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Duncan, BC V9L 3P7
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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
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Sep 09, 2013
Deborah Rivet was inducted September 9th, as the Rotary Club of Duncan’s newest member. She was proposed by John Berikoff, at present in Hawaii, so Scott McIvor stood in his stead. The Rev. Rivet has been the serving the Anglican Parish of St. Peter’s for four and a half years. Prior to this she served the Diocese of Calgary for three and a half years. Prior to the ministry she was a mother and had a varied background in catering, restauranteur, hospitality, marketing and adult education. At age 45 she returned to university, entering Seminary at age 50 and completing her Masters Degree of Divinity from the College of Emmanuel at the university of Saskatchewan. Deborah was widowed eight years ago, has two adult children and three grandchildren. She met and was recently married to Duncanite Ed Bettiss on August 2, 2013
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 19, 2013
Barry Remus ntroduced two Short Term Exchange Program students, Kari Cowan from the Valley and Juliette Le Fur from France. Kari had a wonderful time in France and didn’t have any trouble with the language as she has been in French Immersion for her whole life. She thanked Rotary for this great program. Juliette spoke in French with Kari translating. Juliette is from the north of France near Brest and has only been here a week. Juliette and President Michael exchanged banners
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Aug 19, 2013
President Michael, along with Pancake Breakfast organizers Bob Fenske and Jim Cosh, presented Colleen with a cheque for $1,150, which was the proceeds of the Duncan Daze Pancake Breakfast. Colleen chose to give a brief rundown of this organization. Colleen has been with the Food Bank for three years. In this day and age, the need for food donations is up and the donations are down. They have been having Flash Mob Feed drives to get donations from people who shop during Thrifty Foods dollar sales. The last drive filled three vans and they received $300 in cash donations.
Colleen mentioned that families are most in need now as their children, who usually get feed lunch at school, are now home. The Food Bank does 45 hampers per day, feeding 1,200 people per month. The Food Bank is located at 5810 Garden Street. Last year $19,000 was raised from a fundraising Derby.