Fast and Furious

President Paul looked pretty spiffy at our meeting this week with Brian helping with the Zoom.  Brian is showing us all up doing the Grouse Grind twice a week.  Way to go Brian.!!!
Guests this week were:
Rick Fisher
Thank you Rick for the books for our Little Lending Library.
Krista Burnham
Thank you Krista for bringing the Passport Club to Summer Sunday's to see Powder Blues
Peter Muir  - Always happy to see you at our meeting.
Ian talked about our Legacy project and will be discussed further at the Board meeting.  A decision should be made soon and will be the discussion at our next meeting.
Thank you Danne for doing Pie Day.  You are so good to do that every month.  If you are interested in helping, please talk with Danne and see what needs to be done.
Innervisions BBQ on August 24 at Prairie house.  Invite has gone out and please sign up if you want to help.
If you have a portable BBQ please bring as we will need at least 2.....Thank you.
Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on Saturday August 13th.  The more the merrier.  Come on out and help.  Meet at Gallaghers in Newport at 9:00 AM sharp and then have coffee and conversation after.
Our Sgt. At Arms, Darrell,  is doing a 'fine' job.  No fines, but questions about 'who would you like as a Guest Speaker'.  Lots of Happy Dollars and good laughs.
So great to see Gary at the meeting again.  Wow, O'Canada was sung in style.......
Thirsty Thursday looks like fun.....
And that was it !!!!
8:05 and we were out of there.  Oh my gosh !!!!  Fast and Furious it was.
Fast and Furious Linda Balzer 2022-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

It's all about FUN

RIBFEST, Legacy and Fun 
Guests this week:
Rick Fisher
May Luong
Birthday's celebrated were:  
Yvonne & Frank......We of course sang the appropriate songs......
Looks like a cheque is being handed over.....Alan who is our cashier and Andy our Treasurer.
The winner of our RIBFEST 50/50 winner arrived to pick up his cheque.  Congratulations Don !!!
Nice to get together for lots of fun this past week.  Thank you to Mike for the trip up the 'arm' to see Camp Jubilee.  I think all who attended agreed that the Camp is very well run and all the staff and campers love it there.  This year, an unusual year because of a grant, we sent 30 kids to camp.  After hearing the stories from the staff we were all convinced that we are spending our money wisely.  
Here are a couple of photos and the rest are in photo album for Camp Jubilee at the bottom of the page.
Another fun night was at the Bandit's game.  Thank you to Al for introducing us to Cameron and to Mike who ended up taking the calls.  Exciting game and the Bandits won !!!!  
Fun night.  GB missing as he took photo
Great Summer Sunday's Concert again as there were two bands.  This is what the guy who organizes does for 1 hour before the concert....  Coming up this Sunday is the Legendary ' Powder Blues Band'.  Come on down.  Our Rotary tent with shade is up in the centre of the park for you to sit and enjoy.  Come early to get your spot.
Our first Board meeting is on Monday, August 8th, 7:00 AM
It's all about FUN Linda Balzer 2022-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

It's over [for now]

Well we did it......It's over [for now] and we are already thinking about how to make it better next time.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our 2022 RIBFEST the best ever.
At the end of RIBFEST everyone is exhausted, but that does not stop the work that needs to be done on 'take down'.  Everyone who came to help, Thank you......We will do better next year....
Alan, Al, Ian, Clayton & Alan son, put all the 'stuff' back in the lock-up and did a great job.  On Saturday, Paul, Alistair and myself went in to 'tweak' it a bit.....Paul and Alistair were 'very happy'.
BUT look at the results !!!
Thanks guys !!!!
Some of our Rotarians wear more than 1 hat, and Brian Wormald is of those people.
Brian helps put on a Car Show for the Seniors at Eagle Ridge Manor along with Lori from the Manor.  Our Rotary tents came in handy for sure and thanks to Steve for helping pick them up.  There was a record amount of cars this year....45. Well done Brian.
Here are a couple of photos and the rest will be in the Photo Album for July at the bottom of the page.  You will see Danne's truck in there too.
Brian wrote:
Our little car show at Eagle Ridge Manor today for the elderly residents. They loved it! Thank to all those who brought their mostly vintage and classic cars out to brighten the day of our seniors. You all made a difference today................
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Port Moody for supplying some of the tents for the day. Community partners working together for the benefit of our most respected residents.
RIBFEST 50/50 Draw bunch......The results are in. Frank and Malcolm are on the phone notifying Don Preston that he is our Ribfest 5050 winner. His share $24,550. Congratulations Don.
Our Rotary Club is a sponsor for Summer Sunday concerts and this week was amazing.  Thank you to Laurie Morvan Band from LA....FABULOUS !!!
Guess where Michael Berrisford is ?  Sahara Desert or?
It's over [for now] Linda Balzer 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0


That's it, that's all I've got for this week.
FABULOUS Linda Balzer 2022-07-18 07:00:00Z 0


We put on the most amazing Community Event in Port Moody and it is because of YOUR help and of course our amazing Volunteers.  Alistair you have done a great job getting our volunteers.  
One point that Al made clear to all of us, is that if you are walking by a table and you see that it needs to be cleared of trash, please clean the table and drop the bin off to the re-cycle area.  It will make a huge difference if we all do that.  
Thank you to, Al, Ian, Alan, & Frank...  You are all AMAZING !!!
Our President Paul spoke a little bit about this coming Rotary year.
He would like to see our Membership grow, and we must all remember that we are 'all' involved in growing the membership.  If you think any of your friends or neighbours would be good Rotarians, ask them to come to Rotary and check us out. 
Paul also wants to be more involved with Interactors and Rotaractors.
Board meetings will be announced soon
He announced that Darrell will be our Sgt. At Arms so we had better be wearing our pins or our Rotary Shirts to meetings.
Wine?  Did President Paul mention wine?  We have been invited to go to Paul's to chat about our Rotary Club and maybe have a drink of wine.  Just call Paul for a date that works for you both.
International Conference this year is in Melbourne and President Paul will be going along with Trish & Ian and maybe Al S.
Happy Birthday to Cindy.  
Thanks to the group that came out to Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  After RIBFEST let's have a great turnout for this.  Thanks Alan for organizing and missing in photo is Terry too.
Another fun group came out to sell 50/50 tickets & talk about Volunteers at Summer Sundays.  A great day with a wonderful turnout.  
ALL HANDS ON DECK  Linda Balzer 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Year

It's a brand new Rotary Year.....2022 - 2023
This is your new Board
President - Paul
President Elect - 
Vice President /RI Foundation - Ian 
Secretary - Neil 
Treasurer - Andy
Membership - Mike C
Club Service - Linda & Gayle
Community Service - Susan
International Service - Ian
New Generations - George
Environment - Cleone
Vocational Service  -
You can see we have some empty spaces, and if you would like to be on the Board - please let Paul know.
We look forward to a fantastic year ahead with Paul at the Helm
We said goodbye to Coreen as our President and we know that she will still be involved in Rotary in their new Community
We also thanked AG Al for all the good work he has done as our AG.  He has brought the clubs closer together and we are grateful for all the work he has done.  We look forward to Glen as our new AG.
Coreen presented Yvonne with her first Paul Harris.  Yvonne has always been so helpful with all our projects and gives the best HUGS ever.
Congratulations Yvonne 
A chance to get together for fun - after RIBFEST - BASKETBALL
Cameron Reeves from the Bandits came to tell us about a game that we can all attend.  There are several from our Club going and we can go in car pools.....
please let Alan know if you would like to attend and we will make this happen.  
To purchase tickets please call - 604-318-9963 or email creeves@the
It's all about RIBFEST and Al and Frank covered it all.....
OK everyone it is down to the wire.......
YES we need help, from anyone you know.  We have a 'new category' called,  Don't know where, but want to help.  We have shortened the shifts and hopefully we will get more people out.  PLEASE, ask everyone you know to please sign up.  It is fun and the more hands the less work for all.  Thank you.....we can do this.  Alistair is doing an outstanding job sending out requests, but we 'all' have to use our own contacts.  
Not many questions were asked about the procedures, and that means our RIBFEST leaders are doing a great job letting us know what is expected and what we need.
Al mentioned a couple of things......
- When you are wearing your volunteer RIBFEST shirt there is NO drinking allowed.  NONE.  This is a Liquor Control Board rule.  So while on 'shift', you can not drink
- Everyone who enters the VIP area, must have a $30.00 ticket.  With that you will get seated and given a token for a beverage.  
- Dogs will not be permitted into the park for RIBFEST
- The Beer garden tent will be in the same place as last year, difference is that you can leave that tent and walk around with your beverage.
- You must have a wrist band on to purchase a beverage
- Parking is available on Flavelle's site for Volunteers
-The bands are great again this year [I have to give a plug to GB]
-The Family Zone was explained by Cleone and sounds like it is going to be great.
-Training for the cashiers, and bar people dates will be sent to everyone in those areas.
Frank talked about 50/50 tickets.....
The first Summer Sunday's : 
is July 10 and it would be great to have Rotarians there to sell 50/50 tickets and talk about volunteering.  The Rotary tent will be set up and Frank has sent out a sign up sheet for those that want to volunteer.  Even if you are coming to listen to the music, please wear your RIBFEST shirt from last time and or something Rotary. More 50/50 tickets have been sold 'in person' than 'on line' so this is a great opportunity.  Frank also thanked Yvonne for entering all the tickets that have been purchased.  
Thank you Alan for organizing the Heritage Mtn. Blvd. clean up again... This is what Alan says:
Reminder that we are scheduled for Heritage Mountain Blvd. clean up this coming Saturday morning, July 9th.
Meet at Gallagher's coffee shop at 9:00 am
Good way to get some exercise and contribute to a cleaner city.
New Rotary Year Linda Balzer 2022-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2022

We need your help.
Hi everyone;

First of all, THANK YOU  for your support of Rotary.  We are so grateful to those who have already signed up to volunteer for our Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2022.

We are just 3 weeks away from this fantastic community event and we need more volunteers. If you haven’t already, please sign up to help us for a few hours during the weekend of July 15-17, 2022

Here is the website:

If you would, please send a note to all your friends, family, and neighbours, letting them know about RIBFEST and how rewarding and how much fun volunteering can be. Encourage them to join you at RIBFEST 2022

Thank you for your support. We really need people like you to make this Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST better than ever.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us

Thank you so much

The Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST team.

Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 2022 Linda Balzer 2022-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

Gold, Bitcoin and the Future of Money

We need Volunteers.....please help us.  This is such a great community event and our largest fundraiser.  We can 'not' do this without your help.  Please contact all of your friends and family and come and give a few hours to make this year the BEST ever.
Interesting presentation by Jeff Penner this week on the Future of Money......Something to think about for sure.  Thank you Jeff.
Anniversaries - Darrell & Krista - 13 years
Mike & Christine - 16 years.
Happy Birthday to Steve's - Lauralea.....
Book Club will resume in the fall.  Thank you Susan for creating this book/wine club.
We are thinking good and healing thoughts for Gary and George......It will be great to have you both back at the club.
Sad News from Past DG Sean Hogan
Life can be shorter than we expect. Carol, was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago. It has spread aggressively.
Carol has been in the emergency ward of Surrey Memorial Hospital since Saturday. Her cancer has spread quickly and her kidneys are no longer functioning.
She is weak but alert, and has made the decision not to continue her struggle. We will be meeting with the palliative care doctor to discuss her end of life options.
Fortunately all three of our children and their families are here with us so that we can say our farewells together.
Do not feel that you need to reply as we are overwhelmed at this time and I won't be checking your replies. We just wanted to share the information.
This picture was taken just over one month ago. We lost Carol's parents to cancer in their late 50's and our philosophy since then has been to enjoy every day while you live it. We've done that and hope that you will also.
Our life together has been enriched by all of you. Our wish is that you be kind to yourself and to others and make the world better from your presence in it.
Gold, Bitcoin and the Future of Money Linda Balzer 2022-06-23 07:00:00Z 0


Might be fun to get a group together to support this event.   Who wants to take this on?
For the Rotary Ride Gala we have Jenifer Jones (first female President of Rotary International in its 117 year history)
I believe it may be of interest for some rotary members to attend, also we have Global TV attending and some other great sponsors.
The Gala should be really fun, 
Here is the link to Gala: 
and here is the link for the bike a thon itself: (they are still seeking riders and volunteers, they can register for both from the site)
Navid Morawej
Another opportunity to get together and support Rotary....
Great group......
Our Treasurer.......Andy
Evacuation & Family Zone
Ian did an outstanding job going over all the evacuation plans for RIBFEST letting us all know the importance of each level of security/incident and how to handle it.  Thank you Ian
Cleone spoke about the Family Zone and all the different activities that go on in that area.  Please let your family and friends know about all the exciting opportunities that are available there.....
Brian and Cleone are working with Burke Mountain Naturalists on the Westhill Rotary Trail Signage.
I was recently contacted by PDG Bernie Pregler with a proposal to participate in a humanitarian project in Ukraine.  Bernie had received a request from the President of the Rotary Club of Kyiv, outlining a significant need for financial assistance.
The problem: donations of humanitarian aid frequently arrive at the borders of Ukraine, but are often not delivered beyond those limits for many reasons.  The transport of these goods becomes the responsibility of the Ukrainians themselves.  Commercial or military transport it subject to military attack primarily because it is visible. 
Kyiv Rotarian Dmytry Alexeev proposed a “Last Mile Project” to purchase used civilian vehicles (cars, vans, small trucks, etc.) to take goods from the borders to the places of need, (vehicles such as these – preferably diesel powered – could escape enemy notice, and thereby get to their destination safely).  These vehicles are available in other surrounding countries, (such as Poland), at a reasonable cost of $2000 to $4000 US each.  It is proposed that presently a sum of approx. $25000 US be raised by Rotary Clubs in District 5050 for phase 1 of this project,  and transferred to another Rotary Club in one of these surrounding countries, for the purpose of handling the process at the “far end” – supplying the proper documentation to get into Ukraine.  We are currently working on identifying the participating European Club, with the assistance of the RC Kyiv.
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is pleased to act as a partner in this program, and is inviting the participation of other Clubs and individual members (also non-Rotarians) who would like to contribute to this project. 
If you could consider making a donation from your Rotary Club I would be most appreciative.  If you felt it appropriate to circulate this email to any or all club members that would be welcomed.
Donations over $20 will receive a charitable receipt upon request. Contributors will be kept up to date as the project progresses.
If you wish to send a donation please let me know by email, and please make your donation cheque out to:  The Rotary Club of Coquitlam.  Mail the cheque to: 
Rotary Club of Coquitlam, Attn. Chris Boyd, Boyd and Associates, 202-1046 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC,  V3K 3P3
Please let me know if you will be requiring a charitable receipt.  
Please do not hesitate to contact me or PDG Bernie with any further questions.
Yours in Rotary, 
Ron Warneboldt, President
Rotary Club of Coquitlam.
H - 604-931-5518
C: - 778-887-0184
Bernie Pregler
Rotary Foundation Report
Czech and Slovak Rotary Members Open Aid Corridor into Ukraine
by Arnold R. Grahl
Within a day of Russian troops entering Ukraine in February, Rotary clubs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia were using their connections to gain access to a strategic railway hub that has allowed them to shuttle critical supplies into Ukraine and help refugees get out.
The city of Košice, Slovakia, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the border with Ukraine, is home to a rail terminus where east meets west. For decades, the terminus has received trains carrying raw materials out of Ukraine along wide-gauge rail lines. The cargo is then transferred onto train cars that run on the standard-gauge rail lines used elsewhere in Europe.
A number of multinational shipping companies use the hub. Rotary members realized quickly that they needed to be able to use it as well.
Martin Pitorák, president of the Rotary Club of Košice, is a former vice president of U.S. Steel Košice, which uses the hub. He and Michal Sláma, president of the Rotary Club of Pardubice, Czech Republic, were among Rotary members who were able to negotiate access.
“We acted very quickly,” says Monika Kočiová, a member of the Rotaract and Rotary clubs of Košice. “We were making arrangements while others were still knocking at the door.”
The hub is important because Ukraine’s extensive rail network, one of the largest in the world, serves parts of the country that are difficult to reach by truck.
Rotary was the first humanitarian organization to get permission to use the rail hub for relief supplies, Kočiová says, and clubs have sent trains full of medical supplies, nonperishable food, and hygiene products across the border. The Slovak government and the European Union have since designated the hub as a primary pathway for sending supplies by rail into Ukraine.
Supplies that arrive in Košice are unloaded and sorted by Rotary volunteers into warehouses before being moved into Ukraine. The Rotary and Rotaract clubs have also used more than 60 trucks and buses to carry 740 tons of supplies into the western Ukrainian region of Uzhhorod, just across the border. From there, they are distributed to locations around the country. 
“It is great to see the power of Rotary at work in this time of need,” says Pitorák. “In addition to supplies, financial support is coming in from many parts of the world.”
RIBFEST and more RIBFEST Linda Balzer 2022-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Mid June & YES

Guests this week:  
Keesa Dorosz - Haney Rotary Club
Ken Holland - Meadow Ridge Rotary Club
Clayton Anderson - Our parking guru
Fantastic presentation by Keesa & Ken about Y.E.S.  Youth Engaged in Service.
This program was founded by DG Bev Harrington.  
They are looking for Grade 11 students that would be willing to go to do a service project in Guatemala.  This project involves meeting once a month for 10 months to learn all about where they are going and how they will handle the travel and the project. This is not a vacation and they will learn how to expect the unexpected.   The Rotary Club sponsors each student for $1200.00 and then each student has to raise $2500.00 for the balance.
They work together as a 'team' to raise this money and the results are amazing.  Great work done by all.
Rotary Foundation reports
Rotary Champions of Girls’ Empowerment
Six Rotary members were honored in March as People of Action: Champions of Girls’ Empowerment during Rotary Day with UNICEF in New York City. This distinction recognizes the honorees’ commitment to improving girls’ access to education, health, and sanitation and hygiene resources, as well as their work to create environments where girls can flourish. Empowering Girls is one of RI President Shekhar Mehta’s key initiatives, and he is encouraging clubs and districts to make it a focus of their service projects this year.
Momtaz Chowdhury from Bangladesh, Mildred Fragante from Philippines, Elaine Ruiz from Brazil, Srinidhi S U from India, Lydiah Njoroge from Kenya, and Motalib Weijters from The Netherlands are working every day to create environments where girls can flourish.

Browse their stories:
How Rotarians in Poland are Assisting Ukrainian Refugees
Poland has taken in more than a million refugees and Rotary clubs all over the country created a central account for contributions.
  • The Rotary Club of Olsztyn is collecting and managing donations for more than 150 Ukrainians who are staying at Ostróda Camp, a conference and recreation center. Most of the occupants are unaccompanied children whose parents stayed in Ukraine. Four cars full of supplies including food, clothes, toiletries, and toys were donated hours after the center began accepting refugees.
  • Members of the Rotary Club of Zamosc worked with a member of the Rotary Club of Wolsztyn, who owns a medical supply distribution company, to coordinate a partnership with other organizations to collect supplies and equipment.
  • The Rotary Club of Gdansk Centrum is providing accommodations for four refugee families, and members who own businesses are offering them work.
This is Rotary, People of Action! Thank you for your support of the victims of the war in Ukraine.
June 16 - Wine & Book Club - to discuss your favourite book
June 20 - Joint Board meeting - Bring beverage of choice and something to share. 5:00 PM - Balzer's
July 15 - 17 - Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST. only 5 more meetings until RIBFEST.......
Installation night -
2022-23 Theme
Thank you to DG Raj for installing our new Board and for Darrell for helping him with the pins.
New Board for 2022-23 is:
President - Paul Mitchell-Banks
Past President - Coreen Berrisford
Treasurer - Andy Berrisford
Secretary - Neil Nyberg
Club Service - Linda Balzer & Gayle Carter
Community Service - Susan Bell
New Generations - George Broderick
International Service - Ian MacPhail
Membership - Mike Clay
Environmental Service - Cleone Todgham
Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our MC - Mike Clay for a job well done.
Photos will be in the photo album and thanks to Dave Stone & Brian Wormald for taking photos
Thanks for the sound system provided by Brian Dunne
Gayle & Patty did a wonderful job greeting everyone
Thanks to Coreen for a great Rotary year and we wish she and Michael the very best in their new Club.
Paul we are all looking forward to your leadership and want you & the Club to have a very successful Rotary year.
Cleaning up Heritage Mtn.
Thanks to Bill for leading the pack last Saturday.  A few of the regulars showed up as well as Kate and her son Mark who helped at Shred-a-Thon. 
No photo was taken, but thanks to all who came.
We need Volunteers for our RIBFEST......please ask your family, friends and neighbours to come on out and help for a few hours.  It is great fun to meet other people who also like to 'give back' to our Community.
Mid June & YES Linda Balzer 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Shred-a-Thon

A great day for our Rotary Club of Port Moody and a great day for the community.  We had the opportunity to tell everyone about our Port Moody RIBFEST and ask for their help with volunteering.
Thank you to all who came to help.  It really is a fun day......
OOPS I did forget John & Cheryl's grandson Brayden, who helped break down cardboard with Bill.
Totals will be announced on Wednesday ;o) but we shredded  14,219 pounds of paper !!
Photos will be attached at the bottom of the Spike.
Trish said it best:    ' I think everyone loves doing this fundraiser. Its always a great success! It’s a great opportunity to get our name out into the community and it’s a very social thing for all of us too'. 
Thanks everyone.....Should we do it all again on June 3rd, 2023?
Hugs to all
Linda ;o) xooxxoo
2022 Shred-a-Thon Linda Balzer 2022-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Kids Camp

It's a good day at Rotary when a new member is inducted.  Andy was introduced to us by President Coreen, and she said if there was anything she could say about Andy is that he is all about 'fairness'.  We are so lucky that Andy has chosen to be a member of our Rotary Club of Port Moody. 
Welcome Andy......
He did join willingly  ;o)
Camp Jubilee - Kids Camp
Kailley Dodge - Guest Speaker

She is currently working as an office administrator for Camp Jubilee after returning from maturnity leave with her15 month old daughter in April of 2022. Prior to working in the office , she was the Operations Manager for Camp Jubilee and worked closely with staff and campers alike. She has helped with the daily runnings of camp and held several positions with Jubilee including Jr Camp Cooridnator, Kayak instructor, Summer Camp Coordinator, Weekend Rentals Facilitator, First Aid Attendant, Program Manager and a few more.

Kailley talked about the benefits of outdoor education and how exciting camp will be this year!

Our Rotary Club is sending 30 students, chosen by the school teachers.


CAMP JUBILEE 2706 Spring St.Port Moody, BC V3H 0G1P: 604-937-7388E:
Rotary Foundation
How Rotarians in Poland are Assisting Ukrainian Refugees
Poland has taken in more than a million refugees and Rotary clubs all over the country created a central account for contributions.
  • The Rotary Club of Olsztyn is collecting and managing donations for more than 150 Ukrainians who are staying at Ostróda Camp, a conference and recreation center. Most of the occupants are unaccompanied children whose parents stayed in Ukraine. Four cars full of supplies including food, clothes, toiletries, and toys were donated hours after the center began accepting refugees.
  • Members of the Rotary Club of Zamosc worked with a member of the Rotary Club of Wolsztyn, who owns a medical supply distribution company, to coordinate a partnership with other organizations to collect supplies and equipment.
  • The Rotary Club of Gdansk Centrum is providing accommodations for four refugee families, and members who own businesses are offering them work.
This is Rotary, People of Action! Thank you for your support of the victims of the war in Ukraine.
Installation night - June 9th.  See you all there.....
Thirsty Thursday - June 
Met at Old Orchard Hall after the meeting.
Past Member - Terry Peachey was there to see that we have put a plaque on the Little Lending Library in honour of her husband Walter.
Thanks to all the Rotarians that came to support her.
If you have any children's books, please drop them by our Little Lending Library at Old Orchard Park,  or contact us and we will pick them up.
Looks like Thirsty Thursday was fun......
Kids Camp Linda Balzer 2022-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

June.....Guess what is this weekend?

SHRED-A-THON this weekend, Saturday........Please come out and volunteer.  We will need you in the afternoon.
We want to 'fill the 2 trucks'.  Please dress for the weather as we do this 'rain or shine'.  
Thanks for your help everyone.
Well written Peter.....Thank you 
Brian Wormald came around my house to day to sort out his key to our lock-up.
I asked him what he was up to and he told me he had some work to do at the Glenayre Track.
He was still working on this project!  Many of us worked on this project, but Brian was the lead and through his commitment and energy has left us a super Rotary Project but more importantly a fantastic legacy for BRIAN WORMALD.
The other outstanding Rotarian is DANNE DUNLOP -Danne has not missed a Friday for "Pie Day" even through Covid.
He now serves the guests at The Manor who so look forward to these  pies from Thrifty's.
Danne proudly wears his  Rotary Shirt and does his service  quietly with no fuss every Friday. I bet not many in our Club even know about the commitment.
Many in are Club work hard on the many projects that we do, but these two are truly Out Standing.
Cheers to them!
Best Wishes on this new chapter of their lives.
Moved......  President Coreen and Treasurer Michael have now moved to the Chilliwack area.  We wish them well, but they are going to be missed....
Dan & Marion also moved to the Langley area.  We know that Dan will be back to see us regularly, but we will miss them in our community.  
Gary we are all cheering you on to good health.  
George Broderick had his surgery and is doing well.  Thank you to Yolanda for the update as follows:
George had a successful bypass this morning with no complications according to the surgeon.  We saw him before his surgery at 7:30 am and we agreed that we will see him on Wednesday morning instead of trying to see him on Tuesday.  Depending on how things are, George could be home between Friday and Sunday this week.  The doctor predicts as he is considerably in good health, a non smoker and he is young, he should be recovering well barring any postoperative complications, which the doctor does not foresee.  If things go according to plan, he should be back to doing things by August.  
Thank you again for all your good wishes, positive vibes and thoughts and most especially for all your prayers.  Please extend my deepest gratitude to everyone.  And we don't mind more prayers and positive vibes in the coming days as George tries to recover.  God is good.
We are also grateful for our healthcare system here in Canada.  So far the nurses, staff and doctors at 2 North and 2 South at Royal Columbian Hospital have been fantastic.  
Peace and joy,
Yolanda M. Broderick, B. Sc.
After the meeting on Wednesday, please plan on coming down to Old Orchard Hall for a few minutes to show Terry Peachey the plaque we had made in honour of Walter, her husband that made it.
It would be wonderful to have a good crowd there.
June.....Guess what is this weekend? Linda Balzer 2022-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

No meeting but some news

We did not have a meeting last week and this week it is "ON LINE ONLY', for discussion about our Rotary Club.
We had a great turnout for our SHRED-A-THON logistics meeting last week.  Thank you to all who came.  Sorry Peter & Terry you did not make the photo....
The Board approved the following grants:
Inlet Rowing Club-For 2 Sets of Oars 
Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (Mossom Creek Hatchery) for Automatic Door Operators for for Accessibility.
College Park Community Association.- For Equipment for their Movie Night.
Inlet United Church Port Moody For the Springs Art Wall -
We would like Recognition on the wall for our contribution.
Port Moody Secondary School After Grad Committee
Total Contributions are $12,400.
Thank you to Gayle and Grants committee for discussion on these grants.
Our President and Treasurer have moved.....and we are going to missed them.  Hopefully they are both feeling better by now.   Tired but settled in.
Rotary Youth Exchange
30 years later George and I were Blessed to meet up with our Mexican son, Eduardo and his beautiful wife Elisa.  We had a great visit and next Sunday we will bring them out to Port Moody, to show Elisa, where he went to school and where he lived and to drop him off to Tom & Sherry Ramsey [Sunrise Club]  who were also his host parents..  So Grateful xoxo
RI Foundation report
Making a Difference
Before the war in Ukraine, Rotaractor Oksana Havryliv was a student in international relations and had been pursuing a master's degree in political science. She dreamed of becoming a diplomat and representing her country. But "that all changed on 24 February when Russia invaded my country, and the bombs began to fall".  

“My life has changed drastically, and I feel it will never be like it was. Before all this, I actually loved the subject of history in school, and believed that the world had learned from its two bloody world wars in the 20th century. History wouldn’t repeat itself with another brutal war in Europe, right? Sadly, no.
My mother and I decided to act by creating a hub to funnel humanitarian aid. The bureaucracy of communicating with non-governmental organizations in Europe and the U.S. was daunting and took a lot of time. But it didn’t stop us from our goal of helping civilian populations that were suffering from the war. The logistics of funneling supplies from European countries as well as to Ukrainian cities was difficult. Buses filled with our relief supplies were in constant danger from attacks by Russian military. The bus drivers knowingly risked their lives. They are heroes.
On 26 March, my city was targeted by Russian aggression with missiles fired from the occupied city of Sevastopol. But we’re alive and still doing our thing. And so the story goes on. I have decided, as a true patriot, to stay in Ukraine. I have set aside everything: my job, my studies in Vienna, ordinary everyday life, and time with my own family. But we are driven by the conviction that the participation of each and every Ukrainian will lead us to victory. Because “The truth is with us.”
Just to let everyone know that we are so sorry for our 'Santa Hugh' as his wife Denise passed away.  We send Hugh lots of love and hugs. xoxoxo
No meeting but some news Linda Balzer 2022-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

RIBFEST and more

Thank you to Al for bringing us all up to date on RIBFEST and who is doing what.    Al & Frank, Ian and Alan have a great team of people who have worked very hard to make this RIBFEST one of the BEST ever.
We are less than 2 months away and lots more work to be done.
From one Berrisford to another......
Great news
Andy Berrisford will be a member of our Rotary Club AND our Treasurer for 2022-23......Thank you Andy
Guests this week:
Ron Warnebolt - Coquitlam Club
Dale Shea - Port Coquitlam Centennial Club
Malcom Kennedy - Coquitlam Sunrise Club
Andy Berrisford 
Sam Wise - PADS puppy of Marcia and Glen
Happy Birthday and speedy recovery to Gary......
The Rotary Store was open and Pete was swarmed with customers.

