Posted by Vicki on Nov 22, 2017
The 1388th meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke was brought to order by president Roger Temple at 12:15.
Roger led the club in the singing of O Canada and Sam Purdy offered an invocation.
Guests today, Remy Bainto and Mario Desjardins from the International Association for Transformation (IAT)
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Posted by Vicki on Nov 08, 2017
President Roger Temple brought the meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke to order at 12:15pm.
Roger led us in the singing of O Canada and Jean Lister offered an invocation.
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Posted on Nov 01, 2017
Evening Dinner Meeting at Little Vienna 5:30 pm Wednesday November 1, 2017
 
ROTARY FOUNDATION - November is Foundation Month
Meeting #1385 - President Roger Temple welcomes all and opens meeting.
 
Invocation: Jean Trickey
 
Guests: Joan Peggs, Assistant Governor,  Lorna Curtis, Foundation Area 6, Olivia H., Gwen P., Anita D.,and Alice G.
 
Assistant Governor, Joan Peggs, Foundation,  Lorna Curtis, President Roger Temple and Club Foundation Chair, Tom DeZeng presented past member Alice Gable with a Paul Harris x2.
 
Speaker Introduction:  Roger Temple introduced Lorna Curtis
 
Speaker: Lorna Curtis delivered a presentation on the Rotary Foundation.  Lorna outlined the following:
- the good that the Foundation does;
- how to support the Foundation;
- the Foundation has high ratings and an excellent reputation;
- the three avenues "buckets" of funding which include:
a)  Polio Fund
b) Endowment Fund
c) Annual Fund
- Rotary Club of Sooke Stats
a) 2017 - 2018 goal $3,500.00
b) 18 members - Paul Harris
c) 3 members - Bequests
d) 3 members - Benefactors
e) $93.00 US average contribution
f) 10,444 Club Recognition Points available
 
Roger Temple thanked Lorna for her presentation and participating in the Club's Foundation Dinner.
 
Other Activities:
Peter Faulkner won both gift baskets in the World map game with Malawi and Northern Canada.  Peter generously gave Lorna Curtis one of the gift baskets. Thank you to Anita for preparing the baskets! Funds raised will go to the Rotary Foundation.
50/50 Draw: Myrtle had the winning number and drew the Queen of Hearts.  No luck this time!
 
Announcements:
Reminder that the 150 Celebration will be held at EMCS on Friday November 3rd at 7:00pm.  Tickets $6.00.  Come out to see Roger, Vicki, Margot, Sam & Mark!
 
Noon meeting will be held on November 8th at Village Foods.
Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.
 
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October 18, 2017 Meeting (1383)
President Roger Temple welcomed speaker Laura Lockhart (President, Sooke Soccer Club/Association) and guest Brian Bell.
 
Roger circulated a covering letter and information package from Christie Johnson, Founder and Executive Director, APU Malawi Education Foundation, to members.  The Club has supported this Girls High School in Malawi since its beginning (circa 2006).  Christie thanked the Club for its annual contributions toward scholarships.  This year the World Community Service Committee has approved $1,000 for another one year scholarship.
 
Neil announced that the winner of the team name contest at the October 4th Club dinner at the MaiMai Restaurant is the Buck and A Half team with of Deanna and Don Fiddler, Kimberley Legeard and Diane ?.  
 
Myrtle reported that she had witnessed a World Record performance at the recent BC Seniors Games which was achieved by a 4 X 100 metre relay team comprised of one man aged 92 and three men in their 80s.
 
Roger reminded members that the Light Up The Night polio eradication fundraising event will be held by Area Rotary Clubs clubs at the pub restaurant in the Holiday Inn Express  on Wale Road in Colwood at 6:00 pm on  October 24th.  The Rotary Club of Westshore will host the evening.  Half of the $25 meal charge for beer/wine and pizza will be donated to Rotary International's Polio Plus  eradication program.
 
Tom De Zeng reminded members of that the club will hold its Foundation Dinner at the Little Vienna Bakery and Café on November 1st. The cost will be $17 (BYOB); members were asked to wear more than "snappy dress"  to hear Assistant District Governor Lorna Curtis speak on the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Tom asked to be informed of dietary issues prior to the dinner.  Spouses are welcome to attend.
 
Jean Lister encouraged members to respond to a request by Stephanie Croft, head of the Sooke Region Literacy Task Force, to donate books, especially children's books, to the book bin program.
 
Speaker: Laura Lockhart, President, Sooke Soccer Club/Association (photo below)
 
John Topolniski introduced Laura who provided an update on the new artificial turf field at Fred Milne Park on Sooke River Road.  The first game on the new turf is expected to be on Saturday, November 4th.  Laura acknowledged the local businesses and tradesmen who donated their expertise and materials to  the project over many months so that the new field was completed within the $1 million combined grant from the District of Sooke and CRD.  Laura asked the club to consider contributions toward the construction of two shelters for players ($11,000), the purchase of bleachers and construction of baseball dugoutsl ($17,000), a security system ( unspecified $) and a scoreboard ($50,000).   Rotary's contribution to these features would be acknowledged with signage at the field.  Laura said that 300 youth and 95 adults participate in the Sooke Soccer League. 
 
