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

New Westminster

Service Above Self

Last Thursday of the month at Boston Pizza 5:30pm Columbia Square Plaza
1st Three Thursdays Lunches NOON at Bavaria Haus
233 Sixth Street
New Westminster, BC  V3L 3A5
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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.
Due to the upcoming holiday weekend our  August 2nd lunch meeting is cancelled as we expect very low attendance. Please join us next Thursday, August 9th.  Sorry for any inconvenience.
Victor, our current visting Youth Exchange Student from Brazil welcomes back Kate, our Youth Exchange Student who has recently returned from her year in Spain.
Last night we celebrated our successes with outgoing President Richard Prill and look forward to our new year with incoming President John Berry.
Thank you to our District Governor Nominee Bala Naidoo and his spouse Vasi for joining us.
Our Emcee Dave Vallee congratulates and thanks Richard for a great year.
District Governor Nominee, Bala Naidoo shares his insights with our members and guests.
Rotarian Nick Cheng thanks Margaret Wills for her presentation that showed our members how our donation makes sure local youth can attend their grad.
Thank you to our walkers, donors, sponsors and spectators - The Walk to End Polio 2018 was another success on a beautiful day in New Westminster.
Rotarian Dave Vallee thanks Rachel Way for her delightful presentation at our club today.
Rachel is a grade 11 student at Saint Thomas More Collegiate.
She was sponsored by our club to attend the Adventures in Citizenship held in Ottawa.
She had many great experiences while making new friends.
We welcomed a new member, Violet Chan who was sponsored for membership by Carmelita Tapia.
Past DG Del Paterson inducted her to our club at our lunch meeting held at the Bavaria Haus.
Our member, Rotarian George Sandwith thanks The Honourable Yonah Martin for her presentation at our club meeting.
We welcomed 2 new members in March.
Meet Brunella from the Hyack Festival Association and Jessica from the Salvation Army.
Our member Assistant District Governor Nancy Eidsvik thanks Rotary International President Ian Riseley with a donation in his name to our upcoming Walk to End Polio.
Our club was fortunate and delighted to have Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley attend our 90th Anniversary Celebration. More pictures to follow...
We enjoyed some excellent guest speakers in January. 
Judy Darcy MLA New Westminster (Minister of Mental Health and Addictions) 
Roger Killen, Producer Tedx Stanley Park 
President Richard Prill and President Elect John Berry in the Christmas spirit at the City of New Westminster Christmas get together.
Inspecting the new wheelchairs our club donated to the Queens Park Health Care Centre to help our seniors get around!

Back row (left to right): Gerda Suess (Sergeant-at-Arms, Rotary Club), Nick Cheng (Director, Rotary Club) and Jason Lesage (Executive Director, Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation)


Front row (left to right): Hamid Mahmoudi (Manager, Clinical Operations, Rehabilitation), Dave Vallee (Past President, Rotary Club) and Richard Prill (President, Rotary Club)


A great project with outstanding results. A total of 39 patients were seen by 2 eye doctors as well as students and teachers from Douglas College. 

Most of our patients were referred to us from various agencies in New Westminster. Thank you to our partners, volunteers and Tim Hortons for the treats.

President Richard Prill and Rotarian George Sandwith thank our bio medical students for their presentation and wish them good luck in their future endeavors.
Del Paterson and Dawn Rutledge thank Dr. Arlene King for her informative presentation regarding Polio.
One of our international projects is sponsoring bio medical students to come to Canada for their training. 
This is Calvin, one of our students working at Vancouver General Hospital. 
We have great fellowship, food and support our community both local and international. 
Join us for lunch at The Bavaria Haus on the first 3 Thursdays of the month. 
We are proud to support the Seniors Services Society and the Queens Park Hospital Foundation with donations for their programs.
Nick Cheng and Kara-Leigh Bloch from the Senior Services Society 
Dave Vallee with Jason Lesage from Queens Park Hospital Foundation
We said goodbye to our wonderful exchange students.
Lavinia from Italy and Juan from Mexico.
On June 21st our members and guests gathered to say Thank you to Dave Vallee for his great year. Bob Crawford installed our new President Richard Prill. 
Our theme for 2017-2018 is ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE. We plan to do just that! 

Rotarians Richard Prill and Jim Dodd at the loading of the Philippine container on June 3. Basic arrangements for the container were made by Elena Agala who is shown in the picture. 


