Bound­ary Ro­tary

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Jan Draper, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

At a re­cent meet­ing Bound­ary Ro­tary wel­comed some im­por­tant guests: New “Friend of Ro­tary,” Brenda McIn­tyre, for­mer mem­ber of Bound­ary, Ulrich Knuchel and a group of stu­dents from Stanstead Col­lege hosted by Ro­tar­ian An­drew Blair.

Brenda McIn­tyre has of­fered to help the club with its on-go­ing pro­ject, the Ro­tary Book­store. Al­though the sales are only once a month, the first Satur­day, there is a great deal of work to keep the book­store run­ning. The books are do­nated by mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Chances are good that if you are read­ing this ar­ti­cle, you have do­nated books to the store. The books are sorted and shelved and any that are dam­aged or un­suit­able are re-cy­cled. Sev­eral peo­ple help us to do this in­clud­ing Lu­cie Tay­lor from North Hat­ley. Pres­i­dent Al­lan Smith pre­sented Brenda with her own key so that she can work at the book­store when­ever she has time. The club is de­lighted to have a new “Friend of Ro­tary”.

For­mer mem­ber of the Bound­ary, Ulrich Knuchel, dropped in to visit on a trip to Canada from Switzer­land where he and his wife, Ver­ena, now live. Ulrich is still a mem­ber of a Ro­tary Club but in Berne, a club that has over 80 mem­bers of both gen­ders. The Bound­ary club was happy to see Ulrich and hopes that he will al­ways visit when he is in Canada.

An­drew Blair, the club’s new­est mem­ber brought a team of three stu­dents to dis­cuss their new ini­tia­tive in Viet­nam. With sup­port from teach­ers, this pro­ject will be un­der­taken by a team of stu­dents. Three stu­dents will visit Hanoi dur­ing Stanstead Col­lege’s break to dis­cuss more fully the pro­ject ac­tiv­i­ties and how to make those ac­tiv­i­ties ap­pro­pri­ate in that en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able too. Then when they re­turn to Canada, they will raise money to re­al­ize their goals.

Like many in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions this one came about by chance. At a meet­ing of in­ter­na­tional schools An­drew met the Head­mas­ter of the Olympia School in Hanoi and they be­gan to con­sider links be­tween their schools. An­drew vis­ited Hanoi and saw real op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ment in or­der to im­prove the lives of ru­ral stu­dents in Xuan Chinh Sec­ondary School. He pro­posed this to the stu­dents at Stanstead Col­lege who were very en­thu­si­as­tic and now are in charge.

Last week two mem­bers of the team, Olivia Wood­stock and Jes­sica Iosano, vis­ited the New­port Club to ask for sup­port for their pro­ject and the Bound­ary Club looks for­ward to a mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Lo­cal mem­bers of the Pro­ject Com­mit­tee in­clude Mr. An­drew Blair, Olivia Wood­cock, Alice Liu, Anna thin­phang-nga. Thomas Ab­bott, He­len(Xinyu) Yao, Jes­sica lozano

The pro­ject is best sum­ma­rized by the stu­dents them­selves whose words are found on the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­cerpt from their Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion. They dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing:

Xuan Chinh Sec­ondary School in Chanh, Thanh Hoa has no func­tional plumb­ing sys­tem.

Stu­dents also have very lit­tle ac­cess to nu­tri­tional food.

They will mainly eat rice with salt, some­times veg­eta­bles, and on very rare oc­ca­sions fish.’’

Dur­ing the stu­dents’ trip to Viet­nam they will dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion fur­ther and with their coun­ter­parts iden­tify the most press­ing is­sues to be dealt with.

The stu­dents have also in­cluded in their Pow­er­point “10 Facts about Viet­nam” with some pho­tos of Viet­nam some of which are as fol­lows:

FACT 2 In Viet­nam, there are 54 eth­nic groups, each have their unique cul­ture and cloth­ing

FACT 3: Soc­cer is the most pop­u­lar sport in Viet­nam, other sports of in­ter­est in­clude ta­ble ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, bad­minton, ten­nis, and mar­tial arts.

FACT 7: In some ru­ral ar­eas, only 10 to 15 per­cent of the chil­dren progress be­yond third grade, whereas al­most 96 per­cent of pupils in Ho Chi Minh City com­plete fifth grade.

FACT 9 The cost of tu­ition, books, and uni­forms and the need to sup­ple­ment fam­ily in­come are the two main rea­sons for Viet­nam kids to drop out of school.

Thanks to the stu­dents and Mr. Blair for al­low­ing the use of the in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures from their Pow­er­point. Best of luck to the stu­dents here and in Viet­nam.

The Bound­ary club closed with its usual toast to, “Peace, good­will and bet­ter friend­ships.”

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Pres­i­dent Al­lan Smith, Bob Richard­son, Ce­cile Joyal, Ulrich Knuchel, Lionel Emond, Joan Drinkwa­ter and, be­hind the cam­era, Jan Draper

From left to right Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents, Alice Liu, Keifer Hay­ward, and Thomas Ab­bott, Pres­i­dent Al­lan and new mem­ber An­drew Blair.

Pres­i­dent Al­lan Smith presents a key to the book­store to Brenda McIn­tyre

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