Posted on Nov 30, 2019

On Feb. 21, the New Generation Artistic director, Daniel Wnukowski will perform for the public at the Anglican church in Squamish and conduct a private workshop to local piano students. Wnukowski is an accomplished Polish-Canadian pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and works with various orchestras performing throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

In 1997, the highly esteemed pianist and original program founder Janina Fialkowska teamed up with the Howe Sound Performing Arts Association and the Rotary Club of Squamish to host a fundraising gala that raised $23,000 toward a $46,000 grand piano.

PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE: Adults $25, Students $10

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Also at: Xoco Westcoast Chocolates, Cleveland Ave.


PianoSIX artistic director Daniel Wnukowski to perform in Squamish Brian Finley 2019-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2019
Our guests today were Nicole Carothers and Dr Judith Fothergill from the Squamish Hospice Society. Judith gave us an update on the new Sea to Sky Community Hospice* while Nicole gave an overview of the expanding Hospice programming. These are two people making a real difference in our community. Judith was also presented with Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow recognition for her outstanding contributions and exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”.

*The four Rotary clubs in the Sea to Sky corridor donated $100,000 towards the new Sea to Sly Community Hospice.

Squamish Hospice Society Brian Finley 2019-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Dr Lori Broker gave us an update on the Squamish Schools Breakfast Program at our meeting today.  Lori has been the driving force behind the Breakfast Program for years. From baking muffins in the beginning, it has now grown to serve a nutritious breakfast to over 100 kids per day, 5 days a week in 7 Squamish schools.
Our club is proud to be a major supporter of the Breakfast Program, both financially and with volunteers.
Squamish Schools Breakfast Program Brian Finley 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2019
We are delighted to welcome Erik Hansen as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Squamish. He is the proprietor of Good 2 Go Tirecraft - a full service, repair, & tire auto centre in Squamish. Erik received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards In May 2019.
L to R: Tyler Ovington - Erik's sponsor, Erik Hansen, Lynda Rocha - membership chair, Mark Goodwin - president.
Erik Hansen is our Newest Member. Brian Finley 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2019
A dragon, a unicorn, and a lobster came to our meeting today! Fun & games were on the agenda so not much Rotary business got done.
More photos HERE
Halloween only happens once a year! Brian Finley 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2019
We were out and about this weekend to raise awareness and ask Squamish folks to help us to End Polio.. We raised C$2,041 - funds to buy the vaccine to immunise about 2600 children.
A big thank you to everyone for supporting us.
More photos......
World Polio Day in Squamish Brian Finley 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2019
World Polio Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the progress we have made and to rally the world around the fight to eradicate polio forever. Since 1988 polio cases have dropped from 1000 per day in 125 countries to fewer than 100 per year in just 2 countries - Pakistan & Afghanistan.
We are closer than ever to ending polio but we need your help. All donations are matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, You can donate at
The District of Squamish has proclaimed October 24th as World Polio Day in the District. Rotarians will be in the community on October 26th *& 27th with information about the polio campaign and the opportunity to donate.
October 24th is World Polio Day Brian Finley 2019-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2019
There was a huge crowd at Stan Clarke Park in Downtown Squamish on Oct 19th as families came out to enjoy the 4th annual Pumpkin Patch in the Park.  This commumity event was organized by the Downtown Squamish BIA and supported by Save-on-Foods who supplied the pumpkins. Ellis Moving & Storage provided the transport, and Rotary Club of Squamish volunteers ran the events and games.
500 pumpkins were in the patch and available for picking by donation. All were "sold" with the proceeds going to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Squamish.
By all accounts, everyone had a great time.
Another Fun Pumpkin Patch in the Park. Brian Finley 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2019

On Saturday, October 19 from 10 am- 2 pm, Stan Clarke Park will be transformed into a pumpkin patch ripe for the picking!

Pumpkins will be sold for a minimum donation of $5 with funds from sales going directly to Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue. Come pick a pumpkin and take part in kids' pumpkin games, munch on yummy treats, listen to music and get your face painted in a spooktacular design.

Come in costume and be ready for a fun time.

Pumpkin Patch in the Park: Oct 19, 10am-2pm Brian Finley 2019-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2019
Alexis Tone from Howe Sound Secondary spent a year in Brazil as our Rotary Youth Exchange Student. She shared her experience at our regular club meeting today. Some of the things that made it an amazing year included:- learning a new culture and a new language, making new friends, hugging a sloth in the Amazon, swimming with dolphins, attending school, living with Brazilian families A life changing experience - that is for sure!
Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people to spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. By sharing your own culture & embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding - & learn a great deal about yourself & your country in the process.
Alexis Tone - My Year in Brazil Brian Finley 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2019
Even on a rainy, wet Sunday, we had great fun at the Squamish Rivers Day in McNaughton Park - meeting everyone while serving up veggie burgers and hot dogs.
The Squamish River Watershed Society says "Thank you so much for helping make Squamish Rivers Day such a huge success! Until next year...".
Squamish Rivers Day Brian Finley 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2019

On Saturday, we were at the Brackendale Fall Fair with a Rotary booth and the Duck Race Game. 

It was "Go-Go-Go" all day at the Duck races and with the "count the candy" contest and the flower draw, it was a busy day. Many thanks to Kate and Lynda for organising and to all who came out to help.  
Brackendale Fall Fair Brian Finley 2019-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our friend and fellow Rotarian, Bill McNeney, passed away peacefully on August 26th. Bill was an active member of Squamish Rotary for over 42 years and served as President in 1984-85. His leadership and contributions to our club and community are huge. He set an example for us all and he will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife Pauline, his family, and his many friends.
The Celebration of Life will be held on September 29th,, 12:00noon, at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.
Good bye Bill McNeney Brian Finley 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2019
Rotarians from Squamish and Ladner were guests today of HMCS Discovery on Deadman's Island in Coal Harbour in Vancouver.
We had a tour of the facilities including the Naval Museum, buildings & grounds. Followed by dinner at the Stanley Park Pavilion.
For more photos click HERE.
Visit to HMCS Discovery - August 18, 2019 Brian Finley 2019-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2019
The winning ducks drawn on August 3rd were:
1st prize - $10,000 cash:
               Jesse Livermore, Ontario
2nd prize - Heli Sightseeing Tour, Blackcomb Helicopters:
               Rich Shanks, Squamish
3rd prize - Golf Package, Squamish Valley Golf Club:
               Sue Hansen, Squamish
4th prize - Family Pass, Sea to Sky Gondola:
               West-Barr Contracting Ltd, Squamish
5th prize – Dinner for two, Pepe's Chophouse & Seafood:
               West-Barr Contracting Ltd, Squamish
Thank you to everyone who participated. All proceeds will go to community projects in Squamish.
Duck in a Truck 2019 Winners Brian Finley 2019-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2019
WOW, what a weekend!
We started at 5:00am on Saturday August 3rd with loads of alder firewood, 1600 pounds of Canada Grade AAA beef, 250 dozen brioche buns, 150 pounds of onions, liters of horseradish and other condiments.
By 4:00pm on Sunday, we had served up nearly 3000 famous "Rotary Beef on a Bun" sandwiches to hungry patrons.
We hoped everyone had fun and enjoyed your meal. We certainly had fun serving you.
Hope to see you again next year!
Rotary Beef BBQ @ Loggers Sports 2019 Brian Finley 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2019
We had a great time participating in Canada Day 2019 - joining the parade and having a booth promoting Rotary and the "Duck in a Truck" lottery fundraiser.
You can watch a video HERE.
Canada Day in Squamish 2019 Brian Finley 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2019
On July 1st, Mark Goodwin takes over from Kathleen van der Ree as President of the Rotary Club of Squamish for the 2019-20 Rotary year.
Thank you Kathleen and welcome Mark.
Mark Goodwin is our President for 2019-20 Brian Finley 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 18, 2019
"Duck in a Truck" Ticket Lottery
All Proceeds in Support of Community Projects.
Tickets $20 - only 2000 total
Get your lucky Duck Number:
- from a Rotarian.
- at the Squamish Street Market July 14.
- on Canada Day July 1.
1st: - $10,000 Cash
2nd:- Squamish Heli-Tour ($1,500)
3rd:- Golf for 4 package ($392)
4th:- Annual Family Pass Sea to Sky Gondola ($349)
5th:- Pepe's dinner for two ($200)
draw on August 3rd, noon, Loggers Sports Grounds
Duck in a Truck Lottery is Back! Brian Finley 2019-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2019
On June 13th 2019, the Rotary Club of Squamish awarded $11,250 in BC Community Gaming Grants to groups and organisations in the Squamish community.
This year’s recipients are:
To be Used For
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Support for the teen mentoring program.
Camp Summit
Funds to support sending youth to camp who would not otherwise be able to go.
Rotary Youth Programs
Funding for Squamish students to participate in various Rotary Youth programs
Sea to Sky Nordics Biathlon Bears
Funds to purchase equipment for the Biathlon Bears junior program.
Senior’s Friday Night Dinners
Purchase of food for evening dinners with friends & family.
Squamish Archery Junior Olympic Program
To repair and replace equipment.
Squamish Schools Breakfast Program
Funds to provide breakfasts in the Squamish schools for kids who arrive without having a good start to their day..
Squamish Food Bank
Funds for food purchases.
Squamish Skating Club
Support for the Winter Carnival Ice Show..
Squamish Youth Centre
Purchase musical instruments and amplifier for media room.
TOTAL   $11,250
Over the last 13 years the Rotary Club of Squamish has received, and awarded $201,250 in BC Gaming Grants to deserving organisations in Squamish.
BC Gaming Grants awarded to Squamish Organisations. Brian Finley 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2019
On June 12th, 2019 at the Squamish Valley Golf Club, the new Board and Executive of the Rotary Club of Squamish for 2019-20 was installed. President Mark Goodwin and his team will take office on July 1st 2019. Don Patrick controlled the event as the MC, while Murray Wood, Area Governor handled the formalities.
More photos HERE.
Installation Evening - Board & Executive 2019-20 Brian Finley 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2019
On May 21st, Denise Rittberg of the Rotary Club of Squamish (Youth Services committee) presented the two annual Rotary scholarships to students during the Howe Sound Secondary Scholarship Night. Denise is pictured with the recipients - Callum MacDonald (left), and Sukhdeep Sidhu (right).
The Rotary Scholarships recognize the students’ achievements in service in the community through extensive volunteer work, along with earning excellent academic achievement.
"We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Squamish for contributing the Rotary Club of Squamish Scholarships to the students of Howe Sound Secondary School. This generosity will help our young people pursue their desired careers, and in some cases make the difference in their ability to continue on to post-secondary education." HSSS Staff
Howe Sound Secondary Rotary Scholarships Brian Finley 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2019
On May 21-23, 2019, Squamish Rotarians with help from school staff, held the annual Bike Safety Rodeo at 5 elementary schools. Students from kindergarten to grade 7 had their bikes checked, went through a series of skill challenges, and learned how to safely cross a road intersection.  This is an annual event helping kids to be aware and ride more safely.
Bike Safety Rodeo at the Elementary Schools Brian Finley 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2019
Today the four Sea-to-Sky Rotary clubs; Squamish, Whistler, Whistler Millennium and Pemberton, proudly presented a cheque for $100,000 to the Squamish Hospice Society for the new Sea to Sky Community Hospice facility.. In recognition, one of the hospice rooms will be named the Rotary Room.
Accepting the presentation from the Rotary representatives, on the right, are Dr Judith Fothergill, and Mark MacKenzie from the Squamish Hospice Society.
In the background is the new Hospice facility under construction, which is planned to open within a few months.
Rotary Clubs donate $100,000 to the Sea to Sky Community Hospice Brian Finley 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Order Your Rotary Strawberries NOW! Brian Finley 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2019
Squamish Rotary joined others to take part in Pitch-In Week, Canada's largest environmental improvement campaign. Pitch-In Week is a great opportunity for residents, students, and community groups to get together and clean up our community..
We cleaned up the area between Save-on-Foods and the railway tracks, and the trails near the elementary and high schools.
Rotary "pitches-in" to spring clean Squamish Brian Finley 2019-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2019
In advance of Earth Day, we visited GFL Environmental and had a tour of the recycling facility. Hosts Denise Imbeau and Michael Baylis explained what happens to the contents of our curbside recycle tote. There are things we can do to improve our recycling and reduce contamination such as rinsing containers and removing the lids. Also glass, styrofoam, plastic bags and overwrap/film are not part of the curbside recycling program. These can be taken to the GFL facility.
Wondering What goes Where? Download the Waste Diversion Guide.
For further information:see Recycling Collection and RecycleBC.
Visit To the GFL Recycling Centre Brian Finley 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2019
 Loading the container in Coquitlam.          Container arrives in Chile.
The 15,000 residents of Pozo Almonte, a small community in northern Chile, are most grateful for a shipping container loaded with 284 items of needed medical and dental equipment and supplies. It was sent from Vancouver by Rotary World Help (RWH) in February. RWH is a non-religious, non-political charity run by 45 Rotary clubs mainly in BC.
This container was the 395th shipped to 62 countries on five continents since RWH was founded in 1993.. This brings the estimated total of people helped to almost 12 million around the world, at a total estimated value of goods shipped of $138 million.
Earlier this year, Rotary clubs in General Santos, the southernmost city in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao, received medical and dental equipment, plus books and student desks for needy communities in the region,
For more information about Rotary World Help please visit
Rotary World Help sends Medical Equipment to Chile Brian Finley 2019-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2019
The Rotary Club of Whistler hosted its annual ski day on April 2nd. This year it was a scavenger hunt on Whistler Mountain from 10:00 to 2:30. There were 30 items - landmarks, carvings, people - that we had to find and take a group photos. 6 teams and about 40 skiers participated.. Apres at Blacks Pub afterwards. Prizes were awarded for costumes and total number of items correctly identified.. Great fun by all!
Check out the photos HERE.
Rotary Ski Day - Whistler Brian Finley 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2019
The Interact Club of Howe Sound Secondary held its Global Awareness Dinner on March 14.  This year the event was in support of Shelterbox, the organization that provides emergency disaster relief to families around the world who have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict.
The evening included a delicious 3-couse meal, silent auction, and a presentation about Shelterbox by Rotarian Chris Loat.
Interact Global Awareness Dinner for Shelterbox Brian Finley 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2019
On behalf of Rotary International President (2017-18) Ian Riseley, District 5040 Governor (2017-18) Don Evans presented the Rotary Citation to the club on March 7th, 2019 for developing sustainable service projects, building awareness of Rotary in the community, growing membership and giving to the international Rotary Foundation during 2017-18.
Squamish Rotary was also recognized for its financial contribution to the campaign to End Polio Now.
In the photo L to R:: Don Evans, District Governor 2017-18; Judy McQuinn, Club President 2017-18: Liz Scott, Assistant Governor 2017-18:  Kathleen van der Ree, Club President 2018-19; Brian Finley PolioPlus Chair.
Rotary Recognition for Squamish Club Brian Finley 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2019
On March 7th, Don Patrick drew the four lucky winners of the Club 200 Lottery final draw for the 42nd (2018-2019) series:
     #122 for $200 went to Basil Milne.
     #4 for $1,000 went to Tonny Mortensen.
     #131 for $1,000 went to Tom Maleseski.
     and the major prize of $2,000 went to #39 Jim Harvey.
Each year the Rotary Club 200 lottery raises $10,000 which goes to support organizations in the Squamish Community that need a little help for their causes.
Rotary Club 200 - Grand Prize Winners Brian Finley 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Club member Liz Scott is off to the Philippines with other Rotarians on a 3-week Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 3810.
They arrive in Manila and in addition to visiting several Rotary clubs, and various cultural and tourist destinations, they will assist the Caring Hearts Dentistry Society by distributing food and dental/hygiene kits on three occasions. Several dental offices in Squamish, including Drs. Laurie and Lino Vanzella, donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental products that they are taking with them.
 During the exchange, the visitors are home hosted by local Rotarians.
Liz Scott Joins the Rotary Friendship Exchange to the Philippines Brian Finley 2019-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2019
"Whenever I go doing my work in Africa, The Rotarians have been there before me. It Is very humbling thing to discover just exactly what "Service Above Self" adds up to when you see it in practice in the field" ~ Bono
Bono Sings Rotary's Praises in Polio Fight Brian Finley 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2019
For every $1 Rotary receives in donations from our members and friends towards Polio eradication the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives Rotary $2 to spend in ridding the world of polio. Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and others over the past year the Gates Foundation transferred $100 million to Rotary for its End Polio Now campaign. Thank you to all Rotarians near and far and to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates Foundation gives $100 million to fight polio. Brian Finley 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Season's Greetings Brian Finley 2018-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 13, 2018
Welcome Tyler Ovington! Tyler is a property developer and the newest member of the Rotary Club of Squamish. He is sponsored by Bob Fast and was inducted at our meeting on December 13th.
New member - Tyler Ovington Brian Finley 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2018
Kathleen van der Ree
   - Best Lawyer
   - Best New Business: Northyards Cider Co.
Mark Goodwin
   - Best Home Inspector: House Sound Home Inspections
Mike Nasu
   - Best Martial Arts Studio
Scott Wengi
   - Best Golf Course: Squamish Valley
Congratulations to Rotarians voted the Best in Squamish Brian Finley 2018-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Bryan Couture was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Squamish. The award recognises Bryan's contributions to the Squamish Community over many years and especially for his leadership of our signature event - the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. We all thank you Bryan.
The presentation was made by Don Patrick, club Foundation Chair.
Bryan Couture Recognised for Community Service Brian Finley 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2018
At the Rotary Club meeting on October 25th, Maureen Mackell (left) of the Squamish Helping Hands Society was presented with a cheque for $3,010, the funds raised at the Pumpkin Patch in the Park event on October 20th. Doing the presentation was Mike Young (Vice President) and Anne Kadwell (Executive Director) of the Downtown BIA, and Inis LeBlanc (right) of the Rotary Club of Squamish.
"From all of us here at Helping Hands we cannot thank you enough for your generous donation of $3,010.00. Thank you for supporting us and the work we do. We owe you a debt of gratitude." - Maureen Mackell.
Pumpkin Patch Raises $3,010 for Helping Hands. Brian Finley 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2018
Great fun was had by all at the "Pumpkin Patch in the Park" - pumpkins, games, treats, and more.
All donations are going to the Squamish Helping Hands Society and the Under One Roof project to support the homeless and less fortunate in our community.
The Rotary Club of Squamish was a sponsor of the event along with Save-on-Foods .and the Downtown Business Association.
Pumpkin Patch in the Park Brian Finley 2018-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on Oct 17, 2018
The District of Squamish has proclaimed World Polio Day on October 24th and encourages all citizens to join the Rotary Club in the fight for a polio-free world.
After launching the global campaign to rid the world of polio 30 years ago, Rotary International has been on the forefront of governments, foundations and global health organizations, in reducing  the number of cases worldwide from 350,000 in 1988 to 22 in 2017, sparing millions of children over that time from this paralyzing and deadly disease.
But there is still much more work to do to finally reach our goal of of a polio-free world.
On October 24th, the "End Polio Now" flag will fly over Municipal Hall and the Rotary Club will have polio booths at Save-on-Foods in the Chieftain Mall and at Black Tusk Realty in Garibaldi Village, providing information and the opportunity to give donations. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will triple all donations.
Council proclaims World Polio Day in the District of Squamish Brian Finley 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
September 20th: 
On a rainy Thursday afternoon a group of Squamish Rotarians collected 550 lbs of apples from a HUGE tree to remove attractants and make the area "Bear Safe".
The apples went to Northyards Cider Company to make a "Squamish Special" cider which should be ready about January.
September 23rd: 
We were serving up burgers & hot dogs at Squamish Rivers Day 2018.
Rotary in the Community Brian Finley 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018
At our meeting on August 30th, we inducted our newest member - Jody Doll, 3rd from left.
Also in the photo; President Kathleen van der Ree, Membership Chair Lynda Rocha, and Jody's sponsor Judy McQuinn.
Welcome to Rotary, Jody!
New Member - Jody Doll Brian Finley 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2018
The Rotary Club of Squamish fundraiser in support of the Sea to Sky Community Hospice raised $30.000 for this new facility.. The four-room Community Hospice will be located between Hilltop House and Squamish General Hospital and will welcome Sea to Sky Corridor residents from all backgrounds, faiths, and income levels. Construction is due to begin in 2019.
Winners below....
Duck in a Truck raises $30,000 for Hospice Brian Finley 2018-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2018
On August 4&5 , 2018, we held another successful Rotary Beef BBQ during the Squamish Days/Loggers Sports Festival.  We've been doing this for over 50 years and it is always a crowd favourite.
1600 lbs of prime Canadian beef is slow roasted over an alder fire, The Rotary Beef on a Bun is then served on a brioche bun with fried onions and condiments. Sooo GOOD!
Over 3000 sandwiches were served up over the weekend with all proceeds going towards projects in our community.
For photos of the event, please click HERE
Rotary Beef BBQ at Loggers Sports Festival Brian Finley 2018-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2018
"Duck in a Truck" Ticket Lottery
All Proceeds in Support of the Sea to Sky Community Hospice Facility.
Help us realize the dream of a dedicated space for end of life care.
Tickets $20 - only 2000 total
Get your lucky Duck Number -
- from a Rotarian.
- at the Squamish Street Market June 17, July 15, August 12.
- on Canada Day July 1.
- at Save-on-Foods July 28 & 29.
- at the Loggers Sports Show August 4 & 5.
1st: -   $10,000 Cash
2nd:-   Golf Package for Four ($2,328)
3rd:-   $1000 Bike Package
4th:- Annual Family Pass Sea to Sky Gondola ($349)
5th:- Salted Vine 4-course Tasting Menu for Four ($200)
draw on August 12th, 2pm, Pavilion Park, Squamish
Duck in a Truck Lottery in Support of Sea to Sky Community Hospice. Brian Finley 2018-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018
We will again be at the Squamish Street Market on Sunday, July 15th, manning our "Duck in a Truck" lottery tickets sales table, running the Rubber Duck Race, selling stuffies for charity, at the Market welcome table, and assisting with traffic.
We hope to see you there.
July 15th - Squamish Street Market Brian Finley 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2018
The Rotary Club of Squamish participated in the celebration of Canada Day in Downtown Squamish.
We joined the parade, had a "rubber duck race" for the kids, sold lottery tickets in support of the Sea-to-Sky Community Hospice, and also sold stuffies for charity.
For more photos click HERE.
Canada Day 2018 Brian Finley 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2018
At the club meeting on June 28th, the Rotary Club of Squamish distributed $15,000 in gaming grant funds to local community organizations.
This year’s awards went to: Junior Olympic Archery Program; Sea-to-Sky Nordics Biathlon Bears; Squamish Skating Club; Squamish Schools Breakfast Program; Big Brothers/Big Sisters Teen Mentoring Program, Seniors Friday Dinners; Squamish Youth Centre; Pathways Mental Illness Society; Camp Summit; and Rotary Youth Programs.
Presenting the cheques were President Judy McQuinn and Assistant Governor (Sea to Sky) Liz Scott.
The Rotary Club of Squamish has applied for and received provincial gaming grant funds for the past 12 years and has distributed $190,000 to community programs.
Rotary Club of Squamish Distributes $15,000 to Local Organisations Brian Finley 2018-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2018
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was presented with Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award in recognition of Canada’s contributions to polio eradication.
Trudeau accepted the award at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto from RI President Ian H.S. Riseley and International Polio Plus Committee Chairman Michael McGovern.
You can watch the video of PM Trudeau's address to the RI Convention HERE.
Canada a Champion in Polio Eradication. Brian Finley 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
HRH Princess Anne Recognizes Rotary's Work. Brian Finley 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2018
Kathleen van der Ree was installed as President of the Rotary Club of Squamish for 2018-19, along with her executive team at a Hawaiin-themed evening at the soon to open Northyards Cider Co. Assistant Governor Liz Scott conducted the formalities while Doug Race performed as MC. It was a great evening of fun, friendship and good food.
For more more photos of the event click HERE.
Kathleen van der Ree is our President for 2018-19 Brian Finley 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Strawberry Sale 2018 Brian Finley 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2018
On a beautiful sunny Sunday, Rotarians were “pitching-in” to help give our community a spring cleaning by removing garbage and litter from urban, rural and wilderness areas. Pitch-In Week, Canada’s largest environmental improvement campaign, runs from April 22-29, 2018.
Squamish Rotary "Pitches-In" Brian Finley 2018-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2018
Squamish athlete Alex Cairns has been chosen to join Canada’s para-alpine ski team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. He’s expected to be competing in the giant slalom and slalom events. In 2013, the Rotary Club of Squamish helped to fund a sit-ski for Alex. Just look at him now.
Full story in the Squamish Chief.
Squamish athlete chosen for Canada’s Paralympic ski team Brian Finley 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2018
In lieu of our regular meeting, Squamish Rotarians enjoyed a social evening and a traditional Japanese meal at the Oryzea Japanese restaurant in downtown Squamish.
A Social Evening at the Oryzea Brian Finley 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2018
At the conclusion of the Rotary Peacebuilding Conference in Vancouver, Rotary International President Ian Riseley planted a Ginkgo tree in the VanDusen Garden. This tree is a descendant of a ginkgo tree that survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 - a message of peace and hope for a nuclear-free world.
Rotary Plants a Ginkgo Peace Tree Brian Finley 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2018
2017 saw significant progress in our campaign to eradicate polio from the world forever. We saw the fewest cases in history caused by the wild polio virus, Only 22 cases were confirmed worldwide in only two countries - Pakistan with 8, and Afghanistan with 14.
2018 will be a critical year for the polio eradication programme, and we will be strengthening efforts to reach all the vulnerable children and to find the places that the polio virus still lurks in the environment.
Polio Eradication remains Rotary's number one humanitarian priority, You can read the latest Polio Newsletter HERE.
Polio Eradication - an Update Brian Finley 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2018
At our meeting on February 1st,  Rotary member Max Saenger described what it takes to prepare a venue for the Olympic Biathlon. Max is the Course Technical Expert for the Biathlon at the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics. He was also the Venue Director for the biathlon at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler.
At the same meeting, the Squamish Rotary club received a cheque for $10,000 as a District Grant from the Rotary Foundation. This will go towards the new Squamish Hospice facility.
Rotarian Max Saenger is off to the PyeongChang Olympics Brian Finley 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2018
We were delighted to have Krystle tenBrink and Michalina Hunter from Squamish CAN as our speakers today. They updated us on their activities and specifically about the Mamquam Edible Schoolyard Project (MESY). This wonderful project is now starting phase 2. See
Mamquam Edible Schoolyard Project (MESY) Brian Finley 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2017
Make your own Christmas Centrepiece or Swag.
Rotary Club of Squamish in support of Squamish Hospice Society.
Sunday, December 17, 1:00pm.
Greg Gardner GM, 40310 Government Road.
RSVP to or text 250-639-6054. 
  • Bring your favourite centrepiece container (some available for a fee).
  • All greenery, ribbons, ornaments, and tools supplied.
  • Hot beverages and sweets.
  • Santa’s elves around to assist.
  • Ready-made centrepieces available for purchase.
  • $20 minimum donation.
All proceeds will go to the new Squamish Hospice Palliative Care Centre.
Christmas Fundraiser to support the Hospice Society Brian Finley 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 23, 2017
Our speakers this week were Judith Knapp and Wolfgang Pauli from the Eagle Watch Program. They gave a fascinating presentation on the bald eagles that come to the Squamish River every winter to feed on the spawning salmon. The program does an amazing job promoting eagle tourism, and environmental sustainability. Like many volunteer organisations, they are short of resources. If you would like to help by sponsoring the Eagle Watch Program, contact Judith Knapp.
The Eagle Watch Program Brian Finley 2017-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Sachi Komura Rummmel was our guest at our recent meeting and shared her story.  She was eight years old and living with her family in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped. Her father, aunt, and later mother died as a result. She is now an advocate for peace. You can watch a short youtube video HERE.
Hiroshima: Memoir of a Survivor Brian Finley 2017-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2017
At our meeting on October 26th, we presented donations to support three organisations in Squamish.
The Squamish Skating Club for its Annual Christmas Show. More information at
Cutting Barriers provides culinary training for individuals with barriers to employment. It is partnering with the Squamish Helping Hands Society and the Squamish Food Bank in the planned Under One Roof facility. More information at
The Squamish Youth Resource Centre for equipment for its media room.

The Youth Centre provides Squamish youth with a safe place to drop in and hang out, daily activities, advocacy & support, someone to talk to confidentially. More information at squamishyouthcentre.

