Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Terrace!
Rotary Club of Terrace

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Bavarian Inn (Upstairs)
4332 Lakelse Avenue
Terrace, BC V8G 1N8
Club Executives & Directors
Club Administration
Public Relations
Rotary Foundation
Service Projects
Immediate Past President

The 61st annual Rotary Club of Terrace Auction is now history – and despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, area residents once again showed their generosity – and an eye for bargains.

Preliminary numbers released by the club after the two-day weekend auction show a total of $46,765 was bid on the 400 items donated by area businesses and agencies.

That represents just over 64% of the total retail value of the items.

Residents also donated $2550 in cash.

The auction was live-streamed on YouTube, and was also available on Zoom -- and despite a few technical glitches, Rotary Club spokesperson Brian Downie says the weekend went fairly well, thanks to the help of the many volunteers and the giving spirit of Terrace and area residents.

For the second straight year, COVID restrictions meant that spectators were not allowed in the Terrace Sportsplex to bid from the floor.

The money raised through the auction will be used to support the many community projects funded by Rotary.

The 61st Rotary Club of Terrace TV Auction has started online at You can see the Items on the website. You can also view the listing of Auction items on the Rotary Club of Terrace Facebook page later this weekend.  Pre-bidding starts at 5 PM Friday October 29th.
You will require a Bid # to bid on any item which you can obtain by opening New Buyer Registration page on the Auction home page.  If you need a reminder of your last year's Bid number, contact
Our live Auction is on Saturday November 6th and Sunday November 7th and this year we will livestream the Auction on Youtube. You can bid online, or phone 778-634-3501.  The Auction times are Saturday November 6th 6 to 11 PM and Sunday November 7th 2 to 10 PM. 
When we contact successful bidders to confirm your bids, we will ask for payment by debit or credit card, or e-transfer.  You will be able to pick up your items outside the Sportsplex at our pick up station.

Special thank you to MacCarthy Motors who has donated $750 cash to the Terrace Rotary Auction. 
A reminder that Auction pre-bidding will be available online October. 30th. The live Auction will begin November. 6th-7th at the Terrace Sportsplex. 
COVID-19 may have once again stopped the Rotary Club of Terrace from dropping thousands of plastic ducks into the Skeena River this year -- but it didn't stop the club from generating more money for its funding programs in the community.
For the second straight year, the club was forced to hold a ticket raffle, rather than its annual Riverboat Days Wild Duck Race, due to the pandemic.
But Club Treasurer Rich Toomey says ticket sales were as brisk as ever this year, with the club reporting gross revenues of $72,280.
After expenses are deducted --- including paying out the top prize of $25,000 -- the club will use the proceeds to support projects both here in Terrace and around the world.  
This year's top prize winner was Falecia Tait -- a former Terrace resident who now lives in Prince George (photo at right).   
The winner of the second prize -- a 1/2 hour helicopter ride courtesy of Canadian Helicopters Ltd -- was Erick Christiansen.
Ashley Phillips won the third prize (a $500 gift card from Safeway) and Tom Radek claimed the fourth prize (a $500 gift card from Canadian Tire).  
The Rotary Club of Terrace has been honoured for its commitment to the Rotary Foundation.
During a recent visit by District Governor Lorne Calder, Club President Sean Bujtas and Foundation Committee Chair Dave Merritt were presented with a certificate recognizing the club's "Major Donor Level 1" status for raising $13,768 during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
Of that total, $11,595 goes to Rotary's Annual Program Fund (APF) and the remaining $2,172 is for Rotary's "Polio Plus" program, designed to eradicate polio globally.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions.
  Brian Downie has been awarded Rotarian of the Year! This award is awarded to the Rotarian who clearly stands   out in demonstrating “Service Above Self”. Brian has made significant contributions to the mission and       operation of our club, was instrumental in the success of our 2020 Rotary Auction, as well as all other Rotary     initiatives throughout the year. Thank you for your service Brian, we are so lucky to have you! 
Our annual Rotary Duck Race is well underway as very popular Raffle. Ducks are available on-line at www.Buy-A-Ducky and by purchasing ducks at the many locations in Terrace. Canadian Tire, the Farmers Market, or at the BC Liquor Store are all locations where Rotarians will be pleased to help you buy a duck!
Funds raised enable the Rotary Club of Terrace to support the many great opportunities in the community and globally.
Join Rotarians from across Canada in the Celebrating our Rotary Foundation Gala and Fundraiser, on May 12, 2021.
The Terrace Community Forest will reconstruct parts of the Howe Creek Trail, bridges and upgrade Donald St (a part of the pedestrian walking route towards Howe Creek. Reconstruction has progressed on this very popular urban trail over  the past three years of work .  Our Rotary Club is pleased to have contributed each year with other community partners and contribute today we presented $5000 towards this project to be completed in 2021.  Presenting the cheque is President Tony deViveiros to Terrace Community Forest General Manager, Kim Haworth.
The Rotary Club of Terrace holds our weekly Rotary meetings virtually on Zoom during the pandemic, while the Provincial Health Officer Orders are in effect .  Visitors and Rotarians from other Clubs are welcomed to join our meetings, and we extend the invitation  to share what Rotary does in the community and globally.
To attend  our weekly Rotary meeting, contact Tony deViveiros, Club President at, or Reece Dozzi, Club Secretary at and they will provide the Zoom link to an upcoming meeting.
In October, Ron Malmas & the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley, talked to our Club about their Terrace Starfish Pack program and the urgent need for food for elementary and middle school students in the Terrace area. Today, dedicated Rotarians organized their weekly bags of food for distribution to students and their families for the weekend- this week requests for 90 packs were filled and delivered to four schools.
The Rotary Club of Terrace is pleased to contribute $12,000 to Starfish Packs which will provide 20 children with food each weekend for the year.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate to meet the need of hungry children in Terrace. Donations for this project are gratefully received by the Coast Mountain School District. on behalf of the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley.
As you are all aware, the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has implemented province-wide restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.. This will affect our Monday lunch meetings as all gatherings are now restricted.
Effective Monday November 23rd, the Rotary Club of Terrace will be commencing our zoom meetings once again. The zoom meetings will stay in place until otherwise stated (likely into the New Year).
Rotary welcomes visitors to our virtual meetings, so if you are able to join our weekly meetings, please contact any of our Executive to get the Zoom link.  

