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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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
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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
 
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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.
 
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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​​​​​​​
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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.

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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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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
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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
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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
 
 
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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
 
 
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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 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
 
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4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four-Way Test. Today we had 13 members present as well as three visiting Rotarians, Harold McLeod from Florida, Shail Mahanti from the Arbutus club and Thora Thorasdottir from Iceland.
 
Our meeting today took an unexpected turn since we were not able to access the community centre. As resourceful Rotarians, we quickly found an alternate meeting venue in Diana's party room of her building :)
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Today Ron Suzuki presented the RM. These are his words:
 
"Rotarians Celebrating Diversity Everyday. 
 
It was very challenging for people of Color in the early part of the 20th Century. In 1914 the Komagata Maru a chartered ship of South Asian Immigrants was not allowed to land in Vancouver.1920 was the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States 1923 the Chinese Immigration Act banned Chinese from making Canada their home. 

25,000.00 Japanese Canadians were interned in 1942.
 
In 1921  when Racial Restriction was addressed in Rotary it was formally determined that racial restriction would not be permitted. Non-Racism was included in the Rotary terms of the standard constitution in 1922, required to be adopted by all member clubs. 
 
Rotary and other service clubs in the last decade have encouraged the membership of the LGBQT community as well as other minorities. Peter and I marched in last months Pride Parade in front of 650,000 we both thought maybe next year getting all the Vancouver Rotary Clubs to participate as a community service entry."

Announcements:
 
  • The Project Amigo Dia de Los Muertos dinner fundraiser will be on October 21st at the Hellenic Centre. Tickets will be $50 and the event page can be found here:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/day-of-the-dead-party-for-project-amigo-tickets-36905247589
 
  • The Rotary Club of Vancouver Downtown invited us to the Rotary Foundation Dinner on November 18. More details in this link: http://richmondrotary.com/event/rotary-foundation-dinner/
  • Shail Mahanti invited us to the "Shredathon for Clean Oceans" organized by the Arbutus Rotary Club. This project aims to raise funds to clean up the beaches and shores of El Salvador. The event will be on September 30th from 10 am to 2 pm. The meeting place will be the Shell gas station on Broadway and Arbutus.
Meeting:
 
Our meeting today was adapted from the original plan since we did not have AV in place. John Charbonneau was kind enough to offer to come back and give his presentation next week.
 
This image shows what a group of locked-out Rotarians look like:
 

Thought of the day:
 
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. -Epictetus
 

Next Speakers:

September 27 - John Charbonneau, Reverse Mortgages.
Krystal Brennan, Stream of Dreams Murals Society.
Raymond Greenwood, Mr. Fireworks.
 
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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.
 
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4 Way Test:
 
Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 16 members present as well as one guest, 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
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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4 Way Test:

Alfredo led the group in the Four Way Test. Today we had 16 members present, as well as 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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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At this Wednesday's meeting, we had 14 members present as well as Joan Posivy from the Rotary club of Vancouver.

 

Rotary Moment:

 
James Fox jumped right into his club duties by providing us with a Rotary moment today. He told us about the Guatemala literacy project. The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a partnership between Rotary International clubs and the non-profit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd). This initiative provides badly-needed textbooks, computer labs, scholarships, literacy and training programs to underprivileged children in Guatemala.
 
You can find more details on their website: http://www.coeduc.org/r_about.htm
 
 
Announcements:
 
  • The hoopathon kickoff meeting will be at our club on April 19th.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise President and Foundation Chair would you please encourage your members to sign up for our District's most important annual event in support of The Rotary Foundation, especially as we celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Guests are welcome. Please email Ted for more information.
  • Volunteers needed.  The annual TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is taking place on June 11th. As one of their signature fundraising events, they rely on over 500 volunteers to help them execute the event. If any members are interested in volunteering they are welcome to review opportunities on the two websites below. They need volunteers in Stanley Park Vancouver as well as Mill Lake in Abbotsford.
     
    Vancouver: https://goo.gl/A6zV7S
     
    Fraser Valley: https://goo.gl/ksrBPu
     
    Any help would be most appreciated.
 
Meeting -   During our meeting today we had Joan Posivy, from the Vancouver Rotary, tell us about the Global Youth Project. She founded this project in 2014
 
One of her favourite speaking engagements — for the last 20 years, in fact — has been at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp for young adults. I see an incredible amount of talent and potential in each one of them, and more importantly, I want to be sure they see this in themselves. 
 
Check out her website here: http://globalyouthproject.org/
 
Pic from our meeting:
 
 
 
 
Thought of the day:
 
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein
 
Next 2 Speakers:
 
March 29 - Jamey McDonald    Better Lives Counselling/New Hope
April 5 - Dale Albertson    Fundraising for Charities
 
Important Links:
 
 
Set up your Rotary foundation donation via credit card: Just click here
 
We now have a proper website under our own domain name: rotaryvancouversunrise.ca
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
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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
 
 
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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
 
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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
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 11 2017 Carlos Obregon 2017-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jan 04, 2017
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 4 2017 Carlos Obregon 2017-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 21st 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 14 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 7 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 30 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Nov 23, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 23 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Nov 09, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
November 16 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
November 9th 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
November 2nd 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
October 26 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
October 19 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
October 12 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

October 5 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Sep 28, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 28 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Sep 21, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 21 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Sep 14, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 14 2016 Carlos Obregon 2016-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Sep 07, 2016
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 7th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Aug 31, 2016

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 31 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Aug 24, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and no guests today.

The 4 Way Test was read by Vicente.
 
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Larry Belsito told us about the history of the Rotary Bell. Most clubs ring a bell to call the meeting to order and to adjournment. The use of a bell and gavel was taken from the Roberts Rules of Order. The use of the Rotary bell has never been mandated, but it has become a custom with most Rotary Clubs. The first bell was used in 1915 at a Ladies Night Meeting in Kansas City. A sign was on display which commanded all attendees to sit down when the bell was rang.

On the 100th anniversary of Rotary, in 2003, Rotary celebrated with five bells. One travelled to the first 100 clubs to join Rotary International. The other four went to the first Rotary club formed in each country in the world.
 
Announcements:
 
1) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
2) 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
 
3) Elena Agala has invited our club members to a dinner on Thursday September 1st at 5pm. The dinner is a recognition and celebration of what The Rotary Foundation has done for the Philippines – and the world – especially in the eradication of Polio. 
 
4) 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.
 
5) T Shirts are in. Invoices will be sent to each person. There were three types and three different prices.
 
6) Ted will send an email regarding “ Rotarian save live-CPR/AED training and certification.” The session will be on October 15 near the Seabus terminal in North Vancouver. Please reply to Ted if you would be interested in attending.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Michael Alty, who presented the second part of his classification talk. Michael gave us a very comprehensive report on the history the Treaty Laws, beginning with the first treaty in 1763 as proclaimed by George 3rd in England. James Douglas in 1849, BC ‘s second governor, was the first person to buy land from the Aboriginals.

There is a duty to consult and where appropriate, accommodate. The aboriginal groups which occupied land at the time of European Sovereignty, never ceded or lost their right to the land. If there is interest in reading more, please touch base with Michael for interesting books on the subject.
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
If there is to be reconciliation first, there must be truth. 
 
Timothy Tyson
 
Next 3 Speakers:

31-Aug        Tom Smith              Membership
7-Sept         Brad Reminek          Solar Panels for an orphanage in Zambia
14-Sept       Business meeting
 
Pics:
A famous Rotarian, note the Rotary pin in his lapel
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 24 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Aug 17, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 12 Members and 3 visiting Rotarians: Viktor Grinewitsehus from Germany and Chris and Tamara Stilwell from Australia.

The 4 Way Test was read in German by Viktor.
 
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Larry Belsito told us about the large number of famous people and historical figures that have been Rotarians. The list includes: Churchill, Walt Disney, Prince Phillip, Thomas Edison, Ted Turner, George Bush, Hillary Clinton and many more. In case you are curious you can find a very long list here: http://www.rotaractorwiki.org/wiki/Famous_Rotarians
 
Announcements:
 
1) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
2) 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
 
3) Elena Agala has invited our club members to a dinner on Thursday September 1st at 5pm. The dinner is a recognition and celebration of what The Rotary Foundation has done for the Philippines – and the world – especially in the eradication of Polio. 
 
4) 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.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Lauryn Oates who spoke about an organization called Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Lauryn is a consultant in International Development specializing in Women's Rights Education and Literacy. In 1996 at the age of fourteen, she heard about Afghani Taliban regime's treatment of women and girls and was inspired to do something about their oppression. She founded Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, an all volunteer organization with 13 chapters in Canada.
 
Some of the many highlights of her presentation:
 
1) CW4WA has 2 main projects, and "out of school" literacy and life skills program and to strengthen and equip the public school system.
 
2) 8,000 teachers have been trained since 2008
 
3) There are now 8-10 million girls in school, up from near 0 under the Taliban regime.
 
4) Part of their fundraising is done via potluck dinners, where guest pay $75 each. More info here: http://www.cw4wafghan.ca/support/breaking-bread
 
Thought of the Day:
 
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world
 
Malala Yousafzai 
 
Next 3 Speakers:

24-Aug        Michael Alty      Classification Part 2
31-Aug        Tom Smith        Membership
 
Pics:
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 17 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Aug 10, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 16 Members. Our only guest was Millie Taing who used to be with our club.

The 4 Way Test was read by Gary.
 
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Larry Belsito told us about how the Catholic church was initially suspicious of Rotary, considering it a secret society with dubious motives. But this has changes and even Pope Francis is an honorary Rotarian with a club in Buenos Aires!
 
Announcements:
 
1) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
Business Meeting
 
Today we had a brief business meeting. Where the board reported some impressive achievements. Our club is in good hands and in good shape financially as well as in terms of membership.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Millie Taing who spoke about artificial intelligence.
 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.
 
Millie's company is using AI for project management. AI helps process very large amounts of information, something that would be impossible for humans. The information is then processed via rules that determine what kind of decisions are made with the processed information.
 
For more information check out their website: http://lili.ai/
 
Thought of the Day:
 
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
 
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Next 3 Speakers:

17-Aug        Lauryn Oates    Teaching young girls in Afghanistan
24-Aug        Michael Alty      Classification Part 2
31-Aug        Tom Smith        Membership
 
Pics:
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 10 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Aug 03, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 17 Members. We had our Assistant District Governor, Davinder Grewal, visiting us as well as our guest speaker Michael Lowry.

The 4 Way Test was read by Iozsef.
 
Presentation by ADG Davinder Grewal
 
Davinder talked about the 3 focus areas for this new Rotary year:
 
Focus 1: Membership, we need to focus on attracting and retaining younger members. New legislation was passed to allow Rotaractors to also be Rotarians at the same time.
 
Focus 2: Polio. This is a high priority, the goal for each club is to raise $2,650.
 
Focus 3: Business networking. This will be encouraged again as this was part of the original Rotary clubs in the beginning.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Larry Belsito told us about how recent it was the women were accepted as Rotarians. Seattle was the first club to do so in 1986! Nowadays women represent 15% of the total membership worldwide.
 
Announcements:
 
1) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
2) Matthew will be placing the order for the "Rotarians at Work" T-shirts, make sure you let him know if you need yours.
 
Guest Speaker -   Ron Suzuki introduced our guest speaker today, Michael Lowry represents Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC). It's mandate is to ensure there is a state of preparedness in place and to mitigate the impact when an oil spill occurs. This includes the protection of wildlife, economic and environmental sensitivities, and the safety of both the responders and the public.
 
WCMRC is a private company certified as a Response Organization by Transport Canada – Marine Safety.  They work, train and exercise closely with a number of government departments including municipalities, port and harbour authorities, Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada, BC Ministry of Environment and Coastal First Nations.
 
For more information check out their website: http://wcmrc.com/
 
Next 3 Speakers:
 
10-Aug        Business Mtg    Milie Taing    Artificial Intelligence
17-Aug        Lauryn Oates    Teaching young girls in Afghanistan
24-Aug        Michael Alty    Classification Part 2
 
Pics:
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 3rd 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jul 27, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members. We had one visiting Rotarian, our guest speaker Elena Agala from the Richmond sunrise club.

The 4 Way Test was read by Gary.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Gary Chomyn asked us some trivia questions, such as Do you know how many countries in the world have Rotary clubs? The answer is over 200!!
 
What are the areas of focus for the Rotary Foundation? 6:
 
  1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  2. Disease prevention and treatment
  3. Water and sanitation
  4. Maternal and child health
  5. Basic education and literacy
  6. Economic and community development.
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our new district governor, Lyn Stroshin, will be visiting our club on August 3rd. Please try to attend that meeting.
 
2) We are going to be scanning all the club banners from Rotarians who have visited our club in the past several years. We will be creating a photo album that we will share with everyone.
 
3) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Elena Agala, she spoke about Rotary World Help program. Elena graduated with a bachelors degree in Education, she owned her own business for 20 years and she joined Rotary in 2000.
 
In 1997, a group of dedicated Rotarians from the Province of British Columbia, Canada established Rotary World Help (RWH), a non-profit, registered charitable organization that coordinates the shipment of used and donated educational, humanitarian and medical supplies to countries in need throughout the world. Elena is past director of RWH.
 
 
Some of the highlights of her presentation were:
  • Each container shipped touches the lives of 30,000 people.
  • The average container value is $350,000
  • She was featured in the Notaries Public of BC magazine. The issue can be seen here: http://www.notaries.bc.ca/resources/scrivener/Summer2016/pdf/Scriv%20Summer16-online.pdf
  • The official website of the Rotary Help Network is: http://rotaryworldhelp.com/
 
 
 
Pics:
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 27th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jul 20, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members. As well as 1 guest, Mariella Begemann. Lawrence presided the meeting as Cleo is out of town.

The 4 Way Test was read in fluent Spanish by Sheila Anderson.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Gary Chomyn asked us some trivia questions, such as Do you know how many Rotary clubs there are worldwide? The answer is 35,000!!
 
Also, did you know that Buzz Aldrin the astronaut actually put a 4 way test pin on the moon?
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our new district governor, Lyn Stroshin, will be visiting our club on August 3rd. Please try to attend that meeting.
 
2) Ted MacCormac told us the the guest speakers roster is fully booked until December.
 
3) On August 27th we will have the trip to Abigail's chalet in Whistler, please make sure that you confirm with her is you will be going.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Kathy Nyoni, from the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. They run a program called STAGE, which stands for Supportive Transition Adult Group Education. 
 
The program is is a weekday service for transitioning adults with disabilities who have completed high school. Participants can access educational, vocational and social recreational activities in the community or at the program site. 
 
STAGE offers a varied schedule based on the goals of the participants:
 
    -Functional academics (Smart Readers, Math 2 Go, Money Skills )
    -Skill development (bus skills, office skills, basic computer skills)
    -Work skill training through community volunteering
    -Employment exploration through Informational interviews and tours with local businesses and services
 
 
Some of the highlights of her presentation were:
  • They currently have 200 participants.
  • They build and sell some beautiful birdhouses with images from the city and places close by. They are sold for $45 at several locations.
  • Make sure you check out their website: http://www.nsdrc.org/programs/
 
Thought of the Day:
 
There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.
 
R. Buckminster Fuller
 
Pics:
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 20th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jul 13, 2016

At Wednesday’s meeting, our newest member, Peter Browne reactivated the position of official Greeter for the month of July. Sheila stood in as acting president for this meeting. The Four Way test carried out by Peter Fox. Sixteen members were present today.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
Gary had a quiz prepared about Rotary.

1. Our new International President- Answer- John
Germ

2. Where is he from- Answer Chattanooga, Tennessee

3. The theme for 2016-2017- Answer-Rotary Serving
Humanity

4. Who old is Rotary Foundation- Answer- 100 years

5. What was the first donation to Foundation-
Answer- $26.50 made by the Rotary Club of Kansas
City

6. How cases of polio last year. Answer -74 cases

A second Rotary moment from Bill was the launching of a sail-boat sponsored by our club for handicapped sailors. Sam Sullivan, mayor at that time, accepted to the Jericho Sailing Club.
 
 
Announcements:
 
1. T Shirts- “ Rotary At Work”- If you do not have one, contact Matthew with your size.

2. Odlum– our foundation account now has a market value of $81,004.82.

3. Luminosity- Diana and Gary discussed the events that we will hold this year. A summary will be forwarded to all members.
 
Guest Speaker-  
Cam introduced Ted MacCormac. Ted was one of original founders of our club in 1986, rejoining our club after some years in a North Vancouver club. Ted has been President twice in our club, and twice in other clubs. He has been a Rotarian earlier in the 70’s and 80’s in three other cities. We are so happy to have Ted back in the club. Ted introduced the thought for the day in our club.
 
Pics:
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when
we face challenges."
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
july 13th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jul 06, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming not one but two new members!. Ted MacCormac and Peter Brown are our newest members, congrats!

The 4 Way Test was read by Vicente.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
On Tuesday July 5, Diana and gary attended the City of Vancouver, Awards of Excellence Ceremony at Van Dusen Gardens… where Mayor Gregor Robertson, presented our fellow Rotarian Ron Suzuki, with a CIVIC Merit Award.  Ron was chosen after a unanimous decision by Vancouver City Council to receive the award, which is one of the highest honors bestowed on an individual in Vancouver. The Civic Merit Award was established by the City in 1942 to recognize individuals for outstanding performance in sports, science, arts or culture – or in recognition of a specific service.  Ron received the Civic Merit Award for his tireless work as an advocate for children in Vancouver’s low income communities and for strong leadership in developing a successful basketball program exclusively for girls and young women at Strathcona CC. 
Ron’s work over the years - supports Rotary’s mandate of Service above Self.  Congrats Ron on receiving the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Awards.  You make all Rotarians proud!
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) These are the upcoming luminosity social events for our club:
 
  •  July: Historic walk, tbd.
  • August 27: Whistler trip to Abigail's cabin.
  • September: Day at the races.
  • October: Possible event at the food bank, details to come later.
  • November: Pub night
New Members-   Today we welcomed Ted and Peter as new members, pics below:
 
 
 
Thought of the Day:
 
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
 
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 6th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jun 22, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 17 Members. As well as 1 visiting Rotarian, Ted MacCormac and 2 guests, Susanna Clarke and Jason Blank.

The 4 Way Test was read by Ted.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente told us that Europe has been polio free since 2002, but last year there were 2 cases in Ukraine and they also found polio viruses in the sewage system in Brazil. For this reason the polio plus program has 124 labs all over the world to monitor for polio virus.
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) last reminder to collect any outstanding hoopathon pledges.
 
2) No meeting next Wednesday.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Tim Readman, he is the executive director of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC. He graduated from the University of Northumbria, England, as an occupational therapist. Tim is also a professional musician, singer, producer and music journalist.
 
The Stroke Recovery Association of BC (SRABC) is a non-profit organization. They have been offering information and programs for stroke survivors, after they leave hospital since 1979.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
  • They currently have 29 branches across BC.
  • There has been a spike in strokes for the 30 to 50 age group. Possibly due to a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Make sure you check out their website: http://strokerecoverybc.ca/
 
Thought of the Day:
 
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
 
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 22nd 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jun 15, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 13 Members. As well as 4 visiting Rotarians, Steve and Dawn Rutledge, Mike Storey from the Ladner Rotary club, Prakashchandra Shetty Chithur, president of the Kundapura Rotary club in India as well as Robert Ronald Fernandes from India as well.

The 4 Way Test was read by Carlos.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente told us that the Polio Plus foundation has donated 30M dollars to the Polio eradication efforts taking place in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Peter Fox is looking at an option for our outdoor exercise equipment project, stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Steve Rutledge, he grew up in Georgetown Ontario and spent his career as co-owner of a mid sized computer company in Toronto. Since retirement he has narrowed his focus on community support locally and internationally. For the last several years he has been serving the rural villagers of Laos with the most basic needs including water for villages.
 
His biggest accomplishment is the provision of water filtration for over 12,500 rural villagers, along with hygiene training for each family.
 
Some of the highlights of his presentation were:
  • Each water filter is only CAD$110 and lasts for years.
  • You can donate a filter and have a label with the name of the donor, makes a great gift for a loved one.
  • Make sure you check out their website: https://adoptavillageinlaos.wordpress.com/
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 15th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jun 08, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had a full house with 19 Members. We also had 2 guests, Peter Brown and our guest speaker. As well as 2 visiting Rotarians, Ted MacCormac who will soon join our club and Ranjana Mutsuddi from the Rotary Club of Kabitirtha, Calcutta in India.

The 4 Way Test was read by Diana
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente reminded us about Rotary fellowships, which are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common vocation or recreational interest. Rotary Fellowships give their members the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world, and enhance their experience in Rotary.
 
There are fellowships for yachting, wine collecting, and dozens of other interests. The full list can be found here: 
 
https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-fellowships
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Hoop a Thon. Gary brought us some excellent news, not only did we meet the goal or raising $15K but we actually raised around $17,000!!!
 
2) Don't forget to put our changeover dinner in your calendars, it will be this Sunday at 3pm.
 
3) Peter Fox asked us to please pay our latest invoices. Our club needs the funds.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Tru Van Trieu, founder of Human Wellness, a company that helps individuals and employers to holistically address workplace stress and conflicts. 
 
Some of the highlights of her presentation were:
  • She had us all count our breaths in a minute, and then showed us how to relax our minds and bodies by focusing on where we all felt tension in our bodies. Amazingly, the number of breaths we all took in a minute decreased dramatically!
  • She taught us how to breath focusing on the belly, watching it inflate and deflate with our breathing.
  • Her vision is to help build world peace, one person at a time, inside out.
Thought of the day: 
 
Raise your thoughts, not your fists
 
Matshona Dhliwayo
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 8th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Jun 01, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members. We also had 2 guests, Jason Blank and a visiting Rotarian, Lindsay Lam from the Rotary E-Club in Edmonton.

The 4 Way Test was read by Diana
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Vicente told us some great news about the Polio Plus program, Nigeria is no longer on the list of countries with Polio, only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain on that dreaded list.
 
He also told us how back home in the Philippines he remembers how devastating Polio was for the children who became ill.
 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Hoop a Thon. It is this Saturday, make sure you get all your pledges in.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
2) Don't forget to put our changeover dinner in your calendars, it will be on June 12th.
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was our member Michael Alty giving us his classification talk.
 
Some of the points he mentioned were:
  • He is originally from Winnipeg
  • He was a Rotary exchange student in South Africa and he was also an ambassadorial scholar in New Zealand, talk about total Rotary immersion!
  • He specializes in corporate and aboriginal law.
Thought of the day: 
 
Tell me and I'll forget
Show me and I'll remember
Involve me and I'll understand
 
Anonymous
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 1st 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on May 25, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 13 Members. Our guest today was Ted McCormac.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
Matthew told us a very inspiring quote:
 
“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
 
Announcements:
 
1) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn urged us to send our the emails, we are seriously behind in our fund raising goals.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
2) Global TV created a TV spot promoting the Hoopathon, check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CSY9u0XehA
 
 
 
3) Don't forget to put our changeover dinner in your calendars, it will be on June 12th.
 
