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Rotarians on the Saanich Peninsula will celebrate a century of Service above Self during 2013. The Rotary Club of Victoria, the first club on Vancouver Island, was established on Nov. 14th, 1913 as the 90th club in the world.

This special feature looks at the three Rotary clubs of the Saanich Peninsula. What’s inside: A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENTS WHAT IS ROTARY? ROTARY CLUB OF BRENTWOOD BAY ROTARY CLUB OF SIDNEY SIDNEY BY THE SEA ROTARY CLUB

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Clubs serving the Saanich Peninsula: Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Rotary Club of Sidney Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea

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HUNDRED Meet the Rotary Clubs of the Saanich Peninsula BRENTWOOD BAY Meets at noon every Tuesday at the Zanzibar Restaurant on Stelly’s Cross Road in Brentwood Bay. President: Gary Nason 250-658-0672 Secretary: Donna Stewart 250-381-7338 Interesting programs, have some fun, help to support our community. Service Above Self is our driving force. Consider coming to a meeting to see what Rotary is all about. New members are always welcome.

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SIDNEY Weekly dinner meetings Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, 1050 McTavish Road, Sidney, BC V8L 3S3, Canada. President: Roger Hind Secretary: Carolyn Morley For more information visit or contact President Roger Hind at 250-656-8685

New members are always welcome!

SIDNEY BY THE SEA Join us for Breakfast - Thursdays at 7:10 am at Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. We are actively recruiting like-minded, community-spirited individuals.

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A message from the Presidents Brentwood Bay. Greetings from Brentwood Bay Rotary Club. With a firm belief in SERVICE ABOVE SELF our club is active on the Saanich Peninsula.


Meeting at the Zanzibar restaurant in Brentwood Bay we receive presentations on local issues and activities and plan how we can best support our community. Although small with only 19 members, we raise funds to support community projects and we are most grateful for the generous support which we receive. We seek your continued support and hope to see you at future events. If SERVICE ABOVE SELF is of interest to you please contact us and learn

Gary Nason President of the Rotary Club Brentwood Bay

more. New members are welcome.

governor’s MESSAGE

The Rotary Clubs of Sidney, Sidney by the Sea and Brentwood Bay have joined together to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in the Greater Victoria area. The three Saanich Pen-

Sidney. In the history of Rotary, since its inception in 1905, there is a strong parallel between the development of its ideals and objectives and the growth

Roger Hind President of the Rotary Club of Sidney

insula Clubs have donated countless hours and resources to help make our communities

of Rotary Clubs. The Members of Rotary Clubs encourage high ethical stan-

a little better, a little safer and a little happier.

dards in all vocations, provide humanitarian services and help build interna-

As Governor of Rotary District 5020 I have the

tional understanding, goodwill and peace in the world united in the ideal of

opportunity to witness and experience the

service as their objectives. The more Rotarians appreciate the potential for

overall quality of service to our communities,

good within their communities and beyond, the more rapidly the movement

both locally and internationally. Rotarians

has grown. We also see the potential to eradicate Polio and numerous other

celebrating the accomplishments of our first

diseases worldwide through the cooperation, funding and volunteer support

100 years goes hand in hand with looking for-

provided by Rotary Clubs, its Foundation and its partners the World Health

ward to the future delivery of Rotary programs

Organization and the Gates Foundation.

with the same zeal, compassion and commitment demonstrated in the past.

Sidney by the Sea. The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is a dynamic and engaged

Hein Moes President of Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea

volunteer service organization dedicated to taking a leadership role in meeting the needs of youth and seniors in our local community, promoting health, literacy and economic self-sufficiency in communities in need around the world. The Rotary motto for 2012/2013 is Peace Through Service and asks each Rotarian to see the needs of others as more important than their own needs. The Sidney by the Sea Rotary club members actively follow this motto daily and we have accomplished success over the past nine months raising funds for community and international programs. Learn about our club projects in the Sidney by the Sea article later in this supplement. We are always looking for like-minded, community-spirited individuals. Come out and learn about our club at one of our Thursday morning meetings. Please contact Richard Belanger (


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What is Rotary? Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges - including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns - while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations. As the world’s largest provider of international scholarships, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1, 000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution. Polio Plus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Founder Paul Harris arranged meetings of business colleagues by rotating the locations through member’s offices. Hence the derivation of the word Rotary. Today, club members are men and women from nearly every walk of life who meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues and

enjoy fellowship. Clubs are non political and open to every race, culture and creed. Clubs are grouped geographically into Districts which are headed by District Governor. Vancouver Island and North Western Washington State clubs form district 5020, which is one of the largest districts in Rotary and one of the few international districts with 87 clubs and approximately 5000 members. This year’s district conference will be held in Sidney, Vancouver Island, at the Mary Winspear Centre May 31st to June 2nd. Between 400 and 500 Rotarians are expected to attend.