Ron Malmas presented the Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley Starfish Pack program to feed hungry kids. 
In partnership with Coast Mountain School District and Save On Foods Terrace, the Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley have distributed over 7500 Starfish Packs to approx. 150 school children and their families over the last 3 years.  Thanks to the hard work of the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley, and the generosity of their community, Terrace Starfish is proudly able to serve students at Thornhill Primary, Cassie Hall Elementary, Suwilaawks Community, Skeena Middle School, Parkside Secondary School.
The Starfish packs are funded by individuals and businesses sponsoring a pack for $600 a year and funding from Rotary. The cost of food for the program last year was $82,000 and the anticipated 2021 budget is for $120,000.00: $600 feeds one child every weekend and it is reported that the children we feed are so very thankful.
Visit Starfish in Terrace at
The Terrace Rotary Auction, held November 7th and 8th was very successful, raising $50 000, surpassing previous years revenue.  Rotarian worked hard to implement pandemic safety measures as well as create new live-streaming initiatives.
Over 225 businesses donated 388 items, valued at $70 380.  With that support, and the lively bidding from the community, the 2020 Auction was a huge success.
Funds raised enable the Rotary Club of Terrace is respond to many community projects as well as support international global initiatives.

The 60th annual Rotary Club of Terrace TV Auction is Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th.  This Auction is the main fund-raiser of the Club and enables Rotarians to do great work in our community and to contribute to international Rotary projects.

Our live Auction will be at the Terrace Sportsplex and can be viewed on YouTube at  Items being sold can be seen on and in the Auction Program at

This week, Rotarians heard a special presentation from Hatha Callis of  NSD Development Corporation (Progressive Ventures), who provided details about an exciting new proposal to create an inland port on the old Skeena Cellulose mill site in Terrace.

The project involves a proposed development which would see a transload train container-loading facility, built on the northern portion of the old mill site, and mixed use commercial and light industrial service center institutional properties available for development on Keith Avenue. 
The proposal is in its early stages and would require zoning approval, but Hatha explained the job-creation potential of the facility, both in terms of direct jobs and spin-offs. 

