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We meet on Thursdays. See the Schedule on the right for the times.
Howe Sound Inn & Brew Pub
37801 Cleveland Ave
Squamish, BC  V8B 0A7
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The Beef BBQ at Loggers Sports is coming up.  Have you signed up on the volunteer sheet yet? Contact Barry Wetter (barrywetter@gmail.com) to get on the list.
 
 
The Rotary Beef BBQ has been a tradition at Loggers Sports for over 50 years. Canada AAA beef is slowly roasted over a bed of alders and served on a brioche bun with fried onions. It is always a crowd favourite - soooo good!!
 

 
 
Squamish Rotary participated in the annual Squamish Canada Day Parade.  Young and no-so-young joined other community groups on the route to the flag raising ceremony and the start of the festivities.
 
 

 
 
This was Anne's last meeting as President,  A big THANK YOU to Anne for your leadership and inspiration. Our co-Presidents for 2016-17 are Pat Taylor and Ian Davis.  It was cupcakes all around!
  Daniel Nduati visited us from Nairobi and gave us an update on his amazing work with the Emmanual Boyz Rescue Centre and the National Youth Empowerment Centre - both dedicated to destitute youth.  Squamish Rotary has supported Daniel over many years.
  John Harvey talked bout the plans for the Mamquam River Campsite; a not-for-profit initiative to provide facilities for recreational campers.
 
 
 

 
 
The Squamish Rotary Club partnered with Sea to Sky Community Services to enhance the area around the Youth Centre.
The project included building 5 cedar garden boxes, and constructing a small pavilion. It was a fun community project with Rotary providing funding and volunteer labour.
 
  
On completion of the project, we received a thank you note from the Youth Centre staff.  Click "Read More".
 
 
 
The Installation of the new Executive, Directors, & Committee Chairs for 2016-17 was held at the home of Greg & Lila Gardner. Pat Taylor & Ian Davis will serve as co-Presidents for the coming Rotary year.  
District Governor-elect Lyn Stroshin did the honours for us.
In addition, we welcomed Vicki Haberl as a new member, Denise Imbeau received her Paul Harris Award. and President Anne recapped her year (and what a year it was!).
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
On the day of the last Test of Metal, we once again held the Linda Carney Rotary Cares Challenge ride.  Following the ToM riders out from the start, our riders, who had collected pledges, road up to the top of Perth to our finish where refreshments and fun awaited. The event raises funds to help Squamish residents with medical expenses not covered by insurance or other means.  This year we raised over $8,000.
 
   
 

 
 
 
May 15, 2016 was the Official Opening of the Rotary Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park. The project was funded by the Rotary Club of Squamish, a District 5040 grant from the Rotary Foundation, and the Sea to Sky Nordics Club. Thank you to our partners, volunteers, and donors who helped make the vision a reality.
 
 

 
 
 

Strawberry Sale - Order yours today!

All Proceeds will go to Support our International Humanitarian Projects

Saturday, June 4, 2016
101-42000 Loggers Lane, Squamish
NEW Pickup Time 10am - 12:30pm
To order online,
please click on the strawberry man. 

Or order by phone: 1-877-790-2074

Last Day to order: May 29, 2016

 

 
 
You are invited to the Grand Opening of the Rotary Pavilion and Squamish Legacy Sports Park on Sunday, May 15th, 1:00-3:00pm.
 
Bring your family and friends for the ribbon cutting, BBQ (by donation), ski jumping & biathlon demonstrations.
 

 
 

Pope Francis thanks Rotary for its efforts to end polio and urges Rotary members to continue vaccination campaigns.

 


Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran is greeted by Pope Francis following the Jubilee Audience at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square on April 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Vatican.

Vatican City (30 April 2016) — Nearly 9,000 members of Rotary from across the globe attended the Jubilee Audience at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square on 30 April 2016 at the invitation of Pope Francis.  

