Smiles All Around for Starfish students

Thanks to Dr. Lana Vohra - Aldergrove Smiles, students receiving the first Starfish Backpack of the new school year went home with gift bags of new toothbrushes and toothpaste. The hairdressing students from Aldergrove Secondary School were back on the job in September, volunteering to fill the 70 backpacks needed by Aldergrove families in need this school year.
Thank you so much Dr. Vohra for your continued support.  And thanks too to the hairdressing volunteers.
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ACU (G&F) Supports Starfish

Many thanks to the staff of the 272nd branch of the Aldergrove Credit Union (G&F Financial) for your support  of the Starfish Backpack program in the Aldergrove community schools
Branch Manager Ashleigh Horvath presents Charlie Fox, the Aldergrove Rotary Club Starfish coordinator with a
$1,000 cheque. Thank you everyone for your great community support.
ACU (G&F) Supports Starfish 2022-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's First Woman President Elected

Rotary International Elects Canadian Rotarian Jennifer Jones
First Woman President in History!
Jennifer is the Founder and President of Media Street Productions Inc., a 25-year-old, award-winning media company in Windsor, Ontario. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland.
Her talents have strengthened Rotary reach and impact, through many roles including as Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, RI Vice President, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign, raising funds alongside Bill and Melinda Gates and their Foundation.
Jennifer is a leader in cultivating “experiential fundraising” opportunities such as Rotary’s Polio Golf Day with Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, which raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication in one day, and the innovative, virtual COVID-19 #RotaryResponds event that raised money for COVID-19 relief projects and showcased Rotary’s response across the globe.
Working alongside political figures, celebrities and global leaders, she uses her voice to raise awareness and hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate disease, support peace and provide clean water and sanitation in developing areas of the world. Her skill as an expert storyteller inspires hope and promise and motivates people to take action.
She has received many honors and recognitions including Rotary’s Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award – a first for a Canadian.
Jennifer is married to Rotarian Nick Krayacich, a local family physician. They share a love for many activities including travel, cycling, golf and relaxing at their family cottage; and they share a thirst for adventure, which has included cresting the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
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50/50 MEGA DRAW IS BACK!!! 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
3 SASSY Winners 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

Garden Boxes for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is over the moon at the prospect of being able to harvest fresh home-grown veggies right at their new location, the site of the former Milsean Shoppe on 272nd Street. Members of Aldergrove Rotary Club arranged the work parties that saw Meals on Wheels’ front entrance transformed into an array of garden boxes designed to add delicious fresh produce to the meals their kitchen prepares.
Rushing to get planted in time for this summer’s season, Rotary volunteers pitched in to make this happen. First, the site was prepared with the expertise of Jason Froese’s prowess at the controls of his mini-excavator, and Robby Robinson who contributed a load of crushed gravel to level the area.
Garden Boxes for Meals on Wheels 2022-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Three SASSY Winners Visit 

SASSY (Service Above Self Student Youth) is a Program that recognizes and celebrates the incredible Youth in the Langley community. SASSY seeks to reward Langley students who have excelled in demonstrating outstanding leadership skills in school and/or the community. A joint venture of the four Rotary Clubs in Langley, the SASSY Program has awarded $87,000.00 in bursaries to deserving Langley students since its inception six years ago. This year, 37 exceptional young people applied for the honour of being SASSY recipients.   
On Friday May 27th, the club welcomed three of this year's SASSY Award Winners who described their SASSY experience, telling us of their leadership activities in the community and in their schools. Our guest speakers (L-R) were: Cassidy Buchanan, an Aldergrove resident attending the Brookswoods Soccer Academy;  Evan Dyce also an Aldergrove resident, who is attending ACSS, and  Daniel Lee from Walnut Grove
It was a pleasure to meet three such accomplished young people with such promising futures.
For further information about SASSY, visit
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That's a Wrap for the Christmas lights.

