Supporting our Salmon 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership Matters! 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
What a magnificent occasion, a real buzz of energy. The 7th Annual Seniors Lunch was held at Cobble Hill Hall on 17th December. In total some 240 traditional turkey lunches were served including 40+ volunteers, without whom this event could not take place. Several of our club members were spotted in action!
The hall had been beautifully decked out with Christmas decorations and treats. Along with the meal, a raffle was undertaken so many of the Seniors went home with an early gift from Santa and a big smile.
Our thanks go out to all the volunteers for the hard work and effort they put in. And it’s not just at Christmas. The volunteers turnout throughout the year staging senior lunches on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, with seniors gathering around 11:45 am. The recommended donation for the meal is $6. So if you are not already attending come along and join the fun!
Thanks also to the Farmer’s Institute who give the hall free of charge and a special thanks to our very own Gerry Giles the mastermind behind all the lunches.
Enjoy the holidays and wishing you a fabulous 2019!
Seniors Christmas Luncheon 2018-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
A Very Merry Breakfast Meeting! 2018-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Foundation Chair and Director of Fund Development Roger was kept busy giving out Paul Harris pins at our annual Christmas Brunch!
Congratulations to this year's contributors, including those not pictured here. We are inspired by your Service Above Self!
Celebration and Recognition 2018-12-16 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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