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Squamish & Lil’wat Nations host special Friday lunch

The Hunter and Trappers BBQ awaits conference goers at the attractive, new Squamish & Lil’wat Nations Community Centre for the Friday, May 5 lunch.

Led by a drummer in procession from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler our conference members will experience on arrival the First Nations’ traditional welcome by the singing and drumming team.

A taste of summer awaits, with a lunch of west coast cedar plank salmon with maple glaze, "8-spice" BBQ rubbed chicken and buffalo smokies. Wild mushroom and barley pilaf. Potato salad, fresh baked bannock, spinach and baby greens with blueberry maple vinaigrette and mixed berry crumble are also offered.


Conference Program

Draft Program for the 2017 District Conference
draft dated April 20, 2017

Thursday May 4th, 2017
Club Member Training: Rotary Basics; Public Image; Membership; ClubRunner Hands On at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club Cabin
Golf at Fairmont Chateau Golf Course
Optional dinner at The Attic at 21 Steps
Friday May 5th, 2017 – starting at 9:30 am
• Opening Ceremonies – Parade of Flags
• Roy Prevost – motivational presentation on “Being a Humanitarian”
• Angiola De Stefanis & Paul Bean will treat everyone to an interactive exercise used at RYLA – called the “World Village Program”
Past District Governors Lunch at the beautiful Squamish Liliwat Cultural Centre
• YEX Presentation - Sue Godey
• Gabour Gasztonyi – Help post-polio suffers -those who have contracted polio and coping with the pain and agony of the physical impairment."
• Shirley Pat Chamberlain – talks about what inspires Generation X in Service above Self
• Dr Matt Balcarras – The Good News about doing Good Things: connections between brain health & community service
• Christina Hassan - How the Youth Exchange Sets Students up with the Tools for Success
• District 5040 Annual General Meeting
• Dine out Whistler ‐ your choice of home hosted or four local restaurants
Saturday May 6th, 2017 – starting at 8:30 am
• Rotary International President’s Representative, Past RI Director Don Mebus – inspirational presentation on Rotary Serving Humanity

• Roteractors  - Rapid Fire presentation on current activities
• Kevin Evans – leads a panel discussion "Bridging Rotary's Generation Gaps”
Coffee Break  - for those that wish to join in with the Geo Cache activity later Ken Pendergast and Kelly Zammit will  present “Welcome to Cache-aholics 101” during this break
• Kerry & Ginny Dennehy’s journey from grief to leaders in mental health education and research
• Kyle Gomes - A Journey through the Lens
Buffet Lunch and Awards
• David Forward – Author of the official history of The Rotary Foundation on “The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s first 100 years”
• Interact Presentation
• Pamela Goldsmith Jones - “The Case for Optimism”
• Tom Hierck - Follow Your Purpose
• Sara Eftekher – 2015 Peace Scholar Sponsored by Rotary Club of North Vancouver

Create Outdoor Peace Sign
• Free time – take in Geo Cache; or a guided Nature walk; or a guided Art Walk
• Reception &  Gala – New Orleans style Mardi Gras

Sunday May 7th, 2017 – starting at 9:00 am
• Memorial Service with Ron Malmas
• Kevin Evans – Interviews four different club Rotarians with recent successful Foundation Projects doing good in the world.
• RI Rep Don Mebus – with an update from Rotary International
• Passing of the Home Club Banner from DG Lyn Stroshin to DG Elect Don Evans
• Dean Rohrs – Rotary International Director – Courage for Peace
Finale – singing of “Today I am going to try to Change the World"


Parking at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel is $25 per day when your parking ticket is validated at the hotel front desk. Parking in public Lots 1 to 3 is a 5 minute walk from the hotel -- is $8 per day… no overnight parking. Day and overnight parking is free and allowed only in lots 4 and 5 -- a 7 minute walk to the hotel.