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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
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Our stories
Trudy is keeping us up to date on Rosemary Hong.  Thanks Trudy.......come visit ;o)
Rosemary Hong, former Rotary Outbound Exchange student to Belgium has been living in Ottawa and working for the federal government.  She has been studying for several years for the exams to join the Ambassadorial service and just passed the final step!  Her first post will be Nairobi in early 2019.  She really wants to thank the Rotary Club of Port Moody for starting it all off with the exchange year! We always knew she was an amazing choice and it is wonderful to see the results of our exchange programme combined with her hard work and determination!   Good for you Rosemary!  We always knew you were headed for great things!
President Ian was away this week and President Elect Cleone did a fantastic job keeping everything on track.
Guests this week:
Soroptomist's Linda Kozina and Joan Zielke
Pacific Storm  Water Polo team – Laura Markez
Robert Simons - Port Moody Foundation-  The Centennial wall  will be unveiled at December 18th, 2018 at 5:00 pm before the Christmas Train and a book will be available on this country wide art project celebrating Canada 150 anniversary.  
Cindy Cuthbert the beautiful wife of Peter
George Garrett - Volunteer Cancer Drivers -  Our Guest Speaker 

 Executive Summary – November 2018

170 volunteer drivers, dispatchers and many others.   Their Mission is to provide safe, free transportation to cancer patients including those who live in Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and many other communities.  If interested in volunteering contact:    www.volunteercancerdrivers.ca


  • An all-volunteer Society providing free, reliable transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment throughout most of the Lower Mainland.


  • Started operations in Feb 2016 with 16 volunteer drivers and seed money from drivers.
  • The Need:
    • Many patients are elderly, frail and sick with scarce financial resources and limited support systems. Public transportation services are seldom a viable option. 
    • This service eases the physical, emotional and financial burden for cancer patients and their families and ensures patients with limited means can attend treatments.
    • Patients who miss radiation therapy sessions have an increased risk of the disease returning.
    • “Out of pocket” costs for cancer treatment, including transportation, are significant, despite having a universal health care system.


  • Defining facts as of October 2018:    
    • 170 drivers, 7 dispatchers and an 8-member working Board – all volunteers.
    • On track to complete over 8,000 round trips with patients, averaging 60 km. per trip with patients from 13 municipalities, ferries and airports.
    • Patients receive treatment  in more than 15 facilities throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
    • Forecast to drive about 485,000 km. requiring around 22,000 driver volunteer hours in 2018.
    • All operations home based, the Society has no owned or leased equipment or facilities.
    • Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles for patient transportation.
    • Annual growth in patient requests since inception has been 30-35% .
    • Patient requests are forecast to grow by 25% in 2019.


  • Key 2019 financial data:
    • All  funds are raised by Society volunteers soliciting municipalities, foundations, corporations, service clubs and the public.
    • Budget expenses are forecast to be $280,000.
    • Operating expenses (drivers vehicle stipend @ $0.44km.) account for 95% of budget; administrative costs about 5%.
    • ** Volunteer drivers will donate back about $58,000 to the Society from vehicle stipends. (about 22% of the operating budget)
    • Neither the Canadian Cancer Society nor the BC Cancer Agency support the Society.
    • BC government provided a one-time start-up $30,000 grant in 2016, the BC Gaming Commission awarded a $30,000 one-time grant in 2017.  



Jeff Morfitt - Langley Sunrise Club and Langley RIBFEST 
Darrell is babysitting -Pecan [PADS puppy] whom we all loved
Reena Venkatesh who has been proposed as a new member by Al  Stjernegaard
A photo of Gary, because I 'never' ask him if I can take his photo......lol

Kenya – Michael B.Racheal Project – 33 readers are ready for Kenya after workshop yesterday with Kay, Judy and Cleone.

Toy Lending LibraryCleone- Bring in your slightly used educational toys for a toy lending library that our club is working on for a First Nation's community near Merritt.  Bring them in January please.

