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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
Prince George, BC  V2L 2C2
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New Orleans style Gala at the District 5040 Conference
District 5040 Conference was in  Whistler BC May 4, 5th and 6th.   We had a great turn out as we had nine Rotarians from our club attend the conference. Great speakers and fellowship. 
An update from our Outbound Exchange student, Alyssa Hartford, in Taipei.
Alyssa has been having a great time in Taipei. Here are some highlights:
School Activities:
The Taiwanese students had midterm exams so the school took the exchange students on a field trip. I also attended an interview for the Junior High school students in my school. To explain to them why they should keep studying and my experience with the Taiwanese school system.  In my geography class I did a presentation on Canada and also explained the history and geography. I have also been on a few school trips. In Chinese class we also had our midterm exam.
Attendance At Rotary Functions:
I attended a rotary district badminton competition with my club, as well as a dinner. Then I also had a culture class I had to attend in the morning. My club didn't have any formal meeting this month so I handed in my speech by video. At the end of the month some of my rotary club members and the students in my club went on a tour around one of the districts in Taiwan and got to make our own traditional food and really learnt and attached with the Taiwanese culture.
Activities Outside of Rotary:
I didn't do very many activities outside of Rotary this month. I hung out with my friends a little and my host family took me hiking at a national park where I met the Taipei mayor. My family also took me to a ceramics district and I got to make a plate. I went to a university league baseball game with most of the exchange students in my district. Which was very interesting and fun to watch since it was my first baseball game. I joined Judo at the police academy.
District 5040 Conference was in  Whistler BC May 4, 5th and 6th.   We had a great turn out as we had nine Rotarians from our club attend the conference. Great speakers and fellowship. 
Here is the list of speakers for the next few months:
  • April 19th - RCMP Constable Jody Chamberlain & Carmen De Menech Talk: Youth Support Team
  • April 26th - Shannon Croy – YMCA Foundry Talk Youth Wellness Centre
  • May 3rd - Carolyn Holmes – Two River Gallery Talk: what is going on at the Gallery, New things happening
  • May 10th - Stephanie Wall – UNBC Masters of Engineering Talk: What is going on in her area of expertise
  • May 24th - Alice Croenne – Our exchange Student Talk: What she experienced during her year stay with us
  • May 31st - Nancie Krushelnicki – Farmers Market Talk: New things happening at the Farmers Market
  • June 7th – Serena Black – PGPIRG Talk: teaching people how to start and grow gardens.
  • June 12th - Le Cercles des Canadiens Francais – Isabelle
Shirley confirmed our family for the season. It's a single mom with a young son, Fin, 16 months. We are looking for the following items:
  • paint supplies (art supplies)
  • an ugly Christmas sweater
  • isolated lunch bag
  • tupperware storage containers
  • toaster
  • a step stool for Fin to reach the counter
  • child's rocking chair
  • Fisher Price Little People
  • size 3 diapers and wipes
  • 24 month sized clothes for a boy
  • squish packs
If you can help out with any of these items or would just like to donate money for Shirley to shop, please contact her.
The incoming president of Rotary International, representing 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs around the world, visiting Prince George this week. 
Ian Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia is being hosted by Prince George’s three Rotary clubs (Rotary Club of Prince George, Rotary Club of Prince George – Yellowhead, and the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako).
He arrived in Prince George Tuesday evening, October 18th and spent Wednesday touring the city. Today he’ll be addressing Rotarians from Prince George and neighbouring communities as the guest speaker during a luncheon at the Hart Community Centre. He’ll return to Vancouver tonight and spend the weekend at a variety of Rotary events.
Riseley’s visit to Prince George was spurred by his urge to visit a smaller community outside of Vancouver during his week-long visit to B.C.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Rotary International President-Elect Ian chose Prince George,” said Ross Birchall, president of the Rotary Club of Prince George. “To have the chance to welcome and host someone such as Ian with such high stature in Rotary International is an honour and it’s very exciting.”
