Food on the Corner

Testimonial from Rotarian, Jill Pennefather, on how helping those in need has been a wonderful experience. 
The first group I joined after becoming a Rotarian in 2018 was "Food on the Corner". It was an opportunity for me to provide aid first hand to my fellow Vancouverites who are not as lucky as I.
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Rotary Stay In School Awards

The Rotary Club of Vancouver continues its support of Gladstone Secondary school students with funding towards their post-secondary education.  Award letters were delivered to five talented students this week with the news that the Rotary Club of Vancouver has funded scholarships totaling $21,500.  Funding for awards during the pandemic was increased by $7,500.  Two students received awards of $7,000 each and three students each received awards of $2,500.  The program is designed to motivate grade 11 students who have demonstrated excellent “citizenship” and the talent to go forward with post-secondary education, but who may lack the financial resources to achieve this goal.
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John Norquay Elementary School iPad Funding

​Having partnered with John Norquay Elementary School for over 20 years, Rotarian Phil Webber presents a cheque to Tim Krug, Principal of Norquay, on December 10, 2020 in order to cover the cost of ten iPads required for remote learning in times of Covid.
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Rotary Ping Pong Table Coming to Kits

The Rotary Club of Vancouver's Community Service Committee has been working for the past two years on getting
a permanent ping pong table installed near Kits Beach.  Everything has finally fallen into place!
This picture is an example only; our table will be similar.
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Easter Seals

Join us in rappelling down a skyscraper in Easter Seals Drop Zone Event!
You can make a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults living with diverse abilities.
Easter Seals Drop Zone Event
September 10th, 2020
Guinness Tower, 1055 West Hastings
Let’s Take the Leap Together!
The Rotary Club of Vancouver is forming a team to participate in Easter Seals Drop Zone event on September 10th and we would like YOU to join us! Let’s take the challenge together and rappel down the outside of Guinness Tower in downtown Vancouver - all in support of persons with diverse abilities, one of the most vulnerable groups of COVID-19. If ever there was a time to do it, this is it! 2020 could be the year that we lived through a global pandemic and rappelled down a skyscraper!
No-Contact Event
This is a great no-contact Easter Seals event you can still participate in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenge yourself in this high energy event by stepping outside your comfort zone, exploring your potential and rappelling down the outside of a skyscraper. 
Who You Help
By participating in Drop Zone 2020, you're helping raise funds to support Easter Seals programs and services that children and adults with disabilities from the Surrey community are able to experience, such as with Easter Seals summer camps. “Caitlin attended Easter Seals camp every summer and the pandemic shut down has been hard on her” explained her mother Anita.  “But this virtual version, has reconnected her to camp, renewed friendships and changed her life in a great way again” says Anita.
Register as an Individual or a Team
For more event information and to register yourself or a team, visit
Thank you for your support!

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Stay-at-Home Bike-A-Thon

"Ride For Hearing"

Rotary Club of Vancouver Stay-At-Home Bike-A-Thon 2020
Although the annual Rotary Bike-A-Thon was canceled because of the COVID pandemic, a Stay-At-Home event was planned to raise money for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in BC.  Thanks to the efforts of 18 dedicated former riders, many of whom conducted their own ride this year, and the generosity of over 250 donors,
we raised $53, 285
An unqualified success story during a trying time!
The Gears for Ears team raised $19,070 and are this year’s winner of the Bike-A-Thon TEAM TROPHY.  An honorable mention goes to The Chain Reaction team who raised $12,890.
Individually, Brian Westerberg raised $14,280 and is this year’s winner of the Don Water’s Special Achievement Award.
A hearty thank you and congratulations to everyone for your participation and commitment to making this year’s ride a success.

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Rotary World Help - 400th Container Anniversary



On May 18, 2019, Rotary World Help achieved a new milestone – shipping its 400th Container to Kiev, Ukraine.

Watch the video here: Rotary World Help - Medical Supplies Container to Kiev

Rotary World Help shipped their first container to Kiev over 25 years ago and since then have shipped medical supplies, education and sports equipment and disaster relief supplies to 60 international destinations including the Philippines, Uruguay, Chile, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. As of September 2019, the number of people helped by Rotary World Help was over 12 million! In 2012, the organization passed its first major milestone when the estimated value of goods shipped passed the $100 million mark – as of September this year, that value was over $141 million.

Learn more about this dedicated organization and how you can help at Rotary World Help.

Container Loading – September 28, 2019 destined for Kiev, Ukraine, Riverview Lands


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The New BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre

Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation and St. Paul’s Foundation to fund $12-million Hearing and Balance Centre at new St. Paul’s

June 18, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – St. Paul’s Foundation announced today that the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation has committed to raise $6 million in support of the hearing and balance centre at the new St. Paul’s. This funding will have a transformative impact on care for British Columbians with hearing loss and balance disorders. By fostering innovation and collaboration, and accelerating the development of permanent solutions for hearing loss, the new centre will offer the very best in care and hearing advancements in Canada.
A $12 million project, the new centre will be funded by the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation and St. Paul’s Foundation, with each foundation committing to raise $6 million.
The New BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre Jack Zaleski 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Don Evans

Donald J. Evans
Rotarian and Past District 5040 Governor
Don passed away suddenly on May 20, 2019, while in Cuzco, Peru and preparing to hike into Machu Picchu with his wife Deborah Sankey.

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RCoV Hearing Foundation Donations Jack Zaleski 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Proclamation

On October 4th, Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed October 24th, 2018 as World Polio Day in Vancouver.
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Red Carpet Ball


The Red Carpet Ball - A Night at Studio 54 was a tremendous success!

Dinner was Amazing, the Costumes were Fantastic and the Dancing was Fabulous!

Plus our Live Auction was a major success in support of our Youth programs.

Thanks to everyone; Volunteers, Sponsors, Donors, Rotarians and Guests who made this an Outstanding Event.

Our "Disco Party" is going to be an annual event.  Mark your calendars now for October 26th, 2019.

Click here to see the photos of this wild, fun-filled night at Studio 54!

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District 5040 Foundation Dinner 2017 - Hosted by RCoV

The Rotary Club of Vancouver, home of District Governor Don Evans, hosted the November 18 annual District 5040 Foundation dinner at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver for over 200 Rotarians, family and friends.  In keeping with tradition, our Rotarians have shown their outstanding generosity to The Rotary Foundation so gifts to our communities here in BC or somewhere in the world can continue with more than US$20,000 raised at the event.

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Oktoberfest Jack Zaleski 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

International Literacy Day

Phil Webber, President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (“RCOV”), spoke at the
UNESCO Literacy Day launch of Literacy Month at the main branch of the Vancouver Public
Library which was organized by Decoda Literacy Solutions (“Decoda”).

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Ralph Towsley Lifetime Achievement Award Jack Zaleski 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Jack Zaleski 2017-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Canadian Military Service in Afghanistan Jack Zaleski 2017-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Caring Canadian Award


Caring Canadian Award being presented to Don Evans

by His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
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