December 18 -Christmas Train 5:00-8:30pm. Come and check it out....and the murals too.

There will be two hot chocolate stations this year as well as the cookie decorating and face painting that Jeannie and Vida will lead.

December 19 - Club's AGM 

December 19 - Gleneagle School Christmas Concert. 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb. 23 - Gleneagle School Jazz Gala 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Christmas at the Manor 2018

Joyful Manor Party

There was a lots of joy at Eagle Ridge Manor as the residents and their families enjoyed the music, cake, refreshments and best of all Santa/Hugh Mitchell’s wonderful smile as Jeannie photographed the seniors with him.

The pictures are the best ever this year! Terry came up with a brilliant solution to our poorer quality photos, timeline and productions frustrations, by suggesting that London Drugs print the photos. This gave Jeannie time to edit them. She wanted them to be special because she solemnly shared  “this might be the last time that the residents have their pictures taken”. 

Lisa and I had fun gathering up the supplies. Ask her about the cake walk! Gayle and her speedily cut and served cake and anything else that needed being done. Patty, Don and the Interactors were all busy being Santa’s Elves, making and serving punch, cake, oranges and candy canes. They were a delight!

The Christmas spirit was lovely as we enjoyed the residents, their families, the Interactors, the fantastic staff and volunteers at Eagleridge Manor and each other!


December 17 - Innervisions Chili lunch - Please sign up to help....if you have never been, please come it will make your Christmas very special.  Thank you to Thrifty's for their support to help make this happen

December 18 - Christmas Train 5:00-8:30pm. Sign up to help please or let Peter know

December 19 - Club's AGM 

December 19 - Gleneagle School Christmas Concert. 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb. 23 - Gleneagle School Jazz Gala 6:30 - 9:30 pm

A big shout out to KENNY from Share who has been instrumental in keeping us with books for our Little Free Library.  Gayle picks up books from him regularly !!!
Thank you Kenny & Gayle...
Our favourite time of year is when all the Tri-City Rotary Clubs get together for our Annual Christmas party.  This year it was hosted by the Coquitlam Sunrise Club at the Vancouver Golf Club, and President Greg Garrison did a great job running the meeting.
AG Preet gave a Paul Harris to Rotarian Brad Richardson, that she, and everyone who knows him felt was a deserving candidate.
The Rotary Club of Port Moody had a great turnout, with 31members & guests attending.  Great job Rotary !!!
All the Clubs gave a presentation of all the good work that each club is doing and President Greg reminded us to 'all' work together to make good things happen in our communities.
The Sunrise Club did a presentation on the Starfish Backpack Program they are involved with.  As Sharon Perry stated, no child should go to school hungry, or go home to 'no food'.
Thank you for sharing.  There is a photo of what they pack in the pack for the weekends for these children.
Here are just a few of our members
Bill, Cleone and Gayle attended SUCCESS " 2018  Champions of Success" and were thanked for our contribution to their Organization.
This program is their way of saying thanks for Volunteers and local Immigrant partnership programs.
Our Rotary Club of Port Moody gave S.U.C.C.E.S.S. a grant of $1500.
They sent a large amount of volunteers every year since we started RIBFEST.
This Organization is really doing wonderful work to teach English and find housing for newcomers to Canada

Robert Simons:
I suspect you thought that Port Moody’s Canada 150 Mosaic Mural had gone missing and would never been seen in public. Well the wait is over.
Finally the exterior wall of the Recreation Centre were the Mural will be installed is complete and we are now ready to make the reveal.
On December 18, yes the same afternoon of the CP Holiday Train event, the Mural will be unveiled 
Location: Recreation Centre: Cinder block wall on your left as walk towards the Main Entrance
Time: 5:00pm (before the CP Holiday Train arrives)

