April 11- Lessons from the mountain

Ralph Forsyth, local, Councillor, ski enthusiast and Ski Instructor was our guest speaker. He demonstrated his enthusiasm and brought us ‘Lessons from the Mountain”, along with a few ski tips that I know a few of us will be putting into practice. “Balance makes you brave, in everything you do” and, “Skill, unlike talent, is the consequence of training and preparation.” It’s very difficult to do any sport or anything in life without balance. Take from that what you will. Remember to stomp that uphill skill before you launch down that (perceived) terrifying terrain and hold your pole with your pinky!

Rotary Business

  • Please make an effort to get your email back to Liz Peacock on who you would like to see leading our Club in 20/21 and onward. We are looking for your input on President Elect Elect Elects.
  • In the not too distant future, you’ll receive an email from Beth, looking for your thoughts on who you think deserves Rotary and Club recognition in the form of a Paul Harris award.  Look out for the email and be sure to reply.

Board meeting outcomes 

  • For the third consecutive year we will be supporting Stella Harvey’s ‘Authors in Schools’ programme and increased our donation to $750. Details below about the program, authors and novels chosen this year. Get ahead of the curve and read the novels before the Festival in the Fall. Stella speaks to the Club on May 9th.

The Authors in the Schools program brings high-profile, award-winning Canadian and Indigenous authors to local elementary and secondary schools in Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and D’Arcy to engage with students. At the beginning of the school year, and prior to the guest author presentations, the AITS program buys class and reading sets of their current books, and gives them to the schools for study in the classroom. This year we have invited authors Kit Pearson Be My Love (age 10-14 Grade 5-6) (confirmed), Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner, My Story Starts Here: Voices of Young Offenders (age 12+ Grade 8 & 9) (confirmed),and Cherie Dimaline The Marrow Thieves (age 16-18, Grade 11-12) (invited). Cherie Dimaline is a Canadian Métis writer. The Sea to Sky Corridor has many First Nations students in our communities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie, and we wish to connect all of our students to Indigenous culture and heritage.

  • Write to Read has been given the go ahead by your Board to fund a second project. The site is still to be confirmed. When Bob Blacker was in town and our guest speaker he shared that there were 10 projects on the go. Our first project was the library in Quatsino. Where else can we spread the Rotary love of education and literacy?


  • Wed 17th April:  Free Food!!!! We have a joint social night at The Westin with the Whistler Club utilizing the prize vouchers that we were awarded for best float in the Canada Day parade. Come along 4.30pm-6.30pm to eat and mingle. Food is free. Drinks available at your own cost. 
  • Thur 25th April: Meeting update – Venue & time change. NO lunch time meeting as we don’t have the Pan Pacific. Meet at The Fitz at 5pm for an informal catch up. 
  • Tue 30th April:  Joint Club meeting @ The Venue. The youth that attended RYLA are going to be presenting. You MUST sign up here before the 25th April so that The Venue know how many to cater for. It’s $26.50 for the yummy dinner, socializing and hearing our youth present. Drinks are available and come out of your own wallet. 
  • 2nd-5th May:  District Conference @ Sun Peaks! It’s going to be Tropo ! 
  • Sun 12th May: Sea to Sky Hospice presentation with the 4 Rotary Clubs and the Hospice team – on site in Squamish. Everyone is welcome! More details to come. 

Our lovely Doreen was the Inside Cover Girl this week in The Pique ! Creekside Market shared a beautiful picture and special words about our dear Community friend. Details of her Celebration of Life are still to come. 

See you next week.We have Ice Climber Paul McSorley speaking