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Nanaimo Golf Club
2800 Highland Blvd
Nanaimo, BC  V9S 3N8
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Service Project
Aug 22, 2017
Foodbank Warehouse 6 PM
Fundraiser for Youth Exchange
Aug 29, 2017
Location - Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Clubhouse
Roger Northwood
Sep 05, 2017
His VIHA Experiences
Chris Beaton
Sep 19, 2017
Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre
Board and committee contacts
President Elect
Past President
Club Youth Protection Officer
Director, Foundation
Director, Club Administration
Director, Service
Director, International Service
Director, Membership
Director, Public Image
Who We Are in Brief
  • We were chartered on October 15, 1972
  • We have given over $400,000 in donations to our community in the past 10 years
  • We have donated over $80,000 to The Rotary Foundation since 2005
  • We are strong supporters of youth through:
    • service projects at Brechin Elementary and John Barsby Community School,
    • Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly, and the local Rotaract and Interact Clubs
    • Annual Scholarships to secondary school graduates and VIU students*
  • Our Community Service projects include:
    • a monthly cooked breakfast provided at Salvation Army New Hope Centre*
    • a monthly volunteer shift at the Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank 
    • running the beer garden at the annual Dragon Boat Festival
  • We are supporting International Service projects  in Ghana, as well as polio eradication worldwide
  • *We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
Why join Rotary?
Rotary is known and respected throughout the world.
You can network with local and international leaders and professionals.  There are over 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide.  Through the work that Rotary does there are many opportunities to develop or improve your skills and abilities
Rotary leadership
Rotary is a leadership organization and provides lots of options for you to develop as a leader and professional.  There are conferences and developmental workshops held throughout the year, as well as speakers and networking.
Rotary Service
Rotary provides you with a chance to give back to both local and international communities.  We create and work at volunteering and fundraising events, and rely on our members to bring forward those that they are passionate about.  Rotarians make a difference.
How to join Rotary
If being part of Rotary sounds like it fits with your values, desire to grow and give back, it is easy to get started.
The first step is to attend 2 or 3 club meetings or events.  This will give you an opportunity to meet us and learn more about our interaction in the community.  We are a dinner club so there will be a cost for the meal.  You can look at the meeting schedule on the home page under "speakers".  Please check as we are sometimes at a different location.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Rotary International Convention Highlights - Atlanta 2017
   Click here to watch video of RI President Ian Riseley's remarks at the Presidential Peace Conference in Atlanta

"Environmental sustainability is and must be everyone’s concern."

With that strong statement, and to the cheers of ESRAG members in the Closing Session, Ian Riseley became RI’s President for 2017-18.   ESRAG marshaled its resources to provide a strong presence at the Atlanta Convention in support of his vision for “a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility, not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself, on which we all live and on which we all depend.” [excerpt from RI President Elect’s speech, June 14, 2017, Atlanta ]
The learning and fellowship began with the WASRAG’s World Water Summit, which this year focused on women and water. 
Dr. Bernice A. King at the Presidential Peace Conference in Atlanta
Click on the photo to access videos
The annual Peace Conference followed with an inspiring keynote by Dr. Bernice King in which she quoted her father, Martin Luther King, Jr., “True peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.”  She reminded us that we seek to defeat issues and conditions, not other people.  She encouraged us to remember the “we” factor, a message that resonates well with Rotarians!
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.
Click here for full story on the RI webpage
An Opportunity for Rotary, the Environment, and Peace

RI President Ian Riseley has made environmental sustainability a major focus for his year.  
Click here to see President Riseley's invitation to his Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace in Vancouver on the weekend of February 9 - 11, 2018.

As members of the Rotary Family who understand the central role that environmental sustainability plays in the long term success of all that Rotary does, we urge you to join us at this conference. 
Keynote speakers:
Ian Riseley, RI President 2017-2018. Chartered accountant.
Paul Netzel, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair. Management Consultant.
Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin
Jess Housty, Heiltsuk First Nation, tribal councillor & chair of the lands portfolio.
David Suzuki. Prof. Emeritus, UBC, Companion to the Order of Canada, recipient of the UN Environment Program Medal.
Douglas Justice, University of BC Botanical Gardens, Associate Director of Horticulture.
Linda Low, Rotary Peace Fellow at Duke/University of North Carolina Rotary Peace Center.
Registration & opening reception Friday evening.
Plenary sessions & breakouts on Saturday
Hands-on project TBA on Sunday morning.
Venue - Hyatt Regency, Vancouver.
Click here to go to conference website
Click here to read the article in Rotary Leader on Presidential Conferences on Peace & Areas of Focus
Our club executive approved a $500 contribution to this US$100,500 project to supply blood fridges & medical equipment in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana. (Brong-Ahafo is in south Ghana west of Lake Volta; it surrounds the towns of Sunyani and Techiman.) Bev Hilton & the Oceanside Rotary Club will administer the project.
How did this project come to be? 
There is a 10-year history behind this project:
The evolution of the Rotary World Community Service Mid-Island Group since 2007 has brought us to the point of being able to jointly plan, develop and implement a major project of this type.  The leveraged funding and sharing of expertise of MIG will allow us to make larger contributions and more significant impacts on our world communities.
Vancouver Island Rotarians have been doing projects (basic education and literacy, water and sanitation, economic and community development, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, etc.) in this area in Ghana since 2007 when PG Ross White led a literacy and water project.  We have had six Rotary Missions to Ghana to work on some of these projects and have hosted 3 Ghanaian Rotary missions to Canada.  As well the Regional District of Nanaimo (2004-2005) and Vancouver Island University (2006-present) have been involved in various projects in the region.  Ken Hammer (Nanaimo Daybreak) and Bev Hilton (Oceanside) will be conducting a mission to Ghana next month; Susan Mielke (Qualicum Beach) will participate.
This particular project “Blood Fridges & Medical Equipment” was initiated in April of 2012 by PP Dr. Kwasi Dei-Anane when he developed a proposal for six blood fridges (available on request).  Last year AG Bev Hilton was able to pilot the blood fridge project with the purchase and installation of two blood fridges (proposal available on request).

  Jim and Don proudly display the new gas-fired grill at the Salvation Army New Hope Centre. 
Our club paid half ($1,500) of the purchase price.
The large grill has increased capacity for pancake production at the Community Breakfast.
Doug Pearson announced at our June 21st meeting  that the final report detailing completion of the project at St. Hubert’s basic school has been accepted by the District 5020 Foundation Committee.  Foundation Chair, Bill McCarthy wrote: “congratulations! You have made education safer through the provision of the basics; water, electricity, etc. for students at St. Hubert’s. Your partnerships and “boots on the ground” mad this possible. Further, the Mid Island Group enabled this project to be adequately funded.”
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