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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 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.
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as 1 guest, Glenn Wilson.

 

Rotary Moment:

Sheila Anderson is doing the Rotary Moment this month. Today she told us about the Rotary International convention for 1018, which will be in Toronto from June 23-27 2018. Check out the official website: http://www.rotary2018.org/
 
Sam Owori is selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president. The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19.
 
Announcements:
 
  • Don't forget to send out the email to your contacts to gather pledges for the Hoopathon!
  • Our changeover brunch will be June 25th. Date to be confirmed very soon.
 
Meeting -   Today we had a business meeting. These meetings take place after the monthly board meetings. In these meetings, we discuss our club's operation as well as our ongoing and future projects.
 
Last week, our guest speaker was our member Tina Parbhakar. The title of her presentation was "Child and Youth law in Uganda" and this is the recap of her presentation:
 
Tina spoke to the club about her experiences in Uganda with children's rights and the law.

In particular, she described her six month internship through the Canadian Bar Association on a project called Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa. She worked within the Ugandan Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and described, for example, a monitoring visit to a remand centre that holds children who have come into conflict with the law and a media tour of Justice Centres Uganda, an innovative effort to ensure citizens outside of the most urban areas of Uganda have access to free legal services and advice.
 
Tina will continue this presentation with specific examples of the Ugandan justice system in action and concluding remarks at a meeting in August. 
 
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"All great achievements require time." - Maya Angelou 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 17 - Leanne Stooshnoff / Maria Po - Mosaic/Work BC
May 24 - John Haley - My African Vacation
 
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 16 members present as well as 1 guest, Glenn Wilson.

 

Rotary Moment:

Sheila Anderson is doing the Rotary Moment this month. Today she told us that the The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 1% of charities achive this recognition.

The Foundation also received its ninth straight 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. "Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,"
 
Announcements:
 
  • Stratchcona is celebrating its 45th anniversay this year.
  • Saori Ogura, our ambassadorial scholar, was published recently in the UBC Forestry magazine "Branchlines". Her article is titled "Indigenous agrobiodiversity and climate change".
  • Gary Chomyn sent all of us the first email that we must send out to our contacts to gather pledges for the hoopathon. Make sure you send it out.
  • We are sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
  • Sophie Gloy invited us to the 54th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary (IGFR). It will take place August 6-12. More info here: http://www.igfr2017.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was our member Tina Parbhakar. The title of her presentation was "Child and Youth law in Uganda"
 
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. - Zig Ziglar 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 10 - Business meeting
May 17 - Leanne Stooshnoff / Maria Po - Mosaic/Work BC
 
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 19 members present as well as 1 guest, Liliana Marlene Esparza, a guest of Alfredo.

 

Rotary Moment:

Tina is doing the Rotary Moment this month. She will be talking about Rotarians she has met that have had an impact in her life. She told us about meeting Jim Sparling, a RC Saanich member who is a specialist in chest / respiratory medicine and ran the VIHA chest clinic for more than 10 years before retiring in 2010.  

Jim has been volunteering in Uganda since 1994 on his own and in partnership with a number of Rotary Grants - created the Friends of Mengo Hospital Society. His focus is Tuberculosis. Current incidence in Canada for TB is ~5/100,000. In the 1700’s/1800’s in Europe when TB was at its worst, the incidence rate was ~35 – 40/100,000. In 1994 at a Montreal medical conference professionals were speculating the end of TB in the world by the turn of the century. Currently, in Uganda, the incidence rate is ~700/100,000 and in sub-Saharan Africa it climbs to 1000-2000/100,000 depending on the country. The game changer has been HIV. It suppresses the part of the immune system designed to resist TB.
 
Announcements:
 
  • 3 of our members attended the Rotaract meeting at King George school. They were very impressed by the number of attendees and how enthusiastic and comitted they are!
  • Gary Chomyn sent all of us the first email that we must send out to our contacts to gather pledges for the hoopathon. Make sure you send it out.
  • We are sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
  • Sophie Gloy invited us to the 54th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary (IGFR). It will take place August 6-12. More info here: http://www.igfr2017.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was Daniel Rotman. Daniel has a background in all things mind related and an interest in all things sustainable.
He studied Cognitive Science and went on to complete a Masters in Conflict Resolution. The conflict he sees as the most pressing today is with our relationship to waste.
 
