Posted by Sally Holden on Jul 20, 2018
Its nearly that time again! our biggest club fundraiser and best pre Christmas shopping experience!!
Our 7th Annual Live Auction will be held at Brewsters Bedford Highway on Nov 2 at 5.30pm.  Save the date in your diary now!
We are also looking for items to include in the Auction- please email us on if you can help us by donating an item to auction. (all items welcome not just gift baskets!) 

For each donation received, you or your business will be identified by name at the time of the auction. Business participants will also have the opportunity to get community exposure among the large number of attendees.

This event allows us to continue our high school breakfast programmes, our elementary school literacy support, our book stall and Ker-Plunk  game at Sackville Snowdays and so much more!

7th Annual live Auction Sally Holden 2018-07-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 15, 2018

Volunteering at the “Helping Babies Breathe – 

Helping Babies Survive” Booth

House of Friendship 

Rotary International Convention 2018

House of Friendship had approximately 325 trade show booths (Rotary and non-Rotary related) at this year’s Rotary International Convention 2018 in Toronto.


Helping Babies Survive is a growing group of evidence-based, hands-on programs developed to reduce neonatal mortality in resource-limited environments.  At the “Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) – Helping Babies Survive” (HBS) booth you could find educational material and equipment available for “hands on” demonstrations.  continued.....

“Helping Babies Breathe – Helping Babies Survive” Pat Cathcart 2018-07-15 03:00:00Z 0
World Financial Group Book Donation 2018-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2018
On May 5th, we  did our Adopt - A - Highway cleanup from Exit 1K to Fultz House. 
Adopt-A-Highway 2018-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
Our Interactors are working hard to create a great show and line up. Don't take our word for it. Come out to the show and see for yourself.
Believe in Hope Ron Zwaagstra 2018-05-03 03:00:00Z 0
Pat Cathcart was awarded our club's Volunteer of the Year award at the LDRA 39th Annual Volunteer Dinner at the Sackville Legion on Wednesday.
Volunteer of the Year Ron Zwaagstra 2018-05-01 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 30, 2018
We are hosting a homelessness and hunger forum at Knox United Church on February 6th at 7:00PM. These are important but often hidden issues in our community. Members of the public and other community groups are more than welcome. Understanding can show us how we can all work together.
Hunger and Homelessness Forum Sally Holden 2018-01-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Oct 19, 2017



Sometimes even if you know the right thing to do, and do it, life doesn’t always work out if someone else does not make such good choices. Helping others make responsible choices was the message that was made by Mitch Dorge as he recounted the tragic stories of Jacqueline Saburido and Emily Watts. But this was no ordinary life skills lesson! The Crash Test Dummies Drummer, extrovert and eternal enthusiast told stories of his life, his music and engaged the whole grade 10 cohort at Chares P Allen cohort with 2 hours of high energy interaction......

Mitch Dorge raises the roof at CP Allen High Sally Holden 2017-10-19 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Oct 17, 2017


Our latest Rotary Friendship Exchange was made up of seven Rotarians and spouses who represented Clubs in District 5020, namely: Bainbridge Island, Tacoma #8 and East Jefferson, WA and Campbell River, BC

They arrived in Nova Scotia on Sept 30th. and departed on Oct 15th.  Their tour started on the South Shore, Bridgewater/Lunenburg area, they continued on to Yarmouth followed by the Annapolis Valley.  Finally arriving in Halifax for the period of Oct 11 – 15th.

Throughout NS our guests visited local sites of interest, toured museums, ship building facilities, visited Camp Brigadoon, a vineyard and enjoyed the local cuisine in each area.  Our US & BC Rotarians also experienced a Canadian East Coast Thanksgiving.  Their stay was full of adventure and plenty of wonderful seafood!  They were impressed by the hospitality and generosity they had received while in Nova Scotia.

We are looking forward to sharing a similar experience with our friends from the West, when our District (7820) completes the Friendship Exchange in the spring of 2018.