During his time in Prince George, Riseley visited venues the three Prince George Rotary clubs contributed to, such as the Rotary Soccer Fields, Rotary Hospice House, the new skateboard park at Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park, and the Rotary Gazebo at UNBC among others. He also learned about ongoing projects the three clubs are passionate about such as Prince George Rotary’s Big Blue Ball that fundraises for men’s health, the Taste of India (Yellowhead Rotary’s fundraiser for various local non-profit organizations and sanitation and water projects in India) and Nechako Rotary’s Journey to the Well Water Well project in Tanzania and Operation Red Nose here in Prince George.
“Rotarians in Prince George have contributed thousands of hours of their time towards local and international projects,” said Neil Godbout, president of the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako. “We’re happy to show off the work we’ve accomplished to both Ian, as well as visiting Rotary International director Dean Rohrs.”
Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.
A member since 1978, Riseley has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor. He is also a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World.
Riseley will succeed current Rotary International President John Germ of Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 1, 2017.
It was our pleasure to welcome District Governor Elect Lyn Stroshin and her husband Alex, who were in Prince George over the weekend for the District Assembly and Grant Workshop.
In addition to our usual Happy and Sad dollars, Lloyd Clay made an unprecedented donation followed by the announcement that he and his wife, of 60 years, will be moving to Kamloops to be closer to their family.
Ken reported that the Pineview Community Association has generously offered us their leftover garage sale items and asked for volunteers to help him pick up the items on Sunday afternoon, April  10th. Anyone who would like to help, we will be meeting at 3:00pm at the Art Knapps building on the Old Cariboo Highway.
Robert asked for volunteers to help organize the space at the school on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Gina reported that the Nechako Rotary club will be sending two candidates -- Levi Green and Stewart Bathos -- to the Youth Conference that runs parallel with the District Conference.
Next Wednesday, we will be supporting Pink day so be sure to wear your best pink.
Dolly encouraged Rotary members to attend the next Business After 5 Chamber of Commerce event at the Northern Lights Estate Winery on April 12th.
Don't forget that there will be pub night this coming Friday night at the Legion.
Juliana is happy to be playing soccer for the school and she will forward a schedule so that we can come and watch some of her games.
Reminder that the Downtown Rotary exchange student, Florence Merken, will be presented at an art show at Studio 2880, April 21st at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.
On March 30th, we proudly welcomed Donna Flood, who was inducted into the Nechako Rotary Club. Donna is the Executive Director of the Prince George Hospice House and has extensive experience in health care leadership. 
We were joined by Jos Van Hage, owner and operator of the Prince George locations of Art Knapps, to help us get prepared for the early spring. Jos reported that the first daffodils are arriving which is very early for Prince George. We were privy to some good advice despite having missed the Art Knapps pruning clinics. Jos reminded us that it is very important to prune the trees before the leaves appear, especially May Day trees, which tend to have early leaves. For birch and maple trees wait until mid-summer to prune these when dormant or until first good cold snap in the fall. For everything else it's important to be proactive now. Jos recommended spraying trees with lime sulfur, it's an organic product, and is even more important now with our milder winters as it doesn't get cold enough. But make sure you do this before leaves come out to kill off any over wintering insects.
Jos also wanted people to know that the chemical laws changing and that in British Columbia as of July 1st, anyone wishing to use chemicals will need to write a test and have an applicator certificate. Jos believes that this is a good move and that it will not be difficult to obtain. 
For a nice healthy, green lawn, Jos recommends adding phosphorous to the soil. Most current fertilizers cut out the phosphorous to save costs but grass roots need the phosphorous to help them make it through the winter. He reminded us that we need to continually add nutrients to our soil to have a good plant. The grass takes chemicals out of the soil all summer and we need put something back.
In terms of flowering shrubs, don't prune the early bloomers, such as lilacs, but wait now until after blooms. This will help create more growth.
Jos said that in the industry they have noticed a rise in the sales of edibles over the past few years. There are lots of good choices for the Prince George area including fruit trees -- apples and sour cherries (or cooking cherries), vegetables, haskap berries, hardy blueberries. There are varieties of cherries that don't require cross pollination, whereas apples do need to be cross pollinated. It is important to keep your apple trees strong so prune them well and you will receive good bi-yearly crops.