Again this year, a few keen honorary and club members gathered early on a Sunday morning to install then remove the festive Christmas lights that brighten up Aldergrove's main street every December.
A real team effort, our thanks go to the Township of Langley Fire Department for the traffic control, Asplundh’s Tree Service who provide the bucket truck, and Gus for his pick up and trailer. Oh yes - and JD Farms for storing the lights. 
Packing up the festivities for another year are 
Bruce, Bill, Doug, Gus, Janet, Charlie and George
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Special Starfish Thank You

For over six years,the Starfish Backpack Program has been providing much-needed food on weekends for over 64 Aldergrove school children in need. 
For the past two winters warm, hand-knit scarves and toques were added to the goodies included in the Friday Starfish packs thanks to volunteer knitters in the community.
A grateful youngster sent this heart-warming thank you card in appreciation. We are grateful to the knitters for the additional comfort they provide to the Starfish kids. 
For more info:
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Thank You LiUNA 

LiUNA, The Laborers' Union of North America
has, again this year, dug deep in their charitable pockets
to donate $5,000. to the Aldergrove Rotary Club Starfish Backpack Program.
Thank you LiUNA
on behalf of the school-age children from families in need.
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Christmas Hampers On Their Way

Allison Nicol (L) from Encompass Support Services and Aldergrove Rotary's Bev Dornan        
pack the car with Christmas hamper gifts purchased and wrapped  at the Otter Co-op.
Every year from September to November the club holds special weekly raffles to raise money that provides toys, clothing and food for local families in need.
Delivering this year's gifts, Allison says the families are excited and grateful to receive our donations of Christmas cheer.
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First Poppy Presentation 2021-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Gold Medal Olympian Speaks to Rotary

Gold Medal Olympian Lisa Roman,  a member of Team Canada's Women's Eight Rowing team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, charmed and delighted Aldergrove Rotary members with her 50-minute address describing her eleven year run up to the Gold Medal podium moment at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. No stranger to competition, Lisa, who stands just under six feet tall has always had to overcome the fact that she was relatively short to be a rower. But she hasn’t let that deter her from her Olympic dream that was sparked when she made the national U23 team and won gold with the eight at the 2011 U23 World Championships.


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The Langley Rotary 50/50 Mega Draw is Back!
and it's BIGGER and BETTER than last year.
Buy Early Buy Often at 
Single Ticket for $20; 
3-Ticket Pack for $50; 
8-Ticket Pack for $100.
WINNER RECEIVED $125,000 2021-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Support for First Nations Student

Aldergrove Rotary Club presents the Langley School District Foundation with $750.00.
This bursary will go towards a deserving First Nations student.
L-R: George Bryce (Rotary Club of Aldergrove), Joanna Dorland and Susan Cairns (Langley School District Foundation), Ian Elliott (President), Lara Petrie  (Rotary Club of Aldergrove)
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RibFest 2021 Plans Cancelled

Langley RibFest Plans shelved for second year in a row due to COVID concerns

50/50 Rotary Lottery to continue for second year, potentially worth $250,000, set for Aug. 19


Ribfest 2019. (Aldergrove Star files)

At their Zoom meeting in late-March, the RibFest Langley 2021 Committee unanimously voted to suspend plans to host this summer’s RibFest event, which was tentatively scheduled for August 13 to 15 in Langley’s McLeod Park

RibFest 2021 Plans Cancelled 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

$6,500 Donated to Starfish

Thank You for Caring Society donates $6,500 to Aldergrove Starfish  
Funds were raised at the Annual Christmas Tea;
a Tribute to the late Debbie Froese
"This donation comes as the Starfish Backpack Program commemorates six years of providing weekend food for hungry kids in Aldergrove," said Charlie Fox, co-ordinator of the Aldergrove Starfish Program
Displaying the cheque at the regular Thursday meeting to fill the backpacks are Aldergrove Rotary members Charlie Fox, Rob Robinson, Lara Petrie and Marilyn Froese, plus Christmas Tea committee member, Diane Fox. (Special to The Star)
The cheque was presented at a regular Thursday backpacking to:
L-R: Charlie Fox, Rob Robinson, Lara Petrie,
Marilyn Froese and Diane Fox
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Music Bingo - Don't Miss It 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Starfish Receives $5,000. Donation

