Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea

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Sidney By The Sea

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Shoal Centre
10030 Resthaven Drive
Sidney, BC  V8L 3G4
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At the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea's recent Christmas party held on December 5th, Dorothy Winlaw was surprised by her good friends Ann Doran and John Bardsley with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Dorothy, wife of long-time member Murray Winlaw, has always worked tirelessly alongside Murray on a myriad of club projects and events, and in her own right has contributed her time, talents and expertise to so many club activities. It is truly a well-deserved honour for Dorothy, and doubly so to have received the honour from her friends. 


The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea presented Heather Burkett with a Paul Harris Fellowship on December 5th.  The Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. The award therefore acknowledges "service above self" which that individual has offered to their community, their nation or indeed to the world. Ms. Burkett received this recognition because the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club felt that her life and work exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation, and a commitment to helping persons in need locally and around the world. 
Through her recent work as District Principal in Saanich School District and her friendship with Dr. Mitra Hashemi, Heather became aware of a number of children needing dental care in our community. Together they founded ORCCA (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide children and adolescents under 19 years of age from low-income families access to oral care in a not for profit setting. It is based on the beliefs that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care and that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of children and adolescents. The clinic is due to open early in 2015. This organization was the major recipient of our club’s fundraising efforts for community projects in 2014.  
Heather Burkett is a former teacher, university lecturer, school administrator and district administrator. She has presented and worked locally, nationally and internationally.  She has sat on several non profit boards and while in Manitoba was nominated as Woman of the Year for her work in restructuring an inner city school serving largely new refugees and First Nations students. Heather also has a long-term interest in the development of schooling in Nigeria. This has entailed the building of a school and more recent work with the Ovoko Widows Project in which 76 widows who cannot afford to send their children to school have received support through helping them to develop self-run businesses. As a result of some of her work she was selected as Person of the Year by the Dinamba Intercultural Association and initiated into the African Igbo Tribe.
After receiving her award from President Bob Leitch, Heather responded in a heartfelt speech to the membership, detailing her long-term relationship with and gratitude to Rotarians, dating back to literacy projects for which she approached Rotary for assistance while living and working in Manitoba. She also expressed her hope that ORCCA’s relationship with the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea would continue into the future.

Our annual Poinsettia fundraiser is done! Under President Bob Leitch's able command (and aided by an impressive array of Rotarian elves), the plants were counted, sorted and dispatched out to their destinations with nary a hiccup. Well done, everyone!


Vanessa Guerra, Peter Guerra and Paula recently went to sea with Mike for a day on board HMCS CALGARY.



New member sponor recognition pin awarded in recognition of Stewarts commitment to the organization's membership growth.
Honoring members who strengthen Rotary's membership



Moe Sihota came to speak to the club on Pension Reform
Moe Sihota Pension Reform

Welcome to our newest member Garry Upton!



Sidney by the Sea October 24th Social

Join Friends & Fellow Rotarians from
District 5020 in celebrating the

End Polio Now light display Will be Shown on the North Wall
of the McPherson Theatre 6-9pm

$40 per person: Contact Sylivia Bonet to reserve seats at Don Mees
Dinner at 7pm

538 Fisgard Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1R4

Bob Walch




Michael Proctor District Governor congratulates Bob Walch & Michele Holmes with Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship awards.
Bob Walch
Michele Holmes



2014 Rotary Club Sidney by the Sea Installation
April Social



Mariah Provan talking about her RYLA experience in Tacoma Washington
Mariah Provan



Monte Carlo Night Gala Event PDF->
Amarok Society
Tickets available from Sidney by the Sea Rotary members as well as online at



Sidney by the Sea Rotary's Community Service group visits Our Place Society
Amarok Society

Sidney by the Sea Rotary's Community Service group presents Our Place Society Don Evans Exec Director with our Club's donation of $450. Members were pleased to serve approx 350 full breakfasts on March 13 as other club Rotarians enjoyed the regular club Breakfast meeting at Shoal Centre.
This dedicated crew of SBS Rotarians were up before dawn to be at Our Place ; 919 Pandora Ave to provide hands on community service.
After serving breakfast ; Laura Walsh , Dir. Fund Development ,provided us with a tour of the facility and overview of the programs and services provided to vulnerable citizens of greater Victoria. This was a wonderful rotary morning to be able to be of Service to a group of very appreciative folks.
Thank you Linda for organizing the opportunity and Kenny for ensuring our transportation needs were met.



Golf outing at Cordova bay March 17th Peter, Hien, and Narmfa / Wally du Temple photographer
Amarok Society



Amarok Society, Mothers of Intention, the power of motherhood to teach the world
Amarok Society

Sidney by the Sea Rotary supports Amarok Society, empowering Mothers.

Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours' children every day in their homes, with astonishing result.


This year's DLTA will be held on March 29 & 30 at Victoria's Hotel Grand Pacific. The theme is BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench- strength. The goal is to inform and train our leaders and future leaders to work within Rotary, and inspire them to build strong clubs and develop great projects. District 5020 is fortunate in having many talented trainers to assist clubs with member training and leadership development. DLTA is one of the most important events in our district, combining education, networking and idea sharing, all the while building friendships amongst members from the top of Vancouver Island all the way to the Columbia River. Visit District 5020's wb-site for more info. Click on this link - See more at: District Leadership Training Assembly also more information at: Welcome to DLTA 2014


Sidney by the Sea Rotary induction of new member Rachelle Paul



Congratulations Silvia on receiving the Paul Harris pin!
Silvia Paul Harris Pin



All had a good time at this years Sidney by the Sea Rotary Family Christmas Breakfast
Photo of Narmfah and Santa


Michele and Holmes Realty was distinguished as ‘Honoured Humanitarian’ of the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation

Honoured Humanitarian award



Murry DG's Energizer award

Congratulations Murray for winning the DG's Energizer Award; representing a dynamic club member who contributes actively to all club activities while bringing a lighthearted outlook that raises team morale



End Polio Now evening was a sight to see in Sidney by the Sea!
Check out the Albulm



July Social

Fellow Rotarians enjoy an evening of great food and friendly company!



Wilma, our exchange student from Finland, is now winging her way home. We saw her off at the airport this morning. Lots of tears. Lots of hope for the future. Wilma has been a shining example of what the Rotary Youth Exchange program is all about. 

Good luck, Wilma!





A special unveiling of the newly installed plaque on a bench at the Rotary water spray park at Iroquois Park in Sidney, took place on the afternoon of March 30th, 2013. It was a wonderful turnout, on a beautiful spring day. This event honoured the contribution that Bert and Marolyn Stevens (and Bert's guide dog, "Bing") -- Rotarians all, including Bing who was designated by the club as an Honourary Rotarian -- have made to the Town of Sidney.

The idea of a commemorative plaque to honour Bert (who passed away in 2010) was originally Marolyn's idea, but she was pleased when those working to help her achieve this honour for Bert also thought it was important that her active role in the community also be honoured. And wherever Bert and Marolyn go, so too goes Bing...a wonderful ambassador for the town in his own right. Marolyn, currently stuggling with her fourth battle with cancer, was unable to attend the event, but she will get to view the video of the event very soon. 




The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea recently donated $500 to the SLEEPING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD charity. Sleeping Children Around the World provides bedkits to children of any race and/or religion who will benefit the most, typically located in underdeveloped and developing countries. Our club’s $500 donation purchased 14 bedkits ($35 per bedkit) for children in Tanzania. Each kit contained: Mattress with cover, bed sheet, mosquito net; Khanga (printed fabric, used for clothing); T-shirt, school shirt, socks, flip-flops, blue cloth to make school uniform; school bag, exercise books, 3 pencils, 3 pens; and a packing/carry bag and a rope for mattress. The bedkits are made in the countries where they are distributed. Locally produced bedkits result in the elimination of transportation costs, provision of materials and labour at minimal cost, employment for families in the country, and assistance to the local economy and the country as a whole.  For more information about Sleeping Children Around the World, go to their website:


Sidney by the Sea Rotary was happy to donate towards the childrens playground at Sidney Elementary School. We were fortunate enouph to have Mr. Kal Russell the Principal at our breakfast meeting this morning to accept the funds

The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)



 President Paul and Rotary Foundation Chair Bruce, present Ray, Geoff and Colette with Paul Harris Recognition.

Congratulations Ray, Geoff and Colette! 


Steve Weller, High Tech Collision and Crew donate Car in their Circle of Giving. Sidney by the Sea Rotary Kenny Podmore explalins. This is the 3rd year High Tech Collision has fixed up a vehicle for donation to a family. The car was given to the new owners with one year of insurance, paid for my Seafirst Brentwood Bay.


Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president...

Upcoming Events

  • Board Meeting
    Shoal Centre Boardroom
    Mar 17, 2015
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Club Assembly
    Shoal Centre Dining Room
    Mar 19, 2015
    7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Board Meeting
    Shoal Centre Boardroom
    Apr 21, 2015
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Club Assembly
    Shoal Centre Dining Room
    Apr 23, 2015
    7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
    Mary Winspear Centre
    May 15, 2015
    6:00 PM – 11:59 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Shoal Centre Boardroom
    May 19, 2015
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Club Assembly
    Shoal Centre Dining Room
    May 21, 2015
    7:15 AM – 8:30 AM


Feb 26, 2015
Judy Byron
Rotary in Russia
Mar 05, 2015
Pictures and update
Mar 12, 2015
Lynn Fanelli
Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 26, 2015
Mike McInnis
Climate change - an opinion
Apr 02, 2015
Sylvia Olsen
First Nations' Housing
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
Stephen Davis
Valentus Clinics
Apr 30, 2015
James Boutilier
New Realities and Changes of Asia
May 21, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
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