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of Powell River
Our meetings are now virtual.
We look forward to meeting
in person at Julie's again someday.
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
at Julie's Airport Market
7550 Duncan Street, Powell River, BC
We meet at the date, time and location listed above unless otherwise posted here on our site.
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School District 47 Food Literacy Food Program coordinator Vanessa Sparrow spoke to our club members via Zoom on November 3. She has been with the district since 2019 and has been involved with similar school garden programs in Australia and through UBC. 
School gardens are used as outdoor classrooms and, by consulting with teachers and staff, she developed a version to meeting Powell River’s needs called Landed Learning.
Despite COVID, the program has been able to go ahead in local elementary schools. Vanessa explained that things are going fantastically in following the program’s objective of seed to plate learning. 
Students learn to plant, tend, harvest and prepare fresh food by engaging in hands-on activities both at school and at local farms. They develop an understanding of where food comes from and the relationships between living things — people, plants and pollinators. 
One of our members, Anne, is one of 14 volunteer Garden Friends who work side by side in the garden and kitchen with small groups of students.
During the Q&A session, Vanessa answered a question about the gardens in July and August when schools are out. She said it can be challenging. And she accepted the offer of mulch for the gardens to help over the winter. 
For more information, go to www.sd47foodliteracy.come or Powell River Landed Learning Facebook page. 
Vanessa Sparrow
Darryl Jackson
Darryl Jackson was the first in-person program speaker for a regular weekly meeting at Julie’s Airport Café on October 6. 
When he began, he told his audience he speaks using his hands a lot and had a tough time condensing his personal history in the time allotted. A linear path has never been his path; he has always been a “What’s next?” kind of guy. 
He was born in Nanaimo and grew up in nearby Cedar. In high school he wanted to do everything and was terrified of choosing something he would later regret. His goal was to see what the world had to offer so he ran away with a carnival in his late teens. 
He has had multiple careers including cook, firefighter, fisherman, commercial diver, fish farm worker, entrepreneur who owns an ice cream truck and power engineer to name a few. Each has a lengthy story behind it. He said there was no way to fit all the stories into his presentation so we received the Reader’s Digest version. 
When he arrived in Powell River to start over again, he didn’t know anyone but found people so open and so friendly. His “What’s next?” was gone and this was the first place that actually felt like home. Everything he has always wanted is here. He has two kids, two dogs, two cats, a wonderful wife and the best career of all being a grandfather. 
And he is looking forward to becoming even more involved with his community through Rotary. 
Jan Gisborne, centre, thanks Anna Byrne, left and Cathy Fisher, from Powell River Hospice Society
Cathy Fisher, president of Powell River Hospice Society was accompanied by Anna Byrne, vice-president to present the program at our October 13 meeting. 
Hospice philosophy for palliative care is to support social, emotional and spiritual well-being and does not include heroic efforts to save lives. Death is a normal part of life and not a medical emergency. Hospice volunteers don’t provide medical assistance; they listen and support people in improving their quality of living and dying. 
The society is working with Vancouver Coastal Health to finalize a four-room hospice for Powell River which is greatly needed in this community.
From a high of 80 trained people, the society is now down to 35 due to COVID, however, there is triple the number of people needing support. There are also two part-time staff and that will expand. They have still provided support over the telephone, in gardens and virtually. When someone has a life-limiting condition, all along their journey there will be someone to talk with. Anyone interested in being a hospice volunteer can participate in the training. 
More information about becoming a volunteer, society member or participating in fundraising events can be found at
There was a lively discussion with comments and questions at the conclusion of their presentation.

