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Prince George Nechako

Service Above Self

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Meetings are being held temporarily via Zoom on 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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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.
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 
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
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