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I joined Rotary because I have always been attracted to this organization.  While growing up in New Westminster, I participated in and benefited from several of Rotary’s youth programs.

Rotary can change the lives of those who participate and young people can earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, attend youth conferences and help their community through Rotary’s high school Interact Club.  Rotary not only promotes community service but also encourages personal growth, leadership development, career development and mentoring.  With a background in Human Resources and as a mother of three, I am passionate about our youth and their education and Rotary provides me with an avenue to pursue these interests and give back to my community.

Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and I am proud to belong to a worldwide organization where its members are committed to making their communities a better place to live through volunteering their time, talents and resources.  Rotarians in our club work locally and internationally to provide a variety of humanitarian and educational services and we represent a wide variety of professions and come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Belonging to this organization allows me to work with and meet some very accomplished people within our community and it provides me with a place to continue to learn and grow as a person.

As a Rotarian, I currently sit on the Board and I am the Director of the Community Public & Media Relations Committee, I’m the chair of the NWSS Scholarship and Bursary Program, I am one of the counselors for our incoming Youth Exchange Students and I report on our weekly speakers in our Club Bulletin.

Our Club has been serving this community since 1928, we currently have 42 members and many of our active members have been Rotarians since the 1980’s.  To ensure that our club continues to thrive and serve New Westminster, it is important that we continue to attract and retain new members who believe in the ideals of Rotary.  Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.  People who are interested in finding out more about Rotary International are welcome to join our Thursday luncheons at the Old Bavaria House on 6th Street and may also contact our Club’s Secretary, Louise Perry at lperrry@gffg.com