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Welcome to the
Rotary Club of Port Moody
Port Moody

Every Member an Active Member

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
St. James's Well Pub
Newport Village
248 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC V3H 5H1
If you would like to join our virtual meetings on Wednesday mornings, please contact us and we will make sure you are 'on the list'...
Our stories
President Meghan's thought for the week.....
Jeannie's photo from Oregon coast
Stephanie joined us for her third meeting....
Our Santa for 15 years Hugh Mitchell from the Coquitlam Sunrise Club came for a visit
Also from the Sunrise Club - Co-President Greg Garrison
Douglas College, along with the Coquitlam Sunrise Club is putting on a Fundraiser and we should put in a team or two......AG Al has signed up and when YOU do, put the Rotary Club of Port Moody on the sign up and we will all be together.
Jim Watson has been in Rotary for many years and came to 'check us out'...
Our Guest Speaker this week was Joe Calendino and his wife Dory.
Joe is the founder of Yo Bro and Yo Girl Youth Institute and his talk is about Keeping Kids out of Gangs.
To contact Joe directly: or at the YoBro Yo Girl Institute:
Joe's wife Dory
Joe Calendino
 Joe has written a book that is available.
Bill sent this and so true.......
After this pandemic, be sure to start 
hugging again! 

Why? Because hugging is practically 

It helps the body's immune 

It cures depression.

It reduces stress.

It's rejuvenating.

It has no unpleasant side effects.  

It is all natural—contains no chemicals, artificial 
 ingredients, pesticides, nor 

There are no parts to break down, no monthly payments; 
it's non-taxable, non-polluting, and best of 
allit's fully 

Evan wrote:
Happy World Rotary Day!!! 🎉
Today, the 23rd of February is not only the day we celebrate the 116th Anniversary of the foundation of the very first Rotary club, the Rotary club of Chicago. But it's also world #RotaryDay, a day where we can be proud and celebrate the achievements and successes of all the Rotarians and the extended Rotary family around the world who do great things in their community.
Be sure to spread the word about why you're in Rotary and why today is a very special day for our great organization. You can do this by wearing your branded Rotary club shirt or other Rotary branded apparel out in public today and start a conversation.
President Meghan's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo - The Rose
Belize update.......Thank you Al for the update on the Belize prison and how much the inmates are enjoying learning.  Our Rotary Club should be very proud how we have helped this country. 
Send your favourite RECIPES I know you are all cooking at home.  We have some good ones.....Check them out.
Don't forget.......
When you go to Port Moody Liquor to buy your favourite beverages tell them to give credit to
Port Moody Rotary Club.
THEN take your empties to Return-it with this number on it 6047899849 and our Rotary Club will get credit for the bottles
Al sent this:
We were issued a Corp membership number, but when you go in to use the express kiosk you need
to enter in the following number 6047899849.
Sorry for any confusion.
The kiosk will print labels that you attach to the bag. Dead easy and low touch.
I have attached a poster you can print out to remind yourself and share with your contacts.
100% of recycle fees are returned to our club.
Here are a few tips:

No Sorting Required

Simply bring your labelled bags filled with unsorted containers to an Express Depot and we'll do the rest.

Use Multiple Bags

Heavy bags can break open and are difficult to handle. We recommend mixing in no more than 12 glass bottles along with your other containers in each Express bag.

Bag Containers in Clear Bags

Transparent recycling bags or clear trash bags are available for purchase at many grocery stores, drug stores, or hardware stores


Pass this along to all your friends and family.......We can make a difference for SHARE
A huge THANK YOU to those that came out to help Clean Up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
Thanks to PP Alan for organizing.
And a big THANK YOU to Dave Cooke who posted on the Port Moody Community Group FB page.  We had 15 comments and 1 share.  Way to go Rotary Club of Port Moody and thank you Dave Cooke.
Thank you to Micheal for the Ntsika project in Grahamstown, SA.  It is now finished.  
President Meghan's thought for the day
Jeannie's photo of the week - 
Great to see Stephanie at her second meeting  ---
Past member Lisa was at our meeting this week and we are so happy she joined us.  Hopefully we will see Lisa again soon.
We always say that some of the best meetings we have are when members give their Classification talk, and Alistair did not disappoint us.
Oh my gosh, what an amazing journey he has been on so far...  Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.
One of Alistair's passions is FRIENDS and FOOD
Just some of Alistair's talents and passions
Yes, and he is an artist too.
AND a photographer
We are grateful that Alistair is in our club and that he has jumped in to help us with our
Fundraiser - Rotary Gives a Ham....Do YOU?

Tell me more!

Join the Rotary Club of Port Moody and the SHARE Food Bank in providing needy families with a delicious holiday meal and you get a great ham package!

Your $50 Ham Package

You receive: 
  • 1 kg ham,  a pie, cranberry mustard sauce, chocolates and daffodils (over $42 value)
  • The  great feeling that a needy family was able to enjoy a holiday meal too!
SHARE receives:
  • A 1 kg ham and monies that will amount to over $52
Pick up your ham package from Port Moody Middle School on Saturday, April 3rd from 10 am -2 pm, just in time for Sunday Easter dinner.

How do I take part?

Order before March 12 as we only have 200 Ham Packages available!

To Order

1)  Open your banking app and set up a new payment to

2) Make the payment for $50 and in notes section include only your name, phone number and email address

It is important you include your contact information with your eTransfer otherwise we won't be able to get a hold of you. 
3) Within 48 hours of receiving the payment, we will call you to book in your pick-up time and will email you a receipt
If you do not hear from us, please send an email to with your full name. 
Thank you to Aziz who did a Rotary Innovation presentation to 15 members of the PNW Passport Club.  It was well received, and it was fun to meet Rotarians that he hadn't met before.
We are so fortunate to have Aziz in our Club with all his Rotary knowledge.
Don't forget your VALENTINE.......
President Meghan's thought for the week.
Jeannie's photo from Oregon Coast
Stephanie Plourde was at our Zoom meeting and was 'checking us out'. Stephanie is interested in Rotary and reached out to our Club.  Welcome Stephanie
Guest Speakers were from Coquitlam Search & Rescue .....
Helena Michelis and Thomas Zajac
We are so lucky to have SAR based in our Tri-Cities Community
Such a beautiful Sunrise
Rotary Gives a Ham....Do YOU?
It's all coming together !!!
Thank you to Alistair for creating the poster and the scheduling, to Claire for the Social Media, to Michael for the finances, and of course to the 'team' that Cleone headed up to get this going.  Well done everyone......
There is more detailed information on the event's webpage.
A 101 Year Old Vet's Wish Granted
On February 3rd, I watched with tears in my eyes as Scott Wood, a piper, rushed home from work so he could play the pipes for a 101 year old World War II vet at Eagle Ridge Manor.  The resident was tapping his toes and fingers as he told his daughter that he could hear the pipes and that he was very happy.
Lori Carlisle, the recreational therapist with a giant heart, makes magic happen for those in her care. I had asked what Rotary could do to help and she mentioned that this resident would love to hear someone play the bagpipes. The Rotary network came through with Meghan Lahti calling Scott. He just said it would be his honour and rushed home from work to make a happy memory for the vet, his family,  Scott. Lori and whoever hears the story.
Cleone Todgham
None of us are going out much these days, so we are all cooking !!! We have lots of 'foodies' in our Club and some amazing 'Chefs', so I thought it would be great if we shared some recipes.  
I don't know about you, but I tend to cook the same thing over and over so I thought if we shared recipes we would all have something new to 'cook'.
SO, please send me your recipes, and I will post them on our Club Runner page under 'recipes'.....
I hope lots of you will participate and our families will look forward to new meals.
Thank you.
Linda xo
Bill sent us this great story.....
This explains why friends forward jokes. 
I've never thought of it this way before.
A man and his dog were walking along a road.
The man was enjoying the scenery, 
When it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.
He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.
It looked like fine marble.
At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
When he was close enough, he called out, 
“Excuse me, where are we?” 