Guest Speakers -   Our guest speakers today were from Vector International Academy (http://www.vectorinternational.ca/). Mary Kato, the founder, brought 4 of her students to practice their public speaking English skills. They had a very interesting presentation about the differences in culture and language between Japan and Canada. 
 
Some of the points they mentioned were:
 
  • Japanese has 5 times more onomatopoeia than English. Onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
  • There are over 300 cat cafes in Japan. Since only 7% of buildings allow pets, Japanese people come to these cafes to pet and play with cats.
  • These cat cafes adopt cats from shelters.
  • There are not just cat cafes but also places where people can pet amphibians, goats and birds.
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 25 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on May 18, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members. Our guests were William Chen and Ron Suzuki as a guest for the last time as he became the newest member of our club today!

 
Rotary Moment:
 
Alfredo told us about the latest cover in the "Rotarian" magazine, which features U2's guitarist "The Edge" and his father, who was a Rotarian for decades.
 
Announcements:
 
1) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn urged us to send our the emails, we are seriously behind in our fund raising goals.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
2) The Vancouver Olive Oil Company donated $50 to the hoopathon.
 
3) Don't forget to put our changeover dinner in your calendars, it will be on June 12th.
 
Guest Speakers -   Today we did not have a guest speaker.
 
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 18 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on May 11, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 16 Members, 2 guests: Ron Suzuki and Ted McCormac as well as a group of Rotaractors.

Frances recited the 4 way test.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
The Rotary moment today was about the breakfast at the Strathcona community centre and what a great sense of community and solidarity it provides.
 
Announcements:
 
1) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn already sent each of us the first pledge email, make sure you send it to your friends, coworkers, etc.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
2) Hoops & Hops - Practice shooting for Hoop-a-thon Basketball teams on Wed, May 18, 7:30 pm at Strathcona Community Centre followed by Beer at the Union Pub. Everyone welcome!
 
Guest Speakers -   Today we had a group of Rotaractors who attended the RYLA program in the Sunshine Coast recently. 
 
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.
 
Those who are selected to attend RYLA will learn valuable leadership and career skills, build self-confidence, discuss current ethical and social issues and meet active community leaders – all while having a ton of fun!  
 
Rotary International District 5040 (British Columbia, Canada) Rotary Youth Leadership Awards have become one of the most impactful and enriching programs of Rotary service for young people. Over 150 youth leaders from communities across the province attend the annual RYLA camps.
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 11 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on May 04, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members and 2 guests: Ron Suzuki and Ted McCormac.

Vicente recited the 4 way test.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
The Rotary moment today was about membership and the importance of including and involving the new members.
 
Announcements:

1) Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting coming up on May 11th. There are still a few spots available, please contact Frances to book your spot.
 
2) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn already sent each of us the first pledge email, make sure you send it to your friends, coworkers, etc.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
3) Hoops & Hops - Practice shooting for Hoop-a-thon Basketball teams on Wed, May 18, 7:30 pm at Strathcona Community Centre followed by Beer at the Union Pub. Everyone welcome!
 
4) The Rotary Foundation will be having an online webinar on 12 May from 10:00-11:00 CST, join Rotary staff as they share volunteer tips for fundraising, helping your club to do more good around the world in the coming year. Register here: 
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5241320626464911105
 
Guest Speaker -   Today we had a business meeting to discuss our club's plans and current and future projects.
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 4 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Apr 27, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members and 1 guest: Ron Suzuki.

Vicente recited the 4 way test.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
The Rotary moment today was a reminder to please share the hoopathon on your social media profiles, all you have to do is go to our Facebook page, linked at the bottom of this bulletin, and click "share".
 
Announcements:

1) Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting coming up on May 11th. There are still a few spots available, please contact Frances to book your spot.
 
2) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn already sent each of us the first pledge email, make sure you send it to your friends, coworkers, etc.  Click Hoopathon.ca to go to our page.
 
3) On Friday May 6 we are invited for  breakfast at the Strathcona Community Centre. Please arrive by 8am. Coffee, tea and breakfast are available by donation.
 
4) The Rotary Foundation will be having an online webinar on 12 May from 10:00-11:00 CST, join Rotary staff as they share volunteer tips for fundraising, helping your club to do more good around the world in the coming year. Register here: 
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5241320626464911105
 
5) This weekend is the Rotary District 5040 conference. Several of our members are attending, have fun!
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Ramona Materi. She is the author of a book called "British Columbia's New North". Some of the points she mentioned were:
 
  • There are 3 main types of opportunities in BC's north: tourism, infrastructure projects and business opportunities.
  • Some of the high profile projects are: Site C dam, the Brucejack gold project and blue fuel energy.
  • Among the business opportunities she mentioned were: construction projects, retail, restaurant. 
  • There is even a website to encourage people to move to prince George. http://moveupprincegeorge.ca/
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 27th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Apr 20, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 19 Members and 3 guests: Ron Suzuki, Jason Blank and Todd Talbot, a guest of Jim Clarke.

 

Matthew recited the 4 way test.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
Michael Alty told us about his experience as a Rotary exchange student when he lived in South Africa in 2003. He is still reaping benefits from that experience.
 
Announcements:

1) Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting coming up on May 11th. There are still a few spots available, please contact Frances to book your spot.
 
2) Hoop a Thon.  Gary Chomyn kick started our 6 week hoopathon fund raising campaign. He will be sending all of us 3 emails for us to just copy and paste and send to our contacts. The goal is to have 100% participation from our club, you can make a pledge, shoot hoops and gather pledges from friends and family.
We now have a dedicated URL and webpage for the Hoopathon: Click Hoopathon.ca to go to view our page.
 
Here is the video promoting the hoopathon:
 
Here is the link if you would like to share it: https://youtu.be/tN95B72FAoY
 
3) On Friday May 6 we are invited for  breakfast at the Strathcona Community Centre. Please arrive by 8am. Coffee, tea and breakfast are available by donation.
 
4) The Rotary Foundation will be having an online webinar on 12 May from 10:00-11:00 CST, join Rotary staff as they share volunteer tips for fundraising, helping your club to do more good around the world in the coming year. Register here: 
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5241320626464911105
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker today was Ron Suzuki to help us kick off the hoopathon fundraising. Some of the points he mentioned were:
 
  • Since 2006, our club has raised over 225K for the basketball program.
  • the goal for this years' hoopathon is 15K, Strathcona is aiming to raise an additional 10K
  • The annual cost of the program is 75K
  • We have received a 2K Rotary District Grant which will be used for scholarships and bursaries.
 
Pic 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 20th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Apr 13, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 Members and no guests today.

 

John Haley recited the 4 way test.

 
Rotary Moment:
 
Michael Alty provided us with some very powerful and very interesting stats for the Rotary Foundation. Last year the foundation received 123M in donations. The Polio Plus fund raised 23M, which grew to 98M once matched by the Gates Foundation. 
 
Announcements:

1) Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting coming up on May 11th. Sounds like a great event!
 
2) Hoop a Thon-  Gary Chomyn has organized a Hoopathon kickoff meeting for April 20th. Please make sure you attend our meeting next Wednesday.
 
3) Another upcoming social event will be a breakfast at the Strathcona Community Centre. More information will be provided at a later date.
 
4) Our changeover this year will be hosted by John Haley, the tentative date is June 12.
 
 
Guest Speaker -   Today we had a business meeting to discuss internal club affairs.
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 13th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Apr 06, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 14 Members and 3 Guests- Paul Hamilton, our  guest auctioneer,  Brian Silzer, guest of Bill Sheddy and Jason Blank, Cleo's guest.​

Vicente Asuncion recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Michael Alty told us a story about a Rotary club in Pakistan that teamed up with Coca Cola to set up water filtration systems in a village. As the population came to fetch clean water they would offer to give the Polio vaccine to the children who came with their parents. What a great way to promote vaccination!
 
Announcements:

1) Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Matthew is still exploring options for the WESN Christmas Lunch.
 
2) Hoop a Thon-  Gary Chomyn has organized a Hoopathon kickoff meeting for April 20th. Please make sure you attend our meeting that day.
 
3) Peter Fox told us that the UBC Rotaractors are having a Fundraiser Dinner at the Regal Beagle Bar and Grill (2281 West Broadway, - $45 p.h.) in support of MOSAIC (Programs and Services to immigrants and refugees) on 9th April.
 
Website as follows:
http://www.rotaract5040.org/vanubc/
 
Guest Speaker -   Today we had our hockey pool, all members present - and non present -  are now in the pool! keep an eye on those games!
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 6th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 30, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 16 Members and 3 Guests- David J. Greer, our  guest speaker,  Mayor Ron Toyota from the Creston Valley Rotary and David Savage from the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary.

Peter Fox recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
President Cleo told us about a moment of inspiration she had last weekend. She noted how the work that Rotary does can have far reaching positive consequences, such as the RYLA program helping young people find their calling and avoid falling for the empty promises of crime, violence and other negative life paths.
 
Announcements:

1) Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Matthew updated us on the status of the event. In a nutshell, we ned to find a way to raise 17K for the event. One of the options would be to sale water bottles at farmers markets during the summer.
 
2) Hoop a Thon-  Gary invited each of us to contact 20 friends/acquaintances and start the pledging process now. 
 
Guest Speaker -   Our guest speaker was Coach David J. Greer, a entrepreneurial coach.
 
The title of his presentation was "Slow Down to Speed Up".
 
Some of the highlights from the presentation were:
 
  • They are four daily vital actions: start, plan, connect and finish.
  • Four critical questions to ask yourself everyday:
    • Your intention today?
    • The #1 way you connect with other people?
    • What do you commit to change?
    • Who can help you?
  • Visit his website for more information: http://coachdjgreer.com/
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 30th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 23, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 11 Members and 4 Guests- our 3 guest speakers and Jason Blank, a guest of Cleo. Our guest speakers were: Tanya Colledge, Elizabeth Edward and Peggy John.

Lawrence recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Bill S. gave us a couple of ideas to change up our Sergeant at Arms program: defamation dollars, which will allow members to poke fun at other member for a fee and incremental dollars to allow the next member to announce something for an incremental fee. Sounds like fun!
 
Announcements:

1) Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Matthew is still looking for options for venues and to raise the necessary funds for this event.
 
2) Guess Who is Coming for Dinner- It wa a success, Diana and Matthew report having had a great time at Abigail's. All other participants also reported having had a blast.
 
3) Lawrence invited us to consider attending a container loading, keep an eye on your inbox for future opportunities.
 
4) Hoop a Thon-  Gary announced that Global TV is onboard and will be participating in the event and giving it TV coverage! 
 
Guest Speakers -   Our guest speakers were from the BC transplant society.
 
It was a very interesting and a very moving presentation, one of our speakers, Elizabeth, is actually a heart transplant recipient. Some of the highlights from the presentation were:
 
  • They are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
  • They manage organ donations from end to end.
  • There are 3 transplant centres in BC. Saint Pauls, VGH and BC Childrens.
  • There are 2 donation formats: living and deceased.
  • There is no age limit to be a donor.
  • A heart can live outside the body for 6-8 hours.
  • To become a donor all you need it to have your personal health number and register here:
http://www.transplant.bc.ca/
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 23rd 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 09, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 13 Members and Two Guests-Michael Alty for the last time as a guest and Jane Mitchell, a guest of Sheila Anderson.

Can Scott recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment:
 
Bill S. with reminisces from his former Club (Rotary Casino Nights). Michael Alty will present the Rotary moments in April.
 
Announcements:

1) Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Matt has checked out our present location and the West End Rec Centre, and they are not suitable. Alfredo has mentioned that the Round House Rec Centre in Yaletown might be an option. Further investigation will be done. We would be responsible for food for the event . ( probably about 200 seniors)
 
2) Guess Who is Coming for Dinner- On this Saturday at the locations advised to each member attending. 6 PM    Have a great time.
 
3) RYLA is taking place on March 26 in the Sunshine Coast. This event is open to Rotarians as well.
 
4) Hoop a Thon-  Gary is finalizing an arrangement with a local TV network to be announced when it is final, for inclusive coverage, and media coverage of the Hoop-a-thon. More on this when the arrangements are finalized. There will be a meeting on March 22 at 5 PM at Strathcona who those interested in being there. 
 
Induction to Our Club -   President Cleo presented our newest member, Michael Alty to the club. Everyone congratulated him personally on becoming a  part of our family. Welcome to Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise, Michael.  Start working on your classification talk to the club  to be presented at some stage in the near future. 
 
 
Discussion on our meeting formats 

    Some of the Objectives: 
 
  • Hands on projects       - Team building
  • Learning, Education     -Mentoring
  • Good will                       -Fun
  • Peace                              -Retention
  • Service
  • Fundraising

     Some of the Activities

    - Interact-                                            -  Abigail
   - Pub Night                                           - Bill
   - Meeting at Strathcona Breakfast   - Diana
   - Fireside Chats                                    - Sheila
   - Bike Rides and Runs Seawall           - Cam
   - Container Loading ( World Help)  - Lawrence

Other Suggestions- Movie nights,Day at the Races, Community Days, Popcorn sales,
                                   Theatre Under the Stars, Cleanup projects, Olive Oil Lecture, Scotch or Wine Tastings

Next Week Speaker - Regarding Organ Transplants and a survival’s story
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 16th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 09, 2016

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 15 members and one guest, Michael Alty, who will become a member very soon.

Vic recited the 4 way test.
 
Announcements:

1) Next week Michael Alty will be inducted as the newest member of our club.
 
2) We are in discussions to evaluate and decide on the Seniors Christmas lunch. A committee headed by Matthew will be looking at all the options.
 
3) RYLA is taking place on March 26 in the Sunshine Coast. This event is open to Rotarians as well.
 
Guest Speaker
 

Our session today was dedicated to do some brainstorming as to what social activities are of interest to the club. You may recall that we are changing from 4 weekly meetings a month to having 3 meetings and a social event.

Pics from our 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 9th 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 02, 2016

Remember that our meetings are at the new location at Coal Harbour Community Centre.

 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 11 members and one guest, Michael Alty, who will become a member very soon.
Vic recited the 4 way test.
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our 2016 Hoop-A-Thon will be held on Saturday,  June 4, 2016. This year’s fund raising will again go towards the Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Program.
 
2) If you have interest in attending Ron Suzuki’s retirement party, it will be on April 16 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant. Let Peter Fox know as he has arranged for a table. Tickets are 45 dollars etc.
 
3) Guess who is coming to dinner will take place on march 19, please contact Abigail and let her know if you would like to host or attend this event.
 
4) On May 13th the Steveston Rotary club will be hosting it's "Grapes, Hops and Bites" event, More info here: 
 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/772/Stories/grapes-hops-bites-2015-is-back
 
 
Guest Speaker
 

Today we had a business meeting.

Pics from our 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 2nd 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Feb 24, 2016

Remember that our meetings will now be at the new location at Coal Harbour Community Centre.

 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 11 members and one guest, Michael Alty.
Vic recited the 4 way test.
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our 2016 Hoop-A-Thon will be held on Saturday,  June 4, 2016. This year’s fund raising will again go towards the Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Program.
 
2) If you have interest in attending Ron Suzuki’s retirement party, it will be on April 16 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant. Let Peter Fox know as he has arranged for a table. Tickets are 45 dollars etc.
 
3) Guess who is coming to dinner will take place on march 19, please contact Abigail and let her know if you would like to host or attend this event.
 
4) Garry Shearer presented the club with a grant from the District of $2,000.00 to be used in conjunction with the Hoop-a-thon towards expenses and scholarships for the event taking place in June.
 
5) On May 13th the Steveston Rotary club will be hosting it's "Grapes, Hops and Bites" event, More info here: 
 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/772/Stories/grapes-hops-bites-2015-is-back
 
6) Garry also mentioned that there is a Japanese Student coming to Vancouver who is studying Forestry. Several members seemed keen on being involved with him during his stay. More details later.
 
Guest Speaker
 

Our Guest Speaker today was Francis Kolotyluk. She continued her very interesting classification talk from last week.

 
Pics from our 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 24 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Feb 17, 2016

Remember our last meeting at the Law Courts Restaurant will be next week. A memo will be sent to everybody with the directions to our new location at Coal Harbour.

 

At last Wednesday's meeting we had 11 members and four guests  Rotarian District 5040 Grants administrator Garry Shearer. Guest of Sheila- June Mitchell, return visit of potential member, Michael Alty and Katharina Wagner, Ambassadorial Student from Munich, Germany
Lawrence recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment: 
 
John H. had to do with the purpose of the Fireside Chats, especially with new members. We should reinstate these in the near future. The evening would promote fellowship and increase knowledge about Rotary Programs, including Rotary Foundation.   By the way, the 111th Anniversary is coming up on February 23. Tuesdays tend to be a good day to carry out these get-togethers.
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our 2016 Hoop-A-Thon will be held on Saturday,  June 4, 2016. This year’s fund raising will again go towards the Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Program.
 
2) If you have interest in attending Ron Suzuki’s retirement party, it will be on April 16 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant. Let Peter Fox know as he has arranged for a table. Tickets are 45 dollars etc.
 
3) Guess who is coming to dinner will take place on march 19, please contact Abigail and let her know if you would like to host or attend this event.
 
4) Garry Shearer presented the club with a grant from the District of $2,000.00 to be used in conjunction with the Hoop-a-thon towards expenses and scholarships for the event taking place in June.
 
5) On May 13th the Steveston Rotary club will be hosting it's "Grapes, Hops and Bites" event, More info here: 
 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/772/Stories/grapes-hops-bites-2015-is-back
 
6) Garry also mentioned that there is a Japanese Student coming to Vancouver who is studying Forestry. Several members seemed keen on being involved with him during his stay. More details later.
 
7) Katharina Wagner spoke on her vast experiences such as the Paris Volunteer camp, volunteering also in Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. While here at UBC, she is very active with the UBC Rotaract Club.
 
Guest Speaker
 

Our Guest Speaker today was Francis Kolotyluk. She was from a military family, living in Alberta. She also at 10 years of age, attended Grammar School in UK, where Drama was her passion. Back in Calgary, while in High School, she was one of five students selected to attend Adventures in Citizenship with Rotary. 17 and 18 were very active years for Francis, at that time , meeting her husband  amongst other highlights. Part Two of her classification talk will take place next week at the meeting   Don’t miss it. 

 
 
Pics from our 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 17 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Feb 10, 2016
At last Wednesday's meeting we had one guest: Millie Tang, former club member and a good friend of us. She is moving back to Paris to start her own company!
Sheila recited the 4 way test.
 
Rotary Moment: 
 
We skipped this today to have our yearly Valentine's day auction. 
 
Announcements:
 
1) Our 2016 Hoop-A-Thon will be held on Saturday,  June 4, 2016. This year’s fund raising will again go towards the Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Program.
 
2) Our yearly Valentine's day auction will take place on February 8th. If you can donate items towards this please get in touch with Abigail.
 
3) Guess who is coming to dinner will take place on march 19, please contact Abigail and let her know if you would like to host or attend this event.
 
4) Ron Suzuki is retiring and there is a party for him on April 16 at the Pink Pearl, which will be a fundraising function for the Strathcona community centre.
 
5) On May 13th the Steveston Rotary club will be hosting it's "Grapes, Hops and Bites" event, More info here: 
 
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/772/Stories/grapes-hops-bites-2015-is-back
 
 
Today we had our Valentine's day auction.
 
 
 
Pics from our 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 10 2016 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2016-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Hello Everyone,
 
This week Nancy recited the 4 way test for us, we had Diana Lozano as a guest (she is interested in becoming a member). Our guest speakers were 3 very enthusiastic young adults from UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association).
 
UNYA helps native young people via mentorships that can last for years, making a big difference in their lives.
 
Announcements:
 
Please don't forget to email Abigail if you would like to participate in the "Guess who is coming to dinner" event.
 
Joszef brought us some ideas for international projects. His Father in law is a Rotarian en Peru and they are in need of a Rotary partner to provide children with anemia evaluations. 
 
And now some images from our meeting:
 
 
April 15 2015 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Apr 09, 2015
This week we had 2 guests, Diana Lozano who was Alfredo's guest and former member Paul Hamilton, who helped us with the hockey pool auction.
 
Announcements:
 
Gary reminded us about the Hoopathon and Abigail reminded us about the "Guess who is coming to diner" event, make sure you email Abigail if you would like to host or be a guest for this social event.
 
Hockey Pool Auction:
 
As every year, the auction was a lot of fun and everyone participated (spent money) whether you were at the meeting or not!
 
Please see the pics below to find out who bought which team:
 
 
April 8th 2015 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Obregon on Mar 29, 2015
In our last meeting Cam Scott recited the 4 way test, the Rotary moment was provided by John. He mentioned that the Rotarian magazine was recently received an award with other magazines such as Time, The Atlantic and Harpers Bazaar.
 
We had 2 guests: Maxime and Mark Pinnel, Maxime is an exchange student from Switzerland:
 
 
Our Guest Speaker was Valerie A. Shapiro who is the Co-President of the Canadian International Council, Vancouver branch.
 
 
Cam Scott thanked our speaker for a great presentation.
 

Upcoming Events:

 
April 25th: Guess who is coming to dinner. Make sure you email Abigail to sign up either as a host or guest.
 
June: We will have our changeover dinner. More details will be available soon.
 
June 6th: Hoopathon. 
 
On a side note, I visited Larry at the hospital and he looked great, he was scheduled to go home last week and is very eager to come back to the club.
 
 
 
 
March 25 2015 Meeting Carlos Obregon 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cam Scott on Jan 26, 2015

Filmmaker Allison MacLean gave an interview on Delta TV about her documentary Burkas to Bullets. She will be speaking in Whiterock on Feb. 18. 

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Allison MacLean will speak in Whiterock on Feb. 18, 2015.  She gave an interview to Delta TV about her documentary Burkas to Bullets. 

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Meeting Venue

http://www.lawcourtsinn.com/index.php/restaurant/

The Law Courts Inn

800 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E1
Canada
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Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on May 20, 2014

ATTENDANCE-

      Today we all chimed in with the Four Way Test.  We had 15 members present, as well as our two speakers and David Ayala and Luisa Godoy. Luisa keeps up with her busy life as an Exchange Student.  Convention coming up this week-end.

 

ROTARY MOMENT-

      John reminded us that Rotary is not just working on eliminating Polio. It also is involved in providing safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education. He mentioned that in Ethiopia, there are 56 million people who do not have safe water. Most people spend an average of 6 hours a day collecting water. Also 54,000 children die in Ethiopia each year of diarrhea. Alberta Rotaries are quite involved in projects in this regard, with 21 locations having solar powered pumps, benefiting 16,000 people. If you have not read the article yet, check out May edition of the Rotarian ( Page 12) for the article.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

   Hoop-a-thon-   Make of the teams will be published Thursday. Remember that at 430 on Thursday, there will be an hour and a half practice for all team members at Strathcona Gym. A birdie tells me that the group may find a happy hour somewhere after all that hard work.

   Also Larry will send out an email with the second follow-up for our contacts on Thursday. Donations are slowly coming in, but we need to remind our people of the program and the need for donations.

