On October 29th Mayor Mike Savage was our guest speaker and addressed The Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth and Dartmouth East.  Mayor Savage has been a long-term supporter of Rotary and a friend to our club.
To view a copy of his presentation….
The Mayor pointed out that Halifax has experienced significant growth in recent years.  Particularly interesting is that we are now retaining more talented young people (ages 25-39) from diverse backgrounds than we have in decades.


The majority of his discussion centered on the problem of poverty in Halifax.  The Mayor explained that unfortunately there are still more that 55,000 people in the city who live below the poverty line.  One in four people in Halifax spend more than 30% of their income on housing and 12% spend 50% or more.

He touched on two of the many initiatives the city in undertaking to address this problem.
Mayor Mike Savage Dana Atwell 2018-10-30 03:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has again this year provided financial support to CoEd. 
Read more about CoEd…click here
CoEd empowers students to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education.
CoEd believes that all humans are born with abundant potential—we are destined to become creators, healers, innovators, builders, educators. We yearn to leave the world better than we found it.
But a child born into the generational cycle of poverty is too often stripped of this destiny. They believe that every child, no matter where they were born or what their circumstance, deserves the opportunity to determine their own story. That’s where education comes in. Education is about justice. Where poverty robs us of opportunities, education gives them back. Education levels the playing field. Education opens doors.
Coed Guatemala Literacy Projects Dana Atwell 2018-09-27 03:00:00Z 0

On Thursday September 20th the Rotary Club of Dartmouth held their “Swing Fore the Kids” golf tournament in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax. The tournament took place at the beautiful Chester Golf Club along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The day was a roaring success with 59 golfers playing in lovely fall weather. 
The foursome of Rotarian Ken McCormick, Mike Tanner, Ron Himmelman & Terry Baker took first place with a low score of 58.  Also, a surprise award of Paul Harris Fellowships were given to "Epicure-Us", a group of talented chefs, who have provided gourmet meals for 8 people plus wine for over a decade as prizes at our annual Spring Classic fundraiser.



2018 “Swing Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament Dana Atwell 2018-09-22 03:00:00Z 0

At our annual golf tournament on September 20th, The Rotary Club of Dartmouth honored a group know “Epicure-Us” with Paul Harris fellowship awards.  A Paul Harris fellowship is bestowed on individuals who have made a significant contribution to Rotary.

Every year, for over a decade, this dedicated team of chefs led by well-known restaurateur Darrell Cormier (winner of the 2003 Silver Spoon Humanitarian Award) and his team of talented and visionary sous – chefs, Rotarian Scott Lynch, Greg Forbes and Bob MacKay have donated a dinner for 8 paired with the perfect wines as a prize at our major fundraiser “The Spring Classic”.   This 4-course feast worthy of any gourmand has brought thousands of dollars into the club in support of projects both in our community and internationally.
Epicure-Us Made Paul Harris Fellows Dana Atwell 2018-09-22 03:00:00Z 0

Demetreous Lane Community Garden Now Open
The student of the Dal Architecture FreeLab 2018 under  the leadership of Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design (RHAD Architects) have just complete construction of the Demetreous Lane Community Garden.  This project was made possible through the foresight and dedication of North Dartmouth’s Take Action Society and a $10,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Dartmouth. 
2018 Demetreous Lane Community Garden Dana Atwell 2018-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
2018 Golf Tournament Dana Atwell 2018-07-31 03:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth bestowed one of Rotary’s highest honors, A Paul Harris Fellow Award, on long-time supports Kim & Paul Conrad.  A ceremony for Paul took place at a regular club meeting on July 23rd and Kim’s ceremony will take place in the near future.  Congratulations and thank you for your on-going support over the years.

2018 Conrad Brothers Dana Atwell 2018-07-31 03:00:00Z 0

June 30th was heralded the end of the Rotary year and on July 9th the president's gavel was officially transferred to our incoming president Doug Hill.
According to tradition the outgoing president Dana Atwell and his wife Sue hosted the year-end celebration and turn over party.  The weather cooperated perfectly for the event.  We had a wonderful turn out with 20+ Rotarians and partners present.  Compliments to our lovely hosts, Dana and Sue and to all who contributed to a wonderful meal.


2018 Turnover Party Dana Atwell 2018-07-10 03:00:00Z 0
Adventures in Citizenship is an Investment in Canadian Youth by the Rotary.
Each year the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program engages over two hundred outstanding senior high school students from across Canada spent four days in the National Capital in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society.
The program is for Canadian students Aged 16 to 18 and the Rotary Club of Dartmouth is proud to sponsor two Dartmouth High School student annually as our representatives.
Adventures in Citizenship Dana Atwell 2018-06-14 03:00:00Z 0

In early 2012 the Rotary Clubs of Metro Halifax released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new community projects in Halifax. One proposal from Hospice Society of Greater Halifax (“Hospice Halifax”) was deemed to have merit. It had long been a dream that Halifax would one day have a hospice but that dream had yet to be fulfilled. Rotarians knew they could make a difference.

