Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich – Welcome


 
We recognize that we live, work and learn on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking First Peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and we gratefully acknowledge the Coast Salish Nations on whose traditional territories we meet together.
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism.
Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our club.

Are you interested in joining the
Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich? Click Here
 

 

 

Meeting schedule for Rotary Year 2023-24
Andrew Sheret Building: Tuesdays at 12 noon

Visiting Rotarians are
particularly welcome.
Meeting Day change begins September 4.
The meeting schedule will be:
 
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays: 12 noon - Normal Club Assembly
    Next dates: Tuesday,  March 5 (DG official visit with Oak Bay - see calendar)
    Visitors -  Contact us or go to the Calendar menu and click on the event to register if you wish to attend 
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays: 12 noon - Informal Club meetings at the Sticky Wicket - Strathcona Hotel.
    Next dates:  Feb 27 (at University Club)
    Look for possible changes of location and day from time-to-time. Check Calendar for Upcoming Events
  • 3rd Tuesday prior to regular meeting: Board and Committee meetings.
  • 5th Week: Social Event - check calendar for time & details.
  • Our weekly meeting includes fellowship, fun, a speaker and necessary club business
  • ZOOM link for Board and some club meetings.
     Contact us for the Zoom link if the above link does not work
 
 
'MIX AND MINGLE' DATES: SOCIAL EVENTS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 
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Coming up: Check the calendar tab for final details
 
    Event: Social Luncheon
    Date: 27 February 2024
    Time: 12:00 lunch
    Location: University Club
    Cost: à la carte
 
 

Memories of our 2021-22 Past President Patricia Crossley

Patricia passed away February 14, 2024.
The video below shows an interview with Peter Norman where Patricia outlines the goals for her Rotary Year: 
  • Fundraising so the club could make an impact on the community
  • Membership (attract and retain)
  • Engagement of members
 
 
 
CURRENT FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

Rotary Easter Flowers
 Get your Easter Flowers 
– Just $25 delivered
Deliveries to Greater Victoria, Western Communities, Saanich Peninsula only

Coldest Night of the Year
Support Rotary's effort to raise funds for OUR PLACE – Team Goal is $5000
Victoria's Raging Rotarians will walk at 10:30 am on Saturday, 24 February 2024 – Starting at the Rotary Garden at Ogden Point
Support a walker to reach their goal
or join the team!

Watch for Other Activities

 
 

 

ROTEX Student Presentations

In 2022-23 there were unusual circumstances and the Victoria-area clubs were able to send four students out on exchange:
  • Chelsea Mesman – Brazil
  • Teakerne Stewart – Austria
  • Jocelyn Wansbrough – Chile
  • Rebecca Wolf-Gage – Spain
Recently all four students made presentations at the Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich. It is always a pleasure to hear from such accomplished young adults – they are the future of Rotary.
 
 
 
PAST FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
 

TREKFest Rotary Raffle & 50/50 - 2023

 

50/50 - Prize $2670

Winner: P. Norman, Victoria, BC

 

TREKFest Raffle Prizes

Grand Prize
Two TREX Fx+2 ebikes

A. Grey, Victoria, BC

2nd Prize
$500 Credit at TREK Bikes Victoria

L. Curtis, Victoria, BC

3rd Prize
Passage on the Coho to Port Angeles

K. Nixon, Lantzville, BC
 
 
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FUNDS RAISED FOR CHARITY
$9702
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Congratulations and thanks to all who participated
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Recent Activities

Operation Trackshoes 
In June members from the Victoria and Saanich Rotary clubs helped manage events at the final Operation Trackshoes.
 

Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair 
In April members from the Victoria and Saanich Rotary clubs judged Environment-related projects at the Science Fair.
The following students won prizes.
  1. Alexis Kuo – An environmentally friendly approach to extracting heavy metals from solutions utilizing melanin found in hair
  2. Phoebe Dendes – Photo Volts
    Liam DeGoey – The Effect of Compostable Plastic in Soil on Plant Growth
  3. Quinn Davies – No More Nitrates !
  4. Liam Pope-Lau – Evaporation Electricity: Nanoengineering Wood for Sustainable Energy
 
Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich $2000 Scholarship
Evan Warburton – The Dual Dipole Radio Telescope
Evan received the Rotary Club of Victoria Scholarship as the top Senior project in the Science Fair
 

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR 2023
Fundraiser for Our Place - Walk on Feb 25 
We raised $4620 !!!
Thanks to all who contributed and participated.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich has recently awarded $9,000 in scholarships to graduating secondary students.
 
A $2000 scholarship was awarded to Eunjo An, the student with the top senior project in the 2022 Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair.
Eunjo competed at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and won several prizes with her project.
 