    

Meeting location- The board is investigated our meeting site , whether it will be here at the Coast, or one of a couple of possibilities are being also looked into. More next week will be discussed on this.

 

Sargent at Arms took the day of this week, but I am sure everything was happy.

 

SPEAKERS-

    Dr Peter Wing , retired Spinal Surgeon and Claire Weeks, retired doctor and spinal therapist were our speakers.

We want to tell you about our exciting project in Nepal, where spinal injury can spell disaster in the absence of the supports that we take for granted. Pain, poverty and despair can be relentless companions of spinal cord-injured Nepalese.

But, with your financial help, we intend to alleviate their pain and turn their despair and poverty into hope and productivity.

We (Drs. Peter Wing and Claire Weeks) are retired physicians who specialized, during our careers, in the surgical and rehabilitation treatment of spinal cord injuries. On a 2009 visit to Nepal, we witnessed the crushing obstacles faced by spinal cord patients and their caregivers, and decided to help. On our return to Canada we established a charitable group within the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Orthopaedics, an affiliation for which we are most grateful. We are known as the Nepalese Spinal Cord Injury Collaboration or Spine Nepal (SpiNepal).

We have been working closely with colleagues at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) near Kathmandu, Nepal’s first and only specialized spinal injury unit. Our main focus is to participate in training doctors in the care of spinal cord injury. We have made four trips to Nepal since 2009. To date we have been self-funded but, as our objectives and commitments have grown, we now need help with some aspects of the project. We invite you to join us in this endeavour.

People with spinal cord injury (SCI) in Nepal have a much reduced life expectancy and, if they survive, SCI impacts every aspect of their lives.

 Ninety percent of Nepal’s population of about 27 million live in a rural environment several days’ walk from the nearest town. Most are subsistence farmers who toil from dawn to dark to earn a meagre existence.

People generally transport cargo on their backs in baskets or on frames suspended from wide fabric forehead straps. Enormous burdens of firewood, rocks and stones, building supplies, and fodder for animals are constantly on the move. The effort required to plant and harvest crops on thin strips of terraced fields on steep hillsides is staggering. This type of work is simply not possible from a wheelchair.

Transportation is slow and difficult even for able-bodied people. Buses have high floors with several steps up to the interior and are often overloaded with seating only on top of the bus. Small taxis are also impossible for people in chairs. The roads are rutted and pockmarked with potholes, usually full of garbage and without standard curbs to make access to shops easy. There are no curb cuts. Imagine trying to negotiate a wheelchair across a road, or trying to use public transportation to get to work, go to school, or visit your family.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.    Margaret Mead 

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE MEETING MAY 21, 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on May 13, 2014

Hello fellow Rotarian and friends, this week I’m very late sending the Rotary Newsletter from last week. My apologies. Time really flies.

 

This week we were 12 members and one visitor, Steve McGrandle.

 

Rotary Moment

 

Today John tested our knowledge about vending machines. He asked as a few difficult questions about vending machines and the different products they sella round the world. We learned that the first vending machine was designed by a Greek mathematician back in 215 B.C. Another interesting fact that we learned is that in 1926, cigarette vending machines were invented in the USA. There are some vending machines around Los Angeles that sell caviar. In Italy there are vending machines that make pizzas from scratch in about three minutes. There was a lot of fact about these machines that we were not aware of.

 

Announcements

 

Hoopathon! It is only a few weeks from now. Please save the date. June 14th. Have you signed-up? Please email your friends and your contacts and ask for pledges. Let’s make it happen. Together we can get to our goal.

 

On May 28th, we will have a Hoopathon practice, from 4 to 6:30 pm at the Strathcona Community Centre. It will be fun!

 

This year’s Change Over Dinner will be a day after the Hoopathon, on June 15th. More details to come in the next few days.

 

The speakers for May 21st will be Rotarians Peter Wing and Claire Weeks ,  A training, spinal cord injury hospital in Katmandu, Nepal.

 

Thought of the day

 

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt.

Newsletter May 14th 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on May 06, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

      NEWSLETTER OF MAY 7, 2014

 

ATTENDANCE-

   Led by Valerie who has just returned from her trip, we heard the Four Way test in English, with the promise of the next time, being in French.

    We had 16 members present as well as our previous member David Ayala, who has indicated the wish to rejoin the club.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

     All contributors had happy dollars and no sad dollars. As a reward, Bill had a draw for twice prizes today. A box of Purdy Chocolates which was one by Sheila A. and a special lottery ticket called Cleopatra which was won by no less than Cleo P. We will see if Cleo has a happy dollar next week, stating she won that lottery.

 

ROTARY MOMENT-

         Sad to see that it is now recognized that there is a new outbreak of polio this year.  Glad to see that in the Vancouver paper, Rotary was given credit with the Gates Foundation, but all other mentions did not recognize Rotary in their articles.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

     Remember June 14 is Hoop a Thon Day. Mark your calendars. The Rotary team captains are recruiting members ((Four to a team including the captain). All members will have pledge sheets to include donations for their shooting ability. Make sure that you have sent your emails out to your contacts.

 

SPEAKER-

    Our speaker today was Zahed Lalani, Regional Campaign Manager for Vancouver and Victoria with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.  The Foundation is a non-denominational organization, investing in community driven sustainable solutions in the poorest countries of the world. The Foundation has developed two Aga Khan Universities in the world, covering three main academic programs, Economic Development, Social Development and Culture.

   Their International Fellowship Programs offer extraordinary training programs and an eight-month overseas placement for recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years of age or under.

   Tina P. spoke of her involvement in her placement in Uganda, and perhaps at some stage, we can ask her to elaborate on her experience in that program.

     There are three fellowship streams, a) International Development Management, b) International Microfinance and Microenterprise and C) Young Professionals in Media.

    In 2013, the Aga Khan received the annual award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Award in recognition for it’s work in promoting Islamic Architecture, in Canada as well as the rest of the world.

    There are approximately 30 million Ismailis in the world today. The Foundation has also worked with many Rotary Clubs in international projects around the world.

    Their big event coming up- The World Partnership Walk, an annual event for 30 years which helps take steps to end world poverty. It will be on May 25 starting at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. So far, 40,000 people participate annually in the walk and 82 million dollars has been raised. 100% of the donations go towards international development projects.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY-

   You cannot judge the depth of the well by the length of the handle.   Quote from Gary Chomyn’s uncle.

 

Newsletter May 7th 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Apr 29, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

        NEWSLETTER APRIL 30, 2014

 

ATTENDANCE-

  Cleo recited a beautiful version of the Four Way Test in Spanish. It must of been perfect as no one offered any corrections.

   Today we had fourteen members present and almost as many guests. Steve McGrandle and Brandi England, John Bland and his wife , Shima Alavi. Our RYLA speakers today, Luisa, Justine, Maha and Cali. David Ng  from Strathcona came to represent Justine.

 

ROTARY MOMENT-

  John Haley presented some stats from the May Rotary magazine which were presented by RI President Ron Burton. Countries with the largest membership gains, 2003-2013 1. India 2.Korea 3. Germany 4.Taiwan and 5. Brazil. Those with the greatest declines. 1. United States 2.Japan 3.England 4. Australia and 5. Canada. Rotary has allocated 3 Million dollars to create regional and support regional membership plans. The aim is to increase membership around the world. He suggested that we be sure to read the full article in the May issue.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

   Hoop-a thon- Important to get your emails out to your contacts. Larry will send a sample email with attachments as a sample to you by Friday.

    For the Rotary shoot outs, we are established four team captains. Matthew, Gary, Julie and Lawrence. We need one my captain. The five captains will line up their team of themselves and three more members. Captain number five, please contact Larry. First come, first served. Let Larry know who your teams are by next Monday or Tuesday. Start bribing the good ones to be sure that you have the best players.

   The one and only practice session will be on Wednesday May 28 5 PM at Strathcona and  the pub after.

    Be thinking about CORPORATE sponsors as well.

The event is June 14 at 10 AM at Strathcona.

Colombian Fundraiser- Sheila and Cleo will arrange a meeting soon to start planning for the event in late September or early October.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

     Sheila just back from Cayman Islands.

Cleo off to San Francisco.

Lawrence is off to London.

Milie off to Kelowna.

And I forgot who is off to San Diego.

Lets make sure that everything who is not travelling will be here next week.

John happy that tax time is virtually over.

Diana lost keys, cards, wallet etc last week so will have a new identity soon.

Tina very busy at work.

Larry has laryngitis so half of ____ words _____missing.

SPEAKERS

    Our four speakers were our four representatives at the RYLA Leadership Group last Weekend . There were 107 representatives at the camp. Great representations  from the girls, Luisa, Justine, Maha and Cali.. They learned that you are never too young to contribute to the community. They learned about the four types of leaders, Controller, Analyser, Promoter and Supporter. They closed with a Talent Show, and the four girls sang the theme song from the conference to our club. They learned all about Rotaract, Interact and other facets of Rotary. Sessions started at 8 AM and finished at 11 PM each day.

 

 NEXT WEEKS SPEAKER –

    ZAHED LALANI- AGA KHAN FOUNDATION OF CANADA

Newsletter April 30 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Apr 22, 2014

 

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise         

Newsletter April 23, 2014

 

Attendance

 

We had 14 members today and three guests. Brandi England, who did the Rotary moment, as she went to Brazil as a Rotary Exchange student when she was 17.  Rotarian  Luis Yanguas from Madrid Spain originally and who has visited us previously . And Luisa our Exchange student.  

 

Rotary Moment

 

Brandi England told us a very emotional story on how Rotary has changed her life. She spent a whole year in Brazil when she was 17 as a Rotary Exchange student.  Brandi played a very important role when she was volunteering at the Emergency Social Services desk in the PREOC (emergency operations centre) in Kamloops during the fires of 2003.  One night,  Brandi received a phone call about 9pm from a lady crying who had three kids, two of them with severe asthma and their house was on fire. In the beginning, Brandi had no idea how to help her, but her first reaction was to call  the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui and ask for help. The president of that Rotary Club went all over, and him and some other fellow Rotarians drove all the way to Kamloops and help to coordinate with the firefighters the rescue of the lady and her 3 kids.  They all were safe after the rescued. This could not have been possible without Brandi and her excellent reaction and response.

Announcements:

A friendly reminder to send out emails to your contacts  about Hoop-A-Thon asking to consider a donation to this great cause.

 

Business Meeting

 

We had our business meeting, where different topics where discussed. Some of the focus areas that were discussed were Membership, meeting management, Strathcona Youth Leadership Program, Interact, among others.

  

We will have two RYLA Students as speakers next week as they are having their RYLA Weekend this weekend. This includes Luisa, our Exchange student.

 

See you next week!

Newsletter April 23rd 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Apr 15, 2014

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise         

Newsletter April 16, 2014

 

Attendance-

     A rousing four way test this morning, sounded a bit like 16 different versions but certainly an inspiration.

   We had 16 members in attendance today.  Our speaker, Dr Wasserman;  Guests were Jun Tallo all the way from Cebu City West in the Phillipines ( exchanged banners); Steve McGrandle; Jose Riga’s son, Frederic; Luisa , our Exchange student and three potential recruits to our club, Brandi England, Byran Dar Santos and John Bland.

 

Announcements-

    Gary announced that Jack FM will be doing a major promotion of our Hoopathon. And also a practice for basketball will take place at Strathcona on May 28, a Wednesday at 430 (and refreshments after). We will be line up teams for the shoot-outs soon. A super meeting was held by the committee last night at Strathcona.

 

Happy Dollars- Ably collected by Diana

    Bill wished Mr. Gillis of the Canucks , the best of luck, where ever he goes.

    Abigail took her motorcycle out of winter storage. 

    Sonya is finally getting away, New York this weekend.

    Cam mentioned that the playoffs start tonight. Being absent last week,  he got stuck with Montreal.  And guess what, the won their first game today.

 

Speaker-

Gary introduced our guest speaker, Dr, Wyeth Wasserman. He is Assistant Dean of research at UBC Faculty of medicine,, professor of Medical Genetics,  and Executor Director of the Child and Family Research Institute.  He specializes in the study of the human genome (DNA). He did his PhD in cancer research at the University of Wisconsin.  Then pursued advanced training in the new field of Bioinformatics. He developed computer software for identifying DNA on/off switches- the special pieces of DNA in chromosomes that control which genes are active.

           He is currently at the BC Children’s hospital and UBC, becoming    increasingly focused on finding mutations in DNA that cause childhood disorders.

    DNA contain 3 million differences of which 9 of 10 show up in unrelated people.  Recent work from his lab addresses emerging challenges for personalized medicine, including the creation of software for analyzing, interpreting and delivering DNA sequence data to clinicians to access and interpret patient genetic profiles.  He has published over 75 peer-reviewed papers but managed to make this difficult topic more understandable to us non- scientific types.  After many questions, Abigail thanked the Doctor.

 

REMINDER-

  Next week’s meeting is at our regular Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, and we will have a business meeting.  On the 30th of April, we will have our RYLA  students review the RYLA sessions which they attended.

 

Thought For The Day

"when one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us" Helen Keller

 

   

NEWSLETTER MEETING APRIL 16, 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Apr 08, 2014

 

Our view for today’s meeting was amazing, from the floor 35th overlooking English bay and Kitsilano on a shinny and bright morning. We wish we could get more day like this.

 

We had 17 members at the meeting and three guests.  Paul Hamilton, former club member and our Emcee for the hockey pool,

Steve McGrandle ( Welcome back)  and Jose’s son, Frederico ( Who auctioned the Take A Hike items) and raised $80.00 for Take A Hike group.


HOCKEY POOL

 

Another great hockey pool - a total of $1,535 was raised - (a slight increase over last year of $15). Thanks to Paul Hamilton for being a great auctioneer and John H for his wealth of hockey facts.

 

Lori and Cleo, the woman joined forces and it is Boston all the way (you are both in for $20 each).      

 

Cam, Jim  and Iozsef, you were missed but certain members (will remain nameless) did have fun exercising your proxies.

   
Attached is a list of the teams, members and amounts owing by each of you.  

Thanks to those that paid this morning and good luck to all.

Rotary Club - Vancouver Sunrise Hockey Pool - 2014. Total amount Raised: $1,536!

1ST Place       2ND Place      GUMBY

35% $ 537.60 15% $ 230.40 10% $ 153.60

 

 

For some reason, we were not able to attach a table with all names, teams, and amount owing by member. We will send this information on a separate email.

 

 

Please remember that this  week’s meeting (April 16th) will again be at the Coast Plaza Hotel at Comox and Denman.

 

Speaker will be Dr Wyeth Wasserman, -Topic Sequencing your DNA to find lost ancestors.

Newsletter April 9 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Lynam on Apr 05, 2014

The Group's Purpose

To raise $15,000 at the Annual Hoop-A-Thon fundraising event in support of the Strathcona Rotary Youth Development Program. Funds raised will go towards the costs for the youth to attend Camps (Summer and Winter), Equipment and Supplies and Scholarships 

On June 14th, over 50 inner city youths (Aged 10-18), representing 500 other youth who participate in the program, will be joined by Rotarians, alumni, volunteers and local VIPs who have collected pledges from and business to shoot free throws. 

Since 2006, the Hoop-A-Thon Event has raised over $165,000 supporting the Strathcona Rotary Youth Development Program supporting teamwork, leadership skills, community involvement, education and respect for others. 

The Strathcona Rotary Youth Development helps build future leaders with: 

- Teamwork and Participation through basketball 
- Citizenship and Caring through volunteering 
- Education and career futures through scholarships 
and bursaries 

For more information, go to www.strathconabasketball.ca or call Ron Suzuki at Strathcona Community Center (604-713-1838).

Charities this Group Supports:

How to Help

You can help the following ways: 

1. Donate a lump sum pledge online - please indicate in the comment section name of the Rotarian you are sponsoring. 

2. Team up with the Rotary Club Vancouver Sunrise by contacting Gary Chomyn @ 604-805-1256. 

3. Make a cash pledge or donation by contacting the following: 

Gary Ghomyn - Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise 
604-805-1256 

Ron Suzuki - Strathcona Community Center 
604-713-1838

About the Organizers

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise has supported this program since 2006 because it provides a positive life experience and fosters the same leadership values as Rotary: be good citizens, respect and care about others and strive to be the best that you can be at school and in your community. 

The Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise believes in service about self. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians who make a difference in the world everyday. 

HELP US HELP OUR COMMUNITY

Strathcona Community Basketball Program June 14 2014 - Help Us Help the Kids Matthew Lynam 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Make Donations to our Hoop A Thon fundraiser for Strathcona Community Centre Matthew Lynam 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Lynam on Apr 05, 2014

For the next two weeks the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise will meet at the following location.


Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

1763 Comox St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5
Meeting Location April 9th and 16, 2014 Matthew Lynam 2014-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Apr 01, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

       NEWSLETTER APRIL 2, 2014

 

ATTENDANCE-

    Today we had fifteen members present, as well as our Exchange Student Luisa and our guest speaker, Tom Smith, our District Assistant Governor.

John Haley regaled us with the Four Way Test.

 

ROTARY MOMENT-

    John also presented a story of a part of Paul Harris’ life. The subject was trees.  In 1936, Paul Harris and his wife Jean travelled throughout Central and South America. Over the years, he shared his reflections of tree planting in Chile. He noted that he thought of tree planting as a symbol of good will, and hoped that the trees that he planted at home and abroad would stand for generations as expressions of international peace and good will. He planted trees in Peru, Columbia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. His first tree was planted in South Africa,  then everywhere that we visited , he planted friendship trees, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and of course North America.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

    Gary gave a summary of the discussions held in the committee. On June 14, 50 inner city youths, representing their 500 teammates, will shoot “free throws” to raise money together with Rotarians, alumni players and celebrities. Since 2006, the hoop-a-thon has raised $165,000 supporting the Strathcona Rotary Youth Development Program supporting teamwork, leadership skills, community involvement , education and respect for others. Last year, our club raised $15,700. Money raised will go towards summer and winter camps, equipment and supplies and scholarships. Last year, we had 100 % participation. Lets try again this year.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

             Gary enjoyed a weekend in Washington.

            Bill mentioned that Marvin Gaye would have been 75 this week.

            Milie attended a “ Silent Retreat”  ( enough said).

            Jim just back from Whitehorse-Minus 40 at night and -20 in the day

            Cleo attended her first Ice Hockey game as a Canadian.

 

GUEST SPEAKER- TOM SMITH – ON THE SUBJECT OF FOUNDATION

-          Rotary International made up of 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members

-          Largest service organization

-          He explains the difference between Global Grants and District Grants

-          Sustainability of a project, is to make sure that the project can carry for the future.

-          Rotary also partners with other charities on projects, ie Mercy Ship

-          Paul Harris Awards are earned with $1,000 of donations

-          Foundation Benefactor- leaving $1,000 minimum to Rotary in one’s will

-          Points can be accumulated by the club to put towards P Harris awards  as well

-          Paul Harris award- second pin includes a sapphire and after the fifth sapphire, the pin includes a Ruby.

-          Rotary major project is the elimination of Polio,  when it started there were  350,000 cases and we are now down to 200 cases this year

-           There were many more details on Foundation and we ask that you check the websites for Rotary for more explanations

 

 

           

NEXT WEEK’S MEETING- THE HOCKEY POOL

NEWSLETTER APRIL 2, 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Mar 25, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

 

          NEWSLETTER MEETING  MARCH 26, 2014

 

ATTENDANCE

It was a cold and rainy day but we were 18 Rotary member, and this time, no visiting Rotarians.

    Our greeter for April is Gary Chomyn.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gary reminded us to mark to mark our calendars for this year Hoopathon 2014 that it is going to be better than ever. This year, it will be on June 15th at the Strathcona Community Centre. Once again, we are asking for 100 per cent participation to make this a big and successful event.
 
Diana is taking bookings for Luisa, our exchange student, since she has some availability. Luisa is up for everything, she would like to go to UBC to The Anthropology Museum, the Aquarium, etc.
 
Larry reminded us to sign-in every morning that we come to a regular meeting. Also if you visit another club, please do not forget to write it down as a make-up. Also, if you attend to a committee meeting, this also counts as an attendance. All makeups and meeting attendances must be to fill in absent  date either two weeks before or two weeks after.
 
SPEAKER

Jaydeen Williams, Executive Director of the Take a Hike program,  talked about this very special and unique program that is part of two schools here in British Columbia.
 
The Take a Hike program is a unique program made possible by a partnership between the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation and the Vancouver Board of Education.
 
The Take a Hike Program is designed primarily for students who are between the ages of 15-19, grades 10-12 and who are at-risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out.
 
The program is specifically designed to address the learning difficulties and social/emotional needs of youth who are not able to cope in regular high school classes.  The adventure-based component uses outdoor and adventure-based activities to enhance established academic and personal objectives.  Students will be guided through simple group and individual tasks to situations requiring more complex skills.  The adventure-based activities will include activities such as canoeing, hiking, backpacking, orienteering, camping, snow shoeing, rope courses and trust exercises. Group and individual counseling is used to provide students with opportunities to learn new coping skills.

 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS FOR APRIL

April 2-   Tom Smith , Assistant Governor, Rotary Foundation ( TRF) Education

April 9-   Hockey Pool

April 16-Dr Wyeth Wasserman UBC –Sequencing your DNA  (Ancestry)

April 23- Business Meeting

April 30- RYLA Student Speakers

 


 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
       

NEWSLETTER MEETING MARCH 26, 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Mar 18, 2014

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise

                            March 19,2014 Meeting

Attendance-

   Tina started the meeting with the Four Way Test, and was applauded with great enthusiasm.  There were 18 members present as well as our Speaker, David Clark-Wilson and his assistant, Bram. Larry was the stand-in emcee today.

 

Rotary Moment-

    Diana did a brief Rotary moment, actually maybe 50 seconds, talking about several celebrities and their involvement with Rotary.

 

Announcements-

    We are sorry to announce that Ann-Shirley and Rob Goodell for personal reasons, have resigned from the Club. Our thanks go out to them for their Rotary service  (14 years in our club) and wish them well for the future.

      A reminder from Gary that the Hoopathon is scheduled for June 14, then a second reminder that it will be on June 14, and maybe even a third. Lost count.

 

Sargent at Arms-

     Jose took on the chore of collecting mostly happy bucks today.

   Julie is nice and tanned from her trip to Mexico.

   Lawrence mentioned that the school confirmed that Luisa can attain her Grade 12 certificate here. Luisa has had a girlfriend from Brazil here for a week. Party time at the Bicknells.

    Milie unfortunately was hit on her bike by another bicyclist this morning, shaken up, but no injury to her or her bike.

    Diana mentioned that she has changed positions at Hydro. Her new role is leading the developing of an integrated Safety, Health and Environment Management System at BC Hydro.   Congratulations Diana from all of us.

     Abigail and family heading to Whistler for four days. Have FUN.

    Larry and Tania spent two days at the Bear Mountain Resort in outer Victoria . Great celebration of her birthday.

   Tina brought this message back to the club….

