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Sunshine Coast-Sechelt

At the Driftwood Inn

We meet Wednesdays at 12:05 PM
Pebbles on the Waterfront
5454 Trail Avenue
Sechelt., BC  V0N 3A0
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Members of the Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt power washing and refurbishing playground equipment at Hackett Park in Sechelt, B.C. on 21-Jul-2018.

(missing from picture: Lori & Joe)
 It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of George Waldo, who passed peacefully, July 20, 2018, surrounded by those who love him. George was a resident of Peachland, B.C. for 34 years, serving 3 years as Councillor (1976-1979) and then as Mayor of Peachland for 19 years (1980-1994 and 1997-2002). George moved to Sechelt, B.C. in 2006, and was an inspiring Greeter with our Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt, and always shared witty words at each meeting. We send our sincerest condolences to his wife, Ann, and family ...
Bob Metcalfe (founding member of our Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt) MC'd the Installation of the 2018-19 Board members at a June 27, 2018 lunch meeting held at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. Cam Reid was installed as our incoming 2018-19 President, taking over the reigns from Ken Beall (2017-2018 President) who had earlier reviewed our accomplishments during the past Rotary year (including increased membership; increased donations to Polio and Foundation; better meals & meeting attendance; Ndandini water well repairs after flood damage; and the Kenya scholarship program's continued success thanks to both club and community support). We thank Ken for all of his hard work and commitment this past year, and extend a warm welcome to our incoming President to "Be The Inspiration" for our Rotary club this year! (picture left to right: Bob Metcalfe, Cam Reid, Ken Beall) ...
As a Rotary Exchange Student in our club for the past year, Fiore communicated her progression from homesickness to a feeling of total involvement in Rotary and the community. She thanked the club for all the new experiences, such as a plane ride to Vancouver and canoeing for the first time. She's looking forward to seeing a bear on her upcoming B.C. trip. Her highlight of the past year was meeting and becoming friends with all the other exchange students. When asked about her favourite food she was emphatic about "not curry", but settled on Georalynn's steak. We all laughed at her anecdeote about inadvertently sending wrong signals due to her initial unawareness of colloquialisms. Fiore's family (Gabriella, Luciana and Ili from Italy) were in attendance at our June 27, 2018 Rotary lunch meeting at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. She is very proud that she will graduate with the Grade 12 Chatelech Secondary class tonight, along with our longtime Rotary daughter Anika. Fiore is only the second of our exchange students to achieve this goal, and she hopes to register for university in Italy. Fiore presented President Ken Beall with a banner from the Rotary Club of Napoli ...
On June 17, 2018 at the 101 Brewhouse in Gibsons, B.C., Darcy Long (Sunshine Coast-Sechelt) was installed as the 2018-19 District 5040 Governor. District 5040 comprises of 51 Rotary clubs, from Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert. The installation was performed by Dean Rohrs, Vice President of the 1.2 million business and professional members of Rotary International. Also attending were Governor 2017-18 Don Evans (Vancouver), Governor Elect Bala Naidoo (Burnaby), and Governor Nominee Dave Hamilton (Delta) ...

The sold out 20th Annual Dad and Me Dance, sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast on May 15th in Sechelt, B.C. was a tremendous success, attended by 400 Dads and girls - a special thanks to our sponsors and community for all their support! ...

