Rotary meeting via Zoom

It looks like it could be some time before we are able to meet in person. In order to provide members with an opportunity to enjoy some fellowship, we have started to meet via Zoom Logo every Wednesday at 7AM. We are even having guest speakers! We would love to have you join us. Please contact us for more information.
Rotary meeting via Zoom 2020-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Dream Raffle

Congratulations to Abby Sundher, winner of the early bird draw.

Dream Raffle Glenn Terrell 2019-11-24 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary donates to Starfish Backpack Program 2019-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Cops for Cancer gle 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Golf Tournament


Thank You to everyone who participated in our annual Clyde Ogilvie Classic Golf Tournament! The tournament was held August 23, 2019 at Cowichan Golf & Country Club. This year, thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $25,000 which will all go to support Rotary projects.

With the COVID-19 situation, we are unsure at this stage if we will be having a tournament in 2020. Watch this space for more information.

Rotary Annual Golf Tournament Glenn Terrell 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Installation BBQ June 22nd 2019


>>Find the full Photo Album Slideshow here!

Introducing our Club's Executive for 2019-2020!

Present for a photo! From left to right: Gay Wise (Assistant-Governor), Sarah Jackson (Secretary), Gerry Giles (President), Tony Jackson (Past President), Leslie Grills (President Elect), Shirley Franklin (Treasurer), David Knott (Co-Director of Membership), Glenn Terrell (Co-Director of Membership), Kim Barnard (Director of Youth & Vocational Services), Ron McNeil (Director of Club Services & Administration) and Frank Simpson (Director of Community Services)
Rotary Installation BBQ June 22nd 2019 2019-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Scholarships Awarded! 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Together We Connect 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Full of Stories!


Our Rotary Breakfast meetings are FULL of stories!

Last week we had our Community Service Clean Up Event report, a new member's "Get to Know Me" presentation (Classification/Vocation) and three Rotary Foundation "Paul Harris Fellow" Donor Recognition awards. So much to celebrate!! 👏👏👏

Why not "Be our Guest" on a Wednesday morning! 🍳☕ We arrive at 6:30 for a 6:45am start, and wrap up by 8:00am. Your first breakfast is on us!🍉

Full of Stories! 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Redneck Barn Dance Fun for a Cause! 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Mill Bay Highway Clean Up

Club members Frank, Leslie, David P, Shirley W, Craig and Kim joined Kevin, Andrew and the FKSS Interact Club for our Mill Bay Highway Clean Up! Many thanks to Interact Club mentors Roger and Sandy for helping the students prepare for this community service outing!
Mill Bay Highway Clean Up 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Cheering on the Next Generation of Leaders from our Community! 💕 100% inspired!

💯% Inspiration... At this week's meeting our special Guest Speaker was Joey Vaesen, a shining ambassador for the "Impact of Rotaract"🌟

In the last 6 years, this dedicated past high school Interact Club volunteer and Rotary Scholarship recipient has leveraged EVERY opportunity to learn, grow, and serve others! Including a trip to the International Assembly in San Diego for leadership training, on behalf of Rotaract. We are INSPIRED indeed!! Joey is looking forward to even more opportunities in his current role as President of the UVic-based Rotaract Club! Follow his story at


Our club was recognized by Rotary International for our support of the End Polio Now campaign, with this certificate of appreciation given to Club President Tony by Assistant District Governor Gay Wise. Another reason to celebrate was the 2017-18 Rotary Citation Award presented to Past President Andrew to recognize our club's service efforts last year.


We also heard from our Tech Tipster Glenn with the Need for Speed! Especially for boosting connectivity in our rural areas! 


"Making a difference in the lives of people all over the world."

Cheering on the Next Generation of Leaders from our Community! 💕 100% inspired! 2019-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Raising Awareness of the Opioid Crisis

Local Documentary Film Producer Nick Versteeg writes:
"On March 28 at 7:00 pm we will show our latest documentary “A Just Society” at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. It is the story of our opioid crisis and substance abuse on the island. The documentary is about 60 minutes in duration. I'd like to personally invite you to the showing of this important documentary. After the showing we plan to have a discussion involving a panel to discuss what we can do to help alleviate this serious crisis in our community."
"Let’s talk about ideas... that we are all in this together, as all of us want a Just Society." - Nick Versteeg
Admission by donations to support CWAV "Overseers of the Women's Shelter"
Raising Awareness of the Opioid Crisis 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Cooks on Wheels: Pancake Fundraiser for Starfish Cowichan Valley 2019-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
We support Pink Shirt Day 2019! 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Preparation+Enthusiasm = Rotary's Leadership Training


Our President Elects from Area 5, all primed to plan their upcoming year as Rotary Presidents!

