Last week District Governor Larry Stinson visited our club.  His message "Make Dreams Real"--
We need to do more to assist youth around the globe.

Larry was born in Rossland, British Columbia where he spent his early childhood and then moved to Calgary, Alberta with his family where he resided until he was 21.  He returned to British Columbia in 1965 to attend law school at the University of British Columbia.
 
Following graduation from law school in 1968 he practiced corporate and securities law in Vancouver for six years.  In 1975 Larry and his wife Karola moved to Chilliwack in the FraserValley and purchased a small farm where Karola could pursue her life-long love of horses.  To avoid a secondary career as a groom, Larry took up polo which he played for many years in the Pacific Northwest.  Larry continued his legal career with the local firm of Baker Newby LLP where he is a partner and Karola pursued a career in international education with the University of the FraserValley and is currently Director of that program.
 
Larry has been active in community affairs, having served as a director of the Chilliwack and District Agriculture Society for a number of years, as a director of the 2003 BC Seniors Games held in Chilliwack, as a Director and Board Chair of the University College of the Fraser Valley Foundation and currently as a member of the University of the Fraser Valley Board of Governors. 
 
Larry joined the Rotary Club of Chilliwack in 1993 and served as its President in 2001 - 2002, the year Richard King was RI President and Kathy DeTuerk was 5050 District Governor, both of whom have had a significant influence in Larry's development as a Rotarian.  Larry has served at the District level as an Assistant Governor for PDG's Rob Martin, Gary Hollick and Harv Jubie and as a presenter at PRLS, PETS and District Assembly.
 
More recently Larry's Rotary experience has expanded to the international forum with his participation in a wheelchair delivery in Mexico and in a number of medical missions to China.  Larry is a recipient of the RI President's Most Distinguished President Award in 2002 and Rotaplast International's Distinguished Service Award in 2004.  Larry is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member and a member of the Bequest Society.  

In their spare time, Larry and Karola enjoy friends and family, their garden and their horses, dogs, cats, birds, fish and other critters.

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