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Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 11, 2014


At Monday August 11ths meeting, President Howard Goodridge and Jim Cosh presented a $1150 cheque to Colleen Fuller of the Basket Society, these were the proceeds of the Duncan Daze Rotary Pancake Breakfast. . President Howard thanked Jim Cosh, Bob Fenske and Ray Bush for their superb organizing and handling of the breakfast. Colleen in her turn thanked the club for the generous donation. 
More people are coming to the soup kitchen for daily meals with less of a pull on the food baskets. She also mentioned that Rotary makes a real difference in the community.

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 11, 2014


Mariska Richters,our speaker for August 11th.   She presented the club with a photographic journal of her trip to the Sochi Olympics, 2014. Mariska was born in the Netherlands but grew up locally. She did business and web design in college and is now a professional photographer and travel blogger. Her Olympic passion started with the Vancouver 2010 Games where she had a media pass for the events. She ended up at the London 2012 Olympics as a fluke as she was visiting relatives in the Netherlands.

For the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Mariska brought tickets for nine events. She also needed to raise funds for the trip and with the help of relatives and friends she raised $7,300 in 25 days. Mariska was also featured on CBC’s “Road to the Olympics” documentary specials on TV.

Unfortunately, her luggage did not follow her to Sochi and she had to fill out the forms three times. The city of Sochi is one hour away from the Olympic sports venues. She found it hard to get into Canada Olympic House although they did hold an Open House on Valentine’s Day. In the meantime, Mariska met some really cool people and after four days her luggage finally arrived so she could return borrowed clothes.

She met some of Canada’s athletes as well as a brief encounter with President Putin when he was at Canada Olympic House. Mariska has many candid shots of crowd excitement during short track speed skating and many other events. Some of the sports she managed to get into included  Sports X and Snowboard X, Canadian Women’s semi finals game, ladies giant slalom, men’s quarter final game, and so on. 

Mariska had purchased two bronze medal game tickets  at home and ended up trading them for the for the men’s hockey finals gold medal game. Canada won 3 - 0. The whole team had their group photo under the rings and Mariska managed to get a shot of them as well. Apparently, no alcohol was sold inside the Olympic grounds. Everyone went to Swiss House to celebrate the hockey win because all Canadians could get in.

The next Summer Olympics is being help in Rio 2016 and the next Winter Olympics is in Pyeong Chang in 2018.

Mariska is selling some of her photos in postcard format and also compiling a book with her photos of the big event. For more info and purchase opportunities, she is on all social media at website:, facebook: MariskaRichtersPhotography, twitter: @mariskar, and

Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 11, 2014


President Howard exhanged Rotary Banners with visiting Rotarian , Brian Graetz, from Adelaide Austrailia, Brian was attending with his cousin Mark Rice.

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.

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Induct new members - Jared Fath & Janet Harder
Sep 15, 2014
LED lighting & Environmental Sustainability
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Our outbound exchange student 2013/2014 to Japan
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Shaw community TV
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