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A Rotary Year in Review: Dartmouth Rotary Club 2014-15



President Jim Kirby presents Rotarian Ken McCormick with Paul Harris Fellowship



Excerpts from Club President Jim Kirby's speech at the 2015 Spring Classic

Jim Kirby, club president for 2014-15, addressed the attendees at the Dartmouth Rotary Club's 2015 Spring Classic Dinner & Draw. He provided the following details of the club’s activities throughout the year:


The club continued to work on the Halifax Hospice project with the five other HRM Rotary clubs to help build Nova Scotia's first residential hospice. Halifax Hospice’s Capital Fundraising Program is starting very soon.


Our club particularly enjoys small, hands-on projects for local community groups: 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 among other things.


This year we delivered hot turkey dinners on Christmas Day, which was a project of the Dartmouth East Rotary club.


The club continues to help children with the reading and running program called Start2Finish at Harbourview School.


We even picked up bags and bags and bags of litter off Windmill Road – twice a year.


The club again helped fund the Dartmouth Boys & Girls Clubs' breakfast program.


This coming September we will hold our second annual golf tournament, the Hit Fore Hospice, in Chester on Wednesday September 23rd.


Our club and the Rotary Club of Dartmouth East worked hard this year to start a weekly 50/50 toonie draw which just started last week. It is known as Dartmouth Rotary 4 Change.


Now, our club is especially noted for its international work.


Every year, the club responds to disasters around the world. For instance when Ebola struck in Africa, we provided funds to The Gambia to assist in preventing the spread of Ebola in The Gambia. And when an earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, we provided funds immediately to Shelter Box to help provide shelter for those in need.


We continued to work on our Guatemalan project.


The Mayan people of Guatemala are the most malnourished people in the Americas and clean drinking water and sanitation are lacking in most communities.


This year saw the installation of mechanical cows, which turn soya beans into high protein milk for children and a by-product called Okara which may be included in the diet of families. Mayans are genetically lactose intolerant, so soya products are an excellent way to improve their health.


In addition to the Mechanical Cows, part of the project is to helping with the drinking water needs of 9 Mayan Villages in the Sumpango region of Guatemala.


Our club partnered with our Rotary district, a Rotary club in Illinois and another club in Guatemala to improve the lives of literally thousands of people in these communities.


Since our involvement starting in 2012, approximately $300K has been spent or allocated for these projects. Some of the activities have included, piping water into 9 schools, buying over 900 new school desks, building drinking stations, supplying flush toilets and septic systems, improving kitchen facilities and providing hygiene training.


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