Ralph Towsley, a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, was presented with the first "Ralphie" award at the recent Rotary World Help annual general meeting.
Ralph was one of the three Rotarians to start shipping containers to developing countries which led to the formation in 1997 of the Rotary Clubs of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia World Help Network, operating as Rotary World Help (RWH).  Ralph continues to be an active participant at the loadings, the boxing of supplies and is a wealth of information for the continued success of RWH.  The "Ralphie" will be awarded on an annual basis to recognize a Rotarian for "Exceptional Service Above Self".
During the AGM, the following Rotarians were elected to the 2016 RWH board:
  • President -  Ann Hulbert
  • Vice President - Wayne Crossen
  • Vice-President, Shipping - Steve Gable
  • Secretary - D'Arcy Warner
  • Treasurer - David Truman
  • Past President - Bonnie Sutherland
  • Director, Transportation of Goods - Dan Gallant
  • Director, Warehouse - George Sandwith
  • Director, North - Andrea Johnson
  • Directors - Michael Woolnough, Janice Froese, Jim McGrandles, Tom Albanese.
The Rotary Club of New Westminster Royal City has donated $500 to Rotary World Help to support the cost of container shipments of medical equipment and supplies to countries in need.  Further, the Royal City Club is extending a challenge to all Rotary Clubs in Districts 5040 and 5050 to match (or better) this $500 donation.  This donation would be an excellent way to help fulfill a club’s international obligations to support people in need around the world.

If clubs are able to respond to this challenge, cheques payable to “Rotary World Help” should be sent to:
David Truman
Treasurer, Rotary World Help
400 – 601 West Broadway Street
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4C2

If a club would like to become involved with Rotary World Help or would like additional information, please contact Secretary, D’Arcy Warner, warner@hrnetwork.com.
Check out the RWH website at:  www.rotaryworldhelp.com