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From the Frontlines to the Headlines in Afghanistan
 
Dr. Lauryn Oates is the Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), a not-for-profit organization comprising Canadians working in partnership with Afghan women toward improving conditions of human rights, ending women’s oppression and providing opportunities for Afghan women to live their lives with dignity, certainty and purpose.  Its main program areas include: (1) Investments in Basic Education; (2) Community Libraries, Literacy and Books; (3) Technology for Education; (4) Public Engagement; and (5) Afghanistan Policy Dialogue. 
 
Lauryn spoke to our Club in August 2016 and August 2019.  On September 22nd, 2021, approximately 5 weeks after the Taliban seized power, this is what she had to say regarding the evolving situation in Afghanistan.  
 
Despite having contacts on the ground, CW4WAfghan didn’t see the total collapse coming on August 15th.  Some districts were reportedly taken by as few as 4 rebels.  Younger Afghans were even more frightened than Afghans who had seen the Taliban in control 20 years ago.  
 
Women are feeling loss and hopelessness as a result of what’s happened since that time. The Taliban have removed all women from government, job losses have occurred on a large scale with women disproportionately affected, girls can go to school only until Grade 6, and women can continue attending University only if they are separated from men, which is not possible in most cases.  Residents can only withdraw the equivalent of $200 per week from banks and the passport office has been closed.   The Taliban seem to have no consistent policy, and, despite what they say publicly, there is real concern they will revert to old ways.  Feeling that they have nothing more to lose, there have been wide-spread, women-led protests.  
 
Despite these circumstances, CW4WAfghan remains committed to its mission of promoting the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, through ensuring access to quality educational opportunities, and finding ways to help and stay connected with Afghan women and their families during this period of uncertainty.  While Lauryn’s presentation outlined a very dark and terrifying future for women in Afghanistan, the strength and determination of CW4WAfghan to support these women and their families is inspiring.  To support this important work or to find out more, please visit their website: https://cw4wafghan.ca/home-idg/  

Honouring Indigenous Peoples Working in Partnership with Rotary

Our speaker on September 29th was Linda Mross from the Nlka’pamux Nation and a member of the Oregon Jack Creek Band.  Linda is a District Co-ordinator with Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP), a southern Ontario start-up that has grown into a nationwide movement that is receiving international attention for inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationship building.  Linda is also a member of the Rotary Club of Langley Central and served as their Club President in 2016-2017.
 
Linda was joined by John Currie, the Executive Director for HIP.  John helped establish HIP’s Board of Directors, proudly composed of 50% Indigenous, 50% Non-Indigenous, 50% Female, 50% Male and geographically dispersed across Canada.  John is currently serving as President of the Rotary Club of Pickering in Ontario.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from York University with studies in Indigenous and Canadian history.
 
HIP’s vision is that all Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples work together, interconnected and interdependent, for the benefit of future generations.  Its mission is to catalyze societal change by inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relationship building, strengthening community well-being and advancing the next generation of leaders.  We learned from Linda and John's presentation that HIP and Rotary represent the “Ultimate Super Alliance” due to their shared passion and values with complementing strengths.  Thank you to both of them for providing us with this practical and inspiring avenue to engage our Rotarian service with reconciliation efforts for the benefit of future generations.
 
For more inspiration and information, or to get involved, check out HIP's resources, including videos, blogs, podcasts and advice on terminology here: https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com

Risk Management from an Enterprise Level Down to You

Yat Cheng (pictured above with member Thomas Reppchen) is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operational Risks at Blueshift Advisory, a Vancouver-based firm that specializes in integrated risk management services.  Yat brings to this role over 15+ years of experience as a seasoned leader in strategy development, risk management, finance and audit. He has worked with leaders in the post-secondary sector, air travel, securities regulation and corporate social responsibility sectors.
 
On September 15th, Yat spoke to us about Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), a process designed to identify possible events that prevent an entity from achieving its objectives.  The scale of the entity can range from large corporations to individuals with personal goals.  The process is based on (1) the identification of the goal (s); (2) characterization of the risk; and (3) the development of a strategy of risk mitigation.  
 
Yat provided an example of how ERM can be applied at the personal level using the example of retirement planning - see below. Three risks are identified in this example with measures to mitigate each of these risks identified. While this example is simple in concept, it highlights the need to be cognizant of the risks that our goals could encounter and take steps to mitigate those risks in order to increase the likelihood of achieving those goals. For more information about Blueshift Advisory's services and Yat's work, visit https://www.blueshifts.ca/
 

A Global Adventure from Backwoods to Boardrooms

There was no better way to launch September than with a classification talk on September 1st from one of our very own members, the talented Sarah Reppchen.  
 
Sarah shared her personal and professional journey with us - from her humble "hippie" origins in an off-the-grid cabin in Burns Lake, BC to her career in the high-rise banking "power centres" across the globe.  
 
With a heartfelt love of learning, she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as her accounting designation in Wiesbaden, Mannheim, and Frankfurt, Germany before launching her career during the midst of the 2008 financial services crisis.  Sarah's focus throughout her studies and career has been on the application and effectiveness of banking regulation and supervision by individual nations and across international borders.  
 
Throughout this journey, Sarah has also had the opportunity to enjoy her passion for travel, culture, and languages through her work with banks and regulators in some of the world's most glamorous and high-powered cities, including London, Singapore, and New York.  
 
Sarah's curiosity and passion for financial market oversight, integrity and service were very evident during her presentation, including the walk-through she provided of the Basel Framework for global regulatory compliance.  These same characteristics and values clearly also make her a natural Rotarian.
 
Thank you to Sarah for sharing her story and giving us a window into the complex, high-flying, and evolving world of financial services regulation.  What an adventure it has been, no doubt with even more to come! 
 
 
 
A Very Personal Story of Truth and Reconciliation
 
On August 11th Cecelia Reekie visited our club to provide an overview of Canada’s residential school system, followed by an account of her Dad's experiences within that system.  
 
The Indian residential school system became law in 1886 and over the next 100+ years, more than 150,000 children of First Nation, Métis and Inuit descent attended residential schools, which were mostly run by various religious orders.  The system was based on the government's policy mandate that, by separating children from their parents, they could be educated and thereby “acquire the habits and tastes of civilized people.”  
 
Cecelia’s Dad was 11 years old when he was taken from his parents along with his little sister.  He was known at the Alberni residential school as #126 and was assigned the anglicized name Cecil Paul.  During the morning, he was taught to read, write and speak English (students were severely punished for speaking their native language).  The afternoon was for chores and the evening was spent on religious studies.  Despite not seeing his parents over the next four years and enduring multiple forms of abuse, he left the residential school at the age of 14 as a survivor with a grade 5 education.  
 
The Government of Canada established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2007 to facilitate the reconciliation among former students of the Indian Residential Schools system, their families and all Canadians.  Reconciliation is about how we, as Canadians, can work together with Indigenous people.  
 
While some efforts have been made to address certain of the TRC's recommendations for change, this summer's revelations are a start reminder that the real process of reconciliation is just beginning - starting with a genuine acknowledgement and understanding of the truths recounted by survivors and their families.  Heartfelt thanks to Celelia for sharing her family's painful truths with us for that purpose.
 
Although Cecelia’s Dad passed away on December 3, 2020, his story is not lost.  A recent Vancouver Sun article containing an excerpt from her Dad's biography, the contents of which were based on recorded interviews and journal entries, can be found and shared at: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/cecil-paul-and-briony-penn-alberni-the-journey-of-hell-begins  
 

An Inspiring Presidential Update

 
Strathcona Interact President Eva Yeung was our guest speaker at our August 18th meeting, bringing us an account of the many activities and accomplishments of the club. 
 
Strathcona is a community-based, as opposed to a school-based interact club.  All members have a connection to the community and wanted to give back. While some attend Britannia Secondary, others grew up there and live or attend school elsewhere.  
 
They are a small but mighty young team whose first-year accomplishments reflect the power of a few creative and dedicated people to make a big difference. In 2020-21, they: 
 
  • Partnered with Vancouver Chinatown Foundation to create Covid-19 Experience stories for the Chinatown story-telling centre.
  • Organized a Holiday Craft event where they taught local day camp kids the importance of giving during the season. They were able to deliver this event successfully following Covid-19 restrictions (pictured above).
  • Raised funds to produce 48 wellness packages to local seniors at the May Wah Hotel that houses low-income residents and seniors. Each package involved supplies such as dental hygiene, socks, masks, and hand-written cards from the Interact members. 
  • Hosted a Financial Literacy workshop for members and other youth on basic banking.
 
Their goals for the 2021-22 year include increasing the membership and diversity of the club and working on several projects, including a sustainability project to educate local youth on invasive plants and an international project to build and deliver 100 kits with school supplies to kids in need. 
 
Currently, the Strathcona Interactors are working on two fundraisers: a Bottle Drive and an Art Auction. President Ed and our (new) fundraising team will be following up to explore how we could support or partner with their members on these two initiatives and possibly other service projects.
 
For more inspiration and information, check out the Strathcona Interactors on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/strathconainteractclub/?hl=en
 
A Ted Talk on Tax Planning 
 
 
Former club member and fellow Rotarian Ted MacCormac joined us on August 4th to share his advice and experience on tax and estate planning.  
 
Ted walked through the most popular topics (FAQs) and services sought by his accounting clients which include the  capital gains inclusion rate, taxation of investments, taxation of different types of investments, estate planning, tax treatment of foreign property, and more general business tips. 
 
Ted's top tips for estate planning include:
  • Keep it simple
  • Be aware of the BC Wills Variation Act
  • Donation bequests can be carried back from the Estate to the final personal income tax return
  • Assets at the date of death go to a testamentary trust until they are distributed
  • The testamentary trust does not have exemptions like the personal income tax return has, but it does have marginal rates for three years
Thanks very much to Ted for making this special guest appearance and for walking through these scenarios with us.  It was a great reminder not to put off until tomorrow what you can do today! 
 
John's Journey to the Club
 
We started the new Rotary Year on July 7th with new member John Clark’s classification talk, aka “how did I get here.”  John was born in 1972 in Outremont, a residential borough of Montreal.  Most of his formative years were spent in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He returned to Montreal in the early 1990’s and obtained a BA in Political Science.  As a result of his disenchantment with Bill 101 and what was happening in Quebec at the time, John accepted a position in Japan as an English language teacher.  He flew to Tokyo in January 1995 and was based there for most of the next 25 years.  
 
As his Japanese language skills improved, so did his career opportunities. In 2001, he set up a consulting company in Hong Kong that focused on cross-border commercial contracts for his Japanese clients.  For a time, he was working for Ernst and Young and he obtained a Law Degree from Wolverhampton in the UK.  John still has a team in Tokyo working within his consultancy.
 
John married Arisa in 2016.  It was her dream to move Vancouver to operate a day care for local Japanese families, so in early 2021, John and Arisa moved to Vancouver’s West End.   Since arriving in Vancouver, Arisa has been undertaking studies and John was briefly involved with BC’s Site C Hydroelectric Project as well as a Disney film production company in Victoria involving both cast and crew. 
 
John discovered our Club through the RI and District contact channels relatively shortly after his arrival in Vancouver.  He was inducted on May 19, 2021 and recently nicknamed "John san" in recognition of his adopted Japanese background (and to avoid confusion with fellow founding Club Member John H).  More recently, the unofficial welcoming committee toasted his arrival on a sunny July afternoon with a pop-up patio welcome pictured above - from left to right: John san, Thomas, Peter, Cam and Matthew.
Our Year Ahead Goals
 

At our July 14th meeting, President Ed wasted no time in striving to live up to his "hitting-the-ground-running" reputation recently acquired from immediate Past-President Carlos.   He presented the annual goals that have been set for our club in consultation with our Board and District 5040 Governor Lorne Calder....along with his hopes, commitments and expectations for another year full of partnerships, friendship and fun!

 
Among the key goals established for our 2021-22 Rotary year are:
  • growing the club's membership from 23 to 25 members (in keeping with Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's challenge to grow Rotary by 10%)
  • holding 5 social (fellowship) activities during the year
  • having 6 club members attend the District 5040 conference in Prince George
  • sponsoring an elementary and a high school student through Project Amigo as our signature international service project
  • starting an EarlyAct Club at Strathcona Elementary School, and 
  • achieving member participation in 5 service projects, (including our signature local project, the annual Hoop-a-thon and Rotary-Strathcona Youth Leadership program).
If this sounds like the kind of challenge that gets you excited, then you're in the right place with the right people at the right time!

Food for Thought and Impact 

Terra Paredes, Manager of Community Events and Engagement for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) gave us a fascinating virtual tour of the food bank's operations at our July 28th meeting.  Founded in 1983 to provide "temporary relief" to the hunger crisis, the mission of the GVFB is to provide healthy food to those in need, with a vision of healthy communities through fair and effective food systems.  Sadly, the need has grown over the years and today's statistics indicate that 16% of all BC residents and 19% of Vancouver residents are unable to access enough affordable, healthy food, including 20% of children and 21% of seniors. Clients are required to provide: government-issued photo ID for each adult member and child within their household; proof that they live within the catchment cities; and information about their source(s) of income. 
 
Terra provided an overview of the scale and complexity of the food bank's operation, which has been built solely through donations from the public, industry partners, and applicable grants, with no ongoing government funding.  The GVFB currently operates four direct distribution locations (Vancouver, North Van, Burnaby and New Westminster) that support 8,500 people per month.  In FY2020, the food donations amounted to 7.2 million lbs.  Since opening Burnaby, their capacity for fresh and frozen has increased by 400%.  
 
In addition, they work with 115 community agency partners that have food programs in place for their own clients, including housing agencies, shelters, seniors and school food programs.  GVFB supports those programs with food that ranges from grab-and-go items like fruit and granola bars to large-scale grocery orders that will turn into fully-cooked meals - for a total of over 16,000 visits per month.  The food bank has also built significant relationships with growers and industrial pre-consumer donors but are pulling away from post-consumer and food drive donations as they bring a very high level of waste and incur disposal costs. 
 
Hopefully, we’ll be able to schedule a live visit to GVFB’s new Terminal Avenue operation in the fall.  In the meantime, for more information about the food bank or to donate to this critical need, please visit https://foodbank.bc.ca.
 
A Brainstorming Forming and Norming Morning 
 
 
 
We got down to work at our July 21st meeting with an early morning, coffee-infused brainstorming session. The purpose was to consider the merits and possibilities of expanding our club's future fundraising efforts. Drawing upon our members' experiences and creativity, we kicked off the discussion with three questions:
  1. What are some fundraising ideas?
  2. Who can we partner with for fundraising efforts?
  3. What are some pros and cons for having a fundraising committee?
Some of the ideas and comments generated included:
  • A good starting point could be to consider adopting successful fundraising approaches from other clubs (such as used book sales, document collection and shredding, golf-related events, online or live auctions) and partnering with other clubs, (including Interact, Rotaract clubs, as well as our future Early Act club), or with vendors and businesses from our Rotarian networks.
  • If working with other groups, it’s critical to set the rules on who does what (roles and responsibilities) and how funds are split.
  • It’s important to be clear on the cause and report to the donors on the results (integrity, accountability and the 4-Way Test).
Based on the ideas and interest expressed in this initial exchange, the club has since canvassed members for interest in signing up to be part of an initial or ad hoc fundraising committee. Stay tuned for an August update about the interest, potential mandate and role of this team.

Pat Montani:  In Memoriam 

We recently learned of the passing of fellow Rotarian Pat Montani following his short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Pat spoke to us in August 2020 about Bicycles for Humanity (B4H), a grassroots non-profit organization that he started in Kelowna with his wife, Brenda, in 2005 (the same year he joined Rotary).  B4H relies on volunteers to collect used bicycles and then ship them to African and other developing countries around the world.  By 2020, B4H had grown to 50 chapters worldwide and had shipped 325,000 bicycles overseas.  In addition, over 200 of the shipping containers have been converted into bike shops, aka Bicycle Empowerment Centres.  
 
Pat worked tirelessly for the betterment of those in need.  His goal was to create economic opportunities and sustainable employment.  To this end, Pat helped to create self-sustaining local businesses:  bicycle repair shops throughout Africa, a touring company in Uganda and dental assistance programs in several countries.
 
