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Now drawing to the end of APRIL  and we have a busy 2 weeks ahead..
April 25 Annual Fish release and BBQ at Quibble Creek.. Make sure you plan to be there and bring Kids.
April 28 Our second Annual International Dining Night.. Got your tickets sold?
Lots of events line up for May.. The social on the 28th should be great fun Note this is a Thursday so our Tuesday
meeting will be cancelled.
Good to see our President has recovered from his Bronchitus and is back in fine form. I have been sick and also
busy so ROTARY communication has taken a bit of a back seat. But I will try to get back on track to keep you all up
to date.. Ensure you let me know when you do Make Ups and items you want to share ...

That used to be the word you heard most often in the Library. But not in today's Library as we learned from Linda Stromberg ,Chair of the 
Surrey Public Libraries and Chief Librarian Melanie Holden when they presented to us last tuesday.
The Surrey Public Library has 9 branches and a staff of 250 serving our information needs. They are governed by a Board of 8 who serve for 2 year terms. Board members are approved by the City of Surrey. The Library Board is responsible for the delivery of library services and programs, setting strategic priorities, developing policies, and presenting the budget to City Council.
Programs you say? Yes , Surrey has many as you will see on their web site
Over the years our club has been involved in many of these programs one that we have supported since its inception is
If You Give a Kid a Muffin Storytime"
​It runs every friday from 10-10:30 am at the City Centre Library. It is for Children birth to 5 years and their caregivers.
In 2014 the Library launched "Read to Baby " which is offered to 1000 families per year. There is a Summer reading Club that served 
13,000 children last year. 4000 people were helped with basic computer skills . Each branch has programs geared to their demographic
From Board games to Business planning ,Crafts to Computer classes and a large number of programs for kids and new Canadians.
Once you get Carded (with your library card) all of this is free  even Movies and you can bring your own Popcorn.. 
Past President John Edwards and President Elect Ed Landry present a token of our appreciation for taking the time to come and 
share this magnificent resource with our Club.

Leslie Micheals ,Rotarian from Maple Ridge Club. Presented a history of India.Leslie really knows his subject and with the use of Maps,Photos and stories presented a brief history of India starting with the early trading posts, British control , The Ghandi Era, Partition when India was divided into India and Pakistan and current day status. Many questions were posed by members and effectively answered by Leslie. This presentation was another in the series organized by Past President John Edwards to educate us in the background of members of our diverse community.
Bryce McElroy presents Leslie with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share his knowledge with the club.

Another of our monthly fellowship events. A visit to Fraser Downs Race Course and Casino.
Lahkjit Sarang put together another fun evening (unfortunately many members could not attend) but those that did along with 11 guests
had a great Buffet and got to watch the Harness Races. The weather was good we had great window seats to view the action..
It was fun to watch the antics of some of the horses who had different agendas than their jockeys.
Here are a few snaps from the evening . Walt looking for the winner,Bryce rejoicing at his great choice  
Our April event will be our fundraiser International Dining night. (Tickets should be available this week.)

Another of our Social Nights where we get to network and have fun.
This was a great idea we tried out a new restaurant (for some of us) . It matched with the Movie ...
Dinner was at the Saffron Flavor Indian Cuisine & Bar  7548 -120th.Street.
They prepared a buffet for us (love that Butter chicken and fresh naan bread.)
After we were well saited we went over to the Strawberry Hill cinemas and enjoyed a movie on the 
life journey of Bhagat Puran Singh the founder of the Pingalwara (Now the All India Pingalwara Charitable 
Society)  Our President Garry is a member of this Society and they are the group we are working with to get our Wheelchair project into Amritsar .
If you get a chance to see the movie please do so it is very inspriring.  Here is a link to Pingalwara Society
If you click on Canada you will see our intrepid president Gary 

