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Welcome to The Rotary Club of New Westminster, proudly serving our community since 1928.

New Westminster

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
contact for information
604 219 2840
New Westminster, BC
Held Thursdays at noon on ZOOM unless otherwise noted
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An award-winning professional photographer, author, gallery owner and filmmaker, Gabor Gasztonyi lives in New Westminster with his wife, artist Judith Copland.

Gabor is a two-time winner of the prestigious Nikon Press Award.  He is a regular lecturer at Emily College University and Bernie Legge Cultural Award winner.

Recent exhibitions include The Sudanese,  at the Surrey Art Gallery, in 2015, as well as two selected and featured exhibits at the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver. 

His film No Way Out premiered at the Harlem Film Festival in New York, in May 2019.  It won the award for Best Cinematography.

A dedicated member of Rotary, Gabor is currently the Polio Chair for District 5040 and is keenly interested in Rehabilitation for Polio Victims particularly in Ethiopia.  He is also interested in promoting accessibility for Rotary meeting places.

ZOOM in at NOON, October 29 for this presentation, Polio, a personal journey. 

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On a beautiful day - 3 members, Louise, Laurie and Grace and her doggy, set out for a walk around New Westminster dressed brightly in our END POLIO NOW attire- to share some personal stories and discuss future plans for our club. We stopped in at Old Crow coffee shop for a delicious beverage. 
#tbt to our Walk to End Polio - a few pics from last May at the New Westminster Quay.
Although we can't hold a large gathering to mark World Polio Day on October 24th please consider walking or running next week individually or with a small group.
But please maintain your physical distance!
Get your sneakers or boots on and check out the beauty of fall.
Register for Rotaract of New Westminster's Virtual Polio Walk that starts next week between Oct 19-24th. Just follow these 4 easy steps:
Register your name & email with the NW Rotaract Club at
Donate a few dollars via an e-transfer if you are able to
Take pictures of you & a few friends participating in this 5km Polio Walk on or before Oct 24th - “World Polio Day”,
Submit your favorite photo to
We were delighted to have our District Governor, Dave Hamilton induct our newest member Grace Wardle. 
Born and raised in New Westminster, Grace has been involved in community from a very young age. While growing up she was volunteered by her family, the “Wardle’s of Westminster”, for various events with Hyack football, Royal City Youth Ballet, and Hyack Festival Association to name a few. 
What became obvious was the dedication and commitment of the people involved in these programs. This was something that resonated with Grace. 
In 2011/12 she entered into the Hyack Ambassador Program to combine her passion for community with her love of friendly competition. She was honoured to receive not only the title of Miss New Westminster but also Miss Friendship, as chosen by her peers. 
After high school Grace went on a softball scholarship to Graceland University in Iowa, USA. With a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies completed in 2017, Grace returned home and began looking for ways to give back to the community. Since 2018 she has been volunteering with the Coquitlam Classics/ Tri-City Titans Softball Associations. But what was missing was The connection to the city she grew up in. 
Remembering the time she spent with the Hyack Ambassador team she noted Miss Rotary’s declaration of “Service above Self”.
This was the opportunity that she had been looking for and she is beyond proud to once again involved in helping to make her community a better place. 


Special Club meeting October 15 on ZOOM. See details on the Event Tab.

Deaf and hard of hearing children in Uganda face a myriad of challenges, and very limited resources.  To address those challenges, the Rotary clubs of New Westminster in Canada, and Kololo-Kampala in Uganda are sponsoring the establishment of a Hearing Health Centre in memory of Dr. Irwin Stewart.  

The Centre will target children under 6 and their families.  Intervention at this stage has the greatest potential for lifelong impact.  The Centre will address early diagnosis, early intervention services, a pre-primary education program and parental support and outreach.  Additionally, it will provide staff and other ENT professionals with mentoring/training in modern prevention techniques and the treatment of hearing and other ear disorders.  This will help to sustain the initiative. The Centre will be partly based in a clinical setting at Makere University Hospital in Kampala.  University personnel can provide only limited support.   Professionals will be hired locally.  The Centre will be operated by a registered NGO, Hear His Voice.  Dr. Brian Westerberg of Vancouver, a colleague of Dr. Stewart, will coordinate medical and professional support from Canada.

Dr. Irwin Stewart, and his wife Lois, spearheaded many overseas humanitarian health projects and dedicated much of their retirement to improving Hearing Health Care in Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe and Uganda.  Irwin was a hugely committed Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of New Westminster who served Rotary in many capacities, including District Governor.  As a physician, Irwin was recognized as a pioneer in the medical profession, he was a full Clinical Professor at UBC, Head of Otolaryngology, Professor Emeritus, a member of the Fellowship of Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) who received many honours including the Order of Canada.  Both Irwin and Lois exemplified Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” and they have left a huge legacy of service in hearing treatment, education, and training through their volunteer efforts, at home and abroad, and very significantly in Uganda.  They will forever be remembered as humble and kind humanitarians.

