Feb 24, 2020 Bulletin

Opening/Chair: Tom Savary was our chair today. He asked Alana to lead us in the singing of O'Canada, which was followed by a moment of personal reflection.
Visitors/Guests: No visiting guests or Rotarians today.
Audrie-Jo McConkey has been an instructor at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture in the Department of Animal Sciences and Aquaculture since 2004. Her primary courses involve Fish Health, Fish Physiology, Fish Nutrition, and Aquaculture Production. Audrie-Jo’s teaching pedagogy has been a “learn by doing approach” which has been appreciated by students and recognized by the industry. Audrie-Jo has been involved in Competency-based training and education on campus and Internationally. Audrie-Jo talked to us about the Uganda Skills Development Project.
The Uganda Skills Development Project is a ‘twinning’ collaboration with Bukalasa Agricultural College (BAC), an Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) institute in Uganda.  The Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture is working closely with BAC and industry partners to develop new competency-based (CBET) curriculum focused on hands-on skills. Bukalasa will become the leading Centre of Excellent in CBET agricultural education for the country with the intention to develop the skills to train other smaller colleges & Vocational Training Institutes. The program is entrepreneurial focused and intends to create job creators, not job seekers.
Audrie shared her experience of traveling to Uganda and working with the 52 instructors involved in the project. She touched on the climate, accessible fruit, and the incredible wildlife. She also spoke to her experience of having to adapt to the situation you’re in. While trying to teach the participants she worked with challenges like no running water, no electricity during the nighttime, and having to get creative when it came to sterilization.

Initially, the plan was for the 52 participants from Uganda to come to the Dal AC campus to continue their training, but there was an obstacle with many of the participants obtaining visas for the trip. Only five were able to come. All 52 students traveled to Tamil Nadu Agricultural College in India to continue their competency-based education training. Audrie shared with us the cultural differences, and how it is illegal to kill a cow. Cows are hosed down with water twice daily, and it is also illegal to eat a cow.
One of the things Audrie highlighted about the participant's time learning in both India and Uganda was going through the entire process of creating something. In Uganda it was ice cream, and in India it was chicken sausage. Project participants got to experience how well cared for and happy animals can produce quality products.
While Audrie was in both India and Africa she made sure to make the most of her time and experience the uniqueness of each country, seeing African wildlife and visiting the Golden Triangle in India.
Member Health: 
Ralph Hopkins provided an update on his wife Donna. Donna recently fell on some ice and fractured her shoulder. She is healing naturally, but it will be a couple more months before she will have full use of her shoulder again.
Christine Blair’s husband has been moved to the Cedar Stone.
Announcements and Reports: 
Alana provided a few different updates:
-Rotary Week is being held from April 13-17, with the flag-raising tentatively scheduled for Tuesday the 14th
-Charter Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th. Micheal Greek, president and CEO of Special Olympics NS is our keynote for the event.
-TLC Training is coming up on March 7th at the Diman Lebanese Centre in Halifax. This is going to be an incredible event! Get in touch with Alana if you have any questions.
-Membership Committee: Ken Banks shared they are hosting an event for new members (five years or less) on March 11th at NSCC from 4:30-6 pm (room TBD). The committee is looking for feedback from members on their experience in Rotary. Finger foods and a beverage of your choice will be available.

-Rotaract Club: Audrie-Jo provided us with several updates on the busy and impressive Dal AC Rotaract Club.
-the club has been helping at the Foodbank weekly for the last several months
-The assisted with the sorting of gifts for the Christmas Index Program
-The attended a Rotaract Conference
-Most recently they volunteered at the Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

-Adventure in Citizenship Committee: Ken MacDonald shared with the group that they had five applications for the program in Ottawa. Tessa MacIntosh has been selected to travel to Ottawa. We will likely hear about her trip at a club meeting later this Spring.

-Laurie has gathered some Rotarians to assist her in the planning of the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference and Awards. This event is happening in late April from 9 am – 230 pm. If you are interested in joining the group, get in touch with Laurie.
President's Report: No Report
Happy Mug: 
Keith is happy because he got a group of 50 bikers together this past weekend, to assist him in breaking some new trails on their fat bikes, which he’s been busy doing all winter.

Joanna is happy to have traveled to Colorado recently and celebrated her children’s birthdays. She is now looking forward to some quiet time at home.
50/50: Tom had the winning ticket #1834, but did not pick the joker so the pot grows!
Closing: 1:10 p.m.
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