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

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

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

Next Speakers:

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

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

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

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

Next Speakers:

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

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

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

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

Next Speakers:

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

4 Way Test:

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

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rotary Moment:

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

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

Rotary Moment:

Today we learned how Rotary International is governed:
 

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

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

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

4 Way Test:

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

Rotary Moment:

 

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

4 Way Test:

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

Rotary Moment:

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

4 Way Test:

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

4 Way Test:

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

4 Way Test:

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

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

 

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

 

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

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

 

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

Other people who regularly use WorkBC products and services include parents, teachers, career and employment counsellors, human resources professionals, researchers and decision-makers.
 
Visit their website for more information: https://www.mosaicbc.org/services/employment/
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.
 
Rollo May
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 24 - John Haley - My African Vacation
May 31 - Brian Yu - Senior Economist - BC Central One
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Rotary Moment:

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

In particular, she described her six month internship through the Canadian Bar Association on a project called Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa. She worked within the Ugandan Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and described, for example, a monitoring visit to a remand centre that holds children who have come into conflict with the law and a media tour of Justice Centres Uganda, an innovative effort to ensure citizens outside of the most urban areas of Uganda have access to free legal services and advice.
 
Tina will continue this presentation with specific examples of the Ugandan justice system in action and concluding remarks at a meeting in August. 
 
 
Pic from our meeting today:
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"All great achievements require time." - Maya Angelou 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
May 17 - Leanne Stooshnoff / Maria Po - Mosaic/Work BC
May 24 - John Haley - My African Vacation
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present as well as 1 guest, Glenn Wilson.

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 19 members present as well as 1 guest, Liliana Marlene Esparza, a guest of Alfredo.

 

Rotary Moment:

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

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

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

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present as well as 2 guests, Maricarmen Obregon and visiting Rotarian: Carol Brock from Coral Galbes.

 

Rotary Moment:

Tina is doing the Rotary Moment this month. She will be talking about Rotarians she has met that have had an impact in her life. She told us about meeting Stephen Mwanje. In 2010-11, Mwanje was governor of District 9200, which then included Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. As he was researching options to address Uganda’s lack of health care, he crossed paths with Marion Bunch, an American Rotarian who had founded Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention in 2004. Their collaboration resulted in the country’s first free health clinic, organized by Mwanje in 2011.
 
Announcements:
 
  • We are sponsoring 3 Rotaractors to attend the district conference in Whistler.
  • Sophie Gloy invited us to the 54th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary (IGFR). It will take place August 6-12. More info here: http://www.igfr2017.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today we had the kickoff meeting for our Hoopathon. Make sure you check out the new webpage: http://hoopathon.ca/
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
April 26 - Matthew Pattinson - Composting/Waste Prevention
May 3 - Tina Parbhakar - Child and Youth law in Uganda
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 21 members present as well as 3 visiting Rotarians: Sophie Gloy, Nic Davies both of them are looking for a club to join (wink, wink) and Carol Brock from Florida. We were also happy to have ADG Davinder Grewal as our guest.

 

Rotary Moment:

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

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 15 members present as well as our guest speaker, Dale Albertson.

 

Rotary Moment:

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

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 17 members present as well as visiting Rotarian Peter Roundhill, from the Lions Gate Rotary Club. We also had Jamey McDonald as our guest speaker.

 

Rotary Moment:

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

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as Joan Posivy from the Rotary club of Vancouver.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
James Fox jumped right into his club duties by providing us with a Rotary moment today. He told us about the Guatemala literacy project. The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a partnership between Rotary International clubs and the non-profit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd). This initiative provides badly-needed textbooks, computer labs, scholarships, literacy and training programs to underprivileged children in Guatemala.
 
You can find more details on their website: http://www.coeduc.org/r_about.htm
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The hoopathon kickoff meeting will be at our club on April 19th.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise President and Foundation Chair would you please encourage your members to sign up for our District's most important annual event in support of The Rotary Foundation, especially as we celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Guests are welcome. Please email Ted for more information.
  • Volunteers needed.  The annual TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is taking place on June 11th. As one of their signature fundraising events, they rely on over 500 volunteers to help them execute the event. If any members are interested in volunteering they are welcome to review opportunities on the two websites below. They need volunteers in Stanley Park Vancouver as well as Mill Lake in Abbotsford.
     
    Vancouver: https://goo.gl/A6zV7S
     
    Fraser Valley: https://goo.gl/ksrBPu
     
    Any help would be most appreciated.
 
Meeting -   During our meeting today we had Joan Posivy, from the Vancouver Rotary, tell us about the Global Youth Project. She founded this project in 2014
 
One of her favourite speaking engagements — for the last 20 years, in fact — has been at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp for young adults. I see an incredible amount of talent and potential in each one of them, and more importantly, I want to be sure they see this in themselves. 
 
Check out her website here: http://globalyouthproject.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
March 29 - Jamey McDonald    Better Lives Counselling/New Hope
April 5 - Dale Albertson    Fundraising for Charities
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 18 members present as well as 3 guests, Sophie Gloy from the Rotary club of Victoria and Nic Davies who belonged to the Whistler Rotary club. Both of them have recently moved to Vancouver and are looking for a new club, wink, wink :). We also had James Fox for the last time as a guest since he was inducted today!

Today being International Women's day, we asked our lady Rotarians to recite the 4-way test.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
James Fox jumped right into his club duties by providing us with a Rotary moment today. He told us about a project done by Rotarians from Taipei.
 
