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Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jul 12, 2014


Saturday July 12th, Rotary held our annual Pancake Breakfast in City Square.  It was a beautiful warm morning with over 200 attending.

This years breakfast Rotary went green, composting the paper plates, cups, napkins and wood cutlery!  Many thanks to Jim Cosh and Bob Fenske for the work they did for us to go green, getting compostable cutlery and arrange for the green bins, (they had to get the green bins from Bings Creek (3), and give a large deposit on them!)  We made a big hit with the all the people for being as green as possible! 

And a big thank you to all Rotarians that came and volunteer, making the event another great success!


Posted by Corrine Thompson on Jun 09, 2014


At Monday June 9th's meeting, Jim Dias thanked the club for their support of the Scholarship & Bursary Program which has been going on for approximately 30 years with awards of up to $12,000 per annum. He thanked his review committee for their input. At the moment there is a downward trend in the number of applications. This year’s total was 27. Jim had 16 awards to present, 6 academic scholarships at $1,000 each, 8 academic bursaries at $700 each, and 2 vocational trade scholarships at $1,000 each.

The $1,000 academic scholarships were given to the following: Logan Swain, on to VIU for studies in either law and/or political studies; Miles Cutt, off to UVic to study engineering/chemical engineering; Andrew Tran, taking a Bachelor of Engineering at UVic; Steven Taylor, off to VIU in Nanaimo to attain a BSc; Julia Parmar, former exchange student, not able to make the meeting; and Sarah Ferguson, off to UBC to study to be a veterinarian for exotic animals and perhaps study primates as well. She is also a former exchange student who went ot Italy.

The $700 academic bursary winners are as follows: Bronwyn Glughammer, off to UVic to study general sciences; Taylor Quaife, off to Colorado to study sports and physiotherapy; Chloe Hamilton, taking a Graphic Design program at VIU; Michaela Berger, taking a BA in physical education and psychology; and not present for the meeting were Benjamin Craken, Mina Manhas, Sophia Haythornthwaite, and one other student.

The $1,000 trade scholarship was presented to Bailey Webber who is off to VIU in Nanaimo this fall to become a dental assistant, and Kaitlin Henry, who was not able to make the meeting.

All students thanked the club from the bottom of their hearts for the financial help that they had received. Each recipient was also handed a Certificate of Achievement by President Michael. Principal Charlie Coleman thanked the club for their support of the students and for making the community a much better place. He said that the presentation night at the school is the best night of the year. With the combined effort of service clubs including Rotary, personal donations etc., the school handed out $115,000 to the students. Thanks again to Rotary from the kids and the community.

Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients, seen here with Jim Dias, far left and President Michael Lee, far right.

Attending on Monday were recipients, Logan Swain, Miles Cutt, Andrew Tran, Steven Taylor, Sara Ferguson, Bronwyn Klughammer, Taylor Quaife, Chloe Hamilton, Makayla Berger and Bailey Wenberg

Not in attendance today Julia Parmar, Benjamin Cracknell, Danielle Comeau, Meena Manhas, Sophia Haythornthwaite, and Caitlin Henry.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 26, 2014


 At Monday May 26th meeting, we all sang Happy Birthday to Horst, who turned 90 on May 29th!   Horst has been a member of Rotary since 1965.

Truly an amazing accomplishment!  


Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 24, 2014


Saturday May 24, Brian and Nick finished off the fencing project at the Clements Centre, after working at Providence Farm!!

Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 24, 2014


Saturday we were busy planting tomatoes and cucumbers in the new Providence Farm Greenhouse!   

LR - President Michael Lee, VP Corrine Thompson, Elizabeth Bieberger, Jim Dias and Nick Woywitka (Brian Bass was also there not sure where he went for the picture)!


Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 18, 2014

President Michael Lee and Bryan Bass helped out at the Lake Cowichan Fish Hatchery this past weekend, helping release Salmon Fry. The Hatchery has been the recipient of the RBC Blue Water Grant the past 2 years, which they have to put excellent use helping ensure the survival of local salmon stocks! Image


Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 11, 2014

The Rotary Club of Duncan donated $23,000 to build a new greenhouse at Providence Farm. The new larger greenhouse will enable Providence to grow more produce and over a longer growing season, thus generating more income and help the farm become more self sustainable. Not only did Rotary donate the money, they also provided some "sweat equity" in the project.Image

Pictured in photo are Bryan Bass, Michael Lee, Robin Morin, Jim Dias and Ray Bush.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 28, 2014

ImageKaren McClinchey presided over the induction of the club’s newest member, Andrea Hudson. Andrea was proposed by Bill Code. Cory Towriss will be her club mentor. Karen welcomed Andrea as a leader in her vocation, personifying Service Above Self, and with her commitment to the community, to her family, and business.  Bill and Denise have been supplying fruits and vegetables to her and her husband’s restaurant, Hudson’s on First. Andrea was born in Calgary, raised in the Valley, and this year received the “Young Entrepreneur Award” for Hudson’s on First. Karen presented Andrea with her Ideals of Rotary, Four Way Test plaques, while President Michael presented her with her Rotary pin and name badge.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 28, 2014

April Student of the month is Timothy Allen, from Chemainus Seconday, attending with Vice-principal Mark MartinImage

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 14, 2014


Our Monday April 14th meeting was a visit (with lunch) to the Clements Centre.  Rotary has provided support to Clements for many projects over the years, recently we helped them purchase a new convection oven ($5000) and just the week before, President Michael was contacted by Dominic (ED for Clements) regarding the building and land they purchased next door.  The outbuilding was in need of a new roof.

President Michael contacted Nick Woywitka, who arranged for the roofing materials to be donated by Pudge at Dodd's Lumber, and Lee from Lee's Roofing donated the labour to install the new roof.

 Duncan Rotary will also be helping with some fencing around the back yard area.  

Rotary members were given a tour of the full facility which provides assitance to many people in the Duncan community.

Pictures on the next page include, the therapeutic gardening area, a long narrow strip that runs along the back of their build, the back yard of the place next door 

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 07, 2014


We had the pleasure of hearing from  Yukon former exchange student, Janelle Hardy on Monday's meeting.  Janelle's exhange was to Japan in 1996, she was just 17 and had recently graduated from highschool, which was a requirement with the Yukon Rotary Club.

Janelle was born and raised in the Yukon and her family knew Jean Bessier and Pat there.  Janelle moved to the Cowichan Valley a year and a half ago with her daughter.

Janelle stated that the exchange program was incredible and that it creates an impact on the character that lasts a lifetime. As everyone knows, the Yukon is a vast space of wilderness with only 30,000 people in the whole province. When she arrived in Japan the culture shock was huge with so many people, so much building and no open space or wilderness. She had three host families, all in rural areas. Families farmed in the traditional way and lives in traditional and architecturally unique farm buildings.

Janelle told a few stories of her more humorous episodes while on exchange, such as falling off her bike into a dry rice paddy. She belonged to the Kendo club, and after school club. Her first host mom fed her a huge breakfast that she ate on her own. With the second host family, they sat down to breakfast together. She learned the importance of communication during her exchange.

Janelle was 8 inches taller than the average Japanese female and 5 inches taller than the males. She wasn’t sure about the school uniforms at first but they helped her to fit in. She learned humility from her many experiences, and after her 10 months in Japan she had the ability to understand incredibly different cultures, finding in the end that everyone belongs to one big happy family.

Her Japanese exchange led to more exchanges all over the world from Canada to Russia. In Ontario she got her masters Degree in Dance after a Degree in Anthropology. She learned how to help people heal through their bodies, sharing and healing through arts music and dance. She said that Rotary Clubs are incredible in their commitment to communities and youth. She thanked the club for all those students who have been at the receiving end of Rotary's kindnesses. Janelle also mentioned that coming home after Japan was a real reverse culture shock. She found herself answering her sister in Japanese at the beginning of her return home.


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.

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LED lighting & Environmental Sustainability
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