Rotary Club reviews the past year

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury held its AGM on November 29 at the Maritime Inn.

Club President, Chris Cook, reviewed the activities of the past year. Some highlights include: a $1,000 donation to the Port of Welcome Settlement Committee; hosting the town’s Canada Day BBQ; organizing the annual community carol sing for Seasonal Services; hosting candidate debates for the 2015 federal and 2016 municipal elections; and contributing bursaries to Richmond Academy, SAERC, and NSCC.

In addition, the club welcomed guest speakers from Kenya, Germany, and across Canada. Another successful major fundraiser was held in June with the golf tournament at Dundee, which provided the majority of the funds for the club’s activities.  Through the work of Rotarian, Pete Smith, the club was able to send its 18th container of medical and school supplies to rural Cameroon, along with a refurbished farm tractor.

In Cook’s annual report, he said the community and area needs Rotary because social service clubs are as important now as ever to help meet local and international needs.

The club is undergoing a major membership recruitment to grow and revitalize the amount of community service. Given the recent information that Nova Scotia has one of the highest child poverty levels in the country, he challenged the club to work to address this need in the upcoming year.

At the conclusion of the AGM, Cook inducted two new Rotarians, The Reporter’s Adam Cooke and Michele Tabensky, both of Port Hawkesbury.

For more information about the work and mandate of Rotary, visit rotary.org; or talk to a local Rotarian.  The Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury meets Tuesdays at 8 a.m. at the Maritime Inn in Port Hawkesbury.