2020 McNabs Island Hike

On Thursday July 9th a group of Rotarians and friends went hiking on McNabs Island. We were ably guided by Tineke Weld and Cassandra Curtis from Friends of McNabs Island Society.
McNabs Island is Halifax's best kept secret and is the largest island at the entrance of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia. Part of the McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park, McNabs Island is only a short boat ride from Halifax or Eastern Passage, but feels like a world away with its colorful past and unspoiled natural beauty.
The Friends of McNabs Island Society (FMIS) help to promote and preserve the Island’s many historical and natural features.
2020 McNabs Island Hike Dana Atwell 2020-07-12 03:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth
Helping Nova Scotians during COVID-19

With COVID-19, there are even more Nova Scotians in urgent need of food security. We want to do our part to support our communities across the province. 
In an effort to continue supporting our community, and in cooperation with Feed Nova Scotia, we have established a CanadaHelps “link” so that our supporters can help people who face enormous challenges that are beyond their control. 
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is asking for your generous support to raise funds for this urgent and needed cause during the month of May. Your donation through the link below to our CanadaHelps fundraising page will go a long way to help those in our community stay well fed and healthy.
To donate to this worthy cause please click on the link below.  A tax receipt will be available for your donation.
The Rotary Club of DartmouthHelping Nova Scotians during COVID-19  Dana Atwell 2020-04-30 03:00:00Z 0

2020 Adventures with Mauricio

Posted by Brian Smith
Our well-travelled Exchange Student, Mauricio, had a chance to see democracy in action on Tuesday, February 25th. Brian Smith took him to City Hall to see a Council Meeting.
The trip started with an explanation of "wild goose chase", as Council had begun their meeting earlier that day, and we weren't sure of their progress on the agenda. Sure enough, our first few minutes in the Chambers was interrupted by an "In Camera" session, so we walked down to the Legislature, where we spent half an hour in the gallery, and got to meet the Leader of the Opposition and hear a motion recognizing the value of Rotary (good timing).
When we returned to City Hall, we bumped into Mayor Savage in the entry to Council Chambers, and he took quite an interest in Mauro.
2020 Adventures with Mauricio Brian Smith 2020-02-28 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Christmas Dinner Delivery

They are at it again!
Again, this year The Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth & Dartmouth East teamed up with the great folks at Staggers Pub & Grub to prepare and deliver Christmas Dinners to approximately 100 residents of Dartmouth, who need a helping hand.
It was the 6th year for this event and it is quickly becoming a Christmas morning tradition for all those involved.
Not only do the staff at Staggers prepare Christmas meals to be delivered but also host a meal later in the day that often sees over 100 people from the community drop by.  It’s just how they roll.
Many thanks to all those who made Christmas a little brighter for our fellow Dartmouthians.
To see more photos Click Here
2019 Christmas Dinner Delivery Dana Atwell 2019-12-25 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Mauro

On November 18th our guest speaker was our current exchange student, Mauricio Jose Rico Quiroz (who goes by Mauro).  Mauro is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Valle de Santiago, Venezuela. He is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth & Dartmouth East. 

This is an impressive young man!  He speaks impeccable English which he learned through Saturday morning classes and YouTube, for colloquial phrases. Mauro is enrolled in grade twelve at Dartmouth High, where he has made many friends. When asked what he wants to do following high school Mauro mentioned journalism.  Given the current political conditions within Venezuela, however, he recognises that he might have to choose another career.
Rather than focusing on the issues faced by his home country Mauro gave the club a glimpse into the beauties of Venezuela, his family and his involvement with his Interact Club back home. He spoke about Angel Falls in Venezuela which is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Mauro comes from a close-knit family and although they miss Mauro very much, they are supportive of his adventure in Canada.  They speak with each other regularly exchanging the news of the day.
In October Mauro attended a Model United Nations Conference at Mouth Alison University.   These Conferences are an opportunity for students to be immersed in global civil society. Conferences are a great opportunity to learn about global issues, foreign policy, and develop research, public speaking, and collaboration skills.  Mauro represented the delegation of China and was named the Best Delegate at the Conference…. way to go Mauricio!
Mauro is a good cook. He has been teaching his current host, Rotarian Lorraine Lewis, all about Venezuelan cuisine.  For Mauro’s part he really enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with his first host. 
Our club is very fortunate to have an exchange student the high calibre of Mauricio and we look forward to a rewarding year as his host club.
To see photos from Mauro’s presentation....Click Here
Meet Mauro Dana Atwell 2019-11-21 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Metro Turning Point

On Sunday November 17th members of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth & friends provided a Lasagne Supper for the homeless men housed at the Metro Turning Point.