More information will be forthcoming, as the City will hold an open house and a public hearing later this month.

Westjet has reduced operations over the past 7 months from 75000 flights per day to 2000 each day, due to Covid-19, and travelers preferring to stay close to home.  Karen Hawyes is the Westjet Terrace Base Manager, and updated our Rotary Club on the state of Westjet operations after 7 months of the pandemic.
Due to reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, Westjet had reduced flights into the Northwest Regional Airport to three flights per week.  This month, Westjet flights to Terrace will resume to 18 flights per week. Westjet will intends to restart international flights to London and to Mexico in the near future.
Charlotte Guno, matriarch and Kitsumkalum Education Administrator, spoke at our September 14th Rotary Club meeting about her Kitsumkalum community, and their programs to advance education achievement.  Kitsumkalum students attend Coast Mountain School District and independent schools as well as the Kitsumkalum Community School.  Charlotte expressed pride in the improvement in high school graduation of students from their community.
The Rotary Club of Terrace is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Wild Duck Race draw.
1st Prize: Lutz Budde (Oona River)
2nd Prize: Donna Latimer (Terrace)
3rd Prize: Josh Staeheli
4th Prize: Nicole Hendry (Terrace)
Congratulations to all of this year's winners; the Rotary club will be in touch with each one of you!
This year's Rotary Duck Race has been very successful.  Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket in support of local Rotary initiatives.
Only three more weeks to acquire your Duck in 2020!  Only $20, and you will support Rotary to do great projects in our community.
The annual Rotary Club of Terrace Duck Race draw is on August 3rd, and the prizes are awesome!
This year, you can buy your Duck online at
The 2020 Terrace Rotary Wild Duck Race is underway with tickets can be bought online and by buying Duck tickets from Rotarians. Help Rotary create lasting change in our communities.
The Rotary Club of Terrace cancelled our scheduled Dinner Meeting March 16th as a reflection of increasing concerns of the risk of community transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Today the Prime Minister and the BC Chief Medical Officer presented the latest  messaging about precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.  The message was that social distancing, self-isolation where needed and appropriate sanitation procedures is critical to "flattening the curve" of the epidemic.  In particular, gatherings of greater than 50 participants have been prohibited.
Rotary, with our long global experience in disease control, especially polio eradication, understands the need for measures to reduce community transmission, self-isolation when warranted, adequate individual sanitation precautions and extraordinary measures to curb the escalation of an epidemic.
Rotary, and Rotarians, are successful as an organization doing good things for people in our community and globally.  Rotary works well being a dynamic, focussed and goal driven organization.  Continuing those actions are important to our community, to our partners and organizations within the community, and beyond.
The cessation of weekly Rotary meetings hopefully is short term, and will include other planning meetings, youth programs and exchanges.  However Rotary does not stop. The Rotary Club of Terrace will continue to be active, mostly through virtual meetings, and by completing our commitments to projects in the community and elsewhere.
The Rotary Club of Terrace will adapt and will be visible through this website and through our Facebook page.  You can contact our Rotary Club though, or by viewing our Facebook page.  We look forward to staying in contact with you.
Brian Downie
Rotary Club of Terrace

This year the Rotary Club of Terrace is piloting a Corporate Membership program to implement the membership flexibility that Rotary International permits.

A Corporate membership allows Rotarian's businesses the opportunity to increase their profile though Rotary and the programs supported by the Rotary Club. A Corporate Membership enables the Rotarian a means to participate in fundraising and volunteering in ways that truly impact the community by being represented by alternates from their business. The business will have one primary Corporate Member and up to 3 Associate Members, and this benefits both the Rotarian and the Club with involvement in Rotary when they cannot attend themselves.

The Club is very pleased to have Coast Mountain College as our first Corporate Member. The Primary Corporate Member, Rotarian Justin Kohlman, is the first to come forward as he acknowledges the flexibility of the program. He has assigned 3 Associate Members that will bring a unique skill-set to the Club’s roster, benefiting Rotary. On the other hand the College maintains an active presence in the Community, one of their primary mandates.

