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Welcome to the
Rotary Club of Port Moody
Port Moody

Every Member an Active Member

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m.
St. James's Well Pub
Newport Village
248 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC V3H 5H1
If you would like to join our virtual meetings on Wednesday mornings, please contact us and we will make sure you are 'on the list'...
Our stories
Guest and Speaker: Craig Longstaff from Honour House
Clayton Anderson was also guest again this week.  Clayton is a great 'friend' of Rotary and does so much for our Rotary Club.
President Elect Gaye Simms from Port Coquitlam Centennial Club - Guest
Gary says he is officially 'old'....well as 'old' as his friend Gayle

June 1st.  SHRED-A-THON - Thanks to all who are volunteering.  We will have a great time.

Strawberry Sales - Tri Cities Rotary Clubs 

Strawberry Sales Tri Cities Rotary Clubs  in conjunction with the Abbotsford Rotary Club to bring you fresh strawberries. This project is coordinated by Malcolm Kennedy and Peter Muir is project lead for our club.  All sales are online.  


The strawberries will be delivered to Canadian Tire, in Coquitlam on Saturday, June 15.

June 20th Installation night at Saint Street Grill!

Tickets are $70.00 and we will take your contribution via e-transfer to save the visa fee.  

Please sign up as soon as possible as we need to let them know how many people will be going.


July 10th - Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation is looking for volunteers.   Please reply to Mike Clay


Speaker – Craig Longstaff from Honour House:

Craig Longstaff is the General Manager at the Honour House Society, a refuge, a "Home Away From Home" for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel and their families to stay completely free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.
Over 60 companies and hundreds of individuals contributed materials and labour to renovate the 1937 year old house into a home fit for heroes. 


Dan Gallant is out and about telling the Rotary World Help story.  This time was at the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise with Greg Garrison presenting him with their 'thank you'.


When you are buying your alcoholic beverages,  please buy from our local Port Moody Liquor Store and tell them that the sale is to go toward 'Port Moody Rotary Club' and we will get 5% back of the sale.
Port Moody Liquor store is located: 
4-2929 St Johns St, Port Moody
We have a few car 'buffs' amongst us:  This was at the All British Field meet VanDusen Gardens.
Good to see PP Michael out from Chilliwack, Peter C & Danne.  Brian W was also there.
Guests:  Clayton Anderson

Ryan & Ashley Edgington from Edgington Wealth/RBC

Past Member Terry Miller - always great to see Terry who is a strong supporter of RIBFEST


Search for the Perfect Pint   – Great Success. Thank you so much to Alan Kabatoff for taking this on.  This was started many years ago with Past Member Trudy Gallant naming the Search for the Perfect Pint.  Past Presidents Al S. and Peter were there from the beginning and it has become one of the great Community Events in Port Moody and a great fundraiser for us.

Rotary District Conference held at Mount Vernon– busy weekend!  Great event - and this year’s conference’s focus was on Family.  Families come in many forms – can be your nuclear family, and your work family, and also your Rotary family. A healthy family is an essential element to good mental health and a happy, healthy, well-functioning life.  President Susan, President Elect Rick and AG Glen were in attendance on behalf of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

Strawberry Sales Tri Cities Rotary Clubs  in conjunction with the Abbotsford Rotary Club to bring you fresh strawberries. This project is coordinated by Malcolm Kennedy and Peter Muir is project lead for our club.  All sales are online.   The strawberries will be delivered to Canadian Tire, in Coquitlam on Saturday, June 15.  Peter will need a couple of volunteers to assist with the delivery and distribution of berries on that date. 


“Rotary Little Lending Library”  at Old Orchard is back but needs some love .  Gayle will ask the Men's Shed to please help fix it up.  It looks like it was just thrown in the works yard and several pieces are broken off.


 Spirited Book & Wine Club –  Gayle Hosted

We had several members from our Rotary Club of Port Moody who volunteered for the Rotary PoCo May Day parade.  Thank you to Steve for the photos.


Heritage Mountain Clean UP – was on Saturday May 11th.  A small but mighty team of 5.President Susan suggested that anyone that like to go and help 'clean up' next month, please be at Gallaghers at 8:45 as we leave at 9:00AM SHARP.

Thanks to Peter M, Alan S, Neil, President Elect Rick & Sheila

Rotary SHRED-A-THON June 1st      - Thank you to all who will be there to help.  It is always so much fun.  Please let your friends and neighbours know about this event.  We want to fill 2 trucks.

July 10th - Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation is looking for volunteers Mike Clay.  This is a Fund raiser golf tournament & concert at the Westwood Plateau Golf Course. For more info and/or to register, please talk with Mike if you are interested in helping.  It is a fun day.

Assistant Governor and member Glen spoke to us about Social Media and how we can 'boost' all of his posts just by liking and sharing.  Please do this.  Glen works very hard doing our Social Media and we need to help him out.  Please #tag any of his posts as well.

Thank you Glen for all the work you do to get our events and our Rotary news out to the public.  Well done. !!!!

RIBFEST is well on the way.  Please ask your family, friends and neighbours if they would like to volunteer.  Volunteers are the only way we can make our RIBFEST the best ever.  

Thanks everyone.

Great News!!!!

This 5050 Draw enables the Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities to take a leadership role supporting our community. The Winner takes half the jackpot, and the remainder goes to work right here.
The four Rotary Clubs of the Tri-cities include the Rotary Club of Port Moody, Rotary Club of Coquitlam, Rotary Club of Coquitlam - Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam - Centennial.
Proceeds from the 5050 Draw support Rotary projects and local organizations. Consider the possibilities:
  • Nourishing students through the Rotary Starfish program
  • Enhancing accessibility
  • Sending kids to camp
  • Enhancing local parks and trails
  • Assisting seniors
  • Supporting individuals battling addiction
These endeavours and more are within our reach! Help us back community initiatives by securing a 5050 ticket today! Your involvement will positively influence the lives of others.
Rotary is a global alliance of community leaders committed to fostering positive change. Join forces with rotary by lending a hand at our events and projects, becoming a member or purchasing a 5050 ticket. Together, we can Create Hope in the World.
Purchase your 5050 tickets online! It’s so easy.
Thank you for your generous support.
Rotary Club of Port Moody
For more details, visit:
Danne Dunlop celebrates a Birthday 
Meryl Muir also has a Birthday

Strawberry Sale Starts May 4, 2024 and the website is https://www.abbotsfordsumasrotary.org/sitepage/strawberry-sales


Last order date: June 9, 2024

No Refunds - No Delivery

Pick-up date: June 15, 2024 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pick-up Location: Canadian Tire, 1200 Sequin Drive, Coquitlam (Corner of Lougheed Hwy & King Edward Street)


Rotary World Help on Global TV

Great job Dan.  Well done RWH....

The link to the Global TV segment on RWH is below. Please copy and paste this link to play the video. You may have to listen to an ad prior to seeing the video.

Guests this week were:

 Mike Wiens

Darrel with Jim McGrandles from the Passport club and Board member of Rotary World Help

Anna Mathewson. The City Manager of City of Port Moody,  came to our club for a “Meet and Greet” and to answer any questions that our club may have.

Anna is Port Moody’s new city manager effective earlier this year. Anna came to introduce herself and is looking forward to connecting with our members and to continue to support our club where possible.

Mathewson is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She earned a master’s degree in resource management from Simon Fraser University (SFU) following her undergrad studies at McGill University in Montreal.

Anna has led several important projects including the city’s urban forest management strategy, parks master planning and strategy initiatives and enhanced emergency weather response procedures, as well as multiple capital projects across the community service department.  Anna has also been instrumental in advancing the city’s organizational efforts in accessibility along with Truth and Reconciliation.

The city manager guides operations as well as staff in their provision of professional advice and recommendations to council while also leading the execution of council’s strategic plan.



Spirited Book & Wine Club – changed back to original date of every 2nd Thursday which makes next one May 9th.

Thirsty Thursday had a great group at the Legion.  We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Port Moody Legion at 5:15pm.  Everyone is more than welcome.

Response to questions asked at the meeting.

Our City Manager, Anna Mathewson sent this reply to answer some of the questions that were asked of her at our Rotary meeting.


Thank you for having me at yesterday’s Rotary Club breakfast meeting. I enjoyed meeting the members.
I wanted to follow up and provide further information on our transportation work, given the many questions that I had on that topic. Attached is a recent staff report to Council on the Master Transportation Plan (MTP) update which contains a lot of information, and here is the link to that Plan Master-Transportation-Plan-Summary.pdf (portmoody.ca) which also features detailed lists of planned programs such as crosswalk and intersection upgrades over the short, medium and long-term. If anyone has follow-up questions, please send them my way and our team will address those.
Best regards,
Anna Mathewson, RPP MCIP
City Manager, City of Port Moody
604-469-4519 (w)


Volunteer Recruitment Event – Alison

This event will be held in Port Coquitlam.  We will need a couple of volunteers to man the table.  This event is to sign up 'new volunteers' to help with our Rotary events.  [RIBFEST]. Please let Alison know if you are available to help.

Rotary May Day Parade, Poco Centennial Club –May 11, runs from 11 am to 1pm.  

Downtown Port Coquitlam |

Sign up for Rotary SHRED-A-THON, June 1st      -


Speaking of RIBFEST - Please send this to all your friends.  To make RIBFEST a huge success we need VOLUNTEERS.

Look what's back........

Thank you to Gayle for making sure our Little Lending Library went back to its home at Old Orchard Park......BUT as you can see it needs some tender love and care.  Who would be willing to go and re-varnish it and seal it again.  Looks like the latch needs fixing too.  

Thank you


Search for the Perfect Pint.

Thank you to ALAN K for once again being the 'Lead' on this amazing community event.

Alan sent this note:

Thank you to all of you that helped make the Search for the Perfect Pint another successful fundraiser. 
Great team work - from set up to tear down it all went smoothly.
Everyone found a position to work, even if it was last minute.
The event did sell out and we had over 580 people through the doors.
I hope you all had fun and want to do it again next year!
Let me know if you have any feedback on how we can improve on anything.
Thank you everyone so much!
Thank you to President Susan for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos.
Guest this week:
Halle Fazel.​​​​​

Rotary World Help loading the Belize container –was on Global on Thursday

Search for the Perfect Pint - May 3rd.  Port Moody City Hall– we need one more volunteer to sell 50-50 tickets.  That is a fun job walking around and talking to everyone.

Strawberry Sales, starting May 1st with Abbotsford Rotary Club - available for pick up Jun.15th.

Rotary District Conference , Saturday May 4th at Mount Vernon, WA Please register if you want to attend.  So far we have 3 from our Rotary Club going.

Rotary May Day Parade, Poco Centennial Club –May 13, runs from 11 am to 1pm

Rotary SHRED-A-THON, June 1st , Please put posters up where-ever you see fit. 

Vida Peterson did her Classification talk.  WHAT A LADY !!!!  These Classification talks are always a favorite.

Guest Speaker : Our very own longtime Rotarian, VidaVida spoke on her long history of Rotary in California and Port Moody.  Vida’s main passion in Rotary was working on her incredible international events.


Special guests:, Otilia Kozelj, Darrell Roemer and Chantelle Burga, from New View Society, 

Mike Wiens - 3rd meeting and would like to join our Rotary Club

 Kay Wu - Past member and great to see her again along with President Susan with the shirts they bought from Belize and a 'You Better Belize It' mug

Clayton Anderson - look what Clayton made for us.  Thank you Clayton..

