Effective July 1, the 10 Victoria area Rotary clubs have new leadership.
Gerald Pash is the new President of the 106 year- old first Rotary Club of Victoria. Ian Morely will lead the Sidney Rotary Club established in 1946. The 61-year-old Saanich club will be led by Robert Nemish. The Presidents for 2019-2020 for the seven other clubs that formed since 1974 are Joan Firkins of Oak Bay, Peter Baillie of Victoria Harbourside, Ryan Windsor of Brentwood Bay, Sam Purdy of Sooke, Ian Brown of Sidney By the Sea, Lorne Olson of Westshore, and Michael Brar of Downtown Victoria.
The ten Rotary clubs of the Victoria area have about 500 members.
Joan Peggs of the Oak Bay Club and Murray Tough of the Victoria Harbourside club are Assistant District Governors and provide wide area support to the ten clubs.
Rotary was established at Chicago Illinois in February 1905. Today it exists in more than 160 countries with 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 clubs. Following the motto of “Service above Self” Rotarians have six areas of focus Peace and Conflict prevention/resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development.
Additionally, clubs provide funding and hands on service support for a variety of local projects an example of which is the Victoria Food Rescue Network. You can find more information about the Victoria area clubs at rotaryvictoria.org.
Source: Sam Purdy
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