It was President Louise's aim that we all gather to hear an RCNS recap of the year; to listen to a summary from each of the committee leaders as related to their committee service over the past year.
So much to report on! So much activity on so many fronts. So good that we could have this kind of impact on the communities in which we live.
Given the nature of the meeting, it seemed only right that we gather for a group photo. Whilst not everyone could be present, we were still able to account for 38 of our present-day active membership of 47.
"Rotary in Service"
The source photo for the enhanced picture (shown to the left) is given at the "Read more ..." tab.
On Tuesday morning, 30 May 2023 and on our collective behalves,  David Douglas welcomed Kate Graham, Curator of the Port Dover Harbour Museum as our Guest Speaker. At our hybrid (ie live attendance at R83 with zoom remote attendance) session, she spoke to us about the history, development and various programs offered at this Norfolk County museum. In a very entertaining way, Kate regaled us with several stories/anecdotes related to personalities, artifacts, shipwrecks and the town. Along the way,  she also touched upon the Museum's current exhibit entitled Cantelon: The Life and Work of William Edgar Cantelon.
All-in-all, it was a great presentation followed by questions as time permitted and a note of Club gratitude from Pam Shantz.
More information about the the Port Dover Harbour Museum may be found by clicking on this link. Additional content from the presentation at R83 is at the 'Read more ..' tab.
At our meeting on 30 May, Andi Matecsa welcomed back Aisley Ellis, a former Rotary student, who returned to speak to us about her experiences with the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). Most recently, Aisley has been quite involved in the RYLA Junior camp (ie for High School aged youth), conducted at Canterbury Hills in the Ancaster vicinity. Aisley did a great job explaining her journey along the RYLA path as well as the values and benefits derived from this very valuable Rotary youth leadership program. 
On 24/25 June, we'll be paddling to fight cancer in Norfolk County and we want you to help out. You can just be aware of this initiative, you might make a donation to a great cause. or you could even assemble a team and challenge for the cause.
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Hic sunt dracones! Go you dragons!
Licence #6 is a wrap - at least from a prize-winner perspective, the excitement came to a close several weeks ago and since then, we have been dispensing the proceeds.  The weekly prizes have all been awarded and the Grand Prize winner has been announced - the scene is now set for another Licence #7 (planned to start on 09 June).
In terms of the proceedings, a significant amount of the cash raised goes right back into the local community in accordance with AGCO and County policies and guidelines. The enclosed poster gives a reflection on the twelve community causes that our Club has supported with Licence #6 proceeds.
We are proud to support this selection of community groups - they make us proud to be members of Norfolk County.
Well done to the Community Service Committee for the work that goes into managing these donations. BZ. 
An evening to remember at the Lynwood Art Centre ...
Surrounded by the talent of local artist Bruce Steinhoff, we celebrated our 27th birthday in style - chartered on 16 May 1996 and still going strong.
To mark the occasion, it was decided to focus on our own; in particular long-serving members as well as those making such a difference as they continue to offer 'Service before Self'.
Following a brief introduction to the evening's events, Gail Catherwood entertained us with several 'mini-wheat' presentations.
Assistant Governor Keith Jones recognized Lionel Ulrich, Rudi Atkinson and John Wallace for their continuing generosity to the Rotary Foundation, as did District Governor Lisa Bishop in respect of Keith Jones' own support.  Jim Simpson presented a Paul Harris award to our own Joanne Kiefer. See the two separate, companion stories for details about these Paul Harris awards. 
President Louise recognized Charter Members Peter Wheatley, Jim Peters and John Wallace for their long-term and continuing service.
With the member recognition concluded, Pres Louise stepped up to present a donation to Kim Shippey representing the Lynnwood Arts Centre; funds sufficient to help send 20 children to art camp this summer.
After all of that, it was time to eat, so Lynn Cornfield did the honours, cut the birthday cake and served up a small feast of celebration.
Addition information about the event as well as a collection of photos from the evening may be found at the 'Read more ..' tab below.
A more complete collection of photos may be found at our Club Runner site - click here.
Happy Birthday RCNS.
One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for the parent club to use its Foundation contribution points to nominate a particular member of its own club or the community at large.
