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St. James's Well Pub
Newport Village
248 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC  V3H 5H1
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 Rotary Meeting June 13 2018

This was a more casual meeting as we did not have a scheduled guest speaker coming to talk to us. The meeting was given over to providing an update on where we are at the committee level for the various areas of RIBFEST planning we did not cover off in our May meeting on our biggest fundraiser.

BIRTHDAYS: Kathy Stjernegaard and Nadine Elder

Club Anniversary:  Alan K. celebrates his 1st year anniversary this week.


  1. Shred-a-Thon was a great success—Almost record amount in 4 hours work. 21 of us volunteered during the 4 hours. We experienced all kinds of weather—rain, wind, hail, sun. Thanks to Peter for going to the Lockup to get our tent when it looked like rain was on the way. Thanks to Linda for organizing
  2. While some of us were shredding Dan Gallant was working at the Rotary World Help warehouse loading the 384th trailer we’ve sent overseas and they didn’t experience any of the weather our shredders got, just sunshine. This 1 was going to the Ukraine.  
  3. Rotary International Conference in Toronto this year is being attended by Dan G. his wife Marian and Paul Mitchell-Banks. Hope you guys have a great time!
  4. Saturday, June 23 is the Port Moody Community Fair an opportunity to find out about events in our City, Clubs, volunteer opportunities, City services, etc. We will be working in a tent explaining all the good we do, asking for RIBFEST volunteers, selling 50/50 tickets, etc. Come 1 come all.
  5. Saturday, June 30th (as part of Golden Spike Days) PCT will be hosting visitors at their Terminal to see the new expanded facilities and answer questions. They have invited us to bring a tent and talk to their visitors about all the work Rotary does in the community, ask for volunteers for RIBFEST, sell 50/50 tickets etc. Thanks to Ann, Linda, Gayle and Bill (and I think Ian too) for signing up.
  6. July 8th our Rotary day at the Kid’s Camp. Sign up at an upcoming meeting.
  7. July 20-22 Something called RIBFEST
  8. Summer Sunday’s  concerts in the Park start July 8th.

Meeting was about RibFest and where we stand 5 weeks out.

We are about 1/3-1/2 of the way to the volunteers we need. We will need a real push in the next month to fill in our volunteer roster. Linda is planning to have a prize draw each day for our volunteers—hopefully we can put together 15-20 gift baskets with donations from the community that will have a value of 50-75$ per basket so we can draw for 5+ each day.

VIP area will be sponsored by Lexus. There will be 100 plus seats available for 4 hours at a time—1 seating on Friday afternoon, and 2 seating’s each on Saturday and Sunday. There will be service to the table for food and drinks plus they will be closer to the music and not under the big top tent for the main beer tent. If we can sell out the VIP area for all 5 seatings it will be extra $ to the bottom line to help our Community.  Tickets are available on line, and will include 1 free drink and a $10.00 credit for their food order.

Brian Kenny stopped by from the Inlet Dragon Boat Festival to present us with a cheque for helping them with the Beer Garden.  A very nice surprise.

Summer is here and the HEAT is on !!!!  It seems that is all I ever talk about these days.  RIBFEST Volunteers.....
What a night it was.  !!!
We were greeted and sent over to a 'map' to put sticky dots on it of the countries we have travelled to.  Such a great idea and WOW our Club members have really travelled the world.  Cleone did up a 'passport' for Ian and we all signed.  
The first ever woman MC - Claire you did a great job.
The leading of 'O Canada' was done by our own Gary Wiggins who always does such a good job, followed by Trudy who gave a heartfelt  Invocation....Trudy it was outstanding !!!!
For the first time we recited the 4 way test lead by Dan Gallant.  Thank you Dan for the history of that 4 Way Test.
We had lots of guests and some came dressed like this:
The Best speeches.....
Darrell sent out this:  
As you know, throughout the year Mike has given all of us a pin and a story about how we were a Rotarian who made a difference, consistent with RI President Riseley's theme for the year.  
I believe the only one who hasn't received a pin is our President and I'd like to correct that on Thursday.   This is where you can help me by filling in the following sentence:
Mike Poznanski is a Rotarian who makes a difference by his:
Darrell read off the responses from the Club members and there were many..... Great job Darrell.
President Mike's speech was once again so wonderful....He truly has a gift. THANK YOU President Mike for a FANTASTIC year.  Great leadership....
Ian's speech , again was great and from his heart as well and we all look forward to an amazing year.
Mike's choice for the Paul Harris awards were chosen with care and no one could argue that he chose the BEST.....Congratulations TRUDY & COREEN.....
We miss you Trudy, BUT we will see her during RIBFEST....
Photos will be added next week in our Photo Album.
SPREAD THE WORD.....Port Moody RIBFEST 2018 is just 4 weeks away and we are putting a call out for VOLUNTEERS.  Talk to your friends, neighbors, clients and encourage them to come out and help.
With just 4 or 5 hours of their weekend, they will have a GREAT time and it will make our RIBFEST the BEST one ever. !!!!
Gerry Nuttall was awarded FREEDOM OF THE CITY on Saturday June 16th, 2018.  The event was a wonderful tribute to a man who has and continues to give so much to our City of Port Moody.
AND just a little 'aside'.....we do have a 'badge' with Gerry's name on it, just waiting for him to join the Rotary Club of Port Moody.
Please help spread the word that we need volunteers for our upcoming RIBFEST.  We can not put this event on with YOUR HELP.  Thank you so much for spreading the word. If you have any questions please email :  lindabalzer@telus.net
There is a Chamber of Commerce event coming up that we have the opportunity of supporting.  You can register on line.  Remember all Rotarians are 'members'.  
On Wednesday morning our Club was hosted by the Eagle Ridge Manor and Eagle Ridge Hospital thanking our Club for all the ways we help them help their residents.
......we are so lucky to have this Manor in our Community and it is so much fun to help them out.  This was their 'thank you' to us.

