Kenyan Pub Night
St. James WellFeb 01, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
GallaghersFeb 04, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Generous Hearts Food Drive
Thrifty's FoodsFeb 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Board Meeting
Coquitlam GrillFeb 20, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Clean up Heritage Mountain BLVD
GallaghersMar 11, 2017
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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Wow, you Rotarians really know how to raise money!!! I'm so glad you were able to break your record. You've really got a great team of people that support this event year after year. Please pass along my thanks to them all!
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2017!
This family of 6 from Port Moody has come a long way to live in what mom Asma calls ‘the best place to raise my kids’. They moved from Libya to Ontario in 2012, when they needed a safer place to have a family, and came to us in Port Moody in September 2016. They were unable to bring all of their possessions with them in their move and they are thrilled to receive these new bicycles and helmets. Caps Westwood Cycles, the Port Moody Police Department and the Rotary Club of Port Moody all helped to put smiles on all of our faces.The kids attend École Moody Middle School of the Arts and Moody Elementary where they are positive citizens of both schools’ communities. Mom and dad continue to work hard to supporttheir children and they all believe that we live in the greatest city with the most supportive agencies. They are correct!
One of them expressed that it had been over five years since he had received something... he no longer had his wife and children, neither his parents nor his sister, he had come to the conclusion that no one could cared anymore. He asked me to extend his gratitude to the club. He also mentioned that now he feels that his hope in humankind has been restored. He hopes someday he will be able to regain the love and trust of his family and that they all can reunite again.
Thanks to ALL of you. I had a moment to chat with mom yesterday and she was so grateful for everything. This family has been through some big personal challenges and they are very touched by this experience.Kindest regards,
Guests this morning were: Joanne Polak [ 2nd meeting], President of Port Coquitlam Centennial Barrie Seaton, Principle of Moody Elementary, Diedre James and our Guest Speakers John McGinnes and George Barret
PP Trudy called for Nominations for the 2017-2018 Board and our AGM will be on December 21st.
Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
At Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, we have the pleasure of providing free, dependable and safe rides to people receiving treatment and follow-up care for cancer. We know that getting to and from appointments can be time consuming, draining and possibly costly. We understand that family and friends are not always available to accompany you and we’re here for those times.
John was involved in this volunteer program in the Yukon as a driver for 25 years and upon moving to the Lower Mainland he has been instrumental in getting this society started about 9 months ago that now has 8 directors (one is from Port Moody).
The program offers it services in North and West Vancouver, Langley, Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. It service the Abbotsford Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. They have provided 400 free rides per month over their 9 months of operation and saved countless dollars for patients as taxi fares can be over $100.00 depending on the length of the ride.
The Society has over 60 volunteer drivers and 8 dispatchers. Drivers are screened, have criminal records checked, must carry extra insurance and receive .41 per kilometre for the use of their cars. Depending on the treatment a patient is having a trip can take over 7 hours.
George Garret is a retired CKNW reporter and was recently elected VIce President of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. He has made this involvement a part of his community service. His main focus is fund raising and his years of news reporting helps him to get to a lot of people and organizations.
The 2 greatest needs of the Society are volunteers and money.
- 3 bikes ready for 3 young ladies from 1 family from Port Moody
- Supplied from Port Moody Police
- Have been serviced and made rideable by Caps Cycles.
- Christmas train comes to Port Moody on Saturday December 17th. Activities start at 2PM till 7PM
- Inner Visions Chili Lunch December 12th from 10AM till 1PM. 2 locations this year, Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam.
- Tuesday December 6th Membership meeting at Linda’s at 5PM. Will pack gift baskets for men at Inner Visions then have our Port Moody Rotary Christmas Party. Everyone welcome.
- Attended the ADAI group’s Christmas Party to thank them for their volunteering this year. (Ribfest, RIPS, Decorating Eagle Ridge Manor)
- Our group volunteered to work at a table distributing water to VIP guests riding new Evergreen Line ahead of grand opening. Cleone, Trudy and Bill attended.
- They are going to Uganda in February/March to take supplies for their “Days For Girls” program.
- This program now qualifies as a tax receipt charity for any funds donated.
**** NOTE DEC. 7TH Meeting is cancelled so we can attend the Tri Cities Christmas Lunch at the Vancouver Golf Club on Austin Road.
Rotary Minute Dan highlighted the decade from 1991-2000.
1) 1995/96 first time there were 8 women as District Governors.
2) the number of clubs was up by 4,570 to 29,730.
3) membership up by 72,230 to 1,193,460.
4) countries up by 23 to 195.
The Rotary Foundation is among the top 3 in the world with a 97.87 rating and with a 100% rating for transparency.
TRUDY’S REQUEST—please consider using the Rotary Direct Giving Program. It is easier (can arrange monthly or quarterly automatic deduction on your credit card and tracking is done at head office. All donations are tax deductible you will receive a tax receipt
In closing, Trudy ended by pointing out “sometimes our projects require Hearts and Hands (local volunteering) and sometimes CASH is required (global projects)”