Pat and Brenda were awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal  in September, 2016 for the creation of B4H.  Pat was also awarded the Citizen of the Year in Whistler in 2019, again for his work with B4H.  Pat was a past member of the Rotary Clubs of Kelowna, Whistler and, most recently, Pemberton.  A more fulsome summary of Pat’s incredible achievements and Rotary legacy can be found at:  Tribute to Pat Montani | Rotary Club of Pemberton (rotarypemberton.ca)
Our 2021 Rotary HOOP-A-THON was held on Saturday April 24.  
The Program featured Rotarians, The Strathcona Kids, Chris Gailus & Yvonne Schalle from GLOBAL BC, Rotoractors, Interactors and Rotarians in Germany.  Thanks to our many donors who made this year’s event a huge success!
 
Watch it now on You Tube:
 
 
 
We proudly share this wonderful picture of the amazing young people of the Strathcona Interact Club who spent time during their school holidays to prepare and deliver health packages of hope to seniors at the Sun Wan Senior Centre, located at 258 East Pender Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  
Our Speakers this Month
 
September 30, 2020 - Holly Williams Told  Us about Moneyball for Professional Soccer (Data Science)
 
Holly Williams is a Geotechnical Engineer at SRK Consulting in Vancouver.  She obtained her first Degree in Civil Engineering in 2011 and recently obtained a Master's degree in Data Science at UBC.  So what is Data Science?  Continuously generated and collected across every domain, data is a vast and largely untapped resource of information with the potential to reveal insights about every aspect of our lives and the world we live in.  UBC's 10-month program teaches students to uncover these insights (see https://masterdatascience.ubc.ca/why-data-science).  Her presentation today focused on the program-ending assignment that she and 3 colleagues completed for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  The assignment required the evaluation of copious quantities of data generated by individual Whitecap's players during matches that occurred over several years, all with the intention of analyzing/ranking the value of each player.  It is reminiscent of the 2011 movie, Moneyball, in which Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), manager of the Oakland Athletics, used sabermetrics to revolutionize baseball (albeit with orders of magnitude less data than Holly and her team used on behalf of the Whitecaps).
 
September 23, 2020 - We welcomed Rahma Naveed, from ADHD Kids Rock Foundation
 
Rahma Naveed is the grant writing and administrative assistant at ADHD Kids Rock, a charity that was founded by 14-year old Jeff Rasmussen to promote a safe and accessible online community for youth diagnosed with ADHD to share their experiences and access knowledge and resources - see https://www.adhdkidsrock.com.   Now, several years later, the site and organization have expanded to include a blog by Jeff and learning and teaching tools developed with the assistance of experts. Rahma is currently in her last year at UBC, studying International Relations and Political Science, and is working with ADHD Kids Rock as a volunteer to promote the organization by increasing awareness and community engagement.
 
September 16, 2020 - We learned from Vineetha Nakka from The Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in BC 

Vineetha Nakka is the Education Program Coordinator at The Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in BC, a nonprofit organization and a member of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, a nationwide network of epilepsy support agencies. With 1 in 100 individuals being diagnosed with epilepsy, chances are that someone you know is affected by this condition. Implications on one’s daily life are many. They can range from memory issues, cognitive deficits, excessive fatigue and/or frequent seizures. Vineetha's presentation helped us gain a better understanding of the range of epilepsy symptoms and conditions, and the practical skills for responding to persons experiencing seizures and other symptoms. 
 
September 9, 2020 - An Update on Project Amigo from Elly Contreras
 
Elly Contreras, Past District Governor for Rotary District 5370, and founder and past President of the Rotary
E-club of Canada One, joined us to discuss what is happening during the pandemic with Project Amigo. Elly is
the Intermediary for the Project Amigo Canada Society initiative that our club and others have supported for the past decade. Donations provide educational scholarships, material support, enrichment activities, and health care supplies to students in the state of Colima, many of whom are from migrant farm working families. 
 
While the Volunteer Work Weeks for Rotarians and other supporters are no longer happening due
to the pandemic, the program is still doing its important work in Colima through the staff on the ground.  
Rotary club and volunteers from developed countries are also engaged in becoming
friends and sponsors of Mexican youth seeking the many advantages of education.
 
September 2, 2020 - Member Mark Pinnell Delivered His Classification Talk
 
Mark was born in 1954 in Kitchener, ON.  His high school and early working years were spent in the Okanagan (i.e. owner of a TV repair business; tax preparer for H&R Block; life insurance salesman; the telephone company).  He met Lee, his future wife, in Kelowna in 1974.  They were married in 1975 and shortly thereafter, he was transferred to Kamloops.  After multiple transfers before and after a shift to CIBC, he and Lee ended up in Cranbrook where they stayed for approximately 20 years (computer sales and repairs; “do it all” handyman at a photo shop; and information systems manager for the City of Cranbrook).  He retired in 2017, at which point he and Lee moved to Vancouver.  Over the next 2 years, they used Vancouver as a base for international travel (32 countries).  In summary, many careers, many moves and lots of travel, and amongst all that, Mark has been involved with Rotary since 1996. 
 
September Club Events and Member News
 
Trivial Matters
 
Congratulations to our Rotary Vancouver Sunrise Trivia Team of Ron, Mark, Carlos, Lorri, Ed, Matt, Rotaractor Sandra, and Diana who joined the bright young legal minds from Vancouver law firms in the first online Trivia Fundraiser to support youth basketball programs as part of the COVID 2020 version of the annual basketball HoopLaw fundraiser - see http://www.hooplaw.net/
 
Thanks to quick thinking, extensive basketball knowledge, and some creative interpretation of the 4-Way Test, the Rotary team was tied in the lead until the final round turned to science and general knowledge.  With a strong third-place showing, Team Rotary Sunrise Trivia is sure to be back next year with the full, plain and true understanding that scorpions are in fact arachnids!
 
Paul Harris Makes a Virtual Visit....
Congratulations to President Carlos and Member Diana on receipt
of their Paul Harris Sapphire Awards this month. 
 
 
 
 
 
2020 Stanley Cup Hockey Pool Winners
 
Congratulations to the Winners of our 2020 Stanley Cup Hockey Pool:
  • Matthew Lynam and Gary Chomyn, compliments of the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, have bragging rights for the next 12 months
  • Lawrence Bicknell, thanks to his family in Texas, took 2nd place with the runner-up Dallas Stars
Thanks to everyone who participated.
 
 
 
On Sunday June 28, in an outdoor, physically-distanced ceremony, Rotarians gathered with the successful scholarship recipients, family members and community representatives to celebrate the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Hoop-a-thon awards. 
 
THANK YOU!!
 
The 2020 Strathcona ROTARY Youth Leadership Hoop-A-Thon Raised $52,000+
 
Thanks to all who donated this year during unusually difficult economic times. 
Because of the generosity of Rotarians, friends, family, our Corporate Donors, The HoopLaw Tournament and the Vancouver Basketball Foundation we were able to exceed last year’s receipts!
 
ALL of the money raised will go towards helping kids in East Vancouver:
 
Scholarships: $35,000
 
Strathcona Basketball Program: $8,190
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Training (RYLA): $4,000
 
Girls who LEAP: (Lead, Empower, Act with Purpose): $5,000
 
Since 2007 the ROTARY Hoop-A-Thon Project has raised over $415,000 supporting our Youth Leadership initiatives in Vancouver. 
 
Again, thank you for helping us help the kids!
 
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

The Coronavirus WILL NOT STOP Vancouver ROTARY Clubs from Helping the Kids!

 

The Coronavirus has interrupted the way we live, however it will not stop Vancouver ROTARY Clubs from helping the kids. This year’s Hoop-A-Thon fundraiser will go ahead, but with one change. The Strathcona Community Centre is closed so no teams will be shooting hoops this year.

 

Make a DONATION NOW and receive an instant Tax Receipt: 

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Visit the official page for more information: Hoopathon.ca

During this period of our shared efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus through physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantine measures, we have shifted our meetings online using Zoom. 
 
We welcome Rotarians and guests to join our weekly online Wednesday club meeting at 7:30 am - 8:30 am PST!  Please email our club president, Matthew at jestferlaffs@gmail.com to receive the meeting Zoom link details. 
 
Stay safe everyone!
We had 15 members attending our meeting this week. We also welcomed soon to be member Reyna Dominguez and visiting Rotarian Thomas from the Vancouver club.
 
Announcements:
 
 
* Next week our regular meeting is canceled, we will instead have the gathering with the UBC Rotaract on Thursday.
 
* Our changeover lunch will be a potluck on June 20th at the Obregon's. More details to come along later.
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
 
Ron Suzuki shared the news that the Britannia girls basketball team won the provincials! More details in the Vancouver Sun link below:
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
This week our guest speaker was Natalia Parga, from Potluck Catering. The mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
 
An award–winning social enterprise, Potluck Café Society (a registered charity) owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering, a thriving business that employs neighbourhood residents and provides up to twenty-five percent of the operating revenue required to run the Society’s ongoing programs.
 
Learn more about this incredible project by visiting their website: https://potluckcatering.org/
 
 
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
“The essence of Rotary will likely continue to be as undefinable as life itself. Therefore, we cannot hope for many results from definitions of Rotary but must rely on Rotarians acquiring a working knowledge of the appropriate activities which they are expected to perform, and then urge them to carry those activities into practice in their daily lives.” ~ Guy Gundaker Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 1917 Rotary convention
We had 13 members attending our meeting this week. We also welcomed prospective member Reyna Dominguez and visiting Rotarian Mark P.
 
Announcements:
 
 
* It is with great pleasure that we announce our Rotary club president for 2021-22. Ed Kwan!
 
* The Hoopathon committee shared a wonderful update, the other four Rotary clubs that are participating in this year's event have now announced their pledges. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
 
Ron Suzuki told us about how pink shirt day started. The first Anti-Bullying Day started on Canada's East Coast in 2007 when David Shepherd and Travis Price bought 50 pink shirts and distributed them at home in Berwick, Nova Scotia. The motivation for this special day came after grade nine student Chuck McNeill wore a pink shirt on the first day of school.
 
 
Guest Speakers
 
This week our guest speaker was our member Cam Scott, sharing a very interesting slideshow from his trips to Africa. Please find some pics below:
 
 
Selfie at Victoria Falls
 
 
Luba early on the hike to seek Gorillas in Uganda.
 
 
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living." – Albert Einstein
We had 12 members attending our meeting this week. 
 
Announcements:
 
 
* Important announcement and vote request. Please click on the link below to pick a date for a networking session with the UBC Rotaract club:
 
 
 
* The Hoopathon committee had their first meeting, welcoming 6 new members. The event will take place on May 9th.
 
* The Rotaract club of UBC will begin collecting items for care packages to be delivered to the Vancouver East side residents later this spring. Each carepack will include a simple positive message in a card or post it note. 

What goes into the Care Pack:

Granola Bar
Fruit Snack
Water Bottle 
Crackers
Warm Socks
Hand-wipes
Life Savers/Sugar Free Gum
Chapstick
Hand lotion 
Resource List of Shelters and City Services.
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
 
Jonathan Evans told us about how he was able to make a connection between Saori Ogura, a recipient of a Global Grant from our club, and an  acquaintance of his at MIT. Talk about connections!
 
 
Guest Speakers
 
This week our guest speakers were Franco Gallo, member of the Vancouver Rotary club, and Roger Killen, founder of "Get Inspired Talks".
 
Our District has partnered with "Get Inspired Talks"to host an event on May 23rd 2020 called "Rotary Get Inspired Talks".
 
This is the result of an overall recruitment strategy to attract new members to Rotary and help clubs achieve their growth targets. The event, which is organized and run by "Get Inspired Talks" seeks to inspire attendees to take action and make the necessary changes to improve their lives and communities.
 
The values of both organizations are very aligned and the District believes that Clubs will greatly benefit from this partnership, from attracting new members to receiving sponsorship funds.
 
Find out more by visiting the official website: https://getinspiredtalks.com/about/
 
Here is a video with Roger:
 
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
“Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Anonymous
We had 14 members attending our meeting this week. This week the meeting was to discuss our club's operations. 
 
Announcements:
 
 
* Jonathan Evans told us that the Salvation Army was able to help out 1,400 local families this past holiday season!
 
* The Hoopathon this year is off to a stellar start, our club was granted a $10K District Grant and we also have $11K from Hooplaw!
 
* An invitation reminder for those members wanting to participate on the Rotary Leadership Institute training, the club covers the cost, just register on the district's website. The next session is scheduled for February 15th.
 
* RYLA North Registration now OPEN! YLA North is District 5040's premier leadership program for participants aged 19 to 30.  Located at Camp Friendship in beautiful Northern BC (Prince George), this is an amazing opportunity to enhance leadership and communication skills, meet and collaborate with Rotarian leaders and make some lifelong friends.
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
This week we had the pleasure of awarding our member Ted MacCormack with a Paul Harris award, to add to his already extensive collection of well deserved awards. Congratulations!
 
 
Guest Speakers
 
This week we had our business meeting to discuss our club's operations and projects.
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
“Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Anonymous
We had 14 members attending our meeting this week. Our speaker was our member Diana, presenting the results of her survey regarding our club's operations.
 
Announcements:
 
 
* The Hoopathon 2020 will be on May 9th. The next meeting for the event will be in late January, stay tuned!
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
This week we skipped the Rotary Moment so we could have more time for the discussions regarding our club's operations.
 
Guest Speakers
 
This week our guest speaker was our member Diana, who just completed a brilliant research project on how to improve our club.
 
Some of the quick wins for implementation are:
 
 1. Consistent, gracious acknowledgement of speakers
2. Members to provide Speaker team with names
3. Straighten up the banners and signs on display
4. Duplicate the sign for the Seawall
5. Create a make-up card
6. Consolidate emails into the Bulletin whenever possible
 
For other improvement discussions, there are now 3 small teams that are analyzing and pondering other improvements and changes to our club:
 
 Team 1: Food and Meeting Costs, including:

– Potluck menu variety
– Food opt-out (e.g. coffee only) option, no charge to guests, with or without subsidies, etc.
– Reducing to 3 meetings/month
– Links to new membership categories or options (e.g. tiered fee structure)

2. Team 2: Greeter Approach / Roster

3. Team 3: Meeting Schedule / Frequency and Alternative Format
 
 
A pdf file with the slideshow of the presentation can be found here: Rotary meeting feedback
 
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
Confucius — 'Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.'
 
We had 12 members and our guest speakers, John Weston and Mike Mahony.
 
Announcements:
 
* Be a star and join us for some Hollywood Glitz as Rotarians and Rotaractors across District 5040 raise fund for our Rotary Foundation.  Hollywood Glitz dinner and the show takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Burnaby Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre and is sure to be an evening of entertainment that you don’t want to miss! Poster with details is attached.
 
Note that on this evening Rotarians can make a donation of $500 US to the Rotary Foundation that will be matched by District Points and you will receive a Paul Harris. 
 
Tickets are now on sale online at www.burnabymetrotownrotary.org or by calling Sam Wong at 604-731-1191 ext 3
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
 
Ted brought us the Rotary Moment this week. With the success of the outdoor fitness circuit at one of its parks, the City of Burnaby, BC had planned long term to install a similar circuit at the popular Fraser River Foreshore Park. Along came Burnaby Rotarians – people in action – to help make it happen for the estimated 63,000 residents who use the park at least once a month.
Seeking a community service legacy project for completion in 2017 to honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the three Rotary Clubs of Burnaby, Burnaby Metrotown and Burnaby Deer Lake, represented by Peter Beynon and Bala Naidoo, concluded extensive feasibility assessment and negotiations with the City of Burnaby to commit to this outdoor fitness facility for the health and fitness of local residents.
 
Over the past two years, the three Burnaby clubs contributed to the $150,000 needed for Rotary’s share of the project funding. To achieve their goal they also received a Rotary District 5040 grant from Rotary Foundation funding, a provincial government grant thanks to help from a Burnaby MLA, sponsorships from local companies and donations from Rotary friends and families.
 
On September 15th over 150 Rotarians, led by District 5040 Governor Don Evans, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, city officials, seniors and park users participated in the fitness circuit’s grand opening. Having achieved this Canada 150 dream, Rotary in Burnaby has achieved a long term contribution to the strength of the community and the public image profile in such a popular location. The fitness facility represents Rotary’s community service above self and what can be achieved by Rotary as people in action.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our Speakers today were John Weston and Mike Mahony. John Weston is a Government Relations lawyer and a former Member of Parliament who with many others is working to create a National Health and Fitness Institute.  He and former Senator Nancy Greene Raine quarterbacked the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, through Parliament.
 
