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The Rotary Club of Dartmouth’s 8th annual charity golf tournament was held on Wednesday September 15th and our club was pleased with both the turnout and funds raised. The 18-hole scramble had 44 golfers participate this year and over $4200 was raised for Rotary’s good work in our community and beyond.
 
The 1st place team was led by Peter Dunbrack with a score of 61 (9 under par), the 2nd place team was led by Rotarian Dana Atwell with a score of 62 (8 under par) and the 3rd place team was led by Rotarian Don Penwell with a score of 63 (7 under par).
 
Holes were sponsored by O'Regan Automotive Group, RHAD Architects, Tartan Interiors, MacLeod Lorway, Markland and Associates and Rotarian Doug Livingstone. A special thanks to the Oak Island Resort for their kind donation of a 2-night stay which was raffled off and won by Doug Livingstone.  A shout goes out to Sobeys Mil Cove, Superstore Bedford and Tim Hortons Chester for supplying eats and drinks for the golfers
 
We would also like to recognize and thank Rotarian Don Chisholm and his wife Marg for again organising the tournament and hosting the beer and burger social after the event.  And finally, thanks to all the golfers who once again came out to support the good work of Rotary both in our community and internationally.
 
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Our beautiful coast is part of who we are as Nova Scotians.  It binds us together, no matter where we live. Sadly, too much trash is choking our environment.  More than eight million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean annually. And while no silver bullet exists, On Saturday September 18th, The Rotary Club of Dartmouth along with thousands of passionate volunteers worldwide joined forces to keep the beaches, and ocean free of trash on World Cleanup Day.

Our dedicated bunch of Rotarians picked up trash along the beach just north of Jeddore Cape.  It was a great day for a little fresh air, some exercise and Rotary fellowship while helping to keep our coastline clean.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Sunday September 12th the Rotary Club of Dartmouth held another successful walkathon in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ breakfast program.   The weather was great for the walk and those that could not join us at Sullivan’s Pond were able participate remotely & virtually.  Approximately $2,100 was raised during the event.
 
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been a supporter of the Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs since its inception in 1963 and we have helped to fund their breakfast program for over a decade.
 
Thanks to all those walkers who joined us in this worthwhile endeavour whether in person or remotely/virtually.  A special thanks to Rotarian Ken McCormick for his leadership of this event and to Rotarians Doug Hill, for being our safety champ and Terry Carter, and Matt Kempton for helping get everyone on the trail.

The following article is a reprint of an article on the Health Partners International Canada (HPIC) website.  The Rotary Club of Dartmouth's association with HPIC goes back a long way and Rotarian Robert Earle has been the driving force for our club to assist HPIC in helping vulnerable communities in many countries. 

Providing humanitarian service and advancing goodwill and peace around the world has been the mission of pharmacist, Robert Earle since 1988 when he first became a member of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth

Earle has been bringing donated medicine overseas since 2002. His first trip was to Niger where he brought two Humanitarian Medical Kits from Health Partner International of Canada (HPIC) to a clinic in Toure.

“It was a tremendous experience. All the people of the village came out. The community felt so valued when they saw the medications because they had none. They understood that it was a valuable gift and it would mean health for their community,” reflects Earle.

After such a rewarding experience, this led him to continue with trips back to Niger, Burkina Faso and most recently Ghana.

Earle volunteered his time and skills to support HPIC’s Obaatanpa project in Ghana – in the Twi dialect, Obaatanpa means caring mother. HPIC began the Obaatanpa project in 2018 to improve the capacity of nine health facilities in the Amansie West and South Districts of the Ashanti region. These facilities provide services to pregnant women, mothers, newborn babies and young children and one of the key components is to enhance pharmaceutical management capacity.  

Earle assessed the conditions and needs of each dispensary, conducted training in good dispensing practices and made suggestions on how to improve the dispensing process and the storage of pharmaceuticals. According to Earle, although there is room for improvement, the healthcare system in Ghana works well. 

“I had an interesting experience at one of the clinics. I saw a boy about five years old sitting on a bench perspiring from a fever. A few minutes later, a nurse came out and gave him some Tylenol. The boy was suffering from malaria and intestinal parasites. I was grateful that the clinic had the necessary medications to treat his conditions.”

Earle was very impressed with the sophistication of the health system in Ghana. The challenge comes when medicines are lacking or when fees are charged that many patients are unable to afford. 

When travelling overseas, Earle typically brings Humanitarian Medical Kits with him to stock clinics with medicines donated by Canadians through HPIC. When community members visit these clinics, they are not charged for the donated medicines. 

Earle has been engaged with HPIC for over 20 years supporting its mission of increasing access to medicine and improving health in vulnerable communities. He hopes his volunteer experience will inspire others who have an interest in humanitarian work to use their gifts and talents. This year, he arranged for two doctors from Halifax to volunteer with HPIC to work alongside two Ghanaian doctors to train local midwives in advancing techniques of helping babies breathe and helping mothers survive childbirth. He says, “I would strongly encourage people to get involved with HPIC to use their skills, travel and take donated medications overseas because it will vastly improve the health outcomes of the people there.”

 
 
On July 20th the Rotary Club of Dartmouth bestowed a Paul Harris fellowships to Lillian Munroe, Dale Thomas, Sylvia Andrews for their outstanding service to the Dartmouth North Boys and Girls Club location and Dartmouth North community.  The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”
 
Lillian, Sylvia, and Dale possess about 100 combined years of service at the Dartmouth North site of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax. They have served and supported generations of children and youth Lillian and Sylvia both joined the Club in September 1987 and have been an inseparable and unstoppable dynamic duo ever since. Lillian and Sylvia have worked in all programs at the Dartmouth North site, including nursery school, breakfast programs, before and after school programs and many food security programs. Special programs and community projects have long benefitted from their steady leadership over years including community fairs, children parades, Breakfast with Santa, Walk against Violence and community meals. Club alumni often refer to Lillian and Sylvia as the "mothers of the Club."
 
 

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