Sea to Sky rotary clubs team up to ‘Pedal for Polio’

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Bobbie Rathbun still remembers the time as a child when she wasn’t allowed to go to the mall or the movie theatre or the local swimming pool over fear of coming into contact with large crowds.

While our widespread COVID-19 health protocols are new to most, for a certain generation, physical distancing was the norm as parents tried to protect their children from another devastating, infectious disease: polio.

Sea to Sky rotary clubs team up to ‘Pedal for Polio’ Pique News Magazine 2020-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Amarok Society

Teaching Mothers to Teach Others.    Speaker: Dr Tanyss Munro

Tanyss Munro
The Rotary Club of Whistler has supported Bulbuli, one of the mothers in the Amarok Society programme in Bangladesh for a number of years. Last year the club also started sponsoring Sejada.
 
The Amarok Society was founded with one family at its centre: Dr. Tanyss Munro, Gem Munro and their four children.
"The Amarok Society defeats ignorance with the most powerful force known to man: Woman."
 
At our Zoom meeting of the 4th August, Dr Tanyss Munro spoke to us about what has happened with the programme since the Covid pandemic swept across the globe.
 
For more information about the Amarok Society see :
Amarok Society Gillian Forester 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

100 Women Who Care

At our Club Zoom Meeting of the 28th August, Ashlie Girvan spoke to us about a rather low profile group of Whistler residents who have donated more than $60,000 since May 2019 to Local Charities.
 
100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan as a simple way to raise money quickly and efficiently for local charities.
 
The local Whistler Chapter was founded in December of 2018 by Ashlie Girvan, who discovered the 100 Who Care Alliance while getting lost in her InstaStories late one night. Ashlie recognized the simplicity and potential surrounding this fundraising initiative and quickly reached out to Kourtney McKercher, Ruth Barrow and Courtney knight to join forces with her as the organization committee; we are each strong in our own right, but together we are stronger. The first inaugural meeting took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
 
See the website:    https://100womenwhistler.com/
                     
 
 
 

 
100 Women Who Care Gillian Forester 2020-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Recent Meetings


Meetings:  14th and 21st July
 

14th July Business meeting
 
At the business meeting of the 14th July, Ken ran through the financials of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year and the reports were approved. The financials for this financial were discussed and although there are so many unknowns with the ongoing Pandemic and potential fundraising, the Rotary Club of Whistler is in a strong situation to meet our regular annual contributions to such causes as supporting the Skatin school and our Amarok mums.
 
The members welcomed Grant Loyer and Leslie Piderman from Lillooet to join our club. Their membership has since been completed.
 
Following the presentation the Club by Elly Contrera it was determined to support Project Amigo with a donation of $1000 and to review in 6 months time to see if the Club has the resources to donate further.
 
21st July. Presentation by Trevor Ferraro of WORCA
 
WORCA - Whistler Off Road Cycling Association has led the stewardship of mountain biking trails in the Whistler valley since 1989. Every year they sanction events that bring the mountain biking community together, foster the evolution of the sport through youth programs, and employ experienced trail builders and staff to construct, maintain, and advocate for Whistler’s mountain bike trails. Trevor explained how all of these activities are sponsored and staffed and the challenges they face to maintain their programmes.
Recent Meetings Gillian Forester 2020-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Project Amigo

Guest Speaker: Elly Contreras and Project Amigo

 
Elly Contreras and her husband Ramiros established Project Amigo in 1984 to provide educational scholarships, material support, enrichment activities, and preventive and remedial health care to disadvantaged children and youth in Colima state. At our meeting on Tuesday Elly explained why there is such a great need for the kind of support that Project Amigo provides.
Project Amigo Gill Forester 2020-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

202-2021 Board Installation

 
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On the 23rd of July, at Rainbow Park, under the Rotary Club of Whistler covered picnic area, our club had a rainy but pleasant gathering of 25 members, friends and family. Appetizers and cupcakes were enjoyed.  COVID 19 protocols observed.
The new president Gill Forester was sworn in, followed by the new Board of Directors.
On the left are 3 generations of Rotary Club of Whistler president. From the right, Gill Forester - President 2020-2021, Janice Lloyd - President 2019-2020, Ken Martin - President 2018-2019 and 2017-2018.
 
Four of our members who are Grande Dames of Whistler all had birthdays within a week, earlier in June, and we toasted their good health. Shown on the right are the honored Joan Deeks, Gail Wensley, Isobel MacLauren and Erika Durlacher.
 
                                                                      
 
                                            
 
 
202-2021 Board Installation Janice Lloyd 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Carlos Z Garza 22 Years Later

 
   
 
22 years after a 3-year exchange in our town, Carlos joined us at our 3:00 pm Zoom meeting to present and reconnect with the Rotary Club of Whistler. Some of the members from those days gone by now belong to the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium. They added much to our Carlos greetings and welcoming.
  
 
 
Carlos Z Garza 22 Years Later Janice Lloyd 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Chris Offer - Action Man for Rotary World Peace

 
June 9th Chris Offer, retired Police Officer, Rotarian since 1981, committed to the Rotary Peace Building Initiative since 1987 spoke to us giving the history of Peace Building in Rotary and much more. Chris has inspired us to expand and build our education on Peace Building. 
 
 
                                                         
 
 
Chris Offer - Action Man for Rotary World Peace Janice Lloyd 2020-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Dr.Fern Vonderporten  Emergency Doctor in Whistler


Dr Fern Vonderporten, shown here in her doctor on the mountain uniform, specialist in emergency medicine and sports Medicine, shown above, spoke to us at our Zoom meeting last Tuesday the 26th about  her life in Whistler for the past 16 years.
Dr Fern has been on the Whistler Ski Patrol for the past 30 years, doctored for the National Ski Team, has two kids and went to school with one of our past speakers Dr. Sean Staniforth from the Lions Gate Hospital Emergency room.
Dr.Fern Vonderporten Emergency Doctor in Whistler Janice Lloyd 2020-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Joan Toone and Husband Terry - Joan a Polio Survivor and Terry a Chairperson of Polio Plus                                           

 
 

 

Joan was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and contracted polio during the 1951 epidemics. When Rotary International began their number one priority of eradicating polio, she became an avid supporter, speaking to Rotarian's about polio and Post Polio Syndrome.
Joan deeply admires Rotary’s commitment to the children of our world.  Joan and Terry have worked for polio eradication for many years and feel privileged they will see the end of polio in this world very soon.  Joan says that to have been a small part of that is simply outstanding.
Joan Toone and Husband Terry - Joan a Polio Survivor and Terry a Chairperson of Polio Plus Janice Lloyd 2020-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

To Date in May: Lori Pyne, Mayor Jack Crompton, Mitch Sulkers  

Lori Pyne, Interim Director of Whistler Community Services and the Whistler Food Bank spoke to our online meeting. Lori and her team try to plan for monthly income, a larger space to meet the needs of the Whistler Food Bank following a 300% increase in use from locals, funding and equipment needs including refrigeration and transportation of donations and purchases. The Rotary Club of Whistler is looking for ways to help our community.
Perhaps this is our opportunity to plan going forward.
 
 
 
 
Jack was Back May 12th Mayor Jack Crompton, a member of the Rotary Club of Whistler updated us giving up to date plans for a soft opening of parks, trails, and restaurants. Jack acknowledged the careful management of visitors required and following the correct protocols handed down from health officials and measuring how other communities are addressing the same challenges.  Jack expects a large visitation this summer as Whistler is close to Vancouver and the Provincial Health Minister is advising "staycations" in our province and community for this coming summer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 19th Mitch Sulkers, retired local school teacher, founder of a popular local school program for back country hiking, skiing and ocean kayaking for youths, President of the Alpine Club of Canada for 10 years, Park Ranger, Environmentalist, Grizzly Bear/Black Bear Specialist, Trail Maker Consultant and so many more accreditations - spoke to us on the changes in wildlife patterns on our valley and high back country trails. He elaborated on how training increasing numbers hikers and campers requires a high level of supervision as does the actual making and maintaining of the trails to enable a gentle melding of humans, habitat and critters. His photos, knowledge and common sense were not so common in this presentation which held us enraptured, until Jack came back late in the meeting to update us on the re opening of Whistler. He outlined the information being used by Work Safe BC, Guidelines from Industry Canada, Federal and Provincial government recommendation distributed to municipalities to maintain our flattened curve and protect our vulnerable. 
To Date in May: Lori Pyne, Mayor Jack Crompton, Mitch Sulkers Janice Lloyd 2020-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Jordan Sturdy MLA for Sea to Sky Speaker on April 21st 2020

MLA for West Vancouver Sea to Sky, re-elected in 2017, Jordan Sturdy, who is owner, with his wife Trish, of North Arm Farms, has served as president of the Whistler Farmers Market Society and many non-government and government organizations that have benefited many, if not all of the West Vancouver Sea to Sky constituency.  Jordan held forth to us for an hour giving us notable COVD19 facts on daily and weekly communications with the Federal government, provincial government, Mayors in the province, Coastal Health, Fraser Health, and our whole region. In addition to our health and safety, we are severely affected economically by the novel COVID virus. Jordan elaborated on this, stressing how we rebound is a constant concern. He also told us of some of the rare upsides to the recent COVID19 pandemic that have pushed along transportation improvements and medical evacuations in our area. A                                                                 vigorous question period followed.
Jordan Sturdy MLA for Sea to Sky Speaker on April 21st 2020 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Sean Staniforth Director of Lions Gate Hospital Emergency April 28th

 
 
Shown with wife Isabel Poirier,  heli-skiing as Doctor/guide at Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing is Dr. Sean Staniforth who spoke to our online meeting on April 28th. Dr. Sean has quite an intriguing string of accomplishments and commitments: 
   -Volunteer doctor on Whistler Ski Patrol
   -Volunteer doctor for North Shore Rescue
   -Volunteered to set up and teach doctors in Katmandu after the earthquake.
    -Volunteered with Broken Earth in Haiti after the earthquake.
Dr. Sean is head of Emergency Medicine at Lions Gate Hospital,  Director of Trauma at LGH and Clinical Instructor Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he conferences regularly with the Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry, Fraser Health, and Coastal Health to share information and collaborate on how we can best steer through the COVID19 Pandemic. He assists in every way possible to keep as many workers and patients safe, and the spread under control. The online audience was riveted for the entire duration of his presentation and came forward with many comments of appreciation as well as questions.
 
Dr. Sean Staniforth Director of Lions Gate Hospital Emergency April 28th Janice Lloyd 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Senator Diane Griffin Rotarian from PEI

The Rotary Club of Whistler has been fortunate to have Senator Diane Griffin, a long time Rotarian from Prince Edward Island, speak to us on two occasions. The most recent was, at what has become our weekly ZOOM meeting, in March 2020. The COVID19 situation in PEI, from a Senator's point of view was graciously spoken about to our online audience. Senator Griffin's awareness, intelligence, and kindness came across beautifully.
We thoroughly enjoyed our digital visit.
 
Senator Diane Griffin Rotarian from PEI Janice Lloyd 2020-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Forging on In Times of COVID19 Threat

The ingenious advent of ZOOM and similar programs have been a boon to the Rotary Club of Whistler.

 
 Assistant District Governor, our tech wizard shown here 
Murray Wood reported to our online meeting March 31st
on a Rotary International an online meeting hosted by
Mark Maloney President of Rotary International
and Jeffry Cadorette which was informational,
encouraging and fun.
 
Rotary Club of Whistler member and Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton spoke to our online meeting about the COVID19 situation in our community and recovery to a new normal.
Rotary clubs will be valuable in re establishing our tourist community.
 
https://twitter.com/i/status/1241856105262624769. Please read.
 
 
Speaker on March 31st is Mayor Crompton is shown with his family below.
About – Jack Crompton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past President and Treasurer Ken Martin reported on our donation 
for the Whistler Community Services Society Food Bank.
A huge surge of Food Bank users and the closure of key revenue
areas, the Re-Use-It and  Re-Build- It, which generate
about $100,000 a month for Whistler Community Services
which include the Food Bank  are closed due to our community lock down.
Our Club is going to match donations which are designated for the Food Bank
Please think of donating.
Use this link.
       Donate here
Forging on In Times of COVID19 Threat Janice Lloyd 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Feb 20th Bulletin Update

Apologies for the lateness of our bulletins.  Our Pres, Janice Lloyd has been off recuperating (but getting much better), and our Pres Elect Gill is off getting fully Rotary indoctrinated at the President Elect Training Seminar in Seattle this weekend.
 
This past Tuesday (Feb 18th) we had a great presentation from Sandra Cameron for the Whistler Clinic Foundation talking about their latest fund raising initiative, $2M+ for a new and improved Trauma room, and a pitch for our club to dedicate to partner with them in their fundraising efforts (more on this to come along with pictures). Sandra was introduce by Clinic Foundation board member John Nadeau.
 
Assistant District Governor Murray Wood also presented Mary Scott with yet another Paul Harris pin, I think this is her 5th (cumulative personal and club credit $5000US dollar donation) . Congratulations Mary. 
 
 
On Tuesday Feb 11th former Air Canada pilot David Spicer gave a very informative presentation on the Boeing Max 737 issues and specifically last year's crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10th, 2019.  David covered the cascading problems of inexperienced Ethiopian crew, shortcomings with Ethiopian Airlines maintenance and training procedures, FAA shortcomings resulting from a too close relationship with Boeing, and finally Boeing itself with many design and quality control issues, which continue to this day.  We learnt a lot about the way airliners are designed, certified and put into service.  David felt Boeing and the Max 737 still had a long way to go from having the worlds largest zero emission airline fleet (highlighted with images of hundreds of parked 737 Max’s).
 
A great turnout of 20+ Rotarians, former Rotary Club of Whistler Rotarians (Gord Leidal, John and Sheila Walker) and guests were on hand to listen to David.
 
On February 4th was a business/End Polio update with Murray Wood stepping in on short notice to provide a great presentation. We also were treated to a video of Bill Gates discussing his foundations continuing commitment to Rotary Internationals End Polio program. (apologies for the short description as I missed this meeting)
 
Upcoming Events
We will be having an informal social Tuesday, Feb 25th.  All who are interested in a dinner evening out we will be meeting at Creekbread Pizza in Creekside at 5:30. This is a change from the previously announced Roland meeting. The Rotary Interactors are holding their annual fundraiser at Creekbread, with a silent auction and a significant percentage of your pizza purchase going to support their chosen cause.
 
This year’s Scavenger Hunt will be on Thursday, April 2nd on Blackcomb Mountain.  Registration is now open.
Feb 20th Bulletin Update Ken Martin 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ski Day Scavenger Hunt Registration Now Open

Registration for Rotary's 2nd Annual Ski Day Scavenger Hunt is now open. Thursday, April 2nd on Blackcomb Mountain.
 
Bigger and better this year!  Get your teams together, pick a team name, and dress accordingly. Prizes for best team and individual costumes.
 
 
Rotary Ski Day Scavenger Hunt Registration Now Open 2020-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

February 11, Former Air Canada Pilot David Spicer

Former Air Canada pilot David Spicer gave a very informative presentation on the Boeing Max 737 issues and specifically last year's crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10th, 2019.  David covered the cascading problems of inexperienced Ethiopian crew, shortcomings with Ethiopian Airlines maintenance and training procedures, FAA shortcomings resulting from a too close relationship with Boeing, and finally Boeing itself with many design and quality control issues, which continue to this day.  We learnt a lot about the way airliners are designed, certified and put into service.  David felt Boeing and the Max 737 still had a long way to go from having the worlds largest zero emission airline fleet (highlighted with images of hundreds of parked 737 Max’s).
February 11, Former Air Canada Pilot David Spicer 2020-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Strong Women of Determination and Kindness

Our own Rotarian from Whistler. Erika Durlacher told her story of the the September 28 2015  Kilimanjaro climb of 5895 metres or 19,341 feet with her daughter her daughter and friend Abbie Milavsky. This was an amazing sojourn, the magnitude of which many of us may never experience. They climbed through the eclipse of the super moon, altitude sickness, freezing temperatures, carrying backpacks and stumbling slowly as they ascended the world’s highest freestanding mountain and the highest mountain in Africa. Thankfully the temperature did not go below -20 as expected.

We had the great privilege to welcome the Hon. Diane Griffin, Canadian Senator for the province of PEI at our January 22, Tuesday evening at the Whistler Museum.  Diane is also a 25-year Rotarian for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty in PEI. Shown with Senator Griffin is Secretary  of the Rotary Club of Whistler Gill Forester.
Diane provided a very informing overview of the “new” Canadian Senate where Senators are now selected by what skills and experience they can offer the Senate, rather than appointed by the Political Party in power, sometimes based on how much money the appointee raised for the party.  When a vacancy occurs (mandatory retirement at age 75) a “position opening” is posted, just like in private industry.  Any Canadian can apply.  The position is still “appointed” by the Prime Minister at the time, however with the intent of appointing the best qualified, regardless of political affiliation. 

Current Senators for the most part now independent and can vote with an independent view. There remains a small caucus of Conservator Senators who typically vote along party lines (whipped). Diane described a bill that she proposed, that ultimately was approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate. The bill formally recognized Charlottetown as the birthplace of the Canadian Federation.

Diane also provided a brief update on her Rotary Club (50+ members) and the primary fund raising cause they are working on, having the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a  book provision charity adopted in PEI.  The charity provides a book a month for every child from birth to age 6.

Strong Women of Determination and Kindness Janice Lloyd 2020-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

January 7th 2020 Library Donation

On January 7th , our first General Meeting of 2020, at the cozy Whistler Museum a $ 15,000.00 cheque was presented to Library Director Elizabeth Tracy. The fundraising team led by "show runner" Library Board Chair Bevin Health Ansley (shown on the far left) and Whistler Rotary's own Ken Martin (shown on the far right) worked above and beyond to achieve a fine financial outcome for the Wonder Lab project for the Whistler Library. The Blues at Dusty's Event was held in September and well received by the community.
  • Jumping backwards like a receding hair ( hare) line Friday January 3, our Rotary Club of Whistler 2020 working committee group held a meeting at the TD Board Room to establish a list of Events we will undertake in 2020. Some items may be added however we have a good start on this years plans.
     
