Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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
Our speaker for the September 15th meeting was Farah Murphy from Mission Health and Wellness.  Farah gave us an update on the store's move to McBride Street (the old Spero's store) and some of the exciting new additions to the store, including a smoothie bar and a bring your own bottle refill station for cleaning & health products. I highly recommend going and checking her store out, in addition to vitamins and health products there's many interesting food and environmentally conscious products, including the Tru Earth laundry strips - made in Canada with no plastic involved and the miso paste in the fridge.
At our August 18th Meeting we had Brendan Eshom as our guest speaker.  Brendan, while still a teenager, developed an App with a "word of the day" in Sm'algyax, the language of the Ts'msyen people. Brendan spoke about the development of his App and of the culture of his mothers people who are from Hartley Bay. Brendan is a very accomplished young man with an impressive resume and he's an excellent public speaker - he joined Toastmasters while still in his teens.  Among his accomplishments, he is a recipient of the BC Reconciliation Award, which is for "individuals, groups and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts".  Brendan's app can be found on most app stores - just search "sm'algyax word".
You never know what you might learn when you come to a Rotary Lunch Meeting.  On August 4th we had Anne Dopson and Echo as our speakers.  Anne has a business "Calm Dog" in Prince George, and she spoke a bit about therapy dogs and the value of them for people/children in stressful situations.  She also gave some tips on dog training and walking my dogs has not been the same as I try to incorporate some of her tips. Echo was also a lovely speaker who charmed the room and was extremely calm and patient in unfamiliar surroundings with many people around, a walking advertisement for "Calm Dog".
It's that time of year again, when the kettles are out and they need cheerful volunteers like these!  Anyone can volunteer for a shift by calling or emailing Lt. Dawn Butt at 778-884-1752 or Dawn.butt@salvationarmy.ca  Many shifts need to be covered - many volunteers make the load lighter for all.

Youth Programs

Bob Killbery updated club members about all of the opportunities our club provides through its' Youth Programs.  From International Exchanges to Rotary Youth Leadership Adventures our club sponsors and offers many programs for youth.  

Chris Armstrong - CityWest

Chris Armstrong spoke to the Club about CityWest's most recent acquisitions and Connected Coast.  When making acquisitions like West Island Cable, Banfield they look for companies that share their same values, especially when it comes to customer service and connectedness in community. 
CityWest now employees up to 86 employees under the direction of a new CEO who joined CityWest one year ago 
The pandemic has really outlined the need for services in all the communities CityWest Serves.
AND look for big news in the coming weeks…….

Naila Bedford, Community Services Manager, Northern Health

Naila was the volunteer coordinator for the vaccine clinics held in Prince Rupert.  She reports that in Prince Rupert, of those eligible for the vaccine, 80% have received the first vaccination.  The take-up on the second dose is lower at 68%. 
Every Friday from 9:00-3:30 there is a vaccination clinic at the Prince Rupert Community Health Centre located in the Ocean Centre Mall.  You can register on-line and drop-ins are also welcome.

Meeting in Person Again!

Rotarians were all smiles as they were welcomed back to weekly in person lunch meetings last week.
Caitlin Birdsall representing North Coast Ecology Centre Society.  See information following regarding work of the society and information on the Pop-up Aquarium and Education Centre located at the Northland Cruise Terminal.
Crystal is busy explaining the ins and outs of the new Auction format to Richard.


We are very proud of the local Rainmakers Interact Club, who have secured funding from a number of partners to purchase Sea Bins.  Their project involves the procurement of six (6) “Sea Bins” which are essentially floating garbage cans that capture surface debris and allow it to be removed from the marine environment.  They have received commitments from the Cow Bay Marina, the Port Edward Harbour Authority and the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yachting Club, to install, operate and maintain the Sea Bins once purchased.
Great Work Rainmakers Interact Club!

Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary in Prince Rupert

The Rotary Club of Prince Rupert received their Charter on May 1, 1921!  

November 26 - Anne McNish

Anne gave us an overview of her time in Myanmar (Burma).  Anne thought she would die in a taxi the first few months she was there, but thankfully, managed to survive. She taught 1st graders at the Brainworks International School.    The school had a strong academic and extra curricular focus  She thought she would be teaching English as a second language only to find that most of her young students had already had a couple of years of English instruction.  In grade one they sit 1-1/2 hour exams over the course of a number of days, four times a year.  

