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UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, all in-person meetings have been suspended. Location: Sunrise Rotary meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am at the Greener Village. On the last Wednesday of each month, the
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A Message from President Mark D Maloney 2019-2020 and President-elect Holger Knaack 2020-2021

Dear fellow Rotary members and friends,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotary members in an unfamiliar place.

As #PeopleofAction, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations - one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit our COVID-19 response page at for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotary members to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,

Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International

Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International


Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President has a vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models. The 2019-20 theme "Rotary Connects the World" fits the deep and meaningful connections that Rotarians are making throughout their community and business interactions.

A Rotarian since 1980, Maloney has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA and has served as an RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; and aide to 2003-04 RI President Jonathan Majiyagbe. He also has participated in the Council on Legislation as chair, vice chair, parliamentarian, and trainer. He was an adviser to the 2004 Osaka Convention Committee and chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.

Prior to serving as a district governor, Maloney led a Group Study Exchange to Nigeria.

He also served as Future Vision Committee vice chair; Foundation training institute moderator; Foundation permanent fund national adviser; member of the Peace Centers Committee; and adviser to the Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Target Challenge Committee.

Incoming President, Candace Boone is certainly making connections. As the Chief Engineer at the Delta Hotel, she is making waves in her field and within the hotel industry. Candace will continue shaking things up in her new role as President for the 2019-20 Rotary year as Rotary Connects the World!
2018-19 Rotary year has certainly being an inspiring one. Fredericton Sunrise Rotary added 7 new members, had an extremely successful fundraiser with Beer on the Bridge and have increased our profile and presence within the local community with guest speakers, visits to the Greener Village and The Ville. Sarah has also inspired our members to do more with our trail adoption at O'Dell Park while visiting local breweries as we gear up for our upcoming fundraiser.
Let's put our hands together to THANK YOU Sarah:
President Sarah inducted Antoinette Stewart to the club at our recent business meeting. Antoinette brings a wealth of experience, adding another level of diversity to our club.
President Sarah inducted our newest member, Adekunle Adeyemi, back into the Rotary family. Ade has been an active Rotartact member and now brings his unique skills to the Fredericton Sunrise Rotary family.
October 24, 2018 is END POLIO NOW day. We are so close to eradicating this disease but we need your help. For every dollar raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match two times the amount. This stretches our dollar even further to ensure that all children, no matter their ethnicity, no matter where they live, no matter their economic status can be protected.
Be the Inspiration you want to see...

Fredericton considers craft beer festival on the walking bridge

Sunrise Rotary Club proposes Beer on Bridge as a July fundraiser

Sarah Kilfoil, Regional Director of the York Library Region and Rotarian, spoke to us this morning about what's new with public libraries in the province, including 7 day opening at the Fredericton Public Library and STEAM programming. The library is definitely a happening place!
Rotarians Tim, Nikki & Sarah

Two Guests Today!

His Worship, Mayor Mike O'Brien
- updated us on the need for updates to and the future plans for the airport, a new Performing Arts Centre, the Garrison District & the riverfront. 
Rotary District 7810 ADG & DG Nominee, Noel Eustace                                                                               -  updated us on soon coming training events.

Several clubs in the Fredericton District 7810 organized for the Mayor to raise the Rotary Flag at City Hall to celebrate the 111th Anniversary. The flag will fly until March 1st, proudly telling the city that Rotary is a big part of the Community. Mayor Brad Woodside, Paul Harris Fellow, is a very keen supporter of all Rotary does in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and internationally.  It was a cold winter's day but the sun shone brightly.  
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Photo shows from left to right, Mayor Woodside, David Balmain, President Fredericton North Club, Jean Street, President of Fredericton Sunrise Club, Past District Governor John Carkner of Fredericton Sunrise and Tim Porter, President-elect of the newly formed Hanwell Club.
John Landry of Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions (SLS) claims "Your poor health is not your fault." He inspired us with the fact & examples of simple changes in our day-to-day lifestyle that can result in amazing improvements to our health, happiness & overall lifestyle. or on FB
Fredericton Sunrise President Jean presented our clubs final payment toward the Rotary Lodge at Kilarney Lake to Fredericton North President David.
In 2005 Fredericton Sunrise & Fredericton North Rotary Clubs celebrated Rotary International 's 100th birthday by building the Rotary Lodge at Kilarney Lake. 
On April 15, 2015 Bernie Zebarth of FreddyLink provided the Rotary club of Fredericton Sunrise with an overview of its project in Haiti and plans to provide continued support in the coming year (2016). The project links individuals within the Fredericton community with children and families who are in need within specific villages under the COBOCOL and UDICC area development programs in the central plateau region of Haiti. The initiative is spearheaded in collaboration with World Vision.
Bernie Zebarth (guest)
Left to right: Jean Street (president-elect), Nancy Acreman, Bernie Zebarth (guest), Ed Dimayacyac
Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore, talked about the WestJet Encore Effect and being a presence in the Fredericton market. Mr. Pugliese presented to the Fredericton community on March 23 outlining the presence of the WestJet Encore Effect in Fredericton which should provide to citizens, residents, and visitors alike with the opportunity for lower, competitively fares, while providing better choices for regional travel.
On April 15, the first WestJet Encore flight will be coming to the Fredericton Airport. There will be 2 flights provided daily to Fredericton from Toronto.
The Club was visited by Hugh Kennedy, a representative with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. He talked with the club members, as well as Interact members about the Talk with our Kids about Money initiative. 
April 15 has been designated for parents, schools to talk with middle-school and high-school aged students able money matters, how to be responsible at any age!
This was a great presentation with an engaging discussion followed. Also in attendance were our Assistant District Governor, Jerry Misener and his wife Adeline.
Mark Wilson, senior project manager and principal at Stantec presented the findings ona five-year research project on alternative energy sources - Powershift Atlantic. The primary objective is to determine if wind generation could be more effectively used by shifting usage of customer equipment. This project is the first in the world to explore this venture. This leading edge project won both national and international awards.
Picture: Harry Bohnsack, Mark Wilson, Nicole Whyte (President)
At this week's meeting, we were honoured to have Martin Parnell (motivational speaker and Right to Play advocate) present on his five-year initiative Quest for Kids, which is raising funds for disadvantaged children to have the Right to Play globally. Martin is truly an inspiring and dynamic speaker who had us motivated in doing even more with helping children at risk.
Later that day, the 24-hour tennis marathon was held at the Abony Family Tennis Center; his first opponent was our very own Premier Brian Gallant.