Birthdays: Victoria Nalugwa – April 14

Rotary Anniversary: Trish McPhail – April 15, 2020




The Spirited Book & Wine Club – This month’s book was “The Power of Days” by Celese Mergens and her 20 year journey of this amazing woman and her volunteers creating Days for Girls.  This organization’s focus is to bring menstrual health and equity to girls worldwide.   Cleone hosted this month’s get-together.



Great Work On the Part of Rotary Volunteers Susan, Peter, John ,Bill & Peter & Neil
at the Inlet Regatta. Long Hours, No Pay,,,what a Team!
Thank you all for helping to make the event a success

Inlet Regatta dragon boat race was on Apr. 20th -  opening ceremony at 7:45 am is and races began at 8:15.  This event also features live music, a DJ, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden   – Bar is open from 11:00 to 4:00.

More photos in photo Album:  2024 Inlet Regatta

Strawberry Sales, starting May 1st with Abbotsford Rotary Club - available for pick up Jun.15th.

Rotary District Conference - Saturday May 4th at Mount Vernon, WA – actual conference is only one day which is a first - with planned events on Friday & Sunday. A new component to this year’s Conference is a program for children (ages 5 – 14).  Their programing will be in several classrooms in the same building as the auditorium. The day before the conference, May 3rd there will be a family bowling event. The day after the conference there will be a service project for all ages  at Camp Korey.  There are 3 of us attending from our club.  Please register if you want to attend.

Rotary May Day Parade - Poco Centennial Club –May 13, runs from 11 am to 1pm

Sign up for Rotary SHRED-A-THON, June 1st      -  Please sign up if you haven’t already.

SHRED-A-THON will be held at Port Moody City Hall from 9:00AM - 3:00 PM for all your confidential papers to be shredded 'on site' by donation to our Rotary Club of Port Moody. 

Rotary Peace Fellowships are open until May. 15th to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Peace Fellows use their training to amplify their work at the local, regional, or global level. Together, we can advance peace throughout the world by encouraging our local peacebuilders to learn about Rotary and apply for this unique fellowship. 

Rotary’s theme of this year is “Create Hope in the World” by working for Peace and  Mental Health. Chris Boyd, a fellow Rotarian and a Clinical Therapist spoke on several  mental health strategies and one was something called “reframing” .  This is a very simple process of replacing a negative thought which can worsen things like anxiety, depression, and pain with a more healthy, helpful, thought and how it can profoundly affect our Mental Health – negatively or positively. 

Once again we cleaned up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Thank you to Alan and 'gang' for doing this.  


Guest Speakers: Chantelle Burga, Otilia Kozelj, and Darrell Roemer from the New View Society. This is a non-profit organization providing support services for adults with mental illness who reside in the Tri-Cities area.  Services include assistance with housing, employment, social services, and personal growth opportunities.  New View Society creates an environment for growth and recovery.   

RIBFEST meeting Tuesday April23rd. 7:00PM. Bill's building.

RIBFEST opportunity

Here are a list of bands. https://portmoodyribfest.ca/live-music/


Band Sponsor Investment: $1,000 

“Band Sponsor”  -  Benefits include: 


  • Choose from one of our bands and be the official sponsor of their appearance at Ribfest. 

  • Your banner/logo displayed while the band is on stage. 

  • Opportunity for photo opportunity with the band. 

  • Corporate logo, with URL link displayed on our Ribfest website. 

  • On site recognition of sponsorship during event.
    Table service from a member of our BAR Service team
    A RIB Sample plate (1/2 Rack) delivered to your table
    Maximum 10 guests at the table reserved for you and your guests  in front of the stage.

Belize:  What a great interview PP Al had with Love radio and TV in Belize.  This will give you another great idea of what impact our Rotary Club and others had in Belize.  Worth a look!!!
If you want to see… skip to 1 hour 32 mins in [ is where the interview started]



Next week’s speaker – our very own Vida Peterson gives her Rotary talk.  This is a talk you won't want to miss.

Special guest speaker: Halle Fazel, Dr. Lauryn Oates from Canadian Women in Afghanistan 
Mike Wiens - It was great to see Mike back as a guest this week
Birthdays: Bob Carter, Hazel Wiggins – April 11

Upcoming Events:

Rotary World Help – We loaded the container going to Belize

Thank you to all who came to help.

President Susan locked it up.

Inlet Regatta Dragon boat race -  opening ceremony at 7:45 am is and races begin at 8:15.  This event also features live music, a DJ, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden   – Bar is open from 11:00 to 4:00 and they are  looking for volunteers to sling beer. 

Strawberry Sales, starting May 1st with Abbotsford Rotary Club - available for pick up Jun.15th.

Rotary May Day Parade, Poco Centennial Club –May 13, runs from 11 am to 1pm

Sign up for Rotary Shred a Thon, June 1st   - Sign up sheet will be coming soon

Rotary Peace Fellowships are open until May. 15th to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Peace Fellows use their training to amplify their work at the local, regional, or global level. Together, we can advance peace throughout the world by encouraging our local peacebuilders to learn about Rotary and apply for this unique fellowship. 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lauryn Oates, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan


The “Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan” is an organization focused on ending Gender Apartheid, standing for the right to learn for everyone. Afghanistan is the only remaining country in the world to officially ban women from education, from grade seven onwards and  being banned from many forms of employment. Being barred from education, and employment, and being denied the opportunity to earn an income has plunged many female-headed households into stark poverty. The World Food Program reports that two-thirds of Afghans don’t know where their next meal will come from. Gender apartheid policies are directly contributing to this worsening humanitarian disaster. “Excluding half the population from accessing higher education is a grave abuse of human rights and will also debilitate Afghanistan’s economic future by cutting off the supply of educated professionals the country needs not just to develop and advance, but just to function.  This, and other discriminatory policies, are taking the country backwards and causing irreparable harm” said Lauryn Oates, executive director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan).  It is estimated that 90 per cent of young women respondents reported bad or very bad mental health, and that suicide and suicidal ideation are very common.  The economic costs brought on by the practice of Gender Apartheid, women not being educated and not being able to enter the workforce, is estimated of a cost to Afghanistan of 5 to 6 billion dollars. 

Technology For Education Program

This organization provides powerful opportunities to realize the human right to education. Everyone has a right to learn, and their innovative technological tools in the Technology for Education Program not only give Afghans greater access to knowledge and information but also helps both students and teachers develop 21st century skills.

Special programs include Learning Baskets so families would also have access to high quality, local language learning material. The baskets contain materials for all members of the family to nurture learning at home, including storybooks, literacy activities, recipes, and more. These baskets are  Learning Baskets plus essential food staples that help vulnerable families facing precarious economic conditions gain food security. The food items are related to the learning materials—such as recipes that use the food items in the basket—so that the items in the basket complement each other.


As Afghanistan faces a worsening economic crisis, the Learning Plus Baskets are an increasingly essential lifeline for families. Further, as schools remain closed for girls past primary age, the materials for home learning allow the continuation of learning during the human rights crisis facing millions of girls and young women across the country. 

Welcome to our Knowledge Tree

Darakht-e Danesh, meaning “knowledge tree” in Dari, is our collection of virtual education tools that provide access to education for thousands of Afghans in Afghanistan and in the region.

For more information, please go to : Canadian Women for Women In Afghanistan  https://cw4wafghan.ca/



They are BACK - the Belize Travellers came back safe and sound.  We can't wait to hear their stories.

More photos in Belize 2024 album

We have great speakers but one of our favourites is when our own member does their Classification talk and Yvonne you did not disappoint us.

Our Guest Speaker: A warm welcome to our very own Yvonne Berrisford spoke about her childhood, meeting the love of her life, and being so fortunate to be able to immigrate from South Africa to Canada with her family.

Our guest this week was Mike Wiens.  Thank you for joining us for breakfast and we hope to see Mike again soon
Jim Bell who was not at the meeting because their Grandkids were in town.
Alison Young

Tuesday, Apr.2nd - Days for Girls Workshop at Vida’s – approx. 20 members incl. 2 men.– sewing & putting together re-usable menstrual kits.  This program also includes the education on menstrual equality, reproductive health, and physical and mental well- being. Very inspiring knowing that Rotary is involved in assisting these women who are changing the future of girls all over the world!

Thirsty Thursday.  1st Thursday of the Month we meet at the Legion at 5:15 for a night just to get together.  This past Thursday we had 10 people.

District Assembly Saturday, April 6 – Surrey Campus, Kwantlen Polytechnic University – we now have 6 members going this year from our club.

Rotary World Help – we need help loading container going to Belize, Saturday, April 13, Please let Dan Gallant know if you are volunteering.  Because we are the club sending the container, we need volunteers from our Club to help load.

A portion of the Rotary World Help Newsletter attached: [PP Al sent to all]


Inlet Regatta Apr.20,  11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Come volunteer to work in the bar. Send your SIR copy of your certificate to Neil Nyberg to help.


Rotary May Day Parade, Poco Centennial Club –May 11, runs from 11 am to 1pm. They need help to walk along with the Rotary Wheel and hand out candy to the children. 

Sign up for Rotary Shred -a -Thon, June 1st      -  Please sign up if you haven’t already.

Rotary Peace Fellowships are open until May. 15th to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Peace Fellows use their training to amplify their work at the local, regional, or global level. Together, we can advance peace throughout the world by encouraging our local peacebuilders to learn about Rotary and apply for this unique fellowship. 

Thank you to Joan for the notes and Yvonne for the photos.

The group made it to Belize and looks like they started out with so much fun.  Photos will be in the Photo Album 2024 Belize

A great bunch doing wonderful work in Belize - Oh the stories we will hear !!!!




Thank you to Alison for the notes and Yvonne for the photos

Guests: Samantha Chong and Roxanne Saxon and Clayton Anderson


Notices and Updates:

  • District Assembly April 6th in Surrey – requesting a possible carpool if anyone is available?
  • Rotary World Help – April 13th, 2024, need assistance loading another container approx. 9am to 12pm, contact Dan Gallant if available.  
  • Inlet Regatta April 20th, 2024, 8am to 4pm (Dragonboat Races), let Peter & Neil know if you can help with the bar from 11am to 4pm)  
  • Search for the Perfect Pint 20th Anniversary, May 3rd, Volunteers needed – follow up to the email already sent, check the email link sent last week if interested.
  • May Day Parade, with Centennial PoCo Club, Celebrate Our 101st Annual May Day Festival, May 11th, 2024, starts around 11am
  • Strawberry Sales, starting May 1st, with Abbotsford Rotary Club, to be picked up June 15th by Peter Muir
  • RYLA deadline coming up soon, 2 spots still open for young adults.
  • SHRED-A-THON  coming up, June 1, 2024 – volunteers needed.
  • RIBFEST ambassadors/greeter still needed, please contact Linda to book your time!
  • Rotary Peace Fellowship, available until May 15th.


Guest Speakers, Samantha and Roxanne

Community Action Team

Ministry of Health mandated new programs to be created to respond to the ongoing Opioid Crisis

OERC (Overdose Emergency Response Centre)

CAT (Community Action Team) – Created by OERC


  • 2511 deaths in BC due to opioids in 2023, approx. 7.2 deaths per day
  • Ambulance services gets over 42,000 calls a year for overdoses, max one day there were 221 calls.

TriCity CAT – Formed in 2017

  • Involved in the community to create awareness.
  1. Interactive Education – created to suit different ages.
  2. What is Stigma (negative set of beliefs)
      1. Works to address this, putting people First.
      2. Providing Hope
  3. Create Visuals, such as purple flags for death planted around town.
  4. Connecting different resources, like Share, Naloxhome, etc

They want to do good by participating, facilitating, attending, hosting, and creating (all positive actions)

Gary & Hazel's 58th Wedding anniversary.....AND Gary's health report is AMAZING !!!

