Rotary Club of 100 Mile House


call our President Wolfgang Paasche

250 397-2970


Meetings: Thursdays:

Brown bag Lunch:

bring what you like and

we have something to

drink for you.


12 15 PM


Our Club Location:

South Cariboo Business Centre

Green Office Building, Upstairs

Follow the Rotary Room Signs:

#228-475 Birch Avenue

100 Mile House, BC




Past President
District Governors Visit 2015!
District Govenor John Anderson's visit to our Club!
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2015  100 Mile Rotary Club Seniors Dinner!
MLA Donna Barnett and President Wolfgang Paasche preparing 12 Turkeys!
Every Year before Christmas the Rotary Club of 100 Mile House invites all Seniors for a turkey dinner into the Community Hall. This is to celebrate those who were here before us and have run this town before it became our town, and to let them know that hey are not forgotten.
Always a great social event, once again our seniors lined up before the Community Hall early in the afternoon, all nicely dressed up and anxious to have a good time with friends and family. By 5 pm everybody could come in and at 6 pm every seat was taken and the busy swarm of helpers was loading up the plates. It appeared, that once again a good time was had by all.
The 100 Mile House Rotary Club would like to thank every guest for coming and also extend many, many thanks to all the volunteers that came from all reaches of our town and helped us once again to make this event a success.


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40 Years Rotary 100 Mile House
1976 - 2016
40 Years Rotary Club of 100 Mile House.
Fireside Meeting
Fireside is a time for hot items and good food.
But the dishes have to be done too...
From MLA to Sears, Lawyers, Realtors and commanding President Wolfgang, everybody takes care and showing his experience in doing dishes and homework. 
111 Years of Rotary International




The Rotary Club of 100 Mile House celebrated Rotary's anniversary in February with friends and guests as a special luncheon.

On February 23, 1905, the very first Rotary meeting was held in Chicago. This day is considered Rotary's anniversary - also known as 'World Understanding and Peace Day'.

These Rotarians on this very first meeting, 111 years ago, were men who knew each other and have done business together for some time. But they noticed that not all was good in the city around them. Things could be made better, people needed help. They thought that they could use their professional knowledge and business resources to do just that -  provide help where it was needed. So they decided to meet once a week to do this and they took turns to meet in each of their offices; hence the name 'Rotary'.


The idea was good and soon clubs were chartered in other cities. The first club in Canada was formed in 1910 in Winnipeg. Now Rotary was international. The rest is history: Today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs all over the world. They all do what was started 111 years ago -  provide help where it is needed; that is what Rotary is all about.


Rotary members, as volunteers, conduct projects to address today’s humanitarian challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns while encouraging high standards in all vocations. Rotary members strive to build goodwill and peace, and provide humanitarian service in their communities and throughout the world. In nearly 40 years since it's charter, the 100 Mile House club has provided countless hours of volunteer work in this town and raised almost $ 1,000,000 for the improvement of this community.


 On our special lunch we collected donations for the '100 Mile House & District Women's Centre' and a week later we could present a cheque of $ 587.82 to the center.


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Polio Plus Action 2015
Polio Plus Action 2015!
Our New Paul Harris Fellow
'Paul Harris Fellow'. This year this special honor was bestowed on our Community Service Director Shawna Norton!
Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. He started in Chicago in 1905 to meet with a few like minded business partners to discuss ways how to help fellow citizens in their community.
This great idea spread from these small beginnings into the international service organization that we now know as Rotary International – with, at the latest count, 1,224,261 members in 35,187 clubs all over the world.
To remember Paul Harris, and as a recognition for outstanding service in the various projects of our club, we nominate one member every year as 'Paul Harris Fellow'. This year this special honor was bestowed on our Community Service Director Shawna Norton.
Congratulations Shawna!

Our New President

Wolfgang Paasche





100 Mile House goes on

 Rotary Time.

Community Members and many Rotarians attending at 11 15 AM on Nov. 20.1014, the unveiling of the  Rotary Tower Clock in Front of the 100 Mile Community Hall.



2014-2015 Governor Ken Wilson was meeting our Club and presented Certificates for perfect attendance to, Maurinee Pinkney, Ralp Phossum and Stephen Pellizary.  



Orange Shirt Day in 100 Mile House on September 30th 2014

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and wellbeing, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.


Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley our Guest speakers

Sept. 11.2014


Guest speaker Dr. Ray Sanders, Director of

Thompson Rivers University.         

