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!
Westwood Elementary Breakfast Program 2018-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Outbound Student Nadine's January Report Nadine Finch 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Prince George
We are excited to announce that Spruceland Elementary now has a breakfast program! Thanks to the continued partnership with the Sinclar Group and Downtown Rotary Group of Prince George the students at Spruceland will now have access to a breakfast program. Read More Here...
Spruceland Elementary Gets A Breakfast Program! Rotary Prince George 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Outbound Student Nadine's November Report Kevin Beatty 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Nov 07, 2017
President Kevin receives a Paul Harris Society Pin from past-president Lorne Calder. The PHS is awarded to those who commit to donating $1,000 US a year to the foundation. Congrats Kevin!
President Kevin Receives PHS Pin Bob Hlina 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
I have had no issues with my health this month.
I am still doing boxing , which I really enjoy. I go to the movie theatre here a lot because its 1 euro , so that is fun .  I went to Italy for 2 days on the Mediterranean sea with rotary and one other student , which was amazing. There I met an girl from USA living in Italy and we all became really close so she is coming to visit me and the other student in march. Italians know how to cook, and how to drink coffee, honestly some of the best food. For Halloween my and my family and two other families are going camping in the woods which will e really fun.
Outbound Nadine's October report Bob Hlina 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 23, 2017
Brian Findlay district chair of our district End Polio Now spoke to the three Prince George clubs at a luncheon today at the Coast Inn of the North. Read More....
World Polio Day Bob Hlina 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 09, 2017
Host Family info:
Les Durets
489 rue des choseaux, Sallanches
So far I got a cold, my whole family got sick. I missed one day of school because of this and then I was fine. Other then that, its been pretty good, besides being tired all the time.
Me and another exchange student joined the local boxing club, which is really fun . I will also be going to some rugby practices every once and a while.  My host family took me to a wedding in Italy, this was super cool even though I didn't understand anything, the food at the wedding was amaizing. At school I have lots of breaks so me and the other exchange student at my school went to this lake which was really pretty.
School in France is so different then Canada and it is so much harder but I made some friends and the people are all really cool. Some teachers don't make me do anything which is nice but others make me take tests and I don't understand anything (this is in math). All my money goes to croissants…only In France lol. The food here is sooooo good and my host family cooks so well! Its very true about what they said about gaining weight on exchange because I can't stop eating.
Outbound Student Nadine Finch September Report Bob Hlina 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Daniel Weeks Receives Paul Harris Fellow Bob Hlina 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Sep 19, 2017
Mayor Lyn Hall, Kathleen Soltis & others from the City Staff presented to the club today the reasoning behind the building of a new firehouse downtown and a new Aquatic Centre to replace the 4 Seasons Pool. The members listened intently to the details and after the presentation many questions were asked. Go to the website for more information: Hall/Pages/Referendum.aspx
Mayor Lyn Hall (& Team) Explain the Upcoming Referendum Bob Hlina 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Sep 19, 2017
New breakfast room with washer/dryer, dishwasher and stove. Thanks to the Westwood PAC, Principal Steve Della Lana, The Sinclair Group and the Rotary Club of Prince George.
Westwood Elementary School Breakfast Program Bob Hlina 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Sep 14, 2017
Hannah recently returned from an amazing 11 months in Flers France where she lived with host families and experienced the French culture by being totally immersed. She did a presentation to our club showing us many of the places she had seen, families she was hosted by and stories of her experience. Welcome home Hannah but I know as with the thousands of students who go out into the world through the Rotary Youth Exchange, your eyes are so wide open that you will not be able to close them again and the rest of the world is yours to experience.
Hannah Hart Returning Student (Flers France) Dutchess Park Secondary Bob Hlina 2017-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 26, 2017
The College Heights Secondary School Interact Club raised $3,000 for the Wildfire Evacuees and following is their letter explaining what happened:
The forest fires in the Cariboo and the evacuees plight has been sitting heavily on all our minds for the past few weeks. As a result, last week a small group of us from the College Heights Interact Club decided to do something about it and raise some money for the Red Cross who seemed the go to group for the evacuees.
After connecting with the Red Cross and our local Save On in College Heights, we set up a card table out front of Save On with the idea of asking for change as donations to help those forced out of their homes in the Cariboo. With the help of friends from school, we were able to man the table for eight hours a day, finishing off the drive on Monday evening.
We had set a target of maybe $100 with it coming from pocket change from people going to Save On. We thought if we could get $20 a day it would be worth it, but we were not prepared for what happened. At the end of the first day we had over $600!!! It kind of got away on us, but the ice cream bucket kept filling up on day two three and four. We have collected almost $3,000 for the Red Cross and very proud of it.
The reason for this letter though is not about us and what we were available to accomplish, but about Rotary. One of the reasons we did what we did is from watching and learning about Rotary through Interact and other community events through out the years. Our schooling taught us how to plan, organize and deliver a successful event. But Rotary taught us how to think outside the box, which is what we did.
So we are thinking outside the box by inviting your club to participate in raising money to help the evacuees once they settle back into their home towns. We want you to become partners with us in this community venture, but not the Red Cross. We understand that there has been a Rotary BC Wildlife Recovery Fund established.
The fund will make a difference to those in wildfire-stricken communities as they return home and start recovery and rebuild.
If we had known about this we would have donated to that cause, but that is water under the bridge today.
Please join us.
Shamitha Aravind and Sarah Ash
Interact Club Raises $3,000 for the Wildfire Evacuees Bob Hlina 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 21, 2017
District governor Don Evans visited our club and spoke to us about his vision for our district. He also presented Rotarian Matt Thomson with a Paul Harris Fellow and the Rotary Exchange student Nadine Finch a Canadian jacket to wear when she does Rotary meetings and other Rotary events in her sponsoring club in Thailand. Group photo with all the members in attendance.
District Governor Don Evans Visits Bob Hlina 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 02, 2017
Last day of the boat raffle in the park on Canada Day 150th. Last picture Boat Raffle chair Rod Holmes draws the winning ticket and it is Barbara Kaytor of Prince George. The raffle was a tremendous success thanks to all the dedicated people who participated and to all those who bought tickets. Thank you!
Boat Raffle Canada Day 2017 Bob Hlina 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 24, 2017
Presidents Ball was a well attended fun filled event. Great food, great people and lots of laughs. Excellent job by Past-President John Kason to prepare. Some great videos of Rotarians and friends performing Karaoke to come as well as incoming President Kevin's speech.
Presidents Ball 2017 Bob Hlina 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 05, 2017
Our exchange student Gabriela (Gabi) wearing her grad outfit for her grad of course. Congratulations Gabi!
Gabi Grads Bob Hlina 2017-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 31, 2017
Mike Morris came to our club and shared with us the state of the proposed Marijuana legalization by the Federal Liberals. His insight was very good and we learned that there are still issues that are expected with this controversial issue such as driving under the influence. Secretary Martin Myer thanked the speaker.
Legalizing Marijuana - Speaker Mike Morris Bob Hlina 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 09, 2017
Prez Ross had the pleasure of inducting our newest member today. Luis Gonzalez from Diversified Transport. Welcome Luis!
Luis Gonzalez Induction Bob Hlina 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Apr 02, 2017
Photographer Kevin Beatty caught John Kason, Rod Holmes and Gary Wilson bringing the 2017 Boat Raffle boat into the Pine Centre Mall where it will be until Fathers Day! The photo with the boys also has Pine Centre Mall Marketing Director Braydon Ouellet. Tickets go on sale Tuesday the 4th of April.
The Boat Raffle Boat goes in to Pine Centre Mall Bob Hlina 2017-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Feb 23, 2017
Prez Ross presents member Daniel Weeks with his first Paul Harris Fellow. A PHF is awarded to anyone who donates $1,000 US to the Foundation. Thank you for your support Daniel!
Daniel Weeks Receives Paul Harris Fellow Pin Bob Hlina 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jan 31, 2017
Prez Ross had the pleasure of presenting Chris Calder with his Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 Pin and Lisa Kemp with her first one. Congratulations and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!
Paul Harris Fellows Bob Hlina 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
New Member Lanita Horning's Induction Bob Hlina 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Robbie Burns 2017 Bob Hlina 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Foundation Dinner 2017 Bob Hlina 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Nov 23, 2016
Jaxon did a short term exchange with Rotary this summer. This is where our student receives a student from another country for 3 weeks and in return they go to the students country and spend 3 weeks with them. Sounds like a great time was had. So much so he says he will be going for a visit as soon as he can. Thanks for sharing Jaxon!
Jaxon Shares His Finland Exchange Experience Bob Hlina 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 27, 2016
Prez Ross presents treasurer Cindy with her first Paul Harris Fellow. This is in recognition of those who have donated $1,000 US to the Foundation. Congrats Cindy, the ball has started rolling.
Treasurer Cindy Thompson receives first PHF Bob Hlina 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Sep 03, 2016
Prez Ross had the pleasure of inducting William Osei. William has been a member for a few years with the Nechako Club but with his new semi retirement the Tuesday noon time works better for him. Welcome to our club William.
New Member Induction Bob Hlina 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 25, 2016

It was my pleasure to present Mike Dennis with a Paul Harris +7 pin in recognition of his contributions to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of our Club. A "+7" pin has 2 rubies in it, and signifies a contribution of $8,000 to the Foundation. Thank you for your continued support, Mike! Pres Ross

Paul Harris Fellow Upgrade Bob Hlina 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 25, 2016

I was thrilled to present Pat Cotter with the July Rotarian of the Month pin in recognition of the work he does in the Club. Pat has been working behind the scenes on several items of great importance to our organization, and his engagement as a Past President is admirable. Thank you, Pat.

Rotarian of The Month (July) Bob Hlina 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 14, 2016
At our weekly meeting we had the pleasure of having our DG Lynn pay us a visit and share with us her vision for 2016/17
District Governor Lynn Stroshin Visit Bob Hlina 2016-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 05, 2016

Inbound STEP (Short Term Exchange Program) Student Roope Lindemann of Finland joined us for lunch with his host family Jackson McPheet (Outbound), Mom Kathleen Taylor and Dad Curtis McPheet hosted by Toni Stedeford. What an excellent opportunity to see another country for one month and trade off, and as Toni pointed out, 2 of the 7 students in our District are in Prince George facilitated by our Club. Great work! Roope was introduced by Brad Douglas (sorry no pic) and thanked by Martin Meyer. Pres Ross

S.T.E.P - (Short Term Exchange Program) Student Roope Lindemann of Finland Bob Hlina 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 27, 2016
The 74th Rotary Club of Prince George Ball was a great one. Lots of laughs, great food and dancing. What a great way to say goodbye and thanks to outgoing President John Kason, Inaugurate the 75th President Ross Birchall and induct the new board for 2016/17 year. A highlight of the night was a quick couple of Salsa dancing lessons and a whole bunch of fun loving Rotarian, spouses and guests showing their prowess or lack there of.
Presidents Ball a Huge Hit Bob Hlina 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 22, 2016
Laurie Hill of Prince George is the lucky winner of the beautiful bayliner boat. Congratulations Laurie and thank you to all who bought tickets to help Rotary help others. President John pictured with Laurie.
Boat Winner 2016 Bob Hlina 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 19, 2016
And the winner is.... Laurie Hill of Prince George is the lucky winner of the beautiful bayliner boat. Congratulations Laurie and thank you to all who bought tickets to help Rotary help others. The winning ticket number was 12338. We would also like to thank Canadian Tire, Pine Centre Mall, Princess Auto and Hart Home Hardware. We couldn't do it without you!
Boat Raffle Result Bob Hlina 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 12, 2016
Toni and George Stedeford had a household of about 30 Rotarians and guests today to have a farewell BBQ for our lovely, talented Belgium exchange student Florence. Great food, laughs, tears and celebration for a successful year of her in Canada. We're going to miss you Flo, hope you come back for a visit. Thank you Toni and Georgee for being such wonderful hosts.
Farewell BBQ for Florence Bob Hlina 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 30, 2016

Fellow members give your selves a big hand  we were able to have 75 guests to lunch today and it almost felt like the good old days.


