Ernie Rose and Nigel Parr enjoy the ups and downs of maturity in Rotary Park.

Ernie Rose and Nigel Parr enjoy the ups and downs of maturity in Rotary Park.

New Rotary club prez announced

PORT HARDY—After a tour of a few of the projects that the Rotary Club of Port Hardy has contributed to over the years, its new executive team for the 2011-2012 year was recently and officially sworn in by outgoing assistant district governor Dave Nelson.

PORT HARDY—After a tour of a few of the projects that the Rotary Club of Port Hardy has contributed to over the years, its new executive team for the 2011-2012 year was recently and officially sworn in by outgoing assistant district governor Dave Nelson.

New President Rebecca Olesen said she is thrilled to lead the extraordinarily dedicated group of volunteers that make up the Rotary Club of Port Hardy.

“Last year our club contributed approximately 3000 hours of volunteer time, and spent more than $43,000 to improve the lives of those in our community and around the world,” said Olesen.

“Our biggest community project was resurfacing the tennis courts and installing new nets — they’re now in great shape if anyone is up for a challenge.”

Other projects supported by the Rotary Club of Port Hardy last year included $4,000 for Jeneece Place, which provides accommodation for parents while their children receive medical care in Victoria; $5,000 for playground equipment at Eagleview School; and donations to the Santa Parade, Filomi Days, the Pumpkin Patch Walk, the Gazette Hamper Fund, and the Japan Walk.

On the international front, the eradication of polio is a major focus of Rotary International and the busy club also recently organized a performance of Roman Danylo, host of Canada’s Comedy Inc.