The Hearing Centre builds on and extends the work begun by Dr. Stewart and continued by Dr. Westerberg and others through a number of Rotary projects.  Establishing the Centre, and naming it in honour of Dr. Stewart, are fitting tributes to a remarkable Canadian Rotarian.

Funding for the Centre is coming from a Rotary Global Grant project sponsored by the two Rotary Clubs.  A good deal of the $133,000 (US) project cost is being provided by Global and District Rotary Foundation grants, along with a $40,000 (US) contribution from the Government of Canada.  The Rotary Club of New Westminster is committed to raising $23,000 (US) to complete the project funding.  Some donations have been received, and the Club itself will provide part of the funding. 

Individual donations are sought; see the donation information sheet on the right side of our website under downloads (to get a tax receipt) to Rotary Global Grant Project 1866567, Memorial Project, Dr. Irwin Stewart Rotary Hearing Health Centre, Kampala, Uganda.

Or click the link for online donations:

Thank you for your kind consideration and support as we honour this wonderful generous Rotarian. 


We have moved our lunch meeting to Thursday September 24 at 7:00pm on ZOOM
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Our presenter will be Allison Perry, an elementary school teacher will be joining us to provide some insight on teaching in the classroom during the COVID 19 pandemic. She currently teaches grades 6/7.
Allison graduated from UBC with her Bachelor of Education and has been teaching for 7 years. She has been at her current school, Cedar Hills, in the Surrey District for 5 years.
Allison attended RYLA and is a Past President of the Rotaract Club of New Westminster.
Can't make it?
Check out our club website for upcoming speakers.
Over the years the Rotary Club of New Westminster has contributed new equipment to make life a little nicer for the patients at Queens Park Healthcare Centre. 
On September 17th they are holding a virtual trivia fundraiser - they need the community's support. 
So show off your trivia skills and buy a ticket! 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history. 

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. Read more on the nomination: 
Our Youth Services Chair, Laurie Stewart shared an updated presentation on our Rotary Youth Programs. 
For more details on our Interact and Rotaract Clubs, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Adventures Programs and our Scholarships and Bursaries:
Or contact us at 
We would like to acknowledge Past President 2014/15 Nick Cheng's 15 years of service to our club!
Thank you Nick for all of your contributions to our our club and Rotary.
Here's a throw back picture to your installation June of 2014.
The members of the Rotary Club, thank our Past President Cindy Tang for her leadership this past year.
And welcome our new President Louise Perry, as she takes on the challenge for this upcoming year.
The theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities. 
Due to the pandemic our Installation was held via Zoom, so we have no new photos to share...
here are a few from a previous event.
It's never too early to enjoy a timeless story. 
Our member's grandson is spending quality time with his mom, he just received his first monthly book from the New Westminster Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Our club is a proud partner of this wonderful program, promoting literacy which is one of our 5 pillars. 
For more information:
The two Rotary Clubs in New Westminster are proud, enthusiastic cosponsors of the Original New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors Programme. 
Congratulations to all the candidates, including this year's Miss New Westminster Moira Young, sponsored by Queens Park Dental.

We are delighted to share that our candidate, Tianna Beaudoin was the recipient of the Knowledge Award, The People's Choice Award and was crowned Hyack Princess. 

Wishing the Hyack Ambassador Team for 2020/21 a wonderful year representing the Royal City.
Miss New Westminster, Moira Young
Hyack Princess, Tianna Beaudoin
Rotarian Dave Vallee stumbled upon one of the projects we supported in 1983. 
Check out the video from the City of New Westminster website.
We are sure the kids are anxiously waiting for park facilities to open. 
But in the meantime, back to the old fashioned spray parks. 
A sprinkler in the backyard. 
Rotary Presidential Year 1983-84
William E. Skelton
"Share Rotary - Serve People"
In partnership with the Rotary Club New Westminster, Royal City we are proud to sponsor Tianna Beaudoin in this year's Hyack Ambassador Program. 

Tianna is the daughter of Yvan and Corinne Beaudoin, and is in grade 11 at New Westminster Secondary. Tianna has a strong interest in nature and wildlife, and has been a member of the Girl Guides of Canada for 7 years. Tianna is also trained in piano, flute and highland dance. In her spare time, she enjoys art, drawing, painting, knitting or "basically anything crafty".

Tianna is inspired by watercolour artist Polina Bright because of her incredible talent and creativity. "It is amazing to see how her style has evolved over time and inspiring to see that she has been able to turn her talent into a business which allows her to pursue her biggest passion as a career."