Guests: Gail and Lori from the Manor and Kailah, Charlene Giovannetti-King and Kristina Murray from the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation all welcomed us to the appreciation breakfast.


  1. June 23rd Port Moody Community Fair. Sign up to work in the Rotary tent to promote our volunteerism, what we do in the community  and ask for RibFest Volunteers.
  2. June 30th PCT..... volunteer for the Rotary tent again to promote all we do in Port Moody, to ask for volunteers for RibFest and sell 50/50 tickets.
  3. Thanks to Danne for all his work each month at Manor Pie Day, for Peter and Kerry and their work on reading days, and for everyone who assists each Christmas helping to decorate the Manor for the Season.
  4. Installation Dinner Thursday June 14th at 5:30 at Saint Street Grille. Arrival 5:10 to 5:30 for time to mingle.
  5. Thanks for Cleone,Yvonne and Linda for all the work getting the storage unit into order. Everyone Note:: EVERYTHING HAS A PLACE, IT’S TAGGED, MAKE SURE IT GOES BACK WHERE IT BELONGS!
Domino joined us too !
A huge THANK YOU card presented to President Mike with signatures from the residents.
The door in the 'comfort room' with our Rotary Logo on it.


Charlene spoke about our Rotary association with the Manor. It started in 2001 and since then we have donated almost $200,000 ($198,000) to projects the Manor wanted to institute. Most recently the Music Memory Project , shower chairs, IT equipment  and the Ice Machines and the new Leisure Room. They love our monthly Pie Days and the twice a month reading days. We also have supplied funds to build 2 different “Comfort Rooms” as palliative spaces where families can spend time with their dying relatives.

The ERH Foundation is chairing the push to finalize financing for the Eagle Ridge Hospital expansion. Their major fundraisers are the

“Wheel-to-Heal” this year with 156 riders raised $156,000.00. Upcoming events are the Charity Golf Classic coming up in July and on September 29th their “Evening of Caring Gala”. Their new branding is built around their new slogan “Legendary Care—We Deserve It”

The Tri-Cities has 235,000 residents and each year 1 in 2 residents are touched by the Hospital. The expansion will focus on:

  1. A much expanded Emergency Room. They currently handle 52,000 patients each year in emerge and they expect it will rise to 60,000 by 2030. The expansion will include going from 19 treatment spaces to 39 and will include separate entrance for the ambulance intakes and more privacy in the rooms. 
  2. A dedicated space to handle the cardiac care the Tri-Cities requires. They are currently working out of space that has been carved out of other departmental space. They currently have 3 cardiologists and will go up to 4. Should know all of the cardiologists are from Royal Columbia Hospital and share time with our hospital so we are getting first class care but it will be improved and expanded once the expansion happens.  

The Foundation has been tasked with raising 5 million of the 27.6 million required to complete the expansion.

A big thank you to Eagle Ridge Manor for being such welcoming hosts to their facility!!

The Lock-up is CLEANED-UP.....Oh my gosh....we found all kinds of things we thought we had lost.  Thank you to Ian and Alan for putting up the shelves......
Thanks to Yvonne, Cleone & Linda for putting everything in it's PLACE !!!
Great job everyone, it looks AMAZING !!!!
SHRED-A-THON 2018 will go down in history as one of the WETEST ever !!!
OH MY GOSH.....We had weather.  Lots of people showed up early to set up which was great.  Peter went to the lock-up to get our tent, the sun was shining and we said 'thanks Peter for getting it but looks like we won't need'.  Peter took off and about 15 minutes later showed up again and said YOU ARE GOING TO NEED THIS TENT.....!!!
There was a line up of cars at 8:15 am waiting for us and the truck to arrive.
We had sprinkles, we had pouring rain, we had hail, we had sunshine ....YEP we had it all......BUT most of all we had very GENEROUS and GRATEFUL residents of Port Moody who were so thankful that we have our SHRED-A-THON.  
We could not put on this SHRED-A-THON without the partnership of the
CITY OF PORT MOODY, TRI-CITY NEWS and of course BEST SHREDDING.  All do more than their share to make sure we have a successful event so we can help our Community.
We handed out our 'Recruiting Volunteers' cards to everyone who came by and almost 100% of them said 'RIBFEST' we LOVE RIBFEST !!!! ...
All in all we had a great time.....We made a lot of money in 4 hours and our Club is stronger for the bonds we made during this event.  
Thanks to all everyone for coming out to help. [photo is just a few of the group that were there to help]
Linda ;o)
Our Rotary Club committed to clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. once a month.  We have 8 signs on the Blvd. telling everyone that Rotary is responsible for this.
We cleaned up the Mtn. on Saturday and in less than 1 hour it was 'spice and span' once again.  Only 5 bags of trash, BUT lots of cigarette butts.
We will be doing this again on Saturday June 30th....Mark your calendars and come on out and join us.  The more the merrier.  We meet at Gallaghers at 9:00 am and when we are done, we have coffee there.  A great social time !!!
Thanks to Darrell for organizing this every month.
Meeting of May 30th.

Anniversary: Peter and Cindy are celebrating their 49th this week. Scott Masse is celebrating his Birthday  & Paul Mitchell Banks is celebrating his 18th Rotary anniversary. BEST WISHES you 3.

Orland Lee is home from the hospital and we are all happy to hear that.  

Cleone passed around a letter from Mayor Mike thanking Rotary for their contribution to the community for RIPS (Remove Invasive Plant Species).

Cleone went to the all day conference at Coquitlam City Hall Complex Human Trafficing and luring for anyone able and interested.

June 4th 5 pm. Community Grant meeting was at Gayle’s and we will hear the results of that committee meeting and wait for approval from the Board. 

June 6th RIBFEST Meeting at Aria

June 9th is Shred-a-Thon still need volunteers—it’s a great time to serve the community. Meet at City Hall 8:30. 

June 14th remember our Installation night at Saint Street Grill to welcome in our new President, Ian.

June 22, 23, 24 ROTARY International Conference in Toronto Ontario. Paul, Dan Gallant and his wife Marion will be attending from our Club.

June 23rd  Port Moody City is holding their 'get to know your community event'. We will be sponsoring a tent to talk about all the great things we do in the community—volunteers always welcome. 

June 30th Open House at Pacific Coast Terminals we will have a tent to talk to guests who come to visit the terminals for a tour. Promoting RIBFEST asking for volunteers, talking about all the events we participate in and the money we give back to the community. We will be personing the tent for 5 hours 11am- 4pm on site at PCT. If you would like to volunteer please contact Bill or see him at our meeting this week.

July 5th will be Rotary Day at Camp Jubilee. Anyone interested will be welcome.

WOW, what a lot of stuff we have coming up!!


Visitors: Steve Corcoran Royal Canadian Marine SAR, and Glen Brown, hopefully his last meeting as a guest as he is transferring from the Sunshine Coast
REMEMBER Meeting on June 6th is at Eagle Ridge Manor.  Please park as close to the manor as you can and you do NOT have to pay for parking.
Brian is at our meetings every week quietly setting up the AV for our Guest Speakers..  Thank you Brian for always being there.  AND for leading us in 'O' Canada, when Gary is not in attendance.  We are all sorry about the wrong card being pulled.....
President Mike gave a 'Rotarian who makes a Difference' pin to  'Woody'  David Woollven.  Way to go David.....
Stephen Corcoran  Royal Canadian Marine SAR

Steve Corcoran was in speaking about the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR). The BC division has its’ headquarters in Sooke. They have 41 stations along the BC coast. Last year they had 711 tasks, 78,767 hours spent and 538 people assisted. They have approximately 1,000 volunteers in BC and to be declared “on call” you need to be within 15 minutes of a station driving at posted speed limits.  Their guide to explain cold water rescue is—1-10-1—which means 1 minute to catch your breath, 10 minutes till you start to lose limb control and 1 hour you will be hypothermic.  FYI, Air and tidal water emergencies are controlled by Federal teams. Ground and inland water emergencies are handled Provincially.  

