Rotary Club of Charlottetown supporting play and education in Haiti Bob Moffatt 2019-11-17 04:00:00Z 0

Enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas reception and dinner in support of Easter Seals.

November 27th, 2019
Culinary Institute of Canada
Reception: 6 pm Dinner: 7 pm
Christmas Auction
Ticket: $55.00 person (tax receipt for $25.00)

Beautiful Christmas Music

All Proceeds to Easter Seals PEI

Note: Tables are set for eight, however, if you require 10 that can be accommodated.

Please respond to Edna Reid at 902-626-4832 or email at

Victorian Christmas tickets available Everton Mclean 2019-11-08 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown is celebrating it's anniversary with the Rodd Charlottetown on Thursday, October 3rd. Please see below for additional details. We welcome all current and former Rotarians and their spouses to attend. As well, non-Rotarians are also welcome. In attendance will be Premier Dennis King, Lt Governor Antoinette Perry, Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown and Rotary District Governor Louisa Horne. Please contact Della Parker at the email below for additional details.   
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Congratulations to Hal and Della Parker — Our 2018 True Rotarians.

The “True Rotarian” is the foundation of Rotary: always there, contributing to the current Rotary activity and by any Rotarian’s measure, is the lifeblood of Rotary. Hal and Della are tireless volunteers who go above and beyond to support our Club. We thank them for our commitment to Rotary and we are honoured to present them with the 2018 True Rotarian award.

Fun Fact: This is the first time a couple has won this award!

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Easter Seals Campaign Wrap Up 2018 2018-07-16 03:00:00Z 0

We are so pleased to welcome Richelle Greathouse to our Club. Richelle is the International Student Advisor at the University of Prince Edward Island and she has been instrumental in helping launch our Rotaract Club at UPEI.

Fun fact: Richelle is an avid gardener and can frequently be seen carrying bags of vegetables from her garden at the Farm Centre.

Welcome new Club Member: Richelle Greathouse 2018-05-17 03:00:00Z 0
At the April 23rd meeting we had Kaaren May Phd Director of Industry research at UPEI's School of Sustainable Design Engineering spoke about the SHAD program.  SHAD's mission is to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place. Every July, about 900 of Canada’s best and brightest come together to experience SHAD’s unique experiential-learning program - rooted in the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – while gaining self-confidence, entrepreneurial and workforce skills, internship opportunities, and a network for life. SHAD Fellows are Change Makers for Canada here at home and around the world. There is a chapter of SHAD at UPEI for those willing to get involved.
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During our first round of donations, we were so pleased to donate $50,000 to Island organizations which will impact our local communities
55+ Games Society                                    $ 6,500.00
Alzheimer Society of PEI                             $ 3,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown               $15,000.00
Children's Wish PEI                                     $10,000.00
Elder Dog PEI                                             $ 2,000.00
PEI Women's Business Association               $7,000.00
PEI Wild Child Forest School                        $ 5,000.00
Total                                                          $50,000.00
After donating our first $50,000 - we have also had the opportunity to help even more!

Mikinduri Children of Hope                                                     $20,000.00
Birchwood School Library                                                       $ 7,500.00
Paramedic Association of PEI                                                  $ 2,000.00
Shelterbox                                                                            $ 1,000.00
CFCY Christmas Miracle Campaign                                          $    500.00 
Queens County Music Festival for the Audrey Gillis Award         $    250.00
New Grand Total from the Bingo Funds                             $80,750.00
Here is a list of what this Club has done this fiscal year to date in terms of other donations:
Tears for Smiles (Haitian School)           $3,000.00
Easter Seals Provincial Committee (Charitable Trust): 
The Arthritis Society of PEI                         $1,500.00
Autism Society of PEI                                 $3,000.00
Camp Gencheff Camp Gencheff                   $22,000.00
Community Inclusions (Western)                 $5,000.00
Cerebral Palsy Association                           $2,500.00
Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association       $7,500.00
PEI Ground Search & Rescue                       $15,000.00
Prince Street School                                   $1,500.00
Total                                                         $58,000.00
Donations from the Provincial Easter Seals Committee for disbursement to the Rotary Club’s of PEI (Charitable Trust) as follows:

RCC Charlottetown    $32,213.20
RCC Summerside      $18,345.40
RCC Montague          $  7,441.40
Total                       $58,000.00
Donations this fiscal year from the Charlottetown Club portion of the Charitable Trust:  
Pat & The Elephant                           $25,000.00
Camp Gencheff                                 $15,000.00
Polioplus                                           $ 3,000.00
Total                                                $53,000.00
Grand Total: $252,750.00
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At our meeting on Feb. 26th, our Club voted in favour in principle to do the Ribfest fundraiser.
Ribfest PEI is being proposed as a three-day community based, family-oriented event that will be organized by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. The event will be held July 27-29, 2018 at the Confederation Landing Park. The event will include three Ribbers who are internationally renowned for competing for top awards, a fries and lemonade vendor, a group of local businesses that will participate in an on-site Vendor's Village, a children's play zone, a beverage tent, a beer tent and an entertainment stage which will feature entertainment for all ages.
Ribfest PEI revenue will allow Rotary to operate and continue its Community and International Projects in support of Youth, Seniors, Health, Education and Peace.
Please note that at this point much work on this has been done including a Logo, Sponsorship Package, and website. We will begin calling potential Sponsors over the next couple of weeks. However, many details still need to be decided.
We are partnering on this event with the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.
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At the Annual General Meeting on Jan. 15, 2018, we elected the 2018-2019 Rotary Club of Charlottetown Board:
President           - Peter MacDougald
Past- President  - Paul Crant
Vice- President  - Wes MacAleer
President elect   - Martin Ruben
Secretary          - Regan Lewis
Treasurer          - Craig Bradley
Director Club Service A             - Chelsea Rogerson
Director Club Service B            - Della Parker
Director Community Service     - Emma Fugate
Director International Service   - Bob Moffat
Director Youth Services            - Martin Ruben
Director Vocational Services     - Moe Rodgerson
Past President, Wes MacAleer, President Paul Crant, and President Elect Peter MacDougald want to thank last year's Board, this year's Board for their service this year, and wish good luck to the incoming Board. 
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From The Guardian newspaper Feb. 13th: 

UPDATE: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador

Published: Feb 12 at 3:42 p.m.
Updated: Feb 12 at 6:22 p.m.
2018 Easter Seals Ambassador Brayden White is congratulated by his father, Melvin Ford, during the campaign kickoff at the Charlottetown Hotel on Monday.
2018 Easter Seals Ambassador Brayden White is congratulated by his father, Melvin Ford, during the campaign kickoff at the Charlottetown Hotel on Monday. - Sally Cole

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Brayden White skipped school Monday, but no adults seemed to mind.

Brayden White, 12, of Georgetown is the 2018 Easter Seals campaign ambassador for P.E.I.
Brayden White, 12, of Georgetown is the 2018 Easter Seals campaign ambassador for P.E.I.

He had to attend a luncheon in his honour.


The Grade 7 student at Georgetown School was introduced as the 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador during the campaign kick-off in Charlottetown.

Brayden, who has Down syndrome, says he can’t wait to start his duties – visiting 65 Island schools during the Tim Hortons Ambassador’s School Tour in April.

“I’m so excited,” said Brayden, 12, smiling and waving to people, as he made his way to the head table during the noontime meeting of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

The son of Melvin Ford and the late Jennifer White loves his family, including his brother Keighan and sister Alysa.

He also loves sports, horse racing and camp.

“Soccer, basketball and hockey are my favourites. I also like to sing and play the guitar,” says Brayden, adding his two Island favourite singers are Barry O’Brien and Frank Whitty.

He’s hoping these P.E.I. musicians will come along with him on the school tour.

“It’s going to be fun. We’ll meet lots of kids. And we’ll collect lots of money.”

The 2018 campaign promises to be an exciting one, says the chairwoman of the 2018 Easter Seals Campaign.

“Our ambassador, Brayden, is a charming and amazing young man. And I love his motto, Be brave, never give up. He’s truly an example of that,” says Edna Reid.

Money raised from the campaign sends children to summer camp, gives people the benefit of therapeutic horseback riding. It also puts lifesaving tracking bracelets on wrists and provides summer tutoring.

“I’m looking forward to working with Brayden on this campaign,” Reid says.

Get to know Brayden White

  • Favourite artist: Alan Jackson
  • Favourite song: “It's Five O' Clock Somewhere”
  • Favourite activity: Cooking breakfast with his father
  • Favourite food: Oatmeal with brown sugar
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My name is Brayden White and I am a grade 7 student at Georgetown Elementary.  I am very excited to be the Easter Seals Ambassador for 2018.


I live at home with my Dad, Melvin and I have a brother, Keighan and a sister, Alysa.

Georgetown Elementary is great.  It is small and everyone knows me.  I get to be with my best friends every day.  Everyone is my best friend.

I have three teachers, George Trevor (he is my principal), Darlene Bradley and Carol Anne McLeod.  They help me learn better every day.  I am learning lots because of them.

I love to play sports.  My favorite sport is hockey, but I like basketball and soccer too.  I love to go to the horse races and my favorite driver is Marc Campbell.

I am very good at helping my dad.  I always put away my clothes and listen really well.

I have Down Syndrome. I know that I learn slower than most people, but I am smart and I learn the same as everyone.  It just takes me longer.  I am just like you.  I am no different.  My dad always says that someday I will be able to live on my own and have a job.

I like to go to camp.  I went to camp for a couple years at Camp Gencheff.  I had fun but missed my dad.

Thank you all for helping Easter Seals.  It means that other kids like me can go to camp and that we can do special things.  You are part of our family too.

Thank you!

Brayden White








Meet the new Easter Seals Ambassador, Brayden White 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

Article copied from The Guardian on Feb. 28th

UPEI to confer four honorary degrees at convocation

The Guardian
Published: Feb 28 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated: Feb 28 at 1:11 p.m.
FILE PHOTO: Wes MacAleer.
FILE PHOTO: Wes MacAleer. - Submitted

Four individuals who are leaders in their fields will be awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees at the University of Prince Edward Island’s convocation ceremonies on May 12.

Bill LeClair, Anne Love (née Michael), Wes MacAleer and Anne Smith

UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz says each of the recipients is a distinguished individual who has made a significant impact in his or her field and the university community.

LeClair graduated in UPEI’s first class in 1970. He was president of the student union and was named life-president for the class of 1970 by his fellow students. LeClair has been a long-time volunteer with the Calgary Friends of UPEI, being the driving force behind a $1 million endowment to support Alberta students to attend UPEI. He also created an award for a varsity athlete and is a huge advocate of UPEI, recruiting students through his passion for his alma mater.

Love is an avid supporter of post-secondary education and served as president of the University Women’s Group, an organization that raised money for scholarship funds, welcomed the spouses of new faculty members, and greatly contributed to campus social life by organizing many events. In 2001, she was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. She and her late husband, retired math professor Dr. Harry Love, established an endowment fund at UPEI to support an award to recognize student achievement in perpetuity. She was named a UPEI Founder in 2003, and Dr. Love was named a Founder in 2007—making them UPEI’s only Founders couple.

MacAleer is a graduate of Saint Dunstan’s University’s Class of 1966, and has served as a member of the UPEI board of governors, alumni representative on the UPEI senate and served for six years as the chair of the Nichola K. S. Goddard Foundation fundraising dinner. For decades, he has personally supported a scholarship in memory of his brother, Noel, an engineering student who died while studying at UPEI. MacAleer’s contributions to the Island community have been recognized through numerous medals and awards, including the 2014 PEI Humanitarian of the Year.

Smith was a trailblazer in a male-dominated profession and a role model to many women who followed in her path when she became an investment adviser. She became a Designated Certified Investment Manager and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, one of the highest honours in her field. She served on the UPEI board of governors from 1987 to 1995. Members of her family—sons Stephen and Andrew and grandsons Alex and Ben—are graduates of the University, and a granddaughter is a student in the Faculty of Nursing. Smith has given back to her community in countless ways, including currently as a volunteer with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

“They are excellent role models for our graduates,” said Abd-El-Aziz. “By conferring them with honorary doctor of laws degrees, we acknowledge and thank them for their many contributions to society.”

Convocation ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 12, in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre with the morning ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony at 2:30 p.m.






UPEI to confer four honorary degrees: Wes MacAleer & Anne Love 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0
On March 5th, we had two Guest Speakers, Honourable Minister Scott Brison, and Charlottetown MP Sean Casey. We would like to thank them for speaking to our Club today about the Atlantic Growth Strategy, and the new Federal Budget. Mr. Brison reviewed the 6 tiers of the Atlantic Growth Strategy: Governance, Immigration/Skilled Work Force, Innovation, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Trade and Investment, and Infrastructure. He was very appreciative of our Club's efforts to retain International students through the new Rotaract Club of UPEI and fits nicely into the Atlantic Growth Strategy.
Guest Speakers, MP Sean Casey & Honourable Scott Brison 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

On March 12th, Kelly Mullaly, from the PEI 4-H, spoke to our Club about the important skills that 4H-ers learn by doing! 4-H is a family-oriented, community-based, youth organization which provides opportunities for leadership and life skill development all while promoting agriculture awareness.


Did You Know? 4-H is the longest running youth organization in Canada. To learn more about 4-H on PEI, visit their website at

From left to right: John Scale, Club member and 4H volounteer, Kelly Mullay, and Paul Crant.







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At our Feb. 26th meeting, Club Member Peter Boswall spoke about Climate Change and its Impact on PEI Crops:Past,Present and Future. Thank you Peter for an excellent presentation.
Guest Speaker: Peter Boswall 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

At our Feb. 26th meeting, we were pleased to present the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island with a $3,000 donation. CEO, Corrinne Hendricken-Eldershaw also spoke to the Club to thank us for our support.

This funding will enable the Society to offer a social group on Friday's for caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia. It will focus on activities that are known to reduce the risk of dementia and slow down disease-progression - this innovative programming will include activities that can be used at home as well!

Thank you for supporting Rotary Radio Bingo - without your support, we wouldn't be able to fund important projects like this one! See you tomorrow night at 7 PM on 95.1 FM CFCY.






Donation: Alzheimer Society of PEI 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

The below article appeared in The Guardian on Feb. 21st.

Residents receive City of Charlottetown’s highest heritage honour

Published: Feb 20 at 6:39 p.m.
Updated: Feb 20 at 6:48 p.m.
Angus Orford and his wife, Karen Rose, received the City of Charlottetown’s highest heritage honour on Tuesday, the Catherine G. Hennessey Award, for their ongoing efforts at their home at 96 Prince St.
Angus Orford and his wife, Karen Rose, received the City of Charlottetown’s highest heritage honour on Tuesday, the Catherine G. Hennessey Award, for their ongoing efforts at their home at 96 Prince St. - Dave Stewart

More than a century of history emanates from Angus Orford and Karen Rose’s home on Prince Street.

The couple purchased the home in 2003 when it was, at the time, divided into four apartment units.

They eventually went to Ontario to work for nine years before returning home, deciding to live downtown, and returning their house at 96 Prince St. to its former glory.

The plan was always to keep the best historical features of the home, which was originally constructed in 1879 and is known as the Houle House. The home was originally owned by H.H. Houle, the track master of the P.E.I. railway, who planned the house with architects David Stirling and William Critchlow Harris.

“It’s been a labour of love over the last few years,’’ Orford says. “A project like this, you don’t do it all at once but you get a lot of intrinsic enjoyment out of it.’’

On Tuesday, the City of Charlottetown handed out its heritage awards, the most prestigious being the Catherine G. Hennessey Award, which went to Orford and Rose. The couple also won a heritage award for their efforts last year.

The awards honour people and organizations in the community who have worked hard to preserve and celebrate municipal heritage.

“Karen had come up with some absolutely brilliant ideas, modernizing the inside of the house and maintaining and preserving the historical significance of it,’’ says Orford.

Well-known historian Catherine Hennessey presents an award named in her honour to Angus Orford in Charlottetown on Tuesday. Also pictured is Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. Orford and his wife, Karen Rose (not pictured), were recognized for their restoration efforts of their home at 96 Prince St.
Well-known historian Catherine Hennessey presents an award named in her honour to Angus Orford in Charlottetown on Tuesday. Also pictured is Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. Orford and his wife, Karen Rose (not pictured), were recognized for their restoration efforts of their home at 96 Prince St.

The winners
The City of Charlottetown presented heritage awards to the following individuals or groups:

  • Brooke and Gina MacMillan for the reconstruction of the side verandah of the 1897 Hillhurst Inn at 181 Fitzroy St.
  • Leonard Cusack for the book on Owen Connolly, entitled “Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016’’
  • Paul Coles for the renovation of his property at 2-6 Hillsborough St.
  • The Victoria Row Merchants Association for its efforts in re-energizing the Richmond Street streetscape (Victoria Row) over the years
  • Angus Orford and Karen Rose received the Catherine G. Hennessey Award, presented annually to a person or group whose efforts have increased the appreciation of Charlottetown, stimulated love for the community or helped shape the city

The old cast iron radiators were removed, sandblasted and re-painted. They also had the exterior brick work cleaned and repointed and they’re changing out all the windows, basically bringing out all the significant high Victorian architecture.

Although the city’s heritage designation refers to the building’s exterior, Orford and Rose have been able to keep many of the heritage aspects inside the house while also improving energy efficiency.

For example, a painted ceiling in the ground-floor living room is said to have been painted by a classmate of well-known artist Robert Harris.

“This particular property is 140 years (old) and it is going to be around a lot longer than any of us are going to be,’’ Orford says. “We’ve been able to enjoy making it a very attractive living space.’’

Related: City of Charlottetown presents Heritage Awards

Paul Coles, who renovates homes for a living, also received a heritage award on Tuesday for the renovation of his property at 2-6 Hillsborough St.

“I bought probably the worst looking building in the city,’’ Coles laughed before noting that fixing up a home in the 500 Lots Area is a careful balancing act between returning a building to its former glory without making it look too modern and out of place.

As part of the heritage awards, the city also rolled out an exhibit called “Heat, Lights and the Devil Wagon: The History of Energy and Innovation in Charlottetown’’. The pop-up exhibit will be featured in the storefront windows of the planning and heritage department at 223 Queen St.

Historic images from the city’s collection and artifacts from the P.E.I. Museum and individual donors will be on exhibit in the space until March 26. Excerpts from the exhibit are also available on the city’s Facebook page and twitter feed.






Club Member Angus Orford receives Catherine G. Hennessey Award 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

Please see what our $20,000 has done with update below from Mikinduri Children of Hope website Blog:

2018 Trip Blog #8

Written February 10, 2018

Pipelines on Mageta Island

Although Mageta Island is surrounded by Lake Victoria, there is a huge issue with water access.  The interior of the island is extremely hot, dry and dusty. As we drive along on ‘Picky-Pickies’ (motorbikes), we get so dirty that our drivers dust us off when we arrive at our destination.

MCOH has been raising money to supply pipelines on Mageta Island. We came here to help install 2 pipelines, one to a Health Centre and one to a School.

Liz, director of Beyond Limitations, did an amazing  job of mobilizing the community.  The trenches at both locations were dug and ready for pipe even before we arrived.  It would have been hard digging with the rocky terrain and stinging plants.  At one location is was so bad that we walked IN the trench to go to the Lake.

All of the supplies needed to build the pipeline arrived at the Island the same time we did.  You can imagine our surprise when we finished our ‘Meet and Greet’ with the Health Centre staff and volunteers to see the plumber already fusing the pieces of pipe together.  

When we arrived the next morning to help in whatever way we could, the pipe was already just a few feet away from the lake.

Before the line could be completed, the pump needed to be tested. When the pump was turned on the water flow was so strong that the attachment used to connect it to the pipe sprayed water and could not withstand the force. When the attachment came off the water flowed back down the pipe and we were amazed at the amount of water that was pushed through in about 10 seconds.


The pump was good and soon after the permanent connection was completed.  Water was pumped to the Health Centre into giant 10,000 litre tanks.  It was amazing to see the water pour out of the tap.

At the School, within 24 hours water was pumping.  As water gushed through the pipe our hearts were filled with joy and excitement.  Water containers were quickly filled before the pump was turned off to complete the permanent connection.

Work still being done is connecting the water directly to areas of the health centre like the Maternity Ward and Lab.  We are hoping this will be completed before we leave, but if not we have full faith in our Kenyan Team to make sure it is followed through.

Cheri, Brittanie, George, Kathy and Tracy









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At our Feb. 12th meeting, we presented Beth Corney Gauthier, Provincial Chapter Director, of Children's Wish PEI with a cheque for $10,000. This will pay for one child's wish.
From Left to right: Jim Travers, Beth Corney Gauthier, and Paul Crant.
Donation: Children's Wish Foundation PEI 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

A 40-year-old Easter tradition continued in Charlottetown with the annual Bunny Hop Easter Race on Saturday, March 31st. The 5K and 10K races drew more than 100 participants, raising money for Easter Seals PEI. Running since 1978, the Bunny Hop marks the beginning of the spring racing season for many on the Island. 

Nick Robertson : “I’m very happy with my time and placing, and am very grateful to race alongside such great athletes,” he said. “It’s awesome to finally make the switch in my career from 5 to 10K, and I’m excited to see what the future brings.”

Finishing in second place was Vincent Merriam, with a time of 36:29, followed by Mike Peterson at 37:01.
Finishing first among females was Leanne Vessey, with a time of 40:42, followed by Charlotte Gardiner at 41:33, and Maureen Peters at 45:39.
In the 5K race, Alec Brown cruised well ahead of the pack to win the race with a time of 17:40.
Finishing in second place was Samuel Peterson, with a time of 19:20, followed by top female finisher Tori Fitzpatrick at 19:32. Finishing second among females was Michaela Walker at 20:30, followed by third place male Phil Byrne at 21:40, while third among females was Tatiana Kelly at 22:18.
A total of 56 finished the 5K race, while 49 more crossed the line for the 10K.
Easter Seals PEI would like to thank the Hasham's Variety and the PEI Roadrunners Club for their efforts.
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Most of the below is copied from an online CBC new article written by Kevin Yarr.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown has donated $2,000 to launch a project to help keep seniors and their dogs together.

A Helping Paw is an initiative of ElderDog, a national non-profit which has been operating on P.E.I. since 2014.

The Helping Paw project will help seniors in the Charlottetown area with financial support for vet care, food and grooming.

"There's a lot of scientific research out there that shows how important the human-animal bond is, and I think it really is particularly true when it comes to seniors," said Kelly Mullally of ElderDog.

"It makes a lot of difference in their physical health, in their mental health, and in their ability not to feel isolated. And the animals that live with seniors have a pretty good life too because they have a constant companion there all the time."

The ElderDog group is looking for seniors who are struggling with the care of their dogs and meet Revenue Canada's low-income guidelines.

Tonya Dicks of Elderdog attended our meeting in March 5th to express her appreciation for the Club's support for this project.   





Donation: Elder Dog PEI  2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

At our March 19th meeting, we heard from Tracey Comeau, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, and Kelly Lund, Manager of Physical Medicine for the QEH.

Since its inception, the QEH Foundation has purchased more than $50 million dollars of medical equipment for the hospital.

Thank you to the team at the QEH Foundation for the incredible work you do and thank you to everyone who has donated to this worthy cause. #ServiceAboveSelf

Left to right: Emma Fugate, Tracey Comeau, Kelly Lund, Bob Sear (Chair of the QEH Foundation), Paul Crant.

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Guest Speaker: Tracy Comeau of the QEH Foundation  2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Charlottetown radio bingo benefitting P.E.I. charities

Published: Mar 29 at 7:13 a.m.
Allie MacDonald, promotions co-ordinator at CFCY, and Moe Rodgerson, board member with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, get ready to call the numbers during Rotary’s weekly radio bingo fundraiser.
Allie MacDonald, promotions co-ordinator at CFCY, and Moe Rodgerson, board member with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, get ready to call the numbers during Rotary’s weekly radio bingo fundraiser. - Katie Smith

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Organizations across P.E.I. are reaping the rewards of a radio bingo fundraiser.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown, in partnership with CFCY, began the fundraiser in the fall of 2016.

Thanks to the many participants, the first $50,000 in funds raised has been doled out to various charitable organizations.

Chelsey Rogerson, publicity director for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, said the club was looking for new fundraising ideas and heard of a similar one in New Brunswick and decided to see if it would work on the Island.

Members of the board approached the radio station, and soon the fundraiser was underway, Rogerson said.

“All you have to do is be at home listening to 95.1 FM,” Rogerson said. “You play bingo from the comfort of your own home.”

Rotary radio bingo takes place each Tuesday at 7 p.m. on 95.1 FM. Bingo cards can be purchased at convenience stores and pharmacies Islandwide at a cost of $8 per card.

Each card allows the player to play six games.

Prizes range from $100 to $500 depending on the game, and there’s a jackpot that players can participate in as well.

Two weeks ago, a jackpot of $3,400 was paid out to one lucky player.

“It’s really popular,” she said, adding it’s difficult to know how many people play each week, as some often will play more than one card. “Really hardcore bingo players, they can play a few different cards at the same time.”

Eight Island businesses have received money through the first round of Rotary donations, including $15,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown, which will help refurbish a school bus so children and youth will have the opportunity to participate in field trips.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of P.E.I. received $10,000 from the radio bingo fundraiser, which will support one complete wish for an Island child.

Other organizations that have received funding include the 55+ Games Society of P.E.I., the P.E.I. Business Women’s Association, Murphy’s Community Centre Charlottetown Teen Zone, Wild Child Forest School, the Alzheimer’s Association of P.E.I. and Elder Dog P.E.I.






The Guardian Article on Rotary Radio Bingo March 29th 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0
On March 26th, we were pleased to present Angus Orford, and Erin Costello, President of the Birchwood Home & School Association with a donation of $7,500 to purchase library books for the Birchwood School Library. We are pleased we can help out. The current library does not meet the needs of the student population with the recent influx of students due to re-zoning. 
Donation: Birchwood School Library Books 2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker, Julie Vasseur Nature Conservancy of Canada  2018-04-01 03:00:00Z 0

On March 19th, we welcomed new member Bob Brooks to our Club. Bob moved to PEI from Yellowknife. He and his wife are restoring a 148 year old home in Belle River. He is an avid volunteer and was an active member of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife.

Photo left to right: President Paul Crant, Bob Brooks, Past-President and sponsor, Wes MacAleer.