Tianna's most treasured keepsake is a fan that she made at camp during her trip to Japan with Girl Guides. It is signed by all of the Japanese Girl Scouts she became friends with and all the girls in the group she travelled with. "It’s special to me because it reminds me of all the amazing memories I have from that camp and the rest of our group’s adventures in Japan."

Her proudest moment of her life so far was her first highland dance competition. "I was extremely nervous about competing/performing in front of others but I’m very glad that I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and tried something new."

Tianna's favourite thing to do in the Royal City, besides the Hyack Festival, is taking walks around Queen’s Park with her family or friends.


Tianna wouldn’t trade places with anyone, even if presented the chance,  because she is so happy and grateful for everything in her life. She would like to live her own unique experiences, and hopefully make some positive change in the world during her lifetime.

Tianna believes she would make a good Hyack Ambassador because in her life, she strives to be kind and to help others. She is proud to live in New Westminster and would like to use this opportunity to be more involved in our community and to share this pride with others.



We are still helping our community in different areas. We recognize that our youth, seniors and most vulnerable need additional support throughout the COVID 19 crisis. 
We have made financial donations to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library operating in New Westminster to send books to children, Seniors Services Society to help with the Meals and Wheels Program, Union Gospel Mission and Salvation Army to continue to provide nourishing meals to the vulnerable.
A small gesture, but a sweet one.
On behalf of our club members, Rotarian Jaimie McEvoy drops off 4 cases of delicious Girl Guide Cookies to thank the heroes working during the COVID 19 Pandemic at Royal Columbian Hospital.
As a public health precaution in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it is prudent and socially responsible that our Club suspend our weekly meetings until further notice.
We will continue to monitor the health situation, re-evaluate on a week to week basis and keep you updated. 
So many generous financial sponsors, prize donors, food contributors and the BEVERAGE providers made sure we had a successful inaugural 
Bevies & Bites fundraiser. 
Thank you to all!
And thank you to the many volunteers and of course the attendees.
Most importantly the net proceeds will be shared with KidSport and I's on the Street and Rotary programs. 
Here are a few pictures from the evening and a link to the album.
Photo Credits: Gaby Gasztonyi
Hyack Association "Shining Bright in the Royal City, a year in review" 
Rotarian Lynne Francis thanks Past President Lili De Capite and  PresidentPenny McIvor for their presentation.
(John Milne photobombing in the back)
Our former club member and Past President 2003/2004 of the Hyack Festival Assn - Terri Rodger visited.
PDG Del Paterson presents one of our Past Presidents Nick Cheng with another Paul Harris Fellow Pin. PHF + 4
Please be advised our Thursday January 16th meeting has been cancelled due to weather. 
Sorry for the inconvenience. 
Thank you to the several members and friends that came out to raise some funds for The Salvation Army!
Always a great day - fun and fellowship, while fundraising. 
Above photos by Gabor Gasztonyi
In memory of Rotarian Jim Dodd, who joined The Rotary Club of New Westminster in 1976.
He will be sadly missed but his many contributions to the community will be forever remembered. 
Condolences to his family and friends. 
We had a wonderful Christmas social last night. A special guest dropped by with some special gifts!
PDG Darcy Long, presented Past President John Berry with the Gold President's Citation and several awards for our Rotary Foundation contributions. Thank you to all of our club members and friends for their generosity!
We also enjoyed spending time with Margot and Russell Barton who have been amazing hosts to many of our Exchange Students, including Ana, who is with us this year from Brazil. And a special thank you to President Cindy Tang and her husband Brent for hosting.
And lucky Nick Cheng received a special gift from Santa (2 Canucks Tickets) for his generosity! 

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

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Past President Nick Cheng, Rotary Club of New Westminster and Lizz Kelly, President Elect from the Royal City Rotary Club lay the wreaths. 
Rotarian/ Captain John Milne, CD, Company Commander, with The Royal Westminster Regiment honours the fallen. 
Photo Credit: Jennifer Gauthier New Westminster Record.
Club members, Nick Cheng and Captain John Milne CD, Company Commander with the Royal Westminster Regiment attended the
“No Stone Left Alone” ceremony at the Military Section of Fraser Cemetary,  New Westminster on Monday November 3.
Poppies were placed on military headstones.
John thanks our guest speakers for our informative Remembrance Day presentation.
Robert Mitchell Harley, WW1 Historian and Curator of the Regimental Museum and Terry Leith, President of The Royal Westminster Regiment Association and 1st VP it the Royal Canadian Legion.
Rotarian Jodi thanks our speaker Colin Hawes Assoc. Professor of Law  from the University of Technology, Sydney for his presentation.
Thank you to our community partners, and the volunteers for another successful eye clinic!
Many folks will be receiving their new eyewear in a few weeks. 
(to see more photos please view the article in the New Westminster Record in the downloads section on the left of our home page)
We welcomed  and exchanged banners with Dilip, the Past President of RC Curchorem Sanvordem 
District 3170 Goa India. His wife ,who is also a Rotarian joined us as well.
One of Rotary's 6 Pillars is Basic Education and Literacy.
Our club is proud to support literacy in our community. 
We donated books to the Fraser Middle School library and recently provided seed money to start a new chapter of the
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Queensborough.
And in the same theme at our final meeting in September, our members are invited to bring 3 books to swap and discuss.
Congratulations to our member, David Neima who was recognized for his dedication to Canadian Eyesight Global. Rotary International President Mark Maloney was there to present the award that was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Surrey, District 5050. 
Thank you David for “Giving Light to the World.”

