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480 Broughton St
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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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Brian Wong
Jun 20, 2018
City of Vancouver
 
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