Club Stories
This Year we had a new Venue for the Gourmet Gala and Dream Auction hosting it at the Courtyard by Marriott. The event was sold out at 175 people, and we had some great entertainment from Genevieve Jade and DJ Erik Sullivan. MC's  Doug Jones from 99.3 the Drive and Afarin Mirzadeh from 101.3 the River kept the festivities moving along smoothly all night. Our Auctioneer Melissa Barcellos kept people on the edge of their seats as we auctioned off our big ticket auction items. And our very own Steve Henderson won the 50/50 and Judy Mason won the fabulous necklace brought to you by Ken's Goldsmithing!

Name: Taryn Forrest

Email address:

Host Club Counsellor: Roger Caron

Host Club: Valognes Rotary Club

Sponsor Club: Prince George Downtown

Host Info:

Host Family Name: Jérôme Piard and Marisoll Piard

Host Phone Number: 33 06 82 33 93 96 and 33 06 68 51 14 68

Host Address: 25 Bis Rue du Grand Saint Lin

Do you have a same gender Counsellor: No

Health: For the most part I haven’t been sick, I did have a little cold for a week and a half, but it was just a little sinus cold. I did get some sort of stomach bug which I assume came from the food at the cafeteria. I was sick for the whole weekend and didn’t do much. When I was sick I got pretty homesick because whenever I’m sick my mom is always asking how I’m doing and even if I don’t ask she brings me water and crackers.

School Activities: I haven’t joined any school activities because there’s pretty much nothing to do. I haven’t heard of anything other than Wednesday sports after school, but I don’t really know what that is. I have joined some non-school activities.

Attendance at Rotary Functions: I’ve only been to one Rotary meeting so far, but the meetings are very late, and I am at school from 8:30am to 6:00pm on Thursdays, so going to the meeting every other week could be tiring. I had my orientation the weekend of the 6/7/8 and I met all the exchange students and it was an awesome time. We played some get to know you games and we did a lot of dancing and we talked to each other the best we could.

Activities Outside of Rotary: Like I mentioned before I joined a few after school activities, I joined a volleyball training thing that I was invited to by a classmate. I also joined a basketball team (I don’t know if it’s a team or just a training group). They’re both fun and I enjoy doing something after school.

How often do you interact with your Host Counsellor? How is your relationship with your Host Counsellor? Is there anything you would like to tell us???

I’ve only interacted with my counselor twice, but he seems very kind. I haven’t really talked with him because I don’t see him often, which means I don’t have anything to complain about, I guess.

Comments/Requests/Concerns: Just wanted to mention that I really like my host family and they really make an effort to take me to cool spots around our town and near Cherbourg or Barneville Carteret. I’ve met extended family members from both sides of my host family and they’ve been super awesome and loving.

President Steve Findlay & Past President Toni Stedeford bookend our outbound Student Taryn Forrest who is going to spend the next year of her life in France as part of Rotary's wonderful youth exchange program. Have fun Taryn!
For all Rotarians, Spouses & Family Members
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Place: Prince George Golf & Curling Club
Format: 4 Ball Scramble (Teams are made up randomly)
  •  Includes prizes (participants buy their own dinner from menu)
  •  Members of PGG&CC = Free Non Members $42
  •  Please consider donating a small prize
Contact: Bob Hlina, Downtown Club
Neil King, Nechako Club
Jack Stevens or Jay Lazzarin, Yellowhead Club
Kelly McTaggart from CAPP did a presentation to the 3 Rotary clubs at our weekly meeting. She updated us on the pipeline progression, drilling activity and many things related to the industry and carbon.
Our annual Family Golf & BBQ will be held at Aspen Grove Golf Course on July 8th. Please see details and to register under Calendar/Upcoming Events.
Ever wonder what makes a Rotarian? What kind of people are they? Where did they come from? How did they get involved with Rotary?
Meet this month's feature Rotarian, Martin Meyer! 
Every year thousands of Rotary Clubs across the world host students from other countries as part of the youth exchange program. We had the pleasure of hosting Gabi Villas Boas from Brazil last year. Gabby has written us an amazing letter we just had to share with you.  

Today marks a year I got back from Canada. Its been a year of assimilating all I've seen and lived in this beautiful country. It took a long time for me to put into words what this year meant to me and I still feel like I will never be able to express this year to the fullest, but this is a little bit of my experience (sorry for any English mistakes, its been a while). 


When you're 16 (living under two very loving parents wings) there's not much you feel you did it yourself. Getting involved with rotary and my exchange was the first thing I actually did it myself every step of the way. I was not sure what to expect but I knew there was a lot of learning to come and a lot of work to do. I loved Prince George from the moment I got the email I was waiting for so long, but I never imagined how much I would learn from this place.

Ever wonder what makes a Rotarian? What kind of people are they? Where do they come from? What do they do? Every month meet a member of the PG Downtown Rotary Club with Meet A Rotarian!
This month we feature member Kevin Beatty! Kevin was the President of the Downtown Club for 2017-2018. Read more...
Over the past 10 years the mountain pine beetle has devastated many northern communities and resulted in local parks having hundreds of trees removed. In conjunction with the Peace initiative and Rotary International President Ian H.S Riseley's mission to have every Rotarian plant a tree, members from all 3 local clubs and the Rotaract club descended on Rainbow Park on June 6th to plant trees. Over 200 seedlings were planted throughout the park under the direction of the City. You can watch the full story online at CKPG
Ever wonder what makes a Rotarian? What kind of people are they, where do they come from, what do they do? Every month meet a member of the PG Downtown Rotary Club with Meet A Rotarian!
This month we feature member Judy Mason! Judy joined the PG Downtown Rotary in 2010 when encouraged to do so by long time friend Darrell Hubbell Read more...
Close to 300 people attended a community breakfast at Spruceland Elementary Traditional School April 19th.  Parents and kids filled the school gym and were invited to eat a morning meal together. Breakfast can be the most important meal of the day as students learn better on a full belly. The meal was hosted by the Rotary Club of Prince George and Sinclar Group. See the full story at CKPG today.
Ever wonder what makes a Rotarian? What kind of people are they, where do they come from, what do they do? Every month meet a member of the PG Downtown Rotary Club with Meet A Rotarian!
This month we feature member Cal Malena! Cal joined the PG Downtown Rotary in October of 2010 when we moved to Prince George to become a Pastor at a local church and was introduced to the club by long time member Bob Hlina. Read more...
President Kevin was taking a turn helping out on Thursday, he was allowed to keep an eye on the hash browns however dish duty is his calling. The Westwood Community Breakfast is coming up on April 12, 2018 at Westwood Elementary. Everyone is Invited!
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5 Reasons to Join Rotary
1.  Friendship - A basic human need: One of the two reasons Paul Harris began Rotary in 1905. Rotarians believe while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.
2.  Business Development- The second original reason for Rotary's beginning. Everyone needs to network. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication, and the opportunity to use it.
3.  Personal Growth- Membership in Rotary continues one's growth and education in human relations and personal development. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education in Leadership.
4.  Fun-Rotary is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. And the service is fun. Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide social fun and camaraderie.
5. Youth Programs-Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, and youth leadership programs.