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Our Biggest Fund Raiser of the Year!
 
Its happening On Saturday DECEMBER 3rd
 
Its a Christmas Party and all for a good cause
 
The Club is going to be hosted at the Beautiful home of President Uschi Greiner and Dieter Greiner on the Sunshine Coast
 
Turkey and fixings are planned and members coming to enjoy a wonderful meal with refreshments, Christmas cheer and all
 
All donation to this event will be toward President Uschi’s favorite Rotary charity 
 
 
Stay tuned for upcoming update and pictures of the festivities
 
 
Excitement in the air with the camaraderie of our members working together toward planning our flagship fundraiser of the Rotary Year 
 
Fundraising for : being discussed
 
Location: West Vancouver Presbyterian Church 2893 Marine Drive West Vancouver
 
Date: Saturday November 26th
 
Planning for food, music and a wonderful evening with family and friends
Watch this space for further information!
 
 
Over many years Members of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver have been hosted by President Uschi Greiner at her beautiful home on the Sunshine coast
 
Funds from this service activity which is fully supported by President Uschi is directed to Polio Plus
 
Many a year Members head off for an afternoon of activity or continue enjoying camaraderie at the Greiner's home
 
An event that all members look forward to over the years
 
 
 
 
Over many years the Rotary Club of West Vancouver has been involved in a Service Activity where we come together and members make Sandwiches for the Community 
 
Our next Sandwich Making MEETING is Tuesday September 27th at Capilano Tower 5:30pm
 
 
 
 
 
Some Photos from previous sandwich making at the club
 
President Uschi has been in the forefront of our fund raising for Polio plus all these years.
Every year Uschi and husband Dieter Greiner hold a fundraiser at their beautiful home on the Sunshine Coast
Over the years this has contributed to Uschi with the most decorated Paul Harris of all our members 
 
 

2022-23 President Jennifer Jones is eager to advance Rotary’s narrative

Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going.

By Diana Schoberg Photography by Monika Lozinska

 

At a training seminar for Rotary club presidents-elect at a Dallas-area hotel in February, sergeants-at-arms wearing yellow vests and Stetsons lead participants, grouped by Rotary district, into a small room for a photo op with 2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. As the groups enter, the club leaders mob Jones — the room a flurry of handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, and the occasional squeal. For each photo, the Stetson-clad Rotarians (nicknamed "Rangers") give instructions on who should stand where, then Jones, who is seated front-row center, stands up, turns around, and warms up the crowd. "Is this the best district?" she asks one. She challenges a district to dance, busting a groove on the tan and gray patterned hotel carpet. Another, she teases, is the best looking. And then there's the "party" district, whose members give a raucous cheer.

The groups file out. More than a few people linger to get selfies with Jones and her husband, Nick Krayacich. One young woman, dressed in cobalt blue, shouts, "Congratulations and thank you for being a leader for women in Rotary!" More cheers. She and Jones bump fists as she departs.

"She's just amazing. She's a rock star," says Rhonda Walls Kerby, past governor of District 5890, who has been observing the scene.

When the photo session is finished, Jones signs several Star Wars collectors' helmets that will be auctioned at an upcoming district conference in Houston. She pulls on a Stormtrooper helmet. The phones of the Rotarians still in the room shoot up in unison to capture the moment.

"She makes everyone feel special. That's why everyone feels like they are best friends with Jen," says Eric Liu. Liu met Jones at the International Assembly in 2016, when he was an incoming district governor and she was the incoming RI vice president, and they hit it off.

Liu's sentiment is among the common refrains heard during a whirlwind weekend traveling with Jones. Over and over, people mention that she has an easy way with people, that for years everybody "knew" she would be the first female Rotary president, that she's a new kind of leader.

And that she's the leader Rotary needs right now.

The laughter in the room grows to a warm buzz as Jones jokes around with her friends. But it's been a long day after an exhausting trip. Jones and Krayacich spent nine hours in the airport the previous day due to weather delays, then had to solve logistical issues with their travel to Dallas. They are in bed by 11, a brief respite before the pre-presidential duties start all over again the next day.

“She believes in something that is so necessary. This time calls for peace and unity, for embracing despite our differences.”

Jones, 55, was born in Windsor, Ontario, and — save for a few post-college years working in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Manhattan — has lived there her whole life. The oldest of three children, she'd run lemonade stands to earn money to give to charity, and recalls organizing a carnival in her family's yard to benefit kids with muscular dystrophy. "Growing up, my parents had given us wings to do service in our community," she says. Today, her mom, dad, and one of her brothers and his wife are Rotarians. Her other brother created a painting that inspired Jones' presidential-theme ties and scarves.

