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

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
contact for information
604 219 2840
New Westminster, BC
Held Thursdays : For meeting schedule/time/location see our home page. email for information and ZOOM link
Home Page Stories
Thursday was a very busy and productive day for our club.
We held a member engagement workshop and brainstormed many ideas for upcoming service projects, fellowship events and speakers for our meetings.
Members were treated to lunch and received a Rotary at Work T shirt.
Nick Jordan also attended to get us all geared up with hats, and jackets.
Then several members volunteered at our Rotary information booth, showing off our new tent, at the New West Farmers Market.
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We welcome guests at our meetings on ZOOM and in person.

Please join us on ZOOM at Noon, October 21st for a special presentation to recognize World Polio Day from Gabor Gasztonyi.

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 a Bernie Legge Cultural Award winner.

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 spaces.

Contact for ZOOM link 

At our evening meeting Nancy presented Kevin with a PHF. He was the winner of her 2021 Rotary New Year's resolution challenge.
It was a great initiative to get members engaged!
It included 10 easy things...including I will attend more meetings, I will contact members that haven't been attending and I will take at least 1 E Learning course.
Our club supports many groups that are making a difference to help the vulnerable in our community.
We recently received this thank you note from The Purpose Society.
Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Digital Inclusion Project initiative. It is because of donors like you that we are able to continue to try and eliminate the digital divide within New Westminster.
With this donation we aim to create a welcoming, inclusive lounge space in our Digital Inclusion Hub where people who do not have access to the internet or electronic devices can come utilize them with access to 1-on-1 support as well. Because of this donation we are able to continue to positively impact the lives of New Westminster residents that would otherwise not have access to these resources.
Thank you once again for this charitable donation to our project. We will send you updates over the course of us creating this lounging area so that you know exactly what is happening with your donation, and the impact that we have been able to create together!
With all our gratitude
Please join us Thursday September 23rd on ZOOM at NOON for a presentation from:

Vera LeFranc was born in Prince Rupert, attended grade 1 in Terrace, grew up on Haida Gwaii and lived in the Okanagan before ultimately moving to the Lower Mainland.  With connections to northern and interior British Columbia, Vera brings a unique combination of skills and experience to her role as COO of Elizabeth Fry Society of the Lower Mainland. 

With a degree in Business and Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University, Vera brings a solid mix of business sense and a passion for social justice and reconciliation to her work.

Vera is currently a member of the Provincial Child Care Council, with a mandate of providing support and advice to The PCCC provides advice on the policies and programs that affect the affordability, quality and accessibility of child care. Its members are appointed from throughout the province and represent key partners in delivering universal child care: Indigenous communities, the business sector, child care providers, the education system, the non-profit sector and local governments.

For over a decade, Vera worked with Vancity Community Foundation and the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society to distribute almost over $5 million in funding to organizations working with Surrey’s most vulnerable. As well, Vera led the team that administers over $10 Million in Homelessness Partnership Funding annually to organizations working across the region to reduce homelessness.  This meant closely working with EFry and other organizations delivering programs to our most vulnerable residents.

From 2014 to 2018 Vera was an elected City Councilor with the City of Surrey where she led initiatives such as the Surrey Urban Aboriginal Leadership Committee, laying the foundation to ensure the full economic, social and cultural participation of the Indigenous people who call the City of Surrey home.  In addition, Vera was the Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, Co Chair of the Social Policy Advisory Committee including extensive work on poverty reduction, Co Chair of four very successful Social Innovation summits aimed at creating a culture and eco-system conducive to tackling significant social issues in the City of Surrey, Chair of the Surrey Aboriginal Social Innovation Strategy, grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action, Vice Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Co-Chair of the Healthy Communities Partnership.  In addition, Vera was named by the Federation of Municipalities as one of the inaugural 2018 Top Ten Best for Canada Municipal Innovators. 

Vera spent has spent the majority of her career working within women serving organizations to advance women’s equality, provide employability and life skills training, develop programs that meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including crime prevention, housing and homelessness, and community economic development.


Vera has been married to Jen for over 14 years.  They live in Guildford and are deeply involved in the community volunteering to support young people who are exiting the foster care system. 