  • Our first Board Meeting of the Rotary Club of Whistler was held on Thursday January 9th 2020. Unfortunately our Secretary Gill Forester had broken her collar bone and was missed by the group. 
  • January 14th at the Whistler Museum Erika Durlacher, a cherished member of our club, will present to us about her determined safari and soulful climb up the 19,340 foot or 5895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

 
January 7th 2020 Library Donation Janice Lloyd 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

2019 December Activities

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Festive Holiday Salutations from The Rotary Club of Whistler 

 
 
Our December meetings at the Whistler Museum started off with David Malaher taking the place of Library Director Elizabeth Tracy who was flu bound on December 3rd. After a tasty snack presented by Secretary Gill Forester, David stepped right up and gave a fascinating review of his spring, summer
and early fall travels on the east coast of the US 
 
The Rotary Club of Whistler Annual General Meeting took place on December 10th. the meeting opened with an interesting bio from new member David Steven who will bring to us a tide of organizational and planning ability. Following Dave the meeting opened nominations for the Board of Directors  for 2020- 2021. Eight members were presented and approved. Nominations closed. At the Rotary year end before June 30th our new Board will be sworn in prior to or at this beginning of the new 2020 Rotary Year.
Treasurer Ken Martin gave a presentation of our financial status including donations, investments and the operating budget however not the final delivery as more final details of 2019 first quarter are forthcoming from our accountants.
  
The December 15th Holiday Feast at the Whistler Golf Club was greatly enjoyed. The food presented by The Venue Chef's Ryan and Melissa was fantastic. It was said by many - they had not tasted better or more tender turkey. Appetites were whetted by a rowdy game of Secret Santa featuring items from the Whistler Re-Use-It. Laughter was one of the great sauces of the evening! Our guest from Mumbai,  Kaustav Ghosh managed to arrive in time, by bus, to enjoy the feast and is shown with President elect Gill Forester exchanging flags. Kaustav is moving to Vancouver however is from a Rotary Club in Mumbai. 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 19 a faithful group of Rotary Club of Whistler members journeyed to the Skatin Community School in the Head of the Lake area near Skookumchuk 58 kilometers north of Mount Currie along a very challenging bumpy road to deliver gifts and goodies from the WCSS and our Club. 
 

After a Holiday Hiatus our next meeting will be January 7th 2020 and Board Meeting January 9th 2020

2019 December Activities Janice Lloyd 2019-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
RCOW Holiday Feast December 15 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Whistler Scouts

 November 26 Leaders Ainslie Conway and Elise Maskell present to the Rotary Club of Whistler at the Whistler Museum. They have revived the Whistler Scouts and seek RCOW  sponsorship. 

Whistler Scouts Janice Lloyd 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day 2019

Remembrance Day in the Olympic Plaza Cenotaph was attended by many local Rotarians past and present. RCOW Vice President Marg Pallot stands second from the left along with Eva Zebrowski and Doug Forseth.

After the ceremony cookies and hot chocolate were appreciated by all attendees.

 

Remembrance Day 2019 Janice Lloyd 2019-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month

November 19th Murray Wood, ADG for Sea to Sky, took the floor on the subject of the Rotary International Foundation. November is Foundation month. Murray outlined the various ways the Foundation works and how our Rotary International donations are respected world-wide for going straight to the cause without a large amount of overhead, however a lot of organizing from within and matching up with clubs in countries that need our help makes this work.
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Claire Moses Chairperson of the WCF speaks to Whistler Rotary

November 12 Chairperson Claire Moses of the newly renamed Whistler Community Foundation formerly the CFOW spoke to the AM Rotary meeting. Shown with long time member and speaker organizer Wendell Moore,  Claire outlined how the overall role the Investment structure works and the management of the WCF Foundation Investments.  Claire identified our 3 Rotary Club of Whistler Foundation accounts in her description of how our investments are managed. 
Claire Moses Chairperson of the WCF speaks to Whistler Rotary Janice Lloyd 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus and Guess Who?

World Polio Day was honoured and celebrated at the Whistler Museum as Mayor Jack Crompton, Whister Rotarian, read the declaration to our meeting. Following this Polio Plus Chairperson for area 5040 Brian Finley gave a presentation and spoke about the world situation, up to date statistics and where we are going with Rotary International and Polio Plus. the evening was very moving and left us with plans to collaborate and join with other Rotary Clubs in our District to do additional fundraising for World Polio. Method of donations was reviewed.

A discussion on sponsoring Whistler Scouts enthusiastically followed. Shown in picture on the right: Mayor jack Crompton 2nd from right, Brian Finley, chair of  District 5040 Polio Plus on the right, left Murray Wood, Assistant District Governor and President Janice Lloyd, 2nd from left.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

All three clubs in the Sea to Sky corridor participated in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner fundraiser for Rotary International. Shown here is a content, hungry bunch of Rotarians from Squamish and the two Whistler Clubs getting ready to enjoy dinner at the top of the 120 steps to President Janice's house. Great information and stories were shared: thoroughly enjoyed by all. All claimed the climb invigorated them.

 

Polio Plus and Guess Who? Janice Lloyd 2019-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary observes World Polio Day

It's World Polio Day! The day when we reflect on the progress we have made against this horrible disease and reset our focus to eradicate it for good.  Rotary plays a major role with the Global Polio Initiative which is a global multi organization international effort to eradicate the disease.
 
On October 24th, World Polio Day, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) is expected to declare poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) as globally eradicated. The declaration will be broadcast on the internet and viewers are welcome to follow the proceedings through a WebEx broadcast that will be available here.
 
Closer to home the Resort Municipality of Whistler has declared October 24th as World Polio Day and we thank the Mayor and Council for recognizing this important day.  A copy of the proclamation is on the left  (Please click image to read the proclamation).
 
The Rotary Club of Whistler will observe World Polio Day on October 29th during the club's regular meeting at the Whistler Museum. Resort Municipality of Whistler Mayor, Jack Crompton will present the Proclamation to the club.  In addition Brian Finlay District 5040 End Polo Now chair will make a presentation about the disease, the impact of the disease and the world wide fight to completely eradicate it. 
 
 
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Polio Plus at the Whistler Museum

October 29th Rotary Club celebrates Word Polio Day with the Mayor's Declaration and World Polio review by Polio Plus Chairperson Brian Finley. Whistler Museum 6:00. See you there!!

Polio Plus at the Whistler Museum Janice Lloyd 2019-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Michael Blaxland Presents his Bio at the Whistler Museum

Tuesday October 15th in our cozy Whistler Museum Michael Blaxland, sitting third from the left, has been coming to Whistler since the early 1970s after graduating from Dalhousie Law School. He  built for us a tale of making his way to British Columbia for a variety of reasons after law school:  spinning a web through life with his love of skiing, travel, law, fair mindedness and our land of opportunity in the wild west.  Michael elaborated on how he has now found himself sitting as an arbitrator or as some might describe adjudicator for many parties in British Columbia and the Yukon Territories.

 
Michael Blaxland Presents his Bio at the Whistler Museum Janice Lloyd 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

October 15 New Member Michael Blaxland presents at Whistler Museum

 
 Tuesday October 15th in our cozy Whistler Museum Michael Blaxland, sitting third from the left, has been coming to Whistler since the early 1970s after graduating from Dalhousie Law School. He  built for us a tale of making his way to British Columbia for a variety of reasons after law school:  spinning a web through life with his love of skiing, travel, law, fair mindedness and our land of opportunity in the wild west.  Michael elaborated on how he has now found himself sitting as an arbitrator or as some might describe adjudicator for many parties who require an intelligent, studied, forthright and fair minded minded individual notwithstanding his daily commitment in ski season to instructing. His global antics in France to the Far East in the early 1970's were great entertainment. Tales of skiing every nook and cranny on Whistler and Blackcomb were a thrill at times interspersed with his legal activities. What a fabulous way to spend a rainy Tuesday evening after prepping for the winter all day.
We were thrilled throughout Michael's bio that threaded across Canada then to France, the Far East and throughout every nook and cranny of Whistler and Blackcomb from 1978. Michael is well spoken and interesting having traveled far and wide, peppering his life with a deep humanitarian commitment thus we can hopefully wait for more adventure tales seasoned with his kindness.
 
October 15 New Member Michael Blaxland presents at Whistler Museum Janice Lloyd 2019-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Bala Naido Visits Sea to Sky Clubs

Thursday October 10th we had a joint meeting of the two Whistler Clubs with our District Governor Bala Naidoo not only speaking to us but also inducting a new member into the Rotary Club of Whistler, Jamous alJamous.  Welcome to Rotary Jamous!
This was a special opportunity to have the District Governor of 5040 induct 
a new member. Bala did so with an inspiring speech on ecouragement and looking to the future and the fine qualities Jamous brings to Rotary.
District Governor Bala Naido Visits Sea to Sky Clubs 2019-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Chris Oddleifson: October 1st at the Whistler Museum was Hockey Night 

Chris Oddleifson: October 1st at the Whistler Museum was Hockey Night 

Retired Hockey Player, draft pick for the Oakland Seals, shown with Past President of the Rotary Club of Whistler Ken Martin was forward for the Vancouver Canucks in the 1970's. He played with hockey greats - the likes of the great Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr,  told us the in's and out's in the world of hockey leagues, locker room deals and the NHL history holding us enthralled.  Chris's career beginnings in a small prairie town, the early days, sprinkles of luck, dedication and core courage to the  hanging up his competitive skates made fantastic listening material. We were dished up loads of  hockey history from an extraordinarily nice player who continues to give to the game and communities in his retirement.
Chris Oddleifson: October 1st at the Whistler Museum was Hockey Night Janice Lloyd 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

 

Membership Walk With Wendell

September 18 our Membership walk with Wendell Moore, long time Rotarian and Whistlerite who has a wealth of history and grand stories of early skiing and living in Whistler. We finished up having a snack and continuing a recount of our memories.
Membership Walk With Wendell Janice Lloyd 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Red Letter Evening at Dusty's Blues

Rotary Club of Whistler held Blues at Dusty's Fundraiser Saturday September 21st with a fantastic Silent Auction, excellent Blues Jazz Band,  tasty ribs and excellent extras.  All proceeds are going to the Whistler Library Wonder Lab, a new technology marvel for library users.
 
