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Vancouver Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton St
Vancouver, BC  V6G 3H4
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4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 14 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame. As well as District Governor Don Evans and his wife Debbie and Davinder Grewal Assistant District Governor.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Diana Theman told our guests about our current catering company. Potluck catering is a non-profit social enterprise and registered charity, Potluck Café Society operates Potluck Café & Catering to help fund and support its community programs, including the creation of jobs for neighborhood residents with barriers to traditional employment. 
 
Announcements:
 
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
* On Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to noon there will be a membership workshop entitled Priority #1 Plus. Sing up here:
https://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/registrations/publicfill/eventpublicfill.aspx?evtid=ee7c9d43-60d1-4b4b-9fee-faea5ff62f8d
 
* Our club's Christmas party will be at John Haley's house on December 9th, make sure you save the date!
 
Especial Announcement: Our member Ted MacCormack was awarded a Paul Harris medal for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation, congratulations!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was our District Governor Don Evans. Don Evans has been active in Rotary for more than 30 years. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (2002-2003) and has held many different positions with his club. He has been active with District 5040 Strategic Planning, a member of the District Foundation Committee and was a PETS Trainer. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 5040 in 2014.
 
Here are a few of the many interesting highlights of his presentation:
 
* Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace,  Vancouver, BC,  Friday to Sunday, February 9 – 11, 2018. More information here: https://environmentandpeace.com/
 
*  Our District 5040 is now the top growing district in terms of membership in Canada! 5th in North America!
 
* Rotary International now has over 500K Interactors and 250K Rotaractors.
 
* RI wants all the clubs to start tracking members volunteer hours, make sure you log in your hours in the attendace sheet when you come to our meetings.
 
* District 5040 has a new Rotarian business directory, make sure to register your business there: http://rotary5040.business/
 
* Our district conference will take place on May 31 to June 3 2018 in Squamish, please check out the conference webpage to find out more and register: http://www.rotary5040.org/Page/2018-district-conference

Thought of the day:
 
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
 

Next Speakers:
 
Nov 22 - John Haley, African trip part 2
Nov 29 - Laura Track, Marijuana Legalization
Dec 6    - Tina Parbhakar, Uganda - child rights
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 13 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Ted MacCormac told us about a very interesting fundraising that a club he attends in Hawaii did one day. Members were invited to donate the spare change they were carrying. They ended up raising a considerable amount, but the most impressive part was that the venue's server was one of the largest donors!
 
Announcements:
 
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
* On Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to noon there will be a membership workshop entitled Priority #1 Plus. Contact Tom Smith to sign up.
 
* Our club's Christmas party will be at John Haley's house on December 9th, make sure you save the date!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Commander Chris Persson, Commander of the HMCS Discovery. HMCS Discovery is a Royal Canadian Navy Reserve division and shore facility based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Created during World War II from the Vancouver Half Company of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve, Discovery was used for recruitment and training and provided almost 8,000 personnel during the war. Discovery continued in its training role following the war, and also serves as headquarters for several Reserve and Cadet units.
 
Commander Chris Persson joined the Naval Reserve in Ottawa in 1978. For the first 8 years of his naval career he trained and worked as a cook, working in that capacity on and off on the west coast and in some of the nation’s smaller naval ships.
 
In July 2011 he deployed on a six-month tour in Manama, Bahrain where he was a Future Operations planner for Counter Piracy and Counter Terrorism Naval Forces in the Indian Ocean and Somalia Regions. 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Carl Gustav Jung — 'You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.'

Next Speakers:
 
Nov 15- Business Meeting with District Governor Don Evans.
Nov 22 - John Haley, African trip part 2
Nov 29 - Laura Track, Marijuana Legalization
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 13 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Gary Shearer, our guest speaker, did the Rotary moment for us today. He told us about an experience he had during the training seminar for incoming Rotary district governors. This seminar took place in San Diego, just a few hundred meters from a military base. The moment that impacted him was when the Japanese and US flag came in together to the venue. The 2 former enemies united in Rotary.
 
Announcements:
 
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
* On Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to noon there will be a membership workshop entitled Priority #1 Plus. Contact Tom Smith to sign up.
 
* Our club's Christmas party will be at John Haley's house on December 9th, make sure you save the date!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Gary Shearer, District Foundation Chair.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation:
 
* The Rotary Foundation disburses USD$200M each and every year on Rotary projects around the world.
 
* The RF has 3 funds, Polio, annual fund and permanent fund.
 
* The RF ranks among the best-managed charities in the world.
 
* The RF has 6 areas of focus:
 
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development.
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Carl Gustav Jung — 'You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.'

Next Speakers:
 
Nov 8  - Commander of HMCS Discovery
Nov 15- Business Meeting with District Governor Don Evans.
Nov 22 - John Haley, African trip part 2
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 14 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame, who is considering joining our club!
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today we skipped it to have more time for our guest speaker.
 
Announcements:
 
 
*The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser was a success!
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
* Our club's Christmas party will be at John Haley's house on December 9th, make sure you save the date!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was our member Larry Belsito doing his classification talk.
 
Some if the highlghts of his presentation:
 
* He was born in Ontario, his father was Italian and his Mother Canadian.
 
* He had 3 brothers.
 