Happy Birthday to Trish



We have a call for volunteers to help load the container for Belize sponsored by our club.  Date is April 13th at the Riverview Hospital site from 9-12. Contact Dan Gallant for details. hett@shaw.ca
We have 11 people going to Belize to help teach the educators how to use the RACHEL devices that will help them teach their students.  These 11 people that are going to Belize will be in Belize when the container is being loaded and that is why we need your help.  Please let Dan Gallant know that you will be there to help.
Meeting was called to order by Pres. Susan Bell, with Invocator  Peter Muir followed by breakfast

One of my favourite Invocations is:


Rotary District Assembly Sat April 6/24 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey.   Registration 8AM followed by Assembly 9AM promptly. The assembly is an excellent training  ground for all Rotarians - especially new Club Officers and Members and those Rotarians who want to learn and network. We will have a group gathering followed by seminars.  Lunch is provided and parking is free- do not pay for parking as you will not be reimbursed!each club is billed for 5 members to attend, and we have room for more- please tell President Susan you want to attend. 

Capstone Day, April 11/24.  Ingrid Gay for CLC12 Team, Heritage Woods Secondary

Invites us to hear Grade 12 students talk about their goals and aspirations.  


Inlet Spring Regatta, Sat April 20, - this is an annual dragon boat race event held each          April on Burrard Inlet in the City of Port Moody at Rocky Point Park. Go to                            “www.Inletspringregatta.com” for complete details. This is sponsored by the city and several companies, and is a very large event that Rotary has always supported.They always need volunteers and it is a wonderful day with ongoing updates via Facebook. You can join as a spare or volunteer, by contacting the organizers on the website.


May Day Parade and Party in the Square will be held May 11/24 Port Moody . The Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial has organized this for years and we try to help as much as possible. They need help with a person walking on the road beside the float and someone on the float- contact Gaye Simms for more information. It’s always a lot of fun, and thousands turn out.   

Rotary  Peace Fellowships- these are still open for names until May 15, please submit them to George Broderick. These offer individuals committed to peace and conflict resolution a chance to earn a 2 year Masters level degree in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at Rotary’s University Partners in USA, Japan, and other countries. 

George Broderick also discussed the RYLA ( age 18-30) Rotary Youth Leadership Award and YALE Your Adventures in Leadership ( age 14-18) programs this summer looking for applicants to obtain leadership training.  If you know of anyone in those age groups please let George know:   gdjbroderick@gmail.com

Rotary SHRED-A-THON- Saturday, June 1st, 2024- fliers have been distributed to City Hall and our Rotary members. As we get closer to the date, we will decide about jobs and help that is needed.  Thank you for those that have already signed up.  Please sign up today. 


RIBFEST July 19-21, 2024 - this is our largest fundraiser of the year and we need lots of help! Right now, we need ambassador greeters and counters for 3 hour shifts. Please contact Linda Balzer or any of the other members of the committee. A show of hands indicated many of us have already signed up to help. 

Book  Club Day has changed from Mondays to the Third Tuesday of each month, starting April 16 We had a most enjoyable evening at Monica’s this last Thursday.

One of our members , Yvonne, is looking to rent tables and chair.  If you know of a great place to do this, please let Yvonne know.


Steve Witiuk has organized a Birthday Party for his day's 100th Birthday.  Joe has come to our meetings at least once a year for many many years. He is an amazing man who has lots of good ideas of how to live a long and healthy life.  Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Happy Birthday Joe xoxox


Guest Speaker- Tyler Ashton, a 34 year old man with Ankylosing Spondylitis.AS is an autoimmune disease that causes the spinal bones( vertebrae) to fuse, creating a hunched posture. He has lost 175 lbs , exercises faithfully and has started a website to educate people about AS. He also is raising funds for AS by riding his bike across Canada and back.he has an extensive social media presence and you can support him by sending funds through Tic Toc, Facebook , YouTube Tube etc.


Guest  Speaker- Jatinder Bhatti- executive director of Transitions, a local facility to help women break the cycle of Domestic Violence. The non profit home services houses several women , seniors and currently 8 children affected by domestic abuse. Studies show that it takes a woman 6-8 tries to leave her abuser, so the staff have to support her through those trial separations before she can succeed. Transitions is going to apply for grants to help repair  the large old home that provides counseling,  and they are looking for local women willing to assist repairing the home and supporting the women and children. The location of the home has to be kept secret, however so husbands of the women cannot find it. Several women present thought they could help, however. 


Bill's own trash can give to him by President Elect Rick

A book of jokes for the Pun master Neil Nyberg given to him by President Elect Rick

Ian gave a golden Spike to guest speaker Tyler

Thank you to  Joan Schwanz for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos.

Navid - so great to see Navid come to visit.

Brian Kenny - Inlet Spring Regatta
This year the Inlet Regatta is on April 20th, 2024 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
They would like us to volunteer in the beer garden, so if you have your SIR [serving it right], or are good with cash please let Neil know. [ nwnyberg@yahoo.ca  ]
There are 44 teams this year. 
Guess who will be there?

A Rotarian Who Makes a Difference:
Dan Gallant - Rotary World Help

Dan Gallant has been organizing Rotary World Help Network since 1997.
They have sent 460 containers all over the world and helped an estimated 14 million people
Estimated value of all these containers is $140 million dollars.
19 containers have now been sent to the Ukraine 🇺🇦.

Book Club was at Monica’s on Thursday.  I see that there is ONE book !!!!  Oh so much fun !!!
Thank you Monica for hosting.


Update Search for the Perfect Pint -  May 3rd, 2024
Only 105 tickets still to sell.
Alan K sent out a spread sheet of where people are needed to Volunteer.  Please let Alan K know if you can help.  We still need sponsors & Food vendors.  Again, if you know of anyone who might want to Sponsor food or the event, please let Alan know. [  Alan.K@telus.net ]
Also, please help Al S out by taking over the Eventbrite site while he is away for SFPP.  He will teach you all you need to know. [ alstjerne@gmail.com. ]

President Elect Rick said that donations were still being taken by for Special Olympics . We have surpassed $25,000.


Special Guests Maile Takamiza
 and Jacqueline Dhao spoke about YAIL [Youth Adventures in Leadership]. 

YAIL was held in Surrey- 60 Participants and they must be 14 - 18 years of age to attend.

Maile and Jacqueline spoke about their experience.
Teams worked together in activities - Hunan Detectives.
Learned to communicate with eyes and hands.
Learned about leadership and becoming good leaders.
Group project about clean water .
Tree planting project was the best part.
Thank you for sending them and listening to their presentation.

We are a busy Rotary Club and we would like you to sign up for the following if you have time:
Volunteer for:
- April 6th - Rotary District Assembly - President Susan 
The District Assembly on Saturday, April 6 has a smorgasbord of sessions for all Rotarians and is strongly recommended for club officers and newer Rotarians.
We have sessions for Club Treasurers, Secretaries and Foundation Chairs.  Incoming club Presidents for each of the next three years will have a session with their respective District Governors to-be.
We have sessions on Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract, Youth Engaged In Service (YES) and other youth programs
For those interested in club governance, we have sessions on the Council On Legislation and on Club Governing Documents.
We have many other sessions of general interest, including Toastmasters (Speak With Confidence), two sessions on Indigenous Peoples, a session on Mental Health, and on Understanding And Resolving Disputes.
There are helpful sessions on Social Media, on Public Image, Organizing Fundraising Events as well as service oriented sessions on Rotary World Help and The Rotary Foundation.
You must register to attend – we order lunch based on registration numbers.  If you don’t pre-register, your club will still be billed for you, but you won’t have a lunch. 
The District Assembly will be at the Surrey campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (same place as in past years) 12666 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8, with registration opening at 8:00 am and the opening plenary starting at 8:30 am.  To register, go to https://rotarydistrict5050.org/event/district-assembly-2.  
Details on parking will be sent to all registrants just before the event.  Do not pay to park!
Lindagene Coyle - lindacoyle5050@gmail.com
Leadership Development Director
-  April 11th, Capstone Day at Heritage woods School - register before March 20th
What is Capstone?:  

A high school capstone project is a way for students to demonstrate the culmination of skills and knowledge gained through their academic career by completing a long-term, multi-faceted project. 

Typically performed at the end of a student’s high school career, students commonly choose a topic, profession, or social problem to explore and work with a mentor in that field of interest. The mentor guides the student through the project—sharing their knowledge of the field, teaching new skills, ensuring the student stays on task, and fostering a professional, real-world experience. 

Over the course of the project, students conduct research, maintain a portfolio detailing the steps taken, and create a final paper, product, or presentation that demonstrates what they’ve learned. Often times, a final presentation is given to a panel of teachers, experts in the field, and community members. [That's where we come in, please sign up]

- April 20th -Inlet Spring Regatta -  Neil 
- May 3rd -  SFPP - Search for Perfect Pint - Alan K
- June 1st. - SHRED-A-THON - Linda
- June 20th - Save the Date - Installation night Saint Street Grill
- July 19-21 - Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST - please sign up for 1 shift [or more if you like] to be a GREETER to Welcome our Guests and thank them for their donation, or Counter [clicking in our guests coming and going so we know how many people are in the park at any one time.].  Linda

We had a Zoom meeting as the Well was closed for the morning.  We were sad to hear that our Chef Spencer lost a close family member and we send our condolences and support to he and his family.
President Susan does a great job on 'zoom' and Sgt. at Arms Darrell made sure he spoke to everyone on line.  
Lots of talk about the past weekend the the Plunge and how much fun it was and looks like the same 'team' will be 'in' again next year.  Come on out and 'plunge for Special Olympics'.
Cleone was over the moon with the young people that came out the RIPS this year.  62 volunteers and the young Scouts were there to tell the Sasamat leaders why they were pulling the ivy and blackberry bushes.
Congratulations to Ryan and Brittany.  We are sad to see you leave but we are excited about this new chapter of your lives. 
Please keep in touch xo
Happy Birthday to Monica.  May all your wishes come true xoxo. You are a 'light' in our Rotary Club and we are grateful you are a part of it. 
Bill - 8 years with our Rotary Club.  For all the work that Bill does it seems he has been with us 'forever'.  We are so grateful for you Bill.  You are always one of the first to sign up for any event we have and of course you are Port Moody's Recycle King.  
Happy Anniversary to Peter & Merle.  We wish you many more years of Health & Happiness together.
Cleone talked about International Woman's Day and for us to think about the women who most influenced us in our lives.  Well done Cleone.....
If you have any ideas about who would be a great Guest Speaker for our Rotary Club of Port Moody, please let Darrell know.  
District Assembly


Saturday, April 6, 2024
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC

Registration begins at 8:00 AM.  Assembly begins promptly at 9:00 AM.

The District Assembly is an excellent training opportunity for Rotarians of all ages and experiences.  This event is created for:

 New Club Officers (President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Foundation, Youth, etc.),
 Rotarians wanting to network, develop relationships and learn from other Rotarians in our District,
 Newer Rotarians who would like to better understand the value and meaning of Rotary.

We will have a group gathering to begin our time followed by seminars on topics pertinent to Rotarians who are seeking strong leadership skills and connections.

Lunch is provided. Parking is free.

Do not pay for parking - you will not be reimbursed!!

Each Rotary Club in our District is charged for 5 club members to attend.
Please register your club officers and interested Rotarians who are planning on attending!

Clubs will be billed for a minimum of five persons for this event.  Clubs are requested to bring a club cheque/check for their minimum or actual number of attendees. Pat Bond will collect the cheques/checks at registration.

