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Meeting Info
Location:  Ricky's Walnut Grove
8720 204th Street
Langley, BC
Time:  7:00am
Next Meeting:  June 1st, 2016
Presentation of Youth Homelessness In Langley - Does this topic interest you? Please be our guest.

Upcoming Speakers
Jun 01, 2016
Justin Froelich
Wagner Hills
Jun 08, 2016
Bob Blacker
Write To Read Project
Sunrise Directors
President Elect
Past President
Director at Large
Thank you to all who contributed to making SASSY Awards Langley a Success!
Stay tuned for details of SASSY 2017!

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To Date Our Club Has Raised:
Mike Morgan manages the aboriginal education programs in School District # 35, Langley.  The goal of the program is equitable education for aboriginal students.  Fifteen years ago female aboriginal student graduation rates were 33 %.  Today it is at 78 %, which is at equity with the rest of the student population.
In 1996 a Royal Commission declared the need for an equitable outcome for aboriginal people.  The Indian Act is Canada is 140 years old and still exists as the determining legislation on how the government deals with native people in Canada.  The " gradual civilization act " resulted in Indian  residential  schools that native children were required by law to attend.  Local  youth were removed from home and taken to stay at the schools where every effort was made to eradicate their culture and language.
A class action lawsuit was started by native people after the passing of the 1996 Royal Commission relating to the abuse experienced at residential schools.  The government responded with an apology, a cash settlement and the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission that spent four and a half years crossing the country talking to RCMP, educators from the schools and attendees

A group formed to examine Child Youth Mental Health in Langley.  The original plans changed once the group actually met with the youth needing the services.  It was clear the various agencies providing services to youth in the mental health field in Langley did not share information with each other, and it was sometimes difficult for the youth in need to access information.
A website was developed with information on how to access the various services available for youth mental health.  In addition, a wallet card was created since many of the youth having issues were not able to access the internet.  Doctors and school councilors were contacted to educate them as to where to refer youth to.
The Langley School District has five councilors to help students with mental health issues, which occur as early as  kindergarten.  The councilors are overwhelmed and look to 
outside agencies for assistance.  It takes an average of six months for a your diagnosed with mild to moderate mental health issues to get looked at.  
Posters have been created to place around the community to help educate the public and hopefully catch the eye of kids.

Scott Johnson spoke to the Club about the Starfish program at Wix-Brown School.  Wix-Brown is an elementary school located in the rural southeast area of Langley.  The school has a large catchment area with a wide range of socio-economic households.  The school has 170 students.
Starfish is a program to help hungry kids have food to carry them through the weekend.  Students may have programs through the school to give them breakfast or lunch on school days, but they have no access to this during weekends, so they come to school hungry on Mondays.  Starfish gives each needy student a backpack of food to take home with them on Fridays so they have meals through the weekend.  The backpacks are returned on Monday to be refilled for the following weekend.
The backpacks of food reduce the stress on the families, since they know at least the basic need of food for their child will be met.  The program also has the benefit of helping some families who are isolated from the community to have the chance to socialize with the school staff.
The Starfish program is supported by the food bank, United Churches of Langley, Save On Foods, The School District Foundation and our Rotary Club.  Brookswood Secondary students pack the backpacks with food.

The Latin Runners is a running club that Lluvia Meneses started as a way to get Canadian women with a Latino heritage out of isolation in their own homes and out into the community by learning together how to run for leisure and pleasure.  Lluvia was at home with her crying baby, feeling trapped in her own house, when she noticed all the people regularly running past her house in the rain.  She went to the local community center and took a 13 week course to prepare her for the Sun Run. From this, she went on to start the Latin Runners.
Lluvia started with a group of nine women, teaching them the basics of running and encouraging them to get together regularly to socialize as they ran.  From here the word spread through metro Vancouver and she was asked by other Latino communities to help them organize a group in their area.
The expanded reach of the idea came with its costs.  Lluvia checked Google and found a grant application from B.C. Athletics.  With the $1.000 grant as a start, her organization has continued to grow and she has had over 300 women pass the finish line in 5k and 10k events.  The fact they can complete the race gives them confidence they can do other things inn their lives, and the group is very supportive and encouraging to each other.  Lluvia plans to expand to include women from other ethnic groups

Please register those well deserving Youths (18-30) here:  http://WWW.RYLA5050.ORG



The Rotary Clubs of Langley are going "all in" on the SASSY Award celebrating the Youth of Langley for all the great things they do.  Recently Roxanne Hooper of the Langley Advance chatted with our very Rod Wainwright and Dan Bennett to chat about our great project.