Mark your Calendars please:
Tuesday - March 17 - BBQ at the Berrisford's ....CANCELLED.....sorry
Wednesday -  March 18 -NO meeting, BUT please, if you can, come down to the Little Lending Library at Old Orchard Hall at 9:00 AM.  Rain or shine, we will be unveiling the plaque for Walter Peachey.  Terry his wife will be there and it would be great to have Rotarians as well.
Thursday - March 19 - is a busy day
4:00 - Shred-a-Thon Logistics meeting at the Well
5:00 - International meeting at the Well
5:30 - Book club meeting at Wolf's home
Search for the Perfect Pint.
Alan could not attend the meeting but Peter got up and thanked him for a 'very successful' SFPP
Bill thanked Brian & Danne for helping re-cycle at SFPP
Speaking of media - Glen is doing an outstanding job of putting together our Social Media.  Now we need YOUR help passing around your friends, family neighbours, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram friends all of this information.  All for RIBFEST
50/50 tickets
VIP Tickets
General information about RIBFEST
President Coreen presented Trish a well deserved Paul Harris.  Trish volunteered with us even prior to being a Rotarian.  She has helped with so many events, RIBFEST, SFPP, making masks, Give a Ham, SHRED-A-THON, and more.  I don't think I have ever seen Trish without a smile on her face.  Congratulations xoxo
Please print out the Poster for SHRED-a-THON and hand to your neighbours, friends and for sure on Face Book or Instagram
Print in Black & White if you like.  We just need to get the word out.  We are less than 3 weeks away.  We will have 2 trucks so we need to fill them both...
District Conference was on the weekend and thanks to Glen for a couple of photos.
President Elect - Paul
President Coreen and our Treasurer Michael
DG Bev.
RIBFEST and more Linda Balzer 2022-05-14 07:00:00Z 0


Our next event is our Annual Shred-a-Thon - Saturday June 4th, at Port Moody City Hall.
Please go to events and sign up to volunteer.
We will have 2 shifts 8:30 - 12:15 and 12:00 to 3:30 pm
Please let us know what you prefer
Also please print this poster out and put up in your place of business, your favourite coffee shop and on your building bulletin board.  Post on Facebook if you have, twitter and Instagram.  That is the fastest way to get the word out.  We want to fill the trucks again.
Please pass this poster on to your friends, neighbour and family.
Shred-a-Thon Linda Balzer 2022-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

Mid May

Leah Coss from Build a Biz Kids,  sent this link of the video's that she tried to show us.  Have a look.
this is what she said:
I thought I would send over a link to the Videos I was trying to play at the meeting today so that the club could see a few short clips of the kids practicing and then delivering their presentations. They are short clips but hopefully it will help them see the incredible work the students were able to accomplish. 
Thank you Rotary World Help and our Rotary Club of Port Moody.  This will make your heart happy.
Please go to this will be very proud of what we have done for this young man.
Very good crowd today.  
Gaetan Royer was our guest speaker today and he brought the new President of City State ...Carola with him
Gaetan gave an excellent presentation on a development that he is doing on the corner of Douglas and St. John's street.  
We all waved to Gary today.....Wishing him a speedy recovery from his surgery......YES he finally had it done.
Danne had the birthday song sung to him..... And SFPP Alan, photo bombed 
A very touching and so very well deserved Paul Harris plus 2 was given to Micheal Berrisford from our President Coreen.  Micheal has worked tirelessly for our club both with the IT and as Treasurer.  Micheal volunteers for everything and always has a smile.  Well done Micheal.....We will miss you both so much.
May 11 - Wednesday - RIBFEST meeting with Al & Frank
May 17 - BBQ at the Berrisford's meeting room
May 18 - No meeting, but please come to Old Orchard Hall to meet Terry Peachey and have the plaque put on our Little Lending Library. 9:00 AM
May 26 - Thursday - Shred-a-Thon logistics meeting at the Well at 4:00 pm
June 4 - Shred-a-Thon - sign up to volunteer  8:30-3:00 pm
June 9 - Installation dinner - Saint Street Grill
Search for the Perfect Pint
What a great night!!!  Thank you to Alan for being the 'chief organizer' and you did an outstanding job !!!  Friday night was a sell out and everyone was having a great time.  The band was fabulous, along with the food and beer & cider tastings.  Thank you to Alistair for taking photos, you really captured the night.
Alan wrote:
I want to say how proud I am of this Rotary Club for running one of the best SFPP events.
A big thank you to all the volunteers, this event would not happen without your help.
An extra thank you my wife Lisa, who pulled together a crew to run the kitchen and keep the pizzas moving.
The weather was amazing, I guess I owe the big guy upstairs a favor. Very positive response from people attending, fun and well run event went. We actually did not run out food - which kept the crowds happy and festive. Everything went as smoothly as we could hope, for a large event, from set-up to clean-up.
We will do a budget report soon...I just need a few days away from this.
Once again, BIG THANK YOU to all of you for making this event a great success!
PS. Should we do it again next year ? laugh
See photo albums at the bottom of the spike for all photos of SFPP
Foundation report 

Your Donations at Work
All donations to our Disaster Response Fund from March 3 to April 30, 2022, have been priori-
tized for use providing humanitarian aid to regions that are supporting Ukrainian refugees or
other victims of the war. Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, we raised more
than $10.4 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items
such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
So far, 64 disaster response grants totaling $1.8 million have been awarded to support people
affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitari-
an aid in and around Ukraine, and districts can apply for these grants until June 30, 2022.
Donations made to the Disaster Response Fund after April 30 will be available to all communi-
ties around the world that need assistance recovering from disasters.

District 5050 has been approved for a $25,000 USD Disaster Response Grant to pur-
chase a Fire Truck

Rotary Supporting Ukraine
Rotary stands with the United Nations General Assembly in expressing grave concern at "the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in particular at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation."

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary takes a proactive stance toward peacemaking by addressing the underlying causes of conflict.

We support recent UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine. This aligns with Rotary’s deep commitment to promoting peace through dialogue and conflict resolution.

We are working beside our partners in the international relief community to help provide resources to the more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the field of battle.
Rotary around the world
Yvonne in Cartagena, Colombia.
Mid May  Linda Balzer 2022-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

VIP Tickets

Come on down to 2022 RIBFEST, July 15-17th and book a VIP table.
The Port Moody OpenRoad LEXUS VIP Zone is the “best seat in the house” and is a totally exclusive way to enjoy Ribfest. A limited number of tickets are available now at
The VIP Zone features reserved seating where you can enjoy the park, great music and fabulous food and beverages. Your ticket purchase includes VIP access for 3 hours, reserved seating and 1 drink of your choice. Food is not included.
As a Ribfest VIP there is no need to line up as drinks, BBQ and an assortment of vegetarian items can all be ordered from the comfort of your table.
Local favourite, Rusty's BBQ, is the exclusive purveyor of your BBQ menu, all cooked low and slow – and so mouth-watering.
The VIP bar is stocked with an expanded selection of drinks featuring 5 choices of tasty Port Moody Brewers Row craft beers as well as wine and ciders.
Arrangements can be made for group seating.
There will be three seatings per day (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday):
• Morning seating from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (family friendly)
• Afternoon seating from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (19+ years)
• Evening seating from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (19+ years)
Tickets include
• Reserved seating and access to the VIP zone during your 3-hour timeslot
• 1 free drink
• Table service
Find more Ribfest information at
VIP Tickets Linda Balzer 2022-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Build-a-Biz - WOW

What do you do with your Bottles?
This is what our total is so far:

Here is our updated total on money earned from Empties... great support from the club

Containers returned:  10,052

All time deposit value:  $1,003.65

Thank you to all who have donated. 

Don't forget to go to the Port Moody Liquor Store on St. Johns Street to buy your beverages.  We are doing 'very' well and we must remind you to tell them to put your 'sale' to Port Moody Rotary Club.  Please make sure that happens.  I have a total since May 11, 2020.....Wednesday you will find out.

Port Moody Liquor Store 
4 – 2929 St. John's Street 
Port Moody


Full house this week....Great to see so many out to the meeting and to have our Past DG Dennis Boyd join our meeting.
Guest speaker this week was the always dynamic Leah Coss, President of Build a Biz Kids.  Leah came to tell us about the program that our Rotary Club, through a 'grant', was able to have and will continue to have not only in Port Moody, but across the country.  Leah has sent us this video clip to show what the students have done.  Very impressive indeed.!!!
This is the link to the Videos she was trying to play at the meeting.  Now we can  see a few short clips of the kids practicing and then delivering their presentations. They are short clips but hopefully it will help them see the incredible work the students were able to accomplish. 
If you would like more information on the program please contact Leah at Build a Biz Kids.
Build a Biz Kids
Non Profit Society - BizKids Practical Education ASSN
May 6th - Our Sold Out - Search for the Perfect Pint.  If you are volunteering, please wear your Rotary Shirt.
May 9th - Grants Committee meeting at Gayle's at 5:30pm
June 4th - Shred-a-Thon - please let Linda know if you will volunteer.  We will have 2 shifts.
June 9th - Installation night - if you haven't yet paid, please send via interact to our Treasurer or your visa to the meeting.
Happy Birthday to Brian
President Coreen presented President Elect Paul his Paul Harris
Rotary Foundation Report
Your Donations at Work
All donations to our Disaster Response Fund from March 3 to April 30, 2022, have been prioritized for use providing humanitarian aid to regions that are supporting Ukrainian refugees or other victims of the war. Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world, we raised more than $10.4 million in contributions that are already helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
So far, 64 disaster response grants totaling $1.8 million have been awarded to support people affected by the war. The Rotary Foundation will continue to use the donations for humanitarian aid in and around Ukraine, and districts can apply for these grants until June 30, 2022.
Donations made to the Disaster Response Fund after April 30 will be available to all communities around the world that need assistance recovering from disasters.
Friday night was Bat Night at the Rotary Loop trail up at Westhill.
As per Brian's invitationfrom last week.
"Karen Devitt (Rp.P.Bio.) from City of Port Moody is co-hosting an event with 'Bat Guru' John Saremba on the Rotary Loop Trail at Westhill Park.
John will show the bat box, trees that the bat might inhabit, talk about the ecology of the bat and then use his equipment to help everyone hear and discover which bats are flying about. John is an environmental scientist whose passion is to share his love and understanding of nature with others. He created the Burke Mountain Naturalist Bat Team, a citizen-science based program to promote the conservation of bats who regularly monitor bats, signs of white nose syndrome and he does bat programs as well. He had a career with the Federal and Provincial Governments working on major industrial projects and now does environmental consulting.
Karen is an Environmental Coordinator with the City and will lead people around the trail to document different species with iNaturalist - a Citizen Science based app that is generating a massive amount of environmental data from the general public who observe and report.  Easy and fun to use, this mobile device app is having a dramatic and positive effect on species identification, monitoring and protection."
It was a smaller turn out but very fun and informative.
Alan Kabatoff
Build-a-Biz - WOW Linda Balzer 2022-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

RIBFEST 50/50 tickets

Volunteer times to help sell 50/50 tickets at Thrifty's are:
Saturday June 18th, 2022 - 12:00 - 2 or 2 - 4 pm
Frank sent out invitation to sign up.  Please do so.  Wouldn't it be great to have a 50/50 over 200 K ?  We can do this !!!
Please send this link to your contacts so they can purchase a 50/50 tickets

Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities
2022 Port Moody RIBFEST Colossal 50/50 Draw

50/50 tickets are:
Single Ticket for $20 (2200 packs); 
3-Ticket Pack for $50 (1420 packs); 
8-Ticket Pack for $100 (1250 packs)

Tickets may be sold and purchased in British Columbia only. Orders will not be accepted via the Internet from anyone outside the Province of British Columbia or any non-residents of British Columbia.


Deadline: Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 9:00 p.m.
Draw: Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

RIBFEST 50/50 tickets Linda Balzer 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Chamber of Commerce

Lots of members at the 'Club'
2 on zoom
Thanks to Brian for leading us in O'Canada
Great to have Leslie Courchesne - the CEO Tri-City Chamber as our guest speaker.

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary. We have been the voice of business since 1971, serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, strengthening business and community through advocacy, networking, professional development, programs, and services. Now nearly 1,000 members strong, we sincerely thank our longtime Chamber members:

We are all members of the Chamber and we can attend all the meetings and events as members.  
Leslie has some great ideas for our Chamber and we look forward to working with them with our events.
President Coreen welcomed Steve Gable as a new and returned member of our Rotary Club.  Welcome back Steve.!!!!
AG Al gave myself an award.  Thank you very much for this and your kind words.  I am very grateful for all my Rotary friends.
Darrell Burnham has been given an amazing honour.  Congratulations Darrell.!!!  
Imagine....Burnham Place!!!
Kudos to the doughty volunteers from Port Moody Rotary at the Spring Inlet Regatta Beer Garden.
Wolf Schamberger as the steady presence behind the serving table
Peter Cuthbert  parcelling out beer with style and grace
Paul Mitchell-Banks wrestling recalcitrant beer kegs into submission
Cleone Todgham welcoming legal patrons into the promised land with a huge grin
Bill Lawrie doing the work of  a dozen volunteers, corralling  recyclables at a blistering pace
The Dragon Boaters, who rotated in and out  periodically owing to racing duties , 
owe a big collective hug to Rotary for showing how it's to be done! AND Neil Nyberg 
Rotary Foundation report 
Rotary Unites to Deliver Aid to Ukraine
Rotary members in North America, Argentina, and Europe are collaborating with a U.S.-based association of Ukrainian health care workers and using their connections to collect and ship more than 100 tons of critical medical supplies to Ukraine. Two cargo planes packed with tourniquets, blood-clotting gauze, blood pressure equipment, and other items have already been flown from the city of Chicago in the United States to Europe, where members help unload the supplies and get them to Ukraine. Rotary members in Ukraine, where Russia's military action has caused a humanitarian crisis, are in daily contact with hospitals to determine what supplies are needed most.
North American and Argentine Rotary clubs are combining their resources to purchase items from the list of needed supplies. They're also working with contacts at pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to arrange donations. A hospital in Peoria, Illinois, sent an ambulance, and members in Maine, USA, secured a C-arm, a mobile imaging device that can be used to X-ray people for shrapnel.
Contributions to the Disaster Response Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
Gary is in the hospital waiting for his surgery.  He has requested no visitors.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers that he will have his surgery soon.  We miss you Gary. 
Chamber of Commerce Linda Balzer 2022-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

IOCO school and more

Our Rotary Club of Port Moody made the April Rotarian magazine.....Thanks Ian for heading this up.
5 on zoom
17 in the room
Thank you to Brian for leading us in O'Canada.......
Gary we want you to stay healthy for your surgery!!!!  You were missed......
Yvonne we hope you are feeling better.

April 20th meeting is at the 'Club'.  Same time, $16.00 for a full buffet breakfast.  Hope to see you all there. 

101 Noons Creek Dr.
Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5J1

Robert Simons spoke to us today about the IOCO school and gym and the possiblities of using this space.
President Coreen presented 2 awards :
John Crowther - John's first PH. - Congratulations John
President Elect Paul - has joined the Polio Plus Society
The Book Club met at Bill's to review the 'Paris Wife'.....Good food, great company....
Thirsty Thursday on May 5th.....We have changed to go to the WELL on the first Thursday of each Month.
International news
Glen announced that after some time the International Grant was 'approved' for Kenya.  Great job Glen !!!
Rotary GAVE A HAM......Thank you to everyone to turned out to help make this project for SHARE fantastic.  The packages were amazing and very well done.
Thanks to Paul, Glen & Mike for sending photos
Glen was there to pick up package ......Thanks for photos
Great group getting the tablets ready for RIBFEST......Thank you Brian for photos
Rotary Foundation Moment
In the Spirit of Peace
By: Yulia Zharikova, secretary of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance
The history of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance began at the end of 2013, when several like-minded people formed the Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. We were united by the idea of community service and our passion for art and music. The club supported young talents and devoted its energies to the development of educational programs in the city.
In 2014, after the outbreak of military conflict in eastern Ukraine, many members of our club fled to different parts of the country and even abroad. Subsequently, four club members who had moved to Kyiv decided to resume our club activities under the name Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. Four other members who had ended up abroad or remained in Donetsk subsequently decided to keep their membership as well. So, we retained eight members.
In 2020, our club officially changed its name to Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance in accordance with the policies of Rotary International. Since relocating to Kyiv, our club has attracted many new members and even received an award from the District 2232 governor for adding the most new members in the 2019-20 Rotary year.
Given our experience from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, we have made peacebuilding and conflict prevention a main focus of our community projects. One such project, running since 2017, offers training to various groups to promote dialogue toward reconciliation at multiple levels of Ukrainian society. In addition, for the past five years, club members have been involved in a large international project for the psychological rehabilitation of children affected by war and military conflict in the east.
Check out the 'Photo album' at the bottom of the Spike to see all the 'Random photos' from April.
IOCO school and more Linda Balzer 2022-04-12 07:00:00Z 0


10 on zoom
15 in the room
Guests were
Coquitlam Club members :Denis Boyd, Ron Warneboldt, Kathleen Ross, Jerry 
Yashair Keramati guest speaker from Cuba
Yashar gave us a shocking presentation of the bleak medical and living situation in Cuba.  We look forward to seeing him in person this summer and feeding him 'hash browns'. 
Tickets for this years' Search for the Perfect Pint are selling fast. The event is now 2/3 sold out and only a few weeks to go.
The 2022 event promises to be a great one. A great combination of craft beer and the beginning of summer.
It’s outdoors at Port Moody City Hall on May 6.
Photos from Susan - thank you
"The table" 
April 16 - Rotary Gives a Ham 
April 23 - Volunteers needed for the Beer Garden for Inlet Dragon Boat Regatta - Please let Neil know
April 24 - Pancake Breakfast at the Legion, for those that volunteered selling Poppy's
April 27 - Off site meeting at the 'Club
May 6 -   Search for the Perfect Pint
May 13 -15 - District Celebration
June 4 - Shred-a-Thon
June 9 - Installation night - Please let Linda or Gayle know if you will be joining us.
Thank you to Dan G and Micheal to donating their winnings along with the Club's donation to support Joseph & Hai.  The monies we gave will send these two to school for 1 year.  Well done Ian for the idea.
As mentioned at the meeting, Carol a Rotarian in Prince George has created some pins to support Ukraine.  She hopes to generate enough proceeds to purchase at least one Shelterbox or equivalent support for Ukraine. Pins are $15 and $10 goes to the ShelterBox program the rest is cost of production. If you are interested, please contact Carol.
Rotary Foundation report 
What are Rotary Peace Centers? 
Teaching peace is no different than any other skill. It can be cultivated with the right practice, passion, and guidance.

The seven Peace Centers – located in Bangkok, Thailand, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, Bradford, England, Tokyo, Japan, Brisbane Australia, Kampala, Uganda, and Uppsala, Sweden – guide peace fellows to become catalysts of peace. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities the Rotary Peace Fellowship leads to fulfilling careers that involve building peace in their everyday lives.
  • 93% of working alumni have a job connected to peace development.
  • 90% of alumni have opportunities to connect & collaborate with Rotary networks and partners.
  • $188 million has been contributed to the program.
Learn more about Peace Fellows and the Rotary Peace Centers here:
Heritage Mtn. Blvd. Clean-up
Small but mighty group came to clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  We know that many of our members were at the District Assembly so could not make it.
Thanks to Alan, Bill & Neil for showing up and cleaning up.....
Ecuador image.jpg

Cuba Linda Balzer 2022-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Support our Neighbouring Club  Linda Balzer 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Port Moody Recycles

Way to good Port Moody Rotary Club.
Our empties recycle program is working.
Thank you to everyone who supports this program, we have collected almost $1,000 so far.
Special thanks to the recycle king Bill who picks up at the golf course.
Reminder out account number at Recycle Depot is 123 1234567
Port Moody Recycles Allan Stjernegaard 2022-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Search for the Perfect Pint

4 on zoom
21 in the room
Guests this week:
Steve Gable - Soon to become member and sits at 'that' table ;o)
Clayton Anderson - Parking guru for RIBFEST & Summer Sunday's
Thank you to President Elect Paul for chairing the meeting.
Search for the Perfect Pint is ready to go !!!!  Alan said this is our 15th year !!!  
Let's make it the BEST 
Thank you to Alan K and his trusty team who have been working hard on this.
Please print off this poster and put in your favourite coffee shop, your business and/or your building.  We would love to once again 'sell out'.  Tickets are only available 'on line' so please spread the word.
The Team
This is where YOU can help
Up coming events:
April 7 -  Thirsty Thursday - Legion
April 9 -  District Assembly
April 16 - Rotary Gives a Ham
May 6 -    Search for the Perfect Pint - 6-9pm City Hall - Tickets 'on line'
May 13-15 - District Celebration Conference
June 4th - Shred-A-Thon - 9-3 pm
July 15 -17 - RIBFEST
Alan always willing to take our money for Breakfast.  Thank you
Frank - RIBFEST chair and Brian - our IT guy along with Micheal
Gary leading us in O'Canada
A beautiful bunch 
Thanks to Susan for the photos.
Interactor's design their T-Shirts
And this is the back.....
Well done !!!!
Foundation report
Rotary Responds
The war in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 3.5 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 7 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine.
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.  Some of the latest projects include:
  • Rotary District 2231 in Poland is using a $50,000 disaster response grant to provide transportation, accommodations, food, and medical assistance for refugees who crossed the border from Ukraine.
  • Rotary District 2240 in the Czech Republic is purchasing $50,000 worth of sleeping bags, medicine, food, and defibrillators, EKGs, and oxygen concentrators for victims. 
  • District governors in Germany created a national task force to coordinate member initiatives and relief efforts on an online platform. A liaison office for government agencies and nongovernmental organizations has been established in Berlin.
  • Rotary clubs throughout France have mobilized to collect and distribute necessities to refugees.
  • District 1910 in Austria is using a $25,000 disaster response grant to provide accommodations, baby supplies, medicine, hygiene materials, psychological care, food, and appliances to Ukrainian refugees in Austria.
Learn more about Rotary’s Disaster Response Fund here:
Search for the Perfect Pint Linda Balzer 2022-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Informative meeting

21 in the room & 7 on zoom
Guests were:  
Steve Gable - nice to see Steve back with us
Guest speaker - Vicky Waldrew - Construction Industry ReHab Plan
Jim Bell - Susan's guy
Jennifer - Patty's friend..
Alistair's Birthday
Gary & Hazel - 56 years
Frank & Sylvia - 25 years.
photo is PH+1 - Coreen has 2 stones.
President Elect Paul presented President Coreen with her PH+3 pin ....Congratulations
President Coreen gave Danne a Certificate of Appreciation for all the quiet work that he does for our Rotary Club.  Danne does 'Pie Day' for the Manor, once a month, and the Manors residents love it.
Danne always seems to have his 'truck' available for any hauling we need done.  He is the first to volunteer for Innervisions BBQ and Chili lunch and always there to help at Shred-a-Thon, Search for the Perfect Pint and RIBFEST.  Very well deserved Danne.
Guest speaker - Vicky Waldrew - Construction Industry ReHab Plan
Vicky is very passionate about her career in the Construction Industry
The statistics that she gave us about Substance use and risks of overdose in that industry is mind boggling.
Thank you for this very informative talk.   
Thank you Darrell for taking the photos.....much appreciated.
Rotary Voices – A Rotaractor’s Story Leaving Ukraine
As Rotaract representative Iryna Bushmina was in the car en route to Vienna from her home country of Ukraine, she had the idea to mobilize ERIC - Rotaract Europe
Now her team of about 150 workers are working in four directions to provide aid to cities within Ukraine by:
  • Distributing truthful information about the situation in Ukraine.
  • Finding accommodations and hosts for Ukrainians in flight.
  • Sending humanitarian aid.
  • Securing financial support for those who need it.
Bushmina shares her experience here
The Rotary Club of Port Moody's Little Lending Library was created by Walter Peachey.  We will be forever grateful for this Little Library and all the Love that Walter and Terry put into building it.
Walter set down his power tools and put away his skis for the last time on March 15, 2022, at age 76. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Terry, and their sons, Brent (JoAnn) and Ryan (Rebecca). 
Walter studied physics at UBC, where he met Terry, a future teacher. Once married, they led an adventurous life in the outdoors and raised a family of backpackers, hikers and skiers. He shared lifelong connections with fellow hikers, skiers and paddlers from the Varsity Outdoor Club at UBC. His love of the outdoors led him to be an early member, #23, of Mountain Equipment Co-op, for which he volunteered and served as a two-term director. 
Walter worked as a cabinetmaker and carpenter in the millwork industry and for School District 42. He loved sharing his passion for creating extraordinary furniture and cabinetry. He taught night school for 35 years and, after retirement, volunteered in the wood shop at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. 
Terry and Walter have travelled the world with friends, their children and on their own. They visited over 50 countries, exploring, hiking, scuba diving and soaking up interesting cultures. An avid journalist and photographer, Walter has left reminders of these great adventures. 
Our family is grateful for the exceptional kindness of friends and neighbours, the First Responders and Eagle Ridge Hospital staff. If you wish, a donation to Prostate Cancer Research or Eagle Ridge Hospital would be appreciated. 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 29, at 1:30 at the Vancouver Golf Club, 771 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam. (covid precautions; club dress code)
Informative meeting Linda Balzer 2022-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

RIBFEST and more

9 on zoom
25 in the room
President Coreen writes beautiful invocations:
Guests this week were:
Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotarian - Dale Shea
Rob Bodner - beer guy
Andy Berrisford - Yvonne's guy
Birthday's were celebrated:
Alan K
Vida's Pot Project for Bea's Kloset was a huge success.  Thank you Vida for the great idea and thank you to all members who participated and to our amazing Community who helped.
Thank you to Yvonne for writing to Idahoan Potatoes for our Rotary Gives a YOU?  Ask all your friends and neighbours to get their ham dinner today.  It looks fantastic. !!!
Al gave us a great overview of what is happening with RIBFEST 2022
Here are his notes:
Thank you Yvonne for taking the photos.
Peter went to 'Build a Biz' kids on behalf of our Rotary Club.  This is his report.
I attended SEAVIEW SCHOOL,  to hear students stories for a public speaking course.
The stories were varied — every thing from recycling to global warming.
These young students were outstanding, some more nervous than others, but all good! Congratulations to the leaders heading up the ‘BUILD-a- BIZ project, they were so supportive
to the students.
  Congratulations to all the students for working so hard on their speeches and over coming their nerves!!!
Oreo An  "Interact member" was also there and gave a very informative opening speech on Rotary and the positives of joining the Interact Clubs for teenagers. He was truly spectacular!
Rotary International Opportunity
Raise for Rotary – Another Opportunity to Support Ukraine
Raise for Rotary is a Rotary Foundation fundraising platform that provides clubs and districts an avenue to create fundraisers that support The Rotary Foundation.  Some benefits of this platform include: 
  • Empowering Rotary members – Raise for Rotary is a custom-branded platform that’s integrated with our existing online giving system. This makes it easier to create a fundraiser that supports specific Rotary causes, such as the areas of focus, fighting polio, or disaster response, and it expands our reach on social media. 
  • Giving donors recognition credit – Donors who give through Raise for Rotary using the email address they use for other Rotary functions, such as their My Rotary account, will receive Rotary giving credit and recognition. 
  • Minimizing fees to do more good – External fundraising platforms all have their own fee structures, rules, and guidelines. By creating our own platform, we can process gifts more efficiently and accurately. And that means more of the funds donated go directly toward Doing Good in the World.
Learn more about Raise for Rotary including fundraisers already in place to support Ukraine:
March 26th, 2022   District Grant Training
April 9th, 2022       District Conference
April 16th, 2022     Rotary Gives a you?
May 6th, 2022        Search for the Perfect Pint. - get your tickets now they are going fast
June 4th, 2022       Shred-a-Thon. - Will be sending out for volunteers in May....always a fun event.
July 15-17- 2022    RIBFEST - Al said this is a Club project .  Get your dates to volunteer now.
We send our Condolences to Peter Tudhope's family.  Peter was a light in our Rotary Club.  He championed the 'Wheel Chair Project' for many years.  If you ever bought a Honda, you might have met Peter.  Peter always had a smile and gave the best hugs.  He passed at the young age of 93....  Peter you will be missed by many.
RIBFEST and more Linda Balzer 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Book sale

Coquitlam Sunrise are collecting books for their book sale.
If you have any books you would like to donate please bring them to the meeting on March 16th and I will collect
them and deliver them to the Sunrise club.
Book sale Allan Stjernegaard 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the crisis in the Ukraine

If you are interested here are some interesting links to Rotary sites with updates on
what Rotary is doing in the Ukraine.
Rotary Action Group Community Economic Development:
Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis
More than half of the 2.5 million refugees fleeing Ukraine have arrived in Poland where Rotary members are organizing shelter, transportation, and basic necessities for the incoming refugees.

Rotary Club of Olsztyn is collecting and managing donations for refugees, primarily unaccompanied children, staying at Ostróda Camp. Within a few hours, four cars full of donated items were collected— including food, clothes, bedding, personal hygiene products, as well as some toys.

The Rotary Foundation has received thousands of donations, totaling over $1.1 million. These donations support efforts like that of Rotary Club of Olsztyn as well as provide medical supplies in Ukraine and support refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. #RotaryResponds

Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis here:
Rotary and the crisis in the Ukraine Allan Stjernegaard 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Amazing Tribute to Don

Happy St. Patricks Day - March 17
7 on Zoom and 21 in the Room. - Great turnout
Guests this week were:  
Stan Carter -  Semiahmoo Club
Darrell & Krista Burnham
Jim & Susan Bell
George read the Invocation.......Our President Coreen does an amazing job with those.
This is our busy season again......Look at all the excitement coming up.

Running from February 14 – July 24, 2022 this year’s 50/50 draw is the largest to date with three purchase options:

1 ticket for $20, 3 tickets for $50 or 8 tickets for $100.

Rotary Gives a YOU?


Dear Rotarians and Supporters,
The club is proud to host our Rotary Gives a Ham FOODRAISER again this year and we hope you will join us and our partners and sponsors.  Rotary Gives A Ham is a way for your family to enjoy a great meal and to support a family in need just in time for Easter or Spring celebration.  For every ham dinner purchased, Rotary provides a ham and CA$H to SHARE Foodbank for another local family.  SHARE gets hams and cash to buy vegetarian and other meal options for their families-in-need.  This year we have 2 options a regular meal ($60) feeds 4 and a large which feeds 8 ($100) – both have some ham leftovers as well.  
The Dinner is complete with ham, potatoes, veggies, salad, buns, pie, flowers and chocolates.
It's easy to do.  Go to #GivesaHam page at the link below and select your ham dinner (large or regular); and then choose your pickup time on April 16.  We will package your meal and share your donation with the foodbank.  If you want you can donate both your meals to the food bank as well.  In the comment section on the order for you can just note to donate both.  Here’s the link.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day at the Legion......or at the Well.....make reservations if going to the Well.


Tribute to Don Klassen
Patty gave a tribute to her late husband Don, with the most Romantic and Loving Video ever......Thank you for sharing Don's love of his family, friends and especially his love for Patty.
District Assembly
April 9. 2022 - 8:30am to 3pm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
District Conference May 13-15 - sign up now.
 Coquitlam Club Shredding event
Amazing Tribute to Don Linda Balzer 2022-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

If you see something........

Great turnout again on Wednesday.  7 on zoom and 20 in the room.
Thank you Gary for great National Anthem again.
President Coreen wrote this invocation.....well done!!
Ukraine......This is the message from RI


We are living in tragic and painful times for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, the increasing loss of life, and the humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but could extend its tragic consequences to all of Europe and the world.

As one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

Over the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia, and other neighboring countries have transcended national differences and been actively involved in peacebuilding projects to promote goodwill and win help for victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotarians and the others in Ukraine who are facing these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support, and peace to the region.

Rotary International


Thank you to Dan G for helping organize a container to the Ukraine...
President Coreen presented Cleone with a Certificate of Appreciation for her Mentorship AND all the other work Cleone does for our Rotary Club.  
Vida's 'Pot Program' is going well.  Vida mentioned that she is picking up 10 pots for Bea's Kloset.
Search for Perfect Pint will be May 6th, 2022 at Port Moody City Hall.  Tickets will be $50.00 and will go on Sale soon.  Get your tickets early as we always sell out.  Thank you Alan K for all the work you are doing for this.
Rotary Gives a Ham you?
This years dinner will be bigger and better than last year.  Tickets are $60.00 for the small ham [but not as small as last year] and $100.00 for the large ham dinner.  Remember you buy a ham dinner and a ham dinner goes to Share.  April 16th will be the pick up day.
Scalloped potatoes
Dinner Rolls
Sounds like a great dinner and for an EXCELLENT cause
If you See something........Say something
That is what Crime Stoppers slogan is.
Thank you to Anissa Lau for giving us a great presentation on Crime Stoppers.  
Here is 'that' table
Register now for the reimagined District Celebration at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington, May 13-15, 2022. 
Rotary Connects Changemakers on Saturday and Sunday with presentations by the inspirational Jordan Harrison and the founder of Days for Girls Celeste Mergens, and inspirational speaker and entertainer, Rebecca Murray.  You won’t want to miss the exciting International Bazaar, or the Saturday evening gala entertainment by the Killer Keyz Dueling Pianos.  
Pack your casual beach attire and celebrate being together again with your Rotary friends.   
Thirsty Thursday fun night at the Legion
Speaking of the Legion - they have lots of new activities that we may be interested in joining in on.  Thank you to Mike C for bringing to our attention.  Here is the calendar....
For example......might be fun to get a group together.
On Saturday March 12th the Al Foreman Trio will be performing at the Port Moody Legion Club 119 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. He will be joined by Tim Porter on guitar and Loren Etkin on drums.
They will be featuring original material as well as classic r & b,
standards, rock & roll, country,
ballads, blues and boogie.
Decent dance floor, great food,
and a welcome atmosphere. So get your dancing shoes, call some friends and come on down to
2529 Clarke Road, Port Moody.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Your Foundation Moment for the Week, as provided by the Zone 28 Regional Foundation Team. Many clubs use this as an article in their weekly club bulletin or as a Rotary Moment at their club meetings. This is a simple and effective practice to keep our fellow Rotarians informed and educated about our Rotary Foundation. 
Thank you in advance for sharing with your club members.
How can You help Ukraine?
In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has made available the Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
All Donations made online at Disaster Response Fund – My Rotary, Including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation Support, but Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, The Rotary Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. You will find a comprehensive list of projects at this link, with the contact details and websites.
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace.
Port Moody Rotary RIBFEST 50/50
If you see something........ Linda Balzer 2022-03-02 08:00:00Z 0


Our RIBFEST community loves their BBQ cooked “low and slow” - pulled pork, ribs, brisket and chicken. BBQ meals typically come with great sides like coleslaw, beans, cornbread, potato salad, and corn on the cob.
Ultimately RIBFEST  is a community event and we know that some of our guests want to see even more offerings, especially for guests seeking a plant based or vegetarian diet.
We would like to hear from you. What choices would you like to see at RIBFEST this year so that everyone is included in this fun community event?
Post your ideas as a comment. We'd love to hear them.
RIBFEST 2022 Glen Brown 2022-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Always a favourite 

Great turnout last Wednesday.....22 in the Room and 5 on Zoom
RIBFEST gang....
This table is reserved.....Always at the same
Thanks to Susan for the photos.
Please remember to let Susan know TODAY before noon, that you are going to attend the meeting so you can have a 'hot breakfast'.
Cleone gave us the menu for 'Rotary Gives a Ham, do YOU ?
Scalloped potatoes
Sounds like a great dinner and for an EXCELLENT cause
New Generations is BUSY
Steve talked about KIDS CAMP. - July 8-14
If you would like to send a 'kid to camp' please send your donation to Rotary Club of Port Moody Foundation for $734.00
Also if you know anyone who would like to go to YAIL please let Steve know.
Anniversary wishes to Meghan & Paul - 34 years
Birthday wishes to Paul [not Meghan's Paul] President Elect Paul
President Coreen presented Glen with a Paul Harris plus one...
One of our newest member's Neil Nyberg gave a 2 for 1 Classification talk.  Neil is not new to Rotary but we are grateful that he is now is our Rotary Club.  Neil's presentation was witty & informative.   We learned about Engineering, Disaster preparedness, and his love of his wife Donna & Motorcycles and Scotch.
Always a great way to get to know our members.  Thank you Neil
Thank you to everyone who came out to pull 'ivy' with Bob and Gayle.  A HUGE BIG  Thank you to Cleone who organized so many volunteers.  Cleone you are one of a kind.  We all love you. xoxoxo
Bob's the Man
That is one load of ivy !!!
Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species)
Hurray, the rain stopped and 22 people helped Bob and Gayle Carter, the city’s 2022 Environmental Award recipients, rrrriiiipppp out English Ivy in Bert Flinn park on Sunday. We had Juliana from SUCCESS come out with her friends, she brought along students and the teacher from the STEC Development Centre. The students were mostly from Pinetree Secondary School and they were amazing. Jack, from the Interact club knew what to do because he had been before and was very effective. Gayle and Bob’s daughter and son-in-law, Melissa & Rusty gave it their all and we had Bill, Gayle, Wolf and Cleone there from Rotary.  This project was done in partnership with the City of Port Moody. Thanks Angela!
Thanks everyone for helping to restore Bert Flinn Park and bring back its biodiversity! 
What is Our Grant Model Designed to Do?
  • Simplify Foundation programs and processes consistent with the mission; 
  • Focus Rotarian service efforts where they will have the greatest impact by addressing priority world needs that are relevant to Rotarians; 
  • Offer program options to help achieve both global and local goals; 
  • Increase the sense of ownership at the district and club levels by transferring more decisions to the districts; and
  • Gain greater understanding of The Rotary Foundation’s work and enhance Rotary’s public image 
The Rotary Foundation is continuing to make a difference in our world!
The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is having a Shredding event.....
Always a favourite Linda Balzer 2022-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Social Media

Yes, we could sing O'Canada this week.  Thank you Gary.....
President Elect Paul lead the meeting and did a fine job....
Thank you to Phoenix MacLaren for giving us a great overview on Social Media and how we can use.
Thank you to Cleone for the great poster for Pulling Ivy with Bob.......Let's have a great turnout from our Rotary Club.
Congratulations to :
Bob & Gayle - 59 years
Yvonne & Andy - 40 years
Thirsty Thursday's have changed to the 'first Thursday' of each month at the Legion - 5:30pm
It is always on the calendar on Club Runner.
What are Some Financial Best Practices with Grant Funds?
  • Follow your spending plan to distribute and use grant funds for the stated purpose in a timely manner. 
  • Make project-related expenditures by check or other traceable method. 
  • If payments are made electronically by one person, maintain a paper trail showing that the payment was approved by both signatories. 
  • Maintain detailed receipts and record each transaction in a ledger. The ledger should list each transaction, noting the date, amount, and reason for the transaction. 
  • Make sure to share the information so grants run smoothly and funds are secure.
Thank you for making our grant oversight of the highest quality.
Social Media Linda Balzer 2022-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Lots going on

No Singing allowed of O'Canada, but President Coreen had a great video of our Anthem
Guest Speaker was Timothy Massawe of the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilmanjaro Tanzania.
I am a law Practitioner  in Tanzania.  I am the founder and Director of the SAIDIA  AGRICULTURE AND SOCIAL CARE ORGANISATION (SASCO), an organisation that has empowered  more than 200 vulnerable children through Education. I am one of the charter members and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilimanjaro.
Currently, I serve as an Assistant Governor in my District 9214 which combines Uganda and Tanzania. Attached file is my personal story which I wrote as an article last year to inspire Rotarians to support the education program that I run through SASCO.

I got my first degree in laws at the Moshi Cooperative University and in 2016, and I graduated Law school of Tanzania in 2017. I am now a Lawyer and NGO Director.

There are a lot of children who are struggling to get education to reach their dreams, please be their inspiration, assist one of them when you can. Currently, we have students who have requested sponsorship. We reach out to friends and families who are interested to sponsor a child and watch him or her achieve their desired goal. There is no any bias or tribalism in identifying the potential candidates for sponsorship. The local government can be contacted where the child is for verification in case of any doubt.

There is always a very big power of changing the society through giving and helping others. Please change someone’s life before you die. Your work will continue to live in people’s hearts.

Timothy Massawe.
Phone +255 755649152

As per usual the Rotary Club of Port Moody has a lot going on.
Please mark your calendars for 
Glen - Walk for Kenya Connect -Let's do the Shoreline Trail together.
We can support Kenya Connect by participating in their annual 5K coming up the weekend of March 27.  You can simply sign up and do the run "virtually".  Better yet we could do it as a club on the Shoreline Trail - 11 AM, Sunday, March 27.  Register at Kenya Connect.  Contact Glen as to where you will meet.
Day of Service - Dogoodery - Cleone will give dates for that
February 27 - English Ivy pull with Bob Carter....
March 2 - Zoom for District Awards
Gayle wrote about the Book Club night:
Our Rotary Book Club met at Gayle and Bob’s home. We had a dinner with lot’s of great food, potluck is the best, and we discussed our book . We have been meeting every month and have a new book 'Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand'.  Thanks to Susan for starting this project and Bill for getting the books from the library every month.
This has been a great project during Covid and has brought us a new way to spend time together.

Thank you to everyone who came to help Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on Saturday. Bill, Ian, Trish, Mike, Neil, Glen  & Alan.
Rotary Foundation
Words from a Vocational Training Team Chair (VTT)
Dan Smith, Rotary District 7090 Vocational Training Team Chair, stated, “We are pleased with the successful Vocational Training Team experience in Brazil, Rotary District 4480, who hosted our team. Our team members were given opportunities to experience the expertise of the Brazilian world-renowned medical facilities and personnel in the areas of cancer, ophthalmology, and coronary procedures. Achieved goals included sharing best practices, research, helping others, and improving the quality of life. This team is currently sharing their many experiences of their Brazil experience with Rotary clubs in our area.”
Reach out to our District Vocational Training Team Chair, Ian MacPhail, for more information on Vocational Training Team opportunities.
Did you see that?  Our own Ian MacPhail is the District Vocational Training Team Chair.......
Way to go Ian
Super Bowl. -Thank you Ian for setting this up.
Guess who is the Super Bowl Champion !!!
Congrats to:    Dan Gallant                    1st Qtr 7-3 Rams
                        Dan Gallant                    2nd Qtr 13-10 Rams 
                        Michael Berrisford         3rd Qtr 20-16 Bengals
                        Dan Gallant                    4th Qtr 23-20 Rams
I hope you spent Valentines Day with the people you Love
Lots going on Linda Balzer 2022-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly

What a great crowd at the Well on Wednesday.  I think President Coreen read out 22 names and 6 were on zoom.
Gary was in great voice again for the singing of "O'Canada'.
President Coreen gave out badges and two awards
Rotary Club of Port Moody Badges were given to our 2 new members:  Wolf Schamberger and Neil Nyberg
Past President Meghan was presented her first Paul Harris award.  Congratulations Meghan
AND Past President Gayle was presented her Paul Harris Plus 5. - Congratulations Gayle
Cleone gave a report on all that is going on with Community Service
Rotary Gives a Ham
Valentines for Eagle Ridge Manor
Bea's Kloset
RIPS - February 27 - Bob Carter leading in Bert Flinn Park......would be wonderful to have lots of Rotarians join in
Build a Biz
Ioco School
New Generations
Interact is doing well wth huge thanks to Steve
Steve would like a 'lead' for Kids Camp this year - please contact him if you are interested
Tentative dates are:  July 8-14,2022.
Susan - Club Service
Book Club the 2nd Thursday of the month
Thirsty Thursday's - 3rd Thursday of each month at the Legion
Alan - Heritage Mountain Clean-up - Saturday February at Gallaghers at 9:00AM 
Ian gave a great presentation on our Legacy Project.
Rotary Field House isn't just a 'dream'.
Rotary International
What is a Rotary Foundation Global Grant for Vocational Training?
Established in 1965-66, the Group Study Exchange Program was an educational program that promoted international understanding through organized travel and personal contact. The program evolved as Rotary updated its grant model and placed this activity within global grants. Vocational training under global grants builds skills within a community by offering local training, by supporting groups of professionals traveling abroad for rigorous study in their profession, or to teach local professionals about a particular field. This type of training is often effective in conjunction with a humanitarian project. 
You can volunteer to be a vocational training team leader or nominate a non-Rotarian vocational team member – which will it be?
Club Assembly Linda Balzer 2022-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

RIBFEST and more

Gary was back and in great voice...
RIBFEST meeting – Jan 24.  Frank updated us on the overview of RIBFEST.  Much planning is already underway.  For more details contact Frank.  He also sent out an email to the club along with a powerpoint of the high level information.
Valentines – A great meeting was had on Friday to make Valentines for the Manor.  We made 50 Valentines!  There is also a drop box at the Well to drop some off, if you can’t make it to any of the virtual event.
Kenya Connect Glen updated us on fundraising efforts for a 5k run or walk which will be March 26, 9am, or anytime throughout the next day.  The race is virtual with people from around the world, and you get a participation hat.  Glen will have more details and send it out to the club to participate. 
Thifty’s Stamps – if you shop at Thrifty’s, collect the stamps and give them to Vida.  The stamps will all go towards household items that will then be donated to Bea's Kloset on March 10.  Bea's Kloset is a Soroptimist “free store” for young women in transition.
We are back at the Well next Wednesday!  $16 plated breakfast.  Please reply to Susan’s email and provide your breakfast order.  We need 20 people there....
Mike B updated us on our donations to the school in Grahamstown – the washrooms they used to have there were utterly atrocious.  Now the school has multiple clean, bright, and new washrooms, along with rainwater collection and washing stations for lunch dishes.
There was no guest speaker today but we had a great time sharing our happy bucks and updating everyone on what we’re all up to!
Do Large Grants Ever Take Place in North America?
Yes! Rotary global grants can have large projects, scholarships, and vocational teams all here in the US or in Canada…or in any Rotary region.  One of the most amazing aspects of The Rotary Foundation is that there are opportunities for large projects wherever there is need. Criteria must be met, but there have been and will continue to be large-scale projects in “developed” countries. Read about how a Rotary Foundation global grant made a big difference in Detroit, Michigan during the onset of the pandemic. The international sponsor was in India. You can view the article here.
Is there a need in your community?
Belize Container was loaded.......
RIBFEST and more Linda Balzer 2022-01-26 08:00:00Z 0


President Coreen opened our meeting with an amazing film of O'Canada.  It was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Gary you were missed.
Cleone had a Community Service meeting to discuss upcoming projects by the Club.  It went well and lots of ideas were exchanged.  She has a powerpoint from the meeting that she can share with any of the members if you’d like.  Contact her directly.
Rotary Days of Service and “Dogoodery” – Al Stjernegaard tells us that there is some grant money available from the District for good projects, with a focus on interactivity amongst Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, and women’s issues in the community.  There will be a call for action in the near future.
Steve gave us an update on the Interact Club’s bottle drive.  Looking to have a drop off at Rocky Point Park - Monday March 14, 10-12.
The Interact clubs across BC, Alberta, and northern US are also having their first ever convention in Calgary.  More details to follow but we are looking to help host some members to attend.
Coreen and Mike B are moving to Chilliwack sometime in July.  Sadly, this will mean they will leave our club but will remain heavily involved until then!  We will need a new Treasurer… anyone interested please reach out to the club executive.
Jill Atkey was our guest, from the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.
Jill presented some interesting information to us on low income and affordable housing, the cost of housing and the cost of rentals, and how our government and local bodies need to react better to the needs for affordable housing. for example shows data on rentals in Canada going up considerably.  The issue of course is that higher and higher amounts of income are being spent towards housing and rent, resulting in many people being priced out of housing.  Her talk was informative into potential solutions and commentary on the various issues.
Vida & Cleone made Valentine box 
A small get together at Cleone's to make Valentines for the seniors at Eagle Ridge Manor.  Aziz and his girls were there via zoom. A good time had by all xo
Foundation Moment
Words from a Past Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar
“During my time as a Rotary scholar, I learned to look at development differently. We often think of international aid in terms of poverty reduction, and we often see poverty reduction in terms of dollars spent and earned. The anthropology of development aims to analyze global aid in another way. We pay particular attention to how initiatives play out on the ground to determine just what local communities’ needs are and how those needs might be met sustainably and, eventually, autonomously….Rotarians understand that to have the most impact, we need to learn from other cultures. As global grant scholars, that’s what we aim to do – during our studies, and afterward.”  Levi Vonk, Global Grant Scholar and Fulbright fellow to Mexico 
We need everyone 'on board' for RIBFEST 2022.  Go to our website and sign up today.  There are many areas you can help with, so please sign up soon.
Thanks to Al, Alan, Frank, Mike C, Alistair, Micheal B, Gayle, Steve, Claire, Paul, Bill, George Balzer, Ian, Cleone, Mike P & Trish for stepping up and being leads in the different areas. (I hope I didn't miss anyone)
Housing Linda Balzer 2022-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Between Blade and Bullet

Gary once again lead us in O'Canada.  It is nice to see more people 'standing up' for our National Anthem !!!
26 on Zoom today.  Great turnout !!!!
Love the Invocation that President Coreen has done.
Kendra’s  [ an Interactor] GoFundMe Page for Tanzania:
If you would like to donate personally, please go to this website. 
Volunteers requested for the Western Canada Cup being held in Port Moody.  Please consider volunteering for them.  
Our member Ann Hulbert would love to hear from you – give her a call.  Number in the members section of Clubrunner.
Interact Update – They’ve been active with a bottle drive and looking to donate several hundred dollars to the flood victims in Abbotsford.
Community Service meeting scheduled for Jan 18.  Details to follow.
Ribfest Planning meeting Jan 19 – Details to follow.
Valentines – Jan 21st via zoom – make a bunch of homemade valentines to distribute to residents and staff at the Manor.  Box and supplies last year were located at the Well but this doesn’t look possible this year.  Rotaractors might also put some together.  A zoom meeting will be scheduled to make a work project date.  Details to follow.
Jan 20 Thirsty Thursday at the Legion at 5:30pm and the Spirited Book and Wine Club – sign up or get details from Susan to follow via Zoom.  Current Book = “Thursday Murder Club”
Jan 24 - 7pm – Ribfest General meeting kickoff, zoom details sent previously by email.
Margaret Franz (sister of Mary Steinhauser)
Glen Brown introduced Margaret to us.  On June 9, 1975 there was a riot in the BC Penitentiary (Max security prison in New West BC), resulting in 15 staff, including Mary Steinhauser, being taken hostage by three inmates.  The incident lasted nearly 2 days when a tactical unit stormed the prison.  Unfortunately Mary Steinhauser was killed in the process.  The riot resulted in a Commission of Inquiry to look into prison conditions and how to alleviate or improve these.
Margaret read to us select passages from her new book Between Blade and Bullet featuring the life of Mary Steinhauser and the circumstances in which Mary worked.
Thank you Mike P for the notes.  I Really appreciate !!!!
Trish sent photos of their 'winter wonderland'.  WOW you guys did get a ton of snow.  I happy it is almost gone for you now.
What is a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship?
Established in 1947, the original Ambassadorial Scholarship program was designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. With the launch of the Rotary Grants model, scholarships are now used to fund study by graduate students whose career goals support one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. The funding is the same as a humanitarian global grant with a minimum scholarship amount of US$30,000. Upon returning home, Rotary Scholars share with Rotarians and others their experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country, and what career they will go into in order to meet the seven areas of focus and spread good will and understanding. 
Do you know any students that you would like to nominate for a scholarship?
Between Blade and Bullet Linda Balzer 2022-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Re-visited our Club goals

Gary once again in beautiful voice, opened our meeting and sang O' Canada.  
Guest this week was Margaret Franz, who will be our Speaker next week.  She will be speaking on:
BC Penitentiary riot in 1975 and the death of Mary Steinhauser [ Margaret's sister]
Kudos to Gayle & Bob for their Environmental Award from the City of Port Moody and to Saam who is the Vice President of Interact who is helping ERM with I Pads for the seniors. He got a grant on his own, and that is what he decided to do.
A container will be packed and sent to Belize this Saturday......Thank you to Dan and Glen & Al for organizing.  Belize is very grateful and we have a good sense that the Rotary Club of Port Moody is helping to make Belize a better and safer place to live & visit.  Thank you to Cisco Woods for all he does for his country.
Rotary Foundation :
What Makes a Successful Global Grant Application?
Consult with local experts early in the planning process to build a strong program plan and global grant application. The district resource network (see below) can help.
To be approved, your application must clearly describe how your project, scholarship, or vocational training team:
  • Is sustainable — include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Includes measurable goals
  • Aligns with one or more of Rotary's areas of focus
  • Responds to real community needs
  • Actively involves Rotarians and community members
  • Meets the eligibility requirements in the grant application terms and conditions
The Rotary Foundation’s grant model empowers Rotarians to continue advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the implement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Re-visited our Club goals Linda Balzer 2022-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

A New Year and a New Beginning

Rotary represented at the Rose Bowl parade
A 16-foot-tall owl reigns over the Rotary float to embody both the spirit of self-improvement and the organization’s determination to make the tools of education available to everyone across the globe. Books, a quill and a hybrid apple/globe to symbolize the importance of education throughout the world help fill out the colorful float.
RI Moment
Global Grants – Making Sustainable Change in the World
Rotary clubs in Honduras and Pennsylvania, USA partnered together for a Global Grant to provide eye and vision care to needy residents in Honduras. During a 10-day long mission, Rotarians from both clubs worked to provide a wide variety of vision services through clinics held at local schools and neighborhoods. Over 1,200 individuals were evaluated and 600 received prescription eyeglasses. A local non-governmental organization will continue to provide eyeglasses and medications to those in need. 
Improved eyesight can translate into improved educational or occupational opportunities, contributing greatly to improved quality of life for these Honduran residents. Clubs worldwide use these grants to make similar long-term, sustainable improvements in the world. 
Every Rotary club has the opportunity to change lives around the world with the help of The Rotary Foundation….one program at a time. 
How do we want to make an impact in the world?
The Soroptimist Newsletter thanking us.  Very nice
A New Year and a New Beginning Linda Balzer 2021-12-28 08:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year

Just some of the ways we can raise money:
Please take your empty bottles to Return it and use this code:
The code is 1231234567 
We have done pretty well this year, thank you to Bill's big collection
at the golf course
 Also please remember to buy your 'beverages' at the Port Moody Liquor store on St. Johns street and tell them to put purchase to:
Port Moody Rotary Club.
Vida had a great idea.....please when shopping at Thrifty's, save the stamps they give you for the pans and if you do not want the pans, please take to Vida or let us know you have them and someone can pick up for you.  We will donate these to Bea's Kloset that the Soroptimist have for women beginning their lives on their own.
Please let your friends and family know as well.
We should all be so proud of Gayle & Bob.......Look what award they received from the City of Port Moody.....Well done !!!!
Thank you Steve for sending this Tri-City article:
Once again we should be very proud of our Interactors.  Saam is the Vice President of the Interact Club.  What great initiative he has demonstrated as a Rotarian and showing service before self
Port Moody Secondary student Saam Nourouzi spends a lot of time communicating with his phone, so he used a $1,500 grant he secured from Rising Youth to purchase iPads to help seniors living at Eagle Ridge Manor keep in touch with their loved ones.MARIO BARTEL/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

With a possible career in medicine in his future, Saam Nourouzi is already developing an appreciation for the value of helping people.

The 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Port Moody Secondary recently secured a $1,500 Rising Youth community grant to buy two iPads and five electronic pocket talkers set to help seniors living at Eagle Ridge Manor stay in touch with their loved ones – as well as soccer balls, beach balls and bubble makers to keep young visitors amused at the neighbouring hospital.

Nourouzi said the months of being isolated from his friends and classmates as the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to conduct lessons online gave him a taste of what some of the elderly residents of the manor must have been going through when outside visitors to the facility were restricted to keep them safe and healthy.

So when he called Eagle Ridge Hospital to see how the money could be spent should his application for the money come through, his heart soared at the idea of acquiring technology that might help ease the feelings of loneliness permeating the manor.

“It’s been tough on all of us but especially for the seniors,” Nourouzi said of the past 21 months of various public health restrictions that have become a daily sacrifice to try to keep the contagion contained.

Rising Youth is a program led by TakingITGlobal, a worldwide initiative that encourages young people to find ways to create a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.

The money for the grants, which can range from $250 to $1,500, is funded by the Canadian government through its Canada Service Corps.

Nourouzi said once he learned of the grant program, he started researching ways the money could help his community. Eagle Ridge Hospital was one of his first calls.

Coming up with the specific need to be addressed and getting the necessary approvals was a more arduous process, requiring dozens of email exchanges.

In the meantime, Nourouzi went shopping.

Looking to maximize the good he could accomplish with the money, he sought out the best deals he could find that allowed him to buy two tablets instead of just one. The electronic pocket talkers are devices that allow staff to communicate better with residents who have difficultly with their hearing.

With the money left over, Nourouzi also acquired the balls and bubble makers.

He said delivering the haul was “heartwarming.”

The experience, Nourouzi said, “helped me understand the importance of selflessness. If we’re fortunate enough to be able to give back, it’s really important to do that.”

And with one such project already under his belt, he’s already secured another $250 grant for the YWCA that will pay for 30 food hampers to be distributed to families in need.

Helping our, Nourouzi said he’s discovered, gets easier every time out.

“It’s very doable,” he said.

Well done Saam!!!


May the New Year bring you health, happiness, peace, and prosperity. Wishing you a joyous 2022!  Surround yourselves with those you love.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Love & Hugs
Linda xoxoxo
Happy New Year Linda Balzer 2021-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

Merry Christmas

I regret to say that with the new restrictions announced by the Provincial government, the uncertainty of changing restrictions and other jurisdictions shutting down, we have been notified by the St James Well that there will be no breakfast meetings allowed until the end of January.  I do encourage you to participate this week as we formally welcome two new members into the club. 
So to be clear: 
This week is a ZOOM ONLY meeting. 
Next week's meeting is cancelled. 
The Christmas party is cancelled - events are so restricted as to not be fun.  
January 5 to January 26th meetings will be ZOOM ONLY.
Hopefully this will be a short stint and we can at least get back to hybrid meetings in February 2022

Coreen Rodger Berrisford,

President, Rotary Club of Port Moody


Thank you to everyone who came to the AGM either via Zoom or in person.  We had a great turnout......
This is the Board Elected for 2022-23
President - Paul Mitchel-Banks
President Elect - ?
Vice President - Ian MacPhail
Secretary - ?
Treasurer - Michael Berrisford
Past President - Coreen Rodger Berrisford
Club Service - Susan Bell
Membership - Mike Clay
New Generations - ?
Community Service - ?
Environmental Service - Brian Wormald
International Service - Ian MacPhail
Vocational Service - Paul Mitchel Banks
There are great opportunities to be on the Board for next year.  If you are interested please contact Paul.
Congratulations to everyone !!!!
This will be the last meeting of the year so remember :
THE ROTARY STORE WILL BE OPEN for our last meeting before Christmas
GREAT PRICES - See Peter !!!
Rotary Foundation Moment of the Week
What is the Goal of Rotary Foundation Grants? (Part 2 of 2)
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through our grants program, which offers four opportunities for funding. Last week we talked about district grants and global grants – let’s look at the final two options today:
Programs of Scale Grants – fund activities that benefit a large number of people in a significant geographic area using a sustainable, evidence-based intervention with measurable outcomes and impact. Each grant will support, for three to five years, activities that align with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. How it works: Each year, one approved project will receive $2 million from The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. Applicants are strongly encouraged to supplement Foundation funding with resources from multiple other sources, and to work with an experienced partner, such as a nongovernmental organization, private institution, or government entity.
Disaster Response Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs caused by natural disasters in your community. Activities include providing basic items such as water, food, medicine, and clothing. How it works: Districts in an affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, based on the availability of funds. A district may apply for subsequent grants after it successfully reports outcomes from previous grants.
As Rotarians, we are eligible to participate in any one of these programs. Which one interests you?
We wish you the very Best this Christmas Season.  May you be with the ones you Love and Remember the True meaning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas Linda Balzer 2021-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

 It's almost Christmas and lets reflect on all we have done

It's a wonderful time of the year !!!
This week is our AGM......Please attend.  This is a very important meeting and it would be great to have a full house.....
Look who else supports Innervisions Recovery houses.....  
Great job Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise 
Lori, Amanda, Karen and Sherron met at the Remax board room, to package almost 90 Christmas gift bags for the residents of Innervisions Drug and alcohol rehab homes –Hammond house, Miller house and Hannah House.
Sharron delivered all the packages out to Maple Ridge.  They were well received. 
Let us reflect on all that we have done in November until now.
Poppy collection - Check
'Go for Rotary' - Check
Westhill Park Trail - Check [almost completed except signage] 

Eagle Ridge Manor Decorating - Check
Eagle Ridge Manor Christmas Party - Check
Innervisions Chili lunch - Check
What a wonderful success at Innervisions today for our annual Christmas Lunch.
There were 25 men and 3 managers . 
The cooks were Alan Schmelzel, Danne Dunlop, Al Stjernregard, Frank Marchand, Dan Gallant, cleanup Bill LAWRIE,  and organizing Susan  and Gayle.
The gift bags were a big success and the guys really liked their handmade touques  made by Jackie LAWRIE.
This is one of my favorite projects and it means so much to all the men.
Gayle Carter

Message of Hope - Check
Heritage Mtn. Clean-up - Check
RIBFEST committee's started - Check
Hosted Joint Christmas breakfast - Check
What a wonderful TriCity Rotary Breakfast at the Boathouse in Port Moody.

We had Paul as our MC and Richard Stewart played a couple Christmas songs while we all sang.(if you could call it singing)
In total we had 58 Rotarians and friend(family) in attendance.
Each President gave a short talk on the projects they are involved in.
The food was great and George and Yolanda won the funniest Christmas Sweaters. Imagine George as a Christmas Tree. 
It was excellent to find out just how busy all our clubs are.

Search for Perfect Pint - Planning - Check
Shred-a-Thon - planned - Check
2 new members in the wings - Check
I would say you should give yourselves a 'pat on the back'.  So proud of our Rotary Club.....Well done Rotary Club of Port Moody......
Everyone knows what to do:  Go to the Port Moody Liquor Store at 2929 St. Johns and tell them you would like your purchase to go to Port Moody Rotary Club.  Please make sure you check that they have done that.  We have collected a lot of money from you doing just that.  Keep up the good work and let's see what the total will be at the end of the year.
AND when that is done, please take your bottles to 'Return It' and put the account number 


Also Fundscrip

This is a good place to buy your Christmas Presents.

These are great easy ways to support our Rotary Club of Port Moody.