“This is Heaven, sir,” the man answered.

”Wow! Would you happen to have some water? the man asked.
”Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.”
The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 
“Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler asked.
”I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.”
The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. 
There was no fence.
As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.
”Excuse me!” he called to the man. 
“Do you have any water?”

”Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.”
”How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to the dog.
”There should be a bowl by the pump,” said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.
When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.
”What do you call this place?” the traveler asked. 

“This is Heaven,” he answered.

”Well, that's confusing,” the traveler said.

”The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'”
”Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell.”
”Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

”No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.”
So-o-o-o. Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word.
Maybe this will explain it.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do?  You forward email's!
When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes!
When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how . . . . You forward stuff!

A 'forward' lets you know that . . 
You are still remembered, 
You are still important, 
You are still loved, 
You are still cared for.

So, next time if you get a 'forward', 
Don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.
You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!
Thank you Bill......wonderful story about Friendship.
WOW it's February already......
Thank you to PP Ian for chairing the meeting..
Thought for the week.....
Jeannie's photo this week from Mundy Park
Spread a Little LOVE for Eagle Ridge Manor......
Trish and Cleone made some Valentines
Woodlands Park Development - Guest speakers were:
Peter Edgar, Maureen Salmundsen, Blaire, & Mark Ostry.
What a fabulous well thought out project for our Community.
Master Plan Community
For more information:
Susan has come up with a great idea......Book and Wine Club....  More information to follow....
Spread a Little LOVE - Eagle Ridge Manor
All the Valentines were Delivered - thank you Gayle.  This is what I wrote to the Community:
The Rotary Club of Port Moody wants to give a huge big thank you to all who participated in SPREADING A LITTLE LOVE by making Valentines for Eagle Ridge Manor Residents. We would also like to give a big thanks to Riley and his team at St. James' Well who allowed us to have the 'drop off' box there. We are thrilled with the response we received and once again, this just proves what a wonderful Community we live in. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.....
Gary sent these in.....Thanks for the giggles.  I will share over the next while.
Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  - Thank you Alan for organizing.  This is always fun and nice to get together.
Next clean up date is scheduled for Saturday February 13th
Meet 9:00 am at Gallagher's Coffee Shop in Newport Village
Usually takes less than one hour - then an opportunity for Social distanced coffee after the work is completed.
Come join us for some fellowship and the opportunity to clean up our community.
See you then.
Rotary Gives a HAM, do YOU?
Fundraiser for SHARE coming soon.  More information to follow.
Our Guest Speakers this week were Chris [chef] and Rayne Beveridge who own


We are dedicated to the highest level of care for the land, our animals, our customers, and the environment.

Their mission is:
We are a certified organic, vertically integrated, no-till, bio-diverse, regenerative farm. We use the land responsibly; giving consideration to the natural ecosystems that we inhabit and cultivate our land sustainably. We grow over 2oo varieties of crops, and offer high quality, nutritious, and flavourful food at accessible prices. You can purchase a membership for our weekly CSA farm boxes, fresh produce, preserves, and baked goods from Our Grocer, and hand-crafted meals at our Sunflower Cafe; with the majority of ingredients coming from our land. We are “certified organic in transition” with FVOPA, and will be fully “certified organic” May 2021.
Their website is:
Here are some photos of their produce and their animals.....I think many from our club will be visiting their farm and restaurant that will open June 1st., 2021.
Heritage Mountain Secondary.....
I'm sure a few of our Rotarians received this letter but wanted to share with you.  This is an amazing opportunity to listen to the Grade 12 Students tell about their journeys.
I do hope many Rotarians will sign up.
January 20, 2021

Greetings from the Woods! 

On Wednesday, February 17 each of our senior students will be demonstrating his/her accomplishments in a Capstone Presentation (formerly Grad Transitions) to complete Career Life Connections 12.  We have approximately 300 students who will be ready to speak about their Capstone Project and their future aspirations.  We would like a member of our community to participate in each of the presentation panels. Of course, in this unusual year we are going to do this virtually through Zoom. This is where you come in! 

As a community member, we thought you might like to be a panel member for a morning or afternoon.  We plan to have you watch 4 or 5 presentations and will send a feedback sheet in advance so you can make comments.

We are confident that our students will amaze you!  We are pleased to invite you to share this positive experience with us.  

Please feel free to extend this invitation to any community member who might be interested. 

Please email me by Friday, Feb 7 to let me know if you would be willing to participate on this day (please indicate all day or am or pm).

Thank you for considering this! 


