The Kuehn family, on sofa, during their stay in Vancouver, stranded by wildfires. Ray and Joanne Moschuk, rear, hosted the family.
By Past District Governor Chris Offer, member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
Wildfires in the forests of British Columbia are common but the fire season in 2017 has been one of the most destructive in many years. At its peak, 40,000 people were evacuated from farms, villages, and cities. More than 1,000 fires were burning 100,000 hectares. Numerous highways were closed, isolating large parts of the province. Continue reading
Doug Vincent, right, and Syed Khusro, President of the UN Association in Canada Toronto Branch.
By Doug Vincent, Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Ontario, Canada
We celebrated a great United Nations Day at Toronto City Hall on 23 October, hosted by the United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Branch. President Syed Khusro did an excellent job of coordinating the event and including Rotary.
A highlight for me was the outdoor ceremony, where the flag of the United Nations was raised over Toronto accompanied by the Canadian national anthem. Yes, the UN flag now flies over the city of Toronto. The release of several white doves symbolized our hope for world peace. Continue reading
Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, addresses Rotary members in Canada during a recent Rotary Day.
By Douglas W. Vincent, Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Ontario, Canada
In January, the Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale hosted a Rotary Day event exploring what we as Rotary members can do to improve the health of mothers and their children, through our club projects and working with the United Nations. Rotary has had a long-standing relationship with the UN dating all the way back to its formation, and improving maternal health and reducing child mortality are two of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
We invited a special guest, Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Continue reading
Darren Luong, left, and Matt Pomeroy receive certificates from District 7090 for their work with youth service.
By Darren Luong, a member of the E-Club of Southern Ontario, Canada & Western New York
Sixteen years ago, as a student at Cardinal Heights Middle School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, I received an award from the local Rotary club at my graduation. I didn’t know what Rotary was or even why I had received the award. Time went by and it was forgotten at the bottom of some boxes packed away.
Eight years later, I was sponsored to go to a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event in my district. This life-changing week and the support from Rotary throughout my life has convinced me that this organization is full of amazing people that can really change the world for the better. Continue reading
Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, Canada
I recently visited the spring conference at Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, one of six worldwide. As a supporter of the Rotary peace centers program, I had an opportunity to see firsthand how our support is being used.
Rhett Sangster, a Saskatchewan nominated for the program from my Rotary district in Ottawa, was one of twelve graduating peace fellows delivering a presentation that day. His unique and innovative explanation of the ongoing treaty negotiations with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, known as First Nations, changed my ideas and perceptions about the process. Continue reading
Rotary members in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, celebrated the club’s centennial by funding a truck for the local food bank.
By Murray Ramsbottom, president of the Rotary Club of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Our club wanted to do something special to observe the 100th anniversary of our club’s charter on 15 November, 1913. So we launched several initiatives disbursing $250,000 from club fundraisers to help those in need in our community.
The results have been nothing short of amazing, and have brought members closer together. There is nothing more fulfilling Continue reading
Rotarians deliver Christmas gifts in Lac Megantic. Photo courtesy of Marty Helman
By Marty Helman, past governor of District 7780 (parts of Maine and New Hampshire, USA)
Lac Megantic in southern Quebec made headlines for all the wrong reasons last July when a train filled with crude oil derailed in the town’s central business district. The resulting fire destroyed the town’s economic base, killed 47, and 24 local children lost one or both parents. In the wake of the disaster, Rotarians in District 7780 across the border in southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire geared up to help. Continue reading
Santa paying a visit to a children’s hospital in Canada.
By Bruce Templeton, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (Editor’s note: this post first published 10 May, 2013.)
While I know that RI President Ron Burton’s theme is “Engage Rotary: Change Lives,” I would like to add the thought that we can multiply the dollars we raise engaging Rotary before we turn them over to those who change lives.
I live in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. I am a Rotarian but also a good friend of Santa Claus and he and I have travelled together for 34 years. Continue reading
Tanya Wolff at the end of Disney’s marathon-and-a-half.
By Tanya F. Wolff, past governor of District 6330 in Ontario, Canada
I am not a runner. I can jog. I can walk and I can hike. I do these things for those in the world who cannot.
The PolioPlus program was already in effect when I joined Rotary in 1992. Seeing as I have travelitis (the need to travel constantly), the idea of traveling to another part of the world was a Rotary opportunity that I could not pass up. Continue reading
A digital billboard advertises Rotary near the George Massey Tunnel in Vancouver, Canada.
By Penny Offer, Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 24
Have you noticed how digital flat screen signs are popping up in banks, fast-food outlets, airports, sports areas and numerous other locations? They are replacing traditional fixed printed billboards on highways. This new media offers opportunities for Rotary.
In August, the Rotary Club of Ladner (Delta) in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, invited a sales rep from one of the major digital billboard companies as a speaker at a regular meeting of the club. At the end of his presentation he was asked if he would give comp space to Rotary, and he quickly agreed. Continue reading