* He met Tania, his wife, in 1972. They have 5 grown children.
 
* Some of the places he has lived and worked in: Dubai, Fiji, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Qatar.
 
* He joined Rotary in 1979 and he is a charter member of our club. He has bee our club's president twice.
 
* He actually danced with Tina Turner in 1983!
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
It's one of those days where even my coffee needs coffee!

Next Speakers:
 
Nov 1  - Garry Shearer, RI Foundation and Polio Plus
Nov 8  - Mark Ferrari, Port of Vancouver
Nov 15- Business Meeting with District Governor Don Evans.
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 17 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame, who is considering joining our club!
 
Rotary Moment:
 
This month Larry Belsito will be doing the Rotary Moment. Today he told us 20 good reasons to join Rotary:
 
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
 
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
 
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
 
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
 
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
 
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
 
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
 
8. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
 
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
 
10. Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
 
11. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
 
12. The Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
 
13. Family Programs: Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
 
14. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc...
 
15. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
 
16. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
 
17. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
 
18. Nice People: Rotarians above all are nice people - the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
 
19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”: Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
 
20. The Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.

 
Announcements:
 
 
*The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
* Our club's Christmas party will be at John Haley's house on December9th, make sure you save the date!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Chris Loat from Shelterbox. ShelterBox is an international relief charity that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. With 18 international affiliates, ShelterBox provides shelter, lifesaving equipment, and educational materials to hard-hit communities worldwide. Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to more than 200 natural disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 countries, providing vital aid for well over 1 million
people. 
 
Please visit their website: https://www.shelterboxcanada.org/
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"When we serve others, we gain more than hope. We gain energy."
— Margaret J. Wheatley in

Next Speakers:
 
Oct 25 - Larry Belsito, classification talk
Nov 1  - Garry Shearer, RI Foundation and Polio Plus
Nov 8  - Mark Ferrari, Port of Vancouver
 
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 15 members present.
 
 
Rotary Moment:
 
This month Larry Belsito will be doing the Rotary Moment. Today he told about famous Rotarians, here is a list with a fe of them:
 
  • King Albert I of Belgium – Honorary (RC Brussels; RC San Francisco)
  • Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, college basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member
  • Clinton P. Anderson, US Congressman; US secretary of agriculture; US Senator
  • Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, astronaut and second man to walk on the moon, USA
  • Neil Armstrong, astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, USA
  • Ásgeir Ásgeirson, president, Iceland, RC Reykjavik; past RI district governor
  • Eusebio Ayala, president, Paraguay
  • King Baudouin I of Belgium
  • Eduard Benes, president, Czechoslovakia
  • Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
  • Clarence Birdseye, developer of a process for quick freezing food, USA
  • Harry A. Blackmun, associate justice of the Supreme Court, USA
  • Frank Borman, astronaut, USA
  • Sir Donald Bradman, cricketer, Australia
  • Sir Norman Brearley, aviation pioneer, Australia
  • Frank Brennan past president Eureka Rotary and past district governor 1942 – 1943
  • William Jennings Bryan, statesman, and orator
  • George W. Bush, president, USA.

 
Announcements:
 
* Ron has been successful in having an Aviva Grant approved for voting.  Congratulations Ron!.  On October 10 the voting starts, so we need to vote and get the word out to vote.  The voting concludes on October 19.
 
https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/17-123
 
*The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
*The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Raymond Greenwood, also known as Mr. Fireworks. Mr. Fireworks has been making events "light up" for over 30 years. Alongside his son Matthew "Boom Boom" Greenwood they sell and organize fireworks displays, both indoor and outdoor.

Leading up to Halloween they run a family fireworks store which includes all my Flashing Light Products, proudly brought to you by The King Of Bling
 
He helped bring the fireworks to the city in 1990 and ran it for the next 11 years when it was sponsored by tobacco company Benson & Hedges and known as the "Benson & Hedges Symphony of Fire."

When the federal government clamped down on tobacco sponsorship in 2000, Benson & Hedges canceled its backing.

HSBC Bank Canada, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver chipped in to save the event. Each year since organizers have struggled to come up with the roughly $4-million in cash and donations required to produce the show.
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Life is like a firework. You gotta ignite the fuse and make it beautiful.

Next Speakers:
 
Oct 11 - Business Meeting
Oct 18 - Chris Loat, ShelterBox
 
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 13 members present as well as three visiting Rotarians, Harold McLeod from Florida, Shail Mahanti from the Arbutus club and Thora Thorasdottir from Iceland.
 
Our meeting today took an unexpected turn since we were not able to access the community centre. As resourceful Rotarians, we quickly found an alternate meeting venue in Diana's party room of her building :)
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today Ron Suzuki presented the RM. These are his words:
 
"Rotarians Celebrating Diversity Everyday. 
 
It was very challenging for people of Color in the early part of the 20th Century. In 1914 the Komagata Maru a chartered ship of South Asian Immigrants was not allowed to land in Vancouver.1920 was the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States 1923 the Chinese Immigration Act banned Chinese from making Canada their home. 

25,000.00 Japanese Canadians were interned in 1942.
 
In 1921  when Racial Restriction was addressed in Rotary it was formally determined that racial restriction would not be permitted. Non-Racism was included in the Rotary terms of the standard constitution in 1922, required to be adopted by all member clubs. 
 