Squamish Rotary Supporting our Community Brian Finley 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2017
We are so close to achieving a polio-free world. For over 30 years Rotary and our partners have been leading the campaign to eradicate this terrible disease. Since 1985, the number of cases has dropped from 350,000 per year to less than 40 in 2016, and only 12 so far this year - in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Learn more at
World Polio Day 2017 Brian Finley 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2017
The water is flowing at the Hosanna Children’s Home.
Hosanna Children's Home for the Destitute in rural Kenya.
An International project by the Rotary Club of Squamish, the Rotary Club of Nairobi Industrial Area, and the Rotary Foundation.
This project included a well, water storage tanks and solar power.
Water Project at Hosanna Children's Home. Brian Finley 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2017
Squamish Rotary was a major sponsor of the annual Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkins were donated by Save-on-Foods and Rotarians & Interactors set up and ran the patch. Visitors could buy their pumpkins and join in games & activities. The proceeds go to Community Christmas Cares. 
Pumpkin Patch in the Park Brian Finley 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2017
Rotary joined the Squamish River Watershed Society during the annual Rivers Day event and served up burgers and hotdogs.
Rivers Day 2017 Brian Finley 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2017
Jada Hurford from Howe Sound Secondary will be in Belgium for a year-long exchange. We welcome Charles Deome from Belgium as our in-bound exchange student.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.
An exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture & embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—& learn a great deal about yourself & your country in the process. For more information click HERE.
Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-18 Brian Finley 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Once again, we will be serving up the world famous Rotary Beef-on-a-Bun during the Logger Sports show on Saturday & Sunday, August 5th & 6th.
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. Serving starts at 12 noon. It is always a crowd favourite - soooo good!!
The Rotary Beef BBQ at Squamish Days/Loggers Sports Brian Finley 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2017
Jada Hurford from Howe Sound Secondary was presented with her blazer today by Denise Rittberg, Youth Services Chair. Jada is heading off in mid-August for a year's adventure as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, She is going to the Wallonia (french-speaking) part of Belgium - new culture, new language, new friends, new experiences! We wish you a great time Jada.
Jada Hurford is our YEX Student for 2017-18 Brian Finley 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2017
Rotary District 5040 is pleased to announce that the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund is now established and accepting donations. These funds will be made available to Rotary clubs for restoration projects for the victims of the wildfires currently burning in the Cariboo region of the British Columbia.
Once the situation with the fires has ended, a Rotary team will work with the local clubs to allocate funds to Rotary projects in the affected areas to assist with the recovery and rebuild in their communities.
To make a contribution, click.........
Rotary Steps Up With Wildfire Restoration Fund Brian Finley 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 06, 2017
Melissa Saunders (left) is an assistant Bank Manager.
Allie Meeres (right) is a Community Engagement Officer. 
Roger Duncan (right) is a retired lawyer and former member of the Rotary Clubs of Vancouver and Harrow (England).  
We Welcome Three New Members. Brian Finley 2017-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2017
Judy McQuinn is the new President of the Rotary Club of Squamish for 2017-18.     We are looking forward to another great year with Judy and her Executive team (listed on the right), serving our communities locally and around the world.
President Judy McQuinn Brian Finley 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2017
Squamish Rotary joined the community and participated in the parade to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.
Canada150 Day in Squamish Brian Finley 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 04, 2017
The Rotary Club of Squamish is proud to support Ride Away Stigma, and the work to raise awareness about mental health and provide support for those with mental health issues.
$20,000 was raised at this year's event which will go to Sea to Sky Community Services to support mental heath programs in the corridor. 
More information can be found at
Ride Away Stigma for Mental Health Brian Finley 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2017
At our meeting today, Squamish Rotary distributed $20,000 in Gaming Grants to community organisations in support of their programs. The focus was on Youth, Seniors, Health, and Safety programs.
Funding for Local Community Organisations Brian Finley 2017-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2017
On May 9 & 10, 2017, Squamish Rotarians with help from school staff, held the annual Bike Safety Rodeo at 5 elementary schools. Students from kindergarten to grade 7 had their bikes checked, went through a series of skill challenges, and learned how to safely cross a road intersection. MORE
Bike Safety Rodeo Brian Finley 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Young Professionals

Connect WITh future change-makers

  • Talks from keynote speakers to inspire and motivate you.
  • Develop your leadership & professional skills with workshops.
Saturday May 13th, 9AM - 4PM 
SFU Vancouver Campus
Additional  information available on the Summit Website.
Young Professionals Summit - May 13, 2017 Brian Finley 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2017
On March 14th 2017, the four Sea to Sky clubs convened on Whistler Mountain for Fresh Tracks breakfast and a morning of group skiing. Then we reconvened in Black's Pub for appies and fellowship as well as for some prize giving. More photos HERE.
Rotary Ski day 2017 - Whistler Brian Finley 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2017
Rotary Hearts are SOLD OUT for 2017...orders for the 2018 'Rotary Hearts in Downtown Squamish' will begin around mid-January 2018.  In the meantime, check out all the wonderful messages of love in shop windows all along Cleveland Avenue!  And while you there, when you shop in any of the stores that are showcasing a Rotary Heart, put your name into our draw for a Valentine Basket which is valued at $500.  Draw will take place on February 14th.
Rotary Hearts in Downtown Squamish Brian Finley 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Seasons Greetings 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
Our annual Christmas party was held at the home of Ann & Owen Carney. In keeping with the theme "Christmas in the Quebec countryside", G-Van Catering served up a French Canadian menu including Tourtiere, beans, and sugar pudding. Thanks to Rose Fast for organizing the evening and all the games and prizes. It was a great evening of fun and fellowship.
More photos >HERE<
Christmas Party 2016 Brian Finley 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
Squamish Rotarians joined other volunteers to deliver Community Christmas Cares hampers to the less fortunate in our community. When all the hampers were delivered, we met at the Shady Tree for lunch.
Community Christmas Cares Brian Finley 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2016
District Governor Lyn Stroshin visited our club on Dec 8th. She shared a cake celebrating the 100th year of the Rotary Foundation. presented Paul Harris Fellow awards, and gave an inspiring talk on the work of Rotary and what Rotary means to her.
More photos HERE.
District Governor Lyn Stroshin - Special Guest on Dec 8th. Brian Finley 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Doing Good in the World Brian Finley 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Jeanette Levett, Clint Levett, and Chris Humphrey received Paul Harris Fellow awards for their support of the club with upgrades at the Beef BBQ hut. Lloyd Ingraham was presented with his PHF+4 recognition for his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Garry Shearer (L) and Don Patrick (R) did the honours.
Celebrating the Rotary Foundation Brian Finley 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
At our meeting this week, member Lynda Rocha talked about her vocation as an event planner. Do you need help in planning a wedding or other event? Contact Lynda.
Lynda Rocha - Event Planner Brian Finley 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2016
At the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th, Ryoma Mori, our youth exchange student from Japan, laid the Rotary wreath at the cenotaph in honour of our veterans and all the men & women who have served our country.
Remembrance Day 2016 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day Brian Finley 2016-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
The Rotary Club of Squamish was a major sponsor of Pumpkin Patch in the Park, a community event to celebrate Halloween and raise money for Community Christmas Care.
Pumpkin Patch in the Park Brian Finley 2016-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on Oct 08, 2016
Rotary will be at the "Pumpkin Patch in the Park" on October 22nd at Stan Clark Park in downtown Squamish. Visit our stand to learn more about Rotary's promise to eradicate Polio from the world forever.
For more information click HERE.  
World Polio Day Brian Finley 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2016
On September 8th, the Rotary Club of Squamish celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner at the Squamish Valley Golf Club.  Our special guests were RI Director Dean Rohrs and Rhino,  District Governor Lyn Stroshin and Alex, District Governor-elect Don Evans, MLA Jordan Sturdy, and Mayor Patricia Heintzman, 
After the reception and dinner, several members were called to the podium to highlight some of the events and happenings that occurred over the 50 years.
District Governor Lyn Stroshin presented co-Presidents Ian Davis and Pat Taylor with a special message from RI President John Germ. 
More photos can be viewed HERE.
50 Years of Service 1966-2016 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
The Rotary Club of Squamish was chartered in September 1966. On September 8, 2016 we are celebrating 50 Years of Service. You are invited to join us. For tickets contact Ray Brickell,, 604-898-4572.
50 Years of Service Celebration Dinner Brian Finley 2016-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2016
Help Rotary to eradicate Polio from the world forever.
End Polio Now 2016-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2016
The Beef BBQ at Loggers Sports is coming up.  Have you signed up on the volunteer sheet yet? Contact Barry Wetter ( 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!!
The Rotary Beef BBQ 2016-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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.
Canada Day in Squamish 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2016
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.
Meeting June 23rd 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2016
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".
Squamish Youth Centre Project 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
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.
Linda Carney Rotary Cares Challenge 2016-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
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!).
Executive 2016-17 Installation 2016-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on May 19, 2016
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.
Rotary Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park. Brian Finley 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2016

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

Strawberry Sales Now On. Brian Finley 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Official Opening of the Rotary Pavilion & Squamish Legacy Sports Park. 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2016

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.
Pope Francis urges Rotarians to continue to END POLIO NOW. 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2016
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.
Squamish Youth Centre to be "beautified". 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016

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.
It ain't your Grandpa's Rotary club any more! Brian Finley 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Patrick on Mar 02, 2016
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.
Rotary Club 200 - Grand Prize Winners Don Patrick 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2016
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.
March 3rd Meeting 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016
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.
Meeting - February 25th 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 18, 2016

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.

Speaker Series - International Women's Day Brian Finley 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 30, 2016
"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.
Rotary District Foundation Dinner Liz Scott 2016-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2016
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!
Highlights from Recent Meetings. Brian Finley 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 08, 2016
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.
Squamish Rotary Club featured in the Squamish Reporter Brian Finley 2016-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
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.  
Christmas Hampers & Christmas Party Brian Finley 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2015
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.
District Governor Visit. Brian Finley 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2015

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.
Beating the November Blahs! 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2015
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!
The last few months have been busy for Squamish Rotary. 2015-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on Aug 18, 2015
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!
Rotary Pavilion Construction has Started.... Brian Finley 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2015
1500lbs of prime Alberta beef slow roasted over an alder fire. We hope you enjoyed your Rotary beef-in-a-bun! It's been a tradition at the Loggers Sports Festival for over 50 years. See you again next year!
Everyone loved the Rotary Beef-in-a-Bun 2015-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2015
Don Patrick, Brian Finley, and Judy Fowler carry the flag for Rotary in the Squamish Canada Day parade.
Canada Day! 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2015
The Installation Evening for the new 2015-16 Executive was held at the Squamish Valley Golf Club on June 25th.
New member Jeanette Levett is inducted by President-elect Anne.  Karen Vanzella is awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by Foundation Chair Don Patrick.
Outgoing President Brian passes over to Incoming President Anne Carney.
President Anne and her new Executive team.
Installation Evening 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2015
Streaming out after the main Test-of-Metal riders, Rotarians and friends rode the short course in support of the Linda Carney fund to help folks with medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Riders and supporters at the finish of the Linda Carney ride.
Linda Carney Rotary Cares Ride 2015-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2015
In support of the Rotary Foundation, a group of Rotarians boarded Pat & Gary's boat for a cruise to Gambier Island for an afternoon of games, swimming, orchard golf, and of course a superb dockside BBQ.
Pre-dinner cocktails!!
Foundation Cruise 2015-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2015
Jose Luis Aviles, our exchange student from Mexico, recounted his year in Squamish and all the activities he was involved in.  Come back soon Luis!
Luis says Farewell 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2015
Susan was inducted into the Rotary Club of Squamish on May 28th 2015.  She is a massage therapist and the founder of Squamish Integrated Health. She has spent many years practicing post surgical therapies and working with cancer patients. Susan is also an avid climber, skier and mountain biker, and currently serves as a District Councillor.
with President Brian Finley, Susan, proposer Ian Davis, and Assistant District Governor Liz Scott .
Welcome to Susan Chapelle 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2015
Purchase fresh, local Fraser Valley Strawberries (washed, sliced and ready to enjoy) from Squamish Rotary, and support our International project in Mexico.
Strawberry Fundraiser Sheri Davis 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2015
Purchase fresh, local Fraser Valley Strawberries (washed, sliced and ready to enjoy) from Squamish Rotary, and support our International project in Mexico.
Strawberry Fundraiser Sheri Davis 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2015
At the District 5040 Conference the Rotary Club of Squamish was awarded the Presidential Citation 2014-15 for achieving the membership, service, and engagement goals set by Rotary International President Gary Huang.
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Posted on May 02, 2015
May 2nd 2015 at the Squamish Valley Rod & Gun Club.
We had a great evening of fun, games, food, dancing, and friendship, Thanks to everyone for coming and parting with your dollars in support of our Rotary projects:-
- the special education school for the deaf in San Miguel, Mexico
- the Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park.
Squamish Rotary truly appreciates your support.
More photos on our Facebook page:
MEXICAN FIESTA Fundraiser - it was a BLAST !!! 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2015
The Rotary Club of Squamish donated $15,000 in gaming funds to community groups on April 16. From left: Pat Taylor (Rotary), Liz Scott (Rotary), Geoff Park (Camp Summit), Christine Buttkus (Suicide Prevention Group), John Howe (Squamish Search & Rescue), Ann Marie McKenzie (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Rick Smith (Sea to Sky Nordics Biathlon Bears), Lori Broker (Elementary School Breakfast Program), Don Patrick (Rotary).
Rotary shares out funds to the Squamish Community. 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
March 12, 2015: District Governor Ken Wilson presented the club with Rotary International recognition for the club's contribution to Polio Plus during the 2013-2014 Rotary Year. Pictured is current President Brian Finley, President Elect Anne Carney, and accepting the certificate is Past President Mike Nasu.
RI recognition for PolioPlus 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Mexican Fiesta - April 25, 2015 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
March 3rd was the 4th annual Rotary Sea-to-Sky Ski Day & Challenge Race hosted by the Whistler club. A great day of skiing & fun with the 4 Rotary clubs.
Rotary Sea-to-Sky Ski Day 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Making a Difference in our Community 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Julien is the newest member of Squamish Rotary.  He is sponsored by Mike Nasu and was inducted by District Governor-elect John Anderson on Feb 12, 2015.
Pictured: Mike. DGE John, Steve, President Brian.
Welcome to Steve Julien 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 05, 2015
The Rotary Club of Squamish is proud to have sponsored the play “maladjusted”, which was performed by Theatre for Living in Squamish on Jan 27th 2015, the 1st of 28 performances in BC and Alberta communities. The play asks provocative questions about mental health and the systems that we have to give and receive care; and seeks a dialogue towards a new understanding about mental health and a more humanized approach to mental health care. Proceeds will benefit the Sea to Sky Suicide Awareness and Prevention Working Group.
Maladjusted - a play about mental health Brian Finley 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2015
At the Club meeting on January 15th 2015, 12 members were recognized with Paul Harris awards for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Sheri Davis and Ian Davis (centre) receive Rotary Foundation Major Donor recognition. With District Governor Designate Don Evans, Club Foundation Chair Don Patrick, and Club President Brian Finley.
More photos of the awards and the meeting are in the Photo Album (scroll down on the left).
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World Polio Day - Friday Oct 24th 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - Friday Oct 24th 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
On October 23rd, 2014 Mark Goodwin and Simon Hudson joined the Rotary Club of Squamish.  They were inducted by District Governor Ken Wilson.  Mark is sponsored by Bianca Peters.
Welcome Mark and Simon!
President Brian Finley, Mark Goodwin, Simon Hudson, Bianca Peters, Ken Wilson.
Mark Goodwin & Simon Hudson join Rotary. 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
For more pictures of the Beef BBQ 2014, scroll down to the photo album list on the left side of this page.
The Rotary Club of Squamish once again put on the Rotary Beef BBQ at Squamish Days Loggers Sports on Aug 3-4 2014. 1500 lbs of Canadian Prime Beef were roasted over an alder fire and served in sandwiches to the hungry crowd. This was the 57th annual Loggers Sports Show and the Rotary Club has been there from the beginning.
One of the competitors, Jens Johansen from the Rotary Club of Store-Heddinge Denmark, exchanges banners with President Brian Finley.
Rotary Beef BBQ 2014 Brian Finley 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2014
On April 17, 2014, Patrick Sweeney became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Squamish.  He was proposed by President Mike Nasu and inducted by Past-President Greg Gardner.
Patrick is a pilot with Air Canada, but so far hasn't offered any free rides!
Welcome to Rotary, Patrick
Patrick Sweeney joins Rotary 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Whistler hosted a club social Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton Rotarians to a "Ski Day" up Whistler on March 4, 2014.  It began with a early load for a Fresh Tracks breakfast up Whistler Mountain, out for some fresh corderoy skiing, over to Blackcomb Race Centre, for the club challenge.  Apres Ski and awards were presented at Black's Pub where our team recieved Bronze status for our team race challenge despite not having our "A" team.  We look forward to next year when we can attempt to win back the Golden Boot award.    
Sea to Sky Rotarians take to the Slopes Pat Taylor 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
On 28 November 2013, John Bywater was inducted by Don Patrick into the Rotary Club of Squamish.  John is originally from Australia and we all welcome him and his family to Squamish.
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Squamish celebrated its first Purple Polio Day October 24, 2013, which also marks World Polio Day. Many local businesses as well as elementary schools and the Montessori preschool participated by wearing purple and collecting coins. The District of Squamish held a Wear Purple Day and donated $5. Squamish Rotary accomplished our goal of raising awareness about this devastating disease as well as raising funds towards Polio Eradication.  Pictured are President Mike and Rotarians Ann and Carl raising awareness and collecting donations outside Squamish SaveOn Foods. To donate, go to, scroll down and click on the donate button.
Purple Polio Day October 24 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
A fun filled day centring around Rose Park (opposite the Adventure Centre). The day included native trees and shrub planting along the Loggers Lane Trail riparian zone; weed pulls in Rose Park; Interpretive Signage unveiling in Squamish Estuary; Welcome ceremony by Squamish Nation; and a lunch time barbecue by the Rotary Club in Rose Park. Events ran from 10:00 - 3:00 at Rose Park.
More pictures can be found at or by clicking here:
Squamish River Days: Sept 29, 2013 2013-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Squamish Hospice Society Fundraiser: Sept 21, 2013 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on May 21, 2013