With over 40 guests out  you all did great bringing out colleagues, friends and the general business community to a very informative BOC presentation by Calista Cheung.


the topics discussed were wide ranging from global economic outlook, current and north American economic growth or lack there of and future projections for expansion or shrinkage.


We had the time for some great audience questions and found out that the BOC has no official stance if Donald trump becomes the next president (thank you Brent).


President John

Bank of Canada Presents Calista Cheung Bob Hlina 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 10, 2016
At today's weekly meeting President John Kason decided to have the hat passed around for donations to the Red Cross for the tragedy in Ft. McMurray. In no time the club raised $347. Well done club, that's what the spirit of Rotary is all about. God bless the victims of this disaster!
Fort McMurray Tragedy Bob Hlina 2016-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Boat Raffle is now on! Bob Hlina 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Mar 02, 2016
At the Tuesday March 1st meeting, we had some special guest and speaker  in Hon Dr. Kellie Leitch member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey - Former member of labour and Minister responsible for Status of women, She is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. In 2005 Dr. Leitch was as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 for her work in medicine and business. In addition we were graced by the presence of the MP Bob Zimmer Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Elected Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and Hon Todd Doherty Member of Parliament for Cariboo—Prince George
Special Lunch Guests Bob Hlina 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Meet our newest member Raj Brar
Welcome Raj, Rotary is excited to have you on the team!
Raj Brar Induction 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Feb 21, 2016
Meet our newest member Charles Scott
Charles on the left, Judy Mason middle and President John Kason on the right
Charles Scott Induction Bob Hlina 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Florance models pendant she made with Darrell Hubbell Bob Hlina 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Feb 02, 2016
Hello all!
It’s hard to believe that my exchange is already half over. Time really does fly by when you’re having fun! My new host family is awesome! They speak German at home so I’m hoping to learn a little while I’m here. The dog is also a goof and my new best friend.
Outbound Student, Josie's, January report Bob Hlina 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Feb 01, 2016

Bob Campbell and Cal organized a fantastic Robby Burns day celebration on the 26th and yes we were a day late but the 50 plus guest did not seem to notice. We had the Selkirk grace read by our very own Roanne.  Marvin Hawke piped in the Haggis and of course the Haggis was addressed and thoroughly dismantled by Bob Cochrane.

Bob arranged fantastic dancing with bill H onw daughter putting on a great show.

Every one enjoyed their yearly fill of Haggis, blood pudding and roast beef and a wee dram of Scotch.

Robby Burns Luncheon 2016 Bob Hlina 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Student Feedback from the 2015 Adventures In Forestry Opportunity Bob Hlina 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jan 12, 2016
Long time member George Weinand recently reached the $4,000 donation level to the Rotary Foundation and was recognized by President John Kason at our January 12 lunch meeting.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique mean that we make the very most of your contribution. and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

George Weinand Recognized for Donation to Foundation Bob Hlina 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Stedeford on Jan 07, 2016

January 22-24 

All the Exchange Students will be coming to Prince George for their mid-winter meeting.  On Friday, January 22, the Prince George Cougars are showcasing the students at the Cougars game (against Kamloops).  Everyone is invited to take part in this event.  Ticket prices will be reduced for this evening.  Ages 0-18 the ticket price is $12.85 and for over 18 the price is $17.58.  These are discounted prices and it includes a voucher for popcorn.  This is a great opportunity to meet these wonderful young people from all over the world.  If you know someone who may want to go on an exchange, this is the ideal time to talk to the students or the District 5040 Committee members. The game starts at 7:00 pm.   If you would like tickets contact Toni Stedeford by email at or call 250 962-6334.  Tickets are ordered in advance so don't wait until the last minute to get the discounted price.

On Saturday, January 23 there will be a Cross Country Skiing event at Otway followed by a potluck dinner. Again, it is an excellent opportunity to meet the exchange students.  We have a great bunch this year and they are very friendly and their English should be good. 

Mid-Winter Meeting for all District 5040 Youth Exchange Students. Toni Stedeford 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Dec 09, 2015
Hey all!
Month 3 in Belgium has been great!
I had a bit of a cold last week but it seems to have cleared up! Other than that, I've been in good health.
School has been great! My courses are all going well. The seniors are doing a year-long project, and the theme is "the future is unwritten". In my group, we are studying agriculture, nutrition, and the importance of local artisans. We've also decided to study local breweries, and we're even making our own beer!
Merry Christmas Report fron Josie Wendling in Belguim Bob Hlina 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Nov 24, 2015
Cell Number:  250 613-8864
Please call Florence and include her in your activities
To see the Northern Lights
To visit Vancouver
To ski
To try snowboard
To hike (a lot)
To swim in the ocean
To kayak/canoe 
To do art
To do acting
To fish
To go hunting
To hike with snowshoes
To hike (with horses)
To go on a snow mobile
To make a campfire in front of a lake
To do cross country skiing
Make everybody try the Belgian chocolate
To see a hockey game
To see a baseball game
To do Halloween
To go on an helicopter
To go ice fishing
Florence Merken’s Wish List Bob Hlina 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Nov 02, 2015
Hello everyone!
Month two in Cornesse, Belgium, was amazing!
I am in good health at the moment.
School is going well. I’ve been moved into a French class with the younger children, and so far I am following along with assignments and participating in class discussions. I was also moved into a simpler math class, which is good because I understood nothing in my old class!
I have been participating in many different Rotary activities this month! I helped serve tables at a Rotary function one day, and I’ve also been to another meeting. One Wednesday afternoon (there’s no classes Wednesday afternoons), Rotary took us to a WWII fort. I also went to a day trip to Namur where we learned about the provincial parliament and went on a boat cruise down the river. Next week I am going to London on a Rotary trip!
Outbound Student Josie Wendling's 2nd Report from Belgium Bob Hlina 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 28, 2015
Host Kevin did a wonderful job organizing, collecting auction items and arranging a wonderful meal at the Atrium at College of New Caledonia. 65 or so Rotarians, spouses and guests had a wonderful time and were quite generous bidding up the items that auctioneer Gerorge Stedeford offered up.
Mini Auction Bob Hlina 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 23, 2015
President John Kason along with member and Introducer Bill Hellyer induct our newest member Professor Gary Wilson. Welcome Gary, looking forward to having you helping us make our world a better place.
Gary Wilson Induction Bob Hlina 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 12, 2015
Pictures above from the fabulous Foundation Dinner. Many Rotarians and guests enjoyed a hugely diverse banquet and a terrific show of Polynesian dancers. The dinner raised funds through the admission, silent and live auction items. Congratulations to the organizers the immediate past-presidents of all three PG clubs including our own Pat Cotter.
Foundation Dinner 2015 Bob Hlina 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 01, 2015
Hello all!
I’ve now spent just over a month in Cornesse, Belgium, with my first host family, the Droevens!
So far my health has been good, I’m more tired than usual but I think that’s a thing that happens to all exchange students.
School is going well for me, I’ve already had a group of Belgian girls adopt me as one of their own. I’ve been put in the equivalent of grade 12 (which is one grade above where I should be), and I currently have the full schedule, which is 32 hours a week. The schedules all switch around in a week or two though, so hopefully after that I’ll be put into some more fitting classes, because right now I can’t exactly study French literature!
I’ve only been to one Rotary meeting so far but it was fun! My club here is
Outbound student Josie Wendling's 1st Report Bob Hlina 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Aug 25, 2015
We had a special guest yesterday – John and Clair Anderson our District Governor (DG)
Besides the annual visit with the club and the board his visit is  meant to encourage and relay vital information to members
Congratulations again to 3 well deserving members of recognition from the DG
Lorne Macdonald, George Weinand, and Darrell Hubbell 
Our club has so many deserving and so many who have years of service going back even further than 1974 ( my birthday) that we are truly fortunate
The DG reminded us of a few key points
District Governor Visit Bob Hlina 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 15, 2015
The President's Party was a smash attended by about 60 Rotarians and guests. The dinner was a fine affair served to us by the very capable and polite staff at the Coast Inn. President Pat had the privelage of sharing his experience with us about his year and presented the Rotarian of the Year Ross Birchall and the President's choice Toni Stedeford. He then inducted the new President John Kason and the board members for 2015/16 year.
Much fun was had throughout the evening as host George Stedeford had spousal races with Pres Pat and Sara, Pres John Kason and Tracy and finally Past Pres Brent Morgan and his spouse for the event Past Pres Mike Dennis.
President's Ball Bob Hlina 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 15, 2015
A great time was had at the annual Golf outing. There were about 60 golfers there of all ages and a few non-golfers who came out for a fabulous steak or chicken BBQ cooked by Mel McMillan and his lovely assistant Myron the Sambagger. The day was absolutely perfect but the low score honors went to the Caldwell team plus Rob. They actually tied the McMillan team but they lost on a count back. Thank you Ted Perry for once again organizing a great fellowship event. He got so many donations that he has a ton of presents to carry forward to next years tourney.
Friends and Family Golf Bob Hlina 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jul 15, 2015

Health: I had no issues with my health this month.


School: There was only seven days of school this month and it was all review and preparation for the exam. The last day of school was really fun though because all of the seniors dressed up in all different costumes and they all went from class to class showing off their costumes. In the afternoon nobody went to their classes and we all went to a nearby park and made a slip n slide with tarps and garbage bags. And we also had a huge battle with eggs, flour and shaving cream. Apparently they do this every year, it was crazy! 


Rotary Events: I went to one Rotary meeting this month aInd it was to do my presentation of Canada for my club. It was also the last meeting that I went to. I didn't go to a lot of meetings this year but I got to know the people in my club pretty well, and they were all so nice and very welcoming, I will really miss going to their meetings. 

Emily's Last Update Bob Hlina 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bike Racks Bob Hlina 2015-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 26, 2015
This is a letter from one of the students we sponsored for the Adventures in Forestry that the Yellowhead Club puts on every year:
Dear Toni,

I apologize for this taking me some time to get to you. This past month and a bit has been quite busy with school getting assignments finished and handed in as well preparing for final exams.

I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in the Adventures in Forestry program for letting me come and enjoy the activities & tours that we went to. Before I took part in this program I thought that I had a fair bit of knowledge of forestry with having my dad involved in wood products, and all that it had to offer. Well, was I wrong in that! I apparently didn't know half of it.
Adventures in Forestry Student Feedback Bob Hlina 2015-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Boat Raffle 2015 Bob Hlina 2015-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 24, 2015
President Pat had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Julia McLauchlan, the manager of Home Health Services.  She is the grand-daughter of Al Fulford, who was a long time Rotarian with our Club.  Congratulations to Julia and thanks to Judy Mason for introducing her to our Club.
The Induction of Julia McLauchlan Bob Hlina 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 05, 2015


I went on my bus trip this month and on the second day someone was sick with a cold, so by the end of the trip everyone was sick. So currently I have a cold. Other than that I had no health problems this month. 


I only had two weeks of school this month because we had a two week break. School is going well. It's getting to be closer to the end of the year so the students and teachers are really preparing for the exams. 


I did not attend any meetings this month for Rotary, but I will finally do my presentation on Canada next month. 


I went on my euro trip this month and it was the best twelve days ever!! I had so much fun. There was almost

Emily Sinclair's April Report Bob Hlina 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Apr 27, 2015
Chris and Rene take a rest from working on their delicious lobster dinner while Norm and Lorne continue non-stop.
Another great time was had at the Charter night. Laughs were aplenty as select Rotarians took the mic and shared some of their favorite jokes. Martin Meyer had us laughing loud as he picked on accountants for a good 10 minutes, Travis, Rob, John, Ted, Rene, George S and George W and of course MC Darrell shared some funnies as well. Bob Campbell also presented a history of th club which of course is appropriate for the occasion.
The lobster, steak and all the trimmings were divine and of course it was finished off with some great desserts including chocolate cake.
Special thanks to Rod Holmes for organizing and doing a terrific job, for the bartenders on short notice Roanne and her BF Eoin, cooks David, Kevin and Martin. Although he couldn't make it special acknowledgement for Cal who helped arrange.
72nd Charter Celebration 2015 Bob Hlina 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Men's Health Screening Day Bob Hlina 2015-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

St Patrick's Day Luncheon - March 17th

Bring Friends and Family to a fun club luncheon.
  • Prize for best green accessories
  • Live Music by 'Out of Alba'
  • Fun and games 
  • Beer for sale
  • Irish Stew
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon Cal Malena 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Feb 05, 2015



I got really sick on my birthday! I had a fever, really bad headache and my entire body was in pain. I had to miss two days of school and I'm still pretty sick right now. I've been taking some medication and my host mom says I should be back to normal soon, so I'm not too worried about it. 




