December is a time for Giving.
The Rotary Club of Kentville donated to four projects in December.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, our club provided a donation to the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. In normal years, we would have designated 3-4 days to volunteer to "man" the kettles. COVID made that more challenging for us this year. In lieu, we asked individual Rotarians to assist where possible and provided the cash donation to help with a tough year for the Kettle Campaign.
In past years, Rotarians have gathered monthly during the school term to bake muffins and prepare energy bars to contribute to the Breakfast program. Because we were unable to enter the schools, our committee opted to take the annual budget and donate it to the school breakfast program.
The Club also participated in a month of fund raising for Polio eradication. All proceeds collected from member donations and the basket raffle, among other events were sent to RI to continue its significant and beneficial work in ridding the world of Polio.
The international student exchange program was suspended for 2020-21 due to the pandemic. The Club committee voted to use part of its budget to answer the call of another Rotary Club to support a deserving international student by contributing to his scholarship fund.
We recognize the pandemic has changed the way we serve our community. Let's hope the vaccines will help fight the pandemic and take us back to a more "normal" way of doing things. In the meantime we are happy and proud to continue our work in the community both locally and beyond.