Rotary Club of Surrey
The Future Lives Here
in The City of Parks
Dec 01, 2015
Dec 08, 2015
Peter Fassbender MLA
Legislative Update
Jan 05, 2016
Onkar Biring
Life living with a disability
Jan 12, 2016
Gordon Ross
Ready willing and able.
Feb 02, 2016
Jonathan Ley
"Learning How to Reduce Pain and Inflammation Without Medication"
Feb 09, 2016
Beth Kish
Upcoming Events
President Elect
November 2015

Welcome to our club!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
EagleQuest Coyote Creek Golf Club
Surrey, BC  V3S 3M4
District Site
Venue Map
November 17th.
This week our featured presenter was Hon. Judge Trevor Armstrong providing us with some insight as to the life of a Superior Court Judge.
He has now been on the bench for 5 years. How time flies. The Supreme Court of BC has 85 judges and they spend 8 weeks a year on the 
road visiting smaller locations to hear local cases.A Judge's job is to make a fair impartial decision on the case at hand solely based on Law.
Cases cover a wide range from Family , Business to Criminal. 
Over the past few years new processes have been introduced to better serve the populace and administer Justice.
Community courts:  A neighborhood-focused problem solving court. Vancouver has the Vancouver Downtown Community Court, the first of its kind in Canada. It brings together justice,health and social services in one location.The court tests new ways to reduce crime and improve public safety providing quicker response than the general court system and with the holistic approach aims to benefit the offenders,victims and the local community.
Restorative Justice: This is an approach to justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour.Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service".
Trevor a Past President of our club presented a wide ranging talk on the justice system ,followed by a Q & A session.
Rotarian Bryce McElroy presented Judge Trevor with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to enlighten us on the Superior Court System in BC.
Bryce McElroy presents Judge Trevor with a Rotary Ceramic Coaster
that displays the ROTARY four-way test.To help him with his deliberations
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build Goodwill and better friendships?
4 .Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

On November 17th we had a presentation from Lana Batcheller and Cari Hunter on the SURREY 2016 WBSC XV Women's World Softball Championships 
Wow! What an undertaking.. It will run from July 15 to 24th 2016. It is being co-ordinated by the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society.
Expected participation is 30 Nations represented,2,000 Athletes and 125,000 spectators over the 9 days. It will have a 20 million dollar economic impact on Surrey. There will be a cultural exposition that will celebrate all of the participating Nations. Song,dance,art,food and activities.
Like the 2010 Olympics this will be a Once in a lifetime experience and right here in Surrey.
Here are the links for more information or Phone 604-536-9287

As you finalize your donation giving for 2015 to get under the December 31st Year end.
Here is a report from RI to show how your funds help our World.  See Bryce and make your 2015 donation.
Remember this is our Charity.   It has a high rating with  Charity Navigator
2014-15 grants roundup
We’ve closed the door on a second full year of the new grant model and there’s a lot of good news to report: We awarded 1,078 global grants in 2014-15, up 24 percent from the previous year’s total. The dollar value of global grants totaled $64.9 million. The most popular area of focus was disease prevention and treatment, followed closely by water and sanitation. We also awarded 487 district grants, totaling $23.8 million. And we awarded 16 scholarships, totaling about $500,000, for study at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands.

Just reviewing our recent months activities . If you missed the meetings you missed a lot of great presenters..
Here is a brief recap..
October 1st. 
We held our 2nd Innovative Labour Solutions Awards (ILSA) 
A resounding success  Next week the committee meets to debrief and set schedule for 2016 .Please advise John Edwards or myself if you wish to join the committee and we will get you plugged in for 2016
October 13th.
Our District Governor Bill Robson made his annual visit to the club.His address was titled "it is all about the members" he outlined benefits of being a Rotarian what the club should do to maximize the benefits of networking and stressed the positive benefits of attending District Functions and visiting other clubs to expand your Rotary wheel.
Coming up April 28 to May 1st 2016 POWER-UP District Conference in Semiahmoo Resort a great time to meet and exchange ideas and most of all have FUN..
October 20th.
Ivan Scott enlightened the membership of his novel approach to business detailed in his book "Survive or Die "using the animals of Africa to illustrate the most important back-to basic business concepts you need every day in order to survive in the corporate jungle.
October 27th.  
Our Annual meetings of the Rotary Club of Surrey and our Foundation.Minutes have been sent to all members. Now is the time to step up and volunteer for the Board let President Ed know your desires. In January we will be electing the members to lead us through 2016-17
November 3rd
I provided an overview of our Literacy programs. Give a Kid a Muffin a Surrey Library program that we have supported for many years see link to find out more.
Our Grade 3 Dictionary Program "ROTARY CARES" is now in year 5 . We have given over 1100 dictionaries to Grade 3 students in 5 inner city schools. 
November 10th.
Our speaker last week was Ramona Materi President of Ingenia Consulting.Author of "British Columbia's new north : how to build your business, respect communities--and prosper"    Ramona really knows her subject and provided the members with a tremendous insight into BC's North and opportuniteis that abound for those willing to go north or invest in the north.  Check out this link and learn more
Another guest at our meeting was Kyle Boutilier whom we sponsored to the Democracy in Action Youth Conference in Victoria.
Kyle was one of finalists in the Adventures in Citizenship Contest at Kwantlen Park Secondary on May 4th.2015. 
Kyle gave a detailed report on his three days in Victoria and meetings with our MLA and other government Officials.He highly recommended we continue sponsorships in future years as the attendees learned a lot about how our Government functions.

Polio this week as of 17 November 2015    

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of the visit of our District Governor  Bill Robson and Assistant Governor Lynn Spence.
His keynote theme was "it's all about the members"
Our District 5050 has 2660 members Its been pretty static for some years
Its time to reflect on Why you joined? Why you stay? and then tell the world
why so they can see the benefits of joining Rotary.
THe Rotary Foundation is our Charity it funds our worldwide works and is one
of the most efficiently managed Charities so we maximize the funds at work.
Very little overhead. We need to get 100% participation so we can meet the 
pressing needs of our society. Example our Waterwell project in Benin was 
largely funded by funds from the Rotary Foundation.
Polio Eradication - in 1985 we promised the children of the world we would rid
the world of polio at that time we expected $120 million would fund the program.
So far we have raised over 1 billion and we are still not there but "O so Close"
Africa is now declared Polio Free. Only 2 countries remain Afganistan and 
Pakistan.. When we started there were 3 strains of Polio type 1,2 & 3
Only type 1 remains and the last case was found Sept 16th.2015 Polio has a 6 week incuupation
period so if we can break the transmissions in Afganistan and Pakistan we have succeeded.
District Governor Bill concluded his address by presenting World Class Pins
Walt Johnson for 45 years of perfect attendance
Duane buchanan for 40 years as a member.
Assistant Governor Lynn Spence & President Ed Landry for their world class leadership.
He then presented 2 Rotarian of the month awards to John Edwards and Dick Wareham
for their work on the Innovative Labour Solutions Awards a resounding success in 
promoting the benefits of hiring persons with disablilities.
On October 1st we held our second Annual Innovative Labour Solutions Awards Banquet.It was a resounding success over 160 registrants attended a full evening recognizing Businesses that had inclusive labour practices or Organizations that furthered the opportunities of persons with disabilities in becoming part of the workforce and finding rewarding jobs.
We "SOLD OUT" the event and as the registrar I spent the last week hoping no more would come as we could not expand the room.. An enviable position to be in on any event.
The committee comprising of 5 diverse Organizations
Rotary Club of Surrey,Community Living BC,City of Surrey,Milieu Family Services and WorkBC worked like a well oiled machine and brought the Event to a successful conclusion "SOLD OUT"
Special thanks go to our GOLD LEVEL Sponsor VanCity Credit Union 
A full report will appear in next months bulletin as we collate the photographs and stories from the evening.  

We had discussed, many times that we need to get back to doing small effective hands on projects involving our members in physically taking on a project in the community
Bryce McElroy found one for us at the local Salvation Army on 96th.Avenue.
They we renovating a room on the upper floor for a Youth meeting area.
We took our usual tuesday night meeting time and 7 members took part.Then as it was a bigger job than anticipated
3 of us returned saturday Sept complete our part of the job. So 8 of our 15 members were participating.
Here is the report from our project leader Bryce.
I can confirm all the painting has been completed and the room is now ready for new floors next week.
It was a good size project as the painting surface was over 1700 sq ft and the designer had recommended a total of 3 colours.  The doors and trim also had to have semi-gloss paint with the main walls an eggshell.  I count approximately 39 man hours of work by Rotarians and another 26 hours completed by Dean and his wife, and their son and our family members.  A big project indeed.I
​have the supplies provided by our members that I will bring next meeting.  I have a small number of before pictures and will make sure I attend the church to take after pictures when the floors and finished.  The club donated $200. towards the paint cost and food and drinks were about $100.  A good example of a hands on project we have not done for a few years.
Here are a couple of photos as we began the job   ... That blue was was to become a very light green at least 2 coats...