School is very easy now, I can do my work

Emily Sinclair's January Report Bob Hlina 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ross Birchall on Jan 28, 2015

Rotarian Roanne Whitticase presents Riley Flannagan of Positive Living North with a cheque for $1,187.50 to support their Dudes Club initiative, which will aim to provide events and activities (hosted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere by health care professionals and other support service workers) that focus on the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of wellness in marginalized men. This organization and cause was selected by the Club based on it’s focus on men’s health (aligning with our own Men’s Health Initiative) and dedication to Northern B.C. communities like Prince George.


Rotary Presents Cheque to Positive Living North Ross Birchall 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ross Birchall on Jan 28, 2015

On Saturday, January 17th the Rotary Club of Prince George hosted another successful Men’s Health Day at UHNBC. The first of three clinics in 2015, the focus was prostate cancer and ran all day with 50 men meeting with physicians to talk about their risk factors and how to take better care of their overall health. Big thanks to the clinic staff Dr.’s Satish Mann, Paul Murray and Abbas Moshkforoush, and Kathy Dewijn of the Northern Medical Program for taking their Saturday out to ensure this component of the Club’s Men’s Health Initiative was a success. Thanks are also due to the Northern Medical Program for once again allowing the use of their space, supplies and equipment, and the Prince George medical community for their valuable input on the initiative and areas of key importance.


Rotarians Ross and John spent the day keeping things on track, but always find time for a laugh.

Men’s Health Day Ross Birchall 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jan 21, 2015
On Tuesday we had our 62nd Robbie Burns birthday celebration. John Kason (3rd from left) carried in and presented the delicious haggis piped in by Marvin Hawke (3rd from right). Then Bob Cockran (left) regaled us with the story of the haggis followed by Danish exchange student Cecilie toasting Burns (2nd from left). While we were enjoying the wonderful haggis, nips, and beeps Bob Campbell (left) told us Robbie Burns story. Our esteemed president Pat Cotter (2nd from right) presided over the event.
It was very well attended by members and guests and from all indications was much enjoyed. Well done Past-President Bob Campbell for hosting another great Rotary traditional event!
Robbie Burns Luncheon Bob Hlina 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jan 06, 2015
President Pat Centre) had the pleasure of induction the manager of the Coast Inn of the North David McQuinn (Right). David was introduced and proposed by Darrell Hubbell (on the Left). Welcome to our club David, may you help Rotary help others.
David McQuinn Inducted into the Club Bob Hlina 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Everything was okay with my health this month, I had no problems.

School Activities:

This month my courses were very full because we had to finish our units before the Christmas break so I had many tests and quizzes. The teachers had to give their marks for mid term report cards the week before the break so they were all stressed out. All of my classes (except math) are getting easier. I'm still working on math… Its difficult for me because everything I've learned in the course so far I learned differently in Canada so it is confusing. 
Outbound Exchange Student Emily Sinclair's December Update 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Sinclair on Dec 01, 2014

My health was good this month, nothing was wrong.

School Activities: 

School has been going very well. French is getting a lot easier, I can understand mostly everything that my teachers talk about and speaking is becoming a lot easier as well. I went to a bigger city, Rennes, for a field trip to listen to famous writers speak about their work. It was really interesting and some of my friends were able to meet on of the authors and talk to him during the lunch break! Later this month some people are coming into my class to film us for a little movie for future teachers. 
Outbound Exchange Student Emily Sinclair's November Update Emily Sinclair 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Nov 15, 2014
In lieu of our November 11, 2014, Club meeting we held a pub night at the Twisted Cork on November 13.  It was not a formal meeting.  We had approximately 20 to 25 Rotary members attend including several spouses.  It was a fun evening and an opportunity to meet members in a different venue.  Thanks to Roanne Whitticase for organizing it.  See you all on November 18.
Rotary Pub Night Patrick Cotter 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cal Malena on Nov 06, 2014
Colette Garneau, of the Prince George Rotary Hospice House receives a donation of $20,000 from  Cal Malena on behalf of the Downtown Rotary Club. This gift enabled the Hospice House to up-grade the patient call system in all their rooms. The previous system had expired and patients were having to ring actual bells to call a nurse! The Hospice House expressed their sincere appreciation for this donation.
Rotary presents $20,000 to Hospice House Cal Malena 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Nov 02, 2014
Emily is spending a year as our Rotary Youth Exchange student in Vitre, Bretagne, France
I had a cold but it wasn't anything big, just a cough and stuffed up nose. It did not last very long, I am glad! Other than that my health has been good.
School Activities:
At the beginning of the month my class went on a field trip to Berlin for one week. We took a bus there, and it took us twenty-one hours. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I sat with my friends and we played games to keep ourselves busy, none of us really slept because it was very uncomfortable.
Out-bound Student, Emily Sinclair October Monthly Report Patrick Cotter 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 27, 2014
Dear Prince George Rotary,
I'm not sure which Rotary club sent me here (Lakelse RYLA) but I would really like to thank them for sponsoring me so that I could have this amazing experience. I have grown tremendously in the past four days. I have made so many great friends here that I already feel comfortable around. It's so refreshing to be around all these people that are so accepting and willing to hear whatever you have to say. This whole experience has been so eye opening and I would love to go to the south next year. Thank you so much for sending me here!
Yours truly,
Joslynn Myslicki
Dear Rotary,
Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity. I have learned so much and made so many new friends. RYLA is an amazing camp and everyone that went grew mentally. RYLA has changed the way I think about the world and myself. I hope I will be able to attend RYLA south when I am older. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to RYLA I really appreciated it.
Finlay Peterson
Feedback from a couple of RYLA Participants Bob Hlina 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Oct 23, 2014

As Rotarians we believe in Service Above Self and this can be measured by the projects the Rotary Club of Prince George has contributed to. These include the following:

Club Projects Bob Hlina 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Oct 15, 2014

After the Club meeting on October 7, 2014 I presented a cheque to Bill Glasgow of the Salvation Army for $2,500 which will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms for their ball hockey team.  I'm on the left and Bill is on the right just in case anyone is wondering.

Donation to Salvation Army Patrick Cotter 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Oct 06, 2014

The District Governor Ken Wilson inducted Robert Schuetz to the Club on September 30, 2014 who was given the classification of Forester.

Thanks to George Stedeford for being Robert's sponsor.

Congratulations to Robert and welcome to the Club!

Robert Schuetz Induction Patrick Cotter 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Oct 05, 2014

We had about 80 people in attendance at the mini-auction on Saturday night at Exploration Place. The food was excellent and a big shout out to Kevin Beatty for organizing this event and securing the auction items.  George Weinand was once again in fine form as our auctioneer and I anticipate that we were close if not better than exceeding last year's totals.  Thanks to those Rotarians who brought their families and guests including Matt Thomson, Kevin Beatty and Norm Schmitz (ex Rotarian).  Also, thanks to Bob Campbell and the museum for hosting the event.  It was a fun evening.

Mini-Auction Patrick Cotter 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Oct 05, 2014

I had the privilege of inducting my first member into the Club, Lorraine Ducharme, on September 16, 2014 who was given the classification, Human Resources Management. Cindy Thomson (left) presented Lorraine (centre) with her Rotary pin with Martin Meyer (right), her sponsor.

Congratulations to Lorraine and welcome to the Club!

Lorraine Ducharme Induction Patrick Cotter 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Oct 04, 2014
Sponsor Club: Prince George Downtown Club 5040
Host Club: Rotary Club de Vitré
Family Name: Moche
Address: 5 Rue de Charmilles 35500 Montreuil sous Perouse 
September was a very busy month for me as I only had one week after I arrived to settle in before school started. I started off with a weekend orientation on the Golfe dy Morbihan in a city called Vannes. There are thirty students in my district. We all became very close friends very quickly which has been very nice.
Outbound Student Emily Sinclair's September Update Patrick Cotter 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Sep 29, 2014
The Rotary Club presented Downtown PG with a cheque at a ceremony earlier this morning.
“We see bike racks in the downtown as a great capital investment in our community with the added benefit of encouraging more visitors to our downtown,” said Ross Birchall, a Director in the Rotary Club of Prince George. “We are also excited to keep the business in our local economy by having an area manufacturer complete the project with us.”
Rotary and Downtown PG Gear Up for new Bike Racks Patrick Cotter 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Sep 27, 2014

Rotary Club of Prince George member Chris Calder (2nd from right) presents a cheque for $10,000 to Billy Barker (2nd from left) and executive members of the Barkerville Heritage Trust to help fund Barkerville’s Butterfield and Lowhee Barns Storage Project as part of the Barkerville Reserve Collections Storage Campaign. This project will help to preserve and protect Barkerville’s precious artifacts, thereby enhancing visitor experiences at the historic site.

Barkerville Reserve Collections Storage Campaign Donation Patrick Cotter 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Cotter on Aug 23, 2014

A great time was had by all at the annual Basi Bash at Kal's cabin on Cluculz Lake.  Thanks to Kal for hosting the event and supplying the burgers and dogs.  We had a good Rotary contingent there including George and Toni Stedeford, John Kason, Lorne and Chris Calder, Gerry and Pearl Knetchel and myself.  I met our Danish student who arrived last week, Cecile, and I think she will be a great addition to our club this next year.  I know my kids enjoyed themselves.  As we left, Kal took the ALS ice bucket challenge and attached is a picture of him being dumped with ice by his daughter.

The Basi Bash Patrick Cotter 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on Aug 20, 2014

On Wednesday night, August 20th. after a long, long trip, Cecilie arrived at the PG airport at 9pm.

She was supposed to arrive on Tuesday at midnight, however, flight issues delayed her arrival.

Cecilie is tired of course, but after a few hours sleep she will be ready to absorb all that Canada and Prince George have to offer.

Rotary facilitates the development of Youth through their many Youth programs. Get involved!

Cecilie arrives in Prince George George Stedeford 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on Jul 13, 2014

On July 7th, 44 members and guests met at Aspen for a fun afternoon of golf, dinner and prizes.

ImageMany thanks to Ted Perry for organizing the event. To all those who donated prizes and to Mel McMillan, Myron Sambad, Peg Perry and Sue Calder for all their efforts to ensure all went off without a hitch.

Annual Golf escapade and BBQ George Stedeford 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 14, 2014

The boat raffle winner for the 165 Bayliner is Elliot Leon of South Fort George area in Prince George. Congratulations Elliot and all who bought tickets we thank you for helping Rotary make our community a better place!

Boat Raffle 2014 Winner Bob Hlina 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Stedeford on Jun 08, 2014

Health Report: I have some good news! School is officiallyover as of today! I am both sad and happy
over this fact because it now marks the end of my exchnage coming closer and it
means... Well.... School is over.

School Report: The school two weeks of in May so overall I was not in school a lot over the past month.