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Rotaract Club of UPEI is Chartered
Press Release: 
President Paul Crant of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown is pleased to announce that the club has sponsored a school based Rotaract Club at the University of Prince Edward Island. 
The club’s charter is on its way from Rotary International at the time of this newsletter.  The new club is meeting in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall at 2:00 pm on Fridays.
The charter club executive is: 
Berk Erbas, President
Jeremy Xu, Vice President
Emily Caldwell, Secretery
Kai Chen, Treasurer
“It is a real privilege to see this club start up with so much enthusiasm”, said Martin Ruben, Director of Fundraising and Rotaract liaison, “Along with Rotarian Michael Morrison, we have enjoyed working with the Rotaract adviser at UPEI, Richelle Greathouse, to facilitate the creation and operation of the club.”
The Rotaract Club of UPEI has chosen mental health as its focus for 2018.  In the coming weeks and months, it will be holding fundraisers to support Lennon Recovery House Association who are creating a facility in the village of Rustico.
“Our club chose mental health as our focus as there appears to be a critical need in the community for better facilities,” said Rotaractor Berk.  “We are thrilled to be contributing to the community in such an important manner.”
The club expects to have about 25 members for its charter night when it is arranged.  In addition to its focus on mental health, the club will be liaising with Rotarians in PEI to familiarize themselves with the job markets and to better understand the community in which they are studying.  Ideally, for Rotaractors who wish to start out their careers in PEI, they will have a significant advantage over those students who will not have the same experience.
As well as students from UPEI, the new Rotaract club will be looking for new members at Holland College in Charlottetown.  Many students there have already expressed an interest in becoming Rotaractors. 
Right: President Berk (left) and Vice President Jeremy (right) met PEI Premier Wade McLaughlin at the Premier's Dinner on Feb 5th, organized by the Island Rotary Clubs.
Below: Rotaractors having a Bake Sale to raise money for Lennon Recovery House on March 15th and 16th.
Below right: group picture of many of the members of the new Club.
Rotaract Club of UPEI Chartered  2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0


Happy New Year! Thank you to all who stopped in at our New Years Levee. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!
Here are a few of the pictures:  
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Guest Speaker Jan. 8th, Dawn Binns 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0
At our Jan. 8th meeting, we were thrilled to present a cheque for $6,500 to the PEI 55+ Games Society for transportation and promotion of the Games. The 55+ Games are a wonderful opportunity for Islanders from tip to tip to get together to socialize, stay active, and engage in some friendly competition!
From left to right: RCC President, Paul Crant, Dhuey Pratt, President of the 55+ Games Society, and Marilyn Lowther, Chair of the RCC Donations Assessment Committee. 
Donation: 55+ Games Society 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0

At our Jan. 22 meeting, Amanda Beazley, Executive Director, and Callen Cudmore, of the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown were our guests.  Amanda accepted our generous cheque in support of their "Oh the Places We'll Go" project! This funding will help their Club buy a bus to transport kids on field trips. The bus will allow children to explore new places, experience Island culture and engage with communities across PEI!





Donation: Boys and Girls Club Charlottetown 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0

At our Jan. 22 meeting, we welcomed Dr. Susan Hartley as our guest speaker. She is the only Rotary Peace Fellow from Prince Edward Island.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Click here to learn more:

From Left to right: Ron Profit, Emma Fugate, Dr. Susan Hartley, and Paul Crant.

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Hartley 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0
At our Jan. 29th meeting, we had Guest Speaker, Joshua Collins, with the Province of PEI, is chatting with our Club today about the National Building Code to be implemented in PEI.
Guest Speaker: Joshua Collins 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0

At our Jan. 29th meeting, we donated $1,500 to the Murphy's Community Centre Teen Zone for their Life Skills Program.

The program provides a safe environment for local youth in and around the Charlottetown area and teaches them critical life skills such as cooking, personal hygiene, life balance, career building and more.

Pictured left to right: Derek Tweel, Kaitlin McManus, Kim Grant, and Paul Crant.






Donation: Murphy's Community Centre Teen Zone 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all Club members who came out to the Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward on Feb. 5th for the Annual State of the Province Address by Premier Wade MacLauchlan
Premier MacLauchlan delivered his speech focusing on the Island's business strengths, and what he'd like to see in the future.
MacLauchlan highlighted several figures from Statistics Canada that indicate positive growth for P.E.I. He noted the province's nominal GDP growth from 2012 to 2017 is similar to the national rate, and ahead of the other Atlantic provinces.
"The point of this is not to do better than the other provinces, it's to really see how we're doing and to understand how we can make it continue," he said. 




One of the province's main challenges, MacLauchlan said, will be meeting workforce demands. He noted it is already a challenge to recruit workers for some industries, such as the service industry and construction.  

We have to be sure that we're encouraging our own people to be able to have the skills," MacLauchlan said. He also mentioned the importance of newcomers in the workforce.

"One of the ways in which we can be sure that we're attending to this, or making sure that we will have the workforce of the future, is to tell each other. And in particular to tell our young people that there are opportunities." 

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Awards Policy: At the December Board meeting, the Board approved an Awards Policy for the Club. We expect to present the new Policy to the Club in January. I would like to thank Moe Rodgerson and the Committee which did an excellent job.
Rotaract Club Formation: We expect a Rotaract Club formation meeting to occur in January at UPEI. There was a preliminary meeting in late November. There was lots of interest in the new possible Club. Director Martin Ruben is leading this initiative. 
Bylaws: We expect to present new Bylaws to the Club for a vote sometime in January or February.
Annual General Meeting:  We expect to have an Annual General Meeting at the Jan. 15th meeting. The AGM will also involve an Election of Officers for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.
Strategic Plan - We are still looking for ideas of the type of Community needs that the Club can fulfill. We cannot donate all the net proceeds from the fundraising to charitable organizations. We should be looking at what we can do as a Club or would like to do. Rotary's new slogan is "Rotary People of Action". Let's see what we can do to live up to that mandate.
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On Nov. 27th, Club Member and Chair of the Donations Strategy Committee, presented the Policy for Unrestricted Funds to the Club. After some discussion, the Policy was passed by the membership. Thank you Marilyn for taking this task on and thank you to that Committee who worked on this for 5 months. There were 16 or more Drafts of the Policy before it was placed before the Membership.

Policy for Unrestricted Funds Guiding Principles:

  1. Funding allocations will be made to applicable RCC projects or programs, recognized nonprofits/charities/NGOs, or businesses with a social impact mandate
  2. Notwithstanding International focused Donations or Projects , for Rotary Club Programs or Donations based in PEI, the RCC will give priority to activities that have a provincial or community mandate and have a focus on youth or seniors in areas of community development, or poverty reduction, or education and entrepreneurship, or health
  3. RCC will give priority to activities or organizations that provide services directly to their own constituents
  4. RCC will give priority to activities which support the objectives and goals of the Club and will always require recognition of RCC as an activity / organization supporter 
  5. Funds allocated for projects may or may not be spent in that fiscal year, but can be rolled over to allow for larger cumulative project expenditures
  6. RCC will only allocate funds in the current fiscal year that were raised in the previous fiscal year; multi-year commitments would have to be fully allocated from the funds available in the year of application 
  7. Funds will not be allocated for retroactive requests
  8. RCC will minimize funds allocated to primarily government-supported projects or programs, and will not support religious or political organizations, or well-funded national organizations
  9. RCC will not fund external projects or activities that require RCC direct management without prior approval of Board and Club
  10. Bingo funds cannot be used for Club operational expenses
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On Dec. 18th, the Club had a Mixer at the Hopyard Bar. The Mixer was well attended. We also held a Draw at the Mixer for the Westjet trip. This Draw was won by a Julie Connolly. Of the 60 tickets sold, there were only 5 tickets sold to non-Club members. Julie is a non-Club member and works at Richard & Associates - blame Peter MacDougald. Congratulations Julie!




New Club member, Susie Fraser, Station manager for Westjet, had recommended the Club apply for a free Trip for 2 anywhere that Westjet flies for a fundraiser. This is a program that Westjet has in order to give back to the Community. The approximate value of this trip could be as much as $2,900 retail. The Club had applied for the free trip, and was approved by Westjet. The Board has agreed to do a Lottery Raffle for the Trip. The trip voucher has an expiration date of December 31, 2018. The Ticket Price was set at $50 with only 60 tickets to be sold. Club members had first right to purchase on a first come first serve basis. Club members were allowed to buy multiple tickets.
I would like to thank Susie Fraser for getting us the trip, and Wes MacAleer for getting the Lottery License. Everything was done very efficiently in order to get this Fundraiser done quickly. 
The proceeds from the Draw will be donated to the Tears for Smiles Foundation in Haiti. This is essentially a school that is very short of funds. Club member, Susie Fraser, has been to visit this school. Since this is a fundraiser specifically target to a specific group, it is considered Restricted Funds and falls outside of our Policy for Unrestricted Funds. Because of the timeframes involved, Club approval will be sought in the New Year for the Donation to the Tears for Smiles Foundation. 
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At the Dec. 19th Bingo, we were thrilled to donate $500 to 95.1 FM CFCY’s Christmas Miracle Campaign.

This project helps ensure that each and every Island child has the chance to share in the joys of the season.

Find out more at

From left to right: Moe Rodgerson - Host of Rotary Radio Bingo, Dave Sigswoth - On Air Announcer of Rotary Radio Bingo, RCoC President Paul Crant 




Donation: CFCY's Christmas Miracle  2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
At our Dec. 11th meeting, the Speaker was Club member James Macnutt, who is publishing a a book on the history of Island furniture.
The book is called "Historic Furniture of Prince Edward Island" and was officially launched on on Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 7pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Congratulations James.
James Macnutt new Book: Historic Furniture of Prince Edward Island 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
At our Dec. 4th meeting, James Randall, spoke to the Club about Island Studies. Jim is a Professor of Island Studies at UPEI. Since 2012, he served as the Coordinator of the Master of Arts, Island Studies Program. He is also the Chair of the Island Studies Institute at UPEI. This is a research centre with a mandate to engage with the public, and other island scholars and institutions to build a capacity regarding issues relevant to small islands around the world.
In 2016, Dr. Randall was appointed as co-chair on a UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. 
Guest Speaker: Dr. James  Randall 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
We would like to get as many Club members as possible to join us for our New Year's Levee! January 1, 2018 from 11 AM - 12 PM at the Rodd Charlottetown. Cash Bar. Food. It was an excellent event at the last New Year's. Please come out and support Rotary! 

All are welcome!
New Year's Levee 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.  2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
At our Nov. 27th meeting, the Club approved the below Donations. The Donations Assessment Committee had previously recommended the Donation to the Board. The Board had approved the below Donations subject to Club approval. The total Donations is $50,000. This was the amount allocated by the Board for this year's allocation. 
55+ GAMES SOCIETY – the project is to produce a short video to promote the events of the organization which will be used at trade shows and on CBC during COMPASS.  They also are planning to pilot a transportation service for seniors throughout the province who would otherwise not be able to participate.  Recognition of RCC is through the Games website, and other social media as well as recognition of RCC as a supporter on the video and on any vehicle used in the transportation pilot.  The request is for $6500. 
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY – the project is to provide regular cognitive and social activity to the Friday group which will reduce the risk of dementia for caregivers and slow disease progression to persons with dementia.  Innovative programming will be developed that can be applied to the home environment.  Recognition is through promotional materials and webpage.  Request is $3,000.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB – The project will provide cost efficient and safe means of transportation for the youth served during educational and recreational field trips throughout the province.  Recognition would be on the bus and in media releases, newsletters and social media.  Request is $15,000.
CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION -  The project is to provide funding for one wish for a PEI child and in doing so increase awareness of the organization including the fact that anyone can be a referral source.  Recognition would be on social media.  Request is for $10,000. 
ELDER DOG – The project is to assist up to 10 seniors with the cost of caring for their canine companions.  Payment would be direct to the service provided (veterinary and grooming which is provided at a discounted rate).  Request is for $2,000.
MURPHY’S COMMUNITY CENTRE TEEN ZONE – The project is to provide Life Skills Training for youth ages 12 – 18 from various locations.  Recognition is through media and an opportunity for Rotary members to make presentations on specific like skills.  Request is for $1,500.
PEI BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION – The project is to empower and educate young Island women aged 15 – 29 who have the potential to be future leaders by providing essential skills and competencies to help them unlock their leadership potential as well as opportunities to practice those skills in real life.  Recognition would be to welcome Rotary members as presenters and panelists and inclusion in all social media, web presence and print materials.  Request is $7,000.
WILD CHILD FOREST SCHOOL -  The project is to provide 20 registrations free of charge to enable children from low income families to participate in this program and to provide the necessary equipment.  The program provides opportunities for children to unplug from screens and get active in an unstructured outdoor environment with trained facilitators.  Recognition would be on the website, all correspondence with families and on posters and flyers. Request is for $5,000.
Donations Assessment Committee Recommendations 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0

At our Nov. 27th meeting we inducted CO Jennifer Ebert. We are so pleased to welcome, Jennifer Ebert, Commanding Officer of Prince Edward Island RCMP (L Division) to our Club and to her new home on PEI!

Jennifer has been with the RCMP for the last 20 years and has an extensive background in Major Crimes including homicides, crimes against persons and sensitive investigations.

Pictured left to right: MLA Bush Dumville, Jennifer Ebert, Paul Crant



New Rotarian: RCMP Commanding Officer Jennifer Ebert 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Nov. 20th, we were thrilled to welcome Pierre Bassaler to our Club this week! 

After serving as a Telecommunication Officer in the French Army, he started a second career as an operational management consultant, in France and Canada’s Maritime Provinces. In France, he developed a prototype of a connected bracelet for depression and PTSD monitoring in a startup, then coordinated the recruitment and growth of the software department of Europcar, the leading European car rental firm. 

Pierre recently moved from France to PEI with his wife and four children. He is the first French National to immigrate to PEI in 10 years. Welcome!
New Member Pierre Bassaler-Merpillat 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Dec. 11th, we were pleased to Induct three new Members: Wayne Thibodeau, Atul Pathak, and Rakesh Patel.
Rakesh Patel:
Rakesh Patel, CEO of Space-O Technologies (, a global mobile application development company, has molded the company into the worlds finest applications development, that is downloaded by many users everyday.
Rakesh, has played a transformation role in the evolution of the IT operations Management and having played key roles in diverse areas of the software business assuming responsibilities as System Analyst, Design Architect, Project Manager, Functional Consultant, Head of Business Development and Asst. Vice President at IndiaNIC, prior to starting Space-O Technologies.
Having 25+ years of leadership in the world of IT operations and mobile application development for the last 8+ years, he has pioneered in the revolution of delivery models that has credited with leading the company with a new approach with a design-led-engineering for application development. His defined success business model for the clients has worked flawlessly for them, hence, his model is not only expanding the businesses, but able get repeat business from the clients. So far the company has been successfully able to deliver more than 3500 mobile application projects.
As an entrepreneur he started Space-O in 2010 in a tiny office with 2 people in India, and in span of 7 years, the company has 255+ developers working on Mobile technologies and has business offices and operations in India, Canada, Russia, California (USA), Arizona (USA) & Singapore.  In August 2017 Rakesh & family got their PR and moved to Canada. Currently he operates out of his Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island office. 
Rakesh strongly believes in giving back to society, even in his hectic schedule, he takes time to spread awareness about the mobile application, recently he attended workshop National Science day, held at Science City-Ahmedabad, where he talked about the development, making & designing of the mobile applications. His contribution does not stop there, he is known for his philanthropic work, he offered scholarship program for few students who came up with best app ideas. Attends number of events and encourages all his employees to go and serve the society as and when possible.
Atul Pathak:
Atul Pathak, is the Director, of Drug Development for BioVectra Inc./Mallinckrodt Inc since April, 2017. He holds a Ph.D. (Pharm Sciences): Dec ‘2008, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India, a PGDIPR in July ‘2007, Amity Law School, New Delhi, India. Also, Masters in Pharm. (Pharmacy): Feb ‘2003, Dept of Pharm Sciences, Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar, MP, India.

Fropm Nov., 2014 to April, 2017 Associate Director, Manufacturing Science and Technology (Sterile Injectable), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad, India. From 2013-14, he was a senior scientist, Formulation Development for Novartis Healthcare Ltd. Hyderbad, India. From 2011-2013, Atul was Deputy Manager, Formulation Development, Mylan Laboratories, Hyderabad, India.
Atul also guided and assisted students of Biomedical Science at Citylab Academy, Boston University Medical Centre. 
In 2006-2009, he was Awarded a Research Fellowship for Medical Research from the Indian Council. From 2004-2006, he was awarded Fellowship Homor from the Lady Tata Memorial Trust.
His work has been published in many journals and he holds a U.S. Patent on nanoparticle based transfection reagents for the delivery of Biomolecules.
Wayne Thibodeau:
Wayne is an award winning journalist. He started his journalism career at the Journal Pioneer in Summerside and worked at the Eastern Graphic in Montague, and the West Prince Graphic before joining The Guardian 18 years ago. He also worked for Global Television as the bureau Chief. Three years ago, Wayne was named Regional Managing Editor for the Guardian, and the Journal Pioneer.  
Wayne is the chairman of the Raise-a-Reader committee, which has raised thousands of dollars for the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance. He volounteers for the fall book drive which the Rotary Club of Hillsborough plays a huge role. He also volounteers for the QEH Hospital Telethon, and Wintertide, Charlottetown's signature winter festival. Wayne co-hosted the Wintertide opening ceremonies this year. 
Wayne is a founding member of the Press Gallery of PEI Legislative Assembly, represents the Island on the Atlantic Journalism Awards board of directors, and volounteers with the advocacy group, the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Three New Rotarians Inducted Dec. 11th  2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0
On Nov. 20th, we has presentations from Ben Heine of Belgium and Giulia Belardinelli from Italy. They spoke about their Home Countries.
From Left to Right: Carl Lafford of the Youth Exchange Committee, Giulia Belardinelli, Ben Heine, Richard MacEwan of the Youth Exchange Committee, and Paul Crant. 
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At our Dec. 4th meeting, we were pleased to welcome Susie Fraser to our Club. Susie is the station manager for WestJet at the Charlottetown Airport.

She is from Comox, B.C. She has been with Westjet for over 10 years. She is happy to call Charlottetown home, and is in the process of building a new home with her Island born fiance. 

Susie has been active in humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as local community initiatives in British Columbia. 


Pictured Left to right: Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, Susie Fraser, Paul Crant



New Rotarian: Susie Fraser 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0

On Dec. 11th, we presented a cheque to Ted Grant and Gaylene Smith from Mikinduri Children of Hope for $20k! That money will be used to provide appropriate sanitation and clean drinking water to the residents of Mageta Island in Kenya.

Right now, 25% of children born on the Island won’t live to see age 5, but with this money, we’re hoping to change that.

#Rotary #RotaryInternational #ServiceAboveSelf

From Left to Right: Robert Moffatt; Ted Grant, Gaylene Smith, & Rotary Club President, Paul Crant



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Rotary Club of Charlottetown donates $20K to Cornwall’s Mikinduri Children of Hope

Story is copied from The Guardian
Published: Dec 11 at 7:31 p.m.
Updated: Dec 11 at 7:40 p.m.
Gaylene Smith and Ted Grant of the Mikinduri Children of Hope received a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Monday to help with the organization’s humanitarian activities in Kenya.
Gaylene Smith and Ted Grant of the Mikinduri Children of Hope received a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Monday to help with the organization’s humanitarian activities in Kenya. - Terrence McEachern

Ted Grant says when he wakes up every day, the first thing he thinks about is how is he going to raise money for humanitarian initiatives in Kenya.

On Monday, Grant, president and co-founder of Mikinduri Children of Hope, got a boost to his fundraising activities with a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown to help with those initiatives in Kenya, including the western Mageta Island in Lake Victoria.

The cheque presentation was made at the rotary club’s luncheon at the Rodd Charlottetown.

“Our primary goal for this year is to improve sanitation and hygiene through purifying the water and better sanitation practices,” said Grant.

“Twenty-thousand dollars will allow us to do a lot of great work over there. We are constantly fundraising – amounts of $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and so on. To get a jump of $20,000 at once allows us to take on some really good projects in 2018.”

Recently, the organization also received $10,407 from Royal Star Foods in Tignish.

The organization has feeding programs in seven schools in northeastern Kenya and is expanding the feeding programs to five schools on Mageta Island.

“We feed thousands of kids meals every day and, in the last 12 months, we’ve fed over a million-and-a-half meals at schools,” said Grant.

“We feed thousands of kids meals every day and, in the last 12 months, we’ve fed over a million-and-a-half meals at schools." 
-Ted Grant

Both donations will help a team going to Mageta Island in February with installing a water pipeline from Lake Victoria to the five schools, repairs on a medical centre and water purification and sanitation in the schools, including the installation of composing latrines that will convert waste into fertilizer.

Grant, from Cornwall, worked in financial services on the Island for about 35 years. One day in 2003, he read an article in The Guardian about a woman originally from Kenya living on the Island collecting clothes to help her village. Grant and his wife helped by collecting clothes in their neighbourhood. When they dropped the clothes off at the woman’s home, they heard stories about issues, such as hunger and poverty, affecting the people of Kenya. On the drive home, Grant and his wife talked about other ways they could help.

A year later, Grant went to Kenya and saw first-hand what was happening. He says that  experience motivated him to get serious about helping the people in Kenya.

Paul Crant, president of the rotary club, said the organization is pleased to help out Mikinduri Children of Hope. This is the first time the rotary club has donated to Grant’s organization.

“Our donation is reflective of our support for international development,” he said.

Bob Moffatt, the rotary club’s director of international services, added that it has been about 15 years since the club last supported an international project.

“It was the wish of the entire club that we use some of our fundraising money to support Island initiatives, but international,” he said.

“When Ted came to see us, it was a good fit because it involves children, seniors and it involves all the priorities that we as a rotary club are supporting.”



RCoC donates $20K to Cornwall’s Mikinduri Children of Hope 2017-12-25 04:00:00Z 0

The late Tom DeBlois, left, and 18-year-old Lacey Koughan of Charlottetown will receive the 2017 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Prince Edward Island.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8th, the Red Cross presented the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award to award to the family of late, Rotary Club of Charlottetown member, Tom DeBlois, at the P.E.I. Convention Centre. This is the first time, that the Red Cross’ Humanitarian Awards was presented posthumously.

Tom was a very worthy recipient of this award and believed in the Rotary principle, Service Above Self, with involvement in over 30 Community groups and organizations. He was the founding chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and the founding chair Queens Region Health and Community Services Board, as well as a board member and chair of Camp Gencheff. He also served on the Holland College Foundation and served two years as Chair of the Leadership Gifts Division of the Holland College Partners in Value Campaign. A recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 2000, Tom served as President of the Board of Pat and The Elephant, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Past Chair of the PEI Division of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and served as Vice-President-Services for the 1991 Canada Winter Games. He also served as a member of the St. Paul's Church Parish Council. Tom served three years as a member of the Town Planning Advisory Committee in Charlottetown and also served on the Council for Canadian Unity.

In the business community, he served with the Board of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, PEI Development Agency, Junior Achievement, and the PEI Market Development Centre.

Deblois worked in the family business, DeBlois Brothers, and from 1986 to 2005 with TRA Atlantic (DeBlois Distribution Centre), after DeBlois Brothers was sold to Sobeys.

That same night, the Red Cross also presented the Young Humanitarian Award to 18-year-old Lacey Koughan of Charlottetown - founder of 24STRONG . Congratulations to both Lacey and the family of Tom. It takes the understanding and support of the families of these special individuals in order them to serve the community in this way. 

Thank you to those Club members that attended the dinner. Thank you to Club members, Edna Reid, and Wes MacAleer, for speaking about Tom's impact, at the dinner.

Proceeds from the event go to support Canadian Red Cross services throughout Prince Edward Island. 




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We are delighted to announce that the Rotary Club of Charlottetown will be holding the initial meeting of a Rotaract Club at the University of Prince Edward Island on Friday, November 17th. With the assistance of the UPEI's International Relations Office, Dr. Barb Campbell, and Rachel Greathouse, Director Martin Ruben is expecting about 25 to 30 young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 to attend. An invitation has also been sent out to the students of Holland College. At this meeting, Director Martin, will make a presentation and gather the names of prospective Rotaract Club members. After the meeting and with the objective met, steps will be taken to charter a Rotaract Club under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. This will be the only Rotaract Club to operate in PEI at this time. The Club Board of Directors has authorized a small budget to support this initiative that it believes will provide the opportunity for these young adults to experience all that Rotary has to offer.
The main objective for the Rotaract Club is to forward the ideals and promotion of Rotary. The other objectives for the Rotaract Club are to improve the integration of International students with other students, promote the greater understanding and goodwill of the local community, and introduction to possible local employers. This should improve their chances of staying in PEI after graduation through this integration. Many of these students are exceptional and are expected to have a positive impact on the economy of PEI, not just by being potential employees, but by their entrepreneurial spirit. In cities which have been welcoming to International students, the economy has been measurably improved, providing benefits to all citizens. The Club Board is proud to supports this new initiative based on the potential positive impacts for all concerned.
If you would like to attend and support Director Martin in this endeavour, please contact him at 902-388-7584 or
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On Nov. 7 th, the Bingo Jackpot was won and shared by two lucky players! Congratulations to Angela Arsenault of Summerside & Sandra Gauthier of Charlottetown who each won $2,000. 
The Club sold 1562 Bingo Cards that week for one of the largest weeks we have had.
Thank you to the club volounteers that allow us to make this Bingo a success and allows the club to support the Community. 

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Story copied from an article in The Guardian. Jim Day

Published: Nov. 6, 2017, 6:47 p.m. Updated: Nov. 7, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
Retired Brig.-Gen. David C. Kettle gave a presentation Monday as the guest speaker of The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Remembrance Ceremony. (JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN)
Retired Brig.-Gen. David C. Kettle gave a presentation Monday as the guest speaker of The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Remembrance Ceremony. (JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN)

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Retired Brig.-Gen. David C. Kettle offers Canadians plenty to think about for the entire two minutes of silence during Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Sure, he notes, most people paying their respect to veterans have a few general thoughts – such tremendous sacrifice, what loss.


“People are very good at generalities, but what specifically do you remember?’’ asked Kettle, who is the secretary general of the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

“And after you think of the generalities, don’t you have a minute and a half left of dead time?’’

Well, Kettle came to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Remembrance Ceremony Monday armed with plenty of stark images to help fill that extra 90 seconds or so of silence.

Think how 619,000 Canadians, from a country of eight million at the time, served in uniform in the First World War.

“That’s quite a contribution,’’ notes Kettle.

Reflect too, as silence surrounds the cenotaph, on the 1.1 million Canadians who served in the Second World War. Consider how 42 per cent of all men in Canada between the ages of 18 and 35 served in that global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945.

“These are staggering numbers,’’ suggests Kettle.

“You can’t even comprehend them today, really.’’

Clicking old black and white battlefield images onto a screen, Kettle says something else worth remembering during those two silent minutes is the horrific life in the trenches endured by Canada’s brave soldiers.

“You would be traumatized simply by living in a trench: the water, the mud, the unsanitary conditions of trench life,’’ he says.

Imagine each soldier infested with lice. Think about large rats chomping into their flesh.

Then, adds Kettle, there was No Man’s Land, which he describes as “a moonscape where you are totally exposed to artillery fire, to machine gun fire.’’

Throw in barbed wire, mud, even quicksand, to increase the hardship and challenge of forward advancement, not to mention survival.

