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Welcome to the
Rotary Club of Port Moody

Port Moody

Every Member an Active Member

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
St. James's Well Pub
Newport Village
248 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC  V3H 5H1
District Site
Venue Map
Our stories
Quote from CAN:  'If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism'.
Tina Chiao and Stephanie Jull – Canucks Autism Network
Ted MacCormac- Vancouver Sunrise Club
Laura MacCormac 
Gene Vickers Past President & Founder of our Rotary Club
Reza Jafari - Guest of Gene and interested in our Rotary Club
Eloise Pads Dog
Camp Jubilee Visit Sunday by 5 of our members to see the 30 kid’s we sent to camp this year.
Isabella took the Pay it Forward bag to give out this week.
Exploring our District Grant this year:
Cleone told us they are looking at 2 projects this year:
KinStart- Help development of Children with Disabilities.
Share- With new building could help with room that they need equipment for helping those in need.
Cleone will bring the proposal to the next Board Meeting as they are still at the information gathering stage.
Organization needing funds could take the empties at the end of the day at Ribfest.
Please refer to Allan Schmelzel.
Guests Speakers Canucks Autism Network
Founded in 2008 by Paolta and wife Aquilini
Guest Speakers
Stephanie Jull- Fundraising
Tina Chiao- Development
Our Vision at Canucks Autism Network is for every individual with Autism to be understood, accepted and supported in all Community spaces.
Design Custom Solutions:
1.Individual consultations
3.Accessibility Resouces
Programs held in 109 communities in BC
Revenue $4,100,000.
Only 8% go to Administration: 92% goes to programs.
Children with Autism have difficulties with Social Communication, sensory and repetitive behavior.
Programs are in most urban centres of BC
Mainly in : Skating, Swimming, Hockey, Gymnastics, Music , and Camps.
Still more demand than enough spots for all children.
Rob Flugle of our City Police force is training officers to deal with Autism clients.
Congratulations on a great program.
President Cleone's first meeting.
Visitors today were Anthony Sandler, his second meeting
and George Balzer here to support and remind us of Summer Sundays.  
Our Rotary Tent was well used at Summer Sunday's first concert.  Thanks to Danne & friends for helping put it up & to Cleone who came early to rake up 'goose poo'
We had RIBFEST final meeting ARIA 2.  This meeting was for Logistics and Planning.  Volunteer training will be Saturday
July 13th at Port Moody Rec. Centre, Arena 1 from 2:00 -4:00 PM.  All Bar volunteers, VIP Bar, ID checkers, Cashiers, RIB VALET are invited to learn our new system.  And this is what happened after the meeting !!!
Volunteer recruitment Brewery Walk next Friday, July 12th starting at Moody Ales, 5:30 pm If you can make it, and wear an old RIBFEST shirt if you can!!!
Camp Jubilee visit was this past Sunday.  Several of our members went up to see what the camp is all about.
August 17 ,The Rotary President will be at Kwantlen College in Surrey 4-6pm.  A great opportunity to meet the President!
A container was loaded and shipping to the Philippines last week.  This container is full of books to start libraries all over the country.  A past member Dale Shae was instrumental in collecting these books.
This year's President is Mark Daniel Maloney and is the Theme "Rotary Connects the World"
Please mark your calendars for August 12th..... there is a Club Service/ Membership meeting at Linda's
Dan is going to continue monthly with our "Rotary Minute" each month. Thanks Dan!
OOOPS what is he cleaning up now !!!  Our Green Machine - Bill
Darrell Burnham is in charge of Speakers.  Please help him find amazing people to highlight!
April 30 - May 3 is the District Conference in Harrison Hot Springs - book your RV spot now.....& maybe your hotel room too.
District Grant applications that we can give up to 10k US must be submitted to the end of Aug.  So if you have any suggestion please advise!
Cleone did a great power point showing what everyone in the Club is doing and where YOU can help.

