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Rotary Club of Sackville and Area - Literacy Program
Dictionaries delivered to the Grade 3 students in 12 Elementary Schools
 
Each year, since 2016, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area has taken part in The Dictionary Project, which makes it possible for Grade 3 students in our communities to receive a dictionary for their own personal use. They will be able to keep this dictionary and use it for a lifetime.  By giving children such an important reference tool and with a goal in mind to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, Rotary makes a difference.
 
Rotarians delivered dictionaries to 12 elementary schools and were received with great interest and great excitement.  At each school the dictionaries had to be tested by energetic students.  Example - Who could find the word "kind"?....What does it mean?....Can you put it in a sentence?  Great fun had by all.
 
A quote from one Rotarian "We were ushered right into the classroom of excited students.  It was awesome."  
 
       
 
 
On October 17, 2019 Rotary Club of Sackville and Area and Rotary Interact Club helped with the setup, serving, cleanup and take down for the monthly Community Outreach Meal Event held at Knox United Church in Lower Sackville, NS.  The meal event was initiated to help target food insecurity in the community.  Since the first meal event with participation of 15 has increased to 225.  

It was noted that no young adults participated in the meal event, which led to the development of The Food Truck pilot  in October 2019.  Initial pilot had 147 participants suffering from food insecurity visit the Food Truck.  
 
Our club has taken on a project of "Hunger and Homeless" and has presented a cheque to Caroline Gallop, Chairwoman of the Community Outreach Meal Event Group.  It will go towards their Meal Event and Food Truck to help with their great work fighting food insecurity in the community.

 

Rotary Club of Sackville and Area presented Networking with Rotary at Freemans, Sackville Drive on Oct. 1, 2019.  Hosted by Past President, Ron Zwaagstra.
 
Key Note Speaker, Alana Hirtle , helps small business owners at CBDC Northen Opportuities for Business Limited (NOBL) in Truro and spent 14 years as Event Manager at White Point Beach Resort.  Alana spoke on her years of experience of making the best of challenging situations throughout her career and gave insight  with humour while describing
 
"Keeping Your Head While Everyone Is Losing Theirs".
 
She also shared her active community life as Chair of the Truro Heritage Advisory Committee, Member of the Truro Brand Leadership committee, and Past President of Rotary Club of Truro.
 
Networking opportunities over pizza occurred and a good productive time was had by all.
 
 
 
   
 
 
In September, we did our semi annual Adopt - A - Highway initiative from Exit 1K to Fultz House in Lower Sackville.
 
Thirteen members and friends of Rotary took on the clean up of all the garbage nesting on the sides of the road.  Our Club has been a proud participant in the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years now.  Twenty bags of garbage plus other various items were cleared from view and sent to their proper disposal sites.
 
This regular activity makes for a cleaner, environmentally friendlier community. Thank you and congratulations to all.  Keep up the great work.
 
Speaker:  Vanessa Burns, Director of Development, Boys and Girls Club Greater Halifax
 
   
 
Vanessa spoke briefly of her fear of heights and subsequent personal journey of successfully climbing a mountain in Italy. This segued into how difficult it is for children to navigate through their childhood to adulthood.  From there she explained the programs available at the BGCGH and the benefits of each
 
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