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Prince George Nechako

Service Above Self

Every Wednesday, breakfast at 7:00 am, meeting starts at 7:35 am
Coast Inn of the North
770 Brunswick Street
Winston's
Prince George, BC  V2L 2C2
Canada
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Congratulations to our two most recent Rotarians of the Week, Dr. William Osei and Harold Hartshorne. William and Harold are always willing to help out with our club projects and fundraisers, including the city's annual spring clean-up, ushering at Prince George Cougars games, Operation Red Nose Prince George, manning the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles and many more. We couldn't do it without you William and Harold! #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Rotary Clubs of Prince George booth Saturday on International Day of Peace at Downtown PG Fallfest. 
It was a great opportunity to promote Rotary and have people express what peace means to them.
On Friday, the City of Prince George raised the United Nations flag to signify the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
 
Congratulations to our latest Paul Harris Fellows -- Neil Godbout, Karen Toombs, Leona Wilkinson and Gord Smith who received their recognition pins recently.
The Paul Harris Fellow pins acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation which supports our six areas of focus as well as PolioPlus. #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
 
 
Congratulations to Neil Godbout who was named Rotarian of the Week at our meeting on Sept. 18. Gord Smith (Rotarian of the Week for Sept. 11), selected Neil for keeping us all informed in his role as Editor in Chief at the Prince George Citizen. Neil is also our Club Admin director who lines up our guest speakers every week. Congratulations Neil! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
Prince George, B.C., August 23, 2019 — The Rotary International District 5040 Governor representing 55 clubs and 1,384 Rotarians in B.C. is visiting Prince George and neighbouring northern B.C. communities this week in an effort to grow the volunteer service organization.
District Governor Bala Naidoo, a member of the Rotary Club of Burnaby – Metrotown is being hosted by Prince George’s four Rotary clubs (Rotary Club of Prince George, Rotary Club of Prince George – Yellowhead, the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako and the Prince George Rotaract Club). 
“We are in a period of rapid change where an organization that started in 1905 needs to become relevant to our next generation,” says Naidoo. “We have accomplished a lot to integrate youth from high schools and 19 – 30 year-olds, university and young professionals to join us to ensure a succession plan for the organization."
Congratulations to the Prince George Rotaract Club who was presented with its Rotary Citation for 2018-19 by District 5040 Governor Bala Naidoo Thursday at the multi-club meeting hosted by the Yellowhead Rotary Club.
The Rotaractors on hand to accept the citation were, from left, Sakshi Satish, Lisa Russell and Paige Malmgren. #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
Brooke Svendsen says her year abroad in Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student was an amazing, fantastic experience, one that she now has friends from around the world.
Brooke joined us Wednesday at our meeting where she discussed her journey, one where she left Prince George in August 2018 and returned in July 2019.
She lived in a town called Nykobing Falser (population 16,540) in southern Denmark and lived with three different host families. They took her on trips to Copenhagen and Bornholm. 
Brooke was enrolled in the music/math stream at her school, attending classes from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
As part of her Rotary duties, she went on a trip through Europe with other youth exchange students that included visiting seven countries in 19 days. 
We're thrilled that Brooke had a wonderful year abroad. She was a great ambassador for Prince George and Canada.
#PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary #youthexchange
 