Thanks to the fantastic support of our community, the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary Club's "Dad and Me Dance" has been Sold Out a week in advance! We're looking forward to a fantastic evening at Chatelech High, Sechelt on Tuesday, May 15th.
On 9 May 2018 at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, DGE Darcy Long presented club name badges, along with a warm welcome, to Guy Dawkins who is returning to full membership, and Sarah and Paul Dhillon who have transferred their membership from Regina. New Rotarians Laurean Reid and Debra Boyd were inducted, also by Darcy. It was a very special day for the club to welcome five new members into the family (picture below, left to right: Club President Ken Beall, Guy Dawkins, DGE Darcy Long, Debra Boyd, Sarah Dhillon, Paul Dhillon and Laurean Reid) ...
Mike Gojevic gave an inspiring presentation on Organ Transplants and Organ Donation to our Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt members and guests on May 9th at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt. Mike related his receiving a double-lung transplant in 2012, and encourages each of us to sign up with the Organ Donor Registry. Many falsely assume that Organ Donation can be setup through their driver's license, but that is not the case now - you need to register online at - all you need is to give them your care card number. As a living organ donor, you can give someone a second chance of life: Live Life, Pass It On ...
Kevin Davie gave his Classification Talk to members and guests of our Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary Club on 2-May-2018 at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. As a boy, in Port Moody, Kevin loved to spend time in the bush and it was natural for him to choose a career where he could be in the West Coast forests and waterways. His work took him all over the West Coast, from his early days in Bella Coola until his final arrival in Sechelt. Kevin worked in many varied branches of Forestry Engineering.  In Gold River he spent two years building a submersible scaling rig followed by supervising road construction and then back again to Gold River for helicopter logging.  He admits that the great fishing increased the enjoyment of those years!  While in Campbell River supervising loggers he became concerned with the health of the environment and the safety of the loggers.   This led him to be in charge of the Safety and Environmental team.  In 1979 the Vice President of the company asked Kevin to go to the Sechelt area as there had been a fire, two fatalities and a general poor safety record in their operation there. Two years later the safety of the loggers was no longer a concern. Twenty years ago Kevin joined Rotary because of his deep conviction that nurturing youth leadership was the key to our future. He has a particular passion for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and has served on the District committee since 2012. Kevin has two sons and three grandchildren with another on the way.
The four Rotary Clubs on the lower Sunshine Coast are sponsoring a social media (video) contest open to all primary and secondary students (public, private or home schooled) within the geographic area of School District 46. The topic of this contest is Anti-Distracted driving. Contest will close May 31st with judging and awarding of $2000 in prizes shortly afterwards.  Further details will be posted on the website:
Graphic image thanks to Debbie Vance
The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast-Sechelt inducted Brad Wigard as a new member to our club on April 4, 2018 at our lunch meeting @ Pebbles Restaurant, Sechelt, B.C. Born and raised in Sechelt, Brad left for the big city after graduation and wants to return to be close to family and community. Brad works at Sun Life as a financial advisor and is looking forward to working with Rotary on local projects.
Pictured above (left to right): Ken Beall (Club President); Laurie Reid (Club Treasurer & Brad's Sponsor); Brad Wigard
The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast-Sechelt and the Davis Bay Parkway Society held an Easter Egg Hunt on April 1, 2018 at Mission Point Park, Davis Bay - enjoyed by over 250 people, with goody bags for kids 10 and under; live music by Skinny Jimmy; Hot Dog BBQ; coffee; hot chocolate; a magician and photo booth. Thanks to all for making this event a big success in the community! ...
Cameron Reid gave an inspiring Classification Talk to members and guests of the Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary Club on 28-Mar-2018 at our lunch meeting, Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. Cam discussed his early years in Kenora, Ontario, joining the RCMP in 1973 (training in Regina), followed by many years of travel around B.C., including work in Williams Lake, Ashcroft, 100 Mile House, Spences Bridge, Blue River, Kamloops, Chase (early work with Breathalyzer units), Powell River (marriage), Gibsons, Vancouver, Kaslo (adoption of an Innuit boy), Chase, Alexis Creek, Port Hardy (joining Rotary in 1984), Burns Lake, and Sechelt. Retiring from the police force in 1995, Cam entered local politics (6 years as a counselor; 6 years as Sechelt Mayor). Once out of politics, Cam has enjoyed sailing, and enjoying life with his wife, two girls and adopted son. In June 2018 Cam will become our Rotary Club President, replacing current President Ken Beall.
Dr. Paul Dhillon (aka "Master of Disaster) gave a very informative presentation to Rotary members and guests about his work as a volunteer doctor at the Sierra Leone Ebola Clinic in 2014-15. He and a Canadian Forces medical staff of 30 worked with African people at the clinic who had contracted the Ebola virus - the patient fatality rate was 70%. He worked in a 'red zone' at the clinic in a very hot climate. It took 45 minutes to fully suit up before entering the red zone, double glove protection, and mandatory use of chlorine throughout the complex. The presentation took place on 7-Mar-2018 at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt, B.C. ...

