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Did you know that Powell River has two Rotary clubs belonging to an international organization that does some pretty amazing work around the world? Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 per cent worldwide since launching their first vaccination project in the Philippines in 1979. They are close to eradicating polio but they still need your help.

Who can join Rotary?

Rotary is made up of people who are committed to and passionate about enhancing communities and improving the lives of people around the globe. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.


Rotary’s motto is ”Service above self.” Rotarians want to be of service to the community because Rotarians believe that they have the potential to create better, safer and healthier communities, one project at a time. Fellowship is also important. The friendship and sense of doing something good together is what keeps Rotarians looking forward to meetings week after week. Diversity becomes more important every year and integrity is a value that guides all Rotarians because every Rotarian is a guardian of the organization’s reputation. Leadership is the fifth core value. Everything a Rotarian does reflects upon all Rotarians, which is why it is important that Rotarians live by their core values and commit to Service Above Self. The four-way test is a central part of the Rotary structure throughout the world and is held as the standard by which all behaviour should be measured. The fourway test is recited weekly by members at meetings all around the world.

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Two clubs

Chartered in 1955, the Rotary Club of Powell River (also known as “the evening club”) is one of the community’s oldest service clubs. The evening club meets every Wednesday evening at 6 pm at Julie’s Airport Café. Club president is Sean Dees. Chartered in 2010, the Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise is led by president Don McLeod. The club meets at 7:15 am every Tuesday morning in the banquet room of the Town Centre Hotel. Members from both clubs work together on some projects, such as the Brooks Interact Club, and separately on others – but they are all Rotarians. The Brooks Interact Club’s co-presidents are Asees Kaur and Bayley Hollingsworth for the first term, with Rachel Peckford taking over as president at the end of January.

Ben Fairless Proudest Rotary moment 2016: Being co-chair for our scholarship selection. I’m proud our club is able to help students pursue postsecondary education. Why I’m a Rotarian: To give back to the community and to make it an ever better place to live. Years involved: 5

Hiking Promoter Sunshine Coast Trail

Proudest Rotary moment 2016: Finishing off the exercise park at Willingdon Beach! Why I’m a Rotarian: When we invited Eagle Walz of the Sunshine Coast Trail as our guest speaker, I immediately started volunteering and have been ever since. Our club lets us get to know and serve with civic leaders. Years involved: 3

John Kristof

Martyn Woolley Manager Community Resource Centre

When Rotarian Kip Brown passed away last year, the Rotary Club of Powell River lost its longest standing Powell River member. Kip had been a Rotarian for 42 years and lived his life the Rotary way.

Proudest Rotary moment 2016: When we cooked and fed 300 kids at the Kathaumixw barbecue at Willingdon Beach last summer. Why I’m a Rotarian: I was inspired by the people who were already members of the club. Years involved: 1

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Proudest Rotary moment 2016: Being part of the team that planned, designed and constructed the Adult Exercise Park at Willingdon Beach; and, giving bursaries to three students at the Brooks’ Cap and Gown Night on behalf of the Club. It is great to see the potential of the youth of Powell River. Why I’m a Rotarian: Being part of a group of like-minded individuals who want to make our local community a better place to live and perhaps have some fun at the same time. Years involved: 5

POWELL RIVER LIVING • january 2017 •


January 2017  

Our biggest January issue ever bring you Powell River stories from around the corner, and as far away as Cuba! Read about things as diverse...

January 2017  

Our biggest January issue ever bring you Powell River stories from around the corner, and as far away as Cuba! Read about things as diverse...