$55 per person, $275 per club Canadian dollars - Our Club pays for YOU 

Details will be sent about parking and any other matters closer to the event

Please let President Susan know if you are going.  Thank you



Please find  the above attached an invitation to our Capstone Day, Thursday, April 11th.
We hope you can join us.
Ingrid Gay, on behalf of the CLC 12 Team
Heritage Woods Secondary
Our Rotary Club has been involved in Capstone for many years.  It is so very interesting to go to this and listen to the Grade 12 students talk about what they want to do in the future.
Sign up if you are interested.
Our Little Lending Library.
Please bring your books to Rotary on Wednesday so Gayle can 'fill' our Little Lending Library.  It has been out of commission for some time now, while the construction was going on at Old Orchard Hall.  The City informed us it will be going back up this week.
Thanks for your help.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Rotary Club of Port Moody cleans up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  We meed at Gallaghers coffee shop in Newport Village and leave at exactly 9:00 AM to walk up the hill and pick up trash.  This past Saturday it was once again cleaned up by these strong handsome men.  Thank you Alan for organizing this every month.  PP and Past AG Al took the photo.
Please remember to bring school supplies for Belize children and give to Brian W.  The container will be leaving soon.
Just us again at the meeting and it is kind of nice to be able to visit and hear all the Happy Dollar stories.  Well done Sgt. At Arms, Darrell.
Congratulations to Brian Wormald for his outstanding contribution to Rotary and to Belize school Global Grant project. 
Brian donated $3500.00 to support a school in Belize.  This is such a wonderful donation and along with the Global Grant we will be able to support a school with chrome books, school supplies and teaching staff for these children.  
Brian received his Paul Harris + 3 along with a certificate....... and so very well deserved
Brian is passionate about our International support for Belize.  He went on a trip to Belize to help with the Prison.  This changed Brian's life and like we say in Rotary.....He 'became a Rotarian' while he was on that trip.  He saw the difference that is made by our Rotary Club and others.  
And speaking of school supplies, please pick up some supplies like backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, etc and bring to Brian at Rotary.  If you don't want to shop, I'm sure if you donated $20.00 or some amount, he would gladly shop for you.  Thanks for your help with this.  The children in Belize will be very happy and grateful.
Belize trip coming up soon and Al & Glen packing tablets to go in the container for the schools.
Lots going on in the life of our Rotary Club.
March 7th - Thirsty Thursday at the Legion. Meet at 5:30pm.  This is a fun night that we get together, have a meal and a drink or two and support our local Legion.  Hope to see you there.
April 6th - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - District Assembly.  Please sign up.....new Rotarians or seasoned Rotarians are welcome.  Our club has to pay for 5 members whether we go or not.  The Rotary Club of Port Moody always has a good numbers so let make this year better yet. 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey Campus
12666 - 72nd
Surrey, BC


Port Moody’s premier
beer tasting event

Get your tickets now......Great gift for family members, friends.  https://searchfortheperfectpint.ca/

The Search For the Perfect Pint is the highly anticipated annual event that’s been running since 2004. With the famous Brewers Row in our our backyard, Port Moody has become a craft beer enthusiast’s destination.

The Search For the Perfect Pint features dozens of breweries and food vendors for you to sample all for a $50. No additional tokens or costs for this amazing event.

Not only is this a celebration of great craft beer, it’s also a major findraising event for the Port Moody Rotary Club. All the proceeds goes directly back into the community to support local, charitable organizations.

June 1st - SHRED-A-THON   Thank you to Joan for printing out some posters for us.  Please take and distribute in your building, coffee shop or grocery store.  Anywhere you see a bulletin board, please put this poster up.  
Thank you to those that have already signed up to help. We can always use lots of people to help.  We  have such a good time and it is a great service for our community.
Our guest this week was Rich Williams - friend of Steve Witiuk
Happy Birthday Past President Paul
 Thanks Yvonne for the photos xo
Proof President Elect - Rick dove in.....
President Susan looks pretty happy
Great job Rick and thank you again for all of your work in planning and organizing this exciting and fun event.  It was such a successful turnout and surprisingly, the water didn’t feel near as cold as we all thought it was going to be.
Also a big shout out and Thank You to Clayton for another year of fun Hawaiian costumes and helping with the set up.  Many thanks and gratitude also goes out to all the donors, supporters, and club members for making this such a successful day for such an important cause.
I'm already looking forward to our next year’s event to plunge back in! - from President Susan
2024 Polar Plunge is on Club Runner photo albums now.  Thank you to Clayton for the photos.
RIPS was a HUGE success.  Thank you to Cleone and Bob and Gayle Carter for their passionate involvement.

2,000 Liters of Invasives were Rotary RIPPED !!!


62 volunteers ripped out over 2,000 litres of invasive ivy and blackberry plants in Bert Flinn Park at Rotary RIPS on Sunday!

A highlight was watching 4 cub scouts showing volunteers from Camp Sasamat pieces of ivy and enthusiastically explaining that the ivy not only can strangle trees but that it can carpet large areas of the forest and not let the plants that should be there grow. This is serious because animals need the native plants for food. I was impressed how they understood the importance of biodiversity. 

This was a role reversal for the Camp Sasamat team. 4 staff came with 22 high school students who are on a leadership training course. Some of them will develop into camp counsellors and guide younger children.

Innvervisions, a drug and alcohol recovery centre sent out 18 men who gave back to the community by pulling a huge share of the introduced plants.

A senior from Gleneagle school, a couple of girl guides, some parents, 5 Rotarians and best of all Sarah Livingston from the City made up the rest of the team. 

Bob and Gayle Carter, recipients of the Environmental Award for the City helped create Bert Flinn Park, are passionate about protecting it and were leaders on this event.

Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species) is a partnership program between the City of Port Moody, Port Moody Ecological Society and Rotary to help protect environment.

It is with profound sadness that we have lost a shining light in our Community.  Patty was a huge supporter of Rotary and she will be missed by so many.
Patty Sahota leaves behind a legacy of dear relationships, community building, and positive impact across British Columbia and beyond. She was a strong supporter of the many causes and initiatives. . “Patty lived a life of service, which brought her immense joy. She greeted everyone with a warm smile, and was incredibly generous with her time and knowledge” (quote from her obituary).  RIP dear friend.  xoxo
For more details on Patty’s remarkable life, please visit: https://www.legacy.com/.../name/patty-sahota-obituary
A good lively group of Rotarians this week.  
Happy belated birthday to Brian with a lot of photo bombers in the background.
Happy Birthday to Sylvia also
Happy 42nd Anniversary to Yvonne & Andy and 62nd Anniversary to Bob & Gayle.

RIBFEST meeting was held and Alison did a recap of Bar, Green Team and 50/50 draw.

Please signup with Linda to be Rotary AMBASSADORS & COUNTERS at RIBFEST gates.
We 'really' need YOU.....Just 3 hours......that's all we are asking for [unless you can do more]


They provide hot meals, beverages, dessert, friendly faces, clothes, shoes, resource referrals, activities and door prizes.

  • Date: 1st Thursday of each month
  • Time: Doors open at 5pm, with "shopping" starting at 5:15pm. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00pm
  • Location: Kinsman Hall @ 2175 Coquitlam Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC

Warm Place For Women is a drug and alcohol-free event. Children are welcome to attend.

Our Rotary Club gave new shirts to the Soroptimist's and we received a nice note from them as they gave the shirts to 'A Warm Place for Women' and the ladies were thrilled.
Rotary RIPS is March 3rd. 9-11 AM
Meet at Pleasantside School.  Sounds like we will have a good number of people helping.

President Elect Rick attended PETS (President Elect Training) along with his roommate  AG Glen.
He said it was a great experience and attended 8 seminars and really found them very interesting.
Jennifer Jones -Past President Rotary International signed Rick’s banner for his term.
600 incoming Presidents attended.
Polio Plus has been really successful, there are very few cases of Polio Worldwide.
Next year’s theme
Magic of Rotary 
Thank you to AG Glen for this info:
District Assembly
Whether you are new to Rotary, or rich with experience, put April 13 on your calendar.  District Assembly gives incoming club officers, and all other Rotarians knowledge and connection that enriches their Rotary experience.  It's an opportunity for Rick to start building his leadership team, and to give anyone in the club another experience to discover their Rotary passion.  Anyone in the club can register.
These Women are Making a Difference - Coquitlam Rotary
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam has an excellent lineup of speakers coming up including Coquitlam club member Dr. Kathleen Ross (Kathleen is president the Canadian Medical Association).  This is a good opportunity to visit another club (something you've been "planning" todo).  Coquitlam Meetings are Wednesday Noon at the Vancouver Golf Club.  The food and the setting are fantastic.  Lunch is $30.
Rotary RIPS
Rotary RIPS Rocks! R.I.P.S Remove Invasive Plant Species.

Once again is our Rotary Club of Port Moody's Installation night.  This is a very special night that we thank President Susan for a fabulous Rotary year and to welcome President Elect Rick as our new President for 2024-25.

The Venue will once again be at Saint Street Grill and details will follow.  Thursday June 20th, 2024. Please save the date.

Thank you

 Gayle, Trish and Linda



Freezing' For a Reason
The Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics is March 2 at Rocky Point. To date we have 8 members ready to don their tackiest Hawaiian shirts. If you can't stand the cold water, your kind donation is appreciated.

Did you know that Bill Lawrie was the oldest plunger last year at the Rocky Point Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. I have it on good authority that he ain't getting any younger, so he's likely to claim that title again.
Take the #Plunge4SOBC and raise funds to help rebuild Special Olympics BC’s empowering year-round sport, youth, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities! 

Participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is an easy and fun way for all of us to connect and show we care about people with intellectual disabilities and creating inclusion.

Join our Freezin' For a Reason team or support plungers like Bill.
Music, bonfire, and hot chocolate served!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - Rocky Point Park
Arrival: 11:00am
Plunge time: 12:00pm

Please help Bill dive into this and share the word.


Looks like this is our TEAM. - YOU too can join in !!!
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC
Coming March 2 to Rocky Point Park!
Have you signed up yet as a member of our Freezin' for a Reason team?  We had a lot of fun last year and raise funds for Special Olympics BC.  Rick has been beating the plunge drum for some time, and now is the time prepare yourself.
Get bold and cold to empower Special Olympics BC athletes!  Participants will take the #Plunge4SOBC and raise vital funds to support Special Olympics BC’s life-changing year-round sport, youth, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities!
Participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC is an easy and fun way for all of us to connect and show we care about people with intellectual disabilities and creating inclusion.
If you're not swimming, join us at the Rocky Point dock on March 2.  It's a lot of fun for a good cause. Please join or donate to our Rotary Club of Port Moody team. Freezin' for a Reason!
Innervisions Recovery Society 
We have supported Innervisions for many years for all the good work that they do.  This is just one more way we can help them.  
They are up for POCO Best Business Award and we can vote for them on the attached link.  Please do this for them.  It would be so wonderful to see them win this award.
Also please remember to do the survey for our great Port Moody Police.
Our Port Moody Police have asked us to please fill out this survey.  We are so very lucky to have our own Police Department and how closely they work with us for RIBFEST and with our whole community.
Please help the by filling out the survey and sending to them
Thank you.  This is the message I received from Constable Sam Zacharias
Port Moody Police Department is currently conducting a community survey to help shape our strategic priorities including the use of body-worn cameras.
Given that the PoMo Rotary does work with PMPD through the year and that many Rotary members are Port Moody residents, would you be able to pass along this survey link to your members? The survey will run now until the end of the month!
Our Guest Speaker is Hazel Postma from Cinterandes – Mobile Surgical Units in Ecuador
  • Budget for the Mobile Surgical Units is $150,000 USD/year
  • What the team does is lifechanging, not lifesaving.
  • One ongoing issue – Not able to do their own sterilization, have to pay to have this work done externally with transportation costs etc.
  • Supported by Tomebamba Rotary Club – 50 year old club 
  • 30 year anniversary of Cinterandes – Ask for Port Moody and other Rotary clubs, to match donation of $300 USD




Happy Birthday Brian Wormald -  Feb.7th 

Happy AnniversaryFeb.16th, Gayle & Bob Carter


Total funds generated from the Super Bowl -$1000 CAD, This money will go to education of Joseph and Hilda via Rotary Club of Kilimanjaro – The cost for their education for 1 year is $1000 USD, and International committee has voted to make up the difference required.