Cleone hosted her first meeting as President on time!!!  Well done!
We are proud to be Canadian
and very grateful for our American neighbours.  Happy Independence Day U.S.A.
Our meeting was at Eagle Ridge Manor and oh my gosh what a spread they put on for us.  We are grateful for the partnership we have will ERM and you can certainly feel the gratitude that they have for our Rotary Club of Port Moody.
We have donated over $227.000.00 over the 20 years of our Rotary Club and we are very proud of that.
This was President Ian's last official meeting and we all gave him a huge applause for his hard work this past year.
President Elect Meghan Lahti was not at our Installation night to receive her pins.  Meghan will be President Elect for 2020-2021 and she is also taking on the role of Vocational Service.  AG Al S. presented Meghan with her pins.
ERM showed us the equipment we have purchased for them, and The Hospital Foundation gave a short talk about what our new Emergency ward will look like very soon. Construction has started and the whole Community will all benefit from this improvement.
This Wednesday, JUNE 26TH, our meeting is at EAGLE RIDGE MANOR.  
Same time but 'at the MANOR'.

Tri-Cities Interactors are Amazing!

The Interactors were the Block Painting Party Heroes! They were busy setting up, inside the bin passing up blocks, painting the blocks and bin, photographing, interviewing, planning the lunch, prepping and serving the lunch, cleaning up afterwards.  It was just fantastic! 

Children delight in painting blocks and then stacking them in an ephemeral art display at our RIBFEST Fun Zone. We paint the blocks white each year and give them a fresh canvas. The Interactors liked that this saves on paper waste and trash and also simply want to help us.

In fact this year for their YMCA grant they actually catered an environmental lunch for the 28 volunteers. They bought locally, used compostable plates and cutlery took care of the green waste. They will be creating a video of the event and we are looking forward to seeing it at one of our club meetings.

We would like to thank everyone that came and helped - the 10 Interactors, their wonderful support team of – Maria Baez, the YMCA Provincial coordinator for YCan (YMCA community Action and Network part of Canada Service Core), Carly the president of the Port Coquitlam Rotary club, Patty and Don. We also had Linda Mross and Alex from the Langley club. 

Danne Dunlop and I would like also to thank everyone from our club – Dan Gallant, Ian and Trish MacPhail, Coreen and Michael Berrisford, Vida Peterson, Glen and Marissa Brown, Al and Kathy Stjernengaard and family, David Woolven and Emma and Brian Wormwald!

We were cleaned up and finished lunch by 11:30!!! Most of that was the amazing volunteers but also our blocks are proving to be too popular and we will have to cut some more.

Thanks Everyone! It was a great day!

Cleone Todgham and Danne Dunlop

Can you volunteer a few hours of your July 19-21 Weekend?  It will make our Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST a huge success.
Thank you
Guests today were Anthony Sandler, checking out Rotary. He is an Investment Advisor.
Youth Outreach Services Society, Mark Lindsay & Karen  came to receive their $2500 cheque that will help fund the mobile drop in centre for youth and youth at risk for just over a month.  They were very grateful.
Don't forget to tighten your LUG NUTS.  Thanks Paul !!!
Franesca Anastasi, Founder of Shimmymob.com 
joined us to educate us on what it is, creating change for domestic violence.
 Vida had a face painting class  in Sinclair building.  Looks like fun !!!
Peter reminded everyone to please actually open and respond to his email asking for Captains and Co-Captains for our club.
This is an important job each week, and if everyone does their part, the meeting will go very smoothly.  Peter would like 2 more team 'captains'.  That job is just reminding your team each week for 1 month [that's only 4 times] what their responsibility is.  If you can't make it that week, please find someone to take your place.  
Installation night at Saint Street Grill was to Celebrate Ian and Cleone.
Community News
You might recall that Talitha Koum Society president Mary O’Neill made a presentation to our club several months ago, in advance of TK’s gala. I though you and your members would like to know that TK has another event coming up soon, and we would be very pleased to see some Rotarians there; it’s the Set Her Free (Summer)—Butterfly Release taking place 1-3pm on June 29 at Blue Mountain Park. Buy/Reserve your butterfly for just $25 plus a small service fee. A family-friendly event featuring activities, entertainment by Tony Prophet, and a mass release! More info and tickets at www.talithakoumsociety.org. Thanks
Rotary Club of Port M​​​​​​oody Community Grant Thank you
Camp Jubilee invite:
  • Sunday July 7, 2019
  • Depart 10:00am from Rocky Point in Port Moody, return approximately 2:00pm
  • Lunch is included
Please RSVP and include names of each guest (we will need a head count for the boat run and lunch).
AND when you return around 2:00 you can stay at the park for the very first Summer Sundays Concert of the year.
Our Rotary tent will be put up for you to sit under.  Great way to support both events.

A great day at the Port Moody Community Fair.  Cleone did so much work on a Power Point and then we couldn't get it to work.  Thanks Cleone for trying and the good news is we can use it for the 20th Anniversary Party.  Cleone also went to the lock-up and got our banners.
We had a good turnout.  Thanks to Reena for organizing us all:
Cleone, Gayle, Gladys, Peter, Bill [who wore 2 shirts], Jeannie and myself.  We talked to many people and most new about RIBFEST and can hardly wait to come.  We asked for volunteers and handed out Summer Sundays cards.  All in all, very successful.
Gayle and I went to CABE to present the awards that the Soroptimist's gave out.  What an amazing day.  If you ever wondered about the money we have given to CABE, wonder no more.  It was truly a wonderful afternoon.  Thanks to the Soroptimist's for inviting us.
Our Guests this week were: Camp Jubilee
 & Christine Poznanski
Here is a great photo of a good friend to the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Bob & Pat  Knight.  They were in Hamburg for the RI Convention and a man from Poland took the photo.  
WOW what a day.....Beautiiful weather, great turnout for the Rotary Club of Port Moody, AND very generous people in our Community.  Another record year......GREAT JOB.
We know we can't direct TRAFFIC very well, so our very own Paul will set up guidelines for next year.  Thanks for all the great suggestions from everyone.  
Santa came by to see us !!!  He is so good to support our Rotary Club in so many ways.  Thanks Santa !!!
We would like to invite you and the Rotary Club of Port Moody to join us at the Longest Day 5K Run/Walk in support of West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation (www.wckfoundation.ca). West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation exists to create joy, community and exceptional experiences for kids and families tackling childhood cancer and blood disorders. This summer, WCK will run its first ever City Camp program in Surrey and Vancouver. City Camp has been developed specifically for kids receiving cancer and blood disorder treatment and gives them the opportunity to play all day and get cozy in their own beds each night. The second annual Longest Day 5K Walk/Run is coming up on Saturday, June 22nd at 7pm. This event is put on by Dragonfly Racing and $5 from each entry directly supports the WCK City Camp program. The run starts at Trasolini Field behind Port Moody Recreation Complex, and finishes at Rocky Point Park. It only costs $25 to register as an adult or $20 for 19 and under. There will also be lots of prizes available from local businesses! You can sign up for the run here: http://www.freestylefitnessbc.com/dragonfly-racing.html We also encourage you to create an individual or team fundraising page. All funds raised will directly support the WCK City Camp program. You can create a fundraising page here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/west-coast-kids-cancer-foundation/p2p/WCK-longestday-run/ We would be delighted to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact me at taylor@wckfoundation.ca.
All the best,
Taylor Lawrence
Shred-a-thon was on Saturday  and we had another RECORD year.  Thanks to all who came out to help.
Block painting Party - June 23 @ 9am with a bbq at the Rotary World Help Building (Interactors will be helping too)
Vida - spoke of Rotary International Conference June 6-10 in Honolulu 2020, please give her your name if you have interest in going.
Eagle Ridge Manor sent us a Certificate acknowledging the 9k we have given recently in support for their community.
Pacific Scout Group came in to receive a grant of $1500 to go to their projects and will help again with Ribfest.
June 25, Bard on the Beach.  Vida donated 2 tickets to be auctioned off.  Glen is the proud recipient.
Community Fair Date is Saturday June 15 for those of you helping.
There was an International meeting last night that went well
Installation dinner is June 20, 5pm? At the Saint Street Grill.
Please remember to register yourself and your (paying) guest if you can make it!
Guests today were Speakers from Rotaractors speaking on behalf of RYL, Hector and Brayden, who spoke of how RYLA has helped them be better versions of themselves, helping others and want to continue with this for their journey's.  
They explained what the 4 days entails though the steps to help others understand their potential. They also help at Ribfest.
Interactors, Devon, Nathanial and Anaya spoke of what the interactors do (12-18) and how they contribute through their learnings from Yale and being around each other and us!  Many of them met at Yale.  They also help at RIBFEST.
Some of their accomplishments are Random acts of kindness at the skytrain station, Garden project at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Shoreline Cleanup, Christmas Breakfast, Thanksgiving Breakfast and Rotary Rips.  Also a donation of $500 to the Guatamala project!   Amazing people!!!  They would love to see some Rotarians attend their meetings at the Coquitlam Library on Wednesdays in the boardroom, they usually meet around 4pm.
Please ask Linda for posters if you can put some up around town, or towns you attend...your partners work or kids schools etc.


