In the News - Fellow Rotarians Support Headshave for Tour de Rock


(Andrea Rondeau, Cowichan Valley Citizen, Nov 7, 2020)

The Cowichan Valley’s Kim Barnard made her sacrifice for Cops for Cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at high noon.

Barnard shaved off all of her long hair as a fundraiser to support the Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer 2020 ride, with an assist from Roy Davies of Style Centre Barber Shop in Shawnigan Lake.

“My original goal of $2,020 was surpassed by [almost] 200 per cent,” Barnard said.

“I’d like to thank my Rotary of Club of Duncan and other Rotarians as well as my family and friends whose hearts were moved to support the kids and families whose lives have been impacted by dealing with cancer.”

In the News - Fellow Rotarians Support Headshave for Tour de Rock 2020-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Cowichan Lodge Garden Clean-Up Crew

Thank you Michael, Bob, Susan, Barry, Bryan, Don, Terry and Jim for your service today!

Members brought their own gardening equipment. Masks and social distancing were required, and only 6 members at a time worked within the courtyard.

"Our chores this year involved mainly weeding, planting two trees and spreading some topsoil and bark mulch within the centre courtyard and dealing with the overgrown blackberry vines around the outside.

This is always a great time to give our hands-on support to the Cowichan Lodge and to make the area a little more pleasant for their clients."

Cowichan Lodge Garden Clean-Up Crew 2020-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Introducing our Student of the Month for October, Jason Cheng!

Each month of the school year, the Rotary Club of Duncan is pleased to recognize a local student from one of the secondary schools in the valley as "Student of the Month" as selected by their Principal and teacher. Going beyond scholastic merit, we look forward to honouring exceptional students who gladly use their time and talents to contribute to their school and community - values for which Rotary is known. The award traditionally includes participation at our Rotary luncheon (virtually via our ZOOM meeting) for the winning recipient and guests, a $100 cheque and certificate, and an opportunity to hear from both their teacher and ideally a few words from this inspiring young person. We also look forward to sharing their story in an upcoming edition of the Cowichan Valley Citizen!
Queen Margaret’s Deputy Head of School Ander Monro was delighted to recommend Jason Cheng for this special recognition as a stand-out videographer of his school community... Read more below!
Introducing our Student of the Month for October, Jason Cheng! 2020-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Our Auction "Wraps Up" at Midnight October 31st!! 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

In the News - Club Member Elly Ruge Recognized for Eco-Friendly Initiatives


She’s implemented many eco-friendly initiatives over the last few years, and now the auto shop is nominated for a Green Business Award through the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards.

“We’re humbled to be a finalist, and thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the steps we’ve taken,” Elly says. “We know that when it comes to being Green, there’s always more that you can do.”

Full story here:
In the News - Club Member Elly Ruge Recognized for Eco-Friendly Initiatives 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

*Shop Local* Feature - Tina Short Offers "A Memorable Gift"

October is Rotary International's Economic and Community Development month, so we wanted to introduce one of our Rotary club members who uses her creativity to showcase the best of our community in "A Memorable Gift"!

Owner and gift basket connoisseur Tina Short assures us, "When I get orders for 68 baskets at a time during COVID-19, it makes me happy to know that I am providing business to local suppliers."

Keep reading for our full interview!

*Shop Local* Feature - Tina Short Offers "A Memorable Gift" 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Sneak Preview - Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House in Progress 2020-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

In the News - Ben Williams has made an impression!

Our Rotary Student of the Month for September was recently interviewed . . .

“I’m grateful to my teachers and to the school for being so accommodating, especially during COVID,” Williams said. “They’ve been willing to adapt to the scenarios we have and still provide a healthy learning environment.”

Reflecting on the recent death of a friend of a friend, Williams said the “impermanence of life” is what keeps him motivated to do so many different things.

“Life should be taken in full and not taken for granted,” he said. “Even in your younger years, you should still be doing things and making a difference in the world.”

--> Full Story (see link) and Photo by Kevin Rothbauer, Cowichan Valley Citizen newspaper, Thursday, October 22nd
In the News - Ben Williams has made an impression! 2020-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Over 100 Bargains to Browse!

Over 100 Bargains . . . get Ready to BID! 🛎

Duncan Rotary *Online "Garage Sale" AUCTION*

October 22nd-31st 

For more details please click the AUCTION button! 
You can *Register as a Bidder* and View the Item Catalog!
Thank you for your participation! 
. . . on behalf of our Online Garage Sale committee - and Auction Host, Jim Cosh
Over 100 Bargains to Browse! 2020-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Introducing our September 2020 Student of the Month - Ben Williams! 2020-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

PLATINUM Congratulations!


To our Past President Michael Taylor and members of the Rotary Club of Duncan... "I want to send you a huge Thank you for a great presidential year. Your leadership was fantastic and it shows as your club earned the Rotary International Presidential Citation from RI President Mark Maloney." - Cheers, Maureen "Mo" Fritz-Roberts, Past District Governor, Rotary District 5020

PLATINUM Congratulations! 2020-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Dream Vacation Raffle Prize Winners Announced September 15th 2020-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Giving Back is FUN! Celebrating our Charitable Milestones

The Rotary Club of Duncan was established in 1930 and has been giving back to the community ever since, in the spirit of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
A careful handful of members from the Rotary Club of Duncan met to celebrate charitable milestones recently on the grounds of the future Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House, taking shape on Cairnsmore Street... a collaborative effort by the Valley’s five Rotary clubs — Chemainus, Duncan, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith and South Cowichan. For all the details, and photos, please continue reading!
Giving Back is FUN! Celebrating our Charitable Milestones 2020-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Team Blueberry for the Triple Win!

As seen on Instagram:

Club member Elizabeth Biberger (teambiberger) writes, "Two hours picking blueberries yields 57 pounds of blueberries for Nourish Cowichan, volunteer hours for five QMS students and a volunteer opportunity for the Rotary Club of Duncan. . ."

Team Blueberry for the Triple Win! 2020-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Introducing our 2020-21 Club President, Gregg Perry


"When I retired, I looked for a way to contribute to community service in a meaningful way, given the new openings on my calendar. I was inclined to consider Rotary for several reasons... I knew very little about Rotary, other than my son’s experience with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) many years ago, and the fact that it seemed to major in community projects like benches and playgrounds and welcome signs which bore its logo. Very quickly, I added Polio Eradication to that list as I became aware that being a member of this club connected me with a larger purpose that spanned the globe. Then I learned about Leighton’s orchard project, and I discovered that there was much more to Rotary than serving up pancakes and sausages on Duncan Day... An opportunity has opened its door and it appears that I’m stepping through."

Introducing our 2020-21 Club President, Gregg Perry 2020-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Three+ Cheers for our Past President, 2019-2020, Michael Taylor!


(Our club's Past President Michael Taylor delivered his closing speech at our Installation ceremony on Monday, June 22nd at Providence Farm)

Good evening, everyone!

Well, it’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it? (laughter and applause)

Who would have thought, standing here 1 year ago, that we’d be forced to retreat from our comfortable and enjoyable gatherings at the Ramada to the virtual confines of Zoom and the internet!

That we’d be learning new terms and phrases to manage our daily lives... social distancing, go home and stay home, wear a mask and wash your hands... and that we’d be embracing new heroes such as Dr. Bonnie Henry!

Rotary has been affected internationally by this pandemic, no different than any other organization, and while we’ve had to adjust our Rotary lives to the present norm, we here in Duncan Rotary have perhaps fared a bit better than others...

Three+ Cheers for our Past President, 2019-2020, Michael Taylor! 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

PANDEMIC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact


Your health and safety are always our top priorities. In the near term, Rotary International recommends that districts and Rotary and Rotaract clubs meet virtually, cancel, or postpone meetings and events following the advice of national and local health officials. 

Rotary encourages members and their families to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting the virus by: washing your hands often and thoroughly, putting distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, and staying home if you are sick.


PANDEMIC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact 2020-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Heart of Gold Gala Dinner & Auction - Thank You! 2020-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering Scott McIvor

Posted by Michael Taylor
(As shared by President Mike at the Celebration of the Life of Scott Nelson McIvor on October 26, 2019)

“Good afternoon, everyone... to Judy... to Scott and Judy’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren… to Scott’s extended family and dear friends… thank you for this opportunity to speak.  My name is Mike Taylor and I have the honour of being the current President of the Rotary Club of Duncan, a club which Scott was a member of for over 30 years. Scott’s was one of the first faces of Rotary I met when I joined just over 4 years ago, first at a ‘Get to know Rotary’ social at the Winebar, and then as the membership contact and the person responsible for getting all the paperwork in order.  He convinced me that Rotary was a good place to be. I soon learned that Scott was typically one of the first to arrive at a meeting, and always... always… made you feel welcome to be there.

Scott’s journey with Rotary started in the Kootenays in the mid-70’s, I believe in Creston, BC, a connection that he would bring forward to our Club in more recent times.  Re-locating to Campbell River, he joined that Club and became President in the Rotary year 1984/85 before moving again and joining our Club in 1986, serving as President in the Rotary year 1990/91.

I’ve already mentioned his service to the Club in his membership role, but he was much more than that to the club.  His dedication to growing membership included him dutifully putting new member proposal forms on the tables at each meeting, standing up and waving a copy in the air encouraging members to use them, then picking them up, usually unused, after the meeting to save for the next.  He was our hockey and football pool guy... the upcoming Grey Cup won’t seem the same without him.

For many years he organized and promoted a social event known as ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ which was an excellent way for new members to meet other members and their partners and to feel welcomed into the fold.  I mentioned a recent connection to his first club in Creston… 2 years ago, he learned that his old club was donating old musical instruments to students in Trinidad so a number of us dug into our closets, basements and garages and dragged out instruments from our youth… that were no doubt kept with good intentions, including my old high school band trumpet, and donated them to the cause for the chance of a second life.  The photos of the kids receiving them made it all worthwhile.

Scott and Judy were active supporters of the International Youth Exchange program of Rotary for many years, welcoming a number of young adults from all over the world into their home.  They also participated in Rotary House Exchange opportunities, offering the chance to get to know another part of the world in comfort by swapping keys with a Rotary member elsewhere for a while.  One such trip to the UK included, I’m told, the ‘gracious invitation to use the car in the garage’… which turned out to be the latest model Bentley!

Another of Scott’s passions was the annual Club Car Rally… organizer, promoter, route planner, scorer, sound guy, and last but not least, grill master of chicken and steaks at the barbecue after… this is definitely a tradition I’d like to see continue in his memory.

Scott had Rotary blue and gold running through his veins, and was a standard bearer for the ideals that Rotary represents.  One of the mottoes of Rotary is ‘Service Before Self’ and Scott lived that motto… he could always be counted on to flip pancakes, cook sausages, paint a fence, ring bells during the Kettle Campaign at Christmas, organizing the donation of artwork for our annual Heart of Gold Auction, or any other service opportunities we took on.  At the meeting closest to Rabbie Burns day, he always opened the meeting with his recital of the Selkirk Grace, and it’s due to Scott that I had my one, and only, taste of Haggis… it was actually quite good!.. maybe my Scottish heritage coming through! At all our meetings his was usually the opening voice of ‘Oh Canada’…this, and his dedication and friendship will be missed… thank you.”

Remembering Scott McIvor Michael Taylor 2019-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary 101 - Join Us for Networking and More! 2019-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Gardens fundraiser - An Evening with Local Legends 2019-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Mark your calendars for Oktoberfest!