Our featured presenter was Jessica Foster from DIVERSEcity.
​DIVERSEcity is a Registered not for profit agency offering a wide range of services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the lower mainland. It was established in 1978 as the Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society and underwent a name change to better describe its focus serving a diverse community. They deliver a wide range of services as embodied by their mission statement "To promote the independence of new Canadians and to build strong,culturally diverse communities"
Jessica was presenting one of their programs "Child and Youth Empowerment Camp" A free 4 day for children between 5 and 14. It is not your normal summer camp but is as its name states an empowerment camp providing tools to the attendees to deal with issues that may include bullying,abuse violence and other emotional or mental health issues.Children and Youth are referred to the camp by School counsellors,teachers,caregivers and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.Jessica explained how the camp operated and  the activities they used to deliver the tools.Camps are limited to 40 children & Youth. The Camp is free to the attendees but actual cost per student is $370.00  for which they have no funding available so they are looking to Organizations like Rotary to Lend a Hand. We agreed to present the opportunity to our next board meeting to see if we can provide funding or in kind assistance.   For more information on DIVERSEcity here is a link to their Website.
President Garry and President Elect Ed thanked Jessica for taking the time share and enlighten us to the work done by DIVERSEcity.


No new Cases of Polio reported anywhere in the World this week.

Globally only 22 cases in 2015 mostly from Pakistan with one from Afganistan.


Here are the latest numbers posted by POLIO Global Eradication Initiative.

Citizenship Court Judge – Gerald Pash was our Keynote speaker on February 3rd.
He was appointed Citizenship Judge in BC. He brings to the position a 27 year career in Broadcasting and 22 years with the Department of National Defence as a Public affairs officer. During his career he has received many awards
Citizenship judges are appointed for a three-year period and are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.
Gerald Pash  enlightened us on the history of Canadian Citizenship.To be automatically a citizen of Canada you have to have been born in Canada after 1947.
He described the process to apply for citizenship and the qualifications to get  citizenship and responsibilities once granted.
As a closing to his presentation he donned his ceremonial robe and we all swore the Canadian Oath of allegiance.
For more information here is a link.
Judge Pash presented President Garry with Certificate  AG Pat Bond and Duane Buchanan joined President Garry in thanking Judge Pash for taking time to educate us on the Citizenship process.

January 26th.2015 was our first Business meeting for 2015 and we formally set the Board of Directors for the 2015-16 Rotary Year.
President   - Ed Landry
Treasurer  - Ten Tran
Secretary - Dick Wareham   (Club Administration)
​Past President - Garry Thind.
President Elect - Lakhjit Sarang (Public Relations)
John Edwards (Membership & Programs)
Duane Buchanan (Service Projects and New Generations)
Bryce McElroy  ( Rotary Foundation)
We have also assembled a Strategic Planning Committee to guide our longer term planning working with our Club 
Vision established in 2013 and updated in 2014.
Members of this team will be senior club members including John Koropatnisky,Roy Holman and Deane Gurney
along with the President and Past President 

Holiday season over and our snowbirds are returning from their tanning sessions in Mexico and Hawaii.
A  lot has been happening as we prepare for the second half of this Rotary Year.  So first I wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all our members. January has been a particularly busy time and I have been amiss in getting the updates and bulletins out. I will recap the happenings in this one Blog.
On January 6th. we held our meeting at the Surrey Urban Mission(SUM), we were graciously hosted to a buffet meal  by Jonquil and learned all about their works in the community  she told us how they were formed in 1998 when 3 churches (Anglican,Lutheran and United) joined together to create the mission to deliver services to the less fortunate in the Whalley area.  
They receive no Government funding and rely solely on donations. Last year they served 80,000 meals,Operated a cold shelter for 60 people held a summer day camp And many other free services here is their website for more details.
One fundraiser that they do to help fund these services is The Coldest Night of the Year.
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 80+ communities across Canada on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.The 2, 5 and 10km WALK is held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue for their favourite local charity . In this case  SUM.  Link to sign up is on their webPage. Note this is one Organization that we have given to in 2014 from our Gaming funds.
January 13th. We held our Meeting at the Big Ridge Brewing Co. One of the monthly Social nights we have added to our calendar. Unfortunately I was out of town but I hear a fun
time was had by the attendees.  NEXT Social is Bowling Night on February 10th. at the Sandcastle Lanes in White Rock.
January 20th. we returned to EagleQuest our usual club meeting place and Caroline Lepine provided us with an update on Summits of Hope ( See separate story)
We also were visited by two members of the Fraser Heights Interact Club Olivia Bowra and Simi Toor. Just to explain in Rotary we have Interact ,Rotaract and Rotary
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can:
  • Carry out hands-on service projects • Make international connections  •Develop leadership skills  •Have fun!   Working together we can assist them with our years
  • of experience and they can assist us in delivering programs to the community

On tuesday January 20th.Caroline Lepine provided us with a report on her climb of Mount KILIMANJARO to raise funds for Summits of Hope.
She presented John Edwards with his flag that had been taken to the summit of Mt KILIMANJARO. A slide and movie presentation showed us the 
trek and Caroline expounded on the challenges met on the climb..  She thanked the club for our support and invited us to join in on the next climb 
planned for Mongolia later this year.  Past President John Koropatnisky presented Caroline with a token of our apprecaition for taking time to share her experiences.

