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The more than 90 members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown actively support youth programs in their community and across the world. They recently made a generous donation to the Mikinduri Children of Hope and partner with the Sierra Club to support the Wild Child Forest School. Thank you for making the Rotaract Club of UPEI a reality!
75 years young and still going strong! Without a doubt, the Rotary Club of Summerside has made a huge and positive impact on the community through the construction of the Inspire Learning Centre. While having fun, proceeds from the Fitzgerald Snow Golf Classic support the Prince County Hospital Foundation. Recognizing the value of investing in the future, the club gives out 7 scholarships annually.
By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff, www.rotaryserviceblog.org
Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.
Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service in your club activities:
  1. Host a club meeting at your work place and share about your profession; take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  2. Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  4. Work with local businesses to create mentorship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
Whether you’re ringing in New Year’s Eve from some fabulous party, or having a quiet evening at home in front of the fire, you probably have a New Year’s tradition or two. Common traditions in Canada include singing “Auld Lang Syne” to greet the New Year, and kissing someone you love as the clock strikes 12. Around the world, cultures welcome the rolling year with unique New Year’s traditions of their own. Here are some interesting practices you may wish to add to your list this year:
In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents good luck for one month of the coming year. In bigger cities like Madrid and Barcelona, people gather in main squares to eat their grapes together and pass around bottles of cava.
November 28 was a red letter day for Rotary St. John’s East member Kristina Ennis. On that day, she was named the first ever recipient of the St. John’s Board of Trade Emerging Young Professional award, sponsored by RBC, at the Board’s 2018 Business Excellence Awards.
To quote Kristina: “The absolute joy that being part of Rotary International brings to my life, and the support that my employer ExxonMobil provides me to go above and beyond to take part in what I am passionate about, is second to none. It was the best afternoon…I can’t say thank you to everyone involved enough!”
We’re very excited too, as Kristina will be joining the District board in July 2019. We look forward to seeing much more from this young Rotarian in years to come!
Last year, the president of the Rotary Club of Wolfville, John Horton, passed away from cancer. Although John had been a member of the club for only six years, he was very active, already serving as Treasurer, Club Service Director, and Vice President. During the short time between his diagnosis and death, he received numerous blood transfusions in an effort to stabilize his condition, but sadly, John passed away on June 9, 2017.
The Club’s regard for John’s contributions was very high, and they honoured him with a Paul Harris Fellowship posthumously last December. In memory of John, the Rotary Club of Wolfville would like to stage a friendly blood drive competition between Rotary Clubs in District 7820. This yearly event will be held in cooperation with the Canadian Blood Service’s ‘Partners for Life’ program, and its intent is to increase blood donations to the Canadian Blood Service. The club with the largest per capita number of donations in each calendar year will win the competition, and thereby receive $1000 from the Rotary Club of Wolfville to be spent on the charity of their choice. The per capita calculation will be based on the number of members in each participating club on January 1 of each year, so clubs that recruit new members who donate blood will have an edge on the competition.
The project had its origins in a discussion at the 2017 District 7820 Conference in Wolfville NS.  At a breakout discussion on youth, chaired by District Youth Chair Michael Craig, it was recognized that the vast majority of current Rotary programs in support of youth were directed at high-performers.  Out of this discussion was born the idea of developing a project that would provide developmental opportunities for youth drawn from economically challenged communities, or other demanding circumstances. 

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