Squamish Rotarians at the District Conference 2013 in Quesnel.



All four Rotary clubs of the Sea to Sky Corridor were awarded with Presidential Citations at the District Conference. Congratulations to all of our club members for demonstrating excellence.


District 5040 Conference in Quesnel Brian Finley 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Jun 08, 2012

Glen McEachran and Toni Kerekes (02), Greg Gardner and Lila Gaudry (08), Kevin and Vicki Haberl (18), Liz and Randy Scott (24),

Brian and Wendy Avey (25), Bruce and Sonja Lebans (27), Laurie and Karen Vanzella (30) 

June 2012 Anniversaries Debbie Anderson 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
2012/2013 Executive Debbie Anderson 2012-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Jun 01, 2012
Nicole Haine (7), Gerhard Malherbe (13), Owen Carney (14), Ian Davis (15), Sheri Davis (26), Kevin Haberl (27), Bruce Lebans (29)
June 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Kudo's to the team of Rotary Volunteers who have adopted a piece of the Rotary Garden at the Railway Park Pat Taylor 2012-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on May 02, 2012

Come out and give Rose a hand to weed and tidy up the Rotary Garden at the Railway Park - no experience necessary.

Time: Sunday, May 6, at 2:00pm

Bring your gloves, pruning secateurs, rake, and weeders. 

Come out for 1 or 2 hours - Rose promises that the sun will shine!

See you there.
Garden Party at the Rotary Garden, Railway Park Brian Finley 2012-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 19, 2012

Sheri and Ian Davis (04), Carl and Anna Ingrahm (04), Juliana and Julio Cha (08), Mark and Kirsten Stephens (17), Ed and Donna Scott (25)

March 2012 Anniversaries Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 12:26:03Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 19, 2012
Joseph Gravkin (04), Lisa Ames (06), James Boyd (09), Debbie Anderson (11), Doug Race (28)
March 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 12:23:13Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 18, 2012
David and Elsie Stewart (18), James and Kathie Mulholland (20), Bent and Tonny Mortensen (21), Stein and Freida Hoff (25)
May 2012 Anniversaries Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 18, 2012
Ron Anderson (3), Ann Gawley (6), Glen McEachran (11), Nancy Edwards (15), Max Saenger (28)
May 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 18, 2012
James and Audrey Boyd (08), Tom and Vivi Bruusgaard (08), Lino and Trish Vanzella (05), Colin and Doreen Ransom (14), George and Mildred McKenzie (20), Michael and Monika Kanka (19)
April 2012 Anniversaries Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Apr 18, 2012
Barb Cummings McRae (06), Heather Dunham (13), Judith Fowler (18), Stein Hoff (12), Lino Vanzella (22), Mark Stephens (29)
April 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Finley on Mar 27, 2012
Squamish Rotarians won the Golden Ski-Boot trophy at the Rotary Club of Whistler's annual ski day on March 13th. The four Sea-to-Sky clubs participated in the Rotary Club Challenge Race on the GMC course.  Our top four skiers - Michael Hutchison, Ian Davis, Greg Gardner, and Glen McEachran, recorded the best combined times to come out on top.

Squamish Rotarians Capture the "Golden Ski-Boot" Brian Finley 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Mar 05, 2012
March 4 - Ian and Sheri Davis, Carl and Anna Ingraham, March 08 - Juliana and Julio Cha, March 17 - Mark and Kirsten Stephens, March 25 - Ed and Donna Scott
March 2012 Anniversaries Debbie Anderson 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Mar 04, 2012
Joseph Gravkin (4), Lisa Ames (06), James Boyd (9), Debbie Anderson (11), Doug Race (28)
March 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
February Anniversary's Debbie Anderson 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Jan 30, 2012

James Martin (2nd), Elizabet Scott (4th), Janet Gugins (9th), Brian Avey (9th), Carl Ingraham (11), Rose Fast (19)

February 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Anderson on Jan 04, 2012
Bill Manson, 10th, Kathleen Van der Ree 21st
January 2012 Birthdays Debbie Anderson 2012-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Guatemalan Project Receives Global Grant Sheri Davis 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Taylor on May 19, 2011

President Pat Taylor accepts a $10,000 donation for the new Pharmacy at the Squamish General Hospital from Board members of the Auxiliary (left to right) Astrid Anderson, Madeleine Ringham and Beth Fitzpatrick.  The new Pharmacy will support the Chemotherapy program in the Corridor.  The total raised by Squamish Rotary is now just over $190,000.  The new Pharmacy layout is on display in the Women's Auxiliary shop.


Squamish Hospital Women's Auxiliary Donate $10,000 Pat Taylor 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 19, 2011
Giving to the Foundation ―Some think that there is competition in Rotary between supporting local projects and giving to The Rotary Foundation. In fact, the more we emphasize what Rotary does for people through The Rotary Foundation, the more it increases our overall spirit of giving. When a club emphasizes giving to The Rotary Foundation, most often the club will discover increases in giving to local scholarship foundations, contributions to local community service, and greater participation in local hands-on projects because a club that gets into the habit of giving will give more to all causes.‖ — Rotarian Ronn Kerr
Thought for the Week Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-19 12:57:40Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 17, 2011

When: Thursday June 2, 2011 Where: Big Sky Golf and Country Club, Pemberton Time: 11:00 AM Shotgun Cost: $125 per golfer including tax Entry Fee Includes:

  • Power Cart
  • Great Draw Prizes
  • Dinner
  • Auction
Non-golfers? Come out and support the community by joining us for dinner and staying for the silent auction. Dinner only - $45 including tax

For more information contact Register as a team or an individual by June 1, 2011

Proceeds from tournament go to: The Pemberton District Chamber of Commerce, Quilts for Africa project in Lesotho, Africa and ongoing local Rotary projects.

6th Annual Pemberton Chamber and Rotary Golf Tournament Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 17, 2011

This fund was established by the late Linda Carney, the first female president of Squamish Rotary.  She envisioned a fund to provide financial help to the citizens of Squamish for medical costs not covered by other sources such as Pharmacare, MSP, etc.  Since its inception, we have been able to purchase motorized wheelchairs, hydraulic lifts, drugs, and other medical supplies, as well as provide funding for renovations of homes to allow easier access.

Over the past 12 years, Rotary, with your help, has raised and distributed well over $225,000  from this fund to our community.  This is money that is raised in Squamish and money that stays in Squamish to help our own citizens who have run into medical issues that require further financial aid.  The Linda Carney Rotary Cares Celebrity Challenge is our major fundraising event and we greatly appreciate your assistance in making the 2011 Challenge a success.

13th Annual Linda Carney Rotary Cares Challenge June 18th Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 17, 2011

The Jr. Olympic Archery Program is a non-profit society providing a program for Squamish youth to train and compete.  The program teaches life skills such as discipline, leadership, etiquette and respect.  The Squamish club has had many successes at the provincial level. Gaming funds will be used to purchase archery targets and materials that are required for the archery program.   

 Pictured are President Pat and Hawk Russell of the Archery program receiving funds in the amount of $1000 

Squamish Jr. Olympic Archery Program Receives Gaming Funds Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-17 13:04:08Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 16, 2011

 What began as chaos (intentionally) at the international airport simulation on Friday evening and ended with a wonderful gathering of young people and their parents feeling much more confident about the year of exchange ahead on Sunday morning, this year's Outbound Orientation can be deemed a roaring success. Six Rotex students shared their stories, students and parents alike were educated about the do's and dont's of exchange, and hopefully no questions were left unanswered. In addition to the "4 D's, the 6 Be's were introduced:

  • Be First
  • Be Curious
  • Be on Purpose
  • Be Grateful
  • Be of Service
  • Be Here Now

The beautiful mountain setting at Quest University showcased our town and perhaps a student or two will even return here in the future to pursue their studies.

Thanks to Michael Kanka and his wife Monika, for participating in the airport simulation, there to greet our outbound student Casey from Prince Rupert. Unfortunately, Casey's plane was delayed (actually, he was off having dinner somewhere, unbeknownst to all of us!), and also to those who baked goodies for us. The baking was a definite highlight!

Thanks also to Sheri Davis who coordinated this event for the District.

Youth Exchange Outbound Orientation A Huge Success Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 12, 2011

At our May 5th meeting, representatives from service groups in our community attended and received cheques from Rotary that had been applied for on their behalf to the Gaming Commission. Pictured is President Pat with Nancy Hamilton, Board Member of the Helping Hands Society receiving a donation of $1000 to be used for the Feeding the Hungry program.

The Feeding the Hungry program revolves around food security at the local leve. Volunteers pick up from a variety of food donors, sort and re-distribute, and then deliver to agencies and groups or individuals in need. Grocers, cafes, and growers large and small are participating because they want to be socially responsible while at the same time reducing their waste. Many recipients live on or below the poverty line and cannot do without this service.

Photo credit: Michael Kanka

Gaming Funds Dispersed Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-12 13:45:39Z 0
Posted by Donald Patrick on May 11, 2011

The final event of this term for the Rotary Foundation of Canada...which for you to remember that 100% of the funds received by our charity do get to the inteded source... after three years. 50% to District 5040 and 50% to Global funds... a true International Charity and it belongs to Rotarians.

This event will be hosted by Judy McQuinn and will take place at the McQuinn Manor located at 40257 Kaloden in the Garibaldi Estates area of Squamish.

 The plan is for the guests to arrive at the Manor at 10 AM on the Sunday morning of June 12th to paretake in a guided tour over to the Golf Club and down the Mamquam Dyke, west to the power line, turning right or North passing our Rotary Community Garden, and back along Diamond Head Road to the Manor.


Brunch will be served around 11 AM on our arrival.

Please reserve your spot by emailing Don Patrick at

The cost is $25/person and the cheque should be made out to the "Rotary Foundation (Canada)" and uou will receive credits towards your Paul Harris award leve.

Thank you for your participation... we have ten participants at present... let's make President Pat proud.

June 12th Foundation "Brunch at Judy's" - UPDATE Donald Patrick 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 05, 2011
Martina from Sicily, Italy is our next Inbound student. She will be arriving sometime in August and we are looking for host families for about 2 1/2 months each. Please see Judy McQuinn for more information.
Martina from Sicily Our Next Inbound Student Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-05 14:23:49Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 05, 2011
This year's Rotary Installation, introducing Ron Anderson as our new President effective July 1st, and his Executive, will be held Friday June 24th at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in the Roundhouse. More details to follow.
Installation Friday June 24th Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-05 14:21:47Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 05, 2011
The "In" event, a fundraiser held April 30th at the West Coast Railway Roundhouse, to help build a new lab at Squamish General Hospital and keep Chemo "In" the Corridor, was a roaring success. Approximately $175,000 was raised in this one evening. The outpouring of generosity was amazing!
"In" Event a Roaring Success! Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-05 14:19:51Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 04, 2011
In the last couple of weeks I shared some unforgettable moments with my host family.
I spend Easter at the McEachran´s house and we did the traditional Easter-Egg-Hunt.
Let me tell you that I had a great time searching little plastic eggs filled with yummy chocolate and enjoyed being a part of their family.
My host mom Toni took me at least once a week horseback riding and I loved helping her out at her barn.

Sara and I sang in the United Church Choir over two month, practicing wonderful songs for the Easter Cantata, which turned out to be a great experience for both of us.
Thanks to Vicky Haberl who invited us to join the choir.

Currently I am mountain biking every Friday with my mountain bike club and trying to prepare myself physically for the “Linda Carney Rotary Care Challenge”, which I am participating.

Also I just moved to my last host family. Now I am living with my lovely host mom Denise Imbeau and her family.
They made my move really easy and I feel very comfortable here, ready to spend my last three month in Canada.
Nora Checks In Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-05 02:05:59Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 04, 2011

Sara asked that I correct this for her but I think it is absolutely charming and perfect just as it is. I have added the names of the host families:

 I want to tell you somecing about all my wonderful familys. I could speak of things I did or link i visit, but I like to tell you what I learned in each of them for the moment. In my first family (Pat & Gary Taylor) learned to be more idependiente for be my first family and feel for the first time away from my mother, also learned about hard work and effort especially with Pat, for work for all people and her family so hard . In my second family (Denise & Dean Imbeau) learned to trust in oneself, to be happy with yourself and a beautiful example of mother what someday I will use on my own family, my third family (Sheri & Ian Davis) learned what you have to work for others, no just for you, think about who comes after, and you can always help no matter how small is, the fourth family (Vicki & Kevin Haberl) learned that little by little every day can accomplish great things, always the little things are what make the Pretty of the life and you have to look at them all always. Of my fifth family (Kelly & John Heilig) i can´t say anything for now because I can only spend a few days but I'm sure they are wonderful. Thanks to all for be a wonderful person!  