From the left: Richard Calverley, Chemainus; Sandra Milne, Ladysmith; Gerry Giles, South Cowichan; Gay Wise, Assistant Governor; Doreen White, Duncan Daybreak; Mike Taylor, Duncan; missing is Chris Cheeseman from Salt Spring Island who will be serving a second term as President.
Preparation+Enthusiasm = Rotary's Leadership Training 2019-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Community Cook Cart Fundraiser a Sweet Success! Kim Barnard 2019-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Perfect Reading Weather

Club member Ron Linkes and his team are busy crafting more of these "Little Libraries" to install in our communities here in South Cowichan! The club is expecting donations of all sorts of books and family-friendly reading material. Yes, kids books are very welcome too! Let us know if you'd like a box in your neighbourhood to keep the mailboxes company and foster your literary adventures!

Ron tells us, "Our second cluster of community libraries are currently going up. The snow has stopped us from planting the last three but they will be in place as soon as weather permits. 

We will soon have thirteen libraries scattered throughout the south valley and I have to say they have been well used. There is a good rotation of books circulating through each location and problems of vandalism and maintenance have been minimal. In two years we have only lost one to a fire. 

With the Rotary logo and email address posted on each box it is a great way to advertise the club in the very neighbourhoods our future members are likely to come from. We have even received requests to install a library in certain locations which can only be a good thing. 

If you have a location where one of our libraries would work now is the time to let me know. We are down to two that still do not have a home."

---> Ron can be reached by email at this link.
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Rotary Gardens Planned for the New Cowichan Hospice House


Teaming Up to Build a Peaceful Garden...🌻 Rotary Assistant District Governor Gay Wise is very proud that all of the Rotary Clubs in the Valley have stepped up to ensure that the natural environment around the Hospice will be one of peace and serenity.

“As Rotarians we are all excited to be able to take on a project that will be of such significance to all our communities. For me, as Assistant Governor, I feel great about the support I have received from our five clubs, about their enthusiasm for working together to make this beautiful garden happen,” she said.

💕 For full details...

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Read the FULL story here at the Cowichan Post...
Rotary Gardens Planned for the New Cowichan Hospice House 2019-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Supporting our Salmon 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership Matters! 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Kettle Crew 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
The Season for Giving 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Soap (and Water!) for Hope 2018-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Cobble Hill Hall Access Improvements 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

The Gift of a Blessing Bag

Available in November and December for $15.00 per bag - a way to brighten someone's day!
Thank you to Rotarian Marja Tencate and participating club members!
The Gift of a Blessing Bag 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Remembers Sandy Ferrin 2018-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Be the Inspiration - Guest Speakers

Our club has been treated to some unforgettable speakers and topics this fall! You'll find photos and more at our club's Facebook page Rotary Club of South Cowichan (Mill Bay)
On October 10th we had a visit from Jayne Shaw of Victoria's Quilts Canada and learned how talented volunteers are compassionately giving to those going through cancer treatments, and we were encouraged to share this resource with anyone we knew who could benefit. Donations to support this cause are welcomed on an ongoing basis through their website.
In October we also received a visit from Rob Hutchins and Gretchen Hartley of Cowichan Hospice with some exciting news!
Rob gave an overview of the new hospice planned to be built next year at Cairnsmore Street, along with the plan for a garden to be funded (if it goes ahead) by the Rotary clubs of Duncan and South Cowichan at a cost of $390,000. This garden project which will not take place until the new 10 bed hospice is built, so we look forward to assisting with the grounds in the next few years. Fundraising will be the first step!
On Wednesday the 24th we held a special evening event together with the Chemainus Rotary club at the Cobble Hill Hall to raise funds for World Polio Day! We were especially thankful to have Joan Firkins visit us as our Guest Speaker. Thanks to all who participated and especially to our tireless organizers and cooks! See below for more details!
We are always booking ahead for our Guest Speakers. Would you or anyone you know have a "Service Above Self" or "People of Action" topic you'd like to share with our club? Please kindly talk to any club member or directly to our Speaker Coordinator Sandy Ferrin! To contact us by email, click on any of the names on the left side of our Home Page under Club Executives & Directors
Thank you and consider this your invitation to join us at our breakfast meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30am at the Brentwood College Dining Hall to learn more about Rotary and what we do!
Be the Inspiration - Guest Speakers 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Glenn's tech tips #1 Glenn Terrell 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Breakfast with our Rotary District 5020 Governor Craig Gillis Kim Barnard 2018-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Be the Inspiration - Guest Speakers