Jos said that they are always there to help and there are some really good Internet sites for information. He said to try to find university sites but not California, to look for something like Ontario or Brandon, Manitoba. With regards to pests, the only solution for slugs is slug bait. For other pests, it is a good practice to wash down the walls of your greenhouse, your pots and vats. Jos also encouraged people to look at the zonal maps, some list our area as zone 3 or 2b, some as zone 3b/,  as these are changing and we may be able to grow more varieties of plants, such as cherries, hydrangeas, and maples.
Finally, Jos reminded everyone to start watering their evergreens now as the snow is gone early and they will be thirsty
Thank you Jos for joining us and sharing your extensive knowledge.
School Activities:
When I got back from the Christmas break not many people were talking to me, so I talked to my Rotary club about changing schools or classes. Changing schools wasn’t possible but if I talked to my main teacher and the counsellors at school I could change classes. I planned to go into the European section because it’s a section that learns English and what I was thinking is that maybe they would be more interested in talking to me. It wasn’t to be speaking English or anything like that. I talked to the main teacher and the counsellors and they said it wasn’t possible for me to go into the European section because it already has 38 students and is to full. Apparently my min teacher had tried to put me in it at the beginning of the year and it was to full then as well. But I continued to talk to the counsellor about the difficulties I’ve been having at making friends and that I’m always eating alone. She knows one of the girls in my class very well so she said she would discreetly bring me up with her and get her to ask me to lunch with her and her friends. She did talk to her and that Friday I ate with her and her friends. It was really good and I think now they really realize that I’m always alone because before I had said it but I guess it never registered. It’s difficult for me to eat with them unfortunately because there are different groups within the class and I’m in group 1 and they are all in group 2 and they take Russian and I take Spanish so we start lunch at different times. Also people have been starting to talk to me again and I’m really hoping I get to do things soon on the weekend with them. When I was also talking with the counsellor she told me there's 4 other students who moved to France who can’t speak French so she arranged a class for me and them to be in. I think school will be getting a lot better soon, at least I hope so.
Attendance at Rotary Functions:
I went to one Rotary meeting this month. I had just talked about Christmas and how the change in families went. Other than that there was a Rotaract meet up at a city that’s close to me. Unfortunately the Rotary district wouldn’t let the exchange students stay the night with the people in Rotaract so only me and 2 other exchange students went for one day. It was nice and they said that since I live in the same city I can start doing things with them so I’m going to be asking about that.
Activities Outside of Rotary:
Because I haven’t been able to make friends I’m looking at  starting to play badminton but I still need to find a club. So i changed families and I really like my host sister and my host dad but my host mom does annoy me at times. She stops me every 3 words to try and correct my French which then turns out to be a mistake and she didn’t need to fix it but she thought I was trying to say something else. I can’t say I’m tired or something else like that without getting a lecture and it does get frustrating. I’m trying to learn French how everyone else is speaking it but she thinks I don’t and I tell her that I do and show her but she's always saying I can’t and even once I do a French exercise perfectly she just continues saying I don’t know how to. I did have the other Canadian in my district stay the weekend and she did say my host mom was sort of weird. First day she said I wasn’t locking the door properly but I don’t leave or have the key for the door she was talking about. My host sister could have 3 people plus herself stay in the same room but I can only have 1 person. I understand that it is her house and she gets to decide who can and can’t. I am getting settled in her though and it's a lot different than the Murador’s and it was a bit more relaxed in the Murador’s where here I do feel a little stressed about saying anything. My host mom has complimented me and said I am the most practical exchange students they’ve had because I do ask questions about themselves and are curious to know them where the others weren’t. 
Comments and Requests:
I’ve been talking about 200 euros that our district wants us to pay for the mandatory events and some people have paid that and the district talked to my YEO here about my payment I think but they haven’t brought it up to me yet so I have no idea what's going on.
