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We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton St
Vancouver, BC  V6G 3H4
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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.
 
 
 
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