President Ian is away and in his place looking 'very' Presidential was Paul Mitchel-Banks
Lots of Guests today......
Steve Witiuk's sister Kathy Kovaltsenko
Reena Venkatesh - 2nd meeting.....So good to see her back again [with Darrell Burnham]
Judy  guest of Cleone - 3rd. meeting.....So good to see her back again
Igor Bjelac & Rihanna our Guest Speakers
Igor's presentation was on 'food waste' in Canada
Igor grew up in Serbia during the war and food was not available.  There were empty shelves and people would riot over bread
We live in a land of plenty and we 'waste' more than 70% of the food produced and it goes to land fill.
He gave us an example of 'Best Before' dates on Himalyayan Salt that is thousands of years old and we have a 'best before date on it.
Best Before vs EXPIRY date......
A small group have now started a Charity that is feeding 1500 people with 'best before' food that would be thrown away if they didn't get it from the Grocery stores.
Canada encourages 'redistribution'......France's law 'forbids' producers to throw away food.
Their website is:  www.ilcs.ca
How can you help?
They need drivers to help distribute the food, they need a warehouse to store the food, office space and a truck that they can use to drive the food to the needy [about 5 ton truck]
Thank you for opening our eyes to this 'waste' in our country that has so much.
Ali Okhowat & Sara Badiei & their beautiful baby girl.....It was not mentioned, but Ali was a Rotaractor.....and they are both very interested in Rotary.
And last but not least.....Anne [with an E].  We were so happy Anne is visiting from the UK with our Ann.  We look forward to seeing her next year.....
We sang our version of Happy Birthday to a very 'young' Gayle
December 5th - Combined Christmas Breakfast - Vancouver Golf Club. - $25.00 Meeting will start at 7:00AM
December 9th - Manor Christmas Party.  Bring your whole family 
December 17th - Innervisions Chili lunch - Please bring your socks & mugs to Gayle at the Rotary Christmas breakfast at the Vancouver Golf Club.
December 18th - Share Christmas Train
June 1-4 - Rotary International Conference in Hamburg
Operation RED NOSE
 If you would like to volunteer, please contact orn@telus.net to let them know what dates you are available.
This program would not be possible without that hard work volunteers put in to make our communities stronger and safer. With that, we’d like to encourage you to volunteer with us for another year of safe driving and supporting KidSport. 


Operation Red Nose 2018 campaign dates: 

 December 21st, 22nd, and 31st
Just a 'little' Reno on our Little Free Lending Library.  Not sure when we will have a few days of 'dry' weather, but would like a 'team' to go to the Little Free Library and put some clear stain on the walls.  This Little Free Library was built for our Rotary Club by Walter Peachey.....and we believe the BEST built house in Port Moody.  Thank you to Gayle for keeping our Little Library full of books.  If anyone has any children's books, please drop them off to our Little Free Library at Old Orchard Park.
        Yolanda Broderick
        Kay Wu

        Judy (Cleone’s neighbour)

        Dave Robinson - Past District Governor

        Ian Roe

Reena Venkatesh

Upcoming News/Events:

 Show Your Like for Mike - Was a great event !  We are so lucky to have Mike as a Rotarian.

Darrell Burnham let us know that Domino has been dropped as an assistance dog, but she will be assigned for the purposes of a VIP dog and this will be her last meeting.

And 'Chef' is going to miss him very much.  Every week, Chef comes out of the kitchen to give some love to Domino.  It was heartwarming to see him say goodbye.

 RLI Training  was on Wednesday, 21st at Aria
December 5th, 2018 - Tri-Cities Rotary Joint Christmas Breakfast at Vancouver Golf Club.  Tickets are $25.00.  7:00AM. Please register as this is always a great chance to visit with all the Rotarians in the Tri-Cities.

Innervisions ......Gayle has asked for us to bring in socks and mugs for the ASAP. - event will take place Monday, December 17.

Mike P talked about Foundation and how important it is to donate to. Funds we apply for though district grants are actually collected three years prior in the form of donations to Paul Harris. The more money we put in to this, the more we are investing in our future projects.