Survive all that, Kettle continues, then diseases like typhoid fever would take a good crack at knocking the soldiers down.

Still have any time left in those 120 seconds of silence?

Spend a few moments, urges Kettle, to consider the immense grief of parents, who felt they pressured their children into joining the war effort or felt they could have done something to prevent them from joining.

“They had to live with that guilt,’’ he says.

“So you remember those people during that two minutes of silence.’’



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It was nearly a full house at our Club meeting on Nov 6th. We had a moving #RemembranceDay presentation from Brigadier General (Ret'd) the Reverend Doctor David C. Kettle, Honourary Chaplain to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
From Left to Right below: Aide de Camp, Bob Moffatt; Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Paul Crant; Ret'd Brigadier General, David Kettles; new PEI Lieutenant Governor, Antoinette Perry; Remembrance Committee Chair, Angus Orford; and Meeting Co-Chair, Allison Swan.
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On Oct. 30th, we had the opportunity to hear from Kenny MacDougall. Kenny has established The Mount Academy a new private school geared towards athletes. He has 20 years of hockey coaching experience in various levels, including with Team Atlantic, at the Canada Games, Junior A, Senior, Semi-pro and University.


Pictured left to right: Paul Jenkins, owner of The Mount Continuing Care facility, Paul Crant - President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Kenny MacDougall, Corinne Hendricken-Eldershaw - CEO of the Alzheimers Society PEI. 



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At our Oct. 30th meeting, we Inducted Jake McLaren, into the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Jake has been living in PEI since 2016  and is orginally from Alberta. He is the owner of Larmahil Software Consulting. They specialize in the selection, implementation, training and education, of customer relationship management (CRM) software.  Welcome Jake !

From left to right: Bush Dumville, Jake McLaren, Paul Crant, Club President.



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At our Oct. 24th meeting, Eleanor Davies of Hospice PEI,  the volunteer arm of the palliative care program in PEI, spoke about palliative care and hospice PEI's philosophy and services provided at the end of life. Thank you to volunteers at Hospice PEI for all you do! You're a perfect example of #ServiceAboveSelf  
From left to right: Larry Sider BA CFP , Eleanor Davies, & Club President Paul Crant
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The final piece in the celebration of our Club's Centennial occurred with the placement of a bench on the grounds of Government House. The Bench has been inscribed with "A Century of Service". 
Thank you to the Centennial Committee who worked for several years to bring all the successful accomplishments and the events of the past year. These events include: New Year's Levee, Book on the History of Rotary in PEI, 100 trees planted across PEI, Centennial Gala Dinner, and several other events.  
The Centennial Committee is comprised of Bob Moffatt, Mary MacMillan, Lorne Moase, Moe Rodgerson, Ken Gillis, Jim Mcnutt, Sandra MacKay, and Larry Sider.
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The Walk to #EndPolioNow occurred on Saturday, October 21st at 2 PM. Memebrs of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty attended the Walk. 
We want to end polio forever so that no child has to suffer from this devastating disease. We are pleased that this fight is almost over with only 12 cases of Polio this year in only 2 countries. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of PEI who contributed a total of $12,000 to this cause. 
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A big thank you to Canadian Veteran,Dennis MacKenzie, and his brother, Riley Smith, from Brave and Broken and National Access Cannabis PEI for coming and talking to our Club on Oct. 16th about your work supporting veterans and first responders. With Dennis & Riley are Rotary Club of Charlottetown President Paul Crant and Meeting Chair, Chelsey Rogerson.
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A highlight of the wonderful gala night at the Delta Charlottetown on Sunday October 1st , 2017 was the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF's) to Rotarians from Island Rotary clubs. RI President Ian Riseley personally pinned every recipient with their 1st or multiple PHF recognition. 
The recipients were:
Rotary Club of Summerside
Georgia Ellis
Gerard Greenan
PHF plus three
John A. McCarthy
PHF plus one
Les R. Chipperfield
PHF plus two
Maitland MacIssac
Al Frost
David Anderson
PHF plus two
Sandy Rundle
PHF plus two
Nelson Snow
PHF plus five
Steve Cudmore
PHF plus one
Thane Smallwood
PHF plus one
Craig Harris
Margo Thompson
Chris Willcock
Peter Brown
Rotary Club of Hillsborough
Joan MacFarlane
PHF plus one
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
Susan Carruthers
PHF plus three
Paulette Hooley
PHF plus one
David Hooley
PHF plus four
Joanne Ings
PHF plus two
Ann Sherman
PHF plus three
Rotary Club of Charlottetown
Peter MacDougald
Harry O’Connell  
PHF plus one
Paul Crant
PHF plus one
Larry Sider
PHF plus six
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Highlights of Rotary Club of Charlottetown Club President's Report - Paul Crant:
I was a member 17 years ago when this Club had 180 odd members. One and a half years ago, we were down to 61 members. The Club declined year after year until there were not enough people power or willpower to properly undertake our 75 year old fundraiser - Radio/TV/Internet Auction. We tried a couple of fundraisers after that. Unfortunately, with those Club fundraisers, the club subsisted on between $5,000 - $7,000 per year. 
With the efforts of many in the Club, we were able to bring in many new members. We now have 91 members. The influx of new members has allowed the Club to successfully undertake a new fundraiser, Rotary Radio Bingo. Many members played a part in this success in the Bingo. This success of which will mean our Club can get back to being a force in the Community. 
Our next step is to start to deploy the funds we have raised over the last year in the Community. We expect to present a Donations Policy in the coming weeks. What we do not want, is just write cheques all the time. It is not in the best interests of Rotary or the best interests of this Club to just write cheques. The goal is to have Rotarian involvement in at least some of the Donations we make and to use the funds to cover our the costs of our Community Service programs. For larger Donation requests, we may want to partner with other groups in the community in order to undertake new service projects. This will give Rotary better Branding. Over the next weeks and months we will be reaching out to those Club members who have the passion to serve and truly Make a Difference to further enhance our strategy.
Highlights of RI President Ian Riseley speech at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown meeting on Oct. 2rd:
President Riseley explained how he helped to design his 2017-17 theme tie based on native Australian plants, and he explained the 2017-18 theme "Rotary: Making A Difference". The theme logo represents the diversity of Rotarians around the world striving for a better future.
He has three key goals for 2017-18:
  1. Encourage all clubs to achieve the Presidential Citation The criteria this year are based on the Rotary Strategic goals.
  2. Encourage all clubs to plant at least one tree for each member of their club. That means over 1.2 million trees worldwide at a minimum. He reports the overall goal is certain to be achieved as one district in India plans to plant 1.4 million trees! 
  3. Encourage all clubs to let the world know what they do. Each club must record on Rotary Club Central the following details:
    • $ in local currency of how much is contributed to charitable activities
    • # of volunteer hours contributed to charitable activities
RI President Ian also encouraged Rotarians to consider attending the upcoming Presidential Conference on Peace and the Environment in Vancouver in Fenruay 2018.  This is one of six such Peace conferences set for around the world also focusing on the other five area of focus of the Rotary Foundation plus the environment.
Finally RI President Ian invited everyone to join him in Toronto in June 2018 for the International Convention.
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The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was chartered on October 1, 1917, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax. It was club number 333 in the Rotary world.  With 100 years of service the Club determined to mark the occasion with a Centennial Celebration and celebrate it did!
With Past District Governor Robert (Bob) Moffatt as Chair the Centennial Committee worked tirelessly to make the celebration worthy of the one hundred years of "Service Above Self". This article can't begin to list all of the accomplishments of a century, including sponsoring four out of the five other clubs on the Island. James W Macnutt even wrote a book - "A Century of Service of Rotary on Prince Edward Island". Copies are still
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RC Charlottetown turned 100 on October 1st, 2017 and and the biggest names in Rotary International - RI President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet - came to town to help mark the milestone!
Island Rotarians led by Centennial Chair PDG Bob Moffatt, RI Presidential Aides PDG Duncan Conrad and Linda Conrad and many, many, more dedicated Rotarians, helped out as the spotlight of Rotary shone on PEI for three days.
From enjoying "Cows" ice cream, which they think is the best ice cream in the world, to touring Camp Gencheff, to cutting the ribbon at the Inspire Learning Centre in Summerside, to acting as keynote speaker at the Sunday night Gala, to being the "surprise" guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Monday, RI President Ian and Juliet filled their time on PEI with all things Rotary. PEI never looked better and Rotarians throughout the Island and indeed the entire District should be very proud.
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Donations Strategy Committee Update: 
The Committee is almost finished. The Board is expected to review the Donations Strategy Policy on Oct. 10th. The Policy will be discussed with the membership at the next meeting on Oct. 16th. We thank those Club members who have participated in this process by answering the Survey, sending possible recipients to the Committee. Once the Board has approved the Policy, we expect the application process to begin with the Club contacting the possible recipients with an application for funding. We thank the Committee for their work: Marilyn Lowther, Hannah Bell, Wes MacAleer, Peter MacDougald, Paul Crant,  Melanie MacDonald, Regan Lewis, Moe Rodgerson, and Martin Ruben.
Previous Donations Strategy Committee/Club work:
An email was sent to the Club on Aug. 23rd from Committee Chair, Marilyn Lowther, requesting Club members to come forward with additional information if they are directly involved in community groups that serves youth, seniors, and poverty. These service areas were determined by the membership survey in June as areas of focus for the development of a Donations/Service Strategy Policy. Committee work is moving along quickly and members of the Committee will be in contact with those who have responded to Marilyn's email.
Bylaw Update Committee:
The process is still underway but moving along well. We expect to have a fully updated set of Bylaws with updated Policies to be placed before the Board within 1 month. Once the Board has reviewed and approved the Bylaws updates, we hope to have the updated Bylaws before the membership within two months for a vote.
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Some photos from RI President Ian Riseley's and Juliet Riseley's visit to PEI to mark the Centennial of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. He had a tour of Camp Gencheff and participated in a tree planting with the Rotary Youth Exchange students September 30, 2017.

Their first visit was to the Rotary Club Of Charlottetown's proud 50+ year project - Camp Gencheff. PDG Bob Moffatt and Club President Paul Crant along with a large contingent of local and district Rotarians and Youth Exchange students greeted the special guests. Past President Edna Reid acted as tour guide as she explained the history and activities at Camp Gencheff.
Ian and Juliet were asked to plant a ceremonial tree to mark the 100 years of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. This is in keeping with RI President Ian's "Plant a Tree" challenge. Every Rotary Club in the world is challenged to plant one tree for every member of their club. Pres Ian says the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. One District in India plans to plant at least one tree for every Rotarian in the world! Ian and Juliet asked the Youth exchange students (sadly none of whom were from Australia!) to help out with the planting.

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown has been involved in Camp Gencheff from its beginning in 1961 with the Club providing the operating funds for the first year of operation. In fact, the Club has provided funding to the Camp every year and is the largest overall donor. The original Camp sign was "Bellevue Camp built by Polio Foundation and operated jointly with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown". The Camp is now named after Dr. Gencheff, a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown at that time, and medical Doctor who provided medical services to Island children with disabilities. Dr. Gencheff was involved in the planning of the Camp from almost from the beginning.    



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We've been following the recent devastation in the Caribbean and we want to help. So, at our meeting on Sept. 25th, we've donated $1,000 USD to purchase a ShelterBox.

ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.

Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.

The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.

Visit to learn more!


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An information session for high school students interested in an international student exchange for the 2018/19 school year is taking place on Monday, October 23 at the Charlottetown Rural Lecture Theatre. Students must attend the meeting with at least one parent/guardian. Application forms are due November 6, 2017.

The student exchange has been known to be a once in a lifetime experience. "Rotary Youth Exchange was the best year of my life. I spent one year in another country going to school, living with host families, learning a new language and culture, travelling and making new friends from around the world." – RYE Student
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Imagine the thrill for Rotary Club of Charlottetown Rotarian, Craig Bradley, when at our Oct. 2nd Club meeting when District Governor, Don Sword, recognized him as a D7820 True Rotarian. Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, joined in to congratulate him!
District Governor Citation: Craig is fondly referred to Craig as Treasurer for Life. He is a fully active Board member, and despite his relatively young age often serves as our corporate memory, pointing out previous decisions and directions, and making sure proper procedures are followed.  When looking for a document it is often easier to ask Craig than try to find it from any other Club source. 
Craig’s commitment to Rotary is exemplary. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
But the true reason for this award is not just for the activities we see Craig perform every meeting, it is for the countless hours behind the scenes.
He has been a central figure in the development, implementation and operation of the bingo fund raiser. He does it all in addition to his duties as Treasurer and Board member. Long before the volunteers show up at the radio station, Craig is busy producing the invoices and setting the retail card allocations for the following week so that the work of the distribution team runs more smoothly. He then takes an active role in the bingo operation, often on the computer managing the game. When the game is over Craig is still on the scene after the other volunteers have gone. He works quietly making sure the cheques are completed, the addresses accurate, and the material ready for the mail.  And he makes sure it gets in the mail. It is Craig that makes a final walk through of the facility making sure it is tidy, the doors locked, and the lights out. When there was a rumble in the bingo machine it was Craig that went to Canadian Tire bought the right sized screw driver and took the machine apart to see what was wrong. When there was a communication challenge between rooms it was Craig that bought walk talkies, and it is Craig that makes sure they are charged each week.
Craig steered the club through the CRA audit of our charitable status, managed the follow up, guided the implementation of recommendations and ensures they are followed.
Craig is an Accountant, Partner, and Tax Specialist at Arsenault Best Cameron and Ellis.
From left to right: RI President Ian Riseley, District Governor Don Sword, Craig Bradley, and Club President Paul Crant.  
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At out Oct. 2nd meeting, we presented Janice Blacquiere with an Honourary Paul Harris Fellow for her volounteer work on behalf of Easter Seals PEI. Janice is employed by D.P. Murphy Inc. and coordinates the Tim Hortons Ambassador School Tour. She takes care of all the tour details from posters, to the timed arrival at each school, introduction of ambassador, and family. She is on a first name basis with the school contacts and has made a personal connection with each of our ambassadors and their families over the years. 
She is there every day of the tour, at every school, and every year for over 25 years. The Tour started about 28 years with a Van and only visiting a few schools in Queens County. We now have the Tim Hortons Bus visiting over 60 schools across PEI. This is the largest single annual fundraiser for Easter Seals PEI. The tour raises over $30,000 per year. Last year, $36,873 was raised, which was almost a quarter of our total revenue for the whole campaign.
From left to right: RI President Ian Riseley, Janice Blacquiere, Easter Seals PEI Campaign Chair 2016-2017 Peter MacDogald, and Club President Paul Crant.
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At our Oct. 2 meeting, President Paul Crant presented Past President, Wes MacAleer with the Past Presidents Pin with RI President, Ian Riseley, in attendance. 
Paul thanked Wes for a great year. Wes played a big role in the future of the Club by helping ensure that the new Radio Bingo fundraiser was successful. The Bingo is the fundraiser that our Club needed, in order for our members to be make a real difference in the Community. Having a successful Fundraiser was a critical step in the success of the Club and was Step 2 of a 3 Step Plan to revitalize the Club that was put in place 1.5 years ago.
Step 1 - Increase the membership so that we could undertake Step 2
Step 2 - New major fundraiser
Step 3 - New Service Projects which engages the Club & the Community
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The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry was established in 1984. It is a non-profit, non-denominational organization established to open and operate the first Soup Kitchen at the Basilica Recreation Centre. It now also operates the Charlottetown Food Bank. 
With the Soup Kitchen being forced to move due to the pending sale of the Rec Centre, the Upper Room was looking for help to find a new location. Finding a location was not easy, and there were several attempt by citizens to derail the project because no one wanted a Soup Kitchen located near their residence or place of business. 
Local Rotary Clubs were looking for a signature project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Rotary in 1905. The Rotary Clubs of Charlottetown, Charlottetown Royalty, and Hillsborough donated $50,000 each, and the Rotary Club of Stratford donated $5,000 in order to get it the new Soup Kitchen built. In 2005, the Soup Kitchen moved to a new building on Richmond St. Club President, Bob Sear, was a key proponent of the project and was heavily involved in the planning. Bob's firm designed the building. 
The Soup Kitchen
The Staff and volunteers currently serve between 85 and 120 people per meal. Volunteers from church groups and nonprofit organizations prepare and serve meals on weekends and special occasions.
Below, Bob Sear, explaining the details of the project to RI President Riseley, Deputy Mayor Mike Duffy, Past District Governor Bob Moffatt, MLA Bush Dumville, and Past District Governor Juliet Riseley.
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At our Sept. 25th Club meeting, we approved a Donation of $3,000 to the PolioPlus Campaign in honour of the RI Presidential visit.
Below is the Flag Raising at Government House during President Riseley's visit on Oct. 2nd. 
From left to right: Past District Governor, Duncan Conrad; Past District Governor, Bob Moffatt, Lieutenant Governor of PEI, Frank Lewis, and RI President, Ian Riseley.
Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, and Club was glad to help.

World Polio Day: October 24th

One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio.

Rotary is getting ready for our 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary will live stream from the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join us as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication.



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The Rotary Club of Charlottetown celebrated its 100th Anniversary of its charter on October 1st, 1917 with a Gala dinner at the Delta Charlottetown. The keynote speaker was Rotary International President Ian Riseley! Special head table guests included (L) PDG Bob Moffatt, (R) Club President Paul Crant, Juliet Riseley, Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis, Rotarian Larry Sider, District Governor Don Sword, and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. Other head table guests included Rotary VP Dean Rohrs, and Rotarians Moe Rodgerson and Sandra MacKay - members of the Centennial Committee.
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Dr. Barbara Campbell, Director of the UPEI International Relations, spoke to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Sept. 25th about UPEI's goal regarding International student recruitment and the impact of that on the PEI economy. Barbara is seen here with Club President, Paul Crant. 
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Premier Wade MacLauchlan stopped by to meet Rotary International President, Ian Riseley before our Club meeting on Oct. 2nd. Pictured here with Centennial Chair, Bob Moffatt.
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We are so pleased that the Canadian Red Cross, PEI Region is honouring the late Tom DeBlois with a Humanitarian Award - he was a true Rotarian and is forever in our hearts.

Story from The Guardian.


The late Tom DeBlois, left, and 18-year-old Lacey Koughan of Charlottetown will receive the 2017 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Prince Edward Island.©THE GUARDIAN/Submitted photo

For the first time, one of the Canadian Red Cross’ Humanitarian Awards will be presented posthumously to a P.E.I. man.

The organization will present the award to the family of Tom DeBlois, who was a widely respected leader in the Island’s food industry and a dedicated volunteer with a number of charitable organizations and causes.

Among others, he was the founding chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and the Queens Region Health and Community Services Board, as well as a board member and chairman of Camp Gencheff.

Deblois worked in the food industry for more than 35 years, including the family owned DeBlois Brothers, and then with TRA Atlantic from 1986 to 2005.

DeBlois unexpectedly died in August 2016, at the age of 69.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross will also present the Young Humanitarian Award to 18-year-old Lacey Koughan of Charlottetown.

Koughan developed a brand, program and website called 24STRONG on which girls and young women can safely share experiences, discuss life challenges, seek inspiration from female role models and support each other.  

Koughan has already expanded 24STRONG to Toronto and hopes to eventually expand to more Canadian cities and other countries. 

At age 16, she opened her own dance school, has participated in fundraising events to support Syrian newcomer families to P.E.I. and is among the youth entrepreneurs who participate in The Hive, an arts-business incubator.  

The awards will be presented to the DeBlois family and to Koughan next month at the Power of Humanity dinner, a fundraising event held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the P.E.I. Convention Centre in Charlottetown.

Proceeds from the event support Canadian Red Cross services throughout Prince Edward Island.  

More details about the recipients, event and tickets are online at


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Rotary International president praises good work of P.E.I. Rotarians


Rotary International chairman Ian Riseley, left, chats with Bob Moffatt, Centennial chairman for P.E.I. Rotarians, during a visit to the province.



Rotary clubs, says the international president, give members plenty more to sink their teeth into than a simple chicken dinner.

Ian Riseley  says that offering a hearty menu of meaningful activity is key to the movement thriving.

“People won’t just join to go to lunch,’’ he says.

“They want to make a difference – and the best clubs are those that are really busy because when someone joins that club, they join for a purpose.’’

Sure, people join Rotary clubs for friendship and to improve themselves and their business, Riseley notes.

Good on them.

“But the most important reason, I think, is because they want to help society both locally and globally, and Rotary is the best example of that,’’ he says.

The 70-year-old chartered accountant has served Rotary in numerous capacities since joining Rotary Club of Sandringham in Victoria, Australia, in 1978 at age 31 - the “youngest member by quite a bit’’ at the time.

People won’t just join to go to lunch. They want to make a difference – and the best clubs are those that are really busy because when someone joins that club, they join for a purpose.

As president, Riseley is able to see a lot of the good work being done by more than 1.2 million Rotarians globally; impactful work, for instance, like a rotary club in Sweden offering wonderful help to welcome and settle Syrian refugees.

“It is positively inspiring to see the work – hard work, but very rewarding work – that is being done in the name of rotary,’’ he says.

Riseley arrived in Prince Edward Island early Saturday for his first visit to the province, taking in some of the good work being done by Rotarians here.

He toured, among other areas, Camp Gencheff, the soup kitchen in Charlottetown and the Inspire Learning Centre in Summerside – all initiatives supported by local rotary clubs.

He is “encouraging Rotarians to continue to keep doing the wonderful work that they are doing.’’

Bob Moffatt, chairman of the Centennial Committee for Island Rotarians, says Riseley’s visit to P.E.I. is a reflection of the fact that Island Rotarians have contributed much to their communities and to communities around the world over the past 100 years.

Moffatt says the Rotary movement is strong on P.E.I. with about 300 members in six clubs.

“About three or four years ago when we started all this centennial celebration we went out to the community and we got younger people,’’ he says.

“We’ve got some great ladies in our club now and they are taking leadership roles which is really, really good to see.’’

Moffatt adds that offering valuable contributions to young people and seniors remains a high priority for rotary clubs.




The Guardian Interview: President Ian Riseley 2017-10-06 03:00:00Z 0
On Friday, Sept. 22nd, the Club had a Social gathering for dinner at the home of Martin & Leslie Ann Ruben. There were 35 people there all included. Thank you to those members who attended and a special thank to hosts Martin & Leslie Ann for their hospitality. The location was beautiful. Unfortunately, pictures were an after thought. This is all we have:
Victoria Social at Martin Ruben's 2017-10-01 03:00:00Z 0
Members of the Charlottetown Rotary Club travelled on the ferry "Harland" from Charlottetown to Halliday's Wharf at Eldon for a Picnic at Eldon on August 5th, 1925. 
Rotary Picnic Aug. 5, 1925 2017-09-30 03:00:00Z 0
Dr. Barbara Campbell, Director of the UPEI's Office of Recruitment and International Relations, spoke to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Sept. 18th about UPEI's International student recruitment goals and the impact of that on the PEI economy in the short term with millions of dollars injected directly into the local economy. In the long run, universities with large populations of International students lead to increased immigration with ongoing increased investment in local economies. 
Barbara is seen here with Club President, Paul Crant. 
Guest Speaker, Dr. Barbara Campbell UPEI  2017-09-30 03:00:00Z 0

On Sept. 18th, we welcomed Dr. Ronald J. MacDonald as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Ron is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island and the Chair of the PEI Literacy Alliance.

Ron has been a junior and senior high school science teacher in Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada, for 15 years. He has also been an information technology integration specialist and professional development facilitator. Ron's research includes: supporting science teacher communities of practice when they are integrating technologies; gender differences in students’ attitude toward science when technologies are used; the merging of theory and practice in teacher education and project-based learning in science. 

Pictured Left to right: Regan Lewis, Ron MacDonald, Club President, Paul Crant.



New Member, Dr. Ron MacDonald  2017-09-24 03:00:00Z 0
On Sept. 18th, we had Tom Ponting and Donna Profit speak to our Club. Tom swam his way into the history books by winning a medal at three consecutive Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the 4×100 medley relay at both the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and a bronze medal in the 4×100 medley relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He won the FINA overall Swimming World Cup ranking both in1989 and 1992 and finished 2nd in the same ranking in 1990, all in the butterfly event. Tom also achieved three world records and 33 national titles throughout his lengthy career. Ponting has coached competitive swimming for almost 20 years since retiring from the sport, and is a certified NCCP Level 3 coach. He is currently Head Coach of the Charlottetown Bluephins Swim Club.
Donna Profit has been involved with the Bluephins as a parent of 7 swimmers for over 30 years as well as a coach for 14. In addition, Donna has experience as a Red Cross swimming instructor and she is a certified NCCP Fundamentals coach.
Below, Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Paul Crant, Tom Ponting, Pluephins Coach Donna Profit, and meeting Chair, Ron Profit.
Guest Speakers, Tom Ponting, and Donna Profit 2017-09-23 03:00:00Z 0
PEI Youth Exchange Student visit Island Hill Farm  2017-09-17 03:00:00Z 0

At our Sept. 12th meeting, our incoming Rotary Exchange students, Ben Heine and Giulia Belardinelli, had the opportunity to attend their first Club meeting and meet Premier MacLauchlan.

Get to know them:

Ben is from Belgium. He enjoys playing guitar, volunteering and travelling with Scouts and spending time with his mother and father and 4 younger siblings. His first host family is Peter Douglas and Janet Midgley.

Giulia Belardinelli is from Italy. Giulia enjoys travelling, painting, snowboarding and gymnastics. Her first host family is Ewan Clark and Anne Partridge.


Introducing: Rotary Exchange students, Ben Heine and Giulia Belardinelli 2017-09-17 03:00:00Z 0

On Sept. 19th, Shawn Stewart received the 2017 Council of the Federation of Literacy Award from Premier Wade MacLauchlan. The award celebrates the contributions of Canadians to literacy and the exceptional commitments made by adult learners. Congratulation's Shawn on this great achievement - you are an inspiration! #Literacy #Rotary 

From left to right picture two: President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Literacy Foundation, Kingsley Lewis, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Literacy Award recipient, Shawn Stewart, and Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Paul Crant.

