Rotary Club of Halifax



Note from Editor: The newsletter is early this week. I will be hiking in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia until next Wednesday with little internet connections Have a very Happy Easter. Yours in Rotary, Alleyne

The Rotary Club of Halifax

The next meeting will be held Thursday April 8th 2010, at R.A. Park, followed by the Board Meeting.

Our Guest Speaker will be Naiomi Metallic: Associate Lawyer at Burchell's on her Mi'kmaq personal and professional journey.

Next Meeting Chair: PP Terry Pond followed by the Board meeting;There are now ONLY 18 days left until the Annual Spring Dinner... how many tickets have YOU sold???

Report on the Meeting of Thursday April 1st. 2010 by Bridge Pachai:

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen's Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chair: PP. Terry Pond. Guest Speaker: Ljiljana ( Lili ) Connelen. Sgt.-At-Arms: PP. Harry Churchill. Desk: Francisco Lorenzo and Cliff Tyner. Grace: PP. Bob Power. Health of the Club: A moment of silence was observed in memory of Rotarian Paul Fleming;other reports received were as follows: PP. Peter Yurkiw has a bout of laryngitis; Doris Duncan (wife of Rotarian Don Duncan) passed away;R.I. past president's Wilf Wilkinson's wife passed away; Cemal Esiyok is recuperating.

Club Announcements:

* Francisco Lorenzo - would like a few minutes to demonstrate the Club Runner program on April 8.

Terry Pond: - President Paul Frank would like volunteers for three upcoming projects: interact,rotoract and Membership Improvement Drive.
- reported on the financial situation of A.B.C's of Fraud and potential sponsors, he proposed a meeting of the A.B.C's team on April 15, after the Rotary meeting.

Happy Moments: The following came forward: Oscar Wong (multiple); Terry Pond (multiple) Herman Ssebazza; Bob Power (multiple); Harry Churchill; Francisco Lorenzo.

Weekly Draw: No winner. Next week: $600.
Br> Guest Speaker: Ljiljana ( Lili ) Connelen. Lili was introduced by Laurie Mireau. Lili was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to Canada ten years ago. She was a tutor at the School of Occupational Therapy in Zagreb,and in 2001 began working for M.I.S.A. in Halifax. In 2007 Lili joined the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration where she is currently the Settlement Officer.
In welcoming new immigrants to Nova Scotia, the speaker began by referring to issues of recruitment, retention and integration in which the total population has a responsibility and a role.She referred to anecdotes and experiences of immigrants of inviting but not being invited. With increasing partnerships and improved awareness retention rates have risen from the range of 30% to 60%.She concluded by referring to the goals of the Office of Immigration and the value and contribution of immigrants to the local, national and international societies. A lively discussion followed , ending with the presentation of our Rotary mug by Chairperson Terry Pond.

Adjournment: The meeting closed with the singing of O'Canada.

Latest information on the Rotary Speaker List submitted by Bridge Pachai:

Speakers for April:

April 15 : Rev. Harry Sharam : Dreams As God's Forgotten Language
April 22 : Jane Earle : Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign .

April 29 : Parker Lund : Alcohol Anonymous: Living One Day At a Time .

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