Roger invited Laura to submit an itemized breakdown of the projected costs which would be reviewed by the Community Service Committee at its next meeting.
 
Jean thanked Laura for her fine presentation on a project that meet Rotary's Four Way Test in terms of benefits, fairness and the promotion of good will and friendship.
 
  
October 11, 2017 Meeting (1382)
President Roger Temple welcomed members and guests to Meeting 1382 of the Rotary Club of Sooke.  Guests included Deanna Fiddle (who was invested at the meeting ) and her husband Don Fiddler.
 
Prior to Deanna's investiture and Club Assembly which followed the lunch, Roger announced that the Light Up The Night Polio Plus fundraising event will be held by Area clubs at the Holiday Inn Express  in Colwood at 6:00 pm on The Rotary Club October 24th.  The Rotary Club of Westshore will host this beer/wine and pizza fundraiser. The Rotary Club of Sooke will hold its Foundation Dinner at the Little Vienna Bakery and Café on November 1st. The cost will be $17 (BYOB); members were asked to wear more than casual clothes to hear Assistant District Governor Lorna Curtis speak on the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation. 
 
Deanna Fiddler's Investiture: Roger led the ceremony. He and John Topolniski were Deanna's co-sponsors. The photo shows our newest member who was subsequently warmly welcomed by all members present at the lunch.
 
Mark Ziegler reported during Happy Dollars that the mechanical lift for a quadrapelgic resident of Ayr Manor has been completed at a cost of $8,500, thanks to a contribution from the club and a District Community Grant.    Margot Swinburnson invited interested members to attend a discussion of fundraising options which will be held at SEAPARC on Monday, October 16th at 4:30 pm.  Muriel Acton recently won four gold medals and one silver medal at the BC Seniors Games.  Trevor Colley is back in Sooke and doing well after having an angiogram at a Vancouver hospital.  Peter Faulkner enjoyed a great day of fishing with Deb Johnson's husband Duff.  Jean invited members to attend a Membership Committee meeting following the lunch. Roger thanked Jeannette and Neil for their ongoing good work as Club Administrators.
 
Club Assembly: Jeannette and Neil directed members to go the calendar on the club website to learn about upcoming events and activities. Neil reported that the Duty Roster has been posted for the October-December period.  A lead and alternate member is listed for each duty.
Jeannette, also Club Treasurer, announced that the 2017-18 Budget has been approved by the Board and is available on the website and in hard copy. 
Peter, as Service Chair,  reported that the Community Service Committee has received two new applications for funding. The World Community Service Committee has thus far contributed $500 to flood disaster relief in Bangladesh and will once again provide $1,000 for a scholarship for a student at the APU Malawi High School.
Jean, as Membership CXhair,  requested photos for insertion on a new Rotary Club of Sooke banner for membership recruitment.  She also said that an article will be submitted to the Sooke News Mirror  concerning the club's literacy activities.
President-Elect Margot said that the club is studying fundraising options as well as changes to the specific Club Bylaws.
Past-President John Topolniski reported that Chris is enjoying better health.
Deb Johnston, Youth Coordinator, interviewed four Grade 9 and 10 students at EMCS for attendance at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend in Crofton.  She accepted all four.  She is also monitoring Youth for Change/Interact activities at EMCS.
Roger has received a letter of resignation from long-time member Kel Phair who is currently on a leave of absence from the club.
 
October 4, 2017 Meeting (1381)
Club President Roger Temple welcomed members and guests to the 1381st meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke.   The meeting was a dinner session held at the Mai Mai Restaurant on Sooke Road. 
Roger introduced gusts Diane Stewart, Olivia Hyde Judy MacNeill and Don Fiddler.  He noted that October 9th will be Myrtle Acton's birthday (49th?).  Roger and Membership Chair Jean Lister announced that Deanna Fiddler will be inducted as a new member of the Club at the October 4th lunch meeting.
 
President-Elect Margot Swinburnson will chair a meeting on options for fundraising at SEAPARC on Monday, October 16th.   
 
The Club will present a skit at a Canada 150th event at Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) on Friday, November3rd.  Members with ideas for the skit.
 
After a fine dinner, Club members formed teams for a Trivial Pursuit contest which was narrowly won by the Lumberjacks (Margot, Frank Gertsma and Mark).
 
A good time was had by all!
 
    
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Posted by vicki on Aug 23, 2017
The August 23, 2017 Rotary Club of Sooke meeting was called to order by President Roger Temple at 12:15pm.
Roger led us in the singing of O Canada and John Topolniski offered an Invocation.
 
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Posted on Jul 19, 2017
The 1372nd meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke was brought to order by President Roger Temple at 12:15.
Roger led in the singing of O Canada and Sam Purdy offered the invocation.
Roger welcomed all members to the monthly Club Assembly.
Roger reported that Jean Lister has been a member for 6 years and Kay McKenzie for 16 years. Congratulations Jean and Kay.
 
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Posted by Vicki on Jul 05, 2017
The 1370th meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke was brought order by President John Topolniski at 12:15pm
The singing of O Canada was led by Roger Temple and Sam Purdy offered an innvocation
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Club President John Topolniski brought the 1368th meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke to order  at 12:15.
Roger Temple led the club in the singing of O Canada and Neil Flynn read an invocation.
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The 1367th meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke was brought to order at 12:15 on June 14th, 2017 by President John Topolniski.
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Jun 07, 2017
The meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke, June 7 2017 was brought to order by President  John Toplolniski at 12:15pm.
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Posted by Mark Ziegler on May 17, 2017
The 1364th meeting of the Sooke Rotary Club was brought to order at 12:15pm by president John Topolniski.
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Apr 19, 2017
Meeting Number 1360 April 19, 2017 was brought to Order at 12:15 by Acting President Peter Faulkner
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Mar 22, 2017
March 22, 2017 Meeting of the Rotary Club of Sooke was brought to order at 12:15 by our President John Topolniski.
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Jean Lister
 
Paul Harris Fellows: Chris Hyde and Frank Gertsma (This is Frank's second Paul Harris Award) 
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Jan 04, 2017
The 1346th meeting of the Sooke Rotary Club was called to order at 12:15 on January 4, 2017.
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Dec 14, 2016
Meeting of the Sooke Rotary Club December 14, 2016. Brought to order at 12:15pm, with 22 members in attendance.
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Posted by Vicki Temple on Dec 07, 2016
Meeting of the Sooke Rotary Club. December 7, 2016. Village Food Market.
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Rotary Club of Sooke, November 28, 2016
Meeting #1382
 
President John Topolniski welcomed members to the meeting and introduced the following guests:  Josee Belanger (inducted as member at meeting); Colleen Milne, former Assistant District Governor, member of Rotary E Club of Canada and Honourary member of the Rotary Club of Westshore); and Sam Punby, Rotary Club of Cambridge, Ontario.
 
Kel Phair (club Administrator) reminded members of the Christmas Party on December 3rd which would be held in the home of Frank Gertsma, starting at 5:00 pm. Update:  The Christmas Party was a huge success, with attendees enjoying fine food and good cheer.  Both Frank and Kel were thanked for their hard work as host and organizer.
 
Peter Faulkner passed out a sign up sheet for members who are able to volunteer at the Salvation Army Kettle in the weeks before Christmas. He asked members to contribute food items to the EMCS "10,000 Tonight Food Drive" on the evening of Thursday, December 8th; last year students collected 12,000 food items from Sooke residents to help the Sooke Food Bank to stock its shelves.
 
John reflected on a very positive local experience: equipment and clothing from his gardening firm had been left on site at Evergreen Mall; some found these items and brought them to the RCMP Detachment for John's retrieval.
 
Deb Johnston asked for volunteers to help her to decorate the Rotary Club of Sooke Christmas Tree at SEAPARC on Sunday afternoon betwee 1:00 and 3:00.
 
Members were also asked to help Roger Temple to decorate his red MG sports car as the Rotary Club of Sooke "float" for the Santa Claus Parade which would start at 5:00 pm on Sunday.  Members were also asked by John to serve as course marshals for the parade.
 
Colleen Milne thanked the Rotary Club of Sooke for its $1,000 contribution (through the World Community Service Committee) which would help to fund the construction of a water pipeline and sanitation project in a community in Honduras.         
 
Induction of Josee Belanger:  Josee became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Sooke in a ceremony led by John.  Kimberly Legeard and Jean Lister (Membership Committee Chair) were her proud sponsors.  Club members congratulated Josee after the ceremony. 
 
Speaker:Linda Teneycke, Sooke Fine Arts Show (SFAS):  Linda thanked the club for providing funds to enable SGAS to purchase frames for the successful Youth Art Display last summer.  She noted that 2016 was the 30th anniversary of SFAS.   It is now Vancouver Island's premier art show.  Last year it received 8,200 visitors to view the 380 works of arts.  SFAS made a significant contribution to the Sooke economy, with 33% of visitors dining locally, 14% shopping or participating in local activities and 9% using overnight accommodation.  SFAS provides many recognition awards to artists including two youth scholarships and four youth art awards.  
 
