Due to the ongoing status of Covid-19, the Rotary Club of Newcastle has suspended all meetings until further notice. Take care everyone and wash your hands. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
I Am Rotary - Major Stan Higdon
Our speaker this past week was Major Stan Higdon of the Salvation Army doing a classification talk.
Born in 1953 in Buchans, NL, Stan moved with his family to Corner Brook, growing up and completing High Schoo lat Herdman Collegiate in 1972 . Upon graduation, he worked for a construction company, Lundrigans Limited, for 21 years. In the early '90's he felt the call of God to become a Salvation Army Officer and entered the Training College in St. John's, NL. for two years, accompanied by his wife Debbie and three children, Adam, Peter and Sarah.
Debbie and Stan served in nine appointments and retired three years ago in Deer Lake, NL. They are now serving in Miramichi at The Salvation Army. They love the City and feel much at home. They arrived in Miramichi in Sept 2019 and will return to Deer Lake in June 2020. Major Stan Higdon has been a Rotarian in a number of locations since 1994.
Stan has many hobbies and loves to do carpentry work and everything that it take to build a home. He will return home in June to complete his new house that he started to build in 2016. Debbie and Stan are also looking forward to see their five grandchildren who live in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Newcastle Rotary Club is pleased to have Stan as a member, even if he is only on temporary loan from NL. Thanking our speaker was Rotarian Barb Stothart. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Guest Speaker Elizabeth Hendrick From The Red Cross
Elizabeth is the Emergency Management coordinator for Central New Brunswick, where her region extends from Woodstock to Miramichi. She has teams of all over Central NB who assist with everything from 72 hour preparedness booths at local events, to supporting the 1500 people affected by the 2019 Spring floods. Originally from Calgary, AB she moved to New Brunswick to become a teacher back in 2012 and after 7 years she decided to make a change and try her luck with disaster management. She is nearing her one-year anniversary with the Canadian Red Cross and is loving all the challenges and adventures that have come with it!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Red Cross please email:
Pictured (R) thanking Elizabeth is Newcastle Rotarian Francis Malley ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
The Rotary Club of Newcastle and its members are saddened to hear of the passing of its longest standing member Mr. Charlie Hubbard. Charlie Hubbard believed that “We need to thank those that have helped and influenced us”. Charlie told the greatest stories, and his presence and inspiring words at our weekly meetings will be missed by all.
After school, Charlie attended the University of New Brunswick Fredericton on full scholarship and completed 3 degrees. He then became a teacher at the university helping teachers improve on their classification. In his late 20’s Charlie started a school in Red Bank, NB. In 1961, he graduated from the Royal Canadian School of Infantry and served briefly with Canadian Guards in Germany and later as a platoon officer, quartermaster, adjutant, company commander and Deputy commander of 2 Royal New Brunswick Regiment . In 1963, he began his career at Harkins High School in Newcastle and also taught at North and South Esk Regional High School in Sunny Corner, New Brunswick. He was the first principal of Miramichi Valley High School. He was also a member of the New Brunswick Teachers Association, the Principals Council, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He is a former member of the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Miramichi. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Our speaker this past week (Feb.5) was Kim Poffenroth (R), Chief Electoral Officer for Elections NB, who spoke about the upcoming elections for Municipalities, the District Education Council, and the Regional Health Authority. These elections will be held on May 11th, with any needed byelections in October - Kim reminded us that sufficient candidates in May would eliminate the need for the byelections and save tax dollars. Their theme is "Local Choice - Local Voice". Between the three groups there will be a total of 730 elections provincially - in 2016 there were 1100 nomination papers filed, with some positions being acclaimed and still others needing to be filled by ministerial appointment. Successful candidates will be involved in budgets and setting policy. Candidates must be Canadian, be at least 18 years of age, and reside within their municipality for at least 6 months prior to the election. There is also a requirement for supporters to sign your nomination papers. For moe information, go to www.electionsnb.ca. Thanking the speaker was Rotarian Elizabeth Kelly (L). ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Becky Levi (L) and Samantha Fairweather (R) from the Miramichi Youth House were our speakers at the weekly meeting held Feb.29th. They spoke about the youth house and their upcoming fundraiser, the Coldest Night of the Year. Founded in 1998, the Youth House offers temporary housing for both male and female youth ages 16-19 in times of crisis and emergency. The program offers a place for young people to live, meeting their basic needs and their overall well-being. Youth are encouraged to address their educational and employment needs as well as basic life and social skills. As well, the youth are supported with any issues they may be encountering. Anyone wishing to participate or conribute to this fundraiser can go online at www.cnoy.org/location/miramichi. More information about the Miramichi Youth House can be found online at Miramichi Youth House. The speakers were thanked by Rotarian Barbara Stothart (C). ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
The Rotary Club of Newcastle Executive for 2020-2021 will be:
President Michael Mersereau
President Elect Kevin Forgrave
Secretary Karen Howe
Treasurer January Lynch
Past President Greg MacDiarmid
Membership Chair Matt Doherty
Foundation Chair Deborah McKinley
Public Relations Chair Ryan Somers
Literacy Chair Barbara Stothart
Sgt at Arms Kevin Matthews ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Speakers this past week at our regular club meeting were Norman Brown, President of the Miramich Cross Country Ski Club, and Paula Septon, Biathlon Coordinator. Norm and Paula spoke about their new clubhouse and the creation of the biathlon course. The bulding and biathlon course were made possible through financial contributions from the province, federal government, and the Chatham Rotary Club. The new building replaces an older structure which has been moved a few times as the club changed locations. The biathlon course is only the second in NB and attracts participants from across the maritimes and Quebec, which will lead to official competitions within the city. Biathlon is an Olympic sport and combines timed cross country skiing with marksmanship. The original ski club continues to have many kilometers of groomed trails for both classical and skate technique, providing a wonderful exercise and outdoor experience for residents of Miramichi and beyond. At the end of this meeting, our group presented the ski club with $1500 towards the purchase of tables and chairs for their building. Pictured are (LtoR) Biathlon Coordinator Paula Septon, Rotary President Michael Mersereau, Rotarian Ryan Somers, and Ski President Norman Brown. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Calling all Newcastle Rotary members￼! The third annual Chamber of Commerce Curling Bonspiel will be held on March 28, 2020. ￼ email me if you want to be a part of this amazing social event￼ 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago