President's Picnic Wraps Up 2019-20 

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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 
 
 
President's Picnic Wraps Up 2019-20  Andrea Johnson 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

PG Rotary Ribfest cancelled due to COVID-19

The Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako has cancelled the PG Rotary Ribfest on June 19 - 21. The following letter was sent to the ribbers involved in the event, along with sponsors.
 
April 18, 2020
 
The Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako and the PG Rotary Ribfest organizing committee are being vigilant and closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
We have also followed strict measures by federal and provincial health authorities including mandatory physical distancing and disallowing mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.
 
Those measures have had a profound impact on our Rotary club and Ribfest organizing committee. We are no longer meeting face-to-face every week, instead staying home and holding our meetings online. The uncertainty around this rapidly-evolving situation and COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of Rotary events, fundraisers and conferences in B.C. and around the world. 
 
The health and safety of those who attend PG Rotary Ribfest is of our utmost concern. That’s why we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 PG Rotary Ribfest on June 19-21 since we simply cannot hold an event that has enormous health risks for all involved in a face-to-face format. 
 
We were really looking forward to the second annual PG Rotary Ribfest at Pacific Western Brewing. There was excitement for all involved and we really wanted to build on the success of the inaugural 2019 event. It’s also a new fundraiser for our Rotary club and gives us the opportunity to showcase what Rotary is all about – community volunteers working together to create lasting change in Prince George. And have fun doing it.
 
We also understand the profound financial impact COVID-19 is having on businesses such as yours, those who we rely on to support our events. Please know that we are thinking of you and send you our best wishes.
 
We hope you understand our decision. We will immediately return any funds we have received from you as Ribbers and sponsors. 
We hope that we can return in 2021 once it’s safe to do so.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rachelle Delorey
President, Rotary Club of Prince George
 
Robert Quibell, Kathy Carlson
Co-chairs, PG Rotary Ribfest
PG Rotary Ribfest cancelled due to COVID-19 Andrea Johnson 2020-04-22 07:00:00Z 0 Prince George BC,Prince George Rotary,Rotary Ribfest

Conservation for Future Generations

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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.
Conservation for Future Generations Andrea Johnson 2020-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of Week - Dave Nielsen

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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
Rotarian of Week - Dave Nielsen Andrea Johnson 2020-03-11 07:00:00Z 0 Prince George BC,Prince George Rotary,Rotary

Rotarians of the Week

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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 
Rotarians of the Week Andrea Johnson 2020-02-26 08:00:00Z 0 Prince George BC,Prince George Rotary

Rotary Foundation Recognition

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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
Rotary Foundation Recognition Andrea Johnson 2020-02-26 08:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Fellow,Prince George BC,Prince George Rotary,Rotary Foundation

Big Boost for Blackburn Skate Park

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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 
Big Boost for Blackburn Skate Park Andrea Johnson 2020-02-26 08:00:00Z 0 Blackburn Community Association,Operation Red Nose Prince George,Prince George BC,Prince George Rotary,Rotary

Donation to Prince George Ice Oval Society

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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.
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Paul Harris Fellow +6

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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
 
Paul Harris Fellow +6 Andrea Johnson 2020-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Vini Returns to Prince George

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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
Vini Returns to Prince George Andrea Johnson 2019-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Seniors Hampers

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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. 
Christmas Seniors Hampers Andrea Johnson 2019-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

The true meaning of Christmas 

Posted on Dec 14, 2019
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 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.
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Rotarian of the Week - Shirley

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 31, 2019
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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 
Rotarian of the Week - Shirley Andrea Johnson 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Overcoming Obstacles - Jason Keller

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 31, 2019
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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! 
Overcoming Obstacles - Jason Keller Andrea Johnson 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presidential Citation

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 30, 2019
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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
 
Rotary Presidential Citation Andrea Johnson 2019-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Tapestry Singers

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 24, 2019
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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. 
Tapestry Singers Andrea Johnson 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week - Gina

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 24, 2019
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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 
Rotarian of the Week - Gina Andrea Johnson 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Week William and Harold

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Oct 12, 2019
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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
Rotarians of the Week William and Harold Andrea Johnson 2019-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Day a Success

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Sep 23, 2019
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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.
 
Rotary Peace Day a Success Andrea Johnson 2019-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Sep 23, 2019
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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
 
 
New Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Andrea Johnson 2019-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week Neil Godbout

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Sep 23, 2019
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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
Rotarian of the Week Neil Godbout Andrea Johnson 2019-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5040 Governor visits Prince George

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 23, 2019
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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."
Rotary District 5040 Governor visits Prince George Andrea Johnson 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

PG Rotaractors Earn Citation

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 23, 2019
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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
PG Rotaractors Earn Citation Andrea Johnson 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back Brooke! 

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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
 
Welcome Back Brooke! Andrea Johnson 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week for Aug. 14

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 14, 2019
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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
Rotarian of the Week for Aug. 14 Andrea Johnson 2019-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Vocational Talks Offer Insight into New Members

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 07, 2019
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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 
 
Vocational Talks Offer Insight into New Members Andrea Johnson 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Adventures in Healthcare

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 07, 2019
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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
Rotary Adventures in Healthcare Andrea Johnson 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week Aug. 7

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 07, 2019
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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
Rotarian of the Week Aug. 7 Andrea Johnson 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA South appreciation

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 02, 2019
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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 
 
RYLA South appreciation Andrea Johnson 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week July 31

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Aug 02, 2019
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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 
Rotarian of the Week July 31 Andrea Johnson 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Week July 17

Posted by Andrea Johnson
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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
Rotarian of the Week July 17 Andrea Johnson 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Week

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jul 11, 2019
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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 
Rotarians of the Week Andrea Johnson 2019-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting Positive Living North

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jul 10, 2019
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President-Elect Darrell and Past President Dolly were more than happy to present $5,137 to Positive Living North's Fire Pit at our meeting this morning.
The Fire Pit is a drop-in centre that is a safe place for homeless people to access meals, health and employment resources and cultural activities.
The money was raised from our 50/50 ticket raffle at the inaugural Prince George Ribfest on June 21-23. 
#WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction 
 
Supporting Positive Living North Andrea Johnson 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary! 

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jul 10, 2019
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We were excited to induct Cal Purcell as a new member of the Nechako Rotary Club today.
Cal is self-employed with Canadian Vocational  Training Centre.
He enjoys riding motorcycles, volunteering with the Salvation Army and Antiquarian.   
Cal is a great addition to our club.
Welcome to Rotary, Cal! #PeopleofAction #WeAreRotary
Welcome to Rotary! Andrea Johnson 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jun 27, 2019
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We love supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Congratulations to seven of our Rotarians who received new Paul Harris Fellow pins at our meeting on Wednesday.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition (named after Rotary International's founder) acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation supports Rotary's six areas of focus internationally and locally: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development.
President Lisa Redpath, in one of her final duties as Club President, presented the following Rotarians with their pins. From left: Dolly Hilton (Paul Harris +5), Harold Hartshorne (PH +3), Andrea Johnson (PH +1), Tom Leboe (PH +2), Karen Toombs (PH +6), Rachelle Delorey (PH), and Harold Spensley (PH +2). 
 
Paul Harris Fellows Andrea Johnson 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jun 26, 2019
President Lisa Redpath and Vice President Darrell Hubbell awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellow to Kyle Sampson at our Wednesday morning meeting today.
Kyle, the marketing, events and sales leader for Pacific Western Brewing in Prince George, was a key organizer in ensuring our inaugural Prince George Ribfest was huge success on the weekend. 
The Paul Harris Fellow, named after the founder of Rotary International, is presented to individuals who make contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
The honorary Paul Harris Fellow is a way of expressing our thanks to Kyle for his outstanding work and collaboration with us. 
Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Andrea Johnson 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

50/50 Winner

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jun 26, 2019
Congratulations to Camron Taylor, the winner of our 50/50 ticket draw Sunday at Prince George Ribfest.
President Lisa and 50/50 organizer Dolly Hilton presented Camron with $5,147 at our meeting Wednesday morning.
Camron bought his lucky ticket at our inaugural Ribfest on the weekend. We appreciate his support of this great community event.
All proceeds from the draw are going towards the Firepit at Positive Living North. 
50/50 Winner Andrea Johnson 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Hubbell named Rotarian of the Year

Posted by andrea johnson on Jun 02, 2019

Congratulations to Darrell Hubbell who was named our Rotarian of the Year 2018-19 at our President’s dinner Saturday night. He was awarded the jacket by Gord Smith, who won the coveted award and Rotary jacket last year. Saturday night was also an opportunity for us all to thank President Lisa for leading our club. She did a great job. #WeAreRotary #PeopleofAction


Hubbell named Rotarian of the Year andrea johnson 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

By the Book: An Update from the Prince George Public Library

Posted by Andrea Johnson
It was great to have Janet Marren, the chief librarian at the Prince George Public Library join us recently to give us an update on what's happening at one of the gems in our community.
In late April, Prince George City Council approved the $3.95 million for the new and long-awaited entrance to the Bob Harkins branch downtown. 
The Prince George Public Library has more than 54,000 card holders and serves more than 1,100 people each day between the two branches - the Bob Harkins branch downtown and the Nechako branch in the Hart. 
Thanks again Janet for visiting us!
By the Book: An Update from the Prince George Public Library Andrea Johnson 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Positive Living North - Making a Difference in our Community

We were honoured to have staff from the Positive Living North: No khe̅yoh t'sih'en t'sehena Society join us at one of our recent meetings and talk to us about the important work they do in Prince George and northern B.C. 
Positive Living North provides a wide array of programs and services designed to raise public awareness, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS/HCV, reduce stigma and discrimination, and support people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS/HCV.
The society has also developed an innovative program called the 'Fire Pit' in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic Northern BC communities are experiencing.
Proceeds from our PG Ribfest in partnership with Pacific Western Brewing on June 21-23 will go towards Positive Living North programming. #PeopleofAction
Positive Living North - Making a Difference in our Community Andrea Johnson 2019-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Pitches In, Helps With City Spring Clean-up

Posted by Andrea Johnson
It was great to have the three Prince George Rotary Clubs -- Yellowhead Rotary Club, PG Rotary Club Downtown, and ourselves -- join forces and pitch in for the City of Prince George's Annual City-wide spring clean-up today. And no, those are not the bottles of wine we drank along the way, haha. However it was scary how many cigarette butts we picked up. #PeopleOfAction #WeAreRotary#RotariansAtWork
 
Rotary Pitches In, Helps With City Spring Clean-up Andrea Johnson 2019-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary, Aimee

We welcomed Aimee Hedstrom as a new member to our club on April 17.
Aimee is a risk management assistant with Integris Credit Union, and an outdoor enthusiast with activities such as skiing, hiking and fishing. 
Welcome to our Rotary family, Aimee!
 
 
Welcome to Rotary, Aimee Andrea Johnson 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Let's Go Spruce Kings, Let's Go

Let’s go Spruce Kings!!! 👏👏👏Thanks to Kyle from the Spruce Kings for joining us this morning to discuss the team’s fantastic season and playoff run as they prepare to take on the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup final series beginning this weekend in #CityofPG. The team is one of three community-owned franchises in the BC Hockey League and they also like to give back to the community, supporting various non-profits and charities throughout the season. Don’t forget, tickets for the Spruce Kings Show Home are still available, get yours now before it’s too late. The draw is May 3. Tickets, info at www.sprucekingsshowhome.ca
 
Let's Go Spruce Kings, Let's Go Andrea Johnson 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary, Cori! 

We welcomed new member Cori Ramsay to our club on March 27.
Cori is a Communications Officer with Integris Credit Union who was also elected to the Prince George City Council  in the fall of 2018.
She is passionate about serving in the community and making the city a better place.
Welcome to the Rotary family Cori!
 
Welcome to Rotary, Cori! Andrea Johnson 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Communities for Veterans, the Ride Across Canada

It was wonderful to have Terry and Paul Nichols from Quesnel join us at our meeting on March 27 as our guest speakers where they discussed their journey to help veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In 2015, they launched the Communities for Veterans, the Ride Across Canada where they rode horseback across Canada which offered local veterans the opportunity to experience the positive effects of equine therapy while connecting with Canadians along the way. 
When they returned, they created the Equine Assisted Mindfulness program for veterans, a residential therapy programs incorporating designed to support and treat people experiencing symptoms of PTSD. 
Thank you again Terry and Paul for sharing your story and the work you do in assisting our veterans.
 
Communities for Veterans, the Ride Across Canada Andrea Johnson 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

2017-18 Presidential Citation

Posted by Andrea Johnson
At our most recent meeting on Wednesday, Past District Governor Don Evans presented President Lisa and Past-President Robert with our 2017-18 Presidential Citation along with our Certificate of Appreciation for our club's contribution to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. 
Well done everyone! #PeopleofAction
 
2017-18 Presidential Citation Andrea Johnson 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellow

Kudos to Eric Depenau for earning his first Paul Harris Fellow pin recently, which was presented by President Lisa. 
Eric's contributions to the Rotary Foundation goes towards eradicating polio and other diseases, promoting peace, providing clean water, education, maternal and children's health and supporting local economies. Thank you Eric! #PeopleofAction
New Paul Harris Fellow Andrea Johnson 2018-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

The impact of asking questions

https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/opinion/columnists/taking-the-risk-to-ask-questions-1.2354427It's always good to ask questions since you never know where the answers could leave you. We found out the impact of that today after a project we completed in 2010. 
During a culture and conflict class at Duchess Park secondary in 2009, social studies teacher Gerry Chidiac examined the most horrible situations in the world. 
His guest speaker one day was from war-torn Liberia in West Africa who was looking for materials to run several schools he was overseeing. 
Kendra Kipping, a Grade 11 student at the time, was inspired by his talk and had an idea of sending chalkboards from the old Duchess Park school which was about to replaced to Africa. 
Gerry asked several people, including us at Nechako Rotary. The chalkboards were shipped overseas and the schools received them in October 2010. 
Kendra, who went on to earn a psychology degree from UNBC and now works with those with developmental disorders says the project was life-changing.
It all stemmed from one single question. #PeopleofAction
Read Gerry's column in the Prince George Citizen. The link is attached. 
 
The impact of asking questions Andrea Johnson 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary Patty and Katherine

We were thrilled to have our District 5040 Governor Darcy Long (middle) induct two new members to our club on Aug. 15. Welcome to the Rotary family, Patty Rawson (left) and Katherine Carlson (right)! As Rotarians, we are confident you will soon become #PeopleofAction.

Welcome to Rotary Patty and Katherine Andrea Johnson 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Gord Smith wins Rotarian of the Year

He’s an unsung hero. He greets us every Wednesday morning with a great big hello when we check in and catches up with us. He co-shares Sgt. at Arms duties. Congratulations to our founding Rotarian Gord Smith who received our coveted #Rotary jacket for being selected as our 2017-18 Rotarian of the Year Saturday night at our President's Ball/dinner at Rotary Lodge at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club. The dinner was also an opportunity to thank and congratulate President Robert for his successful year of service and leadership and to welcome President-elect Lisa as she takes over for 2018-19. #PeopleofAction
 
Gord Smith wins Rotarian of the Year Andrea Johnson 2018-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary tri-club tree planting

Posted by Andrea Johnson
We had a fabulous time planting trees on Wednesday June 6 in Rainbow Park alongside Rotarians from the Yellowhead Rotary ClubPG Rotary Club Downtown and Rotaract Club - PrinceGeorge. Around 200 pine seedlings that Industrial Forestry Service donated to us, replaced trees that were removed in the park due to the mountain pine beetle outbreak. Thanks to the City of Prince George's Parks and Recreation department for its unwavering support for this project since planning began in December. We appreciate the collaboration between the City and IFS as Rotarians such as ourselves strive to make a difference in our community with environmental sustainability initiatives such as this one. #CityofPG #PeopleofAction #Rotary
 
Rotary tri-club tree planting Andrea Johnson 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

PG Brain Injured Group helps survivors

Posted by Andrea Johnson
Thanks to Alison Hagreen of the Prince George Brain Injured Group who joined us Wednesday as our guest speaker. 
Most brain injuries comes from accidents, violence, fall, strokes and more. Alison provided us with some stats that revealed the rate of violence is going up for brain injury as is the rate for those who are incarcerated. A lot of them have brain Injuries. 
The Prince George Brain Injured Group helps more than 300 survivors each year with community rehabilitation and services. Thanks Alison for keeping us informed about the important work you do!
 
PG Brain Injured Group helps survivors Andrea Johnson 2018-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Adventure in Citizenship

Posted by Andrea Johnson
Sarah Ash first got involved in Rotary four years ago when she attended RYLA Lakelse in Terrace. Since then, she's been hooked on Rotary and taken advantage of the youth opportunities available to her over the years. She was our outbound youth exchange student in 2015-16, spending a year abroad in France. Last month, we sponsored her to attend Rotary Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa, organized by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The program attracts 220 senior high school students from across Canada and involves tours, lectures and social events to enhance the students' understanding of Canadian citizenship. Thanks for being a great ambassador for our club, Sarah! She graduates on Friday from College Heights secondary and is enrolled at UNBC in September.
Adventure in Citizenship Andrea Johnson 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Kelly Road Interviews

We spent Tuesday, May 8 at Kelly Road secondary doing mock interviews with Grades 11 and 12 students to help them improve their resume-writing and job-seeking skills. We do the interviews twice a year and look forward to it every time. Thanks for hosting us Kelly Road, we love helping out your students!
 
 
Kelly Road Interviews Andrea Johnson 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA North 2018 a huge success

Posted by Andrea Johnson
That’s a wrap on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) North 2018! Thanks to 15 amazing young professionals from Prince George, Burns Lake, Williams Lake and Vancouver who joined us at Camp Friendship for a fabulous weekend of team building, and fun who were inspired by community champions and leaders who are making an impact locally and internationally.
RYLA North 2018 a huge success Andrea Johnson 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Three more receive new Paul Harris Fellow pins

Posted by Andrea Johnson
Congratulations to Ken Pendergast, Kelly Zammit and Dolly Hilton who received their new Paul Harris Fellow pins today from President Robert. The Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) pins recognize those who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. 
Ken earned his PHF + 8 pin; Kelly collected her PHF +5 pin, while Dolly received her PHF +4 pin. Congratulations and thank you for your generous support which will go towards service projects around the world, from eradicating polio, building water wells and creating peace. #PeopleofAction
Three more receive new Paul Harris Fellow pins Andrea Johnson 2018-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow + 3 recognized

Congratulations to Gail MacLaren who received her Paul Harris Fellow + 3 pin yesterday from President Robert. The Paul Harris Fellow pin recognizes those who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, or PolioPlus. Donations from Rotarians such as Gail are instrumental in securing and growing Rotary International programs around the world. Gail has been a valuable member of our Nechako Rotary Club for 22 years. #PeopleofAction
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow + 3 recognized Andrea Johnson 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Creating RYLA magic

Posted by Andrea Johnson
For Albert Thomsen, attending RYLA South on Easter weekend was one of the best weekends he's had. It was absolutely amazing, he said. Throughout the weekend, Albert, along with Logan Cruz, were pushed out of their comfort zone which benefitted both of them. For Logan, she said even though everyone was reserved at the beginning of the weekend, by the end of it she felt like she'd known everyone forever. The workshops were inspiring and provided participants with plenty of ways to help their communities. Both Logan and Albert told us, along with President Robert, about that RYLA magic today at our meeting. We're thrilled we provided them with opportunities for leadership, reflection and community service. Albert is our inbound youth exchange student from Denmark, while Logan is an outbound youth exchange student who will be going abroad to Italy for 2018-19.
 
Creating RYLA magic Andrea Johnson 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Neukomm receives Paul Harris +8 pin

Congratulations to Ron Neukomm who received his Paul Harris +8 pin today from President Robert. Thanks Ron for your dedication to the Rotary Foundation! 
Neukomm receives Paul Harris +8 pin Andrea Johnson 2018-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Hart Ski Hill 50-50 Fundraiser

Posted by Andrea Johnson
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!
 
 
 
 
Hart Ski Hill 50-50 Fundraiser Andrea Johnson 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Operation Red Nose 20th Anniversary Open House

Posted by Andrea Johnson
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.
 
Operation Red Nose 20th Anniversary Open House Andrea Johnson 2017-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Helping Prince George youth learn to downhill ski

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
Helping Prince George youth learn to downhill ski Andrea Johnson 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Youth exchange students visit

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Sep 02, 2017
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. 
 
Youth exchange students visit Andrea Johnson 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary Kathleen

Posted by Andrea Johnson
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!
 
Welcome to Rotary Kathleen Andrea Johnson 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows recognized

President Robert presented Rotarians Dolly Hilton and Karen Toombs with their Paul Harris Fellow pins today, recognizing their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations! 
 
Paul Harris Fellows recognized Andrea Johnson 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Cougars give thanks

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jul 26, 2017
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!
 
 
 
 
 
Cougars give thanks Andrea Johnson 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
UNBC JDC West WolfPack Leadership Andrea Johnson 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

2017 President's Ball

 
 
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!
2017 President's Ball Andrea Johnson 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

President-Elect Robert Quibell 

Posted by Dolly
 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%.
President-Elect Robert Quibell Dolly 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Alice's last Rotary Meeting

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.  
Alice's last Rotary Meeting Dolly Hilton 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Nancy Krushelnicki  from the Prince George Farmer's Market

Posted by Dolly Hilton
 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  www.farmersmarketpg.ca 
 
So go on down to the Prince George Farmer's Market next Saturday and check out what they offer...
 
Nancy Krushelnicki from the Prince George Farmer's Market Dolly Hilton 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Gala Pictures from 2017 District 5040 Conference Dolly Hilton 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

2017 District 5040 Conference in Whistler

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. 
2017 District 5040 Conference in Whistler Dolly Hilton 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Outbound Exchange Student Report

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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.
 
 
 
 
Outbound Exchange Student Report Deb Nielsen 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Meeting Speakers

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
Upcoming Meeting Speakers Deb Nielsen 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Wish List Adopt-a-Family 2016

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.
 
Thanks
 
Wish List Adopt-a-Family 2016 Deb Nielsen 2016-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley Visits Prince George

Posted by Andrea Johnson
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.
 
Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley Visits Prince George Andrea Johnson 2016-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Alice's Bucket List

Posted by Deb Nielsen on Oct 22, 2016
When an exchange student comes to the District, we ask them to make a 'bucket list' of the things that they would like to see or do while in Canada. This is sometimes tricky for them as they aren't completely sure what is possible. A couple of weeks ago, Alice's bucket list was shared at one of the weekly meetings but I thought it would be helpful to share it online.
 
Alice's family spends a great deal of time outdoors and she loves hiking, cycling, and photography. She has joined the Outdoor Rec. class at school and this is giving her some opportunities to experience Canada's natural side but I know that we have some great outdoors men and women in this club. Alice's other desire is to learn to cook specifically Canadian foods which is another area that the members of our club excel at. I also know there are some great photographers in the club and that Alice would be grateful for a local photography safari and some photography tips.
 
Here's the list: 
Go camping
Hiking
Go to the Rockies
Go dog sledding - Dave and I will likely take her to Fort St. James for the Caledonia Cup.
Hunting
Snowshoeing
Go quading
Do the Bowron Lake full circuit - she did part of this with the Outdoor Rec class
Ice fishing
Cross country skiing
Learn to cook Canadian food
See how they make maple syrup
See aurora borealis
Go to Alaska - needs some pre-planning due to Visa  requirements
See black bears, grizzly bears, lynx, cougar, moose, eagles, polar bears, buffalo, beavers, orcas and other whales
Go to Niagara Falls and Ottawa
Meet First Nations/Inuit people
 
If you can help out with any of these, please let me know. Send me an email at deb.nielsen@unbc.ca or let Dave know at one of the meetings.
Alice's Bucket List Deb Nielsen 2016-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - April 6th

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.
 
Meeting Recap - April 6th Deb Nielsen 2016-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Donna Flood

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. 
 
Welcome Donna Flood Deb Nielsen 2016-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Sarah's Report - January

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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: sarahash00@shaw.ca.
 
 
 
Sarah's Report - January 2016-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap: February 3

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: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/7708/Stories/history-of-the-four-way-test#sthash.jPZOUmQR.dpuf
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: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/7708/Stories/history-of-the-four-way-test#sthash.jPZOUmQR.dpuf
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.
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Nechako Rotary Club Charter Dinner

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. 
Nechako Rotary Club Charter Dinner Deb Nielsen 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

OBAC - Omineca Beetle Action Coalition

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: http://www.ominecacoalition.ca/concrete5/
 
 
 
OBAC - Omineca Beetle Action Coalition Deb Nielsen 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Mid-Winter YEX Meeting

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.
 
Mid-Winter YEX Meeting Deb Nielsen 2016-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern British Columbia

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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: http://www.chbahomeshow.ca/.
 
You can also follow CHBA-NBC on Twitter and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/chbaofnorthernbc/?fref=ts.
 
Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern British Columbia Deb Nielsen 2016-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Journey to the Well- Tanzania

Posted by Zelda Craig on Jan 13, 2016

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 projectwell2015@outlook.com
Journey to the Well- Tanzania Zelda Craig 2016-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Introduction to Club Runner Presentation

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 deb.nielsen@unbc.ca.
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Meeting Recap: January 13, 2016

Posted by Zelda Craig on Jan 06, 2016

Meeting Recap: January 13, 2016

Announcements:
  • 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!
 
 
Meeting Recap: January 13, 2016 Zelda Craig 2016-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

Nechako Rotary's Paul Harris Award Recipients

Posted by Zelda Craig on Jan 06, 2016
 
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.
Nechako Rotary's Paul Harris Award Recipients Zelda Craig 2016-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

2015 Christmas Breakfast

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2015 Christmas Breakfast and Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Thank you to the Coast Inn of the North for the lovely breakfast and the choir for serenading us over breakfast. Michelle Marelli was the winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Such a wonderful treat to see all the beautiful families. Enjoy the photos and the holidays.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Christmas Breakfast Deb Nielsen 2015-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - December 16th

Meeting Recap
 
Just a couple of reminders:
 
Anyone who can help with delivering the Seniors' Christmas hampers, meet at the Prince George Citizen office on Monday, December 21st at 9:00 am.
 
Ugly Sweater/Annual Christmas Breakfast next meeting -- December 23rd -- please RSVP to Lisa.
 
We will be holding a pub night at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43 every 2nd Friday night beginning January 5th. Young people are welcome between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. 
 
There was no report from Juliana as she did not attend.
 
The presentation for the meeting was Annual General meeting and 2015 Financial Statements. The reports that were submitted have been uploaded to Club Runner under Documents.
Meeting Recap - December 16th Deb Nielsen 2015-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

October Report from Rotary Exchange Student Sarah Ash

Greetings from France
 
Gina wanted to assure everyone that in light of Friday's events in Paris, that she has been in touch with both our exchange students in France and they are both fine. Neither of their host families were directly affected by the attacks but everyone in France is of course affected to some degree. Neither Sarah nor Anthony are letting this dampen their experience of France.
 
Highlights from Sarah's Report:
 
I got over the cold I mentioned last time quickly.
 
My host family took me to the Pont d’arc which is a replica of a cave that contains the oldest drawing in the world and I absolutely loved it. I also got to see a black and white movie with the orchestra playing in the background and it had been a Charlie Chaplin “The Kid” so the writing was in the English.
 
This month I did go to one Rotary meeting. At the meeting I talked (in French) a little bit about school and how I am liking France. My club said that since their meetings go until around 11:00pm at night on a school night that they will only ask me to come when I am on holidays. When I go to my next meeting I am going to make the club butter tarts as I will be bringing that dessert to our exchange student international meal later this month.
 
My French is getting much better now I understand so much more (as long as the person doesn’t speak super fast” I think I still need another couple of months to really be speaking it well but my host family and Rotary both said that it has improved so much. I did miss Halloween a bit since i didn’t get to do anything. I’m not homesick though. Overall France is really amazing and I still can’t believe I’m here for a year. It still feels like a dream.
 
You can read Sarah's full report in the longer story.
 
 
 
October Report from Rotary Exchange Student Sarah Ash Deb Nielsen 2015-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap: October 28, 2015

Posted by Zelda Craig on Nov 03, 2015

Meeting Recap: October 28, 2015

Missed the Meeting? Make it up by reading the recap!

The Skateboard Planning Committee continues to meet at the Pioneer Centre. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Ken.
 
On November 2nd, City Council will proclaim Rotary Week. There will be a flag-raising at 10:30am at City Hall. The Downtown club arranged for media to attend.
 
Last spring, we were contacted by Linden Peterson regarding the donation of a substantial amount of used office furniture. We haven't done anything with it, but we need to make a "go - no go" decision soon. Will and Ken will be moving the items on the weekend and were looking for volunteers to assist.
 
Rachelle was looking for a couple of volunteers for Kelly Road Interviews, as there were still some spaces in the afternoon. The sign-up sheet was circulated.
 
Operation Red Nose is gearing up for launch on November 16.
 
Dolly is selling calendars, proceeds will go towards building wells in Tanzania.  They are $25 each and Dolly will be bringing them to the next Rotary meeting.
 
Rotaract is a Tri-Club sponsored group of young adults, and they're working hard to get established. Gina advised we're looking for a Rotaract Liaison - as they only have 1 business meeting per month, and there are three clubs involved, this will take a minimal amount of time. The role is just to mentor them. Rachelle took this on last year but has taken on a number of other volunteer responsibilities this year. Contact Gina if you'd like to step up!
 
We're looking for candidates for Outbound Youth Exchange - ideally they should be in grade 9 or 10 right now. Contact Gina for more information.
 
Julianna noted that she is happy to be playing soccer again! She had a strong suspicion that she was the only person in Prince George pleased to see snow on Monday. She went to her first hockey game and is looking forward to winter! Julianna will also be submitting a column to the Prince George Citizen two times per month, discussing her experiences as a Rotary Exhange Student.
 
Leona discussed the success of the Rotary Foundation Dinner. 37 people attended from Nechako club, 18 from Yellowhead and 32 from Downtown. She will be sending out tax receipts to participants shortly.
 
Loralyn Murdoch was the guest speaker - we have a separate story capturing some of the key points of her presentation.
 
Don't forget the Big Blue Ball is coming up!
 
Meeting Recap: October 28, 2015 Zelda Craig 2015-11-03 08:00:00Z 0

Taking a Leap with RYLA North

Posted on Oct 21, 2015
 

Taking a Leap With RYLA North

Michaela Will reports out on her experience at RYLA North 2015.
Michaela Will attended Rotary this morning and shared her experience at RYLA North this fall. Heading out and hoping for a relaxing week-end free of homework assignments, Michaela, along with fourteen other young adults, didn't know what to expect. What she experienced was a weekend of workshops, activities and the development of new friendships. Speakers included George Stedeford (The Money Game), Kerry Deschamps (A Simple Leadership Truth to Build Your Life Around), Lorne Calder (Ethics and the Four Way Test), Peter Thompson (Applied Creativity), Ross Birchall (The Young Entrepreneur and the 21st Century Challenge) and Shauna Harper (Connecting the Dots). She learned about Rotary, leadership principles, and the fact that you "may never get there" and the importance of enjoying the journey. While she wasn't a fan of the tire swing, Michaela took a leap of faith and tried out the zipline! Overall she thought it was an exceptional experience and would recommend it to other young adults who are interested in learning more about themselves and developing leadership skills.
Taking a Leap with RYLA North Zelda Craig 2015-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

CONGRATULATIONS William Osei - Citizen of the Year

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Friday night, The Prince George Community Foundation celebrated community volunteerism and philanthropy with its 2015 Citizens of the Year. In past year's the nominees have been narrowed down to honour one citizen but breaking with tradition, the foundation chose to honour five recipients this year. Among the recipients was none other than our own, William Osei. Congratulations William from all of us at the Nechako Rotary club. We also congratulate Diana Nakamura, Anthony Everett, and Bill and Judy Russel. You can read more about these amazing citizens here
 
CONGRATULATIONS William Osei - Citizen of the Year Deb Nielsen 2015-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Red Nose TEAMS UP with Local Hockey Clubs

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
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This week Operation Red Nose is teaming up with the local hockey clubs to raise awareness about the program and its aims. Come out and support Operation Red Nose and the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00pm at the CN Centre and on show your support again for the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday, October 23rd at 7:00pm at the Prince George Coliseum. Loud and proud!
Operation Red Nose TEAMS UP with Local Hockey Clubs Deb Nielsen 2015-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Red Nose

Karen and Warren came to the club meeting on Wednesday morning to signup members to volunteer for Operation Red Nose.  Once the registration was complete they printed off the Criminal Record Check form that needs to be taken to the RCMP station.  Our push has started to get all of our members signed up along with the large number of volunteers needed for a successful season.  Please contact Karen at 250-961-6465 if you need help or sign up at www.ornpg.ca.  
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Meet your Prince George City Manager

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Kathleen Soltis is your new City Manager.
Kathleen has been in the drivers seat for Administering the 617 civic employees of Prince George for two months, and takes these reins with a long and solid background in the City.
 
Kathleen was born and raised in Prince George, and has a long family history in Prince George, with over 100 years of family ties to the City.  Kathleen's father and grandfather was also city employees and engineers.
 
Kathleen has been a employee with the City for 29 years holding many important roles, including Financial Director, prior to assuming the role of City Manager.
 
Kathleen said her position reports to the 75 thousand residents of Prince George, with direct reporting to the Mayor and Council.
 
Mayor Lyn Hall, a Rotarian with the Nechako Rotary Club, thanked Kathleen for her presentation and her strong leadership in the role of City Manager, during these past few months, with great things to come.
 
The Nechako Rotary Club is making another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program in recognition of Kathleen's presentation.
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Newest Rotarians

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Today, the Nechako Rotary Club inducted two new Rotarians into the world of Rotary.
Carla Scott is a CGA with Schmitz, Anderson and Neilson, and holds the Classification of Accountant.
Robert Quibell is the Regional Director of Innovation Central Society and holds the Classification of Business Management.
Please make a point of introducing yourselves to both Carla and Robert and making them welcome as members of the Nechako Rotary Club.
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United Nations Association in Canada

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The Nechako Rotary Club receives applications for a number of opportunities to support organizations in our community to provide programs that benefit people within Prince George.
 
The Nechako Rotary Club has made a $1,000.00 donation to the United Nations Association in Canada in support of their programs to assist youth and literacy both locally and globally.
 
President Leona Anderson and PDG Neil King have the honor of presenting a cheque for $1,000.00 dollars to UNAC President Guilliana Tamblyn and Director Kathy MacDonald.
 
Thank you Nechako Rotarians for continuing to work to assist these worthy programs.
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United Nations Association in Canada

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United Nations Association in Canada is a new organization that was started in 2014. The Founder and President of the Prince George Branch of UNAC is Giulliana Tamblyn.  The Director of the Program is Kathy MacDonald.
 
Both Giulliana and Kathy provided some basic background information about some of the goals and activities being provided by UNAC.
 
One of the key programs of UNAC is currently their "Sport-In-A-Box" project.
 
This Sport-In-A-Box program has been implemented in Canada for about 10 years, but new to UNAC locally.
 
The Sport-In-A-Box program is:
 
  • Focused on 9 to 12 year old children
  • Provides 8 flexible sessions
  • Integrates physical literacy both locally and globally
  • Provides training for volunteer facilitators
  • Provides for a coordinator
The program is provided through a step by step process, where children are provided with a colored box, which they then place a number of sports type items, specific th Canada.
 
These boxes are then exchanged with children in other countries, to share and learn through the exchange and appreciation of the different sport type activities.
 
The Prince George Branch of UNAC is currently fund raising with a goal of $25,000.00 to support their program.
 
The Nechako Rotary Club is one of their donors, with a $1,000.00 donation to the program.
 
PDG Neil King thanked both Giulliana and Kathy for their presentation, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.
 
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Newest Rotarians

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The Nechako Rotary Club is always pleased to induct new members into Rotary.
 
Today, PDG Ron Neukomm, President Leona Anderson and Rotarian Sponsor Lisa Redpath had the pleasure of introducing the two newest Rotarians into the Nechako Rotary Club.
 
Zelda Craig is the CEO of her company, Vibrant Leadership Training in Prince George.  Zelda holds the Classification of Education.
 
Prince George City Mayor Lyn Hall is a long time resident of Prince George and assumes the Classification of City Administration.
 
Please introduce yourselves to these two new Rotarians and ensure they are welcome into Rotary.
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Moon and Sky - Protecting Watersheds & Wetlands

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Doctor Margot Parkes is the Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems & Society, School of Health Sciences & Northern Medical Program, of the UNBC Health Research Institute.
 
Dr. Parkes is no stranger to Rotary, with Rotary helping to start her extensive career as an Ambassadorial Scholar over 20 years ago in Brussels.
 
Dr. Parkes presentation focused on Ecosystems and the cumulative relationship of Ecosystems with health, both Public and Personal Health.
 
Dr. Parkes discussion related to the "Stuart-Nechako Watershed" because of the Nechako Rotary Club, but her talk was relative to all watersheds and ecosystems, regardless of their location, as they are all relative to the long term effect on our environmental and personal health.
 
The "Stuart-Nechako Watershed" is approximately the same size as Switzerland, but with a much smaller population.
 
"ECO" is a Greek word meaning "House".
 
Ecosystems relate to such things as: Air, Water, (both surface and ground water) environmental dynamics, land use and practices, active lifestyles, etc.
 
The bottom line being that the "Upstream Effects Causes Downstream Impacts."  Whatever happens in a ecosystem, within a watershed, will have an impact on the ultimate well being of the environment and the related health of everything downstream.
 
We regularly see and appreciate these facts more from the research and information being presented by people such as Dr. Parkes and the other people involved in the study of cause and effect on our environmental systems.
 
Rotarian Doctor William Osai thanked Dr. Parkes with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program. 
 
 
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Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum

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Ranjit Gill is the Executive Director of the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.  Ranjit was a former Rotarian with the Prince George Downtown Club.
 
Ranjit provided a detailed update to the Nechako Club membership this morning on the large new developments happening at the Railway and Forestry Museum.
 
The Museum is celebrating 100 years of Rail Transportation in the north, as well as the exciting things that are under construction, including completion of the house that was used for one of the section workers, donated by CN Rail.
 
The Museum recently planted a large number of "Fruit Trees" on the 8 acre grounds of the Museum, which are expected to bear fruit this summer.
 
A large covered "Gazebo" type structure is currently in the newest plans for the Museum.  This large structure will provide considerable cover for some of the Museum equipment and rolling stock.
 
This cover is currently being funded raised and the total cost is expected to be close to $500 thousand dollars.
 
The Museum is seeking donations from organizations and corporate sponsors to complete this worth while project.
 
Ranjit was thanked for her presentation by Past President Andrea Johnson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program. 
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Newest Rotarian

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The Nechako Rotary Club inducted their newest Rotarian this morning.
 
Bobby was inducted into the Club with sponsor Lisa Redpath and Honorary Member and Past District Governor Neil King.
 
Bobby Deepak is a Lawyer, practicing in Prince George with "North Labour Law Corporation".
 
Bobby is married to Parveen Deepak.
 
Please make a point of introducing yourself to Bobby and making him welcome as our newest Rotarian.
 
Welcome Bobby.
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Paul Harris Recognition

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Past President Kelly Zammit received her fifth Paul Harris Pin today, in recognition of Kelly's continuous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Kelly makes regular weekly contributions to the Foundation under the "Every Rotarian, Every Year."  The contribution dollars just keep adding up.
 
The Rotary Foundation is the Charity Organization of choice for all Rotarians.  Through the Rotary Foundation, Rotary has the ability to make a difference, including an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance International friendship and understanding.
 
The Foundation Programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations, and shelter for millions of persons.
 
Kelly, your contribution to the Rotary Foundation is allaying suffering, improving living conditions and providing educational opportunities for young people somewhere in the world.
 
Thank you for your continued support for the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations on receiving yet another Paul Harris recognition.
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The Citizen

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Fellow Rotarian Neil Godbout walked the Nechako Rotary Club down memory lane to some degree with a pictorial presentation of the Prince George Citizen and it's 100 Years of covering the News and Events.
 
A great contribution to both the City of Prince George and the people that have helped to make this city what it is today, in recognition of the Centennial. 
 
The Citizen has been a somewhat controversial daily paper during those years, in that it reported the good, the bad, and the ugly to the reading public, regardless of individual preference.
 
Despite the continual move to electronic messaging and devises, the Citizen continues to enjoy a large reader population, providing some security for our local newspaper in the years ahead.
 
Neil was thanked for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.
 
Thank you Neil for a great job in walking us down memory lane.
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Mitigating Wildlife-related vehicular collisions

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Dr. Roy Rae has spent half of his life in northern California and the other half in northern British Columbia.
Roy received his M.Sc in Biology at UNBC and his PhD in Ecology at Norwegian University of Life Science in Norway.
 
Dr. Rae has spoken to the Nechako Rotary Club on a previous occasion a few years ago regarding wildlife related vehicle collisions.  He also assisted the Nechako Club with one of the earlier Group Study Exchange programs during their stay in Prince George, with a tour of UNBC and focus on his Science Lab at the University.
 
Dr. Rae has special interest in: 1) Plant - animal interactions; 2) Field based Education; 3) Considerations for special landscape features, including such things as mineral licks, bear dens, wildlife trees in forest planning and management; and 4) Determining strategies for mitigating wildlife-related vehicular collisions.
 
Dr. Rae explained that the number of wildlife related vehicular collisions is down significantly from when he last spoke on the subject with Rotary, but the reason is mostly due to reduced numbers of wildlife in  the area, than any scientific or management strategies.
 
Dr. Rae also indicated that the number of events is likely considerably higher than those actually reported, due to other circumstances including such things as moose collisions with railroad trains and events where a vehicle was not seriously damaged.
 
Dr. Rae also continues to advise that the use of animal whistles doesn't reduce the frequency of animal collisions as most people hoped.
 
Dr. Rae also indicated most of the wildlife collisions occur during night driving as the animals are harder to see, and this is also the time of the day when the animals often frequent the highway corridors seeking minerals along the roads, as well as reprieve from deep snow and possible predation.  Also, some of the more desirable feed sources such as younger willow and alder may be found along the roads.
 
Dr Rae was thanked for his presentation and responsiveness to numerous questions, by Rotarian Harold Spensley and President Leona Wilkinson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.
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Juliana's bucket list - January 2016

Posted by Zelda Craig on Jan 14, 2015

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: j.ruhstrat@ruhstrat.de
 
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  
 
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Nature abounds at northern BC parks

Posted by Andrea Johnson on Jul 31, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent and informative presentation at our July 30 meeting from Nechako Rotarian Loraina Stephen and her husband Don whose contracting company, Quartz Contracting, operate nine northern BC provincial parks in the Omineca region around Prince George. They, and their four kids, began the operation in 1985, when the BC Parks system was changed. Since then, it's been a family affair. Their parks include Purden Lake east of Prince George; Crooked River, Whiskers Point, Tudyah and Carp Lake north of Prince George and Sowchea and Beaumont west of the city. Park visitors are attracted to camping, hiking, and fishing opportunities, as well as the bounty of flora and fauna. Over the years, their son Ian has become quite the photographer, capturing fabulous images of the all the parks. They are also using social media to inform visitors and campers of how many sites are still open every weekend as well as events happening at all the parks.

They were thanked by Rotarian Garry Howse and President Brian.

 

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Announcing the Lucky Winner of the 1971 Ford Torino

Posted by Kelly Zammit on Sep 11, 2012
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Rotary Exchange student Elyse Donck pulled the winning ticket for the 1971 Ford Torino at the Nechako Club's meeting this morning at 8:00am. The winner is FERN HOLLAHAN of Prince George,   ticket number 1718.  Fern was immediately contacted by the Rotary Club and was quite excited about her win!  The car will soon be deliverd to a very happy winner!

The recipients of the proceeds will be the Salvation Army for the purchase of their Emergency Response Support Unit.

This was a major fundraising undertaking thanks to Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who believe in Rotary's motto "Service Above Self."

Special recognition goes out to Past President Ken Pendergast for the countless volunteer hours he put in as chair of club fundraising and to the team captains that worked tirelessly throughout the past four months!

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World Baseball Challenge

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 17, 2011
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The World Baseball Challenge is coming to Prince George again this July 2011.  Prince George hosted the WBC in 2009 with a very successful week of Baseball.  The event is hosted every 2 years.

Jim Swanson, Shawn Rice and Lori Wolfe explained to the Nechako Rotary Club this years highlights for the WBC with the Blue Jays being major sponsors this year.

Cuba is the number one team in this league and they have recently announced their commitment to come to Prince George as part of the games.

In 2009, the three Rotary Clubs in Prince George sponsored the 4 day Kids Training Camp and now have first right of refusal to retain this sponsorship in Prince George.

Lori Wolfe has been brought into the WBC program in Prince George to provide the overall directorship for the Kids Camp.  Lori is very optimistic that this years Kids Camp will be even bigger and better than last years program.  Lori indicated they already have 70 kids signed up for the 4 day camp scheduled for July 3rd through July 6th.

The WBC is once again looking to Rotary in Prince George to provide sponsorship in this Kids Camp.

The WBC representatives were thanked by President Elect Kelly Zammit, with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Rotary World Health Network

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 17, 2011
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Rotarian Doctor Steven Chang just returned to Prince George from his most recent trip to Sierra Leone, and came home to a pleasant surprise.

Before leaving Prince George, Steven had passed around a number of letters to members in the Medical Community in Prince George, asking for donations for assistance to help ship the current container of Medical Equipment, School Books and other supplies collected in Prince George and surrounding northern communities, to Africa.  These materials have only recently been shipped to the RWHN Warehouse in Vancouver awaiting placement into a container for overseas transport.

Steven found that people in the north had donated over $4200.00 to assist with the transport of the container.  The Rotary Club of Mackenzie has also assisted with a cheque for $500.00.

A total of approximately $6000.00 is required for shipment of the container, plus a further $2000.00 to cover port fees on arrival into Africa.

Doctor Chang also presented the Nechako Rotary Club with a Banner he received while on his trip.

Thank you Steven. 

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Rotary Youth Exchange

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 17, 2011
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Rotarian Gail MacLaren provided the club members an update on our new inbound exchange student arriving in Prince George in August.

Our new student, Maike Adams, is from Germany and will be turning 16 years of age this year.  Maike is a great young person and has already been communicating with our club electronically as she eagerly awaits her arrival date to Canada.  Maike speaks English from her studies in Germany, and will fit in nicely with Rotary and her new friends in Prince George.  

The first couple of Host Families have been arranged for Maike, but Gail indicates we still need some hosting.  Anyone that can assist should contact Gail directly.

Gail also mentioned that it is necessary for many of our Rotarians to get their Criminal Record Checks completed as these are necessary for all Rotarians having involvement with our Youth Exchange Program.  The CRC is necessary to be completed every four years.  

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Community Service Project

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 10, 2011

Operation Red Nose Chair and President Elect Kelly Zammit accepted the Community Service Project Award at the District 5040 Rotary Convention in Vancouver on May 8th, 2011.

District Governor Penny Offer presented the Award to the Nechako Rotary Club. 

This award is in appreciation for the extent of Community Service and Recognition in Prince George through Rotary by our hosting of the Operation Red Nose Program during the past decade, during the Christmas Festive Season. 

Thank you Kelly for your Leadership in ORN and all the hundreds of hours donated by Nechako Rotarians, families and friends to make this program such a wonderful success story in Prince George. 

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Hope Air

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 10, 2011

Dennis Kiffiak, Director of Development for HOPE AIR provided an informational presentation about the service of Hope Air to our communities around the province and across Canada.

Hope Air is a relatively unknown organization despite the fact they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary in Canada this year.  

Hope Air has provided over 66,000 Air Flights to people in need of medical assistance during the past 25 years, that are financially unable to afford these flights without some assistance.

In Prince George, a full 365 flights have been provided during the current year, one per day on average, and another 900 needed.  The program is growing by over 90% with many aspects of the clients changing to include seniors as well as single parents living on fixed income and under the poverty line.

Hope Air have three criteria they use to help determine their willingness to assist people.  These are: Assessment; Treatment,; and Follow-up Treatment.

Hope Air provide most of their Flight assistance through WestJet, where they have to pay the taxes and Airport Charges on the flights that are otherwise donated by WestJet.  Another source of flights is the private Aircraft flown by pilots where Hope Air fund 50% of their fuel costs and expenses, allowing these pilots to enjoy their flying at a reduced rate.

Hope Air is a non profit organization and is constantly looking for assistance to provide this service through support from communities and organizations such as Rotary.

Dennis was thanked for his presentation by Rotary Garry Howse with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Master Fine Master

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 03, 2011
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Past District Governor Neil King demonstrated his experience in lightening Rotarians pockets of spare change with his Rotary Quiz for fines. 

Neil firstly checked with the Club Finance Director to see how the Club Coffers were doing before he imposed a short time limit in which each table of Rotarians must answer the question to his satisfaction.  The system worked very well.

Thank you Neil for helping to raise Club funds and reduce the wear and tear on Rotarians pockets. 

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Kordyban Cancer Lodge

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 03, 2011
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Past President Rotarian Ron Fichner, of the Downtown Rotary Club provided the Nechako Club members with a power point presentation of the Plans, Sponsorships to date and background details regarding the Kordyban Cancer Lodge being built in Prince George in conjunction with the new Cancer Clinic.

The Lodge will be an attractive and comfortable building designed to help people that require access to the facilities provided through the Cancer Clinic in Prince George, as well as their families and care givers.  

The Lodge will be constructed using lots of wood products and glass to provide an open and warm atmosphere.  The building will provide a total of 18 rooms and 36 beds for accommodation in addition to a comfortable lounge area and eating area for three meals a day.

The sixteen Rotary Clubs serving the northern regions of BC have all been asked to get together to help raise a minimum of $100,000.00 required to sponsor the "Hair Salon and Wig Bank."

Rotarian Larry Parker thanked Ron for his presentation with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Soles 4 Souls

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on May 03, 2011
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Rotarian Adele Sjoberg  brought a cardboard box to the Nechako Club meeting this morning to collect the donated shoes for the Soles4Souls Program this year. 

The program ends for this year on May 7th, so you only have a few more days to dig out those old shoes and take them to Adele's Timberline Footfitters Store for collection.

Thanks to Adele, her Store is providing a $10.00 discount coupon to anyone that donated their old shoes to the program.

Thank you Adele for being a Rotarian and taking this initiative. 

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Behind the Scenes of the Rotary World Health Network

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Apr 26, 2011
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One of the many tasks or challenges for Rotarians involved in projects like the Rotary World Health Nework, is the preparation for shipment of equipment and materials to far of locations such as Serra Leone in Africa.

Most of this equipment and supplies, have not packaging available and require some work to prepare for shipment.  This is especially apparent when looking at some heavy, fragile equipment such as X-Ray machines that still have a use in other locations but have been surpassed by our technology here in Canada.

However, Rotarians like a challenge.  Rotarian and Charter member Lloyd Clay is one of those Rotarians.  When Lloyd took on the task of preparing the latest piece of equipment, a very heavy and fragile X-Ray component, he thought is was a relatively easy task.

One week later, with donated plywood, wafer board and 2X4's, the job is completed and the piece of equipment is ready for shipment to the RWHN warehouse in Vancouver.

Thank you Lloyd Clay, Harold Spensley, Garry Howse, for your help in making this "easy task" a success. 

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Soles 4 Soles

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Apr 26, 2011
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Rotarian Adele Sjoberg is asking Nechako Rotarians, friends and family to clean out their closets of the older, slightly worn shoes, boots, sandals and footwear that still has some miles left in them, to donate to this years "Soles4Soles" program.

The Soles4Soles program is currently being sponsored as a Rotary Project in Kelowna.  Due to the lateness in the year, the Nechako Rotary Club decided not to be directly involved in 2011, as we did not have time to arrange for media, storage and transportation of the donated footwear.

For 2011 however, Adele is arranging for the footwear to be dropped off at her store for short term storage, where the shoes will be organized and donated to various locations.  

Some of the shoes will remain in the communities in northern BC, while some will be relocated to needy recipients in the other parts of the province, or shipped to other locations, including offshore countries.

Please drop off your donations to Adele's store "Timberline Footfitters" or bring them to the next Nechako Club meeting for Adele to collect.  Otherwise you might find Adele literally "taking the shoes right off your feet"

Thank you Adele for helping coordinate this very worthwhile program in Prince George this year.  Hopefully, next year we can expand this into a local Rotary Club Project.. 

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The Green Party

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Apr 26, 2011
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Local Green Party Candidate Hilary Crowley spoke to the Nechako Rotary Club about some of the Policies, views and mandate in politics that the Green Party would implement if they are successful in the upcoming election.

Hilary is a long time resident of Prince George, serving as a Physio Therapist in Prince George for many years, and now providing this service to children in outreach areas such as Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Burns Lake that do not have access to therapy in their communities.

Hilary outlined the 10 Guiding Principles for the Green Party, including: Sustainability, Social Justice, Grass Routes Democracy, Non Violence, Community Based Economy, Gender Equity, Diversity, Decentralization, Personal and Global Responsibility and Ecological Wisdom.

Hilary also addressed some of her views regarding local issues such as Site C Hydro proposal, Tar Sands and the Embridge Pipeline proposal.   All difficult types of projects when facing some of the current ecological challenges with sustainability of our environment during at least the next 7 decades.

Rotarian Adele Sjoberg thanked Hilary for her presentation with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Apr 12, 2011
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Emotional Intelligence is one of the newer practices to help people improve their communicator skills.  These practices are especially helpful for people in their workplace.

Emotional Intelligence is sometimes called "likeability".  The ability to effectively manage your own emotions and respond to the emotions of others in a positive and useful way.

Zelda Craig, Partner, Trainer and Consultant of JAZ Training and Facilitation provided an interesting presentation on Emotional Intelligence to the Nechako Rotary Club.  Zelda is capable of providing training and assessment of Emotional Intelligence Skills with people.  I am certain that many people would have enjoyed spending a number of hours working with Zelda on these management concepts.

Zelda was thanked by Rotarian Bob Guy with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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AIMHI

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Apr 05, 2011
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The Nechako Rotary club donated $3000.00 to AIMHI to assist with the updating and purchase of materials for their "Games Library" located in the AIMHI facility on 950 Kerry Street in Prince George.

AIMHI has been in existence in Prince George for 54 years as a None Profit Charitable Organization.    AIMHI provide assistance, counsellings and training for hundreds of young people in our community, as well as assisting some of these people with employment opportunities.

The Nechako Rotary Club has been presented with a "Silver Donor" certificate during their Sponsor Recognition Meeting on April 5th, 2011.

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RCMP Youth Academy

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 29, 2011
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32 young men and women from around northern BC attended a week long training academy at Kelly Road School during their spring break.  These young students, ages 16 to 18 years old, were accommodated, fed and trained at Kelly Road for the entire week.  Part of their training was the usual "Drill Team" required by the RCMP as part of their regular Boot Camp.

17 of these young people are Prince George residents.  The remainder come from other communities in the north.  These young people took the training in earnest and it is hoped that many of them will pursue a career in Policing as a result of this Youth Academy.

The Nechako Rotary Club provided $2500.00 sponsor ship to this program.  Additional sponsorship was provided by Integris Credit Union, The Yellowhead Rotary Club, School District 57 and Just Good Food. 

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Fine Master

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 29, 2011
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This weeks "Fine Master" Rotarian Andrea Johnson extracted a fair amount of change from each of the members with her Rotary Quiz. 

Some of the questions were easy and all of them were information that each Rotarian has access too, but may not have the answers at the tip of their tongue.  The intent was to lighten our pockets, and it worked very well.

Thank you Andrea for coming to the meeting prepared. 

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Youth Assistance Program

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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One of the many programs supported through the Family Y is the Youth Assistance Program (YAP).  Misty Koster is the program coordinator with the Family Y and she is very passionate about the YAP program.  The YAP Program is about "Empowering Young People to Empower Themselves". 

The program provides every assistance reasonable to the youth in Prince George that apply for help, including the opportunity to get cleaned up, clothed and enrolled in programs that will aide in their recovery back to being able to sustain and empower themselves.

The Family Y is pleased with the support provided through the Nechako Rotary Club to assist these youth in our Community.  Rotarian Diane Nakamura is a strong component in this program too. 

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Prince George Family Y

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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Tiana Kelly, accompanied by fellow staffers from the Prince George Family Y, Faydra Aldridge, Misty Koster and Karen Cameron, made a joint presentation on the large activities and programs provided and made available to residents in the community to demonstrate clearly that the Family Y is "Not Just A Gym". 

The YMCA has had a presence in Prince George since 1964.  The Y is a family based type of operation, relying on its membership and Charitable donations to make their programs available to citizens in Prince George.  The Y provides at least 100 group fitness plans for people in addition to all the other programs including such things as Child Care and Seniors Programs.

The Family Y is pleased to be a member and partner with Rotary in Prince George and to share in the efforts to provide assistance to the many types of programs we share in the community. 

Tiana, Faydra, Misty and Karen were thanked by Rotarian Gina Rawson for their presentation with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Japan Earthquake Fund Raising

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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Kiyono, a friend and guest of Diane Nakamara, made a short presentation to the Nechako Club about one of the current Fund Raising efforts happening in Prince George to provide assistance to the thousands of people seriously impacted by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred to devastate Japan.
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Purden Ski Day

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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We even had Ski Instructors to hone our skills.
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Purden Ski Day

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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Who me?  Just relaxing after a great day on the hill.  A little Chili and some liguid libation will round out the day.
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Purden Ski Day

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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Apres Ski at the Hellyer/Forster cabin at Purden Mountain.
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Purden Ski Fest

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 22, 2011
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About 40 Rotarians, friends and spouses came out to ski, snow board and play in the snow on March 12th.  The day and the event was great, followed by some great hospitality, Chili, liquid libation and Rotary Fellowship hosted by Bill and Cathy Hellyer and Steve Forster at their cabin at Purden Mountain Ski Hill.  Of course both Harold and Nancy Spensley were there to assist with the event and hospitality too.

The Nechako Rotary Club had a good turn out for the event.  Almost enough for a meeting. Thank you for a great day. 

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UNBC Debate Championship

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 08, 2011
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The Nechako Rotary Club has made a significant Donation of $2500.00 to the UNBC Debate Society to help host the Northern BC Debate Championship March 18th to 20th, 2011 in Prince George.

James Alexander, Executive Vice President and Tournament Director of the Debate Championship attended our cheque presentation this morning with Rotarian Adele Sjoberg.  James gave a short outline of how the Debate Championship is being scheduled with students from across northern BC. 

The Debate Championship is expected to draw up to 180 students to UNBC for the event. 

James will be back at a later date to make a presentation to the Club regarding the Debate Championship.

Thank you James and Adele and her committee for their recommendation to help sponsor this Worthy event. 

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RCMP Youth Academy 2011

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 08, 2011
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The RCMP Youth Academy 2011 is scheduled in Prince George in March 2011, with 18 students from Prince George and another 11 students from other locations around BC.  The event is planned in conjunction with Kelly Road Secondary School.

The program is focused on youth with a specific interest in Policing.  Special Constable Davey Greenlees from the Prince George Community Policing Office, in addition to Bruce Northrup from Kelly Road School, attended the Nechako Rotary Club to receive our cheque for $2500.00 as our donation to help sponsor this event.

The chegue was presented by Rotarian Adele Sjoberg, Chair of the Funding Program Committee. 

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Lois Boone

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 08, 2011
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Lois Boone, former MLA, Highways Minister, School Board Member and long time resident of Prince George spoke to the Nechako Rotary Club this morning about her background, her political views and concerns regarding some of the issues currently facing people in BC and Canada.

Lois is campaigning for representation as the NDP Candidate for the Prince George - Peace River Constituency.

Lois was thanked by Rotarian Bonnie Urguhart with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Chorfest 2011

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 08, 2011
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Evelyn Lee, Director of the Prince George Cantata Singers, and her group of Choir, lead the Nechako Rotary Club in a great singing of "Oh Canada" in both the English and French version, followed by a short Slide Presentation of their "Choirfest 2011" Opera Choruses that is scheduled for May 20 to 22nd 2011, in Prince George. 

The event is expected to draw between 200 and 250 Chorfesters from all over BC. 

The theme is "O is for Opera" and the Nechako Rotary Club has donated $1000.00 to the Chorfest 2011 event.

Thank you Chorfest and good luck with Chorfest 2011 in May. 

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Grow Your Own Rotarian

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 01, 2011
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Rotarian Gina Rawson is doing her part to lower the average age of the Nechako Rotary Club by hosting her Grandson "Noel" to the morning Breakfast Meeting.  Noel enjoyed the breakfast.  We enjoyed his company.  Thank you Gina for helping to raise a new Rotarian at an early age.
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MOMSS

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 01, 2011
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Linda Liss  Co-Executive Director of "Making Ourselves Matter Services Society " in Prince George spoke to the Nechako Club about MOMSS, 

MOMSS's "Mission" is to provide a supportive nurturing environment that will empower young women at risk to become competent, productive, and contributing members of the community."

MOMSS  focuses on young women between the ages of 19 and 29 years of age, with the goal of "Empowering" these young women to succeed in our community with training to be:

Self Supporting, Resilient to negative peer pressures, Effective at managing drug and alcohol challenges, and being competent employees or post secondary students.

The program is an extensive 18 month holistic life skills empowerment program, utilizing therapeutic and healing strategies in overcoming the effects of the clients negative experiences.  The clients have the opportunity to practice independent living prior to reintegration back into the community. 

Linda was thanked by Rotarian Neil Godbout with a donation to our Polio Plus Program.  Thank you Linda and Neil. 

 

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Globalization, Culture and the Politics of Identity in Celtic Europe

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Mar 01, 2011
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Gary Wilson is a Professor of Anthropology & Political Science at UNBC.  Gary took a few minutes to explain their upcoming "Field School" where 11 students will be traveling to The Isle of Man for a 3 week period in May 2011.

During this field trip, these students will explore cultural change, the place of heritage and the politics of identity in Ireland and the Isle of Man, two of the most dynamic and intriguing parts of Celtic Europe.  During the trip the students will be required to prepare studies and reports on their experience.

Gary indicated various reasons for the trip, including; career aspirations, travel experience, learning outside of the classroom and personal interest.

The trip is budgeted to cost each student approximately $6,000 dollars.  The students are looking at a variety of fund raising opportunities to help with the expenses.  They are open to ideas and eager to work with groups such as Rotary to help raise the funds. 

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Rotary Membership

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Feb 15, 2011
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Past District Governor and current Director of the Nechako Rotary Club Membership Committee led the Club through a "Fireside" type Membership Slide Show to demonstrate some of the background of Rotary and the many activities that the Nechako club is involved in. 

Today's meeting was dedicated to the Club's hosting a Membership Drive, where many Rotarians brought friends and associates as prospective new members of Rotary.  

Thank you Ron, for your leadership and dedication to bringing new members into Rotary. 

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Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Feb 15, 2011
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Joan Stevens, with her parents, was  introduced to the Club this morning as the Nechako Rotary Clubs next outbound student to go to another country for a one year long Rotary Youth Exchange.  Joan was recently selected through a rigorous process by Rotarians in Prince George.

Joan is not sure yet which country she might be going to, but is hopeful that it might be Brazil.  We are certain that Joan will make a good Ambassador for our country and city, no matter where she  goes.

Rotarian Gail MacLaren introduced Joan and her parents to the Club.   

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Ek Duniya

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Feb 08, 2011
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Savannah Westgarde, Co-Founder of Ek Duniya, provided a short follow up to the Nechako Rotary Club, including a Certificate of Appreciation, for her opportunity to present to the Club on December 1st, 2010 regarding the Ek Duniya Program in Jodhpur, India.

The Ek Duniya Program is a Support and Awareness Program, designed to assist women in other countries that do not share the same level of recognition and liberalization that women enjoy in other parts of the world. Ek Duniya currently has over 150 women uniting together to help women to access resources, education, human rights and health.

The Ek Duniya Foundation is creating a Centre for Change in Jodhpur, India and is  seeking financial assistance for the start up costs for this centre from organizations such as Rotary.

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Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Feb 08, 2011
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Past District Governor Ron Neukomm received yet another Paul Harris Fellow Pin, making this one his 6th Paul Harris Fellowship.

PDG Ron is a regular and faithful contributor to the Rotary Foundation.  Ron has also used his Foundation credits to assist with other Paul Harris Awards on behalf of the Nechako Rotary Club.

Congratulations Ron on your latest achievement and Thank you for your generosity to the Rotary Foundation. 

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Cpl Carissa Hornoi

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Cpl Carissa Hornoi, the head of the Community Policing Office in Prince George, and Liaison officer for our partnership between the RCMP and Operation Red Nose, spoke to the club regarding the requirements of the Criminal Record Checks (CRC) that Rotarians and volunteers are required to complete each year for our Operation Red Nose Program as well as the CRC that is required every 4 years for our Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

The annual CRC is a requirement of the National Office of Operation Red Nose, as a condition of our contract to host the Red Nose Program.  Cpl Hornoi has been very helpful in accommodating these CRC's for the program, despite the fact that the CRC conditions seem to get a little more detailed each year.  This year, 2010, many volunteers including a few Rotarians were required to be finger printed as part of the process, due to the fact that an applicant for a CRC had the unfortunate reality of being the same gender and have the same birthday as an individual somewhere else in Canada that had a previous conviction of an offense under similar criteria, such as a sexual offense.  These few cases took longer to process, but did not impair the delivery of the program.

Cpl Hornoi is also convinced that as the Administrator for our CRC applications, she is in a position to apply the one CRC to cover the Youth Exchange CRC requirement that is only required every 4 years.

Any other organizations that require a CRC for a volunteer, such as Scouts Canada or a Youth Service Program, must be dealt with as separate applications.

Cpl Hornoi as thanked by President Elect Kelly Zammit, with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Cameron Stolz

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Feb 08, 2011
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Cameron Stolz, a member of the Yellowhead Rotary Club, spoke to the Nechako Club this morning regarding his candidacy for the Prince George - Peace River Riding of the Federal Conservative Party. 

As everyone knows, Cameron is currently a member of the Prince George City Council and claims to be a dedicated political junkie, having been interested and concerned with all levels of politics from a n early age.

Cameron did not dwell on all the reasons that people might want to support him in his bid for the position.  Instead, he delivered a thought provoking presentation about the low level of political involvement by the general public as there seems to be a substantial level of apathy around politics these days. 

Cameron provided to challenges to the members this morning.

1) in the next week, have a serious discussion with your family about politics, local community, provincial and federal.  The future of our political leadership will be determined by our youth.

2) In the next week, have a similar political discussion with your friends, colleagues and work mates. 

Cameron is convinced that our political future will be determined by "Those People Who Show Up".  This requires people to be informed or the debates and asking the questions of all the candidates to help ensure we have the right people in the positions of government.

Cameron was thanked by Rotary Mark Miller, with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Prince George - Peace River Federal Leadership Race

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 25, 2011
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Jay Hill, Conservative Member for the Prince George-Peace River riding announced his resignation in October 2010.  

Colin Kinsley, the previous Mayor of Prince George for 12 years, as well as previous Rotarian with the Nechako Rotary Club spoke to the Club this morning about his intent to enter the race as one of the Candidates to replace Jay Hill as the Prince George-Peace River member for the Conservative Party.

Nominations for Candidates are required on February 14th, 2011 with the elections to take place on March 7th.  

Since his retirement as Mayor of Prince George, Colin Kinsley has been actively involved in the Embridge Pipeline Project as well as maintaining his contacts with people  in both business and politics.  Colin indicated he is ready, willing and able to accept the challenge if he is successful in his campaign.

Past President Harry Hufty thanked Colin for his presentation with a donation being made by the Club to our Polio Plus Project. 

Prince George - Peace River Federal Leadership Race Kenneth Pendergast 2011-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris +1

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 18, 2011
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Past President and Rotarian Harold Spensley received his first Paul Harris Fellowship Award in June 2004 when he was recognized as "Rotarian of the Year" with the Nechako Rotary Club following one of his years as Chair of our Operation Red Nose Program.  Today, Harold received his second Paul Harris Fellowship Pin as a result of Harold's donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Harold.
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The City of PG Twinning With China

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 18, 2011
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Mayor Dan Rogers provided some slides and background information on the City of Prince George trip to China during October 2010, along with other Cities and the Province of BC, to further discussions on Education, Tourism, Economic Development, Transportation and Government Services.  The trip was specific to Shanghai, Jaingmen, Taishan and Kaiping.  Mayor Roger's identified the main objectives of the trip were to Observe and Learn from the Chinese Culture, to gather information relative to potential future relationships with these cities and the opportunity to invite an inbound delegation of Chinese people to visit Prince George in 2011.  The trip was successful, with a contingent of people making a short visitation to Prince George following their trip to the USA before Christmas.  Mayor Rogers indicated a more formal delegation is expected to arrive in Prince George, likely in July 2011. 

Mayor Rogers was thanked by PDG Ron Neukomm, with a donation to our Polio Plus Program. 

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Multiple Paul Harris Recognition

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 18, 2011
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Past President and Rotarian Alain LeFebvre has made a personal commitment to donate annually to the Rotary Foundation since 2003.  During these past 7 years Alain has been the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship each year.  Today, Alain received his latest Paul Harris Fellowship pin with 2 Red Rubies on it, signifying that this is his 8th Paul Harris Fellowship.  Congratulations Alain on your latest accomplishment by donating through "Every Rotarian Every Year".
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Newest Rotarian

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 12, 2011
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The Nechako Rotary Club inducted our newest Rotarian Brian Lee into Rotary today with Sponsor Gary Gurnsey and PDG Neil King.  Brian Lee is employed with I.C.B.C. and holds the Classification of Auto Insurance Estimator.  Please introduce yourself to Brian and make him welcome as our newest Rotarian in the Nechako Club.
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Operation Red Nose

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 12, 2011
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Red Nose Chair Kelly Zammit provided a brief update on our 2010 Operation Red Nose Program, where Prince George lead all the BC Red Nose Teams with a total of 1123 Rides for the season.  A Volunteer Appreciation Banquet is being prepared for Saturday January 8th commencing at 5:00 PM to recogniise the Sponsors and the many volunteers that make our program the huge success it is.  Thank you Kelly for your Leadership in this program, and thank you to all Rotarians and friends that came out to achieve this successful year.
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Nechako Rotary Fun

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 12, 2011
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Rotarian and Public Relations Director Andrea Johnson provided an outline of some of the Social Activities planned for the Club during the next couple months.  February 12th is slated for our Hosting of the Otway Cross Country Ski Day followed by a "Pot Luck" dinner in the Ski Club Lodge.  More details will follow with an opportunity to sign up for rental ski equipment (if needed).  Andrea is contacting the Yellowhead Club regarding the downhill Ski Day being planned for Purden this year and will provide more details as they become known.  Lastly, a Nechako Club Fun Curling evening is also being planned and will be scheduled later in March.  Thank you Andrea.
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Classification Talk

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 12, 2011
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Rotarian Thomas (Tom) Keller provided the Club with an interesting outline of his background from growing up on a small farm to his family and occupation as a Banker with RBC in Prince George.  Tom is enjoying both his job and his family and looks forward to slowing down a little to have the time to appreciate them more.  Good Luck on that Tom.  Thank you for sharing your life with your fellow Rotarians and the opportunity to get to know you better.
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Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 11, 2011
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Rotarian William Osei is the newest recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship.  William was so impressed by the number of people he met during his trip to Accra, Ghana that held Paul Harris Fellowships, that he immediately returned to Prince George and ordered one for himself. Congratulations William on becoming one of the distinguished Paul Harris Fellows.
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West Africa Project Fair

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 11, 2011
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Rotarian Dr. William Osei attended the RI Convention in Montreal last spring and made initial connections with people to participate in the West Africa Project Fair being held in Accra, Ghana from November 3 to 12th, 2010.  During the trip, Dr. Osei was also involved in assisting with medical treatment of children as well as attending a few Rotary Meetings, many banquets and meetings to understand the many possible Rotary Projects that might be undertaken through joint ventures by the Nechako Rotary Club.  We will hear more on these possible projects during the next few months as William works through the details with the Rotary Foundation Committee.  William was thanked by ADG Gary Gurnsey for a very interesting presentation.
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Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

Posted by Kenneth Pendergast on Jan 11, 2011
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Rotarian and Chair of Operation Red Nose Kelly Zammit provided a brief update to the Club regarding the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held at the ICBC Claim Centre in recognition of the tremendous efforts of all the volunteers that helped to make our 2010 Campaign the huge success that it is.  135 volunteers came out for the dinner provided by Just Goode Foods, along with lots of presentations and door prizes.  A number of cheques were also distributed to organizations that came out to work as volunteers for the program.  A total of $10,500.00 was presented during the dinner.  A Special Recognition of "Gold Medals" was made to all of the "Toombs Family" for both their support with 78 person nights of volunteering, plus recognition for the fact they helped in all capacities including organizing, registration, set-up, take-down, dispatch, driving, runner, etc.  Our Operation Red Nose Program would not be the success that it is without the support of the Toombs Family.  Thank you very much.

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PDG Ron Neukomm

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Past District Governor Ron Neukomm is only a few short months from being one of the Charter Members of the Nechako Rotary Club.  Ron maintains 100% attendance in Rotary and has done so for his entire membership as a Rotarian.

In addition to perfect attendance, Ron is another shining example of our "Every Rotarian Every Year" program.

Ron donates weekly to the Rotary Foundation and these donations quickly accrue to amount to another $1000.00 (US) donation and another Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Ron has received his eighth Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of his annual giving.

Thank you Ron for your continuous generosity to the Rotary Foundation.

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Brian Pearson

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Rotarian Brian Pearson is the Nechako Rotary Clubs Past President and currently co-chair of the Prince George Rotary Foundation Fund Raising Dinner scheduled for January 24th, 2015.

Brian has been a regular example of "Every Rotarian Every Year" with his weekly donations to the Foundation.

These donations rapidly add up to the amount of $1000.00 (US) funds.

Brian currently now has a total of three Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.

Thank you Brian for your annual giving.

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Dr William Osei

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Dr Osei has joined the Paul Harris Society as a Sustaining Member, with his pledge to donate $1000.00 annually to the Rotary Foundation.

Thank you Dr. Osei for your generous donations to the Foundation.

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Isabel Fleck

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Isabel Fleck spent a number of years in the Nechako Rotary functioning in may capacities including President of the Club.

Isabel was very instrumental in Chairing our Operation Red Nose Program, as well as coordinating our Nechako Rotary Club Literacy Program, with the donation of dictionaries to school children and assisting with the "Raise a Reader" program.

Isabel has been a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation with her annual giving donations.

Isabel resigned from Rotary a few short years ago due to both job and family pressures, but remains a supporter of Rotary.

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Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

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The Nechako Rotary Club had the honor of recognizing four people with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards during the regular Club breakfast.

Paul Harris Fellowships were developed in 1957 in recognition of Rotarians and friends of Rotary that have contributed $1000.00 (US) to the Rotary Foundation.

This prestigious Award was created in Honor of Paul Harris, founder of Rotary in 1905.  Additional Awards are provided when Rotarians and Friends of Rotary contribute additional amounts of $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is the Charitable Organization created by Rotary to manage and direct funds through Rotary into all the various avenues of Service.

Contributors to the Foundation are helping to allay suffering, improving living conditions and providing educational opportunities for young people in the world.  This is a truly Selfless Action.

Today the Paul Harris Awards were presented to:

Isabel Fleck, Past President of the Nechako Club, recognizing her 5th Paul Harris Fellowship.

Dr. William Osei, also a Sustaining member of the Paul Harris Society, with his 6th Paul Harris Fellowship.

Brian Pearson, Past President of the Nechako Rotary Club, with his 3rd Paul Harris Fellowship.

Past District Governor Ron Neukomm, with his 8th Paul Harris Fellowship.

Thank you Rotarians for continuing to contribute to the Rotary Foundation.

Congratulations on being recognized for your generous contributions.

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Nechako Rotary Club's Newest Rotarian

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This morning, the Nechako Rotary Club inducted their newest Rotarian, Debbie Nielsen from UNBC.

Debbie has been a guest of the Club for a number of meeting prior to being asked to join the Club

PDG Ron Neukomm inducted Debbie into the Club with the assistance of her sponsor, Rotarian

Gina Rawson and President Leona Wilkinson.

Please Welcome Debbie into the Club and insure Debbie is included in all the activities and fellowship enjoyed by our members.

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Rotary Hospice House

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Executive Director Donalda Carson of the Prince George Rotary Hospice House spoke to the Nechako Rotary Club membership this morning.

Donalda is a former member of Rotary and a Charter member of the New Caledonia Club.  Donalda has been with the Rotary Hospice House for many years, having great interaction with the Rotary Clubs in Prince George through various activities including fund raising for Hospice.

Donalda is retiring from the Rotary Hospice House role of Executive Director on March 10th, 2015 and going on a much deserved holiday to Brazil.

Donalda received a standing ovation from the Nechako Rotary Club for her performance as Executive Director of the Rotary Hospice House during these past years.

The Rotary Hospice House has recruited a new Executive Director, Donna Flood, whom will be following the great leadership style demonstrated by Donalda in the past, and will certainly continue to interact with Rotary in Prince George.

Donalda was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Loraina Stephen, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Happy New Year Nechako Rotary

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Many Nechako Rotarians, friends, family and Exchange Students came out for one last 2014 Breakfast on December 31st, to socialize and prepare to bring in the New Year together with our wrap up evening of Operation Red Nose.

2014 has been another great year for the Nechako Rotary Club as demonstrated by the membership today.

Happy New Year fellow Rotarians.  2015 promises to be another great year for everyone.

 

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Inn of the North Host Extraordinary

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The Inn of the North has been hosting the Nechako Rotary Club during the past year, with the excellent service provided to the Club by "Elaine".

Elaine has been one of the catering staff for many years at the Inn of the North and is well know for her excellent service to the "Rotary Clubs" there, as well as to the "Winston's Group" that meet at The Inn of the North each Thursday.

President Leona Wilkinson recognized "Elaine" and her dedication of "Service" to the Nechako Club during the Christmas Breakfast.

Thank you Elaine for your dedication and service to the Nechako Rotary Club.

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Birthday Boy

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Nechako Rotary Club's current Exchange Student "Vini" (Vinicius Richert), was recognized for his Birthday, during his weekly update of experiences while visiting Prince George.

Congratulations Vini, on your Birthday.

Thank you for being a great "Ambassador" to your country and to the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

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Don Cherry "AKA Dr William Osai"

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Will the real Don Cherry please stand up?

Rotarian Dr. William Osai, won the Ugly Sweater contest during the Nechako Rotary Clubs 2014 Christmas Breakfast, not with an ugly Sweater, but a colorful jacket that he allegedly acquired from "Don Cherry". infamous NHL Hockey commentator, known for his fashion designer cloths.

Move over Don Cherry, you have some serious competition here in sunny Prince George.

William was thanked for being a participant and winner by Rotarian Terri McConnachie.

Congratulations William.  You are clearly a winner.

 

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Merry Christmas Nechako Rotary

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The "Prince George Cantana Singers" entertained the Nechako Rotary Club during the annual Christmas Breakfast this morning.  The Cantana Singers have been in the business of bringing Christmas Carols to the Citizens of Prince George for a very long time, and have not lost their ability to bring in the "Christmas Spirit" through their songs.

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EBOLA

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Rotarian Doctor William Osai made a very informative slide show and presentation regarding "Ebola."

Ebola is not a new disease, having been recorded and experienced in many countries of Africa from 1976 to the current 2014.

Recently though cases of Ebola have been reported in North America, raising significant concern regarding another very serious and often deadly disease.

Dr. Osai provided some background data regarding Ebola.  The disease is normally contacted through:

  • Consumption of infected "Bush Meat."
  • Coming in contact with body fluids of sick Ebola patients, such as blood; urine, feces; vomit; sweat.
  • May be transmitted through animals, such as bats.

People that may have contact with people suspected of being sick with Ebola need to be very careful and protect themselves with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in addition to avoiding any body fluids as mentioned earlier.

No one is immune from Ebola, and there currently is no cure for the disease, although early detection and treatment has been successful in saving 50% of infected people from death from the disease.

Survivors can carry the disease for a prolonged period of time, and their body fluids can be dangerous to others for up to about 3 months.

Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or contact with pets.

Doctor Osai was thanked for his presentation by Rotarian Loraina Stevens and President Leona Wilkinson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

 

 

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2015-16 Nechako Rotary Club Executive

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Meet the 2015-16 Nechako Rotary Club Executive.  Absent is Dean Simpson, Director of Fund Raising.

The Slate of officers was elected by acclamation, during the year end AGM.

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Nechako Rotary AGM

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President Leona Wilkinson and Past President Brian Pearson played tag team to put together the official Annual AGM required for the Nechako Rotary Club Year End.

Past President Brian introduced a full slate of officers for the 2015-16 Rotary Year Executive, as Rotarian Treasurer Kelly Zammit presented the Financial Statement for the Club.

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Raise a Reader

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Andrea Palmer, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Prince George Public Library made a presentation to the Nechako Rotary Club regarding the "Raise a Reader" program, hosted again this year in Prince George.

The "Raise a Reader Program" has been a regular occurrence in Prince George since 1997, and the Nechako Rotary Club has been a faithful sponsor and participant of this program, during most of those years.

The "Raise a Reader" Program, through sponsorships has received over $300 thousand dollars during this time, which has helped to fund and make the program the success it is.

Numerous volunteers frequent a number of popular locations, such as the local Starbucks, Tim Horton's, MacDonald's, etc. helping to raise some of these funds, in addition to the regular sponsorship donations paid directly to the program by organizations such as the Nechako Rotary.

Andrea was thanked by Rotarian Neil Godbout for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Let the Game Begin

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The Prince George Cougars helped Operation Red Nose "Kick Off" this years "Red Nose Campaign" with the "Official Puck Drop" made by National Office Representative Marie Chantelle, while "Rudy" oversees the task along with Nechako Rotary Red Nose Chair Neil Godbout.

The "Game is On" and the "Operation Red Nose Campaign" is official for 2014, with the first night of operations to commence the weekend of November 28th.

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Rowdy Cat and MC

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Rowdy Cat, the Prince George Cougars Mascot, was also quick to pose with Operation Red Nose National Office representative, Marie Chantelle.

 

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Rowdy Cat and the Kids

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The Cougars mascot, "Rowdy Cat" visited the the Cougars box, which was donated to the Operation Red Nose Prince George Program for the game.

During Rowdy Cat's visit, he took a couple minutes to entertain and have pictures taken with the two Rotary Exchange Students.

Never miss an opportunity in front of a camera.  Rowdy Cat is always a great performer.

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Operation Red Nose

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National Office of Operation Red Nose representative, here in BC is Marie Chantelle.

Marie Chantelle has been representing Operation Red Nose here in BC since 1997, which is the first year the Red Nose Program was hosted in Prince George, through UNBC.

In 2001, when the Nechako Rotary Club became the Official Host of Red Nose in Prince George, it was Marie Chantelle, working with the current Rotary Club President, Harold Spensley and Rotarian Ken Pendergast, carrying the program on from the previous hosts at UNBC.

During the past years, Marie Chantelle, who actually likes to be addressed as MC, has worked with all of our Nechako Rotary Chairs and representatives, to ensure our program is adequately registered and supported through the provincial sponsors and the National Office.

This year is the 31st year of Operation Red Nose across Canada, with some branches of the program now being hosted in other countries, including Switzerland.

MC said part of her job, which is now only 6 months of the year, is to work as a sort of watch dog or policeman, to ensure that the program is operating according to the rules. No monies are received from the individual campaigns.  All funding for the Program at the National Office level, is generated through their own sponsorships and some profit from the sale of Operation Red Nose materials.

MC and her associated were extremely pleased to see the Prince George hosts of the ORN Program meeting them on arrival at the airport at midnight on Monday evening, and showing the support of Prince George during the "Punch Bowl" launch, as well as the "Official Puck Drop" during the Cougars Hockey Game.

MC was also very impressed by the amount of exposure Operation Red Nose and "Rudy" received during the Cougars game and the intermissions.

Rotarians, President Leona Wilkinson and Lorainna Stevens thanked MC for her presentation to the Nechako Rotary Club with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Operation Red Nose 2014

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The "Official Operation Red Nose" Campaign in British Columbia was "Kicked Off" yesterday with the "Punch Bowl" Celebration in Prince George at the Canada Games Plaza.

Speakers for this years Campaign included Prince George Operation Red Nose Chair Neil Godbout, in addition to our current Mayor Sheri Green, Carol Gass representing our Vista Radio Sponsor, and representatives from ICBC and Operation Red Nose National Office.

The Punch Bowl was well attended by Sponsors, Prince George Administration and leaders of both the Nechako Rotary Club and our Operation Red Nose Prince George.

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Fluoridation Helps

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Brenda Matson is the Program Manager of the Northern Health Dental Programs.

Brenda provided a comprehensive presentation on Fluoridation of community water systems and the reasons in favor of this process throughout Canada and the USA.

Fluoridation has been done in many communities for the past 65 years and has been proven to help reduce tooth decay by 25% over the life of a person.

In Canada, there are some 13 million people that receive regular fluoridation of their water, while the USA supplies fluoridation to 210 million American people.

Northern Health data indicates that lack of fluoridation also has a negative impact on the incidence of other health problems including Diabetes, Lower birth weights, Osteoporosis and Lung Disease.

The most vulnerable people include children and seniors, that are more readily affected by tooth decay effects.

The cost of fluoridation is generally between 60 cents and $1.00 per person per year.  In Prince George, the current cost is reported at $56 thousand dollars per year, which is less than &1.00 per person per year.

From Northern Health Authority's perspective and the data they provide, it is pretty clear that "Fluoridation Helps."

Brenda was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Dr. William Osei, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

 

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Firefighters Burn Fund Centre

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Prince George Fireman Brian Burleigh has been a Fireman with the Prince George Fire Department for the past 12 years and is the current Chair of the Prince George Firefighters "Burn Fund Centre" Campaign.

The Prince George Fire Department has pledged $100 thousand dollars to the "Burn Fund Centre" Campaign over a three year period.

The "Burn Fund Centre" has been identified as the first of its kind in North America.  A home away from home for patients and families while undergoing treatment, on discharge transition or returning for follow up treatment.

The Burn Centre will be the best place for burn and trauma survivors to recover.  The ground breaking ceremony for the Burn Centre building was on September 17, 2014.

The location of this new facility is: 3891 Main Street and East 23rd Avenue between the BC Professional Fire Fighter's Burn, Trauma & Plastics Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children's Hospital.

The "Burn Centre" will provide 8 short term stay, Free of Charge, furnished accommodation suites for patients and families while undergoing treatment at VGH or Children's Hospital.

The Prince George Firemen are selling Calendars for $20.00 each to assist with their fund raising pledge of $100 thousand dollars.

Calendars are available by contacting any one of the Prince George Fire Department centre.

Personal donations may also be made, with tax receipts for any amount of $25.00 or more.  If a personal donation of $25 dollars or more is made, you can make the donation in support of the Prince George Firemen by marking "Prince George" on your pledge form.

On line information and pledges can be made at:  burnfund.org

Rotarian Dean Simpson and President Leona Wilkinson thanked Brian for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Polio Plus

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PDG Ron Neukomm describes some of the hard work and early projects embarked on by Rotarians in the 1988 to 2000 battle to raise funds for Polio Plus.

Fortunately, because of this hard work and dedication by Rotarians, volunteers and gracious sponsors, many of our younger generation have not had to deal with or become associated with the horrible disease, Polio Militias.

Those that have been exposed directly or indirectly, reflect back with tremendous respect and awe for those that were afflicted and survived.  Sorrow for those that did not survive, and renewed commitment to see the Battle to the very end.

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Polio Plus

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The Nechako Rotary Club recognized and celebrated the wonderful work and progress achieved by Rotary through out the world in the long battle to eradicate Polio, with the year 2000 as the expected date of achievement.

Rotarians Kelly Zammit and PDG Ron Neukomm took a few minutes to enlighten the Nechako Rotary Club membership of the long battle with some statistical benchmarks on our Rotary achievements in the battle against Polio.

Rotary"s fight to eradicate Polio throughout the world commenced in 1988, when they originally pledged to raise a whopping $300 Million dollars, which was deemed sufficient at that time to beat Polio Militias.

The original $300 Million dollars was raised in many ways, including the sale of Rotary Cook Books throughout the Rotary Clubs in BC.

The Battle against Polio has proved to be much more complicated and challenging than originally expected, with costs rising into the billions of dollars with the help of huge donations from around the world, including governments and charitable organizations such as the "Bill and Malinda Gates Society".

Polio Plus has become the biggest Project ever tackled by Rotary, but the fight has been rewarding as each year marks success in the eradication of Polio, with the exception of 2013, which saw a slight increase in the outbreak of Polio due to access problems in some remote areas.

Unfortunately, lives have been lost by a few Rotarians and Volunteers attempting to provide Polio Vaccine into some of these remote areas.

But the fight must, and will go on, as we move toward the entire eradication of Polio in the World.

Polio still lurks in three countries around the world.  Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  We are that close to meeting our goal.

A further 5.5 Billion Dollars are needed to take the fight to a conclusion, with the greatest costs required to continue to reach into these remote and sometimes hostile areas.

The new target date to reach this conclusion is now 2018.

Rotary, Rotarians, Volunteers, Governments and gracious Sponsors are up for the fight, and we will succeed.

The "Polio Plus Program" will eradicate Polio in the World.

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Paul Harris Society

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Rotarian Karen Toombs received recognition during the regular meeting of the Nechako Rotary Club for becoming a member of the "Paul Harris Society".

Membership in the Paul Harris Society is achieved when a Rotarian commits to making an annual contribution of $1000.00 or more to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is the Major Rotary Fund Raiser used throughout the Rotary World to support funding for all of the Rotary Programs, including the contributions required to match the Rotary funding for Polio Plus.

Karen Toombs is a former Paul Harris Fellow from earlier contributions and has taken the significant step forward to join the many other Rotarians that are members in the "Paul Harris Society."

Congratulations Karen and thank you for putting the Rotary Foundation on your list of Annual Giving.

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Operation Red Nose Day Nov. 18

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Operation Red Nose chair Neil Godbout updated Rotarians on the progress of the 2014 campaign.

So far, 45 volunteers have signed up towards our goal of 450. A sign-up day will be held at the club Nov. 5.

Neil, Lloyd and Lisa Redpath had a very productive meeting with Andy Beesley and his staff at the Prince George Cougars on Oct. 7.

ImageThe game on Tuesday, Nov. 18 will be dubbed Operation Red Nose night.

The Cougars are giving us a table for volunteer sign-up, a guest box, discounted tickets and Rudy (aka Jackie) will drop the puck.

Since it's game-day for the team, they can't participate in the rally earlier in the day, but they will take a photo with their Red Noses on and put it on the score clock.

After the rally Neil will show her around town, take her to T & S Communications, have Warren and Jackie show her the database and smartphone dispatch system.

It is hoped that MC can stay overnight Nov. 18 and join us for our Rotary meeting Nov. 19.

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United Nations in Prince George

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Giulliana Tamblyn of the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) - Prince George joined us Oct. 8 as our guest speaker.

There are currently 20 UNAC branches in Canada, including the newly created branch in Prince George that was founded in March 2014. Its goal is to promote awareness of international issues and help build a sustainable world, ie through eradicating poverty and hunger and achieving universal primary education.

The Prince George branch meets the second Thursday of every month at CNC and is open to the public. There are currently 11 board members/volunteers involved.

UNAC Prince George is hosting a fundraising dinner at the Twisted Cork on Monday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. That follows a public forum from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. at UNBC in Rm 5-123. The branch is also celebrating UN Day on Friday, Oct. 24 with a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at City Hall.

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District 5040 Governor Ken Wilson visits

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District 5040 Governor Ken Wilson and his wife Peggy visited Nechako Rotary for its regular breakfast meeting on Oct. 1. DG Ken is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise and is in the midst of touring the clubs in the northern half of District 5040.

In front of a full house, DG Ken touched on the importance of membership, Rotary Foundation, New Generations. He was impressed that all members in Nechako Rotary are engaged in the club supporting various Prince George and Rotary initiatives.  DG Ken then met with President Leona and her board of directors after breakfast.

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Youth Rugby support

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Nechako Rotary recently provided $801 to Prince George Youth Rugby Club to buy pinnies, tackle pads and bags.

The club is for all youth, boys and girls, between the ages of 13 to 18 in Prince George which practices twice per week on the fields at Duchess Park secondary.

President Leona, past DG's Neil King and Ron Neukomm, Brenda Peacock and Andrea Johnson recently stopped by the club's practice for a photo.

 

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Vinnie

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Our new Rotary exchange student, Vinnie from Brazil, took a few minutes to update the Nechako Rotary Club on his experiences during the past week in Prince George.

Vinnie also took the opportunity to present Club President Leona Wilkinson with a small gift from his sponsor club in Brazil, including a short letter of introduction and the "Banner" from that sponsor club.

Vinnie has produced his initial "Wish List" of activities and events he would like the opportunity to participate in while here on his exchange.

Please take the opportunity to invite Vinnie to participate in some of your activities.  He is a very nice young man with a good sense of humor.

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New Ice Age

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Andy Beesley is no stranger to the Nechako Rotary or Prince George, where he has lived for the past 35 years.

Andy assumed the role of Vice President-Business for the PG Cougars following the recent change in ownership of the Cougars.

Andy has been a long time supporter of Hockey in Prince George, as well as the past Manager of the CN Centre.

The PG Cougars are making a clean sweep of their former image and operating principles under the direction of the new owners and the VP-Business.

The Cougars are Rebuilding under the theme - "The New Ice Age."

This includes the hiring of new coaches, a new team psychologist, a series of new team building processes, complete rebuild of the teams dressing room facilities, to name a few of the changes verbalized by Andy.

The team has also hired a new Director of Sales & Marketing.  Fellow Rotarian Marnie Hamagami of the Yellowhead Rotary Club assumed that Directorship recently.

The PG Cougars have also invested in a new electronic 50/50 Program, that will completely enhance the 50/50 ticket sales with instant electronic read-out for the fans during the game.

There is virtually nothing the PG Cougars will not try or do to re-establish themselves in Prince George and are very happy to remain a part of Prince George.

The Cougars expect a number of "sell-out" games, showing that the people of Prince George still love hockey and their team.

Maybe the Nechako Rotary Club can arrange to hold one of our regular weekly meetings at the CN Centre with a special tour of the PG Cougars dressing room and training facilities.

Rotarian and PDG Ron Neukomm thanked Andy for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Operation Red Nose

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Rotarian Doctor William Osei assisted with the promotional program at the Pine Centre on Saturday September 6th, 2014, helping to start this years recruitment process for much need volunteers to make our Operation Red Nose Program successful again during this Holiday Season.

Doctor Osei demonstrates the correct wearing of the "Red Nose" as part of his usual good humor in promoting our Rotary Programs in Prince George.

Thank you William, for being a good sport in promoting this years campaign.

 

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Multi Materials BC

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Allan Langdon, Director of Multi-Materials BC provided a detailed presentation to the Nechako Rotary Club regarding the latest in Recycling with BC.

Multi-Materials BC is a non profit corporation created by the many producers in BC that are compelled effective September 1st, 2014 to provide recycling opportunities within BC for all of the containers and packaging utilized in the sale of their products.

There is currently over 1000 producers in BC contributing to Multi-Materials BC.  Smaller producers can opt to pay a regular fee for their product packaging.

There is currently 1.25 million households in BC being serviced by the Multi-Materials Program.  An additional 400,000 multi Family households are also being included, with the exception of dwellings such as apartments and condominiums.

The contract for collection of these recyclable products in Prince George was awarded to Emterra Environmental.

For more information on the new recycling program, you are directed to the website:  www.recyclinginbc.ca

You can also download the recycling apps on your smart phone to quickly check on the date of pickup in your area.  The app is:  multimaterialsbc

Rotarian Harold Spensley thanked Allan for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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The Adverse Health Effects of Oil Pipelines and Tar Sands

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Doctor Marie Hay presented a very controversial opinion on "The Adverse Health Effects of Oil Pipeline and the Tar Sands" in Canada.

The effects from published information are seen as serious health risks causing such medical problems from Cancer to headaches and nausea.

Dr. Hay refers pipelines and Tar Sands development to "Dirty, Destructive Fuels".

Dr Hay cites situations in her presentation where pipelines have ruptured causing unrepairable damage, and creating huge health effects where many if not all the people have died from being in close proximity to the spill.

Dr. Hay claims that the Inuit People of the north are the most "at risk" and effected people due to their proximity to the Tar Sands.

Dr. Hay claims that Quesnel Lake is now totally polluted and will never survive since the recent spill of the mining storage effluent pond into Quesnel Lake.

As usual, Rotarians are interested in seeing and hearing both sides of the story regarding news and happenings in our world.  Each Rotarian has the opportunity to research and understand the information to their own satisfaction.

The information provided by Dr. Hay provides the opportunity for people to analyze the topic and make their own informed decisions.

Past President Brian Pearson thanked Dr. Hay with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Northern Lights Estate Winery

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Pat Bell is a former Honorary Member of the Nechako Rotary Club.  Pat Bell is a local businessman in Prince George, and served 12 years as the Prince George/Mackenzie MLA.

Since retiring from Politics, Pat has been involved in the Board of Conifex Timber Inc. where is now holding the position of Executive Vice President.

One of Pat's latest projects, which he refers to as "a vision or a delusion" with his son Doug and wife Brenda, is the creation of a winery in Prince George.

The new winery, called Northern Lights Estate Winery, will produce a variety of 10 wines made from fruit.

Some of the popular fruits will be Rhubarb, Apple, Cherry, Saskatoon, and some blends that they feel confident will become popular through sales.

The Northern Lights Estate Winery is scheduled to be open for production in 2015 with a slower start up at an on site store with production to increase to approximately 4000 cases over the next 6 years.

The winery is currently purchasing various quality fruits for production, while they pant and grow a variety of their own stock on their acreage.

The Winery site will include among other things, an amphitheater, a patio for customers to sample the products and enjoy the scenery and an ample building for wine manufacturing and sales.

A future plan also includes a "culinary kitchen" where people will be able to practice their cooking skills and pair the results with fine wines.

Rotarian Tom Keller thanked Pat for his interesting and enthusiastic presentation, with another donation to our  Rotary Polio Plus Program

Pat also donated two bottles of wine which he auctioned off to Lorainna Steven and Gina Rawson, at a very competitive value.  Maybe the Northern Lights Estate Winery prices will now go up substantially.

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Thank Y'll for your amazing support

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The Texas 4000 Bike Group attached a short "Thank You" note to the picture post card sent to the Nechako Rotary Club, thanking the Club for the support to their group as they biked through Prince George again this year from Texas to Alaska.

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Texas 4000

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For the third year in a row, the Nechako Rotary Club has assisted the "Texas 4000" group during their short stay in Prince George while they bike from Texas to Alaska and return.

The Texas 4000 people are very grateful for the donations of food and assistance during their visit.

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Leti's Nechako Rotary Family

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Many of the Nechako Rotary Club members took the opportunity this morning following Leti's presentation on her year as our Exchange Student, to have a group picture with Leti, prior to her departure next Wednesday, July 30th, back to Argentina.

Not all of the Rotarians in the Nechako Club could be there for the picture, but those that are not in the picture, are there in spirit, to wish Leti a hearty Thank You for being a great Rotary Exchange Student.

Everyone wishes a good safe trip home and an open Welcome to come back to Canada in the future.

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A Year with Leti

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Leticia Emilio is our Exchange Student from Argentina.

Just a short year ago Leti arrived at the Prince George Airport from her home in Argentina, a shy young girl.

During this past year, Leti has led a very active lifestyle, jam packed with excitement and activity both with Rotary functions and friends.

Leti has been an an active and successful student during these past months too.

Leti started her exchange attending the Tweedsmuir Trek along with fellow Exchange Students, where they enjoyed the camping, boating, fishing, swimming and really getting to know each other.  Leti caught her fist Canadian Fish during this trip, and a memorable fish at that.

Leti has had the opportunity to visit most parts of British Columbia and Vancouver Island during her exchange, as well as to visit Edmonton, Alberta.

Leti experienced the Prince George Polar Bear swim at Ness Lake, skiing at Purden and Otway and Whistler.

Ice skating and hiking, with both summer and winter treks to key locations.

Leti will be returning to her home in Argentina on Wednesday July 30th.  She has only been here a year but has touched the lives of everyone she has known in Prince George during this exchange.

Thank you for being a great Exchange Student with the Nechako Rotary Club and an excellent Ambassador to your country of Argentina.

We truly wish you well during your return to school in Argentina and that you will find the opportunity to come back to Canada and visit us again.

Rotarian Cheryl Voyt thanked Leti for her presentation on her travels and experiences during this past year, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Northern Gateway

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Former Prince George City Mayor and current consultant for Embridge, Colin Kinsley, provided the Nechako Rotary Club with an update on the status of the controversial "Northern Gateway" pipeline proposal.

The pipeline proposal is to transport crude oil from the Tar Sands to a new port being constructed in Kitimat with a 36 inch pipeline and return "condensate" back through a smaller 20 inch line.

The pipeline project is designed to be constructed with a number of "spreads" which are the working areas for each of several sections of the pipeline.  Each spread is typically a section of about 60 kilometres in length.

The constructed pipeline is laid into a trench at depths of a minimum of 3 feet, with some areas being much deeper depending on the topography.

For major river crossings, the pipeline employs a horizontal directional drilling (HDD), which will bore a hole underground, placing the pipeline well below the water in the river, so there is no impact on the water body.  This HDD method is also employed under highways or rail lines that are encountered.

Distribution of the oil from Kitimat is planned to use the latest technology including double lined tankers to haul the crude oil to markets through sections of the Douglas Channel, which is wide enough and deep enough to handle this transportation safely.

During construction of the pipeline, Northern Gateway will employ 3000 workers, and will require 560 full time employees, when the pipeline is operational.

The pipeline is estimated to provide $1.2 billion dollars in taxes annually, plus over $800 million dollars in local goods and services annually to northern and central BC.

Northern Gateway is committed to providing skills training and education to workers on the project, with a good percentage of the jobs being promised to aboriginal people.

A total of 26 Aboriginal Bands are reported to have agreements with Northern Gateway project to date.

For more information on the project you can sign on to their website:  www.gatewayfacts.ca

PDG Ron Neukomm thanked Colin Kinsley for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

 

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Honey Bees Swarm

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Gerry Bomford is a well known and distinguished Bee Keeper in the Prince George area.

Gerry was raised in a Horticulturist/Beekeeper environment as a young boy in Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island and moved to Prince George in 1991, where he purchased property in Salmon Valley, providing the opportunity to indulge and foster this lifetime interest.

Gerry is a member of the BC Honey Producers Association, and was the President of the Prince George Beekeeper's Association for 10 years.

Gerry was asked to provide comments on the recent Honey Bee Swam that occurred in the downtown core of Prince George.

To do so, Gerry provided substantial background information on the history of Beekeeping which dates back a couple thousand years.  Further, Gerry provided very interesting commentary about the life cycle of Honey Bees and the selection and growth of the "Queen Bee" and her drones.

Honey Bees are relatively placid insects, that are very busy doing what they are known for, the production of honey in their hives.  They are not normally aggressive when managed and not alarmed or disturbed.

Gerry has 50 colonies of bees within a few mile radius of Prince George, and estimates another 50 colonies in the area owned by other Beekeepers.

The situation of a "Bee Swam" is not uncommon and need not be a real concern to manage if handled by people that know what they are dealing with.  In fact, it could be a fairly lucrative situation to a Beekeeper.

The recent situation was not managed well as a result of the people involved being inexperienced and alarmed by the "Swam."  With out knowing what proper steps or actions to take, a large percentage of the Bees were destroyed, including the "Queen."  The surviving Bees ultimately left the area in search of other hives or opportunities.

Rotarian Lisa Redpath, also a Beekeeper, thanked Gerry for his very informative presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Rotarian of the Year

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The Nechako Rotary Club Annually recognize one of their members as Rotarian of the Year, with a Paul Harris Fellowship, for their exemplary Service to Rotary and their Community.

A Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest Award that can be bestowed on a Rotarian in Rotary.

The Rotarian of the Year Award in the Nechako Rotary Club is through a selection process by secret ballot of the membership.

This year's Award was presented to Dr. William Osei for his personal dedication to Rotary through participation, as well as his leadership of the Nechako Rotary Club as Director of the Rotary Foundation and the World Help Network.

Dr. Osei has shown strong leadership and representation in these roles with the collection of Books and Medical Supplies with the appropriate arrangements for shipment to Vancouver and countries selected as recipients through the Rotary World Help Program.

Dr. William Osei is also a strong example of the support to the Rotary Foundation with his regular donations to the Foundation under the concept of "Every Rotarian, Every Year."

Dr. Osei also was presented with an additional Paul Harris Pin in recognition for these regular donations.

Thank you William, for your leadership and congratulations on your "Rotarian of the Year."

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Honorary Member

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Rotarian Gary Gurnsey was also inducted into the Nechako Rotary Clubs Honorary Members, during the Annual Presidents Ball.

Gary and his wife Betty have been involved for many years with the Nechako Rotary Club.  Gary was active with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program of the Club during the years when the Club took the Prince George Students on the Bowron Lakes Canoe Trip.

Gary left the Nechako Club for a few years while working in Vanderhoof and Tumbler Ridge, where he was active in the Rotary Clubs of both Vanderhoof and Dawson Creek.

Gary rejoined the Nechako Rotary Club in 2003 and was the Club President in 2004.

Gary then functioned as Assistant Governor for the North Eastern Region of District 5040 from the years 2008 to 2011.

Gary is now restricted in his activities by his current medical conditions, making regular attendance and participation difficult.  As an Honorary Member, Gary and Betty will be able to maintain contact with the Club through ebulletins and participation during special occasions.

Thank you Gary and Betty for your service through Rotary.

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Honorary Membership

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Rotarian Neil King is both a Past President of the Nechako Rotary Club and Past District Governor.  Neil served as District Governor in District 5040 during the 1998-1999 year of Rotary.

Neil and his Wife Darlene have been dedicated to Rotary since Neil joined the Nechako Club in 1987.

Neil and Darlene now spend half of their year in the warmer climates of the United States, where they are also actively involved in Rotary during the winter months.

As an Honorary Member, Neil and Darlene can stay in touch with the Nechako Rotary Club by receiving the regular ebulletins, and can participate in Rotary activities when they are able to do so, including some of the fund raising programs, and the Fun Events.

Welcome Neil and Darlene, to the role of Honorary Member.

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Paul Harris Society

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Rotarian Allen LeFebvre has been a member of the Paul Harris Society since his year as President of the Nechako Rotary Club in 2001-2002.

 A member of the Paul  Harris Society is a Rotarian that has committed to supporting the Rotary Foundation with an Annual Contribution of $1,000.00 or more per year.

these Society Members are very instrumental in making the commitments of Rotary through the Foundation a reality.

Thank you very much for your donations Allen and demonstration of Leadership in Rotary through example.

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Paul Harris Fellow

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Former Rotarian with the Nechako Rotary Club Jos Van Hag and his wife Wilma, were recognized during the Annual Presidents Ball, for the continued support to the Nechako Rotary Club.

both Jos and Wilma have supported the Nechako Club with the use of their warehouse at Art Knapps Plantland for storage of medical equipment and supplies for shipment to third world countries for a number of years.  In addition to storage facilities, the Van Hags have donated the use of their pallet jack and forklift plus the very generous transportation of these supplies to the Rotary World Help warehouse in Vancouver each spring, and all free of charge.

this is the second Paul Harris Fellowship presented to Jos for his generosity.

The Nechako Rotary Club is endebted to the Van Hag family for their generosity and Thank them very much for their kind and generous support.

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Paul Harris Fellow

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Rotarian Karen Toombs received her second Paul Harris Fellow recognition during the Presidents Ball for the Nechako Rotary Club, as a result of Karen's regular contribution to the Rotary Foundation, "Every Rotarian, Every Month".

thank you Karen for your participation in the Rotary Foundation.  This regular contribution is what helps allow Rotary to make a difference in the communities at home and abroad.  Programs such as our Polio Plus program would not be the success they are without support for the Rotary Foundation.

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Beaver Dam Water Hole

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This can be a fairly typical water hazard as a result of the construction of a Beaver Dam across a creek adjacent to a trail on Tabor Mountain.

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Water Hazards

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Some of the more typical water hazards encountered through either beaver dams or high water flooding.

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Trail Signage

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The PGATV Club provide assistance to the Recreation Sites and Trails BC Ministry for installation of signage for both directions and safety of the user public.

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Francis Lake to Fish Lake Trail Bridge

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This bridge was constructed by the PGATV Club and volunteer equipment and labor across another un-named creek crossing, where the former rough crossing has deteriorated and was no-longer safe for ATV use.

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Caddy Bridge

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This bridge was cut into three separate pieces and moved into the site of a major water crossing below the Yamaha Shelter by the PGATV Club.  The bridge was re-assembled and decked to replace an old and decrepit structure.

The bridge is referred to by some members as Caddy Bridge as it is a spectacular bridge in a forested section of Tabor Mountain trails system.

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PG ATV Club

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George Hohnich is the President of the PG All Terrain Vehicle Club.

George and  Rotarian Ken Pendergast provided the Nechako Rotary Club an overview of some of the work being done in Tabor Mountain as part of the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society, as well as work completed on the Prince George to Wells route.

The Tabor Mountain Recreation Society, is a non profit organization that represents snowmobilers, ATV's, Bikers, Horse Riders, Hikers and Environmental enthusiasts with over 400 kms of trails on Tabor Mountain.

The PGATV is one of those groups, that use the trail network as well as dedicate many hours of volunteer time and money to help upgrade and maintain the trail system.

During the last few years, much time and money has been dedicated to improving the trails that have deteriorated through natural erosion, regrowth of plants and trees, and encroachment of beaver dams on the trails.

This work has included the use of heavy equipment, construction of two bridges, installation of many culverts and the regrading and contouring of slopes and washouts.

Substantial manpower has been spent on the cutting of windfalls and alder growth that traditionally occur on these trails throughout the seasons as part of the natural rehabilitation of the forest.

The PGATV Club also assist the Provincial Recreational Sites and Trails BC Ministry with installation of directional signage for the public, as well as general information to ATV users on the safety and environmental usage of the trails network.

PGATV Club provide regular ATV training and safety courses to people of all ages, to help make their experience more rewarding while operating machines in a safe manner.

The Province of BC has introduced legislation with Bill 13, which is expected to be enacted this fall, requiring all ATV's in BC to be both registered and licensed.  This legislation requires that all ATV's also be insured with Public Liability Insurance for operation on any Forest Roads or crossing of Public Roads.

George was thanked for his presentation by Rotarian Ken Pendergast, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Pacific NorthWest LNG

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Derek Baker is the Community Relations Advisor for Pacific NorthWest LNG, a BC Based subsidiary of PETRONAS, which is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Port Edward, BC.

The proposed LNG plant at Port Edward, just outside of Prince Rupert, BC, would actually consist of two LNP plants.  The plants and the two associated storage facilities would be located on Lelu Island, just off shore of Port Edward.  The development would also require construction of a bridge to connect the mainland with Lelu Island.

Pacific NorthWest LNG are already in the business of exporting and have a skilled workforce with expertise in the business.

BC and the North West have have world class natural gas reserves, projected to last for between 100 and 150 years, at current consumption.

The Port Edward operation is tied closely with the current proposed Trans Canada Pipeline, which would be over 900 kms in length when completed.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is 600 times more condensed than when it is in the gaseous stage, making LNG the more logical and preferred method for shipment.  The Natural Gas is converted to the liquefied stage at minus 162 degrees.

Pacific NorthWest LNG plan to be in commercial operations in 2019.  Construction of the facilities and bridge will take 4 years, with an estimated $11 Billion dollars investment.

During the construction period, it is estimated to employ up to 4500 workers.

The completed project will provide a further 330 local jobs in operations, plus an additional 300 spin-off jobs.

The process is estimated to provide $1.3 Billion dollars in tax revenue.

Derek was thanked by Rotarian Bill Bateman for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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The Hudson's Bay Wetland Project

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Anne Hogan is the current Secretary of the Prince George Naturalists Club.  Both Anne and Shanelle Marshall, President of the PG Naturalists Club, attended the Nechako Rotary Club meeting to provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the Naturalist Clubs plans to enhance The Hudson's Bay Wetland.

The Hudson's Bay Wetland is often referred to by locals as the Hudson's Bay Slough.  This wetland divides South Fort George area from the Fort George Park area.

Currently, a walking and biking trail exists from the Nechako Bridge, through Cottonwood Island, along the Fraser River and under the Yellowhead Highway Bridge, through Fort George Park, and continues across and along the Hudson's Bay Slough to Carrie Jane Gray Park and the Carney Street Hill.

The PG Naturalists Club have prepared a comprehensive plan that will allow people to walk, jog or run from Fort George Park on a nature tour around the full expanse of the Wetland area, with the addition of improved trail development and a bridge, connecting the existing trail on the southern portion of the Slough with a trail around the northern section.

The goal of the Hudson's Bay Wetland Project is to enhance the wetland as a natural setting for birds, fish, animals and plant life while creating an interpretive walk covering both sides of the channel draining to the Fraser River and circling the lake west of Queensway.

The PG Naturalists Club is partnering with The Exploration Place and the City of Prince George as primary partners for the Project. Additional organizations are providing support including REAPS; Caledonia Ramblers; BC Nature; Fraser Basin Council; Fisheries and Oceans; Ducks Unlimited; Northwest Invasive Plant Council; PG Community Forest Advisory Committee and the Overhang Education Centre.

Costs are projected to be in excess of $200 thousand dollars.  These funds will need to be acquired through donations and fund raising programs.

Additional information can be found through the PG Naturalists Club, or phoning 250-963-9520, or websites:  hbwetland.wordpress.com or pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca

Anne was thanked by Rotarian Dean Simpson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Rotary Youth Exchange

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Our current Inbound Exchange Student Leticia Ermilio from Argentina provided the Nechako Club with an update of all her activities during the past two weeks including attending the Outbound Orientation session in Vancouver during the May long weekend, followed by the District 5040 Conference in Squamish on May 23rd weekend.

The Conference hosted over 120 Rotary Youth from across the Province, and Leti assured everyone they had a great time.

Thank you Leti for being a good Ambassador for your country and a great exchange student for the Nechako Rotary Club.

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Gary Gurnsey

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Rotarian Gary Gurnsey and wife Betty were present this morning during the regular Nechako Rotary Club Meeting.

Gary, a long time Rotarian with the Nechako Rotary Club has functioned in most capacities during the past years, including President and Assistant Governor.

Gary has been absent from club participation during the past number of months due to illness.

It was a pleasure to have both Gary and Betty come out to a meeting, and they were greeted by fellow Rotarians by a welcome round of applause.

We will enjoy Gary and Betty's presence during the President's Ball on June 21st.

 

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Operation Red Nose

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Operation Red Nose Chair Neil Godbout gave the Nechako Rotary Club a very candid update on the Club's current status with the ORN Program in Prince George.

The Nechako Rotary Club has been sponsoring Operation Red Nose in Prince George since 2001.

The Program has become a resounding success in Prince George, as one of the top Community Supporters.

The Program provides large dividends to the Community in support of youth and youth sports events, including the entire funding for our Nechako Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  All our New Generations Programs are funded through our ORN funding.

The Nechako Rotary Club ORN Program consistently provides in excess of 1 thousand safe rides home during the Christmas Festive Season.

The ORN Program requires a considerable amount of time and effort throughout the entire year by a handful of dedicated Rotarians to make the program ready for delivery each and every year.

The ORN Program requires a large number of dedicated Rotarians, plus volunteers from the community to make the program successful for 9 nights each year, generally starting at 7:00 PM with set-up and training, through to driving and clean-up after 3:00 AM.

During the past couple years the support and participation from the regular Rotarians in the Nechako Club has been waning, leaving a significant shortfall to be carried by the remaining club members.

Chairman Neil provided the Club membership with a couple options to consider:

1)  Does the Nechako Rotary Club want to continue to support the Prince George Operation Red Nose Program as sponsor?

2) Does the Nechako Rotary Club want to consider an independent Safe Ride Home Program, removed from the current Operation Red Nose Program and administration under the current Charter of the National Office in Quebec?

A Unanimous vote was provided by the Nechako Rotary Club to continue to sponsor Operation Red Nose in Prince George during the current 2014 Program.

The Nechako Rotary Club also voted in favor of a small committee to review the options and dialoque necessary for the Club to consider operating an independent Safe Ride Home Program, outside of the scope of the current program in future years.

Thank you Chairman Neil and Rotarians for this continued support for Operation Red Nose in Prince George.

 

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JR Canadian Mapping Ltd.

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John Rankin, President of JR Canadian Mapping Ltd  referred to as CANMAP in Prince George, was the guest speaker for the Nechako Rotary Club this morning.

CANMAP was established in Prince George in 2001 and became incorporated in 2009.

CANMAP is a combination of UAV and Photogrammetry.

So, what is UAV you ask?  Good question.  Most people would think that most of the aerial photography was still being conducted by high flying aircraft and space shuttles.  Well, guess again.

UAV stands for "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle."  In fact there are many earlier varieties of UAV and the one currently used by CANMAP is a small unmanned plane with a wing span only 2.1 metres wide and a weight of approximately 5 Kg.  This unmanned plane looks much like a large bird when in flight, with a maximum ceiling flight of about 400 feet above ground.  The UAV is equipped with a digital camera and video camera.

The digital camera can take 10 aerial pictures per second, and cover an area of approximately 1000 hectares, in a systematic flight plan, which provides very accurate aerial reconnaissance information, with flights of up to 90 minutes with the current battery capacity of the plane.

This information is all contained and managed through computer technology to provide valuable information in a few minutes of flight that used to take weeks of hard physical work and ground truthing by experienced professional field staff.

Wow, isn't technology great.  So, when you think someone might be looking over your shoulder when you are out in the bush, the technology is there, so maybe you are on candid camera.

John was thanked for his very informative presentation by Rotarian Rachelle Delorey and President Brian Pearson.

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Leti

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Nechako Rotary Club's Exchange Student from Argentina, Leticia Ermilio, provided an weekly update of her Exchange activities during the past week.

Leti is off to Vancouver to attend the gathering of Exchange Students for a few days prior to also attending the District 5040 Rotary Convention in Squamish commencing on May 23rd.

Leti also took the opportunity to be the " Club Fine Master" this morning.  She is completely Ruthless when it comes to levying fines to fellow Rotarians.  With certainty, each Rotarian in the room was graciously fined for not knowing some important facts, including such things as Argentina's Football Stars.

Notice also "No Braces."

Good Job Leti.

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Prince George Council of Seniors

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Lola Dawn Fennell, Manager of the Prince George Council of Seniors, and President Ernie Myers of the Council of Seniors, provided a detailed presentation of the multitude of "Services" provided by the Council, through the newly established "Senior Resource Centre".

The Prince George Council of Seniors represents 24 different Seniors organizations and Service organizations in Prince George.  Collectively, these 24 organizations represent approximately 4,000 seniors in Prince George.

The Nechako Rotary Club is one of those Service Organizations, with Rotarian Lloyd Clay as our representative on the Council's Board of Directors.

The Council of Seniors have 8 separate Committees of dedicated people, all volunteers, that work together to provide the huge list of services to seniors in Prince George. Programs include "Meals on Wheels; a Dental Program; a Radio Program; a Better at Home Program; a Seniors Housing Program; Seniors Access Program; to mention a few."

The Council also provides assistance to seniors through things such as basic computer training, assistance with completion of Income Tax Returns, various forms of representation with Civic, Municipal and Provincial Government issues.

As Lloyd Clay stated, " he is constantly amazed and impressed by the quantity and quality of representation provided by the Prince George Council of Seniors in Prince George."

Both Lola Dawn and Ernie were thanked for their presentation by Rotarian Lloyd Clay and President Brian Pearson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Rotary Recognition

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Lola Dawn Fennell, Manager of the Prince George Council of Seniors, and Ernie Myers, President of the Prince George Council of Seniors provided a Recognition Certificate to the Nechako Rotary Club for all of the support received by Rotary during the past years, through the Annual Christmas Hamper Program, the Council of Seniors fall Garage Sale and the sponsoring of the hundreds of cloth bags purchased to deliver the Christmas Hampers to needy Senior Citizens receiving the Hampers.

The Recognition Certificate was presented to President Brian Pearson on behalf of the Nechako Rotary Club.

Thank you Rotarians, for being there to support the Prince George Council of Seniors.

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Leti without Braces

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Leti and Dr. Keith Corbett after the removal of her braces.  The "After removal of Braces".

What a happy occasion I'm sure.

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Leti with Braces

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Our Exchange Student Leticia Ermilio has been wearing braces on her teeth during the entire year she has been with us in Prince George.

Orthodontist Keith Corbett, fellow Rotarian from Quesnel quickly offered to assist Leti with adjustments, as required, to her braces, during her exchange here in Prince George.

Keith Corbett practices Orthodontic Dentistry here in Prince George on a weekly basis and is often doing make-ups at the Nechako Rotary.

Today, Leti is scheduled to have her braces removed by Dr. Keith Corbett, and takes the opportunity for a "Before removal picture".

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Prince George Symphony

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Marnie Hamagami is the General Manager of the Prince George Symphony for the past 15 months, having moved from Vancouver Island with her husband and baby.  Marnie is orignally from Cranbrook, BC and holds degrees in German Literature and International Business.

Marnie is also a Rotarian with the Prince George - Yellowhead Club and an active particpant in the community.

This morning we heard about some of the amazing outreach projects that are being done by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.  Of particular interest and pride of the symphony is a program that was inspired by El Sistema from Venezuela which has proven successful in creating social transformation through teaching music to groups of children.

A Sistema program was launched in Prince George, in September 2013, at Quinson Elementary School.   The program was opened up to vulnerable students.  These students would not have had the opportunity to participate in music lessons.  They were each provided with a violin, something nutritious to eat, and instruction in playing the instruments.  The instructors are senior students from the Prince George Conservatory of Music and volunteer their time to teach the youth.

In addition to many benefits in improving the children’s learning, the parents and families have also become a stronger community.  The Prince George Symphony is proud of bringing this valuable program to Prince George.

Marnie was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Harold Spensley, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Prgram.

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Lucus finds a friend

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Anita Pendergast was pleased to spend some time with Youth Exchange Student Lucus, including give Lucus a few pointers on how to dissect and eat a lobster.
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Seafood Please!

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Lobster, Crab, Fish.  Just bring it on!
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Lobster Night

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Rotary Gail MacLaren tucked into her lobster dinner with enthusiasm too.  Spouse Wayne was there but apparently not included in the photo opportunity, possibly as he was to engrossed in his dinner.
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Where's Waldo

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Oops, sorry, wrong story.  Charter Member Lloyd Clay and wife Adene were also enjoying their lobster dinner, along with a few questionably humorous stories.
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Lobster Night

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Loraina Stevens and spouse enjoyed their dinner too, even though they were the last table to be called.
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Lobster Night

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Prince George Club Youth Exchange Student Lucus enjoyed the evening although it is questionable about his pallet for Lobster.  This was Lucus's first experience with Lobster and all bets are off as to when he might try the delicacy again.
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Lobster Night

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Rotarian Andrea Johnson and our Youth Exchange Student Leti enjoy the limelight.
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Lobster Night

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President Elect Leona Wilkinson and spouse Gary enjoyed the Lobster night, following the District Assembly held during the day, April 12, 2014.
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Rotary Club of Prince George Charter Night

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The Prince George Rotary Club celebrated their anniversary with the traditional Lobster and Steak Dinner at the Prince George Kinsmen Centre.

The dinner was attended by 102 members, friends and family from the 3 Prince George Rotary Clubs.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, except for the Lobster.

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Prince George City Manager

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Beth James, Chief Executive Officer for the City of Prince George provided a brief but comprehensive update on some of the changes and direction being taken in Prince George since she was hired almost one year ago.

Beth is a recruit from Vancouver and has held many executive positions both in Government and the Private Sector prior to moving to Prince George.  Beth reports she loves Prince George and our weather.

The City has been actively engaged in a series of planning and public involvement reviews during the past year, with Beth's direction.  Beth also expressed concern that they have not received sufficient input from the youth in Prince George, and will be going back to some areas to get further input before the plans are finalized.

The City is also moving forward with the direction of the Core Review, which Beth explains is not a one shot deal, but an on going process.

Rotarian Gina Rawson thanked Beth for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Grey Matters

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Past District Governor Ron Neukomm and Art Erasmus are joined by Past President and Charter Member Lloyd Clay at the Nechako Rotary Club Meeting, to demonstrate some of the "Wisdom in Rotary" supporting our Clubs by the more senior members of Rotary that help provide the strength and wisdom to our Clubs.

So, just because there is a little snow on the roof, doesn't mean the fire is out, as some wise person was apparently quoted to have said.

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The Rotary Foundation

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Past District Governor (2001-2002) Art Erasmus is the current Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee in District 5040.

Art joined Rotary in Prince George in 1984, and became the President of the Prince George Club in 1991-92.  After moving to Terrace, Art became the President of the Terrace Rotary Club in 1998-99.

Art and his wife Leslie are sustaining Rotary Foundation Members, Paul Harris Fellows and Rotary Foundation Benefactors, Foundation Bequest Society members and Major Donors.  These credentials are a very strong indication that both Art and Leslie are firm believers in The Rotary Foundation.

Art was a Rotarian for 6 years before he became acquainted with the Foundation.  When he discovered the Foundation and what kind of achievements were the result of the Foundation, he and Leslie became involved, to help make a difference in promoting those goals. 

Some of Art and Leslie's work has involved work in Ethiopia, providing water wells, education and sanitation and health to a village in Ethiopia, as well as involvement in the National Immunization of Children under 5 years of age against Polio.  The Theme supports "Engage Rotary and Change Lives."

Art's Foundation Presentation explains that many people are not currently supporting the Foundation because they either never heard about the Foundation or frankly, do not know of the details of what the Foundation is and does within Rotary.

The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation supported solely by volunteer contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation.

The Foundation's goal is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

More information on the Foundation is available on the website: trfcanada.org

Art indicated some people with little knowledge of the Foundation, have made contributions to the Foundation because if Art Erasmus believes in the Foundation, it must be good.  Well, from Art and Leslie's track record, that is a strong indicator, but the real truth requires each and every Rotarian to check it out and make their individual donations, that they feel they can afford, based on their own research and recognition of the wonderful things that Rotary achieves every year through membership support.

The Foundation is one of the best not-for-profit Corporations with the lowest administration fees in the world. 

Rotary is asking each and every Rotarian to become a donor, every year. Each small donation helps make the power of the Foundation much bigger and capable of carrying out the goals identified.

If you are not a donor, Why Not?  Check it out. 

PDG Ron Neukomm thanked Art for his presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Hand Made Comforters for kids

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Examples of some of the beautiful hand crafted comforters made by volunteers to be included in the "Bags of Love" for children.
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Bags of Love

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These are examples of the "Bags of Love" prepared by volunteers to go to some young boy or girl in need, containing some items of love and comfort for the displaced child. 
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Bags of Love

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Bags of Love, may cause a person to wonder about the nature of the presentation. 

However, Irena Lipovsky from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Prince George, clears up that impression quickly, when she talks passionately about a program she and a number of her fellow members got involved in about 2008.

Irena and her people learned about a number of "Foster Children" that were being taken from their homes through the local child protection services program, and relocated in a new and strange environment to live as "Foster Children."

This experience is extremely upsetting to young people, some in their very early lives, ranging from a child of 18 months up to their teens.

Often these young people are removed during the night, with nothing but the cloths on their backs.  They are frightened and very alone.  Their parents may have just been arrested and taken away, or worse.

A child orphaned by their parents, under these extreme conditions, often loose everything, toys, clothing, personal items, and even family pictures.  These young people are in need, as they have become victims, through no fault of their own.

The "Bags of Love" is a program designed to help erase the transition for children when they have been removed from their home.

The contents of each bag are very basic, but very special.  They include: a kid sized handmade comforter, a soft cuddly toy, some personal care items such as a comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste and such.  A couple of toys are also included for the appropriate age and gender of the child.

The "Bags of Love" are delivered to the local agencies charged with the removal of these children from their homes, to be given to each child when they are moved due to abuse or neglect.

To date, the Program has delivered over 600 "Bags of Love" in Prince George and surrounding communities, including Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Mackenzie.

The program is not funded other than through various fund raising efforts, donations and volunteers.

Volunteers are always required to assist with sewing comforters and duffle bags, or donation of money to purchase needed items.  All gifts are tax deductible and go directly to help children in the local communities.

Irena can be contacted at 250-564-8967

Rotarian Karen Toombs thanked Irena for her presentation to the Nechako Rotary Club with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program. 

Karen Toombs is also involved with the "Bags of Love" program through the Pathfinders in Prince George, and will gladly receive donations and provide additional information as required.

Thank you Karen and Irena for a very caring and giving program in our community.

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Prince George Soccer Association

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Len McNamara, Executive Director of the Prince George Youth Soccer Association, and Zoe, his assistant, provided an update on the Soccer Association and some of the activities that take place on the Rotary Soccer Fields in PG.

Len advised that there is about 1600 games of soccer scheduled for the Rotary Soccer Fields each season. 

For youth Soccer, this involves children as young as 3 years old, up to the age of 18 years.

Soccer is a very popular youth sport and requires approximately $40 thousand dollars in referee expenses, in addition to the cost of equipment and maintenance.

However, on what is referred to as "Super Saturdays" there will be as many as 6,000 people on the Rotary Soccer Field grounds.  Anyone frequenting the area during these days has seen the crowds of people and vehicles around the area.

Len and Zoe handed out pamphlets outlining one of the PG Youth Soccer Association fund raising efforts called "Score-A-Thon" with CLUB11.

Score-A-Thon will collect pledges by players and coaches up to the Active Start Soccer Festival on June 21, 2014.

Score-A-Thon raised over $13,000 in its inaugural year, as is expected to raise $100,000 in funding this year.

Businesses are encouraged to make pledges and Naming Rights are available for Score-A-Thon and other CLUB 11 Events.

PDG Ron Neukomm thanked Len and Zoe for their presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Infinite Employment Solutions - AIMHI

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Kathleen Moir is the Manager of Infinite Employment Solutions with AIMHI in Prince George.

Kathy provided the Nechako Rotary Club with a detailed presentation on many of the factors involving the hiring of people with disabilities within the community.  Disabilities can be identified in a number of ways from both physical and mental. 

AIMHI has a remarkable track record of working with disabled people in our community, assisting these people with preparing themselves for employment, as well as working with business in the community to help provide employment opportunities.

Many people with disabilities can or only want to work part time hours within a week, providing an opportunity for some companies to select or provide specific jobs for people with disabilities.

Many companies have found significant return on investment for hiring people with disabilities.  These disabled people have displaced honest and reliable service skills in return for the opportunity for a job.

AIMHI also provides community services such as gardening, lawn care, snow removal, etc. with the aide of disabled workers, with reasonable competitive rates.  AIMHI provide supervision for these people while they are carrying out the work they have been hired to do. 

Rotarian Neil Godbout thanked Kathy for her presentation, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Responsible Gambling Awareness

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Nicole Lewis and Walt Kaln of the BC Lottery Corporation provided some incite and details regarding the "Responsible Gambling Awareness" programs offered in BC to people that participate in the variety of gambling activities throughout the Province.

Gambling can become an addiction to people much the same as smoking or the use of drugs and alcohol.

The Province of BC currently has 17 gambling establishments spread throughout BC.

Each of these Casino's has people trained in the identification and assistance of people that might be subject to problems associated with gambling.  A similar program has now been adopted by other provinces including Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Problem Gamblers statistically effect some 4.6% of BC Adults.  A further 8.7 % of the adults in BC are considered at risk Gamblers.

Because Gambling is a personal choice, similar to smoking and other addictions, people must ask for and seek assistance to help them with their problems associated with this problem.  They cannot be forced to submit to assistance. 

The membership of the Nechako Rotary Club made a couple of very strong recommendations to both Nicole and Walt regarding the size and quantities of future prizes controlled by the BC Lottery Corporation. 

Rotarian Dolly Hilton thanked both Walt and Nicole for their presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Canadian Cancer Society

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Pam Tobin spoke to the Nechako Rotary Cub on the current initiatives taking place in Prince George with the new Cancer Clinic and Kordyban Cancer Lodge during the regular breakfast meeting program.

Pam was thanked for her presentation by Rotarians Lorainna Steven and President Brian Pearson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Prince George Chamber of Commerce

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Chrissy Blok, Membership & Events Manager for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce provided the Nechako Rotary Club with a brief update on the role of the Chamber in Prince George.

Chrissy is new to her position at the Chamber and has been working hard to become familiar with the many activities of the Chamber during her short tenure.

Chambers of Commerce function as the Voice of Business in the Community.  This role provides a strong network for business across the province and interaction with government.

The Chamber is seen as the Connection and Engagement Tool for Business.

One of the current initiatives is arranging to assist business with a trip to China to promote the business opportunities in Prince George and possible market connections.

The Chamber brings the business community together in Prince George on a regular basis through their business meetings and luncheons.

Chrissy was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian David McDougall, whom is also a member of the CofC in Prince George.

Chrissy was recognized for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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New Skis

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Letti with her new ski acquisition from Cycle Logic in Prince George.
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Letti on Skis

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Wheee, who said there were no hills on Pine Flats at Otway?

Letti is doing just fine on her new skis while navigating some of the groomed ski trails on Pine Flats at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club at Otway.

Wait until I show them back home.

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Letti at Otway

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Letti and Rotarian Andrea Johnson try out the snow conditions at Otway.  Letti is enjoying her inaugural experiment with Nordic Skiing on her new skis provided through a donated Ski Package from Cycle Logic in Prince George.
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Youth Exchange

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Letti took a couple minutes to update her host Nechako Rotary Club members on her adventures as our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Argentina.  Leti spent a few days in Whistler with her colleagues and described the experience as "Wonderful".  Leti also had the opportunity to try out her new cross country skis at Otway with Rotarian Andrea Johnson.  Letti indicated this was also great and that she liked skiing.

Thank you Letti for your weekly updates,

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Prince George Street Soccer

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Lauren Galbraith and Stefan Widmer are the Co-Directors of the Prince George Street Soccer program.

Both Lauren and Stefan are 2nd year UBC Medical Students studying at the UNBC Northern Medical Program.

Seeing the disparity between certain populations in Prince George and the health care system through their studies at the Northern Medical Program, they decided to start a soccer initiative in an attempt to improve health outcomes for people that fall within the classification of homeless, drug afflicted or mentally ill.

During their youth, both Lauren and Stefan have been heavily involved in athletics, and have been fortunate to experience the benefits and positive outcomes that come from sports participation.

For these reasons, they decided to start a Street Soccer Program here in Prince George.

Street Soccer is a Registered Charity Program commenced in 2006 with 13 teams in 8 cities with BC.  The founder of the program is Doctor Alan Bates, starting the Vancouver Street Soccer League.

In Prince George, a survey of a number of street people revealed that 30% of these people are absolutely homeless, while an additional 51% have drug additions.  These people are referred to as "Marginalized Populations".

Current participation in the Street Soccer Program is restricted to young adults, 18+ years of age.  This program is in its first year of operation in Prince George, with the goal of retaining a strong connection to the Northern Medical Program at UNBC.

The Street Soccer events are held weekly at the Ron Brent Elementary School, between 8 and 9 PM.  The local teams are competing with other sport teams in Prince George, such as the RCMP, Northern Health or any other organized group that wants to be involved.

The Prince George Street Soccer Program is planning to participate in the National Tournament held in Vancouver in May 2014, where they will have the opportunity to compete with other teams from some of the other cities.  

The Prince George Street Soccer Program requires help with securing: Funding; Equipment; Volunteers and expenses, such as rental and insurance costs for their venue.

For additional information, contact:  princegeorgestreetsoccer@gmail.com  or Facebook: pgstreetsoccer  or Twitter: pgstreetsoccer

Rotarian Bill Bateman thanked both Lauren and Stefan with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Assistant Governor

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AG Lorne Calder, member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Prince George (Downtown Club) brings considerable knowledge and experience to Rotary in Prince George. 

Lorne Welcomed the new Rotaract Club at UNBC in his capacity of Assistant Governor for District 5040, with some background comments about Rotary and the role of the younger generation in helping to sustain the goals of Rotary.

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Rotaract President

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Sylva Falk thanked all the Rotarians and guests that turned out today for the Inauguration of the New Rotaract Club at UNBC.

Sylva identified with the new Charter Members and their Mission and Goals to grow and sustain this new Club in Prince George.

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New Generations

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New Generations Director Gina Rawson did an exemplary job of opening the comments for the new Rotaract Club Inaugurated at UNBC today, January 29th, 2014.
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Building Rotary's Future

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Prince George Rotary Clubs assisted in the Inauguration of the latest Rotaract Club at UNBC today, by welcoming the new Club President Sylva Falk and her fellow Rotaractors as founding members of the new club.

Both Interact in the High Schools, and Rotaract for the younger adult population are the future cornerstone of Rotary in the future.  These young people often have been exposed to Rotary initially through our Youth Exchange Programs, Adventure Programs or RYLA, (Rotary Youth Leadership) and were effectively impressed with these experiences.

Many of these young people received huge personal growth during their involvement in these programs, helping to shape their future in such a way that they want to get more involved in Rotary.

This is truly "Growing our own Rotarians today and into the future."

Both New Generations Director Gina Rawson and Assistant Governor Lorne Calder spoke to the new Rotaractors about Rotary and the opportunities these young adults have to offer and share in their roles as new Rotarians.

One of the realities of both Interact and Rotaract is that these young people are just commencing their education and or career paths respectively, and therefore will often be moving on to other locations in a few short years.  This necessitates bring newer members into these clubs on a constant basis as their club turn over is typically about 25%.

This new Rotaract Club is starting on a good foundation with promises from Rotary in Prince George to provide support and council as and when required, as well as a standing invitation to participate in other Prince George Rotary activities and functions.

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CNC International Education

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Now why didn't they have Education Programs like this when I was in School or College?

CNC International Educational Planner, Jennifer Wheeler and Dave Leman, Trip Leader took the Nechako Rotary Club on a preview of a 15 Day Eco-Safari to Tanzania, as guest speakers to the morning meeting of the Nechako Rotary Club.

The actual Eco-Safari is scheduled to commence on August 10th, 2014 through to August 24th, 2014.

David showed many interesting and enticing slides of some of the planned highlights of the tour to wet peoples appetite for what is assured to be a wonderful trip.

David has been touring through southern Africa since the early 1980's and has become a bit of an expert on the background and details to see in Tanzania.  The trip is guaranteed to be a photographers dream come true.

The trip will include visits to the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge to name a few, with all inclusive features of the trip including good camping style accommodations, flush toilets, showers, good food and transportation, along with a huge quantity of scenery, wildlife and bird species to match those or better on any continent.

Additional information can be had through their website:  www.cnc.bc.ca/study-abroad

or their information sessions at CNC on either; Wednesday, February 5th, room 1-117 at 7:00 to 8:30 pm, or Monday March 3rd, room 1-117 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Both Jennifer and Dave were thanked by Rotarian Andrea Johnson and President Brian Pearson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.  

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Rotaract

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The Prince George Rotaract Club operating at UNBC is up and running again after a couple years of sabbatical, and is once again functioning well with some new members to take the helm.

The current President of the Rotaract Club, Slyva Falk, attended the Nechako Rotary Club Meeting this morning and took a minute to update the Rotarians on the new Club's progress.

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Winston's

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The Nechako Rotary Club weekly meeting today was hosted through the Inn of the North's Winston's meeting room.

The Nechako Club is looking and testing newer facilities in Prince George, for potential locations that might become the regular "Home" of the Nechako Rotary Club. 

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Caledonia Nordic Ski Club

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Fellow Rotarian Terri Dickson, currently a member of the Burns Lake Rotary Club, is working as the Membership Recruitment Coordinator for the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (Otway) in Prince George.

Terri and her family have recently moved to Prince George and are extremely busy with job functions in Prince George and surround communities.

Terri provided an interesting update and plee for volunteer assistance to the Nechako Rotary Club for the various improvements at Otway in preparation for the 2015 Winter Games, as well as the many "Test Events" that are being hosted at Otway, also in preparation of the 2015 Games.

The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club has approximately 50 kilometres of cross country trails to beckon the approximately 2000 skiing members of the Club for 2014.  New developments include the "Biathlon Range", "two new Technical Buildings", a series of improvements to some of the trails and the Stadium area.  These new developments were required to accommodate the Club's expansion, but were also required specifically to host the Nordic Skiing Events in the 2015 Winter Games.

In addition to the Nordic Skiing, Otway is used extensively for "Snowshoeing" and in summer is a regular attraction for "Mountain Biking", "Hiking" and "running".  Competitive events are held for Biking and Running during the summer months as well.

Caledonia Nordic Ski Club requires many volunteers to assist with many of the functions associated with hosting these competitive events during the next couple months, and anyone interested in getting involved should contact the organizers and/or the office at Otway.

Terri was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Dolly Hilton with anoother donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program. 

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Paul Harris Fellow

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Rotarian William Osei is the recipient of another Paul Harris Pin which he has received from his regular donation to the Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians are asked to donate under the "Every Rotarian - Every Year" program. 

Through these regular donations, Rotarians have the opportunity to assist Rotary do the many wonderful things accomplished through the Foundation.

In Exchange, contributing Rotarians like William are recognized for their donations with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.  Every $1000.00 donated represents another Paul Harris recognition.

Congratulations William on your achievement and support of the Rotary Foundation.

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The Awe of Santa Claus

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Rotarian Dolly Hilton's grandson is no exception when it comes to visiting Santa Claus.
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Becca meets Santa

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Becca Shuetz also had the opportunity to sit on Santa's knee and put her wishes in for a great Youth Exchange trip in the coming year.

Becca specifically attended Rotary this morning to get a better sense of Rotary to help her prepare to be a better Ambassador during her exchange year.  Thank you Bessa.

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Out Bound Exchange Student

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The Nechako Rotary Clubs Out Bound Student selection is complete and the winner is Becca Schuetz.  Becca and her parents, Cheryl and Robert Schuetz attended the regular Club Breakfast to become more familiar with Rotary.

Becca doesn't know yet where she is going on her exchange but is very excited and enthusiastic about anyone of her choice's.

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Letti & Santa

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Letti took a moment to sit on Santa's knee and put in all her "Wish List" for the remainder of her exchange here in Canada.
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Letti

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Nechako Rotary Club current inbound student "Letti" made some special gifts for all the attendees of the Rotary Breakfast this morning.

Thank you Letti for being a great Exchange Student and Ambassador to your country, Argentina.

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Past President Gordon Bliss

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Former member of the Nechako Rotary Club, and Past President, Gordon Bliss joined the Club for Christmas Breakfast and proud to show his "Ugly Sweater" for the occasion.
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President Elect Christmas Wishes

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President Elect Leona Anderson is giving "Santa" her "Wish List"  for a very prosperous year for the Nechako Rotary Club as she prepares to head to PETS training in Seattle in February, 2014.
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Rotary Breakfast

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The Nechako Rotary Club is known for its hard working members and their creativity when trying to ensure their membership are exposed to a variety of experiences and opportunities.

The attached photo is an example of that creativity in offering yet another exciting and memorable experience. 

Candle light "Breakfast" in a tropical setting to help lighten the winter "Blah" which is known to set into Prince George during some of the darker chilly days of winter.

What more can you ask that this.  Each Rotarian should bare this point in mind while casting their minds to Friends and business associates, that might be invited out to consider joining in the "Wonderful World of Rotary."

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International Arctic Social Sciences Association

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Two distinguished UNBC professors, Gail Fondahl, PhD, and Gary Wilson, PhD, spoke to the Nechako Rotary Club this morning about the "International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA).

Both Gail and Gary are affiliated with the IASSA from a practical and an academic background.

The IASSA has been in existence since 1992, with over 600 members, representing 30 countries.  Although most of the members come from an Academic background, some are more practitioners and anyone is welcome to get involved in the organization.  a person may find additional information on IASSA through the website at:

http://www.iassa.org

The IASSA holds an International Congress every 3 years in a different country.  The event has been held in Canada before, but never in Prince George.

On May 20th to 24th, 2014, The IASSA International Congress will be hosted in Prince George at UNBC.

It is expected that most of the membership of the IASSA will attend, plus other registrants, with 4 to 5 hundred people converging on Prince George for the 4 day Congress.

Although the event is being hosted at UNBC, there will be ample opportunity for the public to be involved and interact with the registrants in the Congress.

Additional information will be made available to Rotary as it becomes available.

Both Gail and Gary were thanked by Rotarian Dean Simpson, with another donation to our Polio Plus Program.

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AWAC

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Diane Nakamura, former Rotarian of the Nechako Rotary Club, provided an interesting program on The Association Advocating for Women and Children in Prince George to the Club this morning.  Diane dubbed the presentation as an great opportunity to come back and interact with her friends in Rotary.

Diane was one of the people that originated this AWAC program in Prince George back in 1994 and is now the Director of AWAC in Prince George.

AWAC is a very active and strong support group for women and children in Prince George that are experiencing problems and require both shelter and support counseling to assist them with dealing with the problems.

The program is considered a success story in the community with many of these troubled people having the ability to resolve their issues and becoming capable of finding their own means to provide shelter and become active people in the community again.

AWAC is one of many programs made available within the community to help reach out to people in need.

Diane was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Lisa Redpath, with another donation to our Polio Plus Program.

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Radon Gas

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Amanada Chmelyk is a 4th year nursing student at UNBC, here in Prince George, working for the Canadian Cancer Society as a Community Nursing Practicum.

Amanda's role in the Society is to help raise the awareness of "Radon Gas" in our community.

Many people never hear of things like "Radon Gas".  It is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless cancer causing gas that can build up in our homes.

In fact, Radon Gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.  Further, Radon Gas increases significantly, the chances of a smoker becoming exposed to cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society and Northern Health are encouraging all people in Prince George to have their homes checked for the possible presence of higher levels of Radon Gas, and if this gas is measured in the home, to take preventative measures to reduce the levels of Radon Gas in the home.

The testing for Radon Gas is easy and inexpensive.  If gas levels are detected, the means of reducing these levels is also relatively inexpensive with qualified contractors.

You can purchase a Radon Gas detector in Prince George for $30.00 by visiting the Public Health Protection Office.

You can also go online at:  myonething.ca and get additional information on this topic.

Rotarian Loraina Stephen thanked Amanda for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

Thank you Loraina and Amanda for making Rotarians more aware of the risks associated with Radon Gas.

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Pathfinders or Leaders

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Some of our Rotarians experienced some difficulty getting their "Party Celebration" supplies to function during the Official 2013 "Kick-off" of the Operation Red Nose Program in Prince George.

Even with the aide of a butane BBQ lighter, Rotarians Karen Toombs, Rachelle Delorey and Jessica Pawluk were almost stumped trying to light their "Roman Candles".

I thought Pathfinders and their Leaders were trained to light entire fires with only one match.  Well, technology and technique are changing.

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Come Party With Us

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Members of the Nechako Rotary Club are very serious about this years "Safe Ride Home" program, and want to increase the focus a bit with the new theme "Come Part With Us."

Rotarians Rachelle Delorey and Jessica Pawluk dressed for the special "Kick Off" Celebration.  This theme and costumes might increase the client numbers substantially.  Although some of our male Rotarians may disagree with having to wear this costume.

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2013 Operation Red Nose Prince George

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It is now official, the 2013 Operation Red Nose Program in Prince George, hosted by the Nechako Rotary Club celebrated the official "Kick-off" this morning at 10;30 AM at the ICBC Claims Centre with the campaign Motto "Come Party With Us."

This is the 30th year of Operation Red Nose since it was developed in Quebec, and the 15th year of operation in Prince George, where it commenced in 1997 with UNBC.

The Nechako Rotary Club became the host commencing in 2001 when UNBC could no longer muster sufficient volunteers to raise funds for their Timber Wolves teams.

Last year, 2012 Campaign provided a total of 1084 Safe Rides with a total of 622 volunteer nights and 26,150 kilometres driven.

Volunteers are still signing up for this years program and sponsorships continue to roll in from companies and Responsible Licensed Establishments in the Prince George community, to help make this years program even bigger and better.

Come Party with Us. 

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Site C

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David Conway, Manager, Community Relations with BC Hydro, provided a good Update to Rotary Club members on the current process of the proposed Site C Hydro Dam planned for construction slightly upstream from Fort St John on the Peace River.

BC Hydro is projecting an increase in Hydro Electric Power demands of 40% over the next 20 years despite their best efforts to reduce power consumption through conservation, re-investment, retro fitting and other forms of power generation.

One example of the re-investment is spending 400 million dollars on upgrading the WAC Bennett Dam.  Some very significant retro fitting is required to maintain other existing facilities in the lower mainland area.

Site C, if approved for commissioning will be a much smaller development than the current WAC Bennett and Williston Lake dam.  Site S is planned to be only 1,050 metres in length and 60 metres in height with an increase in water depth of 50 metres. 

The water reservoir planned will be 83 kilometres long with a power generation capacity of 1,100 KW.

Approximately 29 kilometres of road will require relocation between Hudson Hope and Fort St John to accommodate the reservoir site.

Public Hearings will commence in December and targeted for completion in January 2014.

If BC Hydro receives approval for Site C, construction is planned to commence in 2015.  Full removal of all merchantable timber and non merchantable timber is required, plus a safe navigation depth of 5 metres during the lowest expected draw down of water levels.

David encourages people in Prince George to come out to the public hearing, register to speak to the hearings if they have any comments or concerns. 

David was thanked for his presentation by Rotarian Garry Howse, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Lloyd Clay

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Rotarian Lloyd Clay and his wife Adene just returned from a 3 week holiday in China. 

Lloyd was asked on the spur of the moment to provide a short presentation on their experiences in China, and as normal, Lloyd kept his presentation to a short 4 minutes. 

The trip to China was fantastic, despite the fact that the schedule and the pace was action packed from early morning to late at night every day.

They experienced time on the Yangtze River, recently dammed by a huge structure providing 5 locks for the passage of ocean going ships carrying supplies and products in and out of the country.

The trip included walking tours and water taxi's where tourists had opportunity to see some structures that were 700 years old, and new structures created to accommodate the millions of people that had to be moved as a result of the flooding of the Yangtze into a huge man made lake and shipping corridor.

The trip started in Shanghai and ended with tours in and around Beijing, including the huge and magnificent Great Wall of China.

Lloyd indicated one shortfall of the trip was the fact they could never see the blue sky due to the heavy smog that occurs around China constantly.  The smog was likened to a person smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day.

That is another story.

Thank you Lloyd for your brief presentation.  No, we would never forget to take a picture of your smiling face for Club Runner.

Thank you also to Rotarian David McDougall for joining Lloyd in the "Kodak Moment."

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Rotary Hospice House

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Diane Sears, from the Rotary Hospice House in Prince George did double duty today.

Diane came to the Nechako Rotary Club to sell some tickets for the Rotary Hospice House "Dream Home" worth $100 dollars apiece.  The "Dream Home"  is located at 7693 Stillwater Crescent and is valued at approximately $450 thousand dollars.  The Draw will take place on November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Diane was also selling the Hospice House 50/50 Tickets being sold to raise funds for the Hospice "Grief Support Program."  That Draw will happen tomorrow, November 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM.  The current cash price will likely be in the $60 thousand dollar range Diane said.

Diane took a few minutes to update Club Members on the Rotary Hospice House.

The "Hospice House" is a 10 bed facility that normally experiences between 65 to 70% occupancy throughout the year.  This year though, occupancy has been running at 75 to 80% and the reasons are not known for sure but it might be partially attributed to the additional services experienced through the new Cancer Clinic and Kordyban Lodge.

Rotary Hospice House is a great facility providing excellent service to people in and around Prince George community.  Everyone at some time seems to be touched with family and friends that have needed the additional care provided for loved ones during their final days. 

Hospice has the ability to provide that extra help where people can spend the time with their family and friends 24/7.

Rotarian Dolly Hilton thanked Diane for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus program.

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Operation Red Nose

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Rotarian Neil Godbout in the 2013 Operation Red Nose Chair in Prince George.

Neil is keeping a tight rein on the program development as it unfolds, and takes a few minutes to update the membership on the events.

Neil is appealing to all Rotarians to get their applications and Criminal Record Checks completed ASAP if they have not been processed already.

Neil is also asking Rotarians to sign-up for our Special Safe Ride Home Program being conducted on November 16th from 10PM to 2PM in support of the RCMP Ball being hosted at the Prince George Civic Centre.  We will require at least 10 two person teams for the 4 hour period.  More teams would be nice as we will be able to complete more rides and share some camaraderie as well.  All proceeds will go t our General Funds for a change.  Special Insurance Coverage is being arranged to cover both client and escort vehicles during the ride.

Good job Neil.

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Halloween

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The "Annual Halloween" preparation was the program for the morning breakfast with some great decorations and carving of pumpkins, along with a little friendly competitive rivalry.

Some very interesting pumpkins were prepared in rapid time, as part of the challenge by task master President Brian Pearson and the Halloween organizers.

A Totally unbiased "Competition Judge" Judy Mason from the Prince George Downtown Club, did an excellent job of judging the entries and correctly chose the winners as the Team including our Exchange Student Leticia Ermilio.

Thank you Judy Mason and the winning Team.

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Rotary Youth Exchange

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One of the pleasures of being a Rotarian is the sharing in the "New Generations" program. 

New Generations has many responsibilities, one of them being the "care and feeding" of our inbound or visiting student that we host in Prince George.

This year our student is "Leticia Ermilio" from Argentina, currently staying with Gina Rawson.  Gina is also our New Generations Director and general "mother" of all of our youth programs, with the benefit of her committee of Rotarians, families and friends.

Each Wednesday morning Rotarians get the opportunity to meet with Leticia, or "Letty" as she is sometimes called, and to hear about what adventures Letty has experienced during her last weeks in Prince George.

Letty is a wonderful young woman and is very active and interested in everything she can be involved in during her Exchange Year.  Letty is active with other exchange students in Prince George as well as her other friends through school and related activities.

Letty is interested in traveling and all sports activities, including fishing, skiing, hiking, picnics, skating and pretty well anything Prince George and surrounding area has to offer.

The challenge is always getting people to include our student in their schedules, as well as fitting those plans into the busy schedule of and Exchange Student.

Lets all make an effort to include Letty into our schedules to make her year with us one of very fond memories and experiences. 

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District Governor Gary Shearer

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2013-14 District Governor Garry Shearer attended the regular morning breakfast meeting of the Nechako Rotary Club this morning, and provided the Club with an interesting presentation on the three priorities established from our RI President.

The three priorities are 1) Membership; 2) Foundation and 3) District Convention in May 23 to 27th, 2014 in Squamish, BC.

The Nechako Club received full marks for our cross section of ages and gender in our Club membership, and encouraged to work toward membership growth.

The Nechako Club continues to have regular donations to the Foundation and are encouraged to increase this donation by the examples of both the District Governor and our Club President Brian Pearson.  The goal is to have all Rotarians make a "pledge they can afford" to the Rotary Foundation.  "Every Rotarian, Every Year."

All Rotarians are invited and encouraged to come on down to the annual District Convention, which is being hosted this Rotary Year in Squamish, BC.  They have an action packed program with great speakers and entertainment.

Each Club is encouraged to bring a Rotaract and Interact Student, or a student that would qualify for either classification, to the convention, where they will be provided accommodation and meals at the new University of Squamish facilities, compliments of the convention.  An agenda is planned for all students during the convention, including all the Rotary Exchange Students.

President Brian Pearson thanked DG Shearer for his presentation with a real wooden copy of the "Mr. PG" unique to Prince George.

Thank you DAG Garry Shearer for your presentation.  A follow-up meeting with the Club Executive followed the regular meeting, enabling the Club to better inform DG Shearer of the Club activities and goals for the year.

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2013-14 Theme Banner "Engage Rotary/Change Lives"

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District Governor Garry Shearer received a copy of this years Rotary Theme Banner "Engage Rotary/Change Lives" while attending a Rotary function in Chicago recently.

DG Garry Shearer took the opportunity to present a copy of this Theme Banner to Nechako Rotary Club President Brian Pearson, during his Club Visit this morning.

Thank you DG Shearer.  The Nechako Club now has a Banner to display during the regular club meetings.

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Rotary Mission Accomplished

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Last year, Nechako Rotarians made a commitment to help purchase an Emergency Response Unit for the Prince George Salvation Army.

The commitment was for a sum of $25,000.00.  A Car Raffle was arranged to raise the funds for this commitment.  Despite the best laid plans and hard work of all Rotarians involved, the raffle only produced a net sum of $17,000.00, which was turned over to the Salvation Army for the project, with a pledge to raise the remaining money through additional Club efforts.

The Nechako Rotary Club held a spring garage sale and was successful in raising some of the funds, but still somewhat short of our pledge.

Undaunted, the Nechako Club then embarked on a 50/50 Raffle which was extremely successful and netted the club approximately $10,000.00.

Today, the Nechako Rotary Club had the opportunity to finalize our Mission and provide a cheque of $7,000.00 to the Prince George Salvation Army, Captain Neil Wilkinson, to complete our pledge for the full $25,000.00.

Thank you fellow Rotarians, and the Salvation Army for your hard work and dedication, and patience.

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Farewell Elyse

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Our Rotary exchange student Elyse Donck returned from her three-week Rotary BC tour July 21 and immediately joined Nechako Rotarians for our annual country picnic that day. Thanks, as always, for the wonderful hospitality by hosts Garry and Lynnette Howse for having us at their island in the middle of Summit Lake. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship like no other. The loons sang and the bald eagles soared above. Elyse also met Jill Budac (pictured in the paddle boat), our 2012-13 outbound exchange student from Prince George who spent the last year, coincidentally, in Belgium.

Elyse returned home to Belgium July 24. Stay tuned for pictures from the airport.

 

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Hart Skate Board Park

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Doctor Steven Chang's Young son, Dakota, heard that Rotary is planning to help fund a Skate Board Park in the Hart.  Young Dakota is a firm believer in the idea of the Skate Board Park on the Hart and immediately decided to help with Fund Raising.

Dakota went on a door to door campaign of the neighbors in his home area, soliciting donations for the construction of the Skate Board Park.

Doctor Chang is very supportive of his son's efforts and arranged for Dakota to come to the regular morning breakfast meeting of the Nechako Rotary Club to present the money he raised for the project.

Dakota was successful in raising the initial $287.00 from his "Door to Door Campaign" getting donations for the Skate Park.

Father Doctor Chang and son Dakota presented the donation to Fund Raiding Chair Ken Pendergast.

Hopefully, this is a good indication of the kind of support we can expect from our community while looking for funding and construction capacity to plan and complete the project.

Thank you Dakota for a job well done. 

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Classification talk

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Dean Simpson gave his classification talk at the July 16 meeting. Dean began his career at Kal Tire in Prince George while still in high school, eventually moving up through the ranks while attending college in the Lower Mainland where he was enrolled as a business student. He returned to Prince George to run the Kal Tire shop, but realized he was also giving advice to his employees on financial planning and securities. He eventually left Kal Tire to become a full-time investment advisor. He became a Rotarian first as a member of the Rotary Club of Prince George and then transferring to Nechako a year and a half ago. Thanks for the informative presentation Dean!

 

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Nechako Rotary supports World Baseball Challenge

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Once again, Nechako Rotary is proud to support the World Baseball Challenge, set to take to Citizen Field Aug. 13-23.

On behalf of the club, President Brian presented WBC organizer Jim Swanson with a $2,500 cheque that will be used for youth initiatives at the tournament.Image

 

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And The Winner Is?

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The Winner of the Nechako Rotary Club 50/50 Ticket Raffle for $10 Thousand Dollars is Spencer Pighin, of 935 North Tabor Blvd., Prince George, with the lucky ticket #00752, sold to Mr. Pighin by PDG Ron Neukomm.

The 50/50 Draw was conducted at precisely 0800 hours, July 3rd, 2013 at Esthers Inn by our brand new President, Brian Pearson, assisted by Fund Raising Chair Ken Pendergast with guest speaker Mike Ray actually making the draw.

Spencer Pighin was immediately contacted by cell phone.  Mr. Pighin was naturally very pleased to be the winner of the $10,000.00 price. 

Arrangements are being made for an official cheque presentation and media coverage with the Prince George Citizen. 

Thank you Rotarians for another successful Raffle Program.  This kind of fund raising is crucial to our Rotary Programs and is not possible without the full assistance of all of our Club members, and often their families and friends.

Thank you all.

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Bid For Change

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Mike Ray was the speaker at todays Nechako Rotary Breakfast Meeting, speaking on the topic of "A Bid for Change."

Mike has been a resident of Prince George since 1990.  He is an entrepreneur and community advocate. 

ABidForChange.org is trying to provide a bridge for the gap between Charities, Businesses and local patrons in Prince George.

Their goal is to help these organizations raise money for local charities and help businesses strengthen their brands through cause marketing.

The two main needs identified are:  Charities need to raise money: and Businesses need Exposure.

The 3 principle steps through "ABidForChange.org" is:  1) Connect with Local Charities; 2) Connect with local businesses, and 3) Connect with local buyers.

Maybe the Nechako Rotary Club needs to invite Mike into Rotary and introduce him to our Fund Raising Program.

Mike was thanked by Rotarian Neil Godbout, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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REAPS

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Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS) is a Prince George based group of people concerned about our community and country.

Terri McClymont is the local leader of REAPS in Prince George.  Terri provided a very interesting presentation and examples of recycling, and composting that are helpful in reducing the amount of solid waste being disposed of in Prince George.

Recycling and composting are very beneficial without a lot of work and inconvenience to people.

REAPS has put in considerable effort trying to coordinate and centralize recycling to assist the public in reducing their solid waste while helping to protect our environment.

The two big problems remain in both plastic products and Styrofoam used for packaging.

Plastic products need to be seriously cleaned of their contents prior to being left for recycling.  Most people do not think of this aspect and materials such as food waste become very rancid and strong smelling, making the recycling of plastic very difficult. 

Therefore, Prince George doesn't currently have a venue for plastic products recycling.

Terri handed out a long list of recyclable materials and venues for delivery, as well as a very good document on Composting.

Past President Kelly Zammit thanked Terri for her presentation with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

 

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Spirit of Rotary Award

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During the recent Presidents Ball, President Andrea presented the "Spirit of Rotary Award" to Rotarian Karen Toombs.

Karen Toombs is a very good example of a Rotarian that illustrates Rotarians volunteering of their time on projects around the world.  Karen and her family are quick to volunteer and be involved in almost any worthy project.

Thank you Karen, and your family, for being a shining example of volunteerism in Rotary.

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Waldo Came Home

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Well, you had to be there to fully appreciate the full sentiment to the occasion.

After weeks of searching, and considerable expense too, I'm sure, "Waldo" the wondering "Travel Mug" was safely placed back into the loving hands of his owner, Rotarian Lloyd Clay.

It was truly a heart felt moment, bringing tears to the eyes of not only Lloyd and Adene Clay, but I'm sure there was not a dry eye in the place, to hear the sentiment expressed by the return of "Waldo" to his home.

It is very encouraging to know there is a happy ending to such a trying experience, and we hope that no one else has to have the same type of misfortune as the "Clays" with their coveted Travel Mug, that decided to go for a little "Walk About" in British Columbia, apparently listening to the tune "King of the Road".

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Rotarian of the Year

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Fellow Rotarians, Gina Rawson was the honored recipient of the "Rotarian of the Year" award this year through all of her hard work, dedication and love for the Rotary Youth and New Generations Program, in addition to her being a model Rotarian in everything she does, and what she she says.

Gina was recognized as "Rotarian of the Year" during the annual President's Ball held on Saturday night, June 15th, 2013.  Lots of food, fun and live music were enjoyed by everyone that attended this years celebration.

President Andrea was roasted and toasted by fellow Rotarians. 

Everyone danced to to the music of Prince George's own "Old Time Fiddlers".

Gina was presented her "Rotarian of the Year" plaque by Assistant District Governor Lorne Calder and President Andrea Johnson.

Congratulations Gina for being a wonderful Rotarian and a shining example for our club.

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Nechako Rotary 50/50 Ticket Raffle

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Ticket Sales have been steady with a total of 59 of the total 100 books being sold, and a total of deposits at $12,700.00.

We have another 20 days remaining for sales, with Venues this weekend in the Pine Centre Mall, College Height Liquor Store and the Fathers Day "Show & Shine".

If you have sold your book(s) of tickets, please turn them in please. 

If you cannot complete the sale of all the tickets within the next two weeks, please turn them in so we can try and sell them at our venue booths.

Hopefully we will sell out prior to the July 1st, Canada Day in the Park Event.

Rotarians, Sell! Sell! Sell! 

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BC Elders Gathering

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The 37th Annual BC Elders Gathering is being hosted in Prince George from July 8th to 11th, 2013 at the CN Centre.

This years gathering is titled " Honor Your Journey."

Rena Zatorski, Project Manager, is with Red Earth Management.  Rena provided some background information of this years BC Elders Gathering.

The Gathering will bring over 2200 First Nations Elders from the 206 Native Bands throughout BC.  Rena indicated that already they have registrations from 103 of those bands.  Accommodations are booked in all the Hotels and Motels in Prince George, with some accommodations also being taken in Quesnel and Vanderhoof.

The number of Elders in BC is expanding, similar to all cultures in BC and the Gathering may need to rethink the age requirements sometime in the future.  Elders are honored as "Knowledge Keepers" and have been very helpful in passing on this knowledge and traditions over the centuries to the younger generations within the bands.

This year the BC Elders Gathering is open to the public, but registration is still a requirement, and the cost is $50.00 per person, which includes lunch and parking at the CN Centre.

Rena was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Lisa Mueller, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Newest Rotarian

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Well, David Low has been attending meetings as a guest of the Nechako Rotary Club for the past couple of months.

David was introduced to the Nechako Rotary Club by Rotarian Gary Gurnsey.  David works with AAA Credit Counselors + Debt Consultants, and has the Classification of Debt Management.

PDG Neil King and Membership Director Neil Godbout inducted David into the Nechako Rotary Club this morning.

President Andrea Johnson assisted with the induction process.

Please Welcome David into Rotary.

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Where's Waldo

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Presumably during the same trip, "Waldo" the Wondering Travel Mug, was seen checking out some of the huge Red Cedars  growing in the Ancient Forest east of Prince George.

It is a little hard to tell what goes through the mind of a Travel Mug, but I expect that "Waldo" was wondering how long it might take for a tree to grow to such a size, and whether he might someday get to those proportions.

 

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Where's Waldo

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While many Rotarians are frantically searching for "Waldo", the Wondering Travel Mug, the little Devil is still enjoying himself while enjoying his freedom.

"Waldo" was seen during the past weekend, again enjoying himself at "Purden Lake."  Waldo certainly seems to have a likeness for water, as he has been observed a number of times, looking longingly for a boat or two in which to possibly hitch a ride, obviously to expand his horizons.

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Searching for Waldo

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Distraught Rotarian Lloyd Clay is seeking Professional Help in his search for "Waldo" his coveted coffee mug that has been missing for the past few weeks, while apparently doing a "Walk About" and obviously lots of riding, flying and even possibly boating around British Columbia.

Rotarian Lloyd purchased a book "Searching for Waldo" which provides clear definitive guidelines on what to do and where to look in search of "Waldo", the Travel Mug.

Lloyd is pulling out all stops in his search, even to the extent of setting up a "Search for Waldo" fund and sign up program for volunteers.

Lloyd has agreed to go to the media, seeking volunteer assistance.  Thus the attached picture, which clearly shows the sorrow and suffering that Lloyd and Adene are experiencing from the loss of his favorite coffee mug.

Well, we are confident that with the aide of this new book and search techniques, "Waldo" will certainly be found soon and returned to his loving home.

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2015 Canada Winter Games Update

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Anthony Everett, Chair of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Committee in Prince George, was the guest speaker at the Nechako Rotary Club meeting on June 5th.

Like most people involved in these events, Anthony is a volunteer, and works at the Northern Tourism Association when not involved in the preparations for the 2015 Canada Winter Games to be hosted in Prince George.

The Canada Winter Games have been happening a total of 23 times, every two years, since 1967.  The games alternate from Summer Games and Winter Games.  This is the largest Multi Sport Events in Canada.

Prince George will host the 24th series of games in 2015, during the 100th Anniversary of our city.

The Games Motto is:  "Inspiring Dreams & Building Champions"  We will see much of this during the games starting in February, with a total of 19 sport activities over 18 days. 

A total of 2400 athletes will participate between the ages of 12 and 35 years.

The games will require thousands of volunteers, and we all know that these type of events could not and would not happen without these volunteers.

Volunteers will receive coaching and some training in the specifics of the areas of expertise required, depending on the nature of the work.

As always, Prince George is rising to the challenge, from the bid committee exercise to the commencement of the games, and we can be assured that the 2015 Games will be another success story in our City, regardless of the tasks and uncertainty that lays ahead, including the weather, which includes temperature and snow conditions.

Anthony was thanked by Rotarian President Elect Brian Pearson, with another donation to our Rotary Polio Plus Program.

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Hart Skate Board Park

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A meeting between representatives of the City Recreation and Parks people, the Nechako Rotary Club, the Downtown Rotary Club and the Hart Community Association took place last Thursday to complete a site assessment for the potential construction of the Hart Community Skate Board Park.

The two locations offered by the City are Bravery Park, which is located directly behind the Eagles Hall, and Heather Park, which is located directly behind the Elks Centre.

The Heather Park site is somewhat isolated and the current developments are most suited for team type sports such as baseball, football, soccer etc.  The group in the site assessment agreed that it is less desirable for something like a Skate Board Park due to its isolated and secluded nature.

The Bravery Park site is close to the Hart Mall and shopping, as well as being very visible with immediate proximity to the children's play ground and a ball diamond.

Residents in the area would have the ability to attend to both the very young children and their youth that have progressed to the Skate Board age.

Discussion involved asking the local residents and the kids on the Hart about their preference of locations and access.  Additional information will be asked about the possible inclusion, or changes that might be recommended over the current skate board park locate downtown across from the YMCA.

The downtown Skate Park was built in 2002 with  19,000 sq. feet and cost $250,000 dollars.  A Skate Park was built in Peachland in 2012 at 5,000 sq. feet and cost $225,000.

Discussion also included the options of above ground and/or in ground features.  Above ground features are generally cheaper.  Also, the fact that the current downtown Skate Park is heavily used by two wheel bikes, it might be a consideration to add to the design to accommodate a changing usage.

The City and the Hart Community Association have agreed to seek further input from people on the Hart for consideration of the Hart Skate Board Park committee that needs to soon be formed under the umbrella of the Hart Community association.

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