Posted by Pat Cathcart
Virtual Trivia FUNdraiser - Thursday, January 27 - 1st game of 2022
Funds raised this month go to Hunger and Homelessness
Stuck inside, bored, not looking forward to more winter - JOIN US for fun, a social, and a Trivia Game. Reconnect with club members and friends, meet new friends, have a good time and a bit of competition. We would love to see you.
Get instructions and register at
Minimum donation $10 per player e-transfer
Trivia  Pat Cathcart 2022-01-15 04:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year 2022

Posted by Pat Cathcart
May the new year bring you peace, joy, health, prosperity and happiness.
Happy New Year 2022 Pat Cathcart 2022-01-01 04:00:00Z 0
Holiday Greetings 2021  Pat Cathcart 2021-12-24 04:00:00Z 0
Christmas Wish Tree - Thank You Pat Cathcart 2021-12-24 04:00:00Z 0

Christmas Wish Tree 2021

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Our Christmas Wish Tree is at Walmart, Bedford Commons again this year until Sunday, December 19th. Gifts are for disadvantaged adults, 16 years and up. Collected and sorted by Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and distributed in local communities by The Salvation Army.  Check Tree tags for specifics or give what you can. Thank you!
Christmas Wish Tree 2021 Pat Cathcart 2021-12-16 04:00:00Z 0

Wine Survivor Winners - Dec. 2021


Posted by Pat Cathcart
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area would like to CONGRATULATE all our Dec. 2021 Wine Survivor Winners. Thank you so much for your support. Funds raised go to Rotary projects in our communities. Stayed tuned for information on 2022 Wine Survivors.
Wine Survivor Winners - Dec. 2021  Pat Cathcart 2021-12-15 04:00:00Z 0

Square Roots Program

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Another successful Square Roots program was accomplished today. Held at the Sackville Library, The Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and the Sackville Square Roots Family bundled 60-10 lb. bags of fruits and vegetables. Bundles are available to anyone at a cost of $5 each, or $10 if you would like to contribute and help donate a bundle to someone in need. For more information or to sign up for next week's program visit their Facebook page @SquareRootsSackville. All produce grown locally.
Square Roots Program Pat Cathcart 2021-12-11 04:00:00Z 0

Toy Trot 2021

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Collaboration and Teamwork to make a child's Christmas happier!  
A huge thank you to all who contributed toys and made the 2021 Toy Trot successful.
Another huge thank you to our Rotarians and our Interact Club for braving the cold and the rain to collect the toys,  
Beverly Barker and Co-operators for providing their parking lot on Sackville Drive as an alternate drop off base,
Exit Realty Metro for sponsoring the Toy Trot,  
The Salvation Army who will distribute these toys, and 
Avodah Cafe & Ice Cream Hut for gift certificates for those who donated toys.
Toy Trot 2021 Pat Cathcart 2021-11-28 04:00:00Z 0
Speaker, Mark Hooftman, General Manager, Atlantic Funeral Homes  Pat Cathcart 2021-11-15 04:00:00Z 0

Lest We Forget

   Lest We Forget
"In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."
—John McCrae
This year, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada
Lest We Forget Pat Cathcart 2021-11-10 04:00:00Z 0

FUNdraiser - Virtual Trivia November

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Trivia Buffs - Join us for the fun!
Virtual Trivia FUNdraiser
Register  Thursday, Nov. 25, social from 7:30 pm to 7:50 pm AST and game starting 8:00 pm AST sharp.
Fee is minimum donation of $10/player to
Funds raised go to Rotary Projects - 5 School Breakfast Programs, Sackville Area Warming Centre, Freedom Kitchen, Beacon House, Literacy:  over 700 children books donated throughout the year, etc.
Join in for the fun!
FUNdraiser - Virtual Trivia November Pat Cathcart 2021-11-08 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted by Pat Cathcart

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

World Polio Day Pat Cathcart 2021-10-24 03:00:00Z 0

Adopt-A-Highway - Sept. 25 2021

Call for Volunteers
This is the 9th year for Rotary Club of Sackville and Area to participate in a semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway program. 
Cleanup area is Exit 1 to Lr. Sackville
Date is Sat., Sept. 25 at 1:00 pm AST. 
Meeting Place:  17 Sackville Dr., Fultz House parking lot.
Volunteer:  Call Sue Paynter 902 220 6507 
We are calling for Volunteers [(Age 16 yrs.+) ( 16 yrs. to 18 yrs. supervision is required.)].  Vinyl gloves, safety vests and garbage bags provided.  Bring your own mask, pickup utensil and work gloves.  For the safety of our volunteers, we require all to be double vaccinated.
Please help to keep this initiative going strong.
Adopt-A-Highway - Sept. 25 2021 Pat Cathcart 2021-09-14 03:00:00Z 0

Polio Trivia FUNdraiser - Oct. 2021

Posted by Pat Cathcart

  Polio FUNdraiser- Virtual Trivia

Hello Trivia Buffs.  We are back and our October Trivia Game will be a fundraiser for Polio.  The fee to play is a donation to polio.  Make your donation and join us for the fun.  

Play this game! Be part of the solution! Be part of history!  Eradication is so close!

To make Polio Donation click
To Register, receive zoom address and instructions to play  trivia click 
When you register, you should receive a confirmation email with the zoom address and instructions.  If you do not receive this email, please check your Spam and if it is not there, email us at
Polio News
As of Sept. 1, 2021 only two countries in the world currently have active wild poliovirus - Pakistan and Afghanistan.  While two is a small number, all countries remain at risk as long as WPV (wild poliovirus) circulates. The world will only be declared free of WPV three years after the detection of the most recent case.  Polio eradication will be one of history’s greatest public health achievements, with polio following smallpox to become only the second human disease eradicated from the world.  
Polio and Covid-19. Click here to see a 3 minute video explaining how the Polio and Covid-19 efforts have joined forces to help with the Global Pandemic.
Eradicating Polio in Afghanistan. After the fall of the Afghanistan government in mid-August, the new leadership has agreed to keep on the acting health minister who has been effective in righting the program. Taliban leaders have visited the national and regional polio offices and pledged their support for the polio eradication program.