A Little Update by Exchange Student Sara Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-04 14:10:23Z 0
Posted by Rose Fast on May 03, 2011
Greetings fellow Rotarians.  It was a perfect day for planting.  Lots of rain, not too hot.  We got it done and the park looks beautiful.  I would like to thank my gardening pals who showed up on Monday and got really wet and full of mud...many thanks to Michael and Monika Kanka, and Nancy Edwards who worked cheerfully in the rain with me to get the plants into their new home.

Drop by and take a stroll.  Yet to do, we are putting in an electrical and a water trench, plus some tables and benches into the area.  We will also be putting a Rotary sign up somewhere in the near future.

 Still needed?????  During this first season, the plants will need some care including some watering and weeding.  I am looking for volunteers who will committ to visiting the park during "their designated week" and making sure the plants aren't too thirsty etc.  Let me know if you can spare some time to make sure the gardent establishes itself.  I am thinking maybe two or three hours during the week you sign up for.

Thank you once again to those who made it happen - Carney's for the soil, Cardinal Concrete and Coast Agg. for the equipment operator time, and the gravel, Marty Hopkins who donated a half day to truck the soil and gravel, Doug Barone our equipment operator who donated a full day of his work, Home Depot for the plant discounts, Chris Rommel who will be donating the time and equipment for the electrical and water trenches.  Thanks to Brian Findley who spearheaded this project. 

Rose Fast   
Planting at the Railway Park Monday May 2nd UPDATE Rose Fast 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on May 01, 2011
If you are a knitter (or always wanted to be) why not knit up a baby hat or ten for the Miguta Medical Centre in Kenya. Funding was recently approved for the centre and a group of Squamish Rotarians are planning a trip this fall. They would like to take some baby hats with them for the newborns at the Centre. There is a pattern available on a link on home page under "Club Links" "Baby Hats for Charity". For more information contact Liz Scott at (604) 892-4961 or email
Are You A Knitter? Elizabeth Scott 2011-05-02 00:07:03Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on Apr 28, 2011
Morial Convention Center New Orleans
900 Convention Ctr. Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register early to receive the best rates and accommodations,

Visit RI Convention Site  at for registration detail .

Registration Deadline After March 15, 2011 - $380

RI Convention in New Orleans May 21 - 25, 2011 Elizabeth Scott 2011-04-28 13:32:12Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on Apr 28, 2011

On April 14th, Foundation Chair Don Patrick presented Mike Nasu, Owen Carney, and Carl Ingraham with Paul Harris Awards.

Thanks for helping our Rotary Foundation to do the good works that it does, gentlemen!

Paul Harris Award Recipients Elizabeth Scott 2011-04-28 13:17:50Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on Apr 27, 2011

Mark Stephens, Manager of the North Shore Credit Union, Squamish Branch, was inducted into our Rotary club April 21st.

Mark is looking forward to becoming an active member of our club. Welcome to Rotary, Mark!

Mark is pictured here with Rotarian Dave Stewart.

New Member Mark Stephens Inducted Elizabeth Scott 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on Apr 27, 2011
River Rock Casino Hotel Resort

8811 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3P8


Bring a children's book to the conference and leave a legacy in the host community

Visit Conference 2011 website at

District Conference May 6 - 8, 2011 Elizabeth Scott 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott on Feb 02, 2011
Jim Mulholland (1) 35 yrs, Dave Stewart (1) 35 yrs, Laurie Vanzella (1) 25 yrs, Heather Dunham (3) 1 yr, Anne Peters (19) 3 yrs, Michael Hutchison (22) 5 yrs, Ian Davis (23) 7 yrs
February Club Anniversaries Elizabeth Scott 2011-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Squamish Rotary has applied for Provincial Gaming Grants for the past seven years. Each year we have been successful recipients of Gaming Grants of $15,000 for a total of $105,000. These funds are then distributed throughout the community as well as used by our own youth programs. Over these years we have used $7,000 towards sending five students to Rotary Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa, $15,000 for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp), and $4,600 for Rotaract.  In addition, over these seven years, we have helped to send underprivileged children to Evans Lake Forestry Camp ($2,700), supported the local Community Garden at Mamquam Road and Hwy 99 ($2,000), beautified the gardens at Hilltop House ($4,000), supported the Squamish Food Bank ($5,800), the Squamish Helping Hands Society ($7,100), Big Brothers/Big Sisters Teen Mentoring Program ($7,500), Squamish Archery Junior Olympic Program ($3,800), Dogwood House - Mental Health Camp ($2,000), Callaghan Winter Sports - Biathlon Bears Kids Program ($4,000), and the Squamish Breakfast Program - over $21,000!!! We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Without the Provincial Gaming Grant funds, this would have been much more difficult to achieve.

Gaming Grants Total $105,000! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Bianca Peters


Pictured (l-r) Mike Nasu, President, Rotary Club of Squamish, Maureen Mackell, Executive Director, Helping Hands Society, Rick McKinney, Helping Hands Society, ($2,000) John Heilig, Manager, Nordic Sport, Whister Olympic Park (accepting on behalf of Callaghan Winter Sports Club - Biathlon Bears Kids Program, ($1,000) Ann Marie McKenzie, Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Teen Mentoring Program, $2,000) Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director, Evans Lake Forestry Camp, Teri-Rose Davis, Evans Lake Forestry Camp Counselor, ($1,000) Liz Scott, Gaming Chair, Rotary Club of Squamish (not pictured) Lori Broker, School Breakfast Program ($5,000)


The Rotary Club of Squamish was the recipient of Gaming Funds in the amount of $15,000 which was distributed to local community groups at their meeting on August 1, 2013. The balance of the funds ($4,000) will be used for Rotary Youth Programs including RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camps) and Adventures in Citizenship, a four day trip to Ottawa with over 200 other high school students designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society). 

To view more photos of the Gaming Grant Disbursement, please visit or click here: 

Squamish Rotary: Gaming Grant Disbursements Aug 1, 2013 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters

Well, it's all over for a another year and another successful Rotary BBQ.  Once again, the SOLD OUT sign went up at about 4pm on Sunday afternoon. 
Here are the preliminary results for the weekend:-

·        1500 lbs of beef cooked

·        80 litres of gravy

·        230 doz buns

·        170 lbs of onions!!

·        16 litres of horseradish

·        28 litres of ketchup/mustard/relish

2,752 beef sandwiches made and served  (including complementary and volunteers)

$15,767 in sales

The new Brioche buns and the fried onions were a real hit. 

What can we say except this is what Rotary is all about - a great team effort by a great Rotary club and a great big THANK YOU to everyone who made this all happen.  Also a thank you to David Vandenborn and his team at Save-on-Foods for all their help and support. 

Brian Finley and Barry Wetter

Rotary Club of Squamish

p.s. from BF - it's about 4pm on Sunday, the fire is out, and I finally managed to grab a beef-on-the-bun - I think it was the last one. Boy was it good. 

To view the Squamish Days: Beef Album 2013, please visit or click here: 

Squamish Days: Beef on a Bun 2013 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Rotary Club on hunt for help
JULY 18, 2013 
Rotary Beef BBQ: A call for Volunteers Aug 3 & 4, 2013 Bianca Peters 0
New Rotary President to Focus on Hospice: The Squamish Reporter Bianca Peters 0
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ImageAll Hail the Chief! The Rotary Club of Squamish bid farewell to President Denise Imbeau (2012-13) and welcomed incoming President Mike Nasu for a fabulous installation a the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club last Saturday, June 1, 2013.  Norma Kindree and Colleen Drenka were made Honorary Rotarians and the new Exectuive was sworn in by Incoming District Governor Garry Shearer. A special thanks to Greg Gardner for a great job as Master of Ceremonies. To view more photos of the event, please visit the Squamish Rotary facebook page or click here: 
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New Rotarians with their sponsors: 

Left to right: Sponsor, President Denise Imbeau, new members Inis LeBlanc & Jonathan Silcock, sponsor, PR Bianca Arnold-Peters, new member Melanie Koenderman, and Jonathan's sponsor Heather Dunham. Welcome to Squamish Rotary! Image

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The Rotary Club of Squamish held their annual Bike Safety Rodeo at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School on Tuesday May 14th. Pictured, In-coming President Mike Nasu does the figure 8. To see more photos of the Bike Safety Rodeo, visit . Image

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All Hail the Chief! The Presidential installation of the Rotary Club of Squamish’s Mike Nasu will be held at The Squamish Golf & Country Club on Saturday June 1st, 2014. The dress is semi-formal with cocktails and mingling from 6 pm to 7 pm. A plated dinner served will be served at 7 pm with program to follow. Musical selection will be performed by local talent Gordon Durocher. For more information or to RSVP a spouse or partner, please contact Judy Fowler

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Denise Imbeau and guest Rotarian John Doherty (Rotary San Miguel de Allende-Midday, Mexico) at membership lunch, Thursday, May 9thImage.

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On Tuesday, 5 March 2013, at the GMC Race Centre on WhistlerBlackcomb, the Rotary Club of Whistler captured the Golden Boot trophy from Squamish Rotary.  Whistler's top four skiers pipped our skiers by over 4 seconds. The Pemberton Club came 3rd.

Chris Rommel (Squamish) won the fastest male; Marg Pallot (Whistler) was the fastest female; Gord Leidal (Whistler) was the most stylish racer; Pat Taylor and Owen Carney from Squamish got the prizes for the best ski sweaters.

It was a great day and enjoyed by all.  Thanks to the Whistler Club for organizing the event.

The photo has 10 of the 11 Squamish skiers.  Can you name them all? Who's missing?



Posing at the finish....


Chris and Pat enjoying some apres-ski..


Handing over the Golden Boot trophy to Jim Miller of the Whistler Club.



Squamish Rotary skiers relinquish the Golden Boot. Brian Finley 0
Paul Harris Awarded: May 2, 2013 Bianca Peters 0
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GET INVOLVED! Linda Carney Rotary Cares Challenge 2013 Bianca Peters 0
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On Thursday, April 11, Rotary Club of Squamish President Denise Imbeau presented the Certificate of Organization to Squamish Rotaract's Michelle Grondin. The Rotaract of Squamish's birthday is 11 Febraury 2013 and they meet weekly at Quest University Canada. Congratulations!!!!Image
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APRIL 16 TO 20, 2013


The 100 Years Celebration Events Team is pleased to update the plans for the 100 Years of Rotary in BC Celebration, planned for April 2013. Events are now open for booking - plan to participate in the greatest show of Rotary that our area has ever seen. Theme for the week -  Leadership Through Service.


  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vancouver Board of Trade Lunch meeting with Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka in Vancouver, all Rotarians and the Vancouver Business community are invited to attend. Book at , select the 04/16 event, note Rotarians and their guests get the member rate for a table or for individual seats - enter promo code RCVP2

  • Friday, April 19, 2013

Community Celebration Event, 5:30PM to 10:00PM at Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. This free event will celebrate Rotary and is open to everyone, the    Olympic Cauldron will be lit, there will be family fun, food and great live entertainment, including the Langley Ukulele Ensemble and a feature performance by Abra Cadabra. A special VIP reception will raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rotary Showcase, 12:00 PM to 4:00PM at Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Open to all Rotary Clubs in British Columbia to showcase their projects and the good work of Rotary. All Rotarians, guests and public welcome. Free admission. Rotary Showcase, 12:00 PM to 4:00PM at Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Open to all Rotary Clubs in British Columbia to showcase their projects and the good work of Rotary. All Rotarians, guests and public welcome. Free admission.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013

100 Years of Rotary Gala, 6:00PM to Midnight, Ballrooms at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Sumptuous  four course dinner with an address by former BC Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, the Honorable Stephen Point followed by keynote speaker, celebrated humanitarian Stephen Lewis. Great live entertainment by Circle of Friends.


Gala Tickets on sale now, pricing $175 per set or $1,750 table of  ten (early bird pricing to March 15). Book a table for your  club now at or by phone to Jessica at  604-783-1487


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Lizz Kelly of the Rotary Club of Pemberton writes: 

Hi Everyone
Please join the Rotary Club of Pemberton for the signing of our Rotary Peace Community Declaration on Sat Sept 22 from 11am - 1pm. Fun for the whole family, free cake, food & refreshments as well as crafts and live entertainment! 

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Here’s your chance to help Rotary SCORE BIG with the Vancouver Giants to raise funds for Polio Plus and Rotary Youth programs . Join Rotary Clubs from around the province by attending “The 3rd Annual Rotary On Ice”, Friday October 5 at the Pacific Coliseum. A minimum of 20 tickets must be sold per club. Tickets are $16 each with $5 of it going directly to Polio Plus. Contact Rick Lewall, PP Rotary Club of Tsawwassen, at 604-943-0469 or for tickets. 

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Leadership Through Service

Vancouver, BC : The Rotary Club of Vancouver and the 100 Years Celebration Events Team is honoured to have as our keynote speaker at the Gala Dinner, celebrated humanitarian Stephen Lewis.

Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States. His work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

From 1970–1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.

Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book Race Against Time. He holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States

Other events will take place the weekend of April 19th – 20th and include a free event Friday night at Jack Poole Plaza beginning with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. There will be family fun, food and entertainment. Saturday afternoon is an open house at the Vancouver Convention Centre showcasing projects from Rotaries across British Columbia followed by the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.

Gala Dinner tickets are now on sale with pricing of $175 per seat or $1,750 table of ten. Book a table for your club or group now at or by phone to Jessica at 604-783-1487.


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February 25, 2013: Squamish Rotary President, Denise Imbeau, presents a cheque for $1500 to Christine Buttkus, Outreach Coordinator-Sea to Sky for the North Shore Schizophrenia Society Services for Family, Friends and Communities. Also included in the photo are Mental Health Partners: Rob Smith, Child & Youth Mental Health; Marilyn Caldwell, School District 48; and Christine Baker, Squamish Nation. All of these organizations are part of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Working Group.Image

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At the Feb 14th membership lunch meeting, Acting President George McKenzie presented a cheque from Squamish Rotary for $500 to Jude Goodwin of the Griffin Squadron Air Cadets towards the purchase of a drum kit. 

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Short Term Exchange Program

 Do you know a young person age 15 -19 who would like to get involved

in an oversea summer exchange program? This opportunity is open to children or grandchildren

of Rotarians or students recommended by Rotarians!


The program is based upon a reciprocal Family to Family exchange.

 Each family is responsible for co- ordinating mutually agreeable dates and flights for the exchange

 with the matching family and funding same. For more info and application forms  

go to and follow the links to short term youth exchange programs.

 The deadline for completed applications is Feb 24th.Contact Ann Gawley

or phone 604 898 4490 for further information.