The program is being considered a triple win:

A win for Rotary and the Rotary Club of Terrace, with 3 new talented members.

A win for Coast Mountain College as they grow their profile and continuous involvement in the community.

And a win for the community as the Rotary Club of Terrace push forward with new and exciting programs with the additional support of the College.

In 2018, the Rotary Clubs of Terrace and Terrace-Skeena Valley were asked to consider a hands-on project to build sidewalks and a gazebo for the residents of McConnell Estates, a Northern Health assisted living facility in Terrace. All parties agreed that the beautiful view overlooking Terrace was not available to many of the residents as wheel chairs were not easily maneuvered on the grass.
In two weeks, the Rotary Club of Terrace Wild Duck Race will be underway! You can show your support for the amazing Rotary Projects that Rotarians support by buying Duck. And you could win $25,000!
Any Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Terrace will be pleased to ensure you have that opportunity! August 5th is the Duck Race Day so ensure you have your Duck as soon as possible so you don't miss out.
The 58th Annual Rotary Auction will be broadcasting live from the Terrace Sportsplex Banquet room on Saturday November 3rd 6-11pm and Sunday November 4th 2-10pm on Citywest Cable 10.


Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Our hearts are with all who have been affected by the wildfires across our beautiful province being displaced, evacuated away from their homes and communities, and for some losing everything. To the firefighters risking their lives on the frontlines, we thank you! Our neighbours to the north have been affected by the largest wildfire in the province, and it’s heartbreaking to hear of the loss in Telegraph Creek, so we wanted to help out the community.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Terrace, President Chad Sallenback presents a $5,000.00 cheque for the Tahltan Fire Relief Fund. 
Pictured are (L-R): Terrace Salvation Army Captain Sarah Apperson, Robyn Day and Chad Sallenback. 

Thank you to everyone for supporting the 2018 Rotary Wild Duck Race!!!  We completely sold out this year.

1st prize $25,000 winner: Denise Tupman
2nd prize 1/2 hour helicopter tour for 5 winner: Travis Ridler
3rd prize $500 Canadian Tire gift card winner: Wayne Muchowski

We'd like to welcome our two newest club members, Tara Evans and Garret Dobson. We're so happy to have you!
The 57th annual Rotary Club of Terrace Auction is fast approaching! 
On November 4th and 5th, 2017, Rotarians will auction some 400 donated items worth about $70 000.  Funds raised are used to support community projects and organizations as well as some international endeavours.  This year, the Rotary Splash Park was opened and funds from last year's Auction contributed to that successful project.
The Heighington family and the employees of Spotless Dry cleaners donated $2,500 to the Rotary Splash park. Pictured is the Rotary Splash Park chair, Kelly Gingles receiving the cheque from Rotarian and owner of Spotless Dry cleaners, John Heighington.
Please contact us if you or your business are interested in donating to the Rotary Splash park. You can email the Splash Park chair Kelly Gingles at or Rich Toomey at for further details.
The Rotary Club of Terrace is pleased to support the Thornhill Primary Parent Advisory Committee. We donated $3,202.50 towards the much needed upgrades and renovation for the new kitchen at Thornhill Primary School. Pictured with the members of the Thornhill Primary PAC and children are Rotary Club of Terrace President, Lyle Harvey; Rotary Foundation Director, Malte Juergensen and Secretary Chad Sallenback.
The 56th Annual Rotary Club of Terrace Auction was held November 5th and 6th with great success!  $72 000 of donated items were auctioned off by the spirited efforts of our Auctioneers.  At the end of the Auction,  we have raised $44 600, plus we received another $3700 from cash donors.  We appreciate the enthusiasm of bidders who placed some 5300 bids before and during the 13 hours of the Auction.
Our Auction provides funds that enable the Club to respond to requests for financial assistance to many organizations in the community.  Those organizations provide benefits to youth, to the community facilities, to social programs and to recreational programs.
Each year, we thank our donors, volunteers and our supporters in Citywest, TLC Solutions, Bell Media and the Terrace Standard for their contributions to this successful event.  Without your enthusiastic involvement, we could not reach our fundraising goals.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Rotary Club of Terrace Online Auction to be held November 4th and 5th, 2017.
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