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A Rotary Year in Review: Dartmouth Rotary Club 2010-11



Outgoing President Mike Monaghan & Incoming President Don Penwell


Mike Monaghan – President Dartmouth Rotary Club 2010-2011

RI Theme – “Building Communities Bridging Continents

Our Rotarians enjoyed a number of fellowship activities during year. The Chisholm’s hosted the 9th annual Chester Golf Extravaganza the rain did not stop us from having a great time. In the fall and again in the spring we enjoyed each others company while picking up the litter on our adopted Highway Windmill Road. In November the Garnier’s hosted the first annual Crib Tournament some of us slowed the play but all had a great time with lots of food, drinks, billiards and fellowship. Thanks Alex Handyside for organizing the Garrison Brewery tour light on tour with lots of fellowship and drink. While our Rotarians replaced the fire escape and front ramp and deck {with professional help} at Margaret House we had a great time working together for a common cause.

Our club installed our Rotary Sign on the off ramp in front of the Ramada with Mark McGrath’s and Don Penwell’s leadership. Guests from Ontario joined us the next week.

During September we had our Club Assembly. Our moderator kept us on track helping our team to build a long list of needed community projects.

Tim Nobes, Michael Speraw and Jim Kirby attended the Rotary Leadership Institute in October a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program.
In the fall Robert, Neville Gilfoy, Scott Lynch and Bob Johnson travelled to Montreal to establish a partnership with Semafo Foundation on projects in West Africa.

We held a Paul Harris Night in October to recognize our long term partner in World Community Service Etruscan and Coastas Hallavrezous, a local broadcaster and friend of Rotary.

Our club was successful is getting a District Simplified Grant to assist our purchase of kitchen equipment for the East Dartmouth Community Center.

Our Christmas party at NSCC was a big success with over 45 enjoying 5 courses of the fine cuisine and fellowship. Thanks to our fine masters Allan Peters and Neville we had enough wine to go around.

Our District Governor, Mark Brown, visited in January and thanked the Club for the tremendous turnout of our Board. He said “I truly believe the future of your club is very bright indeed”. I was pleased to present the True Rotarian Award on Mark’s behalf to Bob Johnson and well deserved.

Our club received our Charitable Status in the spring thanks to Scott’s vision and the work from Derek Cramm, Doug Livingstone and Doug Hill. Day’s later we deposited a $20,000 cheque from the John Savage Trust for our Clinic in Toure.
We are all proud of our new web site. Now we can post descriptions of our projects with pictures keeping our fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary up to date with our club activities. Our members’ only section was well used as we worked on our Spring Classic. Dana Atwell and Alex Handyside have done an excellent job with this easy to use site.

In May Don Penwell and Alex Handyside attended the District Conference in St. John’s for our Club while Bill Lemmon and Jim Kirby attended for the District. At this conference our Club received the Presidents Citation Award 2010-2011, With Distinction, for our Club’s work in all the 4 area’s of service.

This year our club has co sponsored the creation of a new Rotary Club in Lower Sackville. Bill Lemmon, Gary Frail and Don MacKenzie and others have given there time to ensure this Club gets their Charter soon.

Our Board just approved two applications from two young Dartmouth business women for the Group Study Exchange in Taiwan in 2012.

In May, we were all sadden to say good-bye to a fellow Rotarian and dear friend Rotarian Wilfrid Warner. Wilf joined our Club in the 1960’s he was a past president, Paul Harris fellow, Honorary Rotarian and most recently our Club Historian. Wilf served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club for 45years as well he had many other community interests. Wilf’s enthusiasm for all things Rotary will be missed.

We welcomed two new Rotarians this year John Brookbank and Scott Leckie.
Thanks to an active program and an engaged club our meeting have been lively and effective. Our team in charge of speakers has done an excellent job our speakers have been informative and inspiring. Michael Speraw, Doug Livingstone and Alex Handyside desire all the credit.

Our projects for this year are the main reason why we meet here each week. Over 29 projects were completed this year with cheques issued and commitments expensed for $81,000. Yes with everyone’s commitment to making our community and world a better place we made it happen.

With many new projects this year:
In Community we had Service Kidsfest Program in Harbourview , Excalibur After School Society, Freedom House, Churchill Academy, Slave Lake Relief, Ark and Margaret House;
In Vocational we had Service Dictionaries for Dartmouth Kids and Adventures in Citizenship in International Service Pakistan Flood Relief ,Kiva Micro Credit Loans, Paediatric Handbook for Zimbabwe, Gambia Association NS, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief and the new Guatemala Project. The Guatemala Project could be one of our Clubs largest projects with our $20,000 and matching grants from the District and Rotary International we will make a difference in education ,clean water and sanitation in eight communities in Guatemala.

As I finish my Rotary year as your President I am confident that incoming President Don Penwell has inherited as I did a strong engaged team of Rotarians ready to continue to impact lives positively here and around the world.



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