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Welcome to our Club!

Prince George Nechako

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Prestige Hotel and Resort
2005 Hwy 97 South
Prince George, BC V2N 7A3
Canada
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: In-person meetings have now resumed, however you can also tune in remotely via Zoom.
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Join us at our meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 as we hear from Andy Beesley, Vice President, Business of the Prince George Cougars. 
Andy will give us an update on the status of the Western Hockey League team as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
For the last several seasons, our Rotarians have volunteered as ushers at their home games at CN Centre. We appreciate the partnership that we have built supporting each other's community endeavours
You can safely join us for breakfast at the Prestige Hotel at 7:15 a.m. or you can attend online via Zoom. Email nechakorotarypresident@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
We are thrilled to receive our Rotary Presidential Citation for 2019-20. The citation recognizes our club achieving goals around membership, service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation and building awareness of Rotary in our community. 
District 5040 Governor Elect Lorne Calder from the Prince George Rotary Club Downtown presented the certificate to our club president Rachelle Delorey at our hybrid meeting on Nov. 4 at the Prestige Hotel. #PeopleOfAction #WeAreRotary
Join us at our Wednesday, Nov. 4 meeting to find out more about our Journey to the Well project that was spearheaded by former Rotarian Debbie Down and Brenda Colebrook.
It's a project where they and the club partnered with the Rotary Club of Arusha to build a pair of water wells in northern Tanzania in 2017. Several District 5040 Rotary clubs also contributed to the project that we received a $10,000 grant from the Rotary Foundation that helped raise a little more than $42,000 to build the wells. Join us at the Prestige Hotel at 7:15 a.m. in person or else email nechakorotarypresident@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
Prince George, B.C., September 21, 2020 — Prince George Rotarians, along with the City of Prince George raised the United Nations peace flag today at City Hall to proclaim Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace and the week dedicated to peace in Prince George.
 
Members from the four Prince George Rotary Clubs (Prince George, Nechako and Yellowhead and Rotaract Club were joined by Rotary International District 5040 Governor Dave Hamilton, a member of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen, along with Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, a member of the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako. 
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Nechako Rotary Club and the Prince George RCMP are gearing up for the Great Big Bike Registry on Sunday, Aug. 9.
 
Rotary volunteers and representatives of the RCMP will be fanned out at eight locations across the city encouraging cyclists of all ages to stop by and register their bikes with 529 Garage, a comprehensive bike registry and recovery system with the primary goal of deterring bike theft.
Congratulations to our President Rachelle Delorey who was named the 2019-20 Nechako Rotarian of the Year for her fantastic contributions Sunday at our physically-distanced President's Picnic. 
We also presented volunteer extraordinaire John Ruston with a special Paul Harris Fellow for his service to our club with Operation Red Nose Prince George (has volunteered every night for the last 11 years) and as a game host at the Prince George Cougars games, among others.
Lorne Calder, 2020-21 District Governor-Elect, oversaw the installation of Rachelle, who is staying on another year as President, and the incoming board. #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako has cancelled the PG Rotary Ribfest on June 19 - 21. The following letter was sent to the ribbers involved in the event, along with sponsors.
 
April 18, 2020
 
The Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako and the PG Rotary Ribfest organizing committee are being vigilant and closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
We have also followed strict measures by federal and provincial health authorities including mandatory physical distancing and disallowing mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.
 
Those measures have had a profound impact on our Rotary club and Ribfest organizing committee. We are no longer meeting face-to-face every week, instead staying home and holding our meetings online. The uncertainty around this rapidly-evolving situation and COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of Rotary events, fundraisers and conferences in B.C. and around the world. 
 
The health and safety of those who attend PG Rotary Ribfest is of our utmost concern. That’s why we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 PG Rotary Ribfest on June 19-21 since we simply cannot hold an event that has enormous health risks for all involved in a face-to-face format. 
 
We were really looking forward to the second annual PG Rotary Ribfest at Pacific Western Brewing. There was excitement for all involved and we really wanted to build on the success of the inaugural 2019 event. It’s also a new fundraiser for our Rotary club and gives us the opportunity to showcase what Rotary is all about – community volunteers working together to create lasting change in Prince George. And have fun doing it.
 
We also understand the profound financial impact COVID-19 is having on businesses such as yours, those who we rely on to support our events. Please know that we are thinking of you and send you our best wishes.
 
