Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown


Club Executives & Directors

Past President
Director of International Service
Director of Community Service
Director of Rotary Foundation
Sargent at Arms
Director of Youth
Director of Technology
Director of Membership
Director of Public Relations
Director of Club Administration


Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown

Burnaby Metrotown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Burnaby Fire Fighter's Club
6515 Bonsor Street
Burnaby, BC  V5H 3E8
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Together with the Port McNeil Rotary Club, we have adopted the Kwakiuti Community to support their library needs.Through the government House - Rotary Community Building Literacy Project with Britco and other sponsors, their library Learning Centre is scheduled to be open in summer 2014

Thank you all for your support to make this a reality.

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Participate in our Raffle with these great prizes:

1/ Electronic bicycle from eProdigy Bikes - Value $200

2/ Exclusive Chef's Table Dinner Experience at Burnaby Earl Restaurant for 6 guests. - Value $500

3/ 4 Golf passes for a round of golf at Burnaby Mountain/Riverway Golf Course - Value 260

4/ A West Coast cedar paddle carved & designed by Steven Hunt, Kwakiutl artist - Value $175

5/ Gift card to shop at Lougheed Town Centre Mall - Value $100

All prizes will be drawn at our Wine Food and Music Festival on April 26th, 2014
No need to be in attendance to win any of these prizes

For tickets  call  Jeff Stark 604-290-7890

Buy Wine Food and Music Festival Tickets

All tickets $40 Group discounts available 

For any problems with purchasing from this page, call 604-290-7890

Your tickets will be available at the door. Just bring your PayPal receipt






Walk to end Polio Now 2014



Rotary Polio Eradication Walkathon - Saturday March1, 2014 from Burnaby Metrotown to New West City Hall 10am - noon


Feb 23 is proclaimed Rotary Day as the beginning of public celebrations of 108th anniversary of Rotary in the world and 100th anniversary of Rotary in BC .



Our Wine and Music Festival has been our main fundraiser for the past eleven years. It has been called Burnaby’s premier wine tasting event.  Fifteen to twenty wineries and wine merchants offer samples and a number of restaurants provide a variety of foods. The SFU Chamber Orchestra provides entertainment and the silent auction attracts a lot of interest.  This year's raffle offers four great prizes:

1)    An EPIK electric bike

2)    Chef Tasting dinner for 6 at Joeys Burnaby 

3)    Golf for four at Burnaby Mountain or Riverway Golf Course

4)    A $ 100 gift certificate for the Lougheed Town Centre Mall.

Attendees and sponsors have shared with us how much have enjoyed the fun atmosphere at the event.  $40/ticket buys you wine, food, music and fun.


After a number of years of enjoying the hospitality of the Holiday Inn Express at Metrotown, we have to relocate because of renovation to Station Square, so as of March 6th 2013 we will be moving to the Firefighters Club, Main floor meeting room.

On February 18th  the three Burnaby Rotary Clubs will be attending the City of Burnaby Council meeting to ask the Mayor to declare February 23rd  Rotary Day in Burnaby.

Our Club will be interviewing and sending out students to RYLA South, interviewing and sending a student to Ottawa to participate in Adventure’s in Citizenship and interviewing a candidate for the Peace Scholarship.

On April 20th is our 12th Annual Wine Festival, Burnaby’s Premier Wine Tasting Event, at the Lougheed Town Center Mall, this is our big fund raiser of the year.  At this event we will have an evening of wine tasting, culinary delights and musical entertainment. Funds from this event will go to local BC Rotary Literacy Programs, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Polio Eradication and other local Burnaby and International Charities.

Through the summer we had a number of Rotary Rollers paint outs, were we work with the City of Burnaby to paint out Graffiti.  We hosted the Rotaractors, (PACE) visiting Rotaractors from around the world  to a luncheon, after which they helped with a graffiti  paint out.  In August we  joined the South Burnaby Neighbourhood Street Party for one of our meetings.  In October many members of our club attended the Vancouver Giants Hockey Team which featured, Rotary and Polio on Ice. The district along with our club raised funds to help eradicate polio. Our District Governor visited our club in November and we had the pleasure of showing her firsthand how our Rotary Coats for Kids program works. At the Foundation Dinner in November many of our club members enjoyed the Food, Music and fellowship of other clubs in our District. December was a very busy month, our club had a joint meeting with the Richmond noon club to celebrate 12.12.12 it was enjoyed by all and we all agreed to do something similar again.  The Burnaby Rotaractor Club and the Rotary Club of Burnaby Deer Lake joined us for our Christmas Party which was held at Chu’s party room a good time was had by all. Just before Christmas in a snow storm four members of our Club flew to Port Hardy and met with the members of the Port McNeil Rotary Club to discuss and plan a joint Government House Literacy project on a First Nation Community near Port Hardy.  Through all of September thru December our Club was very busy, Collecting, buying, sorting and delivering coats for our 9th annual Rotary Coats for Kids campaign, over 1300 coats in all.  The Rotary Coats for Kids campaign enlists the help of many Burnaby Organizations, Companies and Individuals.


The Rotary Coats for Kids campaign needs your help!

Here is how:
1. Donate new or gently used hooded  warm winter coats - all sizes, baby to XL teens.  There are several drop off collections boxes. Refer to the poster on the Download section of this site - left hand column - for locations and schedules.
2. Donate cash to purchase new coats( $12 can purchase a coat).  Refer to poster for details to drop off cash or mail in cheques

  For more informative via email contact:

Last year we collected 1700 coats and this year our goal is to collect 2,000.
Thank you for supporting the Rotary Coats for Kids  program to help to keep Burnaby Kids and youths warm through the winter.


To be more responsive and relevant to busy lives, we have committed to end our meetings by 1:15pm.  Last week, with the impromptu Club Day chaired by Past President Antonia,  we ended our meeting at 1:15pm precisely!  Chu shared that Club Days are scheduled monthly by most of the other Clubs in both Burnaby and New Westminster.  Past President Bala suggested that we schedule monthly Club Days for our club.  The idea of adopting one day a month for a Club Day was enthusiastically accepted by members present. 

We hope that having a Club Day every month will allow newer members to have more voice in creating the kind of Rotary club that will be more relevant to all members.  The Club Day will aim to promote fellowship and dialogues among our members, especially seeking ideas and input from newbies.  As we become more successful in engaging and retaining our newer members, our leadership rotation issues will decrease.  More importantly, newer members will be able to take more significant leadership roles in building our club. 

In order for our meeting to finish by 1:15pm, several adjustments are needed.  President Darlene has already said she will not have as much time to eat before striking the bell.  Members are encouraged to arrive promptly at 12:00noon to start O'Canada and lunch.  Additional fellowship and subcommittee work can be scheduled before noon or after 1:15pm.  All Committee Chairs are encouraged to post event details and volunteer requirements on our ClubRunner website, so less time is spent on repeating event announcements and answering same questions every week.  Members will then be able to sign up online for the events at their leisure.

If project details and volunteer schedules are posted online, members who miss meetings will more likely be able to participate.  All members can preview volunteer opportunities and sign up during non-meeting time.  The meeting time should be used as quick reminders and waste valuable minutes away explaining and answering details about the events.  Ultimately, the burden of being Committee Chairs and Event Organizers will be lighten as more members learn to use ClubRunner "sign-up board" to communicate and collaborate.

Most importantly, Featured Speaker will need to start his/her presentation by 12:40pm, so that he/she will have 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q & A, allowing for more meaningful and dynamic programs.  President Darlene will then have about 5 minutes for meeting wrap-up finishing at 1:15pm!