Bet Cecill presented an information session on the pros and cons of Proportional Representation to Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary members at our February 28th lunch meeting @ Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt. Bet discussed a B.C. provincial initiative from "Fair Vote Canada" on ways to potentially improve and modernize our current voting system.
DGE Darcy and Doug Long (Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary members) with RI President Elect Barry and Esther Rassin at International Assembly in San Diego, January 2018 (left-to-right: Doug, Darcy, Barry, Esther).
Members from Sunshine Coast-Sechelt, Richmond Sunrise and Ladner Rotary Clubs sponsored a container donation of Hospital equipment for Rotary World Help, loading the container on 17 February 2017 at the Rotary World Help warehouse in Coquitlam, B.C. The shipment is now on its way to the Rotary club of Manila San Miguel-Philippines. Local Sechelt members Ken & Jeanette Beall and Terry and Jan Umbach helped load the container ...

Information from Kenya Connect referencing our solar light rent-to-own program (thanks to Terry Umbach):
Lights + Books = More Reading!
Our "Rent-to-Own" Solar Light Program continues to grow thanks to a $1,000 gift from the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City.  This gift is part of a larger effort led by the Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast-Sechelt of British Columbia, Canada to bring more lights to Wamunyu as well as the Kyaithani Cluster of Schools in Kitui.  Student families pay $1 per month for 8 months in a "rent-to-own" program.  This coupled with our new library card and book distribution program is a combined strategy to help improve reading fluency and comprehension for students at our partner schools."  see more at and "What I learned about energy and education on my trip to Kenya" (November 2016) by Cindy Dyer, Board Member at Kenya Connect.

Terry Miller was awarded a Paul Harris pin, and gave a Classification Talk at our Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary Club lunch meeting at Pebbles Restaurant, Sechelt on January 31, 2018. Terry grew up and worked in the Canadian Forces while living in Montreal, La Belle Province, before moving to Revelstoke, then Vancouver. A past member of Vancouver's Terminal Club Rotary Club, Terry shared his experiences in French and English as a Chartered Accountant, and his current work with our club and District 5040 as a financial guru - welcome, Terry! ...

Kenya Connect’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) has become the hub of enrichment activity in Wamunyu for the students and teachers at 44 primary and 11 secondary schools and has provided material and enrichment resources for the community and beyond.
During this past year, most of the primary schools in Kenya received computer tablets from the Kenyan government. Although this was a positive step for rural schools that lack even the most basic school supplies, it was implemented with mixed results since most of the teachers were not comfortable or trained on how to use the technology. When visiting the schools, the Kenya Connect team saw tablets locked in cabinets. When inquiring about the tablets, many of the teachers reluctantly replied they were not comfortable using the technology ...

The Rotary Clubs' annual Cash Calendar sales have wrapped up for another year, and it’s been another success thanks to the generous sponsors and purchasers of the calendars. This is a joint effort between the 4 local Rotary Clubs from Sechelt, Sunshine Coast, Pender Harbour and Gibsons. The $20 price offers a 1 in 7 chance to win your money back, or more. In 2016 over $24,000 was raised and 100% of the money will be spent locally, the majority going to Sunshine Coast students receiving bursaries and Leadership training. There are 365 prizes, and every day of the year someone will win $20. On Special occasions the cash prize is $250, with the Grand Prize of $3000 being drawn on January 1, 2018. Congratulations to Brenda and Chuck Campbell, our 2018 big winners that received their Sunshine Coast Cash Calendar as a Christmas gift. Thank you to everyone that purchased a calendar and to the sponsors and photographers for making 2017 Calendars another great year! (picture below, left to right: Chuck and Brenda Campbell, Ken Beall - Sunshine Coast-Sechelt President) ...
Zia van Blankenstein spoke to our Sunshine Coast-Sechelt Rotary Club during our 20-Dec-2017 lunch meeting at Pebbles Restaurant in Sechelt. Zia was a 2017 recipient of a $1000 Rotary Bursary. A Chatelech student, she is now studying Linguistics at UVic and hopes to become a Speech Therapist for Special Needs children.
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