The Focus Foundation was established in 1975 as a nonprofit charitable organization to work with vulnerable at risk adolescents and their families.  The Foundation seeks to inspire, motivate, engage, enrich and equip vulnerable at risk kids and young adults whose life would otherwise languish.
The Focus Foundation uses education as a natural platform for cultivating children's growth and change.  100 % of kids in the program are special needs.  42 % have first nations background.  Referrals occur through school councilors, mental health therapists, social workers, parents, probation officers and self referral.
Youth who go through the Focus Foundation school program achieve 95 % graduation and 89 % attendance.  Their school is accredited by the Province of B.C. as an education program equivalent to the public education system as far as scholastic curriculum.
Optimism and positive thinking are important for everyone.  Take 6 minutes to lay on your back, a hand on your diaphragm and breath in for 6 seconds, out for 4 seconds, 10 breaths a minute for 6 minutes..  Spend 5 minutes a day thinking of something you are grateful for. 

 Ted Schaffer has been in local politics for over 22 years and is serving his first term as Mayor of Langley City.  Projects underway currently include work on 200th Street for upgrade of a sewer line and  the construction of the new Timms recreation centre that will be a completely new building that includes a track running around the inside perimeter of the building so people can walk indoors during inclement weather.  Linwood Park has a new dog off leash area and 26 community garden plots.
Homeless people are an issue in Langley City as in most other areas.  A Homeless Task Force has been looking into the problem and has just merged with the Crime Prevention Task Force under the new heading of the Public Safety Task Force.
Upcoming projects include a clock to be erected a 204 Street and Fraser Highway in memory of Reg Easingwood, to be funded by Rotary.

District Governor Bill Robson was raised in the Northeast of England and came to Canada in 1974.  He was the charter president of the Cloverdale Club in 1994 and joined the Langley Central Club in 2003.
The District Governor is an officer of Rotary International  and his responsibility is to be a liaison between R.I. and the District Clubs.  Bill has the contacts and connections with the hierarchy of the R.I organization to know where to call to get the appropriate response to issues that Clubs may have problems with.
Bill updated us on the progress of the fight to eradicate polio.  The continent of Africa has been polio free since the last case in Nigeria was past the incubation date for the polio virus.
Membership is a priority for the DG's as it is for all of Rotary.  We need to think about why we joined Rotary and why we stay, and share that message with our friends, neighbours and co-workers.  Tell them what you love about Rotary.
The District Conference will be held in Semiahmoo from April 28 - May 1, 2016

Dave Stark is managing the Rotary at Work program for the Canadian side of District 5050.  This is an 3education and awareness program to facilitate employment for persons 
with disabilities.  With Rotary's emphasis on vocational service, it was a natural fit for Rotary to act as a facilitator to help persons with disabilities find meaningful work.
A business case can be made for the advantages to a business in hiring the disabled.  Contrary to what many still believe, disabled people have a lower absentee rate, a lower accident rate and lower turnover.
In Langley, the Langley Association for Community Living is partners with  Rotary at Work.  They will match the business with a suitable employee, help them learn the necessary skills to carry out the job and provide on going support.
Statistics show there are 1.3 billion people world wide with disabilities and, including their family, there are 3,5 billion people impacted.  Businesses that hire the disabled are supported by 87% of the general population.  There will be an awareness day here in Langley on October 15 where we can help, see Dave for details.


The Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise hosted in partnership with the Township of Langley the 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run on Sunday September 20.  We had over 150 participants for run which started at the Walnut Grove Community Centre.  Both volunteers and runners alike endured the rain and the wind.  A total of over 10,900 dollars were raised.  We appreciate everyone who participated to make this year a special success.  There were 9000 different locations for the Terry Fox Run this year to raise money for Cancer research in Terry's name.

