MARCH 2015
March is Water and Sanitation Month
Clean water is a basic human right that many are often denied.  There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives.
During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to create healthier communities by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
Rotary members provide water and sanitation through projects like building wells, installing rainwater harvesting systems, and teaching community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
International: Hosanna Children’s Home
One of our Club's International projects this year is the Hosanna Children's Home in rural Kenya. We are submitting a Global Grant application to install a borehole (well), solar panels, and a water storage tank. Having water security will allow the Home to grow more vegetables, develop a small fish farm and a "zero grazing" cattle project. All of these things will allow the centre to reduce operating costs, provide more nutritious food, and also generate income.
The Hosanna Home for the Destitute is a small children's home located in rural Kenya. The home has been in existence since 2000 and currently supports the needs of about 70 children ranging from babies to youth finishing secondary school. Each child has a different story. Some of them are AIDS orphans. Some of them have been removed from abusive homes. Some abandoned. Some of them have parents that love them, but cannot afford to take care of them. Some of them have run away and been living on the streets. Hosanna gives them a loving environment where they receive 3 meals a day and have the opportunity to go to school.
Rotary Trivia ??
In 1978 the Rotary Club of Duarte (California) admitted three women in contravention of the Rotary constitution. How many Supreme Court justices voted for and how many justices opposed the final decision that decided the issue?
Dec 08, 2016
District Governor Lyn Stroshin
Dec 15, 2016
At the home of Owen & Anne Carney
Dec 22, 2016
Happy Holidays
Dec 29, 2016
Happy Holidays
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Hearts - Building & Painting Work Party!
40192 Kintyre Drive (Laurie Vanzella's house)
Dec 03, 2016
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Community Christmas Care - Sorting (Day 1)
Big blue warehouse on Logger’s Lane across from the log sort
Dec 09, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Community Christmas Care - Sorting (Day 2)
Big blue warehouse on Logger’s Lane across from the log sort
Dec 12, 2016
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Community Christmas Care - Packing
Big blue warehouse on Logger’s Lane across from the log sort
Dec 14, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Community Christmas Care - Hamper Delivery
Big blue warehouse on Logger’s Lane across from the log sort
Dec 15, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Christmas Party
at the home of Owen & Anne Carney
Dec 15, 2016 6:00 PM
Foundation Dinner
hosted by Greg Gardner & Lila
Jan 28, 2017 6:00 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Recent Meetings
January 28: An evening meeting of pizza and speed dating with the Squamish Rotaract Club.  It was a great way to meet and engage with these amazing students from Quest.
February 04: Daphne Radford-Park updated us on the new Squamish Track and Field Club. It started in February by offering Track Rascals, aimed at boys and girls aged 6 to 8. In the spring the club will offer a junior development program for athletes 9 to 13 years of age.
February 18:  Anne and Owen Carney recounted their amazing trip to the Antarctic with Oceans One.  Lots of ice, water, and penguins!
February 25: 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.
March 03: Shana Murray from the Howe Sound Women’s Centre talked to us about the Girl’s Camp for young girls.  We presented her with a cheque for $3200 to allow 10-12 girls to attend. At this meeting we also presented $3200 to Hilltop House for the Friday evening dinners for residents and family. This money was donated entirely by Rotarians after a challenge by Lloyd Ingraham. see the full story in the Squamish Chief by clicking here.
March 10: “it ain’t your Grandpa’s Rotary any more!”. We celebrated the wonderful women of the Rotary Club of Squamish and all the work that they do. Rose Fast was one of
the first three women in the club in 1991.  The others were Nancy Edwards and Pennie McNutt. 
New Generations
Short-Term Exchange:  Kief Ranada and Ben Zuckernick, two Squamish students, will be exchanging with students in France. We are continuing to look for an exchange for another Squamish student Christian Smith, who would like to go to England.  
Long-Term Exchange:  Callum McDonald from Squamish will be on a long term exchange to Argentina starting this summer.  We will be hosting an exchange student yet to be finalised.
Adventures in Citizenship: Charlie Rukus from Howe Sound Secondary will be attending this program in Ottawa in May.
Adventures in Forestry and Environmental Studies: Two young men from Howe Sound Secondary will be attending in May in Prince George: Nolan Nault, Grade 10, who is very involved with the Aboriginal Leadership Program; and Cody Wolfe, grade 12, who loves the outdoors and fly fishing.
RYLA:  Harbir Atwal, Salena Dhillon, Chloe Moberg and Callum McDonald will be attending RYLA South at Camp Elphinstone on Gibsons on the Easter long weekend.
District & Youth Conference 2016 Whistler: Rotaractors Raol Tillieux and Kailyn Pritchard will be attending. Interactors Amy Allan, Tessa Antone and Callum McDonald are going to the parallel Youth Conference.
The first series of Foundation dinners has been completed. The kick-off was with Sukhi and Satveer Dhaliwal on Nov 17th, where seven guests attended, then on Jan 16th to the upper Squamish home of Glen and Toni with ten guests attending, over to Mark and Gerry's on Jan 23rd with five attending, then finishing off  the schedule on Jan 30th for Japanese at Mike and Natasha’s with seven attending.
We have two dinners coming up.  March 19th hosted by Melanie and Kathleen which will be a South Asian cuisine and then following on April 16th there will be a Pacific Coast Seafood Extravagancy hosted by Dean & Olga Terry. Both of these evenings will be 6PM starts on a Saturday. The time on your email to Don Patrick is your reservation... first come first served.
Community Service
Inis LeBlanc and her committee are looking at two potential projects for this spring.
The first is some improvements at the Youth Centre near Howe Sound High. This will be a hands-on project with Rotarians and youths working together on the improvements.
The second is a new kitchen for the Squamish Helping Hands Society, at the downtown emergency shelter and drop-in centre. The current makeshift kitchen is a cramped space reminiscent more of a concession stand set-up than an institution’s kitchen. Approximately 35,000 meals, more than 14,000 school lunches and 1,250 family hampers are created out of the space each year.
Inis is also looking for volunteers to help with the Linda Carney Rotary Cares Ride in June.  We want to make it a very special event this year. It will be the last ride in its present format as this will also be the last year for the Test of Metal.
District Events
District Assembly 2016: March 19th at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club 5460 No. 7 Road, Richmond, BC. Visit the events pages at
RLI: The next District 5040 RLI Parts 1, 2 and 3 will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Whistler, the day before Conference 2016. Registration is now open for RLI in Whistler. Visit the events pages at
District Conference: The District Conference will be held in Whistler April 28 - May 21, 2016 at the Chateau Whistler. The Conference Committee has put together an exciting and solid program featuring top quality Rotary and Community presenters, combined with great social events and social activities.  Register NOW for the reduced rate registration.  For more information and registration go to
Polio Walk:  Saturday May 14th, 9am, New Westminster waterfront. See Brian Finley for more information.
Rotary Trivia – answer
The Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision in 1987, agreed that clubs could admit women. The Duante Club ‘s  membership in Rotary International was terminated in March 1978. The club was reinstated in September 1986. In 1987, Sylvia Whitlock became the first president of the Duarte Club, and therefore the first woman president of any Rotary Club.  When the Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California was chartered on 28 May 1987, it became the first club to have women as charter members.
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