Ingrid Gay, Career Life Connections

Heritage Woods Secondary  

Spread a Little LOVE  - Valentines project for Eagle Ridge Manor.
We sent this message out to the community ....
The Rotary Club of Port Moody would like to 'Spread a Little LOVE' for Valentines Day. We would like your help in doing this please. We would like to send these Valentines to Eagle Ridge Manor residents as well as other Seniors we know.
If you could make Valentines with a message of LOVE on it and drop them off at St. James' Well, in Newport Village, on or before January 31st., 2021 that would be great. We know that the residents will be so very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Thank you so much for your help. Everyone needs a 'Little Love' and during this time it is so needed.
The Box is at the WELL and a huge big THANK YOU to VIDA for making it and CLEONE for delivering it.
A big Thank you to Riley and staff at St. James' Well for letting us use the Well as the drop-off for Valentines.
Michael & Coreen snowshoeing and saw this beautiful 'halo moon'
Spread a Little LOVE - Eagle Ridge Manor......
Thank you to Meghan, Glen & Marcia, Susan, Cleone, Coreen, Gayle, Vida , Kari, and her two friends Shannon & Deirdre and Linda for coming to the Zoom meeting and making Valentines & to Dan G. for dropping off all the Valentines.  It was so much fun just to get together and laugh and share our Valentine Creations.  We do know that 'Hallmark' will be calling on Glen and Marcia for a contract for the amazing Valentines they created. [Well that's what Glen said, lol]
Everyone did a great job and we are certain the Eagle Ridge Manor Residents will be so happy we thought of them.
President Meghan thought for the week.....
Jeannie's photo of the week.....just beautiful....Mundy Park
Harriet Chang along with Amanda, Mason and Roxanne were our guest speakers.
We can all learn from these young students with their RAC - Real Acts of Caring....  THANK YOU for showing us that even the smallest good deed goes a very long way.
This movement started in Coquitlam and is now all around the country.
These are some of the ideas to do during this time........
Real Acts of Caring week is:  February 14-20.......Make a point of doing something kind for someone.....It WILL make a difference in their lives.
Rotary Gives a Ham, do YOU ? - Cleone will tell us more later - Fundraiser for Share
Brian has jumped in with both feet getting involved with our new directorship - Environment.  Thank you Brian and we look forward to the coming events.
Cleone also thanked all those who have helped with the meal train for Patty.  Patty feels your love and is very grateful.
Anthony reported that we should be hearing back about our grant application within a couple of weeks.
AG Al sent this:  being that we have seen a few cat tails... lol
Remembering Don
President Meghan presented us this thought for the week.
And Jeannie's photo of Jonathan 
If you ever want to go to the South Pole you must talk to John and Holly Mikulik:  
Here are a few of their photos.  What a great presentation and we can't wait to see the one from the North Pole.   
Dress warm......
This is where they slept.
Sun tanning before your face freezes
How far away?
Just beautiful......
Who are those masked Rotarians?
A great turnout for our Heritage Mtn. Clean-up.  Great job everyone......
A wonderful 'thank you' letter from a CABE student
Steve is out camping again....First time in 2021 - Porteau Cove
Steve also sent in this:  
I know I shouldn't have done this, but I am 83 years old and I was in the McDonald's drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order.  So when I got the first window I paid for her order along with my own.  The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness.  When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too.  Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again.
Don't blow your horn at old people, they have been around a long time.
It's a NEW YEAR and let's make the BEST of it.  Be HAPPY and LIVE EACH DAY........
The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast-Sechelt is having a FUNraising - with funds going to our proposed project in Ndandini, Kenya. 
Remember when you go to Port Moody Liquor Store to ask them to put reward on to PORT MOODY  Rotary Club
It is with a very heavy heart to tell you the Patty's husband Don Klassen passed away.  Please keep Patty in your thoughts & prayers.  He will be missed by their family and friends.  Don had such a great sense of humour and adored his beautiful wife Patty.  We are so sorry to hear this news.
The Best way to end the year is with a New Member - Alistair Henry.....
Alistair is a great addition to our Rotary Club and we look forward to working with him.
Thank you to Alistair for this photo...
President Meghan presented this for all of us to remember what is important in life.
Chris Boyd presented to us the UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER Phenomena and how it all got started right here in our Community.
Yvonne :  Made Christmas mince meat pies
Don't forget to wear your UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER /or your 'nice' CHRISTMAS sweater to our zoom meeting.
Our AGM was very well attended with 33 members attending.
The new Board for 2021-22 is as follows:
President - Coreen Berrisford
Secretary - Alan Schmelzel
Treasurer - Michael Berrisford
Past President - Meghan Lahti
Vice President - Ian MacPhail
President Elect - Paul Mitchel-Banks
Avenues of Service Directors
Club Service - Aziz Saleh
International - Glen Brown
New Generations - Steve Witiuk
Community Service - Cleone Todgham
Vocational Service - Paul Mitchel- Banks
Environment - Brian Wormald
Congratulations to Dan Gallant and Claire Lambert for receiving a Paul Harris Award from Past President Cleone.  So well deserved.
Message of Hope bags
We received a message from Julie Kingsley:
We shared some of the Message of Hope bags with a recovery house Talitha Khum in Port Coquitlam as the ladies living there used join us at our Warm Place for Women dinner. I wanted to share the feedback from the executive director with you....❤️
These bags are just fabulous; they are perfect for the women! Thank you so much for all your assistance in facilitating the gift exchange from the Port Moody Rotary
With much gratitude,
Love is all around us !!!!
Special Thanks to Ian & Frank for getting the ball rolling for  RIBFEST 2021.  Alan, Al & Mike are also main stays with this leadership and we have many new members coming 'on board' to help.  Great job everyone.
Christmas looks like fun at the Witiuk home...and Santa showed up early......
Santa stopped by to see if Lauralea’s sleigh would work for Christmas & to check out Lexie’s new stocking.  Just some of the projects Lauralea has completed this month.  
President Elect Coreen has been busy making stockings......just beautiful
Belize - Thank you to Cisco for sending this photo.
Dave Stone:
Did a hike in Belcarra regional park. 
Dave made a Christmas card of this.....Great idea.
Alan K: Dog walking at Barnet Marine Park
Daisy and her friend Hudson......2 beauties for sure
We managed to gather about 300 items of clothing between Sophie at Charles Best and the Interactors as well as bags from the community.  All washed and folded. All in great shape.
New underwear and socks were abundant, and some gift cards for compensation where needed.
We rounded up 20 sleeping bags for $23. a bag (less than cost) from Canadian Tire Poco and Coquitlam.
Received loads of Toiletries and purchased with some of the Cash donations where we fell short - there was a lot! 
We managed to have some specific items purchased, like a pair of work boots for a young man that just started a job and was saving to buy some so he could keep his new job in a warehouse...he has no parents. 
There was a young dad too...he just finished his first year apprenticeship while going to high school and being a new parent.
There were $4700 given in gift cards.
There was a cheque given for $1700 to CABE to use at their own discretion for items we fell short on.
There were shoes donated by kids and coats too...all in amazing shape.
Hair cuts for all 13 kids donated by Refresh Salon, Cobbs gave them each a gift card too.  
We are so lucky.
Merry Christmas.
The Christmas Star over the Catalina's Monday morning
Micheal & Coreen snowshoeing
This week is our AGM.....Hope to see you all on Zoom !!!!
The Rotary Club of Port Moody should be so very proud of all the work that has been done in the Community this season.....
Eagle Ridge Manor decorating and Christmas party
CABE collection of items for 'couch surfing' youth
Belize 'on line' training project
RWH delivery of container to Belize and beyond
RIBFEST organizational meeting
Message of Hope along with the Soroptimist's for Women in need
Innervisions Chili lunch and gifts
So many people in our Club so involved whether it is volunteering, donating, organizing and supporting.  
We are Blessed !!!! Well done !!!!
Thank you to our Chefs - AG and PP Al [ a veggie chili] , PP Alan, and PP Ian and Trish the Sous Chef for cooking at their homes the Chili Lunch for Innervisions.  It is so much different this year as normally we are with the men, cooking, setting the table, cleaning up [Bill], serving the food and just having fun with the men at Prairie.  
A huge big thank you to THRIFTY'S in Port Moody for partnering with us once again and supplying the food.
This year in the presents we gave to the men are:  coffee mug, gloves, toque, socks, toothbrush and paste and floss, tissues, & candy cane.  We know that the men will be very grateful for all we have done.  Thank you to everyone in the Club who helped with this project.  It just FEELS GOOD !!!!
Vida with liners etc for the CABE project.
Thanks to Jackie MacLean for her talk at our meeting about Substance Abuse.  Jackie is available for a free consultation if you or you know anyone who is motivated to make changes in their lives.
Thank you to Jeannie for a fabulous photo of Rain Drops on a Spider web.
President Meghan opened the meeting with this thought
President Meghan gave out 2 awards for 'Rotarian of the month' for the Community projects that have been done.
Congratulations to Claire and Paul for working on the CABE project.  Well deserved !!!
Gleneagle School has sent us an invitation.  Please join in......
We would love to have the members of the Rotary Club of Port Moody join us for our Livestream Christmas Concert this Wednesday at 2:00pm.  It will be recorded and uploaded to the Gleneagle Secondary website and our social media platforms in case you are not able to join us for the livestream.
Sending my very best wishes to you all during the holidays and hope you can tune in.

