Rotary Club of Ladysmith 50th Anniversary Meeting

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Rotary Club of Ladysmith 50th Anniversary Meeting and Celebration!

Eileen Beltgens
 
Thursday, October 1st the Rotary Club of Ladysmith invited members, district leadership, Rotarians from District 5020 from Washington and BC, and community friends and leaders to our Zoom celebration of 50 years of fellowship and service in Ladysmith.  

What fun it was to hear some of the stories, especially in a video from charter members Pat Bryan and Bob Bafaro.  We recognize the depth of the legacy our current membership enjoys from the past, and look forward, inspired to re-invent our service for the future!  We so appreciated those who took the time to attend and to support our efforts!

We heard Mayor Stone read the Proclamation to create Rotary Day and Rotary Club of Ladysmith Week; we welcomed guests – community members and Rotarians throughout the BC-Washington Rotary District; we revisited a list of projects completed over these 50 years and some stories about the past; we heard from the first woman and a two-time President who joined Ladysmith Rotary thirty years ago; student Interact leaders celebrated the past and the future; a fellow Rotarian and historian summed up the community building and support in his discussion about why Rotarians and members of other service organizations do what they do for their communities with passion and commitment.  It was a great evening to be inspired and hopeful amid challenges in how we meet and work together.

Ladysmith Rotarians are a small club committed to working collaboratively with other organizations to build our community.  It takes a community of people to build community.
 
Rotary Club of Ladysmith 50th Anniversary Meeting Eileen Beltgens 2020-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Sponsor Recognition Day - a Golf Pivot Joan Phillips 2020-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 50 Years of Service - The Ladysmith Golf Course Story

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Celebrating 50 Years of Service - The Ladysmith Golf Course Story
Author: Ed Nicholson, Club Historian

Introduction: The Rotary Club of Ladysmith was formed in 1970 and received its Charter on September 31. It was and still is very active and took on some major projects in its first 10 years, but nothing as big as the commitment to build a community Golf Course.  Ed Nicholson spent many hours in the archives researching this story with the help of Andy Bohay. Here is the story of the project that is still an important part of Ladysmith, even if it did nearly kill the Club. - Gerry Beltgens, Club Public Image
Celebrating 50 Years of Service - The Ladysmith Golf Course Story Edward Nicholson 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Forrest Field All Access Walking Trail

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Forrest Field All Access Walking Trail
 
It was a smoky Saturday that members of the Ladysmith Rotary, Kinsmen, Eagles and the Soccer Clubs began preparing the ground and forming for new paving from the parking lot and around the soccer pitch. Part of the work will include widening the existing concrete sidewalk to allow wheelchairs and walkers to navigate around spectators during games. 
 
The Clubs have raised close to $20,000.00 for the project through fundraisers, including an All Clubs Oktoberfest at Aggie Hall in 2018 (Lions, Kinsmen, Eagles, Soccer and Rotary) and an “Eggs Benefit” organized by the Oceanview Church of Ladysmith. Funds were also provided through a BC Gaming Grant application and a raffle by the Rotary club of Ladysmith. Island Savings Credit Union donated another $1,000.00 and the Lions Club donated $750.00. - Continued...
 
 
Forrest Field All Access Walking Trail Gerry Beltgens 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Bottle Drive update 2020-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bottle Drive Sandra Milne 2020-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary new President and Board Installation via Zoom

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At the July 2nd meeting of the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, newly installed President, Eileen Beltgens, introduced her Focus of Engagement with Community, as well as Rotary International’s theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities to the membership.  This is also the Rotary Club of Ladysmith’s 50th anniversary!  Look for activities this summer and fall to celebrate our involvement in Ladysmith over the last half century!
The Installation was performed via Zoom and many Rotary District and local Interact Club leaders were in attendance.
Rotary new President and Board Installation via Zoom Eileen Beltgens 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Mid Island Rotary Clubs Provide Food Relief in Guatemala

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Vancouver Island Rotary Clubs Provide food Relief for Mayan Communities in Guatemala in collaboration with Disaster Aid Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland.

Members of the Rotary Mid Island Group (Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo) informed Disaster Aid Canada (DAC) in April 2020 that people are under a strict lock-down and on the verge of starvation in Guatemala. There are dire food, hygiene and PPE needs including masks. Workers have no jobs, there is no social safety net and the communities including markets are under complete lock-down. These Rotary Clubs have been involved in sustainable development projects in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala for several years.
Mid Island Rotary Clubs Provide Food Relief in Guatemala Gerry Beltgens 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ladysmith Donates Emergency Preparedness Kits to the Town Gerry Beltgens 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Coldest Night of the Year

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Rotarians are People of Action!!!
What a great event...Coldest Night of the Year ...Feb.22, 2020. Thanks to the Ladysmith Resource Centre for organizing this worthwhile event in our community.
Thank you Paul, Michael, Marshall, Sandra, Brian, Mary, John and Andy!
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Destination Vacation Earlybird draw 2020-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Cancelled - Artists for Hospice

Cancelled - The Magic happens Saturday February 29th  from 6 to 8:30pm at 444 Parkhill Terrace in Ladysmith.  Original photography and art will be auctioned off in a live and silent action plus there are 50 amazing $20 art bargains. All profits go to Cowichan Hospice Rotary Gardens, with a goal of $10,000 that evening. 
 