Rotary Attendance Report: In the month of May I attended two Rotary Events and a trip to Paris. The first Rotary
Event was a trip to Glarus, Switzerland on May 4th. We were observers for the annual
cantonial voting. They still do a direct democracy where all the citzens of the canton
meet in the captial's city centre and they vote on things they want to chance by simply
putting up their hand. It was extremely interesting to see and learn about. On May 12th
we made our way to Paris. It is probably now my most favourite city as it was clean and
very beautiful! On the first day I was able to see the Notre Dame and Bastille as well as
the Eiffel Tower at night when it glimmers. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever
wittnessed! During the trip I was also able to see the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre,
Versailles (Unfortunately not inside), etc. It was certainly an unforgettable trip! On the
last weekend of May we had a farewell weekend in Locarno, Switzerland. The weather
was wonderful and being from Valais, I wasn't required to wake up early. A large group
of exchange students stayed overnight with Drew and I. We all took the train through
northern Italy (Centrovalli). We were to arrive perfectly on time as everyone else but
sadly that is not how things work in Italy. Long story short, our train hit a car and we
were half an hour late. Really the trip wasn't as bad as we had thought it would be! In
June I will have two major Rotary Events! The first is next weekend and it is a Flag
Parade at the District Confrence in Lausanne. I am very excited and I will even have the
chance afterwards to visit the Olympic Museum. It will be an excellent day! Next
Monday I will have my presentation in German and I am also excited for that but mainly
nervous. I have a bit prepared but it is difficult when my host family doubts each other
and their high german.

Other Activities Report: Between all the major trips I have also been making little trips to cities here and there.
Most recently I agreed to go for a small bike ride with my host family. They did not tell
me how far or how long we would end up going for. We took a train to Oberwald, which
is in the far end of Valais, we had a nice little lunch and began our journey. Once we
reached the next village I finally thought it would be a good idea to ask exaclty how far
we are going. Their reply was approimately 50km for about the next five to six hours.
Well.. I made it but I was not able to walk or sit for the next two days even though I wore
bicycle shorts. I felt terrible for my host dad though, he had packed them and was to put
them on but completely forgot and well I think you can guess what happened. The next
day we ended up on the JungFrauJoch in Interlaken. The view was spectacular! On
clear days you can see into Germany, France, and Italy from the station. Unfortunately it
was not a clear day over either of those countries except for Switzerland. Tomorrow I
will be in Berne with my Swiss Friends so they can show me around and on Sunday I
have planned a family trip to the Swiss Miniature in Locarno. It has been recommended
so many times I just have to see exactly what it is!

Levi Greene's May Report Toni Stedeford 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on May 28, 2014

ImageRotary Club of Prince George members Lorne Calder, Matthew Thomson and Bob Hlina were presented their certificates of membership in the Paul Harris Society. Of the 51 clubs in District 5040, the Rotary Club of Prince George is the seventh highest contributor to the Rotary foundation in 2013-2014.

Congratulations Rotarians



Members of the Paul Harris Society George Stedeford 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on May 27, 2014

On Tuesday May 20th, Nathan Chiles became our newest member of the Rotary Club of Prince George and one of the 1.4 million Rotarians around the world. Congratulations Nathan!

Nathan Chiles becomes a Rotarian George Stedeford 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Levi Greene, February report from Switzerland Toni Stedeford 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Levi Greene, [our exchange student in Switzerland] December report Toni Stedeford 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Stedeford on Nov 30, 2013
Health Report: Once again I have been busy as usual. Also, before I forget, I will be changing families
on December 27th / 2013. My host-families talked and decided to give me the option to
leave before Christmas or after as it would make it easier because I know my first host-
family pretty well and my councillor agrees it is a good idea. Anyways, I wish you all a
Merry Christmas as the season is fast approaching!

School Report: School has been wonderful, strange to say for going to school but it is true! My friends
are really cool and they certainly help with learning German! In two weeks we have our
Sport Days, where you sign up for anything from Skating in Zermatt and Swimming in
Bern. I have not signed up yet as the sign up for class 3 is on Monday (tomorrow). I
think I will try skating in Zermatt!

Rotary Attendance Report: I am still attending regular meetings in Brig which can be interesting, and sometimes
difficult as they speak in Walliser Dialekt 90% of the time and the dialect is to be the
most difficult dialect of German in all of Europe. Recently we had a large camp for all
inbounds to Switzerland in Zermatt. The weather the first day was not too great,
however, the train to Zemmatt was like a party! 130 exchange students squished into 1
train car. While there I made even more wonderful friends and saw some wonderful
sights! On the first day we ate fondue and had a disco as well as visited the Matterhorn
Museum. The Rotex were trying to convince everyone that the Matterhorn was only a
myth and in fact did not exist. It worked on some people! The next day, the weather was
wonderfully awesome and the Matterhorn was fully visiable in all its glory. We made a
journey to the top of Mini Matterhorn to explore inside a glacier. The trip to the top was a
very long trip in a little box with too many languages all at once. The Galcier Palace was
incredible! Those whom never been near snow before was absolutely amazed which
made for some pretty funny reactions. Overall the weekend was pretty successful and
made for some good memories. With Rotary I have also enrolled myself into an extra
German Class in Bern every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings. There is a
huge test at the end, which my host club of Brig has offered to pay for, where I can
recieve a B1 TELC Certificate. Having this certificate will be an awesome addition to an
already incredible exchange.

Other Activities Report: Outside Rotary I have been quite busy as well! Just today I was snowshoeing with my
host-dad in the Alps above Brig. The view was like a dream but the journey up the
mountain was a long walk. This last Saturday as well I spend in Naters (across the river
from Brig) where the annual Advents Märkt was in full swing! I had some Raclette and
saw some of the local artists display their works for sale. It was more then I could ever
ask for!
Levi Greene's NOVEMBER report from Switzerland Toni Stedeford 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Stedeford on Oct 31, 2013
Health Report: Well, I will start by saying Happy Halloween everyone!!! Oh and Happy (Late)
Thanksgiving!! I can't really remember the holidays that I have missed. Anyways, my
mother is also reminding me how long I have been gone for. Which is total alright
because I never really know. Apparently, I have been gone for three months! It sure
does not feel like it, it feels more like one or two months.

School Report: As the weather begins to get cold and snow begins to fall there is a lot to do in
Switzerland to prepare for the winters. Everyone seems to have a wood stove to heat
their homes and typically only one stove for the whole house. The weather though has
been rather nice, 20C in the day with clear skys! Couldn't ask for better! I just came off
from a two week Fall Break, because in Wallis (My valley) every two months of school is
two weeks off. During the break my host-family went to Romania and I, along with my
host-sisters went to Emmental (Where the real Swiss Cheese is from!) and stayed with
an auntie. While there we visted a Cow-Beauty-Pagent, and we visted some old caves
along the side of Thunersee (Thun Lake) and they were absolutly incredible! Upon my
return to Brig, some exchange students (AFS amd Rotary) and our Rotary-Godmother
planned a trip to Europa Park in Germany. We caught a bus on October 19th and drove
across Switzerland at 4am to Germany where we had the most incredible time! We
eventually made our way back but we were very tired becaude the next day we had
another long journey to Fribourg for a Rotary Meeting. For the last day of holidays I
spent in Basel at a large Harvest Fair. The city was amazing and the fair was pretty
cool! Then school came around again, and of course Halloween was on Friday, but it
was different. We ended up going to church and praying at Halloween Mass. It was
amazing! The next day we did the same but this time we took a long drive to Löschental
where we attended another Mass. Apparently the Masses are to mourn passed Family
and Friends. It was rather interesting. Today, I am on my way to Bern for hanging out
with my host-sister and her friends and looking around Bern a little bit! Have a Great
November! And Merci / Danke for everythng!!! Tchüss!
Levi Greene's October Report Toni Stedeford 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Toni Stedeford on Oct 03, 2013
Health Report: I have to admit that Tim Hortons has been on my mind for the longest time! Anyways I
am very happy to be here and everyday there has been new surprises. I am always
very busy which is just awesome and exhausting at the same time.

School Report: In school I have made numerous friends of both French and German. In my class half
the students speak French as a mother language and German as a mother language
which can cause some confusion. Everyday is a completely different schedule with
some days endong at 11:25am and some at 3:55pm. With that beeing said it leaves
room to meet up with some friends to roam around town for a bit after school or even go
and explore the valleys in the area. Apparently every month or so the whole school
goes on hikes to different areas for the day. My class went to Löchental (I have not spelt
that right yet) and it was like Banff but more European style if that makes any sense.

Rotary Attendance Report: I attended a ROTEX weekend not too long ago in Gstaad and Zweisimmen. I had an
amazing amount of fun and barely any sleep. Upon our arrival in the camp we felt like
we knew each other so well. We talked and talked and talkec aboit anything and
everything and we partied all night long (No alchohol of course but more like 2 year olds
on a sugar overdose). We were asked to bring desserts from our home countries and I
have to say that people in South America sure do have a sweet tooth! The next day
when we woke up from our little or no sleep we had breakfast and cleaned up.
Something none of us realized is when we went outside to wait we kinda broke into
language and cultural groups. The Australians, New Zealanders, and Canadians were
playing Ultimate Frizbee. The people from Spanish South America and Germans were
playing Volleyball and the Brazilians were into Soccer. With the Americans in the
background with a Football. It was an interesting observation!

Other Activities Report: Outside Rotary I am still into floor hockey and have done several activities with the
league because there has yet to be a game. The other day I went bowling with the
group who help pay for and sponsor the Reid-Brig team and I got 2nd place! With my
host family I have seen almost everything in the Walliser Valley! They are an incredible
host family and I could not wish for any better.
Levi Greene monthly report from Switzerland Toni Stedeford 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Lorne Calder receives Major Donor recognition George Stedeford 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ross Birchall on Sep 23, 2013

September 24th, 2013 - The Rotary Club of Prince George Downtown was pleased to present the UNBC Community Care Centre with a cheque in recognition of their continued support to the Prince George Prostate Cancer Support Group (PGPCSG). The group, the first of its kind in Prince George, is sponsored by the Club as part of their Men's Health Initiative, using funds raised by it's premier event "The Big Blue Ball". The support group is nearing its one year anniversary, and "The Big Blue Ball" will once again paint the town blue on November 2nd, 2013. For more information, please visit or connect with the group on Facebook (search "Prince George Prostate Cancer Support Group").

(L - R) Cliff Murphy (Support Group Facilitator), Ryan James (UNBC Community Care Centre Director), John Kason and Ross Birchall (Rotary Club of Prince George Downtown)

UNBC Community Care Centre receives a cheque from Rotary Ross Birchall 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Lucas "Drops the Puck" George Stedeford 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on Sep 10, 2013


On Tuesday June 25th the Shelter at the cut-banks was installed. This shelter will allow cut-banks users to store their clothes and drinks without having to park at the road side of a very busy road. It is an open shelter with a window in the back so users can see the cut-banks and watch hikers. It also has a bench and shelving. A big thanks to our club, Keenan Magnant who designed and built the shelter, Joe Katelaars for his help in permitting, drawings and traffic control and Trimline Graphics for the signage.. Another community project to be proud of!

The Shelter is installed at the cut-banks on pulpmill road George Stedeford 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Every Rotarian Every Year George Stedeford 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Outgoing Exchange Student - Levi Greene - First Report Toni Stedeford 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Our District Governor, Monthly Newsletter George Stedeford 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Stedeford on Aug 11, 2013

With the help of many organizations around Prince George including our Club, the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club were able to complete the walkway for the Ancient Forest

Ancient Forest Project George Stedeford 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 17, 2013

Well the boat raffle has come to an official close with the draw at 3:06 pm June 16th in the Park close to the Exploration Place Museum with the winner drawn by Darren Ewasiuk a non Rotarian and a non ticket purchaser. He drew lucky ticket number 17693 held by Adele Yakemchuk of Prince George. Adele was very happy to finally have her first boat and her fiancé Marcus Schlick was reported to be even more excited about the win. Congratulations to all the hard working Rotarians and friends and the many people who bought tickets, you help make our community and world a little better place to live with what we can do with the proceeds.

Presenting Boat

Rotary Club of PG Boat Raffle Winner for 2013 Bob Hlina 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 13, 2013

Had a great time at the President's Ball with the transition of power from Mary Anne Arcand to George Stedeford. Great food, friends and fellowship was had by all!