Count down for RIBFEST - 7 Weeks to GO

Today's Guests were:  Alan McBride, Granddad with a cause, Autism BC,  Becs Brocken, Fund Development Manager, of Autism BC, & Grant Rigsby

Nice to see PP Alan back from their Adventure.


It is the 20th Anniversary of our Rotary Club of Port Moody  and we would like YOU to please -


September 5th, 2019 , Cocktail Party at- Vancouver Golf Club.....6:00 - 9:00pm

Ticket price to be announced.


Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2019 

Please remind your friends and neighbours that we need their help to make this year's RIBFEST bigger and better than ever.


SHRED-A-THON June 8th, 2019  - Please come out and help.....tell you neighbours, friends and relatives that all the shredding is done by BEST SHREDDING 'on site'.






Lots of Happy Dollars today.....Lots of happy people in our Rotary Club of Port Moody

Meetings and lots of them !!!

Tuesday - June 4th - Moody Ales - International Meeting - everyone welcome

Wednesday - June 5th - Scanning meeting for the 20th Anniversary at Patty's home

Saturday - June 8th - SHRED-A-THON

Monday - June 10th - Core RIBFEST trial -  4:00pm Balzer's - Bring appetizer and beverage of choice

Monday - June 10th - Joint Directors meeting at Balzer's, this year's & next year's Board - 5:00 pm 

Bring appetizer and beverage of choice

Thursday - June 20th - Installation Night at Saint Street Grill - 5:30pm - Please bring your money for your guest on Wednesday


Our speaker today was Becs Brocken, Fund Development Manager, of Autism BC.  Autism BC  is a parent based and directed society that has been working to provide information and support to individuals and families affected by autism since 1975. They are a non-profit, registered charity and acknowledge the financial support to the Province of British Columbia. 


Their MISSION is, “To enhance and improve the lives of those affected by autism in BC”.


Their VISION is, “An inclusive society where people on the autism spectrum reach their full potential”.


Autism is a development disorder that affects communication and behaviour.  It is known as a spectrum disorder because there is a wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience.  There is no one cause as it is a combination of genetic and non-genetic risk factors. Vaccines has been not shown to affect the risk.


People with autism have difficulty with social communication and interaction and have restricted interests and repetitive behaviours.  Some of behaviours that are common in people diagnosed with autism may include:

    • Making little or inconsistent eye contact
    • Having a tendency not to look at or listen to people
    • Failing to, or being slow to, respond to someone calling their name or to other verbal attempts to gain attention
    • Having difficulties with the back and forth of conversation
    • Having  facial expressions, movements, and gestures that do not match what is being said
    • Having an unusual tone of voice that may sound sing-song or flat
    • Having trouble understanding another person’s point of view or being unable to predict or understand other people’s actions
    • Repeating certain behaviours or having unusual behaviours, such as repeating words or phrases
    • Having a lasting intense interest in certain topics, such as numbers, detail, or facts
    • Having overly focused interests such as with moving objects our with parts of objects
    • Getting upset by slight changes in  a routine
    • Unusual responses to sensory stimuli


For over 40 years AutismBC has been making a difference in communities across BC for families impacted by autism. Today autism impacts 1 in every 58 families in BC.


Rotary World Help sending another container.

Dan Gallant reported:

We loaded container number 400 destined for Kiev, Ukraine and following loading celebrated the event with a party, photo ops, etc. I estimate we had 50/60 Rotarian's and friends join us for the occasion including our very own Ann, Brian, Bill, Michael and Corinne for which I am very grateful.
#400 marks an incredible milestone with containers to 65 countries, assisting an estimated 12 million people and an estimated replacement value of $140 million.
And thanks to our club for their ongoing and unwavering support.