He currently volunteers with SPEC as Co-Chair of the Zero Waste Committee where he is developing a waste reduction education program.
 
He spoke about the "circular economy". A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Looking beyond the current "take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural and social capital.
 
Below are links to the resources I showed during the presentation as well as additional links to resources and other areas of interest.
 
http://www.recyclingalternative.com/ > the organization I work for, we are a local, values based waste management company that embodies the notion of keeping materials at their highest value, and innovates to create and promote opportunities to foster a circular economy
 
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/ > champions of the circular economy movement
 
http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx > regional and national initiative helping to galvanize the zero waste movement in Canada
 
http://www.masterrecyclervancouver.ca/ > the waste reduction education program I co-created and co-facilitate, be sure to check out the Talkin' Trash radio show for podcast style shows on a variety of topics that alumni of the program created just last year
 
http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/waste-wizard.aspx > search tool for where to properly dispose of all your municipal waste
 
http://rcbc.ca/ > local not for profit organization to help make recycling easier, they have a hotline you can call to ask questions about disposal of goods as well, and feel free to direct those kinds of questions to me as well as they often don't have good answers to difficult questions
 
http://www.bcrecycles.ca/ > website that lists all the extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in BC and where to find depots and drop off spots for hard to recycle items, like hazardous waste
 
http://www.spec.bc.ca/waste > lastly, a plug for the organization I volunteer with, which also founded RCBC, and the Master Recycler Program
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Andrew Carnegie — 'There is little success where there is little laughter.'
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 3 - Tina Parbhakar - Child and Youth law in Uganda
May 10 - Business meeting
 
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 16 members present as well as 2 guests, Maricarmen Obregon and visiting Rotarian: Carol Brock from Coral Galbes.

 

Rotary Moment:

Tina is doing the Rotary Moment this month. She will be talking about Rotarians she has met that have had an impact in her life. She told us about meeting Stephen Mwanje. In 2010-11, Mwanje was governor of District 9200, which then included Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. As he was researching options to address Uganda’s lack of health care, he crossed paths with Marion Bunch, an American Rotarian who had founded Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention in 2004. Their collaboration resulted in the country’s first free health clinic, organized by Mwanje in 2011.
 
Announcements:
 
  • We are sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
  • Sophie Gloy invited us to the 54th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary (IGFR). It will take place August 6-12. More info here: http://www.igfr2017.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today we had the kickoff meeting for our Hoopathon. Make sure you check out the new webpage: http://hoopathon.ca/
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
April 26 - Matthew Pattinson - Composting/Waste Prevention
May 3 - Tina Parbhakar - Child and Youth law in Uganda
 
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 21 members present as well as 3 visiting Rotarians: Sophie Gloy, Nic Davies both of them are looking for a club to join (wink, wink) and Carol Brock from Florida. We were also happy to have ADG Davinder Grewal as our guest.

 

Rotary Moment:

Tina is doing the Rotary Moment this month. She will be talking about Rotarians she has met that have had an impact in her life. She told us about meeting Naz Rayani has been honoured for his philanthropic efforts many times over the years, including receiving the Order of Canada. 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The Interact club of King George secondary has invited us to attend one of their meetings. The date is April 21st at noon. Please coordinate with Abigail for more details.
  • We are sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
  • Sophie Gloy invited us to the 54th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary (IGFR). It will take place August 6-12. More info here: http://www.igfr2017.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today we had our yearly hockey pool. Good luck to everyone with their teams!
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
'Live long and prosper' is an abbreviated version of a traditional Jewish religious blessing. It came to a wider public in the Star Trek TV series. It was used there by the character Mr. Spock
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
April 19 - Business Meeting.
April 26 - Matthew Pattinson - Composting/Waste Prevention
 
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 15 members present as well as our guest speaker, Dale Albertson.

 

Rotary Moment:

Tina is doing the Rotary Moment this month. She will be talking about Rotarians she has met that have had an impact in her life. She told us about Connie M. Deford, whom she met at a seminar. Connie a  retired City Clerk of Bay City, Michigan. She was voted Michigan City Clerk of the Year and was the recipient of the prestigious Quill Award from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, the Bay County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, and the Michigan Municipal League Award of Merit.
 