By Sarah Ash
If you would like to send Sarah an email, her address is:
Here are some fun facts about Juliana's home, Germany
  • At approximately 80 million, Germany has two and a half times as many inhabitants as Canada
  • Geographically Germany is 357 km2 and would fit 30 times into Canada 
  • Comparatively there are 232 people per square km in Germany versus 3.91 people per square km in Canada
  • Germany is a Federal Parliamentary Republic with 16 constitutional states
  • Germany was unified in 1990
  • Capital and biggest city: Berlin
  • President: Joachim Gauck
  • Chancellor: Angela Merkel
  • Germany is the 2nd most popular migrant destination
  • Germany has a diverse landscape
  • Places Juliana recommends to visit are Schwerin Castle, Dresden, Berlin Wall, Nuremberg Christmas market, Neuschwanstein Castle (Disney theme castle), CologneGermany has the largest economy in Europe and the 4th largest in the world with a GDP of 3.85 trillion dollars
  • The top 5 exports from Germany are: vehicles, machineries, chemical goods, electronic products, and electrical equipment. Some familiar brands are Volkswagen, Daimler, and Bayer.
  • The unemployment rate in Germany is 4.5%
  • Germany is called the "land of poets and thinkers" including Albert Einstein, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, Immanuel Kant, Siegmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Johannes Gutenberg, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Marx, Carl Benz, and Gottlieb and Wilhelm Daimler.
  • Juliana calls it the "land of cheese and bread" and good food in general -- Black Forest cake, beer, and pretzels
  • Juliana lives in Göttingen which was founded in 953, the home of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, has 120,000 inhabitants, and is a university town with the students making up 30% of the population
  • A popular sight of Göttingen is the statue of Gänseliesel, "the goose girl," which all of the university students kiss upon completing their studies.
  • Two of Juliana's favourite things are soccer and skiing.
Thank you for hosting me!
Meeting Update - February 10, 2016
Julianne's Update: Julianne went to Powder King and had a great day of skiing. When her companion was done, she decided to have one last run so that she could go as fast as she wanted! Unfortunately she crashed - dislocating her shoulder and breaking one ski completely in half. Thankfully, she was wearing a helmet. Dolly learned about the incident from her children, who were the ski patrol members who evacuated Julianne from the mountain. Unfortunately the crash meant she missed the ski competition in Jasper. Darrell cheered her up by engaging her in a jewellery making session.
Congratulations and Thank-You:
Congratulations to Neil, Tom & Gord! They were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows; Tom with a plus 1 and Gord with a plus 3! Rotary members are recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow when they give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Learn more about the Paul Harris Fellowship HERE.
Our club donated $300 to the "Adopt a Timberwolf" fund for UNBC Athletics. The funds came from Operation Rednose, and Loralyn Murdoch wrote us a letter thanking us for the donation.
Ken announced that he has booked a 30 passenger bus for everyone travelling to Whistler for the conference. Thank you Ken for getting that organized!
Neil Godbout presented a project that the Citizen has in the works. In partnership with the Prince George & District Community Arts Council, the Citizen is launching the Alphabet Project. Each week for 26 weeks, a local artist will take over the front page with an artistic rendering of a letter of the alphabet. Neil gave us a "sneak peek" at some of the pieces of artwork, and they were impressive! The goal for the Citizen is to engage readers and the community in a different way, and broaden the voices in the paper. He and Lisa have been working on this for a while, and the artists have already been selected. Some of them are familiar names - Phil Morrison, known for his metal sculpture behind Books & Co as well as his spirit bear in front of Northland Dodge. Phil is a retired Citizen employee, one of several who will be participating in the project. Other names include Corey Hardeman, Jennifer Pighin (who developed the 2015 Winter Games logo and medals), and Christalynn Tarr, the current Artist in Residence at the Community Arts Council. Christalyn makes her own paint, using soils she has collected from north central BC. At the end of the project, the collection will be put on display, so stay tuned for more information on that!
A Moment in History:
In 1933, founder Paul Harris gave an address over the radio, stating, "If you have love for fellow man in your heart, you are a potential Rotarian!"  You can listen to the original radio broadcast HERE.