They are a registered charity—get annual grants, corporate donations, Province of BC gaming grants, etc.. Cleone asked Steve how our Rotary can help them and he explained a new program they’ve started called “Kid’s Don’t Float” to promote the importance of using life jackets especially for kids (see 1-10-1 above).  Last year they created the first kid’s life jacket rental stand at a beach in Vancouver with small vests available for renting for the day, safety information etc.—info to make the day trips safer for everyone. The first station is a wood frame structure with jackets by size available. Steve indicated our Rotary role could possibly be around managing these stations on weekends. Our grant committee will report after receiving their request.


Port Moody RIBFEST 2018 is only 8 weeks away and we really need your HELP.
Please ask all of your friends and neighbours to give a few hours of their time on the weekend of July 20, 21 & 22.  We need YOU and YOUR FRIENDS to make this RIBFEST the best Community event in Port Moody. Please copy this poster and send off to all of your contacts.  THANK YOU

 Rotary meeting May 23rd 2018

GUESTS:   Rachel French Our guest speaker School District 43 Student Mental Health Program.

Gerry Glazier is a director in a Vancouver Rotary Club and works with Dan with Rotary World Help.

Birthdays this week Patty, Dan G. and Bill


Patty spoke about the dinner on Tuesday night at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy where the 4 Tri-Cities Clubs chartered a new Interact Club. Remember they are our Rotarians of the future and we will need to have 1 Rotarian to attend each of their regular meetings.

Meeting on Monday evening June 4th at 5 pm at Gayle’s house to discuss our Community grants.  

Linda reminded us our Shred-a-thon is coming up June 9th at City Hall...Please sign up to help.  Tell you neighbors and friends to bring their documents to City Hall early.

REMEMBER our Installation night is coming June 14th. Information is coming to everyone except President -Elect Ian.

One of our past Rotarians, Orland Lee, is home from hospital now.  I'm sure he would love to meet 'you' for coffee at Gallaghers.

Cleone thanked everyone who turned out for her RibFest work party. We painted over 2,000 blocks and most importantly George Balzer, Ian, Danne, Dan et al, managed to construct our human “Foosball arena” for the Kid’s Zone. Danne also did double duty BBQing hot dogs and smokies (including his special recipe fried onions) for the hungry workers.

May 31st the City of Coquitlam is holding an all day forum on “Human trafficking” at Coquitlam City Hall.

May 25th was Pie Day at Eagle Ridge Manor.

Speaker Rachel French has been an Elementary School teacher and counsellor in SD 43 since 2005. She is now coordinator for developing a Student Mental Health Program promoting positive mental and physical health emphasizing well- being, developing a common language, where does it fit in, and setting long term vision and goals. SD43 is one of only 3 Districts that have created a position to focus on this area. 

100% of the kids to become aware of Mental Health

15-20% may need some preventative steps

2-5% will need some intervention

Stress is normal

Her job focuses on the need to develop and strengthen the understanding for educators, youth and families of the pathway to care.


Lexus VIP Zone

New for 2018, the place to be is in the Lexus VIP Zone. This is a private seating area facing the music stage with limited seating. The Lexus VIP Zone features table service for both Ribs and Drinks with no line ups.  The Lexus VIP Zone will have an expanded selection of drinks featuring over 15 choices of tasty Port Moody Brewers Row craft beers. Wine and cider will also be served.  

There will be one seating on Friday and two on both Saturday and Sunday. You can arrive any time within the time slot you select, but you must leave the Lexus VIP Zone at end of your time period to allow for the next wave of guests to enjoy this space.

Included in your ticket, you will receive the following when you check in to the Lexus VIP Zone: 

- $10 Value of Rib Bucks to use in the Lexus VIP Zone for Food or Beverage
- 1 Drink Token

Once you purchase your tickets, if you want to reserve a table you can do so by emailing LexusvipzonePM@gmail.com.
Tell all your friends...book now....What a great deal.
This is a perfect place to bring your Clients, your staff, your family and friends.