Both Jones and Krayacich are originally from Windsor, but the two met in the Caribbean. Burned out after finishing university and working in the newsroom at a radio station, Jones took time off and worked at a resort in the Caribbean, while Krayacich, a physician, had just finished his internship in Toronto and went to the islands to go scuba diving. They struck up a friendship, and when they both eventually moved back to Windsor, they started dating and got married shortly thereafter.

In many ways, Krayacich, the governor-nominee of District 6400, is the opposite of Jones. He's quieter and more serious, preferring one-on-one conversations, traits that are suited to his vocation. "Jennifer is definitely an Energizer Bunny. She's outgoing and very much a connector," he says. "We complement each other very well."

 

Jones started her own television production company when she was in her late 20s, wowing bank officials with her business plan, negotiating a lease, and investing in hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment. "I've always wanted to carve my own path," she says. "Sometimes that's meant taking risks and making yourself open to new experiences."

One of those was Rotary. As a rookie radio reporter in the late 1980s, she'd covered the organization and remembers attending club meetings where the members were nearly all men. "I remember feeling very intimidated by the experience," she says. "I was in my early 20s. It was the power brokers of the community." Fast forward to 1996, months after she'd started her business, Media Street Productions. The manager of the local cable station invited Jones to a meeting. She realized she had found her home. "It was clearly one of the greatest gifts I've ever received," she says. "I didn't think walking through the door that day that it would change the trajectory of my life."

The next day at the Dallas training seminar, during a soup and salad lunch, the 1980 Kool & the Gang song "Celebration" blares over the speakers. People around the hotel ballroom begin to dance, clapping and swaying to the music. Among them is Jones, waving a colorful light stick above her head. She dances among the tables, stopping for a selfie here, a hug there, grooving with the crowd. The flash mob lines up in front of the stage, Jones at the center. When the song ends, Past RI Director Don Mebus introduces Jones, who makes a heart with her hands as she arrives onstage

 

Her speech brings listeners through the full range of emotions. As she speaks about witnessing a pediatric heart surgery in Jordan, the room is so quiet you could hear a Paul Harris Fellow pin drop. When she finishes, the crowd stands and erupts in applause. But there is no time to bask in it. Jones has a plane to catch. The emcee asks the throngs of enthusiastic Texans to please let her through. And with that, she's off to the airport, her sprint aided by a pair of purple sneakers that she wears throughout the trip ("I save heels for when I'm presenting," she says). She doesn't like to eat before she speaks, so now she grabs a bag of chips and settles into her seat to rest.

Four hours later, she arrives in Los Angeles for another presidents-elect training seminar. Tonight's duties involve stopping by the hospitality suites to meet Rotarians from the participating districts. In one room, Rotarians drinking umbrella-festooned mai tais mingle as Hawaiian music emanates from speakers decorated with grass skirts. Jones barely makes it in the door before she is again swarmed by Rotarians eager to meet her. Randy Hart, 2022-23 governor of district 5000 (Hawaii), presents her with a lei. "All I can think about is the energy she has," comments one man. "To think, this is the third room she's visited!"

Lakecia King is one of the well-wishers, embracing Jones when they meet. "She's so warm and genuine," says King, the incoming president of the Rotary Club of East Honolulu and the diversity, equity, and inclusion chair for District 5000. Eight weeks out from surgery for a torn meniscus, King has flown from Hawaii for this opportunity, drawn by Jones' rally for diversity in Rotary. "I was not going to miss it for the world," King says. "She believes in something that is so necessary. This time calls for peace and unity, for embracing despite our differences and based on what we have in common."

Jones finally makes it to the back of the room, where she's swept into a hula dance with seven other women in front of an "Aloha" backdrop. She visits a few more of the hospitality suites and ends in that of District 5500 (Arizona), where she chats with a circle of Rotarians. As she raises her glass to leave the room — "Well, cheers, everybody!" — an older woman with close-cropped white hair calls out, "Thank you for being the first!" Jones responds, not missing a beat: "But not the last."

Our New Committee for Incoming Year 2022 to 2023
 
President Uschi Greiner
 
President Elect Ava Miller
 
Past President Troy Abromatis
 
Sargent at  Arms  David Torrance
 
Public Relations  Yoyoe Lu
 
Service Projects  Ravi Pasricha
 
Website Administration Dr Aniz Khalfan
 
 
 
 
Welcome to our newest and youngest Member Ava Miller!
 
 
Ava is a Licensed Residential & Commercial REALTOR ®, Business Broker, and M&A Advisor.
 