Our second annual Oktoberfest Celebration is just around the corner on Saturday, September 21st.  Last year we were thrilled at the success as this event SOLD OUT!  Tickets are $30 and available through Eventbrite and printed tickets will also be available from club members.  Your ticket includes admission, tasty German food and your first glass of beer (or wine).  This is a fundraising event which will help our club support our many local youth programs, including Pregnancy Food Connection, a program that provides healthy food options for low income mothers in the Cowichan Valley.  Oktoberfest music provided by the Doctors of Rock 'N Roll from Nanaimo.  Red Arrow will be there serving a fine selection of local beer.  Don't miss it!
Mark your calendars for Oktoberfest! 2019-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Club News Update

A new Rotary year has begun and we welcome new Club President, Mike Taylor.  This is an update on some of the recent club events with Past President Doyle as well as what's coming up under President Mike's leadership!
Club News Update 2019-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Tanzania Water Project

This is a short video about our most recent international project in Tanzania, where we partnered with School Orchards of Africa in drilling wells and building a water cistern. 
Tanzania Water Project 2019-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome our two newest members! 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Our cistern project in Iringa, Tanzania 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of Gold Gala Dinner and Auction! 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society Shelter Opening

Posted by Doyle Childs on Dec 11, 2018
I'm encouraging our club members to participate in helping Cowichan Women Against Violence with the opening of the Women's Shelter.
Friday, December 14th, 2018 between 12:30 – 4:30 pm @ 2003 University Way, Duncan
Please bring your own cleaning supplies (low-scented products only please).  We will need a couple of sewing machines to sew double sheets in half. Bring any clean double sheets, pillow cases, pillows and blankets that you wish to donate. Please do not bring any rugs or mats for the floors as they are considered tripping and health hazards.
There will be an opportunity to put up pictures, set up cots, clean the outside grounds and set up the kitchen and office. Bring any tools you think will be helpful (hammer, nails, rakes, gloves).
A second day to join in and help is scheduled for December 17th from 10:30am – 2:30pm to finish anything that needs completion.  Thank you to our community for the amazing support we are receiving!
December 17, 2018 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2003 University Way – beside Wendy’s House
Please contact our office 250 748-7000 if you have any of these items to reduce duplicates
  1. Warm coat
  2. Pant- elastic or drawstring waist works well
  3. Warm Tops
  4. Underwear
  5. Towels/Washcloths - 30 of each
  6. Plates/bowls/utensils – 20 of each
  7. Washable blankets
  8. Pillows – 18 to 20
  9. Pillowcases – 30
  10. Pillow protectors – 18 standard size
  11. Backpacks
  12. First Aid kit
  13. Reflective vests for staff doing outside work
  14. Large garbage bins
  15. Vacuum/Broom/dust pan
  16. Dry mop - Wet Mop
  17. Washer
  18. Dryer
  19. Filing cabinet
  20. Folding Tables
  21. Power bars for staff office
  22. Flashlights for staff
  23. Coffee urn (at least 20 cup)
  24. 3 toasters
  25. 2 tea kettles
  26. 2 large slow cookers
  27. Large garbage bags 75 L (total of 100)
  28. Wire Garbage bag holder
  29. 18 totes/bins with lids - 68 L
  30. Teas
  31. Jams
  32. Large toaster oven
December 14, 2018 at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Winter Women's Shelter Raising
Cowichan Women Against Violence Society Shelter Opening Doyle Childs 2018-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Starfish fundraiser events! 

Starfish  Cowichan Valley will be accepting donations at the 2 following community events, we hope to see you there! 
Starfish fundraiser events! 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
November 19th lunch meeting 2018-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Club Update 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Fall Cleanup at Cowichan Lodge

The weather was perfect for a fall cleanup of the gardens at Cowichan Lodge.  A group of ten Rotarians made quick work of cutting back and cleaning up the gardens in the courtyard so they could be better enjoyed by the clients.  President Doyle attempted to look like he was the only one relaxing, but everyone did their fair share.
Fall Cleanup at Cowichan Lodge 2018-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Putting DG Craig to work! 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
DG Craig helps out with painting work bee 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Mark your calendars for Oktoberfest!

It's the beginning of a new Rotary year and we have an exciting new event that we are preparing for - Oktoberfest!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22nd to join us at Mellor Hall for Bratwurst and Beer!  Music by the Rheinlander Band from Vancouver.  Sample local craft beer or enjoy a glass of wine.  Tickets available through our Facebook page or Eventbrite at the link below.
Mark your calendars for Oktoberfest! 2018-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Our Club is Growing!

Our Club has been fortunate to bring on 4 new members in the past few weeks, with a 5th to be inducted on April 9th.  A warm welcome goes out to Jon Coleman, Colleen Norton-Jones, Nadine Gendall and Kyle Plante.
Our Club is Growing! 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Heart of Gold Gala Dinner & Auction

Our major fundraising event of the year will soon be here!  Please join us for this wonderful evening and know that you will be helping our club fund so many important programs in our community.  We will also be drawing the winners of our Heart of Gold Raffle that evening - Do you have your ticket?  
Heart of Gold Gala Dinner & Auction 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Last lunch meeting of the year

For our final meeting of the year we were treated to Mayor Jon Lefebure giving us an update on what going on in the municipality.  We also had our December Student of the Month, Matt Jones from Cowichan Secondary School.
Last lunch meeting of the year 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

The OneTree Project and first Student of the Month for the year

This week we were treated to a fascinating presentation by Christine Fagan and John Lore from Live Edge Design about the OneTree Project.  It is amazing the amount of beautiful artwork that can be derived from just one tree.  This artwork will be on display at Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria from November 16th to January 31st.
We also had our first Student of Month for this school year from Queen Margaret's School, Emma Hender.
The OneTree Project and first Student of the Month for the year 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Tom Carroll's Visit

Last week we had our District Governor, Tom Carroll and his wife Laurie visit our club.  We held an evening meeting at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar that was well attended.  DG Tom gave us a great presentation on how Rotary is doing in the District as well as globally and shared his goals for his year as District Governor.  He also was able to present Elizabeth Biberger with a Paul Harris fellow pin and induct our newest member Darlene Taylor.
District Governor Tom Carroll's Visit 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Tour of Glenora Farm

Thanks to Markus, Gary, Katrine and Jean for a very informative tour of Glenora Farm.  The therapeutic farm has 97 acres of forest, vegetables and herbs plus a herd of milk sheep as well as several work shops for weaving and other valued-add agricultural products.  Adults with developmental disabilities live, work and learn together with their caregivers.  Wonderful music was provided by the bell choir and a delicious dinner was enjoyed by all!
Tour of Glenora Farm 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

You're Invited!  Nepal's Heartbeat (a documentary)

The Rotary Clubs of Duncan and South Cowichan are pleased to present this evening to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Admission is by donation.  This film, by our club member and film producer Nick Versteeg, is a sequel to "Five Weeks in Nepal" and a documentary updating us on the progress in Nepal after the earthquake.
You're Invited! Nepal's Heartbeat (a documentary) 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Students wanted!

We are looking for students interested in both long term exchange and short-term exchange opportunities. Interested students should go to and click on "Program Links and Forms". On the left-hand side of the next screen under Program Resources are links to information for both the Long-Term Exchange Program (LTEP) and the Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP). Interviews will be conducted for next year's outgoing students for both Programs in early October 2017. If you wish to discuss this further please do not hesitate to call Elizabeth Biberger, Youth Exchange officer for the Rotary Club of Duncan ( or call her at 250-709-1648). In particular the long term exchange program is a life changing opportunity that is vetted and organized by Rotary Clubs round the world.
These were our District's last year's students, attending our annual Conference.
Youth Exchange Students wanted! 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Mayor Phil Kent

Duncan Mayor Phil Kent was our guest speaker on Monday.  He gave an interesting and informative update on what is happening in and around the City of Duncan currently, which was followed by a lively Q & A session.
Mayor Phil Kent 2017-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +4

Last week Bill Code had the honour of presenting Bea Fulton with her pin for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow +4.  Rotary could not continue to do all the good work it does without generous members like Bea.  Thank you!
Paul Harris Fellow +4 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Family Reunion

This month club member Nora Dowsett and husband Andrew were in Copenhagen and had the opportunity to visit with three of our club's previous Youth Exchange students.  Josef is from Denmark and was in Duncan in 2007-2008.  Gustav, from Sweden, was here in 2009-2010 and Alex, from Germany was here in 2010-2011.  The three "brothers" met each other for the first time but had much in common as they had been hosted by many of the same families.  All three are doing really well and promised we would see them back in Canada for a visit.  This is truly one of the most wonderful opportunities that Rotarians have - building relationships worldwide.
Family Reunion 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Our June Student of the Month 2017-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Annual Car Rally and BBQ

Posted on May 28, 2017
We had great weather for our annual car rally and BBQ. Gregg Perry did an excellent job of plotting out the rally and he came up with the interesting idea of participants posting pictures at various stops. Brilliant!
Annual Car Rally and BBQ 2017-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Spelling Bee

Our third annual Spelling Bee was huge fun! All funds raised go towards sponsoring 20 children per year into the Dolly Parton Imagination Library literacy program, where each child receives a book each month from birth to age 5.  We will now have about 60 children enrolled in the program.  Our end goal is to have 100 children receiving books in the Valley. Special thanks go out to the Clements Centre Society for providing a wonderful venue, Save On Foods for providing sausages for breakfast and Tim Hortons for much needed coffee at that time of the morning!
Spelling Bee 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Fireside Information Session

Our club is holding a "Fireside" information session about Rotary on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 PM at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar in Duncan.  This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in finding out what Rotary in general and our club in particular, is all about.  We will be showing a brief video and will have some members there to speak about some of our projects and events.  Please RSVP to if you plan to attend!
Fireside Information Session 2017-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who supported our annual Heart of Gold Gala Dinner and Auction this year!  You helped make it another big success!
Thank You! 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary PaintNite a big Success

Everyone who participated in our Rotary PaintNite had a terrific time!  Even those who were a bit ambivalent about their artist skills came away with a  work of art!
Rotary PaintNite a big Success 2017-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Musical Instruments to Trinidad

Our member, Scott McIvor, let us know a few months back that his old club, the Rotary Club of Creston, was collecting used musical instruments to take with them to a school in Trinidad.  This is something they've done for a few years now.  Scott approached our club members to see if we had any instruments in need of a new home.  Well, we came up with quite a haul, including a sousaphone that Bill and Denise Code were more than happy to part with!  We have some pretty happy students down in Trinidad now!
Musical Instruments to Trinidad 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our club's newest member, Michelle Brennan!

Michelle was sponsored by Past President Corrine.  One of Michelle's many attributes is that she is a very talented artist and is already busy helping us to design our new club logo.  If you weren't able to make lunch today because of the snow, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her next week.
Welcome to our club's newest member, Michelle Brennan! 2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Heart of Gold Gala Dinner & Auction 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

January speaker

Our speaker on January 9th was Jennifer Yee Fairweather from the Cowichan Intercultural Society.
January speaker NKD 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

Club Giving this week

This week our club presented $2500 to the Cowichan Seniors' Community Foundation, which was put towards the publication of their important and useful resource - The Seniors' Directory.  Also, Club member Bob Fenske organized a drive to collect 110 pairs of much needed socks for the Clement Centre.
Club Giving this week 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Cheque presentation to Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association 2016-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Lest we Forget

Our club had the good fortune of having T.W. Paterson attend our Remembrance week lunch to tell us about the huge involvement of Cowichan Valley citizens in the First World War.  As well as contributing historical articles to the The Citizen, T.W. has published several books.  His most recent work is on the very topic he spoke to us about today.  His next endeavour will be researching the stories behind all the names found on our cenotaph.  
Lest we Forget 2016-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Hallowe'en Lunch

Lunch on October 31st was jam-packed with everything from a costume contest, filming our club's promo video, an exciting duel between Darth Vader and Obi-won Kenobi and topped off with an excellent presentation from Chris Morry about the fight against Polio.  His talk really illustrated how far we have come and how close we are to eradicating Polio.  It also showed the vast scope of this battle - all the volunteers, resources and funding required to get the job done, not to mention the negotiation and agreements required from national and local governments, community groups, religious leaders and the general public.  But, with all of this, we are THIS close!  A great way to kick off November - Foundation Month!
Hallowe'en Lunch Nora Dowsett 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

Chris Morry and Polio Eradication! 