In January 2014, a report titled “Child Welfare League Foundation” noted a considerable gap between urban and rural areas. The lack of resources in remote areas led to poorer performance by children, many of who were aborigines. Since these children could never catch up, roughly a quarter of them consider dropping out of elementary school. Improving basic education seemed to be extremely crucial in helping eliminate poverty in these areas.
 
To make the project sustainable, they support teachers specialized in this creative science approach not only to teach fourth through sixth graders, but also train the local teachers in order that they can carry on the training for future classes.
 
In three years, they used Rotary Foundation funds to reach 20 schools. The program continues to grow today.
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The Gates foundation recently published their yearly public letter with updates on the work they do. This year they mention, and give credit, to Rotary for the fight to end polio.
  • Club members who are interested in visiting the upcoming RYLA can do so. You just need to let them know in advance, it will be on March 15th in Gibsons, BC. Contact info can be found in this link: http://ryla5040.org/contact/
 
Meeting -   Our guest speaker today was Philip Burgess, from the Bottom Up Foundation. 
 
From The Bottom Up Foundation is a registered non-profit providing diaper assistance to the families of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Diapers are expensive—they can cost $70 to $80 or more each month. As a result, parents with limited means often try to make do without them, try to stretch their supply by leaving babies in dirty diapers longer or re-use  disposable diapers. A diaper is a small thing, but can make an impact in a big way.
 
The need is tremendous— healthy child will require an average of 50 diaper changes a week, translating approximately 2600 diaper changes a year.
 
To find out more, visit their official website: https://www.bottomsupfoundation.com/
 
And their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fromthebottomupfoundation/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude." - Dale Carnegie
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
March 15 - Business meeting
March 22 - Dominic Rubino - Van Entrepren Assn - Global Student of the Year Award
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 19 members present as well as 1 guest, James Fox who will become a member next week.

We all recited the 4-way test.

 

Rotary Moment:

Cleo told us that she is currently taking a training program based on the works of Dale Carnegie. She was impressed to find that there are multiple references to Rotary in his books!
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Our club will take part in the Club Day organized by the Vancouver Public Library on March 4, 2017. The event will take place March 4th at the Library Square from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
  • Club members who are interested in visiting the upcoming RYLA can do so. You just need to let them know in advance, it will be on March 15th in Gibsons, BC. Contact info can be found in this link: http://ryla5040.org/contact/
 
Meeting -   Our guest speaker today was our member Sheila Anderson. She told us about Project Amigo, in Mexico. This year this is our international project.
 
Project Amigo was born when Rotarian Ted Rose first visited the state of Colima, back in 1984, he went to hike a volcano. But, instead, he took the wrong bus and found himself in a little poverty-stricken village.
 
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 ever to break out of poverty.
 
To achieve their goal, the project aims to remove the financial barriers to education through scholarships that include school fees, transportation, uniforms and school supplies, and a hot lunch.
 
To date, there are over 60 university graduates from the project.
 
To find out more, visit their official website: http://www.projectamigo.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion." - Dale Carnegie
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
 
March 8 - Philip Burgess - Bottoms Up Foundation
March 15 - Business meeting
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 15 members present as well as 2 visiting Rotarians from Brazil: Monica Wagner and Daladiana Lima. Both of them are here in Vancouver for a few months to learn English.

We all recited the 4-way test.

 

Rotary Moment:

Frances presented part III of the "Women in Rotary" topic. She told us about the "Inner Wheel Club" which is an international organisation closely linked to Rotary that was founded in 1924 by Margarette Golding, a nurse, business woman and the wife of a Manchester Rotarian, to unite wives and daughters of Rotarians.
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • RYLA. We are sponsoring 8 participants.
 
Meeting -   Today we had our Valentines day auction. Some great items were donated and our club raised funds for our operation.
 
 
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"All you need is loveBut a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz 
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
Feb 22 - King George Interact Club
March 1 - To be confirmed
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as 2 guests, James Fox, District chair of RYLA south and son of Peter Fox, and Brian Martin from the West Vancouver Sunrise club.

We all recited the 4-way test.

 

Rotary Moment:

Frances presented part II of the "Women in Rotary" topic. She told us how Rotary clubs in Sri Lanks and India wanted to include women as member. And this was 40 years before the US clubs finally allowed women as members.
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Valentines day auction. Please input your auction item in the online spreadsheet we sent earlier this week.
  • Peace fellowships. Please consider putting forward nominees for this opportunities.
  • RYLA. Looks like we will be sponsoring 7 atendees.
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
  • The District 5040 Conference, May 4 – 7, in Whistler, provides a great opportunity for sponsorship to profile your company and support Rotary. Please review the sponsorship package and take one of the options, or join with others in a joint sponsorship. More information here: https://goo.gl/xJPtlP
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was Nate Toevs from the Neil Squire Society.
 
The Neil Squire Society is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization that empowers Canadians with disabilities through advocacy, computer-based assistive technology, research and development, and various employment programs. It has five locations across Canada.
 
The Neil Squire Society began as a result of Bill Cameron's efforts with his relative Neil Squire. When Neil was paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident in 1980, Bill created a “sip-and-puff” machine to allow Neil to communicate using Morse code. 
 
Check out their website for more information: https://www.neilsquire.ca/ 
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." - H. G. Wells
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
Feb 15 - Business Meeting
Feb 22 - King George Interact Club
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as one guest, James Fox, District chair of RYLA south and son of Peter Fox.