Rotary is helping the flood victims, and this time it is the Rotary Club of Golden you see familiar faces?
AG Al and PP Isy, who is now a member of Golden Ears.
Rotary Foundation 
What is the Goal of Rotary Foundation Grants? (Part 1 of 2)
During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. The Rotary Foundation impacts communities through our grants program, which offers four opportunities for funding. Let’s look at the first two grant options: 
District Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.  How it works: Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund, based on the amount of DDF generated from a District’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings. 
Global Grants – fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams.  How it works: Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide an 80 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.
Learn about our other two grant opportunities next week!
A few months back, John Quinn spoke to our Club about his life and the book he wrote called :  'Someone Like Me'.  John's book is being re-released on Amazon this week....A great read.
Ian set this up and because it was zoom, John did not get our Spike.  We thought it would be fun to take him one.  John was 'over the moon'.
It's almost Christmas and lets reflect on all we have done Linda Balzer 2021-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Let's get together !!!!  Boathouse - Tomorrow

The Interactors have been busy at work......Steve thank you for all you do for these Interactors.....They love you.!!!!
Water tank at Mang'olota Primary School.  The other tank at Muthetheni Primary school which was also funded by the Interact club of Tricities is also completed and funcional! Iam attaching additional photos.
On behalf of both schools, thank you so much for providing the students in both schools with the gift of clean drinking water.!
Completed water tank.  We are grateful to you and the Interact students for this wonderful gift.  We just had some rain in Wamunyu and the tank is already on its way to filling up!
AG Al met with PP Trudy and she sent this message to all of us........AND donated to AG Al's Go for Rotary.....
What is The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors?
Supporting the humanitarian grants programs, the Cadre of Technical Advisors is a group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and carrying out Rotary grant programs around the world. Cadre members serve in countries other than their own, and they conduct on-site project visits for two to three days with written reports upon their return. The Rotary Foundation pays for a per diem and roundtrip air-fare.
The cadre is in need of Rotarians qualified in the following fields: Health, Education/Literacy, Small Business/Revolving Loans (micro credit), and Financial Auditing (chartered accountants and certified public accountants), and more. Individuals fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and other language skills are welcome as well.
For more information, visit the cadre’s page on My Rotary or email
Are you interested in connecting with a cadre member? Are you interested in joining the cadre?
Let's get together !!!! Boathouse - Tomorrow Linda Balzer 2021-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Ribfest 2022 Update Allan Stjernegaard 2021-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Busy and Fun

It's a wonderful time of the year !!!
Wear your ugly Christmas sweater or outfit 
Bring $30.00 to pay for breakfast
Always such a good time to get together & get to know the other Rotarians in our Tri-Cities
Thank you to Gayle, Susan, Cindy and Linda K. for putting all the bags together for MESSAGE OF HOPE, and a huge shout out to our neighbour Verla for handling the main collection of items at her home. And then to Peter & Cindy for storing these donations in their dining room.  And thank you all for donating to this amazing cause. 
This is the thank you we sent to the community.........

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities Soroptimist, we would like to thank you very much for your generous donations for our Message of Hope.  We live in an amazing community and ‘you’ have just proved that. 

We created Message of Hope for women in our Community that are on their own, starting out ‘again’.  There are many reasons a woman or girl may need to access Bea's Kloset. The Soroptimist have an established network of social workers and agencies, youth and family counsellors and school counsellors who watch over girls in foster care, girls pregnant or parenting at a young age, or women living in a recovery house.

When these women and girls age out of the foster care system, transition out of the recovery house, or are heading out to begin life on their own with their young children, Bea's Kloset will help them fill their new home with everyday essentials. Applicants must be referred to Bea's Kloset by one of our many partners.

On average, they have between 20-25 beneficiaries per month who shop at their volunteer-run "Kloset."

These women, along with their sponsor go to Bea’s Kloset and can pick out items they need for their home without any charge.  

This year we chose to help with kitchen essentials and we are very grateful for your donations and please know that you have helped out over 30 women.

Thank you, thank you, thank you xoxoxo

Great Rotary meeting once again and lots of guests:
We had Wolf [soon to be a member], Neil Nyberg, Bernie Pregler [oh my gosh, so good to see Bernie], Dave Allen from the Coquitlam Club,  & Guest Speaker, CEO of Share Society, Claire MacLean.
Claire gave us an update on Share and all that they do in our Community.  
It was Gayle's birthday and all the appropriate songs were sung to her.  What a dynamic woman Gayle is !!!!
Zooming was Cleone, Mike, Brian and Linda.  
Busy and Fun Linda Balzer 2021-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Club info meeting - Yvonne ROCKS

Jeff McLellan wrote about Mary Anne Cooper:
“We have lost a dear friend, a remarkable, inspiring and certainly unforgettable woman who was a wise beyond her years,”  “Community meant a lot to her and ours was very fortunate that she chose to call it home.”
Today, as our thoughts are with the friend we have lost, she is with her husband and son now and I am sure she is and always will be watching over us all.  Mary Anne was 107 years young.
Yvonne lead the meeting and did an outstanding job.....Thank you Yvonne
Can you believe it is December already?  Our Club is so busy this month and we are grateful for all the members who have stepped up to help out.
Thanks to Susan for taking the photos this week.
Gayle who has done an outstanding job with Innervisions Chili Lunch, Combined Tri-Cities Rotary Christmas breakfast and Message of Hope, Bill who always helps everywhere and will do clean up at Innervisions Chili Lunch, and Gary who is always grateful and our 'lead' singer.....
Our 'Go for Rotary' man and almost AG Glen has done an outstanding job pushing for a great Fundraiser.  Wolf - almost member, Peter who's home is filled with the generous donations for Message of Hope from our Club and Community, and Frank who has signed up to shop & cook  for Innervisions Chili Lunch.
Alan seems to be our resident Cashier.....Thank you 
Thank you to Brian for setting up the IT for the meeting.....Brian is always there to help
Zooming in from South Africa - Michael & Coreen
Phoenix - Terry
Powell River - Paul
Colorado - Cleone 
From set in Deep Cove -Trish
Tucson - Linda
Steve, Brian, Mike from home or work
Guests this week are Neil Nyberg from the Coquitlam Club and Wolf who is soon a member
Just one more week till our Combined Tri-Cities Rotary Christmas Breakfast at the Boathouse -  
December 8th, 7:00am. $30.00
Also on that very day our Chili lunch at Innervisions
December 9th,- 5:30 - Book Club meets
December 10th - ERM Christmas Party lead by Susan - No volunteers needed this year.  Santa will be there with photographer.....Thank you Susan and Jim
December 11th - Heritage Mtn. Clean-up. - meet at Gallaghers at 9:00AM
December 16th - Thirsty Thursday at Port Moody Legion - 5:30 PM. All welcome
Club info meeting - Yvonne ROCKS Linda Balzer 2021-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

City Planner 

Happy Thanksgiving on November 25th, to all our American friends and family.  We are grateful for our fellow Rotarians in District 5050.
Once again the Pub is full of our members and Zoomers from all over the world were at the meeting.  We missed Ian from Equador, but had members in South Africa, Phoenix, Palm Springs & Atlanta.  
Our guests this week were:  Dr. Amber, Richard Biedka, Neil Nyberg from the Coquitlam Club.  
Birthday's - Cleone
Thank you to Tim Savoie for zooming in to our meeting and telling us about the State of our City.
Rotary will be collecting money for the Flood Victims in BC.  
More information to follow.  
In November, Rotary members celebrate The Rotary Foundation. It’s a great time to share with your members how the Foundation transforms their gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Here are three more ways you can support the Foundation:
  1. Make a gift to our Annual Fund-SHARE on Giving Tuesday, 30 November. Last year, Rotary members contributed more than $800,000 for the occasion. Share our video message.
  2. Give the gift of Rotary to make an impact in communities around the world. Your gift helps create lasting change, from supplying filters that purify drinking water to empowering local entrepreneurs through business training.
  3. Start a fundraiser using our peer-to-peer fundraising tool, Raise for Rotary. You can create online fundraising pages to support the Foundation that are easy to share with family and friends through social media and email.
Rotary’s Areas of Focus (Part 1 of 2)
Rotary is dedicated to seven areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
  • Promoting peace: Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.
  • Fighting disease: We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene: We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.
Thank you to Paul for leading the Poppy Drive......We collected $ 404.15
Santa is back for Eagle Ridge Manor this year.  We are so grateful.
Peter updated us on the lights at ERM and a huge big Thank you to Canadian Tire for donating brand new lights.
Gayle is collecting for Innervisions Chili lunch - If you have anything to donate bring this week please
Also our Message of Hope is building.......please drop off your items for this worthwhile project with the Soroptimist's at #65 - 101 Parkside Drive. [Peter's & Cindy's home]
Thank you to Gayle and Cindy & Linda K. for organizing all the items on November 30th.
December 8th - Combined Christmas Breakfast at Boathouse - $30.00
Please register as soon as possible so Gayle can notify the Boathouse of how many to prepare for.
December 8th - Innervisions Chili lunch - again, please register or let Gayle know if you would like to help prepare the chili lunch.  Thank you to those who have already signed up.
From AG Al :
How we as Rotarian address what we do
Don't forget to tell Port Moody Liquor Store that your purchase is to go for the Port Moody Rotary Club.  Wonder if we will beat our last cheque?
Christmas is coming......
We decorated the Manor......Always fun and the residents of Eagle Ridge Manor are always grateful.  Thank you to all that came to help.
Peter wrote:
BOY oh Boy!!  
We strung up about 900 ft of Christmas Lights in about 2.5 hrs.!!
When we started there was not a single light up  in both plaza's and the entire frontage of the Manor ( due to the roofer)
 This was only made possible by a fantastic amount of Rotarians showing up. 18 of us!!!!
To Cleone and her crew. Yvonne, Trish, Gayle, Sue, Steve and the young  interactors, Brian Wormald,  Kerry Foley- (Danne's better half), Aziz,  Bill Lawrie & Brian Dunne, who both worked inside and out side!
and even our newest member Wolf!
Mike Clay,  Danne Dunlop, Dan Gallant, John CrowtherBrian DunneSteve WitiukAlan Kabatoff and Bill Lawrie. Who all worked so well moving ladders stringing out our new lights etc
Lori Carlise made sure we all went through the Covid-19 test. Then Lori produced for us  Coffee and Doughnuts, which was a nice break. 
What a great job, we all should be so proud of out Rotary Club!
This is what Rotary is all about
See the photos in Photo Albums - 2021 ERM Christmas decorating
Message of Hope coming to a close.  If you have anything to donate, please drop off at Peter & Cindy's home.  # 65 Treetops
Susan, Gayle and Cindy went through what has already been donated and looks good.  We do need brooms and dustpans.
And never a get together work party without a glass of wine......way to go Ladies.
City Planner Linda Balzer 2021-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

DG Bev 

What a treat we had when our DG Bev Harrington came to visit.
Thank you to Gary for leading us in the Star Spangled Banner and O'Canada.  
President Elect Paul led the meeting and did a great job.
Past DG Dennis Boyd from Coquitlam Club was visiting
Steve's Birthday this week
Glen and Susan spoke about 'Go for Rotary' which is coming along very well.  
DG Bev awarded Dan Gallant, Rotary Club of Port Moody's Rotarian of the year !!!!  So very well deserved.
DG Bev also gave out pins for two Rotarians that joined during COVID......Frank and Susan
Alan and Frank presented RIBFEST at City council and everyone was on board to support us again for the next 2 years.  We have great support from our City.
District Governor Bev Harrington is a Rotarian from the Burlington, WA Club.  Her whole message was on Service & Connection and it was so well received.
After the meeting Brian met AG Al, DG Bev, Cleone & Glen at Westhill park to show DG Bev our Westhill project.
Innervisions - Please bring to Gayle the following items before November 24th for 30 men.
Coffee mugs
Message of Hope bags for 50 women
This is a great joint project with the Soroptimist's ....please help
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Saran Wrap
Cleaning supplies
Dish Detergent
Lunch bags
SOS pads
Paper towels
Dish Towels
Tea Towels
Dust pan
Please drop off items at #108 - 101 Parkside Drive, Port Moody.  There is a bin at the front door
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Thank you to Alan, Darrell, Susan, Frank, Mike Clay and Darrell's exchange student.  
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Lest we forget


Composed on May 3, 1915. Lieut. Col. John McCrae was a Canadian physician who served in the South African war as an artilleryman. He was on his way to Canada when the war began in 1914, and immediately upon landing he entered the Val Cartier training camp and was commissioned a Captain. Later he joined the McGill Hospital corps and went with it to France, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and died in service, January 28, 1918.
His poem, In Flanders' Fields, was written on the Flanders front in the Spring of 1915. Its inspiration is thus explained by Sergeant Charles E Bisset, of the 19th Battalion, 1st Brigade, Canadian Infantry:
"On the Flanders front in the early Spring of 1915, when the war had settled down to trench fighting, two of the most noticeable features of the field were, first, the luxuriant growth of red poppies appearing among the graves of the fallen soldiers, and second, that only one species of bird the larks remained on the field during the fighting. As soon as the cannonading ceased, they would rise in the air, singing."

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.

A huge big thank you to Paul for organizing the poppy sales and to: Yvonne, Susan, Mike, George, Bill, Cleone, Trish & to Paul for braving the weather outside the Well.

Guests this week were:  Neil Nyberg - Coquitlam Rotary Club, Wolf , Tracy from Douglas College, Dr. Amber Kenmuir and our Guest Speaker Dr. Kathy Denton.
Lots of members in the 'Pub' and 10 on Zoom....
Birthday celebrations:  Peter, Claire and Danne's Kerry.  
Club Anniversaries are the Charter members:  Gary Wiggins, Alan Schmelzel, Gayle Carter and Linda Balzer. - 22 years
A moment of silence for our Dear friend Jeannie Trasolini.......
November 10th.....DG Bev Harrington will be here.  
December 1st - Message of Hope bags to be completed.....please bring your donations to:
#108 - 101 Parkside Drive [ there is a box on the front porch] , or bring to the meeting so they can be dropped off.  We have gone to the Community and are getting a great response.  Please help us make this happen.
We need the following for this reason:
Have you ever moved and had to buy all the things you needed to start a kitchen.  It is frustrating and expensive! Now what if you were a woman “in need” with not much time or money?
Help the Soroptimist's and Rotary Club of Port Moody deliver a Message of Hope to 50 women “in need”.  With your help we would like to put together a  “Kitchen Essentials” gift package to these young women who go to Bea’s Kloset, a free store for women and girls transitioning into a life of their own. The following items are needed:

The following items are needed:
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Saran Wrap
Cleaning supplies
Dish Detergent
Lunch bags
SOS pads
Paper towels
Dish Towels
Tea Towels
Dust pan
November 13 - Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Meet at Gallaghers at 9:00 AM
December 8th - Joint Christmas Party with all the Rotary Clubs in Tricities.  
December 8th - Innervisions Christmas Chili lunch
Please bring your mugs, socks and toques to Gayle
December 10th - Eagle Ridge Manor decorating party
Go for Rotary is underway and OH MY GOSH,  there have been so many videos and promotions on this.   Please have your friends 'sponsor you'.  We can all help Ian with his amazing challenge to climb Mt. Chimborazo in Equador.   Thanks to all who have participated.  The 'loot' bag is also amazing......
AG Al spoke about many possibilities for fundraisers for this next while.
Pop-Up Ribfest
Wine Fest
Our Rotary Club of Port Moody NEVER sits still !!!!
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Lots to support and we need your help

It is through tears that I must tell you that our dear friend and sister in Rotary, Jeannie passed away.  We will all miss Jeannie's bright light, fiesty spirit and big, big heart.  We all know how valiantly she fought her cancer and we can take some solace in knowing that she was ready to pass and to join her son Steven.  As she told us "LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON" even as we mourn our loss. 
There will be a Club memorial at a later date. 
We are collecting her photographs, if you have some, please forward to me and we will make a photo gallery with them.
Peace be with you.
President Coreen


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21 years Steve Witiuk has been a member of our Rotary Club of Port Moody
Steve has held various positions in the Club, Treasurer and most recently New Generations Chair. He has done an outstanding job and is now looking for someone to mentor to take over next year.
Our thoughts and prayers for Jeannie's family.
President Coreen welcomed George Broderick back as a member.
Guests this week were : Wolf who has been with us for 4 meetings now
Andy Berrisford, husband to Yvonne
Guest Speakers:  Tiffany and Chantelle from New View Society. 
Tiffany and Charlene came to Update us on New View Society and the Teaching Kitchen / Launch Program
Talk about energetic women who love what they do!!!  They told us about the 'teaching kitchen' and how and why they do this.  So many good reasons to support this request we had from them.  Thank you ladies for your presentation.
Chocolate.......everyone loves Chocolate
Support the Rotary Club of Coquitlam with their Purdy's chocolate drive.  Great Christmas gifts
Rotary Club of Coquitlam is customer # 57055
Message of Hope
We are once again, along with the Soroptimist's, going to help 50 women in need.  Please help where you can.  You can deliver to Treetops #108 - 101 Parkside Drive.  Just leave at the front door please.  If you have any questions please message Linda Balzer at 604-341-4387
Please pass this along to your family, friends and neighbours.  We can all help a little.
Have you ever moved and had to buy all the things you needed to start a kitchen.  It is frustrating and expensive! Now what if you were a woman “in need” with not much time or money?
Help the Soroptimist's and Rotary Club of Port Moody deliver a Message of Hope to 50 women “in need”.  With your help we would like to put together a  “Kitchen Essentials” gift package to these young women who go to Bea’s Kloset, a free store for women and girls transitioning into a life of their own. The following items are needed:

The following items are needed:
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Saran Wrap
Cleaning supplies
Dish Detergent
Lunch bags
SOS pads
Paper towels
Dish Towels
Tea Towels
Dust pan
Thank you for your support
You will have made someone who needs it, much merrier this Christmas!
Soroptimists & 
Rotary Club of Port Moody
What can you give a woman who just turned 107?
Several people have contacted Jeff McMillan to ask if there was anything being organized for Mary Anne Cooper's 107th birthday. There is no parade or fanfare planned for her birthday this year. 

One question that I never thought I would ever ask in my lifetime is 'What do you get someone who is turning 107?'

The simple answer is, something that makes her smile. Click on the link below to take the MAC pledge and do something kind between October 23rd and Mary Anne's birthday on October 30th .

Be sure to use the hashtag #MAC107 when posting or email your birthday wishes to

Together we are better, and life is an adventure. So let's show Mary Anne that we know the importance of kindness and helping others.

Updates were given by Brian on the Westhill project, and from Susan on the Book Club.  Susan and Jim hosted a pot luck dinner for the first 'in house' Book Club meeting and it was very well attended.  They had a great time and had good discussion on the book 'The Hummingbird'.....  The next book was suggested by Ian.....Please pick up your own copy and join in the fun......The new book will be 'Three Cups of Tea'.
'Go For Rotary' has started, BUT never too late to invite people to come along for the FUN....
Glen has done an outstanding job promoting this, but it has to be done by all the club members.  I wonder who will come in FIRST.......
December 8 - Joint Christmas Party with all 4 Clubs.....- Boathouse. More information to follow
Lots to support and we need your help Linda Balzer 2021-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Great atmosphere

Such great atmosphere at the Well on Wednesday.  Exciting to see everyone back and of course those on zoom too.
Jeannie sent in this photo:
Guests: Wolf Schamberger, neighbour to Peter Cuthbert (and hopefully new member) and TJ Gibson.
Wolf also won the $50.00 gift certificate for the 'early bird draw'......Well done.
TJ was sent to Camp Jubilee by our Club and his emotional visit gave us all the 'exact reason' why we send Kids to Camp.  Thank you TJ...
Guest Speaker:  TJ Gibson gave us an update on his time at Camp Jubilee.  TJ works at Black Sugar Coffee, and ran into Ian at coffee.  12 years ago he was sponsored to do a counsellor in training program.  He was excited and it changed his life!  All his friends have come from camp and has experienced so many small things that have come out of his experience there.  What a moving talk!  Reminds us all of why we got into Rotary.

Birthdays: Andy Berrisford Oct 22 and Susan Miller Oct 23

October 24 is World Polio Day.  Our club does contribute $2500 per year to GolfFun which is out district's main fundraiser for Polio.  However there are lots of other ways to contribute including directly to PolioPlus, or email money to

Congratulations to Al Stjernegaard on earning his Paul Harris +4 for his contributions to the Paul Harris Society.

Imaginary will arrive soon....

Congratulations to Dave Stone for earning his first Paul Harris Fellowship for his contributions to the Paul Harris Society.

Rotary RIPS was on October 16.  This is a program to help eliminate invasive plant species from the Port Moody environment.  There was only one volunteer who showed up, in the pouring torrential rain.  Kudos to Brian for organizing!

October 18 was our Board meeting.  A grant was approved in principal for a great project.  New View Society (Poco) needs $3000 for a new lunch program.  They will come speak with us at a meeting to share.

October 18 was also a joint meeting between Rotary and Toastmasters.  Paul shared his story about Paul Harris and enjoyed the meeting.
On October 23 (Saturday), Brian organized a tree planting and shrub planting at our Westhill Park project. 
Brian sent us all an extensive report on the 'happenings' for this projection Saturday.  Brian you have taken this project 'full' on and we are grateful for all the work you have done.  Thanks also to Dan G, Michael, Glen and Sarah [from the City]

Giving Blood is a goal during October (Ve vant your bloooood).  Register online at or 1-888-2 Donate

Bill attended a marketing meeting for all of Area D, to help promote all our events within the community and cross-market each others events.  Its also important to know where the money goes and the programs that receive the funds.  Our club was identified as having a good social media presence, which a lot of Kudos go out to Alistair, Michael, Claire, and all the others who helped with that ongoing project.

October 28 is the Golden Ears club's pub night fundraiser at the Reach Pub.  $25 for a beer and burger, and tickets are available by email at

Trish gave us an update on GoForRotary.  Still a few days out till Nov 1 start, and lots of donations are coming in.  Sponsors are also donating funds and in kind prizes.  46 participants so far - Share The Word!!!!!  (More details below)

Upcoming events:
Loading Container to Belize - November 6
Thirsty Thursday - 5:30 at the legion Nov. 18
Manor Decorating - Nov 20
Innervisions Chili Lunch - Dec 8
Manor Christmas party - Dec 10

Remember to sign up for the Go For Rotary program, an online challenge to raise funds and promoting fitness, running, walking, and all sorts of yoga.  Go to  Register early and there are lots of prizes!
RI Moment of the week
Our Rotary Success with the PolioPlus Campaign
Because of Rotarian support, more than 2.5 billion children have received polio vaccines and have been protected against this crippling disease for life. There are currently only two countries that are endemic: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We must not stop our efforts until we give the children a Polio Free world! 
Will you help The Rotary Foundation make history by eradicating Polio from our planet? Give today at
Thank you to Mike P for sending me the notes from the meeting almost before the meeting is over.  I really appreciate that Mike 
Look for the random October photos at the bottom of the Spike.  Thank you Yvonne, Susan and Brian for taking photos...
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President Coreen's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo of sunset over Port Moody
Guest:  Wolf for his 2nd meeting & our Guest Speaker Gwen Gnazdowsky
8 on Zoom and 15 at the Pub
Birthday's this week:  Mike C - Happy Birthday Mike.....we wanted to sing to you but ......
Bill received his PH +2 from President Coreen
Alan talked about the Heritage Mtn. Clean up and reminded everyone that you are ALL invited to join in the fun. Heritage Mountain cleanup was on Oct 9.  Takes about 45 minutes and people generally end up at Gallaghers for coffee afterwards.  Next time get some steps in and join in!  Always the 2nd Saturday of the month.
Our first Thirsty Thursday is on!!! It is a social get together, at the Port Moody Legion.  3rd Thursday of every month...5:30pm (in person).
Thirsty Thursday's starting again on October 21st at 5:30pm at the Legion.  Everyone including spouses are welcome.
November 19-20 - Decorating the Manor
Our annual Eagle Ridge Manor holiday decorating party will be the weekend of Nov. 19 and 20.  There is work inside and outside (inside work requires vaccines).  Further details to come.
December 8 - Wednesday - Innervisions Chili lunch
December 10 - ERM Christmas party
President Coreen's Rotary International Foundation message
Rotary’s Polio Challenge
Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1. In January 2020, the Gates Foundation announced that they will continue to match 2:1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $50 million per year through 2023! 
 Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985. 
 Thank you for supporting Rotary and leveraging your generosity!
Glen Brown gave us an update on 'Go For Rotary'.  Donations and users are growing but remember that the biggest way for this event to grow is to sign people up.  Glen challenged us to spread the word and get people outside the club to sign up.  There is an early bird prize ($50 to Parkside Brewing) ...deadline is this Friday.  If anyone wants to donate without signing up, they can etransfer to Mike Berrisford at
Remember to sign up for the 'Go For Rotary' program, an online challenge to raise funds and promoting fitness, running, walking, and all sorts of yoga.  Go to
Register early and there are lots of prizes!
Guest Speaker: Gwen Gnazdowsky, One Conversation Coaching & Facilitation.  Gwen led us on a fantastic and engaging discussion on putting "fun" into fundraising.  She used dynamic tools such as Appreciative Inquiry and Interview Matrix to engage us and develop ideas and goals for our fundraising efforts.  We spent the latter half of the meeting discussing lots of improvements and suggestions.
We have a TROOPER among us !!!!
Brian Wormald deserves a medal as the 'only' member of our Rotary Club that showed up for RIPS on Saturday in the torrential rain .  Way to go Brian, and thank you to Angela Crampton [City of Port Moody] and Jack from the Interactors.  You guys ROCK.
A nice get together to hear 'Chapter 11'
Please keep Jeannie in your thoughts & Prayers. 
We love you Jeannie !!!
What a beautiful letter from Jeannie......
My dear Rotary friends and Rotarian family
I recently found this photo that I took a while back and it seemed to me to be a perfect metaphor for how we and our club have weathered COVID over the past couple of years - I call it  "LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON"  - funny, I never used give my photos names but this one seems appropriate 😊
The past couple of years - more? we as a club have been really restricted in our fundraising efforts because of COVID restrictions and yet the club has worked so hard to keep our light on and shining brightly, helping our community with new and creative ways of fundraising.
 Even though my efforts and involvement have not been what they have in the past I am so proud to call myself a Port Moody Rotarian.
What a wonderful group of caring loving people you are whose focus in life is to improve the quality of the lives of others. I know I'm biased towards Port Moody Rotary but this applies to Rotary in general and around the world.
It's been an honor and a privilege to be part of this club for so long
Jeannie 😊❤️
FUNdraising Linda Balzer 2021-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Go for Rotary

President Coreen opened the meeting with Brian Dunne leading us in O'Canada
We had 3 guests this week
Peter Cuthbert brought Wolf Schambgreer
Amber Kamir was checking us out for the first time on zoom
Returning member George Broderick
Birthday's this week were Darrel and Linda and we were Blessed with the singing of Happy Birthday and the famous Rotary Club of Port Moody's 'Why were they.......?'
Rotary Anniversary:  Cleone has been a member of Rotary for 23 years
Glen was presented with his Paul Harris +1 and AG Al announced that Glen will be taking over for him as AG next term.  We all know that Glen will do a great job.  Congratulations.
Our Rotary Club cleaned up Heritage Mtn. Blvd again on the 9th.  Thank you to all who came to help out and thanks again to Alan for organizing.
Golden Ears Rotary Club is having a Pub night fundraiser on October 28th.  AG Al has tickets.  This is their first fundraiser and it would be great if we went out to support it.  
WE NEED YOUR HELP.........Please help if you can.... Please send your cash donation via E-transfer to our club. The email address is
Currently clubs are also working on collecting school and sports equipment for a container supported by Rotary World Help going out in October (Medical supplies).

Last week Glen showed the video from Cisco.  Belize was talking about the various projects Canadian clubs have done with Belize and the upcoming container, and what they need. 
Please help by donating a few dollars for school supplies to these children who really need our help.
E-transfer to our Treasurer with a note that it is for Belize School supplies or give to Glen at the next meeting.

NOW........Drum Roll !!!!!
Glen and team have done a fantastic job at rolling out our newest fundraiser - 'Go for Rotary' -
Please sign up, ask your friends & family to sign up and share as much as you can on Social media.  the video's that have been done are so great.
CHECK OUT '2021 October Random photos' at the bottom of Spike
Please keep our Jeannie in your thoughts & prayers.....
Go for Rotary Linda Balzer 2021-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

It's October

President Coreen 
Special Guest
Carleen Thomas
Alan S - Birthday
AG Al received his PH+3
Trish & Ian's 30th Anniversary
Club Anniversaries:
Susan - 1 year
Meghan - 6 years
Glen - International meeting:
Projects in: Belize - On going project
South Africa, water and sanitation 
Calgary Club - Guatemala project for reducing cervical cancer
Glen - 'Go For Rotary'
Register now and tell all your family & friends to do the same
Thank you Frank for giving us this update....  
Lots of guests and members on Zoom [didn't get everyone]
Thank you for joining us: 
Dale Shae - Port Coquitlam Club
Ron Warmoldt - Coquitlam Club
Greg Garrison - Coquitlam Sunrise Club
Malcolm Kennedy - Coquitlam Sunrise Club
Jeff  - Langley Rotary Club
Carleen Thomas - Special Guest speaker
Random photos from Susan - thank you
Thoughts please.....
Gayle has for years now been filling up our Little Free Library.  We are all very proud of this Little Library.
The same thing has been going on for years, and we would like your opinion of what to do, if anything.
This was September 15th.
and only 15 days later.....September 30 it was totally empty again..... Gayle filled it up again.
Please help if you can....
If you go shopping, please let AG Al or Glen know and they will pick up from you, 'or' you can direct transfer to our Treasurer......easy  Please send your cash donation via E-transfer to our club. The email address is
This is a great video from Cisco Woods in Belize.  
Currently clubs are also working on collecting school and sports equipment for a container supported by Rotary World Help going out in October (Medical supplies).