Brian MacDonald, PC candidate for Fredericton-West-Hanwell, was the 4th candidate in our political series to speak with our club.                                                                                                                                                    

He shared the challenge & interesting work of being a politician followed by a good discussion of the election issues. Thank you Brian.




Our traditional view of a public library is one of borrowing books, CDs, DVDs and finding a quiet space to read or study. The Fredericton Public Library is all that and more, much more... Now one can find space to be creative, to develop ideas on the next entrepreneurial venture or just to meet your knitting or sewing group.

The Fredericton Public Library is offering space to the wider community, engaging them on a level that encourages interaction and yes, active discussion within the library structure. 

Tyler Griffin, the Young Adult / Adult Services Librarian brought his dynamism to our morning discussion and opened our eyes to the not-so-traditional view of our library space.

Content provided by: Niki Whyte


Trisha Hoyt represented the Liberal leader, Brian Gallant, at our last meeting. She is running in the Oromocto-Lincoln area and is her first time entering politics. Trisha indicated that NB has the potential of being a leader in the innovation field, with a tremendous number of IT start-ups finding their start in NB and making great strides nationally and globally. NB also has the potential of being completely self-sufficient by being present at the table with other provinces to develop and hone these ideas. A repeal of the tax-exempt given to certain companies, while taxing the highest income-earning sector of the population will result in the financing required to realize their initiatives. For more information, visit

Submitted by Nicole Whyte

Sustainability and transparency were key areas discussed by David. Sustainability with our resources; such as reliable and cost effective electricity through NB Power and the smart grid initiative ( NB Power's goal is to provide a modern utility service aligned with our customers evolving lifestyle requirements and will therefore invest in Smart Grid technology to reduce and shift electricity demand in the province.

He also spoke of encouraging local, homegrown food that will build a strong local economy using resources already available within the rural areas. Farming our own products and providing incentives for local farmers to do so is key.

In terms of governance - he indicated that for the last 4 years, the government has been electioneering instead of getting down to business and believes individuals should listen to the voice of the people (their constituents) rather than the usual towing the party line.

Preventative care was also discussed instead of trying to take care of a sick population within the hospital setting, additional doctors should be employed on the front-end to prevent or streamline the illnesses.

He also mentioned that our literacy rates are one of the highest across the country but illiteracy is still an issue and is not being properly addressed.

Submitted by Niki Whyte




Shannon Adam, Business Development Chair for Greener Village Food Bank accepts Sunrise Rotary's donation from John Carkner This donation will be used for furniture and materials to build more vegetable beds! (Sunrise Rotary's Fall Project)



This morning we were treated to a special visit from our District Governor (DG) Mike Walsh and his lovely wife Francine. Also in attendance were Asst. DG Jerry Misener and his lovely wife Adeline.

DG Mike brought us a very inspirational message, outlining his hope for the 2014-15 year, while tasking us to Light Up Rotary. He expounded on RI President Gary Huang's message that if each one of us lights a candle then the hope continues.

We are also so close to ending polio worldwide and were treated to messages from Bill Gates and Bono who have graciously joined the fight, reassured that Rotary is involved and will make a difference.

He is also hopeful that membership will be increasing within the district and encourages us to seek not just members but Rotarians who are committed to our plan of action. He identified that while we are a small club, we get quite a lot done and should feel tremendous pride in this fact.

Submitted by Nicole Whyte 



Ray Zahab, endurance athlete was the inspirational speaker at Partner's For Youth  20th Anniversary Gala. Running the Sahara began a lifelong journey of discovery. A journey of learning that some of the largest barriers to success are the ones we put upon ourselves. By breaking these down, we are all capable of truly extraordinary things.

Hope to see you there!

Tickets available online           <>  



Fredericton High School "Spooked The Hunger" by collecting & donating over 1,700 food items to Greener Village/Fredericton Food Bank. Congrats to FHS Interact Club for organizing this event!


A really big thank you goes out to Harry and his family for hosting our change over party on Saturday


                                                                    Alanna, Paula, Lise & Nikki

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Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Chairperson Schedule
August 2019
Bohnsack, Harry
September 2019
Adeyemi, Adekunle
October 2019
Pelletier, Andre
November 2019
Carkner, John
December 2019
Kilfoil, Sarah
January 2020
Dimayacyac, Ed
February 2020
Frenette, Julie
March 2020
Juta, Conrad
April 2020
Geddry-Rautio, Marie-Claude
May 2020
Stewart, Antoinette
June 2020
Kilfoil, Sarah
Greeters Schedule
August 2019
MacMillan, Sandy
September 2019
Lenihan, Lynne
October 2019
Geddry-Rautio, Marie-Claude
November 2019
Street, Jean
December 2019
Cuthbertson, Ric
January 2020
Kairns, Tim
February 2020
Carkner, John
March 2020
Bohnsack, Harry
April 2020
Kilfoil, Sarah
May 2020
Whyte, Nicole
June 2020
Adeyemi, Adekunle