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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.


Wild Poliovirus (WPV) cases


Total cases

Year-to-date 2015

Year-to-date 2014

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- in non-endemic countries






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 .


Our Rotarian of the month for November is BRYCE MCELROY.
Bryce retired in 2011 after a career with TD Bank Financial Group spanning 38 years.  The first 28 years with the Retail Bank eventually named TD Canada Trust.
The last 10 years with TD Waterhouse, working as a Financial Planner.  Education and Professional qualifications include, diploma in Business from BCIT, Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Banking, Certified Financial Planner, and Financial Management Advisor.
Bryce joined our club March 1 1999 after 4 years with the White Rock Rotary Club(19 years of service) and has served in all positions except Sargent at Arms and Secretary ( Although he does an admirable job covering for me when required). He ensures the Presidents Auction proceeds at each meeting.Currently he serves the club as Foundation Chairman ensuring our commitments of giving to the Rotary Foundation are met.He also Supervises the Gaming Grant submission to ensure we get funding then arranging for the ditribution of these funds to worthy groups.When the Annual Salvation Army Kettle project was presented to us he took the lead and organized our manpower .During November he assisted with the ROTARY CARES dictionary deployment, He is currently working on the Waterwell projected in Benin with Rotarian Dennis Fierbach.Bryce is always ready to pitch-in a true ROTARIAN.

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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