Rotary and other service clubs in the last decade have encouraged the membership of the LGBQT community as well as other minorities. Peter and I marched in last months Pride Parade in front of 650,000 we both thought maybe next year getting all the Vancouver Rotary Clubs to participate as a community service entry."

Announcements:
 
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
  • Shail Mahanti invited us to the "Shredathon for Clean Oceans" organized by the Arbutus Rotary Club. This project aims to raise funds to clean up the beaches and shores of El Salvador. The event will be on September 30th from 10 am to 2 pm. The meeting place will be the Shell gas station on Broadway and Arbutus.
Meeting:
 
Our meeting today was adapted from the original plan since we did not have AV in place. John Charbonneau was kind enough to offer to come back and give his presentation next week.
 
This image shows what a group of locked-out Rotarians look like:
 

Thought of the day:
 
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. -Epictetus
 

Next Speakers:

September 27 - John Charbonneau, Reverse Mortgages.
Krystal Brennan, Stream of Dreams Murals Society.
Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks.
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 12 members present as well as four guests from the Strathcona Community Centre: Coach Mitra Tshan and players Devon Wong, Lucy Guan, Surprise Munie.
 
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today Ron Suzuki presented the RM. These are his words:
 
"In honour of our guests today this is my Rotary Moment and the reason I joined this Club. Strathcona is a little Community Center that does big things serving our Countries oldest and poorest community.
 
In 2003 I met Rotarian Robert French who invited me to speak at an upcoming Breakfast Meeting. My presentation included needed support for the Center's Downstairs Kitchen Renovation and our expanding Basketball Program.
 
In 2004 the Rotary helped the Center raise 5,000.00 for a kitchen renovation in 2005 Rotary raised funds to purchase and install a  Basketball Score Clock  2006- we now have the Rotary Hoopathon which as of 2016 raised over $225,000.00 for Basketball and Youth Leadership Programs.
 
When I retired I was told to surround myself with good people who do good things and this is why I joined the Rotary!"

 
Announcements:
 
  • We have a very important AGM meeting next week. We need 2/3 of the members to be present. Please do your best to attend.
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
  • Shail Mahanti invited us to the "Shredathon for Clean Oceans" organized by the Arbutus Rotary Club. This project aims to raise funds to clean up the beaches and shores of El Salvador. The event will be on September 30th from 10 am to 2 pm. The meeting place will be the Shell gas station on Broadway and Arbutus.
 
Meeting:
 
Today we presented the Strathcona Community Centre with a cheque for $11,500. These were funds raised on the Hoppathon.
 
 
 
Our club was very proud to present Gary Chomyn with a Paul Harris for his hard work on making the Hoopathon a success!
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was our new member Natalya Lysova with her classification talk. Her talk was very interesting and helped us know more about her. Some of the highllights of her presentation were:
 
  • She was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Australia in 1998
  • She holds 3 degrees, Psychology, Law and Business Management.
  • She currently works as an Executive Assistant and corporate development with a mining company.
 

Thought of the day:
 
How lucky Adam was. He knew when he said a good thing, nobody had said it before. Mark Twain
 

Next Speakers:

Oct 4 - Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks.
Oct 11 - Business Meeting
Oct 18 - Chris Loat, ShelterBox
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 16 members present as well as one guest,Jonathan Evans, from the Salvation Army and one visiting Rotarian from the Downtown Club, Franco Gallo.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today Ron Suzuki presented the RM. These are his words:
 
"Rotaract  a contraction for Rotary in Motion originally began as a Rotary International Youth Program in 1968 in Charolette North Carolina. Rotaract is a Rotary Sponsored service,leadership,organization for young men and women 18-30.
 
Presently there are now 9,522 clubs spread around the world which equals to 291,006. I will be speaking to the Trek Program at UBC today. Trek is a Student Service Program servicing the Downtown East-Side. I will be talking about the Rotaract Program today!"

Announcements:
 
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/

Meeting:
 
Our meeting today was our monthly business meeting to discuss our current and future projects as well as membership recruitment and retention. Great work by our board and all members.
 
The pictures below show Ron Suzuki handing out scholarships. You may recognize Lokton Au, president of the King George Interact, as one of the recipients.
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Mahatma Gandhi.

Next Speakers:

September 20 - John Charbonneau, Reverse Mortgages.
Septermber 27 - Krystal Brennan, Stream of Dreams Murals Society.
October 4 - Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks.
 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 16 members present as well as one guest, Jane Mitchell, a guest of Sheila Anderson and 2 visiting Rotarians from the Cambie club, Branden Yu and Kwahgo Son.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today Ron Suzuki presented the RM. These are his words:
 
"My only regrets in retirement is my day to day contact with our youth.The first Interact Club for Senior Secondary Students was established by the Rotary Club of Melbourne Florida in the late 60s! The term Interact is derived from inter for international and act for action. Today there are over 15,875 Interact Clubs with more than 151,000 members in 88 countries.
 
A major goal of Interact is to provide opportunities for young people to create greater understanding and goodwill with youth throughout the world. As a member of the Project Amigo Committee I will be meeting with our King George Secondary Interact Program about their engagement in this International Project!"