Now that's the way to sing 'O Canada'   Gary W was happy with everyone !!!  
You could have heard a 'pin' drop
Our Guest Speakers were Vanessa Wideski  & Rob Thornton from Low Entropy
They shared Luau video that some of our members went to.  Save the Date for next year:  May 2nd, 2020
Robert’s presentation was passionate and real. 
[in point form this is what we learned.]
Personal story, came to Canada, difficulties with divorce, welfare, gang life. 
Always had soccer, learned to be happy for others success
Metro Ford teams, Canadian teams, invited to Capilano, all Canadian athlete, professional tryouts, accepted, world champions, 22 yrs old, 
When his Father took ill, Robert went home & took care of him. His Father passed in 2010
Continued education, now working on masters
He made it through all these trials,
Robert is here to advocate for youth. 
Youth Empowering Youth, division of low entropy
Working across LM to help youth. 
We have all been invited to:
Buntzen Lake BBQ June 1, 10:00 am -4:00pm
Community, Connection, Fun -
You could have heard a 'pin' drop 'during his presentation.  Thank you so much for sharing your story Robert.  You WILL be a role model for our youth.  
Nice to have Laura Adema from the Coquitlam Club come and tell us about her fundraiser for ALS
We hope it was a great success.
Shred-a-Thon is coming soon.  If you would like to come out and help it would be great to see you at City Hall at 8:30 am.
We need people to move & direct the traffic, break down the cardboard, ask for donations, and help unload the vehicles & put the papers into the bins.  We will be talking to people and asking them to come and volunteer at RIBFEST, and then when the 'truck is full' off we go to lunch at the Well.  It is always a fun day.....please dress for the weather because you 'never know' what it will be like.
RIBFEST - only a little more than 8 weeks away.  Please ask everyone you know if they could please help us by volunteering.
Installation night is June 20th, 2019 at Saint Street Grill at 5:30pm.  If you are bringing a guest, please bring your $55.00 to Rotary this Wednesday....
Installation promises to be fun.  We will be welcoming our new President - Cleone and Thanking Ian for a great year.
Search for the Perfect Pint had a record year.  Thank to Micheal, who with his 'tech' experience allowed us to sell tickets at the door. And thanks to Alan K. who led the team.
Raffle, doors sales, 50/50 all successful
Community Fair June 15, need 2 volunteers for 1-2pm, Sat, share ideas for what to share with public. Please let Reena know if you can help out.
PMFD, city wide fire smart presentation May 29 630 HWSS, interface fires. 
Patty, Dan G, Bill birthdays this week - 
Rotary minute, Rotary Foundation Int’l, 1916, 1917, doing good in the world. One of world’s leading humanitarian foundations. https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Reminder you can make donation towards your account w RIF, with for happy bucks
Our Rotary Club of Port Moody Community Grants Committee will be meeting soon to go over the 'grant applications' that we have for this term. 
Here is a great story from one of our recipients from last year who always come out in full force to help us with RIBFEST.
Here is a letter from:
Pacific Storm Water Polo Team
 It's been a very intense few weeks with our teams traveling to Calgary for Western's and now 2 of our teams heading there again for Nationals next week! We will definitely have our crew at RIBFEST again, we love you guys!  
At this moment in time it is hard for people to pick their volunteer times as there are summer Waterpolo choices that are pending for a lot of our families. Storm will represent!
On another note, please know that some of our players that have volunteered with the Rotary Club for the past few years have had some exciting achievements.... one of our players is playing Waterpolo professionally in Greece, one of our players is heading to Harvard to also play Waterpolo, we've had one player (might be my son :) ) has been invited to the Senior National team in Montreal and a few more are heading down to the USA to Universities to study and play Waterpolo!
Thanks again for helping these kids play Waterpolo!!
What great accomplishments.....Rotary should be proud we played a small part in helping them.

Guest: Mark Saunders - Port Moody Library Director

-   Provided update regarding Port Moody Library

  • ‘moving Towards Libraries 4.0’
  • Revealed the new branding for the Library
  • New Logo
  • Shared information about the library
  • ‘4.0’ is the idea that technology will be imbedded into humans
  • Discussed key values of the library - intellectual freedom, collaboration, literacy, lifelong learning
  • Libraries have evolved into areas that embrace our values - they are about community building 
  • Libraries are about more than books - they are about community



*Rotary Club of Coquitlam - would like assistance on their community project. May 27, Townhall Pub, tickets are $25. Pilot project to provide employment services. Funds are being raised for the eradication of polio.

*Gayle - reminder about 20th anniversary - date is still to be determined. Meeting May 27 @ 5:00 at Gayle’s house.