In this age of Google you might think that a dictionary is an old fashioned out of date object. Big and clunky it is not modern. So why would the rotary club of Langley sunrise give away 26000 dictionaries since 1999? The whole logistics of getting 1600 to 1800 dictionaries to 33 schools on the same day in September year and personally handing them to students and teachers is daunting.
The reason is that before we can walk we must crawl. Before we can use Google and really use Google well we must learn to search with trial and error and we must learn the alphabet and language in a way that helps us understand and view the world of information around us in a special way. That is really what the value of dictionary is. If you can learn to spell well enough to find it in a dictionary and if you can learn that Too, Two and To are all in the dictionary but with different meanings you can take that knowledge and really use Google well. Try this for example: If you type “Too many twos to” you get a much different result than “two many to too” or “too many tutus”. The difference in the results from Google is a result of where your spelling lead Google to look. If you learn to spell and how to use a dictionary you become a much better user of the “modern” tools we have today.
So who gets the dictionaries? Grade four students get them because grade 4 is the year that the dictionary is in the curriculum.
If you stop and think about it if we have given away 1600 dictionaries each year to grade 4 students we have reached about 25% of the population of Langley! That is a lot of people who have been impacted by Rotary. A lot of people who have the rotary message.

South Surrey White Rock Sources Community Resources has been in existence for 35 years.  They were formed when Gateway , an autism support group, Newton Advocacy and South Fraser Women's group merged.  Sources proves support, as they like to say, from the cradle to the grave, from infants to seniors. They were operating a food bank in South Surrey and stepped in to help out with a food bank in Langley when the existing food bank here lost its certification with Food Banks B.C.
Langley Food Bank leased space from the United Church, hired a coordinator and signed up volunteers to operate a facility in Langley.  They provide a minimum of 2 days food per person per week and are organized to provide a shopping type experience for their clients, who are able to select from the available food tomeet their personal tastes.  They are open on Wednesdays only and have 35 volunteers who help them out.
Food is provided from donations from grocery stores and through money donated.  Every dollar donated can buy three dollars of food due to buying power of the food banks.

BLT stands for Basic Life skills Training.  It is a program that has high risk kids referred to it from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.  The people in the program coach and guide the kids into developing skills to cope with life. The program is activity based along with counseling.  It is often the first chance many of the youth involved have ever had to develop friendships and self confidence in a non 
threatening situation.  Rather than dwell on the past, the staff concentrate on what's happening at present and how to deal 
with it.
One of the ways the program connects with the youth is through music.  They have a rock music program where the youth can perform and even create their own music.The setting for the program itself is different.  The walls are murals and designs that are totally nontraditional.   This creates a setting completely different from the usual bland counseling offices, letting the youth know this will be a different experience.

Pat Grant was a chaplain.  He watched the movie " Taken "and  was upset at the exploitation of children depicted in the movie.  He decided if the opportunity came to do something ab
out it, he would.  Shortly after making the decision, a member of his congregation asked him to be the auctioneer at a charity fund raising auction.  He refused until he learned the proceeds were earmarked to help fund a justice project for law enforcement in third world countries to prevent child trafficking.  Pat found his passion for auctioneering .
To learn to be an auctioneer, Pat went to The Western College of Auctioneers in Billings, Montana to learn the craft.  After mastering saying tongue twisters in the proper cadence and all the other requirements, Pat graduated.  He spent over a year doing estate actions and acting as "ringman", the auctioneers assistant before getting into main stream auctions.
Pat works with six Rotary Clubs for annual fund raising auctions and assists other charitable organizations such as "Habitat for Humanity", hospices and hospitals with auction fund raisers.  He did an impromptu auction of donated  appetizers, beverages and services that raised $250 to support the Starfish program, funding the purchase of backpacks for the kids.

Cst. Fitzgerald has been in policing for 28 years and in Langley for 11 or 12 years.  She is one of four community police members in Langley and works out of Walnut Grove.  The Community Police office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and is there to deal with criminal records checks and other services to the community without the need to go to the main office.
The main concern for police in Walnut Grove is break-ins, particularly vehicles, and mail theft.  It is important for the public to report any incidents, as the response from the police is based on where they receive the complaints from. Traffic issues are a concern in Walnut Grove, as in most other areas.  Parts of 88th Avenue are a veritable speedway, but there needs to be a safe place to set up radar before that method of traffic speed enforcement can be utilized. Distracted driving is another issue with drivers and is regularly enforced.
A recent mini-depot camp was put on in Walnut Grove to give youth aged 10 - 12 a chance to have a 3 day training session that introduced them to policing.