Our club has been treated to some phenomenal speakers and topics this month! You'll find photos and more at our club's Facebook page Rotary Club of South Cowichan (Mill Bay)
On September 12th we had Kevin Stanbrook share with us his life experiences of being a Polio Survivor and how crucial the ongoing work of Rotary International to End Polio is for this and future generations... 
Today is the International Day of Peace, and this past Wednesday the 19th we had a detailed presentation on Peace and Conflict Resolution in Colombia by Deryk Norton, with examples of the community projects made possible by Rotarians coming together with the necessary funds and teamwork to implement them over the course of weeks to years. The "Drums for Peace" project was one that our club participated in and you can read more about it here...
Would you or anyone you know have a "Service Above Self" or "People of Action" topic you'd like to share with our club? Please kindly talk to any club member or directly to our Speaker Coordinator Sandy Ferrin! To contact us by email, click on any of the names on the left side of our Home Page under Club Executives & Directors
Thank you and consider this your invitation to join us at our next meeting of the Cowichan Valley Rotary clubs which will be a special morning Breakfast with Guest Speaker District Governor Craig Gillis at the Cowichan Golf & Country Club at 7am on Friday, September 28th!
Be the Inspiration - Guest Speakers 2018-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

South Cowichan Rotary Foundation Helps Hospice

Posted by Stephen Housser
In the world of charitable giving there are “transformative gifts”. Basically, gifts so large they transform the recipient organization. Say for example, a $20-million gift to a small college that enables it to build a whole new science wing.
But there are also smaller gifts that can have a huge impact. Example: in 2015 the South Cowichan Rotary Club Foundation gave Cowichan Hospice $5,000 in seed money to help the Society move forward on its dream of a stand-alone 10-bed hospice house for the Cowichan region.
Cowichan Hospice has done an amazing job providing counselling and support for people in their final stage of life, and their families. But it has never had actual hospice beds, so many people have had to spend their final days in a hospital ward. Not great for the dying patient, nor their families.
Cowichan Hospice is determined to change that. Island Health has agreed to fund the operating costs for a new hospice facility, but the Society must come up with the money for construction. No small task for a small, lean, volunteer organization.
The Hospice Society approached the South Cowichan Rotary Club Foundation for help. The Rotary Club and its Foundation have always supported Hospice care programs, but this was a new request: seed money to pay for the first steps leading toward a significant fundraising campaign.
The South Cowichan Rotary Club Foundation made what for it was a ‘stretch’ contribution of $5,000. This went toward an initial site selection study, development of a functional program as the basis for design and generating publicity material highlighting the need for a hospice house.
Fast forward three years from that first gift in 2015. Cowichan Hospice has forged ahead raising several million dollars – even before the “official” fundraising campaign begins. It is coming ever closer to making hospice beds available in the Cowichan Valley. In the kind words of Cowichan Hospice House chair, Christa Fox, “It all started with that one gift from The South Cowichan Rotary Foundation”.
So, you never really know the potential power of a strategic seed gift. Bravo to Cowichan Hospice for making that seed money blossom and helping the dream of hospice beds in Cowichan Valley become reality by 2020. There is still more work to do. More funds to raise. But it is such a worthy project, I hope all good people of Cowichan Valley will jump on board.
Steve Housser
President, South Cowichan Rotary Club Foundation
South Cowichan Rotary Foundation presents cheque to Cowichan Hospice
South Cowichan Rotary Foundation Helps Hospice Stephen Housser 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
A Big Weekend - Golf Tournament and Cobble Hill Fair 2018-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
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

Club Member Will Duggan is one of the Island's Top 20 Under 40!

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

Thank You to ALL of our "I Love Shawnigan" Clean Up Day 2018 Participants!


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

Spring Clean Up Teamwork!

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

Our Club in Action - Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday on March 10th, 2018

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

Rotary Drums for Peace


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

Wearing Pink on February 28th!

"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
Kinsol Trestle Trails Project - South Cowichan Rotary Volunteers in Action 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Make a Donation

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

The Rotary Route

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.
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