Linda encouraged club members to become involved as SFAS volunteers and noted some already are volunteers.  Much works needs to be completed for the 2017 event, including a new hanging infrastructure, new plinths (stages for art pieces) and new lighting.  
 
Kel selected the Six of Diamonds in the 50-50 draw - so the Queen of Spades is still in the deck!
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sooke, November 21, 2016
Meeting #1381
 
President John Topolniski welcomed members to the monthly Club Assembly in which Board members report on the activities of the committees for which they are responsible. 
 
John reminded members of the upcoming Christmas Party on Saturday, December 3rd which Frank Gertsma will graciously host and The Stone Pipe will cater.  39 members, along with spouses and friends, had signed up by the end of the meeting.  The Sooke Lions Club is still looking for volunteers to help with their Santa Claus Parade which will begin at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 4th.  Margot Swinburnson invited members to help her with decoration of the Rotary Tree for the Festival of Trees at SEAPARC.
 
Peter Faulkner and Steve Knoke reported that the Community Service Committee had met earlier in the month, with grants awarded to five local organizations, including DARE ($1,000), Harmony Project of Sooke (music instruction for youth) $750, Sooke Show Choir $500, Sooke Boxing Club $500 and Sooke Youth Choir $400.  Mark Ziegler described a piggery and garden project for destitute mothers in Lesotho, Africa. The World Community is considering a donation of $1,200 to the project in the 2016-17 Rotary Year.
 
Treasurer Jeannette Wilford reported that the Club is in good financial shape, with some of the funds raised through the April 30th auction still to be allocated.   
 
Errol Anderson drew the Queen of Clubs in the 50-50 draw - so the Queen of Spades remains in the deck!  
 
TomDeZeng reminded members that November is Foundation Month .  He will be happy to receive donation cheques to the Foundation in December for which tax receipts will be issued.  Donations can also be made on-line to the Rotary Foundation (Canada).
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Sooke ,November 16, 2016
Meeting #1380
 
President John Topolniski began with the sad announcement of the death of long-time member Klaus Lenz.  Klaus is remembered as a dignified and gentle man who made many friends in the club.
John welcomed guests Josee Belanger and Paul Latremouille.  He also welcomed Speaker Katie Coard who is President and Founder of the Downtown Victoria Club and Chair of the Greater Victoria Rotary Public Image Committee. John congratulated Neil Flynn (November 12) and Kimberly Legeard (November 17) on their birthdays.  He also noted the 8th anniversary of Mark Ziegler as member. He also reminded members of volunteer opportunities with the Santa Claus parade on December 4th and as mentors to help students at John Muir School to learn about the new school garden.   No requests for contributions for emergency relief in areas of New Zealand that experienced the earthquake have as yet been received by the club. Trevor Colley said that he has delivered get-well cards to Bob Messer who has heart problems and to Dawn Humphries who is ill. Members were asked to participate in the decoration of a Rotary Christmas tree as part of the festival of trees at SEAPARC in December.  The last issue of Rotarian mmagazine has an article on Bill Moll, a District Rotarian who has visited our club many times in the past.
 
 
Speaker: Jean Lister introduced Katie Coard who gave an energetic and inspiring presentation on the opportunities available to Rotary clubs through the Greater Victoria Rotary  Public Image Committee.  The committee, set up six years ago, is dedicated to raising the profile of Rotary among target groups of potential members.  It has a marketing mission, with Rotary as a brand.  Katie drew attention to the new Rotary international logo which uses solid colours to make the letter easier to read.  She invited submissions to the monthly newsletter which she distributes to all members in Greater Victoria.   Katie also drew attention to the RotaryVictoria.org website, Facebook page and rack cards which provide information on the respective clubs' meeting times and locations. The website has a link to the Volunteer Victoria website so that Rotarians can participate in community projects with non-Rotarians.  A video is being made for use by clubs to promote their activities to potential members.  Katie gave John a wild pair of sunglasses (see picture below) which she used on a just completed 13 day road trip across our Rotary Zone which extends from Alaska to California.
 
Tom DeZeng chose the Queen of Hearts in the 50-50 draw - the Queen of Spades still reigns! 
 