KIDS ZONE painting & building party.....that's what our club is all about!!!
We Did It!
The Foosball walls and supports are built,  we have over 2,000 blocks painted and two wooden containers were built for the the blocks! It was a really good team day with music,  a Bar-B-Q and lots of good conversation.
The plans are to finish assembling the foosball at ribfest and to paint it there. The interactors will be taking care of it.
Thank you soooooo much to Dan Gallant for letting us use Rotary World Help Space, and helping all day after a long week.  You are AMAZING! Thank you also for storing the blocks, reading castle panels, looking for shelving for the lock-up and getting and storing a pallet of books!
Danne (Bro), thank you for getting painting supplies and food, bar-b-q, music, figuring out the painting and setting it up and building the foosball.
Ian thank you so much for leading the foosball project. Getting your engineer son to do the design was brilliant and it looks like it will be really solid. Thank you for getting all the hardware and arranging the building team and the tools.  George you were brilliant! You have the know how, the tools and even skipped a wedding to be there.... Sorry Linda and Gayle.
Alan Schmelzel, thank you for arranging to get the sponsorship for the foosball and arranging to get wood and supplies.
Okay, now for the painters who painted and painted and wore some of the paint: Trish who even brought coffee!
Glen, who isn't even a member of the club yet [ but is transferring now]
Linda Mross, who was from the Langley club, we had a mini Ribfest training session
Bill, who wore just a little paint setting up all the blocks
Vida, who had trouble initially with the blocks not being painted perfectly but got over it
Joanna, who was her usual entertaining self
Heather, who was there even though she was sick!
Al for painting, counselling Linda, setting up the music, bar-b-quing, transporting the foosball and getting it into the lock-up!
Everyone that helped get the foosball fit into the lock-up! I hope your backs survived
Thank you all to everyone that wanted to be there but couldn't, we felt your support!
Yay! Team
The Coquitlam Club is putting on a Luau on June 9th.....and after our
SHRED-a-THON we may need a Luau.....
Please contact Maureen Boyd at:  maureenelizabethboyd@gmail.com
On June 9th they will be holding a luau! It is held in partnership with the Kalaya Dancers who will offer a one hour presentation. Their own Kathleen Ross, who happens to be an accomplished Hawaiian dancer, is holding this event to raise funds for one of their international Projects in Kenya.

The tickets are $50 and $25 for children under 16 years of age. There will be a luau feast to enjoy as well.

Please spread the word…this will be a wonderful festive event.

This week our very own Mayor Mike came to the meeting.  Always great to see him.
We are happy to announce that Glen Brown will be transferring his membership from Sunshine Coast-Sechelt to our Rotary Club of Port Moody.  
Fire Chief Ron Coulson was our Guest Speaker

Our guest speakers this week was Fire Chief Ron Coulson. He started by thanking our Rotary Club for all the good work we do in the Community. He handed out, hot off the press, copies of the 2017 Community Report. It is the first time Fire-Rescue have prepared a formal report and this was given to Port Moody Council the night before. Inside there is a Department Structure graph, Mission Statement, a breakdown of 2017 by the numbers/types of incident responses (2pm is most common call time; Monday is most common day; July is the month with most calls),  hours of training, community service, and what they do. Briefly Chief Ron explained they “train like crazy so they are prepared to have their best day when a resident is having a bad day”. The new Firehall was built to be as disaster proof as possible and designed as the Emergency response Centre for the city in Times of disaster.  He will be preparing a grant request for later this year hoping to acquire portable “RAD Monitors” that allow monitoring of CO2 in the bloodstream on site.

Cleone was 'very' red, when she told the story of  showing Yvonne what a 'Smore' is.... Chief Ron Coulson was not impressed.....a good laugh for sure.

Birthdays: George Broderick


  1. SFPP what a great event! Serving beer at 9:05 all cleaned up and out by 9:30. Hope to have totals at next week’s meeting.
  2. Yvonne and Ian reported on the District Conference Boat cruise. Apparently the Sedro Woolley Club is claiming to be the BEST Rotary Club in the World—we know that’s not true. May require a road trip to clear up their confusion
  3. Haney Club have their Golf Tournament this week (May 23rd I think)
  4. Thursday May 17th Seaview Elementary hosted a Pancake Breakfast to thank community supporters. We also wanted to see their Nature Room.
  5. Tuesday May 22nd the 4 Tri-City Rotary Clubs are Chartering a new Interact Club. It will be held at Fairways restaurant at the Westwood Plateau Academy 12 hole golf course. These will be Rotarians of the future.
  6. Rotary World Help loads their next container for Africa on Saturday May 26th.
  7. We will be looking for volunteers to help “person” the Rotary Tent on Saturday June 23rd at the 1st ever Port Moody Community Fair. It will be an opportunity to tell people all the great things our Club does for the City. A time to celebrate our community and connect with people, services and organizations.
  8. Saturday, June 30th we will also be calling for volunteers to help us with a tent we will be setting up at the PCT facility to talk to guest visiting the Terminal as part of Golden Spike Days. Again a time to talk about Rotary, promote RibFest, sell 50/50 tickets, etc. Bill will issue a call for volunteers.

