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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 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 
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 
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Feb 19, 2020
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Speakers
Trista Spencer ED of United Way
Feb 19, 2020
Discussion on some of the different programs they offer
Club Day
Feb 26, 2020
Update on what has been happening within and among the Nechako Rotary Club
Steven Henderson and Amdrea Johnson
Mar 04, 2020
Peace Talk - what are the four pillars and some education on the direction of the committee