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Pender Rotary steps up once more

patti-soosThe Rotary Club of Pender Harbour strikes again with their generosity.  The RCM-Search And Rescue (SAR) Society Unit 61 in Pender Harbour’s current vessel, the “Iona C”, has reached its service limit due to age and outdated technologies and soon, by government standards, will no longer qualify as a SAR vessel.  Therefore the Society must raise the funds to purchase a new vessel.  The Society needs a total of $800,000 for the new boat and expect to receive many grants and contributions but is also required to demonstrate that our local community is behind this effort.  The fundraising endeavor has been kicked off by a $5,000 donation from the Pender Harbour Rotary Club presented at the Hospital Bay Government Dock by Rotary District 5040 Governor Don Evans on Sept. 21 and received by members of the RCM-SAR Society and their volunteers.

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The Pender Harbour Rotary club kicks off the fund-raising for a new search and rescue (SAR) vessel with a $5,000 cheque. From the left, Rotary District 5040 Governor Don Evans, SAR member Jack Dennis, Pender Harbour Rotary president Mike Price, and SAR members Todd Slobogean and Logan Ayers. Glen Bonderud photo

The RCM-SAR Society is a key part of the marine recuse system on the BC Coast, with the Pender Harbour unit handling seven missions in August alone.  Over the history of the unit, 87 lives have been saved and 115 persons assisted by the Pender Harbour SAR Unit.  Crews are ready to be called out at any time of day or night in all kinds of weather; it is a major commitment by the volunteers and their families and contributes greatly to our public safety.

In other news, the Pender Harbour Garden Club hosts Conway Lum at the Pender Harbour School of Music on Oct. 2 at 1pm. Lum hails from GardenWorks in Burnaby and conducts most of their in-house seminars and workshops.  Lum was the 2012 recipient of the “Garden Communicator of the Year Award” by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association, among many other awards and certificates held by Lum.  He currently serves on the Provincial Certification committee for the nursery association.  On Oct. 2, Lum will focus on the topic of gardening through fall and winter.  Fee is $5 to attend and includes tea, coffee and goodies or you can purchase an annual membership for $15.

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