Some more awards! 2018-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Installation - Perfect Attendance Glenn Terrell 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Installation Night 2018-19 Glenn Terrell 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0


Once again the Rotary Club of South Cowichan is please to present our annual Clyde Ogilvie Classic Golf Tournament. Players should register for the tournament using the self registration page CLICK HERE.  The tournament will be held August 24, 2018 at Cowichan Golf & Country Club. Fee is $150 which includes lunch, dinner, cart, golf and prizes following.

Rotary Annual Golf Tournament Glenn Terrell 2018-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Members of the South Cowichan Rotary Club were saddened to hear the announcement at our June 20th breakfast meeting that one of our past presidents (1996-1997) and a friend to many, Mr. John Horgan, had passed away.
Robert Barron of the Citizen newspaper wrote: 
"John Horgan, a councillor in the City of Duncan, died on June 18. Horgan, who was serving his first term on council, was a respected businessman who owned and managed Discovery Honda for more than 20 years before he was elected to council.
He was also a dedicated community volunteer who served as the president of the South Cowichan Rotary Club, president of the Duncan Day Break Rotary Club, president of the Cowichan Golf & Country Club, board member and chairman of the board of governors of Queen Margaret’s School, board member of the Community Options Society and assistant-district governor for Rotary International, USA and Canada.

At Horgan’s request there will be no service. Those who wish may make a donation in Horgan’s memory to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, #101- 5822 Garden Street, Duncan BC, V9L 3V9"

Read more here...
Mourning the Loss of Rotarian and Duncan City Councillor John Horgan 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday 9th June, South Cowichan Rotary Club members Leslie Grills, Gay Wise and Tony Jackson attended the Youth Services day at VI, Nanaimo. The morning focused on the Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) requirements and the afternoon on the Youth Protection Officer (YPO).

You will see in the slide that there are a number of requirements that have to be achieved by the club:

In addition to these, there is training required for every member in Youth Protection plus the addition of Criminal Record Checks. As you can see one of the requirements is for each club to have a Youth Protection Officer (YPO). Leslie will be giving much more details on this over the coming weeks and all are asked to support Leslie positively in her search for a YPO.
June 9th Rotary Youth Services Day Tony Jackson 2018-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2018

We have exciting news... we have MOVED!


Starting July 4th, 2018, the Rotary Club of South Cowichan will be meeting Wednesday mornings at 6:30am at the Brentwood College Dining Hall in Mill Bay (see below for more details!)


Breakfast with a View! - Take Note of our New Location 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Shawnigan Clean Up Day in the News! 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
From the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper, April 23rd, 2018...
"For the sixth consecutive year, Roger McKinnon and a group of business and municipal leaders have beaten the bushes of Vancouver Island to find the best and brightest young entrepreneurs.
There never seems to be a shortage, which leaves McKinnon and an a cast of judges from up and down the Island with the enviable task of whittling from an impressive list the 20 who receive the Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards.

“It’s very hard to make those decisions,” says McKinnon, a longtime Island real estate developer who founded the awards. “Every year, we put the call out for the best and brightest and they roll in. Then comes the very difficult task of picking just 20.”

This year, 111 nominations were considered.

McKinnon said winners are no longer selected only for their business successes, but half the merit in their selection is how they give back to their communities, either through charitable work, contributions or through programs they have developed through their businesses."

Congratulations Will Duggan, from all of us!

Club Member Will Duggan is one of the Island's Top 20 Under 40! 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Happy Earth Day, Shawnigan Lake!  

Thank you to EVERYONE who made this event possible!!!

Our Community Partners are Heroes!  

More photos and the final numbers on how much litter we collected will be shared soon! Please view our Photo Gallery here - and you can send photos and/or stories to Kim at to be included!

Stay tuned!!