Christmas decorating was very successful. Lots of people attended and the place was decorated by 11:30 am. It was a ‘special’ day.  Thanks to all who came out to help.

New Member Induction:  It's a good day at Rotary when we add a new member...!!!
Steve W. introduced Kay Wu and she was inducted as a new member - welcome!  Kay we look forward to working with you on all our projects.  

Birthdays - George and Cleone 


Ian Roe -  BC Centre of Disease Control - working on a project with local SD’s to inform about vaccinations. His projects entitled ‘I Boost Immunity’, and ‘Kids Boost Immunity’. These are online programs that inform people about immunization and the main theme is global giving. The more people learn, the more vaccines get donated internationally. The CDC work with private donators, as well as the province of BC. THe programs are administered through Public Health Canada and they are coordinated by the CDC. They work to immunize internationally through UNICEF.

There are two vaccination programs globally - domestic and global. Domestic is provincial/state run, while global is WHO, Rotary, etc. His program brings both of these programs together so that they can ‘cross multiply’.

IBoostImmunity - Adult focused
KidsBoostimmunity - Student focused (newer program that has just been launched)

The goal is to raise vaccine literacy worldwide. There is a lot of misinformation out there about vaccines. Anti-vaxxers should not control the conversation - the ‘silent’ majority need to speak up.

The online platforms are a vehicle to provide vaccinations globally. It informs domestic group about the importance of vaccinations and at the same time helps globally. “Educational Labour”.  One right answer equals one vaccine earned. Vaccines are donated by London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The Rotary was treated today as a ‘focus group’. Is there any interest in having a local school involved through Rotary. With this platform, is there an opportunity to have local kids/schools be ‘sponsored’ by Rotary to encourage participation.

Sponshorship would be $250/school. 


Magic at the Manor….

Christmas Magic graced Eagleridge Manor on Saturday with smiles on the faces of the residents, staff, Interactors, Success team, Rotarians and their families.

The sun was shining as Peter – Al S, Al K, Danne, Brian,John, Bill, Michael, and Andy set up all the lights. It is now a sparkly sight at night.

The entrance has never looked so welcoming with Kathy S and Lisa filling it with garlands, lights, and oh check out Lisa’s soldier beau.

Jeannie and Marcie did a fantastic job on the foyer and it glistens in gold and red. 

Gayle worked with the Interactors on the garden court tree and thanks to Jeannie sorting out the decorations on Friday it looks spectacular as does the tree at Forest View that Coreen, Amanda (Bill grand daughter) and set up. Success decorated the tree in Hillside, the wreath’s in all the hallways, and the snow flakes on the pillars and windows.

Eryk Polak was in high demand because of his energy and height. He was in the hallways as well as putting up the garlands on the ceiling with Patty, Don, Judy (Cleone’s friend) and some volunteers from the Manor. Yvonne was just busy!

We finished in record time at 11:30am with a wonderful lunch of soup and sandwiches set up by Lori and the recreational therapist from the hospital.

We all think that this year was the best in terms of decorating, number of volunteers and lunch! 

Yay team!

More photos to follow in our Photo Album





Action packed meeting......Lots of guests.
Kay Wu.....Proposed member of Steve Witiuk
Judy - Guest of Cleone
Build-a-Biz Kids - Leah, Brayden & Ethan Coss - Came to receive a Community Grant from us.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S - Ali Parandeh, Jackie Hong & Ryan Drew - Also came to receive a Community Grant from us.
Ryan, from the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. organization, gave us an update on the organization this morning.  Their goal is to build bridges through service and advocacy as they help immigrants to Canada get settled.  The organization is over 45 years old that offers 144,000 services with 500+ staff in 30 locations throughout the lower mainland, China, Korea and Taiwan.  They help integrate people immigrating to Canada into the community with orientation, housing, health and employment.
It is good to see James Robertson back for a second meeting.
Our Guest Speaker - Fatma Taha - Alzehimer's disease/dementia


Speaker’s Corner – November 14, 2018 


 Fatma Taha from Big Hearts Home Care, talked to us about Alzheimer’s Disease.  She is a Physician with a Master of Public Health degree as well as a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Big Hearts Home Care.