They spoke about The National Health and Fitness Institute, which inspires Active Citizenship to enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual health of all Canadians to Make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth by December 31, 2030.
 
Learn more by visiting their official website: https://www.nhfi-insap.ca/
 
Rotary Vancouver Sunrise. John Weston
 
Thought of the Day
 
Confucius — 'Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.'
 
We had 12 members and 2 visiting Interactors from King George secondary school, Kaz McDougall and Mackenzie Kew
 
Announcements:
 
Diana is updating our club's calendar on our website, make sure you check it often so you don't miss out anything.
 
* Polio Proclamation from Vancouver City Hall:
 
 
* From October 25-27, Districts 5040 and 5050 are hosting the largest Rotaract event on the west coast of North America, the Big West Rotaract Conference. This ninth annual regional conference for Rotaractors provides skill training and leadership development for our organization’s young leaders.
 
* Be a star and join us for some Hollywood Glitz as Rotarians and Rotaractors across District 5040 raise fund for our Rotary Foundation.  Hollywood Glitz dinner and the show takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Burnaby Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre and is sure to be an evening of entertainment that you don’t want to miss! Poster with details is attached.
 
Note that on this evening Rotarians can make a donation of $500 US to the Rotary Foundation that will be matched by District Points and you will receive a Paul Harris. 
 
Tickets are now on sale online at www.burnabymetrotownrotary.org or by calling Sam Wong at 604-731-1191 ext 3
 
 
Rotary Moment
 
 
Lorri brought us the Rotary Moment this week:
 
In much of the official literature of Rotary International relating to service to young people, a special slogan will be found -"Every Rotarian an Example to Youth." These words were adopted in 1949 by the Rotary International Board of Directors as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.

Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, handicapped children's centers, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child care centers and children's hospitals. Many clubs provide vocational counseling, establish youth employment program and promote use of The 4 -Way Test. Increasingly, drug and alcohol abuse prevention projects are being supported by Rotarians.

In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role model for the young men and women of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations of children and youth.

The slogan accepted over 40 years ago is just as vital today. It is a very thoughtful challenge, "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth."
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our Speakers today were Jason Lauzon, Principal of King George Secondary, and Jessee Coomes, YFW and Archiavalist of the school.
 
King George Secondary School is a small school near Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver. Its small size is one of its biggest assets. While the population is diverse, students are accepting of each other and there is a strong sense of community where students feel safe. King George offers an academic program. Students may also choose electives in fine arts, business, technology, home economics, and physical education. Second language courses are offered in French and Spanish.
 
These are some of the highlights from their presentation:
 
* KGS currently has 550 students, who speak over 50 different languages!
 
* The KGS Interact club currently has 27 members, making it the largest leadership club in the school.
 
 
 
Thought of the Day
 
You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. - Michelle Obama
 
The rain was no deterrent on Sunday October 20, 2019, as volunteers from the Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club served up pancakes for the 400 runners and their supporters at the annual Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundations' Run https://www.shlf.ca/the-run/
 
The event raises funds for the amazing Streetfront Alternative education program - https://streetfront.ca 
 
Streetfront is an alternative program at Britannia Secondary School that provides at-risk grade 8 to 10 students a unique combination of 60% core academics and 40% sports and outdoor education. The East Vancouver alternative program is economically, ethnically and socially diverse and serves kids who have struggled to cope in mainstream classes.
 
 
We had 13 members and 2 visiting Rotarians, Brian Street from the Vancouver club and Mary French who is the CEO and founder of the Dictionary Project 
 
Announcements:
 
* For our next meeting on Oct. 23, 2019, our guest speakers will be Jason Lauzon, Principal of the King Jorge Secondary School and School Ambassador Jesse.
* Our club's Christmas party is formally scheduled for December 14th. It will be at the Obregon's house like last year. More details to come.
* October 24th is World Polio Day. We have a photo opp with the Vancouver Major on October 18th at 3 pm at City Hall; please try to attend!
* From October 25-27, Districts 5040 and 5050 are hosting the largest Rotaract event on the west coast of North America, the Big West Rotaract Conference. This ninth annual regional conference for Rotaractors provides skill training and leadership development for our organization’s young leaders.
* Be a star and join us for some Hollywood Glitz as Rotarians and Rotaractors across District 5040 raise fund for our Rotary Foundation.  Hollywood Glitz dinner and the show takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Burnaby Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre and is sure to be an evening of entertainment that you don’t want to miss! Poster with details is attached.
 
Note that on this evening Rotarians can make a donation of $500 US to the Rotary Foundation that will be matched by District Points and you will receive a Paul Harris. 
 
Tickets are now on sale online at www.burnabymetrotownrotary.org or by calling Sam Wong at 604-731-1191 ext 3
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Mary French, the founder of the dictionary project, brought us the Rotary moment today. The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
Learn more about this program by visiting their official website: https://www.dictionaryproject.org
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our Speaker today was Trevor Stokes, who runs the Street Front Alternative program. 
 
Streetfront is a Vancouver School Board alternative education program based out of Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Streetfront approaches education with an emphasis on physical activities and outdoor experiences. They offer classes in Math, Science, Socials and English for grades 8 -10. In addition, they have Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Planning, Woodworking, and Foods classes. They run three days per week, with some students training for and participating in the Seattle and Vancouver full and Half Marathons. They also spend approximately 35 days of the 190 school days in an outdoor environment – this includes the three four-day camp trips.
 
Watch Trevor in this TEDx talk:
 
 
 
Visit their website to learn more: https://streetfront.ca
 
Thought of the day:
You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. - Michelle Obama
 

We had 11 members and Bill Sheddy as a guest.

 

Announcements:


 

* We have a tentative date for our "Guess Who is Coming to Dinner" event. It is planned for November 2nd. Please let Abigail know if you can host or attend as a guest.

* Our club's Christmas party is tentatively scheduled for December 14th. Stay tuned for more details to come along in the next few days.

* October 24th is World Polio Day. We have a photo opp with the Vancouver Major on October 18th at 3 pm at City Hall; please try to attend!

* On Saturday, September 28th we are invited to a fabulous evening of fellowship and fun.  We have space reserved at Club Orange at B.C. Lions stadium to watch the Lions play Montreal with a 7:00 PM kickoff. Tickets available from Dave McLean from the Lions.  His contact info is 604-930-5495 or dmaclean@bclions.com, and you can order tickets from him directly.  Tickets will be available at will call. 

* Be a star and join us for some Hollywood Glitz as Rotarians and Rotaractors across District 5040 raise fund for our Rotary Foundation.  Hollywood Glitz dinner and the show takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Burnaby Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre and is sure to be an evening of entertainment that you don’t want to miss! Poster with details is attached.
 
Note that on this evening Rotarians can make a donation of $500 US to the Rotary Foundation that will be matched by District Points and you will receive a Paul Harris. 
 
Tickets are now on sale online at www.burnabymetrotownrotary.org or by calling Sam Wong at 604-731-1191 ext 3

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Jonathan Evans brought us the Rotary Moment today:

 

How do you describe the organization called "Rotary"? There are so many characteristics of a Rotary club as well as the activities of over a million Rotarians. There are the features of service, internationality, fellowship, classifications of each vocation, development of goodwill and world understanding, the emphasis of high ethical standards, concern for other people an many more descriptive qualities.
 
In 1976 the Rotary International Board of Directors was interested creating a concise definition of the fundamental aspects of Rotary. They turned to the three men who were then serving on Rotary's Public Relation Committee and requested that a one-sentence definition of Rotary be prepared. After numerous drafts, the committee presented this definition, which has been used ever since in various Rotary publications:

"Rotary is an organization of business and professional person united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, "What is a Rotary club?"
 
From https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/makeups/articles/50thingseveryrotar/
 
 

Guest Speaker

 

Our Speaker today was Rose Hamilton, Director of Community Partnerships & Donor Stewardship for SOS Children's Village BC.
 
Rose’s career spans over two decades of strategic partnership development, sustainable economic development, and project and policy development, negotiation, and implementation. She has also worked in public relations, media, and management consulting in Canada, Europe, and the USA. Clients have included national, regional, and municipal governments and agencies, non-profits, First Nations and Native American tribes, multi-cultural & education programs, as well as tourism, conference & events, and political grassroots organizations.
 
 
SOS Children’s Village BC is part of SOS Children’s Villages, the largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization in the world. SOS Children’s Villages has existed for 70 years with a presence in 136 countries and 559 Villages, with a seat at the UN to be the voice for the rights of children everywhere. SOS Children’s Village BC was founded in 1986 as a grassroots response to deficiencies in the provincial foster care system characterized by frequent placement breakdowns and moves for children and youth, and the separation of siblings into different homes.

 

Visit their website for more information: https://www.sosbc.org

 

Thought of the day:

You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. - Michelle Obama
 

We had 11 members and Nadine Voelker, a Rotarian from Germany.

 

Announcements:


 

*On September 7, we need 6 club volunteers from 7:30-11:00 at Richmond Oval to work at the Pancake breakfast for our partnership with the Hoop-Law event. Please let Ron and Gary know if you can attend. 

* On September 14 at 10 am, there is a neighborhood a clean up in the Strathcona community. Meet up at 872 East Hastings, the Strathcona Community Policing office meet.  A BBQ with catering by the Butler Did it. Let Ron know if you can attend.

* Volunteers needed for the neighborhood solid waste electronics recycling day at Barclay Manor, 10 am on Saturday, October 5.

* On Saturday, September 21st the Whistler Millennium Club is putting on their annual Brandywine Bogie, a 10K run or walk on the Brandywine Trail. For more information and signup click here. Registration $40/$35. Funds raised are in support of the club's youth projects and Zero Ceiling.

* On Saturday, September 28th we are invited to a fabulous evening of fellowship and fun.  We have space reserved at Club Orange at B.C. Lions stadium to watch the Lions play Montreal with a 7:00 PM kickoff. Tickets available from Dave McLean from the Lions.  His contact info is 604-930-5495 or dmaclean@bclions.com  and you can order tickets from him directly.  Tickets will be available at will call. 

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Ron shared some history and stats about how Nigeria is on the verge of being declared polio-free, which would mean the virus has been eradicated across Africa!

 

Guest Speaker

 

Our Speaker today was Lauryn Oates, Executive Director of the organization Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. 
 
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families and to educate Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan. Donor-funded projects fall within our four main field program areas: (1) Investments in Basic Education; (2) Community Libraries, Literacy and Books Program; (3) Technology for Education; and (4) Public Engagement. For a list of the projects that fall within these programs.
 
Learn more on their official website: https://www.cw4wafghan.ca

 

Thought of the day:

"It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement."  - Paul Harris.

We had 10 members and 3 visitors today. 

Daniel Baraki, a 2018 King George Graduate who received one of our Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise Foundation scholarships visited us to report on his progress. He is starting his second year of his nursing degree program at McGill University and really enjoying his studies. 

We also had Ajit Johl visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja in Malaysia visiting us. 
 
 

Announcements:


 

*On September 7, we need 6 club volunteers from 7:30-11:00 at Richmond Oval to work at the Pancake breakfast for our partnership with the Hoop-Law event. Please let Ron and Gary know if you can attend. 

* On September 14 at 10 am, there is a neighborhood a clean up in the Strathcona community. Meet up at 872 East Hastings, the Strathcona Community Policing office meet.  A BBQ with catering by the Butler Did it. Let Ron know if you can attend.

* Volunteers needed for the neighbourhood solid waste electronics recycling day at Barclay Manor, 10 am on Saturday October 5.

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Ron shared some history and stats about the Rotary Interact program. Founded in 1972 Rotary set up Interact in order to wanted to reach out to youth in high schools. The Vision of Interact is “to create better communities through future generations.” Today there are 20,372 Interact Clubs, with a total of 468,556 Interactors.  The name “Interact” means “international action.” 

 

Guest Speaker

 

Our Speaker today was Brad Gray, speaking about his bicycle trip from Cairo to Capetown last year. The trip was organized by TDA Global Cycling, and is their Tour d’Afrique, lasting 4 months, from January through May. 

The trip was 11,220 km, cycling 129 km/day for 88 days. A total of 50 riders were involved, with 40 completing the whole tour. The oldest was 72, the youngest was in their 30s.  Six months of preparation were involved, to prepare a touring bike, obtain vaccinations, and visas. The group camped along the way except a few nights where $10/hotels were available. Security escorts were mandatory through Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. The tour had a bicycle mechanic to address repairs, doctor, photographer, cook, tour leaders and 10 staff in total from the company. There were two tour trucks for gear and supplies and the touring company donated bicycles to communities along the way. Brad had 6 flat tires on the trip, lots of inspiring challenges and was able to cross off one of his bucket-list items and bring back incredible pictures and memories, with some key highlights shared with us. [photo below]
 

 

Thought of the day:

"You will not become who you were meant to be until you let go of the mistakes and failures of the past"  - Leon Brown.

Today we welcomed 10 members. We had two visiting Rotarians, Ligia Corridor from the Miramar Pines club in Florida and Carol Brock from Coral Gables .

Announcements:


 

* RI President meet and greet August 17 in Surrey. Meet and Greet our new 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney at a reception on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4 to 6 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's  Spruce building, 12666 72 Avenue in Surrey, BC. Rotarians and their families are encouraged to come and meet Mark.  Tickets are CDN$25 and children under 12 are free. Register here
 
Mark is in town to speak the following day at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner of Canadian Eyesight Global 

 

* Our club made the top three clubs in the district with the highest attendance in July, with 68% attendance.

* The Rotary club of Fraserview has invited us to the following event:

Rotarian luncheon with our speaker:  Amie Peacock from "Beyond The conversation Society."   
 
Date:          Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
Speaker     Amie Peacock from "Beyond The conversation Society."  
Cost           $25
Venue        Seasons in the Park
Parking      Meter parking or $7 Valet (Both same price)
Register Today!
 
 
 

Rotary Moment:

Ron brought us the Rotary moment this week. He told us about The Rotary International float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade which is undoubtedly the largest public relations project of the Rotary clubs of the United States and Canada. Since 1924 a Rotary float has been entered 18 times including every year since 1981. The famous Pasadena, California, parade is seen by an estimated 125 million people via worldwide television.


Funds for the construction of the Rotary parade entry are voluntarily given by Rotarians and clubs in the U.S. and Canada. The cost of designing, constructing and flower covering a Rose 

 

Learn more about the float by visiting the official website: https://rotaryfloat.org/

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today our guest speaker was Const. Jason Deucette from the Vancouver Police Department. 

The Vancouver Police Department celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011. For over a century-and-a-quarter the VPD has been keeping residents of Vancouver safe with a combination of innovative crime prevention techniques and old-fashioned police work.
 
The men and women of the VPD believe in a level of service that routinely goes "Beyond the Call." They embrace standards of performance that include Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence (ICARE).
 
Check out this Geo Dash Crime Map, updated daily: link
 
Jason also told us about a very successful program to prevent theft and improve recovery of stolen bikes, you can register for free here: https://project529.com/garage

 

Thought of the day:

Zig Ziglar Quote: “Live in such a way that if someone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.”

Today we welcomed 12 members. We had a visiting Rotarian from Curaçao, Paul Kok.

Announcements:


 

* RI President meet and greet August 17 in Surrey. Meet and Greet our new 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney at a reception on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4 to 6 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's  Spruce building, 12666 72 Avenue in Surrey, BC. Rotarians and their families are encouraged to come and meet Mark.  Tickets are CDN$25 and children under 12 are free. Register here
 
Mark is in town to speak the following day at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner of Canadian Eyesight Global 

 

* Rick Antonson, former President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver will be one of the speakers at the District's 2020 Vision Conference, April 24-26, 2020 in Vancouver. Our focus for the conference is on "vision" and he certainly personifies that.

Here is a link to a short clip about Rick and his topic: https://youtu.be/JJ5AyJraL-g

 

Rotary Moment:

 

The World needs more #Rotarians  @rotary #Rotary

 

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today our guest speaker was our member Lorri, giving us her classification talk. She spoke about occupational work and safety.

 

Thought of the day:

 "Man has affinity for his fellow man, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company." Paul Harris - 1912

Today we welcomed 12 members. We had no guests today.

 

Announcements:


 

* Gary and Ron visited the new Fairview Rotary club to talk about the Hoopathon and explore a future collaboration with them.

* Our club will be participating in the upcoming Vancouver Pride parade, please contact Ron if you would like to participate.

* There will be a Recycling Event at Barclay Manor Saturday October 5th 10:00am-1:00pm, contact Ron for more info.