Attached here is a video from Francis Woods in Belize talking about the various projects Canadian clubs have done with Belize and the upcoming container. Please feel to share with others.<>

Shred-a-Thon October 2021
We did it.....Thank you to everyone who helped put up posters, spread the word and work the day of the Shred-a-Thon.....We did it will smiles and enjoyed everyone's company.
Well Done !!!
Photo album attached.
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Community Service

President Coreen opened the meeting and Gary led us in the singing of O'Canada
Terry read the invocation 
President Coreen's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo made us all smile
Guest's this week were:
Past member and about to become a new member,  George Broderick
President of the Port Coquitlam Centennial Club - Carrie Belanger 
Khayangawasike from Kenya
The container finally was released in Nairobi 
Here is the list of contents
The most fun was to see the 'adults' play with the toys......One 36 year old said they had never had a toy in their life.  They were excited that they made noises and some even talked to them.  Amazing !!!!
Our newest Fundraiser - 'Go for Rotary'  is in the works.....
President Coreen has asked that you wear 'orange' to next week's meeting in respect for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
We are sending a container to Belize and would like your support.....
This is AG Al's message:
I mentioned that the Rotary World Help is sending another much needed medical container to Belize in October. This container is sponsored by the Rotary World Help (Thanks very much RWH).
Glen and I talked to Cisco of the Belize Rotary Club and asked what other items are on his wish/need list.
He came back right away and suggested school supplies and sporting equipment (soccer balls, basketballs, soccer shoes etc - used OK). They will be distributed to the poorer famlies and perhaps to kids of prisoners in the prison who are in need.
Terry suggested that we pool some money from the members instead of asking each member to go out and buy supplies.
If you are interested in supporting this please send your cash donation via Etransfer to our club. The email address is
The container has been delayed from Oct 2 to Oct 23rd. We will purchase the supplies in early Oct.
If we could get your donations this week that would be awesome.
Also if you have used  sporting equipment or a contact that has some please contact us.
Thanks in advance for your kind support

Al Stjernegaard
Assistant Governor  Area D (Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody)

Peter has put up the 'small' Shred-a-Thon signs.  Well done !!!
It is with a heavy heart that our 'Mentor and good friend to Rotary', Ed Nadort has passed on.
Ed was a great mentor to our Rotary Club of Port Moody and an 'Honorary Member'.  He was a member of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise and when Gene Vickers wanted to start up our club, Ed was 100% behind the idea.  Hecame to most of the first year meetings and encouraged us to continue with the good works of Rotary.
Thank you Ed, we love you and you will be missed by many.
This is what his daughter Lori wrote:
Today we said goodbye to my 92 year old dad, at peace with a life well-lived. Two kids, three grandkids, married nearly 65 years to mom. Born in The Netherlands, emigrated to Canada in 1953, he was a watchmaker, jeweller, member of MENSA, and could fix anything. Dad couldn’t abide small talk, bad grammar, or off-tempo ‘Happy Birthday’ (sung in harmony). Kept people at arm’s length, but showed his connection through actions – fertilizing my mom’s name into the lawn, designing and building me an A-frame playhouse and my brother a treehouse, and making gorgeous toys for Erin and Alex. He gave to the community, working extensively with Rotary (‘birthing’ several TriCities clubs), donating blood over 75 times, and problem solving solutions for the less-abled via Tetra Society. He mellowed as he aged, and as Vascular Dementia took some of his memory but gave him a wicked (and bawdy) sense of humour. Halfway to an orphan now. ❤
His obit has a funny story in it.  Ed had a great sense of humour.  xoxoxo
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Someone like me

President Elect Paul ran the meeting this week, while President Coreen and Michael were away.
Studying the computer
Birthday's this week:  John C  and Alistair's lady - Amy 
Anniversaries:  Brian & Claire, Terry & Susan & Dave & Cathy
This week's speaker was John Quinn who wrote the book ' Someone Like Me'.....
John's story is one of hard work and determination.  He lives by 'Focus on what you CAN DO, not what you can't do'
Wonderful speaker.....
Bio of John W. Quinn, Senior Chief Petty Officer, USN, Retired

John W. Quinn was born in Detroit, Michigan in April 1962 with cerebral palsy.  One of eight children, John also had a strong desire to serve his country.  So, in spite of his partial paralysis, two different sized feet, and the inability to walk prior to the age of four, John joined the United States Navy in January 1982 specializing in administration.  He did it while keeping his cerebral palsy a complete secret – and maintained that secret during his entire career.   

Throughout his distinguished twenty-year career, Senior Chief Quinn has sailed around the world on aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, and is a plank owner (founding member) of SEAL Team THREE.  His military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (Four Awards); the Joint Service Achievement Medal; and the Navy Achievement Medal (Four Awards).  He is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia.  

Senior Chief Quinn is the author of Someone Like Me, An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy.  

Since the publication of his memoir, John has addressed numerous organizations and Fortune 500 companies around the world to include Rockwell Automation, Applied Materials and USAA.  He makes his home in Tucson, Arizona. 

September 23rd, 2021 - International meeting - Glen's home
October 2nd, 2021 - Shred-a-Thon - please print this and send to all you know
Go for Rotary !!!  - Launches October 1st.
Thank you to Glen & Alistair for working on the marketing for this fundraiser
AG Al presented our Club with the 2020-21 Rotary Citation
We support Innervisions Recovery House and they are having their AGM and would like as many people as possible to join in their meeting via 'zoom'
If you are interested in attending our Annual General meeting on  Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 6pm (via Zoom), please click the link below to fill out the membership registration form.

If you have any questions about membership or the AGM, feel free to contact Hannah at
16 Members 'on line' 
12 Members 'in person'
Random photos from Susan
Gary leading us in the singing of O'Canada
The guys
Happy Anniversary to Brian & Claire

Someone like me Linda Balzer 2021-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

What would you do?

Upcoming events:
September 23rd - International meeting at Glen's home - details will follow
October 2nd - Shred-a-Thon - Please print out the poster and put up in all public places that you support.
President Coreen and Best Mate Michael,  will be away next week and President Elect Paul will be taking the meeting.
President Coreen opened the meeting and once again Gary led us in O'Canada.  Wow that man can sing !!!!
We welcomed Dan back and wished Marion a very Happy Birthday
The Dan's [Danne]
Our Guests this week were:  Matt Dolan & his beautiful wife Maryam Massah-Dolan
We had 17 people in attendance and 8 'on line' including our Guest Speaker - Terry Winship from South Africa.
Our guest speaker was 'amazing'. !!!  I'm not sure what else to say about her.  She started her presentation saying that she was about to be 50 years old and wondered if she would be happy to sit on her lounge chair for that year or go and do something. She was a single Mom of a 9 year old daughter and made the decision to travel the world for 366 days.  They sold 'everything' they owned and off they went.  The experiences were wonderful and exciting.  Terry's main focus for this was to experience as much as they could and be safe.  They had a ticket for around the world with 10 stops.  
So much to tell you, but 'Travel Light and Experience More' was the theme.
This was what they took for the year.....
We all listened in 'awe' of she and her daughter,..... and she ended by saying something like: 
What will YOU do with your life?
Thank you to Ian for arranging ... and Micheal and Coreen will take Terry her 'Golden Spike' when they go to SA.
Random photos [ another of Pete with eyes closed]
We all wished Ann and very Happy Birthday and get well soon with a card.  Thank you Gayle for organizing
A great turnout for Clean-Up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Nice to see so many members and family members come help.
Thanks to Alan S for organizing.  If you have a 'vest' at home, can you please return to Alan?, we seem to be missing some.  Missing from photo is guess who?
We went to 'Recovery Day' in NewWestminster and George and I were shocked to see this tree.....It was shocking and very emotional....A tree with the names of those who have lost their lives to 'overdose'. 
BUT on the bright side, there were so many people who have recovered from Addiction and all the Recovery places had tents there.  Innervisions was there with a tent, and was a 'stage sponsor' for the Bands.  Fantastic event.  Well done !!!
Thanks to Cleone for organizing the picnic at Old Orchard Hall on Sunday.  Those Rotary tents sure do come in handy !
Are you helping out?  Return-it.....

Our Account number at Return-it is:  1231234567

This is what we have to date:

What would you do? Linda Balzer 2021-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

New Fundraiser coming soon

President Coreen opened the meeting with Gary singing O'Canada and Gayle doing the invocation.
10 Members 'on zoom'
11 Members 'in person'
Greeters:  Danne & Peter
Alan collecting money
We sang Happy Birthday to Glen and David W.    Steve & Lauralea & Jim and Susan celebrated Anniversaries.
Upcoming events:
September 11th - 9:00 AM Clean up of Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
                            4:00 PM Picnic at Old Orchard Park - bring something to share, a chair,  and something to BBQ....
September 19th - Terry Fox Virtual Run
T-Shirts available from Mike Clay
The annual Terry Fox Run has become a fall tradition in Canada, with more than 650 communities, big and small, urban and rural, English and French, fundraising for cancer research. This year, participate from wherever you are on Sunday September 19, One Day. Your Way! Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block.
October 2nd - Shred-A-Thon - please sign up and spread the word to all family and friends.  Please put poster up where you live and coffee shops you support.
May 20th, 2022 - Search for the Perfect Pint - more information to follow
President Coreen presented Peter Cuthbert with a certification of appreciation for all the work he does for our Rotary Club.  Well done Peter !!!!
The meeting this week was about a new fundraiser.   Thank you to President Coreen for the details.  There is loads of information here.
WHEN: October 1 - 31 2021
WHERE: It’s self directed/ virtual. So anywhere you want!
DETAILS: Ready Set Go! - The Rotary Action Challenge is an opportunity to take care of yourself and raise funds to support the local or global community in youth development, environmental protection, senior care, providing clean water, education, fighting disease, growing local economies and promoting peace. To learn more about Rotary priorities click HERE. You can trust Rotary to spend EVERY dollar you give on service projects. See our rating with the Charity Navigator HERE.
So how do you get in on this? The Rotary Action Challenge has 4 activities, walk/hike, run, swim or cycle, you can register for one or more. Within each activity there are 3 levels of challenge, pick the one that will stretch where you are now. You can also collect donations and pledges which increase the impact of your participation. We have prizes for top donation/pledges for individuals and teams.
You will get to enter your progress, compare your results in the challenge and in donations/pledges (if gathering).
We welcome teams too.
1) Access to the Race Roster platform to track progress and collect donations/ pledges (for those who want to make even more of an impact!)
2) Participant package - a value of $50 each
3) Prizes for those who raise the most money by challenges through donations/pledges.
4) The physical and mental health benefits of movement!
5) The satisfaction of knowing you are making a positive difference in the community and the world.
What we need from club members are:
  • Another individual for the Organizing Team
  • Sponsorship teams for participant packages (worth $50) and awards for top fundraisers per challenge (12)
  • Collection, Assemble and Distribution team for participant packages and Awards
  • Marketing – help with marketing materials and marketing channels – Facebook, Tri-Cities News, community billboards, club visits, social media)
Our Free Little Library is full as of Sunday.  If you are walking by and see garbage in there or 'signs' on our Free Little Library, please feel free to clean it up and take signs down.
New Fundraiser coming soon Linda Balzer 2021-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Small but mighty

President Coreen opened the meeting with Micheal doing the invocation and Gary singing O'Canada.  Well done !!!
We were a small but mighty group at the Well with many on zoom.
Bill taking money this week
Great to see AG Al back.
And Peter has eyes open...... YEAH
We all wished Bill & Jackie a very Happy Anniversary and he seemed pleased we reminded him.  lol xoxo
Our guest speaker this week was: Roxci Bevis

We reduce fruit waste and redistribute it within our communities.

This is their Mission:

We’ve worked hard to improve local food security and reduce fruit waste in Vancouver since 1999, and have harvested over 72,000 lbs of fruit.

We’re a grassroots organization and registered charity focused on picking backyard fruit trees in Vancouver with a dedicated team of volunteers. We also attend outreach events, host workshops, and build connections with our communities in pursuit of our vision.

Our Mission

To strengthen Vancouver’s food security by celebrating and distributing the bounty of our local fruit trees, reducing fruit waste, and cultivating community in our neighbourhoods.

Our Vision

We envision a food secure Vancouver where everyone has access to fresh, local fruit, and the environmental impact of food waste is minimized.

We’re a grassroots organization on a mission to strengthen Vancouver’s food security by harvesting backyard fruit trees and delivering it to organizations serving members in our community who typically have reduced access to fresh produce.  Their Community Partners receive the fruit from picks and distribute it to their members through direct distribution or through workshops, community kitchens, and more.

Do you have backyard fruit to share with your community?

Contact them:

The Lock-Up is clean thank you to this group.......Please if you go there, put everything back where it belongs.  


Check out the photo album.....

Look how tidy......

Don't forget SHRED-A-THON - October 2nd, 2021.  Sign up to help please.  We had a meeting to discuss changes and we will need lots of help to keep organized.








Small but mighty Linda Balzer 2021-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Create a Village

President Coreen opened the meeting and our own Gary Wiggins sang O'Canada person with the members all singing along.  Thank you.  xoxo
Jeannie's photo - piano board
Good group of members on zoom this week:  Stephanie, Ian, Alistair, John, Steve, Mike, Glen  and Linda 
Birthday:  Mike P and the 50th Anniversary of John & Cheryl.
Greeters:  Peter & Danne.  We are going to see how many photos we can get of Peter with his eyes closed
Darrell - money taker
The group
So good to see David with us.....
One of the most inspiring talks I have heard......
Thank you Kathi Camilleri [ Spotted Doe] from Campbell River.  All our Relations.....
If you would like to contact Kathi:
Steve - Interact project
Photos on the progress of the water tanks for both Mang'olota and Muthetheni
PS. Both tanks are being constructed concurrently
More in the Albums - Interact water project
Cleone has great news from Kenya.......
Past President and past member of our club Trudy has asked for help with the Rotary Club of White Rock.  If you have time, please contact them to help with their book sale.  Trudy is in the Passport Club.....
Hello fellow Rotarians! We have a true ‘hands on’ opportunity this coming weekend..the RC of White Rock has the following volunteer shifts they still need to try to fill.  Can you help out for 3 hours? Bring a friend..maybe grab some Fish and Chips at the beach before or after? Please help spread the word in your Club or for Passport Club your old home Clubs. 
Or just come out for great deals on some books for your fall reading!
If you can help, please contact Anthony at:
Thanks all! Let’s lend a hand and support our local Rotary efforts!

 Here's where we have need.  Able-bodied volunteers are preferred for the sorting positions (lifting).  Thursday morning is clean-up.

Friday, August 27th
  • Floor (x1)
  • Sorter (x2)
  • Bagger (x1)
  • Parking (x2)
  • Floor (x1)
  • Sorter (x2)
  • Bagger (x1)
  • Parking (x2)
Saturday, August 28th
  • Floor (x1)
  • Sorter (x2)
  • Bagger (x1)
  • Parking (x2)
Sunday, August 29th
  • Sorter (x1)
  • Bagger (x1)
  • Parking (x2)
Tuesday, August 31st
  • Floor (x1)
  • Sorter (x1)
  • Greeter (x1)
  • Parking (x1)
Thursday, September 2nd
  • Floor (x2)
Board meeting at Cafe Divano....
Create a Village Linda Balzer 2021-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Great start

We had a great start to our regular Wednesday morning  'in person' meeting.  Thank you to all who came and to those who joined us via 'zoom'
Greeting us was Peter & Danne:
Alan collected the money for breakfast and as usual got lots of 'Paul Harris' dollars from us.
We had a continental breakfast with muffins, croissants, pastries, fruit and tea or coffee all for $10.00
Gary did a great job leading us in "O'Canada' and we all sang our hearts out.  Well done !!!
Michael P read the invocation and we all like President Coreen's wording
Thank you to Jeannie for the photo.....
Birthday's were celebrated by singing Happy Birthday to Ian and our Guest Speaker Malcolm Kennedy from the Sunrise Club.  AND as usual Peter led us in the Port Moody rendition of 'Why were they born so beautiful'.
And we all celebrated Dan & Marion's 51st Wedding Anniversary.
President Coreen presented the Rotary badges to Alistair and Susan and Stephanie's is waiting for her....
thanks to Danne for always ordering the badges for us.
Others who attended:  Frank and Bill
It was so good to see Brian out to our meeting.....
My zoom shot was not good but nice to see Steph, Gary, Ian, Mike C, Al S, & Cleone on the call.
Our Guest Speaker was Malcolm Kennedy from the Coquitlam Sunrise Club.
We are pretty proud of the donations that our Rotary Club of Port Moody has made to Rotary International Foundation.
Thank you to those who showed up to Clean Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on Saturday.  A small but 'mighty' group.
Bill, Mike C, & Dave and 2 young people from the community & their Mom, who will get community service hours for school.
Mom is Kate, with son  Mark and Andrey is with Bill
Great start Linda Balzer 2021-08-12 07:00:00Z 0


We are meeting 'in person', tomorrow,  Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the 'Well', 7:00 AM.  [we will have zoom as well if you can't make it] BUT our speaker will be Malcom Kennedy from the Coquitlam Sunrise Club - in person......
Breakfast will be $10.00
We had our first 'in person' meeting last week at Rocky Point Park.  The weather was beautiful, the Rotary tent was up, and we had fun.  Puppies, ice cream and presentations.
Not a cloud in the sky......
Rotary tent up
Puppies get ice cream too...
Such a nice suprise to have Patty join us......with her pup
President Coreen gave out pins to the Directors of the Club that had not yet received them.
Paul - President Elect
Susan - Club Service
Linda - Club Service [helper]
Ian - Vice President Foundation 
President Coreen gave Patty a certificate for all the work she has done with the Youth.  Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, RYA.....and Patty has passed to torch to Steve who is doing an excellent job with Youth & New Generations
After the meeting some went to the Well and 'well' the food looked amazing.
International:  Interactors making a big difference.
Some Pics received from Sharon at Kenya Connect.  Thanks to Steve and Interactors water tanks are now under construction at Muthetheni and Mang'olota (two schools in Machakos County, east of Nairobi, Kenya).    At Muthetheni, some of the parents also contributed gravel to use in the cement.  Everyone in the community is grateful that Rotary and the Interact Clubs are helping to bring clean water to the schools. 


Rotary 2022 International Convention to be held in Houston

The event will bring more than 20,000 participants from around the world and deliver $30 million in local economic impact

HOUSTON – During a joint news conference held at George R. Brown Convention Center, Rotary and Houston First Corporation representatives announced that more than 20,000 service-minded people from around the world will gather in Houston for Rotary’s 113th annual international convention on June 4-8, 2022.

IN PERSON Linda Balzer 2021-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Seniors and more

Reminder:  Wednesday August 4th, we will have our Rotary meeting at Rocky Point Park at 5:00 PM.....  Please bring a chair/blanket and a snack and beverage if you like.  Will be great to see all that can make it
President Coreen's thought for the day:
Thank you to Gary for once again leading us in O'Canada.  Please remember to 'stand' when he is singing the anthem.
A reminder to get your Police Check done:  
Happy 49th Birthday Frank
Ken Kuhn was our Guest speaker and spoke about the effects of Covid on our Seniors.  Sounds like we have a few people who are wiling to go out and visit with a senior so maybe we can get something going.
Aziz took this photo......I don't think anyone is smiling [except the photos of members]......BUT NEXT WEEK you will be because we will meet in person at Rocky Point Park at 5:00PM for our regular Wednesday meeting.
Dan Gallant says HI to everyone.  They are enjoying their summer
Past member and soon to be member again, Steve Gable says HI.  He is moving back to the 'hood'
Seniors and more Linda Balzer 2021-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students

President Coreen's thought for the week....
Thank you to Gary for singing our O'Canada.  I only saw a couple of us 'standing' for the National Anthem .....we can do better than that next week. Thanks Mike P for leading the way.
Happy Birthday to: Yvonne and Katy ....
Brian talked about Westhill and the project is almost completed.  A huge thank you to Brian for leading this project and doing a very large amount of the work.  Meghan and Cleone are getting the 'signage' underway, and will be done in September.  We did have some bad news about this project, after all the work that was done when Brian arrived the fence had been broken done.  You just have to ask WHY????
This was Brian's comments:  Just heartbreaking after the community came together to bring the park back to life.
It is fixable and I will do that later this week.  None of the cedar is broken but will need to be reassembled. I have a post hole digger to re-seat the posts and will bring a cordless drill to re-pin the rails to the posts.   All good, it should be fixed by the weekend.   You have the best attitude Brian....
Darrell was our Guest Speaker and talked about one of my favourite Rotary programs. -
Here are a few of his slides to explain the program.....If you are interested in becoming involved in Youth Exchange, please contact Darrell and Steve.  [either on the committee and or becoming a Host Family]. You will love it, I promise you that...
LET'S GET INVOLVED.....  Photos of some of the students are in our Photo Album.....
2021 Youth Exchange 
Belize connection:  Cisco was giving out bikes yesterday to needy kids. 
Exchange Students Linda Balzer 2021-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Wally Temple

Gary opened the meeting with the singing of O' well done !!!!
President Coreen's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo - Mundy Park
This week was Kirsta Burnham's birthday
Dr. Wally Temple - Calgary Guatemala Project




Dr. Temple spoke to us about Cervix Cancer and how it can be prevented
Some Stats
Here are some of the women who line up to get tested.
Colourful country
Thank you to Frank and Alistair for helping with the breakdown of the many optional fundraisers that were brought to the Club.
They did a lot of work and now we will break it down from 11 to what will be manageable for our club along with SFPP and RIBFEST.

John Saremba, at the Rotary Trail at Westhill Park

He took us on a walk to show us the bat boxes, trees that the bat might inhabit, talk about the ecology of the bat and then 20 minutes after sunset use his equipment to help us hear and discover which bats are flying about. Katie York, a terrestial ecologist will be joining us as well. 

John, is an environmental scientist whose passion is to share his love and understanding of nature with others. He created the BMN Bat Team, a citizen-science based program to promote the conservation of bats who regularly monitor bats, signs of white nose syndrome and he does bat programs as well. He had a career with the Federal and Provincial Governments working on major indurstrial projects and now does environmental consulting.

It was a special night!





The Old and the New Board got together on Thursday night and apparently had such a good time, no photos were taken......
Thank you to Meghan again for a great year and congratulations to Coreen for the coming year.  Thank you to Gayle for all the years she has been on the board and will continue to help wherever needed.  Also thank you to Mike & Claire for the contributions to the Board and they will also continue to help with Membership and PR.  We missed them as well as Paul & Glen.
It was wonderful to see everyone in person again.  
Gayle & Bob, Susan & Jim, Ian, Cleone, Michael & Coreen, Alan, Brian, Steve, Meghan, & George & Linda.  
Dr. Wally Temple Linda Balzer 2021-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

It's a New Rotary year

Coreen's first Rotary meeting as President.
  •     Gary WigginsO'Canada and OH MY GOSH it is so good to hear his voice again!!!  Thank you Gary....
  •     BirthdaysCindy Cuthbert 
  •     Anniversaries Brian W & Kelly 18 years 
  •     Patty Klassen.  We all send our very best wishes and we miss you Patty.
  • Bat Day – Cleone – July 14th 8:30 to 10 pm
  • Board get together - July 15th 5:30 pm
  • Book Club – Susan/Bill – Where the Crawdads Sing – every 2nd Thurs Aug 12 5:30pm
  • Madelyn Lawson – 10 year old – Rotary Paul Harris Award Winner - Vida
  • Ian MacPhail – District 5050 Vocational Training Team Chair
  • Fundraising ideas – Top 3? And – Trish
President's Coreen's thought for the week:
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation  held their Ryan and Lucas Golf Tournament at Swaneset and it was a huge success.  Fun to volunteer there and run into folks we haven't seen for a long time.  Past member Peter Tudhope was golfing [at 92] with the Westwood Honda Group. [and some other visitors]
Beautiful visitors
Thanks to the crew who cleaned up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. on Saturday.  Missing from the photo are Trish and Glen.
Beautiful day on Sunday and so good to see everyone 'in person'.  A wonderful picnic at Old Orchard park.
Thank you to Cleone for organizing......
Photos are in our photo album.
It's a New Rotary year Linda Balzer 2021-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

District 5050 and more

Happy July 4th to all our American Rotarian friends and to our family and friends in the U.S.A.   We are proud to be a Rotary District of 1/2 Canadians and 1/2 Americans and grateful for our USA neighbours .
Grad 2021 - Port Moody Secondary School
Thank you SO much for the use of your tents on Friday. It was such a hot day, and we could not have done the event without the use of them. The grads loved the drive through ceremony and the staff were so appreciative that we had shade that day. I have attached a few photos from our day, but wanted to sincerely thank you for your generosity and kind spirit.
Have a great summer and hope you are staying cool!
Mr. Jesse Meredith
Student Services, CLC 12, and Drama Teacher
Port Moody Secondary School
Thanks to Peter for arranging the pick up of tents and to Alan K for getting them after Grad.
Everyone has to do laundry so this is an easy fundraiser for the club.  Works well, eco-friendly and cost effective even takes up a lot less space than laundry powder.
This fundraiser gives us 20% of sales to the club.  They have quite a range of environmental friendly products you may want to also check out!
The link to order product is 
President Meghan's last meeting in her Rotary year - thought for this week
Steve's photo:   Sunset over Swan Lake in Vernon. 
BEST News of all:  We have a new website.....
Thank you to Alistair for making it possible and to Micheal for having it go LIVE......If you would like anything added please contact Alistair......Fantastic job, we are very proud of it.
July 11 - BBQ at Old Orchard Hall.....
4:30 pm
Bring:  chairs, beverage of choice, what you would like to BBQ and something to share.
July 14 - Bat program at Westhill - time to be announced
July 15 - New and Old Board get together  5:30 - Balzer's 

President Elect Coreen went over the many fundraising ideas that were sent to her for this coming year and beyond.  There are so many great ideas and hopefully everyone got a chance to fill in the form she sent out.  Once again, the Rotary Club of Port Moody never fails to come up with great ideas and people to volunteer for them.  Great job.
Meghan for leading our Rotary Club in a successful year. 
District 5050 and more Linda Balzer 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

A good night

Happy Canada Day to each and everyone of you .....
Installation night
Thank you all for coming to our Virtual Installation night.  Oh what a night !!!!
Glen you were an 'outstanding' MC and that video will go down in our Rotary Club of Port Moody's history.  Thank you
Micheal, thank you for your Invocation and for your 'speech' to your lovely wife and our new President.  You always have a great sense of humour and last night was wonderful. 
DG Bev and AG Al worked wonderfully together to 'install' our new Board and did it with class.  Thank you
Meghan you did a fabulous job giving a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your year.  Your choice for the Paul Harris was 'perfect'.  Dan Gallant never says no to anything anyone asks him to do, plus all the Rotary World Help that he does.  Such a deserving person.  Well done !!
AND Coreen, what can we say about Coreen, you had us all crying with your 'acceptance' of taking on the role of Presidency.  We all look forward to our upcoming year with you at the helm.
Thanks to all Rotary Club of Port Moody members and we look forward to working with the new Board of Directors.  AND next year our Installation night will be 'in person'
Meghan's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo this week
Lori Travis President Elect for the Coquitlam Sunrise Club was our Guest speaker and she had a very emotional talk on the Impact Residential Schools
Everyone thanked Lori for her bravery as we could all tell how difficult it was for her to speak about her family and the impact this has had on her life.
The Westhill project just keeps getting better.
Putting up nesting boxes....
This is the surprise that Meghan came home to after her trip up country......Thank you to Cleone, Coreen and Michael
Steve:  Thank you for all you do for the youth as the New Generations Director .
Dear Steve,
I would like to sincerely thank you for sponsoring me to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2021. 
During the weekend, I was able to listen to stories from many individuals and learn about their life experiences, many of which are very inspirational. I was able to engage in group activities and participate in the indoor project where we came up with a way to safely dispose of surgical masks in community grocery stores and hotspots (possibly even at home!), which is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What I will take away from this weekend is the positive energy and commitment to being a better leader in my community!
Thank you once again for this amazing experience. 
A good night Linda Balzer 2021-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Get together's

Innervisions BBQ - photo from Innervisions.....
President Elect Coreen and Michael, AG Al and Cleone went to support the Haney Club for their Installation night.
The three amigos golfing
Thank you to AG Al for organizing the Bike/Walk/Beer get together......It was so great to see everyone.  Next time we can all sit together.  Sorry Alan & Lisa, we didn't get your photo.
President Meghan's thought for the week
Another amazing photo by Jeannie of Inlet trail
Our Speaker last week was Robert Murray
Very informative and he had lots of questions from us.  
The Book Club met and discussed the book 'The Golden Son'.  Thanks to Cleone for picking this book
On Thursday, June 24th, is our Rotary Club of Port Moody Installation night.  The zoom meeting was sent out on Sunday, so please 'zoom' in at 5:30 PM.  Have your beverage of choice ready to 'toast' Meghan for a great year and to welcome Coreen as our new President.
Next Shred-a-Thon is on October 2nd, 2021 and we have a brand new poster......Thank you Alistair.
Interact's Fundraiser and what a success!! :
What’s missing is the 9 bags Jeff McLellan collected from the upper Coquitlam area.   This amount was all collected in one hour and took the students 2 hours to sort and deliver to Return It.  We are all excited to see how much was raised. 
They are planning on continuing this every 3-4 weeks
Get together's Linda Balzer 2021-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange

Information Session
June 16th at 7:00 pm
Pop in for an open house style Q and A about Rotary Youth Exchange!  We will be online to answer your questions from 7pm-8pm on Wednesday, June 16th.  Join us any time.
We put together this packet to share a little more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program and how easy it is for your Club to get involved. 
What’s inside the attachment?
  1. Meet five of our local students who went on Youth exchange!
  2. How much will Youth Exchange cost our club/students?
  3. What does our club need to get started? 
One of the benefits of being in Rotary is our international reach. Whether we are bringing water to communities in Central America or Africa, providing technology and innovation to provide equality, or vaccinating against Polio, our reach spans mountains, oceans, and borders. 
That is why our Rotary District 5050’s Youth Exchange program is so important. By bringing today’s youth into our international Rotary family, we are teaching the next generation the importance of thinking beyond your own backyard when it comes to sharing resources and planning for the future. The program also promotes peace - one of the cornerstones of Rotary. 
You might be amazed at how much your Club can benefit from Youth Exchange. In fact, there are likely potential members in your area for whom an Exchange changed their lives decades ago and who are ready to become champions for the program - and new Rotary members. 
We put together this packet to share a little more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program and how easy it is for your Club to get involved. 
Note:  As with any email list, the one we used may not have the correct recipient for your club.  I would most appreciate it if you could forward this information to those people in your club.  All members are invited to join our Q and A and our program!   Thank you for your help. 
Felicity Dye
Chair-District 5050  
Group Email:
Youth Exchange Stephen Witiuk (R) 2021-06-14 07:00:00Z 0


President Meghan's Thought for the Day
Jeannie's photo
Anthony had great news for us.....our Gaming Grant came through.  Thanks for all the hard work.
Thank you to Alistair, and his committee, Stephanie, Michael, Mike, Ian and Linda for all the work.  It is truly amazing.
It will be launched soon......Thank you Alistair......
Innervisions BBQ......thank you Ian for the write-up
On Thursday July 10th RCPM once again gathered up its utensils, aprons
and BBQs and with a COVID friendly group of volunteers set about
cooking lunch for the InnerVisions crew. In between cloud bursts the
sky cleared long enough to have a rain free event and as you would
expect a good time was had by all.
The InnerVisons BBQ is one of those things, that, like pie days and
Christmas decorations at the manor, is a staple "feel good" service
for our club. It's an inspiration to see a group of young men from all
over BC (PG, Cranbrook, Ft St John, Van Island as well as lower
mainland) that have taken the courageous step of admitting temporary defeat; of
admitting an addiction problem and setting about making it right. It takes
a lot of courage and perseverance to stick with it.. something to
be admired.....they in turn sincerely appreciated the efforts of our
club..a good win win. Hats off to this team of volunteers to make it happen:
Linda, Frank, Danne, Navid, Bill, Ian, Terry & Dan and the club
support behind it.
A great team came to clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Thanks to everyone who came to help out.  Many hands makes light work.  
We got everyone in the photos except Susan.  Thanks to Alan, Bill, Dave, Terry, Cleone, Coreen, Susan, Aziz and Linda.
WOW a new WEBSITE Linda Balzer 2021-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Why we do it

SHRED-A-THON......and why we do it 
It was such an exciting day and it seemed to just fly much work by so many people.....Our Rotary Club is amazing.  It was great to see everyone in person to laugh and talk to each other.  Thanks again to everyone who helped in one way or another.
We could not do this without our partnership with The City of Port Moody, Tri-City News and BEST SHREDDING who once again went above and beyond the call of duty.  Coquitlam Signs, Canadian Tire and Port Moody Foundation also helped make this a huge success.
BUT most of all.....this is why we do this.....
Just a couple of photos......look at our photo album [2021 SHRED-A-THON] and when I figure out how to turn those photos around we will be laughing.....
Stephanie :Our bin 'diver'.....AND she will never go to Dental school
Everyone took turns breaking down the cardboard... Here is Danne & John
Guess who is collecting bottles?  Thanks Bill
The only time that they rested - Christine & Mike, Dan, Alan & Ian
Peter & Michael collected all the donations......well done
Gayle dumpster diving too.
Trish our happy money counter......
There are loads more photos.  Thank you everyone for working so hard. Sore muscles, sore backs, nails broken, voices strained, a little blood, but Happy Happy Hearts. 
Why we do it Linda Balzer 2021-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Police and more

Rotary International sent out this message.
We would like to extend our deep condolences and sympathies to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on the discovery of 215 children on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia.