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
Today's Speaker Chris Morry, a director at the Communication Initiative, and is responsible for directing polio communication programmes in Africa and work related to Social and Behaviour Change Communication.     This is his first Canadian Club engagement. Previously, most of his talks have been given to Rotary Clubs in India, Pakistan
and Afghanistan.
He has been in the program for 12 years with his main focus being on communities.   Chris can’t underestimate the great impact that Rotary has on the Polio Program which started with Polio Plus established by Rotary in 1985.    Wherever you go there is always a Rotary Club of some description.
Polio is an incurable disease but it is vaccine preventable. It is a disease that reproduces in the human gut.
There are three types of polio. Type 2 was eradicated in 1999. Type 3 has not been seen since 2012. Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the three countries where the disease is endemic. In 1985, there were 400,000 paralyzed children. In 1985 Rotary started Polio Plus.
In 1988, all countries’ governments decided to get on board and support the program. Since the year 2000 cases haven’t gone over 2,000 in number. India was declared polio free in 2014.
To keep the disease under control and head for possible eradication, 95% of all children under 5 need to be immunized. Rotary is a major force in the programmes ability to adapt and improve. The Canadian government plays a major role as well, along with the other big players such as WHO, the Gates Foundation and others. The work doesn’t stop.
Lessons have been learned from the work done in India which involves their national government, business, professional and civil society groups, and many influential people from many professions.
Through education, excellence is becoming the norm and involves everyone. It is necessary to recognize and obtain the support of the people in every village and settlement. Another need is to be constantly revising and updating plans and activitiesfor the dispersal of the vaccine to every small or large centre of habitation to reach the hard to reach. Communication skills are absolutely essential.
Rotary started another idea with Rotary Health Camps which recognizes other childhood diseases and making sure that vaccines are available for these. The Rotary Health Camps develop the power of hope and trust. Vaccinator support is crucial for the continuation of this humanitarian effort.
Chris concluded his presentation by saying that it was wonderful to talk to the Club. Typical doses for containment of polio are three over a period of one year for complete immunization.  This can rise to twelve doses given the actual physical health of the child and whether he or she has any gastrointestinal or immune system issues.
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Vocational evening at Ampersand Distilling Company

We had a great turn out for our tour of the Ampersand Distilling Company.  Jeremy and Jessica, two of the owners, gave an informative talk on the process they use to make their popular gin.  They also make vodka!  After the tour and presentation we were able to do a tasting and make purchases if desired.  Afterwards we headed to Just Jakes for dinner and took over the entire upper section.  Thanks to Bernie for organizing such a FUN event! 
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Student of the Month for September and October

Our Student of the Month program has begun again along with the start of the new school year.  Each month, from September through June, the Rotary Club of Duncan celebrates a Middle or High School student from the Cowichan Valley who is chosen by the faculty of their school for demonstrating leadership qualities.  We are very proud of this program and to have the opportunity to showcase the exemplary youth of the our area.
The student for September was Kayleigh Morris, a grade 12 student from Duncan Christian School.
Our Student of the Month for October was Taylor Kropp, grade 11 student from Queen Margaret's School.

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School Orchards Africa Presentation  Sept 

Earlier this year, Maureen Loiselle and her husband Wayne spoke to the club on January 25 this year on their “School Orchards Africa” projects. They were back again to introduce Tanzanian Rotary Club Member in Oringa, Alban Lutambi.
Maureen and Wayne met Alban when they were on one of their tours through Tanzania.    In 2011, Alban planted his first school orchard and each year since he has overseen the planting of orchards at two schools per year. The school children plant the supplied trees, weed them, and water them.
Alban has been in the Duncan area for a month now and also took a trip through the Okanagan with Leighton Mellemstrand looking at orchard maintenance practices.
At present, the 3,000 l tanks that hold rain water collected during the December to June annual rainfall are also being used for home use. There is a desperate need for larger and better rain catchment systems to hold all this annual rainfall during the dry season, July to November, and to cover both orchard needs and home use needs.
Alban belongs to a club with 11 members in District 9211 which encompasses two countries - Uganda and Tanzania. He owns a company dealing with tourism and safaris. The school orchards grow fruit, guava, avocado, apples, and pears, not part of their normal diet but all contain a vast amount of nutritional benefits.
To date they have eight schools with orchards which the school children look after.
Alban stated that they are now looking for support by way of individual club members or club/partner participation to provide bigger tanks to deal with a rain harvesting system that is self-sustaining and cost effective.
Two new schools will be planted with a orchard each next year. Alban feels that 80,000 litre in-ground cisterns, one per school, would supply both the orchards needs and that of the families of the children who attend the schools.
All necessary gutters are already in place. The plantings are all organic thereby keeping down the cost even more. The students take any education they are given regarding agronomy and fruit growing home to the rest of their families.
President Nora thanked Alban for a very interesting presentation. Bernie Dinter gave Alban a fabulous pair of pruners with a belt holster for same as token of appreciation for all his efforts with the school orchards, and for a very interesting presentation
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Joint dinner meeting to Welcome District Governor Joanne Croghan

A great evening was had by all last Friday to welcome DG Joanne to the Cowichan Valley.  We held a joint dinner meeting with our three valley clubs attending.  Joanne gave a great talk on her journey in Rotary, including her experiences in Africa.  At the end of the evening we were entertained by Roger Painter cutting off his hair to raise funds for PolioPlus.  Over $3200 was raised, which is matched $2 to $1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!
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Pancake Breakfast

This year's Pancake Breakfast was another huge success - surpassing last year.  Many thanks to Just Jakes for letting us use their space and tables in the morning.
Pancake Breakfast Nora Dowsett 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Breaking News!

This just in!
The infamous Roger Painter, member of the Rotary Club of South Cowichan and long time Rotary District volunteer, has stepped up to the plate once again!
As many of you will know, Roger has been growing his hair for about 3 years and now sports a lovely, long pony tail.  Well, for the benefit of Polio Plus and the Cancer Society, he has volunteered to sheer off his locks!  This amazing event will take place for all to behold next week, at our joint club dinner for the District Governor!
We will be accepting donations to Polio Plus for Roger's sacrifice.  His locks will go to the Cancer Society to make wigs for cancer survivors.  Everyone making a donation will have their name put in a draw to receive the tax receipt for the entire amount donated.  
We are hoping that this will encourage more people to attend the event which is sure to be a great time!  If you are still unable to attend on Friday, we are happy to accept your donations and your name will still go in the draw (thanks Keith and Zelda for your donation last night).  
We are still trying to get at least 70 people to the dinner next week and will be opening it up to the Chemainus and Ladysmith clubs as well.
Just in case you haven't seen Roger lately, we've attached a picture that showcases his hair.  :)
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Nonnie receives award from Cowichan Interculteral Society

The following is the write up for Nonnie, from Michelle Redfern of the Cowichan Interculteral Society! 
The Children's Reading Group at the Cowichan Intercultural Society promotes English language literacy for children from non-English
 speaking homes.   
Eight to twelve Children meet weekly with a CIS staff member and a team of volunteers to learn English, develop their reading and writing skills and become more confidence in their
 English communication skills.  Learning activities are fun, creative  and engaging.  Over the past several months we have had several newcomers to our group who have arrived with absolutely no English. 
They have gradually grow in their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  It is challenging to adapt group activities and learning momentum in order to welcome these newcomers, especially without proper volunteer support.

Nicha "Nonnie"  Jatuweerawong is a Grade 11 Rotary  Exchange Student from Thailand who is currently attending Cowichan High
School.  She has been a dedicated volunteer  with the Children's Reading Group since last Fall.  She is
 dependable, positive, flexible and a beloved member of the team. 
The  children adore her and greet her with hugs when she enters the doorway.
 She is calm, friendly and very nurturing to the participants.  She easily builds relationships with the shy children and helps them feel
 secure enough to slowly start  to participate in group activities.   She is a service minded individual and is relentlessly positive, even after we have had a particularly
 challenging session.   
Her positivity not only motivates the children, it motivates me (the facilitator) when I am exhausted or overwhelmed by how best to come alongside the multiple needs in the group.   She is
quick to offer extra assistance and impresses me with her ingenuity at  searching for new strategies to work with the children.   The group benefits from her dedication, her humor and her positive outlook.
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June Student of the Month

Julie Scurr introduced May’s Student-of-the-Month Olivia Harrison, a grade 9 student at Cowichan Secondary School, Quamichan Branch, and the school’s Principal Geoff Drew.
She went over the usual criteria for the award and asked Geoff to speak to Olivia’s accomplishments.
Olivia is a very busy girl as she volunteers, dances, acts, coaches dancers and helps the students with the routines. She started a dog walking service, and along with
other leadership students, has raised $300 for the Food Bank and $500 for the Nepal Fund. Her work always exceeds expectations
and she is a top notch student.
Olivia thanked the club for the award and thanked Principal Geoff for his support. She would like to own her own business eventually and would like to join the Disney
Cruise Line, in the entertainment sector presumably. 
President Howard presented Olivia with her Certificate of Achievement along with a cheque for $100.
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January 2015 Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 25, 2015


Julie Scurr introduced Owen Laurie, grade 11, and Principal Jeff Rowan.  Jeff spoke to Owen’s accomplishments. Owen is Prime Minister of the Student Parliament at Frances Kelsey, has a wonderful singing voice, plays piano, is an athlete and academic who hopes to become a doctor one day. Owen and the Student Parliament raised funds for s sick fellow student through a McDonald milkshake fund raiser as well as other money raising events. He started in grade 9 as a member of DSAC (District Student Advisory Council) which he finds to be a lot of fun. He helps with the community and participates in the Backpack Program, also coordinates “Compassion Week” which covers Pink Day, Rainbow Day, anti-bullying and other prejudices. Owen thanked the club for the honour of the award. President Howard presented Owen with his Certificate of Achievement and a cheque for $100.

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Our Newest Member, Jeff Downie

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 18, 2015


Duncan Rotary is pleased to welcome Jeff Downie to our club.

L-R Past President Michael Lee, Bill Code, Jeff Downie, President Howard Goodridge.

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December 8th 2014 CARE Canada Speaker

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 07, 2014


President Howard introduced Ulrika Thomas from CARE Canada. Ulrika studied international relations and has an MBA from Calgary. She has been with CARE Canada for six months.

CARE began emergency relief work by delivering CARE packages to the people of Europe during and following WWII. The first 20,000 packages reached the battered Le Havre, France on May 11, 1946. 100 million more packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world. CARE Canada was established by Canadian Rotarian Vlad Kavan.

Today, CARE works in more than 80 countries to provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies; create sustainable food, water and nutrition solutions; improve basic health and education; and develop new economic opportunities in the world’s poorest communities.

Developing the capacity of entire communities is essential to CARE’s mission to fight poverty. CARE works closely with families, local groups, municipalities and governments to create sustainable solutions. The organization encourages local communities to take ownership of CARE’s programming to best achieve long-term success.

Experience has taught CARE that empowering women is essential to creating empowered communities, with gender equality between men and women a crucial part of success.

Instead of just supplying food aid, CARE works with communities to develop new farming techniques, provide nutrition training for new mothers and fathers, and find ways to adapt to climate change and be prepared for future droughts. CARE also uses the innovative village savings and loans groups where participants, primarily women, work together to save and build their own financial success.

CARE Canada is one of the few Canadian international organizations with a deployable team ready to respond at a moments notice. Ulrika has seen Shelter Box volunteers in the field along side CARE facilities. CARE is the first in and the last out of a disaster area. They work with Red Cross and many other humanitarian organizations. CARE is Canada’s global force dedicated to defending dignity and fighting poverty by empowering the world’s greatest resource for change: women and girls.
CARE focuses on women and girls because women produce one half of the world’s food but only own 1% of farmland. A man in impoverished areas gives 35 cents out of his earned dollar back to the family while a woman will give 70 cents from the dollar back to the family. 97% of CARE’s staff come from the countries they are in. CARE deals with issues on three levels: government leaders, religious leaders, and community leaders.