Before and After

One of the walls note that dark Blue...More paint needed as more coats required to cover.
Dick Wareham,John Koropatnisky and John Campbell review the designers instructions before picking the paint.
Back on May 26th. Yolanda Bouwman ,Director Major Gifts for the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Foundation updated us on the 
major renovations that have occured in the past year at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Wow what a lot has happened in the past year. The Critical care Tower opened June 2014  increasing critical care beds to 650.
The Tower hosts Canada's second largest Emergency Department in Canada( Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga/Ontario is the largest) Surrey is the  the busiest ER in BC seeing up to 500 people a day.
Part of the ER is the pediatrics ER the largest in Canada with its own entrance and staff it provides a calming environment for children.
Also in the Tower is the NICU ( Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit) With 48 beds it doubles what was in place and has a helipad for speedy transportation from other parts of the province.
The next addition is a CAPSU ( Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilizaton Unit) site to be located in the Old Emergency Department area. Our Donation of $1,000.0 is going to this Unit. Plans are to have it operational by year end and now the push is on the raise the additional capital  ($1 million)required to complete the project.
Last week I had the opportunity to tour these facilities and it is awesome to see how much our local hospital has changed and is now one of the preeminent facilities in Canada. Attracting the best in the profession and leading the way in many areas of patient care.
Past president John Edwards presents Yolanda with our Donation towards the CAPSU..

On May 4th the Rotary Club of Surrey held their annual program Adventures in Citizenship.  Four students from Kwantlen Park Secondary were select by the school to take part in the event.  This years students included Emily Wright, Danielle Ocampo, Kyle Boutilier and Shaun Renshaw.  The program included a tour of the BC Legislature in Victoria and a seat during the Oral Question Period in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly.  In addition, the students enjoyed lunch with the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education and MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood.  Mr. Fassbender was also gracious enough to allow the students to visit his office and speak with his staff.  The students were accompanied by Ed Landry, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Surrey and Colin Borst their English/Social Studies teacher at Kwantlen Park.  A special thanks goes out to Margaret Ackroyd, Social Studies teacher at KP, for her continued support of the program this year. 

Another successful RYLA. We sponsored two participants this year Mariah Basran and Maninder Ghag. Many thanks to Duane Buchanan for organizing our participation in this years event. Both participants will be providing details of their weekend at RYLA at a meeting later in May.
However we have received thank you letters that I will post now...So you can see the benefits of this ROTARY Program.
Hello Mr. Buchanan, 

          Words can not express how grateful and thankful I am for giving me the opportunity to attend Ryla and for sponsoring me. My experience was amazing at ryla and not only did I learn how to improve my leadership skills. I learned a lot about myself and how I can better myself before I help others. I was able to meet many amazing individuals with goals and dreams just like myself. It was so inspiring to see so many young, driven, and passionate individuals. I am currently attending school and wanting to join the police force after I am done school. I want to make a difference and help people in my community and around the world. It was so relieving knowing that there are still good people out there in the world wanting to make a difference like myself. At the Ryla event they also did a presentation on the Rotary club and I was able to learn more about it,  which I am also very interested in joining ! Once again I would like to thank you so, so, so much for giving me this opportunity to experience this very special event. 


Mariah Basran
Hi Duane, 
      Thank you so much for sponsoring me for RYLA, I had such an amazing time there. It was honestly a life changing experience, it taught me a lot about myself but also changed my outlook on how I view others.
This experience has enabled me to take initiative with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. A few members of Surrey Crime Prevention and I will be presenting some ideas to start a new program, which will be reaching out to kids from Grade 6 to 9. We will be going into classrooms in both high schools and elementary schools and doing presentations to help students understand some tough problems they may be facing and offer guidance and support. 
RYLA has given me some great tools that I can carry on, and put into effect in my life. Without the skills I have acquired at RYLA I would not have been able to put forth my ideas to start a new program and make a change. I cannot thank you enough for providing me such an amazing experience; I will be cherishing all the memories I made there for a lifetime. Thank you so much for sponsoring me.   Regards, Maninder Ghag
Rotarian Duane Buchanan with our two RYLA participants.

On Tuesday April 21st we had a presentation from Terrance Evans and Sean Morozuk from "Teen Voice Project" part of the programs
of A>C>M>E Arts Society. YACME YOUTH RADIO is a project for youth(Age9-25) which allows them to showcase their talents in the Arts. choosing this link will take you to their website which explains the breadth of programs they have that allow youth to 
expose their creative talents to a wider audience and gain confidence  improve their self esteem .Totally youth focused this is a very interesting
and novel way to reach youth and add direction to their creative lives. 

Back in September we attended the 25th.Anniversary celebrations of this initiative started by Rotarian Anup Jubbal of the Guildford club. Here is a full Page Ad placed in the Voice News paper April 25th. You will note some photos from the 
September event showing
our Past president John Edwards who assisted in hosting the event.

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.

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.

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 

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