Ishtar Transition House has been operating in Langley since 1973 and is the longest running transition house in North America. It provides safe, temporary emergency housing for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship.   They also provide therapeutic counseling for women and for children.
Incidents of abuse appear to follow a definite pattern.  First there is a tension building phase where anger and frustration grow.  Next, tensions explode and the assault occurs.  The abuser feels remorse and promises not to repeat the abusive actions.  Unfortunately, this never lasts and the cycle repeats, often increasing in frequency and/or severity.  Ishtar provides a way to break the cycle by providing a safe place to escape to.
Children in homes where abuse occur suffer emotional abuse as a direct consequence of witnessing the violent behavior of their father or their mother's partner.  Studies show 1/3 of cases involve significant alcohol or drug use, 1/3 involve some substance abuse and 1/3 have no alcohol or drugs as a factor.  Abuse is seen across all socio-economic factors.

Another Tip N' Taste has come and gone and what a great success!!!  In total we had 29 beverage vendors and 8 food vendors.  We saw 559 tickets sold which is a 6 year record!!!!  The atmosphere was great and up beat.  The part of it all, we raised $16,000 for out Rotary Clubs!!

Paul Harris started with a simple goal; create a club of professionals and business men for friendship and fellowship and later realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose that of ‘public service’. Over time Rotarian ideals have expanded to include vocational ethics and international understanding. For me, this was truly demonstrated in 2007 when I attended the Rotary International Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. I saw the world Paul Harris imagined it; a world where men and women from every corner of the globe come together, to build peace, to serve others, and simply to enjoy one another’s company. Difference of back ground, politics, culture and religion woven together in one bright tapestry.
What is Rotary? Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.
Why join Rotary?  Rotary will help you become a good citizen in your community and in the world. It will help in your business and personal development, in leadership and public speaking skills. Rotary emphasizes ethics in business and will hone your sense of ethics. You will find long standing friendships.
What Rotary needs? We are looking for people like you. People who want to connect with other leaders in the community to use their expertise for good, people whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to the community, to change the world.
Goals for this year:
  1.  Increase membership to 24 members
  2. We want every members to contribute to the Rotary Foundation
  3. Support fundraising events such as Tip ’N’ Taste, Taste of Langley City, Cruise-In, Strawberry Sale and Rams Football Beer Sale
  4. Participate in Community Service projects and have FUN doing them
  5. Support Polio eradication
What is expected from member? Although we want you to participate fully in our Club you don’t have to come every week. There are many different types of members. Some members come every week and others volunteer their help where it is needed. It is also good if you just support our projects when you are able. Some support us financially but cannot be deeply involved. Some members have young families. They help when they can. Membership is about commitment to get engaged in a vibrant club. As a member you do not have to feel guilty for not participating in Club events.
Richard King said at our President-elect training conference in March 2015, “Government can’t do what we Rotarians do when we get together and volunteer. Government can be like a machine stifled by bureaucracy – where the answer is “no”. We Rotarians can say yes and get it done, at much less cost than Government in many cases because we are volunteers.”
Be a Gift to the World: I had the pleasure of meeting Rotary International President, KR “Ravi” Ravindran at our President-elect training in March 2015. He talked about each of us have been blessed with many gifts and talents ; we now have an opportunity to take our gifts, talents and everything that we are and can become – and Be a Gift to the World. In Rotary we can make a difference to those who are without. We are volunteers who encompass 187 countries.
Tom Louie
President 2015-16

Taste of Langley City is a progressive dinner which allows participating restaurants to showcase their most appetizing dishes.  The event typically sells out with returning guests pleased about the quality of the menu items.  The only complaint we have had to manage is that diners are stuffed too eat everything on their plate!
The atmosphere during the evening is sociable and festive.  Regardless of whether mother nature cooperates, the walk between restaurants is a pleasant experience.
This great event not only features our local restaurants, but raises money for great causes.  This year we are super excited that we raised $8,100 for RYLA, YAIL and Langley Lodge

