Welcome To Our Club
We Meet Fridays at 12:05 pm
The Best Western
Rainbow Country Inn
43971 Industrial Way
Chilliwack BC V2R 3A4
Weekly Program Info
John Blessin
Dec 22, 2017
Annual Christmas Concert
Kevin Gemmell
Dec 29, 2017
Who's Who


2017 - 18 Board of Directors
Our new Club Executive was installed on July 7th and are ready to lead us as we Make a Difference this year. 
From left to right
Back Row: President Elect Victor Froese, Don Bates, Shelley MacDonell, Michael Simpson, Rick Mawson, Julie Unger, Aatif Nanji
Front Row: Past President Carol Tichelman, Debbie Winter, President Todd Harvey, Robin Klassen
Missing: Paul Blessin, Kevin Gemmell

Rotary International President's Theme :



Annual Soup Day
Each year our club hosts a Soup Day in December where we forgo our lunch for a bowl of soup and the difference in price is donated to the Salvation Army. This year President Todd presents a check to the Salvation Army for $ 650.00. At the December 15th meeting, we will also be collecting donations of non perishable food items for the Food Bank.
Our ongoing commitment to the Rotary Trails project 
Continued committment by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack in the way of $ 40,000.00 for " Looping the Vedder " and developing trails on the south side of the Vedder River.
From left to Right: President Todd Harvey, Committee Member Bob Gemmel, Councilor Sue Attrill, President Elect Victor Froese and Mayor Sharon Gaetz. 
Welcome New Member Tara Cummings
Tara Cummings, our newest member, was inducted into the club on November 3rd. Don Bates introduced Tara and Debora Soutar performed the Induction. Tara will be working on the Health and Wellness, Youth Opportunity and Literacy Committees.  
Rotary Youth Exchange - An Experience of a Lifetime 
Each year the Rotary Clubs in Chilliwack look for applicants from local High Schools who are interested in an International Exchange for a one year period. Typically 4 students are selected to live abroad with Rotarian families in that community. In return students from the community come to live in Chilliwack. The video above is an interview with both local and international students on how they enjoyed their experience. 
More Information here: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges 
Welcome New Member Lauren Sass
President Todd provides our newest member Lauren Sass with our new member package. Lauren was introduced to the club by PP Debora Soutar and PP Bob Plowright did the Induction. Lauren was assigned to the Fellowship and Foundation Committees. Welcome Lauren !
Exciting Addition to the Rotary Trails
LOOPING THE VEDDER,  Victor Froese, September 2017
After the successful Browne Creek Wetland project with its trail extension and Wilson Road access, the City of Chilliwack and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack partnered on a more ambitious multi-year project dubbed “Looping the Vedder”.  As the graphic illustrates, the plan is to construct a trail network on the south side of the Vedder River which will be connected to the current Rotary Trail on the north side by two bridges.  The new Vedder Bridge is the link on the east end of the loop
Driving over the bridge you will have noticed the concrete sidewalk coming off the bridge on the south side and winding up to a set of ramps leading down to a trail more on the river level.  A kiosk shows the Vedder Greenway map with current and proposed trails. The Vedder Greenway is the space surrounding the Vedder River between the new Vedder Bridge and the Highway 1 bridge.   A set of posts with banners (see illustration) announces what will be known as the “Vedder Rotary Loop Trail”. 
Late in August new trail construction was begun on another section of trail which will become part of the “LOOP”.  It extends eastward from Giesbrecht Road for about one kilometer.  At this point the work is visible only from the dyke access going east from near the Vedder River Campground.  Eventually the trail will connect westward to the campground and to the trail network in the Browne Creek Wetlands, and eastward to Vedder Mountain Road.
The “Looping the Vedder” initiative includes a pedestrian crossing of the Vedder River near or attached to the current railway bridge.  At this point it is contingent on funding, but it is included in the City’s Trail Network Plan (accessible on the City of Chilliwack website).  When the pedestrian bridge is completed, the loop will allow Yarrowites to cross the Vedder River to the Great Blue Herron Reserve (GBHR) and Garrison Crossing. We are exceedingly fortunate to have such a high quality trail system very near, and to have access to the Browne Creek Wetlands, and eventually the GBHR as well. A DFO official once likened the Browne Creek Wetlands to the “Stanley Park of Chilliwack”. 
Rotary Club of Chilliwack is on the Move
After 25 years, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack's Service Building is on the move, but only 1 kilometer away. The original building, 42'x72' was built on land provided by the City of Chilliwack in 1992 was then gifted to the city, but on a token lease back system. It was located on the corner of Ashwell and Wolfe Road. 
Since then the Townsend Park facilities have greatly expanded and the City would like to use the location for new changing facilities for the numerous sports events held there.  In return for asking the Rotary Club to move, the City has offered a new location on Wolfe Road as well as funding to replace it with a similarly sized building.  A club survey shows that we now need a somewhat larger building and the incremental costs will need to be borne by us.
The proposed building (48 x 100 feet) was designed by Justin Dyck of CHP Architects.  He is a member of our club, and costing of the project is under way.  It will be built on a lot on Wolfe Road next to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. According to the present time-line scheduling we hope to move into our new facility by the Fall of 2018. 
Exchange Students have arrived !
Our Exchange students for the 2017-2018 have arrived safely and are now with their first Host Families.
From left to right Thordis from from Iceland, Camille from France and Stas from Poland, with Past Presidents Dennis and Carol.
Rotary Video " People of Action "
THE LAST DROP - Polio Eradication
Listen to Polio Warriors as they describe the Final steps required to Eradicate Polio from the world.
Guatemala Wheelchair Distribution
February 2017, 4 members from our club joined other Rotarian's from the Fraser Valley on a Hands on Wheelchair Distribution to Guatemala and Antigua. This project,  an inspiration of the Abbotsford Sumas Rotary Club included assembling and distributing a container with 280 wheelchairs to deserving people in Guatemala and Antigua. Rotary Rocks !
Interact is a Rotary
International service club for
youth ages 12 to 18 years
and is sponsored by individual
Rotary clubs.

Meetings are every 2nd Thursday

at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre

46361 Yale Road 

(beside Chilliwack Senior Secondary)

Youth are welcome to attend and join any time!

Youth Exchange
International Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. 
Click on the link for more information






Rotaract brings together

people ages 18-30 in

universities and communities worldwide

to organize service activities,

develop leadership and professional skills,

and have fun!


2017 Scholarship Recipients
Each year the Rotary Club of Chilliwack awards deserving graduating students from local high schools and the University of the Fraser Valley $ 32,500 in Scholarships for their post secondary education. This year the recipients were recognized at our club meeting on May 26, 2017. Congratulations to this year's students and we wish you all the best with your education. (4 students missing from photo)