Please join us on ZOOM at Noon, September 16th for a presentation from Lily Nichol about the New West Farmers Market.

Lily Nichol grew up in New Westminster, but lived in Kamloops, and Prince George as a teenager and young adult, finally landing back where she started in her favourite city. Lily has experience working in nonprofits, the tech industry and radio broadcasting, and has been running the New West Farmers Market since 2018. She takes great pride in building the market and being a part of the community in her hometown. She loves supporting small local businesses, eating seasonally, and getting to know more of her neighbours at every market. When not at the market, Lily is a rescue dog and cat mom, avid reader, fiestaware collector, and home baker.

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Starting the year off right!
We welcomed our newest Rotarian, James Wise to our club at our first in person meeting. He is ready to help us SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES.
Nancy Eidsvik, our membership chair performed a delightful induction.
Our President Mike Crean is leading by example -
Rotary International President Mehta's Each One, Bring One initiative asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the next 17 months.
Recently, our club celebrated our COVID-19 Rotary Year 2020-21 with our first in person gathering. We said good bye to President Louise and welcomed our new President for 2021-22 - Mike Crean at our 94th Installation event.
It was a wonderful event hosted by Rotarian Laurie Stewart and her husband Jamie in their beautiful yard. Dave Vallee was a terrific Emcee.
A few favourite moments - we had our Co-Presidents of our Rotaract Club join us and we met 3 of the new members we inducted this year!
Our Honourary member Bob Crawford performed the Installation of President Mike and the Officers and Directors and presented Louise with her Past President Pin. DGE Lorne Calder ZOOMED in with greetings from Prince George.
We are looking forward to the new Rotary year -Serve to Change Lives.
The NWSS Interact Club teamed up with our Rotary Youth Committee to clean up the gardens and plant spring flowers for the enjoyment of the 110 Seniors who live at the Rotary Towers in New Westminster.  13 Interactors & 9 Rotarians spent their Saturday morning pulling weeds, laying new soil and bark mulch and planting perennials throughout the gardens.  The 3 sets of stairs leading to the back gardens were also cleared of moss and the gravel was replaced to ensure the safety of the tower residents.  It was a great outdoor project for both Interact & Rotary that included fellowship over lunch in the pristine gardens! 
A BIG thank you to Gordon's Landscaping and Trevor Crean for helping with the supplies and equipment!

Please plan to join us on ZOOM at 7PM, Thursday May 27th for a special presentation from Dr Robert T Ssekitoleko

Robert will be speaking about the Bio Medical Engineering Program our club has been involved with for the past  5 years. He will discuss the need for the services as well as the success of the program. He will share what some of the past students are doing now.

Dr Ssekitoleko is a lecturer, researcher and the head of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Makerere University. 

He completed his MEng Degree in Medical Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London in 2007. 

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Thank you to all who participated in our show & to all who donated directly to PADS! We are donating $2,500 to PADS puppy raising program.
And a big round of applause for our sponsors and partners. 
G&F Financial Group - Team Dave Vallee - Nancy Eidsvik - New Westminster Firefighters Charitable Society - Bosley's - New Westminster Hyack Ambassadors - Rotaract - Interact 
Here are few of our category winners showing off their rosettes. 

Please plan to join us on ZOOM at NOON, Thursday May 6th for a 

presentation from St. John Ambulance to hear about the 

Start Me Up BC initiative.


As a social enterprise, the revenue generated by St John Ambulance BC&Y is reinvested in community services programs and training, which in turn further supports the mission of the organization to save lives at home, work, and play.

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Please plan to join us on ZOOM at SEVEN PM, Thursday April 29th for a presentation from The New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Candidates. 

The candidates will present a selection of their prepared speeches.
Contact for link.

To learn more about this wonderful leadership programme please visit

Please plan to join us on ZOOM at NOON, Thursday April 8th for a presentation from Freddie Marsh. 


In 2015, Freddie Marsh became a living kidney donor to his friend, Anna Maria.  Freddie is an advocate for organ donation and volunteers his time at BC Transplant sharing his story.  Freddie donated extra funds from a fundraising campaign to BC Transplant.  This donation went towards BC Transplant first, Live Life Pass It On Scholarship that will be awarded to two grade 12 students who lead an organ donation awareness project.  