Two Rotary Starfish programs benefit from $10,000 donation

LiUNA! Local 1611 gave to Aldergrove and Abbotsford student backpack program

 Dec. 28, 2020 12:00 p.m.
L-R Nav Malhotra, Charlie Fox, Nathan Ferguson, Greg Letkeman, Tom Miller at LiUNA! Local 1611 offices with $10,000 cheque for Starfish Backpack Programs in Aldergrove and Abbotsford. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
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Rotary Contributes to Special Bike from Cranky's

Coghlan Elementary student gifted trike designed for his mobility issues

Aldergrove bike shop shop, Cranky’s, helped secure funding for the tricycle

    Dec. 21, 2020 12:00 p.m.
Heath McKenzie from Cranky’s Bike Shop delivered a Christmas gift to Lennox Unruh, a Grade 2 student with different abilities at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary. (Special to the Star)
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Scarves and Toques Warm Up Starfish Packs Pauline Buck 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Lottery Winner gets $73,615.00!! 2020-12-07 08:00:00Z 0


Just a chance to win the
Great Rotary $100,000 Halloween Treat !
(Jackpot is already over $60,000 - winner gets half)
And there's nothing scary about that!
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Lottery Video Tells the Story 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Brian Thomasson Tribute

             Brian Thomasson
        December 29, 1944 - July 13, 2020
It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we mourn the July 13th passing of Brian Thomasson, the founding father and first president of the Aldergrove Rotary Club.
Brian Thomasson Tribute 2020-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Alergrove Food Bank Supported

Rotarian Larry McGuinness presents 30 X $25 gift cards from the Otter Co-Op and 30 X $25 gift cards from the Save-On Foods to Mary Van Zuuk, Manager Aldergrove Food Bank and volunteer Tannis Percival.
          As part of our efforts to help people in need during the COVIT-19 pandemic crisis, we are happy to be able to partner with the Aldergrove Food Bank to provide grocery gift cards to local families experiencing additional hardships during this challenging time.
         The dollar value of these cards, $1,500.00, represents a portion of a donation that The Rotary Club of Aldergrove is making to the Aldergrove Food Bank. The rest will be available in a few weeks.
        These cards are part of a matching grant that we applied for and were granted from the Rotary International District 5050 Special Fund.
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RibFest 2020 Cancelled


It was with regret that the RibFest Langley Organizing Committee voted to cancel RibFest 2020 due to concerns related to the COVID-19        pandemic. Stating that it was inappropriate at this time to ask RibFest sponsors to confirm their financial support, Jeff Morfitt, who chaired the  successful entry-free family event for its first two years, said the other consideration for cancellation was the uncertainty that guests would feel  comfortable attending the crowded venue at this time. 
 In spite of the loss of anticipated revenue from RibFest 2020 , (last year RibFest raised $150,000 to support local projects,) RibFest's continued support in local communities this year includes providing financial assistance to help keep the Starfish Backpack programs operational, donating to the new Langley Hospice, and giving 3,400 pairs of latex gloves to Inclusion Langley and Fraser Health.
Organizers have reached out to sponsors, suppliers, entertainers, ribbers and volunteers with this unfortunate news, offering thanks for their past involvement and best wishes that they continue to be safe.  Jeff Morfitt confirmed that RibFest Langley 2021 is on the drawing boards, tentatively set for August 13-15, 2021, and said he is looking forward to re-kindling RibFest's partnerships with so many excellent organizations and people.   
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Starfish Continues