“MEMBERS ARE MEN AND WOMEN FROM NEARLY EVERY WALK OF LIFE WHO MEET WEEKLY TO PLAN SERVICE PROJECTS, DISCUSS COMMUNITY AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND ENJOY FELLOWSHIP“ Clubs are semi autonomous following the interests of their members, whilst adhering to the principles agreed for all Rotary clubs. Service above self and the Four way test - Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build Goodwill and better Friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Club members pay annual dues to cover administration costs thus allowing all funds from fund raising events to be reinvested into the community and international projects according to the desires of the members of each club. For more information visit

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The Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay The Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay was chartered on Oct. 3rd, 1981. Meetings are held every Tuesday at noon in the Zanzibar Café on Stelly’s Crossroad where we have great meals and comfortable ambiance. Being a small club with just 19 members, we all know each other and meetings are relaxed and fun. We are also fortunate to attract a variety of speakers and presenters who make our meetings educational and informative. As a semi autonomous club we are guided by the interests and passions of our members. It is surprising what a few can do when they are keen to serve. The club carries out a variety of fund raising activities throughout the year. Our major fundraising event is at the Saanich Fall Fair where the club runs a concession booth, affectionately named The Sugar Shack. During the Fair all members, along with their spouses, family and friends, pitch in to sell candy floss, snow cones, hot dogs and our ever popular soft ice cream. In April we team up with the centre for Active Living 50+ in Brentwood Bay to host Antiques Revisited. This popular event offers attendees the opportunity to bring in their antiques to be appraised by professional appraisers.


PROJECTS The Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay.


This year the club will be partnering with the MS Society of Southern Vancouver Island to hold a Gala Night Out in the Church and State Winery on May 4th. The event promises to be an exciting evening with an auction, entertainment, a plated gourmet dinner and wine. The funds raised at all functions go to support local community and international projects.

Contributions were made to the Central Saanich Seniors Center in Brentwood Bay, a kit was purchased for the Early Learning for the Visually Impaired program, book awards to encourage readers at the Brentwood Bay Elementary school, contributions to a program for the hearing impaired. The club also provides manpower and financial support for the Terry Fox Run and the MS Carnation Fund raiser, as well as awarding the Darcy Lazarz Scholarship at Stelly’s Secondary School.

“THE FUNDS RAISED AT ALL FUNCTIONS GO TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS.” The club supports the African Community Project which educates and assists rural Zambian communities to establish sustainable tree nurseries, and provide educational facilities and address water and health issues. Prior to this we partnered with Harbourside Rotary Club to provide water wells in Honduras. We have funded wells in Kitogata, Uganda and northern India and a girls dormitory in Katesh, Tanzania. We have supported the Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio. If you are interested in making a presentation to our club or becoming a member you are welcome to contact our president Gary Nason at 250-658-0627 or any member of the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club. Why not visit us on the internet.

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The Rotary Club of Sidney was chartered on August 14, 1946. The club has sponsored the formation of three other clubs, the Salt Spring Island Rotary Club, the Brentwood Rotary Club and the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club. The Sidney Rotary Club is a dinner club, which meets at the Glen Meadows Golf Course every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The club has been involved in many local and international projects, along with providing scholarships and youth training opportunities. Our major fundraiser each year is the children’s and adult’s games at the  Saanich Fair. We brought the first children’s rides to the fair in 1953 and have been involved since then. The Rotary Club of Sidney has provided funds for clean water projects in many Central and South American villages, purchased Eco-Kalan stoves for a Habitat for Humanity project in the Philippines and most recently, provided funds to build latrines in Kakuma, Kenya for children.


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PROJECTS The Rotary Club of Sidney


Locally, our club helped build the non-profit Wakefield Manor and Rotary Baseball Park. Our club provided the Town of Sidney with a town clock on Beacon Avenue, established the Heart Smart Walk along the Sidney waterfront and purchased a defibrillator for the Mary Winspear Centre. We assisted the North Saanich Fire Department purchase of two thermal imaging cameras, purchased the

Congratulations Rotary BC 100th Anniversary 1913-2013 The District of North Saanich Mayor and Council would like to congratulate BC Rotary Clubs on your 100th anniversary. With over 145 clubs across BC your humanitarian services are vast and of immense worth. You are a value to all our communities and we are grateful for your hard work and commitment. A heartfelt welcome to visiting dignitaries and members of the community who have come to attend the Rotary District Convention held in Sidney May 3-5, 2013.

first set of Jaws of Life for the Sidney Fire Department and assisted with rebuilding a fence at the Shoal Centre. Our club collaborated with the Brentwood and Sidney by the Sea Rotary clubs to provide furnishings for the palliative care unit at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and contributed to the purchase of laparoscopic equipment for their operating room. Recently we have provided funds to the Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society to construct a building to house a large freezer. Other recent fundraisers held include a dinner & auction evening highlighting local food and wine, a Swap & Shop and a Road Rally. Funds raised help support the Mt. Newton Centre programs for seniors, the Parkland Grads, Extreme Teen events at Bayside School and the Grade 3 water safety and swim program at the Panorama Centre for all children on the peninsula. The Rotary Club of Sidney has been very active supporting youth in our community.  Annually, we provide two $1,000 scholarships for graduating students from Parkland and  Stelly’s  schools and send students to Rotary programs held in Ottawa and Tacoma, Washington. Our club has been involved in Rotary Youth Exchange for the past 10 years. A local student goes out for a one year cultural exchange and the club in turn hosts a student from another country. This year we have sent one student to Sweden and one to Thailand while we host a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Denmark who is attending Parkland Secondary.