A Different Kind of CHIP

We often think about chips as a bad thing - but James Haggerstone attended our Rotary meeting on February 3rd to tell us about a healthy chip! CHIP, the Community Health Information Portal, is a website that condenses health-related information from a variety of sources.  Each topic page combines information, tips and reports. For example, the image here captures the front page to "A Good Strong Start" which focuses on giving children a strong start in life. In this section we can find information on day surgeries. Did you know that approximately 700 (avoidable) surgeries in the hospital each year are dental surgeries? And 74% of the patients in those surgeries are under the age of 9! Most of northern BC is well above the provincial average for dental surgeries for children aged 1-4 years.  Other pages include: Living Conditions (tackling topics like food security, water quality, protectes spaces and parks, housing and homelessness); Our Choices (focusing on use and misuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco); A Healthy Environment (look here to learn more about Radon in Prince George); Health Services (for information on immunization clinics, funding opportunities, and more); Rural Living; and a page called "How Healthy Are We?" that contains a dazzling array of health statistics, comparing northern BC to the rest of the province. There is also Community Profile information on each of the communities served by Northern Health. Interested in learning more about aboriginal culture? The Aboriginal Peoples page contains links to film clips, the 30 languages spoken in northern BC, reports, statistics, history and stories.
The purpose of the website is to take information from a variety of different sources, and place it all in one location for easy retrieval. Take a moment to browse through the CHIP website. You'll be amazed at the variety of information you can find.
A little more about James Haggerstone:
The Regional Manager of Health Information Analysis, James has lived in northern BC since 1999. He guided the development of the Community Health Information Portal, and has been involved in a number of other well-known health projects such as the Northern BC Cancer Strategy and the "Let's Talk About Health" community consultations. James is also involved with the Spirits of Burns Lake project, which provides free sports and other activities for girls in the Burns Lake Area. They received several awards for the program including the Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence.
James talked about how the Four-Way Test related to development of the content of the website. We all seemed to have some difficulty reciting the four questions off the top of our heads, so here is a quick refresher:
THE FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
A few reminders from today's meeting!
  • Work bee to put the school furniture together on February 13th
  • Tri-Club Cross-Country Ski day and Potluck dinner at Otway on February 28th
  • Alpine Ski day at Purden on March 5th
  • Nechako Rotary Club Pub Night at the Legion on February 12th at 5:30pm
  • Yellowhead Rotary Club Taste of India on February 20th - tickets are $100.00 and Dolly bought a table
  • PG Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 on February 4th at 5:00pm at UNBC
  • ​Looking for a Vice-President and Chair of the Foundation committee in lieu of William Osei's absence
Julianne's Update: Next week she will be attending ski races in Jasper through her school. Last week she went curling - she said it reminds her of Canadian bowling!
Special Thanks and Congratulations go to:
Dolly and Executive for organizing our Charter Night
Lloyd and Gordon - who are two of our original Charter Members! Gord has been our Sgt at Arms for that entire period!
Rotary History
More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a Rotarian in the United States devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. - See more at:
More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a Rotarian in the United States devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. - See more at:
More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a Rotarian in the United States devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. For more information, see John Berthelot's entire article here.
Saturday, January 30th the Nechako Rotary club celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a Charter Dinner. The Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako was chartered on November 4, 1985 and held its charter presentation meeting and banquet on January 18th, 1986. Our sponsoring club was the Rotary Club of Prince George - Yellowhead. Charter members include:
  • Brian Bethel
  • Layne Bixby
  • Jim Blake
  • Don Blight
  • Geoff Bonser
  • Terry Brown
  • Lloyd Clay
  • Bob Crosbie
  • Don Dunaway
  • Bob Fortier
  • Don Grantham
  • Bill Gurney
  • Phil Hartl
  • Allan Husband
  • Mike Jenkins
  • Hans Johansen
  • Ivan Jorgenson
  • Wayne Kidd
  • Norm McGee
  • Dan Marcotte
  • Eamon McArdle
  • Mickey Milns
  • Dennis Nore
  • John Paterson
  • Lyell Rodger
  • Gordon Smith
  • Greg Springall
  • Peter Twidle
  • Glen Wicklund
  • D. Eisenbrenner
A special word of gratitude to Lloyd Clay and Gordon Smith who have been members since the beginning and have and continue to be hard-working members and exemplary examples of the meaning of Rotary. Gord Smith was the original Sargent at Arms and has been served in this position throughout the club's existence.