Alzheimer’s was discovered by Dr. Alzheimer in 1905 and is under the broad umbrella of Dimentia. It is the most common disease comprising 2/3s of the cases.  It is fatal and eventually affects all aspects of one’s life.  Alzheimer’s is a neurological brain disaster that affects each person differently and is progressive.  It affects the memory and is not a normal part of aging in that the forgetfulness is not just the forgetting the odd incident but the whole experience.  For instance, going out during the day and not remembering any of it.  Using notes does not help and dealing with money is very difficult. There are 35,000,000  people afflicted with Alzheimers and 546,000 in Canada with that number being 937,000 by 2013.

Risk factors are:

  • Age 65+
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetics

Symptoms include confusion, disturbance in short term memory and personality change.  Some of the warning signs are memory loss, hard to find simple things, difficulty with language (some revert to their mother tongue), poor judgment, can’t think abstractly, can’t identify objects, unable to learn, wandering and impaired motor functions.

BAD NEWS – it can’t be prevented and there is no cure. GOOD NEWS- can keep the brain sharp with mental exercise like crosswords, Sudoku and reading.  Eating healthy and physical exercise can help to prolong the diagnosis.

Please bring a MUG and some men's socks for our Innervisions Chilli lunch.
Sign up for Joint Rotary Christmas Breakfast - Vancouver Club - $25.00 - December 5th, 2018
Sign up for Eagle Ridge Manor Christmas Party - December 9th, 2018
Sign up for Innervisions Chili lunch - December 17th, 2018
Sign up for Share Christmas Train - December 18th - 4:30 - 8:30pm
All of these above events are on Club Runner for you to sign up for.


November 24, Saturday 
Noon until 4pm
Henderson Place Mall
17 KidPreneur’s are launching their businesses with new inventions, tasty treats and great gift ideas. 
We hope to see you there! 

December 19- Gleneagle School Christmas Concert. 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb. 23- Gleneagle School Jazz Gala 6:30 - 9:30 pm


The Rotary Club of Port Moody was invited to go to the Firehall so that Chief Ron Coulson and his men could thank us for the equipment we gave to them through our Community Grants.
We were also given a tour of the hall.  

This amazing tool, the Masimo Rainbow is for our firefighters and will assist them in a quick and accurate diagnosis of their vitals during critical incidents. 

This will help them with oxygen levels, heart rate, carbon monoxide in the body, temperature, and a few other things that are important for our members to stay safe well while taking care of our community in a matter of minutes. 

We are happy and proud to support the Port Moody Fire Department and thankful for all they do. 

A great team of Rotarians showed up to clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on Saturday......Yes I totally forgot ;o(
Thank you Rotary for your commitment  to clean up every month.
It was a beautiful day to REMEMBER !!!  
Crowds and crowds of people......21 gun salute.....the only one in the Province....Fly over.....It was all perfect.
The BEST way to start a meeting is by inducting a NEW MEMBER and we are so pleased to have Mike Clay join the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Mike has been a long time supporter of Rotary and now he is 'one of us'.  Welcome Mike....We are excited to work with you on our Community Projects. (photo bomb PP Mike)
Guest this week were:
Proposed member Kai Qui
Ed Travato from Gleneagle Senior Secondary....Ed came to receive a cheque for one of our Community Grants.
Steve Witiuk's Dad Joe joined Steve for Breakfast.  Joe is a veteran ......
Anne [with an 'e'] is in town from the UK again staying with our Ann Hulbert.  It is always good to see Anne
George Balzer was also at the meeting to welcome Mike Clay into our Club.  GB is always supportive !!!