Announcements:
 
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver Cambie invited us to their Korean Thanksgiving Fundraising dinner. It will take place on October 7th at 6 pm in the New Vista Society. For tickets please call Branden Yu at 778 862 9122.

Meeting:
 
Our guest speaker today was Bob Blacker, Past District Governor and Rotarian for the past 20 years. Bob is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the District 5040 Paul Harris Society.
 
Bob was born in Australia, moved to Canada in 1971. That same year Bob joined the New Westminster Police Department and retired from the department in 2000 with the rank of Inspector.
 
Today he talked about the "Write to Read" program. Write to Read is a volunteer effort on the part of many individuals who have contributed their time and effort to create a library system for remote First Nations communities in BC.
 
The Write to Read Project delivers books, libraries, computers, tablets & high speed Internet connections to remote First Nation communities in BC.
 
 In 1998, Bob became an Honorary Aide de Camp (HADC) to the Lt. Governor of British Columbia. In 2007 His Honour, Steven Point, and Bob started to work together to get books into isolated First Nations Communities in British Columbia. In 2012, after his term as Lt. Governor, HH Steven Point returned to the Bench as a Provincial Court Judge. As a result, Bob carried on as the Project Leader. Both men never dreamt that WRITE TO READ would be as successful as it is today.
 
Learn more about this project on their website: https://www.writetoreadbc.com/
 

Thought of the day:
 
Education Is Not the Learning of Facts but the Training of the Mind to Think - Albert Einstein​​​​​​​

Next Speakers:

September 13 - Business Meeting.
September 20 - John Charbonneau, Reverse Mortgages.​​​​​​​
Septermber 27 - Krystal Brennan, Stream of Dreams Murals Society

4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 15 members present as well as two guests, Emma Dyer, Abigail Turner's daughter and her friend Piper McIntire. 

Rotary Moment:

Today we learned about the power of Facebook as a tool to promote Rotary and our projects. To give you an idea of the reach that Facebook has, here are some impressive stats:
 

It took 38 years for radio to reach 40 million listeners and television 12 years to reach that many viewers, but it took Facebook only nine months to register 100 million users. That’s right -- one hundred million users in nine months. Today Facebook has over 2 billion users!

Our club's Facebook page has close to 3,500 "fans". These are people who want to receive our content as it gets posted in our page.

 
Announcements:
 
  • Whistler Get-Together remember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Follow up with Abigail for details.
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Helenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page will go live shortly.
  • President Alfredo thanked Past President Cleopatra for serving our club for the past 2 years. She was presented with a Past President Rotarian pin.
  • Sheila Anderson inducted our newest member, Natalia Lysova. Natalia comes from a Rotarian family and she was also a Rotary exchange student.
  • Larry Belsito and Gary Chomyn were presented with Tom Harris awards for the incredible work they do for our club and the community.
Meeting:
 
Our guest speaker today was Tom Smith. He is a member of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club since 2002,  and past member of the Vancouver Rotary Club. Tom is a Past President of his club and former Assistant Governor.  Currently he is the District Membership Chair and Paul Harris Society District Chair.  He is the Social Chair in his own club. And recently appointed to the TRF Canada committee for helping manage the government grant of $1,200,000 per year for 5 years.
 

Tom is a curler, bridge player and a cyclist.  He and his son, Steve, run a sales agency.  He is married to Stephanie and also has a daughter, Wendy, who is a teacher.  And last but definitely not least, a six year old grandson, Noah and a two year old granddaughter, Amelia.

 

His presentation was on the crucial topic of Rotary membership. he provided our members with several very innovative ways of attracting and retaining members.

 

 

 
Thought of the day:
 
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something doneask a woman." - Margaret Thatcher
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
September 6 - Bob Blacker, Education and Literacy.
September 13 - Business Meeting.
September 20 - John Charbonneau, Reverse Mortgages.
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4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 14 members present as well as one visiting Rotarian, Mike Carter from the US.

Rotary Moment:

Today we learned about how one club in Philadelphia has created different types of membership to cater to members on different life stages and carreers. 
 
The Rotary Club of Philadelphia offers different levels of membership, including full, a la carte with "pay as you go" lunches, and a Happy Hour Club. The Happy Hour Club meets once a month for a happy hour meeting and once a month for a service project during the day.
 
Announcements:
 
  • Whistler Get-Together remember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Followup with Abigail for details.
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Helenic Centre. More details to follow.
Meeting:
 
Our guest speaker today was Paola Murillo, founder of Latincouver. In 2008 Paola Murillo and a group of friends felt there was a need for Latinos to feel more welcome in our City. A Latin plaza was in the works. The name “Latincouver” just sounded right, the perfect mix between Latinos and Vancouver.
 
We were welcomed within the Latin American communities in 2009 with a huge launch Party. Latincouver ”The Virtual Plaza in BC” was officially born. We presented our 1st Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver at the Hellenic Community.
 
They currently run 5 programs:
 
The Carnaval del Sol had 120K visitors this summer. Latincouver received the proclamation for the “Latin American Week” from the Province of B.C. and work along with the City of Vancouver to promote a multicultural scene.
 