 
Rotary Club Nov  9, 2016
Meeting # #1379
Chair; Peter Faulkner
Visitor: Lorne Christianson from Sooke Lions Club
Speaker Liam Stackwood (And his service dog Hammer) with his classification talk
Announcement : From Lorne Christianson: Sooke Lions Club will be organizing the Christmas Parade this year.
He was asking Rotary to put a float in. As well they are LOOKING For VOLUNTEERS. They have hired out the parking and traffic control but would greatly appreciate any help in the running of the parade. Parade is Dec. 4th 2016, 4 pm line up, parade 5 pm.
Announcement from Kel Phair: Christmas party will be catered at Frank Gertsma’s on Dec 3rd. cost will be 25.00 per person, and food donations welcome. Please tell Kel ASAP if you are coming so we know we are going ahead.
SPEAKER: Liam Stackwood
Liam was in the Military for 25 years, he joined up in electronics and then switched to Military Police. Liam saw many different places-Carp, Ontario, Ottawa, the Masset on Haida Gwaii, Esquimalt, Toronto, and then overseas to the Golan Heights. They occupied an uneasy spot in the middle between the Israelis on one side, and the Syrians on the other. At that time Syria was an amazingly beautiful place- much changed now.
During his tours- and from pressures from his co-workers, Liam began to have PTSD symptoms and effects, which really came forward after he left the military, and after he sold his security company. He has been working with the Occupational Stress Injury Clinic and has been able to retire, and is now committed to spreading awareness of PTSD and its effects. Liam has been joined in this with his partner and sidekick Hammer, a beautiful black lab that is amazingly intuitive in sensing anxiety in others. If you find Hammer siting on your feet and looking at you intently, you will know that your anxiety is not going unnoticed!
Liam you are going to be an amazing addition to our Club!
Liam was thanked by: Roger Temple
Draw won by Chris Hyde, did not win the Queen.
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Sooke Rotary Newsletter
Nov 2016
This month is Foundation Month for Rotary. Sometimes members question why we send our money away, rather than contributing closer to home. Here’s why from the Foundation website :
“The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.                          Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!”                                                                                                                                                    Worried about the charity ratings? This is news straight from the Rotary.org website: “All donations are tax deductible- and Rotary is among the top rated charities to donate to. “The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.”                                                                                                                      Our Foundation Chair is Tom DeZeng.  From Tom:                                                                     “The best way to donate is to go to Rotary.org then go to Take action tab then choose GIVE NOW . Gifts are directed to Annual Fund, the Endowment Fund or Polio Plus Fund . Members can speak with me re setting up a dollar amount to come out of their bank account each month -certainly makes it less painful! By giving various amounts you can be recognized as Our main goal in our Club is Every Rotarian Every Year meaning each Club member has donated $ 100 US during this year.”
OTHER NEWS:
 
WOW! In the last two months we have inducted three new members
Dave Coe
Kimberly Legeard
Liam Stackwood (And Hammer his amazing service dog)
 
A warm Rotary welcome to you all!!
 
 
(Liam and Dave on their induction)
 
On October 19th, the regular Rotary Lunch was held at Hope House – and we were hosted by the Salvation Army, who gave us a certificate thanking us for our years of service with the Kettle at Christmas.
Speaking of the Kettle, Peter will be looking for volunteers soon. Exercise those bell ringing arms!!
 
Upcoming events:
Christmas Kettle drive:
Christmas Party: Dec. 3rd – location to be determined.
 
Countdown to Auction! A call out to all members- whatever you have been doing, can you do one thing more, can you finish it one week earlier??  This is our MOST lucrative volunteer enterprise, and in order to sustain it we will need reliable, hardworking volunteers for the month prior. Please dig deep and let us know if you can help.
 
 
Want to make the newsletter more interesting?? Feed me information to pass on! J
 
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Our Club had the pleasure of getting involved with John Muir Elementary School, in preparing a community garden. This will be used a teaching tool to learn about gardening and growing food, as well as an opportunity for the kids and adults alike to get outdoors and get their hands dirty with some healthy work.  We were happy to be able to provide some funding and some person power, with a productive and fun work party.  Thank YOU to the school administration, teachers, parents, and volunteers! A great collaboration on a COMMUNITY project.
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Posted by Mark Ziegler
Rotary Club of Sooke Mingle
The last Thursday of each month the Rotary Club of Sooke invites its members and Sooke residents to the Little Vienna Bakery, 6-6726 West Coast Road, for coffee and conversation between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.  It provides local and visiting Rotarians with a chance to catch up on Club news.  It also gives interested Sooke residents an opportunity to find out about, and to suggest, Rotary activities in the community and elsewhere.  Hope to see you there!
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Rotary Club of Sooke was a founder of the APU Girls' School in Malawi. Rotarian Lori and husband Bob are working at the school this year and having the most amazing adventures.  Click the link below to read more.
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Posted on Sep 28, 2015

Our club is always on the look-out for community projects needing support. Download the application form and criteria here.  The deadline for applications is October 15th (and then Jan 15th and May 15th)

Ecole Poirier Nature Playground receives grant funding from Rotary!
Requests for Funding Lori Messer 2015-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Sooke Rotary President Trevor Colley was invited to attend the Scout Jamboree in July at Camp Bernard.  Pictured is Trevor cutting the ribbon for the event and touring "the facilities".  Sooke Rotary contributed to the development of new showers and washrooms. A great week for the Scouts and a useful "relief project" by our club!
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Highway 14 is a lot cleaner now, thanks to a hard working (and good looking) group of Rotarians and Sooke Youth Council members. Well done!

