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Welcome to Harbourside Rotary!


Canada's First Breakfast Club

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z6
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Gillian Manson introduced our two speakers: Ben Rutkowski and Saje Volpe who both participated in a leadership training weekend at Camp Qwanoes through the RYLA initiative. 
Rotarian Dr Stephen Holland gave his perspective on the Opioid Crisis: how we got here and what we can do. 
Cheryl Thomas introduced Jo-Ann Roberts presented an update on the Threshold Housing Society, one of our grant recipients last year.
The third speaker in our series on Peace and Conflict was Amir Ahmad NasrAmir focused on his own experience to talk about how the internet can open minds to knowledge and world views, but also allows extremist groups to attract youth to radical jihadism.
Dr. Andrew Wender PhD was our guest, speaking on Critical Reflections on Religion and Global Conflict.
This is the 11th year that we’ve been pleased to make and offer superb quality fruit cakes.
We make them exactly as you would at home – the finest ingredients, care at every step, and with lots of love built in.  We use a recipe that has been handed down through generations to one of our members.
The cakes are wrapped in cheesecloth, dipped in VSOP brandy and overwrapped in parchment paper and foil.  They’ve been maturing since September and will be perfect for eating and gifting (we provide the gift bags!) by mid-November.
You just can’t buy comparable cakes anywhere in Victoria.  We know because a few years ago, our local CBC did a taste test and voted it as the best cake around!
Order yours today at 
Nancy Gilbert, a lawyer by profession, is vice president of Calliope Consulting Inc. and works as a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) consultant.  She currently is the Executive Director of a new NGO, Transform International (TI) which develops and supports a network of in-country Community Transformation Centres across the developing world to build local capacity and address issues of sustainability in water, sanitation and hugiene and other development interventions.
Having been the Manager, Appropriate Technology Enabled Development program for PIND, an NGO in the Niger Delta for the past 5 years, Nancy is currently transitioning out of that role by providing coaching to the team in Nigeria.  She is also the Project Manager for Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) in its latest WASH in Schools collaboration with Procter and Gamble, H2O for Life and implementing partners for WASH in Malawi and the Niger Delta.  The partnership is working with 5 schools in Malawi and 30 in southern Nigeria to facilitate behaviour change, and improved and reliable water supply, toilets and handwashing and other hygiene facilities.  
Currently, Nancy is a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University focused on sustainable sanitation in Niger Delta riverine communities.
This presentation was the first in the club’s series on Peace & Conflict. Speaker Paul Kershaw of UBC spoke on how housing is a point of conflict between the generations - between those who have benefited from the relative increase in real estate values and those younger generations who are now trying to enter the housing market.
Jeanne Socrates, aboard S/V Nereida, successfully completed a nonstop, single-handed, unassisted sail around the world, arriving back at Ogden Point on July 8, 2013,  259 days after leaving Victoria in October 2012. She became the first woman to sail solo nonstop around the world from North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world. 


Harbourside Rotary's  annual rose sale is on now.   For only $32.00 you can show you care twice, once to the person who receives the roses…and again to the people Harbourside Rotary Victoria will help with the funds raised by your purchase.     Roses will be delivered on Saturday, October 29th.    Place your order online at .  

Fredy Quib Oxom,  a graduate of Pearson College WUC, gave a presentation about a school that he started in Guatemala after he graduated and returned home.
Ann Moskow attended to the installation of the new Board and President as well as recognizing Past Presidents and Board Members.
Sue McTavish
Feb 22, 2017
Youth & Family Counselling Summer Program Ecole George Jay Elementary
Branwyn Kew
Mar 01, 2017
Vocational Service
William S Geimer
Mar 08, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Mar 15, 2017
Club Business
Paul Latour
Mar 22, 2017
Trevor Franklin - Together We Can
Mar 29, 2017
Second Stage Recovery House
Apr 05, 2017
Vocational Service
Apr 12, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
Club Business
Steven Point
Apr 26, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
May 03, 2017
Vocational Service
May 10, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Piper's Auction
May 17, 2017
Raising money for Rotary International
May 24, 2017
Jun 07, 2017
Vocational Service
Jun 14, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Tamas Zsolnay
Jun 28, 2017
Installation of New Board
Rotary News
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...