Shanti Uganda is having a warehouse sale (50-75%) of handmade bags & jewelry in Chinatown this weekend. All proceeds go directly to improving maternal and child health and well-being, such as supporting the women who make these great items! See: http://shantiuganda.org/dont-miss-our-winter-warehouse-sale-with-fable-naturals-and-global-mothers/ for details.

 

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Speaker-

   David Clark-Wilson has been fascinated with energy for his entire life from the age of four. He is amazed that in the 50 years since, no one has developed affordable technology to store the sun’s heat and energy for efficient use. He was born in London England and has a B.Sc in Mathematics. In December 2011, David formed the company HighNet Energy Inc which stands for Human Ingenuity and Gaia in Harmony with New Energy Technology.

   Basically the Led Bright light bulb wins in all categories. It has the longest life, coolest bulb, most lumens per Watt, cheapest electricity, safest bulb and lowest wattage.

   His book, named Led Bright’s Mission to Save the Planet, The Light Bulb Games  was available to our group and he has plans for another 11 books in the series.

   It was a very Illuminating subject, presenting it so that all could understand.

 

 

Thought for the Day

 

     Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.    Mahatma Gandhi

Vancouver Sunrise Bulletin - March 19th 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Mar 11, 2014

Hola!

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It was Colombia Day at our Rotary meeting today, with President Ann-Shirley Goodell and Past President Matthew Lynam each sporting a Sombrero Vueltiao, the traditional Colombian hat. The 18 members who were there this morning were joined by DG Garry Shearer, AG Tom Smith, YE student Luisa Godoy and Jim Clarke's guest Brian Wolfman. Representing Fundacion Estructurar in Colombia were Jorge Cortissoz (our speaker), and staff members Ana Leonor Vivas, Gloria Sanchez and Maria Lucia Cortissoz. Also with us was Lucy Cardona from San Diego, interpreter for the Spanish-speaking guests. And, Jairo Clopatofsky, the Consul General of Colombia, also joined us for part of the meeting. A full house!

Paul Harris Fellow

Governor Garry had the privilege of presenting a Paul Harris Fellow award to a surprised Ana Leonore Vivas. She has served as Executive Director of Fundacion Estructurar for 27 years, from the very beginning of the 2 schools in Bucaramanga which provide education for hundreds of refugee children in their part of Colombia. Ana Leonore, although a member of Kiwanis, has selflessly provided Rotary-style service to the most needy families in her community. She was recently honoured by her government with an award for outstanding service and is a shining example of "Service above Self." Accordingly, DG Garry was pleased to add Rotary and Canadian recognition through this PHF award, which was earned by club members' donations to The Rotary Foundation. 

Today's program

Jorge Cortissoz Cabrera was a banker 27 years ago and also President of his Rotary club and President of the local chamber of commerce. He, with a Catholic sister and a construction contractor, determined to do what they could to help the vulnerable refugee families in Bucaramanga who were at high social risk due to the guerrillas and the drug cartels that terrorized parts of Colombia at that time. Poverty is a big problem for these families, 77 percent of whom, even today, have incomes of less than 54 Canadian dollars a month. 

Together these 3 gained support from various levels of Colombia governments, from banks and other corporations, from a number of Colombian universities, from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as American Field Service (AFS), from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Canada which furnished and equipped a science classroom.

Now Fundacion Estructurar operates 2 technical schools for 350 students and needs to expand the schools to serve more children. In addition, they provide programs for disabled children, for pregnant women, for nutrition and well being, and for after-school care in 60 small communities nearby. Plus, they advocate to eliminate child labour and to encourage education. In all, some 15,265 people are helped by the work of this organization.

Jorge expressed his appreciation to CESO, the organization supported by the Government of Canada which assigned Ann-Shirley to help them learn new and better ways to offer and finance their programs. And he is very grateful that Vancouver Sunrise is interested in joining the 2 Bucaramanga Rotary clubs in helping this group increase their community service even further.  He also thanked DG Garry for his role in hopefully securing matching District and Global Grants from RI in support of this project.

Jorge closed his presentation by asking everyone to "Open your heart and be part of our Foundation." More information, including how to make personal contributions, can be found at www.fundacionestructurar.org.

Consul General Clopatofsky thanked Jorge for the work he and his colleagues are doing in Colombia and urged all of us to visit his beautiful country.

 

Adios, todo el mundo. Hasta el miercoles.

Roberto

Sunrise bulletin for the week of March 12, 2014 Rob Goodell 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Mar 04, 2014

It was a cold and rainy morning in Vancouver, not at all like the sunny and warm beaches of Bali, making some of us wish we were there and not here. Chances are Sonya Orr is somewhere sunny, as usual, but Cam Scott is in Alaska. In March. What was he thinking?

Meanwhile, the Rotary meeting came to order on Wednesday morning, with 17 members who braved the weather plus Luisa Godoy, our Exchange Student. She told us about the Rock 'n' Roll party she enjoyed over the weekend with some other young people. I spoke with the Principal of her school this week and he said she's doing very well at King George. 

Rotary moment

John Haley described an international service project in which a Gravenhurst, Ontario, club provided 1,231 sturdy bikes for kids in Cambodia to use to get to school. Interesting project.

Business meeting

President Ann-Shirley Goodell led a discussion of some items from yesterday's board meeting. The board is considering ways to strengthen the role of committees, possibly by implementing a project management process, as suggested by Milie Taing. This should create a smoother system for committees to obtain board approval for projects and other activities. Lawrence Bicknell proposed a system of regular (monthly?) updates on progress so the board can follow-up as needed.

Sheila Anderson reports that the Projects Committee will develop a revised fundraising plan to benefit the Colombian schools project. 

Milie has been discussing the possibility of an Interact Club for King George students. One of the school counselors is interested in being the internal coordinator at the school and she thinks there are several students who would want to join. If so, our club may sponsor some of them to attend our District Conference in Squamish in May, so they can learn more about Rotary and Interact. The next step is for Milie to review the Rotary literature on the subject to determine whether and how our club might want to proceed. She will seek board approval before committing the club to this venture. Milie's looking for a few members to help her on this, so let her know if you're interested.

Next week

Ann-Shirley advised that next week we will host 4 visitors from Colombia and their interpreters plus District Governor Garry Shearer and AG Tom Smith. Our speaker will be the president of the foundation that operates the two schools for refugee children in Bucaramanga. 

 

And that's it for now. See you next Wednesday (unless I can find a way to return to the land of sunny beaches).

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of March 5, 2014 Rob Goodell 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Feb 25, 2014

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise

February 26, 2014

Prepared by Larry Belsito

ATTENDANCE-  Matthew graced us with his remarkable memory again with the Four Way Test, even though acting President Sheila removed the banner so he could not read it. I wonder how many of us could do that. Definitely not me after 25 years.  We had 14 members present today, and visiting Rotarian from Vancouver Centennial, Allen Lin. He joined in November and will be the incoming Secretary in July. Their club is bilingual, Mandarin and English, and is working on various projects involving Irrigation and Water Filters around the globe. Also present was our Exchange Student , Luisa who had a very busy week, including a dinner with Eduardo and his family, snowshoeing with Susan, a meeting with the Principal of her school, congratulating her on being accepted to RYLA. Also we heard that the school has approved an Interact Club.

ROTARY MOMENT- John explained again about Foundation, and the pledge to be a sustainable member by donating $100 per year . In October, the Klump Society honoured Chris and Penny for their contributions amount to about 250,000 dollars.

HAPPY DOLLARS-  

-Gary back after 3 weeks in Palm Springs. Surprised on his birthday last month when his wife flew in their daughter to celebrate with them.

-Cleo-  26 years ago ready to have the birth of her son.

-John- expects to lose 5 pounds when he gets his hair cut today

-Larry mentioned that Tania will soon move from the walker to the Nordic Poles. ( but not on the ski hills.)

- Die Hard fans, Matthew and Naomi, and Cam were some of the ones up at 4 AM, but their cheering worked.

-  A lot of happy members today.

OUR SPEAKER - Valerie Saunier

Valerie started in sharing her philosophy about living in the present moment because it is what we are doing now which is the most important !  She is a therapist in Cristotherapy to help people with various kinds of disease,  also people who are tired, stressed, feeling depressive or having a muscle dysfunction. She showed us a picture of her special machine which comes from Brazil. She has also a company with her husband to create a light ambiance and promote their company name at big events. She is also a Certified Yoga teacher.

In the past, she grew up in Paris and studied in tourism and International Trade. Her parents had their own company so she learned a lot from them. She was an Air Hostess and worked for Air France at Roissy Airport and she left to go to the Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) where she lived with her husband for 8 years. There, she had two lovely daughters, Éléa and Célia and was also a French Teacher as a second language. In 2001, she moved to Montreal and stayed 11 years as a Yoga teacher before her coming to Vancouver in 2011. About the future, no one knows...

She ended her presentation by emphasizing to listen to our heart and not our mind ! Her goal is "Be the Change you want to see in the World" from Gandhi.

Bulletin Rotary Club Vancouver Sunrise February 26th 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle on Jan 14, 2014

It was a cold morning, but it was cozy since we all gather in one of the small meeting rooms.  We had one visiting Rotarians: Roger Wong from Chinatown Club; Leanne Denis , guest of the speaker Daniel Goldwitz, and of our Exchange student Luisa de Godoy from Brazil.

 

Luisa told us about her winter break and about her new homestay Family: Lawrence and Bev. They went to Victoria to spend the weekend, and sounds like they had a great time. Luisa was excited to tell us about their whale watching tour and all sort of activities they had while in Victoria.  They were lucky to see a killer whale. Next weekend Luis is going to Whistler to have an orientation with other exchange student. Good luck Luisa, it is going to be fun!

 

Roger Wong, from the Chinatown Rotary Club told us about the Gala “Be My Valentine” dinner his club is organizing for February 14th.  This Gala is a unique Exhibition, Dinner and Show Event, is pure entertainment, with Chinese culture as background. It is going to be a feast of traditional 12 courses Chinese New Year cuisine, and a performance by UBC Chinese Music Ensemble and Singers in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Floata Chinese Seafood Restaurant, 3rd Flr , 180 Keefer Street Vancouver. Reception : 5:30 PM   Dinner 7 :00PM      ticket :   $80/each

 

Rotary Moment:

 

This time Milie gave us a Rotary Moment of her visit to La France, oh-la-la specifically to her visit to Paris for 2 weeks. She had the opportunity to visit one of the Rotary Clubs in Champs Elysees at one of the most expensive restaurants. Food must have been very good! The topic of that night was interesting: How to keep yourself healthy until you reach old age. A surgeon that did some of his studies in Vancouver presented the topic. Isn’t this a small world?

 

Announcements:

 

Abigail reminded us about our Valentines silent auction. For people that are not familiar with this auction, every member of the club brings an auction item to contribute to the club. It could be anything you like, such a picture, a scarf, a bottle of wine or anything that comes to your mind. Be creative.

 

Today’s program:

 

Cam introduced this week’s speaker: Dr. PhD Daniel Goldwitz.

 

Dr. Goldwitz gave us a great presentation, titled “Insuring Better Brain”.

“Dr. Goldowitz studies how genetic signals involved in the early development of the nervous system can cause neurodegenerative disease and brain disorders in children and adults. By understanding how the brain develops and is built, he will also be able understand how brain disorders develop.

A major focus of his work is the application of molecular and bioinformatic technologies to study the entire gene regulatory network of the cerebellum, which is an area of the brain that is linked to autism, schizophrenia, mental retardation, and other brain disorders”

Bulletin Rotary Club Vancouver Sunrise January 15th 2014 Eduardo De Santiago Lavalle 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jan 07, 2014

Happy New Year! We started 2014 with a bang, as 19 Vancouver Sunrise members survived Auld Lang Syne and turned up for eggs Benedict today. Also with us were 2 new-members-in-waiting (see below), plus Exchange Student Luisa Godoy, AG Tom Smith and PDG Hans Doge. And, Lori Pobuta brought a guest, Pablo Varhola, who is originally from Ecuador and now lives in Vancouver. Pablo is a kinesiologist who works with Zientte, a contemporary furniture provider in Gastown. Check out their interesting products (some from Colombia) at www.zienette.ca.

So President Ann-Shirley Goodell presided over a full house. It may be different next week, as several of us are escaping to warmer climates and sunnier beaches. 

Club and district news

Our 2014 District Conference will be in Squamish the weekend of May 23-25. Only $290 for the opportunity to mix and mingle with other BC clubs and to find out what's going on in the bigger world of Rotary. For the best deals book early at rotary5040.org.

The District's annual Foundation Dinner will be in North Vancouver on Saturday, February 1. This is always a good event. Make your reservation online at rotary5040.org.

Bill Sheddy advises that everyone should be ready for a special meeting on January 22 when the club will celebrate Robbie Burns Day with bagpipes, haggis and, perhaps, a wee drappie o' the whisky.

2 new members!

Joshua Green is a financial advisor with Sun Life and Iozef Miskolczi is a geotechnical engineer with SRK Consulting. Both applied for membership and have been approved by the board. AG Tom officially inducted them into Rotary and we all welcomed them to the club, bringing our membership count to 26. Josh is single and brought his date Alix to the Christmas party. Iosef is married to Natalia and has a young daughter Emma. Welcome to Rotary!

Annual General Meeting

We elected officers and directors for 2014-2015 at our December 18 meeting, but today was the AGM. We had brief, but separate, annual meetings for the club and our Sunrise Foundation. Motions were passed to approve the minutes, confirm the elections, and approve the financial statements. Susan Neale reported that both the club and the foundation are in strong financial positions. 

In the business meeting that followed, Larry Belsito urged each member to visit at least one other club during this year. 

Sheila Anderson reported that Cleo Perez had hosted a committee meeting to organize our Colombian Fiesta for March 15. Each member should contribute at least one item for the auction, either personally or by persuading a local business to donate a product or service. More on the Fiesta below and on the club website.

Abigail Turner and Milie Taing are looking for high-school candidates to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and the youth contingent at our District Conference. If you have someone to suggest, let Milie know in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

Upcoming meetings

Past President Julie Mantle will be running the show while Ann-Shirley and I are away. If anyone needs us, you'll have to send a carrier pigeon to search the beaches of Bali, the river boats of the Mekong, and among the temples of Angkor Wat. Eduardo de Santiago has agreed to do the bulletin when he can. We'll see you in early March.

Rob

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Colombian Fiesta!

A gala Colombian Fiesta is planned for Saturday evening, March 15, 2014, at the Century Plaza Hotel on Burrard Street, in support of a new international service project of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise. Our goal is to raise $35,000 in the next two years for expansion of two privately-funded schools serving refugee children and their families in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

The festivities on March 15 will include South American music, salsa dancing, a Colombian-style dinner and a silent auction. Four representatives of the non-profit Fundacion Estructurar, which operates the schools, will be in Vancouver for our Colombian Fiesta, including President of the Board Jorge Cabrera Cortissoz and senior staff members. We are also inviting representatives of the Consulate of Colombia to join us for this important evening.

Here are some of the students with Ann-Shirley when she visited the schools in 2012.

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Please plan to join us for this fun-filled evening at the Century Plaza and support the education of refugee children in Colombia. Bring your friends and enjoy the Fiesta!

For more information on the schools, the project and Bucaramanga, visit our club homepage. Just click on "Home" above.

Sunrise bulletin for the week of January 8, 2014 Rob Goodell 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Dec 17, 2013
ImageChristmas with the West End Seniors was a great day last Sunday, as it always is. Here you see Josh Green, Gary Chomyn, Patrick Cox and others persuading the 250 seniors to eat their veggies. Former member Robert French was again our MC and everything went smoothly, as it should after the club's 27 consecutive years of hosting this event. Thanks to Matthew Lynam for organizing the day.

Today's regular breakfast meeting had a roomful of 21 members, plus visiting Rotarian Shail Mahanti from Vancouver Arbutus and 3 prospective new members: Steve McGrandle, Josh Green and Ioseph Miskolczi. Larry Belsito brought the good news that his wife Tania is home from hospital and getting around after her hip surgery. And, Cleo Perez passed her BCIT exam, so she's happy.

Election of Officers and Directors

Past President Julie Mantle, chair of the Nominating Committee, placed the following names in nomination. 

   President                               Lawrence Bicknell

   Past President                        Ann-Shirley Goodell

   President Elect                       Cleopatra Perez

   Secretary                               Milie Taing

   Treasurer                               Susan Neale

   Director, Club Administration   Larry Belsito

   Director, Service Projects        Cleopatra Perez

   Director, Membership             Jose Riga

   Director, Youth                       Abigail Turner

   Director, Foundations              John Haley

There being no further nominations from the floor, these members were elected as officers and directors of the club and the Sunrise Foundation for the 2014-2015 Rotary year which begins next July 1. 

Today's program

ImageLuisa Godoy, our Exchange Student from Brazil, gave an excellent and informative presentation on her country and her hometown. With her YE blazer, all the pins she's collected, and her country's flag, she told us that Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world geographically, has 191 million population and 28 states. With Dilma Rousseff as its first woman president, Brazil has the 7th largest economy in the world with coffee, sugar and oranges as its principal exports. This multicultural country tends to be dry in winter and rainy in summer, the reverse of Vancouver. Rice and beans, served with meat, are the most popular meals and Starbuck's features orange juice and meat.

Luisa showed us amazing photos of the regions of Brazil, from the Amazon rainforest of the north, to the new capital city of Brasilia, to the high waterfalls of the south and, of course the famous cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro with its beaches and Carnaval celebrations. Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

Lindoia, where her family lives, is a southeastern town of 6,700 and its main industry is mineral water. Several other towns are clustered nearby, including Aguas de Lindoia where her sponsoring Rotary Club is located and where thermal springs attract many tourists. Luisa's father is a dentist and her mother operates a bakery and was a Rotary Exchange student herself, spending a year in Yakima, Washington. Luisa's grandfather and uncle were both mayors of Lindoia. Luisa lives with her parents, a sister, grandparents and her great-grandmother who is 94. Hopefully, some of us will have a chance to visit Lindoia and meet them someday.

Great job, Luisa. By the way, she will be moving on December 29 to live with Lawrence and Bev Bicknell in Port Moody.

Next meeting

The club will meet again on January 8, which will be our annual business meeting. The board will meet the prior day, Tuesday. Have a great Christmas and New Year! 

Rob

Sunrise bulletin for the week of December 18, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Dec 15, 2013

A gala Colombian Fiesta is planned for Saturday evening, March 15, 2014, at the Century Plaza Hotel on Burrard Street, in support of a new international service project of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise. Our goal is to raise $35,000 in the next two years for expansion of two privately-funded schools serving refugee children and their families in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

The festivities on March 15 will include South American music, salsa dancing, a Colombian-style dinner and a silent auction. Four representatives of the non-profit Fundacion Estructurar, which operates the schools, will be in Vancouver for our Colombian Fiesta, including President of the Board Jorge Cabrera Cortissoz and senior staff members. We are also inviting representatives of the Consulate of Colombia to join us for this important evening.

After years of guerilla fighting in parts of Colombia, many refugee families have moved to places like Bucaramanga, a city at 3,000 feet in the Andes with about the same population as Vancouver. Unfortunately, the Bucaramanga schools are inadequate to handle the numbers of refugee children. Several years ago, with support from the local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and a local contractor, a privately-funded school for 450 refugee students (nursery to grade 12) was built with a science lab funded by the Government of Canada. Later, the same group opened a second facility in another area of the city which now serves 72 nursery-school children. Both schools are scheduled for expansion, the first to 650 students and the second to 300. Here are some of the students with Ann-Shirley Goodell, our club president, when she visited the schools in 2012.

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Two Rotary clubs in Bucaramanga have been active supporters of the schools and are raising funds now to furnish and equip the new classrooms in the expanded schools. They envision that some $60,000 to $70,000 will be required, of which they and a club in the Netherlands have already raised $25,000. The Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise is working with them to raise the remaining $35,000 or more. The 2014 Colombian Fiesta is the start of our club’s fundraising for this project and we will be applying for grants from The Rotary Foundation and/or Rotary Districts to match the amounts we raise.

Please join us for this fun-filled evening at the Century Plaza and support the education of refugee children in Colombia. Bring your friends and enjoy the Fiesta!

 

Colombian Fiesta! Rob Goodell 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Dec 14, 2013

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On Sunday, December 15, Vancouver Sunrise hosted about 250 seniors from Vancouver's West End neighbourhood for a festive Christmas dinner party at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver. 

For over 25 years, ever since the club was formed, we have celebrated Christmas with this group of seniors, many of whom are nearly shut-ins and don't have many social opportunities. We work closely with the West End Seniors Network, who select the seniors to be invited and provide transportation to and from the hotel. The Bayshore generously provides the banquet hall and most of the food. Rotary coordinates the event, arranges for some of the food, and provides the entertainment for the event. Rotarians serve the food, while local high school students assist the seniors and lead the singing of Christmas carols. Matthew Lynam chaired the organizing committee for this year's gala event.

A great way to celebrate Christmas with our older neighbours.

 

Christmas with the West End Seniors Rob Goodell 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Dec 03, 2013

On a chilly December morning, 13 Sunrise members were at the Coast Coal Harbour for breakfast today, along with guests Josh Green and Iozsef Miskolczi. Sadly, Larry Belsito was not among this morning's attendees, as Tania had a bad fall during the night and is in hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Rotary moment

John Haley outlined the 6 areas of focus for the international work of The Rotary Foundation. They are peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, economic and community development. 

Club news

No breakfast meeting next Wednesday, December 11. Instead, we'll see everyone at the club Christmas party this Saturday. Today's the last day to RSVP to Abigail.

Matthew Lynam has everything lined up for the Seniors' event on December 15 (see details below). Some Rotarians will be needed at 9:30 that day to help set up. The rest of us should arrive by 10:30 and the high school students begin singing at 11 o'clock.

President Ann-Shirley Goodell reported that she has been in touch with the Rotary Club of Zaphorizhia, Ukraine, which our club co-sponsored as a new club a few years ago. They are doing well, in spite of the political struggles going on in that country. Their club's service projects are aimed at helping children, especially their current Coats for Kids campaign.

Today's program

Vera Sun works for a Chinese-language TV company and volunteers to help promote the Shen Yun performances of traditional Chinese music and dance. This colourful show will be coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on January 23-25 and will showcase the "Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture."

The 5,000 years of Chinese culture date from 2698 BC and the rule of the Yellow Emperor who emphasized the cultivation of moral practices. Taoism (returning to one's true nature and following the course of heaven), Confusianism (with its 5 cardinal values) and Buddhism (emphasizing meditation) were all part of this tradition as it developed in China. 

In 1949, everything changed with the rise of the Communist government which stressed materialism and suppressed traditional religions and culture, even destroying many cultural sites and traditional antiques during Mao's Cultural Revolution. In 1992 an organization known as Falun Gong started reconnecting some Chinese people to their traditions by teaching Chi-gong and its health-improving group exercises.

Shen Yun began in New York in 2006 as a performing arts company dedicated to reviving the traditional Chinese arts and culture. Its spectacular show of music and dance now travels to many cities in North America, including Vancouver. More information at www.shenyunperformingarts.org/vancouver.