In October 2013 the Rotary Clubs jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hospice Halifax to provide seed money in the amount of $60,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a capital campaign to build a hospice. Upon completion of the study another MOU was signed between Rotary and Hospice Halifax increasing Rotary’s commitment to $123,000 so that matching funds by the QEII Foundation could be implemented and the capital raised to build the hospice.

Halifax's First Hospice Dana Atwell 2018-05-08 03:00:00Z 0

But what is Kiva?

Kiva is a non-profit organization that connects lenders and borrowers in order to alleviate poverty in the borrower's region. 
Kiva works with micro-finance institutions (field partners) around the world to identify suitable entrepreneurs (borrowers). Those field partners disburse loans of up to $5000 to the entrepreneurs, then post the details on www.kiva.org. Lenders, be they individuals or clubs like ours, then choose an entrepreneur to support with a minimum of $25. Over time, the entrepreneurs repay their loans to the lenders, who can withdraw their investment or re-loan it.

Microfinancing via Kiva Don Penwell 2018-05-01 03:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth held its Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Dinner on April 30, 2018.  The Fellowship is the Rotary's most prestigious honour and is awarded in appreciation for service that exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  This year's recipients were Cathy Deagle-Gammon and Heather Hughes-Leck.
Cathy Deagle-Gammon is being recognized for her efforts over the last twenty one years as Executive Director for the Dartmouth Adult Services Center.  The mission of the DASC, in association with its community, is to provide opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities and support them in realizing their individual potential and become active members of the community.
2018 Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Night Dana Atwell 2018-04-30 03:00:00Z 0

As a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, you’ll spend up a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country.

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.

Rotary Youth Exchange is open to young people ages 15- 25 worldwide. There are two basic types of exchanges: short-term and long term.

To qualify, you are an above average student with demonstrated leadership in the community, open to new experiences and cultural differences, sponsored by a local Rotary club, and have completed written application and in person interview.

Exchanges can take place in more than 150 countries and geographical areas. Please note however, that the countries you visit depend on your home Rotary district. Contact your local club or district for more information. Locate the club nearest you through club locator on Rotary.org

Dedicated Rotarian volunteers have kept Youth Exchange vital for decades. Rotarians work behind the scenes to handle the logistics of each exchange. For long term exchanges, the host club and district arranges enrolment, tuition and other educational matters.
 2017-18 Rotary exchange student is Elien Steiner from Oberaegeri Switzerland. 
To learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange.......Click here
Youth Exchange Dana Atwell 2017-09-01 03:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth often awards bursaries to Dartmouth high school students.

The school should have a system whereby students are made aware of the bursary, selection criteria and how to apply.  Candidate(s) for the bursary should be recommended to the Club by a selection committee consisting of members of the teaching staff, including guidance counsellor(s).
The winning students for the 2017/18 year were "Need Lorraine to Fill in Names & Schools"
Rotary Bursaries Dana Atwell 2017-09-01 03:00:00Z 0

On April 9, 2011 members of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth constructed a new front entrance ramp and fire escape for Margaret’s House in downtown Dartmouth.

Named after the late Margaret Savage, Margaret’s House is located at the corner of Wentworth and Ochterloney. At first glance, you wouldn't know what it is, but this picturesque house has been doing amazing work in the community for over 20 years. At Margaret’s House a hot, nutritious evening meal is served to those in need from Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lunch is served seven days a week.

After many years of continual use, the front entrance and fire escape were in dire need of replacement. That’s when the Rotary Club of Dartmouth swung into action. First the old structures had to be demolished and then construction of new structures could take place. Many hands made light work and the job was completed in just over a day but will serve the needs of the community for years to come.

See photos.....

Margaret's House Dana Atwell 2016-10-21 03:00:00Z 0

It’s a little-known fact that the Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been behind the development of the Dartmouth B&G Club since 1963. A Rotarian (Roy Boland) provided the land and the first building. The B&G Club soon saw a need for a new facility and the Rotary Club challenged them to build a new clubhouse. 

They promised to donate $20,000 provided that the three levels of government matched the donation. The $20,000 grew into $80,000 (a significant sum at the time) which resulted in a fine new building being erected. The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been a perennial supporter of the B&G club, both financially and serving on its Board of Directors.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Halifax Dana Atwell 2016-06-09 03:00:00Z 0

By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson, Jorge Aufranc and Francisco Viau

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth, District 7820 lead by The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 has been engaged in global grant projects in Guatemala since 2012-13.  We concentrated on the needs of people in one geographical area called “Sumpango,” Sacatepecaquez Department, all throughout these years and carried out the several major initiatives which expanded over time in both breadth and depth.  One of these initiatives is related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools and focused on disease prevention and treatment of children and improving hygiene conditions within the community.