How TRU is serving our Community and can TRU close the

Gap in Adult Education in Town  after the Shut down

of the Grow Centre.








Kingabwa project! 

The Rotary Club of 100 Mile House is partnering this Project and we keep you updated actually on the ongoing Activities.




Hi everyone,

This visit to the site of the WASH project in Menkao, DR Congo, in which your RCs are participating, comes from Linda James who is in Kinshasa working for a Christian College. She is a friend and associate of Lucy Hobgood Brown, the Australian Rotarian who was brought up in a mission in the remote area of the DR Congo which recently suffered from an outbreak (now contained) of Ebola. Lucy's club is contributing $1,000 US to this project.

Also new to our consortium is the 100 Mile House RC,  project leaders Peter and Karl, which has confirmed a US$1,500 contribution.

Most recently the RC Lille has indicated that it and their District will contribute an yet unspecified amount to the project. Also, the Steveston RC is considering the possibility. There is still some way to go to complete the required funding, but the gap is narrowing. The project will start in December the funding is fully in place or a little later as we wait for more commitments. This truly an international undertaking being supported to date by Clubs and Districts in DR Congo, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Switzerland.

The RC Kinshasa Kingabwa project leader, Celestin Tangamo, is in the blue shirt in the photos.

Regards, Verona

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda James []
Sent: November-23-14 10:54 PM
To: Hobgood-Brown Lucy; Tangamo Celestin; Muderwa Rose; frednetiabu;
Subject: Visit to the Village of Menkao




Dear all,
I want to thank both Rose Muderwa and Celestin Tangamo of the Rotary Club Kinshasa-Kingabwa for arranging to have me join them on their visit to the village of Menkao. While it is only about an hour drive east of Kinshasa on a lovely, lush (in the middle of the rainy season) plateau, the poverty and need of the population is clearly evident. Because there is no regional industry to support this village of 37 thousand people, they are dependent on agriculture to support themselves.  The nearest clean water source is 15 km away on foot.
This water project, spearheaded by the Communauté du Chemin Neuf (New Roads Organization), will serve not only their mission of mentoring and re-integrating street children into society, but will serve the community at large by providing clean drinking water.  Because the plateau is far above the water source, they are required to drill down 300 meters to reach water!  Once they get started in December, they estimate that it will take about 10 days to complete.  In the photo below, Christian Bouchez - a representative of the Communauté du Chemin Neuf - shows Celestin Tangamo the map of the Organization's development plan. The upper left corner indicates the corner of the property where the drilling for the well will take place - giving access to the village as well as to the Organization itself.  The last photo shows the approximate location just off the road where the well will be placed (between the road and the welcome center for the organization) which is just 1 km from the village. The plan also includes a generator which, after the villagers have filled their water containers during the day, will operate 8 hours during the night in order to refill the cistern (50 thousand liters) for the next day's customers. Voilà, a continuous water source!  The health of the community improves and considerably less time is spent in search of water allowing children the time to go to school and parents the time to attend to their jobs.
Christian and his colleague Matthieu were wonderful hosts, eager to answer questions and excited to complete the project. As you can see from the third photo, we were able to spend time discussing their work over snacks and beverages (L-R:  Linda James - HandUp Congo and Rotary Australia representative - Christian, Matthieu, Celestin, Rose). Their passion was infectious. As we drove away, we were extremely impressed with their vision.
Warm regards,
Linda James





Rotary Past President and representing the South Cariboo Health Foundation,

M.J. Cousins presents to the Club the 2013 Founding Sponsor Award

for the 2013 Starry Night Fundraising Campaign.





The New Past Presidential Couple!   







The New Presidential Couple!







The Royal Guests are enjoying the delicious variety of Save on Foods Products and there was enough  liquid to save everybody from dehydration.











Seniors Dinner 2015

Rotary 36th annual Seniors Dinner.


Over 350 people enjoyed this great event again, the food was plenty, warm and tasty and the wine was great. 


Some of the young ones still danced to the sound of the great band.  





Rotarian's on a Cancer-Bike ride in Partnership with the 

Williams Lake and District Credit Union.


Rotarian's work-bee!

This is a hard working group of Rotarian's who was auctioned of at the last Lobsterfest 2013.







Martin Sarich our Sergeant of Arms for many Years

is receiving District 5040 Club Service Award.





We have finally a New president elect.

He is on this picture and he is not female and he works at a

famous Food Outlet in town.

The other 2 people are our President Maureen Pinkney and the

Assistant District Governor from Quesnel.