There are more than 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar and 80% of the population are Buddhist.  The economy is agriculture (rice) and jewels - sapphires, pearls and rubies.  In fact we learned that 90% of the world's rubies come from here.

December 3, 2020 - Stephanie Nicholls MacDonald - Bruce Jack Mine

We had a very interesting presentation from Stephanie who is a geologist with PRETIVM at the Bruce Jack Mine north of Stewart.  This is an underground high grade gold mine that the company purchased in 2010. The years 2011-12 were spent in exploration activity and employees lived on site in tents.

2013-14 years were spent in permitting and 2016-17 in construction both above and underground. Capital invested in the project was 1 billion, 700 thousand of which was spent for goods and services in BC.  

In the early days crews were flown in and out from the site until the access road was completed in 2014.  Now crews fly in to Terrace and are driven to camp.  The came is a "dry camp" no drugs or alcohol on site, and security is much like an airport.  



November 19 - Natasha Lebedick Curling Club

Natasha updated us on all the work that has been carried out at the curling club to raise funds and conduct much needed repairs.  Curling is happening again with increased numbers and Covid protocols in place.  She gave heartfelt thanks to the Executive for all their hard work over the last two years.

Justin Kohlman, President Coast Mountain College

We had a great  session with Mr. Kohlman who used Kahoot.it to provide his presentation making it very interactive and fun!  One of their values is adventurous - and we were!  In first place: our President, Rosa Miller; second place went to executive secretary, Bev Killbery; and third place to club secretary, Ellen Witherly.  Hmmmm I sense a theme here!

CMTN uses experiential place based learning - a combination of in-face and online learning, and are teaching other colleges how to implement it successfully.

Our club has made the difficult decision to suspend our annual auction for 2020.  We did not feel comfortable asking our many local businesses to contribute the over 800 items they donate for us to auction in this very difficult year.  We do encourage everyone who would normally purchase items from our auction to please shop local this year.
Stay tuned for news on about our annual sale of 750 tickets!
Blair Mirau, Economic Development Officer, Gitmaxmak'ay Nisga'a, and CEO of business initiatives.
Mr. Mirau updated members on the many initiatives they have in the works.
Prince Rupert Lawn and Garden - After a much needed re-development, the centre re-opened in May of 2020.  After a busy summer they are now working on an exciting new project.  They have installed a hydroponics greenhouse housed in a shipping container.  They will be able to produce 12,000 lbs of greens per year.  They are currently installing a water filtration system for the greenhouse.  Greens will be available for purchase by the public.
Sheila McDonald, Better at Home and Prince Rupert Senior Centre
Thank you to new member, Sheila McDonald for stepping in at the last minute to be our speaker on the 17th!
Sheila is the Coordinator of the Prince Rupert Senior Centre and the Better at Home Program.  This program is funded by United Way.  They provide services to seniors that support them in staying in the own homes.  Some of these services are: light housekeeping (a challenge in a pandemic); taxi vouchers; grocery and prescription pick up and delivery, lawn cutting and weekly delivery of baked items and frozen soups.  Better at Home also provides a weekly dinner for approximately 20 at Wayne Place.  Services are provided for a fee that is based on the senior's income level.  They do not have a waiting list at this time and are serving 58 clients with about 80 receiving food support.  They are also providing meal support three times a week at the Wildlife Shelter.

Mariah (2011-12) and Ari (2015-16)

Mariah graduated from university as a professional therapist in 2016.  She is currently working in public health at a Psycho Social Care Centre where they treat mental health and social issues with a multi professional team.She moved to Sao Paulo in 2017.  Mariah is a busy individual; working full time; studying professional Chinese medicine and volunteering in her field.  She is working on a seconde post grad in Health rehabilitation and child neurology.

Ari will graduate from law school this year.  She has interned at the course and is now interning with prosecuting attorney.  Her career goal is to practice law.  Like Mariah she is a busy person and is also teaching English to children.

August 13 - Wheelhouse Brewing
Craig Outhet from Wheelhouse Brewery spoke about the challenges of operating during a pandemic and the need to be nimble operators.It all began on March 17th, when they made the decision to cancel their St. Patricks' Day event. 
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