Executives and Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Chair - Foundation Committee
Director - Membership
Director - Service Projects
Director - Public Relations
Director - Youth Services
Director of Administration
April 2024
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Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Legion Hall at Madeira Park
12829 Lilies Lake Rd
Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H0
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Home Page Stories
President Sarah Johnston would like to recognize Ian Grant as our Rotarian of the Month for March. 
Ian exemplifies everything Rotary. Currently as the club director of grants and the Foundation  committee, this past 3X club President & past Assistant District Governor, is also a Paul Harris Fellow X 6.
He has most recently, during March, been instrumental in updating the club’s bylaws and, instructing fellow Rotarians in leadership skills.
Thank you, Ian!
A new book “Up the Creek” was installed on a beautiful sunny afternoon, at the Tyner Park trail. The book is a fun, contemporary fable that champions the importance of teamwork, cooperation and communication; while also promoting the joys to be found in nature. The last few pedestals will include student drawings from Liz Haines’, grade 2/3  class from Madeira Park Elementary, of their interpretation of the book.
President Sarah Johnston, recognizes Youth Chair Lyn Charlton for her tireless dedication to youth in the Harbour.
Together with the assistance of Chris Lekakis, Principal, Pender Harbour High School, Lyn canvassed PHHS students for the RYLA Spring Leadership Camp (the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and seven students made applications; the highest number of ever! 
Further, Lyn collaborated to identify and enroll our Rotary sponsored exchange student Noah Sieben. Lyn's efforts included keeping Noah organized and on task to support his acceptance to the Exchange Student program, and advised Noah on how to go about securing additional student funding. 
Thank you to Lyn, as well,  for organizing parent sponsors to support for our incoming exchange student.  Special shout out to Josh & Jodie Young, who will be the initial host/parent sponsors for the incoming guest exchange student.
We look forward to learning and sharing customs, knowledge and experiences - from both our incoming and outgoing students - the value from which is greater than the sum of the parts it takes to manage and fulfill the student exchange program.
Bob Baker, president of the Legion gave a short talk on where the Legion is going to maintain and augment their inclusive environment, while attracting new younger members. Sarah presented a cheque for the generator fund to Bob, the proceeds from the January 2024, 50/50 draw. The upcoming February draw will also benefit the legion.
 The PH Legion has volunteered to serve as a Reception/Support Services Center for our community. Due to the numerous power outages and extreme weather conditions we experience, the PH Legion hopes to install a standby generator. This will allow the PH Legion to assist our residents with food and shelter.
 The cost of purchase and installation of the generator will be approximately $75-95,000. The PH Legion is applying for grants, but also needs community support for this important community initiative.
Members of the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour present a cheque for
$379. to Joka Wright of the Pender Harbour Food Bank. 
The donation proceeds where raised through the clubs ongoing 50/50 draw.
When you play, your Community Wins.
Ginny Byrnes-McKnight received the January pin for being the awesome songbird at the Burns Dinner (January 25) and at our Christmas event, as well as our wonderful Social Director.
Jim McKnight received the Rotarian of the Month pin for December, for being the amazing host (complete with kilt and sporran)and presenter for our Scotch Tasting event on December 2.  Other clubs want to rent Jim as well as our Scotch glasses! 

Pender Harbour Rotary President Sarah Johnston




Investing in our youth today; building leaders for tomorrow.


The Rotary Club of Pender Harbour is very proud of our 2023 accomplishments, and we have enthusiastically engaged in the (post Covid) reinstatement of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.


Over the past 14 years, 6 students from Pender Harbour High School have been sponsored on a year-long life changing experience. Denmark, Spain, Brazil, Belgium and Mexico have been host countries of the Exchange Program, while exchange students from Germany, Spain, Brazil, Russia, and Taiwan living with families in Pender Harbour, have broadened world perspectives for the students and citizens in Pender Harbour. This year's Outbound Youth Exchange student is Noah Sieben. Noah hopes to go to France, Italy, or Greece for his grade 11 year. Congratulations Noah!


Pender Harbour Rotary provides funding to support this Exchange Student initiative, both for outbound students and inbound students alike; though the inbound students are benefactors of a predetermined honorarium to support their life experience in our community and beyond. Our guest student is financially supported for such things as food, travel within BC to attend events such as Rotary Youth Leadership in Vancouver.


Fundraising efforts throughout the year include, April Tools, The Annual Show & Shine, Art Crawl, Scotch Tasting, Calendar Sales and a monthly online 50/50 draw. These funds were invested in the youth in our community, assisting in the PH High School Ski Trip to Whistler $2,250; sponsorship for 6 students to RYLA $2,250 (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy- an intensive three- day training program to develop character and leadership skills); providing $1.000 for the graduation ceremonies; and a $2,500 University Scholarship.


To help feed hungry minds, The club donated $3,500 to hot lunch programs in the high school and Madeira Park Elementary School.

To help support early learning the Club applied for and received grants from Rotary International, enabling a donation of $30,000 towards the new community school. The new building is ready and awaiting the appropriate permits to move and replace the current structure beside Madeira Park Elementary.


September saw the completion of the Story book forest walk, which is intended to create opportunities for children and their families to read and stay active. A series of 22 pedestals wind away along the paths of Tyner Park at Lily Lake, with captions that are centred toward physical activity while enhancing literacy. The entrance is across from the PH Health Centre

and pedestal stories are rotated on an evolving basis.


Locally the club continued to support the Pender Harbour Food Bank with $1,475 through proceeds from online 50/50 draws.


Yew Transition house received financial honorariums to help support women and families in crisis on the Sunshine Coast.