Born in beautiful Montrose, British Columbia, Ava attended the prestigious UBC Sauder School of Business where she received her Residential & Commercial Real Estate Licenses.
 
Ava has always had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. Having developed an interest in marketing and advertising, Ava started her own event coordinating company and grew it to a staff of 65.
 
From food and hospitality, marketing, advertising, banking, law, finance, to real estate, Ava found various opportunities in these different industries in the last 20 years – which further gave her insight to various businesses.
 
After years as a Real Estate Agent for industry-leading firms in Vancouver, Ava developed a passion for business brokering and moved to Pacific M&A and Business Brokers where she is busy helping sellers and buyers achieve their goals.
 
Ava’s personal and professional experience have honed and fine tuned her interpersonal skills such that she has become skilled at “hearing behind the words.” This enables her to understand and anticipate the needs of her clients.
 
Her personal mandate is to go above and beyond thereby exceeding the expectations of those she works with. 
 
 
 
 
 
President Troy Abromaitis was installed at our Gala Installation Night on July 28th
 
Single handed he spearheaded a fundraiser that raised over $10,000 as he works towards other projects
 
This was for The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Lytton Fundraiser.
 
A GoFundMe, https://gofund.me/8e16ac7f.
 
 Donations help Rotary Club of West Vancouver reach their fundraising goal. 
 
Troys vision and strategic planning include building the club up to its glory days 
 
The days when the vision of building a Tower for accommodation that stands majestically today in the heart of West Vancouver providing housing to Seniors in the local Community
 
Picture here President Troy with Chief Janet Webster of Lytton First Nation
Capilano Towers in the heart of West Vancouver provides housing to Seniors in West Vancouver
Our Club supports this housing and is the pride and joy of what our club has achieved over the years
Past President David Torrance has worked tirelessly on the Board to make the multi million dollar renovation project materialize
 
David Torrance in one of the Senior Suites
 
 
 
 
the amazing views and rooms
Club Zoom Meeting 7pm Wednesday April 28th
 
Picture Pre Covid Pandemic
 
Agenda :
 
1) Interesting and inspiring presentation about a children’s Orphanage in Lesotho. Supported by the North Shore Rotary Clubs
 
2) Update on recent progress towards comprehensive upgrading of the Capilano Seniors Building
 
3) Ongoing process of the design and documentation by President David Torrance and Dieter Greiner
 
3) Polio plus Whip round
 
4) Fundraiser raffle 

In a special interview, PolioNews (PN) talk

 

President Knaack, thank you for taking the time to speak to us. A little more than a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, what is your take on the current situation, also with a view of the global effort to eradicate polio?

HK: There are many interesting lessons we learned over the past 12 months. The first is the value of strong health systems, which perhaps in countries like mine – Germany – we have over the past decades taken for granted. But we have seen how important strong health systems are to a functional society, and how fragile that society is if those systems are at risk of collapse. In terms of PolioPlus, of course, the reality is that it is precisely children who live in areas with poor health systems who are most at risk of contracting diseases such as polio. So everything must be done to strengthen health systems systematically, everywhere, to help prevent any disease.

The second lesson is the value of scientific knowledge. COVID-19 is of course a new pathogen affecting the world, and there remain many unanswered questions. How does it really transmit? Who and where are the primary transmitters? How significant and widespread are asymptomatic (meaning undetected) infections and what role do they play in the pandemic? And most importantly, how best to protect our populations, with a minimum impact on everyday life? These are precisely the same questions that were posed about polio in the 1950s. People felt the same fear back then about polio, as we do now about COVID. Polio would indiscriminately hit communities, seemingly without rhyme or reason. Parents would send their children to school in the morning, and they would be stricken by polio later that same day. Lack of knowledge is what is so terrifying about the COVID-19 pandemic. It also means we are to a large degree unable to really target strategies in the most effective way. What polio has shown us is the true value of scientific knowledge. We know how polio transmits, where it is circulating, who is most at risk, and most importantly, we have the tools and the knowledge to protect our populations. This knowledge enables us to target our eradication strategies in the most effective manner, and the result is that the disease has been beaten back over the past few decades to just two endemic countries worldwide. Most recently, Africa was certified as free of all wild polioviruses, a tremendous achievement which could not have been possible without scientific knowledge guiding us. So while we grapple for answers with COVID, for polio eradication, we must now focus entirely on operational implementation. If we optimize implementation, success will follow.

https://www.rotary.org/en/shekhar-mehta-says-serving-others-changes-lives-including-our-own
 
Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own. Watch the theme address Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India. Some of the poor conditions he saw in those communities strengthened his commitment to service. “I truly understood the plight of my brethren,” he said. Mehta participated in initiatives that brought artificial limbs to children, clean water and sanitation to homes, and better health care facilities to communities. “Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”
 
 
 
Pictures from Pre Pandemic Times
 
One of our biggest fundraisers for the Rotary Club of  West Vancouver was held at the Beautiful home of Priscilla Zhau and Yin Zhao
 
We gathered together and were so very graciously hosted by Priscilla and Yin as our Rotary Family enjoyed the evening with our families and friends 
 
Our gracious host, hostess and family
 
Our pictures from that very memorable day!
Pictures from Pre Pandemic Times
 
Our Club is very proud of our Paul Harris Fellows
 
Some of our Recipients 
 
Priscilla Yin
 
Linda Hagenson
 
Uschi Griener 7 Paul Harris
 
David Torrance
 
Dieter Griener 5 Paul Harris
 
Salvador
 
Don Chamberlin
 
Oscar Pinto
 
Glenn Southan
 
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Today is Family Day Canada and our Rotary Family West Vancouver we give special thanks to Don Chamberlin.
Over the years Don has worked tirelessly toward the running of  our club 
 
Don is Manager at Capilano Towers the complex that our club supports for seniors with housing in the heart of West Vancouver
These have been incredibly challenging times with the pandemic ensuring the safety and well being of our community and Don has as always been central toward working toward this
 
Don is a Paul Harris Fellow!
 
Thank You Don from your Rotary Family
 
Pictures from Pre Pandemic Times 
In keeping with the times our Leadership Committee had a Zoom meeting to finalize our plan for the next half of the Rotary Year.
 
Among the discussion the 8 million dollar project for renovation of Capilano Tower with BC Hosing
 
Our club is proud to be working with this as we provide housing to Seniors in the heart of our community of West Vancouver
 
At the meeting President David Torrance, President Elect Tory Abromatis and Dr Aniz Khalfan 
 
 
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Under the leadership of President David Torrance our club has continued with the ongoing support to  providing accomodation to seniors in West Vancouver at CAPILANO TOWERS 1475 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver was instumentel in the building of this facility and it is with immense pride that we regard this  to be the jewel in our crown
 
Housing type: rental apartment for independent living
 
We hosted our District Governor Bala Naidoo and Assistant DG Ardath Paxton Mann who shared with us the New Vision for Rotary
 
Picture With President David Torrance
 
 
It was a night of the Best of so much!
 
As DG Bala said " it was a night where the highest number of Paul Harris awards he had given out at a club"
 
Amongst the recipients were Linda Hagenson,  Salvatoren,  Uschie and Dieter Greiner.
 
A night to be remembered as we enjoyed  the best of the worst meals at the Club!
There was a lot of joviality around this that made us appreciate the joy and fun we have at the club and TOGETHER WE CONNECT!
 
 
 
 
 
District Governor 5040 Bala Naidoo was ackowledged in a ceremony by the Mayor of North Vancouver for Rotary's support of The North Shore Search and Rescue
 
 
The West Vancouver Rotary Clubs have supported the North Shore Search and Rescue over many years
This organisation is a a volunteer organization that helps keep the community safe
 
Those Present at the ceremony were President Dave Torrance of the West Vancouver Club  as well as President of the West Vancouver Sunrise  Club President Matt Gul
 
 
 
Photo
Past President Dr Aniz Khalfan presenting our contribution to the North Shore Search and Rescue in a ceremony at the Rotary Club of West Vancouver
 
With our new vision for Rotary we are looking to enhance the cooperation between the various clubs
 
In West Vancouver we have 4 rotary clubs
 
1)  The Rotary club of West Vancouver meets 
      meetings Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
                        Capilano Tower
                       1475 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver, BC
                       Top Floor - Lounge
                        Canada
                        West Vancouver, BC  V7W 2L9
 
 
2) The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise
       meetings Thursdays at 7:00 AM
                        Capilano Golf and Country Club
                        420 Southborough Drive
                         West Vancouver, BC  V7S 1M2
                        Canada
 
3)  The Rotary club of Lions Gate
Meeting The North Shore Winter Club 1st, 2nd and 3rd Friday.
                1325 E Keith Rd,
                North Vancouver
 
4) Rotary club of Bowen Island
    meetings: Thursdays at 7:30 PM
                       Collins Hall
                       1120 Miller Road
                        Bowen Island, BC  V0N 1G1
                        Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary District 5040 Governor Bala Naidoo to visit Rotary Club of West Vancouver on the 13th of November
 
 
We are honoured to have The Rotary International District 5040 Governor representing 55 clubs and 1,384 Rotarians in B.C. visit the rotary club of West Vancouver in an effort to grow the volunteer service organization.
 