The Christmas season is here.  The Tri-Cities Seniors' Action Society and the Gleneagle Secondary School Music Department have partnered to deliver a Christmas musical treat for you.  (You will need to provide your own beverage & cookies)
The Gleneagle Secondary School Concert Choir, Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band will perform a selection of Christmas music for you--on Wednesday, December 16th at 2:00 pm.
The concert is FREE and you will have front row seats in the comfort of your home.
Please REGISTER by Clicking on the link below.  You will be sent the Zoom link on Wednesday morning--and a reminder--so you can enjoy this musical performance.
Reminder when you go to the Port Moody Liquor Store to say you would like the credit to go to PORT MOODY ROTARY CLUB.  
Innervisions Chili lunch this week......Thanks to Ian & Trish, Paul, Alan & Al for being the chefs and cooking at home to deliver this amazing lunch to these men who are changing their lives 'One Day at a Time'. Thanks to Ian for picking up the presents for Innervisions and to all of you who donated items for these men.  We had socks, toques, toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, tissues, coffee mugs, & socks.  Will be fun for the men to open.
One chef Alan came to shop at Thrifty's....Gayle had the money and I was support.....
Thanks to Thrifty's for once again supporting this great cause.
Steve met up with the Interactors who have donated toques for Innervisions and our School project.
Interactors hit the news !!!
Nature is amazing.  Gayle sent this photo of a tree that the woodpeckers have been working very hard at.
Alan & Nadine sent this and I thought would be fun for you to work on:  Give it a try !!!
Rotary in the News !!!!
Please send all your positive thoughts and prayers to Don & Patty.  Don is having brain surgery and he
will need all our prayers.  Patty will need our support. 
Aziz was on a zoom call with the Everett/Mukilteo club.  
Cleone & Vida always busy
I loved this photo we took at Harrison....
Eagle Ridge Manor thanks us:
I wanted to send a huge thank you out to all involved this past Saturday!  
Sounds like it was a great success and I can’t wait to see how they look today!
I know this social isolation can have affects we don’t even really actualize till we see others we care about then we realize how much we miss the interactions ! 
Very happy all went well, and I know the residents will be enjoying them NOW and in the months to come! 
We are very grateful for all of you to think about our residents and help them / us improve life for them.  
I’m sure the lights brightened their night and their hearts! 
Warm regards,
Message of Hope exceeds expectations......I can not express how so very grateful we are for how our Port Moody Community has come together to help the Women in need with our Message of Hope we are doing along with the Tri-City Soroptimist's. 
Thanks to Gayle and Linda Kozina for help putting all 50 + bags together.  We not only did that but we helped the girls who are 'couch surfing' and  Bea's Closet.  We are over the moon with the help from our Rotary Club and the Port Moody Community.  THANK YOU......
Linda Kozina
50+ Bags for Women in Need.....THANK YOU
Steve and Lauralea on the last camping trip of the year.....What a view !!!!
Yes it is DECEMBER !!!  Enjoy each day !!!
Oh my gosh, we are only meeting by Zoom, but so much being done by the Rotary Club of Port Moody!!!
AG & Past President Al said:

What a great feeling to wrap up today on a number of fronts.
I'm sure we all feel relieved to have delivered our modules... 
We are also, I'm sure, are very proud of what we achieved this week in moving this project forward.

Not that we get to rest for too long.

We start with Module 1 on December 3rd 7AM PST. The other modules are too follow about a week apart. The schedule to be discussed
with the school after Module 1.

Some notes and thoughts on the school, we will be updating this to everyone after Module 1 delivery. As we will learn more then.

This primary Catholic school is in a very poor area of Belize City. The students struggle to achieve anything past a grade 4 education.

Thank you to Al & Glen, Claire & Meghan, Brian & Micheal, Ian & Trish for all the hard work you have done, to help make Belize a better place to live.  
Who's who?  Past President Mike or Prospective Member Alistair?
More Snowflakes from Trish
Nothing keeps our Rotary Club of Port Moody from helping Eagle Ridge Manor
Here are the guys putting up lights on the outside of the Manor.
Thanks to Peter, Dan, Danne, Bill, Ian, & Dave
Also thanks to Canadian Tire for the lights and CMJ [Dave Thorpe] for bringing the ladders.
Peter wrote:
What a treat to-day, to actually see each other face to face! Albeit keeping our distance and wearing masks.
Man, I am sure we have all missed this interaction with each was GREAT!
Thanks to:-
PETER CUTHBERT for leading the team again this year.
Thanks to Dave Stone for donating $50:00 to new lights
Thanks to Paul for getting us coffee
Thanks to Ian + Paul for picking-up even more lights!
Thanks that it wasn't raining!
Once again thanks to Dave Thorpe ( Foreman of CMJ Sheet Metal Ltd) for delivering
   and picking up the ladders in his own time.
Correen, Cleone, Sue, Jeannie, Kerry and other volunteers for installing the loads of beautiful SnowFlakes on the windows of the the Manor's denizens.............I am sure Coreen will up-date  you all on their  progress.
Check out the photo album for more photos.  Thank you to Jeannie, Dave & Glen for the photos.(2020 Eagle Ridge Manor Decorating)
CABE project:  Lead by Paul & Claire.....
Claire has put this out to the community.....See if you can help too......
Currently we are working on a project that is for Teens who are staying in school while couch surfing for various reasons. They are recognized and we know a little about them via profile but obviously due to privacy just a bit broad...(school district 43 kids)
We are looking help these AMAZING Youth by kitting them out with backpacks, luggage and other things to just encourage them to keep going, stay in school and achieve greatness.
We could use some more jackets and shoes (various sizes - that teens would like to have and wear)
We really need to get toiletry kits made, some roller bags (costco $40 each), socks, skivvies (or gift cards for this). Another thing would be sleeping bags of their own.
The goal is for 15 complete sets. (A few more boys than girls)
If there is any extra we assure they will be going to kids coming out of foster care to get them rolling with some dignity.  
If you wish to help, send me a note on here or my email is:
Cash (to purchase these things), gift cards and toiletry bags would be the primary ask. Gently used coats and shoes for teens would be awesome too.
This week we are in the 'break out session' that we signed up for......Will be a fun meeting.  See you Wednesday.....
President Meghan read this prayer to us:

May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children, when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. 


Photo from Steve Witiuk at Porteau Cove
In our Rotary Club we have nothing but Sunshine........
9 members helped with the Vaccination sites
Our Christmas at the Manor is being organized - Snowflakes too
Innervisions has the Sponsorship from Thrifty's for our Chili lunch
Belize Training is underway with 8 members as trainers
Message of Hope will be completed by December 1st. for the Soroptimist's to deliver
Alistair Henry is a new prospective member who came to our Zoom meeting
Our speaker was Clayton Botkin this week and told us all about the birds that he is raising.
Clayton Botkin P.Ag
Industry Specialist, Poultry and Regulated Markets
BC Ministry of Agriculture 
Owner of C. Botkin Enterprises
Aviculturist to preserve rare and endangered bird species - breeds rare species and advocates for preservation of at risk species and encouraging others to enter into aviculture
President of the International Wild Waterfowl Association

Thank you for your time
for further information:
Gayle:  It was a great Dahlia year
We have cards for you to hand out to your friends and family so they don't forget when they are buying their 'sprirts' to put to Port Moody Rotary Club.  You can present the card or just tell them.....
Contact me and we will see how we get to you....
When you ask the Community to help with our Message of Hope this is what you get.......and there is more....
AND we asked the schools to help for our decorating Eagle Ridge Manor windows........Snowflakes.....and look what happened......
We are so Blessed to live in such a great Community!!!!
DATE :  Saturday NOV. 28th. 2020
TIME:  9:00 am
CREW:  3 guys per crew.   (Total of 6 volunteers)
TOOLS: I will bring my set, but if you have a portable Drill c/w bits, please bring it
LADDERS:  Will be on the site
WEATHER:  Partly Sunny!!?
Please get back to Peter if you are  IN
Thank you
604 727-9223
Innervisions & Hannah House
If you would like to subscribe to the InnerVisions & Hannah House Newsletter you can go to this link: and you will receive a monthly newsletter with news, information, alumni of the month awards, and even updates on the dogs of InnerVisions & Hannah House.  
To all our American Families and Friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and may
God Bless the United States of America.
Lest we forget....
Thank you to Uncle Major Don Rodger for coming to our Zoom meeting to tell us his life story in the services.
Thought for the day:
Jeannie's photo of Granddaughter's kitten
This time of year is a great time to think about others and how we can help people.
Message of Hope has been very well received by the community.  Thanks to all the Community citizens who have donated to this worthy cause.  My heart is full with the outpouring of help by our Community.  If you have any of the following items, please let me know.  We would like to have this project completed by December 1st.
The Rotary Club of Port Moody needs your help. Rotary, along with the Soroptimist’s would like to deliver a ‘Message of Hope’ to women ‘in need’ in the Tri-Cities. We would like to have these packages together by December 1st., 2020
‘Message of Hope’ would deliver the following for 50 women.
50 Clear gift bags would be distributed with the following items we would like to collect from YOU..
Travel size bar of soap or body wash
Wash Cloth
Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner - Travel size is a bit larger than the hotel size
Travel Size Body or Hand Lotion
Tooth Brush and Toothpaste
Dental Floss
Band Aids [4 to a plastic baggie]
Feminine Hygiene Products
Comb and or small hair brush
Chap Stick
Hand Sanitizer
If you can donate any of these items please let us know and contact me at:
You can either drop off at our home or I will pick up.
Also for the men at Innervisions we need the following:
A few more Socks & 
a few more Coffee mugs
Thank you so much for helping for these 2 worthwhile causes.
Also the students at CABE that are couch surfing need the following:
The idea is to give them a small wardrobe.  Rotaract is working on this, sleeping bag, toiletry kit and some gift cards.
Any donation would be gladly accepted.  Thank you
Peter and Frank helping with flu shots. Including Alan who also got his shot  Lots of Rotary help !!!
Alan directing traffic at flu clinic. Al & Bill,  also helping out 
Dave Stone's beautiful 
The Rotaract Club  produced a Rotary themed calendar in support of our club and the Starfish Pack Program, which provides students with food for the weekends. For $25, you can enjoy a calendar, printed on 100% recycled paper, that features key Rotary dates along with holidays and observances (American and Canadian). We've included specific dates to Rotary Districts 5040, 5050, 5060 along with Rotary International events. 

