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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 AM
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
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.

Brian and Cleone have a presentation to the Rotary Club of White Rock on Westhill Rotary

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Remembrance Day

We wear a poppy

On Remembrance Day,

And at eleven

We stand and pray.

Wreaths are put

Upon a grave.

As we remember

Our soldiers brave.


Al, Glen & Brian were at the Meadow Ridge Rotary lunch meeting along with DG David.   They presented us with a funding cheque for phase 2 of the Belize project.
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and Yvonne for the photos
District 5050 Governor David Lukov was our guest speaker 

All members were in their Rotary Shirts today except 1? Peter Cuthbert.
Peter, Peter, Peter......you will never live this down.


November 18th. -  Rotary Foundation meeting Bellingham 

November 18th - Decorating Manor -  9am.

November 25 -  Cheer at the Pier 

December 6th - Tri-City Rotary Christmas Party - Vancouver Golf Course 
December 7th - Innervisions Chili Lunch
December 15th - Our Rotary Club Christmas Party - Balzer's

District Governor David Lukov talk:

Question Why Rotary?

Called office at his job and told he needed to join Rotary.
Rotary helps to build leaders. 
Communications Makes us build great relationships.
Leadership requires training.
Experience, mentored by good people, you must experience luck to take the opportunities to become good leaders.
Why Rotary?
Helps to shape good leaders.
Ryla and Yale are great learning experience for our youth.
Rotary helps us see the world, as well as our local area.
Why are you still here?
Committed to the club and opportunities to serve.
Ket human need to belong, that’s why we come to Rotary. To serve one another.
Saturday May 4th District Conference this year is 1 Day  Family District Conference.

Cost $100. For 1 or $200. For family.

Member Recognition of Great Service given to Mike Clay and Peter Muir.
Mike Clay receiving his Member Recognition of Great Service

Peter Muir receiving his Member Recognition of Great Service
Congratulations to people of Action Award.
Brian Dunne also recognized for all he does every week.

Closing thought . Ask yourself “Why Rotary “
How has it helped you?
New Menbers will come.
Great Governor visit.

Please wear your BLUE ROTARY shirt for our DG David Lukov's visit Wednesday  Nov. 1st
PP Alan chaired the meeting this week.
Great attendance and zoomers this week were:  Frank, Cleone, Linda, Wade from Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club, Carole Hudon from Kamloops, Markus from Switzerland, Cisco from Belize.
Guest this week from the Coquitlam Club, Roya Rafiei 
Busy Time  of the Year 

November 4th and 5th -Legion Poppy Campaign
November 9th - Community Service meeting - HELP needed please attend
November 18thDecorating Eagle Ridge Manor
November 18thDistrict Training-  in Surrey
November 25th -Cheer on the Pier - Rocky Point Christmas Lighting-

December 3rdEagle Ridge Manor Christmas- 
December 7thInnervisions Chilli Lunch
December 15th - Club Christmas Party at Balzer's

BIG Announcement 

Ian MacPhail & Allison Young

Andy's birthday - We wish you a fantastic year ahead.

Bill talked about the Backpack Program in the Elementary Schools and the number of students this year have increased to 36. He needs some help with the program! It is Thursdays 2-3 hours per week.

Program this week:
Rotary Education Project in Belize 
Al, Brian and Glen (our Club)
Cisco is our Partner in Belize


Our New Project RI Global Grant for Belize School children
Rachel Training Device is here today, it is a tool to teach and be used in schools and at the prison in Belize.
20 Chromebooks can be used with each Rachel Device. 
Next step Funding 
15k US from our Club
Thank you to Brian for donating to this grant
25k Us from the District 
Teams go to Belize in March/April
Each School cost $3,500 US
250 inmates are now being trained.

Agenda for Belize Trip 7-10 days - end of March early April
Do you want to come to BELIZE? Please let Al know of your interest in coming to help with 
this life changing project.

Want participants to help?
Must pay your own way (budget $2,500 US.)
Itinerary will be announced but a tour of the Belize Prison will be on that list as well as a few days in Ambergris Caye for some R & R.

Structure to train in schools 
Training Teachers to use the program 
Schools to agree to use the Education Program from Rachel 
They would like more people in the program 
This is an opportunity for more people to get involved in an International program.

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


October 24


Rotary is committed to raising US$50 million every year for polio eradication. 

Raising both funds and awareness and mobilizing volunteers are among Rotary’s primary roles as a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. With our members, we’ve contributed more than $2.6 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and Rotary volunteers have dedicated countless hours to protecting children everywhere. 

You can take action and raise awareness on World Polio Day, 24 October, and throughout the year. 

Help end polio by making a gift to the PolioPlus Fund at endpolio.org.

Good attendance last week ......
Zoomers were:  PP Paul, Mike, Alan K,  Linda and our guest speakers Dr. Alex Berland & Susie Wai
Happy Birthday Mike Clay - We wish you a year full of Health, Happiness and lots of new Adventures.

Community Grants Appoved
Share $3,000.
Port Moody Mens Shed $3,175

Backpack Program still to be discussed- refer to Board’s Next meeting.

Remembrance Day November 11th is coming. Volunteers needed for Poppy sales. Please attend.
One of our newest members Allison, stepped up and helped at RIPS.

RIPS was a success on Sunday at Noon’s Creek.

Ian introduced our Guest Speakers this morning 

Dr. Alex Burglard and Suzie Wai- RN
Education Partnership in Bangladesh
Looking for additional partners for their Education project in Bangladesh.
Currently built a school for Grade 1 to 5, they support 77 students.
They also work with students that graduate.

Bangladesh has 170 million people, and have a great need for education.
Rotary supports Health Programs for chronic illness screening, immunization, bursaries for medical education.

Can be reached at

A note from Bill for help please.  If you are a Rotarian or a friend of Rotary please help drive to deliver this food for the children and their families 
1) the number of boxes we will be delivering this year to the same 3 schools as last year is now 36 (shows 35 but 1 more was added on my newest list) where last year it was 18!!!!
2) this is a huge number (double) and shows the need in the community has grown due to generally higher food prices.
This is what needs to be delivered to Port Moody Schools: T/Y is this year. L/Y is last year
Seaview 10 T/Y and 7 or 8 L/Y
Moody Middle  18 T/Y and either 6 or 7 LY
Moody Elementary 8 T/Y AND 3 L/Y
36 this year to start and last year it was between 16 and 18 depending on the week.
Please help Bill out......Thanks
Thank. you to Gayle for the notes and Yvonne for the photos.
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and Yvonne for the photos.
Guests Christine Poznanski,
Dr. Brooke Lewis.
Zoomers:  Monica, Steve, John & Linda

It is always a great meeting when we induct a new Member Ramin Ahmed.

Welcome Ramin.  We are so happy you have joined our Rotary Club and we look forward to working with you.
Ramin is an IT Specialist and will be a great addition to our Club.

Book Club was Thursday at Ian and Trish’s home.  I think they picked a book and drank some wine.

Rotary RIPs was on October 15th at Noon’s creek.
What a great turnout for RIPS.....loads of photos in October RIPS photo album.
Thank you to Brian for the photos.
Gayle always does more than her share......Fun shot of her

Low Entropy magical night with the Beatles music Saturday November 18th.

Special Guest speaker Dr. Brooke Lewis from the Rotary Club of Coquitlam.

She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Doctorate in Psychology  at Boyd’s office for 26 years , and her partner is Chris Boyd.

Rotary Member for 5 years at the Rotary Club of Coquitlam. Small club of 28 people. And has lot’s of Retired Members. [about 12-14 people attend regularly]
The Coquitlam Club is very busy and here are a few service projects they do:
Monthly Street Cleaning 
Starfish Backpack Program 
Hydration station at Terry Fox Run
Turkey Hampers at Christmas 
Community Gardens @ UBC Facility
Diversity and Diabetes Lunch
Containers with Rotary World Help
We were happy to be able to present a Cheque to Brooke for the RIBFEST Pop Stand.

Purdies Chocolate 

Want to know the most DELICIOUS way to support our Rotary Club of Coquitlam? Order Purdys chocolates from our fundraiser!

This year, we’re hoping to raise over $750 towards our Christmas Hampers and we would appreciate YOUR help!

From now until November 28th, you can order Purdys treats from our fundraiser by joining our campaign and browsing the tastiest selection of chocolates online. Shop for gifts for family, friends, neighbours AND yourself in one convenient place. After all orders are submitted, we’ll sort, distribute, and let you know when you can collect your goodies.

Stock up on your favourite Purdys treats (did someone say Hedgehogs?) AND support a great cause at the same time—it’s the best of both worlds. 
All fundraising profit raised will directly support Rotary Club of Coquitlam’s Christmas Hamper Project, so you can order chocolates and give back to your local community at the same time.
And, the Christmas fundraising catalogue has been further expanded this year offering more choices than in the previous three years.

What you’ll need to order:

1.      Our campaign number: 57055

2.      Go to our fundraising website: https://fundraising.purdys.com/join.aspx/1562769-109014

3.     If you are a previous Purdys fundraiser participant then please sign in with your email

4.      Otherwise please register using the white menu bar at the top of the page

5.      Click on "Shop Online" from the top dark blue menu bar and shop away

Please share this fundraiser link with your friends and family, even if you can’t buy chocolates from us this year.  And if you could share this link on social media that would be wonderful!

Thank you EVERYONE for your support

Happy chocolating!


Find Perfect Pint coupon book
Wine Paring Dinner 
Shred A Thon
Pledge a Dance A Thon.
Nice to see President Susan back with her beautiful smile.....
President Susan & Jim had a wonderful trip to Paris and she had a very unique & thoughtful gift for Trish, Peter & Darrell for chairing the meetings while they were away.  Well done
Zoomers this week were:  Alan K, Paul Monica, Linda & George
Guest's this week:  Alison & Clayton
Always a great meeting when we can 'induct' a new member to our Rotary Club.  Alison Young was inducted as a member of our Rotary Club of Port Moody and she has already proven to be a great member.  
Welcome Alison.....
Thank you to Gayle for the notes for this meeting and to Yvonne for the photos.

Cleone showed us the award we received from Share.

Thirsty Thursday was at the Legion.

Community Grants meeting , next week at Gayle's - October 10th. Please let her know if you will attend. So far Paul, Cleone and Bill have volunteered.
October 14th, 2023 Protect our Children has been CANCELLED -  This is a very important topic.   This is happening right in our Communities.  Child Trafficking is REAL. Please go and see the movie Sound of Freedom, that will open your eyes to what is going on.   It is so sad this had to be cancelled.  
Rotary Rip's Sunday October 15th, 9AM ,please register and come and help. Noon’s Creek. 
Map to follow from Cleone. 
Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. - October 21st.  9:00 AM leaving from Gallaghers.

West Hill Benches, need help Please call Brian if you can attend.
Happiest of Birthday's to Alan Schmelzel .  We wish you Health, Happiness, Love and lots of  poker 'wins'.
All about RIBFEST

RIBFEST Review was the Presentation today by Peter 
Every Year we have more people. This year was over 44,500. In attendance.
Financial Report was given and is not finalized.
Revenue was over last year.
Greatest results we have had so far and we are planning already for next year. Thank you to Frank, Alan S & Peter M for being the chairs last year. 
Thanks to all the members for their hard work and participation.
Let’s make next year, 2024 RIBFEST even better. 

Peter did a great job chairing the meeting:
Zoomers were:  Frank, Monica, President Susan, & Alan K.
Heritage Mtn. Clean up changed to October 21st
Protect our Children - October 14 from 8:45 am to 3:30 PM
RIPS - October 15th, 9-11
Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species)
Sunday, Oct 15 from 9am-11am.
The meeting spot and the rest of the details are on the following City Link. They are taking registration this year.
Polar Plunge - Special Olympics & Law Enforcement - Rick is heading this up and date TBA
Innervisions Chili lunch - December 7th
Rotary Club of Port Moody Christmas Party - December 15th
So much to Celebrate:
Winning Team for the Frisbee for Polio - Cleone, Ramin and his son.  Well done
Winning Team for Douglas College & Sunrise Club Trivia - Mike, Rick & Jen, Marissa, from the Sunrise Club, Dave T [more on the team but I do not know their names.
Birthday's & Anniversaries - Wow, September is a busy month to Celebrate !!!
Club Anniversaries:
Peter M - 1 year
Meghan - 6 years
President Susan - 3 years
Rick - Yes we sang 'the' song.
Jackie - Bill's favourite girl
Dave & Cathy - 33 years
Trish & Ian - 32 years
Guest Speakers:  Noemi Victorino & Vanessa Wideski from Low Entrophy
Vanessa started her talk about her own life and how she was changed because of People & Love.
They have a Thrift store: 
552 Clarke Road #408 in Coquitlam.

Change Yourself,
Change the

Low Entropy is a non-profit that is making 
personal growth accessible to all

Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy

The C.A.R.E. Program is our community-centric program created to meet the basic necessities needed to propel individuals and families to be self-sufficient and become ambassadors of change. This program addresses the need for food and essential items for families and individuals in need.

At Low Entropy, we recognize that putting food and essentials in the homes of families is just grazing the surface. Our goal is to come alongside the families in our community to build meaningful, compassionate connections to facilitate real, sustainable solutions.
Thank you for presenting to us and looks like their fundraiser will be a blast !!!

Magical Night with The Beatles

Come Together for a fun night of giving, dining and dancing, featuring The Taxmen Beatles Vancouver Tribute Band.

Our mission is to bring back The C.A.R.E. Food Hamper Program to the Tri-Cities community

We aim to provide support to TriCity residents who are struggling to make ends meet:  seniors, families, single parents way of providing food hampers while providing support through our community connectors by addressing the underlying issues such as lack of employment, mental health services, and family trauma

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Doors open at 6pm

Buffet starts at 7pm

The Beatles play at 7:30pm

Dancing: All night long!


Wellness Room

Port Moody Recreation Complex

300 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC

Tickets available: $100.00 each or table of 8 for $700.00


Contact Cleone if you would like to go & she will reserve tables.....

A big Thank you to Cleone, Brian W, Mike, Bill, Andy & Darrell for going to Share to receive our Community Partnership award from them.
Thanks Brian for the photos.
Darrell did a great job chairing the meeting
New Sgt. at Arms with a pun or two, Neil.
Zoomers were:  Alistair, Monica and Trish
Guests this week:
Hardly guests anymore:  Alison and Ramin 
Jennifer McKinnon from the Sunrise Club
Dan Gallant back from PEI with our Rotary Moment
Brian W. updated us on RIPS - Save the date and please register with the City of Port Moody - October 15th
Westhill park will have 2 new benches but we need YOUR help.  If you would like to help dig holes for the concrete pads for these benches please contact Brian W.  
A couple of Westhill photos......thank you Brian.
Speaking of Brian, he will be doing Pie Day at the Manor while Danne is away.
Leslie Courchesne did her Classification this week and 'oh my goodness' she is one incredible woman. Leslie is the CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.   We are so grateful Leslie is in our Rotary Club.  Well done Leslie !!!!  All we could say was 'AMAZING WOMAN'
Cleone, Ramin and his son went to the Golf Frisbee and WON !!!
Well done for supporting Rotary, Polio and our Rotary Club of Port Moody....
Thank you to Gayle for taking these notes and to Yvonne for always taking great photos:
Zommers were: Peter, Glen, Monca, Paul, Susan and Linda 
Trish did a great job chairing the meeting this week.

Tom MacDonald

Ramin Ahmed
Allison Young
Special Guest Speaker from Share: Claire

Sang Birthday song for Brittany 

Next Bookclub meeting October 12th. No meeting this month.
Ian is going to city meeting about Parks and Transportation.

RIP’s is October 15th Cleone organizing.

Speaker today is Claire from Share:
Darrell introduced Claire MacLean from Share.  Years ago our very own Darrell was the CEO of Share and he is delighted to see how Share has gone forward with all their programs.

Complex mission for 6 years.
Share does the Food Bank, Rent Bank, affordable housing, legal Advocacy, Employment Programs, Mental Health Programs, youth and senior Programs, Disability Programs, English Language Programs, Early and Middle Childhood Programs.

Help with the food bank is 50 percent up this year, and also inflation costs.

Lot’s of Seniors needing help.
Tainted Drug supplies with the Youth.
Tri-Cities Children center opened on StJohn’s Street in March 2022, 
Concert Properties opened March 2023. Which is subsidized housing.
Self selection has been started at the food bank, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
Teams set up to help people in need.
15% of funding is from the local community.
People always need help for food and mental health programs.
Spread the word that Share is very much in need of extra help.
Foundry Hubs for people 12-24 years with Mental Health and other issues.
Share Recognizes an Award for our Rotary Club of Port Moody.
Will host an event on the next year.
Last but very important, we need another shelter in our Community due to a number of Housing Problems.

Sunday, October 15, 2023 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Join the Rotary Club of Port Moody, Noon's Creek Hatchery and the City of Port Moody to protect our parks and green spaces by removing invasive plants in the green belt at Thurston Terrace. We will work to tackle a large patch of English Ivy that is spreading through the forest. Meet at the trail entrance at Noons Creek Drive and Cunningham Lane. Physical work is required and is off-trail. Wear sturdy, closed-toe footwear and clothes that can get dirty. This event will take place rain or shine - dress for the weather. Gloves, eye protection and tools will be provided by the Environment and Parks Department. Please bring your own water bottle. There is street parking along Noons Creek Drive and is about a 1-5min walk to the meeting spot. Meet at the trail entrance at Noons Creek Drive and Cunningham Lane. Physical work is required and is off-trail. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots and clothes that can get dirty. This event will take place rain or shine - dress for the weather. Gloves, eye protection and tools will be provided by the Environment and Parks Department. Please bring your own water bottle.

Participants 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Register here:
Peter was hosting our meeting this week and a job well done
Great meeting about our Legacy project.  Thank you to Ian, Darrell and Mike P for presenting to us the update of this project and where we are with the City.
We had a great turn out today, but if you did not get a chance to give your ideas about what you would like to see in this building, please let the above know as well as Neil and Alan S.
Nice to see President Susan, Frank & PP Paul on line today
Victoria and Ramin were our guests for only 2 more weeks.
There was an informal RIBFEST meeting on Wednesday night and we hashed a whole lot of 'stuff' out.  Well done Ian for having this meeting and to Gary & Bill for using their meeting room.  Thank you to everyone who came and gave their very important suggestions
Everyone was grateful for all the work Frank, Peter & Alan did for 2023 RIBFEST.  They not only were the chairs but each of them took on another HUGE task as Frank with 50/50, Peter with Volunteers & Alan with Logistics.
There will be a SPONSORSHIP  committee meeting on September 29th, venue TBA.  We need to get on the ground running NOW to make 2024 the BEST RIBFEST ever.  
Please remember we are 'all' in this together.  Please give all your suggestions for Sponsorship, big or small. .  Please send them to Al S. for now.  Remember all ideas are considered.
Past AG Al sent this to all and looks like a great time.  Who would like to join in?  The more the merrier.....
I mentioned a upcoming rotary social in Maple Ridge coming up.
3 People have put their hand up, great.
Room for more
If you are interested please let me know
Rotary Frisby Golf - clubs planned to be involved. Yours , Mission Sunrise, Haney and ours.  Address - 10607 277 Street Maple Ridge , V2W 1M7Phone: (604) 462 7563Date:  September 24th.  Times:  3:30 to 4:00 arrival; 4:00 Start FG, 5:30 - 6:00 Start BBQ : 7:30 awardsFg-  18 holes placed almost in all of my 4 acre property.  Each hole consists of a hoola- hoop and a flag pole.  Each hole is par 3.  Score cards will be provided.  Hope to get  8 teams of 3 members per teach.  At each hole team members maintain the  same rotation order. Every Frisby is numbered and each team follows the order of throwing depending what number of Frisby they chose. Keeping score is simple- for each hole you indicate your team score even(par), above  or below par like in real golf.  The team with the lowest score wins the trophy - Rotary wheel.Participant participation.1. Each attendees contribute either an appi, salad or dessert.  Let me know asap as to which.2.  $ 10.00 as a donation for the End Polio Fund3.  We will provide - coffee, tea , and water.  Participants provide their own special refreshments.  The main course will be provided by the M. R. Club. We hope you can field a team of 3 for FG - other members are welcome. 7 to 10 days before the event I will send out an update. E-mail
Also AG Glen sent this out:  This also sounds like fun and we know that lots of you know a lot of Trivia
Q: What's a great way to have fun on September 21?
Do you like trivia.  Would you like to be team captain?  Registration is easy, as an individual, or as a member of a team.
Proceeds go to the Community Outreach Project, a Douglas College Psychiatric nursing student-led project providing outreach services, supplies and compassionate support for those affected by the opioid and mental health crises.
On the Registration website, you can register as an individual or when your team captain registers, they can register the number of members on their team. Teams can be coordinated by emailing
Also join in on the Quiz Night Silent Auction. Proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise in support of their local programs such as Starfish Backpack Program, SHARE, Access Youth and many more, as well as the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing program
Mark your calendars for: RIPS - October 15
Gayle, Alison & Bill will help Cleone.
AG Glen's Birthday
The Season end for SUMMER SUNDAYS, and what a season it was.  Thank you to Rotary for your Sponsorship.....we know our Community loves these live music events and we look forward to season 2024.
Even the only Sunday it rained the crowd stayed to dance.

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.
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!” 
There is a story here !!!!  And a great one at that !!!!
Thank you to Gayle for organizing Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Thank you to Cleone for hosting and I loved hosting as well  We had 24 people attend....12 at each home.  We forgot to take photos......I know I always bug everyone to take photos and I forgot.  Sorry group.....
Cleone hosted: Al S, Ramin,  John & Cheryl, Brian & Claire, Andy & Yvonne, PP Paul, George & Yolanda
Linda & George hosted:  Bob & Gayle, Richard [friend of B & G & ours], Alison, Glen & Marcia, Trish & Ian, & Bill & Jackie.  
Always a great time.  We get to know each other so much better.  Love it !!!!  Next one in January.  
Christmas is coming and George & I would like to Host our Rotary Club Christmas party on
Friday, December 15th.
Please save the date !!!!
Thank you to Peter M for the photo of the small but mighty clean-up team.  Thanks guys.....you did great and in under 1 hour.
Over the last couple of years we have had an account at Return-it-depot.
Empties are dropped off under our account number (123-1234567)
We have done well, over $2,200 collected so far.
KUDO's to our main recycle person - Bill for collecting at Westwood plateau.
Please consider our club next time you have empties to return.
Just drop off containers in a clear recycle bag. Enter our account number into the bulk return terminal. Print out the label and attach to the bag.
It is Very Important that you attend the meeting on September 6th at the Well.
This meeting is about our Legacy project and it is your opportunity to speak about what you would definitely want in this building and what we might use it for.  Thank you to Ian, Darrell, Mike P & Neil for all your work on this.
This will be the agenda
Legacy committee is:
Ian, Alan, Darrell, Mike P, Neil..
We will present a review of how we got to this project..what we asked for initially in our request to partner with city - Mike P
Current concept ideas and where are at present  - Darrell
What we would like to see Rotary use this building for and what we should ask for from the city…Ian, Darrell & Mike
Potential financing options…
Q & A…
Also Wednesday September 6th, is an informal meeting at 6:30 PM about RIBFEST.  What went right, what you would like to see different, where you see yourself as a volunteer or chair, all the good things to talk about.  Details to follow in a separate email.  Come, be positive and let us make 2024 RIBFEST the Best ever.
Rotary Club of Port Moody hats are here.  Peter will bring some to the next meeting.  Please bring your $20.00 if you would like to purchase one.  4 sold already !!!!!  You can use your credit card too. !!!
Riverview Hospital - Hillside 
Thank you to Darrell for setting up such a great 'off site' meeting at Riverview Hospital - Hillside.
It was a wonderful meeting and so good to see Beata again.
The job that these dedicated staff have is endless and without the help of our Government and those who realize the problem, it will never be solved.
Hillside -

They deliver a 40-bed in-patient service at Riverview Hospital’s old Hillside and Brookside buildings with a rehabilitation and recovery program for people with both mental illness and substance use issues: medication, group therapy, one-on-one psychiatric care, and cognitive rehabilitation are all provided to patients who live in their own room for up to a year of treatment. 


Ongoing addiction and mental health treatment and support

Recovery from mental illness and substance use is an ongoing journey. Often, our specialized programs are only one part of that experience. The Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and the Heartwood Centre for Women are for people with severe and complex mental health and substance use challenges. For some people who have completed their treatment in those programs, it’s helpful to “step down” into a less-intensive care program that offers ongoing support. This is helpful for patients or clients as they prepare to transition back into community-based care with their local health authority.

What to expect from the Rehabilitation & Recovery Program

You can expect a program tailored to your individual rehabilitation and recovery needs. Options include the following:

  • Ongoing mental health and substance use assessment and support
  • Crisis intervention (if you need it)
  • Coordinated psychiatric and medical treatment
  • Life and social skills building
  • Drug and alcohol recovery and counselling programs
  • Job skills training and education
  • Peer support
  • Advocacy
  • Coordination with other resources you may need, such as housing, social services and other programs

How long is the Rehabilitation & Recovery Program?

The time you spend in the Rehabilitation & Recovery Program will depend on your individual needs and progress. Most people finish the program within six to 12 months and transition to community services closer to home. 

above copied from their website

This week is Addiction Recovery week and this is an art piece that the clients did.  There was a painting of a person in 'behind' the paint, with words that these people have been called....then they took water balloons filled with paint and threw them against the canvas to cover up all those horrible words and then they wrote their own caring, loving words on top.  The hearts in the middle of the larger heart are the thumb prints of the clients.

What an impact !!!!!!  Very Moving.


We had such a great turnout for this meeting, 24 members,  that maybe we should consider supporting Hillside in some way?  Community Service ?

Something we might be interested in is RECOVERY Day

It is right here in New Westminster and is a wonderful way to spend a day.


50,000 People attended last year, and we expecting record crowds this year for Recovery Day BC in New Westminster BC. 

Join us this year on September 9th, 2023 for an even larger floor plan with 4 stages, a full zone of food trucks all down 6th avenue, and a mega kids zone.

Join us for North America’s Largest  Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Recovery Event!

Everyone Welcome!


Rick Fisher has an endless supply of 'interesting' things and he is very 'generous' to give them away.

He 'gifted' Ian an 'ULTRAMAN' lamp which Ian obviously loved.


Thanks for the laughs Rick and Ian keep your Ultraman on your bedside table !!!



Off site meeting this week. 
Check your email from Darrell for the directions.
Alan S posted.......
Centennial Pool in Abbotsford for the 55 Plus Provincial Games.
Today was a good day [Thursday] . Two golds and one silver in my age group 65 to 69. I must point out that it is not necessary to discuss the number of participants in my age group. I do understand that some people are spreading rumours that the number of participants might have been less than three.
Alan also talked about the September 6th, Legacy meeting.
Legacy meeting will be at our regular Club meeting on September 6th.  It is VERY important that all members attend if you can.  Please mark your calendars.  
Send your thoughts in to Ian and team about what you think our Rotary Club would want from this Club House and for this Club House.
Rick went to Calgary and met Calgary Rotarians and saw this project.  Thank you for sharing Rick.
Rick wrote:
With the Stampede Rotary club President Bryan Walton, very welcoming club, they were the main group behind the RI World Congress in 2025 application.

Bow Valley Fish Creek area, happy to see Rotary contribution.
Guest speakers this week Kristen Hyodo and Robert Simons about the Sasamat Outdoor Centre.
Thank you Kristen for your presentation on the goings on at Sasamat Camp.  So many activities.....School camps for outdoor education, private campers, overnight campers, weeklong campers, Day campers and community rental events.  AND all of this in our very own City of Port Moody.
Ramin & Alison
It was Ramin's birthday so he got 'The Song"
Youth Exchange
George Broderick asked our Rotary Club if we are 'invested' in having a Youth Exchange Student this year !!!
Most everyone put their hands up so he will now go forward to the schools and ask for applicants.
If your hand was up you may be asked to 'host' a student in your home for just 3 months.  The student will live with you as your 'own'. Other Rotarians will offer to take the student for a day, or night to different activities to help out.  It will be not only the BEST experience for the student, but also for 'your' family.
Please contact George for further information.
Pie Day at the Manor.....Thank you to Danne for always doing Pie Day at Eagle Ridge Manor.  For the next couple of weeks, Brian W will do for him.  
Golden Ears Rotary Club is putting on an Oktoberfest on September 9th, from 4-11pm.  Last year they SOLD OUT.
Clayton will be attending and has many costumes he can lend you to go.  Oktoberfest's are always a great time.  Also he has friends who will have a limo that you can share if you want to avoid driving.
Let's see who would like to attend.
Thanks Clayton. 
Good to see Brian W, PP Paul and Alistair on zoom this week.
Coquitlam Sunrise PUB night at the John B on August 29th.
John & Cheryl ???
Bill & Jackie - 55 years.
Wishing you 4 all the very BEST and many many more Healthy & Happy years together.
Happy Birthday Ian
Happy Anniversary Dan & Marion.  53 years - Wishing them many many more Happy & Healthy years together.
Let Cleone know if you will be attending Vida's 80th Birthday celebration on August 31st.
Good to see PP Paul back with Daisy of course
Guests this week were Ramin Ahmed and Alison Young 
Thank you to our new Chef Spencer for the great Breakfasts.
Thanks to Alan, Glen, Peter M, Dan G and Frank for cooking up a storm at Innervisions Summer BBQ.
Every year a group of men in recovery at InnerVisions give us a big hand at RibFest.  With gratitude our club BBQs lunch for the men - burgers and dogs and all the fixin's.
Well most of the fixin's.  Alan and Glen went shopping and their was a little bit of conflict as to whether onions were actually a necessary fixin'.   They peeled back the layers of that argument until finally cooler heads prevailed, and a coupe of Walla Wallas ended up in the cart. 
We had 2 dozen guys for lunch.  They went through 3 dozen dogs, 30 burgers, chips and ice cream.  Perfect weather and a great group.  Alan, Glen, Peter, Dan and Frank on the grill.
Thank you to Glen for the write-up
Sign up for 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' - September 8th.  Please let Gayle know
Legacy meeting will be at our regular Club meeting on September 6th.  It is VERY important that all members attend if you can.  Please mark your calendars.  
Send your thoughts in to Ian and team about what you think our Rotary Club would want from this Club House and for this Club House.
Drivers needed for the Starfish program.....8:45AM on Thursday's
Town Hall meeting at Mossom Creek was very well done.  Thank you to President Susan and Mike C for all the work they did for this meeting.  19 members attended.  oops, no photos taken !!!!
Our favourite Guest Speakers are always our 'own' with Classification talks, and Monica Delgado de la Flor de Pierola did not disappoint us.
Monica gave her Classification talk today and although she said she was nervous you would never have known.  Monica had us all listening to her life story and laughing at all the wonderful & crazy things she has done.  She is most proud of her son and daughter and her Grandboys.  What an amazing woman we have in our Rotary Club.  Monica's Motto in life is: Life is an Echo.  Think about that....so very true.  Live each day to the very best of your ability.  We have so much to learn from her.
and you are correct Monica, you should not be a 
but you did take all of us on the ride of your life to date.  Thank you so very much.  Well done. 
Thank you to Yvonne for the photos
Thank you to Peter M, Peter C, Bill, Cleone and Ian for helping to clean up the Storage lockup.  Man do we have 'stuff'.  Thanks to Alan for telling us what the coolers were for.....

Peter M you did a great job finding places for everything. Peter C  thank you for taking our trash to the dump. Bill you are always a gem cleaning everything up , drying out the tarps [ oh my gosh the smell was terrible] (and to Jackie for washing everything. ). Thanks to Ian for making decisions on the banners and wristbands. 
We all just say to Ianno more white boards’. Lol. 
The start of hauling it all out of the lock up.  Signs, we have so many signs.......OH MY GOODNESS.....
Peter's car jammed to the roof of trash
End result of happy faces.....
Thank you to Mike C and Clayton for storage boxes.  We did not use some of them and if anyone in the Club needs storage boxes, please let us know.  
Guests were:

Allison Young

Ramin Ahmed

Khayanga Wasike
Krista Burnham

Guest Speaker
Chad Siemens -  City of Port Moody -

Field-house Project 

Victoria Nalugwa was inducted into our Rotary Club this morning. Welcome Victoria!
Victoria is from Uganda and is in NonProfit Service- Helping Charities.

Rotary:  Townhall Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday August 17th  at Mossom Creek Hatchery 
To discuss 2023- 24 year
Very Important to attend.
August 31st - 80th Birthday celebration for Vida 

BBQ for Innervisions 
Wednesday , August 16th at 11AM
Alan Schmelzel has $250 to buy groceries at Thrifty’s .  Thank you to Dave Stone for his donation
Others who are attending are Glen, Dan Gallant, Peter Muir, Frank and a couple others , don’t forget to bring your Rotary Apron’s.
Take lot’s of photos.
Thanks Guys.

Khayanga spoke about our special project in Kenya. Thanks to you.

Hi-Vis Vests have arrived and Peter did a great job modelling.
Rotary Club of Port Moody Hats are coming soon - $20.00 each

Ian organized the meeting to present the clubs proposed legacy project, at the Inlet Park Fieldhouse.
Chad Siemens - Chief Project Manager for 5 years with the City of Port Moody .
The project is still in early planning stages and other groups like Port Moody Soccer are involved.
Completion will be in 2024.
There will be 3 soccer field’s when finished. 
We have not made any final decisions.
A great crew for Clean up of Heritage Mtn. Blvd with New High-Vis Vests

Thank you to Gayle for the notes and to Yvonne & President Susan for the photos. 
Such a great meeting !!!!
We had many guests this week and our Guest Speaker was outstanding !!!!
Victoria will soon be a member of our Rotary Club.
Celeste Mergens (Founder and Former CEO Days for Girls)
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        By backing this 
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Allison Young who volunteered at RIBFEST and now checking us out for membership
Navid - always feels like he 'is' a member of our Rotary Club 
George - The mayor of MUSIC in Port Moody
Dave Jonsson our guest speaker and his guests, Aaron Chan, Vaughan  
Dave is a professional skateboarder with an incredible story of surviving a plane crash in the mountains of Squamish, BC! He is known for his contagious passion for life and his unique speaking skills and we were very fortunate to have him speak at our Rotary Club.
Glen wrote:
Dave Jonsson with a new way to arrive as a speaker to our weekly Rotary meetings.
Dave is promoting 'Skate Under Cover'. Admittedly he took a group of folks (us) who (collectively) have spent very little time skate boarding and created excitement around his idea to Skate Under Cover. Most importantly skateboarding can create community - and now that it is an Olympic sport - there are real opportunities to provide facilities for elite level training and experience. And yes, it does rain it Port Moody. Imagine the impact of a covered skate park.
Innervisons BBQ coming up on August 16th, 2023.  Please let me know if you are going to help out.  25 hungry men will await you !!!!
It is amazing what you find in old RIBFEST binders.......
Gayle is organizing Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.....Friday - September 8th, 2023.  
Please let her know if you want to be a 'guest or a host'.
Our 50/50 winner came to the meeting to pick up his check.  Congratulations 
This is how Gayle goes to the bank with her money..........
Donations from RIBFEST !!!!

Thank you to Gayle for taking notes and to Yvonne for the Photos
First we inducted 2 new members to our Club.

Ryan Goodhew and Brittany Ford.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Port Moody !!

They have lot’s of experience with Rotary and live  in Port Moody. Welcome we are so happy to have you in our Club!
The rest of the meeting was a reflection of the most successful RIBFEST our club has put on.
We had such a great turnout and the biggest and Best ever.
Thanks to all our members and friends for helping us reach goals and more.
The 50/50 will be presented to the winner at next weeks meeting. Stay tuned Frank is going to make sure we do this in person.
Alan Schmelzel was looking after all the setup and take down and did a wonderful job. There was some real challenges but in the end was all looked after and once again he made it all happen.  Thank you to Innervisions for all their help, with set-up and tear down.
Peter Muir had a massive job looking after the organization of all the volunteers. It was well run and no one will ever know just how much work it is to do this Job. Thanks you made it happen, and no one will ever know all you did.
Cleone did a wonderful job with the Kids zone. This has always been a high light of our RIBFEST and this year it went so smoothly. Congratulations! & her sister Lynette who comes every year to help Cleone.

Mike Clay gave us a complete update of the Best Ribber this year. Great contest . Prairie Smoke and Spice won best ribs and sauce, and Bos Hogs was the peoples Choice.

Ian McPhail said we had record sales of beer and ran out of some by 7pm on Sunday. There was only a few  left at the end of the day on Sunday. It was unbelievable how we broke all records of our sales. Even the pop, wine and all beverages. We wanted to note that all the corn at the corn hut was sold. The  VIP area was a big success and really well run , thanks Megan/Linda/Monica and all the volunteers. Money handled by Trish and her team.
Shawn & Monty were OUTSTANDING putting together a perfect IT group and flawless internet for us all.  So very well done.....
Bill and the Green team did an outstanding job again.....  How many steps?

Mike did an outstanding job getting sponsorships again this year.  WOW .  Thank you Mike
We had great music this year as usual, at one point and time there were a couple hundred people dancing in the park . Thanks to George Balzer and his team.

Parking lot was a big success thanks to Clayton

Biggest attendance with lots of people coming from the sky train. The revenues from Donations were the biggest we have ever had. Thank you to Gayle and her team.
The ice cream hut and vegetarian options were very successful. 
Congratulations to all the members of Rotary for all their hard work and the most successful RIBFEST that we have ever put together. 
In the months ahead the committee will meet to discuss the success’s and changes that need to be looked at.
Congratulations to all the committees and another successful RIBFEST.
A huge big thank you to Al S and his posse that came from far and wide to help again this year.  Oh my gosh those guys worked so hard in the bars and of course Rhonda who is Bill's right hand gal on the Green team.
They were:
Reg and Rhonda - Maple ridge
Peter - Nanaimo 
Darrell and Carol -  Kamloops 
Rob  - Prince George
Also we had our good friends Marc & Renee' come from Oro Valley, AZ to volunteer  at our RIBFEST.  
We had a family affair helping as well, with our daughter Kari & Darren volunteering too.
And I can not let our biggest surprise ever when our daughter Jill and son-in-law Vince flew in from Atlanta to surprise us and volunteer.  I don't think I have ever run so fast to get to the stage to give her a hug crying all the way.  So special.  

Rotary Picnic in the Park.......
Eagle Eyes were fantastic on Sunday and the picnic was great.  Thank you to all who came, brought food and enjoyed each other.  Also thank you to those who helped GB clean up the tents after.....That is a BIG help.!!!!
Thanks to Brian for the photos and to Rick for the suggestion to shout out to PP Paul.
Rotary Store will be open this Wednesday, so if you would like a new shirt, pin or decal for your car, Peter C is the man.  You can pay at the front desk for those items.
It's all about RIBFEST.  Great weekend everyone !!!!
We could not have had better weather or bigger smiles !!!  
Thank you to all the team leaders for all your hard work.  
Frank, Peter & Alan you were all amazing !!!!
Bill how many steps did you get in ?
How much weight was lost over the weekend total of everyone ?
How many hours were worked?
All the team leaders - WOW
Mike Clay - Sponsorships - so well done, Rib Judging & Band Sponsors
Peter Muir - Volunteers.  We could not put this event on without our amazing volunteers.  
Cleone - Family Zone - Bigger and better every year
Alan - Logistics - one of the hardest jobs to make sure everyone has what they need and when they need it.
Ian - Bar - huge job and well done
Bill - Our Green machine !!!!
Trish - Our money girl
Gayle - Donations
Mike P - Make sure you send your expenses to Mike for RIBFEST....as soon as you can.  Also our entry gate manager
Meghan - VIP - Oh Meghan you saved the day and you did it so well.  Thank you to Monica for stepping up and co-chairing VIP
Clayton & Brian - Parking
Corn hut- Passport Club and Rotaractors
Frank & Malcolm - 50/50
Shawn Bishop & his team - IT - without a glitch - just amazing !!
George Balzer - The best music at any RIBFEST ......Well done.
And of course our Ribber's 
I hope I did not forget anyone......
AND all our Club members who worked endless hours to make this event the place to be on the weekend.
We should all be so proud of the Community we have brought together.  
Well done !!!
Thank you to Glen for the photos.
Please forward me your photos and I will add to 2023 RIBFEST photo album.
Picnic in the Park - Next Sunday
Eagle Eyes are in concert at Rocky Point Park from 2-4 this Sunday.  After the concert we will leave the Rotary tent up and have a picnic.
Please bring something to share and your beverage of choice.  Looks like the weather will be great.
It will be fun to get together to just 'chill'.
What a meeting !!!  The pub was filled with positive happy vibes.  
To start the meeting with President Susan inducting 2 new members is just amazing !!!  We welcome 2 very dynamic women to our Rotary Club of Port Moody.   
Leslie  Courchesne & Monica Delgado.  
Lots of guests this week also;
Ramin Ahmed
George's wife, Yolanda Broderick and her brother 
John Percy
Nathalia Ofero - former outbound exchange student who went to Brazil & Monica 
Krista Burnham
Victoria Nalugula
Guest speaker Brett Hyska and his parents Cathy & Terry Hyska.
Brett Hyska was our outbound Rotary Exchange Student in 2010-11 and we could not have picked a better person.  Brett spoke to us this morning about his journey from being an exchange student going to Japan to then  to University in Japan and working there and many other places in the world and now back in Canada to go back to University to study French language.  Brett has accomplished so much in his life bridging the gap between countries.
Throughout his talk Brett kept referring to how he could not have done any of this without that Rotary Exchange experience.  These are what he says he learned from that experience:  He gained Life long friendships, Language skills, Adaptability & Resilience and Leadership skills.
You make us very proud of you Brett and we wish you well in the years to come.

Rick, Glen & Al at DG David Lukov’s Installation


This is RIBFEST week.  The weather is going to be spectacular !!!!
Thank you to Frank, Peter & Alan for leading our RIBFEST this year.  
Work hard but have fun.....!!!!!
Our meeting this Wednesday will be very interesting.  Many years ago we sent a young man through our Rotary Youth Exchange program to Japan and he will be speaking to us about his journey.  We are so proud of the young man he has become.  It will be great to see you again Brett Hyska.
Membership - Mike Clay....
Mike did a survey of our Membership and of people outside of Rotary and went over the results. As usual Mike style, he was very funny and to the point. Mike will be sending out the results of the survey to us in a couple of weeks.  He has spent hours going over this to make our Rotary Club even better than it is now.
One of the main points were 'we need more members'.  And YES we do, but think about when was the last time YOU invited someone to come to our Rotary Club.  Like Mike said, if everyone asked someone they thought would be a good Rotarian and have our same values, we would double the membership immediately. 
Thank you for all your work Mike.  
Lots of guests this week & potential new members.
Monica, Brittany and Ryan
Ramin Ahmed
Cindy's birthday
Brian and Kelly's anniversary
This year our Rotary Club of Port Moody sent 32 kids to camp.  They left Cate's park by boat on Friday noon and will return with so many good memories after 1 week at camp.  Thank you to our New Generations chair, George Broderick for organizing this.
It looks like we had most of Port Moody show up to help clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Thank you to everyone who came.  So good to see May & Lee and Terry.   I can't remember the names of the 2 young men and their Mom, but thank you to them as well.  So nice to see young people helping make our community a better place to live.  Great job everyone.
Volunteers are needed.  Please ask everyone you know if they could please give up 3 hours of their weekend to help us out.  They will have a great time and meet new friends.
Positive thoughts & Prayers
Past President Paul went in to VGH for emergency Spinal Stenosis operation. [There is more to it than that, but I don't know all the terms as to what was done.]  This was a major 3 hour surgery and as we all know Paul, he is in good spirits and feeling Blessed that we have a great hospital in VGH and as he said 'excellent care'.  
Please keep Paul in your positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.  He is out of hospital now and
re-covering at his sister's home.
ERH Nashville Night
Great night, sold out
Great team showed up
Monica, Ian, Trish, Peter M, Jennifer McKinnon, Mike C, Neil and Al S.

Busy, completely sold out all the liquor.  

Very fun night of service. 

Thanks to all who helped out. 

More photos in July photo album - Thanks to Al for the photos
Summer Sunday's and 50/50
A record crowd for a first show and thank you to Gayle, Ian, & Glen for selling 50/50 tickets.  You guys 'rocked it'.  Next week bring a tent and have it designated for 50/50 and I'm sure we will sell more.   Well done.
Great exposure for our Rotary Club of Port Moody
Ian speaking about RIBFEST, 50/50 and volunteers.
Our Rotary tent is well used at Summer Sundays concerts.  Great exposure. !!!!  Good SHADE !!!
A huge thank you to President Paul for his year as President of our Rotary Club.
Guests this week were:  Victoria ,Ryan, and Monica.  
President Paul presented the Paul Harris Fellows to:  Jim Bell, Andy Berrisford and Peter Muir.  Absent was Alistair Henry.
Rotary has sent over 17 million dollars of aid to the people of the Ukraine
At the end of a Rotary year we sometimes loose very valuable members.  This year is no exception.  Terry Miller will not be renewing his membership with Rotary, but he 'is' a Rotarian at heart and will be coming out to volunteer for any of the events that he can.  You will be missed Terry, and thank you so much for all you have done for our Rotary Club.
We are also sad to see May leave.  May has gone back to school but again she and her husband will be coming out to events to help.  Thank you to May and Lee.
Aziz has decided not to renew his membership BUT like May will be helping us with many of our projects.  Aziz was instrumental in getting the 'virtual experience' for Kids Zone and will be helping again this year.  He also always comes to RIPS and Shred-a-Thon to help out.    Thank you Aziz for all you have done for Rotary over the years.  We 'will' keep in touch.
The theme for this coming Rotary year is:  Create Hope in the World
Trish drew the logo for all the Club members to sign and presented it to President Elect Susan at the meeting.  
Great idea and well done everyone....
Next up !!!!!????
Please send this along to your friends, family, neighbours and anyone else you can think of.  Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a 'huge' 50/50
Our Colossal 5050 Draw is a big part of RibFest.  This year our goal is a $225,000 jackpot with half going to the lucky winner.

The four Rotary Clubs of the tri-cities join in this lottery with the collective goal of making a big impact in Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam.

5050 proceeds go to Rotary projects and fantastic local organizations doing great things.  Just imagine:

  • Feeding school kids through a Rotary Starfish program

  • Improving accessibility at an environmental centre

  • Sending kids to camp

  • Improving parks and trails

  • Supporting seniors

  • Helping people with addictions


We can do these things and more!

Join us in supporting community projects by purchasing a 5050 ticket today! Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of those in our community. 

Rotary is a global network of community leaders dedicated to making a positive impact. To help Rotary make your community stronger, consider joining a local Rotary club, volunteering for their events and initiatives, or buying a 5050 ticket. Together, we can create a better world.

Buying your 5050 ticket online is easy! Just click on this link:



Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd this coming Saturday, July 8th.  Come on out to help it is always a fun time.  Meet at Gallaghers at 9:00 sharp and in less than an hour it is all done and you can stay and have coffee together.   Thank you Alan for continuing to organize this.

PDG Sean Hogan wrote:

It has been a year since Carol passed. In her honour, our son John will be riding with the Cops For Cancer this September - 800 km from Boston Bar to Delta. He is a casual biker only - so this is a very long bicycle ride for him. If you would like to support John, you can donate by using the QR code below or going to https://support.cancer.ca/.../CopsforCancer/COPS_NW_even_...



We did not have a guest speaker but had a great time visiting with fellow Rotarians.
Our Guests this week were:
Monica Delgado - soon to be member.
Victoria Nalugwa - guest of Cleone's
Ryan Edgington - past member and great supporter of RIBFEST
Glen was promoting Rotary Day at the Bandits game and looks like they have a new forward on their team.  July 9th.  Please let him know if you would like to attend.  Proceeds are going to the Starfish back-pack program.
Dan G informed us that Rotary World Help will now have sent 14 containers to the Ukraine 
Neil gave us a great presentation on the Rotary International Conference in Melbourne.  The next one is in Singapore and then in Calgary.  Anyone who has been to an International Conference, recommends you going.  They show you how far reaching Rotary is in the world.
Installation night was a huge success.  Thank you to Trish and May for organizing. Saint Street Grill is a wonderful place to have our Installation night.
Thank you PP Paul for our past Rotary year and Congratulations to President Susan .  We all look forward to working along side of you.
Photo album at the bottom of the spike - 2023-24 Installation night.  Thank you to Dave & Brian for the phtotos.
Thursday, June 22 is the BIG day.  Yes it is our Installation night for the Rotary Club of Port Moody.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up.  Looks like we will have a big group.
Installation night is the night that we thank President Paul for this past Rotary year and we Welcome our President Elect Susan as our new President for 2023-24.
See you at 5:00 pm at Saint Street Grill.
There was a good turnout at City Council and Frank did a great job thanking the City for all their help.  Well done Frank and team....
Brian & Danne were busy at Eagle Ridge Manor with the 2023 Car Show for the Seniors.  Thank you so much for making the residents happy.
Our speakers were from Yaakaar Women Helping Women .  Their mission statement is: to empower African women through education and microeconomic projects.  
Very well done, ladies.  Thank you.
Guests this week were:  
Sandy DeSchaetzen - Yaakaar
George Balzer - Summer Sunday's
Monica Delgado - prospective member
Ryan Goodhew - prospective member
A new Sheriff in town........Yvonne presented Darrell with a new sheriff's badge......
Thank you to May for sending us this photo of our RIBFEST 2023.
It was great to see PP Coreen and Past Treasurer Michael on the weekend.  They have a beautiful new home.  Congratulations !!!!!
A few of us got together with PP Mayor Meghan and her husband Paul and grandson George for lunch at the Well.  It was so good to see how well Paul is doing.  Keep up the good work Paul.  
Bill for some reason you did not make the photo, but we were happy you were there with your RIBFEST shirt on.
Thank you to Rotarian Peter Lattey from Redondo Beach
Peter showed his presentation from his Trip to Kenya for water projects.  
Dan told us container #13 went to the Ukraine.
Brian & Danne organized a car show at Astoria for the seniors.  Well attended and everyone had a great time.
Well done guys.
For all you 'car buffs' see June random photos for all the cars that were at the show.  Very cool.
Frank talked about a new Pax unit that runs on cellular rather than wifi.  Looks like a great option for events like Shred-a-Thon, Car Free day, etc.
AG Glen went to the Port Coquitlam Centennial Installation night.  Looks like a fun time.
All the President elects together.  
Looks like wine was included....
Clean up of Heritage Mtn. was once again Saturday June 10th.
11 Men showed up to 'clean-up' Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Way to go guys.....
Clean up of the Lock up.....
Before: It doesn't look bad but there was so much stuff we will never use so out it went.
Thank you to Sean, Gale, Alistair, Bill, Rick and Peter M
Oh my gosh what a great team !!!!
Also thank you to Cleone, Trish, Dan G. and Alan S for answering our questions.  
All the IT stuff was taken care of by Sean & Gale.  They are amazing and I forgot to take a photo of them.  Thank you both for all you are doing for RIBFEST.
Alistair & Bill took out all the signs and Alistair cataloged them.
Bill told us what he would use for any event.  Dan G is taking lots of 'stuff'.
Peter M is the organizer extraordinaire !!!!  Thank you for all you did and YES we will do again early September when 'cooler' outside.
Please, when there is an event, do not leave food or beverages of any kind in the locker.  
And Rick, thank you so much for bringing your 'large' vehicle.  Rick took all the trash for us and he had a 'very' full SUV.  
You guys were rock stars, and now we know what to buy for RIBFEST and what we have lots of.  There are still items we are not sure if we should keep so I will be asking Ian & Paul what is needed for the bar and reserved seating.
We are all very tired.  Started at 12:30 and ended at 4:00 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We have 2 blue coolers that may be left from SFPP ??
Great day....just so rewarding cleaning it all up.  The signs are all in order and Alistair knows what we have to order and will ask what we can toss.
Who is interested in going to a Bandit's Basketball game, Sunday July 9th?  It is a ROTARY night and was so much fun last time.  Please let me know and I will forward to Cameron.
Prayers, positive thoughts, gratitude and love needed.
We are so grateful that Brian D came though his surgery with flying colors.  He is such a positive man and we are so lucky to have him in our Rotary Club.
Terry's surgery was a success and we hope he heals quickly.
Paul - Past President Meghan's husband has had his heart surgery, but he is not out of the woods yet.  The surgery went well but there have been a few complications and we will keep Paul in our thoughts and prayers.  This was a major surgery but we know that Paul is strong and has the love and support from his family and friends.
Gary you are always in our thoughts and prayers.  You are a trouper that is for sure !!!!
Thank you to Gayle for the notes and to Yvonne for the photos.
Monica Delgado guest for the 4th time.
So nice to see Michael P in person this morning.


Card sent around for Brian, Get well soon.

Thirsty Thursday was at the Legion.

Next week the Book Club will meet at the Park.

Shred -a-Thon & BBQ get together.
And who do you think this is?
Our Rotary Club has always have a great turnout for Shred-a-Thon.   Alan K. was jumping for joy....

Cleone met the kids at Westhill Park. They were given the garden gloves we donated.

Vida is going to have Day’s for girls at another site so had some shelves to give away.

Reviewed the Presentation at Mossom Creek Hatchery and dedication of the self opening Door for the handicap. Rick Hansen recognized our donation of $10,000.
Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Mossom Creek Hatchery Accessibility Upgrade Project, I want to express our sincere thanks for your attendance at yesterday’s event. Your support in this project made the upgrades to the hatchery and education centre possible!

It was a momentous occasion to mark the achievement of Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (Gold) and share our continued commitment to making accessibility improvements that will help all people feel welcome and able to participate in the important work taking place at Mossom Creek Hatchery. As I said Tuesday, we have more work to do to ensure that accessibility and inclusiveness to the surrounding area is addressed so that everyone visiting can enjoy the nature that abounds here and participate in salmon enhancement activities and educational opportunities.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Tracy Green who was key to making this event a big success and the BIMES board members who helped, including our President, Kevin Ryan, Ruth Foster, Rod MacVicar, Jen Madoc-Jones and Neil Laffra, and our Mossom Creek volunteers Paul Steeves, Brian and June Larson. They all work tirelessly to make the hatchery and education centre a special place to visit in Port Moody.
We wanted to share photos from the event taken by photographer Paul Steeves: View the photos here
The TriCity News wrote a story about the event: Here's why Rick Hansen visited Port Moody's Mossom Creek fish hatchery
Global News covered the event during their 6 PM news hour last night - we hope you had a chance to view it! We will be sure to share the clip and any other news as we see it posted online.
With gratitude for your involvement.
Pat Dennett

Peter M Reviewed t-shirts for RIBFEST.

RIBFEST 50/50 tickets are on sale online.
Help Rotary Create Hope in the World
Our Colossal 5050 Draw is a big part of RIBFEST.  This year our goal is a $225,000 jackpot with half going to the lucky winner.
The four Rotary Clubs of the tri-cities join in this lottery with the collective goal of making a big impact in Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam.
5050 proceeds go to Rotary projects and fantastic local organizations doing great things.  Just imagine:
  • Feeding school kids through a Rotary Starfish program
  • Improving accessibility at an environmental centre
  • Sending kids to camp
  • Improving parks and trails
  • Supporting seniors
  • Helping people with addictions
We can do these things and more!
Join us in supporting community projects by purchasing a 5050 ticket today! Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of those in our community. 
Rotary is a global network of community leaders dedicated to making a positive impact. To help Rotary make your community stronger, consider joining a local Rotary club, volunteering for their events and initiatives, or buying a 5050 ticket. Together, we can create a better world.
Buying your 5050 ticket online is easy!
Thank you for your support.
Please pass the above message of  50/50 around to all your friends, family, neighbours, strangers on the street.  EVERYONE !!!
Darrell did the Happy Dollars again this morning.

Our guest speaker was Rotary President-Elect Rot International, Gordon McNally from Edinburg, Scotland.
“Create Hope in the World.
A letter that Al & George received:  
Good Evening Al and George,
It was amazing to have RYLA back in person, and the program was a resounding success, partly due to your club's support. Our biggest thank you to you and your club.
Attached is a thank you letter from your sponsored participant that can be shared with your club.
Kind regards,
Phoenix MacLaren
on behalf of the RYLA 2023 Committee
Rotary club of Port Mood g
Deal George,
I would like to sincerely thank you for sponsorigme for the 2023 Rotay Youth Lendership Amerds, KuLA
• The were many highlights of the weekend, but what merit the most to me was; dong the indoor Project with my group and designing
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• I really enjoyed listeneung to Bob Blocker's presenlation aband the write Read project
and all the wolk they have Jone
• The best part af the weekend dees the RYLAnTics.
• Iw.would be very interested in sharing my experiences at RYLA with Your club
thank you once again for supporting me in thisexperience.
Kian Monsakhan Bakhtiar.
Vancouver, BC
Shred-a-Thon photos at the bottom under photo library.  Photos from Brian, Yvonne and Linda ;o)
The event started with all of you putting up signs and letting everyone you know, that we were having a Shred-a-Thon.  The Dispatch and the Tri-City News promoted for us as well as we were on the City Calendar and on the Electronic Sign on Ioco Road.
Thank you for all your help.
Peter, thank you for putting up the signs you had made for the community and for you and Danne for picking up everything at the 'lock-up' [ PS that is another whole story of who and when can we clean that up ?]
Peter M, thank you for setting up the tablets so we could take Visa & M/C.  We chased around City Hall to keep the WiFi, but we did get some donations that way.
The sun was out and we had a wonderful day for a great event.
Mike came with stand up signs that were perfect....Shred-a-Thon , unload here and library over there..... Thank you Mike.
First thing in the morning, Brian came with donuts, TimBits and coffee for everyone.   May and Lee came with 'home made baked goods' that were enjoyed by all.  
Everyone started to arrive at 7:45.....Peter came with the truck full of cones, our tent, tables you name it he had it in the truck.  We were working like little ants putting the cones together and the tents up and then here comes Best Shredding !!!  2 trucks and we are ready to go......Lots of members there and before 9 am when we started we already had over $400.00 from residents who were there 'early'....
Rod from Best Shredding is amazing and so good to us.  Thank you ROD
Thank you to everyone who came, and like always, I hope I don't forget one of you.  Everyone chipped in and it was like clockwork getting the residents in and out as smoothly as possible.
Bill was breaking down the cardboard and had all his line up of recycling bags ready for every kind of trash you can think of. He put in miles carrying the cardboard to the back of City Hall.  We must change that.
Trish is our money girl and can she ever do that job well.  By the hour, bills are all 'heads up' and in order....Fabulous !!!
Cheryl was handing out the cards that had our 50/50 on them with a thank you on the back.  Well done.  Every single car that went through knows about our 50/50 draw.  Gayle and Peter collected the donations from the residents and they have that down to a fine art.  Directly the cars to the lines was John who did a great job and directing traffic to unload was Jim and Frank.
Yvonne took lots of photos, thank you.
The heavy lifters were, Glen, Danne, Alan K, Aziz, Alan S, Neil, Brian, Alistair, Dave, Mae & Lee.
Dan G came by with great news that we will have 2 more new members and Vidacame to say hello.
Brian D came to drop off shredding and other Rotarians and friends were Hugh M was also by along with Preet and Cory.
We cleaned everything up in record time.
Alan K thank you for taking all the 'stuff' back to the lock-up and for picking up the other tent.  Huge help and we are all grateful.
Andy came to help put the 'coin' in rollers. 
We capped off the late afternoon with a BBQ at the Balzer's.  Thank you to Georgefor BBQ'ing burgers and to all that came for the 'social'.  It is so good to get together as a group socially and I was thrilled to have you in our home. 
So with that said:  'drum roll', we made over $1000.00 over last year. .  Not sure how much came through on tap but we will know shortly.  There will be a few expenses for food and extra truck.  
We weight we shredded:

1st truck - 3.76 KG = 8,289.38 pounds of paper
2nd truck - 3.21 KG= 7,076.84 pounds of paper

For a grand total of 15,366.22 pounds of paper.  That's a lot of paper!!!

Thank you to all.  I hope those that have sore backs will be OK..... We have a fantastic Rotary Club who always comes through with so much help and enthusiasm.  I, for one am very grateful.
Well done everyone !!!
Do we want to do again next year?
Hugs to all
Linda ;o) xoxox
PS. I hope I didn't miss anyone !!!  Peter M, I'm sorry I did miss you on the first email !!!
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