Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Highliner Plaza Hotel
815 1st Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC
Mailing Address = P.O. Box 225
Prince Rupert, BC  V8J 3P6

September 26, 2019 - RYLA Lakelse

Three RYLA Lakelse participants shared their experiences with the club. Amal Atayah, Ava Farrell and Taliyah Spencer spoke of their nervousness about meeting new people and fitting in, but how over the course of the weekend, they made fast friendships while learning  new leadership skills.  

September 19, 2019 - Aidan Murphy-Morven - Exchange Student

Aidan regaled the club with stories of his year in France.  Aidan was fortunate to be able to travel extensively during his year in France, visiting not just France, but Scotland Greece and Spain where he spotted a north coast totem pole in a Barcelona.  He also had the fortune to join and play with a local soccer club.  
Aidan also really enjoyed his host families and the great french cuisine!

September 5, 2019 - Senator Bev Busson

The Club was fortunate to have Senator Bev Busson as our speaker.  Senator Busson is a proud trailblazer for women in the workforce.  She was sworn into the Senate in 2018 with many prior firsts to her name:  
1st class of women to enter the RCMP
1st female commissioned officer
1st female Criminal Operations Officer
1st female Commanding Officer of a Province
1st female Deputy Commissioner of a Region
1st woman to lead the RCMP as the 21st Commissioner.
Senator Busson was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network in 2006.
Senator Busson was ultimately recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada.

August 29, 2019 - District Governor, Bala Naidoo

The District Governor, Bala Naidoo along with wife, Vasi Naidoo, visited our club with Chad Sallenback, ADG.  Bala spoke about the importance of increasing membership as this is a main Rotary Goal for the year.  He proposed looking at some novel ways to retain existing members and attracting new members.  Stay tuned.
Pictured are Bala, our exchange student Rebecca Jansen, and Vasi

​​​​​Installation & Fish Dinner

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here we go.....

June 20, 2019 - Installation

We had a beautiful sunny evening at the golf course for the installation and fish dinner.  President Lori (2019-20) was sworn in by the venerable John McNish.  

June 6, 2019 - Tom Perry, Snowbird

For those of us lucky enough to be in attendance at this week's lunch meeting, our very own Snowbird, Tom Perry regaled us with his very entertaining dissertation on how to become a snowbird.  From finding your place to locate, to driving hints and tips, and to the perils of insurance Tom shared it all!  Also that he is referred to as a "dead-ender"  (One whose trailer is located on the dead end in the park!)

May 30, 2019 - David Geronazzo - Emergency Social Services Prince Rupert

David explained that their group provides temporary public aid for up to 72 hours of essentials like lodging or food service.  Most of the services provided in Prince Rupert are for individual emergencies like a residential fire.  They can be called upon to provide more extensive support for larger regional emergencies.  We should all be preparing ourselves for unexpected emergencies.  You can search online to find a Basic Preparedness Kit Supplies List.
ESS Prince Rupert is on the look-out for volunteers.  No experience is necessary and all training is provided.  Contact them at emergency.response@princerupert.ca  More information is available at www.gov.bc.ca/emergencysocialservices

May 23, 2019 - Bob Killbery, Interact

Bob spoke to the club about the process their committee is going through with the goal of having an Interact Club at Charles Hays High School starting in the fall of 2019.

May 16, 2019 - RYLA South Students

Sebastian Lopez, Brandon Mah and Kaneata Daigle spoke to us about their Ryla South adventures.  They spoke about being shy and unsure when they arrived and through the weekend, and all the activities, they gained in confidence and made solid lifelong friendships.
Eight participants of the Prince Rupert club's Adventures in the Port of Prince Rupert were also in attendance.

May 9, 2019 - Craig Hilton, Pembina Pipelines

Our speaker was Craig Hilton from Pembina Pipelines.  Apologies as the editor was out of town so no picture or notes from this meeting.

May 2, 2019 - Nathan Randall - Eco Trust

No photo or story notes as the editor was out of town.  Nathan is a repeat speaker at our meeting.
Also of note was the induction of our newest member, Dean Whitehouse.  Stay tuned for his Who's Who.

Easter Egg Hunt

It was a great day for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Exchange Student, Sebastian, hanging out with the  Easter Bunny.  Thank you, to Save-on-Foods for donating all the chocolate eggs for the hunt.  

April 18, 2019 - Veronika Stewart and Ceilidh Marlow, Transitions Prince Rupert

Veronkia Stewart and Ceilidh Marlow from Transitions Prince Rupert spoke about exciting initiatives taking place in Prince Rupert.  (No photo available.)
This week's photo is of Crystal Lorette receiving her Paul Harris from President Elect, Lori Wilson.