The discovery of these children is a powerful yet painful reminder of our history. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission research indicates that at least 3,213 children are reported to have died over 140 years of operation at over 150 Residential School locations.

No words can describe the scale of pain and trauma that First Nations peoples have, and are experiencing at this moment.
June is National Indigenous History Month, we ask that you support this national time of mourning to honour these children. HIP (Honouring Indigenous People) is asking everyone to wear orange. Let’s walk together and show our support.
May we all keep this part of our history as a reminder and a beacon in front of us as we work with our Rotary ideals to bring peace and equality to all.

Valarie Wafer                                           Dean Rohrs
Rotary International Director                   Rotary Foundation Trustee

Rotary Zones 28/32
President Meghan was unable to attend our meeting and so we had PP Ian take the meeting.  Great job Ian.
Jeannie's photo:
Soon will be the unveiling of our new website.  So much gratitude to Alistair, Stephanie & Michael and Ian  for all their input......SO EXCITING
Our Police Chief David Fleugel was our guest speaker and he gave us so much great information about the Port Moody Police Department.

David Fleugel

Chief Constable

Chief Fleugel has been in the field of policing for over 28years. Chief Fleugel has 25 years of experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Chief Fleugel spent all of his career in the RCMP in metro Vancouver arear performing municipal policing at all levels. The last position he held in the RCMP was at the rank of Superintendent as the Officer In Charge of the Ridge Meadows Detachment. In the spring 2017, Chief Fleugel proudly joined the Port Moody Police Department. Chief Fleugel has a bachelor's degree from Carleton University, as well as certificates in criminal justice from the University of Virginia and incident command system from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is also a proud graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development Program and also the FBI National Academy.

Chief told us about their Public Safety during Covid times
Strategic plan for a Safe and Engaged Community
IT changes for the Police - Digital evidence management program, body camera's, street check and evolution of policing in regard to mental health.
We had 34 members in attendance and questions were flying for our Chief who answered them all.  
We are so fortunate to have our own Police force in Port Moody.  'No call is too small' is their motto.
Time to get together.......Thank you AG Al for leading this.

Mix an outdoor activity  with having a drink together in a safe manner.

June 19th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. 

Looking to support all levels of engagement.

1) "Feel the burn" - a 26 KM bike ride around the POCO trail
2) "Smell the flowers" - a medium duration walk on a part of the POCO Trail
3) "Smell the Beer" - just drive over to our meet up spot and have a beer

If you are interested and able to attend on the 19th please sign up.

We will flesh out the details on start time/starting points and where we well meet for a beer over the next week or so.

Open to members and their families.
We will setup it up so we are outside for our beer portion of the day.
We will respect safe distance and personal boundaries as we slowly move forward with the opening guidelines.


Yes it is that time again.......This Saturday June 12th.....9:00 AM meet at Gallaghers to Clean up Heritage Mtn Blvd.  Thank you Alan for heading this up.


Police and more Linda Balzer 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

It's JUNE !!!

President Meghan's thought for today
Jeannie's photo
PDG Denis Boyd and DG Carol Tichelman presented the Ron Goldfinch MVR award to our very own AG Al
Very well deserved......
Our Guest Speaker - Eugene Au
Their vision:  To rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for people wo are poor unstoppable.
Where they work: 
For further information :
And Rotary information:
Another way for us to earn money is if you purchase Tru Earth 'on line' our Rotary Club will get 20% of money purchased.  Our Rotary Club is signed just need to login and purchase product.
It's JUNE !!! Linda Balzer 2021-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Awards and more awards

President Meghan's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo. - Jellyfish
President Meghan gave out Rotary of the Month pins to:
Gayle:  For all the work she does in the club and for the Community Grants
Brian:  for Leading the Westhill project
Alistair :  Stepping up as a new member offering to do our website and help with Westhill
Peter:  Leading the Westhill 'roof' project
Stephanie:  Again stepping up as a new member, helping with website, clean up and Westhill
Susan:  Starting the book club
Linda ......just cause [thank you]
District Awards
June 5th - SHRED-A-THON - Port Moody City Hall at  9:00 - 3:00 pm
Volunteers start at 8:15 am
June 10th - Thursday  - BBQ for Innervisons at Prairie Ave.
June 24th - Virtual Installation night. 
Westhill Loop Trail -
Peter is going to put the cap on the roof and came for instructions on the safety belt.....
AND Peter was 'on the roof' [ with Danne's help] and it is now completed
The entrance-way is now totally finished. I installed the Satin-Coat Cap Flashing, with Danne’s help.,
this morning. (Satin coated S/M will protect the cedar shingles from a moss build-up). AND as always there is a story to be told:  lol. 
Claire interviewed Brian at Westhill and posted on Facebook.  Great job both of you.  Claire has a real talent for this.
Our New Number is:  
123 1234567
Should be easier to remember. Write it down and keep in your wallet.  Please pass it along to friends. Please do not use the old number any more.  Thanks Mike and Al for changing this.
Awards and more awards Linda Balzer 2021-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

What a District !!!!

President Elect Coreen ran the meeting 
Michael - Sweet Magnolia
RYLA is coming soon and if you know of anyone who is is 18 - 30 years old and would be interested in Leadership Training please have them contact Steve or Coreen.....
AG Al gave us an overview of our District & Area D
Our District 5050 has 53 Clubs
2200 members with 14 Assistant Governor's
Al is responsible for:
Rotary Club of Coquitlam 
Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise 
Rotary Club of POCO Centennial
Rotary Club of Haney
Rotary Club of Meadowridge
Rotary Club of Golden Ears
This will be the end of Al's term as DG and he asked if anyone that might be interested in taking on this role, to contact him for more information.  Gary, Aziz and Darrel would all agree that you learn a lot, meet so many people and have FUN doing this District job. 
Westhill Trail has started and Danne, Peter, Brian and George have been the guys who have put on the 'new roof'.
A huge thank you to College Park community, the Scouts and Innervisions for coming out to 'move that gravel'.  Phase two coming soon. !!!!
Instead of 'this'
We had 'this'
Babies and more babies
Cleone became a Grandma once again to a beautiful baby girl.  She can't wait to go visit and hold her.
Meghan became a Grandma for the first time......Congratulations to this new chapter of your life.  A beautiful baby boy....
Thanks to Gayle and the Board we have approved several grants.  One of them was for the Grade 5 students at Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  We were asked to 'add' something to the basket that each student was receiving. We chose to add the 4 way Test Coin [ Words to Live by ] and a poster about Interact as they are all the age that might be interested.
Thanks again to Gayle for helping to put the gifts together.
What a District !!!! Linda Balzer 2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Mid May

President Meghan's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo this week
One of the favourite meetings we have, is when one of our Club members does their 'classification' talk and this last meeting was one of the BEST.  Our newest member Stephanie did her 'what makes Stephanie tick' talk and although most of us have not met her in person 'YET', we all got to know her through her talk and can't wait to meet in person.  
Stephanie's slide show was so well done and I think one of the first ones that used 'Rotary' as an example of how her life and career are similar.
We also now know why Stephanie's hand is 'alway up' for new adventures.  We are so grateful you are in our Rotary Club of Port Moody Stephanie.
Thank you......
Stephanie's career
Interactors are recruiting new members and doing a great job.  Thank you Steve for all the work you do with these young people.  Steve needs help.  Please contact him. if you are interested in working with young
The 'Spirited Book Club' has begun and our first 'zoom' was on Thursday.  Great turnout and quite amazing to hear all the different responses to the 'same' book.  Love it!  Thank you to Susan for starting this. Cheers !!!!
Clean up of Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Well done group !!!
Westhill Trail has begun........
Mid May Linda Balzer 2021-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo. 
President Meghan's thought for the week.
More Computer info from Micheal......
Clean up of Heritage Mtn. Blvd. Saturday May 8th, 2021.....Meet at Gallagher's at 9:00 AM
Thank you to Alan for once again organizing this.
The more the merrier and the faster it gets done.....
The 'Spirited Book Club' book review on Thursday, May 6th  at 5:30PM. Thanks to Susan for heading this up.
Cinco de Mayo Linda Balzer 2021-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Website excitement

President Meghan's thought for the week.
Jeannie's photo of Kits Beach
Cleone - Rotary Gives a Ham......for Share
Great job -TEAM......the rest of the slides will be in Photo Albums
Brian:  Westhill park project 
Day for Girls packing for Beirut.....
WEBSITE Changes will set us apart......Great presentation by Michael and Alistair
The 'Spirited Book Club' is underway reading 'My Name is Leon'.
Thank you Susan for getting us started......
Website excitement Linda Balzer 2021-04-20 07:00:00Z 0


Please spread the word for our SHRED-A-THON on June 5th, 2021 at Port Moody City Hall.  Our partners each year are
BEST SHREDDING,  City of Port Moody and Tri-City News.
Shredding is by donation to the Rotary Club of Port Moody.
 Please wear your mask and please do not get out of your car.
SHRED-A-THON Linda Balzer 2021-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

The sun is shining

President Elect Coreen held the meeting this week and she was the Speaker for Community Service and what we will be doing this next year.  Well Done!!!
Thought for the week:
Jeannie's photo of the week.  Always beautiful - Spring time in Port Moody.
Condolences to Michael and family for the loss of his Dad.  
Coreen was the speaker this week and talked about the upcoming year and Community Service
Our Vision Statement:
 Upcoming Club Interests and more:
Glen sent this. 
If you're in the club and you are on Twitter, you can help promote our Twitter Account.  We have 180 followers and could sure stand to grow that number.  Here are some things you can do from your Twitter Account to help us grow:
  1. Follow us @PortMoodyRotary
  2. Like a tweet
  3. Retweet or Share a Tweet
  4. Share and comment on a tweet
  5. Reply to a tweet
  6. Retweet/Share a tweet with a #hashtag
  7. Retweet/Share a tweet with twitter influencer you are connected with @Rotary  @BradPitt @Hettburn
Thanks for your support and Happy Tweeting.
Steve sent photo
Happy 97th Birthday to Steve's Dad:
We have supported Innervisions Recovery House for 20+ years and they are celebrating their
30 year Anniversary.  We are so proud of all that they have done to help people in recovery.  Congratulations Billy & Kim and Max.....
April 15th
Today marks the 30-Year Anniversary of InnerVisions Recovery Society. We are so grateful for everything we have been able to accomplish over the past 30 years. What started as just the dream of two recovering addicts has become a reality, and has helped countless people to start their lives over. We hope you enjoy taking this trip down memory lane with us, and celebrating our 30-Year Anniversary. 
Here is the YouTube VIDEO.....
Please copy and paste this link and the end of the video will just warm your heart.  For those of us that know Billy, this will make you smile, for those that don't, you will now know why we support Innervisions.......
Stephanie:  This is my dog, Rudy, making a very careful selection of a stick at the Noons Creek Hatchery near the inlet. 
I took this from 'I love Port Moody' FB site.....Thank you Jeff
In an effort to help local restaurants, pubs, cafes and coffee shops this post is a list of all the Port Moody places with patios! This is because we know that there are a bunch of newer residents who are members of this group and share info.
Please comment adding missing patios or any specific information you might have on hours, capacity and if they are pet friendly if you wish.
Saint St Grill
The Boathouse
The Canteen (opening soon)
JJBean Coffee
Brown’s Social House
Beanery Coffeehouse & Eatery
(101-2591 Panorama Drive)
Me-N-Ed's Pizza
on Austin
Fairways Grill & Patio at the Westwood Plateau 12 Hole Executive
Big thank you to all  in helping to remove, the requested Christmas Lights at The Manor
Thanks to Bill for dropping off and marking the plastic tubs he kindly donated.
Thanks to Stephanie for stepping up and marking the location of the various light strings.
We all got stuck in, working as a team, which meant we were finished in just one hour!!!
Great Team work…….. Thank you!
The sun is shining Linda Balzer 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Real Estate and more

President Meghan's thought for the week
Jeannie's photo of the week - Thistle and the Bee
President Elect Coreen encouraged us to join Fiesta.
The Club Training Fiesta is here through the Month of April. For more information and to register CLICK HERE.

Training for Clubs

Training Fiesta - replacing what was the District Learning Assembly

It’s a Fiesta! Launching March 31st!
Yes; all through April we are celebrating learning and development for Rotarians in District 5050 with our Club Training Fiesta.  It all kicks off March 31st with a special presentation from Dr Kent M Keith, Rotarian and author of The Paradoxical Commandments speaking to us about Servant Leadership and the 4-Way Test.
This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Rotary and is geared to incoming or existing Club Board Members as well as those new to Rotary who want to get a better idea of the scope and breadth of our organization. Watch for information coming soon on the District 5050 website about sessions such as:
April 12, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Michael Caruso
April 12, 2021            CTF - Understanding your Fellow Rotarian
April 13, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Public Image Workshop
April 13, 2021            CTF - Role of the Club Foundation Chair
April 14, 2021            CTF - Membership Innovation
April 15, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Youth
April 19, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Fundraising Online
April 20, 2021            CTF - Club Runner Communication Tools
April 21, 2021            CTF - Understanding Paul Harris Recognition
April 21, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Role of the Club Secretary
April 21, 2021            CTF - New members
April 22, 2021            CTF - Presidents-Elect - District Budget
April 22, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Club Runner Event Planner
April 26, 2021            Club Training Fiesta - Fundraising - Jesse Sidhu
April 27, 2021            CTF - Understanding your Fellow Rotarian
April 27, 2021            CTF - Hybrid Meetings - Mitty Chang
April 27, 2021            CTF - Scholarships & Peace Centers
April 28, 2021            CTF -  Networking Plus 
April 29, 2021            CTF - The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund
April 30, 2021            Club Training Fiesta Closing Session

Clubrunner Training Webinars

Clubrunner provides Rotarians ongoing training by webinars, below is a list of webinars scheduled . If you are interested,it is a good idea to register in advance due to limitations on participants. 

All webinars are scheduled for noon PST.

Here is a link to a list of all Webinars:  Recorded webinars also get posted for those who want to see them again or can't attend live.

Darrell had two guests today, his beautiful wife Krista [ no video of her] and Tom Dutta

And as always Darrell had an amazing guest speaker who I'm sure had more questions asked of him than any other guest speaker we have had.  
Thank you Darrell for always bringing great speakers to us.
This week we had the privilege of listening to Michael Geller.

Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decades’ experience in the public, private and institutional sectors. He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Simon Fraser University. He is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Courier and Vancouver Sun and a frequent commentator on urban issues across Canada.

He is president of The Geller Group which specializes in planning and real estate consulting for a variety of large and small-scale residential and mixed-use projects. He also undertakes small property developments on his own, or in partnership with others. 
Michael has been honoured as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Life Member of the Architectural Institute of BC.

    Another good crew for clean up of Heritage Mtn. Blvd.   - Ian took photo
    Yvonne, Cleone, Bill, Micheal, Coreen, Darrell, Ian and Alan.
    'The Spirited Book Club' has begun -  Thank you Susan for getting this started. This month's selection is:
    'My Name is Leon' 
    Real Estate and more Linda Balzer 2021-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

    Can you believe it is APRIL?

    President Meghan's thought for the week.
    Jeannie's photo this week - Sunset in Port Moody
    Dr. Jim Lane - visiting Rotarian from the Coquitlam Club 
    Jim came to tell us of their fundraising event.
    Rotary Rush......
    Thank you to Glen who saw this on FB......We all remember Past President Nick.
    President Meghan spoke to us about her trek on the Camino......So interesting and beautiful. We knew she had determination, but this was amazing.!!!!!
    This is where Meghan walked......for over a 'MONTH'.
    The different routes you can take..
    The sign you look for to make sure you are on the correct route.
    The people you meet along the way.......friends and strangers who become friends.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and I think you have motivated some to take their own Trek.....
    Rotary Gives a Ham foodraiser was this past weekend.  Thank you to everyone who bought hams.  Photo album is at the bottom of the Spike.
    This is a FB write up from one of our past outgoing Exchange Student's MOM who is always a great supporter of our Rotary Club.  Thank you Cathy.
    Cathy wrote:
    Heading home with our package from the “Port Moody Rotary Gives a Ham” promotion. Our purchased package includes a Chilliwack ham, cranberry mustard from Fort Langley, tulips from Langley, a pumpkin pie from Thrifty’s and chocolates ... best of all the promotion allowed Rotary to contribute a large donation to our local food bank. ♥️ No one takes care of logistics better than Rotary volunteers ... this was one smooth process! Tomorrow I’ll make scalloped potatoes and roasted vegetables for a great Easter dinner.
    AND looks like Glen's family received their Ham package too !!!!  Such beautiful children !!!
    WAYS to make $$$ for our CLUB....
    Port Moody Liquor Store - ask for your purchase to go to the Port Moody ROTARY CLUB
    Take your bottles to RETURN-IT with 6047899849 on the bag and our Club will get the credit
    Fundscrip - Sign up and save money on all purchases at supporting stores
    Remember to sign up for Fundscrip to start ordering gift cards for all your gift card needs! 
    You may be planning to give gift card for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, etc. Or you might have regular everyday purchases like groceries and gas that you could pay for with gift cards. Someone just mentioned to me that they are planning some big gardening projects - pay at Canadian Tire or Home Depot with gift cards and get some money back for the club! 
    Use this link to register as a supporter of our club, and all your purchases will automatically send proceeds back to the club. 
    You may have some questions about how to register or the ordering process; please send me an email and I'm happy to help while we all get comfortable with this process!!! 
    Mark this  Saturday April 10th on your calendar to help clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  Everyone meet at Gallaghers in Newport Village at 9:00AM.
    Thank you to Alan for once again organizing this.  Cleaning up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. is a great way to get out and get some fresh air, and show the Community that our Rotary Club cares.....
    Can you believe it is APRIL? Linda Balzer 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Happy Easter

    President Meghan thought for the week.
    Jeannie's photo of Foggy Day on Inlet Trail
    Guest Speaker - Gavin Keeton - Nizika School Ablution blocks replacement in Grahamstown
    Photo of Michael presenting the money from the Rotary Club of Port Moody to Gavin in Grahamstown for this project.  Our Club was one of many to help with this Global grant project.
    Before and after photos of just what can be done together 
    Always another chance to go visit South Africa......Thank you to Isy who always organized the trips there.
    And what better than to support one of our own......
    Berrisfords IT Services
    There is an Afrikaans saying ‘Local is lekker’ and while there is no definitive translation for ‘Lekker’, the closest in this context is probably ‘Local is the Best’ and that is what I offer you, the best technology advice and service in the Tri Cities and beyond.  It is always better to use one’s own device when learning something new or technologically challenging but we have had a few different challenges over the past year which means that I have had to perfect the remote control service as well. From Apple to Microsoft, from IOS to Android, BITS is the answer to you better understanding this new world we live in.
    Have a look at my website to see what others have said about Berrisfords IT Services – or send me an email at
    Another Favourite of ours:  SAINT ST. GRILL...
    Ross wrote:

    From the moment you walk in the door, Saint St Grill is a place both familiar and yet unlike anywhere else.

    Sitting on bustling Saint Johns St. it is an oasis of calm in Moody Centre. The relaxing eclectic interior welcomes you with soft romantic colours and an array of unique decor spilling from every corner.

    The superbly crafted menu from our highly talented Executive Chef Juraj Dado offers an ever changing array of seasonal creations as well as regular favourites.

    Whether for a memorable romantic dinner, or a group celebration, attentive and gracious service awaits you from our experienced and professional service team.

    Welcome . . . .
         Relax . . . .
              Enjoy !

    District 5050 Club opportunities for learning for new members and 'old'

    District Fiesta - District training for club officers and all members 
    March 30th to April 30th.
    Sessions during the week
    1 hour 6:30 and 8:00 PM
    Registration for information session on March 30th -
    Registration for other sessions on

    District Conference
    May 14-15
    Registration and information


    Exciting News.  Dan Gallant has been selected as brakeman on Canada’s national bobsled team. 


     "The Spirited BookClub"

    Happy Easter Linda Balzer 2021-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Spring is in the air

    President Meghan's thought for the week
    AG Al's photos from Golden Ears Park
    Dr. John Higenbottam spoke to us about the Vision for the Riverview Lands
    A beautiful piece of property owned by the people of British Columbia
    If you are interested:
    Please join us for a virtual Community Information Session (CIS) to kick off the master planning process.

    When: March 30, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 pm
    Where: Online via ZOOM. Please register for the event at
    When you buy your 'beverages' at Port Moody Liquor store, remember to tell them to put the REBATE to Port Moody Rotary Club.
    and.....when you return your bottles to Return-It put them in a clear bag with this number on it 6047899849 and our Rotary Club will get credit for the bottles
    This is an easy fundraiser for us.....Thank you for participating.
    Tri-Cities Dispatch.....
    Tri-Cities News has always been so supportive of what we do as Rotarians.  If you are interested you can get the Tri-Cities Dispatch on your email.  Jeremy is a great writer and I think you will enjoy.
    Here is their note:
    Awesome news - 

    On behalf of our team, I wanted to thank you for supporting local news. 

    We'll be launching our Friday email very soon.

    By signing-up for Tri-Cities Dispatch, we've entered to win one of two $75 gift cards to Morning Tide Eatery, a local Tri-Cities brunch restaurant. We'll draw the names at the end of the month.

    Any by recruiting one additional person, you've doubled your chances of winning the prize. Every new person you refer increases your odds of winning.

    Here’s your unique referral link again:

    Thanks again and feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions.

    — Tri-Cities Dispatch Team

    Restaurant to support.....
    Willy's Galley is a great place to have breakfast or lunch.  Bill was just there and said they have increased the size of the deck.   Please support local business.
    Belize container packed on Saturday - these are some of the items collected from Club members.
    See at the bottom of Spike the Photo Album of Belize container....
    Westhill project is going to start.  Needed:  Strong backs & lots of smiles.......
    Thanks Peter for the photos.....
    Cleone thanks for the group photo
    Rotary Club of Port Moody should be very proud of all the good work being done in our Community and around the World.
    Please consider attending the RYLA Information Night on Mar 24. 
    Spring is in the air Linda Balzer 2021-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

    St. Paddy's Day

    President Meghan's thought for the week
    Jeannie's photo of the Inlet Trail......just beautiful
    It is always a good day when we Induct a new member into our Club.  Welcome Stephanie and we all look forward to meeting you in person and working on projects with you.
    Our Guest Speaker was Dr. Jack Taunton
    Paul was dressing up to feel good this week.....Made us all smile.
    Belize container needs the following:
    Printers - Wireless
    Printer Paper
    Large TV 48 or 55" TV with HDMI cable
    Please contact Glen or Dan.
    What a great turnout for Cleaning up Heritage Mtn. Blvd. [11] Rotary Club of Port Moody you ROCK
    And so nice to see Stephanie already helping out......
    Vice Admiral Charles Munns spoke about National Security at the Rotary Club of Oro Valley meeting and he said this:
    It would be wonderful  if we all lived by these values:
    Mom's Rule - If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all
    Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
    Rotary's 4 Way Test
    Is it the Truth?
    Is it Fair to all concerned?
    Will it build good will and better friendships?
    Will it beneficial to all concerned?
    Are you remembering to buy your spirits & wines at Port Moody Liquor Store and telling them you want the benefit to go to the Rotary Club of Port Moody.....
    AND The Rotary Club of Port Moody was well represented as a 'team' for Quiz Night fundraiser for Douglas College, along with the Sunrise Club.... We came in 4th.....Perfect, just perfect.....
    St. Paddy's Day Linda Balzer 2021-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

    March Madness

    President Meghan's thought for the week
    Two of Alistair's photos of Inlet Trail.  We live in a beautiful part of the world and Alistair has captured that of our own home town.
    Guest Speaker this week: Dr. Ray Baker
    Dr. Ray Baker spoke about Addictions and how they can be overcome.
    With Everyone's help this can be overcome.....
    So much going on in our Rotary Community.  If you can help out these clubs please do.

    Here are some of the links to online events for March/April

    Coquitlam Chocolate sales -

    Port Moody Give a Ham -

    Last chance to get your order in:

    Coquitlam Sunrise Quiz night -

    Coquitlam Sunrise Auction (part of quiz night) now live -

    Haney/Meadow Ridge Duck Race -


    Past member Terry Peachey and her husband Walter sent this photo in after a trip to Chile in 2019

    Very cool Public Art.


    Good news for Belize........Another container full of hospital supplies will be going to Belize.  Thank you to Dan and RWH for asking clubs from District 5040 and 5050 for help.  If you can help we need the following as soon as possible as container leaves very soon.  Please contact Glen and he can arrange either pick up or where to drop off:

     -  DVDs
     - a 48" or 55" TV with HDMI cable
     - wireless printer
     - scanner
     - computers
    (Please ensure electronics are in good working order.  If you have questions check with Al, Mike B. or I about suitability).
    If you are out shopping and would like to add items we could also include:
     - toiletries
     - computer paper


    Peter has our Rotary Store open for business.....he will deliver to you if you would like anything.....Please let him know.

    Peter Cuthbert:


    Next clean up date for Heritage Mtn. Blvd. is scheduled for this Saturday March 13th.  This is such a great way to show our Community how much the Rotary Club of Port Moody cares....

    Meet at Gallaghers, in Newport Village at 9:00 AM sharp






    March Madness Linda Balzer 2021-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Gives a Ham- Will you?

    We have extended the deadline for a few days to order your ham and give one to SHARE our food bank.
    Please tell your family, friends and neighbours to pass this along and order now.
    Thank you....

    Tell me more!

    Join the Rotary Club of Port Moody and the SHARE Food Bank in providing needy families with a delicious holiday meal and you get a great ham package!

    Your $50 Ham Package

    You receive: 
    • 1 kg ham,  a pie, cranberry mustard sauce, chocolates and daffodils (over $42 value)
    • The  great feeling that a needy family was able to enjoy a holiday meal too!
    SHARE receives:
    • A 1 kg ham and monies that will amount to over $52
    Pick up your ham package from Port Moody Middle School on Saturday, April 3rd from 10 am -2 pm, just in time for Sunday Easter dinner.

    How do I take part?

    Order before March 18 as we only have 200 Ham Packages available!

    To Order

    1)  Open your banking app and send an e-transfer payment to

    2) Make the payment for $50 and in notes section include only your name, phone number and email address

    It is important you include your contact information with your eTransfer otherwise we won't be able to get a hold of you. 
    3) Within 48 hours of receiving the payment, we will call you to book in your pick-up time and will email you a receipt
    If you do not hear from us, please send an email to with your full name. 

    Our Sponsors

    Our partners helped us multiply your $50 purchase to a value of $94!
    Rotary Gives a Ham- Will you? Linda Balzer 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

    Joe - Keeping kids out of gangs

    President Meghan's thought for the week.....
    Jeannie's photo from Oregon coast
    Stephanie joined us for her third meeting....
    Our Santa for 15 years Hugh Mitchell from the Coquitlam Sunrise Club came for a visit
    Also from the Sunrise Club - Co-President Greg Garrison
    Douglas College, along with the Coquitlam Sunrise Club is putting on a Fundraiser and we should put in a team or two......AG Al has signed up and when YOU do, put the Rotary Club of Port Moody on the sign up and we will all be together.
    Jim Watson has been in Rotary for many years and came to 'check us out'...
    Our Guest Speaker this week was Joe Calendino and his wife Dory.
    Joe is the founder of Yo Bro and Yo Girl Youth Institute and his talk is about Keeping Kids out of Gangs.
    To contact Joe directly: or at the YoBro Yo Girl Institute:
    Joe's wife Dory
    Joe Calendino
     Joe has written a book that is available.
    Bill sent this and so true.......
    After this pandemic, be sure to start 
    hugging again! 

    Why? Because hugging is practically 
    It helps the body's immune 
    It cures depression.     
    It reduces stress.    
    It's rejuvenating.      
    It has no unpleasant side effects.        
    It is all natural—contains no chemicals, artificial 
     ingredients, pesticides, nor 
    There are no parts to break down, no monthly payments; 
    it's non-taxable, non-polluting, and best of 
    allit's fully 

    Gayle's Camellias are in bloom. - Spring is coming
    Brian got new babies & a house for them to play on.
    Joe - Keeping kids out of gangs Linda Balzer 2021-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Day

    Evan wrote:
    Happy World Rotary Day!!! 🎉
    Today, the 23rd of February is not only the day we celebrate the 116th Anniversary of the foundation of the very first Rotary club, the Rotary club of Chicago. But it's also world #RotaryDay, a day where we can be proud and celebrate the achievements and successes of all the Rotarians and the extended Rotary family around the world who do great things in their community.
    Be sure to spread the word about why you're in Rotary and why today is a very special day for our great organization. You can do this by wearing your branded Rotary club shirt or other Rotary branded apparel out in public today and start a conversation.
    Rotary Day Linda Balzer 2021-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

    Lots of stories

    President Meghan's thought for the week
    Jeannie's photo - The Rose
    Belize update.......Thank you Al for the update on the Belize prison and how much the inmates are enjoying learning.  Our Rotary Club should be very proud how we have helped this country. 
    Send your favourite RECIPES I know you are all cooking at home.  We have some good ones.....Check them out.
    Don't forget.......
    When you go to Port Moody Liquor to buy your favourite beverages tell them to give credit to
    Port Moody Rotary Club.
    THEN take your empties to Return-it with this number on it 6047899849 and our Rotary Club will get credit for the bottles
    Al sent this:
    We were issued a Corp membership number, but when you go in to use the express kiosk you need
    to enter in the following number 6047899849.
    Sorry for any confusion.
    The kiosk will print labels that you attach to the bag. Dead easy and low touch.
    I have attached a poster you can print out to remind yourself and share with your contacts.
    100% of recycle fees are returned to our club.
    Here are a few tips:

    No Sorting Required

    Simply bring your labelled bags filled with unsorted containers to an Express Depot and we'll do the rest.

    Use Multiple Bags

    Heavy bags can break open and are difficult to handle. We recommend mixing in no more than 12 glass bottles along with your other containers in each Express bag.