We are really excited about our newest member Andria McAulay.  Raised in Chilliwack, Andria completed her schooling there then escaped to Vancouver in search of the bright lights of the city.  While in school she competed in track and field, race walking and both studied and taught Scottish Highland dancing.
Andria had worked for an independent insurance broker in Chilliwack and ended up working, almost by accident, with the Inverters Group in Vancouver.  She took advantage of the opportunity to ask lots of questions as to the what's, why's and how's  of the financial business and learned enough to work with a partner now in Langley as a financial advisor.
One of the crucial pieces of information in preparing a financial plan for people is what they were taught, or not taught, by their parents about saving and finances.  Each plan is tailored to the individual based on their goals, needs and particular situation.
Andria is a fan of body art, having upwards of 25 tattoos with plans for more to come.  Each one tells a story.  She spends her free time working out, being a fitness fanatic, online gaming or watching Netfllix.  Andria sought out Rotary as an opportunity to be give to the community and enjoy Fellowship.

As we have in the past, this year we partnered with the Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club to sell pails of freshly picked Fraser Valley strawberries.  They were pre-sliced and ready for the freezer to provide you with your margarita needs and your dessert treats.   This year we raised $1,750 for our club which we'll use for our youth programs YAIL and RYLA.

The Abbotsford Rotary  Club is the first Rotary Club alphabetically in Canada.  They are also a leader in fighting child hunger in their community.  The idea of child hunger creates images in most of us ofthird world countries, drought, famine, political instability.  Unfortunately, there are many examples of child hunger in our communities.
School Districts provide school meals, breakfasts of lunches, that may be the only meal a child gets in a day.  The issue of what happens on weekends has been largely unaddressed.  Bruce spoke to two specific instances of families in Abbotsford where children, through various unfortunate circumstances, had no food on weekends.
The Abbotsford Club looked at the problem and created the Starfish pack program where needy children get a backpack of nutritious food to take home to keep them fed over the weekend.  Their first attempt to help was to provide 50 packs each week end.  The schools they were dealing with said they needed 60.  With a cost of $525 per pack per year, the Club was not able to fund more.  Instead, they worked with the local newspaper to bring the need to the attention of the community.  As a result, donations flowed in from the community and the program could expand to meet the demand.  They developed 36 partners and over 100 volunteers in the first 8 months and raised over $100,000 from community donations.

Blair grew up on Vancouver Island and first came to Langley at the age of 18 to attend Trinity University.  He started as a professor at Trinity in 1996.
Blair was elected to the Township Council last election and  was appointed to the Transportation and Safety Committee.  Personal safety is a vital component of a livable community.  In his travels through Europe, Asia and Africa Blair observed how areas perceived as unsafe impact on people.
Fire services, police and emergency services are the most visible components of public safety.  Property crime has held constant over the last 5 years even with an increase in population.  Violent crime has decreased by 5% over the last 5 years.
Things like lighting in parks and proper crosswalks are equally important to a safe community.  Traffic congestion at schools as parents drop their kids off creates a hazardous condition.  This is a North American wide problem and the Township is working with universities to come up with some positive strategies to deal with the issue.
Other areas the Township is addressing are pedestrian and bicycle friendly roads, active Block Watch organizations and age friendly strategies.

The Langley Interact Club is centered in Brookswood Secondary School and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Langley ( OPC ).  They have 12 members currently and are hoping to increase to 15 members.  The Club first met in the home of one of the members but are now supported by the school and meet in a room at the school every second week immediately after school.  The Club has supported Critter Care, picked up litter in local parks and supported disaster relief in Nepal.  They are planning for a car wash soon to fundraise to support their projects.
The recent District Training seminar was attended by 4 of our members.  Tony learned to start a speech with a personal story to connect with the audience.  May attended a session on the value of the internet in third world countries to help in knowledge and development of individuals.  Dan heard about the need for a business plan in attracting and retaining new members.  Members will only be able to buy in to what the Club does if they see value in it.  President Elect Tom worked with the District Governor Elect to develop a district budget.  By attending the session Tom enabled our Club to apply for Rotary Foundation Grants.