President Mike gave out 2 pins for 'Rotarians who make a difference'....Congratulations to Joanna and Ian


Visitors:   Glen Brown, Rotarian from Sechelt, Trevor Schmidt, Firefit

George Balzer.

Birthdays:   Gary celebrates his 74th birthday on May 15th, Heather has her birthday on May 13th and this week is the 13th anniversary for Al Stjernegaard joining our Club.

Alzheimer’s Walk was held Sunday May 6thBill thanks everyone who volunteered to help us register the walkers. Al Stjernegaard, Dan Gallant, Coreen and Michael Berrisford, Yvonne Berrisford, George Broderick and Bill Lawrie registered almost double the crowd they thought they would have! Great job everyone.

Cleone has a work party scheduled for preparing the blocks (painting) sand building a plywood and steel pipe “human foosball” arena. Work will take place

Saturday May 19th at the Rotary World Help facility. It is the long weekend but the only weekend that Rotary World Help isn’t loading containers and we need a lot of room to spread out the arena and the blocks.

Shred-a-thon coming Saturday June 9th.  Please print this poster off and give to your friends , neighbors and family.  And please sign up to help for the 4 hours.  Always lots of fun meeting the Community.  We will be giving out cards for

PORT MOODY RIBFEST 2018 - Volunteers that day as well.  Great opportunity to talk to the residents of Port Moody.

Saturday, May 12th was the PoCo Club’s Port Coquitlam Days May Days Parade. Bill volunteered and guess what he was doing?  YEP, picking up Trash.....Bill you are amazing !!!

Tuesday, May 22nd, at 5:30 we will be 1 of the sponsoring Clubs chartering a NEW Interact Club. The event will be held at the Academy Golf patio. It would be great to have lots from our Club attend.

Tuesday Night Meeting, May 15th for RIBFEST at Aria in Suter Brook at 7:00 pm. Discussion Bar, Rib Running, VIP, Recycling, Donations, & Judging.  Everyone welcome.

Trevor Schmidt from the Port Moody Volunteer Fire Department was with us. Showed a video of the challenge each contestant had to do for those who weren’t able to make the event. We presented them with a cheque for $1864.00 proceeds from their beer tent. Unfortunately it was cold and damp all weekend or the proceeds could have been higher. Thanks to our 4 Port Moody Brewers for donating all the beer to a worthwhile event. Great work everyone.

Rotarian making a difference—Terry Miller – congratulations Terry and welcome back.

Steve Witiuk introduced us to Brian Wormold and proposed him as a NEW MEMBER. President Mike did the honors and we all join in saying a great big WELCOME to Brian. I know he will be a great member and active in our projects

June 14th is our Installation Dinner at Saint Street Grill.  Please sign up on line and bring your $$$ for your spouse.  Thank you.  It promises to be a fun night, welcoming Ian as our new President for 2018-2019 and THANKING Mike for a fantastic year.

Speakers were from our Club reporting on their trip to Belize where they assisted the Rotary Club there distribute the goods inside our Club’s last container. Belize is very small and mostly poor so in addition to distributing our goods they also helped finishing and painting a new house for a needy resident as supported by Rotary in Belize. It seems they also had time to snorkel, explore and they managed to find some local beer and some high quality Rum. Thanks to Al Stjernegaard, Dan Gallant, Linda Balzer for representing us proudly in Belize.  


