Bulletin Date

Opening/Chair: Judy Nicholson was chair for the day and she 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 speaker Jud Pearson, Alana was pleased to once again (and for the last time) introduce Carrie Burke who would be formally inducted as a member later in the meeting.
Speaker: The speaker today was Mr. Jud Pearson.  He is the current president of the Probus Club of Colchester.
Born and raised in Truro, Jud attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, then went to Teachers College where he received his teaching licence. From there he went directly to Acadia University for his BA.
He returned to Truro to start his teaching and administrative career at North River, Central Colchester Junior High, Douglas Street and finally finishing at North River.  He completed a Masters of Education at St Mary's during this time.
Jud was involved in many volunteer roles: minor football, minor hockey, United Way, his church, Truro Golf Club to name a few. He was one of the founding members of the Colchester Community Workshops Foundation that built Rotary House.
Jud was the returning officer for the Town of Truro for the 2008 and 2012 municipal elections where he introduced electronic voting. He spoke to this club in 2012 about the election process and he still has the mug we gave him! 
Jud is married to Gay and has one daughter. 
PROBUS is a local, national, and international association of retired people who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, autonomous clubs which provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances, with similar levels of interest, make new friends, and maintain and expand their interests. Probus Clubs can be made up of men, women or be mixed (men and women) clubs. It is normal for the spouses of club members and widows of former members to be encouraged to participate in the social activities.
Jud gave an interesting history of Probus as background.  Started in England in 1966 by a group of retired Rotarians, Probus has grown to have clubs all over the world.  There are 249 clubs across Canada currently with 37,000 members.  There are over 400,000 members world wide in 4,000 Clubs.
Probus Clubs can be sponsored by Rotary Clubs or by other Probus Clubs.  The Probus Club of Colchester was started in 2014 by the Probus Club of Halifax.  It currently has 64 members and is looking to grow.
The Club meets the third Thursday of the month at the Truro Fire Hall.  Meetings start at 9:30 with a social time followed by a short business meeting and then a speaker starting at 10:30 for about an hour. 
The speakers are the highlight of the meeting for many.  He gave some examples of the types of really interesting speakers they have had.  The club has also met in other venues. Recently, they toured the NSCC Campus to see what changes have happened on the campus.
There are also special interest groups within the local Probus Club.  They have a Diners' Club, a Book Club and a hiking Group.
Probus is about fun and meeting people in our community to expand our social networks.  Jud encouraged members to check out Probus, come to a meeting and perhaps join the club.
Rotarian Barbara Goit thanked Jud on behalf of the Rotary club. 
Member Health: It was reported that Darlene had fallen and broken her wrist.  It was also noted that Kevin had broken a bone in his foot.  We were glad to see him at the meeting.
Announcements and Reports: There were a number of reports and announcements today:
  • Wayne reported that the Recognition Committee was gearing up to have nominations before the board for the Rotarian of the Year Award, The Rotary Avenues of Service and the Community Service Award.  Please send nominations with some background justification for the nomination to him as soon as possible.  Awards will be given out at the Charter Night Celebrations on April 11.
  • Alana confirmed that Charter Night would be April 11th.  The speaker was being finalized and an event announcement and invitation would be out soon.  Please mark the date.
  • Jim Gould informed the club that the local version of the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC) will be held on April 13th at the NSCC Truro Campus.  The session starts at 9 and is over by 4.  The cost is $10 for lunch. Open to all members, the TLC is especially designed for incoming leaders and club executives.  As there will be training on using Clubrunner and My Rotary, it is important that you have checked your access to both systems before attending.
  • Audrie-Jo reported that she and Mark has met with an international student on the DalAc campus and were moving forward for the creation of a Rotaract Club there.  This is exciting news and something the club has tried to get started for a number of year.
  • Mark reported on an new initiative of the Christmas index program.  The plan is to offer a rock climbing excursion for about 100 children in our area on March 23rd at the RECC.  This is during March break and will give the kids an experience they can talk about when they get back to school after break.  Mark is looking for volunteers to help that day so please let him know if you are able to be part of the event.
  • Ken MacDonald reported for the Adventure in Citizenship committee.  The committee had reviewed the applications and interviewed 6 applicants for the trip to Ottawa. Three had been from CEC and three from South Colchester. In a strong field, the committee chose Kathryn Nickerson for the trip to Ottawa this spring.  The club has been sending students on this program since 1951.
  • Jim reported that the Rotary Leadership Institute spring session was being held in Dieppe on April 6th.  There is one person from our club registered and we would like to see at least one more.  The sessions are filling up so register soon.  The RLI training session is very different from the TLC mentioned earlier and is designed to give members a quick start and deeper understanding of Rotary at all levels.  Ask Jim and Barbara if you have questions.
  • Jim also reported that this was the last day to register for the meal for the Ski Fun day at Ski Wentworth on March 10th.  You can still come of course if you have not registered but will have to buy your lunch at the cafeteria.  There are about 33 Rotarians and Guests registered at this point and the committee is planning a scavenger hunt and "Ski with a Rotarian" activities.  There will also be Snowshoeing and Cross Country skiing available.  Check with Jim for details.
  • Jim also reported on a search he was undertaking for old Rotary files, pictures and artifacts that people may have in their possession.  He is looking to expand the digital archive that the club has on historical documents and related items.  He told about an interesting item he recently found while going through some material he got from our Treasure Les Mosher. Another Rotary Mystery.
  • Lech reported that the Yearbook process was winding down and thanked members for their quick response in getting invoices out and money collected.
President's Report: President Ryan had the pleasure of inducting the newest Rotarian into the club today.  See story below.
While talking about members, President Ryan acknowledge some of our longest serving members.  The list of those over 30 years is blow.  Thank you to all for your continued service.
Membership Type
Date Joined Rotary
Years of Service (Rotary)
Bob Winters         
Harry Pridham     
Les Mosher        
Al Hollis        
Clyde Weldin
Lloyd Coady        
Grant Langford

Happy Mug: While everyone seemed happy, none came to the mug today to report the same.  There had been a lot of committee reports and some of them were happy.
50/50: Judy had the winning ticket but didn't know it because she was chair and the ticket was at her seat.  We all had a good laugh. She couldn't find the joker anyway so the pot builds for another week.
Closing: 1:20 pm
Club Receives 2017-18 Rotary International Citation
Assistant Governor Jim Gould presented Immediate Past President Alana Hirtle with the framed Rotary International Citation for the year 2017-18 at the club's regular meeting on Feb 25th. 
Formerly known as the Rotary Presidential Citation, the award is presented to clubs who meet a number of goals and objectives set by Rotary International each year.  The objective of the citation is to encourage clubs to plan, engage in the work of Rotary and excel at being a balanced Rotary Club.  Of the 47 clubs in Rotary District 7820, the Rotary Club of Truro is one of only 12 clubs to receive the Rotary Citation for the 2017-18 Rotary year.  Great work.
New Rotarian Inducted Into Club
President Ryan had the pleasure of inducting the newest Rotarian into the club at our regular meeting on Feb 25, 2019.  Carrie Burke is the Operations Manager at East Coast Dental Centre and is now a Rotarian.  Congratulations Carrie.
President Ryan is shown with Carrie and her club sponsor Alana Hirtle. 
Lydia and Allan Sorflaten in Ethiopia
One of our traveling Rotarians, Lydia Sorflaten and her husband Allan are in Ethiopia with a team from the Canada Foodgrains Bank.  Check out her excellent description of the county and it's people on her blog. 
Interesting stories and lots of Rotary connections.
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