Read more about this organization on their website: http://www.latincouver.ca/
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you." - Isabel Allende
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
August 30 - Tom Smith, District Membership Chair.
September 6 - Bob Blacker, Education and Literacy.
Septermber 13 - Business Meeting.
 
​​​​​​​
 
 

4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 12 members present as well as 2 guests, Natalia Lysova and Bill Archer.

Rotary Moment:

Today we learned how Rotary International is governed:
 

Rotary International is governed by a board of directors composed of the international president, the president-elect, the general secretary, and 17 zone directors.

The chief operating officer of RI is the general secretary, who heads a staff of about 600 people working at the international headquarters in Evanston and in seven international offices around the world.

 
Announcements:
 
  • Whistler Get-Together remember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Followup with Abigail for details.
  • From now on, the sign in sheet at the meetings will have a box where you can enter how many hours you have volunteered recently. This is a way to keep track of all the volunteering our members do and that may go unnoticed otherwise.
  • Don Kavanagh. Long time well-known Rotarian has passed away. There will be a Memorial next Wednesday at 1pm at Kearney Funeral Home. The address is 450 West 2nd Ave. in Vancouver.
Meeting:
 
Our guest speaker today was Bob de Wit, from the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association. The topic of his presentation was "Hot-button issues in the residential construction industry".
 
Some of the points of view he shared were:
 
  • Metro Vancouver Real Estate prices will continue to rise.
  • Annual housing starts are rising from 19K to 30K, but supply is still running way behind demand.
  • Some of the reasons for increased demand are: 
    • Population growth, immigration.
    • NIMBYISM ( not in my back yard) run amok.
    • Municipal processing times have gworn excessive.
    • Government fees and charges have escalated
    • Tariffs. Such as the ones for drywall and rebar.
    • Lumber supply disruptions due to forest fires.
    • Lack of capacity.
 
To learn more about what the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association does please visit: http://www.gvhba.org/
 
Thought of the day:
 
"There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights." - Smedley Butler
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
August 23 - Paola Murillo, Latincouver.
August 30 - Tom Smith, District Membership Chair.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary Foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 

4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 17 members present.

Rotary Moment:

 

The topic today was led by Gary and the subject was the Hoop-a- Thon for 2017. Our Goal- We are shooting to make a difference for kids on and off of the court. Our goal this year was $22,000. Our achievement was $23,162. We received a Rotary grant of $2,333. Chris Gaillus had pledges of $302 for each basket, which took in $3,322. Rotary Club of Vancouver donated $1,000 from their foundation. The Yaletown club donated $450. $11,581 went to scholarships and bursaries and $11,581 went to the Basketball programs for equipment, coaches, and camps.
 
Next year’s goal is $25,000. Congratulations to Gary and his team.
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the RacesA reminder of the Hastings Race get-together on August 13. Sheila will contact those who have committed with the details before the date and will take any reservations from anyone who decides to come. Let Sheila know if you have not advised her that you are coming.
  •  Also Whistler Get-Together remember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Followup with Abigail for details.
 
 
Meeting:
 
We had a business meeting today.
 
FINANCIALS- John is accumulating all info needed to reapply for the gaming grant. (Deadline is Nov. 30).
 
For each speaker coming to our club, we will send a donation of $10.00 to the polio fund as a thank you.
 
MEMBERSHIP- Each member had committed recently to try to bring at least one guest a year to our meetings ( as potential members). Also we should try to pass out the Welcome to Rotary brochures to as many people as possible.
 
DIVERSITY- Our goal is to increase gender, professional and ethnic members.
 
ENGAGEMENT- Seven people have volunteering to be monthly Rotary Moment presenters.We have four more openings for the year.
 
On our Attendance Sheet, we should now enter the amount of time each week that was spent volunteering for Rotary, next to your name.
 
YOUTH- Please read the outcomes sought and measures on our Strategic Plan for
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
August 16 - Bob de Wit, Building Codes and Affordable Housing.
August 23 - Paola Murillo, Latincouver.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary Foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 

4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 16 members present, as well as Natalia Lysova, who will be a member soon!

Rotary Moment:

Gary Chomyn shared the final numbers for the Hoopathon:
 
  • 2017 goal: 22K dollars
  • Actual 2017: 22.5K dollars!!
  • 2018 Goal: 25K dollars
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the RacesA reminder of the Hastings Race get-together on August 13. Sheila will contact those who have committed with the details before the date and will take any reservations from anyone who decides to come. Let Sheila know if you have not advised her that you are coming.
  •  Also Whistler Get-Togetherremember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Followup with Abigail for details.
 
 
Meeting:
 
Our guest speakers today were Doreen Drysdale and Sheila Polard, from the Life Saving Society.
 
The Lifesaving Society (formerly the Royal Lifesaving Society) is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to reduce water-related death and injury. The Society has been educating the public and training lifesavers and lifeguards in B.C. since 1911
 
Promoting lifesaving and lifeguarding programs, and improving aquatic safety through youth education are just two ways the Lifesaving Society is able to serve the public. The Junior Lifeguard Club creates a focus for children aged seven years and up, preparing swimmers with valuable lifesaving skills. The Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze Star are programs specifically designed for young swimmers.
 
