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Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Club News

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.
 

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth’s annual fundraiser “The Spring Classic” was held on June 13th at the Brightwood Golf & Country Club and by all measures it was a success.  Approximately 135 people attended the gala evening.  There was a lot to do, see and hear, including the stylings of the Dartmouth School Jazz Band, silent & live auctions, balloon pops, and many, many draw prizes.
 
The major draw prize of the evening was two tickets to any WestJet destination plus $5000.  The lucky winner was Robert Earle.
 
The evening also saw Rotary’s highest award given to two individuals who have consistently donated their time and talents in running the Spring Classic.  Jamie Patterson, the event MC, and Allan MacDonald, the event auditor, each received a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for their many years of unwavering service to our Rotary Club.  Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts - well done
 
And, thank you to our many ongoing Sponsors, who donated the fabulous prizes for the event, and to all those who purchased Spring Classic tickets.  Your support made the evening a success and will provide the resources for Rotary to help people in need in our community and beyond.
 
For more photos of the evening...click here

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. This award is in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal of Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”.

On June 3, 2019 The Rotary Club of Dartmouth presented Kim Conrad with the coveted “Paul Harris Fellowship Award” in recognition for his and his company’s (Conrad Brothers) long-standing support of our club. Congratulations and thank you for your on-going support over the years.

Open House Events
After years of hard work by many in our community, Hospice Halifax is very excited to be opening the community’s brand new, state-of-the-art, 10-bedroom hospice residence for Nova Scotian patients and their families.

Many Haligonians joined Hospice Halifax at open house events on April 17th, 18th & 20th to celebrate this accomplishment and view the new residence just prior to welcoming their first patients.

The hospice is located at 18 Francklyn Street, in Halifax
 
Rotary’s Involvement
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.
 

On April 15th our speakers were Jenna Joyce, Dr. Carla Pitman, Steve Harding from the Dartmouth General Foundation.  They gave the club an informative overview of the Capital campaign and plans for the expansion and renovations.

The project will Serving all of HRM and includes a three-story addition, inpatient suites on existing 5th floor, improved patient flow with greater privacy, new patient experience technologies and a centre dedicated to Orthopedic Care.

For more information click here to download a copy of their presentation.

 

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