Rotary Club of Halifax



The next meeting of the Halifax Rotary Club will be Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 7:15 am in the Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel. The guest speaker will be Juanita Spencer - Executive Director - Spring Garden Area Business Association.
Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meeting Notes of November 19, 2015
A Day of Note: International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on November 19. The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include focusing on men's and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.
Venue: Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Meeting Chair: President Doug McMillan.
Sergeant-At-Arms: Roy Hayward, PP. 
Desk: Roger Stein.
Welcome: Herman Ssebazza. Herman welcomed guest Dianne Power, spouse of Bob Power.
Grace: Paul Frank.
Health of the Club: no news to report this meeting.
Club Announcements:
  1. Bob Power: We now have Angel Tree Cards to pass out to members to buy Christmas Gifts for children in need.  After a show of hands it was decided that once again we will man the Salvation Army Kettle this year, and Bob will get a schedule together of volunteer times. Cards and gifts for the children are due back by Thursday, Dec. 10th. Finally, there will be an Urban Forest Committee Meeting following this morning's meeting.
  2. Jim Axell: Reminder regarding Foundation Month, and the related article on the Rotary District website.  Jim recommended checking out the video by New Minas Sunrise Club that is also on the website.  There is still time to donate $100.00 to the Rotary Foundation for this year.  Jim, Paul and Roy Hayward will make up the Paul Harris Committee, and thanks were extended to all three for doing so.
  3. Brian Burnell: The Speaker's Program is going well, and there are great speakers lined up until the end of February 2016. Brian will be out of the country for Jan. Feb. and March, but will coordinate speakers until he leaves.
  4. Terry Pond: There are still 60 Vacation Draw tickets to be put out into the community, as the draw will take place on Thursday, Dec. 3rd.  Four tickets came back Return to Sender and every effort is being made to find the most current addresses for these tickets.
  5. Roy Hayward: In regard to our upcoming Christmas Dinner, Roy shared the information with Edith Ross, Chair of the Women of Rotary.  Sadly it has been made known that this chapter has folded, however they do meet as friends once per month.  Arrangements have been made with Ashburn Golf and Country Club for Thursday, Dec. 17th, 6 pm for 6:30 pm, and the cost of $45.00 per person includes dinner and the same lovely entertainers as last year.  Please pay prior to the event, as the Club does not make profit from this event.  As for the Jan. 7th Egg Nog Brunch, the price quote is the same as last year, but the more who attend, the less the cost will be.  For example, 20 guests at $38.00, 25 guests at $35.00 and 30 guests at $30.00 each.
  6. President Doug McMillan:
    1. We are now in the new three-year cycle of our new annual $5,000.00 per year commitment to Hospice Halifax, and we are currently up-to-date. 
    2. He announced that our Club Rep for Bite Halifax will be Alleyne. 
    3. Lobster Fest will be Saturday, Nov. 28th at the Owl Club in Dartmouth. Tickets can be purchased from Eric Jagger. 
    4. President Doug has contact information for the person coordinating Syrian Relief efforts.
    5. The 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion will occur in 2017, and John Moldon will coordinate with Rotary in Boston for its Commemoration.

    6. President Doug has also asked for the last three Club Presidents to follow up on securing a President and a Secretary for the 2016/2017 Rotary year.
Happy Moments:
Terry Pond: Granddaughter pride: she led her team to their Track and Field Division Championship, however, they are not awarded the trophy until they graduated university!
Oscar Wong: His Granddaughter is now 11 years old and was adopted at 7 months, and she called him to say "I love you so much, I am doing well in school, I will make you proud!" Brought a tear to his eye. :-)
Weekly Draw: Terry Pond drew the winning ticket, but aww, did not draw the Queen of Hearts. The draw will be worth $210 next meeting.
Bob and Dianne Power spoke on their experience in New York made possible by way of the Rotary Friendship Exchange program.
They prefaced their remarks by noting that the Rotary Friendship Exchange program is an inexpensive way to travel and meet new people, improving cross-club awareness in the process!
They started with a tour of the Susan B. Anthony House in New York, an indigenous historic site where they learned of the Treaty Signing 200 years ago with the English, prompted by the earlier killing of many of their women and children by French soldiers. They were seeking allies and alliances.
There were wine tastings, a tour of the Mount Morris Dam, Rotary Sunshine Camp, five days in the City of Corning where they stayed with their hosts John and Margo Brown, saw a wonderful glass museum where Bob and Dianne did some glass blowing themselves, Haunted House Village with a Haunted Hayride (very scary!), and a trip on the Erie Canal (only a few inches for clearance!). 
They had a wonderful time and recommend Rotarians go a Friendship Exchange trip.
Judy and Roger Stein will be doing just that in March 2016 when they go to New Zealand to visit the Rotary Club of Wellington, New Zealand, first chartered in 1921 under the auspices of Special Commissioners, Jim Davidson of the Calgary Club and Lieut. Col. J Layton Ralston of the Rotary Club of Halifax. The inaugural luncheon of the 33 charter members of the Wellington club was held at the YMCA on June 7, 1921, with A. F. Roberts, president, Charles Odlin, vice –president, J. W. Carr, secretary, E. W. Hunt, treasurer and C. A. Lawrence, sergeant at arms.
Adjournment: “O Canada” was sung, led by Roy Hayward.
Next Week: The next meeting of the Halifax Rotary Club will be Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 7:15 am in the Tradewinds Room, Westin Hotel. The guest speaker will be Juanita Spencer - Executive Director - Spring Garden Area Business Association.
Additional Tidbits – News and Information:
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).
Prepayment Required.
Eggnog Luncheon: Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 12 noon.
Ashburn Golf Club – 3250 Joseph Howe Drive.
Same food, etc., and cost as last January – cost per person depends on number of people paying. Stay tuned.