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.
1) On September 17 there is an invitation from the Arbutus club to our club for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. More info here:
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 : 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:
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:
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