Some interesting facts:
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. 
Last case of wild polio virus in the Americas 1991.

Global cases of Polio down 20 from same period last year.
Good news in non-endemic countries YTD 19  last yr YTD 224   
Not so good news in endemic  countries YTD 323  last yr YTD was 138
The endemic countries are Pakistan,Afganistan and Nigeria 
Here is the link for the latest detailed statistics.


Mission Accomplished:

On December 24th our final team completed their shift and we completed our Salvation Army Kettle drive for 2014. Bryce McElroy took the challenge and put together in very short order teams of volunteers to man the Kettle every wednesday in December. We were lucky to get a nice and warm inside location in the Guildford Town Centre on the 2nd floor by H & M. My observation from my shift was it was not as profitable as our old venue in front of the liquor store but we did our part. Here are some photos of the volunteer teams .


On Tuesday December 2nd. Our Speaker for the evening was Lin Chen from BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support. Lin  is a graduate of McGill University with a Master’s of Social Work (specializing in community and international development). She has over 5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, during which she has taken on a variety of roles as a support worker, group facilitator, and program and volunteer coordinator. She is passionate about social justice, particularly in defending and promoting the rights of people, immigrants and refugees. Lin coordinates the BCCEAS Seniors Reaching Out to Seniors Workshop Program and provides information, assistance, and practical and emotional support to older adults who call the SAIL (Seniors Abuse & Information Line) Line. Together with the Community Education volunteers, she presents 6-8 workshops each month to community groups around the Lower Mainland, raising awareness about elder abuse and empowering older adults with knowledge and resources. - 
She provided a very informative presentation on exactly what elder abuse is and is not providing advice on what you should do when you believe you have witnessed elder abuse. President Garry thanked Lin for sharing with us and providing very useful information.
If you get the opportunity to go to one of Lin's presentations take it you will learn a lot.For more information call 604-437-1940 or link to 

Another successful project. Now completing our 4th. year We delivered 213 dictionaries to 5 inner city schools. 
Bringing our four year total to over 900 Dictionaries. In a hands up poll it showed that less than 25% of the students had a dictionary at home before our donation.
The classrooms were abuzz with joy and sharing as we took the students through their first exercises in looking up words and finding the meanings. 
The SCHOOLS were :
We had overwhelming positive responses from the teachers in the program.
With the help 7 other Rotarians that makes 40% of our membership we showed them that "ROTARY CARES"
Here are some photos of our teams with the teachers.(Cannot photograph students due to privacy rules)

