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Your Leadership Team meets regularly including two face-to-face meetings in the spring and fall at an airport hotel in Halifax.  We receive special funding from RI to support these important events at which we offer training for AGs and other leaders, discuss and update our strategic plan, finalize professional development events (specifically TLCs), review foundation activities, discuss youth activities, and most importantly, explore how we can help clubs thrive!  In addition, we hold a board meeting at which we approve financial statements and make decisions about strategy and governance topics. 

At this meeting, we will be welcoming several new AGs who begin their roles in July, and we look forward to having DGN Roger Sevigny, join our team.

So what would you like to put on our agenda?  We welcome your input. Send your questions and comments to Louisa at rotarylouisa@gmail.ca


February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month – how is your club acknowledging it?

Why does Rotary have Peace and Conflict Resolution as an area of focus?  Because conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children. As stated on the RI website, Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

We as Rotarians know that we are “This Close” to ending Polio, and thanks to a recent update from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are getting even closer. 

The foundation has announced the extension of our fundraising partnership - The Gates Foundation will continue matching donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program 2-1, up to $50 million every year! 

Share your commitment by showing the linked video at your next club meeting or event and help Rotary and the Gates Foundation spread the word about our extended fundraising partnership!

Trivia question - What other celebrity has appeared in a “This Close” poster (name one)?
February 13th is the kick off to the Rotary Club of Exploits 50th Anniversary year! River the Ro-terrier and all the human members of the club were so excited about our 50th Anniversary that we are starting the celebrations early. Our first Anniversary Present is Literacy. A gift that will continue to give...to others!
River and all the human members of our club will be visiting two primary schools in our area. Forest Park Primary, Grades K-3 and Woodland Primary, Grades K-3. Members of our Rotary Club will be joined by some other community minded volunteers, and of course me PI Puppy River (I just have to really behave in school and no barking...I think I can do it!). Together, we will visit both schools on Family Literacy Day, Jan 27th, 2020.  We will read a selection of books to each class throughout the day, and leave a present, all the new books as a donation to the schools library.
The Rotary Club of Lunenburg has partnered with ProKids in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to help ensure that no one gets “left on the sidelines”. Recently, Rotarians Donald Gray, Kevin and Rebecca Crouse presented a cheque for $5000 to the ProKids initiative at a MODL Council Meeting. The cheque was accepted by Her Honour Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson and Tissy Bolivar, Program Co-ordinator. ProKids mission is “To help children and youth who are unable to participate in sport, recreation or cultural activities due to financial limitations.'' The Club is pleased to be part of this initiative as it fits well with our goal to foster a strong foundation for the youth in our communities.

The Rotary Club of Halifax North West is once again challenging clubs throughout the district to sponsor a child to attend Camp Treasure Chest in summer of 2020.  The Lung Association of Nova Scotia hosts the only camp in Canada that supports children with lung health issues. In Nova Scotia, 10% of children have moderate to severe asthma, one of the most common childhood chronic afflictions.  Camp Treasure Chest gives them the opportunity to challenge themselves to learn new skills in a safe environment while learning the importance of self-care to manage their disease.

Our goal is to sponsor a minimum of 25 children which will make us a co-branding sponsor that will help to connect Rotary Clubs with a younger audience in the parents as well as students.

Maria Caines will be sending an email to each club contact that will include more details, a case for support and a sponsorship form. Be sure to check your inboxes and junk folders (attachments sometimes land there) as club members will be following up with a call as well. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the camp in your area and, of course, the good work of the Rotarians

The Sydney-Sunrise Rotary Club was busy helping out Loaves and Fishes on Saturday, January 25th.  The Club pays for several meals each year and helps to serve the meals as well. It’s just one of the ways the Rotary Club gives back to the community. Why not join us? We meet at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at Boston Pizza.   

The servers shown here are Everett Reid, Michele McKinnon and Ray MacNeil.


District Leadership Team 
Chair, District Leadership Team Home Page

Louisa Horne

District Mailing Address
Godfred Chongatera
District Secretary
Suite 608
1888 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J8
Cell: 902-225-9626 
Office: 902-431-4405
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February 2020

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