Metro Turning Point, run by Shelter Nova Scotia, provides emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness, including Veterans. Men who stay at the shelter are provided a bed to sleep in, an evening snack/meal, guidance for finding a pathway to other organizations who can help, advice for finding suitable housing, counseling, or whatever else might be required. Men may stay at the shelter as long as is needed to find the next best suitable housing. The Shelter now accommodates 55 men every night.
If you wish to donate to Shelter Nova Scotia go to https://www.shelternovascotia.com/
To see more photos....Click Here
2019 Metro Turning Point Dana Atwell 2019-11-18 04:00:00Z 0

2019 General Hospital Redevelopment

On October 12th, the Rotary Club of Dartmouth committed $25,000 to Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment.  President Don Penwell, Donna Upham, Reid Harrison and Robert Earle are pictured presenting the cheque to Steve Harding, and Jenna Joyce of the General Hospital Foundation.
The Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment consists of major facilities renovations and expansion, and the addition of new equipment and technology. Our Club is particularly delighted with the addition of the new three-story building named after Neville Gilfoy, a prominent member of our Club who passed away in 2016.
The Neville J. Gilfoy Wing, has been added on the back of the hospital and will house:
  • Eight new operating rooms with two designed specifically for orthopedics
  • An Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Centre with eighteen new clinic rooms
  • A new Medical Device Reprocessing area
Overall Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment will result in:
  • Better integration of Surgical Services across the HRM
  • Concentration of Orthopedic Surgery - majority of primary joint replacement surgeries for patients from all over HRM are to be done at DGH
  • Shorter waitlists and reduced wait times for orthopedic and endoscopic procedures
  • Redeveloping existing space to increase our capacity
  • Improved patient flow to enhance patient privacy
  • Increased patient comfort and improved aesthetic
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is proud to be involved in the worthwhile community project.
2019 General Hospital Redevelopment Dana Atwell 2019-10-19 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Breakfast is Served

On Monday October 7th members of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth joined volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax to help prepare breakfasts for over 160 children at the Harborview Elementary School in North Dartmouth.

President Don Penwell also took this opportunity to present a cheque with the proceeds from our Club’s recent “Swing Fore the Kids” golf tournament to Vanessa Burns of the B&G Clubs.
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.  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.
To see more photos....CLICK HERE
For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs breakfast program visit https://www.bgcgh.ca/
2019 Breakfast is Served Dana Atwell 2019-10-07 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Adopt-A-Highway

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Dartmouth were out in force on Saturday October 5th, to clean up Windmill Road in Dartmouth.  For the past 10 years the Club has been picking up litter under the Adopt-A-Highway Program and has seen a marked difference in the amount of litter along Windmill.
This year the Club was joined by, Mauricio José Rico Quiroz (who goes by Mauro) our exchange student from Venezuela. Welcome Mauro and thanks for your help.
This is another example for how Rotary helps communities around the world in line with our motto “Service Above Self”. 
2019 Adopt-A-Highway Dana Atwell 2019-10-05 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Freedom Foundation

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/
2019 Freedom Foundation Dana Atwell 2019-09-22 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Swing Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

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!     
 Click here to see more golfers.
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.
2019 Swing Fore the Kids Golf Tournament Dana Atwell 2019-09-15 03:00:00Z 0

2019-20 Exchange Student

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.
2019-20 Exchange Student Dana Atwell 2019-09-14 03:00:00Z 0

2019 SheterBox Gold Hero Award

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/
2019 SheterBox Gold Hero Award Dana Atwell 2019-09-01 03:00:00Z 0
2019 Swing Fore the Kids Dana Atwell 2019-07-21 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Spring Classic - Another Roaring Success

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
2019 Spring Classic - Another Roaring Success Dana Atwell 2019-06-14 03:00:00Z 0

Back to the Sea Aquarium

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.
Back to the Sea Aquarium Dana Atwell 2019-06-05 03:00:00Z 0

Kim Conrad Receive Paul Harris Fellowship

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.

Kim Conrad Receive Paul Harris Fellowship Dana Atwell 2019-06-03 03:00:00Z 0
2019 Spring Classic Dana Atwell 2019-04-25 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Halifax Hospice Open House

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.
2019 Halifax Hospice Open House Dana Atwell 2019-04-21 03:00:00Z 0

2019 Dartmouth General Hospital Update

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.

2019 Dartmouth General Hospital Update Dana Atwell 2019-04-21 03:00:00Z 0

2018 Christmas Dinner Delivery

Again this year, our club participated in the Christmas Dinner Delivery organized by Staggers Pub & Grub in Dartmouth and the Rotary Club of Dartmouth East.
The merry band of volunteers prepared and delivered 216 meals to local folks who might otherwise have gone without.
Well done Staggers, our sister club Dartmouth East and all the dedicated volunteers who gave up part of their Christmas day to help out.
To see more photos….click here
To learn more about Staggers Pub & Grub see their website at: http://www.staggerspub.com
To leaner more about the Rotary Club of Dartmouth East see their website at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1259
To leaner more about the Rotary Club of Dartmouth see our website at: https://dartmouthrotary.ca/
2018 Christmas Dinner Delivery Dana Atwell 2018-12-25 04:00:00Z 0