Shown shaking a leg to the fine tunes of the Bradley McGillivray Band are Rotary Past President Ken Martin and Bevin Heath Ansley, Chairperson of the Whistler Library Board of Directors.
Red Letter Evening at Dusty's Blues Janice Lloyd 2019-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

September Activities 

September 7th Grand Fondo a great success!

Meet Jamous alJamous, a fledgling Rotary Club of Whistler candidate for membership, handing out medals to the weary peddlers  in the finish area before they head to the Olympic Plaza for a well-earned beer and food. Your Rotary Club of Whistler  assisted the Whistler Community Band at the 2019 Grand Fondo. The band is largely made up of high school students who need financing for their equipment, transportation and various needs.

Cheakamus Crossing Block Party

 
Doug Ryan, Organizer of the Cheakamus Crossing Block Party Delivers a cheque to the Rotary Club of Whistler for the funds that were not used for the Party. Shown in the snap (left to right) are Murray Wood Assistant District Governor, right, Janice Lloyd and organizer Doug Ryan. Thanks be to Doug!
 

 

 
September Activities Janice Lloyd 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Autumn is Upon Us

 
 
Join us for an amazing evening of fine toe tapping and smooth tunes. Great dance music!
We have tasted the menu and it is great!
Huge values in the Silent Auction.
 
All proceeds go to the Whistler Public Library Wonder Lab.
Autumn is Upon Us Janice Lloyd 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Dog Days of Summer - PACE Visit

The Whistler Rotary Club had a busy week in
these Dog Days of summer. Pres. Janice Lloyd
of the Rotary Club of Whistler and Janie Harper
 of the Millennium Club serve  up delicious complimentary
 Gelato cones to a huge line up at the Cheakamus
 Crossing Block Party.

 PACE Visitors August 2019

 Columbia, Poland, Italy, Germany, Guatemala and Mexico were represented on August 28th to the Rotary Club of Whistler and the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium. These wonderful youth are Rotaractor’s who travel together Internationally sharing
the fantastic work their clubs achieve in their communities and nearby where ever help is needed.  A fine spread of salads and deserts was served along with barbecue on Dianne and Barry Maskell’s deck. Each PACER presented on their clubs  projects and history. We were so very impressed by this remarkable commitment and success.
 
 
 
Dog Days of Summer - PACE Visit Janice Lloyd 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

August 20th Spearhead Hut Donation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     Rotary Club of Whistler Secretary Gil Forester presents Spearhead Hut organizer and fundraiser Andre Charland with a $5,000 cheque for bunks at the newly built Spearhead Hut. The funds arise from the Jim Duncan Fund held by our Whistler Rotary Foundation.
 
August 20th Spearhead Hut Donation Janice Lloyd 2019-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Farewell David Oakes 

  August 13th we gathered at Dusty's Backside to recall and roast David Oakes. Quite a lot of revering was done in view of his dedication to projects, knowledge of Rotary history and famous newsletter that was circulated until ClubRunner moved in. 
David has been a faithful and valuable member since 1996. He moves to Comox with his dear wife Brenda.
 
At this same meeting we welcomed new member David Steven.
Farewell David Oakes Janice Lloyd 2019-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

End of July 

Speaker Laurie Cooper the enthusiastic and heartwarming; the founder of Canada Caring initiated an advocacy, support and sponsor, not for profit organization that has assisted numerous immigrants who were previously refugees,
Shown with one of her 'survivors' Mohamed who now works at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler told us his wrenching tale of escape.
 
 
 
 
Retired lawyer, dedicated humanitarian and local resident Michael Blaxland was inducted into the Rotary Club of Whistler on the evening of July 23rd. We gave a welcoming cheer to Michael.  His knowledge and interests  will be very much appreciated. Michael quickly stepped up to sell tickets at our dusty's Pancake Breakfast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foundation Scholarship Presentation:

Rotary Club of Whistler Foundation Scholarship winner Lauren Wentzel, was awarded her scholarship on the evening of July 23. Although  Lauren’s name was misspelled on the mock cheque we got it right on the real one that gets deposited into the bank.  This September 2019 Lauren is going to the University of Calgary to start Engineering studies and will keep in touch. Shown presenting the Foundation cheque is Rotary Club of Whistler Vice President Marg Pallot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

David Oakes,  a dedicated regular at Iron Man is shown on duty for the Iron Man athlete's sign in at the Olympic Plaza in Whistler is moving to Vancouver Island.

David leaves us in September for Comox on Vancouver Island where he will unite with Vancouver  Island Rotarians. We hope his new club appreciates what we have lost.
 All the best David and Brenda.
 
A send off will be held on August 13th starting at 5:15 at Dusty's Backside. Please join us to wish David and Brenda well.        
End of July Janice Lloyd 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

2019 - 2020 Rotary Presidents in Whistler

In the late afternoon of July 13th  long time Rotarian  in Whistler and inaugural member of the Whistler Rotary Millennium Club;
Brian Brown was installed as the Millennium President. Shown here with Brian is recently installed Rotary Club of Whistler President Janice Lloyd. A tasty pot luck was enjoyed after the Installation at the home of Past District Governor Lyn and Alex Stoshen on Green Lake.
2019 - 2020 Rotary Presidents in Whistler Janice Lloyd 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

July 9 AM Meeting Mary-Anne Prevost gives Iron Man Presentation

At our AM meeting at the WCSS Mary-Anne Prevost Whistler volunteer organizer for Iron Man the past 3 years gave a presentation about Iron Man details and volunteering for Iron Man. Mary-Anne has made volunteering at this event so much better adding her personal enthusiasm, friendly, yet professional athletic spirit  - Whistler style.
July 9 AM Meeting Mary-Anne Prevost gives Iron Man Presentation Janice Lloyd 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Canada Day Float 2019 Cougar Annie's Garden

 

The theme for the 2019 Canada Day Parade was the Wild West Coast. The Rotary Club of Whistler and Millennium Club took this very seriously and beavered away hours of creative teamwork re creating Cougar Annie's Garden of 1913 vintage in Hesquiat Sound.
Canada Day Float 2019 Cougar Annie's Garden Janice Lloyd 2019-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

New Board and President Installation - June 25

The Rotary year is over.  On Tuesday night at The Venue the Rotary Club of Whistler celebrated the end of the Rotary year, the end of my two years of presidency, and the start of Janice Lloyd as President and the Installation of the new Board. Thank you all for your support over the years and congratulations to Janice.Lloyd.  You are going to be great!
 
New Board and President Installation - June 25 2019-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

June 19 Don MacLaurin Interpretive Forest Ceremony 

The Rotary Club of Whistler celebrated the completion of the Don MacLaurin Sign in the Whistler Interpretive Forest. Rotary's Peter Ackhurst, Issy MacLaurin and Ken Martin were on hand placing the final signs, along with Arthur DeJong (W/B), John Walker (our generous CFOW funder), and Heather Bersford (RMOW)
June 19 Don MacLaurin Interpretive Forest Ceremony 2019-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Don MacLaurin Interpretive Forest Ceremony June 19

The Rotary Club of Whistler celebrated the completion of the Don MacLaurin Sign in the Whistler Interpretive Forest. Rotary's Peter Ackhurst, Issy MacLaurin and Ken Martin were on hand placing the final signs, along with Arthur DeJong (W/B), John Walker (our generous CFOW funder), and Heather Bersford (RMOW)
Don MacLaurin Interpretive Forest Ceremony June 19 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Flipper Kings May 17th at the Whistler Library

May 17th in the Whistler Public Library Plaza the Rotary Club of Whistler held a very tasty and successful Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.
These fellows shown rocked with their flap jack talents and kept up with the growing line up once the aroma of the cakes and syrup spread. 
Flipper Kings May 17th at the Whistler Library Janice Lloyd 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Jim Duncan Memorial Acknowledgement

 Jim Duncan a former member of the Rotary Club of Whistler  passed very unexpectedly a month ago on April 1 at the age of 72.
Through his generous contributions the Rotary Club of Whistler  - Jim Duncan Endowment fund was established to support community projects within the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The benefits from this fund continue to make a major impact to this day.
Jim Duncan Memorial Acknowledgement Janice Lloyd 2019-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Sun Peaks and Assistant District Governor Murray Woods Web Master Award

 

May 4 and 5th were the official days of the annual District 5040 Conference held at Sun Peaks near Kamloops in BC. What a fine time was had by our club.  Assistant District Governor Murray Wood received a People of Action Award for being the Web Master ( Wizard) for District 5040. 
The award was presented by Past District Governor Darcy Long and Jeffery Cadorette of Rotary Club International.
 
Sun Peaks and Assistant District Governor Murray Woods Web Master Award Janice Lloyd 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Pitch In Day in Whistler

 
 
 
Pitch In Day was postponed for the Rotary Club of Whistler however on May 11 we did the deed in Alta Vista. Great bonding and fellowships experience picking up garbage in Alta Vista then sharing tall tales at a new bakery in Creekside. Dogs in attendance supervising.
 
Pitch In Day in Whistler Janice Lloyd 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to Sea to Sky Hospice May 12

On May 11, 2019 all Presidents of the four Rotary Clubs in the Sea to Sky corridor gathered next to Hilltop House above the Squamish Regional Hospital to donate to Dr. Judith Folleringill, retired palliative doctor and organizer of the Hospice a $ 100,000.00 cheque fund raised by the four clubs.
 
Donation to Sea to Sky Hospice May 12 Janice Lloyd 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

O'Heany Soccer Field Review April 23

 
 
At our morning meeting on April 23
PJ O’Heany presented a very interesting review of the Andre Janyk Memorial Soccer Field development to date. PJ provided history, techniques, uses for the field other than soccer. This was a highly interesting presentation and will be elaborated on in ClubRunner with links to more information on the project which is proceeding well and is to be opened very soon in this spring of 2019.
O'Heany Soccer Field Review April 23 Janice Lloyd 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA Week End at our April 30 Meeting

At our April 30th dinner Night at the Alpine Cafe representatives from the Whistler RotaryInteractor Club and our exchange student from Brazil presented Whistler Rotary with a review of their mega great week end at the Rotary Youth Awards Camp on the Sunshine Coast. No Wi-fi the entire time!! But they had a monstrously great bonding time.
RYLA Week End at our April 30 Meeting Janice Lloyd 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Scavenger Hunt April 2nd

 
The sun shone on us April 2nd for our Scavenger Hunt on Whistler Mountain.  Our group in excess of 50 persons including the 6 teams, some skiing, some observing had a fine time vicariously or cheering on the costumed participants that were hot on the trail after all of the 30 locations to find,  photograph, then downhill to the finish at Blacks Pub.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scavenger Hunt April 2nd Janice Lloyd 2019-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

March 26th Dinner Meeting at the Alpine Cafe

Founding Member of the Rotary Club of Whistler, Peter Alder is presented the treasured Rotary mug by Janice Lloyd at the Alpine Cafe following a sumptuous dinner and Peter's presentation of plans for the rebuilding of the non denominational Whistler Community Chapel. This is to be constructed on Whistler Blackcomb near the World Cup Downhill race course near the Olympic rings in Whistler's Creekside on donated land.
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March 26th Dinner Meeting at the Alpine Cafe Janice Lloyd 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Dinner March 9

 
 
Janice and Erika attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner on March 9th. Janice carried four cheques from the Rotary Club of Whistler members in American Funds to donate to Rotary International. We dressed in ethnic outfits, Austrian and Chinese. Erika bought a lot of items from the silent auction table.
 
Below is a picture of the Millennium Club of Whistler receiving a Citation at the same Foundation Dinner for extraordinary contribution to the Foundation. Shown are 
Past District Governor Dan Evans presenting, Past District Governor Lyn Strochn, President Elect Brian Brown and Bobbie Rathburn.
Rotary Foundation Dinner March 9 Janice Lloyd 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards Night February 26

Our Paul Harris Awards Night February 26th was interesting and gratifying topped off by a Whistler Library presentation previewing the upgrade to the computer lab,layout and the new Wonder Lab.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Our own Murray Wood received                 
his from District governor Darcy Long

   President Ken Martin Presents to Carol Coffey 
 The Community Foundation of Whistler                                                                              
Paul Harris Awards Night February 26 Janice Lloyd 2019-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Jackie Dickenson and $1000.00 Donation to WCSS

The Rotary Club of Whistler donated $1,000.00 to the WCSS.
 
Jackie Dickenson Executive Director of the Whistler Community Services Society gave us an outline of Whistler Outreach whose home is the new Whistler Community Services Centre on Nesters Road.
 
For a review of Jackie's presentation see more!
Jackie Dickenson and $1000.00 Donation to WCSS Jan 2019-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Summit Centre as of February 2019

 
 
− Vicky Bunbury was our speaker at this Tuesday AM Meeting and introduced herself as been in Whistler since 1976 when her family moved here after a very quick assessment of where they parents wanted to live and raise their family. As a young adult Vicky put together the original Whistler Kids Ski Program and ran it for 14 years. She gave us some history regarding the student exchange program: the 1st student from Whistler was Debbie Bishop daughter of Bob Bishop, the inaugural 1st President of Rotary Club of Whistler.
Vicky's talk was on the Summit Centre in Whistler, the location of which has not been revealed yet, for good reasons. A Basecamp for Peak Learning in Whistler, a hub for community organization and Not For Profit organizations in Whistler ( there are 50 such organization in our Community): the Summit Centre is to be a learning area for our community, campus style with a school core and versatile design that will accommodate
gatherings of all types, including training and workshops for all ages 4 - 85 and on. A 24-7 facility that is aligned with an ordinary school that welcomes all strata for the community. www.whistlersummitcenter.org  It is  is hoped the ground breaking will commence in 2020.
 
 
Summit Centre as of February 2019 Janice Lloyd 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

The Ukraine from a Canadian Perspective

After a lovely dinner at The Venue on January 29th David and Rosemary Malaher, a well traveled Rotary couple presented an captivating and thorough review of all areas of the Ukraine from their arrival in Kiev to the
conclusion of their vacation which included a river cruise.
 
The presentation included pictures, maps and a monetary focus on the well being of this part of Eastern Europe.
The Ukraine from a Canadian Perspective Janice Lloyd 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Jan 26 Rotary Youth Exchange Visit

Rotary Youth Exchange Visit Feb 25 - 27, 2018
13  international exchange high school students converged on Whistler this weekend for cross country skiing, a visit to the Tube Park, great food and fellowship.  Students from Brazil, Russia, Bolivia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, France, Belgium and the Czecha were hosted by Rotarian families, Thank you to all the hosts, the contributors to the Saturday amazing pot luck dinner (and the Malaher's $150 food donation) and organizers for a great weekend.  All the kids really enjoyed themselves, as did the hosts.  (photos by David Oakes).  Click here for many more photos.
 
Jan 26 Rotary Youth Exchange Visit ken 2019-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

January 22nd Meeting

Posted by Ken Martin on Jan 22, 2019
 
Carol Coffey of the Community Foundation Of Whistler was our speaker January 22nd.  She gave a presentation on the new Neighbourhood Grants program of which they, with funding support from the Vancouver Foundation will be providing small grants to Whistler community groups and individuals who wish to put on small neighbourhood or community building events. 
 
Carol also updated the Vital Signs project.
 
January 22nd Meeting Ken Martin 2019-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

January 15 Meeting

Posted by Ken Martin
 
JIm Watts  talking about the coming self-driving vehicles and their impacts at our January 15th morning meeting..
January 15 Meeting Ken Martin 2019-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

January 3, 2019

Posted on Jan 03, 2019

Happy New Year!

After a very significant 2018, and a great two-week break, (and some great snow), we are gearing up for another impactful Rotary year. The next couple weeks are going to set the course for the coming year.

January 7th  - Monday evening Board Meeting to review and finalize our Goal and Objectives and current financials.

January 8th – Our first Tuesday morning meeting will be an AGM to approve our 2017-18 Finances and to elect our board for the 2019-2020 year. Documents to follow.

January 14th – Monday evening meeting to review our fundraising projects in 2018 and to put together a tentative schedule for our activities for 2019.

January 15th – Our second Tuesday morning meeting with feature Jim Watts and “Parking becomes Mobility”

January 29th - Venue night. We are working on finalizing our end of month Venue night and hope to make it a member and community contributor recognition evening.

January 3, 2019 Ken Martin 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

It's World Polio Day!

It's World Polio Day! The day when we reflect on the progress we have made against this horrible disease and reset our focus to eradicate it for good. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global Polio Initiative which is an international effort to eradicate the disease. Rotary plays a major role with the initiative.
 
Closer to home the Resort Municipality of Whistler has declared October 24th as World Polio Day and we thank the Mayor and Council for recognizing this important day.  A copy of the proclamation is on the left  (Please click image to read the proclamation).
 
Rotary will feature a Livestream event from the  College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that begins at 6:30PM Philadelphia time or 3:30PM Pacific time. The livestream will feature global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication. A recording of the livestream will be made available on endpolio.org after the event.
 
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Fake News!

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On Sep 11 Chelsea Jordan-Makely made a presentation about fake news to our club. 
 
She condensed several hours of material into a brief thought provoking presentation about a topic that has an increasing impact on us. Chelsea started with some definitions of the terms used when discussing fake news. The she followed with some of the impacts of fake news and some tests that you can use to help determine if news items are useful and trustworthy.
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Rotary Welcomes Audain Art Museum's New Director

Wendel Moore,  organizer extraorinaire and long time Rotarian has done it again and brought to our morning meeting a fantastic speaker.
 