* The West Vancouver Rotary club shared a video they created documenting the ride for rescue, you can watch it below:

 

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Lorrie brought us the Rotary moment today:

Martin Luther King Jr. — 'If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way'

 

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today we did not have a guest speaker, the session was to work on our strategic plan. The session was guided by Ed and Diana.

 

Thought of the day:

 

People need three things: to feel like they belong, to fell like they have a voice, to feel like they can make a difference. - Carl Michel.

Today we welcomed 10 members as well as 4 visiting Rotarians, Dean and Rhino Rohrs, Isabelle Accornero from San Francisco and Vasuki GS from India.

 

Announcements:


 

* Gary presented the final numbers for the Hoopathon, the total amount raised was a whopping $50,800!!!! Congratulations on a job very well done!

* Our club will be participating in the upcoming Vancouver Pride parade, please contact Ron if you would like to participate.

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Lorrie brought us the Rotary moment today:

 

"A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall." by Serena Williams.

 

Guest Speaker

 

This week our guest speaker was our former member and Past Vice President of RI Dean Rhors.

 

Her presentation was about the many incredible experiences she had as RI VP last year. 

 

One of her first assignments was to represent Rotary International at the funeral for Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori who died unexpectedly. She was hosted along with heads of State for the funeral.

 

She also spoke on how Rotary is looking at new, innovative administration models and a more regionalized approach for new clubs. There is a new membership type being tested in Houston, Texas that is called "Global Membership". With this type of membership, people are not directly linked to one club in particular and are encouraged to be involved with several clubs.

 
 
 

Thought of the day:

Don’t forget too that goals, once met, often require maintenance. Ian Tuhovsky, Self-Discipline.

Today we welcomed 11 members.

 

Announcements:


 

* Please try to attend the meeting on July 17th,  our guest speaker will be Dean Rohrs, past VP of RI and former member of our club.

* Diana provided us with a very detailed activity calendar for the next year.

* We have been offered volunteer opportunities at Repair Cafe Vancouver. Repair Cafés are community gatherings where fixer volunteers help visitors repair their broken household items. Open to the public free of charge, Repair Cafes aim to reduce waste, fix the throw-away culture, share repair knowledge and create a better community.

 

At a typical Repair Cafe, you can expect to see fixing stations for Electronics, Small Appliances, Textile, Jewelry, Woodwork, and Bikes. Having Port Coquitlam Rotary Club members joining their local Repair Cafe, I'd like to invite Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club to join us - Repair Cafe Vancouver is set to launch on Aug 24 at Hillcrest Centre, with more monthly events to come. 

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Lorrie brought us the Rotary moment today:

“There is nothing intangible about Rotary: It is reality itself. To give is to receive; to lose oneself is to find oneself; to be happy is to serve. These are old truths…for the individual…and the mass, whether application be in the exchange of goods, toil, knowledge, or love.” — The Meaning of Rotary, THE ROTARIAN, November 1921 as written by Crawford C. McCullough, Rotary Club of Fort William, Ontario.

 

Guest Speaker

 

This week our guest speaker was Mike McLellan, his talk was about the Deltaport Berth 4 Proposal.

Vancouver is now a top-50 global container port, and it wants to move higher up that top-50 list. Geography and goods moving efficiency are on its side. But the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) knows a capacity limitation is in the horizon.
 
Competition for transpacific goods movement is accelerating, not only at Seattle--Tacoma, Los Angeles-Long Beach and other major West Coast North American ports but also along the continent’s Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard.
 
Global Container Terminals (GCT), Canada’s largest container terminal operator and its largest maritime employer, wants to expand GCT Deltaport.
Deltaport Berth 4 would add roughly two million TEUs to the annual capacity of 2.4 million TEUs at GCT’s Roberts Bank terminal.
 
 

Thought of the day:

Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.” ― Jack Canfield

Today we welcomed 12 members.

 

Announcements:


 

* Please try to attend the meeting on July 17th,  our guest speaker will be Dean Rohrs, past VP of RI and former member of our club.

* Ed and Diana came back from France with a banner from the Pezenas Rotary club that they visited there:

Rotary Vancouver Sunrise

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Lorrie brought us the Rotary moment today, she shared 2 very inspiring quotes:

Abraham Joshua Heschel — "When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people."

Jack Kerouac — “Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today we had our first business meeting of this new Rotary year. President Matthew led the meeting.

 
 

Thought of the day:

 Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.” by Amy Poehler. 

Today we welcomed 12 members and visiting Rotarian Djaffer Ould Abdeslam from France

 

Announcements:


 

* Less than 2 weeks to go for our changeover lunch on June 23rd, don't forget to RSVP. The Evite can be found here: http://evite.me/dCVaXwcTUU

 

Rotary Moment

 

Ted brought us the Rotary Moment today, he brought us a copy of the North Shore News where they had an article about the Ride for Rescue.

You can read the article here: https://www.nsnews.com/community/rotary-ride-for-rescue-challenges-cyclists-photos-1.23849469

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today we had a business meeting.

 

 

 
 

Thought of the day:

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. - Barbara De Angelis

Today we welcomed 12 members and visiting Rotarian Ros Horne from the Heighton Rotary club in Australia.

 

Announcements:


 

* Today we presented $30K in scholarships. The funds were raised with the Hoopathon.

 

Rotary Moment

 

Ted brought us the Rotary Moment today, for this we watched a video named "A Rotary Moment With Mike Storey"

 

Mike Storey is a member of The Rotary Club of Ladner and he shares his Rotary Moment from an International event where he and his wife delivered water filters to a remote rural village in a 3rd world country. You can watch the video below:

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today our guest speaker was our member Jim Miller, giving us his classification talk.

These are some of the highlights of his presentation:

* He was born in the US but is now a Canadian citizen.

* He has a PhD in chemistry.

* He developed a drug that is now used to treat macular degeneration.

* He joined Rotary in Whistler in 2004.

 

 
 

Thought of the day:

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. - Henry Kissinger.
 

Today we welcomed 11 members and visiting Rotarian Ros Horne from the Heighton Rotary club in Australia.

 

Announcements:

*  The Hoopathon has now been wrapped up for this year, over $50K were raised! 

* Our changeover dinner will be a lunch on June 23rd at the Obregon's. The evite was sent recently, please RSVP.

 

 

Rotary Moment

 

Jonathan Evans brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told us about the Rotary International conventions:

 

Each May or June, Rotary International holds a worldwide convention "to stimulate, inspire and inform all Rotarians at an international level." The convention, which may not be held in the same country for more than two consecutive years, is the annual meeting to conduct the business of the association. The planning process usually begins about four or five years in advance.
The RI board determines a general location and invites cities to make proposals.

 

The conventions are truly international events which 20,000 to 40,000 Rotarians and guests attend. All members should plan to participate in a Rotary International convention to discover the real internationality of Rotary. It is an experience you'll never forget.

 

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today we reviewed and discussed our strategic plan for the next few years. Everyone provided great input and the discussions were very productive.

 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused. ~Tommy Lee Jones

Today we welcomed 14 members and our guest speaker PDG John Anderson and his wife, Claire.

 

Announcements:

 

* Reminder, this Saturday as a Service Project the Strathcona Policing Center is organizing a Neighbourhood Cleanup in one of our poorest communities if you can make it meet me outside of SPC site 872 East Hastings at 9:30 am.

* Our changeover dinner will be a lunch on June 23rd at the Obregon's. The evite was sent recently, please RSVP.

* If you would like to volunteer for the Rotary Ride for Rescue please contact Abigail ASAP. More information about the event here: https://www.rotaryrideforrescue.org/

 

Rotary Moment

 

Jonathan Evans brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told us about how every Rotarian is an example to youth.


In much of the official literature of Rotary International relating to service to young people, a special slogan will be found -"Every Rotarian an Example to Youth." These words were adopted in 1949 by the Rotary International Board of Directors as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary clubs exist. Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program.


Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, handicapped children's centers, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child care centers and children's hospitals. Many clubs provide vocational counselling, establish youth employment program and promote the use of The 4 -Way Test. Increasingly, drug and alcohol abuse prevention projects are being supported by Rotarians.


In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be a role model for the young men and women of their community. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations of children and youth.
The slogan accepted over 40 years ago is just as vital today. It is a very thoughtful challenge, "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth."

 

Guest Speaker

 

Today our guest speaker was our Past District Governor John Anderson.

 

John is a former Delta school superintendent and he led a team of seven B.C. educators to Kenya to share their technology knowledge with teachers in four rural schools.

 

With the support of many of the 50 clubs in Rotary District 5040, and a grant from the international Rotary Foundation, the team of teachers was building on the work of a previous Rotary District 5040 Foundation grant that provided computer labs to two schools in the Kitui region, southeast of Nairobi.

 

The Kenyan teachers in the region have since reached out for support in implementing these new teaching methods in four of their schools. John said the teachers were chosen for their strength in using technology in everyday teaching. They planned the visit for months but knew their workshop material and teaching approach would have to change once they understood more clearly the needs of their Kenyan colleagues.

 

In November, a group of Kenyan teachers will visit B.C. to see how schools operate and continue the exchange with their Canadian colleagues.
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:

Norman Vincent Peale — 'Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.'
 

Today we welcomed 15 members and the King George Interact members.

 

Announcements:

 

* We had our strategic planning meeting led by Ed Kwan. We came up with our mission and vision, which are now published on our website.

* Our changeover dinner will be a lunch on June 23rd at the Obregon's. The evite was sent recently, please RSVP.

* If you would like to volunteer for the Rotary Ride for Rescue please contact Abigail ASAP. More information about the event here: https://www.rotaryrideforrescue.org/

 

Rotary Moment

Jonathan Evans brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told us about the Rotary Mottoes.


The first motto of Rotary International, “He Profits Most Who Serves Best," was approved at the second Rotary Convention, held in Portland, Oregon, in August 1911. The phrase was first stated by a Chicago Rotarian, Art Sheldon, who made a speech in 1910 which included the remark, "He profits most who serves his fellows best." At about the same time, Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, commented that the proper way to organize a Rotary club was through the principle his club had adopted-"Service, Not Self."

 

These two slogans, slightly modified, were formally approved to be the official mottoes of Rotary at the 1950 Convention in Detroit- "He Profits Most Who Serves Best" and "Service Above Self." The 1989 Council on Legislation established "Service Above Self" as the principal motto of Rotary since it best explains the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.

 

Guest Speaker

Today our guest speaker was our member and RYLA South director James Fox.

 

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training and personal development program for young people. Youth leaders from across the province are sponsored by a participating Rotary club to attend a RYLA camp as an “award” for their demonstrated leadership and service to their community.

 

RYLA South is for grade 10-­12 students looking for an intensive leadership and personal development training program. RYLA South’s goal is to provide participants with the skills they need to navigate their way through the challenges teens encounter in their formative years.
 
The 4­-day camp consists of interactive workshops, team­building exercises, presentations from professional speakers, hands ­on service projects and many other fun activities

 
Find out more on the official RYLA website: http://ryla5040.org/
 
 
 

Thought of the day:

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. - Ronald Reagan.

 

Today we welcomed 15 members and visiting Rotarian Angus from the Vancouver club.

 

Announcements:

 

* The Hoopathon raised over $50K. Thank you to Gary and his team!

* Our changeover dinner will be a lunch on June 23rd at the Obregon's. Evite to follow soon.

* If you would like to volunteer for the Rotary Ride for Rescue please contact Abigail ASAP. More information about the event here: https://www.rotaryrideforrescue.org/

 

Rotary Moment

Jonathan Evans brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told us about our wheel logo:

 

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.

 

Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.

 

Guest Speaker

Today we had our monthly business meeting.

 
 

Thought of the day:

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” –Brian Tracy
 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today we welcomed 12 members and 1 guest, Gloria,  who is Alfredo's friend.

 

Announcements:

 

* The Hoopathon webpage is ready, check it out: http://hoopathon.ca/

* Fundraising for the Hoopathon is coming along nicely, this year we are aiming to provide 12 scholarships.

 

Rotary Moment

This week we skipped it.

Guest Speaker

 

Today we did not have a guest speaker because we had our annual hockey pool to raise funds for our club's operations. Paul Hamilton, our former member, and friend was the auctioneer. We all had a great time and even members who did not attend ended up "buying" teams laugh

 
 

Thought of the day:

Albert Einstein - Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today we welcomed 12 members and 2 guests, Ramon and Gloria, Alfredo's friends.

 

Announcements:

 

* The snowsheoing last Saturday was a success! Thank you to John for organizing.

* The Hoopathon webpage is ready, check it out: http://hoopathon.ca/

* The event at Vector Academy was a great experience for our members and the students. See the pic below:

 

 

Rotary Moment

This week we skipped it.

Guest Speaker

 

Our guest speaker today was Chad Clowes, from the basketball program Night Hoops. Night Hoops is a charity organization that provides late-night basketball programming for at-risk youth and offers them the chance to grow and learn in a supervised and supportive environment.  In 1996, this program was created to provide a constructive recreational opportunity for teens on Friday and Saturday nights. Night Hoops’ Mission is:  “To encourage healthy life choices for youth through the context of a pro-social late-night basketball program.”

 
Since its inception in 1996, over 4,200 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 have participated in Night Hoops as well as over 240 coaches.  Night Hoops promotes community and personal development through teamwork, fair play, life-skills and fun. 
 
 

Thought of the day:

Mae West — 'You only live oncebut if you do it rightonce is enough.'
 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

 

Today we welcomed 15 members.

 

Announcements:

 

* Snowshoeing this Saturday at 12:30pm at Cypress Mountain. 

* The Hoopathon webpage is ready, check it out: http://hoopathon.ca/

* On March 12 we will be having a burger & beer get together at Red Truck Brewing. Right after the basketball practice for the hoopathon. Contact Gary Chomyn for more details.

* Reminder about the luminosity event on April 4th at Mari Kato's school. 

* Rotarians keep asking for it and now it's back - Rotary Leadership Institute.

It is one of the ways Rotarians can learn leadership skills, more about the world of Rotary and create new fellowships along the way. These facilitated

sessions are very interactive and enjoyable. 

We have sessions coming up on April 13 for Parts 1 & 2 at the

Accent Inn, Burnaby.
 
Part 1 link for registration: https://tinyurl.com/y5jxz36u
 
Part 2, link to registration: https://tinyurl.com/yxakhz6a
 
Register now or the sessions may be cancelled.

 

Rotary Moment

Amazon has a program to donate a portion of all sales to the Rotary Foundation. All you have to do is start your shopping using this link: https://amzn.to/2DHbxjq

 

Guest Speaker

 

Our guest speaker today was our member Ed Kwan giving his classification talk. Some of the highlights of his presentation were:

  • He was born in Victoria, BC.
  • He has had a 30-year career in HR.
  • He currently works for GCT and has worked at Dairyland, BC Gas, among others.
  • GCT manages 40% of Canada's containers cargo.
  • Check out the video below to learn more about GCT:
 
 
 

Thought of the day:

Helen Keller — 'Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.'

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today we welcomed 16 members.

 

Announcements:

 

* The Hoopathon webpage is ready, check it out: http://hoopathon.ca/

* On March 12 we will be having a burger & beer get together at Red Truck Brewing. Right after the basketball practice for the hoopathon. Contact Gary Chomyn for more details.

* Reminder about the luminosity event on April 4th at Mari Kato's school. 

 

Rotary Moment

 

How do you describe the organization called "Rotary"? There are so many characteristics of a Rotary club as well as the activities of a million Rotarians. There are the features of service, internationality, fellowship, classifications of each vocation, development of goodwill and world understanding, the emphasis of high ethical standards, concern for other people and many more descriptive qualities.


In 1976 the Rotary International Board of Directors was interested creating a concise definition of the fundamental aspects of Rotary. The turned to the three men who were then serving on Rotary's Public Relation Committee and requested that a one-sentence definition of Rotary be pre pared. After numerous drafts, the committee presented this definition, which has been used ever since in various Rotary publications:


"Rotary is an organization of business and professional person united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”


Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, "What is a Rotary club?"

 

Guest Speaker

 

Our guest speaker today was our member Gary Chomyn, doing the official kickoff for the 2019 Hoopathon!

Presented by Vancouver Rotary Clubs:
 
ROTARY Club of Vancouver Sunrise, ROTARY Club of Vancouver Yaletown, ROTARY Club of Vancouver and ROTARY Club of Vancouver Arbutus. We are also supported by Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club.
 
