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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!     
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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.

Our new Rotary Exchange Student, supported with our partner the Dartmouth East Club, arrived on Friday, September 13th, and was welcomed by Lori, Melanie and Brian, and our District Youth Exchange rep, Michael Craig and his wife, Vicky.  Please welcome to our Club Maricio Jose Rico Quiroz, who goes by Mauro, and is a very intelligent and capable 17-year-old from Venezuela. Mauro is sponsored by the Rotary Valle de Santiago Club in District 4380, and he is involved in Scouts, in the model United Nations, and enjoys reading, cooking (good for prospective host families), and dancing (some of us could use Salsa lessons).

He comes from San Crisobal, a business, financial and agricultural centre in the Andes near the border with Columbia.  His parents run a photography business there, and Mauro has a younger brother and sister who will be following his adventures in Canada.  
Speaking of adventures, he will be on a Bluenose Cruise with other Nova Scotia Exchangers on Saturday, September 14, starting at Dartmouth High the following Monday, and taking part in orientation at Camp Tignish with all the District 7820 Exchange Students on the weekend of September 21. We hope to arrange something soon for Mauro to meet the rest of our Club, and encourage everyone to help Mauro have a successful year with us.

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has just been awarded the “ShelterBox Gold Hero Award” for 2018-2019.   A ShelterBox Hero is a Rotary Club that has identified the continuing need to prepare for disasters and respond at a moment’s notice and provides their support throughout the year.  The Gold Award is the highest level awarded.  During the past decade The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been consistent supporter of this valuable organization.
ShelterBox is Rotary International’s Project Partner in disaster relief, further strengthening a global circle of friendship.  ShelterBox provides relief in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits.  The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.
For more information about ShelterBox or to make a donation go to: https://www.shelterboxcanada.org/

On June 3rd Magali Grégoire, Executive Director & Founder of the Back to the Sea Society addressed our club on the Society’s vision of a “Back to the Sea Aquarium”.

The Back to the Sea Society is a charity dedicated to sparking curiosity for marine life off the coast of Nova Scotia and inspiring a desire to protect our ocean.
The Society’s goal is to open a seasonal collect-hold-and-release aquarium in Dartmouth that will deliver unique hands-on education focused on local marine life.  This concept is modelled after the Ucluelet Aquarium in British Columbia (see: uclueletaquarium.org).  The proposed “Back to the Sea Aquarium” will be a vibrant voice for our ocean.
In 2017, the Society opened a miniature marine interpretive centre pilot project, the “Touch Tank Hut”.  It was a huge success and welcomed more than 1,800 visitors over the course of just five weekends!  Based on this success, they opened for a complete second season on June 2nd, 2018.  Operating five days a week, they had over 8,000 visitors that summer.

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