And a special thanks to Andrea Johnson and Juliana Ruhstrat for organizing the event. 
The speaker for the January 27th was Sharon Tower from the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC). OBAC's mandate is provide unified, cross-regional leadership that ensures place-based, innovation driven, economic diversification, sustainable development and, resiliency. The Coalition seeks to lead with integrity and dedication, initiating collaborative solutions that enable all our citizens to better determine future opportunities and respond to challenges. The Coalition was established in 2005 to deal with the community impacts of the pine beetle epidemic. Membership to the coalition is voluntary and comprised of local government leaders from the following municipalities and regional districts:
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
  • Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
  • City of Prince George
  • Town of Smithers
  • District of Vanderhoof
  • District of Fort St. James
  • District of Houston
  • District of Mackenzie
  • Village of Burns Lake
  • Village of Fraser Lake
  • Village of Granisle
  • Village of McBride
  • Village of Telkwa
  • Village of Valemount
Sharon reported that the local economy will start to feel the impact of the pine beetle kill. While there still is some viable timber but it will require new roads making it expensive to haul. The timber shortfall is predicted to have a devastating impact on the local economy and people of the region and will likely see 5 mills closing by 2020 resulting in a 47% increase in unemployment. OBAC continues to be involved in a variety of initiatives and strategies including the Rural BC Project, agriculture, alternative energy projects, mining, soil research, tourism including a mountain biking strategy, community social services projects, like housing in Houston and Smithers. The Coalition is a not-for-profit organization that tries to leverage every dollar. If you would like more information about the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, check out their website at:
Thought you might enjoy a couple of photos from the Mid-Winter YEX Meeting. As you can see a great time was had by the students and all who attended.
School Activities
Not as much school this month because of Christmas break but teachers still don’t really talk to me but now that I’m speaking more French my History teacher is getting me more involved and doing the homework and tests. There's not much to really comment on with school this month. Still trying to make friends in my school but it seems like my class is just not interested in doing things with me, but I am still going to keep working at it and I’m hoping that once they really understand I’m speaking more French that they will be more interested and integrate me more. I have people that I will talk with and walk around during the breaks but if I’m not there waiting for them they will usually just walk away and not wait for me or anything and will only wait for each other. It is hard but it's not like they are mean to me. My Rotary club thinks I have a lot of friends because I have added everyone in my class on Facebook but when it comes to being in person they usually aren’t interested in me.
Attendance at Rotary Functions
I went to my Rotary’s Christmas dinner which was good, it didn’t seem like that many people knew how to talk to me so even if i was standing right there they wouldn’t really talk to me but it was still good. It was my first time seeing the entire or most of the club since the other 2 times I’ve seen my club barely anyone was there. Nothing else for Rotary for the moment.
Activities Outside of Rotary
I was able to learn how to ski with my first host family during the first week of the break and it was a lot of fun. Christmas eve we went to my host mom’s sister’s house where all the family was gathering for dinner. Everyone was dressed up as well. Christmas day we got up at around 9 in the morning to open presents. My family liked the presents i gave them so everything was good and I was really grateful of the presents that were given to me by my host family. For lunch we went to my host dad’s parents house where again the family was gathering and was dressed up. It was fun as well. Both ate foie gras which I don’t like (tried 3 different ones) and just talked, asked me questions about Canada and both were very enjoyable. For New Years Eve, I went to my host parents’ friend’s house because their daughter who is 14 was having a party with her friends so I was with them that night. It was good a bit awkward though because I just showed up and they didn’t know me but I did talk to one girl a lot that night and it was fun. At midnight they set off fireworks, sprayed confetti everywhere and it was pretty much the same as in Canada. It was a good vacation. I was supposed to change families the 3rd of January but family had to go away that Wednesday until Saturday so I changed on the 9th. This is my first week with them and so far it's been really good. I have an older sister who's 18 and she's really nice and talks to me a lot and says I can come with her and her friends. My host parents are easygoing and nice to talk to and I’ve been settling in well.