The fundraising goal for this edition is $35,000

 

Thought of the day:

Whatever you do in lifesurround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you. - John Wooden 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today we welcomed 14 members and our guest speaker, Gordon Johnston.

 

Announcements:

 

* We have now received the $10K district grant for the hoopathon!

* On March 12 we will be having a burger & beer get together at Red Truck Brewing. Right after the basketball practice for the hoopathon. Contact Gary Chomyn for more details.

* Reminder about the luminosity event on April 4th at Mari Kato's school. 

* Our Rotary district has a number of training sessions coming up this year, please visit the official website to learn more: https://www.rotary5040.org/page/year-ahead-foundation-sessions-2019

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. 

* Our changeover dinner is coming in June.

* This Fall, likely in October, we will be having our "Guess who is coming to dinner". We will be partnering up with the West Van club for this social event.

* Our club is sponsoring 8 attendees to RYLA, this represents about 10% of the total number of participants!

 

Guest Speaker

 

Our guest speaker today was Gordon Johnston, member of the Canadian national field hockey team. He made his debut with the Canadian National Team in 2011.

He then competed with both the junior and senior national teams, helping Canada win silver at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship before competing at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup.

He made his international multi-sport competition debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after being part of Canada’s second place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia.

In 2015 he was a part of a team and group of players who shot in two shootout wins in the FIH World League Round 3 quarterfinal against New Zealand and in the 2015 Pan Am Games semifinal against Brazil. His performance in the shootouts was key to helping Canada qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

 

Thought of the day:

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." - Helen Keller 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today we welcomed 13 members as well as our 2 new club members inductees, Jim Miller and Ed Kwan.

Announcements:

* We are going to be having a Luminosity event in April. Make sure you respond to Diana's Evite sent a few days ago.

* Our Rotary district has a number of training sessions coming up this year, please visit the official website to learn more: https://www.rotary5040.org/page/year-ahead-foundation-sessions-2019

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. Global TV and its news anchor's Chris Gailus and Ivonne Schalle have confirmed their participation again this year.

 

Rotary Moment

Frances will be doing the Rotary moment this month. To benefit youth projects in New Westminster, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Adventure Programs, Youth Exchange and school hot lunch programs Rotary Clubs of Royal City and New Westminster are hosting the 24th Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond.

Also benefitting from the proceeds of the tournament are the Salvation Army (New Westminster) and Lower Mainland Purpose Society, an alternative education facility for students experiencing challenges in the regular school system. 

 

Guest Speaker

We are very happy to induct our 2 newest members, Jim Miller and Ed Kwan.

 

Jim Miller has had a 20 year career in the biopharmaceutical industry. Among his many impressive achievements is the licensing of a molecule used to treat macular degeneration. Jim has been a Rotarian since 2003 and has been club president in Whistler.

 

Ed Kwan was born in Victoria and began his 30-year career in human resources with a number of BC based companies, including Dairyland, ICBC and Terasen Gas. Ed is passionate about sports. He plays hockey in two men's leagues, and he enjoys golfing, photography and cheering for the Canucks.

 

Thought of the day:

The best competition I have is against myself to become better. John Wooden

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

Today's bulletin covers our last 2 meetings. We had a visiting Rotarian from Hong Kong. Dr Kenneth Siu, who is visiting Vancouver to support a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital.

Announcements:

* We are going to be having a Luminosity event in April. We will be visiting Mary Kato's ESL school for a meal and to chat with her students. Diana is organizing and will be sending out an evite in the next few days.

* Our Rotary district has a number of training sessions coming up this year, please visit the official website to learn more: https://www.rotary5040.org/page/year-ahead-foundation-sessions-2019

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. 

 

Rotary Moment

Frances will be doing the Rotary moment this month. In 2005 The Salvation Army and the Rotary ShelterBox programme partnered to assist families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Chile and the Caribbean. 


At any given time there are over 2,000 sponsored ShelterBoxes held in storage in Cornwall, ready for immediate despatch. When disaster strikes, boxes are immediately shipped from the ShelterBox warehouse in Helston, Cornwall, to wherever there is a need. Partners, such as The Salvation Army, receive the boxes and work with the local community to distribute them to those most in need, helping with their installation and providing additional care and practical support.

 

Guest Speaker

On Febuary 13th we held our monthly business meeting and on the 20th we had our Valentine's Day auction. Thank you to all the members who donated to the auction and congratulations to all the auction winners!

 

Thought of the day:

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders - Tom Peters

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

This week we welcomed 12 members and 2 guests, Jim Miller and Anthony Kupferschmidt from the West End Seniors Network.

Announcements:

* We are going to be having a Luminosity event in April. We will be visiting Mary Kato's ESL school for a meal and to chat with her students. Diana is organizing and will be providing more details in the next few weeks.

* Next week we are having our Valentine's day auction, we need items donated for this event, please get in touch with Alfredo to make your donations.

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. 

 

Rotary Moment

Frances will be doing the Rotary moment this month. She told about 2 men, both born in April, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and Paul Harris, founder of Rotary. Both men made the world a better place!

 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker today was Anthony Kupferschmidt, Executive Director of the West End Seniors Network. Anthony has lived in Vancouver's West End for over 12 years.
He completed his MA in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University in 2009, and he has been working with older adults in a variety of settings for more than 21 years.

The WESN currently has 850 members from a total of 13K seniors who live in the West End.

The West End Seniors’ Network now operates from 3 different locations. In Denman Place Mall they run a thrift store, Clothes and Collectibles, and an Information and Referral centre, Kay’s Place. WESN’s main offices are located in Barclay Manor, a space dedicated by the City of Vancouver for seniors, where we work co-operatively with the West End Community Center to provide a variety of programs and activities.

Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of older adults by providing social, recreational, educational and supportive programs and services that foster connection and inclusion in the broader community.

 

Thought of the day:

When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take you a second to say it, but for them, it could last a lifetime. - Unknown

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

This week we welcomed 14 members, our ADG John Bathurst and 12 guests.

Announcements:

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. This year the fundraising goal is $40K, the committee announced that we have secured a District grant for $10K, so we are off to a great start.

* RYLA South applications are due now.

* The Hoopathon is mentioned in this months' Rotarian magazine. In the articled named "People of action". 

Rotary Moment

Our Assitant District Governor, John Bathurst, gave us the Rotary moment today. He said that one of his favourite activities as an ADG is to visit the clubs, meet members and learn about the many great projects that our clubs are engaged in.

 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker today was Peter German. A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, Dr. German holds graduate degrees in law and political science, including a doctorate in law from the University of London, focussed on international asset recovery. He is the author of Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering, published by Thomson Reuters. His awards include Officer of the Order of Merit of Police, and the Gold Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He has also served as a Canadian delegate to various international forums.

Last June he published a report titled "Dirty Money" describing how illicit funds are laundered in casinos in the Lower Mainland. He estimates that in excess of $100 million was laundered in casinos, but acknowledged that figure could be greater.

On his report, he makes recommendations to prevent this from happening again. You can view the full 247 page report here:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Gaming_Final_Report.pdf

Thought of the day:

"Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories." 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

 

This week we welcomed 9 members, visiting Rotarian Jim Miller and our guest speaker, Saori Ogura.

Announcements:

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. 

* John Haley, our foundation chair, has requested donations for the silent auction to take place at the Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner and Fundraiser District 5040 on March 9th. Please contact John to coordinate item dropoff.

* The Rotary Foundation developed a new online option. Beginning in February, you’ll be able to edit or cancel your recurring giving at any time by signing in to My Rotary and going to Donor Self-Service.  

Rotary Moment

Diana gave us the Rotary moment today. We watched a funny video named "What is Rotary?"

You can watch the video below:

 

 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker today was Saori Ogura. She is a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship recipient and PhD student at the Faculty of Forestry, and UBC Public Scholar. She was the recipient of the 2017 Nikon Salon Miki Jun Inspiration Award for her photojournalism project documenting her time living in Sikkim and Darjeeling in India’s Eastern Himalayas.


Her doctoral research explores the relationships between people and nature, with a particular focus on food security through diversity of traditional crops in Mazvihwa, Zimbabwe. She aims to be a part of revitalizing indigenous, climate change tolerant crops with the community using an arts-based and participatory approach.

Thought of the day:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

This week we welcomed 11 members as well as our guest speaker and past member of our club, Andrew Saxton.

Announcements:

* Save the date! Our Hoopathon this year will be on April 27. 

Rotary Moment

Diana gave us the Rotary moment today. We watched a video named "What is Rotary?"

You can watch a similar video below:

 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker today was Andrew Saxton, he is the CEO of King George Financial Corporation, a publicly-listed real estate investment and development company based in Vancouver, BC.

Between 2008 and 2015, he served as the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the President of the Treasury Board.

He began career in the banking industry, working for Credit Suisse in Switzerland, New York and Vancouver, and for HSBC in Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

Thought of the day:

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal. E. Joseph Cossman

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 10 members as well as visiting Rotarian Larry Belsito.

Announcements:

* Save the date! Our Christmas party this year will be at the Obregon's home on December 22nd at 6 pm. The invite went out earlier today, please remember to RSVP.

Rotary Moment

Our Rotary moment today was the story about Raffy Chouljian ADG District 7070 and Jennifer Boyd President of RC Don Mills along with other Rotarians climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Polio Plus.

As the sun came up on June 25‎, Jennifer Boyd, Ryan Fogarty and I reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was the culmination of a year of planning, training, and fundraising. We conquered Kilimanjaro and raised $500,000 to help Rotary International eradicate polio.

There are new expeditions being planned, please check this website for more details: https://rotary7680kiliclimb.org/

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our AGM. 

 

Thought of the day:

Mother Theresa — 'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.'

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 9 members as well as several guests: Bryan Watts, Dan Bate, Kaitlyn Kooy, and Taryn Gunter.

Announcements:

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

* Save the date! Our Christmas party this year will be at the Obregon's home on December 22nd at 6 pm. The invite went out earlier today, please remember to RSVP.

 

Rotary Moment

Our Rotary moment today was the reminder that our AGM  this year will take place at our regular meeting on December 12th. Please try to attend as we need a quorum.

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was our member Abigail Turner, who presented us with a very interesting slideshow of her motorcycle trip through Egypt.  This ride is called the "Cross Egypt Challenge".

The 2018 season of Cross Egypt Challenge runs between October 11 and 20, 2018 and includes a 2,475 km route completed over 7 stages with two rest days at some of Egypt's finest destinations.

Check out the video below:

 

 

The official website for the expedition is: http://www.crossegyptchallenge.com/

Thought of the day:

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” —Rosa Parks. 

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 13 members as well as Rotarians Marni Fraser, our guest speaker, Tom Smith and John Charbonneau.

Announcements:

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

* Save the date! Our Christmas party this year will be at the Obregon's home on December 22nd at 5 pm. Details will follow via email.

* Did you know that you can contribute to the Rotary Foundation every time you buy something on Amazon.ca? Please use this link to get to Amazon's website before you buy and they will donate a percentage of your spend:

https://amzn.to/2DHbxjq

Rotary Moment

Our Rotary moment today was the announcement by Tom Smith about the upcoming 2020 District conference, to be held in Vancouver April 24-26 2020. 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was Marni Fraser, former member of our club and a third generation Rotarian. The title of her presentation was "Rotary challenge: fostering a reliable membership pipeline for a sustainable organization".

Some of the key takeways from the presentation were:

1) The importance of young member retention in a deliberate and strategic way.

2) Outreach to a younger demographic is crucial for our clubs.

3) Less than 5% of RYLA and other Rotarian youth projects end up becoming members.


 

Thought of the day:

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 10 members as well as our District Governor Darcy Long and her husband Doug, ADG John Bathurst. We also welcomed Trevor Stokes who is a teacher at the Streetfront Alternative Program and Interactors Kasimir, Alison and Salma. We had Holly and Dawn from Strathcona and Thomas Miller from Rotaract.

Announcements:

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

* Trevor Stokes told us that they raised $49,000 at the event where we helped serve the pancake breakfast.

* Ron presented the Vancouver Polio day proclamation to our DG

Rotary Moment

Our Rotary moment today consisted of presenting a cheque for $8,297 to Strathcona for scholarships

 

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was District Governor Darcy Long who spoke about the power of being part of an organization with a presence in 200 countries and 1.2 million members!


 

Thought of the day:

Maya Angelou — 'When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.'

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

 

This week we welcomed 10 members and 1 visiting Rotarian and guest speaker,  Brian Kerr, from the West Van Rotary Sunrise club.

Announcements:

* On November 14th we will be hosting District Governor Darcy Long, make sure you attend that day!

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

 

Rotary Moment

Alfredo told us about the memory cafes for Alzheimer's patients and their care givers. 

Memory Cafés were started in the south-west [of Great Britain] by the Rotary Club of Tiverton, as part of the Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia initiative. As a result, the Sid Valley Memory Café was launched by the Sid Valley and Sidmouth Rotary Clubs in April, 2010, with the support of Devon County Council.

 
Initially, the café met once a month as a place where members could chat, have tea and enjoy music and other activities. After a slow start, the café grew quickly and now 40 to 50 members meet each week where they enjoy an expanded range of activities, including outings, exercise sessions and walking and gardening groups.

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was Brian Kerr, who spoke about Rememberance day and the crucial role that Canadian soldiers have played in armed conflicts, starting with the first world war.

History of the poppy, taken from the Canadian Legion's website:

Each November, Poppies bloom on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians. The significance of the Poppy can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. Records from that time indicate how thick Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. Fields that had been barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. During the tremendous bombardments of the war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing the “popaver rhoeas” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who first introduced the Poppy to Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War


 

Thought of the day:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. - Hellen Keller

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 10 members and 2 visiting Rotarians from Japan, Akiko, and Noriyaki.

Announcements:

* Last Saturday we had our club's Day of the Dead party at Abigail's house, everyone had a great time!

* On November 14th we will be hosting District Governor Darcy Long, make sure you attend that day!

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

* We had a Halloween auction at our club, some lucky people snagged some very nice items.

Rotary Moment

We exchanged banners with our visiting Rotarians from Japan:

 

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was Jour member Carlos Obregon, giving his classification talk.


Thought of the day:

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one. - Dolly Parton

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 9 members, our ADG John Bathurst as well as Interactors Alison and Una.

 

Announcements:

 

* Our ADG John Bathurst presented us the city of Vancouver's proclamation for Polio day.

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

 

Rotary Moment

Interactors Alison and Una told us about their successful bake sale, all proceeds went to Polio plus

 

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our guest speaker was Jane Browning who spoke on the topic "Strengthening communities through physical activity".

The YMCA, in partnership with organizations across BC, has developed Mind Fit a physical and mental wellness program for teens aged 13-19 experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety in BC. The program is designed to support teens in learning how to incorporate physical activity into their mental wellness plan.
During the program, a group of 10-12 teens meets at the YMCA for 8-weeks to discuss healthy coping strategies and to try new physical activities.


Thought of the day:

Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. - Tom Peters
 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

This week we welcomed 11 members and visiting Rotarian Brian Kerr from the West Vancouver Sunrise club.

 

Announcements:

 

* Brian Kerr from the West Van club invited us to volunteer to sell Poppies on November 26-30 at Pacific Centre. 

 

* Reminder about the Rotary Night @ BC Lions fundraiser for Polio on October 19th -  $10 of every ticket sold goes to PolioPlus. Click here to order online and use Promo Code: Rotar

 

* Sunday, October 21/18, The Yaletown Club is holding a "Bowling for Kenya" Event in Burnaby. 1 pm to 4:30 pm The cost is $25 per person and includes 2 hours bowling, some food & refreshments, and shoe rental. Proceeds go to their water harvesting project.

 

* Vancouver City Hall will be illuminated with red light to celebrate World Polio day on October 24th.

* We are invited to the "Hope in the City" breakfast Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. More info here: https://salvationarmy.ca/britishcolumbia/home/events/hope-in-the-city-breakfast/

 

Rotary Moment

Here is a very nice video about Rotary and polio

 

 

Guest Speaker

Today was our monthly business meeting.


Thought of the day:

 

Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” - Abraham Lincoln

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we welcomed 9 members, visiting Rotarian Gloria Gonzalez from Puerto Vallarta and Tom Mooney from Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports.

 

Announcements:

 

* Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports instructor Tom Mooney invite community members to an evening of film in support of the organization, which aims to make the mountain experience accessible to all and runs skiing and snowboarding programs for people with disabilities at Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress. The film Into the Mind will be screened, a story of rising to the ultimate challenge, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. at Capilano University’s BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $15, visit: vass.ca. 