District Governor Bala Naidoo, is a member of the Rotary Club of Burnaby – Metrotown  
 
“We are in a period of rapid change where an organization that started in 1905 needs to become relevant to our next generation,” says Naidoo.
“We have accomplished a lot to integrate youth from high schools and 19 – 30 year-olds, university and young professionals to join us to ensure a succession plan for the organization.
“We are becoming more flexible and giving our young professionals an opportunity to design a workable model in our communities to best suit their specific needs and preferences.”
Rotary District 5040 is an area that spans south of Prince George to 100 Mile House, north to Mackenzie, west to Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Kitimat.
It also includes clubs along the Sunshine Coast and Lillooet, Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Richmond, Ladner and Tsawwassen.
 
District Governors are selected from a pool of candidates from across the District and serve a one year term.
 
Lorne Calder, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Prince George, is the District Governor Nominee and will serve his one-year term beginning in July 2021 until June 2022.
 
During his time in the Sea-to Sky Region, Bala Naidoo, a senior financial consultant with Investors will focus on the Youth programs such as (INTERACT) a Rotary Youth group, (RYLA) Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camps, scholarships and bursaries,
Rotary clubs connect professionals in our communities who take action to create lasting change locally, regionally and internationally. Rotarians connect diverse perspectives, and apply their leadership and expertise to solve social issues.
 
Through Rotary’s Youth Services program, they help develop ethics, and better communication and leadership skills in youth through youth exchange and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Rotary International represents 1.2 million volunteer members in 35,000 clubs around the world.
About Rotary Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
 
There are Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
 
For more information, visit rotary.org. Contacts: Andrea Johnson District 5040 Public Relations Chair, Nechako Rotary PR Chair 
 
 
New Member: Ravi Pasricha

After living in Hong Kong for over 6 years, Ravi migrated to Canada in 1995 to continue his career in merchant shipping. In 2008, he returned to Hong Kong as the Chief Technical Officer of a Hong-Kong based company, ultimately settling back in Vancouver as the Head of Technical / Manager in a Vancouver-based shipping company. He presently works with Transport Canada ( Marine Safety ) in Vancouver where he supports the department with compliance and enforcement.

Ravi, an avid learner, pursued graduate studies in Maritime Law and Marine Engineering in the United Kingdom. 

He has been married for over 30 years currently resides in West Vancouver with his wife. His two daughters live on the East Coast in the U.S. and enjoy visiting home often.
 
 
New Members Priscilla Zhou  and Yin Zhao
 
 
 
In order to give the children a better education and to provide the family with a fairer and healthier social environment, Yin ZHAO and Priscilla ZHOU immigrated to Canada from China on 2008. Yin received the academic certificate (Financial EMBA and Real Estate EMBA) from a well-known Chinese University—Shanghai Fudan University. After moving to Vancouver in 2009, they quickly fell in love with this free and beautiful country and began to integrate into this new community. Mr. ZHAO gradually ended his business and dealt with the assets in China with the hope of establishing a new life and career in Canada.
They have 2 children, the big son is at University of Toronto and the little girl is Grade 3 in Collingwood School at West Vancouver. 
Whether in China or after coming to Canada, Mr. Zhao has actively encouraged the family to get involved in social activities. They actively participate in community volunteer activities. They participated in and organized many fund-raising activities at both the Vancouver Children`s hospital and the Richmond Hospital,  the Canadian Red Cross……. After joining the West Vancouver Rotary Club, they involved in club charity events and learn to organize charitable activities from old members. They organized a charity party at their own house. They invited many guests to let them to learn more about “Rotary International”, and raised donations for the Rotary Polio Plus. .
They are very grateful to the Rotary Club for having more opportunities to help the people in need. They also hope to infect more people with their enthusiasm to invest in charity.
 
David was born into a construction family in Scotland. He studied Engineering in Glasgow and soon after  emigrated to Vancouver having explored Los Angeles and then Toronto. 
 
David has 4 children and 6 wonderful grandchildren.
It was from his parents that David learned the joy of volunteering and David's work with the Rotary Club of West Vancouver has inspired so many members to emulate.
He spends countless hours toward this especially in his hands on work with Capilano Towers, the Building built by the club which provides housing for Seniors in the heart of West Vancouver.
 

His Passion is his love of working with people and helping to try to improve life for others.
 
We look forward to the year with David at the Helm!
 
"Finding my way to Rotary was the perfect way to follow my motivations; the perfect example of the power of Synergy!" - David Torrance
Photo: David with former District Governor Don Evans.
 