*Reena - Community Fair June 15 - looking for volunteers to help out on 2 hour shifts from 11:00-3:00. 

*Search For The Perfect Pint - all records broken. Total fundraising TBD!

Here is the great group that came to clean up Heritage Mountain Blvd. on Saturday.  Thanks everyone !!!

*Al S - RIBFEST- we need prizes for the draw. The basket of the ‘TriCity Experience’ - ask for gift cards where you go.

*Al S- June 4 @ 7:00 International Meeting at Moody Ales

*Dan Gallant - 400th container being loaded last weekend 

Birthdays - Gary Wiggins (75)


Guests: Peter Tam Haney Club President and Ron Warneboldt Rotary Club of Coquitlam

Meghan was acting as President and did an admirable job keeping everything on track. Yea Meghan!!


Rotaract fundraiser May 17 @ Vancouver Golf Course. $60.00

May 18th we will be doing an early street cleaning on Heritage Mountain [and it will be a lot warmer than the photo above] PLUS it will be the day Rotary World Help loads their 400th container. Since shipping their first almost 22 years ago to the Ukraine containers have been shipped to more than 60 countries and this 400th container will be going to the Ukraine as a perfect bookend.

Friday September 20th will be Coquitlam Club’sFind the Perfect Pint”

Speakers—Glen and Al S. gave the Club an update on our Belize International Project:

You Better BELIZE it !!!!

Why Belize: We have had a relationship with Cisco who is President of 1 of the 8 Rotary Clubs in Belize. He also is contracted to run the prison (with help from the non-profit Kolbe Foundation) as well as his own business. He also works with other Clubs—Edmonton, and Britain. Belize population is appr. 350,000 with 1 prison (appr. 1200 inmates) mixed men and women plus some adolescents. Cisco has focused on skills training with the aim of job placements as the inmates are released. They have government financing but subsidize with programs from other Rotary Clubs—RACHEL, loaded with how to programs and basic training. They’ve set a goal for literacy levels and they are achieving SPE success (Student Placement Exam) which is their High School graduation equivalent.

Global grants are a great way to parlay our Club International contributions into 3-5 times the amount with matching grants. The community Al and Glen visited (St. Martens) is a poor neighbourhood. There are 800 students in 1 school K-8th grade. Parents at home lack literacy so can give little support to their kids. St. Marten’s Goals are improved educational achievements (currently measured at grade 4 levels, improved literacy, improved/increased use of the Library/learning centre, and better family support for education. 

They need a RACHEL server, chrome books, implementation support, monitors/projectors. Etc. Our Club can help financially with RACHEL content acquisition and development. Also implementation support in class rooms, facilitation training of program staff etc.

Our next International committee meeting is going to be Tuesday June 4th  7:00pm at Moody Ales. If you have a passion for any project, in any part of the world, bring your ideas and passion to the meeting. We currently have ongoing projects in Ecuador (Ian’s passion) Kenya (Cleone’s passion), South Africa upcoming (Isy’s passion) and Belize (Linda and George plus Al S and Glen’s passion). 


Search for the Perfect Pint is over for another year and this year was another success for the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Great job done by all who helped and especially by Alan K. who led the team.
Here is Alan's letter:
Wow, I can't believe the SFPP is done for another year. 
I am also amazed by how the members of this club work so hard to pull these events off.
I want to thank you all for doing a fabulous job in making this event a success once again.
Big shout out to Michael Berrisford for his computer wizardry and acquiring the lotto licenses. He did so many little things behind the scenes to keep things rolling.
And of course, thank you to Peter Cuthbert, for reeling in the sponsors and food vendors. Without the contributions from the sponsors, this event would not be as profitable as it is.
Awesome job to all those working the ticket lines and raffle areas. We were down some veterans in these areas but you all pulled it together. Stephen Witiuk, thank you for tracking tickets and keeping us on the rails. Especially when you scared the heck out us with the raffle money.
Please, if you have any photos of the SFPP, please share them on social media. You can also pass them on to Claire or myself. The photos are great marketing tools for us to use to promote for next year.
Did I say next year...???
Thank you all so much.
PS - if you have any feedback from customers or from your experience working the event, please let me know. Always looking to improve the processes and event for everyone.
Thanks to all our Sponsors.....we can not do this without you.
MOODY ALES is the winner - Congratulations.
And the winner of the 50/50
These helpful guys were a huge part of our' Before I Die 'Wall
Well the time has come !!!  
Thank you to the whole Search for the Perfect Pint team, especially Alan K. who lead the team.  Thursday is the day and everyone who will attend will be 'over the moon happy' with the results of all your hard work.
Have fun Rotary Club of Port Moody and be so proud that we pulled off another successful event for our Community.
Wish I was there......
President Ian is : 
Because President Ian was away PP Gary led the meeting and he is carefully looking at his notes

The meeting was chaired by our Past President (from many years ago) Gary who ably kept us on our toes and on time. Well done Gary!