MANY THANKS for all who participated!

District 5050 Conference 


This year’s Rotary District Conference is a one day event at Mount Vernon (WA) High School on Saturday, 4 May 2024. This conference will be for all ages. The theme of the conference is “We Are Family,” as we explore the attributes that make for healthy families.
The Conference will be preceded by the first annual bowling tournament for people of all ages on Friday, 3 May and followed by a service project at Camp Korey, southeast of Mount Vernon, on Sunday, 5 May. Sign up now at the Rotary District 5050 website:  https://rotarydistrict5050.org/stories/2024-district-conference/
There are different options for housing for the weekend. Several hotels are being arranged with special pricing. Some local Rotarians will be hosting Conference guests. Housing is being offered for $25 over two nights at Camp Korey.

Please sign up.....Always a great time to meet other Rotarians from our district.


RIPS Ivy Pull with BOB – Sunday, March 3rdPark at Pleasantside School or on street. Everyone is welcome.  The more the merrier and please register at:  todgham@gmail.com

Thank you to Alison for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos




Happy Valentines Day
Our Port Moody Police have asked us to please fill out this survey.  We are so very lucky to have our own Police Department and how closely they work with us for RIBFEST and with our whole community.
Please help the by filling out the survey and sending to them
Thank you.  This is the message I received from Constable Sam Zacharias
Port Moody Police Department is currently conducting a community survey to help shape our strategic priorities including the use of body-worn cameras.
Given that the PoMo Rotary does work with PMPD through the year and that many Rotary members are Port Moody residents, would you be able to pass along this survey link to your members? The survey will run now until the end of the month!

Erica McArthur and Jim Delgrande 
Coquitlam Search and Rescue 

Ian - Super Bowl.   Joseph & Hilda in 
Kilimanjaro will be so happy that we have supported them for the next school year.  Well done everyone. xoxo

Joan /Gayle Valentines have been distributed 
Share, Innervisions, Eagle Ridge Manor, Crossroads Hospice,  Port Moody Police and Port Moody Firefighters.  
Thanks for all members help and Joan for all her hard work.

Bookclub meeting was at Bill’s house on Thursday.  This week everyone will talk about the book 'they choose' to read.  

Heritage Mountain Cleanup was on Saturday.  We clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on the second Saturday of every month and Alan was just reminding us that they meet at Gallaghers' at leave at 9:00 AM SHARP.  Thank you Alan for organizing this clean-up
Thank you to Jeff McLellan for posting on 'I Love Port Moody' the following photos.
And these are the likely suspects that did the Clean up.  What a great way to show our community that the Rotary Club of Port Moody 'cares'.

Ivy Pull at Pleasantside School  March 3rd at 9:00AM.  Bring y6ur friends and family and help BOB pull ivy.  
Coquitlam Search and Rescue Presentation 

Erica and Jim did a wonderful presentation on Coquitlam Search and Rescue , which had been in our area for 25 Years.

This is a Volunteer Organization providing rescue services 7 days a week , with 59 volunteers.

They do inland and water rescue’s as well as Urban searches.
Sumas Prairie Flood search’s in 2021 
Rescue Searches, wilderness Medical Resue.
Helicopter Rescue

Calls from ECC or RCMP
Conference Calls from organizations 
Have a helicopter 
Cell Phones are helping to track people

Tuesday nights are training nights at Town Center Hall.

Increased demands are happening in the TriCities.

Thank you to Gayle for writing the notes and to Yvonne for the photos

The sorting of clothes is done and thank you to all that came to help.  
Thanks everyone for joining with us this morning.  That was a lot of clothes to pack resulting in 14 boxes of women's clothing and 11 boxes of men's clothing.  In addition Trish took with her 1 box of winter clothing and 1 box children's clothing for distribution from Cross Roads.  We set aside 1 additional box of men's clothing for Belize.  
We start distribution locally, and then with remaining items look to the downtown east side.
Special Guest Speaker
David Driscoll : Former Mayor of Port Moody


Remember to make Valentines Cards. The Valentines box that Vida made is at St James well. The Deadline is on February 7th.  

After the meeting this week, Glen needs half a dozen people to help sort boxes of clothing to give to different shelters.  You will all meet at Rotary World Help.  Thank you to the 6-8 people who said they would help.

Theme today is the history of Port Moody as seen by former Mayor David Driscoll.

Wise words from our past Mayor David Driscoll saying that Community and engaging people is one of the most important things we can do!
If you don’t know the answer, help solve the problem.
Start with Respect and caring!
Thank you to Gayle for the notes.
Mayor Driscoll talked about Port Moody History.  Back in the day we had:  6 or 7 sawmills in Port Moody, A Brick Yarda chemical plantPipe Manufacturer & 2 Oil Refineries 

Inlet was a waste site for these companies so we had lots of pollution.
Air Quality was terrible 
There were no Buses or transit 
1976 BC Hydro had a plan of cleaning the environment.
We now have the best air quality in the world.

Transition of the Inlet, as Bee Hive burners and transformers were dumping PCB ‘s off the piers.
Dave went down to Seattle and came back with a plan’ “Burrard Inlet Action Plan”.
The action was to: 
Engage youth projects and build a park.
Value of group’s was really important.
Sewers were put down the park to the development of San Reno.
Acquire land and a land swap and build Old orchard park.
Transit and Recycling in place.

Bill McCracken Recreation site.
Old Orchard to Rocky point pier is a history that we Value.
Gerry St Germaine got us some federal funding.
We now could get back to the inlet and have clean water.
Mount St Helen’s showed us what mice and rodents do to clean the environment and help restore a cleaner place to live.
We also re established wetlands.
Our actions are so important .
Thanks To David Driscoll for all he did for our wonderful city.

Next week our speaker is Search and Rescue.

"Rotary RIPS on Saturday March 2 from 9-11am at Lower Bert Flinn Park next to Pleasantside Elementary School". Please come on out to help. 
Thank you to all the Rotarians that came out to make Valentines for the Seniors at Eagle Ridge Manor.
Our brand new Rotarian, Joan led the group including Gayle, Susan, Trish, Vida and Lorraine who's home was where the Valentines were made.  
We are also grateful to the community for the Valentines that have been left at the Well to hand out. 'Spreading the Love'

Guests at our Rotary meeting were:
Gary Schwanz, Gerry Glazier
 and 17 on Zoom !!!!


Paul Harris award to Brian Dunne PH +1
This is Brian’s second Paul Harris.
Our club has donated over $500,000 to Paul Harris over the last 25 years.

It's always a good day at Rotary when you can install a new member of our Rotary Club.  This past we we Installed  Joan Schwanz as a member of our Club.  Joan will be an excellent addition to our Rotary Club.  Welcome Joan 

Book Club meeting was at  Peter and Cindy’s home.  No book this time, just wine ;o)

Valentines Box is now at the Well for the public to drop off their Valentines before Feb. 3rd.,

Grant Seminar this weekend.  3 members have been approved to go.

Our Guest Speaker was  James Musyoka of Kenya Connect 

Our Rotary Club is one of many that are supporting this Global Grant from Rotary International.  Total of the grant is $90,000.

Kyathani Sanitation Project Update.

Project to address the Sanitation and Power to 6 Schools.

Challenge’s of people breaking fences at the school.
Kenya Connect installing plumbing and water works, due to cracked tanks and water systems.
Completed April 2023.
Hand washing stations at 6 schools.
Trained the children how to use liquid soap and wash their hands.
Administration paved the way.
Built a Library.
Finished project last year.
Dedication of the project was attended by Cleone .
Next Projects 
Sanitation with Compositing toilets, in 6 schools, by the end of February this year.


Valentines that were made by Trooper's [who is Joan's dog that goes to the schools and the students read to him]  students grade 1-3.  These Valentines will put smiles on the Seniors at Eagle Ridge Manor. Thank you Joan for spreading the Love.  
Peter sent a 'Blast from the Past'.  This was a lawn bowling fundraiser in New Westminster.  Such a fun day......
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos
We were all 'zoomers' last week.  President Susan did a great job keeping us all 'on track' and chatting about our favourite memory of SNOW.  There were so many good stories and like someone said 'we all got to know eachother just a little bit better.
Thank you to Joan for stepping up and taking on the 'Spread a Little Love' Valentine project.
Glen you did a fantastic job sending out the message for Social Media
Vida, thank you for making the box for St. James' Well.
Please pass the message along to all your friends to help make Valentines and have them handed in by Feb. 3rd so the Rotary Club of Port Moody can  'Spread a Little Love.'
Help Rotary Spread Some Love!!
Valentine's Day is a special day to show love and appreciation to those around us, and what better way to spread joy than by making cards for seniors in our community? If you're looking for a fun activity to do with your children, consider making Valentine's Day cards to be distributed to residents of the Eagle Ridge Manor.
Making cards is a great opportunity to get creative and engage your children's imagination. You can use a variety of materials, such as construction paper, markers, stickers, glitter, and more. Encourage your children to use their artistic skills to make unique and personalized cards that will brighten someone's day.
When you're finished making the cards, drop them off at St. James's Well (prior to February 3) and we’ll take care of the delivery.
Thanks for joining with us simply to spread a little joy and kindness.
Speaking of Joan Schwanz.......We have a very special meeting this Wednesday because we are 'inducting' Joan as a Member of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  We look forward to working with you Joan
Please bring school supplies to Rotary and give to Dan Gallant for our Container to Belize.  We will be helping many schools in Belize this April and it would be wonderful to have brand new school supplies for these children.  
I know it is Dry January [ or maybe 'Damp January'] but please remember that when you purchase your beverages, go to Port Moody Liquor Store and mention Rotary Club of Port Moody and we will get 5% back of your purchase.   Also tell your friends and family to do the same.
It really pays off for our Rotary Club.  Check your receipt that it says our Rotary Club of Port Moody as sometimes there have been errors.  Thank you
Port Moody address is:  4-2929 St Johns St, Port Moody BC V3H 2C2,
Maple Ridge address is:  20690 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, BC...
We are ALL on ZOOM this week as Riley has asked us to cancel the meeting due to weather conditions.  See you in your PJ's.  
I will send the zoom link separately 
Guest speakers were:  Chloe Goodison & Alex Hinricks
and the topic was: 
What is NaloxHome and How Can We Help?    https://naloxhome.com
From their website:
In its 7th consecutive year of Public Health Crisis declaration, it’s about time that BC's overdose crisis gets spoken about, with everyone. NaloxHome provides students and communities with de-stigmatizing education on the signs of an overdose, stigma, naloxone, and how to keep each other safe. As a youth-led initiative, NaloxHome is proud to be made up of young adults, eager to make a change and to end the stigma around harm reduction and people who use substances.