Speakers Corner – November 11, 2018

Our speaker today was James Robertson who after years of service in the military and a somewhat gypsy life was hungry to belong to a community where his heart belongs – the rugged west coast of Canada.  He and his wife discovered Port Moody in 2016 and settled here.  They have a 2 year old girl and a brand new baby boy.


James joined the military in his early twenties following his interests acquired in school. He was always a history buff and fell in love with strategic studies in university on the Asia-Pacific region.  Accordingly, becoming an officer in the Canadian Navy was a natural choice.  It quickly thrust him into leaderships which he has enjoyed throughout his professional life.  After numerous years of driving ships in the Pacific he became an officer within Canada’s Special Forces JTF2 and was honored to be accepted into this elite special forces team.  It was one of the most challenging and rewarding times of his career involving complex strategic challenges in highly complex environments.  His time in the military exposed him to numerous cultures, communities and leadership challenges while serving among many great Canadians.  After 16 years of service he decided it was time for a change.  James attained an MBA and now serves on a different front through strategic consulting with companies, public entities while providing leadership development through executive coaching.


Both of James’s great grandfathers fought in WWI and one of them also fought in WWII and his great grandmother was a military nurse.  During his time in the Special Forces James was involved in Black Ops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.


James reminded us that as we observe November 11th and think of all those who have served in the military and fought in wars over the years that we need to be thankful.  It is because of them that we have the freedom we enjoy today.  Freedom was not, and is not, free.  The opposite of war is not peace it is civilization.

Busy Season again.....Mark your Calendars please

November 17 - Decorating the Manor. 9:00AM - noon

November 19 - Board Meeting - Coquitlam Grill

December 5 - Joint Rotary Christmas Breakfast with all the Tri-City Clubs - Vancouver Club - Sign up please $25.00

December 9 - Manor Christmas Party

December 17 - Innervisions Chili lunch - Please sign up to help....if you have never been, please come

December 18 - Christmas Train 5:00-8:30pm. Sign up to help please

December 19 - Club's AGM 

December 19 - Gleneagle School Christmas Concert. 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb. 23 - Gleneagle School Jazz Gala 6:30 - 9:30 pm


The Belize Rachael Project is underway.  George and Al hard at work changing out the batteries on the tablets.
Thanks to Glen for the power point you have created for this project.
The Rotary Club of Port Moody will be 'behind bars' with a great educational project in Belize
  1. Cleone organized a “pop up” party at the Well. Hope everyone who went had a great time.

More Halloween Fun at the Well


Guests: Jaymee Lund (Rotaract)

Kai Qu (Guest of Steve Witiuk)

President Ian’s Quote of the week:   

“Hark! Hark to the wind “’Tis the night they say, when all the souls come back from the far away-- The Dead forgotten this many a day!”

By Canadian Poet/Novelist Virna Sheard from her 1910 poem “Halloween”


A huge Thank you to Peter for our “Guess who’s coming to Dinner” that happened Friday November 2nd. We met at St. James' Well at 5:30 where we were all given an envelope with our hosts’ destinations. A great time was had by all.  The food was wonderful, the company was better.    A huge thank you to Cheryl who helped clean up.....It didn't look like one person had been in the house by 9:00am the next day.  Hope everyone had a great time.  A BIG SURPRISE.....
  1. Some of the shoes, and some of the food and some of the wine.  FUN had by all.
  3. Saturday, November 17th is our morning to decorate Eagle Ridge Manor. Cleone sent out a signup sheet earlier this week and thanks all who will be there. I know it always feels like the official beginning of the Christmas Season for a lot of us.
  5. Tuesday October 30th Al S convened a meeting of the International Committee and they have come up with 3 different proposals they will flesh out over the next couple of months.—really exciting sounding opportunities!