"I'm so happy that the opportunity to mobilize an entire community has arrived! Let's look for ways to connect the volunteers who have committed to cleaning up the litter-prone areas of Shawnigan Lake and to encourage them to continue to make a difference by looking after the natural treasure we are gifted with, especially the bigger picture of what is possible if we all work together!"   - Kim Barnard, SL Clean Up Day facilitator

Thank You to ALL of our "I Love Shawnigan" Clean Up Day 2018 Participants! 2018-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
On Sunday, April 15th, members of South Cowichan Rotary Club worked side by side with the Frances Kelsey Secondary School (FKSS) Youth Interact students on the group's annual Highway Clean-Up project in Mill Bay - collecting litter up and down the highway. After 2 hours of combing the roadsides for "all kinds of not-so-ducky debris", we were ready for a Tim Horton's treat!

Thank you to everyone who was there and with us in spirit!

Spring Clean Up Teamwork! 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

On April 4th we had a visit from Julie Pyon, the Program Coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley...

"The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring program provides children and youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests... the result is a life-changing experience for both the volunteer and the child or youth."
"Mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour, and experience first-hand the importance of helping others in their community."

A little of your time can change a life.

Be a mentor... Start something.

For more information please visit
Start Something - The Impacts of Mentoring 2018-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Happy Easter Everyone!

"Thank you for joining us at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Mill Bay... Good weather, Good food, Good turnout and lots of "Hoppy-Happy Families"!!! Special Thanks to South Cowichan Rotary, South Cowichan Policing, Thrifty's and, of course, Our Bunny and Chicken Mascots!!! See you next year!!!"
Easter Egg Hunt at Mill Bay Centre 2018-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Starfish and Nourish Cowichan Feeding Hungry Children

Rotary Clubs across British Columbia have partnered with their local school districts to make sure no child goes hungry.

Read more about how our local clubs are making a difference, in the Cowichan Valley Citizen newspaper article written by Sarah Simpson from Nov. 24th, 2017

The Nourish Cowichan Society is a charity organization whose aim is to feed school breakfasts (and other various snacks) to Cowichan’s hungry children. Co-founded by Dina Holbrook, Anita Carroll and Fatima Da Silva when they became aware of the sheer number of students who were going to school hungry, it took just weeks to get the organization off the ground. Now an established charitable society with a board of directors, the program is flourishing. Earlier this year they teamed up with Starfish Cowichan Valley, a volunteer non-profit group made up of members of the Duncan, Duncan Daybreak, Chemainus and South Cowichan Rotary groups along with school district officials and other supporters.

The Starfish Pack Backpack Program was created about six years ago after teachers in Abbotsford were heartbroken to learn many of their students got to school on Monday reporting they’d not eaten over the weekend. The Starfish Pack was born to send those children home with food for the weekend. Programs have since popped up all around the province, including in Cowichan.

“School District 79 initially gave us a number of 180 students that were potential candidates for the program but we’ve found out since then, we’ve increased the number twice already,” said Starfish Cowichan’s Derek Hardacker. “We’re pretty sure that 180 number isn’t anywhere near where it actually is.”

Now feeding children on weekdays and on weekends, they’re such valuable resources in the community.

Did You Know?

Nourish Cowichan provides a breakfast program during the week, and Starfish Cowichan sends food packs home on weekends.
"We are currently providing packs to one school, weekly we are bringing 50 packs. We started last year in April, provided packs for April May and June 35 a week, this year the school asked for 40, we started in October and just at the beginning of March they asked for an increase to 50." - Rotary Club of Duncan's Corrine Thompson (for more info you can reach her at 250-709-1903)

Nourish Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Starfish Pack Program intend on increasing their presence throughout the Cowichan Valley School District in the new school year, and look forward to continued community support!

$525 provides a child with food on weekends during the school year!
Click here to donate:

To use Paypal or a credit card (and even set up a monthly donation) here is the link:
Starfish Cowichan Valley 2018-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Gerry Giles on behalf of the Seedy Saturday organizers thanked the Club members who were able to join them at Cobble Hill's Seedy Saturday Chuck Wagon event. Below are a few photos of the day. Next event for the Chuck Wagon is the Easter Egg Hunt held on Saturday, March 31st at Mill Bay Centre. "Thanks again to those who were there both physically and in spirit!"
Our Club in Action - Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday on March 10th, 2018 2018-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Deryk Norton wrote to our club to give us this update on the Tambores por la Paz / Drums for Peace music project that began in July 2016 in Colombia . . .