CARE’s maternal and child health projects will not only improve the lives of mothers and children but their positive impact will ripple across entire communities. By the time the projects are completed in 2015, they are expected to reach more than 2.3 million people. Focus is being placed in areas where chronic malnutrition and maternal and infant mortality rates are high.
A few of CARE’s projects are: Project TUKUY YANAPANA in Bolivia, collaborating for local economic development; Project ARNI in Zimbabwe, improving health and nutrition of vulnerable women and children; Project IFONS in Mali, an initiative for food security and nutrition; Project MAZIKO in Malawi, a Nutrition Foundation for mothers and children; Project PROMISE in Ghana, improving nutrition and strengthening the role of women; and Project ARNI in Ethiopia, another project for improved health and nutrition of vulnerable women and children. These projects were started in 2012. 94 cents from every dollar raised by CARE goes into the field. For more information and to donate visit CARE plays the role primarily as a logistics leader.



December 8th 2014 CARE Canada Speaker Corrine Thompson 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

December 2014 Student of the Month.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 07, 2014


Julie Scurr introduced December’s Student-of-the-Month, Sara Lowes, grade 12 student at Cowichan High. 

Principal Charlie Coleman mentioned that two of his middle school students and six of his high school students have been chosen for the award over the years.

Charlie spoke to Sara’s many talents. She is an exceptional athlete and a top notch academic student. She is a high level athlete in field hockey and has athletic scholarship offers from Universities in the States and Canada. Sara would like to study the sciences and hopes for a career in medicine. At school, she helps out quietly with coaching etc.

President Howard presented Sara with her Certificate of Achievement along with a cheque for $100. 

Sara thanked Rotary and her teachers, and went over all the projects that Rotary is involved in both on the community and internationally. A very informed and lovely young lady.

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December 1st 2014 Christmas Party!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 30, 2014

This year we chose a new venue, The Old Firehouse Winebar, owner Jeff Downie generously opening to hosting our event on the Monday, a day he is normally closed, and the food and drinks were excellent (and enjoyed by all).   

We had a white elephant gift exchange that had some very creative and surprising gifts, not the least of which was Julie Scurrs Parrot, Louie.  ImageImage







December 1st 2014 Christmas Party! Corrine Thompson 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

November 2014 Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 23, 2014


Julie Scurr introduced our November’s Student-of-the-Month, Wynn Rederburg. Wynn is a Grade 10 student at Francis Kelsey and  is on the DSCC as well as a rep for the Provincial School Advisory Committee, which comprises mostly grades 11 and 12 student. 

Lori Herniac, Vice-Principal of Francis Kelsey, called Wynn an incredible person. She has represented Francis Kelsey at DSCC for the past two years. Wynn is a high academic achiever and organizer. She has participated in the provincial ERASE, the anti bullying program.    Mary Kirschner praised Wynn for her academics as well and said Wynn was fast-tracked to graduate a year early. Wynn is involved in most school clubs and has started a new club to give back to the students and the school. She called Wynn a gracious and lovely young woman.

The Assistant Supervisor of School District 79 was honoured to be at the Rotary Club and to be in attendance to see such an exemplary candidate receive the award. She thanked the Rotary Club for its involvement with youth in the Valley through student exchange, scholarships, bursaries etc.

Wynn thanked the club for the honour and said she was pleased to be at the meeting with Rotary. DG Michael Procter presented Wynn with her Certificate of Achievement and with the cash bonus.

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District Governor Visit November 24 2014

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 23, 2014

Duncan Rotary was please to welcome our District Governor to our meeting on November 24th as part of his annual visits.  Duncan Rotary took advantage of his visit to have him present a number of awards to some of our members.


President Howard and DG Michael Procter called Per Dahlstrom up to the front to present him with a plaque honouring him for his dedication to Shelter Box and to Rotary. Per has been on five deployments to ravaged areas in foreign countries, most disasters caused by natural catastrophes. Stephanie Christianson called Per a dedicated volunteer. Joey Dahlstrom was commended for her support of her husband. Per is an excellent representative for Rotary with his devotion to helping others. Per received a well deserved standing ovation from his peers.

District Governor Visit November 24 2014 Corrine Thompson 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

United Way Cowichan 2015 Campaign Kick off Pancake Breakfast!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 12, 2014

This year Duncan Rotary was asked to co-sponsor United Way Cowichans annual kick off breakfast.  The event was held at Charles Huey Park, by the train station museum downtown Duncan, and by all accounts was a tremendous success.  This year United Way Cowichan was looking to create change, raise the level of engagement and awareness in the community.  

Many thanks to all the Rotarians who ere able to come out and support the breakfast and United Way Cowichan!




United Way Cowichan 2015 Campaign Kick off Pancake Breakfast! Corrine Thompson 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Duncan Rotary welcomes 2 New Members!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 07, 2014

Karen McClinchey inducted two new members today, Janet Harder and Jared Fath.  . President Howard then presented Janet and Jared with their name tags, Rotary Pins, and plaquesImage

L-R  Karen McClinchey, Jarred Fath, Janet Harder and President Howard Goodridge.

Duncan Rotary welcomes 2 New Members! Corrine Thompson 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Mariska Richters and her trip to the 2014 Sochi Olympics!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 10, 2014


Mariska Richters,our speaker for August 11th.   She presented the club with a photographic journal of her trip to the Sochi Olympics, 2014. Mariska was born in the Netherlands but grew up locally. She did business and web design in college and is now a professional photographer and travel blogger. Her Olympic passion started with the Vancouver 2010 Games where she had a media pass for the events. She ended up at the London 2012 Olympics as a fluke as she was visiting relatives in the Netherlands.

For the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Mariska brought tickets for nine events. She also needed to raise funds for the trip and with the help of relatives and friends she raised $7,300 in 25 days. Mariska was also featured on CBC’s “Road to the Olympics” documentary specials on TV.

Unfortunately, her luggage did not follow her to Sochi and she had to fill out the forms three times. The city of Sochi is one hour away from the Olympic sports venues. She found it hard to get into Canada Olympic House although they did hold an Open House on Valentine’s Day. In the meantime, Mariska met some really cool people and after four days her luggage finally arrived so she could return borrowed clothes.

She met some of Canada’s athletes as well as a brief encounter with President Putin when he was at Canada Olympic House. Mariska has many candid shots of crowd excitement during short track speed skating and many other events. Some of the sports she managed to get into included  Sports X and Snowboard X, Canadian Women’s semi finals game, ladies giant slalom, men’s quarter final game, and so on. 

Mariska had purchased two bronze medal game tickets  at home and ended up trading them for the for the men’s hockey finals gold medal game. Canada won 3 - 0. The whole team had their group photo under the rings and Mariska managed to get a shot of them as well. Apparently, no alcohol was sold inside the Olympic grounds. Everyone went to Swiss House to celebrate the hockey win because all Canadians could get in.

The next Summer Olympics is being help in Rio 2016 and the next Winter Olympics is in Pyeong Chang in 2018.

Mariska is selling some of her photos in postcard format and also compiling a book with her photos of the big event. For more info and purchase opportunities, she is on all social media at website:, facebook: MariskaRichtersPhotography, twitter: @mariskar, and

Mariska Richters and her trip to the 2014 Sochi Olympics! Corrine Thompson 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Visiting Rotarian from Austrailia

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 10, 2014


President Howard exhanged Rotary Banners with visiting Rotarian , Brian Graetz, from Adelaide Austrailia, Brian was attending with his cousin Mark Rice.

Visiting Rotarian from Austrailia Corrine Thompson 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Duncan Rotary gives $1150 to Basket Society

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 10, 2014


At Monday August 11ths meeting, President Howard Goodridge and Jim Cosh presented a $1150 cheque to Colleen Fuller of the Basket Society, these were the proceeds of the Duncan Daze Rotary Pancake Breakfast. . President Howard thanked Jim Cosh, Bob Fenske and Ray Bush for their superb organizing and handling of the breakfast. Colleen in her turn thanked the club for the generous donation. 
More people are coming to the soup kitchen for daily meals with less of a pull on the food baskets. She also mentioned that Rotary makes a real difference in the community.

Duncan Rotary gives $1150 to Basket Society Corrine Thompson 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Duncan Daze Rotary Pancake Breakfast 2014

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jul 11, 2014


Saturday July 12th, Rotary held our annual Pancake Breakfast in City Square.  It was a beautiful warm morning with over 200 attending.

This years breakfast Rotary went green, composting the paper plates, cups, napkins and wood cutlery!  Many thanks to Jim Cosh and Bob Fenske for the work they did for us to go green, getting compostable cutlery and arrange for the green bins, (they had to get the green bins from Bings Creek (3), and give a large deposit on them!)  We made a big hit with the all the people for being as green as possible! 

And a big thank you to all Rotarians that came and volunteer, making the event another great success!


Duncan Daze Rotary Pancake Breakfast 2014 Corrine Thompson 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Scholarship Recipients!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 08, 2014


At Monday June 9th's meeting, Jim Dias thanked the club for their support of the Scholarship & Bursary Program which has been going on for approximately 30 years with awards of up to $12,000 per annum. He thanked his review committee for their input. At the moment there is a downward trend in the number of applications. This year’s total was 27. Jim had 16 awards to present, 6 academic scholarships at $1,000 each, 8 academic bursaries at $700 each, and 2 vocational trade scholarships at $1,000 each.

The $1,000 academic scholarships were given to the following: Logan Swain, on to VIU for studies in either law and/or political studies; Miles Cutt, off to UVic to study engineering/chemical engineering; Andrew Tran, taking a Bachelor of Engineering at UVic; Steven Taylor, off to VIU in Nanaimo to attain a BSc; Julia Parmar, former exchange student, not able to make the meeting; and Sarah Ferguson, off to UBC to study to be a veterinarian for exotic animals and perhaps study primates as well. She is also a former exchange student who went ot Italy.

The $700 academic bursary winners are as follows: Bronwyn Glughammer, off to UVic to study general sciences; Taylor Quaife, off to Colorado to study sports and physiotherapy; Chloe Hamilton, taking a Graphic Design program at VIU; Michaela Berger, taking a BA in physical education and psychology; and not present for the meeting were Benjamin Craken, Mina Manhas, Sophia Haythornthwaite, and one other student.

The $1,000 trade scholarship was presented to Bailey Webber who is off to VIU in Nanaimo this fall to become a dental assistant, and Kaitlin Henry, who was not able to make the meeting.

All students thanked the club from the bottom of their hearts for the financial help that they had received. Each recipient was also handed a Certificate of Achievement by President Michael. Principal Charlie Coleman thanked the club for their support of the students and for making the community a much better place. He said that the presentation night at the school is the best night of the year. With the combined effort of service clubs including Rotary, personal donations etc., the school handed out $115,000 to the students. Thanks again to Rotary from the kids and the community.

Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients, seen here with Jim Dias, far left and President Michael Lee, far right.

Attending on Monday were recipients, Logan Swain, Miles Cutt, Andrew Tran, Steven Taylor, Sara Ferguson, Bronwyn Klughammer, Taylor Quaife, Chloe Hamilton, Makayla Berger and Bailey Wenberg

Not in attendance today Julia Parmar, Benjamin Cracknell, Danielle Comeau, Meena Manhas, Sophia Haythornthwaite, and Caitlin Henry.

2014 Scholarship Recipients! Corrine Thompson 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Comgratulations to Horst Norwrath on his 90th Birthday! Corrine Thompson 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Fence Construction at Clements Centre

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 23, 2014


Saturday May 24, Brian and Nick finished off the fencing project at the Clements Centre, after working at Providence Farm!!

Fence Construction at Clements Centre Corrine Thompson 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

May 24 Planting in the new Green House at Providence Farm

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 23, 2014


Saturday we were busy planting tomatoes and cucumbers in the new Providence Farm Greenhouse!   

LR - President Michael Lee, VP Corrine Thompson, Elizabeth Bieberger, Jim Dias and Nick Woywitka (Brian Bass was also there not sure where he went for the picture)!


