Jan 20, 2020 Bulletin

Opening/Chair: Jim Harman was the chair today and he asked Alana to lead the group in the singing of O Canada.  This was followed by a moment of personal reflection.

Visitors/Guests: In addition to our speakers Holly Fisher, and Laura Whiteland, there were a number of other guests today.  
  • Kyle Andrews was the guest of Jim Harman
  • Trinkie Coffin was the guest of Garth Coffin
  • Donna and Ralph Hopkins were accompanied by their daughter Sherryl, son in law Travis and granddaughter Adella.
Speaker: Holly Fisher is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She obtained a BSc in Agriculture (major in Animal Science) at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture in 2017 and was voted valedictorian by her classmates. During her time on the Agricultural Campus, Holly has focused on entomophagy, insect consumption, and is completing a Masters in Agriculture, which focuses on the use of cricket meal in the diets of poultry.
Holly is an active member of the Truro community, she runs a 2SLGBTQIA+ youth group, and can always be found at different speaking events. Like Ally: How, and educational speaker series teaching organizations in Nova Scotia how to be effective allies to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Holly has been helping organize the Truro Pride Parade for the past years and is a co-founder of the Truro Pride Society, which aims to make a positive impact in Colchester for 2SLGBTQIA+ representation.
With a passion for agriculture, Holly has recently started a new position at Farm Credit Canada and is excited to continue learning about everything agriculture.
Laura Whiteland began her financial services career in 2014. As she pursued further accreditation and became familiar with the industry, she started looking for an opportunity to join a firm whose values matched her own.
Laura joined White LeBlanc Wealth Planners - HollisWealth in 2017 after recognising a shared vision and philosophy toward both wealth planning and client service. Along with her unwavering commitment to assist clients in achieving their financial goals, Laura is a passionate entrepreneur; she is a part owner of Intrinsic Salon and Spa and owns a successful property rental business.
Her belief in supporting community is proven in her role as a Board Member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Colchester East Hants Branch. Laura is a co-founder of the Truro Pride Society, is a mentor with Queercraft, and is a presenter with Ally How.

Holly and Laura gave an informative presentation dealing with the history of Pride in Truro and how it has changed since 2017.  While the event continues to grow and now Truro is the 2nd largest Pride event in the province, there is still much more to do.  They stated that Pride day is a celebration and well as protest and while it has helped to get support of the community there is need to make the benefits extend to the other 364 days of the year.
The objective is to make the community more welcoming so that people young and old will feel included and be more likely to stay. Ultimately they would like to see a dedicated space for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Holly and Laura encourages us to think about how we could be more inclusive and how simple things such as misgendering, the use of pronouns or titles such as Mr and Ms, might cause discomfort.  We need to understand our individual privileges, educate ourselves on the issues and when we make mistakes (and we will), be prepared to own them and correct. They also encouraged us to make places safe and welcoming for everyone.
After several great questions and answers, Holly and Laura were thanked on behalf of the Rotary Club by Alana.
Member Health: No report.
Announcements and Reports: 
  • Ken MacDonald reported for the Adventure in Citizenship committee made up of  himself, Terry Pook, Adam Harris and Lillian Scales.  It is time to find another candidate to sponsor for the 2020 adventure in Ottawa this April.  The club has been sponsoring a young person to go on this trip since the program began in 1951.  Details on the program are on our website and club Facebook page.  Please share with young people you may know and/or their parents.  It is a great experience.
  • Brian asked those in attendance to help the Christmas index program by putting stamps on thank you cards that were being sent out to the sponsors and supporters.  A pile was left at each table.  New Rotarian Donna Hopkins finished off the pile at her table before anyone else finished their lunch.  
President's Report: 
  • President Lech reported that the directors were looking for a replacement to Mike Topley for the Roadside Cleanup campaign. It was a once a year effort held in May that Mike has managed for a long time.  Volunteers should contact Lech.
Lech proceeded with the formal induction of the Club's newest Rotarians.  Donna and Ralph Hopkins moved to our community only a few months ago but are regular attendees at club meetings and have already volunteered with the Christmas index on a couple of occasions.
Ralph and Donna recently retired from the Veterinary Consulting business where they specialized in poultry flock health. 
Jim Goit is the Rotary Club sponsor and he is shown in the photo with Ralph Hopkins, Donna Hopkins and President Lech.  Congratulations to Ralph and Donna.
Happy Mug: There were a number of Happy Rotarians today.
  • Hattie told us about her success in selling tickets on a basket she is putting together to raffle off for the Workshops capital campaign.  She is looking to put together a second basket for Easter time.   Anyone have a giant bunny?
  • Jim Harman was happy to not be living in St. John's at the moment.  Too much snow!
  • Joanna reminded those of us to ski (and those that don't) there is never too much snow. She is happy for some great skiing and will be going to Colorado for even more in a short while.
50/50: Our young guest Adella had the winning ticket but unfortunately she did not find the joker.  The members usual expressions of sympathy for not finding the joker seemed more genuine this time.
Closing: 1:17 pm
Adventure in Citizenship 2020
The Rotary Club of Truro is looking for young people in Colchester County to take part in the Adventure in Citizen Program.

The Adventure in Citizenship program brings together a select group of 200 students from across Canada to learn about Canadian democratic institutions through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and each other. The Rotary Club of Truro will participate in the program again this year and encourages 16 -18 year old high school students in Colchester County to apply.  The Club will pay for the selected candidate to fly to Ottawa and attend the program which runs from April 26-April 29,2020.

Our application process calls for a short essay (approx. 250 words) or a 30-90 second creative video on “What does being a Canadian citizen mean to you?“ The deadline for application to the Rotary Club of Truro is February 14th.  Send completed essays or videos to kenmacdo@gmail.com by midnight February 14, 2020.

The second stage of the process is a short interview by several Rotary members on February 20th.

Share the post on the clubs Facebook page and refer as many young people that you know (or their parents) to the program. 

Check out the details on the Adventure in Citizenship program at http://rotaryottawa.com/page/welcome-to-the-rotary-adventure-in-citizenship-program/

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