2017 Council of the Federation of Literacy Award 2017-09-17 03:00:00Z 0


At our Aug. 14th Club meeting, President Paul Crant presented Edna Reid with her Past President's Pin. Edna served as President in 2013-2014. She was Club Secretary in 2011-2012. Edna has served on the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Board for most of the last 10 years. Thank you Edna for your service to our Club. She helped hold the Club together during challenging times.
Past President Pin: Edna Reid 2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
Donations Strategy Committee: 
An email was sent to the Club on Aug. 23rd from Committee Chair, Marilyn Lowther, requesting Club members to come forward with additional information if they are directly involved in community groups that serves youth, seniors, and poverty. These service areas were determined by the membership survey in June as areas of focus for the development of a Donations/Service Strategy Policy. Committee work is moving along quickly and members of the Committee will be in contact with those who have responded to Marilyn's email.
Bylaw Update Committee:
We hope to have a fully updated set of Bylaws to placed before the Board within 1 month. Once the Board has reviewed and approved the Bylaws updates, we hope to  have the updated Bylaws before the membership within two months.
Update Adhoc Committees: Donations Strategy & Bylaw Updates   2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
On Aug. 17th, we had a Youth Exchange Reunion BBQ at Stanhope Place. We had former Youth Exchange students from all over the world from Australia to Europe who came back to visit us to get reacquainted after not seeing their host families for many years in some cases. There were several that have been back to PEI many times since they were here originally. This was an excellent event with many moving testimonials from participants of how the program impacted their lives. Many felt that their lives were greatly enriched because of the experience and some have become Rotarians and many have become involved in community service in their home countries because of this program.


International Youth Exchange Reunion BBQ Aug., 2017 2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown is hosting a friendship event for club members along with their spouses/significant others on Friday, 22 September 2017 to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. The event will be held at the home of Club member Martin Ruben in Victoria by the Sea and will feature burgers and hot dogs along with sides. All you need to bring along is your favourite beverage. Food will be served from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, but come out early and enjoy a stroll through the village and savour the delights of fine chocolate at Island Chocolates or buy a piece made by one of the many artisans living in the village. There will also be a few surprises.  
This event will go ahead rain or shine, so come out and enjoy a fun evening in Victoria by the Sea.  The address is 12 Wanda Street and is easily located by going down Dunrovin Street next to the fire hall.
In order to plan accordingly, please contact Martin at and let him or Martin's wife Leslie-Ann know how many will be coming. If you have any questions, please call Martin at 902-388-7584.
Friendship Event Club BBQ Friday, Sept. 22nd Victoria  2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0


The Club's 2017 Gold Cup Parade Float was well decorated promoting the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in PEI. Thank you to Della Parker for making the arrangements on only one week's notice. The Rotary Club of Hillsborough was supposed to take care of the Float for this year's Parade but declined at the last minute. There were former Rotary International Exchange students on the Float who were here that week to help us celebrate our 100th Anniversary. In addition, we had the Lazaratos family manning the Float
We would like to thank all the volounteers who served the Seniors and disabled at the Viewing Stand. A list of the volounteers includes: Della & Hal Parker, Bob Moffatt, Wes MacAleer, Mark Triantfillou, Umesh & Sharda Gupta, Katherine Burnett, Mary MacMillan,  
Gold Cup Parade Day: Three Club Events 2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0
The Club has many openings for Guest Speakers. Please forward any suggestions to Dale Turner, Chair of Programs, at with any ideas and contact information. We would really like to see some entrepreneur or business speakers versus group looking for donations. Thanks
Guest Speakers Suggestions Needed 2017-09-03 03:00:00Z 0

Our 2 Youth Exchange students have arrived - Giulia Belardinelli of Italy and Benjamin Heine of Belgium. They attended a Round Table discussion about Canadian Citizenship with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship held at #Ardgowan
Giulia and Benjamin with Paul Alan of Elections PEI
Our Youth Exchange Students have Arrived! 2017-09-02 03:00:00Z 0

It was great to hear from Rotary Club of Charlottetown member, Della Parker, speak about her life, career as owner of Coldwell Banker Parker Realty, and the real estate industry in PEI.
Guest Speaker: Della Parker  2017-09-02 03:00:00Z 0


On Sunday Oct. 1st, we will have RI President, Ian Riseley, joining us for our Centennial Dinner. We expect about 500 people at the PEI Convention Centre for Dinner. The reception starts at 6:00PM with a Dinner at 7:00PM. Invitations have been extended to the Premier and LG, Frank Lewis. The tickets are $75 each. Please see Mary Macmillan and Ken Gillis to purchase tickets. We will have the Singing Strings and the College of Piping for entertainment. We have 75 Rotarians coming from Moncton and a contingent from our sponsoring Club in Halifax.
In addition to the Dinner, the President’s itinerary will include visits to Camp Gencheff, the Soup Kitchen, and the Rotary Inspire Library. There will also be a Walk for Polio on Sunday. Rotarians are invited to participate in these visits. Further details to be provided later.
Centennial Dinner with RI President Ian Riseley Oct. 1, 2017 2017-09-02 03:00:00Z 0
At our Aug. 22nd meeting, we had District Governor, Don Sword, who brought greetings from RI President Ian Riseley and introduced the theme for 2017-18 “Rotary Making a Difference”.
He mentioned that although Rotary was begun on Feb 25, 1905, the need for Rotary was never greater than today.
Don mentioned a quote from Paul Harris 80 years ago when he said “This is a changing world and Rotary must be prepared to change with it.” We must keep our clubs vibrant, relevant and attractive. He then mentioned his 3 C’s Consistency, Continuity, and Collaboration.
Rotary wants to adopt a new slogan: Rotary People of Action.
Rotary is built on friendship.
The nature of training is changing, TLC or Training Leaders of Clubs means that everyone can benefit from leadership training, not just presidents and secretaries. He encouraged more Rotarians to attend these TLC training conferences.
Don went on to challenge all club members to introduce/induct at least one new person to Rotary each year.
Don went on to talk about the Rotary Foundation. There were only 8 cases of wild polio virus in the past year and only 3 countries are still considered, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Rotary Foundation is 100 years old this year and recently won an award as the best charity in the world.
Don then shared his vision or “P.I.P.E.” dream for District 7820 in the coming year. He plans to focus on Public Image, Peace and the Environment. For Public Image, Don encourage Club members to go to website to make sure our Branding is current and to obtain any promotional materials with the right Branding. For Peace, he would like the Club to have one meeting this year devoted to Peace & Conflict resolution. For Environment, he is requesting that a tree be planted for every member of the Club. Since Bob would say that you already did this, try to find something else related to the environment. 
He also encouraged members to register for the District Conference in St. Johns as well as the International Conference in Toronto in 2018. He spoke about the International Conference being in Toronto in June, 2018 and encouraged people to attend. He also spoke of a Bus our being arranged by Rotarian, Duncan Conrad, for the International Conference. Please contact him in order to make arrangements.
District Governor Don Sword 2017-09-02 03:00:00Z 0
At our Aug. 14th meeting, we had a Book Launch for the Jim Macnutt authored history of Rotary in PEI. The book includes the history and activities of all the Rotary Clubs on Prince Edward Island and as it relates to Rotary International and world events of the time. The book is a good read of events especially in the first 40 years from 1917 until the late 1950's.








Book Launch: " A Century of Service of Rotary on Prince Edward Island" 2017-09-02 03:00:00Z 0

The first Easter Seals event for the year, was held on Friday. The annual PEI Road Runners Race was run just prior to the beginning of the parade.  This event was organized by Rob MacKenzie (Kwik Kopy) and saw 110 runners run. The race winner ran in 14 minutes and 43 seconds for a new Course record.

A big "thank you" to Rotary volunteers; Lorne Moase who served as money collector and overseer of registration operations assisted by volunteer Matthew Reid. Course Marshals were Edna Reid, John Scales, Jim Travers, President Paul, and Martin Ruben kept the runners on route.  
Attached is a photo of John Scales, Austin Walker, Paul Crant, and Jim Travers. This is Austin's second year running the race. 
2017 5K Gold Cup Race for Easter Seals PEI 2017-08-21 03:00:00Z 0
The below advertisement was placed in The Guardian newspaper on Nov. 10, 1942. It is not the most politically correct ad by today's standards, however, this was a function of those times. 
The history of this Club is amazing. It is nice to see that our Club is still involved in supporting children with disabilities, as it was in 1942. It is also interesting to note that support for youth programs such as Air Cadets is still in favour at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown with the International Youth Exchange Program, etc. Also, a recent Club survey indicated that Youth of PEI are still a top priority of the Club. Also, interesting to note that the basis of our Remembrance Day Program/support for military traces back to the World Wars and our support for Youth in setting up Air Cadets in in PEI in the 1940's.
The Caption reads as follows:
"The Charlottetown Rotary Club which attained its Charter in 1917 is celebrating its Silver Jubilee at the Charlottetown Hotel on Tuesday evening, November 10th when the star attraction will be guest speaker, Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon, D.D., President of Rotary International in 1917-1918, the year of Charlottetown's admission. Dr. Pidgeon also happens to be an Islander, with a world wide reputation. During its existence, the Rotary Club has stood behind the most worthwhile public movements here, and has especially distinguished itself by adopting the Crippled Children Campaign as its own particular branch of Red Cross service, raising no less than $20,000 for the carrying on of good work. Another of its outlets in public service was the founding of Air Cadets, but for which action on their part there probably would have been no Air Cadets in our midst. All citizens will join in congratulating the Rotarians on attaining this Red Letter day in their history, and cherish the hope that the Club may long be spared to continue its beneficent work. "
Rotary Club of Charlottetown 25th Anniversary Celebration  2017-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
Jane Macnutt, Occupational Therapist, was Inducted into our Club on July 31st. Jane is the third generation Macnutt to become a member a member of our Club starting in the 1950's. Welcome Jane!

New Rotarian, Jane Macnutt 2017-07-31 03:00:00Z 0

One former Club Member, Richard Martin, and one current Club member, Peter Boswall, were recently recognized by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association. Richard will be attending the Centennial Dinner this fall.

The below story was copied from CBC PEI website.

Richard Martin has released several fusarium-resistant strains of wheat.

Two P.E.I. provincial employees have been presented with the Honorary Life Award from the Canadian Seed Growers' Association.

Richard Martin was recognized for his research on management of fusarium head blight in wheat. Martin has released a number of fusarium-resistant varieties of wheat. He also ran a nursery where wheat was assessed for fusarium resistance.

P.E.I. agriculture policy analyst Peter Boswall

Peter Boswall has server on the national board of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. (Submitted)

Policy analyst Peter Boswall was described as a lifelong advocate for the pedigreed seed crop program at the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture. He has also served as a national board member at CSGA.

Islanders took two of the three Honorary Life Awards from the association this year. The third went to Dale Adolphe of Saskatchewan, former executive director of the CSGA.



Peter Boswall Honoured by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association 2017-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
At our lunch meeting on July 31st, we were fortunate to have Erin McGrath-Gaudet, Director, PEI and Intergovernmental Policy - Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Erin is seen here with Meeting Chair, Emma Fugate, and Club Secretary, Melanie MacDonald. Erin spoke about what the future has in store for the PEI economy, including a warning for governments that they need to plan for lower revenue growth and larger demands for expensive government services.
Erin is seen here with Meeting Chair, Emma Fugate, and Club Secretary, Melanie MacDonald
Erin McGrath-Gaudet, Director, PEI and Intergovernmental Policy - Canadian Federation of Independent Business 2017-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, August 17th: Any 5:00 PM in Stanhope, there will be BBQ at Jim Macnutt's cottage. Come early and enjoy some golf, beach, nature walks, or just hang out at Jim's cottage. Barbecue served at 5:30 PM with The Sizzler and there promises to be of lots of goodies. Memories and music abound! Club Rotarian's are invited to attend this event as well.
Youth Exchange BBQ 2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0
At our July 25th meeting, Hannah Bell presented the results of the Membership Survey conducted in June relating to use of Fundraising proceeds. The Survey solicited feedback on a number of questions like what defines us as a Club strategically, how we want to be seen, what do we want to support, how involved do we want to be in the donations we make, what types of service projects do we want to be involved in, how much should be donated to International projects, and how do we donate funds back to the rural areas where some of the bingo proceeds were generated.
The Key Findings are as follows:
  • International contribution of 10%; must be careful not to create restrictions or challenges by creating hard lines or exact numbers
  • Provincial distribution of funds (rather than trying to address rural/urban targets) to organizations
  • Donations to directly to individuals or individuals operating service projects is not preferred
  • Primarily focus on Youth, and possibly Seniors, and to a lesser extent Community, in areas of Poverty, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Health
  • No support to large established national or large local organizations that already receive strong financial support.
  • No support for political, and/or religious organizations, etc.
  • Small grants of < $5K are most popular 
  • No appetite for Club managed large Capital projects
  • We must have money in the bank before we start allocating funds
  • We must build our Club brand by getting the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on things. Guidelines are critical. With smaller projects, Social Media will be key.
  • For Donations, we should consider a hold back (25%) until completion of all requirements including reporting and recognition.
Next Steps:
The Committee is compiling a list of organizations and community groups who work with children and youth in PEI in designated areas. It is also consulting with the other Rotary Clubs in PEI to try not to duplicate Community Service or areas they are focusing on. In late September, the Committee expects to have present options for the Club to consider.     
Also, the Committee is hoping to have a Draft Donations Policy in late September to be presented to the Club.
Hannah is pictured below with Donations Strategy Chair Marilyn Lowther, and President Paul Crant.
Club Donations Strategy: Membership Survey Results  2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0
The Centennial Book on the History of Rotary in PEI, authored by Jim Macnutt, is scheduled to take place at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on Monday, August 14, at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. 
Centennial Book Launch 2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0

At our July 25th meeting, Elysse Cottrell from the Rick Hansen Foundation spoke to our about Rick Hansen and his quest to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Even though Elyse appears to have no issues, she has a variety of medical problems which reduces her mobility and other issues which prevent her from functioning fully. She mostly spoke about the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities, increasing the number of disabled parking places, and better access for disabled people to commercial properties. A key message to entrepreneurs when starting a business or organizations planning events is to ensure that it is accessible to all!



Rick Hansen Foundation: Elyse Cottrell 2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0

On July 25th, Rachel (李佳颖) Murphy was Inducted into our Club. Rachel has been employed as an CPA with Bradley Handrahan since 2015. Rachel’s main area of practice includes PEI PNP consulting, business planning, financial projections, tax planning, audit and other assurance services, compilation engagements, accounting software training, GST/HST services, payroll administration and personal and corporate income tax return preparation. Prior to joining Bradley Handrahan, Rachel worked in a hedge fund administration company as an operational analyst and fund accountant. She has an MBA in Finance from Saint Mary’s University, is a CMA charter holder, and a Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Rachel also passed all three levels of the Certified Financial Analyst exams. Rachel was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Canada in 2009. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. She is married to Mark Murphy. She actively volunteers in the local community and through her own Chinese newscasts to help the PEI Chinese community to stay informed with local news, events and new government policies. Welcome back Rachel!


New Member: Rachel Murphy 2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0
Pauline Thomson, of Canoe Cove, is a long time volunteer with the Upper Room Soup Kitchen. She treats the patrons of the Soup Kitchen with kindness and is always ready with a big smile. She is takes the time to speak to everyone there personally. She makes goods for the patrons such as hats, scarves, and mittens for them in the winter. Pauline has a wonderfully cheerful presence, and respects all who need the services of the Upper Room. She is highly thought of by the other volunteers. Pauline believes any one of us could be end up homeless. In fact, many of them had good lives at one point. Thank you Pauline for everything you do for the Soup Kitchen. Charlottetown is a better place for your efforts. Thank you Della for finding such worthy recipients for Community Service.
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Community Service Award: Pauline Thomson 2017-07-29 03:00:00Z 0
Matt Mueller of Switzerland, with the Rotary Club of Lyss-Aarberg, presented a Banner to the Club at the July 24 meeting. Matt & his family own a cottage at Blooming Point. Matt is in the military and briefly spoke about Switzerland's Conscription policy.
Banner Presentation 2017-07-26 03:00:00Z 0
I can't believe that my year in Canada is almost over! I've spend the best year of my life so far and I believe that everyone should do the rotary youth exchange cause adventure is the best way to learn! I'm infinitely grateful because thanks the Rotary and all the people that I've met during my Exchange I've become another person. It's not a trip or a vacation, it's a second life and it's gonna be hard to leave everything behind me. Here is a little video to show you how great it is to know people from all over the world, how nice it is to have 3 other families, and how AWESOME it is to be Canadian. Thanks again.   
Click on the Youtube Link below the image in order to view this excellent video made by the District Youth Exchange students: 
Goodbye Message from Youth Exchange student Naomi Ascencio 2017-07-23 03:00:00Z 0
In commemoration of of 100th Anniversary of Rotary in PEI, the province has grown the Rotary Wheel in flowers at the entrance to the Confederation Bridge.
Rotary Wheel Confederation Bridge 2017-07-22 03:00:00Z 0

Story from CBC PEI website

Lawyer recognized for community service by Law Society of P.E.I.

Ron Profit received the Distinguished Community Service Award

Ron Profit, a lawyer and partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.
Ron Profit, a lawyer and partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island. (Angela Walker/CBC)

A Charlottetown lawyer was recently recognized for his work in the community.

Ron Profit, a partner at the firm Cox and Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.

Profit has worked with a variety of organizations including the Easter Seals, the Alzheimer's Society, the prostate support group and the Canadian Rehabilitation Council as well as a number of sporting organizations.

'Every lawyer was involved in some way or another with volunteering, you certainly see as recreation director those that are volunteers within the community.'- Ron Profit

"It's very rewarding to see how people just feel the support," he said.

"You just see how people, the joy that comes into their lives by having various organizations support what they may have ongoing at that time."

'Every lawyer was involved'

Before he became a lawyer, Profit was the recreation director for the Town of Summerside.

It was his time in the position that made him want to go to law school after seeing the contributions lawyers in the community were making.

'You meet great people through volunteering.'- Ron Profit

"I was impressed when I was recreation director, with the legal profession in the town of Summerside," he said.

"Every lawyer was involved in some way or another with volunteering, you certainly see as recreation director those that are volunteers within the community."

'Meet great people'

Profit said that what has always drawn him to volunteering is working and getting to know others.

"You meet great people through volunteering," he said.

Profit met an important person in his life when he volunteered in the early years of his life.

'It came to our attention cause our children have all been involved in Varsity sports, that women in sports weren't being supported by the community financially, and perhaps by the universities as well.'- Ron Profit

"There was a young lady who was the most involved woman in the town, young lady was the student council president, she was involved in many different things," he said.

"I ended up be attracted to her in more ways than one, and now we're married for 43 years."

'They've all been rewarding'

Profit is currently the chair of the prostate support group and said that the Y's Men in Charlottetown have done great work over his time with them, raising over $600,000 for aquatics sports.

He and his wife are also involved in helping support female varsity athletes financially.

"It came to our attention cause our children have all been involved in varsity sports, that women in sports weren't being supported by the community financially, and perhaps by the universities as well," he said.

Profit has worked with many groups over the years and said that each one has been important to him.

"They've all been rewarding," he said.



Distinguished Community Service Award: Ron Profit 2017-07-22 03:00:00Z 0
The new Rotary year kicked off with a BBQ on Wednesday, July 17th at Camp Gencheff with more than 50 people including Rotarian's, spouses, and children. The weather was excellent.
The Rotary of Club of Charlottetown has been involved in Camp Gencheff even before its founding in 1961. The Camp is named after Dr. Gencheff, a Charlottetown doctor and member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Our Club agreed to pay $3,500 for the upkeep of the camp in the first year of operation. In fact, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown has provided funds annually for the operation of summer camp from the Easter Seals campaign for the past 56 years, and is the Camp's largest overall donor.
Rotary Club of Charlottetown BBQ at Camp Gencheff 2017-07-21 03:00:00Z 0
On July 10th, last years, Rotary Club of Charlottetown, International Youth Exchange student, Thomas Madessis, and his parents came from Belgium for a visit. They are seen below with outgoing President Wes MacAleer, and Youth Exchange Chair, Daphne Dumont. Thomas spoke to the Club briefly to say how much Rotary experience hear in PEI meant to him, and that he thought this was the best Club in PEI. Amadosis Madessis also spoke to the Club to thank us for helping their son grow and how much it meant to him that we did this for his son, Thomas.
Our Club continues to support Youth Exchange because the impact of the program lasts a lifetime and it promotes better understanding between peoples around the world. 
The Madessis Family 2017-07-16 03:00:00Z 0
Our Club was honoured by the presence and wishes to thank the many Past Presidents for all that they have done.
President Paul Crant thanks Past President, Wes MacAleer for a great year. Wes played a big role in the future of the Club by helping ensure that the new Radio Bingo fundraiser was successful. The Bingo is the fundraiser that our Club needed, in order for our members to be make a real difference in the Community. Having a successful Fundraiser was a critical step in the success of the Club and was Step 2 of a 3 Step Plan to revitalize the Club that was put in place 1.5 years ago.
Step 1 - Increase the membership so that we could undertake Step 2
Step 2 - New major fundraiser
Step 3 - New Service Projects which engages the Club & the Community
Past President Wes MacAleer congratulating, Incoming President, Paul Crant, with meeting Chair, Chelsey Rogerson.
Incoming Boards specific Objectives or Goals for 2017-2018:
  • Final Report from the Committee on Donations Strategy expected in late September based on the feedback from the member about how they would like to see fundraising proceeds used in the Community
  • Recruit 15 New Members to grow the Membership to 100 by June 30th, 2018
  • Improve Club Meeting Attendance/Engagement Index to 70% from 66%
  • ​​​​​​Chase the Ace type Draw called the “Queen of Hearts" if the retailers are onside
  • Establish a New Vocational Award: recognizing Community Entrepreneurs/Professionals who demonstrate Service above Self
  • Establish a new Role "Engagement Manager" which would act as a protector of members from being asked to serve on too many Committees, and in some cases, encourage others to be more engaged 
  • Easter Seals is to incorporate and apply for its own Charitable Trust.
  • The Club has unrestricted money in the different areas. Figure out a Plan for deploying the funds for the good of the Community 
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Club's Rotary International Foundation Chair, Larry Sider, and outgoing President, Wes MacAleer presenting Angus Orford and Bob Sear with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Thank you Angus for your generousity by contributing to the RI Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, Rotary an make lives better in your community and around the world.

Sorry for the picture quality.

Paul Harris Fellow: Angus Orford & Bob Sear 2017-07-16 03:00:00Z 0
Rob Thomson, of North Rustico, was nominated by ACT Community Theatre for his contributions to that organization, for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Community Service Award. Rob also is an excellent volounteer for Hospice PEI donation 2 hours per week for more than 20 years to help Islanders in their most desperate need. Thank you Rob for you have done and all you are going to do for the Island community! The Award was presented by Della Parker, and outgoing President, Wes MacAleer, at our July 10th meeting. 
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At the Rotary Club of Charlottetown meeting on June 26th, Greg Shaw of Parks Canada is welcomed by Meeting Chair Jim Macnutt and Co-chair David Keenlyside. Greg spoke on "Restoration of the Provincial House".
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The Rotary Club of Charlottetown has recognized, Marlee Gregory for her exemplary contributions to the Community. Marlee is only 18 years old and has been a tireless volounteer for a large number of charities and organizations. Marlee is seen here being congratulated by Rotarians Della Parker and President Wes MacAleer.
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Congratulations to Past District Governor and Entrepreneur, Wayne Hambly, on receiving a Paul Harris Fellow + 7 today!

He joins other Paul Harris Fellows such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell and UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Click here to learn more:…/history-paul-harris-fellow-recogni…

Wayne is below here being congratulated with Club RI Foundation Chair, Larry Sider & President Wes MacAleer


Past District Governor Wayne Hambly Paul Harris +7  2017-06-26 03:00:00Z 0
The following is an Excerpt from the interview with incoming RI President Ian Riseley:
"Riseley stresses that while fun is a vital part of the organization, Rotary must make a difference in the world. At the International Assembly in January, he noted that environmental degradation threatens us all and asked every Rotary Club to plant a tree for each member as a gesture with both practical and symbolic power. 
"Rotary must do more to welcome younger people., who he says face a number of competing demands. They are interested in service and eager to do good, he stresses, but they need options. "We need to offer them an involvement that doesn't waster their time" he says. 
That's one reason he enthusiastically supports the 2016 Council on legislation decesions to give Clubs more flexibility in membership and meetings. "If you want to meet every week, and it suits your club, that's great" he says. "But there are people who can't do that, for whatever reason. To me, the flexibility is really important.""
the Rotarian Magazine July, 2017 edition 2017-06-25 03:00:00Z 0
Day 1 & 2 Breakout Room Conference Speaker, Rose Adams, giving an inspiring speech (BREATHE) about persevering against all odds facing Racism to become a lawyer at age 31. Rose received the Ontario Premier's Award for outstanding achievement in business in 2004. Through the use of personal stories, Rose provides valuable insight to help people adjust to change, enhance leadership skills, and increase respect for self and others. This Rotarian from Barrie, Ontario now makes her living as an inspirational speaker.                                                                                                                                                                                           
Picture 1) President Wes on Day 2 addressing the Convention with an invitation to join us for the Centennial of Rotary on PEI dinner on Oct. 1, 2017 with RI President, Ian Riseley.  Picture 2)  Michael Morrison listening on Day 1 to Speaker, Graham Stookey on "Generous Leadership" (Picture 3).
Also, on Day 1 incoming Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Paul Crant, & incoming Secretary, Melanie MacDonald, listening to either Rose Adams or Graham Stookey. Paul seems to be suffering from a lack of sleep.  
On Day 2, District Governor Elva Hegye is seen below wrapping up her year. She presented a number of Awards and special thanks to those Rotarians who represented the ideals of Service above Self. Below she is seen presenting Paul Harris Fellow Awards to District Trainers, Doug Logan and Louisa Horne (District Governor Nominee for 2019-2020). 
Day 2: Rotarians heading into the Farmers Market for supper on Day 2 with a variety of food and beverage vendors including Pete Luckett.
Guest Speaker & Rotarian, Roxanne Seaman, speaking to us about the S.M.I.L.E. program (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience). Roxanne is the Professor for Kinesiology at Acadia University and the Director of the S.M.I.L.E. program at Acadia. This program pertains to promoting physical literacy for children & youth of all ability levels and fits very well with the Rotary focus on children with challenges.   
District Student Exchange Students posing outside of the Old Orchard Inn. Cape Blomidon can be seen in the background.
Rotary Club of Summerside selected as Club of the Year. Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Summerside, Gord Coffin, accepting the Award below. 
This Club has just completed an enormous project for their community, the Inspire Learning Centre which took three years to plan and about a year to construct. The project involved the re-purposing of a surplus Federal Building into a three-floor structure, which encompasses a traditional library, and space to support a variety of community needs. The club engaged the whole community in the planning and the financing and now have a wonderful facility, that will serve the residents of Summerside long into the future. Congratulations to a Club who is not afraid to think big and work hard towards really serving the community!
Also on Day 3, we heard a presentation from Kerry Muise, President of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth & Emma Little, President of the Rotaract Club of Yarmouth. The topic of the presentation was "The Fountain of Youth - Investing in Youth Mental Health. After 3 teen suicides in Yarmouth within a few months, some members of the local Rotary Club decided they needed to try to do something about it. They brought in several high profile speakers at a reasonable cost, created a program for youth and started a Rotaract Club at the high school. Not only did this make an impact on local teens, it also reinvigorated the aging Rotary Club of Yarmouth. 
On Day 3, Incoming District Governor, Don Sword, spoke about RI & District goals for 2017-2018. Keys Goals announced were to increase the Public image of Rotary and the Environment. Incoming RI President, Ian Riseley, wants the Clubs to plant a tree for every club member in 2017-2018. Since our Club has already done that for a Centennial project, is there some other way to do something for the Environment? Please let us know what ideas you have. 
On Day 3, Peter Bevan-Baker spoke about the importance of being "Happy" and what makes people happy. People that have good jobs and income, wealth are no more happy than people who do not. Happiness is a mind set. We need to that gauge the health and well-being of people, communities and eco-systems in order to better determine the well-being and happiness of the people because measuring wealth or gross domestic product is not enough.
Head Table arriving for the Governor's Banquet on Day 3.
Governor's Banquet
Day 4 Sunday morning Service memorializing District Rotarians who passed during the last year. President Wes is seen placing 3 roses in the vase for Tom DeBlois, Harry Love, and Jack Cutcliffe.
District Governor, Elva Hegye, placing the District Governor Pin on Don Sword on Day 4.                                                           
Incoming District Governor, Don Sword, became a member of Rotary in 1989 with the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast. He was the Club President in 1993-1994. Don played key roles in developing major projects like Topsail Beach Park and Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre. Both these projects earned RI Significant Achievement Awards for his Club. Congratulations Don.
Next year's District Conference is in St. John's, Newfoundland. Does anyone want to get Screeched in and Kiss the Cod?    
District Conference Summary June 1st - 4th Wolfville 2017-06-24 03:00:00Z 0

P.E I. Easter Seals campaign raises $153,500

Ambassador Cameron Gordon is proud of the accomplishment

By Natalia Goodwin, CBC News Posted: Jun 19, 2017 6:00 PM AT Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 6:00 PM AT


Ambassador Cameron Gordon and campaign chair Peter MacDougall hold up the amount raised for 2017. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC - picture by Umesh Gupta)

Easter Seals ambassador Cameron Gordon was clapped in to the Rotary meeting Monday morning that wrapped up this year's fundraising campaign, and there was a lot to celebrate.