Kelly Belanger 
Kelly Belanger was born in Bonneville, Alberta, the first of five brothers and one of 30 cousins. 
A family on the move, his changed locales 42 times in three years. For the first year of his life, Kelly lived in a drawer. 
When he was five, his mom said it was time to settle down and they did that in Edson where he started kindergarten. 
At the start of another oil boom, they moved to Fort McMurray with his mom who was then single. 
A Red Seal chef, Kelly has been cooking since he was 12 with his grandmother as his instructor. If he made a mistake, she would whack him with a wooden spoon. She also taught at a culinary school where he eventually attended. She was upset when he said he was going to enroll because she wanted him to hate cooking so she retired the year before he started. Kelly says he know more than a lot of the instructors and pulled off the highest mark in the class. 
Cooking doesn’t pay 
as well as working in the oil patch so eventually he went to work there for seven years, going to night school to become a power engineer.
He decided he wanted to reconnect with his father’s family and moved back to Bonneville where in 1994 he met his future wife. 
Ten years later things became to go awry. Kelly, who is gay, said he came out because he was done with lying to himself. He had been traumatized at the age of 12 when he witnessed his first gay bashing and jumped into the closet. 
The first person he told was his son and then daughter who had hoped their parents would get back together. They came around and are now the best of friends.
He met his future husband, JP, in 2007 and they were together for 13 years and married for eight. 
The couple came to Powell River where Kelly saw that The Old Courthouse Inn was for sale. He loved its Tudor style and fell in love with it the moment he stepped into the building. 
When he found out the price, he two days later he was the owner. The realtor told him it was the fastest sale he had ever done. 
Kelly had redecorated all the rooms and serves breakfast every Tuesday through Saturday from 9-1 in Edie Rae’s Café. If he could find more staff to complement the wonderful employees he has, he would open more often. He’s also looking for housekeeping staff. COVID has been hard but this summer was the best one he has experienced and the inn has been full right through to last week 
Serendipitously, years ago he had bought a pen and ink drawing of the courthouse by Powell River artist Courtney Cressy. It now hangs in his private quarters at the inn.
Kelly said his marriage was great, then got a little rough and then ended.  
He loves Powell River which has so much to offer with the outdoors and many new friends and guests who have also become friends. He has felt so accepted here, unlike a lot of small towns. 
He joined Rotary because he was to give back to this community and feels being a Rotarian is the way to do that. 
This week's meeting is a special event hosted by the VIU Culinary program and will not be held at Julie's Airport Cafe.
Information for those who have purchased tickets is as follows:
Brooks Secondary School
Doors open at 5:30 pm with a prompt seating at 6 pm, please do not be late
Coffee and tea will be provided with dessert, and a cash bar will be open to those who wish to purchase other drinks
Thank you to all participating this week. We will see you there!
Looking for something different to do on a Wednesday night? Join our club in a Potluck for Polio.

We are asking for a minimum donation of $25 per person - $5 being used to cover venue costs at the ARC and a dish to share and your own beverage.

The remaining $20 will be a donation in your name to our Polio Plus fund so that you get recognition and a tax receipt. Every dollar raised is matched by the Gates Foundation with $2.

There is a sign-up sheet and tickets (in exchange for your donation) available at the Peak office if you would like to participate.
Rotary Club of Powell River donated $1,200 to Brave Hearts for 10 new heart rate monitors. Brave Hearts is a rehabilitation program designed for people who have had a cardiac event. The program is a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health, Tla'amin Health Services and the City of Powell River Parks, Recreation and Culture department.
This week, Wednesday, August 28, is our Adopt-a-Highway cleanup. We will meet at Willingdon Beach for vests and equipment and head out for cleanup. There will be a BBQ to follow for those Rotarians that made it out to lend a hand.
Author and scriptwriter, Rick Antonson, former President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, was thinking big and long term when his organization launched the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler. Rick will be one of our speakers at the District's 2020 Vision Conference, April 24-26, 2020 in Vancouver. Our focus for the conference is on "vision" and he certainly personifies that.
Book your spot now!
The Tuesday, July 30 event was a hit for all who attended the Royal Zayka Restaurant to meet special guests, District Governor Bala Naidoo and his wife Vasi. Great food and many inspirational words were had by all.
Photos courtesy of our fellow Rotarian, Paul Galinski.
There is no regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting this week.
This evenings event (Tuesday, July 30) is being held at the Royal Zayka Restaurant with special guests, District Governor Basi Naidoo and his wife Vasi.
Wednesday, June 19 meeting will be held at the Carlson Community Club for our annual installation dinner.
Cocktails begin at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and available from Katya at Villani & Company
We will be kicking up our heels at our meeting
Wednesday, June 5 • 6 pm
Star Dusters Dance Hall,
5399 Timberlane Avenue
(across the street from the Timberlane track)
Join us Saturday, May 4 for a Burger and Beer to raise funds for the preschool playground at Willingdon Beach. 
Come enjoy a burger, beer, music bingo and some great silent auction prizes.
Tickets are $20 and available from your favourite Rotary member or at the TC Hotel on Joyce Avenue.
Application forms are available at the top of this page under Projects > Westview Viewpoint Bricks or at the Powell River Chamber of Commerce office on Wharf Street. Deadline for orders is as posted below, April 30, 2019.
Our meeting place for April 17, 2019 has changed to Willingdon Beach for our Adopt-a-Hwy trash clean up.  We will be meeting at 5:15 pm for clean up and we will have a zero waste BBQ afterwards (6:30pm) at the covered picnic area.  Please bring your own plate, cup, cutlery and chair as well as something to drink.  
Wednesday, March 13 our regular meeting will be held at the
Dragon House restaurant in Crossroads Village Shopping Centre
Guests/spouses are welcome!
Chinese buffet and the cost is $17.95+taxes
Visitors wishing to attend please contact President Frieda Hamoline
November 2021

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