Guatemala - Water & Sanitation Dana Atwell 2015-04-30 03:00:00Z 0

The Demetreous Lane Community Centre is two units in a townhouse complex that serves a low-income area in North Dartmouth and is in dire need of a facelift. The Rotary Club of Dartmouth, under the leadership of our past Community Service Director Dave Garnier, has met the challenge head on.

The renovations are being made possible through a partnership between our club and The Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority, Councillor Gloria McCluskey, and Rotary District 7820. The budget committed for this project includes $7,000 from the Rotary Club of Dartmouth ($6,500 for renovations & $500 for books), $1,500 from Rotary District 7820 in the form of a District Grant, $3,500 from the Housing Authority and $2,500 from Councillor McCluskey.


Demetreous Lane Renovations Dana Atwell 2014-03-01 04:00:00Z 0

In February 2014 the Rotary Club of Dartmouth was approached by the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia) that had a client in rehab with a mobility disability.  When admitted to rehab he was using a manual wheelchair but was discharged using a power wheelchair.   He was looking for volunteers to upgrade his home wheelchair ramp in order to ensure it could safely support the added weight of the power wheelchair.


The existing ramp was only a thin piece of plywood


A New Wheelchair Ramp Dana Atwell 2014-02-01 04:00:00Z 0

Doctors across Zimbabwe now have a practical and quick reference guide for treating young children. This is an essential tool for the country’s 800 doctors who care for a population of over 13 million.
HPIC, with funding provided by the Rotary Club of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, revised and reprinted Peter Iliff’s Neonatal Handbook, originally printed in 1995 by the late doctor. The 2013 edition in memory of Dr. Peter Iliff was distributed to 500 doctors across the country, which is struggling with one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world.
Dr. Greg Powell shows the 2013 edition of the Neonatal Handbook
to HPIC president Glen Shepherd when he was in Zimbabwe in June 2013
NeoNatal Handbook For Zimbabwe Robert Earle 2013-06-01 03:00:00Z 0

Grand Opening of the “The Take Action Society's” Outdoor Classroom & Community Garden was held on August 2, 2012.
The “Take Action Society” is a non-profit organization established to bring the community together in an outdoor classroom and community garden setting. They wanted to build a space for children to feel free to learn and express themselves in talent shows and movie nights and where the community could grow flowers and vegetables. Their dream became a reality with the help of Rotary. This facility is now located in North Dartmouth on Alfred Street behind Harbour View Elementary School.


Community Garden & Outdoor Classroom Dana Atwell 2012-08-01 03:00:00Z 0

It is estimated that the literacy skills of 38% of working age Nova Scotians is below a level required to function in a modern economy. The Dartmouth Learning Network (DLN) is a not for profit organization that provides opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills, free of charge.     

The Dartmouth Learning Network (DLN) is a not for profit organization that provides opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills, free of charge.  The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been an active supporter of the Dartmouth Learning Network since 2006, acting on their Board of director, guiding programs and through financial help.

In April 2008 as part of, a DLN / Dartmouth Rotary club joint venture, DLN learners were enrolled in pilot project to use the Computer Assisted Learning System (CALS) to enhance literacy skills. The learners worked on the CALS exercises for about six weeks. The pilot project was set up to test the benefits of the online phonics program for adult learners and to determine the requirements for running the project; including staff training and time, location and equipment, learner willingness and progress. It was hoped that the experience would allow DLN and Rotary to gather sufficient information to decide if the project should be continued and expand the program to include more learners. The pilot project showed benefits to the learners and the Club made a donation of $5000 to fund more learners in 2009. The full program was deemed a success.
The Dartmouth Learning Network Dana Atwell 2012-06-01 03:00:00Z 0

In 2010 Rotarians Gord Gamble, Don Penwell, Mark McGrath and Jim Kirby were instrumental in establishing and supporting KidsFest (now called Start2Finish) at Harbour View Elementary School in Dartmouth. 

A kickoff event was held on Tuesday April 5 and featured two-time Grey Cup winner Brian Warren and Olympic marathoner Silvia Ruegger who talk about fanning the flames of hope. The club was spearheaded by Ruegger, who works with Start2Finish, Warren’s charity.


Start2Finish Dana Atwell 2010-04-05 03:00:00Z 0

In 1997, Etruscan Resources hired Dr John Savage to develop humanitarian projects in Niger. The Rotary Club of Dartmouth had been searching for an International Service initiative with a local connection to facilitate our efforts. Thus, this was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between our Club and Etruscan.

Dr. Savage frequently travelled to Niger to meet with village officials in areas close to the Samira Hill mine site. After much consultation, it was decided that a medical clinic in Toure would be the priority.



West Africa Projects Robert Earle 2006-01-01 04:00:00Z 0