 

Our next meeting, on December 18, will feature Luisa Godoy, our Exchange Student, who will share some photos and stories about Brazil, her home country. Also that day will be the Annual General Meeting and election of Officers and Directors for 2014-2015. Be there or you might be elected in absentia

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of December 4, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Nov 26, 2013

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It was a small but select group at this morning's Rotary breakfast, with 10 members and 2 guests in the room. Josh Green was with us again, as well as Iozsef Miskolczi (whose Hungarian name is a challenge so we call him Joseph).

Other members were away at glamorous destinations around the world: Cam Scott in New Zealand, Sheila Anderson awaiting a grandchild in Victoria, John Haley visiting his mother in Spokane, Julie Mantle and Diana Theman goofing off at BC Hydro meetings, and Abigail Turner thinking about warm, sunny beaches from a courtroom in Prince George. No telling where Sonya Orr might be, or any of the several other travellers. 

Rotary moment

President Ann-Shirley Goodell says that Rotary was visible and helpful in feeding the hungry last Saturday at the Salvation Army, with the Quadra club leading the way and some of our members assisting. Quadra will be doing a shoe clinic, one of their ongoing projects in the downtown east side, on December 7. Volunteers will be welcome so check the Quadra website for details.

Club news

A month or more ago, we had a speaker who introduced us to the Saint James Music Academy, a charitable group providing music lessons for 150 at-risk kids in the Strathcona area. Some of us will be going to their Christmas concert on December 6 at 6:30 pm. Last year it was standing-room-only so be early if you want a seat. Our club has agreed to help this group find used musical instruments so they can avoid rental costs. If you have, or know people who have, unused instruments that could be donated, please contact Julie Mantle. 

Members, families and friends are invited to the club Christmas party on Saturday, December 7, at 4 pm at our downtown condo. Bring a wrapped gift ($20 max) to exchange, a food item to share, and your choice of adult beverage. We will have juice and non-alcoholic eggnog for the kids and anyone else who would like them. RSVP to aturner@harpergrey.com by next Wednesday.

Today's program

Lisa Slakov spoke to us today about HUB and its role in promoting cycling in Vancouver. She's co-chair of HUB (a name which, surprisingly, is not an acronym and doesn't stand for anything in particular) and serves on the Active Transportation Policy Council, a citizen's advisory group that reports to Vancouver City Council. Lisa and these volunteer groups are working to make cycling in the city better for everyone. 

In 1998, City Council was aware that our increasing population was creating more vehicle traffic than our downtown streets could accommodate and established transportation priorities, in this order of importance: 1. walking; 2. bicycling; 3. public transit; and 4. motor vehicles. Since then, the number of cars downtown on an average weekday has dropped by 20 percent, in spite of a huge population increase.

HUB is working to encourage cycling with events such as Bike to Work Week and Bike to School Week. Research shows that about 40 percent of our population might be interested in cycling more but have some concerns, so HUB provides education (cycling skills, safety, bike maintenance) for adults and kids.  And HUB has encouraged bike access to all public transit including SkyTrain, downtown separated bike lanes and more.

HUB invites employers to become Bike Friendly Businesses, with lunch-hour workshops to encourage employees to cycle to work. HUB will provide resources and tips on facility needs, employee incentives, and other issues. 

More information is available online at bikehub.ca.

 

After hearing about the benefits and the importance of cycling, we all jumped in our cars and sped off to our day's commitments. C'est la vie!

Rob

 

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of November 27, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Nov 19, 2013
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Is that Sonya Orr, our most-travelled member, looking for a make-up meeting? The rest of us weren't on the moon, as suggested above, but at the Coast Coal Harbour for this week's Rotary breakfast. We were 16 members plus visiting Rotarian John Oxenford from an island in Australia, and 4 returning guests: Josh Green, Joseph Miskolzi, Barry Thorsness and Steve McGrandle.

Rotary moment

John Haley is celebrating Foundation Month with a series of moments on The Rotary Foundation. Its mission statement tells us the goals are to promote "world understanding, goodwill and peace" through a variety of programs and projects. More in future weeks.

Upcoming club events

President Ann-Shirley Goodell reminded everyone of the club Christmas party scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at 4 pm. Bring the family, and also bring a gift to exchange (maximum $20 value), your choice of beverage and a food item to share. Abigail Turner is coordinating the food, so contact her to make arrangements. Note that the party replaces our breakfast meeting for December 11.

Milie Taing says there are still inexpensive tickets available for this Sunday's performance of "The Masked Ball" by Opera Pro Cantanti. Talk with Milie if you'd like to join the group.

Business meeting

Club administration - Larry Belsito circulated a list for volunteers to be greeters. We're very close to our goal of 100% of our members actively involved in one or more of our club activities and committees. If you're one of the few exceptions, now's your chance.

Nominating - Diana Theman reported for the Nominating Committee that Milie has been selected and approved by the board to be Secretary, starting January 1 and through the coming Rotary year, replacing Lawrence Bicknell who will be busy as President Elect and President. 

Membership - Lori Pobuta says our goal is to increase membership by 20% over time and to retain current members. So, no one is allowed to move out of town or take a new job that conflicts with Wednesday breakfast.

Service projects - Sheila Anderson says all is organized for the Seniors' Christmas dinner on December 15. We should be there at 10:30 to help get ready and Matthew Lynam is arranging for an MC and the student helpers from King George and Strathcona. Planning is underway for the Colombian Fiesta on March 15. Cleo Perez is starting to collect auction items, so we all need to find suitable items and let her know about them. We're hoping to attract people to this event who aren't necessarily contributing to our Hoop-a-Thon project. Gary Chomyn reports that the Hoops committee is working on a budget for the June 2014 event.

Foundation - John and his committee will be working on a plan for both The Rotary Foundation and our own Sunrise Foundation.

Youth - Milie is looking for grade 10-12 students who might be good candidates for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in April. She needs names before January 1. Our Youth Exchange student is doing well and is open to invitations for interesting activities with Rotarians. Diana is coordinating the scheduling. Luisa Godoy will be our speaker on December 18, so don't miss it.

 

And that's all the news for now. If you're going to the moon for any reason, say "hi" to Sonya for us.

Rob

Sunrise bulletin for the week of November 20, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Nov 12, 2013

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District Governor Garry Shearer was at our Rotary meeting this morning and had the pleasure of congratulating Cam Scott for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Garry pins him with a sapphire-studded Paul Harris Fellow pin and thanks Cam for contributing at least $2,000 to "our charity." Garry observed that Cam has been with Vancouver Sunrise since the club's beginning in 1987.

President Ann-Shirley Goodell opened the meeting a few minutes early and kept it moving, to allow time for the DG's presentation and the board meeting with the DG which followed. We had another full house, with 18 members and 5 guests. AG Tom Smith was with us again, as was our Youth Exchange student Luisa Godoy, and Steve McGrandle. We also welcomed Barry Thorsness who was referred to us by a mutual Rotary friend in Kelowna. Barry is a Vancouver businessman and founder of a not-for-profit that funds schools and scholarships in Africa, particularly Malawi.

Club news

Milie Taing announced that the Opera Pro Cantini performance planned for November 24 has changed. Instead of "Rigoletto" we will see "A Masked Ball" (or whatever the Italian name is). It's a Sunday at 7 pm at 17th and Main. If you'd like to join us, just email Milie for details.

Nominations are due by January 1 for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) to be held in April in North Vancouver. This is a highly-successful weekend leadership training program for students in Grades 10-12. If you know of students who would be good candidates, get their names to Milie soon.

At yesterday's board meeting, our board voted to send $1,000 from the club to ShelterBox for emergency relief after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Today's program 

Governor Garry was introduced by Assistant Governor Tom, who told us that Garry was born in Edinburgh but has been here long enough to lose his accent. He retired from business in 2008 and was a charter member of the Tsawwassen club in 1992.

Garry described what he called "a Rotary moment" from his training session in San Diego last January. In a jam-packed convention setting with 534 incoming DGs and hundreds of other RI dignitaries, the flags of all the Rotary countries (about 200 of them) processed through the hall. At the end came the flags of the then-current RI President from Japan and the incoming President from the USA. To see side-by-side the flags of those two nations, formerly adversaries in World War II who have become, in a single generation, friends and partners in many ways, was a strong testament to the peace which Rotary espouses. 

Garry left us with 3 messages:

1. Membership is important and this year's emphasis is on retention. If we can engage members in our service work, they are more likely to remain Rotarians.

2. The Rotary Foundation does great work all over the world and relies on contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary like Bill Gates for its funds. 100 percent of the incoming DGs made contributions in January and Garry challenges us to also reach for 100 percent contributions by our members. 

3. The District 5040 Conference will be May 23-25 in Squamish at the new Railway Museum complex. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. In addition, there will be special programs for youth of high school and university ages at a bargain price of $175 including dorm accommodation and meals at the new Quest University.

Garry closed his remarks with a song to urge us to "Get Aboard" (the train) for the conference in May. I understand he's now being drafted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Earlier, however, he gave us a thought to guide us: "Rotary happens at the club level." 


That's it for now. See you next Wednesday, which will be a business meeting.

Rob

Sunrise bulletin for the week of November 13, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Nov 05, 2013

Always the epitome of discretion, the bulletin will disclose no names, but today's Rotary meeting witnessed an escalating can-you-top-this chorus of shopping exploits by our members. It started innocently enough, with talk of a recent trip to Bellingham. Not to be outdone, one prominent member opined that the shopping was way better on a recent trip to New Orleans. From across the room came the saga of a member who just returned from a cruise the highlight of which was serial shopping sprees in various ports of Mexico. Our reigning Queen-of-the-Shopping-Aisle-Especially-If-It-Involves-Shoes-or-Purses (we all know who that is!) is busy packing as we read this, en route to some even-more-exotic shopping locale. Meanwhile, the male members are stewing for weeks over whether or not to splurge and pay $1.49 for a new toothbrush. Hmmmmmm.

Interrupting the shopping contest, President Ann-Shirley Goodell called the meeting to order. She was in a hurry to get to the Eggs Benedict and tried to skip the 4-Way Test but didn't get away with it. The reason the eggs were in short supply was that we had a full house: 18 members, 2 speakers and 5 guests. Assistant Governor Tom Smith from Tsawwassen was there, and Cecile Diaz (guest of Abigail Turner), and Ola Karpik (guest of Jim Clarke), and Joseph Miskclzi (repeat guest of Cam Scott). And, our Youth Exchange student from Brazil, Luisa Godoy, was with us again.

Club news

Luisa told us that she's been busy the last few weeks, including going up Grouse Mountain to see the bears and the fog covering the city below, and to a haunted-house Halloween party with the other inbound students. I spoke with the Assistant Principal at King George School last night and she said Luisa is doing well and is a great addition to the school.

The Board will meet next Tuesday at 7:30 am. DG Garry Shearer will be our speaker the next day.

Matthew Lynam reports that planning is well underway for the club's annual Christmas celebration with the West End Seniors. This will be at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on Sunday, December 15. Matthew would like members to arrive by 10:30 to help set up.

Rotary moment

Ann-Shirley let us know that the Paul Harris Society, which has been administered by the district, has now become a full program of RI. Society members are those who agree to contribute at least $1,000 a year to The Rotary Foundation. Anyone who has been doing that, or who would like to consider that possibility, should contact Ann-Shirley to ensure  that the Society list is current.

Today's program

Sonya Orr introduced our speakers who, like Sonya herself, work for TravelMasters to enable their international travel habits. Jan and Terry Umbach are Rotarians on the Sunshine Coast who started travelling to Kenya in 2007. The village of Ndandini is a 4-hour drive east of Nairobi, the capital, and is a remote, desert-like area where the people try to survive from subsistence farming. The Umbachs found that the only source of household water for this area was to dig in the dry riverbed to get brown-colored water that was often polluted.

Jan and Terry started to raise funds to help. A Rotary Matching Grant was awarded by RI and used to drill a well and install a generator, pump and storage tanks in  2010. Two years later, more fund-raising and a Global Grant provided a tractor, water tank trailer, and 6 storage tanks at the schools in the area. This allowed every school student access to fresh water daily. Next, donations were raised for a community garden, with greenhouse and drip irrigation, to enable local residents to grow more and better produce. In addition, solar lighting and power systems were installed in the 6 schools. Most recently, small academic scholarships are being offered to help pay for some students' high school fees, uniforms and books. 

To date, over $200,000 has been invested in these projects, with 50 Rotary clubs and 2 Rotary grants participating. Next, a grant application is being prepared to fund a Vocational Training Team to help this village develop needed skills like nursing, mechanical equipment maintenance, etc. Individuals and Rotary clubs are encouraged to support the efforts to improve the quality of life for the people of Ndandini and the area. 

For more detailed information and lots of photos, go to www.Ndandini.blogspot.com or email Terry at terryumbach@hotmail.com.

 

Time to go shopping. See you next Wednesday.

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of November 6, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 22, 2013

On a foggy day in Vancouver town, we were 15 members at our Rotary breakfast, plus 4 guests: Gene Vickers from the Coquitlam Sunrise club (last week's speaker), Josh Green (a financial planner and guest of Gene), Lindsey Curtis (an engineer and guest of Cam Scott) plus Steve McGrandle. President Ann-Shirley Goodell opened the meeting and Bill Sheddy recited the 4-Way Test, almost from memory.

Rotary moment

Tomorrow is World Polio Day, so Ann-Shirley reminded us of the latest stats. This year there have been 296 new cases of polio world-wide, up from 121 last year. Nearly all the increase was in Somalia, where political and economic conditions are very tough, with a few cases in several nearby African countries. Rotary's fight isn't over. The Gates Foundation is now matching all Rotary contributions 3 to 1, so we can contribute $100 online at www.rotary.org and Bill will send $300. We need to specify Polio Eradication if that's where we want our contributions to go.

Club news

Hanne Kooistra, our Youth Exchange student of 3 years ago, sent an email from the Netherlands that she's now in university and will have educational trips to Russia in November and to South Africa in February. She's well and sends greetings to the club.

RWHN (Rotary World Help Network) will be loading a shipping container for Uganda this Saturday starting at 9 am. Larry Belsito is going to help and would like company. Contact him if you can go.

The board will meet on Tuesday morning, November 12. The District Governor will be with us the next day.

Today's program

Doug Anderson was our speaker this morning, representing ToastMasters. Doug has been a member for 44 years and has served as governor for this area. This organization started in 1924 meeting at a YMCA in California. The club in Vancouver's Kitsilano area, where Doug and our member Milie Taing are members, was formed in 1936. Clubs have now been started in some 160 countries, including Russia and China.

Doug says public speaking is most people's second biggest fear. (Is spousal disapproval the first? Or is that just me?) ToastMasters encourages members to take a risk and improve themselves. At their club meetings, each speech, in fact every activity, is timed and evaluated, in order to help people learn and do better the next time. He says preparation is key to public speaking, as is the need to engage everyone in the room.

Doug closed his talk with a long quote he displays in his office which boiled down to "...Risk we must..."

 

I'm going to work on the spousal disapproval thing. See you next Wednesday (if I survive).

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of October 23, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 20, 2013

The doorbells rang on Saturday evening, just before dinnertime, and no one knew who would be on the other side of the door. Time for Guess Who's Coming For Dinner -- an annual social event of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise. At three member homes, the guests and hosts were all wondering who would be together for dinner that evening.

In all, about 20 club members, spouses and guests participated on October 19. Everyone brought something to share as part of the meal, some wines were opened, and everyone enjoyed a relaxed dinner with interesting company. A great chance to get to know members and their families better. Here's what the scene looked like at new member Jose Riga's home.

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Valerie and Pascal Saunier and Bev and Lawrence Bicknell were the other hosts. The event was organized by Ann-Shirley Goodell and Abigail Turner. Always a popular favourite evening.

 

Guess Who's Coming For Dinner Rob Goodell 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 18, 2013

Club Christmas party at Goodells' Saturday, December 7

Christmas with West End Seniors Sunday, December 15

Colombian Fiesta party                           Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Hoop-a-Thon fund-raiser              Saturday, June 7

Upcoming club events Rob Goodell 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 15, 2013

President Ann-Shirley Goodell was at the podium today and we had 17 members at breakfast plus Steve McGrandle and our exchange student. A beautiful morning, with the promise of sunny skies today and forever.

Sheila Anderson is back from Scotland and France, where she and Patrick cycled among the vineyards and enjoyed a stay at the vacation home of Abigail Turner's parents. France was great, she said, but we didn't hear much about the vineyards in Scotland. Jim Clarke is back from Maui where the weather was perfect, the surf was up and the tourists were gone. Lawrence Bicknell is back from England where his mother is having health challenges and he's not talking about the weather. Cam Scott, on the other hand, is MIA, allegedly in Whitehorse. Who knows about the weather there.

Rotary moment

Ann-Shirley gave us the story of the RWHN. The what?  Rotary World Help Network was started in 1991 by the Vancouver club, around the time they chartered a club in Kiev, the first Ukrainian club after the demise of the Soviet Union. To asist the new Kiev club with projects helping local hospitals and schools, Vancouver organized the shipment of surplus equipment from Canada to Ukraine. That grew over time into an ongoing warehouse full of surplus stuff, waiting to be loaded into 40-foot containers and shipped to developing countries, in support of many clubs' service projects. All this is done with volunteer labour plus cash contributions (memberships) by Rotary clubs. Our club pays $250 per year and is asked to provide volunteers to help load a container from time to time. The warehouse at the old Riverview Hospital site in Coquitlam is amazing. If you haven't done so lately, volunteer to go out there to help some Saturday and see for yourself.

Club news

Guess Who's Coming For Dinner is this Saturday. If you haven't received an email with where you go and what you bring, contact Ann-Shirley and get the info. Bon appetite, tout le monde!

Luisa Godoy, our student from Brazil, told us she survived shopping in Bellingham with Cleo Perez (and a Venezuelan meal, too) and has been learning about Hallowe'en pumpkins with Patricia Hargreaves, her host mom, and about Thanksgiving dinner with the Bicknell family. Lots of Canadian things, all new to her.

The Nominating Committee is accepting candidates for the 2014-2015 board. If you've always wanted a seat on the board, with all the prestige and privilege that entails, just give your name to Julie Mantle this week.

Today's program

Our speaker was Gene Vickers, a member of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Centennial. After a 2-year hiatus, he's glad to be back in Rotary and talking about "Rotary: what's in it for me?"

Gene praised the value of the 4-Way Test and the successes of youth programs like Youth Exchange and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). He likes to sometimes use the humour of a clown nose to change attitudes, particularly during traffic jams that can cause road rage. And, he gave a personal experience when a random act of kindness set off a chain of similar actions by total strangers.

Gene's overall theme was that Rotary gives each of us the opportunity to change lives. That's what's in it for us.

 

Have fun at Guess Who and we'll see you next Wednesday for breakfast.

 Rob

 

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of October 16, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 08, 2013

President Ann-Shirley Goodell was a no-show today, due to some dental surgery, so we dragged a disheveled drunk off the street to stand at the Rotary podium and look befuddled. Jose Rigas opened the meeting with the 4-Way Test en francais and we welcomed 12 members and 4 guests:  Carlos Aveloso (a Rotarian for only one month in Quito, Equador), Shail Mahanti from the Arbutus club, Svend Rowert (Milie Taing's guest) and Steve McGrandle.

Club news

Today is the last day to sign up for Guess Who's Coming For Dinner on October 19. If you're registered, you'll receive an email this week to let you know where you go and what to bring. Last-minute reservations can be made today by email to Ann-Shirley.

Nominations are open for the position of District Governor until November 1. The only requirements are that candidates must have served as club president and must be nominated by their clubs. If you'd like to suggest anyone (including yourself), Ann-Shirley has the contact information.

Susan Neale and Milie went to Opera Pro Cantanti on Sunday, as recommended by last week's speaker, and enjoyed the performance. Milie is organizing a group to see "Rigoletto" on Sunday, November 24.

Abigail Turner circulated an email just received from Georgina Hargreaves, our outbound student in Falkenberg, Sweden. She's enjoying her host family, rapidly learning to speak Swedish, and bringing some Canadian influence to her school basketball team and the co-ed Scout program in Sweden. Meanwhile, Luisa Godoy, our inbound student, was seen shopping in Bellingham last weekend with Cleo Perez.

The Hoop-a-Thon committee met with the Quadra club in hopes they will join us again in next June's fund-raising event.

Today's program

This morning's speaker was Dr. Michael Kobor, a UBC professor and researcher at BC Children's Hospital, whose topic was "Getting Under the Skin." Dr. Kobor specializes in epigenetics, the study of how human genes are influenced by factors other than DNA. He characterized the 25,000 human genes as acting like light bulbs which can be on or off or brighter or dimmer, all controlled by a kind of dimmer switch. Epigenomes act as the dimmer switches which control changes to the genes.

Studies have shown that the nutrition and lifestyle of the mother during pregnancy can have major influences on the child. He cited smoking during pregnancy as an environmental factor that can affect the child. In addition, new research indicates that early-life social-economic status and parents' stress levels can affect childhood temperament and behaviour. For example, those who experience low social-economic status in early life have been shown to have twice the likelihood of heart disease later in life, compared to those who enjoy more affluent lifestyles in early life. Similarly, higher stress levels in the home in early life can lead to problems later in life.

The good news is that all this can be somewhat offset by maternal warmth and love in the first years of a child's life. Infants, says one study, are most negatively affected by the mother's stress (or lack of it), while pre-school children, especially girls, are affected by the father.

Dr. Kobor emphasized that this is a new field of research and much more is being learned as studies progress.

That's it for now. Have a good Thanksgiving weekend and we'll see you next Wednesday.

Rob

 

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of October 9, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Oct 01, 2013

In preparation for our club's 2014 project to benefit a school for refugee students in Colombia, we started this week's Rotary meeting with the 4-Way Test in Spanish. Today was Cleo Perez 's turn and no one knows who President Ann-Shirley Goodell will choose to do this in coming weeks. Apparently, "no habla espanol" isn't going to work.

We were 13 members this morning plus soon-to-be-new-member Tina Parbhakar and guest Steve McGrandle. Lots of grumbling about the dark, cold, rainy weather which was made all the worse by the message received from Sheila Anderson that it's in the 30s C in southern Europe where she is.  Watch out, Sheila, you may have company.

Club news

Gary Chomyn reported that the Hoop-a-Thon committee has already started planning for the next Strathcona event which will be Saturday, June 7. The 2013 version raised over $60,000 of which $15,000 came from our club. Once again, 100 percent participation by members will be the plan for 2014.

Cleo revealed that the gala dinner for the Colombian school project will be Saturday, March 15. It's not too early now to start gathering items for the silent auction and making a list of the 125 people we want to invite. Ann-Shirley tells us that we will have 4 representatives from the Bucaramanga school here for the dinner. Who else do we know who has a connection with South America and would love to be part of this event?

Abigail Turner and Ann-Shirley are organizing our Guess Who's Coming for Dinner on October 19. This is always a great evening, so RSVP today to asgoodell@shaw.ca. We are short of hosts and hope you'll volunteer to do this if you can.

