Raiders Soccer FC

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On April 4, 2024, The Rotary Club of Ladysmith presented Tim Harris, coach of the Raiders Soccer FC from the Stz'uminus First Nation, a cheque for $500. Most players are between the ages of 16 and 19. 
The mandate of the team is to support the nations' males in being healthy and to support their mental health. The donation is meant to help with the cost of entering soccer tournaments held by  many of the First Nations communities. 
We hope that they will have a great season.
Raiders Soccer FC 2024-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Ladysmith Volunteer Fair 2024-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Ladysmith Rotary Donations  continue

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The Rotary Club of Ladysmith continues delivering cheques. This week The Sportsmen Club received $300 toward their environmental cleanup this Earth Day. $500 was received by Ladysmith Primary School PAC to sponsor Popcorn Day which will be held on Earth Day in conjunction with Rotary's sponsorship o the Earth Day Storybook Walk school project.  The United Church received $500 to assist with replacing the kitchen ceiling in the church meeting hall which is utilized by various groups and organizations. And the Ladysmith Historical Society received $350 to support the Forgotten Skills Workshop program.
Ladysmith Rotary Donations continue 2024-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Community Donations

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The Rotary Club of Ladysmith was busy last week delivering cheques to Ladysmith Arts Council, LaFF, LRCA, and Ladysmith Historical Society to support local community programming.  These funds were raised under Rotary’s Community Donations Program administered by the Community Gaming Grant Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, also known as B.C. Gaming.  In addition to the cheques handed out last week, $9,500 will be given to Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation for scholarships being awarded to Ladysmith Secondary School grads later this year
Rotary Community Donations 2024-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to LRCA

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On February 1st Rotarians Brian King and Suzzane Otterson met with Carmen Barclay, LRCA's executive director and outreach worker Shannon Crowards. They presented the LRCA with a $1000 cheque to help continue their school backpack food program. Rotary of Ladysmith helped start this initiative a year ago November with an initial donation of $4500 toward their pilot project. The school backpack food program gives food bags to underprivileged children each Friday to ensure nutrition over the weekend.
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Celebrating Rotary Fellowship and Making a Difference: A Visit from District Governor Caleb Summerfelt

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On Wednesday, September 27th, the Cowichan Valley Rotary Clubs had the distinct honor of a visit from  District Governor Caleb Summerfelt of District 5020. It was an evening that epitomized the spirit of Rotary, emphasizing fellowship, community service, and the profound impact that one person can make.
The evening was filled with warmth and camaraderie as Rotarians from various clubs in the Cowichan Valley gathered to welcome District Governor Caleb Summerfelt. As the sun set over our beautiful community, we were reminded of the power of unity and the sense of purpose that unites us all in the Rotary family.
In his address to the members, District Governor Caleb posed a thought-provoking question: "Can one person make a difference?" It's a query that lies at the heart of Rotary International's mission, and the answer, resounding in its simplicity, is an unequivocal "yes." Rotary, as an organization, has consistently demonstrated the transformative power of individual actions when channeled through a collective effort. We have seen how one person's passion, dedication, and commitment to service can create a ripple effect that touches countless lives.
District Governor Caleb had the privilege of inducting Ladysmith's newest Rotary member, Shabnam Rana. In that moment, we witnessed the continuation of Rotary's legacy of service, as one individual took the first step on a journey that will undoubtedly lead to positive change within our community and beyond.
District Governor Caleb also presented Ladysmith's Eillen Beltgens  with a Paul Harris +2, a well-deserved honor for her dedication and commitment to Rotary's mission of "Service Above Self." Her journey exemplifies how each Rotarian's unique efforts can accumulate over time, creating a lasting impact on our communities.
Rotary is not confined to borders or boundaries. Our international reach was evident as we had the pleasure of hosting Solveig Lossin from Basel Switzerland, our Rotary Exchange student. Solveig's presence highlights the interconnectedness of the Rotary family, as she becomes acquainted with Vancouver Island and builds relationships with fellow Rotarians from diverse clubs. Her experiences here will undoubtedly shape her worldview and foster a lifelong commitment to service.
Celebrating Rotary Fellowship and Making a Difference: A Visit from District Governor Caleb Summerfelt 2023-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2023

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On Monday, October 2nd, the Tour de Rock Riders came through Ladysmith.
Rotary Club of Ladysmith presented a donation to Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2023 at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall. It was a great evening as we met the riders over dinner. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research and caring support programs like Camp Goodtimes to reduce its impact. 
Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2023 2023-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Bottle Drive 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Bottle Drive

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The Rotary Club of Ladysmith will be conducting a Bottle Drive Fundraiser on October 14, 2023 to support its Youth Programs.
Bottle Drive 2023-09-18 07:00:00Z 0


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Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.
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Ladysmith Days

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An exciting day promoting The Rotary Club of Ladysmith at Ladysmith Days
Learning about Rotary and Kids having fun decorating cookies with Rotary Logo
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Rotary Student Exchange

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Youth services hosts a BBQ for exchange students and their families to meet with the Rotarians of Ladysmith
From left to right we have Elia Bortolin a short term exchange student from Marseille, France. Heloise Etienne is going to France, a short term exchange student staying with Elia's family.
In centre is Emma Marchioro from  Monselice, Italy, a short term exchange student. Next is Athena Wise who will be travelling to Italy to stay with Emma's family.  And the final stuident, Keeva Lee is a long term exchange student who will be going to Belgium.
Rotary Student Exchange 2023-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Garden Tour Major Sponsor 2023-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Garden Tour 2023 2023-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Schools in Guatemala

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Using the money we raised at our November Guatemalan Fashion Show and other donations we have been able to purchase 44 refurbished Chromebooks. The first 8 were brought in luggage in January and the rest are coming through our friends in Texas.  
We are working with organizations in Guatemala that provide skill training that provide jobs for thousands of disenfranchised Guatemalans. These laptops and the money we raised will allow us to set up 6 rural and community schools with a computer lab and Digital Bibliotheca Education system called RACHEL from Mundo Posible.
Schools in Guatemala Gerry Beltgens 2022-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary  Earth Day Celebration

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THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Earth Day Celebration and Challenge.
Even though this was not a fundraiser we still received $428 in donations for Ocean Legacy. We served over 200 free hotdogs and drinks to kids and parents who participated. Our club filled a pickup truck with trash from the bushes around Transfer Beach and Slack Point.
2022 Rotary Earth Day Celebration Gerry Beltgens 2022-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Guatemala Fashion Show and Gift Sale Gerry Beltgens 2021-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
Ladysmith -Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament sandra 2021-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary bottle Drive

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The Rotary bottle Drive returns and we are once again accepting returnable / refundable donations of bottles and cans to help support local Ladysmith Rotary projects. 
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Rotary Bottle Drive

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The Rotary bottle Drive returns and we are once again accepting returnable / refundable donations of bottles and cans to help support local Ladysmith Rotary projects. 
Rotary Bottle Drive 2021-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bottle Drive sandra 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

A Quiet Remembrance Day

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Honouring the Fallen in the Age of Covid

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith paid tribute to the fallen from their homes on Remembrance Day due to requests to not attend in person. President Eileen Beltgens arrived at the Cenotaph at 11:15 after the minute of silence and placed a wreath for the Club.
A Quiet Remembrance Day Gerry Beltgens 2020-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

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!
Coldest Night of the Year 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
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.
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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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