Thank you again for your Club’s support for “Drums for Peace”. From my February 1st visit to Barranquilla, Colombia I have the following to report about the project:

One hundred twenty boys and girls (ages 7-13, 50% boys and 50% girls) from the Rebolo and Luz Neighborhoods of Barranquilla-Atlántico were recruited and provided the first of 4 semesters of training in folkloric music and classroom instruction in leadership, citizenship and a culture of peace. In this first semester music training focused on skills in percussion (including drums) and classroom instruction focused on the individual as citizen as follows:

·         The social self in the construction of identity as a citizen

·         Citizenship and social skills

·         Citizenship skills

·         Civic education and values

·         Autonomy in the process of building citizenship

·         Rights and duties of citizenship

·         Social commitment and Culture of Peace

Project expenditures for the first semester were very close to 25% of the budget, consistent with the semester being 25% of the project’s duration.

Curriculum development and classroom delivery have used teachers with expertise in the subjects. Activities are carried out through experiential workshops. Sessions are also supported by volunteers.

Subsequent semesters will include wind instruments and writing and reading percussion notation. They will also include classroom instruction on the individual and human rights, building social fabric and social and community development...

Yours in Rotary Service,

Deryk Norton


Want to learn more about this project? Go to > Rotary International Showcase link

Rotary Drums for Peace 2018-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
"In today’s digital world, it can be impossible to escape online bullying,
whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumours,
sharing embarrassing information or threats. 
This year, Pink Shirt Day is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying
by thinking twice before posting something negative,
and instead using the internet to spread kindness 
- because we know that Nice Needs No Filter!"
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Wearing Pink on February 28th! 2018-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Our Breakfast Meeting Speakers Enjoy an Attentive Audience! 2018-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
An excellent Bayside Chat was had on Wednesday night! 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Shawnigan Lake Celebrates New Pavilion - Sponsored by South Cowichan Rotary 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Kinsol Trestle Trails Project - South Cowichan Rotary Volunteers in Action 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
"Congratulations to Gay Wise, her executive and the Club for achieving a Presidential Citation for the 2016-17 Rotary year. A Presidential Citation acknowledges the Club and all concerned for their excellent contribution to Rotary and to humanity. Great work everyone!"
- submitted by Gerry Giles
South Cowichan Rotary Club Receives the Presidential Citation Award 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Alice has new boots! 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Why donate? 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
How Rotary is funding Polio Immunization 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Each year, South Cowichan Rotarians assist the MS Society and help out with fundraising efforts. Pictured here, Rotarian Sarah Jackson volunteering her time.

Rotarians Assist MS Society 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Recent Rotary projects, starring Rotarians Tony, Ron and Sarah 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary at the Cobble Hill Fair 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Want to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation?
You can do that each week at our meeting, or you can go to and click on "MyRotary".
Here is the LINK
Questions? Contact Tony Jackson.
Make a Donation 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2015
It was a cold day but that didn't stop Rotarians from showing up to help build bridges, erect signs and clean up the trail. A special thanks to Tom Shadlock's hockey team for helping to carry the boards out to the bridge sites.

 You.. boys... not there, over here, wait no back right here.

I'm going as fast as I can!What bridge? Let them cross this log.

Did you bring the screws? No, I thought you did.Bridge #1, almost as good as #2

Nice sign!Hey, who ate all the timbits?
Koksilah Trail work 2015-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Lolacher on May 04, 2013
Over 20 South Cowichan Rotarians along with their guests, and our international exchange student, Mercedesz, worked with West Shawnigan Lake community volunteers to build a new trail recently.
A new trail opens in West Shawnigan Lake Alan Lolacher 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenn Terrell
The 'Rotary Route' is a cycle touring route of Southern Vancouver Island . This carefully laid out route takes you through some of the Island's most scenic towns and countryside including Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula near Victoria, Mill Bay, Duncan, the Cowichan Valley, Chemainus, Ladysmith and the Cedar area south of Nanaimo. It also incorporates three beautiful ferry rides from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay , Brentwood Bay to Mill Bay and Duke Point back to Tsawwassen. The route involves a total of approximately 110 kms of ocean travel by ferry and 110 kms. of cycling.
The Rotary Route Glenn Terrell 0