2018 MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning

On December 10th Mike Janz, Manager of Fund Development & Stakeholder Relations for the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning (MCCL) was our guest speaker.
The MCCL empowers youth between the ages of 12-19 by connecting passion with purpose through the arts. Located in downtown Dartmouth, this community hub inspires creativity and confidence by offering unique programs in visual arts, music, videography, creative writing and technology in a safe and inspiring space.  
By bridging the learning gap in those who are disengaged from traditional education, or with barriers to accessing creative learning, the MacPhee Centre helps in the development of confidence, lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for the value in giving back to the community and increased potential for employment in our communities. They give Nova Scotia youth a voice through the arts.
The Centre serves approximately 700 youths and its programs are free of charge.
Mike used a real-life example of how the Centre has changed the life of one young man. This individual came to the Centre shy and with very low self esteem.  His lack of confidence resulted in him being lonely with few friends but after being involve in the Centre’s art program he found his talent, and along with it the confidence he so needed.  He is now happy, fulfilled and has many friends.  This is but one example of the Centre’s success and is why they do what they do.
If you would like to learn more about the Centre visit their website at: http://macpheecentre.ca/
2018 MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning Dana Atwell 2018-12-10 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Rayleen Hill

Rayleen Hill was our speaker on December 3rd.  She is an award-winning architect, owner of RHAD Architectural firm and daughter of our president, Doug Hill. 
RHAD Architects is located in downtown Dartmouth and was named as one of Canadian Architect magazine’s “Top Ten Emerging Talent” design firms in 2017.   RHAD is involved in a mix of residential, commercial, mixed-use, and small-scale institutional projects in addition to public art and community-based initiatives. They are a studio-based practice known for their ability to integrate modern design, sustainability, and livability into holistic projects.
Rayleen provided the club with some insights into the various aesthetic and practical considerations that go into the design of a successful project.  As an example, she used one of RHAD’s recent residential designs completed for a home on Bra d’Or Lake.
If you would like to know more about this impressive local firm go to their website at http://www.rhad.ca/
2018 Rayleen Hill Dana Atwell 2018-12-05 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Boys & Girls Club

At our business meeting on November 26th club President Doug Hill presented a cheque for $5,000 to Henk van Leeuwen, CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Halifax.  The cheque will go to support their Breakfast Program.
Children, in some communities, 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. During the 2017-18 they served over 60,000 breakfasts and snacks.  The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has been a long-term supporter of the B&G Clubs and particularly the Breakfast Program.
If you would like to donate to this program or any other program offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs please visit their website at https://www.bgcgh.ca/
2018 Boys & Girls Club Dana Atwell 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0

2018 The Give BACK

On November 20th DeRico Symonds was our guest speaker.
DeRico is currently employed with HRM as Manager with the Youth Advocate Program and is a works part-time with Mount Saint Vincent University as Black Student Support Coordinator.  He has spent his entire career working in public housing communities, with marginalized groups and advocating for change in areas such as poverty, housing and employment.
He spoke to us about The Give BACK, an annual Christmas holiday initiative to assist families across HRM who may be experiencing difficulty providing a Christmas dinner for their family. The campaign runs from Nov. 20th – Dec. 20th in collaboration with existing community organizations. DeRico and other volunteers identify families in need and purchase the food which is delivered through the community organizations.
Since 2016, The Give BACK raised close to $5,000 from 100 community member donations in the HRM. The money raised helped provide 40 families across HRM with a Christmas meal and a $40 gift card for the grocery store. Each family received a $25 turkey, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, turnips, sweat potatoes, butter, chocolates & candies, cranberry sauce, canned corn & peas and a $40 gift card just in case they forgot anything. The Give BACK also donated approximately 150 pounds of canned goods and $650 to Feed Nova Scotia on the Bedford Highway.
If you wish to make a donation to help this worthy cause please go to The Give BACK go fund me link at: www.gofundme.com/TGB18
To view DeRico’s presentation…. Click Here.    More information will be available on DeRico’s website at: www.dericosymonds.ca.
Thank you DeRico for your inspiring talk.
2018 The Give BACK Dana Atwell 2018-11-20 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor Mike Savage

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

Coed Guatemala Literacy Projects

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

2018 “Swing Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament

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

Epicure-Us Made Paul Harris Fellows

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

2018 Conrad Brothers

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

2018 Demetreous Lane Community Garden

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 Turnover Party

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 

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

Halifax's First Hospice

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

Microfinancing via Kiva

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

2018 Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Night

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

Youth Exchange

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

Rotary Bursaries

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

Margaret's House

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

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Halifax

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

Guatemala - Water & Sanitation 

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

Demetreous Lane Renovations

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

A New Wheelchair Ramp

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

NeoNatal Handbook For Zimbabwe

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

Community Garden & Outdoor Classroom

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

The Dartmouth Learning Network

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

West Africa Projects

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