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Rotary Club, Interact Club name board members





Popular local business man Michael Berger (front) receives Order of Chilliwack from Doug Wickers.



otarians and dignitaries gathered on July 5 for the installation of the 2019-20 boards of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack and the Interact Club of Chilliwack.


This year’s Chilliwack Rotary executive members are:

Michael Berger                                   President

Shelley MacDonell                     President Elect

Doug Wickers                              Past President

Julie Unger                                          Secretary

Bob Ramsbottom                                 Treasurer

Ross Hall                              Executive Secretary


Eight Directors join them, each with specific responsibilities:

Karen Stanton                      Club Administration

Debora Soutar                                  Club Service

Bob Gemmel                          Community Service

Peter Dombowsky              Fundraising & Grants

Dr. Ralph Jones                    International Service

John Les                                            Membership

Berris Karden                                   Public Image

Janet Reeves                                   Youth Service


President Michael Berger thanked the club and its members for naming him President. He reviewed many of the club’s accomplishments, and exhorted members to continue their good work. Berger also named some specific goals for the club to achieve this year.


“We will continue to attract new members and share our club’s story,” said Berger. “Our meetings will be fun and interesting, and our club will continue with projects locally and internationally that help show that Rotarians are people of action.”


Rotary District Governor Brad Whittaker (left) congratulated the new board, and shared the Rotary International theme for 2019-20 is Rotary Connects the World. He encouraged Rotarians to find ways to connect with each other and with those they don’t know. Whittaker also presented Berger with a theme banner to be displayed at club meetings.


After the installation of the Chilliwack Rotary board was complete, Whittaker installed the Interact Club of Chilliwack board. The Interact club is made up of young people 12 to17-years-old.


Interact board members are:

Kiki Jajcaj-Lewis                                 President

Isabel Huang                                 Vice President

Megan Petty                                          Secretary

Agnes Kim                                             Treasurer

Angela Cho                               Community Chair

Mackenzie Unger                    International Chair

Yoland Yiu                       Communications Chair


Chilliwack Councilor Bud Mercer, standing in for Mayor Ken Popove, passed the Order of Chilliwack from Past President Doug Wickers to President Michael Berger. The Order of Chilliwack is the city's highest honour, and is awarded to recognized citizens of Chilliwack who appropriately deserve by virtue of outstanding achievement or long-term contributions to the community. The Rotary Club of Chilliwack was awarded the second-ever Order of Chilliwack and each year the award is transferred to the incoming President.


Dean Rohrs, former Rotary International Vice President, shared greetings and remarks on behalf of Rotary International. She encouraged Rotarians to keep up the fight to eliminate the Polio disease, a major initiative from Rotarians for the last 30 years. Following the conclusion of the program, a dessert reception was held in the hotel atrium.


The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is dedicated to improving lives of people, both in the community and around the world. Chartered in 1934, the club is the largest club in Chilliwack with 140 members, and is most known for the Rotary Trail, the Rotary Dinner, the Rotary Garden & Lifestyle Tour, the Rotary Book Sale, and the Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament.


About Rotary International

Rotary is a worldwide network of 1.2 million inspired individuals who translate their passion into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self".

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