Photos represent Rotary's areas of focus and are taken by current or former Rotary members and Rotary alumni. This 13-month calendar also features fun facts about the Starfish pack program.

You can purchase the calendar online and expect delivery once ordered. You can even choose to have it shipped to you if you're in Canada or the USA.
You can order here: On the site, you can see pictures of what the calendar looks like.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Thank you very much for your time and continued support of Rotaract.
We have so many talented photographers in Port Moody.  Here is one from Russ Sawdon.  I thought so very interesting and with his permission here it is.....this is what Russ said:  
Found along the Coquitlam River.
Who were these people , and why did they leave their shoes behind
Thank you Claire for putting this out into the Community.
To all you young and young at heart crafters in Port Moody. The Rotary Club of Port Moody is gathering paper snowflakes for the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor to put up in residents’ windows and common areas in preparation for the holiday season. The Rotary Club usually goes inside and decorates several Christmas trees, hangs ornaments and generally puts a festive face on the place. Of course with COVID-19 restrictions, we have changed our approach to ensure the safety of the Residents. We are hoping that we will be able to get the outdoor lighting done and outside window decorating once this spike in cases is under control. In the meantime though, what we can do with the great help of our Port Moody residents is make 150 paper snowflakes for the 80 resident windows and common area windows. Please drop your snowflakes off with Coreen at #204 121 Shoreline Circle on November 22 – do call first at 778-839-2674.
Please have your ❄️ over by Friday!
Thank you!!!!

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Yvonne & Cleone :  Poppy anyone?
Aziz - volunteered too at Starbucks
Calloway is remembering
Steve:  Camped out at Gold Creek campground at Golden Ears Provincial Park.  Great weather arrived for the weekend.  
Guest Speaker - Lois Wagner - Walking without Skin
Lois was a very inspirational speaker and personal coach.  She told us of her unimaginable journey she went through in South Africa and how long it took her to FORGIVE, but once she did it set her 'FREE'
She has written a book - Walking without Skin that is her story but also suggestions on how anyone can get past their situation.  Her new passion is BE BRAVE......
Thank you Lois for sharing your story.
AG Al mentioned that the Rotaract club was doing a fundraiser.  This is the link so you can order on line.
You can purchase a calendar on line.
Here is the link
Also if you are at all interested in how you might help with the 'youth' in our community, please contact Steve for more information.
Steve Witiuk:
Thank you
After being loaded at the Rotary World Helps Warehouse in Coquitlam in late September our container has made its way to the Port of Belize. It's again on dry land and is now in the process of being unloaded.  This is exciting.  Thanks to Cisco Woods for sharing the picture.
FedEx picked up 520 kits today for Days for Girls that will be headed for Afghanistan. 

With love to Afghanistan! 520 kits left this morning on a journey half way around the world. A gift of love from the Port Moody Chapter to our global sisterhood. Be safe and know that you are in our circle of care. A great big "Thank You" to all members and those who contribute to the Port Moody Chapter. ❤️
Vida Peterson
Looks like a 'girls' day:  “Good hair day”. Cleone & Coreen
When buying you liquor for this coming Christmas season or 'whenever', please purchase at the
Port Moody Liquor store on St. Johns Street and tell them to please put your bill amount on the
Rotary Club of Port Moody
Port Moody Liquor Store
4 – 2929 St. John's Street
Port Moody.....
Susan & Cleone hiking Buntzen Lake
Claire with the important men in her life.
What a great meeting with our DG Carol Tichelman!!!!  She is a great inspiration to us all.
We had a record 34 members on Zoom this week.
AND to Brian who received the People of Action pin from DG Carol
Congratulations to Gary for his PH+6 and to Steve for his PH+4

Meghan gave an update on how Paul is doing and thanked Club for their thoughts.

Mike P.  We are in Sechelt for the week and drove up to Edgmont for a hike to the Skookumchuk Narrows.  Here is a photo of us checking out the extreme kayakers at the narrows!
Alan & Lisa decorated for Halloween

Guest Speaker District Governor Carol Tichelman

Everything in Rotary playbooks is out the window due to COVID--every Club and every member is in a different place. Rotarians are people of action and these times are hard. There are 4 things to consider:

  1. New Club models are required and being discussed.

  2. What should/will a Club look like in 5 years?

  3. Select new members carefully. Remember there is no wrong age.

  4. Continue Club endeavors to end polio. 

John Hopkins study shows Rotarians supply 57 million volunteer hours each year and it is worth appr. $850,000,000.

--This is our chance to show our communities what we can do. Rotary happens at Club level. Sees world where people unite. Rotary is committed to having membership averages of 30% women by 2023.

--Transmission of wild polio stopped everywhere through vaccination programs except for 2 countries. Last year there were only 79 cases in Pakistan and 53 in Afghanistan.

--Infrastructure created to do worldwide vaccination will be very useful going forward.

--Rotary added a 7th area of FOCUS qualified for Global grants--ENVIRONMENTAL “YEAH”

--Our District is continuing to support our members to attend Blood Donations

--Our District is starting a TOASTMASTERS Club via ZOOM

--Our District is looking to assist those Clubs applying for Global Grants

--Rotary opens opportunities


Rotary International Conference will be held in Taipei Taiwan June 12-16 2021

DG Carol presented “People of Action” Pin to Brian Wormald 

Our Club is volunteering in November at 2 different Community service events:

  1. With Fraser Health North we are covering logistics at “drive through” annual FLU shot vaccines at locations in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. This project along with 1 in Coquitlam covered by the 2 Coquitlam Clubs is targeting 100,000 flu shots in the month of November. There will be 3 shifts per day, 8am-noon, noon-4 and 4 till 8pm. It follows a model used in Australia as their fall flu happened during the onset of COVID.

  2. Our Club will be providing volunteers to support the Port Moody Legion poppy donation program. Our Club will be standing outside the Starbucks at (IGA centre on Ioco), Government Liquor Store at Suter Brook, and outside the Saint James Well. Using 3 2 hour shifts each day at each venue (12 noon-2, 2-4, and 4-6). This Legion volunteer opportunity runs from November 1st till 10th only

  3. ****This amounts to a lot of volunteer shifts and hours****** Anyone who is able to volunteer for shifts please do so. Also feel free to bring friends and family.