Gayle filled up our Little Lending Library at Old Orchard Park again.  If you have any Children's books you would like to donate, please bring to her.  
We clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. once a month and Saturday was our time. 
Thanks to all that came and helped.  With many hands we get lots of work done quickly.  A great way to show the Community that Rotary cares.....
I found a quarter and Terry found a 'pound'......lucky day.
What a night it was !!!!  Great job done by the SFPP committee with all the planning that went into the 2018 SFPP.  Peter and Alan K were 'spot on' with everything !!!
A Community event like this could not be done without the help of the whole club and once again the 'whole' club pitched in.
Set up - no rain.....perfect timing - thank you weather man...
Alan, Bill, Dave, Mike, Brian, Joanna, Peter, Patty & Don Cleone & Dan G & Al S who picked up all the goodies from our lock-up, were all on the 'set-up'
It was so great to see Trudy out and taking charge of the raffle prizes & bring her friends Lorene and Bill to help out.  They come to help at RibFest as well..
President Mike, Terry & Heather also worked that table that looked very hectic at times.
The guests had a wonderful time....hugging Claire was a highlight for lots of them for sure.  Jeannie was carrying the 'bucket' of tickets while Peter & Claire were busy collecting money for hugs.
Cleone's idea of 'People's Choice Award' was great and YELLOW DOG was thrilled to win. Cleone & Lisa wandered around talking to everyone about Rotary, RibFest & Shred-a-Thon....great exposure for what Rotary does.
Gayle, Naomi, Linda Boileau, Jeannie and myself at the door did a great job.  So nice to have the City there for the 'will call' tickets too.  Had so many people say 'we are a well oiled machine'.
Handling the cash was Michael and Paul & David and they were very busy..... 50/50 was a record this year.  The simulator prize was donated by Isy and the winner was thrilled.
Ryan was at his first SFPP and looked like he was having fun.
Danne was selling tickets for the 'lotto board' and again a record amount
Dan Gallant, after being on the truck 'all day' came out to help pick up the ice with Dave, then worked helping our Re-Cycle King Bill.  Brian was also picking up food and trash to be re-cycled.  Bill - The GREEN MACHINE - just HAD to re-cycle.  
The City will be very happy Bill....
Clean up crew worked hard - Ann, Heather, Joanna, Trudy, Alan K, Alan S, Al S, Bill, Brian, David, Mike & Ryan.....at the end of the night it is always hard to 'clean -up'.  
Chapter 11 and what a great job they did.  I had many people say how good they were.
President MIKE, you did a great job as our MC.....You always make it so much fun for the guests.  Great job.
I hope I did not miss anyone.....Rotary Club of Port Moody you should be VERY PROUD !!!
We have been invited to join Yolanda Broderick for HIGH TEA for the Catholic Women's League big fundraising event, a Mother's Day High Tea (in an English garden) featuring harpist, Mehlinda Heartt on Saturday, May 12th at All Saints parish hall (821 Fairfax Street) from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.  
Mark your calendars and please let Yolanda know if you can attend.


Rain Hampered the Fire Fit event on this past Saturday and Sunday.  There seemed to be more participants than spectators but a good time was had by all that were there.

Search For the Perfect Pint Committee did a brewery visit last Friday to talk to the patrons, promote the event and sell tickets.  Another one is happening this Friday and volunteers will meet at The Well at 7:00 pm.  Ticket sales have been going well.

District Conference is May 8 – 12.  Check District 5050 website for details.

May 19 there will be a work party at the RWH warehouse on the Riverview site to build an Foos Ball court and paint blocks for the Kid`s Zone at RibFest.

Our club donated $2500.00 to help the Conference on Girl’s Empowerment.  Cleone and Yvonne represented our club and reported the event was a great success.

May 22 a new Interact Club is being installed.  Check with Patty for details.


RYLA will be held at the end of May.  Check with Patty for details.

We are sorry to lose Trudy Gallant as she moves away from our area and wish her all the best in her new location.  David Woollven will be taking over the Secretary duties.

Michael Berrisford will be taking over as Treasurer as Coreen steps into the role of  President elect.

Michael and Coreen had a great announcement at Rotary:  Congratulations.....we wish you many many years of Health & Happiness together.

Seaview School is hosting their annual thank you breakfast for our club on May 17.  This is to thank our club for sending kids from their school to Kids Camp.  Please let Isy know if you are going to attend.  Would be great to have a few members  from our Club attend.

Shred-A-Thon will be held on June 9th in front of Port Moody City Hall. Volunteers needed.  Please let Linda know if you can help out that day.

Installation dinner will be held on June 14th at the Saint St. Grill. Please sign up now and if you are bringing your spouse, please give your money to Linda.  This is a fun event....We say THANK YOU to MIKE and welcome IAN as our new President.

President Mike gave 2 pins this week to Rotarians 'Who Make a Difference'.

Steve Witiuk and Heather Oleskiw...Congratulations.