Cleo attended the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) session last weekend and said it was excellent. One of the presenters was Marni Fraser, former member and past President of our club. Marni sends greetings to her friends at Vancouver Sunrise.

New member

Tina Parbhakar was welcomed as a new member of the club. As a former Rotarian, she knows the drill. President Ann-Shirley presented her Rotary pin and reminded us of the high standards expected of all Rotarians. Welcome, Tina.

 Today's program

Our speaker this morning was Richard Williams, a choral musician and voice teacher, who spoke about Opera Pro Cantanti, a repertory opera company in Vancouver.

"Opera is dead!" proclaimed Richard, or at least it should be, after some 300 years. But yet it continues to hold audiences spellbound. Why? Richard believes that opera is an art which, unlike entertainment (Broadway shows, for example), is an acquired taste that gets better the more one studies it and becomes increasingly familiar with it. Richard says it's the sound of the singing that makes us believe the story and enjoy an opera. This is explained more fully in a book called "A Song of Love and Death" by Peter Conrad.

As an example, Richard summarized the very complex storyline for the opera Rigoletto, which is about a nobleman who conspires to seduce an innocent young girl. The plot involves a deformed hunchback father, a murderer for hire who adheres to the honour of his trade, and a host of conspirators who promote all the wrong things. As a play, this story hasn't been performed in a very long time, as audiences found it unconvincing. But, as an opera, it is hugely popular and is performed regularly to enthusiastic audiences all over the world. It's all in the way the singers use their voices as instruments, says the voice teacher.

To promote opera to new audiences at very affordable prices, Opera Pro Cantanti performs live opera most Sunday evenings at Cambrian Hall near Main and East 17th Avenue. Tickets are $18 ($12 for seniors and children) and Richard distributed some free tickets for those who were at the meeting.  Milie Taing will see if we can find a date that a number of club members might attend together this fall.

Hunchbacks, murderers, lecherous noblemen -- sound like a Rotary club?

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of October 2, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Sep 24, 2013

Another sunny Wednesday morning in Vancouver, as 16 members gathered for our breakfast meeting. President Ann-Shirley Goodell welcomed our guests who were Luisa Godoy (our exchange student from Brazil), Blanca Tostado (Alfredo Carrete's mother-in-law from Mexico), Tina Parbhakar (former Rotarian and prospective club member) and Donald Cyr (guest of Milie Taing).

 Rotary moment

Ann-Shirley reports that new cases of polio worldwide are 264 for this year to date, up from 145 at this time last year. The good news is that the 3 countries where polio is still endemic showed a drop of 44 percent. The bad news is that 185 new cases have emerged in countries that were polio-free for several years. Which shows us that we need to keep pursuing the goal to End Polio Now, as this dread disease can easily be spread to polio-free countries like Canada. The Rotary Foundation and Bill Gates are working hard on this and need our continuing financial support. The Rotary on Ice event this Friday will raise some funds for the RI polio campaign.

Today's program -- business meeting

Youth. Luisa told us about her weekend orientation session with the other inbound students, held at a remote camp near Williams Lake. She's now living in the West End and attending King George School, which she says is going well. She'll be exploring Grouse Mountain this weekend with Gary Chomyn (weather permitting) and will experience her first Canadian Thanksgiving with Lawrence Bicknell and his family.

Membership.  Carlos Obregon has resigned and will be joining the Lion's Gate club which is closer to his home and work. He's been an active member and past President, so we'll miss him. Carlos will visit from time to time and will participate in some of our social activities. The board has accepted former Rotarian Tina Parbhakar as a new member and she will be inducted next week.

Financials. Treasurer Susan Neale emailed the club's budget and financial results for July-August. Any questions should be directed to Susan.

Foundation. In John Haley's absence, Rob Goodell reported that a committee is looking at ideas for our club's Sunrise Foundation, perhaps to increase its endowment to provide more scholarships for deserving downtown Vancouver students. If you have ideas, contact John, Susan, Lawrence or Rob.

Nominating. A new Treasurer will be needed before Lawrence becomes President in July, so all the many volunteers should talk with Abigail Turner. First come, first served.

Club Administration. Larry Belsito says that all our members except one have signed up to work on one or more committees. The one exception will be assigned to work on all the committees as punishment for being last. Programs and speakers have already been booked for the next several months, thanks to Cam Scott's work and the ideas submitted by members. Keep sending suggestions to him.

Service projects. Sheila Anderson is away, but Ann-Shirley advised that the Colombian school project has been delayed due to the actions of local government in Bucaramanga. Cleo Perez and her committee will proceed with plans for our fund-raiser on March 15, so funds will be available when the school expansion goes ahead. Details of this project are shown below. The Hoop-a-Thon committee will meet tomorrow, September 26, to begin planning for next June's event. Matthew Lynam and his committee are organizing things for our annual Christmas Luncheon with the West End Seniors, scheduled for December 15.

Social. Guess Who's Coming for Dinner will be on Saturday, October 19, at 6:30 pm. This is always a popular evening of relaxed fellowship, food and wine with other members and their guests. Send Ann-Shirley an email to let her know whether you will be a host or a guest, who your guest is, and what you'd like to bring to this potluck dinner. The club Christmas party will be on Saturday, December 7, at Goodells' downtown condo. More info is coming, but save the date.

Pretty full agenda, I think, and we finished on time. Have a great week and we'll see you next Wednesday.

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of September 25, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Sep 19, 2013

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A total of just over $60,000 was raised on June 15 to benefit the youth programs of Strathcona Community Centre in Vancouver's downtown eastside, including $15,000 from our club. Centrepiece of it all is the youth basketball program, which has grown since its launch in 1972 and now serves about 500 at-risk youth from this low-income neighbourhood. New this year is funding for a post-secondary school scholarship and several bursaries for high school youth in the area, which were awarded on Hoop-a-Thon day by Julie Mantle, President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise, and Past-President Diana Theman who chaired the selection committee. 

It was an exciting day in the Strathcona gym, with hundreds of young participants plus Rotary teams, VIPs and other visitors all shooting free-throws to help raise funds...

2013 Hoop-a-Thon sets a new record of $60,000 raised! Rob Goodell 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on Sep 17, 2013

We started our meeting at 7.30am and Matthew did the 4 way test perfectly. Bravo Matthew!

 

We had 16 members; Luisa De Godoy, our exchange student was present. We had one visiting Rotarian, Ron Toyota from Creston Valley Club and also Mayor of CV. Three guest visited us today as well: Steve McGrandle; Sven Rowaert, guest of Milie, and Tina Parbhakar.

 

Announcements:

 

Rotary on Ice: This will be a special event happening on September 27th .  Rotary on Ice is being presented for the 4th year as a Polio Fundraiser for all our clubs in the Lower Mainland. The Vancouver Giants have partnered with Rotary and are donating $5.00 for each ticket we sell.  Rotary will also have the opportunity to raise more money with a 50/50 draw at this event , which will go to youth programs in our District. This is a great opportunity to raise money and get our Rotary brand in front of 4,000  to 5,000 attendees. Please buy tickets and give them to friends, relatives and young people in your communities. It's going to be a great night for Rotary and for the eradication of Polio.

Rotary Leadership Institute:  Part 1, 2 & 3 are being offered on Saturday, September 28 2013 at the Accent Inn in Burnaby, BC.

 

Luisa De Godoy gave us an update of her first couple of days here in Vancouver as an exchange student. She had the opportunity to go camping last week and she had a great time, doing a variety of activities, like water tubing, fishing, hiking, etc. She is also adapting to the new school and making new friends everyday. This is a little bit different from what she was used in Brazil. Here, you can pick and choose your classes whereas in Brazil you have to take all the classes that are part of the academic program.

 

Sargent-at-arms

 

- Sheila is heading of to UK and France for 3 weeks.

- Larry spent a nice weekend in Point Roberts.

- Carlos gave a “awareness dollar” for the people in Mexico suffering the consequences after two hurricanes hit different parts of Mexico.

- Milie caught a couple of fish in the Fraser River.

- Valery is happy because she is going to see her daughter in Victoria.

 

Guest Speaker

 

Matthew introduces our speaker, Rick Gill.

 

Rick grew up in North Delta, BC. He was a professional Basketball player and he had the opportunity to play in 3 different countries: Mexico, South Africa and Australia. This gave him the opportunity to meet great people and also this experience changed his view and perspective basically o everything.

 

Gill is the Canadian volunteer director of Hoops 4 Hope, a charity that uses basketball to help youth in Africa and Canada. They use basketball to provide a safe environment where children can develop strong social skills, strong ethics and strong leadership.

 

Through basketball, they empower children to become productive adults, engage in healthy life styles, manage life’s challenges, build self-steem, etcetera.

 

The coaches teach through games, role-playing activities and discussions. This is very important so the kids learn different skills to be able to make their own decisions.

 

Thought of the day

 

In a gentle way, you can shake the world – Mahatma Gandhi.

 

 

 

 

Rotary Bulletin - September 18th 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on Sep 10, 2013

On Wednesday, as every week we had a great meeting. No clouds in the sky, sun was shinning, good breakfast and a great speaker. What else can you ask for to start your day?

 

We had 18 members at the meeting today and two guests Tina Parbhakar and Steve McGrandle.

 

Rotary Moment:

 

Eduardo shared his Rotary Moment. Eduardo’s brother who lives in Spain told him that he had a friend that wanted to spend the summer in Vancouver to study English. One day, this person from Spain phoned Eduardo to see if he could assist her or recommend an English school, where to live, what to do, etc. The conversation over the phone was between to strangers. At one point during the conversation, she mentioned that she was Rotarian.  Right after they both learned they were Rotarians, the conversation totally changed. It seemed they were not longer two stranger, but two close friends. Being a Rotarian, can bring people together from the other side of the world.

 

Club announcements:

 

- Thank you everybody for getting back to Larry with the committees you want to be participate in. That is great that we have everybody on a committee now. Larry will publish the committees and their members once the board looks at it.

 

- Next Hoopathon meeting will be on Thursday 4.45pm at Strathcona’s Community Centre.

 

- An email will be sent out either this or next week so we let the club know about our hobbies.

 


Happy Dollars

 

Best wishes for Larry on his birthday!

 

Sonya was happy to be at the horse race track but sad to loose some dollars.

 

Cleo was happy because she is going back to school.

 

Sheila shared Luisa’s good luck! She won about 40 dollars at the horse races.

 

Carlos surprised us today with a sad/happy dollar. Sad dollar because he is leaving this club, but happy because he is going to join another club closer to home.

 

Diana was excited because she is leaving on Sunday for the World International Field Hockey in Hawaii! Enjoy the sun there!

 


Speaker

 

Our speaker this morning was Darcy Marquardt and her talk was entitled “Defining moments in an Olympic Journey”

 

Darcy grew up in Richmond, and then went on to the University of Victoria where she learned how to row.

 

Darcy is now a 3-time Olympic rower, a London 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2006 World Champion. She has won over 16 international medals in rowing events around the world, in women’s fours, pairs, and eights. She has worked tirelessly in pursuit of these dreams over the course of her 14 year rowing career. She has learned that no matter what the obstacles, with perseverance and teamwork, you can achieve things you never thought possible. Darcy credits her parents and strong family values of integrity and commitment for creating the foundation from which her rowing career took off.

 

Darcy’s greatest achievement, is not only the Silver medal performance in London, England at the 2012 Games but developing the ability to share her journey and inspire the next generation of leaders in people of all ages. Darcy was recently elected as a member of the BC Chapter of Olympians Canada, where she will serve in a leadership role to promote the Olympic Spirit nationwide, motivate and encourage youth, and celebrate and honour all those who have represented Canada at the Olympic Games.

Sunrise bulletin for the week of September 11, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on Sep 03, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

                                           SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

 

ATTENDANCE-   

Today we had 18 members present, who all read or quoted from memory, the Four Way Test. Also present was our speaker Dr Patricia Porter and our guest, Steve McGrandle.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

HOOP-A-THON    Final tally was over $60,000 of which $15,000 was raised by our club. The first meeting for the 2014 Hoop-a-thon will be at Strathcona Rec centre at 445 PM on September 26 for the committee and 530 for the combined meeting.

 

  RLI- Rotary Training training sessions will be held at the Accent Inn in Burnaby on September 28. Cost will be reimbursed by the club. Parts 1,2 and 3 are available.

 

SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTY – at the Bayshore, December 15, 2013.  We hope that most members will be in attendance. Check with Matthew if you can help in any way.

 

CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY- December 7, 2013 at the home of the Goodells

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GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER-   Takes place on October 19, 2013. More later.

 

TEXAS SCRAMBLE GOLF DAY- a suggestion was made by Gary that we have a golf day. Several members indicated their interest. Gary will follow up.

 

DAY AT THE RACES-   If  you can not attend as stated, please advise Julie. Date is September 8.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

Cam on a camping trip to Kelowna with his son.

Lori attended a Bar Mitzah for a friend.

Susan’s niece, ten years of age, rode 250 KMs to Hope for charity.

Gary and Jane celebrated their 35th Anniversary.

Unfortunately Matthew’s sister passed away.

Lawrence used the Zip Line on Grouse.

Sheila spent three days of camping (in the rain).

Milie has moved to new accommodation.

Jose was visiting his new grandson in New York.

Diana was one of  200,000 people who attended the Superdogs show.

 

GUEST SPEAKER- DR PATRICIA PORTER

Resume- Classroom teacher for 35 years, especially with special needs children, came from UK 20 years ago, Finished her PH D at UBC after retirement, now on a mission to ensure all kids get the education that they need and deserve. She is a Rotarian ( Quadra Club)

   Why do bright kids struggle to learn….Kids can’t wait, anger, suicidal thoughts, boredom, just don’t get it.

    Patricia helps the parents. 25% in school are under-achieving. No one understands their leaving needs.

   What people see…laziness, unmotivated, unfocused, late developers, avoidance of work, doesn’t seem to be interested.

   Steps to learning…1. Understanding (road sense) 2.Information  and 3. Skills (How to get information ie Co-ordination).

   Mission is to provide strategies that had good success by…

1.Diagnostics of children’s learning needs.

2. Roadmaps for parents

3. improvement of self confidence

 

Check out her website- www.leading2learning, her email address is patrician@drpatriciaporter.com  Help her get the word out.

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

   Energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

Sunrise bulletin for the week of September 4, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Aug 25, 2013

Vancouver Sunrise celebrated end of summer with a superb Friday evening barbecue extravaganza on August 23.  In true Rotary spirit, 33 club members, family and friends turned out to welcome exchange student Luisa Godoy to Canada. She arrived from Brazil on August 8 and has already visited Prince George, Burns Lake and Tweedsmuir Park with Rotarians there and other newly-arrived Youth Exchange students from around the world. Many of us have never been to Tweedsmuir Park, so how come she can go there her first week in Canada?

The party featured fun, fellowship, lots of great food--all in the lush surroundings of Abigail Turner and Jason Dyer's garden on Mount Seymour. Jason manned the barbecue, Emma organized a contest, Matthew served drinks, and everyone had a great time. Many thanks to Abigail and Jason for their wonderful hospitality. We had a corner of the garden for French-speakers, one for Spanish-speakers, a few of us spoke English, and Luisa rattled on in Portuguese. Our own United Nations!

After lots of tasty food, a birthday cake appeared and Luisa's 17th birthday became "official." Here she is opening her gifts.

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What a great party it was! Rob Goodell 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Aug 20, 2013

Well, you never know. We've had some recent meetings with 19 or 20 attending, but today we were only 12 members plus guest Steve McGrandle. Everyone else is vacationing in exotic and expensive places, missing the perfect summer weather in Vancouver. President Ann-Shirley Goodell wondered out loud whether her email announcing that today's program would ask many of us to speak might have frightened some people away.

Member news

Larry Belsito reports that Tania is coming home from hospital today, after several tests confirm that she's healthy. We sure hope so.

John Haley and Marni are away on their long RV trip, which has been revised due to John's mother entering hospital in Spokane. Our best to her and the family.

Jose Riga is in New York to welcome the birth of a grandson. Congratulations to all concerned!

Club announcements

The club barbecue is this Friday, August 23, starting at 6 pm at Abigail Turner's home, 2695 Cactus Court, North Vancouver. If you need a reminder of what you agreed to bring, I have a list.

Luisa Godoy arrived from Brazil last week and is now in Tweedsmuir Park, near Burns Lake, BC, with some other inbound students. We'd like her to have some time with each of our members over the next month or two, so we circulated a sign-up sheet to help with scheduling. Talk with Diana Theman to find out when Luisa's available to do something interesting with you.

Julie Mantle has collected 18 names of those who will be at Rotary Day at the Racetrack on September 8. A good chance to strike it rich by betting your RRSP on the ponies. Julie guarantees that everyone will hold a winning ticket.

No breakfast meeting next week. Board meeting on Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 am.

Today's program

With no scheduled speaker this morning, we had a more leisurely time to visit over breakfast and then a time of talking about members' hobbies and outside activities.

Larry, who wasn't there, sent in the information that he's keeping busy in his retirement tracing his family tree back to the time of King Henry VIII in England, he plays classical piano, and is planning to write a memoir about his adventures in the hotel industry.

Steve let us know that he's just starting a new part-time job and is thinking about forming his own small business. Good luck, Steve.

Bill Sheddy has a collection of fine art, which he'll share with us at a meeting soon.

Cleo Prez is working on personal development, including a 3-month program with a group called Landmark which seeks to engage others in a worthwhile service project.

Ann-Shirley sings in a classical chorus of 170 voices which gave a performance of Verdi's Requiem last weekend.

Gary Chomyn likes to dance, bike, walk and play golf.

Matthew Lynam is a photographer and is now working on videos and even a rap song through hitrecord.org.

Sonya Orr's work and hobby are the same -- travel to interesting places.

Lawrence Bicknell spends some of his free time walking with his dogs and gardening.

Sheila Anderson likes to sing, ski and knit, and she's very active as president of a seniors' care home in Nanaimo. She'll give us a presentation on this project at a meeting soon.

 

Aren't we a bunch of interesting people? Ann-Shirley closed the meeting with a Paul Harris quote on friendship. Very appropriate. See you Friday at the BBQ.

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of August 21, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Aug 16, 2013

No one will be surprised to learn that I didn't get it right the first time. Here's the rest of Larry Belsito's bulletin notes from Wednesday's meeting. Thanks, Larry.

 

Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise

         Meeting August 14, 2013

 

ATTENDANCE-

We had 15 members present, and one guest, Tina Parbhakar, who was a member on the island and has now moved to Vancouver, and is looking for a club to join. Tina is a lawyer for the BC Government. We hope that she has enjoyed the visit to our club today.

Cleopatra started off the meeting with the Four Way Test.

 

ROTARY MOMENT-

Carlos referred to the polio information that Ann Shirley sent out yesterday. The numbers are good for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria (67 cases left) but unfortunately, two new countries have appeared, Somalia with 100 cases and Kenya with 10. The Gates Foundation will match Two to One, up to $35 million per year, every dollar that Rotary commits to Polio Eradication until 2018.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

Our Exchange Student Luisa has arrived and is off to Burns Lake with other Exchange Students. We will meet her on Thursday at Abigail’s House on the 23rd at 6 PM.  We are also celebrating her 17th birthday. Luisa’s mother was an Exchange Student 25 years ago.

    

We received a nice letter from Fumihiro Ozawa and his wife Hiromi who visited us last week. He was an Ambassadorial Student who visited with us 15 years ago. They enjoyed meeting some of the members who were present at that time.

Chinatown Club is doing a Walk for Kidney Foundation on the 25th between 10-12 Noon. Ann Shirley and Luisa are attended and would love more company. ( No cost)

IMPORTANT-Remember that there will be no meeting on August 28 due to the barbecue.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

Five members commented on the great New Members meeting hosted by Robert and Ann Shirley at their house.  Abigail was mentioned as one of the great lawyers in Vancouver on an awards list. Bill commiserated that his 34-year-old son was back at home but AWOL for a few days (a good sign).  Susan is off to the Okanagan for a change of scenery. 

Don’t forget that Ann-Shirley is singing with another 175 singers at St Andrew- Wesley on August 17th at 7 PM doing the Verdi Requiem (Cost $15.00 if purchased from Ann Shirley, or $20.00 at the door)   Great concert.

 

SPEAKER-  Jose Riga Part Two

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY-

Rotary is the door to friendship. Let us throw it open to every people.  (Rotary Founder Paul Harris in The Rotarian, July 1922.)

 

Sunrise - the rest of the story for August 14, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Aug 15, 2013

Brief bulletin this week, as I wasn't there. I was taking Luisa to meet the other students going to Burns Lake, BC, for a camp week in Tweedsmuir Park. Some say it doesn't matter whether I'm at the meeting or not, because the bulletin is more fiction than fact anyway. C'est la vie!

Club news

Next week, we meet for Wednesday breakfast as usual. But the following week, August 28, there will be no breakfast, as that meeting is rescheduled to the Friday night barbecue on August 23. We'll meet for dinner and such at 6 pm at Abigail Turner's home, 2695 Cactus Court in North Vancouver. It's half-way up Mount Seymour so be sure to check with Google or MapQuest before you set out. Bring your choice of beverage, the salad or appetiser you volunteered to bring, and a folding chair or 2 if you have them. Favourites from the BBQ and dessert, plus glasses, plates and cutlery, will be provided.

We held a reception for 5 of our newer members on August 13 at our condo. In addition to background info on Rotary and the club, these members got some wine, cheese and a chance to be first to meet Luisa Godoy.

This week's program

I'm told that Jose Riga's classification talk, part deux, included a threat to hypnotize everyone at some future date, but not this week. Instead, he provided some background on hypnotherapy. Here, compliments of Jose and Larry Belsito, are some highlights:

The history of the hypnosis is going back to the antiquity with The Ebers papyrus, over 3000 years old, which describes how an Egyptian soothsayer used hypnotic like procedures similar to those practiced today. For the first time in its history hypnosis became acceptable when The British Medical Association officially endorsed hypnosis in 1955 and the American Medical Association followed suit in 1958. Even though today many physicians still regard it with lifted eyebrow, Over the last few years, the use of hypnotherapy has gained enormous popularity as a tool that can be used in many ways to improve your life as one of the emerging techniques that can bring you to a new and exciting understanding of yourself and your relationship with others.

In order to understand how hypnosis works, Jose explains briefly how your mind works.   You have basically three minds : you have the conscious mind, that part of you that you’re using right now, you have your unconscious mind that operates in the background to keep your body working correctly without you even being aware of it, and you have the subconscious mind that controls many important aspects of how well you operate in your environment, and how you relate to others and finally the Unconscious Mind that operates completely independently of the Conscious Mind.

He also explained how hypnotherapy gives direct access to the subconscious mind by bypassing the critical factor allowing you to eventually modify your core beliefs  and other aspects at the roots of your fears, lack of self-esteem or self-confidence and some other behaviors.

Finally Jose answered many questions from the members.

Sunrise bulletin for the week of August 14, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Aug 06, 2013

Some of you have commented on the accuracy of the reporting in this weekly epistle. I saw a statement recently which sums it all up: "I'm usually right 97 percent of the time, and the other 4 percent isn't important anyway." So there you have it.

