President's Message


Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak President 2016-2017

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak.

Known as Nanaimo Daybreak, our club was chartered in December of 1995.  We remain committed to active participation and the input from all of our members. My focus as President is increasing communication externally about rotary and internally within the club. Providing opportunities to practice leadership through our projects, fundraisers, and meetings will ensure vibrant and committed Rotarians today and into the future.

Daybreak Rotarians share a deep commitment to youth: both in our community and internationally. Locally, we focus our fundraising efforts by partnering with local charities such as Nanaimo Youth Services Association, Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island and Nanaimo Child Development Centre in our annual “Spring Classic” golf tournament which provides funding for these charities and other youth organisations in Nanaimo. You can find all our other fundraisers and commitments to youth on our website.

Internationally, we are involved with projects in a public school in Sunyani, Ghana in Africa. Our members are also involved with a Women's Shelter and local projects assisting families with water, toilets and beds in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. This year we will be conducting a fundraiser to support projects in Nepal that was devastated by an earthquake last year. Our international goals are to develop sustainable projects that are wanted and needed by the local population.

Beyond philanthropy, Rotary Nanaimo Daybreak is a unique and valuable asset to the Nanaimo community. Networking is certainly a part of Rotary. Weekly, we bring distinguished local, provincial and national speakers who educate and enlighten our members. We also engage in the fellowship of Rotary at our meetings and in hands-on events by our club and with other Rotary Clubs in Nanaimo.

Above all, the camaraderie of our club is what makes us so special. We sing, we laugh, have fun with the differences in our communities. Every Wednesday, we meet at 7:00 a.m. at Origin at Longwood. Come early and join us for fellowship and breakfast!

RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

Neil Sorsdahl

President Rotary Daybreak Nanaimo 2016-2017

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