Rotary Club of Summerside    

February 10, 2009

Chair - Dale Sabean hails from Nova Scotia but likes to refer to himself as an IBC (Islander By Choice).  After graduating from Acadia, he worked in NS for 23 years as a teacher, a vice-principal, and then for the Chignecto School Board.  He is now superintendent of the Western School Board.  He has been married to Louise for almost 35 years and they have three children.  Dale enjoys curling, golf and motorcycles.


Singsong - With the help of Gabe Chaisson on the piano, Luc Van Hul led the singing of Let Me Call You Sweetheard, and Happy Birthday to Gordon Coffin and Gabe Chaisson.


Makeups -Marvin Clark had two (I missed the location, but I think it was somewhere warm), and Derek Key had one at the Hillsborough Club.


Visiting Rotarians - none. 


Guests - Catherine Dickson of Primary Care Consulting was a guest of Tina Mundy's.


Queen of Hearts Draw - Katie Irwin handled the duties. The jackpot only went up by $51 this week to $964.  It was missed by Scott Costain.


Attendance - Ron Gallant reported the lowly attendance of 60%.


International Toast - Richard Wedge toasted the Rotary Club of Zermatt, Switzerland.  He was there last week and did some skiing. Richard described the beauty of Zermatt with the following quote: "life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away". Seeing Zermatt takes your breath away.


Rotary Minute - none.


Sunshine Reports

Dale Sabean was happy for the first Islander Day. Les Chipperfield paid $2 and gave a report for Ron who isn't back from BC yet where his son's team won the Canadian Junior Curling Championship. David Anderson and Terri just got back from their first cruise in the sunny south.  They had a great time. The most important part of Estefy's week was the Ecuadorian night on Saturday.  She thanked everyone who attended and hopes everyone enjoyed themselves.  She is going to spend the coming weekend in Fredericton and will report on her trip next week.




Committee Reports

Les Chipperfield had pancake tickets ready for everyone to sell.  He is also keeping a close eye on those who have signed up to volunteer and will be looking for four-way test excuses from those who haven't.  If you haven't signed up, go to the website quick!  Karla Flynn reported that the Easter Seals Telethon is scheduled for the afternoon of March 1st.  The pool tournament will be held the following Saturday, on March 6th starting at 1:00 pm.  She also reminded that the Ambassador will be at next week's meeting.  She will have tickets for sale for $10 each next week (proceeds to Easter Seals). The grand prize is two tickets to the Canadiens/Sabres game in Montreal on March 28.  Wayne Thompson has rented the ice for our hockey game.  Reserve March 1st at 6:00.  It will be in the smaller of the two arenas.


Guest Speaker

Derek Key introduced Bill Kendrick and me (Yolande Richard). Bill and I went over the Club website and went through how to find information and use different sections of the site.  If you haven't done so, please visit, log in and update your profile.  If anyone has any questions regarding the website, any pictures or information to add, please contact Bill or me. We were thanked by Nelson Snow.


President's Report

President Sandy Rundle commented on how powerful the website can be when used to its full potential.  He reminded that the Easter Seals Ambassador will be next week's guest speaker and that Roy Riddlington will give his classification talk on March 3.  Sandy reiterated the importance of signing up for the pancake breakfast. He mentioned what a great time Estefy's Ecuadorian night was and thanked her for teaching those present about her country.  Her talk to the Club will be scheduled in the coming months.  Sandy passed the Club's condolences to Gordon Coffin for the recent passing of his mother.  He thanked Karla Flynn for keeping the Club updated on Easter Seals.  Sandy also mentioned that he had spoken to Ron Casey on Sunday evening following the Team PEI's big win.  Ron and everyone in Salmon Arm were pretty excited. The team is headed to BC again in a few weeks for the World Championships. 


Sargeant at Arms  

Nelson Snow filling in for Wayne Thompson fined Wayne for leaving before completing his Sargeant at Arms duties. He also fined Les "Big Brother" Chipperfield for his use of the website and fined those who haven't yet signed up for the pancake breakfast.