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Join the Weed-Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 - noon at the Railway Park.  We will be weeding, whacking, trimming and planting bulbs and other things to see a nicer garden next spring.  No gardening experience necessary.  The fun time will be followed by an Oktoberfest style bratwurst, potato salad etc. lunch at our place.  If you have some plants to bring (daffodil bulbs, and anything else that is deer proof, drought tolerant (grasses, cactus), and not a bear attractant, please do.)  Now is a great time to split your perennials, (grasses, rockery plants, daisies etc.).  We also need some ground cover like junipers, pines etc.  Wear your gardening boots, bring a shovel, pruners, weed carrying bucket, gloves,  and a good sense of humour.  We will be going rain or shine.  With an army of ten or fifteen we can easily get it done in a couple of hours.  Spouses, dates, children and anyone else you can talk into this, will be welcome.  If anybody has a good high powered weed-whacker, that would be useful.  Please rsvp to me at or 604-849-1802.  There will be some gardening prizes awarded at the lunch compliments of me. 

Rose Fast
Rotary Club of Squamish

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You can now pre-order your tickets for the Grey Cup party on Sunday November 25th.  It is the 100th Grey Cup and also the 100th year of Rotary in BC.

Tickets are $100 each with $50 going to purchase the X-Ray unit at the new Dental Operatory at Hilltop House, a campaign spearheaded by Dr. Laurie Vanzella.

The event is at the Squamish Golf Club, 1:30-7:30 pm.  Your ticket will include drinks tickets, halftime BBQ buffet, swag bag, program, $50 tax receipt, and lots of fun and fellowship.  At least 4 large screen TVs will be set up for your viewing pleasure.

By ordering now, you will be assured of tickets.

Ticket requests to Don Patrick,, 604-898-5040,with the following info:

·         No of tickets.

·         Name and address (for tax receipt).

·         Phone number and email address. 

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Rotaract International is a volunteer service organization associated with Rotary International, for youth between the ages of 18-30.

Through Rotary involvement, you can be exposed to great opportunities for international exchange, professional development, volunteering within the community, and building personal and professional connections.

Rotaract can open many doors! Starting January 7th, check it out Mondays at 7pm in the Quest University Cafeteria, 3200 University Blvd.


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As you may already know, I'm seventeen (born on the 5th January 1995) and I'm Belgian. My parents are Belgian too, my father is from Huy (where my sponsor club is and where I go to school) and my mother is from Brussels. Because I live in the south part of Belgium, I speak French but I learned Dutch, English and Spanish at school. I live in the countryside, 20 kilometers far from the nearest city and I have a cat and a dog. I like reading, listening to music, playing games with my family and, since we came to the cabin with Sheri and Ian, Canoeing, mountain biking and fishing.

My club Sponsor is RC Huy in D1630. My father is Rotarian, as was his father and his mother's father, in RC Huy. They all were at least once president and stayed many years in the executive. My father did a court term exchange in the USA with the Rotary in the beginning of the eighties. What convinced me to do a long term exchange was seeing my older sister coming back from Australia after her exchange year. During this year we hosted two girls at home from Australia and from the USA and that also showed me how great would be a year abroad with ROTARY. My family often participated to the activities organised by the RC Huy so I know many of the Rotarian in the club.

Raoul Tillieux: Inbound Rotary Exchange Student 2012-2013 Bianca Peters 0
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Yesterday was my one month anniversary in Assis, Brazil. I have to say that it was a great feeling. I also have to say that it was a confusing one, how can one month possibly go by so fast? I still don't have the perfect answer but I do know the slogan "time flies when your having fun" may be a fitting one in this situation.

This past month has been filled with so much happiness that it seems boundless. I could ramble on about why I'm happy but it's of course "boundless" and would take way too long, so in an act to preserve time I will name just a few for you.

1. The food. Oh my, the food. It is constant and delicious. Throughout the morning I eat fresh papaya, oranges, and bananas. Sometimes I sneak a few chocolates in there too. I can't help myself. Then when I get home from school at 12:30 I eat a huge lunch. It always has rice, beans, potatoes, and meat involved. Some exchange students have been complaining lately about the enormous amount of beans that they get served daily. Fortunately for me I love beans and even go for seconds. I wasn't called the bean machine for nothing. Then we snack for the rest of the day on more delicious Brazilian food. They definitely aren't starving me here.

2. The people. They are all so generous. Surprisingly very few people here speak english but that never stops them from insisting that they help you as much as humanly possible. A complete stranger on the street will go out of his/her way to lend you a guiding hand. It has happened to me before. They are also so quick to welcome and call you a friend. I've never experienced anything like this in Canada. It makes my life here 100 times easier. As well the people are incredibly laid back but also know how to have a good time.

3. The cream cheese. Yes this item of food needs it's own number. Why? Because it's that delicious. I'm making amends that -no matter the cost- I'm bringing a life time supply of this stuff back to Canada with me.

4. My host family. They are all so kind. They cater to my needs and in return I attempt to be the best host daughter/sister there ever was. They have been more then patient with my Portuguese and help me whenever I ask. My Portuguese definitely needed some patience. As I said before they are definitely not starving me and have welcomed me into their home. My host family has made this whole experience very comfortable indeed.

5. My Portuguese. I went to my friends house this weekend and everyone there was so impressed with how much I understood. Although my speaking isn't as polished as my comprehension I can still get my point across and make it through the day. Knowing that there is improvement is something that brings me oh so much joy.

6. The Exchange Students. There are five in my city including me and they are way too much fun. Although I love my Brazilian friends it is so nice to have people that understand and are in the same frame of mind as you. It would simply be against our very nature not to connect with each other.

7. My Classmates. As all Brazilians seem to be, my classmates are very welcoming. Although school isn't the most anticipated part of the day, my classmates make it worth while.

8. The weather. It is sunny and warm. Exactly as it should be. I'm only slightly worried about summer though because I asked my host parents how hot it gets and instead of explaining they just rolled their eyes to the back of their heads and slumped their shoulders. Later my host sister went on to say," You'll be outside and wish clothes didn't exist." That should be a bundle of fun.

9. My city. It is the perfect size. Not big enough to be polluted and over populated but not small enough to be boring. I explained it before as a city-town and I'm sticking with that. Although a city alongside a beautiful beach wouldn't be too bad, my city-town in the middle of Brazil is just right.

10. My life. I've been told many times in Brazil that I "say thank you too often" and honestly I can't help myself. I'm just so flippin grateful for everything and everyone. This experience is so unique and wonderful and I'm absolutely loving it so far. I know I sound like such a cheese ball but again, I honestly can't help myself.

For more pictures from Erika's trip so far, please visit

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Squamish Rotary: Bard on the Beach August 8, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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The Squamish Environment Society hosted a Rotary walking tour of the Estuary Sunday morning, July 22. SES members Correy Matheson, Meg Fellowes, Carl Halvorson and Mary Livingston provided information about the history, species and vegetation of the Estuary. To see more photos of the event, please visit the Rotary Club of Squamish's facebook page at  
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Rotary Lunch July 26: John Weston MP Guest Speaker Bianca Peters 0
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1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Judy McQuinn and Erica Carney. Pictured, Erica has just recieved her Rotary Exchange jacket from Judy. Erica will spend her grade eleven year with a Rotary host family in Sao Paulo and Assis, Brasil. We look forward to reading her blogs and seeing her on Skype! All the best Erica. For more pictures of Rotary Lunch: July 12, 2012 visit the Rotary Club of Squamish facebook page or click here:!/media/set/?set=a.10150942907355920.415668.96770330919&type=1 

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Why wear a Rotary pin?

The first Rotary lapel pin was designed and made by New York Rotary Club member, John Frick on October 14, 1909 and worn by the club’s first president Bradford Bullock from 1909 until his premature death in 1911 (At the time, he was serving as VP of the National Association of Rotary Clubs). The forerunner of the traditional Rotary pin worn today, it features the Rotary wheel has it appeared in its earliest representation with eight spokes, no cogs, and no keyway.

Reasons for wearing a pin are varied: for publicity of Rotary, for pride, for acceptance and recognition, for the start of easy conversation with other Rotarians wherever you go.

Past RI President Bob Barth (1993-94, from the Rotary Club of Aarau, Switzerland) felt that a Rotary pin says this about the wearer: “You can rely on me, I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take, and I am available.”

Do you wear a Rotary pin every day?
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On Saturday October 20 2012 all Rotarians are invited to hear RI President Sakuji Tanaka speak at a lunch and to participate in an afternoon plenary session.

This event is open to all Rotarians in all districts. A large attendance from District 5020, 5040, 5050, 5060 is expected. Only 200 tickets will be sold plus the 400 registered delegates to the Rotary Institute.

Tickets are $50.00 per person if purchased before October 1 2012. After October 1st tickets will be $60.00. The lunch will be held at the Vancouver Westin Bayshore Hotel.

The institute is an annual event held at various locations in Canada and the US. This is the first time since 2000 that District 5040 has hosted this national conference. More than 36 District Governors Nominee, Governors Elect and District Governors attend the institute for training. Also Past District Governors from across Canada, eastern Russia, Northwest and Northeast USA and Bermuda will take part.

Institute 2012 Chair, PDG Penny Offer expects to welcome more than 400 delegates to the pre institute training seminars and the four day institute. For details visit:

In addition to President Tanaka there will be members of the RI Board of Directors and Trustees of The Rotary Foundation participating in presentations and seminars.

After the lunch guests with tickets for the lunch are invited to stay for the afternoon plenary session, which includes presentations by the International Agency For Prevention Of Blindness, service project highlights, South African student project, a Rotary moment, and a panel discussion by senior Rotary leaders (RI board members and trustees).

Tickets are only available online, due to commitments with the hotel there will be no tickets sales at the door.

Click here to buy tickets:


RI President Sakuji Tanaka visits District 5040: Saturday, October 20, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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One of the great events at the Zone 24-32 Institute in Vancouver will be the Walk for Polio on Friday, October 19. The 20 minute walk will be along the sea wall to Jack Poole plaza site of the 2010 Olympic cauldron. In the unlikely chance Vancouver has a rare warm dry rain that day all the walkers will get a polio poncho.

Walk for Polio: Friday, October 19, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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We started the weekend with 1500 pounds of Alberta Grade AAA beef (114 roasts), 210 dozen buns, litres of horseradish and condiments, and the secret recipe for JD's BBQ sauce.  Then was added the most important ingredient: - countless hours from 40 Squamish Rotarians, family and friends (who never stopped smiling!), starting at 5am and ending at 6pm each day.

The result:  We served 2500 J-DEEZ Beef-in-a-bun to locals who have been coming for years, and visitors from as far away as Colorado, San Diego, Italy, Australia and many other places around the globe.  A typical reaction was "this is the best beef bun that I have ever eaten, and I've come back for another!"

Total sales for the weekend were $14,000, the proceeds from which will go to support projects and services in the Squamish community.

Thanks everyone.  We will do it again next year! 

Brian Finley
Rotary Club of Squamish

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The Squamish Environment Society is hosting a Squamish Estuary Walking Tour for the Rotary Club of Squamish on Sunday, July 22. The walk begins at 10am at the Howe Sound Inn at 37801 Cleveland Ave. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Mary Livingston of the SES will be our guide. The cost is $5 to cover insurance and a pamphlet. The walk will run until noon ending back at the Howe Sound Inn. Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch which is optional and not covered. Please contact Judy Fowler at for more information.

Estuary Walking Tour with the Squamish Environment Society: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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A good-bye messaage from Martina:

Hello everybody,

First of all thank you Rotary for the wonderful time and the opportunity to participate in this program and to spend time in this amazing country. During this year I have done things that people could never imagine in my town, as bungee jumping, going to RYLA, going to Hornby Island and going to Victoria, Whistler & Vancouver.  Boating and fishing; taking a ride in a small airplane around Squamish and Whistler; shopping in the US; hiking the Chief and seeing animals i couldn't ever see in Italy. I have travelled a lot and I've met such amazing people as all the four host families who I stayed with. I have been through tough situations and I always knew that somebody could help if I needed it. At first I can't say that my exchange was easy- new country; new people; new culture .

That was the tough period of my life. I missed home, family and friends.

But after two months I started enjoying Canada. I made good friends, people I would never forget. In fact Jessica leas and Christie Lowe, two of my best friends are coming to my place for 20 days. My families were so good with me, changing families helped me understand the variety of Canadian culture . All of them took a little place in my heart and I will never forget how much love they could give to someone that is not even their daughter. I wish everyone could be in an exchange, just to understand that being different is not a defect but it's what makes the world wonderful.

Thanks again amazing Rotarians. See you in few years.

Ciao !!!!!!!!
With so much love,
Martina (the crazy Italian with curly hair)



Farewell Rotary Exchange Student 2011-2012: Matina L'Ala (Italy) Bianca Peters 0
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Acting President Denise Imbeau recieves funds raised by Howe Sound Secondary School's Interact Club 2011-2012 at the Rotary membership lunch, Thursday, June 28, 2012. The HSSS Interact Club hosted a series of successful fundraisers throughout the year. $2900 was raised towards the Rotary Water Project and $3900 was raised for Polio Plus. Great work!  
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The Community Service Report for 2011-12 has been posted under the Downloads section on the right side of this page.  Please refer to this to review how the Rotary Club of Squamish contributed to the community during the last Rotary year. 
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The Gaming Commission awarded $15,000 to Squamish Rotary Club. These funds were allocated to the following community or Rotary programs:-

·         School Breakfast Program: $4000

·         Evans Lake Forest Education Camp: $400

·         Rotary Adventures Programs: $2000

·         Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: $2600

·         Helping Hands Society: $2000

·         Junior Olympics Archery Program: $1000

·         Big Brothers/Big Sisters Teen Mentoring: $2000

·         Biathlon Bears Kids Program: $1000

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2013 Rotary International Convention: Lisbon, Portugal Bianca Peters 0
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Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Squamish and to the Community for raising $15000 towards the Linda Carney Rotary Cares Fund for 2012. All the money raised in Squamish stays in Squamish to cover medical costs for locals who would not otherwise recieve funds from BC Medical. Pictured here is LCC winner Greg Gardner with MLA Joan McIntyre and Squamish Mayor Rob Kirkham at the Finish Line. First woman to cross the line was Heidi Drygas. Top fundraiser was Owen Carney ($2700). Way to go! For more pictures of the event, please visit the Rotary Club of Squamish facebook page or by clicking here:!/media/set/?set=a.10150899800210920.411188.96770330919&type=1
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On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the Real Rotarians of Squamish held their annual Installation Ceremony at the Cornerstone Penthouse in downtown Squamish. Outgoing President Ron Anderson recapped the achievements of the previous year followed by Denise Imbeau being sworn in as President by Assistant Governor Ross Harlow. President Imbeau then swore in her new Executive. Don Partick was recognized for his 40 years with the Rotary Club of Squamish. Congratulations to Ian Davis and Sheri Davis for recieving their Paul Harris Level 7 & 8. $600 was raised towards Polio Plus during the inaugral auctioning of the Dr. Laverne Kindree Immunization Tie. To view photos of the event. entitled The Real Rotarians of Squamish please visit the Rotary Club of Squamish facebook page or click here:
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ImageCome join the Real Rotarians of Squamish at Cleveland Avenue’s latest hotspot, The Cornerstone Penthouse. Enjoy exquisite views, sparkling candlelight, savoury appetizers, decadent desserts, and live entertainment as we celebrate the passing of the Rotarian torch from the 2011/12 executive to the 2012/13 team. Dust off your tuxedo and stiletto heels, dance the night away, and enjoy our signature rotini cocktail at a night you won’t want to miss. No host bar. Members no charge, guests $30. Please RSVP. Leave your keys at home. Pre-book your shuttle by emailing Pat Taylor at
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Don Christie, (right) installs Dean Terry(centre) as a new Rotarian. Bill McNeney (left) is Dean's sponsor.
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Denise Imbeau recieves her Paul Harris Level 1 from Don Patrick, May 24, 2012
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Ann Gawley receives Paul Harris Level 2 from Don Patrick May 24, 2012