Classification Talk: Brian Wormald

Today our new member Brian Wormald gave us an overview of his life before he joined our Club this Spring. Brian titled his presentation “Still Doing it My Way”

He was born in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia; was 1 of 2 kids (sister); wasn’t a particularly good student; went to work in the banking industry and was in a serious car crash before he settled down. He took to the banking industry, took extra training to finish his schooling, applied for transfers and moved up the ladder. When he saw how the banking industry was moving to embrace technology he threw himself into the computer age and became an “expert” in the banks’ systems. In 1997 he was offered a job in Australia with EDS (Electronic Data Systems) a Company owned by Ross Perot. At the time EDS was the 2nd largest computer Company in the world and he was involved with smoothing the systems through Y2K as Australia was the first developed country to have to face any glitches if they had occurred. In 2005 he was offered a job as the North American lead for his area but was able to negotiate a package allowing him to be stationed in Vancouver rather than their head office in Texas. In 2003 he met his current partner Kelly. He is active in 4 Vintage and/or Performance Car Clubs in addition to volunteering in a number of Ecological causes and other service organizations. We are very happy to have Brian as a new member of our Club.

We had a 2nd speaker today—Jaymee Lund from Rotaract—was here to speak to us about how Interact has changed her life. She showed 2 brief videos blending photos and videos from 2 different events over the past 2 years. She was invited to been at a RYLA Camp, has attended RIA as both a camper and a facilitator. When she attended her first camp she was very shy but the support, friendship and excitement made her feel supported and safe. She joined Rotary and has been inspired to assume a leadership role in her Club. She believes you can lead into the discomfort. She will be attending a conference in Hamburg, Germany in June next year as a delegate. Her message is that RYLA and RIA programs are more important than ever—today’s youth needs us to support their programs and by helping them now we are supporting them to become adult Rotarians as they move into the work force. With the different Camps Rotary has sponsored over the past 2 years we have seen new Rotaract Clubs in White Rock and 2 in Washington State plus 1 club that had folded has come back to life. We need to support our Rotaracters.



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.

Guests this week were:  Mayor Mike Clay
Lee Harman our Guest Speaker
Everyone loved Lee's Car


Arlington Rotarian Lee Harman will be driving “Miss Vicky,” a 1938 Model A Ford Victoria, in the 10,000-mile Peking to Paris Endurance Motor Challenge to raise $1 million toward eradicating polio.

Arlington Rotarian Lee Harman will be driving “Miss Vicky,” a 1938 Model A Ford Victoria, in the 10,000-mile Peking to Paris Endurance Motor Challenge to raise $1 million toward eradicating polio.

Arlington doctor preps for amazing race to end polio for good

Retired Arlington physician Lee Harman would travel around the world to see polio wiped out in our lifetime – and that’s halfway what he aims to do.

The longtime Rotary Club member, joined by his travel chum, retired Army Mjr. Bill Ward, will set course on a once-in-a-lifetime amazing race, the 7th Peking to Paris Endurance Motor Challenge. “We’re dedicating our 10,000-mile expedition to bring awareness to the public about Rotary’s grandest achievement – the eradication of polio in the world,” said Harman, who serves as PolioPlus chairman for District 5050 that extends from Everett to past the Candian border. The duo will make the journey in “Miss Vicky,” a 1938 Model A Ford Victoria, entered in the vintage car category, covering the race in 36 days. That’s 400 grueling miles a day.

Harman is already putting miles on Miss Vicky, visiting Rotary clubs and other speaking venues. Last week he dropped in at the Marysville Noon Rotary at a location where his stylish Miss Vicky looked right at home: the Marysville Historical Museum.

“We’re going to be going places where there are roads, poorly maintained stretches and no roads, and strange rivers to cross where there are no bridges,” Harman said. “We’re going to be camping for a week in the Gobi Desert. “This is really the granddaddy of all endurance motor vehicle runs.”

The next Peking (Beijing) to Paris Rally, held every three years with the next set for summer 2019, is said to be one of the toughest vintage car races in the world, extending roughly along a straight line to Moscow, then into Scandinavia before dropping south into France.