NaloxHome was born in 2021 by first-year SFU student, Chloe Goodison. After graduating secondary school without learning about BC’s overdose crisis, Chloe saw a hole: despite being in it’s 5th consecutive year as a declared Public Health Crisis, students aren’t learning the signs of an overdose, where to get naloxone, BC's poisoned drug supply, harm reduction, and how to keep each other safe. In fact, the absence of these topics in the curriculum contribute to the deadly stigma around substance use and those who use substances. NaloxHome is led by the belief that knowledge is power, and by learning about issues around us, we are equipped to contribute to their end.

After winning the 2020-2021 SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition, NaloxHome took off in the Tri-Cities region of British Columbia (Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Coquitlam). After numerous applications, Chloe selected 17 diverse youth to make up her team as Youth Educators. Each young adult has varying racial backgrounds, gender identities, lived/living experience using drugs, education levels, work, and life experience -- making up an interdiscplinary, well-rounded, and knowledgeable team. These impressive young adults are deployed to present to YOUR organizations, when you book a NaloxHome presentation. Now, NaloxHome has expanded to 40 youth volunteers, successful social media campaigns, community involvement initiatives (trail clean ups, clothing drives) and training sessions for school groups, teams, organizations, and community members.

NaloxHome can be booked by community members to provide a 45 minute, comprehensive presentation to classes and teams. Information is backed and provided by Fraser Health, and inclusive/anti-stigma dialogue has been reviewed by SHARE Society. NaloxHome presentations cater to everyone -- not just those in a relationship with a substance -- because the overdose crisis requires a unanimous effort to combat. There is a role for everyone to play in ending this deadly epidemic.

Now, NaloxHome is a Registered BC Society(#S0078137) and has over 40 youth volunteers. We have reached over 3,000 people in BC with our curriculum. As well, NaloxHome has expanded into the Burnaby School Disctrict with the help of SFU Students from the FentaNIL Project at SFU. NaloxHome has attracted national media attention for our one-of-a-kind, peer-to-peer model of harm reduction education. It's true -- youth learn best from their peers. Teachers and caregivers, let us have the "drugs" chat with your kids for you.

Chloe & Alex had a wonderful, engaging & worthwhile presentation and I would encourage all to go to their website to learn more.

 Our guest speakers receive a 'Golden Spike' as a thank you gift from the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

We learned today that Dan Gallant was NOT at the presentation of the Last Spike on May 10th, 1869, but we did learn that he has been in our Rotary Club of Port Moody for 22 years & 43 years in total.
Rotary Club of Coquitlam is presenting:  
Wine & Dine - Perfect Pairing
We understand your January is off to a great start. You have that diet and exercise program under control and already you are starting to feel healthier. Imagine the end of the month. It will be the perfect time for a little reward - and what a reward this will be.
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is back with their amazing wine pairing event. Pairing the right wine with a dish can enhance flavors in ways you never thought possible. This is the perfect opportunity to explore this food and wine experience, and to support food security programs in the tri-cities.
Funds raised from this event will support SHARE Family and Community Services and the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial Starfish program operating in our School District 43 - Coquitlam schools.
This event is scheduled for January 27. See details on attached poster.
Ticket sales for the Perfect Pairing Wine Dinner are now on sale!  The event was a big success last year and Coquitlam Rotary Club anticipates selling out for this year.  Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, January 27th
Time: Doors at 6:30, first course at 7pm 
Cost: $125
Chef Michael is back to provide an exceptional multicourse meal and Jason will be at the mic to provide us with wine pairing info.  Proceeds will be split between SHARE Food Bank and Starfish Pack Program. 
Tickets are available through Eventbrite 
Please share with your friends, family, colleagues, etc.
Sgt. at Arms, Darrell got the best news from everyone.......
RIBFEST 2024 - July 19 - 21st.
Does this have the look of a good 'please help'?
We need your help !! I know it seems early to ask, but we really want to put this 'team' together as soon as possible.
One of the most important jobs at RIBFEST is at the entry gates.
This is the first impression our guests get of our RIBFEST.  We want to Welcome them, Inform them and tell them to have fun.  Great music and Family Zone, and Beverages available.
This is a job for YOU.....All of us !!!!
We are the face of RIBFEST.  We are the ones that have the passion for our RIBFEST, so I am asking you to please, give us 3 hours of your time over the weekend of RIBFEST to be 'that person'.
I know lots of you have your favourite places to be and that is important too, but I'm only asking for 3 hours of that weekend [unless you want to volunteer more] to help make the 1st impression of this great community event the BEST ever.
Please let me know you will volunteer. 
Thank you so much.
Linda ;o)
Guests this week were Clayton
and Joan Schwanz & her daughter Erin from Ontario.
Zoomers:  Cleone, Monica and Peter M
Our regular Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd is done on the second Saturday of every month.  Alan, who organizes this said that he he was cancelling this month as the weather would be too cold and he was 100% correct.
February 10th, will be the next clean up.
Just us again.  
President Elect nominee Alison was the Master of the day, leading the meeting.  She did a great job.
PP Al spoke about the Belize project and how it is coming along.  If you are interested in helping and going to Belize to help train teachers on the Rachel system [This RACHEL Server is designed for use in offline schools, community centers, health centers, or places of learning worldwide where internet access does not exist or is limited. This is our primary product, which is used by hundreds of partner organizations in over 40 countries worldwide.] 
and we would love to have you join us on April 3-13th, 2024.  A few days of working and a few days of fun at the beach.  Belize is a great country to visit and I believe you will be happy you went along.  
We have started the process to Rotary International for a Global Grant for the Belize project, and it is going well.

Rotary World Help will be loading a Container to Belize on February 17.
If you have any gently used men's clothing, please contact our Rotary Club of Port Moody and we will make sure we get from you.

We are going to be going to several schools in Belize with the Rachel product and would like School supplies for these children.  Please spread the word and bring supplies to Rotary.
Guests Joan Schwanz, along with our members Vida & Monica,  & Colin Semple [sorry no photo of Colin]

Members who have Anniversary with Rotary.
John Crowther - 24 years 
Dan Gallant - 43 years

January 23 RIBFEST meeting 
March 2 - Polar Bear Swim at Rocky Point park Join the 'Freezin for a Reason' team
Special Olympics Coordinating along with Rick Fisher

Sgt. at Arms, Darrell always does a special job of bringing out laughs during Happy & Sad Dollars.
Most members spoke about the Christmas time with families and friends.
Thank you to PP Al for passing this along.  Such a true statement of a busy Rotarian.  
May you all have a very Blessed 2024.  
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos
Happy New Year to each and everyone.
Thank you to Gayle for the notes:
Guest this week was President Susan's daughter AVA
Business Meeting to date with the Election of the new board 2024-2025

Happy Birthday today to President Susan.🥳

Secretary Neil will send out the formal copy.

Treasurer Report -Jim

Foundation total $4507.84
No activity since July 2022
Non Compliance as we didn’t report last year.
Club Funds $671,710.93 (cash)
Annual Filings are up to date.
Revenues $182,088.59.

Formal Reports will be done by Secretary/ Treasurer.

23 members present today.
Peter Muir will be our new Treasurer.

2024-2025 Voting of New Board

President- Rick Fisher
Treasurer- Peter Muir
President Elect - Allison Young


Search for Perfect Pint Tickets now on sale.  https://searchfortheperfectpint.ca/

March 2nd- Polar Plunge see Rick for registration.

Ian announcement for International Meetings in January on Belize. January 24th.

Global Grant - Glen Assist Governor 
Belize Global Grant $100,000. In process for Vocational Technology.

Ian Cervical Cancer in Guatemala Project in progress.

RIBFEST is now holding monthly meetings for organizing.

Rick is happy to be the incoming President next year and these are his thoughts:

Leadership project is not currently decided.
Extraordinary Rotary Club with so many projects we have on the go.
If it’s not broke don’t fix it.
RIBFEST will be the best ever.
Our Club will have fun and get new ideas at PETS

Sargent at arm’s Darrell did his usual great job making everyone smile.

Great Year - Happy New Year.

An extra 'Spike' for Christmas.
Merry Christmas to All.  
We wish that you have a wonderful Holiday Season, surrounded by those who you love.
The CP Holiday Christmas Train. - Peter Cuthbert
We did not stop the whole of the evening, and we did serve HOT Chocolate this time. LOL
Thanks to the chocolate mixers that kept filling up our two Urns, we didn't miss a beat. 
BIG Thanks have to go Rylie from "The St. James Well" who provide the Hot Chocolate Mix
We served approx 900 people because that's how many cups we had. We ran out out of cups. (luckily at the end of the festivities.)
THANKS TO THE CHOCOLATE MIXERS.                                DANNE DUNLOP
                                                                                                         JOHN  CROWTHER
THANKS for the Propane Heater that kept us in HOT WATER    CLAYTON ANDERSON
THANKS for starting us off with hot water canisters to--------      PETER MUIR
THANKS for filling up our canister from BROWNS. ---------       CAYTON ANDERSON
THANKS to the servers who served with a Happy smile----------- MONICA DELGADO
THANKS for the Happy server giving out marshmallows----------ALLISON YOUNG
THANKS for operating the Visa Tap device, which was busy------PETER MUIR
THANKS for taking happy pictures showing how large the crowd was and how busy we all were.......NEIL NYBERG
Photo's to follow
AND OF COURSE BILL LAWRIE Who did his thing cleaning up not just our area but the whole site!!! 
THIS WAS A RECORD!! cash donations= $1,026.40
VISA TAP SALES.                                   = $1,017.00   (LESS $25.11 FEE) 
More photos in 2023 December album
Rotary Club of Port Moody - Succession planning.....
2024-25 President Elect Rick, Past President Susan and President Nominee 2025-26 Alison.
We are in good hands.
Just a fun meeting
President Susan thanked Chef Spencer for all his does to make our Breakfast buffet very tasty every week.  
Rick left a pledge sheet for everyone to help out for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on March 2, 2024.
If you are able, please pledge a little something to help this cause, and if you would like to 'Plunge' on March 2, 2024 you are more than welcome to join the 'Freezing for a Reason' team.
Contact Rick for more information.
Yolanda Broderick and Joan Schwanz were guests this week.  
Random photos 2023 December album.
And let us not forget the loved ones that we miss over this Holiday Season.
Just us this week and what great energy at the club.
PP Al chaired the meeting a challenged us to do a Random Act of Kindness this week and report back to the Club at our next meeting.
Great to see 'Her Worship, and member of our Rotary Club, Mayor Meghan and her husband Paul at our meeting.
It was Halle Fazel's 2nd visit to our Rotary Club and she has expressed interest in joining us.  Welcome Halle
Glen & Marcie
Alan & Nadine
Al & Kathy & Happy Birthday Al.
Linda & George 
Wishing you many, many more years of Health & Happiness. 
More photos in 2023 December Photo Album - Thanks Yvonne
January 2nd - 7PM Bill's building - RIBFEST meeting
Announcements for the new Board for 2024 - 2025 & interest in 2025-2026.
If you would like to be on the Board to help keep our Rotary Club alive and well, please let President Susan know as soon as possible.  You can 'shadow' anyone for the year and then the next year, take it on yourself.  Lots of options.
Christmas train was on December 18th and our Rotary Club once again served hot chocolate and took donations for Share.  Thanks to Peter Cuthbert for organizing at to all who came to help.
Book & Wine Club met at Bill & Jackie's.   You tell me......Book & Wine .....Wine & Book......Wine
No book in sight ;o)
Monica took photo.  
Rotary Club of Port Moody Christmas party.
Thank you to all who could make it to our Club Christmas party.  I think we had 37 people attend, who brought amazing food for all of us to share.  We have a wonderful Club and this type of get together just helps us all to get to know each other even better.  
Thank you to all you ladies who helped clean up the kitchen.  Very much appreciated.
Also the beautiful flowers that you gave us that will last through the Christmas season.  Thank you so very much.  
And a special thank you to Santa Rick, who gave out very thoughtful/funny gifts to all who attended.  It was a highlight of the evening for sure.  
Photos are in the 2023 Club Christmas album.
Christmas is coming and here is another gift idea:
Our friends at the Rotary Club of Coquitlam are great writers, and beer lovers. Again this Christmas this club has published an amazing book - Find the Perfect Pint Tour Coupon Book - the very best way to discover great craft breweries in our neighbourhoods.