  • Volunteer list has been put on the internet so we need you, your friends and family to get signed up.
  • 50/50 tickets will go on sale after the SFPP.  This year we are going to sell as many as possible before the event.  The Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise and the Port Moody Soccer Club will be helping with the sales.
  • A media package has been prepared with C-FOX, Global and Tri-Cities Newspaper.  Facebook is started and we need to get connected and share with our FB friends.  Thank you to Scott.
  • Music, Ribbers, Beer Garden and Kids Zone, Re-Cycle, Donations, VIP area,& Judging are organized...George Balzer, Ian, Al & John, Cleone, Bill, Gayle, Jennifer & Terry....for leading the charge.
  • VOLUNTEERS are needed – get signed up ASAP.   We need lots of help.  Thanks
Visitors this week were:
Brian Wormald who has been proposed as a new member by Steve Witiuk. 
So nice to see PASSPORT members Keith and Heather Vernon out to visit our club.  Sound like we will be seeing more of them which is fantastic.

Guests: Molly Miller and Mandy Chan from U-bicycle, Brent Murphy from the Port Moody Dragon Boat Regatta and Brian Wormold (3rd meeting) who has been forwarded by Steve Witiuk for membership.

Birthdays this week—Brian Dunne and Danne Dunlop—were serenaded with the added special ending for our members.

We presented Brent with a cheque for just over $2900.00 from the beer garden we ran for them last weekend. Their Regatta had 36 teams with almost 1,000 paddlers, supporters, Physios plus there were lots of spectators—kids and adults—enjoying the weather and the racing. The money will be used to support their charity of choice which will be giving some at risk kids 6 lessons on paddling and team work then sponsor them in a regatta on Burnaby Lake.

Cleone gave a recap of the Kid’s Zone plans for Ribfest and requested help for painting 2500 blocks so the kids in the Kid’s Zone can paint their patterns on them PLUS we are going to build a wooden FoosBall court. The only available dates are the Saturday (May 19) and Sunday (May20) as there will be new container shipments going out May 12th and May 26th so the area we need will not be available.

Firefit Games was this weekend April 28-29th at Inlet park. We ran the Beer Tent again for both days. 

Search For the Perfect Pint (SFPP) is 2 weeks away. Need to get busy and sell, sell, sell. We will have a ticket sales drive this Friday April 27th on Brewer’s Row. Meet at Moody Ale at 7:00 and we will canvass for ticket buyers at each Brewer.

Remember June 14th is our Installation Night. 5:30 at St. Street Grill. More info to follow.

Thursday, May 31st there will be a full day seminar (8:15-4:30) at Coquitlam City Hall. It will have experts (police, child services, welfare department, etc.) to discuss issues around “Child Exploitation” Looking for attendees from our Club.

John Crowther presented with pin for a “Rotarian Making a Difference”. John will be leading the team managing the VIP tent (Lexus VIP Zone) at this Year’s RibFest. Ian handed out sample Table cards for sponsored tables that we can use as sales tools for potential sponsors. 

Molly Miller spoke about the potential new program, U-bicycle, Port Moody Council is looking to try out  this summer. Their program is “dock less” removing all the space required for bike racks and which removes the need for returning bikes to a station which may not be close to the rider’s destination. Bike rentals started in Amsterdam in 1965. By 1998 all of Europe had some type of bike program. 2008-2013 the bike rental concept spread to almost all large major cities around the world but almost all with fixed “docks”. In 2015 China led the “dockless” movement which is now started to spread (Sign that it will be part of the future going forward is that UBER has just purchased JUMP a Bike share program company—they want to be part of every trip you take. Initially all bikes were traditional pedal type but now some companies are featuring electric assist bikes, now some have electric scooters.

Interesting fact—in many cities 80% of the public spaces are roads. This means in most large cities for 2-4 hours twice every day most of the public space is covered with a traffic jam. U-bicycle started in China and now has moved to Canada. They started in Victoria City in the Fall of 2017 and have now expanded to cover Oak Bay, Saanich (Uvic) and Esquimalt. Bikes feature GPS, 3 speeds, integrated bells, carbon belt drive, and foam flat free tires on the wheels and all come with helmets. They have presented a proposal to both Richmond and Port Moody councils. Bikes can be left where your trip ends and the GPS on the bike will show it’s location so the next rider can find the closest bike to where they are. Plan for PoMo would be main stations in Suter Brook and at Rocky Point Park. Fees—pay as you go $1.00 for 30 minutes, --day pass $10.00 for 24 hours, unlimited rides, --annual pass $150.00 (no hourly or daily additions)best deal for locals (add a $50.00 refundable deposit to start). 

50/50 draw—Brian Wormold’s ticket was drawn. His pull was not the ACE of SPADES—tooo bad Brian



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