Harman said the perils and tribulations that he and Ward will face will be all worthwhile to call attention to the importance of eradicating polio once and for all, while meeting a goal to raise $1 million in their endeavor.

But the travails that await them are nothing compared to the pain and suffering that polio has wrought, mostly targeting humankind’s most vulnerable.

Polio is a highly infectious disease that most-commonly affects kids under 5. The virus is spread person to person, usually through contaminated water or playing in virus-rich dirt in places with poor sanitation. Untreated, polio can attack the nervous system, and worse, lead to paralysis and death.

“It’s an ancient, crippling, childhood disease,” Harman said. “It’s worldwide, it’s preventable, and it’s still around.”

From 1900-1956, 500,000 polio cases were reported worldwide, with 50,000 deaths per year in the U.S. from 1948-56. Treatment included the now-obsolete “iron lung” chamber that helped stricken patients breathe normally.

Rotary’s name has become synonymous with polio eradication since 1982. “Polio eradication is Rotary’s best kept secret, and it’s time to let it out,” Harman said.

At the time, Rotary International leadership approached the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and said “we want to do something special. We want to knock something down; what can we do?” Harman said. CDC officials said human ingenuity had already proved that elimination of an entire disease was doable, such as with smallpox.

Rotary raised $120 million over three years in the early ’80s, helping inoculate 160 million kids at 650,000 vaccination booth, said Harman. His own involvement in PolioPlus has taken him to India to work with teams from CDC, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, entering off-the-grid villages to inoculate children. He saw firsthand how lives can improve. The joint efforts led to the start of National Immunization Days with the goal of inoculating children worldwide, and the results are astounding.

In 1984, there were 125 endemic nations and 350,000 people per year contracted the disease. Today, only three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – had reported cases, 76 total, including 13 of wild polio virus. India, where Harman visited, has been polio-free for seven years.

“This may be the last years that the polio virus is found on Earth, and it will be because of Rotary,” Harman said. “We’re close. The drop to zero is coming.”

However, Harman added that while medical advances, more “boots on the ground” and GPS mapping are better enabling teams to reach more neighborhoods, villages and out-of-the-way places, this is no time for complacency.

“Kids are still being born, and they’re not protected,” Harman said. Now, he said, “We’re trying to energize people outside Rotary to give money to the PolioPlus program,” and bring everyone else along for the ride by donating to the cause.

For every $1 the public donates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $2, with the goal overall to raise $1.2 billion internationally. On the PolioPlus website, Bill Gates was quoted explaining the relationship with Rotary in his global foundation’s efforts toward quality healthcare and education endeavors worldwide: “Every where I go to learn about polio, I see Rotary members helping out with the hard work. I feel sure that with continued support, we will be able to show significant progress.”

Just a penny per mile donation would amount to $100, all tax-deductible, with no proceeds going toward costs related to race participation. To donate or learn more, visit the Miss Vicky website at www.missvicky4polioplus.com.

Cleone, Jeannie & Lisa

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Port Moody had their elections on October 20th.  The Rotary Club of Port Moody would like to congratulate the following:
Rob Vagramov 
Meghan Lahiti
Diana Russell Dilworth
Zoe Royer
Hunter Madsen
Amy Anne Lubik
Steve Milani
School Trustee
Keith Watkins
Lisa Park
The Rotary Club of Port Moody wishes you all well and that you will keep Port Moody the wonderful City that it is.  We are Blessed to live in our City and we as members of Rotary will help keep a positive and friendly atmosphere.
Thank you to Mayor Mike Clay for all the hard work he has done to make our City what it is today and to Councillor Barbara Junker for her work on council.  All the best to them both.
And also Thank you  to all the other members of our City who put their names forward.
Sterling Ward, James Cameron Robertson, Richard Biedka, Tasha Faye Evans, Jan Sager, Sharleen Karamanian, & Jimmy Malamas.
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International Project Updates
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Kenya Education Project
Ross Thomas
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