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What a great training day with Crane Stookey, who demonstrated the principles of generous leadership. What a great conference! The committee did a tremendous job in planning the event, but it took the participation of all of you who attended to make it a success. Our opening speaker, Rose Adams, a Rotarian from Barrie Ontario, shared with us some of the challenges of her early life and the approaches she took to address them. Dr. Ron Denham, the godfather of the Water & Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG), and Dr. Tom Herman, Professor Emeritus from Acadia University, spoke to us about global water issues and shared some ways these are being addressed. 
 
Our Rotary International Presidential representative, Stephen Brown, presented some of the Rotary successes in Afghanistan, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Bryn Styles, spoke about the Rotary Foundation, its humble beginnings and the things that have been accomplished in its 100-year history. Dr. Roxanne Seaman, provided a summary of the SMILE program at Acadia, and how it is helping both the disabled in our community and Acadia students to acquire new skills. Peter Bevan-Baker, a parliamentarian from PEI, challenged us to consider how we might bring more happiness into our lives. Our final keynote speaker, Catherine MacLean, drew our attention to the similarities of the work of the Nova Scotia Community College, especially in how it relates to community service.
 
We learned, as well, about some exciting things taking place in our own district. Michael Craig told us about a new direction for youth services, Heather Matheson shared with us thoughts on how her club in PEI, identifies community projects while Kerry Muise and Emma Little, from Yarmouth, told us how their clubs are proposing to address a local youth mental health issue. Julie Snair, enlightened us on WUSC, the Canadian University Refugee Program, and Simon Adu-Boateng, a graduate student from Ghana, shared his hopes for improving the education system in his home country. 
 
Some of us didn’t get quite enough of the Rotary Kool Aid, last weekend, so we are heading out later this week for the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, where about 40,000 Rotarians from around the world will gather. Next year the International convention will be in Toronto, June 23-27. I’m giving you a heads up that there will be early registration at a discounted price from June 10 – 14. The price will be $295 US. To register, go to the Rotary International website or key into your browser “Rotary International Convention, Toronto and follow the prompts. We encourage as many of you as possible, to join us for that event.
 
The year is quickly coming to an end, so this will be my last bulletin. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you each month and wish you all the very best in the new Rotary year.
 
Elva
District Secretary and Trainers Presented with Paul Harris Fellowships
Garth Gordon
 
Garth Gordon has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kentville since 1986 and in the years since has served the club in many capacities including President in 1991-92.
 
Garth’s first career was in the Royal Canadian Navy, after which he opted for a career in law. He retired from that profession in 2015 and was looking for a new challenge, and that happened to be when I was building a team for this Rotary Year and needed a District Secretary. How fortunate that Garth agreed the position was the challenge he was looking for.
 
As I mentioned earlier, Garth has served District 7820 incredibly well this year, putting his expertise to use in updating our governance structure, harmonizing it with RI policies, and providing related assistance to a number of clubs.  Moreover Garth has agreed to fulfill a three year term as District Secretary.
 
Garth, please accept this symbol of my appreciation for all the wonderful assistance and support you have provided to the District, its clubs, and to me this year.
 
Louisa Horne
Inspired by her daughter Hannah’s experience as a Youth Exchange student, Louisa Horne joined the Rotary Club of Halifax in 2005 and has been a very active Rotarian ever since. She was President when her club was named Club of the Year, and has led Group Study Exchange and Rotary Friendship Exchange teams on international visits. She currently is our District Trainer, and our District Governor Nominee Designate.
Louisa is Director of the small business consulting practice of the Business Development Bank of Canada, and strongly believes in the exploration of best practices for continuous improvement. She has put her vocational experience and skills into action on behalf of Rotary and with Doug Logan has developed the Training for Leaders of Clubs program now in use in District 7820.
 
Doug Logan
Doug Logan joined Rotary with the New Glasgow club in 1997. Since then he has served his club and the District in many capacities, including as District Governor in 2008-09.  As Governor he oversaw the implementation of the District’s current governance structure and led the development of a District Strategic Plan. On numerous occasions he has provided support to Clubs on leadership and governance issues.
 
Doug has over thirty years’ experience in leadership and management and has authored two books dealing with innovation and organizational change. Teaming with Louisa he has used his skills for the benefit of the District in developing the training for Leaders of Clubs Program.
 
Louisa and Doug, please accept these expressions of our gratitude for your extraordinary commitment to the preparation of our future leaders in District 7820.
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to District Conference Team
Brian Smith and Pierre Hoebers
 
There is an old saying that goes: If you need something done well, ask a busy person to do it.
Brian Smith is a busy person. He operates a consulting practice that takes him to many parts of the province and beyond, and voluntarily serves as a mentor to  Dalhousie MPA program students as well as on a Town of Kentville advisory committee. That is just a part of what he does in the community.
 
