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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
President Ian returned from Equador and had great stories to tell about the Global Grant and the 'climb'.  We are all happy he & Trish returned safely.
Guests this week were Rotaract members Jaymee, Eric & Carter, who were also our Guest Speakers.
They will be going to Guatemala in August for 10 days building and installing 65 stoves into the homes of Villagers in Cementerio Jolomtaj. Guatemalans in this village make an average monthly income of $55, $27 of that is spent on firewood alone. Installing these stoves decreases cooking time by 29% and firewood consumption by 53%. More then 50% cook on open flame making them susceptible to respiratory and cardiac diseases, especially women and children because mothers will often cook while their baby is swaddled against them.
The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club needs to raise $8000 to get three of our members to Guatemala and to pay for our portion of the stoves. Any support the Rotarians are willing to give us is amazing and we thank you all greatly!
Attached is the file with the donation information but if it is easier for our members to donate in Canadian funds you may write cheques directly to  “The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club” and we will be sure the money is put towards our clubs goal.

February 5, 2019

Re: Request for Sponsorship Guatemala 2019

Dear Port Moody Rotary,

The Rotaract Clubs of District 5050 are excited to bring “Service Above Self” internationally as they embark on the first joint district project. In August 2019 Rotaractors will be building 65 Aler Stoves in the city of Cementerio, Guatemala.

In order to make this project a reality, we are tasked with raising $15,000 USD to fund the cost of the project. Additional financial support is also needed to support Rotaractors to go down and see the project through.

We, the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club are looking for financial support from The Port Moody Rotary Club. There are several ways you can support our goal financially. Please see the next page for more details.

Thank you for your continued support with Rotaract!

Jaymee Lynn
President 2018/19
Incoming President 2019/20
Tri-Cities Rotaract
Incoming District 5050 Rotaract Representative

(778) 387-4552


With the expansion of clubs comes the opportunity for collaboration and partnership amongst each other. It is exciting to see clubs come together and work towards a common goal of making a difference Internationally. As Guatemala 2019 marks the first joint international project the clubs of District 5050 take on, it’s heartwarming to know the difference each Rotaractor will make.

Your support to this endeavour is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

About Aler Stoves

Designed to reduce smoke from open fires, Aler stoves have greatly decreased illnesses, injuries, and deaths. Aler stoves burn 65% less wood, are designed to greatly reduce the risk of burns, and are built right in Barillas, which provides jobs for the local economy

Here is a fundraiser we can all support to help them with their goal.  Save the date:  April 16th, 2019

AND Rotaract is doing a GALA on May 17th for this trip also.  Please save the date....more details to follow.
April 9, 2019 - AGM for Rotary World Help.  6:00pm at the Blue Mountain Golf Club. - Tickets are $25.00. Please let Dan know if you will be attending.

The guest speaker for the evening, Jamie McIntosh, CEO of Mercy Ships Canada.

“Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to provide free surgery, training and dental care in developing nations. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.35 million direct beneficiaries.

Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations. Professionals include surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and photographers, writers and more, all donating their time and skills to the effort.”

Alan K spoke about the upcoming SFPP.....Thanks to everyone that is helping make this annual event a Huge Success.


SFPP tickets are now available on line, at Moody Ales or at the Well.  Please tell your friends and family to get their tickets early.  Steve Witiuk has tickets also. 
Hawaiian Sunset from guess who?
Karla was a beautiful young girl suffering from hip dysplasia. She was so cheerful and an absolute delight for everyone. The solution for her was a peri-acetabular osteotomy- which should /will improve her quality of life substantially!
This project is a RI International Global Grant project.
On the hip dysplasia side is that this is what we are trying to prevent..... Hip Dysplasia Prevention / Treatment - TNM


Kenya Update March 17, 2019
This week I met Mary Coulson and felt inspired, pampered and cried. She has taken in 120 children that are mostly not orphans but many of their parents abused, neglected, abandoned or sold them as prostitutes. The Coquitlam club is planning to bring ARES (upgrade from Rachel) to the school that Mary set up and so we dropped Terry Colson off and learnt lots. 
We travelled to a desert village where the RACHEL project made a 0.36 school mark upgrade after a year. We will hire an enthusiastic teacher from there to help with our teacher workshop. We promote Days for Girls wherever we go.
Lumber yards, paint places and hardware stores visits help us get ready for next week’s set up of the computer and e-learning labs. Yesterday, I proudly got open office installed on 18 lap tops only to find out that the 17+year old xp computers can’t play the videos from RACHEL. JoAnne (from here), Festus (K’s brother), some advice from Al Stjernegaard, lots of help from Michael Berrisford and now a computer tech will make this tech team successful. Whewwww...today's challenge… can we get programs from ARES onto RACHEL?
I also got to spend time with monkeys, saw some ostriches, zebras and lots of birds. Khayanga is inspirational, fun and gets things done in a place where there are lots of challenges. I am happy!


Guest: Ross Thomas from Viaduct Foundation

Filling in for President Ian this week was newly retired Steve Witiuk—great job Steve!


June 15th City of Port Moody Community Fair. We will take a table to talk up RIBFEST and all the things we do plus look for new members. Time 11-3 so 2 shifts of 2 people each.  Please sign up with Reena 


Birthdays—Terry March 17th , Meghan and Alan K on the 18th—none of them in attendance   We wish you all the very best.

Linda: reminded everyone of Installation Dinner Thursday June 20th at Saint Street Grill. Members dinner cost is included in your annual dues but +1’s are $55.00.

Also to please sign up for RIBFEST....There are lots of slots available for volunteering.  Please pass along to your family, friends and neighbours.  We have 1098 slots to fill to make our 2019 the huge Success we know it can be.

April 3rd  is District Training Assembly. Those attending will carpool to event in Surrey.

District Grant project was moved to the weekend of June 1st and 2nd. at City Hall. High School students grades 9-12 will get sessions led by leaders in government, education, science learning by Socratic Method.


SFPP- volunteers will be needed for set up, take down, selling raffle tickets, helping with ice distribution, etc. It is a great 1 day event and very raises a lot of funds for our projects. Tickets (650 guests max) will be $45.00 again this year.  Please tell all your friends to get their tickets before we sell out.


Dan G’s Rotary minute reminded us this is World Rotaract Week. Reminded us of the Rotary Intl. President’s article in the latest magazine and all the projects Rotaractors do in their communities. Make them feel welcome, include them  in our projects, welcome them into our Clubs as they age out of Rotaract.

Ross receiving the GOLDEN SPIKE from Dan.

Guest speaker Ross Thomas, is a 30 year resident of the Tri-Cities. Their organization, Viaduct Foundation, (Ross went to school in Toronto and was working there at the time the Bloor Street Viaduct was being re-purposed to include being a rapid transit carrier; so he saw a “viaduct” as being a way to be creative and flexible) works on education projects in the poorest 10% of the countries in the world. Some issues in Education can be solved with money but not everything:

  1. Described a school in Honduras destroyed by an earthquake that took 7 years to be rebuilt—kids were without a school for 7 years, almost ½ a generation lost.
  2. In El Salvador they drove a building behind an 8-10 foot razor wire barricade in a residential neighborhood—it was a school and the fencing was to protect their computers. 1st time the equipment was stolen before the wall.
  3. Guatemala a Rotary project they worked with was to supply RACHEL computers but parents had to sign and attest they would pay for the electricity so they would work.

The UN has set 17 targets for “Sustainable Development Goals” to eradicate poverty. Several involve education: 

  1. Not enough teachers. In some countries class sizes are up to 100 kids. Projected number required = one half of all kids graduating each year.
  2. Quality of teachers is a problem. In Sub-Saharan Africa up to 60% of the teachers have just High School education themselves and they are paid below poverty level.
  3. Attendance. Kids are required to work for a wage or to help on the family farm
  4. Focus on girls. Some projects enroll girls in private schools. For these girls they sleep 3 high on bunk beds and have all their clothes, toiletries, etc, in 1 small locker for a year.
  5. In the poorest 10% of the world they calculate 400 million kids who HAVE gone to school can’t read, do math, or spell. 

What can we do: a) sponsor a student, subscribe to their semi-annual newsletters, donate an android tablet.

Rotary Cleaned up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. once again.  The snow was gone, the sun shone and a total of 8 bags of trash was collected.  Thanks to Gladys, The Berrisford's, the Burnham's, PP Alan & Bill.  Great job everyone.


The presentation to our club from our very own Port Moody Police Department.
Kenya Update
It is wonderful to be out here again and the project is coming along great!
On Monday we presented to the Education Officer who is in charge of 175 (k-gr8) primary schools and 34 high schools. We were thrilled when she invited us to speak to a meeting with 60 of the elementary schools principals and administrators on Wednesday. We got a great response to the E-learning project (Project Rachel) and Days for Girls! 
My luggage was 4 days late so I wore Khayanga’s clothes but the great thing is that we didn’t have a hassle at customs to get the 8 tablets, the education equipment and 6 lbs of snaps for Days for Girls reusable menstrual kits that Vida generously donated. (Yay Vida)
We shopped, benches and tables are being built and strategies are being figured out on how to manage the E learning lab, computer lab and library. We also pulled out our hair doing the technical stuff with the older tablets….  We were soooo lucky to have Terry Colton from the Coquitlam club to help and to make us really laugh. He took some fantastic pictures with his drone and so the boys had fun with the toys. 
On Thursday we went to an extremely productive meeting with the Rotary Club in Eldoret. They were excited about our being able to produce Days for Girls kits because they need it for one of their projects. They will be coming with us to a community where they set up Rachel and we will learn firsthand how to really implement it and see if we can get some on the ground training for our staff. 
We are now in Gil Gil (5 hours from Musembe) and getting a chance to talk with Mary, another Rotarian, who is setting Terry up with the Rachel project here….. 
I feel very lucky to be here and I wish you all were here as well!

Meeting was ably presided over by Past President Mike.

Guests: Mark Lindsay (our speaker) and Ruth Foster (Mossum Creek)

We celebrated birthdays for 4 folks who had birthdays recently but were away so we sang our traditional song for Brian W., Kay, Jeannie and Isy.


District Assembly is coming up in 2 or 3 weeks

Mike also thought there might be an RLI 3 meeting later this month.

Gayle is hosting a meeting at her house on Monday to help plan the Installation night for Cleone and the Thank you to Ian for his year.

Cleone managed to get storage space in Burnaby from her contact and Danne moved all the Lending Toy Library stuff from our lock up to the new BBY locker. Thanks Danne.

Saturday was our Heritage Mountain cleanup and it was cancelled due to the snow.  Stay tuned for the next time.

Alan K gave an update on SFPP. Riley has again signed up as a main sponsor plus will BBQ something for food. Posters have been delayed but due shortly. **remember we will be needing volunteers for set-up and take-down as well as at raffle tables, running ice to the brewers, etc. THURSDAY MAY 9th.

Thanks to Meghan for organizing the transitions event at Heritage Woods Secondary School. It was very inspiring by all accounts from our members who attended

Ruth spoke to us about a project she is working on with the City of Port Moody to organize a documentary of the life of 104 year old Maryanne Cooper. They are already filming interviews with Mary at home and around the City. Her life begins (1915) just after the founding of Port Moody (1913) so it will document the changes she’s seen in our Cities growth. Ruth has organized a Fundraiser Dinner at The Club Senior’s Centre (ground floor under the Crossroads Hospice) which will be catered by Fred Soofi from Pasta Polo Restaurant. The venue is small, only seats 40 people, so tickets will be in short supply. Their cost is $104.00 with a tax receipt given for $60.00. Tickets can be purchased at the finance counter at City Hall.

Our guest speaker, Mark Lindsay, spoke about the group he is executive director for—Access Youth Outreach Services Society. Their vision—No youth left behind

Born and raised in St. Mary’s Ontario. 12 years ago he became addicted to opioids, took him 2 years to overcome (it was before the days of fenenyl) and has been 10 years sober in April. He moved out to Vancouver and began volunteering on the DTES helping out and telling his story.

Mark is passionate about working with at risk youth, building relationships with this community—‘Youth are the leaders of tomorrow”   


  1. Project Reach Out Bus is fitted out for kids. Out every Thursday and Friday evening from 4-11 pm. Staffed by 2-3 OutReach staff and 2-3 volunteers. No magic to outreach—just personalized 1 to 1 support. 1600 contacts in 2018 covering Tri Cities and sometimes to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.
  2. They have an OutReach office in Coquitlam Centre mall also Thursday/Friday from 3-9 pm staffed by 2 people. They work with Douglas College students as intern-like helpers. The Mall also supplies gift cards for the bus to hand out so kids can get food and clothing
  3. They have 1 Youth Empowerment worker full time to give 1-1 support for 12-23 year olds—act as advocates, take to appointments, etc.
  4. They have a new 5 year contract starting this spring with the YWCA for the Tri-Cities—teach kids about budgeting, living on their own, goal setting, finishing school, learning about career choices, etc.

They have their big fundraiser/Gala coming up September 29th. More info to follow when it is finalized.


This is the final weekly Conference email going out to all Rotarians in District 5050.

Thank you to all of those who have already registered for the District Conference - we have a great lineup of speakers and events for your enjoyment!
If you haven't registered yet, you have two days left for the discount registration rate. You also have the option or registering for the entire Conference, or the special Saturday Only registration.  CLICK HERE TO GET MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER.
This was also the final Weekly Prize Draw!  Congratulations to the winner of the Mystery Rotary Bling:  Peter Tam of the Haney Rotary Club!  
Golf Option:  Bill Murray (favorite of Governor Linda) is organizing a golf tournament for Thursday, April 11 at the Battle Creek Golf Course.  Bill has negotiated the cost down to a mere $23!  There are only 20 spots available so if you are interested, email Bill at bill@billandlindamurray.com

There's just over one month left until the Conference kicks off on April 11.
Join us and enjoy!  

Sean Hogan
Winner of the coveted No-Prize!


Gayle & I attended GIVE HER WINGS and it was wonderful to experience first hand what our Community Grant to the Soroptimist has done.  Well done Rotary !!!


Guests this week: 

Ingrid Taylor
Sandra Horton
Craig Hachey

Port Moody Soccer cheque presentation
Craig Hatchey


The Soccer Club gave a THANK YOU Presentation.

Craig gave a Short video on what they did with the funds received from our Community Grant.
U16 Port Moody Soccer Club
Portland College ID camp last year with Rotary grant, 
Players gained confidence, friendships, it was an experience like on a college team
Would like to do something similar this year. 
The Team volunteered at RIBFEST last summer, will be back in summer ‘19.....YEAH !  We couldn't do it without them.

Preet looking for hosts for April 18-May 4 for Friendship Exchange

Quiz night ?

District training coming up soon

Cleone - attended PETS in Seattle, 500 people, great speakers, humbled, inspired honoured, to be come President of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Remember to 'save the date'......June 20th, 2019 is our Installation night at Saint Street Grill.

Cleone goes to Kenya, digital library, book library, days for girls, preplanning forest ed centre,   We wish her an exciting journey.  Cleone has 'arrived'.  We are happy she is safe and happy.  We will be getting weekly updates and photos from her.  
Mike P.  - Attended Port Moody City Council last week & gave an update on our Rotary club.  It was well received.

Ann H. - 19 year member of the Rotary Club of Port Moody
Ingrid Tyler was our Speaker

Medical Health Officer
Opioid Overdose Update

Community based response in PoMo now for the opioid crisis
#1 cause accidental death in BC
Over 1400 deaths in 2017 and also in 2018
Tri-Cities relatively lower than other communities 
71% of deaths took place in private residences, in Fraser Health region
Fentanyl related deaths are the reason for the spike, otherwise flat illicit drug deaths, unregulated drug supply is polluted 
Naloxone is a band-aid solution to an overdose, blocks receptors
Opioid Agonist Therapy is the real solution, using suboxone
OERC grant to develop community based action plan, Sandra Horton is the Project Facilitator for TriCities
Let's support ROTARACT......PLEASE save these dates.
Here are 3 events they would like Rotarians to support by attending.
  • Mar 20 – Rotaract            All clubs in area D to send Youth Director and Prez Elect to Rotaract meeting at Leigh Square in PoCo. - Maybe Meghan could go in Cleone's place....
  • Apr 16 - Rotaract              Pub Night at John B. - fun night for a group to get together and go to support.
  • May 17 - Rotaract            Gala at the Vancouver club. - fun night for a group to get together and go to support
President Ian's thought for the week:
Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energy for the big worthwhile things.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out, it is the grain of sand in your shoe.
Guests - Gladys’ daughter Vanessa Gauthier/Tim Delayne - future son-in-law; Darrell's beautiful wife Christa Burnham; Patricia Lee; Merick Gillam
It's always a good day when we induct a new member into our Rotary Club of Port Moody.
Induction - Gladys Mercer.
Gayle proposed Gladys as a member of our Club and Gladys has already won our hearts with her enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.

Reminders - Rotary Minute at Port Moody Council meetings - Mike will be presenting next week.  
Michael announced that we will be using a New system for Rib Valet through Squirrel;
Feb 28 -Heritage Woods Grad Transition 
March 2- Deadline Feb. 21 @$45/ 
March 11- meeting at Gayle’s regarding Installation Dinner at 5:00; Installation Dinner is June 21at Saint Street Grill; 
March 23- District Training Assembly - Kwantlen Polytechnic Uni - Surrey Campus
March 25 - International Meeting at Parkside Brewery - 5:00 pm

Classification Talks are always a favourite with our Rotary Club and Reena's talk was fantastic.  
- Reena Venkatesh; certified interior designer; born in India, Calcutta; multicultural upbringing; educated in a Catholic convent school; moved to Canada January; has lived in Canada for 20 years; first snowfall was experienced; two children; married; family back home in India - Mom, Dad, brother & sister;
Reena loves nature, people; LOVES lighthouses;
She received her BCIT certification in Interior Design; & her company is called Seasonal Leaf Designs; formal name is translated to ‘seasonal leaf’; loves social media;  Reena joined Rotary because she met Al at a Chamber event and when she came to the Club she really liked the welcoming atmosphere.
PP Al and his girls

First Nations Toy Library Super Helper!
First Nations Toy Library Super Helper!
Valentina Doostdar is 9 yrs old, from Heritage Mountain, and chose the toy library as her change maker school project. She helped clean and put together toys for the First Nations Toy Library with the Port Moody Rotary Club. We were lucky to have her energetic and smiling spirit and she was much better than us at assembling the toys. 
We have completed Phase 1 of the project and the toys are on their way to a Rotary Right2Read lock-up. The first nations community will be assessing the toy catalogue that we assembled and we start Phase 2 in the spring. Shelving, bagging, labeling, completing the toy collection, transporting and assembling will keep us busy then.
Thank you Valentina for all of your help!
Good news:  we're getting many new registrations for the District Conference and we've got six draw winners to announce - congratulations to Roger Kelley, Eric Mollema, Janet Chalmers, Elaine Wolfe, Aaron Starkovich and Peter Boekhorst, all of who get VIP Saturday lunch seating with one of our guest speakers.  Roger also won the autographed book!
Next week's draw is for Rotary Bling!  What's that?  We don't know yet - Governor Linda will be picking up something special on Friday from the Rotary vendors at the Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Seattle.

To be eligible to win Rotary Bling and be entered for the remaining weekly draws (including two nights free stay) all you need to do is register and pay to attend the Conference.  CLICK HERE for more information and registration.

The last email gave you information on our great speakers.  This email is about all of the events we have planned!

Thursday, April 11 is pre-Conference celebrations including the Irish/Caribbean night and options for a Boeing VIP tour or an Art Museum Tour. 
The Conference kicks off on Friday with the Opening Ceremony.  In addition to our speakers, enjoy the House of Friendship, a panel discussion on Inspirational Club Projects and finish off the day with Home Hosting & Dinner!
Saturday continues the fun with events including a hands on activity, the always popular Rotary Youth Exchange presentation, receptions galore - including special receptions (1) for Major Donors and other Rotary Foundation supporters, (2) for Presidents-Elect hosted by Governor-Elect Brad, and (3) for Club Presidents along with those of you who were recognized by your Club President and Governor Linda as "Inspirational Rotarians" and (4) for everyone!
On Sunday, we will celebrate the Pioneers of Rotary (those who have been Rotarians for 20 years or more).  I love the pledge they take, which includes this line:  
Having survived one thousand Rotary lunches,
I agree to absorb in the future whatever form of
food is offered me without beefing.
All this plus meeting friends and making friends!
Kenya Pub Night!
What a Great Night! We had fun!
56 people came out even though the roads were snowy, we made $1,148 and we needed $1,150, the pub staff told me it was the easiest fundraiser they ever held and I didn't fall off the stool I was speaking from nor did Khayanga and I talk too long! (in our opinion!) Tables of friends were grouped together and there was a lot of laughing and the burgers, beer and wine seemed to go down just fine.  
This project should make a big difference. The computer lab and library were destroyed by fire a couple of years ago and the Lugari Centre was rebuilt. We will be putting in a computer lab, library (first phase), digital library, helping the Days for Girls enterprise unit, and looking at the feasibility and initial planning for a Forest Education project. Terry Colton will be coming with us on school visits because the Coquitlam Club is looking at putting in a global grant for a digital library (Aeries project) in some Kenyan schools including Musembe. The Port Moody Rotary club has committed $7,000 to buy all the things we need like generators and this pub night was for in-country transportation.
I will be leaving to work with Khayanga on Feb 28th and leave there on April 19th. I think we will be busy!
Thank you to everyone that helped to make the pub night a success in particular Al Stjernengaard and to everyone that has helped to get the Kenyan project to this stage.

We are Strong !!! & BRAVE

22 members braved the snowy road conditions and made to Rotary this morning.

Ian brought a bottle of Kahlua as a treat to add to our morning coffee.



  • Cleone Todgham thanked the club for the successful pub night that raised enough money to cover the ground costs for the Kenya project. 
  • There will be 1 more workshop to get laptops ready to go to Kenya.
  • Cleone now has two spaces for the toy lending library, one for storage and one for a workshop.
  • Michael Berrisford is looking into a system to enhance the rib running at Ribfest this year.
  • A vegan menu will be available at Ribfest.
  • RLI Part 3 on March 2, 2019 at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub.  Must have attended Parts 1 & 2.
  • District Training Assembly March 23, 2019 at Kwantlen Polytechnical College,  Surrey Campus.
  • District Conference April 11-14, 2019 at Tulalip Resort.
  • Our Club received  a Certificate of appreciation and a letter from the Police Chief. 


Mike Poznanski reported on the proceedings of the Legacy Project to date.  A committee has been struck chaired by Mike Poznanski and includes Bill Lawrie, Gary Wiggins, Alan Schmelzel, Linda Balzer and Meghan Lahti.  The committee will be looking to the Club for project ideas.  Forms for input were handed out and can also be found on the Club’s website.  Things to consider when thinking about a project are:

  1. It should have a large presence.
  2. It should be something that would have continuous Rotary involvement.
  3. It should focus on the local community.
  4. It should have a high Rotary visibility.
  5. It should have a long lasting effect.  
  6. It should contribute to several areas of service. 
  7. It must be sustainable.


The members were encouraged to put on their thinking caps and return their ideas to Mike in the next 3 to 4 weeks.

President Ian's quote for the week:
 In Honor of Chines New Year:
'By three methods we may learn wisdom:  first by reflection, which is noblest;  second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest'
Confucius circa 551 BC
Guests this week were:

Terry Coulton - Coquitlam Noon Club
Khayanga - Guest speaker

Gladys Mercer - perspective new member


Brian Wormold’s Birthday - 
In recognition of 1 year anniversary and appreciation a special pin for Mike Beresford - congrats!

 Rotaractors are going to Guatemala and they are asking for donations.
Al S inviting members to join the team in Belize
 Loads of help loading the container for Equador - thanks to everyone who came out to help

 Remember Rotaracts is coming up on Feb 27

 Heritage Mtn. Blvd. Street cleanup this weekend.  Great job everyone......

 Musical performances start on Feb 26 @ 1:30 at Eagle ridge Manor
 Vocational Chair Meghan Lahti presented with 4-Way test medallion 


Re: Kenya project

Monday, Feb.11 - pub fundraiser at St James Well @ 7:00 pm

Vida talked a bit about Days For Girls - makes personal hygiene kits for girls around the world
This project is being brought to Kenya. Enterprises and workshops are set
up all over the world. 

Cleone and Khayanga did a presentation on their Kenya Project. They shared about:

*Lugari Community Resource Centre
*Women’s Group
*Water Project
*New Mother’s Group
*Days for Girls
*Rotary Library and Computer Lab
*RACHEL - Plus
*Forest Education - environmental appreciation
*Pro D Days School Visits

This is a great new event put on by 2 of our Community Sponsors.
Please mark your calendars.

Electric.....the meeting was ELECTRIC !!!

President Ian’s Quote of the week: 

“Words are our most in-exhaustible source of magic, capable of inflicting great wounds or mending them.” 

Albus Dumbledore

Gladys Mercer back for her 3rd. Meeting.  We are looking forward to seeing more of Gladys.

Thank you Reena for bringing your guest Sandra D'Souza.

President Elect Cleone with our Vida who received a Paul Harris plus 4 .

Guests: Mary O’Neill (guest speaker) and her husband Terry O’Neil

It was great to have Terry’s rich voice added to Gary’s at our National Anthem this morning—we had the rafters ringing!

Ian also presented Paul Harris to Patty (Plus 6)

Ian gave service pins to Yvonne, Cleone and Claire for all their hard work for our Club.

Belize project update - Our Club should be very proud of this partnership with the Prison in Belize.  Great leadership Al and Glen

Belize update—planning a road trip to Belize for 1 week April 5-12. Get a chance to re-assemble a modular home for a family in need, visit the prison our RACHEL initiative is helping, meet other Rotarians, see the sights and beaches in Belize and get to know our club members better.  Let Al and Glen know if you would like to go to Belize.



Pub Night Fundraiser

 Please join us for a fun night to raise funds for one or our international projects.


--Cleone reported on where we are with collecting, cleaning, photographing, and cataloguing toy for our RIGHT2READ Toy Lending Library.


Al S announced Mike has been working with the OPEN ROAD Auto group and was able to announce they have signed on as the Platinum sponsors of the Music , our VIP Tent and other areas for 2 years!! Great work you guys!

Reminder of the 2019 Rotary International Conference in Hamburg—it’s filling up quickly. Will be in early June.

Saturday, February 2nd, we sent a container to Ecuador. Seems RWH had a large amount of medical supplies in the warehouse and the next 2 months are their busiest pickup time so we are able to send some much needed supplies to our on-going project in Ecuador.

RLI 3 will be held on March 2nd in the States. More info to come.

Speaker today Mary O’Neill who spoke to us about the “Talitha Koum Society” women’s recovery homes (there are 2 in Coquitlam). It is termed a Spiritual House of Healing and talitha koum comes from the gospel of St. Mark and translates as “rise up little girl”. They started in 2000 in Vancouver and are in Coquitlam since 2016 and 2nd house added in Fall 2018. They work with addicts as half-way house when out of prison to “recover and live the lives they were meant to”.  

There are 9 people in each house (some include kids) for a minimum of 6 month up to 2 years. There are 6 Part Time and 6 Full Time employees and 28 volunteers.  Alumni are critical.  Programs are based on the 12 Step program and everyone attends a session every day. Education includes, job search, household finances, as well a focus on chores, cooking, housekeeping together plus parenting classes.

Elements are: Food and nutrition, environment, community, celebration, graduation and commitment

7 member Board. Always looking for volunteers—educationalists, gardening, maintenance, children’s activities, financial skills training etc.  

Their annual gala is on March 2nd  check it out www.talithakoumsociety.org


Heritage Woods Secondary is asking for help again this year with the GRAD Transitions.  It is an easy day and so very rewarding to go to the school and listen to the 'goals' of these Graduating students.
If you can help, please let them know.
Linda ;o)
Here is the letter we received:

Greetings from the Woods!

On Thursday, February 28th each of our senior students will be demonstrating his/her accomplishments in a presentation to complete the Graduation Transitions requirement.  We have approximately 370 students who will be ready to speak about their proudest accomplishments from their school and community experiences and their future aspirations.  We would like a member of our community to participate in each of the presentation panels.  This is the reason we’re writing to you!

We would love to have you, and any of your staff who wish to take part, be a panel member for all or part of that day.  We plan to have about 30 students presenting at a time, with six presentation sessions in the morning and six in the afternoon.  Lunch will be provided.

We’re confident that our students will amaze you and we’re pleased to invite you to share this positive experience with us. 

Would you please extend this invitation to any staff members you feel might want to take part in this activity?  

Please email me (igay@sd43.bc.ca) by Friday, February 8th with the names and email addresses of the people in your organization who would be willing to participate on this day.  

Thanks for considering this!


Ingrid Gay/Marilyn Nunn

Grad Transitions, Heritage Woods Secondary

President Ian’s quote “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr.

So many guests and the room was 'electric'.....
Past members Steve Gable and Jim McGrandles came to visit from Langley
PP Trudy Gallant came all the way from Steveston to visit
Gladys Mercer and Dave Tang are guests 'checking' out our Rotary Club.  This was Gladys' 2 second visit.
Thank you to Yvonne for the photos.

Help Needed :  Al S’s trailer will be in Winnipeg this July so not available for us to use as a Cash counting office for RIBFEST. If anyone has one we can use contact Al S.

Cleone announced she was holding a cleaning, sorting, photographing, cataloguing party at her place to prepare donated toy for our Toy Lending Library.

Steve Witiuk will co-chair the New Generations committee with Patty.

Claire announced she is exploring a location for “Before I Die Wall”. Moody Ales are a possibility. Great initiative Claire.

Mike P gave an update of where we are on the Legacy project.

SFPP planning meeting January 23rd at Alan K’s home.

We are planning a Pub Night for a Monday or Wednesday night in early February. Proceeds to go to offset costs for those going to Kenya this winter.

President Ian announced 2 recipients for his Service Award for this week—Brian Dunne for his work getting our guests presentations on our screen

and Peter Cuthbert for all his readings to the Manor residents. Thanks to both of you.

Pie Day  was last Friday at the Manor—Thank you to Danne for distributing pies on the last Friday of each month.  If anyone would like to help Danne, please let him know.

Mike Clay talked about having a preview of the new Port Moody Legion. It should open this March and Mike suggested we all join.


Guest speaker: Our own President Ian MacPhail gave us an update on our Club’s International Ecuador Project dealing with “Preventative screening program for cervical cancer and developmental hip dysplasia in infants”. It was 2 years in the planning stage and the Team is working with 3 groups representing Hospitals and Universities.

--First visit was July 2018. Introduced everyone, developed comraderie, explained new technologies and mission. The area covered covers a large area and only 6 Doctors so working with Post Graduates and Medical Students. Initially they screened 100 infants for hip dysplasia (Now over 600) and nearly 50 for cervical cancer (now over 100) the added patients with the Graduates and medical students.  They use a video conferencing system called 2-Zoom which allows for consultations with the Doctors at home in Canada. Ian explained the clinics are set up close to the churches as all residents attend church regularly so staff can reach more patients easily without travelling all over the back country.

--Next visit is scheduled for November 24-28. Mission will be to expand lectures, revisit examination techniques, patient data and ensure the project is on track to sustainability. 


 Loading a container to Equador this Saturday . 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:00am, at Riverview.   We could really use
your help.

This shipment is going to Ecuador and is being sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Port Moody.....so we need your help.!!!

PP Alan S. ably filled in for President Ian who was away in Calgary.

Guests: Meghan’s husband Paul Lahti,

Emily Astren was Steve Witiuk’s guest (she worked at CIBC with Steve and she will be a RYLA participant this year, 

and Gladys Mercer joined us interested in volunteering in her new community (from Newfoundland originally). 


Paul gave an update on our Club’s Community grant project which will focus on teaching 10-15 high school students some of the principles of the Socratic method of learning. Originally the plan was for 10 -12 1 hour sessions over the 2019 Winter/Spring school year but it is morphing into 2 5-6 hour sessions over 1 or 2 weekends.

PP Al S. updated on an exciting new fundraising project being considered by the 6 Rotary Clubs in Area D.

Isy  announced she is officially retiring August 31st this year but will continue to arrange trips for a select number of her favorite clients.

SFPP planning is progressing. Alan K will schedule a meeting shortly for those looking to volunteer for tasks on the night of (Thursday May 9th) and for those wanting to volunteer for tasks leading up to the event as well.

Rotary Leadership Institute Level 2 (RLI) will be held Jan 23rd at Meadow Gardens Golf Course.

“Returning” a documentary film premier presented by Mossom Creek Hatchery was on Friday January 18th at 6:30 at Inlet Theatre.

Thanks to everyone (10 folks) who helped with the Heritage Mountain litter cleanup last week.

PP Al S gave an overview of current International Grant projects our Club is involved in over the next 1-2 years: 1) Ecuador project (President Ian as lead) has funding of $180,000 over 3 years. Canadian Doctors working/teaching local students/medics to identify early cervical cancer and provide early treatment with ongoing video conferencing/mentoring between actual visits.


2) Kenya project (President elect Cleone as lead) working with Kenyan volunteers to expand reading/education initiatives particularly with young girls.

3) Belize project (Al S. as lead) began as an educational project to provide accessibility to computer service/training/education to prisoners. Intent is to rehabilitate prisoners and provide them with tools they can use when they are released.

Al gave a report on his trip to Belize to bring the first batch of equipment to the prison last November. There are approximately 375,000 people in Belize which was originally called the Colony of the British Honduras in 1862, granted self-government in 1964 when European nations were freeing their colonies around the world. In 1973 the name changed to Belize and full independence was granted September 18th 1981. The only prison in Belize is managed by Rotarian, Cisco, and supported by the international Kolbe Foundation. Focus is shifting from incarceration to education trying to prepare inmates for freedom. 

Al and Glen’s report included:

Murders at the prison have dropped to 0 and escapes to only 1 or 2 (usually inmates from Guatemala trying to get home).

Prison has a farm teaching how to grow their own food, they raise pigs (but found out prisoners didn’t like pork so now they sell the meat to locals), they have 17,000 chickens used to feed the inmates meat and eggs.

They’ve built a school with 8 classrooms—to teach how to read, how to write, how to cope—country is poor so kids don’t always finish the mandatory years of free education.

They also have a wood working shop to teach carpentry skills. Highest volume items are the coffins they build and sell for funerals, also prefab homes, kids’ toys and furniture on spec.

Our grant is based on using RACHEL—Remote Area Community Hotspot for Educational Learning—technology that holds selected internet content on a wireless hub. The units we supplied were pre-loaded with 100 areas of education and training to be used in the inmate education program. 

Cisco, the prison head told Al it was the “best thing you can give to a developing country”   

Next steps: 1) add 30-60 chrome books, 2) more servers, 3) add the program to the women’s prison area.

Trip planned for late April (5-7 days) looking for new opportunities in Belize—is there a way to expand the program into the Elementary Schools.


Gayle has been taking care of our Free Little Library and we have had a great 'supplier' of books from 'Kenny" and Share.....
We would like to thank Kenny for supplying the books for all these years and we hope he will find a new supplier.  If you know of anyone who has any children's books, please let Gayle know and she will make sure they make their way to our Little Free Library at Old Orchard Hall.
This is the letter Gayle received from Kenny......
Well it was a good ‘run’. Just a little too short. Your last box of books from ‘Kenny’ is at my front door. My intentions were good. I wont give up. I’ll keep looking for a new source. Share’d Treasures Thrift Store is closing. They are not taking anymore donations.
I  will never forget how I felt that day when I saw a mother & her daughter approach the Little Library at Old Orchard Park. I was standing on the balcony of Old Orchard Hall, taking in the beautiful view. As the girl got closer to the library I heard her mother say ‘Just one.’ She gently opened the door, made her choice and they were on their way. She held that book with such passion...
I took my grandsons with me one day & we refilled three locations. I want them to enjoy that feeling of sharing & giving. 
Then, of course, we left a few pennies on the track for the train to squash for us. Lots of fun. 

Wanted Toys for First Nation’s Toy Library!
The Rotary Club of Port Moody and the Right2Read Society are gathering toys to create a toy library in one of the First Nation’s Right2Read libraries. This is your chance to clear out the closets and help!
Gently used toys should be:
  • For 0-5 years old
  • Educational
  • Durable
  • In Good Condition
  • Quality is better than Quantity
  • Please no stuffed animals
Call Cleone Todgham (Clayon Todjam) at 778-223-2357 to discuss drop off or pick up by Jan 27 (Jan 23 is even better!) 
A toy library lends out toys the same way a library lends out books. 
The benefits of the toy library are great! They include:
  1. Educational
    1. Toys are selected with the help of professionals to help build the skills that they need for school, including reading, mathematics, scientific thinking and skills that support first nation’s values.
  2. Financial
    1. Parents spend less on toys, storage and shopping.
    2. Children have the ability to play with a bigger variety of educational toys.
  3. Social :
    1. It is a great equalizer because children from all economic levels are able to play with a variety of educational toys.
    2. Children have an opportunity to interact and learn sharing, taking turns, and choosing what they want as well as giving it back.
    3. Parents have a chance to interact with other parents.
    4. Gives opportunity to help others and teaches children sharing.
  4. Environmental
    1. Saves the environment by reducing and reusing.
  5. FUN !!
Thanks for the help!

Ryan Edgington was given the Donald J. Langill Memorial Award for 2019. It is presented each year to one Investment Adviser from across Canada by RBC Wealth Management. Congratulations Ryan, well done!!

What a great accomplishment Ryan.  Congratulations from all of us.
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