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A Rotary Year in Review: Dartmouth Rotary Club 2013-14

 
 

 

Outgoing President Alex Handyside & Incoming President Jim Kirby

 

 

Excerpts from Club President Alex Handyside’s speech at the 2014 Spring Classic

Welcome to the Dartmouth Rotary Club's 60th anniversary year's Spring Classic Dinner & Draw. On behalf of the club, thank you for coming tonight, we're very pleased you could join us once more.


Our club is noted for its international work. You can see from the slides what we have been involved in: in Burkina Faso, Niger, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Guatemala. We're involved in poverty relief, sanitation, potable water, pediatric and maternal health, and earthquake relief.


Closer to home, we have provided support to the Rotary Club of High River in flood-torn southern Alberta, to Lac Megantic to help rebuild their town library, and to the Rotary club in the vicinity of Sandy Hook Elementary School. We've sent two high-schoolers to Ottawa, and we've given two others scholarships to university. And we've also taken part in a women entrepreneurs micro-loan program.
Our club particularly enjoys small, hands-on projects for local community groups: this year we've painted school walls, laid floors, put up shelves, built a wheelchair ramp, knocked down walls, installed windows, erected fences, built planters, put up blinds, built trails, and assembled stationary bikes. We've even picked up bags, & bags, of litter off Windmill Road - twice. And in our own city, we've helped fund the Dartmouth Boys & Girls Clubs' breakfast program and Easter Seals' Camp Tidnish.


We're a refined bunch, so last summer we sponsored the Sullivan's Pond Concert Series, and we're doing it again this summer. I have deliberately avoided naming names tonight, simply because every one of our members is active and involved in something. But there is one name I feel we must acknowledge - the person who is largely, mostly and almost entirely responsible for putting together this evening's event - please stand, Marg Chisholm. Yes, it was a team effort but Marg was our cat-herder. Thank you Marg.


But perhaps the project I 'm most proud of is actually a joint project with the five other metro area Rotary clubs. That's because the 6 clubs have not worked together on a large - and I mean large - fundraising project before. We are working together to build Nova Scotia's first residential hospice, and it will be called Rotary House Hospice. Fundraising in earnest will start later this year. To date, we have sold wine cases - please order yours online, and this September we will hold our first golf tournament in Chester - save the date Wednesday September 24.

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