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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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https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/opinion/columnists/taking-the-risk-to-ask-questions-1.2354427It's always good to ask questions since you never know where the answers could leave you. We found out the impact of that today after a project we completed in 2010. 
During a culture and conflict class at Duchess Park secondary in 2009, social studies teacher Gerry Chidiac examined the most horrible situations in the world. 
His guest speaker one day was from war-torn Liberia in West Africa who was looking for materials to run several schools he was overseeing. 
Kendra Kipping, a Grade 11 student at the time, was inspired by his talk and had an idea of sending chalkboards from the old Duchess Park school which was about to replaced to Africa. 
Gerry asked several people, including us at Nechako Rotary. The chalkboards were shipped overseas and the schools received them in October 2010. 
Kendra, who went on to earn a psychology degree from UNBC and now works with those with developmental disorders says the project was life-changing.
It all stemmed from one single question. #PeopleofAction
Read Gerry's column in the Prince George Citizen. The link is attached. 
 

We were thrilled to have our District 5040 Governor Darcy Long (middle) induct two new members to our club on Aug. 15. Welcome to the Rotary family, Patty Rawson (left) and Katherine Carlson (right)! As Rotarians, we are confident you will soon become #PeopleofAction.

He’s an unsung hero. He greets us every Wednesday morning with a great big hello when we check in and catches up with us. He co-shares Sgt. at Arms duties. Congratulations to our founding Rotarian Gord Smith who received our coveted #Rotary jacket for being selected as our 2017-18 Rotarian of the Year Saturday night at our President's Ball/dinner at Rotary Lodge at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club. The dinner was also an opportunity to thank and congratulate President Robert for his successful year of service and leadership and to welcome President-elect Lisa as she takes over for 2018-19. #PeopleofAction
 
We had a fabulous time planting trees on Wednesday June 6 in Rainbow Park alongside Rotarians from the Yellowhead Rotary ClubPG Rotary Club Downtown and Rotaract Club - PrinceGeorge. Around 200 pine seedlings that Industrial Forestry Service donated to us, replaced trees that were removed in the park due to the mountain pine beetle outbreak. Thanks to the City of Prince George's Parks and Recreation department for its unwavering support for this project since planning began in December. We appreciate the collaboration between the City and IFS as Rotarians such as ourselves strive to make a difference in our community with environmental sustainability initiatives such as this one. #CityofPG #PeopleofAction #Rotary
 
Thanks to Alison Hagreen of the Prince George Brain Injured Group who joined us Wednesday as our guest speaker. 
Most brain injuries comes from accidents, violence, fall, strokes and more. Alison provided us with some stats that revealed the rate of violence is going up for brain injury as is the rate for those who are incarcerated. A lot of them have brain Injuries. 
The Prince George Brain Injured Group helps more than 300 survivors each year with community rehabilitation and services. Thanks Alison for keeping us informed about the important work you do!
 
Sarah Ash first got involved in Rotary four years ago when she attended RYLA Lakelse in Terrace. Since then, she's been hooked on Rotary and taken advantage of the youth opportunities available to her over the years. She was our outbound youth exchange student in 2015-16, spending a year abroad in France. Last month, we sponsored her to attend Rotary Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa, organized by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The program attracts 220 senior high school students from across Canada and involves tours, lectures and social events to enhance the students' understanding of Canadian citizenship. Thanks for being a great ambassador for our club, Sarah! She graduates on Friday from College Heights secondary and is enrolled at UNBC in September.
We spent Tuesday, May 8 at Kelly Road secondary doing mock interviews with Grades 11 and 12 students to help them improve their resume-writing and job-seeking skills. We do the interviews twice a year and look forward to it every time. Thanks for hosting us Kelly Road, we love helping out your students!
 