 

* Reminder about the Rotary Night @ BC Lions fundraiser for Polio on October 19th -  $10 of every ticket sold goes to PolioPlus. Click here to order online and use Promo Code: Rotary
 

*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.

 

* Sunday, October 21/18, The Yaletown Club is holding a "Bowling for Kenya" Event in Burnaby. 1pm to 4:30pm

 

The cost is $25 per person and includes 2 hours bowling, some food & refreshments, and shoe rental. Proceeds go to their water harvesting project.

 

Rotary Moment

We exchanged banners with Gloria, from the Puerto Vallarta South Rotary Club:

 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker today was Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-Burrard. 

 

Among the various topics he covered in his presentation, he spoke in favour of proportional representation, which he considers a more fair system compared to the first past the post system we have in place now.

 

You can read more about these systems here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proportional_representation

 

 


Thought of the day:

 

Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” - Abraham Lincoln

 

Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary

 

About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
This week we welcomed 12 members as well as visiting Rotarian Lee Ingamells from Hawaii.
 
Announcements:
 
* Project Amigo Day of the Dead dinner is canceled. 
 
*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.
 
* Sunday October 21/18, The Yaletown Club is holding a "Bowling for Kenya" Event in Burnaby. 1pm to 4:30pm
 
The cost is $25 per person and includes 2 hours bowling, some food & refreshments, and shoe rental. Proceeds go to their water harvesting project.
 
Rotary Moment
 
October 24 is World Polio Day. The city of Vancouver had a World Polio Day proclamation with Mayor Robertson of the City of Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our guest speaker today was Trevor Stokes, from the Streetfront Alternative Program.
 
Streetfront is a Vancouver School Board alternative education program based out of Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Streetfront approaches education with an emphasis on physical activities and outdoor experiences. We offer classes in Math, Science, Socials and English for grades 8 -10. In addition we have Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Planning, Woodworking, and Foods classes. We run three days per week, with some students training for and participating in the Seattle and Vancouver full and half Marathons. We also spend approximately 35 days of the 190 school days in an outdoor environment – this includes the three four-day camp trips.
 
Find out more by visiting their website: https://streetfront.ca
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 10 members as well as visiting Rotarian Larry Belsito, a former member of our club.
 
Announcements:
 
* Project Amigo Day of the Dead dinner is on October 27. Please spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues, and plan to help fill a table. Here is the link to buy tickets:
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/275351226413658/
 
*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.
 
Rotary Moment
 
The number 711 has a very special significance for Rotary. Room 711 of the old Unity Building, formerly located at 127 North Dearborn Street in Downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA, was the birthplace of Rotary.
 
It was in that historic room, which was the office of engineer Gus Loehr, where Paul Harris first met with several friends, Silvester Schiele, Gustav Loehr, and Hiram Shorey, to discuss his idea of a club for professionals and businessmen.
 
It took extensive research and dedication by a few Chicago Rotarians to preserve the room and restore it to its 1905 authenticity. For years, Room 711 was preserved as a miniature Rotary museum by Rotarians belonged to and contributed annually to the Paul Harris 711 Club, which provided funds for leasing, maintenance, and preservation.
 
In 1989, when the Unity Building was about to be torn down, members of the 711 Club carefully dismantled the landmark room and placed its contents in storage. There it stayed until 1994, when the re-created Room 711 found a permanent home at the RI World Headquarters in Evanston, where this piece of Rotary's heritage is preserved.
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our guest speaker today was Ralph Sultan, MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano. He provided his opinion regarding the upcoming referendum on proportional representation.
 
Among his arguments against this change, he mentioned a recent report by the Fraser Institute that determined that changing to a proportional representation electoral system will lead to higher government spending and higher deficits.
 
Another of this statements read: "This referendum is designed for approval – it takes only 50% +1 to win with no minimum participation to legitimize — and it will install a radically different way of choosing MLA’s to represent you in Victoria.  The NDP/Green coalition wants our existing voting system of “First Past the Post” to vanish into history, replaced forever by “Proportional Representation” 
 

Thought of the day:
 
“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” ― Steve Jobs
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 10 members, we also hosted several members of the King George secondary Interact club as well as Tom Smith who served as district membership chair and our guest speaker, Edward de Aguilera from Project Amigo.
 
Announcements:
 
* Project Amigo Day of the Dead dinner is on October 27. Please spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues, and plan to help fill a table. Here is the link to buy tickets:
 
https://www.facebook.com/events/275351226413658/
 
*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Ron reminded us of the history of RYLA. RYLA's beginnings can be traced to Queensland, Australia in 1959.  For Queensland's centennial, a Festival Week in Brisbane was planned for young people in the same age group as Princess Alexandra, the official representative for the Queen.  This week was called "Gundoo" which is the aboriginal word for "festival" or "fun together".
 
The government extended an invitation for two young people, between the ages of 17 and 23, from each Shire to attend "Gundoo".  The Queensland government approached the Rotary Club of Brisbane to assist with the organization of the week's activities and the guests' living accommodations. 

Approximately 300 people from around the country attended "Gundoo".  There were many problems with the festival, but the "Gundoo" committee felt that Rotary should take it over and run it as an annual project.
 
Guest Speaker
 
Our guest speaker today was Edward DeAguilera, who serves at the United States Chief Development Officer for Project Amigo. 
 
Project Amigo began informally when Ted Rose visited the state of Colima in 1984 to climb a volcano. He took the wrong bus, didn't get to the volcano, and found himself in a poverty-stricken village named Cofradia de Suchitlan. That mistake, and a few other fortuitous events, led to his decision a couple of years later to trade his comfortable life as the owner of an office machine company for a life surrounded by wonderful, and very poor, children who appeared to need a helping hand if they were to break out of poverty.
 
Ted and Susan are now retired, and Project Amigo is led by a talented, dynamic group of over 20 staff members. The program continues to grow and evolve. In 2016, an Education Center opened in Queseria to better serve the young people who live in the migrant camp. Over 1,400 students have been served by our program through a field trip to the turtle preserve, to finishing high school, to over 60 students graduating from university. Of those 60 university graduates, 95% are employed. 
 

Thought of the day:
 
The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. Gordon B. Hinckley 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 11 members, a visiting Rotarian from Stuttgart, Steven Oji and Mark Zhou, a friend of Ron.
 
Announcements:
 
* Project Amigo Day of the Dead dinner is on October 27. Please spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues, and plan to help fill a table.
 
* World River Day is September 25. We have the opportunity to take part in a service project event at the Fraser River Cleanup. Brian Wong from the City of Vancouver will
forward more information.
 
*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Ron reminded us about one of the 6 areas of focus for Rotary, basic education, and literacy. There are more than 75M people over 15 who are illiterate.
 
Guest Speaker
 
Today’s speaker was Lisa Dominato, she is a strategic leader with 20 years’ experience in government administration, public policy, communications, and stakeholder relations. She is currently a public relations consultant, specializing in building social license for projects aimed at delivering benefits to the public.
 

Elected to the Vancouver School Board in 2017, Lisa is passionate about public service and is a strong mental health and housing advocate. Lisa served the past six years on Vancouver’s Kettle Society Board, which delivers local mental health and housing services, and recently concluded her term as Chair.

 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community one by one. - Rotarian Mark Wilson.
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 13 members plus Spencer Denton, a colleague and guest of Lawrence.
 
Announcements:
 
* Project Amigo Day of the Dead dinner is on October 27 th. Please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues, and plan to help fill a table.
 
* World River Day is September 25 th . We have the opportunity to take part in a service project event at the Fraser River Cleanup. Brian Wong from the City of Vancouver will
forward more information.
 
*October 14th we will be serving with other volunteers, including the Salvation Army and Strathcona Youth at the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Street Front. Please sign up with Abigail.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Diana provided the Rotary Moment. This year’s RI Presidential theme is “Be the Inspiration.” The word “inspiration” means to be “in spirit.” Membership in Rotary provides us with endless opportunities to be inspired, including: active participation in service projects (Matt and Ron helping with the Vancouver recycling, Sheila and Abigail in Project Amigo), serving on club or district committees (e.g. John and Abigail on the Peace Scholar committee with Gloria), doing club make-ups while travelling (thanks Frances for sharing your adventures), attending RLI training sessions and conferences, or less active participation such as e-club participation, e-learning, reading the Rotarian magazine or joining a virtual or local social network group that aligns with our hobbies.
 
Guest Speaker
 
Today’s speaker was our newest member Jonathan Evans, pictured here with two of his three children Jedidiah and Jael receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for providing Social Services with the Salvation Army. Jonathan gave an inspiring Classification talk about his career helping others in Salvation Army missions across Canada and his work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Jonathan talked about establishing food programs, family programs, and harm reduction programs, with the emphasis on prevention by reaching out to and training young people.  
 
Johnathan’s site operates a Breakfast Program on Wednesdays where they hand out 300 bags of food to those in need in the local community. This summer, they also sent 100 children to camp and will be giving out 300 Back to School Backpacks. Johnathan also leads services in East Vancouver on Sundays and performs wedding and other officiant services.
 
Next week’s speaker is Robert French former Vancouver Sunrise Rotarian, now crime novel author.
 

Thought of the day:
 
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 12 members and 4 guests, Mitra Tan, Kathy Chou and Rotarians Kamala and Pandam Lall Maharjan from the Rotary club of Patan, Nepal.
 
Announcements:
 
* We exchanged banners with our visiting Rotarians from Nepal:
 
 
 
* October 14th our club to volunteer at a Pancake Breakfast. Jonathan has booked Salvation Army Food Truck with built-in grill all food donated, Strathcona Chef and Breakfast Buddies Cooking our club will cut up fruit and serve pancakes to the runners.
 
*Our Day of the Dead fiesta is confirmed for October 27th at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $75 per person.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Diana invited us to focus on the various financial obligations that come with membership to our club. We are asked to be creative and try to come up with ways to try to assist those potential members who may find these obligations as a hurdle to overcome.
 
Guest Speaker
 
Today our guest speaker was Thomas Miller, President of the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club.
 
These are some of the highlights of his talk:
 
He attended the 2018 RYLA North America Conference. The RYLA Conference in North America is an intense leadership training program that is designed to recognize, encourage, and further develop the leadership skills of 18-35 year olds who have shown a potential for rendering important service to their local communities.
 

All Rotaractors, non-Rotaractors, RYLA alumni, former Youth Study Exchange, former Group Study Exchange alumni, former Ambassadorial Scholar alumni, former Interactors and former Peace Scholars between the ages of 18-30 were able to participate in the conference.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
This week we welcomed 12 members and Sheila's guest, Kathy Chou.
 
Announcements:
 
* Rotary Leadership Institute courses deadline is August 31. Rotary Leadership Institute is one of the ways our Rotarians can learn more about the world of Rotary and enjoy some fellowship along the way. These facilitated session are very interactive and enjoyable.  Register online:
 
https://rotary5040.org/Stories/rotary-leadership-institute-1
 
*Our Day of the Dead fiesta is confirmed for October 27th at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $75 per person.
 
Rotary Moment
 
August is Membership month and today Diana asked us to consider WHO our members are and who might be prospective members for our Club to meet Ron’s membership goal of growing to 30 members. As a breakfast club, we might appeal more to “morning people”, retirees, people who don’t have a lunch break or who have to get home right after work for child pick-up or evening commitments.
 
But we shouldn’t rule out non-morning people either, who might be able to attend with a little peer support and encouragement for ride sharing or reminders. As a downtown club, we might appeal to people working in the area, maybe people coming to the rec centre on Wednesdays for child care or programs, using the Evo or other ride sharing in the rec centre parking, or businesses in the Coal Harbour area or the West End.
 
Most of all we will appeal to people who value community service and have the time to commit to at least one of our projects and to the social activities. We will appeal to people who see us in action in the community at Strathcona or hear about our work with youth in Project Amigo, RYLA and King George Interact, which makes it important to show up and get the word out. 
 
Business Meeting
 
Our club Board met yesterday and here are a few highlights:
 
Membership
 
Everyone to invite guests and work on helping to engage good speakers please.
Ron, Gary and Ted to set up meeting with Van City about a corporate membership to have local branch managers or other reps attend our club.
 
Financial - Treasurer’s report
 
Ted reported we are in good shape, ended 2017-2018 in a slight surplus position. Invoices for dues will be going out shortly - payment due within 30 days please.
 
Projects
 
Abigail, Emma and Matthew had a great time teaching swimming at Project Amigo. For many kids, it was their first time ever being in the water, other than local streams which can be dangerous during flooding. More details to follow at a future meeting we hope!
 
Gary thanked everyone for their support with a successful Hoop-a-thon this year which increased our fundraising by 20% for a total of $23,429 thanks to our partnership with other clubs. Ron noted that the Strathcona kids raised an additional $10,000. Refer to Gary’s email for more details.
 
Foundation:
 
John declared his objective to increase the Rotary Sunrise Foundation fund by $25K-$30K in the next two years through member contributions with he and Marni kicking off the effort this year. The funds can be used to increase our scholarships which have not increased in amount since the fund was established 25 years ago, and to provide greater support to youth programs such as RYLA and other work we do. More to follow on this and our scholarship and bursary program funds with SFU which require our attention to ensure we are meeting our objectives through the university’s administration of the funding.
 
2018-2019 Presidential Priorities:
 
Please provide Ron with feedback on his proposed goals for 2018-2019 and he will formally present them at a September club meeting - see summary below:
 
Great Vibrant Meetings:
  • Rotary Moment
  • Continue with a Great Speakers Program
  • Members invite friends and family to come to meetings
  • Have an amazing greeter
  • Sergeant at Arms/ Announcements
  • Birthday Celebrations

Membership 30 Members by 2019:
  • each member in their vocation or network to actively recruit “Bring a Friend to Meeting Day”
  • a family membership fee thought about this at Changeover seeing all the spouses
  • Member/Friend/Family Get-together Events ie Day at the Races, Fireworks, Christmas
  • membership subsidies look at ways we can make being a Rotarian affordable the Member can payback by taking a more active role in Service
  • membership attendance provide opportunities for members who cannot make meetings to be active in committees and service instead
  • recruitment meeting with Downtown Business Association and other organizations
  • each member has a crew talk with their vocation as part of membership drive maybe can invite another club member to help
  • meet individually with each member for their thoughts and feedback about club find out what they are passionate about

Fundraising for Club Activities:
  • Rotary Raffle
  • Pub Socials
  • Day at the Races
  • Grants Gaming
  • and Aviva
Youth:
  • King George Interacts, Britannia Interacts, Langara Rotaract
  • Meet with Administration and School Sponsor
  • Club presence on recruitment Days club presence at meetings
  • Host our own Vancouver Interact Conference on a Pro-D Day
  • Fundraiser to support Youth programs 50/50 draw Project Amigo Raffle for RYLA
Local Projects :
 
  • Hoopathon and Salvation Army Foot Program

International Projects:
  • Project Amigo
  • Brands Across Canada
Service Events:
  • At least one a month Recycling Solid Waste Disposal
  • Salvation Army Toy Mountain
  • Neighbourhood Cleanup
  • Pancake Breakfast.
  • Revisit West Ends Seniors Lunch 
Promote Rotary:
  • Pride Parade Participation
  • Club Days at Schools and Post Secondary Institutions
  • Community Festivals/Rotary Tent/ Rotary Sign to have at all events
  • Bookmarks  
  • Buttons to hand out 
  • Service Events 
 

Thought of the day:
 
 
“To handle yourself use your head, to handle others use your heart. “Eleanor Roosevelt.
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 9 members, we had no guests.
 
Announcements:
 
* Summer Heat is a program for Inner City Youth Grade7 and Grade 8 going thru that Transitional Stage in Life. Two of the leaders are Hauna in yellow and Cody with the Sushi on his head, both of them are hoopathon scholarship recipients!
 
 
*Our Day of the Dead fiesta is confirmed for October 27th at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $75 per person.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Diana invited us to think of 5 features that make our club attractive for our members as well as potential members. This is the list we came up with:
 
  1. Focus on youth projects, such as RYLA, Hoopathon, scholarships and project amigo.
  2. Fun
  3. Good age balance in the membership
  4. Cool projects
  5. Serving since 1987
 
Guest Speaker
 
Today our guest speaker was our member Cam Scott, he presented his classification talk. He was born in Vancouver and went to school here.
 
