Nelson RC

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Hume Hotel,
422 Vernon Street
Hume Room
Nelson, BC V1L 4E5
To Join Us Online Contact Norm - norm@netidea.com
March 2021
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As COVID drags on, we are all missing the social aspects of Rotary.  Please join us Wednesday March 17th at 6:30pm for a Rotary St. Patrick's Day Zoom Party.
This is purely a social event but there will be fun Irish trivia, so study up!!! I hope to see lots of people wearing green and enjoying your favourite beverage. See invitation below and RSVP to me - Ainsley Mackie ainsley.wlwp.ca@clubrunner.email - ASAP, to get delivery of your special St. Patrick's Day goodie bag!
Hope a bit o’ Irish luck and a bit of Irish cheer will snuggle down inside your heart and stay all through the year!
Pictured to the Left, is Nelson Rotary Club President Tom, presenting a donation on Behalf of the Nelson Circle Foundation, to the Nelson Food Center.  Pictured below is President Tom, presenting a donation on Behalf of the Nelson Circle Foundation, to Our Daily Bread.  Both donations are to help fund the increased need for food security due to COVID19.  For more information about the Circle Foundation, see the right side of this page and Click on the Circle Foundation Icon.
The Rotary Club of Nelson has supported hundreds the students in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for many years, through a scholarship program.  Last year, during a visit to the schools by three local club members - Tom, Ken & Norm - they noticed that many students were without desks or chairs.  Upon their return to Nelson, the Rotary Club members were told of the need for desks and generously donated enough additional money to buy 90 desks and a teacher's podium.  Pictured to the left is Rotarian Don with the locally made podium and desks.  Pictured below are the locally made desks and a dedication ceremony at the school.
On behalf of the Nelson Circle Foundation, Rotary Club President Tom Roy is pictured presenting a cheque to a representative of the Nelson Cares Society.  The money will help the Society provide for the increased needs of locals, especially seniors, during COVID19.
On behalf of the Circle Foundation, Nelson Rotary Club President Tom, is pictured giving a $500 cheque, to Andrew Creighton of the Nelson Community Food Centre,
Recently at Rotary Lakeside Park, June Spearman and Bob Schmitz talked to Club Members about Cycling Without Age.  Pictured are club members making a test run on a Cycling Without Age Trishaw.  For more information please go to - https://cyclingwithoutage.ca/nelson/
Two Ceremonies were recently held in Nakusp by The Rotary Club of Naksup.  Pictured with their spouses are Citizen of the Year Ernie and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Janis.  
Many thanks to  Margaret, Ken, Colleen & Robin, Willa & Harold, Tom and Corey and Mark who came out to help  the Interact members clean up the highway on Saturday. There wasn't a lot to clean up, but we did a good sweep of the highway.
Due to the need for COVID-19 Precautions and Social Distancing, The Rotary Club of Nelson has cancelled all in person club meetings until further notice.  Club meetings, Board of Director meetings and Committee Meetings, will take place using online GoToMeeeting.  For further information please contact President Roy (listed on the left hand side of this page).
We hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy, practice social distancing and do frequent hand washing.

Pictured, President Tom of the Rotary Club of Nelson, presented a ceremonial cheque for $1000 to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society to assist in making the Walt Laurie Memorial Museum more accessible.   To Tom's immediate left is Walt's daughter Tina. To Tom's right is Tram VP Terry Thompson and on his far right is President Jim Robertson. The other folks (except for the dude in the car) are the tram's hardworking maintenance crew. 


The Rotary Club of Nelson President Tom presented a cheque to Our Daily Bread administrator Anne-Marie Rasmussen.   The funds were from both the Club and District 5080.


The Circle Foundation/The Rotary Club of Nelson made a $1,000.00 to Jess Chant, Executive Director of the Nelson Community Food Centre.   The food center believes that: "At the Nelson Community Food Centre, we strive to create a welcoming environment where people can access healthy food, join a cooking or gardening program, and be a part of a community centred on nutritious food and fun social activities." See - https://nelsoncfc.ca 
Come and join us for a day of fun at Granite Point Club.  Activities include horse back rides, skidoo rides, tobogganing, snow activities, indoor activities, hot dog, veggie dogs and other goodies.  This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nelson, Save on Foods, Nelson Ford and Granite Pointe Golf Club.  This is a FREE EVENT. Everyone Welcome.
Nelson Club Members Tom, Ken and Norm with Rotarian Rene and interpreter from Santa Barbara, Honduras.  Pictured is the source of a potential water project - to bring water 7.2 kilometers via piping and gravity flow - to a community near Santa Barbara.
On World Polio Day, World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio.  The Rotary Clubs in Nelson will be holding an information, fundraising and fun evening at Finley's.  Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and support this world wide effort to end this dreadful disease.
Our next Corks and Canvas event, with artist Lee Rawn, will be held on Monday, September 30th at 7:00 pm at Granite Pointe Golf Course.  Come and enjoy wine and art/painting instruction (no experience necessary).  Tickets are available at eventbrite.ca .
Previous Corks and Canvas events have had art instruction by local artists Margaret Stacey, Keira Zaslove, Carol Reynolds, Jennifer Hagel, Sarah Cowan, Teri Ward, Sally Johnson, Micheal Graham, Evelyn Kirkaldy, Tammy Meisner, Bryn Stevenson, Liz Derkson, Jenny Bailie, Lee Rawn & John Boivin.
Market Children Committee Chair & Rotarian Chris, presented certificates to Rotarians Bob and Christine.  These sponsorships help to provide the necessary uniforms and supplies for children to attend elementary and secondary school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Many other club members have made similar donations to the Market Children Program.  Donations can be made through The Rotary Club of Nelson or at http://www.helphonduras.ca
Dan Schneider (B.Sc., P.Ag., R.P.Bio., SNC-Lavalin) spoke to the club about environmental hazards located in the Kootenays and throughout the province.  He provided fascinating insight into locating, assessing, monitoring, and cleanup of contaminated sites.  Pictured with his father Rotarian Tom.
Pictured is Club President with New Club Member Olga Hallborg.  Olga spoke to the club about the health impacts of what is happening in the environment.
Club, District and RI Events
WEEKLY BINGO Every Friday Evening- Great Fun and Fund Raiser for the Club!
This is open to all current members of Facebook.  We truly need your support in promoting the weekly Rotary Community Online Bingo game. Everyone who plays can select a local club to allocate their fundraising portion. The more people playing, that we know or invite, means the more fundraising dollars the club raises. You can Invite Others, Share and Play.
To Buy Your Cards Go To - https://golden-rotary.myshopify.com/
Join the Rotary Community Online Bingo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/844076416088748. This will give you updates on the game and give you a link to buy tickets straight from Facebook.
District 5080 Virtual Spring Assembly - April 17th, 2021.  Details to follow.
Rotary International Virtual Convention, June 12-16, 2021
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved.
To Register for the Virtual Convention - https://www.rotarytaipei2021.org/
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