The Rotary Club of Bowen Island’s blog

Banner for the Rotary Club of Bowen Island created using artwork by Rob WallClick here for the main site of The Rotary Club of Bowen Island. This blog is planned to allow the club to easily and quickly post news about the club, its members and its programs. Scroll down to see what is new. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Scroll down to read our recent blog articles, or use the Jump to month pulldown menu in the sidebar to explore older entries.

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Visit Rotary Shelterbox — May 3, 2015

Bowen Rotary set up a demonstration of a Shelterbox kit at the Snug Cafe May 2 & 3, 2015

Bowen Rotary set up a demonstration of a Shelterbox kit at the Snug Cafe May 2 & 3, 2015

Bowen Rotary members set up a demonstration Shelterbox kit at the Snug Cafe for the weekend of May 2 and 3, 2015. Please visit us on Sunday May 3 and see a working example of the Shelterbox units being sent to support the aid program in Nepal in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake.

This was the scene in Snug Cove on Saturday, May 2, when Matt Maxwell dropped by with his guitar.

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Shelter for Earthquake Victims in Nepal

Shelter is urgently needed for the people of Nepal who are homeless as the result of last week’s devastating earthquake. Shelterbox and Rotary are in Nepal right now. Bowen Rotary is receiving donations to support this work. This weekend, May 2–3, Rotary will erect a Shelterbox demonstration kit at the Snug Cafe so you can see for yourself exactly what will be sent to Nepal. Please come by, talk to us, and consider a donation to this cause.


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Bowen Rotary dot com appears

The Rotary Club of Bowen Island now has its own domain:

The site is under development, but you are welcome to watch as it grows over the next few months.

We expect that by summer, this will become the club’s main web site.

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Bowen Rotary Dinner

The members of Bowen Rotary met for dinner on February 19 at the Rustique Bistro.

The Lamb Shank main course - Rustique Bistro on Bowen Island

The Lamb Shank main course – Rustique Bistro

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Seeking a donor for a kidney

We, at Bowen Rotary, have learned that one of our neighbours is in need of a new kidney. You may know Monika, she has sung in so many choirs on Bowen Island you have probably heard her beautiful voice. Please read Monika’s letter and pass it along to anyone you think might be willing to help.

 Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing this letter to my family and friends to share with you my need to pursue the option of a kidney transplant.

I have had kidney disease for over 40 years now. This has required regular monitoring by various doctors, and controlling my diet and blood pressure. Unfortunately, my condition has worsened and I am facing the reality of kidney failure in the near future.

After several months of tests, and given my age and lifestyle, the doctors have recommended a kidney transplant as my best option. Getting a living donor transplant is the best scenario for me. Also the prognosis for a successful transplant is better, if I can bypass dialysis, but of course, I will do all I have to, to keep well.

Now I need to find someone who would be willing to donate a kidney to me. Donors donate one of their two kidneys, and continue to lead full, normal lives, just like people who were born with only one kidney.

What I am hoping you might do for me, is to make as many people as possible aware of my situation in the hopes of finding someone who would choose to donate a kidney to me. It is very important that no one feel pressured or coerced into making this decision. I am aware of how serious a decision it is.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, you can call the donor nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC (this is where the transplant would take place). The donor nurse is part of the transplant team. She can be reached at 604-806-9027, and can also mail any potential donor a package of information about the transplant process. You may also call my social worker in the Kidney Care Clinic at 604-806-8226. I would be happy to discuss this with anyone interested as well.

Any contact with the transplant team by any potential donors will be treated confidentially.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Monika Sabathil

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Rotary Variety Show — Nov 22

You are invited to the Rotary Variety Show, a fundraiser put on by the Rotary Club of Bowen Island. It promises to be a great night of fun featuring local Bowen talent, including dancers, singers and musicians, a skit, poetry reading and a stand-up comic competition.

The show will be held at
7:00pm on Saturday, November 22
Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island

The Bowen Rotary Club is raising funds for two Bowen-based organizations: the Africa Village Project and the Bowen Island Firefighters. As well, local Rotary Club initiatives, such as education projects and trail building, will be funded from the Variety Show proceeds.

You’ll enjoy a fabulous program of entertainment in a cabaret-style venue at the Variety Show. Shari Ulrich is going to be singing, and the Bowen Firefighters will be performing a dance routine. David Cameron is the emcee. Jackie Minns and Bawn Campbell are putting on a comedy skit, and Jude Neale will do a poetry reading. You’ll be delighted and entertained by the musical talents of Nicole Zyczynski and the classical music selections of the Arbutus String Trio. The Perform Art Studios students are doing a dance routine accompanied by singer Carlos Vela-Martinez. And last but not least, local stand-up comics will be making you laugh throughout the show.

Save the date: Saturday, November 22nd! Tickets will be available soon at Phoenix or from your Rotary Club neighbour or friend. See you there!

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Upcoming Speakers

October 30: Carla Young on the work of the BICS PAC

November 6: Andi Webster on her work with predators in Botswana

November 13: Marth Perkins on FundAid and Crowdfunding

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