Cancelled - Artists for Hospice Gerry Beltgens 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Awards and Art at the December 19 Meeting 2019-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Dream Vacation Raffle - Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House

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Rotary's Dream Vacation Draw extended to September 15, 2020 due to Covid - 19

Rotary's Dream Vacation Draw extended to September 15, 2020 due to Covid - 19

Dream Vacation - A Raffle for the Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House

The Rotary Clubs of the Cowichan valley are holding a Rotary Dream Vacation Raffle in support of Cowichan Hospice Society Programs. There are 20,000 tickets available and they are selling well. First Prize is a European River Cruise for two, including flights out of Vancouver Airport. Second Prize is a Mexican Holiday for two, including flights out of Vancouver Airport. Third Prize is two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies. An Early Bird Draw will be held on February 15, 2020 for a $3999.00 diamond ring and the Grand Prize Draw will be September 15, 2020. 
Tickets are available at all 49th Grocery Stores in Ladysmith, Chemainus, Cedar and Duncan as well as Rotarians at all 5 Cowichan Valley Clubs.
 
 
 
Dream Vacation Raffle - Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House Gerry Beltgens 2019-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shows Up for Christmas

Posted by Gerry Beltgens on Dec 04, 2019
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 Ladysmith Rotary Club Shows Up For Christmas

 
Once again it was all hands on deck as the members of the Rotary Club of Ladysmith, LSS Interact Club and Friends of the clubs showed up the feed the hungry throngs at the 2019 festival of Lights and Breakfast with Santa.
 
 
 
Rotary Shows Up for Christmas Gerry Beltgens 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Community Service Work Party 2019-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supports Tour De Rock 2019-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
DG Maureen Fritz-Roberts addresses Joint Meeting Sandra Milne 2019-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Clubs Raise $15,000.00 for Community Projects at Golf Tournament

Posted by Joan Phillips on Sep 28, 2019
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Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Clubs Raise $15,000.00 for Community Projects at Golf Tournament
 
Eighty six golfers participated at Annual Rotary Golf Tournament held at Mount Brenton Golf Club on September 21st.  The event started with a delicious buffet breakfast prepared by the course catering staff. Silent and live auctions were held during the luncheon featuring the many donated items from local businesses and Rotarians.  At the end of the day the tournament netted, after all expenses, over $15,000.00 to benefit local youth and community organizations in Chemainus and Ladysmith.
Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary Clubs Raise $15,000.00 for Community Projects at Golf Tournament Joan Phillips 2019-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Local Legends Event was a Wonderful Success

Posted by Joan Phillips on Sep 14, 2019
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All of the work that led up to the Local Legends event paid off.
During my year as president of Ladysmith Rotary Club, our club, along with four other clubs in the Cowichan Valley, committed to raise funds to create the Rotary Gardens at the Cowichan Hospice House which will soon be under construction. 
 
Many more photos available at 
- Photos by Gerry Beltgens
Local Legends Event was a Wonderful Success Joan Phillips 2019-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
An Evening with Local Legends 2019-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

LMS Sea Life Festival

Posted by Sandra Milne on Aug 12, 2019
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What a great day at the LMS Sea Life Festival ! Despite the cloudy skies earlier in the day, the weather down on the water was perfect and the number of families that showed up to view all those slimy sea creatures was amazing ! And how could you go wrong with adding free hotdogs, juice and chips to those kid’s day :) 

 

LMS Sea Life Festival Sandra Milne 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Oceanview Church donates $3,000.00 to support Forrest Field Enhancements Gerry Beltgens 2019-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Joan Phillips Completes Successful Year as Ladysmith Rotary President Gerry Beltgens 2019-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Garden Tour Gerry Beltgens 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Barn Dance for Hospice

Posted by Gerry Beltgens
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 The five Cowichan Valley Rotary Clubs combined to hold a very successful Barn Dance and raised money to go towards the Rotary Gardens at Cowichan Hospice House.
Barn Dance for Hospice Gerry Beltgens 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Ladysmith Interact Club

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The Interact Club at Ladysmith Secondary School has raised thousands of dollars and spent countless hours giving back to the community.
Ladysmith Interact Club Gerry Beltgens 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Corks & Forks

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The first annual Corks & Forks event raised awareness an funds for Disaster Aid and Community Projects
Corks & Forks Gerry Beltgens 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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