And then there is Rotary. He joined the Kentville club in 2005, and since then has served on most committees and as President in 2010-11. He has also chaired several projects and provided major input to the club’s Strategic Plan.
 
Yes Brian is a busy man, and that made him a natural choice to co-chair the Organizing Committee for this Conference.
 
Pierre Hoebers is also a busy person. Pierre began his Rotary experience in 1998 with the Centennial Club in Calgary where he was in the travel business. He served that club in many roles, including as President in 2009-10.
 
In 2011 Pierre and Corinne retired to the Annapolis Valley and Pierre joined the Rotary Club of Kentville. He immediately became immersed in club activities, serving on several committees and chairing, on two occasions, the club’s principal fundraising project. He also authors the weekly newsletter that keeps members informed and engaged.
 
So, along with Brian, Pierre was an obvious choice as Committee Co-Chair.
 
The two of them have done an outstanding job in organizing and guiding an energetic conference committee, with the results we are seeing this weekend.
 
Brian and Pierre, thank you for a job so well done in true Rotarian fashion and I would now like to present you with a symbol of my appreciation for your outstanding efforts.
 
Rob Porter
 
When the Co-Chairs and I began to consider possibilities for a Program Chair for this Conference, one name was an immediate and unanimous choice – Rob Porter.  Rob had done an outstanding job in that position in 2014, and it made sense to ask him to reprise the role this year.
 
Following a career in the RCAF, during which he flew jets in Europe and served at NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs, among many other things, Rob and his wife Jan retired to the Annapolis Valley where Rob joined the Rotary Club of Wolfville.  Later he helped found the Mud Creek Club, and still holds the coveted position of (as he says) Secretary for Life. He has also served as ADG for South and West NS for three years.
 
For his efforts in supporting charitable organizations and activities, Rob was recognized this year as Wolfville’s Volunteer of the Year.  But he still found time to lead the Program planning for this conference and once again has done an outstanding job.
 
Rob, thank you from all of us and please come forward to accept this symbol of my and our gratitude for a job incredibly well done.

 
Clubs Awarded District Governor Citation
Several District Governor’s citations were awarded at the District Conference by DG Elva Heyge.
 
 
Middleton (Peter Hebb) – outstanding leadership in charting a new course for his club
Yarmouth (Kerry Muise) –  outstanding leadership in renewing the club.
 
 
Mud Creek – being the first club in the district to complete the requirements for the presidential citation. Accepting the Award for Mudcreek is Tom Herman.
The Rotary Foundation Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World  goes to PDG Stella Roy
The Rotary Foundation Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World was established by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation in order to recognize outstanding contributions to the polio eradication effort and to encourage participation in the final eradication efforts.
 
This prestigious award goes to PDG Stella Roy for her "Above and Beyond? efforts in the fight to End Polio.
 
Making the presentation is Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators, PDG Duncan Conrad and Rotary Foundation Trustee, Bryn Styles.
Summerside Named Club of the Year 2016-17

Selecting “Club of the Year” is a difficult challenge for a district Governor. So many of you are doing great work in your communities, and many of you deserve the recognition. After much thought, I have selected the Rotary Club of Summerside to receive this recognition for 2016-17.

RC Summerside has just completed an enormous project for their community, the Inspire Learning Centre.  I’m told that it took three years to plan and about a year to construct. The project involved the repurposing of a surplus Federal Building into a three-floor structure, which encompasses a traditional library, and space to support a variety of community needs. The club engaged the whole community in the planning and the financing and now have a wonderful facility, that will serve the residents of Summerside long into the future.

Accepting the award from DG Elva is Gord Coffin of the Rotary Club of Summerside.  Congratulations.

Heart of the District Award, 2016-17
The HEART OF THE DISTRICT AWARD is given to a Past District Governor who provided great service to the district during his/her year as district governor and who continues to contribute in an outstanding way to the work being carried out by District 7820.
 
The recipient of the award for 2016-17 is PDG who served the district very well during his year as governor making major improvements in process and increasing our presence on social media. As past district governor, he has been the “go to” person for technical advice on Clubrunner, the RI website, manager of the district website and editor of our district bulletin.
 
This recognition is in appreciation for all that Jim has done for the district.
 
Congratulations Jim.
 
Shown are Jim and his wife Barbara.
Presidential Citation Update

Update June 6.  There is STILL TIME.

The Presidential Citation process is in its second year of being "all electronic".  It IS the first year that the deadline for completing all the requirements is at the END of the Rotary Year. 
 
The District Dashboard tells us that many clubs have a way's to go to meet the requirements, however, CONGRATULATIONS to the Rotary Club of Wolfville - MudCreek who first to meet all the requirements. DG Elva recognized them at the District Conference. The Rotary Clubs of Sackville & Area and Sidney Sunrise have now also reached the goal. 
 
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Rotary Friendship Exchange - Call for Outbound Application
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
 
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