May 24 Planting in the new Green House at Providence Farm Corrine Thompson 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Lake Cowichan Fish Hatchery releasing this year's salmon fry.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 17, 2014

President Michael Lee and Bryan Bass helped out at the Lake Cowichan Fish Hatchery this past weekend, helping release Salmon Fry. The Hatchery has been the recipient of the RBC Blue Water Grant the past 2 years, which they have to put excellent use helping ensure the survival of local salmon stocks! Image


Lake Cowichan Fish Hatchery releasing this year's salmon fry. Corrine Thompson 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Providence Farm Greenhouse

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 10, 2014

The Rotary Club of Duncan donated $23,000 to build a new greenhouse at Providence Farm. The new larger greenhouse will enable Providence to grow more produce and over a longer growing season, thus generating more income and help the farm become more self sustainable. Not only did Rotary donate the money, they also provided some "sweat equity" in the project.Image

Pictured in photo are Bryan Bass, Michael Lee, Robin Morin, Jim Dias and Ray Bush.

Providence Farm Greenhouse Corrine Thompson 2014-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Induction of new member Andrea Hudson

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 27, 2014

ImageKaren McClinchey presided over the induction of the club’s newest member, Andrea Hudson. Andrea was proposed by Bill Code. Cory Towriss will be her club mentor. Karen welcomed Andrea as a leader in her vocation, personifying Service Above Self, and with her commitment to the community, to her family, and business.  Bill and Denise have been supplying fruits and vegetables to her and her husband’s restaurant, Hudson’s on First. Andrea was born in Calgary, raised in the Valley, and this year received the “Young Entrepreneur Award” for Hudson’s on First. Karen presented Andrea with her Ideals of Rotary, Four Way Test plaques, while President Michael presented her with her Rotary pin and name badge.

Induction of new member Andrea Hudson Corrine Thompson 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

April Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 27, 2014

April Student of the month is Timothy Allen, from Chemainus Seconday, attending with Vice-principal Mark MartinImage

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April 14th meeting, a visit to Clements Centre

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 13, 2014


Our Monday April 14th meeting was a visit (with lunch) to the Clements Centre.  Rotary has provided support to Clements for many projects over the years, recently we helped them purchase a new convection oven ($5000) and just the week before, President Michael was contacted by Dominic (ED for Clements) regarding the building and land they purchased next door.  The outbuilding was in need of a new roof.

President Michael contacted Nick Woywitka, who arranged for the roofing materials to be donated by Pudge at Dodd's Lumber, and Lee from Lee's Roofing donated the labour to install the new roof.

 Duncan Rotary will also be helping with some fencing around the back yard area.  

Rotary members were given a tour of the full facility which provides assitance to many people in the Duncan community.

Pictures on the next page include, the therapeutic gardening area, a long narrow strip that runs along the back of their build, the back yard of the place next door 

April 14th meeting, a visit to Clements Centre Corrine Thompson 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Janelle Hardy, a former exchange student's story! April 7th meeting.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 06, 2014

We had the pleasure of hearing from  Yukon former exchange student, Janelle Hardy on Monday's meeting.  Janelle's exhange was to Japan in 1996, she was just 17 and had recently graduated from highschool, which was a requirement with the Yukon Rotary Club.

Janelle was born and raised in the Yukon and her family knew Jean Bessier and Pat there.  Janelle moved to the Cowichan Valley a year and a half ago with her daughter.

Janelle stated that the exchange program was incredible and that it creates an impact on the character that lasts a lifetime. As everyone knows, the Yukon is a vast space of wilderness with only 30,000 people in the whole province. When she arrived in Japan the culture shock was huge with so many people, so much building and no open space or wilderness. She had three host families, all in rural areas. Families farmed in the traditional way and lives in traditional and architecturally unique farm buildings.

Janelle told a few stories of her more humorous episodes while on exchange, such as falling off her bike into a dry rice paddy. She belonged to the Kendo club, and after school club. Her first host mom fed her a huge breakfast that she ate on her own. With the second host family, they sat down to breakfast together. She learned the importance of communication during her exchange.

Janelle was 8 inches taller than the average Japanese female and 5 inches taller than the males. She wasn’t sure about the school uniforms at first but they helped her to fit in. She learned humility from her many experiences, and after her 10 months in Japan she had the ability to understand incredibly different cultures, finding in the end that everyone belongs to one big happy family.

Her Japanese exchange led to more exchanges all over the world from Canada to Russia. In Ontario she got her masters Degree in Dance after a Degree in Anthropology. She learned how to help people heal through their bodies, sharing and healing through arts music and dance. She said that Rotary Clubs are incredible in their commitment to communities and youth. She thanked the club for all those students who have been at the receiving end of Rotary's kindnesses. Janelle also mentioned that coming home after Japan was a real reverse culture shock. She found herself answering her sister in Japanese at the beginning of her return home.


Janelle Hardy, a former exchange student's story! April 7th meeting. Corrine Thompson 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations January and February 2014 Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Feb 16, 2014
L-R Julie Scurr, Larry Mattin, Danielle Andersen, Lauren Frost, Kyla Bridge, President Michael Lee

Julie Scurr introduced Lauren Frost, January Student-of-the-Month, and the Vice-President of Lake Cowichan Secondary Kyla Bridge, and February Student-of-the-Month Danielle Andersen from Cowichan Valley Open Learning Co-op and principal of the school Larry Mattin. 

Kyla Bridge thanked the club for their commitment to youth. Lauren has a very distinguished record of leadership. The school has recently added grades 4 and 5 so now covers grades 4 to 12 in one school. Lauren noticed that the younger grades did not have a Christmas concert so she organized, as in wrote, directed, and cast the entire concert for the younger students. It was a huge success. Lauren is also academically inclined, has entered the Hector McIntosh Speaking Competition every year and has made the finals for each one, winning first once. Lauren thanked the club for sponsoring the Student-of-the-Month program.

Larry Mattin mentioned that he has known Danielle for a while. She came to the school struggling with anxiety. Danielle has progressed so much that she attended a leadership retreat, is a star student with great leadership hopes. She hopes to move on to university and go into teaching.

President Michael presented both girls with a Certificate of Achievement along with cheques of $100 for each one.

Congratulations January and February 2014 Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary buys new oven for the Clements Centre

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 05, 2014


Duncan Rotary President Michael Lee with Clements Centre ED Dominic Rockall and 3 of the centres participants in front of the new convection oven.  Duncan Rotary recently purchased the new oven for the centre.

Rotary buys new oven for the Clements Centre Corrine Thompson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary giving a helping hand serving at the Cowichan Foodbank Christmas Dinner

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 13, 2013

Saturday December 14th at the Duncan Christian School, Rotary volunteers helped serve, 2 seating's of 200 people each. 

It was a full Christmas Dinner including delicious turkey, cranberry sauce, peas and corn, stuffing and gravy.
Dessert and ice-cream.  And everyone got a gift from Santa!

L-R with Blue Rotary aprons, Nick Versteeg, Julie Scurr, Brent Jordan, Karen McClinchy, Denise Code and Ray Bush, thank you to everyone who volunteered!!Image

Rotary giving a helping hand serving at the Cowichan Foodbank Christmas Dinner Corrine Thompson 2013-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Volunteers at Cowichan United Way Run for the Claus

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 07, 2013

Sunday December 8th was a chilly morning, but all of the over 200 runner/walkers and the volunteers were ready to go. Rotary volunteers flagged at several crossing along the route. Thanks to Richard Odo, Jim Dias, Julie Scurr, Geoff and Vivian Young, Janice Patzwald, Michael Lee, Jim Cosh, Nora Dowsett, Bob Fenske and Corrine Thompson.

Rotary Volunteers at Cowichan United Way Run for the Claus Corrine Thompson 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Society Member Presentation November 18, 2013

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 17, 2013

Tav MacPherson, far left fellow Rotarian and today’s speaker whose topic was Foundation. . Tav is an active member of the Oak Bay Rotary Club, having served as President of that club and as Assistant District Governor for 5020. 

Tav had the pleasure of introducing three Paul Harris Society Members to the club - Jo Bodard, Corinne de Lange, and Wayne Grant. The Paul Harris Society Eligible Rotarians were Jack Abercrombie, Arthur Allan, Todd Blumel, Leighton Mellemstrand, Tammas Scott, and Jim Cosh. All members were presented with their pins by Howard.

Tav also issued a challenge to the club, with an every Rotarian every year with at least $26.20 from all members. This is the year to claim the 100% Member Contribution Award from the District. A sustaining member gives at least $100 in the Rotary Year.

Paul Harris Society Member Presentation November 18, 2013 Corrine Thompson 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Our outbound Summer Exchange Students - 2013

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 22, 2013

L-R Alex Painter, Kari Cowan and Shannon Brockhurst.

At our September 23rd meeting Barry Remus, International Exchange Student Coordinator introduced our Summer students who each went out for one month this summer, and had joined our meeting to give a presentation on their exhange.

First up was Kari Cowan who went to France in July. Kari is in grade 11 at Cowichan High. She stayed with French exchange student Juliette Le Fur and her family - mom Sandrine, eccentric and artistic, dad Pierre who is a fireman, and Juliette’s little brother of 12 years, Trevor. Kari has been in French immersion since the beginning of her schooling but found it difficult at first due to the speed which everyone spoke. They went to Paris and saw the usual attractions - the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and took a tour boat along the Seine all in one day. The family also took Kari to Saint Pabu on the coast where they went out in Pierre’s Zodiac. There were lots of pictures of Juliette’s friends, now Kari’s friends, out on various get togethers, shopping trips etc. They frequented La Mie Caline - similar to Tim Hortons, and had fabulous crepes at La Maison de la Creperie. Kari attended a Rotary dinner with Juliette’s parents where banners were exchanged. She thanked the club for a wonderful experience.

Next up was Shannon Brockhurst who went to the Netherlands between June 21 and July 22. Shannon is in grade 11 at Francis Kelsey. She visited Luxembourg, Brussels, Cologne and travelled all over the Netherlands, and into Germany as well. Her home town was Koln which is two hours away from Amsterdam. Her host mom was Hanicka, host dad was also a firefighter, and her host sister was Maartje. Her exchange sister was Nienke and they went shopping a lot. Shannon’s trip over was fairly horrible - she was so sick. This was her first time flying and she was under the weather for her first week with her host family. First thing she noticed was the age of everything (buildings etc.) as compared to Canada. They went to Roermond Designer Outlet, had fries with mayonnaise, and she really enjoyed the convenience of the trains. They visited Maastricht and she noticed the huge number of bikes everywhere. Another visit included Thorn, the town which is painted all white. Another highlight was the visit to Eftelung, precursor to Disneyland before all the European nursery tales were diluted to pretty nothings by that production house. The park has the biggest hydrotechnic show in Europe as well as a huge pyrotechnic show as well. Shannon loved Amsterdam, saw a Vermeer at a gallery, and went to Belgium twice and to a few places in Germany. Shannon had everyone in stitches and thanked the club for the great trip.

Alex Painter finished off the program with details of his month in Brazil. Alex has just graduated from Cowichan High. He stayed with a family in Assis, six hours from Sao Paulo. The first two weeks there all the summer exchange students were put together and tripped around the country. Alex spent two weeks with his host family. His favourite part of the trip with the other exchanges students was the trip to Rio where he saw the Christ statue. They went to art galleries, history museums etc. but unfortunately the translator only spoke Portuguese and German. He was very impressed with Igazu Falls. His host mom was Marina and his host brother was Marcelo, who spoke to the club when he was in Cowichan. Alex did take Portuguese language classes. He found Sao Paulo with its eight million people a little overwhelming. They went to Argentina where the hotels were amazing and the snorkeling wonderful. He mentioned that the churches were very beautiful and the students were in Rio at the same time as the Pope. He thanked Rotary for a  g reat trip and a great experience.

Our outbound Summer Exchange Students - 2013 Corrine Thompson 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Newest member inducted, Reverend Deborah Rivet!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 08, 2013
Deborah Rivet was inducted September 9th, as the Rotary Club of Duncan’s newest member. She was proposed by John Berikoff, at present in Hawaii, so Scott McIvor stood in his stead. The Rev. Rivet has been the serving the Anglican Parish of St. Peter’s for four and a half years. Prior to this she served the Diocese of Calgary for three and a half years. Prior to the ministry she was a mother and had a varied background in catering, restauranteur, hospitality, marketing and adult education. At age 45 she returned to university, entering Seminary at age 50 and completing her Masters Degree of Divinity from the College of Emmanuel at the university of Saskatchewan. Deborah was widowed eight years ago, has two adult children and three grandchildren. She met and was recently married to Duncanite Ed Bettiss on August 2, 2013
Newest member inducted, Reverend Deborah Rivet! Corrine Thompson 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

A thank you from Emmanuel!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 23, 2013

This is also posted  on our facebook site and I am posting here now as I appreciate that not everyone is using facebook.