In spite of the fact that the schools are closed and Aldergrove Starfish students can't pick up their backpacks of nutritious food for the weekend every Friday, the Program continues -- just in a different way.  The Aldergrove Rotary Club has donated $8,000. to the Langley School District Foundation, whose executive director Susan Cairns is coordinating a gift card program to address the ongoing need.  Starfish families will receive $50 in gift cards to Save-On Foods and Otter Co-op each week until the end of school closure, possibly til the end of the school year. 
"We are grateful to the many donors who have supported this Program over the past five years and whose generous donations have made it possible for us to continue helping the Starfish families during the many challenges brought about by COVID-19," said Charlie Fox, the club's Starfish coordinator.  Donations can be made online at by clicking the "donate" button and selecting "Aldergrove."
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 Regular Meetings Back on Zoom

In-person Friday morning meetings of the Aldergrove Rotary Club have been suspended til future notice in an attempt to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our members healthy.
We will return as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we wish everyone a safe and healthy passage through these very difficult and challenging times.  
You're welcome to join us Friday mornings at 7:10 on ZOOM.  Just contact George Bryce, our co-secretary, to be included on the invitation list.
Regular Meetings Back on Zoom 2020-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Thank You

Thank you Township of Langley
Your Grant funds in 2019 provided support for  Betty Gilbert Middle School’s Summer Session.
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We're 30 Years Young!

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
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Gus Hartl Awarded Good Citizen of the Year 2019-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Starfish Now Fills 66 Backpacks

Generous Pasta Party Guests add
Six More Backpacks to the Starfish Program
Thank you to all the generous donors who made this possible.  The ongoing support of  individuals and  organizations has enabled The Starfish Backpack Program to feed  hungry children on weekends for five school years.  Read about this year's successful Pasta Party here. 
For more information visit
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Posted by Pauline Buck on Nov 03, 2019
Saturday November 23rd
St. Dunstan's Church, 3025 - 264th
Doors open 5:30, Dinner at 6:00
Excessive fun til  8:00
Tickets $30.00 from or any club member 
PASTA PARTY 2019 Pauline Buck 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Starfish Program Up and Running for 4th Year

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
Grade 11 and 12 students in ACSS’s Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) hairdressing program help out every year with filling bags with groceries for hungry kids in the community. (Sarah Grochowski photo)
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RibFest 2019 a Fabulous Success

Rotary International President Mark Maloney, a native of Decatur Alabama, was right at home at RibFest Langley, sampling sauces and delicious ribs as he helped select the winning team of champion ribbers. This year, Prairie Smoke & Spice walked away with the Grand Prize Trophy.  While the final tallies were being calculated, President Mark addressed the crowd at RibFest, providing information about the contribution Rotary’s 1.2 million members make around the world, providing humanitarian service and advancing goodwill and peace.
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Aldergrove Mounties Ticket Kids for Good Behaviour

Aldergrove Mounties ticket kids for good behaviour this summer

Passes to new pool and water park hope to promote positive action

Young cyclists and friends Emma (from left) Sophia, Jack and Mia – all students at North Otter Elementary School – were given free passes to the water park by Cpl. Neuman (right) for wearing helmets while riding at the Aldergrove skateboard park this month. (Sarah Grochowski photo)
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Gord and Jean Carnes in Nepal 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Lobsterfest is  SOLD OUT! Pauline Buck 2018-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Aldergrove Dentist Donates Teethcare kits for Starfish Program

Posted by Pauline Buck on Nov 09, 2017

Teeth care kits for Aldergrove Starfish food packs

ACSS Student places dental kit into Starfish Backpacks

Sep. 14, 2017 1:30 p.m.
Dental hygiene packages from Dr. Vohra’s Aldergrove Family and Cosmetic Dentistry office are now being included in the Starfish Backpacks provided to Aldergrove students.

Fifty backpacks currently provide weekend food for hungry kids in three Aldergrove schools: Parkside and Shortreed elementary schools and Betty Gilbert middle school.

