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We will be holding our second annual Spring Classic Staycation Draw on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00pm.  The draw features vacation opportunities at 12 beautiful Resorts, Inns or B&Bs around the Maritimes valued at over $13,000 (see below).  This event is meant to provide funds for the good work of Rotary (see "Our Projects" tab above) as well as provide support for tourism in the Maritimes.   

The draw will be streamed live on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00pm. via our Club’s website at www.dartmouthrotary.ca or you can attend in person at the Parkside Pub & Smokehouse, 14 Highfield Dr. in Dartmouth.

Tickets are $100 each and are available now from Dartmouth Rotarians or Click Here to download an application form or click the button below to purchase your tickets on PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button below (your ticket(s) will be promptly emailed to you).

Staycation Details

The value of the prizes in this Staycation Draw are designed to provide a deluxe 2-night stay for 2 people at each chosen Resort, Inn or B&B along with some allowances for meals. There are no exclusion dates or expiry dates for the resort gift certificates. Only 400 tickets will be available for sale, so your changes of winning are excellent (better than your chance of winning a free ticket in Lotto 6/49). Winners will make their own arrangements with the venue they have won. The list of the venues with links is below;

 
Algonquin Resort (NB)
Digby Pines Resort (Digby)
Glenora Distillery (Glenville)
Inn at Bay Fortune (PEI)
Inverary Inn (Baddeck)
Liscombe Lodge (Liscombe)
Oak Island Resort (Chester)
Oceanstone Inn & Cottages (Indian Harbour)
Pictou Lodge (Pictou)
Queen Anne Inn (Annapolis)
Rum Runner Inn (Lunenburg)
White Point Beach Resort (White Point)
 
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On March 7th Rotarian Lui Greco (our club’s secretary) gave a great presentation on an initiative underway to make retail payment terminals accessible for everyone.  Lui works for the CNIB (Canadian Council of the Blind) which is a partner organization with the payment terminal initiative.
 
For anyone with sight loss who has ever attempted to independently complete a retail transaction using a payment terminal there can be significant barriers.  Canadians with sight loss and other disabilities often compromise their security, independence and dignity. The CNIB, and the Neil Squire Society prepared a video illustrating these issues (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11w_tkuYf08)
 
However, a solution is possible and Lui detailed some of the work ongoing and a prototype terminal that is demonstrating promise.
Their next steps are to continue working collaboratively with all stakeholders to define and create a retail payment solution that works for everyone, customers with disabilities and merchants alike.
 
To view Lui’s presentation. Click Here.
 
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has previously partnered with Etruscan Resources, a Nova Scotian mining company, to fund humanitarian projects in West Africa when they were working there.
 
In 2021, a long-term employee of Etruscan Resources named Maro Gatete reached out to one of the previous executives of Etruscan for assistance in expanding the Early Childhood Development Centre in Rwamagana Rwanda.  Because of our earlier partnerships with them, Etruscan then contacted our Club to once again participate.
 
The project involved the addition of a new classroom for Centre to augment the two existing classrooms that were recently renovated using local funds.
 
The Centre was started by the local Government District and is run by parents and volunteers. It serves 145 children, ages 3 to 6, providing them with social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development support.  The areas of focus include improving the nutrition of the children and checking on their health and nutritional status.  It also provides education of parents about nutrition and promotes personal hygiene.
 
The budget of $12,000 was funded by The Etruscan Foundation and its donors and a $3,000 contribution from our Club.
 
Construction of the classroom began in late November 2021 and was completed in mid-January of 2022.
 
The classroom is dedicated to the memory of Kirk Woodman, a previous employee of Etruscan, who died tragically in Burkina Faso in 2019.
 
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is dedicated to our motto of “Service Above Self” in promoting and funding both local community and international humanitarian projects.
 
( Photo is of Maro (left) and two of the teachers from the Centre)
 
See thank you letter from  the EDC...Click Here
 
On Monday January 10th the Rotary Club of Dartmouth was please to receive a presentation, via Zoom, from Linda Wilson who is the Executive Director at Shelter Nova Scotia
 
Since 1984 Linda has been working with people living on the margins of society in Halifax Nova Scotia. Even as a child she had an interest in why some people have more belongings and opportunities, and some people do not.
 
Linda completed a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies at what is now known as Cape Breton University in Sydney Nova Scotia. It was there where she began her academic study of the social implications of housing and home life. From there she attended Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario and graduated with a Diploma in Community Planning. After returning to Nova Scotia, she worked for five years as a Planning Technician with the City of Halifax Planning Department.
 
Shelter Nova Scotia provides a safe place to stay for those in need and seeks to grow an effective continuum of services to support people while they transition from crisis, back into the community.
 
The view Linda’s complete presentation…..Click Here
 
If you would like to join our club for a meeting via Zoom on most Mondays at 12 noon go to this URL: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/580278091 and use the password: Rotary4me!
The Metro Turning Point offers shelter services to help with housing and health needs for men, trans individuals, and gender nonconforming individuals who are experiencing homelessness. This service is provided by Shelter Nova Scotia and is eligible to individuals ages 16 years and older who are experiencing homelessness and who are without the funds required to obtain housing elsewhere.
 
On Sunday November 21st the Rotary Club of Dartmouth were at the Metro Turning Point to provide a meal for the people currently residing at the shelter.  Pictured here, from left to right, are Rotarians Don Penwell, Bob Johnson, Ken McCormick and Reid Harrison.   Another example of living our motto of “Service Above Self”
 
If you are interested in knowing more about Rotary you are welcome to join us at one of our Monday meetings at 12 noon at the Parkside Pub & Smokehouse 14 Highfield Park Dr., Dartmouth or go to our website at https://dartmouthrotary.ca/.

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