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HUNDRED Town of Sidney Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary! LOCAL

PROJECTS The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea


The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club was chartered on November 21, 1995 with 11 charter members, including four women. Today six of those members remain active in the club, including three of the original female members. The club provides a breakfast meeting option for local Rotarians, where fun and fellowship have enabled the club to undertake projects that improve the health and welfare within our community and in needy communities around the world.

It is  a  great  honour  for  the  Town  of  Sidney  to  be  hosting  the  Rotary District Conference during the 100th Anniversary of Rotary  Clubs.  On  behalf  of  the  Town  of  Sidney,  I  would  like  to  say  “Welcome” to all of the delegates and I hope that you enjoy your  time in our beautiful seaside community.   

Sidney is  fortunate  to  have  two  Rotary  Clubs  within  our  community; the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea and Rotary Club  of  Sidney.  Each  of  these  clubs  has  contributed  a  tremendous  amount  of  volunteer  time  and  resources,  developing  initiatives  that  have  benefited  both  residents  of  our  community  and  communities around the world.   

Quite recently, in the summer of 2012, Rotary Club of Sidney by  the  Sea  installed  a  children’s  water  spray  park  in  our  newly  upgraded  Iroquois  Park.  This  has  quickly  become  a  popular  summertime attraction for local children.  

Our club is friendly, providing a venue for networking and camaraderie among service-minded business professionals. Our membership includes current and former town councillors, a former Mayor, business owners and retired vocational leaders. The club is currently 45 members strong. Team-building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just some of the leadership skills that members can exercise and enhance. Our belief in Service above Self ensures that we focus our efforts on improving quality of life both locally and globally. Locally, Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club has undertaken multi-year projects as well as annual contributions to area groups. Recent projects include the North Saanich Free Ride Bicycle Park and the new water spray park in Iroquois Park. Through funding contributions, the club has supported: the Sidney Sea and Air Cadets, school literacy programs, the Sidney Concert Society, the Sidney Food Bank, Victoria Riding for the Disabled, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Jeneece Place and the Mount Newton Centre. We also provide scholarships to Stelly’s and Parkland high school students, Camosun College and the Shoal Centre. Participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange, local high school students experience a year living with families in another country; similarly, an international Rotary Youth Exchange student is supported by the club here in Sidney each year. High school students are also sponsored for leadership development programs such as Adventures in Citizenship (a learning experience in Ottawa) and the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (Tacoma, WA). Internationally, we make ongoing contributions to Rotary’s polio eradication program and Shelterbox (temporary emergency housing in disaster areas). We have partnered with the Compassionate Resource Warehouse to ship used medical equipment and school supplies to overseas locations. With funding support from the Rotary Foundation and other Rotary Clubs, larger projects include improvements to the Malawi Girls School, a therapeutic rehabilitation pool in Brazil, the Tanzania Malaria Project and Mercy Ships International.

Water Spray Park at Iroquois Park – funded by Rotary  Club of Sidney by the Sea.  

Our Rotary  Clubs  also  provide  scholarships  for  local  youth,  enabling  them  to  pursue  their  dreams.  They  raise  funds  and  awareness for causes and as a result, our community and many  individuals  have  been  supported  in  numerous  ways  by  their  positive contributions.   

“RECENT PROJECTS INCLUDE THE NORTH SAANICH FREE RIDE BICYCLE PARK” To support these efforts, club members contribute both financially and with sweat equity. But we really depend upon fundraising to maximize our contributions to local and international projects. Our major fundraiser is a Monte Carlo night, a gala evening with gaming, dancing and a silent auction. Thanks to our many sponsors. At the Saanich Fall Fair we operate an ice cream wagon to raise funds for our youth programs and team with the Sidney Rotary Club to staff the very popular games of chance.

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HUNDRED From the Community to the Community Peninsula Rotarians create fund raising events in order to support their community projects. Some examples of fund raisers and the projects supported are given below: Fund Raisers Projects Supported Saanich Fair Sugar Shack Rotary Baseball Park Saanich Fall Fair Games Wakefield Manor Road Rally Saanich Peninsula Hospital Antiques Revisited Panorama Recreation Centre Poinsettia sales Mount Newton Centre Gala Night Out with Auction Generator for Sluggett House Monte Carlo Night Rotary Water Spray Park Concerts Eradication of Polio Swap & shop Mercy Ships Ice Cream Wagon at Saanich Fair Jeneece Place Car Wash African Water projects Mary Winspear Centre Town of Sidney Sidney Fire Department North Saanich Fire Department Scholarships at Stelly’s and Parkland School Scholarships at Camosun Scholarships at the Shoal Centre North Saanich Free Ride Bike Park Malawi Girls School Victoria Riding for the Disabled


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