We all recited the 4-way test.

 

Rotary Moment:

Frances will be doing The Rotary moment this month. Today she reminded us that women have only been allowed in Rotary for the past 30 years. It was not an easy transition from being a men-only organization. Clubs from Canada and California played a key role in this change.
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Fellowship Feb 8th Frankie's Jazz Bar. 4-6pm. Please let Peter Fox know if you are coming.
  • Hoopathon 2017 - We are in the process of confirming the Global TV sponsorship. The event will take place on June 3rd. 
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
  • The District 5040 Conference, May 4 – 7, in Whistler, provides a great opportunity for sponsorship to profile your company and support Rotary. Please review the sponsorship package and take one of the options, or join with others in a joint sponsorship. More information here: https://goo.gl/xJPtlP
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was James Fox, chair of RYLA south. 
 
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.
 
Our club is sponsoring 8 attendees this year, 6 from King George and 2 from Strathcona. 
 
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
Feb 8 - Nate Toevs - Neil Squire Soc - Emp Outreach
Feb 15 - Business Meeting
Feb 22 - King George Interact Club
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present as well as 2 visiting Rotarians: Ehud Falkovitz from Israel and Karin Egedekaderkova from Denmark.

We all recited the Four Way Test.  We had 20 members in attendance and no guests today.

 

Rotary Moment:

The Rotary moment today was to celebrate Lawrence Bicknell who today received his Paul Harris plus 3 medal, congratulations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Hoopathon 2017 - We are in the process of confirming the Global TV sponsorship. The event will take place on June 3rd. 
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today we had our Annual Robbie Burns party, with haggis and scotch!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
Feb 1 - Jason Bowman - BC Ferries
Feb 8 - Nate Toevs - Neil Squire Soc - Emp Outreach
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca

Today we celebrated our clubs 30th anniversary. We had a full house with many former members in attendance as well as guests such as: Davinder Grewal, our ADG. Ana Fernandez our financial guru, David Pasin from the West End community centre association. John Bathurst president of the Rotary club of Vancouver, our sponsor. Lokton Au, president of the King George Interact and many other guests.

 

Since today we had a party, there is not a whole lot to report other than sharing some pics from the event:

 

You can see all the pictures in this album: https://goo.gl/ka80IU

 

The thought of the Day: 
 

Rotary vision: Observance of the Golden Rule of service — Real Happiness Is Helping Others

“The search for individual joy, satisfaction, and happiness is universal, and I strongly believe it is a goal that can best be fulfilled by helping others....Some of the most rewarding moments in our lives occur when we are helping, serving, and caring for others.”

— A Chat with President Cliff, THE ROTARIAN, August 1992

 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
Jan 25 - Robbie Burns Day
Feb 1 - Jason Bowman - BC Ferries
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we all recited the Four Way Test.  We had 20 members in attendance and no guests today.

 

Rotary Moment:

The Rotary moment today was about our guiding principles:
 
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the following:
 
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
 
Announcements:
 
  • Abigail was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow, you become a PHF when $US1000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations!
  • Hoopathon 2017 - The first meeting will be on January 17th at 5 pm. The event will take place on June 3rd. 
  • Our club will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this next January 18th. Make sure you attend the meeting!
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today we had our Annual General Meeting. 
 
 
The thought of the Day: 
 
“If we train our youth properly, we need not have any fear as to the future of the world.” — Inaugural Address, 1949 Rotary Convention, New York, New York, USA
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
18 - Jan - Club's 30th Anniversary
25 Jan - Robbie Burns Day
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, Frances led us in the Four Way Test.  We had 14 members in attendance and no guests today.

 

Rotary Moment:

The Rotary moment today was a reminder about the importance of membership.
 
Announcements:
 
  • Hoopathon 2017 - The first meeting will be on January 17th at 5 pm. The event will take place on June 3rd. 
  • Our club will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this next January 18th. Make sure you attend the meeting!
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was Ron Suzuki giving us his classification talk.
 
These are some of the highlights of his presentation about his fascinating and inspiring life:
 
  • His Grand Father arrived in Canada from Japan in 1905.
  • He was born in Delta, BC and had a 41-year career as a community centre operator. 16 of those years in the Strathcona community centre.
  • He was able to put himself through school by working full time and learning the 4 hours of sleep method.
  • He was an avid runner and he was the top Canadian running in the Seattle marathon in 1978.
  • In 1982 he became the national coach for the Cerebral Palsy Association.
  • He is a licensed Sushi instructor and was hired by Jim Pattison to teach at the World Fair.
  • He has taught sushi making to over 50K people.
 
 
The thought of the Day: 
 
“Man has affinity for his fellowman, 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.”

— A Road I Have Travelled, THE ROTARIAN, February 1934
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
11 - Jan - Business meeting
18 - Jan - Club's 30th Anniversary
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, Cleo led us in the Four Way Test.  We had 12 members in attendance, Rotarian Gordon Cormack from Calgary and our guest speaker, Nick Parker.

 

Rotary Moment:

“Rotary is Fellowship. Real Fellowship is frank, spontaneous, full of warmth, and if
you want to gauge its depth you will find that it is the difference between “Mister”
and “Bill” — “Reverend” and “Jack.”

— Call Him “Bill,” THE ROTARIAN, May 1915
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • There is no meeting next week, December 28th. 
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
  • Sheila will be visiting Project Amigo in Mexico. She is requesting children and teens clothing donations. She leaves on January 6th, please make sure you bring your donations before that.
 
