Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea

November 2015
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Director - Club Administration
Director - Club Membership
Director - Club Public Image
Director - Community Service A - Fundraising
Director - Community Service B - Operational
Director - Rotary Foundation & International Service
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

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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Susanne Rea World's Greatest Meal To End Polio, arrives in Vancouver on Nov. 30th, to start her District 5020 Tour on Vancouver Island BC.  Susanne is a wonderful inspiration and worker in the fight to end polio. Her first meeting is Breakfast at Port Alberni, BC on Dec 1st.  Dec.2nd, is a Breakfast meeting in South Cowichan ( Mill Bay ) and then Dinner meeting in Chemainus. Dec. 3rd is a joint Luncheon with Victoria, Oak Bay, Harbourside, Saanich, Sidney by the Sea, Sidney and Victoria Downtown, at the Union Club, Victoria. Later there will be a Private Dinner, at Joan & Terry Toone’s home in Saanich.  Dec. 4th, is a luncheon meeting in Nanaimo at the Bastion Hotel.  Dec.05th, will be the WGM Polio Plus Gala, “ The Faces of Polio”, with both Susanne Rea and Joan Toone speaking, Fouray Barbershop Quartet entertaining and a Live and Silent Auction at Cottonwood Golf Club, starting at 5.30pmDec.07, is a Luncheon for Duncan and Duncan Daybreak Clubs.  Dec.08th, Susanne leaves to return to Cairns, Australia.


Incredible Young People

At our August 27th meeting, Erica Kelm, our short term RYE student spoke to us about her experiences participating in the Adventures In Citizenship program (trip to Ottawa) and her short term exchange in Spain. Sara Baun Andersen, our recently arrived Danish RYE student also spoke, updating us about her first few weeks in Canada. They were joined by Erica's Spanish short term exchange counterpart, Fiona.

Erica has just completed grade 12 at Stelly's High School in Central Saanich. She is taking the next year to work and travel and then hopes to attend University to study Marketing. Erica really enjoyed her Rotary experience with Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa and her short term Rotary Exchange to Spain. Erica expressed that she was grateful for the friendships she formed through Rotary and that she has a much larger view of the world. We wish Erica all the best in her future endeavors.






The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is delighted to welcome Ish Uttamchandani to our club. Ish was inducted into the club on Thursday, July 30th by President Mike Jellinek. Ish's sponsor, Peter Schmidt, did the honours of pinning Ish with his new Rotary pin, which we know he will wear proudly!






We bid a very fond farewell to our Rotary Exchange student Paula Alfonso today. She has been such a delight to have with us this year. This morning, she gave us a wonderful presentation about the highlights of her year with us, and then it was off to the airport to begin her long journey home to Spain. Good luck, Paula!



Outgoing President Bob Leitch joins Assistant District Governor Dan Mercer in recognizing Paul and Glenda Hartigan as Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation at the club's installation ceremony at the Capital City Yacht Club on June 27th.


SBS Rotary Welcomes New President

Assistant District Governor Dan Mercer congratulates Mike Jellinek at his installation as President of the Rotary Club of Sidney by Sea  at the Capital City Yacht Club on June 27th.

The week of February 23rd marked 110 years since Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. It also is 30 years since Rotary launched its campaign to rid the world of polio. Rotary clubs around the world celebrated the milestones in a variety of ways. You can view some of them by following this link.
As part of those celebrations locally, the END POLIO NOW and Rotary logos were projected onto the Empress Hotel. 

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!



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.



Sidney by the Sea Rotary induction of new member Rachelle Paul


New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
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Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
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