I recently wrote to Manu asking him to share some the highlights of his time as Duncan Rotary's Exchange Student and here is his reply from August 24th;

Hi Corrine, sorry to answer quite late but I am pretty busy here between my driving license, friends and college! One year ago today I was arriving in Duncan and I would like to adress those few words to the club if possible (I would really like to give them news): 

"One year ago today I was arriving in Duncan, I was in an unknown place, not sure what to expect especially when I went to the first meeting at the Duncan club but met amazing people in this club, ready to help me and everybody in need in every possible way, as I told the club before, I was heavy hearted to leave, Duncan is now my second home and I will never forget what the rotarians did for me, I wish to thank all the club and especially my four host families: Karen and Brett, Gordon and Laraine, Nora and Andrew and Margaret and Rob, and especially Barry Remus who does an amazing job at looking after the exchange students.

I am very sad that I had to leave the Club and Duncan, but such is the life, it is made of opportunities, I had one to come ton Duncan, I took it and I shall be back one day, but for one I wish to extend a big THANK YOU to the club for everything, they could not have made it better in my opinion."

A thank you from Emmanuel! Corrine Thompson 2013-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Short term exchange Students Kari Cowan and Juliette Le Fur

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 18, 2013

Barry Remus ntroduced two Short Term Exchange Program students, Kari Cowan from the Valley and Juliette Le Fur from France. Kari had a wonderful time in France and didn’t have any trouble with the language as she has been in French Immersion for her whole life. She thanked Rotary for this great program. Juliette spoke in French with Kari translating. Juliette is from the north of France near Brest and has only been here a week. Juliette and President Michael exchanged banners

Short term exchange Students Kari Cowan and Juliette Le Fur Corrine Thompson 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

August 19th Cheque Presentation to Food Bank

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 18, 2013
President Michael, along with Pancake Breakfast organizers Bob Fenske and Jim Cosh, presented Colleen with a cheque for $1,150, which was the proceeds of the Duncan Daze Pancake Breakfast.   Colleen chose to give a brief rundown of  this organization. Colleen has been with the Food Bank for three years. In this day and age, the need for food donations is up and the donations are down. They have been having Flash Mob Feed drives to get donations from people who shop during Thrifty Foods dollar sales. The last drive filled three vans and they received $300 in cash donations.  

Colleen mentioned that families are most in need now as their children, who usually get feed lunch at school, are now home. The Food Bank does 45 hampers per day, feeding 1,200 people per month. The Food Bank is located at 5810 Garden Street. Last year $19,000 was raised from a fundraising Derby.

August 19th Cheque Presentation to Food Bank Corrine Thompson 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Saturday July 13 at Duncan City Hall

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jul 12, 2013


Rotary's annual pancake breakfast was a sell out this year!!  We stared out slow with people slowing coming in at 845ish, and by 10:15 we were out of pancakes and sausages, and that included a trip for more sausages!  Comments to me from Rotarians there was that it was the best year ever, and that we had never actually sold out of food before.  Scott will do the final tally and hopefully have the results for us at Monday's meeting!  A huge congratulations to all the Rotarians that were able to attend and make this breakfast a success!! 

Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Saturday July 13 at Duncan City Hall Corrine Thompson 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

District Govenor Pete Taylor Visit July 8, 2013

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jul 07, 2013

ADG Richard Calverley introduced District Governor Pete Taylor with a run down of his history. Pete was born in New Jersey and raised in Miami where he became a ‘rock jock’ (DJ). He spent three years in radio in Honolulu, was CEO and GM of stations in Boston and San Francisco, and eventually started a PR firm in San Francisco. He joined Rotary in Tacoma, was President of the club twice, chair of the Duck Race, and also ADG.

DG Pete said he was honoured to serve as DG. He has been the President of two clubs and is proud of his position and proud of the clubs who sponsored him. He encouraged members to think where the club is right now and think about where the club is going for the future. He thanked everyone for welcoming him and Christine in such fine style

District Govenor Pete Taylor Visit July 8, 2013 Corrine Thompson 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

June 24 2013 Installation Dinner at Vimy Hall

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 23, 2013

President Michael Lee introduced his new Board members and Directors: President-Elect - Howard Goodridge; Vice-President - Corrine Thompson; Past Past-President - Karen McClinchey; Secretary - Roger Hart; Treasurer - Sean Heard; Foundation - Howard Goodridge; Community Service - Doyle Childs; International Service - Nick Versteeg; Club Administration - Dale Letourneau; Public Relations - David Lowes; Membership - Scott McIvor; and New Generation (Youth) - Nora Dowsett.  

June 24 2013 Installation Dinner at Vimy Hall Corrine Thompson 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholarships and Bursaries June 2013

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 16, 2013

ImageJim Dias introduced the winners of the 2013 Cowichan Secondary Scholarships & Bursarys given out by the Rotary Club of Duncan. Jim mentioned that he was honoured to be in the position as chair of Scholarships and Bursaries that the club hands out, and he thanked his committee for all their dedicated work: Micheal Lee, Karen McClinchey, and  Corinne de Lange. He also said how refreshing it was to see the outstanding level of excellence on all the applications for the awards. The students were called forward to receive their Certificates of Achievement and their awards from President Gordon

The winners from the first of four categories: Academic Scholarships of $1,000 each - Travis Lee (on to VIU for a Bachelors degree in Business Administration); Madison Gray (spending one year on her piano levels and then to UBC for a degree in Education and piano);  Graham Winship (on to UVic for software engineering); Gavin Hollebakken (on to UVic for an engineering degree); and Riley Heard (on to UVic to study sociology).

The recipients of the Academic Bursary of $700 each - Abby Lise (is firstly going on a trip with Canada World Youth, a 6 month program with 3 months in Canada and 3 months in a third world country, then on to dentistry at UVic); Devina Parhar (on to Camosun College for Criminal Justice); Courtney Maitland (on to UVic to study microbiology then on to be a doctor); Foster Schlienz (off to the university of Northern B.C. to take business and marketing); Samantha Jory (on to U of A to study nursing or environmental studies); and Scout Houlihan (on to Camosun for mechanical engineering).

The Vocational/Trade Scholarship winners of $1,000 each: Colton Mann (on to Camosun College for electrical engineering and renewable energy sources), and Tyson Jane (on to VIU for a welding program).

The following are the Vocational/Trade Bursary winners of $700 each: Zachary Iwazyk (on to VIU for heavy duty mechanics), and Carolyn Ruttan (off to Idaho for interior design).

Congratulations to all of the students, very well done and we wish you every success in the future!

Rotary Scholarships and Bursaries June 2013 Corrine Thompson 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

Emmanuel Fleureax, Rotary Exhange Student from France

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 16, 2013

Exchange student Emmanuel Fleureax (aka Manu) gave his presentation to the club. He leaves on July 10. Emmanuel put together a power point presentation with facts and pictures of his country and his home town. He speaks French, English and Spanish.  Manu presented a short history and over view of France and the area where he is from, Bordeaux. 

Manu's family now lives in Bordeaux in the southwest of France, ( they actually moved after he came to Canada last year, so he has not yet seen his new home) in the Gironde, Aquitaine area. The city has a million inhabitants, is 500 km from Paris, and is renown for its shipbuilding industry. It is a very active city with lots of universities, colleges, arts and sciences. The old town has been refurbished and is now very attractive and safe. The tramway has hop-on, hop-off service. Bordeaux also is known for its gastronomy and wines. It is famous for its fois gras, its truffles, and its Bordeaux wines. 

When asked about the differences in culture, his said that the attitude towards alchohol was the biggest difference, and what he will miss most.....Bacon, ah we have made him a true Canadian after all!  

I know I speak for all when I say that we have truly enjoyed having Manu as our exchange student this year, he is a lovely young man and as he gets ready to leave us soon, we wish him all the best in his new adventures!


Emmanuel Fleureax, Rotary Exhange Student from France Corrine Thompson 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary & NEF Dentistry Program Nepal 2013 with Dr. Jeff Phillips

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 12, 2013
Susan Marshall who has been involved with the club through her Nepal Education Fund and the Dental Camps. Dr. Jeff Philips, a dentist from Bainbridge Island in Washington, are just back from one of the dental camps that was held in Nepal. His presentation was an album of the many photos he took of the Rotary & NEF Dentistry Program Nepal 2013.   Dr Phillips gave an excellent presentation on the work being done their to help children with the dental health. Image
Rotary & NEF Dentistry Program Nepal 2013 with Dr. Jeff Phillips Corrine Thompson 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0

June Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 09, 2013
ImageConner Hayer of Quamicvhan Middle School, attended with his father Sarb Hayer and Vice Principal Geoff Drew,
June Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
12 hour Relay for Life June 2nd, at the Cowichan Sports Plex Corrine Thompson 2013-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

May Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 26, 2013
May's Students, from Mt Prevost Middle School are Kennedy Pement and Bailey Marchetti, seen here with teacher Claire Whitney.  Image
May Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Hector MacIntosh 2013 Semi-Finalists!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 05, 2013
L-R Donna Dawe, Ben Williams, Philip Schneider, Alexis Elliott, Ethan Smith and Halley Bryant.

Monday May 6th, as is usual the week before the Hector McIntosh Speaking Finals, Donna Dawe had a selection of students in to give their semi-final round speeches. All the young speakers unfortunately did not make it into the finals.  There was one new school entering students. The five students that gave their speeches were Ethan Smith from Brentwood and his topic was “Universal Language”. Halley Bryant has a very amusing speech titled “Eyebrows”. Alexis Elliot spoke on “Misunderstanding Can Lead to Stereotyping”. Ben Williams from Maple Bay School spoke on “Little Brothers”. Lastly was Philip Schneider from Alex Aiken School with “My Weird Family”.  The stories and students were very entertaining, and they each had a polished presentation!  Very well done for each of them.   Reminder the Hector MacIntosh Finals are Monday May 13th, 5:30 at the Travel Lodge, talk to Corinne DeLange if you need tickets!

Hector MacIntosh 2013 Semi-Finalists! Corrine Thompson 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

April Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 28, 2013


Howard Goodridge introduced April’s chosen student with the criteria for the awarding of the Student-of-the-Month Certificate of Achievement. Logan Dutrisac is a grade 8 student at George Bonner School. With him was Veronica Allan, a teacher/librarian at the school. She has known Logan’s family since 2001. Logan is her right hand young man in the library and has held a library monitor position for three years. He is in helping out with early morning jobs as well as end of day jobs in the library. Veronica describes him as being trustworthy, honest, and reliable. Logan is also involved with the school’s year book as photographer, and in the lunch time sales of quesadillas and pizzas. He helps special needs students with his signature patience and kindness. The principal Ms. Grant describes Logan as the most polite, respectful and responsible of any student she has known. President Gordon presented Logan with the Certificate of Achievement along with a cheque. 

April Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Valerie Russel of Dwight International School, Climate Reality Project Canada

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 28, 2013

On August 13, 2012 – 115 Canadians were nominated to take part in a formal training offered by the Honourable Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States, and Nobel Prize Laureate. The Canadian delegation will join 800 new presenters from over 20 countries, on August 21-23, in San Francisco, California. 

The participants represent a wide range of backgrounds and ages and include students, lawyers, university professors, business leaders, environmental consultants, engineers, professionals from diverse sectors, and climate scientists. Valerie Russell from Maple Bay, BC, will be part of the group of Canadian trainees and will be available to offer free presentations on climate change as of October 1st, 2012.  Valerie has a degree in genetics from the University of Berkley, California. She now teaches grade 11 and 12 biology and ecology courses at Dwight International School.  Valerie also is the school’s fencing coach. She and her husband with their three children moved to the Cowichan Valley a number of years ago. She gives talks around the Cowichan Valley on Global warming.


