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
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:
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"
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