 
That’s a wrap on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) North 2018! Thanks to 15 amazing young professionals from Prince George, Burns Lake, Williams Lake and Vancouver who joined us at Camp Friendship for a fabulous weekend of team building, and fun who were inspired by community champions and leaders who are making an impact locally and internationally.
Congratulations to Ken Pendergast, Kelly Zammit and Dolly Hilton who received their new Paul Harris Fellow pins today from President Robert. The Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) pins recognize those who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. 
Ken earned his PHF + 8 pin; Kelly collected her PHF +5 pin, while Dolly received her PHF +4 pin. Congratulations and thank you for your generous support which will go towards service projects around the world, from eradicating polio, building water wells and creating peace. #PeopleofAction
Congratulations to Gail MacLaren who received her Paul Harris Fellow + 3 pin yesterday from President Robert. The Paul Harris Fellow pin recognizes those who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, or PolioPlus. Donations from Rotarians such as Gail are instrumental in securing and growing Rotary International programs around the world. Gail has been a valuable member of our Nechako Rotary Club for 22 years. #PeopleofAction
 
 
For Albert Thomsen, attending RYLA South on Easter weekend was one of the best weekends he's had. It was absolutely amazing, he said. Throughout the weekend, Albert, along with Logan Cruz, were pushed out of their comfort zone which benefitted both of them. For Logan, she said even though everyone was reserved at the beginning of the weekend, by the end of it she felt like she'd known everyone forever. The workshops were inspiring and provided participants with plenty of ways to help their communities. Both Logan and Albert told us, along with President Robert, about that RYLA magic today at our meeting. We're thrilled we provided them with opportunities for leadership, reflection and community service. Albert is our inbound youth exchange student from Denmark, while Logan is an outbound youth exchange student who will be going abroad to Italy for 2018-19.
 
Congratulations to Ron Neukomm who received his Paul Harris +8 pin today from President Robert. Thanks Ron for your dedication to the Rotary Foundation! 
The Nechako Rotary Club has organized Operation Red Nose Prince George for more than 15 years since taking over for UNBC Athletics. On Friday, Nov. 24, we celebrated the Operation Red Nose 20th anniversary with an open house. It was a great opportunity to meet new and returning volunteers. We also congratulated Heather Spicer who has volunteered with us for all 20 years. Amazing! We're on the road next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. All of our client donations stay within Prince George, going towards youth and amateur sports organizations, as well as fund our New Generations program.
 
We presented the Hart Highlands Winter Club (Hart Ski Hill) with $7,445 that will go towards the new magic carpet ski lift. The proceeds came from our 50-50 draw. We couldn’t have been more happier to help them out and help more youth and adults learn to ski. 
We were absolutely thrilled to present our 50-50 winner Richard Sampson with a cheque for $7,445! Congratulations Richard! Thanks for you support. Proceeds went to the magic carpet lift at the Hart Ski Hill!
 
 
 
 
A lot of us love to downhill ski and we want Prince George youth to take advantage of a favourite winter pastime. It’s why we are proud to partner with the Hart Highlands Winter Club (Hart Ski Hill) to sponsor the Nechako Rotary Learning Centre with a value of $25,000. We recently gave $15,000 to Pat Bell who is spearheading the project for the Hart Ski Hill along with Harold Spensley from our club and our fundraising chair Dolly Hilton. We will raise the remaining $10,000 through various other avenues. #PeopleofAction
Albert shared his Canadian bucket list with us. Some people have already suggested items for him or volunteered to do things with him, these are in brackets beside the item. He would love to do the following:
  • Mount Robson
  • Barkerville (Leona and Gary Anderson)
  • Dog Sledding (Deb and Dave Nielsen)
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Ancient Rainforest (Ron Neukomm and Brian Pearson)
  • Cottonwood Island Park
  • Cross-Country Skiing (Andrea Johnson)
  • Downhill Skiing (Harold Spensley)
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing (The Hartford Family)
  • Kayaking (Andrea Johnson (in the spring)
  • Canoeing
  • Whale Watching
  • Hunting
  • Two Rivers Art Gallery (Lisa Redpath)
  • Pops in the Park (Lisa Redpath)
  • Cougars Game with tickets for 3 friends (Alain LeFebrve)
  • Art Battle (Lisa Redpath)
  • Teapot Mountain (Neil Godbout - Spring 2018)
  • Vancouver esp. to see Art Galleries
If you are able to help Albert see and do any of these things let us know. And if there is something that you and/or your family usually do and you would like to share it with Albert, please let him know.
 