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Posted by Lori Messer on May 18, 2014

Patience pays off! One of Sooke Rotary's major projects is some improvements for Sooke Food Bank. While the planning and the resourcing of the project is taking a little longer than we originally thought, Bruce & Neil have managed to chunk off a couple of the major quality of life and safety issues for clients and volunteers.

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Posted on Feb 01, 2014
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Rotary District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly
March 29 to 30, 2014, Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC


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Posted on Dec 19, 2013

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We're raising funds for the Salvation Army again this year; if you see us, please donate and help spread some Christmas cheer.  Our best wishes to everyone in Sooke and beyond for a wonderful holiday season.   And here's looking forward to a fantastic 2014!

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Posted by Lori Messer on Dec 10, 2013
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I was listening to CBC in the car the other day when they were raising money for BC food banks. A poet read a poem that referenced “relays” and that got me to thinking about succession planning in our club. Can you see the connection?

 

Relays & Succession Planning Lori Messer 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ziegler on Nov 12, 2013
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On November 13th, District Governor Pete Taylor, together with his wife Kristine and Assistant District Governor Lorna Curtis, visited the Rotary Club of Sooke
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Posted on Oct 19, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Sooke recently had the opportunity to make a real difference in a Sooke family's life.  Partnering with the Sooke Lions and with supplies donated by Rona, we were able to provide a dry and healthy shelter for a local family in need. Lending each other a helping hand is what community spirit is all about!  Click the following to read a deeply moving letter of thanks.
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Posted by Debra Johnston on Oct 08, 2013

President Mark welcomed all and reminders about the Hwy cleanup Sun Oct 20 10:00 am and the Oktoberfest dinner Tues Oct 22 6pm $25.00 per person, no meeting Wed Oct 23.

Ken Stratford introduced Michael Nykes VP Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.  His background includes being an architect residential design and co-owner Little Vienna Bakery.  Michael talked about the upcoming 65th anniversary of the chamber and updated the group on the changes to the board of directors including Randy Welters as President.  He noted a 17% growth in the last 3 yrs in our population in Sooke and spoke of the new relationship and partnership with the District of Sooke and other committees that will continue to encourage support for our business community.  The purpose of the Chamber is to be a support resource for local business community, assist with new economic development, foster positive business relationships, and constructively implement new policies.  They are currently working on a 4 yr strategic plan for the Chamber along with a management plan for conferences, conventions & festivals.   The chamber website is being re developed and will have a shop local focus.  There was a good article in the Business Examiner promoting 7 new local businesses and there will be continued focus on creating synergies with other chambers, and there have been talks with a Victoria restauranteur regarding expansion here in Sooke, along with a Victoria cruiseline about Sooke being a destination stop, also an accessibility company for eco destination.  They are completing monthly reports to council and being proactive in the activities including making the economic development committee survey results open to the public, helping with an architectural guideline for a westcoast theme for the DOS, and work on the Mariner's Village entry.  The 2-3 yr plan is to make the SRCofC the hub for business community and newcomers to the area.  The current funding for the chamber operation is $70,000 /yr and the DOS provides $28,150 while $28,000 comes from membership dues leaving the remainder to be fundraising efforts.  Going forward they are looking at a proposal of having a percentage of the business licences in the district coming to the chamber vs being a line item in the community grant process.   Jeannette thanked the speaker for his hard work and promoting positive change.

Klaus' number was picked and he found the King of Hearts so the pot still grows.

 

Meeting Roundup Oct 9/13 Debra Johnston 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2013

July 1st saw Sooke Rotary's 6th annual Canada Raft Race. A good time was had by all!  Congrats to all the paddlers and thanks to all our sponsors. Click Read More to find out who.

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Camp Barnard Donation: "Flush with Anticipation" 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Foundation Moment Mark Ziegler 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Recipient 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2013
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Sooke's Concert Band and Strings Ensemble competed in the Vancouver Island Concert Band Musicfest, April 17, 2013 in Port Alberni. The Concert Band received Superior (Platinum) Recognition, while the Sooke Strings received Superior Plus Recognition, the highest rating possible.

Congratulations to all the musicians and band leaders! The Rotary Club of Sooke is very proud of your achievements!