Find out more by visiting their website: http://www.lifesaving.bc.ca/
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
August 9 - Business meeting.
August 16 - Bob de Wit, Building Codes and Affordable Housing.
August 23 - Paola Murillo, Latincouver.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary Foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 19 members present, as well as our Assistant DG, Parvinder Grewal, our speaker Yahaira Moran and her companion, Meriely Arias, Director of Publicity and Promotions, Venezuelan Canadian Society of BC

 

Rotary Moment:

Our Rotary Moment was presented by Assistant DG, Parvinder Grewal.   She paid tremendous compliments to our club, for our camaraderie, enthusiasm and the fact that everyone participates personally. This is Parvinder’s last year in her term as Assistant DG. She focused on the new District Governor, Don Evans.
 
Don is a strategic planner. He suggests that we visit the Rotaract and Interact clubs in our area at least once a quarter. Also very important is that the Website is always kept up to date. We should make sure that we occasionally attend a hands-on visit to local projects. The Squamish club has opened a bank account for donations to help those affected by the BC Fires. And we must work out a system for recording volunteer hours for all members.
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the RacesA reminder of the Hastings Race get-together on August 13. Sheila will contact those who have committed with the details before the date and will take any reservations from anyone who decides to come. Let Sheila know if you have not advised her that you are coming.
  • Whistler Get-Together Also remember the date of September 3 for the day at Whistler, biking or not, with lunch and a BBQ at Abigail and Jason’s house. Followup with Abigail for details.
  • There is a Board Meeting next Tuesday at Lawrence’s office.
 
Sargent at Arms:
 
 Due to time restraints, please remember your Happy Events from this week and let us know next week what they were.
 
 
Meeting:
 
Cleo introduced our speaker today, Yahaira Moran.Topic “We speak Spanish here” How to keep a second language. Yahaira is from Venezuela and after staying in Texas for several years, came to Vancouver in 2013.
 

The objectives of this program are:   1. To Motivate the use of Spanish and increase vocabulary. 2.Teach about other Spanish speaking Countries and their cultures.  3.Workshops about resources in our community.  For more info, google www.vcsbc.ca , the website for Supporting the Venezuelan Community in BC. Sheila thanked the speaker in  Spanish.
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
Doreen Drysdale    Life Saving Society
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

4 Way Test:

The meeting was held by a stand-in and a very knowledgeable person having been President for two years, Cleo Perez, who also led the club in the Four Way Test. We had 17 members present, Guest  Rotarian, Tom Smith and our speaker, Spencer Sproule

 

Rotary Moment:

Cleo also continued with chapter two of the History of the Four Way Test.  It has been with Rotary since 1943, having created created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert Taylor for his bankrupt company.
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
  • Whistler Get-Together September 3 at Abigail and Jason House at 8369 Rainbow Drive,
    We will meet at the house and go for a bike ride ( for those who bike) and meet the rest at Lost Lake, Bring lunch/snacks. Start time will be at around 11ish.
    Dinner will be at 5 PM at the house. The hosts will do hamburgers, etc. It is an easy walk or
    drive to the Lake.  Abigail will provide more information and details closer to the date. Let them know who is coming.
  • The official tally is in for the Hoop-a-thon.   Chimp took in $16,971, cash donations $2,000 Others $2,333 Total Gross amount $22, 301, Net after expenses $21,800.  Next year’s goal will be $25,000. Huge success.  Congrats to Gary and his team.
 
Sargent at Arms:
 
Peter Fox did the honours today. Among many interesting stories shared by our members one stood out, Tina is going to be the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch's Equality and Diversity Committee.
 
 
Meeting -    Our speaker today, Spencer Sproule was introduced by Ted.
 
His subject was LNG, an interesting subject for the last few years. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas,  methane with some mixture of methane that has been converted to liquid form for ease of storage and transport. It takes up about 1/600th the volume of natural gas in the gaseous state. It is odorless, colorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive. Projected location of the plant would be in Prince Rupert or Port Edward. This was approved by five tribes of the Tsimshian First Nations.
 

Employment is expected to be 1139, and contributions to the BC communities, about 156 million dollars.Total spent in BC since 2013 is 7.4 Billion. There are 190 conditions which were laid out before the decisions had been made. One was the formation of an Environment Monitoring Committee consisting of two First Nations tribes.      
 
   
Speaker was thanked by Frances.
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Show me someone who has never made a mistake and I show you someone who has never tried! - John Wooden Basketball Coach UCLA
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
Yajaira Moran- We Speak Spanish Here
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

4 Way Test:

The meeting was led by stand-in Ron Suzuki, who also coached us through the Four Way Test. We had 12 members present as well as guest Scott McCormac, son of Ted, Natalia Lysova, second visit as a potential member, Gloria Staudt, from New Westminister morning club and guest speaker, Saad Karim.

Rotary Moment:

Cleo started a three chapter history of the Four Way Test. In the 1930’s, The Club Aluminum Products and its 250 employees were bankrupt. Herbert J Taylor decided that the company had to change its ethical philosophy to reflect high ethics and morals that God would have waned in business. In the 1940s, Taylor was a director of Rotary International.He offered it to Rotary and it was accepted. It has never changed and was copyrighted in 1954
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
  • Ted sent around a sheet last week regarding Every Rotarian, Every Year. Please send a reply to Ted.
  • Mosaic and Junior Achievement are looking for volunteers.
Sargent at arms:
 
Cleo took over the collection of donations to the Polio Fund.
 