The campaign raised $153 500 this year, to help organizations that support children with disabilities.

"Really, really awesome!" Gordon exclaimed.

Surpassed last year's total

Gordon travelled to 60 schools in three days, along with many events, to help raise the money, which is a big increase over last year's total of $117,000.  Along the way he would speak and dance, something that truly warmed his family's heart.

"Some of the times when he would get up to speak and he would just start speaking," said Cameron's mother Catherine MacInnis, adding their expectations of Cameron have always been high.  

"I would think, 'oh my god I can't believe that is coming out of my son,' so we learned that he is more capable, we really have to increase our expectations even that much more."

Easter Seals 2017

Cameron Gordon's mother, Catherine MacInnis, was at times emotional speaking about how Easter Seals has effected their family's life. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC )

In her address to the crowd, MacInnis said that Easter Seals has personally helped her family even before Cameron was ambassador, by setting them up with summer tutoring, which took a big load off of the family.

"I used to dread the spring because it was difficult enough to line up care for Cameron in the summer," said MacInnis

"It removes so much stress from a family so that we can just be healthier as a family, we're better parents to not only our child like Cameron, but other children, and we're better employees when we show up to work because we're not concerned about that other thing we're trying to address."

'Incredibly enriching'

The new ambassador will be chosen in the winter, but this experience is one the family won't forget. 

"It's been incredibly enriching for our family and for Cameron, you know he's improved and his communication skills excel, but he's also been in his element. He loves this."

Gordon agreed.

"Really, really awesome!" he said again. 



Easter Seals Campaign Wrap Up 2017 2017-06-24 03:00:00Z 0
Key Highlights from the Convention include:
  • Outstanding speech by Andrew Young - first black mayor of Atlanta and human rights activist encouraging us to keep doing the "impossible".
  • Ashton Kutcher - actor and co-founder of Thorn - to end slavery and human and child sex trafficking...and asking Rotarian to support that cause. Once the End Polio Now campaign is accomplished, it is expected that the focus of Rotary is going to shift to another initiative to end Human Trafficking.
  • Presentation by Brittany Arthur - President of the Rotaract Club of Berlin - if every Rotarian invited one Rotaractor to join their Rotary Club, we would have 2.4 million members!
  • Speech by Ian Riseley incoming RI President 2017-18 - Ian is a passionate environmentalist and asks every Rotarian to plant a tree in the upcoming Rotary year. 
  • Introduction of RI President nominee - 2018-19 - Samuel "Sam" F. Owari from Uganda. (Owori is chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda. Before that, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has studied law, employment relations, business management, corporate resources management, micro-finance, and marketing at institutions in England, Japan, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States, including Harvard Business School.)
  • "Countdown to 0"- renewed commitment to eradicate Polio and the donation of a combined $1.2 billion from Governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Bill Gates speech on Rotary's incredible work with Polio Eradication - only 5 wild polio virus cases this year (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria).  In the 1980's there were over 350,000 cases every year.
Our Club's Martin Ruben, was at the RI Convention in Atlanta with 40,000 other people. It was the RI Foundation's 100th anniversary, so the focus was on the End Polio Now program. On Monday, June 12, 2017, Martin sent the following update back to the Club, where Bill Gates & RI President John Germ made a major announcement. 
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, strengthened their foundations commitment to Rotary with the exciting announcement that it will expand its match agreement with Rotary. Contributions to Rotary for polio eradication will be matched 2-1 up to $50 million per year through the next three years. There were pledges from a variety of sources. The biggest contributor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which pledged $450-million; Rotary International, the service club that has made ridding the world of polio its mission, will contribute $150-million, Nigeria $140-million, Pakistan (via the Islamic Development Bank) $100-million, Canada $75-million, and a host of other donors totalling $1.2 billion (U.S. dollars.). The Global Polio Eradication Initiative aims to eradicate the childhood disease by 2020.
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In a little over two months,  the Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion event is happening. The Club's Youth Exchange Committee are all looking forward to a good time with the Club's former Exchange students. There will be people coming from all over the world. 
Itinerary Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion:

Thursday, August 17th: Any time in the afternoon in Stanhope, there will be BBQ at Jim Macnutt's cottage. Come early and enjoy some golf, beach, nature walks, or just hang out at Jim's cottage. Barbecue served at 5:30 PM with The Sizzler and there promises to be of lots of goodies. Memories and music abound! Club Rotarian's are invited to attend this event as well.
Friday, August 18th: 10:00 AM Gold Cup and Saucer Parade. Everyone loves a parade with all its floats, characters, and bands. You might even get on a float! Come and watch at a designated spot with Rotarian's near the Rotary Seniors Viewing Stand. Come before 9:30 AM since the roads are blocked. The parade will be over at noon. The rest of the day is free for the former Exchange students. Club Rotarian's are invited to this event also.

Saturday, August 19th: Free day for the former Youth Exchange students to enjoy some theatre, outdoor entertainment on Victoria Row, walk around the waterfront, enjoy the Gold Cup & Saucer horse races, play golf, and the beach. There are lots of options.

Sunday, August 20th: Island tour will be arranged for those former Youth Exchange students interested.

Monday, August 21st: Rotary luncheon meeting. The former Youth Exchange students will be our guests.
Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion Old Home Week 2017-06-18 03:00:00Z 0
Former CBC PEI Anchor, Bruce Rainnie, was back to visit with us on June 5th to and speak about his days with CBC PEI. He told us some stories that never made it to his autobiography. Fred the Fiddler MacDonald, and CBC producer, Tracy Lightfoot, were in attendance, also to cheer on their friend.
Co-Chair, Erin McGrath-Gaudet, with Bruce, and meeting Chair, Scott McEwen
Club member Gordon Tweedy with CBC Compass Producer, Tracy Lightfoot, Bruce Rainnie, and Fred "The Fiddler" MacDonald.
Bruce Rainnie - A Look Back: My Life at CBC PEI 2017-06-18 03:00:00Z 0
Prior to our Club meeting on June 12th, we had Club Members, Chelsey Rogerson and Paul Crant , lead a meeting of the STAR Program on the use of our Clubrunner website, a tour of the Club's Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin profiles and what you can do to support the Club in its Social Media strategy. Thank you to those who attended. This was the last installment of the STAR program. The STAR program will likely be started again late in the Calendar year.
Chelsey Rogerson with the attendees during her presentation on June 12th.
STAR Program last Installment June 12th 2017-06-18 03:00:00Z 0
On Monday, June 12, our Club said goodbye to Inbound International Youth Exchange student, Naomi Ascencio. Noami gave her thanks to the Club for a great year. She is recommending Youth Exchange to all her friends at home in France. She starts the Youth Exchange Cross Canada tour soon before heading back home to Toulouse in July. Thanks to Naomi for being a great representative of your country.
Naomi with her first host parent, Sharon McGuigan
Naomi with her second host family, James & Adrian Montigny
Naomi with Emma Clarke, our Rotary Outbound student last year
A gift from the Club.
Youth Exchange: Goodbye to Naomi  2017-06-17 03:00:00Z 0
A Survey was sent to the Membership on June 14th soliciting feedback on a number of questions like what defines us as a Club strategically, how we want to be seen, what do we want to support, how involved do we want to be in the donations we make, what types of projects do we want to be involved in, how much should be donated to International projects, and how do we donate funds back to the rural areas where some of the bingo proceeds were generated. We have allowed until June 26th to answer the Survey. Once the results of the Survey have been analyzed by a Committee Chaired by Marilyn Lowther, there will be some Committee meetings, and some one on one discussions with various members if questions arise which need to be clarified. The results of the survey, additional discussions, and Committee meetings, will be presented to the Board and to the Club. We expect this to be completed by late September.
Club's Strategic Direction Update 2017-05-29 03:00:00Z 0
On Monday, May 1st, Club member, Hannah Bell, facilitated a Club Forum on what to do with the fundraising proceeds. This was a preliminary discussion to get members to start thinking of what defines us as a Club strategically, how we want to be seen, what do we want to support, how involved do we want to be in the donations we make, what types of projects do we want to be involved in, and how do we donate funds back to the rural areas where some of the bingo proceeds were generated. A committee has been created Chaired by Marilyn Lowther, to generate a Survey which will be emailed to the membership to gather additional information. We expect that this will be done by the second week of June. Once the Survey results are tabulated, there may be some one on one discussions to get additional feedback, and possibly another Club Forum. The results of the survey and additional discussions, and meeting, will be presented to the Board and to the Club. We expect this to be completed by late September.
Club Strategic Direction 2017-05-29 03:00:00Z 0
On May 29th, Meeting Chair, Chelsey Rogerson is seen here welcoming Ali Younis, owner of the the PEI Brick Company, to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown meeting. Ali spoke to the Club about being a young serial Entrepreneur, what his company has to offer, and why he decided to settle in PEI.
Entrepreneur: Ali Younis 2017-05-29 03:00:00Z 0
Prior to our Club meeting on May 1st, we had Club Member, Larry Sider, lead a meeting of the STAR Program. His presentation was on the Rotary International Foundation all that it does to promote International well being and what we as Club members can do to support it. Thank you to those who attended. The last installment will be on Monday, June 12th at 11:20 with Paul Crant & Chelsey Rogerson on the use of our Clubrunner website, a tour of the Club's Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin profiles and what you can do to support the Club.
Larry Sider and attendees during his presentation on May 1st.
STAR Program Final Installment June 12th at 11:20AM 2017-05-29 03:00:00Z 0
For the International Youth Exchange students, Saturday, May 27th, started at with a tour of Canada's Smartest Kitchen with Rotarian, Jack Wheeler. At the Culinary Institute, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen’s team of chefs and scientists develop customized solutions to create better tasting food products tested by consumers and by start ups companies. Then the Youth Exchange Group were off to Island Hill Farm with Rotarian, Flory Sanderson.
Club member, Jack Wheeler, doing a presentation at the Farm to the Youth Exchange students and others.
Rotary Youth Exchange Day at Island Hill Farm  2017-05-27 03:00:00Z 0
Six trees were planted and two benches presented to mark 100 years of Rotary on Prince Edward Island. Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Richard Brown representing the Province, members of the Government House Garden Committee, descendants of the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Rotarians, and their guests, were in attendance. After the tree planting, people enjoyed refreshments at Government House.
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown & Stratford, represented by President's Wes MacAleer & James Pineau, helped plant two trees in Stratford on May 15th in memory of Tom DeBlois & Jack Cutcliffe. David DeBlois planted a tree in memory of Tom with his mother, Claudia, and his sister, Suzi. There were about 30-40 people in attendance with almost 20 employees of Sobey's. 
The trees are yellow birch and were planted on Sobey's property across from Petro Canada on the corner of Trans-Canada and Kinlock Road in a landscaped area. The remaining 8 trees in the Stratford area will be planted on Saturday in the new park at Reeves Estate.
The Cutcliffe family were also very appreciative of this event with Jack's daughter representing the family. Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Wes MacAleer and incoming Rotary Club of Stratford President, Emile Gallant and Club Secretary, John Rhynes are also pictured below.
On Friday May 19th, Arbor Day, Forty trees were planted in Victoria Park by Hillsborough Rotarian's Penny Walsh-McGuire, Susan Fraser, Dawn Alan, & Heather Tedford. Rotary Club of Charlottetown is represented by Umesh Gupta and Bob Moffatt.
Also on Friday, Craig Harris and several members of the Rotary Club of Summerside, along with some local children, planted 25 new trees in the ground at Rotary Friendship Park in Summerside.
100 Trees Across PEI Program - Centennial Project  2017-05-17 03:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to the Centennial Committee for all the effort being placed to ensure we have a successful Centennial year. This year's Events included the New Year's Day Levee, Tree Planting. Still to come are the Book on the History of Rotary in PEI this summer, Youth Exchange Event at Red Shores during Old Home Week, and the RI President's Dinner on October 1st.
From left to right: Jim Mcnutt, Sandra MacKay, Larry Sider, Ken Gillis, Bob Moffatt, Lorne Moase, Moe Rogerson, and Mary McMillan.
Centennial Committee 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Charlottetown 100th Anniversary Club Photo 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
On May 15th, we were visited by Rotarian Yoshio Nakamura and his family from Japan. Yoshio's daughter, Hikaro, was a Rotary International Youth Exchange student 2014-2015 in the United States. The Nakamura's were in Charlottetown for the UPEI graduation of their other daughter. They are seen below presenting our Club with a Banner from the Rotary Club of Yamato Den-en in Kanagawa, Japan.
The Nakamura Family 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0

On May 15th, we welcomed our newest member, Callie Croken, to our Club. Thanks to Club member, Flory Sanderson, for sponsoring her!

Callie is a gifted Life Coach who understands the power of listening and leading from beside. Her intuitive approach and commitment to helping her clients recognize and access their best selves is inspiring and unsurpassed.

Welcome to the Club, Callie!



New Member Callie Croken 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
We have a committed team of Rotarians which come every week or those that are in a rotation. We would like to thank those members which have been at the Bingo to volounteer their time. Here is a list of Rotarians which we have been hounoured to work with:
Edna Reid, Lori Carver, Sandra MacKay, Katherine Burnett, Donna McIver, Craid Bradley, Moe Rodgerson, Richard MacEwen, Hal Parker, Chelsey Rogerson, Wes MacAleer, Bush Dumville, Larry Sider, Martin Ruben, Ken Gillis, Sarah Flohr, Melanie MacDonald, Krystine Richards, Wendi James-Poirier, Peter Boswall, Paul Crant, Lorne Moase, Naj Chishti. We may have missed some.
For those members not volounteering at the Bingo, we can look at alternative fundraisers, so they can also make a contribution to the Fundraising efforts of the Club.  
Bingo Roles: Please note each role requires a time commitment of approximately 1.5hrs
Switchboard- 1 individual to route calls from main switchboard that will route callers to one of 3 extensions.
Phones - (4 members in total) this group takes calls from potential winners and confirms valid win by, confirming number within the free, and serial number at the top of the card and colour card. Will also obtain name and phone number of winner(s) in order for call back to retrieve mailing address upon the end of the program. This group will also track the balls being called in numerical order in order to provide that information to callers if/when needed.   
Laptop and Runner - 2 individuals to sit and man software and act as communications between phone team and announcer. One will enter the numbers as they are called, the other will act as a go between with those taking calls in regards to potential winners calling as well as passing winners names to DJ booth who will announce the winner(s) and location of purchase once win has been validated. 
Host - 1 individual to sit in booth with who will ensure MacInnis Express is mentioned as courier of choice for radio bingo. Ensure distributors and audience/players are thanked and fill time gaps during winner verification in partnership with our DJ (Nick Young)
Distribution - 4-5 individuals to prepare card packets for delivery and unpack returning card packets- includes record keeping of incoming and outgoing serial numbers of cards and also volume per distribution location and volume returned unsold.
Rotary Radio Bingo Volounteer Roles  2017-05-08 03:00:00Z 0
On May 8th, we had Blake Doyle, Entrepreneur and weekly columnist for The Guardian speaking to us about some of his most controversial columns on Entrepreneurship and Government assistance through Grants & Borrowing.
Meeting Co-Chair, Ken Gillis, with Blake Doyle, and Meeting Chair Ron Profit 
Guest Speaker: Blake Doyle  2017-05-08 03:00:00Z 0
On May 8th, we Inducted Martin Ruben. Martin is transferring to our Club from the The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. He was a former Vice President and Treasurer of that Club. Martin is a CPA and was the Audit Director of the Office of the Auditor General of the Cayman Island. Welcome Martin!
President Wes MacAleer placing the Rotary Pin on Martin.
New Club Member: Martin Ruben 2017-05-08 03:00:00Z 0
All Rotarians are invited to attend the following two events:
Government House Grounds, Charlottetown
Wednesday May 17th, 2017, 10:30AM
 Six large trees will be planted and two benches presented to mark 100 years of Rotary on Prince Edward Island.  Invited guests include the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Premier Wade MacLaughlan, Mayor Clifford Lee, Government House Garden Committee, Descendants of the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Rotarians and their guests. Following this event all are invited to enjoy refreshments in Government House.
Victoria Park, Charlottetown
Friday May 19th, 2017, 10:00AM
 Forty trees will be planted on Arbor Day by Rotarians and school children as part of our 100 Trees Across PEI Program to mark 100 years of Rotary on Prince Edward Island. Rotarians and their guests are invited to attend and enjoy the day. Trees will also be planted in Summerside, Stratford and Montague.
For further information contact Bob Moffatt at
             Rotary Tree Planting              2017-05-08 03:00:00Z 0
Long time Club member, Dave Thompson, was recently presented with the Chairman's Award by the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers. 
The award was to honour David's continued dedication to the Canadian Agriculture Industry and his years of service and commitment to the Association.
Congratulations Dave!
David Thompson (right) accepts the Chairman’s Award from CAAR board chair, Martin Kiefer, at the CAAR’s Awards Banquet.
David Thompson (right) accepts the Chairman’s Award from CAAR board chair, Martin Kiefer, at the CAAR’s Awards Banquet.
David Thompson, Atlantic Director of CAAR’s Board of Directors
He began his career with a stint in the department of agriculture in P.E.I., but quickly moved on to private industry where his career took off in crop protection, sales, marketing and providing technical support to producers in the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Maine.
David Thompson was presented with this year’s Chairman’s Award to honour his continued dedication to the agriculture industry and his years of service and commitment to CAAR.
Much of the experience Thompson has had throughout his career has been working hands-on with producers and retailers, addressing their specific needs and looking for solutions to their challenges.
“I’ve worked with government and many other talented individuals in all areas of agriculture,” he says. “Among the people I enjoy working with the most are the retailers and the farmers.”
Martin Kiefer, the chair of CAAR’s Board of Directors, recalled his first experience working with Thompson as he presented him with the Chairman’s Award at the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet.
“When I joined the fertilizer industry at Agrico seven years ago, I had the opportunity to meet David Thompson,” he said. “He was very welcoming, very open and very generous in his support of me, of our company and of our industry. He’s a forward thinker in agriculture, he’s always been attentive to environmental issues and as a result has implemented many stewardship initiatives.”
In retirement, apart from being involved in his local community, Thompson continues his agricultural stewardship by working and volunteering with numerous organizations.
One of those organizations is CAAR. Thompson has been a longtime board member, helping steer the association with input based on his extensive experience, and is currently serving on the membership value committee and the board of directors.
“I’ve worked in many areas of agriculture for a long time and I now try to do my part with CAAR,” he says. “I really enjoy the work I do with the people in this organization.”
As a board member with CAAR, Thompson appreciates opportunities to continue helping members across Canada and to learn from the expertise of various members.
“My biggest learning experience was seeing how things are done out west. There is a difference in the east, the markets are smaller,” he says. “Working with CAAR has been very informative, especially seeing how agriculture business is conducted in Western Canada.”
Despite the differences, Thompson says in many ways the industry is very similar from coast to coast.
“A lot of the issues we face in the Maritimes are almost identical to issues in the West. We both need to deal with resistance in weeds, fungus and pests,” he says. “My main background is in potato crops. The grain crops in the West may be different, but the retailers and the farmers are still facing the same challenges wherever you go.”
Thompson says CAAR is well equipped to support retailers across Canada and do their part to help tackle these common issues.
“We try to support retailers in any way we can, whether that’s communicating with government, with researchers or with others in the industry,” he says. “CAAR is a great organization with great people. They’ve got a strong board and Delaney (Ross Burtnack, president and CEO of CAAR) and the crew are helpful, working hard and doing an excellent job.”
Reflecting on receiving the Chairman’s Award, Thompson’s reaction was both thankful and gracious.
“It is a great honour, and I really do appreciate it. It’s always a good feeling when you’re recognized for the work you’re doing.”
Dave Thompson: Chairman's Award 2017-05-07 03:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Club member Commanding Officer, Joanne Crampton on her promotion to Assistant Commissioner!
Joanne was active on the Easter Seals Committee this year handling the Ambassador tour of the Rotary Clubs.
copied from CBC PEI:
Joanne Crampton has been the commanding officer for the RCMP on P.E.I. for nearly two years. (RCMP)

P.E.I.'s top RCMP officer leaving for Ottawa

Commanding Officer Joanne Crampton promoted to assistant commissioner at national headquarters

By Shane Ross, CBC News Posted: May 04, 2017 5:00 PM AT Last Updated: May 04, 2017 5:00 PM AT


The commanding officer for the RCMP on P.E.I. is leaving the province for a new position in Ottawa.

Chief Supt. Joanne Crampton is being promoted to as assistant commissioner at Federal Policing Criminal Operations, said P.E.I. Staff-Sgt. Kevin Baillie.

She will be based at the RCMP National Headquarters in Ottawa.

She was promoted from inspector to the superintendent in charge of criminal operations in P.E.I., a position she occupied for just over two years.

She became commanding officer when the previous C.O., Craig Gibson, was transferred to Ottawa.

The process to select Crampton's replacement will be underway shortly, Baillie said.



Commanding Officer, Joanne Crampton promoted to Assistant Commissioner 2017-05-07 03:00:00Z 0

At our April 24th meeting, we heard from long time entrepreneur and community volunteer, Ray Murphy of Murphy's Community Centre and Murphy's Pharmacies who spoke about the importance of Early Childhood Literacy.

#DidYouKnow Children’s brains are mostly formed by 6 years old. They need a loving, nurturing environment in order to become productive adults.

Chances Family Centre works with children who need help getting the best start possible in life. To learn more about the great programs and services offered visit

Ray Murphy with Meeting Chair, Della Parker, and Co-Chair, Scott McEwen.



CHANCES Family Services: Ray Murphy 2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0

'It made me a better person': P.E.I. Easter Seals ambassadors, then and now

'I see it continuing for many years to come, at least that is my hope sincerely'

By Nancy Russell, CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2017 8:00 AM AT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2017 8:00 AM AT


As Cameron Gordon, the 2017 Easter Seals ambassador, travels across Prince Edward Island for the annual school tour, he's joining a long list of previous ambassadors dating back to 1957.

The ambassador is a key element to each year's campaign, as he or she has to be front and centre at events throughout the year.

We took a look at some of the ambassadors from past years, and where they are now.

'Most proud' of inclusion in schools: Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison was the 1980 ambassador. He's now, since March, a member of the Charlottetown Rotary and part of the Easter Seals committee for 2017.

"Looking back over the years, I would have to say the thing that I'm most proud of is that inclusion of persons with disabilities into our P.E.I. school system is now the norm rather than the exception that it was in 1980," said Morrison.

"People now see persons for their abilities and what we have in common rather than focusing on our differences."

Michael Morrison was 14 when he was Easter Seals ambassador in 1980 and went on the first-ever school tour. (Submitted by Michael Morrison)

Morrison was part of one of the first inclusive classes on P.E.I.

"My school, the special class that I was in, in Grade 7, was moved to Stonepark Junior High and I got to integrate into the regular school system to take some of my school subjects," he recalled.

Michael Morrison joined Bruce Rainnie on the Compass set in 2009 to talk about the experience of being the Easter Seals ambassador in 1980. (CBC)

Now that he's part of the Rotary and the Easter Seals committee, Morrison has high hopes for the future, and future ambassadors.

"I can see that it has helped many of them in different ways, depending on their experiences," he said.

"I can think of people who to me have grown through the campaign from being shy in front of a microphone to being very comfortable."


Athlete and advocate: Hannah MacLellan

Hannah MacLellan, P.E.I. Easter Seals Ambassador for 2011.

The 2011 ambassador, Hannah MacLellan, is moving ever closer to her goal of competing at the Paralympics in 2020.

She was 11 when she toured the province as ambassador.

Since then, MacLellan has been making waves in the sport of swimming.

MacLellan just returned from Copenhagen in March where she attended her first World Series Championship.

Hannah MacLellan was one of 12 athletes from across Canada selected for the NextGen Tokyo 2020 Swim Canada Camp. (Submitted by Hannah MacLellan)

She was in Toronto in April attending the NextGen Tokyo 2020 Swim Canada Camp, one of 12 athletes selected from across Canada to work with the head Canadian Paralympic Coach in the hopes of making it to Tokyo.

She is planning on attending an Ontario university in the fall to take political science and to continue her swimming.

PC MLA James Aylward welcomes Hannah MacLellan to the P.E.I. Legislature on Wednesday for the passing of Hannah's Bill. (James Aylward/Twitter)

MacLellan has been very active provincially and nationally in promoting accessibility. 

On P.E.I., she recently had a bill passed to improve the language of accessible parking, called Hannah's Bill.

Nationally, she is a member of the National Youth Forum on Accessibility where she has been working with Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough in creating legislation for Canada on accessibility.

Hannah MacLellan, P.E.I. Easter Seals ambassador for 2011, in March 2017 at a CanAm event in Windsor, Ont. (Submitted by Hannah MacLellan)

'It made me a better person': Colton Matheson

Colton Matheson was the Easter Seals ambassador in 2010. ((CBC))


Colton Matheson was co-host for the last televised Easter Seals Telethon and impressed Prince Edward Islanders with his musical talents.