At our 02 May 2023, Birthday Party at the Lynnwood Art Centre, Chair of the PI Cttee, Jim Simpson announced that Joanne Kiefer was to be recognized as a PHF for her ongoing and selfless contributions to our Club and the general community. In the presentation to Joanne, she was described as one of our strongest members, quietly serving in leadership roles, project/fundraising initiatives, membership concerns and public speaking roles/duties. Over the years, Joanne has capably lead several of our club committees (Club Services (18/19), Ways & Means (14/15) & Membership (10/11)) but her strong suit was said to be taking on community work that just needs to be done. Joanne has taken over and improved upon our Salvation Army festive-season collection programs. She has initiated the work that needed to be done to re-kit our new or older club members with new Rotary clothing. Joanne led the charge in our ‘Action’ series by organizing our collection and re-distribution of hygiene products for those in need.  She has been a continuing & dedicated author of our ecards for club members in need.  As a very active member of the PI Cttee Joanne has learned how to deal with the Print & Radio media and has had a very positive effect on getting great exposure for us. Being active in the local community also means that Joanne is an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer in the local ‘Strong Start’ program designed to help children age 5-7 years who are struggling with reading skills.  
Clearly, Joanne exemplifies 'service above self'. 
Well done, Joanne - BZ. As a Club, we are all thankful for what you do to support the RCNS and are very proud of what you bring to our community presence.
One of the three ways that a Paul Harris Fellowship may be awarded is for an individual to make a substantial personal financial contribution(s) to the Rotary Foundation.
As a result, in 2023 the Rotary Foundation has once again recognized  Lionel Ulrich, Rudi Atkinson, John Wallace and Keith Jones with Paul Harris Fellowships for their ongoing donations to the Foundation. The awards were presented by D7090 Assistant Governor Keith Jones and Governor Lisa Bishop at our birthday party at the Lynnwood Arts Centre on 2 May.
Donations to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians such as these four, are the lifeblood of our corporate body, supporting projects around the world such as polio eradication, clean water and providing grant money back to Clubs for their local projects. We are so proud of these selfless RCNS leaders.
Photos of the four presentations to Lionel Ulrich, Rudi Atkinson, John Wallace and Keith Jones are shown at the 'Read more ...' tab below
imageRCNS had a good turnout to the District 7090 Conference on Saturday; Louise Schebesch, Keith Jones, Sophie Mummery (outbound exchange student), Andi Matecsa, Wolf Lindemann, Gail Bouw.  District Governor Lisa Bishop & her partner Lionel were part of the contingent travelling to New York from Norfolk.
In the picture to the left; Wolf Lindemann presented the bell from The Rotary Club of Delhi for use at future Conferences of District 7090 - the bell is in memory of Karen Oakes.  Now, whenever a Conference of District 7090 begins, the bell will ring and Karen will be in attendance in spirit. Seen in the picture from left - Past District Governors Frank Adamson and Melisa Schrock, Wolf Lindemann with the bell, and District Governor Lisa Bishop.
Go to the 'Read more ...' tab for a note on the student exchange participation at this successful conference. 
Following six, successfully-concluded licences of our ever-popular Catch the Ace (CTA) fundraiser, the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, with the support of the Port Dover Legion Branch 158, is now working towards restarting the contest with our seventh licence. It is being planned in a similar way as our preceding licences with the game intended to start on 09 June 2023 - it will conclude once the Ace of Spade is finally drawn.
Once a licence is concluded, a summary of the results is generated. This summary information is then shared with the local print media and can also be found on this web-site - ie see our FUNdraiser Tab at the top of this website to see the results and winners of our sixth licence.
For those who follow the CTA game on a more regular basis, the best way to stay abreast of the current results is to visit our FaceBook site. You may find an image of our FB Page as a panel on this web-page or you may wish to visit our FB Page by clicking on this link. Alternatively, the results are also posted to our weekly RCNS Bulletin (the 'Sunriser'). Normally, it is released to our members and friends on a weekly basis. If you are not a subscriber and you might wish to join the mailing list, please see the 'RCNS Bulletin Subscribe' panel as given at this website.
As an RCNS Regular Member, did you know that almost all of the information found on your home-based, Club Runner (CR) desk-top computer access, can be found on your cell phone?
All you need to do is download the CR App from any App Store and install it on your phone. To download the CR App from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar.
The enclosed, ~1 minute, video provides for some information and instructional assistance.
Once installed, your phone will then provide you with easy access to data from our RCNS records such as;
  • links our club and district websites;

  • regular club member personal contact information (phone numbers, addresses etc);

  • an up-to-date schedule of events and speakers; and

  • recent stories.

Those who have it on their phones use it frequently - if you don't have it yet, why not give it a try!
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