Congratulations to Tom Leboe, our Rotarian of the Week for Aug. 14.
Tom was selected by Brenda Peacock (Rotarian of the Week for Aug. 7) for his dedicated service to Rotary for 11 years.
He's a long-time member of the Special Projects Committee, and ensured our inaugural PG Ribfest was a success in partnership with Pacific Western Brewing.
He and his wife Jean regularly volunteer for Operation Red Nose, Cougars games as ushers and attends any other projects that need volunteers. He's proven he goes above and beyond for our club.
Tom is indeed part of Rotary's #PeopleofAction. #WeAreRotary
Since August is Membership Month, it was a great opportunity today to have four of our newer Rotarians give their Vocational talks. It was an opportunity for our members to get to know them better. 
We heard from Judy Mitchell, Cori Ramsay, Vivian Martin and Kathy Carlson who have all joined our club in the last two years.
Judy Mitchell is a counsellor and clinician with Morneau Shepell. Before her current role, she was previously involved in Aboriginal health as a counsellor and clinician, working in First Nations communities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, setting up research centres. She also spent time with Positive Living North and the Elizabeth Fry Society. 
She joined Rotary in October 2018. 
Cori Ramsay is a Communications Officer with Integris Credit Union as well as a City of Prince George Councillor who is passionate about public relations. She was a speaker in the inaugural 2017 TEDxUNBC and a Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 recipient. She joined our club in March.
Vivian Martin is a retired City of Prince George employee who is an artist, jeweller and photographer. She creates masks and sculptures out of recycled cotton T-shirts. She also teaches workshops on her various forms of art. She joined our club in October 2018. 
Kathy Carlson is the Executive Director of the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum joined our club in August 2018 who currently sits on our Operation Red Nose and Peace committees and is our Vice-President. She was also the volunteer co-ordinator for PG Ribfest. 
Judy, Cori, Vivian and Kathy have all volunteered with our club in various capacities, including Operation Red Nose, Prince George Cougars games, PG Ribfest and the HIV/AIDS Walk.
Welcome, you are indeed #PeopleofAction! #WeAreRotary 
 
Congratulations to Brenda Peacock who was selected as Rotarian of the Week for Aug. 7 today by Leona Wilkinson (Rotarian of the Week for July 31).
Brenda has been in our club for 17 years and goes above and beyond for the committees she serves on, including Special Projects chair and Operation Red Nose.
As part of Operation Red Nose, Brenda, along with her husband Gary, take care of a vast number of sponsorships, and take pictures of sponsors with Rudy (the ORN mascot) to recognize their support. They are there every night of operation overseeing our volunteer set-up, ensuring they have all the right items for a successful night on the road. 
Operation Red Nose, a designated driving service available during nine nights during the holiday season, is our club's biggest fundraiser of the year. 
Congratulations Brenda! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
We sponsored Sylvia Masich to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) South at Camp Elphinstone in April. 
RYLA South participants learn about leadership, community building and the impact of Rotary around the world.
At our meeting on Wednesday, she gave a short presentation on her fantastic and wonderful experiences at RYLA and thanked the club for their support.
Sylvia, who is a member of the PG Blizzard Speed Skating Club, PG Track and Field Club graduated from Duchess Park secondary in June. She was also involved in the leadership club.
Sylvia is attending the University of Northern British Columbia this fall, where she is studying history and political science. She will also be involved in the PG Rotaract Club.
She was thanked by our Youth Services chair Gina Rawson and President Rachelle Delorey. We are thrilled you had a great time at RYLA South. 
#WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction 
 
Morgan Johnson (middle), whom we sent to Rotary Adventures in Healthcare in May, joined us for breakfast today where she reflected on her amazing experiences as a participant. 
Rotary Adventures in Healthcare was created in 2017 by the Rotary Club of Prince George Yellowhead to provide an opportunity to introduce high school students to post-secondary education, applied training and career opportunities in the health sciences in northern B.C.
Participants visit AimHi, the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia over the course of four days. 
In addition to the Yellowhead Rotary Club, it's a collaboration with School District 57, AimHi, Northern Health, CNC and UNBC.
Thanks Morgan, we're glad you had a fantastic time! 
#WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
Congratulations to Leona Wilkinson (middle) who was selected Rotarian of the Week for July 31.
Andrea Johnson, the Rotarian of the Week for July 24, chose Leona for her dedication of ensuring the books are in order for Operation Red Nose and PG Ribfest, as well as bringing in new members and sponsors. 
#WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction 
Our Rotarian of the Week is Kathy Carlson for July 17. Badhri Narayanan selected Kathy for her all the work she did at our inaugural PG Ribfest in June, including organizing the volunteers. Kathy also lines up our guest speakers every week. Congratulations! #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
President-Elect Darrell recognized our recent Rotarians of the Week at our meeting Wednesday morning.
Past-President Robert Quibell was selected on July 3 for the fantastic work he did in organizing Prince George Ribfest on June 21-23. He collaborated with Kyle Sampson at Pacific Western Brewing and over saw the Ribfest committee to ensure everything ran smoothly for the inaugural fundraising event for our club.
Robert in turn chose Badhri Narayanan on July 10 for his work on the Ribfest committee and delivering posters and flyers. In May and June, Badhri, encouraged by Robert, visited our fellow District 5040 Rotary clubs in the Lower Mainland while he was travelling. 
Congratulations Robert and Badhri!
#PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary 
President-Elect Darrell and Past President Dolly were more than happy to present $5,137 to Positive Living North's Fire Pit at our meeting this morning.
The Fire Pit is a drop-in centre that is a safe place for homeless people to access meals, health and employment resources and cultural activities.
The money was raised from our 50/50 ticket raffle at the inaugural Prince George Ribfest on June 21-23. 
#WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction 
 