Internationally the club provided $2,000 in financial support to the AMORAK Society to help enable the “Mother’s Teach Others” program in Bangladesh. The premise of the program: a mother attends an Amarok School each day. Then, after class, she teaches five children everything she has learned. The boys and girls achieve higher levels of education - moving from destitution to better education and employment opportunities - while the educator gains a greater sense of confidence, self-esteem, education, and community engagement.


Supporters of Pender Harbour Rotary can be assured that their support directly enriches and impacts our community and the World community, as our organisation is 100% volunteer based.





The “Spreading Kindness,” Christmas Campaign received $420. donated by individual Rotarians during the Christmas Luncheon & AGM. The monetary gift will be used to help local youth and families in need.
Jim & Ginny entertained all with wonderful Christmas music. Ginny your heavenly voice leading all in song and Jim on the piano, flute and bagpipes, always a joy. 
In coming president Guy Halford-Thompson recognized his 2024/25 board, with help from a very special guest, daughter Amelie.
Merry Christmas to all.
What a great evening, the overwhelming praise for the delicious, food, amazing Scotch, and beautiful decorations kept coming, many people stating it was the "Best Rotary Scotch Tasting Fundraiser Ever! Rotary spirit shone through what a great team !
Special thanks to our own Kathy Riches for her tireless hard work, hours spent cooking and organizing the Scotch Tasting Fundraiser. 
Jim McKnight the "Whiskey Master." Piped in the Scotch, and presented informative info on all things Scotch. Samplers were amazed by his remarkable choices;  Shelter Point Single Malt, Ledaig from Tobermory, Glenmorangie 14 Quinta Ruban, Old Pulteney 15, Ardbed Uigeadail and Glen Grant 18.
Ginny Byrnes-McKnight created the most lovely table arrangements with decorative lights, adding beauty and a festive spirit to the occasion. 
 Auctioneer John KIng encouraged the crowd to bid on live auction items, including a masterful painting by Paul Ygartua, donated to the rotary club by Dianna Wray.
Thank you to the Legion staff, Mary, Lori, Irene, Derek, Deb, Wendy for being so helpful, everything ran smoothly as planned.
All funds raised will support Rotary projects in 2024.
Special District Governor’s visit was hosted Friday, Nov 10, at Ian and Jackie Grant’s Daniel Point home. Shirley-Pat Chamberlain resides in Salmon Arm and is a remote member of the Rotary Club of Steveston.
Rotary District 5040 Governor Shirley-Pat Chamberlain spoke enthusiastically about the meaning of membership in Rotary, and recognizing the Club and some of the members.
As November is Rotary Foundation Month, a special recognition was bestowed upon the club by Rotary International for achieving “Major Donor Level Three”, for 2022-2023. by contributing $73,835 to the foundation  part of which was a generous bequeathment from the estate of the late Rotarian Wayne Jobb, an personal donations by the members.
Shirley-Pat also presented Paul Harris Awards to Lyn Charlton, Kathy Riches, and Lorraine Wareham. The Paul Harris Award recognizes a member for outstanding contribution to the community.
Shirley-Pat Chamberlain is also a woman of mixed heritage, and is an adoptee of the Toosey community. She spoke passionately of social action literacy initiatives and community development innovation in rural and remote British Columbia, in both indigenous and non-indigenous communities.
Her extraordinary service above self, has been demonstrated in what is likely this District’s largest, most impactful program throughout the province: Write 2 Read -- a joint Government House of BC and Rotary International literacy equity initiative. Write 2 Read is now preparing to set up its 27th library or learning centre in a remote First Nation community.
Shirley-Pat has been a leader of Write 2 Read program together with Past District Governor Bob Blacker. The former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, The Honourable Steven Point, referred to Shirley - Pat as the ‘original champion sparkplug” founder of the program.
Pender Harbour Rotary participate in the Madeira  Park “Light Up The Town”fundraiser. Over one hundred trees where sold to benefit the Madeira Park Elementary School.

Sunshine Coast Rotary Jig-saw Puzzles

The Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast are selling puzzles to fund a school in Bangladesh for illiterate mothers. The mothers attend
classes and are then  required in turn to teach five children. The program is very successful with students rising out of poverty and many of the children going on to higher education.
Puzzles are available now and are $35 each, help us support this worthy cause.
To order puzzles please contact Sarah Johnston
President Sarah Johnston congratulates Lyn Charlton, as October’s Rotarian of the Month.
Lyn amplifies Rotarians in Action. As the Youth Chair Person, she has been the liaison with both the Madeira Park Elementary School an the PH Secondary School. Promoting the school lunch programs and advocating for the youth exchange program. She was instrumental in completing the Madeira Storybook Walk, and making the Art Crawl fundraiser a financial success. 
Her seemingly endless energy now focusing on her Spreading Kindness Christmas Campaign.
 Tickets available now for this annual event. Five course gourmet meal and gratuity included. Limited tix, so reserve early.

September was Basic Education and Literary Month, and on September 23rd. after months of preproduction the PH Rotary Club, marked the occasion with the unavailing of their Storybook walk. The grand opening was held at 11am with cookies and juice for the children.

The Storybook Walk is intended to create opportunities for children and their families to read and stay active.

 A series of 22 pedestals wind away along the paths in Tyner Park at Lily Lake, with captions that centre on physical activity and literacy,. The trail starts from the pathway entrance across from the Pender Harbour Health Centre; beside the parking lot. Books will be rotated on a regular basis.
Hard working volunteers made this day possible.
Mirelle Parr, and Michael Parr on a learning adventure along the Storybook Walk.
Bill Charlton presents
PH Community School Executive Director,
Cheyenne Howitt, with a cheque from the Pender Harbour Rotary Club for $5000. The cheque completes the total Pender Harbour Rotary Clubs’ donation of $30,000. towards the new Community School building