Valarie Wafer joined Rotary in 2005 in order to fuel her passion for making an impact that matters. Valarie was District Governor of RI district 7070 covering the Greater Toronto Area in 2013/14. Now residing in Burlington, her home club is the Rotary club of Burlington Lakeshore, RI district 7080.
Valarie has served Rotary in a number of international roles. She is an International Trainer, a member of the Host Organizing Convention Committee Toronto 2018, representative of the Rotary International President, a past RI Director - appointed Vice President in the year 2022. Currently serving as the International Assembly Moderator for the years 2023 and 2024.
During Valarie’s tenure as a Rotarian she has participated and led many initiatives including a mission to Kosovo with Gift of Life International. She has also served as the Vocational Training Team leader to Australia in 2010 focusing on youth mental health, a National Immunization Day in India in 2012, and has travelled to Kenya and Tanzania to audit long-term Rotary Foundation grant activity.
In her non-Rotary life, Valarie had a 27-year career as a restaurant owner in Toronto. The brand, Tim Hortons, is the most recognized and iconic franchise in Canada. The Wafer’s operation was best known for its inclusive hiring practices and accessibility, especially in the area of employment.
As the chair of the Rotary International Global DEI Task Force, Valarie brings a strong background of learned and lived experience to this important topic.
Valarie, and her husband of 36 years, Mark are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.
|MONTH OF FEBRUARY
WINN DIXIE - COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM
Community Bag Program is back!! The Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach-Aventura has been selected again to receive $1 from every $2.99 reusable Community Bag sold during February 2023.
|FRI., FEB. 10TH to SUN., FEB. 12TH
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD IN ISLAMORADA, FL
We are so honored and excited that Marushka Jilek, Vice President, and Georgia Wildfield, President-Elect, were selected to be Senior Counselors in the 2023 District 6990 RYLA. This is being held at Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, FL.
|SUN., FEBRUARY 12TH @ 10 AM
PELICAN ISLAND MARITIME HAMMOCK POLLINATOR SHRUB PLANTING
Pelican Island Maritime Hammock Pollinator Shrub Planting - On February 12th, starting at 10:00 in the morning, we will be planting 260 pollinator shrubs. We'll have water & juices, plus light snacks 'available' at no charge. Around 11:30, we'll start the BBQ, serving beef hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips, and cookies. There's a charge of $10 (per person) for the BBQ.
We'll need to ensure that we have sufficient beverages and food supplies for all, so kindly let us know the name of your Club and how many are in your party/group. IMPORTANT: Please advise us if you're attending 'PLANTING ONLY' or 'PLANTING & BBQ (Lunch).'
VOLUNTEERS: Contact Marushka by Tuesday, February 7th.
|SAT., FEBRUARY 18TH @ 6PM-9PM
PAL COMEDY SHOW - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Show starts at 8:00 PM
The PAL Comedy Show makes its triumphant return on Saturday, February 18th, 2023 at the fabulous Sport of Kings room in Gulfstream Park!.
The show will feature three great comedians, headlined by Craig “The Lovemaster” Shoemaker. Your tickets will get you in the door and one FREE drink and a dinner buffet! There will be great silent auction for items and raffles featuring a 65” HD TV!
Tickets are $50 per person, but as a thank you for Rotary’s full support over the years, we are offering a 50% discount for all tickets. Just enter LAUGH50 at checkout to get half price off all your tickets!
There are also limited VIP tables available for $750 which gets you a table for 10 at the front of the room, and your company logo will be featured prominently during the evening! To purchase tickets online; please visit: https://www.hallandalebeachpal.com/comedy-night
More Info/Buy Tickets: Hallandale Beach PAL
Location: Sport of Kings room in Gulfstream Park
Address: 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Purchase Ticket(s): Click here to get ticket or sponsor!
|THU., FEBRUARY 23RD @ 6PM-9PM
ROTARY CLUB FUNDRAISER AT SPAREZ BOWLING
Bowling starts at 7:00 PM
Please RSVP and Reserve by Monday, February 20th.