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Club News
Our well-travelled Exchange Student, Mauricio, had a chance to see democracy in action on Tuesday, February 25th. Brian Smith took him to City Hall to see a Council Meeting.
 
The trip started with an explanation of "wild goose chase", as Council had begun their meeting earlier that day, and we weren't sure of their progress on the agenda. Sure enough, our first few minutes in the Chambers was interrupted by an "In Camera" session, so we walked down to the Legislature, where we spent half an hour in the gallery, and got to meet the Leader of the Opposition and hear a motion recognizing the value of Rotary (good timing).
 
When we returned to City Hall, we bumped into Mayor Savage in the entry to Council Chambers, and he took quite an interest in Mauro.
 
 

They are at it again!
 
Again, this year The Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth & Dartmouth East teamed up with the great folks at Staggers Pub & Grub to prepare and deliver Christmas Dinners to approximately 100 residents of Dartmouth, who need a helping hand.
 
It was the 6th year for this event and it is quickly becoming a Christmas morning tradition for all those involved.
 
Not only do the staff at Staggers prepare Christmas meals to be delivered but also host a meal later in the day that often sees over 100 people from the community drop by.  It’s just how they roll.
 
Many thanks to all those who made Christmas a little brighter for our fellow Dartmouthians.
 
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On November 18th our guest speaker was our current exchange student, Mauricio Jose Rico Quiroz (who goes by Mauro).  Mauro is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Valle de Santiago, Venezuela. He is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth & Dartmouth East. 

This is an impressive young man!  He speaks impeccable English which he learned through Saturday morning classes and YouTube, for colloquial phrases. Mauro is enrolled in grade twelve at Dartmouth High, where he has made many friends. When asked what he wants to do following high school Mauro mentioned journalism.  Given the current political conditions within Venezuela, however, he recognises that he might have to choose another career.
 
Rather than focusing on the issues faced by his home country Mauro gave the club a glimpse into the beauties of Venezuela, his family and his involvement with his Interact Club back home. He spoke about Angel Falls in Venezuela which is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Mauro comes from a close-knit family and although they miss Mauro very much, they are supportive of his adventure in Canada.  They speak with each other regularly exchanging the news of the day.
 
In October Mauro attended a Model United Nations Conference at Mouth Alison University.   These Conferences are an opportunity for students to be immersed in global civil society. Conferences are a great opportunity to learn about global issues, foreign policy, and develop research, public speaking, and collaboration skills.  Mauro represented the delegation of China and was named the Best Delegate at the Conference…. way to go Mauricio!
 
Mauro is a good cook. He has been teaching his current host, Rotarian Lorraine Lewis, all about Venezuelan cuisine.  For Mauro’s part he really enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with his first host. 
 
Our club is very fortunate to have an exchange student the high calibre of Mauricio and we look forward to a rewarding year as his host club.
 
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On Sunday November 17th members of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth & friends provided a Lasagne Supper for the homeless men housed at the Metro Turning Point.

Metro Turning Point, run by Shelter Nova Scotia, provides emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness, including Veterans. Men who stay at the shelter are provided a bed to sleep in, an evening snack/meal, guidance for finding a pathway to other organizations who can help, advice for finding suitable housing, counseling, or whatever else might be required. Men may stay at the shelter as long as is needed to find the next best suitable housing. The Shelter now accommodates 55 men every night.
 
If you wish to donate to Shelter Nova Scotia go to https://www.shelternovascotia.com/
 
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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
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