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This is a special mid month Bulletin intended to celebrate a great event for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Rotary on Prince Edward Island and indeed Rotary District 7820.
 
RC Charlottetown turned 100 on October 1st, 2017 and and the biggest names in Rotary International - RI President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet - came to town to help mark the milestone!
 
Island Rotarians led by Centennial Chair PDG Bob Moffatt, RI Presidential Aides PDG Duncan Conrad and Linda and many, many, more dedicated Rotarians, helped out as the spotlight of Rotary shone on PEI for three days.
 
From enjoying "Cows" ice cream, to touring Camp Gencheff, to cutting the ribbon at the Inspire Learning Centre in Summerside, to acting as keynote speaker at the Sunday night Gala, to being the "surprise" guest speaker at the RC Charlottetown on Monday, RI President Ian and Juliet filled their time on PEI with all things Rotary. PEI never looked better and Rotarians throughout the Island and indeed the entire District should be very proud. I hope you enjoy reading more about their visit.
 
My club visits were interrupted in late September by a subborn flu and I barely managed to participate in the 100th Anniversary activities. But, I am on the mend and hope to resume my regular schedule after Thanksgiving. You can follow my visits  and other District acitivies and events on the Rotary International - District 7820 Facebook page.
 
And don't forget to register for the RLI in Truro. You won't want to miss this great opportunity for Rotary Learning!
 
Until next time,
 
DG Don
A Celebration 100 years in the Making
The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was chartered on October 1, 1917, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax. It was club number 333 in the Rotary world.  With 100 years of service the Club determined to mark the occasion with a Centennial Celebration and celebrate it did!
 
With Past District Governor Robert (Bob) Moffatt as Chair the Centennial Committee worked tirelessly to make the celebration worthy of the one hundred years of "Service Above Self". This article can't begin to list all of the accomplishments of a century, including sponsoring four out of the five other clubs on the Island. James W Macnutt even wrote a book - "A Century of Service of Rotary on Prince Edward Island". Copies are still available
But a big celebration requires a big name guest. They got one in 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet. Rotary Vice President Dean Rohrs from Langley, BC (the second Canadian woman in a row to hold that post) also attended and introduced keynote speaker RI President Ian Risley at the gala celebration dinner held at the  Delta Charlottetown on Sunday evening October 1, 2017. A veritable "who's who" of Island and District 7820 (and neighbouring D7810)  Rotarians were in attendance, including many past district governors and district officers. As well, several descendents of  Charter members attended as special guests. Head table guests included Chair PDG Bob Moffatt, RI President Ian and Juliet Riseley, Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis, Rotary VP Dean Rohrs, District Governor Don Sword, Charlottetown Rotary President Paul Crant, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and Rotarians Larry Sider,  Moe Rodgerson and Sandra MacKay.
 
Dinner guests were treated to a gourmet meal and wonderful dinner music by the Singing Strings under the direction of Natalie Williams Calhoun.
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RI Pres Ian Riseley visits Camp Gencheff
On Saturday afternoon September 30, 2017 Rotary International President Ian Riseley and Juliet arrived on Prince Edward Island. Ian and Juliet are from Australia and both have been Past District Governors within Rotay!
 
Their first visit was to the Rotary Club Of Charlottetown's proud 50+ year project - Camp Gencheff. PDG Bob Moffatt and Club President Paul Crant along with a large contingent of local and district Rotarians and Youth Exchange students greeted the special guests. Past President Edna Reid acted as tour guide as she explained the history and activities at Camp Gencheff.
While at the Camp, Ian and Juliet were asked to plant a ceremonial tree to mark the 100 years of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. This is in keeping with RI President Ian's "Plant a Tree" challenge. 
 
Every Rotary Club in the world is challenged to plant one tree for every member of their club. Pres Ian says the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. One District in India plans to plant at least one tree for every Rotarian in the world! Ian and Juliet asked the Youth exchange students (sadly none of whom were from Australia!) to help out with the planting.
 
 
 
 
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A "Gala" Night for Paul Harris Fellowships
 
A highlight of the wonderful gala night at the Delta Charlottetown on Sunday October 1st , 2017 was the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF's) to Rotarians from Island Rotary clubs. RI President Ian Riseley personally pinned every recipient with their 1st or multiple PHF recognition. 
 