April 11, 2019 - Membership Committee & DG Darcy Long

Doug Kydd, along with committee members Lori Wilson and Ellen Witherly, outlined the process for building club membership from prospective membership proposal to induction and beyond.
Chris Bromley filled in for committee member, Herman Seidemann.  (Complete with goatee!)
District Governor, Darcy Long was at our meeting and presented Past President, Karen Basso, with a Rotary Citation for the 2017-18 year for setting, meeting and recording all of our Club Goals.

April 4, 2019 - Lori Wilson, Herring Fishery

Our very own President Elect, Lori Wilson, gave as a talk on the herring fishery.  Thanks Lori, for stepping in on short notice!

March 28, 2019 - Tyler Stene, Prince Rupert Golf Course

Tyler Stene is no stranger to Prince Rupert,  having lived here previously.  He returned to Rupert from Victoria, where he completed a three year golf management program at Camosun College.  Tyler is looking at ways to increase membership, especially younger members.  He is starting outreach to all the schools and he is going to coach a Charles Hays Secondary team which has not had a team in a while.  He is also looking at ways to reinvigorate local tournaments.
If you want to learn how to play Tyler is your guy!  You can contact Tyler at the Prince Rupert Golf Course.

March 21, 2019 - Shaun Thomas - Metlakatla Development Corporation

Shaun explained that the Metlakatla Development Corporation is the governance arm, and is responsible for Board policies.
Business entities are, Gat Leedm Logistics, Grassy Bay Services, Coastal Training Centre, Metlakatla Ferry Service, North Co Corp Ferry Service, Tidal Coast CT Terminals, Coastal Business Resource Centre and the Elders Housing on the old King Edward school site.
There are 157 direct jobs - 76% of which are permanent.  They also donate to community both with volunteer hours and monetary donations totalling about $63,000 to everything from basketball to Relay for Life.

March 14, 2019 - Getting to know you....

Getting to know all about you - Can you hear the music?  Actually it wasn't at all about The King and I, but it was about getting to know our fellow Rotarians.  Rosa Miller led us through Two Truths and a Lie.  Each person wrote down two truths and a lie about themselves and then the others had to guess what was the lie.  A fun time was had by all.

March 7, 2019 - Lori Wilson PETS

President Elect, Lori Wilson, gave the club a PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) recap.  The theme chosen by President Elect, Mark Maloney for the 2019-2020 year is "Rotary Connects the World".  Lori got to hear many inspiring speakers.  Focus areas for 2019-2020 are:
Growing Rotary
Building the path to Rotary Leadership
Rotary's relationship with the United Nations.

February 28, 2019 - Betty Lou Hunt - Cornerstones Wellness Centre

Betty Lou has worked in the healing profession for more than 40 years.  Betty-Lou is a Physiotherapist who is licensed to practice acupuncture.  She was a founding partner in Cornerstone Wellness Centre in 2001.  She presently operates Cornerstones Physiotherapy providing outpatient, physiotherapy, acupuncture and energy sessions.  Betty Lou's passion is to empower people with a balanced mind-body-spirit approach to wellness.

February 21, 2019 - Chris Armstrong - CityWest

Mr. Armstrong spoke to the club about the major project of updating to fibre optic from Prince Rupert to Houston.  Fibre optic will greatly increast capacity and will be much faster and more reliable for customers.  They will be expanding to Hazelton, Smithers, Kispiox and New Remo.  Half of Prince Rupert will be complete by year-end.  Fibre optic will support more and more of those household items that rely on wireless in the home such as alarm systems and new smart refrigerators.
They are looking to build in redundancy via a loop to Vancouver Island to Vancouver, so that if the line is interrupted between Prince Rupert and Prince George, the system will automatically switch over and there will be no loss in service, but this will still be a while in the making.

This just in......

The dynamic duo presenters from last week won top prizes at a ToastMasters Competition held just last weekend.
David Armstrong, CHS student won the top prize in the Evaluation Contest and
Michael Gurney won the prize for Top Speech.

February 14, 2019 - Michael Uehara - Coastal Shellfish

Mr. Uehara is the CEO of Coastal Shelfish and attended our meeting to speak about their exciting Scallop Farm. Coastal Shellfish grew out of concerns over the closing of forestry jobs in Hartley Bay.  Following 12 years of extensive research, their first farmed scallops were purchased by local restaurant, Fukasaku for a seafood chowder challenge they participated in recently.  Coastal uses cutting edge aquaculture science for its vertical ocean farming of scallops off Wolf and Digby Islands.  Scallops are zero food input as they survive on algae and are restorative filter feeders.  No fertilizers or pesticides are used in their production.  The venture is 85% first nations owned and draws on traditional knowledge and advanced science.  They have designed their jobs to be well remunerated with future for advancement in order to be competitive in the north coast market place.
 What would it take?
Club Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rosa Miller - PETS
May 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Rosa will be talking about President Elect Training for the upcoming year.
Chris Offer - Rotary Peace Initiatives
Jun 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Chris is the Chair of the Rotary Peace Initiatives Committee and will tell us what their function is
Installation of Officers
Jun 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Installation of Club Officers for 2020/2021