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St. John's Northwest

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:30 PM
Holiday Inn
180 Portugal Cove Rd.
St. John's, NL  A1B 2N2
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I am proud to be part of a vibrant club with over 90 members whose commitment to the work of Rotary in our community and internationally is demonstrated through projects such as: Bannerman Park Rotary Splashpad, Mundy Pond Skate Park, Buckmaster's Rotary Park, support to Hope Air, adopt a school project with Virginia Park Elementary, support for the Zimbabwean community of Tshelanyemba and for an orphanage in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.
Our Club consists of a cross-section of our community, with representation from a variety of ages, cultures and experiences. We work hard and we like to have fun! In fact, we are irresistible! This year, as always we will focus fundraising efforts in our two main fundraisers - the Rotary Gala and Auction and our Trip of the Month Club ticket sales, and will also be strategizing about new ways to raise funds to support our programs. Of course we will also have a few socials and a weekly guest speaker who will always bring something new and interesting for Club members to think about.
Our Club meets on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Portugal Cove Rd. If you think you might be interested in becoming a Rotarian - one of 1.2 million members worldwide - drop by and join us for lunch! 

Are you, or someone you know, between the ages of 25-40 making a difference in our community?  Why not apply or nominate them for the Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award?  Every year the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest recognizes up to two young professionals who are making a difference in our community.  Congratulations again to last years winners Beth McGrath and Chris Dunne pictured here with Aidan's daughter Maureen. The application process is easy; simply fill out the attached form.  Application deadline is September 23, 2016. Apply now!

Demand is high and the shelves are bare. Rally your office and join us in a collection to restock the Salvation Army Food Bank. Details are below. Together we can make a difference. Nobody should go hungry!

Welcome Coline Duwez from Pry-lez-Walcourt, Belgium. Coline is our youth exchange student for the 2016-2017 rotary year. She will be attending Holy Heart High School and is looking forward to experiencing life in Newfoundland. Welcome Coline. We hope you enjoy your year with us!

Great work by Rotarians and the people of the city in gathering materials for Zimbabwe today!
Rotary St. John’s Northwest is again preparing to ship a container to the hospital community in Zimbabwe.  We are starting to gather much needed supplies and would like to invite you to contribute any items that you may be able to provide. New or used - all is welcome (however nothing requiring electricity).  Please bring your items to Zimbabwe Community Blitz, Saturday, August 13, 9am – Noon, Booth Memorial (Back entrance). Needed items include: books, school supplies, non-prescription medications, crutches, baby clothes/food, hand tools, shovels, bicycles and more (see list).
Welcome to the newest member of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, Chris Morrison. Sponsored to membership by Jim Burton (represented by Sherry Butt), Chris is a real estate agent with Team Burton RE/MAX Infinity. Welcome to the Club and to the community of Rotary Chris.

Congratulations to Rotarian Greg Peddle on receiving the True Rotarian Award at the July 26th meeting of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest. District Governor Elva Heyge presented the award to Greg during her visit to the Club. Greg exemplifies the qualities of a True Rotarian - humility, sincerity, and a commitment to the Rotary Four Way Test. 

The Rotary St. Johns North West Seniors Award recognizes unpaid, voluntary contributions of senior citizens, age 65 or older who have significantly given back to their community. On May 24, 2016, we were pleased to present this year's seniors award to 3 incredible people. Congratulations to Vince Withers and to Marjorie and Tom Mills.

Its with great pleasure that we introduce two new Rotarians, Toby Fayemi and Julie Clarke Afonso. Toby is originally from Lagos, Nigeria and is a petroleum engineer. Julie is originally from Little St. Lawrence on the Burin Peninsula and is a public relations professional. Welcome Toby and Julie to Rotary St. John's Northwest! We look forward to getting to know you during our upcoming luncheons and social events.

It's with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to our Rotary Exchange Student Nikole Estrella. Nikki ,as we now fondly call her, has brightened up our club over the past year with her warm smile and friendly demeanour. She has taken full advantage of this exchange opportunity to learn and experience everything she could during her year in NL. 6000 miles from her home in Quito, Ecuador she ended her exchange with a beautiful video presentation to our club. We are so proud of you Nikki!! Take care and stay in touch with us, your Rotary family.


The Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest 2016 Annual High School Speak-Off was a great success!

All the finalists did a wonderful job and it made for a very interesting luncheon, with speeches on a range of different topics.

First place was awarded to Olivia Parsons from Holy Heart of Mary High School and the runner-up was Abigail Morris from St. Bonaventure's College.

Later this spring Olivia will spend four exciting days in Ottawa, with approximately 200 other outstanding senior high school students from across Canada.

Congratulations to all involved and we wish all the students who participated this year the very best of luck in their future endeavors.



Welcome to Tony McGrath, the newest member of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest. Tony, we look forward to having you as a member.

Thanks to his sponsor Jillian Gibson for introducing Tony to the world of Rotary



Today we inducted 2 new Rotarians into our club; Carolann Harding and Bryan Glavine. Carolann is Director of International Business Development, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and Bryan is Branch Manager at Manpower Corporation. Both Carolann and Bryan have strong volunteer resumes and both look forward to bringing their experience to our club.

Welcome Carolann and Bryan!