Every little bit helps.  Thank You

Polio Trivia FUNdraiser - Oct. 2021 Pat Cathcart 2021-09-13 03:00:00Z 0

Wine Survivor 2021 & Rules & Regulations

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Why not let your love of wine go to great causes?  Hunger, Homelessness, Literacy (Children and Adults), Eradicating Polio
Wine Survivor is Back.  Win a Gift Certificate for the Provincial Government Liquor Commission
Just in Time to Fill Your Wine Cellar for the Holiday.  Tickets cost $ 35.00 with 3 Chances to buy back in at $ 5.00 each
Wine Survivor Raffle Rules
1.  Each individual will pay a fee of $ 35.00 cash or cheque.  $ 20.00 for entrance into Wine Survivor and $ 15.00 to contribute equal to the price of a bottle of wine.
2.  Prizes will be in the format of Provincial Government Liquor Commission gift certificates. 
3.  All entrants must submit an email address for notifications.  Notifications will be issued from ClubRunner Event Planner to email address.  Raffle rules will be posted on the Rotary Club of Sackville and Area Website and Facebook Page.
4.  We cannot openly solicit in other provinces.  However, if someone is here and wants to purchase tickets, we can sell to them.  The prizes will be Provincial Government Liquor Commission gift certificates.
5.  No person under the age of 19 years of age may enter the raffle.  
6.  Individuals may enter more than once, and each entry will be treated as a separate entry.
7. Entries will be accepted until Noon, November 23. 2021.
8.  Each Tuesday, starting with Tuesday, November 23 to Tuesday, December 7, 2021, ten names will be drawn and will be out of the running unless they opt to donate another $5.00 to re-enter or buy-in the draw. At the last draw on Tuesday, December 10, 2021 all names will be eliminated until only 3 names remain, who will be the winners.
9.  All names drawn will be notified by email and the given the opportunity for a buy-in.  Winners will be notified by email.
10. Draws will be made on the days designated at noon at Acadia Park, Lower Sackville, NS
11.  Payment for the entry fee of $ 35.00 may be made by cash or cheque. 
12.  There are no restrictions of the participation of members, families, volunteers, etc., of the Rotary Club of Sackville and Area.
13. The last 3 names left on December 10, 2019 will win.  The Provincial Liquor Commission gift certificates are divided as:
                    1st prize will get 50%.
                    2nd prize will get 30%.
                    3rd prize will get 20%.
14. Example:  If 100 tickets are sold $ 15.00 X 1000 = $ 1,500.00.
1st prize would be a Provincial Government Liquor Commission gift certificate of $ 750.00
2nd prize would be a Provincial Government Liquor Commission gift certificate of $ 450.00
3rd prize would be a Provincial Government Liquor Commission gift certificate of $ 300.00
This Wine Survivor Raffle is being conducted under the
AGD license no. 310101-21             
Wine Survivor 2021 & Rules & Regulations  Pat Cathcart 2021-09-06 03:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Tulip Sales Pat Cathcart 2021-08-13 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Laura Bartlett

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Our Club had the pleasure of having Laura Bartlett – Nova Scotia Co-ordinator for Birds Canada Piping Plover Conservation Program, as a Speaker in late July.
Hatching and raising a family on the beach isn’t easy, even for well-camouflaged birds with feathers that blend into the landscape. The piping plover is a small sand-colored, shorebird that nests and feeds along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North American.  Piping Plovers depend on dynamic, healthy coastal ecosystems. Their breeding habitat includes beaches and sand flats on the Atlantic coast.  They forage for food on beaches, usually around the high tide wrack zone and along the water's edge. They eat mainly insects, marine worms and small crustaceans.  Piping Plovers are presently globally threatened and endangered.  Key challenges to the recovery of this small shorebird include habitat loss from coastal development, disturbances from recreational beach users, motorized vehicles, off-leash dogs, natural predators and climate change.
Piping Plovers in Nova Scotia, and southeastern New Brunswick are monitored, protected, and stewarded by volunteers and partners coordinating conservation efforts to help this species at risk.  Great news this year for Nova Scotia is that nesting has increased slightly from last year. (from 45 pairs to 50 pairs).
Piping Plover Conservation Program in Nova Scotia is offering volunteer training for all who are interested in helping.  Pre-registration is necessary and can be done through the Piping Plover Conservation in Nova Scotia Facebook page or by email at
Thank you, Laura, for giving us an insight into the plight of this beautiful little bird and we wish you continued success in your endeavours helping them off the record of being threatened and endangered
Speaker - Laura Bartlett Pat Cathcart 2021-08-11 03:00:00Z 0
August Membership Month Pat Cathcart 2021-08-06 03:00:00Z 0

End Polio Tulip Campaign

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 28, 2021
"End Polio Now" Tulip Sale! Only 3 days left, For $25 (including tax and shipping) you will get 25 Rotary Tulip bulbs to plant for a beautiful spring display. Bulbs are shipped to us in September and will be distributed to people who have ordered them. To order, email and let us know how many boxes you would like, and the address you would like them delivered to (preferably within HRM, but certainly in Nova Scotia). Send an e-transfer of $25 per box to $13 from each box will go to "End Polio Now" and with matched funding by the Gates Foundation, each box could fully vaccinate approximately 60 children. To learn more about End Polio Now click Please make sure that your order and payment comes in before July 31, 2021. Thank you for supporting the push to end Polio forever.
End Polio Tulip Campaign  Pat Cathcart 2021-07-28 03:00:00Z 0

Square Roots Food Bundles

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Our Rotary Club sponsored another Square Roots food program. Up and at it early Saturday morning packaging approximately 100 food bundles (each10 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables) and delivering same within our local communities. Great weather, great friends and a great time had by all.
Square Roots Food Bundles Pat Cathcart 2021-06-28 03:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night FUNdraiser

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Trivia Buffs- It's that time again!
Clickhere  to register for June 17th game.  We are taking the summer off, but we'll be back in the fall.  Watch for us in October!
1)  Registration will send you an email with the Zoom link and instructions to play the game.  If you don't receive it, check your junk/spam folder, if it is not there email and let us know.
2)  Two devices are needed to play:
  • One to sign into Zoom and view the questions (Computer/Laptop/Tablet).
  • Another to download Kahoot App ( and answer the questions (Tablet/Smart Phone).
  • We suggest using Zoom on your larger screen (Computer/Laptop/Tablet) and downloading Kahoot App on the device with the smaller screen like a Smart Phone.
  • The Kahoot PIN number is shared by the host 1 minute before the game starts.
3)  Payment for Trivia is a minimum $10/player donation and can be sent by email transfer (EFT) to
4)  Please be ready to sign onto Zoom by 6:30 pm (AST), so game can start at 7:00 pm (AST).
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
Trivia Night FUNdraiser  Pat Cathcart 2021-06-03 03:00:00Z 0

Every Child Matters

May be an image of footwear and text that says 'HR EVERY CHILD MATTERS'
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area extends our deepest sympathies to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on the discovery of the mass grave on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia. We encourage our members and supporters to educated themselves on the history of Residential Schools in Canada by visiting the following sites and taking some time of mourning to Honour these 215 children, and all Indigenous children who never made it home.
This discovery is quite painful for many who have been touched by this great injustice and the intergenerational trauma that has resulted from it. See the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) document for the 94 Calls-to-Action to understand how you can help support reconciliation and healing.
Every Child Matters Pat Cathcart 2021-05-31 03:00:00Z 0

Claudia Covalciuc - Up Coming Speaker

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Our Club is hosting a special guest speaker, Claudia Covalciuc, at our June 1st morning meeting. She will speak on her amazing life journey of perseverance and determination. Great motivation in such troubling times.
Click here to Register When you register, you will receive an email with the zoom address for this meeting.
View article from Pier 21     Join Us.
Claudia Covalciuc - Up Coming Speaker Pat Cathcart 2021-05-25 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Tracilyn George

Posted by Pat Cathcart

Speaker at our May 11th Rotary Club of Sackville and Area Club Meeting, Tracilyn George engaged us in conversations about being a student, travelling, and her writings. She is a well travelled author, drawing inspiration from the beauty and historical sites she visits, and takes the time to people watch and absorb her surroundings.  Her published works include poetry, short stories, and novels, with over 150 children's books published, several of which are pictured above.  She is also an avid on line Trivia buff  and helped our Club develop Trivia Night FUNdraiser.  Thank you Tracilyn for a very inciteful meeting and the support you give our Club.  