Friendship Exchange Sally Holden 2017-10-17 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Oct 05, 2017
Six Rotarians and 1 Rotary  friend  gathered at 9 am on Sept 30 to do our 5th Adopt A Highway semi-annual clean up. We were thankful for sunny skies  as last Fall's clean up was twice rained out and we were unable to complete it.
The remarkable thing about this clean up is the fact that there was only 4 bags filled: mostly fast food containers as opposed to the 30 - 35 bags we collected when we first started the project .
It is a fact of human nature that people are less likely to litter on a clean area . And Exit 1K is spotless again . Thanks to  all who came out to help and a special thanks to Sandra Lively of Dept of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for organizing our supplies once again . 
The Fultz House Museum  again allowed us to use their property as a base of operations, which makes access to the junction easier and safer: we could not do this without their support.
We all enjoyed a well earned Tim Hortons afterwards and felt very satisfied that our area of highway is so well maintained.
Weather willing, the Spring clean up will be May 5 2018
Fall Clean up: Adopt a Highway Sally Holden 2017-10-05 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Sep 19, 2017


The Rotary motto is “Service above Self” and so many people in the world inspire us by having the very same values. Today was no exception. Paul MacNeil continues to change lives by supporting adult literacy in our community and his clients can earn their GED and go on to make our community better, we were delighted to support his work at the BSLN again this year as part of our literacy programme. Then our speaker Lindell Smith told his own story of supporting his community  when he was a very young man, through music and art so young people in his neighbourhood  could find a brighter future. This selfless community service was recognised and he was persuaded that “politics”, done right, is helping and healing communities.  With this view he successfully ran for election and is the youngest councillor in HRM. He is helping to raise issues that have not previously been to the fore, but will have so much positive impact in our city. We are grateful for the impetus they both gave us.

Inspiring speakers Sally Holden 2017-09-19 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Sep 19, 2017










In 1989 Rotary voted to admit women into what was an all male preserve. Clearly they could foresee that 28 years later our club would be hosting an event titled “Ladies after Dark”!. This event was a fundraiser for Literacy, one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

The Ladies bought tickets and were entertained by a wonderful author Genevieve Graham, talking about breathing life back into Canadian History. The men served wine and hors d’oeuvres to keep the evening lively and also acted as designated drivers in a fleet of limousines!!

What a fun way to continue our support for elementary students and adult learners. Watch out for the date of the next event – coming Spring 2018.

Ladies After Dark Sally Holden 2017-09-19 03:00:00Z 0
July 11th meeting - A visitor from Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley 2017-07-19 03:00:00Z 0
June 6, 2017 3 NEW Members 2017-06-09 03:00:00Z 0
Come to the yard sale. You never know what you will find. You can buy your own table for $10 or donate items. Contact 902 499 7287
Yard Sale 2017-06-02 03:00:00Z 0
The more you look at The Four-Way Test, the more you will realize how helpful it can be in decision making and not so easy situations in all aspects of one's life. At this week's meeting, we broke into one on one conversations on each statement of The Four-Way Test and some very interesting thoughts emerged.
Four-Way Test - May 30th 2017-06-02 03:00:00Z 0
Happy Community Project May 16, 2017 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
Today we heard from Tracey Keiley of Sandler Training who spoke on what our club's 30
second commercial could be as we engage with others whether it be for sponsorship and
fundraising opportunities or general community participation.
Creating our 30 Second Commercial May 9th, 2017 2017-05-15 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 15, 2017
Another successful roadside cleanup. You don't know how much litter brings you down until you see how great things look when it is cleaned up.
Adopt-A-Highway May 6th 2017-05-15 03:00:00Z 0
5th Anniversary Charter / Paul Harris Night Ron Zwaagstra 2017-04-29 03:00:00Z 0
We were once again delighted to take part in the Sackville Snow Days opening. Lots of fun at the giant Kerplunk game but we think there was more excitement at our book table. Thumbnail images shows our Interactors setting up at last year's event.
Snow Days Giant Kerplunk & Book Give Away 2017-02-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 18, 2017

Our Interact Club at CP Allen High School have already been busy this school year. Firstly they “Scared Hunger” in Bedford on Halloween to collect supplies for Feed Nova Scotia, and were inundated with supplies from local families.