Our guest this week  Aziz Saleh who is moving to the area from Markham Ontario and testing out different Clubs. 
PP Al and Chair of RIBFEST stops for a coffee
Terry is back, and Darrell is our trusty 'speaker' booker...[Is that a word?]
Patty is checking on Don....we wish him a speedy recovery [As you may tell, I am making all of this up]
Get your tickets 'today'
Please let Jaymee  know by this Wednesday the names of who will be attending from our Club. They would really love our support at this event They have been working really hard to see it be a success. They will have live music, great silent auction items, lottery board, toonie tosses and an excellent Italian buffet served by the golf course.

Birthdays: Danne had his birthday before he and Kerry leave for their holiday to Europe.

Gayle (with Linda) , Gary & Alan have struck a committee for an event to celebrate our Club’s 20th Anniversary in October/Novemer. She also has (and will have at this week’s meeting) RIBFEST volunteer cards.

Bill reminded the Club our cousins in the PoCo Club are again sponsoring the PoCo May Day parade on Saturday May 11th. Anyone who can volunteer contact Bill or Gaye Simms.

Alan K. reminded everyone to keep selling SFPP tickets we are 2 days out.

Gayle addressed our Installation night dinner coming Thursday June 20th. Members dinners are included in our annual fees. Plus 1’s are $55.00 per person.

Patty advised us the Rotaractors replaced plants/flowers in the big planters outside the main entrance at  Eagle Ridge Hospital—well done you Guys and Gals!!

Happy dollars: thanks from EVERYONE to Claire who did an amazing job organizing and making happen the “Before I die Wall” and to Mike C. and Danne for painting lines etc.. It was opened to the public Saturday morning April  27th. Full coverage by both the Sun and Province. GREAT JOB CLAIRE!

Dan announced that Rotary World Help would be loading their 400th container on Saturday May 18th going to the Ukraine (which is significant because the very first container sent also went to the Ukraine) . There will be a short celebration after and anyone is invited.

Our Guest speaker was Cleone who was there to give highlights of her trip to Africa. This project connected with the WHISCA agency, Lugari School District, Days For Girls and other Rotary Clubs. It was to expand the opportunities for E-learning with computer labs but also to explore new opportunities for future trips. She was a c-planner of this project with her friend Kaiyanga and K’s brother on this trip who are the onsite coordinators for the ongoing projects. 

Delayed flights, racing to catch connectors, and living without her own clothes (delayed) for a few days.—the joys of international travel.

In the E-lab to be set up they first had to work with a local handy person to build 42 tables with drawers to hold the equipment etc. (desk building 101)then, thanks to modern communication, they were able to access expertise from Michael B. from Vancouver and a  Vancouver District Specialist to get the computers up and running. Gave hands-on training but the students were knowledgeable with E-Learning not RACHEL. 

Books sent from our Club included stories, novels and text books from SD43 (weren’t sure if the kids would use them but they dug right in)

The school districts are all over crowded—too many students wanting to find a way to get ahead, with not enough facilities or staff. The trip included 1-3 days of training for teachers on the new I.T. Launch day was very busy. Cleone also took  some hand held microscopes like the 1’s our Club supplied to the Natural Science Lab the teacher in Seaview which opened the eyes of kids and teachers.

Worked with School Districts too introducing the “Days for Girls” re-usable menstrual pads program designed to allow the girls to continue attending class during their periods. It is part of the reason the girls have difficulty keeping up with their school work as they have traditionally had to miss school for up to a week a month. The most important way to change the 3rd world dynamic is to educate the girls and women. 12 new schools signed up for the program going forward.

Cleone also worked on a water program which is something our Club can hopefully contribute to in future trips.