Speaker - Tracilyn George Pat Cathcart 2021-05-24 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary 50/50 Raffle

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Lucky Lottery??...not if you don't play!!!! Next draw is on Wednesday, May 26th. Direct your purchase to “Sackville & Area” so Funds raised by our Club go to Rotary Projects in our communities. Good Luck. 
Click here to purchase tickets.
Rotary 50/50 Raffle Pat Cathcart 2021-05-21 03:00:00Z 0

Wanda White - Professor of the Year Award - Dalhousie University

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Constant Commitment - "Professor of the Year"  Dalhousie University
"Silver Shovel Award"
Wanda White, President, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
The MD Class of Dalhousie University of 1965 established the "Professor of the Year Award," also known as the "Silver Shovel Award" to honour medical school professors who show dedication, compassion, and a true commitment to their medical students.  This year it was awarded to our Club President, Wanda White.  She shows the same dedication in all that she does whether it is teaching, Rotary, playing music, playing hockey, caring for her parents, and much, much, more.  Her leadership and commitment to Rotary and to our Club is very much appreciated.  We are so proud of her.  Congratulations Wanda!
Wanda White - Professor of the Year Award - Dalhousie University  Pat Cathcart 2021-05-04 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker- Alana Hirtle - Portapique Community Build Up+

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Speaker - Alana Hirtle - Vocational Service Director, Rotary Club of Truro, spoke at our Tuesday morning meeting on the - Portapique Community Build Up +. 
In the days following the April tragedy in Portapique and surrounding areas, the Rotary Club of Truro, Nova Scotia struck a committee, “Rotary Cares” to see how they may be able to assist the community in their healing process. The last few months, working with residents of Portapique, the project entitled “Community Build Up +” was announced.  This project, developed from community consultation, is an upgrade to the existing Community Hall in Portapique, which is over 200 years old and an addition of a new structure, which will house dances, weddings, and other community events such as children’s programs, and yoga.  Also outdoors they are taking the existing plot of land and adding a playground, as well as a multipurpose area for sports, flea markets, etc. The project is called “Community Build Up +” and the intention is for the residents to rebuild their community with our support. Join in efforts to rebuild Portapique! Together, let's help the community rise again!
                Outside Area                                    Artist's Rendering of New Building
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia will accept donations through their We Rise Again Fund; receipts will be provided for amounts of $20 or more.
Speaker- Alana Hirtle - Portapique Community Build Up+  Pat Cathcart 2021-04-25 03:00:00Z 0

Sackville Square Roots April 24, 2021

Posted by Pat Cathcart
This Saturday, April 24, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area sponsored the Square Roots Project. Sackville Square Roots aims to tackle a growing issue that affects many people across many communities: food waste and food insecurity. Programs were developed to redirect good food from being thrown away.  Fruits and vegetables are purchased in bulk, bundled in reusable bags, and delivered. 
Approximately 90 bags were bundled and delivered with all Covid restrictions being applied.  The weather was most co-operative, which helped make the day of 20 Rotarians and Friends a great day.
Some comments:  "It was a great morning!" "Great fun. What Rotary is about!!" "It was a lot of fun!  Teamwork can do so much." "Great day. What amazing teamwork!" "Thanks for organizing this event."  "Great fun" "and great to see everyone!"
Looking forward to sponsoring again in June!
Sackville Square Roots April 24, 2021  Pat Cathcart 2021-04-25 03:00:00Z 0

Earth Day, April 22nd

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Rotary has 7 areas of focus: peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development;.and supporting the environment.
Today, April 22nd is the 51st Earth Day and the theme is "Restore Our Earth" which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems.  More than $18 million in Rotary Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating this distinct area of focus to support the environment gives Rotary members more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase that impact.
Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. We celebrate Earth Day to continue promoting environmental awareness and to remind us that we can protect the Earth in our everyday lives as well. Let's be part of the change.
Earth Day, April 22nd  Pat Cathcart 2021-04-22 03:00:00Z 0

Nova Scotia Strong

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Nova Scotia Strong
Please take time today to remember those who were lost and those who risked their lives.
Nova Scotia Strong  Pat Cathcart 2021-04-18 03:00:00Z 0

Sackville Area Warming Centre

Rotary Club of Sackville and Area donated to the Sackville Area Warming Centre. A portion of our Club’s donation covered the extra costs associated with PPE & supplies, but much of the $ was directed towards increasing the case management needs of the guests. This resulted in some guests moving into permanent housing, some into shelters, and others being able to stabilize in their housing. 
Sackville Area Warming Centre
Want to join us in Rotary? Email
Sackville Area Warming Centre  Pat Cathcart 2021-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Book Give Away - Sackville Snow Days

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Feb 18, 2021
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In keeping with our commitment to literacy, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area had a very successful book give away (ages 1 to 10, approximately 300 books) at the Sackville Public Library during Sackville Snow Days. A big thankyou to the Library staff for all their help.
Book Give Away - Sackville Snow Days Pat Cathcart 2021-02-18 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Captain Holly Reynolds

Posted on Feb 18, 2021
Captain Holly Reynolds, Cadets was a speaker for our Rotary Club on February 9, 2021.
Captain Reynolds explained that Cadets is a free youth program for ages 12-18.  They   are  an active group, developing interest in leadership, citizenship, physical activity and the    Canadian Armed Forces.
Training includes, orienteering, band, sports, fieldcraft, biathlon, leadership, marksmanship, drill, and much more; something for everyone.  Cadets provides youth with opportunities that no other program can offer.  Challenge, adventure and teamwork are the foundations of their program. They get involved in ceremonial military events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian heritage.  
Thank you Captain Reynolds for taking the time to speak with us.
Speaker - Captain Holly Reynolds  Pat Cathcart 2021-02-18 04:00:00Z 0

Sackville Snow Days 2021


Posted by Pat Cathcart
Our Club has supported SACKVILLE SNOW DAYS for many years.  This year Sackville Snow Days run February 12–15 and will be presented in a different form. A full list of this year's activities on Facebook at  One item - when you visit participating restaurants on Snow Days weekend, you could win dinner on Sackville Business Association. Have a look and enjoy the fun in the snow.  
Sackville Snow Days 2021  Pat Cathcart 2021-02-11 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of NS


Posted by Pat Cathcart
         Dr. Robert Strang,                  Approximately 150 Rotarians participated on 
   Chief Medical Officer, NS                  Zoom platform for COVID19 update
A huge thank you to Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of NS for visiting our Rotary Clubs via Zoom platform and answering our COVID-19 questions. Extremely explanatory and illuminating. Thank you for being there for us all, we appreciate it.
Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of NS  Pat Cathcart 2021-01-30 04:00:00Z 0