This morning's Rotary meeting was a standing-room-only event and, after the musical chairs, Matthew Lynam ended up without a seat. 19 members were there, along with 8 others. Fumihiro Ozawa and his wife are visiting from Tokyo where he's a Rotarian. Fumihiro was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at UBC in 1998-1999 and our member Pierre Vorster was his counselor. Darren Stevens is a visiting Rotarian from Canberra, Australia. Jane LaPorte and Francois Daoust are new members of the Yaletown club. Collette Lamarie is a prospective Rotarian from Connecticut and is the sister of Valerie Saunier. Steve McGrandle was a guest once again. And, Tom Smith, our Assistant Governor and a member of the Tsawwassen club, was also there. A full house!

Rotary moment

John Haley highlighted a school project in Guatemala, where literacy is a real challenge and the school system is inadequate. Some Rotarians visited a small place there and did what they could to help. And, President Ann-Shirley Goodell reminded us of our own club's upcoming project to help a school in Colombia.

Announcements

Ann-Shirley warned everyone to volunteer for at least one club committee before the August 27 board meeting -- or else.

On the same topic, AG Tom suggested that this year's RI theme of "Engage Rotary; Change Lives" is best accomplished if each member participates with one major committee, one smaller committee and one one-time event during the year. He also previewed some highlights of the District Conference scheduled for May 2014 in Squamish. More info at www.rotary5040.org.

Luisa Fiori de Godoy, our Youth Exchange student this year, arrives from Brazil tomorrow. We'll all have a chance to meet her at the club social and barbecue on August 23 at Abigail Turner's home.

Today's program

Jose Riga, one of our newer members, gave his classification talk today. First he placed his brain on the table and, later on, opened it to show us what's inside. His presentation included a virtual PowerPoint, which involved no high-tech equipment but all of us closing our eyes to envision him as a toddler. It got easier when he admitted that he was a trouble-maker in school. That's the Jose we know.

After service as a radar specialist in the Airborne (complete with non-uniform scarf), he worked in bio-electronics in Montreal, in satellite transmission in France and other technical roles. He married, had 3 children and was divorced. He worked in the Quebec Provincial Police for 7 years and then was a civil servant in commerce and industry in Quebec, which involved a lot of international travel.

After choosing early retirement, Jose become a consultant specializing in advising inventors on some of the business aspects of their work. He married again and said it worked out well that his wives both had the same first name. He became interested in her work as a therapist, which took them to Holland, then France, and finally Vancouver. Sadly, his wife died of cancer. Today, Jose is a master therapist which includes hypnosis. After opening up the brain on the table and describing the fears, worries and other non-productive stuff in there, he closed with the thought that "Every difficulty in life can be a challenge, and a rewarding one." Or, something like that. See the 97 percent quote above.

Thanks, Jose, for a fascinating tour of your many-sided life and work. And welcome again to our club.

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of August 7, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jul 30, 2013

Another beautiful, perfect day in Vancouver! We had to finish today's Rotary meeting early so everyone could go to the beach. Don't we wish!

President Ann-Shirley Goodell, just back from 10 days with the grandkids in California and needing a rest, welcomed 15 members this morning, plus Iain Campbell, a visiting Rotarian from Philadelphia, and frequent-guest Steve McGrandle. Surprisingly, perhaps, our two biggest travellers (that would be Sonya Orr and Cam Scott) were both in town today. No wonder the airlines are having trouble making a profit.

Rotary moment

 Ann-Shirley reminded everyone to volunteer for the committee(s) you'd like to be on, or else...  Do it this week if you want to avoid being assigned to your least-favourite.

Club news

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be offering a day of information and training on September 28 in Burnaby. A good idea for newer members. More info at www.rotary5040.org.

Our Youth Exchange students are coming and going. Georgina Hargreaves flew to Sweden last weekend and commented on how many people she met en route who struck up conversations with her when they saw her Rotary blazer. Luisa Fiori de Godoy will arrive in Vancouver next Thursday from Brazil. 

Rotary Day at the Races is planned for September 8 but sign-ups have been slow. Unless Julie Mantle hears from you this week, she may have to cancel.

News, rumours and lies about our members

Larry Belsito is just back from his hometown, Sault Ste. Marie, where he attended his brother's wedding. Ann-Shirley and Rob are just back from Lake Tahoe where the swimming, kayaking and water-skiing were great, except during a very dramatic thunder-and-lightning storm.

All those who were missing in action today -- John Haley, Abigail Turner, Matthew Lynam, Carlos Obregon, and several others -- were reported to be at some beach somewhere sipping from glasses with little paper umbrellas. At breakfast time!

Just look at the upcoming travel plans: Lawrence Bicknell goes to England, Diana Theman will go to some obscure place north of Clayquot Sound and then to Nova Scotia, Cam will soon be off to Zambia on a copper-mining excursion. Work, he says. Sure.

Today's program

Our speaker this morning was Wendy Terriff and her talk was entitled "Step Into Power and Activate Your Wisdom." After 30 years as a teacher, she now calls herself a dream coach, working primarily with women in transition, especially Baby Boomers who face mid-life challenges. Wendy claims that humans are programmed to be caregivers, as our DNA gives us a need to be of service to others. She commented on how neatly our "Service Above Self" motto fits this concept.

But, Wendy observes, our ability to be of service is often compromised by our inability to empower ourselves, which needs to be addressed first. She talked about "power drains" such as our fears and excuses, which can get in the way and cause us to be "stuck in a rut." She spoke of "power blockers" which can be our tendency to blame others or fall into abuse of alcohol, gambling or other addictions, instead of facing the problems and/or getting expert help. Finally, she urges people to tap what she calls "intrinsic power sources" for the power that comes from gratitude, forgiveness and choice.

Wendy closed with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, who said we need to "remake ourselves."

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of July 31, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jul 16, 2013

A battered-and-bruised President Ann-Shirley Goodell opened today’s Rotary meeting with an unclear and doubtful story about her recent mishap. She blames it all on the Yaletown club, but one wonders. Don’t ask, I’ve decided. What happens in Yaletown stays in Yaletown.

On a warm summer day we had 18 members at the Coast Coal Harbour, plus frequent-guest Steve McGrandle and Major Michelle Cotton, a retired RCAF pilot from Trenton, Ontario. Mickey is a long-time friend and today was guest of Lori Pobuta. Mickey’s husband, a Lieutenant Colonel, is in the same Rotary club as Wilf Wilkinson, former RI President. Impressive.

Rotary moment

John Haley provided a quote from Ron Burton, the new RI President, who encourages us all to “Embrace Rotary, Change Lives.”

Announcements

It has been decided that, starting August 1, our meetings will open with the singing of all 4 verses of our favourite Rotary hymn, “She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.”

The next Board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 27. This is a change of dates, so please note.

The summer BBQ at Abigail Turner’s home is scheduled for Friday, August 23. Be sure to RSVP for planning purposes. This will be a rescheduled meeting, with no breakfast meeting on August 28.

A reception and information session for new and prospective members will be held in August. Those who received the invitation should send their availability dates so a common date can be scheduled.

Sunrise Rotary Day at the Racetrack, a popular social event, will be at Hastings Park on September 8. We are limited to 20 attending, so get your reservation to Julie Mantle. As soon as she returns from her extended shopping trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Most members have completed their police checks as required for the club’s participation in Youth Exchange. Some are just awaiting the responses, which should be given to Susan Neale as soon as they arrive. Bill Sheddy, Matthew Lynam and Milie Taing agreed to start theirs this week. That leaves only Jim Clarke and Adriana Lopez who still need to do this. Our student from Brazil arrives in 3 weeks.

All members and clubs are being asked to consider contributing to help people in Alberta after the devastating floods there.  Do we want to send a donation, either individually or as a club?

Business meeting

Ann-Shirley opened the business meeting by announcing that the club intends to strengthen the committee system this year, to ensure that everything we’d like to do gets done and done well. In each area of activity, a Director will provide leadership and members will volunteer to help on one or more projects/activities/committees.  The goal is 100 percent involvement, so volunteers should contact the appropriate Director and sign up. Or… well, you know what happens next.

Sheila Anderson spoke for the Service Projects area. Our Colombia Fiesta fundraiser next March will be chaired by Cleo Perez.  The 2014 Hoop-a-Thon to benefit the Strathcona community will be chaired again by Gary Chomyn. The Christmas party for West End Seniors this December will be chaired again by Matthew Lynam. Club fund-raisers (Valentine’s auction, hockey pool) are also part of the Service Projects area.

Lori Pobuta summarized our Membership goals as 3 new members this year and emphasis on retention. The new member reception mentioned above is part of this.

John Haley is Director of the Foundation area and explained that there are 2 foundations, our Sunrise Club Foundation and The Rotary Foundation of RI. The Sunrise Foundation funds the scholarships we award each June at graduation ceremonies for King George Secondary School. These go back 24 years and were endowed by the generous contributions of 4 members at that time. TRF of RI sponsors a host of service projects worldwide, with Polio Eradication being the largest and most visible. John asks that each member contribute annually to one or both of these foundations. In the case of TRF, contributions can be directed to either Annual Programs or Polio.

The Director for Youth Programs is Abigail Turner.  This year, our club will be very active with Youth Exchange, sending a student to Sweden next week and welcoming a student from Brazil next month. In addition, this area is responsible for selecting the scholarship winners and for other activities with King George students. Finally, our club plans to sponsor one or more teens to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a long-weekend leadership training experience in April.

Club Administration is the final area and Larry Belsito is the Director. In his absence today, Carlos Obregon summarized the activities in this area: speakers and programs, communications (website, social media, bulletin, etc.), fellowship and social events, and assisting the Secretary with attendance. Ideas to be considered this year are a greeter program to be sure guests and visitors feel welcome at our meetings, celebration of birthdays and anniversaries, and encouraging members to visit other clubs.

Ann-Shirley summarized by urging everyone to “be involved” and to contact a Director for your preferred assignment(s). Otherwise…

The meeting closed with a quote from Paul Harris but I wasn’t quick enough to get it.

We’ll be in California with the grandkids next week and will see you on our return.

Rob

Sunrise bulletin for the week of July 17, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jul 09, 2013

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We were 20 members at this morning's Rotary meeting, a great turnout for the middle of summer, plus guest Steve McGrandle and soon-to-be-new-member Valerie Saunier. Gary Chomyn led a participatory version of the 4-Way Test as a prelude to our buffet breakfast.

Rotary moment

John Haley gave us a brief history of The Rotarian magazine, starting in 1911 with a different name. Sorry, John, but some of us are younger and don't recall things that happened in 1911, so it's good to have your first-hand memories. Now, the magazine is distributed in 20 languages. President Ann-Shirley Goodell encouraged us to read the current issue for an introduction to the new RI President, Ron Burton.

New member!

ImagePresident Ann-Shirley inducted Valerie Saunier as our newest member. She had been introduced to Rotary by Jose Rigas, was recommended by the Membership Committee and approved by the board. Valerie is a therapist and life coach with Divine Center, which offers meditation, yoga and chrystals healing. And, she adds to our growing French contingent in the club. Welcome to Rotary, Valerie

Announcements

The Nominating Committee has nominated Lawrence Bicknell as President-Elect and the board has approved this selection. Lawrence will start his term as Club President in July 2014. The next step is to select a volunteer to replace him as Secretary, starting early in 2014. There's only one opening, so be sure to volunteer early to improve your chances of selection. 

Sheila Anderson reported that the board is embarked on a new project to help a school for refugees in Colombia. This fits with Rotary's emphasis on literacy and our club's goal is to raise $7,000 in a Fiesta evening next March. Volunteers are needed to organize this event, so let Sheila know of your interest in helping. More info on this project in the separate article, below.

Our traditional "Rotary at the Racetrack" social event will be on September 8. Because it's a special day at Hastings Park, we are limited to 20 attending. Reservations are on a first-come basis.

The BBQ social to welcome Luisa de Godoy to Vancouver is confirmed for Friday evening, August 23, at Abigail Turner's home in North Vancouver. Details to follow.

Program

Our speaker today was Georgina Hargreaves, our outbound Youth Exchange student, who leaves for a year in Sweden at the end of this month. Didn't she look great in her brand-new Canadian red blazer?

Georgina told us about her interests and activities at King George Secondary School, in her West End neighbourhood and beyond.  In school she was part of the Technology Immersion Group in Grades 8 and 9, and plays on the basketball team. She's been active in Guides for 9 years, lately as a Ranger and counselor for younger girls. And she and some friends formed a band called "Bring Back the Kingdom" which performs at school and local events with her as singer. She works part-time with her mother, who is a costume designer for the movies.

Georgina will be hosted in Falkenberg, a small city of about 20,000 population, on the southwest coast of Sweden. She's been in touch with her first host mother, who is an English teacher and a Scout leader (no Guides in Sweden). Her first host father is an administrator at the school she'll attend and she'll have several host brothers and sisters (which will be new for her as an only child).

Abigail Turner will be Georgina's club counselor while she's in Sweden, so we'll hope to have frequent updates on how everything is going. Best of luck, Georgina, for a fabulous year and a memorable adventure. We all wish we could go with you!

 

Next week will be a business meeting, with committee chairs outlining their plans for the year ahead. Be thinking about which activities or committees you'd like to help.

Rob

Sunrise bulletin for the week of July 10, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jul 09, 2013

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These science students are in a special school in Bucaramanga, Colombia, South America, which was built in 1987 to provide basic education for the thousands of refugee families who had fled the violence of their home areas. Construction of the school was financed by the Rotary Club of Bucaramanga, the local Chamber of Commerce and a local developer, with equipment and supplies provided as foreign aid by the Government of Canada. A second school was built in a neighbouring community in 2011 by the Rotary Club of Bucaramanga Millenium to accommodate the overflow of refugee students. Now both schools are being enlarged to provide for still more elementary and high school students.

Vancouver Sunrise is partnering with the two Bucaramanga clubs to provide furniture, equipment, books and teaching supplies for the new classrooms in the expanded schools. Each club has a goal of raising $7,000 CAD for this purpose. Sheila Anderson and Ann-Shirley Goodell are working with the Bucaramanga clubs to prepare grant applications for matching funds from the Rotary districts and The Rotary Foundation, with a hoped-for total budget of $40,500 CAD.

As part of this project, Vancouver Sunrise is planning a Colombian Fiesta in Vancouver in March 2014. This gala fund-raiser will feature an evening of Colombian food, music, an auction...

A new international service project in Colombia for 2014 Rob Goodell 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jul 02, 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! July 1 each year brings new leadership throughout Rotary and our club is no exception. Brand-new President Ann-Shirley Goodell started the new year right, with perfect summer weather in Vancouver. She's used her connections to guarantee that every Wednesday will be just like today's weather, all year long. Count on it.

To start our new Rotary year, 17 members squeezed into the smallest meeting room at the Coast Coal Harbour today, along with guests Steve McGrandle and Valerie Saunier. Milie Taing opened the meeting with the 4-Way Test in German. Did she get it right? Who knows?

Rotary moment

Ann-Shirley advised that the RI theme for the new year is "Engage Rotary, Change Lives" which encourages every member to be fully involved in our club and the worldwide work of Rotary. She quoted Ron Burton from Oklahoma (the new RI President), Garry Shearer from Tsawwassen (our new District Governor) and Paul Harris (the 1905 founder of Rotary). All agreed that we have a great club and should keep up our good work.

Club news

We received a nice email this week from Luisa Fiori de Godoy, our inbound Youth Exchange student from Brazil, saying how much she's looking forward to being here with us. She's awaiting her Canadian visa so she can finalize her flights. The Youth Exchange Committee has proposed that we hold a potluck BBQ at Abigail Turner's home, to welcome Luisa and give her a chance to meet everyone. If this idea gets board approval the date will be Friday, August 23. Details will follow, once the board has spoken.

Georgina Hargreaves, our outbound YE student, is making preparations to leave for Sweden in August. She will be our speaker next Wednesday, so we can wish her well for the exciting year ahead.

The board will meet next Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 am at President Ann-Shirley's downtown condo.

Cam Scott still needs ideas for future club programs. If you know a speaker who might be interesting, please get the contact info to Cam. Meanwhile, he's heading to the Okanagan this weekend for a big Fondo bike event. Apparently didn't learn his lesson when he did the Whistler Fondo.

Today's program

Our topic this morning was Teck Resources Limited, a major corporation headquartered in downtown Vancouver. Edwin Shadeo, Manager of Investor Relations, began (as all Teck meetings do) with a safety message, urging everyone to drive carefully during this summer season. Then he presented a wide-ranging review of the company's businesses, the outlook for the major markets it serves, and some of the challenges it faces.

Teck is Canada' largest diversified mining company and the number 1 producer of steelmaking coal in North America. Teck is the number 2 exporter of steelmaking coal in the world and the number 3 zinc miner in the world. Teck is also a top-10 producer of copper and is growing in the oil sands sector of the energy business. In the last 3 years, Teck has increased its annual coal production by 30 percent and copper by 21 percent. At the same time, costs have been reduced, largely by increasing the truck fleet and modernizing several plants. The facility in Trail, BC, is a high-margin smelting and refining complex for zinc and lead. Recently, steel production has been weak in traditional markets (which results in lower coal prices and reduced profits for Teck). But China is still growing, due to rapid urbanization of the Chinese population. Teck has 2 offices in China and sees great potential there.

Edwin pointed out that Teck stock (symbol TCK.B on the Toronto exchange) pays a regular dividend, currently yielding 4.1 percent at today's price of about $22.  By the end of the meeting, we were all phoning our brokers to buy the stock.

 

Enjoy the summer weather. See you next Wednesday at the Coast.

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of July 3, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on Jun 25, 2013

We started by reading the Four Way Test.  We had 15 members in attendance today and four visitors. Jane Amdahl, Montana who exchanged banners,, Steve McGrandle, Mary French and Valerie Saunier.

 

Today is Julie’s last meeting as a President. We want to thank you Julie for the excellent job you did during this Rotary year. You were an amazing President!

 

Announcements:

 

T-Shirts: There are a few shirts that people ordered, so if you haven’t picked it up, please do so.

 

Hoopathon: We are waiting to get some final numbers from Strathcona and waiting to get some pledge dollars from members. You know who you are, so please clean that up as quickly as possible. We double the amount of member’s contribution this year compared to last year!! Thank you all that made this possible. It look we will equal or exceed our goal of $50,000 dollars. A big thank to everybody!

 

Criminal Records Checks: If you haven’t done your criminal records, please get them ASAP. Once we get all criminal records, we will keep them on file for the next 4 years, so we do not need to get them again if we receive another Rotary student.

 

Classification talk

 

Our newest member, Milie Taing,  gave her classification talk this morning and, as often happens, we heard a very interesting and energetic presentation.

 

Milie was born and raised in Paris. As she says, she is truly Asian, since her grandparents were from China, Vietnam and Cambodia. She comes from a family who is very oriented to education, business and languages, and we can clearly see this, since Milie speaks 5 languages (French, Cantonese, Mandarine, English, German). She is thinking of studyin Spanish as her 6th language! Muy bien hecho Milie, felicidades!

 

When Milie was 18 year old, she was selected to go to very intensive program in Paris, called Classes Preparatoires aux grandes ecoles de commerce, commonly calles Prépas. It is called the Elite program as well. As Milie said, this training is considered as the Army, but in education. This consists of two very intensive years, which act as a preparatory course with the main goal of training undergraduate students for enrolment in one of the grandes écoles. The workload is very high.

 

After finishing this very intensive program, Milie did a MBA program. She did the Global Rotational Program, where she was able to travel to different countries in different companies and different departments. She worked for Procter and Gamble in Germany; she also went to China and Luxemburg to work for different companies. 

 

After this program, she decided to go back to Berlin because she was in love with that city. She contacted one of her professors while she was there, and the professor suggested Milie that she could be one of his PhD students, so she decided to stay in Berlin and get her PhD degree. Her degree was about Finance and the environment, and how they are very closely related.

 

After many years of hard work and intensive study, Milie decided to go for a road trip and enjoy herself for about 6 months around the United States and Canada.. She only took her backpack with her and went to explore North America, From San Diego to New York, and everything in between.

 

Milie decided to settled down for a while in Vancouver. As she mentioned, every city attracts a specific type of personality. Milie finds that people in Vancouver is balanced, who understand work is very important, but personal life is also very important.

 

If all of the above was not sufficient to keep Milie busy, she is also the founder of Polyglots in Vancouver. The idea is that a group of people who want to practice different languages can practice a specific language in a fun environment. She is also part of the Project Management Institute here in Vancouver.

 

Thank you Milie for this great Classification Talk.

Rotary Bulletin - June 26th 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Jun 21, 2013

Well, it was a gala evening on Friday, the first day of summer, when our rescheduled meeting gathered to witness the changeover of club presidents. Beyond Restaurant at the Century Plaza Hotel and Matthew Lynam's staff did a great job of providing an elegant evening of wining and dining, while 27 Rotarians and guests enjoyed the festive event. Assistant Governor Tom Smith presided over the swearing-in of new President Ann-Shirley Goodell and the new board. Outgoing President Julie Mantle reviewed the successes of the past year, highlighting especially last week's Hoop-a-Thon, and thanked the board and the club for their support. And, Larry Belsito was recognized as Rotarian of the Year for his many contributions to the club and the district.

Now, we look forward to a new Rotary year starting July 1, with new programs, new projects...and some old favourites to be repeated. See you next Wednesday, and every Wednesday.

Rob

Sunrise newsletter for June 21, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Anderson on Jun 11, 2013

24 of us squeezed into the smallest meeting room at the Coast today.  (Murphy’s Law again!) Bill Sheddy sported his umbrella hat leaving even less room at his table.

 

There were 20 members, 1 visiting Rotarian Bill Irwin from San Diego, his wife Carol and perpetual visitor Steve McRandle as well as our speaker Brock Tully. 

Bill Irwin recited the 4 way test before we all sat down to another delicious breakfast .

 

John’s Rotary Moment reminded us of the work of Rotaplast, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in January.

 

Announcements

 

Gary asked everyone to get their hoop-a-thon pledges in NOW.

 

Changeover dinner – 6.30p.m. Friday June 21. THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR MEETING NEXT WEEK.

 

Student Exchange – Georgina now knows the town where she will spend her exchange year. We will invite her to come and talk to us before she goes in August.  Luisa will arrive from Brazil on August 9 – Rob needs to plan her home stays after December 1.

 

Carlos – purchased that domain thing and whatever link now works.

 

The Combined Board meeting will be at Ann-Shirley’s  home on June 18 at 5.p.m. to plan for the new Rotary year.

 

Speaker

 

Larry introduced Brock Tully who was asked by Larry to be our speaker at really short notice – last night. Larry and Brock have been friends for 43 years – guess that’s why he could ask with 12 hours notice!

 

Brock talked to us about “Kindness”. As an unhappy student at UBC in the 70s he decided to pack up and leave on a solo cycling trip that was to him “a journey back to the heart”. His trip took him over 6 months and 10,000 miles across 33 states and the US and Mexico and inspire him to write a series of inspirational books called “Reflections” which have sold over 140,000 copies.