These are some of the highlights of his talk:
 
* He graduated from Engineering from UBC in 1974.
* He lived in Australia for some time after graduating
* He met his wife in Edmonton where he was working
* Obtained his master's degree in geotechnical engineering in 1980
* Joined SRK in 1986 and he has been working there since.
* He is a charter member of our club!
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 13 members, we had no guests.
 
Announcements:
 
*Our Day of the Dead fiesta is confirmed for October 27th at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $75 per person.
 
Rotary Moment
 
Ron told us about how since July 1, 2016, the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, has recruited 31 new members. They have grown from a medium to a large-sized club in their district at 93 members. Tom Gump, club president, and a district trainer, shares 10 tips for replicating their success:
 
https://blog.rotary.org/2017/08/22/10-tips-to-attract-and-retain-quality-members/
 
Guest Speaker
 
Today our guest speaker was our member Matthew Lynam, he presented his classification talk. He was born in Agassiz, BC in a family of 8 siblings. 
 
He started his hospitality career in the Harrison resort in 1983 and is currently working at the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver. 
 
He has been a member of our club for over 10 years and remains as enthusiastic as the first day!
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” - Martin Luther King
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 9 members and 1 guest, Denis Tran.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
It was Ron Suzuki's first meeting as president and we did not have a Rotary moment today.
 
 
Announcements:
 
*The final tally is done for the Hoopathon 2018, the total raised was $23K, which represents a 15% increase from last year, good job everyone!
 
* Save the date! Our Day of the Dead fundraising event will take place on October 27th. Stay tuned for more detail coming soon.
 
Meeting Program: 
 
Today we had a business meeting. Where we discussed the plans for our club, a lot of exciting things coming soon, stay tuned!
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit." - Arnold H. Glasow
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 15 members and 1 guest, Jonathan Evans, who is becoming a member soon.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Ron Suzuki brought us the Rotary Moment today, he spoke about the 4way test was created by Rotarian Herb J Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of a Chicago based Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy.

Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company, mired in depression-caused financial difficulties.

He drew up a 24 word-code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The Four Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers. The survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy. Herb Taylor became President of Rotary International during 1954-1955. The FFour-WayTest was adopted by Rotary in 1943.
 
Announcements:
 
* Our changeover lunch took place this past Saturday, we thanked Alfredo for this hard work this past year and we welcomed Ron Suzuki as our new president.
 
* There will be no meeting on June 27th.
 
* Save the date! Our Day of the Dead fundraising event will take place on October 27th. Stay tuned for more detail coming soon.
 
Meeting Program: 
 
Our guest speakers today were Sandra Davidon and  Brian Wong, from the City of Vancouver. They spoke about the "Greenest City Action Plan". 
 
The Greenest City action plan (GCAP) is a City of Vancouver urban sustainability initiative. Its primary mission is to ensure that Vancouver becomes the greenest city in the world by the year 2020. The GCAP originated based on the 2009 work of the Greenest City Action Team, a committee co-chaired by Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. The GCAP was approved by Vancouver city council in July 2011. 
 
You can find out more details on their website: http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/greenest-city-action-plan.aspx
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours." - Les Brown
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 15 members and 1 guest, Jonathan Evans, who is becoming a member soon.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Frances Kolotyluk told us about project Vision, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, Rotary teamed up with UNICEF to give life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across the Pacific.
 
The project goal is to immunise 100,000 of the most disadvantaged children across the Pacific by 2021 in nine Pacific Island nations.
Despite improvements in immunisation rates across the Pacific, there remains much to be done to ensure all children receive routine immunisation and health care. in some countries, shockingly 1 in 17 children die before their fifth birthday.
 
Learn more about this project by visiting their official website: https://everychildafuture.com/
 
Announcements:
 
* Our changeover lunch will be on June 23rd from 1-4 pm. Make sure you let Alfredo know if you are attending as the number of attendees is crucial for planning the event.
 
* There will be no meeting on June 27th.
 
* Save the date! Our Day of the Dead fundraising event will take place on October 27th. Stay tuned for more detail coming soon.
 
Meeting Program: 
 
Today we did not have guest speakers, so we instead focused on fellowship. Ron and Adriana visited the King George Interact, see the pic below:
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"The greatest gift you can give someone if your time." - Anonymous.
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 16 members and 3 guests, Jonathan Evans, who is becoming a member soon, Rotarian John Bathurst from the Vancouver club and Rotarian Peter Keur from the Netherlands.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
James Fox brought us the Rotary moment today, he spoke about the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus in Mumbai, it has 32 members. Yet when a service project demands attention, the club can muster hundreds of volunteers from across Mumbai and five other major Indian cities. It’s a good example of how Rotaractors maximize their numbers through the strategic use of technology.
 
Announcements:
 
* Our changeover lunch will be on June 23rd from 1-4 pm. Make sure you let Alfredo know if you are attending as the number of attendees is crucial for planning the event.
 
* Ana Fernandes from Odlum Brown provided us with an update on the state of our club's foundation. Happily, our returns have been positive and this allows us to keep granting scholarships.
 
* Save the date! Our Day of the Dead fundraising event will take place on October 27th. Stay tuned for more detail coming soon.
 
* Banner exchange with Peter Keur:
 
 
Meeting Program: 
 
Today our guest speaker was Lauren Brown from the Stratchona Community Centre food security program. This program is a hub for food and community leadership. It is  place where Strathcona residents come together, share their gifts, build community, and exoand upon their experiences and skills.
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank

Next Speakers:
 
    
6-Jun StudentsRYLA
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 15 members, we had no guests this time.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
James Fox brought us the Rotary moment today, he spoke about how after fleeing conflict in their own countries, a group of young Rotaractors is healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee settlement. Full article here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-club-opens-refugee-settlement
 
Announcements:
 
* Our changeover lunch will be on June 23rd from 1-4 pm. Make sure you let Alfredo know if you are attending as the number of atendees is crucial for planning the event.
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* Register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference. Our club is sponsoring 3 Interactors to attend the conference.
 
Last Week's Meeting Program: Our member Ted MacCormac spoke about the very valuable work that the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay in, Hawaii, has done to place rescue tubes on popular beaches. There are over 220 Rescue Tubes surrounding Kauai today. Thanks to the effort on Kauai, there are now Rescue Tubes guarding the beaches of Hawaii and Maui.
 
Please visit this website to learn more about this life-saving project: https://www.rescuetubefoundation.org/
 
Meeting Program: This week our speaker was our member Sheila Anderson. She told us about her recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. She brought a vere interesting presentation full of really good pics. 
 
Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
 

Thought of the day:
 
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Norman MacEwan

Next Speakers:
 
30-May Mystery Guest Speaker 
6-Jun StudentsRYLA
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 12 members, we had no guests this time.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
James Fox brought us the Rotary moment today, he spoke about the 2018 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award recognized the Rotaract Club of Edulink International Campus, Western Province, Sri Lanka, for a project that teaches entrepreneurial skills to women with HIV to empower them to earn a living. You can read about it at the link below: 
 
https://www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-clubs-honored-excellent-service-2018
 
Announcements:
 
* The Hoopathon numbers are in and we are happy to report that there was a 10% increase in the funds raised vs. last year. 
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* Register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference. Our club is sponsoring 3 Interactors to attend the conference.
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
 
Meeting Program: Today we had a business meeting, where we discussed our club's operation and our projects.
 

Thought of the day:
 
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Norman MacEwan

Next Speakers:
 
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
23-May Sheila AndersonEcuador and the Galapagos
30-May Mystery Guest Speaker 
6-Jun StudentsRYLA
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 14 members, we had no guests this time.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
James Fox brought us the Rotary moment today, he spoke about Rotaracts 50th anniversary, which is this year. 50 years ago, the first Rotaract club was formed to give young adults a place to connect and take action for good. The Richmond Rotaract has been active for 35 years and is the oldest in our district.
 
Announcements:
 
* The Hoopathon took place last Saturday and it was a success, this is a recap of the achievements:
 
- Thanks to our partners at Vancouver and Yaletown Clubs and all who attended, gathered pledges and donations. We presented 5 student scholarships totalling $15,000 - our largest donation to date!

- Our Club had 3 Teams shooting hoops. The results were: FIRST: Team Fox 33: Peter F (10), James F (12), Diana (7), Adriana (4); SECOND: Team Matthew 27: Matt (7); John (3) Tatyana (5) Wil Gailus (2) Mateo (10); THIRD: Team Ron 11; Ron (2); Tina (1); Carlos (6); Peter B (2)

-GLOBAL BC: Chris Gailus(16 baskets) & Yvonne Schalle (10 baskets) Total: 26.  If you made a pledge please pay online now. Go to CHIMP: http://chim.pn/238E2xX

-We are on track for our BEST ever fund raising campaign for the kids.  Please follow up with your contacts!  We hope to have a summary at our next meeting.
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* Register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference. Our club is sponsoring 3 Interactors to attend the conference.
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
 
Meeting Program: Today our guest speakers were Dawn McKenna and Jack McGee' from the Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN). The (PAFN) is a centre of excellence and network of supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province. The PAFN’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre: Bringing together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD and related disorders.
 
They provided us with some stats:
 
  • 9K children in BC are currently diagnosed with ASD.
  • 69K people in our provice are in the spectrum.
  • The care costs for people with ASD is $5-8M during their lifetimes. Care is not covered under MSP.
  • 1 in 66 Canadian children have some form of ASD.

Thought of the day:
 
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda

Next Speakers:
 
9-MayBusiness Meeting  
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 14 members, we had no guests this time.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente Asuncion brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told us about how this past April 22nd, the City of Vancouver formally apologized to the local Chinese community for past discrimination. You can read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/city-of-vancouver-formal-apology-historical-discrimination-1.4630905
 
Announcements:
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* DG Don Evans reminded us to register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
 
Meeting Program: Today our guest speaker was Mark Ferrari, he spoke to us about the Port of Vancouver and other important ports in our Province. 
 
These are some of the highlights of his presentation.
 
* If you would like to see real-time information about the ships in the waters near Vancouver, please check out this website: https://www.marinetraffic.com/
 
* The Port of Vancouver employs 44K people and contributes 4.6B annually to the GDP.
 
* Between 85-90% of the total container volume in the PV is exports.
 
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." - Bill Watterson

Next Speakers:
 
2-May Jack McGee/Wendy Lisogar-CocchiaAutism and First Responders
9-MayBusiness Meeting  
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 15 members, we had no guests this time.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente Asuncion brought us the Rotary Moment today, he put forward the idea that another option to go to the Rotary International convention is to sign up as a volunteer, there is even a website where Rotarians can sign up: http://rotary2018.org/volunteer
 
Announcements:
 
* Hoopathons T-shirts, please let Gary know if you would like to purchase one.
 
* Hoopathon coming April 28th, time to go full speed ahead and get pledges!
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* DG Don Evans reminded us to register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
 
Meeting Program: Today our guest speaker was our member Abigail Turner giving us her classification talk. These talks are always very interesting as we get to know our fellow members a lot better.
 
Some of the many interesting details about her life are:
 
* She had her first contact with Rotary as a teen when she attended RYLA.
 
* She was a Rotary ambassadorial scholar in Bristol
 
* She joined our club in 1994.
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Charles Dickens — 'No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.'

Next Speakers:
 
25-Apr Mark Ferrarithe Port of Vancouver
2-May Jack McGee/Wendy Lisogar-CocchiaAutism and First Responders
9-MayBusiness Meeting  
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 16 members and former member Paul Hamilton that came today to help us with the hockey pool auction.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente Asuncion brought us the Rotary Moment today, he told about how several Rotary clubs got together when the Second Narrows bridge was built and helped by planting trees where they had been cut down for the construction of the bridge.
 
Announcements:
 
* We have our yearly Hoopathon practice session at the Strath Community Centre on April 18 at 6:30 pm, followed by beers to reaffirm the newly acquired hooping skills.
 
* Hoopathon coming April 28th, time to go full speed ahead and get pledges!
 
* 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Applications are due to the district by May 31st.
 
* DG Don Evans reminded us to register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
 
Meeting Program: Today we had our yearly hockey pool, everyone had a great time and we will now be watching the hockey scores closely!
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
“The greatest good is what we do for others.”
— Mother Teresa

Next Speakers:
 
 
18-Apr Special Surprise 
25-Apr Mark Ferrarithe Port of Vancouver
2-May Jack McGee/Wendy Lisogar-CocchiaAutism and First Responders
9-MayBusiness Meeting  
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 12 members. We had no guests today.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente Asuncion brought us the Rotary Moment today, he referred to how our former member Dean Rohrs is now Rotary International's Vice President this year.
 
Announcements:
 
* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is this Saturday, have fun!
 
* DG Don Evans reminded us to register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference
 
* Hoopathon coming April 28th, time to go full speed ahead and get pledges!
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
* Our Rotary District has put together a number of training opportunities this Spring, check out their website to learn more: http://rotary5040.org/Stories/2018-district-spring-training
 
 
Meeting Program: Our guest speaker today was our incoming President Ron Suzuki. He tolds us about his experience attending the PETS in Seattle this past February.
 
The PNW Presidents-elect Training Seminar is the largest and one of the oldest multi-district PETS. PNW PETS is a joint effort of the nine Rotary districts in the Northwest area of North America (and eastern Russia). This large area includes the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, parts of Idaho and California, the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
 
PNW PETS is managed, prepared and conducted by a PETS Operating Committee composed of the District Governor-elect and a Past District Governor representative from each participating District. Consisting of well known exceptional speakers, informative workshops, detailed district training sessions, fellowship and networking, the basic purpose of our PETS is to have the best prepared, most enthusiastic club presidents in the Rotary world. Annually, the over 550 Presidents-elect attending leave well prepared to carry out their Rotary duties.
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

Next Speakers:
 
 
 
11-AprBusiness MeetingHockey PoolCam and John
18-Apr Special Surprise 
25-Apr Mark Ferrarithe Port of Vancouver
2-May Jack McGee/Wendy Lisogar-CocchiaAutism and First Responders
9-MayBusiness Meeting  
16-May Ted MacCormacLife Saving - Yellow Tubes and AED's
 
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 14 members, our DG Don Evans and our guest speakers, Andria McAulay and Steve Williams.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Frances Kolotyluk reminded us of the opportunity to do makeup meetings in Rotary, makeup meetings can be in the same city where the member lives or anywhere else in the world where there is a Rotary club.
 
Announcements:
 
* DG Don Evans reminded us to register for the District Conference. All the details can be found here: http://rotary5040.org/page/2018-district-conference
 
* Hoopathon coming April 28th, time to go full speed ahead and get pledges!
 
* On May 12th the Rotaractors are having an event  Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary! Get your tickets here: https://rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca/
 
* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is scheduled for April 7the. Please email Natalia to let her know whether you can host or will plan to be a guest.
 
* Our Rotary District has put together a number of training opportunities this Spring, check out their website to learn more: http://rotary5040.org/Stories/2018-district-spring-training
 
 
Meeting Program: Our guest speakers today were Andria McAulay and Steve Williams. They spoke about the BC sports hall of fame.
 
The inspiration for the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is its Honoured Members and the collection of artifacts and stories of their challenges and triumphs. The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum educates and entertains through its programs and collections by telling stories of outstanding achievements in sport in British Columbia. It showcases accomplishments of individual athletes and teams, as well as those who have contributed to the development of sport in the province.
 
The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum preserves and honours BC’s sport heritage by recognizing extraordinary achievement in sport by using our collection and stories to inspire all British Columbians to pursue their dreams.
 

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

Next Speakers:
 
4-Apr Ron SuzukiPETS
11-AprBus MtgHockey PoolCam and John
18-Apr Special Surprise 
25-Apr Mark Ferrarithe Port of Vancouver
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 12 members and our guest Rotaractors.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Frances Kolotyluk gave us the Rotary moment today. She told us about the 5 avenues of service in Rotary, this week she focused on the most recent avenue, New Generations Service became Rotary's fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution: New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth.
 
Announcements:
 
* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is scheduled for April 7the. Please email Natalia to let her know whether you can host or will plan to be a guest.
 
* Our Rotary District has put together a number of training opportunities this Spring, check out their website to learn more: http://rotary5040.org/Stories/2018-district-spring-training
 
Meeting Program: Today our guests were Jordan, Fernanda and Maddie, from the King George Secondary Rotaract Club.
 