On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest recognized Beth McGrath and Chris Dunne with the 2015 Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award. Named in honor of a St. John’s Northwest Rotarian, former Rotary District Governor and lifelong leader Aidan Maloney; this award is aimed at recognizing young professionals who are positively impacting their vocations and communities. Congratulations to both Beth and Chris on receiving this prestigious recognition for using their talent to enhance the work of organizations that support our community. Beth and Chris are pictured here with Aidan's daughter Maureen who presented the award on his behalf.  To read their bios please click here.

Another successful Food Drive on Saturday, October 17 despite the rain and wet conditions. Rotarians and students from PWC came together to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the Salvation Army food bank. Thanks to Tina Taylor and the Holiday Inn, we are also able to donate several pounds of food that had been collected at the hotel during the weeks prior to event. Great job by Joanne Foley and her committee. A big thank you to everyone who participated!

Great presentation today by Rotarians Jillian Gibson and Greg Peddle about their experience working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Matopos to support the Salvation Army hospital in Tshelanyemba, Zimbabwe.
With the financial support of District 7820, and Rotary Clubs in St. John’s and Stephenville, Newfoundland, they were able to deliver hospital equipment and supplies, household goods and clothing, school supplies, bicycles and much more to this community hospital.
Jillian and Greg are pictured here with one of the 100 new mattresses they were able to deliver due to the support of Rotarians. Thank you Jillian and Greg!


Welcome Nikole Estrella from Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador. Nikole is our youth exchange student for the 2015-2016 rotary year. She will be attending Holy Heart High School and is looking forward to experiencing life in Newfoundland. Nikole is sponsored by the Rotary Club Rotariode Quito. Welcome Nikole. We hope you enjoy your year with us!



Thank you and safe travels to Rotarians Jillian Gibson and Greg Peddle as they leave Saturday, September 12, 2015 to travel to Zimbabwe.
In April 2015, the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest assembled a 40 foot container filled with hospital equipment, medical supplies, tools, machinery parts and general household goods.  This container was shipped to Zimbabwe, leaving Canada in April and arriving in late August.
Once they arrive in Africa, Jillian and Greg, along with other volunteers, will provide hands-on support to the hospital community in Tshelanyemba, Zimbabwe. During their visit, the team will unload and distribute the container goods;  work with local workers in repairing the water system and the tractor along with instructing on the use of the tools for general maintenance and upkeep of the hospital and grounds; instruct the hospital staff and students on the use of the new equipment and wound care; and work with the local schools for the distribution of the school supplies and provide materials to teach about nutrition with the goal of increasing health outcomes.
In addition to the container, support from the general public and the Rotary community has enabled the group to order 100 new mattresses from a nearby city which will be delivered while the team is in Zimbabwe.


Our 2015 St. John's Northwest Rotary youth exchange student, Alecia Spencer, has returned home after spending 10 months in Alicante, Spain.

Alecia spoke to our club on August 4 about her incredible experience and she thanked the club for giving her the opportunity.



The Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest marks its 50th Anniversary today and is celebrating a distinguished history of community support and development that began in 1965 continues in earnest in 2015.

Some of the most significant initiatives of the Club include the 1982 construction of the original Janeway Hostel; the building of Rotary Manor and the ongoing support of the Rotary Music Festival; the largest festival in the Province for school bands and choral music. St. John’s Northwest Rotary also has the honored distinction of being the first Rotary Club in Newfoundland and Labrador to welcome women, having proudly inducted three in 1989.  Today, with almost 40 women, the club boasts a healthy mix of men and women from varying cultural backgrounds, professions and ages. 


St. John’s Northwest Club President Judy McCann-Beranger stated,” Our close to 100 members certainly stand on the strong shoulders of our founding members who were determined to establish a strong and vibrant club truly focused on community. We certainly have a lot to be proud of and we are committed to continue with meaningful projects that enhance the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”


McCann-Beranger took the opportunity to announce the Club’s new Signature Project that will support the Salvation Army expansion of facilities and supportive services on Springdale Street by partnering in the development of affordable and/or supportive housing units, including furnishings and fittings. The partnership will also be a model of inspiration and leadership to our community and to the broader community at large, demonstrating active collaboration in answering a recognized community need and impacting positively on the social health of the community. 


At a recent dinner celebrating the milestone, the only remaining Charter member, Evan Johnson was given a special presentation, along with other long-standing members.  Mr. Johnson stated, “In 1965 when it all began, we had a great group of people with lots of initiative and creativity who knew they could make a significant difference in our community.  It’s a proud moment to mark the 50th Anniversary of this Club and I’m celebrating in honor of all of those original members who were Charter members with me.” 


At our recent 50th anniversary celebrations we recognized members with 40 or more years of service.

Back row, l-r: Jim Austin, Frank Fowler, John Harnett and Charter Member Evan Johnson

Front row, l-r: Cyril Elliott, Hubert Sorhaitz and John O’Reilly 




50 years of fun and fellowship! 50 years of helping our in our community, across our province and country and world wide! 50 years of memories and friendship! 50 years of making a difference! On Saturday, May 23rd we celebrate a golden history and a shining future! Cheers to us- the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest!

Our club led the charge under Past President Ed Drover; we welcomed women for the first time in May, 1989! The first women welcomed to Rotary in Newfoundland were Lucy Dobbin, Dr. Linda Clarke and Her Honor Mrs James McGrath. Thank you ladies for paving the way for all female Rotarians in our club today- awesome job!


Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Gala this past weekend- because you you it was a huge success!

A big thank you to DC Design House, who used some NTV file footage to honor Jane and John Crosbie on Saturday night. 

The video turned out great and received an ample amount of compliments! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!



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