until early May.
Weekly Draw: Oscar drew the winning ticket, but aww, did not draw the Queen of Hearts. The draw will be worth $220 next meeting.
Past Presidents Paul Frank and Heather MacDonald conducted the annual Vacation Draw.
The winning numbers for $500 were: #112 / 23 / 41 / 45 / 217 / 253 / 192 / 74 / 27 / 250.
The winning number for $1,000 was #177.
The big prize winner for $5,000 was #59 ♕.
It was reported that 40 of the 300 tickets were not sold.
Adjournment: “O Canada” was sung, led by Jong Kim.
Next Week: The next meeting of the Halifax Rotary Club will be Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:15 am in the Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel. Club president, Douglas McMillan, will speak on “Productive Relationship with the Rotary Club of Muyenga in Uganda,” accompanied by a selection of photographs.
Christmas and Eggnog New Year Events:
Christmas Dinner: turkey and all the usual trimmings.
Time: Thursday, December 17th, arrive by 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start.
Venue: Ashburn Golf Club – 3250 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax.
Cost: $45.00 per person.
Entertainment: Guitar/banjo player and keyboard player (same as last year).
Eggnog Luncheon: Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 12 noon.
Ashburn Golf Club – 3250 Joseph Howe Drive.
Same food, etc., and general cost as last January – cost per person depends on number of people paying.