He continues to share those talents at benefits across P.E.I. He also went to Disneyworld last year as part of the Montague Regional High School choir.

Matheson has fond memories of his time as ambassador.

"It made me a better person because I felt I was representing people with the same needs as me," he said.

Colton Matheson has just finished his first year at UPEI, studying history, political science and music. (Submitted by Colton Matheson)

Matheson now attends UPEI, which he says has been "awesome," studying history, music and political science.

When he's not studying, you may also spot him working at McDonald's and he's a big fan of the Charlottetown Islanders.

Colton Matheson is a big fan of the Charlottetown Islanders. (Submitted by Colton Matheson)

'Life has been an adventure': Carolyn Laidlaw

Carolyn Gallant on the Easter Seals Telethon in 2005. (CBC)

It has been 12 years since Carolyn Gallant, now Carolyn Laidlaw, was the Easter Seals ambassador, and she said, "life has been an adventure!"

Carolyn Gallant, 2005 P.E.I. Easter Seals ambassador, sings a duet with Bruce Rainnie of Compass. (CBC)

After graduating from Ecole Francois-Buote, she enrolled in the marketing and advertising program at Holland College in 2013.

Carolyn Gallant, now Carolyn Laidlaw, raised awareness about accessibility issues during her time as a student at Holland College in Summerside, P.E.I. (Nancy Russell/CBC)

While at Holland College, Laidlaw raised awareness about accessibility issues through a video she produced for one of her classes, that went viral on social media.

In October 2016, she got a service dog named Lila.

"My lovable Labradoodle has granted me independence I never thought possible," she said.

"The two big things that she does is helps me with doing stairs and helps me get up when I fall."

Laidlaw got married in October 2016 and now lives in Thompson, Man. People in the community are not familiar with service dogs and so she has written articles for the local newspaper about the importance of the dogs.

The complete list of Easter Seals ambassadors is available here, starting in 1957.


CBC Story on Past Easter Seals Ambassadors  2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0
On April 24th, we welcomed our new member, Jack Wheeler. Jack is a teaches Business Courses at the Culinary Institute and is an Entrepreneur. Sponsor, Flory Sanderson is seen her placing the Rotary Pin. Welcome Jack!
New Member: Jack Wheeler 2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0
President Wes MacAleer presenting a Paul Harris Fellow Award to long time Club member, Sandra MacKay. Sandra has volounteered her time in the Club in a number of activities including a most outstanding job on the Centennial Committee, every week at the Bingo taking Phone Calls from potential winners, and on our Attendance Committee. Congratulations Sandra!
Paul Harris Fellow: Sandra MacKay 2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0
Tim Horton's School Tour 2017 Road Pictures 2017-04-20 03:00:00Z 0
On April 4th, the Rotary Radio Bingo Jackpot for $2,300 was won by Laura Roche. Laura bought her winning Cards at the Needs in Montague. Congratulations Laura!
Rotary Radio Bingo Jackpot Winner 2017-04-12 03:00:00Z 0

At our Club meeting on April 10th, we had the honour of presenting the George Tweedy Award posthumously to our dear friend in Rotary, Tom Deblois, who is forever missed.

Tom's son David presented a befitting and well deserved tribute to his dad after receiving the award.

Thank you to Gordon Tweedy, Moe Rodgerson, Allison Swan, and Edna Reid for speaking about our friend Tom. And thank you to his family who understood Tom's need to serve the Community. 


George Tweedy Award - Tom DeBlois 2017-04-10 03:00:00Z 0
On April 3, 2017, we had Christina MacLeod, Executive Director, of the new Start Up Zone in PEI. The Start Up Zone is an incubator for new and emerging businesses. She gave an informative presentation on the types of businesses at the Zone and is looking for Rotary Club members willing to act as Mentors for the participants. Rotary places a lot of effort in Vocational training. Vocation is considered to be a key part of the foundation of Rotary and an Avenue of Service. Mentoring a business under under this program would be considered Rotarian activity. If you would like to participate as a Mentor, and contribute to the economic success of PEI, please let us know or call Christina directly.  
Meeting Chair, Derek Tweel, with Guest Speaker, Christina MacLeod, and Co-Chair Ginny McGowan.
Christina MacLeod, Executive Director of the Start Up Zone 2017-04-03 03:00:00Z 0
Prior to our Club meeting on April 3rd, we had Assistant District Governor, Wayne Thompson chair a meeting of the STAR Program. His presentation was on International Service - District & Global Grants. Thank you to those who attended. The following installment is on Monday, May 1st with Larry Sider on the Rotary International Foundation. The last installment will be on Monday, June 5th with Paul Crant & Chelsey Rogerson on Technology (Clubrunner, Rotary Club Central/Twitter/Facebook).
STAR Program Update Next one is May 1st  2017-04-03 03:00:00Z 0
Newly Inducted Rotarians Susan Gaudet, with sponsor Flory Sanderson, and David Smith, with sponsor Paul Crant, are welcomed by President Wes to our Rotary club.
David was a Rotarian in 2001 with the Rotary Club of Summerside. He then moved to the Rotary Club of Stratford in 2002. He is a Past President of that Club and Chaired the main Fundraiser for the Club for many years. David is a Wealth Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. He holds a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation. He has 17 years experience in the financial services and wealth management industry, David and his team specialize in managing wealth for executives, business owners and young professionals who are looking to build and maintain their wealth. The Smith Team is committed to providing the highest quality advice and service.  
Susan's father was a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Summerside. She is proud to be a Rotarian. She is employed as a Creative Consultant with Higher Design Creative Media. Higher Design is a multimedia promotions company specializing in video production, web development, graphic design and professional photography. This may be a skill set that is missing from our Club. Susan also once worked as a Flight Attendant for West Jet and as a Photographer.  
Welcome David & Susan!

2 New Rotarians Inducted 2017-03-27 03:00:00Z 0
On March 27th, we had the CEO of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Jessie Inman, speaking to our Club about Canada 150 and what the Confed Centre is doing this year to celebrate. 
Guest Speaker, Jessie Inman 2017-03-27 03:00:00Z 0
On March 27, President Wes & Marilyn Lowther presented a cheque to Hospice PEI, Laurie-Ann McCardle, Interim Executive Director, Hospice PEI, and Laura Lee Noonan, Chair, Hospice PEI. 
Donation to Hospice PEI 2017-03-27 03:00:00Z 0
This is a reminder to register for the PEI Mini-Conference. 
Saturday, April 8 in PEI 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at Camp Gencheff
This learning is should be attended by all Club members interested in making the Club irresistible, and those interested in taking a future Leadership role. Also, the learning & training is excellent for existing Executive, Directors, Committee Chairs. If you came last year, please come again! The learning will be different!
PEI Mini-Conference Saturday April 8th 2017-03-26 03:00:00Z 0
Prior to our Monday, March 6th meeting, we had the second installment of the STAR Program. Club member and Club/District Youth Exchange Chair, Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos did a presentation on New Generation: Youth Exchange/Interact/ Rotaract, Rotary Peace Scholars. Thank you to those new Club members who attended. The next installment of the STAR Program is Monday, April 3rd at 11:15AM, and will be on International Service - District & Global Grants. This session will presented by Assistant District Governor, Wayne Thompson. The following installment is on Monday, May 1st with Larry Sider on the Rotary Foundation. The last installment will be on Monday, June 5th with Paul Crant and Chelsey Rogerson on Technology (Club Runner/Rotary Central/Twitter/Facebook).
STAR Program Monday, April 3, 2017 11:15AM 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0

Our Feb. 27th Club meeting was all about the Rotary International Student Exchange!

Daphne Dumont and our co-chair for the day, Flory Sanderson, greeted exchange students, Naomi Ascencio and Amanda Cheng, prior to Naomi's excellent presentation on her native country of France.

As well, we met our new outbounders. Chris Sears (bound for Switzerland) and Ian Douglas (bound for Taiwan).



Rotary International Youth Exchange 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0
Great presentation at our March 20 meeting from Guest Speakers, Ted Grant & Gaylene Smith from Mikinduri Children of Hope. Ted has worked for years to help the people of Mikinduri, Kenya access clean water, community healthcare and quality food. Thank you to Ted for all you do - you embody the spirit of Rotary! Ted & his local team of volounteers are starting to turn their attention to another part of Kenya, Mageta Island. To learn more visit:



Mikinduri Children of Hope 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0
Scotiabank is selling Storm Tickets for the March 31st Game 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0
On Friday, March 21, Easter Seals participated in the Easter Seals Show & Sale. Easter Seals has been part of this Event for more than 50 years. Thank you to the Easter Beef Show & Sale Association for including us as part of this Event and thank you to the farming community who donate to us. Also, thank you to our Rotary Club of Charlottetown volunteers for helping Cameron Gordon raise over $1,800!

The below steer was crowned Grand Champion from Colby & Myron MacQuarrie of MacQuarrie's Meats, fetching $6.25 per pound.The successful bidders of the Grand Champion were Keir Smith of Keir’s Overhead Doors and Eric MacLauchlan of Island Coastal Ltd. The Sale is all about supporting the industry, supporting the Easter Beef Association, and promoting PEI farmers.

Easter Beef Show & Sale 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0

The below story is from CBC PEI website:

Easter Seals ambassador Cameron Gordon (second from right), along with previous ambassadors Tyra Mackeeman and Jacob MacNeill, and last years Easter Seals Campaign Co-Chair, Regan Lewis, were at the Access 2 sign up event. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


People with disabilities on PEI can now access more facilities and events without added costs. More businesses have signed up to be part of the "Access 2" card program.

Access 2 cards are for people with permanent disabilities —whether physical or intellectual— who require help from an attendant. The card offers free admission for the support person.

The program is offered by Easter Seals across the country, but until recently, only three businesses on P.E.I. were signed up. The PEI Association for Community Living has recruited more businesses. There are now eight, with more to come.

Access to more activities


Andrea MacNeill (mother of former Easter Seals Ambassador 2013 Jacob MacNeill) is the fund development officer for the PEI Association for Community Living. She approached businesses on the Island, asking them to join the program. She said the reaction was "100 per cent positive."

'It's not double the cost every time they want their child or the family member to do something fun.'- Andrea MacNeill

She said the program allows some people to participate in activities they might not otherwise be able to. That could include swimming at the Bell Aliant Centre, bowling at The Alley, and going to Shining Water Family Fun Park.

"It's not double the cost every time they want their child or the family member to do something fun," said MacNeill.

The PEI Association for Community Living held an event to sign people up for the Access 2 cards. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


She also noted that offering free admission to a support person can take responsibility off of facilities staff, who might otherwise have to step in and help.

"Maybe that person needs help going to the bathroom, help getting something to eat, help to get in and out of the wheelchair. Well, that support person is there to help get it done," said MacNeill.

'It's a real challenge'

The PEI Association for Community Living held an event Sunday where people could sign up for the card.

Catherine MacInnis signed up her son Cameron, who has Down syndrome, and is also this year's Easter Seals ambassador. She said there are a lot of added costs for Cameron to be able to do everyday activities, like going to a movie with friends.

Catherine MacInnis said she had to budget for the cost of paying double admission fees when she hires a support person to go to movies, or other events with her son. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)


"Every time I'm budgeting to hire a support person, and I think about what they're going to do with Cameron on any given day, I do have to factor in," said MacInnis.

"I've often thought, what do families do who are on limited incomes? It kind of breaks my heart really, because it's a real challenge. And we want our loved ones with disabilities to experience [what] all the other people have. But because they have a support person, there is that cost involved."


Easter Seals Access Card Program growing on P.E.I. 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0

On March 5th, volunteers from our Club were at the Charlottetown Islanders game at the Eastlink Centre Charlottetown selling pucks as a fundraiser for the Easter Seals Society of PEI. Thanks to everyone who supported us and congratulations to the winner! Special thanks to Club member,Phillip Brown, for organizing a great Event and to all the Rotarians who volounteered their Sunday afternoon! Thanks to Dale Turner for his booming voice directing people buy Pucks. We raised over $1,0000 at the game - our biggest year yet. We have doing this Event for a number of years.



Puck Toss winner Bill Brocklebank and girlfriend with Phillip Brown and Easter Seals Chair, Peter MacDougald. 


Easter Seals Charlottetown Islanders Puck Toss 2017-03-25 03:00:00Z 0
On March 13, our Club presented a Donation to Canada Next 150 Chair, Ronnie McPhee. Canada Next 150 is a Youth Conference to be held this summer in Charlottetown. The Conference includes use of the PEI Legislature to for Parliamentary debate on the future of Atlantic Canada, and what this part of Canada requires in order to succeed and grow in Canada's Next 150 years.
Treasurer Craig Bradley with Canada Next 150 Chair, Ronnie McPhee, and Donation Chair, Bush Dumville
Donation: Canada Next 150 2017-03-13 03:00:00Z 0
Parliamentary Update from MP, Sean Casey 2017-03-13 03:00:00Z 0

On March 5th, volunteers from our Club were at the Charlottetown Islanders game at the Eastlink Centre Charlottetown selling pucks as a fundraiser for the Easter Seals Society of PEI. Thanks to everyone who supported us and congratulations to the winner! Special thanks to Club member,Phillip Brown, for organizing a great Event and to all the Rotarians who volounteered their Sunday afternoon! Thanks to Dale Turner for his booming voice directing people buy Pucks. We raised over $1,0000 at the game - our biggest year yet. We have doing this Event for a number of years.



Charlottetown Islanders Easter Seals Puck Toss  2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
The $4,000 Jackpot was won by Dwayne Costain of O'Leary at the March 7th Rotary Radio Bingo Game. Dwayne got his winning Card from Ceretti's Irving in Borden. 
Bingo Committee Chair Lori Carver with Dwayne Costain & Dwayne's family. Congratulations!
The below picture is the Distribution Team getting the packages ready for the Game when the Jackpot was won. Thank you to all the volounteers who make Rotary Radio Bingo possible! We note that Bingo Card sales are still strong despite the Jackpot dropping to $2,000 after Dwayne's win.  
Rotary Radio Bingo Jackpot Winner 2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
At our Feb. 27th meeting we heard all about the Rotary International Student Exchange! 

Meeting Chair, Daphne Dumont, and our Co-Chair for the day, Flory Sanderson, greeted exchange students, Naomi Ascencio and Amanda Cheng, prior to Naomi's excellent presentation on her native country of France.

As well, we also met our new Outbounders: Chris Sears (bound for Switzerland), and Ian Douglas (bound for Taiwan).






Youth Exchange Presentation: Naomi Ascencio 2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
Our Club had the second installment of the the STAR Training Program on March 6th on New Generations with Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos. Michelle spoke on Youth Exchange, Interact, Rotaract, & Rotary Peace Scholars. Thank you to those who attended.
STAR Program Second Installment 2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
ADL is a proud partner of EasterSeals PEI. Jamie MacPhail, Marketing Manager of ADL presented a cheque to 2017 Ambassador Cameron Gordon for $4,000 at the UPEI Basketball Game on Feb. 19th. Thank you ADL for your ongoing support for Easter Seals!  
Easter Seals PEI Sponsor: ADL  2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

At our March 6, Club meeting, we had the opportunity to hear from Valerie Docherty who has launched an ambitious campaign in support of PEI FVPS - (Family Violence Prevention Services) The Building Brighter Futures Campaign aims to find 200 individuals, groups or businesses to be Future Builders, donating $5,000 over a five year period. The end goal? $1 million dollars!

Good luck, Valerie! What a worthy cause!

Photo left to right: Edna Reid, Valerie Docherty, Ron Profit



Family Violence Prevention Services 2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
Easter Seals PEI: UPEI Basketball Games  2017-03-11 04:00:00Z 0
The comments below are important Rotary value propositions when trying to recruit new members to our Club.
The following is a brief excerpt from the interview with incoming RI President Ian Riseley in the March, 2017 edition of the Rotarian magazine. Ian Riseley will be here in Oct., 2017 for the Charter Dinner celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in PEI.
Question: If a young person asked you why he or she should join Rotary what, in order, would you say?
Answer:" There are four elements. The first one is friendship. Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people in a semi-social environment and also achieve good things. The second one is personal development. I became the third President of my Club at a very young age. I didn't enjoy speaking in public, but being involved in a Rotary Club means that you're a friendly environment to get experience speaking, running meetings, motivating people,... The third is business development. We've shied away from this over a period of time, and I don't think we should.... Rotary is good for business. Why should we shy away from this? The fourth one, and by far the most important, is the chance to make a difference in the world.  "
Rotary was initially founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, an accountant, who had just moved to Chicago, and was looking to make contacts with local like minded business people. Rotary was founded on friendship and business development. It was not until 1907 that Rotary make the leap into Community projects. The first public Rotary service project was the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world’s first Service Club.
Vibrant Clubs require ongoing recruitment form the local business community in order for Rotary to survive and grow. Rotary's main goal of making a difference in the world and it's members pursuing this goal, will make the Club members well known in the local Community. This encourages the community to support those Club members. 
Message from Incoming Rotary International President Ian Riseley 2017-03-04 04:00:00Z 0
About 15 New Rotarians attended the first STAR Program training session on Feb. 6th. Thank you to those who attended and thank you to Moe Rodgerson for doing the presentation on Rotary International History (Zones/Districts) Areas of Service within our Club including: Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service and New Generation, Easter Seals, and Membership Development. The next STAR Program presentation will be Monday, March 6th at 11:15 AM. Club member and Club/District Youth Exchange Chair, Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos will be doing a presentation on New Generation: Youth Exchange/Interact/ Rotaract, Rotary Peace Scholars.
STAR Program Feb. 2017-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
On Jan. 30th, we Inducted 2 new members into our Club. Jo-Ann Thomsen, Development Officer at UPEI - sponsored by Paul Crant, and Melanie MacDonald of DVA - sponsored by Krystine Richards. Great to have you as members of our Club! Club member Flory Sanderson seen below placing the Rotary Pin on the new members.
2 New Members  2017-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary is governed by a Board of Directors lead by a President. Every three years, Rotary meets in a forum called the Council on Legislation. The last Council of Legislation forum was April 11-15, 2016. There were many changes to Rotary policies and rules during this Council making the most progessive Council in Rotary's history. Two key Enactments are noted below:
16-21 Flexibility in Meetings/Attendance – Amended. Passed 392 to 82.
Current club constitution Article 6 provides clubs meet once a week. Article 9 regarding attendance provides members must attend unless they make up fourteen days before or after, attend a service project or a board meeting. Article 9 provides for termination if member doesn’t attend or make up fifty percent of meetings or attend thirty percent of meetings at their own club or misses four consecutive meetings. The above requirements will remain in the standard club constitution and can be followed by clubs if desired. The new enactment provides that club bylaws may alter these provisions. For example, to determine when and how often a club meets, except it must meet two times per month (there is no definition of “meeting”); Club's may set their own attendance requirements like volounteer time in lieu of meeting attendance; and the club may modify or eliminate termination policies for non-attendance.
The reason that this Enactment came forward was due to Rotary trying to be relevant in today's society. The world has changed over the last 50-60 years. Businesses are no longer as supportive as they used to be of employees taking almost 1.5-2 hours of their day for a Rotary meeting. The people that can, usually have to make up the time by working longer hours, which impacts family time. Our Club lost 10 of the new members inducted last year because of these reasons. Quoting from RI President, John Germ in the Rotarian Magazine July, 2016 edition: "Our Clubs have always been organized around a meal...that system served us well. But society has changed. How do we accommodate a 30 year old businessperson raising a family? Well, for one thing, we could pay less attention to attendance. My question isn't How many meetings did you make? It's How are you making a difference in the Community?".  
16-36 Kinds of Membership –Amended. Passed 386 to 75.
Currently there are two kinds of membership: active and honorary. That will remain in the standard club constitution and can be followed by clubs. Alternatively, this enactment provides that club bylaws may have provisions not in accordance with the constitutional documents. That is, clubs may have alternative forms of memberships such as corporate, associate, family, etc. They may amend or eliminate rules for transferring Rotarians, Honourary members, holders of public office, dual membership.
Clubs around the world are implementing the new forms of Membership and are attracting good quality members. Having alternative forms of Membership will allow for a more dynamic Club and help the Club grow. Also, flexibility in Attendance requirements is needed due to our changing Society. Do not want to be the last Club to make these changes? We need to innovate in order to build a Club for the next 100 years of Service.  
Please refer to the Club's website to view a Powerpoint presentation of the highlight of the Council of Legislation
Rotary Council of Legislation April, 2016 2017-02-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International Week of Service, March 25-31 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with you. Information and resources for this event can be found at Visit the International Week of Service 2017 Facebook event page to RSVP and see what other clubs are planning.

Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Y’s Men International, Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.

To participate, your club can work with one or more other area service groups to do something together for your community. They can join you in a pre-planned event, or you can plan a new event together. Find a fellow service organization in your community here. Share your photos and videos at, on the event page, and on social media using #weekofservice2017. To promote your activities locally, we’ve provided you with a customizable press release.

This event will help us to promote all of our organizations, highlight membership opportunities, and reinforce the importance of doing good in the world. It’s a chance for our volunteers to forge lasting relationships and creating the potential for future joint projects. Your participation will also achieve one of the service goals listed in my presidential citation.

I hope you’ll join me in what promises to be a unique, important opportunity to better your community.


John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17





International Week of Service  2017-02-18 04:00:00Z 0
On Feb. 6th, we had an Annual General Meeting for 2015-2016. 
Past President Bush set set a Plan to revitalize the Club by focusing on 3 main Goals. The Plan presented them to the Club under the name Phoenix Initiative in late November, 2015. The Plan included:
1) Increase the size of the Membership to 120 - Membership started at 61 at the beginning of the year and peaked at 119 on June 30, 2016 including 6 Honourary members. However, a total of 11 members did not renew. Still, an unparalleled growth in membership in only 7 months. There were many members that did not really believe that this Goal were achievable. 
2) Obtain 60% meeting Attendance - Meeting Attendance including Make Ups stood at 61.7% during the period Jan. 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016.
3) Reduce the average age of the Club to 55 - This goal is not measurable given that not all Dates of Birth were entered into Clubrunner. However, there was a significant reduction in the average age of the Club because of all the new members.
The complete Phoenix Initiative plans'  first step was to increase the size of the Membership so that we could undertake Step 2 of the Plan. The second step was to find a successful Fundraiser. Much time was spent by the Board investigating various types of fundraisers. The Fundraisers investigated included a Mud Run, 50/50 type Draw, Ribfest or Beef Fest, and Radio Bingo. Rotary Radio Bingo was selected by the Board for further consideration and then placed/discussed before the Club in April, 2016. We were lucky to have new member, Andy Richardson, come forward with this idea in April, 2016. The Bingo has been successfully launched under current President Wes MacAleer and is lead by new member, Lori Carver. Many thanks to Moe Rodgerson and Peter MacDougald who did a lot of work on the various Fundraisers that were under consideration at that time. Our Treasurer, Craig Bradley, filed a report on the Radio Bingo fundraiser during the meeting. The funds raised by the Bingo are to go back to the Communities where the fund were generated, as much as possible. We want the Rotary symbol on everything we do to promote the impact that we are making in the community and all over PEI. The third step in the Phoenix Initiative is the undertaking of new Club Projects which engages the membership and attracts new members. This still remains to be implemented and depended on a satisfactory Fundraiser. The Club should be in a position to consider the options in the near future.  
A large part of the Plan was to get Social Media working and our website updated, so that we can promote the Club and to make it more attractive to new prospects. Hannah Bell did a lot of work to get the Clubrunner website updated and got Facebook & Twitter going again. Paul Crant took over the Club's Twitter account increasing the Twitter Followers from 208 to 900 by the end of the fiscal year - now at 1420. Chelsey Rogerson started working the Club's Facebook page late in the fiscal year. The Club had 60 Facebook Likes in late Jan., 2016 and now has 263 Likes.   
Also, during Bush's year, part of the Plan was to update the Club's Bylaws since we felt were hindering the success of the Club. There was much discussion at the Board level, but only one change occurred during that year. More work is also required to update the Bylaws. Thank you to Peter Boswall for all his work in this regard.
Past President Bush thanks all those who volounteered their time to make it a successful year. 
At the meeting, there were presentations on 2015-2016 from the major Committee Chairs: Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos of Youth Exchange, Bob Moffatt of the Centennial Committee, Craig Bradley on our financial reports, Sandra MacKay on Attendance, Regan Lewis on Easter Seals, and Paul Crant on Membership.
Centennial - The Centennial Committee met many times and did a lot of work in 2015-2016 putting together Events for the Centennial year. These Events are taking place this year or have already taken place in some cases. A Commemorative Pin was designed last year which is has been distributed free of charge to Club members in Nov., 2016. A very successful New Year's Levee was accomplished already this year. Other Events to come this year include: 100 hundred trees to be planted May 17th at Government House & around Charlottetown, Youth Exchange Event during Old Home Week, Charter Night Dinner on Oct. 1, 2017 with Rotary International President. A ROTARY WHEEL in flowers will be located at the entrance PEI at the Confederation Bridge - thanks to the Provincial Highways Department. For this year as a result of the Club Centennial & Easter Seals PEI operating for 60 years, for Club member Donations to Easter Seals PEI of $100 will be matched by the Club. And finally, much work was done on the publication of a Book on the history and activities of all the Rotary Clubs on Prince Edward Island. There will be a Book launch at Jim's cottage later this year. We wish to thank the Committee Members which include: Jim Macnutt, Moe Rodgerson, Sandra MacKay, Lorne Moase, Ken Gillis, Larry Sider, Mary McMillan, & Teresa Wright.
Membership - Membership Growth was the driving factor behind this Committee. A prospect list of over 500 people were identified on Spreadsheet and was used to organize a Contact program. The "Membership Drive" was managed like a political nomination campaign - something that we knew about. 52 prospects were Inducted into the Club during the Dec.2015-June 30, 2016. 10 of the new members did not renew. Overall, 11 members did not renew at fiscal year end. Total Membership was 102 at end of the fiscal year not including Honourary members. Thank you to members of the Club that sponsored and referred many new members to our Club last year: Austin Bowman, Flory Sanderson, Bertha Jay, Paul Crant, Larry Sider, Scott MacEwen, and many others.
Attendance - In the 2015-16 Rotary Year, 6 members had 100% attendance – one of those members had 35 years of perfect attendance; one had 20 years and another had 15. In the second half of the 2015-16 Rotary Year, one half of the Regular Members of the Club had an attendance (including makeups) below 50%. We wish to thank the Attendance Committee members: Lorne Moase, Daphne Dumont, Dr. Mark Triantafillou, Sandra MacKay, Flory Sanderson, Donna McIver, Peggy Coady Compton, Mary MacMillan, Ivan Morrison, & Jeff Collins.       
Easter Seals -  $117,000 was raised by Easter Seals PEI in 2015-2016 for children with challenges. Last year's Easter Seals Ambassador was Tyra Mckeeman. Tyra was very friendly and outgoing. The Campaign, like every year, involves over a dozen events like the Tim Hortons Bus Tour, the Rotary Club Tour, Corporate Sponsors, Easter Beef Show & Sale, Islander Hockey Games, Storm Basketball Games, Mail In donations., etc. Club members on the Committee members included: Regan Lewis - Chair, Paul Crant - Co-Chair, Moe Rodgerson, Edna Reid, and Jim Travers. Rotary Club of Summerside representatives on the Committee were Scott Mollins & John Maynard. Rotary Club of Montague representatives on the Committee were Martha MacLean, and Maureen Hanley. Donations from the funds raised during last years Campaign were recently approved including: Camp Gencheff, Community Inclusions, Joy Riders, PEI Cerebral Palsy Association, PEI Council for People with Disabilities. As well, the disbursement of 50% of the net proceeds from the Easter Seals PEI Provincial Committee to the 3 Rotary Clubs was also recently approved. 
Youth Exchange - Inbounder for the year was Thomas Madessis from Belgium. Our Outbounder was Emma Clark, daughter of Ewan Clark, went to Switzerland. The Committee members in 2015-2016 were: Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos, Kim Nickerson, Daphne Dumont, Donna McIver, Jeff Collins, Carl Lafford, Scott Wilson, Mary MacMillan, and Michael Morrison. Thanks to the drivers, the committee members, and those from the club who spent time or did activities with Thomas. Thanks to Peter MacDougald for the use of his boardroom for committee meetings. And thanks to club overall for continued commitment to the program. We are happy to that we have 2 outbounders/inbounders in the coming year (2017-18).
Financials - Club Financials were presented during the meeting. Also, year to date financials of the Rotary Radio Bingo were presented. 
Pictured below at the AGM is our Treasurer for Life, Craig Bradley, and Past President, Bush Dumville.
Annual General Meeting 2015-2016 2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0
This learning is should be attended by all Club members interested in making the Club irresistible, and those interested in taking a future Leadership role. Also, the learning & training is excellent for existing Executive, Directors, Committee Chairs. If you came last year, please come again! The learning will be different!
Rotary Club of Charlottetown is looking at Succession Planning in Club Leadership. Please let us know if you would like to help make a real difference in your Community by being a Rotary Leader. It would be great if more female Club members came forward since 33% of the Club is female and the percentage is growing! This Mini-Conference is good way to learn more about Rotary.
Mini-Conference:  Saturday, April 8 in PEI 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
What will happen at this interactive TLC day of learning?
  • Professional development and leadership training that will useful in clubs and at work!
  • Separate Breakouts about the roles and responsibilities for Secretaries & Treasurers – learn about the most important tasks of your role, and review best practices and calendars of key dates; Advanced Treasurer session for those interested in establishing a foundation.
  • Effective Meetings for Presidents, Directors and Committee Chairs – learn how to chair a great meeting that is fun and productive … and that members won’t want to miss!  Simply irresistible!
  • Annual Club Planning for All Leaders – you will learn about Effective Planning and actually work on your club’s plan in this working session – this will get you started on the necessary planning for July 1.
  • Foundation, Youth and Membership – critical information that all club leaders need to know.
The “working session” parts of the day will be most beneficial if your club is well represented – the day is open to all members and we strongly encourage your Executive, Directors and Committee Chairs to attend.  If you have members who might be considering leadership roles “down the road”, they are most welcome to participate too. 
A laptop or tablet could be helpful, but not necessary. Please let us know you would like to attend.
PEI Rotary Mini-Conference April 8th  2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0
On Feb. 13, 2017, we had our Easter Seals 2017 Kick Off. Thank you to the 42 Club members who braved the storm!