    Bag Containers in Clear Bags

    Transparent recycling bags or clear trash bags are available for purchase at many grocery stores, drug stores, or hardware stores


    Pass this along to all your friends and family.......We can make a difference for SHARE
    A huge THANK YOU to those that came out to help Clean Up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
    Thanks to PP Alan for organizing.
    And a big THANK YOU to Dave Cooke who posted on the Port Moody Community Group FB page.  We had 15 comments and 1 share.  Way to go Rotary Club of Port Moody and thank you Dave Cooke.
    Thank you to Micheal for the Ntsika project in Grahamstown, SA.  It is now finished.  
    Lots of stories Linda Balzer 2021-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

    Love new member Classification talks

    President Meghan's thought for the day
    Jeannie's photo of the week - 
    Great to see Stephanie at her second meeting  ---
    Past member Lisa was at our meeting this week and we are so happy she joined us.  Hopefully we will see Lisa again soon.
    We always say that some of the best meetings we have are when members give their Classification talk, and Alistair did not disappoint us.
    Oh my gosh, what an amazing journey he has been on so far...  Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.
    One of Alistair's passions is FRIENDS and FOOD
    Just some of Alistair's talents and passions
    Yes, and he is an artist too.
    AND a photographer
    We are grateful that Alistair is in our club and that he has jumped in to help us with our
    Fundraiser - Rotary Gives a Ham....Do YOU?

    Tell me more!

    Join the Rotary Club of Port Moody and the SHARE Food Bank in providing needy families with a delicious holiday meal and you get a great ham package!

    Your $50 Ham Package

    You receive: 
    • 1 kg ham,  a pie, cranberry mustard sauce, chocolates and daffodils (over $42 value)
    • The  great feeling that a needy family was able to enjoy a holiday meal too!
    SHARE receives:
    • A 1 kg ham and monies that will amount to over $52
    Pick up your ham package from Port Moody Middle School on Saturday, April 3rd from 10 am -2 pm, just in time for Sunday Easter dinner.

    How do I take part?

    Order before March 12 as we only have 200 Ham Packages available!

    To Order

    1)  Open your banking app and set up a new payment to

    2) Make the payment for $50 and in notes section include only your name, phone number and email address

    It is important you include your contact information with your eTransfer otherwise we won't be able to get a hold of you. 
    3) Within 48 hours of receiving the payment, we will call you to book in your pick-up time and will email you a receipt
    If you do not hear from us, please send an email to with your full name. 
    Thank you to Aziz who did a Rotary Innovation presentation to 15 members of the PNW Passport Club.  It was well received, and it was fun to meet Rotarians that he hadn't met before.
    We are so fortunate to have Aziz in our Club with all his Rotary knowledge.
    Love new member Classification talks Linda Balzer 2021-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

    A Wonderful Story

    Bill sent us this great story.....
    This explains why friends forward jokes. 
    I've never thought of it this way before.
    A man and his dog were walking along a road.
    The man was enjoying the scenery, 
    When it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.
    He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
    After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.
    It looked like fine marble.
    At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
    When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
    He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
    When he was close enough, he called out, 
    “Excuse me, where are we?” 

    “This is Heaven, sir,” the man answered.

    ”Wow! Would you happen to have some water? the man asked.
    ”Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.”
    The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 
    “Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler asked.
    ”I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.”
    The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
    After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. 
    There was no fence.
    As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.
    ”Excuse me!” he called to the man. 
    “Do you have any water?”

    ”Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.”
    ”How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to the dog.
    ”There should be a bowl by the pump,” said the man.

    They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
    The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.
    When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.
    ”What do you call this place?” the traveler asked. 

    “This is Heaven,” he answered.

    ”Well, that's confusing,” the traveler said.

    ”The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'”
    ”Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell.”
    ”Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

    ”No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.”
    So-o-o-o. Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word.
    Maybe this will explain it.

    When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do?  You forward email's!
    When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes!
    When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how . . . . You forward stuff!

    A 'forward' lets you know that . . 
    You are still remembered, 
    You are still important, 
    You are still loved, 
    You are still cared for.

    So, next time if you get a 'forward', 
    Don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.
    You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!
    Thank you Bill......wonderful story about Friendship.
    A Wonderful Story Bill Lawrie 2021-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

    Don't forget your VALENTINE

    Don't forget your VALENTINE.......
    President Meghan's thought for the week.
    Jeannie's photo from Oregon Coast
    Stephanie Plourde was at our Zoom meeting and was 'checking us out'. Stephanie is interested in Rotary and reached out to our Club.  Welcome Stephanie
    Guest Speakers were from Coquitlam Search & Rescue .....
    Helena Michelis and Thomas Zajac
    We are so lucky to have SAR based in our Tri-Cities Community
    Such a beautiful Sunrise
    Rotary Gives a Ham....Do YOU?
    It's all coming together !!!
    Thank you to Alistair for creating the poster and the scheduling, to Claire for the Social Media, to Michael for the finances, and of course to the 'team' that Cleone headed up to get this going.  Well done everyone......
    There is more detailed information on the event's webpage.
    A 101 Year Old Vet's Wish Granted
    On February 3rd, I watched with tears in my eyes as Scott Wood, a piper, rushed home from work so he could play the pipes for a 101 year old World War II vet at Eagle Ridge Manor.  The resident was tapping his toes and fingers as he told his daughter that he could hear the pipes and that he was very happy.
    Lori Carlisle, the recreational therapist with a giant heart, makes magic happen for those in her care. I had asked what Rotary could do to help and she mentioned that this resident would love to hear someone play the bagpipes. The Rotary network came through with Meghan Lahti calling Scott. He just said it would be his honour and rushed home from work to make a happy memory for the vet, his family,  Scott. Lori and whoever hears the story.
    Cleone Todgham
    None of us are going out much these days, so we are all cooking !!! We have lots of 'foodies' in our Club and some amazing 'Chefs', so I thought it would be great if we shared some recipes.  
    I don't know about you, but I tend to cook the same thing over and over so I thought if we shared recipes we would all have something new to 'cook'.
    SO, please send me your recipes, and I will post them on our Club Runner page under 'recipes'.....
    I hope lots of you will participate and our families will look forward to new meals.
    Thank you.
    Linda xo
    Don't forget your VALENTINE Linda Balzer 2021-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

    February already

    WOW it's February already......
    Thank you to PP Ian for chairing the meeting..
    Thought for the week.....
    Jeannie's photo this week from Mundy Park
    Spread a Little LOVE for Eagle Ridge Manor......
    Trish and Cleone made some Valentines
    Woodlands Park Development - Guest speakers were:
    Peter Edgar, Maureen Salmundsen, Blaire, & Mark Ostry.
    What a fabulous well thought out project for our Community.
    Master Plan Community
    For more information:
    Susan has come up with a great idea......Book and Wine Club....  More information to follow....
    Spread a Little LOVE - Eagle Ridge Manor
    All the Valentines were Delivered - thank you Gayle.  This is what I wrote to the Community:
    The Rotary Club of Port Moody wants to give a huge big thank you to all who participated in SPREADING A LITTLE LOVE by making Valentines for Eagle Ridge Manor Residents. We would also like to give a big thanks to Riley and his team at St. James' Well who allowed us to have the 'drop off' box there. We are thrilled with the response we received and once again, this just proves what a wonderful Community we live in. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.....
    Gary sent these in.....Thanks for the giggles.  I will share over the next while.
    Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.  - Thank you Alan for organizing.  This is always fun and nice to get together.
    Next clean up date is scheduled for Saturday February 13th
    Meet 9:00 am at Gallagher's Coffee Shop in Newport Village
    Usually takes less than one hour - then an opportunity for Social distanced coffee after the work is completed.
    Come join us for some fellowship and the opportunity to clean up our community.
    See you then.
    Rotary Gives a HAM, do YOU?
    Fundraiser for SHARE coming soon.  More information to follow.
    February already  Linda Balzer 2021-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

    Farm Fresh

    Our Guest Speakers this week were Chris [chef] and Rayne Beveridge who own


    We are dedicated to the highest level of care for the land, our animals, our customers, and the environment.

    Their mission is:
    We are a certified organic, vertically integrated, no-till, bio-diverse, regenerative farm. We use the land responsibly; giving consideration to the natural ecosystems that we inhabit and cultivate our land sustainably. We grow over 2oo varieties of crops, and offer high quality, nutritious, and flavourful food at accessible prices. You can purchase a membership for our weekly CSA farm boxes, fresh produce, preserves, and baked goods from Our Grocer, and hand-crafted meals at our Sunflower Cafe; with the majority of ingredients coming from our land. We are “certified organic in transition” with FVOPA, and will be fully “certified organic” May 2021.
    Their website is:
    Here are some photos of their produce and their animals.....I think many from our club will be visiting their farm and restaurant that will open June 1st., 2021.
    Heritage Mountain Secondary.....
    I'm sure a few of our Rotarians received this letter but wanted to share with you.  This is an amazing opportunity to listen to the Grade 12 Students tell about their journeys.
    I do hope many Rotarians will sign up.
    January 20, 2021

    Greetings from the Woods! 

    On Wednesday, February 17 each of our senior students will be demonstrating his/her accomplishments in a Capstone Presentation (formerly Grad Transitions) to complete Career Life Connections 12.  We have approximately 300 students who will be ready to speak about their Capstone Project and their future aspirations.  We would like a member of our community to participate in each of the presentation panels. Of course, in this unusual year we are going to do this virtually through Zoom. This is where you come in! 

    As a community member, we thought you might like to be a panel member for a morning or afternoon.  We plan to have you watch 4 or 5 presentations and will send a feedback sheet in advance so you can make comments.

    We are confident that our students will amaze you!  We are pleased to invite you to share this positive experience with us.  

    Please feel free to extend this invitation to any community member who might be interested. 

    Please email me by Friday, Feb 7 to let me know if you would be willing to participate on this day (please indicate all day or am or pm).

    Thank you for considering this! 


    Ingrid Gay, Career Life Connections

    Heritage Woods Secondary  

    Spread a Little LOVE  - Valentines project for Eagle Ridge Manor.
    We sent this message out to the community ....
    The Rotary Club of Port Moody would like to 'Spread a Little LOVE' for Valentines Day. We would like your help in doing this please. We would like to send these Valentines to Eagle Ridge Manor residents as well as other Seniors we know.
    If you could make Valentines with a message of LOVE on it and drop them off at St. James' Well, in Newport Village, on or before January 31st., 2021 that would be great. We know that the residents will be so very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
    Thank you so much for your help. Everyone needs a 'Little Love' and during this time it is so needed.
    The Box is at the WELL and a huge big THANK YOU to VIDA for making it and CLEONE for delivering it.
    A big Thank you to Riley and staff at St. James' Well for letting us use the Well as the drop-off for Valentines.
    Michael & Coreen snowshoeing and saw this beautiful 'halo moon'
    Spread a Little LOVE - Eagle Ridge Manor......
    Thank you to Meghan, Glen & Marcia, Susan, Cleone, Coreen, Gayle, Vida , Kari, and her two friends Shannon & Deirdre and Linda for coming to the Zoom meeting and making Valentines & to Dan G. for dropping off all the Valentines.  It was so much fun just to get together and laugh and share our Valentine Creations.  We do know that 'Hallmark' will be calling on Glen and Marcia for a contract for the amazing Valentines they created. [Well that's what Glen said, lol]
    Everyone did a great job and we are certain the Eagle Ridge Manor Residents will be so happy we thought of them.
    Farm Fresh Linda Balzer 2021-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

    RAC - Random Acts of Kindness

    President Meghan thought for the week.....
    Jeannie's photo of the week.....just beautiful....Mundy Park
    Harriet Chang along with Amanda, Mason and Roxanne were our guest speakers.
    We can all learn from these young students with their RAC - Real Acts of Caring....  THANK YOU for showing us that even the smallest good deed goes a very long way.
    This movement started in Coquitlam and is now all around the country.
    These are some of the ideas to do during this time........
    Real Acts of Caring week is:  February 14-20.......Make a point of doing something kind for someone.....It WILL make a difference in their lives.
    Rotary Gives a Ham, do YOU ? - Cleone will tell us more later - Fundraiser for Share
    Brian has jumped in with both feet getting involved with our new directorship - Environment.  Thank you Brian and we look forward to the coming events.
    Cleone also thanked all those who have helped with the meal train for Patty.  Patty feels your love and is very grateful.
    Anthony reported that we should be hearing back about our grant application within a couple of weeks.
    AG Al sent this:  being that we have seen a few cat tails... lol
    RAC - Random Acts of Kindness Linda Balzer 2021-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

    Clean Slate

    Remembering Don
    President Meghan presented us this thought for the week.
    And Jeannie's photo of Jonathan 
    If you ever want to go to the South Pole you must talk to John and Holly Mikulik:  
    Here are a few of their photos.  What a great presentation and we can't wait to see the one from the North Pole.   
    Dress warm......
    This is where they slept.
    Sun tanning before your face freezes
    How far away?
    Just beautiful......
    Who are those masked Rotarians?
    A great turnout for our Heritage Mtn. Clean-up.  Great job everyone......
    A wonderful 'thank you' letter from a CABE student
    Steve is out camping again....First time in 2021 - Porteau Cove
    Steve also sent in this:  
    I know I shouldn't have done this, but I am 83 years old and I was in the McDonald's drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order.  So when I got the first window I paid for her order along with my own.  The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness.  When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too.  Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again.
    Don't blow your horn at old people, they have been around a long time.
    Clean Slate Linda Balzer 2021-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

    It's a NEW YEAR

    It's a NEW YEAR and let's make the BEST of it.  Be HAPPY and LIVE EACH DAY........
    The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast-Sechelt is having a FUNraising - with funds going to our proposed project in Ndandini, Kenya. 
    Remember when you go to Port Moody Liquor Store to ask them to put reward on to PORT MOODY  Rotary Club
    It's a NEW YEAR Linda Balzer 2020-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

    Christmas is just around the corner

    Don't forget to wear your UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER /or your 'nice' CHRISTMAS sweater to our zoom meeting.
    Our AGM was very well attended with 33 members attending.
    The new Board for 2021-22 is as follows:
    President - Coreen Berrisford
    Secretary - Alan Schmelzel
    Treasurer - Michael Berrisford
    Past President - Meghan Lahti
    Vice President - Ian MacPhail
    President Elect - Paul Mitchel-Banks
    Avenues of Service Directors
    Club Service - Aziz Saleh
    International - Glen Brown
    New Generations - Steve Witiuk
    Community Service - Cleone Todgham
    Vocational Service - Paul Mitchel- Banks
    Environment - Brian Wormald
    Congratulations to Dan Gallant and Claire Lambert for receiving a Paul Harris Award from Past President Cleone.  So well deserved.
    Message of Hope bags
    We received a message from Julie Kingsley:
    We shared some of the Message of Hope bags with a recovery house Talitha Khum in Port Coquitlam as the ladies living there used join us at our Warm Place for Women dinner. I wanted to share the feedback from the executive director with you....❤️
    These bags are just fabulous; they are perfect for the women! Thank you so much for all your assistance in facilitating the gift exchange from the Port Moody Rotary
    With much gratitude,
    Love is all around us !!!!
    Special Thanks to Ian & Frank for getting the ball rolling for  RIBFEST 2021.  Alan, Al & Mike are also main stays with this leadership and we have many new members coming 'on board' to help.  Great job everyone.
    Christmas looks like fun at the Witiuk home...and Santa showed up early......
    Santa stopped by to see if Lauralea’s sleigh would work for Christmas & to check out Lexie’s new stocking.  Just some of the projects Lauralea has completed this month.  
    President Elect Coreen has been busy making stockings......just beautiful
    Belize - Thank you to Cisco for sending this photo.
    Dave Stone:
    Did a hike in Belcarra regional park. 
    Dave made a Christmas card of this.....Great idea.
    Alan K: Dog walking at Barnet Marine Park
    Daisy and her friend Hudson......2 beauties for sure
    We managed to gather about 300 items of clothing between Sophie at Charles Best and the Interactors as well as bags from the community.  All washed and folded. All in great shape.
    New underwear and socks were abundant, and some gift cards for compensation where needed.
    We rounded up 20 sleeping bags for $23. a bag (less than cost) from Canadian Tire Poco and Coquitlam.
    Received loads of Toiletries and purchased with some of the Cash donations where we fell short - there was a lot! 
    We managed to have some specific items purchased, like a pair of work boots for a young man that just started a job and was saving to buy some so he could keep his new job in a warehouse...he has no parents. 
    There was a young dad too...he just finished his first year apprenticeship while going to high school and being a new parent.
    There were $4700 given in gift cards.
    There was a cheque given for $1700 to CABE to use at their own discretion for items we fell short on.
    There were shoes donated by kids and coats too...all in amazing shape.
    Hair cuts for all 13 kids donated by Refresh Salon, Cobbs gave them each a gift card too.  
    We are so lucky.
    Merry Christmas.
    The Christmas Star over the Catalina's Monday morning
    Micheal & Coreen snowshoeing
    Christmas is just around the corner Linda Balzer 2020-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

    Innervisions Chili Lunch and more

    This week is our AGM.....Hope to see you all on Zoom !!!!
    The Rotary Club of Port Moody should be so very proud of all the work that has been done in the Community this season.....
    Eagle Ridge Manor decorating and Christmas party
    CABE collection of items for 'couch surfing' youth
    Belize 'on line' training project
    RWH delivery of container to Belize and beyond
    RIBFEST organizational meeting
    Message of Hope along with the Soroptimist's for Women in need
    Innervisions Chili lunch and gifts
    So many people in our Club so involved whether it is volunteering, donating, organizing and supporting.  
    We are Blessed !!!! Well done !!!!
    Thank you to our Chefs - AG and PP Al [ a veggie chili] , PP Alan, and PP Ian and Trish the Sous Chef for cooking at their homes the Chili Lunch for Innervisions.  It is so much different this year as normally we are with the men, cooking, setting the table, cleaning up [Bill], serving the food and just having fun with the men at Prairie.  
    A huge big thank you to THRIFTY'S in Port Moody for partnering with us once again and supplying the food.
    This year in the presents we gave to the men are:  coffee mug, gloves, toque, socks, toothbrush and paste and floss, tissues, & candy cane.  We know that the men will be very grateful for all we have done.  Thank you to everyone in the Club who helped with this project.  It just FEELS GOOD !!!!
    Vida with liners etc for the CABE project.
    Thanks to Jackie MacLean for her talk at our meeting about Substance Abuse.  Jackie is available for a free consultation if you or you know anyone who is motivated to make changes in their lives.
    Thank you to Jeannie for a fabulous photo of Rain Drops on a Spider web.
    President Meghan opened the meeting with this thought
    President Meghan gave out 2 awards for 'Rotarian of the month' for the Community projects that have been done.
    Congratulations to Claire and Paul for working on the CABE project.  Well deserved !!!
    Gleneagle School has sent us an invitation.  Please join in......
    We would love to have the members of the Rotary Club of Port Moody join us for our Livestream Christmas Concert this Wednesday at 2:00pm.  It will be recorded and uploaded to the Gleneagle Secondary website and our social media platforms in case you are not able to join us for the livestream.
    Sending my very best wishes to you all during the holidays and hope you can tune in.

    The Christmas season is here.  The Tri-Cities Seniors' Action Society and the Gleneagle Secondary School Music Department have partnered to deliver a Christmas musical treat for you.  (You will need to provide your own beverage & cookies)
    The Gleneagle Secondary School Concert Choir, Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band will perform a selection of Christmas music for you--on Wednesday, December 16th at 2:00 pm.
    The concert is FREE and you will have front row seats in the comfort of your home.
    Please REGISTER by Clicking on the link below.  You will be sent the Zoom link on Wednesday morning--and a reminder--so you can enjoy this musical performance.
    Reminder when you go to the Port Moody Liquor Store to say you would like the credit to go to PORT MOODY ROTARY CLUB.  
    Innervisions Chili Lunch and more Linda Balzer 2020-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

    Here we go.....Christmas is coming soon

    Innervisions Chili lunch this week......Thanks to Ian & Trish, Paul, Alan & Al for being the chefs and cooking at home to deliver this amazing lunch to these men who are changing their lives 'One Day at a Time'. Thanks to Ian for picking up the presents for Innervisions and to all of you who donated items for these men.  We had socks, toques, toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, tissues, coffee mugs, & socks.  Will be fun for the men to open.
    One chef Alan came to shop at Thrifty's....Gayle had the money and I was support.....
    Thanks to Thrifty's for once again supporting this great cause.
    Steve met up with the Interactors who have donated toques for Innervisions and our School project.
    Interactors hit the news !!!
    Nature is amazing.  Gayle sent this photo of a tree that the woodpeckers have been working very hard at.
    Alan & Nadine sent this and I thought would be fun for you to work on:  Give it a try !!!
    Rotary in the News !!!!
    Please send all your positive thoughts and prayers to Don & Patty.  Don is having brain surgery and he
    will need all our prayers.  Patty will need our support. 
    Aziz was on a zoom call with the Everett/Mukilteo club.  
    Here we go.....Christmas is coming soon Linda Balzer 2020-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

    Busy still ...

    Cleone & Vida always busy
    I loved this photo we took at Harrison....
    Eagle Ridge Manor thanks us:
    I wanted to send a huge thank you out to all involved this past Saturday!  
    Sounds like it was a great success and I can’t wait to see how they look today!
    I know this social isolation can have affects we don’t even really actualize till we see others we care about then we realize how much we miss the interactions ! 
    Very happy all went well, and I know the residents will be enjoying them NOW and in the months to come! 
    We are very grateful for all of you to think about our residents and help them / us improve life for them.  
    I’m sure the lights brightened their night and their hearts! 
    Warm regards,
    Message of Hope exceeds expectations......I can not express how so very grateful we are for how our Port Moody Community has come together to help the Women in need with our Message of Hope we are doing along with the Tri-City Soroptimist's. 
    Thanks to Gayle and Linda Kozina for help putting all 50 + bags together.  We not only did that but we helped the girls who are 'couch surfing' and  Bea's Closet.  We are over the moon with the help from our Rotary Club and the Port Moody Community.  THANK YOU......
    Linda Kozina
    50+ Bags for Women in Need.....THANK YOU
    Steve and Lauralea on the last camping trip of the year.....What a view !!!!
    Busy still ... Linda Balzer 2020-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

    Can you believe it is December?

    Yes it is DECEMBER !!!  Enjoy each day !!!
    Oh my gosh, we are only meeting by Zoom, but so much being done by the Rotary Club of Port Moody!!!
    AG & Past President Al said:

    What a great feeling to wrap up today on a number of fronts.
    I'm sure we all feel relieved to have delivered our modules... 
    We are also, I'm sure, are very proud of what we achieved this week in moving this project forward.

    Not that we get to rest for too long.

    We start with Module 1 on December 3rd 7AM PST. The other modules are too follow about a week apart. The schedule to be discussed
    with the school after Module 1.

    Some notes and thoughts on the school, we will be updating this to everyone after Module 1 delivery. As we will learn more then.

    This primary Catholic school is in a very poor area of Belize City. The students struggle to achieve anything past a grade 4 education.

    Thank you to Al & Glen, Claire & Meghan, Brian & Micheal, Ian & Trish for all the hard work you have done, to help make Belize a better place to live.  
    Who's who?  Past President Mike or Prospective Member Alistair?
    More Snowflakes from Trish
    Nothing keeps our Rotary Club of Port Moody from helping Eagle Ridge Manor
    Here are the guys putting up lights on the outside of the Manor.
    Thanks to Peter, Dan, Danne, Bill, Ian, & Dave
    Also thanks to Canadian Tire for the lights and CMJ [Dave Thorpe] for bringing the ladders.
    Peter wrote:
    What a treat to-day, to actually see each other face to face! Albeit keeping our distance and wearing masks.
    Man, I am sure we have all missed this interaction with each was GREAT!
    Thanks to:-
    DAN GALLANT and to
    PETER CUTHBERT for leading the team again this year.
    Thanks to Dave Stone for donating $50:00 to new lights
    Thanks to Paul for getting us coffee
    Thanks to Ian + Paul for picking-up even more lights!
    Thanks that it wasn't raining!
    Once again thanks to Dave Thorpe ( Foreman of CMJ Sheet Metal Ltd) for delivering
       and picking up the ladders in his own time.
    Correen, Cleone, Sue, Jeannie, Kerry and other volunteers for installing the loads of beautiful SnowFlakes on the windows of the the Manor's denizens.............I am sure Coreen will up-date  you all on their  progress.
    Check out the photo album for more photos.  Thank you to Jeannie, Dave & Glen for the photos.(2020 Eagle Ridge Manor Decorating)
    CABE project:  Lead by Paul & Claire.....
    Claire has put this out to the community.....See if you can help too......
    Currently we are working on a project that is for Teens who are staying in school while couch surfing for various reasons. They are recognized and we know a little about them via profile but obviously due to privacy just a bit broad...(school district 43 kids)
    We are looking help these AMAZING Youth by kitting them out with backpacks, luggage and other things to just encourage them to keep going, stay in school and achieve greatness.
    We could use some more jackets and shoes (various sizes - that teens would like to have and wear)
    We really need to get toiletry kits made, some roller bags (costco $40 each), socks, skivvies (or gift cards for this). Another thing would be sleeping bags of their own.
    The goal is for 15 complete sets. (A few more boys than girls)
    If there is any extra we assure they will be going to kids coming out of foster care to get them rolling with some dignity.  
    If you wish to help, send me a note on here or my email is:
    Cash (to purchase these things), gift cards and toiletry bags would be the primary ask. Gently used coats and shoes for teens would be awesome too.
    Can you believe it is December? Linda Balzer 2020-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

    Nothing but sunshine for our Rotary Club

    This week we are in the 'break out session' that we signed up for......Will be a fun meeting.  See you Wednesday.....
    President Meghan read this prayer to us:

    May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

    May we who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

    May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children, when their schools close remember those who have no options.

    May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those that have no place to go.

    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.

    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.

    During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. 


    Photo from Steve Witiuk at Porteau Cove
    In our Rotary Club we have nothing but Sunshine........
    9 members helped with the Vaccination sites
    Our Christmas at the Manor is being organized - Snowflakes too
    Innervisions has the Sponsorship from Thrifty's for our Chili lunch
    Belize Training is underway with 8 members as trainers
    Message of Hope will be completed by December 1st. for the Soroptimist's to deliver
    Alistair Henry is a new prospective member who came to our Zoom meeting
    Our speaker was Clayton Botkin this week and told us all about the birds that he is raising.
    Clayton Botkin P.Ag
    Industry Specialist, Poultry and Regulated Markets
    BC Ministry of Agriculture 
    Owner of C. Botkin Enterprises
    Aviculturist to preserve rare and endangered bird species - breeds rare species and advocates for preservation of at risk species and encouraging others to enter into aviculture
    President of the International Wild Waterfowl Association

    Thank you for your time
    for further information:
    Gayle:  It was a great Dahlia year
    We have cards for you to hand out to your friends and family so they don't forget when they are buying their 'sprirts' to put to Port Moody Rotary Club.  You can present the card or just tell them.....
    Contact me and we will see how we get to you....
    When you ask the Community to help with our Message of Hope this is what you get.......and there is more....
    AND we asked the schools to help for our decorating Eagle Ridge Manor windows........Snowflakes.....and look what happened......
    We are so Blessed to live in such a great Community!!!!
    DATE :  Saturday NOV. 28th. 2020
    TIME:  9:00 am
    CREW:  3 guys per crew.   (Total of 6 volunteers)
    TOOLS: I will bring my set, but if you have a portable Drill c/w bits, please bring it
    LADDERS:  Will be on the site
    WEATHER:  Partly Sunny!!?
    Please get back to Peter if you are  IN
    Thank you
    604 727-9223
    Innervisions & Hannah House
    If you would like to subscribe to the InnerVisions & Hannah House Newsletter you can go to this link: and you will receive a monthly newsletter with news, information, alumni of the month awards, and even updates on the dogs of InnerVisions & Hannah House.  
    To all our American Families and Friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and may
    God Bless the United States of America.
    Nothing but sunshine for our Rotary Club Linda Balzer 2020-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

    We live in a FANTASTIC community

    Lest we forget....
    Thank you to Uncle Major Don Rodger for coming to our Zoom meeting to tell us his life story in the services.
    Thought for the day:
    Jeannie's photo of Granddaughter's kitten
    This time of year is a great time to think about others and how we can help people.
    Message of Hope has been very well received by the community.  Thanks to all the Community citizens who have donated to this worthy cause.  My heart is full with the outpouring of help by our Community.  If you have any of the following items, please let me know.  We would like to have this project completed by December 1st.
    The Rotary Club of Port Moody needs your help. Rotary, along with the Soroptimist’s would like to deliver a ‘Message of Hope’ to women ‘in need’ in the Tri-Cities. We would like to have these packages together by December 1st., 2020
    ‘Message of Hope’ would deliver the following for 50 women.
    50 Clear gift bags would be distributed with the following items we would like to collect from YOU..
    Travel size bar of soap or body wash
    Wash Cloth
    Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner - Travel size is a bit larger than the hotel size
    Travel Size Body or Hand Lotion
    Tooth Brush and Toothpaste
    Dental Floss
    Band Aids [4 to a plastic baggie]
    Feminine Hygiene Products
    Comb and or small hair brush
    Chap Stick
    Hand Sanitizer
    If you can donate any of these items please let us know and contact me at:
    You can either drop off at our home or I will pick up.
    Also for the men at Innervisions we need the following:
    A few more Socks & 
    a few more Coffee mugs
    Thank you so much for helping for these 2 worthwhile causes.
    Also the students at CABE that are couch surfing need the following:
    The idea is to give them a small wardrobe.  Rotaract is working on this, sleeping bag, toiletry kit and some gift cards.
    Any donation would be gladly accepted.  Thank you
    Peter and Frank helping with flu shots. Including Alan who also got his shot  Lots of Rotary help !!!
    Alan directing traffic at flu clinic. Al & Bill,  also helping out 
    Dave Stone's beautiful 
    The Rotaract Club  produced a Rotary themed calendar in support of our club and the Starfish Pack Program, which provides students with food for the weekends. For $25, you can enjoy a calendar, printed on 100% recycled paper, that features key Rotary dates along with holidays and observances (American and Canadian). We've included specific dates to Rotary Districts 5040, 5050, 5060 along with Rotary International events. 

    Photos represent Rotary's areas of focus and are taken by current or former Rotary members and Rotary alumni. This 13-month calendar also features fun facts about the Starfish pack program.

    You can purchase the calendar online and expect delivery once ordered. You can even choose to have it shipped to you if you're in Canada or the USA.
    You can order here: On the site, you can see pictures of what the calendar looks like.
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
    Thank you very much for your time and continued support of Rotaract.
    We have so many talented photographers in Port Moody.  Here is one from Russ Sawdon.  I thought so very interesting and with his permission here it is.....this is what Russ said:  
    Found along the Coquitlam River.
    Who were these people , and why did they leave their shoes behind
    Thank you Claire for putting this out into the Community.
    To all you young and young at heart crafters in Port Moody. The Rotary Club of Port Moody is gathering paper snowflakes for the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor to put up in residents’ windows and common areas in preparation for the holiday season. The Rotary Club usually goes inside and decorates several Christmas trees, hangs ornaments and generally puts a festive face on the place. Of course with COVID-19 restrictions, we have changed our approach to ensure the safety of the Residents. We are hoping that we will be able to get the outdoor lighting done and outside window decorating once this spike in cases is under control. In the meantime though, what we can do with the great help of our Port Moody residents is make 150 paper snowflakes for the 80 resident windows and common area windows. Please drop your snowflakes off with Coreen at #204 121 Shoreline Circle on November 22 – do call first at 778-839-2674.
    Please have your ❄️ over by Friday!
    Thank you!!!!
    We live in a FANTASTIC community Linda Balzer 2020-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Foundation Support 2020-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

    Lest we Forget


    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.