Past President and Member: Dr Aniz Khalfan
 
Dr Aniz Khalfan is a Medical Specialist, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. Aniz grew up in Africa, obtained her Medical Degree in the United Kingdom and on emigrating to Vancouver with her family she completed her specialization as an Anaesthesiologist at the University of British Columbia. Dr Khalfan practices in Vancouver with a long career as an Anaesthesiologist at Providence Health she  presently has a focused  Chronic Pain Practice 
Dr Khalfan is very involved in teaching and in the community. She is an Examiner for the Medical Council of Canada and has held various Leadership Positions for the Rotary Club of West Vancouver, the Agakhan Health Board and is on the Medical Advisory Committee of the MEFM Society of British Columbia.
 
Aniz was President of the West Vancouver Rotary Club 2016-2017 and her focus and vision was toward elimination of Polio worldwide
 
Aniz and her husband Karim Rahemtulla have 2 children, a daughter also a Medical doctor and a son aspiring to be a  Physicist.
Aniz and her family are avid outdoor enthusiasts enjoying hiking, biking sailing and skiing 
 
It was growing up in a family and community that practiced the ethos of service, volunteering and philanthropy that was an inspiration for her.
Rotary's vision toward the elimination of polio worldwide drew Aniz to join the club.
As President of the Club 2016 to 2017 Aniz worked tirelessly toward this inspiring the club with matching all club donations toward Polioplus.
 
Photo: Aniz Khalfan and Family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease  
 
World Polio Day – 24 Oct 2018
 
West Vancouver Rotary Club Members are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.   
 
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 22 cases in 2017. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.  
 
 
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985, including thousands contributed by the Rotary Club of West Vancouver
 
About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. 
 
 
Dr Aniz Khalfan speech excerpt "What rotary started in 1988 to work toward is within our reach. To complete this work however a huge sum of money is still needed.
Let us in our own small way work toward this
 
photo Aniz Khalfan West Vancouver Rotary Club
 
 
 
Community Day is an annual event for the club.
Our Bratwurst Stall is a very popular stall at this community event at Ambleside beach.
This year we had a very successful fundraiser.
Harvey Hill almost single handed makes this event happen with the help from Dave Torrence and other members
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver is very proud and honoured to support The Royal Canadian Search and Rescue West Vancouver.
 
President Scotty Grubb shared with us the tremendous support for West Vancouver that is done by the volunteers.
it was impressive to hear of members clocking in over 400 hours a year in addition to their day time jobs.
 
We look forward to seeing President Scotty again as we work toward our next fundraiser 'A Taste of China'
 
At the start of her term President Aniz pledged to match all the contributions by our Club that were made to the Polio Fund.
With this match it means that this year the club will have made our highest contribution to that fund.
 
Thank you President Khalfan, the club is proud and honoured by this.
 
 
An amazing fundraiser for Poiliplus hosted by Past President Uschi at her beautiful home on the Sunshine Coast
 
 
Thank you to Past Presidents Uschi and Dieter Greiner for hosting the fundraiser at their beautiful home on the Sunshine Coast.
This is an annual event at the Greiner's.
This year the funds raised will be directed to Polio Plus.
 
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver sponsors students from Hastings school for summer Camp at Camp Elphinston.
This is an annual tradition which allows the children to enjoy a variety of activity that includes kayaking and various other summer activities at the residential camp.
As always the children shared their joy and excitement of the adventure experienced.

 
 
On this the 149th Anniversary of Canada Day I would like to wish our Board and Members of our Club a very happy Canada Day!
 
Canada Day is also the start of our New Rotary Year.
 
It is a day that gives us the opportunity to reflect and recognise how very fortunate we are to have our home in this beautiful land.  Oh Canada our Home and Native land!
 
 
Let us look forward  to the New Year doing as Rotarians do Being a Service to Humanity.
 
With the bonds of Rotary Between us,
With our goals before us,
And no task beyond us
With a thirst for knowledge,
And a dream of a Polio Free World
We look forward to the New Year!
 
 
 
District  Governor  John Anderson, Wife Claire, Assistant Governor Liz Kelly, Invited Guests, my Husband Karim, my Son Adam, Honorary Members and Members of our Club.
 
Thank you for being here tonight for this installation ceremony.
 
It is indeed a very great Honour for me to be standing here in front of you as the 64th president of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver.
 
I would like to start of by reminiscing about our club. 
About its incredible history, about its various community projects as well as it service projects worldwide
 
Our club was inaugurated in 1953..
In 1954 it got for for West Vancouver its very first ambulance. 
There was no one to man the ambulance.
Members of the club took it upon themselves to get first aid certification and they manned the ambulance.
 
