Why does Whistler care about Polio?

Because there is a Rotary Club in Whistler – In fact there are two….

Now as a former Rotarian I have seen first hand the dedication of the local Rotary Clubs – not only active community members but citizens that get behind their belief system, their values in life. Yes some have retired, but like my dad says… now that he has retired – he does not get a day off…. Literally!

Ellixirs of Life – A Toast to Polio Eradication

This was Rotary’s second annual event held at the Squamish Lil’ Wat Cultural Centre. http://www.slcc.ca/explore  When you arrived at the center you were greeted by a warm, happy to see you face…and a glass of bubbly! The tables were buzzing with excitement over the amazing display of wine collectors dreams come true… so many choices, so many deals available. It was such a pleasure to see those familiar faces, some helping put on the affair and others bidding up the auction tables. The volunteers were familiar and as always deserve a huge round of applause, these men and women are the backbone or our society – and not all are Rotary members….


Four Seasons Whistler – The Food http://www.fourseasons.com/whistler/

It was explained to me by Greg Diamond http://www.doublediamondlaw.com/who was one of the instrumental Rotarians responsible for a number of the delicious wines…. that “The Four Seasons” staff was simply the best to work with… patient, efficient, and professional. In particular was the director of banquets Mark Hanno and General Manager Mark Herron… both hands on right to the weeee hours. Now the food was delightful, very tasty, with an assortment of hot and cold items…. plus trays of Horsd’oeuvres. (correct spelling)

 A fabulous chicken dish

There were pasta dishes, seafood dishes of salmon, crab cakes, and tuna, cheese trays with artisan bread, chicken & ribs and probably a number of other fabulous items I missed due to taking so many pictures… The event was about so many things, food, wine, polio and a special dedication to Ken Nickerson who has just recently left us… Another amazing Rotarian.

Ken Nickerson


Wine Please

Whistler has some very specialized restaurants, and the chef at the Four Seasons rallies with the best, but most people attended this event for the wine… wine tastings and bottles upon bottes for the auction table … which this year were unreal.. 1850 D’Oliveira Verdelho Madiera, 1998 Magnum Viex Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 1990 Chateau D’Yquem Sauternes…. to name but a few!


The tables where lined up along the windows, and the evening was perfect with the setting sun adding warmth throughout the room, from table to table we would wander – sipping and admiring the multitude of choice available. The First Nation artifacts blending into and adding a relaxing natural feeling throughout this gorgeous building.

Elizabeth and Peter Crews from New World Wine –  http://www.newworldwines.ca/

Igal Amsallem from Liberty Wine Merchants – http://libertywinemerchants.com/pages/locations.php#locationid2

Michael Kompas – Blackcomb Liquor Store / Kompas Merchantry Ltd  http://www.blackcombliquorstore.com/

David Foran – Sommelier of the year Whistler  – David Mitchel Wine Group – My good friends came in 1st at David’s table with his blind wine tasting questionnaire…. 1st  Dave Brown and Michelle Mendillo 2nd Dave Krasny and 3rd place to Inspector Norm McPhail

Now these are the few people I collected cards from and I am sorry to the wineries I have missed and the people who attended on their behalf. I can say it was tremendous… I am only one person writing about an amazing evening as a social get together in Whistler. The live auction consisted of a trip for two – Antarctica – www.oneoceanexpeditions.com which raised a substantial dollar. The Bearfoot Bistro’s dinner for eight in the wine cellar – darn I don’t know who bought that one…. and several other valued items… The Rotary Club of Whistler probably raised over $40,000 they should be very proud of their efforts and the contributions they can now make to local charities and POLIO PLUS


My Uncle Brian contracted Polio and lived in an Iron Lung at the George Pearsons Hospital  http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/1d5ab2.htm  in Vancouver where he is still a resident – some 50 years later. They are all good causes, and good people, volunteering to raise money, or attending and helping the cause…. the merchants that give are many and simply impossible for me to even know… I thank you… to end I wanted to show you a fun video of our good friend Greg Diamond Sabre(ing) the Champagne  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gcsO4hx9n8

Until next year Cheers! [tweetmeme source=whistlerheather only_single=false]



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    Heather, for someone who is not currently a Rotarian, that is remarkable coverage for the event and the organization. Thanks so much for the time you took to put it together.

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