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07
Feb.
2024
Campbell River
In person at The Maritime Heritage Centre (MHC) and on Zoom
BC
Canada

Short Program: Tara Jordan - My Year in India 

Bio: Tara co-owner of Small Planet Energy Inc. with her husband Jarek, founded their company in September 2009. The renewable energy company specializes in solar installations and are passionate about supporting their clients to achieve energy independence by harnessing the energy of the sun with solar panels. Tara also founded the Caremongering Campbell  River group in March 2020, with 4,300 people involved and 74 screened volunteers to provide support to people in need groceries and necessities across the community with the $15,000 of annual donations received.

Presentation: Tara has spent time living in Japan through the Ishikari/Campbell River Senior Exchange, and one year and India, and will be speaking to her experience Southern India and her connection to here since she was 12 years old. She lived with her pen-pal and his family, in Kerala state in South India in a tiny village that has never had a foreigner live there before. She will speak to how much this experience changed her life. Her time in India and lessons learned there are some of the most beautiful parts of her entire life. 

smallplanetenergy.ca

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Long Program: February Monthly Theme is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution - Kevin Hilgers 

Keith Price to introduce Kevin. 

Kevin Hilgers (District Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange Program and President of Victoria Rotary Club) to come and speak to our club about the Friendship Exchange program. 

Presentation: The Friendship Exchange Program's purpose is to allow Rotarians to visit other clubs in all parts of the world, have an adventure, make friends, learn about other cultures, and in turn have other clubs visit our District and get to know us. By making Rotary friends around the world, it should certainly help to stop prejudice and hate. Kevin has visited many countries, is a dynamic speaker, and has offered to come up from Victoria to speak to our club. The program was stalled out during COVID but is gaining momentum again. 

Bio: Kevin is President of the Rotary Club of Victoria Harbourside. He joined that club after 25 years of membership in a Rotary Club in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In Alberta, Kevin had many Rotary roles including District Governor in 2012, 2013 for District 5370 - 65 clubs in northern Alberta, parts of BC, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. In 2001, Kevin and his wife Jan bought their first rental property in Victoria, and over the years bought more in James Bay. After their daughters finished schooling, they moved full time to Victoria. Kevin was Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange in 5370 and took on the role here in 5020 a couple years before COVID. Professionally Kevin spent 15 years in radio broadcasting in western Canadian cities until he went full time as an entrepreneur with a marketing firm, a professional fundraiser, and properties. Kevin and Jan are retired for the most part outside of the rentals they have in Victoria. 

Mobile 250-893-0373

kev@yesforsure.ca