Posted on Oct 30, 2019
We had 12 members and our guest speakers, John Weston and Mike Mahony.
* Be a star and join us for some Hollywood Glitz as Rotarians and Rotaractors across District 5040 raise fund for our Rotary Foundation.  Hollywood Glitz dinner and the show takes place on Saturday, November 16th at the Burnaby Firefighters Banquet and Conference Centre and is sure to be an evening of entertainment that you don’t want to miss! Poster with details is attached.
Note that on this evening Rotarians can make a donation of $500 US to the Rotary Foundation that will be matched by District Points and you will receive a Paul Harris. 
Tickets are now on sale online at or by calling Sam Wong at 604-731-1191 ext 3
Rotary Moment
Ted brought us the Rotary Moment this week. With the success of the outdoor fitness circuit at one of its parks, the City of Burnaby, BC had planned long term to install a similar circuit at the popular Fraser River Foreshore Park. Along came Burnaby Rotarians – people in action – to help make it happen for the estimated 63,000 residents who use the park at least once a month.
Seeking a community service legacy project for completion in 2017 to honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the three Rotary Clubs of Burnaby, Burnaby Metrotown and Burnaby Deer Lake, represented by Peter Beynon and Bala Naidoo, concluded extensive feasibility assessment and negotiations with the City of Burnaby to commit to this outdoor fitness facility for the health and fitness of local residents.
Over the past two years, the three Burnaby clubs contributed to the $150,000 needed for Rotary’s share of the project funding. To achieve their goal they also received a Rotary District 5040 grant from Rotary Foundation funding, a provincial government grant thanks to help from a Burnaby MLA, sponsorships from local companies and donations from Rotary friends and families.
On September 15th over 150 Rotarians, led by District 5040 Governor Don Evans, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, city officials, seniors and park users participated in the fitness circuit’s grand opening. Having achieved this Canada 150 dream, Rotary in Burnaby has achieved a long term contribution to the strength of the community and the public image profile in such a popular location. The fitness facility represents Rotary’s community service above self and what can be achieved by Rotary as people in action.
Guest Speaker
Our Speakers today were John Weston and Mike Mahony. John Weston is a Government Relations lawyer and a former Member of Parliament who with many others is working to create a National Health and Fitness Institute.  He and former Senator Nancy Greene Raine quarterbacked the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211, through Parliament.
They spoke about The National Health and Fitness Institute, which inspires Active Citizenship to enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual health of all Canadians to Make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth by December 31, 2030.
Learn more by visiting their official website:
Rotary Vancouver Sunrise. John Weston
Thought of the Day
Confucius — 'Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.'