Curtis Collins, who biked to the meeting in chilly early morning temperatures, was chosen as the new Director of the Audain Art Museum. Curtis has adapted and clearly relishes being in Whistler, taking to the lifestyle like a duck to water. Extremely qualified, enthusiastic and experienced, he is working on increasing the visitor numbers now that the initial rush to visit the museum has subsided. Curtis is looking for help to expand the reach to broaden interest and include people who come to Whistler for culture as well as sports. We at Rotary will do our best to help get the word out.
 
Welcome Curtis and thank you for your time. We enjoyed your introduction greatly! 
Rotary Welcomes Audain Art Museum's New Director Janice Lloyd 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Adrenaline and Soap for Hope  

 
During the regular Tuesday morning meeting the Rotary Club of Whistler had two thumping good speakers who really got the blood flowing with or without caffeine.
Peter Chrzanowski, extreme skier and uber adventurer  described  a thrilling event  which he is organizing for  September 1st.  The "Aerothlon" to be held in Pemberton will be the first of this equivalent to Ironman in hang gliding, running and biking. http://www.explorex.net Peter is a producer/director/writer who can be contacted about volunteering for this event in Pemberton or simply check out his web site especially if you need an adrenaline reboot.  
 
At the same meeting Bryce Reynolds, Program Coordinator for Soap for Hope, Vancouver Island gave us an inspiring presentation on the collection, re purposing and distribution of used soap, liquid and bars from hotels and other locations. The bars of soap or single use ampoules of soap may be used only once then discard into trash. Entirely volunteer supported and organized, the soap once prepared, is shrink packaged in small or large amounts with a cloth and distributed to poverty stricken, challenged areas over the globe and in our own needy communities across British Columbia. Bryce was so effective in his delivery that a person wanted to dig right in and help.
 
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Adrenaline and Soap for Hope Janice Lloyd 2018-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Walter Zebrowski Scholarship Update

During the July 24th Rotary Club of Whistler morning meeting at the Whistler Racket Club Ewa (Eva) Zebroswski daughter of Walter Zebrowski, namesake of Eva Lake, updated the us on how she would like to increase the rewards and the receivers of the Walter Zebrowski Scholarship.
 
 Eva Zebrowski, the daughter of one of our charter members Walter, talked to us about Walter and how she hoped his fund that we manage would be able to provide for a second scholarship at the Whistler High School..
 
During the evening on the same date, at the Resort Municipality of Whistler Council Meeting Eva addressed the Council asking for funding for an additional scholarship in honour of her fathers faithful and remarkable dedication to the development of the community in our valley. 
 
Walter Zebrowski Scholarship Update Janice Lloyd 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

We Worked Hard, He Led and He Won !!

The Resort Municipality of Whistler hosted the Subaru- Ironman - Canada  banner event for the 6th time July 25th to the 30th this year. The Rotary Club of Whistler rolled out the red carpet. under the leadership of Murray Wood, dedicated Rotarian and this year's Assistant District Governor. His team warmly and heartily welcomed, using our special brand of cheer for the athletes and their families helping make their introduction to Whistler and the big race  happen.
 
Guess what!
 
Murray won Best Captain for his Station!
 
We Worked Hard, He Led and He Won !! Janice Lloyd 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Hurrah! Pancakes for Breakfast!

On August 4th and 5th the Rotary Club of Whistler served up pancakes outside of Dusty's in Creekside to the salivating masses that lined up for this tasty breakfast treat. Money Man David Oakes, long time dedicated Rotarian is in the background and Pancake Chef Gill Forester is in the white hat concentrating on perfect pancakes after  tirelessly organizing the event and the donations.  Perky pancake flipper Marg Pallot with her endless cheer and smile doled out these yummy cakes to an ever waiting line up. Some youngsters proudly boasted chowing down on as many as 12 cakes, drizzled with Canadian Maple syrup, each of the two mornings!
Hurrah! Pancakes for Breakfast! Janice Lloyd 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

" Be the Inspiration"  District Governor Darcy Long

Newly appointed District Governor Darcy Long and husband Doug visited the morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Whistler held at the Urban Grill. 
 
Darcy roused the morning meeting into a holding forth in which the members gave their individual reasons and experiences for belonging to Rotary.  The information on each member refreshed our memories and underlined this year's Rotary focus of " Be the Inspiration". 
 
The respect and loving dedication of this Rotary couple impressed us all.
 
Thanks for the visit Darcy!
    
" Be the Inspiration" District Governor Darcy Long Janice Lloyd 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Whistler Rotary Board Induction

The new 2018-2019 Board of Directors for Whistler Rotary Club are  inducted on the sunny evening of June 19th at the monthly dinner  meeting held at The Venue.
 
Observers from the right are Isobel McLaurin and Barbie Walker. President Ken presides over the event where Bridget Daley, Margaret Pallot and Janice Lloyd vow to be loyal to their responsibilities as Board Members.

 
 
2018-2019 Whistler Rotary Board Induction Janice Lloyd 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

No Rain on This Parade

 
The combined efforts of the Whistler Rotary Club and the Millennium Club of Whistler created a Canada Day float that won in the category  for "Best Interpretation of Theme"  After a week of prototypes, workshops, collaboration and cooperation through misty drizzle, the weather did not rain on us until late evening on the holiday July 1st Sunday. The Great Canadian Camp Out was a gleeful success!
 
What joy for all who worked hard creating, hammering, painting, collaborating and concocting! Our preparations were outdoors through chilly drizzle, mosquitoes and design challenges.  Oh the thrill of sharing and marching!
 
No Rain on This Parade Janice Lloyd 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Library features Rotary posters

On your next trip to the Whistler Public Library have a look at the Rotary posters in the foyer.  For a limited time the posters describing some of our projects are being featured at the Library. 
 
To everyone at  the Whistler Public Library Thank you for helping us get the word out.  Also big thanks to Barbie Walker for doing such a great job on the posters. Thanks to Janice Lloyd for making the arrangements with the library.
Library features Rotary posters Murray Wood 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Cenotaph Move and Remembrance Day

On November 10th the Cenotaph project was completed.  Our club is very proud to be involved with a citizens group that initiated the project. The project was funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, Community Foundation of Whistler, American Friends of Whistler and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.  We also salute 2015 Citizen of the Year Anne Townley who was the catalyst in getting the project going.. Additional information about the project may be found on the Whistler Olympic Plaza page. Scroll Down, way down, to see the information about the Cenotaph. 
 
Resort Municipality of Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm Morden and Anne Townley are shown unveiling the Cenotaph.
 
Cenotaph Move and Remembrance Day 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Shelterbox Hero Awards for the Rotary Club of Whistler

On November 4 Shelterbox Canada held a fundraising dinner at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.  During the dinner there was a celebration of Shelterbox Heroes.  A ShelterBox Canada Hero is a Rotary Club that has identified the continuing need to prepare for disasters and respond at a moment’s notice. Clubs are recognized based on their total annual giving throughout the year. There are three ShelterBox Hero levels: Bronze ($1,200+), Silver ($3,600) and Gold ($6,000).
 
Our members are very moved by hardships presented by various disasters throughout the world.  We wish to help where we can. The Rotary Club of Whistler is very proud to receive a Shelterbox Bronze Hero awards for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.  
Shelterbox Hero Awards for the Rotary Club of Whistler 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Ross Harlow
Foundation Month – November 2017

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Your gift makes a difference since 91% of funds collect are directly spent on programs. 
 
According to the 2015-16 Rotary Foundation Annual Report more than 35,000 active projects were posted to Rotary Showcase, an online site that allows Rotarians and Rotaractors to share stories of their clubs’ successful projects. This reflects Rotarian contributions of more than 12 million volunteer hours, over $380 million in cash donations, and almost $265 million in in-kind donations that fuel our efforts to improve the quality of life in communities worldwide.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
November is Rotary Foundation Month Ross Harlow 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary again supports the Whistler Public Library

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Again in what is now an annual event Whistler Rotary held a Pancake Breakfast on May 19th, to support the Whistler Public Library. Members of the Rotary Club of Whistler and the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium joined forces with Library staff. The question posed in the local media would you buy your breakfast from these friendly gentleman? The answer was yes and the sunny weather made it even better. Whistler came out in droves to support the event.

 

On Sep 6 representatives from the Rotary Club of Whistler met with the Library Board to present a $650 cheque for the proceeds of the breakfast. President Ken Martin and Service Project Committee Chair Marg Pallot are shown at right presenting the cheque to Whistler Public Library Officials: Elizabeth Tracy (Director), Gord Annand (Chair), and Bevin Heath Ansley.

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Rotaract PACE visit Aug 30

Posted on Sep 19, 2017
Again on Aug 30 the Whistler Rotary clubs welcomed Rotaractor visitors on the Pacific Canada Experience (PACE) with Rotaract trip.  During  this event Rotaractors from all over the world visit BC to experience what makes Canada unique.  Our scenery plus multicultural environment are showcased and the goal is to bring the world a little closer together through life long friendships formed during the trip. This year, we were joined by 6 Rotaractors from Dominican Republic, Fiji, Finland, Germany, South Africa, and Sweden. 
 
 
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August is Membership Month

Posted by Mary Scott on Jul 31, 2017
Did you know that August is Rotary Membership Month? And there is no more important issue for Rotary.

All of us as Rotarians are ambassadors of both Rotary and our Club and this is especially true during  Membership Month. This is the time to focus on building a strong, more vibrant club and we all have a role to play. The month is not just about bringing new members to the Club but also retaining current ones by ensuring all feel fully engaged.
 
