Mayor Mike Savage Speaks to the Rotary Club of Halifax this on 14 November 2013

Theme for Rotary year - “Engage Rotary Change Lives”

Report on the meeting of 14 November 2013 Submitted by "Cub Reporter" Terry Pond:          

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 am at RA Park

 The speaker will be Dr. D.A. Grant, Registrar & CEO College of Physicians of Nova Scotia

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

Chair: President Bob Power

Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward

Desk: Heather MacDonald and Jong Kim

Attendance: 20 members and guests were present

Grace: Bridge Pachai

Health of the Club: Rotarian Harry Churchill Update.  Harry left Hospital for home where he will continue on antibiotics for several more weeks. Roy Martin reported Jude; his grandson was coming along well. Our Thoughts go out to Harry and Barbara & Roy and Eula.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests – There were four visitors to the club meeting – Mayor Mike Savage; Dal Rotoractor Elora Wilkinson; Prospective new member, Tony Trimper; and Westin Hotel Rep/ Harbourside Club Rotarian Glen Bowie.

Club Announcements:  

Roy Martin reported that joint PHF and Christmas Dinner on 28 November is set at a price of $46/person.  He needs payment in advance and next week is the final time to pay.  He must confirm the meals required.  As always, if there is a special dietary requirement, please let Roy know when you pay him.  The venue will be held at Ashburn Golf Club of Joseph Howe Dr. In Halifax        

Terry Pond announced that last count of Vacation Draw 2013 ticket sales, there was 110 tickets sold.  He explained that the first 100 tickets sold pay for the prizes that we will give away on Thursday 5 December.  The question of venue location was raised but it is still pending answer from RA Park manager. 

He stated three things:

Ø  If you have sold tickets, TURN THEM IN;

Ø  if you have unsold tickets, SELL THEM, THEN TURN THEM IN; and

Ø  if you have not picked up tickets to sell yet, PICK THEM UP & SELL THEM, THEN TURN ...

Jim Axell had several items to report:

(1) there will be a quick PHF Committee meeting after Club Meeting.

(2) Salvation Army Angel Tree Cards – the rules this year for donations to the children are:

Ø  new items, unopened (no guns);

Ø  Videos (non violent);

Ø  Hats, Mitts, PJ are OK

Ø  Last day to bring in to club is 5 December.

Ø  Money donations are acceptable. Put in an envelope.

(3) Salvation Army Kettle Campaign – it is time to volunteer for this year’s campaign.  He needs 10 volunteers. A Tuesday (TBC) has been selected and Rotoract members have volunteered to help.

(4) November is Foundation Month – Envelopes and forms are available for individual donations from Jim. Rotary Club of Halifax Donation Cans are due back on 21 November due to PHF Dinner on 28 Nov.


Happy Moments: Oscar Wong was happy two times, Bob Power, Terry Pond, Elora Wilkinson and Roy Martin.  Note:  (1) It was mentioned that we have not heard how Francisco Lorenzo is after the Super Typhoon Haiyan’s (know in the Philippines as Yolanda). He is still working in the Philippines.  (2) It was reported that

Dragon’s Den provided Hope Blooms kids $40,000 with financial backing for their greenhouse. and

(3) A Thank You letter from Easter Seals was read to the meeting for our donation of $500 to rappelling office building in city’s core.


Weekly Draw:  $290. Jim Axell had winning ticket #746 but sadly drew Four of Diamonds. Next week $300. 


Guest Speaker Program.   Roy Hayward introduced our guest speaker, his Honour, Mayor Mike Savage. He mentioned that in a recent “City Matters Survey” Mayor Savage rated 8 out of 10.  His honour thanked Roy with a comment of “Thanks I glad to be here and not the mayor of Toronto. The meeting welcomed the speaker in the usual manner.



The Mayor’s talk started with an acknowledgement of our Club’s 100 years and stated he would focus his talk on “Service”.  He referenced his father’s trip the NIGER, Africa and how he was charged up with “making a change for good”. How he subsequently, working with the Dartmouth Rotary Club, helped found a hospital in Niger.  His concerns with “Education and Health Care were paramount”.  The Mayor went on the commend Club members for their service such as the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, that we are doing a critical job in the community.  He mentioned that he saw the impact of helping community in the Hope Blooms receiving $40,000 from Dragon’s Den. 


He went on to talk about responsibility and the tremendous stress municipalities are under for roads and water system. Service clubs have eradicated diseases (Polio) and assist individuals in need. HRM needs to show people we can govern ourselves.  We need dialogue in democracy.  He suggested that all parties get together before issues are debated to gain each others stated position and have the night to change their position. We need to have public conversation “not be the best person on council”


He recognized Rotarian Dr. Robert Read who attended a recent HRM Council sesion on health. It is important to recognize hospital is for fixiXng a person and good health is the other issue.  We need strong community partners and do what we can do.  It is remarkable that this community is helping some of the poorest people alive in some of the poorest places in the world.  He stated that” these are the things we are suppose to do; open our arms, hold hands and do something positive”.  We don’t just have disasters found in other parts of the world like droughts and typhoons.  His father, John Savage stated “to those who much is given much is expected”.  People have lost trust in traditional institutions such as doctors, clergy and politicians but still you do what you can.


Questions:  Roy Hayward asked about taking responsibility.  The Prime Minister, local Alderman, suggested those who step up and say “I made a mistake”, then move forward. Roy Martin mentioned our club’s involvement in Africa – Piggery Project, Generator for Maternity Centre.  The Mayor noted that his father’s efforts in Niger were rewarded by the hospital being named ”The Margret and John Health Center” in Niger.

He continued with his visit to Africa, meeting a blind women who was the center of the Micro Loans Program for women.  Tad Meizner  said we need to ask “what do you need and help them identify needs to help in the best way”.  This discussions continued with - service to the community and partnership in the community to help find solutions; water system updates; bike paths.

O’ Canada:       Jong Kim lead the Meeting in singing O’ Canada.

Comment provided after the club meeting worthy of mention.  We had a good meeting this morning at The Westin Hotel where we previously met for many years. All went well and the food was excellent. His Worship Mayor Mike Savage gave an inspirational talk and enjoyed his visit with us.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 8:22 hrs.