Meeting -   Gloria Staudt introduced our speaker, Saad Karim. Saad Karim from North Vancouver was sponsored by District 5040 as a Rotary PeaceFellow. On August 30, 2012, Saad graduated from the three-month peace program at Chulalongkorn University Bangkok.

Saad has worked for the past ten years with a variety of humanitarian programs in Africa, most recently in Darfur, Sudan. He has accepted a new job working in Liberia.

If your club is interested in nominating someone from your community to attend Rotary’s three-month peace program or one of the two-year graduate university programs please contact the District 5040 Peace Center Committee Chair Gloria Tom Wing

For more information on the Rotary Peace Centers visit www.Rotary.org/RotaryCenters

Saad Karim was selected by his fellow students as one of the two class spokesmen at their graduation. This is the graduation presentation speech can be found by googling “Saad Karim- Rotary Peace Fellow Vancouver, BC”

Thank you to the speaker by Francis Kototyluk
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results. Willie Nelson
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
Spencer Sproule-Topic LNG
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 17 members present. We also had Natalia Lysova from Russia, who is currently looking to join a club.

 

Rotary Moment:

Cleo told us some very interesting facts about how Rotary started in Latin America. The firs club was in Cuba in 1916, the second one in Uruguay in 1918.

 
 
Announcements:
 
 
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
 
Meeting -   Today we had our first business meeting in this Rotary year. President Alfredo led the meeting and we reviewed our plans and budgets for the year.
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
 
Barack Obama
 
 
Next Speakers:
 
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 28.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 17 members present. Tania Belsito was our guest.

 

Rotary Moment:

Today we skipped the Rotary moment so we could have more time for the Canada 150 presentation.

 
 
Announcements:
 
  • 2017 Hoop-A-Thon: FINAL Call for donations!  If you have not made your donation, please do asap, so we can finalize this year’s totals and deliver on our commitment to Strathcona kids.  You can go on line and receive an instant tax receipt: http://chim.pn/238E2xX
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11 am. $35 per person.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Bike-A-Thon - July 9 - Seeking Volunteers.
 
Meeting -   Today Larry Belsito put together a very fun presentation about Canada's 150th birthday. The presentation included videos and quizzes.
 
The winners of the quizzes on Wednesday were:
 
Ted was the winner of the best dressed in red and white- One lotto Max ticket

Diana was the winner of the Canadian Inventions with 11 correct answers One Lotto Max ticket

Cam was the winner of the Multiple choices with 9 correct answers  3 Gold Rush Scratchit tickets

Cleo was second with 8 correct answers   2 Gold Rush scratchit tickets

There was a tie for third place with 7 correct answers One Gold rush ticket each Michael, Carlos and Ted
 
These are some Canadian inventions:
 
  1. Peanut butter
  2. Insulin
  3. Java programming language
  4. Canadarm
  5. Basketball
  6. Snowmobile
  7. Standard time
  8. Electric wheelchair
  9. Electron microscope
  10. Poutine of course!
These are the videos we watched:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars,
the freshness of the morning,
the dew drop on the flower,
speaks to me.
The strength of fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
And the life that never goes away,
They speak to me.
And my heart soars

Chief Dan George
 
Next Speakers:
 
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 28.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 12 members present. We had 2 visiting Rotarians, Blair Trenholme from the Vancouver club and John Robertson visiting from California.

 

Rotary Moment:

Our Rotary moment today was to point out how Mateo Carrete, Alfredo's son, actually scored 10 hoops in the Hoppathon. He is only 5 years old, but he actually practiced for weeks leading up to the event. A true Rotarian in the making!

 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Next week’s meeting (June 21) will be presented by Larry Belsito.  It is a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.  THERE IS A DRESS CODE.  All those attending are expected to wear red and white (partially, at least).  RED AND WHITE
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11 am. $35 per person.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Bike-A-Thon - July 9 - Seeking Volunteers.
 
Meeting -   Today we had a business meeting to discuss our club's plans, budgets, and other fun things.
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller.
 
Next Speakers:
 
June 21 - Larry Belsito - Canada's 150th Birthday
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 28.
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 13 members present. We had a visiting Rotarian from Romania, Dr. Cristian Falup-Pecurariu who is in town attending a congress about Parkinson's disease research. We also hosted the Interact Club of King George school.

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Larry Belsito told us some very interesting stats about Rotary in Canada:

  • There are 2 Canadians on the Rotary International Board.
  • Dean Rohrs, a former member of our club, is the incoming Vice President of Rotary International.
  • There are 24K Rotarians in Canada, 7,600 of them are women, 31.6% of the total.
  • Canada is the 13th country in the world in terms of Rotary members.
  • Canada is #6 in donations to the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Rotary Day at the Races. This year the event will take place on Sunday, August 13. Sheila has tentatively booked the afternoon for us, including reserving the family area so that kids came come and enjoy the event and the buffet. Sheila needs to know who might attend. Please let her know as soon as possible so that we can confirm with the racecourse.
     