I am sure you will agree that where we are today, in the lounge of Capilano Towers is indeed the finest achievement by our club.
This Towers is a seniors housing complex in the heart of West Vancouver that has 71 units.
It was our club that was instrumental in raising the funds to make this building possible
What an immense achievement, an achievement that it even more important today with the economic and housing situation at the present time
Let's take a brief moment to remember and honour the members that made this dream possible.
A dream that we could not even begin to dream of today
 
This service continues to the present day.
5 members of our club are on the board of Capilano Towers.
As we speak there are renovations happening in this buildinr and to this end I would particularly like to single out Dave Torrrence to thank him for his incredible service that is an inspiration to us all.
 
Let us continue then in this fine tradition.
 
My vision for our club in the upcoming year is 3 fold:
 
Reconnecting with the Community.
Membership and
Polio plus
 
Firstly I would like to continue with the work that was started by Past President Uschi in reconnecting with the community.
We will do so by increasing our presence in the community.
We will continue to  harnessing the power of social media including our website, facebook  twitter as well as add other social media as recommended by Rotary International.
We hope to increase our presence in the local newspapaer as well as the North Shore Magazine and to this end I will share with the board the process I have started toward this
We should also look at setting up booths at various places in the community including the west Vancouver library.
 
 
As we increase our presence in the community it will help us in increasing our membership.
We will do so in a way that continues to foster  the incredible fellowship we have in this club.
A fellowship that makes us come back week in and week out to our friends at capilano towers
To increase our presence and increase membership we should also look to having a Rotary Day that will also honor the centennial celebration of the Rotary Foundation
 
My 3rd vision for the upcoming year is the one that I would most like to focus on: polio plus 
 
 
Growing up in Africa and working in the medical field, this is very dear to me.
Rotarys goal is to eliminate polio worldwide.
Rotary started working toward this in 1988.
We were very fortunate to get the support of the gates foundation that helped increased awareness of this as well as contributing a huge amount if funding.
 
Ths year to date we have had 14 new Cases which have been in the 2 endemic countries of Pakistan and Afganistan
There may be complacency setting in with the feeling that not much can be done about this due to the political and social situation in these countries.
However the WHO has just relese it's landmark paper on this and has given a date of complete irradiation of polio in Pakistan by 2017 and worldwide by 2019.
 
This would be a tremendous achievement.
So far in the history of humanity we have eliminated only one virus and that is smallpox.
Similarly Rinderpest has been eliminated in the animal world.
What rotary started in 1988 to work toward is within our reach
As president Ravi said : Let us be a gift to the world.
With President Elect Green : Rotary for Humanity.
To complete this work however a huge sum of money is needed.Rotary needs some 2 billion dollars.
Let us in our small way work toward this

 
To this end I would like to dedicate my year to working with our club toward polio plus
I would like us to revisit our clubs goal for funds for polio plus, to consider increasing it and even surpassing it.
 
To start this of I would like to match dollar for dollar all contributions by our club to polio plus.
I will jump start this process by giving treasurer Riet a cheque towards it.
 
 
 
Last but not least I would like to Thank Past President Uschi for all she has done for our club during the  past year and especially Uschi  for galvanising our club toward what will be our biggest fundraiser for the upcoming year A Taste of India. 
Ushi I hope you will accept this small token of Thanks
 
I would also like to Thank the members of the Board for your ongoing support that so many of you have personally shared with me.
To this end Nels and Linda lets have a round of cheer
 
Members of the club and Invited guests I humbly accept the position of President of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver
 
 
 
 
 
We were graced by presence of Liz Kelly our ADG who performed the ceremony
 
 
This was followed with a delicious dinner hosted by Linda and Riet who were assisted by Nels rounding off the evening with some cheer!
A wonderful evening to remember
 
 
 
 
 
It has been a tradition over the years that The Rotary Club of West Vancouver has sponsored children from Hastings School to a summer camp, Camp Elphinstone.
This project is lead by Clarinda Kung our New Generations Chair. 
 
Clarinda Kung with Honorary Member Nels Hagenson and Linda Hagenson were at the school presenting the award. The students as always shared their joy and excitement of the adventures experienced.
Wonderful night of fellowship!
Beautiful evening with great food, wine and company.
We were graced by the presence of Ken Wilson, Governor Rotary 5040 and his wife Peggy.
 
