Charter Members Lee Sawatzky, Vic Peters, Angie McDougall, Brian Thomasson, Gus Hartl(Jr.) and Glenn Fulton blow out the candles at our 30th Anniversary Celebration
Doing Good in the World
Complete with balloons, birthday cake and memorabilia, members of The Aldergrove Rotary Club celebrated three decades of camaraderie, community and international service Rotary-style. On Friday January 24th , 30 years plus one day after receiving our official Charter, we reminisced, laughed and looked forward to our next 30 years. Original club members, who are still actively involved, include Brian Thomasson, the first President of the club, Lee Sawatzky, Gord Carnes, Angie McDougall, Vic Peters, Gus Hartl (whose dad, Gus Hartl Sr. was also a member), and Glenn Fulton, all of whom have served in Executive positions through the years. Lee regaled us with funny stories about fundraisers that didn’t quite work (funny now – not so much then,) creating much groaning with his recollection about …. “that one time we tried to sell lawn chairs as a fundraiser for the fireworks down at the high school. I don’t think a single chair was rented.”
On a more serious note, Lee also acknowledged that Brian was “The Godfather” of the club in many ways and that it would not have been formed without his vision.
Angie reminded us that we were the first Rotary Club in Langley to charter women as members, a feat that was accomplished just a year after Rotary International’s Council on Legislation voted to admit women into its clubs worldwide.
“This club has done so much good for the community of Aldergrove,” said charter member and former treasurer Vic Peters.The club’s impact has included construction of the pocket park behind the Aldergrove ice arena, fund raising for new computers at Aldergrove Secondary School, purchase of  medical equipment in healthcare facilities, construction of the Rotary Fieldhouse in the expanded Aldergrove Athletic Park and surrounding areas, financial support for local arts initiatives, involvement in programs for local youth, organization of the Starfish Backpack Program and participation in Langley RibFest, plus more.
Internationally, we have raised a total of $45,000 over the past 12 years to support construction of water systems in some of Nepal’s most remote villages. Glenn reminisced about the trip by club members and their spouses to Nepal to see first-hand how the villagers were benefiting from the new clean water systems. For Glenn and his wife Della, an added bonus was the party the locals threw for the Rotarians on a night that was also their 25th wedding anniversary!
We meet every Friday morning at 7:10 at the White Spot on 264th and Fraser Highway, a location we have enjoyed since our early days.  Everyone wishing to make new friends, have fun and contribute to the good of the world is welcome to join us.