President George and wife Toni 

Great Time at the Presidents Ball! Bob Hlina 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Minute: What Is Rotary? Bob Hlina 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Your Welcome from Rotary International Bob Hlina 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thank You For Your Support! Bob Hlina 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Apr 21, 2013

Hello Everyone,


Everything has been pretty good over the past month, it may have been this month or last, but i had to make a trip to the hospital after getting hit in the forehead with a baseball. No damage, just a large goose-egg between my eyebrows and headaches for a few days.


I changed host families last week, so now I am in my third family and they are Super nice. Always giving me snacks and sweets, I think they may be trying to fatten me up for when I go home so that you guys will be able to recognize me. Thursday they gave me a large calligraphy to bring home with me and it's really beautiful.


Taiwan's weather has been really tricky lately; one day it's really nice and sunny out, the next it's 28 and raining so you can't even wear a jacket without feeling like you need to change because you just sweat straight through everything.


Recently my Chinese has skyrocketed and the thinking about what to say next doesn't really come into play anymore, I just kind of blurt it out's is the correct Chinese though...most of the time.


It's crazy that i have just under two months left, its gone by so fast. The past eight months have been amazing and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I can't wait to see what my last eight weeks bring me!


Thanks again!

  Joshua Doherty


Joshua Doherty's March Report Bob Hlina 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Apr 21, 2013
We're up and running and into week four. Tickets will be available from Rotary members and on location at Canadian Tire April 22nd to April 28, Pine Centre Mall April 29th to May 12, Canadian Tire May 13th to May 26, May 27th to June 15th at Pine Centre Mall.
Boat Raffle Bob Hlina 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Thompson on Jan 15, 2013

The Rotary Club of Prince George Downtown and generous supporters such as Canfor are spearheading a men’s health initiative in Northern B.C. The Men’s Health Screening Day on Saturday, February 16th will be full of information for men about their health and, in particular, prostate cancer and the tests to detect its presence. Following an information session, pre-registered men will be able to obtain free PSA testing following a completed DRE. Further screening dates are booked quarterly throughout 2013.

Prince George family physicians and urologists will be speaking on prostate health and the importance of regular check-ups. Prostate cancer is a leading medical concern for middle-aged men, with 1 in 7 men being diagnosed in their lifetime. The DRE is the physical component of examination to evaluate the possible presence of cancer, followed up by a PSA blood test, a crucial early indicator of possible prostate cancer.

Many men avoid their health issues or regular checkups until something goes critically wrong with their bodies. According to recent statistics, 4 out of 5 men wait too long to see their family doctor, resulting in treatable illnesses such as prostate cancer causing them unnecessary distress and additional weight on our already-burdened medical system.

This testing is being provided at no cost to participants, and registration is now open. Please visit or call 250.617.2711 for more information and to register.

Men’s Health Screening Day Promotes Risk Evaluation Peter Thompson 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jun 17, 2012
After 11 weeks of hard work of our members and our student Kirstin selling tickets at Pine Centre Mall and Canadian Tire and culminating with the final draw at Exploration Place on Fathers Day at 3:04 PM, Sunday June 17th, we have a winner. His name is Stephen Bates from Prince George.

We managed to have to the best of anyones knowledge, the most successful raffle in the clubs 70 year history netting a whopping $30,000 for youth programs in and around Prince George.

My sincere thanks goes out to all the Rotarians & family members who helped in various ways. I would like to acknowledge a few individuals who were on my committee and who were there for me just about every time I called on them. My boat mover Harold Hartshorne, my treasurer Cindy Thomson, my personelle manager Ross Birchall, my sign, poster and find and get anything I need guy Norm Gregson, My ticket guy Norm Schmitz and club treasurer Sheila Nelson who kept the bills paid quickly and who reconciled all the credit receipts, etc.

A special acknowledgement to Lorne Calder and Sue Calder for selling 12 books of tickets (almost as many as me). To our Fort St. James members who sold 11 books for us.

And to the officers and directors who let me run with this thing without holding me down too much. 

 Great Rotary Spirit by most of our members, hats off to you, you are what makes Rotary successful in so many projects! 
Boat Raffle Results! Bob Hlina 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
President Travis presents check to YMCA Healthiest Kids Day Bob Hlina 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Thompson on Oct 03, 2011

Hello Rotarians of district 5040:

My exchange has been going great so far. My health seems to be doing fine since arriving here. There was only one day when I had a slight headache, but it went away quickly. It was very hard to sleep the first couple nights due to the jet-lag. But my sleeping habits are back to normal. It didn't take very long to get over my jet-lag. I am happy to say that there have been no health problems!

Darci Stead's September Report Peter Thompson 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Thompson on Sep 01, 2011
Dear Rotary Club of Prince George,
The time is going by so fast and now I am already back, in my home country Germany for about one month. A few things have change here, but I am still busy as I was in Canada. My summer holiday was pretty long this year and my school first starts next week. Well, I had enough time to settle in and get use to my old new live in Germany. I noticed that I changed in some ways during my exchange in Canada, but I think my family, friends and the other people around me don’t really want me to change. Probably I am talking way too much about my experience of the past year.
Thank you from Carina Peter Thompson 2011-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Marc Sawan wins Rotary Boat Raffle, Ticket #11171 Robert Campbell 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lorne Calder on Jun 01, 2011

 The Rotary Club of Prince George was one of 200 clubs selected to pilot new Membership like models for Rotary international.  Four different membership models are being offered and 50 clubs have been selected for each of the 4 different pilot projects.  Our club was selected to Pilot Satellite Clubs.  We were selected out of 1,300 Rotary Clubs around the world who had applied to be a part of the pilot projects.

We are currently working with Fort St. James and hopefully Vanderhoof soon to re-start Rotary Clubs in this area/region.  As they had dissolved their Charters, they must now have a minimum of 25 Rotarians to apply for a Rotary Charter. The Satellite club approach may be the necessary model to give Fort St. James and Vanderhoof the time necessary to increase their memberships and increase their leadership skills to meet the challenges of running a Rotary Club today. 

Club Selected for Pilot Project on Satellite Clubs Lorne Calder 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 18, 2011

My name is Carina Groth and I am 16 years old. I am the Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Germany and sponsoring by the Rotary Club Prince George.

In Germany I live with my parents and two younger sisters in a small village called Hardenberg with about 150 residents. The city, where Hardenberg in is, called Meinerzhagen with about 21 000 residents and is in the near from Cologne. I come from the west of Germany and the region is called Sauerland.

Also I have two horses, two cats, two mice and one guinea pig. My hobbies are riding my horses, playing piano, meeting friends and snowboarding. I am going to the Kiersper Comprehensive School with about 1,500 pupils in my neighbouring city, witch is called Kierspe.

Carina Groth's Introduction, Bob Hlina 2011-05-18 10:06:02Z 0
Posted by Peter Thompson on May 18, 2011
On January 25th the Rotary Club of Prince George hosted our annual Robbie Burns lunch. The Scottish bard and the haggis were celebrated by Scots in full regalia as well as by Honorary Scots.
Robbie Burns lunch Peter Thompson 2011-05-18 10:03:24Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on May 18, 2011
Aleana is our outbound exchange student spending a year abroad in France. In this report she admits to getting a little homesick but overcomes it to have another great couple of months. Follow along as she tells us some of the highlights of her time there in this report.
Aleana Kings 5th & 6th Reports from France) Bob Hlina 2011-05-18 10:02:34Z 0
Aleana King's March & April Reports from France Peter Thompson 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand on May 03, 2011
The Rotary Club of Prince George celebrated Charter Night 2011 with a fine feast of fresh Atlantic lobster, accompanied by way too much good food and awesome dessert. Special thanks to Norm Gregson for organizing the evening, and Bill Lynch and Harold Hartshorne for cooking the lobsters and steaks. We were joined by several out-of-town Rotarians as the feast was the same day as District Assembly. Guests included DG Penny Offer, DG Elect Hans Doge, DG Elect designate Rebecca MacPherson, and former DG Kevin Conway. . The after dinner entertainment was provided by yours truly and my good friend Wil Fundal, so I can't say whether or not it was good.... but it was FUN! And if all the hooting, hollering, clapping, cheering and cries for more were any indication, it was a success. See you all next year!
A Fine Feast Indeed! Mary Anne Arcand 2011-05-03 19:50:30Z 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand on May 03, 2011
Hey fellow Rotarians and Facebookers: Post this on your status - let's show the Facebook world how many good people are Rotarians! "Why I'm involved in Rotary: it encourages and fosters the ideal of service as worthy enterprise. In particular, to foster: opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions and an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in personal, business and community life; advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship"
Facebook Status Gone Viral Mary Anne Arcand 2011-05-03 19:46:28Z 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand on Feb 06, 2011

Rotarians around the world will be learning how to use social media to tell Rotary's great story, via webinar training.  Whether it's through facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, or any number of social media sites,  we have the opportunity to share Rotary's great goals, tremendous accomplishments, and significant contributions to communities here at home and around the world.

Celebrate Rotary, and share our fellowship with a world looking for good news, good people and positive change.  Help us share the wealth of experience, giving, knowledge and values Rotarians bring to the world.  Use your personal networks and communications to share and promote Rotary! No advertising campaign has the same impact or inspiration as people's personal stories and experiences... so learn to share yours!

Getting Ready to Reach the World for Rotary Mary Anne Arcand 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Hlina on Jan 10, 2011

The Rotary Club of Prince George recognized the contributions of members to the Rotary Foundation: from left to right in the photo are President Bob Hlina, Membership Director Lorne Calder, George Stedeford, Service Project Director John Kason, Norm Schmitz, Norm Gregson and Ron Fichtner. Later on Paul Harris new level pins were given to Mike Dennis and John Duncan and our newest member of the Paul Harris Club Joe Ketelaars achieved his first PHF. Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting the great organization of Rotary.

Paul Harris Fellows Bob Hlina 2011-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Kason

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Prince George, I would like to extend an invitation for your business to support the third annual Rotary Big Blue Ball which is set for November 1, 2014 at the Coast Inn of the North and anticipates 300 guests.

This evening of entertainment and fundraising will support local men’s health initiatives, Rotary Youth Programs and Rotary community projects.  Lively first class entertainment and a notable guest speaker will engage the audience.  The event objectives are to:

  • Increase awareness of men’s health and prostate cancer within our community
  • Continue to support Prince George’s first prostate cancer support group
  • Men’s health outreach efforts including quarterly screening clinics
  • Continue to support Youth Programs such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Adventure Programs and Exchange Programs.
  • Further local Rotary Community Projects such as Rotary Soccer Fields and the Rotary Hospice House
  • Have a great evening and strut your best semi-formal wear
The Big Blue Ball - Nov 1 John Kason 0
Posted by George Stedeford

On the evening of June 21st over 50 Rotarians and guests joined incoming President Pat Cotter and outgoing President George Stedeford in an evening of fun and laughter, combined with speeches and awards.

Cindy Thomson received the Rotarian of the Year Award for her clear example of Service above Self and Cal Malena received the Presidents Award for his assistance and input during the year.

It was a great year with an additional six members joining our club. 

Many thanks to Travis Morgan for organizing this event.

Presidents Ball George Stedeford 0
Posted by George Stedeford

George Stedeford (left) and Pat Cotter (right) were pleased to present Kevin Pettersen of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club with a cheque for $20,000 to enable renovations to the current Rotary Nordic Lodge. This project will allow the CNSC to continue to grow their membership and better serve current members of the community, especially families and youth.

Congratulations to the Ski Club!

Rotary Club of Prince George donates to CNSC George Stedeford 0
Auxiliary Constable Julio pulls the winning ticket for the 2014 Rotary Boat Raffle George Stedeford 0
Posted by George Stedeford

We are pleased to welcome our newest member Roanne Whitticase to the Rotary Club of Prince George.

Cindy Thomson presented Roanne with her Rotary pin. Wear it with pride Roanne !!

New member induction George Stedeford 0
Posted by George Stedeford

Health Report: I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter full of lots of Chocolate! I had a wonderful April and I am now very excited to May!