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Posted on Mar 24, 2013
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Several Sooke Rotarians attended the District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) last weekend in Victoria.  Pictured: Jean Lister, Fern Sutherland, Errol Anderson, and Trevor Colley.Image
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Posted by Jean Lister on Feb 03, 2013
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Sooke Rotary's Literacy Committee has been busy!
Literacy News Jean Lister 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2012
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ImageThanks to all the Sooke Rotary elves who helped set up our Club's tree at SEAPARC.   Our theme is the "Tree of Knowledge" -- we have cards on the tree listing all of our club's scholarship winners from the past 25 years.  Come check out the tree and see if you recognize any names! 
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Rotarians celebrate 25 years in Sooke 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Adopt-a-School Project Judy Gilligan 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Sep 25, 2012
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An update on the going's-on at recent meetings of the Rotary Club of Sooke.
Meeting Roundup Lori Messer 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Sooke recently adopted a section of Highway 14, from the Sooke River Bridge to Stickleback. The Rotarians have partnered with the Sooke Youth Council in helping keep Sooke clean and tidy.
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Rotarians donate to D.A.R.E. program 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2012
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The 5th Annual Sooke River Raft Race happened on July 1st at the Sooke Flats. Congrats to the winners, Goldstream Press, and thanks to all the participants and to our sponsors.  A fun time was had by all.
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"What the Queen Means to Me" contest 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary helps with Sooke ballpark repairs 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Sooke Rotary donates $2,400 to lacrosse program 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2012
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Sooke Rotarian Alex Nagy presents Heather Walsh with a cheque for $2,000, in support of a literacy and math summer camp

Rotary supports literacy! 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2012
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Our Club's 25th Anniversary was celebrated in style on Saturday at SEAPARC.  More than just an auction, this was once again a day full of fun for all involved.  Thank you Sooke for your generous spirit!  And you can rest assured that every penny donated will be put to good use in useful projects and for people in need.
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Posted by Debra Johnston on Apr 16, 2012
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Thoughts from our club president about Sooke Rotary's news & activities 
The Prez Says Debra Johnston 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bridal on Mar 29, 2012
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A group of Sooke Rotarians on a day outing to see the gnarly cedar trees in Avatar Grove, outside of Port Renfrew. Visit Photo Album
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Sooke Rotary Supports Literacy! Jean Lister 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Feb 27, 2012
Global TV reports a $55,000 pledge of support for the APU school in Malawi from the Rotary Club of Lethbridge. See the video here -- view the February 27 clip, skip over the commercial, then another feature, and APU feature is next.
Lethbridge $55,000 APU Donation Lori Messer 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra Johnston on Jan 24, 2012
Good news to report!  Rotary’s Challenge for polio eradication has reached the US$200 million milestone, and all Clubs in District 5020 can take pride in their contribution. 
Polio Plus Challenge Success!! Debra Johnston 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International: The year in photos John Bridal 2012-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Club Engagement Lunch for 2012 Auction and Spring Fair - December 14 Mark Ziegler 2011-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Christmas Tree 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Foundation Moment Mark Ziegler 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Roundup November 09, 2011 Michael Dick 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Dick on Oct 04, 2011

ImageAn update on the going's-on at recent meetings of the Rotary Club of Sooke.

Meeting Roundup Michael Dick 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Jul 04, 2011
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The 4th Annual Sooke River Raft Race was a great success with seven entries including a Rotary Raft crewed by John T, John B, Mark, Terrie and Bob Messer! This years race winner was Barry Marine. More details to follow.  Check out the Raft Race photo album
Sooke River Raft Race -- Canada Day Lori Messer 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Jun 26, 2011
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 Honorary Member and APU Founder Christie Johnson is at the APU School in Malawi and documents their first graduation which took place on Saturday, June 25, 2011.
First APU Grad! Lori Messer 2011-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Jun 05, 2011
 
This Graduation Day June 25th, 2011 has been made possible through many Rotary Clubs and other supporters working together with APU Malawi.  Sooke Rotary is proud to have been the fiscal host, a mentor and supporter of this project since its inception. 
 
 



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Posted by Lori Messer on May 17, 2011
WANTED   Six Rotarians and spouses, partners, friends or single Rotarians to make up a Rotary Friendship Exchange outbound team to District 3060, NW India.  The group will spend 15 days visiting and staying with Rotarians in District 3060 in the latter part of January and early February 2012.  The Indian exchange group will visit District 5020 in May of 2012.  
Rotary Friendship Exchange to India Lori Messer 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Messer on Apr 26, 2011
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President Lori today named Roger Temple as Rotarian of the year for his contribution as Club Administrator for the past three years and for his exemplary work with youth. Although tradition has it that this award is given at the end of the President's term, Lori presented it earlier in order to catch Roger before he left on a three month leave of absence.
Rotarian of the Year Lori Messer 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bridal on Apr 16, 2011
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Big congrats to Roger and Deb for a very successful Adventure program.  Photos and more info coming soon.
Culinary Arts success John Bridal 2011-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Three Times Over John Bridal 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bridal on Mar 29, 2011
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Tav MacPherson thanks Sooke Rotary for its contribution towards Polio Plus, presenting Betty a Certificate of Appreciation.
Polio Plus Success John Bridal 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Sooke Rotary Supports Literacy John Bridal 2011-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Disaster Aid Canada UPDATE Kelvin Phair 2011-01-30 21:58:05Z 0
Posted by Michael Dick on Jan 27, 2011
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New Member: Sandra Crozier, standing here with her Sponsors Neil Flynn and Kel Phair is being welcomed b President Lori. We are all looking forward to working with Sandra in the future.
New Member Michael Dick 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Building community at Ayre Manor John Bridal 2011-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Atsikana Pa Ulendo (APU) News Lori Messer 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Sponsors Composter at Ecole Poirier John Bridal 2010-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bridal on Jul 01, 2010
The 3rd annual Canada Day Raft Race was a great success once again, due to the creativity and energy of the participants!
Canada Raft Race John Bridal 2010-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox News -- June, 2010 Kel Phair 2010-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pier in the news! John Bridal 2009-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
We are seeking speakers for our noon Wednesday meetings, to learn more about regional community needs/services. Interested? Contact Sooke Rotary
info@sookerotary.com
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2017 Duty Roster Kel Phair 0
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ImageRotary Club of Sooke President Trevor Colley and Sergeant at Arms John Topolniski present a wreath at the November 11th ceremony.