 
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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Posted on Jul 03, 2017
 
President Ken's first official duty as new President was to lead Rotary in the annual Canada Day parade. Each year the Rotary Club of Whistler participates in the parade.
 
For this year we joined forces with both the Whistler Interact Club and Millennium Club  to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.
 
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Special meeting

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
On June 27 the Rotary Club of Whistler held a very special meeting to: Install our 2017-18 Board and to present Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Ginny and Kerry Dennehy.
 
Since it was the last meeting of the month and we met at The Venue. Social activities began at 5:30. The meeting started a little late.  Turns out that we enjoyed the social activities.  Following dinner we started with the induction ceremony. District Governor Lyn Stroshin and Assistant District Governor Liz Scott made a very moving presentation to Ginny and Kerry Dennehy.    Thanks to all for a great evening.
 
 
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Get your pancakes from these friendly gentleman

Posted on May 24, 2017
The friendly cry was heard for the now annual Whistler Public Library Pancake Breakfast. On May 19 the Rotary Clubs of Whistler and Whistler Millennium joined forces to raise funds for the Whistler Public Library.
 
Our "chefs" prepared a wonderful breakfast for the big crowd that attended the event.  Here they are shown taking a breather between batches.
 
Thanks to all who helped out.
 
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2017 Head of the Lake School visit

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

April 6th was the occasion for the annual visit by students and staff of the Skatin First Nation's Head of the Lake School. This year 11 children plus teachers and drivers made the trip to Whistler.

First on the agenda was a trip to the Audain Art Museum to view some of the First Nations art works.  A drawing class followed.. The group then had a lunch featuring traditional First Nations cuisine at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.  It was the on to the Tube Park for a couple hours of sliding fun!

Everyone had a great time.  Many thanks to the Rotarians who helped with this event.  Much appreciated!

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Rotary Club of Whistler holds Evening Meeting

Posted on Apr 04, 2017

On March 28th the Rotary Club of Whistler held a regular meeting at a different time and location.  

This time over 40 people met at The Venue for a social and regular meeting.  After enjoying wonderful buffet dinner the club conducted a short Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The main event, our guest speakers, followed and we featured two speakers:

 
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2016 Seasons Greetings

 
I want to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you for your time and service this past year.  Rest assured that your commitment to not only our club but all the initiatives we have undertaken is very much appreciated.

Christmas is a time of giving and of reflection. It is also the time of the year when we have friends and family visiting and we demonstrate a spirit of togetherness in our community. Our Rotary traditions have always included bringing cheer to everyone. Especially as we think of Joan.  As we reflect on the past year and approach a new one, let's ponder on what we can do as a club to continue making a difference in our community.
 
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy and healthy New Year!

With a stocking-filled sense of gratitude,
President Mary

Have a great Christmas and New Years everyone.    No meeting on December 27.  See you on January 3rd.  
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Rotary supports Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) Dog Run Funding

Posted on Dec 12, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Whistler is proud to support the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) Dog Run Funding project. Representatives of WAG (both two and four legged) are shown here receiving the cheque from the Rotary Club of Whistler's Marg Pallot.
 
The project will involve a major reconfiguration and reconctruction of WAG's facilities at Nesters.   More information about WAG and the project are available at the WAG website.
 
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Thinking about Rotary?

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Want to find out more about Rotary? Have we got the event for you.
 
Come join us for our Member Social.  Your chance to meet members from our Club and find out what Rotary is all about. The social is scheduled for Thursday December 1 from 5:30 to 8:00 and will be held in the Alpine Meadows area.
 
Please Contact Barry Maskell ( info@peaktogreen.com) for additional details and location.  We are looking forward to meeting you.
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Public Unveiling of the Don MacLaurin Forest Sign Project

Posted on Nov 09, 2016
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, the Rotary Club of Whistler welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests at the public unveiling of the Don MacLaurin Forest Sign Project.  The clouds parted just long enough for us to learn about the great work that has been completed through this project.
 
Over the past two years, with the expertise of Peter Ackhurst, the Rotary Club of Whistler has been generously granted two Environmental Legacy Fund grants from the CFOW.  With this funding and a collaborative team including RMOW, the Cheakamus Community Forest, Cutting Edge, the Whistler Museum and many volunteers, we have been able to implement and ad-vance the Don MacLaurin Forest Sign Project and honour Don’s legacy.
 
 
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Rotary Presents Cheque to Whistler Library Board

On May 20th, the Rotary Club of Whistler and the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium joined forces  to conduct a Pancake Breakfast at the entrance to the Whistler Public Library.  On Sep 7th Whistler Rotary was very pleased to present a $675 cheque for the proceeds to the Whistler Public Library
 
Rotary Club of Whistler President Mary Scott is shown presenting the Cheque to Elizabeth Tracy Director of the Whistler Public Library. Also present were Gord Ammand, Chair of the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees and Leanne Toews, President of Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium.
 
A big thanks to all who supported this community event.  Thanks to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians who participated. A special thanks to Marg Pallot for organizing the breakfast.
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Whistler Interpretive Forest Sign Clean-up & Final Report

The Rotary Club of Whistler Clean-Up Crew sprung into action on Saturday, August 27th at the Whistler Interpretive Forest.  Following a photo opportunity at the memorial sign for Don Maclaurin the group got to work cleaning the signs along Craterview Loop.

Craterview loop is an approx 1km loop through the forest.  It has are several signs that point out the forest management work that has been completed in the area.  Recently the road has been cleared. It's great for a slow drive and even better for mountain bikes. There is also a Craterview Lookout but unfortunately the view is grown over.

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Corn Roast 2016

Customers are shown here choosing one the best meals offered in Whistler at the Annual Rotary Club of Whistler Corn Roast.  Usually the club holds this event on Labour Day weekend but this year the Resort Municipality of Whistler asked us to hold the event  Aug 20/21 in conjunction with the Trajically Hip broadcast/concert.  We took the opportunity to add hot dogs to the menu.
 
Although there was lots of enthusiasm the weather was a bit of a challenge and traffic volume was a little down.
 
Many thanks to Wendell and Doug M. for organizing the event and to those Rotarians who volunteered to help. We thank you for adjusting your schedule on short notice.
 
Special thanks to the Whistler Grocery Store for the generous food donation.
 
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Journey to the Well

The Rotary Club of Whistler acknowledges the thanks from the Rotary Club of Prince George - Nechako for supporting the Journey to the Well Tanzania Sustainable Water Well Development Project. The project involves fundraising and providing a water well for a village in Northern Tanzania.
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Subaru Ironman Canada 2016

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Again for 2016 The Rotary Club of Whistler coordinated the registration process for the Subaru IRONMAN Canada event in Whistler.
 
We had many volunteers checking in over 2,000 athletes during the 2 1/2 day process on July 21, 22 and  23rd. An extra 1/2 day was added to accommodate the athletes for the 70.3 race which was added this year. Rotary thanks our members, friends and many volunteers who are assisted in this role. It was our chance to welcome athletes to the event and act as an ambassador for Whistler.
 
This is the fourth year of a 5 year commitment IRONMAN has made to locate in Whistler and the Rotary Club of Whistler is proud to be a non-profit benefactor.
 
Many thanks to Marg Pallot for recruiting, organizing and coordinating the team. Pics
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Canada Day 2016

It's July 1st, Canada Day and the first day of the new Rotary Year.  The Canada Day Parade is a tradition for our Club and is a wonderful way to introduce our new President, to our community. We have participated for over 16 years and we always enjoy this event.

You may notice that our theme was pretty similar to the one we used last year. One change though: the weather was a little different. Secretary Joan and President Elect Ken are in their rain gear.  The weather was a little cooler but the spirit for the parade was just as warm.

Happy Birthday Canada!  Welcome to both of Whistler's new Rotary Presidents: Rotary Club of Whistler President Mary and Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium President Leanne.

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Tim Bridgman's worldwide ride for Shelterbox

On Friday, May 27, Tim Bridgman, arrived in Whistler on the final leg of his round the world cycling tour to raise awareness and support Shelterbox. He had planned on leaving the next day but after reviewing the weather forecast Tim decided to stay in Whistler for an extra day. Tim (shown at Celebration Plaza with Rotarians Marg Pallot and Joan Deeks) left Whistler Sunday May 29 for Lillooet and points north to Alaska.
 
 
 
 
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Whistler Rotary receives cheque from Community Foundation of Whistler 2016-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Whistler Rotary supports residents of Fort McMurray

Members of the Rotary Club of Whistler are shocked and saddened by the tragic events in Fort McMurray AB. 
We have been in touch with members of the local Rotary Clubs and are trying to figure out how to provide the best assistance.
 
Perhaps the need is best expressed by an excerpt from a message by District 5370 District  Governor Tim Schilds:
 
First and foremost they are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they have received from throughout the Rotary world and wanted me to express their gratitude.
 
In the short term most of their needs are being taken care of by The Red Cross and similar emergency response organizations.  They are aware of the offers of help from throughout the district and have shared that with all of their club members.  They will be sure to direct anyone in need of help either to a local Rotary club or the District office where we will make sure their needs are taken care of.
 