Currently, she serves as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and meeting consultant. She is a Past President of both the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians and the National Association of Parliamentarians. She serves clients throughout the United States.
 
Announcements:
 
  • The hoopathon committee has reached out to the Vancouver and Yaletown clubs, both of which have expressed interest in joining our project.
  • We are sponsoring 2 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
 
Meeting -   Our guest speaker today was Dale Albertson, who is an International Development Expert. He is the executive director of ACCES. the African Canadian Continuing Education Society.
 
For more nearly 20 years, ACCES has been helping young Kenyans obtain the skills and education needed to benefit themselves and their society through: post-secondary scholarships; secondary scholarships; primary schools; health, gender and HIV/AIDS awareness; and small business and agricultural training.
 
Please visit their website to learn more: https://acceskenya.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
April 12 - Hockey Pool led by Paul Hamilton.
April 19 - Business Meeting.
 
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 17 members present as well as visiting Rotarian Peter Roundhill, from the Lions Gate Rotary Club. We also had Jamey McDonald as our guest speaker.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
James Fox told us about an essay written by a Rotaractor, on this essay, the author highlights the incredible reach and capabilities of the Rotary organization. With 1.2 million members Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries. Interact, organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries. Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167
countries.
 
As you can see, the impact of Rotary is huge!
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The hoopathon kickoff meeting will be at our club on April 19th.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise President and Foundation Chair would you please encourage your members to sign up for our District's most important annual event in support of The Rotary Foundation, especially as we celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Guests are welcome. Please email Ted for more information.
 
Meeting -   Our guest speaker today was Jamey McDonald, from the New Hope Community Services Society.  New Hope welcomes and supports refugee claimants and immigrants through housing, employment, and community.
 
They own and operate a 13-unit apartment building in Surrey. It is designed to provide housing for families as they transition to healthy living in Canada
 
The primary need for refugees is safe, secure, reasonably priced housing. New Hope offers this to all categories of refugees. Once housing has been taken care of, refugees need help to settle into their Canadian life. Included in that are such things as:
 
  • Job Skill Acquisition
  • Medical/Dental Care
  • Transportation
  • Schooling for All
  • Culture Learning
  • Safe Living
  • Banking
  • Shopping
  • Recreation (and so much more)
Check out their website for more information: http://newhopecs.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Love does not need vocabulary"
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
April 5 - Dale Albertson    Fundraising for Charities
April 12 - Hockey Pool led by Paul Hamilton.
 
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 Joan Posivy from the Rotary club of Vancouver.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
James Fox jumped right into his club duties by providing us with a Rotary moment today. He told us about the Guatemala literacy project. The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a partnership between Rotary International clubs and the non-profit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd). This initiative provides badly-needed textbooks, computer labs, scholarships, literacy and training programs to underprivileged children in Guatemala.
 
You can find more details on their website: http://www.coeduc.org/r_about.htm
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The hoopathon kickoff meeting will be at our club on April 19th.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise President and Foundation Chair would you please encourage your members to sign up for our District's most important annual event in support of The Rotary Foundation, especially as we celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Guests are welcome. Please email Ted for more information.
  • Volunteers needed.  The annual TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is taking place on June 11th. As one of their signature fundraising events, they rely on over 500 volunteers to help them execute the event. If any members are interested in volunteering they are welcome to review opportunities on the two websites below. They need volunteers in Stanley Park Vancouver as well as Mill Lake in Abbotsford.
     
    Vancouver: https://goo.gl/A6zV7S
     
    Fraser Valley: https://goo.gl/ksrBPu
     
    Any help would be most appreciated.
 
Meeting -   During our meeting today we had Joan Posivy, from the Vancouver Rotary, tell us about the Global Youth Project. She founded this project in 2014
 
One of her favourite speaking engagements — for the last 20 years, in fact — has been at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp for young adults. I see an incredible amount of talent and potential in each one of them, and more importantly, I want to be sure they see this in themselves. 
 
Check out her website here: http://globalyouthproject.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
March 29 - Jamey McDonald    Better Lives Counselling/New Hope
April 5 - Dale Albertson    Fundraising for Charities
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...