During our Club Day of August 11, a significant amount of energy and time were focused on discussing about New Generations in Rotary.  Vivian Geyer has attended many meetings of the Rotaract Club of Burnaby and felt that we have much to learn from them in meeting management and volunteering for maximum impact. 
Rotaractors of Burnaby at New Generations in Action Conference in April 2012 - Stephanie McEwan, Dekker Fraser, Dalton Ho, Joyce Fan, Katie Dittrich, Mike Peabody and Michelle Leong
On July 4, Dave’s classification speech focused mainly on his recent experience where he spent a year in Afghanistan to train their police officers.  Dave thought it was a natural extension to his calling of serving as a citizen of his community, his country and the world.  Previously, Dave spent a significant amount of his career both in Alberta and Ottawa.  Dave has experience working in rural communities. Dave has also worked on some very significant security projects at a very high level, including the G20 Summit in Canada.  Going to Afghanistan was a way for him to further broaden his horizon.


President Darlene, Past President Bala and Past President Antonia all decided to fly to Powell River on June 27, 2012, to be with our former member Anne Baker for her installation as President 2012-13 of the Rotary Club of Powell River.  They all stayed at Anne’s new home, which Anne and her husband has just finished building this spring.  According to Bala, Anne was very happy and excited to have all three of them taking the time to visit her for this auspicious occasion.


We are in full swing of another year of Rotary Youth Exchange program.  For the 2011-12 school year, we have sponsored an outbound student Jorgina Thompson to Germany and we are hosting an inbound student from France, Laureline Aubry, who has already stayed at my house for a couple of months. She will also be home hosted this year with President Darlene and Mary.  As many of you know Laureline is practicing ice skating every day after school.  Thank to many of you for taking turn helping Laureline GETTING THERE!


Jorgina Thompson (2nd from right) being welcomed to Germany upon her arrival. 


Hello Everyone, 

Just wanted to say thank you to our awesome Rotary Rollers...We now have more young Rotary Rollers.  Thank you Ahmet and Antonia for bringing your daughters and friend to participate.  What great experiences and lessons learned at an early age!  Interesting what possibilities of how this will impact them in the future.

One of the building owners also insisted on gifting ice cream treats.

Thank you also to Sonia, Vivian and Peter for coming out to help. ( Yes, Peter did one more paintout just before driving off to getting these photos to me..thank you Peter)

This time we painted 2 building walls and 2 fences. Enjoy a few of photos attached.  More will be placed on our ClubRunner website when I figure how to do that, unless one of you can help do so.  Let me know.  Thank you.




Jul 30, 2014
Jim Renshaw
Bali, Sound of Hope Project”.
Aug 06, 2014
Rotaractor Michelle Leong
China experiences(exact title to be confirmed)
Aug 13, 2014
Susan Borax
"Show Clutter the Door" - Good Riddance
Aug 20, 2014
Please do not schedule-may not be available
Away at Fort Rupert Library Opening
Aug 27, 2014
Gloria Staudt
Club Assembly - Rotary sanctioned Literacy - Fort Rupert library & CALS/Academy of Reading
Sep 03, 2014
Heather Edwards
Sep 10, 2014
PDG Penny Offer
Rotary Public Relations and Public Image
Sep 17, 2014
Steve Reilly
to be confirmed
Oct 01, 2014
Gloria Staudt
Club Assembly
Oct 08, 2014
Gordon Dalglish, PDG
Vocational Service - Just how relevant is it in today's Rotary?
Oct 29, 2014
Kathy Wipf
Grafitti Paint outs in Burnaby
Nov 05, 2014
Chris Offer, PDG
Leaving a Legacy of Hope – Rotary’s Endowment Fund
Dec 17, 2014
Garry Shearer, PDG
to be confirmed

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An optimist is the human personification of spring.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

 February’s quote:


"The spirit of Rotary is not exclusive; it expands. It is not local, it is universal. And so the wish to understand and to be understood, the wish to see the virtues rather than the faults in others, the longing to find out what we have in common rather than what divides us — these can be widely shared."


— Gian Paolo Lang, 1956-57 RI president, address to 1957 convention

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