What I heard today is that the biggest need will be in the medium to long term once they are back in their homes and can assess what is needed.  That's where Rotary comes in!  What we do best is stay in for the long term and help through projects and donations once the needs are determined.  I promised all Rotarians from Fort McMurray that Rotary International will be there to help them as long as it takes to get them going again.  That is where we need your support.
 
If you would like to make a donation please follow the instructions on the District 5370 web site.  Rotarians might consider making an ATB cares donation. The Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) will match donations with an additional 15%. More details on the District 5370 site.
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Mark your Calendars for Pitch-In day Saturday April 23

Posted by Jim Miller
Rotarians mark your calendars for Pitch in Day which is scheduled for Saturday, April 23. Again we have been assigned the Alta Vista area. The plans are to  meet at the Lakeside Park parking lot (in Alta Vista) on the 23rd. Again start time is 09:00. Please contact Jim Miller for additional information. Bring work gloves and good footwear for a couple of hours of fun.
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2016 Skatin Students visit

Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Thursday March 17 was the date of the much anticipated annual visit of the Skatin First Nation students from the Head of the Lake School.
 
The first event was a trip to the skating rink at the Olympic Plaza. A traditional First Nations lunch at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre followed. The day ended with at the tube park. Everyone had a great time and we pretty sure that the atmosphere was subdued during the trip back to the Skatin First Nation.
 
Thanks to Jim Miller and Marg Pallot for organizing the day.
 
 
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Santa visits the Skatin First Nation

Posted on Jan 03, 2016
With help from the Rotary Club of Whistler Santa made his annual trip to the Skatin First Nation.
 
Things started with a shopping trip by Super Elves Jim Miller and Maxine on Dec 16th.  They took special care to select the most appropriate gift for each recipient.
 
Following a successful trip they returned to Santa's workshop rumored to be at a location somewhere in Whistler's Nordic neighborhood.   Maxine and Jim then wrapped each gift. They were so efficient at gift wrapping that other elves weren't needed fort gift.  Hopefully they did not consume too much egg nog.
 
Just before they loaded the big sleigh bound for the Skatin First Nation Maxine celebrated by posed for a picture with the gifts. Looks like it was a very successful shopping trip.
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Work Party

The work party on Sunday to clean the signs along the forest walk trail at Function was successful. A work plan was created as we arrived, and with teams of unassemblers, cleaners and assemblers the work was done in an hour and a half. Thanks all for participating

 

 

Many thanks to Jenny and her husband for organizing it.

 

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Corn Roast 2015

Posted by David Oakes on Sep 05, 2015
Once again we held our annual corn roast in the village, with a twist. On Saturday we were located in our usual place on the Village Stroll, then on Sunday in Celebration Plaza along with other local groups in celebration of the Resort Municipality of Whistler's 40th anniversary of coming to be. There are more pictures on our web site.
 
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Welcome Rotaractors!

Whistler Rotary clubs welcome our Rotaractor visitors on the 2015 Pacific Canada Experience (PACE) trip. This year, 6 Rotaractors, from countries around the world, are joining us on the round trip designed to fostor international friendships and showcase Canada's multicultural environment. The trip, scheduled for Aug 20th to 26th is similar to other roundtrips that are organized by Rotoract throughout the world.  PACE offers Rotaractors the opportunity to experience a country’s geography and culture through complete immersion including home-stays with local Rotaractors and Rotarians.
 
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A Tremendous Milestone

Today August 11th, Rotary marks a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa.
 
A polio-free Africa has been within sight for over a decade. Health workers, community leaders, government officials and global partners helped reach 230 million African children with the polio vaccine, often under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Together, we have done what once seemed impossible: we have stopped polio in Africa.
 
More information on the fight against Polio from the BBC.
 
Yet this progress, momentous as it is, is still fragile...
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Paul Harris Fellowships

Rotary Club of Whistler Rotarians: Is there a Club member or someone outside the Club who has made an incredible contribution that should be recognized?
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The New Board is Inducted

Posted by David Oakes on Jul 06, 2015

New Board Induction Evening

Members of the club convened at Nicklaus North Sunday July 5th to induct the new board for the coming Rotary Year.

 

The new board (those attending) were introduced and sworn in by Liz Scott, our Assistant District Governor..

The New Board is Inducted David Oakes 2015-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

Canada Day 2015

It's July 1st, Canada Day and the first day of the new Rotary Year.  The Canada Day Parade is a tradition for our Club and is a wonderful way to introduce our new President, to our community. We have participated for over 15 years and we always enjoy this event.


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Meeting on the Mountain March 3rd 2015

Posted by David Oakes on Mar 03, 2015

Your Title here

This was our annual Meeting on the Mountain, meeting at the gondola at 7AM First  Tracks breakfast, then skiing in groups for the morning. A race was held on Blackcomb.
Attending the meeting were 40 folk from our club, the Millennium club, the Squamish and Pemberton clubs
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New Addition

Posted by David Oakes on Sep 02, 2013

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We have a new Rotary banner 'wall hanging' for banners presented by visiting Rotarians.

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Corn Roast in the Village 2013

Posted by David Oakes
ImageOnce again Rotary held the annual Corn Roast at our usual spot on Village Stroll behind the Visitor's Centre.  We have held our $2/cob feast for over 2 decades as a fundraiser for Rotarian community and international projects. Always a Labour Day favourite in the Village - the fresh corn is donated by The Grocery Store. It is a popular event. 
Corn Roast in the Village 2013 David Oakes 2013-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract PACE comes to Whistler

Posted by David Oakes on Aug 29, 2013
Rotaractor PACE visit 2013Whistler Rotary Clubs hosted 9 International visitors from the Pacific Canadian Experience (PACE) program of Rotaract. These young professionals from all over the world were in Whistler on August 29 and 30th as guests of the Rotary Club of Whistler and Millennium Club. The highlights of their visit included an organic Pemberton beef BBQ on Thursday night plus a Whistler Blackcomb Peak to Peak/hiking adventure on the mountains Friday. Homestays were provided by both Clubs.  Thanks to all who provided rooms and special thanks to Whistler/Blackcomb who generously donated discounted lift tickets.
Rotaract PACE comes to Whistler David Oakes 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

If you make pancakes ..... They will come

Posted by David Oakes on Aug 03, 2013
Our Pancake Chefs

On Aug 4th the Rotary Club of Whistler held a Pancake Breakfast as part of the BULL'S-EYE Canadian National BBQ Championships held at Whistler Creekside. Originally the plan was to feed the competitors but it became a major event thanks to some great advertising by Whistler Blackcomb and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) as a part of their 'What's On in Whistler This Weekend'.

The line up formed just after opening at 8:00 and did not shrink until after the 10:00 closure.

 

Thanks to everyone came to the breakfast, the Rotarians who volunteered at the event. Special thanks to Whistler Blackcomb and the RMOW for  their support. The proceeds will be used to support Rotary projects.
If you make pancakes ..... They will come David Oakes 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Whistler Awards David Oakes 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
WASP Rotary Race David Oakes 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Olympic Plaza Chairs are in Assembly David Oakes 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
April 9 meeting photos David Oakes 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Ski-a-Thon Fundraiser David Oakes 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

Head of the Lakes School students visit Whistler

Posted by Murray Wood on Apr 24, 2011

April 8th was a special day for 10-15 students and 5 parents from the Head of the Lakes School in Skatin.  It was the annual visit to Whistler to sample some of our great recreational facilities.  The trip was coordinated by the Rotary Club of Whistler and we are told that the students had a great time.

The visit started with a brunch, provided by Buns on the Run, at Meadow Park.  After everyone was fed it was off to Whistler Blackcomb’s Tube Park for some fun on the snow.  As the pictures show, Mother Nature cooperated with a nice sunny day.

The next activity was swimming at the pool at Meadow Park.  Many students consider this the highlight of the trip!

After drying off and changing everyone boarded the bus for the return trip to Skatin.  We also sent some additional sewing machines and supplies for the Head of the Lakes School sewing room, books from the Whistler Library and a supply of hot chocolate from the Rotary Club of Whistler.

This is an annual event that the students really look forward to and really appreciate.  Consequently Rotarians look forward to providing this wonderful experience. 

Thanks to all who helped make it happen: Whistler Blackcomb for the Tube Park arrangements, the Resort Municipality of Whistler for the swimming arrangements and Buns on the Run for the brunch.  Also thanks to the Rotarians who helped out (Bernie Lalor-Morton, Jay McKenzie, Audrey Mitterndorfer and Jessie Pendygrasse).  Special Thanks to our Skatin Liasons, Doug and Joan Deeks, for organizing the event.

We must also thank the 5 Skatin parents and Abou Bai-Sheka, Head of the Lakes School, for their supervision and chaperone assistance.  Spending 4 hours on a school bus with 10—15 excited school students is certainly yeoman’s work!

The Rotary Club of Whistler looks forward to presenting this trip again next year!

Head of the Lakes School students visit Whistler Murray Wood 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports 2015 Subaru IRONMAN Canada

ImageThe Rotary Club of Whistler is coordinating the registration for the prestigious 2015 Subaru IRONMAN Canada event in Whistler. We have 110 volunteers checking in over 2,400 athletes during the 2 day process onJuly 223rd and 24th. Rotary is appreciative to our members, friends and many volunteers who are assisting us in this role. This is the third year of a 5 year commitment IRONMAN has made to locate in Whistler and the Rotary Club of Whistler is proud to be a non-profit benefactor.
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