Posted by Rob Christie on Apr 26, 2019
Editor’s Note: In our April newsletter, we incorrectly identified the Rotary Club of Halifax as the sponsors of the “Toonies for Change” project. The activities funded by this program are the work of the Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest. We extend our sincere apology to the members of the Halifax Northwest Club for this error, and reprint the segment below:
The Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest is growing! It was wonderful to participate in the induction of five new members during my DG visit to the club. They are able to support their projects through the monies earned through their “Toonies for Change”. Concerned about the younger people in their community, the club supports the Edward Jost Children’s Centre and the Spryfield Urban Farm. This club has fun when they get together!
What a milestone! The Rotary Club of Windsor celebrates their 90th Anniversary this year. This club is able to give back to the community in many ways through the monies earned from their Toonie fundraiser. The local Food Bank, the “Food for Thought” breakfast and lunch program at the local school, the funding of 4 scholarships at Avon View High School and the Intouch Emergency Response Units that are supplied to seniors in the community are examples of the wonderful work being carried out by club members.
The Rotary Club of Yarmouth really knows how to have fun with a fundraiser! Their “Scotch to Water” was a sold out event that saw Rotarians and members of the community enthusiastically support the evening of tasting as well as the live auction. Through the efforts of club members, their “Meals on Wheels” program ensures that the meals prepared by the hospital are delivered quickly and efficiently. A unique project that this club sponsors is the “Rotary Boys Cooking School”. Internationally, they support the “Hands across the Sea” orphanage project in Haiti. The club has also initiated a program to provide clean water for the residents of the orphanage.
Support for the music and arts in the community is one of the primary focuses of the Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury. Through the talents of some of the club members, a kitchen party was held to raise money for the End Polio Now program. Folks in the community look forward to the club’s free outdoor concert. Each year they continue to build on the work started in the splashpark that was constructed a few years ago. The club works closely with “Friends United” to ensure that local First Nations artists and their work is displayed and promoted.
The Rotary Club of St. Pierre et Miquelon is the reason that our District is an International one! How special it is to have these vibrant and active French citizens as engaged members of 7820! The streets and roads of St. Pierre are cleaner through the concerted efforts of club members. The club supports the purchase of beds for the maternity hospital in SPM and recently supplied a manual wheelchair, a seat, crutches and a walker to the residents of the hospital. The club regularly ships boxes of clothing to people in need in St. John’s, NL. Internationally, they have a global grant to improve family health in Cote d’Ivoire.
Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Happy Valley – Goose Bay teamed up with the local air cadets to prepare over 400 gift bags for kids in the outer coastal communities in a program called “Santa to the Coast”. A locally based airline generously provides Santa and his propeller driven sleigh so that the gift bags can be distributed. The club has also funded the purchase and placement of spin-bikes for the use by school students in these communities. The food-bank located in the Labrador Friendship Centre is also supported by the club. Rotarians were part of a community wide endeavour to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for a family with a challenged young girl.