We hope you understand our decision. We will immediately return any funds we have received from you as Ribbers and sponsors. 
We hope that we can return in 2021 once it’s safe to do so.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rachelle Delorey
President, Rotary Club of Prince George
 
Robert Quibell, Kathy Carlson
Co-chairs, PG Rotary Ribfest
We really enjoyed the presentation by Dustin Snyder of the Spruce City Wildlife Association at our meeting on March 11.
Spruce City Wildlife Association is run by 100 per cent of volunteers and is heavily involved in the community - back country clean-up, trout release, salmon send-off, the family fishing derby, and school group tours through its hatchery along the Nechako River. The hatchery is the only one north of Kamloops. 
Founded in 1970, Spruce City Wildlife is a conservation club that is comprised of hunters, anglers, trappers and various outdoor enthusiasts. Its mandate is to ensure the sound long-term management of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources in the best interests of all British Columbians.
They did their first Chinook Salmon fry release four years ago as it's a good way to remind people that salmon are here. 
Spruce City Wildlife Association is providing conservation for future generations.
Thanks again Dustin for giving an update on all the great work SCWA does in Prince George and northern B.C.
Our Rotarian of the Week for Feb. 26 is Kathy Carlson (middle) who was selected by Harold Hartshorne, Rotarian of the Week for Feb. 19. 
Kathy is our club admin chair who lines up our guest speakers and she also played a vital role in helping organize Operation Red Nose and now Prince George Ribfest in June. 
Harold is a valuable member of our club who volunteers for us during our Prince George Cougars nights, Operation Red Nose, spring clean up and is always there to lend a helping hand whenever we need him. 
Congratulations Kathy and Harold. You indeed are #PeopleofAction! #WeAreRotary 
Congratulations to Dave Nielsen for being selected Rotarian of the Week at our meeting Wednesday.
Dave plays a valuable role on our youth exchange committee as he and his family serve as host families for current and former visiting students, interview potential outbound students and serves as a chaperone on the BC Tour. 
Dave also volunteers for us at Operation Red Nose Prince George and as a game usher at the PG Cougars games. 
Thanks for your commitment to community service Dave, we couldn't do it without you! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
On behalf of the Rotary Foundation, Kelly Zammit presented our Club President Rachelle Delorey with her Paul Harris + 1 pin at our meeting Wednesday. A Paul Harris Fellow is someone who gives $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. A pin is awarded for every $1,000 given. 
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Rotary Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects and goes towards Rotary's Six Areas of Focus: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. 
Congratulations Rachelle on your commitment and contribution to the Rotary Foundation! #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction
Our co-fundraising chair Ken Pendergast and President Rachelle Delorey were more than happy to present, on behalf of our club, an $8,000 cheque to David Mothus of the Blackburn REMAX All Wheels Adventure Park. The funds were generated from Operation Red Nose that our club organizes, a fundraiser for youth and amateur sports programs. 
We are more than happy to support the skate/bike park, a valuable addition to the Blackburn Community Association and the   surrounding community. #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction 
Kathy Lewis from the Prince George Ice Oval Society attended our Rotary meeting Wednesday morning to except a cheque for $3,000. The cheque was presented by President Rachelle and Andy Beasley from the Prince George Cougars. The funds were earned by the club from our volunteer nights at the Cougars games.
 
Kathy did a presentation on the ice oval and the fact that it is run entirely by volunteers. More than 200 people a day are using the oval and the fees are kept low to allow everyone access so the donation is very much appreciated.
Congratulations to Dolly Hilton who received her Paul Harris +6 pin from District Governor Nominee Lorne Calder at our Jan. 8 meeting. 
The Paul Harris Fellow pin recognizes Dolly's contributions of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation, meaning Dolly has donated $7,000 to receive her PHF +6 pin which includes a ruby gemstone. 
The Rotary Foundation supports Rotary's six areas of focus, including: preventing disease, peace, providing clean water, education, growing local economies, and saving mothers and children. 
#PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
 
