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Community Service Doyle Childs
International Service Nick Versteeg
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Club Administration Pierrette Morgan
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Posted by Corrine Thompson on Feb 17, 2014

L-R Julie Scurr, Larry Mattin, Danielle Andersen, Lauren Frost, Kyla Bridge, President Michael Lee

Julie Scurr introduced Lauren Frost, January Student-of-the-Month, and the Vice-President of Lake Cowichan Secondary Kyla Bridge, and February Student-of-the-Month Danielle Andersen from Cowichan Valley Open Learning Co-op and principal of the school Larry Mattin. 

Kyla Bridge thanked the club for their commitment to youth. Lauren has a very distinguished record of leadership. The school has recently added grades 4 and 5 so now covers grades 4 to 12 in one school. Lauren noticed that the younger grades did not have a Christmas concert so she organized, as in wrote, directed, and cast the entire concert for the younger students. It was a huge success. Lauren is also academically inclined, has entered the Hector McIntosh Speaking Competition every year and has made the finals for each one, winning first once. Lauren thanked the club for sponsoring the Student-of-the-Month program.

Larry Mattin mentioned that he has known Danielle for a while. She came to the school struggling with anxiety. Danielle has progressed so much that she attended a leadership retreat, is a star student with great leadership hopes. She hopes to move on to university and go into teaching.

President Michael presented both girls with a Certificate of Achievement along with cheques of $100 for each one.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jan 06, 2014


Duncan Rotary President Michael Lee with Clements Centre ED Dominic Rockall and 3 of the centres participants in front of the new convection oven.  Duncan Rotary recently purchased the new oven for the centre.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 14, 2013

Saturday December 14th at the Duncan Christian School, Rotary volunteers helped serve, 2 seating's of 200 people each. 

It was a full Christmas Dinner including delicious turkey, cranberry sauce, peas and corn, stuffing and gravy.
Dessert and ice-cream.  And everyone got a gift from Santa!

L-R with Blue Rotary aprons, Nick Versteeg, Julie Scurr, Brent Jordan, Karen McClinchy, Denise Code and Ray Bush, thank you to everyone who volunteered!!Image

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Dec 08, 2013


Sunday December 8th was a chilly morning, but all of the over 200 runner/walkers and the volunteers were ready to go. Rotary volunteers flagged at several crossing along the route. Thanks to Richard Odo, Jim Dias, Julie Scurr, Geoff and Vivian Young, Janice Patzwald, Michael Lee, Jim Cosh, Nora Dowsett, Bob Fenske and Corrine Thompson.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Nov 18, 2013


Tav MacPherson, far left fellow Rotarian and today’s speaker whose topic was Foundation. . Tav is an active member of the Oak Bay Rotary Club, having served as President of that club and as Assistant District Governor for 5020. 

Tav had the pleasure of introducing three Paul Harris Society Members to the club - Jo Bodard, Corinne de Lange, and Wayne Grant. The Paul Harris Society Eligible Rotarians were Jack Abercrombie, Arthur Allan, Todd Blumel, Leighton Mellemstrand, Tammas Scott, and Jim Cosh. All members were presented with their pins by Howard.

Tav also issued a challenge to the club, with an every Rotarian every year with at least $26.20 from all members. This is the year to claim the 100% Member Contribution Award from the District. A sustaining member gives at least $100 in the Rotary Year.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 23, 2013


L-R Alex Painter, Kari Cowan and Shannon Brockhurst.

At our September 23rd meeting Barry Remus, International Exchange Student Coordinator introduced our Summer students who each went out for one month this summer, and had joined our meeting to give a presentation on their exhange.

First up was Kari Cowan who went to France in July. Kari is in grade 11 at Cowichan High. She stayed with French exchange student Juliette Le Fur and her family - mom Sandrine, eccentric and artistic, dad Pierre who is a fireman, and Juliette’s little brother of 12 years, Trevor. Kari has been in French immersion since the beginning of her schooling but found it difficult at first due to the speed which everyone spoke. They went to Paris and saw the usual attractions - the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and took a tour boat along the Seine all in one day. The family also took Kari to Saint Pabu on the coast where they went out in Pierre’s Zodiac. There were lots of pictures of Juliette’s friends, now Kari’s friends, out on various get togethers, shopping trips etc. They frequented La Mie Caline - similar to Tim Hortons, and had fabulous crepes at La Maison de la Creperie. Kari attended a Rotary dinner with Juliette’s parents where banners were exchanged. She thanked the club for a wonderful experience.

Next up was Shannon Brockhurst who went to the Netherlands between June 21 and July 22. Shannon is in grade 11 at Francis Kelsey. She visited Luxembourg, Brussels, Cologne and travelled all over the Netherlands, and into Germany as well. Her home town was Koln which is two hours away from Amsterdam. Her host mom was Hanicka, host dad was also a firefighter, and her host sister was Maartje. Her exchange sister was Nienke and they went shopping a lot. Shannon’s trip over was fairly horrible - she was so sick. This was her first time flying and she was under the weather for her first week with her host family. First thing she noticed was the age of everything (buildings etc.) as compared to Canada. They went to Roermond Designer Outlet, had fries with mayonnaise, and she really enjoyed the convenience of the trains. They visited Maastricht and she noticed the huge number of bikes everywhere. Another visit included Thorn, the town which is painted all white. Another highlight was the visit to Eftelung, precursor to Disneyland before all the European nursery tales were diluted to pretty nothings by that production house. The park has the biggest hydrotechnic show in Europe as well as a huge pyrotechnic show as well. Shannon loved Amsterdam, saw a Vermeer at a gallery, and went to Belgium twice and to a few places in Germany. Shannon had everyone in stitches and thanked the club for the great trip.

Alex Painter finished off the program with details of his month in Brazil. Alex has just graduated from Cowichan High. He stayed with a family in Assis, six hours from Sao Paulo. The first two weeks there all the summer exchange students were put together and tripped around the country. Alex spent two weeks with his host family. His favourite part of the trip with the other exchanges students was the trip to Rio where he saw the Christ statue. They went to art galleries, history museums etc. but unfortunately the translator only spoke Portuguese and German. He was very impressed with Igazu Falls. His host mom was Marina and his host brother was Marcelo, who spoke to the club when he was in Cowichan. Alex did take Portuguese language classes. He found Sao Paulo with its eight million people a little overwhelming. They went to Argentina where the hotels were amazing and the snorkeling wonderful. He mentioned that the churches were very beautiful and the students were in Rio at the same time as the Pope. He thanked Rotary for a  g reat trip and a great experience.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 15, 2013
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 14, 2013

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Lunch meeting cancelled - changed to dinner meeting
May 19, 2014
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Cowichan International Festival of Film & Art
Jun 02, 2014
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Shaw Community TV
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