The 24th Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament, jointly organized by the Royal City Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Westminster, was another great success.  Under ideal golfing conditions at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond, 120 golfers teed off in a Texas Scramble format to compete for team and individual prizes, followed by a delicious buffet and live and silent auctions.  With the support of sponsors (including our title sponsor Cassady & Company), donors, golfers and volunteers  the event raised over $34,000 this year, bringing the 24 year cumulative total to over $565,000!  Also sharing in the net proceeds are Salvation Army and Purpose Society, an alternate educational facility.  All of the beneficiaries will use their funds to support projects for youth in our community, including RYLA, Adventure programs, Rotaract, Interact, a hot lunch program in New Westminster Secondary School and Youth Exchange. 
Plan on joining us on July 14, 2020 for our special, 25th Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament.
Our inspirational outgoing President John Berry thanks the club and presents the board of directors with some delicious chocolates. 
The Honourable Bob Crawford installs Cindy Tang as our new President for 2019-2020
Tsomo, Kathy and Danny shared their experience at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) held at Camp Elphinstone.
The 4­-day camp consists of interactive workshops, team­building exercises, presentations from professional speakers, hands ­on service projects and many other fun activities!
For additional information about RYLA:
We heard from two of our newer members this month. 
Jodi and Vasant shared their stories with our members. Rotarians Mike and Nancy thanked them.
We also had a visit from Elsbeth! She helped us sing the national anthem.
RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme - Rotary Connects the World.
“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”
Our members and many guests celebrated another upcoming holiday season at the Old Bavaria Haus.
We shared a lovely meal, and thanked our chef Michael and server Trevor for their service this year. PDG Del presented some PHF pins and we welcomed back a former member Chris back to our club.
Leo, our exchange student from Germany received a Christmas gift from our members.
We also had our annual AGM and have elected our President and board members for July 2019-June 2018.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
(See all the photos under the photo album tab)
We were delighted to have DG Darcy Long join us. It was an award winning week for us!
We were honoured to received the Platinum Award from the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce for the best Non Profit and then DG Darcy presented us with a special recognition for our work in the End Polio Now initiative. 
PDG Del Paterson provided our club with an overview of our Rotary Foundation and the importance of contributing to it. It really helps us continue our good work both locally and internationally.
ADG Nancy Eidsvik thanks Del for his presentation, and Del awards Gord Mackie with his Paul Harris +4.
Our members and their guests had the opportunity to do a “field trip” to the Solo electric car factory in New Westminster.  It is a state of the art business and factory and on the cutting edge of technology and the green revolution.  We enjoyed a tour of the assembly plant and a history of their company and products.  More info on the company and their products can be found at:
We didn't actually take a bus, but we did CARPOOL.
Thank you to our hosts for a very interesting tour.
Check out a some of our pictures....
Meet our newest members! Del Paterson and our members welcome back Laurie Stewart, and are delighted to induct Vasant Jain.
Members and guests gathered for an evening of fellowship while sharing a potluck dinner.
President John Berry and  our member and Assistant District Governor Nancy Eidsvik, accept on behalf of Past President Richard Prill, the  Rotary International President's Citation for the Rotary Year 2017-2018 from Past District Governor Don Evans.
Club members and guests that attended today's meeting appreciated the wonderful presentation by Rob Stewart. He shared some personal stories about his father, Irwin Stewart.
Irwin who past away June 5, 2017 was a special, giving man and member of our club. He is truly missed, but his memory lives on in the good work he did and the legacies he has left behind.
Photos courtesy of Gaby Gasztonyi
Welcome to our newest exchange student, Leo who just arrived from Germany.
His host parents, Dave and Pam took him to the new Whistler Suspension Bridge.

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Gaby Gasztonyi
Oct 29, 2020
Polio Presentation (World Polio Day Oct 24)
Past District Governor - Del Paterson
Nov 05, 2020
Our Rotary Foundation
Nov 12, 2020
Remembrance Day Program