call our President

Linda Jefferson

250 - 644 - 4092



1st and 3rd Thursday of each Month:

7.30 a.m. -  Smitty's Restaurant

451 Hwy 97

across from the Tourist Info





President Elect
 100 Mile Rotary Club Seniors Dinner!
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 they are not forgotten.
Always a great social event, once again our seniors line 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 can come in and at 6 pm the busy swarm of helpers is loading up the plates.
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 come from all reaches of our town and help us once again to make this event a success.


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 Rotary and polio

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.
Polio Today
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
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Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
Rotary in Action
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
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Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; WWE superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.
40 Years Rotary 100 Mile House
1976 - 2016
40 Years Rotary Club of 100 Mile House.
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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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.







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




Rotarian's work-bee!

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








We are Health Stars!




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. 







March 2019
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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