Find The Perfect Pint Tour is a fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Coquitlam with the proceeds benefiting mental health initiatives and projects in the community. 

The fundraiser runs from: December 1st 2023 to May 31st 2024

How it works: Booklets purchased through Eventbrite will be mailed to you or a pick-up can be arranged. 


The 10 breweries & 1 pub include:
Mariner Brewing
Parkside Brewery
Rewind Beer Co.
Yellow Dog Brewing
Patina Brewing
PoCo Brothers Brewing
Twin Sails Brewing
Foamers' Folly Brewing Co.
Dageraad Brewing
John B Neighbourhood Pub 
Our Tri-Cities  Rotary Christmas Breakfast was a huge success.  Thank you to Coquitlam Sunrise Club for hosting at the Vancouver Golf Club and to Greg Garrison for being a great MC.
All the Presidents had the opportunity to speak for a couple of minutes about the upcoming events in their clubs.  
Fun for all.  
President Susan Bell - Rotary Club of Port Moody
President Dr. Brooke Lewis - Rotary Club of Coquitlam 
President Mark George - Rotary Club Port Coquitlam Centennial 
President Malcolm Kennedy - Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise with MC & PP Greg Garrison
more photos in December Random photos album
Innervisions chili lunch
Oh my goodness I can't even tell you the excitement and good Christmas feeling we had at our Annual Chili lunch at Innervisions.
The men were just wonderful and we have some heartbreaking stories to tell, but they will all have a very happy ending.
Thank you to Alan S & Glen for doing all the shopping at Thrifty's, who donated all the food.
We always have so many volunteers and everyone chipped in.  It was AMAZING.
Thank you to the choppers, dishwashers, table setters, and the 'talkers'.  We all learned so much and we were Blessed to have Max, the CEO of Innervisions talk with us about their vision and how they run Innervisions operation.  
Darrell we would love for Max to come to speak to us [in early January or late May as I would love to be there]
Chief Chef - Alan 
Choppers and can openers were, Al S, Frank, Danne, & John,  Neil washed dishes while Bill filled the dishwashers and emptied it along with doing all the trash. they stayed long after we all left to clean up.   Dan G came to help.   Gayle, Monica, Cleone & Linda set the tables and served the food.  What a great team.  
Also a huge big thank you to those that donated items for the gifts we gave the men this year.  The socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gloves, & toques.  It was a huge contribution and we are grateful to each and everyone of you. 
Thank you to those that came to help.  I am sure it was a wonderful start to your Christmas season.
Photos in the 2023 Innervisions chili lunch album 
Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheon
A few of us went to the Chamber of Commerce Christmas luncheon and had a wonderful time.  Rotary belongs to the Chamber and we are so lucky to have the CEO, Leslie Courchesne as a member of our Rotary Club.  Here are a couple of photos.
Nice to have Navid join us for our Groovy photo, myself, Alison, President Susan, Gayle, Victoria, Ramin and his beautiful wife Asiah.
Our Rotary Club sponsors Summer Sundays [www.summersundays.ca] each year and the 15th year Christmas Concert fundraiser was held last Saturday.  The Jake & Elwood Blue's Brothers Revue was the band and they were outstanding.  Thank you to everyone who came to support these very worthwhile community events held each Sunday - July - August from 2-4.
Our very own Danne Dunlop always volunteers for these concerts and this year we had Danne, Clayton and Monica help out, and Eric as the MC.  Great job.
sorry Monica, I did not get you in the photo.
Reminder !!!  Please don't forget to buy your favourite beverages for Christmas at the Port Moody Liquor Store and tell them it is for Port Moody Rotary Club.  We will get 4% of all purchases.  
2929 St. John's Street. Port Moody.
Christmas at Eagle Ridge Manor - Cleone
There were lots of smiles at Eagle Ridge  Manor as  Santa filled the hall with his HO HO HO's.
Hugh Mitchell  is the perfect Santa, not only does he look exactly right but his heart is exactly right. Monica helped him get his gloves on and got the jolly Christmas cakes, punch and tea ready and served up to the seniors at the party. We were soooo lucky because Coreen Rodger Berrisford put the Rotary apron on and helped as well. We all danced and sang and it was a lovely party! We were even able to deliver the pictures that the residents took with Santa on the same day. They will be able to enjoy those pictures the whole season. Thanks to all that volunteered and to the staff and volunteers at the Manor.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Reminder that the meeting this week is at Vancouver Golf Club.  7:00AM
Our Annual Tri-Cities Christmas Breakfast.
Christmas Gift Ideas:
Please be reminded that we have the Xmas ornaments for 'sale' by donation, with the funds raised going to support the Starfish meals program.
The ornaments were originally created by artist Hillary Morris and were sold as a fundraiser by Caps Cycle in Port Moody, which was , at the time, owned by Gord Hobbis.  Gord is a New Westminster Rotarian and has a left over inventory of these Port Moody ornaments - one of a kind, never to be seen again, would make an amazing decoration or a gift if you have friends who are as passionate about our city as we all are :)
They are $ 30 each with proceeds above the actual cost of manufacturing going towards our donation to Starfish program, supporting kids and families with much needed meals.
Mike will have them at the meeting and we can take payment by cash or 'tap' on the credit/debit card system.
Note, this is ONE ball, the pictures are from each side. Depicted is the arrival of the first train in Port Moody, the Train Station, Can-Can dancers.. very Port Moody 'esque.
When you purchase your beverages for the Christmas season, please remember to go to the Port Moody Liquor store, 4 - 2929 St. John's Street, Port Moody. 
and tell them at the till that this is for Port Moody Rotary Club rebate.  Please make sure they put PORT MOODY Rotary as there as many Port Moody clubs doing the same thing.  We receive 4% of all liquor purchased.  
Search for the Perfect Pint.
Tickets are now on Sale and would make a great Christmas gift.  We always sell out, so get your tickets now. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/search-for-the-perfect-pint-craft-beer-tasting-tickets-758201640517?aff=oddtdtcreator 
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and Yvonne for the photos
Joan Schwanz, Rotarian and interested in joining our Club

Mark George, President of the Port Coquitlam Centennial Club
Hugh Mitchell - Santa Hugh Rotarian from the Coquitlam Sunrise Club along with Gary Wiggins, Charter member of our Rotary Club of Port Moody

Wednesday December 6th, please remember that our meeting is at Vancouver Golf Club at  7:00 AM for our annual Tri-Cities Rotary Christmas Breakfast, this year hosted by Coquitlam Sunrise Club.

December 7thInnervisions Chili Lunch
Need Men’s Gloves Please bring them this week.

Peter Cuthbert reported that Saturday Night at the Pier was very successful, donations of over $1,000 to Share.

December 19 - is the Christmas Train and we will host the Hot Chocolate stand again this year. Any donations will be given to Share Food Bank.

Assistant Governor Glen told us that he has 2 Club Goals
1. Rotary Fellowship is Fun - Al Stjernregard belongs to one which is Motorcycle Club. 
2. Education Group.
We have accomplished his Goals.

Guest Speaker today
Mark George - President of Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club 

Small Club 11 members 
Some of their projects 

Meat Draw - Friday afternoon at Pub average about $300.
Repair Cafe- once a month ( 60-90 repairs every time)
Adopt a Spot -  Wellington Park- Clean up garbage.
StarFish Program at schools in TriCities our club participants in this Project.
May Day Parade Coordinator of this once a year.  This is the 2nd weekend in May.
Pub Nights @ Cat and Fiddle.
Food Drives 2 times a year. All donations to Share.

Their Rotary meetings are held at Port Coquitlam Leisure Centre- 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s @ 6PM
Everyone is welcome 
Here is an update for 2023 from the Rotary World Help.
We recognize Rotarian Dan Gallant for his dedication to this project.
RWH- Containers Shipped: 2023
 Project #:
 Date Loaded
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
January 14, 2023
Addis Ababa
Markos Tegegn
February 4, 2023
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
February 18, 2023
Addis Ababa
Markos Tegegn
March 4, 2023
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
March 18, 2023
Puerto Quetzal
Health for Humanity and Gerry Beltgens
May 6, 2023
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
June 3, 2023
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
June 24, 2023
Vancouver Arbutus Club
August 12, 2023
Puerto Quetzal
Health for Humanity and Gerry Beltgens
September 23, 2023
Canadian Ukrainian Social Services
September 27, 2023
Delta Rotary and Bonnie Sutherland
October 7, 2023
Langley, Richmond Sunrise
November 25, 2023
Vancouver Arbutus Club
December 9, 2023
The last loading for 2023 will be on December 9 with the container destined for Ukraine.
Thank you Gayle for the notes:

Malcolm Kennedy - guest Speaker and President of the Coquitlam Sunrise Club

Gerry Glazier - Past member of our Rotary Club.
Joan Schwanz - Friend of Gerry's

Note: Search for Perfect Pint tickets now on Sale - Friday May 3rd, 2023......https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/search-for-the-perfect-pint-craft-beer-tasting-tickets-758201640517?aff=oddtdtcreator
Tickets would be a great Christmas present 

Mike Clay-  One of a kind Christmas Ornaments depicting  Port Moody are now on Sale for $30. Money will go to the Starfish Backpack Program that helps feed children and their families.  These were painted by Hilary Moris.  Another great Christmas gift.

Al Stjernegaard  - Project of selling Strawberries in the spring with the Abbotsford Club. Stay tuned

Glen - Spoke about Foundation Dinner held in Bellingham on Saturday.
Lea Harmon was a speaker at the dinner and he talked about the above fundraiser with 'car' Miss Vicky 
collecting money for Polio Plus.

We collected by cash donations. =$469.65  ( IN ONLY A HOUR)
                           Tap Machine.      = $545.00
                 TOTAL.                         = $1,014.65
The long line started well before the official opening at 6:00pm. We where flat out until we ran out of Chocolate Mix IN AN HOUR!!
Victoria and Jim Bell who came to give us support.
 MONICA DELGADO-----      "         "
 SUE our President who helped with the donations and Visa point.
Thank you too to BILL LAWRIE who rushed around to do his thing Garbage clean up
BIG HIT with the children were Marshmallows. Generouly supplied by Danne
BIG THANKS TO CLAYTON who provide the propane heater.
BIG THANKS TO  ROCKY POINT ICE CREAM who provide the hot tap water for us.
and of course CHRIS LEON, from The City who organized the whole event!!

Alan Schmelzel asked all members wishing to donate to Rotary International please have your donations to him by Wednesday- November 29th,  to get your tax receipt for 2023. 

Meeting at Vancouver Golf Club bring cash or Card. This is our joint Christmas Celebration with all 4 clubs from the Tri Cities. Wednesday December 6th. 7AM.  $30.00 

Cleone announced that she is leaving the board and anyone interested in taking over the Environmental Chair, please let the Board know.
Cleone mentioned a few things that Environmental committee does and that it falls under Community Service.  These members are taking on the following projects.
Brian W- Westhill Trail - he has been taking care of that, and Cleone will continue helping with the interpretive part of the trail. Brian will be asking for help to put benches on the trail in the Spring.
Bill Lawrie - Our Re-cycle King & 'Mr. Green' - 
Alan - Heritage Mtn. Blvd. - once a month
RIPS - 2 times a year 

Gayle reminded everybody about Innervisions Chili lunch on December 7th and we still need donations of mens glove’s. We received a donation from Thrifty’s to purchase the food.  We have toothpaste and brushes, toques, & socks.  Gloves is all we need now for the 30 men at this recovery house.  The men at Innervisions are very grateful that we do this.  Innervisions helps us with many of our projects as a part of their healing.  RIBFEST, RIPS and Westhill Trail are a few of the ways they have come out to help.

