September 21, 2020 Bulletin

Chair: Ken MacLean
O Canada
Moment of Reflection
Guest Speakers: Margo Rebut and Mary Teed
Mary Teed is Executive Director of the Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA).  She thanked Rotary for the opportunity two sisters had as Rotary Exchange students.  One went to Brazil in the late 70’s and one to Australia in the early 80’s.   Mary has served in the Social Work field for 30 years. 
CALA is one of 36 learning associations in the province.   They have a connection with the Adult Learning Program at NSCC where there are 4 levels.  Students can get high school credentials, can do GED prep, and can participate in an Essential Skills program.  There is a need for digital  and video conferencing skills, “getting connected and staying connected”.   In this age of COVID, there has been an increase in students studying for GED, perhaps more time to do so right now., and some are able to enroll now just because of the option of remote learning.  There is a classroom under construction at NSCC and space at the Grinners building on Prince St. Truro.  They have hired a digital literacy instructor as this is the #1 priority right now.  Interactive programming is being developed and there will be a virtual open house in October.  There is also a partnership with Esther at Y reach with tutoring, reading and current events sessions. 
Margo Riebe-Butt  is a Registered Dietitian and for the past 22 years, has focused on the development, growth and leadership of healthy food programs for children. Margo facilitated and led the creation of Nourish Nova Scotia alongside grassroots supporters and provincial champions in 2012.  As the Executive Director, she collaborates with stakeholders and partners to co-create meaningful upstream change in support of healthy food environments for all children in Nova Scotia.
It is important to eat healthy food, enjoy healthy food, and value that food can lead to a healthier population and environment.  There are harsh numbers in NS – 1 in 7 are food insecure.  Children come to school hungry for many reasons – rushed in the morning, taking care of siblings, long bus rides, early extra-curricular activities. 95% of schools offer a breakfast program and there are various pilot lunch programs.   During these COVID times the breakfast food is delivered to classrooms.  There are choices from 3 of the 4 food groups, so vegetables and fruits are included. 
Nourish Your Roots program started in 2015.  The program is to raise money for schools.  Food boxes are put together with seasonal produce from local farmers.  The cost is $35 per box, and each box contains 22-25 lbs of food.  Mostly root vegetables, sometimes fruit.  Distribution is based at Truro Agromart.  You can purchase a box for yourself or purchase one to donate to someone who needs one.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute left over boxes – taking them from Agromart to Maggie’s Place. 
Here’s the link to buy or donate a box:
If you want to volunteer contact Margo at and she will put you in contact with the volunteer coordinator.
Dave Ritcey thanked both our speakers..
Member’s Health
Ken is happy to see Garth here on zoom
President’s Report
Induction of New Member Cheryl Mackey
This is the first virtual induction.  Lech Krzywonos is Cheryl’s sponsor.  President Jane carried out the induction ceremony and Lech with social distancing provided Cheryl with her Rotary package and pin.  Cheryl has moved to Truro from Amherst and is currently with IBM developing the TAP (tech advantage program).  There are pilots in high schools in Cole Harbour, Spryfield, and Yarmouth.  She teaches at Mount Allison as well.  Cheryl is looking forward to volunteering with Rotary and will attend our social.  Welcome to Rotary!
President Jane reported that we are doing well with dues and she will follow up with those who have yet to pay. 
Kevin thanked those who have offered to chair a meeting this fall.
Social Committee
There is a social this Friday evening at the Round Barn Farm in Old Barns. 25 have registered so far.  Judy needs registration and payment by Wednesday noon.  Check the email invitation she has sent out.  Reminder to bring your own chair, beverage and mask. 
Happy Mug
Dave Ritcey: celebrated 17th anniversary with Amber and girls
Kevin: K-tech plumbing has now been replaced in his house
Lydia: her 3 grandchildren living with her age 2, 5, and 7 are loving the Tidal Bore Playground.  Thanks to anyone planning and constructing such a great place.
Alana: enjoyed wonderful lunch with Darlene and Sid at the Flying Apron. “The food is fantastic!”  The also included wine tasting and a visit to Burnt Coat Head.
Closing: Meeting adjourned at 12:56 pm, 28 zoom participants. 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Donna Hopkins
September 4
Mike Hanes
September 4
Joanna McGowan
September 9
Al Cooze
September 10
Brian Matthews
September 21
Keith Gillis
September 21
Sarah Boss
September 28
Dave Ritcey
October 10
Grant Langford
October 10
Hattie Dyck
October 18
Mark Mason
October 23
Ted Jordan
October 25
Laurie Sandeson
October 30
Lech Krzywonos
Tari Krzywonos
September 2
Audrie-Jo McConkey
Mike McConkey
September 3
Ken MacLean
September 3
Dave Ritcey
Amber Ball Ritcey
September 20
Larry Beazley
September 21
Matt Redmond
Amy Redmond
September 25
Paul Clark
Anne Toole
September 29
Brian Matthews
October 7
Bart Hinze
October 19
Al Cooze
Yvonne Cooze
October 28
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Clyde Weldin
September 1, 1976
44 years
Lily Scales
September 9, 2019
1 year
Hattie Dyck
September 23, 2019
1 year
Audrie-Jo McConkey
October 1, 2012
8 years
Jane Gourley-Davis
October 5, 2015
5 years
Laurie Sandeson
October 6, 2008
12 years
Mike Topley
October 20, 1997
23 years
Rod Jones
October 20, 2008
12 years
Alana Hirtle
October 21, 2013
7 years
Adam Harris
October 22, 2018
2 years
Matt Hunter
October 22, 2018
2 years
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October 27, 2014
6 years
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October 27, 2014
6 years
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