 

COMMUNITY GRANTS
We have recently awarded the following grants:
July 2022 – June 2023
  • Threshold Housing Society: (Rotary Education Program) - $10,000 in December 2022 + $10,000 in May 2023
  • Esquimalt High School: (Science and Arts equipment) - $15,000
  • Human Nature Counselling Society: (Program expenses) - $2100
 
 
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July 2021 – June 2022
  • Mustard Seed Food Distribution Centre: (forklift) - $15,000
  • Cridge Transition House for Women: (furniture) - $4290
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award: (fees & boarding) - $2100
  • Anawim Companion Soc. (furniture) - $7000
  • Intercultural Assoc. (Employment Computer Lab) - $5000

 

February is Rotary
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month 
 
February is a special month for the Rotary community as it is designated as Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. During this time, Rotarians across the world celebrate their commitment to promoting peace and resolving conflicts



This year’s theme is “Create Hope in the World”

 
 
Rotary International's vision statement: 
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
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Check out our Mission and Vision Statement (SOAR) plus our Strategic Plan - also under the  'Members'  menu tag

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
 

 

Watch for New Activities

 
 
 
 
 

Meeting Information


Service Above Self
We meet
Tuesdays at 12:00 noon 
1st & 3rd Week
Check the 'Calendar' link for updates
Andrew Sheret Building
Main Board Room
740 Hillside Ave W1,
Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4
 
 
 
 
 
Useful Links
 

Speakers

Past Speakers
Michael Peirone
Feb 20, 2024 12:00 PM
The Victoria Hand Project
Dr Giles Stevenson
Feb 06, 2024 12:00 PM
Cognitive Dissonance
Robyn Dunstan, Dr. Robin Love, Leslie Sunby
Jan 30, 2024
Palliative Care Involvement in Nepal
Teakerne Stewart & Jocelyn Wansbrough
Jan 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Presentations

Club Executive

President
President Elect
Director - Secretary
Co-Secretary
Director - Treasurer
Co-Treasurer
Director - Past President
Director - Past President
Director - Club Administration
Director - Youth Services
Director - Fundraising
Director - Membership
Director - Rotary Foundation
Sergeant-at-Arms
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Interact Advisor
Public Image
Service Projects
RYLA Contact
Upcoming Events

Additional Information

ROTARY CLUB OF VICTORIA MEMBERSHIP
 
 Our club has been serving Victoria since 1913.
We are neighbours, friends and problem solvers.
We are people of action.
  
                        
What is a Rotarian?
                        
  • A Rotarian is a person who digs wells from which they will never drink,
  • A person who vaccinates children they will never meet,
  • Who restores sight for those they will never see,
  • Who builds houses they will never live in,
  • Who educates children they will never know,
  • Who plants trees they will never sit under,
  • Who feeds hungry people, regardless of race, religion or politics,
  • Who makes crawlers walk half a world away,
  • Who knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitzer said, can only be found by serving others.
             
Criteria for being a Rotarian
 
The criteria for being a Rotarian are simple:
  • Be an adult who demonstrates good character, integrity, and leadership
  • Have a good reputation within your business or profession, or community
  • Be willing to serve in the community or around the world         
            
 Rotary Club of Calcutta Visionaries || About Rotary
             
            
Our watchword for RY 22-23: Fun, social and easy to integrate into your schedule'
            
            
 
Rotary 5-year action plan            
Rotary Service options            

             
Membership Options 
 
We offer single memberships for individuals.
Family memberships allow you to bring an immediate family member at a discount.
Corporate memberships enable you to share the membership with designated individuals from your company or business.
Information
 
Our Distinguished Honorary Members: 
 The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC,
 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia;
 
 Rear Admiral Angus Topshee OMM, MSM, CD
 Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, Joint Task Force (Pacific)
 
            
            
Club News
Rotary's seven areas of focus:
  • Peace building and conflict prevention;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water sanitation and hygiene;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy;
  • Community economic development;
  • Supporting the environment
 
Rotary 5-year action plan
 
  • Impact (effective problem solving and new ways to translate our expertise)-
  • Reach (activate and inspire each other to build connections) -
  • Engagement (understand needs so that all participants are seen and heard)-
  • Adapt (inventive, resilient entrepreneurs, simplifying how we operate.)

Many banners have been added to our online collection.  The new ones are at the top and include a sizable tranche provided by Denis Paré.  There is also a separate online collection of non-club Rotary banners.

If a club member has a banner  to be included in the collection, it can be photographed by Director Kim McGowan.  Banners will be returned at a club meeting on request. Club members who are travelling, may request some banners to  exchange with Rotary clubs  along the way.  It is always an enjoyable experience.