Have you registered for our Club's Christmas Party at Balzer’s on December 15th? .  This is always a fun time. Please bring something to share and your beverages of your choice.

CP Christmas Train - We are giving away Hot chocolate and collecting donations for Share Food Bank.  This is always a fun time. Don’t forget to bring your family. If you want to help let Peter know.


Past President Paul reminded us about donations to Paul Harris as this is how we send funds to Rotary International . There is so many great programs all over the world.  You can 'give' a Paul Harris to anyone you would like.  Ask Paul how you do this.

Guest Speaker
Malcolm Kennedy (President of Coquitlam Sunrise Club]

Malcolm has filled many positions in Rotary.
Joined Rotary and n 2007 in Kamloops. Has served in many positions. 
District Foundation Chair for over 3 years.
President ofClub 2009-2010
Currently Sunrise President 2023-2024

Sunrise was Chartered 1990
Membership 25
Personal Challenges - to increase membership.
We all need young members and will work towards that.
Donations to the District 5050 Foundation with 2,139 members.
$384,974 US $

Coquitlam Sunrise Fundraisers past and present.
Fall Classic Golf Tournament 
Operation Rednose
Rotary Amazing Race
Pomo meals on wheels 
New View Society 
Innervisions and Hannah House
StarFish Backpack Program since 2015

Just to name a few.
Thanks Malcolm for all your hard work.
Every month the Rotary Club of Port Moody cleans up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  We meet at Gallaghers at 9:00AM sharp and head up the hill with our 'picker uppers' and garbage bags that are supplied by the City of Port Moody.  We have signs on the posts that depict our Rotary Club has adopted that street.
Thanks to those that came out Saturday to help.

Men's clothing needed for our next container going to Belize.  If you have any men's clothing, please give to Al Stjernegaard......
Thank you for your support.
Al, Glen & Brian are making their way around District 5050 telling the Belize story and asking for help with the Global Grant.  We will be providing educational material Rachel box, for the children in Belize City as well as in the rural areas.   
RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) is a portable, battery-powered, device that contains copies of educational websites in offline format. This means RACHEL can go anywhere in the world and wirelessly deliver free digital educational content to nearby tablets, laptops, or smartphones with no internet or data plans required. RACHEL has been taken to over 53 countries since its creation, serving students in rural villages, townships, and even prisons.  Each unit is $650 US dollars and will be about $3,500.00 US dollars to fund a school.  We are planning to start up 10 schools.  This is going to make a huge difference in the country of Belize.  If you can help in anyway, please contact us.
The Belize training session photos can be found - Photo library - 2023 - November
This was the Abbotsford Club.
Members that were on Zoom:  Frank, John, Dave, Mike, Cleone & Linda
Birthday's:  George B and Cleone
Club Anniversary:  Vida
Guests this week was:  Rotarian Halle Fazel - Vancouver Club
Clayton Anderson - Who really 'is' one of us.  Clayton helps us with so many events.  We are grateful for your help Clayton.
Peter Muir did an outstanding job showing us all the 'events' that our Rotary Club is doing.  Lots of discussion about adding or subtracting some of these.  Please send any thoughts on this to President Susan and or Peter Muir and they will bring it to the Board.
It is so amazing all the 'things' that our Rotary Club does each and every month.  Here are just a few:  Planning for RIBFEST 2024 starts now, as well as Search for the Perfect Pint planning for May.  We serve Pie at Eagle Ridge Manor each month and the residents love that pie. 
Cleaning up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. monthly is always fun and we normally stop for coffee after to socialize.  
Eagle Ridge Manor Christmas
Years ago when our Rotary Club was chartered, we told the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor that we were going to 'adopt' them.  Well we have done just that.  Over 25 years we have been decorating the Manor for Christmas, putting on a Christmas party for them and helping with items that they need to make the residents lives better.  
A huge thank you to Canadian Tire for their very generous donation 'again' this year.
Gayle went early and decorated the Tree on Friday.  Well done !!!
We installed approx. 600ft of new lights at THE MANOR this morning.
We started at 9:00 am and finished at 11:15am!
Danne Dunlop
John Crowther
Brian Dunn
Ahmed Ramin
Mike Clay
Bill Lawrie
Alan Kabatoff
Danne's Friend/Neibour  Larry Smith
& Neil coming to check things out when we had finished........LOL
Special thanks to Brian Dunn for setting up all the timers
Also another special thanks to Mike Clay for purchasing even more lights.
All old lights were taken away for recycling
Thanks too for Lori Carlisle from The Manor, for supplying us all coffee and Tim Bits.
Cleone's inside Team did a magnificent job of making The Manor truly Festive. see pic from Cleone
Fine job from our Rotary Club members, who have been involved for many years now, to give  the Clients at The Manor
a beautiful Christmas Cheer.
BIG THANKS TO Paul Droulis from CANADIAN TIRE who supplied all the lights and Garlands
THANKS TO CMJ SHEET METAL LTD. ( Martin Cuthbert), for suppling the ladders.
Here are just some of whom came to the Manor to help.
Cleone was in charge of the decorating inside the Manor and this is her note:
Eagle Ridge Manor was sparkling inside and out in a Christmassy way.  Rotarians, their families and friends were hanging garlands from the rafters, decking the halls with wreaths and fun Christmas ornaments, decorating the trees and ohhh the lights outside are pretty too.
Paul Dreulis from Canadian Tire donated lights, garlands and wreaths towards sparkling up the manor for the residents and staff.  What a Rotarian !!! 
Thank you for all the same out to help.  We were speedy this year thanks to all that helped and Eagle Ridge Manor staff and volunteers.
Rotary Foundation Dinner was in Bellingham, WA this year.
Nice to see PP Coreen there with President Susan.  AG Glen attended and ????
November 25 -  Cheer at the Pier - We will be serving hot chocolate to all who come by to say hi.
November 29th -
Mingle with Mayor Lahti 
Join Port Moody Mayor - Meghan Lahti - and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 29 for this happy hour series. 
Come for a drink and network with other members in the business community. Enjoy a glass of wine (or beer) and some appys and hear from Mayor Lahti on issues impacting the City of Port Moody and beyond. This event provide excellent opportunities for Chamber members to ask questions and stay informed on City events and updates.
3224 St Johns Street 
Port Moody, BC 
$30.00 / person
December 6th - Tri-City Rotary Christmas Breakfast - Vancouver Golf Course - please register
$30.00 payment at the door - This is the Breakfast that all the Rotary Clubs in the Tri-cities get together and get to know each other.  Always a fun event.
December 6th - 2023 Holiday Luncheon for the Tricities Chamber of Commerce
11:00am - 2:00 pm
Join for a blast from the past at our Retro Holiday luncheon
Get your tickets early as they will sell out.
December 7th - Innervisions Chili Lunch - We cook and serve Chili to the men who are at Innervisions Recovery house, changing their lives one day at a time.
Please bring to Rotary -men’s gloves  Give to Gayle - 
December 9th, 2023 - 

2023 Summer Sundays Christmas Concert Fundraiser

Our Rotary Club is one of the sponsors for Summer Sundays.
This year's Summer Sundays Christmas Concert Fundraiser features JAKE & ELWOOD'S BLUES BROTHERS REVUE presented by WAVE 98.3 'Vancouver's Coolest Vibe' with 2 shows at 3:30 and 7:30 pm.  Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Get your tickets and see video at https://summersundays.ca/tickets/
December 15th - Our Rotary Club Christmas Party - Balzer's
It is great to have Christmas cheer with our Rotary members.  Please come with something to share and whatever beverages you would like to drink.  Please sign up
December 18th - CP Christmas Train - will be arriving in Port Moody at 5:20 pm and our Rotary Club will be giving away Hot Chocolate.  Donations will be accepted.  Live entertainment will be from 5:45 - 6:15pm
May 3rd - Search For Perfect Pint date - Get your tickets now and give them as Christmas gifts.  What a fantastic gift.....
A few of our members went to the Low Entropy Beatles fundraiser night.  Thanks for supporting them.
Thank you to those that sold poppies this year.  Here is a photo of Jim at Starbucks.
Thanks to Neil for organizing
November 16th - Belize workshop

Brian said: Getting stuff done [well that is almost what he said'] in prep for Thursday's participant workshop!!!  


3012 Murray Street in Port Moody, BC (Site B building)

Starting at 7PM

Anyone interested in helping with Belize project please attend. 
Again please bring a laptop or tablet.

This business is owned by Brave Brewing. 
I will be buying a few beves at Brave and bringing them to the meeting.

November 18th. -  Rotary Foundation meeting Bellingham 

November 18th - Decorating Manor -  9am. - please sign up
November 25th - Clean up Heritage Mtn.

November 25 -  Cheer at the Pier - 
November 29th -
Mingle with Mayor Lahti 
Join Port Moody Mayor - Meghan Lahti - and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 29 for this happy hour series. 
Come for a drink and network with other members in the business community. Enjoy a glass of wine (or beer) and some appys and hear from Mayor Lahti on issues impacting the City of Port Moody and beyond. This event provide excellent opportunities for Chamber members to ask questions and stay informed on City events and updates.
3224 St Johns Street 
Port Moody, BC 
$30.00 / person
December 6th - Tri-City Rotary Christmas Party - Vancouver Golf Course - please register
$30.00 payment at the door
December 6th - 2023 Holiday Luncheon for the Tricities Chamber of Commerce
11:00am - 2:00 pm
Join for a blast from the past at our Retro Holiday luncheon
Get your tickets early as they will sell out.
December 7th - Innervisions Chili Lunch
Please bring to Rotary -men’s socks, gloves and toiletries. Give to Gayle - Please sign up
December 9th, 2023 - 

2023 Summer Sundays Christmas Concert Fundraiser

This year's Summer Sundays Christmas Concert Fundraiser features JAKE & ELWOOD'S BLUES BROTHERS REVUE presented by WAVE 98.3 'Vancouver's Coolest Vibe' with 2 shows at 3:30 and 7:30 pm.  Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Get your tickets and see video at https://summersundays.ca/tickets/
Jake and Elwood bring with them a smokin’ showband, high-voltage dance routines, top-notch vocals and hilarious skits. It’s all part of the non-stop, high-octane entertainment that has earned them the reputation of the TOP Blues Brothers Revue in the Pacific Northwest.
Like Jake says: ‘This ain’t no lipsync, baby … we’re totally live and totally cool!” 
December 15th - Our Rotary Club Christmas Party - Balzer's
It is great to have Christmas cheer with our Rotary members.  Please come with something to share and whatever beverages you would like to drink.  Please sign up
May 3rd - Search For Perfect Pint date 
Common thread - Please sign up and if you have lost email, please just let me know and I will sign you up.....Thank you. Linda ;o)
Thank you to Gayle for the notes:
Community Grant  cheque was presented to Jim Millar for Men’s Shed.

Starfish Backpack program in schools voted on by our club. Only 1 member voted no . This community grant will be brought up at next Board meeting in November. Bill and 1 other person will be helping from our club.

Special Meeting of the Rotary Club of Port Moody and Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation  chaired by Peter Muir.

All motions passed by members.

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