Comments and Requests
Same as usual, French has improved a lot and I do think in French before English now and as I was writing this I kept nearly writing French. That's all for this month. And as most people know I do make monthly videos and post it every 25th of the month (arrived August 25th that’s why) so you can watch those on Facebook.
The presentation for the January 20th meeting was given by Jody Tindill, the president of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern BC. Jody is the first female president of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern BC, busniess manager and partner of Belledunne Homes, and controller of finance and facilities for the Prince George Public Library. Jody has a B.Comm from the University of Northern British Columbia.
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern BC (CHBA-NBC) offers three levels of advocacy and networking across the country. Their core purpose is to assist members in serving the needs and meeting the aspirations of Canadian for housing. Nationally, the association began in 1943, with the provincial association beginning in 1965/66 and Prince George serving as the provincial headquarters before moving to Vancouver. The provincial CHBA board is made up of local association representatives, with 1600 members across the province and advocates on provincial issues, offers provincial housing awards, builder credentials, Home Owner Protection (HPO). 
On a local level, the Prince George Contractor's Association began in 1958 and would grow into the CHBA. There are currently 84 members but this is growing all the time. The CHBA-NBC advocates on a local and regional level, organizes social and networking events, and provides builder education. One of the recent endeavours has been the Master Residential Builder Certification program. Jody also spoke about energy programs and the various energy ratings from Ground 0 or simply abiding by the building code, through Energy Star, R-2000, NZE Ready and Net Zero Energy which is 1005 energy efficient.
Jody invited us to attend their biggest fundraising event, the Prince George Home and Garden Show, which will be held April 22, 23, and 24. In addition to the great booths, vendors, food, friends, and fun,  the PG Home and Garden Show will feature the Rona Kutthroat Konstruction competition, a Little Builder's section, Urban farmer Ron Berezan, a Birdhouse auction, and an Ugly Stove competition -- bring in that avocado green stove and you might just win a new one. You can find more about the PG Home and Garden Show at:
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Meeting Recap: January 13, 2016

  • Operation Red Nose Volunteer Recognition event will be a spaghetti dinner at 5:30pm Saturday at ICBC. Contact Neil for more information.
  • Youth Exchange - Gina will be buying tickets to the Cougars game tomorrow (Jan 14). Just a reminder that the winter exchange takes place on the 22nd, with a Cougars game on Friday, Skiing and then a chili dinner at Otway on Saturday, on tobogganing on Sunday. Gina is looking for a host family for two of the boys.
  • Pub Night at the Legion - the first one will be on Friday February 12 at 5:30pm, friends and family are welcome. Minors are welcome until 8pm and after 8 there may be a cover charge, if there's a live band.
  • Taste of India has been sold out but Dolly reserved a table - costs are $100 per seat, contact Dolly if you want to attend.
Update from Juliana - last Sunday she went to Otway! She was impressed by how beautiful it was out there, and it was lots of fun! She also took in her first Cougars game - and they won!
Our presenters were Brenda Colebrook and Debbie Dow, and there is another story on their "Journey to the Well - Tanzania".
Dolly's "History of Rotary" presentation focused on the term "Rotary Ann". This has been a term used to refer to the wives of Rotary members, which originated in 1914 when Rotarians in San Francisco took a train to the convention in Houston. It was unusual for wives to attend Rotary events and Ann Brunnier, wife of Bru Brunnier, was the only woman aboard the train. As they progressed along their journey, Ann was introduced to new passengers as the "Rotarian's Ann" which morphed into "Rotary Ann". One of the San Francisco delegates wrote a "Rotary Ann" chant for the Houston conference, one of the performances to emphasize that the convention would be coming to San Fancisco the following year. Eventually, "Rotary Ann" was used to refer to all the wives of the members.
Gina won the 50/50 and Gordon noted that she donated her winnings back to Rotary, so thank you for that!

Journey to the Well - Tanzania

Brenda Colebrook and Debbie Dow attended our meeting to discuss their experience on safari in Tanzania. They shared gorgeous photos of the wildlife in Tanzania. Debbie noted that it was the wildlife that originally brought her to Tanzania, but it is the people that will continue to bring her back.