School Report: The reason I am a couple of days late in actually because of School. At the end of April the Kollegium (School) takes a week to allow teachers to take their students out into the real world and learn about the main subject. For the 3rd class we were required to stay within Switzerland, however; my host sister Samira Luggen spent a week in Prague and I am jealous! My main subject in school is Art and Switzerland has an excellent city of arts and culture. I was in Lucerne for the last week. I didn't do overly much as we did have to learn for school. I was able to visit the Capelle Bridge and Rosengart museum which was pretty impressive! Though I thought of the week to get closer to my classmates and that I did. Overall the trip was successful and I am very happy to have participated!

Rotary Attendance Report: On the 9th to the 14th of April I was in Venice and Rome, Italy. In Venice I was able to see more than I have ever imagined! The weather was gorgeous and the scenery was unimaginable. While in Rome I was able to visit everything from the Patheon,
Coloseum, Fontaine di Travi, and the Vatican. I have dreamed since I was a young child of visiting the Vatican. It has always been in my mind. Everything from the Architecture to the History has intriged me! The Vatican was larger and more impressive than I have imagined and it gives you the feeling of being extremely small when standing in the front doors. The trip cannot be put into words! Now, I am off to Paris as of next week. I am
extremely excited and I am already thinking of what to do and what to see while there. On Sunday I was on another Rotex weekend. This time I visited the largest Parliament in the World. I was in Glarus for the "Landsgeminde" which is a direct democracy where the people of the Canton meet in the city square and publicly elect new representatives and new laws for the Canton. I learnt a lot about it and now I realize that for the modern days we are in that there are more efficient ways of voting. I was happy though to have witnessed this tradition which has been going on for the past 600 years!

Other Activities Report: Outside of those trips and school I simply have not had the time! From today until Friday we have a Spring Break of approx. one week so I am sure I will find something to do. For example today Hiking in Blatten with my host family or the possibly trip to Italy tomorrow. I am going to be very tired when I get home!

Levi Greene's April report from Switzerland George Stedeford 0
CNC Student Mathew Ward receives a Rotary-sponsored Student Award from Rotarian Lisa Kemp George Stedeford 0
Posted by Peter Thompson


Club President George Stedeford presenting a cheque to Caledonia Nordic Ski Club President Kevin Petterson to fund their Kids Play Park at the Otway Nordic Centre. The Play Park will be ready for use for the 2014-15 ski season.

Kids Play Park at the Otway Nordic Centre Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand
The new Club Directory & Guidebook is ready for uploading for members who want electronic copies.  The Guidebook includes info on the Club, its goals & mission, its events, projects, and what we stand for.  It's a great tool to show people who may be interested in joining Rotary, and will come in handy for new members to get oriented to the Club.  For a hard copy, please see MaryAnne Arcand.
New Club Directory & Guidebook e-version Mary Anne Arcand 0
Doing Good in the World George Stedeford 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand
Last Month  PDG Penny Offer, Magdalen Leung and PDG Chris Offer visited a school in the mountains of Taiwan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a water filtration plant being installed with a Rotary Foundation Global Grand with support from the RC of Richmond Sunset and RC of Prince George. A tree was previously planted by the children in DG Rebecca MacPherson’s name to say thank you to District 5040 for the support. Later Penny signed a friendship agreement at the D3500 conference between D3500 and 5040.
Our International Water Project in Taiwan Mary Anne Arcand 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
The past month or so has been pretty fun, we had an entire month off for break and Chinese New Year. It was good to have time to rest and also do some traveling around with family and friends. For a rotary trip, all of the exchange students went for a three day trip to the east coast which was lots of fun. I also went to a lake at the near center of Taiwan with my host family for three days called Sun Moon lake, it was very beautiful. Also, we went to Hsinchu for Chinese New Years where we were around other family members for another three days, I won and received a lot of money.
Josh Doherty's Monthly Report Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson


I am very sorry that I haven't been doing my blog as often as i had said I was going to and that my reports have been slow to come in. i have been very busy here but have had no time to get any pictures up to let everyone know how it's going here and that I'm still alive!!! I will try to do so tonight but my computer is not letting me access the photos that I have been trying to upload for the past five weeks. I don't know what is wrong with it. I tried to get friends at school to help but they didn't know either.

As far as health wise goes; I got over my cold that I had and am feeling great now. I did hit my head quite hard last week and my host mother was very worried... well she still is but I am fine.

Christmas here in Taiwan just wasn't the same, a mutual thought from most other exchange students. It's not because we aren't with our families and it's not because there is no snow and it's not cold. It just doesn't feel like Christmas, it was just another day. Families don't celebrate Christmas the right way, i know it's not their culture, tradition or religion. To them, it is just about getting candy. The country as a whole, celebrates Christmas with decorations and such, but the people have no idea what it really is.

The language is coming along well. I can read, write, and hear it but my speaking isn't that great. Some of the vocabulary is kind of difficult to remember but most of it is very easy to remember. It's funny now that I can understand enough of the language to notice when people are talking about us in public and to know what they are saying about us. It's not nice all the time, but hey, at least we know what they are saying and then we tell them that understood everything they just said. The look on their faces is priceless! We, on the other hand, noticed quite early that we should be careful when we speak since a lot more Taiwanese can speak English, German, or French than we thought.

Bye for now!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

P.s.  I had written some of this about 2 - 3 weeks ago and instead of hitting the "send" button, I hit the "save draft" button. I thought it was taking a while to get a reply so I checked and noticed it. SORRY!!

Joshua's Update from Taiwan Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson

Health Report: I have been sort of sick for the past two weeks. Almost everyone in our district has been sick. I think the reason is because when we go out for lunch or dinner, we take turns buying the drink since it is usually refillable. Therefore, only one person can buy a drink and everyone can share it. And now, everyone is sick.

School Report: At school, the only times I partake in the activities are on Mondays during P.E., every other Tuesday I have baking class, Wednesdays are spent in Chinese cooking for the first half of the day and Western cooking for the second half. Thursdays and Fridays are usually used for homework from Chinese classes. School is fun but very tiring, for most of the other exchange students as well, most of us live 40 mins to an hour away from our schools so we are usually all up around 6. It's good for us later on, I guess, that we are able to get use to waking up early but most students are so tired that they sleep during school. I have to admit, that I do this as well but only because I have no idea what is happening in class. When I ask the teacher or my classmates about what is happening, they tell me that it doesn't matter.

Rotary Attendance Report: I have gone to 6 rotary meetings and have another this friday that i have to do a speech in Chinese at. This past Saturday (20/10/2012) we had a culture class bike ride which was lots of fun, it was only 32 km though. I have missed some rotary functions because I have been doing other activities with my host families.

Other Activities Report: Almost every weekend, exchange students for my district as well as districts nearby get together to do different things. My group and I usually try to find active things to do such as cliff diving in Wulai (which is a lot safer than it sounds) as well as paint balling every now and then. Most of my district tries to keep as active as possible so they are a fun group to be with. I myself usually go to the gym or ride a bike around my area of Taipei, or a couple of the other guys will go to a skate park we found and try to skateboard or rollerskate. We are learning to do some tricks from some as the locals, we use these opportunities to try out our Chinese as well as to meet new people.

Comments-Requests: No comments or requests. Other than another thank you for sponsoring me to come on this exchange, two months in and it already feels like it’s going too fast.

Josh's monthly report Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
So far this year, the Ramblers and Friends have made 32 trips to work on completing the Universal Boardwalk this year. These 32 trips have generated 1090 hours of volunteer labour ( 3316 total hours to date) and over 10,000 kilometres travelled between May 10th and August 3rd (32,000 kilometres in total to date).Image
Universal Boardwalk – Progress Report Peter Thompson 0
President Travis Presents $10,000 check for the Wig Salon at the Cancer Lodge Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand
Being in a room with more than 600 motivated Rotarians dedicated to doing good things in the worldis nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Pacific Northwest PETS is the biggest PETS in the world, and by all accounts, one of the most successful! PE's were there from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, BC, Yukon, Alaska and Russia! The speakers were amazing, and had us all in stitches laughing (mostly at ourselves), or crying in shared pain. I was given all kinds of cool tools to help plan our year, which I'm already sharing with George for the year after - I'm excited, pumped, motivated, and believe it or not, even kind of organized! It was great getting to know the PE's from other clubs in our district, as well as exchange ideas from all over the country. You don't grasp the power of Rotary and Rotarians until you sit in session after session with inspirational people - people like you and me who want to make a difference in the world. We're going to have a great year - and I'm ready!
My PETS Experience Mary Anne Arcand 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
After learning of the tragedy at the Babine Forest Sawmill, the TELUS team members in Prince George were determined to assist those affected by this horrific event.  On February 16th, a hot dog fundraiser was launched in the Prince George contact centre resulting in a total of $770.20 being donated to the community in Burns Lake.  This tragedy hit close to home for a number of the TELUS team members who have friends and family members impacted by the fire and the team members were happy to assist in any way possible.
Donation was made to Bob Hlina Past-President Rotary Club of Prince George on behalf of the Rotary Club of Burns Lake.
Telus Employees Come Through for Burns Lake! Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Peter Thompson

The Burns Lake Rotary Club has established the Lakes District Tragedy Relief Fund, and will organize a benefit Saturday February 4th--- the location hasn't been announced yet. To donate, call club President Travis Morgan at 250 561-8908.

For more information, visit the Village of Burns Lake website ( as well as the Rotary Club of Burns Lake (

Mary Anne has offered to go out to Burns Lake on February 4 and help with the benefit event. Any body else want to join her? She has room for 5 in her truck. The President Elect out there is one of her loggers, so she is going regardless.

Lakes District Tragedy Relief Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand

RYLA North was held at Ness Lake Bible Camp Sept 16-18, for participants aged 19-25.  In all, 22 participants came from all over District 5040 - West Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Kitimat, Terrace, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Prince George.  District Governor Hans Doge was able to join the group for Sunday morning, and encouraged the group to be creative, and reach out to their peers on behalf of the great cause of Rotary.

The group was focussed on creativity and social media, how to get young people involved in RYLA, Rotex and Rotaract using electonic media and communication, with the long-term goal of building an "app" for that.  The end product of RYLA North is the founding of a Rotaract Club at UNBC, and a RYLARocks! website, which should be live in the next few weeks.  It's very exciting to watch the enthusiasm and creativity of individuals meld in a group dynamic, and to see the concrete results and desire to move forward.  The RYLA program is well worth the investment of every club, the District and Rotary worldwide!

Special thanks go to the Rotarians who came out and spoke or led sessions: George Stedeford (Downtown), Dianne Nakamura (Yellowhead), Neil Godbout (Nechako) and Peter Thompson (Downtown).

RYLA North a Smash Hit! Mary Anne Arcand 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
About 80 members and guests were in attendance for the Rotary day celebration at the Coast Inn of the North on Wednesday the 23rd of February. We honoured Rotary for 106 years of "Service Above Self" with the mayor giving us a Proclomation of Rotary day in Prince George. We also received a letter from Shirley Bond congratulating us on our milestone and we had had Linda Coyle Membership Chair from our district 5040 fly in and share with us some history of Rotary and why being a member of Rotary is such an honour.
Tri Club Dinner (Rotary Day) Bob Hlina 0
Wishlist of Carina (Time is running out!) Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Another great report from Aleana as the young lady shares her experiences from her year abroad on our Rotary Youth Exchange. This month she shares with us Christmas in France and some unfortunate mishaps.
Aleana Kings 4th Report (Christmas in France) Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
Enthusiastic volunteers and proud supporters gathered at the Prince George Outdoor Ice Oval on Saturday December 11 for the official opening of the new Zamboni garage. The Rotary Club of Prince George was prominent among the donors who supported the construction of the Zamboni garage and Bob Hlina shared ribbon cutting honours with Alison Hoskins from Integris Credit Union.
Ice Oval Zamboni Garage Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Aleana is our outbound exchange student in France. She has promised to provide us with monthly updates so we can follow along in her life changing adventure. I believe youth exchange is a remarkable program for building peace among countries through sharing culture and understanding. Please read on for her exciting 3rd month.
Aleana King's 3rd Report from France Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

The George Weinand Rotary Club of Prince George Mini-Auction is almost in the record books and again this year preliminary results look very good.