Freddie has a passion for traveling and movies.

Contact Louise Perry by email for ZOOM link

Spring has Sprung! Please join us April 1st at Noon on Zoom for a special program.

 Eric Young will present The Art and Science of Dahlias 

  • Eric has been a volunteer with Rotary International since he joined the Rotaract Club in 2007 while in university.
  • He has a BSc in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria and moved to Vancouver in 2014 to work at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council as a Data Analyst. Eric has a strong interest in healthcare transformation and quality improvement and is passionate about using health information to story-tell and drive improvement work.
  • In recent years, Eric picked up gardening, growing dahlias in particular. 
  • This is a passion of his mother (Connie) and he took it upon himself to learn from her.
  • In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors either running
  • Contact Louise Perry by email for ZOOM link
These three outstanding Rotarians share March 1 as their Rotary Anniversary.
John Berry (active member since 1987) and Bob Crawford and Bill Payne (now honourary members who both joined in 1994)
A big thanks for their service to the local and international communities.
Here are a few throwback photos - Bob Crawford inducts John Berry as President in 2015.
and Bill Payne presents the Salvation Army with a club donation.
A fine photo of four fine gentlemen.
All Past District Governors for District 5040
Many, many years of Rotary experience and dedication is reflected in this photo.
Left to Right
David Kirk PDG 2000-2001, Don McKenzie PDG 1978-1979
Irwin Stewart PDG 1993-1994, Del Paterson PDG 2002-2003
Although we have lost Don and Irwin their legacies and service to the local and international communities lives on.
We thank all four for their years of Rotary service.

Claire is the daughter of Michael and Melissa Haffner, and is sister to Grace. She is in grade 11 at New Westminster Secondary, where she plays both basketball and volleyball. Claire also plays volleyball outside of school, and dreams of continuing to play for a university, as it is one of her biggest passions. Having played many sports in her lifetime and after taking the career course in grade 10, she has been looking at jobs in Health Sciences (physio therapy, genetic counsellor, etc). buat has also recently been interested in business and technology, and she looks forward to exploring her options. Claire also plays piano and has volunteered at many small events, but looks forward to  doing more volunteering in her community through the Hyack Ambassador Program.

Claire is most inspired by her parents, as they are the kindest, most supportive and hardworking people she has ever met. They always push Claire and her sister to do their best and make them take risks even when they don’t want to. She is very thankful to have them in her life.

Claire's most treasured keepsake is her Pandora charm bracelet. Almost every
important event that has happened in her life is represented by a charm. It shows her family, friends, travels, May Day and so much more.

Her proudest moment of her life so far was receiving female athlete of the year for her grade last year. "I worked really hard during the volleyball and basketball season and it was nice to
be recognized for my effort."

Claire's favourite thing to do in the Royal City, besides the Hyack Festival, is going down to the Quay in the summers, getting gelato at the farmers market and walking along the boardwalk with her friends. "At the end of the boardwalk, there used to be
beach volleyball courts and I loved playing there. Or relaxing in the hammocks the city would hang. It was the perfect place to relax."​

When asked who she would trade places with, past or present, Claire says:
"I have always wanted to know what it was like to live during the renaissance so I think it would be interesting to trade places with Marie-Antoinette. When I visited France, I got to go inside
the place of Versailles and it would be interesting to see how the royal family lived back then. The society was very divided and it would be different to live in a monarchy government, especially to be the Queen. However, if I was to trade places with her, I would want to leave before the French Revolution."

If she could give advice to her 13-year-old-self, Claire would tell herself not to care what anyone else thinks or says. "It’s typical to be self-conscious at that age but the only thing that matters is how you see yourself." She would also tell her 13-year-old self to not worry so much about the future and to just live in the moment.

Claire believes she would make a good Hyack Ambassador because no one loves this city more than she does. She
loves our traditions like the Hyack Parade and May Day. "We are a small community but our spirit is big. My parents grew up here and it only seems fair that I do my part to give back by
volunteering and representing my Royal City."