  • The Hoopathon was a success, the totals are still being tallied and will be available later this month.
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11 am. $35 per person.
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speakers were the RYLA attendees that our club sponsored.
 
These are some highlights of their presentation:
 
  • There were over 100 attendees to RYLA this year
  • The activities included workshops on public speaking, a polar bear swim, goal setting workshops and more.
  • They all left RYLA with new friends!
 
 
Pics from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art." - Stanislaw Jerzy
 
Next Speakers:
 
June 14 - Business Meeting
June 21 - Larry Belsito - Canada's 150th Birthday
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present. Our only guest was our speaker Bryan Yu who is the Deputy Chief Economist for Central 1 credit union.

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Sheila Anderson is doing the Rotary Moment this month. Today she read from Rotary Canada some of 20 things to know about Rotary.  Among things he read were – 4 R.I. Presidents were from Canada, Winnipeg was the first club outside the U.S.A., and the R.I. Convention has been held in Canada 7 times and it is scheduled for Toronto next year. 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The Hoopathon is this Saturday. Please be there at 10 am and be ready to have fun!
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11 am. $35 per person.
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was Bryan Yu, from Central 1 Credit Union. His presentation was titled "Economic and Housing Outlook for Canada".
 
His presentation was filled with very well researched and useful data. These are some highlights:
 
  • Currently, there is a positive outlook for the Global economy. Growth is around 3%
  • 2 more interest rate increases are expected in the US this year.
  • The Canadian economy is expected to have modest growth in the second half of this year.
  • The Bank of Canad is expected to hold rates for the rest of this year.
  • The Canadian dollar is expected to remain in the 74-75 cents exchange rate.
  • BC's outlook is positive, 2.8% growth expected this year.
  • BC's labour market is the strongest in Canada.
 
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.
 
Zig Ziglar
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
 
June 7 - RYLA
June 14 - Business Meeting
June 21 - Larry Belsito - Canada's 150th Birthday
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as one guest, Anicia Miles.

 

Rotary Moment:

Sheila Anderson is doing the Rotary Moment this month. Today she told us a story about a young woman's journey with Rotary. Sylvia Barton is our District’s first participant in the New Generations Exchange Program and this is the story of the journey she has embarked on with Rotary. Sylvie as she is known by those close to her, is a 3rd year student at SFU majoring in criminology with a minor in First Nations Studies. 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Only 1 week to go until the Hoppathon! Don't forget to send out your emails.
  • Join Frances and her Blockwatch Team for the  “Bells for Bikes" event Sunday May 28th. The event will start at 11 a.m. on the Arbutus Corridor from 49th Avenue to 57th Avenue.
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11am. $35 per person.
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was John Haley, who showed us a slideshow of his trip to Africa.
 
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
 
Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 31 - Brian Yu - Senior Economist - BC Central One
June 7 - RYLA
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as 2 guests, Nic Davies and visiting Rotarian Gina Neumann from the Cranbrook club.

 

Rotary Moment:

Sheila Anderson is doing the Rotary Moment this month. Today she gave us a quiz about Rotary history:
 
  • When was Rotary formed? A: 1905
  • Why is it called Rotary? A: The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices.
  • Where was the second club formed? A: San Francisco
  • Where was the first Canadian Rotary club? A: Winnipeg
  • Where was the first International Rotary club started? A: Dublin
  • When was the Rotary foundation started? A: 1917
  • When were women first admitted as members? A:1987
  • How many countries is Rotary present in? A: 200
  • When did the Polio Plus program start? A:1985
 
Announcements:
 
  • Only 2 weeks to go until the Hoppathon! Don't forget to send out your emails.
  • Join Frances and her Blockwatch Team for the  “Bells for Bikes" event Sunday May 28th. The event will start at 11 a.m. on the Arbutus Corridor from 49th Avenue to 57th Avenue.
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th at Patron Tacos Cantina at 11am. $35 per person.
  • The district 5040 site has been upgraded to include a comprehensive section on Rotary Background Check procedures. It can be easily accessed without logging into Clubrunner so is available to volunteers as well as members. On the home page, click on the heading "Take Action" and then on the drop down menu, choose "Background Check". Please spend the time to read through the information and options available to ensure you have an up to date background check.
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speakers were Maria Poe and Lianne Stooshnoff from Mosaic BC. They spoke about the Work BC employment services centre. 
 
MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
Supported by a board of directors, the organization manages a $20 million plus budget annually with more than 300 staff, 450 volunteers and 300 contractors.  
 
MOSAIC administers WorkBC Employment Services Centres in Vancouver Northeast of the BC Provincial Government. 
 
WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal – to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market.

WorkBC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. We also help employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.

Other people who regularly use WorkBC products and services include parents, teachers, career and employment counsellors, human resources professionals, researchers and decision-makers.
 
Visit their website for more information: https://www.mosaicbc.org/services/employment/
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.
 
Rollo May
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 24 - John Haley - My African Vacation
May 31 - Brian Yu - Senior Economist - BC Central One
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
John Haley
Nov 22, 2017
Presentation about his trip to Africa
Laura Track
Nov 22, 2017
Marijuana Legalization
Tina Parbhakar
Dec 06, 2017
Uganda - Child Rights
Past Speakers
District Governor Don Evans
Nov 15, 2017
Business Meeting
 
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