We spent Dec. 16 and 17 volunteering with the Prince George Council of Seniors - Seniors Resource Centre delivering Christmas hampers to Prince George seniors. This has become an annual Christmas tradition for our club. We love supporting seniors in our community and helping out whenever we can. 
Those helping out included Ken Pendergast, Brenda and Gary Peacock, Neil King, Lisa Redpath, Kelly Zammit and Neil Godbout. 
It's Vini!! It was so great welcome back Vini Richter, our inbound youth exchange student from 2014-15 to our breakfast meeting Dec. 18. Vini, hailing all the way from Brazil, arrived in Prince George on Dec. 13 and is spending the next five weeks with us. Yay! 
After his successful year abroad with us, which included volunteering at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Vini returned to Brazil where he completed a university degree in business management. He's now an English teacher. 
He's currently staying with one of his former host families, Deb Loreth Nielsen and her Rotarian husband Dave. Also in the photo is another one of his former host families Bonnie Urquhart, club president 
Rachelle Delorey, and Gina Rawson, our youth exchange chair and District Youth Exchange chair. 
#WeAreRotary #Rotaryyouthexchange
 Shirley Moore went out of her way again to make sure our Salvation  Army family will have a great Christmas. We put together a hamper with a lot of festive foods for the holidays as well as gifts for each one of the family members. We had enough left over for cash gift cards to Superstore so the family could still shop a little and make sure all their Christmas wishes come true. Thank you to all who gave and shopped as this is the true meaning of Christmas.
Congratulations to Shirley Moore who was named Rotarian of the Week for Oct. 30.
Shirley was selected by Gina Rawson (Rotarian of the Week for Oct. 23) for all the work she quietly does behind the scenes and can be counted on whenever asked.
She does a fantastic job organizing our social/fellowship events, including our end of summer barbecue and our Christmas Party on Nov. 23.
Thanks Shirley for everything you do for us - we really appreciate it. You are indeed part of Rotary's #PeopleofAction. #WeAreRotary 
It was wonderful to have Jason Keller join us as our guest speaker and shared his inspirational story at our meeting on Wednesday.
Jason is the successful owner of Fit as a Fighter Fitness personal training business. He's also a brain injury survivor, a former boxer, a Mixed Martial Artist, and a community volunteer.
Jason grew up in Prince George but while working in the Vancouver area, fell almost eight metres from a railing onto pavement in 2011 in Surrey.
He spent a year in hospital in recovery and rehab and returned to Prince George where he and his now wife could be closer to their families.
He opened up his first training studio in the garage of the house he rented. Eventually, they bought their own house with its own studio. 
Jason has now enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology program at Thompson Rivers University and taking online courses. Once he completes his BA, he plans to enroll in law school.
Thanks for joining us Jason. We wish you continued success! 
We were happy to receive our Rotary Presidential Citation with Gold Distinction for 2018-19 at our meeting Wednesday.
District Governor Nominee Lorne Calder from the Prince George Downtown Rotary Club presented Lisa Redpath, our past-president from 2018-19 with the award.
The Nechako Rotary Club which is active and engaged in the community, was one of only nine clubs in District 5040 to receive the Presidential Citation as we met our goals in membership, the Rotary Foundation, and public relations. 
Thank you DGN Lorne and past-president Lisa for your guidance and leadership. #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
 
It was great to have Carolyn Duerksen (right), the founder and artistic director of the Tapestry Singers join us at our Oct. 23 meeting.
The choral group comprised of youth and students in Grades 4 to 12, was founded 12 years ago and was entirely built on the strength of volunteers. 
They sing a wide range of musical styles and perform at various sports events, community events, seniors' homes and collaborate with numerous groups.
They also compete at a number of music festivals. At a competition in 2014 in Seattle, they won first place for best overall, earning the Gold standard. 
The Tapestry Singers consist of two groups; junior singers -- Grades 4-7; and senior singers -- Grades 7-12. 
Thank you Carolyn, it was great learning more about the Tapestry Singers and your quest for choral excellence whenever you perform. 
Congratulations to Gina Rawson who was named Rotarian of the Week for Oct. 23.
Gina was selected by Ken Pendergast and Kelly Zammit (Rotarians of the Week for Oct. 16) for her work as chair of our Youth Services Committee which oversees youth exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and the Adventures in Rotary programs. Gina recently oversaw the selection of three Prince George high school students who will represent the three Prince George Rotary clubs as youth exchange students for 2020-21.
She is also the District 5040 Youth Exchange chair. 
Congratulations Gina! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary 
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