The Rotary in New Westminster Virtual Pet Show has more than just cats and dogs!
Here are few of our more unique pets that have recently entered.
An alpaca, donkey and a few guinea pigs!
Get your pets pictures entered before March 31 to show them off and maybe win an awesome prize from one of our sponsors!
Enter at:
Follow along on Instagram @powerofpetshow
Meet Kirra (right), a released VIP PADS Dog, along with her sister Adelaide (left), a PADS Hearing Service dog between jobs.
These two beauties are our first Service Dog entries who are enjoying some well deserved family time! 🥰 
Kirra & her sister Adelaide are one “Dazzling Duo” who are all about providing comfort & companionship to their human family.❤️
We are enjoying our virtual pet show on Instagram at @powerofpetshow while raising funds for PADS and our youth programs.
Check out the button on the top of our home page for registration details.
Show your pet you love them and help us raise funds and awareness of the Power of Pets. 

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Rotary creates environments of peace

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 


We love to celebrate our Rotarians and their service to our club and the community. 
On January 31, 2008 - 13 years ago we welcomed Kevin Gordon to our club. He served as Club President in 2012/2013
and is currently our Director of our Rotary Tower.
Here is a throwback photo of Kevin with one of our former exchange students, Ana.
And 35 years ago on February 1, 1985 Karl Dech joined our club. 
Karl is currently an Honourary member and we are always delighted when he joins a meeting. 
This is picture of Del Paterson, presenting Karl (seated) with a Paul Harris Fellow. Karl's wife Barbara was there to celebrate as well. 

Since we can’t travel why not learn about each other’s past adventures!

Join us January 28th at 7pm on Zoom for a presentation from Rotarian Mike Crean - come sail away with Mike!

Since he was a youngster Mike was always drawn to the sea. His father was a marine physicist and they spent time on research boats and sailing. Over the years family and life made it difficult to spend much time sailing, but he was always drawn back to it. In recent years Mike was able to sail more and wanted to do a major ocean crossing. When a friend told Mike about the Clipper Race he decided to put himself to the test and do a leg of the Clipper Round the World Race. Novice, intermediate and experts can all participate in the experience of ocean racing through The Clipper Race, either round the world or on a single leg. The Southern Ocean is reputed to be the wildest ocean experience - he chose to do the Southern Ocean.  

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Milo is  one of our “Precious Puppies”.
🐶Milo loves to give high-fives & shake his booty! ❤️🤣
And meet Miley, another entry into our Precious Puppy category!
Miley is teething and her favourite treats are ice cubes. 🐶
It's easy to participate in our Virtual Power of Pets Show - supporting Rotary Youth Programs and PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society)
Click the tabs on the top of our Home Page, or check out the event section on the right had side.
Show off your beloved pets! Dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, gerbils.... 
Here are a few entries from our Power of Pets Show raising funds for Rotary Youth Programs and Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)
Follow Instagram @powerofpetshow to see them all and some fun facts about animals!
Entry fees $10 for 1, $12 for 2, $15 for 3. Honour your beloved pet with an entry.
Lots of categories! All pets welcome! Click the button at the top of our home page for details.
Rosettes for the winners of each category and a Best in Show prize to be awarded. 
Meet Callie and her hedgehog! 
Introducing the very Regal King Kobe!
On January 1, 1971 Mike Kaburda joined the Rotary Club of New Westminster. 
He served as Club President 1994-95 and 2004-05 and remains as a Honourary member. 
A big thank you Mike for your 50 years of Rotary service.
Photo of Mike and his spouse Barbara from The District 5040 Foundation Dinner 2019
On December 1, 1994 The Rotary Club of New Westminster welcomed Dave Vallee as a member.
For the past 26 years he has been a generous, enthusiastic member of our club and community.
Dave has served as President twice and is always willing to step up and support our projects with his time and sponsorship.
Thank you Dave! Happy Rotary Anniversary!
(Throw back pic from last Christmas.)

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. 



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. 
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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! 
District Governor Lorne Calder visit
Dec 02, 2021
Note: NOON at Boston Pizza 1045 Columbia Street
Members and Guests Christmas Social
Dec 09, 2021
Evening event 5:30 pm - RSVP required
Club AGM
Dec 16, 2021
Note: NOON at Boston Pizza 1045 Columbia Street

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