Christmas Wish Tree 2020

Posted by Debbie Gascoigne
 Heather, Walmart employee and           Customers Laura and Kayla 
 Jane, Rotarian busy placing tags.                  first to select tags
December 1st, 2020, our 'Rotary Wishes Tree' community project was ready to go in Walmart.  Gifts purchased are issued to adults of all ages, 16 and up, who are in need and reside in our local communities. 
Thank you to the Salvation Army for managing the distribution of these gifts, which included gifts for every senior requiring assistance.
Thank you to Walmart, Bedford Commons and a special thank you to all Walmart customers for your kindness, generosity and for caring to make a difference in the lives of others this holiday season.
Christmas Wish Tree 2020  Debbie Gascoigne 2021-01-20 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Donalda MacIsaac

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Donalda MacIsaac, Office Manager, CIOE-FM, 97.5, Vice President of Black Beauty Culture Association
Donalda MacIsaac, a health advocate and community volunteer in Lower Sackville, spoke at our Rotary Club meeting this morning concerning diversity in our health care system and being part of the creation of Diversity in Health Care Bursaries by Nova Scotia Health in 2015 and funded by the QEII Foundation since 2018.
Her passion for health care grew from personal experience caring for loved ones. To help make a difference for her family and her community, she started by becoming involved with the Cobequid Community Health Board (CHB) in Lower Sackville.  Then as part of the creation of the Diversity in Health Care Bursaries.
The Diversity in Health Care Bursaries are dedicated to students from diverse backgrounds studying in health care.   The $1,000 bursary is earmarked for African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, people with disabilities and 2sLGBTQ+ students.  Bursary recipients commit to seeking employment in the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Central Zone.  Since 2018, the QEII Foundation has provided Diversity in Health Care Bursaries to 58 post-secondary students studying in a healthcare field.
Thank you Donalda for a riveting and heartfelt look into diversity in our health care system and the Diversity in Health Care Bursaries program.  For information on the Bursaries program, visit the QEII FOUNDATION website at
Speaker - Donalda MacIsaac  Pat Cathcart 2021-01-19 04:00:00Z 0

Adopt-A-Highway Oct. 2020

Posted by Susan Paynter
A big hand for our masked, socially distanced clean up crew. 👏 Thank you once again. 👏
Adopt-A-Highway - Rotary Club of Sackville and Area held their 10th bi-annual cleanup from Exit 1K to Fultz House on Oct. 31st. Arranged by Sue Paynter and with 10 Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, 13 full bags of garbage plus other various items were cleared from view and sent to their proper disposal sites. With regular attention and effort, it makes for a cleaner, environmentally friendlier Lower Sackville, our community.
Adopt-A-Highway Oct. 2020  Susan Paynter 2020-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
Christmas Wish Tree 2020 Pat Cathcart 2020-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
Lest We Forget  Pat Cathcart 2020-11-10 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Lisa Richard - Speaker

Posted on Oct 20, 2020
This morning our Rotary meeting had a very special guest speaker, Dr. Lisa Richard. She favoured us with unique stories and original songs (new single "Uniforms") and some old favourites. She also gave us insight in how COVID has changed her life. Extremely uplifting morning. We would like to thank her for taking the time to enhance our day.
Dr. Lisa Richard - Speaker 2020-10-20 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reconnect Week 2020

Posted by Pat Cathcart


All around the world, Rotarians and alumni will gather to share their experiences, network with each other, and exchange ideas for staying involved in Rotary. During the week of October 5-11, site will continually be updated. So keep checking back. Look at some of the posts on the site already which may inspire your next event to welcome local alumni back to Rotary.

Rotary Reconnect Week 2020 Pat Cathcart 2020-10-05 03:00:00Z 0

Barbara Gillis - Try a Little Kindness

🎵🎵🎵"You got to try a little kindness"🎵🎵🎵"Yes show a little kindness"🎵🎵🎵 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️Rotary Club of Sackville & Area continues to hold its regular meetings online via Zoom. We are delighted to be able to use the power of technology to invite special musical guests to join us, and recently, we did just that! Thank you to the talented @Barbara Gillis for offering up an inspiring, motivational song to our Tuesday morning meeting.  We definitely appreciate it! Check it out here!  #serviceaboveself #rotary #glencampbell #welovetuesdaymornings
❗️Want to join a meeting? PM us and we would be glad to connect with you ❗️
Barbara Gillis - Try a Little Kindness 2020-10-01 03:00:00Z 0

Polio Free - Tulips are here

So you received your special #endpolio tulip bulbs by special delivery??🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷Let us know, did you plant them in your garden, or did you give them to someone special?? Please let us know at  We would love to know and hear from you.  Send us a picture of you planting your tulips.  Check out our Facebook page. 
Thank you to everyone who purchased bundles of tulip bulbs in support of the #EndPolioNow campaign.  
Article by Lindsay Lamb, Secretary, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
Polio Free - Tulips are here Lindsay Lamb 2020-10-01 03:00:00Z 0

Sue and Doug - Rotary Connection

Rotary connects neighbors, friends and communities across the globe. We are all connected by our shared goal to make the communities that we live in better, and to help international communities that need our help in any way we can -  AND sometimes, just sometimes…..members make a ❤️ connection. !!!Drum roll please!!!!  Meet our Rotary couple, Sue (Sackville/Area, Nova Scotia) & Doug (Mount Clemens, Michigan). Sue and Doug share a passion for Rotary and serving the communities that they live in.  We are so happy for you both!!!!
Guess what!?!......
In contrast to our Rotary Club of Sackville and Area that was incorporated in 2011, Rotary Club of  Mount Clemens is 100 YEARS OLD this year!  That is amazing! 🥳 Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens on achieving this amazing milestone.
Article by Lindsay Lamb, Secretary, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
Sue and Doug - Rotary Connection Lindsay Lamb 2020-10-01 03:00:00Z 0

50/50 Winner


50/50 Winner


Tim Nobes collected his winnings for our Shelter Nova Scotia 50/50 draw.- Jackpot was $8010!. Tim is a lovely guy who does great things for Shelter NS.

Congratulations Tim!

50/50 Winner Pat Cathcart 2020-08-07 03:00:00Z 0

Jennifer E. Jones - Rotary International President Nomination

Posted by Pat Cathcart

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as Vice President, Director, Training Leader, Committee Chair, Moderator, and District Governor. 

Jennifer E. Jones - Rotary International President Nomination Pat Cathcart 2020-08-07 03:00:00Z 0

50/50 Draw

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Covid-19 hit the homeless particularly hard. That's why the Rotary clubs of metro Halifax and 96.5 The Breeze teamed up to launch our first online 50/50 draw in support of Shelter Nova Scotia.
Rotary is the oldest service organization in the world. Rotarians have been putting Service Above Self for 115 years by funding local, youth and international programs. In these trying times Rotarians are helping to support one particular organization that Covid-19 has stretched to the limit, and beyond. 
Shelter Nova Scotia believes that everyone deserves a safe and affordable home. They support people in times of crisis and transition through residential and outreach programs, and operate six facilities, providing a safe place for up to 134 people each night. Click here to learn more about Shelter Nova Scotia.
Tickets $10 each or groupings of 3, 8 or 20, and are available at
This link will ensure you select Rotary Club Sackville and Area so that our club receives the appropriate recognition.

