Former Rotary exchange student Teo Gonzalez from Mexico along with her parents, Adolfo Gonzalez and Marilú Domínguez, visited with our group today at our weekly meeting. Teo attended Miramichi Valley High School in her grade 11th year and stayed with hosts Rotarian Greg MacDiarmid and Rotarian Rob MacTavish. Teo wanted to take the opportunity to thank Greg and Rob for being such amazing hosts and presented both with special plaques that were personally made by her father in Mexico. Exchange students become very much part of the local Rotary family and their school during the stay here. We wish all the best to Teo in her future endeavors!! ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
Victor Somers of Eastside Church Speaks at Weekly Rotary Meeting
Born and raised up river, Victor Somers always knew that his life would see him leave his home town one day to explore beyond the river that he loved. After studying in Fredericton and Florida he and his wife Jodi lived and worked in Orlando Florida, Denver Colorado and Halifax Nova Scotia. Seven years ago he returned to Miramichi to start a church. EastSide Church was launched in 2012 and has grown little by little over the last couple of years. EastSide Church purchased two vacant buildings on opposite corners of Cunard and Wellington streets in the former town of Chatham. After a renovation project that saw the auditorium completely refurbished, the Vogue Theatre was reopened and across the street, they've opened the Creative Grounds Café. Victor is married to his college sweetheart (24 yrs) and has an 18 year old son, Trenton
Rotarian Jack Christie (L) Thanked Victor Somers for speaking. ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
Karen Howe - Executive director Volunteer Miramichi
Thank you to Newcastle Rotarian and newly appointed Executive Director to Volunteer Miramichi Karen Howe for taking time to speak at our weekly meeting about her new roll at Volunteer Miramichi.
Volunteer Miramichi is the voice of Volunteer Activities in the Greater Miramichi area. Through our leadership and proactive approach they promote, facilitate and co-ordinate volunteer-related activities.
Volunteer Miramichi is involved with Change Miramichi, a collective group of non-profit organizations who have joined together to fund raise and promote positive change within the Miramichi.
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2 weeks ago
Karen will excel in her new role! She is a force in our community. Congrats on the career change, Karen!
Way to go Karen!!!
Newcastle Rotary recently presented a cheque for $2150 to GG Food Services Inc., a non-profit operating out of Gretna Green School, towards the purchase of small appliances.
GG Food Services is a group of volunteers who have the goal of serving children, specifically focusing on their health and their nutritional education. Having completed their third year of operation, they have accomplished some goals, including teaching their students about where their food comes from with the GG Edible Playground.
This past year year, they focused on improving the ease and efficiency of food preparation for their staff. With the purchase of the small appliances, they will be able to reduce some of the manual chopping and slicing that is being done currently. Reducing food waste (always a priority) and saving time for the staff will allow them to achieve some cost savings that can put back into the cafeteria for the benefit of the children.
Pictured (LtoR) are Rotarian Tara Racette, GG board members Tara Spencer and Melissa White, and GG board chair Renee Shaddick. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Love this picture and Tara your dress!!!!!
During the last regular club meeting of this Rotary year, outgoing president Greg MacDiarmid (R) bestowed the chain of office on incoming president Michael Mersereau (L). This completes the end of three years as Rotary Club of Newcastle president for Greg (with approx 6 months as "acting" president prior).
Michael has a great slate of officers for the upcoming year.
Michael Mersereau - President
Kevin Forgrave - President Elect
Greg MacDiarmid - Past President
Karen Howe - Secretary
January Lynch - Treasurer
Barbara Stothart - Literacy Chair
Stacey Sutherland - Public Relations Chair
Matt Doherty - Membership Chair
Tara Racette - Foundation Chair
Kevin Matthews - Sgt at Arms ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Good job Greg
Rotary is a wonderful service club! I really enjoyed my years there in the Newcastle Club!
Great job Greg and congrats on three successful years. A fantastic group doing wonderful things for the community😘🤗.
Congratulations to all Greg you did a fantastic job rebuilding! Kudos to you and your fellow Rotarians!!
Congrats Mike! Have a great year.
Captain Darlene MacDougald was a recent speaker at our weekly club meetings. Capt. MacDougald is the commanding officer (CO) of the 315 Newcastle Air Cadet Squadron in Miramichi, one of the older squadrons in Canada.