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ImageVictoria Grizzlies vs Cowichan Valley Capitals

at SEAPARC on Saturday Sept 13th 

Tailgate Party -- BBQ Food and fun starting at 1pm

Game Time 4pm

All proceeds benefit Sooke youth 

Adults $12/10, Youth $5

Advance Tickets at SEAPARC

Click link below for ticket information

See you at the Rink!

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The Rotary Club of Sooke and several other clubs helped Christie and Memory achieve their dream ... a school for girls in Malawi. This is a shining example of good international community development, a grassroots approach that emphasizes culturally competent plans and solutions. Listen to Memory talk about it.  Learn more about it here ... APU MEF website.

 

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Our club received a lovely thank you card from Tiffany, from our donation to the Sooke Children's Garden Club.   Thank YOU Tiffany for providing a little ray of sunsine. Enjoy the garden!  Your friends at the Rotary Club of Sooke

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ImageSaturday May 3rd was the big day. 

Thank you to everyone who took part ... visitors, bidders, exhibitors, donors, volunteers ... everyone contributed to make this a very special event. We are so very grateful to all who took part! 

50/50 -- Margaret Sinke took home the $1,284 prize! 

Thank you Sooke (and beyond) for your generosity ... this event funds most of our community projects. 

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A map of the Rotary Club of Sooke's past and present community projects, highlighting how we reinvest your donations in our community. Click More below for a larger version.Image
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A short video celebrating the success of our club's 25th anniversary Auction & Spring Fair.  A big THANK YOU once again to all of our supporters, we could not have done it without your help!
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Spread the news! Literacy works Chris Dykman 0
Sooke student Amy Hashemi's 1-minute video from her Rotary-sponsored Adventure in Film in Powell River.
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 Ringing the bells, gathering donations for the needy ... 'tis the season for giving, and Sooke once again shows its generous community spirit.
Rotarians at the Christmas Kettle John Bridal 0
V.E and Remembrance Day - 11/11/2011 Michael Dick 0
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Sooke Rotary had a food booth at the Safe Halloween celebration at the Fire Hall. Many hot dogs were eaten and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all the volunteers! 

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With your help, we have made tremendous progress in the fight to eradicate polio. We are at an historic moment -- less than 1% away from the end of polio forever. In honor of World Polio Day on 24 October 2011, Rotary needs your help to tell the world about Rotary’s achievements and to finish the job.  During the week of 24-28 October 2011, donors will receive 2- for-1 recognition for every online contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus.  Click to read below, and find suggestions for how you can get involved
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John T's Hair-Raising Experience John Bridal 0
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Deb and Sandra decorated a Rotary scarecrow and helped out the kids at the Sooke Children Garden's Club last month
Sooke Rotary Scarecrow John Bridal 0
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A great time was had by all at the hockey game on Sunday.  Well, maybe not the visiting Clippers, who were on the wrong side of a 4-0 game at SEAPARC.  Thanks to everyone who came out and helped and to all the fans for a fun night.  See you next year!
Hockey Day in Sooke, Saturday Sept 17 John Bridal 0
Rotary's $200 million challenge to end polio John Bridal 0
Historic Day for Disaster Aid Canada - September 2010 Kelvin Phair 0
Sk8 Jam a Success Lori Messer 0
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The Rotary Club of Sooke is initiating a new Adventure in Culinary Arts this year for youth in grades 10 to 12 with some previous cooking background. The event is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday November 20th and Sunday November 21st 2010.  We are now seeking applicants.

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Building Our Club Community Lori Messer 0
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THANKS TO YOU our 20th Annual Auction & Spring Fair was a huge success.

Your generous donations, keen bidding and enthusiastic participation will make it possible for the Rotary Club of Sooke to fund many more projects in the year to come.

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