    Yvonne & Cleone :  Poppy anyone?
    Aziz - volunteered too at Starbucks
    Calloway is remembering
    Steve:  Camped out at Gold Creek campground at Golden Ears Provincial Park.  Great weather arrived for the weekend.  
    Guest Speaker - Lois Wagner - Walking without Skin
    Lois was a very inspirational speaker and personal coach.  She told us of her unimaginable journey she went through in South Africa and how long it took her to FORGIVE, but once she did it set her 'FREE'
    She has written a book - Walking without Skin that is her story but also suggestions on how anyone can get past their situation.  Her new passion is BE BRAVE......
    Thank you Lois for sharing your story.
    AG Al mentioned that the Rotaract club was doing a fundraiser.  This is the link so you can order on line.
    You can purchase a calendar on line.
    Here is the link
    Also if you are at all interested in how you might help with the 'youth' in our community, please contact Steve for more information.
    Steve Witiuk:
    Thank you
    After being loaded at the Rotary World Helps Warehouse in Coquitlam in late September our container has made its way to the Port of Belize. It's again on dry land and is now in the process of being unloaded.  This is exciting.  Thanks to Cisco Woods for sharing the picture.
    FedEx picked up 520 kits today for Days for Girls that will be headed for Afghanistan. 

    With love to Afghanistan! 520 kits left this morning on a journey half way around the world. A gift of love from the Port Moody Chapter to our global sisterhood. Be safe and know that you are in our circle of care. A great big "Thank You" to all members and those who contribute to the Port Moody Chapter. ❤️
    Vida Peterson
    Looks like a 'girls' day:  “Good hair day”. Cleone & Coreen
    When buying you liquor for this coming Christmas season or 'whenever', please purchase at the
    Port Moody Liquor store on St. Johns Street and tell them to please put your bill amount on the
    Rotary Club of Port Moody
    Port Moody Liquor Store
    4 – 2929 St. John's Street
    Port Moody.....
    Susan & Cleone hiking Buntzen Lake
    Claire with the important men in her life.
    Lest we Forget Linda Balzer 2020-11-03 08:00:00Z 0

    A BRAND new Month

    What a great meeting with our DG Carol Tichelman!!!!  She is a great inspiration to us all.
    We had a record 34 members on Zoom this week.
    AND to Brian who received the People of Action pin from DG Carol
    Congratulations to Gary for his PH+6 and to Steve for his PH+4

    Meghan gave an update on how Paul is doing and thanked Club for their thoughts.

    Mike P.  We are in Sechelt for the week and drove up to Edgmont for a hike to the Skookumchuk Narrows.  Here is a photo of us checking out the extreme kayakers at the narrows!
    Alan & Lisa decorated for Halloween

    Guest Speaker District Governor Carol Tichelman

    Everything in Rotary playbooks is out the window due to COVID--every Club and every member is in a different place. Rotarians are people of action and these times are hard. There are 4 things to consider:

    1. New Club models are required and being discussed.

    2. What should/will a Club look like in 5 years?

    3. Select new members carefully. Remember there is no wrong age.

    4. Continue Club endeavors to end polio. 

    John Hopkins study shows Rotarians supply 57 million volunteer hours each year and it is worth appr. $850,000,000.

    --This is our chance to show our communities what we can do. Rotary happens at Club level. Sees world where people unite. Rotary is committed to having membership averages of 30% women by 2023.

    --Transmission of wild polio stopped everywhere through vaccination programs except for 2 countries. Last year there were only 79 cases in Pakistan and 53 in Afghanistan.

    --Infrastructure created to do worldwide vaccination will be very useful going forward.

    --Rotary added a 7th area of FOCUS qualified for Global grants--ENVIRONMENTAL “YEAH”

    --Our District is continuing to support our members to attend Blood Donations

    --Our District is starting a TOASTMASTERS Club via ZOOM

    --Our District is looking to assist those Clubs applying for Global Grants

    --Rotary opens opportunities


    Rotary International Conference will be held in Taipei Taiwan June 12-16 2021

    DG Carol presented “People of Action” Pin to Brian Wormald 

    Our Club is volunteering in November at 2 different Community service events:

    1. With Fraser Health North we are covering logistics at “drive through” annual FLU shot vaccines at locations in Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. This project along with 1 in Coquitlam covered by the 2 Coquitlam Clubs is targeting 100,000 flu shots in the month of November. There will be 3 shifts per day, 8am-noon, noon-4 and 4 till 8pm. It follows a model used in Australia as their fall flu happened during the onset of COVID.

    2. Our Club will be providing volunteers to support the Port Moody Legion poppy donation program. Our Club will be standing outside the Starbucks at (IGA centre on Ioco), Government Liquor Store at Suter Brook, and outside the Saint James Well. Using 3 2 hour shifts each day at each venue (12 noon-2, 2-4, and 4-6). This Legion volunteer opportunity runs from November 1st till 10th only

    3. ****This amounts to a lot of volunteer shifts and hours****** Anyone who is able to volunteer for shifts please do so. Also feel free to bring friends and family.


    Thank you to Bill for the write up

    Artist among us:  Cleone & Vida
    In honor of Mary Anne Cooper’s 106 birthday today, a birthday parade was held at her cherished Ioco Townsite today. The sun came out and her favorite color was everywhere in all of the many greetings and decorated cars who drove by to wish her socially distanced greetings.  Thank you to Meghan for sending Birthday wishes to Mary Anne on behalf of the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

    Rotary has been asked to supply some volunteers to help with the POPPY DRIVE for 2020. It will involve working 2 hour shifts in 2 or 3 locations in Port Moody around Newport Village and Sutter Brook.

    Micheal & Coreen are our first volunteers for Poppy Sales.

    Vida reminded us of the Rotary friendship club. If anyone runs into trouble anywhere there is a Rotary Club they can phone for advice or assistance.

    Next Saturday the 7th we're loading a container for the Philippines. We're limiting the volunteers to 20 for Covid safety reasons and everyone must wear a mask and register in case of the need for contact tracing. We're short up to three volunteers to reach our quota and we'd welcome your support. We'll start at 9AM and should be finished before noon. 
    Thank you
    Dan Gallant
    Michael B reminded us our Paul Harris is due. Also Polio donations. Please send directly to RI or send to Micheal and he will pass along to RI
    A BRAND new Month Linda Balzer 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

    Spooky time

    Meeting notes: Quote "Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King
    Megan gave us an update on Paul's condition: He had been having some problems breathing since August but worked through them. Coming home from Dock Diving championships he began having more trouble. Stopped for a break in Sicamous, had trouble walking, went to hospital and they discovered "multiple pulmonary embolisms. Home now and on road to recovery.
    Jim Lane joined our meeting to advise Fraser Health is looking to run a "drive through" flu shot vaccine program in the TriCities in November. They are looking for volunteers to provide logistical help with parking lot management, etc. Each day will involve  full day,12 hour shifts-- volunteers will book into 4 hour increments. Targeting to provide 100,00 flu shots over the month. It is following a format done in Australia during their "winter season".
    Coreen announced:
    1. Nov 21st we will be doing a EagleRidge Manor outdoor decorating event.
    2. E/R Manor Christmas Party will be held December 4th 
    3. We will be doing our Innervisions Chili Lunch on December 9th.--More info to follow.
    Paul updated on our C.A.B.E. project. They are looking to provide either backpacks or suitcases clothes and toiletries included for some of the young men who are basically on their own and homeless or couch surfing with friends. He will keep us updated. Possibility we will also solicit some gift cards from coffee companies or quick food places like Subway, etc.
    2023 will be their 50th anniversary. 
    They provide services to help people with mental health issues. Community Health providing and promoting recovery through a friendly,  safe, environment.
    United Way has reduced funding for "operations costs". They are fundraising to set up an endowment fund of $1.5 million dollars to cover unfunded general operating costs. They currently have 51 housing spaces and are looking to double this number by adding 50 more (50 beds for 50 years anniversary campaign). In addition they are developing a therapeutic sensory room ($70,000), and there most used and valuable asset is their "Community Van" which allows them to transport members to various events they attend and some of them volunteer at. They have annual maintenance cost s of $5,000 and are looking at needing a replacement vehicle ($70,000) in the near future. 
    Current fundraising due to COVID 19--$3000.00 to expand the outdoor patio area for safer distancing for more people. Also expanding the online programs to make available as much programming as possible to happen from  home and reduce size of in person meetings. Also upgrading HVAC system to provide germicide filtering--$3,000.00.
    COVID effect--"routine is the thing that gets them through life--COVID is a disrupter of routine." The peer support and staff support is key. little things like having to wear a mask interfere with their ability to read facial expressions and also, for some, their ability to lip read.
    Tiffany acknowledged in these trying times we are all experiencing some difficulties in creating fundraising opportunities but asked if we could think of possible ways to involve some of our sponsors to help in non-financial ways.
    We DID RIPS type event at the Westhill Park Trail. We have received a Community Grant to allow us to refurbish the short walking trail.
    Photos by Brian & Jeannie
    On Saturday Oct 24th, an intrepid bunch of raging Rotarians headed to West Hill Park off Glenayre Drive in Port Moody to unleash havoc upon some unsuspecting and intrusive invasives.  No, this wasn’t a clandestine operation with local law enforcement to corral and capture some ‘cross-border’ COVID fugitives, but more an effort to rid the park of non-native and invasive flora!
    Under the guidance of Past President Cleone, we assembled at the trail-head at West Hill Park on thankfully a gorgeous, cloudless and sunny day, albeit a tad cool! There to meet us at 10:30 was Angela Crampton from the City of Port Moody – our amazing partner in the ecological endeavours. Being very happy with our regular Shoreline Park invasive removal in conjunction with the Noons Creek Hatchery a few weeks ago, everyone was keen to undertake more of these events.
    With none of us being very familiar with this particular location, we walked the site and identified an number of large but isolated English Ivy infestations as well as a few patches of Holly. Shortly after this Angela had to leave and left us to do our thing! So who were ‘us’?  The ‘Rotary Rippers’ were Cleone, Jeannie, Susan, Coreen, Michael, Bill, Alan and Brian.
    For the next almost two hours, we ‘ripped and snipped’ like trojans. Testament to the voracity of effort were the two large heaps of invasives left on the grass verge of the park, with arrangements having been made for the City to pick them up over the next few days.  Now warmed up from all that work, hunger started to set in, so an almost obligatory sojourn was made to the St James Well for a ‘well’ deserved lunch. 
    Thanks to Cleone for organizing the volunteers and coordinating with the City; thanks to Angela for making herself and City resources available – and thanks to the Port Moody Ecological Society (Noons Creek Hatchery) for providing the clippers and snippers for the job!

    Steve would like to set up a committee of members who would be interested in helping him with the

    YOUTH Committee.  If you are at all interested or would like to know more about this committee please contact Steve & he will call a meeting in early December to discuss ideas of how to help with Interact and Rotaract and any other youth activities you would like to see happen.

    Thank you for your interest in Committee


    Yvonne being her beautiful self...

    Nothing keeps Gayle from her Hike
    Vida:   Cleone and I got together and did some acrylic pours.  This is putting the paint directly onto the canvas and you never know what you will get.
    Very messy and lots of fun!  Looks like Christmas presents for many.....Well done.
    New View Society:
    Join us today for round 21 of New View Virtual Trivia! The game will start at 1 PM. Please use the following link to access the live feed:
    After you click the link, you may 'join anonymously' or 'as a guest', and it will take you to the feed where you can play for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate to Tim Hortons! The gift card will be presented based on participation, not out-right winner. Basically, if you participate, your name will be put in a small draw for a chance to win the prize 🙂
    Spooky time Linda Balzer 2020-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

    It's a GREAT new week

    Oct 24th is World Polio Day and we are having a Virtual Polio Party.

    It will start at 6:00PM and go until 7:30pm (or longer for whoever wants). Or just drop in at anytime just to say HI .....

    Cleone will send the invite. Have your beverage of choice ready, you dinner or appies and if you like you can eat and dress in the fashion of one of our international projects - South Africa, Kenya, Belize, Peru. Please register so I have an idea of how many will be there.

    If you would like to make a donation to Polio Fund then please e-transfer that to Michael. 

    See you soon! Call me if you have any questions. 778-223-2357.


    Thank you to Alan for organizing the Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd.
    Thanks to Alan, Susan, Cleone, Coreen, Bill, Ian, Dave, Terry & Paul.  A great group of Rotarians who are helping to show the Community that we care.
    It's a GREAT new week Linda Balzer 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

    Smile, always smile

    Two weeks ago we learned what made TRISH tick.......Oh my goodness what a full life she has already lived and we can't wait to hear about more adventures.  We are blessed to have Trish and Ian in our Rotary Club.  What a great team they make !!!!  Thanks for a fantastic presentation Trish.
    Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for:
    Claire:  Grateful for the Granville Island Turkey Trot 10km with Sophie! 
    Linda :Grateful for family and friends - Thankful Jill & Kate came to visit in AZ & for the Shutterfly book Jill made for us:
    Steve & Lauralea :  Grateful for their 5th wheel......
    Trip to Hicks Lake. Lexie has lots of play time with our neighbours who were camping there as well. She was so tired from playing with the girls for 3 days that she couldn’t hold up her tail.  She has almost recovered from the wonderful time she had there.  Our pizza oven works so well and it was a great idea as an anniversary gift for us. 
    Cleone:  We are all thankful for Jeannie's photos.
    Bill:  Pumpkin pie with rum and orange zest at the Lawrie Thanksgiving table!
    Linda:  Thankful for this beautiful poem


    By Tabasom Eblaghie

    Today is the oldest I have ever been

    And the youngest I will ever be

    I will move ahead with these words of promise

    An agreement to move towards the best version of me

    I promise to be gentle with my younger self

    And to leave the past in the past

    Decisions made and paths taken are forgiven

    I did the best I could with what I knew back then

    I promise to be kind to my older self

    To make small choices today, tiny little steps

    To lead to a healthier, wiser version of me

    I am each choice I make, and I will choose well

    I promise my soul to live an authentic life

    Not one filled with apologies, excuses and anxieties

    Nor one led by seeking the approval of Perfectionism and others

    But rather one led by pursuing the approval of my Creator

    I promise my heart to move towards Love

    Towards the crossroads where Justice meets Kindness

    Where logic of a wise mind can agree with the radiance of a loving heart

    Not just for others, but to protect my most noble self

    I will gaze upwards with my feet firmly grounded

    In the knowledge of who I am and what I stand for

    Today is the oldest I have ever been

    And the youngest I will ever be.

    If not today, then when?

    Rotary Meeting October 7, 2020 - Thank you to Bill for taking notes....

    Meeting chaired this week by Michael Berrisford

    Quote: “A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination but when you add to that a literate tongue and pen then you have something very special”

    Westhill Park Rehab discussed.

    Glen gave an update on International containers for Belize and Kenya

    Anthony is following up on gaming grant application.

    Aziz reminded us that October is POLIO Month and Cleone, who was just driving home, advised she will have a fundraiser plan for our next meeting.

    Our guest speaker Lois advised Meghan she would not be able to make our meeting so has been re-scheduled to November 4th.

    As “guest conductor” Michael filled in with his “what makes Michael tick” talk.

    Born in 1957 in South Africa. Loved hiking from early on and showed pictures of his first hiking boots with screw on cleats. In those days in S.A. young me had to serve for 2 years in either the military or police--he chose to serve with Police and stayed on as a career for 22 years..

    Married, had 2 sons, built his own house, went hot air ballooning. Milk was delivered by a milkman with a horse drawn cart. Spent the next 22 years discovering himself enjoying wine, classic cars and nature. Instrumental in 2 hiking clubs. He “worked to hike”.

    Working for the police overlapped with the introduction of computers to policing plus constant upgrading. He loved the computer side of things and turned it into his ongoing career.

    His son Kyle died in August 2015. Kyle was involved with brewing and selling mead at a number of breweries and he was pleased to advise us it is still being sold in pubs.

    Good news came into his life when he met Coreen and they married in 2018. Thanks, Michael, for a great talk. We all learned a lot more about you.

    Port Moody Arts Centre
    Mirna Gallery Assistant. The Winter Treasures event and exhibition is coming up on Nov.12th.
    You may find more information on the event here:

    Membership Renewal Earlybird Draws are happening. 

    • Oct. renewal Draw $75
    • Nov. renewal Draw $50
    • Dec. renewal Draw $25   
    If you are not a member yet - why not?

    It is true that Club 119 is open to the Public now - and anyone can use the facilities.
    BUT did you know that........
    • Members get 10% discount off regular Menu food items
    • Members get discounts and perks at several local and online businesses (for travel, insurance, eye care, and many more..)
    • Members find fulfillment in knowing that all Legion Gaming, Meat Draw and Poppy net funds are directed BACK into this community in the form of assistance to Vets and their families, to Senior programs, Student Bursaries, Hospital Foundations, and other worthwhile charities. These programs - run by Member volunteers - result in positive benefits for all. 
    Sign up today !!! Help keep our Legion open !!!
    World Polio Day.....October 24, 2020
    Bill sent:  Home Covid Test
    Clean up Heritage Mtn. Blvd this Saturday, October 17......
    Come one come all......the more the merrier.
    Meet at Gallaghers at 9:00AM and have coffee after.....
    Thank you Alan for organizing
    Smile, always smile Linda Balzer 2020-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

    Fall has arrived

    Fall has arrived and it Looks like we will have a fantastic week of weather....
    Thank you to PDG Denis for a very informative meeting last week on how to handle stress during 'this time' 
    1.  Talk about how you feel
    2.  Journal
    3.  Exercise
    4.  Laugh
    5.  Give back
    I'm not sure if that is the exact order, but you get what he means !!!!  
    AND it looks like others are keeping busy.....
    Patty's puppy is keeping them active and happy.....
    Steve & Lauralea:  Lauralea’s sewing room getting a fresh coat of paint and getting ready for new sewing/cutting tables and wall cabinet for organizing all of her material. 
    Coreen & Michael out hiking
    Terry & Susan & friends out to Jug Island
    Terry sent this photo of 'no log booms' in the Inlet
    News from Oro Valley Rotary Club......most of you met Marc Snow when he came to visit our Club.  They could not have picked a finer gentleman.....


    Marc Snow

    Our District Governor Nominee Designate  DGND


    Please send your best wishes and congratulations to Region 6 Assistant Governor Marc Snow. Marc will become District Governor of District 5500 in the year 23-24.


    Marc is a past president of the  Oro Valley RC and has been a Rotarian for over 11 years. Marc also serves as the Board Secretary on the Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ ( TRVFA ) and is a board member of Healing Arizona Veterans.  His passion for Rotary shows through in all his Rotary work and endeavors.

    Marc has a 32-year career at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Companies spanning Subcontract Manager, Contracts Negotiator, Program Manager, Functional Organization Manager, as well as a Mergers and Acquisitions Director.


    As the Governor of District 5500, I  would like to personally congratulate Marc,  who has shown to be an outstanding Assistant Governor in his region and a leader in our District.



    Peter:  Sad end to my week end in Whistler...
    I don’t know the damage to the engine yet
    Gayle:  Bert Flinn park......
    Fall has arrived Linda Balzer 2020-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

    A brand new busy week

    It's FALL !!!! One of the most beautiful times of the year !!!
    Steve & Lauralea had smoke in Mabel Lake too.......can't really see the lake.....
    George has been a speaker at our Rotary Club many times....
    George Garrett—Co-Founder of VCDS—Retires;
    Launches Legacy Giving Program for Cancer Drivers

    Lower Mainland, BC. George Garrett—award-winning reporter, beloved community champion and a co-founder of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has announced his retirement from the Board of the Society, effective August 31st, 2020.

    Since February 2016 when the service launched, the Society has recruited close to 200 drivers and dispatchers to drive cancer patients to and from their appointments with free, safe and timely transportation. In total, the Society has facilitated 58,886 patient trips and driven 1,730,941 kilometers: an astonishing amount given its humble but ambitious beginnings as an idea launched by three friends.

    “Put simply, it wouldn’t be possible for us to have supported so many cancer patients if it weren’t for George Garrett,” explained Bob Smith, President of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. “His bold vision for a level of care and support for those facing this debilitating illness, combined with his passion and energy, enabled us to grow rapidly to meet the needs of cancer patients for access to care. We will always be grateful for the legacy George shares with us and wish him the best as he steps down from his day-to-day commitments.”

    Garrett leaves the Board with parting gifts: a substantial transfer of securities will benefit the current drive for funding operations now and a Legacy Pledge in his Will to lead the Society’s launch of the Legacy Giving Program, designed to assist the VCDS in the creation of a sustainable financial future. Donations such as these ensure that cancer patients across the fifteen communities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will continue to have access to free, reliable and safe transportation to their cancer treatments.

    Of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society’s services, one cancer survivor shared, “I had no way to get to my treatments and no money to take a taxi. Before hearing about your wonderful service, I was very depressed. You relieved an enormous burden. All my drivers were wonderful and caring. You helped save my life.”

    Garrett says working with Founding President Garth Pinton and the late John MacInnes was a challenge in the early stages but cancer patients and their families as well as the general public became aware of our service and it began to grow. As well as providing free rides for hundreds of patients our volunteer drivers and dispatchers developed a bond with patients, providing them with the assurance that we would always be there for them. Garrett added, “Thanks to donations from many sources in our first five years we know we’ll be there for cancer patients for years to come.”

    For media inquires please contact us at


    The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society

    The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is a free service that lessens the burdens of cancer patients in the Lower Mainland. Founded in 2016, and entirely volunteer-run, the Society drives patients who otherwise have no access to private transportation to and from treatment appointments, providing both essential support and peace-of-mind. Volunteers make more than 20,000 trips every year, in addition to supporting more than 25% of the Society’s overall annual budget through donations. 

    Areas served are North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission.

    You had better BELIZE it !!!!
    Belize container loading......Oh my gosh so many good items going to Belize......Thank you Dan for organizing....Thank you to everyone who came out to help.  Belize will be very grateful.
    Well it was supposed to be a rainy day but turned out to be absolutely perfect.  Thank you so much to Ian, Michael and Cleone who organized this 2020 Pig Roast at Belcarra Park.  On Club Runner you will see the 2020 Pig Roast photo album......
    It was great to see everyone and thank you to President Meghan for giving out her Rotarian of the month awards along with Paul Harris + 1 for Ian
    Anthony received an award for the Grant writing he did for us.
    Jeannie received an award for the photos she sends each week for our meetings
    Vida received an award for the 'mask' making project.
    We celebrated Navid's birthday and it was great to see his Mom join him.
    All in all the food was fantastic, the weather was great but most of all the 'company' was the BEST.  We really needed to all get together and thank you to everyone who came.  We missed the members that could not be there, but hope they will be able to join us for the next gathering.
    Look what we found in the forest
    A brand new busy week Linda Balzer 2020-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

    Never forget 9/11/01

    Never forget 9/11
    Gayle in the Park
    Jeannie's happy place
    Gayle enjoying lunch at John B
    A huge big thank you to Frank, Bill, Ian, Danne & Navid for volunteering for the BBQ at Innervisions.  Thank you to Michael for lending his BBQ. and to the whole club for always supporting Innervisions. The men love it and are grateful that we care.
    Frank wrote: It was a great day and everybody really enjoyed themselves. I stopped counting the number of times they thanked us 😊
    Here’s some pictures of the motley crew and all the smiling faces.
    A huge big thank you to Pete & Cindy for organizing the Poker Run Car Rally.
    Peter wrote:
    First of all thank you for participating in this FUN Rally
    by all accounts everyone had a good time!
    Big thankyou to the Marshalls —Brian Dunne----Kerry Foley—Danne Dunlop, who waited patiently for all the 7 teams to come to their stations.
    This is the complete break down of the results.
    Those of you who may have some serious misgivings on your scores and answers, please go to this email address were  your
    general grievances will  be handled in a fair and judicial way. ……….. LOL
    1) CLEONE                    ACE HIGH + pair.  Cleone, Yvonne & Jeannie
    2) ICOO  LOCOS               3- 2 twos.            Gayle, Bob, Melissa & Rusty
    3) MATTHEW                    3 FIVES               Matthew & Scott Brewley   [Coquitlam Club]    
    4) BROWNLES                3- 3 KINGS.           Glen & Marcie       
    5) VICTORIOUS                3-ACES.               Linda, George, Kari & Darren
    6) CANAUSSIE                3 JACKS                Brian & Kelly
    7).THE ACES                    3- ACES              Michael & Coreen & Henry Berrisford and Kayla
    Linda, George, Kari & Darren
    2ND PRIZE. MOST POINTS = possible 425.
    1) THE ACES            402.50        Michael
    2). VICTORIOUS        387.5        Linda
    3). BROWNLES        385             Glen
    4). IOCO LOCUS        370           Gayle
    5). CELONE            327.50          Cleone
    6).MATTHEW            310            Matthew
    7). CANAUSSIE        265.            Brian
    2ND PRIZE WINNER…………….Michael $30.00 gift card………..THE ACES,
    3rd. Prize Lowest mileage/Klms.  My count was 48KLMS.
    1). CANAUSSIE        62.6 klms
    2).IOCO LOCOS        62.7
    3). MATTHEW            53.9
    4). BROWLES            47.5
    5).CELONE            48
    6).VICTORIOUS        45.3
    7).THE ACES            45.3
    Glen :  Jamie and Yvette from Rocky Point Ice Cream watch as the amazing mural by Ola Volvo nears completion.  
    Dave & Kathy hiking in the 'hood'
    Aziz and family in Whistler and at home
    Pictures from our first family Kayaking experience with the family at Rocky Point in Friday.  Also, our first family trip to Whistler on Thursday. 
    Birdie for Bill....Birdie juice
    Crew out golfing - Alan, Terry, Bill and Al 
    Sending healing thoughts & good wishes to Steve Gable, Ann Hulbert and Dan Gallant.
    Heritage Mtn. Clean up this Saturday.........MEET at Gallaghers at 9:00 AM....The more the merrier....
    The sunset's have been amazing......Thanks Gayle
    Never forget 9/11/01 Linda Balzer 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

    A brand new month

    Yes I finally did it!!!  After all those years of getting away without doing my 'talk'.  
    This week we will hear about another long time member of or Rotary Club.
    There is lots going on for the Rotary Club of Port Moody this fall. I can't believe I said 'fall'.
    Please join us in these activities.
    Innervisions BBQ - September 2nd.  - Thank you to Frank, Bill, Ian, Danne & Navid for volunteering 
    Car Rally - September 5th.....Peter has the information
    Pig Roast - September 20th - details to follow
    RIPS - Dates to be announced
    Fundraiser - Surprise
    Thanks Navid for the DVD's for Belize
    Gary: Went to Saint St. Grill for the installation dinner last night but nobody from the Club was there. So we stayed and had a nice dinner anyway. [don't scare me like that Gary] ;o)
    Glen:  I was trying to count some of the DVDs headed for Belize Prison. Have figured that 1 Glen = 100 DVDs. Our container leaves in late September and are still looking to add toiletries and hygiene supplies.
    Alan K - riding the trails at Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
    Steve & Lauralea - The Campers
    A brand new month Linda Balzer 2020-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

    Summer was/is great

    WOW - our Summer has been amazing. !!!!
    Thank you Gary for telling us what makes you 'tick'.  Great job.
    This week will be the last charter member of our club telling us what makes her tick.......Guess who?
    Navid got some time off and did some biking.....Looks like we should have a Rotary Club of Port Moody cycle club?
    Do Las Vegas Churches accept gambling chips?

    This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas but there are more catholic churches than casinos.

    Not surprisingly, some worshipers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.

    Since they get chips from many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings.

    The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.

    This is done by the chip monks.

    Dave Stone:  Two people he met on the trail at Bert Flinn Park
    Peter & family - Whistler
    Look what happens when you ask your neighbours and friends for DVD's for Belize
    Thanks Dan for picking them up.
    Coreen's office has a face lift.  Great job Coreen & Michael
    Cleone finding otters under the wharf in Pender Island
    Days for Girls packing for Beirut
    Ok it's been 12 years now, I'm starting to think I'm not bloated !!!!
    Innervisions BBQ on September 2nd.
    Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the Innervisons BBQ.  This will be a fantastic event for the men who are changing their lives, one day at a time.
    Thanks to Frank, Bill, Navid, Danne & Trish who will be there cooking and serving the men.
    Thanks to Michael for his BBQ, to Dan, Jeannie, Kay, Meghan and Gayle who volunteered but we had too many people so will put them down for the chili lunch.  We have such a great club and I for one am grateful for all who help for these events.
    Please send this to all your neighbours and friends.  We can arrange pick-up or drop off.
    Summer was/is great Linda Balzer 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0


    Thank you Alan for your presentation last week.  Well done
    This week we find out more about another Charter Member
    Reminder please - a couple of things
    Port Moody liquor store will give us a community rebate if you remember to tell them that your bill be marked as Rotary Club of Port Moody.
    Easy money for us....and we have no idea who is buying all that alcohol :  lol. 
    Please drop off your DVD's to Dan Gallant's home or contact Linda and we will arrange to get them.
    President Meghan was in Quesnel with her pups.....DOCK DIVING....
    Here is:  Lassie at Dock Diving Western Cup
    And here is:  Annie Oakley Western Cup Finals Dock Diving
    Michael & Coreen's upside down tomatoes
    Look at that smile !!!
    Claire and family at Whistler enjoying the beautiful weather
    Rotary Helps Lebanon
    All of us were shocked by the brutal destruction caused by the recent blast in Lebanon.  As you can imagine Rotary clubs around the world are part of the response. 
    This evening Ian brought to the attention of International Committee some of work being done by the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford (in Ontario). (Associated with the orthopedic surgery department at McMaster University.)
    Through Rotary connections Global Logistics, a shipping company in Mississauga, will ship donations via both air and container to Lebanon.  Presently, there are 5 skids of urgently needed medical supplies gathered and ready to go. 
    You can follow the work this Rotary club is doing by searching "Rotary Helps Lebanon" on Facebook or clicking here.
    If you want to donate directly - online donations for medical shipments to Lebanon are now being processed by Woodstock-Oxford Rotary at:  CRA tax receipts available.
    Dave Stone:  Never in the photos :  Hike on the Pitt River Dike with Cathy, Tony, and Lynda.  
    Gary Wiggins sent this in:
    Ian celebrated his birthday this way !!!!  Congratulations 
    Dave posted this and I thought it was beautiful
    Steve and Lauralea camping....who is their favourite subject?
    Brian took this on one of his early morning rides
     Directors meeting.......So nice to be at Rocky Point Park at 7:30am for a Directors meeting.
    Great job President Meghan
    Coreen & Michael took this photo before the meeting.  We do live in a beautiful part of the world. 
    Innervisions BBQ early September......who's in to help?
    Reminder Linda Balzer 2020-08-12 07:00:00Z 0