Rotarian a Force to be reckoned with

Jim Force named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Oak Bay.

Oak Bay Rotary President Joan Peggs presents rotarian Jim Force with  the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Oak Bay Rotary President Joan Peggs presents rotarian Jim Force with the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Jim Force was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Oak Bay.

Club president Joan Peggs presented Force with the award at the club’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

“Jim willingly volunteers in the club’s various activities,” said Peggs as she presented the award. “Being a teacher and an educator, Jim has special interest in literacy. He has creative ideas of projects that are of benefit to others, initiates these projects, implements them by mustering support from fellow members, and follows projects to a successful completion.”

Force and his team of volunteers took part in the Start Early fundraiser for baby books, supported local literacy projects via the Times Colonist Book Drive, promoted Rotary’s literacy month, raised funds for the purchase of Smart Boards for George Jay elementary and Quadra schools and participated in a chamber music concert to raise funds for both local and international literacy projects.

For its work in literacy The Rotary Club of Oak Bay also received a Rotary District 5020 Literacy Citation from Past District Governor David Stocks. District 5020 is one of the largest Rotary Districts in the world encompassing Vancouver Island and Western Washington State, from Pierce County south to Woodland and the Olympic Peninsula.