Thank you to Bill for the write up

Artist among us:  Cleone & Vida
In honor of Mary Anne Cooper’s 106 birthday today, a birthday parade was held at her cherished Ioco Townsite today. The sun came out and her favorite color was everywhere in all of the many greetings and decorated cars who drove by to wish her socially distanced greetings.  Thank you to Meghan for sending Birthday wishes to Mary Anne on behalf of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

Rotary has been asked to supply some volunteers to help with the POPPY DRIVE for 2020. It will involve working 2 hour shifts in 2 or 3 locations in Port Moody around Newport Village and Sutter Brook.

Micheal & Coreen are our first volunteers for Poppy Sales.

Vida reminded us of the Rotary friendship club. If anyone runs into trouble anywhere there is a Rotary Club they can phone for advice or assistance.

Next Saturday the 7th we're loading a container for the Philippines. We're limiting the volunteers to 20 for Covid safety reasons and everyone must wear a mask and register in case of the need for contact tracing. We're short up to three volunteers to reach our quota and we'd welcome your support. We'll start at 9AM and should be finished before noon. 
Thank you
Dan Gallant
Michael B reminded us our Paul Harris is due. Also Polio donations. Please send directly to RI or send to Micheal and he will pass along to RI
Meeting notes: Quote "Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King
Megan gave us an update on Paul's condition: He had been having some problems breathing since August but worked through them. Coming home from Dock Diving championships he began having more trouble. Stopped for a break in Sicamous, had trouble walking, went to hospital and they discovered "multiple pulmonary embolisms. Home now and on road to recovery.
Jim Lane joined our meeting to advise Fraser Health is looking to run a "drive through" flu shot vaccine program in the TriCities in November. They are looking for volunteers to provide logistical help with parking lot management, etc. Each day will involve  full day,12 hour shifts-- volunteers will book into 4 hour increments. Targeting to provide 100,00 flu shots over the month. It is following a format done in Australia during their "winter season".
Coreen announced:
1. Nov 21st we will be doing a EagleRidge Manor outdoor decorating event.
2. E/R Manor Christmas Party will be held December 4th 
3. We will be doing our Innervisions Chili Lunch on December 9th.--More info to follow.
Paul updated on our C.A.B.E. project. They are looking to provide either backpacks or suitcases clothes and toiletries included for some of the young men who are basically on their own and homeless or couch surfing with friends. He will keep us updated. Possibility we will also solicit some gift cards from coffee companies or quick food places like Subway, etc.
2023 will be their 50th anniversary. 
They provide services to help people with mental health issues. Community Health providing and promoting recovery through a friendly,  safe, environment.
United Way has reduced funding for "operations costs". They are fundraising to set up an endowment fund of $1.5 million dollars to cover unfunded general operating costs. They currently have 51 housing spaces and are looking to double this number by adding 50 more (50 beds for 50 years anniversary campaign). In addition they are developing a therapeutic sensory room ($70,000), and there most used and valuable asset is their "Community Van" which allows them to transport members to various events they attend and some of them volunteer at. They have annual maintenance cost s of $5,000 and are looking at needing a replacement vehicle ($70,000) in the near future. 
Current fundraising due to COVID 19--$3000.00 to expand the outdoor patio area for safer distancing for more people. Also expanding the online programs to make available as much programming as possible to happen from  home and reduce size of in person meetings. Also upgrading HVAC system to provide germicide filtering--$3,000.00.
COVID effect--"routine is the thing that gets them through life--COVID is a disrupter of routine." The peer support and staff support is key. little things like having to wear a mask interfere with their ability to read facial expressions and also, for some, their ability to lip read.
Tiffany acknowledged in these trying times we are all experiencing some difficulties in creating fundraising opportunities but asked if we could think of possible ways to involve some of our sponsors to help in non-financial ways.
We DID RIPS type event at the Westhill Park Trail. We have received a Community Grant to allow us to refurbish the short walking trail.
Photos by Brian & Jeannie
On Saturday Oct 24th, an intrepid bunch of raging Rotarians headed to West Hill Park off Glenayre Drive in Port Moody to unleash havoc upon some unsuspecting and intrusive invasives.  No, this wasn’t a clandestine operation with local law enforcement to corral and capture some ‘cross-border’ COVID fugitives, but more an effort to rid the park of non-native and invasive flora!
Under the guidance of Past President Cleone, we assembled at the trail-head at West Hill Park on thankfully a gorgeous, cloudless and sunny day, albeit a tad cool! There to meet us at 10:30 was Angela Crampton from the City of Port Moody – our amazing partner in the ecological endeavours. Being very happy with our regular Shoreline Park invasive removal in conjunction with the Noons Creek Hatchery a few weeks ago, everyone was keen to undertake more of these events.
With none of us being very familiar with this particular location, we walked the site and identified an number of large but isolated English Ivy infestations as well as a few patches of Holly. Shortly after this Angela had to leave and left us to do our thing! So who were ‘us’?  The ‘Rotary Rippers’ were Cleone, Jeannie, Susan, Coreen, Michael, Bill, Alan and Brian.
For the next almost two hours, we ‘ripped and snipped’ like trojans. Testament to the voracity of effort were the two large heaps of invasives left on the grass verge of the park, with arrangements having been made for the City to pick them up over the next few days.  Now warmed up from all that work, hunger started to set in, so an almost obligatory sojourn was made to the St James Well for a ‘well’ deserved lunch. 
Thanks to Cleone for organizing the volunteers and coordinating with the City; thanks to Angela for making herself and City resources available – and thanks to the Port Moody Ecological Society (Noons Creek Hatchery) for providing the clippers and snippers for the job!

Steve would like to set up a committee of members who would be interested in helping him with the

YOUTH Committee.  If you are at all interested or would like to know more about this committee please contact Steve & he will call a meeting in early December to discuss ideas of how to help with Interact and Rotaract and any other youth activities you would like to see happen.

Thank you for your interest in Committee


Yvonne being her beautiful self...

Nothing keeps Gayle from her Hike
Vida:   Cleone and I got together and did some acrylic pours.  This is putting the paint directly onto the canvas and you never know what you will get.
Very messy and lots of fun!  Looks like Christmas presents for many.....Well done.
New View Society:
Join us today for round 21 of New View Virtual Trivia! The game will start at 1 PM. Please use the following link to access the live feed:
After you click the link, you may 'join anonymously' or 'as a guest', and it will take you to the feed where you can play for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to Tim Hortons! The gift card will be presented based on participation, not out-right winner. Basically, if you participate, your name will be put in a small draw for a chance to win the prize 🙂

Oct 24th is World Polio Day and we are having a Virtual Polio Party.

It will start at 6:00PM and go until 7:30pm (or longer for whoever wants). Or just drop in at anytime just to say HI .....

Cleone will send the invite. Have your beverage of choice ready, you dinner or appies and if you like you can eat and dress in the fashion of one of our international projects - South Africa, Kenya, Belize, Peru. Please register so I have an idea of how many will be there.

If you would like to make a donation to Polio Fund then please e-transfer that to Michael. 

See you soon! Call me if you have any questions. 778-223-2357.