They are now working on raising funds for  humanitarian projects.....

Interact Club Update Sally Holden 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 08, 2017

Our Literacy project is drawing to a close, and it was wider in scope than ever before. We have supported Sycamore Lane Elementary School’s Adopt a Library project for a number of years and last year added a gift of personal dictionaries to Grade 3 Elementary school students and this year we continued both and also added a focus on Adult learning....

2016-17 Literacy project Sally Holden 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 02, 2017

Sometimes Santa needs just a little help, and our Annual Wishes tree is aimed at making Christmas a bit more special for older youth and adults. We partner with the Salvation Army who distributes gifts from this project to local families.

This year thanks to an article in the Bedford and Sackville Observer the community responded better than ever....

Christmas Wishes Tree 2016 Sally Holden 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Dec 13, 2016

The gift, from Nova Scotia, of a Christmas Tree to the people of Boston resonates with us all, but with the centenary of the Halifax Explosion due in 2017, some of our members joined a Rotary party who visited Boston for the lighting of the tree gifted this year from Cape Breton. As well as an occasion to remember the special friendship between our two cities, it was an opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians in Boston. The Halifax Rotarians were treated with exceptional hospitality and the seeds have been sown for  joint humanitarian projects....

A tree of friendship Sally Holden 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Aug 07, 2016


Whilst in Edmonton, Club member Sue Paynter decided to make a visit to another club. Here she is at the Rotary Club of Edmonton.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton celebrated its 100th birthday on April 1 this year, and as part of its celebrations had a visit from the RI president. They have over 160 members and even have their own Foundation!
This week their speaker was Brian Jean, leader of the Wild Rose Party and opposition leader in Alberta.
Brian spoke to the club about the wildfires in Fort McMurray, their impact on the community and also the personal  impact on him: he lost his own home.
Rotary will be there to help Fort McMurray rebuild its community and economy with a successful fundraiser and hands on support.

Club Members on Tour Sally Holden 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Aug 04, 2016


A New Rotary Club is started when existing club(s) identify a community that Rotary could serve better if it had a local club. The Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth and Halifax Harbourside recognised that the communities of Sackville, Bedford and Fall River did not have a club of their own and set about forming what is now the Rotary Club of Sackville and Area.
Those clubs are our "Parent Clubs" and Past President Ron has visited both with our most recent report card!
Winning the District Club of the year award would not have been possible without the help and input of our parent clubs and so we wanted to share with them what work we do in our local area and further afield.
Successful projects such as our Christmas Wish Tree were suggestions made during the early days of the club, that we have taken on and amide our own!
Report Card! Sally Holden 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jul 20, 2016


We know how important education is, and learning is so much harder without a good breakfast to start the day. We have supported breakfast programmes in our community for several years and this year gave $500 each to Millward High and Sackville High schools. Breakfast programmes allow students to have access to free nutritious healthy food to start their day. HRSB say "Breakfast programs have been found to decrease student absenteeism, in-class disruptions, and to increase student performance. Research has demonstrated that students who start their day off with a healthy breakfast have higher academic performance."
High School Breakfast programmes Sally Holden 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jul 20, 2016


Make a note in your diary! This is one of our favourite annual events. We love hosting it and it gets  better every year. The Indian Lake Golf Club look after us so well - the food is delicious, the atmosphere fun and friendly. It is our annual fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation, which among other things has eradicated 99.9% of Polio cases worldwide.
Come and join us, 5pm 20th August, whatever the weather.  We need to place our lobster order least a week before so be sure to get your ticket in plenty of time!
Annual Lobster Boil Sally Holden 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jul 18, 2016


