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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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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 
So go on down to the Prince George Farmer's Market next Saturday and check out what they offer...
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
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