8 Club members and 4 guests all met for breakfast and enjoyed a short meeting before the much anticipated conversation with Peter Stoffer.......


Peter Stoffer spoke to us about the dedication of volunteers and those in need everywhere.  He reminded us that there were many people globally who are poor, hungry and desperate & recounted his own story, that of his parents coming to Canada from Holland, with 6 children, and trying to make a better life for themselves. He shared memories from these early days, he learned early that he had a good life and was fortunate – unlike many others. He also learned that it was indeed better to give than to receive. Family, children and community brought him eventually to Atlantic Canada.
Having been a member of the NDP since 1969, he first ran for office in 1997. Over his years of service years he realized there was a support and welfare gap as it pertains to Veterans and has since been an advocate for them. These individuals often had injuries ‘from the neck up’. Some had to live with the memories of being occupied and to being liberated. Others left their countries to fight so we could live freely in ours. He recognised that all first responders are veterans, and that their service often brings with it horrific experiences and mental burdens unseen to the public.
He closed off his address by sharing a few funny stories and answered questions from the audience. He also invited the Club to attend a fundraiser at the Kinsmen Club on April 23rd – noon to 9 pm (with wings being served at 5 pm) He is raising money for four charities, one of which is the Legion Poppy Drive.  Ball Caps from his collection are available to be bought for a donation.
As a  thank you Ron presented him with a ROTARY FOUR WAY TEST coin. With thanks Peter recognised that this was an appropriate get together today because this was Volunteer Week and all in Rotary realize the importance of volunteering. Ron offered the assistance of the Club at any time, in support of his community involvement.