Meeting -   Today our guest speaker was Rev. Nick Parker. He is currently the rector of St. Stephen's in West Vancouver. A former Canadian Naval Officer, he attended Royal Military College, Trent University, and Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. 

Nick is a keen sailor, cyclist and boat builder with a love of the outdoors. His musical claim to fame is that he was once introduced by his Cathedral Organist as playing the bagpipes and the banjo.
 
He spoke about the global network of Mission to Seafarers centres (www.missiontoseafarers.org). These places offer a warm and hospitable “home away from home,” for those who visit the worlds ports.  Vancouver and Roberts Bank are no exception, as the Chaplains, Staff and Volunteers offer their best to ensure that the needs of the seafarers are met.
 
The thought of the Day: 
 
"This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!"
 
D.M. Dellinger
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
  4- Jan - Ron Suzuki Classification Talk
11 - Jan - Business meeting
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, Cleo led us in the Four Way Test.  We had no speaker today, no visitors today AND only 9 members today.  We have a speaker next week, so it would be good if we had better attendance for that meeting on Dec.21. NOTE-  There is no meeting planned for Dec 28.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
“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.” 
 
— A Road I Have Travelled, THE ROTARIAN, February 1934—
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • WEST END SENIORS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON- After 30 years of our involvement in the Seniors Christmas Lunch, the format has changed somewhat. It has been organized by the Seniors Board, but 8-9 volunteers from our club attended the luncheon at the Coast Hotel and helped serve the Egg Nog and drinks as well as help with the coat check room.
  • ANNUAL ROTARY DISTRICT 5040 CONFERENCE 2016
     Please make a point of opening the website for the District Conference which will take place in Whistler from May 4th to the 7th, 2017. There are discounts for the conference if you follow up sooner than later. The website is: http://celebraterotary.ca/
 
Meeting -   Today was a Club Meeting. 

Financials for the year 2015 -2016 were presented by Peter Fox.   Rather than summarize it here, Peter will make sure that a copy is sent to all members of our club. 

Our President then reviewed that progression of our Action Plans for the remainder of the year. Again, Cleo will ensure that each member will receive a copy of the latest update (December 13, 2016) on the email. 

The board mentioned that the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) donation of 100 dollars US needed to be reviewed. If you are not sure how to arrange monthly, quarterly or annual payments, check with Peter or Sheila.
 
Remember that we have a very special meeting on January 18 to celebrate our 30th anniversary of our inception into Rotary. We will be inviting as many of our past members as will be able to come to that meeting, to join us in our celebration. 
 
MEMBERSHIP-   A while back, we all received a request from the membership committee (Vic) to list a few names of people who would be potential members for the future. Only a small number were turned in to Vic. Please try to get these in to Vic. If you need a copy of the memo, please let him  know.
 
The 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.” 
 
— A Road I Have Travelled, THE ROTARIAN, February 1934—
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
21-Dec - Nick Parker "The holiday season"
4- Jan - Ron Suzuki Classification Talk
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 15 members present. We had three guests, Alan Reynolds, who is a charter member of our club and Anthony Kupferschmidt, who is the Executive Director of the West End Seniors Network and our guest speaker Jordan Bateman, from the Canadian Taxpayer Federation.

The 4-way test was read by all members in perfect sync ;)

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Matthew Lynam will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he told us about a program called Smile, from Amazon. With this program, you choose a charity of your choice, such as the Rotary Foundation, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to that charity. For more details visit: https://smile.amazon.com/
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Lawrence and Bev hosted a wonderful Christmas party for all members. Those who attended report having had a blast and having enjoyed incredible food!
  • We will be providing Eggnog and punch for the west end seniors on Sunday at 10am at the Coast hotel on Comox Street.   1763 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5
  • Sheila will be travelling to Mexico next month to visit "Project Amigo". She requests that we donate children and young adult clothes that she can take there.
  • We are celebrating our clubs' 30th anniversary next month. Our celebration party will be on Wednesday January 18th 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
 
Meeting -  Our guest speakers today was Jordan Bateman, from the BC chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. This is a citizens advocacy group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government. They are a federally incorporated, non-profit organization that has 30,156 donors across the country and is governed by a five-person board of directors. 
 
He spoke about the Teddy Awards. The "Teddies" are awarded to government entities and politicians wasteful spending or high taxes. Founded in 1999, The Teddies are named after Ted Weatherill, a former Chairman of the Canada Labour Relations Board who was terminated in 1998 for expenses incompatible with his position. The expenses included $150,000 in meals over eight years and over $700 for a lunch in Paris.
 
This year the Federal Government Teddy went to Canada’s delegation to the 2014 conference numbered 69 people – but the new Trudeau government quadrupled that figure to 283 for the 2015 event. The total bill for taxpayers has yet to be tallied, but the costs from one Ministerial office alone ran to $282,000.
 
The Provincial Government Teddy went to Prince Edward Island’s Department of Tourism and Culture. They printed 180,000 copies of their 2015 tourism guide. The cover features a man and a woman relaxing on a sandy PEI beach, with the woman reading a book and the man in shorts laying back and relaxing. Unfortunately, the department clearly failed to notice a significant “bulge” in his shorts that appears to be an erection.
 
The Municipal Teddy went to The City of Calgary spent an extra $246,000 on a project to embed LED lights on its new Forest Lawn Lift Station that change colour depending on how fast the station is pumping waste water.
 