At the end of the Audience, a delegation of Rotary members - led by Rotary International President K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran - met Pope Francis where he emphasized the importance of vaccinations against polio and urged Rotary to continue.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Squamish will team with the youth and Sea-to-Sky Community Services to improve the outdoor space around the Youth Centre. Work will include landscaping, garden beds, a small pavilion, and lighting. To kick off the project Inis LeBlanc presented a cheque to Alex Anderson, the Manager of Outreach Services for Sea to Sky Community Services.
 
 

 
 

March 8th was International Women's Day.
We celebrate the women of the Rotary Club of Squamish and the wonderful work that they do in our club, in our community, and around the world.
Rose fast (front in turquoise sweater) was one of the first three women to join our club in 1991.
 

 
 
The four lucky winners of the Club 200 Lottery final draw for the 2015-2016  series were #63 $200 Stewart Kerr sold by Glen McEachran, #135 $1000 Alison Hopkins sold by Ian Davis, #162 $1000 Jayden Kanka sold by Michael Kanka, and the big winner #155 $2000 Cathy Scott sold by daughter-in-law Liz Scott. Congratulations  to the winners, the non-winners and the sellers for a great job allowing the Rotary Club to distribute $10,000 to those groups in Squamish that need a little extra help.
 

 
 
At our meeting this week, Shana Murray from the Howe Sound Women's Centre spoke about the Centre's Camp for young girls. The club presented a cheque to Shana to support the camp. Other guests were Hilda Rizun and Karen Smith from Hilltop House. We donated funds to them for the Friday night family dinners.
 

 
 
Jim Chu, former Chief of the Vancouver Police Department shared his knowledge on the safety and challenges of aboriginal women on the downtown eastside. He spoke about the joint efforts being made by the local community and police working together.
 

 
 

With the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are arranging a Speaker Series beginning with “The Safety of Aboriginal Women on the Downtown Eastside” on February 25th, and “Howe Sound Woman's Centre Girls Camps” on March 3rdt. Other meetings during March will focus on women and women’s issues. 


Despite making up 50% of the world’s population, presently only 22 per cent of all national parliamentarians are female. Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 per cent of men’s wages and violence against women and girls continues to exist throughout the world.

 
We invite you to join us at our Thursday 12 noon meetings in considering women’s place in Rotary, our society, and the world as we discuss gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

February 25th at the Sea-to-Sky Hotel.
All other meetings at the Howe Sound Brew Pub.
A lunch charge will apply.

 

 
 
"Squamish" basket of donated goods and services from the generous businesses of our community for the silent auction at the Rotary District Foundation Dinner January 30th. Thousands of dollars raised at this event for both local and international projects. Local Squamish businesses included Xoco Chocolate Co.Howe Sound Inn & BrewingSea To Sky GondolaWest Coast Railway Heritage Park (Official Fan Page), Polish + 
 Groom,Gillespie's Fine Spirits Ltd., Counterpart Coffee, Nootka Naturals.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 21, 2016:  Kevin Haberl spoke about the emerging state of Provincial relations with aboriginal peoples, the changing legal landscape that is driving those relations, and the historical roots that underpin today’s challenges. Kevin remains optimistic about the future state of these relationships, without understating the enormous challenges facing both aboriginal peoples and BC’s society at large. Kevin is with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, & Natural Resources and is involved with First Nations relations.
 
 
 
 
Jan 28th, 2016:  This was the Monthly Evening Meeting and Pizza Nite.  Many guests came along as did a bunch of Rotaractors.  We all got to know each other by doing a bit of Speed Dating.  It was a fun evening!
 

 
 
 
 
On Jan 8th, the Squamish Reporter published an article about the Rotary Club of Squamish.  The article gives a brief history about the club, and highlights the club's plans for 2016, in both our local and international communities.
Read the full article HERE.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 17th was a great day- full of service and fellowship. It started at 9am with joining other volunteers from Community Christmas Cares to collect and deliver Christmas hampers.
Then lunch at the Shady Tree.  And followed by a jovial and fun Christmas party hosted by Bruce and Sonja Lebans.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
District Governor John Anderson and his wife Claire were welcome visitors on December 10th. John gave an inspirational talk on what's happening in Rotary District 5040, and had many personal anecdotes on what Rotary has meant for him.  He also presented several awards to members of the Squamish Rotary Club.
 