The Starfish program is supported by donors who provide funds and goods to the Aldergrove Rotary Club.


Aldergrove Rotarians founded it two years ago, and continue to operate and organize teams of volunteers for the Starfish Backpacks.

This program will be expanded to North Otter Elementary School this year. An additional ten Starfish Backpacks are being funded, with help from the Jazz Airline Pilots Association.


Aldergrove Dentist Donates Teethcare kits for Starfish Program Pauline Buck 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Starfish Now In Four Aldergrove Schools Pauline Buck 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
WORLD POLIO DAY   2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Message from President Wes Jamison Wes Jamison 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Wes Jamison Inducted as 2017/2018 President

Aldergrove Rotary Club's 2017/2018 Executive
On Saturday June 17th Wes Jamison (far left) was inducted into the position of President of the Aldergrove Rotary Club by past District Governor Wayne Wiebe, (second from left.) Serving with Wes on the 2017/2018 Executive are (L-R) Brian Thomasson, Jack Nicholson (immediate Past President), Karen Long, Charlie Fox, George Bryce, Pauline Buck, Howie Vickberg, Ian Elliott, Bev Dornan, Cecilia Reekie and Janet Ingram-Johnson. Absent: Rick McMullan.
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Lobsterfest nets $13,500! 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars 2017-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Pasta Party a Great Success 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Pasta Party Planned Pauline buck 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Three Great Public Image Boot Camps Pauline 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
ACSS Students Fill Starfish Backpacks every week Pauline Buck 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Fill Starfish Packs 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Starfish Program on Vision TV

Posted by Pauline Buck on Mar 21, 2016
 View fabulous coverage of Aldergrove Starfish Program on Vision TV
Visit to see Vision TV's wonderful story about Aldergrove's Starfish Backpack program that ran  on Fraser Focus show Sun March 13th 9pm and repeated again on Sat March 19th 9am and 10pm .
Starfish Program on Vision TV Pauline Buck 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Feeding Aldergrove's Children a Major Priority for Local Business Aldergrove Star 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Langley Rotarians Help Feed Hungry Kids on Weekends with Starfish Pack program Langley Advance 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Starfish Pasta Party a Great Success

Starfish Pasta Party a Great Success
On November 28, 2015 the Aldergrove Rotary Club’s Starfish Pasta Party celebrated the generosity of local individuals and businesses who have supported the Aldergrove Starfish Backpack Program to date.  Thanks to their donations, the Aldergrove Starfish Backpack Program is able to provide food for 50 hungry kids in three local schools with weekend food for the current September-to- June school year. At the Pasta Party over 100 people paid $20.00 each for a delicious Italian meal that was generously provided and prepared by Carlo Bonetti, owner of Bonetti Meats. Along with even more individual donations, silent and live auction activities added to the evening’s proceeds (and fun). At time of writing, the total income from the pasta party is $6,000.00 and climbing.  Proceeds will be used to support hungry kids during the 2016-2017 school year. The cost to provide a Starfish Backpack full of weekend food for one child for one school year is $525.00. For more information on the Starfish Backpack Program and for details on how you can help feed hungry kids on weekends, visit
Starfish Pasta Party a Great Success Pauline Buck 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

50 Starfish Backpacks Funded for 2015/2016 School Year

The Aldergrove Starfish Backpack Program has not only been continued for the 2015/2016 school year.  It has been expanded. There are 30 more backpacks than last year and one more school has been added to the program.  Now 50 backpacks are being given out every Friday.  Twenty kids at Parkside and Shortreed Elementary Schools and 10 at Betty Gilbert Middle School are not hungry on weekends now.   
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The Rotary Foundation

Rotarians have helped millions of people at home and internationally
through our Rotary Foundation.

This video shows some of the ways we help people.

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Welcome to the Aldergrove Rotary Club!

Posted by Katy Loewen

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

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