Rotary Day 2014 for The Rotary Club of Bowen Island

Rotary International President Gary Huang has challenged all Rotary Clubs to hold a Rotary Day during his year as president. The Rotary Club of Bowen Island (RCBI) accepted this challenge, and held our Rotary Day on Saturday 23rd August 2014.

On Bowen Island, the Saturday before Labour Day has been the date for a 19-yr annual Community festival day called Bowfest. This year, our Rotary Day became part of several Bowfest events.

Rotary Run for Rwanda 2014 on Bowen Island

RCBI and the friends of Rotary began before 8:30 AM with the Rotary Run For Rwanda, a fundraising run that has been managed by the RCBI since 2011. The funds are raised for the Komera Foundation Canada, which provides tuition and support for Rwandan girls to attend and complete their high school education. The Rotary Run for Rwanda begins at the island ferry dock and takes various trails on the Island to complete circuits of 5 km and 10 km. Over 120 runners, old and young, participated this year, and their registration fees along with donations raised about $5,000.00 CAD for Komera.

Bowen Rotary in Bowfest 2014 Parade

At 10:30 AM, Club members assembled for the Bowfest Parade at the Bowen Island Community School — along with over 20 other groups and businesses to march down Government Road to the ferry dock. The RCBI last participated in the parade in 2011, its first year as a Club. This year, as we walked down the hill, we heard shouts from the sidelines – “Way to go, Rotary!” and “Hurray for Rotary!” We carried the Club banner and wore our Operation Rednose vests, antlers, and noses – reminding the Community that Rotarians provide this holiday-time service for the safety of all.

Bowen Rotary at Bowfest 2014

At 12:00 PM, we moved to Bowfest Field, the main site of Bowfest with its performance stage, beer garden, and childrens’ games and activities, to join a number of other Community groups whose tents displayed their services to the Community. Club member, Bawn Campbell, had prepared a number of posters to capture the activities of our young club, since our charter in June 2011. These include international projects (i.e. Kunavelela Community Project, Komera Foundation Canada, PolioPlus, Shelterbox Canada) and community projects (i.e. Food Bank, Positive Ticketing for Youth, Hand Powered Flashlights for Youth, Operation Red Nose, Outdoor Learning Classroom, Mt Gardner Trails Project, Soccer T-Shirts for Youth).

Club participation during the day was over 70%, and we were joined by many friends of Rotary. So the majority of the Club had great fun and enjoyed profiling our Club’s impact on the Bowen Island Community and beyond.

Respectfully submitted,
Denis Lynn, President

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Thursday Aug 11th – Animist Ritual

New member Nat will be sharing about his work as a Shaman. All are welcome, 7:30pm start. Hope to see you there!

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Setup for Bowfest 2014

It’s the day before Bowfest on Bowen Island. Tomorrow Bowen Rotary will be managing the Run for Rwanda, Walking in the Bowfest Parade in support of this year’s Operation Red Nose, and then managing a tent at the Bowfest Festival Site. Here the volunteers are setting up the facilities at the Finish Line for the Run for Rwanda.

The weather tomorrow will be beautiful. We expect lots of visitors to Bowen Island for Bowfest 2014. Join us!

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Rotary’s Record BridgeClimb to End Polio – Sydney, AU

The climb set 2 World Records:

  1. For the most different flags flown simultaneously, and
  2. For the most people on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the same time.

More than 300 members of Rotary and their friends climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise funds for the humanitarian service organisation’s top philanthropic goal of eradicating polio worldwide.

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Gary Huang chose Light Up Rotary as the theme for 2014-15

RI President for 2014–2015  Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”

Here is President Gary’s address to the Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia.


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Initial Trails Survey of Mt. Gardner is complete

Mt. Gardner Trails — Bowen Island

Using GPS, members of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island have walked the Hiking Trails on Mount Gardner.
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Over the past few months, members of Bowen Rotary have walked and collected data on all of the hiking trails on Bowen Island.

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Operation Red Nose 2013 on Bowen Island

The deer used as an icon for Operation Red Nose

Don’t risk driving under the influence: call Operation Red Nose at


Members and friends of Rotary on Bowen Island know that the holiday season has begun. Operation Red Nose (ORN) volunteers are driving people and their cars home  (ORN schedule below). They’ll be on duty after 9 PM on scheduled nights. 

When you call on the scheduled nights here is what will happen.

You will be asked for your telephone number and the make, model and colour of your car. This information is passed to the volunteers in Snug Cove. Someone will phone back and confirm the time the team will arrive to transport you, your car, and your passengers to your destination.

Shortly after that, the team of 3 volunteers will arrive in an escort car. You will give your keys to the ORN driver. The driver and ORN navigator will occupy the front seat of your car. You and your passengers will be in the back seats.

You and your car will be driven to your home — stopping along the way to let off passengers at their destinations. The ORN escort will be following. At your destination ORN will return your keys and see you safely inside. The escort car will leave with the team to take ORN to their next ride.

If you appreciate this service, please consider making a donation to Rotary. On Bowen, 100% of ORN donations are used for youth projects on Bowen Island.

Please tell people about this program.

Schedule of ORN nights:
Friday and Saturday, Nov 29 & 30
Friday and Saturday, Dec 6 & 7
Friday and Saturday, Dec 13 & 14
Friday and Saturday, Dec 20 & 21
New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec 31

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