The recipients were:
 
Rotary Club of Summerside
Georgia Ellis
PHF
Gerard Greenan
PHF plus three
John A. McCarthy
PHF plus one
Les R. Chipperfield
PHF plus two
Maitland MacIssac
PHF
Al Frost
PHF
David Anderson
PHF plus two
Sandy Rundle
PHF plus two
Nelson Snow
PHF plus five
Steve Cudmore
PHF plus one
Thane Smallwood
PHF plus one
Craig Harris
 PHF
Margo Thompson
PHF
Chris Willcock
PHF
Peter Brown
PHF
 
 
Rotary Club of Hillsborough
Joan MacFarlane
PHF plus one
 
 
Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
Susan Carruthers
PHF plus three
Paulette Hooley
PHF plus one
David Hooley
PHF plus four
Joanne Ings
PHF  plus two
Ann Sherman
PHF  plus three
 
 
Rotary Club of Charlottetown
Peter MacDougald
PHF
Harry O’Connell  
PHF plus one
Paul Crant
PHF plus one
Larry Sider
PHF plus six
Grand Opening of the Inspire Learning Centre
Rotary International President Ian Risely chose the theme of Rotary: Making A Difference for the 2017-18 Rotary Year . He could have been thinking about the Rotary Club of Summerside and the Inspire Learning Centre project that includes the Rotary Library.
 
A large crowd was on hand on Monday October 2nd, 2017 as RI President Ian Riseley helped to cut the ribbon to officially open the project.
 
At the opening ceremony itself Rotary Club of Summerside Rotarian and Project Leader Derek Key acted as Master of Ceremonies with the able assistance of Assistant Governor Heather Matheson. Speakers included representatives of all three levels of government. The audience included many supporters of the project. This project brought an enture community together for a wonderful cause. Club President Gordon Coffin surprised Derek Key with a special award to recognize his central role in the project's success. Congratulations, Derek!
 
The official ribbon was held by Derek Key and Heather Matheson while RI President Ian Risley, District Governor Don Sword and Summerside Club President Gordon Coffin cut the ribbon.
 
Congratulations, Rotary Club of Summerside on a tremendous achievement. You have done Rotary on PEI and indeed the District, proud!
 
 
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Guess who came to lunch?
It isn't every week that you walk into a Rotary Club meeting and the Rotary International President shows up!
 
Well, that's exactly what happened on Monday October 2nd at the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. RI President Ian Risleley and Juliet were special guests and Ian was the guest speaker. 
 
While he was there he recognized Janice Blacquiere as a Paul Harris Fellow (for work on the Tim Hortons Easter Seals School Tour) and he helped District Governor Don Sword recognize Rotarian Craig Bradley as a District 7820 True Rotarian!
 
Prior to the meeting Pres Ian met with PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan. 
 
Wonder what RI Pres Ian spoke about at the club meeting? Well, he explained how he helped to design his 2017-17 theme tie based on native Australian plants, and he explained the 2017-18 theme "Rotary: Making A Difference". The theme logo represents the diversity of Rotarians around the world striving for a better future.
He has three key goals for 2017-18:
  1. Encourage all clubs to achieve the Presidential Citation  https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/rotary-citation. The criteria this year are based on the Rotary Strategic goals.
  2. Encourage all clubs to plant at least one tree for each member of their club. https://www.rotary.org/en/2017-18-ri-president-ian-hs-riseley-announces-his-presidential-theme That means over 1.2 million trees worldwide at a minimum. He rpeorts the overall goal is certain to be achived as one district in India plans to plant 1.4 million trees! 
  3. Encourage all clubs to let the world know what they do. Each club must record on Rotary Club Central the following details:
    • $ in local currency of how much is contributed to charitable activities
    • # of volunteer hours contributed to charitable activities
RI President Ian also encouraged Rotarians to consider attending the upcoming Presidential Conference on Peace and the Environment in Vancouver in Fenruay 2018. https://environmentandpeace.com/  This is one of six such Peace conferences set for around the world also focusing on the other five area of focus of the Rotary Foundation plus the environment.
 
Finally RI President Ian invited everyone to join him in Toronto in June 2018 for the International Convention. http://www.riconvention.org/en
 
 
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Register for Rotary Leadership Institute Session Oct 28th Truro
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of one-day courses offered to help refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge about Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to become more knowledgeable Rotarians and more effective leaders in their vocation and their Rotary club.  It is open to all Rotarians but is especially beneficial for newer Rotarians.
 
You can find out more about RLI and the various sessions by checking out our on line resources.  Experienced Rotarians are the leaders of the sessions and you will meet others from clubs all over the Atlantic region.  
 
The fall session of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held Oct 28, 2017 in Truro at the Truro Campus of the NSCC, 36 Arthur St.   We are planning to offer all Parts of the training if enough Rotarians from  District 7810 and 7820 register   On-line registration is available by clicking this link.  Don't delay as space is limited for each Part.  
 
The cost of the course is  still $125 which includes lunch and breaks.  Hotel accommodation is the responsibility of the individual Rotarian. 
 
The Rotary Club of Truro is also hosting a reception at the Best Western on October 27th starting at 7:00 pm for Rotarians in Truro for the RLI event on the 28th. 
 
Participating in RLI has proven to be the defining moment for many Rotarians.  Join us in Truro.
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