The positive side of all of these awards is that they are almost never any repeat winners. Which would indicate that the wasteful entities actually change their ways after "winning" one of these awards.
 
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
 
 
The thought of the Day: 
 
The best things in life are tax-free.
 
Anonymous
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
14-Dec - Business Meeting
21-Dec - Nick Parker "The holiday season"
4- Jan - Ron Suzuki Classification Talk
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present and our guest speakers: Craig and William Veroni and Shelina Dilgir.

 

The 4-way test was read by all members in perfect sync ;)

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Ron Suzuki will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he told us the story of the Rotary wheel logo:  The first design was made in 1905 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."
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • Lawrence will be hosting our Christmas party. Make sure you email him if you plan to go.
  • We are participating in the West End Seniors Network Christmas lunch this year,  in a different capacity. This time we will be serving the punch and eggnog. The event is on December 11th. Please contact Matthew Lynam for details.
 
Meeting -  Our guest speakers today talked about Type 1 diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). For over 40 years, JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy.
 
Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Without insulin, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. Your body produces glucose and also gets glucose from foods like bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, milk and fruit.

The cause of type 1 diabetes remains unknown. It is not caused by eating too much sugar, and is not preventable. The current thought is that type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin.
 
People with T1D have to test their blood sugar level up to 10 times a day, including nighttime. Families of children diagnosed with T1D receive support and guidance through JDRF.
 
Please check out their website for more details: http://www.jdrf.ca/
 
 
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the Day: 
 
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free
 
Frederic Douglass
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
7-Dec - Jordan Bateman "Canadian Taxpayers Federation"
14-Dec - Business Meeting
21-Dec - Nick Parker "The holiday season".
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 13 members present and our 2 guest speakers: Manion Broadbent and Sally Boschung.

 

The 4-way test was read by John Haley.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Ron Suzuki will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he told us the names of some celebrities who actively support and endorse Rotary:
 
  • Jackie Chan
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Archie Panjabi
  • Henry Winkler
  • Buzz Aldrin and many more.
 
Announcements:
 
  • Lawrence will be hosting our Christmas party, but he has not received confirmation from most members on whether we are attending or not. Make sure you email him if you plan to go.
  • The district conference will be on May 4-7 2017 in Whistler. Please take the time to check out the video below:
 
  • We're confirmed for our Club Beer Night this Tuesday at the Red Truck Beer Company, 295 E 1st Ave in Vancouver. Please let Cam Scott know if you are coming.
 
 
Meeting -  Our guest speakers today gave us a very interesting presentation about New Zealand's balanced literacy approach.
 
  • Reading Recovery is an effective early literacy intervention designed to significantly reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties in schools. Reading Recovery provides daily one to one teaching with a specially trained teacher for children making the slowest progress in literacy learning after a year at school. It is supplementary to classroom instruction.
  • Manion, Sally and other teachers went to New Zealand in 2014 to learn about how to implement this program in the Vancouver School Board.
  • They have since founded a non-profit to promote this program in the Lower Mainland.
  • They are looking for a Rotary partner club to apply for a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the Day: 
 
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free
 
Frederic Douglass
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
30-Nov - Mystery Speaker "Type 1 Diabetes"
7-Dec - Jordan Bateman "Canadian Taxpayers Federation"
14-Dec - Business Meeting
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 15 members present and 1 visiting Rotarian, Terry Miller from the Vancouver Rotary.

 

The 4-way test was read by Carlos.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Ron Suzuki will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he touched on a few interesting facts about RYLA:
 
  • When did it start? A:1959
  • Where did it start? A: Queensland, Australia
  • For more details check their website: http://ryla5050.org/
 
Announcements:
 
  • Terry Miller from the Vancouver club stopped by our meeting to invite us to the Million Dollar Dinner for the Rotary foundation. It will take place on January 9th. District 5040 and 5040 will celebrate 100 Years of The Rotary Foundation doing good in the world on Monday, January 9, 2017. Keynote speaker is RI President John Germ. - See more at: http://rotary5040.org/event/million-dollar-dinner/
 
 
Meeting -  Today we had a business meeting to discuss, plan and set goals for our club's future.
 
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the Day: 
 
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. ~Author unknown
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
23-Nov - Marion Broadbent "New Zealand School Exchange"
30-Nov - Mystery Speaker "Type 1 Diabetes"
7-Dec - Jordan Bateman "Canadian Taxpayers Federation"
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 15 members present, 1 visiting Rotarian, Brian Kerr who was also our guest speaker. And 5 guests from the Strathcona community centre who visited us to receive the cheque for the funds raised in the Hoopathon: Sally Chang, Mitra Tan, Christina Hong, Harvey Eng and Stephanie Chow.

 

The 4-way test was read by all.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Ron Suzuki will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he had a couple of quiz questions about the Hoopathon:
 
  • When did it start? A:2006
  • How much has it raised? A:$225K!!
 
Announcements:
 
Today we presented the Strathcona community centre with a cheque with the funds raised in this years Hoopathon:
 
 
 
Meeting -  Our guest Speaker today was Brian J Kerr. He joined Rotary in 2005 and is currently a member of the West Vancouver Sunrise club, where he was president in 2011.
 
His presentation was on Canada's achievements during the Great War. Canada's sacrifices and contributions to the Great War changed its history and enabled it to become more independent, while opening a deep rift between the French and English speaking populations.
 
For the first time in Canadian military history, Canadian forces fought as a distinct unit, first under a British commander but ultimately under a Canadian-born commander. The highpoints of Canadian military achievement during the Great War came during the Somme, Vimy, and Passchendaele battles and what later became known as "Canada's Hundred Days". 
 