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Owen Carney surprises Anne Peters by assisting in receiving her first Paul Harris pin from Don Patrick at Rotary Lunch, Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Rotary sponsored grade 11 Howe Sound Secondary School International Studet Wasup Map Srithongkun who took part at the Powell River Youth Film Program this spring.
"Map" was Squamish Rotary's guest speaker and presented his short film to the club. Check out Map's film and photos from the lunch by visiting the Rotary Club of Squamish's Facebook page or by clicking here:!/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Squamish/96770330919
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Mark your calendar & get involved: June 16, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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Picture above: Martina L'Ala, Rotary's Inbound Student from Sicily, Italy began the Rotary Club of Squamish Business lunch by singing the national anthem. This was later followed by the induction of new Rotary members Ray Brickell (Sponsor: Sarah Braedbrook) and Nickey Haines (Sponsor: Denise Imbeau). To view all the photos taken by Rotarian Michael Kanka visit the facebook page of the "Rotary Club of Squamish" or click here: 
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2014 Rotary District Conference to be held in Squamish Bianca Peters 0
Paul Harris Awards presented: April 19, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
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Pauline McNeney recieves two cheques for the Squamish Hospice Society totalling $3900 from the Rotary Club of Squamish. Present Ron Anderson presented the money to McNeney on the Club's behalf. There will be a Squamish Hospice Society climb on May 6th. Contact Rotarian Bill McNeney for more information on the Hospice fundraiser.
Squamish Rotary donates to the Squamish Hospice Society: April 19, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
Squamish Rotary at Work: Africa Bianca Peters 0
April 10, 2012: Squamish Elementary Garden Project Bianca Peters 0
April 5, 2012: Paul Harris Awarded Bianca Peters 0
April 5, 2012: Joan McIntyre speaks at the Rotary Club of Squamish luncheon. Bianca Peters 0
Squamish Rotary donates to Dry Grad: April 19, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
Photos on Facebook: Farewell to JD, Happy Hour and more..... Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters

To all Rotarians:

 It is with heavy heart that I must inform the membership that John Drenka has passed away.

I am told he passed peacefully at home yesterday with family and friends at his side.

Our thoughts and prayers for Colleen and the Drenka family.


Ron Anderson
Rotary Club of Squamish

End of an Era: Founding Member John Drenka passes away at 95 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters

The service for John Drenka will be held on Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 12:00 noon at The Squamish Valley golf Club. We are looking for Rotarians to assist in our Rotary Beef B-B-Q which we will prepare at the Golf Club for the reception. A core committee is being organized a signup sheet will be circulated at the Club lunch on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Please speak to Bill McNeny for details.


Service for John Drenka: Wednesday, March 28 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
With all the great snow accumulation up the mountains, here's your excuse to take a day off and go skiing this Spring Break! It's Rotary Ski Day in Whistler on Tuesday, March 12th at 7:10 am. Please contact Brian Finley, Director of Community Services at to get involved including car-pooling and signing up for breakfast. If you don't have a pass, Brian suggests buying one at 7-11 before you head up.
Rotary Ski Day in Whistler: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Rose Fast is awarded for becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society by Don Patrick. The PHS recognizes Rotarians who annually contribute $1000US or more to the foundation every year.  The program is a district-administered recognition program and was effective July 1, 2006

Rose Fast recieves Paul Harris Award Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Thursday, February 2: The 200 Club early bird draw for the 2012-2013 series with Jim Miller. 3 x $100 tickets drawn from the famous Rotary Barrel

HISTORICAL FUN FACT: The Rotary Club Barrel was given to the SquamishImage 
Rotary Club by Merv and Lorraine Barrenton-Foote, the former owners of Merv Foote Men's Wear Ltd. 
Club 200 Early Draw:Feb 2, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
PHOTOS! Rotary Curling Event: Friday, March 2, 2012 Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters

Last summer, Devyn Scott participated in a STEP (summer exchange) with Margherita Pasqual from Udine, Italy, near the city of Venice. Here she is presenting the Rotary Club of Udine's club banner to President Ron Anderson.


There are still spaces available for Summer 2012 STEP exchange. If you know a young person between the ages of 15 and 19 who you believe would make a good Ambassador and exchange partner, please contact either Judi McQuinn or Liz Scott. Requests have been received from several countries including France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Ireland, and Finland.

Devyn Scott: Summer Exchange in Italy Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Brian Finley and Rose Fast of the Community Services Committee stand with President Ron Anderson as they recieve a plaque from the West Coast Railway Association for their contribution to the Rotary Garden at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

Rotary Garden: WCRHP Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Rotary Happy Hour: Every other Monday (dates posted on "Speakers" section) 
Time: 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Place: Howe Sound Inn
Cost: $10 includes a drink and appies
Goal: to increase attendance and membership opportunities while fostering fellowship in a relaxed and social atmosphere

Photo: Rotarian James Martin shares a laugh and a glass of wine at tonight's Rotary Happy Hour. Past President Denise Rittberg chaired the meeting and Rotarian Colin Ransom was the guest speaker.

Next Rotary Happy Hour: Monday, March 12th

To view more photos of tonight's Happy Hour visit the Rotary Club of Squamish facebook page at!/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Squamish/96770330919

Rotary Happy Hour Bianca Peters 0
Judy McQuinn becomes a benefactor Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Squamish Rotary will be hosting an evening of curling and fellowship this Friday, March 2 with guests from the Whistler and Pemberton Rotary Clubs at the curling rink at the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club. The only cost is your bar tab. Please contact Judy Fowler at to sign up.
SIGN UP NOW! Curling Event Friday March 2 Bianca Peters 0
Thursday, February 23 Guest Speaker: George Heintzman presents DSEA Peru Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
Thursday Lunch: February 23, 2012: Foundation Chairman Don Patrick presents Rotarian Glen McEachran with his Paul Harris + 2 pin. Glen is a Club benefactor which means he has stated his intent to donate no less than $1000.00 US to the foundation each year. 
Paul Harris + 2 pin awarded to Glen McEachran Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Bianca Peters
The Wael Audi Volleyball league was first started by Officer Wael Audi of the Squamish RCMP. Waels goal was to integrate the youth with the emergency services of Squamish. After his untimely death while on duty, the league was put on hold. Graham Teanby re-started the league 3 years ago. This past year with the help of the Squamish Rotary Graham was able to get a monetary donation from Telus which covered the cost of trophies, medals, t-shirts and the cost of the gym rental.  

Photo: Graham Teanby of the Wael Audi Volleyball League presents a t-shirt to Acting-President Ian Davis at the Feb 23 Rotary Luncheon
For the good of Rotary Bianca Peters 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

The Biathlon Bears Kids Program is designed to introduce you participants to the sport of biathlon, developing cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship skills. The program is a component of a nationally sanctions sport development system. Grant monies will be used to purchase equipment to be used by participants, insuring inexpensive access to the sport of biathlon. Note: a typical biathlon rifle costs $1000. President Pat present Biathlon Bears representative Rick Smith a cheque from Gaming for $1000

 Photo credit: Michael Kanka

Biathlon Bears Kids Program Receives Gaming Funds Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Distributes food to needy members of the community twice a month. Administered and run by committed community volunteers. Receives donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs, and local government. Operating since 1989, serves more than 300 people/month. Pictured with President Pare are the Squamish Food Bank President Susan Newman and Treasurer Tina Cochrane receiving a cheque for  $3000 

Photo Credit: Michael Kanka

Squamish Food Bank Receives Gaming Funds Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Teen mentors from both the local high schools are screened by BBBS, and spend one hour with a boy or girl in elementary school in a non-academic activity, playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, or simply hanging out in the playground. Children in the elementary school are identified by the teacher or referred by a parent. The program builds self-esteem and worth through building a friendship with an older peer, giving them one caring individual in their lives. These children tend to do better in school, make healthier relationships, have improved decision-making skills and are less likely to get involved in drug and alcohol abuse.. The grant monies will be used for purchasing art and craft supplies, games, outdoor activities, bus transportation for the teens, volunteer recognition events. Pictured with President Pat is Ann Marie McKenzie receiving a cheque for $1000.

 Photo credit: Michael Kanka 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Teen Mentoring Program Receives Gaming Funds Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

RYLA is Rotary's Youth Leadership program. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Each year students aged 16 to 18 are chosen to attend this leadership camp held at Camp Jubilee in Indian Arm. The leadership skills and confidence that is instilled is amazing. Recently the excited participants reported back to Rotary about their experiences. Pictured are Howe Sound Secondary student Ben Hughes, 2011/12 Outbound Exchange student Teri-Rose Davis, and 2010/11 Inbound Student (from Germany) Nora Kleffmann. Missing is 2010/11 Inbound Student from Spain) Sara Morales. Gaming funds are used to supported this priceless program.

Photo credit: Michael Kanka

RYLA Participants Report Back Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

The newly created Seniors Lawn Bowling greens in Squamish was completed in September 2009 and over 40 seniors were introduced to the game of Lawn Bowling, however they are in need of protection from the summer heat and sun. These gaming funds will go towards providing four sunshades on the sidelines of the greens, making it more comfortable as well as safer to enjoy this sport. President Pat presents DoS employee Scott Lamont and Rotarian Janet Gugins (also representing the DoS) with a cheque for $1000.

 Photo credit: Michael Kanka

Seniors Lawn Bowling Receives Gaming Funds Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Ian Davis
For those of you who were unable to attend the Vital Signs town hall meeting early last week, we still want your input (and the input of your family members) on what indicators of Squamish’s community health we should be reporting on.
Please refer to your recent email "Vital Signs" for an attached series of ballots for each of the Vital Sign areas.  Each ballot lists “Indicators”, which are things we can get hard data about.   We need your help in deciding which Indicators are most relevant to Squamish.  We ask you to do this by completing the left hand column “Rank” on each ballot by identifying your top 4 choice in order of importance to you, with “1” being the most important. We then need you to return the ballots by June 7th as instructed on the cover page.  Alternatively, you can also return them to me at Rotary.
The quality of the report on Squamish depends on each of us looking at this material and participating.   I am happy to field any questions about the process, as are Carl Ingraham and Kevin Haberl.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Yours Truly,
 Ian T. Davis

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Posted by Elizabeth Scott
On Saturday April 16th, 2011 A Tribute to John Drenka was held at the Sea to Sky Hotel, featuring the film "The Legend of John Drenka". A packed house enjoyed this event, and many stories were shared by both old and young.

Thanks for all that you have done for our community AND Rotary JD!

Over $1200 was raised for the Log Books project.

Thanks also to Bianca Peters, President of the Squamish Historical Society, for organizing this event.
John Drenka Honoured Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
The Outbound Orientation for Youth Exchange students in District 5040 is going to be held at Quest University the weekend of May 13 - 15th.

We would like to invite you to be a part of this dynamic weekend and have an opportunity to meet the students; both this year's inbounds and next year's outbounds as well as some returned exchange students. If you would like to help to create the atmosphere of a crowded international airport arrivals area, you are invited to come to Quest University May 13th at 7 pm. The simulation will take place from 7:30 to 7:50, so it is a very minimal time commitment.
We are also looking for donations of baking for this weekend. Yum!

Please see or email Sheri or Liz if you are interested in helping out.
Youth Exchange Outbound Orientation Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
After many long months of waiting, the Gaming Commission recently announced that our Rotary club had been awarded $7500 to be distributed to groups with both our Rotary club and our community. A week later we were awarded a further $7500 for a total of $15,000. The Gaming Committee met and their recommendations were presented at the April Executive meeting. Recipients will attend the May 5th business meeting for presentations.

Gaming Funds Allocated Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
At a recent meeting Lloyd Ingraham was honoured with a set of beautiful prints of Squamish by Ian Davis on behalf of the Squamish Community Foundation for Lloyd's contribution of close to $60,000. Thank you for supporting our community in such a significant way Lloyd.
Lloyd Ingraham Honoured Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
The Squamish Chief February 12, 2011 story by Meagan Robertson

At age 16, Sara Galvan and Nora Kleffmann left friends, family and familiarity for the sake of experience.

"Everything is different but at the same time is beautiful," said Galvan, a sincere smile on her face. "After six months I'm much more comfortable and Canada is becoming more like home."

Galvan's real home is Asturias, Spain and Kleffmann is from Osnabrück, Germany. Both girls are attending Howe Sound Secondary and live with host families as part of the long-term Rotary Exchange program for one year.

They came for different reasons.

A Truly Canadian Experience Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
I want to tell you a little about my last weekend, 11th and 12th of December. Those two days I spend with the Rotarian Inbounds in Vancouver. We met in Metrotown and went for Christmas shopping the entire noon. It was awesome to see them again. We haven´t seen each other since Halloween. Therefore it was so exciting, because every time we have new adventure to share. We also had lunch together before we went ice skating. Even though most of us couldn´t skate that good, we tried not to fall and had tons of fun. After ice skating we went to Janice Froese´s place and she prepared a lovely dinner for nine exchange students in total, three Rebounds and couple of nice Rotarians. We sang, laughed, talked, played games, made Gingerbread houses and exchanged gifts under the Christmas tree. It was amazing to have Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and Canada sitting on one table. We were really glad to spend also Sunday together. And especially for me it was something wonderful to go to a "German Christmas market" in Canada. It felt like home and I was lucky to share little German tradition with my international friends. So you see I´m still enjoying my new, busy life in Canada and looking forward to the next Inbound Whistler weekend in January.
Update on Exchange Student Nora Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
At our Rotary meeting on December 9, 2010, two new Rotarians were inducted. They are Deidre Plaatjas and Michael Kanka.

Welcome Deidre and Michael. We look forward to working with you to achieve the goals of Rotary.
New Rotarians Inducted Elizabeth Scott 0
Take Back the Tap! Matt Souza 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Teri-Rose Davis is very excited these days. She was selected from among six applicants for the Long Term Youth Exchange Program. Teri will be heading out on her exchange in July 2011, and although she won't know where she is going until sometime in the Spring, there is still much planning to do to prepare for this amazing adventure.

