This morning’s meeting was chaired by Peter Cuthburt as Grandma President Cleone is “on assignment” in Colorado.

Peter provided us with an update on the hockey pool.  Although this was exciting news for Peter, Darrel and John – it was mostly injury, insult and regret for the rest of us.  We are encouraged to keep track of the injuries in our line-up, but for most of us, that’s just more bad news.


Frank Marchand has returned as a guest of Al Stjernegaard for his second meeting.  

Jason invited 7 representatives from the Port Moody Old Timers Hockey Club, many of whom will be active partners and volunteers in RIBFEST.  There may be some potential members in this group.


Jerry Glazier, President Elect of the Vancouver Club joined us this morning.

Voting continues on our Legacy Project.  You have only a few days left to evaluate project materials and submit your vote.


The District  Grants Management Seminar  took place at Rotary Field House (Surrey) on Feb 01, 2020 , 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  This was a good opportunity for a new or veteran club member to learn more about Rotary, and ensure our club remains qualified to apply for district and global grants.


International Meeting was held on Wednesday at 7 PM at St. James Well.


Steve W invited club members to come out and listen to Neetu Garcha, a News Anchor and Reporter from Global News! She will be talking to Interactors about her career as an anchor and reporter.  Catch all this at the Coquitlam Public Library (City Centre Branch) on February 5, 2019 in Room 137 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.  It’s a good opportunity to promote interact. If interested email your name and contact information to attend



David W. brought together a jam-packed agenda of important updates from the team planning this year’s RIBFEST this year is July 17, 18 and 19.


The big change this year is to reinvent the operations of the beer garden and rib running.  In recent years rib running has presented logistical challenges and requires almost half of the volunteers need to run the entire event.  This year the plan is to fence (control entry) to the entire festival site, allowing beer and wine to be consumed throughout the site (the whole site will be licenses).  The “rib running” service is no longer a requirement.


The planning committee is responding proactively to changing food choices and has taken note of activism at other “rib events”.  We want to include everyone in our community, and so more food (vegan, vegetarian options are being added).


David W. and Linda B. are coordinating our expected 750 volunteers for this years event.  Area managers should reconfirm their volunteer and scheduling needs.


Mike P. updated on the “year round” financial management plan and activity for the event.  Last year’s net proceeds were more than the previous years.  Sponsorship receipts, pre-payment of services and payment of invoices is ongoing.


Ian confirmed that 6 ribbers will be in attendance as well as a return visit by “Rusty”.  Tragically, Justin Kyllo, Smoke N’Bones was killed on Kilimanjaro last year.  Two “Vegan” vendors have been identified. 

Alan Stjernegaard confirmed Planning is underway for a successful beer garden and that successful consultation has been completed with Port Moody Police regarding the licensing change.

Coreen advises that planning is underway for the “Corporate Hospitality Area” (name change from VIP, and that various food service options are being considered.


Bill is again responsible for our “gold standard” recycling program.  It is operated 100% on site by volunteers.  We get great cooperation from the city resulting 6 metric tons of garbage going from waste to energy; 6 metric tons of organic waste going to compost; and 0 tons going to the landfill.

David W and Cleone are responsible for the Kids Zone.  There are plans to include a VR (Virtual Reality) component this year. [Kay & Vida will also help in Kids Zone]


Gayle and Steve W are responsible for donations.  Primary collection will be at our entry points.

Mike Clay is coordinating sponsors and all sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Mike.  Onni and Open Road are entering into the 2nd year of their 2-year sponsorship agreement.  Mike would like to encourage more involvement from local business and encourages club members to make sure that local businesses are aware of the benefits that flow from a RIBFEST association and sponsorship.

Claire is responsible for promotion.  Everyone involved in the event should consider opportunities for “stories” and ways to promote the event (in social media and mainstream media) and share ideas with Claire.  Empty Desk Solutions will coordinate the social media campaign involving the web page, Facebook Twitter and Instagram.