Canada's total casualties stood at the end of the war at 67,000 killed and 250,000 wounded, out of an expeditionary force of 620,000 people mobilized (39% of mobilized were casualties).
 
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 

 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
16-Nov - Business Meeting
23-Nov - Marion Broadbent "New Zealand School Exchange"
30-Nov - King George Interact Club 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present as well as 3 visiting Rotarians, 2 from Dallas, Texas. Matt Michel and David Heimer. And Don Evans, our guest speaker.

The 4-way test was read by John Haley.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Ron Suzuki will be doing the Rotary moment this month. Today he commented on all the good things about Rotary. Among those:
 
  • The Rotary foundation
  • The social networking aspect of belonging to a club
  • Giving back
  • Supports peace
  • Youth programs such as Rotaract and RYLA.
 
Announcements:
 
1) The “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.”  Was a huge success, 8 Rotarians attended and it was a very hands on and insightful course.
 
 
Meeting -  Our guest Speaker today was Don Evans, has been a Rotarian for more than 29 years. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (2002-2003) and has held many different positions with the club. He is also active with District 5040 as Strategic Planning Chair, a member of the District Foundation Committee and is a PETS Trainer.
 
Don is also President Emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association, and has been active with the group for 40 years - it would be fair to say that railroading is one of don's passions .  Don also serves on the boards of both businesses and other non profits .He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his active community involvement and was named 2005 Business Person of the Year by the Squamish Chamber of Commerce for his work with the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. 
 
His presentation today was to tell us about the Rotary foundation's 100 years and some of the amazing achievements it has had in this time period. The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
 
Charles M. Schulz
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
9-Nov -   Brian Kerr "Remembrance Day"
16-Nov - Business Meeting
23-Nov - Marion Broadbent "New Zealand School Exchange"
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 

At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 16 members present as well as 3 guests, the Piñon family from Spain.

The 4-way test was read by all the members in perfect unison.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
Peter Browne had some Rotary trivia questions for us today:
 
1) How long did it take for Rotary to have 1,000 clubs? A: 11 years!
 
2) What is the furthest distance that a Rotary banner has travelled? A: A Rotary banner was onboard the Apolo 8!
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Sheila gave us an update about our International project, there are multiple fund-raising ideas for the Project Amigo, she will keep us posted with the best options.
 
Meeting -  Today we had a business meeting to discuss the goals for our club and how to achieve them. Exciting times ahead!
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
 
Charles M. Schulz
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
2-Nov -   Don Evans "Foundation Month"
9-Nov -   Brian Kerr "Remembrance Day"
16-Nov - Business Meeting
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

The meeting took place at the Vancouver Food Bank, where we learned about how it is run, how it helps today and the plans for the future. As our special guest, we had Hanne Hoistra, our exchange student from 5 years ago.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Peter Browne had 3 Rotary trivia questions for us today:
 
1) When was the first Rotary meeting? A: February 1905
 
2) When was the first meeting outside of the US? A: Winnipeg!
 
3) When was the first meeting outside North America? A: Dublin
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Sheila gave us an update about our International project, there are multiple fund-raising ideas for the Project Amigo, she will keep us posted with the best options.
 
Meeting -  Our host at the Vancouver food bank was Aart Schuurman Hess, who is also a Rotarian. He gave us a presentation and a tour of the facilities.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
 
  • The food bank was founded in 1982
  • Initially, it served 200 individuals per month. This has grown to 26,500 per week!
  • It serves Vancouver, North and West Van and Burnaby.
  • 20% of the clients are children and 19% are seniors.
  • 56% of their clients have a household monthly income of $1,200
  • 46% of the food they distribute comes directly from farmers.
  • They have 13 distribution locations and the food gets distributed with the help of 100 community agencies.
  • Visit their website for more information: https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/
Pics from our visit:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
 
Charles M. Schulz
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
26-Oct - Business Meeting
2-Nov - Don Evans "Foundation Month"
9-Nov - Brian Kerr "Remembrance Day"
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting, we had 18 Members one guest, Fabiola Sanchez and 2 Rotarian guests, our District Governor Lyn Stroshin and our Assistant District Governor Davinder Grewal . The 4-way test was read by Ron Suzuki.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Peter Browne told us that at the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
3) Lawrence asked us to express our support for the youth exchange program, we are in need of another family to host an exchange student for 2 months. We may have to partner with another club to be able to host a student. If you are able to host please get in touch with Lawrence.
 
4) For our club's Christmas party we are planning to have it on December 4th and this year it may be a brunch rather than a dinner. Stay tuned for more on this later!
 
5) Matthew Lynam was awarded a Paul Harris medal today for his huge contributions to our club, congrats!!
 
Meeting -  Our guest speaker today was Lyn Stroshin who is the District 5040 Governor. She looks after 48 Rotary clubs. These are some of the highlights of her presentation:
 
  • Rotary is now focusing on youth as this is the future of Rotary
  • Business networking is being encouraged, this was a big part of how Rotary was founded and it remains a legitimate interest for our members.
  • The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
  • The Rotary Foundation today is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. From its humble beginnings of $26.50 the TRF now has a billion in assets which is an incredible testament to the generosity of Rotarians worldwide.
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
 
Robert Louis Stevenson
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
19-Oct - Meeting at the food bank.
26-Oct - Business Meeting
2-Nov - Don Evans "Foundation Month"
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and no guests. The 4 way test was read by Bill.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Today the Rotary moment was a trivia question: Do you know what Rotarian Bill Gates' largest holding is?
 