The draw date is Friday July 31st.
Thank you for supporting Shelter Nova Scotia. And good luck!
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
50/50 Draw Pat Cathcart 2020-07-02 03:00:00Z 0

End Polio Tulips - Vesey Seeds

Posted by Pat Cathcart
In the month of July ONLY! We are selling Tulips for Polio, thanks to the tremendous support of Vesey seeds
For $25 (inc tax and shipping) you will get 25 Rotary Tulip bulbs to plant for a beautiful spring display in 2021 and beyond. Bulbs will be shipped to me, in September and I will distribute them to people who have ordered them. We are asking if at all possible that they are planted on World Polio Day on Oct 24th.
We anticipate that $14 from each box will go to End Polio Now – with matched funding by the Gates Foundation, each box of bulbs could fully vaccinate approx. 67 children. To learn more about End Polio now click HERE
Please encourage friends, neighbours, family etc to buy them too (but see the note about where I can deliver them !!). Poster and picture also attached.
Here’s how to place an order.
Email and tell me how many boxes you would like, and the address you would like them delivered to (preferably within HRM, but certainly in Nova Scotia 😊)
Send an e-transfer of $25 per box  to 
Please make sure that your order and payment comes in before July 31.
Thank you for supporting the push to end Polio for ever.
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
End Polio Tulips - Vesey Seeds Pat Cathcart 2020-07-01 03:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity Donations - Covid-19

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jun 22, 2020
With the Covid-19 pandemic reaching our Communities, food insecurity is a major concern.  Rotary Club of Sackville and Area did our best to help with this ongoing problem by making donations to both the Beacon House Food Bank and the "Freedom Kitchen" Food Truck"
Food Insecurity Donations - Covid-19 Pat Cathcart 2020-06-22 03:00:00Z 0
Lindsay Lamb - Mario DeMello - New Club Members  Pat Cathcart 2020-02-03 04:00:00Z 0

Community Connections - George Zwaagstra

Posted by Pat Cathcart
All those who attended really enjoyed George's stories at our Community Connections event. He told us of  growing up in the Netherlands during World War II, immigrating to Canada and making a life here for his family. Thanks to Mr Zwaagstra for sharing his stories and thanks to those who attended.  More pictures......
Community Connections - George Zwaagstra Pat Cathcart 2020-01-28 04:00:00Z 0

HomeWarming, Speaker - Gary Ferguson

Posted on Jan 21, 2020
Gary Ferguson, HomeWarming Outreach Agent Spoke to our Club about the provincial HomeWarming Program.  HomeWarming offers no-charge energy assessments and free home upgrades to eligible Nova Scotians.  It's important that people living on lower incomes benefit from energy efficiency and feel comfortable at home.  A no-charge energy assessment is offered and potential upgrades to income-qualified homeowners.  HomeWarming program is ready to help.  You can speak confidentially with a Service Advisor about your eligibility by calling HomeWarming 1-877-434-2136 (toll free) or checking the website
IMPORTANT NOTICE;  A message from HomeWarming.  HomeWarming is committed to ensuring Home Warming Partners and Participants stay healthy during the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Therefore, they will not be conducting in-home visits or assessments until further notice.  You can still apply to HomeWarming and if you are already accepted, you will not lose your spot in the program.  However, there will be delays in conducting the initial home energy assessments.  Thank you for your understanding.  Please check their website for further updates.
HomeWarming, Speaker - Gary Ferguson  Pat Cathcart 2020-01-21 04:00:00Z 0

Christmas Wish Tree -2019

Posted by Pat Cathcart

The Christmas Wish Tree is set up at Walmart in Bedford/Sackville.  Each tag on the tree represents a gift to be purchased at Walmart and donated to the Salvation Army to be delivered during the Christmas Season.  Rotary Club of Sackville and Area manage the setting up of the Wish Tree, making, placing and refurbishing the Wish tags, collecting the gifts, delivering them to the Salvation Army and thanking everyone.  Shown here by the Tree  are Debbie Gascoigne, Ron and Gail Zwaagstra after replenishing gift tags.  Also above is Jane Nauss busy organizing and sorting the gifts at Salvation Army.




Christmas Wish Tree -2019 Pat Cathcart 2019-12-30 04:00:00Z 0

Millwood High School Breakfast Program


Posted by Pat Cathcart

A Thank You

A box of cookies (home made by the program's cooks) and a thank you card was presented to Rotary Club of Sackville and Area by Millwood High School Breakfast Program members.  Our Club supported the breakfast  program and they expressed their thanks with their delectable baked goods.  Below pictures of the school presentation and our members enjoying those cookies.  Thank you, Millwood, for your great community service.
Shown above Rotarian, Debbie Gascoigne, Millwood Student Isaah Cleveland, Millwood Teacher Stefanie White, Rotarians Pat Cathcart and Wanda White.  Enjoying the cookies - Rotarians Ron Zwaagstra, Ross Bartlett, and Wanda White.
Millwood High School Breakfast Program  Pat Cathcart 2019-12-03 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting High School Breakfast Programs

 Supporting High School Breakfast Program at Sackville High School
  Club VP - Beverly Barker and Luke MacDonald, Head of Sackville High Breakfast Program.  Beverly flipping pancakes on hot breakfast meal day.
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area is pleased to support Sackville High School Breakfast Program once again this year.  On average, 70 to 80 students drop by for nutritious breakfast foods each morning on their way to class.  Friday is hot breakfast day, but the cold food days sounded yummy, too!  In addition to staples like fruit and yogurt, they regularly have homemade items like muffins, granola bars and breakfast brownies. 
Supporting High School Breakfast Programs  Pat Cathcart 2019-11-25 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker, Michelle Champniss, Executive Director - Sackville Business Association

Posted by Pat Cathcart

In November 2019, Michelle Champniss visited a meeting of Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and spoke about the Sackville Business Association. Michelle is the Executive Director of SBA which represents 300+ businesses in Sackville.  SBA is part of our community and members are 90% locally owned businesses who employ more than 2,600 people. More than 13,000 community members and friends attend SBA events each year - Tree Lighting, November 29, 2019, Snow Days, February 14 - 17, 2020 and Sandwich Week, March 7 - 14, 2020. 

In 2019 Sackville Businesses invested more that $ 55,000  in streetscaping and park improvements with such projects as 16 planters, 73 hanging baskets 125 bags of litter collected (each year) and 60 holiday lights; also SBA's campaigns raised $ 1,000 for warming centre, $ 4,200 for Beacon House back packs, $ 500 for Acadia Park, $ 1,500 Canada Day Parade and  $ 2,116 for Sackville Public Library's Community Cooking Program.
The Sackville Business Association is dedicated to making Sackville a great place to live, work and shop.
Speaker, Michelle Champniss, Executive Director - Sackville Business Association Pat Cathcart 2019-11-22 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Roger Chaisson  - Rotary Club of Halifax North West

Posted by Pat Cathcart

Roger Chaisson from Rotary Club of Halifax North West was the Guest Speaker at our morning meeting.  Rotary Club of Sackville and Area is exploring ideas of different  fund raisers for 2020 which will help support the many programs to which we contribute both physically and monetarily.  Roger spoke on the success his Club has experienced with a Toonie Toss event.  Thank you Roger  

Speaker - Roger Chaisson  - Rotary Club of Halifax North West  Pat Cathcart 2019-11-19 04:00:00Z 0

Community Outreach Meal Event and "Freedom Kitchen"  Food Truck


Posted by Pat Cathcart
On October 17, 2019 Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and Rotary Interact Club helped with the setup, serving, cleanup and take down for the monthly Community Outreach Meal Event held at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville, NS.  The meal event was initiated to help target food insecurity in the community.  Since the first meal event with participation of 15 has increased to 225.  