We were excited to induct Cal Purcell as a new member of the Nechako Rotary Club today.
Cal is self-employed with Canadian Vocational  Training Centre.
He enjoys riding motorcycles, volunteering with the Salvation Army and Antiquarian.   
Cal is a great addition to our club.
Welcome to Rotary, Cal! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
We love supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to seven of our Rotarians who received new Paul Harris Fellow pins at our meeting on Wednesday.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition (named after Rotary International's founder) acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation supports Rotary's six areas of focus internationally and locally: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development.
President Lisa Redpath, in one of her final duties as Club President, presented the following Rotarians with their pins. From left: Dolly Hilton (Paul Harris +5), Harold Hartshorne (PH +3), Andrea Johnson (PH +1), Tom Leboe (PH +2), Karen Toombs (PH +6), Rachelle Delorey (PH), and Harold Spensley (PH +2). 
 
President Lisa Redpath and Vice President Darrell Hubbell awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellow to Kyle Sampson at our Wednesday morning meeting today.
Kyle, the marketing, events and sales leader for Pacific Western Brewing in Prince George, was a key organizer in ensuring our inaugural Prince George Ribfest was huge success on the weekend. 
The Paul Harris Fellow, named after the founder of Rotary International, is presented to individuals who make contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
The honorary Paul Harris Fellow is a way of expressing our thanks to Kyle for his outstanding work and collaboration with us. 
Congratulations to Camron Taylor, the winner of our 50/50 ticket draw Sunday at Prince George Ribfest.
President Lisa and 50/50 organizer Dolly Hilton presented Camron with $5,147 at our meeting Wednesday morning.
Camron bought his lucky ticket at our inaugural Ribfest on the weekend. We appreciate his support of this great community event.
All proceeds from the draw are going towards the Firepit at Positive Living North. 

Congratulations to Darrell Hubbell who was named our Rotarian of the Year 2018-19 at our President’s dinner Saturday night. He was awarded the jacket by Gord Smith, who won the coveted award and Rotary jacket last year. Saturday night was also an opportunity for us all to thank President Lisa for leading our club. She did a great job. #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction


It was great to have Janet Marren, the chief librarian at the Prince George Public Library join us recently to give us an update on what's happening at one of the gems in our community.
In late April, Prince George City Council approved the $3.95 million for the new and long-awaited entrance to the Bob Harkins branch downtown. 
The Prince George Public Library has more than 54,000 card holders and serves more than 1,100 people each day between the two branches - the Bob Harkins branch downtown and the Nechako branch in the Hart. 
Thanks again Janet for visiting us!
We were honoured to have staff from the Positive Living North: No khe̅yoh t'sih'en t'sehena Society join us at one of our recent meetings and talk to us about the important work they do in Prince George and northern B.C. 
Positive Living North provides a wide array of programs and services designed to raise public awareness, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS/HCV, reduce stigma and discrimination, and support people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS/HCV.
The society has also developed an innovative program called the 'Fire Pit' in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic Northern BC communities are experiencing.
Proceeds from our PG Ribfest in partnership with Pacific Western Brewing on June 21-23 will go towards Positive Living North programming. #PeopleofAction
It was great to have the three Prince George Rotary Clubs -- Yellowhead Rotary Club, PG Rotary Club Downtown, and ourselves -- join forces and pitch in for the City of Prince George's Annual City-wide spring clean-up today. And no, those are not the bottles of wine we drank along the way, haha. However it was scary how many cigarette butts we picked up. #PeopleOfAction #WeAreRotary#RotariansAtWork
 
We welcomed Aimee Hedstrom as a new member to our club on April 17.
Aimee is a risk management assistant with Integris Credit Union, and an outdoor enthusiast with activities such as skiing, hiking and fishing. 
Welcome to our Rotary family, Aimee!
 
 
 
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