Message from our Campaign Chair, Peter MacDougall:

It is with enthusiasm that we invite you to take part in this year’s campaign. Thanks to the commitment and support of many generous donors, we raised more than $115,000 last year. This funding was used to assist organizations such as the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, Joyriders, Cerebral Palsy Association, PEI Association for Community Living (O’Leary Local, in partnership with Community Inclusions), Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante and Camp Gencheff, as well as programs supported through Rotary.  

Easter Seals is a joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, with support from Summerside and Montague. We are proud of the fact all funds raised by the campaign stay right here on PEI. The team of volunteers has been hard at work since September putting together the 2017 Easter Seals Campaign and we are excited as we move towards this year’s Campaign.

We have a wide array of fundraising and awareness activities planned for the year, from community events to hockey and basketball games, a corporate campaign where businesses across the Island lend support, our annual Tim Horton’s Ambassador School Tour and our Paper Egg campaign in partnership with Lawtons Drugs.  We thank you for your past support and encourage you to continue to donate and attend Easter Seals events, to help Islanders with disabilities.

We would also like to thank our amazing Ambassador, Cameron Gordon. His enthusiasm, positive attitude and desire to help out will certainly contribute to our success in this year’s campaign.  Please help us support his efforts to raise funds for Easter Seals by visiting and thank you to the 20 Rotarians who have already contributed $100 to the 2017 Campaign!


Pictured below are Easter Seals 2017 Campaign Chair, Peter MacDougall; newly announced Easter Seals 2017 Ambassador, Cameron Gordon; and Rotary Club of Charlottetown President, Wes MacAleer.
Head Table from left to right includes: Stephen Cudmore, representing the Rotary Club of Summerside and 2013 Easter Seals Campaign Chair, Regan Lewis, Easter Seals Treasurer and 2016 Campaign Co- Chair, Mayor of Charlottetown Clifford Lee, Paul Crant, Acting Secretary and 2016 Campaign Co-Chair, Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Club President Wes MacAleer, 2017 Easter Seals Campaign, Peter MacDougall, Lieutenant Governor of PEI Frank Lewis, Past District Governor Bob Moffat, 2017 Easter Seals Ambassador Cameron Gordon, Cameron's mother Catherine MacInnis, MLA for Stratford-Kinlock James Aylward, and Larry Sider, Meeting Co-Chair.   
2017 Easter Seals Campaign Kick Off 2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0




Hi, my name is Cameron Gordon, I am 16 years old and I am in Grade 10 at Colonel Gray Senior High School in Charlottetown.

My parents are Catherine MacInnis (Wade Arsenault) and Kent Gordon (Linda Dunning).  I also have a little brother Jack and a big sister Jamie.

I love Colonel Gray, it rocks! My favorite subjects are gym and drama. This year I was asked to join the Power Lifting team, I think they wanted me because last year I won a lot of medals with the Special Olympics because I am strong.

My favorite thing to do in the whole world is dance. I take hip hop dance class at Dance Virtuosa and have some great friends there.

I also love basketball and volunteer with the Island Storm!

I love dancing and hanging with my best friend Jacob. I love laughing and making people laugh.

I have Down syndrome, Celiac disease and another disease that is hard to pronounce, Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Having Down syndrome means that it is hard to learn some things, like riding a bike, skating, reading and writing; but, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do those things, I just need to work really hard and I need help.  I am lucky that all the people and organizations mentioned above have helped me succeed in life so far!

That’s why Easter Seals is great! Last summer, Easter Seals helped me have a tutor to help me with reading and writing; and, when I was younger, Easter Seals made it possible for me to go to Camp Gencheff.

I am super proud to be your Easter Seals Ambassador.

I know it is very important because when you donate to Easter Seals, you are helping kids like me in PEI reach our dreams.


Thank you!




Easter Seals Ambassador 2017 - Cameron Gordon 2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was admitted into Rotary International on October 1, 1917 and received its Charter on November 8th of that year having been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax.
Plans were developed with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown giving leadership in celebrating 100 years of Rotary in the Province which included all Island Rotarians and the six Rotary Clubs. The Charlottetown Club has been active in promoting the concept of Rotary throughout the Province, sponsoring four of the other five clubs currently on the Island: Summerside (1943), Hillsborough (1979), Montague (1985) and Charlottetown Royalty (1987). The Rotary Club of Stratford is the other Island club (2002).
The year commenced with a very successful Rotary Levee on January 1st, 2017 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. Our Centennial Year was also highlighted at the Premier’s Dinner on January 16th, 2017 where we also sold our centennial pin.
Upcoming Events include:
May 19, 2017:   Our Special Centennial Projects will involve Rotarians planting trees provided by the City of Charlottetown and the Provincial Government at various locations on Prince Edward Island to mark “100 YEARS OF ROTARY ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND”.
August, 2017:  Rotary Youth Exchange Event during Old Home Week.
October 1, 2017:   Charter Night Dinner which will include a visit from RI President Ian Riseley and descendants of our Charter Members.
We will also celebrate the year with a publication including the history and activities of all the Rotary Clubs on Prince Edward Island. The publication will contain the history and projects both local and international of the six Island Rotary Clubs.
We also designed and produced a 100 year commemorative pin for distribution during 2017.The Pin and tickets to the Charter Dinner will be sold at the District Convention in June of this year.
We will also have the ROTARY WHEEL in flowers as you enter PEI at the Confederation Bridge - thanks to the Provincial Highways Department.
The Easter Seals Committee under the Chair of Peter MacDougall has challenged our Club Rotarians to donate $100.00 to Easter Seals to be matched by the Club. Their names will be displayed at the Charter Dinner on October 1st, 2017. So far, 20 Rotary Club of Charlottetown members have generously given $100 each.
Rotary on Prince Edward Island has a long and distinguished history as we celebrate our accomplishments at home and internationally. It is our hope that our Centennial  Events will bring forth many fond memories as we celebrate 100 Years of Rotary on Prince Edward Island and continue to work together to eradicate polio and help celebrate peace in the world.
Robert Moffatt,
Centennial Committee Chair          
Updated  February 9th, 2017.
A Century of Service - PEI Rotary Centennial 1917 – 2017 2017-02-16 04:00:00Z 0

On Jan. 30th, our club had the opportunity to hear from Edwin Jewell. After years in the horticulture and agriculture business as owner of Jewell's Country Market, Edwin moved into medicinal marijuana. As the only medicinal marijuana growing facility on PEI, he shared some of the interesting hurdles in getting this business off the ground - Thanks for sharing with us, Edwin!

Photo Left to Right: Wes MacAleer, Della Parker, Edwin Jewell, Flory Sanderson



Medicinal Marijuana - Edwin Jewell 2017-02-04 04:00:00Z 0
In the Feb., 2017 edition the The Rotarian, there is a story on Tony Knight and the Rotary Club of Calgary West. That Club faced many of the same challenges that the Rotary Club of Charlottetown was facing - declining membership and energy. According to the article, Tony liked breaking the rules that hold people back. Under Tony's direction the Rotary Club of Calgary West inducted 25 new members over an 18 month period.
Please note that the story of our club over the last 14 months is actually more spectacular. Since Dec., 2015, starting with the Presidency of Bush Dumville, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown has inducted 57 new members. It was an aggressive expansion,and we only lost 10 of new members at renewal. While not all members are at all the meetings every week, most are fully engaged in the Club in the various Committees. The second step of our Club's revitalization was the undertaking of a new Fundraiser - Rotary Radio Bingo. We were lucky to have a new member come forward with this idea in April, 2016. The Bingo has been successfully launched under current President Wes MacAleer and is lead by new member, Lori Carver. The full particulars of this success will be discussed at the Club's Business Meeting on Feb. 6th. The third step in the Club's revitalization is the implementation of new Club Projects which engages the membership and attracts new members. 
The Rotarian Magazine Feb., 2017 Issue 2017-01-28 04:00:00Z 0
Our Club's Easter Seals 2017 Campaign Kick Off will be Feb. 13th. Our new Easter Seals Ambassador will be announced at that time. 
Please note that we will be collecting Club donations at the door for the next few weeks.
As part of the Club's 100th Anniversary commemoration, there was a request/Motion passed at the Club meeting on Jan. 23rd. The Club will contribute $100 to any Rotary Club of Charlottetown member donations of $100 or more.  
Easter Seals PEI Campaign Kick Off Feb. 13th 2017-01-28 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to long time Rotary Club of Charlottetown member, Norman MacLeod. It was announced Friday that Norman is to be Inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in May.

Norman began his career in the late 1950s as a builder, contractor, construction manager, then co-owner. His developed and owned many successful Island businesses including Williams, Murphy and MacLeod, Metro Building Supplies Ltd., and Prebuilt Steel. 

Norman has been a member of our Club since 1973.

Also being inducted into the JA inducted into the Business Hall of Fame this year with Norman is Harris Garfield Johnston. He was the original owner and manager of Johnston Homestyle Products Ltd., well known for its potato salad and coleslaw. Mr Johnston is the father of current Club member, Randy Johnston. Also, being inducted is Gretha Rose, President and Executive Producer of PEI company Cellar Door Productions, is an award winning, internationally recognized, creative and diverse media company specializing in television, digital and co-branded media initiatives.

Our Club has a distinguished history with a number of entrepreneurs. Other Club members and former Club members that have been inducted into the Junior Achievement PEI Business Hall of Fame include: current President Wes MacAleer, Past District Governor Wayne Hambly, David Scales, Simon Compton, Bob Bateman, Randy Manning, and Wally Rodd.   
Norman MacLeod, JA PEI Business Hall of Fame Laureate 2017-01-28 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Eugene Murphy from the PEI 55+ Games Society for speaking to the club on Jan. 9th! The Town of Cornwall will host the 2017 Vogue Optical 55+ Winter Games from February 20-24, 2017.

Events will include: hockey, pickleball, bowling, auction 45s, cribbage, curling, stick curling, contract bridge, duplicate bridge, darts, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, crokinole, squash, badminton, spin cycling, table tennis, and scrabble.

Check out their website to learn more:

Photo from left to right: Eugene Murphy, Marilyn Lowther, Wes MacAleer


PEI 55+ Games Society 2017-01-26 04:00:00Z 0

On Jan. 16, the Annual Rotary Premier's State of the Province Address & Dinner occurred at the PEI Convention Centre. The Premier's speech was " The Mighty Island". Thank you to those Rotarians who attended and thank you to Marilyn Lowther for the tremendous effort in organizing this event for all of the Club's in PEI.





Premier's Dinner 2017 2017-01-26 04:00:00Z 0
As part of our 100th Anniversary Celebrations for the founding of Rotary on PEI, we had a New Year's Levee at the Rodd Charlottetown. The Event was very successful with hundreds of people attending. Thank you to Bob Moffatt & the Centennial Committee for organizing a wonderful event.
Rotary New Year's Levee 2017-01-26 04:00:00Z 0
Flanked by Chair Regan Lewis on the left and President Wes MacAleer on the right Right, we were grateful to have his Honour, H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI addressing our on Jan. 23rd. He spoke on his life as Lieutenant Governor.
"My Life as Lieutenant Governor"   2017-01-26 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Allison Swan, Sandra MacKay, Allan MacLeod, and the rest of the Centennial Committee for leading the Presentation on our Club's Charter Members on Dec. 12th. An excellent Slideshow has been prepared by the Krystine Richards showcasing the Charter Members. Please go to the Rotary Club of Charlottetown website to view.
To celebrate the Centennial year, we still have the Island Youth Exchange Student Event in Old Home Week and Charter Night Dinner on Oct. 1, 2017 with Rotary International President, Ian Riseley. Also, to celebrate Rotary's 100 years in PEI, Rotarians will be planting trees in Charlottetown. In addition, a book on the history of Rotary in PEI will be published.
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Charter Members 1917 Presentation 2017-01-05 04:00:00Z 0
New Members 2017-01-05 04:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary 2016-12-31 04:00:00Z 0
Our Club had a Holiday Social on Dec. 19th at the Rodd Charlottetown. Thank you to all who attended.
Holiday Mixer  2016-12-19 04:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotarians,
I like to wish you and your families a Happy Holidays over this festive season. It is with your families blessing that allows you to volounteer your time for the betterment of our Community. I especially want to thank all the volounteers who have spent time moving the Club’s service agenda and the excellent work being done with the Club’s new fundraiser.
Please note that, except for the Social/Mixer we have this Monday at 5:00PM, meetings do not resume until Jan. 9th. We would really like to see some of the members who have difficulty attending our lunch meetings at this Social. Also, as part of our Centennial year celebration, we are having a New Year's Day Levee at 11:00AM-12:00PM at the Rodd Charlottetown. We strongly encourage all Club members to support this Event. 
Wes MacAleer
President's Holiday Message 2016-12-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Centennial Year  2016-12-13 04:00:00Z 0
Another Rotary Club of Charlottetown Christmas Party has been a wonderful success! Thank you to Della and the Christmas Party volounteers for giving the Club a wonderful event. A total of $680 was raised by Silent Auction and 50/50 Draw for the Salvation Army.
Christmas Party 2016 2016-12-13 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Clubs of P.E.I. hosted the 29th annual Rotary Youth Parliament, Nov. 25-26. Approximately, 36 students participated representing high schools from across P.E.I. took part in the two-day event. Hon. H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor, opened the parliament with a speech from the Throne, with Hon, Francis (Buck) Watts, Speaker, presiding over the Youth Parliament. Premier MacLauchlan also spoke to the students and Leader of the Opposition, Jamie Fox, was attended. 

The topics debated included student safety, health care improvements, carbon tax, senior drug assistance and Internet access.

Rob Larsen, representing Three Oaks High School in Summerside, was acting as Premier, while Logan Rose, representing Souris Regional High School, acted as Leader of the Opposition. Rotary Exchange students acted in the role of Cabinet Ministers. If you look closely at one of the pictures, you can see our Exchange student, Naomi Asencio. Well done Naomi!






Rotary Youth Parliament 2016-12-04 04:00:00Z 0

                                      PEI ROTARY CENTENNIAL

1917 – 2017
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was admitted into Rotary International on October 1, 1917 and received its Charter on November 8th of that year having been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax.
Plans were developed with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown giving leadership in celebrating 100 years of Rotary in the Province which included all Island Rotarians and the six Rotary Clubs. Our Club has been active in promoting the concept of Rotary throughout the Province, sponsoring four of the other five clubs currently on the Island: Summerside (1943), Hillsborough (1979), Montague (1985) and Charlottetown Royalty (1987). The Rotary Club of Stratford is the other Island club (2002).
The year will include:
January 1, 2017 Rotary Levee including all Club Executive
January 2017: Premier’s Dinner including all Island Rotarians
August 2017:  Island Youth Exchange Student Event – Old Home Week
October 1, 2017:  Charter Night which will include a visit from RI President Ian Riseley
We will also celebrate the year with a publication spearheaded by Rotarian James Macnutt including the history and activities of all the Rotary Clubs on Prince Edward Island. The publication will contain the history and projects both local and international of the six Island Rotary Clubs.
During the year there will be a Book Launch and Celebration of our Special Centennial Projects. Rotarians will be planting trees provided by the Provincial Government at various locations on Prince Edward Island to mark “100 YEARS OF ROTARY ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND”.
We also designed and produced a 100 year commemorative pin for distribution during 2017.
Rotary on Prince Edward Island has a long and distinguished history as we celebrate our accomplishments at home and internationally. It is my hope that our Centennial  Events will bring forth many fond memories as we celebrate 100 Years of Rotary on Prince Edward Island and continue to work together to eradicate polio and celebrate peace in the world.
PDG Robert Moffatt,
Centennial Committee Chair.
A Century of Service 2016-12-04 04:00:00Z 0
Easter Seals PEI received a Donation of $1,000 from Kwik Kopy PEI as part of the Drive for Charities which is hosted by Red Shores. Representing Easter Seals PEI is this year's Campaign Chair Peter MacDougald & Paul Crant last year's Co-Chair. Thank you to Driver, Jason Hughes, and Graham MacDougall of Kwik Kopy!
Drive for Charities 2016-12-04 04:00:00Z 0
Camp Gencheff had excellent dinner & evening at the Camp on Nov. 17th honouring late Rotarians, Tom DeBlois & Jack Cutcliffe, for their amazing 40+ year contribution to the Camp. The families of both Rotarians were in attendance for this Thank you.
The evening was also a chance for the Camp to thank all it's supporters over the past year. Thank you to Rotarian, Edna Reid, for hosting this event. 
Camp Gencheff 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0
Former Easter Seals Ambassador, Hannah MacLellan, being congratulated by, Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Energy and the Leader of the Official Opposition, Jamie Fox, after her suggested Amendment to the Highway Traffic Act to increase Fines for people parking illegally in designated accessible parking spaces. The Amendment was passed unanimously in House. Congratulations Hannah from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown and Easter Seals PEI!
Former Easter Seals Ambassador 2011, Hannah MacLellan 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0
Donation to Stars for Life 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0
Recipient of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Scholarship at UPEI for Physically Challenged Island Students is Elyse Cottrell. Elyse has multiple health issues and has placed much energy to deal with those challenges in order to attend UPEI. Elyse is seen here being congratulated by meeting Chair Ron Profit and Co-Chair Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw.  
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Scholarship for Physically Challenged Island Students 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

A big Rotary Welcome to Michael Short - our newest member in November.

Michael is a successful entrepreneur who specialises in Risk Data and Background Screening in international markets.

Originally from the UK, he spent many years in Hong Kong. We couldn't be more pleased that Michael has decided to make PEI his home!


Newest Rotary Club of Charlottetown member Michael Short 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

On Nov. 21st, we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean of the University of Prince Edward’s Atlantic Veterinary College.

One of five veterinary colleges in Canada, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is the only institution offering in Atlantic Canada educating doctors of veterinary medicine.

Check out  to learn more about the revolutionary and world-class research!


Dr. Greg Keefe, Dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

Every year on November 11, we pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.

More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 118,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.#RememberThem

On Nov. 7th, we had our Remembrance Day Ceremony. Rev. Captain Tom Hamilton gave a excellent performance about the last soldier to die in World War I - George Lawrence Price, born in Falmouth, N.S.

Photo: Chair Angus and Co-chair Allison welcome Jim Ross, Royal Canadian Legion,Branch No1; Rev. Captain Tom Hamilton and Lt. Commander Greg Davis


Remembrance Day Meeting 2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

Thanks to Rotary member, and worldwide authority on micronutrients and selenium nutrition of crops and livestock, Dr. Umesh Gupta.

Dr. Gupta spoke to our club on Pulses on Nov. 14th. The UN has named 2016 The International Year of Pulses - which aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of Pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.

Most countries face nutritional problems, from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies to obesity and diet-related diseases (such as type II diabetes and certain types of cancer), or a mix of these. Pulses are a nutrient-rich food that as part of a healthy diet can help fight malnutrition in both developed and developing countries. Click here to learn more:


International Year of Pulses  2016-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

We have some amazing people working behind the scenes to make our Rotary Radio Bingo a success! This whole operation takes a dedicated team of volounteers every week and we have fun doing it. Here's a look at our Rotarians in Action on Nov. 1. 


We also wish to thank those Club members for continuing to support Rotary Radio Bingo. An $8.00 Bingo Booklet is six Bingo sheets meaning you get to play six games. Because we are on 95.1FM CFCY, you can play in the comfort of your own home. 



Along with our the Radio Show, we also prepare packages for distribution of our Bingo Cards to 50 locations across the Province.



A special thank you to Lori Carver for leading our efforts and the dedication to get it done!


Rotary Radio Bingo is expected to be a major fundraiser for our Club to support our community commitment to Prince Edward Island. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was the first Rotary Club in PEI and has been an important part of our Island for almost 100 years. Many lives have been enhanced by the work of Rotarians in PEI. A brief list of these commitment includes the eradication of polio, a Literacy Foundation, support for the homeless, helping people with disabilities through Easter Seals PEI, strong support for Camp Gencheff




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On Oct. 31, 2016, we Inducted 2 new Rotarians: Sarah Flohr of Invesco, and Wendi James-Poirier of the John Howard Society. Thank you for joining our Club. Sponsoring the new members are Lori Carver, and Chelsey Rogerson. Please welcome our new members! 
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The Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus Alumni Association held their Blue and Gold Awards night on November 3rd. David Thompson of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. David is well known in International Agriculture markets as the President of the World Potato Congress. An organization which promotes the development of the potato industry and wishes to facilitate growth and development in regions where opportunities are emerging, like China and Asia. David is also a former President of PEI Grain Elevators & has held a variety of other senior Agricultural positions in PEI. Congratulations David!  
Also, picture below is Rotary Past District Governor Greg Coldwell member of the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise who was presented with the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Alumni Volunteer of the Year award. Greg visited our Club with our District Governor, Elva Heyge a few months ago. 
Member Spotlight: David Thompson 2016-11-04 03:00:00Z 0
The Easter Seals Society of PEI is now accepting GRANT APPLICATIONS from charitable organizations who provide programs, services and projects supporting Islanders with disabilities. Applicants must submit the official form and supporting documents by NOVEMBER 30. To access the form, visit
Spread the word!

Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities by providing programs and support in these areas: 1) Active Living; 2) Family & Community Support; 3) Assistive Devices Programs.

Funding applications will be accepted until November 30 and reviewed by a jury formed of provincial committee members. Please CLICK HERE to access the 2016 Grant Application Form.

Past recipients have included Joyriders Club, Camp Gencheff, Cerebral Palsy Association and PEI Association for Community Living, among many others.


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The Rotary clubs of Charlottetown, Hillsborough and Charlottetown Royalty recently donated $10,000 to the Bell Aliant Centre's aquatics facility. The money will be used to fund an adjustable adult changing table and portable stairs, which will ensure patrons with mobility issues can move from the changing room to pool deck with ease. Pictured below are Regan Lewis - Easter Seals PEI, Paul Crant - Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Pat Hughes - Rotary Club of Hillsborough, & Tom Campbell - Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty.

Bell Aliant Centre Donation 2016-10-30 03:00:00Z 0

On Oct. 14th, nearly 50 women gathered in Charlottetown Friday to participate in the Island's first Women's Peace Table, a worldwide initiative that questions why more women aren't part of peace negotiations and other decision making. 

As you may recall, P.E.I. psychologist and peace activist Susan Hartley is co-ordinating the global Women's Peace Tables Worldwide campaign. Dr. Hartley had spent two and a half months at the Rotary Peace Centre in Bangkok earlier this year, learning from experts in peace negotiations and people on the front-lines of conflict areas.  

Hartley is one of 21 students from 16 different countries around the world who received a 2016 Peace Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation to spend three months at the Peace Centre. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

"The high participation of women in the Global Peace Fellowship is in stark contrast to their presence at formal peace negotiations globally where there continues to be an imbalance in the representation of women," Dr. Hartley wrote.

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Oct. 24th was World Polio Day.
Rotarians from Prince Edward Island celebrated with a flag rasing and the signing of a proclamation declaring World Polio Day on PEI. Seen here at the flag raising and the reviewing the proclamation are Tom Campbell President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, members of the Island Rotary Cubs along with Island MLA Forrest ( Bush) Dumville Past President of the Rotary club of Charlottetown.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. Even before 1985, many Rotary Clubs were instrumental in helping children deal with the impact of Polio. This is one of the reasons behind our Club's support for the construction of Camp Gencheff in the early 1960's and our ongoing support, in addition to our Club's operation of Easter Seals PEI since 1956. 
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A big thank you to Paul Alan for speaking to our club on Oct. 3rd about the upcoming plebiscite. We were all very keen to learn more, as evidenced by the many questions Paul had to field! For more details, please visit  to learn more about the 5 different voting options. Voting is available online, by phone, or in person from October 29-November 7, 2016.