 

In 2000 he made a second cycle trip “Cycling for Kindness” circling the USA and Canada and in 2009 at the age of 63 a third trip – just to show he could.

 

Currently, through the “Kindness Foundation of Canada and “Kindness Rocks in Schools”  Brock aims to reduce youth aggression, prevent bullying and promote empathy. 

 

Bill thanked the speaker and we were all reminded that THERE IS NO REGULAR WEDNESDAY MORNING MEETING NEXT WEEK. Instead there is the Changeover dinner on Friday June 21.

Sunrise bulletin for the week of June 12, 2013 Sheila Anderson 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheila Anderson on Jun 04, 2013

 

Today we had 17 members, 2 guests and our speaker in attendance -  an excellent turnout on a lovely sunny June morning.  The hotel even had us in the bigger room and served eggs benny again – perfect!

 

Diana – just back from her European travels recited the 4 way test – almost impeccably.

 

John – just back from his travel to England read from Wilf Wilkinson’s ( past RI President, current Foundation Chair and Canadian eh)  report on contributions to the RI Foundation as our Rotary Moment.

 

Announcements

 

Remember the changeover dinner – June 21 at The Century Plaza – register now

 

Susan gave us the facts and figures of contributions to date to Strathcona and asked that everyone make a final pitch to get donations.

 

Cam updated us on the Stanley Cup Hockey pool.  The “girls” are not looking so happy now with Philadelphia down 2 games to the Boston thugs (as of Wed night down 3 games L).

 

Carlos mentioned a Rotary app and is buying us some domain or other – whatever that is?

 

Happy dollars produced the usual short insights into the past weeks activities of the members – mostly visits to somewhere else:

 

Larry visited Point Roberts for the first time; Gary spent the great weather on the golf course;  Susan was in Quesnel for a family birthday; Jim attended the university graduation of his 2nd kid – one more to go; Milie saw a real live bear for the first time; Diana recommended a 3 week holiday in Europe; Julie spent a great girls week at Whistler, Cam was in San Francisco and Cleopatra attended various graduations and told us that she loves graduations and is happy for all the graduates.

 

Program

 

Cleopatra introduced the speaker – Kathy Taberner , who along with her daughter

Kirsten Siggins operates an interesting business of teaching others to communicate.   Kathy demonstrated the difference that can be made in 2 simple conversations with Matthew.  The first produced a decision but left Matthew feeling somewhat unheard, the second left a felling of satisfaction with the process.

 

Kathy explained that at first everyone struggles with communication skills but, everyone wants to be seen, heard, and understood.  Kathy and Kirsten coach a culture of being collaborative, open minded, respectful of others, and innovative with results that benefit career relationships as well as personal ones.  Change your questions, change your life – but it takes practice. More information can be found on her website at:  www/mycoachingculture.com

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of June 5, 2013 Sheila Anderson 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on May 21, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF VANCOUVER SUNRISE

                         MAY 22, 2013

 

ATTENDANCE-

Unfortunately we had only 11 of our 25 members attending today. We contemplated boxing up the breakfast and freezing it for next week. But they took it away before we managed.

The club recited the Four Way test. We now know why our club doesn’t sing the national anthem. But  as Larry couldn’t remember the name of our guest, the whole club chimed “ together” , Welcome Steve  ( McGrandle).

 ANNOUNCEMENTS-

HOOP-A-THON  - only three weeks left. Hope everything has emailed all their contacts by now. So far, only 22 names contributed on Chimp ( amount $1,965) . A long way to go.

Team practice is on Saturday at 530 at Strathcona with two coaches present. Lets see who can reach twenty baskets in the minute. So far, I ( Larry ) am up to two on a good day. Then grub and grog at the Union Bar after. Should be fun.

CHANGEOVER DINNER- June 21 at the Century Plaza Hotel at 630 PM.  Matthew needs to know how many people are coming. Would be great if everyone in town that week could come. Send cheques to our Club. $46.00 per person.

REMINDER-  MONEY , MONEY! Get your cheques into Alfredo also for the hockey and the golf and t shirts as soon as possible.

AND- get your police reports in before our student comes from Brazil.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS-

Cam attended his high school reunion.

Julie attending or did attend a girls weekend out.

Lori wasn’t here but we got the vibes that she attended the Rotary District conference in Quesnel. We look forward to hearing about the weekend.

The rest of the gang were just happy.

 

SPEAKER-   We were pleased to have as our speaker today , that world famous explorer, Cam Scott, just back from a trek for two weeks in Nepal. What a treat! The presentation may be brought back for the 14 members who were not here today. A great inspiration for those of us who have buckets for travel, but never leave Vancouver.  Do it now!

Cam said that the average age of his group was 25-32, so taking his age out, most were 12-15. They had about 15 porters, Sherpas and one cook. What scenery.  6-7000 meters high. He was still on an oxygen tank today at the meeting this morning. Views of Everest.    Landing strip was only 450 feet long, then it dropped off a few thousand feet. They make sure the brakes are checked each flight. And guess what, there was a Starbucks available in the main town.  The luxury of it all. Be sure not to miss the second showing ( TBA).

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

‘Where there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph’
Pierre Corneille

 

Thank you Larry for taking care of the bulletin this week!

      

    

Sunrise Bulletin for the week of May 22nd, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on May 14, 2013
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We started by reading the Four Way Test. 13 members joined, in today as well as our special guest Steve McGrandle and Milie Tiang.

Our meeting was a special meeting and we are very happy to have a new member in our Club! Milie Tiang was introduced as our newest club member by President Julie.

Here she is with Julie and Jose Riga who proposed her for membership.

Before joining Rotary, she hear a lot of good thing about Rotary such as:

·         A place where you can get involved in many different projects who she can bring your skills and put them to work.

·         A place where if she need some help while she is traveling, a Rotarian will be there for helping her out.

·         A place where she will be part of a worldwide community who gives a lot to the world, people who share the same vision.

Welcome to Rotary Milie, we are sure that you are going to be a great member in our club!

 

 Announcements:

 

  • Change Over Dinner: If you haven’t sing up and if you are still planning to go, please email Matthew ASAP.
  • Gary reminded us about the Hoopathon. By this time, we all should know this special date. June 15th at 10.00 am is when the Hoopathon will take place. Also mark May 25th , 5:30 pm in your calendars, because we will get together to practice our basketball skills. Before, during and after the practice we will enjoy some refreshing beverages. Please also remember to send out an email and talk to your friends about this fundraiser/pledges, and follow up, follow up, and follow up.
  • Abigail updated us about the scholarship. Typically every year we are invited to the graduation ceremony from the students at King George and this year is not the exception. We received the invitation, so if someone from the club is interested in going, please let Julie know. The ceremony is happening on  Friday June 14th at 3.30pm.

 

Guest Speaker:

 

Our speaker this week was Katherine Taylor, from Optimal Health Coaching. She is a certifies personal trainer from the Canadian Society of Excersise Physiologist and she has a bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

 

Katherine is very passionate about health and fitness education. She has run many marathon including two international races for team Diabetes. In 2010 she joined a group called Cyclebetes and participated in a ride from Halifax to Victoria and upon arrival in Vancouver, Katherine fell in love with the mountains and never left.  

 

She is an experienced one on one health and fitness trainer. She enjoys helping her clients on achieving their fitness, health and wellness goals through a functional whole body approach that is based on building a strong flexible base in which to build strength on. Her experiences is very broad, but she focuses on Cardio Kickboxing, Step and sculpt, bootcamp, skip and sculpt, core and posture fit and muscle conditioning.

 

Katheryne also teaches Physical and Health Education locally in Vancouver. She uses the BC curriculum and her knowledge of sport training from UWO, and Victoria University in Australia to provide fun, engaging, and educational lessons plans.

 

Thought of the day:

 

“How beautiful it is to excel, and the goodness of giving from your heart.”


Sunrise Bulletin for the week of May 15th, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on May 07, 2013

This was a beautiful sunny morning where 16 members and 4 guests got together to enjoy a tasty breakfast and have our regular business meeting.  Our guest were Bernardo Gonzalez Arau, Steve McGrandle, Farid Ayoubzabeh and our new member to be, Milie Taing who is become a Rotarian on May 15th! It is great to have you in our club Milie!

 

Announcements:

 

Hoopathon:

 

As you already know, Hoopathon is happening on June 15th at 10:00am at the Strathcona Community Center. I got a 100 per cent participation from members in our club.  Please continue asking your friends, family, and coworkers for sponsorships. If you are on a team, may 25th we will have our shooting practice. It is going to be lots of fun, after the practice we will meet for “refreshing” beverages.

 

Today we had our business meeting, where the following topics where discussed:

 

·      Membership: Next year plan is to have 25 members and focus on members retention which is really important.

·      Service Projects: For next year our club is planning in supporting a school in Colombia. Currently we have 2 clubs in Bucaramanga and they are looking at the grant proposal. We may host a club fundraising event in March 2014 when members of the Colombia clubs are here.

·      Strathcona Youth Leadership Program:  Everything looks very promising for this event. We have 100 percent participation from our club. Rotary shirts are here. Everybody that comes to the Hoopathon that has one of this T-shirts, please make sure to wear it. This will give the club great presence.

·      Student Exchange: Georgina, our exchange student, is finishing her school year shortly, and we are excited to have her here in Vancouver soon. As part of this, every member of the club need to have the police record checks done. Please have them done as soon as possible.

·      Fellowship: We will have our change over dinner on June 21st.  19 people already confirmed, please hurry up to sing up to this nice event. If you are planning to come, please let Matthew know or use the online option through Clubrunner.

·      Budget and planning: On June 18th we will have a strategic planning session between the outgoing board and the incoming board to review the 2014 plan.

·      Rotary foundation: Every club is encouraged to have Every Rotarian Every Year and the goal is to have a $100.00 per member.

 

Thought of the day:

“What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.”

Sunrise Bulletin for the week of May 8th, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Apr 30, 2013

May Day is celebrated in some European and other countries as a socialist workers' day. In North America, we celebrate the limerick we all learned at school:
          "Hooray, hooray, it's the first of May;
           Outdoor lovin' begins today!"
No comment.

Our announced agenda for today's Rotary meeting frightened 20 members into showing up, including Adriana Lopez who has been on leave of absence. Good to see you, Adriana. Also with us were prospective members Milie Taing and Steve McGrandle, plus Tom Smith, our Assistant Governor.

Rotary moment

AG Tom announced the start of a speakers' bureau which he will manage, to share good speakers among the 7 Vancouver clubs. He suggests that speakers promoting a cause (i.e., looking for funding) be vetted by our service projects committee before deciding whether or not to invite them.

Club news

Hoop-a-Thon planning is well underway, in anticipation of this important June 15 event. Time to get pledges, corporate sponsors and other donors lined up.

President Julie Mantle announced that the June 19 breakfast meeting has been rescheduled to our changeover dinner on Friday, June 21, at Matthew Lynam's hotel. Let him know whether or not you will attend.

Check the club website for bio information on Luisa Firori de Godoy, our inbound Youth Exchange student. Police record checks will be needed for all members and host families, so see your local police to get the paperwork underway. Larry Belsito says he was pleased to get a clean report, as his transgressions were committed overseas and escaped notice.

Today's program

Cam Scott and John Haley were our auctioneers for a fun-filled auction of the NHL hockey teams competing for this year's Stanley Cup. Bidding was fast and furious, as usual, with any ear-scratching or other random movement interpreted as a high bid. Some of the most aggressive bidders weren't even in the room. These included Abigail Turner (always an enthusiastic fan of all the teams), Eduardo de Santiago (who seemed to like all the teams with Spanish-sounding names), Lori Pobuto and Banu Tulumen (who both joined consortia of ladies with very deep pockets to overpower the men bidding against them). And former member Ted MacCormac was an active and aggressive absentee bidder, as he often is.

When the smoke cleared, Larry calculated that the bids totaled $1,515. This will be distributed 35% for the Stanley Cup winning team, 15% for the runner-up and 10% for GUMBY teams (any team that loses 4 games in a row). The remaining 40% goes to the club for the president's shopping sprees and other operating expenses. Those who were successful bidders are asked to pay the Treasurer now, before we all forget.

 

After the meeting, we held an informal auction of a red cell phone that someone left behind. The owner will get to buy the wine at the changeover dinner.

Ann-Shirley and I will be cycling in France for the next month, so Eduardo has agreed to do the bulletins. Next Wednesday's club meeting will be held at the Hotel d'Orsay in Toulouse, France. See you there, oui?

Rob

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of May 1, 2013 Rob Goodell 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Apr 29, 2013

ImageAs part of the student exchange described above, Vancouver Sunrise will welcome Luisa Fiori de Godoy, 16, a student from a small town in Brazil, in August. She will live with local families and attend school at King George.

Luisa's father is a dentist in a Brazilian hospital and her mother has a bakery. Lindola, where the family lives, has a population of 7,000 and its principal industry is mineral water. Luisa lives with her parents, her 10-year-old sister plus her grandmother and great-grandmother. Luisa's mother was a Rotary exchange student when she was in school.

Worldwide, more than 8,500 high school students from over 80 countries participate in these Rotary exchanges each year. All of them return home with exciting stories of their year abroad and the many friends they now have in foreign countries.

Our exchange student from Brazil Rob Goodell 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Apr 23, 2013

After our recent opportunity to order Rotary shirts, President Julie Mantle is promoting Rotary hats, shoes, handbags and accessories in a rainbow of colours. Unfortunately, the pink items are already sold out, so hurry to order your choice of fusia, magenta, celery, tangerine, lime or raspberry. Sounds like a garden to me.

A full house packed into the small meeting room for this morning's Rotary meeting. We were 15 members, including one newly-inducted member, plus guests Steve McGrandle and Milie Taing, both of whom have visited in recent weeks. Also with us were our speaker and 3 others from his organization. A room full. Nice to see Cam Scott, who survived his big trek in Nepal.

Rotary moment

John Haley reviewed some interesting facts about Canada's role within the United Nations. As a founding UN member in 1945, Canada has been active in many peacekeeping operations over the years and currently there are 190 Canadians working overseas with UN programs.

New member!

Jose Riga was introduced as our newest club member by President Julie. Jose was formerly a Rotarian in France and has been living in Canada for several years, so it's good to welcome him back to Rotary. He adds a French component to our multinational membership which includes members born in Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Scotland, England, the US and probably other countries. Welcome, Jose.

Announcements

The 100 Years of Rotary in BC celebration went well over last weekend. Our club's participation featured our youth project in Strathcona, with a basketball hoop that allowed donors to shoot free-throws, raising over $100 toward our Hoop-a-Thon fundraiser on June 15. Gary Chomyn reminds us we only have 6 more weeks to gather pledges and donations for this project.

The Board has set Friday, June 21, as the date of our changeover dinner, which will be held this year at the Century Plaza Hotel on Burrard Street. Tickets will be about $40 per person, including wine and dinner. RSVP with Matthew Lynam or online (if you're smart enought to figure out how to do that, which I'm not). Please let Matthew know, whether you're coming or not.

Susan Neale had to leave before the meeting started, but left a message that we should all be completing our police checks in the next few weeks, in preparation for welcoming Luisa Fiori de Godoy from Brazil this summer. Unfortunately, RI requires a new police check for each of us, even if we've recently had one for another organization. The completed forms go to Susan ASAP.

Today's program

Our topic this morning was the Saint James Music Academy, which operates in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver's downtown eastside. Andrew Dawes (that's THE Andrew Dawes, first violinist of the Orford String Quartet and recent recipient of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Award) gave some background to the SJMA, where he's a board member. This charitable organization started in 2006 and now serves hundreds of elementary and high school students, nearly all from low-income families. SJMA provides a healthy after-school meal, free instruments and free professional instruction in a variety of musical instruments plus choral music.  In addition, the children learn valuable life skills and have the opportunity to be part of a community of young people.  Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony calls it "one of the greatest projects of its kind in Canada today."

Kathryn Walker, Executive Director, actually was the founder of SJMA when her children's subsidized piano lessons in Strathcona were discontinued. She stressed her goal of "social change through music" and told us stories of how this music program transformed the lives of two of the students, including one who hopes to enroll at UBC next year. Christopher Loh showed us two brief videos highlighting the success of the program as demonstrated in the faces and voices of the kids. Tom Durrie, chair of the SJMA board, indicated that the organization funds itself through grants, donations and musical events. An upcoming concert on June 7 at 6:30 pm is an opportunity for us to experience the work of Saint James Music Academy first-hand. The concert will be at Saint James Anglican Church, Cordova and Gore Streets, Vancouver.

More information is available online at www.sjma.ca.

Next week's meeting

The club's annual Stanley Cup Hockey Pool will be held on May 1. Each team will be auctioned off, with the winners being paid off after the Stanley Cup final game. If you're not there next Wednesday, it will be assumed that you want to bid big bucks on the teams that no one else wants. So........be there, or be very sorry.

Rob

 

 

 

Sunrise bulletin for the week of April 24, 2012 Rob Goodell 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eduardo De Santiago on Apr 16, 2013

President Julie Mantle gonged 15 members and five Guests: Steven McGrandle; Jose Riga who will become a member next week; Valerie Saunier, Therapist in yoga, meditation, Crystals Healing; Milie Taing , second visit; and Bernardo Gonzalez Arau, a friend of Alfredo.

We are very happy that Jose will join our great, and fabulous club!

 

Rotary Moment:

 

John Haley put us to think with a Rotary quiz. Some of the questions were tough and some other questions were even tougher, but Cleo Perez was on-fire answering all the questions! Here are some of the questions that John challenged us with:

a)   How many provinces and territories are in Canada?

b)   Which 3 provinces account for 78 per cent of Rotary members in Canada?

c)    What is the most westerly club in Canada?

d)   Which province or territory has the highest per capita Rotary members in Canada?

 

Announcements:

 

On Saturday April 20th there will be the Showcase, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, to celebrate 100 years of Rotary Service in BC! This is an opportunity for all BC Rotary clubs and Rotary supporters to showcase their signature projects and the good work in their community and around the world.

 

Hoopathon:

 

Today was our first day of gathering pledges for this exciting project. Gary Chomyn sent an email that had an overview of the corporate sponsorships, please check your emails and if you haven’t received it, please let Gary know.

 

Guest Speaker:

Mathew introduced todays speaker, Cleopatra Perez, a member of our Rotary Club. Cleo gave her classification talk this morning and as always, we heard a very interesting and energetic presentation.

 

Cleo presented her talk “My Journey to Supply Chain Management”. Her educational background in engineering, specifically, mechanical engineering, but her passion has always been Project and Supply Chain management.

 

She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in the mist of a civil war.

 

Most of her professional experience was working for oil companies, such as PDVSA, British Petroleum. Cleo did a couple of business diplomas after graduating from engineering. When her she had her first baby, she decided to start her own business of electro mechanical construction and she did very well. That company is still running.

 

Cleo also explained what brought her from Venezuela to Canada. When Venezuela was in a civil war, she decided that she didn’t want her kids to live that. She wanted a better future for her kids and grand kids. She started her paperwork back in 2003 to come to Canada, and finally on December 8th of 2005 she became a landed immigrant, she feels very proud to be Venezuelan and Canadian. During the 2 years that she waited in Venezuela to become a landed immigrant, she studied a MBA. Cleo represented her school in an international business school contest. She won a prize during her MBA for developing a Social Entrepreneur business model, for helping ex-convicts to go back to the working force in Venezuela.

 

When she did her landing in Canada, landed in Montreal where she had to study French and also got another certificate in Logistics Management in McGill University. After completing her certificate, she went to work to Fork McMurray for 5 months, before deciding to come to Vancouver.

 

When she arrived to Vancouver, Cleo knew that networking was going to be key, so she went to different networking groups, that’s where she met Matthew and he told Cleo about our Rotary Club. Cleo mentioned that our Rotary Club was a great emotional support for her. She said that she found in us kind people. She always had a kind word from our group. This is what Rotary is all about. Helping each other, networking, having fun. Service Above Self.

 

Thought of the day:

 

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

Sunrise bulletin for the week of April 17, 2013 Eduardo De Santiago 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Goodell on Apr 09, 2013

President Julie Mantle made a cameo appearance this morning, before running off to yet-another day of fun-filled recreation for Hydro and Powerex executives. Before she left for the beach, she modelled Rotary shirts for us, indicating that we can order either T-shirts or golf shirts screened with Rotary emblems, etc. If you weren't there for today's wet T-shirt session, let Julie know your size and whether you prefer the pink or purple version of the shirt.

President-Elect Ann-Shirley Goodell stepped in for the rest of the meeting. She even took the presidential training wheels off, as she's done this before. We were a crowd in the small meeting room, with 15 members, 4 guests and 2 presenters. Our guests were visiting Rotarian Carol Block from Coral Gables, Florida; proposed member Jose Riga; former member Suzanna Clarke; and return visitor Steve McGrandle. Suzanna and Jim Clarke are sporting great tans after their time in Maui.

Rotary moment

John Haley described the International Fellowship of Cycling to Serve, a Rotary fellowship group first organized in Europe in 1984. They do bike rides for fun and to raise money for charity in many countries.

Club news

We just received word that our club's inbound Youth Exchange student is Luisa Fiori de Godoy, 16, from a small town in Brazil. She will arrive in August and will live with Rotary families during her year in Vancouver. In preparation, each club member and host family must complete a police record check this spring. Susan Neale is organizing this and will send an email with the forms and instructions. Please look after this in the next few weeks so we can notify RI that we are in compliance.

Forms for Hoop-a-Thon pledges and donations will be available this week for all members to start gathering financial support for the Strathcona Youth Programs project.

100 Years of Rotary in BC will be celebrated on Saturday, April 20, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Volunteers are needed to staff our club's display on our Strathcona service project. Contact Ann-Shirley to volunteer for a 2-hour shift.

Today's program

Our topic this morning was the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, presented by VP Howard Blank and assisted by Chuck Keeling. Started in BC in 1982, this company now has operations in several provinces, operating casinos, hotels, restaurants and entertainment centres. Hastings Racecourse, which our club has enjoyed numerous times, is part of their network, as is River Rock Resort in Richmond and several other locations around Greater Vancouver. 

Prior to 1997, BC had a limited gaming system with charitable groups helping to run casino evenings that moved from location to location. With the formation of BC Lottery Corporation, the industry has become more professionally managed, although profits are still shared with communities and charities (including Rotary clubs).  Howard mentioned that about two-thirds of the profits go to support health care, education, social services and various charitable organizations.

Great Canadian Gaming stresses the entertainment value of gaming rather than the prospect of winning. Problem gamblers are watched carefully, as the company wants its customers to have fun and not become addicted.

Of course, Howard was asked how our Rotary club could get funding help for our projects from the gaming system. He suggested that we check the website for something called GPEB. So I did. It's the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the BC Government, which distributes gaming funds to non-profit organizations. Applications are limited to one per year, with most categories due February 1 to May 31 (and some categories later in the year). Who in our club would be willing to prepare an application and see if we qualify? The website is www.gaming.gov.bc.ca.

 

Next week is Cleo Perez with her classification talk and lots of information on Venezuela. See you there.

Rob