Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea

October 2014

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

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
District Site
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Home Page Stories

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.


World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...

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