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At our Oct. 19th meeying, our club had the opportunity to learn everything potatoes! The potato industry is a big business in Prince Edward Island - A 2011 economic impact study found that the industry is worth over a billion dollars to the Island economy each year! Potatoes are the primary cash crop on the Island and PEI continues to be the largest potato-producing province in Canada, growing one-quarter of the potatoes in the country. Greg Donald, who spoke on "Potatoes-we are growing from here", was welcomed by President, Wes MacAleer, and meeting Chair, Nazam Chisti.

To learn more about these delicious spuds - visit

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Rotary Radio Bingo Cards are For Sale in all major communities in PEI at the following locations:
- All Murphy's Pharmacy locations in PEI except Morell & North Rustico. Murphy’s has locations in: Charlottetown, Stratford, Cornwall, Summerside, Kensington, North Rustico, Wellington, & Tyne Valley                   
- All Needs Stores in PEI. Needs has stores in Stratford, Charlottetown, Summerside, Morrell, Montague, Souris, and Mount Albion
- All Mel's Petrocan in Charlottetown, Winsloe, Kensington, and Summerside. This includes Mel’s Shell in Cornwall (North River)
- Irving in Winsloe  
- Irving at 644 University Ave (beside A&W)  
- O'Leary's Farmers Co-op
- Pat’s Retail Kwik Way Irving in Alberton
- Eugene’s General Store in Tignish
- Cooks Corner store in Miscouche
- Ceretti's Grocery (Irving) in Borden-Carleton
- South Shore Pharmacy in Crapaud
- Hunter River Pharmacy
- Eptek Gas Bar in Scotchfort
- Cooper's Red & White in Eldon
- Pharmasave in Souris
- Daryl's General Store in Georgetown
- Profit's Race Trac Gas & Convenience in Elmsdale. 
- Gallants Clover Farm in Rustico
- North Rustico Food Market
- Oyster Bed Rite Stop
- Baker & Son Petrocan in Montague
- Alan's Convenience in Lennox Island
- Miller's Esso in Murray River
- Waugh's Quik Mart in Summerside
- S & E Grocery, 415 Central St, Summerside 
- MacDonald's Rite Stop in St. Peter's 
- Queen's Convenience on Queen St, Charlottetown
- Big Dog Convenience Kinkora, & Mount Stewart 
- Gass's General Store in New Haven
- Clow's Red & White in North Wiltshire
- Gass's Store in Meadowbank
- Ellerslie Rite Stop in Ellerslie 
- Royal Canadian Legion in Tignish
- Wilson's Gas Kensington Rd
For more information call 892-1066 95.1 FM CFCY. They will direct your message to Rotary Radio Bingo PEI
Store Locations for Rotary Radio Bingo Cards 2016-10-09 03:00:00Z 0

                                     CALL 902-892-1066 for BINGO!

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Congratulations Larry on achieving this significant milestone! We are truly proud that someone of your generosity is a member of our Club. Larry has contributed at least $5,000 U.S. to the RI Foundation.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of U.S. $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the Foundation. The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

Many notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

Larry Sider, Paul Harris Fellow +5 2016-10-04 03:00:00Z 0

A big thank you to Tanya Mullally, Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator with PEI Emergency Measures Organization, for coming to speak to our club on Oct. 3rd.

The PEI EMO is responsible for the development and coordination of an overall provincial emergency management program in relation to emergencies and disasters. Through the provisions of the Emergency Measures Act EMO provides the infrastructure for planning, training, and advisory services for provincial and local government authorities and private industry.

We're now ready for the next nor'easter and more!

Tanya Mullally, Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator 2016-10-04 03:00:00Z 0

On Sept., 26th, we had the opportunity to hear from Angus Orford, VP with Maritime Electric about the Interconnection Cable Upgrade Project. The project will allow Prince Edward Island to import electricity from New Brunswick through two new 180 MW submarine cables, overhead transmission lines, substation upgrades and more. The submarine cables will be owned by the Province of Prince Edward Island and will be leased to and operated by Maritime Electric.

To learn more click here:…/inte…/a_p_iu_overview.aspx

Below we have: Mark Victor - Maritime Electric, Club President Wes MacLeer, Maritime Electric Vice President Corporate Planning & Energy Supply - Angus Orford, Kim Griffin - Manager, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, & Ron LeBlanc - Manager, Production and Energy Supply. 

Maritime Electric: Interconnection Cable Upgrade Project 2016-09-26 03:00:00Z 0
At our Sept. 19th meeting, we had the opportunity to hear from Jodi Nutbrown of LMI Canada Inc. on the importance of being a transformational leader. LMI helps leaders and organizations reach their full potential by clarifying and achieving goals, developing a positive attitude, and enhancing leadership ability. Pictured below is our Guest Speaker, Jodi Nutbrown, Acting President, and meeting Chair Hannah Bell. To learn more about what LMI Canada Inc. offers - visit their website
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It was an honour and a pleasure to Host Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Jean Ellsworth at our Sept. 12th Rotary meeting.

Jean is the PEI recipient of the 12th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award in honour of International Literacy Day. The award is presented to recipients from all 13 provinces and territories to celebrate outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy.

Jean shared her inspirational story of achieving her high school certificate later in life and then going on to complete the RCW program at Holland College - Jean's hardwork and determination paid off and she's now working and thriving in her chosen field.

Thank you Jean for sharing your remarkable journey!


PEI recipient of the 12th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award 2016-09-14 03:00:00Z 0
35 years perfect Rotary Attendance 2016-09-14 03:00:00Z 0

#MemberSpotlight On Aug. 29, 2016, our Club had the opportunity to hear from one of our own members, Dr. Najam Chishti. Dr. Chishti is a senior process chemist with BioVectra Inc. He is also the President of the Muslim Society of P.E.I.

In his spare time, Dr. Chishti is passionate about table tennis. It has taken him to Canada Games in seven different provinces and around the world as a coach and an official. Dr. Chishti has been recognized for his dedication and commitment to sport by a variety of organizations at the local, Provincial and National Level. Some of the awards include:

Sport PEI official of the year - 2001, 2002
TTCAN’s Official of the Year – Art Barran Award 2004
TTCAN’s Betty Tweedy Memorial Trophy (Sport Administration) - 2003

PEITTA’s outstanding service award - 2006
Sport PEI Administrator of the year - 1993
Recipient of the Queen's Jubilee medal - 2012
Presidents Award presented by Sport PEI - 2015

At our meeting, Dr. Chishti presented to our club on the great spiritual tradition of Islam. At a time when there is a negative light shed on Islam via the western media, it was extremely timely and helpful for Dr. Chishti to enlighten us on Islam and answer our questions.


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We had the pleasure of meeting with our District Governor, Elva Heyge, on Aug. 22. Elva’s passion in Rotary involves the promotion of international understanding and good will. To this end she has been involved in leading international projects for a number of years and has taken part in several Rotary Friendship Exchanges.

Elva's 3 Focuses for the District for her year are: 

1) International Youth Exchange - increasing the number of Club's in the District which participate

2) Rotary Friendship Exchanges - Elva wants to have some of the Club's in the District undertake this valuable program.

3) Publicity - we do not promote what we do as Rotarians in the Community.

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Elva!

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A very big welcome to our rotary exchange student, Naomi Ascencio, who has come to PEI all the way from France!

We hope you enjoy your year on PEI Naomi! We can't wait to see how you settle into PEI and we all look forward to getting to know you better. 

We are your Rotary Family!
Inbound Rotary Exchange student, Naomi Ascencio 2016-08-30 03:00:00Z 0
For the last 12 or more years, Rob MacKenzie of PaperFlow (Xerox PEI dealer) has organized a 5K Gold Cup Trot. The Race immediately preceeds the Gold Cup Parade and follows most of the Parade route. The winner this year ran the 5K race in 14:50 - a new course record. 
For at least the last 3 years, the net proceeds from the Registration Fees have been donated to Easter Seals PEI. We have provided volounteers for the Event. I would like to thank the following Club members, John Scales, Jim Travers, Lorne Moase, & Bush Dumville who have volounteered for this Event and sometimes on very short notice have stepped up when we needed them. Below is a picture of the Race Registration Volounteers. Missing from the photo are Rotary volounteers Jim Travers, and John Scales, who were on already on the Race route as Course Marshalls.
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Thank you to the volounteers that make this Event happen. From left to right: Bob Moffatt, Ivan Morrison, Mark Triantafillou, Margaret Somers, Larry Sider, Della Parker, Wes MacAleer & Allison Swan. Special Thank you to the Delta for providing the refreshments, and the food.
Seniors Viewing Stand Volounteers 2016-08-20 03:00:00Z 0
Rotary Seniors Viewing Stand  2016-08-20 03:00:00Z 0
Here is the Rotary Float at the Gold Cup Parade. Thank You to the Lazaratos family for working the Float: Michelle, Daniel, and of course, Emma!. Also, thank you to the 2 Rotary Exchange students. Special Thank you to Rotarian Hal Parker for Driving the Float.
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On May 1, 2016, Joe Roberts, former homeless youth, began pushing a shopping cart across Canada to raise awareness and dollars to end youth homelessness. This national trek began in St. John’s Newfoundland and will end September 30, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a 9,000km, 17 month journey. Throughout this journey, Joe will engage with Canada’s population by stopping at over 300 secondary schools and be involved in over 200 community engagements.

We were lucky to have Joe speak to our Club on July 18! Here he is pictured with President, Wes MacAleer and our Chair for Monday's meeting, Ken Gillis.

For more information on Joe's work, visit:


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Congratulations Harry! ‪‬

On Aug. 8th, our Club awarded Club member, Dr. Harry Love, with an Honourary Paul Harris Fellowship for his numerous contributions to Rotary and the Community. Harry was the Club Treasurer for many years. In addition, he was a key member of the Easter Seals Committee for many years, participating in the Tim Horton's Easter Seals Ambassador School Tour. 

He holds a Phd in Mathematics, with a special interest in statistics. He is passionate about teaching and was valued by many of his students.

Honoured as Founders of University of Prince Edward Island, Harry and his wife Anne, played key roles in the development of the university. Their presence continues at UPEI through reunion events, active volunteering and as two of the university's most vocal fans.

Pictured: Dr. Harry Love, Moe Rodgerson, Director Awards, and President, Wes MacAleer.





  Member Spotlight - Dr. Harry Love 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0

Congratulations, Daphne! 

Daphne is the recipient of The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) 2016 President’s Award. The CBA President’s Award recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, the CBA or public life in Canada.

“This year’s recipient has been a dedicated, passionate member of the CBA for nearly 40 years. We are fortunate that women’s rights fall within this trailblazer’s ‘wide array of interests’,” said CBA President Janet Fuhrer in presenting the award.

Daphne, a partner in the Charlottetown law firm Macnutt & Dumont, earned her law degree at Oxford University in 1976, having been the first woman admitted to study law at any of the Oxford men’s colleges.‪‬ In 1985, Daphne was a founding member of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. She has taught the Prince Edward Island Bar Admission Course and has held all executive positions in the Prince Edward Island Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2000-2001, Daphne was the first person from Prince Edward Island to be elected national President of the Canadian Bar Association. Daphne is heavily involved in our Club's Youth Exchange Program, Youth Parliament, and the Premier's Dinner.

Daphne at Canadian Bar Association conference in Ottawa August 10, 2016, receiving the President's award. 


  Member Spotlight: Daphne Dumont 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday, Aug. 10th, our Club goodbye to a great Rotarian and Community advocate, Tom DeBlois. Tom joined the Club in 1973. He was President of the Club in 1983-84. He became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989 and had over 20 years of perfect attendance. He was a member of the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee, and recently sitting on the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Board of Directors again. In addition, he especially took great pride in leading our Remembrance Day Program Committee every year. Tom's father was a long time member of our Club. It's been a very long time since a DeBlois has not been a member of our Club.
Tom also served the Community in a number of other ways including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Camp Gencheff, Pat and the Elephant, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Bible Society, Sherwood Cemetery, and the Upper Room Ministry. Tom also twice was a candidate for the federal riding of Charlottetown in 2006 and 2008. 

Tom’s career was with the family business, DeBlois Brothers Ltd, (later part of TRA Atlantic – DeBlois Distribution Centre) since 1969. He retired as General Manager in 2005. We still remember the pride when he spoke to the Club of the history of the family business a couple of years ago. Tom's family lineage was very distinguished including a a Father of Confederation, George Coles, and a former Lieutenant Governor, George DeBlois.

His wake & funeral were attended by many members of the Club. Our condolences are with his wife, Claudia, daughter Suzi, son David, and brother, Rob. 


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Chelsey Rogerson will be working for MP, Sean Casey, as his Executive Assistant effective in the near future. She was the Membership Secretary for the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce.  
  Rotarians on the Move 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0
Congratulations are also in order for Club member, Erin McGrath-Gaudet and her husband Corey!
She gave birth on Aug. 16th, to a daughter named, Quinn Bernice Lourdes. Quinn weighed at 7 lbs 8 oz.
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On Aug. 15th, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown renewed its UPEI Disabled Student Bursary. President Wes MacAleer & Donations Chair, Bush Dumville are seen here presenting the Bursary to UPEI's Rosie O'Malley-Keyes. Rosie is also a Rotary Club member.
  Bursary Renewal 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0
On Monday, Aug. 15th, our Club welcomed new members, Gillian McCrae & Peter Ghiz!
Gillian is the Vice President of PropelICT. PropelICT is provides training & Coaching to Atlantic Canada's Business Start Ups.
Peter Ghiz is a long time Charlottetown Solicitor.  
Inducted New Members, Gillian McCrae & Peter Ghiz 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0

It was our sincere pleasure to present a Donation cheque for $15,000 to Camp Gencheff. The cheque was presented to Jennifer Lawton, Board Chair of Camp Gencheff at our Aug. 8th Club meeting.

Camp Gencheff is a fully accessible facility serving special needs individuals across Prince Edward Island, allowing them to develop their skills, talents and creativity!

Pictured left to right: Edna Reid - Camp Gencheff Chair of Fundraising, Jennifer Lawton, Rotary Donations Chair - Bush Dumville, & Regan Lewis.


Donation to Camp Gencheff 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0

Pictured below is the Club's Director of Publicity, Chelsey Rogerson with President, Wes MacAleer, at our July 25th Club meeting. Chelsey spoke on the importance of utilizing Social Media to engage with our members and prospective members and to share the great work that rotary does!

Chesley also requests that for all Club members with Facebook accounts, that they Like the Rotary Club of Charlottetown's Facebook page, and they Invite their Friends to Like the Club's Facebook page. This will help promote our Club & Rotary to the Community in general.



  Director of Publicity: Chelsey Rogerson 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0

On Monday, Aug. 8th, we had the pleasure of hearing from Island psychologist, Susan Hartley. She spent two and a half months at the Rotary Peace Centre in Bangkok,Thailand, learning from experts in peace negotiations and people on the front-lines of conflict areas.

Hartley is one of 21 students from 16 different countries around the world who received a 2016 Peace Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation.


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It was such a pleasure to hear from Emma Clark, Rotary rebounder, on Monday, Aug. 15th, who just spent the last year in Switzerland. She recounted her amazing year abroad, full of snowboarding trips, a Cold Play concert, a tour of Europe and a visit to Tuscany, Italy with one of her host families. Somehow, she also made some time for school! Emma will be attending McGill University in the Fall. Congratulations, Emma!

Photo left to right: Mary MacMillan, Program Chair, Emma Clark, our International Exchange Student, Wes MacAleer, President. — with Emma Clark and President, Wes MacAleer.
  Rotary Exchange Student - Emma Clark 2016-08-17 03:00:00Z 0
Summer BBQ Pictures 2016-07-17 03:00:00Z 0
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  BBQ Pictures 2016-07-17 03:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Speaker this Monday is Joe Roberts of The Push for Change. The Push for Change is a walk across Canada to Support the End of Youth Homelessness! Beginning May 1, 2016 in St. John’s, NL for 517 days ending in Vancouver, BC on September 30, 2017, Joe Roberts is walking, pushing a shopping cart over 9000kms through 10 provinces with visits to our 3 territories. He will visit over 400 Community and School Events.  Joe Roberts is a former homeless young person, who transformed his difficult life to become a successful businessman, has personally experienced the power of possibility thinking in the face of some of life’s biggest obstacles, and he is dedicated to sharing this possibility mindset with others who are going through their own challenges. Joe's story is truly inspiring.



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    More Rotary BBQ Pictures 2016-07-17 03:00:00Z 0
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There was a large turnout for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Family BBQ. As well as the pictures of inside the Camp during the meal, there were people eating on the picnic tables outside. A great time was had by all - thanks to everyone who attended. We wish to thank the staff and volounteers of Camp Gencheff for their hospitality. Rotary Club of Charlottetown has a special connection to the Camp. 


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On July 4th, outgoing President Bush presented Club Member, Peter Boswall, for his volunteer efforts to lead our Vacation Lottery over the last 2 years. Without these funds, we would not have survived as a Club. Thank you Peter!
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On July 4th, we were honoured to have 26 Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown with us! From left to right: Bob Sear, Carl Willis, Wayne Hambly - Past District Governor, Gaie Ortin, Mark Robertson, Dave Faulkner, Bob Anderson, James MacNutt, Carl Bagnall, Kingsley Lewis, Richard Veinot, Stu Drummond, David Scales, Bob Moffat - Past District Governor, Lorne Moase, Bush Dumville, Larry Sider, Jim Travers, Moe Rodgerson (almost hidden), Tom Deblois, Ken Gillis, John Scales, Edna Reid, Allan MacLeod & Lloyd Palmer. Missing from the photo is Ron Profit.
  26 Past Presidents at the Changeover Meeting 2016-07-05 03:00:00Z 0
Out-going President Bush Dumville placing the Presidential Pin on new President Wes MacAleer at the July 4th meeting. Thank you Bush and good luck Wes!
  New President Wes MacLeer 2016-07-05 03:00:00Z 0
MENU: BBQ’d Specialty Sausages BBQ’d Island Beef Hamburgers & Hot Dogs All on Fresh Rolls Homemade Potato Salad with Homemade Dressing Creamy Fresh Coleslaw Fresh Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Delicious Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Island Strawberries Sundae Bar for the Children. 
The cost is $10.00 per person paid at the door. Children under the age of 12 will eat for free. The Board of Directors of Camp Gencheff have volunteered to BBQ for us. Following the meal, we will be treated to a Talent Show put on by the campers and staff of Camp Gencheff. Immediately following, the Sing Along will begin. Please plan to attend, bring your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbours. You can also email me at to confirm your attendance and the number of people coming with you. You may also call me if you have questions, office is 626-4832, cell is 628-9641 and home is 569-3095. The closing date to reserve your seat is July 7th. This will be held in Rain or Shine. Camp Gencheff is 5 minutes from Charlottetown, just off the Keppoch Road. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please let me know.
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Easter Seals extends a huge THANK YOU for the dedication and contributions of community-minded businesses like DP Murphy Inc for the very successful Tim Horton's School Tour and the significant contribution of $10,000 from the members of CUPE. 

The Major Sponsors for the 2016 campaign are :


ADL              Superior Logo


Vector                            Martime Electric

Vogue Logo





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A big thank you to Tyra Mackeemon, 2016 Easter Seals Ambassador! Tyra did an amazing job and she was pleased to announce that the Easter Seals Campaign raised $117, 000 to help provide programs and equipment for people with disabilities on Prince Edward Island. Here, she is pictured today at our Rotary Luncheon with (left to right: Paul Crant Easter Seals Co-Chair, Ambassador Tyra Mackeeman, Regan Lewis Easter Seals Co-Chair, & President Dush Dumville). Also, a big thank you to Regan Lewis who did double duty as Easter Seals Co-Chair and Easter Seals Treasurer in the same year - never been done before!


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On June 13th, Tracy Ellsworth, Principal, of St. Jean Elementary School,  receiving our Rotary club's grant from President Bush Dumville for the St. Jean Elementary Library Renewal project. These are our Book Donations for thanking the Guest Speakers.
Book Donation to St. Jean School 2016-06-27 03:00:00Z 0
President Bush Dumville with our Rotary Exchange student, Thomas Madessis, at the Rotary Youth Exchange Wrap Up on June 27th. Thomas is getting ready to the Province on July 2nd and eventually returns home to Brussels, Belgium. It was a pleasure to have you here with us on PEI!

Rotary Farewell to Our Inbound Youth Exchange Student, Thomas Madessis 2016-06-27 03:00:00Z 0
RCMP Chief Superintendent, Joanne Crampton 2016-06-27 03:00:00Z 0
KKP (division of KwiK Kopy Charlottetown) has picked Easters Seals PEi as the Charity for the 2016 Red Shores Drive For Charity. Driver, Jason Hughes, name was drawn as the Driver to represent the KKP and Easter Seals. Until October, for every time Jason wins a race at Red Shores, $25 will be donated by KKP to Easter Seals PEI. Easter Seals Co-Chairs, Regan Lewis and Paul Crant wish to thank KKP for picking Easters Seals. Below we have Paul Crant, Jason Hughes, and Graham MacDougall of KKP.
Red Shores Drive For Charity 2016-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
Honourable, Robert Mitchell, PEI Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, spoke to the Club on June 6th about the upcoming Infrastructure programs, the Municipaliites Act, and  and the upcoming Water Act. Thank you to Robert Mitchell for filling in as Guest Speaker on short notice. With Robert is Club member, Austin Bowman, and President Bush. 
June 6 Meeting Guest Speaker Honourable Robert Mitchell 2016-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday June 9th, President Bush signed a contract with CFCY Island Country on behalf of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, to commit the Club to Rotary Radio Bingo. The Bingo will be broadcast on 95.1 on Tuesday nights from 7-8PM and is expected to start around Sept. 1st. We are looking forward to a long lasting relationship with CFCY. Based on other Rotary Clubs experience, significant funds have been raised for the Community from this type of fundraiser. If anyone, would like to serve on this Committee, they should contact Committee Chair, Andy Richardson.
Rotary Radio Bingo 2016-06-11 03:00:00Z 0
MLA, Jordan Brown, spoke to the Club on June 6th on Electoral Reform. Thank you Jordan for filling in at the last minute! Pictured with Jordan are Club Secretary, Kim Nickerson-Palmer, President Bush, & Meeting Chair, Dale Turner
Guest Speaker, Jordan Brown 2016-06-11 03:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown approved the following Donations at the June 6th meeting:
CARI – Chair Lift equipment for people with disabilities $10,000.
Donations 2016-06-11 03:00:00Z 0
Karen Jans spoke to the Club on Monday, May 16th about the direction of the PEI National Park and the recent funding announcements including the renovations to the Provincial Legislature.
Guest Speaker, Karen Jans of Park Canada 2016-05-18 03:00:00Z 0
UCW Pro Wrestling for Easter Seals PEI 2016-05-18 03:00:00Z 0
On Monday, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown voted in favour of adopting a new fundraiser, Rotary Radio Bingo. The Bingo will be broadcast on 95.1 CFCY Island Country on Tuesday nights from 7-8PM. We are in the process of contacting stores to sell the Bingo Cards. The Bingo will be promoted by CFCY. We are looking forward to a long lasting relationship. We are hopeful that this fundraiser will help us make a significant contribution to the Community.
Rotary Radio Bingo 2016-05-18 03:00:00Z 0
No Meeting Monday, May 23rd 2016-05-18 03:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown is pleased to congratulate member, Chris Dalziel and Amy, on the birth of their daughter, Rosa Pearl Dalziel! Chris could not make it to Rotary on Monday for obvious reasons. 
Rosa Pearl Dalziel 2016-05-18 03:00:00Z 0
Our fiscal year is July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. Annual Membership Dues of $225 have been Invoiced by Treasurer, Craig Bradley. The Annual Dues can be paid in 2 separate amounts of $112.50 now and another $112.50 in December. If there are any Dues still outstanding on June 30, 2016, your Membership is automatically terminated. We are sorry that there is no flexibility, but our Club will be responsible to pay District & Rotary International based on the June 30th membership numbers. 
For those trying to decide whether to renew or not, Rotary is a good organization to work with other local people for the betterment of the Community. If there are things you are not 100% excited about as a current member, get involved and try to improve it. Rotary is trying to update its practices to meet member needs. 
Membership Renewal 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
Sam Ferguson was Inducted into the Rotary Club of Charlottetown on May 2. Sam is 19 years old and is probably the youngest Rotarian our Club has ever Inducted. Sam is a Political Science student at UPEI. He also works 3 Part-time jobs. He was the JA Achiever of the year 2013-2014. Welcome Sam!
Member Spotlight 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Charlottetown volounteers: Lori Carver, Phillip Brown, Regan Lewis, Paul Crant, Wes MacLeer, & Bush Dumville, along with 8 members of the Rotary Club of Stratford, Youth Exchange students, Thomas Madessis, and Marie, sold 50/50 Tickets at the Storm Game Friday night. We raised almost $800 for Easter Seals PEI. Thank you to the Storm for topping up the cheque to $1,500 and thank you to the Rotary Club of Stratford for making it possible.
Storm Game 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
For this week's Guest Speaker, we have an Island Entrepreneur, Terence Taylor. We hope to feature more Entrepreneur Guest Speakers at our meetings.
The TnT Food Experience is a healthy meal delivery company in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island that delivers healthy meals to Islanders through nutritious and creative food alternatives.  TnT isn't a restaurant and is much more than just a catering service. TnT has created an environment that not only promotes healthy lifestyles, but also uses positivity, motivation and inspiration to encourage the World to set their own Trend for living the healthy life we were meant to.

Guest Speaker, Terence Taylor, May 9, The TnT Food Experience 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
New Club Member, Andy Richardson, spoke to our Club on May 2 about a new potential Fundraising idea. Andy was the immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham prior to joining our Club last month.
Speaker, Andy Richardson 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
District Governor Jim Goit:
Dear Rotarians,
Just like many of you, I'm watching the coverage of the historic disaster that is unfolding in and around Fort McMurray.  Just like many of you, Barbara and I have friends living there and affected by the fire. Some have already asked what they can do and if there is a Rotary response started on this occasion. This is a disaster of such proportions that I felt it warranted my sending a special note to you on the issue. It's perhaps ironic that PDG Pat Killoran, one of our speakers at the Rotary District 7820 Conference next week, will be coming to Truro to talk about the Rotary response to the flooding disaster in Calgary in 2013-14. I've been in touch with the District Governor for District 5370 and what is outlined below will form the core of what Rotary will do toward helping rebuild the community. 
Jim Goit
Rotary Club of Truro
District Governor 2015 -16  
Rotary District 7820 including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, 
Newfoundland & Labrador  and the French Islands of Saint Pierre & Miquelon.   
Rotary Fort McMurray Fire Response 2016-05-05 03:00:00Z