There is more to come about the New Guy.




We are Health Stars!




ImagePresident Maurene Pinkney hands over a Donation Check for Crime stoppers good Work.


ImageThe talent, time and energy of Rotarians from the dour corners of the globe have allowed the achievement of thousands of humanitarian projects destined to create a better world. (photo Rotary International)





I like to wish you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity for the season and the coming New Year.

I know together we can achieve the extraordinary and thank you for your Support in 2013.


Maureen Pinkney






Premier Christy Clark and our MLA Donna Barnett talking about 2014



Great Donation of $2,500 to the South Cariboo Health Foundation

as Sponsoring Donor for

 the Starry Night Light up at the 100 Mile Hospital. 









Lobsterfest a great success again, tank's for coming and for all your help.



Our new 2013 / 2014 President Maureen Pinkney
Rotary Peace Fellowship Program creates peace by advancing research & study in Peace & Conflict Resolution;Creating & Strengthening world peace leaders through advanced education; Promoting worldwide tolerance through Rotarian & fellow cooperation

To contact us please write to:

Rotary Club of 100 Mile House
Box 1329
100 Mile House, BC
V0K 2E0

 or call President Wolfgang Paasche  250 397-2970




September 2017
Polio, very soon History?
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson


While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller.

The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good.

More than 200 people attended the special live program, and thousands more worldwide watched online. Jeffrey Kluger, Time magazine’s editor at large, moderated the event.

In a question-and-answer session with Kluger, CDC Director Tom Frieden talked about the latest developments in the effort to eradicate polio.

“We have the fewest number of cases in the fewest number of places in the world right now,” said Frieden. “We continue to make ground against polio, but we’re still recording cases in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.”

The total number of cases worldwide so far this year is 27, compared with 51 for the same period last year.

Unfortunately, Nigeria slipped back onto the list of countries where polio is endemic this year, after cases appeared in the northern state of Borno, which was under the control of Boko Haram militants until recently. The World Health Organization estimates that the virus has been circulating in the region for five years. The country was on the verge of celebrating two years without any polio infections.

But this hasn’t stopped Rotary and its partners, who are working with the Nigerian government, Chad, Cameroun, and parts of the Central African Republic, from executing a sweeping emergency response. Shortly after the outbreak, a robust immunization campaign targeted about 1 million children with both oral and inactivated polio vaccines.

“Because the new cases were only detected due to ongoing surveillance efforts,” said Frieden.  “We shouldn’t be surprised to see more cases, because better surveillance means better detection of all polio cases.”

Polio eradication efforts continue to make progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan, cases dropped from 13 in 2015 to eight so far this year. In Pakistan, they decreased from 38 to 15.

Frieden cited innovative tactics for reaching children in Pakistan who were often missed in the past. These include placing permanent vaccination sites at entry points to the country, provinces, and large cities. Rotary has funded the purchase of cell phones for vaccination teams, so they can send data to health centers immediately.

“The virus is cornered, we just have to make sure never to let it out again,” Frieden added.

Celebrities join Rotary’s gathering

Dennis Ogbe, a polio survivor and Paralympian athlete, told his personal story of survival. Ogbe contracted polio at age three at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria while being treated for malaria.

Ogbe competed in the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000 and London in 2012. But he says the toughest challenge he’s faced is helping to rid the world of polio.

Shira Lazar, host of the show “What’s Trending,” gave a social media update during the live streamed event in which she announced that more than 3,000 World Polio Day events were happening around the world. In Pakistan, a huge End Polio Now message was illuminated at the Kot Diji Fort in the Khairpur district.

Video addresses came from Maryn McKenna, author and journalist, and new polio ambassador Jenna Bush Hager, chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, a journalist, and an author. Hager’s father-in-law is a polio survivor.

Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, also debuted a that transported attendees to the streets of India and Kenya, where they interacted with polio survivors and heard their stories.

“This is very good technology to put people in places where polio has affected so many,” says Reza Hossaini, director of polio eradication for UNICEF. “It’s important we see the places and people we are helping with our polio eradication programs.”

Earlier in the day, Frieden and Rotary International President John F. Germ announced major contributions to polio eradication. The Canadian government committed $10 million, and Michael Bloomberg, businessman, philanthropist, and former mayor of New York City, donated $25 million.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion to polio eradication since taking on the virus in 1979.

“We started this more than 30 years ago,” said Germ. “We’ve stuck with it all this time. And soon, we’re going to finish it.”

By Ryan Hyland

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