Valerie Russel of Dwight International School, Climate Reality Project Canada Corrine Thompson 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Linda Whitehead, Rotarian Whiterock/Semiahmoo

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Mar 24, 2013

ImagePresident Gordon Butt introduced Linda at our meeting March 15th, she gave a presentation on the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation (CWF) an organization that she is very involved with. The CWF has been in existence for 10 years and the Foundation was started in 2003. Its office is based in Surrey, has two people, and its true success is from partnerships with Rotary Clubs, and Rotary Districts all over the world.  For more information go to

The Foundation’s vision is to deliver mobility to the physically disabled in developing countries to give the recipients dignity, hope, freedom and opportunity. They approach this matter through public education and other initiatives. The group speaks around the world describing the challenges of the disabled. The second major job is the physical delivery of wheelchairs. They have delivered 34,000 wheelchairs in over 35 countries. Through their public education program, countries are now viewing the disabled in a different light. They have forged incredible relationships both on the helping side and on the recuperative side.

Linda Whitehead, Rotarian Whiterock/Semiahmoo Corrine Thompson 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

March 2013 Student of the Month - Sara Gillis

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Mar 10, 2013
Sara Gillis, this month’s recipient is in grade 11 at Frances Kelsey. Mary Kirchner, Counsellor and Teacher at Frances Kelsey Secondary spoke on Sara’s accomplishments.  While in grade 9 Sara stood up to a bully, and has since then continuously been standing up against bullying. Last week they had their Pink Shirt Day. Sara has created a blog site called “My Peace Treaty” ( which is full of positive messages. In the school they have a Welcome Wagon for new students with a designated mentor in another student. Sara goes above and beyond to help others. Sara thanked the club for the honour of the award. President-Elect Michael presented Sara with a Certificate of Accomplishment and with a cheque for $100 for her use. Sara hopes to go on to become a high school teacher and counsellor and help other little grade 9 Saras.Image
 L-R  Howard Goodridge, PE Michael Lee, Sara Gillis and Mary Kirchner
March 2013 Student of the Month - Sara Gillis Corrine Thompson 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Joan Toone, President of the Polio Society of BC

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Feb 24, 2013
Joon Toone, who is herself a polio survivor gave a very moving  presentation on the devastating effects polio has had on the world, Rotary being involved in the immunization program around the world and the Polio Plus Program being the largest initiative in the world working to eradicate the disease  Joan itemized the history and statistics of the disease in Canada and around the world, giving types, kinds of infections, development of vaccines by Salk and Sabine, and the many horrors of the disease that the children went through. There was also a stigma against any child who had survived the disease and they were discriminated against. Both she and her brother had polio as children.  Joan mentioned all the good work being done, including the Bill Gates Foundation, and Rotary’s worldwide immunization program, and some of the challenges encounterImage huge logistical problems in many countries with distribution, politics, and social differences. Three countries are still not polio free - Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Three years ago polio was endemic in India. Now there are no new cases in that country.  Joan is also a Paul Harris Fellow and has received the Rotary District Service Award.
Joan Toone, President of the Polio Society of BC Corrine Thompson 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

February Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Feb 24, 2013
Alyssa Florio from the Cowichan Valley Open Learning Cooperative is ouir February Student of the month.  She attended with the school’s principal, Larry Mattin.    He mentioned that Alyssa in his eyes is Student-of-the-Year. She is in grade 12 and after a couple of really tough years after loosing her dad, she is now excelling and doing extremely wellImage with 9 courses this year as well as a UVI first year English course on top of it all. She is hoping to go on to get a BSc with an eye to a future in medicine. Alyssa is also an accomplished hockey player and in floor hockey she outscores the boys. She is an excellent chess player and is great with the staff and with her fellow students.
February Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Update to January 14th Story, Habbitan School in Nepal railings installed!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 29, 2013
ImageImageAll in all, a very effective, high value-added mini-project that has almost instantly transformed for the better the quality of study & work environment for these 160 or so children and their teachers.  They can now safely use the upper storey of this new school, in all weathers, and have proper classroom furniture to sit and study. The upper storey stairway and the upstairs outside walkways now have safety railings, as you can clearly see here. No longer are kids facing the constant risk of serious injury, broken bones from falling off. (by Joe Simpson of Daybreak Rotary Club)
Update to January 14th Story, Habbitan School in Nepal railings installed! Corrine Thompson 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Duncan Rotary Donates $2000 to Nepal Education Fund!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 13, 2013

President Gordon Butt, presented Susan Marshall, founder of Nepal Education Fund, with a Cheque for $2000 at our January 14th meeting. Susan gave a short presentation on how the monies are being spent and distributed properly through partnerships with Kathmandu Rotary Clubs. Susan’s next project is to finish the Chalnakhel Village School. This is a joint project involving the Duncan Daybreak Club, the Rotary Club of Duncan, and the Nepal Education Fund. For more information and ways to donate, visit her website at

Duncan Rotary Donates $2000 to Nepal Education Fund! Corrine Thompson 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Duncan Rotary Donates $358 to the Foodbank

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 12, 2012

These funds were raised at our annual Christmas Dinner, though the 50/50 draw and a raffe of the table centre pieces, held this year at Cowichan Golf Club on Dec 12th.

December 13th President Elect Michael Lee, presented the cheque to the Cowichan Food Bank!  Thank you to all who contributed, the funds are greatly appreciated by the foodbank, especially this time of year!  Merry Christmas everyone!


Duncan Rotary Donates $358 to the Foodbank Corrine Thompson 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Volunteers at Cowichan United Way Run for the Claus

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 08, 2012
Sunday December 9th was the 2nd Annual Cowichan United Way Run for the Claus.  Terry Shepherd of Duncan Rotary, also a director on the Cowichan United way, put together a group of Rotary volunteers for the marshalling stations!  It was a drizzly day but this did not dampen the spirits of the runners and walkers, this years event was well attended with just over 200 Santas participating!   Many thanks to the Rotarians who helped out, your time is much appreciated!   Cory Towriss, Janice Patzwald, Jim Cosh, Ray Bush, Terry Shepard and his daughter, Corrine Thompson, Nora Dowsett ( please let me know if I have missed any oneImage
Rotary Volunteers at Cowichan United Way Run for the Claus Corrine Thompson 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Breakfast with Santa December 2012

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 07, 2012

Saturday was a bright sunny and chilly for our annual Rotary Breakfast with Santa in the Duncan Mall.  This year was very well attended, with an estimate of over 150 people.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out, I did miss a picture of Janice Patzwald, who was very busy with cloth in had, keeping the tables clean for new guest arriving and Jim Cosh keeping the sausages organized! 


Breakfast with Santa December 2012 Corrine Thompson 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 02, 2012
Foster Schlienz is a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary.  Foster is involved with many activities in the school, in particular with the sports teams,  coaching, volunteering, and commentating at the games.  Charlie Coleman, Principal of Cowichan Secondary spoke of Foster's excellent qualities as a student, coach and mentor. Foster's parents, Julie and Harold Schlienz attended with Foster.Image
Student of the Month Corrine Thompson 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donation to Cowichan Sportsplex

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 02, 2012
December 3rd Rotary made a dontation of $5000 to improvements at the Cowichan Sportsplex.  In attendance to accept the donation were Chesterfield Sports Society President Don McClintock and Sportsplex Executive Director Catherine Brandon.
Rotary Donation to Cowichan Sportsplex Corrine Thompson 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

November Student of the Month Jace Kenney

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 25, 2012

Our November Student of the month Jace Kenney, a Grade 12 Student from Chemainus Secondary.  Attending with Jace, Sian Peterson ( to Gordon's right) Principal at Chemainus Secondary, his mother Gina Brown and Grandparents, Merv and Ferne Brown.


November Student of the Month Jace Kenney Corrine Thompson 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Bob Fenske!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 04, 2012

At our November 5th Meeting, Ed Foughner, Qualicum Sunrise Rotary Member, ADG for District 24 and Rotary Foundation Officer, along with Howard Goodridge, presented Bob Fenske with his Paul Harris + One.


Congratulations Bob Fenske! Corrine Thompson 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

October Student of the Month

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Oct 28, 2012

Kaileyne Stevenson, who attends Cowichan Secondary School and is the elected Chair of the District Student Advisory Committee is our October Student of the month.  With her are Charlie Coleman, Principal of Cowichan Secondary and Joe Rhodes, Superintendent of Schools.



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3 New members to Duncan Rotary

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Oct 14, 2012
October 15th we were pleased to welcome and induct 3 new Members, Doyle Childs, Janice Patzwald and Cory Towriss.  These new members were introduced to Rotary by Barry Remus, Karen McClinchy and Bill Code respectively.
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Balme Dairy Farm Visit September 24, 2012 Corrine Thompson 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

2012 High School Scholarship

Posted by Dag Waddell on Jun 17, 2012
The Rotary Club of Duncan was very proud to once again present its annual High School Scholarship awards this June.  This year a total of $18,000 was presented to the following promising graduates of 2012.
Academic Scholarships

Nikole Simons              Christina Scholten            Cody Swain
Ilia Fernandez              Emily Friedrich                  Sophie Cutt
Jonathan Parlee          Stacie Thiessen                 Heather Derocher
Krista Schmidt
Academic Bursaries

Auston Wilson              Blake Torok-Both              Megan Sakuma
Jessica Colbourne       Lindsay Wise                    Cailee Miner
Kieran Lauridsen         Heather Hughes-Adams
Vocational/Trade Scholarship

Patrick Warren
Vocational/Trade Bursaries

Isaac Charlie              Stephen Ryder
2012 High School Scholarship Dag Waddell 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

2012 Hector McIntosh Winners

Posted by Tracy Hamilton on May 13, 2012

31st Annual Hector McIntosh Student Speaking Awards winners from the May 14th finals held at the Travelodge Silver Bridge.  In total $4,370 in prizes were awarded. 



1st    Kyleigh Truhn            Maple Bay                (front row left )

2nd   Aidan Doyle              Ecole Mill Bay          (front row right)

3rd    Rafael Park               Maple Bay                (front row centre)



1st     Parker Schmidt         Quamichan              (middle row right)

2nd    Michelle Purchase    Quamichan              (middle row centre)

3rd     Liam Brockley         Queen of Angels       (middle row left)




1st     Lauren Frost              Lake Cowichan        (grey blazer – middle)

2nd    Sara Taylor                Brentwood              (red head – back row right)

3rd     Bailey Callihoo          Lake Cowichan       (back row – male- middle)




1st     Maddy Torrie             Shawnigan                (back row – blonde- right)

2nd   Krista Schmidt            Cow. Sec.                 (back row left)

3rd   Sydney Biello              Cow. Sec.                 (Mid row – left – striped dress)

2012 Hector McIntosh Winners Tracy Hamilton 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

Governor's Visit

Posted by Dag Waddell on Mar 28, 2011
Governor Bob Visited the Duncan Club on July 26, 2010 and presented the members a clear view of RI and his priorities for the year. This year's theme is Building Communities Bridging Continents.
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Nepal Dental Camp

Posted by Dag Waddell on Mar 27, 2011
The dental program that the club initiated in partnership with the Nepal Educuation Fund to treat the sponsored students of NEF to improve their oral health just completed another dental camp in Pokhara Nepal funded primarily from the last round of donations from the Rotary Club of Duncan.
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Alexander School Edible Garden

Posted by Pat McCarthy on Mar 18, 2011

On Saturday March 19th, members and volunteers from the Cowichan Green Community, Rotarians and volunteers from the Alexander Neighbourhood Association joined forces to start the creation of an edible garden.

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Chimkhola School Matching Grant Project Handover

Posted by Dag Waddell on Mar 18, 2011

The Chimkhola School Improvements Matching Grant project that was completed in partnership with the Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak and the Rotary Club of Pokhara Annapurna Nepal with the significant assistance of Mann BK of the Nepal Education Funds celebrated the project completion with a handover ceremony on March 19, 2011.