This week we invited friends from the community to join us for breakfast at Freemans Little New York. ( & we can certainly recommend their breakfast!) It was a relaxed event where we made new friends and contacts, and it helped us get across a bit more about what Rotary does in Lower Sackville and beyond. Lots of guests offered to come back and give us a presentation about their work and passions so watch our events page as we  get them  booked in over the coming weeks and months. We were also able to offer our own support and that of our Interact Club in helping our local community.
Community outreach Sally Holden 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jun 29, 2016


The unsung heroes of Rotary are our significant others, who support our passion, come to events, and get involved as the army without the pin. Over and above the call of duty Gail Zwaagstra shared her 37th wedding anniversary with a group from the club who descended on her home (invited!) for a potluck supper to celebrate the end of her husband Ron's tenure as Club President. The Rotary Club of Sackville and Area would not be where it is today without two years of outstanding leadership from Ron, and the support of Gail. Here he is looking pensive and reflective! Read on for more about our change of leadership.....
Changing of the Guard! Sally Holden 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Jun 24, 2016


The Sun shone again on our Yard Sale at Knox Church, The community rented tables from us and we also sold baked goods as well as a trove of treasure collected over preceding months. $ 568 was raised and will help fund our community projects.
2016 Yard Sale Sally Holden 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0


There are only 100 Peace Scholarships awarded by Rotary each year, so every recipient is a very special individual. We are lucky that two of them this year are from Atlantic Canada, and Kalina (who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with a BA Political Science with an honours in International Relations) took time to talk to us before starting her programme in Uppsala, Sweden in the Fall.........
Peace Fellow - Kalina McCaul 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on May 24, 2016


Today we handed over the official certificate (the "Charter" ) which recognizes the forming of our Interact club and our sponsorship of it. The preparation for the Coffee House Fundraiser was paused: and club officers were presented with their pins. We all celebrated together over a pizza supper!
We look forward to working with our Interactors over the coming years, and wish the graduating Grade 12's all the very best in their future! 
Our Interact Club is official!! Sally Holden 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on May 24, 2016
Our Interact Club, whose members come from students at C P Allen High School, had their first major fundraiser at Bedford United Church tonight. The "First Annual" event raised around $2700 Alexis Fletcher IWK Adolescent Mental Health Endowment.
Interact Club Coffee House Sally Holden 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on May 15, 2016


The District Conference is a chance to meet up with old friends from around our district which comprises Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and St. Pierre et Miquelon . It also gives us the chance to reflect on our Rotary year and be inspired by speakers who are making a real difference to the world. We were also delighted to be awarded a Gold Presidential Citation, recognition for how much we have grown as a club in the last 12 months..............
District Conference Day 1 Sally Holden 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Apr 19, 2016


We were delighted to again attend the Lake District Recreation Association Annual Volunteer dinner. We were catered for splendidly with a delicious supper at the Sackville Legion and heard about the history of the LDRA. There were many local voluntary organisations present each enjoying the evening and taking the opportunity to recognise their own volunteer of the year. President Ron presented ours to......
Celebrating the impact of volunteers! Sally Holden 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Apr 18, 2016


This morning Tanya Wiltshire came and shared with us the work that is done at the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. She explained how companies and individuals who sell securities have to be vetted and regulated in order to raise funds or trade in Nova Scotia. There are similar organizations in each province and they work together to protect Canadians. The NSCC can help individuals who have complaints or feel they have been the victim of fraud. Her team of 19 ensure that we are educated and informed and she warned particularly of the "Binary Option" which is a current scam that is particularly targeting Facebook users.
Tanya Wiltshire - NSSC Sally Holden 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Apr 11, 2016


We have received the Charter certificate that confirms that the Interact Club of Charles P Allen is officially registered with Rotary International. The Club will be presented with the charter at a Pizza Party ahead of their Coffee House Fundraiser on 11th May.
Interact is "official" !! Sally Holden 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Apr 11, 2016


8 Club members and 4 guests all met for breakfast and enjoyed a short meeting before the much anticipated conversation with Peter Stoffer.......
Breakfast with Peter Stoffer Sally Holden 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Apr 04, 2016

Thanks to some great organisation, a hunger (!) to help Halifax Hospice and some generous restaurateurs BITE was even more successful in 2016. Locally we supported Tom's Diner, Chefs Menu and Beaverbank Station and that helped raise almost $1100 from these 3 eateries alone. Across Metro around $6600 was raised from 24 participating restaurants.

