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St. John's Northwest

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:30 PM
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180 Portugal Cove Rd.
St. John's, NL  A1B 2N2
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Hi, and Welcome to our Website! We are the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, one of six Rotary clubs in the northeast Avalon.
Are you familiar with Rotary?  It is one of the oldest service organizations in the world, with over 1.2 million members in nearly 35,000 clubs worldwide!  Rotarians are responsible leaders, both socially and ethically. We define leadership by mindset and approach, not labels or titles. Rotarians connect with each other and our communities, both locally and on a global scale to create lasting change. Rotarians are smart, compassionate, persevering and inspiring people. Our motto is Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest is a strong, diverse, vibrant and fun-loving club. Our members are active and engaged in a variety of Rotary projects, both at home and world-wide, and we enjoy great fun and fellowship while we work to make our world a better place. Take a tour through our website and see what we’re up to. Better yet, join us for lunch on Tuesday. Information about our meetings and weekly guest speakers is right here on our homepage.  We’ve set a place just for you at one of our tables. You will surely feel welcomed, and we will feel touched by your visit.
If you can’t join us for lunch, but would like to speak with someone about our club, just click the contact button at the top of this page and send us a quick e-mail.  Someone will be sure to get back to you.  We love chatting with folks about Rotary and our club!
Sharon Barnes

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.


Today was Apolyne's last meeting with us.  She heads home to France this Thursday after spending the year with our club as part of our Youth Exchange program.  Her outgoing personality and big smile will certainly be missed at our Tuesday meetings.  Apolyne, we hope you enjoyed your year with us as much as we enjoyed having you.  Make sure you come back and visit!


The Seniors Award for 2015 was awarded to Ron Stone and Rosemary Lester, two outstanding people who continue to excel in impacting their community or vocation. This annual Award is intended to recognize unpaid, voluntary contributions of our senior citizens, who have provided exceptional service to the community, the province, and/or Canada over a period of time.




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 




Congratulations to Mary Piccott and Liv Terese Martyn on being named Paul Harris Fellows. The work that you do for our club does not go unnoticed; we value your contributions so much. Well done ladies!

Sincere thank you's go out to Jim Burton, John Harnett and Tom McCaughey for their time, their efforts and their contributions to Rotary and to our club. You are outstanding members and our club is lucky to have you. Thank you for all that you do.
John Harnett- District Govenors Citation 
Tom McCaughey- District Service Award
Jim Burton- Recognizing significant contributions

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!

Another year of awesome concerts from our Rotary Music Festival performers! Always a job well done! The performers were well prepared and on point, as they wowed us every night! The clinics during the day, under the direction of our expert clinicians, were educational and helpful! We are proud of our Rotary Music Festival, as it continues to grow and improve each year! 

President Judy receives the "Great Work Challenge" Award from District Govenor Stella Roy at this years District Conference in Halifax. What an honor! It's so wonderful to see our club continue to grow and to excel.

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!

Bethany Downer was one of the most dynamic and passionate speakers our club has ever had the pleasure of hosting! Her #campaigntocollectshoes has collected over 12,000 shoes to date, all of which have been redistributed to more than 15 countries worldwide and more than 9,000lbs retained from Canadian landfills. Bravo Bethany! Shes a mover and  a shaker for sure; we enjoyed her presentation so very much! To thank her for her presentation, our club presented her with a donation for $1000.00.

The speeches from our 2015 Gala Dinner and Auction, honoring John and Jane Crosbie were recorded by Rogers Television.
For those who attended, I'm sure the program will bring back great memories. For those who were not in attendance, be sure not to miss it....or at least set your PVRs to record it- it was an amazing night of wit and humor.
With tributes given to the Crosbies by Brian Tobin, Rex Murphy, Maureen McTeer, Joe Clark, and Jean Chretien, it was surely an all-star lineup that delivered an all-star performance.


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