Rotary Club of Halifax



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