"BITE" - an Incr "edible" success! Sally Holden 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Mar 22, 2016


3528 books gifted to the Club (and 3528 plate labels peeled and stuck!)
120 books sent to schools overseas.
82 books to Rotary Youth programmes for their projects
90 Elementary schools in HRM contacted
3139 books delivered to 79 schools
48 to Refugee / ESOL programme
Approx 1960 kms for deliveries
Around 124 volunteer hours, phoning, packing, sticking and delivering!
145 books still awaiting their forever home! For the full story.....
Dictionary project update in numbers........ Sally Holden 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Mar 09, 2016


Hugh Mackay spoke to us at the meeting this week about Doors Open Halifax. Doors Open is a concept started in Glasgow, Scotland where heritage or other buildings, not usually opened to the public are made available for visits and tours. 2016 is the 4th year for Halifax where around 30 buildings including the Clock Tower, Keith's Brewery, Province House, The Neptune Theater and many buildings of worship will be open free of charge and brought to life by volunteers. There are 40+ programs in Canada, in Halifax it is run without government funding, on a small budget and with the help of  400 + volunteers. Look out for the full listings of buildings open on 4th & 5th June 2016 on, it is REALLY worth a visit!!
Doors Open Halifax Sally Holden 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Feb 15, 2016
This morning we presented a cheque for $1200 via a conference call to Shelterbox Canada. We spoke to Shelterbox Canada Ambassador Carol Robar who was able to update us on improvements to the scheme. The main program holds Shelterboxes in locations around the world so that they can easily be transported to areas of natural disaster or conflict in the Developed and Developing world. Shelterboxes contain...
Supporting Shelterbox Canada Sally Holden 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Feb 12, 2016
We were excited to be part of the Sackville Snow Days Festival for the second year. Our contribution to the fun opening event at the Royal Canadian Legion on Friday 12 Feb was a Giant Ker-Plunk game. The tournaments were set up and run by members of our Interact Club based at Charles P Allen High School, and all the kids who played won a goodie bag, book or McDonalds gift card. It was a great family event and the games of Ker-Plunk continued long after the end time of the event!
Sackville Snow Days - Ker-Plunk Sally Holden 2016-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Today our first gift of Student Dictionary and Gazetteers was delivered. Bev Eisner accepted a box of 24 dictionaries on behalf of Saint Benedict Parish. Each book is a gift from us to a student of English at the Church. Saint Benedict RC Church has a busy and successful refugee program and also holds ESOL (English as a Second Language) classes. They are keeping 10 books as classroom resources, and the remainder will be given to students to keep. We hope to be able to provide more books in the future to support their work as our program is very large..............
Literacy Project - first steps! 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2016

Happy New Year! It was a cold but clear start to our 2016 Rotary efforts. A good turnout to the meeting meant that we made progress in new and existing projects. What's on for the next few months in 2016...


Happy New Year! Sally Holden 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Nov 12, 2015

Auction Night!

Our auction was a great success. Over $4000 was raised...
Auction Night!! Sally Holden 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Holden on Sep 22, 2015
We joined forces with the other Rotary Clubs in Metro to support the 2nd Annual Hit Fore Hospice golf tournament organised by Dartmouth Rotary Club. Pictured is our very own Rtn Mark Hooftman and his team. The event raised $17000 for the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax.
Hit Fore Hospice Sally Holden 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0