 Pictures of the school project and ceremony can be seen on the

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Mann BK Recieves Paul Harris Fellow Dag Waddell 2011-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation & The Cowichan Seniors Directory

Posted by Tracy Hamilton

The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation with assistance from the Rotary Club of Duncan and its members,launched the new Cowichan Seniors Directory

The publication is available through Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), at various businesses throughout the Cowichan Region, or by calling Vicki Holman at 250-715-6481

Cowichan Seniors Directory

Cowichan Seniors Directory

Cowichan Seniors Directory 2014

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Chalnakhel School, Nepal, The finished Project Corrine Thompson 0

Club Awards $7500 in High School Scholarships

Posted by Dag Waddell

The Rotary Club of Duncan presented four academic and one vocational/trade bursary and three academic and one vocational/trade scholarship at the Cowichan Secondary School Awards Night on Jun 9, 2010.  The total value of the awards was $7,500.

For the night a total of 161 awards were presented from various service clubs, businesses, and families for a grand total of $90,700.  Additionally, entrance scholarships from various schools both within and outside BC provided approximately an additional $100,000 to well deserving students. 

The students receiving awards from the Club have been invited to join the club for lunch on June 28th to come and tell us a little bit about themselves and to receive certificates.

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District Friendship Exchange

Posted by Dag Waddell


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The club hosted the District Friendship Exchange team from Northumberland England, District 1030.  Members of the team include:  Martin Taylor (wife Jo) Durham, Mike Simon (wife Sylvia) Whitney Bay, Mike Jackson (wife Wendy) Blyth, Laurie Turner (wife Sionad) Durham, Stuart Atkins (wife Chris) Middelsbough, and David Hill (wife Marianne) Stokeley.

The team enjoyed themselves very much on this leg of the exchange and were very encouraging about members of the club staying for a visit in North England should we ever find ourselves over there.

Much thanks is owed to Jeff Young for organizing and to the host families for providing bed and breakfast accomodations. 

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GSE Team Visit A Great Success

Posted by Dag Waddell

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) team visit in the Cowichan Valley May 26-31 was a tremendous success and enjoyed very much by all that were able to participate and interact with this great group from Norway.  The club can be very proud of an excellent job hosting our visitors and despite the poor weather everyone had an excellent time.  It was sad to see them go but that is to be expected after a great exchage.  

Back Row:  Eline, Katharina, Dag, Finn, Kirsten, Guro.  Front Row: Anette, Arthur.

Follow the team on the rest of their journey through our district on their blog 

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Hector McIntosh

Posted by Dag Waddell


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The Finals of the 29th annual Hector McIntosh student public speaking competition ran on May 17th and saw stiff competition again this year.  It was a terrific night enjoyed very much by all in attendance. 

Donna Dawe hosted the evening at the Silverbridge doing an excellent job.  As Donna said at the end of the evening the speeches weren't good, they were great. 

The competitors completed for $4375 in prize money at this year's event. 

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Meet The Norway GSE Team

Posted by Dag Waddell

  Our club will be hosting the Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Norway in our valley from May 26 - May 31.  The team consists of 4 team members (non-Rotarians under 40 years of age) and one team leader (Rotarian).  During their time with us we have organized both vocational and fellowship activities for them to participate in.  As the Itinerary is firmed up it'll be published for the club.  Having the team in our area is a great opportunity for the members to experience the international side that Rotary has to offer.  The team includes:

Leader:             Finn Gomnaes

Member:          Anette Rossum Bastnes

Member:          Eline Rostad

Member:          Guro Mork Johnsen

Member:          Katharina Johanna Ritzel

Club members can view the team members' bios and goals for their visit by going to club documents (Documents 31-35).  Follow link below.

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Rotary Supports the Cowichan Music Festival

Posted by Dag Waddell

ballet, dance, arts, ballerina The Cowichan Music festival ran its 61 annual event over three evenings featuring:  Dance, Instruments, Piano, Speech, Vocal/Choral, and Musical Theatre performances.  The Rotary club once again participated as a supporter of the bursaries and scholarships program presenting a total of 8 over the three nights. 

The level of talent that the young people of our valley demonstrate in their performances can make all members of the community proud.  The committment that both they and their instructors/coach make to achieve this level deserves special recognition and the organizers of the Cowichan Music Festival are to be thanked for their service to the Arts community.

Cowichan is hosting the Provincial competition this year from May 23-27 and it promises to be an incredible showing of talent.  Cowichan performers will be well represented at the competition this year.  If you're looking for something worthwhile to support plan on attending, you will be impressed by the dedication you see these performers make to their craft.

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Drinkwater Road Cleanup

Posted by Dag Waddell

On Saturday March 27 the Club made another run along Drinkwater road to clean up the garbage that had accumulated.  Members:  Jim Cosh, Nick Kulhawy, Ray Bush, Arthur Allan, Leighton Mellemstrand, Barry Remus, and Dag Waddell made a quick 2 hours sweep from Highway 1 to Highway 17 loading a full trailer of garbage.  Number one item, cigartte packages - Jim is definately forming some new opinions of Export A smokers in particular.

Successful clean up followed by a good visit at Tim Hortons.  More pictures under the club photos section.

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Rotary Photo Gallery

Posted by Dag Waddell
Links to Rotary's online photo library, where Rotarians can download thousands of photographs. Visit Rotary Images
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Student of the Month

Posted by Dag Waddell
 Hailey Hudson receives her award of Student of the month.  President Dag and Vice Principal Jeff Rowan presenting.
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Success & Fun At The Gala Dinner & Auction

Posted by Dag Waddell

The Rotary Club of Duncan hosted another successful Annual Gala Dinner and Auction Feb 6.  From all indications everyone enjoyed themselves, the meal was great and the committee did a fantastic job filling the place up with auction items and generous people to bid on them. The club would like to thank all those that participated to make this event a success and would like to extend a special thank you to the sponsors of the event, including those that provided "In Kind" donations:  Whole Hog Productions, The Print Shop, Solitaire Press, Travelodge Silverbridge, 89.7 Sun FM, Special Occasions, Cowichan Valley Roses & More, Vivid. 

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2010 Youth Exchange Student Roy Tannar

Posted by Dag Waddell

Roy Tannar - Roy is looking forward to practising his French in France.  He has grown up in the CowichanValley and enjoys new challenges and opportunities.  He likes rowing with the Junior Team at the MapleBay Rowing Club, playing a few musical instruments and enjoys travelling.  Roy enjoys the English language and hopes to some day do some screen writing or Journalism after he completes a Bachelor of Arts at UBC.

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2010 Youth Exchange Student Fiona Jensen

Posted by Dag Waddell

Fiona Jensen - Fiona is excited about heading to Denmark to learn more about her family heritage and culture.  She has grown up on an acreage in the CowichanValley and enjoys the rural surroundings where her three dogs have space to frolic.  She enjoys highland dancing, swimming, travelling and participating in volunteering youth programs such as candy striping. One of her favourite classes is Art and her future plans include attending University to study nursing. 

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Posted by Dag Waddell

RYLA - 41 Years

The Rotary club of Duncan is looking for applicants for this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program running March 18-21, 2010 at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State.  The deadline for applicants is Feb 19.   To apply please forward your application to the Dirctor of Youth, Nora Dowsett.

RYLA is Rotary's training program for young leaders. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.  For more information please follow the link provided.

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Applicants Sought for Adventures in Citizenship

Posted by Dag Waddell

Sitting in the Prime Minister's chair in Parliament.

The Rotary Club of Duncan is accepting applications from Canadian Students aged 16-18 that wish to participate in the Adventures in Citizenship program hosted by the Rotary Club of Ottawa.  Deadline for applications to the Duncan Club is Feb 19, 2010.  To apply please direct correspondence to Director of Youth, Nora Dowsett.

The Program will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2010! This spring, 220 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada will spend four days in the National Capital in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society.

For More information follow the link provided

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Club Supports Cowichan Athletic Alumni

Posted by Dag Waddell


Rotary Club of Duncan members voted today to provide $5000 of support to the Cowichan Athletic Alumni Association to help fund the latest purchase of a 25 seat passenger bus.  The bus is an up grade from the 15 seat vans that are being phased out due to safety concerns.  The work of the Cowichan Athletic Alumni is paramount in facilitating extra circular activities for the student of Cowichan.  This is the second time the club has helped this group with the excellent work that they do for our community.

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Club Auction Goes Hi Tech

Posted by Dag Waddell

Rotarian Tracy Hamilton's vision to expand the reach of the club's annual fundraising auction resulted in an email version of absentee bidding for a number of specific items that will be advertised in the local paper prior to the event on Saturday, Feb 6. 

The public, or members that won't be able to attend can simply email their bids to the advertised email address.  The club is hopeful the concept will raise additional funds for important service projects. 

Additionally, the advertised bid items give the club great exposure in the local community.

The items up for bid can be viewed on the following link.

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Club Sends Support to Haiti

Posted by Dag Waddell

The Rotary Club of Duncan had an outpouring of support for Haiti and the Shelterbox program during the week.  Funds to purchase 16 ShelterBoxes for the disaster relief effort were tallied.  Times like this really show the true strength of Rotary and what it has to offer the world.  For more information about ShelterBox follow the link below.

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New Stoves for Community Kitchens

Posted by Dag Waddell
President Dag helps Community Kitchen's Lori Iannidinardo unload two new stoves that they were able to buy from a donation from the Rotary Club.
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Rotary Takes A Turn On The Salvation Army Kettle

Posted by Tracy Hamilton

Rotary Club of Duncan members Horst Nowrath and Pat McCarthy, ring the bells for the Salvation Army's Kettle Drive last Saturday outside Duncan's Superstore.  Before the end of the day, the two Rotarians added to the local Kettle Drive with a donation of over $500 raised during the recent Rotary 'Pancake Breakfast with Santa' held at the Duncan Mall .  In the true Christmas Spirit, club members at the breakfast cooked and delivered, additional pancakes and sausages to the local Cowichan Valley Food Bank.   

Rotary Takes A Turn On The Salvation Army Kettle Tracy Hamilton 0

Breakfast with Santa

Posted by Dag Waddell

Big thanks to all the volunteers that came out and helped with the Breakfast with Santa.  Funds that were raised will be donated to the Salvation Army's annual kettle drive.  The club has signed up to jingle the bells for the Salvation Army at the Superstore location on Dec 19 from 10 am to 6 pm.

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Chimkhola, Nepal Elevation

Posted by Dag Waddell
Just in follow up to the presentation about Chimkhola Nepal about the evevation of the village. It sits at 8200 feet. The trail to trek to Chimkhola starts in Beni, 7 hours away. Beni sits at 2600 feet, that's a gain of 5600 feet to get to Chimkhola. That's a fair hike!!
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Volunteer for India Polio Immunization Dag Waddell 0

Video Link from Governor Alex

Posted by Dag Waddell
Please share this with your members. Sportsmanship and character are so important for or young students. HAVE FUN Alex
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RI Convention Montreal Jun

Posted by Dag Waddell
Canada will host the Rotary world at our International Convention in Montreal from  June 20-23, 2010. We will be celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Canada in 2010. With your help we will host the best convention ever held in Canada or anywhere in the Rotary world!
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Rotary International Website Member Access Dag Waddell 0
Our New 2009-2010 Club Executive Dag Waddell 0
2009-2010 District 5020 Calendar of Events Dag Waddell 0

Larraine Says Good Bye

Posted by Dag Waddell
Exchange student Larraine Lerat says good-byes and thank you for a great year in Canada.  She says she wants to stay and I think everyone in the club wishes she could.  She has been an excellent ambassador for France and will undoubtly be great for Canada too.  Larraine extended an invitation to all members of the club to come and visit her in France.
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2009-2010 Governor Alexander's Award

Posted by Dag Waddell

This year my theme is "FULFILLING DREAMS"!   Many Rotarians have great ideas for better fundraisers and service projects and I would like the club Presidents, to encourage and cultivate those ideas. 

Alex Alexander, District 5020 Governor, 2009-2010.


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District Govenor Alex Alander 2009-2010 Theme Dag Waddell 0
President John Kenny's 2009-2010 Theme Dag Waddell 0
End Polio Now Dag Waddell 0
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