It was noted that no young adults participated in the meal event, which led to the development of The Food Truck pilot  in October 2019.  Initial pilot had 147 participants suffering from food insecurity visit the Food Truck.  
Our club has taken on a project of "Hunger and Homeless" and has presented a cheque to Caroline Gallop, Chairwoman of the Community Outreach Meal Event Group.  It will go towards their Meal Event and Food Truck to help with their great work fighting food insecurity in the community.
Community Outreach Meal Event and "Freedom Kitchen"  Food Truck  Pat Cathcart 2019-11-08 04:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project

Posted by Pat Cathcart
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area - Literacy Program
Dictionaries delivered to the Grade 3 students in 12 Elementary Schools
Each year, since 2016, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area has taken part in The Dictionary Project, which makes it possible for Grade 3 students in our communities to receive a dictionary for their own personal use. They will be able to keep this dictionary and use it for a lifetime.  By giving children such an important reference tool and with a goal in mind to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, Rotary makes a difference.
Rotarians delivered dictionaries to 12 elementary schools and were received with great interest and great excitement.  At each school the dictionaries had to be tested by energetic students.  Example - Who could find the word "kind"?....What does it mean?....Can you put it in a sentence?  Great fun had by all.
A quote from one Rotarian "We were ushered right into the classroom of excited students.  It was awesome."  
Dictionary Project Pat Cathcart 2019-10-16 03:00:00Z 0

Networking with Rotary - Alana Hirtle

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Oct 01, 2019


Rotary Club of Sackville and Area presented Networking with Rotary at Freemans, Sackville Drive on Oct. 1, 2019.  Hosted by Past President, Ron Zwaagstra.
Key Note Speaker, Alana Hirtle , helps small business owners at CBDC Northen Opportuities for Business Limited (NOBL) in Truro and spent 14 years as Event Manager at White Point Beach Resort.  Alana spoke on her years of experience of making the best of challenging situations throughout her career and gave insight  with humour while describing "Keeping Your Head While Everyone Is Losing Theirs".
She also shared her active community life as Chair of the Truro Heritage Advisory Committee, Member of the Truro Brand Leadership committee, and Past President of Rotary Club of Truro.
Networking opportunities over pizza occurred and a good productive time was had by all.
Networking with Rotary - Alana Hirtle Pat Cathcart 2019-10-01 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Vanessa Burns, Boys and Girls Club

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Sep 25, 2019
Speaker:  Vanessa Burns, Director of Development, Boys and Girls Club Greater Halifax
Vanessa spoke briefly of her fear of heights and subsequent personal journey of successfully climbing a mountain in Italy. This segued into how difficult it is for children to navigate through their childhood to adulthood.  From there she explained the programs available at the BGCGH and the benefits of each
Speaker - Vanessa Burns, Boys and Girls Club  Pat Cathcart 2019-09-25 03:00:00Z 0

Wayne Pittman - New Rotary Member

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 23, 2019
New Member
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area  
Wayne Pittman
Wayne Pittman Consulting
CPA, Management Consultant and teaches Productivity Techniques
Wayne, shown here with Ross Bartlett, Club President, was greeted by each Club member and was so anxious to get started with Rotary business, immediately joined the Membership Committee. 
Wayne possesses qualities that exemplify the true spirit of Rotary in public, business, social and private life and is a worthy representative of his calling.
We would like to take this opportunity to say Welcome to Wayne, and are sure there are great things to come.  
Wayne Pittman - New Rotary Member Pat Cathcart 2019-07-23 03:00:00Z 0

Thank You to Past President - Linda Meldrum

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 18, 2019
Past Presidents's - Debbie Gascoigne, Linda Meldrum, Ron Zwaagstra and President Ross Bartlett
As Rotary Club Past President, Linda has given her time, dedication, skills and much more to Rotary Club of Sackville and Area for the past year. In recognition and appreciation of this service, Linda was presented with an award and thank you by Past President, Ron Zwaagstra.  Rotary's international motto..."Service Above Self" .... is what being a Rotarian denotes.  It also means maintaining high ethical standards in one's business, one's profession, and in one's personal life.  Thank you Linda and congratulation.
Thank You to Past President - Linda Meldrum Pat Cathcart 2019-07-18 03:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotarian - Nathan Gildart

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 17, 2019
Rotarian Nathan Gildart visiting from Japan joined Rotary Club of Sackville and Area morning meeting of July 9, 2019.  He joined in discussions on fundraising, membership and existing projects.  Nathan takes the time to visit the Club each time he is in the area.  It is always interesting to get ideas from clubs in other countries.
Nathan was presented with Rotary Club or Sackville and Area banner by Club President, Ross Bartlett.

Visiting Rotarian - Nathan Gildart  Pat Cathcart 2019-07-17 03:00:00Z 0

Networking with Rotary - Stella Roy

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 06, 2019
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area presented Networking with Rotary at Freemans, Sackville Drive on June 26th.  Hosted by Past President, Linda Meldrum
Key Note Speaker, Stella Roy, PT, CAFCI , is owner at Bedford Orthopedic Health Center and Foundation Chair with the Rotary Foundation.  Stella spoke how our business and personal networks can help leverage the ability to be successful.  She also spoke about Rotary and her passion and goal to "Light the Way" and eradicate Polio in the world. 
Networking opportunities were shared over pizza and a good productive time was had by all.
Networking with Rotary - Stella Roy Pat Cathcart 2019-07-06 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Sterling Stephens - Toy Trot

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 05, 2019
Sterling Stephens was the speaker at our June 11th meeting and spoke on The Toy Trot .  Through his business, Exit Realty Metro - Dartmouth, he has been sponsoring the Toy Trot for 6 years. This year's event is November 30th at DeWolfe Park in Bedford.  It benefits children who need a hand up. You can walk or run a scenic course along the Bedford waterfront.  Admission is a toy donation, which is handed over to Salvation Army for Christmas distribution. You can stay after for some camaraderie, story sharing, and hot chocolate.
Sterling Stephens, Exit Realty and Rotarian, Lisa Keddy
Speaker - Sterling Stephens - Toy Trot  Pat Cathcart 2019-07-05 03:00:00Z 0