 
Some of the highlights of their presentation were:
 
  • They are up to 15 members in the club.
  • Jordan attended the Peace conference and found it very inspiring.
  • They are working on a project related to women's health, more details to follow.

Thought of the day:
 
"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth." - Diogenes

Next Speakers:
 
7-March - John Charbonneau - Reverse Mortgages
14-March - Gray Chomyn - Hoopathon 2018.
21-March - Karen Harrison - Fund Raising Strategies and Results.
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 10 members and our guest speaker, Paul Evered .
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Frances Kolotyluk gave us the Rotary moment today. She told us about the 5 avenues of service in Rotary, particularly about the first avenue of service, club service. 
 

We are a volunteer organization which requires everyone's help to make the club operate. Everyone gets a chance to pitch in at various times throughout the year. Club Service includes tasks like collecting money at the door, giving the invocation, leading the opening song, greeting arriving members and the like.

 
Announcements:
 
* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is scheduled for April 7th. Please email Natalia to let her know whether you can host or will plan to be a guest.
 
* 2018 Hoppathon, April 28th. Chris Gailus and Yvonne Schalle will be shooting hoops again this year. Global TV has offered $35K worth of media coverage for the event!
 
Meeting Program: Today our guest speaker was Paul Evered from the Gastrointestinal Society. He gave us a very interesting and at times funny presentation. In 1976, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research (CSIR) arose as the first registered charity in Canada to enhance public awareness by providing patient and professional information and funding medical research on a wide array of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
 
  • 60% of Canadians will have some sort of GI disease during their lifetime
  • There are as many as 6 million Canadians with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • More than 9 million with functional dyspepsia, there could be as many as 8 million with chronic acid reflux.
The GI Society and its partner charity the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research collaborate to provide a number of core programs and services that focus on providing Canadians with trusted medically sound information on digestive health. Visit their website for more information: https://www.badgut.org
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right station - quote from the lunchbox movie.

Next Speakers:

28-Feb - Liaison and Exec's King George Interact
7-March - John Charbonneau - Reverse Mortgages
14-March - Gray Chomyn - Hoopathon 2018.
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we welcomed 13 members plus our speaker, Gloria Staudt.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Frances Kolotyluk gave us the Rotary moment today. She first spoke about the object of Rotary and how it has evolved over time and she then highlighted the opportunities we have to increase our membership by inviting people from the trades sector. We all know people in trades and it is just a matter of inviting them to our club to attend a meeting.
 
Announcements:
 
*  Next week is our Valentine’s Day Auction. Make sure you send Peter Fox the details of your donations. Try to attend the meeting that day, otherwise we may be making purchases on your behalf and puting them on your tab!
 
* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is scheduled for April 7th. Please email Natalia to let her know whether you can host or will plan to be a guest.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Gloria Staudt. She is a Business & Life Strategist, providing consulting, mentoring, training and coaching solutions to improve communications, teamwork, performance and productivity through proprietary processes.  
 
She is author of the book, Live Your Vacation: The Ultimate Guide to Live Your Dream Life... Every Day! and contributing author of Conscious Entrepreneurs and Love Like God: Embracing Unconditional Love.
 
 
Her community contributions are through her involvement with the Burnaby Board of Trade and Rotary. 
 
 
  • Business Excellence Awards for 16 years
  • Rotarian for 15 years, with 12 years of leadership roles at the board level and 14 years at the committee level.
  • 3 term Past President, active member of Rotary City Club
  • District 5040's 2014-2015 Rotarian of The Year
  • Marketing Director of the District's 2016 Conference in Whistler.
  • District 5040, Chair of Rotary Peace Fellowship 
 
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. 
 
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
 

Thought of the day:
 
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”  - Albert Einstein.

Next Speakers:
 
Feb 14 - Valentines day auction
21-Feb - Paul Evered - Gastrointestinal Society
28-Feb - Liaison and Exec's King George Interact
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 Way Test:
 
President Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 17 members present and 2 visiting Rotarians, Davinder Grewal our ADG and Scotty Grubb from the West Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Scotty Grub recited the "Ode to the Haggis" to commemorate Robbie Burns day. We all got to sample a surprisingly tasty haggis with a shot of Scotch as a lubricant :)
 
 
Announcements:
 
* Davider Grewal, our ADG, told us about Rotary's 105th anniversary and how we are all part of this achievement.
 
Guess who is coming to dinner will be on April 7th. Please let Natalia know whether you can participate by hosting or attending.
 
* In February 2018, the eyes of the Rotary World will be on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace. Our member Diana Theman will be attending. Read more about this conference on the official website: https://environmentandpeace.com/
 
* We need a volunteer to help with managing and keeping track of the donated items for the Valentines day auction. 
 
* On February 23rd we will have the Rotaract club visiting our club. Please try to attend.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Today our guest speaker was Scotty Grubb who spoke about the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) is a volunteer marine rescue service that saves lives and promotes public recreational boating safety throughout the coastal and some inland waters of the province of British Columbia and is associated with the national organization the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
 
They currently have 1,200 volunteers and 2 boats. Their funding comes mostly from a gaming grant. Visit their official website to learn more: http://rcmsar.com/
 

Thought of the day:
 
"I wish for a power to give us this gift: Being able to see ourselves the way other people see us." - Robbie Burns 

Next Speakers:

Jan 31 - Our school liaisonKing George Secondary
 
Feb 7 - Gloria Staudt, District Chair - Rotary Peace Scholars
 
Feb 14 - Valentines day auction
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
4 Way Test:
 
President Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 17 members present today.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Peter Fox brought us the Rotary Moment today, he spoke about our upcoming application for a district grant to be part of the Hoopathon project.
 
Announcements:
 
Guess who is coming to dinner will be organized by Natalia, the date has not been determined yet but will be after spring break.
 
* In February 2018, the eyes of the Rotary World will be on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace. Our member Diana Theman will be attending. Read more about this conference on the official website: https://environmentandpeace.com/
 
* We need a volunteer to help with managing and keeping track of the donated items for the Valentines day auction. 
 
* On February 23rd we will have the Rotaract club visiting our club. Please try to attend.
 
* Our member Tina Parbhakar attended a Rotary meeting in Kamloops where she exchanged club banners with them.
 
 
Guest Speakers:
 
Today we had 3 guests speakers from King George secondary school. David Waisberg, Jason Lauzon, and Jesse Coomes. The title of their presentation was "Post-secondary educational opportunities".
 
King George Secondary School is a public secondary school located in the West End of Vancouver. The school is located in the West End, with two elementary schools feeding in. Some students are from other areas of Vancouver who wish to be in a smaller school environment.

Since July 2006, King George Secondary has been approved by International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students in grades 8, 9, and 10, as one of the only 3 schools in the city to offer the MYP Programme.

The school is adjacent to the West End Community Centre, enabling youth to get more involved in their programs. They currently have 490 students who speak 50 languages.
 
The Interact club has 15 members and is the largest leadership club in the school.
 

Thought of the day:
 
"We allow no geniuses around our studio." - Walt Disney 

Next Speakers:
 
Jan 24 - Robbie Burns Day

Jan 31 - Our school liaisonKing George Secondary
 
Feb 7 - Gloria Staudt, District Chair - Rotary Peace Scholars
 
Why Rotary? Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/why-rotary
 
About Rotary: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary
 
 
4 Way Test:
 
President Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 11 members present today.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Our Rotary Moment today was about an experience Alfredo had this past Christmas. He received a Christmas card from a client and in the envelope, instead of a lump of coal he found a $150 donation to our club's foundation! Talk about an original and thoughtful present.
 
Announcements:
 
* In February 2018, the eyes of the Rotary World will be on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace. Our member Diana Theman will be attending. Read more about this conference on the official website: https://environmentandpeace.com/
 
* This year we will be having another fundraiser for Project Amigo, more details coming in the month of March.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Jackie Kloosterboer who is the Emergency Planning Coordinator & Emergency Social Services Director with the city of Vancouver. 
 
Jackie has been leading the way in earthquake preparedness for over 18 years. She presents more than 100 Earthquake Preparedness sessions each year to groups, businesses and at conferences, taking people step by step through the process of how to prepare their family and pets for whatever disaster comes their way. Jackie is often interviewed by a variety of media outlets across Canada as she promotes Earthquake Preparedness.
 
There were 3 recommendations that I feel are very important and easy to implement:
 
1) Have an out of Province emergency contact. You may not be able to contact all your friends and family locally due to the communications services being unavailable or limited.
 
2) Have an agreed on evacuation location where all your family members can meet in the event of an
emergency.
 
3) Budget 4 liters of water per person per day. 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey 

Next Speakers:
 
Jan 10 - Business Meeting.
Jan 17 - Advanced Education, High School Graduates' next move.
 
Jan 24 - Robbie Burns Day
4 Way Test:
 
President Elect Ron Suzuki led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 13 members present today.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Our Rotary Moment today was about clean water. Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.

We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
 
Announcements:
 
* There will not be a meeting on December 27th, that is the only cancelled meeting this month.
 
* The Yaletown and the Vancouver Rotary clubs have committed to the Hoopathon once again this year.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Jonathan Evans from the Salvation Army. The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian Mission. In 1878 Booth reorganised the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day.
 
The organization reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million. The Salvation Army offers a variety of services and programs throughout the province of British Columbia for members of the communities that we serve. These activities are motivated by a belief that each individual possesses an inherent worth and dignity. It is the goal of The Salvation Army to restore dignity and hope in the lives of those we serve through these programs as they experience times of need.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Next Speakers:
 
Jan 3    - Jackie Kloosterboer, Earthquake Preparedness.
Jan 10 - Business Meeting.
Jan 17 - Advanced Education, High School Graduates' next move
 
4 Way Test:
 
President Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 16 members present and two visiting Rotarians from South Africa, Roger and Mariam Dymond.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Our Rotary Moment today was done by Michael Alty. In 2015, the Health Minister of Malawi, Africa, noted that the nation of more than 17 million people had only 10 active dentists practicing there. They faced a real problem of untreated dental health issues. So, the Rotary club of the capital, Lilongwe, sponsored a ve-day dental camp that treated more than 1,100 Malawians.
 
The Rotarians held a golf tournament in advance to raise the money needed to pay for all the medications and dental hygiene products. They also hired 30 additional dentists needed to make the dental camp a success. There is still a need for more dentists in Malawi but the backlog of needed treatment has been addressed. 
 
Announcements:
 
* There will not be a meeting on December 27th, that is the only cancelled meeting this month.
 
* The Yaletown and the Vancouver Rotary clubs have committed to the Hoopathon once again this year.
 
* Our Christmas party was a success! Thank you very much, John and Marni, for hosting everyone, please check out the pics below:
 
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Today we had our Annual General Meeting for both our club and our foundation. Our finances are looking good, thanks in large part to our Treasurers and our board, thank you all for your hard work!
 
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Abraham Joshua Heschel — 'When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.'

Next Speakers:
 
Dec 20 - Salvation Army, Christmas theme.
Jan 3    - Jackie Kloosterboer, Earthquake Preparedness.
 Jan 10 - Business Meeting.
 
4 Way Test:
 
Ron Suzuki was the acting president today; he led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 14 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Our Rotary Moment today was done by Michael Alty. The Rotary Foundation as of the 2015-2016 Financial Year had over $1 billion in assets invested. However, like many Rotary projects, the Rotary Foundation had a humble beginning. It was an initial contribution of $26.50 in 1917 which set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe!
 
Announcements:
 
* Our Christmas party will be this Saturday!
 
* 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
 
* There will not be a meeting on December 27th, that is the only canceled meeting this month.
 
* The Yaletown and the Vancouver Rotary clubs have committed to the Hoopathon once again this year.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was our member Tina Parbhakar, the topic of her presentation was "Uganda - child rights". 
 
Tina is a practicing lawyer and an avid volunteer based in Vancouver, B.C. She is passionate about social justice issues in Canada and abroad. In 2012-2013, she worked in Kampala through the Aga Khan Foundation Canada as a Communications Specialist with the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme and has previously worked in Delhi with Participatory Research in Asia on issues related to violence against women. She is currently a member of Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada.
 
As part of her presentation, she recommended that we watch the video linked below, it is called "The girl effect"
 
 
Tina's presentation was very informative and we thank her for speaking to us today!
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

Next Speakers:
 
Dec 13 - Business meeting. Club's AGM and Foundation.
Dec 20 - Salvation Army, Christmas theme.
Jan 3    - Jackie Kloosterboer, Earthquake Preparedness​​​​​​​
4 Way Test:
 
Ron Suzuki was the acting president today; he led the group in the Four-Way Test. We had 13 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Our Rotary Moment today was done by John Haley, he brought a collection of crafts and jewelry that he acquired in his trip to Africa, we all got to admire the beauty and artistry displayed by the crafts.
 
Announcements:
 
* Our Christmas party will be on Dec 9th, RSVP by December 3rd!
 
* 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
 
* There will not be a meeting on December 27th, that is the only canceled meeting this month.
 
* The Hoopathon will take place on April 28th, 2018, the first planning meeting took place this week.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was Laura Track. Laura is a lawyer in CLAS’s Human Rights Clinic. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a strong interest in making legal knowledge accessible, since the first step in defending our human rights is to know what they are.
 
She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to inform and empower people to exercise their human rights.
 

Prior to joining CLAS, Laura worked with several other legal non-profits in Vancouver, learning much along the way about the law’s potential to advance equality and social justice. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Rise Women's Legal Centre and a volunteer yoga teacher and Board Chair of Yoga Outreach, a charity providing free yoga classes to disadvantaged communities.

The topic of her presentation was "Marijuana legalization and human rights".
 
Here are a few highlights of her presentation:
 
* Bill C 45 will make Marijuana legal by July 2018.
 
* Canadians 18 or older will be able to legally possess up to 30 grams and four plants of Marijuana for recreational use.
 
* Employers will likely treat Marijuana use like alcohol, not allowed during work hours.
 
* One of the challenges presented by the legalization is that there are no reliable tests for impairment due to marijuana use.
 
 
 

Thought of the day:
 
Dr. Seuss — 'You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?'

Next Speakers:
 
Dec 6    - Tina Parbhakar, Uganda - child rights
Dec 13 - Business meeting. Club's AGM and Foundation.
Dec 20 - Salvation Army, Christmas theme.

 
4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 14 members present and one guest, Adriana Adame.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Sonya told us about diversity in Rotary. The first Rotary Clubs in Asia were Manila in the Philippines and Shanghai in China, each in July 1919.
 
Rotary's office in Illinois immediately began encouraging the Rotary Club of Shanghai to recruit Chinese members “believing that when a considerable number of the native business and professional men have been so honoured, the Shanghai Club will begin to realize its period of greatest success.” As part of considering the application of a Club to be chartered in Kolkata (then Calcutta), India in January 1920 and Tokyo, Japan in October 1920, Rotary formally considered the issue of racial restriction in membership and determined that the organization could not allow racial restrictions to the organization's growth.
 
In Rotary's legislative deliberations in June 1921, it was formally determined that racial restrictions would not be permitted. Non-racialism was included in the terms of the standard constitution in 1922 and required to be adopted by all member Clubs.

Rotary and other service clubs in the last decade of the 20th century became open to gay members. Other minorities, in the face of general changes in demographics and declining membership, are also encouraged to join.

 
Announcements:
 
 
* 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!
 
* There will not be a meeting on December 27th, that is the only cancelled meeting this month.
 
* The Hoopathon will take place on April 28th, 2018, mark your calendars!
 
Guest Speaker:
 
Our guest speaker today was member John Haley, telling us about his once in a lifetime adventure trip to Africa. 
 
Here are a few of the many exciting highlights of his presentation:
 
* He and Marni  went off the beaten path to meet with several very interesting tribes that live in remote areas in Africa.
 
*  One of the tribes they had contact with were the Himba people, The Himba are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia. They are semi-nomadic.
 
* Himba women especially, as well as Himba men, are remarkably famous for covering themselves with otjize paste, a cosmetic mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment, to cleanse the skin over long periods due to water scarcity and protect themselves from the extremely hot and dry climate of the Kaokoland as well as against mosquito insect bites
 
* Another tribe they met with were the Maasai. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.
 

Thought of the day:
 
“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin

Next Speakers:
 
Nov 29 - Laura Track, Marijuana Legalization
Dec 6    - Tina Parbhakar, Uganda - child rights
Dec 13 - Business meeting. Club's AGM and Foundation.
 
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.
 
 
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