Capt. MacDougald came to CFB Chatham as part of a military family in 1962 and has stayed ever since, graduating from JMH high school and continuing her education at NBCC Miramichi. She is currently employed as a Supervisor in Nutrition and Food Services at Miramichi Regional Hospital. Capt. MacDougald joined the air cadet organization on the Parent Committee in 2001 after her son joined 315 squadron. In 2006 she became a reserve officer and has gone on to fill many of the positions up to her current role.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a Canadian national youth program for young individuals aged 12 to 19. Under the authority of the National Defence Act, the program is administered by the Canadian Forces (CF) and funded through the Department of National Defence (DND). Additional support is provided by the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL). Together with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and Royal Canadian Army Cadets, it forms the "largest federally funded youth program in the country".Cadets are not members of the military and are not obliged to join the Canadian Forces.
The first squadrons were established in 1941 to train young men for duties during World War II. The purpose has since changed to focus on citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, general aviation and stimulating an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces.
The majority of cadet training takes place at the local squadron during the regular school year, with a percentage of cadets selected for summer training courses at various cadet summer training centres located across Canada. Central to the air cadet program are the gliding and flying scholarships offered to air cadets who qualify. One in five private pilots in Canada is an ex-air cadet, and 67% of commercial and airline pilots began their careers as an air cadet. Other cadet activities include learning to play a musical instrument, bush survival training, marksmanship, and citizenship. There are 453 squadrons located across the country with enrollment of over 26,000 Air Cadets.
Newcastle Rotary has been a sponsor of this group going back more than five decades, providing financial assistance and support. Shown presenting a cheque to Capt. MacDougald is club president Greg MacDiarmid, himself a former air cadet for four years with 597 Chatham squadron and proof positive not everyone has to learn to fly to enjoy being in air cadets.
For more information on Air Cadets:
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2 weeks ago
Jack Christie, Treasurer, Newcastle Rotary Charitable Trust, presented a donation to Shawn McCarthy, Executive Director, Friends of Beaubears Island, for their educational programs. Through guided tours of its Interpretive Centre, Beaubears Island and Wilsons Point, interpreters inform visitors, especially school children during the month of June, of the significance of the Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites as well as the special flora, fauna and environment. During the months of May and June every year, the Friends of Beaubear have a special program for elementary school children. Rotary support educational programs for young people in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Weekly Guest Speaker - Jody Williston of Theriault & Hachey Peat Moss Ltd.
Theriault and Hachey Peat Moss Ltd was founded in 1963 by brothers Louis and Issaac Theriault. The brothers started the business with traditional block-cut method of harvesting peat by shovel. After 50 years the business is run by 3rd generation family members Matt Theriault and Jody Williston who have grown the company into the preferred Canadian sphagnum peat moss supplier to the horticultural and mushroom industries. They offer customers the highest quality peat moss products combined with exceptional customer service and support.
Thanking Jody Williston for his wonderful presentation today is Rotarian Karen Howe. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Good job Jody!😊
Small business are truly the backbone of our economy. As with Haché Theriault, a 3rd generation company, they are here for the long term, during the good times and the bad. Good job Jody!
Bravo mon gars! Je suis fière de toi! Et je suis sûre que mimi, pépère et oncle Louis le sont aussi!
Félicitations Jody! J’ai travaillé pour Thériault et Haché à une très jeune âge. C’est ton grand-père Isaac qui m’a donné ma première job. Je pillais des blocs de mousse. Ton n’oncle Louis était tellement bon à moi. De très bons souvenirs.
Guest Speakers - Project ETS.
Project ETS (End the Stigma) was started at James M. Hill High School by Grade 12 students Kate Estabrooks, Liam Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Sean Cummings.
Their mission is to raise awareness about the mental health crises in our schools and they have been fighting for more resources and funding for guidance counselors, teacher training, and school psychologists. The students have applied for grants and have pitched their ideas to various stakeholders and have managed to secure funding to ensure several staff at James M. Hill have been trained to help with students who are suffering from a mental health crises.
They have presented to the Minister of Education, local MLAs, District Education Councils throughout NB, student groups across the province and have received numerous recognitions and awards for their work this year including the ASDN starfish award which is given out to teachers for outstanding contribution to the education system. This is the first and only time a student group has received this award.
Since all four are graduating from JMH this year they have recently started the important work of training other students to carry on this important work next year.
We were very pleased to have Project ETS present to our club last week, to teach us more about their mission.
Pictured LtoR: Amber Flynn, Sarah McLean, Liam Quinn, Kate Estabrooks, Sean Cummings, and thanked by Rotarian Stan Knowles. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago