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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Port Moody

Port Moody

Every Member an Active Member

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
St. James's Well Pub
Newport Village
248 Newport Drive
Port Moody, BC  V3H 5H1
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Our stories
Lots of visitors this week:
Mayor Mike Clay
SUCCESS:  Ali Parandeh, Juliana Shek & Jackie Hong
Darrell had a wonderful trip to France and talked about our past Exchange Student Pierre......would be great to have that program again in our Rotary Club.
PP Mike's Dad joined us from Sherwood Park, AB
President Ian gave out 2 pins this week for 2 Rotarians who are INSPIRATIONS...... Congratulations to Danne Dunlop and Bill Lawrie who both never say no.  Apparently Danne's truck is 'always' available and Bill is our GREEN MACHINE !!!
Our favourite meetings are when our members do their Classification Talk and this week we were not disappointed.  Thank you to Heather for a great talk today. 
Our Rotary Club came out do to the registration again at the 2018 Terry Fox Run.  Rain didn't stop Terry from running and it didn't stop our Club for coming out in full force.  Great job everyone.

 President Ian's Quote of the Week:

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.     Theodore Isaac Rubin

Our DG Linda Murray & her husband Bill came to our Club today for her formal visit.
AG Preet Paul was also a guest today.  Preet is a member of the Coquitlam Sunrise Club.
DG Linda Murray was thanked by our President Elect Cleone.

Preet introduced our DG Linda.  She moved to Washington in 1980 from California. Started a security company “Evergreen Security”. Has been active in the South Everett community since 1989. This is her first time visiting our Club but well known to many of our long term members.

She spoke of the importance of growing the Club’s membership but also to concentrate on retention of existing members. LY our District had 2511 members and her target is to grow to 2575 members (1 per club as a minimum). District leaders consider they’re here to help us. Last year they sponsored 6 Membership seminars and plan to do another 6 T/Y

Make sure we use Social Media. It is the way to reach a younger demographic. Put stories on line “what/when was your Rotary Moment?” put action pics on websites—Rotarians at work, Rotarians having fun, etc. We have a tech team available to help expand our use of technology if required.

Learn about Rotary Foundation. Every Rotarian every year. Use Rotary Direct for payment.

Our new RI President would like to see twice as many Rotoactors this year. They are the future of Rotary. Invite them to participate in all fun activities and fundraisers. Help mentor them.

The last Saturday in April is Rotary Work Day—include Clubs, Interact, Public and family.

Use Peace Arch Journal—our District 5050’s communication vehicle—tell our other Clubs what we are doing.

November 3rd is the Foundation Dinner.

District Conference will be April 11-14th at Tulalip. Theme is Caribbean Inspiration.—Tour of Boeing, Art Tours, Cultural Centre. Irish/Caribbean night with Rotary Trivia. House of Friendship where Clubs bring/show what they are doing in their Communities. A big 3 day Caribbean Party. Lead by example, Serve with passion. Have fun while making the world a better place.



Announcements: This week is Darrell’s 15th anniversary with our Club and one of our new members, Glen Brown’s 26th anniversary with Rotary. ?

Rotary World Help has another project/container for Kenya that went on Saturday.

Rotary RIPS Saturday Sept. 22 9:30 to 1 PM Bring Family and friends

September 29th is the Coquitlam Sunrise’s Amazing Race. They are looking for volunteers to work stations and also to sponsor teams of 4. COST $50.00 PER PARTICIPANT INCLUDES LUNCH AND DINNER.

Our Club is looking at a new International project being led by Al Stjernegaard and Glen Brown focused on literacy in Belize

Remember Tuesday September 18th is our RIBFEST wrap up presentation to City Council.  Come out if you can, to support our Club and thank the City for their support of our big event.

Thank you to Dan G, Glen & Marcia, Coreen & Michael, Alan & Dave & myself for coming to clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. today.  We took about 1 1/2 hr. and collected 8 bags of trash.  Still loads of cigarette butts but didn't collect them separately.  
Good time had by all.
Orland Lee died peacefully with family by his side on July 18, 2018 in Port Moody, BC. Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Olive Lee, Orland will be dearly missed by his son, Dean (Melanie), his grandsons, Carson and Cooper, his sister, Arla Owen, his extended relatives and many friends. A loving father, devoted husband, caring neighbour and proud grandpa, Orland’s interests included fly-fishing, barbershop music, golf and giving back to his community through his local Rotary Club. His final wish was to have his life celebrated rather than mourned. Donations in his honour can be made at https://www.diabetes.ca
Orland Lee a past member and dear friend of our Rotary Club passed away and his
Celebration of Life will now be held
at 11:00 am, September 15th, 2018 at First Memorial Burkeview Chapel, Mountain View Room, 1340 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam.  
The website is below if you would like to send a message:  
Great meeting.

President Ian’s weekly quote: 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its’ ability to climb a tree, it will live its’ whole life believing that it is stupid.” Attributed to Albert Einstein 

Guest speaker and Mayor of Port Moody our very own Mayor Mike Clay



Mayor Mike began his talk by saying our Rotary Club does more for the City of Port Moody than any other group. Then he gave us a detailed overview of the City of Port Moody, its history, its growth, its structure and its projects. It was great to get a better overview of everything that goes on to make our City the best in the Lower Mainland. As Mike said he wanted to tell us what people think he does and tell us what he really does. In addition to showing us a sample of a 1 week schedule and knowing how much preparation goes into each and any meeting on the calendar it is hard to see where there are enough hours in a week to do the job. We have a very lean organizational chart for the City Departments but we get great production from the Staff we have. We do trend to be a training ground bringing younger specialists into our different departments where they get to do a lot of different things making them very attractive to other larger Cities when they need to replace retiring officials. It keeps everyone on their toes as there are always new people coming in, bringing their new ideas and getting trained in the Port Moody system. 


Guests this week were:  Sven Hansen - 95 years old and unofficial Mayor of Newport Village
Jennifer MacKinnon  & Chris Wilson  Coquitlam Sunrise Club members
George Balzer - the Mayor of Music for Port Moody 
Chris Wilson, attended on behalf of KIDS SPORT
President Ian presented a $1,000.00 cheque to Chris Wilson thanking  Kid’sSport for their volunteer effort helping with the Monday take down of tables and chairs.
Chris was also at the meeting to promote the Sunrise Club’s Amazing Race fundraiser on September 29th
  1. Birthday celebration—Ann’s on September 11th and our guest Sven’s (95th) on September 4th. Both got our traditional Club Happy Birthday song.
  2. Steve and Lauralea’s 26th anniversary.
  3. Reminder there will be an opportunity to sign up to help register participants for the Terry Fox Run on September 16th.  Please sign up on Club Runner
  4. Cleone and Brian W announced this year’s RIPS event will be held on Saturday September 22nd at Noon’s Creek Hatchery 9:30-1:00.
  5. Cleone is also organizing a Fall Social for Thursday September 20th from 6-9pm
  6. Cleone is looking for someone to replace her on the Community Service Portfolio as she will be moving into the President’s office in June this year. This will give her 9 months to mentor and prepare her replacement.
Thank you to Cleone for organizing a 'last minute' Summer Sundays get together at Rocky Point Park.  What an incredible day.  2000 plus people and the weather was outstanding.....
Thanks to all who came from Rotary......
Cleone, Vida, Ann, Danne, Ian & Trish, Terry & Susan, Keith & Heather, George Broderick, Bill, Jeannie, Joanna.....If I have missed you, I'm sorry.....seems it was a very busy day ;o)
Can't wait for next year.....and on a very personal note.....I am so proud of George for putting these concerts on....he has given our Community something to look forward to do each Sunday with family, friends and neighbors.  PROUD....

Gary led us in a rousing rendition of O Canada before our traditional meeting breakfast!

Our Rotary Club of Port Moody Mission Statement.   DRUM ROLL.......
Cathy Morton gave us a talk on 'BUTT OUT' today. 

This year President Ian would like to feature our guest speakers at the beginning of the meeting so they have enough time to give their full presentation so this was the first week we were able to schedule it this way. Our speaker was Cathy Morton,  our Dave Stone’s wife for 28 years. Cathy was a career Lawyer most at ICBC as Chief Counsel ending her career there as Director of Claims Legal Services until she retired 5 years ago. Cathy has always been interested in environmental issues which has led her into her new venture.

1 Year ago she started picking up cigarette butts in her walks around the neighbourhood and putting them in small baggies. Posting pictures of the butts on line resulted in discovering a community of others interested in finding ways to solve the problem. Did you know 38% of our street litter is cigarette butts (the paper and tobacco are biodegradable but the filters aren’t), filters are made of plastic which holds the poison and when it gets washed into the waterways through our storm drains it carries the toxins with it and that every year there are 4.5-5 Trillion butts discarded into the environment. “THE WORLD IS NOT YOUR ASHTRAY” Different Cities are taking different steps to try to mitigate—education, recycling, national events, volunteer butt pick ups, ashtray in public spaces, etc. . 

Port Moody has an Environmental Protection Committee and Cathy is a member. She has been working with Coquitlam City Councilor Bonita Zarrillo on a “Pocket Ashtray” project. The “Ashtrays” allow smokers to collect their butts each time they smoke and take them to a place they can be put safely into garbage disposal. These “ashtrays” can be private labeled, used by anyone even non-smokers , and currently available in Vancouver City at gas stations, grocery stores, and convenience stores. Richmond has City sponsored initiatives as does Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Lumby, Pender Islands and others are exploring what they can do and the State of Illinois is fining folks who discard their butts on the ground.

It was suggested we could possibly support a possible proposed Port Moody “Butt Blitz” in early May, tying it into our regular Heritage Mountain cleanup project that month for sure.


Mayor Mike Clay was a guest, always good to see Mike at our meetings.
A significant Anniversary this week.  Congratulations to Bill & Jackie on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  

Announcements and upcoming events:  Mark your calendars please.

  1. Thursday September 20th “Murder Mystery Night” at the Train Museum 
  2. Saturday September 22nd  RIPS at Noon’s Creek Hatchery 
  3. Tuesday September 25th, Membership meeting - Linda's
  4. Saturday September 29th Coquitlam Sunrise’s “Amazing Race”
  5. Saturday September 8th Heritage Mountain Cleanup meet at Gallaghers at 9
  6. International Service committee is looking for projects our members can be doing “hands on” work in other countries.
  7. Claire is looking after our Social media image and is having interviews with members so we can talk about what Rotary means to us.
  8. Birthdays—Vida August 31st, Woody September 2nd and Glen September 3rd.
  9. Anniversaries: Bill and Jackie Lawrie 50th August 31st, Steve’s on September 2nd
  10. Congratulations to Ryan who rode  in the Ride to Cure Cancer last week, 


Karen Rockwell championed our first 'Summer of Sharing'.  Each week for a month we brought food/or money for the Share Food Bank. We had a donation of food and $265.00 generously donated by our Rotary Club.  What a wonderful idea Karen.  Thank you for reminding us that our Share Food Bank needs food all year long.
This is what we do.......FUN & FELLOWSHIP
Car Free Day....Thank you PCT for all you do in the Community
After a meeting
CAR FREE DAY - Family Bar by the Rotary Club of Port Moody

President Ian starts the meeting each week with a quote:

Visitors: Jaymee Lynn (Tri Cities Rotoract Club) and Twayson Laird (Scotia Bank Port Moody) it is Twayson’s 2nd meeting with us and is interested in possibly joining.

Announcements: Ryan’s Birthday. Dave Stone’s 17th anniversary with our Rotary Club (about 30 years total in Rotary)

Visioning Process:

Our last Vision statement was crafted about 7 years ago during President Nick’s term. Vision statements should be considered as a “short phrase describing the future you (we) are ultimately working towards” – Where are we going? What do we aspire to achieve?

Mike sent out a series of 4 questions for Club Member input and to start the thinking process for each of us. Our Mission needs to be desireable and achievable. Rotary International has its’ Vision which is the Backbone of all Rotary Clubs but each Club needs to determine why They exist? what They do? who They serve?

Question 1—What Qualities Do Our Club Members have? Most answers could be grouped into 4-6 main groups

  1. Fun, friendly, inviting, not judgmental
  2. Dedicated, committed, “doers”, goal oriented
  3. Compassionate, giving, caring
  4. United, diverse,
  5. Energetic, youthful outlook
  6. Integrity, accountable

Question 2—What are 5 words that define our Club (Note many will be the same as in question 1)

  1. Doers, motivated, driven, impactful
  2. Inclusive, welcoming
  3. Fun, friendly
  4. Caring, giving, positive
  5. Courageous, can do, lead with yes, never give up

Question 3—Who do we serve

  1. Our community
  2. Our Region
  3. World/International

As PP Mike recapped, most of us came up with very similar words and phrases to describe our members and our Club. Mike read out a number of Vision Statements from other Rotary Clubs and big corporations as examples. There were a number we thought were good but we do want ours to be unique to us. He gave a short 5 word possibility—“Serving Humanity Locally and Globally”.

Now we are under way it would be a good thing to “strike while the iron is hot”. Once the juices start to flow there will be new ideas we will all come up with so it was decided we would hold another meeting on Monday August 27th at the ARIA II (Suter Brook) at 7pm. 

Once again the card goes unclaimed—too bad Peter!


Rotary Meeting August 15th 2018

Guest: Lisa Barakzai last day as a guest joining today!

Birthdays: Mike P on the 18th and Ian on the 16th

Anniverary: Dan Gallant and Marion 50th on August15th

Claire Lambert joined our Club 2 years ago


Car Free Day was on August 19th. We are provided Beer Service in a Family Beer Garden as well as thanking our volunteers with free beer/water/pop and a Hot Dog when they wear their orange shirts.  We had a great turnout of members helping to make this Family Beer Garden a success.  Thanks to all who came to help and to Meghan who led the charge.

TreeFest September 9th on thr Riverview Grounds—more info to come.

Happy $’s: Ryan just completed his 1st  ½ Ironman event well done, Meghan happy to be home from Quesnel with her dog who competed in wharf diving event—she says it was like snowing ash the entire time. Alan K is happy to be part of another Beer Event and Ian is especially happy The BOAT is FINALLY DONE and it floats.

RibFest: For the past 2 or 3 years Alan S, Ian and Al S. have led the RibFest project. Next year Al S will be the leader and will welcome any and all assistance to take leadership.

September 18th Rotary will be presenting a final report to City council for RibFest 2018

This Week August 22nd we will be having our Club Visioning meeting trying to come up with a Vision statement to take us through the next 5-10 years. Mike will lead the process and send out some questions to get us started.

It is always a great day for the Rotary Club of Port Moody when we induct a new member.  President Ian did a great job with his induction and everyone welcomed Lisa Barakzai to our club.

We installed Lisa as a new member. She is from Kabul Afghanistan and works as a mortgage broker (Mortgage Angel). Great Big WELCOME Lisa.

President Ian acknowledged the 4 Charter Members left in our Club.  This month is Membership Month and we would like everyone to bring a prospective new member to our Club.  We believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship we have and to help give back to our Community.
Alan Schmelzel
Gayle Carter
Gary Wiggins
Linda Balzer
President Ian gave us an update on the Equador Global Grant project.    We should be very proud of all the hard work President Ian has put into this project.  The lasting effect of the procedures that will be done in Equador could really one day help around the world.

Ian gave a presentation on the International Grant he and our Club sponsored. It is the largest grant in our District. It is covering Hip Dysplasia and cervical cancer in a remote part of Ecuador. Both medical issues have a much higher rate of occurrence in the area than in the rest of Ecuador. The Doctors from Canada are working with the staff from 3 Universities in Ecuador including the hospital Humanitaria. They are working with medical students, post grads, and educators to teach new and improved tests, procedures, etc. and to establish follow up systems including video conferencing to give support when the Dr.’s are back in Canada. They will be reporting to Rotary International in 6 months and 1 year. While they were in Ecuador, they attended the installation night of the sponsoring Rotary Club for this project.

Sgt. at Arms Paul did an outstanding job this week and even gather some 'self inflicted' fines by members and gave to Karen for her initiative 'Summer of Sharing' for Share.  Well done Karen and Paul.




    Christine Poznanski

    Lisa Barakzai - she doesn't eat very much !!!


    - Car Free Day - August 19, 2018

        There is still room for volunteers.  Contact Meghan Lahti

    - Visioning

        Mike Poznanski will be chairing this. He will be emailing club members for ideas             for a visioning statement.  This meeting will be at our regular August 22nd, 2018 meeting.


    - International Committee Meeting 

        Al Stjernegaard chairing a meeting August 28, 7:00 pm at Moody Ales. 


Speaker's Corner

    Bill Lawrie, Club Service Chair


    Club Service includes:

        - keeping members aware of the club activities through the use of the Newsletter               and Club Runner

        - Insuring the room is set up for the meeting and cleaned up after the meeting

            To do this 3 teams have been set up (all Club members are part of a                 team).  Each team will be responsible for a month at a time on a rotation                 basis. Team captains are Darryl & Terry, Bill & Yvonne, Al Stj. & Alan K.                 Your captain will be in touch with you. 

        - greeting people when they come to the meeting

        - arranging Club social events

        - scheduling cashiers for each meeting

        - introducing and thanking the speaker

        - selling 50/50 tickets

        - taking notes & pictures at the meeting



Don't forget to bring food for Summer of Sharing - Karen says 'put your food in the car 'right now' ....if you forget, just donate $$$$ and Share can double that. Thank you for organizing Karen...


Come on down to CAR FREE DAY on August 19th, 2018.  The Rotary Club of Port Moody will be working in the Family Beer Garden on Queen Street Plaza.  If you volunteered for Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST, wear your ORANGE RIBFEST shirt or bandana and get a beverage and BBQ'd hot dog on us....plus a chance to win prizes.
We will be there from 12 noon until 6:30pm.  It will be great to see you again.
AND the 50/50 WINNER from RIBFEST 2018  is :  Christine Davidson.....
Guests this week were:  Christine Davidson and Tim Everett
Guest speakers :  Christine Shepherd & Sarah Dunham
Don't forget to bring food for Summer of Sharing - Karen says 'put your food in the car 'right now' ....if you forget, just donate $$$$ and Share can double that. Thank you for organizing Karen...
Car Free Day - August 19th, 2018.....The Rotary Club of Port Moody is taking care of the BEER GARDEN on Car Free Day and we need your help.....Please let Meghan know when you will be available to help.
 **We will also be using it as a THANK YOU event for all our RIBFEST volunteers. Volunteers, wear your RIBFEST shirts and get free hotdogs and be included in draw prizes.

Birthdays: only birthday is Christine wife of Past President Mike

August 17th District 50/50 Golfun Tournament in Lynden Washington. Anyone interested in joining Ian and Darrell let Ian know
Guest speakers:  Christine Shephard & Sarah Dunham
Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program begun in 1996 by Mary Gordon. At the heart of the program are a neighourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom 9 times over the school year. The program is designed to build caring, peaceful, civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. A trained Instructor coaches the kids to observe the baby’s development and label it’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “teacher” and a catalyst, for 40 minutes a week, to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others—empathy. The instructor also visits the classroom the week before and after each baby visit to reinforce the teaching which means a total of 27 classroom visits per school year. This program has been shown to have significant effect in reducing levels of aggression.

This program has been offered in 7 schools in the Tri-Cities for the last few years. It is limited by the number of babies/mothers available and the number of trained instructors. It would certainly be valuable to offer it in more schools, probably all elementary students would benefit if it could be required. The training cost per instructor is $1,200.00     

President Ian - 'Let's Celebrate our Success'
Sean is Bill's right hand man
PP Alan - He really did miss us ;o)
George the Music Man !!! or the Mayor of Music as one of the Summer Sunday's audience members calls him.
Terry Miller - Sgt. at arms this week

Rotary Meeting July 25th 2018

Our annual post RIBFEST meeting where we have a chance to decompress and remember all the events that happened over the previous week of Set-up, 4th annual RIBFEST, and take down.

Guests:  George Balzer (Music man at RibFest and Summer Sundays and Linda’s Husband) and Sean Sexton recycler volunteer for 3 days.

George spoke briefly about the success of the bands again this year—as always the music was a highlight for so many of our guests in the open area, and Sean spoke about how he worked for 3 days and helped to mentor some of the younger volunteers who sorted in our open area recycling station.

Ian led off with a big thank you to our Club—40 members who punch way beyond their weight. This year was the busiest of the 4 years—every day was ahead of the corresponding day last year. Saturday was one of the busiest days ever in the park—as we know there was absolutely no room to move in the open area in front of the bandstand and all of the “:extra chairs” were in use for folks who just picked them up and formed their own little party group. We have no final numbers yet as so many of the expenses are still being tabulated, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event a huge success.

Some of the category managers got a chance to tell about their areas but not everyone has spoken yet as there was so much input and memories from our members as these managers talked that we didn’t get to everyone. We also found out that all 3 of our Rotary Club “cousins” are extremely happy with their takes from the weekend—PoCo managed the Inlet Field parking and did well on donations, the Coquitlam Sunrise Club selling 50/50’s made over $10,000 and the Coquitlam Club made well on the pop up store selling pop, etc.. The Langley District Rotoactors sold out of their corn mid afternoon Sunday and our Club’s “donation Team” led by Gayle and Dan G brought in enough money to send lots of kids to Camp Jubilee next year. 

Alan S who wasn’t there (attending a family wedding 1,000 miles away) but was following everything on social media, remarked on what great stories were being posted, remarked on what a great job Claire did speaking on Global’s 6:00pm NEWS HOUR on Friday (and who was a GREAT problem solver for all of us over the 3 days—all the complaints, requests for special needs, or problems for 1 department that needed to be solved by another department, were handled quickly and efficiently—Great Job Claire), and remarked on how much he missed the excitement. He also reported that the shuttle bus on a normal weekend has been averaging 150-200 people per weekend and for our event there were 950 to 1,000 riders. Good that they added the extra runs over the weekend. We have since found out that this year’s RibFest was the BUSIEST weekend EVER for our Brewer’s Row!!

Brian Wormald took ownership of the main parking lot (and all the complaints that come with that task) he and his team of volunteers handled it wonderfully. They have some suggestions to help manage the traffic flow for next year and how to get folks dropping off in and out more quickly.

VIP tent was managed ably by John and his team including of servers, cleaners, greeters and customer service folks. Jill (Linda’s daughter from Atlanta) served as an inside head as did Jennifer MacKinnon from PCT—everyone did what it takes to make it a first class experience for our VIP sponsors and their guests—THANKS ALL. We know we need to get started earlier next year with our sales team but it will be an easier job as the experience is such a giant step up from the adult beer tent we expect to be sold out early next year. Well Done John & Team.

Bill reported almost 200 shifts and about 800 hours of volunteer time given to our recycling project. So far only numbers in are from the City Organic Handling portion and we tipped over 5750 KG of organic goods equal to 12,650 pounds up 15% from last year.

All areas of our RIBFEST are important, but without the volunteers we can not put on an event of this size.  A huge big thanks to Trudy, Karen and last but certainly not least was our 13 year old Kate from Atlanta who worked all three days from 9:00 am to 9:30pm .  What a great girl.!!!!

We will be having an official RIBFEST Review on Wednesday night, August 1st from 7:00pm- 10:00pm at Aria ll.

Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2018 was a huge success.  We have learned a lot but we have come away stronger and better than ever before.
Thank you to everyone who supported and came out to volunteer.  We can't do it, any of it, without our volunteers.
Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2019 is July 19, 20 & 21st.  SAVE THE DATE 
Thank you everyone for all your help with our Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST !!!
It has just BEGUN !!!
The weather is perfect and I must say we live in a FANTASTIC community.
I am putting out a 'call' for more help with the 'parking' and cashiers and take down on Monday.
If you can help in anyway, please let me know.
This weekend will be a RIB filled weekend with loads of 'stuff' for the KIDS to do and we can all listen to FABULOUS music.  
Guests today were our 2 Speakers Natasha MacDonald and Denise Trottier
Krista Burnham is celebrating a birthday this week.
And David Woollven has an Anniversary with Rotary.
President Ian is in Equador on the International project, so PP Mike was acting President today.  Mike reminded us to please use our THRIFTY'S SMILE COMMUNITY CARDS.  All you have to do is load it up, prior to your purchases and 5% of the money you spend goes to sending kids to our KIDS CAMP and Camp Jubilee.  If you don't have a Community card yet, please let us know and we will be sure to get you one.
It was good to see Isy at Rotary today, and she talked about the trip to KIDS CAMP and how much fun the kids were having.
Alan talked about our upcoming event - RIBFEST .....1 week away....
Our speaker’s this morning were Natasha Mac Donald and Denise Trottier from “The Birds Nest”.
This group helps boys 19-25 years of age from ” Montreal Lake Cree Nation” and other Native Reserves to attend a “Pre College Program” to learn skills to go to College and University in their future. This special program currently has 11 Boys and is housed and looked after by these 2 ladies.
This program has been doing a special hockey program, to get the boys to learn teamwork, and improve their grade skills to get into College and pass in the programs to get a career in the future.
These boys are now getting into College and learning leadership skills.
There hockey team is called “ The Band of Brothers”.
The program is located in Ridge Meadows.
One boy has already started a 2 year program at the “ University of the Fraser Valley”.
Currently they have limited Band Funding and some money from the Anglican Church.
Our Years moto is “Be an Inspiration” these 2 ladies are showing us this in all they are doing for these 11 Boys.
Karen Rockwell brought a 'small' but very significant project to our Club.  She reminded us that 'Hunger doesn't take a holiday'.
Please bring a 'non-perishable' item to Rotary each week this summer and we  will present it to SHARE at the end of August.  Just one item a week.....Pretty easy....and if you forget, we will always take cash.
Thank you Karen for bringing this to our attention.


Rotary Meeting July 4th 2018

Guests: Twayson Laird Scotiabank,  

and 2 guests, Victor (15 years with Scouts) and Karin (5 years) from the 180th Pacific Coast Rover Scout Crew who volunteered for us at RIBFEST last year and are signed up again this year.


Patty and Don’s 29th anniversary, Cindy Cuthbert’s birthday

Ian introduced his 6th Sgt-at-Arms for the year, Terry Miller, who was away in China when we had our installation.

Summer Sundays concerts started July 8th and we advertised RIBFEST and got 2 volunteers that day.

Also on the 8th several of our members are going to Camp Jubilee.

Trudy has arranged for 6 Adirondack chairs for our Volunteer tent at RibFest. Thanks to Paul for agreeing to pick them up on Thursday and Steve to drop them off on Monday.

Discussed possibility of running a beer tent for the double header

Summer Sundays on August 5th. Waiting for the City to approve a beer tent for that day. If approved there may be another opportunity for the last concert September 2nd.

August 19th is “Car Free Day

RIBFEST is coming July 20-22. So far we have sold some of the VIP tickets but there are  500+ available seats. Get out and sell more. Great team building day or reward for customers—a table of 8 costs $400.00.

Paul gave a report on the Rotary International Conference held in Toronto in Late June. It was the 3rd largest ever and leads now to the 2019 Conference in Hamburg Germany June 1-4 2019. Pointed out there were some great speeches but there were some that missed opportunities. In particular a speech on how close we are on eradicating polio, made possible by the Salk vaccine has only led to where we are nowdue to the lady scientist who developed the delivery system. Also the Conference recognized the 50th anniversary of Rotoractors and reminded us they are part of Rotary and we MUST support clubs in our area.

Ian gave a keynote address outlining some of his goals for the year. He admitted so much of our fundraising efforts are focused on the first month of each new President’s term it is hard to look beyond the July effort required but all of the projects he sees for his year are dependent on a successful, profitable RibFest. Some of Ian’s goals for the year:

  1. Make the Sargeant-at-Arms position more important.
  2. Try to get our membership up to 45
  3. Re-establish/update a vision statement for our club   
  4. Choose a legacy project for funds set aside each year from RibFest
  5. New public relations focus. Claire will be leading this committee
  6. Club Service (Bill’s area) charged with organizing a fun event every quarter. Bill is looking for club members to be on the entertainment committee.

Following Ian’s talk we had a presentation from Karin and Victor showing a video of several of the projects they did last year, projects they were able to participate in due to fundraising (including from us for their RibFest commitment). Last year they went to Taiwan giving time to help re-establish native plants and time with elementary school kids teaching digital literacy. Also in Vancouver they work regularly on shoreline cleanup and work making and supplying food, clothing and blankets to the Downtown Eastside. I am looking forward to welcoming their volunteers back to RIBFEST

And guess where I was volunteering on Tuesday?  The Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic Golf tournament for Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation

Rainy morning.....but so much fun.



Great meeting..... June 27th 2018  
Thank you to President Mike for a fantastic year. This was the last meeting for President Mike’s term of office. Everyone thanked Mike for all his hard work and dedication to and for our Club.

GUESTS:  Welcome All.

 Kevin Wormold from Australia, Brian’s Uncle and a retired Rotarian
Brian I. and Meredith Sorensen from Harvest Power Inc. (Brian will be our guest speaker),
Lisa Barakzai who learned about us when she signed up to volunteer for RIBFEST and  she may be interested in joining our Club


  1. Yvonne’s 1st anniversary as a Club Member and, Larry Smith’s 3rd anniversary with our Club this coming week.
  2. The June 23rd Community Fair was a great success—well attended, lots of interesting groups and services for citizens to find out about and extremely well attended by young families and kids—lots of activities for the little ones.
  3. June 30th was last Saturday.  We had a Rotary table at the Open House PCT that was held at their terminal.  It was a chance to talk to visitors about what we do as Rotary, about RibFest, request volunteers, and sell 50/50 tickets. Thank you to Ian, Ann, Gayle, Linda & Bill for volunteering for this event.
  4. July 8th is our day to visit Camp Jubilee.  Pickup will be from Rocky Point at 10 am a tour, lunch and back to Rocky Point for 2:00 pm.
  5. Gayle reported on attending the graduation ceremony at CABE (Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education) High School. She was very impressed with all the good work they do there and will recommend we think about supporting their program with 2 scholarships next year. Meghan told about a young student she connected with who graduated from CABE a few years ago and has just graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering from University.
  6. Don’t forget we have RIBFEST coming this month—July 20th-22nd. Tell your friends and neighbours, remember we have a new area—VIP Tent—this year. For 50$ guests receive guaranteed seating closer to the music area without the noise that builds up under their big top, they receive 1 free drink ticket and a $10.00 voucher off your food order. We need to try to fill this venue—1 only 5 hour sitting Friday 4-9pm; 2 each on Saturday (Noon-5 and 5-9 on Saturday; and  Noon-4:30 and 4:30-9 on Sunday).

Guest speaker Brian Iwabu is the GM for the Richmond facility -- Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics Ltd.  They also have a facility in North Van.

Also from the company was Meredith Sorensen who is the Director of Communications for Harvest Power Inc. the international parent Company.  Meredith spent 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Madagascar where she demonstrated to farmers how to increase their crop yields using organic waste. 

Brian explained several of the Communities on the Lower Mainland supply Organic waste to the Richmond or North Shore facilities. The curbside waste picked up by our Port Moody system is sent there (and because the City allows us to use their curbside system for RibFest our waste goes there too). Port Moody sent about 5,000 metric tonnes a year and our RibFest organic waste (5 Tonnes) represents about 1/1,000th of the total.

Their process involves process they call “anaerobic digestion” (A/D) comprised of a series of biological processes where microorganisms break down biodegradable materials in the absence of oxygen. It is not a new concept—first “digester” was in India in the 1800’s. They take food waste, municipal water waste solids, FOG (fats, oils, grease) and livestock manure. WHY USE IT:

  1. Energy—provides Biogas clean, local, renewable energy sources
  2. Nutrients—A/D provides nutrient rich soil amendments, sand, natural fertilizers, which are sold back to local gardeners and landscapers.
  3. Maximum odor control—A/D takes place a gas tight environment.

BIOGAS is a mixture of mostly methane and carbon dioxide plus traces of other gases. It can be used to fuel engine generators for creating renewable electricity and heat. I t can be upgraded and injected into natural gas pipelines.

I will try to get samples we can display at our recycling stations for RibFest this year.

Meghan’s ticket was drawn but there was no prize awarded this week. 

We have an 'invitation' to attend CAMP JUBILEE on July 8th.  CAMP JUBILEE is an amazing place where we have sent 100's of kids over the years.  It is by far our biggest expense and worthwhile project and now YOU have an opportunity to see just what these kids do over the 1 week they are there.
Please see the invitation below and let them know how many from our Club will be attending.  You will be leaving at 10:00 from Rocky Point Park and back by 2:00 just in time for SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT !!
Thank you

Good Afternoon Rotarians,

We are looking forward to our Summer Camp programs that are starting in a week!  This year our Rotary Session runs Friday July 6th to Thursday July 12th, 2018.

We are excited to welcome Rotarians up to Camp on Sunday July 8th departing Rocky Point Park (dock) at 10:00am to come for a visit and see the kids in action!  Lunch will be included.  The return boat will depart Camp Jubilee at 2:00pm.


If you would like to attend, please confirm your attendance by return email so we can plan for boats and lunch numbers.

We look forward to hearing from you!


~Tracy Kiefer

Camp Jubilee 
2706 Spring Street, Port Moody BC V3H 0G1
Phone: 604-937-7388 Fax: 604-937-7322
E-mail: info@campjubilee.ca

My Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Web: www.campjubilee.ca

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