The term Mini auction is a misnomer in that although it culminates in a 4 or 5 hour evening, it raises thousands of dollars for the general account of the club and this year $2,500 for the Rotary Foundation through the auction of Ricky's grader won this year by Ricky Harrison.

Mini Auction Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

This years auction is almost in the record books. We had donated items of $100,000 and garnered bids of $41,000. Although all expenses haven't come in I'll go out on a limb and estimate about $25,000 net.

Thank you to all the people who sat on the committee and worked so hard on this major fundraiser beginning with Christian Schenk:

60th Annual Auction Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand
388 youth from all across BC descended on Prince George in October for the Provincial Youth Leadership Conference, which was partially funded by the three Prince George Rotary Clubs. This Tri-Club effort led by Denise Berg-Shank, Scotty Raitt, Ron Davis and Adele Sjoberg, who were there for three days of sharing with youth about Rotary itself, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Interact, and Purple Pinkie for Polio.
Youth Leadership Conference - a great success Mary Anne Arcand 0
Posted by Mary Anne Arcand
Pine Centre Mall is supporting Rotary by offering all 3 Rotary Clubs in Prince George the centre court display area from November 15 - 20. Our club is there promoting the Online Auction, of course, and the other clubs are promoting Disaster Aid Canada, Operation Rednose, and the Purple Pinky for Polio campaign. Thanks Pine Centre (and Shelley Readman, of course!)
Display at Pine Centre Mall Mary Anne Arcand 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
By all accounts a great time was had at the Tri-Club Foundation dinner. In total 132 members and guests enjoyed a dinner that had such a vast array of food that it was impossible to try every dish (rumour has it that Kevin Beatty gave it a good try though). It was also impossible to use all the dishes that were brought so the women's shelter was very pleased to receive a large donation.

After dinner a representative from each of the three clubs made presentations to members from their clubs in the theme of the Foundation. I chose to recognize
Foundation Dinner & Party Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
As a club we recently made a decision to support the Out Door Ice Oval Society with a large donation to build a shelter where they can park the Zamboni and keep it warm. In a little over two weeks a group of them have already gotten it to the lock up stage.

It is a 14x22 foot building along side the back of Kin 3 Ice Rink up at the CN Centre complex. The City committed the site and did the ground preparation for the cement pad, as well as providing the heat to keep the zamboni from freezing.

This is a timely project in advance of the 2015 winter games that are coming to Prince George and may be something we can build on for a larger project.

Zamboni Shelter Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

On November 30th we had our AGM for the 2010/11 year. The following people were nominated and accepted and/or put their name forward for a position:

AGM Election Results Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Aleana is our outbound exchange student in France. She has promised to provide us with monthly updates so we can follow along in her life changing adventure. I believe youth exchange is a remarkable program for building peace among countries through sharing culture and understanding. Please read on for her exciting 2nd month.
Aleana King's 2nd Report from France Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Our very own Rotarian Mike Dennis was recognized as a National Volunteer of the year by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Mike has also been a major part of this Rotary club since 1985, serving as President in 1994 and being on many committees for fundraising and projects and continues to be very active.

Congratulations Mike on your recognition, it is well deserved.
Rotarian Honoured for Volunteer Service Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Aleana is our outbound exchange student in France. She has promised to provide us with monthly updates so we can follow along in her life changing adventure. I believe youth exchange is a remarkable program for building peace among countries through sharing culture and understanding. Please read on for her exciting first month.
Aleana King's 1st Report from France Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

As you can see by the list below (I may have missed a few items) we are a vibrant club with an extremely healthy focus on youth. We have a comprehensive list of projects that we have done (below). I encourage you to check them out as it certainly helps build pride and self assurance to us members that we truly belong to the premier service club in the city and it shows the community that our efforts result in a better place and world to live.

What the Rotary Club of Prince George is doing! Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

Operation Red Nose is back for its 13th year in Prince George, organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako.   They can use lots of volunteers so please contact Kelly Zammit at

Join us to see to see how you can help our 2010 campaign. Last year was a huge success where we gave a total of 796 rides over nine nights during the holiday season. This year we'd like to reach 1,000 rides, but in order to do that, we need your help.

Be a deer – volunteer Operation Red Nose Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

Bryan Lockhart and Bill Quinn spoke to the club about the value of having a coach to take you to higher levels in business.

Coach – "a vehicle to transport people from one place to another"

Coach – "to convey a person from one place to another" A process to support someone on their journey from where they are today, to where they want to be in the future

Coaching - Presentation to the Club Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
District Governor Penny Offer and husband Chris came to Prince George for their inaugural visit to the clubs from 100 mile to Mackenzie. While in Prince George, she attended a special board meeting with our club. Of the 14 directors of the club we managed to have 12 attend this meeting and we gave her an overview of the workings and direction of our club. I was very happy to hear and report that we have some great work going on in the Membership group, Media Group, Auction Group, Boat Raffle group, Youth programs group and Local and International projects groups. Penny was so impressed that she mentioned to our Assistant Governor Gary Gurnsey to nominate our club for the club of the year honours.
District Governor Penny Offer's Visit Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
First, I'd like to thank Bob Campbell for his hard work as our Club President. Let's give him (another) round of applause.

It's an honor to be selected as the 68th President of this Club, and to be chosen to carry on this club's tradition of Service above Self.
President Bob Hlina's Inauguration Speech Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
Dear Rotary,

As usual another month came and went. Like most months may was another very busy one. My month started with a visit to Walibi adventure. This was a day put on by the rotary for all the districts in Belgium. Walibi was like a Belgian Disneyland (about a quarter the size of Disneyland). But all the rides and the park itself was really fun especially being there with all the exchange students. And like typical Belgium it was raining the whole day we were there but we didn't mind cause that meant no lines for us and the entire park just for us.
DERAE's 9th REPORT Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
Dear Rotary,

I hope everyone is doing well in Prince George. Here, I still can't believe it has already been 8 months. Where has the time gone! But once again I had a very awesome month. I started my month by going to Amsterdam with my host family and two other exchange students. We went to a few museums then did lots of shopping. The day right after was Easter. For Easter we had my host aunty, uncle and cousins come over for lunch. It was weird having a big lunch for a day like Easter when usually in Canada we have big dinners. But like Easter in Canada it was full of Chocolate!
DERAE's 8th REPORT Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
Dear Rotary,

I am now at my 7 month mark. Wow, time goes by fast. I feel like as the time goes by I get busier and busier. March was a very good month. I was lucky and was able to have two friends from Canada come and visit me for a week. It was really cool being able to show people from back home my new life. I brought them to all the major towns and all the places I like to hang out at. It was a really fun week and kind of sad to say goodbye but felt good to go back to my usual daily routine.
DERAE's 7th REPORT Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
Dear Rotary,

I can't believe I am already at my 6 month mark. February went by so fast. It has been a very busy one to. At the beginning of the month we had a rotary event at the European parliament. All the exchange students from all the districts were there including the "Newie's" (students who arrived in January). We got a tour of the parliament building then a presentation on how the parliament runs in the actual parliament room. It was cool that the parliament for all of Europe was in Belgium, one of the smallest countries in Europe. It was really interesting to hear the history of the parliament and how all of Europe works together. The day right after that I had a meeting with my district to discuss any problems or the good things about our exchange so far.
DERAE's 6th REPORT Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Peter Thompson
The Rotary Club of Kelowna - Ogopogo would like to sincerely thank your club for sending one or more students to our third Adventure in Tourism program which ran from March 21 to March 26, 2010. Judging from the student's comments the program was a resounding success!
Adventure in Tourism Peter Thompson 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

From Pastor Bruce Kirk "On May 15th 6PM The Salvation Army will be hosting The Spirit of The Salvation Army dinner at the Coast Inn of the North to honor and recognise the role of our supporters in Prince George.  To that end we would like to present THE COMMUNITY AWARD to The Downtown Rotary Club in recognition of their support for the Tree of Lights Campaign. Your club alone raised over $13,000 this year!!"

We should be very proud of this accomplishment because we have helped Salvation Army help those who are in need.

"There but for the grace of God, go I".

The Club to be Honoured Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

Our 2010/2011 outbound exchange studet Aleana King will be updating her blog on a regular basis so that we can live her experiences of preparing for and then going and living in France. If you want to read her posts as soon as they come out, register your email address on her blog and you will be notified.

Aleana King Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Bonjour Rotary,   Happy New Years Canada :)! I hope everyone's new years in Canada were awesome. Here in Belgium I had a great new year. Almost all the exchange students in the country went to Brussels. In the city center there was a big party that we all went to. The city was absolutely crowded with people everywhere. Around 11:30 thousands of people crowded around the center to watch the fireworks at 12. There was also a countdown just like we usually have in Canada.
DERAE's 5th REPORT Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina

At our very first meeting following the earthquake disaster in Haiti, a very quick decision was made to send $2,000 to a Rotary club in the Dominican Republic who has already been working in Port-au-Prince helping the victims. We felt this was the fastest and the most accountable way to help out. The Federal government will also be matching this donation.

Rotarians have big hearts and I know that in addition to this lots of individuals have donated through other sources. Proud to be a Rotarian.

Haiti Disaster Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
So it may have taken me awhile to really get invested in Rotary, but something caught my attention the other day at a little restaurant in Bucerias that may confirm it. The Owner was wearing his Rotary pin, when I asked him about it I gained an instant friend, who promptly comped our tables meal, spent the next two hours telling us about the area and the things that we absolutely must see. Suffice to say he's invited me to breakfast with Rotary next Wednesday where I look forward to meeting many of the same kind of people. Im proud to be a part of an organization comprised of these people, which I suppose is my contrite way of saying.... see you in February when i get back... at our weekly meetings
Rotarian Peter Winters Reports From Mexico Bob Hlina 0
YEX Students Take The Polar Bear Plunge Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina


Ok so it is now my fourth month in Belgium. This month has been very busy but I will try to talk about everything. At the beginning of the month the Rotary Rotex here put on a exotic dinner. Everyone had to make a dish from their country and all the host parents came and tried the food that we made. For Canada we made Bannock, stew, and Pancakes. The dinner was really good and really fun.

DERAE's 4th REPORT Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
The 59th Rotary auction is now in the record books as one of our most successful on-line auctions. We had 306 companies donate 486 items with a value of $88,608. We developed and uploaded scripts for those 486 items giving tremendous exposure to the donor and a description of the item. We developed, found or were given 74 ads that will stay on the site until April 1st at which time they will be given the opportunity to continue for another 12 months by donating again an item valued $250 or more. In our analysis we had an astounding 2.6 million hits to the website in November and are continuing to get lots of hits even though the auction is over. Please read on for more info and accolades to those who participated wholeheartly
Auction Highlights and Interesting Stats Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
So it has been 3 months so far and I just had a very eventful month. At the beginning of the month there was a fall break so we had no school for one week. For the break my host family took me down to the south of France to visit their family. I LOVE France so much, it is so pretty. We went to a village called Seguret.
Derae Truman's 3rd Report Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
We have had an opening for the Meals on Wheels Chair. Speaking with Judy Close of the Prince George Council of Seniors, she says that she coordinates who the meals go to and when the meals are to be delivered. She supplies the Rotarian Chair with the numbers and list and the Rotarian Chair arranges with the Inn to have the meals drawn up and 2 or 3 drivers to deliver the food. Usually 10 to 20 meals. The meals are 4 times a year which is Christmas, Easter, Canada day and Thanksgiving. They are flexible with doing the deliveries a day before, on or a day after. Please let me know if this is something you would like to look into.
Meals on Wheels Chair Needed Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
OK I could update this all year but this is it, another $4,000 has been donated and matched to bring our total to $13,810!!!!