District 7820 Conference - May 2019 Pictou

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Jul 05, 2019
A good time was had by all who attended the 7820 Conference in May of this year.  There were engaged speakers and opportunities to share best practices with our fellow Rotarians.
Incoming Leadership Chair Louisa Horne with Beacon.  Louisa challenged us to "be flamingos" and affect positive change.  Questioned how can our District  help us; stating it could be in any avenue of service:  club planning, governance, youth, local service, international service, fundraisers, socials - what will help our club be more irresistible?  Also introduced us to Beacon, and the possibility of getting Public Image funding by taking the Ro-terrier Puppy public image challenge and build greater awareness of Rotary.
Rotarian Bill Scammell and Vice President Beverly Barker.  Rotary Club of Sackville and Area had great representation at the District Conference.  Along with Bev and Bill, it was attended by Past President, Linda Meldrum and Rotarian Pat Cathcart.
Focus Groups were held on a new approach to club visits by District Leaders and and how our District can help with what our Clubs want.  Some creative thinking ideas were on:  Strategic Planning/visioning workshop; Board structure/effectiveness workshop; Partnership connection; International Project (planning a grant application or establishing a collaborative committee with other clubs); Have the District Chair participate in an event; Membership session or presentation to a new member event; Public image training, etc.   
                                                                                                                      More Pictures........
District 7820 Conference - May 2019 Pictou Pat Cathcart 2019-07-05 03:00:00Z 0

The True Rotarian Award 2018-2019

Posted by Linda Meldrum on May 08, 2019


On April 30, District Governor, Rob Christie, presented Pat Cathcart with the True Rotarian Award.  The True Rotarian Award is presented to a Rotarian who demonstrates through his/her Rotary and community life that he/she lives by the Four Way Test at all times -  
"Of the things we think, say or do"
Is it the Truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better relationships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned:
Congratulations Pat
The True Rotarian Award 2018-2019 Linda Meldrum 2019-05-08 03:00:00Z 0

Presidential Citation Awarded

Posted by Pat Cathcart on May 08, 2019


On April 30, District Governor, Rob Christie present the Presidential Citation Award to Rotary Club of Sackville and Area.
A club earns a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and their club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
The award was accepted by Rotary Club of Sackville and Area, President, Ross Bartlett.
Presidential Citation Awarded  Pat Cathcart 2019-05-08 03:00:00Z 0

Rob Christie, District Governor visit

Posted by Pat Cathcart on May 06, 2019

On April 30, 2019, we had the pleasure of welcoming District Governor of 7820, Rob Christie to our club as our guest speaker.  He presented two awards to our club on behalf of Rotary International; The True Rotarian Award and 2018-2019 Presidential Citation. 

His goal, as he shared with us, was to S.H.A.P.E up your Rotary world. He encouraged everyone to Strengthen our clubs, provide Humanitarian service, raise Awareness of Indigenous peoples, tell our stories through a higher Public Image and engage in Environmental stewardship. He noted that each club in our District has responded to this challenge in unique and positive ways........
Rob Christie, District Governor visit Pat Cathcart 2019-05-06 03:00:00Z 0

Adopt A Highway - May 2019


Posted by Pat Cathcart on May 04, 2019
On May 4th, we did our semi annual Adopt - A - Highway initiative from Exit 1K to Fultz House in Lower Sackville.
Eleven members and friends of Rotary took on the clean up of all the garbage nesting on the sides of the road.
Our Club has been a proud participant in the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years now.  Twenty bags of garbage plus other various items were cleared from view and sent to their proper disposal sites........  
Adopt A Highway - May 2019  Pat Cathcart 2019-05-04 03:00:00Z 0

30 Years of Women in Rotary

Posted by Pat Cathcart on May 04, 2019
Rotary is marking 30 Years of Women in Rotary.  Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside invited all area clubs to an informal brunch/meeting today. Our Club showed good representation and enjoyed the camaraderie, networking opportunities and, in general, the enjoyable company.   
Notable Facts
  1. It was voted that Women could be admitted to Rotary Clubs Worldwide in 1989.  By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000.  By July 2016, the number of female Rotarians had surpassed 250,000.
  2. 1995 - Eight women become district governors.
  3. 2005 - The first woman appointed as trustee of The Rotary Foundation.
  4. 2008 - The first woman elected to the RI board of directors.
  5. 2012 - The first woman to serve as RI treasurer.
  6. 2013 - The first woman to serve as RI vice president.
30 Years of Women in Rotary  Pat Cathcart 2019-05-04 03:00:00Z 0

Rotary Volunteer of the Year - Lisa Keddy

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Apr 27, 2019

At the 40th annual Lake District Recreation Association Dinner, Lisa Keddy was awarded Rotary Club of Sackville and Area's, Volunteer of the Year. 
Since joining our Club a year ago, she has participated in the unveiling
Left to Right-Rotarian Lisa Keddy and Club Treasurer, Deb Gascoigne
of the Canada 150 Mosaics, serves on the Fundraising Team, and is a key contributor and actively partakes in our Chase the Ace on Thursday evenings.
Rotary Volunteer of the Year - Lisa Keddy  Pat Cathcart 2019-04-27 03:00:00Z 0

Sackville Business Association (SBA)-Volunteer of the Year 


Posted by Pat Cathcart on Apr 26, 2019
SBA Volunteer of the Year is none other than our own Vice President, Beverly Barker.  She was awarded this honour at the 40th annual Lake District Recreation Association Dinner held on April 17, 2019.   Bev is owner of Beverly Barker Insurance Agency Inc. - the co-operators located here in Lower Sackville.  
With a long history of volunteerism and bringing a community focused attitude to our Club, she participates with high energy in many of our projects.  You can witness this energy at Freeman's Little New York on Thursday's with our Chase the Ace Team.  Bev is also a key contributor to our Interact Club at Charles P. Allen High School.
Congratulations!  Well Done!

Sackville Business Association (SBA)-Volunteer of the Year   Pat Cathcart 2019-04-26 03:00:00Z 0

Sackville Area Warming Centre - SAWC


Posted by Pat Cathcart on Apr 25, 2019
 From Left to Right
 Rotarian Bill Scammell; Rotarian Pat Cathcart; Director of SAWC,  Mike Proworoznyk; VP of Rotary Club, Bev Barker
On April 16th, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area made a donation to Sackville Area Warming Centre (SAWC).  SAWC opened a couple of days a week starting in March of this year as a drop-in centre for all struggling with hunger and homelessness.  Anyone without shelter, can stop by, get warm, get clean, and have a hot beverage and food.  We are happy to support this community initiative and wish Mike and all the SAWC volunteers much future success.
Sackville Area Warming Centre - SAWC  Pat Cathcart 2019-04-25 03:00:00Z 0

Speaker - Bedford Sackville Learning Network

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Apr 09, 2019
From left to right Rotarian Sally Holden, BSLN Paul MacNeil, Rotarian Ron Zwaagstra
On February 2nd, speaker Paul MacNeil from the Bedford Sackville Learning Network told us of the free programs offered for their Adult (19 years of age and older) Education program - G.E.D. (General Educational Development), Math, Reading, Writing, and Computer Training.  Over 15 years experience working with adults, BSLN continues to change lives by supporting adult literacy in our community.  Offered are classroom and one-to-one tutoring initiatives, which help students return to learning, upgrade their education, and/or prepare for a better job.
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area is a strong advocate of literacy and are happy to support the BSLN again this year.  Literacy (both child and adult) is one of our Club's highest focuses.  Thank you Paul for the many success stories and for taking the time to share them.
Speaker - Bedford Sackville Learning Network Pat Cathcart 2019-04-09 03:00:00Z 0

Interact Club Annual Coffee House: Believe in Hope for Alexis

Posted by Sally Holden


For the 4th year the members of the Interact Club at Charles P Allen High School are organising a Coffee House at Bedford United Church. This year’s event is being held on Wednesday April 10th.