 
 


During November, President Anne set a goal to have fun, learn and share information about Rotary, and to build goodwill and better friendships.

The club was divided into 4 teams - Truth, Fair, Friendship, and Beneficial. Teams earned points in fun competitions and challenges, attendance, and guest invitations. The winning team would receive $200 to be donated to one

of the club’s programs, or charities. (funded by the November fines). Lunch meetings featured guests from our Rotaract Club who challenged us with Rotary Trivia, Tanya Hall with a look into RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), and Don Evans with a presentation on the Rotary Foundation.
 
To read more click HERE.
 
 
 

 
 

The Squamish Rotary Club’s breakfast program has fed many children, especially in recent years. Since it started in 2001, it has grown substantially to the point where it now feeds an average of 80 children a day.

“From modest beginnings, it now serves thousands of breakfasts each year,” said Rotary member Doug Race, who emceed the awards section of the club’s Oct. 22 meeting. “I think we all know the benefits to our community of this program are huge.”

At the meeting, Rotarians honoured Dr. Lori Broker of Squamish Family Chiropractic and her receptionist,
Le-Anne Weatherbee, for their efforts in coordinating the breakfast program for local elementary school students. Broker and Weatherbee received the Paul Harris Award.

Pictured are Dr. Lori Broker, Le-Anne Weatherbee, and Rotary President Anne Carney

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Here's a few things that we have been up to:-
 
September 9th:Shoreline Cleanup
A group of Rotarians were out on the estuary trails participating in the annual Shoreline Cleanup. We were actually surprised by how little rubbish we collected. Kudos to Squamish folks for keeping our community
 
 
 
 
September 27th:  Rivers Day
Squamish Rotarians joined the Squamish River Watershed Society for Rivers Day at the estuary restoration project of the old Westbarr logsort site. Rotary provided a BBQ and refreshments.
 
 
 
 
 
October 16th: Rotary on Ice 
A group of Squamish Rotarians travelled to the Pacific Coliseum to join more Rotarians for "Rotary on Ice" where the Vancouver Giants played the Tri-Cities Americans in a WHL hockey game. The event was in aid of Rotary’s campaign to end polio and a portion of the ticket proceeds went to PolioPlus.
 
 
 
October 23rd: Polio Day
Squamish Rotarians had several booths around town to raise awareness about polio and Rotary's commitment to End Polio Now.
We were joined by a local resident and polio survivor who told us how important Rotary's work is, and how Rotary helped her as a young girl. 
 
 
 
October 22nd: A Special Rotary Evening
At this special meeting chaired by President Anne and emcee'd by Doug Race, we honored local citizens, long serving members, and a very special Rotarian - Lloyd Ingraham on his 99th birthday.
 
 
 
 
 
October 31st: Rotary Pavilion
The Rotary Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park is nearing completion.  We hope to have the grand opening soon!
 

 
 
Construction has begun of the new Rotary Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park - an all season park for Nordic Sports (also under construction).  
 
The site of the pavilion (centre) and the all-weather beginner ski jump (right).
 
 
The framing going up for the foundation walls.
 
 
The pump truck from Cardinal Concrete getting ready to pour the foundation walls.
 

Watch this space for progress!
 

 
 
 
Meeting Schedule
Sep 08, 2016
5:30pm: 50th Anniversary Celebration
Squamish Valley Golf Club
Sep 15, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
12noon Lunch: Danielle Berman
Presentation on the first annual "Ride to End Stigma"
Oct 13, 2016
12noon Lunch: Brian Finley
Polio Eradication: the Endgame Strategy
 
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