Hillsborough named club of year
Hillsborough Charlottetown Rotary club recognized for the highest traditions
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough Charlottetown has earned the Outstanding Rotary Club of the Year recognition for performing in the highest traditions of Rotary.
The club picked up its award during the recent Rotary District 7820 conference in Halifax. Rotary District 7820 includes Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the French islands of Saint Pierre et Miquelon.
Club president Jennifer Dunn shared one of her favourite quotes when accepting the award. She quoted Michael Jordan, saying, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” She went on to say, “It has been the teamwork of our club members that has made this year an exceptional one. I am so grateful to be working with each member or this group. I feel lucky to have served as this club’s president.”
District governor Stella Roy said, “They have done all of the above but also have developed a strategy to renew the club that I feel has worked and that other clubs can reproduce.”
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough meets weekly, noon on Thursdays, at the Rodd Charlottetown. Since its inception in 1979, the club with the annual car dinner as its flagship fundraiser has raised well over $3 million, with all proceeds going to support charitable organizations both on P.E.I., and around the world.
The Hillsborough Rotary Club has made contributions to the QEH Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, P.E.I. Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, the P.E.I. Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, and awarded nearly $130,000 in scholarships to students at Colonel Gray High School through its Strive program.
The club was also instrumental in the opening of the Rotary House soup kitchen in 2005. On an international scale, funds raised have been used towards eradicating poverty, polio, hunger, illiteracy and to install water wells in Nigeria.
Hillsborough Charlottetown Rotary Club president Jennifer Dunn, left, and Rotary assistant district governor Ann Sherman display the Charlottetown club’s Outstanding Rotary Club of the Year award.