She also explored a potential Forestry Project . She found a space the district was prepared to donate and opened discussions on how the area could be developed—part with a Forest plantation (including exotic species), some as grassland, some bushland and a large portion to be teaching centre with buildings and market gardens to produce food for the communities use and to sell excess to fund the program. 

Cleone worked with the Rotary Club of Eldoret  

THANK YOU Cleone for your hard work and passion for the world’s ecology and for the people in Africa who really need and appreciate your work. It looks like you will have a potential for many other “missions” to Africa. Hopefully we can add some helpers to your Team for future trips! 

Hurray, Hurray the 1st of May......Cleone is back

President Ian’s Quote from Rabindranath Tagore in memory of 3 climbers lost in an avalanche in Banff:

Guest: Chris Boyd

I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was service, I acted and behold saw that service was joy!

Brian Dunn’s birthday


  1. Remember Rotoactors fund raiser May 17th
  2. Danne reminded everyone he organizes the “pie day” last Friday of every month at the Manor and asked for a volunteer to cover for him as he and Kerry are away in May
  3. Reminder PoCo Club are major sponsors of the Port Coquitlam May Day Parade which is coming up on Saturday May 11th. If you are available and want to help out please let Bill know. 
  4. The launch of the "Before I die Wall' was a great success, the actual wall writing area looks fabulous and the memorial plaque identifies it as a Rotary Club of Port Moody  project tying in with Rotary International’s year of “Be the Inspiration”  WELL DONE CLAIRE!! 

Guest Speaker Chris Boyd is a member of the Coquitlam Club, son of Maureen and Denis Boyd also Coquitlam Club, is a clinical psychologist and part of a team which has put together an on-line program called “Mental Health Boot Camp”. (Ian’s prep for having Chris at our meeting revealed he has been identified as one of the co-founders of the Original Ugly Christ-mas Sweater Party 17 years ago which has raised over $225,000 for various charities. And if you remember the Skittles promo around Seattle Seahawk’s running back Marshawn Lynch—his favorite treat was Skittles and his early coaches and his parents would reward him with bags of Skittles when he scored or had a good game, etc. Seems Chris dressed up in the end zone in a “Bag of Skittles” costume to encourage Lynch to score TD’s which encouraged others, and Skittles used the TV shots of he and his buddies to promote their products which won him a “Skittles For Life” reward from the company.  WHO KNEW?)

The on-line program features an holistic approach--a comprehensive and varied curriculum designed to boost your awareness, self-control and well-being. Each day clients will participate in 4-5 activities which should take approximately 45 minutes. They don’t all need to be done at the same time, recommend reading the daily list first then fitting them into your own schedule. The activities will include:

  1. Thought provoking articles to read.
  2. Inspirational videos
  3. Soothing meditations
  4. Stimulating activities to experience, reflect upon, and integrate into your life

The various strategies used in the program have been shown to decrease feeling of anxiety, sadness and anger.

More information at www.mentalhealthbootcamp.com   



Our Bill had a very busy weekend.....I am sure Bill can't say 'no'...This was his account of weekend.....


At the 'Before I Die' wall opening, we had about 10 or 12 Rotarians and a person from the Vancouver Province, with an article in todays paper. The Plaque looks great and the wall is outstanding.Saturday was a monster day in the area--our wall unveiling, 20-25 food trucks at Inlet Park, Plus the dragon boat regatta. Unfortunately although it was generally dry and sunny there were a few squalls of rain and gusty winds (up to 70 KM) which blew straight down the Inlet so the regatta only managed to get their opening heats done before having to cancel the afternoon, final races so the beer garden was somewhat curtailed, however Dan G and I managed to represent our Club--Dan as head draught's person and me mostly doing cleanup/recycling. A good time was had by all.


A huge big thank you to Claire for spearheading the 'BEFORE I DIE' Wall.....Just another great project that the Rotary Club of Port Moody has brought to our amazing City of Port Moody.  Moody Ales gets huge kudos as well.
Thanks to everyone who came out to help and to support.
Photos compliments of Jeannie...

'There are many of these around the world, the first was in New Orleans and now we will have one and you will be welcome to write on it Thanks Moody Ales & The Port Moody Rotary Club and Dave Geneve (from Inlet Cabinets/ Room Renew) for help making this happen. We all need to reflect on our dreams and goals, here is a fun way to remind ourselves of this! We hope you love it!'

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