Dec 18th story(Just in another $500 has been added and donation is now $9,810)

(Original story) At the Christmas luncheon today (Dec 15) the hat was passed around for donations to the Salvation Army Tree of Lights and we put in $4,555. With the club's tradition of matching it, we will be donating a whopping $9,110 this year eclipsing last years record donation. What a great group of community supporters we have.
Posted by Bob Hlina
At today's luncheon (Dec 8th), we drew a name from the 700 plus registrants on the 59th Rotary auction site and her name is Irene Siemens of Prince George. Congratulations Irene and a big thank you for all those who donated and bid on items, we had one of the most successful auctions in recent memory.
Posted by Bob Hlina
At today's (Dec 8th) luncheon meeting, a draw was made for the proceeds of the door prize money. The rules are based on attendance; 1 draw for 70% attendance; 2 draws for 90% attendance and 3 draws for 100% attendance. John Kason was the winner of $1,000 donated in his name followed by Lorne Calder with $500. Congratulations to both.
Foundation Winners Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Once again George Weinand out did himself with one of our premier galas of the year. $8,400 was raised for the general account of the club and $2,400 for the Rotary Foundation through the auction of Ricky's grader to the successful winner Lorne Calder.

The food which was catered by Goode's Catering was once again exceptional, the wine was of excellent quality and George entertained us for a couple of hours with the many items that he garnered from many generous donors.

Exploration Place was beautifully decorated and the ambience was excellent.
Mini Auction/Christmas Gala 2009 Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
The Tri Club Foundation Dinner was held on Saturday night the 20th of November 2009 and it was a great success. There were many silent and live items up for auction and there was great entertainment and food. $7,645.08 was raised for the Foundation. Congratulations to the past presidents who organized this event Ron Fichtner, Ray Spooner and Gary Gurnsey. A big thank you to the many helpers especially Harold Hartshorne, Sue Calder and Steve Wagar.
Tri Club Foundation Dinner Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
The auction has come to a close of the last remaining items and the numbers are exciting. We hit the $45,000 mark in gross bids for the $80,000 value of items. We more than doubled the amount of registered bidders. We had over 315 Business's donated over 500 items. We have even had 5 enquiries of membership with one now a member and 1 coming for his 2nd meeting. Thank you to the members who gave so much of themselves to make this such a huge success. - Bob
Posted by Bob Hlina
Our Mexican young lady wants to share her wishlist with everyone in the hopes that they will help her complete the list while in Canada. Rotarian or friend please consider helping her accomplish 1 or 2 or more of these and make her experience in Canada truly the best ever.
Andrea's Wishlist Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Wow! It has already been 2 months since I have first arrived in Belgium. The good news my French is slowly but surely improving, the bad news I'm quickly becoming broke. But that is Europe for you! Things are going very good here in Belgium so far. The weather is getting quite cold, although I guess not as cold as Canada. Also if my spelling or grammar is wrong in this letter I am sorry because my English is getting horrible. (Bob corrected most)
DERAE's 2ND REPORT Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
On Tuesday just before noon President Bob Campbell, Past-President, Ron Fichtner & President-Elect Bob Hlina went to the Carney Hill school playground and officially opened it. After 3 years of paperwork, red tape & finally purchasing and erecting, the playground is complete.

We are so proud to be able to help with this project, it means so much to the school which is the central point of the Carney Hill neighbourhood and provides the children with a place to play safely.

This is but another example of the hard word and dedication of Rotarians to make our city a better place. But this wouldn't be possible without the support Rotarians receive from the whole community when they buy their raffle tickets, the business's who donate items to our annual auction and the individual who use the auction to do their shopping.
Carney Hill Playgound Dedication Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Tuesday night saw 45 or so Rotarians, family and friends out for a great night of bowling, drinking, eating and laughing. From all accounts it was a very successful outing.
Bowling 2009 Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Following a couple of weeks of emails, meetings, calls and faxes; a denied visa application, a customs delay that resulted in a missed flight and 8 hours in our beautiful Vancouver airport, and yes, luggage that didn't find its way here at the same time as Andrea, we are happy to report that Andrea arrived somewhat wrinkled, just a little bit tired but smiling all the while.
Posted by Bob Hlina
For those that don't know, Derae Truman the daughter of our own Deryl Truman is our outbound Exchange Student living in Belgium for a year. Please read her reports and share in her once in a lifetime adventure that Rotary has created through our Youth Exchange program.
Posted by Bob Hlina
Sunday the 20th of September, Rotarians President Bob, President Elect Bob, Sergeant of Arms George, Lorne Calder & Kris Zmudzinski spent a fabulous day at the Ramada hotel with 12 other people in the Rotary Leadership Institutes Part 111. The Leadership program's purpose is to help future club leaders prepare for their club and community leadership role through a quality training and educational experience.
Review of the Leadership Institutes Part 111. Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
In case you haven't been following the saga with our inbound student Andrea Canaan coming from Mexico, we finally have some good news. I have just received a note from our Youth Exchange Officer advising that Andrea finally has her visa. We are extremely happy that this has finally been resolved.
Our Inbound Exchange Student is Finally on Her Way! Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
This is a letter that Michelle sent to the Youth Exchange Officers of the PG clubs regarding her experience at the Inbound Orientation in 100 Mile. Very nice read.
Michele Sinclair letter Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
In case we had any doubts of our hard volunteer work being worthwhile, below is a letter of thanks from a student who received one of our many, many annual scholarships.
A letter of Thanks Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
this is last month report ...
During the last part of may, I had the opportunity to go to Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais to visit my first two host cousins and their parents. Both me and the american exchange student that I switched families with went.
Posted by Bob Hlina
Thea Christensen was here visiting the city where she spent a year with the Rotary Youth Exchange program and she brought her family. Thea who calls Denmark her home country had such a good time while here she is came back only 1 year after going back to Denmark. In honour of their visit, there was a BBQ at the Hlina's home on July the 21st. A good time was had by all.
2007-2008 EXCHANGE STUDENT NEWS! Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
The president's ball went off without a hitch and in fine fashion to celebrate the accomplishments of our club in 2008/2009 and to kick off the 2009/2010 Rotary years.
PRESIDENT'S PARTY 2009 Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
On Friday the 5th of June at 3 pm We had a celebration/dedication ceremony to effectively turn over the "ownership" of the Centennial Gazebo to UNBC and the City of Prince George.
Posted by Bob Hlina
Lightening has struck twice for Lorne at the district 5040 conference in Victoria. He won the Governor's Award and today it was announced that he has the best club bulletin in the district.

Once again Lorne congratulations.
Posted by Bob Hlina
Lorne Calder has won the prestigious District Governors' award for being an outstanding Rotarian for the year of his presidency in 2007/2008. This is a well deserved reward because of all he accomplished in one short year. CONGRATULATIONS LORNE, WERE PROUD OF YOU.
Posted by Bob Hlina

Okay, yes it took a long time for me to send this one as I have been without internet for almost a month and have been actually enjoying the time away from it. I have been trying to savor every moment left as the time is coming to an end. Talking about it makes me feel sick... Im definitely not ready to go home yet, but shhh dont tell my mother that.
Posted by Bob Hlina
The Group Study Exchange people from England were in Prince George to discover the business and pleasure aspects of Central British Columbia. We had a wonderful Tri-club luncheon for them as well as a celebration of mothers. The meal was a first class buffet that had a massive amount of food which even included crab, prawns and different smoked fish varieties. And the desserts were to die for.....
Posted by Bob Hlina
The charter night was a rousing success attended by about 150 Rotarians and guests. The lobster was delicious and of course Goode's Catering was good... The entertainment supplied by Dawn Beaudreau and her students was first class if I do say so myself (my daughter Carly was one of the singers).
Charter Night Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
This has been a pretty lazed back month. I am in school once again. My class this semester is a lot of fun. Sometimes, I go to the grade 12 year and watch classes with some of my friends from last semester. Its funny that I remember and understand more in the grade 12 classes than the grade 11 classes. I guess because its been a while since I was in grade 11. Im finally getting a grasp on the language. After 8 long months, I am finally understanding things better. Its such a relief!! I only hope that I dont lose it all when I return home.
Posted by Bob Hlina
At the weekly luncheon on the 14th of April, 61 Rotarians and guests celebrated the Easter occasion with a fantastic buffet that included 20 different items and a huge selection of deserts. And if that wasn't enough we had a special visit from the one and only Easter bunny Peter (Bob) Rabbit himself.
Posted by Bob Hlina
The latest major donation to Prince George Hospice House expansion campaign is a $150,000 pledge by three local Rotary clubs during the next three years. The $2.2-million campaign, which includes the latest Rotary funds, was launched nine months ago has attracted $1.8 million in funds, leaving about $300,000 to $400,000 stlll needed, said Dave Yarmish, campaign chair. The generous pledge from Rotary has helped a lot, said Yarmish, recalling that the home was initiated by Rotary in the early 1990s.
Rotary Hospice House Donation Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Another report.... I cant believe how fast it has gone
After coming back from the Northeast trip with the other exchange students, I spent only a week in Joao Pessoa, relaxing and enjoying the company of my host family. During February, is Carnival. Joao Pessoa has its Carnival before the actual dates. During that time, I went three nights.
Lindsey Footit's February Report from Brazil Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Bob left this world on January 12 after a long battle with cancer. He was with our club since 1998 and faithfully drove in for the weekly meetings all the way from Granisle. Bob leaves behind his wife Betty and children Wendy (Earl), Donald, David (Evangeline) and Tammy (Mike).
Rotarian Major Bob Wilson Succumbs to Cancer Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Lindsey is our outbound exchange student who is living the year in Brazil. Please take the time to read her reports and share in this young ladies adventure of a lifetime. Her email address is and I'm sure she would be appreciative of your efforts to send her a word or two of encouragement. Remember she has taken herself out of her comfort zone to learn how life is in another culture quite different then our own.
Lindsey Footit's 4th report Bob Hlina 0
Rotarian Travis Morgan & Quintina Smith are Married Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Lindsay is our outbound exchange student who is living the year in Brazil. Please take the time to read her reports and share in this young ladies adventure of a lifetime. Her email address is and I'm sure she would be appreciative of your efforts to send her a word or two of encouragement. Remember she has taken herself out of her comfort zone to learn how life is in another culture quite different then our own.
Lindsay Footit's Dec Report Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
John until recently has been with the club since 1982. He was still involved with the group of Rotarians who meet twice a week to play racquetball. As a matter of fact last Thursday the 11th John, myself and Lou Jewitt enjoyed a game.
PG Rotary Club says goodbye to John Goritsas Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
At the annual Christmas luncheon we passed around the hat and we raised an amazing amount of $4,095 to donate the Salvation Armies Tree of Lights. As has been the clubs custom, the club is matching the donation so a check for $8,190 will be presented to "Captain" Bruce Kirk on Thursday. Thank you to all who participated. Read on for email I sent to Mike Benny at The River which he read out on his morning show.
Posted by Bob Hlina
The 2008 on-line auction is now complete and pick up of items is almost complete. I wish to take this opportunity to thank each and every Rotarian who worked on this fundraiser. I would especially like to mention the team of Heather Carter, Matthew Thomson, Kathi Travers, Laurie Kerr and Cat Sivertsen. These people are what Rotary is about, "Service Above Self".
Posted by Bob Hlina
The 58th annual Rotary auction has had items close over the last two evenings and we will conclude the auction on Sunday November the 30th. There are many items this year and a wonderful selection from gift certificates to clothing to auto repairs.
Auction Update November 27th Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Third Monthly Report
Ola Queridas,
Another month has stormed by. School is almost over and all the students have been studying like mad to prepare for the big Vestibular. I have finally started to attempt writing tests! Wow, it's not easy to do, but it's fun to see how much I know and understand in Portuguese.
Report from Outbound Student Lindsay Footit Bob Hlina 0
Posted by Bob Hlina
Rotary Clubs are becoming rejuvenated and revitalized to serve in the Community and World Community better - so we can make a difference while having fun. Our average age is now in the 40's. Not to mention the growing number of female Rotarians.
Rotary - An Old Man's club? Not on your life! Bob Hlina 0