CN Rail, believe it or not!
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on October 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
3) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
4) Membership. You should have received an email with a form that you need to fill out. Make sure you send it over to Ron and Vicente.
 
Meeting -  We did not have a guest speaker today. We talked about people who have influenced us in a positive way.
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
 
Robert Louis Stevenson
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
12-Oct - Business Meeting with Lyn Stroshin, District Governor.
19-Oct - Meeting at the food bank.
26-Oct - Business Meeting
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 18 Members and no guests. The 4 way test was read by Carlos.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail gave us a quiz to test our Rotary knowledge with these 3 questions:
 
1) Do you know which are the 6 areas of focus of the Rotary foundation? Here they are:
 
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development.
2) How many countries have Rotary clubs? 200!
 
3) What is the Rotary Foundation's mission? The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on October 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
3) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
4) During the meeting we also reviewed our club's 3 year strategic plan.
 
Guest Speaker -  Our guest speaker today was our member Peter Browne who gave us his classification talk.
 
Some of the many interesting points he mentioned were:
 
1) He was born in Vancouver, went to school here.
 
2) He had an industrial insulation business.
 
3) He has 2 boys
 
4) His wife owns an art gallery in Deep Cove
 
5) He enjoys fishing, wood working and traveling.
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
 
John Dewey
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
12-Oct         Bus Mtg                  Lyn Stroshin District Governor
19-Oct         Meeting at the food bank.
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 16 Members and a guest, Brian Silzer who is a friend of Bill Sheddy. The 4 way test was read by Cam Scott.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail tested our knowledge of Rotary's history with these 2 questions:
 
1) What month was Rotary founded on? hint, 2nd month of the year
 
2) What were the names and professions of the co-founders, other than Paul Harris? Gustavus Loehr (mining engineer), Silvester Schiele (coal dealer), and Hiram E. Shorey (merchant tailor).
 
Announcements:
 
1) On September 17 there is an invitation from the Arbutus club to our club for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kits-beach-cleanup-volunteer-bbq-free-tickets-20747851382
 
2) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
3) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on october 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
4) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
Business Meeting -  Today we had our monthly business meeting to discuss our club's 3 year plan. Thank you to all board members for their hard work!
 
We also saw a video about "Project Amigo" which is our International project. Please watch the video below:
 
 
Click here to learn more about Project Amigo: http://www.projectamigo.org/
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"A plan without a goal is just a wish"
 
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
 
21-Sept       Cheryl Borgmann     Junior Achievement
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and a guest, Nancy Lee. The 4 way test was read by Frances.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail reminded us that this Wednesday was the international day of peace. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centres. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on October 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
3) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
4) Project Amigo is our chosen International Project to sponsor over the next 3 years. Project Amigo ( formerly Rotary Project Amigo)  has been in operation for 30 years helping the poor rural kids of the State of Colima, Mexico  to get an education and help themselves and their families out of systemic poverty. 
 
It has been and continues to be a huge success and our contribution will help it to continue to grow and service the underprivileged children in the area. Please check out the website at: www.projectamigo.org.
 
Guest Speaker -  Our guest speaker today was Sheryl Borgmann. She is the regional manager for the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley region for Junior Achievement of BC. 
 
JA is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 member organizations worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities.
 
Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 38,000 BC students benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
 
Visit their website to learn more: http://jabc.ca/
 
 
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
'You give but little when you give of your possessions.It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.'
 
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
12-Oct         Bus Mtg                  Lyn Stroshin District Governor
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and a guest, Nancy Lee. The 4 way test was read by Frances.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail reminded us that this Wednesday was the international day of peace. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centres. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on October 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
3) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
4) Project Amigo is our chosen International Project to sponsor over the next 3 years. Project Amigo ( formerly Rotary Project Amigo)  has been in operation for 30 years helping the poor rural kids of the State of Colima, Mexico  to get an education and help themselves and their families out of systemic poverty. 
 
It has been and continues to be a huge success and our contribution will help it to continue to grow and service the underprivileged children in the area. Please check out the website at: www.projectamigo.org.
 
Guest Speaker -  Our guest speaker today was Sheryl Borgmann. She is the regional manager for the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley region for Junior Achievement of BC. 
 
JA is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 member organizations worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities.
 
Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 38,000 BC students benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
 
Visit their website to learn more: http://jabc.ca/
 
 
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
'You give but little when you give of your possessions.It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.'
 
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
12-Oct         Bus Mtg                  Lyn Stroshin District Governor
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and a guest, Nancy Lee. The 4 way test was read by Frances.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail reminded us that this Wednesday was the international day of peace. Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centres. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
 
Announcements:
 
 
1) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
2) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on October 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
3) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
4) Project Amigo is our chosen International Project to sponsor over the next 3 years. Project Amigo ( formerly Rotary Project Amigo)  has been in operation for 30 years helping the poor rural kids of the State of Colima, Mexico  to get an education and help themselves and their families out of systemic poverty. 
 
It has been and continues to be a huge success and our contribution will help it to continue to grow and service the underprivileged children in the area. Please check out the website at: www.projectamigo.org.
 
Guest Speaker -  Our guest speaker today was Sheryl Borgmann. She is the regional manager for the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley region for Junior Achievement of BC. 
 
JA is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 member organizations worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities.
 
Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 38,000 BC students benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
 
Visit their website to learn more: http://jabc.ca/
 
 
 
 
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
'You give but little when you give of your possessions.It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.'
 
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
12-Oct         Bus Mtg                  Lyn Stroshin District Governor
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 16 Members and a guest, Brian Silzer who is a friend of Bill Sheddy. The 4 way test was read by Cam Scott.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail tested our knowledge of Rotary's history with these 2 questions:
 
1) What month was Rotary founded on? hint, 2nd month of the year
 
2) What were the names and professions of the co-founders, other than Paul Harris? Gustavus Loehr (mining engineer), Silvester Schiele (coal dealer), and Hiram E. Shorey (merchant tailor).
 
Announcements:
 
1) On September 17 there is an invitation from the Arbutus club to our club for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kits-beach-cleanup-volunteer-bbq-free-tickets-20747851382
 
2) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 29 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
3) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on october 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
4) Our meeting on October 19th will be at the Food Bank, make sure you make a note of this.
 
Business Meeting -  Today we had our monthly business meeting to discuss our club's 3 year plan. Thank you to all board members for their hard work!
 
We also saw a video about "Project Amigo" which is our International project. Please watch the video below:
 
 
Click here to learn more about Project Amigo: http://www.projectamigo.org/
 
Pics from our meeting:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"A plan without a goal is just a wish"
 
 
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
 
21-Sept       Cheryl Borgmann     Junior Achievement
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
5 - Oct         Denise Walker         Kindness
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members 2 visiting Rotarians, Brad Reminek and Bill Jones. And our guest speaker John Chalkias. 

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Abigail gave us a very encouraging update about the fight to end Polio:
 
Rotary has committed an additional $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio – donating a total of $70 million in 2016 alone. The announcement comes on the heels of significant strides made against the paralyzing disease, leaving just two polio-endemic countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. If current progress continues, 2016 may mark the last case of wild poliovirus.
 
Announcements:
 
1) On September 17 there is an invitation from the Arbutus club to our club for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. More info here: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/778/Stories/cleaning-our-beaches
 
2) Sunday September 11th is our annual outing to Hastings Park. Please note that this is an afternoon outing. Friends and Family are welcome. To find out the costs and info regarding the buffet go to : http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/silks/ Racing starts at 1.30 p.m.
 
3) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 22 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
4) Our District Governor will be visiting our club on october 12th, make sure to attend that meeting.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was John Chalkias, founder of Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry™ started in 1995 after hearing about the plight of children orphaned because of AIDS. In 1996 Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry™ opened the first home for HIV/AIDS children in Thailand. Since that time, they have been involved in bringing aid to children in several countries. Our biggest projects are in Ndola, Zambia.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
 
  • 93% of all donations go directly to children, distributed through food, education, housing, and other programming.
  • Seeds of Hope receives no government funding
  • The Buseko Children's Home is the first and currently the only Home in Zambia specifically for HIV/AIDS affected or infected children.
  • Since 2005 they have been able to provide antiretroviral (ARV's) therapy for all our HIV positive children.
  • More info on their website: http://www.seedsofhopecm.com/
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
 
Sam Levenson
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
14-Sept       Business meeting
21-Sept       Cheryl Borgmann     Junior Achievement
28 -Sept      Peter Browne           Classification Talk
 
Pics from the meeting:
 
 
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and our guest speaker Tom Smith, Membership District Chair. The 4 Way Test was read by John Haley.

 

Rotary Moment:
 
Larry Belsito told us  some very interesting facts about Rotary:
 
  • There are more than 1.2 Million Rotarians all over the world in more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries in all geographic areas.
  • The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships is the world’s largest, privately funded scholarship program.
  • Providing vitamin A supplements during polio National Immunization Days has averted an estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths since 1998 – testimony to the “plus” in PolioPlus.
  • The first service project of the first Rotary club of Chicago was installation of public toilets in the city.
  • The first Rotaract Club was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
  • The first women joined Rotary in 1987. Today, more than 196,000 woman are members of Rotary International.
 
Announcements:
 
1) On September 17 there is an invitation from the Arbutus club to our club for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. More info here: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/778/Stories/cleaning-our-beaches
 
2) Sunday September 11th is our annual outing to Hastings Park. Please note that this is an afternoon outing. Friends and Family are welcome. To find out the costs and info regarding the buffet go to : http://www.hastingsracecourse.com/silks/ Racing starts at 1.30 p.m.
 
3) Ron Suzuki made an announcement about how 12 schools are facing closure in Vancouver due to not meeting the required number of students signed up. He is fighting to keep Britannia school open since it provides many social services to the community. 
 
4) Ted is promoting the “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 15 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please get in touch with Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Tom Smith, our Membership Chair for District 5040. He presented us the latest ideas about how to sell Rotary to attract and retain members.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
 
  • There is now a lead generation program in the Rotary International website.
  • There will soon be a professionally produced video that we can all show to prospective members.
  • There are 4 areas where we need to work to find new members: ethnic diversity, women, baby boomers and young professionals.
  • When hosting fireside chats we need to cover the following topics: dues, attendance and mentoring.
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"Alone we can do little, together we can do much"
 
Helen Keller
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
7-Sept         Brad Reminek          Solar Panels for an orphanage in Zambia
14-Sept       Business meeting
21-Sept       Cheryl Borgmann     Junior Achievement
 
Pics from the meeting and from the recent trip to Whistler:
 
 
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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