Thank you to Alan for organizing the Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
Thanks to Alan, Susan, Cleone, Coreen, Bill, Ian, Dave, Terry & Paul.  A great group of Rotarians who are helping to show the Community that we care.
Two weeks ago we learned what made TRISH tick.......Oh my goodness what a full life she has already lived and we can't wait to hear about more adventures.  We are blessed to have Trish and Ian in our Rotary Club.  What a great team they make !!!!  Thanks for a fantastic presentation Trish.
Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for:
Claire:  Grateful for the Granville Island Turkey Trot 10km with Sophie! 
Linda :Grateful for family and friends - Thankful Jill & Kate came to visit in AZ & for the Shutterfly book Jill made for us:
Steve & Lauralea :  Grateful for their 5th wheel......
Trip to Hicks Lake. Lexie has lots of play time with our neighbours who were camping there as well. She was so tired from playing with the girls for 3 days that she couldn’t hold up her tail.  She has almost recovered from the wonderful time she had there.  Our pizza oven works so well and it was a great idea as an anniversary gift for us. 
Cleone:  We are all thankful for Jeannie's photos.
Bill:  Pumpkin pie with rum and orange zest at the Lawrie Thanksgiving table!
Linda:  Thankful for this beautiful poem


By Tabasom Eblaghie

Today is the oldest I have ever been

And the youngest I will ever be

I will move ahead with these words of promise

An agreement to move towards the best version of me

I promise to be gentle with my younger self

And to leave the past in the past

Decisions made and paths taken are forgiven

I did the best I could with what I knew back then

I promise to be kind to my older self

To make small choices today, tiny little steps

To lead to a healthier, wiser version of me

I am each choice I make, and I will choose well

I promise my soul to live an authentic life

Not one filled with apologies, excuses and anxieties

Nor one led by seeking the approval of Perfectionism and others

But rather one led by pursuing the approval of my Creator

I promise my heart to move towards Love

Towards the crossroads where Justice meets Kindness

Where logic of a wise mind can agree with the radiance of a loving heart

Not just for others, but to protect my most noble self

I will gaze upwards with my feet firmly grounded

In the knowledge of who I am and what I stand for

Today is the oldest I have ever been

And the youngest I will ever be.

If not today, then when?

Rotary Meeting October 7, 2020 - Thank you to Bill for taking notes....

Meeting chaired this week by Michael Berrisford

Quote: “A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination but when you add to that a literate tongue and pen then you have something very special”

Westhill Park Rehab discussed.

Glen gave an update on International containers for Belize and Kenya

Anthony is following up on gaming grant application.

Aziz reminded us that October is POLIO Month and Cleone, who was just driving home, advised she will have a fundraiser plan for our next meeting.

Our guest speaker Lois advised Meghan she would not be able to make our meeting so has been re-scheduled to November 4th.

As “guest conductor” Michael filled in with his “what makes Michael tick” talk.

Born in 1957 in South Africa. Loved hiking from early on and showed pictures of his first hiking boots with screw on cleats. In those days in S.A. young me had to serve for 2 years in either the military or police--he chose to serve with Police and stayed on as a career for 22 years..

Married, had 2 sons, built his own house, went hot air ballooning. Milk was delivered by a milkman with a horse drawn cart. Spent the next 22 years discovering himself enjoying wine, classic cars and nature. Instrumental in 2 hiking clubs. He “worked to hike”.

Working for the police overlapped with the introduction of computers to policing plus constant upgrading. He loved the computer side of things and turned it into his ongoing career.

His son Kyle died in August 2015. Kyle was involved with brewing and selling mead at a number of breweries and he was pleased to advise us it is still being sold in pubs.

Good news came into his life when he met Coreen and they married in 2018. Thanks, Michael, for a great talk. We all learned a lot more about you.

Port Moody Arts Centre
Mirna Gallery Assistant. The Winter Treasures event and exhibition is coming up on Nov.12th.
You may find more information on the event here:

Membership Renewal Earlybird Draws are happening. 

  • Oct. renewal Draw $75
  • Nov. renewal Draw $50
  • Dec. renewal Draw $25   
If you are not a member yet - why not?

It is true that Club 119 is open to the Public now - and anyone can use the facilities.
BUT did you know that........
  • Members get 10% discount off regular Menu food items
  • Members get discounts and perks at several local and online businesses (for travel, insurance, eye care, and many more..)
  • Members find fulfillment in knowing that all Legion Gaming, Meat Draw and Poppy net funds are directed BACK into this community in the form of assistance to Vets and their families, to Senior programs, Student Bursaries, Hospital Foundations, and other worthwhile charities. These programs - run by Member volunteers - result in positive benefits for all. 
Sign up today !!! Help keep our Legion open !!!
World Polio Day.....October 24, 2020
Bill sent:  Home Covid Test
Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd this Saturday, October 17......
Come one come all......the more the merrier.
Meet at Gallaghers at 9:00AM and have coffee after.....
Thank you Alan for organizing
Rotary RIPS -
Thank you to Angela for organizing on behalf of the City, Bill, Cleone and Coreen for Rotary and Dave for PMES.
A small but dedicated turnout……..great to see both City stalwart Mike Clay and new member Susan and husband Jim out to see how we like to ‘get our hands dirty’ in the PoMo Rotary Club!  Thanks to Bill, Coreen & Brian also.
We also had a couple of Noons Creek Hatchery volunteers pitch in – thanks Cate and Hannah!!  Looks like we will have some sore bodies after that.
Photo credits to:  Brian and Judy Taylor-Atkinson.
Her and Jim were walking by on the trail and noticed us.  They wanted to take some pics……………………..
It's clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. again this weekend.  Everyone meet at Gallaghers, on Saturday, October 10th at 9:00 AM.  The more the merrier and then stop back and have coffee together......Thanks for taking care of our Community.
Fall has arrived and it Looks like we will have a fantastic week of weather....
Thank you to PDG Denis for a very informative meeting last week on how to handle stress during 'this time' 
1.  Talk about how you feel
2.  Journal
3.  Exercise
4.  Laugh
5.  Give back
I'm not sure if that is the exact order, but you get what he means !!!!  
AND it looks like others are keeping busy.....
Patty's puppy is keeping them active and happy.....
Steve & Lauralea:  Lauralea’s sewing room getting a fresh coat of paint and getting ready for new sewing/cutting tables and wall cabinet for organizing all of her material. 
Coreen & Michael out hiking
Terry & Susan & friends out to Jug Island
Terry sent this photo of 'no log booms' in the Inlet
News from Oro Valley Rotary Club......most of you met Marc Snow when he came to visit our Club.  They could not have picked a finer gentleman.....


Marc Snow

Our District Governor Nominee Designate  DGND


Please send your best wishes and congratulations to Region 6 Assistant Governor Marc Snow. Marc will become District Governor of District 5500 in the year 23-24.


Marc is a past president of the  Oro Valley RC and has been a Rotarian for over 11 years. Marc also serves as the Board Secretary on the Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ ( TRVFA ) and is a board member of Healing Arizona Veterans.  His passion for Rotary shows through in all his Rotary work and endeavors.

Marc has a 32-year career at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Companies spanning Subcontract Manager, Contracts Negotiator, Program Manager, Functional Organization Manager, as well as a Mergers and Acquisitions Director.


As the Governor of District 5500, I  would like to personally congratulate Marc,  who has shown to be an outstanding Assistant Governor in his region and a leader in our District.



Peter:  Sad end to my week end in Whistler...
I don’t know the damage to the engine yet
Gayle:  Bert Flinn park......
It's FALL !!!! One of the most beautiful times of the year !!!
Steve & Lauralea had smoke in Mabel Lake too.......can't really see the lake.....
George has been a speaker at our Rotary Club many times....
George Garrett—Co-Founder of VCDS—Retires;
Launches Legacy Giving Program for Cancer Drivers

Lower Mainland, BC. George Garrett—award-winning reporter, beloved community champion and a co-founder of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has announced his retirement from the Board of the Society, effective August 31st, 2020.

Since February 2016 when the service launched, the Society has recruited close to 200 drivers and dispatchers to drive cancer patients to and from their appointments with free, safe and timely transportation. In total, the Society has facilitated 58,886 patient trips and driven 1,730,941 kilometers: an astonishing amount given its humble but ambitious beginnings as an idea launched by three friends.

