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Club News

On October 12th, the Rotary Club of Dartmouth committed $25,000 to Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment.  President Don Penwell, Donna Upham, Reid Harrison and Robert Earle are pictured presenting the cheque to Steve Harding, and Jenna Joyce of the General Hospital Foundation.
 
The Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment consists of major facilities renovations and expansion, and the addition of new equipment and technology. Our Club is particularly delighted with the addition of the new three-story building named after Neville Gilfoy, a prominent member of our Club who passed away in 2016.
 
The Neville J. Gilfoy Wing, has been added on the back of the hospital and will house:
  • Eight new operating rooms with two designed specifically for orthopedics
  • An Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Centre with eighteen new clinic rooms
  • A new Medical Device Reprocessing area
Overall Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment will result in:
  • Better integration of Surgical Services across the HRM
  • Concentration of Orthopedic Surgery - majority of primary joint replacement surgeries for patients from all over HRM are to be done at DGH
  • Shorter waitlists and reduced wait times for orthopedic and endoscopic procedures
  • Redeveloping existing space to increase our capacity
  • Improved patient flow to enhance patient privacy
  • Increased patient comfort and improved aesthetic
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is proud to be involved in the worthwhile community project.
 

On Monday October 7th members of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth joined volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax to help prepare breakfasts for over 160 children at the Harborview Elementary School in North Dartmouth.

 
President Don Penwell also took this opportunity to present a cheque with the proceeds from our Club’s recent “Swing Fore the Kids” golf tournament to Vanessa Burns of the B&G Clubs.
 
Our Club has been an active long-term supporter of the B&G Clubs and particularly the Breakfast Program.  Children, in our community, often go to school hungry and the purpose of the Breakfast Program is to ensure students receive a healthy breakfast to start off their school day.  This Program is a free service which is offered at local community schools. The B&G Clubs serve over 60,000 breakfasts and snacks to children every year.
 
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For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs breakfast program visit https://www.bgcgh.ca/

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Dartmouth were out in force on Saturday October 5th, to clean up Windmill Road in Dartmouth.  For the past 10 years the Club has been picking up litter under the Adopt-A-Highway Program and has seen a marked difference in the amount of litter along Windmill.
 
This year the Club was joined by, Mauricio José Rico Quiroz (who goes by Mauro) our exchange student from Venezuela. Welcome Mauro and thanks for your help.
 
This is another example for how Rotary helps communities around the world in line with our motto “Service Above Self”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is an active supporter of the Freedom Foundation of Nova Scotia.
 
On Saturday September 21st a crew from the Club donned their painting clothes to apply a fresh coat of paint to the fence and gazebo at the Foundation’s Brule street residence.
 
Located in Dartmouth, the Freedom Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which was established in 1988 by a group of concerned men and women.  I n 1989, the Foundation opened the doors of a transition home to assist recovering alcoholic men age 19 and over. Their mandate has since broadened to include individuals addicted to drugs and gambling as their clients often have multiple addictions.
 
The Mission of the Freedom Foundation is to provide services that foster recovery from addictions and develop a positive self-image and self-worth in a secure and caring environment.  They have housed more than one thousand and forty men since they opened their doors.
 
For more information on the Foundation go to: http://www.freedomfoundation.ca/
 

On Wednesday September 11th the Club held its 6th annual charity golf tournament.  For the second year the charity selected was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Halifax.  
 
The tournament was held at the beautiful Chester Golf Club and seventy golfers enjoyed the day as the forecasted rain held off and the temperatures were comfortable.  The winners of the tournament were the George Fisher foursome with a fantastic score of 56!     
 
 Click here to see more golfers.
 
This year approximately $7300 was raise in support of the B&G Clubs’ programs, to help children in need in our community.
 
Our club has been an active long-term supporter of the B&G Clubs and particularly the Breakfast Program.  Children, in our community, often go to school hungry and the purpose of the Breakfast Program is to ensure students receive a healthy breakfast to start off their school day.  It is fact that if a child receives a well-nourished breakfast they perform better in school. This Program is a free service which is offered at local community schools. The B&G Clubs serve over 60,000 breakfasts and snacks to children every year.
 
A special ceremony was also held during the dinner following the tournament.  Gordon McComb, who has been a supporter of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth by lending his auctioneer talents year after year to our annual Spring Classic fundraiser, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”
 
We would like to thanks all those who made this day a success including our sponsors: O’Regan’s, Atlantic Funeral Home, RCS Construction, Tartan Interiors, and Conrad Bros. Our thanks also goes out to Tim Hortons, Loblaws, Chester Golf course-Dan Fraser, Chester Golf course Restaurant - Megan, Catrina and staff for their contributions. Thank you to the many volunteers on-hand to ensure the event ran smoothly; including members of our Club, The Sackville Rotary Club, Pro Keith Willesmith for his Long Drive talents and the B&G Club representatives Vanessa Burns and Sean.
 
A special thanks goes out to Marg and Don Chisholm; without whose dedication and organizational skills this tournament would not have been possible.
 

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