Born and raised in Prince George,  Debbie had a career overseeing field projects for the Ministry of Forests before starting her own antique business. Now retired, she volunteers with her church and loves getting outdoors and traveling to remote environments. Brenda also has a passion for animals, which led to her move to Prince George as a young RN. She married a vet and settled into life in PG, raised her family and is an active volunteer in our community. Given their passion for animals and the outdoors, they decided to journey to Tanzania, a country in East Africa, to participate in an eco safari. Early in their journey they were instructed never to share their water with the locals. Over the course of their safari, they were enchanted by the wildlife and beautiful vistas, but their hearts were captured by the local people known as the Maasai.
The Maasai are pasturalists, live in rural villages. The adults will walk 7 - 10 km to collect water, bringing it home in containers balanced on their heads. Children walk their animals for many kilometers so that the animals can drink as well. Despite many underground water resources, the Maasai have difficulty obtaining the water they need for health. Many of the surface sources of water (ponds and streams) dry up in the summer months, and all of them are contaminated with parasites because these pools are shared with wildlife as well as their goats and cows. They visited a school which served 43 students, and asked about the container hanging outside, only to learn that this small (4 litre) receptacle was the daily ration of water for the students and their schoolmaster.
Brenda and Debbie were instructed never to give their water away, but whenever their vehicle stopped children would come to beg for food and water. One day, a small child approached the vehicle. Debbie had a bottle of water and her camera within reach of the window; a young child reached in and grabbed the bottle of water, leaving the camera. This reflects the high value that is place on water in the area. It was challenging to do as they were instructed, in the face of such need for water. Brenda and Debbie resolved to do something to help the Maasai, and decided that raising funds to build a well would be an important use of their skills and talents! They produced a gorgeous calendar which is available for purchase for $25, and almost all of the proceeds go directly towards the costs of the well. Since August 2014, they have raised $16,200 towards the cost of building a hand-pumped shallow well that can provide water for hundreds of people and their animals. They note that many of the wells that other groups install at schools or churches will not provide water for the animals, which means that the Maasai still have long daily journeys to attain water for their animals. While a deeper well would serve a much larger number of people, a shallow well is more achievable in terms of cost to create and cost to maintain. With the drop in the Canadian dollar, Brenda and Debbie have produced a 2016 calendar for sale, and once they are done they will have enough money to proceed with the well.
Calendars are available through Dolly, or you can contact Debbie and Brenda directly at

Juliana's Bucket List Update

Juliana continues to make great progress on her bucket list! There are still some things left on there. If you want to connect with Juliana, the best way to connect with her is to send her an email at:
Here are a few items that are still "outstanding" on her to-do list - can you help her accomplish one of these goals?
  1. Go skiing in Whistler
  2. Visit Vancouver
  3. Visit Jasper
  4. Go on the BC tour
  5. Curling
  6. White water rafting
  7. Ice skating
Here's what she has completed so far:
Activity Thanks To
See the Northern Lights Tweedsmuir Trek
Eat real Canadian maple syrup Neil Wilkinson
See a bear in nature Tweedsmuir Trek
Go swimming in a lake Tweedsmuir Trek
Go camping Rotex
Go to a hockey game My friends & myself
Do fun winter sports Tweedsmuir Trek
Go visit Mette in Tsawassen Bonnie & Ken
Go to Burns Lake to see my friends My friends
Downhill skiing  
Cross Country skiing  
Nechako Rotary's Paul Harris Award Recipients
We had five recipients of the Paul Harris award! Ken (+7), Gordon (+3), Gail (+1), Shirley (+1), and Harold (+1) . Congratulations on the award and thank you for your generosity!
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of US $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 US or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.
The presentation for the January 6th meeting was an introduction to Club Runner and a discussion about how Club Runner can better meet our needs as a club. The presentation notes have been uploaded under the Club Documents. There was an interest in members knowing how to create Events, instructions for this have also been added to the Club Documents. Watch for changes to Club Runner and please feel free to forward suggestions or questions regarding Club Runner to Deb Nielsen at
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