“Put simply, it wouldn’t be possible for us to have supported so many cancer patients if it weren’t for George Garrett,” explained Bob Smith, President of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. “His bold vision for a level of care and support for those facing this debilitating illness, combined with his passion and energy, enabled us to grow rapidly to meet the needs of cancer patients for access to care. We will always be grateful for the legacy George shares with us and wish him the best as he steps down from his day-to-day commitments.”

Garrett leaves the Board with parting gifts: a substantial transfer of securities will benefit the current drive for funding operations now and a Legacy Pledge in his Will to lead the Society’s launch of the Legacy Giving Program, designed to assist the VCDS in the creation of a sustainable financial future. Donations such as these ensure that cancer patients across the fifteen communities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will continue to have access to free, reliable and safe transportation to their cancer treatments.

Of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society’s services, one cancer survivor shared, “I had no way to get to my treatments and no money to take a taxi. Before hearing about your wonderful service, I was very depressed. You relieved an enormous burden. All my drivers were wonderful and caring. You helped save my life.”

Garrett says working with Founding President Garth Pinton and the late John MacInnes was a challenge in the early stages but cancer patients and their families as well as the general public became aware of our service and it began to grow. As well as providing free rides for hundreds of patients our volunteer drivers and dispatchers developed a bond with patients, providing them with the assurance that we would always be there for them. Garrett added, “Thanks to donations from many sources in our first five years we know we’ll be there for cancer patients for years to come.”

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The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is a free service that lessens the burdens of cancer patients in the Lower Mainland. Founded in 2016, and entirely volunteer-run, the Society drives patients who otherwise have no access to private transportation to and from treatment appointments, providing both essential support and peace-of-mind. Volunteers make more than 20,000 trips every year, in addition to supporting more than 25% of the Society’s overall annual budget through donations. 

Areas served are North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission.

You had better BELIZE it !!!!
Belize container loading......Oh my gosh so many good items going to Belize......Thank you Dan for organizing....Thank you to everyone who came out to help.  Belize will be very grateful.
Well it was supposed to be a rainy day but turned out to be absolutely perfect.  Thank you so much to Ian, Michael and Cleone who organized this 2020 Pig Roast at Belcarra Park.  On Club Runner you will see the 2020 Pig Roast photo album......
It was great to see everyone and thank you to President Meghan for giving out her Rotarian of the month awards along with Paul Harris + 1 for Ian
Anthony received an award for the Grant writing he did for us.
Jeannie received an award for the photos she sends each week for our meetings
Vida received an award for the 'mask' making project.
We celebrated Navid's birthday and it was great to see his Mom join him.
All in all the food was fantastic, the weather was great but most of all the 'company' was the BEST.  We really needed to all get together and thank you to everyone who came.  We missed the members that could not be there, but hope they will be able to join us for the next gathering.
Look what we found in the forest
Thank you to Dave Stone for 'What makes Dave tick'.  We learned some new facts about this guy.  Great job.
Happy Dollars.......
The Oro Valley Rotary Club has a great idea and wonder what you think......everyone has a jar beside them when they are at the 'zoom meetings'.....When it comes time to do our Happy Dollars......we can actually put in our 'happy dollar money' in the jar.  It will be a reminder that we do 'give' either to our Paul Harris for EREY or for the Clubs operating costs.  Thoughts?
PP Mike & Christine:  We went to the sunflower festival and sailing in Indian Arm with neighbours
We went up to Green Lake last week. Had a wonderful time.
Steve & Lauralea:  Made a trip to Castlegar via Rossland and Trail.  Stopped to look at the  historical buildings that are still standing today.  Didn’t realize how much history Rossland has.    Lexie found a new friend to play with for the weekend.   Wow we are having so much fun.
Claire out with the family....
Photos from the fun Belize computer builds!!!  Belize container gets packed on September 19th, 2020.
Thank you to Michael, Al, Brian, & Terry for loading the computers with Windows.  Great job.
Great clean-up Heritage Mtn. crew on Saturday....Thanks to all who participated.  
Oh my gosh......look at all those Chrome Books
Ian wrote:  updating and re-packing the Belize Chrome a new home on the 19th of September.  Look at Trish's smile xox
This is what Claire posted on our Rotary Club of Port Moody FB page.  
It’s that time of year again!
With things being a little bit different this year and social distancing etc. we will not be able to register participants for the annual Terry Fox Run event that takes place at Rocky Point Park.
We have decided to make a team where you can donate to anyways! If you’d like to join our team by donation, here’s the link! Thanks very much for your ongoing support to our amazing community.
If you would like to make your own team, or your own separate donation to Terry Fox foundation that would also be a lovely thing to do.
Stay safe and healthy.
Rotary Club of Port Moody. 

Never forget 9/11
Gayle in the Park
Jeannie's happy place
Gayle enjoying lunch at John B
A huge big thank you to Frank, Bill, Ian, Danne & Navid for volunteering for the BBQ at Innervisions.  Thank you to Michael for lending his BBQ. and to the whole club for always supporting Innervisions. The men love it and are grateful that we care.
Frank wrote: It was a great day and everybody really enjoyed themselves. I stopped counting the number of times they thanked us 😊
Here’s some pictures of the motley crew and all the smiling faces.
A huge big thank you to Pete & Cindy for organizing the Poker Run Car Rally.
Peter wrote:
First of all thank you for participating in this FUN Rally
by all accounts everyone had a good time!
Big thankyou to the Marshalls —Brian Dunne----Kerry Foley—Danne Dunlop, who waited patiently for all the 7 teams to come to their stations.
This is the complete break down of the results.
Those of you who may have some serious misgivings on your scores and answers, please go to this email address were  your
general grievances will  be handled in a fair and judicial way. ……….. LOL
1) CLEONE                    ACE HIGH + pair.  Cleone, Yvonne & Jeannie
2) ICOO  LOCOS               3- 2 twos.            Gayle, Bob, Melissa & Rusty
3) MATTHEW                    3 FIVES               Matthew & Scott Brewley   [Coquitlam Club]    
4) BROWNLES                3- 3 KINGS.           Glen & Marcie       
5) VICTORIOUS                3-ACES.               Linda, George, Kari & Darren
6) CANAUSSIE                3 JACKS                Brian & Kelly
7).THE ACES                    3- ACES              Michael & Coreen & Henry Berrisford and Kayla
Linda, George, Kari & Darren
2ND PRIZE. MOST POINTS = possible 425.
1) THE ACES            402.50        Michael
2). VICTORIOUS        387.5        Linda
3). BROWNLES        385             Glen
4). IOCO LOCUS        370           Gayle
5). CELONE            327.50          Cleone
6).MATTHEW            310            Matthew
7). CANAUSSIE        265.            Brian
2ND PRIZE WINNER…………….Michael $30.00 gift card………..THE ACES,
3rd. Prize Lowest mileage/Klms.  My count was 48KLMS.
1). CANAUSSIE        62.6 klms
2).IOCO LOCOS        62.7
3). MATTHEW            53.9
4). BROWLES            47.5
5).CELONE            48
6).VICTORIOUS        45.3
7).THE ACES            45.3
Glen :  Jamie and Yvette from Rocky Point Ice Cream watch as the amazing mural by Ola Volvo nears completion.  
Dave & Kathy hiking in the 'hood'
Aziz and family in Whistler and at home
Pictures from our first family Kayaking experience with the family at Rocky Point in Friday.  Also, our first family trip to Whistler on Thursday. 
Birdie for Bill....Birdie juice
Crew out golfing - Alan, Terry, Bill and Al 
Sending healing thoughts & good wishes to Steve Gable, Ann Hulbert and Dan Gallant.
Heritage Mtn. Clean up this Saturday.........MEET at Gallaghers at 9:00 AM....The more the merrier....
The sunset's have been amazing......Thanks Gayle
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