Thanks Everyone
Recently our youth exchange student, Albert Finne Thomsen, our 2017-2018 Inbound student from Odense, Denmark arrived in Prince George. Here is with his host family Past-president Brian and Brenda Pearson and Rotarian Dave Nielsen when he arrived at Prince George International Airport. He then went on the Tweedsmuir Trek and went to our first club meeting on Wednesday. 
Welcome or velkommen to Prince George and Canada, Albert.
 
As well, we had our 2016-17 inbound exchange student Alyssa Hartford visit us where she did her presentation on her year abroad in Taiwan. In addition to English and French, Alyssa is now fluent in Mandarin. She will complete her final year of high school this year at Duchess Park secondary. 
 
Please give a huge and warm welcome to Kathleen Moir who was inducted as a new member into our club on Wednesday Kathleen is program director and resource development at AiMHi - Prince George Association for Community Living. We know she is excited to be a Rotarian where we share ideas, take action and create lasting change. Welcome Kathleen!
 
President Robert presented Rotarians Dolly Hilton and Karen Toombs with their Paul Harris Fellow pins today, recognizing their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations! 
 
We were more than happy to help out the WHL's Prince George Cougars hockey club last season as we volunteered as ushers at six games at CN Centre.
At each game, we had either 25 Rotarians or friends of Rotary who each volunteered for five hours. 
For our efforts, the Cougars, represented by Andy Beesley, Vice President, Business and Tyler Lippingwell, Manager of Game Operations and Promotions, presented us a cheque of $5,250.
The funds will be used to support other non-profit organizations in Prince George.
Thank you Cougars!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We teamed up with Yellowhead Rotary Club Saturday night in a joint President's Ball where we celebrated our outgoing presidents Marnie Hamagami (Yellowhead) and Neil Godbout (Nechako). It was an opportunity to thank them for leading us and enjoying wonderful years in 2016-17. We also played a few games of chance for fake money. A great time was had by all. Congratulations too to Dolly Hilton for winning Nechako Rotarian of the Year. A well-deserved honour!
 President-Elect Robert  gave it passionate talk this morning regarding his upcoming year as president. He talked about the goals set for the club and the ability to set additional goals  that members would like to see in the upcoming year.   He talked about making a difference in the community, the lives of people we know and don't know and the lives of our fellow Rotarians.  All the best in the upcoming year Robert and we are behind you 100%.
Alice said goodby at the meeting this morning as her dad is coming on Sunday to pick  her up. They are going to travel around BC and possibly into Alberta for a period of time.  She has said that she has enjoyed her stay here immensely and will always remember her time here.  The club gave her a hoodie from her school as a farewell gift and we know she will wear it with pride . Hopefully we will be able to get together with her again when they drop back into Prince George before going back to France. We wish Alice  all the best and look forward to hearing from her from time to time.  
 NAncy Krushelnicki  presented some interesting information on the Prince George farmers market this morning.
 The motto for the farmer's market is Make it, Bake it or Grow it. There can be up to 65 vendors selling their home made goods such  pickles, jams, soaps as well as fresh vegetables, fresh fish, bison, beef just to name a few. 
 
The Farmer's Market started in 1995 when 10 people got together to start a small local market. Today it is a thriving market every Saturday morning down on 6th Avenue in the colourful building behind the Keg. It is a great way to support the local economy and know where your food comes from.. There is usually some local musiciansNancy serenading the shoppers who want to sit and have a coffee or some of the great food available 
 
Their website can be found at  www.farmersmarketpg.ca 
 
So go on down to the Prince George Farmer's Market next Saturday and check out what they offer...
 
 
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