Our November 25th meeting had a special presentation from our longest serving member Walt Johnson who joined the club the night it was chartered March 27th.1971..Since that date he has maintained perfect attendance..
Walt told us about the early years we were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Langley so starting Sept 1970 a group of local businessmen met weekly at Fernwood Acres (Now Dams Lincoln Mercury on 104th Avenue). Seven months later the Club received its Charter at an event held at the Willimar Ballroom (no longer in business) The Charter President was Ron Redman a total of 25 members. Walt recalled the highest membership was in 1985 when the club reached 45.
In the early days Club Service was a focus in addition to the weekly meetings held Fireside meetings at members residences and also started Annual BBQ's later called round-ups held at  The Cloverdale community Hall and with raffles were the first fundraisers. Chicken gave way to salmon which with the addition of the "Secret Sacred Surrey Salmon Sauce" Created by Walt and his wife Shirley made salmon the main course at the BBQ's. Actually I hear the club bestowed the title "Knight of the BBQ"on Walt for his BBQ prowess. From its early days the club always had guest speakers at each meeting Notable speakers were Bill Vanderzalm,Preston Manning,Bill Reid,Benno Freisen and Rita Johnson amongst the Politicians.  To expand the world of Rotary in 1988 the club sponsored the Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford.
In the area of Community Service  the first step is to raise funds which was an ongoing activity. Notable events were Annual Plant Sales which were held at Surrey Place(now Central City) these gave way to Fashion shows but both filled the club coffers for Community giving. Other activities wew Rummage sales,Christmas Wine raffles and then Celebrity Dinners the first being a roast of Bill Vanderzalm. Casino Nights,Auctions. Surrey Memorial Hospital was one of the clubs early and major charity recipients where the club provided several pieces of equipment and also sponsored 2 rooms.The Variety Treatment Centre and George Greenaway School for the handicapped where also supported by the club supplying equipment and playgrounds.The Annual children's Christmas party at the Variety Centre was another where the club could give back.
The biggest fundraiser brought to the club by John Koropatnisky was the Parking lot by Surrey Memorial Hospital which enabled us to reclaim Quibble Creek and return it to a salmon bearing waterway. 
Walt's final comments were that regular attendance is important and make-ups widen your network and ideas from other clubs can be used to improve our club.
President Elect Ed Landry presents Walt with a token of our appreciation for sharing.


Clint Sparling is a longtime employyee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.                   Clint Sparling is a longtime employee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.


By:  Living reporter, Published on Tue Sep 16 2014

With the launch of Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will train companies how to hire disabled employees, we look at the worker who inspired the movement

Clint Sparling loves his job.

And since the day Sparling, who has Down syndrome, began work at a Scarborough Tim Hortons nearly 20 years ago, he has been Mark Wafer’s best employee.
“He didn’t want to go home, he worked through his breaks,” Wafer says. “He had loyalty I couldn’t buy.”
Sparling, 41, keeps the dining room at Wafer’s biggest outlet running smoothly: clearing tables, operating the dishwasher, dealing with the garbage and keeping the floors clean. And he is clear about his feelings for the job. 

“Working at Tim Hortons was like opening a door,” he says. “I love it.”

The job, along with his supportive parents and brother, gave him the confidence to expand his world further to a local swimming club, where he met a young woman named Katie. After dating a few years, he proposed. A year after their 2006 marriage, they bought a condo.
And as Wafer expanded his business, which now includes six Tim Hortons outlets, he expanded his pool of employees with disabilities. 
Wafer hasn’t done this out of the goodness of his heart. He realized his bottom line was better than that of his cohorts, and that it was due to his staff complement and workplace environment.

“People with disabilities don’t leave,” he says. “It affected my turnover rate. The absenteeism rate with people with disabilities is almost zero.”

The safety rate also improved, Wafer adds. “People with disabilities don’t take risks,” he says. 

At first Wafer’s hires were other people with developmental disabilities. Then he branched out and included other disabilities, people with sight or hearing impairment, mobility challenges, mental health issues.
He now has people with disabilities in every department, including management, changing the overall culture. 
Wednesday, with the help of Lieutenant Governor David Onley, Wafer will launch Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will help businesses hire inclusively.
With seed money from the federal government, seven corporations, including Loblaw, Royal Bank of Canada and Assumption Life, will form the first wave of businesses to benefit from the training.

Onley plans to stay involved in boosting employment for people with disabilities after his term ends this month. 

“Ebenezer Scrooge, in modern days, would still be hiring people with disabilities, because he’d be making more money,” says Onley, the organization’s honorary patron.

“People with disabilities are the last minority group to be able to get into the marketplace and have real opportunities,” Onley says. “The future of SenseAbility is going to be very positive, because all of the business models are on our side. This is as airtight as anything can be.”

Whereas most fast food restaurants have a turnover rate of close to 100 per cent, Wafer’s is half that among his able-bodied staff. 

Business leaders talk about a looming labour shortage, but that’s false, Onley notes. There are 800,000 unemployed Canadians with disabilities, 250,000 of them with post-secondary degrees.
“We don’t have a labour shortage,” Onley says. “We have an awareness shortage.”

For business owners, SenseAbility is aimed at their profit. “If you are an inclusive employer, you will have a better workplace,” Wafer says. “You will make more money.”
But for the workers, it’s much more than that.
“Having a job means everything, because I like working,” Sparling says. “I was born to work.”



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