 
 
Congratulations to the new committee as we start the year with our motto of 'be a gift to the world"
 History of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver (Author: Gillian Eades Telford, President 2010-2011) (Updated by Dieter Greiner, President 2012-2014) (Information collected from West Vancouver archives Boxes 1-9, clipping file and notes taken by Hugh Johnston in 2004)
 
Presidents of RCWV 1953-54 Rupert Harrison 1954-55 Russell Richards 1955-56 Jim Brown 1956-57 Don Millerd 1957-58 Stan Garrod 1958-59 Alex Stephen 1959-60 Art Langley 1960-61 Bob Hobson 1961-62 Ted Kirby 1962-63 Richard Gauthier 1963-64 M.B. MacBrayne 1964-65 Don Brister 1965-66 Art Taylor 1966-67 Cy Howard 1967-68 Jim MacDonald 1968-69 Frank Libby 1969-70 Al Staple 1970-71 Don Richardson 1971-72 Sam Merrifield 1072-73 Al Nicol 1973-74 Vic Murray 1974-75 Dave China 1975-76 Bob Mitchell 1976-77 Nelson Allen 1977-78 Jack Bowie 1978-79 Peter Dowling 1979-80 Brian Bannon 1980-81 Harvey Hill 1981-82 Clifford Parish 1982-83 Bernard Holt 1983-84 A.W. Stover 1984-85 Crawford E. Laing 1985-86 Mark Rutledge 1986-87 John Williams 1987-88 Ken Barker 1988-89 Ian Petrie 1989-90 Gary Muchula 1990-91 Al Hasley 1991-92 Ron Merritt 1992-93 Rhino Rohrs 1993-94 Jon Strom 1994-95 Mona Hubinette 1995-96 Jason Webber 1996-97 Bill Witte 1997-98 Jacci McTavish 1998-99 John Anderson 1999-00 Ken Wilson 2000-01 Glen Dodd 2001-02 Salvador Huerta 2002-03 Doris Lewis 2003-04 Kevin Conway 2004-05 Christopher Loat 2005-06 Stan Whittle 2006-07 Clarinda Kung 2007-08 Oscar de Gouveia Pinto 2008-09 Al Hasley 2009-10 Al Hasley 2010-11 Gillian Eades Telford 2011-12 Bill Witte 2012-13 Dieter Greiner (60th) 2013-14 Dieter Greiner (61st) 2014-15 Oscar de Gouveia Pinto (62nd) Future presidents: 2015-16 Ursula Greiner (63rd) 2016-17 Dr. Aniz Khalfan (64th) 2017-18 Dr. Fei Che (65th) Charter members 1953 Frank Barnard Art goods/retail  
 
March is Rotary Literacy Month
Pi Day March 14 th is celebrated in honor of Einstein's Birthday,
 
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver hd a very belated Pi Night on April 15 th. This was a fundraiser for Literacy
 
 
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The event was sponsored by Dr Aniz Khalfan and was a hugh success with fellowship and cheer had by all.
 
 
 
 
 

The North Shore Youth Safe House is a place where children between the ages of 13 and 18 can find a safe and comfortable place to stay if needed.

The Rotary Club of West Vancouver has just completed a service project that included amongst other things replacing the roof and installing new windows throughout the property.

This project was possible with funds from the club as well as our various supporters and sponsors.

We appreciate this support and would especially like to thank Starline Windows.Image

 

 

ImageOur annual Chinese New Year Fundraiser will be held at The Jade Garden Restaurant, 1195 Marine Drive, North Vancouver on Wednesday March 11th at 6:15pm.

The funds raised at this event will be used to support Eastside Elementary School.

We look forward to a fun evening for a good cause!

Once a month the members of The Rotary Club of West Vancouver prepare sandwiches for The Door is Open.

This is a drop in centre  that supports the needs of hundreds of people that are less fortunate in the downtown east side

This monthly event is supported by funds from the club and with the support of our valuable sponsors who make this event possible.

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President: Ursula Greiner

​President Elect: Dr Aniz Khalfan

​President Elect Nominee:  Dr Fei Che

Secretary: Deiter Greiner

​Treasurer: Clarinda Kung

Projects Chair: Dave Torrance

Foundations Chair: Paul Kissack

Memberships Chair: Aniz Khalfan

​Public Relations Chair: Tony Breen

Club Administration: Oscar Pinto

New Generations Chair: Clarinda Kung

Past President: Oscar Pinto

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Our weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays at 6:15 pm at Capilano Tower, 1475 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver

Top Floor Lounge.

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Members of the North Shore Rotary Clubs held a work party to clean up the garden in the middle of Rotary Circle at the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge.

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Service Above Self

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Capilano Tower
1475 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver, BC
Top Floor - Lounge
West Vancouver, BC V7W 2L9
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