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Posted by Jeff Harrison on Jan 28, 2017
Youth Adventures in Leadership (YAIL) had another successful weekend at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach on January 20 – 22, 2017.
52 participants, in the 10th and 11th grades (ages 15 - 17) arrived on the Friday wondering why they were there and on Sunday 52 young leaders left with a new perspective on life. As the wise Sal Abbot said this weekend, "it's okay not to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be a leader. You just have to act. Leadership is an action. Not a title."
Connor said "Coming into it, I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a same old leadership conference and was not extremely excited. The first hour I was there, I was proved wrong. The lessons and concepts I learned at YAIL were clearer to me than they have ever been and it only took two days for it to happen. I learned and understood more in this short period of time than I have learned in multiple previous week long conferences I have attended."
Another participant said "I wont sugar coat it - I came into YAIL as a quiet, troubled, simple girl in my bubble and this weekend took me out of my bubble, gave me many new friends and new skills to interact. Being able to connect with people like me and people totally opposite to me.. and changed me in a positive way!"
The weekend curriculum is managed by a team of outstanding facilitators who are past attendees of both YAIL and RYLA. Kudos to the District 5050 YAIL organizing committee which just happens to include Semiahmoo Rotary's very own Ray PAQUET and Jeff HARRISON.
Another stupendous Rotary Youth Program!
Posted by Mike Reddington on Sep 23, 2016
The first ever Semiahmoo Rotary Club Member Re-Union was held at the Rotary Fieldhouse on Rotary Way in the South Surrey Athletic Park on Thursday evening attended by 51 current and past members. As President Mary Brunet said: "We wanted to extend a hand out to our past members who may have left for family or business reasons, to let them know that we still think about them, miss them and wish that they were with us again." "In fact", Mary said, "we would love to have you come back!"
What took us so long to hold a re-union of past members? "Although we have been 27 years as a Rotary Club we are just so busy", said Janine MacLean, Membership Committee Co-Chair, "it even took us a year to pull this evening together."
Left to Right: Lindagene Coyle, Sandy Wightman, Mary Brunet, Eric O'Dell and Steve Simpson.
Right: Pierre DesLaurier and Ken Betts trade stories about being founding members of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club way back in 1989.
Posted by MIke Reddington on Aug 25, 2016
Natalie Angell-Besseling presented an intriguing story of how she and her husband started USHANTI, a Birthing Centre in rural Uganda to help women with pre-natal and post-natal care and a safe place to give birth.
After seven years the centre has a 100% safety record. The secret is creating a supportive, community-based care team and modern facility with training for all.
Posted by Yolanta Patterson & Mike Reddington on Jun 03, 2016
Annual visit to Peace Arch Hospital hosted by the PAH Foundation. Semiahmoo Rotary has been a supporter of the Hospital Foundation since 1989.