Teri is pictured second from left together with Larissa Bergeron with their Interact Club's Pennies for Polio collection, and PDG Chris Offer and DG Penny Offer.
Teri-Rose Davis Selected as Youth Exchange Student Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Donald Patrick

In August of 2010, the Squamish Rotary Club was made aware that the Hospice Society had a short fall of funding.

The upcoming Squamish Live Music Festival was the Rotary Club's next fundraising effort and the executive assigned a percentage of the profits from the Beef BBQ to be donated in the name of the Squamish Hospice.  The fundraiser was unsuccessful resulting in a deficit… which in Rotary means the members pick up the shortfall.

Rotarian Lloyd Ingraham took up the cause and challenged his fellow Rotarians to go to the well again to assist this important service.  Fourteen Rotarians stepped up to the plate increasing the seed money donated by Lloyd to a final total of $6,200.00

The Bank of Nova Scotia offered a challenge that would match up the first $5,000, therefore the Lloyd Ingraham Challenge to the Rotary Club of Squamish resulted in a total of $11,200 towards the continuing service of the Squamish Hospice Society.

Thank you Lloyd and your fellow Rotarians and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Pictured are Lloyd Ingraham of the Squamish Rotary Club, Gloria Healey on behalf of the Squamish Hospice Society, and Rob Kirkham of the Squamish Bank of Nova Scotia

Press Release Nov. 2, 2010 Donald Patrick 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
A new addition of a Squamish Rotary brochure is being finalized. Liz Scott is still looking for a couple of testimonials for the brochure. If you would like to say a few words about what Rotary means to you, please see Liz or email her at Thank you to everyone for your input.
Rotary Brochure Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Rotary Foundation Co-Chairs Don Patrick and Mike Nasu recently co-hosted a Foundation Dinner at Don and Lynda Patrick's home. Mike brought his culinary skills to the table and a wonderful time was had by all, in addition to monies raised for our Foundation.
Don and Mike are now looking for someone willing to host the next Foundation dinner in either October or November. Please speak to either Don or Mike if you are interested.
Reminder: the host receives 500 Paul Harris Credits and those attending receive a tax receipt.
Foundation Dinner Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
The recent Golf Fundraiser at the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club raised $8,000 for the Squamish Elementary Schools Breakfast Program. Thanks to Brian Avey for organizing, Glen McEachran for all of your work promoting, and of course to all of the golfers for participating and supporting.
Fore! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Lunchtime September 23, 2010 found us at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in the newly opened CN Roundhouse and Convention Centre. Rotarian and a driving force behind the Railway Heritage Park and its future vision, including the Roundhouse, Don Evans, updated our club about the history surrounding the Roundhouse and the challenges that were faced along the way. Today we have a beautiful new facility in the Railway Park capable of hosting a crowd of up to 1200. Thanks Don, for your commitment to this amazing facility, and for sharing its history with us!

Thanks also to Greg van Hierden of G-Van Catering for a delicious lunch.
Lunch at the new Roundhouse Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Sheri Davis
Enjoy 5 days in beautiful Guatemala, golfing, going on excursions, experiencing Guatemalan culture and supporting the great work of Casa Colibri. Contact Sheri or Pat for info.
Golf in Guatemala & Support Casa Colibi Sheri Davis 0
Posted by Sheri Davis
If you'd like to know what our outbound student is up to in Mexico, read her outstanding blog. The link is on the left side of our website under "Club Links"
Abbey's Blog from Mexico Sheri Davis 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Don't forget the BBQ hut cleanup tonight at the Logger Sports Grounds. We will meet at 6 pm.

Also, don't forget your shift at the BBQ hut Saturday and Sunday. It's going to be a FANTASTIC weekend for Logger Sports!
BBQ Hut Cleanup Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
The District 5040 Directory has been added to the Squamish Rotary website. To access this Directory, please sign in, and click on "Admin". Then click on "View Club Documents" on the lefthand side of the screen. Click on "District 5040 Directory".
District Directory Added to Website Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

With the blessing of PDG Gord Dalglish, Sheri has contacted all the clubs in the district in an effort to coordinate a GSE Legacy project with the home club of the GSE leader in the Phillipines. Clubs are being asked to donate fines/happy dollars, and "take a child to breakfast/lunch/dinner" during the second week of July. Funds raised will go towards the Filipino club's project at a local orphanage, which involves a feeding program and the purchase of school supplies. The goal is to collect approx $6700 and then write a District grant to bring the total to $10,000.

Approximately $470 was collected in fines and happy dollars at our recent Installation in Whistler towards this legacy project.

Next Thursday, July 15th, we designated as Squamish's "take a child to lunch" day, so if you would like, we invite you to donate a lunch in a child's honour to this legacy project.

GSE Philippines Legacy Project Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Take a few moments to review the accomplishments of our club during the 2009/10 Rotary year. You will be astounded by just how much our club does over the course of one year.

All you have to do is:
  1. Go to
  2. Login (if you have forgotten your login &/or password, see Liz Scott or email her at
  3. Click on "Admin" at the top of the screen
  4. Click on "View Club Documents" on the lefthand side of the screen
  5. Click on "Accomplishments 2009/10"
  6. Read the article and then pat yourself on the back for being part of this remarkable club!

Take a Few Moments... Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Rotary meeting August 5th will be held at Chances Casino on the deck.
Reminder!!! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
It is a busy time of year for Youth Exchange:

Last year's outbound student, Michael Duffee, has returned from Brasil. Sara Nilsson, our Inbound Student, has now returned to Sweden full of wonderful memories of Squamish and Canada.

This year's outbound student, Logan Bennett, had many issues with his visa for India, but arrived there over a week ago and is already attending school. Abbey Heilig, our other outbound student is will be heading off to Puebla, Mexico very soon.

Inbound students, Nora Kleffmann from Germany, and Sara Morales from Spain, are registered at Howe Sound Secondary and have their courses. Nora will arrive Aug 25 and will stay with the Heilig's. Sara will stay with Pat and Gary Taylor first. We still need one more host family!!!

All seven Squamish STEP exchanges are going well.

3 students attended RYLA Lakelse. They are Maegan Bruce, Britany Shier and Abbey Heilig.

The 3 young people we sent to the Rotary International Convention and pre-convention Rotaract meeting in Montreal were very inspired and are excited to get the Rotaract club going. 2 of the students will return to school at Quest in August, and start recruiting members.


Youth Update Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Katelemwa Cheshire Home in Uganda - final paperwork for the matching grant has been submitted and accepted by the Rotary Foundation. Matching grant closed.

EBRC - funds from the matching grant have all been spent. Final paperwork will be done with the Rotary Club of Hurlingham so that the grant can be officially closed. We recently received just over $3300 from the Interact Club of Howe Sound from their Global Awareness Dinner. Funds were raised for EBRC. We wired $2500US to EBRC on July 6.

Miguta Health Center in Kenya - Sheri and George Mbugua from the Rotary Club of Nairobi Industrial are continuing their work on the Global Grant application.

Casa Colibri - received correspondence from Linda McGinty of Michigan. Included AGM minutes and an update of current activities at the clinic. We have forwarded $6000 raised during Ian's year, and have committed to another $10,000 for this year as part of a Global Grant application. Sheri will work with Linda on this process.

International Update Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
September 10th marks the 13th Annual Squamish Health Care Foundation Golf Classic at the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club. For more information go to<Events>Golf Classic
Book Your Tee Time Now! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
If you are interested in becoming a website sponsor for only $50 per year, please contact Liz Scott. Your company banner will be included on the home page of the Squamish Rotary website and will be viewed by anyone who visits our website. This is great exposure for great value!
Interested In Becoming A Website Sponsor? Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Thanks Rotarians for the incredible outpouring of support for TEAM LIZ in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Devyn and Randy Scott rode 254 km from Vancouver to Seattle this past weekend, battling blistering heat, headwinds so strong that they tossed Devyn into the bushes at one point, rainstorms causing hypothermia in many of the riders, and 9.2 million dollars for the BC Cancer Foundation. Devyn and Randy raised $10,300!

Thanks for the Amazing Support! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Pictures have been posted on the Rotary Club of Squamish facebook account from the Rotary Beef BBQ July 31 & August 1. Go to and enter Rotary Club of Squamish to view the pictures or enter if you are not on facebook.

By the way, can you identify the Rotarians in this photo?
Pictures on Facebook Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
A few weeks ago I travelled to Liberia. It's taken me a while to write about it because it was the type of trip that required some processing afterwards. While I'm still turning over much of what I experienced in my mind, let me share a few notes with you.
Monrovia, the capital city, is spread out along wide roads. It has the potential to be beautiful, boasting white sandy beaches and lush green trees – and perhaps it once was. But the scars of war are still very present. As a tour I was taken to a five star hotel, or what had once been a hotel; now it was an empty shell with soldiers camped out in the lobby to prevent squatters. Street children played in the empty swimming pool and parking lot. From the poolside I looked out all over Monrovia – directly bellow me a massive slum pressed out on a peninsula of white sandy beach.
Julia Smith - The Winding Road - June 15/10 Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott

Alex Cairns, accompanied by Ian Davis, rides by on Mamquam Road during the Celebrity Challenge Saturday on his way to the finish line at the top of Perth. Once there, he was awarded a cheque for $5,000 for a sit ski from the Club 200 fund. Alex raised $1,700 for the Linda Carney Rotary Cares Fund by going door to door collecting pledges. We support you, Alex!

Alex Cairns Rides for Rotary Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
If you have any Rotary photos from the past year, please email them to Liz Scott at to include in the slideshow for the Installation Saturday evening.


Pictures Please... Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Several offspring of Rotarians are graduating from HSS this year including Glen McEachern's son, Patrick, Judy Fowler's adopted granddaughter, Andy, Matt Sousa's son, Kevin, Ian and Sheri Davis's son, Gareth, and Liz Scott's daughter, Devyn. Many awards, scholarships and bursaries were handed down and several of the students are also members of the Interact club, headed by Sheri Davis. Pictured is Devyn Scott, receiving the Allison Roberge Memorial Award from Denice and Nate Roberge.
Several Offspring of Rotarians are Awarded Elizabeth Scott 0
Canadian Rotary Centennial Stamp Unveiled Elizabeth Scott 0
Rotarian Juliana & Julio Present Award Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Rotarian Laurie Vanzella presents the Dr. Luke Plunkett Memorial Award to Patrick McEachran, son of Rotarian Glen McEachran at the HSS Awards Night. Patrick received several other awards this evening as well. Congratulations Patrick!
Rotarian Laurie Vanzella Presents Award Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
June 10 was Awards Night at Howe Sound Secondary and there were many highlights. Among them of course, was the awarding of the Rotary Club of Squamish Scholarship. The recipient is Julianna Bourke, an active Interact member and recently chosen student to attend Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa.
And the winner is... Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
At the recent District Conference held in Prince Rupert, our own Sheri Davis was named District 5040 Rotarian of the Year. Upon Sheri's return to our club, in true humble fashion, Sheri claimed that it is impossible to name just one Rotarian of the Year as it is because of the support of the club and her husband and current club president, Ian, that she was so honoured with this distinction. Regardless, we know how many countless hours you devote to Rotary, Interact, Rotaract, as Assistant Governor for Sea to Sky, to International projects and grants; the list goes on, and our club would not enjoy the success it does without you, Sheri. Thank you for all that you do for Rotary.
Sheri Named Rotarian of the Year Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Sara Nilsson recently presented to the club about her home in Linkoping, Sweden, including her family and many of the traditions. Her presentation was very interesting and informative, as well as entertaining. Well done, Sara!
Sara Nilsson Presents on Sweden Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Michael Duffee is a little behind in his reporting, but read on to catch up with his adventures:
Brazil Report #5      Michael Duffee

February is already over, school is back in full swing, and I'm already halfway through my exchange. At the beginning of this month, my whole family and I finally went on our trip to Toque-Toque, an amazing beach about 3/4ths of the way from Sao Paulo to Rio. In total, there were 12 of us (6 more later on in the vacation) fitting into a few cars, which then drove 4 hours through Sao Paulo during rush hour (which, if you have ever been there, means that we had just driven 40 or 50 kilometers!), and 3 more hours on the beautiful highway that overlooks the sea and beaches way down below! When we arrived during the nighttime, me dad, mum, uncle, granddad, grandma, 2 sisters, 4 cousins (all girls), and I unpacked our things into our beautiful rented beach house and went to the local town to get something to eat and to meet another uncle, and 2 cousins (one boy and one girl). We all ate and decided to get some sleep and wake up early for the sun and the heat (which I couldn't wait to finally get under at the beach!). The next day we all walked cown to just quickly check out the beach before breakfast and se the best place to set up campl After quickly walking along the beach (I decided to be very smart about the sun and slowly ease into a good tan by putting on sunscreen morning and afternoon for it), I made my way to near my house and for some stroke of luck, ran into a Canadian girl that I had known on my first week of Brazil! I went over and met her family and we got talking for a longg time. Unfortunately for me, when I came back to my house 3 hours later, I noticed that I was already burned and forgot to put sunscreen on my very first day. The next few days were very cool, although I was looking a little bit like a lobster, and I got to meet a lot of very nice people wanting to know where I was from (white hair at the beach full of extremely tanned people draws some attention).

Michael Duffee is Having a Great Time in Brazil Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
The week of May 24th the Forestry GSE Team from South Carolina District 7750 visited Squamish. Forester and Rotarian Kevin Haberl arranged for a local tour for the team and they also joined us for lunch. They gave us a brief update of their travels, marveling at the scenery through the Fraser Canyon enroute to the District Conference in Prince Rupert. Of course, they were also able to witness the devastation to our forests that the pine beetle has brought.

Again the team was awed by the sights on the ferry trip back to Vancouver Island. Pictured are President Ian with Tammy Cushing, Clemson University Professor of Forest Economics and ManagementKristen Austin, South Carolina Southern Blue Ridge Project Director for The Nature Concervancy, Mary Yonce, Timber Manager for the U.S. Forest Service on the Sumter National Forest, and Michelle Christensen, an intern with the Endowment at Portland State University, with plans to become an urban planner and hopes to apply for an associate level position with a forest-conservation non-profit.
Forestry GSE Team Visits Squamish Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Upcoming Outbound Youth Exchange students Abbey Heilig and Logan Bennett came to Rotary to thank us for our support and the opportunity to head out on their year long exchanges. Abbey is going to Peubla, Mexico, and Logan is heading to India. We look forward to hearing about their adventures while they are away.
Outbound Students Abbey and Logan Visit Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
Bicycle Safety, held at all of the Squamish Elementary Schools, and a joint effort with the local RCMP and student volunteers from the high schools, was once again a success. This is such a highlight, especially for some of the younger students who sometimes even remove their training wheels for this "big event".

Thanks to all who came out to help, and to Don Patrick and Peter Martin for organizing.
Bicycle Safety A Success Again! Elizabeth Scott 0
Posted by Elizabeth Scott
RI President John Kenny says in his last message as president, "These past 12 months have given me the opportunity and the privilege of observing firsthand how our service touches the lives of others, and how great are the needs we address."
Rotarians Make a Difference Elizabeth Scott 0