As well as a lively evening of fantastic music from a range of talented musicians, singers and bands, there will be a bake sale and of course coffee! In addition Believe in Hope Jewelry will be on sale, and tickets are being sold for a draw to win framed artwork. All of these components combine to make a successful fundraiser for The Alexis Fletcher IWK Adolescent Mental Health Memorial Endowment.

The Interact Club, and its sponsor, the Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and the Charles P Allen High school community have all supported the foundation since its inception in 2016. Remembering Alexis Fletcher, the foundation was started by her family to be “used for initiatives to increase awareness and education about mental illness in our adolescent population”. In addition it aims to “promote early recognition of symptoms and to teach importance of early treatment to improve outcome for mental illness. To educate students on where to go for help, how to access support and services”.

Interact is a youth programme of Rotary, where young people are able to support local and international communities, raising funds, awareness or providing practical support. The club is self governing with support and encouragement from both the school and Rotarians from the Sackville and Area club.

Its hoped that this will be the most successful event to date raising even more than last year’s total of $705.15

There are still some spots available for musicians /bands, please contact

The event runs from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go directly to the Foundation.

Interact Club Annual Coffee House: Believe in Hope for Alexis Sally Holden 2019-03-28 03:00:00Z 0

Mosaic project complete

Posted by Ron Zwaagstra on Mar 27, 2019
We did it. The Rotary Club of Sackville and Area mosaic project at Acadia Park is officially completed with today's installation of the interpretive panel. Hundreds of people from our community painted 400 4" x 4" tiles used to create the mosaics. This project could not have been done without the support of various individuals, organizations, local businesses and countless hours put in by our club members.
Mosaic project complete Ron Zwaagstra 2019-03-27 03:00:00Z 0

Books! Books! Books!

Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 16, 2019


November was our big book giveaway!  For the fourth consecutive year we delivered dictionary / gazetteers to grade 3 students in our local Elementary schools and for the first time we joined up with Sackville Library to give away reading books to young people attending The Holly Jolly party before the Tree Lighting at Acadia Park. We are able to access reasonably priced, good quality books from The Dictionary Project and First Books Canada, and each book we give away has a plate label showing it was a gift from us...…

Books! Books! Books! Sally Holden 2019-01-16 04:00:00Z 0

Reflecting on the 2018 Wishes Tree

Posted by Sally Holden on Jan 03, 2019

 This year our Wishes Tree at Wal-Mart in Bedford Commons was the most successful it has ever been, thanks to contributors posting on social media and encouraging a wider reach. Thank you once again to the whole community for support of this project.

However, also through social media, and a question about seeing the same tag more than once, we realised that despite this being the 5th year for this project, some clarification is required about how the project works.

It has been perceived as a “senior’s tree” and whilst this is not wholly inaccurate it is so much more than that.........................

Reflecting on the 2018 Wishes Tree Sally Holden 2019-01-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Lending a Hand in the Community

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Dec 01, 2018
The Salvation Army was seeking volunteers for its annual Christmas Kettle campaign, which ran from mid- November to December 24th. Christmas Kettle Attendants were needed to help raise funds at the Kettles located in shopping areas throughout the community.  Many Rotary Club of Sackville and Area Members donated their time to help in this effort.  The Salvation Army reciprocates with help for our Wishes Tree project.  Well done.
       Bill and Bev Scammell lending a hand in Sackville Community
Rotarians Lending a Hand in the Community  Pat Cathcart 2018-12-01 04:00:00Z 0

Adopt-A-Highway Sept. 22, 2018

Posted by Pat Cathcart on Sep 22, 2018
On Sept. 22, 2018, we  did our semi annual  Adopt - A - Highway initiative from Exit 1K to Fultz House. 
On Sept. 22, 2018, 14 members and friends of Rotary took on the clean up of all the garbage nesting on the sides of the road by Exit 1K leading into Lower Sackville........
Adopt-A-Highway Sept. 22, 2018  Pat Cathcart 2018-09-22 03:00:00Z 0

7th Annual live Auction

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

“Helping Babies Breathe – Helping Babies Survive”

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


Posted by Ron Zwaagstra on May 05, 2018
On May 5, 2018, we  did our Adopt - A - Highway cleanup from Exit 1K to Fultz House. 
Rotarians and Friends did magic and made garbage disappear.  On the morning of May 5,2018, 12 members of our team took on the clean up of all the garbage nesting on the sides of the road.  And Exit 1K is spotless again.  Our Club has been a proud participant in the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years now. Twelve bags plus other various items were cleared from view and sent to their proper disposal sites.  Everyone benefits from cleaner, environmentally friendlier communities. These regular cleanups are paying off. Thank you and congratulations to all.  Keep up the good work.
Adopt-A-Highway Ron Zwaagstra 2018-05-05 03:00:00Z 0
World Financial Group Book Donation 2018-05-05 03:00:00Z 0

Believe in Hope

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

Volunteer of the Year

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

Hunger and Homelessness Forum

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

Mitch Dorge raises the roof at CP Allen High

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

Friendship Exchange

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

Fall Clean up: Adopt a Highway

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

Inspiring speakers

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

Ladies After Dark

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
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Yard Sale

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
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Four-Way Test - May 30th

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.
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Happy Community Project May 16, 2017 2017-05-16 03:00:00Z 0

Adopt-A-Highway May 6th

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.
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Creating our 30 Second Commercial May 9th, 2017

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
5th Anniversary Charter / Paul Harris Night Ron Zwaagstra 2017-04-29 03:00:00Z 0

Snow Days Giant Kerplunk & Book Give Away

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.
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Interact Club Update

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

2016-17 Literacy project

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

Christmas Wishes Tree 2016

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

A tree of friendship

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

Club Members on Tour

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

Report Card!

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

High School Breakfast programmes

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

Annual Lobster Boil

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

Community outreach

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

Changing of the Guard!

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

2016 Yard Sale

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

Peace Fellow - Kalina McCaul


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.........
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Our Interact Club is official!!

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

Interact Club Coffee House

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

District Conference Day 1

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

Adopt a Highway Spring 2016

Posted by Sally Holden on May 06, 2016

HWY 101 Exit 1K to Fultz House

Twice a year, Spring and Fall we have been cleaning up the interchange at junction 1K.  Now that we have done clean ups for the start of the exit ramp to Fultz House 3 times, Adopt-A Highway signs are now up at both ends.  There is generally less litter in Fall, but we are hoping that the sign will now reduce the trash that is left all year round. Read on for the report of this Spring's clean -up.....
Adopt a Highway Spring 2016 Sally Holden 2016-05-06 03:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the impact of volunteers!

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

Tanya Wiltshire - NSSC

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

Interact is "official" !!

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

Breakfast with Peter Stoffer

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

"BITE" - an Incr "edible" success!

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

Dictionary project update in numbers........

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

Doors Open Halifax

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

Supporting Shelterbox Canada

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

Sackville Snow Days - Ker-Plunk

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

Literacy Project - first steps!

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

Happy New Year!

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

Auction Night!!

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

Hit Fore Hospice

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