Dr. Suess said it best -

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Our club supports literacy and recently donated 400 books to the library at our newest school. - Fraser River Middle School.
On the last Thursday of the month we hold an evening meeting at Boston Pizza Columbia Square Plaza at 5:30. These meetings are informative and FUN.....
This weeks topic was a brief history on our Word Community Service by Mike Crean.
 Rotary on Ice was held at the Langley Events Centre. Rotarians, friends and family members had a great night supporting the Vancouver Giants.This event creates awareness of our efforts to eradicate Polio.
We also donated tickets to the Lower Mainland Boys and Girls Clubs.
We received this fabulous handmade card of thanks from a few of the young people that enjoyed the game.
Members of the Rotary Club of New Westminster and the Group of Five officially open the new children's play area at Royal Columbian Hospital.
Another great joint project to help our community!
Members and guests gathered to hear inspirational words from our District Governor Lyn Stroshin.
PDG Del Paterson, DG Lyn Stroshin, President Dave Vallee present a freshly baked Black Forest cake celebrating 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.
On Sunday while many were sharing Thanksgiving with families the Rotary Club of New Westminster was helping the community by providing a eye clinic at the Salvation Army.
Along with several Rotarians and members of the  Rotaract Club, eye care professionals aided by Douglas College students helped with free eye exams and glasses. 

Zul Kanji, Director and Co-ordinator of UBC Dental Hygiene Degree Program and Susan Schmitz,

Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Dentistry with Louise Perry and Dave Vallee.

Photo Courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi


On August 18, 2016 our Club presented a cheque of $5,000 to cover next year’s operating costs in providing free dental care to low-income families in New Westminster.

Members of the Rotary Club of New Westminster gathered to reflect on the past year with President John Berry and welcome our new President Dave Vallee for the new year celebrating Rotary Serving Humanity. We welcomed a new member and some special awards were presented. It was a wonderful evening.
Outgoing President John Berry says goodbye and thank you.
Our new President Dave Vallee with his wife Pam and her parents.
Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. 
How ... The Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs of Burnaby & New Westminster and the Vancouver Cambie club will be holding the 3rd Annual Rotary's Walk to End Polio Now.  We would like to ask you to join us by:
  1. Signing Up as a Team or Individual to help raise funds and/or
  2. Make a Donation and/or
  3. Show your support by coming out to the Walk.
    Walk Details: Saturday, May 14 |  9am to 12 noon  |  River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster |  For additional details click on the Walk Details on the side bar.
Rotarians and friends volunteer  their time at Toque Tuesday to raise funds for our local homeless community.
Past District Governor, Del Paterson inducts our newest member Vladimir Fitsko -Mortgage Planning Specialist at Investors Group.
Photo credit: Dawn Rutledge-Brennen
Past District Governor Irwin Stewart thanks another Past District Governor Del Paterson for his informative presentation on Our Rotary Foundation.
Photo credit: Dave Vallee
Past District Governor Del Paterson inducts the newest member of our club, Eva Galvez from the Salvation Army. Eva was proposed by our Club President John Berry.
The members of The Rotary Club of New Westminster thank outgoing President Nick Cheng for his leadership this past year.
Nick Cheng, wife Ying, incoming President John Berry
(photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi)
Sharon Tidd representing the New Westminster Salvation Army thanks Bill Payne and the members of the Rotary Club for the donation towards a new walk in refrigerator
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi

The Rotary Club of New Westminster and The Rotary Club of New Westminster-Royal City partner with the City of New Westminster and jointly contribute $25,000 to the Wait for Me Daddy Campaign.

see for details of the project. Members from both clubs present Mayor Wayne Wright with the cheques.







L-R Back Row: David Neima, John Berry, Tricia Thomas, Kevin Gordon, Louise Perry, Gerda Suess, Jeremy Perry, Trevor Guy, Wayne Corlett

L-R Front Row: Laurie Stewart, Doug Ford

Not in photo:  Nick Cheng, Rick Carswell, Gaby Gasztonyi, Ron Unger

The Rotaract Club recieved an award at the District 5040 Conference held in Squamish for their recent Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. The event promoted fellowship and fun while raising funds for KidSport New Westminster. Special thanks to the generous community sponsors, the participants and the Rotary and Interact Clubs of New Westminster for their contributions Congratulations Rotaract!

Photo L-R   Corrigan, Sylvie, Allison, Justine



Interact Club President Jethray Tecson and his team, Jacob Dabic, Joey Chandler and Phelan Glenn win special mention in a anti-bullying campaign!!

"Spread the Glove" - check it out!

Congratulations to this hard working group of young leaders in New Westminster!!!


Wayne Corlett, president, Rotary Club of New Westminster (front row, third from left), Gerda Seuss with the Group of Five and Friends Benevolent Society (front row, far left) and members of the Rotary Club of New Westminster present Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) board director Helen Sparkes (front row, far right) and RCHF Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations Eleanor Ryrie (front row, second from left) with a cheque for $10,180.00. These funds will go toward the purchase of two camera heads for orthopedic surgery at RCH. These funds were raised at their spring fundraiser.

L-R   Tony Parsons from CBC, President Elect Nick Cheng, Chief Rhonda Larrabee, President Wayne Corlett


A dedicated, hardworking group of Rotarians volunteered their time to load another container to help those in Uganda.


A group of dedicated Rotarians provided some manpower to help replace the stairs in the outside garden area for our tenants at Rotary Tower.



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PDG Del Paterson
Nov 15, 2018
Our Rotary Foundation
Darcy Long, District Governor 5040 - Club Visit
Nov 29, 2018
Evening meeting at Boston Pizza 5:30